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Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk

We are delighted to be supporting the Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk art trail as Community Engagement Partner. The trail officially starts on Saturday 15 June where 55 unique and individual elephants will be unveiled right across Ipswich. At the end of the trail on 7 September, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for the Hospice to support the essential care they provide. We will be selling trail maps in all of our branches for the duration of the trail.

Introducing Earnest Edmund


Our own sculpture, Earnest Edmund, stands pride of place outside our Mutual House branch in the centre of Ipswich. Edmund had the honour of being the first and only full reveal of a sponsor design.

Following suggestions from our members and employees we chose the name Earnest Edmund, paying tribute to both the Society’s mutual status and the patron saint of Suffolk.

Earnest was created and painted by Mik Richardson, the artist behind Pretty Penny, the Society’s previous sculpture for the Pigs Gone Wild trail. It celebrates the Suffolk landscapes and iconic buildings, with each of the Society’s branch towns featuring on the design.

Click to download Earnest Edmund's worksheet

Key dates for your diary 

15 June - Trail begins

6 August - Children's Grafitti Workshop (register your place(s) here)

13 August - Town Trail event (register your place(s) here)

7 September - Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk trail ends

28-29 Spetember - Elmer Packs His Trunk Goodbye Event

3 October - The Big Elmer Auction

Aladdin Portrait 2Win family tickets to the New Wolsey Panto this Christmas!

Write your own original elephant story with the theme of friendship. 

Ages up to 7 years: Max 100 words

Ages 7 up to 11 years: Max 250 words

Ages 11 up to 16 years: Max 500 words

A family ticket will be awarded to the winner of each age category. The competition will be judged anonymously by an independent judge. Closing date for receipt of stories is 30 September 2019. 

Stories can be submitted by email to Please include the child’s name and age.

Alternatively, entries can be posted to us either in the child’s handwriting or as a typed copy, to Elephant Competition, Ipswich Building Society, PO Box 547, Ipswich, IP3 9WZ or handed into any of our branches. Please remember to include the child’s name and age, an adult’s contact name and a telephone number.

The winners will be contacted by 31 October 2019. The winners’ names will be available from our branches. No correspondence will be entered into. The contact data will only be used to contact the winners. The judge’s decision is final.

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