What does it mean to have a share in the Society?
Members of Ipswich Building Society have many reasons for joining and staying with us, but not always the reasons you might think.
Of course some people are drawn to us for our friendly service or our local branch presence, and others simply because we're not a bank.
But why do members stay being members? The stories below provide a taste of what membership of Ipswich Building Society means to a cross section of our membership.
Wayne and Joanna Newman - A new home for Daisy
Wayne and Joanna Newman were renting a home adapted for their five-year-old daughter Daisy, who has severe cerebral palsy – but then the landlord had to sell.
'We had nowhere to go,' says Wayne. 'We couldn't find a suitable house within ten miles, and Daisy can't travel that far to her school.' Wayne wrote to his MP and Orwell Housing Association for help. Orwell said they would buy half of their existing home if the Newmans got a mortgage for the other half. Orwell Housing Association suggested they talk to us about a mortgage for the
other half. The Newmans' household income consisted of a part-time job and benefits as carers for their disabled daughter. Because we assess each case individually, we could see that the Newmans could afford the mortgage they needed for their half of the property.
Mrs PMR-S, Hadleigh
All In - It’s fantastic Feels like I belong to a larger family....
I enjoyed The AGM, the new Chairman and the super cakes. The AGM was like bumping into your ‘pals’ - so friendly. Opportunity to learn things. Flower workshops - able to achieve something. Events have been very interesting especially for retired people like me to attend during the day- really appreciated - as not lonely and I still want to learn new skills. Lovely outings to lovely houses and talks really interesting eg Lady Tollemache at Helmingham Hall – such an outstanding and inspirational lady. Thank you for finding things like that for us.
Mr & Mrs G, Ipswich
All in has given us opportunities to visit places in our local area that are varied, interesting, well arranged and subsidised or free!... Read more...
We are able to choose areas of interest to us as events are wide reaching. We feel very fortunate and valued members of the Society. The AGM’s are friendly and a chance to meet with staff and other members, whilst enjoying refreshments. Speakers are well chosen and make for a relaxing evening after the Society business.
We look forward to attending more future events.
What makes you stay?
Whatever the reason you're a loyal Ipswich Building Society member, we'd love to hear about it.