Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C


Ipswich: Back to School and Christmas is on the way

13:35 04 September 2014

Paul Clement, chief executive, Ipswich Central

Paul Clement, chief executive, Ipswich Central


Town Topics with Ipswich Central

The long, hot (well, maybe not!) summer has now finished and, like so many other parents, we have now sent our children back to school. Did I hear other parents letting out a tiny scream of delight?

Is it an age thing, or does time genuinely pass more quickly now?

Apart from the half term, the next main school holiday will be for Christmas.

It only seems a few days ago that we last packed away the tinsel and decorations. Where did we put those left over crackers that we said we would use next year because “nobody would ever notice”?

Every year I am reminded by retailers that my habit of waiting until the last moment before the big day to shop for my presents with them is a bad idea; not least because it is a myth that, by doing so, I save myself lots of time and money.

What actually happens in most cases is that I cannot find the thing I decided to buy someone months ago when shops were stocked full. So, almost inevitably, I end up spending twice as long to buy an alternative gift that then costs me twice as much.

After the summer, shops start to bring in wonderful new stocklines. Why do you think the newest mobile phone always comes out in the Autumn and then, when we want to buy one just before Christmas, we are told that we will need to wait until January as they are ‘sold out’? They are not stupid these retailers; they are targeting the more discerning shoppers, the ones that plan ahead.

So, a tip from our retailers – think ahead, spread the cost of Christmas by starting to buy early (maybe one gift each week), enjoy the choice and save yourself lots of hassle.

I certainly don’t like to see Christmas decorations in shops in September, but their advice is sound.

Do you fancy a small bet on whether I bump into you in the shops on Christmas Eve?

Paul Clement

Ipswich Central


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

Hundreds of youngsters braved the cold October temperatures to celebrate all things autumn at the Holywells Park Apple Day.

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

The A12 is now running smoothly after severe traffic delays earlier at Feering, Essex, caused by a two-car crash.

Suffolk police officers have been called to a clown sighting in Haughley, near Stowmarket this afternoon.

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Some stores display a polite notice next to initial merchandise asking shoppers not to rearrange the items to create rude words.

Detectives have said they have not given up in their quest to find the body of alleged Suffolk double murder victim Sylvia Stuart.

Although I’m a fan of the show Spamalot - I went to see the touring production at the Regent five years ago - I have to admit I only wanted to see the Company of Four’s version as my cousin Jo is in it (very good as a sweary minstrel, I have to say!)

A Kesgrave man accused of attempting to rape a schoolgirl has been cleared by a jury.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24