Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C


Ipswich: Quality furniture for public parks and gardens

15:40 20 April 2014

Genesis furniture workshop products, Ipswich

Genesis furniture workshop products, Ipswich


Garden furniture from a local charity project

Genesis workshop, Robert Knock, left with manager Chris HawesGenesis workshop, Robert Knock, left with manager Chris Hawes

With summer on the way, these are busy times for the Genesis furniture workshop.

The Ipswich-based workshop, run by the Orwell Mencap charity, chiefly makes garden furniture for parks, local authorities and individuals.

It provides carpentry work for about 20 people with disabilities each week and produces fine timber products that are sold across East Anglia and beyond.

“We are approaching our busiest time of the year,” explained workshop manager Chris Hawes.

“We exhibit at the Suffolk Show, the South Suffolk Show, Hadleigh Show and others and get a lot of orders from them.

“It is mainly garden furniture and we also provide furniture for public parks and cemeteries across Suffolk and East Anglia.

“Our furniture can be found in Christchurch and Chantry and Holywells parks here, The Abbey Gardens and cemeteries in Bury St Edmunds, to Felixstowe and up to the North Norfolk coast.

“We have delivered as far as Warwick, though it is mainly East Anglia.”

Orwell Mencap is a charity which organises a wide range of services and activities from its base in Wright Road.

The furniture project is a long-standing one, dating back to 1995, with the present workshops established in 1998.

Workshop manager Mr Hawes is a skilled joiner. He said: “I was an apprentice with Cubitts for three years and did 11 years with them and then joined Genesis. I have been here 16 years now.

“I love it. I enjoy working with these guys. It is really satisfying.

“I was lucky to have the training and skills and these lads haven’t had the same opportunity as me.

“It gives them something really important, and a sense of achievement and reasons to come to work.

“They have pride in their work. “They get involved from when the timber arrives on the lorry, the sawn timber, right through all the processes to the delivery to the final customer.

“We have our own van and try to send out two of the lads to deliver them to the customer.

“So they are involved right through the process.”

There is a full commercial style joinery workshop, where the team members cut, plane, drill, shape and finish the parts for a variety of furniture in Iroko and Oak.

The handmade products include tables and chairs, benches including memorial benches, Suffolk loungers, planters and table/chair sets.

Memorial benches, popular for public parks and cemeteries, can have a plaque or a carved inscription.

Nothing is wasted. Even the sawdust is carefully collected and turned into eco-fuel briquettes for home 

Genesis garden furniture is based in Wright Road, Ipswich.

For more information, call 01473 723888.

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

Couples seeking help in conceiving are invited to an open day at Ipswich Hospital to meet fertility experts.

Volunteer teachers are working to transform the lives of migrants and refugees in the most deprived areas of Ipswich as part of a newly established charity.

There is slow traffic on the A12 in Suffolk this afternoon because of a broken down vehicle.

How well do you really know Ipswich?

Previously two schools, Northgate High School is currently the largest high school in Ipswich with 1,700 pupils on roll.

A man in a black T-shirt with white writing on who spoke to Corrie McKeague in Pizza Mama Mia, Bury St Edmunds, on the morning he disappeared has now been traced and spoken to.

With a love for cuddles and having their tummies tickled it seems unlikely these furry friends could be evil omens or harbingers of doom.

A former angling club secretary appeared in court yesterday charged with dishonestly abusing his position to make personal financial gains of more than £10,000.

Lucky groups of youngsters are being treated to an adventure up the River Orwell and Stour estuaries - learning about the wildlife on Suffolk’s coastlines on board a sailing boat.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24