Flashmobs, concerts, and productions are among the recipients splitting a share of £30,000 to help the town celebrate its most famous son.

The Thomas Wolsey 550 Project has revealed eleven Ipswich projects that will share its Community Grants fund.

Some 23 applications were made to the Wolsey project for a share in the project's National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Community groups on celebrating Windrush, Wolsey himself, and a Tudor music concert were awarded, recognising Ipswich’s history, culture, and diversity.

Ipswich Star: Launch of the Thomas Wolsey 550 project in MarchLaunch of the Thomas Wolsey 550 project in March (Image: Warren Page/Pagepix)

The successful projects are:

  • Black and White Productions – a play about the life of Thomas Wolsey  
  • Community Hub Ipswich – activities for people aged 16 to 25 from different backgrounds
  • Ipswich Choral Society – free concert incorporating Tudor music
  • Make Play – Tudor garden themed play sessions for under-fives  
  • Music in Our Bones – flashmob singing at some of Ipswich’s most notable sites  
  • Oyster Press and partners – restoring the gardens around Tower House  
  • Rock Paper Scissors- three days of Tudor-themed activities for children of parents using the job centre
  • Rubbish Walks – Vintage Litter Museum and rubbsish project in schools
  • Saints Community Interest Company – support for a Tudor fair in the Saints area of Ipswich during Ipswich’s Heritage Open Days Festival
  • Suffolk Windrush Celebration Committee – workshops to create Windrush Quilts which will form part of an exhibition at The Hold 
  • Together for Ipswich – support for migrants and/or those seeking asylum.

Kath Cockshaw, project director for Thomas Wolsey 550, said: “I know the panel had a really tough time selecting which projects to support. 

"The applications showed that Ipswich is blessed with so many inspiring and creative people who have great ideas for celebrating heritage in its widest sense.

"The grants will leave a legacy of fantastic projects and events that thousands of people, adults and children, will be able to take part in from this autumn through to summer 2024.” 

The Thomas Wolsey 550 project celebrates the 550th anniversary of Cardinal Wolsey's birth in Ipswich.