Thursday, 04 Jun 2020

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich

Important Club information

Updated: Friday 17th April 2020


Based on the latest government advice, the Ipswich and Suffolk Club will be ceasing to provide all catering and bar facilities and as a consequence all events and functions will be cancelled for the foreseeable future from Wednesday 18th March until further notice.

In the interests of the safety of Members and of our staff, the facilities of the clubhouse will also be closed to members from Wednesday 18th March.

The car park will remain open for use of Members and will be utilising the automatic gate system.

Dear Member

At these difficult times I hope that you all remain safe and healthy.

I last wrote to you on the 18th March with the news that we were closing the clubhouse for day to day use until further notice from the government that we may reopen. It seems incredible that was 4 weeks ago, so much has happened. You will be pleased to hear that Robert joined us on a Skype call the other day and he is making slow steady progress from a non Cv19 problem. In addition we have checked in with our other staff team and they were all well at the time of asking and let's hope they remain so.

In the meantime we wish to assure members that we have been reviewing the position for the staff to ensure that we can continue to retain and pay them. We have advised the staff that we wish to Furlough them with one exception being one person in the office to run matters for us .On your behalf we will be paying their full standard pay and reclaiming 80 per cent of this through the governments Furlough system . It does mean that our office response times are slightly slower than normal but we are looking to retain our staff until we return to a semblance of normality.

Just to keep you in the picture we have also applied for the support Grant for a hospitality based business and the appropriate relief for payment of rates on offer to us.

We have had a number of discussions regarding subscriptions for the current year, vouchers and any prepaid events. Let me firstly deal with pre payments for cancelled events. I understand these have been substantially refunded but please do contact the club either by email or in writing if you have any concerns as we are trying to repay these in full when we reopen the office.

Whilst I am aware that many clubs have been writing to their members stating that they are unfortunately unable to give any recompense for the enforced closure periods, ours is more a case of waiting to get clarity on the exit timings and understanding what operation we will be able to run when we do reopen. As soon as we have a formal government timetable, rather than media speculation, we will then be in a position to let our members know how we propose to deal with subscriptions and vouchers going forward. Please do bear with us as we consider the most appropriate action.

Again, along with the other members of the Board, I hope that you all, together with your families and your friends, stay safe.

Kind regards

Keith Ferguson, Chairman


The Ipswich and Suffolk Club is a private members club that offers a varied range of social, sporting and fine dining benefits to its members and is also available for hire to both members and non-members as a fine venue for small to medium-sized meetings, conferences, civil weddings, private parties and functions.

Tucked unobtrusively between Northgate Street, and Tower Street, in the shadow of St Mary Le Tower Church, the club has provided a haven for its members since the 19th Century and The Ipswich & Suffolk Club has long been referred to as one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets.

Formerly the residence for the Archdeacon of Suffolk, Archdeacon's House was built on the site of the original Archdeacon's Palace and is steeped in history. The building today is mainly 18th/19th Century but does retain some of the 16th/17th Century structure. The 15th Century gatehouse fronting Northgate Street was originally commissioned by William Pykenham in 1471 and is the oldest remaining evidence of the original building. More information on the Pykenham Gatehouse can be found here.

Inside Archdeacon’s House, the club offers a comfortable and elegant venue for its many social activities and its grounds provide a convenient town-centre parking facility exclusively for its members.