Press Release: St. Michael’s – Ready, Steady, Go!

September 06, 2014

Press Release: Immediate Release.

St. Michael’s: Ready, Steady, Go!

5th September 2014, Ipswich:

This week saw the restoration project of St. Michael’s Community Centre – Ipswich (SMCCI) take a significant stride forward as building work commences to restore the site. Phase 1 of the project will see the rejuvenation of the Community Hall space, forecasted to be completed by early December 2014. Subsequently Phase 2 will focus on the restoration of the Victorian Church building.

St Michael’s Church, located on Upper Orwell Street was devastated in an arson attach in March 2011. However JIMAS, the charity behind the Community Centre project says it is dedicated to restoring the heritage building, and has been galvanised by feedback it has received after a recent Open Day event1.

Lee Choudhury, Community Liaison Officer for JIMAS said, “Our aim with SMCCI is to create a venue in the heart of Ipswich that will enable communities to connect and build greater understanding. So far the support we have experienced from all quarters in Ipswich has helped us progress the project quicker than initial plans”.

St. Michaels Church will feature in the Heritage Open Day events this weekend2. Paulin Goonin, Project Manager for the restoration said, “We would like to welcome all in the area, to pop down, have a look and share your comments and thoughts over tea and biscuits”.

Guests to St. Michael’s are welcome to visit the site between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 13th September 2014, as part of Heritage Open Days.



St. Michael’s Community Centre – Ipswich (SMCCI) is a community centre located in the heart of Ipswich. More than a venue the centre is an extension of the JIMAS 1 CommUnity project – that aims to connect communities and build greater understanding between people across the spectrum of society3.



Lee Choudhury, Community Liaison Officer, JIMAS




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