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Are you looking for a group to join? If so then this is the perfect place for you! Here at the East of England Co-op we have a variety of community groups that we support - these vary from Singing Groups, Bands and Art Classes

This page contains the information for each of the groups that we support, along with where they're based and some contact information. If you live locally to one of the groups and want to get involved, just use the contact information here to get in touch with the group. 

Contact: Co-op Juniors Theatre Academy

Telephone: 01473 212181



Meeting Place: The Warehouse, Paul's Rd, Ipswich IP2 0AN

Meeting Time: Varied Weekly Timetable


From our flagship Theatre Academy sessions, to newly launched Introduction to Acro and Commercial Dance Classes, as well as graded Ballet Classes from Pre-Primary through to Grade 6, there’s a class for everyone aged 4 – 18, regardless of ability or previous experience.

East of England Co-op Band

East of England Co-op Band

Contact: Keith Moye



Meeting Place: Pauls Road, Ipswich, IP2 0AN

Meeting Time: Every Monday at 7:30pm to 10pm


We provide Brass and Percussion players the opportunity to perform to a reasonably high standard (1st Section) in a traditional British style Brass Band. Our mission is to promote the magnificent field of Brass Band music, which transcends all age-groups and musical genres. Our repertoire ranges from Classical to Modern, Musicals to Big Band and includes the traditional Brass Band marches and overtures.  We perform in a variety of Concerts, Venues, and Occasions.

Contact: Gaynor Schofield    

Telephone: 07879604388    



Meeting Place: Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons hill, Great Bromley, Colchester, Essex. CO7 7JA.

Meeting Time: Every Monday evening 7.30pm -10.00 pm


Chorus Iceni are an all female voiced Acapella chorus singing 4 part close harmony.

Contact: Co-op Waterfront Music School



Meeting Place: Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore street, Ipswich, IP41JW

Meeting Time: Saturday mornings during School Term


We provide musicians of all ages and ability (grade 1 and above) to play in an ensemble.

Co-op Senior Singers

Co-op Senior Singers

Contact: Senior Singers  

Telephone: 07717795670  



Meeting Place: Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW

Meeting Time: Tuesdays during term time 10.30-12.00


Friendly, informal singing group for singers 55 and over. No pressure, no auditions, no experience or ability to read music required. Informal, fun concerts given (not obligatory) with optional audience participation offered.

Concorde Singers

Concorde Singers

Contact: Carol Clements    

Telephone: 01206  213065  



Meeting Place: St. Matthew's Church, Harwich Road, Colchester, CO4 3HR

Meeting Time: Every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm


We are a group of lady singers who perform twice a year for charity.

The Co-operative Ladies Choir

The Co-operative Ladies Choir

Contact: Lynn Scannell

Telephone: 01473 710820



Meeting Place: East of England Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW

Meeting Time: Weekly in term time. Fridays, 10.30am - 12.00 pm.


The Co-operative Ladies Choir are a friendly group of singers who sing to a high standard, in a relaxed atmosphere.  We regularly entertain at the Ipswich Music Day and charity concerts.

East of England Co-op Bowls Club

East of England Co-op Bowls Club

Contact: East of England Co-op Bowls Club    

Telephone: 01473603431    



Meeting Place: Marlborough Bowls Club, 10 Lansdowne Road, Ipswich UP4 5AZ

Meeting Time: 4 nights a week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursaday evenings during the bowls season. 


We are a bowling club and we offer social and competitive games in leagues.

Co-op Art Classes

Co-op Art Classes

Contact: Coop Art Lessons    

Telephone: 07771 860040    



Meeting Place: Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW. 

Meeting Time: Tuesday evening 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Art lessons in any medium, all materials are provided. Tea and coffee during the break.

Contact: Barbara Rose  

Telephone: 01473622017  



Meeting Place: Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich Suffolk, IP5 1JF

Meeting Time: Every fortnight (except in August) on a Tuesday at 2pm.


A friendly and relaxed group of ladies who enjoy regular meetings with entertaining and informative speakers. We enjoy trips and events and also aim to raise money for local charities throughout the year.