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Issue Twentyone Sixteen Look no further than aboutfram, the local magazine that packs a Suffolk punch!


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contents who’s about out & about about style about you

4 Behind the art scenes

30 Park life

We take a peek behind the doors of Suffolk Open Studios

We explore the new country park at Kingfishers, Cretingham

6 Out and about

36 A Miller’s tale

A round up of local events

Keeping the wheels turning at Woodbridge Tide Mil

10 Fresh fashion Fabulous new season favourites to put a spring in your step

12 Spring clean Revitalising treatments to wake up your senses

14 about owt Tapping into a wealth of creative folk

18 Double Dutch We jump aboard and say ahoy to Woodfarm Barges

24 Get the look

42 Pick of the crop The sweet success of growing your own strawberries

48 A firestarter David Wright’s plans to ignite The Fire Station in Woodbridge

54 about taste A springtime showcase of spirited new ventures

56 The ultimate sandwich Juicy steak, pancetta & mushrooms on crusty fresh sourdough

Pretty floral flourishes for the home

58 Competition time

28 about town

Win Afternoon Tea for four at Kingfishers, Cretingham Country Park

We bring you the latest news about town

62 Walk the Walk

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about town about the land

about design about gardens

about food about taste round & about

We enjoy the bright side of the moon on a 26-mile charity walk 1

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In this, the spring issue of aboutfram, we awaken the senses with countryside walks, tales from the riverbank and inspiring artists, and learn of a new restaurant that is set to revolutionise the Woodbridge food scene. Editorial Kathy Churchill Sales Sarah Clarke

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a bit about them... Sadie Windscheffel-Clarke A talented wedding and commercial photographer and owner of Big Fish Photography. Emporium pages bigfishphotography.com M: 07950 208887

Rufus Owen Rufus Owen is an experienced property and interiors photographer based in Suffolk. about the land pg 30 rufus@rufusowen.com M: 07891 937167

Thanks to Woodfarm Barges for their images for about interiors pg 18 and Simon Ballard for his images for about design pg 36


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Behind the art scenes Every weekend in June, a group of artists open their doors and welcome guests to visit them in their painting dens, creative spaces, potteries and ink stained garden sheds as part of Suffolk Open Studios. We get a sneak preview of what to expect behind the scenes at their Showcase Exhibition. Suffolk Open Studios (SOS) has been part of the artistic calendar for nearly thirty years as it was first started in 1991 by a small group of friends who thought it would be fun to open their studios to the public. Since then, the number of artists, makers and galleries wishing to be involved in this creative collaboration has risen to well over a hundred and it is wonderful to see so many gathered at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds for the exhibition. The work 4

on display is as varied and interesting as the artists themselves, and the show was officially opened by emerging new talent Ania Hobson, 2018 Winner of the Young Artist Award, BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery, who is a great supporter of the organisation. SOS is run by volunteers, usually artists or art lovers, and I get an opportunity to talk with its chairperson, Cally James, herself an accomplished ceramicist. “2019 is an

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exciting year for Suffolk Open Studios as our open event runs for 5 weekends in June, giving visitors even more opportunity to browse studios and interact with artists.” She explains that any artist living or working in Suffolk can become a member, as long as they are able to open their studio for at least one weekend in June, and although entry for this year’s event is now closed, you can still become an associate member and have a presence on the SOS website. There is also the option to sign up as Friend of SOS which means that you will receive a copy of the Directory and be invited to any exhibitions held by members during the year. At the exhibition I chat to both long standing members and also new recruits, such as Astra Taylor-Todd, whose striking monochrome illustration of a gorilla has been chosen as the new front cover of

the 2019 Directory, and all agree that it is lovely to have the opportunity to meet fellow artists and to feel supported and encouraged in their work. As the evening progresses and the chatter levels rise, I take a closer look at the art on display and am impressed by the quality and the variety of the work. Ink line drawings sit comfortably between oil landscapes and bold abstracts, fresh watercolours are complemented by mixed media studies, and delicate glassware reflects the bold outlines of contemporary sculpture. This is just a taster of what will be on show in June, and I can’t wait to see what creativity lies behind all those studio doors, normally closed to the public, and to have the unique opportunity of watching the artists as they work on their next masterpieces. Full details of the participating artists and when their studios will be open can be found on www.suffolkopenstudios.org


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April 18th-23rd FADS The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett The true story of Miss Shepherd and her van. Framlingham College 19th-20th Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings A host of family-friendly activities, including an Easter Egg hunt and Farmers’ Market 19th-22nd Easter at Easton Visit Easton Farm Park to meet new arrivals and enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt


May 20th-21st Mind Body Spirit Festival A weekend of complementary therapies and workshops. Woodbridge Community Hall 21st-22nd Easter Steam Up Steam into Spring at The Mid Suffolk Light Railway 11am-5pm 27th-26th May The Alde Valley Spring Festival A celebration of the arts, food, farming & landscape. White House Farm, Great Glemham 28th Young Farmers Rally A traditional country rally, Easton Farm Park

1st Bohemian Rhapsody A celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. 7.30pm Film@Fram 3rd-6th Beowulf Festival Two days of fun at Whisstocks and the Tide Mill Quay and live music on the Marie Boat Stage. Woodbridge Tide Mill 4th Old Jet Market Vintage bric-a-brac, fashion and antiques. Bentwaters 10am. Free entry

19th Off with the Wool! Pop along and see a wool shearing demo at Easton Farm Park Push the Boat Out A chance to try sailing and learn new skills. Aldeburgh Yacht Club. 10am-4pm. Free The Grand Brocante The biggest and best Antique & Vintage Fair in East Anglia. Great Glemham Hall. 9-11am Works in Wartime A celebration of all the hard work from both men and women during the war in the 1940s. The Long Shop Museum

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June 25th-27th Framlingham Flower Festival A floral celebration over the BH weekend with a Gala Concert, plant stalls and childrens’ arts and crafts 25th-27th Framlingham Gala Fest The Sand, Sea & Surf themed festival will be big, bright, full of energy, colour and music 29th-30th The Suffolk Show A celebration of all things Suffolk. Great fun for all the family. Trinity Park

1st-30th Suffolk Open Studios Every weekend in June, artists across Suffolk will be opening their studios to the public. www.suffolkopenstudios.org

5th Shoplifters A Japanese couple with inadequate incomes turn to shoplifting to make ends meet. 7.30pm Film@Fram 14th-16th Jelly Green at Somerleyton Hall An exhibition of new work by the brilliant and hugely talented Suffolk artist Jelly Green in aid of Art for Cure

15th Splat Quack Go Suffolk’s Quackingly Fun Mud Run with adult obstacle races and family event days. Woodbridge 6/12km

21st-23rd Summer Solstice Show A celebration of ancient and modern metalcraft skills using a bronze age style furnace at Studio 90, Rendham

16th Summer Street Market A fantastic lineup of local crafters, food and drink stands and entertainers. St Peter’s and St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

22nd-23rd First Light Festival A brand new, free, nonstop 24 hour multi-arts festival that celebrates the first light of midsummer’s weekend. Lowestoft beach

21st Suffolk Day Celebrate the wonderful county of Suffolk at Easton Farm Park


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Suffolk is home to a fantastic wealth of creative folk. In this issue of about owt, we focus on four businesses making their mark...

Spiral Gallery has one of the best displays of contemporary jewellery in East Anglia and is owned by jewellery designer Michael Carpenter. The gallery is tucked off Debenham High Street, and for those in the know, it is a fabulous place to source gifts as well as interesting art, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. As well as designing his own stunning, contemporary jewellery, Michael also works on commissions, alterations and restyling. His workshop is out the back and you will often find him begoggled, bent over his soldering torch or fixing an intricate fitting on a treasured diamond earring. T: 01728 861699 E: info@spiralgallery.co.uk W: spiralgallery.co.uk Instagram: spiralworkbench

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At Moat Farm Flowers, Dennington, Frances Boscawen has created a stunning English Flower Farm from the earliest narcissi, hellebores and tulips to the bright colours of dahlias and zinnias, and of course, summer roses, sweet peas and peonies, all grown on site. Her naturally styled arrangements are simply stunning and with a beautiful scent; perfect for weddings, parties, funerals, or simply to enjoy within your own home. Whilst the farm isn’t usually open to the public, Frances welcomes organised groups and holds regular workshops in the Flower Barn on various aspects of growing and arranging flowers, as well as flower related crafts. T: 07799 621403 E: frances@moatfarmflowers.com W: moatfarmflowers.com Instagram: moatfarmflowers

Just beyond Dennington, Lane Farm has been producing awardwinning British sausages, dry cured bacon and ham - handmade with Suffolk Pork reared on the farm - since the 1990’s, and was one of the first producers of a range of air-dried chorizo and salami, sold under the name ‘Suffolk Salami’. Ian & Sue spent a year perfecting the process, visiting farms in Italy, Germany and Spain using the old traditional methods. The salami is subtly flavoured with fennel, rosemary, red wine and peppercorns, and the chorizo packs a punch of smoky spices soon to be available in a handy diced pack. T: 01379 384593 E: ian@lanefarm.co.uk W: lanefarm.co.uk Instagram: suffolksalami


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When I spoke to Carl Scott of Woodfarm Barns two years ago he was toying with the idea of buying a barge. Carl is not someone who does things by halves, therefore I was not surprised to learn that he is now the proud owner of not one, but two Dutch sailing barges! I meet Carl at Woodbridge Quay to hop aboard the smaller of the two barges, Twee Gebroeders. It has a wonderful mooring overlooking the historic Tide Mill and sits at the end of a row of other barges that are mostly ‘live aboard’ houseboats. Twee Gebroeders, which means two brothers in English, sleeps four, with a double berth to the bow and a cosy twin bedroom to the centre, both with traditional white wooden panelling and crisp white linen. However, the best thing about the living space is the saloon, which has fitted teak work units hand-crafted by a local furniture maker and topped with granite, a beautiful bright red

range cooker and a dining table where guests can enjoy breakfast looking out at the ever-changing view of the River Deben. Steps up from the galley lead to a wooden deck with built in seating and although it is March, the sun shines down as we chat, and it is not hard to imagine yourself sat here watching the setting sun and raising a glass to a passing swan or flotilla of inquisitive ducks. Carl was offered this barge in June 2017 and by pure chance a second, larger barge caught his eye at the same time. Never one to shy away from a challenge – he is currently renovating an 19

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old farmhouse in Tuscany – Carl decided to buy them both and rent them out as part of his dog-friendly holiday letting business. Luckily, both barges had already been extensively restored and so by the end of that summer they were available to rent and are proving to be very popular, especially with local people who are looking for something just a little bit different. The second barge, Onderneming, is moored over at Snape Maltings, so we return to dry land and drive over to take a look. It sits on the banks of the River Alde, with the Maltings to one side and the shimmering reed beds to the other and is totally in keeping with the setting as, in years gone by, barges similar to Onderneming would have been used to ship barley and malt up


and down the river. As I navigate the gang plank, I realise what a beast of a barge Onderneming is. At 100ft long and 18ft wide and with three double cabins, three bathrooms, two saloons, one of which was originally the wheelhouse, and two galley kitchens, she is truly magnificent and has bespoke timber panelling and traditional porthole windows. The lower saloon has slouchy leather sofas and a wood-burning stove, making it wonderfully warm and cosy, and the boat is flooded with natural light from large windows on all sides and a skylight that would have originally been the grain hatch. As I stand looking up it is hard to imagine that at one time this whole space would have been full to the brim with malt destined for the breweries of London, but you can still see the cast iron trusses that would have supported the weight of the

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cargo, and to the stern there is a small room where the skipper would have bunked for the night – now a hidey hole for the children to explore. Up on deck I take the wheel and Carl explains that he had to sail her here from the dry dock at Maldon, a two-day trip with some rather challenging manoeuvres, to make sure she settled in exactly the right place. Interested passers-by stop and ask questions and I have to resist the urge to put on my best pirate accent and greet them with ‘Ahoy me hearties’! Many high tides ago I used to live on a barge moored on the River Thames, and normally just the piping call of a greenshank is enough to transport me back there, so being here on the barge I feel right at home. Carl says that guests have seen seals in the river, chasing small

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Bruisyard has taken the splendour of the original architecture and added charm with a country house design and plenty of cosy furnishings to make you feel at home.Combined with great food from our collection of seasonal However, Bruisyard Hall is not all about Celebrating the life of a loved menus, and a wine list picked weddings, they can also host other historic one specifically to match any dish, this moments in your life, taking every is one occasion that your guests opportunity to do so with the utmost Bruisyard Hall offers a tranquil will never forget. You can attention and detail. With luxury and peaceful location to celebrate entertain up to 24 guests at the accommodation, award-winning catering the life of a loved one, and makes Hall, and with 12 beautiful and a dedicated planning team, Bruisyard a grand and fitting venue to hold bedrooms, you can relax and Hall ensures that any event you host will a funeral reception or wake. enjoy your evening knowing your be utterly unique. luxurious bedroom is nearby. The Medieval Barn is a flexible Whether you’re planning on celebrating space to tailor your event to the newest addition to the family, a big If you’re planning on inviting a whatever style you wish. The birthday, a reunion, retirement, or a larger number of guests, the celebration of the life of a departed loved expansive 700 acres of private spacious and beautifully estate provides space and one, Bruisyard Hall has plenty to offer. refurbished Barn can provide a opportunity for those seeking a formal or informal setting quiet moment away to A historic venue for up to 140. Guests can enjoy contemplate and reflect. The drinks and canapés on the large Events Team will listen to your Looking to hold a stylish dinner party in a terrace, followed by a fabulous country house that you can host as your requirements, and the staff will party in the majestic beamed own? Or would you prefer to enjoy a be respectful to your needs, Barn. Celebrated Head Chef, formal sit-down meal or party for providing privacy, or an attentive Richard Grinyer-Power and his anywhere between 40 – 140 guests in the service, as you prefer. catering team will listen to your stunning Medieval Barn? The choice is needs and tailor the menus to yours, whatever your special occasion, Exquisite Dinners your requirements. there’s a range of attractive options to choose from. If you’re looking for somewhere Bruisyard Barn can offer full

Rich in history, and in a beautiful setting, it is no surprise that Bruisyard Hall & Barn is considered to be one of the most stunning and exclusive wedding venues in England.

Bruisyard’s dedicated Events Managers will help you to plan and organise your event from the start. Whilst there, you will have access to acres of private estate, and the run of a picturesque, historic country property. On-site accommodation is available for up to 24 guests in 12 26 luxurious bedrooms.

There is also access to the beautifully refurbished Lodge just a few miles away, providing comfortable accommodation for another 6 guests.

to host a special dinner party and spend some precious moments with family and friends, then the magnificent Hall is perfect. From the moment you arrive, you won’t want to leave.

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A cut above the rest Meraki Hair and beauty salon, Debenham has recently welcomed Khaos Barbering into the salon. Warren Caraccio is the man behind the barbershop, who at 51 years old has taken a change in career to pursue his future in the hair industry. Khaos Barbering offers everything from Skin Fades and Beard Restyles to Grey Blending and traditional Wet Shave services. Other new additions include DK Holistic Therapies, Mary Scot Therapies and Vinyasa Yoga classes. Never has ‘me-time’ been so easy! www.merakihair.co.uk

Over 200 guests from the local community recently attended the re-opening of Dennington Village Hall, enjoying a fabulous evening party to celebrate its £270,000 refurbishment. Stephen Burroughes gave an excellent speech and then handed the microphone to Susan Warren, who had opened the hall when she was 11 years old in 1985. She in turn handed the scissors to young Oliver Steward, who, after saying ‘I now declare this hall open’, cut the tape to much clapping and enjoyment from the audience. The hall is now available to hire for children’s parties from only £40 and has a hot desk and internet hub. www.denningtonvillagehall-sportsclub-org 28

Little Leaders Childcare, a busy fulltime nursery in Ipswich, owned and run by Laura Ali who has 17 years’ experience in the childcare sector, will be opening the doors to its Framlingham nursery in June this year. The nursery will offer full time care for children from 12 weeks – 5 years old and be open 51 weeks of the year from 8am – 6pm Mon – Fri, and with its ‘Curiosity Approach’ Accreditation, which allows the children to learn and develop through curiosity, wonder and awe, it’s sure to be very popular. www.littleleaderschildcare.co.uk

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aboutmedia is on the move Established in 2012, Kathy, Sarah & Steph – the team at aboutmedia – have enjoyed a unique office space above Leo’s Deli since 2014 but with the expansion of the business, we’re thrilled to be moving to the newly restored Old Post Office (formerly The Clothes Peg) in Dennington. Whilst our funky barn door to the office may sometimes be closed, please come along as we’ll have a display of all our publications including the aboutfram magazine, Suffolk Coast Guide pocket handbook, local Visitor Maps and other lovely things. We’re sharing the space with Vashti Mouncer, who will be running The Neathouse Café and Shop on site. Open 7 days a week, you can enjoy a mighty fine Bury St Edmunds based Crude coffee, home-baked sweet and savoury items, breakfast, lunch or just a snack whenever you fancy. The shop will stock Palfrey & Hall meat, Pinney’s smoked fish and Woodbridge Cake Shop bread amongst other local ranges, so plenty to whet your appetite, and if our barn door is open, please come in and say Hello!

Reassuring growth at The Worry Tree Café It’s been a busy few months for the team at The Worry Tree Café with the opening of their site in Leiston, as well as preparing to open in Martlesham, Cambridge, Swansea and potentially, other locations in the region. The team has also had a fair amount of media coverage. Earlier this year, a bus load of Worry Tree

visitors and volunteers made the trip to London to be on Channel Five’s Do The Right Thing, which culminated in the donation of a ‘Worry Wagon’ from their ‘Secret Millionaire’. Unfortunately, when the Worry Wagon was delivered to Hour Community HQ it was deemed unroadworthy, and with no solution to date, the charity is

still unable to do outreach work to more rural locations and schools. Please come forward if you have one! If you’d like to learn more about The Worry Tree Cafe, their up-coming trips, talks, free counselling and Talk Therapy sessions or the new monthly Citizens Advice Service, pop in for a cuppa at The Day Care Centre, Mills Meadow, Framlingham on Fridays 4.30-6.30pm. 29

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Set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Kingfishers, Cretingham has reopened as an idyllic 120-acre country park with woodland walks, an 18-hole golf course and a wonderful open-plan family friendly restaurant. I take a stroll with owners Matthew and Claire Thacker to find out what they love about their new park life. Claire and Matthew bought the golf course back in December 2017, and in that time have set about transforming it into a relaxing country club where family and friends can meet for a drink, enjoy a round of golf or come for a bite to eat, whether it be breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. They were living in Leeds when they first saw the details from the estate agent and although they weren’t specifically looking at golf clubs, they were familiar with Suffolk having spent a summer exploring Aldeburgh and Framlingham,

and so decided it was worth strapping their young son Ralph into the car seat and taking a trip. Claire says she can remember turning in the driveway and just getting a feeling about the place. “We just sort of knew. It immediately felt right; we loved the beautiful setting and could see the potential that the space offered us.� At the time, Claire was working as a consultant in London, employed by companies who needed to turn their fortunes around. Her honest and direct 31

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approach earned her a reputation for delivering results, and this ability to see the best possible solution to any problem has held her in good stead with the management of this new venture. For many local people, myself included, Cretingham Golf Club was well known for sunny afternoons on the course and private parties dancing the night away, and Claire and Matthew want to build on this to create a country park where everyone is welcome. They have invested not just their money but also their time and energy into delivering the personal vision of what they saw when they first visited – and this is a vision that is open to all, whether you are a golfer or not. As we take a look around it is evident that everything has been done to a very high


standard. The clubhouse has been beautifully refurbished to create a wonderfully light, open plan restaurant with panoramic views of the course and a wood-burning stove at its heart. Outside, the old tennis court has been landscaped to create a sheltered courtyard with children’s play area where families can relax and enjoy open-fired pizzas, and the lodges have all been revamped allowing guests to indulge in a hot tub out on the deck whilst enjoying the wide expanse of the Suffolk skies. The setting of the course is idyllic, and Matthew has been working hard with their green keepers to make sure that the 18-hole course is up to par. They have also planted new trees throughout the park, put up nesting boxes and opened up the woodland area to create a series of nature walks.

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It has been a busy year but there are no signs of slowing down. Claire explains that they have a structured programme of investment which will allow them to continue to develop and improve the visitor experience at Kingfishers. In May, a new Lakeside Spa offering a range of luxury treatments and classes such as pilates and yoga is set to open and they are about to launch a new take-away menu that will include pizzas, wok dishes and tempting sides such as garlic and rosemary bread, skinny fries and coleslaw. There will be summer programme which will include special offers such as ‘Lazy Lunch’ – one course with a glass of wine for £10 or ‘Friday Fun’ – free buggy hire with every four ball, and Claire has also planned a series of holiday camps where children can have fun trying archery, golf and learning to master a BMX.

Their enthusiasm is infectious, and I can’t wait to walk down with the dogs on a summer’s evening to enjoy a glass of wine and some supper before wandering home, but I wonder if Claire and Matthew ever get time to enjoy it themselves. “There is something very special about the atmosphere here and we still love to walk the course, especially first thing in the morning when there are fewer people about. It always feels so tranquil and peaceful, and down by the pond, if we are lucky, we sometimes see a kingfisher, which we feel is our personal symbol of good luck for the future.” www.kingfisherscretingham.co.uk


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Overlooking the shallow creeks of the Deben, the iconic silhouette of Woodbridge Tide Mill has been part of the Suffolk landscape for centuries. One of the last working tidal mills in the country, I chat to head miller, Dan Tarrant-Willis, to find out why he loves this daily grind. Dan has been a miller here for the past four years and is part of a team of forty volunteers who help run, maintain and operate the Tide Mill, which is open to the public everyday from April through to the beginning of October. Stepping inside is like stepping back in time and I can easily imagine the hustle and bustle of workers running up and down between the floors as sacks of wheat are hoisted to the top and poured into the wooden chutes that lead down to the enormous millstones below; the air being thick with flour and the voices of men hard at work. It is still very much a working mill, with regular milling

and wheel turning demonstrations and although none are planned for today, Dan is only too happy to show me how the mill works and to explain the beautiful simplicity of being able to harness the energy of the moon’s gravitational forces. We go out onto the decking and round to the small millpond, which sits to the side of the mill and is fundamental to the whole milling process. Every high tide, water enters the pond via an inlet pipe with a one-way valve, meaning that the water is then trapped once the tide retreats. At low tide this water is at a higher level than the 37

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receding river and therefore, once the sluice gates within the mill are opened, it rushes out causing the huge wooden waterwheel to turn. As Dan turns the handle, he explains that originally the millpond covered 7-acres, including where the yacht marina is now located, and this larger volume of water would have allowed them to mill for 4 hours each low tide. Suddenly there is a roar as the seawater forces its way through the gap and I watch as the wheel starts to rotate and then engage via a wooden shaft to another smaller wheel, known as the pit wheel, further in. This in turn engages with a cast iron wheel called a wallower, which transfers the power upwards via a vertical shaft to the spur wheel.


We return inside to watch this magnificent feat of engineering in action and I can now see that this spur wheel is connected to spindles that turn the two upper runner stones, and it is these that grind the wheat as they revolve over the static bed-stones. It is a fascinating process and I love the fact that millers have been milling grain on this site since 1170. As well as being party to the ebb and flow of the tides over the centuries, the mill has also seen many owners, including Woodbridge Priory, the royal lineage of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, who then gifted it to Thomas Seckford in 1564. It remained in the Seckford family for over a hundred years but then passed through the hands of several local farmers and merchants, including the Cuttings, who in 1793 reconstructed and extended the mill, and it is this familiar structure that still stands today.

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The Tide Mill remained operational throughout both wars, but finally closed in 1957 in a state of disrepair, the huge oak shaft broken and the wheel water-logged and rotting. And, although public interest was high, the mill needed a miracle to save it from demolition, which in 1968 came in the form of local resident Mrs Jean Gardner who bought it and gifted it the People of Woodbridge. She also set up a trust to manage its restoration and work commenced immediately, with local craftsmen being employed to replace the pantiles, raise the foundations and repair the weatherboarding, and in 1972 it opened to the public. Since then, the trust has been committed to maintaining and improving the mill and recently, after a hard fought and determined battle, secured much needed funds from the Heritage Lottery

for a major restoration project and in 2012 the wheels were turning once again, but this time it was fully operational as a working Tide Mill. While Dan makes a brew, I take in the panoramic views of the river whilst listening to the gentle trundle of turning wheels and feel the shake and creak of the whitewashed boarding. There is a timeless quality to this place that is very special, and it offers you the rare chance to feel a real connection with the powerful forces of nature. For details of events, demonstrations or information about private hire please visit www.woodbridgetidemill.org.uk



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Pick your own. Three simple words that conjure up happy memories of lazy afternoons spent kneeling on warm straw, punnets of strawberries glistening in the sunshine and the tell-tale stained pink lips and fingers of satiated children. There is nothing more delicious than a perfectly ripe, freshly picked strawberry, so this year I am going to grow my own. Strawberries are incredibly easy to grow and do well in beds, pots, planters, hanging baskets - in fact they will grow pretty much anywhere and there are some great ideas online: wooden wine crates, a length of guttering, old drinking troughs or even recycled cans, painted and strung up with string. They can be bought as potted plants or bare-root runners and both should be planted now to give you a crop by the end of May, so pick a pot and get planting.

Make sure your container is large enough – the runners need to be about 10-12 inches apart – and has good drainage. Position in a sunny spot, fill with a multi-purpose compost and sink the plants so that the crown sits just above the soil. Firm down and water. Water regularly and feed with a high potash liquid fertilizer when the first flowers appear. As the fruit start to develop, tuck a little straw around each plant to keep the strawberries off the compost and water less as this can cause grey mould and rotten fruit. Now is the time to be vigilant. Watch out for thieves such as garden birds – net if necessary – or pilfering children – net if necessary. Strawberries are at their juiciest first thing in the morning so I look forward to picking them fresh for my breakfast, sliced over yoghurt and museli, that is if the rest of the family hasn’t got there first!


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Time to blossom April is a tricky month in the garden as temperatures can be unpredictable, with warm days and surprisingly chilly nights, and heavy showers threatening to damage delicate buds and early flowering shrubs such as the showy camellia. However, it is also a month full of promise and birdsong and the anticipation of welcoming back familiar friends as the soil stirs and new shoots start to make their way slowly up towards the sunshine. As the saying goes, ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and now is the time to rejoice in the beauty of one of the most delightful months of the gardening year. To step outside on a fresh May morning and see the garden full of pastel pinks and vibrant greens, all flowers and frothy blossom,

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A firestarter

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David Wright of the Cake Shop Bakery has teamed up with Christian Stevenson, better known as ‘DJ BBQ’, to open a new all-day restaurant and café celebrating food cooked with fire. We find out more about their exciting plans to ignite the Woodbridge food scene. David’s family have been baking for the town of Woodbridge for three generations as his grandparents first opened the Cake Shop Bakery in 1946. “I always wanted to be a chef and loved watching ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and then trying to replicate this in the kitchen for family suppers – as you imagine we had some interesting meals! As a kid I used to help in the bakery and can remember coming in on Sundays to help Dad with the bread.” It was therefore inevitable that, like his father before him, David eventually tied his own apron strings and in 2012 took over the running of the

bakery. In the past seven years, he has continued to grow the company’s reputation in terms of the quality of their award-winning bread and cakes, and has also opened up a funky café next door called The Fire Station, which now roasts its own blend of deliciously smooth coffee, and relocated the bakery from behind the shop to a new purpose-built facility over at Bentwaters Park. This is where we meet, as David is working around the clock to deliver an order of 6000 doughnuts for an event in London.


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He greets me suitably attired in white apron and blue hairnet, and once I have been kitted out with the same hairdo, I perch at the workstation whilst he stirs two vast vats of salted caramel topping and a colleague methodically tackles the task of cracking over two hundred eggs. David explains that investing in the new bakery has allowed them to increase both productivity and efficiency and they are now able to supply a large number of local restaurants, cafes, farm shops and selected Co-ops with their bread and rolls. But, like the doughnuts which will be delivered to the London Coffee Festival at 5am tomorrow, David also enjoys the notoriety of creating statement cakes for highbrow clients such Harrods and Selfridges and has done commissions for the V&A and Absolut Vodka. 50

This feels like a departure from the path his grandfather and father trod but David admits that times have changed and that with the high street struggling you need to adapt if you are going to survive. “Making the most of what we have and showing that there is life in an established business is what we’ve done for over 70 years. Now we must take some risks and go all in so that the business is still going for my grandchildren to enjoy. We want to have fun, show off our talent and provide for our families.” And it is this philosophy that has led David to create a new partnership with the flamboyant and talented Christian, an American who is a live fire chef and has made a career fronting shows for MTV and Channel 4, has his own YouTube channel and is a regular guest on Jamie Oliver’s food programmes.

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They met at Camp Bestival in 2014, where David was part of The Feast Collective, a curated food tent that was being hosted by Christian, and the two immediately struck up a friendship over the virtues of pairing David’s brioche buns with Christian’s famous fire-grilled burgers. Christian was already familiar with Suffolk, as he is a friend of Jimmy Doherty, and so when talk of opening a restaurant became more than just musings across the kitchen table, he had no hesitation about agreeing to move his family to Woodbridge. The pair plan to transform the Victoria bakery and Fire Station Café into a fabulous new restaurant that will be open all day and will serve the best bread, coffee and cakes as well as wood-fired pizzas, burgers and BBQ food.

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With cafes now open in Southwold and Aldeburgh, Two Magpies Bakery is now getting rather excited about opening their third bakery, cookery school and cafe at Darsham. Courses are already being sold out, so if you fancy mastering the art of doughnuts, meringues or viennoiserie, creating the perfect sourdough loaf or serving up the perfect pizza, take a look at their website or pop in. We don’t doubt that you’ll be laden down with a selection of their amazing artisan breads, pastries and savouries when you leave…

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Grange Farm Farm Shop, between Dennington and Laxfield, opened in November 2018, stocking locally sourced produce from Suffolk and Norfolk as well as homegrown vegetables from the farm. This Tardis like Farm Shop is packed with vegetables, Hill Farm rapeseed oil and mayonnaise, High House Apple Juice and local free-range eggs, and its owner Rob is also hoping to start a local veg box delivery scheme. If you would like any further details on how to join the scheme, please contact him on 07534 983284 or call in Mon – Fri, 9am – 4.30pm or Sat 9am – 12pm.




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The ultimate steak sandwich DJ BBQ’s recipe for seared, juicy steak topped with wood-fired, dirty onions in crusty, fresh sourdough ciabatta from The Cake Shop is worth firing up your pizza oven for – even for one! Ingredients 1 8oz rib eye steak, at room temperature 1 sourdough ciabatta roll 1 onion 1 bulb garlic 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1-2 tsp grated horseradish 6-8 button mushrooms, sliced 25g diced pancetta or Lane Farm Lardons 1 chilli, half diced, half sliced 20g butter


Method Ensure your wood fired oven is fully saturated with a consistent flame. Put the onion straight into the fire and the garlic bulb directly on the floor of the oven on the opposite side to your fire. After 20 minutes, remove both and allow to cool slightly before squeezing out the sweet inners and discarding the burnt outer of both. Combine the roasted garlic with the mayo and horseradish and set to one side. Next, preheat a pan in the oven and once hot, add the pancetta and diced chilli. Cook until beginning to brown then add half the butter and the mushrooms. Return the pan to the oven to cook for a further 5 minutes or so.

Preheat a second pan in the oven until smoking hot. Prepare the steak by making little nicks with a sharp knife in all the areas of fat, rub with a light olive oil and season with salt. Cook the steak to your liking, adding the remaining butter to the pan halfway through the cook time. Once out the pan, season with cracked black pepper and leave to rest. Whilst your steak is resting, toast the ciabatta in the steak pan before spreading the horseradish aioli over both sides. Add the pancetta and mushrooms to the sandwich, chop up the onion and add that too. Once the steak is rested, slice and layer over everything else in the sandwich. Top with sliced chilli and the other half of ciabatta, pour yourself a glass and enjoy!

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round & about

Walk the Walk It is 7.30am, the air is fresh and the grass tipped with dew, the birds are in full chorus and I am conscious that my walking shoes look far too shiny and new. I hope that they are up for the challenge, as this is not your normal aboutfram 3-mile jaunt that ends with a pint and Sunday lunch, this is a 16-mile hike that is part of my training for the London Moon Walk; a 26-mile midnight walk raising funds for breast cancer. I had no hesitation in signing up for the challenge as, like many of us, I have several close friends who have recently had to go through the ordeal of ‘finding a lump’, and this seemed one small way to show my support and help raise vital funds. Although talking of support, when I said yes, I had no idea that you are expected do the walk in 62

your bra! Thankfully, this morning we are fully clad, and as I wander up the street to join my fellow walkers, collectively known as Brandeston Breast Friends, I can’t help but think how lucky we are to be out enjoying the beautiful countryside. We are eleven in total, all friends – some new, some old – plus a few daughters who have willingly fallen into step to walk beside us. There is an official training programme which we are trying to follow, although the mid-week walks have sometimes ended up just being a slightly further and faster dog walk, but we have all been committed to the longer weekend walks. Meticulously planned, using hightech apps or in some cases an old-fashioned map and a piece of string, we have walked

round & about

in ever increasing circles from Brandeston, normally with a cafĂŠ half way to deliver a fix of caffeine and that all-important slice of cake! So far, we have circumnavigated Marlesford, Framlingham, Wickham Market and Debenham, and have longer walks planned for a return loop from Snape to Sizewell and a 20-mile finale to coincide with the Alde Valley Spring Festival over at Great Glemham. The walking has been amazing, allowing us to explore forgotten footpaths, admire stunning homes tucked away from view, discover a wood where wild boar roam and even find a few hills along the way. We have had sunshine, hail, wind and rain, but most importantly we have had fun. Walking 16-miles takes over five hours, and it feels like such a luxury to spend this much time with everyone;

swapping stories, sharing problems and finding solutions. The longer walks are a challenge. With most of us being around fifty, there is much talk of aching shins, knees, backs and hips, plus a few other places Julia, our very own walking doctor, has introduced us to! But this morning, like all the other mornings, the chatter of birds is soon replaced by the chatter of ladies on a mission, and as we settle into our stride we forget the pain and look ahead to the future – it is certainly bright, and there is the promise of cake! If you would like to find out more about Brandeston Breast Friends or would like to donate, please visit the website and search for any of us: Julia, Harriet or Flossie Elson, Liz Hatten, Helen Fletcher, Lidunka Vocadlo, Karren Piper, Kerry and Poppy Ferrar or Kathy and Molly Churchill. Thank you. www.walkthewalk.org/donate/sponsor-a-walker 63


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Dix-Sept Antiques Castle Shoes 5A Albert Place Framlingham. IP13 9DX T: 01728 723470 Catherine Haddon Interiors 7 Market Hill Framlingham. IP13 9AN T: 01728 768139 www.catherinehaddon.com Darcy B 13 Market Hill Framlingham. IP13 9AN T: 01728 720052 www.darcy-b.com Impulse Fashion Market Hill Framlingham. IP13 9AN T: 01728 724969 Inula Cashmere T: 07779 583123 E: hello@inulacashmere.co.uk www.inulacashmere.co.uk FB/inulacashmere Out and About Clothing 4b Market Hill, Framlingham T: 07387 109113 www.outandaboutclothing.co.uk Phoebe and Flo 22a Well Close Square Framlingham. IP13 9DS Ruby Tyger No 1 The Mews Market Hill Framlingham. IP13 9AN T: 01728 724470 www.rubytyger.co.uk



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