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Autumn 2023 Issue Sixteen Look no further than aboutsuffolk, the local magazine that packs a Suffolk punch!

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Welcome to our autumn issue of aboutsuffolk which embraces the shift in seasons and brings you beautiful ceramics shaped by the ever-changing Suffolk shores, a brilliantly colourful home inspired by a lifetime of travel, and tasty cookery courses that make the most of local fresh ingredients – all washed down with a fine English vintage. We also let you in on our tops picks for some seasonal shopping, the low down on what’s afoot in Felixstowe, and the chance to win a £100 voucher for a spending spree in Aldeburgh. So, pop the kettle on, turn off your phone, and turn over the page. Happy reading! Sarah & Kathy

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6 Stocking fillers

24 Sugar and spice

Our pick of some of the best Christmas markets and fairs offering beautiful, seasonal gifts.

The home of travel and lifestyle blogger Lulu Townsend pops with colour and the trinkets of her travels.

12 Out and about A round up of local events.

16 Fashion Fix

30 Get the look Chic ideas for restyling your home.

New styles for a new season.

34 about town

20 Health & beauty

New designs and lots for sale if you are feeling jammy.

Brightening tips for your skin, gorgeous autumnal nails, and connecting with a new Bioresonance treatment.

36 about time We take time out in Felixstowe and explore all it has to offer.

42 The Felixstowe Edit A selection of what’s in store for shoppers in Felixstowe.

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46 In full swig

64 Yes chef!

We visit Flint Vineyard where they are crafting elegant fine wines that have top sommeliers raising a glass.

We pop on a pinny and visit the Food Hub Cookery School to see what’s cooking.

52 Behind the wheel

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Nancy Main shapes beautiful sculptural ceramics at her studio in Yoxford, which is a calming sanctuary of clay and creativity.

Crossing continents and celebrating the finest fare on our doorstep.

58 Reap what you sow

A hearty warming curry that is perfect for autumnal suppers.

Harnessing the beauty of nature by gathering the seeds of your garden ready to sow next spring.

62 Competition Time Your chance to win a £100 voucher for a shopping spree in Aldeburgh.

72 Jamaican-style muntjac curry

74 Get a mooove on! A gorgeous circular walk that loops along the River Deben at Lower Ufford.

79 Stockists Where to buy all the lovely stuff!

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Stocking Fillers The festive season creeps ever closer and soon you won’t be able to step outside without tripping up over a bauble or a getting snared in some fairy lights! So, for once, we have decided to embrace Christmas early to bring you our top picks for where to shop if you are looking to fill your stockings with a selection of beautifully crafted gifts. 6

Slow Living Market: 4th-5th November The season kicks off with the Slow Living Market: 4th-5th November, a beautiful market showcasing a selection of unique artisans from Suffolk and beyond that is held at Orford Town Hall every autumn. This year, there is also the opportunity to take part in a range of demonstrations including a Darning and Visible Mending Workshop by Lark and Bower and the Decorative Art of Calligraphy run by Lucy Berridge – but be quick as spaces are limited.

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LOVE.cO: 10th-11th November This is followed by LOVE.cO: 10th-11th November, hosted at the yoga and meditation studio Vida Haus, where you can also expect great coffee from the First Cafe. This pop-up focusses on sustainability and wellbeing so there will be some fabulous pre-loved clothing from the Worn Works and Tonya’s Pre-loved, vintage treasures for the home from No1 East Lane and Msika Home, stunning floral wreaths from Olgaskavos Botaanika’s own garden, and ethically sourced gifts from Bily at Vida Haus.

Thrive Collective: 16th November-17th December The following week, Thrive Collective: 16th

Nov-17th Dec, reopens at Helmingham Hall in time for the festivities and their Illuminated Garden Trail. Run by Megan Rose Clark, this exquisite little shop is a true gem, fit to bursting with gorgeous gifts from crafters and makers that she sources from across East Anglia. She also sells a collection of her own delicately painted botanical prints and cards, and the courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and warm mince pie from the café.

Fête de Noël: 18th-26th November Another must-visit is the Fête de Noël: 18th-26th November, at the Boule-in over in Bildeston. A spectacularly theatrical shopping event selling decorative French treasures, lifestyle accessories and authentic 7

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French antiques. Curated and styled by Cathy and her husband Peter, expect to fill your basket with a selection of pretty coloured glasses, huge glazed baubles, French candlesticks and a mix of antique tureens for the Christmas table. They also always have a lovely collection of bistro table and chairs and chippy metal benches sourced from their many shopping trips to France so make sure you have plenty of room in the boot!

Aldeburgh Yacht Club Christmas Gift Fair: 1st December As we move into December, the countdown really does begin and first up is the Aldeburgh Yacht Club Christmas Gift Fair: 1st December. Rasing money for charities, the AYC Schools Sailing Trust and Big Kid Foundation, the fair is a carefully curated 8

mix of stalls offering unique Christmas gifts for interiors, clothing, antiques, jewellery, Christmas food and decorations.

Abbey Hall Christmas Fair: 1st-2nd December On the same weekend, you can also take a trip to the Abbey Hall Christmas Fair: 1st-2nd December. Every year this wonderful 15th century hall is transformed into the most beautiful setting for their Christmas fair. We recommend visiting on the Friday night as the space looks magical in the candlelight, and the shopping will not disappoint either: jewellery, interiors and textiles, vintage clothing, sheepskin rugs, Christmas decorations, wreaths and floristy, antiques and collectibles – all under one roof.

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Wingfield Barns Christmas Market: 2nd-3rd December

Converge: 5th-17th December

Wingfield Barns opens its doors to their Christmas Market: 2nd-3rd December, where over forty stalls will be selling a lovely range of festive gifts, crafts and toys. This is a great one for all the family as there is plenty of parking and there will also be entertainment, hot food and mulled wine to warm you up.

And finally, the popular Converge: 5th-17th December, returns to 10 Church Street, Framlingham with its usual beautifully curated selection of local artisans selling a mix of hand crafted jewellery, beauty products, original artwork, pottery, woodworks, canvas bags and basketry.

Orford Festive Makers Market: 3rd December

We hope this inspires you to get organised early this year as there really are some amazing gifts, all from independents who are offering something unique. So forget the boring chains or armchair amazon scrolling and get out and get Christmas wrapped!

On the Sunday, Orford Town Hall hosts the Orford Festive Makers Market: 3rd December – which is not easy to say if you have had a few mulled wines! – and here you will find plenty to fill your stockings, as there will stalls selling candles, ceramics, clothing, jewellery, soaps, stationery and textiles.




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October 13th-29th: Spill Festival An Arts Festival with performances, music, visual arts, family events and more, coming to Ipswich 23rd-26th: No Sex in Southwold When his wife goes away, Teddy’s life is turned upside down by a mysterious stranger. Comedy by Robin Brooks. Southwold Arts Centre 24th-11th Nov: The Ungodly An explosive new play exploring the events which led to the terrifying witch hunts led by Mathew Hopkins, Witchfinder General. Red Rose Chain 26th & 28th: Cinderella A joyous opera from The English Touring Opera, complete with a wicked stepfather and a noble prince. Snape Maltings


29th: Indigo Moon presents Jungle Book A magical shadow-theatre telling of Kipling’s classic for families. Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

4th: Away Beyond The Fret The official launch of Honey & The Bear’s new album inspired by “Suffolk, family, pioneering women, and true heroes.” Snape Maltings

31st: At The Drop of a Hat - Foolhardy Circus A veritable melange of circus skills, acrobatics and comedy. Fishers Theatre

4th: Discover Suffolk Wildlife Trust Discover Suffolk’s amazing wildlife. Carlton Marshes 10am-2pm

31st-4thNov: Dracula The Bloody Truth. This critically acclaimed, multi-five-star-awarded hilarious comedy will have you dying of laughter. The New Wolsey November 3rd: Tony Winn This singer, poet and songwriter brings his poignant, witty and lyrical performances to Wingfield Barns. 7.30pm 4th: Hauntings A spellbinding evening of tales of the supernatural by the awardwinning actor, Gerard Logan. Fishers Theatre

4th-5th: Slow Living Fair Showcasing and demonstrating craft from Suffolk and beyond. Orford Town Hall. 5-17th: Converge Christmas Artists, designers and makers pop-up at 10 Church Street, Framlingham. 9.30am-5pm 4th-5th: Southwold Literary Festival A weekend of talks and book readings. Southwold Arts Centre 10th-11th: LOVE.cO Pop-up collective of beautiful, sustainable gifts. Vida Haus 10am - 2.30pm

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16th-17th Dec: Illuminated Garden Trail Step into a magical world of light, colour and sound. Helmingham Hall. 4.30pm onwards 17th-19th: Journey’s End RoughCast presents one of the greatest of all English war plays. The Cut and Wingfield Barns 18th-26th: Fête de Noël A gorgeous selection of French antiques and beautiful treasures. A French brocante in the heart of Bildeston. The boule-in 23rd-20th Jan: Dick Whittington and his Cat A new version of the classic family-favourite show. The New Wolsey

December 1st-2nd: Abbey Hall Christmas Fair A feast of vintage clothing, floristry, decorations, jewellery and presents. Abbey Hall, Eye 2nd-3rd: Christmas Market Gifts, crafts, toys, entertainment, hot food and mulled wine at Wingfield Barns. 2nd-31st: Christmas Exhibition A delightful selection of artwork from established artists. Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh 3rd: Festive Makers Market Fabulous selection of seasonal gifts by local makers. Orford Town Hall. 10am-4pm 8th-31st Dec: The Tale of Mr Tod Delve into the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter with this wonderful Christmas show. Red Rose Chain

16th-31st: Cinderella You shall go to the ball as REDuck ProDUCKtions return with the most enchanting pantomime of all. Fishers Theatre 19th: Christmas Carols at The Red House Mince pies, warm spiced drinks, and a plethora of seasonal festive favourites. The Red House 2pm 19th: Chanters Jigge - a Merrie Olde Christmas A lively romp of carols and festive music from across the centuries. The Cut 21st: Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging Christmas! Swing into the holiday season with the best of jazz from the silver screen. Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 27th: Wild Babies at Foxburrow Farm An opportunity for infants and their caregivers to connect with nature and have a cuppa. 1.30pm





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1. Seasonal style Ruby Tyger Needlecord dungarees £34 / Mohair jumper £46 / Satin skirt £41

4. Autumn layering Moose

2. Eribe knitwear No10 Market Hill from £165

6. Crossover handbag Ruby and the Angel £13.50

3. Raised collar sweater Ichi @ OC Butcher £120

7. Pre-loved edit Matisa Market

5. Striped pullover Part Two @ Fleur £179.95




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9. Funky knitwear Dedicated @ Hug From £79 10. Vintage Aquascutum coat Vintage Sister £180


11. Pink heels Shoe the bear @ Collen and Clare £145 12. Gorgeous jacket Essential Antwerp @ Anna £379 13. Nouvelle boots Ecco @ Ives Footwear £160 14. Caps & coats Schöffel @ Ernest Doe


15. Hammered Honesty earrings Andrea Wright Designs £45

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Inside & out Current treatment Did you know that the human body runs on a kind of electricity called bioelectricity? Instead of electrons, these currents are created by the movements of mostly positively charged ions, such as potassium, sodium and calcium. Sophie Angela has learnt to understand these complex rhythms and offers a range of treatments based on measuring the bioelectricity in the body and harmonising any disturbance she finds. Bioresonance has been proven to help in many areas including woman’s health, the immune system, the nervous system, digestion, skin conditions, stress, the heart and circulation. Through using Bioresonance, essential oils and connecting with intuition, Sophie offers long term support to help you harmonise your energy and to support your magnificent energetic potential. www.sophieangela.co.uk 20

New from Clarins, Tinted OleoSerum (£39) is a tinted skincare serum which combines unique mineral pigments with nourishing botanical oils to boost your glow and hydrate your skin. The key natural ingredients are jojoba and hazelnut oils which are wonderfully soothing for the skin, and they also contain ceramides that help strengthen the skin’s barrier function. It is perfect for transitioning from lightweight summer tinted moisturisers to something more hydrating which still adds warmth to your skin tone and gives you a radiant glow. Available from Woodbridge Pharmacy

Nailed it! This autumn, treat yourself to a little glamour with The gel Bottle’s new range of deliciously rich colours.

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This new Glamourati palette includes 10 must-have gel polishes including the vibrant blue of Anthem, the deep red of French Kiss, and the metallic sage of Liquid. This gorgeous selection of metallics, reflective glitters and indulgent hues is just perfect for spicing things up this season. Available from The Retreat Beauty Salon and No.10 Lash and Beauty Lounge

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Rehydrate your skin with this brightening and tightening facial that smooths the skin and visibly reduces fine lines and age spots. Glycopeel is an anti-ageing treatment which helps boost collagen production and focuses on deep cleaning and exfoliation,

so it is also an excellent treatment for dull, congested and acne prone skin. The unique combination of Glycolic Acid and pomegranate enzyme leads to a brighter complexion and gives back your natural radiance and luminosity.




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In what was once a working jam factory, Lulu Townsend, travel writer and lifestyle blogger, has created a wonderfully colourful and vibrant home. The rooms are an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary, punctuated throughout with pops of pink and full of cherished keepsakes, bold artwork, and bohemian textiles. The house, aptly named The Jam Factory, overlooks the common at Snape. It was converted by the previous owners in 2013, and the design has been well thought through, creating four self-contained bedrooms that radiate from a large open plan living area that sits at its heart. Lula and her two daughters moved in just over a year ago and I love how unashamedly feminine it all is. Deep sofas are piled high with plump, brightly coloured cushions and soft throws, Moroccan rugs and antique kilims add pattern and texture, and strings of fairy lights and trays of scented candles offer up their

soft glow as the night draws in. An enormous bookcase takes up an entire wall of the snug, its shelves lined with luxury travel guides, lifestyle tomes, cookbooks and holiday reads, and a sumptuous pink velvet chair looks the perfect spot in which to curl up and dip into one of the many magazines that are strewn across an upholstered footstool. Lulu grew up in Thorpe Morieux, a small village just outside Lavenham, but spent many years in Umbria where her parents owned and ran a small boutique hotel. Already well travelled, having worked in 25

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events and hospitality for many years, Lulu saw that there was a gap for marketing similar bespoke independent hotels and in 2002 launched her own boutique hotel brand, which she rebranded in 2019 as Lulu’s Luxury Lifestyle. This has led to a world of exploration and it is clear that she still takes enormous delight in uncovering hidden gems, and is passionate about opening their doors to a wider audience. She also runs Mixologems, an online jewellery business selling a collection of charms, pendants and gemstone jewellery made by skilled artisans from Rajasthan in India. Lulu’s enthusiasm for travel is infectious and as we take a tour of the house she constantly pauses to recount the stories behind many of her much-loved treasures: a golden incense burner in the shape of a lotus flower is from the Himalayas; a wall of decorative mirrors 26

from the markets of India; a delicate tealight holder that casts the shadow of a townhouse came back from a weekend in Amsterdam; a stack of tasselled hand towels from Marrakech; and, endearingly, a row of heart-shaped stones collected from Aldeburgh beach. Lulu also has an eye for artwork and her walls are adorned with bold bright scenes of Indian life, rustic Italian villas, contemporary landscapes, several beautiful abstracts by local artist Boo Compton and a striking black and white painting by Derek Chambers. The kitchen is a wonderful family space. The island is scattered with the debris of a busy home life, a well-stocked drinks trolley looks promising, and a long table with a mismatch of chairs welcomes family suppers and sociable evenings recounting tales of a recent travels. To one corner, a brick archway from

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the original factory is a reminder of the building’s heritage, reinforced by a funky pink neon ‘The Jam Factory’ sign that sits above an antique Swedish sideboard. Huge sliding glass doors lead out to the patio and a meadow beyond, and the autumn sunshine catches the leaves of the two ancient apples trees, the only survivors of the factory’s orchards that would have once stood here. It’s a great space for entertaining, with an assortment of tables and chairs, and a BBQ and pizza oven that hint at summer evenings continuing long into the night. For a property born from such industrial roots, The Jam Factory is now a home with a great sense of fun. The splashes of colour, such as the bright pink tassels that hang from every door handle, are wonderfully playful, and Lulu’s love of colour and maximalism is brilliantly counterbalanced by an undertone

of calming neutrals. She understands that the crimson headboard in the guest room is the perfect backdrop to the crisp white bedlinen, that neutral sofas are brought to life by the richness of sari cushions, and how a wellplaced painting can transform a quiet corner. As I leave, I see Lulu’s suitcase packed and ready for her next adventure and can only wonder what little keepsake will find its way back to Suffolk to be added to her evergrowing collection of travelling mementos. I also get the feeling that after a lifetime spent visiting some of the world’s top boutique hotels, Lulu is the one person who really does know that there is no place like home. Follow on Instagram @lulusluxurylifestyle and @mixologems






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1. Pappelina rugs Vanil From £45

5. Sumptuous sheepskins Woolly Comforts From £70

2. Luxury bedlinen Sanderson @ Barretts From £75

6. Foundry casserole dish Woodbridge Kitchen Shop £44.99

3. Enamelware mug Falcon @ collated £12.50

7. Apple dishes Traditional Pottery Co. £19.50

4. Handmade bags & bunting Sweffling Designs@ Goldfinch

8. Suffolk Plough cushions Beki Bright @ The Merchant’s Table £120



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9. Designer radiators Suffolk Radiators 10. Handmade pods Sophie Cook Ceramics From £215 11. Traditional Moroccan rugs Red Eyed Dove 12. Glimmer leaf lights Ruby and the Angel £18.99


13. Hanging planters Layer Tree £79


14. Vintage collectibles Hatfield House @ Marlesford Mill 15. Pure wool blanket East of Eden £150 16. Block printed quilt Constance and Denny £185 17. Hand thrown ceramics Frankie Ceramics @ Converge

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Homemade jam for sale Would you like to be your own boss and produce highly regarded Suffolk products? Tucked in the shadow of an old windmill with glorious views out across open countryside, Preserves of Suffolk is a small Suffolk-based company run by Louise Miller and Liz Hubert - familiar faces to anyone visiting the local famers’ markets or food festivals. They have owned the business since 2013 and produce 29 varieties of jams, marmalades, curds and chutneys for an extensive customer base, including the East of England Coop, farm shops, delis, caterers and direct customers. Liz and Louise have now decided to sell, so this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for a flexible life-style business that will fit in around family commitments. They source their ingredients locally and everything, including labelling, is done by hand in small batches of 20-30 jars. On average they produce 300-400 jars a day, but this could easily be scaled up if the process was automated. The business can remain at the existing premises; however, it is easily transferrable if you wanted to run it from home. If you would like an informal chat or for more information, please call 01449 760629 or email indulge@bettyandmiller.co.uk


LayerTree has been designing and making beautiful items for the home and garden using a unique steambending process since 2012. Now, they are offering you the chance to have a go by signing up to their ‘Make a Planter’ course. This half-day beginners course allows you to get really hands on with woodwork and other crafts in a completely new way. No prior experience or knowledge of working with wood is necessary as the team will get you familiarised with the steam-bending technique so you can create your own stylish wooden planter to take home. Thursday 30th November, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December. All materials and equipment will be supplied. Quote ABOUT5 for a £5 discount. www.layertree.co.uk

Go wild Thanks to the amazing response from supporters, volunteers, members, and local businesses, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has secured £1,000,000 to complete the land purchase for ‘Martlesham Wilds’ – a new 300-acre nature reserve on the banks of the River Deben. An amazing achievement as the campaign was only launched in October 2022, just going to show how that is only takes one year – and over 2,300 brilliant people - to secure the future of our local wildlife and landscape for many more to come.

Don’t settle for less

Well-known for having two names, the Low House aka The King’s Head - at Laxfield is now hoping to potentially acquire 1000 new owners!

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A favourite local for many, the pub is currently owned by The Low House CIC (Community Interest Company) who rescued it from closure and possible development in 2018. Since then, it has thrived, serving local beer and wholesome homecooked food and always guaranteeing the warmest of welcomes. Now, they are offering people the chance to purchase shares in the pub to ensure the longterm future of this unique Suffolk landmark and to guarantee that there always be a seat at the settle. Shares are £500 each and there are various options for payment. For more information pop in for a pint and pick up a prospectus or email lowhousefriends@gmail.com. 35

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about time in ... Felixstowe Situated on a strategic stretch of coastline between the mouths of the Orwell and Deben rivers, Felixstowe is a great destination, whether you’re a ‘bucket and spade’ type, an eagle-eyed browser, a lover of seafaring history or just enjoy a blast of sea air. 36

As well as a magnificent seafront, boasting Great Britain’s newest pier, Napoleonic Martello towers, award-winning gardens and miles of beautiful beaches, wander through Felixstowe town and you’ll discover some great independent shops, cafes and fine Edwardian architecture.

Felixstowe town centre is awash with independent shops, so seek them out in amongst about the high street stores and time you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a bookworm, pop into Stillwater Books on Hamilton Rd for a newly published page-turner and put time aside to take in the mind-boggling number of second-hand books at Treasure Chest Books. Just around the corner, discover the day’s catch, fresh off the boats, at The Felixstowe Fishmonger to go with a some seasonal veg from Fruit & Flowers greengrocers. Visit neighbours on Orwell Rd, Onion Vinyl & Grooveyard Records for a blast from the past. Admire the perennially beautiful window display at Tea & Kate, a fabulous concept store, before picking up a ‘wee gem’ in Bailey Girling Antiques. Indulge in the beautifully curated selection of gifts, homeware and seaside ranges at Suffolk Living and Ruby & Scarlet, both on Hamilton Rd. Pick up a seasonal outfit that won’t break the bank at Livia’s Boutique and marvel at the selection of cards and stationery at The Card Centre, a family run business that’s been in town for over seven decades! Allow plenty of time to visit Beach Street, a great shopping hot-spot on the seafront behind Mannings Amusement Arcade. Created from Felixstowe’s own upcycled shipping containers, it’s home to over 25 independent businesses including All Shapes, which sells street and skate inspired art and lifestyle products from its double decker bus! 37

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Like Felixstowe Port, the food and drink scene in Felixstowe is international, with several great Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern restaurants to choose from, as well as plentiful cafes, bistros, and of course, fish & chip shops!

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Here are our top picks: Embrace the season and head out early to enjoy a traditional fry-up down at Felixstowe Ferry, either at The Ferry Café or Winkles, before walking it off on the coastal path. Relax in the warm surroundings of Cuppa - a popular spot for locals just a ten-minute walk from the town centre - over an organic coffee, fairtrade tea or yummy vegetarian lunch. For traditional fish & chips, you cannot beat The Fish Dish. Fast beforehand as their portions are huge! Indulge in afternoon tea at Nutshells by the Sea, run by Ian and Jill who celebrated its 1st birthday in September, having lost its country cousin in 2022 to a devastating fire. Savour an artisan ice-cream from the Little Ice Cream Co. Open 364 days a year, the team makes over 100 flavours from its own dairy herd. Write off an evening (Thurs – Sun) at Saltpeter Tapas, the newest arrival at Beach Street, over tapas such as secreto iberico, mushroom and truffle croquetas, and baby squid. We hear the wine is fabulous too! 39

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Enjoy a circular walk from Landguard Point to Cobbold Point and back through the town, a route full of variety and great views. Before setting out, visit Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Museum where you’ll learn how significant a role Felixstowe played in the defence of these shores from the C16 onwards. Pick up a flyer with the detailed route at Felixstowe Town Council, next to the Seafront Gardens.

A pause on a pew With views of the promenade and out to sea, the Seafront Gardens are eight interconnected Grade II listed gardens furnished with a good number of benches. Try not to turn green with envy at the immaculate lawns, sumptuously planted borders; just enjoy the seabreeze from their sheltered surrounds.

Ship-spotting From the aptly named View Point next to Landguard Fort, watch the world’s largest container ships being loaded and unloaded at Felixstowe Port, Britain’s biggest and busiest container port. There’s a handy café onsite too, so if it’s blowing a hoolie, you can carry on counting ships in comfort over tea and cake.

A Festive Dip Join an annual merry band of c.600 dippers and kickstart the yuletide festivities in charitable fashion by signing up for the Christmas Day Dip, which raises funds for St Elizabeth’s Hospice. Why not get a group together and take advantage of early bird tickets. Book before midnight on the 31st October at www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

Topping up in Trimley Having said your farewell to Felixstowe after a full day of fun, food and fascinating finds, take the back road home via Trimley St Martin. It is home to both The Sausage Shop & Butchery, and Goslings Farm Shop, where you can stock up your fridge and larder with delicious locally made goodies. 40


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1. Inspirational lighting Abbeygate Lighting

4. Bespoke kitchens Falstaff Home Design

2. Beautiful interiors Bijou Lifestyle & Interiors

5. Vintage French glassware Felixstowe Emporium

3. Country fashion Coes

6. Gorgeous things for little people Fox & Bramble



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8. Luxury menswear Toggs Clothing 9. Stylish fashion Livia’s Boutique 10. Bestsellers & classics Stillwater Books 11. Homewares & kitchen emporium Ruby & Scarlet 12. Luxury jewellery brands Hills Jewellery


13. Vintage vinyl Onion Vinyl and Grooveyard Records


14. Homewares & gifts Suffolk Living

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In full swig

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Nestling amidst gently rolling countryside on the Suffolk Norfolk border, Flint Vineyard is making waves in the world of wine production. Since opening in 2016, it has become a beacon of innovation, crafting ground-breaking English white, red, and sparkling wines that rival those from traditional wine-producing regions around the world. Founded by Ben Witchell, a winemaker with a vision to challenge the norms of winemaking, the story of this vineyard is one of passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Ben studied Oenology and Viticulture at the prestigious Plumpton College and then gained experience working at vineyards in the Beaujolais region of France and the vast winelands of the Napa Valley in California. Here he learnt both the ‘old school’ method of wine making as well as the more creative and intuitive approaches, both of which strongly influence

his own methodology and in only a short time Flint Vineyard has become recognised as one of England’s most exciting wine producers. On the day I visit, they are mid-harvest, and the winery is in full swing. Vats of luscious black grapes are being destalked and pressed, and the air is ripe with their deliciously fruity aroma which carries hints of blackberry and cherry. Over a glass of chilled white, I chat with Dan, the vineyard’s brand ambassador. “It has been exciting to 47

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see how well the wines have been received and we were very proud to be accepted by Britain’s oldest wine merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, in 2017 – the first ever English still wine to grace their cellars – and have partnered with London-based specialist retailer and distributor, Swig.” Approximately fifty percent of the wine is sold to the trade, so you will see their bottles in the Adnams shops, The Swan at Southwold and The Regatta in Aldeburgh, and the Chestnut Groups’ pubs. Further afield, you will also find them on the shelves of Reserve Wines in the trendy Northern Quarter of Manchester, being recommended by the sommelier at one of Rick Stein’s restaurants, or at Benedict’s in Norwich, The vineyard currently has 6.5 hectares in production, and they grow a mix of Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, which 48

are all well suited to the warm, dry climate of East Anglia and the soil found at Flint. “We are lucky as we have a mix of gravel and sand which means it is very free draining so the vines never get waterlogged. But, and this is why it is so perfect, there is also a layer of clay about a metre down which helps retain sufficient moisture for the vines to flourish.” Harvesting takes place from late September through to the middle of November, and the vines are then pruned through January and February to ensure vigorous new growth come the spring, and from March onwards, Oli, the vineyard manager and assistant winemaker, is kept busy nipping out shoots and tying in the tender shoots. “We have to be careful not to get caught by an early frost and some nights will see us all out amongst the vines, lighting candles in an effort to raise the air temperature.”

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They produce three white wines at Flint which all embody its unique terroir and climate: Bacchus, a zingy, fresh white full of sherbet lemon and elderflower; Bacchus Fumé which is fermented in oak barrels to give it a slightly creamy texture and offers hints of pear and pineapple; and the popular Silex Blanc, which is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay – the latter picked from a partner vineyard in Essex – and is a rich textural wine full of bright lemon and apricot. Their red wine, Pinot Noir Précoce, is made from an early ripening variety of the grape, so is a Beaujolais style wine, silky smooth with a lovely spiciness and notes of sour cherry and cranberry. They also produce a Charmat Rose, a sparkling rose made using an innovative blend of aromatic, hybrid and heritage grape varieties sourced from partner vineyards in Norfolk and Essex, which, with its delicate

pink colour and notes of summer fruits, has proven to be a huge hit and accounts for nearly half of their total production. They currently produce approximately 45,000 bottles a year, and with another 2.5 hectares recently planted with Pinot Noir, we can only hope that Ben and his team will continue to push the boundaries to create extraordinary wines that challenge convention and redefine the world of winemaking. I think we can all raise a glass to that! The cellar door and tasting room is open Mon-Sat. Vineyard Tours can be booked until the end of December. www.flintvineyard.com (Simon Buck / @sibuckphoto) 49



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Behind the wheel

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As the autumn sunlight streams through the huge picture windows of Nancy Main’s pottery studio in Yoxford, the air dances with tiny particles of floating clay dust. Nancy is a gifted ceramicist with an unyielding passion for crafting stunning organic shapes, and her studio is a delightful sanctuary of clay and creativity. Nancy succumbed to the lure of the wheel whilst working as a primary school teacher in Bristol, a love that grew and finally became her passion after a trip to New Zealand. “I joined a community pottery in Nelson where the studios were open all day and all night, so I was able to totally immerse myself in the process. By the time I left I was completely smitten!” On her return to the UK, Nancy was fortunate enough to secure a space at the Gaolyard Studio in St Ives, founded by the ground-breaking potter, John Bedding, and it was there, surrounded by other creatives and ceramicists, that she allowed her imagination to breathe life into

the large sculptural pieces that have since become her signature style. “It was an amazing experience as we were all young artists eager for recognition. Over the four years I was there, we hosted several group exhibitions which started to attract the attention of the art world and suddenly my pieces were being sought by galleries across the UK.” Nancy and her husband, Jason Vincent, a trained chef and fellow artist, moved to Suffolk in 2006. “We were originally looking in North Norfolk, but when we came across this property, we just loved the building and 53

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the space it offered. This studio was a fish and chip shop at the time, so we bought it, moved it, and ran the chippy for a year.” Having settled into the area, they then decided to change the space into a restaurant, and in 2007 opened ‘Mains’, which was a huge success and well known for its wonderful food and warm welcome. During this time, with a young family and thriving business, Nancy had taken a step back from her potting, but in 2018 she made the decision to turn her attention back to the wheel and set up a small makeshift studio in the old chip room. “It felt wonderful to rekindle my love of working with clay and to reconnect with the shapes and forms of the natural world that inspire me.” Covid came and went and with it the need for a change, so in 2021 the restaurant closed 54

and a month later Nancy reopened it as her studio, where, as well as working on her own pieces, she also runs a series of pottery classes, sharing her techniques and insights with aspiring potters and fellow artists. She has room for up to seven students who sit at wheels around a large communal table, making it a welcoming and sociable space for anyone wishing to have a go. “You don’t need any experience and although I teach the basic techniques, I encourage everyone to make what feels right for them. I love it when everyone is bent over their wheel, totally absorbed in their own creativity. There is something very relaxing about a shared, concentrated effort.” The studio shelves are laden with a variety of works in progress: vases, bowls, jugs and figures, and rows of tubs marked with the drying drips of different coloured glazes jostle with an array

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of tools used for mark making and different finishing techniques. Nancy’s own work is also on display and I take delight in the subtle organic forms and wonderfully expressive pieces that she shapes. Her work is deeply rooted in her love for nature and how we as humans interact with it. The smooth contours and graceful lines of her recent series, entitled ‘Drift’, are inspired by the forms and shifting nature of the landscape of Shingle Street. “I wanted this work to reflect the vulnerability of the landscape and to explore its ever-changing relationship with the sea - beautiful, yet unpredictable and at times precarious, but with an inherent sense of balance and equilibrium.” Nancy’s sculptural ceramics have the ability to tell a story by inviting us to interpret the narrative she skilfully

weaves into the clay. Through her hands, the true essence of nature is lovingly moulded into timeless, organic forms that inspire a reverence for the world around us and elicit an emotional response that you feel deep within your core. It is no surprise that Nancy has been selected for the prestigious ‘Rising Stars’ exhibition at The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey and has recently been accepted as a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, which represents some of the most talented craft makers in the UK. Her work will also be on show at the Craft Co Gallery in Southwold and the Slow Living Market, Orford this November. For details of her pottery classes visit www.yoxfordmakers.co.uk www.nancymainceramics.co.uk 55



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Reap what you sow

As the colour slowly fades from your garden, many of your summer favourites are about to offer up one last treasure – a seedhead bursting with possibilities for next year’s rich tapestry.


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The trick is to know when to harvest. Collect the seeds too early and they might not have fully ripened, which will result in poor germination. Leave it too late and you risk losing them to the birds or even worse, watching them blow away in the breeze. Generally, once the seedheads have changed colour from green to brown or black and are starting to open, they are ready for harvest. With capsule seedheads such as love-in-amist, snapdragons and poppies, you can hear the seeds rattling inside so just give them a little shake. With flowers like scabiosa, marigold and echinacea, the seedheads are papery so you can rub these out by hand, and those that form pods, like delphinium and sweet peas, can be split open, but beware they don’t explode on touch and scatter their precious cargo to the four winds. Once collected, allow your seeds to completely dry out on paper towels for a few

days before popping into envelopes clearly marked with the name and variety of flower, and then store somewhere dark and dry. Some people swear by storing them in the fridge or freezer as this guarantees they will not germinate but I would worry that they would end up being sprinkled over my pasta! Seed harvesting is so rewarding, so don’t just pillage the flower beds, the veggie patch is abundant in future crops too. With squashes, berries or tomatoes, mash into a sieve and pick out the seeds. Try to get rid of as much of the pulp as possible and only select the larger, healthiest looking seeds. These will need to be thoroughly dried before storage. Make sure you leave some seedheads to develop on the plants as not only do they add architectural interest and look fabulous when captured by the frost, they will also provide food for visiting birds and shelter for hibernating insects such as ladybirds. 59

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Slowly does it Despite the unseasonably warm October and many gardens enjoying a late flush of colour, November will soon steal upon us and blow the cold breath of winter through our borders. Flowers will fade, foliage will wither and curl, the silhouette of our trees will slowly reappear, and lawns disappear under a carpet of fallen leaves. This is nature’s way of wrapping up for winter, shrinking back below the earth to rest and recover, and we can help by clearing faded annuals, cutting back leggy perennials, and adding protective layers of mulch and straw. December brings the danger of frost, so make sure potted plants are moved to the sunniest spots. Warm up with some winter pruning. Climbing roses will benefit from a hard prune, taking side stems right back to just 3-4 buds from the main framework and then tying them in to the support ready for next year’s growth. Large fruit trees will also benefit as pruning

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November Lift dahlia tubers Plant tulips Rake leaves

helps to improve their shape and productivity. As the festive season approaches, go foraging for evergreens such as holly and ivy, stems of vibrant rose hips and rambling wild clematis to create a simple wreath for your front door. With the borders laid bare, January is a good time to plan for the gardening year ahead. After a morning of digging the veg patch, take time over coffee to indulge in seed catalogues and gardening magazines that will help inspire your planting. Be brave and make plans to replant a whole bed that lacked lustre last year – a carefully considered colour scheme and flowering schedule will ensure months of pleasure. And remember to leave room for your harvested seeds that are still safely under wraps but, come the spring, will offer up trays of beautiful seedlings.

December Hang bird feeders Plant bare-root roses Prune fruit trees

January Cut back ornamental grasses Deadhead pansies Dig over the veg patch


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Yes chef

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Kenton Hall is a family-run estate that has long been committed to sustainable farming practices and open to pioneering diversification programmes. As well as offering residential courses, glamping and weddings, the newly refurbished Food Hub also offers cookery courses that perfectly marry the art of cooking with the bounty of the farm’s produce. The estate is run and managed by the McVeigh family, including siblings Emily, Lucy and Tom, and it is Emily who greets me at the door of the Food Hub wearing her apron and a warm smile. Emily originally set up the school in 2014, but in March this year it underwent a major refurbishment to become a Miele partnership cookery school, and now offers an exciting programme of courses that will appeal to beginners, food enthusiasts and aspiring chefs alike. Emily runs the school alongside professional chef, Sophie-Rose Glover, who trained at the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine

and has since sharpened her knives in kitchens across the US and Europe. Both share a genuine passion for cooking that is centred around an appreciation of flavour, freshness and taste that comes from understanding the origins of food. The farm is an essential part of this culinary journey as most of the ingredients used in the kitchen are raised, grown and harvested there. These include beef from the English Longhorn Cattle, pork from the rare breed pigs, and vegetables from Emily’s aunt’s amazing potager garden and from Cam, who 65

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has recently set up Five Rod Farm, planting a no-dig allotment in a sunny corner on one of the fields on the estate. Cam has only been there a year, but in that time his green fingers have been busy. Sophie has already enjoyed cooking with his beetroot, onions, potatoes and salad crops and is looking forward to seeing what she can do with the chard, pumpkin and various squashes and gourds that are taking over the patch this autumn. He has also set up a weekly veg box scheme and customers will soon be able to collect their orders at the self-service farm shop that is opening at the Food Hub. This will also be stocked with a small range of farm produce such as bacon, sausages, eggs, and freshly baked bread and pastries from Acre Bakery, run by Emily’s husband, Alex. Whilst Sophie turns her attention to the menu for this week’s course, Emily takes me on a tour of the kitchen. The refurbishment 66

was carried out by local company Anglia Factors, and it has been well thought out, with dedicated workstations for 12 people, each with their own state of the art induction hob, stainless steel work area and fully equipped drawers. There is a spacious chef tutor station at one end that is rigged with a camera so demonstrations can be shown on the large screens along the walls, and at the other end, a bank of eye-level Miele ovens makes for an impressive backdrop. Whilst Emily expertly removes some chocolate chip cookies from the oven that have been filling the kitchen with the most heavenly aroma, I peer enviously into Sophie’s huge larder cupboard that is filled with jars of spices, seasoning, grains, pulses and unusual condiments. Over a cup of coffee and a warm cookie we chat about the up-coming courses. Full day

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courses run on Saturdays, and these range from traditional Italian cookery and vegetarian courses to the more adventurous sushi and dim sum making courses. They also have a fun programme of Wednesday evening classes where you can learn to roll out fresh pasta, prepare Spanish tapas, or get into the festive season with cocktails and canapes. In December, there are some specialised Christmas courses including a delightful Saturday course where you learn how to make a range of delicious Christmas treats followed by an afternoon of wreath making with the talented Victoria from The Meadow Patch, a sustainable Suffolk flower farm. Although Sophie is the main chef and tutor, The Food Hub also works with guest chefs, such as Lilian Hiw who brings her knowledge of Asian fusion and exotic

flavours to the table, and Padmaja Kochera who spices things up with her twist on traditional Indian recipes. Thurston Butchers are brought in to explain about the different cuts of meat and how to prepare game, and Alex from Acre Bakery unlocks the secret to the perfect sourdough loaf. All the courses are about learning how to harness flavour, understanding the provenance of each ingredient, and appreciating the journey from field to fork. Cooking should be fun and there is nothing more satisfying than gathering friends and family around your kitchen table for supper, especially if you are serving truffle arancini and hoisin duck cups followed by Baharat spiced chicken with a fattoush salad! www.foodhubsuffolk.co.uk Instagram @foodhubsuffolk 67



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Get a chiffon!

Three’s a party Set up by longstanding friends, Theresa, Amanda & Cassidy, Fruit & Flower is a new venture on New Street in Woodbridge. Described by the creative trio as a dinner party and bottle shop, this recent addition to the independent scene is a beautiful, inviting space where you can pop in and find something rather special. Working with makers that they truly love and believe in, it’s full of ‘je ne sais quoi’ items with which to wow your dinner party guests, or when you are looking for a special gift to take along to one. From one of their new or vintage cookbooks, beautiful table settings, candles or fine selection of wines, to a thank you present, a bunch of flowers or a beautiful greeting card, you’ll be hard-pushed to leave empty handed. Follow on Instragram @shopfruitandflower 70

Jin Yee Chung is the creator of The Baking Jin, a made-to-order cake business, and he has recently relocated from Cambridgeshire to Owl’s Green in Dennington, just outside Framlingham. Jin makes the most amazing soft and ultra-light chiffon cakes with a particular twist, inspired by his mother’s recipes from the Far East – Pandan, black sesame, matcha – evoking memories of his Malaysian roots. A former PhD student /Engineer, he shifted, or should that be chiffted, career when he won the 2015 Cambridge Bake Off, going on to collect several nationally recognised Great Taste awards. If you would like to preorder one of his beautiful celebration cakes – pick-up or local home delivery an option – visit his website www.thebakingjin.com.

A roaring success in the making

Avanti! The Crown at Snape has been taken over by Karen & Steve, popular landlords at the Mill Inn in Aldeburgh which they will continue to run, and is to reopen this October. It will remain a country pub with the addition of ‘A Little Taste of Italy’ - a traditional Italian restaurant. Karen has Italian roots, and these will translate into some fine rustic dishes such as traditional Milanese Osso Buco, baked local cod puttanesca, homemade squid ink tortellini and other hearty autumnal offerings. There’ll be an extensive, mainly Italian wine list too, bringing together a lovely new twist on the Alde! All bookings taken by phone on 01728 689112. www.thecrowninnatsnape.co.uk

After 20 years lying dormant, The Debenham Lion is set to reopen its doors in November. This historic pub has undergone a truly marvellous about restoration under the watchful eye taste of owner, Leonora Faggionata, and will soon be back at the heart of the village, with well-known and respected local chef, Mike Keen, heading up the kitchen. Expect beautifully executed pub classics, using the finest local ingredients, and a decent pint to go with. You might just have to jostle with the locals who will be eager to get to the bar, having waited so long! For the latest updates, follow on Instagram @ debenhamlion

On A Wing & A Prayer is set to change the local takeaway scene, serving locally sourced, buttermilk fried chicken from its bespoke designed van. Launching in late October, when it hits the streets of Framlingham, Dan, the man behind the idea, has Caribbean roots so knows more than a thing or two about spicing up those chicken joints. For the latest news and where to find him, follow on Instagram @ wing_n_prayer 71

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Ingredients Serves Two Olive oil 300g diced muntjac haunch 2 onions 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp grated ginger 1 tbsp Jamaican curry powder ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp allspice ¼ tsp cinnamon 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp white wine vinegar 1 tin of coconut milk 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 sliced green or red pepper


Jamaican style muntjac curry A delicious venison curry with creamy coconut, aromatic spices and warming ginger that is perfect for autumn suppers. Method Preheat the oven to 150˚C. Heat a slug of olive oil in an oven proof casserole dish, add the diced venison and fry until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside. Chop the onions then pop in the pan with more oil and gently cook until soft and golden. Stir in the crushed garlic and grated ginger and cook for a few more minutes before adding the spices and cook until aromatic. Add a little water if the mixture starts to dry out.

Now add the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, coconut milk and tomato puree and bring up to bubbling point. Add the bayleaves, then pop the lid on and transfer to the oven for 2 hours. After an hour, give the curry a stir and add the pepper slices. Once cooked, leave it to rest whilst you prepare the rice. Serve with warmed naans and mango chutney.


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Get a mooove on! For our ramble this issue, Sarah and I head to Lower Ufford for a circular walk that loops back and forth over the River Deben and over and under the East Suffolk railway line carrying passengers from Ipswich to Lowestoft. The walk starts and finishes at the White Lion so if you are aiming to whet your whistle before or after the walk – or both! – you’ll find plenty of parking there. It is a gorgeous autumnal afternoon, so we forego coats and stride out down Lower Street past a row of pretty, white cottages and over Hawkeswade Bridge. The river below is free flowing and crystal clear and we spot several fish in the shallows, so it is hard to imagine that this used to once be navigable by boat. Just over the bridge, take the footpath to the right that crosses a wooden footbridge. This is a popular swimming spot in the summer months as there is a deep pool just beyond the bridge. Although there is no evidence, we love the 74

rumour that this is fact an old bomb crater formed during the war after a failed attack on the railway line. Tempting as the water looks, we carry along the path and after passing through a metal swing gate, enter a water meadow that has the river sparkling in the sunlight to our left. Sarah starts to recount an incident here involving cows, two dogs, a mad dash and an undignified leap of faith into some brambles, when we spot a herd of cattle cooling off in the water under the trees.

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Needless to say, we quicken our pace and soon arrive at a crossing point that takes us over the single line railway track. The path then takes us through an orchard of willow trees. Planted in regimental lines they stand tall and straight, and we muse on the idea that they’ll be harvested for cricket bats and end up travelling the world in the sports bag of an England player. Through the willows, we come to a sandy track that leads round the back of several properties and out onto a lane where we turn left. We can still see the village of Ufford across the meadows and follow the lane to T-junction where we turn right. These backroads are very quiet, with only the hum of the wasps and bees busy amongst the flowering ivy and the rumble of the occasional tractor, and right on cue we squeeze to the side to let one pass, its trailer

overflowing with onions and leaving a trail in its dusty wake. At a farmyard we take an even smaller lane to the left, which winds past a small hamlet of idyllic cottages, converted barns and farmhouses, tucked away out of sight. We take another left turn and then at a T-junction turn left again before seeing the footpath sign to the left. This leads us back down to the water meadows and through a squidgy gateway which we suspect will be very muddy in winter and that wellies will definitely be required. A wooden footbridge takes us into an open meadow and then we cross the river again and follow a path to another gateway. Here, we spot a pair of swans sunning themselves on the bank, and quietly slip past leaving them undisturbed. Up ahead we see the railway line and halfway across the field we hear a train approaching, 75

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and suddenly, like characters from the Railway Children, start waving and shouting frantically as it passes. Order restored, Sarah spots another herd of cattle that are resting in the path that leads underneath the railways track. With the river to the right there is no other way past, so I politely ask them to move on. They were very obliging and we all walked together for a while before they lost interest and put their heads down to graze.

of historic interest. A mown path takes us towards the back of the church and we emerge onto Church Lane where we can just catch a glimpse of The Old Rectory, a beautiful part timbered Grade II listed property which is one of the few surviving medieval priests’ houses in Suffolk. All of the properties along the lane are utterly charming, notably the thatched cottages and a row of Almhouses where roses clamber and veg plots are an abundance of produce.

The village comes back into sight, with a handful of stunning properties backing onto the river, some with well positioned benches for enviable views across the water. One more bridge and then pass through a gate onto a lane. We turn left and then pick up part of the Ufford Heritage Trail, a wellmarked 3-mile circular walk that links points

At the top of the lane we turn left, back onto Lower Street and wander slowly back towards the pub, taking in the interesting architecture of all the wonderful houses here. Over a glass of refreshing cyder we both agree that this is the perfect weekend walk and at about six miles is just long enough to work up an appetite.


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