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Essential SUFFOLK

SUFFOLK DAY A special day for celebrating our glorious county


Celebrating all that makes our county great


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Whatever your summer day out weÊre here for you Deben Inns – a group of individual Suffolk inns – have six fantastic pubs that are perfect stopping points for you whatever your summer day out may hold. Whether you’re looking for a quick stop for coffee and cake or a full blown celebration we’re here for you.

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Child friendly, dog friendly, well basically just friendly whoever you are and whatever you need. All our pubs are open for all day dining so we are perfect for breakfast to fuel your day ahead or any point in between until you are ready to wind down at night.

Dine by the River Deben at The Maybush

Dine by the River Orwell at The Butt & Oyster


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J U N E 2 0 1 8 | W E LC O ME

Lesley Rawlinson DIRECTOR

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Alison Watson

Welcome How beautiful is Suffolk? At this time of year when you are driving through country lanes, when the sun is shining and colourful wildflowers are bobbing about on the verges you might find yourself feeling just very lucky to live here. Little wonder then that BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy describes it as ”God’s own county,” although there will doubtless be Yorkshire folk who might disagree.


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Anne Gould

However, it’s Mark’s love of Suffolk and a throwaway remark after a radio interview, that has set a whole county-wide celebration in motion. June 21 has now been designated as Suffolk Day, a time to celebrate everything that’s amazing about our home county – whether you live on the spectacular coast, in the beautiful Wool Towns – Hadleigh, Lavenham, Kersey... or maybe beyond in Breckland. Of course at Essential Suffolk, we are just as passionate about the county as Mark is, so besides a feature about Suffolk Day, this month we are looking at businesses that are the front-runners in keeping our county plastic-free. We have also spoken to Scott Russell about his visionary farm project in Africa and how your latte or espresso can, not only help improve living conditions for farm workers, but also educate African children too.


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Of course every month Essential Suffolk always looks at everything that’s good in the county – where to eat, our property section will help you find your perfect home and we can guide you as to where to shop and bookmark key cultural events too with still more festivals to visit as the summer progresses.



We’re also online – our website is essentialsuffolk.com, we’re on Twitter @EssentialSFK and on Facebook as well. Enjoy June!

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Plastic Free Suffolk

Suffolk in Brief

What’s On

Mini Previews

Packaging alternatives and businesses making a difference

News from around the county

Where to go and what to see in Suffolk this June

Plan your visits to the New Wolsey, Grundisburgh Art Exhibition and Open Gardens, Dance East and Music by the Sea

28 June Festivals A round up of the county’s festivals in action this month





Suffolk Day

Paddy and Scott’s


A special day for county celebrations

Coffee with conscience

Summer brings some flamboyance and flamingos!




Pub Dog Walk

Food and Drink

Homes & Interiors

Auctions & Antiques

A collection of routes from the Sibton White Horse

Ideas for eating out plus dining at Ufford Park and a recipe from The Middleton Bell

Some colourful home accessories for summer

Changes afoot







Essential Faces

My Suffolk

ActivLives Community Garden celebrates 10 years

A selection of our county’s finest homes for sale

Highlight’s from Suffolk’s social calendar

Stuart Clarke of Clarke & Simpson



PLANET not PLASTIC Plastic is blighting our planet; it’s polluting our oceans as well as the land and has even been found in the bodies of sea creatures and wild animals. Now, as Anne Gould discovers, businesses in Suffolk are saying enough is enough

Photgraph by Jason Alexander



s consumers we have become used to purchasing according to ethical principles – whether that’s about the quality of our food, products produced under the fair trade charter or whether something is handcrafted or locally produced. But, in the last few months, there’s been a sea change in attitudes towards the environment with increasing numbers of people and organisations becoming ever more vigilant about plastic and what it’s doing to the world we live in. So this feature was triggered by a moment of reflection, by the Essential Suffolk team, following our feature about Jason Alexander and his Rubbish Walks along the coast. Publisher Lesley Rawlinson said, “We care about the environment and looked at what we were doing regarding plastic consumption and particularly the wrapping that your magazine is sent out in. I’m glad to say that it is recyclable plastic and that you can put it in your blue bins safe in the knowledge that it can be re-used in some way.” But it spurred us on to look at other companies in the county that have a commitment to a plasticfree world and the good news is that things really are starting to change.

Being in a seaside town with lots of visitors has made Susie keenly aware of how vital it is to preserve and protect the beauty of the coast. Of course one of the big issues with beach plastic is straws but she says, Munchies straws are made from a protein-based plastic. “Basically anything that we sell – and that includes water bottles – that looks like plastic, isn’t.” Susie said, “We also encourage people to recycle and to reuse as much as possible.” In fact, she is so committed that she is working with Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop to reduce litter too. “We are the only takeaways in town and we have sponsored bins for people to dispose of rubbish but I always tell people when they buy from the shop they can bring their litter back.” There’s just one thing, she says, that as yet Munchie’s hasn’t been able to find an alternative too and that’s cling film – but she’s working on it. Susie’s commitment to the environment also goes one stage further, as even with local suppliers she will only work with them if they don’t make deliveries to her business in plastic crates!

reduction has a potentially massive impact – countrywide. Marketing Manager, Sarah Stamp explained that they supply up to 5,000 items including nuts, flours and beans right through to tableware to restaurants including every single Michelin-starred business in the country. “Our clients include the Ritz, the Savoy and Claridges and any number of top chefs and we do everything we can to encourage them to be sustainable aware and plastic-free. In the last three months there has been a real sea-change in the industry and we are very committed to helping people who want to reduce their plastic consumption.” The Infusions group, which also has a small cafe and a development kitchen, has a very strong environmental ethos. “Our cafe is plastic free and any packaging we use is plant based and recyclable. It does cost more but we believe as a business that it’s worth it.” The company currently holds Suffolk County Council’s Silver Carbon Charter and it is also working towards the gold award. ‰

Across the county on the former Rougham airfield, the Infusions Group is also in the food business and its commitment to plastic

Munchies in Aldeburgh – as it turns out – has been committed to environmental principles since the very day it opened, 16 years ago. The owner, Susie Medland, says that her business is now 99 per cent of the way to being plastic-free and she’s working on that other one percent too. “Being environmentally friendly has been part of our USP since day one and the packaging we use is a bit more expensive – well actually it costs us about 20-30 per cent more. But I want to be sure that nothing I am doing as a business is polluting the oceans or just going to landfill.”



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This month also sees help for other businesses wanting to tackle the plastic issue with a conference on June 20, in Ipswich. Caroline Gould, Marketing Manager of Groundwork Suffolk, which supports businesses to be more energy efficient, says they are running the event with the East of England Co-op and Carbon Smart.

An East of England Co-op spokesperson said; “We are committed to reducing waste and are trialling various initiatives, including the introduction of a biodegradable bottle for life which is now available for customers to purchase in all our food stores.

“Packaging is currently one of the key sustainability topics of our time. Single-use plastics make the news on a regular basis and there is growing pressure on businesses to reduce and manage their packaging, but a lot of businesses don’t know where to start”.

“The event at our head office in Wherstead Park will provide our local suppliers with an opportunity to consider the use of plastic in their packaging and meet like-minded businesses who also want to make a positive difference.” There will also be talks about how businesses should review packaging and the future of sustainable packaging.

She said that this conference, being held at Wherstead Park, would look at what other businesses were doing and how these practices could be adopted across the county.

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Suffolk Estate Agents Best Estates have just won The British Property Awards covering IP15 – IP19 (Heritage Coast inc Aldeburgh, Southwold, Halesworth, Saxmundham and Leiston). The awards provide agents throughout the UK with an invaluable opportunity to compare the service that they provide against the service provided by their local, regional and national competition. Agents who go that extra mile and provide outstanding levels of customer service are rewarded with this accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight these attributes to their local marketplace. Best Estates performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on customer service levels. Best Estates has now been shortlisted for a number of national awards which will be announced later in the year. Director Matthew Piercy said: “We’re extremely proud to receive another prestigious award on behalf of the whole Best Estates team. We have a very clear vision of what we want to achieve within the estate agency sector, and this award recognises our aim to provide exceptional marketing, along with a powerful brand.”

The team behind a Suffolk pub and restaurant are celebrating after winning a national prize for their excellent accommodation. The Long Melford Swan, won the ‘Restaurant with Rooms of the year’ award at the AA B&B awards. Andrew Macmillan, along with his daughter Lorna Pissarro and sons Oliver and Iain Macmillan, opened the Long Melford Swan in 2011, which was their first venture before later taking on three other Greene King pubs:


The Hadleigh Ram, which was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide in October, as well as the Lavenham Greyhound and the Old Crown in Girton, Cambridgeshire. Lorna, Stuart Inns’ design and marketing director, said: “We were so shocked and thrilled to win. When we first took on The Swan we saw the potential for accommodation. Long Melford has so much to offer and there’s a lot for visitors to do. It’s right in the middle of the high street and there’s a number of fantastic independent shops, plus Kentwell Hall.”

2,500 people pounded the pavements of Ipswich to raise vital funds for a local charity. Despite the wet weather, people turned out in their ‘neon and sparkle’ themed outfits to support St Elizabeth Hospice and take part in its flagship event the Midnight Walk, which celebrated its twelfth year with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Those walking were helping to raise money so the hospice can continue to offer care and support to local people living with a progressive and terminal illness. In the build up to the walk, emotions ran high as Fiona Ginn took to the stage. As a member of the charity’s fundraising staff, she always had an idea of the work that went on at the hospice and in the community but last year, experienced its services first hand when her husband Mike died. She addressed the gathered crowd before they embarked on their walk and said: “The hospice supported us every step of the way. They arranged for me to have complementary therapies to help me get through the dark days. They helped Mike with all of his paperwork and they were there to give him emotional support when he needed it. The nursing team at the hospice was wonderful. It was the first time I had seen the hospice from a patient’s viewpoint. Nothing was too much trouble. I was allowed to stay with Mike in his room all day and all night. We were allowed our privacy as a family but the team was always there to make sure Mike was comfortable and cared for.” Becky Jedrzejewski, events and challenges fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice said: “All the services we offer at the hospice

B R I E F are free of charge to our patients and their families but that means we need to generate £10.5million a year to be able to do this. Thanks to everyone that turned out for the walk, we’ll be able to continue to deliver these services to more local people that need our support.”

Suffolk-based Hopkins Homes has been named in the fifth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. The report is a celebration of the UK’s most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. This is the second year in a row that Hopkins Homes has been included on the list. James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: “We are delighted to have been included in this annual report from the LSEG for the second year in a row. At the heart of all we do is our commitment to building well designed homes that both complement the local aesthetic and meet the practical needs of our buyers and their communities. Our success depends on this and our passion for achieving this aim is matched by the enthusiasm of our buyers.”

The Hamlet charity, which supports children and adults with disabilities and complex health needs in North Suffolk and Norfolk, is delighted to announce that best friends, Russell Gant from Ipswich and Norwich based Carl Wigglesworth have chosen to take part in the Ride London 100 cycle marathon on Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July 2018 with the aim of raising at least £1,000 in support of this vital service. A family member of the cycling duo regularly attends The Hamlet’s Out of Hours club, which offers young people and adults with disabilities the opportunity to socialise and take part in a range of activities from sports to cooking. The Out of Hours club is part of the charity’s belief that everyone should be able to explore choice and opportunities and is a great way for members to develop essential social skills and long-lasting friendships. Inspired by this, Carl and Russell decided to register to participate in the race to support The Hamlet: “We have chosen The Hamlet as our charity [to support] as we feel they do fantastic work for children and adults with disabilities and complex health needs.”

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What’s On MAY 31 – JUNE 9 Pulse Festival New Wolsey Theatre & New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich Returning for its 18th year, this 10-day festival offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

JUNE 1 King King The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

paddlers plus a drummer. Squads may be larger up to 15 people the crew will race a minimum of three races. Registration: £30 per person Information: email patsy@fsnb.org.uk or 01473 705111 Upbeat Contemporary Choir – EAAA The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm Showcasing their exciting style with a selection of songs ranging from folk to pop to show songs, sung by the whole choir, soloists and small groups. This concert is supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance. Tickets: £12.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 4 – 5 Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit Ipswich Regent, 8pm Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation”. Tickets: £30.50 Box Office: 01474 433100

JUNE 3 JUNE 5 Zulu Tradition The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Dedicate a day to your camera. Join us for a photo walk and spend a day without distractions, exploring unique venues across Norfolk and Suffolk. Photographers of all abilities are welcome. Come and discover stunning architecture and beautiful light. Tickets: £35 www.aviationmuseum.net

There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best bluesrock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review) and anyone who has caught King King live in recent times will vouch for their ability to conquer any venue. Tickets: £20 standing / £22 seated Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 2 Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport, 9am – Ipm Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard, 9am – 1pm The Fresh Start – new beginnings Dragon Boat Festival Ipswich Waterfront, 10am – 4pm Businesses, clubs and groups can take part in the Charity Dragon Boat challenge. It’s open to 21 teams on a first come first served basis. Each team, or crew, will be made up of 10



Aviation Museum Photo Walk Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, 10am – 3.30pm

Misha Glenny – McMafia The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

From KwaZulu Natal to the world’s stage; Zulu Tradition is a company of young Zulu singers and dancers who are rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional song and dance. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. “Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.” Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk, Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century. Tickets: £18 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


JUNE 6 Walter Trout The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm From early stints in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers & Canned Heat to a solo career still blazing a quarter-century later; the veteran bluesman still plays earth shattering blues rock music. Tickets: £25 in advance / £27.50 door Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Film Music Gala Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm From swashbuckling pirate ships to gladiator battles, audiences will be transported to the exciting world of the silver screen. Conducted and presented by Gareth Hudson, this concert is perfect for newcomers to classical music, families and film fans and brings the action straight from Hollywood to Ipswich. Tickets: £33 Box Office: 01473 433100

Spanish Splendour St Michael’s Church, Framlingham East Anglian Academy, directed by Andrew Cantrell-Fenwick. Luminous music from the Spanish Renaissance, sung by the Academy’s Chamber Choir. Victoria, Requiem a 6, Guerrero, Surge propera amica mea, Guerrero, Jesu Christe Lobo, Ave Maria. Generously supported by Mr & Mrs P Moorhouse. Entry: £12; school-age students free Tickets: eastanglianacademy@gmail.com www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk

JUNE 7 JUNE 8 Andante DanceEast, Ipswich, 8pm Each year the New Wolsey Theatre invites DanceEast to programme an evening of new dance as part of its annual PULSE festival. This year welcoming Igor & Moreno. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

Bessie Turner The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh, 9pm Suffolk-based singer songwriter and rising star, Bessie has been heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 6 Music. She has a smart but sultry alternative folk sound, perfectly framing delicate, enchanting vocals. Tickets: £9 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

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Smack That (A Conversation) DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm See mini preview page 23 Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk Bowie Starman The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

JUNE 9 & 10 Grundisburgh Hidden Gardens & Art Show See mini preview page 25 Tickets: £5 on the day (under 14s free) www.facebook.com/ GrundisburghHorticulturalSociety

Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 9 – JULY 8 36th Annual Exhibition Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues at Blackstar’s brilliant Bowie tribute. Tickets: £23 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 8 – 24 Aldeburgh Festival See festival preview page 28 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

JUNE 9 Farmers Markets Halesworth Produce Market – The Old Print Works, 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard, 9am – 1pm Kersey Open Gardens Kersey village, 11am – 4pm Rare chance to see the private gardens of this iconic Suffolk village. There will be over 16 gardens of all types open. Covering many types of woodland, formal, traditional cottage to modern courtyards. Make it a full day out with events, village architecture quiz, stalls, teas in the Village Hall or lunch at The Bell. Parking and transport will be available starting at Kersey Mill. Entry price: £5 (accompanied under 16s free) Information: 01473 823540 16


Wonderful examples of art from our most established artists but introducing some new ones too. Showing works by Elisabeth Frink, Peggy Sommerville, Mary Potter, Harry Becker, Edward Seago and Michael Scott amongst others to represent the Modern British element of the show and also showing Peter Wileman, Helen Tabor, James Harrigan, Terence Clark, Rachel Shaw-Ashton and James Harrigan and many other talented contemporary artists such as Ania Hobson, who is shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Award this year. Information: 01728 453743 or email camilla@thompsonsongallery.co.uk

JUNE 10 Hetty and the Jazzato Band The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh, 7pm Let this Anglo-Italian ensemble take you on a Vespa ride back to retro bella Italia. Theirs is a mix of Italian swing favourites intertwined with rustic Roman Stornelli, romantic Neapolitan ballads, enticing bossa nova and samba rhythms along with foot-tapping rock ‘n’ roll and boogie-woogie. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

JUNE 14 Ninebarrow The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both

Human Cargo: Matthew Crampton and Jeff Warner The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm Human Cargo is an epic night of story and song, featuring two masters of the craft. Storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton’s recent show The Transports won Five Stars from The Guardian. Now he returns with a new adaptation of his acclaimed book Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. An inspired collaboration unites Matthew with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner. Tickets: £14 Box Office: 0300 3033 211 www.newcut.org

JUNE 15 – 17 Outdoor Cinema Extravaganza at Ickworth House Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds An outdoor cinema extravaganza weekend at Ickworth House with films to suit all tastes including Moana, Thelma & Louise, Tangled, La La Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wonder Woman. Tickets: £12 (children from £2 plus booking fee) Box Office: 0333 666 3366 The Gruffalo’s Child Mercury Theatre, Colchester Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s awardwinning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk


JUNE 15 – 24


Woolpit Festival See festival preview page 29 Box Office: 01359 240866 www.woolpitfestival.com

France and a selection of instrumental works from Hergest Ridge to Return to Ommadawn. Tickets: £25 (£22.50 concessions) Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


JUNE 16 Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall, 9am –12 noon Beccles Heliport, 9am – Ipm Long Melford Village Memorial Hall, 10am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard, 9am – 1pm We Are Handmade Summer Craft Fair The Old School, Long Melford, 10am – 4pm With 40 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted items. The latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items, including jewellery, clothes, bags, pottery, soaps, cards, soft furnishings, glass and wood turned gifts and homewares and much more. Entry: Free Information: 07824 888346 www.wearehandmade.co.uk

Les Musicals The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Summer Artisan Market The Saints & St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, 10pm – 4pm An extended shopping day with lots of fun; enjoy crafts and artisan stalls in the Saints Quarter. www.thesaintsipswich.com Tubular Bells Live! The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the album that launched Virgin Records, join Phil Toms and his Tubular Band as they faithfully recreate Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in its entirety along with hit singles including Moonlight Shadow, Five Miles Out and To

Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts (X Factor) join for a dramatic and spine tingling concert. Musical Theatre’s leading men and a guest soprano will also join the cast for songs from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, West Side Story, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and many more… Tickets: £22.50 (VIP £55) Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


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Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Concert Ipswich Corn Exchange 7.30 pm

Masquerade Charity Ball The Venue at Kersey Mill, 7pm The Ipswich Hospital Charity is excited to announce the ‘Masquerade Charity Ball’ in aid of the Blossom Appeal. The evening will include live entertainment with a drinks reception, a three course meal with wine in a beautiful location. J.S and The Lockerbillies will be the band for the night, they have previously played at Glastonbury! So get your dancing shoes ready to ‘Rock n Roll’! Tickets: £50 Information: 01473 702929 or email charity@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk www.ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

Giovanni Pernice – Born To Win Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm Box Office: 01394 284962 www.felixstowespa.co.uk


ELO Experience The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Travis – The Man Who in Concert Ipswich Regent, 7pm Following their triumphant headline show at On Blackheath Festival last September and due to popular demand, Travis, one of Britain’s best loved bands play their classic album ‘The Man Who’, live. Tickets: £30.50 @ @ @ @ @ @ @@ Box Office: 01473 433100

Tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra, with a sensational string section, a stunning light show, large screen projections and musicians who accurately reproduce the songs and sounds of ELO. Tickets: £24 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk @@


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A Celebration of British Music with a programme featuring some of our best-loved British music, conducted by Adam Gatehouse. The suite written by William Walton for the film of Shakespeare’s Henry V is one of the finest film scores in existence, and provides a fine patriotic prelude to the programme. The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams is one of the most popular of all British classical works, and ISO welcomes the return to Ipswich of brilliant young violinist Savitri Grier to perform it. Entry: £13 – £15.50 (under 18s and full time students free) Information: hkf.ips@btopenworld.com www.ipswichsymphonyorchestra.org


JUNE 22 – 24 Ipswich Jazz Festival See festival preview page 29 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk


JUNE 22 – 30 Southwold Arts Festival See festival preview page 30 Box Office: 01502 722572 www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

JUNE 23 Farmers Markets Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard, 9am – 1pm Tony Hall Folk Band The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm Probably the longest running home grown folk band in East Anglia. Always based in Norwich but have travelled extensively gigging elsewhere, Scotland, Ireland and the Continent. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 0300 3033 211 www.newcut.org

Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Concert Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm A Celebration of British Music! Ipswich Symphony Orchestra presents a musical treat with a programme featuring some of our best-loved British music, conducted by Adam Gatehouse. Tickets: £14 – £15.50 www.ipswichcornexchange.com Suffolk Sinfonia The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture Bond: The Fall of the Leaf Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer Nielsen: Symphony 3 Tickets: £12, £10, £4 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 23 – 24 The Return of Dragon Fest at West Stow! West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds Celebrating all things dragon – from folklore to dinosaurs. This June, Dragon Fest returns,

and Epico the Dragon is back by popular demand. The fantastically friendly dragon will be appearing on both days, plus there’s plenty more fun family entertainment. Tickets: £8 (child £6) Information: 01284 758122 or email jennie.johnson@theapex.co.uk

JUNE 24 Farmers Markets Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm Chelswoth Open Gardens Chelsworth, Suffolk,11am – 5pm This is a small village, but a huge community effort goes into organising this annual event. In addition to the lovely gardens there are refreshments, entertainments, displays and stalls as well as ample parking for coaches and cars. Add all this to the beauty of the village itself with its picturesque river, ancient bridge and welcoming pub and you have the makings of a great family day out. Entry: Adults £6, children free Information: 07801 495311 or email sheila.harvey26@btinternet.com www.chelsworth.co.uk

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JUNE 26 Dan Snow The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm The well-known historian, broadcaster and BBC TV presenter recounts anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career. Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy’, Dan will also research and include historical facts relating to Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area and region. The show will conclude with a Q&A. Tickets: £25 (£20 concessions, £17.50 under 16s), family ticket £75 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 27 King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Acclaimed jazz vocalist Atila takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole – whose vocal styling in songs such as ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘When I Fall in Love’ defined a golden era of music and made him one of American music’s most iconic vocalists. This thoughtful and entertaining new show features world-class live music from Atila and his stellar group of musicians, narration and projected archive images. Tickets: £19 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

JUNE 27 – JULY 1 Felixstowe Book Festival See festival preview page 31 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk

JUNE 29 Farmers Markets St Peter’s, Market Hill, Sudbury, 9.30am – 2pm

JUNE 29 & 30 Footloose – The Musical Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm) Box Office: 01394 284962 | www.felixstowespa.co.uk

JUNE 30 4th Bury Folk Festival Nowton Park Walled Garden, Bury St Edmunds, 10am Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 4th Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town. With craft stalls, children’s activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar with local real ales, this promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family. Tickets: £15 Email: contact@buryfolkfestival.co.uk 20



Open Air Cinema Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 10am – 7.30pm Ipswich will once again be hosting the Open Air Cinema in association with Empire Cinemas in the height of the British Summer. Tickets: £8.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 Summer Celebration DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm Created around the themes ‘old and new’, Summer Celebration is a showcase presented by our performance groups. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk Music by the Sea Kings Field, Aldeburgh See mini preview page 27 www.musicbythesea.co.uk

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SMACK THAT (A CONVERSATION) Dance East, Ipswich Waterfront, June 8 Meet Beverly. You’re invited to her party. Like most parties there’ll be fun and games, drinks, shared conversations and energetic dancing. But at Beverly’s party there will also be genuine heart-breaking moments as Beverly bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship. Smack That (a conversation) is the new show from endlessly inventive choreographer and theatre maker Rhiannon Faith. It shines a light on the complex subject of domestic abuse featuring an all-female cast of seven, a close-knit group made up of both nonperformers and experienced dance artists. They all have their own personal experience of abuse and as each one fearlessly becomes Beverly they convey the turbulent, real life experiences of domestic abuse they have endured and survived. The party setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and to celebrate their endurance with the audience. DanceEast is bringing Smack That (a conversation) to the Jerwood DanceHouse as part of a short UK tour before it heads for a five-day run at London’s Barbican Centre. Crucially, Smack That (a conversation) is based on authentic stories told through the voices of victims of domestic violence and abuse. It seeks to raise awareness of domestic abuse and move the conversations from private to public. The show is designed to support women and encourage them to talk openly about their experiences. There will be support on offer throughout the evening, show counsellor Joy will be creating a designated safe space where audience members can access support and be signposted further help. Suffolk charity Lighthouse Women’s Aid will also be present to signpost to local support services. Due to its adult themes of sexual violence and domestic abuse this show is suitable to those aged 16+ years.

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EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION Part of the PULSE Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich June 8


It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old, no-one knows who Harry Potter is and Britain is the coolest place in the world. At the local secondary school it's a different story – Miss Belltop-Doyle can't control her year 10s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and Miss Turner is hoping that this muck-up day goes smoother than the last. Meanwhile, Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better… This nostalgic trip back in time is presented with The Wardrobe Ensemble with its trademark inventive theatricality and irreverent humour. Accompanied by soundtrack from the 90s, including Take That, The Spice Girls and Oasis, as well as funky dance moves to boot, this show energetically asks the big questions about a country in special measures, and explores what we are taught, why we are taught it, and where responsibility lies. Education, Education, Education takes to the New Wolsey stage as part of its 18th annual PULSE Festival, which offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre from both established and emerging artists.

INFORMATION Box office: 01473 295900 www.pulseipswich.co.uk

Artists have long been inspired by the landscape, trees, gardens and flowers and so it’s perhaps a natural progression for Grundisburgh Horticultural Society’s Hidden Gardens to have an art exhibition as part of its 29th annual event. Being held in the coach house and grounds of Grundisburgh House it features a number of prominent artists. For instance there’s ceramicist Sophie Cook, whose work can be seen in permanent museum collections in the Geffrye Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, sculptor Paul Bruce, sculptor and painter Bridget Lapsley, ceramicist Cathy Outen, painters Julia Heseltine, Michaela Latham and Martin Coe, and environmental artist Nicola Coe. Bird enthusiast and local painter Reg Snook has kindly donated a watercolour to be auctioned over the weekend. This year’s open gardens include a real mix across the villages of Grundisburgh and Burgh, from cottage and formal gardens, sculpture, meadows and woodland. Water features in a number of gardens, both formally in ponds and fountains, as well as informally, in the waterway that runs through a large part of Grundisburgh, including The Green. Many familiar gardens will be open and this year the Society is delighted that Burgh House, Burgh, will open its gardens and visitors will be able to see its large natural swimming pond. Monies raised over Hidden Gardens will go towards funding the Grundisburgh Village show and local charities, which, this year, will include The Grundisburgh Guides. INFORMATION Tickets: £5 on the day (under 14s free) www.facebook.com/GrundisburghHorticulturalSociety



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MUSIC BY THE SEA King’s Field, Aldeburgh, June 30 Music by the Sea, Aldeburgh’s open air charity concert returns to the town on June 30. Raising money for Inspire Suffolk and the Aldeburgh Hospital Sensory Garden Project this family-friendly festival will include a lineup of local and national artists, a children’s funfair and a firework display at the end of the day. Hosted by TA Hotel Collection there will be a variety of excellent food and drink stands including a Pimms & Prosecco marquee and a delicious barbecue. The line-up will include Everly Everly, presenting a celebration of iconic hits from the late 50s and 60s by the popular Everly Brothers. They will be followed by Words & Music, a dynamic duo formed by brothers Graham and Steven Dye, who will take you on a trip down memory lane playing classic songs from the 60s. After a short break Suffolk’s very own Phil Jackson Rock ‘n’ Roll Band bring big beat boogie rock ‘n’ roll to the stage with a sprinkling of country and blues. Moving on in time another local band, Albion Mills, will entertain the crowd with top hits from between 1966 and 1974. The Queen of Rock, Tina Turner will be impersonated by

Kinisha delivering a pulsating show, emulating the sounds of the greatest ever female rock legend, while Paula Swann Sully will pay an amazing tribute to Paloma Faith. Making a return visit, J.S and his fantastic Lockerbillies are going to get you up and boogying with a collection of cult classics, shaking showstoppers and rocking rollers from the golden age of jiving. Final act of the night ELO Encounter, pay a fantastic tribute to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra. Peter Osborne, Managing Director, Coastal Operations for the TA Hotel Collection said, “We are delighted to once again be holding Music by the Sea back in Aldeburgh this year thanks to the kind support of Aldeburgh Town Council. We look forward to getting everyone up dancing and enjoying themselves”.

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Music,art, literature and so much more! It’s a busy month for the Suffolk festival circuit and there’s much to offer from classical to jazz and art to comedy. Essential Suffolk looks at what’s on the bill


une is the month when the world of classical music descends on one of the iconic spots on the Heritage Coast – Snape Maltings. The Aldeburgh Festival, created by composer Benjamin Britten, is probably the most globally famous of all Suffolk’s festivals and this year has an international feel with an American link. But it’s not the only festival with some heritage – Woolpit may only be a small village but its festival is 43 years old this year. Plus other festivals around the county are ready to go for audiences in Felixstowe, Southwold and Ipswich.

This year’s festival sees three featured Artists in Residence, connected by their curatorial flair and open-minded approach to music making. John Wilson not only conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra but also brings his John Wilson Orchestra, an established favourite at the Snape Proms, to make its Aldeburgh Festival debut. Pioneering American flautist, curator and educator Claire Chase explores American music’s radical edge, from Varèse to Feldman and a new generation of composers.

JUNE 8 – 24

Aldeburgh Festival Featuring more than 50 events in over 17 packed days this year Aldeburgh Festival has become more affordable for all with a new £10 ticket price for every single performance. This year’s line-up features artists and ensembles including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, John Wilson, Claire Chase, Sir Bryn Terfel, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, The Sixteen, Tamara Stefanovich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, John Wilson Orchestra, Alina Ibragimova, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Belcea Quartet, AnneSophie von Otter, Piatti Quartet, Cédric Tiberghien and many more. Plus as always, there's a wealth of new music, including premieres by Emily Howard, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Hersch and Simon Holt. A key programme strand this year is Britten and America, coinciding with the centenary of the inspirational composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, whose connections with and parallels to Britten are fascinating to explore. Another, marking 70 years since the festival was founded, is The Spirit of 1948 – reflecting on a remarkable post-war period when so much of what we now regard to be the backbone of our cultural life was launched.



This year’s exhibitions include Suffolk Voices by British-Australian artist Samantha Heriz. Heriz grew up in Suffolk and has long been fascinated by the transformation and dilution of the county’s accent. Following her residency at Snape Maltings in 2017, Samantha presents her immersive sound installation created from recordings of today’s Suffolk voices, showing the increasing diversity in accent. The voices speak the words of a bygone Suffolk fisherman’s song, reformed to create a modern soundscape telling of migration, globalisation and the transitory patterns of our region.


There’s also a programme of exhibitions and events at The Red House in Aldeburgh focused on Britten in America; Tom Hammick’s Lunar Voyage, a narrative cycle of 17 woodcut prints conjuring a metaphorical escape from Earth in pursuit of freedom and isolation on another planet; Dennis Creffield’s drawings of East Anglian Cathedrals; and a new installation alongside other work by East Anglian-born sculptor Kate MccGwire. Meanwhile, at The Pumphouse and the Bandstand on the Beach, the programme includes 30 plus, non-classical events and free familyfriendly events from 1pm each day.

JUNE 22 – 24

Ipswich Jazz Festival The third Ipswich Jazz Festival will this year feature international, national and local stars at a number of venues across the town. It starts with Rumba de Bodas from Bologna, Italy who play a heady mix of high-octane, gypsy-swing to Latina to swing, Balcanica to reggae, soul to folk and who will appear at St Peter's by the Waterfront on June 22. Next day, also at St Peter’s, singer and pianist Ian Shaw will perform with saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenopoulos and the local Chris Ingham Trio. Their show will include a new piece of music specially commissioned by the Festival to reflect Suffolk’s musical heritage and which will be a musical legacy for the town.

INFORMATION Box office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

JUNE 15 – 24

Woolpit Festival This year marks the 43rd year of the Woolpit Festival when once again audiences can enjoy a variety of events at the village hall and church. On June 15 the festival begins with a folk evening with the Georgia Shackleton Trio and Sound Tradition, both of which have become firm favourites at folk events in this country and Europe. They are followed on Saturday by a blues evening with Keno Kings and Back Porch, compered by Stephen Foster, of BBC Radio Suffolk. On the 17th, the Churchgate Sinfonia Strings will be playing a concert of English music, including works by Elgar, Parry and Britten. On the following Friday (June 22) Martin Bell, former BBC foreign affairs correspondent and Terry Waite, humanitarian and hostage negotiator will be presenting an evening of conversation about their eventful careers. This will be the first time they have appeared together at the same event. The final day of the festival, Sunday 24, will see a performance by young and exciting pianist Clare Hammond acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’. INFORMATION Box office: 01359 240866 www.woolpitfestival.com

To end the festival singers Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood will also perform at the church. Over the weekend there will also be free jazz performances at The Duke of York on Woodbridge Road, The Arbor House on High Street and East Anglia’s top big band Horn Factory will also play a free gig at St Peter’s that afternoon. Plus this year anyone with an instrument or who sings can take part in workshops to hone their jazz skills with workshops for guitarists, drummers, singers and ensemble players. For photographers, jazz snapper John Watson returns with a workshop on special effects to photograph musicians. And if that’s not enough, music professor Martin Hathaway will be giving a lecture about the history of jazz at Ipswich Institute while film fans can watch performances at Ipswich Film Theatre of Beware of Mr Baker and Whiplash about two very different jazz drummers. Festival organiser Neil Bateman said: “We are looking forward to another great little festival. There has been a lot of interest in the festival line-up, so grab your tickets before they go! If you buy in advance you can get them a bit cheaper”. INFORMATION www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk



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JUNE 23 – 30

Southwold Arts Festival

Southwold Arts Festival, now in its fifth year, will bring a dazzling range of music, comedy and talks to this iconic coastal resort. It will begin with a magnificent street parade including stalls, entertainers, bands and music, and it will continue for eight days with over forty events throughout the week. It all begins with a visit from legendary rhythm and blues artist Georgie Fame, followed later in the week with classical, jazz and folk music, as well as comedy from celebrated writer and comedian Barry Cryer, and a one-man show on the life of Kenneth Williams by Colin Elmer. The diverse programme includes talks by Archers and Dr Who actor Terry Molloy, naturalist and broadcaster Mack Cocker and the former BBC reporter and royal correspondent Michael Cole. There will be the ever-popular young musician showcases, and a visit from Andy McConnell of the BBC Antiques Roadshow, who will talk about the story of wine and how drinking vessels have featured in fine art. The festival week will come to a close with an evening of fine music with Mica Paris, who has entertained audiences across the world with her exceptional blend of jazz, blues and contemporary music.

INFORMATION Box office: 01502 722572 Daytime Box Office: Southwold Arts Centre, Cumberland Road, open Mon to Sat 12 noon – 3pm www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

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includes An Introduction to Storytelling with Elly Crichton Stuart and Francesca Baker’s Five Ways to Wellbeing. Francesca will also be guiding participants around the town with opportunities for writing en route in Songlines, a workshop inspired by Aborigine traditions.

Felixstowe Book Festival

A standard feature of the Festival is the inclusion of work with a Suffolk connection. Julie Welch remembers her time at Felixstowe College, in her memoir Too Marvellous For Words. Blake Morrison discusses his new novel The Executor and his poetry collection Shingle Street and two poets based in Suffolk, Alexandra Davis and Emily Hasler, will be reading from their work. Absorbing insights into the shipping industry will be revealed by Horatio Clare and Rose George who each joined the crews of container ships sailing out of Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Book Festival is one of the highlights of the East Anglian Festival Calendar and returns for a sixth year with another exciting programme of events. During the Festival there will be over 50 book related events covering fiction, non-fiction, politics, history, art, poetry, and storytelling. This year the festival is welcoming back old friends Esther Freud (Festival patron) and Louis de Bernieres and introducing authors from the worlds of politics, Sir Vince Cable, and broadcasting: Dame Jenni Murray, Timothy Bentinck (David Archer) and Stephen McGann (Call the Midwife). Best selling writers of fiction include Liz Trenow, Mark Billingham, Amanda Craig and Salley Vickers. The art world is represented by Ross King with an illustrated lecture on Claude Monet's Water Lilies and Martin Kemp with his books on Mona Lisa and Leonardo da Vinci. The popular workshop series

The Felixstowe Library is the main venue for a programme of events for families, including workshops on comic strips, Nick Arnold’s Horrible Science Life and a celebration of the 80th birthday of The Beano. New for this year is an innovative programme of pop up events at unique locations inspired by the port and seaside location of Felixstowe. All events are free and venues include the Seafront Gardens, Landguard Fort, a beach hut and a shipping container. The Festival Launch Event takes place at The Orwell Hotel on June 29 when musicians Luiz Moras and Gabriela Kozyra return to entertain with their repertoire of Brazilian music.

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SUFFOLK June 21 is not only the longest day of the year but, thanks to BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy, it will be Suffolk Day too. Anne Gould finds out how it all came about


any a true word is spoken in jest but when Mark Murphy joked on air that maybe our glorious county should have a celebratory day all to itself – he never anticipated what was going to happen next. “The phones at Radio Suffolk started ringing and then we thought that maybe it was a good idea after all.” Mark, the Breakfast Show host on BBC Radio Suffolk championed the first ever Suffolk Day last year and it was so popular that it’s not only being repeated but thanks to support from the county council it has now got its own website too. “It all came about after I did an interview on air with a chap who runs Yorkshire Day, which is something they have celebrated for a long time. For a bit of a laugh I said wouldn’t it be fun to have a Suffolk Day.



It was a flippant throwaway remark but it grew into something a lot bigger and was more successful than we ever imagined. This year it’s going to be even bigger which is great. Suffolk Day is on June 21 because we are the sunshine county and it’s the longest day of the year so there’s even more time to celebrate.” But why Suffolk Day? “Well it’s my home county and I think it’s God’s own county – although the people from Yorkshire might say something different. I think it’s the people here that make Suffolk and although we are deeply proud of where we live we don’t always shout about it. It’s also very beautiful and incredibly diverse from the Heritage Coast to the Brecks and Constable Country through to the Wool Towns. We have a wonderful university on Ipswich Waterfront

and of course we are the birthplace of Millicent Fawcett who championed Women’s Rights.” In fact, says Mark, Suffolk Day has been such a success that it has sparked some copycat, but friendly, rivalry with neighbouring county Norfolk – which is launching its own special day in July. So what’s he planning to do on June 21? “Radio Suffolk will be doing outside broadcasts from around the county throughout the day. We’ll be starting with the early show from the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh, I’m going to be in Sudbury and Lesley will be at Ickworth.” Andrew St Leger, Head of Communications for Suffolk County Council said, “Suffolk Day is a really simple idea, it’s about opening your eyes and celebrating where we live.”


Stakeholder organisations which are involved include the University of Suffolk, Suffolk Community Foundation, the East of England Co-op, Suffolk Coast, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, All About Ipswich, Suffolk Food Hall and Visit Suffolk, he explained. “It’s often said that we don’t shout about our country often enough, in fact, our greatest statement is our understatement.” The idea behind the website, he says, is that anyone can set up an event, big or small, to celebrate Suffolk Day and simply can upload them onto the site and ask other people to come along. “It’s for people who live in the county but it’s also for visitors too and it might perhaps even result in more visits to our tourist attractions large and small.”

The website features scores of events from guided walks to competitions and, said Andrew, as Suffolk Day gets closer and closer more are being added each day. For instance, events like the treasure hunt organised by The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich. They are encouraging people to put their walking boots on, get out and enjoy Suffolk’s fantastic scenery and wildlife between the 21st and 24th for a treasure hunt with one lucky person winning a stay with breakfast at either venue. Or if you go down to Shotley Pier during the evening you can sample some special Suffolk Day sausages, specially created by Hollingsworth Butchers in Chelmondiston

with local ingredients. In Martlesham, Suffolk Constabulary is opening the Constabulary Museum to the public while on the other side of the county Sir Peter Hall’s film, Akenfield, is being screened at the Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds. And in Felixstowe over 4,000 candles will glow as the sun sets on the county on Suffolk Day as hundreds of people gather together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones no longer with us. Suffolk Remembers, organised by St Elizabeth Hospice, will take place in Felixstowe seafront gardens offering the opportunity for people to dedicate a candle in the memory of someone they love. Pauline Donkin, the charity’s individual giving manager, said: “Suffolk Remembers gives local people the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones no longer with us. In doing so, they will support our vital work across east Suffolk so we can continue to help people living with a progressive or terminal illness, and their families, in our local community. “Each dedicated candle will bear the name of the person or pet being remembered and these will join 4,000 others to spell out the words Suffolk Remembers on giant boards which will be placed in the gardens as part of the event. To dedicate a candle or find out more about the events on Thursday 21 June, visit stelizabethhospice.org.uk/suffolkremembers A song for Suffolk has also been written by Felixstowe musician Andy Rayner – titled A Million Acres and has been recorded by 11 choirs around the county with the aim of raising money for EACH. He said that more than 1,000 people were singing on the track including opera singer Christina Johnson and jazz singer Polly Gibbons. “The idea is that we are going to release it by the end of May on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon and people can pay to download it with all money raised going to the Treehouse in Ipswich."

INFORMATION www.suffolkday.co.uk



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Thousands of miles away in deepest Africa is a small 15-acre farm that is very much – well almost – a part of Suffolk. Anne Gould reports on Paddy and Scott’s Meru Farm Project

Coffee with conscience




“Sustainability and protection of our environment is important, so too are the communities that rely on the coffee plantations for their existence. We care passionately about these things and want to behave responsibly.”


ow many times have you been into a coffee shop and heard the barista being quizzed about the various sorts of coffee beans available, how they have been treated and more importantly where they have come from? Luckily, for those of us living in Suffolk with a conscience, Paddy and Scott’s has already anticipated all of those complicated ethical and environmental dilemmas. No matter what business he’s been involved in, farsighted entrepreneur Scott Russell has always been one step ahead of the game.

Expanding from roasting coffee beans in an old two-kilo roaster named ‘Old Smokey’ in a Suffolk garage, to producing over 50,000 cups of coffee per day, his is one of Suffolk’s great success stories. Paddy and Scott’s now operates over 150 branded concessions across the UK with trade exports to Hong Kong, Shanghai and opened an office in Dubai this spring serving the Middle East and South Asia. And it’s thanks to Scott’s vision that, from this year, if you visit one of his coffee shops you can

drink your latte or flat white or expresso or filter coffee, made with beans that come from Paddy and Scott’s Meru Farm in Africa. Scott, company founder and CEO says, “Sustainability and protection of our environment is important, so too are the communities that rely on the coffee plantations for their existence. We care passionately about these things and want to behave responsibly.” That’s why he invested in the Meru Farm Project, which is run by the Muchomba Family. It’s helped not just discerning coffee drinkers but has made a real difference to the growers and their families too. “The only real way to help the coffee families and the wider community was to go straight to the source and pay more for the raw product. So we started a mission to cut out the middle men. No more greedy brokers, useless shipping agents or thieving conglomerates. We went straight to the farm itself.” The farm is a little over 15 acres in size, consisting of approximately 6,600 trees, and each and every cherry is picked by hand between April and July. During harvest the farm employs dozens of local workers who pick and carry the cherries to the pulping ‰



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“Sure, you may find cheaper coffee in your local supermarket but that’s not really the point, is it? Your involvement directly impacts in a positive way the families who provide your morning pick-me-up. This coffee sends children to school, it provides jobs for the local community and safeguards the future of coffee-growing families.”

station on the farm. “We harvest approximately 2500 trees per annum for our own use with 4000 of our trees being allocated for members of the Meru Community Farm. Last year we installed a new irrigation system, diverting a stream of water from a nearby river to the farm for use in the washing station, and then to be reused for watering the coffee trees. “This year we are beginning to see the full benefits of this as well as harnessing all rainwater from across the farm. There’s actually been plenty of rainfall this season; it’s not as scarce here as in some other coffee growing regions but it’s still important to make the best use of every drop.” However the results of this investment have far exceeded original estimates – with over



five tonnes picked by hand. Paddy and Scott’s has also sponsored Ruiga Primary School, located 6kms south of the farm to help educate local children. Previously there was no running water, toilets or even glass in the windows but all sorts of improvements have been made to upgrade the building and create a new learning environment.

the easiest, but is definitely the smartest route to great, ethical coffee. As a company, we wanted to shorten the distance between the coffee-drinker and the coffee-grower. Business can be a positive force for change and we have proven this with all the good work we have done at the Ruiga School and the Meru Farm.

A model working coffee farm has also been built in the grounds to teach the next generation of coffee farmers the best modern farming techniques. The proceeds from the sale of this coffee will provide additional places for parents who cannot afford to send their children to school.

“Sure, you may find cheaper coffee in your local supermarket but that's not really the point, is it? Your involvement directly impacts in a positive way the families who provide your morning pick-me-up. This coffee sends children to school, it provides jobs for the local community and safeguards the future of coffee-growing families.”

“As a businessman you are constantly reminded to work smarter, not harder – for me this business decision may not have been

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Father’s Day It’s Dad’s turn for a treat so don’t forget Father’s Day on June 17

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Happiness Store Woodbridge offers a unique and personal collection of home accessories, lighting and gifts. Their lovely bright store has a great collection carefully selected to offer their customers products that are on-trend, great quality & value for money. ‘Father’s Day’ we have some great presents in store for him to eat… smell… or wear…. plus great cards and the obligatory keyfob!

Cooking gadgets are such fun gifts, especially if you have a dad who is at home in the kitchen or out on the barbeque. With so many different kitchen gadgets out there as well as some pretty stylish barbeques, you are sure to find that special something for dad. We also have a lovely selection of foodie gifts and brewing kits which make the present. From quirky and techy to traditional and conventional, we have something for every chef’s kitchen. Treat dad to something unique this father’s day.

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Celebrate with dad this Father’s Day

A gift with a view…

Treat Dad to a delicious three-course lunch between 12noon and 4pm. All Dads that join us for lunch can show their receipt to our Golf Department on the day to receive a FREE bucket of balls to use on our unique 2-tier driving range. Our universal gift vouchers are the perfect gift and can be redeemed towards a round of golf with friends, a relaxing massage, time out in our Spa, or towards a stay in the hotel; however they are spent, it will be an experience to remember.

Dad can Experience the joy of flight with one of our Fathers Day Treat flights – 30m MICROLIGHT ADVENTURE FLIGHT £59 Inc VAT, 60m MICROLIGHT ADVENTURE FLIGHT £99 Inc VAT – plus a special gift for Dad on the day! Fly with experienced pilots who have a passion for flight and a background in private and commercial aviation. Join us and experience the ultimate flight adventure.

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Dr Natius Oelofsen Consultant Clinical Psychologist

HELPING YOU OVERCOME STRESS This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May 2018) focused on stress and overcoming it. Across the economy, more than 11 million working days are lost every year due to work-related stress (Health and Safety Executive). The overall annual cost of mental ill health in England alone is estimated at £105.2bn by the Department of Health (www.gov.uk) and the direct cost to businesses of work related stress calculated as high as £5.2bn by the Health and Safety Executive (www.hse.gov.uk). Here, Dr Natius Oelofsen, consultant clinical psychologist with a private practice at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital explains what stress is and how you can spot the signs of toxic stress early. What is stress? To begin, Dr Oelofsen explains, “There are many ways to define stress, but because the term is so widely used, it has become associated with almost anything that is bad for us! Researchers define stress (or, more correctly, the stress response) as a set of physiological, psychological and behavioural responses to situations we experience as beyond our ability to cope with. The stress response prepares the body for action through releasing stress hormones into the blood stream and activating parts of the central nervous system that are responsible for the “fight or flight” response. As soon as the threat level diminishes, the body activates a set of hormonal and neural responses that helps counteract the stress response and restore the boy’s equilibrium. When we face chronic stress, however, the body never really gets a chance to recover – and the resulting imbalances are believed to be the causes of the health and mental health problems associated with stress”. Not all stress is bad for you “Most people thrive on a challenge or two. A stretching project or a tight deadline can provide the motivation and push to achieve what was previously thought beyond our capabilities. Gaining a sense of achievement at work or at home can boost confidence levels and may even enable people to advance their careers. Getting there, of course, may mean that we have to tolerate relatively brief periods of stress.



While high levels of transient stress may lead to periods of tiredness, headache and some sleep disturbance, prolonged stress can cause enduring damage to mental health. Anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship strain and a general decline in quality of life can occur, and impose a huge burden in the form of lost quality of life, productivity losses, and financial strain on individuals and their families”. How will you know you are suffering from toxic stress? “Chronic stress tends to proliferate over time and can appear to take over your life leading to constant feelings of panic, anxiety and dread as well as severe difficulties with sleep. You may withdraw from friends and family, and stop engaging in activities you previously enjoyed.

Good self-care for stress “There are many things we can do for ourselves to tackle our stress. One of the most important actions you can take today is to acknowledge it. Are your loved ones telling you that your behaviour is changing? Perhaps you noticed yourself becoming more irritable, depressed, or anxious. Taking a break or making some time for yourself in your busy day or week can help. Or make an effort to replace bad habits with good ones: Drink less alcohol, eat well and get enough exercise! Another key self-help strategy is to get social support: Tell someone how you are feeling. Talking to someone you trust can help you feel less isolated and help you gain fresh perspectives on the situation.” Next steps

Here are some other symptoms to look out for: • Regularly feeling overwhelmed • Difficulty concentrating • Mood swings • Irritability or having a short temper • Difficulty relaxing • Depression (How to manage and reduce stress. The Mental Health Foundation. www.mentalhealth.org.uk) When the situation reaches this point, it is important to acknowledge the need to ask for help. Apart from medication, talking therapy, especially cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can help you overcome your stress and teach you coping skills that may prevent future relapse”, Dr Oelofsen advises. “CBT aims to address psychological distress by focusing on the thought processes, emotions, and behaviour that trigger and maintain mental health symptoms. You will learn practical problem solving strategies and coping skills, including ways to challenge unhelpful thinking processes, combat rumination, and calm your stress system arousal level through relaxation and mindfulness techniques. People often don’t ask for help because they are afraid of the social stigma attached to admitting that they have a mental health problem. Sometimes feeling a failure or perhaps believing you are weak for asking for help may be obstacles. Don’t be caught out though, getting the help you need without delay can improve your prognosis and speed up your recovery.”

Dr Oelofsen provides some advice on where to seek assistance. “Your GP will be able to discuss with you how to deal with stress, and can also discuss a private referral for talking treatment at the Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital. If you would like to find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week or get involved in their Green Ribbon campaign to combat mental health stigma, please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk. If you feel that you are affected by mental health problems or that you would like to urgently talk to someone about your stress, you can dial NHS 111 (or 999 for a crisis), or alternatively you can contact the Samaritans on 116112”. Dr Oelofsen is an experienced consultant clinical psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience of treating mental health conditions in children and adults. His private practice is based at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital where he sees adult patients for CBT for common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, as well as specialist assessments of neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism. For more information on how to book a private consultation with Dr Oelofsen, call us on 01473 851 960.


TRUST ME – THERE’S A WAY TO HELP PROTECT YOUR INHERITANCE When arranging a life assurance policy to protect your family, two fifths of people have never heard of writing their policy in Trust. However eight in ten have assets they want to pass on. According to insurer Legal & General there is a significant lack of awareness surrounding the legal arrangement of writing a life insurance policy into a Trust, which allows a person to gift their policy to their beneficiaries when they die. A Trust, which allows a policyholder to indicate to whom – and when – the proceeds of their life policy will be paid out, is a crucial way of protecting family members from the financial burden of Inheritance Tax (IHT) by helping to ensure this money is not included as part of the deceased’s estate. It is important when speaking to your financial adviser that you discuss the subject

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of Trusts and whether this added security is appropriate for you. The adviser arranging your life assurance should be able to help you with this. Most insurers provide Trust forms free of charge on new and existing policies, and for new policies it is likely to incur minimal if any additional cost. Those who do not place a single life insurance policy into a trust may risk their money not going to their chosen beneficiaries – for example where the policyholder is not married and has not made a will. Having an up-to-date will in place is a practical move as part of any individual’s financial planning arrangements. Even if you do not have a large estate with complicated financial arrangements (in which case it would be prudent to employ the services of a solicitor), it is possible to find a low cost

alternative for simple wills, and even a free will for a small bequest to a charity. Ensuring you have sufficient life assurance to protect your family in event of your death is essential for most people. At Scrutton Bland Financial Services Limited, all our Independent Financial Advisers are familiar with the benefits and importance of writing life assurance policies in trust. As part of your financial review we also explore estate planning with regard to whether you have a will and if so, to check if it is up to date, reflects your current wishes, and if you have a Power of Attorney in place. Should any issues arise we have the ability to direct you to the most appropriate solution. For a no obligation discussion about writing a life assurance policy into a Trust contact Tim Bell at tim.bell@scruttonbland.co.uk or call 01206 838457

Scrutton Bland Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Flowers, Feathers and Flamingos! Nature’s influence is clear this summer. There are florals, leaves and fronds and even some cheeky feathered friends to admire. Mix and match in some traditional stripes and a broad palette from pastels to brights and you’d be right in thinking that anything goes... well almost!

Pomodoro coral print collared dress £85 Adams Apple



Lily & Me daisy top £44 Caramel


Rosa Faia swimsuit £121 Sweet Dreams

Emreco floral print top £43 Adams Apple

Soaked in Luxury Lala shirt £44.99 Laura Jane Boutique

Yellow sweater £39.99 Ninni Noo Boutique Soaked in Luxury Lavada top £44.99 Laura Jane Boutique

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Yaya elastic strap trainers £89.95 Laura Jane Boutique

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Silvian Heach printed shirt £85 Holly Blue Boutique

Soaked in Luxury flamingo top £39.99 Laura Jane Boutique

Yaya espadrille wedges £69.95 Laura Jane Boutique



Animapop reversible dress £155 Holly Blue Boutique


Hatley striped dress £70 Adams Apple

Sahara linen top £129 Caramel

Hatley striped dress £75 Adams Apple

Striped maxi dress £47 Ninni Noo Boutique

Miricle suit £168 Sweet Dreams Seafolly Peach Melba summer dress £87 Sweet Dreams

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Pub Walks

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with Darcy


When there are so many good walks in one location there’s no choice other than to make a day of it!

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3/6 Darcy has always enjoyed the walks in and around Sibton. Located just a short distance west of the A12 at Yoxford the village boasts an award winning pub, complete with cosy rooms and exceptional food and – most importantly for Darcy – it is dog friendly. In fact, she (and we) like visiting the Sibton White Horse so much that we’ve devised no fewer than three walking routes from there in recent years. This, and other mini collections to come, started us thinking about full days of walking for the summer ahead. Combining three walks on to one map, as we’re showing here in this issue, you’ll be able to plan a fantastic day out, starting from the pub, returning for refreshments, a meal or even an overnight stay and then embarking on the next route…it’s like your own personal walking festival! Of course you can always take them one at a time too, we know Neil, Gill and the team would love to see you returning time and time again. Before you set off make sure you visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-withdarcy for a fully downloadable map and full instructions for each of the routes, plus a combined map showing all three routes too. If you’re planning a meal or stay don’t forget to book with the pub and then simply enjoy the vast swathes of open Suffolk countryside on offer.




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the walks OS MAP for all three walks: Explorer 231 START POINT OS REFERENCE: 357 702 As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and more than 60 previous walks go to: www.essentialsuffolk.com/dog-walks where you will also find more pictures of each walk route.

Enjoy good food, warm hospitality and a wonderful location at the Sibton White Horse Park your car and take one of the fabulous dog walk routes around the beautiful picturesque Suffolk Countryside followed by a delicious meal in the pub or in our fabulous Mediterranean styled terrace garden.

Always check the map before setting off.


Blue Route

Route one is the longest of the three routes at approximately five miles and should take around two and half hours to walk, depending on conditions. The walking is mostly flat and there are some tretches on minor roads. Download this map and full instructions via www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy and choose Sibton Route 1. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the BLUE numbers.


Red Route

Route two is just two and a half miles but a very enjoyable walk. Allow around an hour. There is some uneven ground so if there has been any rain ahead of your walk think about wearing sturdy shoes. Download this map and full instructions via www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy and choose Sibton Route 2. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the RED numbers.


Purple Route

Food served lunchtimes 12 – 2pm each day 12 – 2.30 on Sunday. Closed Monday lunch. Evenings 6.30 – 9pm Monday to Saturday, 7.00 – 8.30pm Sunday. Sibton White Horse Inn, Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2JJ 01728 660337 info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk

At three miles route three is an easy option on flat ground with some minor roads. Download this map and full instructions via www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy and choose Sibton Route 3. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the PURPLE numbers.



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As part of its 25 years celebrations, Ufford Park has undertaken a significant refurbishment programme. Lesley Rawlinson visits the new look Park Restaurant


hen we live in a stunning county like Suffolk it is easy to take for granted the sheer variety on our doorsteps. Whether you’re based in the heart of Ipswich, in one of the bustling market towns, down by the coast or in a more tranquil village setting the choices and the opportunities to enjoy a change of scene are never very far away. And it’s all positive too; whatever your preferences there’s always a feeling that it’s a real privilege to live here – good food, world class entertainment, interesting architecture and of course nature at her very, very best. One of the most popular venues for enjoying so much of what Suffolk has to offer is Ufford Park and it’s particularly ideal for



families – even the four legged members are welcome. Just outside Woodridge, and set in 120 acres of historic parkland, it really is an ideal base for exploring the towns, the coast and the countryside. Staycations are more and more in vogue and with many of the bedrooms overlooking the Deben Valley, Ufford Park is a really good choice for families looking for a break away from home.

With all that activity it can be easy to overlook another key element on offer – food and drink! There’s a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere in both the bar and restaurant and in good weather there is the opportunity to dine outdoors on the spacious terrace overlooking the golf course. Food is served all day so once again it’s all about flexibility and what suits your occasion.

Of course you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy its facilities. Top of the list has to be the 18-hole award-winning, par-71 golf course plus the rather exciting Congo Rapids Adventure Golf. The well equipped gym and indoor pool are complemented by the thermal suite spa... and it’s all staffed by highly trained instructors and therapists.

My friend and I decided that The Park Restaurant would be the perfect venue for a girls’ catch up; a chance to drink, chat, eat, chat… and maybe drink and chat a little more! After the recent refurbishment the space has retained its bright, spacious appeal while the blues and golds add a touch of opulence, all complemented by the stylish


lighting. We were cheerfully shown to a table by the window, benefitting from privacy afforded by the high backs of the booth style seating. Our attentive host clearly had the measure of my dear friend – let’s call her Mrs L – and suggested a large glass of the house Malbec. As driver mine was a more modest ginger beer. The menus at Ufford Park are another great reflection of the surrounding area – declaring that they simply ‘Love Local’, with East Anglian produce championed at every opportunity. Both the main menu and ‘specials’ were also replete with gluten-free and vegetarian choices and adaptations. I thought my friend was going to choose the goats’ cheese starter, always one of her favourites, but instead she surprised me with her choice of duck, fig and pistachio pate. Served with toasted brioche and apricot chutney it clearly hit the spot coming in for some high praise from her sometimes choosy palate. I was wooed by smoked trout with horseradish mayonnaise. I like a fish or salad starter, especially in the summer, and having eyed up the burger menu I was glad of this light, but tasty option. So – to the burger. Surely the staple of all family-friendly restaurant menus – a good burger is a great way to ensure that there’s

always something for everyone. The Dedham Vale beef burger is a deliciously meaty affair, served with bacon and either cheddar or stilton and all in a handmade bun with chunky chips on the side. I often find that, half way through a burger, I wonder what possessed me to order such a filling choice but not in this case. There was a sensible ratio of bun to filling and plenty of crispy salad on the side too; really delicious.

I think Mrs L felt rather virtuous by comparison when her main dish arrived. She’d chosen sword fish steak – something neither of us had seen on a menu for a very long time – served with purple sprouting broccoli, lime butter and sauté potatoes. The fish was firm, tasty and tender, with a quite meaty texture and complemented well by the vegetables although the butter sauce turned out to be pretty rich and indulgent. With plenty more chat to be had we decided that dessert would afford us more time to talk… well, any excuse! My eye was directly drawn to lemon tart with clotted cream and mixed berry compote (incidentally glutenfree) while across the table it was a toss-up between vanilla panna cotta with frozen strawberry pieces and coconut shortbread or the savoury option – cheese. I wasn’t surprised that the latter came tops and with Suffolk Gold, Binham Blue and Mrs Temple’s Copys Cloud on offer it was a foregone conclusion. The Suffolk chutney was a great addition to the plate too. Desserts enjoyed, glasses drained and resignation that a ‘school night’ meant time to head home, we still managed to find plenty to chatter about on our way. Mind you, we’re not often quiet, we’re just not the types…

INFORMATION Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa Yarmouth Road, Melton Woodbridge, IP12 1QW 01394 383555 www.uffordpark.co.uk



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the alternative

SUMMER SUNDAY ROAST When the sun is shining we often need an alternative to the traditional roast, so why not try this delicious cod loin dish as a seasonal substitute




Ipswich born Head Chef Ben Ramsey completed three years at college before starting his career in the kitchen as a trainee chef at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in 2003. He gained further experience working in several pubs including The Black Tiles, Martlesham and The Coach and Horses, Melton. In 2017 Ben decided it was time to strike out by himself and successfully took on the Head Chef role at The Bell Inn, Middleton, where the pub is under new management as Amy and Julian of The Eel’s Foot Inn are now successfully running both busy pubs. His creative menu is based around using the freshest local ingredients and feedback has been incredibly positive from both the locals and other diners. Ben met his wife Sarah in 2014 and juggles his busy working life being a stepfather to Bonnie as well as the proud new father of a three month old daughter, Natasha.

Cod loin, hasselback potaoes, fine beans, chorizo and bacon jam, garlic chilli oil INGREDIENTS Per serving 6oz cod loin 3 large new potatoes 150g butter 1 small onion 2 cloves garlic 1 red chilli 100g fine beans 1 lemon 200g chorizo 200g bacon 400g sugar Olive oil Pea shoots to garnish

METHOD 1. Roughly chop the garlic and chilli and mix with 100ml of olive oil. 2. Dice and fry the onion, chop the bacon and cook with the onions until slightly brown. Next chop up the chorizo and add to the bacon and onion mixture. Add the sugar and simmer for 40-50 mins. When cooked blitz in a food processor. 3. Cook the new potatoes until just under cooked and refresh in cold water. Thinly slice into each potato leaving them still attached to their base by half a centimetre. Butter and season each potato and then roast at 180°C until golden. 4. In a hot non-stick frying pan, with a little oil, place the cod skin side down on a medium heat for 2-3 mins or until the skin is slightly golden. Flip the cod over and add a knob of butter. Baste for 30 seconds and then place in the oven for 8-12 mins until firm. 5. Put a pan of salted water on to boil. Cook the fine beans for 2-3 mins, drain and glaze in a buttered pan. TO SERVE Arrange the potatoes around the plate, place the buttered fine beans in the centre and with the cod on top of the beans. With two spoons quenelle the chorizo and bacon jam, place one on the cod and two around the plate. Garnish with pea shoots and drizzle with garlic chilli oil.

THE MIDDLETON BELL e perfect venue to meet friends and family. Offering top quality food using the best local produce. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or the beautiful beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. OpENING HOuRS 12.00pm till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm, Tuesday – Saturday 12.00pm till 9.00pm, Sunday (Food served 12.00pm till 2.30pm, 6.00pm till 9.00pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00 till 5.00pm, Sunday). Booking advised. 01728 648286 | e Street, Middleton, Ip17 3NN



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Butt & Oyster

The Artisan Smokehouse

The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views. As you eat watch the changing tides on traditional timeless shores. Understand an artist’s inspiration with Thames barges, swans and the river, enjoying the finest Suffolk ales whilst being tempted by the wonderful aromas which welcome you. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 9am. See our website for details of our menus.

Set in the lovely village of Falkenham, near Felixstowe, with wonderful countryside views. Join us in our licensed café, where all the smoked foods are hand-made on site. Enjoy breakfast, coffee & cake, and light meals including smoked meat and fish platters, cheese boards, sandwiches and salads. While you’re here why not grab something to take home from our deli, which stocks a wide range of products, including our own award-winning smoked foods.

Open: 7 days a week 9am – 11pm Food served 9am – 9.30pm daily

Café & Deli

Open: Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Please see website for variations in opening. Food served all day – breakfast until 11.30am

Fynn Valley Winner of the ‘Most Welcoming Golf Club’ in England award this is the place to bring your family and friends for a wide range of tempting meals prepared by our talented chefs. Enjoy a home made bar meal or daily special in the cosy Courtyard Bar, utilising great local produce. Al fresco dining in the sheltered Courtyard is a popular option. Sunday Lunches are served in The Terrace overlooking the golf course, all freshly roasted on the day – enjoy one course for £9.95. The spacious Valley Room is perfect for large family celebrations. Full details of our menus and offers can be found on our website. Open: Open daily.

Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW

The Artisan Smokehouse, Goose Barn, Back Road, Falkenham, Suffolk, IP10 0QR

Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA

01473 780764 buttandoyster@debeninns.co.uk www.debeninns.co.uk

01394 448414 info@artisansmokehouse.co.uk www.artisansmokehouse.co.uk

01473 785202 restaurant@fynn-valley.co.uk www.fynn-valley.co.uk

Ufford Park

The Randolph

Seckford Hall

Make Dad feel special this Father’s Day by treating him to a delicious 3 course lunch in The Park Restaurant. Lunch is priced at just £19.95 per person for three courses and booking is essential. Children welcome. All Dads that join us for lunch can show their receipt to our Golf Reception and receive a FREE basket of ball for our unique 2-tier driving range.

Located in the heart of the peaceful village of Reydon, just a 15 minute stroll from Britain’s quintessential seaside town of Southwold; The Randolph provides the perfect base for exploring the heritage coast and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Open: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Sunday Lunch in The Park Restaurant served 12 noon – 4pm

NEW! Week Day Warmer: Every Monday to Friday Lunch 12 noon – 2pm 2 courses and a drink* – £15 per person 3 courses and a drink* – £17.50 per person (*Soft drink, 125ml house wine or ½ pint draught beer. Menu options change weekly) Open: 11am – 11pm, 7 days a week. Food served 12pm – 2pm and 6.30pm – 9pm.

1530 Restaurant

Satisfy your appetite for all things foodie with a visit to 1530 at Seckford Hall. Far from humdrum, the menu is an exciting mix of the finest seasonal flavours. Hearty yet elegant, nibbles can be enjoyed alongside perfectly matched tipples, with views over gorgeous gardens. The seamless fusion of old and new offers the perfect setting for intimate dining with a modern, eclectic twist. Open: Lunch from 12pm – 6pm, Afternoon Tea from 3pm – 5pm, Dinner from 6.30pm – 9.30pm (10pm Friday and Saturday).

Ufford Park, Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW

The Randolph, 41 Wangford Road, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6PZ

Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge Suffolk, IP13 6NU

0844 847 9467 reception@uffordpark.co.uk www.uffordpark.co.uk

01502 723603 reception@therandolph.co.uk www.therandolph.co.uk

01394 385678 reception@seckford.co.uk www.seckford.co.uk




The Middleton Bell

The Fox

The Eels Foot

Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce. Now under new ownership by the successful team from The Eels Foot Inn. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.

Imagine a chocolate box style village pub, beaming with pinkness, beautiful tranquil gardens and flowers around the door. Add a loyal and friendly clientele and great food and you’ll wish you had discovered us sooner. Fine locally sourced food is offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 9am and this is complemented by an ever changing range of guest ales and wines. See our website for details of our menus.

Enjoy delicious food and drink in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere at the award winning Eels Foot inn located in the pretty hamlet of Eastbridge. The extensive beer garden offers a children’s play area and a wood fired pizza oven available Sat – Sun 12:00 – 20:00. The Inn has six rooms and is a certified location with The Caravan and Motorhome Club. With freshwater marshes and scenic countryside leading directly to the sea The Eels Foot is a great place to stay.

Open: 7 days a week 9am – 11pm Food served 9am – 9.30pm daily

Open: Monday to Thursday 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Friday to Sunday 11:30am – 11:30pm (Food served Monday to Thursday 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.pm Friday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm)

The Bell Inn, The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN

The Fox, The Street, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NY

Eels Foot Inn, Eastbridge, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4SN

01728 648286

01473 736307 fox@debeninns.co.uk www.debeninns.co.uk

01728 830154 theeelsfootinn@hotmail.co.uk theeelsfootinn.co.uk

The Coach & Horses

The Fountain

Sibton White Horse

The Coach & Horses located just outside of Woodbridge, has extremely good access to the A12 with ample parking. Originally a staging inn or coach house, it’s historical role is equally well served today providing great family food. We offer a great combination of quality, value and atmosphere that the Deben Inns are renowned for. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 9am. See our website for details of our menus.

Located in the lovely old village of Tuddenham St Martin, three miles north of Ipswich, informal bistro style restaurant set in an oldie worldy 16th century country pub with great food, great service and great value. Full A La Carte menu plus set price menus; two courses £14.95, three courses £17.95. Current specials always included on the website. Sunday lunch served 12 noon to 7pm. Covered heated patio and spacious beer garden.

Open: 7 days a week 9am – 11pm Food served 9am – 9.30pm daily

Open: Monday to Friday, 12 noon – 2pm and 6pm to 9pm. Saturday, 12 noon – 2pm and 6pm to 9.30pm. Sunday, 12pm – 7pm

Situated in the pretty Suffolk Village of Sibton, this beautiful 16th-century pub has a wealth of charm and an abundance of character. Enjoy delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere in the bar or restaurant areas or indulge in some of the finest alfresco food in the picturesque courtyard. Recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the food at the Sibton White Horse is freshly prepared using the local fresh and seasonal ingredients from Suffolk producers and from the pubs very own kitchen garden.

The Coach & Horses, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1PD

The Fountain, The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, Suffolk, IP6 9BT

Sibton White Horse, Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2JJ

01394 384851 coachandhorses@debeninns.co.uk www.debeninns.co.uk

01473 785377 fountainpub@btconnect.com www.tuddenhamfountain.co.uk

01728 660337 info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk

Open: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 9pm, Sunday (Food served 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 5pm, Sunday). Booking advised.

Open: Food served lunchtimes 12 – 2pm each day (2.30 on Sunday). Evenings 6.30 – 9pm Mon to Sat, 7.00 – 8.30pm Sunday



Five of the best for

AL FRESCO DINING With summer comes the simple pleasure of eating outdoors. Where will you visit for some al fresco dining?

Stunning views as you dine With summer just around the corner, alfresco dining is once again on the horizon. If breath-taking, panoramic views are high on your wish list, you can’t go wrong with The Park Bar and Restaurant at Ufford Park, where the only thing better than getting a table inside, is getting one outside! Offering a seasonally-changing bar snack menu including light bites, a children’s menu, afternoon tea, all alongside locally famous Paddy & Scott’s coffee. Food is served daily between 8am and 9:30pm. Everyone welcome, even your four-legged friend! Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW 0844 847 9467 www.uffordpark.co.uk

A wonderful flower filled hideaway

Fun for all the family

Behind the 16th Century pub you’ll find a gem of a garden; a secluded courtyard and a real suntrap with plenty of shade too. It’s the perfect place to savour some fine alfresco and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, colourful hanging baskets, and appreciate the tranquillity of the Suffolk Countryside. With ample comfortable tables and chairs surrounded by culinary herbs used by the kitchen you can indulge in all the great tasting seasonal dishes that the Sibton White Horse has to offer.

Relax in the extensive gardens and sheltered patio areas whilst sampling the delicious locally sourced dishes that the Eels Foot’s is best known for. The perfect for place for a spot of lazyman's bird watching, customers can enjoy barn owls quartering the surrounding marshes, otters playing in the dyke alongside the caravan site and marsh harriers sky-dancing over the reed-beds! Young families can experience the fun of the play equipment in the gardens too – a ‘Ghost Ship’ and a ‘Traction Engine’ to provide plenty of enjoyment.

Halesworth Road, Sibton Suffolk, IP17 2JJ. 01728 660337 www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk

School Cottages, East Bridge, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4SN 01728 830154 www.theeelsfootinn.co.uk

Relax in the sun with an alfresco dining experience at Seckford Hall

Enjoy delicious food in beautiful surroundings


Enjoy Tudor splendour at Seckford Hall, a historic treasure in Suffolk set in nine acres of breath taking landscaped grounds – the perfect place to dine alfresco and sample our delicious menus or afternoon tea. New for Sundays at Seckford Hall in June; relax and enjoy an incredible Sunday Lunch in the Great Hall with live music sessions from talented Jazz, Swing and Lounge bands. Certainly not to be missed. See the website for listings.

The Turks Head is a beautifully restored pub with a pretty landscaped garden for you to savour the Alfresco Dining experience and enjoy the delicious home cooked food made using the finest local ingredients. The new ‘Indulgent Brunch’ is served on Saturdays from 10am-2pm offering porridge, a selection of pastries or a full English breakfast along with many other dishes. Named ‘Best Pub in Suffolk’ for the second year running (by Pub and Bar Magazine) the Turks Head is a dining experience you shouldn’t miss.

Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6NU 01394 385678 reception@seckford.co.uk www.seckford.co.uk

Low Road, Hasketon, Woodbridge, IP13 6JG. 01394 610343 theturksheadhasketon.co.uk


Fame ombre Champagne glasses £14.99 Glasswells

Ultra slim electronic scale £24.99 Glasswells Dexam chef'n stemgem™ strawberry huller £5.99 Elmers

LET’S GO TUTTI FRUTTI It’s time to add some colour to your life! Whether it’s a squeeze of lime in your living room, a dash of raspberry in the kitchen or perhaps some blueberry in the bathroom these fruity colours make every-day gear more fun

Carnaby faux rattan folding lounge set £185.99 Glasswells

Wild & Wolf’s vintage telephones available in a variety of pastel colours and would also add a touch of 50s style to any home £49 Barretts

Smeg two slice toaster £119.95 Glasswells Thomas Kent’s Cotswold Mantel Clock comes in Mango colourway and is sure to look bold against white walls lit by summer sunlight, £26 Barretts



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Corkcicle flasks from £20 Woodbridge Kitchen Company Lime green Wesco Superball worktop waste bin £59.95 Woodbridge Kitchen Company

Roberts Blutune 65 bluetooth sound system with dock £199.99 Glasswells

Yes Studio mugs £8.95 each, keep cool water bottles £15.95 each, compact mirror £10 Happiness Store

Wild & Wolf Gooseneck lamp in Swedish Green. Its light and easy colouration would add a bit of Summer freshness to any room £59 Barretts

Judge lettuce knife 30cm £1.29 Elmers



Eclat set of six steak knives £7.99 Glasswells


Orla Kiely’s mini candle gift set featuring those deep oranges as well the more natural blues and greens £28 Barretts

Oslo four piece mug set £9.99 Glasswells

Wesco retro kitchen scales £79.95 Woodbridge Kitchen Company

Pink Wesco Push Boy bin £129.95 Woodbridge Kitchen Company

Salter block kitchen scale £13.99 Glasswells

Bliss Pima cotton towels (spearmint) from £2.99 Glasswells



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Asher tumbler 320ml £11.99 each (available in lime, heather, olive, peacock, cobalt and violet) Glasswells

Basis jug 1.5L £31.99 Glasswells

Roberts Mini Revival DABFM portable radio £149.99 Glasswells

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Smeg citrus juicer £119.95 Glasswells

Tower three in one grater greengraphite grey £14.99 Elmers Swan 12 retro desk fan £49.99 Glasswells

Simple Human 30L retro pedal bin £89.99 Glasswells

STOCKISTS Barretts of Woodbridge Barretts of Woodbridge, 40 – 42 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. T: 01394 384300 www.barretts.co.uk Elmers Hardware 59 – 61 Edmonton Road, Kesgrave www.elmershardware.co.uk T: 01473 623381 Glasswells Ranelagh Road, Ipswich or Newmarket Road Bury St Edmunds. T: 01473 253164 www.glasswells.co.uk Happiness Store Ltd 6a Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. T: 01394 548815




TIME FOR A CHANGE I am writing this after a period of change in my life which has seen the closure of Neals’ Theatre Street Saleroom for the foreseeable future and the end of an era when my office closed following the merger with Fenn Wright. It is somewhat ironic that many years ago my father nearly merged the family firm with Garrod Turner and Spurling & Hempson, who both subsequently joined up with Fenn Wright. I was just somewhat late in joining the party! I now work in the splendour of a modern flagship office at Nunn’s Mill, really close to the River Deben, the focal point of the town. The office has many up to date refinements,

James Neal

including air conditioning, all a far cry from the period characteristics of 26 Church Street. Relieved of the pressure of running a business, with all the associated administrative demands, I am now able to get on with the day job I enjoy and look forward to welcoming old and new clients to my new surroundings.

One final point may well be of interest to those of you who are suffering withdrawal symptoms following the closure of our saleroom. You will be pleased to learn that Russell Cole is still wielding his gavel to good effect locally. He has joined the team at Bishop & Miller who are based in Stowmarket. So, do pop along there to get your fix of auction fever.

Lesley has very kindly asked me to continue to write this column, which is flattering in the extreme. As from the next issue I will revert to the usual type of content. There will be sighs of horror from some of you on that front but I hope I can continue to add a little bit of interest on the subject of antiques and inject a spot of humour along the way.

Bishop & Miller holds around twenty-four sales a year encompassing everyday items to high value antiques. I know Russell will be pleased to hear from you if you are thinking of selling or indeed need a valuation for whatever purpose. Please just remember to tell him you read about it here! Till next time.



German kitchen furniture | Corian | Caesarstone | Miele | Neiff

Villeroy & Boch bathrooms | Hansgrohe | Matki | Aqata | Keuco

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Kitchen & Bathroom showroom SMITHFIELD, MELTON RD, WOODBRIDGE IP12 1NG




01728 638 372 07785 966 221 sales@rogergladwell.co.uk www.rogergladwell.co.uk


WHAT A SHOW! locally in 2013, was constructed from Oak and used as part of a garden display at the Chelsea flower show 2017 and won a Gold medal at the prestigious event. We were also joined by Middleton based sculptor Paul Richardson, whose metal artworks, form exquisite and individual garden sculptures, inspired by the world around him. For the show, we were delighted to display a stunning flower sculpture within the planted boarders and a majestic steel horse which created quite the talking point for the visitors to our stand.


rinity Park, a week before the Suffolk show, some would have found it hard to imagine that such an area could be transformed into a show stopping garden in only a few days. But for a company who pride themselves on creating award winning gardens throughout East Anglia, Roger Gladwell Landscape Design and Construction Ltd happily accepted the challenge; and for the third consecutive year, worked alongside Barcham Trees to create an extraordinary and beautiful space, filled with horticultural treats to inspire even the most wary gardener amongst us.

clients, old and new. We would like to thank everybody who came to visit us this year and special thanks goes to all of our suppliers who enabled us to put together such a wonderful display. We look forward to seeing you again at The Suffolk Show 2019!

Harrod Horticulture, based in Lowestoft supplied pots and planters in an array of styles and sizes suitable for any garden or courtyard, while The Fire Pit Company displayed a stunning collection of Fire Bowls, all of which were available to buy over the two days at the show. Alongside these installations, we also took the opportunity to showcase the work of our own talented carpenters and craftsmen at Roger Gladwell Landscape Design and Construction with a selection of Oak features including benches and a swing seat for our visitors to enjoy. The show, as always was a wonderful success with two fantastic days spent meeting with

This year, the stand, which was designed and constructed by our in house team, overflowed with a stunning array of colourful flowering shrubs and herbaceous planting. Barcham trees – Europe’s largest tree specialist, whose vast collection is based in Ely, supplied a selection of splendid ornamental trees, which created a wonderful canopy and back drop to the stand. In addition, we were privileged to display the exceptional work of our external suppliers, with the fabulous installation of a historic ‘Chet Boat’ by the International Boat building training college, Oulton Broad. The boat, based on a 900 year old vessel, discovered

If you are interested in learning more about Roger Gladwell Landscape Design and Construction Ltd and would like to discuss your garden design requirements with us, Please contact us at sales@rogergladwell.co.uk or telephone 01728 638 372. www.rogergladwell.co.uk | www.classicsuffolktimberframes.co.uk



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This year the People’s Community Garden in Ipswich is celebrating its tenth birthday – Anne Gould spoke to Development Manager, Susannah Robirosa, about its work

Gardening in the Community





ccording to the experts gardening has a lot going for it – when it comes to health it keeps you active, reduces stress, is great for your heart and prevents conditions like diabetes and obesity. Gardening with other people is even better – helping to ward off loneliness and offering opportunities to teach new life skills as well. Susannah Robirosa from ActivLives who has masterminded the project since the start simply says, “It’s been a dream job”. Ten years ago she was working as a sub-editor on the local newspaper but with a horticultural diploma in her back pocket was eager to get away from a desk job to work outside. “I saw a small advert for a job developing a community garden, applied and got the job”. Ten years on her work has helped introduce thousands and thousands of people to the joys of gardening, helped them learn skills for life and for work and helped forge firm friendships too. Remarkably, with the help of her volunteers at Chantry Walled Garden, ActivLives also supplies 25,000 plants a year to Ipswich Borough Council for its parks, roundabouts and green spaces. ‰

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“When we first started it was with ten plots at Maidenhall Allotments and we had to build the garden from scratch as there was nothing there, it was just a field. There were two other coordinators, Dan Wheals, a medical herbalist and the late Ric Staines, gardening expert, writer and broadcaster and it was my job to go out and find the volunteers to help us.” She said that the aim was to help promote healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and break down social isolation through volunteering, learning and training and social activities. Today the field is a remarkable garden, a thriving hub, with a community kitchen, cafe and market, there’s a bee-keeping project, a sensory garden, a willow tunnel and a shed project for men. There’s also an outdoor classroom aimed at children with a wildflower meadow, edible hedge section and a hazel coppice, helping them to learn outdoor and woodland skills. “In all, we have about 1,000 people a year involved in our garden projects and we are supported by a group of 100 or so volunteers who have been very loyal and really help to make it all possible. We have worked with people of all ages, young people from schools, the pupil referral unit, people with learning difficulties, family carers, the longterm employed, NEETS and older people too. They learn how to work in the garden, grow fresh vegetables and learn how to cook with




them but in addition, it helps people with personal confidence, they benefit from being within a community and working as a team as well.” For example, recently, she said, they had a session for women from Suffolk Refugee Association where they had cooking sessions. “There were people from Syria, Iraq and Eastern Europe and they weren’t used to English vegetables. We taught them about rhubarb, greens, broccoli and cabbage and because they were excellent cooks the food they made was amazing. But in their turn, they taught us something too – how to use ‘fat hen’ which we regard as a weed and they used onion flowers as well – it was fantastic.” About seven years ago ActivLives took over the Walled Garden at Chantry Park which was formerly run by the borough council. The focus here has been working with people with complex learning difficulties but in addition, the elderly as well, some of whom might have dementia, Parkinson’s or those recovering from strokes. “Obviously Sue Ryder is in the park but we have worked with other care homes too.” Plus there’s a Carry on Gardening free drop-in session on Thursdays from now until the end of August aimed at older people and their relatives and carers. There are raised beds giving access to those who are in wheelchairs, and besides gardening there are options to get involved in crafts and flower arranging as well.

But the walled garden with its extensive greenhouses is where the plants for the council are propagated and grown under the watchful eye of the volunteer team. “We are also open for selling to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays and literally everything we earn from selling plants goes back into the charity.” With a further more recent project based in Sudbury Park, ActivGardens now costs about £120,000 a year to run, part of which is grant funded. But Susannah added, increasingly they are trying to raise funds themselves and become more financially sustainable not just through selling plants but charging for school’s programmes too. “We are always looking for help – people to volunteer, share skills, mentor volunteers with additional needs and help with school visits. Or maybe come to our markets, buy our plants and vegetables, become involved in corporate volunteering, sponsor the garden or just spread the word.”

INFORMATION ActivGardens is holding a Big Garden Party on July 21 to celebrate its 10th anniversary at its Community Garden at Maidenhall Allotments. For more information: 01473 345350 or www.activelives.org.uk/activegardens



PROPERTY 64 65 67 69 70 71 73

Jackson-Stops Savills Clarke & Simpson Fenn Wright Mortimers Grier & Partners Best Estates 66 East Bergholt

68 Westleton

72 Bures St Mary



LowER uffoRd


● 2 bath/shower rooms ● Sheltered South facing terrace + gardens

● Open plan kitchen/living/dining room ● Study ● 4 bedrooms

● Charming village house ● 3 reception rooms ● 5 bedrooms ● Cart lodge garage ● In all 0.75 of an acre (sts)

● On the banks of the River Deben ● South east facing garden & jetty ● 3 bath/shower rooms ● Wonderful estuary & countryside views

GuIdE £895,000

GuIdE £1,250,000


RuSHmERE Road, IpSwIcH

● 3 bath/shower rooms ● 2 bed cottage ● Range of outbuildings

● 2 reception rooms ● Study ● 5 bedrooms ● 3 bath/shower rooms

● Restored & extended farmhouse ● 3 reception rooms ● 5 bedrooms ● Garaging ● Office ● Swimming pool ● About 5 acres

● Elegant presented detached residence ● Sought after Ipswich address ● 1 bed self-contained annexe ● Large & mature south facing garden

GuIdE £995,000

GuIdE £890,000



● Study ● 5 bedrooms ● 2 bath/shower rooms ● Tennis court

● Study ● 2 bath/shower rooms ● Further attic rooms

● Grade II Listed 17th Century farmhouse ● 3 reception rooms ● Formal gardens & orchard meadow ● About 1 acre

01473 218218

● Timber barn for conversion ● In all about 14.7 acres

GuIdE £1,125,000

GuIdE £895,000


● Enjoying a stunning setting ● 3 reception rooms ● 3 bedrooms

15 Tower St, Ipswich IP1 3BE ipswich@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk

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The Court Facts Location: East Bergholt Price: £395,000 – £695,000 Agent: Grier & Partners

Constable’s country The Court comprises three luxury properties which have a history that will doubtless appeal to art lovers. Formerly the stables and cottages to East Bergholt House – John Constable’s former parental home – this unique range of listed buildings has been extensively and sensitively restored by Stonecrest Homes. The company has created a landmark development of three village homes ranging in size from one bedroom to three bedrooms. Special attention has been taken to blend



the heritage of the buildings with a contemporary specifications and finish. The cottages were built in the 18th century and have many fine details including joinery and brick work that have been retained during the conversion. Each property has parking and private garden areas and, of course, also enjoy a delightful secluded setting at the heart of this quintessentially English Village. The conversion has included restoring original and replacement casement windows, installing

Heritage style Velux windows, gas fired heating with Victorian style cast radiators and some underfloor heating. The kitchens feature luxury individually designs, fitted appliances and cooker and Calacata Bianco Grigio Quartz worktops with Belfast sinks.

INFORMATION Grier & Partners 01206 299222

Orford, Heritage Coast £1,500,000

Horham, Nr Eye – House and Cottage £1,175,000

A most attractive and prominent Georgian house set within the ever popular village of Orford. Drawing room, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, conservatory, utility room and downstairs shower room. Cellar. 4 first floor bedrooms, 2 with en-suites. Family bathroom. Ample off-road parking. Garage. Landscaped gardens extending, in all, to 0.4 acres. Ref: 5919

A superbly presented former farmhouse with stunning vaulted kitchen/breakfast/ living room, along with an independent detached 3 bed cottage, sitting centrally within lovely grounds. Main house comprising dining hall, open plan kitchen/ breakfast/living room, drawing room, snug, study, utility room and 2 cloakrooms. Master bed with en-suite shower room. 4 further first floor beds, along with 2 bathrooms and a sitting room. Tree-lined driveway with ample parking. In all, 4.4 acres. Ref: 5683

Stradbroke £575,000

Debenham £450,000

Stradbroke £450,000

A beautifully converted and renovated attached barn located within walking distance of the centre of Stradbroke. 19’3 x 16’9 kitchen, 8’6 x 15’9 dining room, 18’10 x 17’7 sitting room, utility room and cloakroom. Ground floor double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. 3 spacious first floor double bedrooms, each with en-suites. North, east and south facing gardens with ample space for parking. Double cart lodge. Grounds of 0.3 acres. EPC = D Ref: 5929

A 16th century detached house, situated close to the centre of the well regarded and popular village of Debenham. Entrance hall, beamed sitting room and dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom. 3 double bedrooms, en-suite shower room and bathroom. Lovely gardens of approximately 0.16 acres. Large double garage/workshop. EPC = F Ref: 5910

A spacious detached bungalow situated in gardens of nearly three quarters of an acre, half a mile from the centre of Stradbroke. Conservatory, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, utility room and sitting room. 3 double bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower or bathroom. Mature garden of 0.7 acres, including a substantial pond. Double cart lodge and off-road parking. Summerhouse and garden sheds. EPC = D Ref: 5893

Sweffling, Nr Framlingham £269,500

Kenton, Nr Debenham £340,000

Framlingham £295,000

A sympathetically modernised detached cottage located in the very heart of the pretty village of Sweffling, 4.5 miles from Framlingham and 14 miles from the coast. Front porch, open plan sitting/dining room, kitchen, 2 first floor double bedrooms and shower room. Low maintenance courtyard garden. EPC = E Ref: 5895

A 3 bedroom detached house in the centre of the village, occupying a plot of approximately one third of an acre and backing onto open farmland at the rear. Entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting/ dining room and kitchen/breakfast room. 3 double bedrooms and shower room. Driveway with ample parking. Single garage and gardens of approx one third of an acre. EPC = D Ref: 5915

A refurbished semi-detached house with wonderful views of Framlingham Castle from the first floor bedroom. Entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility/lobby and cloakroom. 3 bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor. Gardens. Parking and single garage. EPC = C Ref: 5927

Clarke and Simpson, Well Close Square, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9DU

T: 01728 724200


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Mill Street Facts Location: Westleton Price: ÂŁ615,000 Agent: Best Estates

Family home in Westleton Mill Street is a substantial four bedroom Victorian family home in the sought after village of Westleton. The property has been heavily extended to offer spacious accommodation arranged over two floors including a cellar and is beautifully presented, retaining all its period features and charm. The ground floor includes a sitting room with a large bay window overlooking the rear gardens. It also has original wood flooring and a multi-fuelled log burner with slate hearth. There’s a dual aspect sun room offering views over the rear gardens plus



the family room has original brick flooring, a fireplace with wooden mantel-piece and tiled surround. The kitchen/dining room is a beautifully impressive open plan space with a range of wall and base units with slate work surfaces incorporating a sink unit with integrated draining board and mixer tap. Also downstairs is a utility, bedroom four and a large walk-in shower room. Upstairs are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outside the property is approached through a gate opening onto the front patio. Mill Street has a single garage and off road parking for a number of cars. The property enjoys a good sized south facing rear garden with pretty flower beds and mature trees and shrubs. The rear garden is boarded by fencing.

INFORMATION Best Estates 01728 452727

fennwright.co.uk signaturesuffolk@fennwright.co.uk



Situated in one of Woodbridge’s most desirable locations is this well-presented family home benefitting from spacious and versatile accommodation, set in mature grounds approaching one acre.

An individual detached house, occupying a magnificent position on Broomheath with views from the front of the house to the River Deben and Tidy Mill, with Martlesham Creek to the rear.

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Stunning location 4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms Potential to add your own style Master bedroom with en-suite and balcony • Solar panelling • EPC rating E

guide Price £950,000


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Exceptional position Far reaching views 3 bedrooms, 1 reception room Grounds of approximately one acre • Potential to extend, subject to planning • EPC rating D

offers in excess of £1,500,000

foxhall Village This stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse has been renovated to a high standard creating an enviable family home extending to over 2,500 sq.ft, with a wealth of period features, enhanced by modern attributes.

Situated in a picturesque setting, set in impressive grounds, is this beautiful open-plan family home benefitting from a dressing room and en-suite to the master bedroom.

• Stunning modern accommodation • 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms • Bi-fold doors into the garden • Mezzanine style landing and vaulted ceiling • Cosy snug with wood burner • EPC rating C

offers in excess of £950,000

Buttermarket, Ipswich

01473 232 700

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No onward chain 4 bedrooms 3 reception rooms Bathroom, shower room and en-suite Double garage and parking Gardens and grounds approximately 0.25 of an acre Walking distance of Alton Water and Holbrook Exempt from EPC rating

guide Price £650,000

Main Road, Kesgrave

01473 358 400

Quayside, Woodbridge

01394 333 346


Proud moment for family run business as David Mortimer became Mayor of Woodbridge on 15th May at e Shire Hall. Taking over the office of Mayor from Councillor Clare Perkins. David who was born and bred in the area lives in Woodbridge with his wife Linda Mortimer (proprietor of Mortimers) and has two sons; Dale Mortimer who also works for the family firm and omas Mortimer who will be leaving school to join the family business in June. David runs his own business providing EPC’s and drone photography for Mortimers, other Estate Agents and surveyors.


Guide Price £925,000

A charming six bedroom Grade II listed Suffolk Long House with a detached cottage, barn and ample parking, situated in the centre of the sought-aer village overlooking the green. EPC: N/A


Guide Price £229,500

An attractive period cottage presented in very good condition throughout with stylish kitchen & bathroom fittings, a good sized enclosed rear garden and off-road parking for two cars. EPC: C

David wants to do more to support small businesses, tourism and local clubs who are struggling to get new members as well as supporting local residents. David’s chosen charities are e Woodbridge Soldiers Fund and Woodbridge Rotary. Linda Mortimer would like to thank staff, family and friends who turned out to support her husband becoming Mayor and said e Mayor of Woodbridge could be in a lo near you carrying out his normal day job.

e Mayor of Woodbridge with Grandson Fox Mortimer who’s ‘not so sure about Grandad’s new outfit’.


Guide Price £495,000

A beautifully presented two bedroom town house with off-road parking for three cars, a low maintenance garden and a useful outside cabin. Central location. EPC: D

Wickham Market

Guide Price £125,000

SOLD STC – MORE LAND REQUIRED – With or without planning permission. EPC: N/A

For a FREE VALUATION call 01394 386688 or email info@mortimersestateagents.co.uk


Formerly the stables and cottages to East Bergholt House (J Constables RA former parental home), this unique range of Listed buildings have been extensively and sensitively restored by Stonecrest Homes to create a landmark development of three village homes. Special attention has been taken to blend the heritage of these fine buildings with a contemporary specification and finish while enjoying a delightful secluded setting at the heart of this quintessentially English Village.



T: (01206) 299222 E: enquiries@grierandpartners.co.uk www.grierandpartners.co.uk

The Old Shop The Street, East Bergholt Colchester, Suffolk CO7 6TF

With No Onward Chain, rarely available within the centre of this stunning Suffolk village, Chapel House dating in parts from 1560 f orms part of the historic East Bergholt village street scene. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms a generously sized kitchen breakfast room along with very well presented gardens. We highly recommend a viewing of this charming home.

A most intriguing, charming and spacious cottage within the Peninsula village of Woolverstone, the property blends the period features of the original 1700’s cottage with a modern layout and contemporary touches that make the very best of the space available. The garden is spacious with a combination of open areas, courtyards, and an array of outbuildings themselves holding great potential for enhancement. Manningtree and Ipswich Mainline stations are within easy reach by car from the property.

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Broad Meadow House Facts Location: Bures St Mary Price: £1,350,000 Agent: Jackson-Stops

Stour Valley splendour Broad Meadow House is an elegantly appointed period style house enjoying stunning panoramic views across the Stour Valley – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoying an accessible location on the Essex/Suffolk border it is a substantial property with three reception rooms and conservatory and seven bedrooms.

with marble, pine and jesso surrounds. The sitting room has impressive full height sash windows and the well-equipped hand painted kitchen has a 4-door Aga, French oak flooring and an attractive bay window. Meanwhile the drawing room has an impressive open fireplace with an 18th century Georgian mantel surround.

Broadmeadow House was built at the turn of the millennium with Regency styling offering the ambience and features of a period home with all the benefits of its more modern construction. The majority of the light, wellproportioned rooms, many of which are dual aspect, take full advantage of the stunning panoramic views over the Stour Valley.

An elegant staircase rises to a central first floor library landing with full height book shelves, set off which are the four principal bedrooms, together with three bath/shower rooms, two of which are en suite. On the second floor above, there is again a wide central landing with two further bedrooms a bathroom and box room. The guest suite is independently accessed from the rear hall and includes a further bathroom.

Attention to detail is evident throughout, including reclaimed door furniture and sanitary ware, pitch pine and French oak flooring, as well as original period fireplaces



The property is approached along a driveway to a turning area fronting onto which is a

substantial detached two storey barn style garage building. It is currently used as a suite of fully equipped offices with their own heating and air conditioning systems but could be modified to create an annexe, guest accommodation or games room. Broadmeadow House has mature landscaped gardens. There are brick paved paths which lead through formal knot gardens to access the front door and continue around the house. While the plot extends to about 0.6 of an acre, the ‘borrowed landscape views’ over the surrounding countryside give the feeling of considerably more space.

INFORMATION Jackson-Stops 01473 218218



























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FENN WRIGHT OPENS IN WOODBRIDGE There are exciting times ahead for the housing market and Fenn Wright is ready to take action


uffolk and Essex based estate agency Fenn Wright has opened a brand new branch in Woodbridge, but they’re far from being the new kids on the block. This year the firm celebrates 250 years in business and there’s a definite feeling that this is a company that is still looking very much to the future.

says Charlie “and he’s incredibly generous with his knowledge. The team absolutely love him.” He continued “This means we can assure existing and returning Neals clients of the same excellent service but add the weight of Fenn Wright’s high profile marketing and broad local network.”

With branches at Chelmsford, Colchester, Stanway, Witham, Manningtree, Sudbury and then through to Ipswich and Kesgrave there’s natural progression in adding Woodbridge further north along the A12. “It’s a perfect way to connect our Essex buyers with the Heritage Coast as well as expanding the options available to our vendors” says Charlie Wright, (Partner) who heads up the new Woodbridge office. But why does Woodbridge need another property agent? Long established estate agency Neals, based for many years in Church Street just off the Market Hill, has closed. However James Neal – son of the original founder and part of the business for the past 48 years – wasn’t quite ready to hang up his negotiating hat. While Fenn Wright has acquired the business, James joins as an Associate Partner and in doing so brings his unrivalled, encyclopaedic knowledge of the town and surrounding villages. “I’ve admired James for many years”



And while the team at Fenn Wright are new to Woodbridge, all are established in their fields. Partner Joseph Hall has taken over the lettings business inherited from Neals and couldn’t be happier with the way things are going already: ‘’We are delighted to acquire the lettings business of Neals, we will be looking only to enhance on the excellent level of service Neals have been providing to their landlords and tenants.’’

Most importantly this ‘new generation’ Fenn Wright team is determined that it’s new Woodbridge clientele will discover an estate agency that’s really ready to work for them. “We like to take action – we’re not about sitting behind a screen and trawling the internet, buying and selling your home is a huge commitment and you need a team that will work with you, take the time to make things happen the way you want them to happen and provide a comfortable and positive experience all round”. Fenn Wright’s splendid new office, part of the Whisstocks redevelopment at Nunn’s Mill, Quayside, Woodbridge, is a bright, warm and welcoming space where you are encouraged to relax with a cup of coffee to discuss your move. They’ve reverted to traditional window displays of properties for sale and to let, ensuring they make the most of this enviable position with plenty of passing traffic and pedestrians. “We’re open all day Saturday as well as throughout the week, which our new Woodbridge clients are already appreciating” added Charlie.

INFORMATION Fenn Wright, Nunn’s Mill, Quayside Woodbridge, IP12 1BN 01394 333346 www.fennwright.co.uk

Essential FACES

Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table Charity Ball The Grand Hall at Ipswich Town Hall was the venue for Ipswich Round Table’s Enchanted Woodland Charity Ball. The event was organised to raise vital funds for local charity Fresh Start – new beginnings, offering help and support to victims of sexual abuse.

Lee & Louise Tweed, Lois & Edward Bull

Tim & Bev Thompson, Diana Porter, Sue & Murray Gibson

Graham & Carol Kill

Andy & Julie Lewis, Helen & Neil Hewitt

Richard & Deana Alliban

Richard Hillier, Jacqui & Matthew Brett, Louise Hillier, David Hockley, Kayleigh Cook

Stuart, Carol & Alan Coy

Laura & Robert Kingwell

Mahsa Finney, Titan Lam, Suki Ning, Natalie Chu, Tony Cheung, Pauline & Howard Frear



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Ipswich & Suffolk Club Another successful Charity Fashion Show and Dinner was hosted by the Ipswich & Suffolk Club, with Cake & Catwalk and Coes presenting their 2018 Spring/Summer collections. Through the generosity of the guests and local businesses the event raised much needed funds for St Elizabeth Hospice, providing support for people living with progressive and terminal illnesses.

Kay Salmon, Carole Booth, Jo Stock

Sarah Nichol, Rosemary Holley

Tricia Robertson, Jane Smith, Sarah Munday

Beverley Monk, Maureen Gerber, Barbara Finbow

Claire Crosby, Lynn Turner 76


Teresa McLellan, Linda Britt

Melanie Harrell, Maureen Macmillan, Sarah Nichol

Helen Baker, Pauline Young, Ann Jones

Ruth Shelley, Nola Jepson

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Pressi Fifth Birthday Celebrations The instant ‘e’ gift specialists Pressi, celebrated its fifth birthday with a drinks receptions at Milsoms, Dedham. Founder and Director Sue Tasker thanked the many ‘partner’ brands working with Pressi including New Wolsey Theatre, Tiptree, Ufford Park, Milsom Hotels & Restaurants and many more.

Jenny Leeder, Tarnia Robertson, Debbie Ratcliffe

Sally Goodsell, Julian Read

Vicky Fox, Tyler Bennett, Sarah Goodwin

Eamonn McCabe, Louise Tweed

Charlotte & Victoria Tasker

Sue Tasker, Paul Milsom

Clive Webber, Jane Beales, Stuart Stone

Eve Caffin, Sue Tasker, Philippa Brathovde, Bridget Stanley

Jules Paine, David Tasker



Essential FACES

Art For Cure 2018 An amazing exhibition of art and sculpture was held at Glemham Hall this May. Organised by Art For Cure in total £400,000 of art, photography and sculpture was sold in just three days with the final figure – raised for the charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ and other Suffolk-based services and projects which are supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer – standing at £220,000.

Susina Wheatley, Julia Scowsill, Anne Cardwell

Alison Wigg, Judi Newman

Belinda Gray, Nick Crocker

Sam Denny-Hodson, Samantha Barnes 78


Charlie & Jenny Loyd

Tim Chase, Angie Ashby-Hoare, Bridgette Chase

Claire & Simon Harrington

Rachel Townshend, Matthew Hubbard

Jose Lovell, Elizabeth Stephenson

Marion & John Brassey

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Barry & Stephanie Leach, John Eastgate

Catherine Richardson, Clare Curtis, Judy Dow

Sarah Jaques, Sarah Baddon-Price, Suzie Hutton

Philip Hope-Cobbold, Sarah & Stephen Leach

James Birch, Patrick Hunter-Jones, Katherine Pickthorn, Miranda Kendall

Trevor & Diana Johnson, Clare & Phil Wright

Fiona Johnson, Lisa Hainsworth, Sarah Barclay

Natalie Keogh, Laura Thomas, Matthew Gowen, Vicky Tinsley



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Beautifully hand crafted, bespoke kitchens, cabinets and furniture

Notcutts Garden Centre, Ipswich Road Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AF. 01394 386666



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The perfect tiles for all the family Supplying Suffolk with beautiful exclusive tiles since 1998


Smithfield, Melton, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1NH 01394 382067 justtileswoodbridge.co.uk

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My Suffolk Stuart Clarke is a partner at Clarke & Simpson estate agents – he’s also a keen runner, charity fund-raiser and loves Suffolk What was it like growing up in Suffolk? I feel privileged to have been born and bred in Suffolk. There cannot be a finer county! Quite often, when at property exhibitions in London, I am asked where in Surrey or Sussex we are based. It seems that quite a few people do not know where Suffolk is! Whilst many would argue that Suffolk is a lot busier than it used to be, in my view it is still somewhat of an undiscovered jewel. I think we all look back with rose tinted glasses, but my days at Dennington Primary School, Brandeston Hall and Framlingham College were nothing but full of fun and wonderful memories. Tell us about where you live? I live in a small village called Monewden, otherwise known as “the estate agents’ village” due to the fact that four agents live in the parish. There is a reason for this as it is an undisturbed and beautiful place which most people have not heard of, yet at the same time is only twenty minutes from Ipswich, fifteen minutes from Woodbridge and fifteen minutes from Framlingham. What makes Suffolk special? It goes without saying that Suffolk offers some fantastic beaches, pretty towns and villages, pubs and restaurants. However, one of my joys are the small winding lanes of Suffolk, many of which have few vehicles passing through them, that are idyllic during the spring and summer months. From these there is a plethora of footpaths and bridleways for all to enjoy and one can really get away from it all. Do you support any local charities and if so can you tell us something about them? I am a partner of Clarke and Simpson and we feel it vital that we support as many local charities as we can. On an annual basis, our small charity committee meets and assigns what we hope is a meaningful amount of money. Last year’s charities that we supported were Framlingham Community Club, Young Carers, Pet Therapy, Mini Donks, Turning Point, RDA, Macmillan, East Anglian Sailing Trust, Framlingham Volunteer Centre, Campsea Ashe Railway Station Project, and Gatehouse.



Is there one special place in Suffolk that you’d recommend? This must be an almost impossible question for anyone who really knows and loves Suffolk. I know East Suffolk far better than the west of the county, but there are so many wonderful places, whether it be for a drink with friends, a run or a walk through the countryside. My wife and I very much enjoyed getting away from it all recently with a trip to Harkstead on the Shotley Peninsula. We wandered along Harkstead ‘beach’ and then arrived at the pub just as it was opening for evening trade. I also recently ran the Heritage Half Marathon from Thorpeness, along Sizewell beach, up to Eastbridge and back through woodland. Exploring the county by foot is inevitably a great way to do it. Where do you like to eat out? We are so very well served locally by pubs, such as the Cretingham Bell, The Queen at Brandeston, Easton White Horse and The Greyhound at Pettistree. I am a big fan of The Table in Woodbridge, but also love The Lighthouse in Aldeburgh. What are your hobbies? I have become a keen runner (this statement still amazes me!). My wife is a GB athlete so there has never been a lack of enthusiasm in our household to get involved in sport, however my family used to joke that I got out of breath doing up my shoelaces! Having decided that something ought to change, I came to the conclusion that running would get me fit and I would lose weight. I started off slowly and then started running with friends and my wife. Having got in to it, I decided that I wanted to run the London Marathon and got a place

through the NSPCC. People were so very generous with their sponsorship and I managed to raise a good amount. The London Marathon, the hottest on record, was an amazing day and I finished it in 4 hours 37 minutes, which I was delighted with. Other hobbies revolve around family and sport, and I am a member of Aldeburgh Golf Club (albeit I must play more!). Do you like to walk? If so is there a particular walk that you enjoy? I love to walk and we try to get out and about as much as we can. One of my favourite walks is from Southwold to Aldeburgh through forest, heath and along the beach. On route is the opportunity to stop at The Ship at Dunwich, the tea rooms at Sizewell, The Dolphin at Thorpeness and then finish off in Aldeburgh. I am not sure you can beat such a day! Where would you take people on a tour of Suffolk? Having said I am Suffolk born and bred, my mother is Australian and throughout my life we have always had family and friends from the other side of the world visit us. A good starting point is a visit to our Auction Centre at Campsea Ashe near Wickham Market. With collective machinery sales and a sale of a thousand items every week, it really shows an Australian what Suffolk life and the people are truly like. The tour would, of course, continue to the coastline where there is always the slight bemusement of the stony beach and grey sea. It would also include some trips to our wonderful pubs and, historically, I have always visited The Low House at Laxfield where the tap room is something to marvel. If you could take one picture of Suffolk where would it be? Another impossible question for me, particularly as I spend a fair amount of time taking pictures of wonderful houses and the settings they sit in. I am constantly trying to capture the perfect Suffolk scene, but I usually end up with a shot that incorporates a barley field – always a special Suffolk scene.

Jane says there’s

NO place like home 48% of us die in hospital. Only 1% of us want to.

You can help us care for Suffolk’s terminally ill at home.

Together we can change the picture Donate today at stelizabethhospice.org.uk/noplacelikehome5


Let’s talk about your build because we want to help make your project a reality

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Essential Suffolk June 2018  

Suffolk's most exclusive and high quality magazine celebrating what makes our county great.

Essential Suffolk June 2018  

Suffolk's most exclusive and high quality magazine celebrating what makes our county great.