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& summer Enjoying Suffolk’s coast; past, present and future

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Blue skies, balmy evenings, long hot sunny days that go on forever; providing the weather ‘behaves’ we are about to hit the most glorious time of the year when we can just sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent county that we live in. Essential Suffolk this month aims to help you do this with a really comprehensive guide to what’s on, what to see, what to do and where to go.

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There’s certainly no shortage of events; whether you love music, art and theatre in whatever shape or genre. There are festivals aplenty – it is ten years since Latitude came on the scene, there’s Folk East, Maverick, Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival and the delightful boutique Petta Fiesta. Snape Proms once again has an impressive line-up covering music, jazz and poetry and summer wouldn’t be summer without Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest.

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Paul Newman Designer Cover photograph: Boats on Aldeburgh Beach by Adrian Rawlinson

Plus there’s Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall – an amazing event not just because it’s been created and run entirely by volunteers but because every penny it generates, for Suffolk Community Foundation, is spent on local charities and organisations. This month we also have a guide to the Suffolk coast in summer with some great ideas for days out in our coastal towns and villages. We look too at an interesting new book from Robert Simper, a local author who has just published his volume about traditional beach fishing and flatbottomed boats. A very special project also comes in to focus – With Love From Suffolk – a collaborative romantic comedy and feature film that brings together Hollywood talent with local writers and creatives. That’s not forgetting all our regular features; food and drink, fashion, interiors, property and gardening. Don’t forget to keep in touch with us over the summer on Twitter @EssentialSFK or by visiting our website

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106 My Suffolk

Suffolk businessman Steve Flory



Food & Drink

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Homes & Interiors

Summer Festivals From Latitude to Folk East; our guide to summer entertainment

Suffolk Dog Day We talk to Suffolk Community Foundation’s Development Director Tim Holder


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With Love From Suffolk The feature film planned for the county


Essential Explores The Suffolk Coast comes into the spotlight



Robert Simper


Gennaro Contaldo

Talks about his new book on Suffolk’s flat bottom fishing boats

His love of Jimmy’s Beer & Sausage Festival

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Suffolk in Brief News from around the county

What’s On Where to go and what to see in Suffolk this July and August

Mini Previews Phantom of the Opera, Snape Proms, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Music through the Decades

Fashion Looking on the bright side


Dog Walk A circular walk from The Pier Hotel, Harwich with added foot ferry fun


Dining at The Maybush (Waldringfield) and the Shepherd and Dog (Foward Green), recipe from the Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, creative cocktails from The Angel (Bury St Edmunds), plus our gallery of ideas for eating out

Dining in style

Antiques & Auctions A chance to reflect on mirrors

Gardening Keeping your garden blooming all summer long

Property A selection of our county’s finest homes for sale

Essential Faces Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar

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There’s much to be said for taking your time when telling a good story – and it’s something that writer Robert Simper excels at. He talks to Anne Gould about his latest book, The Beachman’s Coast


The Joseph William at Sizewell


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Suffolk People | Robert Simper

fishing off our beaches but there are only five of these beach boats now – four in Aldeburgh and another in Sizewell,” says Robert.


e lives in one of the most impossibly beautiful locations at Ramsholt on the River Deben and one way or another his life has been connected to boats and the Suffolk coast for most of his life. Robert Simper’s latest work – his 40th – however, is about something that’s really close to his heart; the traditional Suffolk flatbottomed boat that’s been hauled up and down our shingle beaches by local fishermen for centuries. It’s also a story he’s been documenting for decades as he’s witnessed the steady decline of the beach fishermen. “I wrote about the decline of the Thames Sailing Barges in the 70s and then I looked around to see what other stories there were. I noticed that no-one was recording the story of beach fishermen and started gathering material.” In the meantime Robert has published a whole series of nautical books about sailing, history and boats in the UK. But The Beachman’s Coast is something special, he’s clearly got a soft spot for Suffolk’s flat-bottomed beach boats. In fact while many have just disappeared Robert and the Simper clan, farmers and owners of East Coast Fish, have been collecting them – they have five in the family and even his grandson, Harry, has one. In many ways The Beachman’s Coast tells the story of changing times; the transition from the old to the new, of better boats, different jobs, fish quotas and factory fishing. It’s also a story about keeping Suffolk’s heritage alive. “A hundred years ago there were around 1,000 men earning a living by

While there are of course other local fishermen, Robert explained they all work from moorings, rather than launching off the beach. People gave up he says because there were other jobs; fishing was too hard and a burgeoning and hungry seal population has feasted on the bounty. “It involves going to sea at 5am or 6am, putting out nets and being at sea for five hours and then getting back in time to sell what you’ve caught.” Robert and his wife Pearl have documented this decline with photographs – and looking back 30 or more years Suffolk’s traditional wooden beach boats were clearly much more numerous.

When they sold up for homes inland they needed somewhere to store their gear and that how’s these huts came about.” The fish they are catching has also changed too. Robert says they used to land herring, sprats and flatfish in addition to cod. “I understand that now bass has increased in numbers but before they were really rare.” This book has taken him up and down the coast meeting the fishermen involved as they’ve sold their boats, recording their stories and taking pictures. For instance, John Hardy from Thorpeness who fished out of Aldeburgh using a long line, recalls visiting the Shipwash Lighthouse six miles offshore to deliver newspapers. Robert says they used to go to the lighthouse and have a cup of tea with condensed milk while they waited for the fish.

Ballast bags lying on the beach were filled with shingle to make the boat sit deeper in the water and then emptied over the side as fish was taken on

The numbers have dwindled but, says Robert, although a handful of working boats have survived, he believes it’s the tourist industry in the end that has kept them going. Today the boats and fishing paraphernalia that deck the shoreline in Aldeburgh are as much photographed as Southwold’s famous beach huts. Visitors flock to buy fish from the black shacks that now separate the beach from the promenade, it’s part of the day out. However, he says, there was a time in recent living memory, when you bought fish straight from the boat. “The black shacks are a relatively new thing – fishermen used to live in cottages nearby and would keep all their kit at home.

“It was something that used to make John seasick, apparently because the motion of the lighthouse was very different to being in a wooden boat.” Smuggling of course also crops up – Robert says that Perry Westrup from Thorpeness told him a story from the 1870s and his grandfather’s generation. There was a boat landing on the beach and the coastguard came along so the crew asked for him to get help because the boat was full and they couldn’t get ashore. “He rushed off in good will and in the meantime they landed their illegal goods which included tobacco and spirits. When he came back they said all was well.” ‰



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Suffolk People | Robert Simper

Southwold fishermen baiting longlines

Percy Westrup and Tim Brown c.1935

Colin Smith's Rachael Linda and Dorothy May on Aldeburgh beach, 1990

Robert’s book also looks into the history of the beach boat including how they were made. They are specially designed with flat bottoms and an overlapping lattice pattern he explained, to cope with the stresses and impact of landing on shingle beaches. Originally they were constructed from Suffolk oak and every single one was different. In Southwold they even had a special name – they were called punts. Most were made in Woodbridge, Waldringfield and Felixstowe Ferry, although he’s also aware that some were built in Aldeburgh

as well. “They all looked the same but some were wider, or deeper or had seats in different places than others.” The wooden construction was also maintained until relatively recently – because when glass fibre was first introduced it wasn’t strong enough for our shingle beaches. Times have changed in many other ways too; back in Victorian times the boats needed three men to row them – a far cry from today when fishermen use echo sounders to find the fish shoals.

The Beachman’s Coast is Robert’s 40th book and he’s promised his family that it will be his last – but there’s a twinkle in his eye and as he likes to keep his cards, and stories, close to his chest... you never know.




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SUFFOLK in brief The very first Framlingham College Golf Day held at Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club was a resounding success. The day brought together a range of teams from staff, pupils, parents, former pupils through to governors. A fantastic lunch was followed by prize giving and a raffle, which raised £621.10 for Home-Start. Ella Heeney from HomeStart said, “We were delighted to be chosen as the charity for this prestigious event. All the money raised will be used to enable HomeStart to continue supporting families in the Suffolk Coastal & East Ipswich areas.”

The Galley in Woodbridge has once again been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015. Restauranteur Ugur Vata of the Galley said “I am delighted with the award. As a well-established business we take care to ensure we do not rest on our laurels, refreshing our menus and always taking feedback from customers on board. It is always great to know that our customers have enjoyed dining here and we look forward to welcoming diners past and present in the future.”

The Woodbridge Carnival is on 4th July this year at the new location of The Abbey Playing fields off Cumberland Street. A later start this year has the procession at 4pm from Woodbridge School in Burkitt Road down New Street, along the Thoroughfare and up Cumberland Street to the Abbey Fields. The carnival is starting later as it’s also ‘Independents Day’ a day where people are encouraged to support the local independent businesses that form such a core part of Woodbridge’s charm.Visitors will have the chance to browse the shops and have lunch in town before gathering for the Carnival procession. There is also free car parking at Suffolk Coastal District Council offices on Melton Hill courtesy of Choose Woodbridge.

A golf mind coach, whose clients have included major champions and Ryder Cup captains, is to deliver a mental game workshop at Suffolk’s leading festival of golf this Summer. Karl Morris will bring his Mind Factor workshop to the Thorpeness Festival of Golf this July. Karl said: “I’m looking forward to heading to Suffolk to help golfers simplify the way they think about golf and demonstrate proven and practical ways to play better golf. My goal is that all those

playing in the festival can immediately go to the course feeling clearer and more confident about their ability to play golf well.” The evening workshop will take place on July 29th, the evening before the Thorpeness Cup, the main event of the festival, and will be free to festival entrants and golf break guests. For information visit

Musicians at Ipswich School are one step closer to enjoying a new home, as a topping out ceremony for the new Music School was recently completed.The school’s Britten Faculty of Music is due to move to a state-ofthe-art new building on the Henley Road site this autumn.This first phase of construction will see the completion of teaching and practice rooms, with a second phase due to bring a recital hall and recording studio. Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster at Ipswich School said: “These facilities will create many more musical possibilities for our own pupils as well as the local and wider community. It is our intention for this new facility to become one of the region’s main musical hubs, attracting performers from Suffolk and beyond.”

Whether you are a keen bowler or have never played before, a Suffolk bowls tournament organised in aid of charity is on the look-out for players to support the event. Local hearing care specialists,

The Hearing Care Centre together with Marlborough Bowls Club in Ipswich, have organised a special lawn bowls tournament on Sunday 26th July 2015 to help raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The event which starts at 2pm will see teams of three players all competing to win the top prize. To book your place please call Stuart Pope on (01473) 623412.

Milsom Hotels held a charity party in The Hangar at Kesgrave Hall on Friday 8th May to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day where The Band of the Parachute Regiment performed on the front lawn. The event has so far raised £19,500 for ABF The Soldiers Charity. Paul Milsom commented “When we first contacted Brigadier Calder for his help in finding a military band, little did we think that the ABF would secure The Band of the Parachute Regiment to perform for us on the night. Milsom Hotels are delighted to have raised so much for The Soldiers Charity especially as the PARAs are based in Colchester”. To read more about the event visit

Suffolk based car dealership M. R. King & Sons has generously sponsored DanceEast for five years, keeping the Ipswich based dance charity on the move and enabling vital rural travel across the region. The car will be seen far and wide across the region as DanceEast delivers its community and artistic programmes and performances. Julian King said “DanceEast has been able to showcase some incredible talent and we wanted to continue our partnership to be able to support this work alongside showcasing our own product with the sponsorship of a Volvo V40 for their use around the county”. Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director & Chief Executive said “DanceEast is hugely grateful for M.R. King & Sons providing us with this support. We are incredibly proud that a lot of our work takes place in a variety of settings like schools, hospices and residences throughout the East of England. Having this fantastic car enables us to deliver our outreach programme – it is absolutely invaluable.

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Pride & Prejudice

Arabian Nights

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 7:30pm (Also August 9, Haughley Park, Stowmarket 7pm)

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Music through the Decades

Aldeburgh Seafront

Jane Austen's witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time. Join the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new open-air adaptation. Tickets: £11.50 (£9.50 Concessions) (Pre-book for discount) Box Office: 01473 433100

Winner of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Primary Times Children’s Choice Award 2014. Meet Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them all. Tickets: £7.50 Box Office: 01284 755127

Ipswich Tourist Guides Association, 7pm Evening walk around Ipswich Tickets: £4 Information: 01473 258070

Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Jimmys Farm, 10am – 2pm Mary and the Midwives

JULY 3 – 5 Maverick Festival 2015

Ipswich and the Great War

See mini preview page 23

Easton Farm Park See our Summer Festival Guide. Box Office: 01473 433100

Thomas Mills Theatre, Ipswich. 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm A community performance directed by Tony Casement and produced in association with Peterborough Cathedral. Entry: Free Box Office: 01473 211498 Woodbridge Flower Show

JULY 3 – 9 JULY 2 – 4 Suffolk Landscapes Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Presented by Horizon Theatre Company. An Irishman, an Englishman and an American – Edward, Michael and Adam – have been kidnapped and are being held hostage in Lebanon. Thrown together in a single cell, struggling to survive and hang on to their sanity, they discover their greatest weapon against their captors is humour. Box office: 01474 295900

JULY 3 Picnic in the Park

Christchurch Park, 7:30pm – 10:30pm Featuring the Heart of England Strings and special guest soprano Lucy Kay. A fun and varied programme of music from Handel and Bach to Coldplay and Lady Gaga. Traditional favourites mixed with a classical take on chart topping songs. Grand finale firework display set to music. Tickets: £19.50 (£14.50 concessions, accompanied children (U16) free) Box Office: 01473 433100


Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings An exhibition of oil paintings inspired by Suffolk reed beds and farmland, by local artist Mary Bishop.

Community Hall, Woodbridge. 1pm – 5:30pm Annual flower and produce show organised by Woodbridge Horticultural Society. Entry: £1 Information: 01394 380847 Saxon Day with Ealdfaeder

Laxfield Churchyard. 12pm – 4pm JULY 4 Richard Durrant the Guitar Whisperer

The Cut, Halesworth. 7:30pm A chance to see the UK’s only stand up, barefoot, un-classical guitarist. Richard Durrant has the virtuosity and spontaneity to generate an electric atmosphere. With animated film, projected artwork and his own very special connection with the audience Durrant performs his new Guitar Whisperer show. Box Office: 0845 673 2123

Experienced re-enactors, Ealdfaeder, will share their expert knowledge by demonstrating various aspects of Anglo Saxons' way of life. Fun for all the family. Entry: free

JULY 4 AND 18 Craft & Gift Fair

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Info: 01284 758000

Woodbridge Carnival

The Abbey School Playing Fields from 4pm Enjoy family fun with the procession, displays and games on the field, live music, food and drink and a fab fireworks display at around 9.45pm. All the latest info on the Carnival can be found at

JULY 5 Make A Difference

Woodbridge Community Centre, 7pm The Suffolk Singers fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Tickets: £12.50 including a light supper (bring your own drinks) Information: 01473 635525 or from Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge

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What’s On Suffolk Fire Ride



Living with Luke

Friston Classics on the Green

Colchester Mercury. 7:30pm

Friston Village Green. 3pm

Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary dad and his son Luke is not so ordinary either. For Luke is autistic and every day Danson has to wrestle the Autistic Shadow to make contact with his son. Join us for a real fight, as the play fuses wrestling and theatre to demonstrate life living with autism. Contains strong language – and real wrestling! Tickets: £12 (£10 Concessions) Box Office: 01206 573948

Bring your veteran, vintage or classic car or bike – or just bring your friends and family along to see the classics. All types of vehicle that were in production before 1970 are welcome. Teas, coffee and cakes will be available in the village hall. There will be a bar and barbecue on the Green. Entry: free, but donations to Friston Church Information: Tony Morley 01728 687999 or Simon Ive 01728 688106 Email:

JULY 8 – 11



Quiz Night

Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Jimmy’s Farm. 7:15pm

Eye Fire Station Based on the previously held ‘Vive le Tour’ hosted by Eye Fire Station, it offers three distances of 30, 60 and 100 miles. Starting at Eye Fire Station, this is a friendly cycle sportif suitable for all levels of riders. Entry: £15 Contact: Tel: 07798 725560 Midsummer Night’s Dream

Quantum Theatre, Haughley Park. 7pm Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, is brought to life by family favourites. Tickets: £15 adult (£8 child) Box Office: 01284 769505

JULY 6 Young Musician Finalists Concert

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm The climax of this year's West Suffolk Young Musician competition. Tickets: £9 (students/children £5) Box Office: 01284 758000

Presented by The Gallery Players. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Box office: 01474 295900

Entry Price: £15 Information: 01473 604206 As You Like It

The Cut, Halesworth. 7:30pm Live music and RoughCast’s traditional fast paced production, this will be a treat for all. Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions) Box Office: 0845 673 2123




The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings 01473 722828

Basepoint, Unit 39 70-72 The Havens Ransomes Europark Ipswich IP3 9SJ (opposite Makro).

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Colchester Mercury. 7:30pm Benhall Open Gardens

Various locations in and around Benhall. 1 – 6pm Twelve private gardens open to the public in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Benhall Church. Entrance £5 Crocodile Mock

The Cut, Halesworth. 7:30pm Crocodile Mock is an amazing eight piece band recreating the authentic sound of Sir Elton John; performing classics such as Sacrifice,Your Song, Rocket Man and I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and many more. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

Chantel McGregor

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. 8pm In 2013 Chantel became the first female artist to be voted Guitarist of the Year in the history of the British Blues Awards and in 2014 she won the award for the second time in a row! Tickets: £15 (£13 in advance) Box Office: 01284 758000



Summertime 1940s Dance Evening

Suffolk Aviation Heritage Museum. 7pm – 11pm Another evening of dance and nostalgia to Texas Tommy's 1940s Disco. Period dress encouraged but not compulsory. An all-ticket event. Burgers and bar extra. Tickets: £10 Information: 01473 711275

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge. 6:30pm 'If you believe in yourself...anything is possible'. The Theatre Emporium School of Performing Arts presents its summer showcase. Box Office: 01473 295900 Email:



Milenka is a magical new musical telling the story of two young friends, Milenka and Alexi as they unravel the dark secrets that lie behind a travelling theatre and its mysterious marionettes. Enriched with a fantastic musical score, this enchanting story is performed by senior students from Colchester’s Theatre Fun Academy and is suitable for all ages. Tickets: £12 (£10 Concessions) Box Office: 01206 573948

Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

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What’s On JULY 11 AND 12 PettaFiesta

Pettaugh See Summer Festival Guide Page 27 Gig in the Garden

Wicks Farm, Mendlesham. 12:05pm After the sell-out success of the last two years Gig in the Garden ia back as a two day music festival raising funds gor Action Medical Research for Children. Information: 01394 610378 Heveningham Country Fair

Heveningham Hall A two day extravaganza in the beautiful grounds of Heveningham Hall near Halesworth. Motorcycle stunt team, medieval jousting, aerobatics, aeroplanes, crafts, animals, food & drink, live music and more...

Noteriety Choir in Concert

Twelfth Night

Jerwood DanceHouse. 6pm

Lavenham Hall. 3pm & 7:30pm

Making its DanceEast debut, Noteriety is a 40 strong community choir based in Ipswich. All profits from this concert will be going towards Rett UK and Help For Heroes. Tickets: £7.50 (£5.50 Concessions) Box Office: 01473 295230

As one of William Shakespeare's most revered comedies, Twelfth Night is a joyful journey through the fictional land of Illyria, a place where 'Nothing that is so, is so...' Tickets: £10 (£13 on the gate) Box Office: 0333 666 3366

JULY 16 JULY 14 Barry Norman’s Favourite Films

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. 7:30pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. 7:30pm Over the course of her career, Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012. Tickets: £29.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 A chance to enjoy an evening of clips and chat in the company of Britain’s favourite film reviewer. He’ll show some of his favourite movie moments and talk about the many stars of the silver screen. Tickets: £18 (£16 concessions) Box Office: 01284 758000

JULY 15 – 18 The Phantom of the Opera


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Farmers Markets

The Barn Assington, 10am – 2pm

See Mini Preview page 23 Box office: 01474 295900

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JULY 16 AND 18


Animal Farm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Colchester Mercury. 7:30pm

Theatre in The Forest, Jimmy’s Farm

A talented team of 16 – 25 year olds works on-stage and backstage to present one of the greatest stories of the 20th century. Tickets: £12:50 – £10 (£8.50 Concessions) Box Office: 01206 573948

See mini preview page 25

The Terror Beneath the Boards

The Cut, Halesworth. 7:30pm A darkly comic adventure – written and performed by Darren Gooding. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

JULY 23 JULY 25 AND 26 Jimmy Cliff

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. 7:30pm JULY 16 – 19 Latitude Festival, Henham Park

See Summer Festival Guide Page 29

JULY 16 AND 25

With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. Tickets: £34.50 Box Office: 01284 758000

Sausage & Beer Festival

Jimmy’s Farm, 11am – 11pm See Summer Festival Guide Page 28

JULY 26 Suffolk Dog Day

Helmingham Hall A Labour of Love

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. 7:30pm (Saturday matinee 3pm) With actors from the local community, this new musical celebrates the labour of love that led to the reopening of the theatre in 1965. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01284 755127

JULY 24 AND 25 Sid & Hettie

Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich. 7:45pm A heart-warming tale of people living their ordinary lives through happy and difficult times that is recognisable by all. Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) Box Office: 01473 211498

In aid of Suffolk Community Foundation, main sponsors East Green Energy and Hopkins Homes See feature page 32 Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm

JULY 27 TO 31

JULY 18 Farmers Markets

Harkstead Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Aldeburgh Church Hall, 9am – 12.30pm Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Debenham Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

JULY 19 Brass on the Grass

Upper Arboretum Lawn, Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 2.30pm – 4.30pm Brass on the Grass 2015 continues with the first visit of the Stowmarket Concert Band. Entry: free Email:

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DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse. 7:30pm This new commission sees Cherkaoui revisiting moments from his established catalogue of work including: Babel(words), Puz/zle, Genesis and TeZukA, incorporating new ideas and movement material from the young dancers. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 01473 295230 18


Heroes & Villains, Magna Carta

Paperwork! The Physical Musical

Deadly enemies and bitter battles, choose your side and start your training as you discover the castle’s bloody history with the Magna Carta. Tickets: £7.20 (£6.50 concession, £4.30 children)

DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse. 4pm & 7:30pm With office politics, whodunnits and even a romance or two, the multi-talented cast quite literally turn the working week upside down and inside out to an original soundtrack of jazzy upbeat songs. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 Farmers Markets

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Framlingham Castle, 11am – 5pm

JULY 28 AND AUG 1 Guys and Dolls

Theatre Royal, 7:30pm (Saturday matinee 2:30pm) Suffolk Young People’s Theatre has chosen the marvellous musical which tells the story of Sarah Brown, a Salvation Army girl and Sky Masterson, an inveterate New York gambler. A show full of surprises, packed with dancing and singing and many well-known songs. Tickets: £16 – £8 Box Office: 01284 755127 JULY 29 – 31 Festival of Golf

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JULY 31 – AUGUST 2 Halesworth Big Gig

Town Park, Halesworth Showcasing local talent, music, food and crafts. In aid of two local charities, I Made This and The Flub Hub, using music to help local young and disabled people.

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Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Jimmys Farm, 10am – 2pm L’apres-Midi d’un Faune

Aldeburgh Church, Aldeburgh. 11am Duke Dobing, flute and Caroline Finlay, piano. Music by Debussy, Faure, Martinu and Poulenc Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01728 687100 Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Gondoliers'

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 11am – 5pm Open air performance on the cedar lawn against the beautiful theatrical backdrop of Kentwell Hall. Tickets: £26.50 – £14.85 (early booking essential) Phone: 01787 310207 Big Ideas 7 – Write About Now

Wolsey Theatre, 2:30pm & 7:30pm Just five days to make the play, five days to change the future of theatre for young people, by young people, with young people – forever. Big Ideas brings professional theatre makers into the room with 15 participants from the New Wolsey Young Company and Youth Theatre to share their practice and explore new ideas. Tickets: £5 Box Office: 01473 295900

AUGUST 1 – 31 Snape Proms

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AUGUST 2 Brass on the Grass

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Upper Arboretum Lawn, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 2.30pm – 4.30pm Brass on the Grass 2015 concludes with a performance from the spectacular Ipswich Hospital Band. Sponsored by Scrutton Bland. Entry: free


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Helmingham Hall Gardens, 10am – 5pm An impressive display of over 700 cars will be on view in the stunning grounds of Helmingham Hall Gardens. Main ring entertainment, craft and trade stalls, birds of prey, lots of live music and great local food & drink. Tickets: Adults £8, children £3

AUGUST 3 – 8 And Then There Were None

James and the Giant Peach

Colchester Mercury, 2pm & 6pm After James spills a bag of magic on an old peach tree, he watches in amazement as the tree grows a peach so humongous it’s almost as big as a house! Inside this magical peach James meets the best (and most unusual!) friends a boy could have – five larger than life garden bugs! Tickets: £22.50 (£10 Concessions) Box Office: 01206 573948

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Ltd. A group of ten strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing. Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die. With only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer? Tickets: £26 – £10 Box Office: 01284 755127

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Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

AUGUST 8 – 20 Aldeburgh Pop Up Gallery

Aldeburgh Cinema Drawing from a galaxy of emerging and established UK wide artists, sculptors and ceramicists the inaugural 2015 exhibition will show work that demonstrates the widest

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AUGUST 23 Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm

Become a daring archaeologist for the day as you discover hidden treasures at Framlingham Castle. Tickets: £7.20 (£6.50 Concession, £4.30 Children) Contact: 01728 724189

AUGUST 30 – 31 Food and Drink Festival

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre, 10am – 5pm Two of television’s regular chefs will be the stars of the show at the Ourburystedmunds Food & Drink Festival this summer. Galton Blackiston and Ed Baines will each headline on one day of the two day event, organised by the Business Improvement District over the August Bank Holiday.

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. July 15 to 18

MUSIC THROUGH THE DECADES Aldeburgh seafront. July 4 There can’t be many better ways to celebrate Independence Day (if you’re a Brit) than listening to live music by the seaside. That’s just what ‘Music by the Sea’, Aldeburgh’s annual open air charity concert, is providing. The Music Through the Decades event, on the seafront opposite The White Lion, will showcase some of the more prominent and influential music from the last fifty years. Peter Osborne, General Manager of the White Lion and its sister hotel, the Brudenell said; “With the theme of music through the decades we firstly had to choose which decades to feature, so we decided to go back only as far as the 60s. We felt this was probably the most influential decade, and the best to get an audience up dancing and enjoying themselves”. One of the top acts from the 60s, Mike Pender’s Searchers will be headlining the evening; they were rated as the second most popular 60s band after The Beatles. Other featured music includes Abba, The Shadows greatest hits will be played by Kevin Dean, The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. Local Ipswich singing sensation Jade May-Jean Peters will also be part of the show plus Aldeburgh’s answer to Noel Gallagher – none other than Peter Osborne featuring his own special tribute to the music of Oasis. The evening will also include a tribute to Elvis Presley from Billy Lambert. Champagne and beer marquees plus a barbecue and food outlets will provide fuel for dancing into the early hours, while The RV8tors, flying their remarkably fast aerobatic aircraft with powerful smoke systems, will perform an unforgettable show. A sensational firework display will bring the evening to a rousing finale.


One of the most successful musicals of all time has its youth production première at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich this summer when the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company stages The Phantom of the Opera. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit starred Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the original production, which opened in London in 1986. Nearly three decades later, it is still wowing audiences worldwide with its spellbinding score and stunning special effects. The musical phenomenon has been seen in 30 countries and more than 150 cities. After staging Les Misèrables at the Ipswich Regent and award-winning productions of Cats and Oliver! at the New Wolsey, the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company is set to build on that success with another ambitious production. Their largest ever orchestra of 15 musicians, a spectacular stage set, professionally made costumes and stunning special effects will bring the magic of Phantom to life. Director Rebecca Darcy explains, “With such a powerful score and a hugely talented young company, we’re making sure that every element of the show - from the specially designed Phantom mask and makeup to the remarkable set – is simply the best”. Says technical director Alan Ayres, “A huge scenic truck to create the Phantom’s lair will flood the stage with fog while moving magically towards the audience, covered in flickering candles and backed by the four meter high pipes of the Phantom’s organ console. For the first time, we will ‘fly’ the Wolsey bridge live during the show to completely transform the stage from the gold and red splendour of the Paris Opera House into the Phantom’s underground labyrinth”. Rebecca adds, “The magic doesn’t end there, as there are illusions, a gondola that appears to float across the stage and of course a massive chandelier which rises above the stage.” Rebecca doesn’t underestimate the challenge facing musical director Nigel Virley, who has been working with the young cast for three months on the vocal demands of Lloyd Webber’s music. “His musicians are hidden away at the back of the stage as there isn’t space anywhere else,” she says.

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SNAPE PROMS Snape Maltings Concert Hall. August 1-31 Wondering what to do with your August evenings? Snape Proms has the perfect answer with a mix of 30 events which includes folk, roots, world, classical and jazz music plus poetry and sessions just for families. The headliners include Gabrielle, Billy Bragg, Kate Rusby, John Wilson Orchestra, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Courtney Pine. There will be seven symphony orchestra concerts, BBC Radio 2s Friday Night Is Music Night is going to be broadcast live from Snape and there will be a sing a long Chitty Chitty Bang Bang too.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Red Rose Chain, Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich. 22 July to 30 August In many ways Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect play for an outdoor summer performance. What’s more the theatre space amid the trees at Jimmy’s Farm is the ideal backdrop for a play all about magic, mystery and mistaken identity. Last year the acclaimed Red Rose Chain welcomed more audience members than ever before with more than 10,000 people experiencing its unique Theatre in the Forest shows. This year is no exception – not only will the company be transforming the forest into Oberon and Titania’s ‘fairyland’ but they have assembled a wildly creative and multi-talented cast, including the return of forest favourites Kirsty Thorpe (The Comedy of Errors, Wuthering Heights) and Rachael McCormick (Wuthering Heights). Joanna Carrick’s production is the perfect entertainment for all ages; whether you’re into Shakespeare, comedy or just enjoy a bit of the great outdoors, Red Rose Chain’s summer spectacular truly has something for everyone. There’s also the option to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at Jimmy’s Farm restaurant, while the cast of fairies, mechanicals and mortals warm up before the show!

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The John Wilson Orchestra opens the Proms with a celebration of Cole Porter and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra closes the season with an evening of 1960s pop hits, from Andy Williams to the Beach Boys. Meanwhile the BBC Concert Orchestra will make a special two-concert visit, with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 2 of Friday Night Is Music Night and a programme of best loved English music including Elgar and Vaughan Williams. There will be recital debuts from brilliant young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the outstanding classical guitarist, Miloš Karadaglic, whose programme ranges from Bach to Bossa Nova. Plus on August 26 there’s the annual Poetry Prom presented by The Poetry Trust, one of UK’s largest live poetry events. This year two leading American poets are featured: Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye.

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Should you choose, the months of July and August in Suffolk can become one delightful roundabout of open-air music and entertainment. The Essential Suffolk Festival Guide for July and August looks at what’s on offer. Whether you love your festivals bustling and busy or prefer something that’s rather more select and discreet there’s something for everyone


Maverick Festival Easton Farm Park. July 3 – 5

Award winning Americana, Roots and Alt-Country music festival, Maverick returns with an array of world-class musical talent playing over five stages. Billy Bragg will be headlining this year’s festival, which is celebrating its eighth birthday with the most extensive and exciting lineup in its history. Britain’s foremost political singersongwriter has won countless awards, including BBC Radio 2’s Roots Award; AIM Independent’s Outstanding Contribution to Music Award; and


XFM Inspiration Award, following the release of his 2013 album ‘Tooth & Nail’. In three decades of music, Billy has recorded an incredible 12 studio albums, including collaborations with Wilco, as well as recording the unreleased work of Woody Guthrie. This year will see the return of the Sweet Home Alabama stage, which will showcase amongst others, three sweet hearts of Alabama – Hannah Aldridge, Lisa Mills and Debbie Bond. Plus, in a nod to the fiftieth anniversary of the

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Petta Fiesta Pettaugh. July 11 – 12

The line-up also includes Ben Folke Thomas, The Dirty Beggars & Lewis & Leigh. Maverick is also welcoming the highly respected Woody Guthrie interpreter Joel Rafael who has recorded and performed with the likes of Jackson Browne over his 50-year career in Folk music.

Pettafiesta is friendly; a relaxing boutique festival is put on by music industry veterans Andy Corrigan and Jane Dyball in their beautiful garden in Pettaugh. Each time the mood takes them they put on an event featuring music, great food, relaxation, activities, talks, films, and dancing. Suffolk songwriter Charlie Law will be bringing his open mic night on Saturday afternoon presenting the best of local singer/songwriting talent, while Andy will be inviting punters to throw away the nine to five behind the desk and (re)discover their artistic talents. ‘Suffolk foodie’ is cooking a sit down three-course dinner on the campfire (prebooking essential) and Saturday’s entertainment will finish with outdoor film screenings, karaoke and a cheesey disco. Sunday will see family activities and games, plus live music and a film festival in a caravan. Optional camping is included in the ticket price.



1965 Newport Festival when Dylan went electric, there will be a screening of The Other Side of the Mirror, the film documenting the controversial performance when Bob plugged in and the audience tuned out. Veteran producer Joe Boyd who was there at the mixing desk will share his recollections and host a Q&A making this an unmissable treat for Dylan fans.



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Jimmy’s Farm Sausage & Beer Festival July 25 – 26

GENNARO JOINS THE FESTIVAL FUN How did you get involved in Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival? I have known Jimmy for many years and remember when he first started out at the farm when he was living in a caravan. Now that’s dedication for you. So when there are any activities or festivals going on at the farm, he always asks me to join in the fun!

Jimmy Doherty has the knack of getting things right and last year his inaugural Sausage and Beer Festival was an instant award winner. Not only did it makes finals of the UK Festival Awards in 2014 for ‘Best Small Festival’, ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Grass Roots Festival’ it also won silver in the Festival Kidz Awards! This year it promises more of the same and even better offering a great combination of food, music and entertainment for children and the whole family. Headliners on the music front are Toploader, Athlete, The Shires and Chaz and Dave plus CBeebies Mr Bloom. Meanwhile there will be a veritable treat on the food front with appearances and demonstrations from national and local chefs including Gennaro Contaldo, Marcus Bean, Paul Kelly, Dan Doherty (Duck & Waffle), Galton Blackiston, Franck Pontais, Richard Burr (of Great British Bake Off fame) and Jon Gay (Jimmy’s Farm). Gennaro, who is credited with inspiring his protégé Jamie Oliver with the delights of Italian Food, and who has recently written a book on Slow Cooking spoke to exclusively to Essential Suffolk about the Sausage and Beer Festival and his life. INFORMATION

Are you familiar with Suffolk and if so what do you think of the county? I must admit I don’t know it very well, but what I have seen it is really beautiful. I love the coast at Aldeburgh. Are there any specific recipes you will be demonstrating – or haven’t you planned ahead that far? I don’t know which recipe I’ll be cooking yet, but I’m sure it will include Jimmy’s wonderful pork products. Italian food is one of the most favourite and ‘copied’ cuisines of the world – with pizza and pasta eaten everywhere these days – why do you think that is? It’s simple to cook, it’s versatile – in Italy there are over 600 different pasta shapes and lots more sauces to combine. When pizza is properly made, it is heavenly. Simple to make with a few basic ingredients and you don’t tire of eating it either. Have the copycat versions of Italian ‘classics’ improved on the original or are they something different entirely? I think they have improved over the years, certainly since my early days in England in the 1970s. All the ingredients are readily available nowadays so there isn’t really any excuse of getting it wrong – although I must admit some of the best pizza I’ve tasted is still in Naples! What’s your favourite food? Spaghetti with a freshly made cherry tomato sauce with garlic, chilli, fresh basil and good extra virgin olive oil – what more do you need?


With your hectic schedule do you get time to cook at home? If so what do you make? I have to admit my wife cooks during the week, but I do enjoy cooking at the weekend when I have more time and certainly for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. I love to make my family’s slow-cooked beef ragu for Sunday lunch and serve the tomato sauce with some pasta as a starter followed by the meat as a main course with a green salad. Tell us about your latest cookbook and why we should make slow cooking fit into our lifestyle. Slow cooking takes me back to my childhood when we cooked on coals and in wood-fired ovens and large pots of soups and stews were left very gently bubbling away for hours on the stove and savoury bakes left in the oven on a low temperature whilst everyone got on with their daily chores. At lunch or in the evening when the family were reunited, there was always a warm, welcoming meal waiting. I love slowcooked dishes – the slow, gentle cooking really brings the flavour out of the food and less noble cuts of meat can be used also making it economical. The dishes can be made in advance and left to cook while you get on with other things in the safe knowledge that slowly, slowly the cooker or oven is doing its job. The ultimate result is a delicious and nutritious home-cooked meal for all with minimum effort and fuss.

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Latitude Henham Park. July 16 – 19 Winner of Line-Up of the Year at the UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns for its tenth edition with headliners including Noel Gallagher, The Boomtown Rats and alt-J. Also appearing are Portishead, Manic Street Preachers, Caribou, James Blake, Laura Marling, Seasick Steve, Lianne La Havas, Jon Hopkins and La Roux and many others. The festival has always prided itself in launching the most exciting names in new music, establishing a reputation for supporting up-and-coming artists and helping them to progress up the bill. It also has a reputation as being family friendly with a special kids area and camping zone and excellent environmental credentials too. New music announced includes: Nitin Sawhney, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Summer Camp, Zola Jesus, Grandbrothers, Oscar, Izzy Bizu, Seafret, Rat Boy, Tuff Love and Cove Hithe.

Also announced for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction Lavish Lounge Stage, are: Eska, Polar Bear, Jesca Hoop, Zun Zun Egui, Noura Mint Seymali, Marcus Hamblett, and Monoswezi. Nitin Sawhney will be playing the Obelisk Arena and is arguably the busiest, most versatile and most sought after composer and producer around. He has made nine studio albums, for which he has been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, won a MOBO, two BBC Radio 3 awards and a Southbank Show award, amongst 15 others. But Latitude is not just about music – with no fewer than ten arts arenas, stages and spaces it boasts the biggest names in comedy, theatre, dance, film, cabaret, literature and performance. Sadlers Wells will be presenting its blockbuster Titanium on the Waterside Stage for instance. It’s described as a

fusion between flamenco, hip-hop and break-dance featuring celebrated flamenco duo Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español. Titanium is one of the most ambitious incarnations of urban flamenco, earning critical acclaim across a European tour, and winning a National Dance Award in Spain. Joining the multi-talented cast of three flamenco dancers, three hip hop dancers and three b-boys on stage is a live band mixing flamenco with urban beats. Meanwhile the Literature arena includes Hanif Kureishi, Andrew Marr and Kate Fox. Comedians include Alan Davies, John Richardson and Jason Manford. There’s also a special performance by Gareth Malone presenting Voices and the Latitude Choir.




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Folk East Glemham Hall. August 21 – 23 his collaborative work with Monty Python and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. Also appearing is Martin Carthy “arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all” Q Magazine, and the Peatbog Faeries. Besides the music festival goers are sustained by a range of excellent value locally produced food and drink. The Cobbold Arms is FolkEast’s pop up inn named after the Cobbold family of Glemham Hall. It serves a special festival ale, with a broad selection of locally sourced craft ales. Plus David Grimwood from The Froize Inn, Chillesford provides an amazing food experience in the Imagined Food Village. Sit down to a Sunday roast in giant teepees alongside cooking demonstrations, foraging and pigeon plucking contests. As an interactive event, visitors of all ages are encouraged to take part in relaxed music workshops with a range of instruments in a variety of styles, dance workshops including Morris, rapper sword and country dance as well as art and heritage craft workshops using clay, iron, wool, patchwork and more. John said: “There really is something for everyone. Folk is such a diverse genre, most people love the music without realising it is folk. For the less musically minded there’s delicious local food and drink, with lots of activities to watch and take part in. It’s great fun for children and adults and you really can’t beat the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”

Popular, fun and friendly; Folk East is returning for its third year at Glemham Hall.It’s an event that is just as much about Suffolk, the people of Suffolk, its food, its drink and our traditional culture as it is about music. It will be welcoming festival goers of all ages from August 21 to 23. Children under 12 get in free and adult tickets are available from £40. Event organisers, Becky and John Marshall-Potter are

proud that they have been able to source 90 per cent of the infrastructure from within East Anglia. This year the line-up includes The Unthanks, The Young’uns (pictured above) – named ‘Best Group’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and event patrons, False Lights and Neil Innes (pictured top) – an English writer, comedian and musician best known for

Becky, added, “In 2014, Folk East was voted one of the Ultimate 50 things to do in Suffolk in a public poll run by BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times. In 2015 it’s going to be bigger and better and we really want to encourage more people to come for a day or the weekend so they can join the folk family and see how diverse and contemporary folk music really is.” INFORMATION



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THE BIGGEST DOG DAY EVER Suffolk Community Foundation is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and in that time has established Suffolk Dog Day as a major event of our summer calendar. Anne Gould talks to Tim Holder the charity’s new Development Director Since then Dog Day has grown to encompass a multitude of fun canine events with classes including best rescue dog, designer dog, Suffolk’s next top dog model, best cross breed, and even the dog with the waggiest tail. There are 80 stalls, games, a Doggitude music area, a catering village and a Suffolk Community Foundation refreshment tent – with cakes from Ufford Park and coffee from Paddy and Scotts. It’s been such a fund-raising success that it’s spawned other Dog Days round the country and, whisper it quietly, a number of commercial events too.


im Holder’s blue eyes burn with commitment and passion when he talks about Suffolk Community Foundation. He clearly cares deeply about the county he was born and grew up in, about the deep pockets of deprivation and poverty that exist within our leafy and beautiful boundaries and about reaching out and making a difference for those who are in need. As a dog lover, with three energetic Schnauzers; Ella, Louis and rescue dog Herbie he’s also looking forward to Suffolk Dog Day on July 26 – the Foundation’s biggest and incredibly successful fund-raising event of the year. “We are hoping to have 10,000 people at Helmingham Hall this year who, with their dogs, will help us boost the £330,000 that the event has raised over the years, to £400,000. Big numbers and ambitious targets, but in the eight


years since Dog Day was first launched the number of food banks in our county has multiplied and the number of charities and social enterprises asking for help has too. Of course there’s a delightful irony that Dog Day is all about ‘man’s best friend’ turning the tables to help beyond where anyone thought was possible. Behind it all though, says Tim, is an amazing dedicated committee of volunteers, headed up Iain Jamie, who have created an event that has really made a difference. “Eight years ago Dog Day was an idea hatched round a dining room table. They simply thought it would be fun to get some dogs together and do some fund-raising. At that first event they thought about 200 people would attend but in the end 2,000 came along. There were traffic jams, and there was even a wedding party caught up in it,” he says.

What it’s done specifically though, is help Suffolk Community Foundation in a really significant way to make grants to good causes across the county. Last year alone, typical grants made possible as a direct result of Dog Day were to Debenham Community Swimming Pool, a new lunch club for older people in Stowmarket, an outreach worker for Felixstowe Citizens Advice, the Raedan Trust offering counselling for people with mental health issues, Survivors in Transition and Headway Suffolk. Moving forward, the ever-increasing popularity of Dog Day should also help with the Foundation’s next ambition; tripling grants to £30 million in the next ten years. He said that over the last ten years the Foundation had, with the help of Dog Day, private endowments and other funding streams made £10 million of grants to local good causes. “Last year alone we made 541 grants totalling £2million but by 2025 we want that annual figure to be £5million.”

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Suffolk Dog Day within the county there are levels of deprivation that are among the worst in the country. “Isolation is a real issue here for some people and it’s very easy for them not to have a voice or strike out for themselves.” It’s not ‘fur coat’ poverty either – since starting as Development Director Tim says he’s encountered situations that have opened his eyes and which cannot be allowed to continue. People too often assume that poverty is something that happens to others but not to them – the reality is very different.

It’s no mean feat but Tim, who has previously worked in PR, Marketing and Communications for various national and international charities, has a track record of making amazing things happen. In his last job, at the Hunger Project for example he took World Hunger Day centre stage with a massive concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring singing legend Dionne Warwick. Two years later he was also involved in the writing, recording and release of a single, One World One Song. His experience has shown that across the world there’s a link between slums, ghettos and inner city problems with rural poverty. A far cry, you might imagine from bountiful Suffolk, with its picture postcard villages, magnificent big skies, heritage coastline, creativity and fine reputation for producing food that’s the very best. Yet the Foundation’s Hidden Needs report, says Tim, revealed that

“I had a conversation with someone who works at a food bank who told me what happened to her. She was married and, like her husband, was a teacher. Then he fell ill and was unable to work, she had to leave her job to care for him, they got into debt, were made bankrupt and then the husband died. She ended up at a food bank because she had nothing. All this happened over a two or three year period. Since then she has picked herself up and is now running her own food bank but this shows it can happen to anyone.” The Suffolk Community Foundation, with its collaborative links with the police, councils and the church says Tim, is in a unique position to help target money raised through Dog Day, philanthropic endowments and money from outside the county from events like Red Nose Day to places where its most needed and solve real issues. For instance organisations like Diana Porter’s Fresh Start – New Beginnings, a treatment centre for child sexual abuse. “They have dealt with over 400 kids who have been sexually abused in our county.” Obviously moving forward he wants to encourage giving but he doesn’t want people to either feel guilty about what

they’ve got or think just giving money will help solve the problem. “I want to see those who can donate to get involved, become part of the situation and see how their money works.” There’s obviously a lot of funds raised in the name of charity that leave the county headed for medical research or vital foreign aid and Tim says it’s probably right that it should. But he’s eager to let people know that if they want their money to help local causes or work for the people of Suffolk, the Foundation can help them achieve this. Ordinary people can help too, he says, you don’t have to be rich to be a philanthropist. For instance, he said, The Foundation recently received a bequest for £1.2 million from a woman who died without children and wanted the proceeds from her home to go to help Suffolk. Like many people, he explained, she wasn’t wealthy but she had a property that over the years had increased in value. There are various ways people can make a difference – from setting up endowments for those who have a substantial sum to invest – and the Foundation can help advise on setting this up. You could chose a regular giving circle – like the Women’s and Girls Fund or the Suffolk 100 Fund aimed at tackling rural isolation. For those who like to give according to their interests there’s a Sports Fund and a new fund Arts and Creativity is being launched at a gala event at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds in September. Or if you like things to be straight forward and simple there’s also the option to make a straight forward donation to Suffolk Community Foundation by cheque or online. INFORMATION Suffolk Dog Day is at Helmingham Hall on Sunday July 26. Tickets: Adults £10, children and concessions (4 to 16 yrs/over 60s and disabled) £5. Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £25. Tickets include free parking and programme and entry to Helmingham Hall Gardens. This year’s Suffolk Dog Day main sponsors are East Green Energy and Hopkins Homes.



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Whether you are born and bred in Suffolk, have moved here for work or even have a holiday retreat it’s very likely that the county has beguiled you with its charms. Anne Gould meets a man so enamoured that he’s part of a team planning to put the county on the silver screen

Ian Martin, Matthew McGuchan, Julien Mery and Alex Gilles Photograph by John Ferguson


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With Love from Suffolk

With its unpredictable weather, shingle beaches and gentle countryside Suffolk isn’t exactly sunny California. What’s more, usually when the county makes a so called fleeting ‘appearance’ in a film or TV drama it’s often shot somewhere indefinably rural but unrecognizable as Suffolk. As for getting the accent – well forget it. With Love from Suffolk, a collaborative feature created by Film Suffolk, about Suffolk by Suffolk people has the ambition to change all that. It’s the brainchild of Matthew McGuchan and Julien Mery who have both worked in various national and international roles in the film and media industries, and their plan is to tap into the immense talent pool within the county to create something really special. Matthew explained there are numerous industry professionals who have a home here – movie directors, actors, cinematographers and special effects specialists. The idea is to involve as many of these people as possible, along with the vast pool of talented local people, including film students, creatives etc – and so far the response has been very positive. Support for With Love from Suffolk is rapidly increasing every day.

Graham Baker and Daniel Simpson Photograph by John Ferguson

Already Graham Baker, who directed movies in Hollywood for almost 20 years, including Alien Nation, has said he’s happy to be involved, as has one of the technical experts who’s been working on the recent Star Wars 7. Other experts include Steven Hall, who has worked on Star Wars, War and Peace and Utopia, award-winning director Daniel Simpson and Will Wright who has directed many short films. There’s at least one well known actor who’s said yes and Matthew is hoping that as the groundswell of support grows others will come on board for cameo roles or more if time allows.

Graham, who lives in Campsea Ash said, “It’s always a pleasure to be involved in making a film and from my point of view it’s only going to take a couple of days”. Fellow director, Daniel who made the Rendlesham UFO Incident, Spiderhole and Hangar 10 is also clearly excited to be involved, especially as romantic comedy is a genre that’s entirely different to what he’s become known for. “I love making films and this is an excellent opportunity”. Local talent that has come on board to offer support includes Punch Studios, John Ferguson Photography and Trigger Air. The film itself is loosely based around a concept used in the romantic comedy New York I Love You, offering a series of vignettes which interweave together creating a snapshot of what life is like there. “We launched With Love from Suffolk at Ipswich Film Theatre back in February by showing the New York film and running a local writers competition for scripts based in Suffolk. Within two weeks we had 84 submissions, eight of which were carefully chosen to show not just the different parts of the county but our society too,” says Matthew. One is based in Aldeburgh – where a lovelorn thirty-something becomes fascinated by a local runner, another story is simply called The Third Date – which involves a couple in their late 60s. There’s a story with a nautical background in the Woodbridge area, another around Ipswich and also a story celebrating our coast to be shot – very probably – somewhere north of Southwold. There will also be a ninth story, yet to be written, which will link all the other stories together. Similarly, as With Love From Suffolk is intended as a ‘community’ film they are hoping to source the music locally and are in the process of running a Suffolk songwriters competition. “The intention is that everyone involved from the technical crew, the writers, actors to directors, sound recordists and catering staff will live here too. Hopefully it will also be a wonderful opportunity for film and creative students to work alongside industry experts – something they would probably never get the chance to do otherwise.”

So far, everyone they have approached has been keen to volunteer their time and get involved – they’ve even had the commitment from local independent cinemas that they will screen it. “We are hoping that we will be able to shoot at the end of August or in September when the weather is still good and the county is looking at its best.”

Photograph by John Ferguson

Of course one of the things about making movies is that, as they involve so many people, they are very expensive and like all films With Love From Suffolk is in need of funding. However the amount Matthew and Julien are seeking of £30,000 is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the eye-watering budgets of some films. They are hoping to raise this sum through crowd funding and with a deadline in July the clock is ticking. “The idea of With Love from Suffolk is not driven by profit and we are unlikely to make a profit as most films don’t. We are working on an ethical basis and should the feature become a runaway success people would be given a percentage share of whatever it makes, according to the amount of time they contributed.” The cash needed through crowdfunding will be used to cover basic costs like transport, food and equipment hire. “It will depend on how much money we raise whether we will operate with a crew of three in an estate car or a team or eight in a van.” Whatever the outcome it’s hoped that the film will be released for Valentine’s Day next year.

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TENNIS ELBOW BUT NEVER PICKED UP A RACKET? Mr Chris Roberts Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

With the Wimbledon season upon us, tennis enthusiasts will be flocking to the courts once more to improve their game and to relive those wonderful tournament moments and with those lovely lighter summer evenings, golfers trying to get that extra round of golf in. With this however, comes the increase of two very common medical complaints; elbow and shoulder pain. Here, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, Mr Chris Roberts, offers some advice. Tennis Elbow As the name suggests, tennis elbow is sometimes caused by playing sport but is only thought to be the cause in about 5 in 100 cases (source: NHS). Tennis elbow was first given its name from a medical paper published in 18831, which called the injury ‘lawn-tennis elbow’. The name has stuck with the condition, but it is not truly descriptive of the majority of people who get the injury. The condition is often caused by other activities that place repeated stress on the elbow joint and in most people, affects the arm that you write with (your dominant arm). So who gets tennis elbow? About 5 in 1000 people each year have tennis elbow and it mainly affects people between the ages of 40 and 50 (source: NHS). Women and men are affected equally. Tennis elbow is more likely to occur if you do a lot of unaccustomed strenuous activities. For example, if you suddenly play a lot of tennis whilst on holiday, do a lot of gardening or DIY. People whose work involves repeated twisting and gripping actions, such as carpenters and plasterers, are also prone to getting tennis elbow. It can, however, sometimes be difficult to pinpoint an exact event that triggered the condition. In some people, it can develop for no apparent reason without any prior overuse or injury to the arm.

The elbow joint is surrounded by muscles that move your elbow, wrist and fingers. The tendons in your elbow join the bones and muscles together and control the muscles of your forearm. Overusing the muscles attached to your elbow and those used to straighten your wrist usually causes tennis elbow. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. The condition, tennis elbow is often due to damage to a specific forearm tendon. The extensor carpi radials brevis (ECRB) is the tendon which helps stabilise the wrist when the elbow is straight and is used during a tennis groundstroke, for example. When the ECRB is weakened from overuse, microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches to the outside of the elbow. This can cause gradual wear and tear of the tendon over time. In most cases of tennis elbow, the pain begins mild and slowly worsens over weeks and months. The good news is that there are many treatment options for tennis elbow. In most cases, treatment involves a team approach. Doctors, physiotherapists and, in some cases, surgeons work together to provide the most effective care. Visit your GP in the first instance to discuss any pain you are experiencing and for a referral to an orthopaedic specialist if necessary. “If you develop pain in the outside of the elbow there are some simple selfhelp measures you can try,” explained Mr Roberts. “You should certainly avoid activities that make the pain worse. You should do some stretching exercises: with the elbow straight you should stretch the wrist palm down and twist the thumb away from the body. When your pain is a bit better you can start some light strengthening by repetitively rolling a towel up with your arms out straight. Most pharmacists and

sports shops can supply a tennis elbow brace to be worn when doing any strenuous activities.” Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is most often from the tendons of the shoulder (the rotator cuff). These are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. There are three common conditions that can affect the rotator cuff: rotator cuff tears, subacromial impingement and calcific tendonitis. Rotator cuff disorders are extremely common and can happen to anyone. Sometimes they are caused by an injury such as falling on to the affected arm; this is more likely to be the cause if you are aged under 40. Overuse, either through sport or profession, may be a cause but they can occur without any obvious cause. The main symptoms are pain in and around the shoulder joint and painful movement of the shoulder. If there has been an injury, the pain may come on suddenly. Most people with rotator cuff problems can be successfully treated by a combination of exercises (avoiding overhead activities), painkillers, physiotherapy and occasionally steroid injections. Surgery is sometimes necessary if the tear is the result of a sudden injury or other treatment options fail to improve the situation. Your GP will be able to advise on the best course of action and refer you to an orthopaedic specialist in upper limb conditions. If you are suffering from upper limb pain, there is a range of treatments available at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital to get you back in motion. Our team can help you make the most of this summer doing the things you love. Don't delay, get in touch.

1. Major HP. “Lawn-tennis elbow”. BMJ. 1883;2:557.

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital offers a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services, and extensive diagnostic and imaging facilities. Get in touch on 01473 279 179 for details of how to access our services and information on how to book a private consultation with one of our Orthopaedic Consultants specialising in conditions of the upper limbs. 36

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James Wright

Much of the press of late has been about pension reforms and the flexibilities available to access pensions. For those not yet at retirement, or even those that are, there are still reliefs available when making pension contributions.

Once contributions are held within a pension plan they can grow free from income and capital gains tax and be invested into a range of investments, some of which may require the use of a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP).

As it stands contributions to pensions are limited by relevant earnings, the annual allowance and being aged under 75. If you have no relevant earnings and are under 75 you can still contribute up to £3,600. If you are under 75 with relevant earnings you can contribute 100% of earnings up to the £40,000 annual allowance.

With the use of an appropriate asset allocation strategy matching an individual’s attitude to risk and by investing in a range of equities in the UK, US, European and Far East sectors, the fixed interest sector including government gilts and corporate loans and the commercial property sector, pensions can very effectively provide income tax reliefs on contributions and be a good source of income in retirement.

Pension contributions receive income tax relief with basic rate tax relief (20%) received within the pension plan i.e. a cheque for £32,000 would maximise the annual allowance. Higher and additional rate tax relief is obtained via a tax return and if both are available could reduce the net cost of the contribution by a further 25% up to £10,000.

A final benefit of funding pensions is if death occurred pre age 75 the pension can pass to your beneficiaries free from tax. This can make continuing contributions as long as possible an attractive option for those with larger estates not needing to draw upon the pensions in retirement.

Provided you have had a pension plan during the three previous tax years you can also bring forward any unused annual allowance and this could allow a gross contribution of £180,000 during 2015/16 tax year although you must still have relevant earnings of at least this amount in the tax year to make such a personal contribution. An employer contribution would not require relevant earnings although other rules apply.

At Scrutton Bland Ltd we provide independent financial advice but can also call upon tax specialists from within the group if required. If you would like to review how pension contributions can be used as part of a tax efficient strategy please contact me at or on 01473 267000. Scrutton Bland Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Essential explores...


With the prospect of a long hot summer ahead of us Essential Suffolk has taken a look at some of our favourite places on the Suffolk coast and suggested some ideas for Essential Summer fun Stretching north from Felixstowe the Suffolk coast has something for everyone. Traditional seaside fun, beautiful beaches, vibrant market towns and villages perfect for shopping, eating and drinking and of course miles of the Heritage Coast a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those of us who live here we are lucky to have such a gem on our doorstep and perhaps at times are guilty of not taking full advantage of its depth of possibilities. For visitors to our county, the coast is a magnet that continues to draw them back and tempt many to make Suffolk their home.


Southwold The home of Adnams, Southwold is a mecca for many visitors to the county. Sandy beaches, a vibrant harbour – with Harbour Inn, fun filled pier, historic naval battles and iconic beach huts all combine to make it a perfect seaside town. Food and drink are at the heart of Southwold with a host of award winning pubs, restaurants and cafes. Add to this a strong local retail offering with fashion favourites like Collen & Clare and Denny and a day out in Southwold may see you leaving with more than just nice memories.

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Essential Explores | The Suffolk Coast

Dunwich In Anglo Saxon times Dunwich was the capital of the ‘Kingdom of the Eastern Angles’. It was an international port equivalent in size to London of the 14th century however relentless coastal erosion means that today, in size, it is no more than small village. However don’t let size deceive you, Dunwich has plenty to offer. It is a great base for walking, the historic Greyfriars ruins – the remains of a Franciscan priory, Dingle Tea Rooms and nursery, the Dunwich museum and it can also lay claim to being the home to England’s oldest fig tree in the magnificent pub garden of The Ship Inn.

Walberswick Sandy beaches, riverside walks, a picturesque village green with cafes and shops – Walberswick never disappoints. Once the home of the national crabbing championship, there are few nicer ways to while away the hours than to dangle a fishing line off a footbridge before heading off for something excellent to eat at the village’s renowned ‘foodie’ pubs.

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Thorpeness There can be few more recognisable images of Suffolk than the ‘House in the Clouds’ and the colourful rowing boats on Thorpeness Meare both of which can be found in this delightful village. Much of Thorpeness was designed as a fantasy holiday village by wealthy Scottish barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, who bought swathes of land in the area in the early 1900s, and today it remains a must visit destination for many tourists and locals alike. With a James Braid designed golf course, beautiful beach and a host of refreshment options including The Dolphin and Thorpeness Hotel no summer is complete without a visit


Aldeburgh Fish and chips on the beach at Aldeburgh is high on many people’s summer ‘must do’ wish list and this pretty seaside town was recently named as one of the top places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times. A town that lives beside its beach, the sea is always only a stone’s throw away and with it fresh fish, seagulls and a picture postcard boating lake. A cultural hub for the county, there is always something going on in the town with music and art at its heart. Aldeburgh offers a great choice of independent retailers, restaurants and cafes so whether you’re looking for fashion, food or relaxed pavement café culture you will find it here. If shopping is your thing retail therapy isn’t just confined to the high street with the ‘six hidden secrets’ of Aldeburgh at Hall Farm Road, just off Saxmundham Road another shopping destination. With vintage clothing, garden centre, pet food shop, café, furniture and curios it is well worth an investigation. Nearby the Snape Maltings complex, which is home to Aldeburgh Music and the venue for the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, is also a great place to add on to any visit.

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Essential Explores | The Suffolk Coast

Orford OK so not strictly on the coast but it would be remiss not to mention Orford. With its fine medieval castle, pubs, fresh fish and the renowned Pump Street bakery – their doughnuts were recently mentioned in an Oscar acceptance speech – Orford has something to offer to everyone. Popular with walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers or those just wanting to relax, Orford is quintessentially Suffolk.

Felixstowe Felixstowe is a town of many contrasts. At its northern tip Felixstowe Ferry; a pretty hamlet of café, pub, sailing club, foot ferry and fresh fish and at its most southern point Languard Fort, the awe-inspiring Port of Felixstowe and a foot ferry to Harwich and the Shotley Peninsula. For those wanting the traditional slots and amusements or a stroll along the prom and a candy floss the sea front in central Felixstowe is the ideal destination. If dining is your aim there are a variety of bars, pubs and restaurants with The White Horse in old Felixstowe, The Orwell Hotel, The Alex, Café Bencotto, The Ferry Boat Inn and The Fludyers all well worth a visit.

Traditional hotel, restaurant and pub on the Suffolk coast

• Home-cooked food • Well-kept ales • Cosy bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes • Beer garden • Coastal walks • Dogs are very welcome

The Ship St James Street, Dunwich Nr Southwold, Suffolk, IP17 3DT

01728 648219



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Essential Summer Fun Ideas for days out and things to do.. .

Visit a Pier At the most recent count there are 56 piers left in England and Wales and Suffolk has two of them. These seaside piers stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs and continue to fascinate and delight the thousands of people who visit them each year. Felixstowe’s pier with café and amusement arcade is perhaps more in the traditional mould whereas Southwold Pier – one of the ‘wonders’ of Suffolk is a somewhat different experience with shops, fine food, the ‘Under the Pier Show’ and the quirky and tongue in cheek water clock both from the imagination of inventor and artist Tim Hunkin. This day out always gets rave reviews.

Picnic by the sea Nothing beats the simple pleasures of a coastal picnic – and there are some amazing locations to choose from. Dunwich Heath is perfect after a circular walk from the National Trust’s Coastguard Cottages to Minsmere Bird Reserve. Walberswick beach is popular with families and gives the kids the opportunity to try their hand at crabbing – don’t forget to take some buckets and bacon. There’s also Shingle Street, Aldeburgh, Southwold or why not try the beach at Iken?

Take a foot ferry Suffolk is unusual in that it’s home to four unique ferry crossings – allowing walkers to take a long distance path from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. From the south – there’s a regular ferry between Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe ( Moving north at Felixstowe Ferry there’s a crossing to Bawdsey giving access to Shingle Street and beyond. At Butley Creek Suffolk boasts the smallest rowboat ferry in Europe, which runs at weekends on a stretch of isolated coast between Boyton and Orford. Then there’s the famous Southwold/ Walberswick Ferry at the mouth of the River Blythe. 52

Pre order fabulous Lawson’s Delicatessen picnic hampers or pop into this splendid Aldeburgh deli to choose your own alfresco feast. Seasonal salads, terrines, tarts, pasties and brownies made daily in their kitchens to take away.

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Essential Explores | The Suffolk Coast

Shop local Our seaside towns are endowed with so many excellent independent stores that a day out by the sea wouldn’t be day out without having to dive for your cash card. Places to check out include Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Southwold – but if you are passing through Woodbridge is also a good place to stop.

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Chinese silk jacket £38 Vintage Angels

Lichfield Leather beach hut and beach purse £12 each Denny of Southwold

Antwerp Green garden furniture from £45, House & Garden at Snape Maltings

One Season Bianca top £105 O&C Butcher



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Visit a tea room Coffee shops may have become popular and are ubiquitous on our high streets but fabulous breakfasts, light lunches and scrumptious afternoon cream teas still get my vote. Suffolk is blessed with some great tea rooms such as Cragg Sisters in Aldeburgh and the Dingle Team Rooms in Dunwich so pay them a visit and join the debate. Is it cream then jam, or jam then cream?

Orford Castle Photograph: Mark Seton

Discover History There can’t be many seaside towns that can boast of a fortress as perfect as Henry II’s Orford Castle. It has a unique polygonal design, one of the best preserved keeps in the UK and from the top a fine view over the unique ‘Cold War’ structures of Orfordness. Further down the coast at Languard Fort there’s an opportunity to explore a military installation, which has existed since the reign of James I, and is the location of the last foreign invasion on British soil. During the 1939-45 War it was used as a balloon launch site, but in more recent years it has been turned into a museum.

Cragg Sisters in Aldeburgh is a traditional tea room team room with a contemporary twist. Everything is freshly made baking scones and cakes each morning with sandwiches and light lunches made to order.


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Essential Explores | The Suffolk Coast

Dining out The perfect way to end your day out of course is to dine by the sea. Whether you are in Dunwich or Felixstowe Ferry, Aldeburgh, Walberswick or Southwold you’ll be spoiled for choice. Just in case you are looking for inspiration though check out our website for our comprehensive dining review guides.

Play golf Is there a better way to relax and enjoy the summer than with a round of golf by the sea? Luckily Suffolk can boast excellent opportunities for keen sportsmen. Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club has been voted as one of the top 100 courses in the country – it’s also one of the oldest with players having to navigate around a Martello Tower. Meanwhile the course on the heathland around Thorpeness, designed by James Braid, is said to be one of the finest in the country and will test players of all abilities.


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Join us at the Brudenell Hotel’s Seafood & Grill, East Anglia’s premier seafood destination, for al fresco dining with stunning coastal views, beautifully fresh locally-sourced fish, and a very warm welcome.

Seafood & Grill, Brudenell Hotel, The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BU 01728 452071



Join us any day of the week for our brand new afternoon tea, with menus created by award-winning pastry chef, Anmar Odendal. We have a selection of afternoon teas to suit any occasion. If you would like to book or find out more, please call: 01728 452720 or visit


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Essential Explores | The Suffolk Coast

Buy Fresh Fish The east coast is renowned for its fish and nothing beats eating fish on the day it’s been caught. Check out the black huts at Felixstowe Ferry, on the river at Orford, along Cragg Path in Aldeburgh and down at the Quay in Southwold. Always keep a cool bag in your car just in case!

If buying and cooking your own fresh fish sounds like too much hard work you can be assured you will find it used in Suffolk’s best hotels and restaurant’s. Essential Suffolk spoke to Tyler Torrance and Ben Hegarty, Head Chefs at Brudenell’s AA two rosette Seafood & Grill and the White Lion’s new family friendly Brasserie Bleue. “There is nothing more important to us than ethically-sourced local fish here in Aldeburgh. We are truly blessed with some of the finest seafood in Suffolk making cooking a pleasure,” says Tyler Torrance, Head Chef at the Brudenell Hotel.

Go for a walk – dogs not compulsory Driving is fine, cycling is great but there is no better way to really experience a landscape than to walk through it. There are guide books a plenty for walks around the county but Essential Suffolk can help with over 40 circular walks that all start an end at a dog friendly pub. Seventeen of these are either coastal or river walks with the majority of others within easy reach. Visit for printable versions and picture galleries of each.

Each season brings different tastes and flavours. Ben Hegarty uses the natural larder to create tempting, great value, classic dishes at the White Lion. Menus feature the finest local produce on the market; simple food such as fish and chips with minted peas or pan fried sea bass cooked to perfection plus the bonus of an exciting French twist. “I love using the freshest fish from around Suffolk as my guests can then enjoy the best possible experience when eating in my restaurant”, adds Ben.

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“One of the nicest things about being a chef here is that we can take fish at the peak of its seasonality from the local fishermen and create menus around their daily catch. In July and August we can particularly look forward to Dover soles, sea bass, cod and skate. Nothing is wasted and its nil food miles. For the freshest food I would urge everyone to make use of their local suppliers, such as Aldeburgh’s Dean Fryer, or they won’t be around for the next generation.”

Eat Fish and Chips And finally it wouldn’t be a summer in Suffolk if you didn’t eat fish and chips on the beach. After a long walk on Suffolk’s shingle and perhaps a dip in the sea to cool off stopping for this tradition is a must. Luckily there are lots of places find them check out the Felixstowe Ferry cafe, Aldeburgh Fish and Chips, Dunwich Beach Cafe or Southwold Quay to name a few.



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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout A tiny art temple by the sea! Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists. Each weekly artist’s residency culminates in an exhibition of brand new work. 31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BS. 01728 452754

Aldeburgh Emporium Aldeburgh Emporium Vintage, retro, rustic & modern items. Furniture, collectables, accessories, theatrical clothing & more. Individual items bought. Also house, garage & shed clearance. Hall Farm, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5JD. 07517 383610

'FSSZ 3PBE  8BM CFSTXJ DL 4VŢPM L  * 1 5/   XXX CFM M J OOXBM CFSTXJ DL DP VL J OG P!CFM M J OOXBM CFSTXJ DL DP VL Aldeburgh Market The Aldeburgh Market – sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread and deli products. The in-house Market Cafe uses all of these to prepare modern, exciting food. Open daily 8.30 – 5.00 170 -172 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BU. 01728 452520 @AldeburghMarket





Best Estates Estate Agent in Aldeburgh, offering a modern and dynamic approach to house selling. Experienced staff, NAEA licensed, responsive website, exceptional details and photography. 114 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB. 01728 454727

Brudenell The 4 star Brudenell is a privately owned hotel, Seafood & Grill restaurant and bar situated in a wonderful seafront setting with panoramic sea views, just a step away from Aldeburgh’s shingle beach. The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BU. 01728 452071

Caramel Ladies fashion boutique selling Masai, Sahara, Yacco Maricard, People Tree and Evelin Brandt & more. 140 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ. 01728 452141 Also at Snape Maltings

Collen & Clare Collen & Clare is one of the top UK independent fashion retailers, with a reputation for personal service and up to the minute style; bringing together timeless, easy to wear collections in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 164 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AQ & 25 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6ED. 01728 454976

Cragg Sisters Tea Room A traditional tearoom with a contemporary twist. At Cragg Sisters we make everything fresh, baking our scones and cakes each morning and sandwiches and light lunches are made to order. 110 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB. 07813 552 181

Denny of Southwold Southwold’s original & best clothing emporium for colourful, high quality men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Stockists of Saint James, Mat de Misaine, Eva Tralala, Armor Lux, Pomodoro, Men of All Nations, Sebago, Barbour and many more 11 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EA. 01502 722372

Dingle Hill Tearooms Situated in the historical village of Dunwich, Dingle Hill Tearooms really is a little piece of paradise on the Suffolk Coast. Fresh, fabulous food served daily. Dunwich, Suffolk IP17 3DZ. 01728 648872

The Dolphin Inn Situated in the heart of the unique seaside village of Thorpeness is the Dolphin Inn, one of the most popular and well known destinations with its relaxed, friendly service and delicious seasonal food, award winning real ales and fine wine list. Peace Place, Thorpeness, Suffolk IP16 4NA. 01728 454994

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Exotic GardEn company & planEt pot Exotic Garden Company & Planet Pot Visit the Exotic Garden Company a nursery with a difference where personal service is paramount. Full range of unusual shrubs, perennials, bedding and of course tree ferns, bouganvilleas and hardy bananas. Planet Pot are importers selling directly to the public. We have the largest selection of garden pots in Suffolk starting at just £1. Also stocking chimneas, firebowls and associated garden ornaments. Hall Farm, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5JD. 01728 454456

Fleur Contemporary ladieswear selling collections from Sandwich, Jackpot, Part Two, Seasalt & more. 166 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AQ. 01728 454822

The Lighthouse Restaurant Open every day, lunchtime and evening. Pop in and enjoy fabulous local seasonal produce cooked by Guy Welsh and served by Sam and the team. 77 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AU. 01728 453377

Munchies Munchies cafe/bar/takeaway and ice cream parlour offering fresh local produce to eat in or takeaway. Local produce, breakfast fry ups and pastries with roast to order Barista coffees and Jing Teas. Home baked cakes and delicious homemade enormous sausage rolls cooking in the ovens all day. 163-165 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AN. 01728 454566 @AldeMunchies

Hall Farm Pet Supplies Hall Farm Pet Supplies Covering a large range of pet foods, wild bird feed and feeders, large selection of dog food including full range of Salters. Comprehensive selection of pet care products plus our ‘Doggy Treat Store’ with pick’n’mix selection. We also deliver local seasonal logs and sell great value railway sleepers. Hall Farm, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5JD. 01728 453666 (Pet Store) 07872 916363 (Log sales only. October – April)

Lawsons Pre order fabulous Lawson’s picnic hampers or pop into this splendid deli to choose your own alfresco feast. Seasonal salads, terrines, tarts, pasties and brownies made daily in our kitchens to take away. 138 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AQ. 01728 454052

Jennie Jones One of the area’s leading independent estate agents specialising in Suffolk’s Heritage Coast and surrounding countryside. We have a wealth of experience in marketing a wide variety of properties. 82 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB. 01728 454622

O&C Butcher Menswear, ladieswear & footwear from Olsen, Oui, NYDJ, Barbour, Gant, Timberland, Sebago & more. 129-131 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AS. 01728 452229

The Ship at Dunwich Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship at Dunwich, isn’t just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it’s also part of a great story. Visit us you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. St James Street, Dunwich, Suffolk IP17 3DT. 01728 648219

Snape Maltings Snape Maltings on the Suffolk coast is popular with locals and as a tourist destination, with a selection of shops restaurants and art galleries, plus events. Bridge Road, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR. 01728 688303

Suffolk Cottage Holidays Friendly local agency, letting lovely properties throughout Suffolk. Quaint and traditional or contemporary and funky, we have charming holiday cottages to suit your every need! 152 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AQ. 01394 389189

Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club Award-winning 18 hole James Braid golf course in Suffolk with clubhouse, pro shop and relaxing 36 room hotel. See our website for offers and events. Lakeside Avenue, Thorpeness, Suffolk IP16 4NH. 01728 452176

Vintage Angels Vintage Angels Beautiful vintage clothes for men and women. From Victorian, Edwardian, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s. Also designer brands and specialists in vintage fur coats. We can also sell designer and unwanted quality clothes for you. Open: Wed – Sun 10 – 5 Hall Farm, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5JD. 07879 630461

The Wentworth Aldeburgh's only truly independent hotel, owned by the same family since 1920. A blend of the traditional and modern, with spacious lounges, a 2 rosette restaurant and beautiful garden areas. All a stone's throw from the beach. Wentworth Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BD. 01728 452312

R E G AT TA The Regatta Serving Aldeburgh for 20 years we are specialists in seafood and local fish. Our main menu is varied and changes regularly and in addition we offer daily specials on the black boards. Follow us on Facebook for offers and events 171 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AN. 01728 452011

Suffolk Secrets With over 350 cottages in Suffolk, we’re sure to be able to offer you a holiday that’s just right for you. Each of our lovely Suffolk cottages has been inspected by VisitEngland – the country’s official tourism board. 01502 722717

The White Lion A relaxed hotel, bar and brassiere situated on the beachfront in Aldeburgh. Passionate about creating imaginative menus using the abundance of fresh, local seasonal produce. Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BJ. 01728 452720

Exotic Garden Company Salter & King Salter & King has developed an excellent reputation across the Suffolk area, based on our commitment to great meat with provenance, excellent service and traditional values. We also stock our own pies, traditional breed ham, home cured salt beef and wonderful potted beef. 107-109 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AR. 01728 452758

Visit a nursery with a difference where personal service is paramount. We have a full range of unusual shrubs, perenials, bedding and of course tree ferns, palms, bouganvilleas and hardy bananas. Follow us on twitter @matthewcouchy

01728 454456

Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 10am – 4pm

Hall Farm, Samundham Road, Aldeburgh – Sat Nav IP15 5JD



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PUB WALKS with Darcy

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A great choice for a summer dog walk this route takes us on a circular route from The Pier, Harwich

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The walk itself takes us along the seafront from Harwich to Dovercourt with impressive views of the port of Felixstowe until turning the corner to appreciate a stretch of sandy beach that we had little idea existed. It would have made a pleasant stroll to have simply walked to the end of the lengthy promenade and back but instead we followed a circular route through the busy shopping street and passing the Redoubt Fort high above the cliff. This historical landmark gave another welcome detour and lead us back to our starting point through Harwich’s surprisingly pretty, historic back streets.


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This wasn’t the most obvious choice of dog walking routes but we’re so glad to have discovered it. While most making the outing will no doubt approach by road we added a further dimension to our excursion by taking the Felixstowe to Harwich foot ferry. A word to the uninitiated here – the ferry timetable varies seasonally and with a capacity of just 12 it’s well worth pre-booking your places for outward and return journeys. Mind you I don’t think I’d complain if I were stranded at our start/finish point for the circular walk – the Pier Hotel, Harwich. It is part of the Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants Group and as the relaxed, brasserie style Ha’Penny Bistro on the ground floor is dog friendly it’s perfect for a pub walk with Darcy.

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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 2.5 miles Time: Approx.1 hour Terrain: Footpaths with an opportunity to walk on the beach. A short stretch of town centre walking. Stops: The Pier at Harwich Ordinance Survey Map: 197 Start Point OS reference: 259 329 As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and previous walks go to: where you will also find more pictures of each walk route.

1. With your back to Ha’Penny Pier turn left and walk along the quay turning right into Kings Quay Street. 2. At the end of Kings Quay Street turn left passing the New Bell Inn. Pass the Harwich Haven Authority building and then Harwich Town Sailing Club. 3. After the sailing club turn left and then immediately right onto the path along the seafront where you will walk for approx. 20 minutes passing the Treadwheel Crane, Harwich Maritime Museum and Beacon Hill fort above you to your right. After passing the long breakwater the path turns to the right passing some coloured beach huts and then some white concrete ones. After these – above to your right – you will see a statue of Queen Victoria and a path leading up to her. Take this path. 4. Once at the statue cross the road and walk down Kingsway opposite. At the crossroads by the traffic lights turn right into the High Street and after a short walk bear left into Main Road passing the police station. Approx. 250 yds. after the police station there is an opportunity to take a short detour and visit the Harwich Redoubt a Martello style fort that was built as part of the defences against Napoleonic invasion. (An entrance fee is payable) Once past the Redoubt continue past Cox’s pond, the Old Harwich Buoy and the High Lighthouse. 5. After the lighthouse turn right into Wellington Road and then left into Church Street passing St Nicholas’ Church. 6. At the end of Church Street turn right which will bring you back to Ha’Penny Pier and the dog friendly Pier Hotel. For details of the Felixstowe to Harwich foot ferry visit:



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In recent weeks the nation has been gripped by the exploits of the Springwatch team at Minsmere. Adrian Rawlinson visited the Eels Foot at Eastbridge a destination that is an all year round attraction in this beautiful part of the county


ext year will mark the 20th anniversary since I first discovered the Eels Foot in Eastbridge. At the time, new to the county, I was living in Westleton and stumbled across the pub on a pre health and safety era bonfire night. I recall it was a bitingly cold evening however with a roaring bonfire, an ‘amateur’ but gloriously enthusiastic firework display, great beer and hot dogs to die for it is a night that I remember with great affection and one that has clearly stuck in my mind. Needless to say with such a positive first impression it is a pub that has remained on my radar and one that I have always


tried to re-visit, even after moving away from its relative doorstep, however until this visit I had never sampled the full experience and stayed overnight. In an age when pubs with what could be considered ‘good’ locations are struggling to survive, and rural village pubs close with alarming regularity, lessons should be learned from examples that buck the trend. Within marketing there is a technique called a SWOT analysis where you judge the position and health of an organisation by looking at its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Having done many of these over the years I have often

found that for successful ventures what can be considered weaknesses can also be strengths, and that threats become opportunities and so it is with the Eels Foot. One word – location – could in reality fit in to each of the four boxes. For lesser pubs such an isolated position away from passing traffic would undoubtedly sound alarm bells but the Eels Foot has played its hand well. It is this isolation, this tranquil rurality that sets the pub apart and has made it a favourite with walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, families and those just wanting to ‘get away from it’ alike.

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Short Break | The Eels Foot, Eastbridge with a very tasty venison burger as a main for my wife and an impressive cod and chips for me. Normally I’m not a big fan of batter and tend to leave the majority – this example however, beautifully crisp and light, was eaten in its entirety. After a thoroughly enjoyable evening we took the dogs for a late night stroll savouring crystal clear skies and spying a hunting barn owl, another benefit of being away from it all.

Set in the parish of Theberton – with an estimated population of under 300 – the pub was never going to survive on the local population alone and has therefore had to widen its appeal. The addition of accommodation was one such move. Initially built ten years ago the six ensuite rooms, set in a building beside the pub, are individually decorated and furnished and offer two spacious family rooms (which can also be twin) and a further four all with king sized beds. The pub’s website describes them as “light, bright, spacious and modern, with a contemporary country feel” and our experience totally supports this. What the rooms also have though – something no interior designer can achieve – is views. The accommodation block is built in the pub’s garden – itself recently included in the Daily Telegraph’s top 10 pub gardens in the UK – and the garden sits on the edge of Minsmere. To the east of the pub the coast is only a short walk away and although out of sight adds a perceptible drama to the location.

was awarded the title of ‘Adnams Best Presented Pub’. Visiting on a Thursday evening our stay coincided with the pubs weekly live music night – this time an open mic – so space wa at a premium and we joined a table with a group of three friends who were visiting from the midlands. It turned out this was their fourth visit, in what is now an annual pilgrimage, having fallen in love with the pub in previous years. The Eels Foot is a popular and good value dining destination. It is unpretentious, good quality and, from reading the many online reviews, importantly consistent. As we settled in for the evening, our dogs resting at our feet, we ordered a baked camembert to share to start which was very generous,

Drawing back the curtains in the morning we were greeted by a perfect summer’s day. A portrait of tranquillity the only movement was the pub’s chickens strutting freely around the garden. With bags packed we headed back to the pub for a perfect end to our visit a delicious full English breakfast using great Suffolk ingredients. With the Eels foot only being a 40 minute drive from home I was back at my desk and on with business by 10am. Sometimes even the shortest break can recharge the batteries and this visit certainly did the trick. INFORMATION The Eels Foot Inn Eastbridge, Leiston Suffolk, IP16 4SN 01728 830154 The Eels Foot is a dog friendly pub and has previously featured in our ‘Pub Walks with Darcy’ series. The route for this walk can be found at

Inside the pub the Eels Foot is intimate, in a very positive way. Originally it was three cottages and is divided into two rooms with a TARDIS like quality where even on the busiest days drinkers and diners can comfortably sit side by side. Over the last two years landlord Julian Wallis and his team have been working on the interior revealing some of its original features – picture boards on the wall show their progress – and last year the hard work was rewarded as the pub



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EASY PEASY! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making a restaurant quality starter at home here’s a very inventive summer creation from Alan Paton of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Alan Paton has been Executive Head Chef of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa for over five years, producing food for nine outlets at the hotel including the award-winning two AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant. In the last two years he has won numerous awards, including being inducted into the Master Chefs of Great Britain, and in 2014 he mentored three of his team to win the Skills for Chefs


Young Restaurant Team of the Year award. In February 2015, he was appointed Culinary Advisor on behalf of the Craft Guild of Chefs for the Children’s Food Trust for East Anglia, working on the uptake for the Universal Infant Free School Meal program. A lover of inventive cooking, Alan produces menus with a twist! As an example, he once created a dish comprising smoked bacon jam, sweet

potato and pecan slaw, mint crystals and celeriac tortilla chips – it was delicious! Alan says “This dish was the conception of one of my chefs – Lauren Sparrow who works the hot and cold starter section. I helped her a little in the final execution. This is what brings me the most joy, helping my younger chefs bring their ideas to the plate and putting them on our menus.”

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Chef’s Recipe | Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Garden pea creamed soup, lemon curd goat’s cheese, pea shoots, buttered almonds, crispy split peas INGREDIENTS Serves 6 For the soup: This is delicious served hot or cold 1 onion thinly sliced 1 white of leek thinly sliced 1 stick of celery thinly sliced 500g of petit pois 500ml of vegetable stock 150ml of double cream 50g of butter For the lemon curd: 4 lemons, zest and juice 200g caster sugar 100g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 3 free-range eggs, plus1 free-range egg yolk For the lemon curd goats cheese: 100g goat’s cheese free of rind 15g of lemon curd Also: Pea shoots 4 tbsps green split peas (soaked for 4 hours) 3 tbsps flaked almonds

METHOD For the soup: 1. Melt the butter in a pot and lightly cook the vegetables for 4-5 minutes until softened and translucent. 2. Add the stock and simmer until the vegetables are cooked, add the peas and the cream. 3. Bring to boil for 2 minutes then puree, pass through a strainer and then chill. For the lemon curd: 1. Put the lemon zest and juice, the sugar and the butter into a heatproof bowl. Sit the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir the mixture every now and again until all of the butter has melted. 2. Lightly whisk the eggs and egg yolk and stir them into the lemon mixture. Whisk until all of the ingredients are well combined, then leave to cook for 10-13 minutes, stirring every now and again, until the mixture is creamy and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 3. Remove the lemon curd from the heat and set aside to cool, stirring occasionally as it cools. Once cooled, spoon the lemon curd into sterilised jars and seal. Keep in the fridge until ready to use. For the lemon curd goats cheese: Blitz the goats cheese in a food processor then fold in the curd, chill till required. For the crispy peas: 1. Rinse peas then place in pan with enough water to cover, bring to boil, and refresh under cold running water. 2. Drain well and pat dry. 3. Fry in hot oil till crispy, remove on to kitchen roll lined tray. For the buttered almonds: Cook the almonds in salted butter over a medium heat till golden, drain and pat dry.

TO SERVE We used a piping bag to place the cheese in the bowl. Use a little of the ‘almond butter’ to dress the pea shoots. Place some almonds in the bowl with the shoots. Sprinkle with crispy peas. Serve the soup hot or cold in a jug and enjoy!

Lakes Restaurant The 2 AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant enjoys panoramic views over the lake and both 18th greens at Stoke by Nayland Hotel. The tranquil setting will make you feel like you are on holiday even if you’ve only come down for lunch! Embrace the British summer and enjoy Modern British cuisine prepared in delicious and innovative ways while you sip a cool drink on the restaurant terrace. Or invite your friends down for a fabulous Afternoon Tea! Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 01206 265843 to book your table today! Lakes Restaurant at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester CO6 4PZ 01206 262836/265843 | |



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FAMILY FAVOURITE When you’re looking for consistently good, welcoming pubs with a family friendly air Deben Inns has a line-up of venues that are difficult to beat. This month Lesley Rawlinson makes the most of the riverside views at The Maybush at Waldringfield


could sit by the waterside all day; there’s always something to watch but with the easy pace and the peacefulness of it all you just can’t help but feel relaxed. The gentle lapping of the water, an occasional passing craft, plus of course the abundant wildlife of the Deben – it can keep me entertained for hours. Even in the height of summer, when the sun drenched terrace in front of The Maybush is heaving with happy holiday makers, the tranquillity of the river still prevails. With the university term over and a rare couple of days for our family where we were all under one roof, it was a chance for us all to get together for lunch. We took one look at the weather forecast and headed straight to Waldringfield for a riverside walk before settling at a sunny table on the Maybush riverside patio. It’s always been a favourite spot for our ‘children’ too. As youngsters they could play on the small beach while staying safely within sight whereas now they also appreciate just what a beautiful spot it is.


It’s not just the location that makes the pub a family favourite; the menu has always appealed as well. Like the other Deben Inns venues the base menu is filled with classic choices that suit the location, but then with lots of seasonal choices alongside on the specials boards. At the Maybush homage is paid to the water with plenty of fish and other seafood on offer. Traditional fish and chips along with scampi, sea bass, tiger prawns and salmon are all offered as main courses on the daily menu. Add to that the chance to share a pint of prawns, a cold seafood board or even start with an appetizer of crispy whitebait or a crayfish salad and you’re getting my drift – and that’s before the ‘specials’ are even considered. With exam frazzled brains aplenty indecision was rife and so we decided to go for the Mediterranean approach and pool our starter choices in a bit of a table top picnic. We ordered a sharing nacho platter (complete with fresh chillies, mature cheese, sour cream and guacolmole), some deep fried brie and a couple of portions of crispy whitebait and we were five very happy munchers. I should mention too at this point that there’s a good selection of beers on offer including my favourite summer tipple Adnams Spindrift – a cold blonde beer with citrusy flavours it’s a great fellow for this kind of feast. Deciding on the next course was much easier. As well as the good selection of fish dishes the Maybush menu includes various steaks and burgers as well as main dishes like chilli con carne, lasagne,

lamb shank and barbecue chicken. I was tempted by wild mushroom linguine but with an ‘end of term – who’s counting the calories’ mind-set I plumped for the chargrilled tandoori chicken burger with applewood smoked cheese, crispy bacon and curry mayo for my chips – heaven. Be warned it’s a generous portion – but I made it through, with a little assistance from across the table! Other choices from our party included the rioja and balsamic braised lamb shank, the barbecue chicken – oven baked with cheese and bacon topping New York

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Dining Review | The Maybush

style – and the classic 8 ounce burger served with Stokes tomato chutney. But it was my daughter’s choice of a pint of prawns with brown bread and salad that summed up the mood for me; a chance to just pick through the plump pink prawns and munch away while we watched the watery world go by. I was way beyond the thought of a dessert by this stage but our half-starved students couldn’t resist white chocolate cheesecake and cherry Bakewell tart – both served with a choice of cream or

icecream. Had I been partaking lemon mousse with homemade shortbread would probably have been my choice – that or summer berry roulade – a treat (or two) for another day I’m sure. And I know that there will be plenty of the ‘other days’. Dining out with your family – whatever its make up of ages and tastes – can sometimes be challenging and what I love about visiting one of the Deben Inns group of pubs is that I know exactly what to expect. The surroundings are bright,

fresh and comfortable, the quality and choice of dishes is consistently good and represents good value for money with starters ranging from £4.25, mains from £10.95 to £13.95 (except steaks) and most desserts £5.45. Everyone’s happy – even dad, after all he’s paying! INFORMATION The Maybush, Cliff Rd Waldringfield, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4QL 01473 736215



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ice,ice, baby... Long hot summer days are the perfect time for refreshing cocktails. Essential Suffolk met up with Ashley Briggs bar manager at the Wingspan Bar in The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds who has shared some of his favourite creations

“My passion is guest experience, whether it is from the cocktails, customer service, visual aspects or even the smell. I aim to give the guest a cocktail experience that they’ll enjoy whether they come just the once or become regular clients. I live and breathe cocktails and libations not just when working – studying, reading, being inspired on a daily basis and even sometimes inspiring others. It’s constant. This love for what I do came from years of previous bar work in established hotels, bars, wine bars, pubs etc generally around the Norfolk coast. This gradually channelled me towards what I do now. Somehow, my enthusiasm for this industry all came from studying architecture in Norwich, where I learnt I wanted to continue to be creative, just in a slightly different field! Something I get asked often is ‘what’s my favourite cocktail?’ to which my response is ‘it is completely dictated by the mood I am in at that given time. If it has been an especially tiring week I may enjoy a Sidecar or a Negroni, or if I was seeking something hard hitting, long and refreshing I may choose something like the Mint Smash. The truth is I love them all for different reasons and in different scenarios. I also really enjoy Japanese whiskey which I feature in the Japanese Sling. I have listed my preferred ingredients and brands but if you struggle to find the exact ones feel free to experiment – cocktail making is a creative process and should be fun.”


FLORENCE Saliza Amaretto – 30ml Campari – 30ml Rosso vermouth – 30ml Pomegranate molasses – dash Chocolate bitters – dash

This cocktail is based on the famous Negroni which was founded in Florence, known for its complex bitter/sweet balance. Here at Wingspan we have decided to enhance some of the sweeter flavours of the classic Negroni and discovered a perfectly balanced cocktail with long lasting sweetness from the amaretto and pomegranate molasses with the underlying bitterness from the chocolate bitters and the campari. Perfect for summer time. Shaken in a small cobbler with ice and served straight up in a dusted cocktail glass with orange peel.

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Cocktail Recipes | Wingspan Bar – The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

JAPANESE SLING Yamazaki 12 – 37.5ml Kamm and sons – 20ml Coxley apple juice – 75ml Hibiscus – homemade Marmalade – 2 bar spoons Bitters – dash

The Japanese sling is a Wingspan signature cocktail. It is defined by this fantastic Japanese whiskey with its citrus and tropical notes. Accompanied by Kamm & Sons, a grapefruit and ginseng aperitif, with the addition of fresh apple and hibiscus this drink has fruity, refreshing notes and being inspired by a classic sling, has the length that you come to expect in a summer cocktail. Every guest has varying taste buds from one to the next so we have chosen to garnish this with a small bottle of bitters which the guest can add as they wish. Shaken and served over ice.

MINT SMASH Havana club 7 – 50ml Solerno – 25ml Aztec bitters – dash Fresh mint Wingspan peppermint syrup – homemade Lime – 50ml

The mint smash is based on the classic mojito but taken further. We have added complex flavour elements from blood orange liqueur (Solerno) and chocolate bitters to our home made peppermint syrup which attacks your taste buds differently to garden mint giving the guest an all round refreshing experience. This tipple is packed full of flavour and is adored by all mojito lovers. As Havana club 7 is a cuban rum we have chosen to serve this cocktail as if the guest was drinking it in Cuba – metal tin, metal straw for the ultimate cooling effect and garnished with dehydrated fruit as if it were left in the sun, Angel mint, dusted fresh mint and redcurrant. Shaken and served over ice.



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SHOWCASE You can’t judge a book by its cover – and the same, it seems goes for gastro pubs and restaurants. Anne Gould visits the Shepherd and Dog in Forward Green near Stowmarket


orward Green is a village just off the A140 and if you don’t know where it is get hold of a map or Google it now. Promise me, if you like great food, excellent hospitality and a relaxed evening out you are going to want to make a booking at the Shepherd and Dog. From the outside it might not have the sort of quaint chocolate-box exterior or heritage vista of some establishments but inside it is like walking into a different world. It’s been transformed into a chic restaurant where jazz standards play quietly in the background and there are welcoming comfy chairs and a cocktail/ aperitif menu served with juicy green olives to start the evening. This is a place where you also have the choice which gin or vodka you’d like with your tonic


or of course if you’d rather have something more summery there’s the option of Kir Royale. What struck me most, even before we’d placed an order was the exceptional standard of service on offer here. Earlier in the day when we’d made the booking we were asked about dietary requirements – and on the evening the chef kindly offered to make a one off menu adjustment to the fish dish to cater for my friend’s allergy. This utmost courtesy extended throughout the whole evening so top marks for attentive and charming staff. On its website the Shepherd and Dog says simply that it specialises in beautiful, seasonal and local food. Whether this is deliberately understated, along with the

dark cool lines of the dining room might be a matter of style. However, having eaten there, there could be many other praiseworthy superlatives that could be easily added – it’s that good. The menu has five starters and main meals with gluten-free, diary-free and vegetarian options available too. There are also helpful wine suggestions alongside as well, for the benefit of those who aren’t driving. As it turned out this was one of those menus where you wanted to choose everything. The starters included Asparagus and Hens Egg, Watercress and Crème Fraiche soup and a Sutton Hoo Chicken leg terrine with Jersey Royals. I however chose a favourite – Smoked Mackerel pate and Cucumber, which was served with crisp bread. This particular pate

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Dining Review | The Shepherd & Dog can sometimes be too salty, too smokey or too sharp but the Shepherd and Dog really got the balance just right. Meanwhile my friend went for Beetroot and Goats Cheese, which when it arrived was simply a delightful surprise. It was a vivid salad made with homemade goats curd and black quinoa with an apple vinaigrette that tasted good and was pretty enough for a coffee table picture cook book too. Main courses included Steak – with trendy bone marrow butter, Lamb and Spring Cabbage with turnips, roasted shallot and rosti potato and Peas and Gnocchi with garlic and summer herbs. As fish is my favourite food I went for Market Fish and Crab – a beautifully prepared dish of skate with buttered

samphire (which is always a treat) crab crushed potatoes and crab bisque. All I can say is that if I were to return I’d have the same thing – which is perhaps not very adventurous but another way of saying I really liked it. Julie meanwhile chose a Pan Seared Pork Cutlet with a Parmesan and Barley Risotto with broad beans and herb dressing – and her verdict was equally enthusiastic. A word must also go to the side dishes – home cut chips, cabbage, lemon and rosemary roasted new potatoes, carrots and green leaf salad. We shared a portion of roasted carrots with carrot top pesto and congratulations must go to the chef for transforming a very common ingredient into something moreish and memorable.

For pudding lovers a word of warning – by this time we were full and neither of us felt able to do justice to dessert. However the Shepherd and Dog does mini versions of desserts – which we shared and meant we got to taste all three options; Dark Chocolate and Coffee, Rhubarb and Oats and Strawberry and White Chocolate.

So where to start? I am not a pudding lover and almost always opt for cheese but these puddings were exceptional in particular because they weren’t oversweet. They were all beautifully presented, intricate and a delight but we both agreed that the one, which stood out a mile, was the rhubarb which came in a tiny jar and included a beautiful and delicate milk panna cotta. A word for the untried cheese menu – the Shepherd and Dog has obviously gone to a great deal of care to select local artisan cheeses – you have three selections each from blue, soft or hard varieties. So if cheese is your thing, it’s maybe worth skipping your starter to have room to indulge at the end of your meal. The Shepherd and Dog also does afternoon teas, weekend breakfasts plus there’s a traditional fish supper every Thursday. It’s a restaurant my friend and I were so impressed with that we both made immediate recommendations to ‘food lovers’ that we know. So if you have not been there already maybe the time has come to try it out.

INFORMATION The Shepherd & Dog Forward Green, Suffolk. IP14 5HN



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The Fountain

Sibton White Horse

Ufford Park

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. Parties welcome from two to 45 people. Full A La Carte menu and a set two or three course menu. Current specials always included on the website. Covered heated patio and spacious beer garden.

A 16th century unspoilt destination inn set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. A memorable experience is waiting at The Good Pub Guide’s Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year 2015.’ Relax with a pint of local cask beer or a glass of wine beside the log burner and absorb the atmosphere and charm of such a wonderful building. Indulge in our delicious thoughtfully crafted menu. Built upon local, seasonal ingredients we offer an easy and unpretentious service, grounded in the tradition of the English inn.

The Park Restaurant, situated at Ufford Park Woodbridge is set in 120 acres of historic parkland. We offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and have a seasonally-changing menu offering lots of locally produced food. We have recently launched our Summer Afternoon Tea priced at £13.95 per person. Enjoy this with friends and family relaxing on our large terrace, taking in the views across the Deben Valley. All party sizes can be accommodated. Open to all; non-members welcome.

The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT

Open: 12pm to 2.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30pm to 11pm. Monday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm, 6.45pm to 10.30pm Sunday Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2JJ

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

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The Galley


The Angel

The Galley in Woodbridge is a family run restaurant offering vibrant and exciting menus using fresh, local produce, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. For those wishing to hold a celebration or business lunch, there are private dining rooms available including the bright, spacious and welcoming room upstairs or our beautiful large wine cellar. Due to popular demand the team at the Galley are continuing their special event on the second Sunday of every month – an extra delicious Sunday Roast! Next available on 12 July, 9 August,13 September. Lobster week: 14 –19 July,18 – 23 August,15 – 20 Sept.

Buzzing brasserie style restaurant with café bar set within the building converted from the Arlingtons Ballroom. The perfect venue to catch up with friends, talk business, celebrate special occasions. French style menu served in typical informal Brasserie manner offering a large selection of freshly prepared Suffolk reared meat dishes and vegetarian choices as well as fish & shellfish from sustainable sources. Plus takeaway deli, breakfast from 8am, light meals and homemade cakes throughout the day.

Using the best local ingredients from the excellent producers on our doorstep, we prepare great tasty food here on the premises and aim sell it to you at a reasonable price. Mon-Fri we offer a choice of tasty home cooked lunches for £5, in addition to our full menu. Sunday roasts and our homemade burgers are a speciality. We are equally proud of our drinks offering with 6 real ales (listed in the 2013 CAMRA Good Beer Guide), draught Suffolk Cyder & lagers, and East Anglia’s widest range of spirits with over 220 gins.

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

Open: Tuesday to Saturday and Bank holidays: lunch 12 noon to 2.15pm, dinner 6pm to late. Sunday 12 noon to 2.15pm 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LX 01394 380055


Open: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm Sunday Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm

Open: Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 3pm and 5pm to close. Open all day at weekends Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm 13 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE

Theatre Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NE (Just off the Market Hill)

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Food Gallery

The Middleton Bell

Fynn Valley

The Swan Inn

Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the award winning Value Pub of the Year 2012 Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce at prices that ensure you will want to return again and again. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or the beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.

Open to everyone, not just golfers, we are the place you bring your family and friends for a wide range of tempting meals prepared by our talented chefs. Meals can be eaten in our cosy Courtyard Bar, The Terrace overlooking the golf course or utilising the entire spacious Valley Room on busier occasions. Full details of our menus and offers can be found on our website.

The Swan is a beautiful thatched pub serving quality food always offering a great selection of regional cask ales coupled with quality ‘new world’ wines. Acquired by family-owned pub group Exclusive Inns in March 2014, it has undergone a sympathetic refurbishment, transforming it into a modern village pub with a relaxing bar area and a warm and welcoming restaurant overlooking the village green. On the menu you’ll find classic dishes served with a modern edge.

Open: Open lunch and evening except closed all day Monday and Sunday evenings.

Open: Every day for lunch and dinner including Bank Holidays and may also be hired exclusively for your private occasion.

Open: Bar: Monday 6pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Friday – Lunch, 12 noon to 3pm, Evening, 6pm to 11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – midnight. Sunday: 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served Tuesday – Sunday Booking advisable please call for details

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

The Street, Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, IP7 7AU.

01728 648286

01473 785202

01449 763163

The Bildeston Crown

The Froize

The Peacock Inn

The Bildeston Crown is a 15th Century coaching inn steeped in history and located in the glorious Suffolk countryside.The brasserie style menu offers a wonderful selection of classic French and English food and the service is warm and friendly, with emphasis on relaxed dining. Please view our website to browse the menu and for details of our summer jazz evenings.

Famous for the last fourteen years for serving top quality, locally sourced, seasonal produce, cooked with love and passion, and served with a smile! David Grimwood and The Froize team will be part of the ‘The Imagined Food Village’ at Folk East – 21st to 23rd August 2015 at Glemham Hall as well as the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival – 26th – 27th September 2015 at Snape Maltings where you can see David’s cooking show and enjoy glorious food served from “Gloria!” the street food van. Visit the brand new website to find out more.

Situated opposite the picturesque bridge in the village of Chelsworth, The Peacock is a traditional half-timbered 14th century Inn, with cosy log fires and three rosette silver accommodation. Perfectly positioned for touring, walking and cycling in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Offering a selection of real ales and seasonal homemade food. Try our Sunday roast in a relaxed atmosphere, bookings advisable, dogs welcome.

Open: Food service is from 12 noon to 2.45pm and 7pm to 9.45pm daily (9pm Sundays)

Open: Lunch everyday except Monday and for supper on Friday and Saturday. Booking advised.

Open: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. Sunday, 12pm to 6pm (Food served 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9pm daily)

High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk, IP7 7EB

Chillesford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3PU

37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU

01449 740510

01394 450282

01449 743952

The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN



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Business Profile | Sibton White Horse


With its magnificent display of flowers, traditional timbered interior and wonderful secluded courtyard Sibton White Horse is known throughout Suffolk as a picture postcard destination pub with a reputation for excellent food

living the dream

Having won numerous awards as the “Best Dining Pub” in the county, a national AA rosette plus a regular clientele for bed and breakfast that spreads across the land, owners Neil and Gill Mason have achieved what they call “the dream”. Ten years ago having already run a successful graphic design business in Nottingham, with clients that included the biggest names on the High Street; they decided it was time for something new. Neil had ambitions to run a restaurant and Gill, like her mother and grandmother wanted to run a bed and breakfast. So they set about looking for the right premises in the country Suffolk being particularly favoured because they’d visited previously and fallen in love with the county.

pretty. Straight away we were taken by the village and when we saw the White Horse it was everything we wanted.” They moved in during August and the first thing they did was close it down for a week to give it a deep clean. With a chef on board straight away they quickly re-opened for food but the accommodation side needed updating and renovation and so it took a while longer until it was up and running.

“The location had to be right; the potential to develop had to be right and with a young son education and local schools were important too.”

Since then the couple have worked tirelessly to build their brand and reputation, developing a menu that is seasonal, uses local produce and changes every week. They also grow salads and vegetables for the kitchen and restaurant in their kitchen garden. Gill says their style is “typical modern English” and everything is cooked fresh to order. Their commitment to excellence even extends to the garden flowers, which are grown in their own greenhouses.

At first, says Neil, they didn’t consider a pub but they just couldn’t find what they were looking for - and then they saw the Sibton White Horse. “I remember driving into Peasenhall on a May morning, the tulips were out and the sun was shining and it looked so

Neil and Gill have also gone to great effort to make the pub really warm and welcoming with a genuine adult feel to it, although children are welcome at lunchtime and those over six in the evening. Indoors it’s all you would expect of a Suffolk country pub, low


beams, a traditional open wooden bar and beautiful fireplaces but they’ve also developed an attractive outdoor garden for warmer days and in summer there’s a barbecue every Friday evening too. Accommodation includes six rooms available for bed and breakfast and a beautiful CL caravan site next door with room for five vans. Ten years on their customer ratings are sky high and their reputation spreads far and wide. Gill’s now got plenty of kitchen experience and spends a lot of her time in there whilst Neil manages the many other day to day jobs. They are also proud that their 13 members of staff are all local, most living in the village of Sibton itself. “It’s been incredibly hard work, long hours and a massive commitment but we have achieved our dream and are loving it,” says Neil.

INFORMATION The Sibton White Horse Inn Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2JJ 01728 660337

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Homes & Interiors

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Bowsley crockery set of six bowls £42, six dessert plates £60, six dinner plates £78 Neptune



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A TIME FOR REFLECTION Half way through the year is often a time for reflection and a chance to put matters into perspective so I thought it might be appropriate to consider this in connection with mirrors which arrive in our saleroom in all shapes and sizes. Mirrors have been around for thousands of years. Polished metals such as bronze and copper fitted the original bill and prior to that some reasonable results had been achieved from highly polished stone and from obsidian. This was often referred to as ‘black glass’ and resulted from volcanic eruptions. Mirrors, as we see them today, are mainly formed using glass but of course it’s the coating behind the glass which brings about good reflective result. Venice is synonymous with the use of a technique for coating the backs of mirrors with an amalgam of mercury and tin but it took until 1835 for a thin layer of metallic silver to be applied to the glass using a chemical reduction of silver nitrate. The technique was attributed to a German chemist known as Justus von Liebig. (By way of an aside, Justus, who was later made a Baron, was a particularly talented individual whose work and achievements in bio-chemistry paved the way for Oxo cubes and Marmite to be created.)

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The enhanced qualities and use of mirrors have evolved from the humble beginnings of personal reflection to inclusion within telescopes, laser equipment, cameras and other machinery. Where would we be driving cars today without either the wing mirror or rear view mirror? (Please don’t answer that!) Dentists might be drilling the wrong tooth and some sources of solar power would not be with us as they require mirrors in their manufacture. The very thought of going to a fun fair and not being able to walk through a hall of mirrors is almost unthinkable! But for this column we should also consider the importance of the mirror in art. Self-portraits involving Van Gogh, Dürer and Rembrandt have used mirrors to produce their masterpieces; many other works by famous names incorporate some form of reflection including Manet, Titian, Picasso and Velázquez. Finally, if you should be unlucky enough to break a mirror, then beware! The ancient Roman belief was that such a calamity would lead to seven years bad luck. This timescale was understood to coincide with the time taken for the soul to regenerate. Now that is something to reflect upon too!

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LATE SUMMER FLOWERS Keeping the garden blooming the summer long is an art that requires planning and ingenuity. Catharine Howard explains


have recently been asked to redesign a sunny border that pegs out by the end of June. Most British gardens are at their best in spring and summer. Arrive at June and the display drags on mildewed and dull. I am talking about the perennial display of flowers. The tendency is to crescendo up to the peonies and irises and then simply lose puff. Perhaps this dates from the days of drifting off to the French Riviera, leaving the gardener to deal with the black spot on the roses and to bring on the prize marrow for the harvest supper. Enough of that; the most fashionable types now stay at home and here we are clearly missing a planting trick. There

are large numbers of spectacular lateflowering plants that are common in other northern European countries. Many of these originate from the florarich meadows of North America. Others come from areas of tundra and permafrost. Flowering and seeding inevitably are late. Our autumn months are lengthening and relatively frost free weather can carry through to December. The increased use of late summer perennials will revive you from late June disappointment. There are many ways to extend the flowering season. A large number of the daisy family, Asteraceae, bloom naturally at this time. Other plants that have

flowered earlier in the year can, if pruned back at the right time, be persuaded to have a second flush. I rate Nepeta racemosa Walkers Low, Salvia nemerosa cvs and Geranium psilostemon along with delphiniums. Annuals sown late will give colour well into the autumn months. Plants like Phlox paniculata can be managed with selective pruning to produce flowers over a longer season. Understanding the biology of the plant can greatly assist the gardener in extending the season; the vigour with which a rose blooms after deadheading explains this. Until there is ripe seed, the plant will produce more flowers; a simple but valuable trick of manipulation.



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I’ve read that creating a border for all seasons is rarely successful and in my customer’s garden it is a happy accident that the flower bed is in such a place that the late summer sunlight will cast an ethereal glow through the foliage and flower heads. Grasses and flowers with spires such as verbascum and veronicastrum or spheres of echinops and flat plates like those of achillea appear magical when backlit by the setting sun. And so to whet your appetite, I would like to transport you to the most perfect garden room in the world; it is in Normandy and the garden itself is sublime. It is Le Jardin Plume, owned by nurserymen couple the Quibels, breath-taking in both its simplicity and plantsmanship. Visit in September, sit under the vine pergola at the box table as wide as a grand piano and look out on the late summer riot of asters, miscanthus, eupatoriums, helianthus and the like. Grasses are late season growers, have glistening stems, bone dry colours or spangle flowers and associate well with many other plants. You can see them in that flowerbed, holding and commanding the display. Sporobolus heterolepsis

Aster symphyotrichum novae-angliae Violetta

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Gardening It is time to get acquainted with a few of them and one or two other perennials. So here are five I am addicted to: Sporobolus heterolepsis (pictured with scabious). Its flowers and seed-heads form a transparent haze. This is a longlived spangle grass which is short and transparent. It will grow to around about a metre in height and will keep to a tidy clump. Aster symphyotrichum novae-angliae Violetta – wow here you must forgive me for that long name – however we must be accurate and this little Michaelmas daisy is my favourite one, not too tall and wards off mildew with bravery.

My last addiction plant is one that I fell for when we visited Piet Oudolf’s garden last October. This stately plant will draw a crowd right at the end of the growing season – it is Actaea Queen of Sheba. Don’t cut down your late season plants. Leaving elegant seed heads and the architectural silhouettes of many umbellifers will also provide food and shelter for birds, small mammals and insects. (Cow parsley is a good example of an umbelliferous plant – the many short flower stalks come from a central point – a bit like umbrella ribs).

Research the suggested plants above and others, be adventurous and your garden could be blooming right up till the late frosts. INFORMATION Catharine Howard is a designer, writer and gardening coach with many years’ experience. For a consultation contact her at

Panicum virgatum Squaw makes a very impressionistic appearance in the photograph but at Le Jardin Plume they have vast beds of it grown as a monoculture and as stock beds too, I guess, running down both sides of their orchard. Panicums are elegant and lady-like in contrast to the slight thug-bar tendencies of most of the miscanthus grasses. Achilleas – the lovely soup plate appearance of the taller of these mixes well with grasses. I suggest Achillea filipendula Gold Plate. Tall varieties, like this one, are a strong architectural component of the perennial border. Panicum virgatum Squaw

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SOLAR PV A HOMEOWNER’S PERSPECTIVE The Background This 1950s bungalow in Woodbridge was in need of modernisation when its current owners, Andy and Carol, purchased it in October 2013. Over the past year the property has undergone extensive renovations and besides the aesthetics, two key considerations when planning the work were to reduce ongoing energy costs and to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Solution East Green Energy designed a bespoke Solar PV system for the property, thus enabling the homeowners to generate their own free electricity and subsequently enjoy a reduction in their energy bills and CO2 emissions. A Solar Edge Optimising System was chosen to overcome shading by nearby trees. This system works by having a separate power optimiser fitted under each individual panel to maximise electricity generation. All-black panels were selected due to their ability to blend into the roof and create a seamless line. Lastly, to reduce reliance on gas, an Immersun switching device was added. This diverts any

Enduringly beautiful windows and doors

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excess electricity being generated, but not used, to the hot water cylinder to heat water via an immersion element. The Outcome Carol and Andy are delighted with the result as not only is the array aesthetically pleasing, but their energy expenditure has more than halved since its installation. Their gas bills are much less than before as, for nine months of the year, all their hot water is heated via the solar panels. Similarly, their electricity bills are significantly less as all electricity generated via the panels can be used for free. “Having taken early retirement, becoming more self-sufficient and reducing our outgoings are very important” says Andy. “East Green Energy designed us a system that we are delighted with and the savings have exceeded all our expectations”. If you would like more information on Solar PV or Biomass for your home, farm or business East Green Energy offer free non obligatory site surveys. Please visit our website or call our offices on 01394 380557 and we will be happy to help you.

Pop in to one of our showrooms and see how our windows and doors stand out from the crowd. Our friendly staff would be pleased to listen to your requirements, offer advice and provide ideas of cost. Woodbridge Notcutts Garden Centre, Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AF. 01394 386666

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Castle Estates Jackson-Stops & Staff Grier & Partners Gobbitt & Kirby Clarke & Simpson Neals Hamilton Smith Woodbridge Fenn Wright Savills ECR Properties Hopkins Homes

88 Polstead

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A handsome Quinlan Terry inspired Georgian style village house in an elevated position on the edge of the village, with far reaching views across the Deben Valley. 3 Reception rooms. Study. Playroom/snug. 7 Bedrooms. 4 Bath/shower rooms. Tennis court. Meadow and woodland. About 4.5 acres. EPC = F

Set well within 8 acres with commanding views over the River Alde, a substantial house by Reades of Aldeburgh with flexible use annexe flat. 3 Reception rooms. 4 Bedrooms. 3 Bath/shower rooms. Self-contained flat. Integral garaging. Car Lodges. Covered pool. About 7 acres.

Guide Price £1,375,000

Guide Price £2,500,000

Newton Green


A beautifully presented Grade II listed village house offering exceptional accommodation, in well maintained grounds of approximately 1.4 acres. 3 Reception rooms. Games room. Study. Kitchen/breakfast room. 5 Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. Barn. Swimming pool. Brick outbuilding.

A magnificently restored red brick farmhouse situated in a rural position, with a range of outbuildings, surrounded by open countryside. 2 reception rooms. Kitchen/dining room. Study. Loggia, Triple bay cart lodge. Mature gardens with large pond. Approximately 1 acre (sts). EPC = D

Guide Price £1,395,000

Guide Price £795,000

Contact Tim Dansie, Jonathan Penn or James Squirrell 01473 218218 Local & National reach through a network of London & Regional offices

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With its thatched roof, country gardens and beautiful yellow painted exterior Brewery Farm is all you could want of a picture postcard country home. What’s more it’s located in the heart of Constable Country on the Suffolk/Essex border. A three-bedroomed cottage, with many period features including exposed beams, studwork, wide-timbered floorboards and an inglenook in the sitting room, it is Grade II listed and is believed to date back to the mid 15th century. The property stands in gardens and grounds of approximately 5.8 acres with excellent equestrian facilities including a floodlit ménage. Brewery Farm has also been sympathetically restored with a welcoming atmosphere. 88

On the ground floor the kitchen/ breakfast room is well appointed with white units blending with the character of the exposed timbers. Also on the ground floor is an attractive sitting room, heavily beamed with a logburning stove, and the third bedroom together with a shower room. In recent years the vendors have extended the cottage with a spectacular room with a high vaulted ceiling and a full height picture window overlooking the garden and paddocks beyond. On the first floor there are two bedrooms either side of the landing both with crofted ceilings, which run into the eaves, and both benefit from built in wardrobes. Also on the first floor is the bathroom.

Approached from a country lane, with a wide shingle drive, the grounds are a particular feature with formal gardens that include a brick terrace to the south and a number of boxed heather beds and pergola. The rear, east facing kitchen garden is mainly laid to lawn with boxed beds. Beyond is a stable block, tack room, floodlit, grazing land, two main post and rail paddocks, a feed store, old farm store and a double bay cart lodge.

INFORMATION Fenn Wright 01473 358400 To see more pictures of this property visit

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Within walking distance of The Thoroughfare, the hub of the popular riverside town of Woodbridge this pretty two bedroomed cottage, with potential to extend and improve, will make an ideal home. The property is not listed and is not in a conservation area but is believed to have once been stabling for the former Grange Estate. An attractive end of terrace period cottage it has part redbrick and colour washed elevations under traditional pan tile roof. The current accommodation comprises double reception room with twin aspect, kitchen/breakfast room, two double first floor bedrooms and upstairs bathroom. Further benefits include gas

fired central heating by radiator, sealed unit double glazing and an attractive well stocked, mature, part walled southerly aspect garden. In addition the cottage boasts a detached brick built garage with pan tile roof, double doors and a workshop recess. There is also private driveway parking to the front of the

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INFORMATION Gobbitt & Kirby 01394 380330 To see more pictures of this property visit



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Earl Soham £615,000

Laxfield £515,000

A fine timbered former farmhouse in a prominent position just outside Framlingham, with 3 reception rooms & 4 double bedrooms. Double garage & workshop. Garden store & greenhouse. Gardens & grounds extending, in all, to just over an acre. EPC = E Ref: 5246

A superb Grade II Listed village home benefitting from spacious accommodation & sitting in mature grounds of 0.18 acres. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room & utility room. 5 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. Ample parking. Ref: 5103

Coddenham £495,000

Saxtead £475,000

A Grade II Listed former farmhouse requiring complete renovation & benefitting from planning permission to provide 2 receps, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, study/store,2 cloakrooms & cellar; 5 bedrooms, 3 with en-suite shower rooms; family bathroom & attic stores. Located in a wonderful rural setting with grounds extending to nearly 3 acres. Ref: 5293

A charming Grade II Listed former farmhouse occupying an idyllic location within Saxtead, with outbuildings & established gardens extending to approximately 0.46 acres in all. Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room & cloak/utility room. 3 bedrooms & bathroom. Ref: 5332

Rendham £450,000

Darsham £325,000

Sudbourne £275,000

Heveningham £250,000

A light & spacious barn style property with good-sized gardens & useful outbuildings, occupying an elevated position in the centre of the popular village of Rendham. EPC = D Ref: 5331

A spacious 3 bedroom house with good views & adjoining farmland at the rear, in the popular village of Darsham, close to the Heritage Coast. Front & rear gardens. Garage. EPC = E Ref: 5314

An elegant 3 bedroom mid-terrace Mews house located within the desirable Sudbourne Park, close to Orford & Snape. Ample shared parking, garage & use of extensive gardens & grounds. EPC = E Ref: 5321

An enchanting 2 bedroom semidetached cottage with period features, situated in the pretty village of Heveningham. 150’ secluded garden to rear. Studio building with power & lighting. EPC = E Ref: 5329

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

T: 01728 724200

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STUNNING VIEWS AND A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT In the sought-after valley of the River Alde on the edge of the Suffolk village of Rendham lies Grove Farm, a superbly situated country house with far reaching views over the stunning water meadows. This substantial, three storey, eight bedroom farmhouse owes its origins to the eighteenth century and has been sympathetically restored and remodelled by the current owners who have also developed an exceptional family shoot run in conjunction with neighbouring landowners. Light spacious rooms reveal a wealth of exposed beams and character. It is approached via a very long drive which follows the river as it flows through Grove Farm land. In addition to the main house, the sale includes a three bedroom cottage, set just off the drive, as well as a brick and flint barn nearer the farmhouse


which incorporates a studio annexe with a balcony overlooking the meadows, and extensive garaging below. There is also a large traditional timber framed barn which has been used for entertaining and offers scope for a variety of uses and conversion subject to planning. Tom Orford of Savills Ipswich, who is handling the sale, comments: “Properties in Suffolk’s gorgeous river valleys are traditionally highly sought after and Grove Farm is a wonderful example of what this county can offer. Stunning uninterrupted views, acres of space, a lovely family home and extra accommodation all make this a very appealing package.” Continuing beyond the house, the drive leads to the former farmyard with a range of outbuildings. The land extends to

some 70 acres in all. Lawned gardens interspersed with impressive trees and flowering borders surround the house giving way to around 38.5 acres of pasture. Approximately 13 arable acres lie to the north east and there are also some seven acres of woodland containing both native and non-native species. The arable land has been farmed under a private arrangement for a number of years by a neighbouring farmer growing a typical cereal and oil seed rape rotation, while the pasture has been used on an informal basis by a nearby livestock farmer.

INFORMATION Savills Ipswich 01473 234800 To see more pictures of this property visit

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A particularly spacious detached property with scope for further improvement Hall, Sitting Room, Study, Kitchen, Utility Room, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms and 3 additional ground floor rooms to create an annexe or home office if required. EPC Band E. Double Bay Cart Lodge. About 1 acre sts

Offers in the region of ÂŁ650,000

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SUTTON VILLAGE GUIDE PRICE £650,000 An impressive five bedroom detached house which has been modernised and extended to provide light and spacious family accommodation. Entrance hall, drawing room, kitchen/dining room, utility, study, cloakroom, huge master bedroom with en-suite, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, 0.3 acre plot of mature gardens and ample parking. EPC:D

WOODBRIDGE GUIDE £350,000 A rare opportunity to acquire this 1930s three bedroom semi-detached house in the centre of Woodbridge with lovely garden. Modernisation and improvement required. EPC: TBC

WOODBRIDGE GUIDE £400,000 A modern 2 bedroom detached bungalow in Birch Close, Woodbridge. A sought-after area of Woodbridge with garage and gardens. Early viewing recommended. EPC: TBC

WICKHAM MARKET GUIDE £439,500 A brand new 4 bedroom detached house offering good sized family accommodation. Lovely garden with views over farmland. Available to reserve now.

GREAT BEALINGS GUIDE £50,000 An area of amenity land extending to approx. 1.83 acres (sts) located in a desirable area not far from Woodbridge.

GRUNDISBURGH GUIDE £415,000 An attractive 3 bedroom detached bungalow located in the centre of Grundisburgh village. EPC: D


Hamilton Smith Woodbridge | | 01394 386688

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Suffolk, based in Ipswich

01473 358 400 Specialists in the sale of town, village and country houses. Experts in equestrian property.



Offering field views to the front, is this newly-constructed, high specification detached house situated within a picturesque location. A unique split-level home offering flexible accommodation, situated in an idyllic setting within the original walled kitchen gardens of the neighbouring Orwell Park Estate. In total the grounds extend to approximately 3.25 acres.

• Sought after location offering field views to the front • 4 bedroom detached house • 2 reception rooms • 38' x 17' kitchen/family room • Bathroom & 2 en-suites • Double garage & large driveway • 10 year NHBC guarantee • EPC Rating TBC

Guide Price £695,000 Chelmondiston

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4/5 bedrooms 4/5 reception rooms 3 bath/shower rooms Self-contained annexe Flexible accommodation with further potential for alteration or extension, subject to planning consent • Range of outbuildings • Paddock & swimming pool • EPC Rating E Guide Price £850,000 Laxfield

An attractive Grade II listed farmhouse believed to date from the 14th century with gardens and grounds extending to approximately five acres.

• 5 bedrooms, 3/4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms • Wealth of exposed period features • An acre garden and a four acre paddock • Accommodation over three floors • Kitchen/breakfast room

Guide Price £485,000 Associated London office: Park Lane, Mayfair: 020 7409 8438

An attractive Victorian farmhouse situated in a rural location close to Pin Mill, in mature established gardens with separate paddock extending to approximately 2.5 acres.

Guide Price £695,000

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4 bedrooms Bathroom and shower room 3 reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Garage and outhouse Rural location, yet not isolated Separate paddock with view of River Orwell • Traditional Victorian features • EPC rating E

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Coney Weston house is a substantial Grade II listed former village farm and latterly Dower House to Coney Weston Hall. Dating from the early 17th century with 18th, 19th and 20th century alterations it is part timber-framed with red-brick and rendered elevations. A very elegant Georgian home it offers ‘gentrified’ receptions, along with great family living space including a study, drawing room, dining room and sitting room. With a kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room and butler’s pantry space is not an issue. The accommodation retains lots of features and period character and has been very well maintained by the current owners, but also offers plenty of opportunity to update and improve.

With 10 acres the grounds and outbuildings are a particular feature, providing a high degree of privacy with lots of facilities and outbuildings, ideal for those with equestrian interests. In addition, there is also ample space for a home business or perhaps the creation

of additional annexe or holiday accommodation, all, of course, subject to planning approval.

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E S TAT E A G E N C Y F O R E Q U E S T R I A N & L I F E S T Y L E P R O P E RT I E S Forward Green, Near Stowmarket, Excess £565,000 • Picturesque 3 - 4 bedroom country cottage • excellent equestrian facilities • stable yard • floodlit manège • no through road location • good access to A1120, A140 and A14 • around 4 ACRES (stms) • EER E

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Coney Weston, Guide £1,295,000 • Substantial Grade II listed village house • extensive range of outbuildings • potential for offices / holiday lets / annexe (stp) • stable yard • post and rail paddocks • around 10 ACRES (stms) of mature grounds



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Suffolk Show 2015 Fine weather greeted the thousands of visitors who came to this year’s Suffolk Show the county’s ‘biggest two days out’. Alongside favourite show staples such as excellent food and drink, hundreds of trade stands, livestock shows and show jumping the crowds were treated to thrilling displays by rampaging Cossacks and jousting knights.

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Walk on the Waterside Suffolk Breakthrough organised their second fund raising Walk on the Waterside in June starting and ending at Jimmy’s Farm. The 13 mile route took enthusiastic walkers through Wherstead and Tattingstone and around the beautiful Alton Water nature reserve. The event raised over £5000. Tallulah Tacchi, Melissa Uthwatt-Bouverie

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Party in the Barn The ‘Brunettes on Bikes’ Claire Harrington, Rachel Summers and Joanna Wells organised the Party in the Barn at Hemingstone Hall to raise funds towards their Team 100 London to Paris cycle challenge in September. The ‘Brunettes’ along with over 50 other cyclists will be covering 300 miles in four days aiming to raise £100,000 for St Elizabeth’s Hospice. With this event Claire, Rachel and Joanna have so far raised over £7,500 toward their sponsorship target. You can support their ride at Joanna Wells, Rachel Summers, Sally Leggett, Claire Harrington

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Summer Fashion Charity Lunch Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club and Denny of Southwold teamed up with A Cut Above (Southwold) and Beauty Matters (Lowestoft) to showcase a ‘Fresh look for Summer’, raising valuable funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. Guests enjoyed a two course lunch whilst viewing the summer season collections and sampling new hair and beauty products.

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My Suffolk

Steve Flory is a well known local businessman and managing director of the Hudson Group. He tells us about his life in Suffolk

Have you always lived in Suffolk? I was born and bred in Suffolk and my parents still live in the same house they bought in 1956. I joined Willis Faber and Dumas (now simply Willis) in 1975 and spent many years with them working and living abroad, but always kept a home here in Ipswich or the surrounding area. We now have our main business, Hudson Group, in Needham Market which means a much shorter commute than I have been used to over the years! What’s it like to work in Suffolk? It’s often referred to as a small village and that’s not far from the truth, the six stages of separation are more like three stages in Suffolk, you don’t have to go far to find someone, who knows somebody, to get something done. It has always been a friendly place to work and people are always happy to help, especially when it comes to raising money for good causes. I have never found it a problem to muster support for a charitable venture whether it be to Everest base camp, Kilimanjaro or a an Undy 500 car trek to Mount Olympus or the Arctic. You’re a member of The Rotary Club – why do you like to be involved? I have been a member of Ipswich East Rotary Club for several years and was proud to be their President in 2012.


They do a great deal of good for the local community often in the background quietly getting on with it. The biggest event we run is the Orwell Walk which supports hundreds of charities and has raised over £1 million in its 30 plus years. What was it like to grow up in Ipswich? I spent my early youth with a battered hickory shafted three iron, some lake balls and a home-made track bike over Rushmere heath and golf course. No mobiles, no computer games just a bag of laughs exploring, making dens in the gorse, scuffing knees and scrumping apples. I was then fortunate enough to witness probably the greatest era of football for Ipswich Town, from 1978 FA Cup to the 1981 UEFA Cup and beyond; great days at a great family club. Adnams, Aspalls or Greene King? It would have to be Aspalls although I am not a big drinker and I wouldn’t need many of them! Do you have any hobbies? I have followed through on my track bike days and am now a keen cyclist, I think were called MAMILs (MiddleAged Man In Lycra). Having the office at Needham helps as it’s a decent pedal to and from work when the sun’s out and at the weekend I like to ride out to

Felixstowe, Aldeburgh or Hadleigh and beyond. I had quite a serious car accident about a year ago and my physio advised me to take up pilates so Cedar Lodge Studios puts me through my paces with that as often as I can. Do you have a favourite pub or restaurant? I would say three of my favourites would be Milsoms, Aurora and Aqua 8. Having said that nothing beats fish and chips on Aldeburgh seafront or a swift half in the Woolpack on a Friday evening after work with your mates Where would you take people who have never been here before? Suffolk is full of beautiful places and the choices are endless, so it would depend on who it was, but when you have a selection from Dedham, Flatford, Snape, Aldeburgh, Southwold and many others it is clear to see why Suffolk is a county where you will never be short on choice! Sum yourself up in a sentence I always know a man or woman who can!

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