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WELCOME Diaries at the ready – the festival season has started, promising a month of culture, entertainment and fun. The breadth and quality of music, art, theatre and dance that Suffolk has on offer will literally take your breath away – truly a county of culture. Once again the Aldeburgh Festival has some amazing performances in the pipeline – not least the Musicircus – promising the largest number of musicians the town has ever seen, creating a huge resounding sonic mass.

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Elsewhere the Felixstowe Book Festival has among other attractions a range of writing workshops that offer everything a would-be author, or songwriter could possibly want. Then of course there’s Ip-art and a brand new arts festival in Southwold which promises a veritable treasure of must-see concerts and events including the Opera Babes and a talk by broadcaster Andrew Marr.

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Continuing with the cultural theme we’ve also looked at the long journey to transform one of Ipswich’s stunning redundant churches into an arts centre and we have an interview with two sisters who are making real waves in the art world.

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On the food front we’ve visited two top spots – the Sibton White Horse and the Stoke by Nayland Club and our pub dog walk takes you for a great leg stretch at Thorpeness. We’ve even ventured out of the county with a short break on the north Norfolk coast. With summer on the way fashion looks at beachwear and summer holiday essentials. In our Homes & Interiors section we discover beautiful bed linens and, as well as our useful garden tips for the season, there’s a great guide to open gardens to visit – many in aid of very worthy charities – throughout the county this month. As always we bring you many of the best properties for sale in Suffolk too. Don’t forget you can keep up to date with what’s going on by following us on Twitter @EssentialSFK

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Suffolk in Brief


What’s On

Festival Fever The season of culture begins

St Clement’s Church A new Arts Centre for Ipswich



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Where to go and what to see in Suffolk this June

Mini Previews HeadSpaceDance (Jerwood Dance House),You Can Always Hand Them Back (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Cycling Music (The Cut, Halesworth) and Suffolk Open Studios

James Craven Suffolk businessman James Craven talks about his addiction to the sport of polo

Lily Hunter Green and Jelly Green Sisters making waves in the art world

My Suffolk Peter Osborne, hotelier and organiser of Soul by the Sea


Fashion Beach and summer holiday essentials

44 Pub Dog Walk

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News from around the county

Lofty Heights A social enterprise scheme that’s really making a difference


Short break The Globe at Wells-next-the-Sea

Food and Drink Dining at the Sibton White Horse and Stoke by Nayland Club, a recipe from Jimmy’s Farm, Prosecco versus Champagne in the Adnams wine column plus the Food Gallery full of ideas for eating out



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June is the month of strawberries, roses, Wimbledon and, fingers crossed, warmer weather too but in Suffolk it’s also a time for high culture, music and entertainment for all. Anne Gould reports


very year, in the month of June, the eyes of the classical music world focus on Suffolk and its magnificent heritage coast. Thanks to the genius of Benjamin Britten, Suffolk more than punches above its weight on the international stage with the very best musicians and artists flocking to the Aldeburgh Festival’s stunning marshland home. This year – the festival celebrating its 67th year – has even introduced camping and the alternative festival at The Pumphouse will show case folk, world and rock music too. So who says you need a train journey and the dizzying delights of the capital to hear and see the very best... But that’s not all because June is very much the month of arts festivals offering a wide range of events with something for everyone right cross the county from Woolpit to Felixstowe and Ipswich to Southwold. In fact, there’s so much on that it’s more a case of being spoilt for choice and some difficult diary decisions. Here’s your Essential guide to the cultural cornucopia on offer.


Aldeburgh Festival June 13 to 29 This year the centrepiece of the main programme is focused on Benjamin Britten’s late, controversial pacifist opera, Owen Wingrave. It was written in 1969, during the Vietnam War at a time when American fighter jets were flying over Britten’s home from RAF Bentwaters. It was actually commissioned for television by Sir David Attenborough, the then controller of BBC 2, who says he was, “much in awe” of the great man. The original opera was filmed at Snape Maltings but this year is being brought to new life in the same location and with a brand new production directed by Neil Bartlett.

The cast will include leading international stars such as Susan Bullock with brilliant young singers from Aldeburgh Music’s talent development scheme and the Britten– Pears Orchestra, who have just won BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Recording of the Year Award. Under the leadership of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, his sixth year as Artistic Director, the festival includes 17 packed days of classical and contemporary music, plus exhibitions including the contemporary art show SNAP. It also includes a rare UK residency by one of the world’s leading orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe (photograph: Richard Houghton)

Ross Ramgobin as Owen Wingrave (photograph: Dom Argius)

Also appearing are Arcanto Quartet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ian Bostridge, CBSO and Thomas Adès, Richard Goode, Mark Padmore and Ryan Wigglesworth, Klangforum Wien, and Masaaki Suzuki. On June 22 there will be An Aldeburgh Musicircus – the largest ever gathering of musicians the town has seen for a huge, resounding sonic mass. Inspired by artist John Cage it will bring musicians performing all at once across a stretch of the town centre and seafront in shops, private homes, pubs and in open spaces from the Jubilee Hall to the Moot Hall. Orchestras, ensembles and soloists visiting the Festival will perform alongside around 100 local Suffolk acts who have responded to an open call: indie bands, jazz quartets, folk groups,

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (photograph: Rob Brimson)

school choirs, steam organs, singersongwriters, bellydancers, and much more.

sea shanties, comedy trio SHEEPS, Jan Ravens’ history of impressions and much more.

The visual art part of the festival will include installations at Orfordness and Snape Maltings by Scottish-born artist Anya Gallaccio, part of the UK-wide cultural commemoration of the centenary of World War I. Meanwhile The Pumphouse – a disused Victorian pumping station on the Aldeburgh marshes – will host an alternative festival over three weekends (June 13 & 14, 20 to 22 and 27 & 28 June) featuring folk Gambian, dirty blues, Brazilian, rock ‘n’ roll to storytelling, poetry and theatre. It will include klezmer band The Turbans, author Louis de Bernières appearing as a cellist, Russian fairy tales,

Plus, this year there’s camping – Aldeburgh Music has offered half-price tickets to under 27s for many years to help young people visit but this year the Festival is taking this a stage further. The new camping scheme starts at just £9 per person in a tent or £16 in dormitory accommodation with free transport on the Festival coaches that take visitors between venues. INFORMATION Box office: 01728 687110 Festivals continued ‰



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Woolpit Arts Festival June 5 to 21 Where else but Suffolk will you find a small picturesque village such as Woolpit hosting not just an arts festival but an event that can attract one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists? This year’s festival – the 39th – features Jacqui Dankworth as its headline act appearing at the village hall on June 21, as part of her UK, Live to Love, tour. It’s something of a coup for the village but clearly this isn’t a one-off as Jacqui has appeared at Woolpit before, her concert in 2009 was a sell-out. Also on the festival programme is a night of Beatlemania with a two hour show from the Beatles-Live, also at the village hall. Other acts include a folk evening at the Bull Inn with the popular quartet Sound Tradition and Suffolk based singer/songwriter Ellie Jamison. For musical theatre, opera and classical



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music fans the Summer Gala features soprano Julie Roberts, cellist Rebecca Welham and accompanists Andrew Burke and Celia Barrow. There’s also a Saturday afternoon children’s Drama Workshop presented by the Theatre Royal and the stand-up comedian and musician Rainer Hersch will be appearing with hit show All Classical Music Explained. INFORMATION Box office: 01284 769505

Ip-art June 20 to July 3 Billed as a ‘festival for the people’ Ip-art has established itself as the biggest arts festival in the region and this year more than 150,000 visitors are expected. It’s based around four weekends across 36 venues and promises there will be something for everyone, no matter what your cultural tastes.

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Southwold Arts Festival June 28 to July 5 Southwold is launching its first ever Arts Festival this year with an exciting programme that offers a broad mix of music, art and theatre to cater to all tastes. With the Opera Babes and Andrew Marr on the programme and with Emma Freud as its patron, it’s also an event that sets the bar high and will attract visitors from right across Suffolk – and beyond. Two other highlights are concerts by the classical violinist Tasmin Little whose album ‘Elgar: Violin Concerto’ recently won the critics award at the Classic Brit Awards and for jazz lovers a concert hosted by the award-winning Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, with acclaimed blues singer Val Wiseman.

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On June 28 and 29, Chantry Park will host East Coast Live featuring 14 acts and some of the biggest names in pop across two days including McBusted and Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays and Jessie J. You can also enjoy an open air production of Peter Pan a 21st century version by Heartbreak Productions on the lawn outside Christchurch Mansion. There’s an open air screening of The Great Gatsby, also at Christchurch Park, followed by a party in The Big Top featuring electro swing band Swing Zazou and Ipswich Orchestral Society are welcoming the international classical pianist Noriko Ogawa to the Corn Exchange on June 28. Of course a key part of Ip-art is Ipswich Music Day – the biggest free one day outdoor festival in the country. More than 50 bands and singers will be entertaining a huge audience at this year’s Music Day. It’s expected that 50,000 people will flock to the park for this event in the hope perhaps that they

might hear a local act that becomes a national name – like Suffolk musician Ed Sheeran. Back in 2010, in the days before superstardom Ed played for free at Music Day and has now lent his name to the Ed Sheeran Stage, sponsored by Suffolk One sixth-form college, to promote the stars of the future. With stages sponsored by Town 102, Suffolk New College, BBC Radio Suffolk, Suffolk One, Grapevine and Galloway the event will include many music genres represented by Zoe & The Pulse, Horse Party, Martha B and Albion Mills. Gordon Mole, Head of Cultural Services at Ipswich Borough Council, said “It never ceases to amaze me just how many talented musicians we’ve got in this area. We have everything from acoustic to rock, from indie to punk – and a lot more inbetween.”

The festival is being launched by Emma Freud with a street event on June 28 which will include stalls, entertainment, choirs and performers and a concert later that evening at St Edmunds Church with the Opera Babes. Next day at St Edmunds Hall, Vin Garbutt, the ‘Teeside Troubadour’ and winner of the BBC Folk Award Best – Live Act, will be at St Edmunds Hall and at the church there will also be a special Songs of Praise with hymns chosen by all the festival performers and artists.

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Felixstowe Book Festival June 28 and 29 Last year the Felixstowe Book Festival launched itself with aplomb thanks to the inspiration of Felixstowe resident Meg Reid. It was such an overwhelming success that this year it returns with an exciting programme at the Orwell Hotel and Felixstowe Library ranging from writing workshops to children’s storytelling and sporting memoirs to crime fiction and talks by 39 writers.

Throughout the week there will be events during most afternoons and evenings including theatre productions, poetry readings and an evening with broadcaster and political journalist Andrew Marr who will be talking about his life and signing copies of his recent book: A Short Book About Drawing. The Festival is aimed to have wide appeal and there will be a special children’s show hosted by the popular children’s entertainer and songwriter Nick Cope. The highly regarded Common Ground Theatre Company will bring their premiere production of Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein to the Festival and local pianist and composer Nathan Williamson will provide a diverse programme, ranging from two of Beethoven’s most popular Sonatas to the energetic rhythms of Bartok and the first performance of one of his own compositions. Building on the success of the Art Exhibition last year, the 2014 exhibition will include some of the best original paintings by local artists Katherine Hamilton and Mary Gundry and also rare and significant pictures by John

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There’s poetry, non-fiction, fiction and writing events and even a Suffragettethemed vintage tea party and a gala dinner with Steven Gauge. With the centenary of the First World War there’s also a fringe event at Languard – a multi-arts extravaganza called Holding the Fort.

Piper, Tessa Newcomb and Henry Davy. Southwold Art Circle will also be hosting its own exhibition, and the Decorative and Fine Arts Society, will be providing a lecture by Ian Collins on the subject of art in Southwold. The Festival also includes further events organised by the library; the Electric Picture Palace and the Pier.

For those who might like to do a little reading in advance the festival read is the latest book by acclaimed and awardwinning author Tobias Hill, What Was Promised. But if your passion is to write rather than read there’s also a multitude of workshops covering everything from how to submit your manuscript, publishing your writing to poetry surgeries, creative journaling and even song-writing.

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Art for Cure a ‘pop up’ three day art and sculpture exhibition and sale to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer has raised a staggering £101,300 for the charity. Six months in the making the event was the brainchild of friends Belinda Gray and Sally Ball who had both been diagnosed with and treated for the disease. After the fantastic response the pair are looking to continue the appeal with the launch of an online gallery of further works to be put up for sale. To follow their progress visit

With her unmistakable crop of hot pink hair, and a reputation for some of the most quirky and colourful designs in the fashion world, British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes has stamped her identity as a household name. Meanwhile, Southwold Pier is Britain’s only twentieth century pier, and an icon on the Suffolk cost. This summer, these two British icons come together as Zandra Rhodes arrives at Southwold Pier to launch her ‘Zandra on the Pier’ range at Seaweed & salt shop. Zandra will be making a public appearance on Southwold Pier from 11am on Saturday 7 June 2014.

The Long Melford Swan has announced the arrival of a new Head Chef, 35-year-old Thomas Bushell. Born in Suffolk, Tom began his culinary career at Milsoms in Dedham and an apprenticeship at Le Talbooth Restaurant. Once qualified, Tom moved to Oxford where he was offered the role as Senior Chef de Partie at Hartwell House. Tom returned to Le Talbooth Restaurant for a fantastic opportunity as head chef and became head chef at The Pier in Harwich nine years later. Oliver Macmillan, Executive Head Chef for Stuart Inns, the company behind the Long Melford Swan and the Hadleigh Ram, is thrilled to be working with Tom again. “We worked together for three years. I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity for us to work on new food concepts which push boundaries, source and cook the finest local ingredients. We have exciting plans for The Swan this year and Tom will play a huge part in this journey.”

Hedgehogs need your help. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has launched a campaign to save Suffolk’s hedgehogs which are rapidly disappearing from our towns and countryside. They are asking for sightings to help track them down so they can target action to save them. To complete the survey visit

Hopkins Homes has further strengthened its position as the largest independent property developer in East Anglia with significant expansion across the company having announced 16 new appointments. James Hopkins, Executive Chairman, comments: “I am extremely pleased with what we have been able to achieve as a team and delighted to be have been able to create so many career opportunities throughout the company. I am particularly proud that our reputation, and continued expansion as the largest independent property developer in East Anglia, enables us to attract people of the highest calibre and I am confident that the skill sets of our newest members will prove to be a valuable asset as we continue to lead from the forefront and strive to build ever further upon our success”.

A recent coffee morning held at the Shire Hall in Woodbridge raised £1000 for the Eve Appeal.The Eve Appeal is a cancer research fund that aims to improve the prevention, detection, treatment and care of all five gynaecological cancers which still kill around 7,000 women in the UK each year. The photograph shows organisers of the event (left to right) Jane Eaton, Dr Annie Fitzgerald, Bere Allen, Claire Darby, Gay Neal, Lorraine Finn & Yvonne Sylvester. To find out more about the Appeal visit More news can always be found at



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The 14th Pulse Festival, Ipswich

Willy Brown and the Wild Oats

HeadSpaceDance – if Play is Play

Presented by the New Wolsey Theatre

Leiston Film Theatre, 7.30pm

Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

This cutting edge theatre and performance festival continues into June including everything from comedy to dance. Box office: 01473 295900

Following their successful reunion concerts at the Film Theatre in 2010 and 2011, Willy Brown and The Wild Oats make a welcome return, by popular demand, for another evening of fine entertainment to celebrate 100 years of entertainment at Leiston Film Theatre. Entry price: £12.50 Contact: Box Office 01728 830549

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JUNE 5 Music in the Gardens

Helmingham Hall Gardens, 6 – 9pm (Also on June 11, 19 and 25th)

JUNE 1 Woodbridge Arts & Crafts Fair

Woodbridge Community Hall, 10am – 4pm Please come along to browse and shop 45 stalls of beautiful locally produced arts & crafts. Coffee, tea, freshly made rolls and cakes will be available. Contact: Suffolk Donkey Day

Lavenham Hall, 2 – 5 pm Held in the grounds of Lavenham Hall by kind permission of acclaimed sculptor Kate Denton. Donkey rides, treasure hunt, splat the rat, face painting, quality stalls, tombola, raffle and cream teas. Meet the miniature donkeys Wilma, Barnie and Freddie. Kate’s work will be on display in the Sculpture Garden and Gallery. All proceeds to the Donkey Sanctuary. Tickets: Adults £1, children free Contact: 07840 753502

JUNE 3 – 7 A Taste of Honey

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds A touching tale of a young girl’s journey into adulthood by Shelagh Delaney, directed by Mark Babych. Salford 1959, 17 year old Jo is desperate to break free from her vulgar, wayward and man-hunting mother, Helen. One of the most influential plays of its generation. Box office: 01284 769505 16

These four special openings will be themed with a different genre of music played within the gardens itself. Enjoy something fizzy from the garden bar and pre-order a picnic supper from The Coach House Tearooms. Tickets: £6 (£5 in advance) children free Contact: 01473 890799

JUNE 6 AND 7 Hey Jig-a-Jig!

Fisher Theatre, Bungay 7.30pm An ambitious new play produced and directed by Charmed Life. Written by two local writers, it tells the hilarious story of Will Kempe – Shakespeare’s fool – who famously danced from London to Norwich in 1600 in what remains one of the most outrageous publicity stunts of all time. The rollicking tale of the first of a long line of troubled comic geniuses. Be prepared for irreverent bawdiness, music and a whole load of jigging in a high energy performance. (Not suitable for under 14s) Entry price: £9 (concessions £7.50) Contact: 07462 814600 / info@charmed

Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

The Apex, 8pm Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble… an entire festival in two hours! This 40 piece band draws on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between. Tickets: £15 Box office: 01284 758000

JUNE 5 – 8 Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship

Join the hosts of the flagship event of the European Seniors Tour. Watch the likes of Sam Torrence and Jose Rivero as they pit their skills against their challengers on the Gainsborough Course. For more information:

JUNE 5 – 21 Woolpit Festival

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JUNE 6 – 8 Alive & V-Dubbin

Jimmy’s Farm An awesome Volkswagen festival run by Suffolk Bugrs VW club, in its sixth year. A family friendly, relaxed show with a fantastic atmosphere, good music, food, traders, entertainment, loads of children’s activities and awesome VWs. Get your camping tickets online in advance to make a saving or pay on the gate for a day visit. Tickets: Adults £8, Child 3 – 16yrs £3

JUNE 7 Matthew Ford’s Swing Legends

The Apex, 7.30pm Following his second televised appearance at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra, Matthew Ford has toured the UK, broadcast on BBC and RTE radio and performed in Hollywood. After 13 years performing with the likes of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, BBC Big Band, and all the major UK Orchestras, Matthew Ford’s Swing Legends features his own stunning

What’s On nine-piece band paying tribute to the popular interpreters of the Great American songbook. Tickets: £18 (£16 concessions) Box Office: 01284 758000

JUNE 7 AND 8 Suffolk Open Studios

Also on June 14 and 15, 21 and 22 and 28 and 29

For a list of more open gardens in Suffolk this month turn to page 70

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Meet Zandra Rhodes

Southwold Pier, 11am British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes will be launching her ‘Zandra on the Pier’ collection in the ‘Seaweed & Salt’ boutique on the pier. As well as signing the lining of her handbags, she’ll be doing a book signing too. Bury Bach Choir and Prometheus Orchestra

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 7.30 pm The Glory of France conducted by Philip Reed Entry: Tickets £12, £16, and £20 Box Office: 01284 758000 Farmers Markets

Beccles, Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Metfield, Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Jimmy’s Farm 10am – 2pm

JUNE 8 Red Cross Open Gardens

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust summer fair and cycle ride

Haughley Park Gardens, 2pm – 5pm

Ipswich YM R.U.F.C, Rushmere St Andrew

Join a free guided walk of the notable trees in Haughley Park with tree expert David Mitchell (2.30pm and 4pm). Haughley Park is home to a Jacobean manor house with formal lawns, herbaceous beds and possibly the largest magnolia and oak trees in Suffolk. Dell garden, walled kitchen garden and woodland walks through flowering rhododendrons. Bold glass sculptures by Danny Lane. Tickets: Adults £5 (under 16s free) Contact: 07734 286337

Charity cycle ride of either 40 or 80 miles. Participants need to register for the cycle event at 8am and will begin riding at 9am. Contact: 01473 857678 or

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JUNE 10 La Boheme

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Winner of the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera and Award for Best Off-West End Production, OperaUpClose burst onto the opera scene back in 2009 with this fresh and brilliantly youthful production of Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohème. Follow the ups and downs of idealistic students Rodolfo and Marcello and their girlfriends Mimi and Musetta, as they bicker, party and try to make ends meet and follow their dreams. Box office: 01284 769505

tolerance and acceptance in the face of prejudice and injustice. Sponsored by the Britten Pears Foundation. An amateur production presented as part of the annual Open Season. Box office: 01473 295900

traditional Canadian repertoire sung in native French. Tickets: £16 Box office: 01284 758000 Cycling Music – Richard Durrant

The Cut, Halesworth (also Ipswich Corn Exchange, June 13) See mini preview page 25 Box office: 08456 732123

JUNE 13 – 28 You Can Always Hand Them Back

Mercury Theatre, Colchester See mini preview page 25 Box office: 01206 573948

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The Edge of the Sea, the Dark of the Sky

Le Vent Du Nord

New Wolsey Theatre

The Apex, 8pm

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JUNE 13 – 29 Aldeburgh Festival

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Suffolk Soul Singers

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New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm Charity fabric and interiors sale

Rendlesham Mews, 10am – 3pm Ninth annual fabric and interiors sale, raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Entry: Free Contact:

Back by popular demand Suffolk Soul Singers presents an evening of soul and gospel inspired music, packed with rich vocal harmonies and supported by a live band of professional musicians. Box Office: 01473 295900

The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds A spectacular journey through the great man’s wonderful music, featuring the awardwinning Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Showcasing hits such as What A Wonderful World, Hello Dolly, Cabaret and favourites from High Society. Box office: 01284 769505

The third annual Orford Food Market in aid of the Thomas Marshall Education Fund, with more than 30 local food producers.

Cratfield, nr Halesworth, 11am – 5pm Open Gardens, plant sales, art with crafts, teas, cakes, BBQ, Guided Church Tour, Prize Draw Tickets: £3 (entry to gardens and art exhibition) Parking and tickets at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Cratfield, and Village Hall, Manse Lane, Cratfield

JUNE 14 – 20 A Night at the Movies

St Augustine’s Church Hall, Ipswich

Orford Food Market

9.30 – 2.30pm

Cratfield Open Weekend

Farmers Markets

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

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JUNE 2014

Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes

The Magic Ear Exhibition

The Apex, 7.30pm

Bawdsey Radar, nr Woodbridge, 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes come from the folk revival of the 1960s and have been friends since they were 17 years old. Now, they've reunited for a series of acoustic concerts, singing songs from traditional to modern, each chosen for meaning in both repertoires. Tickets: £21.50 (£19.50 concessions) Box office: 01284 758000

The exhibition tells the story of a technology and an institution which helped win a war – and shape our future. Entry: £4

An Italian Art evening with art historian Nick Ross, followed by an Italian supper to support the work of Suffolk Community Foundation. Tickets: £45 Contact: 01473 602602 Email:

JUNE 19 – 21 JUNE 17 – 20 Planet Patrol Art Fair


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Gallery 3, Town Hall, Ipswich, 10am – 5pm The Planet Patrol Gallery presents its first ever event to be held in Ipswich.The Fair has a variety of different styles within the mediums of screen printing and illustration. A selection of carefully hand picked original pieces, including original ink illustrations from Canadian artist Kyler Martz. Entry price: Free Contact: 07857 749209 Race for Life 2014

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Burgh House, Burgh, Woodbridge, 7pm

The Appeal Theatre Group is celebrating its 40th year with Oklahoma! The first collaboration from Rodgers & Hammerstein based on Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906 it tells the story of Cowboy Curly and his romance with Laurey Williams. This is one classic which has truly stood the test of time. Box office: 01473 295900

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JUNE 21 AND 22

Ipswich Arts Festival (Ip-art)

High Voltage

Clopton Midsummer Fete

Clopton Village Hall and Field, noon – 5pm Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

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JUNE 21 The Rendlesham Show

Jubilee Park, nr Woodbridge, 11am – 4pm Members of Angelcynn – the Anglo Saxon re-enactment group – showing the way Raedwald's companions would have lived and been buried! Enjoy a garden show, fun dog show and dog agility, stands, stalls and competitions galore. Aerobatic display by the only female Spitfire pilot in the UK, Carolyn Grace who will be at the show at 11am and will then take to the skies over Jubilee Park in her Grace Spitfire at 3pm. Entry: free. Contact: Farmers Markets

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

Featuring a different programme of work each night, High Voltage draws together the very best in dance talent from throughout the East of England for an electrifying weekend of workshops and performances. Companies performing include Boyz United, Creative Hip Hoppers, Dance Unlimited, The Elderberries, Suffolk Junior Dance Company, Suffolk Youth Dance Company and Spin Off. Box office: 01473 295230

JUNE 22 Suffolk Villages Charity Bike Ride 2014

The Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell Charity Bike Ride offering cycling at its best through glorious Suffolk countryside and villages. Three routes of 25km, 45km or 75km to suit all abilities. In aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Lions charities. Registration: Between 8.30 and 11am.

Traditional style village fete with a variety of stalls including crafts, plants, cakes, books also teas, bouncy castle, fire engine and side-show games. Entry: free Contact: 01473 737805 Email: Saxon Classic cycling event

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 7am Prostate Cancer UK has launched its 2014 Classic Series with an exciting new cycling event. Starting and finishing in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, riders can compete in over 55km, 100km or 160km. Heading directly east to the sea the three routes explore the many estuaries leading to hidden fishing ports and wild coastlines.

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Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

St. Peter’s Church and Market Hill, Sudbury, 11am – 6pm Promoting local produce and local restaurants. Cooking demonstrations by local chefs throughout the day and a wide range of stalls. Organised by the Sudbury Town Team – a voluntary non-profit-making group. Entry: free Contact: 01787 468634 Email:



New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Joe McElderry

The Apex, 7.30pm Joe rose to fame when he won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single ‘The Climb’ reached number one in the UK and Irish singles chart and was soon followed by the release of his debut album titled ‘Wide Awake’. Joe returned to our TV screens where he was the triumphant winner of the second series of ITV show Pop Star to Opera Star in 2011, receiving 80% of the voting throughout the series. Tickets: £19.50 (£17.50 concessions) Box office: 01284 758000

JUNE 25 – 28 Beautiful Thing

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich A warm and funny urban tale of two teenage boys discovering themselves, love and the songs of Mamma Cass. Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead estate, Jonathan Harvey’s stunning award winning play Beautiful Thing is an urban fairytale full of characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour. Box office: 01473 295900

With more hits than any musical deserves The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company brings you this Lionel Bart Classic. Consider Yourself, Pick A Pocket Or Two, Food Glorious Food and I’d Do Anything burst onto the Wolsey stage in this brand new production. Box office: 01473 295900


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What’s On JUNE 26 EVEning cycle 2014

Start & Finish: The Ufford Crown, 7pm A 15 mile cycle through the lanes of Suffolk via Loudham, Campsea Ashe, Blaxhall & back to Ufford. After the cycle, supper and drinks at The Ufford Crown. Cost: Donation for taking part to eveappeal £10. Supper £5 to be paid on the evening. To register email:

JUNE 26 – 28

In association with Moko Dance. Consistently delighting audiences throughout Europe with its magical dance theatre made especially for children and families, multi-award winning Aracaladanza makes a welcome return to Jerwood Dance House following the success of 2012’s Clouds. Box office: 01473 295230

JUNE 28 Farmers Markets

Woodbridge, Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

Summer Art Show and Sale

Melton Hall, Nr Woodbridge, Thurs 6 – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 10 – 4pm Artwork for sale by Susi Bellamy, Home Interiors by Forwood Design, rugs by Eve Waldron and stylish French collectables by The Boule-In. Refreshments. Share of profits to St. Elizabeth’s Hospice. Contact: 01394 388138 or 07775797075 Email:

JUNE 27 AND 28 Aracaladanza – Constellations

Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

JUNE 29 Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall 10am – 1.30pm Two Counties Motor Show

Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket Bringing together the best of the motoring industry, past and present, for one fun filled day at Newmarket Racecourse. Classic cars, bikes and various attractions all hosted by the regions finest motor dealerships and traders. All proceeds to charity. Tickets: Adults £5, Children (11 – 16) £3, under 11s free Contact: 01799 530120 or 07906 573830

JUNE 28 AND 29 Felixstowe Literature Festival

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JUNE 28 – JULY 5 Southwold Arts Festival

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JUNE 30 Piano Concert

School Hall, Woodbridge School, 7.30pm An evening of piano classics. Entry price: Free Contact: 01394 615097

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Jerwood Dancehouse Ipswich. June 6

Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted what’s right on our doorsteps - but one thing is for sure, the quality of contemporary dance companies visiting Suffolk is not in doubt. This month, for instance, the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich hosts the much lauded and extraordinary HeadSpaceDance with an exciting and bold new work, If Play is Play. A brilliant piece of dance theatre it’s the follow up to the company’s critically acclaimed debut performance of Three & Four Quarters at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studios last year. Directed and curated by Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, this new programme includes three UK premieres from Matthew Dunster, Johan Inger and Luca Silvestrini. Dunster’s work, The Days The Nights The Wounds, and, The Night, explores innovative choreographic processes and theatrical game-playing and asks the dancers to consider what it is to be a dancer in London. Silvestrini’s new work, Before the Interval, questions the role of performers and their relationship to the stage with a focus on future ambitions and audience expectations. Meanwhile, Inger’s new creation, Two, a duet specially commissioned for HeadSpaceDance, completes the evening’s performance. The programme features dancers Clemmie Sveaas, recently nominated for the National Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Best Female Performance and Jonathan Goddard, whose credits include performances with Rambert and Richard Alston Dance.

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SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS June 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and 29 The month of June offers a special opportunity in Suffolk for those who love and like to buy original art. Across the county every year more than 130 artists open their studios to visitors to show them how they produce their work – and hopefully be inspired too.There's everything from printmakers, to sculpture, glass engravers to ceramics to see and the depth and breadth of the community is so great that even in a month it's unlikely that you could visit every studio. However, to make it easy for visitors to experience a variety of work Suffolk Open Studios has put two systems in place – artists hubs – in Beccles, Ipswich and Clare, where a number of artists get together to show and exhibit their work.There are also 11 artists trails, including Framlingham, Felixstowe, the Gipping Valley, Ipswich and Shotley, so you can make a day of travelling round a certain area visiting workshops en route and exploring the countryside. To find out more check out the website, which includes a complete listing.



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CYCLING MUSIC The Cut, Halesworth. June 12 What started as a bid to cut down his carbon footprint has become a 1000 mile bike ride for world class guitarist Richard Durrant, who is cycling between 30 concert venues including Halesworth and Ipswich with his entire stage show, guitar and lights packed into panniers and a bike trailer. The show equipment is high tech, lightweight and low energy. As a professional musician Durrant estimates he travels in excess of 35,000 miles a year with UK tours, forays into Europe and an annual visit to South America. He said “Touring musicians tend to leave a fairly massive carbon footprint – so for me this is payback time. Having been a regular cyclist for years I wanted to see where a tour by bike would take me, both geographically and musically.” In fact cycling has inspired the music he plays on tour. “I write the music in my head on the bike each day then type the notes into Sibelius when I get home. I then import the notes into Logic where I add the guitars and bicycle sounds and finish the arrangement on ProTools. It is a fascinating process that has produced music that seems to travel along, cycling as it goes.” Obviously as a musician his hands are crucial to his playing ability so a huge amount of training has had to go into preparing them, not just for his concerts but the impact of 60 miles of cycling every day. This means that gloves, handlebars and riding position are of prime importance. But then so has every bit of his kit including everything from a lightweight guitar, crease-proof smart clothes, LED lights and tiny PA – it’s a totally 21st century tour. From Halesworth Richard will be taking Cycling Music to the Ipswich Corn Exchange on June 13.

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Mercury Theatre, Colchester. June 13 – 28

At last grandparents are being put into the spotlight with the UK premiere of the heartwarming, laugh-out-loud comedy,You Can Always Hand Them Back. Part of the Made in Colchester 2014 season the play is by Roger Hall with music and lyrics by Peter Skellern and this production, directed by Andrew Brakewell, has never before been seen in the UK. Kath and Maurice, self-confessed old-duffers, are settling into a comfortable retirement. For Kath, however, there is just one fly in the ointment – she wishes they heard more from the kids. Well, that’s all about to change with the arrival of four nappy-wearing terrors! Director Andrew Brackwell says, “We all have or have had grandparents, and more and more of us are experiencing the joys, the journey and the delights of seeing grandchildren grow, change and emerge from the cocoon of childhood and adolescence as fully functioning adults. There is a little sadness there too, and I hope that we are able to touch the hearts of audiences with the recognition of our short tenancy.” Those who have the privilege of being grandparents might also appreciate the construction of the ‘travel cot’ made by Martians with instructions written by someone from Star Trek, he says. Taking on the role of Kath will be Kate Dyson who has an extensive history with the National Theatre and Paul Greenwood a regular.

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JUNE 2014

With Hopkins International Polo now a regular fixture on the Suffolk midsummer calendar interest in the sport is growing all the time. A word of warning – it can become addictive. James Craven tells Anne Gould why


hose parent vs school matches have a lot to answer for – normally pulled muscles, broken bones and bruised egos. For Suffolk businessman James Craven however it’s been life changing. “When my daughter was at school at Rugby they had quite a decent polo team and they were looking for parents who could play. Henrietta volunteered me because I used to hunt and once, sometime in the past, I’d had a lesson. But I played and got hooked.” That was nine years ago and now he runs the Argentinian international team, Las Marias, has 18 specially bred polo ponies at his Lower Raydon home and for six months of the year, during our summer, life simply revolves around the


sport. “The team is based in Suffolk, because that’s where I live but apart from the match at Trinity Park we play all our international summer matches at Guards in Windsor or Cowdray in Sussex.” However, he says, all credit to the inspiration of Peter Over and the Suffolk Agricultural Association for bringing polo to the county. “Two years ago it would have been unheard of for international games to be played at anywhere other than these two clubs, let alone what is normally used as a car park next to the showground.” His team spends six months of the year in Suffolk playing in the UK and the rest of the year in Argentina – which he says, is home to the undisputed best polo

players in the world. Unfortunately, says James, although his team might be playing elsewhere he personally doesn’t get to live abroad for half the year because of business commitments. “I do however need to travel to South America quite a lot so I try to fit in matches as and when I can”. His commitment to the sport extends further as well – one of his professional players, Ricky Furno – with his wife and two children – live with them in Suffolk as do three Argentinian grooms, whose job it is to train and look after not just the ponies, but three hunters too. However he and his wife Sarah try to make it a home from home – it is hard work but a real family atmosphere.

Suffolk People | James Craven

They’ve even installed an Argentian barbecue and speak a mixture of Spanish and English too. During the season he says the team will play 50 to 60 games which involves a lot in terms of personal fitness as polo, he says, is like taking part in a sprint. It can also be costly; he has to run two lorries to transport the ponies, there’s the feed and the vets bills too. His children Henrietta and Angus both play as well. “This year my team has been invited back to Trinity Park – with the main event a match between England and Wales. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

INFORMATION This year the International Polo is on June 29 with gates opening at 10am. Children under 14 go free and to make the event even more family friendly for the first time ever in Suffolk the day will also include camel racing.

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It’s been used as a place of worship, a store room for the New Wolsey Theatre and has lain vacant for 30 or more years but St. Clement’s Church in Ipswich could soon be repurposed. Anne Gould reports


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St Clement’s Church

Cad Taylor and Professor Simon Hallsworth


eaven only knows what the founders of St Clement’s might think of having digital motion sensitive projections screened onto its walls amid its glorious stained glass windows. Doubtless they would raise a 14th-century eyebrow or two about many things — the traffic that roars around its leafy Star Lane churchyard at rush-hour, the swimming pool next door and almost certainly that there are plans to turn it into an alternative arts centre. Equally they might be mystified that their beautiful mariner’s church, considered these days a jewel of the Waterfront, had been declared redundant at all. But times change and St Clement’s, burial place of former members of the Cobbold brewing family, could soon be about to undergo a transformation that will make it a hub of the arts community. Leading the project are Professor Simon Hallsworth and Carol Gant from University Campus Suffolk and Cad Taylor, artistic director of CSV Media. Their plans are to turn it into a venue for music, performance, exhibitions and art to showcase the hidden creative talent in Ipswich. Simon, the Executive Dean of Faculty for Art, Business and Social Science said the project came about because he’d been invited to visit St Clement’s by Dr John Blatchly, chairman of the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust and former

headmaster at Ipswich School. “He showed me round and told me about its history and then when we got outside asked me if I wanted it. I said yes. He’d been trying to give it away for some time but no-one wanted to take it on. It has an amazing heritage, there’s a 13th century font with pagan figures around its base, there’s the Cobbold connection and the designer of HMS Victory is buried in the churchyard.” Of course there’s a way to go before dreams of an arts centre become reality — conversations with its owners Ipswich Borough Council, up to £750,000 to be raised to remove the pews, building a stage and dressing rooms installing toilets, heating and so on. Simon says in the long term they’d like it to have a sprung floor making it suitable for dance. Big aims, but the team are optimistic it can be achieved through grants, crowd funding and sponsorship. But, says Simon, already there’s been an incredible response from local people. “We’ve got an architect specialising in heritage buildings and churches who has offered help and scores of people attended our open meeting.” There are also nationally recognised record producers, musicians, artists, film makers who live locally who have volunteered expertise. The team is clearly not worried about the task ahead — redundant churches have been used

very successfully for arts centres in Colchester and Norwich, says Cad. “I recall that The Cut at Halesworth had a huge hole in the roof at the start and it’s an amazing venue now.” She says there’s a real need for an alternative space in the town, there are a number of groups connected to CSV who would use it for example. “Then there are people like Jo Bailey who runs iRock workshops in the holidays for young people. They have a gig at the end of every course but they have nowhere to go because they cannot play in pubs. We’d want to see it open for choirs and orchestras, bands and all kinds of performance art. There’s a massive wealth of talent in Ipswich. It would also be a great place for festivals like Pulse and Spill too.” Carol, the Arts Curator at UCS says the church offers extra opportunities for students to display their work. “We already have the Atrium Studios but this would be something extra and different.” Already there’s some student art work being stored at the church but it could be used for pop-up events and project space for the university. The first thing they needed to do, she said was make the floor safe and get it levelled and in fact they are hoping they might even get the first small events running this summer, perhaps a market or a music gig.



JUNE 2014

SIBLING’S SHOWCASE When the world of classical music descends on Suffolk for the Aldeburgh Festival this month Snape Maltings will be showcasing the extraordinary and diverse artistic talents of sisters Jelly Green and Lily Hunter Green. Anne Gould finds out more


Lily Hunter Green and Jelly Green

Suffolk People | Jelly Green & Lily Hunter Green


wo very different art exhibitions launch on the same day by artists of the same name at Snape Maltings this month. Both have roots firmly in Suffolk, both have strong connections to our landscape and environment and both artists are in the first flush of youth. These similarities are no coincidence. Painter Jelly Green and music and sound installation artist Lily Hunter Green are sisters who grew up in Rendham in a home that thrives on ideas and creativity. While it’s not unknown in the creative world for siblings to have successful parallel careers, this month could well launch the public start of a dynasty that shapes the British art world for years to come. Already they are carving out their names on the big stage – Lily has recently been interviewed by a leading New York arts magazine, her work has been featured on Radio Three and she’s in talks for a

commission in Australia. At the age of 21 Jelly has had solo exhibitions in London, Wales and Suffolk, she’s been mentored by distinguished artist Maggi Hambling since her teens and perhaps what’s more extraordinary and laudable, in a competitive art world, she’s earning her living from painting. Maggi says, “I first saw Jelly Green’s painting when she was sixteen and still at school. Her talent was immediately apparent and since then she has been developing fast. Rare in someone of her still tender years, she is completely committed, above all else, to her work. When I heard Lily Hunter-Green’s musical composition ‘Decomposed’ I decided at once to include it in my selection for ‘Private Passions’ on Radio 3 last year. The piece takes me on a lyrical and mysterious journey into unknown territory. Both Jelly and Lily are experimental and brave and they are both finding their own voices as artists.”

The launch of both exhibitions though is a coincidence – Jelly was asked to create a solo show for the main Snape Maltings gallery a year ago but Lily’s invitation to SNAP – the Aldeburgh Festival art show has been much more recent. Of course both artists are well known in artistic circles in Suffolk – both have exhibited at the Alde Valley Spring Festival and at Snape, but these new shows are something different. Jelly, has departed from her famous cow pictures with a show entitled, Sky. “I was living in London last year and came back to Suffolk in the autumn because I wanted to do something different and paint some landscapes. I knew this exhibition was coming up but I didn’t want to do more cows. In December they asked me to send over an advance image and I didn’t know what to do. ‰



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Jelly and Lily with Maggi Hambling

In the meantime I’d had a ten-day art residency in Cumbria, thanks to Jason Gathorne-Hardy, but I went there and it just rained and all I could get was pictures of trees. When I came back to Suffolk I started getting up very early in the morning and was blown away by the sunrises. I love colour and our skies here are so colourful and that’s how it started.” Jelly says her route into the art world has been somewhat different to most aspiring young artists in that she’s done it without university. “I met Maggi Hambling when she came to our house when I was school. I had just won an award for my GCSE painting which was in the top ten in the country. She asked me if I was serious about art – and I hadn’t really thought about it. But she asked me to go to her art class at Morley College in London once a week. I had to get special permission from school to do it and I was really nervous, I was the youngest in the class by 20 years.” Jelly was then invited to go on art trip to the Isle of Wight with the class and she encountered some cows on the beach and started painting. “My grandfather is a dairy farmer in Dallinghoo so when I came home I think I painted every cow 32

in his herd – and people really liked what I did. I have been unbelievably lucky though – Maggi has been unbelievably generous with her help.”

up by SNAP – offering her the opportunity to have an installation on the Henry Moore lawn at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Lily meanwhile has been down a very different route – she originally went to Brighton University to study theatre but changed courses into music and visual art and it was a piece she did for her degree show, ‘Decomposed’ that really captured attention. It helped her become runner up in the prestigious 2013 Brighton Festival but it’s her latest project, ‘Bee Composed’ that’s turning the eyes of the world on her work.

“There will be an old piano with various hive like creations coming out from it allowing people to listen to the bee music and see via a web cam the bees in action at Middleton.” This project has not just been given Arts Council funding. Thanks to a successful crowd funding project – launched to buy the Queen Bee and items of equipment – it now has supporters right across the globe. As a result talks are also underway to take this project on tour.

Lily, 23, wants to bring attention to the plight of bees, which over the last decade have been dying because of chemicals in the environment. So she’s installed a colony in a piano at Middleton Farm Shop and with the use of contact microphones, a sound board and web cams is recording all that goes on. By playing her recordings into a computer she’s been able to establish that bees buzz in C# B or D and she’s using the chords they make as a basis for musical composition. It’s an unusual project and as a result has been picked

So what do the sisters think about their successes? Well they are both clearly delighted for each other. “What we do is really different and it is exciting that we are both opening at Snape at the same time,” said Jelly. “It’s brilliant and special,” added Lily.



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JUNE 2014

It’s nearly two years ago that Olive Quinton reached out to Suffolk with an extraordinary plan to change people’s lives. Lofty Heights has done that and more as Anne Gould discovers

Olive Quinton with Shab Ali, Derrick Duberry and David Olding


ow do you measure your wealth? Is it with fast cars, a luxury home, foreign holidays, a sizeable bank balance or simply being comfortable? Or does life present opportunities that offer much more than money can buy? For Olive Quinton, a social entrepreneur whose commitment to help her fellow human beings seems to know no bounds, the latter answer is really what counts. “I gave up work to do this and am financially poorer for it – but also richer in so many ways.” Thanks to Lofty Heights, which runs a loft, home and de-cluttering service there are numerous old people who were suffering from fuel poverty whose homes are now properly insulated and much warmer. There are also young men who were unemployed, without education and without hope who have been mentored, trained and have been given jobs and a vision of potential careers. It’s difficult, dirty and often


hard work – you have to be prepared to put your hands in places that you’d rather not,” says Olive, but in the end it makes a real difference. What’s astonishing is that all this has been achieved on a shoestring – a grant for £5,000 from Suffolk Community Foundation paid for her van, £500 of her own money went to buy dust sheets, ladders, dust mats, hard hats and boots and more recently a grant from The Tudor Trust funding a role to help with mental health issues associated with hoarding. Olive is a graduate of the Eastern Enterprise Hub’s acclaimed Social Entrepreneurs Scheme and had been pondering for some while on her Lofty Heights idea. She’d been working on a number of public health projects for the NHS – in Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal connected with lifestyle, smoking cessation, improving the health of

homeless young people and tackling the problem of fuel poverty. Through doing this she’d encountered all sorts of people – including NEETs or young people aged 18-24 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training. “These young people found themselves in situations often through no fault of their own, their family might have broken they might not have got on with their parent’s new partner and they found themselves sofa surfing. “Of course this is going to impact on their education, their lives and their future. Whenever I spoke to them I asked what would make a real difference to their lives and they always had one answer – a job.” She also encountered elderly, disabled people and carers who were missing out on the opportunity for free loft insulation because they were physically unable to clear their attics for workmen to come in.

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Olive said that the solution, Lofty Heights, was clear to her for a couple of years but it took the course at the Eastern Enterprise Hub to show her how she could turn it into a not for profit business. At the start her plan was a simple one – to take strong young men who were unemployed and unqualified and get them to empty lofts for old and disabled people so they could benefit from free loft insulation. To do this she had to arrange comprehensive training – there was four weeks at Otley College learning health and safety, customer service and equality and diversity, there was two weeks work experience at a charity shop, they all had to be police checked and then she sent them on a Live Well Suffolk course to learn about healthy eating and lifestyle. “It was about raising their awareness and ambition plus improving their life chances. We also set them up with a credit union to encourage them to save just a little so they could have a deposit one day for a room of their own.” One young man had been struggling for two years to take his driving test theory but couldn’t afford the £65 entry fee. Thanks to support from Lofty Heights he got through this, saved from his

wages for a few driving lessons and passed his test. “He’s just managed to get an old banger for himself and it’s made a huge difference to his life and confidence too. Working with Lofty Heights has given him and the other team members a CV, references and a direction in life,” she says Since those early days Lofty Heights has extended its services having been called in by local councils to run a whole range of decluttering work from emptying lofts and spare rooms to garden and outbuilding clearing. Currently the team are also learning about gardening and have secured a contract in a large garden where the team can receive instruction and learn the necessary skills. Olive says they sort out possessions and help people either restore what they want to keep or recycle or dispose of what needs to be thrown out. It’s much more than that though, for some clients once their home is decluttered they find that even basic needs, like a bed, need to be thrown out so Lofty Heights will head off to a charity shop to get a replacement. For others – they’ve had to remove all the carpets and arranged for new flooring to be brought in.

mental health issues and have hoarded for reasons like bereavement or attachment so the team has to be sensitive because sometimes work simply has to stop. Thanks to the Tudor Trust, Lofty Heights has just been able to recruit a new member of the team to help these people in advance of decluttering. Olive also has plans to extend what they do – currently they all work 16 hours a week on minimum wage and she’d like to be able to offer more. “At the moment we are working out of our van, a shed in my back garden in Grundisburgh and for office space I camp out at the Eastern Enterprise Hub.” She says what she’d love is to have a workshop for repairs and creating storage solutions. “We’ve thrown away things like three-legged tables, but they could easily be repaired and used for a future client if we had something like a double garage to work in but affording to rent one is currently beyond our means. We’d also like to develop a loft storage system which can be used once insulation has been installed so that our clients can keep clear once they are sorted.”


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This month we caught up with Mr Jonothan Clibbon, a plastic and reconstructive consultant surgeon with a large clinical practice in East Anglia, including a private practice at the Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, and NHS bases at both the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals and the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trusts. He is currently the Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Regional Training Coordinator, Education Supervisor and Paediatric Plastic Surgery Governance Lead, and is a full member of The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Born and brought up in Bury St. Edmunds and with strong family ties in the region, Mr Clibbon certainly considers himself to be an East Anglian and is a proud Ipswich Town supporter. He lives in Norwich with his wife and four children, and in his professional career has travelled extensively to gain experience in some of the world’s best hospitals and clinics. He undertook a fellowship in Taipei to study advanced microsurgical techniques and brought the skills he learnt back for the benefit of local patients. He has trained in the latest aesthetic surgery techniques in Stockholm, Dallas, Paris, Innsbruck, Melbourne and Hamburg. “Having a cosmetic surgical procedure is a big step for anyone and it is natural to have questions,” explained Mr Clibbon.

To anyone considering cosmetic surgery he recommends “writing down any questions you want to ask so that you don’t forget them. The list could include questions about: the surgeon’s qualifications and experience, how often they have carried out the procedure you want, the care you can expect after the operation and how much it will cost.” He added: “One of the most common problems faced by patients that I see is the after effects of pregnancy and breast feeding. After delivery of a baby, many women experience problems with regaining their pre-pregnant physique. This problem is often made even worse by the presence of a caesarean scar as the excess skin hangs over the tethered scar. This is made still worse by the constant bombardment of images of celebrity personalities parading their toned, slender bodies in the celebrity magazines within a few weeks of the delivery. To add insult to injury, many patients find that their breast tissue diminishes after pregnancy and they are left with a droopy, hollow breast after the cessation of breast-feeding. These problems may be improved significantly by surgical techniques such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or mastopexy (breast uplift/enlargement).” “The other major patient group who request surgery are those who are seeking rejuvenation from the ravages of time and sun on the facial features. Over the last 20 years we are all living longer, but in

addition to this we are increasing our sun exposure by increased use of sun beds and wider availability of cheap travel to sunnier climes. This has pushed the rates of skin cancer up dramatically and also increased the demand for anti-ageing treatments.” Mr Clibbon has a wealth of experience in facial reconstruction gained through his career as a plastic surgeon with specialist interests including head and neck cancer reconstruction and microsurgery. This in turn enables him to use the same techniques to improve facial aesthetics using lasers, injectables and surgery to restore a more youthful appearance. He believes strongly in helping patients to achieve their unique individual goals but has patient safety as his top priority. Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery including breast augmentation, uplift and reduction, liposuction, facelift, eyelid surgery and nose reshaping. Expert Consultant Plastic Surgeons provide a range of cosmetic procedures where patients are under their care throughout, from the first outpatient consultation. A commitment to working with the best is good news for anyone locally thinking about cosmetic procedures, looking for a safe and supportive environment in which to a procedure. Why travel to London when you have access to first class facilities here in Suffolk?

For more information on how to book a private consultation with Mr Clibbon, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, please contact Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital on 01473 279179. Please see our website for details of forthcoming cosmetic surgery open events.



JUNE 2014

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t’s time to cut your ties with the plain black swimsuit; this summer is all about colour! Whether you want to look feminine in floral, breathtaking in botanicals or knockout in neon, you can’t go wrong with bright swimwear this year.

Buying swimwear can be an anxious time for many women but as long as you know your body type you can easily find a flattering suit. The key is to maintain a balance between your upper and lower body. Give larger areas plenty of support while drawing the eye to your better features. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to try on different styles and remember to keep an open mind, most swimwear that looks great on the body has very little hanger appeal.

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There really is something for every body shape in this season’s offer with some great innovations in lightweight shaping and quick drying fabrics to give a fabulous silhouette on the beach while staying cool and comfortable. Last year’s retro and nostalgic trends carry on into this summer with higher waist bikini briefs and low leg styles becoming more accessible to all body shapes with the additions of ruching and clever detailing. Ginghams, polka dots and mixes of contrasting prints are strong looks this season. Feminine, fashionable and extremely diverse; the animal print trend is huge again this year. Bring out your wild side in one of the many variations of this print for every age and body shape.

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PUB WALKS with Darcy This month Darcy travels to the Suffolk seaside village of Thorpeness. Home to the iconic ‘House in the Clouds’, the magical Meare and the dog friendly Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel If you ask people for images and locations that best illustrate Suffolk then Thorpeness as a whole and the ‘House in Clouds’ and Thorpeness Meare, dotted with colourful rowing boats, in particular will generally feature. Situated on the Suffolk heritage coast just two miles north of Aldeburgh, Thorpeness in its current guise was the creation of Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie who developed Thorpeness from a quiet fishing hamlet into a private fantasy holiday village in the early 1900s with the Meare at its centre. This month’s walk starts from just beside the Meare at the Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel, not a pub we know but they do welcome dogs in the patio bar, lounge and library. If the weather is fine, the patio with views across the Meare, is also an excellent spot for a post walk libation and snack.

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Initially walking briefly beside the golf course the route then follows what was an old railway line before crossing the main Aldeburgh road and heading out to the coast. Passing through a section of the Aldringham walks this part of woods and heathland is alive with birdsong and one of those locations I deem good for the soul. Once at the coast the path turns right and back towards Thorpeness. This stretch of the coast was new to me and is truly beautiful, wild and remote. Once back in the village the route ends passing both the ‘House in the Clouds’ and Thorpeness windmill. Both worthy of a picture or two before returning to the start. It should be noted that at high tide the path at point 6 may be impassable particularly during spring and autumn therefore check tide tables before you set off.


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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 4 miles Time: Approx. 1hr 40 minutes Terrain: Mainly flat walking on paths, bridleways and some shingle beach Stops: Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 212 Start Point OS reference: 176 478 (The Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club Car Park)


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. From the car park walk past the hotel’s entrance and up the small slope towards the pro shop and putting green. On your left, immediately after the third tee, there is a footpath (FP) sign.Take this path and follow it along the side of the golf course, with The Meare on your left, until you reach a junction with a house on your right. 2. At the junction turn right and follow the track until you reach the main road. 3. Cross over the road and follow the bridleway to the right of the house. After a short while the bridleway turns sharply to the right continue to follow it. Keep on this track for approximately 1 mile until you reach a minor road and a FP sign at point 4. (Approx. 75 yds before reaching this point you will have passed and entrance sign for Ness Ho, Bex Ho & Wardens) 4. Turn right through trees onto a FP that leads to the Dower House. Just before the house the path passes through a staggered fence before emerging at the coast. 5. Turn right and follow the coast path back into Thorpeness.You can choose to walk on the beach or on the higher path (which ultimately falls to beach level). At high tide this latter section could become impassable (more so in spring and autumn) so ensure you check the tide times before setting off. 6. To the return to the village you need to leave the beach by taking any of the small tracks that appear in the bank to your right.This will bring you up onto Thorpeness Common. (The tracks appear after approx. 10 minutes of walking at beach level). Once on the common continue straight ahead where you will see some houses.You will emerge by a property called The Red House. Walk down this unmade road (North End Avenue). 7. When you reach the bottom of North End Avenue continue straight ahead. The road turns to the right and then to the left before passing The Dolphin pub on your left (ignore the left turn to Church Road and the next byway). 8. After the Dolphin turn left and continue for approx. 125 yds before crossing the road and turning right up Uplands Road passing the iconic ‘House in the Clouds’ and Thorpeness Windmill. Shortly after the windmill you will emerge by the putting green and pro shop where you started the walk.

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JUNE 2014

GLOBAL DISCOVERY Need a break but don’t want the trouble of travelling too far? Lesley Rawlinson enjoys a new treat that’s just two hours away, desk to door


hen you live in a county as beautiful and as relaxed as Suffolk, laid back weekends are not too tricky to come by. A coastal walk, a pub lunch or a bit of retail therapy – we’re pretty spoiled for choice. Yet sometimes, just sometimes, being away from the familiar and the lures of tried and trusted routines is what’s called for. However I’m also a great believer that a weekend away is not a great treat if it involves a lengthy or difficult journey. I want to be able to sneak off in the middle of a Friday afternoon and be safely installed at my destination, preferably with a glass of dry white in my hand, by the time others are starting the Friday night commute. So, what’s the solution? Over the years friends and family have often mentioned Wells-next-the Sea but I’d never been. A pretty, historic seaside resort on the North Norfolk Coast it’s not a large town by any means but with a long sweeping beach, gentle harbour filled with small fishing boats plus the shops on Staithe Street with not a chain store in sight, it has a calm and friendly air. Just along the coast is fashionable Burnham Market, and of course the Pensthorpe nature reserve (regular location for BBC TV’s Spring/Autumn Watch) is just down the road. Right on the Norfolk Coast path, Wells is perfect for walkers and if stately homes are your cup of tea there’s Holkham Hall on the doorstep and Sandringham just a short drive away.


Short Break | The Globe, Wells-next-the Sea

Above and beyond all of these rather enticing reasons to visit there was another rather appealing motive. The Globe Inn, perfectly positioned overlooking a pretty Georgian square, has recently been bought and refurbished by Antonia & Stephen Bournes, former owners of Southwold Pier. Stephen explained “We’d lived in France for a number of years and had intended to settle back in Norfolk when we returned, but the right thing just wasn’t available. So we looked to Suffolk which we loved equally and have been there ever since. The chance to take on The Globe came just at the right time for us and now we’re able to live and work between the two counties, getting really involved with the tourist industry that we’re so passionate about growing”. I think Stephen’s right – if you love Suffolk it’s hard not to love Norfolk too. They share so many of the same assets; great local food and drink producers, stunning scenery with abundant wildlife and of course very friendly people too. Our chance to head for Wells-next-theSea came at the end of, not just a particularly busy week but, a very busy month or more. As we pressed ‘send’ on the final emails, powered down the laptops and slipped away from our desks at 3.30pm we felt positively truant. From where we’re based the most direct route to north Norfolk was to head west to Bury along the A14 and then north through Thetford Forest until switching to the A1065 to Swaffham and beyond. It’s when you travel along the forest road and ultimately the winding stretch from Swaffham to the coast, that the beauty of the two counties merges and the feeling of escape becomes a reality. We’d reserved a dog friendly room (three of the seven rooms at The Globe welcome dogs) so that Darcy, our beloved Golden Retriever, could come away with us and with journey time just two hours from desk to door she was comfortable without a stop. On arrival the green at the centre of the square where the inn is positioned was a welcome site as she stretched her legs with a quick run before we checked in. It’s impossible to draw comparisons when you’ve not seen a building in its former state but the fresh, airy coastal

theme that’s prevalent throughout The Globe gives an immediate impression that significant new life has been breathed into this place. Entry from the square takes visitors straight to the open plan bar, complete with plenty of newspapers and magazines (and even board games for a rainy afternoon) and the kind of space where you could happily ‘settle in’. Beyond the bar is a large restaurant for a slightly more formal feel and the courtyard beyond will be a perfect ‘outdoor room’ for al fresco dining. Our room overlooked the leafy square. Each room has its own individual identity but still along the broadly natural / coastal theme and as I chatted to one of the friendly house-keeping team she explained the impact the refurbishment has already had. “The changes our new owners have made have really made such a difference” she said. “This hallway was dark and not really very inviting when you showed visitors their rooms but now I’m so proud of what we have to offer. I can’t wait to show people round and everyone loves what we have now”.

With plenty of evening still ahead of us we decided to go out and explore and return later for our evening meal. Taking directions from another well informed member of staff we headed to the quay via Staithe Street and although we were after shop hours there was the chance for a little window shopping with plans to return in the morning for a further look around. At the quay we headed out towards the beach along the Norfolk Coastal path and from here we could take in the truly breath taking beauty of this stretch of the harbour. It was low tide revealing the myriad of channels that are only apparent when the waters retreat and while I’m not much of a bird watcher my far better informed husband spotted a cormorant fishing for its supper among countless other species swooping and dipping along the bank. With all (eight) legs duly stretched we wandered back towards The Globe but before leaving the quayside couldn’t resist stopping for a spot of refreshment at The Albatros – a bar, restaurant and music venue moored in the harbour. A sailing ship built in 1899 The Albatros is of a design also known as a ‰



North Sea Klipper and she is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat. Darcy only just managed to negotiate the entry gantry so as there was still some sun on deck we thought best to make the most of it rather than taking her below. “I was made to be beside the water” my husband commented as we sat listening to the gentle lap of the estuary against the ship – relaxing indeed. Back at The Globe, refreshed and hungry it was time to see what the menu had to offer. Although there were plenty of inviting starters to choose from – not least the trio of smoked seafood that caught my eye – we decided to dive straight in with main courses. ‘Local fare with flare’ was our take on the menu so I chose straight forward fish & chips. The tasty haddock fillet – served in a very light Woodforde’s beer batter – was accompanied by really good hand cut chips and also came with my husband’s char-grilled Briston beef steak which he thoroughly enjoyed. We conned ourselves into believing that our evening stroll had earned us a pud each – so Adrian ordered some of the delightful Mrs Temple’s local cheeses while I


indulged in a totally unnecessary but ever so delicious caramelised lemon and mascarpone tart with raspberry sorbet, an inspired combination. Darcy was happy to retire to our room – perhaps she’d remembered that there was a special doggy welcome treat bag, as well as a plush dog bed for her to try out, she loves a bit of pampering. There were lots of other lovely touches in the room, not least a variety of Clipper teas and real coffee bags – a bonus if you’re a coffee lover like me who doesn’t enjoy the instant variety. Next morning we didn’t need to check out of our room until 11am so plenty of time for a walk and a return visit to Staithe Street before packing up and heading home – first though a good breakfast. Served in the restaurant there was once again a great deal of local influence on the menu, including Lowestoft kippers. My plate of eggs Benedict and my husband’s full English were both absolutely top notch and perfectly set us up for the day ahead. Leaving the restaurant I spotted a sign – New Loos. ‘Surprising’ I thought – to be

actively advertising your loos in this way, must be something to shout about, so I investigated. Wow – I can’t recall when I’ve ever thought it necessary to mention the facilities in a review like this but crikey, The Globe has really gone to town. Making the most of the arched cellar ceilings the new toilets have been built into the cellar space below the bar. As you descend the stairs the area still used as a working cellar features on view through glass panelling and, while I can only comment on the Ladies, the treatment of the space – gleaming floor to ceiling mirrors, contemporary fittings and clever lighting certainly has quite a dazzling impact. Bravo! With commitments back at home later that day we sadly had to leave this north Norfolk idyll far sooner than we’d have liked. I can see it as a haven, a bolt hole mid-winter for long coastal dog walks and cosy evenings but first, with the summer ahead, I’d like to think we’ll get back before the season is out, to simply stay, relax and enjoy. INFORMATION


SWEET SUMMER SUPPING Are we, as a nation, bursting Champagne’s bubble? A recent survey suggests that this may well be the case, as we are enjoying more Prosecco and Cava than ever before, primarily at Champagne’s expense. Where once we drank bubbles purely to celebrate, it now seems that we are partial to a glass of Italian or Spanish fizz more or less at the drop of a hat. Be it a Monday or a midweek evening, Prosecco – at around £10 a bottle – is now deemed an affordable luxury and is winning the popularity stakes hands down. Sure, on special occasions we still like to crack open a bottle of what we consider the real McCoy but – at twice the price – I suspect it is now just the name that is setting it apart from the young pretenders. A good Prosecco (and here I must mention a shining new star in the Adnams firmament – our own, very excellent Adnams Selection Prosecco at £9.99) is without doubt considerably more agreeable, palatable and affordable than a cheapo Champagne, particularly if the latter has been discounted to within a whisker of its life. In Northern Italy, the Prosecco police maintain constant patrols around the Veneto ensuring quality is maintained: an attitude in sharp contrast to that of the Spanish authorities who – a few Christmases ago – turned a blind eye to the dumping of vast quantities of lossleading, supermarket Cava on an unsuspecting nation of ‘bargain hunters’. At best, this foul brew removed stubborn stains on the carpet – at worst, it ate into the floorboards beneath. Battery acid would have been preferable and I have been put off Cava ever since. So, let Adnams Prosecco be the sparkling presence in your refrigerator this summer, along with my absolute favourite summer tipple – Tio Pepe’s Fino En Rama sherry…..

Rob Chase

This is the wine world’s seasonal equivalent of asparagus: easily as delicious, sensational with Jámon Ibérico, Prosciutto or salted almonds – and as rare as hens’ teeth or truffles. It was released in the UK – in very limited quantities – on May 1st: it is currently in our stores (or on-line) at £15.99 and I do urge you to get hold of a bottle or two if you possibly can. En Rama is drawn only from the middle of the cask, thus obtaining the cleanest and clearest wine with minimal disturbance of the delicate, naturally-occurring yeast flor that rests on top of the sherry. Neither stabilised nor filtered, this is as close as it gets to drinking fresh, raw (en Rama) sherry. A great and rarefied experience. Supermarket buyers refuse, point-blank, to accept any wine that hasn’t been fined (clarified) or filtered: they can’t risk having tens of thousands of bottles returned with the slightest bit of sediment in them. If a young wine does throw a sediment, it is often an encouraging sign that it hasn’t been overly processed and may therefore be a better wine than its mollycoddled counterpart. Older bottles, however, naturally throw a sediment in the course of their ageing: this is perfectly acceptable and is nothing that can’t be resolved with a little care and attention when pouring. Which leads me to a story I read recently from Spain’s most famous winery, Vega Sicilia. The wines from two of their estates in Ribeira del Duero and Toro in northern Spain, had thrown what the family considered an unacceptably large deposit: this, they decided, compromised the aesthetics and prestige of their brand. They admitted that there was nothing wrong with the wines themselves but – for purely cosmetic reasons - 500,000 bottles have been recalled. My saddest experience, however, was during a trip

through the Loire Valley in the early ‘90s, when we visited the cellars of what had always been the most outstanding producer of sweet Chenins in the Anjou – or Coteaux du Layon to be more precise. Normally, when a wine has been bottled, a foil or lead capsule is added. This, presumably for reasons of cost, had not been done: the wine had subsequently been infested with corkweevil and we turned up to find a couple of chaps with corkscrews, resignedly emptying tens of thousands of bottles (a figure of a million was hinted at) down the drain. At the time, it wasn’t clear to anyone whether all the bottles had been affected or only a percentage, but had tradition been followed and the corks protected by a capsule, the weevil would have found no way in. A false economy on a truly epic scale. So finally to the culinary conundrum that besets every aspiring chef during the month of Asparagus. As mentioned in May’s edition of Essential Suffolk, the collective palates of the No.1 Suffolk Ladies Wine Academy were recently put to the test at Main’s Restaurant in Yoxford. Jason prepared five asparagusbased dishes; I proffered seven Adnams wines. The conclusion – a hard concept to embrace with 16 very individual palates hard at work – was, to say the least, inconclusive! Describing the dishes and wines would run to another page, but as an example, eating shaved (very finely sliced) raw asparagus with broadbean, tarragon, lemon and bacon salad was wine-defyingly sensational! If, however, I was lined up in front of a firing squad and forced to make my ultimate vinous choice, it would be something quite rich, like Adnams’ New Zealand Tattybogler Pinot Gris, which offers a hint of residual sweetness, thus accentuating the sweetness of freshlypicked asparagus. Bon degustation!



JUNE 2014

INN DEMAND In a time when we tend to hear of more pub closures than openings, The Sibton White Horse Inn near Yoxford has continued to thrive and develop a loyal and enthusiastic following. Adrian Rawlinson re visited an Essential Suffolk favourite to see what keeps bringing people back


he Sibton White Horse is a pub that you are unlikely ever to stumble across or pass en-route to another destination. Although literally only a couple of minutes from the main A1120 by Peasenhall it sits in a tranquil backwater of Suffolk, perfect for peace and quiet, perfect for crystal clear night skies but not ideal for passing trade. So how, when success for many in the hospitality trade seems to rely on a busy location, has the Sibton White Horse succeeded in regularly tempting diners off the more beaten track?


Neil and Gill Mason, owners of the White Horse, moved to Sibton eight years ago with a very clear vision and a desire to create great food. In that time they have turned their village pub into an award winning destination for food lovers – they have been voted ‘Suffolk dining pub of the year’ three times – and, to their credit, have also retained the pub’s position as the traditional relaxed village local where you are just as welcome to sit by the bar and have a pint – a quality I have found that many pubs with gastronomic ambitions tend

to lose sight of. It is also a pub for grown-ups, while they are child friendly only children over the age of six are permitted in the evening and this for many is a definite draw. When we arrived, early on a Saturday evening, there was already a good gathering of customers. Some like us, purely visiting to dine, others were guests staying in the pub’s four star accommodation and as already mentioned a number of locals who were just enjoying a spring evening pint.

Dining Review | Sibton White Horse Inn

As I had been relieved of driving duties for the evening a visit to the bar was also my first stop. As a genuine free house Neil and Gill have an ever changing selection of ales alongside regular favourites. On this occasion, after Neil had enticed me with a small sample, I opted for a pint of ‘Trawlerboys’ from the Lowestoft Green Jack brewery. I would highly recommend trying it yourself if you ever find it a choice. The pub has three main dining areas, the bar, the raised gallery and the dining room, also as the weather improves, a pretty covered courtyard which is very popular in the summer months with regular barbecues. We were shown to our table in the gallery with a window that overlooks the pubs impressive kitchen garden and chickens – a constant source of delicious fresh eggs which we always buy when we visit. While it may be en-vogue to talk about provenance and food miles Neil and Gill can confidently boast about their offering in terms of food yards! In the evening the pub offers an a la carte menu devised by head chef James Finch with daily specials chalked on boards above the fireplace. James has been at the White Horse for four years

initially as sous chef and for the last two as head chef. A Suffolk lad he has a passion for local ingredients and the skill to turn them in to great dishes. My wife’s choice of starter reflected both seasonality and locality opting for the ‘Soup of the moment’ which was, on that evening, cream of asparagus. The true asparagus season is so short that is seems a shame not to take advantage whenever possible and the result was delicious. I chose the smoked mackerel pate with Melba toast, radish & cucumber salad and wholegrain mustard dressing. The flavour of the pate was beautifully balanced and the texture both smooth and light. What was also noticeable on this dish, and then on subsequent dishes was the attention paid to presentation. Without being fussy in anyway, or detracting from the ever generous portions, it has definitely improved on what were already high standards. For our mains I went for roasted breast of Suffolk chicken, dauphinoise potato, local asparagus, roasted carrots tarragon and Madeira cream with Lesley choosing one from the specials board; a mille feuille with wild mushroom with roasted cherry tomatoes baby onions

and a whole grain mustard cream sauce. Lesley is not a vegetarian but such was the attractiveness of one being served to another table, as we made our selections, her decision was an easy one and she was delighted with her choice. The puff pastry was light, the mushrooms packed with flavour and the cream sauce delicious. James has a penchant for cream in his dishes and while regular consumption may not be kind on the waste-line you will never be without a satisfied smile. My dish was superb. Without hesitation I would say that the chicken breast was the best I have ever eaten. It was cooked to perfection, both moist and tender and intensely tasted of – well – chicken; as top quality chicken should but sadly so many times doesn’t. The roasted carrots had depth, the dauphinoise was a delight, and the asparagus glistening, unadulterated and delicious all tied together with the delicate tarragon and Madeira cream. There is a saying that you should stop while you are ahead and such was the splendour of my main course that I nearly did. We had enjoyed a superb meal and I really didn’t need another morsel, however, in the same way that Lesley had been tempted into her main by seeing a dish heading to another table so I was drawn to my desert, an individual dark chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream and chocolate crumble. I’m glad that I did because it was fantastic – rich, dark and intense without a soggy bottom in sight. I have to admit that it did ultimately defeat me as one portion, even on another day, could easily have served two. Generous as always. The dishes at the White Horse may be a pound or two more than you may pay at other pubs, but this is not ‘pub grub’. It is equal in quality to any you would find in a good restaurant and value is packed into every penny and it is for this reason that in my opinion the White Horse has and will continue to be a destination for food lovers.




JUNE 2014

FORE for FOUR Summer dining can mean that the traditional Sunday beef roast goes out of the window for a few months, but this barbecued fore-rib of rare breed beef from Jimmy’s Farm’s new head chef Jon Gay is sure to keep family or guests happy as a great centre piece any day of the week


Chef’s Recipe | Jimmy’s Farm

One of East Anglia’s youngest head chefs, with a reputation for big flavours and imaginative dishes, Jon Gay has recently moved from his Norwich base to the kitchens of Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk. With a reputation for working with the best ingredients from the region he aims to develop the restaurant and shop, already popular for their rare breed meat and local suppliers, into a culinary centre of excellence.

Highly commended in Norfolk’s Food and Drink Awards in 2013, selected from the region’s best young cooks to be crowned ‘Norfolk Young Chef of the Future’ in 2008 and advisor to many of Norfolk’s leading restaurants, Jon is now making the most of the opportunity to source ingredients from the 100 acre rare breed farm surrounding the restaurant.

Barbecued Fore-rib of Rare Breed Beef, Radish & Pickled Vegetable Salad INGREDIENTS


Serves 4

1.2kg Bone in fore-rib of beef For the spice mix 5g fennel seeds ½ tsp cumin 1 tsp pepper corns 50g Demerara sugar 25g Maldon sea salt 10g smoked paprika ½ tsp oregano 1 tsp Cayenne pepper For the salad Baby vegetables to pickle 200ml white wine vinegar 2 bay leaves 5 juniper berries Sprig of thyme Fresh radishes 2 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp soy sauce Juice of one lemon 1 bag of baby leaves

1. Mix all the spices into a small frying pan gently over a low heat, moving constantly to start cooking out the spices. After a couple of minutes pour all the spices into a pestle and mortar (or a blender, or coffee grinder) until a powder. 2. Mix the spice mix, salt and sugar and rub well on the meat. Be generous, and massage thoroughly into the meat. Leave to marinate for at least 12 hours but longer if you’ve planned far enough in advance! 3. For the pickled vegetables, bring the vinegar to the boil before adding the sugar, juniper berries and sprig of thyme. Add the baby vegetables, and take off the heat.You can store the vegetables for up to three months in an airtight Kilner jar in the fridge. 4. The dressing is made by mixing the soy sauce, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquor before dressing your baby leaves. 5. Preheat your barbecue to a high heat, seal all sides of the meat, and continue rotating every three minutes, for about 15 – 18 minutes. This will leave the meat beautifully pink inside but you can of course cook further if desired. 6. If you want to cook in an oven, pan fry the rib until caramelised, before placing into a preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes at 180°C. Serve with the dressed salad, pickled baby vegetables, and perhaps some roasted new potatoes... oh and a glass of your favourite red!

CHEF’S TIP This is one of my favourite dishes at the moment and as soon as the sun shines you’ll be dying to dust off the barbecue. It may look like lots of ingredients but if you cook often you’ll be surprised how many you already have in the cupboard.The Spice Mix is great on beef, but also try it on chicken wings or pork shoulder.



JUNE 2014

LAKESIDE DINING There are very few businesses in 21st century Britain that can afford to stand still. Developing a brand to meet the needs of an ever more demanding public has never been greater than now and the leisure and hospitality industry is most certainly at the sharp end. Lesley Rawlinson revisits the highly successful Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa where the entrepreneurial family board always has a collective eye on the future


wonder whether Bill & Devora Peake had any idea, back in the early seventies, that the two championship golf courses they’d created in the rolling Suffolk Countryside would become part of a thriving leisure resort? Devora Peake started farming in Suffolk with her first husband Bernard Loshak more than 70 years ago and when she married Bill in the late 1940s they were running a simple 120 acre apple farm. Turn the clock forward more than forty years and the next generation heads up three very successful companies employing more than 300 people; Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Boxford Suffolk Farms and Peake Fruit. When the Hotel, Golf and Spa celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2013 the latest venture had just been completed – five fabulously luxurious Country Lodges. Nestled near the outer reaches of the site, away from the bustle of the hotel but overlooking the incredibly beautiful golf courses the Lodges were the latest well thought out development to keep this ever growing business firmly ahead of the game. Yet, always looking for the next wave of


improvements, attention has turned this year to the main hotel itself with significant changes to the entrance lobby, lounge bar and Lakes Restaurant. Making the most of the previously paved area in front of the hotel entrance the entire reception ‘corridor’ has been expanded with the creation of a new bright and airy lounge with a fully glazed front wall flooding the space with mood lighting. The area has every hallmark of Lindsey Rendall of Rendall & Wright who also designed the interiors of the Lodges. A deep turquoise silk base cloth provides the backdrop for ethereal hand painted cherry trees with delicate embroidered blossom flowers in rich creams, greys and bronzes – a nod to the fruit growing heritage of the family business. This fresh but calm theme using grey greens and sea blues continues through to the lounge bar and restaurant. With so much energy and creativity flowing from the Board of Directors it’s hardly surprising that they’ve selected a team with similar traits – none more than award winning Executive Head

Chef, Alan Paton. With two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence it’s obvious from the menu that Alan has a curiosity that has been encouraged, resulting in some incredibly adventurous flavour combinations, particularly on the A La Carte Menu. With both the Table d’hote and A la Carte menus on offer we were spoilt for choice from the outset. While we made up our minds we sampled some delicious breads – we were hoping that they’d still be featured as the creative recipes stood out in our memories from our last visit. This time we tried a hot smoked chilli and chorizo loaf that really zinged on the palate, a walnut fennel and apricot blend which My husband, Adrian assured me was quite outstanding (sadly I couldn’t sample due to nut allergy) and my personal favourite – a light as air sun-blush tomato, basil and olive bread. All three are testament to Alan Paton’s passion for putting tempting tastes together. Now, it’s true to say that some of the menu descriptions may leave the more traditional diner scratching his or her head especially on the dessert menu,

Dining Review | Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

which I will expand on later, but the selection of starter for my husband was easy as he was drawn to the local Boxford asparagus which is always delicious. Teamed with Granny Smith apple, mascarpone, croissant, baked almonds and sherry vinegar caramel it was not an obvious combination but illustrative of Alan’s desire to push the envelope and introduce diners to new combinations. Ordering from the table d’hote my choice was a little more straightforward as I decided to go for barbequed pulled pork terrine with piccalilli, peppercorn dressing and bread sticks. I think ‘pulled pork’ must be the ingredient of the moment – and not without merit. The crunchy homemade piccalilli made a perfect partner for the tender terrine. Moving on the mains and staying with the A La Carte menu, my husband decided to stick with his local theme and chose Dingley Dell Black Pig belly, potato lardo chorizo terrine, leek, pear, macadamia, golden beetroot relish and pestinos. There’s always a dish along that way that captures his imagination and

from this visit it was the potato and chorizo terrine. Fine layers interlaced to create an element that could have stood alone with a salad for example, much like a Spanish tortilla. I think I can look forward to a Rawlinson version making it to our table sometime in the near future. I opted for the duo of beef, braised shin and seared medallion with thick cut chips, red cabbage, watercress and a peppercorn sauce – far more accustomed bedfellows and certainly a delicious dish. A rather large glass of Merlot accompanied my meal and as I was still making my way through it I thought I’d stray from my usual dessert choices and order cheese instead. Selecting from the cheese menu I decided on a mouthwatering trio of Montgomery Cheddar with date chutney, Suffolk Gold with Suffolk Gold shortbread and Mrs Temples Copy’s Cloud served with cranberry and bacon while my husband was lured by bread and butter pudding, raisin compote, served with another combination to challenge the taste buds; blue cheese and white chocolate ice cream. However, if you think that’s

innovative he came close to ordering the doughnut with sticky toffee bacon stuffing, spiced coffee sugar, milk, maple walnut ice cream and pancetta. Yes, that’s right, bacon! Interesting for sure and according to the very knowledgeable restaurant manager a really good pairing that’s been well received – maybe one to try next time! We’ll be back at the hotel in early June as Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa has been appointed as the host venue for the 2014 PGA Seniors Championship - the flagship event of the European Senior Tour. It’s a 72-hole tournament that will be played on the fabulous Gainsborough course from June 5-8 and the whole thing kicks off with a Pro-Am on Wednesday June 4. If you’re a golf fan the atmosphere at Stoke by Nayland is not to be missed with 120 of the world’s best senior golfers, all competing to be crowned PGA Seniors Champion 2014 - and the highlights televised on Sky Sports on each night of the event.

INFORMATION 01206 262836



JUNE 2014

Fynn Valley

The Peacock Inn

The Middleton Bell

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.

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.

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

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)

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

37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU

01473 785202

01449 743952

01473 230293

Ufford Park

The Dog

The Galley

The Park Restaurant, situated at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa is set in 120 acres of historic parklands. We offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and have a seasonally-changing menu offering lots of locally produced food and fresh vegetables. Sunday Lunch has made a welcome return to the restaurant in the last month where you are able to choose from a delicious three course menu and enjoy beautiful views across the golf course. A bar snack menu is also served all day in our Bar. Non-members welcome.

Award Winning Public House, Restaurant & Bar. Our menu constantly evolves to reflect the changing seasons and celebrates the very best of locally sourced produce. Our ‘Specials Board’ is inspired by the prime seasonal ingredients available each day and the entire menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list. New guest beer every week. Real ales and rustic ciders. Save 20% off food orders everyday between 5.30 and 6.30pm. Set price menu one course £7.50, two courses £10 or three courses £13.

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. New spring menu – Light lunch, two course £11, three course £14. The team at the Galley are introducing a new special event on the second Sunday of every month – an extra delicious Sunday Roast! Next available on 8th June, 13th July and 10th August. Lobster Weeks 16 – 22 June, 14 – 20 July and 18 – 24 August.

Open: Monday to Sunday, 6.30 to 9.30pm Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW 0844 847 9467 56

Open: Monday – Closed. Tuesday to Thursday 12 noon to 2.30pm and 5.30 to 11pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday – open all day. Food Served 12 noon to 2pm (2.30 Sunday) and 5.30pm to 9pm daily The Green, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6TA 01473 735267

The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN

Open: 7 days a week, lunch 12noon to 2.15pm, dinner 6pm to late (early bird diner 6 – 7pm) 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LX 01394 380055

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The Plough & Sail

The White Horse

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.

After two years at the helm of the Plough & Sail located at Snape Maltings, local twins Alex and Oliver Burnside’s passion for creating a quality dining pub serving a seasonallychanging menu is ever stronger. Enjoy ‘traditional’ pub food for lunch and in the evenings a modern ‘restaurant style’ menu alongside an extensive selection of ales, spirits and quality wines. Pre and post concert dining is available and booking is advised. “We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

You’re always sure of a warm welcome at The White Horse. A fabulous little spot in Old Felixstowe, where you’ll find a range of fine guest ales and delicious personally selected wines. The menu is made up of fresh, locally sourced produce, including daily seasonal specials and a wonderful traditional Sunday roast – all prepared by a talented team of AA Rosette winning chefs. Please see website for details of forthcoming events, including the next beer festival to be held in the beautifully converted stable block.

13 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE

Snape Maltings, Snape Bridge, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1SR

01473 230293

01728 688413

Open: All day every day. Food served 12 until 2.30pm weekdays and all day at weekends TThe White Horse, Church Road, Old Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9NF 01394 277496

The Fountain

The Angel

Sibton White Horse

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.

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.

A 16th century unspoilt destination inn set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Into our ninth year and our passion for providing a wonderful dining experience goes on. Relax with a local pint of ale or glass of wine whist absorbing the character of such a charming building or spill out into the sheltered courtyard and indulge in some of the finest alfresco. With an AA Rosette our menu is thoughtfully crafted and built upon local and seasonal ingredients. We offer an easy and relaxed service, grounded in the tradition of the English inn.

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: Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 3pm and 5pm to close. Open all day at weekends

Open: 12pm to 2.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30pm to 11pm. Monday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm, 6.45pm to 10.30pm Sunday

The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT

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

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

01473 785377

01473 230293

01728 660337

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm Sunday, 12 noon to 10.30pm Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm



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JUNE 2014

The Bildeston Crown

Seckford Hall

Shepherd & Dog

In the heart of Suffolk’s picturesque countryside, The Bildeston Crown is a 15th century coaching inn, imaginatively renovated and refurbished in 2003.Their passion for good food means quality produce, sourced locally whenever possible, and used when in season to get the best results. ‘Ingrams’ is the 30-seater dining room which showcases the creativity of Head Chef Zack Deakins while ‘Classics’ is the more casual dining option bringing traditional British dishes up to date with modern twists.

1530 at Seckford Hall Hotel is Suffolk’s newest fine dining destination. Ideal for business and pleasure the talented team of chefs turn local produce into mouth-watering dishes, with seasonally changing menus. Relaxed, stylish and comfortable, full of character but unpretentious the new classical design has stunning statement lighting and an eclectic mix of colours, mirroring the Tudor charm of the hotel. See what everyone is talking about and experience the tradition, history and good taste at 1530.

Set amongst the fields of Forward Green the pub boasts a modern interior with a relaxing atmosphere. Our menus showcase seasonal ingredients at their best. We bake our own bread and make all our own ice creams. Bar food is served all day. We have a children's menu available and dogs are welcome in the bar. Booking is advised for the Eaterie.

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

Open: Lunch and dinner 7 days a week Light snacks served all day

Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Food in the pub served 12 noon to 9pm (Wednesday – Sunday). Eaterie is open 12 noon to 3pm and 6.30 to 9.30pm (Wednesday – Saturday).

High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk, IP7 7EB

Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6NU

Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5HN

01449 740510

01394 385678

01449 711685


• Large kitchen and bathroom showroom • Villeroy & Boch, Matki Aqata & Hans Grohe • German kitchen furniture, Corian & Neff • Full installation service • Free design

Kitchen and Bathroom showroom Smithfield, Melton Road, Melton, nr. Woodbridge, IP12 1NG


Tel: 01394 386390


WIN A THREE COURSE LUNCH OR DINNER FOR TWO AT MILSOMS KESGRAVE HALL THE PRIZE Enjoy a three course dinner or lunch for two at Kesgrave Hall preceded by a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival. TO ENTER For your chance to win simply answer this question: What is the name of Kesgrave Hall’s new event venue?

Kesgrave Hall is a definite favourite Suffolk dining destination and never looks better than when bathed in summer sun. The recent opening of the hangar, one of east Anglia’s most exciting event venues, has added another dimension to the hotel and with 23 stylish bedrooms it is as milsoms often proudly say ‘a great place to eat, drink and stay’. Outside dining under the sail canopy, over-looking the beautiful sweeping lawns, is high on the list of favourite treats for the Essential Suffolk team and we have joined up with milsoms to give one lucky reader a chance to do the same, or inside if you prefer, with a three course lunch or dinner for two.

Email your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to or send a postcard to Kesgrave Hall Competition, Achieve More Media, 21 Terry Gardens, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2EP. The closing date for all entries to be received is Monday 30 June 2014. The winner will be drawn from all the correct entries received by the closing date.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: This prize can be taken at any time excluding Saturday evenings. The winner will be sent a voucher to claim the prize. Tables cannot be booked in advance at Kesgrave Hall. Please indicate on your entry if you do not wish to be contacted by milsoms.

hotel, bar and brasserie.

your perfect Suffolk location for C U LT U R E , H E R I TA G E , C O U N T R Y S I D E , C OA S T and of course J U S T T H E R I G H T A M O U N T O F L U X U R Y A N D G R E AT F O O D . milsoms KESGRAVE HALL Kesgrave Hall, Hall Road, Kesgrave Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 2PU To book call: 01473 333741



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Owner and bed linen buyer Jill Barrett, of Barretts of Woodbridge, shares the latest trends, hints and tips with our Essential guide to buying bed linen this summer

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s everyone steadily emerges from the recession, I’ve noticed that our customers are keen to spend their money wisely – I think we’ve learnt that we get what we pay for. Egyptian Cotton lasts longer, washes better and is more breathable and therefore more comfortable than a more densely woven fabric. These benefits far outweigh the initial higher cost, making the long term cost lower. If softness and breathability are your main priorities then 100% cotton sheets are essential. If your preference is to have wrinkle-free cool sheets, then cotton blends are the best choice. Polycotton sheets hold up well to repeat washings and come in ‘Easy Care’ or ‘Non Iron’ choices. The type of pillow or duvet your choose, and whether you use a mattress protector, can all make a difference to the quality of your sleep, and we all know how important a good, uninterrupted night's sleep is! Duvet or pillow inners made from natural fibres such as feather and down offer the best sleep. While we sleep, over a litre of

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THE MARY BERRY EFFECT? I wonder how many households have been watching the legendary Mary Berry’s cooking programmes on the television? Some will, I am sure, do this by choice while others may be included within the viewing figures as they fall in line with their partner’s preferences. From my novice perspective she seems completely unflustered in the kitchen and although not averse to using modern gadgets such as those to ‘blitz’ the ingredients, I suspect she would still enjoy using some of the more traditional equipment of yesteryear which would loosely fall into the category of kitchenalia. A few week-ends ago I almost had an overdose of kitchen associated items. In the morning a trip was made to a talented firm of specialist cabinet makers who had built our kitchen a few years ago. After that our journey took us to

Stratford St Andrew, en route to Snape, where an antique and bric-a-brac shop has sprung up alongside the garage. Do not be deterred by this unlikely juxtaposition as there are many interesting and varied items to catch the eye and on this day – coincidentally? – a selection of domestic items associated with the kitchen including a notable toast rack where the divisions were formed from JCBs raised up on their buckets! Having concluded our business in Snape – which involved seeing a granddaughter, who I am obliged to warn fellow drivers, has just turned 17 and has L plates! – the link to this small aside is that she too is a very accomplished cook, even if the driving experience is not yet at the same level. Anyway, the trip back to Woodbridge also necessitated a visit to the delights of the old Marlesford Mill where a plethora

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of kitchenalia, too varied to mention in any specific detail, was on view alongside all manner of antiques and curios. To conclude, you all know when you see something and instantly realise “I never knew I needed one of those”. Well, I had three such moments in that very building. One was for a leather covered vaulting horse – way out of my comfort zone and another was for a wirework basket for carrying snails. The third such moment occurred when I came across sets of traffic lights propped up in one corner. Did you know the first traffic lights were installed in London in 1868? This date is of course way before Mary Berry’s influences impacted on the chefs of today but how interesting that her career now encompasses the introduction of the traffic light system on food labelling!

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Make your hallway the heart of your home with Hall Brothers’ staircases and flooring Whether you live in a period property, a barn conversion or a contemporary home, our staircase designs can complement the style. We can also offer wooden flooring to match and feature windows to complete the look. At Hall Brothers, Builders & Joiners, we’re traditional craftsmen who take an oldfashioned pride in our work. Our three-generation family business was started by Reginald Hall and then Roy Hall and is now run by two brothers, Philip and Richard, who share a love for wood and an eye for detail. With customers throughout East Anglia, we have built up an outstanding reputation for exceptional standards of design, executed with meticulous attention to detail and the highest quality construction.

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We have had spring rain and lots of warm days and so you’ll have to be diligent to ensure that thegarden doesn’t get the upper hand. Invest time in your garden to keep it looking good with my list of your top tasks to tackle.

BOXING CLEVER At this time of the year the garden is in full gallop and you will be busy. Here are some top tips for June from Catharine Howard

WEEDS It is extermination time and you need to get to the enemy before it sets seed and throws future weed generations round your garden. How to start the campaign? Take ground elder, for instance – go for a multi-pronged attack. Dig up badly infested areas and wash the roots of any perennials that you have removed. Spread replant elsewhere and smother the ground with black plastic. An alternative is waiting for a dry still evening and spray with glyphosate. Be ready to strip off any leaves that resurge. Deprived of leaves, the plant simply cannot photosynthesise and feed itself – your vigilance will make it give up the ghost in the end but vigilance is the word: you will have to keep up the campaign. Bindweed is another shocker – apply the glyphosate with a pair of rubber gloves, massage it into the tendrils and bundle up into a plastic bag tied in at ground level. Leave the plant to wither in situ. BOX HEDGING Give a light clip to your box plants. Different gurus give different advice but the Derby Day theory seems to be the favourite. Cutting back now means that your plants will be encouraged to put on new soft growth for another trim late on in the summer. I am not sure how much I love box as its underskirts make a perfect hotel for snails and slugs to hide in. SNAILS If you are being plagued by snails or slugs then there are two tried and tested ways of defeating them – either put out saucers with beer in them and a newspaper lid (the molluscs will die happy) or use Nemaslug which is a biological control. Apply this on a six weekly basis. VEGETABLES You are in good time to sow and keep sowing vegetables too, now that any late frosts are over. Vegetables grown in amongst perennials and flowers look knock out so why not try red chard and runner beans up stems in the middle of your borders.

Gardening ANNUALS Sow annuals in the obvious gaps in your flowerbeds – cosmos, nigella and that lovely cow parsley look-alike, Ammi majus are all great favourites. It helps to mark out the sowing areas in sharp sand so that you can sow in paisley patterns. This, I think, makes the most natural shape once the plants have grown up. DAHLIAS Do not neglect the burst of colour given by dahlias in every shade under the sun. It is a tempting thought to put a few of these in too. Remember that they need feeding and staking – they are big and greedy plants. BULBS Spring flowering plants will have finished their display now and you may want to dig up your tulips and move them on to a wild and unkempt part of the garden where they can naturalise. SEASONAL GAPS Does your garden peak round about now and leave you with a withering interest towards the back-end of autumn? If so, keep a look out for the

lovely late flowerers – agastaches, echinceas and late season grasses. I would be tempted to buy a few in pots and put them in right now (pay serious attention to keeping them watered over the droughty summer months). ROSES The roses will be in full spate now – dead-head vigorously to keep the flowers coming and be vigilant in removing suckers. Gallica roses have a serious tendency to throw these from the root of the original plant so snap them off below ground level. Tie in your ramblers and climbers and prune out any leaves affected with black spot, mildew or rust. Make sure these prunings are cleared up and either burnt or thrown out in a bag. CHELSEA CHOP This is something you can apply to a range of your perennials after the Chelsea Flower Show – it is the way to encourage a range of plants to maintain a prolific display right up until the autumn. All the flowering cranesbills respond well to this treatment and catmint does too.

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OPEN GARDENS IN SUFFOLK If you love gardening and you’re searching for inspiration, why not take a look around some of our county’s finest private gardens, open during June. Most will be open in support of very worthwhile causes so give yourself a little time off from the weeding and pruning and visit a splendid local garden instead

JUNE 1 Yoxford Open Gardens Plus

Yoxford Village, 11am – 5pm Refreshments, plants, village leisure activities, raffle.Yoxwood barbecue 6pm onwards. Proceeds to St Elizabeth Hospice, First Responders and Yoxford Village Hall. Tickets: £3 from the Village Hall Contact: Helen Barrett 01728 668 583 East Bergholt Open Gardens Day

11am – 5pm 12 open gardens, three tea venues, ices, art show/sale. Free parking at High School with complimentary shuttle bus. Tickets and programmes available on the day from car park, gardens, tea venues and Budgen’s store in centre of village. Tickets: £6, programmes £1 Contact: Valerie Ayton 01206 298692 Boxford Open Gardens

11am – 5pm Enjoy a great day out for all the family in the beautiful village of Boxford. Plenty of gardens to explore – large and small – cottage, courtyard, riverside and contemporary. Coffee served in village hall from 10.30am, ploughman’s lunches, cakes and cream teas also available. Plant-related stalls and cake stall in front of school hall. The church tower will be open to climb for spectacular views. Shuttle bus will operate during the afternoon to outlying gardens. All proceeds to Boxford St Mary’s Church. Entry: £4.50 adults, accompanied children free Information: 01787 212264 Email:

JUNE 8 Red Cross Open Gardens

Haughley Park Gardens, 2pm – 5pm Join a free guided walk of the notable trees in Haughley Park with tree expert David Mitchell (2.30pm and 4pm). Haughley Park is


home to a Jacobean manor house with formal lawns, herbaceous beds and possibly the largest magnolia and oak trees in Suffolk. Dell garden, walled kitchen garden and woodland walks through flowering rhododendrons. Bold glass sculptures by Danny Lane. Tickets: Adults £5 (under 16s free) Contact: 07734 286337

JUNE 15 Red Cross Open Gardens

Priors Hill Road Gardens, Aldeburgh, 2 – 5pm Four neighbouring gardens over four acres, with glorious views over the River Alde, marshland and the North Sea.Two of the gardens have extensive water features and plants suited to the mild Aldeburgh micro-climate. Contact: 07732 286337 Hidden Gardens Of Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds town centre, 11am – 5pm More than 30 gardens, normally hidden behind houses and high walls, open to the public to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. Organised for the 28th year. Teas, ice creams, plants and entertainment. Tickets: £5 from Angel Hill Contact: 01284 701 527 Email:

JUNE 28 Red Cross Open Garden

Columbine Hall, Stowupland, 2 – 5pm Four-acre garden, surrounding a medieval moated manor. Colour-themed walled vegetable garden, stunning pictorial meadow, formal hedges and avenues. Also bog garden, Mediterranean garden, vistas and eyecatchers (garden much designed by George Carter).The garden has also featured in Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden, The Kitchen Garden, The Daily Telegraph and has a star in the Good Gardens Guide. Tickets: Adults £4 (under 16s free) Contact: 07734 286337 Email:

JUNE 29 Red Cross Open Garden

Riverside House, Sudbury, 2 – 5pm Tranquil walled country garden leading down to River Stour. Mixed herbaceous beds, annual plants, lawns trees and shrubs. A rustic bridge over the River Stour leads to a wild woodland area with an impressive native black poplar and weeping willows. Entry: Adults £4 (under 16s free) Contact: 07734 286337 Email: Chelsworth Open Gardens

Chelsworth Village, 11am – 5pm Red Cross Open Gardens

The Barn, Westleton, 2 – 5pm A quirky series of ‘garden rooms’ linked by tree and pillar avenues and a network of sunken paths. Explore the cocktail garden, bi-millenium garden, Roman, Athenian and Bedouin Gardens. A garden of extraordinary and whimsical delights set in 13.5.acres. Tickets: £4 per adult (under 16s free) Contact: 07734 286337 Email:

Chelsworth is a picturesque, lively village situated in the beautiful Brett valley just a few miles from Lavenham and for more than 40 years the residents have opened their wonderful private gardens to the public on the last Sunday in June. A number of specialist nursery and plant collections and other commercial standholders, arts & crafts stands in the Village Hall, village produce stall, ice creams, cakes, savouries, teas & coffees, Classic cars. Entry: £6



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Fenn Wright Castle Estates Grier & Partners Jackson-Stops & Staff Jennie Jones ECR Properties Neals Clarke & Simpson Fine & Country

74 Little Bealings

76 Walberswick

80 Thorpeness



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An immaculately presented, five bedroom detached family house in delightful south facing rear gardens on the outskirts of this picturesque village 5 bedrooms | 2 reception rooms wrap-around conservatory | en-suite | family bathroom | double garage Energy Rating E


A well-presented detached family house situated in a popular residential location within walking distance of Christchurch Park 5 bedrooms | 3 reception rooms kitchen/breakfast room | en-suite family bathroom | double garage Northgate catchment | Energy Rating D


A unique split-level home, situated in a delightful setting within walled gardens, grounds and lakes of approximately 3.25 acres 4/5 bedrooms | 4/5 reception rooms | 3 bath/shower rooms | self-contained annexe | flexible accommodation with further potential for extension, subject to planning consent | range of out buildings paddock | swimming pool Energy Rating E

An attractive Curtilage Listed barn conversion which has recently undergone an extensive programme of refurbishment with the construction of additional ground floor accommodation 4 bedrooms | 2 reception rooms | 4 shower/bathrooms | character property with modern-day conveniences | Energy Rating D

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So Oak Tree Cottage, which has been extensively enlarged and improved by the current owners, boasts not only an excellent location but is also a perfect family home.

front door is flanked by stained glass. There’s an elegant wide hall with a traditional, geometrically patterned tiled floor and a study area to one end. The sitting room runs from the front to the back of the house with a wood burner at one end and an Art Nouveau style fireplace at the other.There is also a bedroom with extensive cupboards and a good sized en suite bathroom. A cloakroom and a sizeable utility complete the accommodation on this level.

Set in a mature garden of half an acre the property offers four bedrooms and reception rooms that include a magnificent kitchen/family room. The recent renovations have been marked by focusing on attention to detail with decorative ridge tiles and sculptured barge boards. Inside the rooms are arranged on different levels. On the lower ground floor the panelled

A staircase leads up to a landing where to one side are three bedrooms, two of which have attractive fireplaces and one a Juliet balcony, and the family bathroom. On the other side of the landing a short flight of stairs leads up to the magnificent kitchen-family room with a full height pitched ceiling having substantial exposed timbers adding to the character.

Little Bealings is without doubt one of the most favoured and ideally located villages on the outskirts of both Ipswich and Woodbridge. It offers stunning unspoiled countryside in the Fynn Valley with easy access to excellent transport links by road and rail.


The kitchen is at the front of the house with units surrounding a large central island with a cream electric Aga and companion set to one side. Meanwhile the family room/dining area is at the rear beside French doors which open onto an elevated decked terrace, linking the house back to the garden and includes a sheltered paved terrace which is ideal for alfresco dining. Outside a stained timber garden store conceals the oil storage tank and there is ample parking space on the gravel drive in the front of the double bay cart lodge.

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SEASIDE SUFFOLK HOME Walberswick is one of Britain’s most perfect seaside villages and a dream location to live and for those seeking a home of character, Shenburgh, which has enviable views towards St Andrew’s parish Church, is a perfect opportunity to join this Suffolk idyll. Built in the 1920s/30s and standing in approximately half an acre of garden, it’s a three bedroom detached property with potential for a fourth bedroom in the attic. The property offers period features with leaded light windows, exposed beams and open fireplaces in a number of rooms. Arranged over two


floors the accommodation includes a reception hall, triple aspect sitting room with open fire, triple aspect dining room also with an open fire and door opening to the rear garden. There is also a study, breakfast room and a kitchen which has a four oven oil fired AGA. Upstairs the first floor landing provides access to three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a WC. A retractable ladder provides access to an attic/potential fourth bedroom with landing area. Outside there are a number of buildings including a garage/workshop, a boatshed, potting shed and octagonal summer-

house. There is a rose garden to the right hand side of the house, and ornamental ponds with flower and shrub borders. The rear garden is predominantly laid to lawn with established flower and shrub borders and a variety of mature trees enclosed by hedged and fenced boundaries. Meanwhile the front garden has been laid to lawn and left open to enjoy the views towards St Andrew’s Parish Church.

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Stratford St Andrew

A 16th Century timber framed manor house with converted outbuildings & extensive equestrian facilities. 3 reception rooms. 6 bedrooms, 3 baths. 3 self contained annexe properties. 2 large stable blocks, outdoor manège 18 acres, with further land available.

A classic & substantial 5,200 sq ft Victorian former rectory in a 5 acre parkland setting, with countryside views. 3 reception rooms. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 attic rooms. Garaging.

Guide Price £1,350,000

Guide Price £950,000

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An historic, part moated Grade II Listed farmhouse in the heart of rural Suffolk. 3 reception rooms. 4 bedrooms, 4 shower/bath rooms. Potential fifth attic bedroom. Delightfully mature gardens. About 3.5 acres.

Tucked away on the edge of the village adjacent to the handsome parish church, a picturesque Grade II Listed cottage with far reaching views across the Deben Valley. 2 reception rooms. 3-4 bedrooms. 2 bath/shower rooms. Orchard gardens & meadow. About 2.5 acres.

Guide Price £675,000

Guide Price £550,000

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GUIDE PRICE £575,000

A fine Edwardian 6 bed detached house. The elegant accommodation includes 3 reception, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, cellar, en suite & dressing room to master bedroom. Large landscaped garden. EPC.-E.

BENHALL GREEN PRICE £695,000 Modern spacious barn style 4 bed property 2 reception, conservatory, farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room 2 baths, en suite, Double garage and workshop. EPC-C.



GUIDE PRICE £495,000

TUNSTALL GUIDE PRICE £450,000 Detached 4 bed family house, wonderful views, 2 reception, lovely kitchen/diner, double garage and games room. Studio. Large attractive garden. EPC-D

Aldeburgh 01728 454622


WESTLETON G.P £450,000 Detached 3 bed cottage overlooking the pond and green, sitting room, kitchen/diner, garden, garden studio, garage. EPC-D

Saxmundham 01728 605511


One of five units converted from the old Ogilvie Hall at Thorpeness and occupying one entire end of the Hall. Wealth of features including 4 bedrooms, extravagant kitchen/living area with vaulted ceiling, gallery area, solid oak portico. EPC-C

Attractive 2 storey cottage overlooking Moot Green and the sea. Featured in BBC hit series Grandpa in my Pocket. Porch, hall, sitting/dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, shower room, bedroom & balcony, courtyard, sun deck. EPC.-D



Modern executive 3 bed house with cloaks, utility, sitting room, open plan kitchen/diner, en suite, garage, landscaped garden. EPC-C



Attractive 4 bed house in small close. Cloaks, sitting room, utility, kitchen/diner, en suite, garage & garden. Close to Minsmere. EPC-D

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Guide £735,000

Thrandeston, Near Diss Grade II listed 5 bedroom period property with attached 3 bedroom cottage in unique stand-alone location with extensive traditional outbuildings with development potential (stp) and idyllic grounds of around 21 ACRES (stms). Former granary, stabling, paddocks, wildlife lake. Well placed for rail link to London.

Creeting St Mary, Near Stowmarket 5 bedroom property in a superb countryside position with lovely views, equestrian facilities and around 10 ACRES (stms). Annexe potential, superb office, five loose boxes, fenced manège, horsewalker, excellent outriding. Well placed for travel (A14, A140, London rail links). EER E

Guide £535,000 Hollesley, Near Woodbridge 3/4 bedroom property set in lovely rural position with far reaching views set in around 5 ACRES (stms). Stable yard, paddocks, garage for four cars with work pit, vegetable and fruit garden, polytunnel, excellent outriding and walking. EER D

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Little Bealings, Woodbridge - Offers around £750,000

A stylishly enlarged village house of great character, set in about ½ an acre sts, with far reaching views over the Fynn Valley Hall, Cloakroom, Sitting Room, Magnificent Kitchen-Family Room, Utility Room, Four Bedrooms, En-Suite and Family Bathrooms. Double Bay Cart Lodge. EPC Band D

On the edge of Grundisburgh - Offers around £695,000

A thoughtfully designed and recently completed new detached house Hall, Cloakroom, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Study or fifth Bedroom, Kitchen-Family Room, Utility Room, Four Bedrooms, one with a Dressing Room, two En-Suite and a family Bathroom. Double Garage. Landscaped Garden. EPC Band B

JUNE 2014


Room view from the crow’s nest study area in Thorpe House


LANDMARK CONVERSION In 1925 Ogilvie Hall was built as a theatre for Thorpeness ‘creator’ Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie’s plays and in recent years was used as a library and social club for the village. In 2012 permission was granted to transform this seaside landmark into five luxury homes. Each property in Ogilvie Hall has been expertly conceived and designed to make use of the existing architectural features in a contemporary context providing a highly attractive mix of timeless features and modern comforts. The conversion work has been undertaken by Pentaco construction Limited working alongside architect Nick Barber and interior designer Jo Jo Humes who together have combined superb design with high quality materials and craftsmanship. Three of the five homes are currently for sale. Thorpe House, at £585,000, Meare House at £415,000 and Mill House at £425,000 with Barrie House and 80

Glencairn House to be completed in the coming months. Each of the initial three has been designed with bedrooms on the ground floor and living accommodation on the first floor. This has created beautiful light living spaces with high vaulted ceiling, incorporating original exposed timber trusses, and classical leaded double glazed, windows. The design of Thorpe House once seen will not be forgotten. Accessed by an elegant spiral staircase sits a breath taking crow’s nest study area high above the open plan living area below. It is a truly inspirational and practical use of space. These high ceilings are consistent through each of the three homes. While it is likely that these properties will appeal to the holiday market each would work perfectly well as a full time home. The kitchens, supplied by Woodbridge Interiors are all individually designed, and offer quality Neff or AEG appliances with plenty of work and storage space. Each has a wall mounted

flueless fire and thermostatically controlled under floor heating throughout. Stylish bathrooms and very usable bedrooms again give the homes flexibility as to their future use. Outside the property there are communal gardens, individual patio areas, woven willow privacy screening, allocated parking spaces and communal cycle parking. All this of course while being only a stone’s throw from the shingle beach. Thorpeness, as well as offering two pubs, a lovely golf course and the iconic Thorpeness Meare boating lake, is only a short distance from the beautiful seaside town of Aldeburgh and approximately a 15 minute drive from the main A12.

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Grundisburgh Guide Price £695,000

Rendham Guide Price £675,000

A brand new four/five bedroom handcrafted house of nearly 3,000 square feet, built in a period style yet benefitting from a superior modern specification. Double garage and parking. Landscaped gardens. Ref: 4940 EPC = B (predicted)

A six bedroom former Victorian school, sitting in attractive and mature grounds of almost an acre. Delightful front and rear gardens. Garaging, outbuildings and two stables. EPC = E

Ashbocking Guide Price £575,000

Stradbroke Guide Price £425,000

An historic Grade II Listed four bedroom detached house within a village setting, with pretty gardens and grounds extending to approximately 2.5 acres. Double cart lodge, ample parking, stabling and a range of outbuildings. Ref: 5080 Listed moat with ‘Monet’ bridge and jettied terraced sitting area.

An exceptional oak framed house offering practical yet impressive reception rooms & three bedrooms, with landscaped grounds of nearly ⅓ of an acre, within walking distance of the centre of Stradbroke. Double garage. 23’ x 13’ workshop/store building. Attractive secluded front & rear gardens. Ref: 5090

Aspall Green Guide Price £350,000

Melton Guide Price £297,500

A pretty, detached cottage requiring renovation, sitting away from the road in an idyllic position within the Parish of Aspall, near Debenham. Ample parking. Double garage. Delightful landscaped gardens of 0.4 acres. Exercise swimming pool. Ref: 5093

A delightful and well appointed three bedroom semi-detached house in a quiet location yet close to Melton Woods and Woodbridge’s town centre. Landscaped gardens to the front and rear. EPC = E

Stradbroke Guide Price £245,000

Westleton To Let £2,500 p.c.m.

An impressive four bedroom link detached house built by Hopkins Homes, within walking distance of the centre of Stradbroke. Parking for three vehicles, including carport. 30’ x 30’ south facing garden. EPC = C

A magnificent six bedroom detached Suffolk barn, newly renovated and situated in an idyllic rural setting on the edge of Dunwich Forest. Delightful grounds of approximately ¾ of an acre. EPC = E

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Ref: 5079

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

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Guide Price £1,250,000


Guide Price £975,000

This thoughtfully designed five bedroom family home with adjoining one bedroom annexe is set in a much sought after location with stunning views over one acre (sts) gardens towards Martleham Creek. Open plan, bright living accommodation comprises: dining and kitchen areas, bi-fold doors & picture windows, two wood burning stoves, master en-suite, outdoor swimming pool, summer house, garage/workshop. Convenient for river, restaurants, shops & rail station. EPC D. Apply Woodbridge office.

Character home with enviable Church views in the heart of this much sought after seaside village within an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) near Southwold. Many period features with leaded light windows, exposed beams and open fireplaces. Reception hall, kitchen opening to breakfast room with Aga, triple aspect sitting room, triple aspect dining room, study, cloakroom, three bedrooms, two family bathrooms, potential fourth attic bedroom, established gardens approaching half an acre (sts), rose garden, summer house, garage, boat shed/2nd garage. EPC F. Apply Woodbridge office.



Guide Price: £600,000

Guide Price: £540,000

A wonderful detached 4 bedroom barn conversion offering dual occupancy with a detached barn style 2 bedroom self-contained annexe, set in three quarters of an acre (sts) in this rural Suffolk village enjoying open views & country walks. The accommodation is spacious, neatly presented displaying fine character features & within the grounds are gardens, useful workshop area with garage, yards & parking. EPC – D. Apply Ipswich office.

A handsome 5/6 spacious detached family residence with annexe potential (stpp), offering exceptionally presented accommodation with many attractive features, pleasantly tucked away in this semi-rural village set within the Debenham School catchment. The plot extends to just over 1/2 an acre (sts) enjoying countryside views, benefitting from 2 entrances and being offered with no onward chain. EPC – C. Apply Ipswich office



Guide Price: £685,000

Nine Elms Farm is a stunning Grade II listed traditional farmhouse boasting a wealth of period features including exposed oak timbers, brick flooring, inglenook fireplaces, oak doors and four oven Aga.The partly thatched property has recently undergone a major restoration and extension programme, but would benefit from further development and finishing.The grounds extend to approximately one acre (sts). Foundations have been laid for a double cart lodge with studio, as well as off-road parking. Apply Needham office.

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Guide Price: £625,000

Situated in a rural location, Combs Hall Barn sits in approximately one acre (sts) with views to the adjacent church. Features include sitting room with inglenook, dining room, study, kitchen, breakfast room, utility room and shower room. Six bedrooms including master bedroom with en suite, and two family bathrooms. Attic room and loft space. There is also a separate two bedroom annexe. Approached over a private drive with plenty of off-road parking. Outbuildings include large timber storage shed and garden shed. EPC – D. Apply Needham office.

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JUNE 2014

Peter Osborne is the general manager of The Brudenell and White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh. He’s also the inspiration behind the charity fund-raising events Proms by the Sea and 60s by the Sea. This year he’s organising another event – Soul by the Sea which is taking place on July 5. This is how he describes ‘his Suffolk’

How did you come to live in Suffolk? I was born in Cambridge and was a chorister at Kings School Ely but then our family moved away. I joined the army and was in the Household Cavalry. Every year we used to bring our horses to Holkham for two weeks and I always used to slip over the border to Suffolk for a pint of Adnams. After the army I started work in the hotel trade and have been in Suffolk now for six years – working at first in Ipswich and now in Aldeburgh. Where do you like to eat out? If you are talking about pubs – The Froize Inn at Chillesford. For hotels I’d say The Angel in Bury St Edmunds and The Crown at Woodbridge. I particularly like Bury St Edmunds because it’s different from the coast and The Angel because it has great food and service and is really different inside to its ivy-clad exterior. Adnams or Green King? Adnams as I think they are an innovative company with everything from their gins and liquers and their various beers too. I really like their Dry Hop Lager – I am not a bitter man – but I also enjoy their Ghost Ship beer. Do you like to walk? My life is spent walking up and down the seafront at Aldeburgh for work and I’m really lucky because it’s a beautiful place to walk. On my days off my favourite place to walk is around the back of Snape or along The Sailors Path. I might also stop off at the Plough and Sail for a pint as well. What makes Suffolk so special? We have some fantastic food producers and some fantastic festivals celebrating

poetry, literature, music, art and food and drink. There is so much going on and right across the county there are some fantastic places to eat and lovely little country pubs too. What’s really special about living here is that I have an amazing drive to work and the beauty of it is that it’s always different.When I come past Glemham Hall sometimes the sun will be rising or there’s mist over the fields and I come through Snape and to Aldeburgh and sometimes the sun is just coming up and it’s a wonderful sight seeing the sea glisten and the skyline constantly changing. If you had to take people on a tour of Suffolk where would you go? We’d start with the view from the top of the House in the Clouds in Thorpeness and then we’d go to Bury St Edmunds and take them on a tour of the Cathedral and The Abbey Gardens. We’d head back towards Aldeburgh, stopping at Snape and take a walk around there – take in a view of the reed beds and do some shopping. We’d then head back to Aldeburgh for lunch overlooking the sea. Why is Suffolk such a great place for the arts? I think it’s a lot to do with the people who live here. Aldeburgh and Suffolk is full of characters with a great deal of drive who want to promote the county. They don’t just sit around talking about things but they get up and make things happen. Of course we have Aldeburgh Music but there are so many other festivals around too celebrating art, culture and literature. Flipside, which is coming to Snape in October, is fantastic. There are some people who might think “sleepy old Suffolk” but it’s anything but.

Is there an organisation or charity you support? Aldeburgh United – which is a combination of charities in the town some of which are hundreds of years old. It helps senior citizens, young people and those in need. My concerts – Proms by the Sea and 60s by the Sea raise funds for it. Soul by the Sea is also raising money jointly for Aldeburgh United, Help an East Coast Child and Town 102 Kids Trust. Have you got any hobbies? I play golf at Thorpeness – which is on my doorstep when at work and even in the wettest weather hardly ever closes which is a bonus. My other true passion is music and the concerts ‘by the sea’ I’ve organised are about the music I love. I am a Beatles fanatic and I collect all memorabilia. Of course original instruments used by The Beatles are really expensive but the sort of thing I go after are sensible money – things like a plectrum used by Paul McCartney or the glasses that John Lennon used when he played on the roof of the Abbey Road Studios. I also play guitar. My step father taught me to play with FBI by the Shadows as the first thing I learned. I think this was the start of my ‘love affair’ with 60s music. There was a Beatles tribute band that came to Aldeburgh that I’ve played with a few times which I really enjoyed. Is there one picture that perfectly illustrates the county? For me it’s looking towards Sizewell Power Station from Aldeburgh. Although I know it still splits opinion I think that building is iconic. You know exactly what it is and where you are if you see it on any picture.

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