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WELCOME According to Paul Warwick, from China Plate, the New Wolsey Theatre will be “the envy of Britain” at the end of May. Speaking at the launch of Ipswich’s Pulse Festival, which is very much at the cutting edge of contemporary theatre, he says the festival has really grown in stature with nationwide appeal both for audiences and artists. Clearly, Pulse is now an essential part of Suffolk’s growing prominence in the arts world – and hopefully newcomers visiting for the first time will take the time out to take in more that our glorious county has to offer. What better time to visit as well, May is the month when we celebrate everything that’s good about living here with the Suffolk Show. This year, the event at Trinity Park on May 27 and 28, promises as ever to be a really wonderful day out – with lots to see and do whether its animals, agriculture, sport, entertainment, food or flowers. What's more, weather permitting, visitors will be able to see it from a viewpoint on high that’s never been available before as for the first time hot air balloon rides are available to all. Of course, Suffolk is also going to be very much on show right across the nation as well, thanks to the BBC’s Springwatch programme, which will be back at Minsmere this month. The reserve, on a spectacular section of our heritage coast, is one of the wonders of our county but as our Springwatch coverage points out, you don’t have to do get in your car and travel to watch wildlife because there’s much to see in our own back gardens. Essential Suffolk also has a lot more to keep you informed and inspired with places to eat, where to shop for fashion, home and interior ideas – or if you are looking to move – a new property as well. Keep up-to-date with what's going on by following us on Twitter @EssentialSFK and visiting our website

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My Suffolk Colin and Shirley Aldous, owners of Ufford Park Hotel


Suffolk in Brief

Dining at milsoms, chef ’s recipe from The Ship (Dunwich) plus our gallery full of ideas for eating out

News from around the county

What’s On Where to go and what to see in Suffolk in May

Mini Previews The Hadeigh Show, Suffolk Walking Festival, Ipswich Choral Society, Sunset Boulevard, Feed The Beast and Pulse Festival






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Visiting the shows, plus Suffolk gardens open for charity this spring and summer

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

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Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar



MAY 2015

The Springwatch team of Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be back at Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk this May. Anne Gould takes a peek behind the scenes with the RPSB’s Adam Rowlands




or 18-days at the end of May and beginning of June the eyes of the nation will be focused every evening on the Suffolk Coast at Minsmere. Millions of people will be tuning in to BBC2’s wildlife programme, Springwatch which is back in Suffolk for the second year running. The perennially popular nature programme that brings the sights, sounds and intimate lives of British wildlife into our living rooms has become a welcome and eagerly anticipated fixture in the natural history viewing calendar over the last decade. But although the programme is broadcast live, according to Adam Rowlands, the senior site manager at Minsmere, preparations to pinpoint the

‘wildlife’ stories as they happen will have been going on for some weeks. There’s a lot of advance work on site to identify the various places and species that are going to be filmed and that involves not just BBC wildlife experts but Adam, his team and a host of volunteers too. “We have been surveying nesting sites and areas they might be interested in already. When the BBC move in it’s with a staff of about 120 people and they create a broadcast village. They also bring in their nest-finding expert from Wales who is ‘the man’ for locating the various different species and working out whether they are in the right place to be filmed.” One of his key decisions is whether a particular nest will provide a three-week

story about the life-cycle of this particular species. Although the filming only takes place over about a square kilometre the live broadcast involves laying about 30 kilometres of cable around the site to link up the various cameras. “It’s all very much behind the scenes and out of public view,” he explained. “Obviously we are really pleased that they have decided to visit Minsmere again. I think they chose us because of the variety of habitats and range of species, including rare species that we’ve got here. Last year the bitterns and avocets were the stars but they also filmed nightingales, goldfinches, bullfinches, adders and badgers. I think that this year they are also hoping to be able to include marsh harriers and bearded tits.” ‰



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Of course Springwatch has already been on site this year – for the Good Friday broadcast – where they put radio tags on some of the badgers. “We have been working with Suffolk Mammal Group and are hoping to solve the badger cub mystery from last year when overnight youngsters went missing from one sett and then appeared again in another – a long way off. The experts really didn’t think cubs would move that far,” he explained. By tracking them and using other scientific techniques, says Adam they’ll be able to see what the badgers are doing in advance and when Springwatch starts too. “Last year on the show we also saw a badger walk over to the lagoon and eat a lapwing nest, which really surprised us all. So this year we have fenced off that area so it will be interesting to see what happens.” Chris Packham and his team also launched a project called Nature’s Calculator with The Woodland Trust during the Easter show, asking the public across the country to monitor and log the first signs of spring. Viewers have been asked to look out for five signs – the first barn swallow, the first oak leaf, the first hawthorn blossom, orange tipped butterflies and the first seven-spot ladybird. The idea is that once everything has been recorded experts will be able to work out how spring spreads across the country. They will then be able to work out whether climate change is having an impact on the wildlife in the UK and what long term impact that might have – not just for native species but migrating birds as well. Springwatch has, not surprisingly, given the reserve a big visitor boost – annually numbers are up by 26 per cent – but during the broadcast itself daily numbers rise by more than 50 per cent. It means setting up overflow car parks, bringing in portable loos and a pop-up cafe as well. “Minsmere opens as normal during filming and extra volunteer helpers are also on hand to make sure visitors can see as much as possible. Last year for instance we set up telescopes so people could see the green woodpeckers that had been broadcast.”

For staff, says Adam, Springwatch means a lot of long days and the week before the broadcast (this year from May 25 – June 11) there’s very much a ‘carnival’ atmosphere. Some of the team, Adam included, also find themselves getting involved in the broadcast or on additional material that’s available on the red button during the show. So, if you happen to drop by during the day is there a chance of ‘bumping’ into one of the celebrity broadcasters? Unfortunately not, says Adam, they are on site most of the time, working on stories, rehearsing and then filming so the chances of running into them are pretty slim. INFORMATION @Springwatch










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SUFFOLK in brief Milsom Hotels & Restaurants is pleased to announce that Sue Tasker has joined the team to head up corporate sales across the group. She will work with all the venues – in Dedham, Harwich and Kesgrave – to enhance the corporate activity of the business for accommodation, meetings and dining. Sue said this week “I am delighted to be working with Milsom Hotels; it’s a company that I’ve always admired.” Paul Milsom, Managing Director said “Sue Tasker has a wealth of knowledge in the business sector, having worked both locally and nationally as well as running her own successful business and we are really pleased that she has come on board to add strength to our sales and marketing team”. Sue will mainly be based at Le Talbooth in Dedham and can be contacted via email or 07736 878811.

The Ship at Dunwich has launched a competition to name its new bedroom overlooking the pub garden.The bedroom is the 16th at The Ship and the name, like the previous 15 must relate to Dunwich history. The current names are South Gate, Bridge Gate, Gilden Gate, Greyfriars, All Saints, Guild Hall, Dingles, Seafields, Hen Hill, Maison Dieu, Blackfriars, Woods End, Middle Gate, Leat Hill and Beacon Hill. The best fitting name will be picked by the team at The Ship at Dunwich and the winner will get to be one of the first to enjoy a relaxing stay in the new bedroom. All entries must be received by Monday May 25 via email to

Six employees of Saxmundham-based home care provider, Christies Care, will take part in the Midnight Walk in Ipswich on Saturday 16 May in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.The Christies Care team have opted to do the eight mile route and will be immersing themselves fully in this year’s pirate theme. Last year’s event saw over 1,600 people take to the streets of Ipswich, raising more than £150,000 for local hospice care. Lin Barnes, Director of Christies Care said: “Raising money to help care for those in need is something we understand both emotionally and practically at Christies Care. We are all too aware of what it takes to provide a good quality of life to those with serious illness and disability. We want to show our support for St Elizabeth Hospice and we hope to see

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s annual photography competition is back with a brand new look and a share of £2500 worth of prizes for the winning entries in the ten categories. A panel of judges will choose one winner and one highly commended from each category and these will go through to a public vote. Michael Strand, development manager at Suffolk Wildlife Trust said: “We have a brand new competition website this year, which has simplified the entry process enormously. We launched the idea of the public vote a couple of years ago and this has been really successful, it’s such a nice way to include people in the judging process.” Full details including terms and conditions can be found at The competition is open until Sunday November 8 and winners will be announced on November 14.

The CLA has called on Historic England to be a more effective champion of heritage protection than previous Government heritage organisations.The organisation, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the eastern region, has made the call following English Heritage’s restructure into two separate bodies – English Heritage and Historic England. Collectively, the CLA’s members manage at least a quarter of all listed buildings, more than half of all monuments and many other designated and undesignated heritage sites. CLA East regional director Ben Underwood said: “Most heritage is owned privately, and makes an important contribution to the rural economy as well as housing in the countryside. However they are often costly to maintain and have to be carefully managed to ensure owners can find good ways, within strict rules, for the structure or site to remain relevant and used by people today. The formation of Historic England is an opportunity to push forward reform, and to promote a constructive conservation approach in order to enable sympathetic change. Historic England must champion new ways for Local Authorities to provide constructive support and greater flexibility from the planning system.”

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Suffolk Chamber is looking for mentors to help start-up businesses in Suffolk. The chamber is active in addressing local concerns and barriers to business success and amongst the barriers highlighted is business knowledge and support for start-up companies in Suffolk. Suffolk b2b Mentoring is a scheme created to build confidence and overcome the barriers faced by local businesses. A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to their business issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact Nicola Pratt on 01473 694808.

Suffolk’s own superstar soprano singer Laura Wright is encouraging others to join her in one of East Anglia’s most popular sporting events, the Great East Swim, which will take place at Alton Water in Holbrook near Ipswich on June 20. Laura, who is an accomplished sportswoman as well as one of the greatest classical singers of the decade, will be singing at the mass participation event as well as swimming a one-mile open water course. Last year over 2000 swimmers of all abilities took part in the Great East Swim, which is one of five mass-participation open water swims in the Great Swim Series across the UK.There’s a choice of half mile, one mile, two mile or five kilometre distances and participants can enter individually or as a team with family, friends or colleagues. The Great East Swim is also a great day out for supporters with a wide choice of food stalls, local produce and crafts in the farmer’s market which runs alongside the event. Entries are now open. For more information and to enter visit



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Andy Sheppard Quartet


The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Promises of Happiness

Jerwood Dancehouse, 7.30pm

One of Britain’s foremost saxophonists and jazz composers, Andy Sheppard will perform music from his new ECM album. Tickets: £20 Box Office: 01284 758000 Jimmy Tarbuck OBE

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Robert Clark is a UK based choreographer renowned for his humorous and emotionally charged, intricate and detailed, direct and engaging dance performances. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 Quiz Night

Jimmy's Farm, 7.15pm Quiz master Rory Marriott has a great evening lined up with cash prizes up for grabs. Tickets: £15 Booking: 01473 604206 A Rock n Roll Politics General Election Special

Theatre Royal, 7.30 pm Award-winning columnist and broadcaster, Steve Richards, takes you behind the scenes of the great political drama. Tickets: £14.50 Box Office: 01284 769505

MAY 1 – 7 Two generations: Peggy Somerville, Jenny Somerville

Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery, 10am – 5pm daily Though differing in style these two artists share a love of vibrant colour and spontaneity; also a sense of place with a deep love of East Anglia and the sea.


Funnyman Jimmy Tarbuck, OBE delivers a fantastically funny evening of comedy for grown-ups. Tickets: £21.50 Box Office: 01284 769505 University of Essex Choir

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 7pm Edward Elgar; The Kingdom. The second of an intended trilogy of huge choral works depicting the foundation of the Christian Church. Tickets: £24 – £8 Box Office: 01728 687110 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at every single performance of this award-winning show. Each night, audience suggestions are instantly transformed into an all-singing, all-dancing production, always with unpredictable and hilarious results! Tickets: £17 – £10 Box Office: 01473 295900 One Way or Another

Organised by Bungay Area Lions Club there will be plenty to see; classic cars, motorcycles, tractors plus commercial and military vehicles. Food and craft stalls, licensed bar, trade stands, auto jumble, children's games, entertainers and workshops. Admission: £3 (under 16s free)

MAY 3 – 4 Magic Ear Exhibition

Bawdsey Radar, 12.30pm – 4.30pm With its interactive displays this unique exhibition tells the story of an invention that changed the world. Middy In The War Years

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett Head along to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway for one of their most popular events. There will be displays, vehicles and memorabilia from World War II plus re-enactors will add to the atmosphere of a country railway as it would have been at the time of the war. Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Town Centre, 8am – 4.30pm The market boasts a varied and interesting collection of general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectibles.

MAY 5 La Fille Mal Gardee

A show that celebrates 40 years of Blondie featuring stunning vocals of Lorraine Hickleton as Debbi Harry Tickets: £12 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.15pm

MAY 2 – 3

An Evening With Julian Lloyd Webber

Summer Beer Festival

The Ship Inn, Dunwich

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

All are welcome at what is set to be a fantastic day out, with all your favourite local brewery beers, live music, craft stalls and food served throughout the day.

Earsham Hall, Bungay, 10am – 5pm

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm

Farmers Markets


Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre

Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet The Wayward Daughter contains some of his most brilliant choreography. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Music and anecdotes to take you on a historical and musical journey of Julian’s life and career. He will be joined by his wife and fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000

What’s On town home. Then they met Mr Smith – a real-life super hero, with his own costume and canine sidekick. Box Office: 0845 673 2123

MAY 6 – 16 Feed the Beast

New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm See mini preview page 21 Tickets: £25 – £10 Box Office: 01473 295900

MAY 9 East of England Organ Day

The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 10am

MAY 7 Births, Deaths & Marriages

John Peel Centre, Church Walk, Stowmarket, 7pm What if you could wake up one day and decide to be someone else? Tickets: £5 Box Office: 01449 774678

Experience the RHS Chapel organ in all its magnificence. This event will provide a thrilling showcase for this renowned instrument and will culminate in a recital by the world famous musician Olivier Latry, Organiste Titulaire at Notre-Dame de Paris. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01473 433100 Orford Food Market

St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, 9.30 – 2.30pm

MAY 8 We Can Be Heros

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm Teenagers Patrick and Mark spend their days dodging school bullies, reading comic books and dreaming of escape from their small

A celebration of local food! With lots of popular local food producers selling a wide range of frsh local food and delicious street food.

The Virtue of Things

Britten Hall, Snape, 7.30pm A new opera commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and The Royal Opera. Conceived by composer Matt Rogers and writer Sally O’Reilly, The Virtues of Things is a witty dissection of how objects carry meaning and operas unfold their fictions. Tickets: £18 – £7.50 Box Office: 01728 687110 Amici in Concert

Harkstead Church, 3pm The acappella choir Amici will be performing a lively and varied programme of music. Farmers Markets

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

MAY 9 – 31 Suffolk Walking Festival

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MAY 10 Farmers Markets

Assington The Barn, 10am – 2pm Great British Dog Walk

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Midnight Walk 2015

Seckford Hall Theatre, 7.30pm

Ipswich Town Football Club, from 8.30pm

Deben Players invite you to “Listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once”! Box Office: 0333 666 3366

A pirate themed walk of five, eight or 13 miles in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

Ickworth Park, 11am Two routes to choose from (3km and 7km) in this Great British Dog Walk in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. There will also be lots of doggy related activities happening, a great day out for all the family, including your four legged friend(s). The South Suffolk Show

Ampton Racecourse, Ingham, Nr Bury St Edmunds, 8.30am – This one day agricultural show is a great day out for all the family with animals, vintage machinery, crafts, food hall and children’s entertainment.

Wolsey Orchestra MAY 15 Belcea Quartet

Britten Hall, Snape, 8pm Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night); Schoenberg’s ravishing poetry-inspired programmatic masterpiece, has the visceral impact of a condensed operatic scena, as two lovers travel from a traumatic unveiling of a dark secret to the transcendental power of forgiveness. Tickets: £24 – £8 Box Office: 01728 687110 Mawkin

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm Oliver!

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds Operatic & Dramatic Society presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time. Box Office: 01284 769505

One of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering five-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm A very English flavour pervades the first half of this concert, opening with Holst's pastoral Somerset Rhapsody before introducing local cello star Olivia Da Costa as soloist in Elgar's sublime Cello Concerto. Tickets: £13 Box Office: 01473 433100 Voyaging

Royal Hospital School, Holbrook See mini preview page 25 Farmers Markets

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

MAY 17 Jocelyn Pook

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

MAY 12

An evening of film scores from this Olivier Award winning composer. Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01284 758000

Folk East: The Young 'Uns

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 7.30pm The Young’uns are a force of nature on stage. Their irrepressible humour, infectious love for harmony singing, passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary has quickly made them one of the most sought after acts on the English folk scene with the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01728 687110

MAY 13 – 16

MAY 18 Of Land and Tongue

Jerwood Dancehouse, 6.30pm and 8.30pm Chalk and Of Land And Tongue creates an evening of startling and eloquent dance that puts the audience right at the heart of the action. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230

Fawlty Towers

Sir John Mills Theatre, 7.45pm Two Rivers Theatre Company proudly presents three episodes of Fawlty Towers Box Office: 01473 211498

MAY 16 Hadleigh Show

Holbecks Park, Hadleigh See mini preview page 24


Midge Ure and India Electric Co Breathe Again

Colchester Mercury, 7.30pm In 1995 Midge delivered his fourth solo album, Breathe. This album, with its Celtic feel, involved a plethora of acoustic instruments from uilleann pipes to mandolin alongside his trademark soaring electric guitar riffs. Tickets: £18.50 – £10 Box Office: 01206 573948 George Monbiot Festival of Ideas

Theatre Royal,Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Leading environmentalist, George Monbiot speaks about the ever real threat of climate change. Tickets: £16.50 – £8.50 Box Office: 01284 769505

What’s On MAY 18 – 23

MAY 20

MAY 20 – 23

Pamper Evening in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice

Sunset Boulevard

Kersey Mill, 5pm – 9pm Be pampered and have a great shopping experience including gel nails, facials, foot and body massage. Prize raffle with proceeds to St Elizabeth Hospice. Admission: By free ticket only (includes glass of Prosecco or orange juice plus special discounts on the evening). Booking essential, contact Zoe 07969 525859 or The Business of Murder

New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm Psychological thriller by Richard Harris, which enjoyed a successful seven-year run in the West End, is brought to Ipswich this year by Middle Ground Theatre Company. Stone, a humourless and dour man, invites Dee, a television playwright, over to his flat on the premise of discussing a script. Once there, she is surprised when superintendent Hallett, the man with whom she is having an affair, also arrives for an entirely different reason. Tickets: £25 – £10 Box Office: 01473 295900

Nursing Lives

Colchester Mercury, 7.30pm A love story set in the early 1980s of Thatcher’s Britain. When Flo, a feisty seventysomething, learns that the hospital she trained at during the Second World War is being demolished, she decides to take one last look – and stop the bulldozers in their tracks. Her illicit visit becomes a personal celebration of friendship, courage, adventure and romance. But is history ready to be re-written? Tickets: £22.50 – £10.00 Box Office: 01206 573948

Ipswich Regent See mini preview page 25 Box Office: 01473 433100

MAY 22 Memories of Melody Maker: An Audience with Chris Charlesworth

John Peel Centre, 7.30pm For one night only, Chris will be hosting a talk about his career with plenty of fascinating celebrity anecdotes, plus a quiz to test your music knowledge, all in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Tickets: £22.50 Box Office: 01449 774678 The Tramps

Snape Village Hall, 7.30pm A look at the daily lives of a married couple in this highly amusing play. Ticket: £9 (£7 concessions) Box Office: 07923 530821 or 07415 770078 Email:






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MAY 23 – 24

MAY 25 – 30

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle

LeeStock Music Festival

Woodbridge Drama Festival

St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, 7.30pm

Melford Hall, Long Melford

Seckford Hall Theatre, 7.30pm

Aldeburgh Music Club Choir under the baton of Edmond Fivet performs Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, with soloists Zoe Bonner, Amy Lyddon, Richard Downing, Francis Brett and Christian White on piano and Christopher Moore on harmonium. Box Office: 01728 687110

Featuring 26 acts over two days, and now in its 8th year. Enjoy the music this Bank Holiday Weekend.

A week of full length plays. Each performance will be adjudicated and marked and at the end of the week there will be a ceremony to present awards to the winners of each of the five categories. Box Office: 0333 666 3366

MAY 24 Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm

MAY 26

Long Melford Book Fair Thea Gilmore with Special Guests

Memorial Hall, 10am – 4pm The longest running independent book fair in Suffolk.

MAY 25

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm


Thea’s razor sharp lyrics, melodic flair and honey toned voice have been admired by wide ranging contemporaries and featured in collaborations with Mike Scott and The Waterboys, Martha Wainwright, Sting, The Cowboy Junkies, Joan As Policewoman & Eliza Carthy to name just a few. In 2012 ‘Don't Stop Singing’ received great acclaim, and included the single ‘London’ which was used extensively in the BBC TV coverage of the Olympic Games. Tickets: £22.50 Box Office: 01284 758000

Ipswich Regent, 7pm Farmers Markets

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm Jay Rayner

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm The first half sees Jay Rayner presenting his ‘My Dining Hell’ show while the second half sees his jazz quartet take to the stage…yes that’s right, Jay Rayner is also a fine jazz pianist. Tickets: £18 Box Office: 01284 758000

The tour will coincide with a brand new album, her first since 2005. The Grammynominated songwriter with the album which will showcase a return to her soulful roots. Tickets: £92.50 – £32 Box Office: 01473 433100

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MAY 28 – JUNE 6

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E-Scape is an annual all day festival of live electronic and ambient music. The event is hosted by UK record label AD Music to promote traditional electronic music from around the globe. Tickets: £35 Box Office: 0845 673 2123

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MAY 27 – 28

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MAY 30

Conceived by Inua Ellams and directed by Benji Reid the work is inspired by the UK’s basketball sub-culture and explores the battles between the human body and mind in this fast-paced game. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230

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Market Hill, Woodbridge, 9.30 – 3.30 Once again enjoy the usual mix of street food, fresh local produce – and some from farther afield – as well as cooking demonstrations on an open grill by talented local chefs. Stallholders include; Friday Street Farm Shop, Simpers of Suffolk, Stokes Sauces, Red Chilli Kitchen, Casa de l’Oli and Tikkatonic.

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FEED THE BEAST New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. May 6 – 12 With the general election this month we may all feel as if we’ve overdosed on politics – but then again we might not. This new play, written by Steve Thompson and directed by Peter Rowe from the New Wolsey takes a fiercely funny look at the rocky relations between politicians, the press, spindoctors and Leveson Inquiries. Narrating the critical first 100 days in power for a new prime minister, Feed the Beast is a co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the New Wolsey. Michael is moving into Number 10 Downing Street and there will be no charm offensives with this prime minister, not with a country to run. There’s no time for lunches with the press while there are children living in poverty, and there’s certainly no time to comment on a minister’s illicit affair while the country needs more nurses. But when his family’s private life looks set to be the next big story, Michael seeks help from a press secretary who advises, “Feed the beast before it turns on you”. Can Michael keep politics centre stage or will he become the big story himself? The cast includes Kacey Ainsworth, Gerald Kyd, Amy Marston, Shaun Mason, Paul Moriarty, Aimee Powell, Badria Timimi and Tristram Wymark. Peter Rowe says, “It is rare to be offered the chance to direct a new play like Steve’s that talks about issues which are so of the moment. In a witty, energetic and sometimes scabrous look behind the scenes at prime ministerial power, this fast and funny play asks do we get the politicians we deserve, or the politicians the press demands, or simply those that are left once the politicians with beliefs and principles have been hounded out of town”. Steve Thompson is the award-winning writer of Damages, Whipping It Up, Roaring Trade and the highly acclaimed BBC dramas Sherlock and Doctor Who.

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Our Suffolk countryside is the perfect place for those who love walking and the outdoors. No matter how long you've lived here, it seems there are always vistas new to be discovered and if you’re looking for places to explore this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival should be an inspiration. With a packed programme of over 90 guided events, this year the festival is set to be the biggest yet with an eclectic mix of walks around medieval villages, market towns, along the coast and through the gentle landscapes of Suffolk. The festival is a partnership project organised by Suffolk's local authorities with the aim of encouraging residents and visitors to get out into the countryside and explore the county: “The festival is a great opportunity for people to learn about Suffolk’s wildlife and history while at the same time enjoying the health benefits of walking, in a sociable setting” says Lesley Dolphin from BBC Radio Suffolk, the new patron of the festival.

The programme includes themed walks such as Sketch Book Strolls with a local artist around Brandon Country Park; a seven mile hike called Food Glorious Food through Thetford Forest to the award-winning restaurant at the Elvedon Hall Estate for lunch; A Scottish Visionary and His Fairytale Village, which starts from Thorpeness on the coast and Beachcombing for Beginners on Felixstowe beach. You can follow in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps along ‘Curlew River’ and learn about the composer, his music and the wildlife that inspired him; take the Horseshoe Trail in Newmarket; explore the Ponds of Helmingham Hall and or tread through Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable territory around Sudbury and the River Stour. Since many of the walks sold out last year, early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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FIFTEEN YEARS OF PULSE This year Ipswich and the New Wolsey are celebrating 15 years of experimental theatre and arts with the ground breaking Pulse Festival. Anne Gould talks to Paul Warwick of China Plate who is at the helm of the event this year


hey say you can’t judge a book by its cover, so for those who might raise an eyebrow at the thought of Ipswich being at the forefront of creative arts Pulse will almost certainly make you think again. In fact according to Paul Warwick, director of Pulse and one of the founders of independent theatre studio China Plate the New Wolsey will be the “envy of Britain”, at the end of May. “What I really love is having the opportunity to bring so much exciting, high quality, new and sometimes experimental work together in one place over ten days”. It’s particularly special, he said, because of the audience in Suffolk. “Sometimes in London it feels like you’re preaching to the converted but it's never like that in Ipswich.” So, it’s clearly gratifying to see the local audience for Pulse is continually growing year after year. While many people travel from the capital and beyond to the festival, particularly at the weekends, there is a lot of local interest too. That's why this year Pulse, which runs from May 28 – June 6, is bigger than before running three shows a night midweek instead of two. While Paul and his fellow China Plate director, Ed Collier programme a section of the festival themselves theatre performers can also apply to take part.

Cambridge) and Sprint Festival (Camden People’s Theatre, London) to offer the Spring Festivals Commission. This year’s chosen piece of work is Action Hero’s Wrecking Ball which will be performed as a work-in-progress at Pulse on May 30. The festival will also feature a new day of programming focused on deaf and disabled artists and audiences. Ramps On The Moon (June 5) will include talks and performances from Fingersmiths and Sue Maclaine among others. Other highlights include Inua Ellams with The Spalding Suite which is inspired by the UK’s basketball sub-culture and mixes live beatboxing, hip-hop, music, moves and poetry. Meanwhile Chris Goode’s, STAND, examines what makes people elect to take a stand for what they believe in and Greyscale Theatre Company’s, War Is Boring/War Is Fun, was written 24 years ago during a civil war by a teenage girl. ‰

“The first year we had 70 applications but this year we had 220 which shows just how many artists want to be involved. It’s fantastic and means that the quality gets better and better.” Little wonder perhaps, that The Guardian now describes Pulse as, “An essential date on the theatrical calendar”. Paul says there are also a number of exciting new features this year too; for example Latitude Festival is joining Pulse Mayfest (Bristol), Watch Out (The Junction,



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HADLEIGH SHOW Holbecks Park, Hadleigh. May 16 The Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in the country and is renowned for being a great family day out. This year organisers, Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association, have declared that it’s the ‘Year of the Sheep’. So if you are stopping by be prepared for all things woolly, including I’m A Sheep Get me out of Here. The Sheep Show also returns, a humorous yet educational live stage show about sheep and wool with some surprisingly talented dancing sheep! Meanwhile ringside entertainment includes the Inch Perfect Motorcycle Trials Display team with their exhilarating action packed display of balance, skill and extreme bike control, the Young Farmers Tug-O-War and falconry displays. Paul says one of the things he’s most looking forward to is the opening show, Bromance, described as Britain’s hottest young acrobats. The all-male trio Barely Methodical Troupe is described as putting on ‘a jawdroppingly magnificent show’ by The Stage. Their performance won a Total Theatre Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival and is a witty mix of flawlessly-timed acrobatics, shoulder-high balances and a stunning routine inside a spinning metal wheel. Completing the opening double bill is Idle Motion’s That is All You Need to Know; a fantastic piece of visual theatre that tells the story of Bletchley Park and the untold secrets of the remarkable men and women, such as Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, who cracked the enigma code during WWII.

Of course there will also be cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show; over 160 trade stands; the art exhibition and sale; rural crafts; a flower tent and the education tent featuring art from local schools. The food hall will showcase the very best of our local food and drink producers, tempting you to sample and buy.

Once again there will be a Suitcase Prize Day – aimed at encouraging theatre makers to think about making and touring work in a more environmentally and economically sustainable way, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint that touring theatre leaves behind it. It returns for the third time this year with ten shows competing to be named best show that can be toured on public transport. The festival will also end each day with free music in the New Wolsey bar to entice in non-theatre going audiences and create a sense of community amongst the companies, artists and audiences and generally create a buzz around the festival and the work. INFORMATION Pulse runs from May 28 to June 6 with tickets priced from £8.50. For full list of events and venues visit:


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SUNSET BOULEVARD Ipswich Regent. May 20 – 23 Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society (IODS) celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hauntingly dramatic and energetic masterpiece – Sunset Boulevard. The big budget show offers a superb score and clever lyrics performed by the multi-award winning society, with a live orchestra and a cast of 40 local actors. Stephen Rumsey

VOYAGING Ipswich Choral Society Concert, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. May 16 After 29 years at the helm of England’s second oldest choir, Stephen Rumsey is stepping down as Musical Director of Ipswich Choral Society. He’s passing the baton - at a special celebratory evening at the Burns Recital Hall at the Royal Hospital School – to Robin Walker; organist, singer and conductor from Cambridge. The event, entitled, ‘Voyaging’ reflects the final journey that Stephen and Ipswich Choral Society are taking together, before saying farewell.

Over its 60 year history IODS has retained its reputation for staging impressive productions and is the first to secure the performing rights licence in the area after the successful run in the West End. Mark Connell – the Director of the show explains; “The musical is based on the 1950s film of the same title. It tells the story of former silent movie screen goddess, Norma Desmond, who found herself dropped by movie mogul Cecil B. DeMille when ‘talkies’ arrived. 20 years later she meets a struggling screenwriter (Joe Gillis) and it appears she is opening a new and exciting chapter in her life. However when the relationship doesn’t go to her plan it leads to madness and murder!” With popular songs including ‘A perfect year’, ‘With one look’, ‘As if we never said goodbye’, ‘New ways to dream’ and, of course, the title song ‘Sunset Boulevard’ audiences are in for a real treat.

The programme reflects Stephen’s love of sailing, with pieces inspired by life on the ocean waves and the sense of adventure one gets when travelling. Included is one of Stanford's famous song cycles, ‘Songs of the Fleet’ inspired by England’s naval past and another masterpiece of English choral music, ‘Songs of Farewell’ by Parry. Ipswich Choral Society will be joined by guest performers; baritone Mark Oldfield and pianist John Paul Ekins. Both soloists will be performing their own pieces to complement the concert theme, as well as joining Ipswich Choral Society for Stanford’s ‘Songs of the Sea’ and Stanford’s narrative of Tennyson’s poem ‘The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet’.

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YOUR COUNTY needs you! Summer half-term is on the horizon which means that the clock is ticking down to this year’s Suffolk Show. Anne Gould talks to the Show Director, Bill Baker to find out what’s in store Bill Baker


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or the last six weeks Trinity Park, in Ipswich, has been a hive of activity. Suffolk’s annual county show has been gradually taking shape and as the days countdown to the big event on May 27 and 28 it’s going to busier than ever. It's not just the contractors assembling temporary buildings and erecting marquees, trade stands bringing in equipment, machinery and goods who are hard at work – but also the fleet of stewards from around the county who volunteer and give up their time to make the show what it is.

In all there will be nine rings packed with amazing entertainment and displays and 700 stands offering outstanding chances to shop for not-onthe-high-street items. Headlining the Grand Ring on both days will be the amazing Devil’s Horsemen who have wowed filmgoers across the

globe with their equine stunts in War Horse, The Muppets and Les Miserable, not to mention TV’s Game of Thrones. Their Cossack display features the horsemanship of the Mongol Cavalry, which say the experts, was the most effective in military history. Ancient battle techniques have been transformed into acrobatics on horseback where ‰

To an outsider it might appear that the show just sort of happens but, says Bill Baker the show director, behind-thescenes the planning for this year’s show has been going on for over a year. “We are introducing a lot of changes this year, which we are very excited about. They are the result of working groups that I set up 18 months ago.” As ever the show will include everything that we all know and love; traditional livestock and equine events, the sports village, the flower tent, trade and business stands and an opportunity to discover all that’s good about the county.

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Suffolk Show 2015 riders combine physical fitness, gymnastic ability and a taste for danger, hanging at impossible angles from the saddle while the horse is at full gallop. Medieval Jousting is on the agenda too – it’s one of the Devil Horsemen’s most popular shows mixing historic authenticity with a mixture of lust and blood curdling action, a spectacle that’s apparently “not for the faint-hearted”. But of course equine interest is not confined to entertainment; there are 300 events in all ranging from heavy horses, light horses, ponies, driving and show jumping. Once again, the Suffolk Show has been awarded Olympia Direct qualifiers for among others ridden mountain and moorland and senior showing and dressage, Horse of the Year Show qualifiers for working hunter ponies, mountain and moorland working hunter ponies, double harness scurry and shire horses. There will be Royal International Horse Show qualifiers for ridden and working hunters, hacks, cobs, riding horses, ridden skewbald and piebald, show ponies and show hunter ponies, in addition to many breed, society and other qualifiers. This year the Show will also be introducing for the first time amateur ridden hunter classes. Riders have the opportunity to qualify for the Royal International Horse Show and organisers have received a very positive response from enthusiastic entrants so this should be a popular addition to the programme. Of course at its heart, the Suffolk Show celebrates food and farming and The Farm Discovery Zone is where visitors can see and experience farming at work. It’s an area very much for families where children can witness cows milked, sheep shorn, chicks hatching in incubators, cook up a family pizza and hold and touch different large and small animals. Bill says there will be opportunities to discover more about how vegetables grow and sit in some state-of-the art machinery – or discover the fun of being a Young Farmer with clubs from throughout the county. This year they are particularly trying to reach out to seven to nine-yearolds and planting the seed of perhaps one day making a career in agriculture. “There are huge career opportunities in farming and very few industries these days offer a job for life. Agriculture does just that with good economic prospects and a fantastic way of life.” ‰



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Of course Suffolk has always been known for the high-quality of food it produces but in recent years this reputation has soared particularly on the national stage. So this year the show is providing two new areas to further showcase Suffolk’s artisan food production. The Adnams Food and Drink Experience is hosting local food and drink producers and in addition to Eat Street there will also be two new food areas plus ever popular food demonstrations by local experts and chefs.

Meanwhile for those who are interested in fitness The Sports Zone has more than 30 sports to try out for free, a focus on the women’s and men’s cycle tours, both coming to the county later this year, a Women on Wheels scheme, as well as the national #thisgirlcan campaign and free MOT health check. For those keen on cycling to the show a new secure bike park has been introduced next to main entrance for those who want to travel on two wheels. Weather permitting there will also be the chance to view the show in all its splendour from the air – as this year hot air balloon rides are being offered to visitors.


f you love shopping, this year the Suffolk Show is bigger with a more diverse range than any high street. Many items are only sold through the county shows and online, so here is your chance to snap up something different and even bespoke. With acres of the Trinity Park site filled with more than 700 trade stands, many under white marquees, there is everything from the biggest state-of-the-art machinery to beautiful and inspirational flowers, outdoor clothing, great artwork, things for the home, the animals and the family, not to mention delicious food and drink. You are literally spoilt for choice. This year the Hopkins Homes Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion, with its inspirational room sets and designers, has relocated to beside the Glasswells Flower and Garden Experience and next to the Homes Village to become the one stop destination for the home and garden. There is everything for everyday life, entertaining family and friends and indulging your passions.

Sponsor of the Pavilion, the awardwinning regional house builder Hopkins Homes, has new prestigious developments in both the east and west of the county for sale; St Peter’s Place in Ipswich and Grove Park in Barrow. The team will be on hand at the Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion to share information and specifications about these contemporary new homes. Other Essential Suffolk favourites will also be exhibiting. Family-run home furnishings department store Barretts of Woodbridge is a firm favourite at the Show. “We want to show how to make your home a beautiful statement of your individuality and style through the latest designs in furnishings,” says Jill Barrett. The company will once again have a double room set featuring its new ‘Loire’ boutique-style sofa from Alstons, as well as Quercia oak furniture and Alternative Flooring’s carpets. ‰

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service has been saving lives in the county for 43 years. Anne Gould finds out more about the charity


hether it's a road traffic accident a serious medical condition or a fall, prompt medical treatment can literally make a world of difference. It might be a matter of life and death or improving the outcome for a patient who is very badly hurt. It might be providing treatment in rural, hard to reach areas before an ambulance arrives. It might be a matter of administering strong pain relief to someone who is trapped or using advanced treatments that are normally only available in hospital. Whatever the situation, doctors and paramedics from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service are on duty, ready to make a difference. According to Fundraiser and Public relations Officer Ben Hall, SARS, founded in 1972, was one of the very first organisations of its kind to be set up in the UK. Since then it has attended many thousands of medical emergencies in East Anglia, averaging out at just over one call each day. “Around 20 per cent of our call outs are during the night or early morning and last year, SARS volunteer doctors and paramedics attended 253 critical care incidents in over 70 different locations around the county. We were mobilised a further 74 times to incidents, which proved to be not as serious as first reported, taking our overall call outs for the year to 327 including these stand-downs. All this was done on a voluntary basis with our doctors and paramedics giving their time and expertise without charge to the patient, the ambulance service or the tax payer.� Vice chairman, Dr Karol Silovsky, has been involved with the charity for 20 years and says the sorts of situations they get involved with are things like ‰




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working at the Ambulance Service’s Critical Care Desk in Chelmsford. When incidents such as serious road traffic collisions or life-threatening illnesses require additional specialist care the team can mobilise a volunteer SARS doctor or paramedic if necessary. SARS receives no statutory funding and the charity relies entirely on voluntary

donations. Ben Hall says, “We receive support from across the community – donations from local businesses, small donations from local parish and town councils, regular fundraising events and grants from charitable trusts like the Suffolk Community Foundation. Earlier this year for example Dr Silovsky’s 16-year-old son, Chris, raised more than £2,000 with a sponsored head shave for the charity. This month there’s also the first ever SARS fundraising ball which is being held at Wantisden Valley on May 1 with live

music and an auction. Ben says donations help fund vital equipment and training for doctors and paramedics. “Our specialist responders carry kit and drugs which are not available on front-line ambulances. This equipment combined with a SARS specialist’s additional training and experience means that our volunteers can make interventions at the scene of an incident which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.” Last year donations helped equip a rapid response vehicle which is now being used to provide team shifts around Suffolk. This, he explained, is the only critical care team resource actually based in Suffolk and operates in addition to the existing network of local solo responders. “This year we want our fund-raising to equip at least another three autonomous responders prioritising areas of Suffolk where we have less coverage. We also want to purchase an additional automatic compression device which can be used on cardiac patients to increase their chances of survival and upgrade and replace the equipment and drugs which are used by our responders, on a day-to-day basis.” INFORMATION



MAY 2015

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MAY 2015

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MAY 2015


James Wright

So you’ve decided against cashing in all of your pension at this time but should you be considering not accessing them at all?

but in future tax years this will be charged at the beneficiary’s marginal income tax rate as withdrawals are taken.

Pension contributions receive tax relief when made. Basic rate relief is provided within the pension and higher and additional rate relief is obtained via a tax return. In monetary terms a £10,000 contribution will cost £8,000 for a basic rate tax payer, £6,000 for a higher rate tax payer and £5,500 for an additional rate tax payer.

Using the nominee account can be extremely tax efficient for passing funds on. It allows for funds to be left for example to the surviving spouse to use if required and then to be passed on again to children under the same death benefit rules as the pension. The funds remain within a tax free environment while in a nominee account. There is no age requirement for withdrawing funds from a nominee account.

Once contributions are held within a pension the underlying investments benefit from being free from tax. Therefore growth can accrue tax free whilst funds are held within the pension. This benefit is much like an ISA but with an ISA you won’t have received tax relief on the contributions in. At retirement you need to ensure you have enough income in the first instance but if you have other sources of income in retirement it may be more beneficial to leave as much value as possible in your pension pot to be gifted on to your beneficiaries on death. The rules have changed along with the flexibility: if death occurs pre 75 years a pension pot can be passed on without tax whether this be via a lump sum or the new nominee account. Post 75 tax is due at 45% this tax year


As you can see it has become even more important to ensure a nomination of beneficiary is lodged with pension providers to ensure your pension passes as you wish. You are only able to nominate the immediate beneficiaries on your death but you could for example nominate 50% to spouse and 50% split between children to ensure at least half the pension asset passes on to the next generation. The financial planning opportunities have increased dramatically following the pension changes in April 2015. If you wish discuss your financial advice requirements please do contact me at or on 01473 267000. Scrutton Bland Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


NUFFIELD HEALTH IPSWICH CATARACT SERVICE Private cataract surgery from an experienced team of Consultant Ophthalmologists to see the life you love

contact lens or glass prescriptions. The degree of vision change depends on the intensity of the light entering the eye and the location of the cataract.

Nuffield Health Ipswich Cataract Service is the newly named cataract surgery service available now to private patients at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, and joins the hospital’s already extensive list of self-pay services, which includes; cosmetic surgery, gynecology, orthopaedics and urology.

Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, usually carried out as a day case under local anesthetic which is administered through eye drops for many people. This means no injections and you can go home on the same day. If you have cataracts in both eyes, surgery will be carried out on separate occasions. This gives the first eye time to heal and your vision time to return.Your consultant will discuss with you and explain the procedure fully during your consultation.

Many of us take our eyes for granted but life shouldn’t have to stop if you have a cataract. If it prevents you from reading or driving, or doing your normal day-today activities, it may be time to find out about surgery. The treatment is quick and the procedure is very common, in fact it is the most common operation performed in the UK, with more than 300,000 procedures carried out each year (source: In Ipswich, Nuffield Health’s cataract service is led by a team of five expert Consultant Ophthalmologists who perform cataract surgery around 40 times per week between them at the hospital. What is a cataract and what can be done? Cataracts are cloudy patches in the usually clear lens at the front of the eye which helps you to focus. They can make vision blurred or misty and can develop in one or both eyes. Over time, the patches can become bigger and more of them can develop. As less light is able to pass through the lens, vision is likely to become more distorted and the cloudier the lens becomes, making it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts can happen at any age but usually develop as you get older. Cataracts can also develop due to diabetes, use of steroid medication, trauma or for genetic reasons. Symptoms of cataracts can differ for each person, depending on the type of cataract. They may include blurry vision or glare from car headlights, especially at night. Sunlight or indoor overhead lighting may seem to be too bright or cause glare.You may notice that bright colours appear dull.You may also notice everything seems to be slightly yellow. Sometimes cataracts can cause double vision and you may find that you are frequently changing

In most cases, a cataract will continue to develop and surgery to remove it is the only way to restore vision. Occasionally cataract-like symptoms may be a sign of another eye-related problem so it is important to seek advice from an optometrist or GP if you are experiencing any disturbances to your vision, not just a deterioration. Cataract Surgery at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital The Nuffield Health Ipswich Cataract Service provides consultation, assessment and surgery all in one place, and your treatment will be delivered by the same consultant throughout. Our outpatient eye clinics and the privacy of en-suite bedrooms provide expertise and high quality care to welcome and reassure you during your visits.

If you choose to pay for yourself, you will benefit from the Nuffield Promise – a unique offering in the private healthcare industry. This is our pledge to our patients, where we ensure that you receive a clear and transparent price for treatment and the very best in clinical care. In addition, our relationship with you doesn’t end when you walk out of hospital following your procedure. As a Nuffield Health patient, subject to the clinical needs related to the procedure, there are no time limits on your aftercare ** For pricing information as a self-pay patient; don’t delay, get in touch If you have any concerns or questions, or would like further details on the Nuffield Health Ipswich Cataract Service, get in touch for details of how to access our services. For more information on how to book a private consultation with any of our Ophthalmology Consultants, contact our dedicated Enquiry Handler on 01473 279 179. To find out more about Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, visit: ipswichhospital for details of all the treatments available and open events. Full details of the Nuffield Promise can be found at:

Our promise to you When you choose private hospital treatment, you are bound to have all sorts of questions about costs and will want assurance you are receiving the utmost care and attention, before and after your procedure. At Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, you can pay for yourself for cataract treatment. Costs are completely transparent with no hidden extras and could be less than you think.Your initial consultation, appointment and any necessary tests or investigations are paid for separately, but once we have determined the treatment required, a fixed all-inclusive price can be provided.

* Not including private patient units at NHS hospitals. Local area defined as within 15 miles of the Nuffield Health hospital. We will match against written quotes only. Promise is valid for patients paying for themselves. ** Where possible, we promise to assist you to receive any follow up advice, treatment or care that is clinically required from your Consultant for as long as you may require it. If a prosthesis is used as part of your treatment this is guaranteed for the manufacturer’s official lifetime of that prosthesis. “Clinically required” indicates where further intervention and/or monitoring of a patient’s condition is deemed necessary as a direct result of surgical intervention.



MAY 2015

PUB WALKS with Darcy

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This month Darcy enjoys the open countryside of the Stour Valley stopping at the dog friendly Swan at Stratford St Mary The Stour Valley has been the inspiration for artists for hundreds of years and our walk this month takes you directly through countryside captured by John Constable as he looked backed to Stratford St Mary from Langham Church in around 1800. With open skies and unspoilt views it is easy to understand his attachment to the area.


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Starting at The Swan this gentle walk touches on the River Stour before heading off over fields as we make our way to Higham, past St Marys Church – the home of some interesting carved wooden corbels which support the timber roof beams (should you get the opportunity to visit) – and then back to the start. There are a number of well-maintained stiles to cross during the walk but all had access at the bottom for Darcy to pass through. Having climbed the stile by the church I then noticed there is a gate just to the right so this could be used instead. If you are looking for a much longer walk our route is an extract from the 12 mile Brett Valley Walk published by the excellent Dedham Vale (AONB) and Stour Valley Project. More details of this and other walks can be found at




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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 3.5 miles Time: Approx.1 hour 15 minutes Terrain: Flat paths and fields with short stretches of road walking Stops: The Swan Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 196 Start Point OS reference: 044 342 (The Stratford Swan 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 Swan car park turn left and walk approximately 120yds before crossing the road and walking across the bridge by the metal railings on your right. Cross the wooden bridge and then the stile. 2. Having crossed the stile turn right and follow the path diagonally across the field at the end of which you will reach another stile. 3. After this second stile walk ahead with the river to your right. After a short while the path turns left marked by St Edmund Way and Stour Valley Path discs. Turn left here. Continue on this path following the yellow markers. After a short stretch on a track you will pass Broomhouse on your right and then go straight ahead across another field heading for a white house (shown as Low Lift cottages on the map). 4. As you reach a tarmac road, just before the white house, turn right and walk over the footbridge and then straight ahead and across a small wooden bridge. 5. After the bridge continue straight ahead across the field. You will come to a gap in a hedge, marked by a post and yellow disc, and another stile. Cross the stile keep left, then by a broken down red brick wall cross another stile and follow the yellow markers. The path follows the edge of the field heading ultimately for the pink cottage. 6. At the pink cottage the path emerges to the main road through Higham.Turn right and walk for 130 yds (crossing over the bridge) until you come to a footpath (FP) sign on your right after The Old Cottage. 7. Turn right walking beside the garage, through the kissing gate and then straight ahead.The path continues past the church where you can either cross a stile or choose the gate to enter the field ahead. At the end of this field cross the stile turn right on to the track and then almost immediately left following the FP sign and the path until it emerges at the road. 8. At the road turn right and walk briefly along the road, and then pavement, until you reach a junction. 9. Cross over and The Swan is directly ahead on your left.

At the heart of Constable country in the beautiful Dedham Vale, The Swan is a 16th century coaching inn on the banks of the river Stour. Recently sympathetically restored into a destination pub-restaurant with integrity and enthusiasm, The Swan opens Wednesdays to Sundays at the bar for drinks all day and evening, with lunch offered 12 – 3pm and dinner served 6 – 9pm. Dining is available throughout, including in our two bars and cosy dining room. Summer sees our terrace and lovely al fresco seating filled with diners whilst the rear lawns make great space for children’s play, traditional pub games and private events. Over the road our beer garden complete with small landing stage for canoes is a great vantage point for wildlife watching. Our chefs work with fabulous local, fresh, seasonal produce from close to our kitchen door. Known for our passion for the artisan and interesting, we have over 15 great Suffolk and other British draught ales, 100+ bottled craft beers from around the world, proper ciders, and interesting, quirky wines and spirits. Short local walks around our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Roaring log fires in the cooler months. Children and dogs very welcome. Available for family occasions and private parties. Sister establishment to the award-winning Anchor on the Walberswick coast.

01206 321244 Lower Street, Stratford St Mary, CO7 6JR EssentialSUFFOLK


MAY 2015

newlook for milsoms This month Essential Suffolk popped over the border to milsoms at Dedham to dine in the recently refurbished bar brasserie


e consider ourselves very lucky that milsoms Kesgrave Hall is on our doorstep. Having such a great venue within walking distance of our home does mean that it has become a favoured haunt, for both business and personal pleasure, it does however mean that we tend to visit the original milsoms at Dedham less. Having discovered it had recently undergone a redecoration and refurbishment we thought it was time to put this unintended neglect to an end. Getting to Dedham is a doddle. Just minutes off the A12 it is actually quicker for us at times to get to milsoms than driving into town and parking or even heading to some of our favourite coastal destinations. With views over the Stour Valley milsoms is set in a beautiful location and as we arrived on a warm spring evening it was looking particularly inviting.


Although the car park was, we thought, quite busy for a Wednesday evening we were shown straight to our table with no wait. As regular readers will know tables can’t be reserved for either milsoms or Kesgrave Hall with diners seated on a first come first served basis, a system that works well and means anyone can enjoy the milsoms experience without having to book weeks in advance. The restaurant is set on two tiers and our table was on the lower level within sight of the impressive new bar area and by a large glass door giving views out in to the immaculate gardens which would later look even more stunning as feature trees were picked out in neon light. The outside at milsoms plays a huge part in the restaurants attraction. The terrace is very much an extension of the dining area with a huge sail canopy and heaters perfect for alfresco eating

Dining Review | milsoms at Dedham

throughout the year but it really comes into its own in the coming warmer months. As we sat perusing the menu, a gorgeous glass of Taittinger house Champagne in hand for Mrs R, we noted that we thought the refurbishment has brought the look closer to that of Kesgrave Hall and, as fans of the latter, that was a good thing. Geraldine Milsom is the driving force behind the ‘milsoms look’ and the fact that no aspect of the visual experience is overlooked be it a coat hook, door handle, light fitting or the all-important chairs and tables at which you sit, is a testament to the thought that goes into the whole visit. Milsoms describes its menu as ‘global’ cuisine with its chefs taking influences from all over the world and this is clear to see from the menu with options as diverse as Asian Duck tacos to the ever present menu favourite Mr G’s shepherd’s pie. In addition to the standard menu milsoms offers daily specials, catering for all day dining be it breakfast, lunch or dinner and all choices take full advantage of the local, seasonal produce available throughout the year. There is also a separate menu specially designed menu for the younger pallet. With 15 starters plus the specials board a lack of choice is never going to be an issue. The afore mentioned duck tacos got serious consideration, as did the wild mushrooms on toast with a poached egg and herb butter, the chef’s mezze for two – which we spied others enjoying – and the moules marinieré but eventually we settled on the prawn courgette, chilli and dill linguine and the chorizo and okra gumbo.

Some of the starters come in two sizes ‘ample’ or ‘generous’ – a nice descriptive twist – the linguine was one and although the smaller size was chosen it would easily has served as a light lunch. Declared as “delicious” and packed with prawns it would be hard not to plump for this automatically on any subsequent visit. The gumbo was also excellent packed with flavour and a good kick of chilli from the chorizo within it.

To finish our meal we opted for the raspberry and lemon curd cheesecake for one dessert and a combination of raspberry sorbet and espresso ice cream with chocolate chunks for the other. Again both were excellent with the cheesecake portion matching the generosity of the initial linguine starter. Be assured there were no complaints.

Again having been spoilt for choice, and having just missed the last Harwich skate wing with caper sauce from the specials board, for our mains we happily went with the Devonshire duck breast with spinach mash, peppercorn sauce and sprouting broccoli and the cauliflower and potato curry with split pea dahl, pilau rice and poppadum. Taking the vegetarian route is an unusual one on our outings especially when visiting a restaurant that prides itself on its steaks, after all as the menu says “steaks are the benchmark of a great brasserie” and we know the 28 day aged locally raised Dedham vale beef never disappoints. Following the culinary road less travelled can sometimes lead to disappointment but the adage of nothing ventured nothing gained came through on this occasion with a thoroughly credible and satisfying curry enjoyed especially when accompanied by the contrast of the fresh tomato and shallot side salad which we had chosen to share. The other main course of duck was cooked to perfection both beautifully pink and flavoursome. The spinach content of the mash was subtle and could have been increased but that is purely personal preference.

As a final example of the detail that accompanies all aspects of the milsoms experience our coffee arrived with milk served in exquisite individual churns worthy we thought of a souvenir phone photo! INFORMATION milsoms, Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HW Tel: 01206 322795 A full à la carte menu is available from 12 noon everyday right through to 9:30 pm (10:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings).



PERFECT PORK This month Sam Hanison from The Ship at Dunwich shares his recipe for delicious aromatic Blythburgh pork – an opportunity to try confit cooking


Recipe | The Ship at Dunwich

Aromatic Blythburgh pork belly with apple and date puree and caraway roast carrots INGREDIENTS Serves 4 – 6

This month’s recipe is a popular one with customers at The Ship at Dunwich and is from head chef Sam Hanison. It is not surprising Sam has such a good understanding of great pub food, his parents owned one of Norwich’s first and best known gastro-pubs, The Unthank Arms, and he trained with some of Norwich’s very best chefs, including David Adlard – who was for many years Norwich’s only Michelin starred chef. In addition to his time working in busy kitchens Sam spent a few years working as personal chef to Andrew Lloyd-Webber before returning to East Anglia and moving to Suffolk to join the team at The Ship. The team at The Ship aims to produce fab food using the best ingredients they can get their hands on and stay within the Suffolk borders where possible. Local produce is so abundant it’s not often they feel the need to look much further. It’s all about keeping things fresh and simple and always making everything from scratch, including stocks and sauces. Collectively the team aspires to a modern English pub grub style that hopefully exceeds customers’ expectations.

Pork belly 2 Kg boned Blythburgh pork belly 1 tablespoon of ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1 head of garlic Vegetable oil (enough to cover the pork belly)

Apple and date puree 250g diced cooking apple 75g dates 12g butter 6g light brown sugar 250g carrots ½ teaspoon caraway seeds Potatoes for mashing Wholegrain mustard (optional) Kale Good quality chicken stock

METHOD 1. Rub ginger, cumin and paprika into the meat. Roll belly into a tight round and tie with string. 2. In a large deep baking dish cover belly with vegetable oil and a head of garlic chopped in two, with whatever other aromatics you fancy and slowly bring to a simmer. Cover tightly with foil and transfer to the oven and cook at 120°C for 2 – 3 hours until very tender. 3. Allow to cool right down and remove pork belly from oil (this can be kept for another confit session) and cut off string. Slice into one inch rounds and chill in the fridge. 4. Place all the apple and date ingredients into a saucepan and add a splash of water. Bring to a gentle simmer. Once the apple is soft place into a food processor and blitz.

TO SERVE 5. Heat another large baking dish and add 2 – 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon of caraway seeds and the sliced pork belly portions. Place 200g of carrots (cut into 2cm rounds) into the pan and cook for 15 minutes at 180°C in the oven until the belly is crisp. 6. Remove Pork belly and carrots and drain the juices into a pan. Add a little chicken stock and reduce down to a nice sauce to make a lightly spiced gravy. 7. Serve with buttered mashed potato and fresh steamed kale with the sauce poured over. (optional: add wholegrain mustard to the mash).

• • • • • Once a haunt of smugglers The Ship at Dunwich is now one of the most popular inns on the Suffolk coast. You will find: real ales, real food and real fires, comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views over the marshes to the sea, an enormous garden, and a beach that really is just a short stroll away. A perfect base from which to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, partake of some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply enjoy a pint or two of Adnams.

Traditional home cooking Selection of real ales Crackling log fires Large garden 16 inviting and comfortable bedrooms • Children and dogs very welcome • Accommodation offers now online

Ideally situated on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just a few minutes off the A12.

The Ship, Dunwich,Suffolk IP17 3DT | 01728 648219 | |



MAY 2015

Fynn Valley

The Angel Inn

The Bildeston Crown

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.

Nestled in the heart of Constable Country, The Angel Inn is a traditional 16th Century Suffolk coaching inn with open fires and oak beams. A rosette fine dining restaurant showcasing modern British cuisine, six beautifully styled bedrooms and a cosy bar area make the Angel perfect for a country break. Until 31st May 2015, the Angel is offering a special Champagne Break for just £95 for a double room – T&C apply, please see website.

The Bildeston Crown is a 15th Century coaching inn steeped in history and located in the glorious Suffolk countryside. The brasserie style menu offers a wonderful selection of classic French and English food by Head Chef Delphine Barrais. The service is warm and friendly with the emphasis on relaxed dinning. Please view our website to browse the menu.

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

Open: Every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Angel is also available for private dining.

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

Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4SA.

High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk, IP7 7EB

01473 785202

01206 263245

01449 740510

The Froize

The Peacock Inn

The Middleton Bell

We pride ourselves in using a wide array of local produce...some of which comes from our own garden. We’re using lot’s of rhubarb...and the asparagus is up! In the polytunnel all the seedlings are growing well, radishes, lettuces and strawberries will be first... Seasonal food in the restaurant includes fantastic local cod, lots of wild garlic and we hope to be soon finding St Georges mushrooms! Happy Eating!

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

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

Chillesford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3PU

37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU

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

01394 450282

01449 743952


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

The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN 01728 648286

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Sibton White Horse

Ufford Park

The Galley

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

The Park Restaurant, situated at Ufford Park Woodbridge is set in 120 acres of historic parkland. We offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and have a seasonally-changing menu offering lots of locally produced food. With weather picking up, why not join us in our Lounge or outside on the terrace for one of our delicious afternoon teas. Two people can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and dessert for only £16.95 and enjoy the beautiful views across the golf course. All party sizes can be accommodated for. Open to all; non-members welcome.

The Galley in Woodbridge is a family run restaurant offering vibrant and exciting menus using fresh, local produce, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. For those wishing to hold a celebration or business lunch, there are private dining rooms available including the bright, spacious and welcoming room upstairs or our beautiful large wine cellar. Due to popular demand the team at the Galley are continuing their special event on the second Sunday of every month – an extra delicious Sunday Roast! Next available on 10th May and 14th June.

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

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

01728 660337

0844 847 9467

01394 380055


The Angel

The Fountain

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

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

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.

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

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 Sunday, 8am to 10pm

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

13 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE

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

01473 230293

01394 383808

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

The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT 01473 785377



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Time relaxing in the garden is a precious pleasure in this country so make sure you’re ready to make the most of every ray of sunshine with an ensemble to suit your space. Here’s our Essential guide to 2015 solutions for eating, relaxing and lounging outdoors

Chatsworth 6 Seater set £2875 and Chatsworth Table (inset) £890, Neptune

Tuscany 8 Seater Set £3775, Neptune

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Pesaro Sofa Set £235, Neptune

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Montpellier 6 Seater Set £1765, Neptune

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Harrington Sofa Set with Tuscany Coffee Table £2695, Neptune

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It’s very easy to have your head turned at the big flower shows of the season – but how do ordinary mortals translate the trends and fashions of the ‘experts’ into something that works at home? Catharine Howard explains


ay is the month when flower shows appear in the calendar bringing with them mouthwatering images of newly launched plants, show gardens and flower displays that set the heart spinning; not to mention the conservatories, sculptures and new lines of the latest mowing machine. We all get bombarded with the covetable. Television coverage and newspapers bring cornucopias, colour and inspiration to drool over and inspire. An awesome catalogue of horticultural wares may sow a seed. So how best to learn from these shows, control your wallet and choose some new plants to beef up your flower beds? First of all – which shows are you going to? The Suffolk Show is my favourite. The Floral Marquee has a range of exhibitors and most of these are local businesses. The herby greenness of this tent is a good place to take cool refuge from the bustle of the main show. Arm yourself with pencil and paper or snap away with your camera. See which plants you like and have a chat with stand holders about when and where to plant that lovely frothy pink plant that you have just fallen in love with. Having done that there is little to beat the flower arrangements. The exuberance and artifice have a lesson for the keen gardener. It doesn’t matter that the decorations are made of plant material that is exotic and wired up in static shapes. The learning is in paying close attention to what shapes, textures and

forms work together. Apply this to your own garden as you run an eye over a dull patch of planting. The principle is to excite the eye with a little bit of contrast. Drink in a floral deco and make a critical analysis of what works with what. Even if you are no fan of this arcane art form, you will find that you can take away the principle and use it in your own borders.

Are you going to the Chelsea Flower Show this year or are you an armchair viewer? It doesn’t so much matter either way as television will beam the remotest back corner of the best show gardens and overall study of the press coverage

will reveal far more than you will actually get to see in one day. Chelsea is the big gun and I love it for the celebrity frenzy and the wonderful nature-defying show gardens. We are shown what is simply not possible. Show gardens for instance will line up bulbs from April with perennials normally in flower a whole season away. Plants have been held back in chilling units or brought on in the heat and arrive at an unrealistic flowering perfection together. Keep your beady eyes open for what you like and scribble it down. Don’t expect to put them together at home. This is not the place to seek out planting associations. If you are visiting Chelsea, make sure that you have plenty of time to pace the confusing aisles of the Grand Marquee. It is getting on for two acres in size and will give you a taste of every aspect of plant types from the new and fashionable restios to towers of strawberries and pink pineapples from Jamaica. Sense of taste and discernment will get thrown all over the place by monumental vegetables, eye-searing chrysanthemums and carnivorous plants. But out there amongst the oooh and aaah are the best plant nurseries in the country and, from further afield, plant hunters, bulb specialists and herb growers. Seek out the more modest stands and make a careful note of the plants that you like and the nurseries supplying them. I always choose my tulips here by circling the cut flower stands, jotting down notes. ‰



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Try not to pick up too many catalogues as this will result in an arm-dropping day. You can’t buy plants at Chelsea so this will save you from bashing the crowds with plant pots and supports. That’s a good thing as it gives the chance to go home and mull over future purchases. As for the Show Gardens, they are glorious and heavily derivative. After all, there is only so much you can do with a space of 100 square metres but there are ideas aplenty to feast on. Large viburnums that have been stepped up to form multi-stem trees, corten rusty water bowls, pavement flags divided by moss, yew topiarised like melting chocolate buttons, a pathway made of coiled rope. It’s all to be taken with a large pinch of salt for this is the land of fantasy and that is the fun of it. What you will get is a great deal of inspiration to kick-start your ideas for your own garden.

INFORMATION Catharine Howard is a designer, writer and gardening coach with many years’ experience in creating and renovating gardens. For a consultation or garden design contact her at



Business Profile | Elmers

CHOICE, VALUE & SERVICE With a huge range of around 25,000 products, with everything from specialist hand and power tools for the trade and DIY enthusiast to fancy paper cups for your latest batch of home baked cupcakes, you’ll want to take another look at Elmers this spring Elmers Hardware is a family owned and run business first established in 1959 in Kesgrave. It’s a ‘good old fashioned general hardware store’ where personal service and customer satisfaction is still important. Never is it more essential to have the help and advice of well trained staff than when choosing garden machinery. With very competitively priced equipment from leading brands in stock – including Hayter, Alko, Bosch, Black & Decker and Einhell – the team at Elmers is ready to assist you. It’s not just about the heavy machinery – Elmers has a broad choice for gardeners including ponds pumps and water features, garden tools, gloves and wellies, lawn care products, pots and ornaments, hoses and waterbutts and more.

And when the work is done and it’s time to enjoy a rest they can provide you with a handsome Alexander Rose hardwood bench or barbecue too. Elmers also delivers most items anywhere in the mainland UK subject to a small delivery charge so why not ‘Like’ Elmers on Facebook to keep up to date with news and be one of the first to know about oneoff and very special offers. INFORMATION Elmers Hardware, 59 – 61 Edmonton Road, Kesgrave, Suffolk , IP5 1EQ. Open Monday to Thursday & Saturday: 9am – 5.30pm, Friday: 9am – 7.30pm, Closed Sunday & Bank Holidays

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Business Profile | David Forestier-Walker Landscape and Garden Design

Award winning garden designer David Forestier-Walker returns home to his roots in Suffolk and tells Essential Suffolk about his plans to transform some of the fine county’s gardens into beautiful havens

a cut above the rest


“Beautiful and innovative garden design can make such a difference to a home” David Forestier-Walker tells us, sitting in his idyllic walled garden in Snape, Suffolk. And looking around at the parterre beds with the heavenly scent of an espalier Daphne it’s hard to disagree. “They can, not only transform your outside space into a wonderful haven but have a calming and relaxing effect on you and anyone who comes to the home. A peaceful sanctuary that is so important to English people, I think”. He should know, after growing up in Aldeburgh and going to school at Orwell Park, David moved to London to pursue his passion for garden design setting up Thornton Forestier-Walker Design with his long-time business partner and friend, Guy Thornton. After practicing garden design for over 20 years across the world and catering for every conceivable client from rock stars and billionaires to royalty and corporate clients he knows what makes garden design special. Being very ‘hands on’ with clients is what he believes makes the difference. It’s obvious, but essential. Clients want you to get your hands dirty, talk to them, nurture their ideas and accurately interpret their wishes. To give them your best ideas, yet not push them in a

direction they don't want to go’. This ensures the design, creation and construction of truly exceptional gardens and landscapes and his approach has led to many long-standing relationships, both with private clients and with industry professionals such as architects, developers and interior designers. ‘I want to leave a client and be able to say – look what we achieved together. That is satisfaction.’ But after 20 years it was time for change. David moved out of London and back to his roots in Suffolk to create David Forestier-Walker Garden Design. So what prompted the change? “Quite simply I wanted to come back to where my family has lived for over 150 years” he replies with a smile. “Suffolk presents so many challenges that you don’t get anywhere else but also opportunities to use cottage nurseries that have such incredible plants, that enhance rather than overshadow the beautiful spaces and gardens this county has to offer no matter how big or small those spaces are. I hope that I can create some unique designs and landscapes that will make people stop in their tracks and mean that Suffolk homes have gardens that give joy and pleasure all year round no matter what the budget”.

The approach seems to be working wonders with his coastal clients. David has already completed projects in Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and Bury St Edmunds but remains small and selective, preferring to focus on quality and design from consultation through to construction and hands-on project management throughout. “Suffolk offers a chance to create classical country gardens that can be lived in everyday, which is sometimes a contrast to the highly modern visual creations I have done for many of my London clients. Whilst the essential principles remain, I am constantly adapting and changing schemes, introducing new plants; I am only as good as my latest creation”.

A FINAL THOUGHT? “Just as extending your house, or developing a new building, designing a garden is an investment, a leap of faith – and I’m always aware that people are putting their time and money into my hands. The aim is to enjoy it!” INFORMATION David Forestier-Walker Landscape and Garden Design 01728 603691



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Every year thousands of pounds are raised for charities through a variety of open garden schemes across the country. Essential Suffolk takes a look at just some of the gardens in our area that can be enjoyed this spring and summer, while giving to worthy causes

Crossing the Box River


he National Gardens Scheme is probably the best known of the open garden schemes and was founded by the Queen's Nursing Institute in 1927. Over more than eighty years the NGS has established an unrivalled reputation as the organiser of outstanding gardens being opened to visitors in order to raise funds for charity. Its particular area of charitable funding has always been nursing and caring; through regular annual donations the NGS has established itself as one of the most significant charitable funders of this sector. Another stand-out scheme is the Secret Gardens of Suffolk, supported by Age UK Suffolk President, The Countess of Euston, it will run from May through to the end of summer. Many gardens across the county will be opening their gates to the public to raise funds for Age UK Suffolk; a charity working with and for older people in our county, campaigning with them and on their behalf.


Weavers House, Boxford

2 THATCH COTTAGE Thorney Green, Stowupland, Suffolk, IP14 4AD

BAYS FARM Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5HU

Explore this one third acre garden which includes a variety of shrubs, trees, perennials, over 100 rose bushes, aviary, thatched summer house, tree house, and 2 ponds. This garden is also a past winner of garden of the year. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 5 July, 10am – 5pm Admission £4

A true two-acre plantsman’s garden with all year round interest with regular monthly openings to reflect the ever changing seasons. Formal gardens comprising shady borders, scented and sun-loving beds with woodland and butterfly planting. Large kitchen gardens, greenhouse, orchard, wild flower area and herb garden. New extensive borders and planting for 2015. Formal gardens designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Xa Tollemache of Helmingham Hall. Open for NGS: Sunday 12 April, Sunday 10 May, Sunday 14 June, Sunday 12 July, Sunday 9 August, Sunday 13 September, 2 – 5.30pm Admission £3.50, child free. Home-made teas and savouries.

5 GILBERT CLOSE Needham Market, Ipswich IP6 8XQ Explore a classic English garden with shrubs, bedding plants, trees and herb plot. Refreshments are available, including tea, coffee, scones and cakes. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 24 May, 10am – 4pm Admission £3 41 WESTMORLAND ROAD Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9TJ View this spectacular one third acre garden including lawn, perennials, pond and river, walled garden and an eclectic mix of features. Refreshments available. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 28 June, 11am – 5pm Admission £3

BEVILLS Sudbury Road, Bures, Suffolk, CO8 5JW A beautiful house (not open) overlooking the Stour Valley with parkland trees, hills and woodland. The gardens are formal and Italianate in style with hedges and lawns flanked by Irish yews and mature specimen trees. Terraces, borders, ponds, vistas and woodland walks. Spring bulbs and bluebell wood. Open for NGS: Monday 4 May, 2 – 5.30pm Admission £4, child free. Home-made teas.

Open Gardens A to Z BIRCH TREE LODGE Leiston Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5PL

CHURCH FARM Iken, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2ER

This garden contains two acres of birch woodland, lawns, fruits, vegetables and variety of flowers. A large pond is also featured. Parking is available next door at Fenlands. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 2 August, 2pm – 5pm Admission £4

Explore two acres with young trees, roses and shrubs. A garden that is great for a family day out, with refreshments available. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 2 August, 2pm – 6pm Admission £4

BLAKENHAM WOODLAND GARDEN Little Blakenham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 4LZ A beautiful six-acre woodland garden with variety of rare trees and shrubs. Chinese rocks and a landscape sculpture. Especially lovely in spring with snowdrops, daffodils, camellias, magnolias and bluebells followed by roses in early summer. Open for NGS: Sunday 10 May, 10am – 5pm Admission £3, child £1.50. Home-made teas. BOXFORD OPEN GARDENS Over 20 gardens open in Boxford, Groton and Edwardstone Coffee, cakes, ploughman’s lunches and cream teas in the Village Hall. Plant and cake stalls. Church Tower open for breathtaking views. Free Shuttle bus from the village centre. Open for St Mary’s Church Fund: Sunday 7 June, 11am – 5pm Admission £5. Look out for the Garden Open signs and pay at the first one you come to.

COLUMBINE HALL Gipping Road, Stowupland, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 4AT George Carter’s formal garden and herb garden surround a moated medieval manor (not open). Outside the moat, vistas, stream, ponds and bog garden, Mediterranean garden, colour-themed vegetable garden, cutting garden, orchards and parkland. Gardens developed since 1994 with constant work-in-progress, include transformed farm buildings and other eye catchers. Open for NGS: Sunday 10 May, 2.30 – 6pm Admission £4, child free. Home-made teas. FOXEARTH LODGE Saxtead, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 9QY Gardens include herbaceous and lavender beds, courtyard, pond, roses and shrubs and trees. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 28 June, 2pm – 5.00pm Admission £4 (including refreshments).

FULLERS MILL GARDEN West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6HD Visit an enchanting seven acre creation on the banks of the River Lark, created by Bernard Tickner. It combines a beautiful site of light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s paradise of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 10 May, 2pm – 5pm Admission £4 HALL FARM London Road, Weston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 2TT Relax on seats at this one acre garden overlooking the pond or parterre, conservatory, pergola, vegetables in raised beds. This garden is located on the A145 to Beccles. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, 10.30am – 5.30pm Admission £4 per person and includes tea or coffee and homemade cake. HORRINGER HILL HOUSE Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2EE Visit a beautiful country garden divided into a variety of areas including three water features stocked with Koi carp. Mixed planting with annuals, shrubs and perennials are also included. Refreshments available. Open for Red Cross: Sunday May 3, 2pm Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 26 July, 2 – 5pm Admission £4 (children free), dogs on leads welcomed. IXWORTH VILLAGE GARDENS 23, 36 and 66 High Street, Ixworth, Ixworth House and The Langridge With an eclectic mix of gardens wander through a beautiful medieval Suffolk village with a variety of flowers, shrubs, trees and features. Refreshments available and a plant sale. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 31 May, 11am – 4:30pm Admission £5 LARKS' HILL Clopton Road, Tuddenham St Martin, Suffolk, IP6 9BY The gardens of eight acres comprise woodland, field and formal areas, and fall away from the house to the valley floor. A hilly garden (very rare for Suffolk!) with a modern castle keep with an interesting and beautiful site overlooking the gentle Fynn valley and the village beyond. Open for NGS: Saturday 9 May and Saturday 11 July, 1.30 – 5pm Admission £5, child free. Home-made teas.

Boxford Garden



Open Gardens A to Z

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MOAT HOUSE Little Saxham, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5LE Set in a two acre historic and partially moated site this tranquil mature garden has been developed by the present owners over 20 years. Bordered by mature trees the garden is in various sections including a sunken garden, rose and clematis arbours, herbaceous borders surrounded by box hedging, small arboretum. Open for NGS: Sunday 10 May, 2 – 6pm Admission £4, child free. Home-made teas. PLACE FOR PLANTS East Bergholt Place, Mill Road, East Bergholt, Suffolk. CO7 6UP A mature 20-acre garden, with a wide variety of ornamental trees and shrubs. Bog garden, lawn, formal terrace, pond and topiary yew hedges. Teas and plant stall available. Open for Red Cross: Sunday May 10, 2pm – 5pm HERON HOUSE Priors Hill Road Gardens, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. IP15 5EP Neighbouring gardens with glorious views over the river Alde, marshland and the North Sea. Water features and an interesting variety of plants. Teas and plant stall available. Open for Red Cross: Sunday May 17, 2pm – 5pm Admission: £5 (children under 12 free). PRIORS OAK Leiston Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5QE Experience a ten acre wildlife and butterfly garden, as well as herbaceous, ornamental salad, vegetable and herb gardens. Restored railway carriages, specialist trees and a walkway of 100 buddleias around a small wood are featured (with ponds, tortoise breeding and donkeys). Teas and plants are available. This garden is wheelchair friendly and has easy parking. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 12 July, 2pm – 6pm Admission free (donations welcomed).

RIVERSIDE HOUSE Stoke Road, Clare, Suffolk, C010 8NS The gardens at Riverside House hold the prize for the best garden in Suffolk in the one-acre category. They border both sides of the River Stour and feature colourful annuals, extensive herbaceous and shrub borders, fine lawns, and one of the biggest trees in England, a massive Black Poplar. The gardens featured in Sky 1’s ‘Come into my Garden’ series earlier this year. Refreshments available. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, 2 – 5pm Admission £3.50 RYDAL MOUNT Grays Lane, Wissett, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0JP This four acre garden features extensive rose beds and pergolas, ornamental trees and a young orchard with bees, geese and chickens. Two ponds, a vegetable and soft fruit area, polytunnel and green houses. Escorted tours if required. Refreshments available. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 5 July, 12pm – 5pm Admission free (donations welcomed). SOMERLEYTON HALL & GARDENS Lovingland, Suffolk, NR32 5QQ 12.5 acres of beautiful gardens contain a wide variety of magnificent specimen trees, shrubs, borders and plants providing colour and interest throughout the year. Sweeping lawns and formal gardens combine with majestic statuary and original Victorian ornamentation. Highlights include the Paxton glasshouses, pergola, walled garden and famous yew hedge maze. Open for NGS: Friday 1 May, 10am – 5pm Admission £6.45, child £4.45. Light refreshments. Kitchen Garden Restaurant open for light lunches, home-bakes cakes and cream teas.

Hall Farm

STREET FARM North Street, Freckenham, Suffolk, IP28 8HY Approximately one acre of landscaped garden with several mature trees. The garden includes a water cascade, pond with island and a number of bridges. Formal rose garden, rose pergola, herbaceous borders and hornbeam walk. Gravel paths with steps and slopes. Open for NGS: Sunday 10 May, 11am – 5pm Admission £4, child free. Light refreshments. THE BEECHES Grove Road, Walsham-le-Willows, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3AD Wander through a 150 year old, three acre garden, which includes specimen trees, a pond, stream, potager, memorial garden, lawns and a variety of beds. The stream area is landscaped. A Mediterranean bed and camellia bed are also featured. Refreshments available. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 2 August, 2pm – 5pm Admission £4 WILLOW FARM The Green, Saxtead, Suffolk IP13 9QB This two and a half acre country garden holds numerous trees, shrubs and several beds of old fashioned shrub roses. Seating and refreshments are available. This garden is situated on the B1119 between Saxtead Windwill and Framlingham. Open for Age UK Suffolk: Sunday 14 June 2pm – 5pm WOOTTENS Blackheath Road, Wenhaston, Suffolk, IP19 9HD Woottens Display Garden was redesigned in 2003 and consists of 27 raised display areas overflowing with hardy perennials to admire and inspire. The garden is inhabited with many rare and unusual cultivars and some traditional favourites. Displays of auriculas, irises, pelargoniums, hemerocallis through the year. Open for NGS: Every Tuesday to Sunday 1 April to 30 October, 10am – 4pm Admission by donation. Light refreshments in Summer House.

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Antiques & Auctions

IN THE INTERESTS OF ORAL HYGIENE Among a wonderful collection of curios which had been brought into the office for sale was one item which created a bit of a stir. Personal hygiene is obviously something which men and women should devote time to but the lengths to which some of our forebears went differed greatly from today. How many of you when taking care of your oral hygiene are prepared to admit to tongue scraping within your daily ritual? Well, research tells me, there are modern day devices for this particular chore but in days gone by the instruments were beautifully made using materials such as silver, tortoiseshell, ivory and the like. So what was their purpose and what did they look like? The concept was to remove the deposits which gather mainly at the back of the tongue and are believed to contain bacteria which can often be associated with halitosis – sounds pretty grim so far! To achieve this wonderfully cleaned, scraped effect devices included bands of tortoiseshell – attached to ivory or silver handles – allowing the tortoiseshell to be bent into a U-shape and once inserted into the mouth could be drawn

James Neal

forward repeatedly to cleanse the tongue. Other models include those made in ivory which was scored to enable it to be looped round. From this fixed, rather than flexible position, further racking of the dreaded tongue could be achieved. Another version was more akin to the eating implement a young baby might have used called a pusher. This object had a handle, possibly in turned and stained ivory, attached to a fixed panel at right-angles to the handle. In the child’s case the pusher would be used to do just that; his or her food being pushed around the plate and with a good outcome towards a spoon or fork. In the worst case scenario the food would end up on the floor! In the case of the tongue cleaner, the implement was inserted into the mouth (avoid the gag reflex at all costs) and then drawn forward covering the area of the tongue and perhaps obviating the need for Listerine! (Other similar products are readily available from numerous outlets but antique tongue scrapers are not. Don’t miss our Auction on 20th May if you wish to start or add to your collection!)

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Aided by the government Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, Solar PV has been a booming industry in the UK in recent years. The FiT has been, and remains, subject to periodic rate reductions, so what is it that makes installing Solar PV still such an attractive investment opportunity?

Based on these factors, the average Return on Investment (ROI) is around 10% per year – not vastly different from when the FiT was first launched in 2010. This is largely due to the fact that solar panel prices have been coming down in line with FiT reductions.

A Solar PV system will benefit you in three ways:

Another consideration for many homeowners when making an investment in Solar PV is the aesthetics of the system. Attention needs to be given to where solar panels are sited to ensure they do not detract from the value of the property but rather enhance it. For example, for those with listed properties a ground mounted array often provides an excellent solution. Solar PV will then become a valuable asset and should reflect well in the price when selling a property.

1. You’ll get paid for all the electricity you produce – This is called the generation tariff and is paid for each unit of electricity you generate, whether you use it within your home or not. 2. You’ll get extra payment for the electricity you don’t use – This is called the export tariff and is paid on a deemed amount of 50% of the units generated. 3. You will make savings on your energy bills – The more you use of the electricity you produce during daylight hours, the greater your savings will be.

As an investment opportunity, with a consistent annual ROI of 10%, Solar PV continues to present a sound and secure long-term investment and can turn unused roof space, land or even reservoirs or lakes into income generating assets.

Further to this you can also add battery backups, power maintenance systems or switching devices to heat hot water to you Solar PV installation. The net result is substantial savings on both electricity and heating bills, as well as a steady income from the FiT for 20 years.

If you would like more information on Solar PV or Biomass for your home, farm or business then East Green Energy offer free non obligatory site surveys so if you are interested in finding out more about the benefits for your home please visit our website or call our offices on 01394 380557 and we will be happy to help you.

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TANGHAM, CAPEL ST MARY. The cottage, which is semi-detached, is located in the midst of the forest. It was formerly a Forestry Commission property but has been extensively modernised and improved by the present owner. Equally suitable as a permanent or week end cottage the property currently provides an Entrance Hall, Sitting Room and KitchenDining Room on the ground floor and two Bedrooms and a spacious Bath-Shower Room on the first floor. About 0.45 Acres sts. EPC Band E. Offers around £335,000

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This handsome attached house is in the centre of the village of Alderton which still retains a shop and Swan Pub and also has a medical centre. The property is believed to have been a pub in former years and is now a spacious home. The Entrance Hall gives access to the Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Cloakroom as well as to the extensive Cellar. There are three first floor Bedrooms, one en suite and a family Bathroom. Outside there is a part walled Courtyard about 21ft by 10ft and an area to park. EPC Band E. O f f e r s a r o u n d £ 2 5 5 , 0 0 0

A cottage of great character only yards from The Maybush Pub and the River. Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Cloak-Shower Room, Two Bedroom Suites. Parking beside and to the rear of the cottage. Attractive Garden with Workshop. EPC Band F. O f f e r s a r o u n d £ 2 9 5 , 0 0 0

Dennington £1,150,000

Laxfield £1,100,000

A farmhouse standing in mature gardens with substantial outbuildings including stables, stores & agricultural buildings. 3 receptions rooms, kitchen, pantry, cloakroom, boot room & office. Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms & bathroom. Moated gardens & tennis court. Grounds extending to 17.25 acres. EPC = F Ref: 5262

A highly attractive & substantial 5 bedroom farmhouse located in a standalone position with mature grounds including gardens & meadows extending to just under 11 acres. Annexe with kitchen/sitting/dining room & 2 beds, both with en-suites. Swimming pool. Gardens. Substantial outbuildings. EPC = D Ref: 5230

Wickham Market £895,000

Sternfield £550,000

A most elegant Regency, 5 bedroom, family house offering spacious, comfortable accommodation & standing in grounds of an acre in the centre of Wickham Market. Outbuildings including studio/dining room, scullery, garaging & stores. Ample parking, formal gardens & grounds. EPC = E Ref: 5277

A substantial Grade II Listed, 7 bedroom, period house located in the Parish of Sternfield, just 1 mile from Saxmundham. Double garage & oversized single garage. Pretty gardens, meadow & copse abutting the River Fromus, extending, in all, to approximately 2.75 acres. Ref: 5135

Bedfield £350,000

Wickham Market £329,995

Cransford £325,000

Framlingham £205,000

An extended & fully renovated, 3 bedroom, spacious bungalow located in the pretty village of Bedfield. Garage & cart lodge. Off-road parking & large rear garden. EPC = TBC Ref: 5212

Deben Mews is a stunning development by Hopkins & Moore in the picturesque village of Wickham Market. Plot 5 is a 4 bedroom detached house with garage & garden. EPC = TBC Ref: 4834

An enchanting 3 bedroom semidetached cottage in gardens & grounds of approximately half an acre, having wonderful views at the rear over the Alde Valley & Bruisyard. Double garage & ample parking. EPC = E Ref: 5285

An attractive & unique, 2 bedroom, end terraced cottage within walking distance of the shops & Market Hill. Small courtyard garden. Allocated parking space. No forward chain. EPC = E Ref: 5281

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

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FOREST LOCATION Standing in the heart of Tunstall Forest between the villages of Tunstall, Iken and Snape, 1 Heath Cottages provides one of those once in a lifetime opportunities to own a detached family home in one of the most beautiful positions in Suffolk. All the windows enjoy views over the attractive gardens or a meadow maintained by the RSPB which is home to a number of Exmoor ponies during the summer months. The property offers five bedrooms, but has huge potential to extend and has recently undergone some renovation work and provides exceptional living space. It also retains a wealth of period features including open fireplaces in two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and a ground floor bedroom offering annexe potential. The property also benefits from solar panels which heat the water. Downstairs the sitting room is a large dual aspect L- shaped room with


windows offering views over the gardens and Tunstall Forest beyond. There’s an exposed red brick fireplace with slate hearth, oak flooring, stairs leading to the first floor and a two-oven solid fuel Rayburn. Next door the drawing room is also a large dual aspect L-shaped room with a red brick open fireplace, oak flooring and doors opening to the vaulted sun room overlooking the garden. The kitchen/breakfast room features handmade Henry Gordon Jones kitchen furniture with wood and granite work surfaces, incorporating a two bowl sink unit with mixer tap and tiled splash backs. There’s also and integrated electric hob with overhead extractor hood, double oven and microwave and a red brick open fire place housing a wood burning stove. Also downstairs is bedroom five and a study. Leading from the upstairs landing are four bedrooms all of which offer

panoramic views over the gardens and Tunstall Forest beyond, and a family bathroom. Outside there’s a detached garage, two brick stores with power and lighting, a wooden shed and an oak log store. Heath Cottage is approached along an unmade lane and leads to the detached garage and parking for a number of cars. The south -facing front garden is laid to lawn and bordered by picket fencing and overlooks Tunstall Forest. The principal garden lies to the rear and features paved sun terraces, an established vegetable garden with raised beds and a child's playground with tree house. The gardens also enjoy stunning views over a lake and ornamental pond which is full of fish and wildlife.

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Creeting St Mary

A magnificent Edwardian house occupying a stunning position on Cobbold’s Point, with commanding sea views. 6 reception rooms. 7 bedrooms. 4 bath/shower rooms. Impressive swimming pool complex. Mature gardens. Garaging. EPC=E.

Set at the end of a long drive amidst 9 acres, a substantial and well-presented 6 bedroom farmhouse. 3 reception rooms. Large study. Games room. Impressive kitchen/breakfast room. 6 bedrooms. 3 bathrooms. Triple car garage. South facing gardens. Meadows & paddock. EPC=E

Guide Price £2,500,000

Guide Price £895,000

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A delightful mews house tucked away on the edge of the historic Broke Hall Park on the banks of the River Orwell. 4 reception rooms. Study. 4 bedrooms. 3 bath/shower rooms. 2 large garages. Parking. Rights to a mooring on nearby estuary.

A picturesque former granary perfectly situated close to the forests, Snape and the Suffolk Coast, with considerable potential to extend (STP) set amidst an acre of mature grounds, in a delightfully tranquil tucked away setting, with fine rural views. 2 reception rooms. 3 double bedrooms. Garaging & stores. EPC=B

Guide Price £750,000

Guide Price £550,000

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

• Wealth of exposed period features • Gardens of an acre and a four acre paddock • Superb accommodation over three floors • 3/4 reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Cart lodge

Paddock Barn is a unique and superbly finished Potton barn style property occupying a generous overall plot in excess of 0.25 acres within striking distance of the River Deben.

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A characterful house situated in this popular village occupying a central position with views over open paddocks to the south whilst backing onto a nature reserve managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. • • • • • • • • • •

3/4 bedrooms 2/3 reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Views over open meadows Wood-burning stove & open fire Garage and parking Mature gardens with stream Backs onto a nature reserve Convenient for A12 and A14 Well-presented and maintained

A five bedroom detached family home occupying a wonderful elevated position offering panoramic views across undulating countryside.

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Panoramic views to the rear 5 bedrooms 3 reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room 3 bathrooms 3/4 of an acre plot Upvc double glazing & oil-fired heating • Workshop & garage • EPC Rating D Associated London office: Park Lane, Mayfair: 020 7409 8438

Individual family home Stunning open-plan living Extensive off road parking Detached double garage Hard-standing for boat/caravan Close to River Deben 4 bedrooms, ensuite and dressing room to master • 3 reception areas • EPC Rating C

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HISTORIC FARMHOUSE Set in five acres of land Craggs Hall is a home with a real sense of history. A Grade II Listed timber-framed farmhouse, it is believed to date predominately from the 16th century but with the oldest part going back to the 14th century. The property has many fine period features including a wealth of exposed beams including a queen post roof as well as two large inglenook fireplaces. It offers well-laid out accommodation with a triple-aspect drawing room, with a blocked arched doorway dating from the 1390, an Inglenook fireplace and bressumer beam. Next door, the dining room is heavily timbered with a beautiful exposed herringbone flooring, open Inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam and an adjacent brick built former bread oven. Also on the ground floor is a spacious


reception hall which leads into both dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and utility/cloakroom. The kitchen/breakfast room benefits from a gas fired Aga as well as electric oven. Upstairs on the first floor there are three bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom is a double aspect room and has an ensuite dressing room as well as an impressive sized bathroom. There is a second stair flight to the second floor leading into a sitting room with a bedroom to the left and a study and a further bedroom to the right.

The main gardens lie to the east of the property and are predominately laid to lawn with a variety of mature trees and shrubs. There is a front lawned garden with flower and shrub beds and in all the gardens extend to approximately one acre. On the opposite side of the road is a further parcel of meadowland. There is also pedestrian and vehicular access via double field gates into a paddock with a mains water meter which would be ideally suited for the equestrian enthusiast. In addition there is a small planted copse. In all this extends to approximately four acres.

Craggs Hall is set back from the road and is screened by a well established hedgerow with a shingle driveway providing access to the rear. The property has extensive parking for numerous vehicles, a brick and block cart lodge and adjacent outbuildings for storage as well as a former stable.

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The New Place is a stunning completely remodelled contemporary detached house if the heart of the historic village, with panoramic views across the river and Orfordness to the sea beyond. A short stroll up the aptly named pedestrian Bakers Lane leads to the famous Pump Street Bakery, Butley Orford-Oysterage, Crown & Castle Trinity Restaurant, Kings Head pub and the shops, with a short walk down Quay Street passing The Jolly Sailor en-route to Orford Quay and sailing.

The house sits high enjoying the views from the south facing terrace, ground floor and first floor roof terrace. The conversion by the award-winning builders JA & SM Crane has many features including under-floor heating, audio visual and climate control systems, superb extensively equipped kitchen and bathrooms, glass staircase

and electric shutters to the first floor wall of glass facing out across the roof terrace. Unusually for a contemporary house in Orford’s Conservation Area, there’s also a wealth of storage and a secluded rear garden with views of Orford Castle and St Bartholomew’s Church.



E S TAT E A G E N C Y F O R E Q U E S T R I A N & L I F E S T Y L E P R O P E RT I E S Guide £835,000 NORFOLK/SUFFOLK 3 miles south of Diss • Stand-alone location • Grade II 5 bedroom farmhouse • attached 3 bedroom cottage • extensive outbuildings • stabling • development potential • idyllic grounds • wildlife lake • around 21 ACRES (stms) JSA Strutt & Parker

Successfully finding buyers for equestrian, lifestyle properties and those with rural businesses. Attracting buyers from outside the area as well as targeting the local market.

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The master suite has a walk-in shower, ‘egg’ bath, and is arranged so you can sit in bed with an espresso enjoying the views in complete privacy before wandering out onto the roof terrace with the morning’s newspapers. In addition to the master suite, there are two further guest bedrooms and family

bathroom, cloaks, southerly facing office, utility room, garage and parking. Whilst an idea of the extensive open-plan living area can be achieved by watching Castle Estate’s movie of the property on-line via viewing the property is an even more amazing experience.

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With spring here Essential Suffolk spoke to the AA for tips on preparing your car for the coming months

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products but make sure you use the right product for each material and always do a test on a small patch first to avoid mistakes. Outside: Remove winter grime from paint work with warm water and a suitable car shampoo. Start on the roof and work your way down and around the car, allowing stubborn dirt at the bottom to soak. Pay particular attention to the undersides of doors and sills and make sure that all the shampoo is fully rinsed off before drying the car. Attend to minor areas of corrosion, stone chips etc. as they will only get worse if left. Areas of extensive corrosion are best left to the experts. Polish offers some paintwork protection and will help to restore any loss of gloss on older vehicles. Underneath: The underside of the car takes the worst of the winter weather. Mud soaks-up salt laden spray and, if left,

will cause corrosion over time. Assuming thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no hosepipe ban, hose down the entire underside of the car, paying particular attention to the front and rear wheel arch areas. When dry check for signs of damage to the underbody sealing compound. DIY products are available if you know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing otherwise itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to get a garage to attend to any damage. The terms of any long-term anticorrosion warranty might specify how such repairs should be carried out. If in doubt check with your dealer. Finally before the start of any long journey and ideally every week, check the engine oil level, radiator coolant level, windscreen washer level and tyre condition and pressures, including the spare. The vehicle handbook should show you clearly how to do all of these. For more information on the AA visit:

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Mayor’s Charity Ball This year’s ball was held at the Town Hall and Corn Exchange in Ipswich. It was a wonderful evening with a Mayoral Reception followed by good food and great entertainment. The event provided an excellent opportunity to raise money for the Mayor's charities: The Alzheimer’s Society, Suffolk Family Carers and the RSPCA – East Suffolk and Ipswich Branch. David Lewis, Henrietta Wells, Carl Friar,Tracy Watling, Andy & Cathy Frost, Catherine & Dominic Barratt

Bob & Barbara Quinton

Zoe & Colin Lees

Bill Knowles, Jenny Seager

John & Mary Duffy, Christine Walters, Rob Burrell

Kelly Chamerlain, Josh Seager, Kerry Godbold

Anne & Christopher Hudson, John & Janet Elliott

Michael & Gill Pluke, Sue & Peter Gardiner

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High Sheriff ’s Awards The Suffolk High Sheriff’s Fund provides financial support to organisations addressing crime and social problems in our communities in the form of grants of up to £1500. Awarding of these grants depends on charitable donations and is managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation. The 2014 -15 awards ceremony took place at Haughley Park Barn hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin and Tim Holder, Development Director for the Foundation.

Stephen Singleton, Sallie Davies, Audrey Ludwig, Ann Barber

Sir Christopher Howes, Countess of Euston, Lady Howes

Tim Holder, Lesley Dolphin

Roy & Di Barker, Stephen & Petrina Miles

Frances Ward, Andy & Belinda Drummond

James Buckle, Nicholas Wingfield Digby

James Jacklin, Mossy Kennedy

Judith Shallow, Jenny & Sidney Ricketts, Michael Shallow

80’s Disco - Back by popular demand. Friday 15th May 7:30pm - 12:30am £7.50 per person

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Suffolk Community Foundation 10th Birthday Party Suffolk Community Foundation is one of 48 Community Foundations in the UK and recently celebrated its 10th birthday with supporters and donors at Nedging Hall. Chairman James Buckle was also thrilled to announce that the Foundation has awarded £10 million in grants over the ten years – with the most recent to Bury Women’s Aid.

Mandy Abdel-Aziz, Karin Norman-Butler, Charles Dinwiddy, Andrew Norman-Butler

Bryony Wells, James & Rolleen Barclay

James Dinwiddy, Richard Middleton

Stephen Singleton, David Sheepshanks, James Buckle, Simon Loftus

Sue & Graham Hedger, Gill Buckle

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Jacqui Mayne, Nicola Mayhew, Tamara Unwin

Iain Jamie, Paddy Bishopp, Doug Field

Jenny & Charles Loyd

Kathryn Oldman, Peter Newnham, Cathy Doe

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Ipswich & Suffolk Club Charity Fashion Show A fund raising dinner and fashion show was held at the Ipswich & Suffolk club with Coes presenting their Spring/ Summer 2015 collection. Valuable funds were raised for Genesis Orwell Mencap, a local charity providing personalised services supporting people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Maureen Gerber, Mackie Ryan, Kay Salmon

Rachael Janes, Catherine Barrett

Carol Booth, Pauline Young, Rosemary Holley

Jackie Wells, Michelle Morton, Maggie Woods

Carol Coy, Carol Heggart

Jenny Bischoff, Ena Grimwade, Gloria Lee


Stephanie Thurston, Joan Brightwell

Pat Cordy, Jacky Humphries

Rosie Bailey, Fiona Coe

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Suffolk Coast Business Event Organisers of the recent Suffolk Coast Business event are so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback to their ‘Routes To Market’ event, recently held at High Lodge near Darsham, that plans are already in place for something similar in 2016. The event coincided with the launch of the new brand and website as Suffolk Coast Business builds on the success of Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative.

Kurt Scheepers, Glen Moore, John Matthews

Jeanette Brierley, Charles Robinson, Sue Hall

Jan Wright, Sarah Whitelock

Caroline Tisdall, Sally Thompson

Chris Abbott, Erika Clegg, James Robbins

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Catherine Thornber, Cheryl Stockwell

Jenny Loyd, Jenny Stockman, Peter Ewart

Father’s Day Lunch in The Park Restaurant 2 courses £16.00 3 courses £20.00

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Woodbridge School Gala The excellent acoustics and space of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall were used to full advantage when over 300 young people came together to perform in the Woodbridge School Gala Concert. After many months of rehearsal and logistical preparation, the pupils from Woodbridge Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many bands, orchestras and choirs combined their excellence for a packed programme of music.

Charles Notcutt, Sam Goddard, Lucy Tile, Pam Tile

Val Goddard, Jill Gibbs, Sarah Watson

Giles & Gillian Slaughter

Sarah Hill, Jane Wright, Jude Chin, Neil Tetley

Nina Finbow, Jonathan Ripman, Tim & Lucy Rowan-Robinson

Julia & Mel Ringer

Rob & Hannah Buckland

Charles Hill, Annette Hill, Melanie & Jonathan Penn

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MAY 2015

Colin and Shirley Aldous are the owners of Ufford Park Hotel and after 20 years at the helm they are handing over the management to their daughter Tarnia Robertson, to enjoy retirement. They described their life in Suffolk

Where were you born and how did you come to live in Suffolk? We were both born in and have always lived in Suffolk. Colin is from Halesworth, and Shirley is from near Framlingham. We were both brought up in similar circumstances, our parents owned smallholdings and one of our binding memories of childhood is being freezing cold with very few mod cons in old Suffolk farmhouses. Colin and his family moved to Shottisham near Woodbridge in 1960 for job opportunities, his brother and father working side by side for Sir Anthony Quilter on the Estate. For the past 30 years we have lived in our own house which Colin designed and built in Woodbridge, which is a wonderful place to live. We thoroughly enjoy living in a town which has everything; beautiful buildings, the river and excellent public transport connections. We have no desire to live anywhere else, even though we have travelled to many parts of the world and all over this country. What makes the county special? We love Suffolk particularly the part we are fortunate enough to live in. It offers everything; big skies, heaths, forests and heritage coastline. It does not have extreme weather but clearly defined seasons. Although it is fairly intensively farmed we are both from agricultural based families, with both fathers working with Suffolk Punch horses before tractors began to take over working the land. We particularly enjoy walking along the River Deben on a summer evening and thinking how privileged we are to have this on our doorstep. How do you like to relax? We find walking very relaxing and both enjoy exploring the many footpaths throughout the county, especially Felixstowe from the Ferry to the Manor End and from Southwold to Dunwich via Walberswick. Our imminent challenge is walking Hadrian’s Wall, approximately 100 miles from Newcastle to Carlisle, which we will be doing this summer. We also love seeing the many different birds at the Minsmere Reserve, it is amazing all the work that has been carried out there. Where do you like to eat out? Having been brought up on homegrown meat, fruit and vegetables we both like simple, organic local food. We have always maintained we eat to


live rather than live to eat. Shirley has been vegetarian for the past 30 years. On our regular walks we enjoy eating at many local pubs and Colin really enjoys fish & chips from Aldeburgh. Do you have any hobbies? Work has been our main hobby throughout our adult life. We are extremely fortunate to have enjoyed every aspect of the hotel business as well as our 25 years as local house builders. We’ve made many friends in those who have purchased their homes from us. We have five grandchildren who are a great source of pleasure and we feel we have been blessed with the good fortune of having them all living close by. We have had many family holidays with our daughter Tarnia and her family, and son Jolyon and his family, which have been wonderful experiences and given us many memories. Colin loves to play golf at every opportunity, which is made even more special as he can play with any member of the family, wife Shirley, son Jolyon, son in law Stuart or grandsons Joshua and Oliver. We have a nice home and garden where we like to spend time and potter about, plus of course walking and exploring the Suffolk countryside. Where do you like to shop? We do most of our shopping locally as we are passionate about keeping Woodbridge a vibrant place to live and if we lost our shops it would be bad for everyone. Occasionally we go to Norwich for a change, or to Bury St. Edmunds, but this would usually be for some Christmas shopping. Is there one picture you’d take to sum up our county? If we could take a picture to sum up this beautiful county it would have to be Southwold beach huts, pier and lighthouse, Minsmere habitat from the Hides, or of course the view from our Vista Room window looking down the first fairway towards Ufford Church. Where would you take newcomers on a tour of the county? We would take all newcomers to visit and experience the pleasures of Woodbridge Tide Mill, Sutton Hoo, Framlingham and Orford Castles, Snape Maltings, Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Lavenham and Kersey, returning to relax by the river at Woodbridge.

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Essential Suffolk May 2015  

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

Essential Suffolk May 2015  

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