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WELCOME There aren’t many months in Suffolk where there isn’t some sort of festival or artistic celebration. May sees the festival season get in full swing with Pulse Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, which promotes contemporary theatre and the Alde Valley Spring Festival, at Great Glemham, which celebrates arts, food and the landscape. Plus, there’s a new kid on the block, PhotoEast, which promises an extra dimension to the cultural life of our county with photographic talks, exhibitions and the opportunity to see the work of some of the world’s the most famous photographers, who just happen to be living in Suffolk. Essential Suffolk also reports this month on two exciting events coming up in Ipswich over the summer, both of which are raising money for local charities. Royal Ballet Master, Gary Avis grew up in Ipswich and over a glittering career has delighted audiences at top theatres across the world. Despite all this, his heart and home are still very much in Suffolk and he is committed to helping local people who are in need. Through Suffolk Community Foundation’s new Arts & Culture fund he has arranged a very special fundraising event in September, Gary Avis and Friends, where he is bringing some of the Royal Ballet’s top dancers for two gala performances at the Ipswich Regent. Tickets will be going on sale this month but for those who would like to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in the county, there is an exclusive opportunity through Essential Suffolk to buy tickets in advance before going on sale to the public on May 4. See page 8 for details. We also have a feature about Pigs Gone Wild – an exciting new project in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, which will see 30 or more pig sculptures, all exquisitely decorated by artists, on display in Ipswich over the summer. There's much more to read as well with Essential Suffolk regulars like food, fashion, homes and interiors, the much-loved pub dog walk and of course property for sale. Don’t forget to check us out on social media too, we’re on Facebook, Twitter @EssentialSFK and you can browse previous issues, features and reviews on our website: www.essentialsuffolk.com.

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Gary Avis and Friends The Royal Ballet in Suffolk


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Pigs Gone Wild Charity sculpture exhibition in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice

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Mini Previews Richard III by The Red Rose Chain, Vuelos at DanceEast, A Stone’s Throw exhibition at Flatford, Private Lives at Colchester Mercury and Pulse Festival

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Gary Avis and Friends

MAY 2016


When the Royal Ballet goes on tour it’s always abroad – unless of course there’s a special charity performance in Ipswich. Anne Gould talks to Gary Avis about bringing some of the world’s best dancers back to his home town in Suffolk


emarkable life journeys always seem to start with some sort of struggle through difficulty and adversity. For much lauded Royal Ballet Master, Gary Avis, who has thrilled audiences at the Royal Opera House and the grandest venues around the world, most latterly in St Petersburg in Russia, his schooldays were overshadowed by bullying and constant abuse from his peers. And yet his love of Suffolk, his home town and the people who live here has never waivered, which is why he’s bringing The Royal Ballet back to the Ipswich Regent on September 10 and 11 with the aim of raising £100,000 for Suffolk Community Foundation. Gary Avis and Friends will feature some of the top names in the world of dance including The Royal Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Zenaida Yanowsky, Italian ballerina Mara Galeazzi who is flying in from Oman, plus Luca Acri, Matthew



Ball, Lukas Bjorneboe Braendsrod, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Alexander Campbell, Reece Clarke and also the opportunity to see Ipswich’s Helen Crawford who is also at the Royal Ballet. Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke will be compere for the shows and will also be performing a Top Hat and Tails duo with Gary too. The programme promises something for everyone including the iconic pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to spectacular modern classics by Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, William Tuckett and Christopher Wheeldon. There will also be a very special celebration of works by two choreographers who have very special links with Suffolk – Sir Frederick Ashton and Ronald Hynd. Plus there will also be opportunities for philanthropic theatregoers to buy special tickets to allow disadvantaged young people the chance to attend too. ‰

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Gary Avis and Friends

Then as a way of bringing him out of himself his mum took him along to disco dancing classes – and he turned out to be good at it, very good, so good that he’s progressed to the highest pinnacle of the dance world. “If it hadn’t been for the volunteer run community arts groups that helped me I wouldn’t be where I am today. So I am massively grateful for what they gave and I think everyone should have the opportunity to discover their talents and feel the healing power of the arts. That’s why he’s fundraising for Suffolk Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture fund and says its support for those in need is vital.

Gary explained there are a number of reasons for returning to Ipswich to repeat the Gary Avis and Friends gala experience organised five years ago. “It’s a big thank you to those who gave me the lifeline that led me to the Royal Ballet but also to help fund-raise for Suffolk Community Foundation and the charities it supports which use the arts to help those in need. He explained, that the arts can be a powerful force for good especially for those who are going through personal challenges – something he knows from his own experience. “I was a very quiet child, some would say withdrawn. I come from a loving family, we didn’t have much money, but we had a happy home. We lived in quite a tough area of Ipswich, and I went to a school where you needed to be able to stand up for yourself. Being bullied wasn’t uncommon but it felt like I was at the top of the list. I didn’t hate school, I felt quite safe there, but as soon as the bell went real fear took over. I would try to run and get ahead of them to avoid getting a hiding, but they always seemed to catch me. Every day when I got home from school, my mum would dust me down and take off my coat and put it in the washing machine because it would always be covered in spit. I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, I felt scared, weak and worthless. Life was miserable.”

It’s only the second time in half a century that dancers from The Royal Ballet Company have been to Suffolk and the only other place you can see these dancers is in London, he said. “There are other charity galas but they are either at Sadler’s Wells or a top West End theatre with prices to match. “I am really excited about this event, we have had such a fantastic time organising it. Five years ago we ran something similar and it was a great success and now really seems to be the right time to repeat it.” This is partly because after years living in London he returned to Suffolk in 2014 to get more of a work/life balance and although that means a commute from the depths of the countryside everyday it means he is now more able to get involved in community life in Suffolk as well. “I am extremely fortunate to have a job I absolutely love but I wanted to have the balance of having a home life and feel that when I wasn’t working that I was away from London.” To that end he has now become a trustee of Dance East. “Brendan Keaney is a brilliant director and I really warmed to him. When he said he felt that my ‘local boy roots’ could assist and strengthen abilities to reach out to the local community, I was very happy to get on board and help the team.” But he’s also passionate about outreach work in the community which is why he performed at The High Sheriff’s gala show at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds last year to launch Suffolk Community Foundation’s new Arts and

Culture Fund. “This fund is all about giving people access to all types of arts forms, not just dance, but with the special aim to help them through some kind of personal challenge they might be facing. Five years ago my Gary Avis and Friends gala in aid of The Hunger Project was sold out so it seemed a good idea to repeat it with all proceeds to the Art and Culture Fund. “What’s made me even more excited is that we have created a special opportunity for those who would like to help 300 of Suffolk’s most disadvantaged young people, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see the show.” Suffolk Community Foundation has extended this exclusive offer to Essential Suffolk readers before the tickets go on sale. For £120, you can enjoy the show from the very best seats while at the same time making the choice to extend this invitation for a young person to be there too. This special £120 ticket offer ends when tickets go on general sale to the public at 9.30am on May 4th so book early to avoid disappointment.To book call The Ipswich Regent Box Office on 01473 433100 quoting the words ‘Dance4Suffolk’ and you will be able to purchase as many seats as you like.

INFORMATION Ipswich Regent Box Office 01473 433100 www.suffolkcf.org.uk



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SUFFOLK in brief To tie in with Dementia Awareness Week from 15th to 21st May, Christies Care, the national in-home care provider, is running two ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions at 11am and 1pm on Friday 20 May at the ‘Old Post Office counters’ in Saxmundham. The free one-hour sessions will provide information and advice on Alzheimer’s and an opportunity to ask qualified experts any questions during or after the session. To book call Christies Care’s Dementia Trainer, Helen Drain, on 01728 605114 or email helen.drain@christiescare.com

On Saturday 7th May 2016, respected author and historian Alison Weir is visiting Ipswich to present her exciting talk Richard III: The Man & the Myth as part of Red Rose Chain’s run of Shakespeare’s Richard III at The Avenue Theatre in Ipswich. Alison’s talk will take place on Saturday 7th May at 6pm, bookable for free for ticket holders of either the matinee or evening Richard III performance on 7th May. Shakespeare’s Richard III runs from 6 May to 4 June at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich. To book your tickets call 01473 603388 or visit www.redrosechain.com

Staff and guests at the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh have raised £816.64 for The Brain Tumour Charity by joining its national Wear It Out fund raising initiative during March. On Brain Tumour Day, 4th March, the team wore specially designed bandanas to show their support for the charity and eight year old Toby who has a brain tumour; his grandmother Felicity Hoare, lives in Aldeburgh and is a regular guest at the hotel.

A new shop in Woodbridge ‘Moose Interiors & Lifestyle’ opened its doors on Saturday 2nd April. This new addition to Woodbridge will be bringing a fabulous collection of unusual furniture and interiors,

along with a unique selection of gifts, accessories and clothing for that individual look. The shop is situated on the popular Market Hill, Woodbridge. For more information contact Moose Interiors, 20a Market hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LU (formerly Hannah Stowe) 01394 382691

The Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards have now opened for nominations with a deadline for entries of June 30th. There are thirteen awards designed to recognise the contributions, initiatives and successes of businesses, groups and individuals within the Suffolk Coastal District over the past 18 months. People can enter the awards online at www.scbca.co.uk or request an entry form from Sarah Shinnie at Suffolk Coastal District Council on 01394 444652. The winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner at The Hanger, Kesgrave Hall on 15th September. Councillor TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “The Business and Community Awards have gone from strength to strength, since they were launched. It gives local people a unique opportunity to celebrate what is great about Suffolk Coastal. We all know businesses, clubs and individuals who just go that extra mile to make a difference in the community. Now is your chance to say ‘thank you’ by ensuring their commitment is recognised by nominating them for an award.” For more details visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/scbca-2016

This year’s Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair takes place all along the river from The Tide Mill to the Deben Yacht Club on Sunday 26th June. Activities start at 12 noon with Songs of Praise on the Tea Hut stage and finish with the Woodbridge & District Lions Club Duck Dive at the model yacht pond at 5:30pm. Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of the Regatta Committee, said: “The programme for this year is being

developed to ensure it has all of the usual action with some added freshness. The success and longevity of Woodbridge Regatta is a testament to various community groups working together. I thank everyone involved for helping us to put on what we hope will be another fabulous event.” The latest information can be found online at www.woodbridgeregattaassoc.onesuffolk.net

Woodbridge resident and literature enthusiast, Tim Cornford, is organising Woodbridge’s own celebration of Shakespeare this summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death with events in May, June and July. The celebration kicks off with free drama and art workshops inspired by the famous bard. Tim said: “Shakespeare’s work is core to Britain’s art and drama heritage and I hope through these community celebrations we can help to reignite the passion and appreciation in people of all ages”. Full details can be found at www.essentialsuffolk.com/shakespeare

Thorpefest, an exciting new summer outdoor music festival, is taking at the Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on Saturday, 2nd July. Featuring a great line-up with nearly a dozen bands performing live from 12noon until 10pm, the open air charity concert replaces the popular Music by the Sea event, which has been held outside the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s sea front since 2012, with the support of Aldeburgh Town Council and local residents. Excited with the new format, Peter Osborne from organisers TA Hotel Collection said; “With music by the Sea attracting over 10,000 people it has become necessary to move and revamp the event. The privately owned Thorpeness Country Club is the perfect secure venue with both indoor and outdoor space including a large lawned area overlooking the sea. For more details visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/thorpefest

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MAY 2016

WHAT’S ON MAY 1 The Simon & Garfunkel Story

selling a huge variety of crafts. Entry: £3 (under 16s free) Information: neil.williams38@btinternet.com

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour of the Simon & Garfunkel Story is back. Using huge projection photos and original film footage Tickets: £21 Box office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Town Centre, 8am – 4.30pm The market has a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items.

Art for Cure

Glemham Hall, 10am – 5pm The largest art show outside London this year raising money for breast cancer charities. www.artforcure.org.uk

MAY 1 – 22 Alde Valley Spring Festival

White House Farm, Great Glemham Celebrating the art, landscape and food of the Alde Valley See My Suffolk p. 90 www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

MAY 1 – JUNE 26 A Stone’s Throw

Boat House Gallery, Flatford See mini preview page 21

DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm Tring Park School of the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire offers an exceptional opportunity to young people who show an outstanding talent for the performing arts. Some of DanceEast’s previous Centre for Advanced Training students have gone on to dance and study at Tring. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

Mendlesham Annual Street Fayre and indoor Craft Show

Mendlesham Community Centre, 12 – 4.30pm The Craft Show is held in conjunction with the Annua Street Fayre which attracts 3 – 4,000 visitors every year. The Craft Show is held in a large airy hall with 25 stalls 14


See mini preview page 21 Tickets: £20 Box Office: 01473 603388 www.redrosechain.com

MAY 7 Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Woodbridge Chamber Concerts

MAY 3 – 7 Lotty’s War

A mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty's War is a thriller set in the WWII enemy occupied Channel Islands. Based on a true story, this critically acclaimed play is ‘a must see show’. Ticket: £25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

MAY 4 – 7 Albert Make Us Laugh

Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich,7pm A Two Rivers Theatre Company Production. A rollercoaster ride of emotions as you follow Albert from his school days aged 11 right up to adulthood. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 01473 211498 www.easternangles.co.uk

MAY 6 Metaphors We Live By

Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm MAY 2

Richard III

The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm Encore Dance

New Wolsey, Ipswich MAY 1 – 2

MAY 6 – JUNE 4

Uniting sound and dance in a powerful immersive live performance. A unique collaboration between dance artist Annie Pui Ling Lok (Siobhan Davies Dance, Les Ballet C de la B) and sound designer James Dunn (Cafe Oto, Resonance FM, NTS radio), this performance explores the idea of heightening the viewer’s sensory experience of the choreography by moving sound through the space. Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

St Mary’s Parish Church, Woodbridge, 7.30pm Tickets: £16 – £11 (all seats reserved) Information: 01986 798324 Choral Foundation concert: Vivaldi Gloria

St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, 6.30pm The choirs of St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Chamber Choir and Ipswich Children's Community Choir will be performing the Vivaldi Gloria featuring James Bowman CBE. This is in aid of the Choral Foundation of St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Ticket Prices: £10 Information: stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610 Birthday Tribute to The Queen

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Stowmarket Chorale: The National Anthem & works by Mozart & Schubert. Tickets: £18 - £10 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Pleasure

Snape Maltings Pleasure, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England, is presided over by the Baccanalian drag queen, Anna Fewmore. Val, the muchloved toilet attendant, confidante and shoulder to cry on, remains an enigma. When Nathan, a beautiful and unpredictable young man, arrives at Pleasure and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of an emotional and violent night. Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk

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What’s On Handbell Concert


Needham Market Community Centre, 7pm This is the 10th Anniversary Season of the East Anglian Regional Handbell Team. Come and listen to over 100 bells and handchimes in an amazing programme that will include Les Miserables, What a Wonderful World, Phantom of the Opera and music by Bach Holst and Abba. The Concert will also feature the local trombone group ‘Bones for You’. Entry: £10 on the door. Family tickets also available Information: 01234 823811 or eartickets@yahoo.co.uk www.ear.hrgb.org.uk Midnight Walk 2016

Portman Road, Ipswich, Start time 8.30pm The 10th birthday of the Midnight Walk in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. A fun, rewarding and inspiring, neon night with 1,500 other people joining together to support St Elizabeth Hospice.You can choose to walk either a five or ten mile circular route, starting and finishing at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road. Entry: £15 to register Information: 01473 707043 or midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk www.midnightwalkipswich.co.uk

Kingfisher Ensemble with Oboe and Strings

The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, 3pm A rare opportunity to hear Beth Spendlove's String Quartet with Rob Rogers on Oboe. Tickets: £12 Information: 0845 673 2123 or boxoffice@newcut.org www.kingfishersinfonietta.co.uk The South Suffolk Show

Ampton Point-to-Point Racecourse, Bury St Edmunds, 8.30am – 5pm A traditional one day agricultural show, now in its 128th year. It will feature old time favourites including: a craft marquee; a food hall; trade stands; vintage farm machinery; classic cars; children's entertainments; and cattle, sheep, pig, donkey and horse classes. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions) Information: 01638 750879 or geoff@southsuffolkshow.co.uk www.southsuffolkshow.co.uk Ruby Wax, Frazzled

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Ruby Wax is a much loved US born

comedian, actor and writer. She has become a mental health campaigner and gained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. This is an opportunity to engage in discussion to explore further the power of mindfulness practice. Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Suffolk Sunrise

Framlingham College, Framlingham, 7am Fabulous charity bike ride with three routes to choose from – 35, 60 and 102 miles. Feed Stops and fully signed and supported. Raising funds for children's charity Action Medical Research to save and change children's lives. Entry: £38 www.action.org.uk Waldringfield Open Gardens & Scarecrow Display

Passports from Village Hall and Boatyard Shop from 2pm Approximately ten varied gardens, some very large, some tiny, some wild , some tidy, will be open plus scarecrows displayed in front gardens throughout the village Entry: Adults £5,Children under 16 free Information: 01473 736506



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MAY 2016


MAY 11 – 14

MAY 13

Eric Bibb

The House of Bernarda Alba

Charity Rockabilly Night

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.

A career spanning five decades & 36 albums has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, his blues are honest and powerful, enjoyable and accessible. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Gallery Players present this powerful and moving play, written by Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca in 1936. It is the story of a woman whose tyrannical oppression of her daughters transforms her house into a powder keg of tension, jealousy, anger, and fear. The power of the repressed women creates a nightmarish quality of foreboding from which there is no escape. Only 45 seats available for each performance. Tickets: £14.50 Box Office (Dance East): 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

Ufford Park Hotel, Woodbridge, 7.30pm – 11.30pm

MAY 10 – 14 The Birthday Party

Rockabilly Night supporting Age UK Suffolk. With musical entertainment by the fabulous J.S. & The Lockerbillies – playing all your favourite hits from the 1950s/60s – with a modern twist! Ticket includes welcome drink, light supper and popcorn cart. Charity raffle supporting Age UK Suffolk. Entry: £20 Information: 01473 359911 or jo.reeder@ageuksuffolk.org

MAY 14

New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm By Harold Pinter. By turns, cryptic thriller and macabre comedy, The Birthday Party was Harold Pinter’s first major work and is among the most unusual and absorbing of his plays. London Classic Theatre presents the first significant touring revival of the twenty-first century, promising to bring this groundbreaking classic to fresh and exhilarating life. Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

MAY 12

Farmers Markets

Mark Steel – Who Do I Think I Am?

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 12.30pm

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Mark’s newest stand up show is a surprising and enthralling story told with aplomb. The Guardian ‘He has got an amazing tale to tell’. Mark is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

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What’s On MAY 14 – 15 Weird and Wonderful Wood

Entry: free. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to St Elizabeth Hospice

Haughley Park, Stowmarket, Saturday, 10.30am – 6pm, Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm This fair is a celebration of many aspects of woodwork, showcasing the talents of specialist woodworkers, and described as the most magical day. Demonstrations include carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, labyrinth making, as well as traditional gypsy caravan displays. Entry: £8, (£6 concessions, £4 children under 12) Information: 01359 240 724 www.weirdandwonderfulwood.co.uk

MAY 14 – 19

MAY 14 – JUNE 5 Suffolk Walking Festival

Across Suffolk Including 77 Guided Walks across Suffolk, varying difficulties including Challenge Walks and for families pushchair-friendly 'prambles'. There are three Challenge Walks: for those with sturdy legs and strong hearts. The Mega Challenge from Lowestoft to Felixstowe covers 60 miles in 24 hours; The Classic Challenge covers a similar route at a more sedate pace over five days; and The Mini Challenge is a series of three walks of about nine miles each, over three days. Information: info@suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Jacqueline Cotton Exhibition

Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings. 10am to 5pm daily Recent works by this Suffolk artist, a wonderful variety of landscape paintings from small jewel like watercolours and mixed media to large atmospheric oils, inspired by the much loved surrounds of her native Suffolk.

MAY 15 Farmers Markets

Protecting Neverland

Thorpeness, 10am – 1pm During WWII, Thorpeness was surrounded by anti-invasion defences, pillboxes, anti-tank ditches and more, some of them particularly well preserved. Dave Thurlow and Monika Koch, the Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies guides trace this ambiguity, with the dream of a perfect coastal holiday village at once protected and disturbed. We will explore the area North of the village, picking up on last year's Suffolk Walking Festival walk at Thorpeness, when we walked South. This walk is part of the Suffolk Walking Festival 2016. Entry: £9 Information: 07766 388005 www.WASuffolk.co.uk Woodbridge 10k

Woodbridge Town centre Organised by Woodbridge Shufflers the Woodbridge 10k Road Race event is in its 35th year and last year raised £6000 for charities. www.woodbridgeshufflers.org.uk

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MAY 2016

MAY 16

MAY 20

MAY 21

Nell Bryden

Snowflake Ball

Farmers Markets

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall, 7pm to 12.30am

BBC Radio2 favourite, singer-songwriter Nell Bryden is best known for her blues & country inspired rock & pop, and her trademark vocal style, often compared to Annie Lennox. Expect to hear many songs you’ve heard on the radio – including ‘Not Like Loving You’, ‘Buildings & Treetops’ and ‘Sirens’ – some new ones, and plenty of story-telling in between. Tickets: £16.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

A glamourous night of fine dining, music and entertainment in aid of Home Start East Suffolk. Tickets: £55 per person Information: office@homestartcoastal.co.uk or 01473 621104 www.milsomhotels.com

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

MAY 17 – 21 James & the Giant Peach

Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Roald Dahl’s classic tale follows the adventurous, young James and his friends – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

What’s Tasty Strawberry and Asparagus Fayre

Market Hill Woodbridge 9:30 – 3:30pm An established 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.

Triple Bill

Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm Ballet Black, a company for international dancers of black and Asian descent, collaborates with three bold and inventive choreographers to present a trilogy of narrative and abstract dance. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

Roy Ayers and his band

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm This superb vibraphonist crafted a winning mix of soul, world music and jazz that rode high on the jazz and R&B charts throughout the 1970s and 80s. Tickets: £28 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com

MAY 20 – JUNE 4 Private Lives

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What’s On MAY 22 RYA Push The Boat Out

Entry: Free Information: petecracknell@talk21.com www.bungaychoral.com

of fans to country music. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Alton Water Sports Centre, Stutton, 10am – 5.30pm Make the most of the British summer on Suffolk's largest reservoir! Learn to sail, windsurf, kayak or paddle-board with fully qualified and enthusiastic instructors. Prices: £2 Information: 01473 328 408 www.altonwater.co.uk World Record Attempt for most people playing inflatable guitars

Hardwick Heath, Bury St Edmunds, 1pm – 3pm Join us for our world record attempt. Come and play an inflatable guitar whilst enjoying live music. All money raised will help towards purchasing a Sherlock machine for the Medical Treatment Unit at West Suffolk Hospital. Entry: £3 to purchase the guitar Information: fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk

MAY 23 MAY 25 – 28 Adam Ant

Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm

Noises Off

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Adam Ant is to embark on a 14 date UK tour in May 2016 performing the iconic album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ live and in sequence for the very first time. Tickets: £21 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com

Deben Players present this award winning play that follows the breakneck antics of a touring theatre company as they shamble their way through rehearsals, to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 0333 666 3366

MAY 24 – JUNE 25

A Musical Journey


The Conservative Club, Felixstowe 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm) Felixstowe Musical Theatre invites you to join them and celebrate their 50th year with a show featuring songs and dance from their shows over the years. Tickets: Evenings £12.50 includes fish & chip supper, Saturday matinee £10.50 includes afternoon tea. Bar available. Available from 07715 211915 www.felixstowemusicaltheatre.co.uk

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MAY 25 Wood’s Requiem Workshop

St Mary’s Church, Bungay, 7.30 pm A free concert following a music workshop with a chance to hear this relatively new and underperformed piece.

Nathan Carter & his Band

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm The hottest property on the Irish music scene, Nathan has brought a new generation

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MAY 2016

The Daughter of the Forest

MAY 26 – 28

MAY 29

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 3pm Vuelos

Dance East, Ipswich, 1:30pm on all dates except Friday 6pm See mini preview page 23 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

MAY 26 – JUNE 4 Pulse Festival

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich See preview page 24 Tickets: from £5 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.pulseipswich.co.uk

The yolk of the sun is yet to start melting down the horizon. A ship – an oil tankerappears in the river, breaking through the misty fog. This ship is sinking. Slowly, thick, sticky, and dark gilded liquid approaches the Sundarbans forest like the saliva of a dragon to swallow it. It will claim everything. This evokes demons in the Sundarban tigers. They start feasting on humans. Who will save them? Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

MAY 28 – 29

Farmers market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm Treehouse Colour Dash

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 11am The third Treehouse Colour Dash 5k race taking place at Christchurch Park Ipswich. Join in with friends, family, or work colleagues and get showered with clouds of coloured powder! Open to people all ages and fitness abilities for everyone who would like to take part in a fun event. Entry: £10 – £20 Information: hannah.walker@each.org.uk or 01473 276196 www.each.org.uk

LeeStock Festival MAY 28 Farmers Markets

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 12.30pm

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury A weekend of live music and festival fun at the 2016 LeeStock Festival with headliners The Feeling, Hoosiers and New Town Kings, plus many more. In aid of the Willow Foundation Charity. Tickets: from £12 www.leestock.org

MAY 29 – 31 AND JUNE 2 – 4 The 2nd National Woodbridge Drama Festival

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge Six evenings and six plays. Box office: 03336 663366 www.woodbridgedramafestival.co.uk

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SHAKESPEARE’S RICHARD III The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich. May 6 – June 4

A STONE’S THROW Boat House Gallery, Flatford. April 30 – June 26 ‘A Stone’s Throw’ is an exhibition of photographs by award-winning landscape photographer Justin Minns in the National Trust’s Boat House Gallery at Flatford. It’s a collection from across East Anglia but at its heart are Justin’s beautiful photographs of the Suffolk/Essex border around Flatford and Dedham immortalised by the world-famous paintings of landscape artist John Constable who lived in the area. “Having grown up in the area, the Stour valley has always been close to my heart. Walking along the river as it gently meanders through timeless meadows towards Flatford, the banks dotted with gnarled and twisted trees, it feels as if little has changed since Constable’s day. There’s something special about watching the first pastel colours of the day appear over the frozen stillness on a winters morning or standing on a wild and windy beach as the sun’s first rays skim over the dunes. Capturing these moments is what my photography is all about and I am fortunate that others enjoy the results enough to enable me to do what I love.”

This year the poet, playwright and master wordsmith, William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the best writer who has ever lived, has a 400th anniversary and it’s a national reason for celebration. So this month to mark The Bard’s astonishing legacy, The Red Rose Chain has something special in store. Theatre-goers should prepare for frights and delights as the company which has become nationally famous for Theatre in the Forest is bringing Shakespeare inside for the first time ever – with Richard III! Spine-chilling suspense mixed with seduction and silliness – Joanna Carrick’s interpretation is an ideal choice for stubborn teenagers, or anyone looking to test their nerves in the face of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Bringing this Tudor tale to life is a multi-talented cast, full of familiar faces! Mr Tod himself, Lawrence Russell, stars alongside Edward Day (King Lear, Twelfth Night), Rachael McCormick and Kirsty Thorpe (The Tale of Mr Tod,) as they prepare their roles to make you laugh and scream in this Shakespeare spooktacular! Murder, jealousy, intrigue and treason – enter the theatre if you dare. Plus for those with a strong stomach for blank verse Red Rose Chain has a Shakespeareathon in store too on June 4, the final night of Richard III, as The Avenue plays host to 25 hours of live Shakespeare! For details on how YOU can perform on Red Rose Chain’s stage and take part in the event visit their website.

Justin specialises in capturing atmospheric East Anglian scenes for clients including the National Trust and photography has been widely published and has appeared in the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition on several occasions. This is his first solo exhibition. The Boat House Gallery is just off the National Trust Tea-room over-looking the Dry Dock and next to Bridge Cottage.

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VUELOS DanceEast, Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich. May 27 and 28 Multi-award winning Aracaladanza in association with MOKO Dance returns to DanceEast with a friendly show for families, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. Vuelos, meaning Flights is a new dance theatre production created by choreographer and director Enrique Cabrera who has been inspired by the imagination of the visionary genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Cabrera has captured the creativity and innovation of da Vinci’s exceptional inventiveness whilst retaining Aracaladanza’s trademark playfulness and style. This production inspires a sense of wonder in everyone who sees it, and encourages us all to allow our imaginations to take flight and make extraordinary things happen.


As with all other MOKO Dance performances, Vuelosinspired activities are available for the whole family to enjoy together, from creative dance workshops to arts-based activities held in the foyer pre and post show.

Mercury Theatre, Colchester. May 20 – June 4 Full of razor sharp wit and sparkling dialogue, Private Lives is Sir Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Famously written in only three days, Private Lives premiered in 1930 to full houses at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Since then, numerous successful West End and Broadway revivals over the years have proven that this charming comedy of manners is still as fresh, funny and unexpectedly moving as ever. Little wonder then, that one Daily Telegraph critic wrote, “If one could save only a single Coward play for posterity, it would have to be Private Lives”. Private Lives is part of the Mercury Theatre’s Made in Colchester season and as such is sure to be a great comedy experience. The play is about glamorous divorcees Amanda and Elyot who haven’t seen each other in years. So when they find themselves honeymooning with their new spouses in adjacent suites at the same French hotel at the same time, they can’t believe it. Mortifying at first, it isn’t long before the chance encounter reignites an old spark and the couple impulsively elope. But only a few days into their reunion, Elyot and Amanda again find themselves trapped in a repeating cycle of love and hate as their private passions and jealousies consume them.

INFORMATION Tickets: £10 – £25 Box Office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

INFORMATION Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions) Box office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk



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PULSE New Wolsey, Ipswich. May 26 – June 4 Over the last 16 years Ipswich and the New Wolsey have become renowned for waving the flag for contemporary theatre through Pulse; a festival that attracts audiences from right across the country and never fails to impress. This year is no exception with a programme, co-curated by China Plate that carries on the successes of Suitcase Prize Day and Scratch Day with a host of new work too from returning and emerging companies. Suitcase Prize Day began as a way of encouraging theatre makers to think about making and touring work in a more environmentally and economically sustainable way. It returns for the fourth time this year with ten shows competing to be named best show that can be toured on public transport, with This Theatre, winners of the prize in 2015, returning with Edinburgh hit Police Cops. This year’s Spring Festival Commission is Jamal Harewood’s, Word – which will be shown for the first time as a work in progress on Scratch Day (May 28). Sunday May 29 has been earmarked as a new themed day for emerging work from companies who are experimenting with new ways of working. So, Le Gateau Chocolat will present a work in progress of a new show for families, Duckie; the New Wolsey Theatre’s People You May Know presents The Goldilocks Principle – a story about hoping for happiness and success, and Worklight Theatre brings its multi-award winning show Labels; a funny and moving story about mixed heritage. As part of We Are Ipswich – a local collaboration of arts venues and organisations, Pulse Festival will this year present more work and collaborations from the region, showcasing the impact Ipswich makes on the industry. Eastern Angles will



perform The Fitting Room by Tara Lepore, which will take place in the Theatre Bar and Gecko will present a work in progress of a new show The Wedding. Dance Day will include two performances programmed by DanceEast from Rhiannon Faith and The Hiccup Project, this year at the New Wolsey Theatre. The festival will conclude with Spymonkey’s production of The Complete Deaths, adapted and directed by Tim Crouch. There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare and Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The show will be performed in the theatre’s full auditorium space and will make for an explosive evening! One of the additional features of Pulse is that every evening concludes 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. Ed and Paul of China Plate, the festival’s co-curators, said: “It has been such a privilege working with the New Wolsey Theatre programming our fourth Pulse. Bringing together some of the most exciting work happening anywhere in the country for 10 days each May / June really is the highlight of our year!”

INFORMATION Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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The Suffolk Show is the biggest and best two-day celebration of everything that makes the county great. Essential Suffolk looks at what to expect at Trinity Park this year



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For those interested in heritage, farming and all things that make up our wonderful county it’s extraordinary to think that generations and generations of people have been celebrating all things Suffolk for more than 176 years. Perhaps just as interesting is that the biggest attraction – is much as it ever was – the animals and livestock .

in the region with hundreds of classes for horses and competitors of all ages. This years’ competitors will be aiming to qualify for major competitions including the London International Horse Show, Olympia, the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show and with some of the country’s top riders in action there’s bound to be a lot of excitement.

Of course the modern day show at Trinity Park – this year on June 1 and 2 – showcases much more than events from times past, including everything from locally produced food and drink, to local businesses and is attended by around 86,000 people every year. In fact it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the county’s unique culture, watch thrilling competitions and displays, plus hundreds of hands-on experiences too.

Other not-to-be-missed equine displays include the ever-popular Shetland Pony Grand National, the Inter Hunt Relay and The Challenge which is new for this year, where relay teams made up of horses from different disciplines including Pony Club riders, show jumpers, racing and eventers compete to become the ultimate multi-discipline team champions.

On the livestock front there will be thousands of animals for visitors can see, including native county breeds such Red Poll cattle, Suffolk Punch horses and Suffolk Sheep. The Suffolk Show also features one of largest equine events

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producers including the Suffolk Pate Company, Musks with their original Newmarket sausages, Aspall Cyder and James White Drinks. The food hall returns this year with a new, bigger layout to make it easier for visitors to navigate and also new for 2016 is the introduction of a new shop and collect service, where visitors shop and pick up their items up from a designated collection point at the end of the day. Another major attraction for foodie visitors is the East of England Co-op Cookery Theatre, which is jointly sponsored by East of England Co-op, Adnams and the Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA). This year showgoers can expect to see a stellar line up of some of the county’s top chefs as well as new and innovative talent, with each giving cooking demonstrations to the masses, sharing their top tips and favourite recipes with audience members. The Suffolk Show is a great day out for families too – there are endless activities to suit all interests and ages and children aged under 15 gain free entry. Besides

getting to see the animals, which is ever popular with children, there will be the opportunity have a go at 50 different sports for free in the Sports Village or the chance to try out interactive experiences in the Military Zone. There is a wealth of other family attractions too, including the Bold Dog Lings motorcycle display team, family favourite Titan the Robot, vintage tractors, donkey rides, traditional village fete games and vintage fairground rides. Plus in the Wildlife Zone visitors can learn more about local wildlife including the campaign to help protect our endangered hedgehogs, and for dog lovers there are various canine displays from working sheep dogs and tenacious terriers to Suffolk gun dogs and a parade of hunt dogs. For a gentler pace, the Homes and Gardens area is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll. Pick up inspiration for your garden from the Flower Show or Show Gardens, or browse the latest interior design trends in the Luxury Lifestyle Pavilion. A new element to the

Hopkins Homes Luxury Lifestyle Pavilion are various demonstrations and talks from exhibitors for instance The Rug and Carpet Studio, which has been exhibiting at the show for years, will be giving a talk on the topic of ‘Fleece to Floor’ and sharing their expertise of antique rugs and restoration. The Suffolk Show is also the biggest pop-up shopping event in county and offers a unique not-on-the-high-street experience for visitors, with the region’s best retailers and most exciting up and coming brands featured in the pinkcarpeted Fifth Avenue shopping area. Shoppers will also be able to purchase original artworks by emerging and established Suffolk artists at the Hopkins Homes Art Show. INFORMATION Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show are on sale now – save £6 per ticket by purchasing in advance. Advance adult tickets £21 (children under 15 free). For more information and for a full list of this year’s exciting attractions, competitions and displays visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk



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A SUFFOLK RETREAT Suffolk charity, Pro Corda Trust believes that music can change lives and this year its message is being interpreted through ‘A Suffolk Retreat’, a special sensory garden at Chelsea Flower Show this month. Anne Gould reports



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helped children in Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools and units across the country. This year it is being represented at the Chelsea Flower Show thanks to Frederic Whyte, an award-winning garden designer born and raised in Lowestoft who has recently returned to Suffolk and Saxmundham after years away in London and Italy.


ased at Leiston Abbey the Pro Corda Trust is a music and educational charity whose mission is based around the performance of ensemble and chamber music. Its work has been shown to benefit all young people, regardless of their educational, social, or economic background. Set up 47 years ago by Pamela Spofforth MBE and Elizabeth Hewlins MBE it is now the largest music charity of its kind in the UK, is a recognised centre of excellence and has recently been named as one of the winners for ITV's The People's Projects. Part of its raison d’être is supporting equal opportunities in the arts and in particular helping equal numbers of young people with disabilities to those without. In particular its pioneering and life-changing course, ‘Create Together’ has

Formerly an academic and musician, Frederic has a client base across the UK and Italy, including Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, but believes it’s vital to “give back” and as a result has worked with various charities on a pro bono basis at national gardening shows over the years. In Suffolk this work may even go further. “When I returned here I got involved with Pro Corda because of my love of music and approached them about landscaping of the Abbey Gardens. Leiston Abbey is so beautiful but it is so unknown so I am interested in creating a Fountains Abbey effect to help promote the charity.” The starting point for this is, ‘A Suffolk Retreat’, which will be among the artisan gardens at Chelsea and then will be recreated at Leiston Abbey to provide a rehearsal and performance space for chamber music but also to provide a secluded sensory retreat for children with autism. Frederic, who has won gold and silver medals at Chelsea and Hampton Court says the garden has been created in the Arts & Crafts style and is influenced by the Suffolk landscape, architecture, farming culture and traditional crafts. ‰

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He is working with landscapers, Living Landscapes and will also include beautiful, handcrafted features made by Suffolk artisans. The planting will be based on cottage garden plants there will be three yew trees and a hawthorn plus pale yellow lupins, blue and bearded irises, coral peonies and roses. Pro Corda’s ‘Create Together’ programme provides a particular focus on music and autism. Unique teaching methods bring out hidden personalities and talents through improvised musical performance and stage production. Ensemble training enables children to explore the benefits of

chamber music and develop their ability to socially interact with others. Pro Corda’s CEO and Artistic Director, Andrew Quartermain, says, “Frederic’s design is in perfect tune with the heritage of our home at Leiston Abbey and the mission of our work. It’s fantastic that the garden acts as a performance space, while also being a perfect escape for the autistic children who attend our Outreach courses.” INFORMATION www.procorda.com www.fredericwhyte.com

SIX STEPS TO CREATING AN AUTISM-FRIENDLY GARDEN by Frederic Whyte Gardens can be wonderful places for people with autism, either providing a calm and safe retreat or an open, free area for running around and relieving stress – ideally both! Making simple adjustments to your outdoor space, creating a low arousal environment that supports their needs, can greatly benefit their wellbeing 1. CREATE A CALM ZONE Many people with autism can be very sensitive to noise, light, heat or smells. It’s therefore important to define an area of the garden as a calm zone, free as far as possible from disruption or noise, which may cause anxiety. 2. ADD AN ACTION-PACKED AREA If space permits, it can be helpful to define an area in the garden for exercise and letting off steam. Some parents of autistic children have a trampoline or a punch bag in the garden to give their children a way to focus their energy. 3. INTRODUCE STRUCTURE It’s important to think about the physical structure of any space that a person with autism occupies, be it indoors or outdoors. Walls, furniture and flooring can all be used to create a calm, structured environment, and to help them recognise, and feel ease with, the type of activities that typically take place in a particular area. 4. CREATE A COMFORTING LANDSCAPE An autism-friendly garden will feel safe and comforting. That can mean different things to different people, so it’s crucial to consider the individuals who will use the garden when

planning its design. For some, a sense of light enclosure is reassuring – in that case, it can be helpful to break up large spaces and add external ‘hideaways’ like summerhouses. Well-positioned trees and plants can also help garden visitors to feel cosseted by the landscape. However, many autistic children don’t like to feel confined and feel much more at ease in open spaces with minimal boundaries. 5. INJECT SOOTHING COLOUR Colour is a major issue. Research suggests that autistic children often see colours with greater intensity and bold colours can feel overwhelming. Muted colours, on the other hand, have a calming effect, with pale pinks and cool blues and greens the most soothing choices. 6. INFUSE WITH MUSIC Many studies have found that children and adults with autism respond well to music, and in particular the performing of music, making music a therapeutic tool. Introducing external speakers to your garden to play music that an autistic person can engage with could be highly beneficial. Equally, transforming a summerhouse into a place to play musical instruments together adds an element of fun.



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Of course we all know that much quoted statistic ‘there are more pigs than people in Suffolk’, but this summer we are going to see a few more – the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Anne Gould reports




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GoGoGorillas! and GoGoDragons! in Norwich, which was very successful, bringing thousands of visitors to the city and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity.” So the plan is that after the ten-week trail ends there will be a happy ending for the pigs, as they will all be auctioned off to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.


ith his sky blue glasses and large lime-green art folder, Norman Lloyd is a man that you are not likely to miss. He positively bounces with enthusiasm especially if you happen to be talking about pigs, art and his favourite charity; St Elizabeth Hospice. You see Norman is fronting the innovative and eye-catching Pigs Gone Wild art trail in Ipswich this summer, which aims to raise £100,000 for the charity. “Other places have had sculpture trails with gorillas, dragons, giraffes, dolphins, penguins and elephants but when the hospice asked me to get involved I knew we had to have pigs,” he says. “It’s not just that we have lots of pigs in Suffolk, but everyone likes pigs and I suspected that Jimmy Doherty might like to get involved too – and he’s very kindly agreed to be our patron.” The Pigs Gone Wild trail, Norman explained, is mainly based in Ipswich town centre and the Waterfront and there will be at least 30 pig sculptures in various locations but he says there are more pig possibilities for businesses that want to sponsor them – and they will be available up to mid May. Having had a sneak peek inside the lime folder – all designs are being kept under wraps until the launch – I can report there are still some beautiful and very witty options on offer. Norman says, “This is going to be the biggest mass participation public art event Suffolk has ever seen and as it lasts from June 27 – September 2 there will be plenty of opportunities to see it. This project will be a huge draw for the town, displaying some of the best artistic talent from the region and we are hoping it will raise more than £100,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice.”

Norman, who has had a long career in local radio, first got involved with the hospice through personal tragedy – his wife Linda Finbow died of skin cancer at the age of 56 and, he says, staff from St Elizabeth’s were wonderful at the end of her life. “When you know someone is going to die and there is no cure all can you can hope for is that they are as pain free as possible.” Thanks to the hospice, he says, they were able to have a holiday abroad together in the months before she died and attend their daughter’s wedding in Aldeburgh. Since then Norman has volunteered at the hospice one day a week and with his background in sales and marketing was delighted to be able to use his experience when they asked him to run Pigs Gone Wild. “I have been working on this since October 2014 and the response has been incredible”.

Pigs Gone Wild has been created with Wild in Art, one of the country’s top creative producers which specialises in high-impact, public art exhibitions, featuring large-scale, individually designed and decorated ‘animal’ sculptures. “They recently worked with Norfolk charity, Break, to stage

“All the money raised will go towards providing vital care and support to more than 2,000 patients and their families living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure.” What seems to happen, he says, is that the sculptures take on a life of their own on social media with some visitors aiming to take ‘selfies’ with all the animals on the trail. It has been very popular with artists too, we had 235 designs for pigs submitted from across the country which were narrowed down to about 80. Our final selection encompasses all sorts of themes – fine art, superheroes and Pop Art. There’s even an Ed Sheeran themed pig.” Each larger than life pig sculpture, he explained, will be stunningly and very often amusingly decorated by artists over the next few months and will be installed on special plinths in their chosen locations overnight to be ready for the big reveal. So far only two of the pigs have been revealed, Tally-Ho Trotters, the project’s mascot pig, and Pretty Penny, Ipswich Building Society’s fabulously fascinating and educational pig. But there will be pigs at The Customs House on The Waterfront, the Cornhill, next to the Giles and Cardinal Wolsey sculptures and at Jimmy’s Farm. “The trail will be great fun for people of all ages and as you follow the trail, you can collect points using the Pigs Gone Wild App and receive discounts and special offers for local businesses,” he added. The full grown pigs will be joined by more than 30 junior pig sculptures – smaller, but crafted just as creatively, by students and teachers in local schools. The junior pigs will be displayed in litters in town centre stores and venues for the ten-week period.

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Some of the first ever photographs were taken in Ipswich and a new festival in Suffolk will be celebrating not just this incredible heritage but legends of modern day photography too. Anne Gould talks to Jo Bexley, Director of PhotoEast



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n a world where 200 million pictures are loaded to Facebook every day and Smartphone imagery has evolved into almost a language in its own right, you might say modern photography spans the gamut of human experience. Having the means to take pictures or the mastery of technology however does not a photographer make. That’s why the inaugural PhotoEast Festival which runs between May 24 and June 25, and is celebrating photographic excellence, couldn’t be launched at a better time. It is being run in collaboration with UCS on the theme ‘Of Time and Place’ with the aim of placing Suffolk very firmly on the international photography map. Clearly it’s also been very much a labour of love – Director Jo Bexley says she and her husband Adrian Evans, of the international photographic agency, Panos Pictures, first thought of the idea seven years ago when they moved to Suffolk and Framlingham. Juggling work, bringing up four children and, for Jo, retraining as a teacher has meant that the plan was put on hold but a couple of years ago a group, at the Halesworth Cut, started talking about a photographic festival. “We connected with them and ended up running it,” she said. Getting funding from the Arts Council and Ipswich Borough Council has made much of the festival possible. From these beginnings it’s grown to encompass a series of events and exhibitions along the East Suffolk railway line at Ipswich, Darsham and Halesworth. Of course, she said, Suffolk is also lucky, in that it’s home to many internationally famous and award-winning photographers – including Bill Jackson and festival patron, Eamonn McCabe. “We want to put Suffolk on the map as a centre for excellence in photography. PhotoEast will appeal to industry professionals as well as enthusiasts, and hopefully will become a significant new visual arts event on the regional calendar.” Jo said they also want to develop audiences for the arts within the region, particularly among a nontraditional gallery-going public, including young people and families. To this end, the 2016 programme includes a multitude of events and exhibitions. Its ‘epicentre’ is on and ‰



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around The Waterfront in Ipswich. On May 28 there will be a series of free to the public talks and workshops taking place at UCS. These include talks by Fiona Shields (Picture Editor of The Guardian), Julian Germain (a renowned social documentary photographer), Tim Mitchell and Stuart Greenwade (on the Ipswich Waterfront heritage). On the same day there will also be a choreographed ‘moving gallery’ photography project with Dance East; a Photocopy Club at The Cult Café which is a day’s workshop open to the public to create their own exhibition… and more. Award-winning photojournalist George Georgiou is famous for taking pictures of London from the top of a double-

decker bus and he is going to be doing the same for Ipswich for PhotoEast, including some less familiar urban landscapes. Plus there will be a talk by photographer Tim Mitchell and Ipswich maritime expert Stuart Grimwade sharing pictures of the Waterfront as it once was through some of the earliest photographs ever taken. Exhibitions will take place at UCS on The Waterfront but also at Darsham and of course at The Cut. Some have direct links to Suffolk, she said, while others have not. For example there’s the opportunity to see work by one of the masters of photography at a Rodchenko Retrospective at Darsham Nurseries. Meanwhile Libby Hall’s exhibition of

Leiston in 1966 (the year when Sizewell A was initiated) will be on display at The Cut – alongside her amazing collection of photographs of dogs and their owners from 1850 – 1940. As a modern day response to these pictures multi-award winning photographer Bill Jackson is creating a pop-up dog studio at Halesworth Cut as an additional part of the ‘These Are Our Dogs’ event. Bill is inviting people with their dogs to dress up and come along to be photographed. Every participant will be given a postcard photograph of their session to take away and there will be an opportunity to purchase a framed, hand coloured print. He is also curating an exhibition with four other photographers; Eamonn McCabe, Stephen Wolfenden, Peter Everard Smith and Eilenn Haring Woods. Eamonn McCabe is the multiaward winner former Picture Editor at The Guardian whose work is also at The National Portrait Gallery, Stephen Wolfenden, has three published books on Southwold shopkeepers and Peter Everard Smith has been shooting the world of music and performing arts for over 40 years. Eileen Haring Woods is a participatory artist, curator and producer whose interests and collaborative work focuses on contemporary social and cultural issues, from the local to the international. Moving forward Jo hopes that PhotoEast will become a regular slot in Suffolk’s cultural calendar – to start with on a biennial basis.

INFORMATION For more information, to book workshops or places at one of the talks www.photoeast.co.uk



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DIGITAL ASSETS With more and more of us using online banking, shopping and social media sites, have you ever wondered what happens to these accounts when we die? In the majority of cases, a digital asset is anything you may own or have rights to, that either exist online i.e. email, social networking, photos, cloud storage and financial accounts or on hard storage devices such as laptops and tablets. Although the law governing digital assets has yet to catch up with the rate at which they are being created, there are some simple steps we can take to make it easier for those sorting out your affairs after death to deal with your online presence. More than ever, it is important for people to think about what we hold online – what could be important for their executors or sentimental for loved ones. A good start is to consider which parts of your digital estate you would like to pass on and who you would like to have access to them. Very often, the ways in which our digital assets can be dealt with on our death are governed by the terms and conditions of the Internet Service Providers (ISP). These generally specify either the deletion of the account following a period of inactivity, the ability to select a nominee who will be allowed to access the account or, in the case of Facebook, memorialisation for a brief period of time following death.

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PUB WALKS with Darcy This month Darcy returns to Thorpeness with a walk starting and ending at the delightful Dolphin Inn

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Whatever the time of year Thorpeness is one of Suffolk’s must visit destinations. Home to ‘The House in the Clouds’ – possibly one of our county’s most iconic images – the beautiful Meare and directly on the coast, it is a destination where you can easily mooch away a few hours without ever breaking out of a gentle amble. Our walk this month however invites you to stretch out a little and in return experience some breath taking countryside. It is a walk that my wife and I did when staying at The Dolphin in January and wrapped up against a bitter easterly wind it was truly exhilarating but as a spring walk it takes on a different, more gentle and beautiful feel and as such is one we are sure you will want to re-visit many times.



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Initially passing The Meare the walk heads out on the beach towards Aldeburgh before following a path over the marshes and back into the village along the old railway line. The route passes through the RSPB’s North Warren reserve so for those with an interest a pair of binoculars would be a good companion. At the end of the walk you will pass directly by the Thorpeness windmill and ‘The House in the Clouds’ before returning to The Dolphin where David James and his team will welcome you and your four legged friends with open arms.

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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 3 miles Time: Approx.1 hour and 15 minutes Terrain: Generally easy. Mainly flat paths with short stretch on shingle beach. Some parts (5 – 7) may be muddy. Stops: The Dolphin Inn Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 212 Start Point OS reference: 472 599



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: www.essentialsuffolk.com/dog-walks where you will also find more pictures of each walk route. 1. From The Dolphin turn left and walk towards Thorpeness Meare. 2. When you have passed the Meare take the turning on your left just before ‘Kitchen@Thorpeness’ (there is a sign that points towards The Country Club). Cross the road and follow the footpath sign (FP) on your right. Pass the first wooden boardwalk on your left and continue straight ahead for approx. 150 yds until you reach a second boardwalk (shortly after a property called Sans Souci).Turn left onto the beach. 3. At the beach turn right and walk towards Aldeburgh. Approximately 500 yds after the last property the path changes from grass and shingle to tarmac. At this point you will be able to see a FP sign across the road on the right. 4. Follow the FP sign taking the path across the marshes. Shortly after the path turns to the right and then back to the left you will reach a ‘junction’. On your right you will see a sign that reads “This is a permissive footpath�. 5. Turn right and follow this path (the old railway line) for approx. 15 – 20 minutes depending on your pace. After this time you will come to two red brick houses and a FP sign. 6. Turn right at this FP sign.The path passes the Meare on your right and a section of Thorpeness golf course on your left so dogs need to be on leads. 7. As you emerge from the path you will see the putting green and pro shop to your right.The House in the Clouds to the left and the Thorpeness windmill ahead of you. Follow the track towards the windmill and continue until you reach the road. 8. At the road cross over and turn left following the pavement back to The Dolphin.


FRESH AND LOCAL The Dolphin Inn and Village stores in the heart of Thorpeness is committed to working closely with suppliers and producers in East Anglia creating menu’s for all seasons celebrating the best of our local producers. A large spacious garden, a cosy bar and restaurant all within a short stroll to the beach.



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Five years ago when Ollie and Iain Macmillan and their sister Lorna Pissarro first opened the Long Melford Swan the idea was that Ollie and Iain would work in the kitchen and she would manage front of house. Within two weeks it became very clear that their fledging restaurant business was such a success that they urgently needed staff. Five years on and the trio now employ 60 staff, they’ve won a clutch of top awards and their group, Stuart Inns Ltd includes The Ram at Hadleigh, The Greyhound at Lavenham and The Swan at Long Melford, which now has ten bedrooms, making it a small hotel



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Business Profile | Stuart Inns week she made a cheesecake and the mouth feel was something no-one could ever create at home.”


ustomers come from all over Suffolk and Essex and the popularity of their rooms sees a constant demand from weekenders from the city. All you have to do is visit one of the Stuart Inn establishments and it’s clear why the siblings have been a success. Quite simply they have paid attention to every single detail from the decor and flowers, to the mini ice bucket and lemon slices which arrive with your drinks at table to the exceptional quality of the food. Ollie and Lorna grew up in Boxford and while he launched his career in the kitchen at the Talbooth and onwards across the world in New Zealand, Australia and the Swan at Lavenham, she did a degree in Fine Art and was at The Crown in Stoke by Nayland. “We decided to set out on our own in the middle of a recession focusing very much on quality and it’s just taken off from there,” said Ollie. Many awards have followed – their rooms have a five-star gold rating from the AA, their food received a two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, the highest award that can be given for a first visit, they are in the Harden’s Guide, the Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide. “Working in the kitchen is hard work but this is something different – but you get out of it what you put into it. We are constantly re-investing to make our customer experience better,” says Ollie. The philosophy behind their food is excellence – all their meat is sourced from Aubrey Allen, the Queen’s butcher, their fish is delivered fresh off the boats, they source oysters at Mersea Island, lobsters and crabs from North Norfolk and work with local suppliers for seasonal fruit and vegetables.

In addition they have a group of local allotment holders and small producers who have become part of a ‘Friends Referral Scheme’ who bring them unusual seasonal produce like pheasant eggs and game. “We don’t serve fruit and vegetables out of season but we make the most of the produce when it is at its peak.” So for instance last week Ollie went foraging for wild garlic at a secret location near Stowmarket. “It’s such a great plant and very popular too.” He was also excited because lobster season was about to start and new spring vegetables were becoming available which meant that the menu was about to change. Ollie says that his cooking style is based in his classical French training but of course is also influence by his experience at various restaurants around the world. “We want to create a dining experience that you cannot get at home. It’s all about flavour, we do use some modern techniques including a little bit of sous vide but if the food is better cooked in a traditional way, that’s what we do.” Each of their establishments is slightly different – the Greyhound is a pub and offers small plates from 10am –10pm including things like fondue and oysters. The Ram is obviously a stand-alone restaurant and the Swan is a hotel but there’s a head chef in each and says Ollie they all work very closely together. “As Executive Chef I obviously have an influence on the menu but we have regular chef meetings where we discuss the menu and take on new ideas.” Ollie is also now supported in the kitchen by younger brother Iain and along with a dedicated team in each venue there’s clearly an all-inclusive team ethic. French pastry chef Delphine masterminds the desserts at the Swan and Greyhound and Ollie can’t praise her work enough. “Last

Front of house, Lorna says they have made every effort to put the customer first. Before they opened as a hotel they took advice from industry experts and listening is paying dividends. “We were told that most boutique hotels forget about breakfast so we have made an extra effort with it.” So besides a traditional English, featuring Newmarket sausages and Stornoway black pudding you can have Smoked Sea Reared Trout, crushed avocado on toast with seeds or Pinney’s grilled kippers. As a result they have won an award for breakfast from Visit England. They also designed the bedrooms with the modern visitor with plugs by the bed for phone charging and she says visitors really appreciate this. “Plus, each bedroom has seen an investment of £20,000 with the very best beds, lighting etc.” Downstairs in the bar they have also just introduced, The Gin List, sourcing specialist artisan gins from around the country served with equally special tonic and a range of fruits, herbs and vegetables like cucumber and rocket. “We’ve also made an extra effort with our soft drink selection too – not so many people drink alcohol these days so we have sourced premium juices and cordials so all our guests can have a real choice when they are out to eat.” So where to next? Ollie and Lorna have just added an extra two bedrooms at the Swan but thereafter? – another property perhaps, but somewhere perhaps that’s not quite so close by.

INFORMATION The Hadleigh Ram 5 Market Pl, Hadleigh, Ipswich IP7 5DL 01473 822880 www.thehadleighram.co.uk The Long Melford Swan Hall St, Long Melford CO10 9JQ 01787 464545 www.longmelfordswan.co.uk The Lavenham Greyhound 97 High St, Lavenham, Sudbury Suffolk CO10 9PZ 01787 249553 www.lavenhamgreyhound.com



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This month James Finch, Head Chef at The Westleton Crown, shares a recipe that is as quick to cook as it is delicious




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Chef’s Recipe | The Westleton Crown

Head Chef James Finch will soon be celebrating his first anniversary of returning to the Westleton Crown after four years away. James worked at The Crown for two years as Sous Chef prior to moving to the popular Sibton White Horse, where he started his Head Chef career and won the prestigious Good Food Guide’s ‘Pub of the Year 2015’ award. Born and bred in Suffolk and graduated from the Norwich City College James is very familiar with local produce, suppliers and all that Suffolk has to offer. His great knowledge, real love of the area and its local produce shows in his cooking and menus. James describes his cooking as “traditional, where quality local ingredients are always at the front of the queue” however traditional doesn’t mean that James doesn’t love to innovate – he does – and again describes his food as “British classic flavours with a modern influence”.

Roasted fillet of hake, sauté potatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, purple sprouting broccoli and brown shrimp butter INGREDIENTS Serves 4 4 x 200g hake fillets 14 new potatoes, part cooked and sliced 500g spinach 4 sprigs Purple sprouting broccoli 100g brown shrimps 100g butter Bunch of chopped dill Cherry tomatoes on the vine Rapeseed oil

METHOD 1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, add some rapeseed oil, season and cook the hake skin side down, cook for 8 – 10 mins. 2. Turn the fish and add the sliced new potatoes to sauté add a knob of butter. 3. Cut the cherry tomatoes into bunches on the vine, place on a baking tray drizzle with oil and season, bake in the oven on 180°C until they soften. 4. Cook your spinach in a nice hot pan, wilt it down and season. Blanch the purple sprouting broccoli in boiling water. 5. Warm the butter in a small sauce pan and add the brown shrimp, warm gently and add the chopped dill. 6. Place the sauté potatoes on a plate, with the spinach, place the fish on top and then purple sprouting, spoon the shrimp butter around the dish, finish with the cherry tomatoes.

Enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest 17th Century Inns set in the delightful village of Westleton on the Suffolk Heritage Coast

restaurant opening times: Lunch 12.00 – 14.30 Dinner 18.30 – 21.30 Bar is open all day

• Award winning restaurant • Imaginative menus and wine list • Selection of real ales • Crackling log fires • Charming terraced gardens • 34 stylish bedrooms • Children and dogs very welcome The Westleton Crown Westleton, Nr Southwold Suffolk IP17 3AD

01728 648 777 www.westletoncrown.co.uk



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Fynn Valley

Butt & Oyster

The Turks Head

Open to everyone, not just golfers, this is the place you bring your family and friends for a wide range of tempting meals prepared by our talented chefs. Enjoy a home made bar meal or daily special in the cosy Courtyard Bar, utilising great local produce. Al fresco dining in the sheltered Courtyard is a popular option. Sunday Lunches are served in The Terrace overlooking the golf course, all freshly roasted on the day and children eat free! The spacious Valley Room is perfect for large family celebrations. Full details of our menus and offers can be found on our website.

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

At The Turks Head we serve local ales, fantastic wines & locally sourced, beautifully executed food. We welcome dogs, muddy boots and muddy children. Chef Mauli is fast earning a great reputation for his exciting and ever changing seasonal menus, especially the Sunday roast, featuring all the wonderful produce that Suffolk has to offer.

Open: Open every lunchtime and Tuesday – Saturday evenings.

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Sunday, 12pm to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week

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

Our next ‘Turks Headliners’ music and curry night is on 26th April.

Open: Monday to Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday to Saturday 10am to 12 midnight, Sunday 11am to 8pm

Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW

Low Road, Hasketon, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JG

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

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

01394 610343 info@theturksheadhasketon.co.uk www.theturksheadhasketon.co.uk

The Angel Inn

The Peacock Inn

The Middleton Bell

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.

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

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

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

Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4SA. 01206 263245 info@angelinnsuffolk.co.uk www.angelinnsuffolk.co.uk



37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU 01449 743952 wilcri@aol.com www.thepeacockchelsworth.com

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

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Food Gallery

Sibton White Horse

Ufford Park

The Maybush

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 2016.’ 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.

Open every day, The Park Restaurant provides a choice of three-course meals. We offer a relaxed atmosphere, local produce and have a seasonally-changing menu. Our new Spring /Summer bar snack menu has just launched in the bar, as well as a new children’s menu.You can enjoy our Afternoon Tea from just £15.95 per person. All party sizes can be accommodated. Open to all; non-members welcome.

The Maybush Inn sits on the banks of the Deben in Waldringfield. The busy riverside pub and restaurant affords panoramic views across the river and beyond. The Maybush has become famous for its excellent food offering with a wide range and varied menu including local game, meats and fresh seafood. Vegetarian options and children’s menu available. Food offers are available throughout the week. See our website for details.

Open: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week

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

Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4QL

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

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

01473 736215 maybush@debeninns.co.uk www.debeninns.co.uk


The Fox

The Fountain

Buzzing brasserie style restaurant with café bar set within the building converted from Arlingtons Ballroom. The perfect venue to catch up with friends, celebrate special occasions or talk business; taking advantage of free WiFi, air-printing and charging sockets at gallery tables. French style menu served in typical informal Brasserie manner offering a large selection of freshly prepared Suffolk reared meat dishes and vegetarian choices, plus fish and shellfish from sustainable sources. Takeaway deli, breakfast from 8am, light meals and homemade cakes throughout the day.

Imagine a chocolate box style village pub, beaming with pinkness, beautiful tranquil gardens and flowers around the door. Add a loyal and friendly clientele and great food and you’ll wish you had discovered us sooner. Fine locally sourced food is offered seven days a week, all day at weekends and this is complimented by an ever changing range of guest ales and wines. Food offers are available throughout the week.

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

Open: 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

Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week

13 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE

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

01473 230293 enquiries@arlingtonsbrasserie.co.uk www.arlingtonsbrasserie.co.uk

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

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 The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT 01473 785377 fountainpub@btconnect.com www.tuddenhamfountain.co.uk



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STYLE & INSPIRATION FOR OUTDOOR LIVING The spectacular atrium of Neptune’s new store in Bury St Edmunds makes a perfect space for viewing their stunning display of garden furniture




hat everyone loves the most about summer is being able to enjoy your meals outside in the sunshine; not just relaxed weekend brunches and barbecues, but weekday teas and suppers too. British lifestyle brand, Neptune, has everything you need to create your very own alfresco living space this season. Whether you have a bijou balcony, patio garden or sprawling lawn, transforming your outdoor space ensures you can make the most of every opportunity to sit back, relax and while away the summer months.

From sophisticated statement tables to beautifully crafted wicker chairs and contemporary parasols, Neptune’s extensive collection of all-weather outdoor furniture offers the ultimate in elegance and durability for your outdoor space this summer. For long afternoons in the sunshine with family and friends, the immensely popular and contemporary Hudson table wows with a modern concrete blend top and acacia base. Paired with the sleek and comfortable Toulston chairs, it’s the perfect set for both indoor garden rooms and outdoor spaces.

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Business Profile | Neptune

The beautiful and curvaceous Cadiz round table and chairs crafted from all-weather wicker creates a truly stylish look and will stand the test of time all year round. Inspired by the wonderful shores of the Andalusia region, the sophisticated garden set is ideal for sun-drenched lunches or lazy outdoor suppers. Provide an idyllic setting for summer entertaining with the beautiful burnished stone finish of the elegant and timeless Groveland table. Perfectly matched with the captivating woven wicker and wonderfully comfortable Pesaro chairs; everyone will be happy to sit and chat long after the sun has set. Add a touch of Mediterranean charm to your garden, mixing classic materials and contemporary designs. The Bordeaux rectangular table, crafted from solid timber, ages over time to an elegant silver grey finish and matches perfectly with the beautiful curved Tuscany chair.

So whether your goal is to lounge, entertain, dine or simply escape, Neptune has everything you need this summer.

INFORMATION Neptune, 45 St Andrew’s Street South Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH 01284 731025 www.neptune.com

All these beautiful collections and more are available to view at the Neptune Bury St Edmunds store or online at www.neptune.com



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Indrs and out, celebrate al ings uer We relish every moment we can spend alfresco. So create a space where the day will never want to end. Bordeaux table: from ÂŁ1,200, Tuscany armchair: ÂŁ285, Corinium tray: ÂŁ66 and Corinium lidded jar: from ÂŁ48

Neptune Bury St Edmunds, St Andrews Street South, IP33 3PH info@neptuneburystedmunds.com

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Homes & Interiors

lazy days of


Is your garden ready for the summer? Make the most of lazy days and long, light evenings with stylish furniture and garden accessories from these leading Suffolk retailers

Sanctuary table with six comfort chairs was £1999.99 now £1399.99 Glasswells

Adelaide two seater bench was £179.99 now £124.99 Glasswells

Hudson table with Harrington chairs Neptune



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Cadiz table and armchair set Neptune

Deck dhairs £79 (each) Glasswells

Sanctuary cube was £1299.99 now £899.99 Glasswells

Casablanca table and four chairs was £699.99 now £539.99 Glasswells

Cornwall collection shed was £299.99 now £279.99 (each) Glasswells



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Homes & Interiors

Lattice lantern was £14.99 now £9.99 Glasswells

Glass jam jar bottle with straw in a variety of colours £4 each Moose Interiors

A large selection of tea light jars perfect for your garden from £3.50 – £7 each Moose Interiors

Ice Cold drink glassware £24.95 Moose Interiors

Kitchens German kitchen furniture | Corian | Caesarstone | Miele | Neiff

Green recycled crackled glass jars, perfect for the garden for candles, flowers or decoration, available in a variety of sizes from £19 – £39 Moose Interiors

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

2 A1 A12 A12





A1 15 2

01394 386390 WOO MELTON DS L N

www.woodbridgeinteriors.co.uk SMITHFIELD, MELTON RD, WOODBRIDGE IP12 1NG



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Cotswold hanging chair RRP £379 now £339.99 Glasswells Overhanging parasol (available in three colours, base extra) was £109.99 now £84.99 Glasswells Foldaway circular rocker was £99.99 now £74.99 Glasswells

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STOCKISTS Glasswells Ranelagh Road, Ipswich or Newmarket Road Bury St Edmunds. T: 01473 253164 www.glasswells.co.uk Moose Interiors 20a Market Hill, Woodbridge. T: 01394 382691 Neptune 43 – 45 St Andrew’s St South, Bury St Edmunds. T: 01284 731025 www.neptuneburystedmunds.com

GARDEN MACHINERY AT ELMERS Large selection of garden machinery at competitive prices



Elmers Hardware, 59-61 Edmonton Road, Kesgrave, Suffolk 01473 623381 | www.elmershardware.co.uk



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other people’s

GARDENS The open garden season has begun and Catharine Howard says it’s a wonderful opportunity to see a huge variety of plants, planting schemes and designs


o you know that feeling of ordering in a restaurant and willing that the contents of your plate will be better looking and tastier than that of your fellow diners? It creeps in on city holidays too when a group splits up to do different things. Or even over ordering ice creams. Now I fear it is sneaking into my gardening visiting programme for this summer. If you, like me, have decided that abroad is too hot and full, London too carfumed and speedy and everywhere else is less agreeable than Suffolk then there is plenty of local entertainment to pick out for the summer season. It’s Season with a capital S indeed. For me it begins and ends with gardens. But which to pick? The rep for the National Garden Scheme, who is a friend and ardent gardener, thrust the eponymous booklet into my hand yesterday. The

listings, taken together with a cup of espresso and a pastry from the local deli, are making me drool. Take some of these phrases and make your choice – you, like me, will get a nuanced view of what’s on offer round the county: “Folly, stumpery and grass tennis court”, “cloud pruned hedges” (I am an absolute sucker for these), “views over coastline, river and marshes” or what about “set in a 400 acre deer park” or the one where the fossil bone of a Pliosaur of some sixty million years of antiquity was found buried a year or two back. Is that the one to visit? or are you going to save the date for the ‘renovated railway carriages and tortoise breeding”? The garden that does it for me – straight into the diary – is in Old Felixstowe: “The owners moved into their house seven years ago, since when they have

renovated the garden by taking down 21 leyland cypresses and various other dead trees.” The pithy write-up has a magnetic pull. These charitable garden openings got a bit of buffeting in the press from Anne Wareham, garden commentator and author. But that was a year or two back. Her gripe was the lack of rigorous critique, applied to restaurants, music and other art forms but absent in the gardening world. If we bury controversy over commentary and criticism, there are two major points to make. Most important: the sums of money that the National Gardens Scheme and The Red Cross Gardens raise for nursing and caring charities. My booklet tells me that last year the NGS donated more than £2.6 million to Macmillan, Marie Curie, other hospice charities and related causes. ‰



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Maypole Green, Dennington, Woodbridge, Suolk IP13 8AH

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

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Point Two is in the entertainment value. The utter Englishness of it, the mixture of a little bit of nosiness, a sprinkling of come-uppance if your own patch is tidier or neater, a sense of relief to find others have weeds. The chatter with strangers (the common theme of plants and the weather breaks our reserve), the awesome spread of our flower palettes, the delight of parking in a field surrounded by cow parsley and setting off through a path by the compost heap. It is wacky and eccentric (last summer I was offered a round of mini golf on a serious slope in an orchard by an octogenarian who had grown up in the adjoining house). I got design advice, village gossip which included a mild version of a vendetta, new plant names and a very clever tip for heating up my summerhouse. But I have digressed to the ‘whole village garden’ opening – you will have to go to one of those if you are looking for the vendetta type of chat. In a mood of nostalgia, memory takes me to a rainy day early last summer in Earl Soham and several decades back beyond that to Lavenham. If you can find yourself a whole village garden opening, it’s a winner for the sake of accomplishment all in one day. Take a sketch book, a camera and time to linger but simply do not take a picnic. Of all the alluring phrases in The NGS booklet ‘Homemade Teas’ jumps out. Take this seriously, in fact skip lunch, skip

breakfast too and be ready to approach the cake tables manfully. Arabesques of icing will greet you. Discrete signs will point you in the direction of lunch. Tortoise breeding? That is advertised for Leiston Road in Aldeburgh but Earl Soham has a talent in tortoises too and when you get to the bottom end of the village there is a miniature railway line, which gets oiled up and used for the village fete. Last of all don’t be afraid to go alone, I’d lost my husband to a cricket match and it was raining. I made new friends, came home with plant cuttings and advice on an evil strain of slugs to avoid. For the height of Englishness this even beats the Archers. INFORMATION Catharine Howard is a gardener, garden writer and gardening coach with many years’ experience in creating and renovating gardens. For a consultation or garden design contact her at www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk For information about NGS Open Gardens visit www. ngs.org.uk



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SHARING SUFFOLK’S SECRET GARDENS As the new shoots of spring peak through and gardeners don their wellies once again, Age UK Suffolk is preparing for its third Secret Gardens of Suffolk event


etween May and September last year, 14 gardens were opened to the public by their owners to raise funds for the local charity. This year, Age UK Suffolk wants to better this number and work with even more local people who are willing to share the beauty of their gardens with the public. There are so many hidden treasures out there and Suffolk is a wonderful place for gardening. Amateur gardeners are always looking for inspiration, so this is a great opportunity to share the rewards of the nurturing care that goes into creating a unique garden. Hannah Bloom, Director of Fundraising and Marketing said: “We hope to be able to encourage more people to participate in this super programme of secret gardens this year. It’s a lovely way to raise funds for Age UK Suffolk, and all the money raised goes towards supporting older people in the county. For those that take part it is a unique opportunity to show off their gardening skills and talk to visitors about their shared interest. Last year we raised over £5000 and we really hope to better that this year. We’re also delighted and very grateful, that once again the event has the support our President, The Countess of Euston.”

This year’s scheme is sponsored by local hearing experts, The Hearing Care Centre who offer hearing support and care across East Anglia. Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre said “My team and I are delighted to have been asked to get involved with Age UK Suffolk for this wonderful event. The charity supports so many of our own patients through different means, so there is great synergy for us to work together”. If anyone is interested in opening their garden for one day, or more, please visit www.ageuksuffolk.org to download a registration form, or contact Jo Reeder, or Hannah Bloom on 01473 359911 for more information.



GARDENS OPEN FOR AGE UK SUFFOLK THIS MONTH SUNDAY MAY 1 The Place for Plants, East Bergholt Place, Suffolk CO7 6UP & Rosemary, Rectory Hill, East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6TH, 2pm – 5pm Visit a 20 acre garden and arboretum known as a ‘Cornish Garden in Suffolk’ due to its collection of magnolias, camellias and rhodedendrons, and rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Refreshments including home-made teas. Entry: £6 for both gardens. Information Sarah & Rupert Ely: 01206 299224 | www.placeforplants.co.uk SUNDAY MAY 22 Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6HD, 2pm – 5pm Visit an enchanting 7 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. Refreshments available. Entry: £4 Information Jenny Horne: 01284 728888 | www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk SUNDAY MAY 22 Windmill Cottage, Mill Hill, Capel St Mary, Ipswich IP9 2JE, 2pm – 5pm This half acre garden was designed as a secret garden with lots of narrow winding paths and different views around every bend. It has two ponds and many perennials, shrubs, cherry trees and one tulip tree. Refreshments and plant sale. Entry: £3 Information Edwina & Geoffrey Cox: 01473 311121

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Antiques & Auctions

I’M NOT YET INCLINED TO TELL YOU WHAT IT IS! An unusual item was recently brought into the office for possible inclusion in one of our forthcoming Antique Sales. It is not very large, as the image shows, in fact fully extended it measures just twelve inches. It is of lovely quality and the main face bears all the hallmarks of that statement. The brass hinge is beautifully engraved with a flower head on the pivot point and a wonderfully inscribed scale is found on either side of the crescent shaped opening. It is also helpfully marked ‘Rise in Inches per Yard’. Does this give you a clue? A compass is set into the boxwood frame flanked by further scales representing Horizontal Distance and Angle on one side and Thickness on the other.

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On the top of this precision instrument there is a brass bound spirit level and sight guides rise from each end, one marked with a cross hair. The reverse is also inscribed with two further scales to the centre and imperial scales alongside showing inches in tenths. In case that is not enough detail there is a further scale to the base representing six inches in both tenths and eighths. So what is it? Well, it’s an inclinometer, in this case marked with the name R Nicholl from High Holborn. Its purpose for surveyors was to calculate the angle of an incline or a slope where the land or object rises or falls. Those of you familiar with trigonometry – I am specifically excluded! – might imagine one of these lovely instruments being used by, say, a forester to calculate the height of a tree and even to assess its suitability, bearing in mind the height achieved, for a visit to the sawmill. I am very sorry this little tale has, potentially, such a sad ending.


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The agent with the terrier spirit

loWEr raYDoN £685,000 Situated in a stunning elevated position enjoying far reaching views over the Brett Vale towards Shelley and Withermarsh Green this well-proportioned extended home offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a tranquil location yet being easily accessible to the A12 and Manningtree Station, ideal for commuting. The accommodation includes a master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms with family bathroom, sitting room, dining room, open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, dual aspect garden room enjoying the delightful views. 0.6 acre gardens sts ample potential to extend stp. Viewing highly recommended. EPC – E

East BErgholt Guide price £530,000 as a whole Formerly the stables and Cottages to East Bergholt House this unique range of buildings have become available for the first time in a generation. In need of full sympathetic restoration but offering great potential to create a Landmark development in the heart of the village. In addition is an individual building plot for a detached bungalow (application currently under consideration).

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

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

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VILLAGE PROPERTY Yoxford is one of those perfectly located Suffolk villages that has easy access to both the sea and coastal heaths and the hidden beauty inland. This charming and historic four bedroom detached village house on the High Street also ticks all the boxes for those looking for a period property with plenty of character. In fact, The Old Beer House was once a public house, known as The Maids Head. A Grade II listed property, it is believed to date from the sixteenth century or earlier and was formerly two or three cottages. With beams, inglenooks and original features all the rooms offer a feeling of history but many are also



spacious with dual aspect windows making the house feel light.

shed/garage measuring approximately 15’ x 7’.

On the ground floor is a large sitting room and dining room, as well as a hand-built kitchen and breakfast room. In addition there is a downstairs bathroom and cellar. There are three sets of stairs, one of which leads to the master suite, which has an open plan double bedroom and bathroom.

A high level gate opens to an idyllic southwest facing brick patio area, which leads to the rear garden which is predominantly laid to lawn with attractive flower borders and mature trees and shrubs.

In addition there are three further bedrooms, one of which could be used as a study. There is also a ‘Jack & Jill’ wet room between bedrooms two and three. Outside the property there is parking for at least two vehicles plus a timber store

The garden is bordered on two sides by high level historic brick walls and on the other side by fencing.

INFORMATION Clarke & Simpson 01728 724200 To see more pictures of this property visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/property

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Nr Felixstowe

A stunning 3 storey Huf Haus extending to over 5,000 ft sq, in a secluded 2 acre woodland setting. Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining area. Study. Multipurpose family/games room measuring 30’ x 17’. 6 bedrooms. 4 bath/shower rooms. Underfloor heating. Cat 5 cabling lighting system. Double garage. Heated swimming pool. Epc-C.

Enjoying an oasis setting in 5 acres, a cleverly extended farmhouse with an atmospheric presentation, overlooking a large lake, together with a 2 bedroom annexe cottage, barns & outbuildings. 3 reception rooms. AGA kitchen & service rooms. 7 bedrooms. 2 bath/shower rooms. Self-contained office. Swimming pool & pool room bar. Epc-E.

Guide Price £1,950,000

Guide price £1,175,000



Enjoying a delightfully tucked away & secluded woodland valley setting, a picturesque Grade II Listed period house offering flexible use accommodation. 3 reception rooms. Kitchen/breakfast room. 5 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. Games room/bedroom 6. Potential annexe. Former coach house with games room/studio, stable & tack room. Swimming pool. In all about 1.6 acres.

A beautifully presented 16th Century farmhouse with Victorian additions & a contemporary modern extension incorporating a superb kitchen/ breakfast/living room. 2 reception rooms. Study. Play room. Conservatory. 6 bedrooms. 3 bath/shower rooms. Extensive attic space. Cart lodge garage. Outbuildings. Mature garden of 1 acre (sts).

Guide Price £975,000

Guide Price: £950,000

Contact Tim Dansie, Jonathan Penn or James Squirrell 01473 218218 ipswich@jackson-stops.co.uk Local & National reach through a network of London & Regional offices

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HISTORIC HOME IN WOODBRIDGE Right in the heart of historic Woodbridge this south-facing Grade II listed period town house offers the opportunity of a beautiful home with great character. Tucked away in a secluded position close to the Market Hill it has three bedrooms, a selfcontained annexe, mature garden, a garage and additional parking space.

independently by a front door and includes a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. There’s a sealed door at ground floor level between the annexe and the main house, while at the first floor there is a flat roof between the two elements of the property.

Dating from the late 18th Century this property in Seckford Street provides sensibly planned accommodation. The main portion of the property has a hall, cloakroom, cellar, sitting room, study, kitchen, three bedrooms, one of which is en-suite and a family bathroom.

The property is set back from Seckford Street and is approached by a Right of Way along a drive serving this and the adjoining properties. At the head of the drive there are substantial brick piers and five bar double entrance gates opening on to the parking and turning area immediately in front of the house.

The self-contained annexe has recently been redecorated and is approached

There is a garage set to one side which has an electrically operated roller door,



and a personal door at the rear. There is space to park and turn two vehicles on the drive. Outside is a walled garden on the southern side of the house with a York stone terrace spanning the width of the property with semi-circular steps, hedges, shrubs and planting and a shaped lawn bounded by a brick wall with further planting around the borders. The terrace has borders on two sides planted with a variety of shrubs, ground cover plants as well as climbers.

INFORMATION Neals 01394 382263 To see more pictures of this property visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/property

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Guide Price £745,000


Guide Price £695,000

With magnificent gardens approaching three & a half acres (sts) and a beautiful lake this grade II listed property extends to around 4200 square feet. It offers stunning period features, spacious rooms & views to the extensive rear garden which gently slopes down to the lake which is a wildlife haven. Accommodation comprises: Entrance hallway, drawing room, cellar, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, conservatory, sitting room, study, cloakroom and four bedrooms. Offered with no onward chain. Contact Ipswich Office

Magnificent timber framed barn, beautifully converted, as featured in the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine and House Beautiful. Standing alongside its own flint and brick holiday cottage at the end of a no through road. Comprises: entrance lobby and hall, home office, bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, living room, dining room, inner hallway, family bathroom, utility room, boot room, conservatory and further ground floor bedroom plus a galleried landing enjoying views through the large windows overlooking the gardens.The property also boasts equestrian facilities, south facing gardens and double garage. EPC E. Contact Ipswich Office



Guide Price £1,200,000

This beautiful hidden gem is all about ‘location, location, location’ and is tucked away in the heart of Woodbridge between quaint Glovers Yard and Chapel Street.With enclosed lawned gardens and the benefits of a car port, garage and parking, the property offers convenient living in the heart of town and is beautifully presented comprising reception hall, dual aspect sitting room with fireplace, dining room, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite, guest bedroom, family bathroom, laundry room and two further bedrooms. EPC Exempt. Contact Woodbridge Office

28 Church Street, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1DH T: 01394 446007 E: woodbridge@fineandcountry.com

Guide Price £1,100,000

Just over a mile from Woodbridge, this impressive period home is set in around two acres sts of established gardens.The property is beautifully presented by the interior designer owner and most views from the main house offer delightful garden views. Kitchen opening to breakfast room/conservatory, utility room, three receptions, four bedrooms, master dressing room and two en-suites. The property also benefits from a spacious, recently refitted, contemporary style annexe/holiday let with independent access and doors opening to a decked area leading to the gardens. EPC Rating D. Contact Woodbridge Office

4 Great Colman Street, Ipswich Suffolk IP4 2AD T: 01473 289700 E: ipswich@fineandcountry.com

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Suffolk, based in Ipswich

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



A picturesque farmhouse believed to date from the 1600's retaining many fine original features situated on the outskirts of this small village within a short drive of Woodbridge.

An established cottage occupying a stunning position with views across the valley and the undulating countryside beyond, occupying grounds of approximately 7 acres.

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Four bedrooms Three receptions rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Two bath/shower rooms Many period features Close to Melton railway station Overlooks farmland to front EPC Rating E

Guide Price £565,000


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Three bedrooms Three reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Double garage Further garage & cart lodge Elevated position with stunning countryside views • Gardens & grounds extending to approx. 7 acres • EPC Rating F

Guide Price £625,000

Raydon An attractive Victorian farmhouse situated in a rural location close to Pin Mill, in mature gardens approaching two thirds of an acre. • • • • • This cottage and barns, set in 3.4 acres, offers superb potential for redevelopment and improvement with possible equestrian use.

Guide Price £850,000

• Currently used as boarding kennels • Possible equestrian use • Three bedrooms • Sitting room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room & boot room • Bathroom • 2,762 sq. ft. timber framed barn • EPC Rating F

suffolk@fennwright.co.uk Associated London office: Park Lane, Mayfair: 020 7409 8438

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Victorian farmhouse Four bedrooms Three reception rooms Gardens of approximately 2/3 acre Fruit garden and vegetable garden Paddock available by separate negotiation Possibility to extend (subject to planning) EPC Rating E

Guide Price £625,000


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01394 382263 enquiries@nsf.co.uk www.nsf.co.uk 26 CHURCH STREET WOODBRIDGE SUFFOLK IP12 1DP


This lovely house is approached from Seckford Street and has a southerly outlook over the walled garden. The main house has 2 Reception Rooms, Cloakroom, Kitchen and Cellar with 3 first floor Bedrooms, 1 en-suite and a Bathroom. The Annexe has a Living Room, Kitchen, Shower Room and 2 Bedrooms. Garage. Parking Space. Mature Walled garden. EPC for Annexe Band F. Offers around £795,000



A distinctive village house of unusual character providing Sitting Room, Kitchen-Dining Room, Living Room, Wet Room, 3 Bedrooms and a Bathroom. Enclosed garden at the rear with an area to park two cars behind. EPC Band E Offers around £329,500

An end of terrace Victorian cottage in the heart of the town. The accommodation on three floors comprises 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Cloakroom, 3 Bedrooms and a Bathroom. Enclosed rear garden. On-street Parking. EPC Band E Offers around £269,500

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COUNTRY COTTAGE LIVING Dating back to the 18th Century, Old Mill Cottage has everything you’d want from a country home – exposed timbers an inglenook fireplace a range in the kitchen and lovely views.

Off the kitchen is a playroom to the rear and an inner hall where there is a shower room and utility room. There is also a drawing room, which gives access to the dining room and study.

The property was formerly two cottages but has now been made into one home with versatile accommodation including four reception rooms, one being an impressive sitting room with attractive period features and a log burning stove within the inglenook.

Upstairs there is an impressive master bedroom with an ensuite dressing room and bathroom, together with three further bedrooms and an impressive bathroom.

Next to the sitting room running along the front of the house is a well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room designed by Voller & Dunnett with a range of cream Shaker-style units under a granite worktop and a Britannia range oven.



Old Mill Cottage is approached by a single track lane which in turn leads to the tarmac driveway with entrance via two five bar gates. There is plenty of parking at the property and a detached double garage with twin up/over doors.

The garden (approximately half an acre of garden and beautifully maintained by the current owner) has a lawned area with a rose bed and fruit trees to the south west while the south facing front garden is also lawned with a variety of well stocked flower and shrub beds and established trees. The majority of the garden is situated to the eastern side of the property and again includes lawn interspersed by a variety of mature trees, attractive herbaceous borders, summerhouse and garden shed.

INFORMATION Fenn Wright 01473 358400 To see more pictures of this property visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/property

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Property Auction – Thursday 5th May at 6:30pm Ufford Park Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Melton IP12 1QW. Full Auction Catalogue and individual particulars now available.

Clopton, Nr Ipswich From £20,000

An exciting opportunity to redevelop a Grade II Listed farmhouse requiring complete renovation. Kitchen/dining room, utility room, sitting room, study and downstairs shower room. 3 first floor double bedrooms. Dilapidated range of former agricultural buildings, with great potential for alternative uses, extending to over 10,000 square feet. Grounds, including meadow, of 5.8 acres. Further adjoining land available as separate lots. Ref: 5473

Four areas of picturesque amenity/grass land available in individual Lots: 4.42 acres (1.79 hectares) – an attractive grass field – £40,000; 5.48 acres (2.22 hectares) – 3 extremely pretty grass meadows – £50,000; 3.82 acres (1.55 hectares) – grass meadow with road frontage – £35,000; 2.22 acres (0.90 hectares) – an attractive grass meadow, triangular in shape – £20,000. Ref: C568



Clopton, Nr Ipswich £475,000




A 2/3 bedroom semi-detached cottage requiring renovation and refurbishment, with large gardens including a copse, situated in lovely rural surroundings overlooking farmland. Sitting room, dining room/bedroom 3, study, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room inc WC. 2 first floor bedrooms and bathroom. Gardens of approx 0.58 acres (sts). EPC = F Ref: 5485


Monk Soham, Nr Debenham £225,000

Grade II Listed farmhouse in need of complete refurbishment, comprising living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, cellar, 4 bedrooms, bathroom and attic room. Separate timber framed barn offering potential for residential conversion (subject to the necessary consents). Fenced block of land of approx 6.56 acres (2.65 hectares). Ref: C862D AU C BY TI O N

Bressingham, Nr Diss £275,000

Badingham £140,000

Parham £125,000

A 3 bedroom semi-detached cottage situated in a very attractive rural position on the outskirts of the village. 80' x 40' garden with sheds. Parking. EPC = F Ref: 5472

A semi-detached 2 bedroom period cottage requiring complete renovation, standing in an idyllic position with undulating field views and 90' x 60' garden. EPC = D Ref: 5486

A detached derelict chalet bungalow requiring full renovation, situated in grounds of quarter of an acre in the village of Parham. EPC = G Ref: 5471

Bressingham £100,000

Laxfield £50,000

An opportunity to purchase a substantial clay lump barn extending to approx 92.4m², in grounds of approx 1.14 acres with potential for residential conversion (subject to planning). Ref: C862D

An attractive area of amenity land extending to 4.1 acres (1.66 hectares) lying on the outskirts of the village of Laxfield. Ref: C1352



St Cross South Elmham £40,000 A former church hall extending to approx 775 sq ft on a site of approximately 0.15 acres. Potential for a number of uses, subject to planning. Ref: 5469

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


Ashfield cum Thorpe £165,000

An exciting opportunity to purchase a building plot of over 0.5 acres, with outline planning for a substantial 3 bedroom bungalow with garage, along a quiet lane and overlooking farmland. Ref: 5463 AU C BY TI O N

Martlesham – Plot £185,000

An investment opportunity to acquire 107.32 acres (43.43 hectares) of land, a mix of arable, grassland & woodland, let on an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy. Ref: C1355


Lakenheath £350,000

Brandeston £30,000

Stradbroke £15,000

A most picturesque area of amenity land extending to 2.65 acres (1.07 hectares) on the banks of the River Deben, on the outskirts of Brandeston. Ref: C1354

1.1 acres of amenity land located on the edge of the popular village of Stradbroke. Ref: 5494

T: 01728 724200


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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE First Drive Review by Tim Barnes-Clay tested at Courchevel, France

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Max speed: 121 mph 0 – 62 mph: 10.3 secs Combined mpg: 49.6 Engine layout: 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel Max. power (bhp): 178 CO2: 149 g/km Price: £51,700

importantly, it works really well. Truly, the pinch-to-zoom function is as quick as an iPad’s. The Evoque will seat four-up and, for a soft-top, it has a decent 251-litre boot, too. The other nice thing is that the roof opens and closes quietly and it folds away tidily, instead of stacking-up on the tailgate. You can choose either petrol or diesel, supported by turbo power. This is all hooked up to a slick nine-speed automatic gearbox, and all-wheel drive. The 2.0 oil-burner is the best for economy, managing 49.6mpg. The diesel version does 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, which is 1.3 seconds behind the Coupe, but both do 121mph. The 237bhp petrol is quicker, sprinting from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds. On and off-road, the soft-covered SUV seems just as accomplished as its tintopped sibling – with identical clearances, and a shared 500mm wading depth. Indeed, at the car’s media launch in the French Alps, the Evoque eased up and down – and through - everything requested of it – including snow.

As the spring heralds the season for open-top motoring, the all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible has just been launched. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) takes some getting used to, but it grows on you. As the fifth member of the Range Rover family unit – and the first ever convertible – Land Rover says the fresh model will play a key role in continuing Range Rover’s 45-year success story, pioneering an all-new SUV sector. If industry experts’ predictions about a



20 per cent growth in the global SUV market over the next five years prove correct, then, indeed, the auto maker has nothing but sunshine heading its way. The Evoque Convertible has a fabric roof that can be activated on the move – as long as the car isn’t doing over 30mph.The five-layer rag-top will drop in 18 seconds and it will raise in 21 seconds. Inside, the massive 10.2 inch InControl Touch Pro nav is attractive – and, more

I doubt many people going for a topless Evoque will bother with the off-roading bit – but it is nice to know the car is able to do more than just look good in our more affluent British suburbs. The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is being produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant, alongside the five-door and Coupe body styles, and it has just gone on sale in more than 170 markets worldwide. Prices begin at £47,500, which is £5,200 more than a comparable hardtop Evoque Coupe.

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Ruthie Henshall & Tim Howar in Cabaret St Joseph’s College became a Parisian style café for the evening when Ruthie Henshall and Tim Howar performed an intimate concert to raise funds for the college’s Developing Worlds Project, assisting students – Codie Simpson, Kyra Stone, Daisy Swinbourne, Harry Hawley and Luke Cerely – to run a two week summer school in Kenya. Ruthie Henshall, Dolly Henshall-Howar, Tim Howar

Paula Wyer, Claire Flude,Tarnia Robertson, Jane Smith

Matthew Hubbard, Nick & Jill Apperley, Nick Crocker

Caroline & Julian Pennington, Bridie Horne

Rebecca Dallen, Vicki Fox

Stephen Foster, Maggie Reeder

Codie Simpson, Kyra Stone, Dr Martin Hine, Daisy Swinbourne, Harry Hawley, Luke Cerely

Linda Houseley, Julie Boreham, Louise Goulborn

Jeanette & Paul Dedman, Colwyn & Susan Rowe



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Marshall Hatchick Woodbridge based solicitors Marshall Hatchick recently celebrated their new Aldeburgh office following the merger with Keane and Co. The firm held a spring reception for some 100 guests on a warm sunny evening at Aldeburgh Yacht Club. The Aldeburgh office quickly followed the firm’s acquiring the practice of HT Argent and Son in Saxmundham a year ago. The Marshall Hatchick Partners: Colin Clark, Nicholas Marshall, Luke Cain, Chris Cumberbatch, Jane Walford, James Robbins, Kristian Jones, Richard Keane, Jennifer Humphreys

Lara Balls, Chris Burrell-Saward

Barry Leach, Steph Simpkin, Tim Dansie

Mike Kiff, John Digby



John Herbert, Gavin Wood

Laura Clay-Harris, Jenny King

Barbara Wheeler, Michelle Keane, Samantha Kay

Samantha Lopez, John Wheeler

Georgina Lankester, Sally Wilson

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Nicholas Marshall, Richard Keane, James Robbins

Andrew Wheler, Paul Walkden

Mary Axon, Ben French, Jane Walford

Jonathan Penn, Ollie Johnson

Tracy Allen, Jane King, Paula Lewis, Lauren Cook

Jo & Rob Mabey, Alex Tarry

Peter Cooney, Sally Ogden

Jacqui & Bill Maine,Tim Dansie

Stuart Clarke, Hannah Cooper

Christopher Howard, Robert Hutchison



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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. Awarding these grants depends on charitable donations and is managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation. The 2015-16 awards ceremony took place at the Museum of East Anglian Life hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, and Suffolk Community Foundation’s Development Director, Tim Holder. Nick & Jessie Ridley, Susan Harvey, Derek Osborne, Stephen Harvey

Terry Charles, Paul Knight, James Buckle

Jeannie Wright, Jayne Davey

Tim Holder, Judith Shallow, Lesley Dolphin

Anna & Patrick Chung



James & John Thurlow, Iain Jamie

Heather Tilbury Phillips, Peter & Sarah Wenban

Bernard Tatum, Maria Ford

Barry & Heather Salmon

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Ipswich Mayor’s Ball Held at the Town Hall & Corn Exchange the annual ball is a great opportunity to raise the profile of, and funds for, chosen charities. Mayor of Ipswich Councillor Glen Chisholm has “equality and respect for others” as his theme for the year and is supporting Suffolk Mind and The Sunrise Appeal.

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Glenn Chisholm (Mayor of Ipswich), Hayley Reilly

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MAY 2016

Jason Gathorne-Hardy is an artist and Director of the Alde Valley Spring Festival. He tells us about his life in Suffolk

My Suffolk

What’s special about Suffolk? I don’t know where to start; there are so many aspects of the county that are exceptional. One is its landscape including everything from ancient woodlands to coastal heaths. Our wildlife is also incredibly varied and that’s down the soil diversity in the county – most counties have only one or two soil types but we have a huge variety. This also means we can grow a wide variety of foods too, roots and soft fruit and vegetables through to grains. I also love the diversity of the people and of course its rural primary schools are really exceptional. Is there anywhere you like to eat out or have a pint? I love The Crown in Great Glemham, the White Horse in Rendham and the White Horse in Sweffling – my three local pubs. The Ship at Blaxhall is also the place to go for music. If I go out to dine I like the Riverside at Woodbridge and Mariners Restaurant in Ipswich. Adnams, Greene King or Aspall’s? That’s a cruel choice. It depends on the weather – in the Spring I love a glass of Aspalls but if it’s later in the year I’d go for Adnams because it’s local. If I go further afield then it might be Greene King. Do you have any hobbies? I love to walk and I like playing and composing songs, which I rarely sing. At the moment I am learning to play the tin whistle.

What was it like growing up in Suffolk? I was born abroad in Malaysia but I grew up in Suffolk in our home in Great Glemham and it was a joy. We lived in the family farm and had the grounds to roam around and the woods to explore – it was a quite a free childhood. My schooling was at Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham and I used to catch the bus everyday with my sister Flora and brother Argus with other children from the village. Then I went to Woodbridge School and I much enjoyed it. What led you to become an artist and Director of the Alde Valley Spring Festival? I studied the sciences at school, did Zoology at Oxford and was doing a post graduate degree in Conservation Science when I realised that my heart was much more drawn to the arts. So I came home and took up woodcarving and drawing – a number of my family members have been artists and I took great inspiration from them. Then I started working along the rivers and estuaries using earth pigments as paint. The festival really started in 2003 with an exhibition of Tessa Newcombe’s work in a cottage in Great Glemham. Then the following year I started doing various food events in the Alde Valley and a result there was a series of programmes on BBC Radio Suffolk. Every year from then we then had an Easter exhibition at White House Farm and it has just grown from there to a month long event that spans April and May.



Where do you walk? At home around the Upper Alde Valley but I also like walking south of Aldeburgh at Slaughden, at Butley and Shingle Street. Very occasionally I go to Covehithe – I think it’s the ‘Wild West’ of Suffolk. Where would you take people on a tour of Suffolk? I would mix it up a bit and take them to some of the local market towns like Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Orford because they span the history of the county. We would also go on walk through Staverton Thicks near Butley a woodland with 4,000 ancient oak trees. Then we would probably have a pint in the pub. Somewhere on the tour we would also go on a visit to Campsea Ashe market because it gives a glimpse of ‘Old Suffolk’ with its livestock market. It’s the only surviving market of its kind in Suffolk and I often take people there. It’s also got some lovely tearooms there, which do great sausage rolls and milky coffee, which I recommend. If you could have one picture that illustrates Suffolk what would it be? It would probably be a photograph in the early light and mist of some of our ancient woodlands. If it was a painting it would be one of Maggi Hambling’s Sea paintings or one of Harry Becker’s landscapes.

The Alde Valley Spring Festival runs from April 23 – May 22. Further details can be found at www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

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Essential Suffolk May 2016  

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

Essential Suffolk May 2016  

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