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Essential SUFFOLK

COUNTY OF CULTURE Festival Season in Suffolk


Celebrating all that makes our county great

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Welcome From ‘day one’, our regular My Suffolk interview has asked a wide variety of people about what makes the county special. Invariably subjects will mention our incredibly big skies and the landscape – grasping to find sufficient words to convey the majesty and brilliance of our county. But this month poet and co-founder of the Inside Out charity, Peter Watkins, really hit the nail on the head with these words, “Suffolk it is a ‘thin place’, where the veil between the material landscape and the divine is easily stepped through. The big skies, the luminous coast, the solitude of the heaths and marsh have something to do with it.” So maybe it’s not surprising that the sky has influenced various elements of this edition. Explorer and artist Alistair Carr, a former trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, for instance has a new exhibition based on pre-sunrise skies along the coast. Among the myriad of festivals and events running across May and June there’s also the First Light Festival on the beach in Lowestoft, the most easterly point in the UK. The 24-hour event inspired by the designer and visionary Wayne Hemmingway celebrates the summer solstice with music, dance, culture, science, history and even a 5k run, and has attracted participation by no less than film maker Danny Boyle and Radio Presenter Simon Mayo, so is a very welcome addition to Suffolk’s summer. Your May & June edition is also packed with a great deal of interesting reading; about the Suffolk Show, Gardening, Fashion, Homes & Interiors, Food & Drink and of course some amazing properties – just in case you are thinking about moving somewhere new.

10 Festivals Celebrating Suffolk’s culture

17 Suffolk in Brief News from around the county

19 What’s On Where to go and what to see in Suffolk during May & June

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33 Suffolk Show The county’s ultimate celebration

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Food & Drink

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Highlight’s from Suffolk’s social calendar

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89 My Suffolk Peter Watkins; poet and founder of Inside Out Community



MAY & JUNE 2019

Spring and early summer in Suffolk are going to be literally packed with dance, music, art, books and more culture than you could possibly imagine. Essential Suffolk rounds up the season’s festivals

Festivals, Festivals! May 3 – 6

The Spirit of Beowulf Festival Woodbridge Last year the first Beowulf Festival was such a huge success that the people of Woodbridge clamoured for a repeat performance. Beowulf's journey will take longer than expected – the main Beowulf Festival will return in 2020 – but The Spirit of Beowulf will be alive and well over the early Spring Bank Holiday weekend with fundraising events in the town and on the banks of the beautiful River Deben.

May 11 – June 2

Suffolk Walking Festival Now in its 12th year, the Suffolk Walking Festival has established itself as one of Britain’s premier walking festivals with over 120 walks and events across the county. Last year all walkers collectively walked 24 million steps over 23 days across Suffolk! The 2019 festival is going to be the most creative, imaginative and ambitious one to date. It will take in a dawn chorus, hidden orchids, Arthur Ransome to John Constable, and from Anglo-Saxons to naval heritage, there’s even murder, myths and a little bit of magic. On the Saturday there will be something for everyone at Whisstocks and the TideMill Quay; an array of bespoke food and drink coordinated by Charlotte Murray and the Tide Mill. There will be Music from Merlyn’s Open Mic and the ‘Journeys’ song and poetry competition on the Marie Boat Stage. In the Long Shed there will be art and sculpture installations and Charles Mugleston will tell the story of Edward FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyham.

The festival has something for everyone: short strolls, gentle rambles or long hikes. There are family walks, history walks, nature walks, story-telling, art lessons, photography courses, walks with boat trips, walks with breakfasts, walks with train rides. Some of the highlights include a guided walk around the Anglo Saxon Village at West Stow, ‘Mindfulness in Nature’ walks – including a guided walk with readings at Sutton Hoo and ‘A walk with Kite’; the Orford Ness sheepdog – her shepherd owner will explain how they manage the reserve for wildlife.

Plus craft demonstrations, market stalls, the Woodbridge ‘Memory Bike’ and The Tide Mill Living Museum is offering free entrance. New arrivals, Wooden Roots, are providing drum workshops and performances all day in their tent while artist Susie Hammond will have some of her new dragon art.

Plus a five-day Challenge Walk covering over 80 miles along the East Suffolk Lines from Lowestoft to Ipswich. All walks are ticketed, and all tickets must be purchased in advance.

INFORMATION www.beowulffestival.co.uk

INFORMATION www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk




May 16 – 26

Bury St Edmunds Festival

The highly popular Bury St Edmunds Festival is in its 34th year and will bring a world class celebration of culture and entertainment. Featuring 11 days packed with over 50 events across 13 venues, the Festival will take in some great music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent. The fantastic line-up includes classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, Rick Wakeman and Clare Teal, making return visits; Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; Quintet-a-Tete jazz band, the Puppini Sisters and Chineke! The programme also includes guided walks, exhibitions and an array of family events. Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, the Theatre Royal, Britain’s last working Regency playhouse, will be home to several key events. Other venues include The Apex, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Abbey Gardens as well as Moyse’s Hall Museum and The Guildhall. This year’s Bury Festival presents a wide variety of music genres with something for most tastes from classical favourites and easy listening to blues, jazz and folk plus ceilidh, a brass band, Latin American sounds and an early music trio. Similarly, vocal artists range from close harmony and a cappella to a Judy Garland tribute, and concerts by the Cathedral Choir.

The comedy acts are sure to put a smile on your face. Join Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife ‘Barbara Nice’ for an evening of proper good fun, while comedian and author James Campbell will present a stand-up comedy show for children aged six upwards, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Then there’s Dr John Cooper Clarke who brings a mix of classic poetry with hilarious ponderings on modern life and good honest gags. Dance enthusiasts can enjoy two very contrasting evenings from high energy ceilidh to classical ballet. Combine all this with guided walks, street theatre, art and photographic exhibitions and the screening of Oscar Wilde plays recorded live from London’s Vaudeville Theatre and you have a festival so crammed with goodies that it’s a day longer than usual to fit in everything. A photographic exhibition by Anita Corbin will be on display in The Apex Gallery, while a second exhibition at The Guildhall over the Festival’s final weekend celebrates the 20th anniversary of Artworks; a co-operative of 30 East Anglian artists working across a range of disciplines from paintings to ceramics and glass sculpture.

INFORMATION www.buryfestival.co.uk

May 25

Beccles Food & Drink Festival St Michael’s Church & The Public Hall, Beccles. 10am to 4pm For five years the popular Beccles Food & Drink Festival has been tantalising our taste buds. The free event will showcase over 70 food and drink stalls, many of them local artisan producers, as well as those from further afield. New traders to feature include those making artisan Scotch eggs, Greek Cypriot skewers, Suffolk gin and vodka, and bacon relish, mayonnaise and mustard. The Festival will include cookery demonstrations and talks, street food, music and children’s entertainment. There’s a free Park & Ride shuttle service throughout the event from Beccles Quay, where additional parking will be available.

A new feature for 2019 is a series of Fringe events held at venues in the town and within a 15 mile radius. Running from May 18 until June 2 there are a variety of events from Thai, Vegan, Japanese and Sushi nights to Suffolk and cheese themed menus, a chocolate experience, fizzy wine and canapes, a lamb themed Farmers Market, sausage making workshop and a farm tour.

INFORMATION www.becclesfoodfestival.co.uk



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June 7 – 23

Aldeburgh Festival Snape Maltings One of the big features of June in Suffolk is the Aldeburgh Festival which this year features more than 60 events in the main programme over 17 packed days. The line-up features artists and ensembles including Thomas Larcher, Barbara Hannigan, Mark Padmore, Stephen Hough, Roderick Williams, Ryan Wigglesworth, Antonio Pappano, Alisa Weilerstein, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Elizabeth Kenny, Paul Lewis, Vox Luminis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae and many more. For the first time this year the festival is offering guided Listening Walks, providing a meeting point for wildlife lovers and concert-goers, and inviting participants to focus on their listening as they walk along the River Alde. There will be three Artists in Residence each curating parts of the festival: Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan, and English tenor Mark Padmore. Larcher’s opera The Hunting Gun, based on a best-selling Japanese novella and exploring themes of memory, life choices and the sources of inspiration, receives its UK premiere and opens the festival while his music is performed in many concerts across the festival. There will be a tribute to Oliver Knussen (1952 – 2018) as this year marks 50 years since he was commissioned by Britten for the Aldeburgh Festival, aged just 17. His work is performed in many events including in debut performances of a new ensemble – the Knussen Chamber Orchestra.

The contemporary and experimental programme this year includes Drive-by Shooting, a short video and sound installation blending opera, street art and animation. It appears as a stencil style animation on outdoor walls with sound transmitted to listeners wearing wireless headphones. This year’s exhibitions include Halfboy, a series of paintings reconstructed from photographs and personal memories by Suffolk based artist Stuart Pearson Wright. The paintings will be shown in one of Snape Maltings’ derelict buildings. John Keane’s exhibition; ‘If you knew me, If you knew yourself, You would not kill me’ shows powerful paintings which mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and The Arca Project, shown in the Pond Gallery (7 – 23 June), is inspired by the work of W.G. Sebald and shows the response of 17 artists and writers to a single image. INFORMATION The festival offers £10 tickets for every performance. Under 30s can access half-price tickets for most events in the festival. snapemaltings.co.uk

June 21 – 23

Ipswich Jazz Festival A stunning line-up of jazz music has been announced for the fourth Ipswich Jazz Festival and thanks to funding by Ipswich Borough Council, Arts Council England and Attwells Solicitors, some events are free. With most events taking place at St Peter’s by the Waterfront Arts Centre the event will kick off with a party – the Brass Funkeys bring their lively mix of funk, gypsy jazz and marching music. Next day sees a free family jazz show by singer Becki Biggins for primary school age children and their families and a performance by Cliff Lane Primary School’s orchestra. On the Saturday evening, the club-style Stars at St Peter’s features Suffolk’s international singer Polly Gibbons, top saxophonist Alan Barnes and young-up-and coming jazz violinist Ben Holder along with acclaimed trumpet player Neil Yates, ably supported by the local Chris Ingham Trio.

On Sunday 23 at 2pm, there’s a free Brazilian jazz concert by Samba Azul at St Peter’s followed by an evening gig by dark jazz trio Mammal Hands who have been hard at work touring internationally. There are also free jazz gigs at local pubs on the Sunday afternoon; Andi Hopgood and Jim Watson at the Arbor House, High Street, nu-jazz guitar band Bigger Than Home at The Grand Old Duke of York on Woodbridge Road and the lively Red Ruby and the Bakelites at the Halberd Inn, Northgate Street. Throughout the weekend, there are music workshops for instrument players and singers, a black and white music photography workshop, a music course for young people at Northgate Arts Centre on the theme of Miles Davis’ ground breaking album Kind of Blue as well as a lecture at Ipswich Institute. Ipswich Film Theatre will show Cold War, a film about jazz and love in the Soviet era and there are jazz themed art exhibitions at Subterranean Arts and Ipswich Town Hall. INFORMATION www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk



MAY & JUNE 2019

June 22 and 23

June 22 and 23

First Light Festival

Nearly Festival

South Beach, Lowestoft

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

A brand new, free, non-stop 24 hour long, multi-arts festival that celebrates the first light of midsummer’s weekend at Britain’s most easterly point. The festival is the brainchild of a team with extensive experience in creating and delivering exceptional events, including the acclaimed designer and urban regeneration specialist Wayne Hemingway.

Born too late to see The Beatles? Couldn’t get tickets for Ed Sheeran’s Suffolk gigs? Here’s the next best thing. Nearly Festival has grown into two days of top tribute acts. “Our motto is ‘see nearly the real thing at nowhere near the real price’,” said organiser Danny Banthorpe.

Events will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars and will be a fantastic addition to the 2019 Suffolk Day celebrations. Programme highlights include: Academy award-winning director Danny Boyle, who will introduce the beach screening of his sci-fi epic ‘Sunrise’. Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music presenter and international club DJ, who will bring the best worldwide vibes to the beach for a sundown session, plus a host of DJs that will keep the party going around the clock. Radio presenter and author Simon Mayo will talk about the importance of the spirit of a place in his writing.

Bury St Edmunds welcomes Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Abba, Take That, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Pink, the Spice Girls, Nile Rodgers’ Chic, Stereophonics, Taylor Swift and Brit-Pop. Plus there’s the Beatles act Made In Liverpool.

There will be a late-night silent disco on the beach with a special soul set from Wayne Hemingway and a magical new dance work by Rosemary Lee with 24 dancers aged 8 to 80 performing on the hour every hour in the sand dunes.

The weekend is family focused, with plenty to keep children entertained all day between acts. The dedicated kids’ zone includes free fun; from bouncy castles to giant dance mat games. And there’s the street food market, which caters for all tastes.

INFORMATION www.firstslightfestival.com

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Southwold Arts Festival

Felixstowe Book Festival Over sixty invited authors, and hundreds of book lovers, will arrive in Suffolk in June, for the annual Felixstowe Book Festival. The programme will offer audiences the chance to meet some of their favourite authors, hear them speak about their latest book but also discover new writers. This summer novelists as diverse as James Runcie, Liz Trenow, and Jonathon Coe will be in Felixstowe and there are opportunities to hear a whole range of writers speak about biographies, thrillers, nature writing, politics, crime fiction, history, travel and much more.

Southwold Arts Festival has now become an established part of the town’s cultural year. Once again it has retained an eclectic programme designed to appeal to all ages and tastes, local residents and visitors. Ed Balls, the only Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer to dance Gangnam Style, will take to the stage on the opening evening. Later in the week Lucy Worsley, who loves Southwold audiences so much she asked to return – will be talking about her latest book. Plus there’s a wide range of talks including an exploration of the Dead Sea Scrolls, artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, the mysteries of Sutton Hoo, storm chasing fierce tornadoes and how it feels to be on the run from the FBI.

“We have a very exciting mix of writers this year,” said Meg Reid, the festival founder. “We have some of the country’s finest authors coming, including Polly Clark, Lucy Hughes and Emma Healey. Emma wrote the popular Elizabeth Is Missing and is coming to talk about her latest book. “I invited Rupert Thompson after hearing him speak at the Edinburgh Festival and Esther Freud will be in conversation with her half-sister, Annie. We have some great crime writers attending too. Although the Felixstowe Book Festival is based at the Orwell Hotel, and the Children’s Book Festival is at the library, there will be events popping up all over the town,” explained Meg. “We are again having writing workshops in a shipping container, as people like stepping inside and the emotions it creates. We are having a session on the beach using wooden puppets, like a modern Punch and Judy, and we will also be in Landguard Fort and in the seafront gardens. There will be lots going on.”

If you enjoy flower arranging you will be thrilled to see a demonstration by Jonathan Mosely. He creates stunning installations for RHS shows, is an Ambassador for British Flowers and the Floral judge from BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge. James Hurn is back with his popular one-man celebration of radio comedy classic Hancock’s Half Hour. He includes one lost episode and two new episodes, with James voicing the entire cast. This year there are two opportunities to experience opera. On Sunday evening there’s an Opera Gala with a community twist where opera singers Robert Gildon, and Lynsey Doherty will perform with the support of a community choir. On Saturday 29, Snappy Operas will be staging short operas with children from Southwold Primary, Reydon Primary and Saint Felix Prep Schools. As usual there’s music; young musicians appearing at lunchtime concerts, Mark Flanagan, Jools Holland’s guitarist, will be appearing with his trio; The Roy Orbison Story will be told midweek; followed by Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys and finally there’s the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band. The Festival will start with a street party on June 22. This year’s theme is Fantastic Creatures. The parade is open to all; dress up as a dragon, unicorn or any other weird creature – join the parade at 11.45 at the police station, you may win a prize for the best costume!

INFORMATION www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

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SUFFOLK in brief Good news stories from around the county Ipswich based charity The Ipswich Deaf Society celebrated as its coffee bar for the Deaf and general community was officially opened by The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley. The charity which has recently undergone a change in its board of trustees, exists to promote independence and supports Deaf and hard of hearing people to participate actively in society. The coffee bar is located in the charity's head office in Suffolk House in Wharfedale Road in Ipswich. Currently open on Wednesday mornings the coffee bar is run by members of the board of trustees who are either deaf themselves or are hearing but are competent BSL (British Sign Language) signers.

Woodbridge firm, Curzon Marketing, has confirmed that it is proudly sponsoring the forthcoming 'In the Stars' Charity Ball, to be held on Saturday 26th October 2019 at The Hanger, Kesgrave Hall, Milsoms. The Ball is being organised by Suffolk residents, Daniel and Danielle Tucker, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in memory of their late daughter Eva who passed away there at six and a half months old, after battling an incurable and exceptionally rare kidney condition. Read more about Eva's story at www.inthestarsball.co.uk/evas-story-1

Following a highly successful Tractor Run event organised by Suffolk Young Farmers, to raise money for The YANA Project, a presentational evening was hosted by Kingfishers of Cretingham to recognise the efforts of the Young Farmers involved. Owner of Kingfishers, Claire Thacker, was pleased to support the event, highlighting the importance of engaging with the local agricultural and rural community. Richard Branch, a member of Debenham Young Farmers and County Social Secretary, who was instrumental in organising the Tractor Run event, endorsed the view that involvement with The YANA Project had “given me a better insight into issues related to identifying stress and depression, and had gained the confidence to signpost those needing support to other services”.

A new earwax removal clinic is being launched in Felixstowe. Award winning, family run company, The Hearing Care Centre, which already runs an established hearing clinic at Grove Medical Centre in Felixstowe, is now expanding its services by organising a regular clinic dedicated to the removal of earwax. Lead Clinical Ear Care Practitioner, Melvyn Howe said, “There is a real demand for a private earwax removal service in this area. Our specialist team, all certified healthcare professionals, allow sufficient time with each patient to remove wax in a safe and gentle way. They also provide a video image of the ear canal before and after the treatment.” For more information call Freephone 0800 096 2637.

Staff at Hopkins Homes relish a challenge and have recently used their skills for a spot of gardening when they volunteered to help Access Community Trust (ACT) clear the garden at its new premises in Saxmundham. Ten staff from the award-winning housebuilder undertook several tasks at what will become ACT’s new Community Engagement Hub and café; including clearing brambles and roots, pruning shrubs and overgrown trees and a great deal of weeding! Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Homes Charitable Fund, said: “At Hopkins Homes we are committed to supporting our local communities, that is why we like to offer hands-on help to charities in addition to our regular financial donations.”

Woodbridge now has a new defibrillator (a PAD) available for public access 24 hours a day at the north end of the town. Thanks go to the members of Woodbridge Methodist Church for their fundraising efforts, including a concert by Woodbridge Orchestral Society, and also to the Woodbridge Town Pastors for their generous donation. It has been situated on the wall of the Methodist Church car, easily accessible from the end of the Thoroughfare and the houses around the church. It has been registered with the East of England Ambulance Service and joins the other seven defibrillators around the town, including two at Co-Op stores and one each at Woodbridge School, the Evangelical Church, St Mary’s Church Centre, the Cruising Club and the Riverside Theatre.

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Suffolk is to have its own medal and recipients can be nominated by any resident. The public are being asked to get involved to ensure that The Suffolk Medal is the most prestigious award that the whole County can bestow upon one of its own. Nominations will be considered by a team formed of Suffolk leaders. An idea of the High Sheriff, George Vestey, the first silver medals have been designed by Suffolk-born, world-famous artist, Maggi Hambling, who was pleased to be asked to get involved. “The purpose of the Suffolk Medal is to recognise, reward and champion the exceptional contributions of Suffolk people that have made a fundamental, measurable and lasting difference to the lives of people in our county and absolutely key to its success is that everyone in Suffolk is invited to play their part in putting names forward” George Vestey explained. Nominations can be made directly online by any Suffolk resident via www.thesuffolkmedal.org.uk

A leading law firm has announced a ground-breaking move that will see its practice becoming female-led for the first time in its 113 year history. From next month, the Ipswich-based firm Prettys will have five women partners after promotions for two key members of the team and a further external appointment. Prettys currently has three male partners. The pioneering move comes as the legal profession celebrates 100 years since women were first allowed to practise law. The breakthrough at Prettys comes as a result of the talent and dedication of their female lawyers helped by the firm’s commitment to more flexible working for all staff, said CEO Ian Carr, 62.

A brand new event is coming to Suffolk this June as the makers of the Whole Hog and Boss Hog launch the Piglet, Junior Hog. The race will be an entry-level version of the popular obstacle courses and mud runs that have been part of the Suffolk calendar for over 10 years. It will be aimed at those who want to take part with their children or just those who would like to run a shorter route, and benefit East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The event will take place on Sunday, 9 June at Wantisden Hall near Woodbridge. There is a course for children aged eight to 11 to take part, provided each is accompanied by a participating adult and a second course over four kilometres and featuring at least 20 obstacles will be open to anyone aged 12 and over. Tickets range in price from £12.50 to £17.50. Everyone will receive a medal at the end. For more information and to book tickets visit www.each.org.uk/piglet. More news can always be found at www.essentialsuffolk.com/content



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What’s On MAY 3

MAY 4 – 6


Ipswich School Spring Concert Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7pm

Craft Fair Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, 2pm to 4pm

Celebrating the wide variety of music-making at Ipswich School. Tickets: £4 – £12 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

All goods are handmade in this country by an invited selection of the finest East Anglian craft producers. Entry: Free aldeburghjubileehall.co.uk

Hair & Holiday: Cheese & Wine Fundraising Event Michael Richards Hairdressing, 95 Penshurst Road, Ipswich. 5pm to 7pm

Make Do and Friends Lavenham Village Hall, 1.30pm


A Little Bit of Light is an emotionally powerful interactive dance performance designed for people living with dementia and their families. It combines music, dance and puppetry as well as moments where the audience can join in. Entry: Free but ticketed Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk An Honest Gentleman Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich Norfolk-based theatre company, Stuff of Dreams, will be visiting venues across the Eastern region this Spring with their latest touring production. An Honest Gentleman, written by Cordelia Spence and Tim lane, is a lively musical play telling the story of Aylsham-born highwayman, Thomas Easter. Box Office: 01473 433100

MAY 4 Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

MAY 4 AND 5 Prometheus Orchestra concerts St Johns Church Felixstowe / Orford Church Edmond Fivet conductor, Anna Noakes flute. The main event is Mendelssohn’s exuberant Italian Symphony bursting with sunshine, warmth and colour, heralding the summer to come. Before the interval one famous piece, the monumental Vaughan-Williams Thomas Tallis Fantasia and the lesser known and beautiful Damase Flute Concerto. Entry: £15 / £18 Box Office: Felixstowe 01394 548010 & 01394 670633, Orford 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Beccles Antiques Street Market Beccles Town Centre The market plays host to 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. Entry: Free www.facebook.com/antiquesmarketbeccles

MAY 6 Michael Ball: Coming Home to You Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm Multi-platinum recording artist, double Olivier Award winner and national treasure Michael Ball tours supporting his new studio album Coming Home To You. Tickets: £43 Box Office: 01473 433100 Mendlesham Craft Show & Street Fayre Mendlesham Community Centre and Old Market Street, 10.30 – 5pm Held in conjunction with the annual street fayre. 25 art & craft stalls displaying their original handcrafted items. Entry: £3 (under 16s free) Contact: 01449 766006

MAY 7 Wet Wet Wet Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm One of the most successful bands in British pop history with an amazing back catalogue of songs including Help From My Friends, Goodnight Girl and Love Is All Around. Tickets: £26 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Michael Richards Hairdressing know just how important fabulous hair is on your holidays which is why they are teaming up with TravelQuest for this exclusive evening. Cheese & Wine, top hair care tips and easy to manage styles for you to recreate. Money off vouchers and raffle. All proceeds in aid of The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust. Entry: £5 Contact: 01473 723814 www.michaelrichards.biz

MAY 10 Beccles Choral Society: Verdi Requiem Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm Four international soloists, the massed voices of three Suffolk choirs and a large orchestra ensure that this will be an evening of compelling, dramatic and exciting music. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk Rite of Spring Jerwood Dance House, Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm Using the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, Seeta Patel takes on the challenge of reimagining Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring for an international cast. Tickets: £17.50 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

MAY 11 Farmers Markets Halesworth Produce Market, The Old Print Works 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

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Verdi Requiem Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm Beccles Choral Society, Gippeswyk Singers and Phoenix Singers are joining together to present Verdi’s glorious choral masterpiece. Entry: £15 – £25 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.beccleschoralsociety.co.uk Downland’s Denmark St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, 7pm Music from the court of Christian IV (1588-1648). Refreshments available. Tickets: £14 (School-age students free) Box Office: eastanglianacademy@gmail.com (and on the door) www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk Saxjazz – The Swing Machine Big Band Saxmundham Market Hall Come early and practise or learn the dance moves to Swing music before the action starts. Listen and dance to the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton and others Entry: £10 Contact: rosiehhoare@gmail.com / 01728 602468 www.saxmarkethall.co.uk



MAY 17 Spring Serenade St Mary’s Church Farnham, 7pm Raising money for St Mary’s Church Farnham and Lighthouse Women’s Aid the programme will include Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, soloist Roger Garland, and Morley’s ‘Now is the month of Maying’ from the Aviary Choir. Tickets: £15 (includes fizz and canapés) Box Office: 01728 602679 farnhamwithstratfordstandrew.onesuffolk.net

MAY 18 A Night With The Choir St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, 7.30 pm Includes the world premiere of ‘Sonata for cello and piano’ composed by locally based composer Jonathan Rutherford, Edward Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ arranged for choir and piano, and a choral medley from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’. Works by John Tavener, Gabriel Fauré and the 16th century Cistercian monk Jacob Handl, complete the programme. Tickets: £18 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburghmusic.club

Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12 noon Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm Wolsey Orchestra – May Concert Ipswich Corn Exchange Join the Wolsey Orchestra (conducted by Andrew Morley) and local pianist and concerto Finalist in the 2008 BBC Young Musicians Competition, Erdem Misirlioglu, for an evening of nineteenth century romantic music. Entry: Adults £15 (children / full-time students £3) Box Office: 01473 433100 www.wolseyorchestra.org

MAY 19 Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Bury St Edmunds, 4pm Suffolk’s fully professional Philharmonic Orchestra returns with a programme of grandeur and reflection. Tickets: £19 – £39 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


Suffolk Sunrise Cycle Sportive Framlingham College, from 6.30am

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MAY 22 – 25 Wyrd Sisters Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Setting off with over 900 riders on this popular charity sportive you will soon be exploring the quiet country lanes of Suffolk. Entry: £26 – £38 Contact: 07594 970028 www.action.org.uk/suffolk-sunrise-100

Terry Pratchett’s most famous characters are brought to life by the Deben Players in this hilarious adventure. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 0333 666 3366 www.seckfordtheatre.org

MAY 20 – 25 MAY 24

Little Miss Sunshine New Wolsey Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award winners James Lapine and William Finn. This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences. Tickets: £28 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The Apex, 7.30pm

Dr John Cooper Clarke Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Poet; movie star; rock star; TV & radio presenter; comedian; social commentator; JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence on today’s pop culture is just as visible. Tickets: £28.50 – £24.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra is the royalty of the ukulele scene; the independent rock-stars of the ‘bonsai guitar’, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter. Tickets: £27 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


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Farmers Markets Snape 9.30 am Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Grand Book, Bric-A-Brac & Clothes Sale St Peter’s Church, Sibton

Framlingham Gala Fest Framlingham Castle Meadow, from noon

Books, good quality second hand bric-a-brac and clothes, plants, gardening materials, records, DVDs & CDs. Refreshments and cream teas all day. Ample car parking. Entry: Free Contact: lgacampbell@yahoo.co.uk

Entertainment and acts to watch throughout the afternoon including live music until 8pm; have-a-go archery, side stall games, and traditional races. Face painting, games plus magic by Magic Olly. Fun fair, refreshments including paella, BBQ, ice cream, doughnuts and bar. Entry: Free Contact: tjs1955@hotmail.co.uk www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

A Night’s Game / Alleyne Dance Jerwood Dance House, Dance East, Ipswich, 8.30pm Double bill: A night of celebrating female choreographers and performers. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk Framlingham Gala Fest Live Music Night Framlingham Sports Club, Framlingham. 1pm – 11pm An afternoon and evening of live rock, pop and country classics. Refreshments available plus stalls with entertainment for tchildren. Entry: Free until 5pm. After 5pm £5 adults (under 16s free). Contact: tjs1955@hotmail.co.uk www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

MAY 25 – JUNE 9 Suffolk Art Society Exhibition St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Lavenham All the paintings on display are for sale showcasing a huge variety of styles and subject matter. Entry: Free Information: 07890 210361 Clarepowell9@btinternet.com www.suffolkartsociety

MAY 26 Farmers Markets Lavenham Village Hall 10am – 1.30pm

MAY 30 – JUNE 8 PULSE Festival Ipswich PULSE is an actively curated festival providing an environment in which participating artists can develop, grow and connect within their chosen fields and benefit from the strong networks associated with the New Wolsey Theatre, China Plate, and their place within the industry. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport 9 am – 1pm Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Great British Icons Portraiture Exhibition Carousel Gallery, 30 Bridge St, Framingham

Dragon Boat Race Ipswich Waterfront, from 10am The Dragon Boats are returning to Ipswich Waterfront – so come and join the fun. With over 28 local teams of ten paddlers and one drummer competing in races to win the trophy. Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk www.fsnb.org.uk/events/ dragon-boat-race-2019/


A Life Of Love And Joy St Michael’s Church Framlingham, 3pm

Michelle Deyna-Hayward will be unveiling her portrait of Ed Sheeran, plus paintings of Joan Collins, Jarvis Cocker, Rowan Atkinson, George Michael and Vivienne Westwood. Entry: Free Contact: 07591237207 www.michelledeyna-hayward.com


JUNE 8 Farmers Markets Halesworth Produce Market, The Old Print Works 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm Pasadena Roof Orchestra Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Foxfest Suffolk Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich 10am – 4pm Live music, bouncy castles, go karts, Punch & Judy and much more along with all the stunning trucks on display. Entry: Adults £2.50, children under 16 free Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk

Voice Trio is a female a cappella trio formed in 2006 featuring Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn. Refreshments available. Entry: £14 (school-age students free) www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk


An impressive programme of music including works by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, plus some classic tunes from Louis Armstrong, and sumptuous arrangements from the likes of Duke Ellington. Tickets: £23.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Thomas Larcher and Friends Britten Studio, 2.30pm An intimate recital by two of this year’s Artists in Residence. Tickets: £20 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk






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JUNE 15 Charlie Chaplin Shorts Aldeburgh Cinema, 3pm Short silent films featuring Charlie Chaplin: Easy Street (24’), The Immigrant (24’) and The Adventurer (23’) with live scores improvised by pianist Neil Brand. Tickets: £18 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

JUNE 13 The Sea, The Sea Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm This evening of words and music takes the sea as its starting point. Tickets: £30 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk An Evening with Paul Gascoigne and Vinnie Jones Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 8pm Reunited in Ipswich the massive sports personalities recall stories from Club times, International experiences and on and off the park antics. Tickets: £33 Box Office: 01473 433100

Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12 noon Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm


BBC Symphony Orchestra Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm Could there be two more arresting openings in all music than the restless rapture of Wagner’s operatic lovers and the ominous growls that herald Stravinsky’s century-old ballet score to a Russian folk-tale? Tickets: £38 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk Splat Quack Go Hollesley, 9.30am – 4pm Home to the infamous ‘Black Ditch’ boggy swampy streams, where you will be caked in mud. The course is set out in a 6km loop. All runners will receive a goody bag, T-Shirt and medal. Entry: £30.05 – £42.70 Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk www.fsnb.org.uk/events/splat-quack-go-2/

The Saints Street Market St Peters Street, Ipswich, 10am – 4pm Great array of local craft and artisan stalls, including street food, gin and beer, and a Pimms tent. www.thesaintsipswich.com

JUNE 21 The Brass Funkeys St Peters by The Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm An eight-piece London-based Brass Band that draws on the traditions of New Orleans. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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Farmers Markets Lavenham Village Hall 10am – 1.30pm

Farmers Markets Snape 9.30 am Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Sense and Sensibility Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Ipswich 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids Race For Life Trinity Park, 10am

This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak. Tickets: £11 Box Office: 01473 433100

Bring the whole family together to walk, jog or run 5K or 10K to raise valuable funds for life-saving cancer research. Entry: From £10 Contact: abbey.harnwell@cancer.org.uk raceforlife.org.uk

JUNE 22 AND 23 Flowton In Flower 2019 Flowton, IP8 4LG As well as a range of very different gardens to visit, there will be some exciting displays and other events to keep the whole family happy. Entry: £5 adults; under 16s free. Contact: 01473 658241 www.flowtonopengardens.co.uk



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Mammal Hands St Peters by The Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm A refreshingly original sound from a disparate array of influences. Drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

My Spirit Sang All Day Henley Community Centre, 3pm

The Two Rivers Book Festival New Cut Halesworth

A fundraising concert in aid of Ipswich Hospital Critical Care Outreach Service with performances by local musicians. Entry: £10 Contact: 01473 280918 / teresa.booth7@btinternet.com

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ART FOR CURE Somerleyton Hall June 14 -16 Art For Cure is a unique arts charity, raising significant funds for breast cancer care and leading-edge research through its sales of fine art, sculpture and photography. The charity’s latest exhibition, in June, features new work by the brilliant and hugely talented Suffolk painter Jelly Green at Somerleyton Hall, the home of Hugh and Lara Crossley and their young family.

THE TIDE JETTY BY TONY RAMSAY Sir John Mills Theatre, Woodbridge Community Hall plus other Suffolk venues May and June The Tide Jetty follows the story of two brothers, Tucky and Nathan, who grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens and both the boys fall for her. But tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened.

Joining Jelly is celebrated sculptor Jeremy Moulsdale whose work is a perfect match with the beauty and gentle planting of Somerleyton’s sunken white garden. Jelly is a figurative and landscape painter living and working between London and Suffolk. She has been mentored by Maggi Hambling since she was 16 years old and is a former student of The Prince’s Drawing School.

Written by critically acclaimed playwright Tony Ramsay, The Tide Jetty is a new play combining music and movement to explore what we treasure and how and why we preserve it. Directed by Scott Hurran, The Tide Jetty will be touring to theatres and village halls in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Her work is on permanent display in The Rowley Gallery in Kensington and has been acquired for private collections in Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East, and Australasia. Jelly embodies the spirit of place within her giant canvases through her dense, evocative scenes and signature, rich brushstrokes. With inspiration from Cedric Morris’ iris fields and such nationally treasured gardens as Great Dixter, this exhibition celebrates the botanical beauty of our English gardens with breathtaking intensity.

Scott, who is also Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles, says that “what is so exciting about touring The Tide Jetty is that we will be performing in many of the locations that our characters inhabit. The show will be performed with a cast of four, close to the Broads itself, so it will be a perfect backdrop for audiences to experience the play in its intended setting”. Eastern Angles are producing The Tide Jetty in conjunction with the Broads Authority as part of their Water, Mills and Marshes project, funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. INFORMATION Box Office: 01473 211498 (Mon – Fri, 10am – 2pm) www.easternangles.co.uk

Jeremy Moulsdale is one of Art For Cure’s most successful outdoor sculptors, his limited edition bronze and resin figures reflect a delight in life, have a lightness of spirit as they dance under the sky, talk with the birds or catch the falling stars. Lady Somerleyton says, “It’s such a great pleasure to be part of Art for Cure in supporting inspirational young artists. We are very excited and proud to welcome Jelly and Jeremy to our home.” INFORMATION www.artforcure.org.uk



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RADIO ACTIVE Actor and comedian Helen Atkinson-Wood – Mrs Miggins of Black Adder fame – is performing on the Radio Active anniversary tour in Aldeburgh on May 26. She talks to Anne Gould about her long-standing love affair with Suffolk, sea swimming and horse riding


s a journalist, you get to talk to and meet with all sorts of famous people; writers, artists, photographers, painters, film producers, politicians and sportsmen. Comedians always make the best interviews and Helen Atkinson-Wood is no exception as her conversation conjures a whistle-stop tour of British comedy.

Currently, she is on a national stage tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Radio Active, Britain’s favourite local radio station. The original cast including Angus Deayton, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunited in 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe, and again in 2018, performing some of their classic and best-loved radio scripts, and now they’re back and better than ever.

Comedy greats like Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins (producer of Father Ted) come up in the course of the interview. But then so does Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling because it was at Ruskin Art School, at Oxford University that Helen’s career as an actor and comedian began. “Although I went to Oxford to do fine art I also knew that I would get an opportunity to do some acting too. Maggi was my tutor and I was always almost trembling when she came to look at my work. I always used to spend a long time sharpening my pencil when she was glowering behind me. Interestingly since moving to Suffolk, I have met her again - although I’m not sure she remembers me. When I introduced her to my husband she just said, ‘nice ears’.” Helen says that in her first term at Oxford she met Richard Curtis who introduced her to Rowan Atkinson and they went on to do a show at the Edinburgh Festival which helped to launch her career. What followed was, of course, her Mrs Miggins character in the classic comedy Blackadder the Third. She made her West End debut in Silly Cow by Ben Elton and now works extensively on stage, radio and television. Helen presented her own ITV series Private Lives and has made guest appearances on QI, Celebrity Pointless and Have I Got News For You. She has also been twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards.

an enthusiastic patron of Ink Festival. “I wasn’t sure what a patron did when I accepted the offer – I thought it might be drinking a glass of champagne and cutting a ribbon. It’s actually turned out to be a passion project and it’s really wonderful to see so much untapped writing talent in East Anglia – and I’m not talking about talent that has come straight out of London. “People like the 14-year-old who is at school in Leiston who entered the festival this year,” for instance. The event gives a voice to people who never had one. Since the first festival it has really taken off and this year we had 350 new plays.”

Born out of a small sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, Radio Active was originally written by Deayton and the late Geoffrey Perkins. It continued to grow at a rapid pace, being adapted for BBC Radio 4 where it ran for seven award-winning series – a total of 53 episodes from 1980 until 1987. The show then transformed into KYTV, the exciting BBC 2 television revival, and now it’s a live stage show.

Helen says of her long-running love affair with Suffolk, “I fell in love with the big skies and the Englishness of it and as a result bought a home here 20 years ago between Southwold, Walberswick and Blythburgh.” Plus she added, “I am a very keen sea swimmer and horsewoman and I have a horse that lives here too.” She says that she doesn’t swim in the sea all year round, having swum through to November last year she had a break but returned to her cold water dips in February. “It’s not just in and out in the winter I swim for about 12 minutes or so but in the summer it’s for longer. I do have neoprene gloves and socks too.”

Helen says it is going to be a real thrill to be performing in her adopted home county – especially as Aldeburgh was her first ever experience of the county some thirty or so years ago. The tour had been going really well as people really know and love Radio Active. “We did the show at the London Palladium a few weeks back for a charity event – and the audience loved it.”

More recently she has returned to painting too, having taken part in the TV series, Watercolour Challenge taking advice from Walberswick’s Chris and Wendy Sinclair. As a result, she has been doing local landscapes and has an exhibition coming up in London later in the year too.

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Suffolk Show 2019 The countdown is on to the county’s biggest day out – the Suffolk Show – returning to Trinity Park, Ipswich, on May 29 and 30. Essential Suffolk finds out what’s in store


his year’s Suffolk Show promises to be bigger and better with even more exciting attractions, shopping opportunities and free activities for all ages to enjoy. Not only is it a great value day out for the whole family, but four-legged friends are included. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to visit the Suffolk Show so organisers are urging don’t leave your furry friend at home; bring them along to join in the fun. Show director Bee Kemball says: “We’re pleased to welcome dogs to the Suffolk Show and we have lots of attractions that dogs and their owners will love. Dogs are a big part of the family so we’re encouraging people to bring their dogs along and enjoy a day out with the whole family.” The Skinner’s Field & Trial Zone has been revamped for 2019 with lots of new displays and shopping opportunities that dog owners will love. In the Field & Trial Agility Ring, lightning-fast doggies will be showing their talents at flyball and agility. There will also be an interesting display on drug detection from the highly trained Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dogs. If you think you have a prize-winning pooch, don’t miss the fun Dog Show where dogs of all shapes and sizes can have a moment of fame in the Agility Ring, with a chance to

win a rosette and some tasty prizes courtesy of Skinner’s Pet Foods. The Field & Trial Zone is a great place to stock up on all the pet essentials, as well as some unique treats, fun toys and stylish accessories. Dapper Dogs Grooming Centre and Happi Days Dog Day Care will be there to provide advice, alongside pet charities including Greyhound Trust Suffolk, and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, there are some golden rules for dog owners to remember: • Please keep your dog on a lead at all times • Dogs are not permitted in the ringside clubs or the Adnams Food Hall • Please make sure you clear up any dog mess and put it in the bins provided • Keep your dog hydrated and look out for the free water taps around the Showground, labelled with a tap symbol on the visitor map • Please do not leave dogs in cars under any circumstances So what else is there for this year’s show? New attractions to look out for include the Real Life Superheroes area where visitors will have a chance to meet and explore the lifesaving equipment and emergency vehicles used by our county’s paramedics, air

ambulance, fire service, police service, HM Coastguard, BT Emergency Disaster Crew, RNLI and Addenbrooks Hospital. There will also be a new Farming Live Area where families can find out the fascinating story behind oilseed farming in Suffolk, and learn how food is grown and harvested locally. For more farming fun, don’t miss the Farm Discovery Zone where you can meet Suffolk’s rare breed Suffolk Punch horse and new-born foal. Keep your eyes to the skies in the Grand Ring on Wednesday with the Red Devils parachute display team making an appearance and the Imps Motorcycle Display Team producing thrill-seeking stunts on both days of the Show. The adrenaline action continues around the Showground with action-packed activities to try for free in the Military Discovery Zone, Suffolk Skills Zone and Sports+ area.

INFORMATION The Suffolk Show is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, a registered charity, and is held at Trinity Park, Ipswich. Advanced tickets are £23 (saving £5 per ticket) and under 15s go free. Visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707117.



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SAVING SUFFOLK’S COAST There’s little argument about the beauty and extraordinary nature of Suffolk’s coast but saving it for future generations has become very much a community campaign. Anne Gould reports




public and we had a legacy, from David Andren who lived in Orford of £630,000.” The trust is also exploring, she said, various other means to find the rest of the money. They are applying to the Local Enterprise Partnership, local authorities and the National Lottery Heritage Fund too. However, it still means that they will have to appeal to the community and local people to donate or raise more money in some way. One of the events that are planned this year is a flotilla from Aldeburgh to Orford on July 28. “We are hoping to raise money through sponsorship for people to either swim, kayak or paddle board the seven kilometres down the river. For those who prefer more landbased activity there’s also the option to walk the distance on the far side of the river.” She said that they had a trial run last year, supported by the RNLI and it worked really well. “We had six swimmers and they were swimming with the outgoing tide so it wasn’t so hard, but you do have to be robust because there are jellyfish. Amazingly one paddle boarder last year completed the distance in an hour.”


s we look out over our seaside marshlands and estuaries our perception often tells us the Suffolk landscape is very much fixed and unchanging. The extraordinary sky with its multitude of colours, hues and shades bedazzles. Our shingle beaches endlessly churn as waves relentlessly wash to and fro and our marshlands teem with birds and wildlife. The reality is of course somewhat different; Suffolk’s coast is being eaten away by a sea that is persistent and sometimes voracious. History shows us that the once thriving port of Dunwich was destroyed overnight by a fatal storm and since has, over the centuries, been eaten by the sea. The lighthouse on Orfordness is on borrowed time and as much as 30 metres of land at Bawdsey were lost one winter. Of course, everyone talks about the East Coast flood of 1953 which caused so much devastation and loss of life. And it could happen again if a high tide, the wind, low pressure and a storm surge combine. In 2013, for instance, two pubs and 26 homes at Snape were flooded and the sea wall was breached at Hazelwood – with the marsh behind flooded with salt water. It could have been worse – but it could happen again. While areas of dense population like Felixstowe and Lowestoft are automatically protected through national bodies, other areas of the coast are very much at the mercy of the waves. That’s why the Alde and Ore Partnership was established in 2012, to

coordinate upgrading and maintaining the flood defences in the Alde and Ore Estuary. It also established a Trust to raise charitable funds to deliver the flood defences required. The Partnership is made up of twelve volunteer members representing the local community, Parish Councils, businesses, residents, the Alde and Ore Association and local landowners. It is advised by the Environment Agency, Natural England and Suffolk County and Suffolk District Councils. Since then it has been hard at work to access what needs to be done to protect what’s probably the most scenic part of our coast – not just in raising money to pay for flood defences but in carrying out vital survey work as well. The estuary, which stretches from Snape to the mouth of the Alde and Ore, covers an area that includes Aldeburgh and Orford but also encompasses 44 kilometres of sea wall bounding unpopulated farmland and freshwater marshes that support birds and animals but also includes natural aquifers that provide irrigation.

Trustees Guy Heald, Jane Maxim and Elizabeth Stanton (missing Brian Johnson)

Trustee Jane Maxim said the geological survey work has shown that the cost of work is now £26 million and although they have come a long way with fundraising they still have £16 million to find.

So far this year they are hoping to have about 100 people in and on the water – although there will be a limited number of swimmers for safety reasons. Also in November, there’s to be a repeat of the fundraising pub quiz around the area. “We had 13 pubs – including pop-up pubs in village halls – taking part, all with celebrity quiz masters.” It’s hoped, she says that this year there will be even more teams taking part.

“For instance, local landowners have pledged £5million, there are some funds available from the Government, we have raised about a million ourselves from the

INFORMATION For more details about the Trust or joining the flotilla or pub quiz visit www.aoetrust.org



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EXPLORING THE SUNRISE Sunrise watching – there’s no better place to do it than Suffolk’s long and beautiful coastline. For artist, author and explorer Alistair Carr it has inspired his latest exhibition. Anne Gould talks to him about his life and work




subsequently declined a place at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and, along the way, has taken guidance from eminent artists. So compared with the privations and hardships that travel in these extreme environments demands, getting up early to watch the Suffolk sunrise pales, perhaps, into insignificance. But Alistair, a former trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, is clearly a man who is prepared to go that one step further for his craft – whether that’s writing or art – so getting up and driving to the coast (he used to live the other side of Sudbury) and setting up on some lonely beachside spot in the dark, perhaps isn’t so convenient after all.


t the time of writing Suffolk explorer Alistair Carr is out, somewhere in north-west Greenland with Inuit communities being inspired by the blues, whites and turquoises of Arctic glaciers. Besides extra thick thermals and hefty walking boots he’s taking with him all his paper and art materials – pastels, paints and protective folders – all meticulously calculated and packed to withstand the harsh northern climate and stay within his airline weight limit too. So why submit himself to sub-zero temperatures instead of enjoying Suffolk in spring? “I have always gone to wilderness environments – Mongolia in inner Asia and The Manger in south-eastern Niger and Greenland has that large scale too.” Alistair's travel journals are studded with drawings of nomads and their way of life. He painted his way through the Loire Valley as a student, had a studio in Ulaanbaatar,

Sunrise in the summer is around 4.30am he says which means that he goes back to bed after his work – but it’s not so bad now as he lives close to Southwold. The result is June’s solo exhibition A Quintessence of Dust, from June 20 – 26 at Aldeburgh Gallery. He says, “The Suffolk coast’s twilight and night colours are unlike any I have encountered on my journeys. Vast skies and low horizons provide a sense of space usually only found in wildernesses. I remain amazed by the ongoing discovery of new colours and ideas in nature’s palette, like a cloudless purple dawn or a shade of midnight blue.” These colours he says are created by the interaction of light with the sky’s dust particles, ice crystals and gas molecules. His work, in pastels, is starting to become much collected and in fact, two works have already sold at a literature festival last month, at which he was a guest speaker. Remarkably, Alistair says that he’s largely self-taught as school didn’t work out for him.

As a young man, he spent three years in the Loire Valley, in Nantes and Angers and then back in the UK at the age of 28, when most of his contemporaries were forging careers, he felt “compelled” to go to Mongolia. “It was the only thing that made sense. It was like receiving a telegram that had to be obeyed.” So he swapped his mobile phone and his laptop for a backpack and a polar fleece and set off for a country few Westerners had then visited. From travelling with reindeer herders to searching for dinosaur bones in the Gobi Desert, this was an extraordinary journey. Alistair's book, The Singing Bowl, is a memorable and lovely account of a country that has been called, “a land of no strangers.” From there he went to Africa and his subsequent book, the much-lauded, Nomad’s Path, is the story of a journey that Alistair made across this region with former Tubu rebels at a time of Tuareg insurgency. Exploring the centuries-old link between the Barbary Coast and the Sahel along the Old Salt Road, Carr tells the tale of a lost wilderness and those who survive within it. The Nomad's Path illuminates the intangible nature of the Sahel and delivers an evocative portrait of the nomadic Tubu – a people living on the tideline of the Sahara and the edge of the world. Like many explorers, his travels are funded by his writing and art and he’s hoping that his artwork from Greenland will fund his next big project in Indonesia. He is currently looking at an interdisciplinary project in West Papua which could lead to discoveries in the natural world, so watch this space. INFORMATION www.alistaircarr.uk






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PLANNING FOR LATER IN LIFE – it’s not just about making a will

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remove, this liability, so make sure you review these whilst arranging or reviewing your Will. 5. Maximising tax-free allowances Pensions are extremely tax efficient and monies held in pensions are exempt from Income, Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax. Everyone should try to maximise their pension allowances each year, as they will be lost if not used. Upon your death the pension funds can pass (as a pension fund) directly to your nominated beneficiaries who can retain these valuable benefits. ISAs are also extremely tax efficient as they are exempt from Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax, but not Inheritance Tax. However, for married couples, upon first death, the value of any monies held within ISAs passes to the surviving spouse in the form of ISAs in their name and they continue to benefit from these tax exemptions.

According to recent data from the financial database Unbiased, over 31 million UK adults (60% of the population) are at risk of dying without a Will. There are significant benefits by arranging a Will through a regulated solicitor, but are there other financial considerations to think about? Neil Hewitt, Chartered Financial Planner and Director at Scrutton Bland explains some of the other financial planning matters upon which advice should always be taken simultaneously. 1. Do you have adequate insurance protection? In the event of a death, household income is often significantly reduced, which means any outstanding debts you had may become a burden to your surviving family. Reviewing your existing insurance policies should be done on a regular basis to ensure those plans remain relevant or appropriate cover is put in place. 2. Ensure your life assurance policies are written in trust There is a two-fold benefit in doing this. Firstly, the death benefits are paid directly to those the policy holder wishes to benefit. Secondly, if the policy is not written in trust, the benefit then becomes part of the individual’s estate and be liable for Inheritance Tax. If the policy is written in trust the



proceeds will be paid outside of the estate and therefore be exempt from Inheritance Tax. 3. Pensions You can nominate who will benefit from your pension fund in the event of your death. If the pension fund is paid as a lump sum to the estate, it will potentially form part of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. If it is nominated to be paid to an individual, as with life policies above, it will not form part of the estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. It is not uncommon for many people to have nominated a beneficiary many years’ ago but not revisited this situation in spite of a change in circumstances such as divorce, remarriage and the birth of children, so check to ensure your preferences are current. 4. Inheritance Planning We all benefit from an Inheritance Tax free estate of up to £325,000 (£650,000 for a couple), above which valuation your estate is liable to Inheritance Tax at a rate of 40%. For those that qualify for an additional allowance, known as the Residence Nil Rate Band, this sum can be increased for a couple by a further £350,000 by April 2020, although not everyone will qualify for this. Many estates are paying significant levels of Inheritance Tax, simply because they have not sought advice. There are many financial planning solutions that can reduce, if not

6. Care home costs As average life expectancy increases, we are all at a greater risk of requiring care in later life. The cost of care home fees is extremely high and so it is prudent to: (a) review your retirement income and investments to ensure an appropriate strategy is applied to lessen, if not avoid, the risk of depleting these funds; (b) reduce exposure through structuring your Will in an appropriate way and/or the use of trusts and/or other planning strategies. 7. Powers of Attorney We readily accept the benefits of a Will, but it’s easy to overlook the need to ensure our assets are looked after properly should we lose mental capacity. This scenario can be greatly relieved by arranging appropriate Powers of Attorney to ensure that those you nominate are given the legal right to look after your affairs. At Scrutton Bland we work very closely with our own expert tax advisers to provide joined up and complimentary advice on all these financial planning issues in conjunction with legal advice from your solicitor. To talk to Neil or one of our tax advisers to arrange an appointment to review your financial planning needs, contact us on 0330 058 6559 or email hello@scruttonbland.co.uk


BE BOWEL AWARE Each year, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is host to campaigns to raise awareness of two medical conditions which have their own distinctive set of symptoms but which need careful attention to noticing any changes in those signs – bowel cancer and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). What is bowel cancer? Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is spearheaded by leading charity Bowel Cancer UK to start a national conversation about bowel cancer, encouraging as many people as possible to open up and talk about the disease with family, friends, workmates or neighbours. Bowel cancer is also referred to as colorectal, colon or rectal cancer. Nearly all develop in the large bowel – two-thirds of these are in the colon and one-third in the rectum. Most bowel cancers develop from polyps, which are usually non-cancerous and, once detected if caught early enough can be removed easily and successfully. The risk of bowel cancer increase with age, with more than nine out of ten new cases (94%) being diagnosed in people over the age of 50 (source: bowelcanceruk.org.uk). That is why screening is so crucial, as it can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms, therefore any treatment required is likely to be more effective. Public Health England is leading the way in reminding men and women, between the ages of 60 to 74, to complete their bowel cancer screening home test kits and return them. The key message is to pay attention to your body so you notice when something is different. New symptoms can indicate something has changed; fluctuations that seem normal can be signs of something more serious and should not be ignored. What symptoms should I look out for? You should see your GP if you notice any changes in normal bowel habits that continue for more than three weeks. These include: diarrhoea, constipation frequency of passing stool. Other symptoms of bowel cancer can be: bleeding from the bottom and/or blood in

stools, unexplained weight loss, vomiting, feeling bloated, extreme tiredness for no obvious reason, a pain or lump in the abdomen. If you are worried about any symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor – early detection can make all the difference. Over 90% or people who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated compared with less than 1 in 10 people when diagnosed at the latest stage (source: cancerresearchuk.org).

usually developing between the ages of 20 to 30 with around twice as many women being affected as men (source: NHS.uk). Yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medical condition. Typical symptoms are abdominal pain or cramping and irregular bowel function, including diarrhoea which may be followed by constipation a few days later. Although there is currently no cure for IBS, there are ways to improve symptoms and feel better. What causes IBS?

Am I more at risk than others? Both men and women can be affected, and family history can play a part. People with a first degree relative (such as mother, father, brother, sister, child) under 45 or with two or more first degree relatives with bowel cancer may be considered for further testing. A sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet low in fresh fruit and vegetables may increase the risk, as can a high intake of red and processed meat, smoking and excess alcohol. Treatment and outlook Bowel cancer can be treated using a combination of different options, depending on where the cancer is exactly and how far it has advanced at the time of diagnosis. If it is confined to the bowel, surgery will usually be able to completely remove it. Overall, between seven and eight in every 10 people with bowel cancer will live at least one year after diagnosis and more than half of those diagnosed will live at least another 10 years (source: cancerresearchuk.org). The importance of raising awareness of bowel cancer continues in June with Bowel Cancer UK's Step up for 30 campaign. It encourages people to get sponsored to do 30 minutes of physical activity every day for 30 days during June. What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? April is also IBS awareness month, which is a very common disorder of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. If you have IBS you are not alone – IBS is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life,

The exact causes of IBS are unknown although several factors including a change in diet or stress and anxiety are thought to trigger it. IBS can also develop after recovery from another gastrointestinal disorder such as food poisoning. The common food triggers are: alcohol, fizzy drinks, chocolate, caffeine in drinks – such as tea, coffee or cola, processed snacks – such as crisps and biscuits, fatty or fried food. If you have signs of IBS, it is crucial to get an accurate diagnosis. Visit your GP in the first instance who may recommend tests to rule out any other gastrointestinal disorders. Working with your doctor and being proactive in managing your own health are important in effectively handling the symptoms. How is IBS treated? The symptoms of IBS often ease or settle without treatment, and any treatment will depend on the particular symptoms being experienced. It could include dietary restrictions so you may be asked to keep a food diary to help identify foods that may trigger symptoms. There are medications available to ease intestinal spasms (antispasm medication) which may also be recommended, as could diarrhoea or constipation remedies. Anxiety or depression can exacerbate IBS symptoms but with appropriate medical and psychological treatment if required, you should be able to live a normal, full and active life with IBS.

Call 01473 851960 for further information on how to book an appointment with a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Consultant Gastroenterologist or private GP. Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital offers a comprehensive range of general surgery, colorectal and gastroenterology services, and extensive diagnostic and imaging facilities. If you are worried about either of these conditions, or have any concerns or questions, contact us for details of how to access services. www.nuffieldhealth.com/ipswichhospital



Transforming Homes Across East Anglia High-quality, professionally-fitted flooring has the power to transform any home – and since 2008, Ipswich-based carpet and flooring specialists Donnelly Watson have built a reputation for quality among homeowners and businesses in East Anglia, and beyond.

Founded by friends and fellow carpet-

It prides itself on a personal approach

fitters Scott Watson and Daniel Donnelly,

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the company supplies and installs a

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families on a budget.

to life.

A gap in the market Having worked together at a carpet shop

year, this was upgraded to a larger van to

for a number of years, Scott and Daniel

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saw an opportunity to combine their

of business generated in the first 12

skill sets and launch the business that

months of trading.

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Scott attributes this early growth to the

in the area that specialise in supplying

experience and client base he’d already

and fitting high-quality flooring,”

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The pair purchased a van and initially

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homes at evenings and weekends while

through recommendation and providing

still continuing their day jobs. Within a

a consistently high standard of work.”

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MAY & JUNE 2019

Pub Walks with Darcy

Our Pub Walks with Darcy ‘Collections’ are proving very popular, so this time we’ve brought together three easy-to-follow routes from the Maybush at Waldringfield

We’re incredibly blessed in Suffolk that there are so many well maintained footpaths to follow. Health, woodland, coast, arable land and river banks are all widely accessible and during May and June you’ll see them all at their very best. The Maybush at Waldringfield, just a couple of miles from Woodbridge, enjoys an enviable position perched on the banks of the Deben with stunning views along the river. It’s a perfect spot for walkers to stop for refreshments as food is served all day every day so there’s no racing against the watch to ensure you’re back before food service closes. Relax and enjoy your walk at your pace and then enjoy all the Maybush has to offer as your four legged friends are also welcome in the bar as well as on the sunny patio. We’ve mapped three routes; one along the beach and then through the fields above the village with breath-taking views, the second heading up-river towards Woodbridge and the third takes in the sister pub just down the road in Newbourne – The Fox – before winding its way back along the river again. 48


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the walks OS MAPS: Explorer 197 START POINT OS REFERENCE: 285 445 As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. Before you set off ensure you visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy for a printable map and comprehensive instructions for these routes and more than 70 previous walks.


FOOD SERVED ALL DAY, EVERYDAY breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9am - 9.30pm

Blue Route

If your dog likes to swim there are some lovely opportunities on this walk. The first stretch is along the little sandy beach in front of the pub so, depending on the tide, a first dip could be enjoyed here but beware; at low tide the route to the water’s edge will be muddy so you might be best keeping to the lead. Further along the path there’s a small reservoir with lovely clear water which Darcy has often enjoyed. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the blue numbers.


Purple Route

Heading up river towards Woodbridge this is a short walk but enough to work up a thirst. On warm summer days it’s often just enough to give your dog a good leg stretch without you (and he) over-heating. There’s some good shade too once you leave the river bank. This loop can be easily combined with Route 1 for a neat figure of eight. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the purple numbers.


GLORIOUS RIVER VIEWS EVERYONE WELCOME – INCLUDING DOGS BAR, RESTAURANT OR PATIO DINING Enjoy The Maybush YOUR way, our friendly team are happy to help. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm & Sunday 9am to 10.30pm.

Red Route

If you choose to follow Route 3 please note that our printed instructions start and end at The Fox in Newbourne so you’ll need to take this into account if starting from The Maybush and instead dive straight in from point 8. It’s an ideal way to take in both villages and both pubs with their individual styles and menus but both enjoying the Deben Inns hallmark qualities. When you reach the path between points 4 and 5 take your time to stop and take in the view of the Deben because there’s nothing quite like it. If you’re following the combined map please take care to only follow the red numbers.

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AWARD WINNING MILL As holders of the coveted three AA rosettes for food and service Tuddenham Mill’s restaurant is one of only two establishments in Suffolk to hold this accolade. Lesley Rawlinson finds out more


unning a successful hotel and restaurant in the twenty first century is not an easy affair. As customer expectations rise and rise so do costs and competition – but there are some establishments that continually improve and impress and Tuddenham Mill is one of these.

Nestled near the Cavenham Heath Nature Reserve, between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, Tuddenham Mill is a multi-award winning venue. For the city escapees it’s a stylish but rustic bolthole in easy driving distance of London, while for those of us who already enjoy life in rural Suffolk it has unique charm, traditional values and ultimate luxury. Firstly the building is steeped in history; there’s been a mill on the site for more than 1000 years and it was a functioning mill until the mid 1950s when it fell into dereliction. But since its regeneration in the early 70s it has been a restaurant and still has an original mill wheel as a focal point in the main building. But all this history doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past; the stunningly sympathetic refurbishment has seen new life breathed into the building with style and comfort at the very forefront of the Tuddenham Mill of today. We arrived in time to enjoy a drink in the bar ahead of our dinner reservation. Among the many plaudits The Mill is also a holder of an AA Notable Wine List however as we were driving home and both had early starts the following day we decided we’d investigate the ‘soft’ options and we weren’t disappointed. Not having to settle for the usual fruit juice or a Coke, the choice of some non-alcoholic cocktails – or ‘mocktails’ got the evening off to a very good start. While I dabbled with a fresh lemon and grapefruit concoction with an aromatic twist of rosemary my husband was enjoying a ‘Drivers G&T’ packed with aromatics and botanicals galore.



Suitably relaxed and ready to consider the menu, we were escorted to the restaurant. It’s a hallmark of the subtle yet attentive service from the Tuddenham Mill team that someone just seems to appear at the right moment; their aim is simply your comfort and satisfaction. Located on the floor above the bar the room has a very calm but sophisticated ambience. The sparkling glassware and soft grey modern upholstery contrasts beautifully with the heavy original exposed timbers throughout and the use of clever levels and curtains divides the space; avoiding the feeling of sharing the restaurant at close quarters with other diners. Chef Patron Lee Bye has had a long association the Mill having first working as a Junior Chef under Gordon McNeill and then Sous Chef to Paul Foster. He’s clearly following in their footsteps by nurturing the talents of the next generation as his sous chef Jordan Bayes has been announced as a regional finalist in the prestigious 2019 Roux Scholarship; the annual competition which aims to find the best young chef in Britain. So it was with an air of anticipation that we examined the menu. There was a nod to the current trend for gin flavours with ‘Betty’s’ cured trout, seaweed cracker beetroot and smoked roe as the first item to jump out from the list of starters. I thought Mr R might be tempted by the Worlington hen’s egg with purple sprouting broccoli, satay and celery leaf but instead he chose Italian Coppa, pig’s head, Yorkshire rhubarb and wild watercress. Served as a croquette with a crisp coating and rich filling, the rhubarb was the perfect accompaniment – its sharpness cutting through to create the necessary balance on the palate. I decided to go for a more traditional option – soup. Nothing ordinary about this bowlful though as the Piccolo red pepper soup had been


carefully prepared to extract every drop of flavour from the sweet capsicums. Served with a contrasting salty chopped chorizo and olive oil the dish was also well paired with the malted rolls served as appetizers. Main courses were equally impressive with all five of the creations on offer sounding very inviting. I’m a lamb-lover and toyed with the idea of Lamb saddle with roast shoulder, Pomme Anna terrine lovage and pea sauce – a seasonal dish to say the least. Bhuna onion dhal with roasted squash, coastal herbs and golden raisins posed an interesting vegetarian choice however I finally decided on Roasted halibut, Dauphinoise potato, cauliflower puree, kohlrabi and hispi cabbage. This clever collection of brassicas hit all the right notes for me. However the accompaniments didn’t overshadow the perfectly roasted halibut; I particularly enjoyed the varied textures and deep flavours enhanced with seasonal herbs throughout. A deliciously satisfying plate, which I enjoyed immensely with a glass of chilled pinot grigio. While I’m sure it wasn’t his intention to completely overlook the Highland cod with ramson barley, king oyster mushroom, monk’s beard and English carrots my husband was immediately arrested by Red Poll sirloin cooked over coals, Lyonnaise onions, green peppercorns, chips and watercress. This was a steak with wow factor. Now, I didn’t happen to have a ruler in my handbag but I’m sure I’m not exaggerating when I say that this sumptuous slice was at least two inches thick – cooked. His knife effortlessly glided through the pink flesh and sampling a forkful I can concur that the texture was “pure melt-in-the-mouth”. Crispy crunchy chips made for perfect bedfellows and the dish a simple but elegant triumph. After so much indulgence dessert was barely necessary however with so many charming descriptions to choose from it would have

seemed rude to refuse! A classic bitter chocolate marquise with sugared pistachios; Paris-Brest with egg custard and caramelised apples… see what I mean? However while Mr R managed to resist I was tempted by Fennel panna cotta with muscovado caramel and brandy snap crumb. The subtle flavour of the creamy pudding was in perfect harmony with its accompaniments and very satisfyingly rounded off the meal. The verdict; an exceptional venue where attention to detail and top level service are high on the agenda. Definitely the destination for a special evening out.

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a slice of

SUMMER Tangy lemons and a hint of elderflower make this sensational tart an absolute treat for any summer table and the perfect make-ahead dessert



Luke Bailey is a local boy who trained at Suffolk College, Ipswich, joining Adnams Hotels and TA Hotel Collection where he worked closely for five years with Stephen David in relaunching The Crown at Woodbridge. Luke also spent time in the kitchen at Ruth Watson’s Crown & Castle in Orford where he learnt about authentic Italian cuisine as well as spells training at other significant venues including Mark Hix, Mayfair and Galton Blackiston’s Morston Hall. He is also an ambassador for the Jamie Oliver food revolution, visiting schools to promote healthy cooking with local ingredients with the students. He describes his own menu style as ‘elegant but earthy’ – he likes to put his own spin on traditional English and French cuisine but takes inspiration from all over the world. “I have a passion for foraging,” he says. “I was brought up here, around Woodbridge and the Deben estuary was my playground. Messing about in boats sometimes up to my neck in mud, crabbing, swimming or fishing. I still love nothing more than being by the water and of course foraging which I’ve been doing properly for the last 10 years.”


Sicilian lemon and elderflower tart with Suffolk rhubarb and crème fraîche INGREDIENTS


For the pastry 520g plain flour 225g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 100g icing sugar, sifted 2 eggs 2 egg yolks

1. For the sweet pastry; mix the flour and butter with a pinch of salt in a food processor, until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the icing sugar, followed by eggs and yolks and pulse. The mixture will immediately combine and leave the sides of the bowl. Remove the pastry, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

For the filling 6 large lemons; finely grated zest and juice 6 eggs and 9 yolks (free range) 50 ml elderflower cordial 25ml limoncello (optional) 325g caster sugar 300g unsalted butter, softened To serve 250g Suffolk rhubarb 250ml rhubarb and ginger cordial Good quality crème fraîche

2. Heat the oven to 160°C/fan oven 140°C/mark 3. Roll the pastry into a 9 inch loosebottomed fluted flan tin, then press it evenly onto the sides and base. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. Freeze the remaining pastry if you have any left over. 3. Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with uncooked rice (or dried beans or baking beans). Bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the paper and rice, then bake for a further 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool. 4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Put all the remaining ingredients, except the softened butter, in a large saucepan over a very low heat and whisk until the eggs have broken up and the sugar has dissolved. 5. Add 150g of the butter and continue to whisk. At this point, the eggs will start to cook and the mixture will thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the remaining butter and continue whisking until the mixture becomes very thick. It is important to keep whisking throughout the cooking process to prevent the mixture from curdling. 6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it on a cold heatproof surface. Continue to whisk until the mixture is lukewarm. 7. Spoon the lemon filling into the pastry case and leave to settle for 5 minutes. Put back in the oven and bake for 5 minutes until the topping starts to colour. 8. Take out of oven and rest for an hour or so before serving. 9. While the tart is resting peel your rhubarb and cut into edible size pieces and gently poach in the rhubarb cordial until just soft. 10. Cut your tart with hot sharp knife and serve it with a dollop of good quality crème fraîche and some of the rhubarb and its syrup.


The Salthouse Eaterie is open every day for a relaxing Lunch, sumptuous Afternoon Tea or an intimate Dinner overlooking the stunning harbour. Our menu reflects our surroundings; rich with fresh local produce creating a perfect Suffolk culinary experience. A beautiful place to meet up with friends, all year round.

Neptune Quay, Ipswich. Reservations: 01473 226789 or reception@salthouseharbour.co.uk www.salthouseharbour.co.uk



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hen Claire and Matthew Thacker bought the former Cretingham Golf Club at the back end of 2017 they were confident they’d discovered a hidden Suffolk gem. “We’d been staying in Suffolk and came across the site for sale and just knew we could make something very special here” recalled Claire “there were a few astonished looks from friends and family when we shared our plans but you only have to look at what we’ve achieved so far to know that Kingfishers has enormous potential”. And she’s right.

Taking fun seriously Set in 120 acres of the most beautiful Suffolk countryside, Kingfishers – formerly Cretingham Golf Club – has reopened its doors after considerable investment and development by new owners. Lesley Rawlinson discovers what’s on offer

While the restaurant and bar still occupies the same footprint as the original clubhouse the interior space has been reconfigured to offer a bright and airy setting, enjoying views across the golf course. In the adjoining restaurant space there are further opportunities to comfortably lounge or to dine a little more formally. There’s access to the new and securely enclosed beer garden and children’s play area. There is certainly the feeling that whether you visit as a regular golfer, a couple enjoying a walk and a meal or as a family looking for a way to keep everyone happy in their precious leisure time – there’s the opportunity to enjoy Kingfishers your way. There are five holiday lodges on site that have been upgraded with hot tubs and soon there’ll be even more for guests to enjoy as Sarah Gregory, formerly of Seckford Hall explained that they’re eagerly anticipating the opening of Kingfishers Spa; “We’re offering guests and visitors lots of fitness options such as Yoga, Pilates, Boogy Bounce and lots more” she continued “as well as a full raft of head to toe treats in the spa treatment rooms so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to rejuvenate, relax and revive!” We had booked a table for lunch, as at the heart of all of the developments has been the food and beverage offering. The emphasis is on all day dining with lots of choices from breakfast through to brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and evening dining which will include a menu from the outdoor pizza oven over the summer months. In keeping with the relaxed and informal atmosphere we had the choice of taking a table in the restaurant or bar and we chose the latter, enjoying the natural light and making the most of the panoramic views. There’s a very appetising choice of sandwiches – all made with homemade bread and served with coleslaw and crisps; perfect after a brisk walk or a round of golf. Alternatively if you’re looking for something lighter there’s a good selection of ‘nibbles and light bites’ too; Whitebait with lemon aioli was available as either a small or large portion and perfect for sharing with a




refreshing glass of Adnams, Ham hock fritter with poached egg and hollandaise or Sundried tomato, rocket and caper bruschetta would have gone down very well too. Looking through the list of ‘Main’ dishes it was pleasing to see a good choice of vegetarian options. The roasted red pepper and broccoli tagliatelle or the roasted squash with cranberry, wild mushroom and quinoa could both have either grilled chicken or smoked trout added to make a versatile and healthy alternative. There was also a torched halloumi and portabello burger with salsa and fries – this menu has definitely been designed with the health conscious in mind but plenty of tempting treats too. Smoked haddock fish cakes with poached egg and clam chowder almost had a look in but I was intrigued by an unusual dish; grilled smoked paprika chicken, mixed beans, cauliflower and chorizo so decided to take a chance and I was very glad I did. This is one of those dishes I’ll remember – because every single morsel was carefully prepared and perfectly cooked. The base of the creation is what I would describe as a mixed bean casserole, with tomatoes, onions etc and cooked to the point where the beans were

soft but not mushy and a good contrast to the more crunchy florets of cauliflower in both texture and appearance. These were topped with the most succulent and tender filets of chargrilled chicken breast, holding the natural barbecue flavour of the cooking process and pairing well with chunky chorizo sausage. My dish was scraped clean – an absolute winner. I thought Mr R might be tempted with a mid-week plate of fish and chips but no, instead he chose the chargrilled beef burger topped with cheddar cheese and served with coleslaw and fries. As a bit of a selfproclaimed ‘burger connoisseur’ this more than passed his strict criteria for flavour, texture, presentation and accompaniments, so another very firm ‘tick’. With two very satisfying main courses enjoyed dessert certainly wasn’t a necessity, however while my husband enjoyed his draft 0.5% Adnams Ghost Ship (good to see a quality alcohol free beer on tap), I indulged in dark chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet – a perfect flavour pairing that I find hard to resist. The light, smooth mousse and the refreshing sorbet were another triumph and I finished my meal feeling well and truly satisfied.

We shall watch with interest as the plans for Kingfishers develop. If you, like me, have a vague recollection of the Cretingham Golf Club of the past – friendly but tired with a decidedly boggy front nine – you need to banish these memories. This has not been a surface-only investment project; not just a lick of paint and a few new chairs – no – this is a total regeneration package from the ground (literally) upwards. With a Summer Solstice Ball planned for June 21 and Summer Barbecue Nights planned for July and August there are plenty of extra special reasons to visit. And we’ll certainly be back. Not least to explore the new Ordinance Survey mapped routes and the fully enclosed Nature Trail where families, including dogs, can enjoy the Cretingham countryside at close quarters, so watch this space for a Pub Walk with Darcy later this year.

INFORMATION Kingfishers Swan Lane, Cretingham Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7BA 01728 685275 info@kingfisherscretingham.co.uk www.kingfisherscretingham.co.uk



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Kingfishers Our bar, restaurant and terrace have been thoughtfully designed as a welcoming and stylish haven for relaxed indoor and outdoor dining. Fresh, local plates of food to cater for all, so if it’s a breakfast, Sunday lunch, a romantic evening or afternoon tea, you will find what you are looking for. We make all of our bread in house and keep our food miles to a minimum. Family friendly and dogs welcome in our bar area. Open: Bar open: Mon to Thurs from 7.30am, Fri to Sun from 7am. Food service: Mon to Weds 9am – 3pm, Thurs & Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 7.30am – 9pm, Sun 7.30am – 5.30pm

Boardwalk Restaurant

Butt & Oyster

Excellent cooking and unbeatable views meet at the Boardwalk Restaurant. Whether you’re catching up with friends for tea, treating your family to lunch, enjoying a special evening à deux, or simply here on the spur of the moment – you’re assured of a wonderful meal. Everything we serve is freshly made by talented, passionate chefs using seasonal local produce. Our menus change throughout the year to ensure variety and the best flavours.

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

At Southwold Pier

Open: Brunch Menu 9.30am to 11.30am, Lunch Menu from 12pm (daily), Dinner Menu available until 8.30pm (Saturday). Afternoon Tea 2.30pm to 4.30pm daily – advanced booking essential. Times vary seasonally.

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

Swan Lane, Cretingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 7BA

Southwold Pier North Parade, Southwold

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

01728 685275 info@kingfisherscretingham.co.uk www.kingfisherscretingham.co.uk

01502 722105 restaurantmanager@southwoldpier.co.uk www.southwoldpier.co.uk

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

The Maybush

The Fox

The Coach & Horses

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 9am. See our website for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




The Artisan Smokehouse

The Fountain

Fynn Valley

Just three miles north of Ipswich in Tuddenham St Martin a warm welcome awaits at our informal bistro style restaurant. Enjoy the atmosphere of a 16th century country pub with great food, great service and great value. Full A La Carte menu plus set price menus available daily. Our ever changing ‘Specials’ can be found on our website. Covered heated patio and spacious beer garden. Now serving coffee, cakes and brunch from 9.30am to 2pm daily.

In the countryside just outside Ipswich, the new Fynn Valley Café Terrace and The Venue catering for weddings, celebrations, private & Christmas parties, charity events, conferences & more is where your event is uniquely designed by you and created by us. It is the ‘place for taste’ with delicious, locally sourced, breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or just coffee and homemade cake. Picturesque views across our golf course. Open to ALL – Non-members very welcome.

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

Open: Monday to Friday: Brunch 9:30am – 2pm, Dinner 6pm – 9pm. Saturdays: Brunch 9:30am – 2pm, Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm. Sunday: Food service from 12 – 7pm

Open: 8am – 6pm every day Food served 8am – 4pm Please check our website for what’s on and events as opening and food service hours will vary.

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

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

Fynn Valley, Witnesham, Ipswich Suffolk, IP6 9JA

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

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

01473 785267 enquiries@fynnvalleyterrace.co.uk www.fynnvalleyterrace.co.uk

Ufford Park

The Randolph

Sibton White Horse

Open every day, The Park Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, local produce and a seasonally-changing menu. You can enjoy Sunday Lunch in both the restaurant and bar and this is priced accordingly. Afternoon Tea is served throughout the year and this is priced at just £19 per person. Looking for somewhere to hold your family party or a special occasion? We are able to help you plan a menu and can accommodate all party sizes. Open to all; families welcome.

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

Situated in the pretty Suffolk Village of Sibton, this beautiful 16th-century pub has a wealth of charm and an abundance of character. Enjoy delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere in the bar or restaurant areas. Recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the food at the Sibton White Horse is freshly prepared using the local fresh and seasonal ingredients from Suffolk producers. Take one of the many local walks and build an appetite for lunch – best to book a table just in case it’s busy.

Café & Deli

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

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

Open: Food served lunchtimes 12 – 2pm Wednesday to Saturday (2.30 on Sunday). Evenings 6.30 – 9pm Monday to Saturday, 7.00 – 8.30pm Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Rachel Morley, Lindsey Rendall & Helen Wright

With their latest successful project gaining critical acclaim and a new design studio on the outskirts of Hadleigh set to open this month, interior designers Rendall & Wright have much to celebrate in 2019 as Essential Suffolk discovers





his November Lindsey Rendall and Helen Wright will celebrate 13 years since opening their interior design practice back in 2006. Originally a way for both ladies to keep working while they embarked on motherhood – Lindsey has three boys and Helen three girls – they’ve built their business from year to year, creating beautiful interiors for homes and businesses alike and winning an enviable reputation along the way. Their most recent project has seen this talented pair, along with their new colleague, designer Rachel Morley, tackle the complete redesign of an historic but neglected pub in Sudbury. Tucked away off the beaten track this remarkable building had become rundown and unloved; “The Waggon & Horses had an awkward layout and a distinct lack of seating in the bar for a start” recalls Lindsey, who’s vision for the space soon evolved into traditional British design but with a contemporary twist. Of course this isn’t the first time the team has tackled a major redevelopment. Their Chelsea Villa (Southwold) project won at the UK Property awards in September 2018, while their treatment of The Marquis at Layham also won at these coveted awards the previous year. “When you visit The Wagon (the new owners have truncated the name) the first impression might be of a traditional William Morris style wallpaper

but on closer inspection you’ll find tigers, exotic birds, snakes and monkeys all nestling within the walls” added Lindsey, who’s love of nature and exquisite eye for detail can be enjoyed throughout this scheme. In the main bar she has used deep iconic British racing green tones which are enlivened with pops of lime, ochre and navy. Modern geometric patterns contrast with the fluid wallpaper designs and the use of plush velvets, chenilles and leather create luxurious textures throughout the bar and lounge. It’s the kind of space where you’ll be equally comfortable sipping a pre-dinner cocktail or two, surrounded by a collection of carefully curated and interesting objects, or just relaxing with a beer after a long day. It’s refreshingly quirky, but welcoming and indulgent. The restaurant rooms provide three distinct areas, and with cosy decor there’s a home from home style environment to enjoy while dining. And it’s very much a team effort. Rachel joined Rendall & Wright a year ago and, as well as having an impressive CV (Terence Conran in London and locally Clement Joscelyne and Moore & Stone), she brings a wealth of experience and the same friendly down to earth approach that Rendall & Wright is known for. Helen Wright, whose ability to deliver stress-free project management for clients is another hallmark of their success, commented “Expanding

the team has been a significant development for us. Rachel’s arrival has meant we can offer even more skills and experience to our clients”. It’s clear that this dynamic team won’t be standing still. Lindsey has just been re-elected as a Director for the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) for her second term in the two year position – a role she takes seriously as she works with universities, encouraging and developing the skills of future interior designers. Then of course there’s the new studio. “It’s a beautiful space, flooded with natural light and will provide an ideal space for client meetings, presentations and to host design events” add Helen. “Visits will be by appointment only and will mean our exclusive service can be enjoyed in surroundings that reflect our character and values”. And looking to the future? “Who knows what the next five years might bring for Rendall & Wright and our growing team but we’re excited and positive as we continue from strength to strength” says Lindsey.

INFORMATION Rendall & Wright 01787 375076 www.rendallandwright.com






If you’re choosing a new kitchen you’ll want to get it right. Very much the heart of the home, it’s not just a functional food preparation zone – but a space that must work for you and your household. So we’ve asked the Essential Suffolk experts, all local independent kitchen companies, to share their top tips

KITCHEN ADVICE from the experts

What’s on-trend in the world of kitchens for 2019? ANGLIA FACTORS tell us that sleek, modern and contemporary are what everyone’s asking for right now. From handleless cupboards and drawers, pop-up plug sockets or discrete ambient lighting, there are numerous ways to achieve a super stylish, ultra-sophisticated kitchen. Coupled with a boundless array of fixtures, fittings, colours and finishes available, you can create a truly unique scheme individual to you. Of course, it’s not all about form; nifty ‘out-of-sight’ storage solutions and ‘work of art’ extractor fans mean beauty and practicality can be harmoniously combined.



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What’s the key to well organised storage space? Bespoke larder storage is a great asset in any organised kitchen. Complete with different sections, shelving, drawers and pull outs, this clever storage solution keeps everything in one place. Add tailored shelving to the back of the doors for boxes and jars that are regularly used. At DEBENVALE they can design and hand craft each unit to your specification to fit everything down to the smallest of items.




How do I achieve a more classic or traditional finish? At VALE DESIGNS we use the best materials and craftsmanship for all our handmade kitchens and furniture and we have always preferred to hand paint because we believe it gives a softer and higher quality finish than spray painting. Our kitchens are built to last a lifetime and hand painting allows you to easily repair the inevitable knocks and scrapes that happen over the course of time. It’s true that hand painting takes longer but we don’t believe in rushing things and prefer to give your furniture the same care and attention from start to finish.

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What about injecting some personality? These shelving and wall hung storage units express a bold statement when contrasted with a white or light-coloured background. You can add character to your kitchen by hanging the shelves and units in a quirky pattern. To create the mood, add LED lighting strips in the shelves or units. Accessories include wine glass hangers or wine bottle storage; all available from WOODBRIDGE INTERIORS.

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How important is lighting when planning a new kitchen? Successful lighting design in a kitchen is based on layering. One should implement hidden task lighting to highlight areas of function, such as food preparation. Added to this, illuminating cabinetry would be the next layer, which can accentuate the structure, colour and finishes. Further cabinet mounted lighting can be used to light specific objects such as decorative items or glassware. Finally, pendants can be utilised to bring focus and drama to the scheme. ORWELLS FURNITURE

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Traditional craftsmanship, first class products – a love for wood and an eye for detail

For over 50 years we have been creating beautifully-crafted products from wood. Every project is as individual as our client’s brief and designed to complement the home it is for, whether it is a period property, a barn conversion or a contemporary residence. For more information call 01206 735287 / 01473 365167 or visit www.hall-brothers.co.uk



Adding light, space and value

Creating a beautiful, bright and airy living space that perfectly complements your home can be easily achieved with the quality, design and craftsmanship of Hall Brothers. Essential Suffolk finds out more


f you’ve spent most of the winter months wishing that your home had more natural light you’re not alone. As human beings we’re hardwired to need sunlight along with a connection to nature that simply makes us feel better. And there’s real science behind this; the many health benefits of vitamin D are well known but the fact that 90% of our Vitamin D comes from the sun – and not our diet – is less well lauded.

So trust yourself – that feeling that you need light, need space and need a chance to connect with the outdoors is real. But of course, this is Britain; we can’t always trust the weather to play its part. Being able to make the most of the outdoors at home all year round is vital and the ways in which you can create a bright and airy space in your home to achieve this are as individual as you are. A versatile additional space could be used for your leisure – a quiet place for relaxing with a book and a cup of coffee while taking in views of your garden. It might provide the extra entertaining space you need for when friends and family visit but however you choose to use it you’ll also be adding value to your property.

At Hall Brothers they’ve spent the last 50 years designing, creating and delivering exceptional hardwood conservatories, orangeries and extensions for a diverse collection of listed buildings, period properties, barns and contemporary dwellings. In every case the design has been created with the homeowner at its heart, ensuring that their ‘trademark’ attention to detail fulfils every aspect. With their roots in building and joinery the craftsmanship Hall Brothers offer is completely evident in each and every project they build. While hardwood doors must be functional in terms of security, insulation and ability to withstand weather conditions they can also be versatile and you can choose from single opening, double doors or even three, four or five panel bi-folding doors, all made in their own joinery workshop in a choice of woods, including Oak and Sapele. Regardless of your style they’ll ensure the design will suit your exact specifications. And they like a challenge too – they’ve built some of their most stunning bespoke wooden conservatories in the most unimaginable spaces – using the many years of knowledge

and experience that ensures everything comes together, perfectly. Not only that, even in the most traditional of designs can incorporate a whole host of innovative modern-day features such as selfcleaning glass (where do we sign up?), manual or automatically controlled electric roof vents complete with thermostat and rain sensor, bespoke roof lanterns, micro-porous factoryapplied stains and paint finishes and last but by no means least, underfloor heating. At an initial consultation all of these choices plus flooring, lighting and heating options can be explained. Hall Brothers can manage the whole process for you from design to completion, including dealing with obtaining planning approvals, listed building consents and building regulations. INFORMATION For more information on adding space to your home – or any of Hall Brothers products including windows and doors, kitchens or staircases – please visit www.hall-brothers.co.uk or telephone 01206 735287 / 01473 365167 to request a brochure.



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THE BEAUTY OF GREEN Shopping for spring plants for your garden? – Garden Designer and Plantswoman Catharine Howard advises us to think about foliage history and growing requirements. It also has his illustrations. Originally published in 1962, my copy is a 1976 reprinting. We could do with an update to take account of all the changes in plant names. This past week I was at one of our top national nurseries. I took this advice about really looking. What really began to jump out



f you find yourself looking round a nursery for plants, a lot of things will shout “buy me”. The loudest shriek will come from the glossy labels hung around their necks or tucked lovingly into the pot. The showiest of flowers will have been heaved up to eye level on display tables to catch your gaze and melt your resolve.

You might resist all this by stubbornly refusing to open your wallet at all. A savvy way to buy plants is to go with pencil and notebook and write down what you see, get the botanic name and make a cryptic note or two. Really, really look without snapping away with the camera. Hold off purchasing till opportune planting time which is usually autumn. Graham Stuart Thomas (1909 – 2003), a consummate plantsman, rosarian and horticulture writer took up botanical art in order to really observe his subject. Of his many books, my favourite is still The Modern Florilegeum. It is pretty cryptic and in a few sentences he conjures a plant by description,




at me was not glossy labels, nor flowers or scent; it was the leaves. Unfurling, fresh green, striped, puffy like a toad, filigree; scribbled words in the notebook. The early season bestows the extremity of anticipation. So many plants do not have the clout of flower size or colour, instead a particular beauty in the foliage and the promise of what is to come later in the season.


Using plants for their early spring leaves is a valuable tool in planting design. The current school of thought is to have an understory of dwarf bulbs and early spring flowering plants under later plants. They will be shade tolerant or go dormant under the tall plants that come later. This is an experiment that I am planting up here – a late summer border of taller plants

such as sanguisorbas and persicarias and asters. Geums and pulmonarias will go underneath as groundcover. I shall be doing a lot of growing from seed for all these plants. Those leaves though, it is so easy to mistake the flower for the diva and forget that it arrived in the shiny limousine of its leaves. As an example, see the photographs on these pages taken solely and utterly for leaf admiration. Very good plants rubbing shoulders in a shade tunnel; Cardamine heptaphylla with newly unfurled leaves looking a little like chicken feet, Omphalodes verna, irresistible for its zingy fresh green new leaves in spring and Saxigfraga stolonifera in pyjama stripes. Think of the allure of other common but lovely plants – violets have the sauciest of spring green leaves which make a perfect contrast to the various shades of purple of the flowers. Or Gallium odorata, known as Sweet Woodruff has fresh leaves in small tight clusters to romp away in the shady parts of your garden.


In my garden I have watched as the peonies unfurl their leaves from Cardamine pink buds. My parents-in-law had a peony border with Narcissus Mrs RO Backhouse with pink

trumpets. As the first display was going over, the claws of the peony leaves shot skywards. Think about the peonies – it is the allure of this leafing-up stage over the blooms. In autumn some types of peony give a second leaf display with really red leaves: Festiva Maxima (double white) and Kansas (double red) are particularly fiery. Other early leaves that make a bold architectural statement are the silver ones of both artichokes and cardoons. If, like me, you are waiting for the perennial summer display and have not given that area the early bulb treatment, you will find these giant leaves useful along with mounding up crescents of oriental poppies, at this point showing as pale green plumes. Even better are the filigree leaves of Ferula communis. This is the giant fennel which lurches skywards to a summer height of three metres. I saw it first growing near Lake Bolsena in Italy – it is perfectly happy in our climate and will turn heads.

INFORMATION Catharine Howard is a designer, gardener and plantswoman with many years’ of creating and renovating gardens. For a consultation or garden design contact her at: www.catharinehoward.co.uk

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR WHITES? I was fascinated to discover in an online Farrow & Ball paint chart there were sixteen different colours in the neutrals section which incorporate the word ‘white’. They ranged from All White, (which amazingly only includes white pigment!) through Cornforth White, Strong White, House White and Great White to the aptly named James White. This got me thinking, but definitely not about getting the brush or roller out just yet. No, my thoughts turned to another type of white altogether; Hepplewhite! George Hepplewhite was a wonderfully gifted cabinet maker whose standing matched that of the two Thomas’s, Messrs Chippendale and Sheraton, each a highly regarded maker with his own equally distinctive style. It is thought Hepplewhite was born in the late 1720s. He did not enjoy a long lifespan having passed away in 1768 but he left a great legacy of elegant and distinctive, decorative yet practical furniture still highly sought after today.

James Neal

It was not just furniture which characterised Hepplewhite’s catalogue. In addition to his trademark chairs, sideboards and triple chair back settees, he was also well known for smaller items such as tea caddies, fire-screens, trays, toilet mirrors and knife boxes. His use of satinwood, decorative inlay, painted panels and his lighter touch in design detail set him apart from the rather more substantial yet equally appealing furniture from the Chippendale stable. When first made, George Hepplewhite’s furniture and furnishings would have had a vibrant appearance created by the contrasting colours and the fine detail of the inlaid woods and painted finishes. I am not sure they would have stood out quite as boldly as elements of a paint chart does today but, just like Farrow & Ball the results were of equally high quality and distinctive. P.S. In this politically correct world, I feel I am obliged to point out other manufacturers of paints also supply paint charts!

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PROPERTY 72 & 73 75 76 77 79 80 81 83 92

Jackson Stops Savills Clarke & Simpson Mortimers Fenn Wright Grier & Partners Landex Suffolk Coastal Estate Agents Hopkins Homes

78 Holton St Mary

74 Woodbridge

82 Ufford




● Elegant Georgian townhouse ● Sea views ● Prominent position in the heart of Aldeburgh ● 3 reception rooms ● 7 bedrooms

● 3 bath/shower rooms ● Private part-walled mature gardens ● Swimming pool ● Roof terrace ● Courtyard garden ● Garaging ● Parking courtyard

GuidE PRicE £2,000,000

Pin Mill

● Idyllic waterfront cottage ● Stunning views over the River Orwell ● 2 reception rooms ● 4 bedrooms ● 2 bath/shower rooms

● Part walled riverside garden ● Rear courtyard ● Driveway parking for 3 cars ● Direct access to the River & Pin Mill anchorage

GuidE PRicE £600,000



● Historic & atmospheric Manor house ● 4 reception rooms ● Minstrel’s gallery ● 5 principal bedrooms ● Attic bedrooms ● 4 bath/shower rooms ● Self-contained flat ● Garaging ● Function Barn range ● Magical formal gardens ● Swimming pool ● Tennis court ● About 10 acres

GuidE PRicE £2,250,000


● Secluded edge of village setting ● Panoramic south facing views across the River Stour ● 3 reception rooms ● 4 bedrooms ● 2 bathrooms ● Garaging & studio ● Beautiful gardens of about 0.5 of an acre ● Sought after location ● Footpath access to the riverbank

GuidE PRicE £975,000

01473 218218 Tim Dansie

Jonathan Penn

James Squirrell


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Selwyn House Facts Location: Woodbridge Price: ÂŁ1,750,000 Joint Agents: Fenn Wright and Jackson-Stops

Restored Townhouse Selwyn House is an exceptional five bedroom Grade II Listed townhouse restored and refined to a very high standard in the heart of Woodbridge. It enjoys southerly views over its walled garden and Elmhurst Park to the Sutton bank of the River Deben. Selwyn House dates from the 18th Century, was altered in the 19th Century and has now been further adapted and stunningly improved by the current owners. The result is a traditional period town house now fully fit for present day living, full of refinements not often found in similar properties.

At the centre of the ground floor is the kitchen/dining/family room with limestone tiled flooring and a bespoke Neptune kitchen featuring a large island. Beyond the dining area is the family area which has three doors opening onto the garden, whilst a snug sitting room has a stove gas fire and shuttered French doors onto the terrace.

Here there is a third bedroom with a good size en-suite shower room and a fourth bedroom which has been linked with the adjoining room, currently used as a gym. This room also has access onto a balcony and enjoys delightful views. There is a fifth bedroom and an attractively fitted bathroom on this level.

The first floor accommodation comprises the principal bedroom suite with French doors to a sheltered balcony on the southern side with decked base and a stainless steel and glass balustrade.

Its entrance is via a substantial panelled front door set within a portico with rope design decoration which opens into the hall with the original staircase to one side beside a shuttered window. There is a cloakroom to one corner and a door to the elegant drawing room which fronts on the Thoroughfare with shutters to the sash window and an ornamental fireplace.

There is a dressing area adjoining the bedroom overlooking the Thoroughfare, together with a luxury en-suite bath and shower room. The second bedroom also has an en-suite shower room whilst the landing, at the head of the elegant curved original stairs, has a pretty balcony outside the sash window, with the stairs continuing to the second floor.

Outside there is ample space to park and turn on the gravelled drive and the part-brick and tiled former coach house is now used as a garage and workshop with storage to the first floor. The walled garden is a special feature of the house as it faces south and has a sunny terrace immediately outside the family room and snug with architectural box hedging.



INFORMATION Fenn Wright 01394 333346 Jackson Stops 01473 218218

Properties to call home


Guide £1.5 million


Savills Ipswich 01473 234 800

Guide £2.25 million


OIEO £2.9 million

4 reception rooms, 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, cellars, hard tennis court, heated swimming pool, double garage, about 2.5 acres. EPC=E

4 reception rooms, 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, flat, hospitality centre, gardens, barn, triple garage, pool, tennis court, about 9.55 acres.

5 reception rooms, 9 bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms, cottage, garaging, gym, outbuildings, tennis court, equestrian facilities, about 40 acres.


Great Barton


Guide £825,000

Guide £815,000

Guide £800,000

3 reception rooms, study, 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, garage, studio/workshop, mature gardens, about 0.6 acre. EPC=F

Sitting room, study, 5 bedrooms, 3 bath/ shower rooms, games room, swimming pool, mature gardens, pond, about 0.6 acre. EPC=F

Drawing room, study, 5 bedrooms, 2 bath/ shower rooms (1 en suite), garage, off-road parking, mature gardens and terrace. EPC=D




Guide £795,000

Guide £750,000

Guide £575,000

4 reception rooms, study, 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, conservatory, mature garden, cart lodge, about 1 acre.

3 reception rooms, 4 double bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms, double garage, annexe potential, private enclosed gardens. EPC=E

2 reception rooms, study, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, conservatory, lawn tennis court, outbuilding, about 0.5 acres.




Guide £595,000

2/3 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, study/library, detached annexe, mature gardens, off-road parking, about 0.3 acres. EPC=E

Guide £685,000

2 reception rooms, study, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath/ shower rooms, double garage, parking, mature garden, kitchen garden. EPC=D

Talk to us today Tom Orford Director 01473 234 831 torford@savills.com


Peter Ogilvie Director 01473 234 816 pogilvie@savills.com

Guide £450,000

3 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room, utility room, secluded garden, double length garage, about 0.2 acre.

Mark Oliver Director 01473 234 800 moliver@savills.com

Framlingham £975,000

Saxtead, Nr Framlingham £850,000

A superb, sympathetically restored, 6 bedroom town house in the centre of the most desirable town of Framlingham. Kitchen/breakfast room, snug, drawing room, utility room & downstairs shower room. First floor sitting room, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 3 further double bedrooms & bathroom. 2 second floor double bedrooms & shower room. Gardens & grounds of 0.25 acres, including a swimming pool, former coach house & stores. Office/studio. 3 bay cart lodge. Ref: 6129

A substantial 6 bedroom barn conversion situated in Saxtead opposite the post mill, 2 miles from Framlingham. 26' x 18' triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room & larder, 42' x 19' open-plan drawing/ dining room, sitting room, utility room & cloakroom. Mezzanine study. 6 double bedrooms. 2 en-suite bathrooms & family bathroom. Parking area, triple bay cart lodge with store. South facing gardens with grounds of over three quarters of an acre. EPC = E Ref: 6098

Ilketshall St Andrew, Nr Halesworth £795,000

Laxfield £750,000

An impressive barn conversion with potential for ancillary accommodation, together with an income producing business centre generating circa £30,000 per annum, in a rural location to the north of Halesworth. Sitting room, dining room & snug, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master bedroom suite, offices, shower room & cloakrooms. Guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom & 2 mezzanine bedrooms. Workshop, garage & stores. Nearly 1.25 acres in all. EPC = E Ref: 5864

A substantial farmhouse with a range of traditional Victorian farm buildings & grounds of approaching 2 acres, in a rural location on the outskirts of the village. 3 receps, study, kitchen, breakfast room, farm office/ utility room & cloakroom. Master bedroom with en-suite shower room & dressing area, guest bedroom with en-suite cloakroom, 3 further bedrooms & bathroom. Unconverted first floor accommodation/storage above the farm office/utility room. Extra land available by separate negotiation. JSA Bedfords. Ref: 5887

Wilby, Nr Framlingham £699,500

Winston, Nr Debenham £650,000

An impressive 16th century moated farm house requiring modernisation. 5,357 sq ft of accommodation, 7 bedrooms, dressing room, 2 bathrooms, wash room, 4 reception rooms. Summerhouse, double garage, store & workshop. Part moated gardens & paddock. Grounds extending to over 6 acres. JSA Savills. Ref: 6076

An attractive period-style 5 bedroom house close to Debenham, along a no-through lane. Porch, 29'10 x 14'4 sitting room, dining room, garden room, kitchen, cloakroom & utility room. 5 first floor bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. Cart lodge/garage, store & office. Mature gardens, adjacent to fields, of three quarters of an acre. EPC = D Ref: 5581

Wickham Market From £495,000

Sweffling, Nr Framlingham £425,000

Upper Holton, Nr Halesworth £400,000

A restored & beautifully presented Grade II Listed village house in a prominent position overlooking the Market Square. Entrance/dining hall, kitchen/breakfast room, living room, study, utility room, downstairs bedroom, shower room & cloakroom. 3 first floor bedrooms & family bathroom. Garden to rear. Parking for several vehicles. Ref: 6113

A charming semi-detached 4 bedroom cottage with landscaped gardens & studio. Entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility room & cloakroom. Master bedroom, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms & bathroom. Parking for 4 to 5 vehicles. EPC = B Ref: 6134

A period detached farmhouse with gardens of just under three quarters of an acre, located a mile to the north of Halesworth. Kitchen, scullery, study, dining room, drawing room, downstairs bedroom, cloakroom & bathroom. 3 first floor bedrooms. Attic room. Gardens & grounds of 0.65 acres. Ref: 6124

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

T: 01728 724200


FAMiLy Run buSinESS With ovER 30 yEARS ExPERiEncE

Guide Price £475,000

Melton Park

A superb three bedroom detached house which has been tastefully modernised and extended by the current owners to an extremely high standard. Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, Study, Sitting room, Orwell fitted kitchen which is complimented by a stunning Orangery to create a lovely open plan kitchen living area. Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. To the front of the property is ample parking for three to four cars and a single garage. e rear walled garden is private and well maintained. e property benefits from Burgess UPVC sash windows, gas central heating and modern bathroom suites, is attractive property is located on the highly sought-aer Melton Park development which is approximately three miles from the market town of Woodbridge with its wide range of shopping facilities, bars, pubs and restaurants as well as a railway station with links to London Liverpool Street. EPC: TBC

Melton Park Guide Price £435,000 An attractive and spacious three bedroom detached chalet bungalow located in a sought-aer area. Entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room / dining room, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, master bedroom with en-suite, two further first floor bedrooms and a bathroom. EPC: C


Guide Price £450,000

A spacious three to four bedroom detached bungalow which benefits from a good sized plot. Entrance hall, kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room, dining room, shower room and a bathroom, detached double garage. EPC: TBC


Guide Price £475,000

A superb opportunity to acquire this established three bedroom detached house with a garage and garden on an elevated plot within walking distance of the town centre. EPC: D


Guide Price £325,000


Guide Price £475,000



Guide Price £425,000


A rare opportunity to acquire this two bedroom detached bungalow which is tucked away off Church Street and benefits from two en-suites, gas central heating, walled garden and off road parking. EPC: C

MoRtiMERS tERMS & conDitionS 1% of the sale price including VAT (minimum fee will apply to properties below £200,000). THERE IS NO TIE IN PERIOD IN OUR CONTRACT. Energy Performance Certificates £70 NO VAT. FREE honest and realistic valuations by qualified staff. FAMILY RUN BUSINESS WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

Linda Mortimer MNAEA

Dale Mortimer MNAEA Dip DEA

omas Mortimer

Patricia Masson

Rosemary barnard

Call 01394 386688 or email info@mortimersestateagents.co.uk

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Contemporary homes in Constable country Lynmore Homes are proud to present three exceptional new bungalows a stone's throw from stunning Constable Country – each professionally architect designed in a fresh New England style. These three bedroom properties are located in a peaceful, picturesque and private location moments away from rolling green fields, tree-lined country walks and historic settlements. They combine traditional building philosophies with contemporary design



and styling and will be constructed with a high level of craftsmanship and exacting attention to detail. All interior rooms are intelligently proportioned and planned, making the best use of space and light, and arranged with convenience in mind. There are wide hallways, spacious sitting areas and designer kitchens incorporating the latest appliances, with every space benefiting from higher than standard ceilings and stylish fittings and finishes – adding to the feel of quality and comfort at every turn.

Lynmore Homes Facts Location: Holton St Mary Price: £420,000 to £535,000 Agent: Grier & Partners

Outside, the characterful weather-boarded exteriors are complemented by landscaped gardens with patio areas, turf and sections thoughtfully planted with attractive shrubs to provide year-round colour. Plots one and two feature beautiful vaulted kitchens, while plot three benefits from an integrated garage and a truly impressive vaulted sitting area with enviable views onto the rear garden and generous patio area. INFORMATION Grier & Partners 01206 299222

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Old Felixstowe


Malting Farm is a 15th Century Grade II Listed farmhouse that sits within grounds of just over one acre with views over the countryside. This property also has potential for annex accommodation.

This exceptional, four bedroom family home offers light and airy accommodation and is situated on a private lane, just a stone’s throw away from Felixstowe’s seafront.

• • • • •

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 2 reception rooms Wealth of character Outbuilding and garage Approximately 6 miles from Manningtree Railway station • Good access to the A12/A14 • Exempt from EPC as Listed

Guide Price £675,000

• Entrance hall with glass and oak staircase • Stunning open-plan kitchen/ breakfast room • Triple aspect sitting room • Galleried first floor landing • En-suite to master bedroom • Landscaped garden • Double garage and parking • EPC rating D


Guide Price £750,000

Christchurch Park This brand new spacious detached family home has been built to a high specification, forming part of a small development, within easy reach of Woodbridge town centre.

This elegant, rarely available, Victorian property has been renovated to a high standard, blending contemporary design with period details, with the master bedroom having panoramic views over Christchurch Park, a dressing area and an en-suite shower room.

• 6 bedrooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • 3 reception rooms, bathroom and 2 cloakrooms • Lower floor playroom • 70' garden and parking • Circa 4,000 sq ft • EPC rating TBC

Guide Price £875,000

Buttermarket, Ipswich

01473 232 700

• Flexible living accommodation • Open plan living space • Bi-fold doors to first floor balcony • 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suites • Bedroom 5/study • South facing garden • Ground floor office/studio • Garage and ample parking • EPC rating B

Guide Price £825,000

Main Road, Kesgrave

01473 358 400

Quayside, Woodbridge

01394 333 346


Situated within the delightful Suffolk village of East Bergholt, within easy reach of Manningtree Mainline railway station. This four double bedroom detached family home has generously sized accommodation, a large entrance hall and well sized reception rooms. Double garage to the front, rear garden and sizable patio area that enjoys afternoon and evening sunshine. Offered for sale with no onward chain.


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

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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Primrose Cottage Facts Location: Ufford Price: £675,000 Agent: Mortimers

Home in the Deben Valley Primrose Cottage is an attractive four bedroom detached family home in the highly sought-after village of Ufford. The property has plenty of character with period cottage features including exposed brickwork, inglenook fireplaces, oak bressumer beams and exposed timbers. It comprises of a sitting room with large inglenook fireplace and dining room, both of which have French doors to the rear garden. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of oak fronted base and wall units with a granite style worktop and inset Blanco composite sink. There’s a large freestanding range cooker, a built-in fridge/freezer,



dishwasher, wine rack, glass display cabinets, sealed unit double glazed windows to front and side aspect, ceramic tiled floor and arch opening to the breakfast room.

leads to the front and a patio path that leads round to the side to the rear garden.

Downstairs there is also a utility, cloakroom, sewing room and family room. Upstairs is a master bedroom, two further double guest rooms with en-suite shower rooms, single bedroom and family bathroom.

The garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature flower and shrub borders and is tiered with large railway sleepers and enclosed by timber fencing. There is a large patio area just outside of the dining room and sitting room. The garden is south-facing and is fairly private.

Outside the property is enclosed at the front by a mature beech hedge with two large gate posts either side. There’s a paved driveway leading to the single gararge/ workshop and a block-paved path which

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Sage Cottage, IP17 (4 miles to Aldeburgh) – £385,000 F/H Charming 3 bed house of 1003 sq ft with large garden and beautiful views. Bene ts from planning permission for large side extension and garden annexe room.






2 bed ground oor at £300,000 L/H

1/2 bed barge £185,000

3 bed attached house £600,000 F/H

2 bed cottage £325,000 F/H

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The Wagon, Sudbury Formerly the Waggon & Horses, the newly refurbished Wagon at Sudbury has reopened and wowed customers with its transformation. The new interior has been designed by Rendall & Wright – see pages 58 & 59 for more details. The opening night for invited guests who’d been involved in the project was a chance to sample the new menu and bar offerings.

Jennifer Wilson, Ophelia Drage, Daisy Adams, Hattie Blake, Rachel McCrory

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Young Art East Anglia This annual event has raised more than £126,000 for Cancer Research UK since it started in 2003. The theme for this year was ‘Extraordinary Adventures’ and inspired some incredible works of art from school children across Suffolk. Finalists saw their work exhibited at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh, thanks to the generous support of local sponsors. Winners received their prizes from local artists Sophie Elinor Martin who gave in insight into why she had chosen the winning art. Claire Harrington, Heidi Norman, Sophie Barberini, Milly Bevan, Rachael Walker, Jan King

Sophie Elinor Martin with Reception, Years 1&2 Third Prize Winner Oliver Whitlam

Sophie Elinor Martin with Reception, Years 1&2 Second Prize Winner Dexter Williams

Sophie Elinor Martin with Reception, Years 1&2 First Prize Winner Anna Johnys

Sophie Elinor Martin with Years 3&4 Third Prize Winner Isis Graham

Sophie Elinor Martin with Years 3&4 Second Prize Winner Kieran Tracz

Sophie Elinor Martin with Years 3&4 First Prize Winner Nico Oelofsen

Sophie Elinor Martin with Years 5&6 Third Prize Winner Olivia Gillies

Sophie Elinor Martin with Years 5&6 Second Prize Winner Fergus Gathorne-Hardy

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Music & Chocolate An evening of performances and Easter shopping was enjoyed at the Tudor Barn at Belstead to raise funds for Action Medical Research for Children. Topping the bill was Denis King – English Ivor Novello award-winning composer and singer, and known for writing the music for The Adventures of Black Beauty. The evening was sponsored by Handelsbanken, Clarke & Simpson, Ensors, Barker Gotelee and Clayden Financial.

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Woodbridge Mayor’s Ball 2019 Councillor David Mortimer, the Mayor of Woodbridge and Chairman of Woodbridge Town Council, held his Charity Ball at Ufford Park Hotel. An auction and raffle raised funds for his chosen charities: the Woodbridge Soldiers Fund and Woodbridge Rotary supporting Woodbridge charities.

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Ipswich & Suffolk Club Charity Fashion Show Lady members of the Ipswich & Suffolk Club organised a fashion show and shopping evening to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – a charity focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND.

Carol Negus, Dilly Yamulki, Katie Yamulki, Mandy Biedul, Serena Patel

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My Suffolk Peter Watkins is a poet and co-founded Inside Out Community, a charity that helps those suffering with mental health problems by providing arts workshops Do you have any hobbies? Can you tell us about them? I wouldn’t describe them as hobbies, more a passionate interest in all of the arts but particularly sculpting, singing and creative writing. I am also a keen walker and recently walked from where I live now on the Shotley Peninsular to Aldringham, where I was born, following the Suffolk Coastal path. This was to mark my 70th birthday, my ‘home from home’ walk I called it.

What was it like growing up in Suffolk? I grew up in the 1950s in Leiston, which was then a small engineering town dominated by ‘the works’ the largest local employer. It was an ‘ugly lovely town’ as Dylan Thomas said about Swansea. My abiding memories of growing up in Leiston are of the Sandlings – that expanse of heathland that once surrounded the town and was found in a continuing swathe stretching from Ipswich to Southwold, lying between the coast and the agricultural land. It was my playground and the landscape of my childhood. What’s special about the county? A friend of mine – an Anglican priest, once described it to me as a spiritual place, and I think it is. Silly Suffolk is a corruption of the old English word Selig meaning blessed or holy. In the 6th Century there were four Saints of repute who had their ministry in Suffolk: St Felix; St Edmund; St Audrey and St Botolph. The landscape is dotted with wonderful medieval flint churches – my favourite is St Botolphs at Iken which is still a place of pilgrimage. But it’s not just the ecclesiastic history that makes Suffolk ‘holy’; it is a ‘thin place’, where the veil between the material landscape and the divine is easily stepped through. The big skies, the luminous coast, the solitude of the heaths and marsh have something to do with it.

Do you support any charities? I co-founded an art in mental health charity called Inside Out Community in 2003. It’s grown since then and now provides workshops in all of the arts – music, singing, the visual arts, creative writing, dance and drama, throughout the year. It’s for anyone drawn by the idea that getting involved in creating art can be healing and help us recover from the emotional storms of life. We are based in Ipswich at the Avenue Theatre and are always happy to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about our work. info@insideoutcommunity.com Where do you like to walk? Or cycle? I live close to the Stour estuary which is a lovely landscape to walk in. We have two beautiful rivers, the Stour and the Orwell to follow, and close by is Alton Reservoir with its eight mile circular path to walk or cycle, which is also a joy. A good place to hear Nightingales in May! Or you can simply ‘get lost’ in the myriad of tracks and footpaths that crisscross the farmland on the peninsula offering views of the clock towers, follies, churches, creeks, masts, bridges, barges and birds.

How long have you been inspired to write poetry? I’ve written poetry, intermittently, most of my life, but more seriously since I retired from my working life as a psychiatric nurse. While working my interest in authorship was mainly focused on writing and publishing books about mental health; but my first love has always been poetry. My collection – ‘Enough to Love a Multitude’ – recently published by Eye Wild Books, came together over two or three years, almost as if the poems were waiting to be written. They are about the things that sustain us emotionally throughout our lives, particularly in sorrowful times. So there are poems about nature; about the arts; about the spiritual life and most of all about love. The Suffolk landscape has found its way into many of the poems which is not surprising as I’ve lived in it all my life and connect deeply with it – it is part of who I am. What one picture would you choose to represent the county? Oh how difficult to choose just one! Possibly the coast looking north from Shingle Street; or Dunwich Heath in autumn when the heather is flowering; but I think it has to be a river, the Alde, looking towards Snape Concert Hall across the reed beds. If you had to take newcomers on a tour of Suffolk where would you take them? Sometimes I feel Ipswich has never made enough of its rich history; so I would start by taking newcomers on a wander, on foot and in imagination, through where the Anglo Saxon town of Gippeswyk once stood, the earliest in England; and on into the bustling, flourishing late medieval town.

Where to do you like to eat out? I like Suffolk pubs. My favourites, local to me, are the Butt and Oyster at Pin Mill and the Boot at Freston. Further afield the Fox at Newbourne and Eels Foot at East Bridge on the edge of Minsmere RSBP reserve are also favourites. The beer in these pubs is good too.



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Essential Suffolk May and June 2019  

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

Essential Suffolk May and June 2019  

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