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WELCOME Living in an urban area, it always feels like a real honour when a hedgehog visits your garden – and even more so if it’s a mother with hoglets in tow. Of course we all love hedgehogs – they might be prickly and notoriously flea-ridden but thanks to Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggy-Winkle they almost feel sweet and cuddly. So you have to congratulate Suffolk Wildlife Trust for its decision to appoint a Hedgehog Officer, Ali North – only the fourth in the country. Hopefully too, her work will make a lot more householders in Ipswich happy, as her job is aimed at creating hedgehog corridors across the town so these delightful creatures can access green spaces and places to feed and build nests. November is a month when most of us are trying to make the most of the daylight we have left as it slips away to its mid December low point. So our gardening writer Catharine Howard has been looking at Suffolk’s Walled Gardens with a visit to Glemham House and our dog walk this month takes us to Brandeston with a great walk starting and ending at The Queen. This month we’ve also talked to Jan Pulsford, Sophie Tott and Claire Cordeaux, some of the women who are part of an ever growing and exciting live music scene in Woodbridge that is spilling out, not just across Suffolk but the UK and beyond.
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Shopping is always a big part of November, so don’t forget to check out our fashion pages – we are looking at great ways to wrap up and keep warm now the chillier weather is on the way. Plus our interiors pages focus on lighting and, if you want to make the ultimate purchase – a new home – we’ve got some very tempting properties from page 63. We always love to hear from our readers during the month so if you want to get in touch please contact us on Twitter @EssentialSFK, on Facebook or visit our website www.essentialsuffolk.com
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Ipswich Housing Action Group
My Suffolk Lyn Knights from Denny of Southwold
Bite size news from our county
A guide to fireworks displays in Suffolk
Culture for November The Wipers Times at The New Wolsey, Way With Words Literary Festival in Southwold and the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival
Music in Woodbridge We meet Jan Pulsford, Sophie Tott and Claire Cordeaux who are making musical waves in the town and beyond
Forty years of helping the homeless
Suffolk’s Hedgehog Officer We meet Ali North from Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Where to go and what to see in Suffolk in November
Mini Previews Two Years Exhibition at MF Frames, Jumpy at the Sir John Mills Theatre (Ipswich), The Happiness Project at Dance East and Romeo & Juliet at the Theatre Royal (Bury St Edmunds)
Fashion Shades of grey and warm wraps for cold days ahead
Pub Dog Walk
Food & Drink
Homes & Interiors
REGULARS What’s On
Around Brandeston and Kettleburgh from The Queen
A halibut recipe from The Regatta plus a gallery full of ideas for eating out
Lighting the lamps
A selection of our county’s finest homes for sale
Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar
Hedgehogs have been in the headlines recently – very much like Ali North, Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s first ever Hedgehog Officer. Anne Gould finds out about her new role
HEDGEHOG HOTSPOT Ipswich Hedgehog Officer Ali North (left) and Dr Simone Bullion Senior conservation adviser
hen zoologist Ali North landed the ‘dream’ job of Hedgehog Officer for Ipswich she was of course thrilled and delighted. Personal celebrations aside, however, the Wiltshire-born 25-year-old wasn’t quite expecting the response she got. “I know there were a huge number of people who went for the job and that this is only the fourth paid job in the country that’s entirely dedicated to hedgehog welfare.” But what happened next was something of a media storm – appearances on BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Look East and then nationally TV’s Breakfast Show. “It was certainly something of a surprise but hedgehog officers are quite a rarity – the only others are in London and Warwickshire. I can't wait to get stuck in. There’s been huge interest in the role already and I hope this means there will be wide support from the people of Ipswich and that they are ready to get involved in helping the hedgehogs in their town.”
interested in this prickly nocturnal mammal and following an appeal calling for hedgehog sightings there appear to be quite a few of them about too. Ali says engaging the public is a key part of her post, as she wants to recruit a network of hedgehog champions across the town who will work together encouraging local people to help create the ideal habitat. “Ipswich has got really good green networks with its historic parks, centrally located allotments, churchyards and school grounds and we will be working among other groups with the Friends of Christchurch Park. “What we want to do is create hedgehog corridors so when they are out and
about at night they can roam about in safety looking for food. We also want to ensure that there are enough good places for them to build their nests as well.” Surprisingly, although hedgehogs are small creatures they are big walkers clocking up on average 2km a night – although the furthest on record is 6 to 7km. To allow them safe passage to the parks and green spaces will require the help of local people along these corridors, she explained. This can be as simple as putting a small hole in their garden fence, she says, so hedgehogs can squeeze through and continue their journey. It’s also a really good idea for people to leave part of their garden wild or rough as it can make a world of difference to a hedgehog. ‰
She explained that her two-year role has been funded with support from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Apparently Ipswich was particularly chosen by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, because the town has been earmarked as a ‘hedgehog hotspot’. There are a number of reasons – research has shown that locally the public are already
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Obviously right now many hedgehogs are hibernating for the winter and it’s these rough patches or under piles of leaves that make good sleeping places to see through the winter. Of course good wildlife gardening practices benefit many animals, not just hedgehogs and gardens are an absolutely essential part of the mix when it comes to ensuring a healthy eco-system. In return they can help the gardener too as they eat a wide range of pests like slugs, snails and insects. With Guy Fawkes night coming up, she says, it’s important that homeowners are also mindful of making their bonfires because that pile of decaying plant material in the corner of the garden could be home to a hibernating hedgehog. “My advice is to move the leaves, logs or whatever only just before you build the bonfire.”
At this time of the year it’s also a good idea if you have hedgehog visitors in your garden to feed them too – to help them build up reserves for their big winter sleep. Bread and milk should be avoided at all costs, she said but leaving out cat food, crushed unsalted peanuts or mealworms, which you get from pet shops, are excellent hedgehog food. As Ali settles in to life at Suffolk Wildlife Trust she will begin talking to residents and groups, looking at the reasons behind the dramatic decline of hedgehogs – there are thought to be fewer than 1 million remaining in England. INFORMATION To contact Ali email: email@example.com
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Two old school friends, Caroline Humphries and Georgie Dickins are planning to complete the New York Marathon, aiming to £15,000 for St Elizabeth’s Hospice in Ipswich to help improve the lives of people living with a progressive illness. Paul Berry, a physiotherapist at Gilmour Piper in Ipswich, kindly created a four month training plan, which the girls have been relentlessly following and with less than a month to go they are feeling it. Paul said “To run a marathon really takes a lot of hard work and dedication, despite work and family commitments the girls have really stuck to their training regime.” To read more about their challenge and how to sponsor them visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/newyork-marathon
Framlingham College girls’ hockey teams have achieved a sensational feat in recent weeks becoming Suffolk Champions at every age group available (U11, U13, U14, U16 and U18), confirming their position as one of the dominant forces in schools’ hockey. Framlingham College Headmaster, Paul Taylor added, ‘We are so proud of all the girls and staff involved. This is an exceptional achievement – perhaps unprecedented – and bears testimony to the quality of coaching led by our Head of hockey, Jamie Kingstone, and the hard work
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The 5th Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival that took place between September 29 and October 2 across Woodbridge has been hailed a great success. Despite some challenges with the weather there was encouraging attendance over all days. This four-day foodie event, a fringe of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, kicked off with a Pub Trawl, new for 2016, with several pubs around the town serving up taster style dishes for the festival period. A good number of the cafes, pubs and eateries offered a selection of Shuck Specials and sponsors Adnams, held a fourday wine tasting event in their Woodbridge store. Local business owner and one of two founders, Jonathan Simper, said of this year’s Festival “As my father said at the launch, the Shuck Shellfish Festival was born out of a casual conversation with Stephen David, who at that time was at The Crown. We have now hit five years of running this event, with increasing support from sponsors, the addition of more events throughout the festival and with great engagement from residents and visitors. We look forward to next year and the opportunities it may bring to grow further and continue in our quest to celebrate local produce.” To read more about the event visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/2016-shuckfestsuccess
Rossini: William Tell Overture – or the ‘Lone Ranger’ theme tune. Leslie Olive, conductor of the Suffolk Philharmonic, said: “The concert pays tribute to the fallen and celebrates our continued freedom due to their sacrifice. With the recent centenaries of the Battles of the Somme and Jutland, the event is particularly poignant. “The programme will appeal to a wide ranging audience – even those who would not normally go to a classical concert – while maintaining our usual superb quality. We encourage everyone to join us in for an evening of beautiful music.” Tickets are available from the Corn Exchange at: www.ipswichregent.co.uk, or call the box office on 01473 433100. Prices range between £11 and £36 with concessions for those in full time education.
Essential Suffolk would like to thank all of our readers who voted for one of the magazine’s publishers, Adrian Rawlinson, to win £10,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice in the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge. Adrian entered his recent Newcastle to London 24 hour 315 mile cycle ride into the competition and topped the national vote with 5,277 votes finishing ahead of over 150 other entrants. Adrian vowed to raise money for the hospice after losing his sister Catherine to cancer in March. He said “It’s absolutely amazing to win this £10,000 on top the £3,000 I have already been sponsored for my challenge. It costs £13 a minute to run the hospice and this money will pay for over 500 hours nursing at St Elizabeth”. Joanne Rodger, Events and Challenges Fundraiser at the hospice said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Adrian for completing such a gruelling bike ride, and then campaigning so hard to win the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge. We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for him, as without them we wouldn’t have won the £10,000. That money will do so much for the people in our community. “
On Sunday November 13 at Ipswich Corn Exchange, the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing a special programme of much-loved classics in a Remembrance Day Concert. Beginning at 4pm, ‘A Tribute to the Fallen – A Celebration of Freedom’ will include recognisable pieces of music such as Dvorak: New World Symphony, also known as the tune from the Hovis TV advertisement, and
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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 1 – 2
NOVEMBER 3 – 4
NOVEMBER 4 – 6
Pride & Prejudice
The Man Who Would Be King
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Tues 7pm, Wed 2.30pm & 7.45pm
Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 8pm
Dawn State combines searing text, bold physicality and original music to tell the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amid the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings. Tickets: £13 Box Office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
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Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Metfield Village Hall 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm
NOVEMBER 6 NOVEMBER 4 Seussical Junior Jazz by the Waterfront
A highly praised and sparkling interpretation of one of the most loved stories of all time, this is a must for Austen fans and those looking for a fresh and surprising new piece of theatre. Fun, fast and romantic – this chance to catch the five Bennett sisters and the whole world of Austen brought to life by just two actors is a treat not to be missed. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
St Peter’s Church, Ipswich Suffolk based quartet Morphology takes cool jazz from 1950s California and mixes it with Latin and calypso beats to create a unique musical ensemble. If you’re an avid jazz fan you’ll recognise names such as Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Pepper and Lee Konitz. If you’re not, you’ll be pleased to hear their music is bright, breezy and melodic, without the honk and squeak of some hardcore jazz. Box office: 01473 225269 www.stpetersbythewaterfront.com
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm
NOVEMBER 7 Jamie Raven Live Lee Hurst
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm
NOVEMBER 2 – 5
Comedy Show No.9. Come along for a night of laughs with that bald bloke from They Think It’s All Over. Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
The Happiness Project
Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich
Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm
See mini preview page 23 Box office: 01473 211498 www.easternangles.co.uk
See mini preview page 25 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk
Yiddish Twist Orchestra
The dirtiest, most danceable music of all; a delirious mix of West Indian Calypso, mambo, surf guitar, classic Yiddish songs and English beat rhythms. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
9 to 5 the musical
The story centres around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge – not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of nay-sayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Tickets: £16 – £10 Box Office: 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 7pm
NOVEMBER 1 – 5
Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! Tickets: £22.50 - £10 Box Office: 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm
Ipswich regent, 7.30pm Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!” Tickets: £20.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
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What’s On NOVEMBER 7 – 12 The Wipers Times
Tickets: £25.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
NOVEMBER 10 – 14 Ways With Words
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich See preview page 25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
NOVEMBER 9 An audience with Lesley Garrett
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage. Tickets: £30 - £12.50 Box Office: 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org Rebecca Ferguson
Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm Following in the footsteps of Billie Holiday and Diana Ross, singing superstar Rebecca Ferguson is back, showcasing her smoky vocals on her third album ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ and touring throughout the UK in January – February 2016.
Southwold Literary Festival Lou Fellingham and her band
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The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Southgate Church presents Lou Fellingham and her six-piece band for an evening of modern Christian music. A founder member of the Christian group, Phatfish, her four solo albums have brought her industry awards for Promised Land, and repeat invites to appear on BBC’s Songs of Praise. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
NOVEMBER 11 British Legion Festival of Remembrance
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm Featuring RAF Honington Voluntary Band and Drumhead Service. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Monteverdi – Ulysses’ Homecoming
Snape Maltings concert hall, 7.30pm
Aldeburgh Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, 7pm A recital by Paul Ekins in aid of Save the Children. Works will include Chopin and Schubert. Tickets: £15 including wine and canapes Box Office: 01728 452701 or 01394 387111
Returning home from the Trojan War after an absence of 20 years, Ulysses has to confront his wife’s suitors, who have taken over his home. The most tender and moving of Monteverdi’s operas, Ulysses’ Homecoming is a masterpiece of extraordinary eloquence. Tickets: £6.75 – £35 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
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Halesworth Town Centre 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 12.30pm The Spa's First Birthday with Special Guests the stars from The Commitments
Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe The new Spa will be one year old this November. The stars from the Commitments, who played on the launch night have come back to Felixstowe especially for the Birthday Party. Sizzling soul music and a thrilling live experience that will stir your soul, plus some surprises. Tickets: £22 – £24 (concessions £20 – £22) Box Office: 01394 284962 thelittleboxoffice.com Mozart Requiem
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Concert for Remembrance Weekend. Prometheus Orchestra, Bury Bach Choir, Philip Reed conductor. Mozart Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus; J S Bach Cantata No. 147 (includes Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring). Tickets: £23-£14 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
The infatuation of Jove with the lovely Calisto and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana to the handsome Endymion entangle them in love wars as comical as they are dangerous. Cavalli’s La Calisto irreverently charts the relations between gods, men and women in a rich and heady score. Tickets: £6.75 - £35 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
NOVEMBER 13 Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 4pm A Tribute to the Fallen, A Celebration of Freedom. Tickets: £36 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com Farmers Markets
Assington, The Barn 10am –l 2pm
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Cheryl, Mike & Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm
Starring Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and special guest Bobby McVey. Winners of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with Making Your Mind Up; hits include My Camera Never Lies and Land Of Make Believe. Tickets: £23 Box office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
NOVEMBER 17 The Undertones
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm The legendary Derry band celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Tickets: £20 in advance (£22 on the door) Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
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What’s On the rainforest to the bottom of the ocean. Tickets: £21 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
NOVEMBER 18 Roy Hemmings
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm
NOVEMBER 19 Farmers Markets
The original Drifters member and his 13piece cast celebrate over 50 years of Philadelphia Sound, smooth soul and uptown funk. Enjoy classic hits such as ‘Baby Love’, ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘My Girl’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. Tickets: £25.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Steve Backshall
Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7pm Wildlife TV Presenter, adventurer, naturalist and children's author, Steve Backshall, takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his books 'The Falcon Chronicles’ and his new novel in the series, 'Shark Seas'. It’s a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world’s highest peaks, and from the depths of
Harkstead Village Hall 9am – 12 noon Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12.30 Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Debenham Community Centre 9am – 1pm Trianon Community Concert
St Peter’s by the Waterfront In aid of Quay Place Wellbeing and Heritage Centre. Trianon Music Group singers and musicians. An entertaining musical evening for all ages and tastes. Box Office: 01473 225269 www.stpetersbythewaterfront.com Suffolk Sinfonia Autumn Concert
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Join Suffolk Sinfonia for an Autumnal flutter – Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Dvorak Symphony No. 6 and Von Suppe Pique Dame Overture. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
Aldeburgh German Christmas Market Jubilee Hall, 2pm 5pm Popular Aldeburgh traders will be setting up stall in the Jubilee Hall for an atmospheric German market with gifts, cakes, handmade crafts, school choir and a visit from Santa! Bach Christmas Oritorio
Snape Maltings Aldeburgh Music Club Choir, Suffolk Baroque Players. Edmond Fivet conductor, Zoe Brookshaw soprano, Eleanor Minney mezzo, Christopher Bowen tenor, Alexander Ashworth baritone. Box office: 01728 687100 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
NOVEMBER 20 Christmas Market
St Peter’s Street, Ipswich. 10am to 4pm Stalls selling a wide range of craft and art, all local by artisans. A great place to start Christmas shopping. Most of the St Peter’s Street shops and restaurants will be open on the day as well. www.imakefunstuff.co.uk
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The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Best known for being the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, autumn 2016 sees Jon tour entirely solo for first time, presenting the self-penned songs of Painted Lady, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, Songs From The Floodplain, and his ‘A Folk Song A Day’ project in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Tickets: £22 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
Rendlesham and the Kingdom of East Anglia
Ipswich Museum, 7pm Join Dr Tim Pestell, curator of Archaeology at Norwich Castle, as he considers the importance of Rendlesham in the development of the kingdom of East Anglia. Tickets: £6.60 Box Office: 01473 433100
NOVEMBER 23 – 26 Alison Rose with James Cheung piano
St Mary’s Church, East Bergholt An outstanding young soprano at the start of her career, Alison won the 2015 Maggie Teyt Recital Prize and has just completed a year at the prestigious National Opera Studio. James Cheung is an accomplished chamber musician and accompanist, who specialises in working with singers. Tickets: £14 (students £7, children under 16yrs with paying adult free) Box Office: 01206 298426 email email@example.com www.svam.org.uk
Wizard of Oz
Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm
Award winning Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society will take you ‘Over the Rainbow’ with this RSC Version of the MGM classic musical ‘Wizard of Oz’. Little Dorothy
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The 80s Experience
Conservative Club, Felixstowe Felixstowe Musical Theatre entertains with an evening of 80s music including a fish and chip supper (evenings) or afternoon tea (matinee). Tickets: £12.50 evenings, £10.50 matinee Booking: 07715 211915 after 6pm www.felixstowemusicaltheatre.co.uk
NOVEMBER 24 – JANUARY 28
The sleep of your dreams…
Gale of Kansas often dreams of what may be over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to Munchkinland – at the end of the rainbow. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and, along with her little dog Toto, seeks the help of the kind Sorceress of the North and on the way befriends a Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. But first she must tackle the Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys. Tickets: £13 – £22 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich This year’s rock n roll panto is Sinbad! Determined to win the hand of the beautiful
What’s On Princess Pearl, Sinbad sets sail aboard the Saucy Sausage on his most dangerous voyage yet – past the Island of the Sirens, and the Plughole of Poseidon to the paradise of Nirvana itself! But can he save the Princess from the clutches of the evil sorcerer, Sinistro? Can fair winds blow Sinbad to fame and fortune, or will the perfect storm shipwreck all his dreams? Tickets: £32.50 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Ipswich Symphony Orchestra
Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm Steven Osborne’s performances worldwide have confirmed his pre-eminence among British pianists. This programme of works by three of the ‘greats’ is a classical treat! Tickets: £15.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
Johnny Cash Roadshow
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, accurately recreates a real Cash show. The show takes the audience from the 1950s right up to 2002, with all the greatest hits included. Tickets: £20 Box office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
Lavenham Village Hall 10am – 1.30pm
Dance East, Ipswich, 7pm & 9pm Award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and digital artist Nic Sandiland create upfront and witty movement-driven works for Disappearing Acts. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk
Red Rose Chain, Gyppeswyck Hall, Ipswich Step inside the Avenue Theatre for a Christmas fayre with a difference! With Suffolk’s independent sellers you’re bound to find the perfect present or gorgeous gift for loved ones (or yourself, tis the season!). Live music, food and Santa’s Grotto (including Mother Christmas & Elves!) www.redrosechain.com
Opera & Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring Olga Perrier the international French Soprano as Aida and Liza Kadelnik the celebrated mezzo from the Romanian National Opera as Amneris. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Box office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
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FIREWORKS Looking forward to Bonfire Night? With Guy Fawkes night falling on a Saturday this year it looks as if the first weekend in November is going to be great fun. Here is our Essential Suffolk guide to the key displays around the county
NOVEMBER 4 Sproughton Bonfire, Fireworks & BBQ
St John's Family Fireworks Display
Long Melford Big Night Out
Millennium Green, Sproughton 7pm BBQ, 7.15pm Bonfire, 8pm Fireworks
Ransomes Sports and Social Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich Gates open 6.15pm, display 7.30pm
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Gates open 6pm with ignition of giant bonfire decorated with guys made by local school children at 7.30pm. Pains Firework Spectacular will commence at 8pm. Juvenile, family and adult fair rides (weather permitting), barbecue by Project 7 Entry: Advance tickets adults £5, child £3 (on the gate adult £7, child £5) Tickets available in Long Melford from The Bull Hotel, Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Landers Bookshop, Sheridans Estate Agents
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Gates open 5.30pm Fireworks and Theatre in Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Gates open at 6pm, Fireworks at 8pm Including ‘The Catesby Catastrophe’ a short fun filled comedy production in the ‘Horrible Histories’ style. An accurate story of Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby’s failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Entry: Advance tickets: Adults £6, children £4 (on the gate adult £8, child £6) www.ipswichfireworks.co.uk Kesgrave Fireworks Display
Kesgrave High School, gates open 4pm, display 6.30pm Free face painting and balloon art for the children. Food and drink available. Entry: Adults £5, under 16s £2 in advance only from 2nd Stop Shop, Kesgrave Town Council Offices, the Bell Inn
A huge bonfire sets the scene for a spectacular fireworks display by Full Effects Fireworks along with a traditional funfair, bar, fish and chips, hog roast and a variety of tasty local foods. Live music by the Matadors, Crumbs for Comfort and Desert Planes. Entry: Advance £20 per vehicle (on the gate £25). Pedestrians adult £7, child £5 www.suffolk-fireworks.co.uk
professional drone pilots behind movies such as Avengers, Mission Impossible, James Bond and Captain America. Funfair, entertainments, barbecue and much more. Tickets available in advance from: www.felixstowefootball.co.uk
NOVEMBER 6 Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club
The Goldstar Ground, Delwood Avenue. Gates open at 4.30pm Musical Fireworks Spectacular including two hugely popular performances in the entertainment arena. Acroinferno – returning after last year’s spectacular fire spinning, fire juggling acrobatics. Plus Night Flight Spectacular with their dazzling illuminated aerial display of helicopters by the team of
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‘TWO YEARS’ EXHIBITION MF Gallery and Framing, Ipswich. November 1 – 26 For thirty years M F Gallery and Framing in Ipswich was predominantly a bespoke framing business however, following a change of ownership two years ago new owner Owen Berry is keen to promote local talent and provide a platform for established artists to show their work in Ipswich. The art gallery has a mix of original paintings and drawings, limited edition prints, glassware, bronze and ceramics from both local and international artists, providing Suffolk and East Anglia with a complete artistic and picture framing service.
JUMPY Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich. November 2 – 5 Hilary, a 50-year-old middle class mother who once protested at Greenham Common, is now just praying that her job will ride out the recession. She’s got a husband who adores her and bores her to tears, a best friend who’s desperate to feel young again and a rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter who is more interested in drinking at the local pub and having sex with her boyfriend than in revising for her exams. A trip away to Norfolk sees the family drama come to a head, and with many surprising, moving and hilarious twists the audience follows Hilary on her own journey of self-understanding.
To celebrate his first two years of business Owen is exhibiting works from 32 local artists – all of whom have exhibited at the gallery in that time. The ‘Two Years’ exhibition includes some high profile names including Delia Tournay-Godfrey, Dale Devereux Barker, Sarah Baddon Price and Usch Spettigue to name a few, while introducing two emerging artists; Sarah Edwards and Ethan Lewis. Excited to be putting on the exhibition, Owen says “In the run up to Christmas the event is an ideal opportunity to purchase high quality original work by very talented artists and makers”. The exhibition is open daily Tuesday to Saturday until November 26.
INFORMATION MF Gallery and Framing Ltd,10 St Helens Street, Ipswich 01473 225544 | www.mfframes.co.uk
April De Angelis shows the absurdity, intrigue and humour of everyday life, so that every situation strikes a chord with those watching. As Hilary yells at her daughter, laments at her husband and scorns her best-friends’ enthusiasm for life, we know she’s not the villain of the piece. She’s the hero. Why? Because she’s the glue that holds them all together. Director for Upfront Productions Helen Clarke said “I was immediately attracted to Jumpy by its subject matter – it is an extremely funny, extremely moving look at the relationship between a fifty-something mother and her teenage daughter as she moves through taking GCSEs, then A levels and finally leaves home for university. It’s a journey I have just made with my own daughter – thankfully with less drama than we see in de Angelis’ play – but the script still had me alternatively laughing and wincing in recognition! Which mother of a teenage daughter has not been told “You’ve ruined my life!” or “God, you’re not wearing your jeans, are you?”?
INFORMATION Box Office: 01473 211498 | www.easternangles.co.uk
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UMANOOVE – THE HAPPINESS PROJECT Dance East. November 4 Didy Veldman is an internationally renowned dance artist and this month working with composer and violinist Alexander Balanescu is premiering a new work with her new company at Jerwood Dance House, in Ipswich. The Happiness Project examines the idea of happiness as something we strive for, as something fleeting, something that can be very elusive or even absent. “We are all interested in being happy” says Didy.
ROMEO AND JULIET Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. November 21 – 23
An award-winning choreographer, Didy is a former Rambert dancer and DanceEast Choreographic Development Fund recipient. She has developed an excellent reputation for her expressive, thoughtful, dynamic work for a wide range of dance companies including Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Rambert and has recently formed UMANOOVE, her own company. This physical, theatrical work is made in collaboration with four highly acclaimed independent dancers: Dance Hurst, Mathieu Geffré, Hannah Kidd and Estela Merlos. Music is by the celebrated composer and violinist Alexander Balanescu who will play live onstage and whose music Didy has used frequently over the years.
As the nation celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy, Ballet Theatre UK creates a new production of Romeo and Juliet, re-telling the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers with astonishing grace and heart-breaking intimacy. This beautiful and mesmerising show has been named as one of the Top Five dance productions in the country and has been much-praised by the critics. During the opulent Capulet’s ball our lovers meet, sparking a fateful series of events. We follow the young couple as they experience the greatest of romances to their tragic final embrace. Stunning costumes and innovative stage sets transport you to Renaissance Verona where our tragic tale unfolds of the Capulet and Montague families.
“My aim is to find a common language between the movement, drama and the music on stage in my investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfilment.” Didy is a keen collaborator and will be working once again with designer Kimie Nakano.
From the balcony scene’s elated pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet promises to be an audience favourite and the highlight on the calendar.
INFORMATION Box Office: 01473 295230 danceeast.co.uk
INFORMATION Box Office: 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org
THE WIPERS TIMES New Wolsey, Ipswich. November 7 – 12
It’s something of a British trait to find humour in the dark side when times are bleak or bad – and you can’t get much bleaker than the trenches of the First World War; which is probably why when Captain Frederick Roberts and his friend Lieutenant Jack Pearson discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres they decided to print a satirical newspaper – The Wipers Times.
When Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop, researching the First World War, came across this hilarious publication it must have seemed like he’d come across a comedy goldmine. So, with the help of the BBC and fellow writer Nick Newman he made an award-winning film and has subsequently turned it into a critically acclaimed and sold-out stage play that’s on tour and on its way to Ipswich this month. The Wipers Times tells the extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line. In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.
Speaking to Essential Suffolk Ian and Nick said the play is currently showing at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury but added, “Bless the Wolsey for wanting to show it in Ipswich.”
newspaper was incredible, they said, because of course much of what is known from the First World War and the trenches was published in the 1920s and ‘30s and is very serious and solemn.
The pair are determined to go to as many shows as they possibly can on the tour and will be doing a Q and A on stage on November 9 in Ipswich for audience members who want to know more. It’s a session well worth booking for, as this pair just simply don’t seem to be able to stop making jokes – even though they claim to have simply “looted” the gags from the Wiper’s Times.
“Incredibly it survives for more than two years despite having the original press blown up by shellfire, and the regiment being moved around the battlefields of Flanders.” It’s stuffed with spoofs, jokes and pastiches, they said. “For instance at the time Roberts and Pearson were writing a new horrendous deadly weapon – the flame thrower – was introduced. They turned it into a child’s toy, calling it ‘the must-have toy for a boy giving hours of fun’. It’s just the sort of joke we might run in Private Eye.”
“What’s remarkable is that these jokes are 100 years old but when you read them they still make you laugh out loud. The paper was pretty subversive and the joy to us was that it felt very contemporary. The comedy in the jokes is very post modern.” Discovering the
In another edition they wrote about poetry because of course the First World War was famous for its poets – Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen… “There was a report talking about an
outbreak of poetry in the trenches and how a newspaper could not be run by verse alone. Then there’s a poem about writing poetry.” There are fake adverts – “Are you suffering from optimism about the way the war is being fought?” Ian says that The Wipers Times was much disapproved by many of the top Brass but it rolled off the press for two years. “It was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.” Roberts and Pearson both survived the war and were decorated for bravery but after the paper was closed never wrote again.
INFORMATION Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
WAYS WITH WORDS LITERATURE FESTIVAL Southwold. November 10 – 14
The tourists may have gone home, the beaches might be deserted and with the days getting shorter there’s less sunshine too but Southwold in November is always buzzing. For 20 or more years Ways With Words has created a festival celebration of literature featuring some of the UK’s top names in art, politics, writing and philosophy. The calibre of speakers is always top notch and attracts audiences from far and wide packing out the hotels and restaurants no matter what the wind or weather. Many of the talks too are sold out well in advance. This year for instance there’s The Reverend Richard Coles presenter of Saturday Live and regular on Have I Got News for You who will be opening the event at St Edmunds Hall on
November 10. Roy Strong, Ben Fogle, Nicholas Crane are just some of the names who will also be abandoning the airwaves for the stage at this venue. Suffolk born Maggi Hambling, one of Britain’s foremost figurative artists celebrated for her portraits and controversial sculptures, will be discussing her new book Touch, with author James Cahill. Former Foreign Secretary Lord Owen, who led the Social Democratic Party and who now sits as an Independent Social Democrat in the House of Lords will be casting his thoughts back to a pivotal time in Britain’s history – the War cabinet meetings in 1940. The minutes of those meetings show just how close Britain was to seeking a
negotiated settlement with Nazi Germany – but they also reveal Churchill’s powers of persuasion and the strengths of cabinet run Government. Also taking part and returning to Southwold is Alan Johnson – one of the country’s most popular politicians. Shirley Williams had been booked for the festival but has been unable to attend the festival so Paddy Ashdown has stepped in and will be discussing his new book Game of Spies set in the murky world of espionage and intelligence operations during World War II. INFORMATION Tickets are available to book online at wayswithwords.co.uk, or by phone on 01803 867373
ALDEBURGH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Aldeburgh Cinema. November 4 – 6
Documentary is an art form that gives us back time in an age where everything moves so fast. Great documentary allows the viewer to pause and look more deeply at the world and to learn and grow through its insights. Like all true art it helps form opinions. And for the last 22 years Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has been doing just that, showing films that entertained, enlightened, but above all have informed.
To Glory, which celebrates the joy and therapeutic power of girls’ football.
This year’s festival promises all of this and more over a weekend with talks by celebrities, writers and filmmakers. Some of the films may be familiar from recent TV broadcasts, like Inside Obama’s White House and Joanna Lumley’s Japan three-parter. But the
team behind the festival, Artistic Director Diana Quick, Executive Director Thomas Gerstenmeyer, Festival Chair Marc Vlessing and Programme Advisor Chris Harris believe everything on show deserves to be seen on the big screen. There is the added bonus too of the filmmakers being present to tell you more. Live on stage will be Joanna Lumley, the BBC’s Nick Robinson and Louis Theroux to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Documentary Award. The festival will look at some of the rarest food in the world in Ants On a Shrimp, at a remarkable return from a locked in state for an autistic boy in Life, Animated, and Sunakali – Teenage Girls Journey
The Studio Pop-Up Screen will include the British Premiere of Geordie Jazz Man about the maverick proprietor of Newcastle’s Jazz Café. Three Studio screenings look back at five decades of US American Politics and Classic Documentary, and there also is a dedicated ‘Our Environment’ programme strand, ending with the debut performance of local resident Lord Cranbrook in a film about his personal hero Alfred Wallace, codiscoverer of the Theory of Evolution. INFORMATION Tickets: From £10 – 15 www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk
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Woodbridge Music Makers
Woodbridge is known for its picturesque location, its beautiful riverbank, its shops, its historic buildings, restaurants and most recently as a hub of musical creativity. Anne Gould talks to three women whose music is making waves in Suffolk and beyond
MUSIC MAKERS every week. Plus they say the landlords, pubs and venues have played an important part too by opening their doors to countless talented performers, singer/songwriters and artists too.
uffolk is blessed with a myriad of cultural and literary festivals and its coastline has long been recognised as haven for artists, writers, musicians and anyone in the creative arts. But of late, Woodbridge in particular has developed a thriving live music scene with artists from all sorts of genres performing at various pubs and pop-up locations in the town. It’s not just the people of Woodbridge who are benefitting from this musical innovation though, because thanks to the internet the audience has now extended right across the world. Essential Suffolk spoke to three of the women involved – Sophie Tott, Jan Pulsford and Claire Cordeaux about their work.
Although each has achieved individual success they have also paid tribute to the community of local people who have helped create and support all music within the town. In particular, Peter Hepworth, of the Blue Bus Tour who promotes live music not just for major festivals but supports Woodbridge too by bringing well known artists to Suffolk and giving unsigned local artists an opportunity to be on the lineup at the same time. There’s the Woodbridge-based Eurobeat Radio too, created by Marco Spino, which has an audience of up to 10,000. It’s an internet station which hosts DJ’s from across Europe, broadcasts a wide range of music and live streams the Open Mic night from The Old Mariner
She’s an international DJ, is a role model for Girl Guides across the UK, has played in front of foreign royalty and as her alter ego, Tallulah Goodtimes is known as the ‘Queen’ of electro swing. This summer Sophie Tott has been on the move between home, gigs in Woodbridge, festivals right across the country and wedding parties for the super-rich. In between times she has also been writing material for a new EP and also works with Suffolk Artlink helping young people who might never have an opportunity to learn music get on the decks. As one of only a handful of female electro swing DJs in the country Sophie is clearly very much in demand, and as a mother with two young children, aged six and eight, her life is very much full on. “My husband is very supportive and as he is self-employed too we muddle through.” Music though is very much a passion and her act is something that’s grown and developed over time. “I have done some music production courses but started DJing when I was 16 and learnt on the job. It’s been very much trial and error.” She said that the electro-swing genre – which combines vintage or ‰
modern swing with jazz, house and hiphop just seems to be growing and growing. It also seems to be the entertainment of choice for society/ celebrity weddings – she’s signed many ‘non-disclosure’ agreements before jetting out to the south of France, the west and Scotland.
Mariner and venues like The Tea Hut putting on live events for all sorts of genres. It’s a great place to be.”
top of the music industry and thanks to the internet is currently carving a name for herself in the online music scene.
Back in 2011 Jan swapped Nashville – the songwriting capital of the world where she had her own studio, career and production company, for Suffolk simply because she wanted to be back in the UK. A former writing partner with Cyndi Lauper she’s worked on critically acclaimed albums like the ‘Sisters of Avalon’ along with ‘Merry Christmas... Have a nice life’ and the ‘12 Deadly Cyns’ collection.
She’s also played at a number of festivals; Latitude, Corkstock in Norwich, EcoTricity Festival in the Cotswolds to name a few. What’s encouraging, she says, is that increasing numbers of girls and women are also keen to have a go on the decks. This year for instance Sophie was asked to run workshops for the Girl Guides at their 100th anniversary convention at Alexandra Palace, which went down really well.
Jan Pulsford has been making music in Suffolk for the last six years – launching the Deben Collective with pop up gigs in the most unlikely places like the UFO location in Rendlesham Forest, Kyson Point and even a phone box in Pettaugh. She regularly broadcasts live video, has her own radio show on Eurobeat Radio and also streams as JaNaMooN on the virtual world Second Life.
She’s also worked with young people and charities locally in addition to putting on her own events in and around Woodbridge too. “The music scene in Woodbridge is amazing, there’s a real community that seems to have built up with venues like the The Angel, The Table, The Anchor, The Old
But Jan, who describes herself as a producer, songwriter, keyboardist, virtual artist/explorer in the world of music and technology, is by no means an ordinary musician. Besides playing a range of instruments – she started off with a classical training in flute – she’s had an international career at the very
Her songs have also been recorded by artists such as legendary Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee and 2014 Oscar winner, Darlene Love. Steps, Ani di Franco, Anthony Head, DJs Julian Marsh, Junior Vasquez, 3kStatic and Soul Solution have also recorded her songs. Jan has played keyboards with the Thompson Twins, Melanie, Linda Lewis, David Schnaufer, Angelique Kidjo, Tina Turner, Nile Rodgers, James Ingram, Steve Arrington, OMD and many more. Her music for film and TV
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Woodbridge Music Makers They’ve played Folk East, Cosmic Puffin, Harlequin Festival, The Wild Tree Festival and at folk clubs across East Anglia and beyond. Plus there have been excursions on board their Scottish fishing boat, Marie, normally moored at Woodbridge Quay, for gigs at Ipswich Waterfront and to Brittany for the famous International Maritime Festival in Brest, which only takes place every four years, as well. Aartwork, says Claire plays original music and although it is based in folk traditions they mix and match genres with the addition of a reggae rhythm perhaps or special effects on the vocals or violin to give a psychedelic feel. Currently, although they have other work, the band is playing twice a week and also meet up very regularly too to rehearse and write new music. “Working in Woodbridge as a musician is incredible, although people work in different genres they are all really supportive of each other.”
continues to be heard worldwide including documentaries and reality shows like Oprah, X factor, Springer, MTV and American idol. Jan decided on Woodbridge simply because it seemed like a perfect place – she fell in love with the river and the town plus its rail connections (she doesn’t drive) gave her easy access to London and beyond. “I absolutely love it here and there’s all this fabulous music here which seems to have grown a lot since I have arrived which is brilliant.” She says that she’s often inspired by the river and the Deben Collective – a collaboration between herself, Clarissa Vincent and Merlyn Bruce – producing improvised ambient electronica, with the spirit of jazz and earth rhythms reflects this. In addition to the pop-up gigs the band has also recently played at the Shuck Festival at the Tea Hut, Languard Fort, Petta Fiesta and the Beach Shelter on the Deben. The internet and the ability to stream has clearly enabled Jan to reach new audiences but as she’s fascinated by technology and electronic music her work is clearly very much influenced by
what’s possible. She’s thrilled with the idea that she could potentially play in a wild isolated part of Suffolk and video stream the gig across the world. Plus with plans for a new album on the way there’s clearly more music to come. “There is a very, very good community of musicians in Woodbridge supporting a whole range of genres from electronic music to singer songwriting and jazz. It’s a really good place to be.” INFORMATION janpulsford.com
Claire Cordeaux Ceilidh season has begun, which pretty much means that Claire Cordeaux and Aartwork, the Woodbridge-based folk band she plays with will be busy most weekends for the autumn and winter. The Celtic Fusion band – which includes her partner Art Butler and Merlyn Bruce – have had an incredible year not only playing in Woodbridge, being invited to play across the country alongside some of the top names in the folk world (like John Spiers) but they’ve been busy on the festival circuit too.
For many, many people in this country homelessness is only one or two pay packets away. Anne Gould finds out more about how Ipswich Housing Action Group helps people in Suffolk get back on their feet again
HELPING THE HOMELESS
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hould you be one of the unlucky ones who through misfortune, accident or illness find yourself single and homeless your statutory rights to be rehoused are less than that of a stray dog. According to Halford Hewitt, the Chief Executive of Ipswich Housing Action Group the dog has to be rounded up, fed, sheltered and looked after for at least a week. But if you are a human being without a home, not even this level of basic help is on offer from local councils. Homelessness has of course become increasingly visible in recent years, particularly in big cities but rough sleeping on the streets, in doorways, alleys and cemeteries is now also a common, if shocking sight, in Ipswich too. An early morning stroll round the town will reveal huddles of sleeping bags in St Clement’s Church, on The Buttermarket and even Ipswich Waterfront. Halford says that no-one can make assumptions about these people – just one thing needs to go wrong like losing your job, divorce, illness, mental health issues or addiction – and you could find yourself without a roof over your head. There are, he says, currently about 16 ‘hardened’ rough sleepers in the town but this is just the tip of the iceberg as there are an estimated 1,080 more who are sleeping on people’s floors or ‘sofa surfing’. The picture is complicated he explains, as some of the people sleeping rough are not actually homeless but have, for whatever reason, chosen not to go home. There’s a community of people who sleep rough and sometimes individuals stay out because they like the companionship, he explained.
However they got to where they are, sleeping rough exposes these people not just to the elements – cold, rain, snow – but also a host of other problems too. They may have physical and mental health issues, learning problems, addictions; they may have been forced onto the streets because of debts or problem behaviour. At then there’s sometimes abuse from passers by, being kicked in their sleep and even urinated on, particularly at weekends when the pubs and clubs close down. Whatever, the average age of someone living on the streets is just 47. “Since last year 16 people who were coming to us for help at the Chapman Centre have died,” says Halford. “There’s always been
homelessness but it just looks different today than it did when IHAG first started in the 70s by a group of community activists. At the time there was a problem with people having nowhere to live. There was a lot of squatting in derelict houses and although there were gentlemen of the road, there weren’t the number of people sleeping rough that there are today.” There was lots of regeneration going on in the town with properties only available for short-term rents so working with Ipswich Borough Council, IHAG, was given properties on low rents and by 1978 were able to house 43 people. As the years have gone by its work has expanded and today as a registered charity IHAG employs 40 people offering practical help, food, washing facilities and a postal address for those with no home at the Chapman Centre in Black Horse Lane. It offers advice about benefits, healthcare and makes appointments to help individuals access other specialist services too. Also, says Halford, they have access to emergency accommodation and can also house 55 people in properties across the town. Plus, there’s an outreach worker whose job is to be in regular contact with those out on the streets with the aim of persuading them to visit the Chapman Centre and in the long term help. IHAG has also been instrumental in helping to set up Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership, which is a group of 40 organisations in the town that work together to help vulnerable and marginalised people. The idea is to address the homelessness problem in a consistent way so that there are long-term solutions. “You can give people a wooly hat or a coat if it’s cold, or a hot meal or even a bed for the night but it doesn’t help them to deal with the underlying issues and help them on their journey. The problem is for some people it’s very hard for them to engage or re-engage with services. They may be violent or have excluded themselves from help but our job is to help them see what they need to do.” Working together the Locality Partnership can use all the resources available to get people back on track again – even though it does take time.
CASE STUDIES Robin is a 48-year-old ex-serviceman who, after marriage breakdown and six years of sleeping out in between spells in prison, is about to start a new life. “When sleeping out was my only option it wasn’t much of a problem. I don’t have a drug or substance addiction, and it’s something as a former soldier I have been trained for. I’d get a tent, sleep on the edge of town near somewhere where there was 24hour service stop where I could get a wash and I was fine. If I needed new clothes I’d just go to Primark and buy something new. Thanks to IHAG and its outreach team he was offered help at the Chapman Centre and in 18 weeks has moved on from sleeping in a tent on the outskirts of town to having his own apartment. The charity signposted him to a health service where he was diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome, a result of tours of duty as a young man in Northern Ireland. This led to him being given support from the armed services charity, SSAFA, an apartment and a new start in a new town. “I am ecstatic because I am being given another chance.”
Mary, a quietly spoken 44-year-old who was once a senior manager in Suffolk Health Care, became homeless through ill health. “I was a professional with a career, my own three-bedroomed house and a car but then I became ill with a rare condition, hemiplegic migraine, which left me paralysed down my left side for 18 months.” The result was that Mary lost everything because she needed to pay for her own care and although she moved into a shared house that didn’t work out and eventually she ended up last October asking IHAG for help. “I was terribly depressed because of what had happened to me but all the housing team were really supportive.” They helped with temporary accommodation, rehousing and benefits and thanks to their support and help from her father, months later she is now moving into her own home near Nottingham with a full time job back in the health care profession.
shades of grey It might be November but there’s nothing dull and grey about shades of pewter, silver, stone and slate for your wardrobe this winter. We’ve selected just a few of the beautiful greys on offer from leading independent Suffolk retailers
Miss Baron jacket £89 Holly Blue Boutique
Ella cardigan in light grey (S-XL) £215 Homespun
Black and white stripe slash neck sweater by Velvet £115 Chattertons
Adini print dress £55 Adams Apple
Prima Donna Deaville in winter grey cup B-J, bra £78.95 briefs £37.95 Sweet Dreams
Adini wool jacket £153 Adams Apple
Silvian Heach jacket £135 Holly Blue Boutique
GREAT GIFT IDEAS AT DENNYS
Vivienne Westwood ‘Graffiti Orb’ Scarf £150
Barbour Dee Winter Tartan Bag £129
Barbour Victoria Mules Slippers £54.95
Barbour Winter Tartan Purse £69.95 And Gloves £39
Leather Ashwood Bag £149
Domgoor Sheepskin Reversible Coat £1495
Barbour Watson Slipper £54.95 Berneray Harris Tweed Holdall £105 Dents ‘Fleming 007’leather Gloves As Worn By James Bond (Daniel Craig) In Spectre £99
Maddox St Liberty Print Shirt £119
Wine Bottle Bar Set £19.95
Ashwood Leather Wallet £29.95
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Part Two Kristianna cashmere knit £ 99.95 Laura Jane Boutique Sahara grey tunic £139 Caramel snape Maltings
Knitted waistcoat £45 Ninni Noo Boutique
Running horses top £44.99, Pikeur Penelope silver gilet £169.95 Kings of Suffolk
Irelands Eye jumper £120 Denny of southwold Silver bag £89 Moose Lifestyle & Interiors
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Luisa Cerano grey lace dress £389 Darcy B
Grey Itallian leather stachel bag £75 Chaffinch
Luella cashmere star jumper £69 Laura Jane Boutique
Barbara Lebek faux fur waistcoat £75, Micha grey rollneck £64.95, Barabara Lebek grey trousers £59 Caramel Snape Maltings
it’s a wrap We’re glad to see he trend for ponchos and wraps continues this winter. They make the perfect outer layer for a stylish look that doesn’t compromise on comfort and warmth. Here are some of our favourites
Barbour Icefield cape £149 O&C Butcher
Dom Goor sheepskin cape £1,245 Denny of Southwold
Vivien Westwood cape £225 Denny of Southwold
Suzanne Bettley navy and cream faux fur poncho £50 Caramel Snape Maltings
Lilly & Me teal poncho £53 Adams Apple
Part Two Eris poncho £115 Laura Jane Boutique
Cream cold shoulder sweater £65, Infinity necklace £38 Moose Lifestyle & Interiors
Fashion Part Two Falleria poncho £109.95 Laura Jane Boutique
Grey poncho £42 Chaffinch
Roll neck poncho £45 Ninni Noo Boutique
Suzanne Bettley cream faux fur poncho £65 Caramel Snape Maltings
STOCKISTS Adams Apple 70 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge T: 01394 384685 Caramel Snape Maltings T: 01728 687467 www.caramel-aldeburgh.co.uk Chaffinch 21 New Street, Woodbridge, IP12 1DY T: 01394 387672 www.lovechaffinch.co.uk Chatterton’s 80 High Street, Southwold & 18 Market Hill, Woodbridge T: 01394 385757 www.chattertonshop.co.uk Darcy B Market Hill Framlingham & Woodbridge T: 01728 720052 www.darcy-b.co.uk Denny of Southwold 11 Market Place, Southwold T: 01502 722372 www.dennyofsouthwold.co.uk Essential Holly Blue Boutique 72 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge T: 01394 382300 SUFFOLK Homespun 1 Market Hill, Woodbridge T: 01394 383834 www.homespuncashmere.com always proud Kings of Suffolk Grange Farm Barn, Hasketon, Woodbridge. T: 01473 738237 www.kingsofsuffolk.co.uk ~ to feature ~ Laura Jane Boutique 89/91 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge T: 01394 386686 Moose Interiors 20a Market Hill, Woodbridge T: 01394382691 RETAILERS Ninni Noo Boutique 57 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge T: 01394 388655 O&C Butcher 129 – 131 High Street, Aldeburgh T: 01728 452229 www.ocbutcher.co.uk Sweet Dreams 45a Thoroughfare, Woodbridge T: 01394 380306
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Be party ready at Seckford Spa
Party Prep! With even the glimpse of the Indian Summer we were treated to this autumn now a dimming memory, it feels like months since we were bronzing on the beach and taking good care of our skin, nails and hair. With Christmas party season looming large on the calendar it’s time to book with your salon for the necessary preparations
The Seckford Spa, which is situated in the grounds of the magnificent Seckford Hall Hotel, has been recently extended and beautifully refurbished offering guests and day visitors a wonderful selection of relaxing new spa and beauty services. It’s the perfect place for some pre-Christmas pampering and an ideal choice if you’re meeting up with friends for some party planning over a coffee or a glass of bubbles. New at Seckford Spa this Christmas is the stunning Breakfast at Tiffany’s range of OPI nail colours available as both varnish and gel. With the choice of either a Replenishing or Rejuvenating manicure your hands and nails will be ready to make a Hollywood entrance. If there’s an evening dress to be worn you’ll be looking at tanning options. Seckford Spa’s range of Fake Bake tans contains a wash-off cosmetic guide colour to make application easy. Fake Bake also gives longer lasting (up to 50% longer than self-tans), more natural looking results and is made from only the finest naturally derived ingredients giving anti-ageing and anti-oxidant protection. The products are also pleasantly fragranced, not tested on animals and free from parabens. The 60 minute treatment, which includes full body exfoliation and full body tan including the face, is just £45. Finish your look with Mii party make-up. Mii combines the finest ingredients, effortless application and unrivalled expertise to bring out your natural beauty. Indulge in a 45 minute Night Out application for just £35. To book please contact Seckford Spa on 01394 385606 to make your appointment.
Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6NU 01394 385606 | www.flawlessimage.co.uk/seckfordhall
Christmas Health & Beauty
Relax, revitalise, restore at Ufford Park Spa,Woodbridge
Glitz and Glamour
We all know the importance of eating healthily and getting regular exercise, but it is just as important for our health and wellbeing to take proper time-out; time to relax, revitalise and restore. Offering a variety of spa and beauty treatments, day and half day spa experiences Ufford Park Spa offers the perfect retreat to escape the pressures of modern day living. Within our spa and leisure facilities we have a Thermal Suite – a perfect Fire and Ice Experience that stimulates the senses! Plus all our Spa Experiences not only include full access to our Thermal Suite, but access to our swimming pool and gym facilities too. Fancy a Treatment? We love to pamper you at Ufford Park and whether you are coming to totally relax with us on one of our Spa Experiences, or just have the time to pop in for a spa or beauty treatment, we have a wide range for you to choose from. From massages, facials and body treatments to manicures, pedicures, spray tanning, waxing and much more, we are the perfect one stop shop for all your relaxation and beauty needs. Getting Married? With something to suit every budget, we can completely take away the hassle of planning a hen party and with prices starting from just £59 per person including facility use, treatment time and a light lunch – it’s the perfect package! And when you want just that little bit more, why not book one of our Spa Hotel Breaks? The perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful surroundings, great food and great pampering all under one roof! To find out more about us and to book your perfect Spa Experience or hen party please visit www.uffordparkspa.co.uk or call us on: 01394 386449
Heavenly Hair in Saxmundham can answer all of your hair and beauty needs, especially over the festive season! Heavenly Hair opened a year ago and, after an incredible response, we have employed further experienced stylists and therapists meaning that we are now a team of eight. The luxurious salon, along with the outstanding services on offer enable you to relax in a spa-like atmosphere.
Ufford Park Woodbridge,Yarmouth Road, Melton Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1QW 01394 386449 | www.uffordparkspa.co.uk
Our experienced team can ensure that you are partyready, making you feel glamorous and confident from your hair down to your feet! Book in for our party package to receive 10% off the total cost. To qualify you would need to book a Cut and Finish with a Classic Manicure on the same day (please mention this advert when calling – offer available November and January). Pamper Yourself… Heavenly Hair’s extensive beauty services allow you to really pamper yourself. We use the OPI range for nails offering lacquer and gels and Infinite Shine. A few options you may consider from our range may be: Classic Manicure – £18 (£15 if you mention this advert*), Classic Pedicure – £20 (£18 if you mention this advert*), Eyelash, Eyebrow Tint & Eyebrow Shape – £24 (£20 if you mention this advert*). Products… Heavenly Hair prides itself on selecting luxurious but kind products to use on our clients. We are pleased to be able to offer these for retail. Some of the products which may make beautiful Christmas gifts include: Caviar Taster Trio (Recovery, Repair or Volume) – £12.50, OPI Nail Recovery Set – £29.95, ghd Straighteners or Curling Tongs – Price on application. *T&Cs apply and are available to view in the salon
11 High Street, Saxmundham 01728 602941 | www.heavenlyhairstyling.co.uk
ANTIQUES AND INSURANCE Natasha Sadler, insurance executive with Scrutton Bland’s Private Client Service explains some of the things you need to know. The popularity of The Antiques Roadshow and other antiques and auction programmes is evidence of the perennial interest in antiques and collectibles. But once you’ve successfully bid for your item and proudly brought it home, the next step is to ask ‘am I covered?’ Most standard home insurance policies can be extended to cover antique furniture, paintings, statues and other objet d’art. However polices will often have a ‘single article limit’ which assumes that no single item should be worth more than an amount specified in your policy so you must check that the value of your new purchase does not exceed this. You may wish to consider a specialist service, like that offered by Scrutton Bland’s Private Client team, who find bespoke insurance solutions which are individually tailored to each client’s home and contents. This ensures that your antiques, art and other valuables will be underwritten accurately and comprehensively and, most importantly, that you will be covered in the event of a claim. If, for example, you have bought a valuable work of art at auction, under specific Private Client policies it may be automatically added to your cover from the moment of purchase. Following this, you then have 30 days to notify your broker who will permanently add the new item(s) to your policy,
Natasha Sadler Insurance Executive
and depending on the value of the item your broker will then advise of any additional premium which may be applicable. The good news for fine art collectors is that paintings and other works of art can usually attract a lower rate of risk on your insurance premium than, say, items of jewellery. This is because once inside your house they are static, and are not moved around in the way that other possessions such as mobile phones, laptops or designer handbags may be. We recommend that jewellery and original documents should be kept in a safe. For jewellery valued above £100,000 then two safes should be used to split the risk. Safes are graded by their ‘cash rating’ which usually guarantees the safety of the contents up to ten times the value of the cash rating. It is often more important for an insurer to have proof of your safe cash rating than it is to know where the safe is located (which in any case you may not wish to disclose). If purchasing a safe, we also advise you to think about its future capacity, as you may well continue to purchase other items which will increase the value of its contents. Scrutton Bland’s Private Client insurance advisers specialise in arranging cover for high value homes and contents. Our teams of experts can find options to suit your individual circumstances and will work to offer the most competitive premiums at the right level of cover for you. For an initial consultation, in complete confidence, contact Natasha at email@example.com or telephone 01206 838400.
OPPORTUNITY “At all levels of the school, pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent”. They have naturally enquiring minds, eagerly express their own perceptive opinions and question probingly. They are enthusiastic and willing learners with a thirst for knowledge”
ISI Report 2016
SENIOR SCHOOL ENTRANCE TESTS
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For more information, or to book a personal visit, please contact our admissions team: 01394 615041 www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk
LIVING WITH RHEUMATIC DISEASES – FACING THE CHALLENGE Dr Anita Weerakoon “Rheumatic diseases affect joints, muscles, tendons, bone and multiple organs in the body. They are common and can affect people of all ages and may be associated with a preceding history of infections, vaccinations or injuries and sometimes there is a link to major life events resulting in stress. Symptoms may be joint pain, stiffness and swelling, muscle aches and fatigue. Rheumatic diseases can affect a person at a time when least expected and therefore at a time when they are least able to cope with it. They can have a huge impact on your quality of life, resulting in difficulty in daily living, occupation and leisure activities and even make you wonder, hesitate or become anxious about life’s plans. It has been found that rheumatic diseases can also be associated with depression, anxiety and cognitive difficulties and this may increase the negative impact on not only the individuals’ concerned but also family, carers and relationships. Most important is the early and accurate diagnosis. Not only does timely diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, connective tissue disease and vasculitis prevent more serious complications and halt the disease progression, it also means the related chronic pain, fatigue, depression and anxiety that may be experienced can be addressed as well. Many people who are diagnosed with arthritis assume the worst and think they will become progressively debilitated. However, whilst a delay in appropriately controlling inflammatory arthritis could result in progressive damage to joints, there is a “window of opportunity” at the onset of symptoms to analyse them and start treatment as needed. If you are experiencing symptoms of possible rheumatic disease, or have very specific pain concentrated in one area, you might want to talk to a physiotherapist who will be able to recommend some targeted exercises to help and if you are struggling with pain, speak to a GP. You could benefit from a consultation with a rheumatologist to discuss the problems in the context of your particular circumstances and the disease in order to be able to decide on the most appropriate management options and pain relief for you and your condition.
There are multiple pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available to address symptoms associated with rheumatic diseases and to control the progress of these illnesses. Some conditions respond more effectively to drug treatments. By regularly monitoring for side effects and optimising doses of medications, the conditions can be managed effectively through this method. It may be the most effective management option for some disorders can be as simple as certain lifestyle changes. In reality, most conditions require a combination of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments and lifestyle changes. If good control is achieved you should be able to have a good quality of life and achieve your lifetime goals. In my 14 years of experience in managing rheumatic diseases and supporting patients with rheumatic disease to face the challenge and ‘live’ with their conditions, I have come across the varied ways these conditions impact on individual patients, their families, friends and carers. The way each person faces the diagnosis and accepts management options and handle the impact on them has also been very varied. However it is possible to view the conditions in different lights and have a plan for the future. Research over the years has not only improved our understanding of the rheumatic diseases but also has resulted in availability of more advanced treatment options being more available. It is now understood that controlling inflammatory rheumatic diseases would prevent cardiovascular comorbidities, and more advanced treatment options are now available to those with osteoporosis. Appropriate and close monitoring for possible side effects has allowed use of potent disease modifying medications without worry of side effects. It is entirely possible to face the challenge of living with rheumatic diseases with modern day treatments and understanding, and by working together with a rheumatologist who understands your symptoms, values, worries and expectations. From the patient’s perspective the more you understand the condition and its progress and earlier the appropriate treatment options are considered and positive action taken to address the problem, the more likelihood of having a positive outcome”.
For more information on how to book a private consultation with Dr Weerakoon, please get in touch on 01473 852 661. Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital offers a comprehensive range of rheumatology services, and rapid access to experts in diagnostic and imaging services and physiotherapy for advice and treatment. Find out more at www.nuffieldhealth.com/ipswichhospital.
Business Profile | Wren Kitchens
WREN KITCHENS FROM HERE TO INFINITY A unique, bespoke kitchen made just for your home was a dream that only a select few could ever realise because of the high price tag. But not anymore because the largest kitchen manufacturer and retailer in the UK, Wren Kitchens, is going to make that dream come true for thousands of homeowners with the launch of its Infinity Collection this autumn. With 50 colours, 20 frontal styles, 1,650 unit sizes, 700 feature units, worktops, profiles, finishes and amazing details, Infinity and Infinity Plus offer the possibility of millions of combinations. An infinity of choice that lets you create a bespoke kitchen for a fraction of the price. All of Wren’s kitchens are manufactured by Wren in the UK at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, ensuring that quality, design, sustainable manufacturing and British values are at the heart of everything it does. And, because Wren
owns its entire supply chain – manufacturing in the UK, selling in its own showrooms and delivering in its own fleet – costs can be kept low for customers. The launch of the Infinity Collection this autumn is a real game changer for the industry – and for homeowners. Wren spent a further £50 million in manufacturing facilities alone to develop the Infinity range, creating a third factory taking its manufacturing footprint to over 1.5 million square feet, and 25,000 hours in research and development. Mark Pullan, Wren’s Managing Director, explains: “The company has experienced unprecedented sales growth in 2016 and over the next few years we will be looking to almost triple the number of retail showrooms in the UK from 55 to 150. The word is spreading about our great quality, excellent service, and above all, our beautiful kitchens. We are so excited to introduce
the Infinity Collection and give our customers the most comprehensive collection in the UK to choose from.” The Infinity Collection offers homeowners a bespoke, luxury kitchen at a price that everyone can afford. Wren’s popular ranges, including favourites like the Shaker and Handleless styles, have been expanded to include new unit sizes, colours, finishes, feature units and custom-made worktops from stunning stealth islands to pull out larder units, pet beds and dressers. One stunning new design, the sleek modern Infinity Milano, is normally only found in high-end design studios – but Wren makes it available at an entry price of a little over £1,000 for eight units. A bespoke kitchen for everyone, whatever the budget. To see the full collection, visit wrenkitchens.com or visit your local showroom at Ransomes Euro Retail Park.
Business Profile | Ufford Park Woodbridge
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT UFFORD PARK WOODBRIDGE Among the delights we offer here at Ufford Park in the run up to Christmas is our Ladies Charity Shopping Night. This is being held on Thursday 3rd November and offers you the chance to buy those last minute gifts and stocking fillers… from scarves to cakes to jewellery! Tickets cost £6 per person, which includes a glass of fizz and canapés with proceeds being donated to Lighthouse: Women’s Aid. We also host a series of Christmas Party Nights, which kick off late November and go through until mid-January 2017. This year’s theme is the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the Deben Suite will be transformed for the nights with shimmering drapes and scenic backdrops.
In addition, our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance is one of the hotel’s most popular nights of the year. Tickets include bubbly, a three-course meal and live band. Don’t let trying to find a babysitter stand in your way this New Year’s Eve! Join us from 7:00pm for our Family Disco; it’s the perfect night to celebrate with the whole family!
Christmas time is for families and loved ones so why not escape the festive stress with delicious food and great service? Take advantage of our Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches – both three courses and open to all.
Make a night of it! Take advantage of our best available rates by booking with us direct. All prices include a full English breakfast and extensive use of our Health Club. If you are interested in joining us at any of our Festive Events this year, please contact our Events Team on 01394 383555 ext.300/325
The Festive Season at Ufford
Christmas Day Lunch from 12 noon
Join us in The Park Restaurant and let us do all the work for you, allowing you to relax with family and friends. Free gift delivered by Santa & his little helpers
£68.95 per adult £27.50 per child (5 -12 years old) Children under 5 years old FREE Booking essential
Boxing Day Lunch from 12 noon
Join us from 12 noon in The Deben Suite for our popular Boxing Day lunch, offering the whole family a welcome break from turkey!
£29.95 per adult £17 per child (5 -12 years old)
Children under 5 years old FREE
t 0844 847 9467 (local rate) w www.uffordpark.co.uk
Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge | Suffolk | IP12 1QW
with Darcy This month Darcy returns to The Queen at Brandeston with a walk perfect for the coming winter months
Our first pub walk from The Queen – in our January 2016 issue – has proved to be very popular this year; each month regularly appearing in the top ten (and even top five) of our most visited walks on our website. It is not surprising as this really is a beautiful part of our county, and the dog friendly Queen is going from strength to strength under the leadership of Alexander Aitchison – if you haven’t visited yet please do so as the food and relaxed atmosphere are both excellent. As we head in to the winter months it almost goes without saying that a good pair of waterproof shoes/boots is required for any country walk but we were particularly impressed by this route as after crossing the first couple of fields the rest of the walk is mainly on firm ground. The field edges are well defined as are the paths that actually cross fields. Whoever the landowner is maintaining this area should be applauded.
The route heads east from Brandeston and touches the village of Kettleburgh before returning back to The Queen. There are wide open views that you should take the time to enjoy. Looking back from where you have come is just as pleasurable as looking at where you are heading.
Also – should you care to – before heading back to The Queen to warm yourself by the fireside, take time to look at the Brandeston village sign. On first glimpse it is very pretty but on closer inspection can be seen to depict a slice of ‘gruesome’ local history. In 1645 Witchfinder General Mathew Hopkins accused the local 80 year old Rector, John Lowes, of “conspiring with two imps to sink ships at sea”. After four days and nights of sleep deprivation and beatings the Rector confessed and the village sign depicts his subsequent wrongful execution.
St Andrews Church
KETTLEBURGH Home Farm
THE WALK Distance: Approx. 3 miles Time: Approx.1hour 15 minutes Terrain: Varied. Paths, tracks, field edges, short stretch of road walking. Stops: The Queen Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 212 Start Point OS reference: 249 605 As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and previous walks go to: www.essentialsuffolk.com/dog-walks where you will also find more pictures of each walk route. 1. From the pub car park turn left. Walk past the village sign then turn left at the footpath (FP) sign just before the ‘Mutton Lane’ road sign. 2. Walk ahead then pass through the metal gate, head across the field and pass through the next metal gate. 3. After a short walk you will come to a wooden gate and bridge. Cross over and then follow the track to the left. Keep going straight ahead. The path wiggles a little but ignore all temptation to do anything but walk straight ahead until, after approx. 10 minutes, you will come to a FP marker on a wooden post. At this point follow the path to the left and then straight ahead once again as you round the corner. Continue straight ahead until you reach another FP marker and a three plank wooden bridge in the hedge. Cross the bridge and again continue straight ahead. 4. After approx. 75 yds you will come to another FP marker on your right and a bridge with a hand rail. Turn right here and walk straight ahead keeping to the hedge on your right. After approx. 300 yds you will come to another wooden bridge on your right cross over then turn left through the trees. Walk for approx. 5 minutes until to reach another FP post marker which is in the hedge on your left (keep your eyes peeled for this). 5. At the post turn right. After a short walk the path moves from the left of the hedge to the right. Continue to follow it straight ahead through the next field and then onto the concrete road ahead. Shortly after the concrete section the track leads to a metal gate. Go through it, or around it to the left if locked. 6. After going through the gate pass a double metal gate on your right and then turn immediately right. Continue straight ahead for approx. 275 yds after which you will come to a gap (ignore the wooden bridge on your right just before the gap). Turn right through the gap and then continue down the left hand side of the field ahead of you for approx. 225 yds until you reach a FP post (ignore the first directional FP post you pass). 7. At the post turn left and follow the path through the trees until you reach the road. 8. At the road turn right and follow it back into Brandeston which will take approx. 10 minutes. As you reach the village there is a short stretch of path on your right which takes you briefly off the road. Pass the village sign now on your right and return to The Queen.
Welcome to The Queen at Brandeston, the home of country pub fine dining in the heart of Suffolk
The menu at The Queen is full of fresh and seasonal recipes that change to reflect the abundance of great produce on our door step with all of our ingredients sourced locally or grown in the garden. As we are lucky enough to be surrounded by nearly two acres of previously untouched land this gives us the freedom to grow herbs and vegetables not typically seen in the area which gives our chef the scope to offer a bit more than the classics. Our menu regularly changes and there are always daily specials so come in and check the board, you’re sure to find something new to try. Real fires, Family friendly Wet boots and muddy paws always welcome!
OPENING TIMES Monday: Tuesday to Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
CLOSED 8:00 am – 11:00 pm 8:00 am – 11:30 pm 8:00 am – 11:30 pm 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
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A DEFINITE FROM MABEY This simple but delicious recipe from Rob Mabey, proprietor and head chef at The Regatta in Aldeburgh, is a must cook dish for any reader who wants to impress their family and friends this Autumn. We hope you enjoy it
Chef’s Recipe | The Regatta Michel Bourdin. After becoming the youngest ever winner of the national ‘Chef of the Year’ competition he then went to work for Albert and Michel Roux Snr at Le Gavroche.
Rob Mabey started his culinary life as an apprentice chef at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair when he was just sixteen and worked his way up through the ranks under the formidable command of the Chef de Cuisine,
In 1986 Rob returned to his East Anglian roots and became Head Chef at Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich at that time working for the dynamic and ground-breaking new owners Ruth & David Watson. In due course, their niece Jo, became his wife, and in 1988 they took the plunge and opened their first restaurant, Mabey’s Brasserie in Sudbury, Suffolk. In 1991 Rob and Jo bought Regatta Restaurant in Aldeburgh and are proud to now be celebrating their 25th year.
Rob’s aim is to offer unpretentious and good honest food served in a friendly and thoughtful way. He continues to be passionate about sourcing and using the best local, fresh and seasonal ingredients from game in the winter, to asparagus in the spring and lobsters in the summer. The Regatta make all their own bread, icecreams, pastry goods and sauces, keeping them free of unnecessary additives. Rob says “The specials on the boards are just that, and we will have limited quantities, so if they do run out, please be understanding.” The recipe Rob has shared this month is indicative of his style using great ingredients cooked in an uncomplicated way.
Roast halibut ‘Forestiere’ INGREDIENTS Serves 4 4 200g fillets of Halibut (can substitute cod or other firm fish) 400g of wild mushrooms (washed and sliced) 2 shallots (finely chopped) 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) Handful of parsley (chopped) 16 small peeled new potatoes Spinach or samphire (washed) Butter Olive oil Lemon Salt Pepper
METHOD 1. Prepare the ingredients as indicated as indicated in the list (left). 2. Melt a small knob of butter in a roasting pan and roll the potatoes in it and season with salt, put in an oven around 180°C for 15 minutes or until potatoes are golden. 3. Next put the shallots and garlic in a little butter in a sauté pan and cook until soft on a low heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until slightly golden i.e. they have a little colour on the outside. 4. To cook the fish heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a thick bottomed non-stick pan add a good knob of butter and let go frothy season the dry fish fillet (salt and pepper) and gently put into pan, these should be frying not boiling! Cook for 3 to 4 minutes each side. Pull off the heat and leave to cook through (test with you finger the flesh should be firm not bouncy). 5. To serve; drain the fish and put onto warm plates, put the mushrooms back on the heat and add the potatoes toss them to mix, then add the washed spinach or samphire and allow to heat through and cook together, check seasoning and squeeze on the juice of ½ a lemon. Coat over the fish and finish with lashings of chopped parsley. WINE SUGGESTION This dish has big flavours so will eat well with a light red wine – something like a Beaujolais – or a heavier white wine like an oaked Chardonnay.
Situated in the heart of Aldeburgh High Street, we are an independent family owned and run restaurant.
We are keen supporters of the local economy sourcing as many ingredients as we can from local suppliers including fish, meat, ducks, chicken, lamb and vegetables.
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From November to February we are open five days a week (Wednesday to Sunday) for lunch and dinner 12 – 2pm for lunch and 6pm till late for dinner.
The Bell Inn
Butt & Oyster
Imagine a chocolate box style village pub, beaming with pinkness, beautiful tranquil gardens and flowers around the door. Add a loyal and friendly clientele and great food and you’ll wish you had discovered us sooner. Fine locally sourced food is offered seven days a week, all day at weekends and this is complimented by an ever changing range of guest ales and wines. Food offers are available throughout the week.
A family run 14th century pub, in the famous and picturesque village where If it wasn’t for the cars parked in the main street it would be possible to imagine that one has, somehow, slipped back 500 years through a time warp. There’s scarcely a building without character and there are lots of good walks nearby. Beer garden and carpark. Families always welcome. Dogs welcome in the bar (limited space).
The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views. As you eat watch the changing tides on traditional timeless shores. Understand an artist’s inspiration with Thames barges, swans and the river, enjoying the finest Suffolk ales whilst being tempted by the wonderful aromas which welcome you. Food offers are available throughout the week. See our website for details of our menus.
Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week The Street, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NY
Open: 11am – 11pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm – 10:30pm Sunday. Serving Food: Monday to Saturday 12pm – 2:30pm, Sunday 12pm – 7:30pm. Open every evening for food between 6pm – 8:30pm (no food Monday nights) The Street, Kersey, Suffolk, IP7 6DY
Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Sunday, 12pm to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW
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Sibton White Horse
Located in the lovely old village of Tuddenham St Martin, three miles north of Ipswich, informal bistro style restaurant set in an oldie worldy 16th century country pub with great food, great service and great value. Full A La Carte menu plus set price menus; two courses £14.95, three courses £17.95. Current specials always included on the website. Sunday lunch served 12 noon to 7pm. Covered heated patio and spacious beer garden.
A 16th century unspoilt destination inn set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Into our tenth year and our passion for providing a wonderful dining experience goes on. Relax with a local pint of ale or glass of wine whist absorbing the character of such a charming building or spill out into the sheltered courtyard and indulge in some of the finest alfresco. With an AA Rosette our menu is thoughtfully crafted and built upon local and seasonal ingredients. We offer an easy and relaxed service, grounded in the tradition of the English inn.
Open every day,The Park Restaurant provides a choice of three-course meals. We offer a relaxed atmosphere, local produce and have a seasonally-changing menu. Our festive seasonal menus are now available to view online and we are taking reservations for Christmas Day and Boxing Day Lunch. What’s more, we will be delighted to offer you private hire with flexible menu offerings. All party sizes can be accommodated. Open to all; non-members welcome.
The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT
Open: 12pm to 2.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm, 6.45pm to 10.30pm Sunday Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2JJ
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Open: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm Sunday Lunch in The Park Restaurant served 12 noon – 2pm Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW 0844 847 9467 email@example.com www.uffordpark.co.uk
The Turks Head
The Angel Inn
At The Turk’s Head we serve local ales, fantastic wines & beautifully executed food using the abundance of local produce Suffolk has to offer. We are very proud that we have gained entry to the Good Food Guide 2017 less than a year since opening. We are hosting a ‘Gin Tasting Supper’ on 27th October with delicious gin inspired food and a paired gin with each course. Dogs, muddy boots and muddy children Welcome.
Nestled in the heart of Constable Country, The Angel Inn is a traditional 16th Century Suffolk coaching inn with open fires and oak beams. A rosette fine dining restaurant showcasing modern British cuisine, six beautifully styled bedrooms and a cosy bar area make the Angel perfect for a country break.
Seckford Hall 1530 Restaurant Perfect for business or pleasure, the talented team of chefs at Seckford Hall turn local produce into mouth-watering dishes, with seasonally changing menus. The philosophy of 1530 is to offer the freshest food, cooked simply and beautifully presented, in a classic style at reasonable prices. Visit this Christmas to enjoy a memorable meal and experience the tradition, history and good taste at 1530.
Open: Monday to Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday to Saturday 10am to 12 midnight, Sunday 11am to 8pm
Open: Every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Angel is also available for private dining.
Open: Lunch: A la carte 12pm – 2pm daily. Afternoon Tea: served 3pm – 5pm daily. Bar: Tudor Bar menu served 12pm – 6pm daily. Dinner: A la carte Sun to Thurs 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Fri and Sat 6.30pm –10pm
Low Road, Hasketon, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JG
Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4SA.
Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6NU
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The Middleton Bell
Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the award winning Value Pub of the Year 2012 Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce at prices that ensure you will want to return again and again. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or the beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.
Open to everyone, not just golfers, this is the place you bring your family and friends for a wide range of tempting meals prepared by our talented chefs. Enjoy a home made bar meal or daily special in the cosy Courtyard Bar, utilising great local produce. Al fresco dining in the sheltered Courtyard is a popular option. Sunday Lunches are served in The Terrace overlooking the golf course, all freshly roasted on the day and children eat free! The spacious Valley Room is perfect for large family celebrations. Full details of our menus and offers can be found on our website.
The Maybush Inn sits on the banks of the Deben in Waldringfield. The busy riverside pub and restaurant affords panoramic views across the river and beyond. The Maybush has become famous for its excellent food offering with a wide range and varied menu including local game, meats and fresh seafood. Vegetarian options and children’s menu available. Food offers are available throughout the week. See our website for details.
Open: Bar: Monday 6pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Friday – Lunch, 12 noon to 3pm, Evening, 6pm to 11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – midnight. Sunday: 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served Tuesday – Sunday Booking advisable please call for details The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN 01728 648286
Open: Open every lunchtime and Tuesday – Saturday evenings.
Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week
Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA
Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4QL
01473 785202 email@example.com www.fynn-valley.co.uk
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FROM WATER TO WINE AND NOTEABLE LABELS Regular readers of this column (I am so grateful to both of you) will recall that about this time of year I am reporting on my finds in Southern Portugal. This year (not necessarily due to Brexit) antiques were in short supply, as was alcohol in the early days of our stay thanks to my wife’s visit to David Bellamy (no not the bearded one!) who prescribed her with a dose of antibiotics on a strict no alcohol basis. It would have been churlish to drink in front of her so I too took the pledge, but somewhat shamefully not totally! This period of self-imposed semi abstinence allowed me to begin my research for what could be consumed when the curfew was lifted and water could be taken in lesser quantities. You can choose your wine by colour, region, grape variety, age, taste, and price, low or high alcohol content, sparkling or still and for all manner of other reasons. I decided much could be gleaned by looking at the labels, which over the years have become so much more bold and
stylish. The use of distinctive fonts, colours and logos all adds to, or subtracts from the initial appeal. One which caught the eye had lots of white space on the label, a crisp clean serif type face and a rather cute coloured drawing. This was a bottle of rather delicious red wine produced in the Alentejo, a region of Portugal noted for its high temperatures and arid landscape. Discussing the delights of a red with the waiter, Joao, we learned that the wine was produced by the Soares family. Joao told us the grandchildren are allowed to produce a different drawing to appear on the label each year. Francisca seems to have been the most prolific with designs including a colourful caterpillar in 2006, a dragonfly a year later and a rather scary gecko like creature which bears the script ‘Afraid of Humanity?’. Antonio put his name to a delightful sheep in 2014 and to a purple footprint two years earlier, while Matilde’s flower in 2010 was surpassed by her multi coloured fish for 2012. So having turned from water to wine, keep a lookout for your favourite labels and in the meantime happy quaffing.
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Hands up everyone who’d love to have a traditional walled garden out the back? Catharine Howard visits the magnificent Glemham House and talks to Lady Caroline Cranbrook about her garden
OVER THE GARDEN WALL
This year walled garden curiosity has quietly gripped me. It started on the Isle of Mull in a squall, taking refuge behind the mossy stone of a four acre walled garden. The kind climate of the Gulf Stream had allowed the rarest of shrubs and trees to flourish. Back in Suffolk, a walk through sandy onion-filled fields surrounded by creaking pines led to the out buildings of a large estate. We peered through a tooth-gaped gateway in the walls into an emptiness of tussock grass and waving brambles. Come the beginning of autumn, Will Kitchener showed us round works in progress at Sibton Park. The Walled Garden is being restored for upmarket holiday accommodation. The acreage in the middle is to be made over to vegetable beds and new fruit trees trained up the walls. I’ve seen one or two more in Suffolk. Owners battling with box blight to keep the spirit of the place going or gone radical with a tip top designer to bring in 21st century planting. There was also a lecture by Dan Pearson where he had turned all to turf and cut a large concave bowl out of the middle for lying on and star-gazing. Most of these places ache with the ghosts of a large roll call of estate servants, glamorous guests and shooting parties. They hint at the diaspora of rural communities. In ‘The Artist in the Garden: A Year in a Suffolk Walled Garden’ Jason Gathorne-Hardy writes historically of Glemham House as “built to be semi-independent, operating much like a large ship”. That of course means fed by its land. This took me to Lady Cranbrook, for the book is about her productive kitchen garden, set like a hidden emerald within an octagonal pattern on a hilltop embedded in the most gracious parkland. She lent me “Life in the Gardener’s Bothy” which takes the reader down a rabbit hole to the world of Head gardeners, journeying gardeners and a network of horticulture, learning and plant hunting. The heyday of country house gardens was in the 18th century and beyond the mansion and pleasure gardens an army of gardeners would be growing carnations, cucumbers, melons and seasonal varieties of grapes. ‰
chickens were pecking their way through an immense patch of writhing Serpente di Sicilia gourds. Amongst them, static black giant gourds like Galapagos tortoises. Four glass houses have busy work stations. This garden is managed by Lady C herself and Chris the full-time gardener and it works with full seasonal rhythm. At least ten tonnes of farmyard manure get added every year and this has been the case for over 40 years – no wonder the heavy clay yields such handsome crops. “The fertility of the kitchen garden” says Lady C “is a tribute to all the gardeners who have worked there, past and present. When I came to Glemham in 1970, I knew very little about gardening, apart from roses – I knew nothing about vegetables at all. Almost everything I have learned is from our gardeners, and particularly from Alan Sharpe, who was a retired farm worker from Theberton and Stewart Cousins, who had helped run the horticultural department at Otley College. I owe them all a great debt”.
Coils of hot pipes heated by boilers, refuelled overnight by staff, would keep temperatures exact in different growing houses. Microclimates round the walls would see the production of nectarines, apricots and peaches. The head gardener maintained a strict hierarchy with journeymen living in bothy accommodation, learning new skills and
then being posted onto other great gardens round Britain to hone their knowledge. The First World War knocked the teeth out of this way of living and what survives at Glemham House is a pretty rare find. To step through the wooden door into the kitchen garden is a little like being Johnny Townmouse and Peter Rabbit rolled into one. I immediately wanted to make a haiku out of apples, sun, history, seasons, chickens, colour, collections, productivity. It was a spirit-soaring experience because what is being produced is all used. Tomatoes are put through a passata machine, beans are dried, apples, onions and roots stored. Surplus stock is sold to local food shops and pubs. The fact that the eye is feasted too is a side benefit. I didn’t count the different varieties of tomatoes or the number of chillies rowed out in the chilli house but there are at least four types of cauliflowers and 18 beans including Borlotti and Vail of Tears. The rather aristocratic Araucana
This collaboration is definitely a way of life and one that works for the love of it. The advice for those of you that quail at this level of commitment to your Walled Garden is to turn it into a hedgehog sanctuary.
INFORMATION Catharine Howard is a garden writer and designer. For more information www.catharinehoward.co.uk
PROPERTY 64 65 67 68 69 71 72 73 75 76
Hamilton Smith Jackson-Stops & Staff Fenn Wright Clarke & Simpson Best Estates Jennie Jones Flick & Son Strutt & Parker Neals Savills
74 Wickham Skeith EssentialSUFFOLK
WOODBRIDGE, TOWN CENTRE
GUIDE PRICE £1,200,000
GUIDE PRICE £475,000
A handsome Grade II listed Georgian style property located in the centre of Woodbridge just off The Market Square. Two double bedrooms, two attic rooms, garage, car port and lovely garden.
A charming period cottage in one of Suffolk’s most desirable villages. Ent hall, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, utility, cloakroom, three bedrooms & bathroom. Garage and gardens. EPC: F
LITTLE BEALINGS, BUILDING PLOT
GUIDE PRICE £585,000
A surprisingly spacious three bedroom detached property. Sitting room, dining room, sun room, kit/breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, study, master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms and bathroom. EPC: C
SALE AGREED MORE REQUIRED
SALE AGREED MORE REQUIRED
GUIDE PRICE £1,000,000
A rare opportunity to build this magnificent Georgian style property measuring approximately 5000sqft in 10 acres of grounds surrounded by mature Oak trees and with a lovely view across the Fynn Valley.
SALE AGREED MORE REQUIRED
SALE AGREED MORE REQUIRED
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Honington – Village Estate
Swilland – Classic Former Mill House
● 5 reception rooms ● 7 bedrooms ● 5 bathrooms ● 2 bedroom lodge ● Function/party barn ● Editing suite & 2 bed cottage ● Swimming pool ● Tennis court ● Stables & paddocks ● 6 acres
● 3 reception rooms ● Kitchen/dining/living room ● Snug ● Oﬃce ● Study ● Multi-purpose studio/games room ● 5 bedrooms ● 3 bathrooms ● Decommissioned pool room ● Triple oak framed garage
Falkenham – Hamlet setting
Wickham Skeith – Georgian village house
● Grade II Listed ● Sitting room ● Study ● Kitchen/breakfast room ● Utility room ● 3 bedrooms ● 2 bath/shower rooms ● Home Oﬃce ● Garage ● Workshop & stores ● Mature, well stocked garden ● JSA Neals
● 3 Reception rooms ● Study ● Garden room ● Kitchen/breakfast room ● Pantry & utility room ● 6 bedrooms ● 2 bathrooms ● Outbuildings ● Pretty & mature gardens ● JSA Clarke & Simpson
Oﬀers invited in region of £795,000
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LIME TREE HOUSE FACTS LOCATION: STRADBROKE GUIDE PRICE: OFFERS INVITED AGENT: SAVILLS
PERIOD LIVING Set in more than ten acres at the end of a tree-lined drive, Lime Tree House is a well-proportioned early Georgian country house situated just outside the village of Stradbroke. Dating back to the early 1700s it is an impressive property constructed from a timber frame and offering five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a study and kitchen. The accommodation is well laid out over three floors and has much period character including some exposed beams, open fireplaces and a particularly fine Suffolk pine corner cupboard in the hall.
Lime Tree House is surrounded by wellmaintained gardens, ponds and grounds which include a swimming pool, hard tennis court, and a wooded copse. To the north of the house is a large range of red brick outbuildings including loose box, garden stores, cart shed and storage barn as well as a particularly fine timber frame large entertaining barn. There is also a self-contained detached annexe with two double bedrooms both with en suite facilities and a vaulted open plan kitchen/living room. Lime Tree House is approached through a pair of double wrought iron electric
gates opening into a straight gravelled drive with a double avenue of lime and white beam trees flanked by wide sweeping hedged lawns, interspersed with numerous mature specimen trees including willow, cherry and horse chestnut. The drive widens to a further gravelled parking sweep with wide stone steps on the western side of the house leading up to the front door.
INFORMATION Savills 01473 234830 To see more pictures of this property visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/property
Northern outskirts of Ipswich
Approached via a gated entrance and in a beautiful setting is this attractive family home situated on the outskirts of Ipswich in mature grounds of approximately 3/4 of an acre. Requires modernisation to majority rooms
A former public house which has been cleverly redesigned to create a spacious family home. The property benefits from being situated in the centre of the popular and historic village of Debenham which has a range of local amenities.
Offers in excess of £750,000
• Grade II Listed period village home • Wealth of character • Four bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Four reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room & cellar • Double garage • Popular location Guide Price £500,000
Bucklesham Road, Ipswich A well presented individual detached family home occupying a non-estate position with a private rear garden on the outskirts of this popular village to the south east of Ipswich.
Lying to the east side of Ipswich with views over Purdis Golf Club, is this detached family home with spacious accommodation over three floors built just over a year ago to a high specification.
Guide Price £759,950
• Just over a year old with NHBC guarantee • Six bedrooms, three ensuites • Dressing room to master bedroom • Family bathroom & cloakroom • Three reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room & utility • Double garage & off road parking • EPC Rating B
• Five bedrooms, three bathrooms • Kitchen/breakfast room & utility • Three reception rooms • Detached double garage • Planning permission to convert garage loft • Ample off road parking • Secluded rear garden • EPC Rating C
Guide Price £650,000
• Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling & four further bedrooms • Two ensuites & Two shower rooms • Kitchen/breakfast/family room • Three reception rooms, pool room, games room & workshop • Double bay cart lodge, ample parking • EPC Rating C
Mickfield, Nr Debenham £950,000
Wickham Skeith, Nr Eye £795,000
A Grade II Listed farmhouse requiring complete renovation, located in the most superb standalone position, with grounds of over 16 acres. Kitchen, dairy, scullery, store room, dining room, cloakroom, sitting room & drawing room. 6 first floor bedrooms, dressing room, storeroom & bathroom. 2 traditional Suﬀolk barns, which lend themselves to alternative uses. Relatively modern farm buildings. Ref: 5585
An elegant Georgian house situated in mature grounds of an acre in the centre of the pretty village of Wickham Skeith. Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen, pantry, utility room, scullery & cloakroom. 5/6 first floor double bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, family bathroom & cloakroom. Landscaped gardens of an acre. Outbuildings. Ref: 5626
Wilby, Nr Stradbroke £625,000
A spacious detached bungalow situated in a secluded setting within the heart of Saxmundham, close to Waitrose & with delightful views of the adjacent countryside. Hallway, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, dining room, sitting room/library, drawing room & study. 4 bedrooms & 3 bath/shower rooms. Beautiful mature gardens & grounds extending to approximately an acre. EPC = D Ref: 5306
One of two superb & individual new houses extending to over 2,800 sq ft, with countryside views. Reception hall, dining room, sitting room, open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility room, cloakroom & study. 3 double bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower room. Fourth double bedroom & family bathroom. Cart lodge & carport. Garden. EPC = TBA Ref: 5628
Hacheston, Nr Framlingham £450,000
An attractive & spacious cottage extending to over 2,000 square feet, set along a small lane within grounds of an acre. Boot room, hallway, utility/cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, inner hallway/study, kitchen, further utility area, large gym & workroom. Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further first floor double bedrooms & bathroom. 2 attic rooms. Triple bay cart lodge. EPC = E Ref: 5595
An extensive detached Edwardian house located within the convenient village of Hacheston. Hallway, downstairs cloakroom, kitchen, dining room, spacious conservatory, sitting room, drawing room, sunroom & large study. Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. 4 further first floor bedrooms & bathroom. Attic bedroom/playroom. Large double garage with store above. Parking & garden. EPC = E Ref: 5194
Bromeswell, Nr Woodbridge OIEO £350,000
An impressive Grade II Listed townhouse with separate apartment, range of outbuildings & delightful courtyard garden in the heart of the historic & pretty town of Eye. Outbuildings comprising former commercial kitchen with preparation room & pantry. Range of additional storage rooms & outside WC. Parking & delightful south facing courtyard garden. Ref: 5607
A detached chalet bungalow requiring updating, sitting in the middle of its own plot of approx quarter of an acre (sts). Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, ground floor bedroom 3 & shower room. 2 first floor double bedrooms, bathroom & separate WC. Attached double garage. Driveway & ample parking. Large gardens to front & rear. EPC = F Ref: 5623
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HASKETON GRANGE AND THE GRANGE STUDIO FACTS LOCATION: HASKETON GUIDE PRICE: OFFERS IN THE REGION OF ÂŁ1.5 MILLION AGENT: NEALS
Dating from the 17th century, Hasketon Grange and The Grange Studio provide a rare combination of a substantial period property together with a marvellously atmospheric detached annexe. Listed as a Grade II building of special architectural or historic interest itâ€™s a former farmhouse that has been sympathetically restored by the current owners. The drawing room boasts a beamed ceiling and massive inglenook fireplace to one end of the room providing a natural focal point. Meanwhile the kitchen has been re-fitted in the traditional farmhouse style with bespoke units. The downstairs also includes rooms for dining, music and books as
well as a generous study and a small cellar. First floor accommodation includes four bedrooms and new bath and shower rooms. On the second floor there is an attic bedroom and a store room beyond. The Grange Studio Annexe has, like the main property, been sympathetically restored which resulted in an award from the Local Authority in 2012. Simplicity has been the key when the
conversion took place and the interior walls have remained as exposed brick or painted white. The surface mounted electrical fittings are reminiscent of the industrial era and there has been a blend of underfloor and conventional heating by traditionally designed radiators. Kitchen and utility areas are to one end of the building with a large reception room, bedroom and shower room beyond. The first floor has
Property a magnificent pitched ceiling with extensive glazing to both gable ends. The second bedroom has a shower room en suite. The property sits within magnificent grounds extending to about one and a third acres. There are independent accesses via painted metal gates and gravelled drives to each of the properties, the main area of garden stretching behind both. There is a pond and bog garden alongside the terrace of Hasketon Grange with well stocked beds beyond, outlined by clipped box hedging. A beech hedge separates the formal garden from an orchard area and to one side of this there is a hard tennis court.
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YOXFORD £475,000 - HOUSE AND BUILDING PLOTS
Spacious brand new 4 bedroom house, superb open plan kitchen/diner/living room, sitting room, integral garage, garden. EPC-B
Immaculate modern 4 bed detached former show home. Hall, cloaks, study, sitting room, fabulous open plan kitchen/dining/family room, utility room, Ensuite garage & garden. EPC³B. No onward chain.
Development opportunity. Georgian 3 bed house period features. kitchen/ breakfast room, 3 receptions, shower room, bathroom, garage & studio. Outline consent in area of the garden for a pair of detached dwellings. EPC² E
Enchanting 2 bed detached bungalow, sitting room, kitchen/diner, conservatory, utility area, bathroom, lovely garden, garage, EPC-D
EASTBRIDGE Guide Price £250,000
Delightful 2 bed Victorian terraced cottage. Sitting room, kitchen/diner, bathroom, shower room, parking, long garden. EPC³F.
Spacious detached 4 bed modern house, a short walk from the village green. Reception hall, sitting room, conservatory, study, kitchen/breakfast room, shower room, galleried ensuite, bathroom, balcony. Integral garage, garden. EPC-C
WESTLETON £199,950 Attractive 2 bed end terrace. 2 receptions, kitchen/diner, bathroom, garden. Would benefit from upgrading. EPC-F
SAXMUNDHAM £265,000 Non estate elegant inter war 3 bed semi. Hall, cloaks, 2 receptions, kitchen, garden, garage, gas central heating. UPVC double glazing. EPC³C
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Southwold Coastal A beautiful 3 bedroom Victorian family home with uninterrupted sea views placed in the popular town of Southwold 2 Reception Rooms | 3 Bedrooms | Sea Views Guide Price £1,100,000 Suffolk 01473 852690 email@example.com
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A beautifully renovated and extended family home with party barn and cottage in a peaceful setting 4 Reception Rooms | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 7 Acres
Coastal A well-presented ground floor 2 bedroom apartment, ideally located on Aldeburgh’s sea front promenade Ground Floor Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | Ideal Investment Holiday Let
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WICKHAM PLACE FACTS LOCATION: WICKHAM SKEITH GUIDE PRICE: £795,000 AGENT: CLARKE & SIMPSON
GEORGIAN GLORY Standing in an acre of landscaped grounds Wickham Place is a beautiful property with the potential to be an outstanding family home in the midst of the Suffolk Countryside. The property is a handsome Grade II Listed, predominantly red brick, Georgian village house with tall sash windows providing plenty of light, it does however require a comprehensive renovation and refurbishment programme. The property offers spacious accommodation with four reception rooms downstairs and five/six first floor double bedrooms it’s a very good size with large beautifully proportioned rooms and high ceilings. The property’s substantial reception rooms include a 19’ x 17’ dining room and drawing room, along with a sitting room and study. Also on the ground floor is a 74
kitchen, pantry, utility room, scullery, cloakroom and, below, a cellar. On the first floor are five/six bedrooms, along with an en-suite bathroom, a cloakroom and a family bathroom. Approached through a five bar gate to an entrance drive, lined with mature lime trees. Wickham Place sits in attractive and mature gardens and grounds of an acre. The drive leads to a gravel parking and turning area to the side of the house with formal lawns to the front, including rose beds and deep shrub and herbaceous borders, along with mature oak trees behind. To the front of the house are climbers, including magnolia, rose and Virginia creeper. To the rear of the house is a small section of concrete yard with grass and
high brick walls through to the inner garden, which is beautifully laid out with box hedging, trellis walkways covered in roses, and fruit cage with kitchen garden. Next to this is a raised terrace with covered seating area. A wrought iron gate through a tightly clipped hedge leads to a further garden area with paved pathway and lawn with flower borders either side, along with four feature privet balls. The property also benefits from a summerhouse, a timber garden storage shed, an open fronted timber single garage and a range of brick buildings.
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A Grade II Listed property thought to date in part from the early 16th Century. Located close to the Church, the house has been sympathetically extended. Hall, Sitting Room, Study, Cloakroom, Shower Room, Kitchen, Utility, 3 Bedrooms, Dressing Room, Bathroom. Garage, Greenhouse and Home Office. EPC N/A. J S A Jackson-Stops & Staff Offers around £425,000
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WOODBRIDGE - ON THE MARKET HILL
A delightful end of terrace cottage of great character set back from the lane and A delightful period cottage overlooking the Market Hill and The Shire Hall with open fire providing Living Room, Kitchen, Garden Room, 2 Bedrooms, Shower Room. Parking. to the Living Room, Kitchen-Dining Room, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Utility Room. Mature garden. EPC Band F Offers around £215,000 Enclosed Courtyard Garden at the rear. EPC N/A Offers around £325,000
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Quartet Progressive Supper The Ufford Crown, The Turks Head at Hasketon and The Table in Woodbridge have worked with Alchemy Wines to create a unique wine for their customers. To mark the launch of ‘Quartet’, a Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France, a progressive supper was held with diners enjoying a course at each of the three venues (Quartet will also be available at The Ufford Crown’s sister pub The Ramsholt Arms).
Fay & Stephen Singleton
Max & Polly Durrant
Amanda & Richard Shipp
David Rowledge, Jemima Withey
Vernon Blackmore, Jess Wranek
Matt Hubbard, Nick Crocker, Finula & George Yardy
Rahman & Ilyena Froud
Ingrid & Andrew Longbon, Emily & John Lynch
Robert & Josie Lovell
Claire & Nick Innes
Made in Dagenham The New Wolsey Theatre launched the autumn season with Made In Dagenham, a joint production with Queenâ€™s Theatre Hornchurch telling the story of striking Ford workers in their fight for equal pay back in the late 60s. Guest night saw an original Ford Cortina grace the terrace setting the mood perfectly. Sue Wythe, Maggi Digby
Owen Berry, Laura Lucock, Peter Ling
Roger & Julie Waters
Ron & Pam Gosling
Lynne Furzer, Zoey Banthorpe
Barry & Penny Wayne
Douglas Rintoul, Sarah Holmes
Louise Tweed, Sue Tasker
Lisa Ashford,Tracy Healey
Tracey & John Bailey
Steve & Linda Wooldridge
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Amberfield School Reunion ‘Old Girls’ from the now closed Amberfield School held a reunion at The Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe to meet up with old friends and share stories from their school days. Organised by Christina Barham the ‘girls’ were pleased to see some of their former teachers too.
Back row: Emily Mcgregor, Lily Baxter, Saffron Harrell, Leane Lockwood, Amber Rainford, Sarah Alying-Bate, Carla Rainford, Alex Hockley Front row: Ellen Meara, Sheila Meara, Hannah Meara
Sarah-Anne Barham, Louise Amphlett-Lewis, Christina Barham, Rosie Barham
Francesca Crabtree, Anna Zagni (Shepherd)
Roz Beckett, Ann Bradbeer, Jo Gray, Diane Richardson
Celia Hale (Stibbe),Vanda Whitlock (Singleton), Rosalie Costin (Rodda)
Back row: Anna Davis, Natalie Alexander, Chloe Hawkridge, Harriet Cobb, Jessica Moffat, Samantha Marshall, Amy Ruffles Front row: Christina Barham, Miranda Bunting, Emma Smith, Alice Scrivener
Louise Woolf, Suzanne Woolf
Olivia Vartan, Carla Rainford & Hannah Gregory
Macmillan Coffee Morning Macmillan Coffee morning – ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – is now an established part of the fundraising calendar raising millions of pounds for cancer support. Essential Suffolk visited three of this year’s events at the Aldeburgh Café, Flick & Son in Saxmundham and Farnham Leisure at Stratford St Andrew. Anne Lloyd, Caroline Clements, Mel Davenport, Elaine Canning
Helen Brewster, Amy Brewster
Jenny Digby, Sharon Haste, John Digby
Marion Keen, Sandra Ellis
Paul Curtis, Julie Crane
Hilary Lightfoot (and Dotty)
Brenda Fotheringham, Barbara Maddocks
Grace Young, Gareth Baslett, Margaret Butcher, Melissa Crane
Dr Therese Coffey, Hollie Lock, Collette Whyman
Margaret Smith, Pam Smith
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Ipswich Suffolk Business Club Ipswich Suffolk Business Club aims to promote the growth of business in Ipswich and Suffolk and has an ongoing programme of informal dinners and lunches with high profile speakers. At the invitation of Ben Gummer Boris Johnson - Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs attended a special lunch at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall as guest speaker. Boris Johnson, Ben Gummer
Sir Richard Matthews, Paul Milsom
Chris Oliver, Mark Newman, Emma Newman, Marc Rapkin, Chris Roberts
Margaret Horsman, Andrew & Gina Long
Daren Watson, Iain Macmillan, Lorna Pisarro
Sue Tasker, Luke Morris
Andrew Walshe, Melanie Banks Browne, Andrew Brown
Toby Kramers, Jamie Aram, Andrew Macmillan
John Dugmore, Robert Gough
Ben Gummer, Jennifer Howard-Dobson, Clive Underdown
Lyn Knights is the owner of Denny of Southwold and this year the business is celebrating 165 years of trading. She talks about her life in Suffolk
What makes Suffolk Special? The county has always been very beautiful and has inspired famous artists both past and present who have painted the wonderful open skies and beautiful landscapes which sweep down to the sea. As I walk along the beach with my puppy or on the common at Southwold, I always feel so privileged to be living in such a special place. There are so many lovely walks in and around the Southwold area, stroll along the harbour and see all the boats tied up to the jetties, seagulls squawking above. Or walk across the Bailey bridge or take the ferry across to Walberswick, and walk along the marshes towards Dunwich and admire the wonderful views of Walberswick and Southwold. Do you have any hobbies? I do love foreign travel and have been to lots of exciting places in the world. I also love the theatre, cinema, gardening, antiques and cooking, to name a few. Where do you like to eat out? When my husband was alive we used to eat out quite often, but now I’m on my own I tend to cook at home. I love fish and the Sole Bay Fish restaurant at Southwold is a lovely place to eat. Adnams, Aspalls or Green King? I'm not really a beer person, so I would always go for Aspalls cider, the pink one is excellent, but of course the odd glass of very cold bubbles always goes down very well! Have you always lived in Suffolk? My family have lived in Southwold since the 1800s or possibly before and the business started by William, my Great, Great Grandfather has been here so long it’s become part of the history of our town. After completing a five year tailoring apprenticeship, he opened up shop eventually employing both of his brothers and 26 tailors making clothes for the rich and famous. I have all the ledgers, which read like Debrettes, dating back to 1899, showing the garments ordered, and the prices they paid. There is so much history here, a man’s hand tailored suit in 1910 cost the same amount as a loaf of bread today, took 70 hours of hand sewing and was made out of the finest materials with pure silk linings, horn buttons, and of course this included the tailor’s wages. Times may have changed but the family business with its lovely oak panelled shop is still part of Southwold’s High Street. Tell us about your home? I live about seven miles north of Southwold in a very small village. I have a 16th century Suffolk farmhouse, which has loads of beams and character including several acres of land, with wonderful views across the marshes where the cows graze.
Are there any pubs you’d recommend in the area? There are quite few that I really like, The Bell at Walberswick, The Harbour Inn and the Nelson both at Southwold and the Ship at Dunwich, followed by a long walk on the beach. If you had to take one picture to represent Suffolk what would it be? Impossible, there are so many beautiful places with wonderful views, I don’t think I could single one out, although the views from the Walberswick road from Blythburgh, across the widest part of the river, with the pine trees takes some beating. Where would you take visitors have never been here before? I think possibly I would pop them in the car and explore the lovely county, so different in each area, the woods at Dunwich, the long sandy beaches, and of course the lovely harbour in Southwold, which is my favourite. Do you have a secret place in Suffolk? Now if I told you that, it wouldn’t be a secret any more!
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