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November 2017 | Priceless

Essential SUFFOLK

CAUGHT ON CAMERA Stunning wildlife photography on show Theatre | Food | Fashion | Homes & Interiors | Property








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WELCOME November is a month when, very often, there’s time to pause and reflect. The clocks have gone back, the evenings are getting progressively darker and the big rush towards Christmas has yet to begin. Of course, the month is also punctuated with Remembrance Sunday; a time to think of servicemen from across the country – and we just stop and remember. This year on November 12, there will also be a special concert by Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra to honour the fallen at Ipswich Corn Exchange. Its conductor and leader, Leslie Olive, says the event has been arranged in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and will bring top professional musicians from all over the UK to perform. On page 10, we profile the orchestra and its charitable work throughout Suffolk in schools, hospices and at community events in rural villages. We’ve taken a look at Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, which this year has some incredible films and is bringing Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia to the town. We also discover the voluntary work of runners in and around Ipswich with the recent launch of the GoodGym, plus there’s a series of breath-taking wildlife photographs by Nicholas Hurst, which are being exhibited this month at Kate Denton Fine Art, in Lavenham. While you are in the village why not check out our Pub Dog Walk too and stop off at The Greyhound for lunch. As ever we have our regular features to inspire you; Homes & Interiors, Food & Drink, Property, Fashion and Gardening. Don’t forget you can contact us on social media the month round – we’re on Twitter @EssentialSFK, on Facebook and our website is www.essentialsuffolk.com

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Suffolk in Brief


What’s On

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra A classical tribute for Remembrance

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Animal Magic Nicholas Hurst Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival Talking to the new Artistic Director, Jill Green

GoodGym Running for the good of the community

My Suffolk Richard Lister, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk


News from around the county

Where to go and what to see in Suffolk this November

Mini Previews Fagan’s Twist at Dance East, Ways With Words Festival and the return of Sounds Familiar




Pub Dog Walk

Cosy layers for Bonfire Night

Exploring Lavenham from The Greyhound


Food & Drink


Homes & Interiors






Essential Faces

Dining at the Ramsholt Arms, some family favourite recipes for Bonfire Night plus a gallery full of ideas for eating out

Blankets and throws for a cosy home

Grasses gracing the garden

A selection of our county’s finest homes for sale

Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar



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a tribute to

THE FALLEN This month Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a special concert for Remembrance Sunday at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich. Anne Gould talks to its conductor and founder, Leslie Olive


ovember is a month when we always remember soldiers down the ages that have died in defence of peace. We remember in places of worship, at cenotaphs in towns and villages across the country and thanks to Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra there’s a now a special symphony concert on Remembrance Sunday as a tribute too. Leslie Olive, the conductor, and founder of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra says the event at Ipswich Corn Exchange, has been arranged in collaboration with the Royal British Legion. The programme includes two



pieces that are most usually connected with remembrance – Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Barber’s Adagio for Strings. It also includes The Wasps by Vaughan Williams, Beethoven’s Symphony no 7 and Elgar’s Cello Concerto. This is the second Tribute to the Fallen by Suffolk Philharmonic and, says Leslie, it attracts people of all ages from right across Suffolk and beyond. “It’s a fabulous event and what’s special is that we have a lot of young people there too, as we have an arrangement with a number of local schools and are offering free tickets to pupils.”

With 60 orchestra members and some of the UK’s best musicians travelling from across the country to take part it looks set to be a very special occasion. But in many respects the fact that Suffolk has its own professional Philharmonic Orchestra at all is something quite incredible – and it’s all down to Leslie. He’s spent a lifetime setting up and running musical groups – like Eye Bach Choir, Stowmarket Chorale and the English Arts Chorale and says, almost with some surprise, “I’ve just discovered I’m what today people would call a creative entrepreneur.” Leslie says he

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started the orchestra in 2012 for a number of reasons – the Apex in Bury St Edmunds had just been completed and he thought it would be an excellent venue. He wanted to bring “London standard” orchestral music to his adopted home county and he also wanted to take concert music out to communities and villages across Suffolk and to do outreach in schools as well. With a career that extends from the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra to the BBC, where he was a director of music, to teaching as Head of Music at Colchester Royal Grammar School he was uniquely placed to make this happen. “I was playing at a concert in

Bury St Edmunds with the English Arts Chorale and afterwards someone spoke to me and offered to be a patron of the Suffolk Philharmonic and sponsor our first concert.”

it’s going to be profitable the tickets are going to be costly which puts it out of the price range of many people – but I wanted as many people to hear this music as possible.”

Further discussions within the classical music community found a range of ‘national standard’ musicians who said they’d be thrilled to be part of this orchestra and so it was launched in May 2012 at St Edmundsbury, with TV cameras in attendance too.

Becoming a charity has meant he has been able to apply for grants from places like the Diocesan Centenary Foundation and Suffolk Community Foundation and ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the music that his professional musicians perform. So, for example, Leslie has arranged a series of outreach events with small groups of musicians in villages as far apart as Trimley and Exning but the first was in his home village – Rattlesden. ‰

Since then the orchestra has become established as a charity and has played at venues across the county with growing interest and support. “The problem with classical music is that if



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Children from Britannia School, Ipswich, working with the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and even trying their hand at conducting

“The idea is that people, who would otherwise not be able to get to a concert, can attend an event where there’s a free lift, lunch, an hour’s music and a lift home.” So far there have been 18 such events and the feedback has been very positive. More recently he has taken music to both St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds and says, “We have been very, very pleased to have been able to do this in particular.”

Another aspect is working with schools across the county. “It’s wonderful to be able to promote classical music to children. We always work with the class teacher who invites us and we basically do whatever they ask.” For example, Leslie, and a group of musicians were invited to Britannia School at the invitation of music teacher John Rednall, who runs a small strings group for pupils. “John is inspirational and the standard of these players is amazing.

The children really enjoyed themselves and even got a go at conducting the professional musicians.”

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SUFFOLK in brief The Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership is holding a public forum on enabling development on November 10 at Tunstall Village Hall (4pm) chaired by Lord Deben. This is an opportunity for everyone to view sketch plans of all eight sites proposed in Orford, Tunstall, Sudbourne, Chillesford and Iken. The Partnership is keen for as the public to share their all-important views. There’s a list of FAQs available at www.aoep.co.uk/index.php/enablingdevelopment and if you would like to be kept up to date with news from both The Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership and The Trust, please visit the website on www.aoep.co.uk and subscribe to the newsletter.

The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook has just released its 2017/18 programme of concerts, which boasts more than 50 exciting events over the coming year. From the toe-tapping hits of Ella Fitzgerald, to rock and pop workshops, organ recitals and a joint concert with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines; there promises to be something for everyone. The school’s unrivalled facilities, will host a multitude of events, both big and small. Visitors will be treated to an eclectic mix of music, including an organ recital by Peter Wright, the school’s own production of the perennial favourite Guys and Dolls, and a big band spectacular in February, which sees three first rate big bands collide, for one evening only, to present a concert celebrating 75 years of swing and big band jazz. The festive season also gets the RHS treatment with a Christmas Extravaganza featuring TV’s Frazer Hines, and a programme based on the music of the school’s music patron, John Rutter.

Art For Cure’s fundraising for national breast cancer research and support to services in East Anglia has no limit as it announces the Art For Cure Bike Ride –- Vietnam to Cambodia! Organisers are inviting you to join them from November 15th to 25th 2018 for this unique ten day cycle of a lifetime. The challenge will be led by nationally acclaimed company Charity Challenge and involves cycling 450kms

through the heart of Mekong Delta stopping at ancient temples and countless colourful pagodas. You will visit Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture whilst also taking in Saigon, Phnom Penh and Angkor. For full details of how you can take part visit www.artforcure.org.uk or contact Belinda Gray via email: belinda@artforcure.org.uk.

Tuddenham Mill, the award-winning restaurant and boutique hotel near Bury St Edmunds, has been acclaimed by The Good Food Guide 2018. After thorough evaluation the Mill’s restaurant has received the highest cooking score in Suffolk from the bestselling restaurant guide. The UK’s most trusted and comprehensive restaurant handbook once again rated Tuddenham Mill’s restaurant as one of the best eating establishments in East Anglia. The Mill was the only restaurant in Suffolk to be awarded a very high cooking score of 6, which indicates exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and an element of excitement. The Good Food Guide 2018 was impressed by Chef Patron, Lee Bye’s, appreciation of local produce. “Humble Fenland produce is celebrated as determinedly as the silkiest foie gras or classiest turbot – Vichy carrots in particular, finished with thyme and wild honey, are much more than a support act.” Inspectors also recognised Lee’s creativity and bold ideas coming up with fantastic flavour combinations. Lee Bye has said, “The Good Food Guide’s tradition and ability to capture a restaurant and the chef as its true identity is remarkable. The young team we have in the kitchen at the Mill continue to flourish and I am so proud of them for helping achieve this recognition.

Christies Care, the national live-in care provider, collaborated with Circus Petite, the Suffolk touring circus, to put on a special free performance for people with learning disabilities at Felixstowe Beachside Events Area. Almost 100 guests gathered in sunshine to enjoy a specially tailored performance by Circus Petite. Acts included the amazing Justo the Clown, jugglers, rope walking, hula-hooping, magic, fire displays and

lots more. Before the performance the group enjoyed some fun activities including ‘Everybody Dance Now’ Zumba by Erin-Lea Murphy and face painting followed by lunch with the performers. Lin Barnes, Director of Christies Care said: “Following really positive feedback from a similar event last year, where we also worked with Circus Petite, we wanted to recreate the opportunity for adults with learning disabilities. The team at Circus Petite have been extremely accommodating and we’re thrilled that together we have delivered another successful event.” Daniel Bean, co-founder of Circus Petite, said: “The specialist team at Christies Care has helped us to ensure we are offering an entertaining show that is appropriate and comfortable for an audience with learning disabilities. We’ve had a great tour of Suffolk this year and having the opportunity to do something like this really is the icing on the cake.”

Leading independent chartered surveyors and estate agents Flick & Son have appointed Paul Gray as Managing Director to expand the business’ residential sales, letting and management activities. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, the last five years as Director of Ludlow Thompson, one of London’s most respected and successful independent estate agents. Paul says he was drawn to Suffolk for the beauty of its coastal and inland towns and villages and the wonderful range of modern and period housing available to purchasers. In Flick & Son, he recognises a widely respected brand which he is confident can grow market share by continually proving the benefits of dealing with a dedicated team of staff in high street offices who concentrate entirely on achieving the best results for their clients. “I am looking forward to strengthening existing relationships, creating new ones and joining clients on their journey,” he said. Directors Peter Watson and Chris Burrell-Saward will work closely with Paul as he takes the company forward and will continue to undertake a range of agency and professional work for the company’s clients.

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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 1 – 3 Rules for Living

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner and each of them rigidly follows those rules? Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang – like oh so many Christmas crackers. Tickets: £26.50 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

NOVEMBER 2 Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong, or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Tickets: £24 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk OMD

Ipswich Regent, 7pm ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ is the new album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), the pioneering synth-pop group – founded almost 40 years ago by two teenage Kraftwerk fans from the Wirral – whose early albums Architecture and Morality (1981) and Dazzle Ships (1983) would shape the dominant sound of that decade. Alongside the Human League and Gary Numan, OMD mapped out the musical landscape of the time and helped to mint this new genre with hits such as Enola Gay, Electricity and Souvenir. Tickets: £38.50 Box Office: 01473 433100

NOVEMBER 3 English Touring Opera – Rameau: Dardanus

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm ETO is proud to present the first performance in the UK of the 1744 version of Dardanus, Rameau’s undoubted 16


masterpiece. Jupiter’s son Dardanus is in love with Iphise, the daughter of his enemy Teucer – a love that, though reciprocated, is forbidden. So begins a ravishing tale of love in war, containing some of the composer’s finest music including the stunning aria ‘Lieux funestes’. Box Office: 01728 687110 Dirty Dusting

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe. 7.30pm After a sellout UK tour in 2016, Dirty Dusting returns to the stage in 2017. Three cleaning ladies, (past their sell by date) start up a telephone sex line; The Telephone Belles – a dirty sex chat line that really cleans up! Gladys, Elsie and Olive are three cleaning ladies who are about to be ‘put out to pasture’ by their over zealous office manager Dave. Feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies have to boost their falling income. A chance wrong number looking for a sex chat-line rings into the office and gives them a great idea... Tickets: £23.50 (£21.50 concessions) Box Office: 01394 284962 www.felixstowespa.co.uk

cards, cakes, quilts, fabric goods, wood ware, jewellery and many other items are on display and crafters like nothing more than to talk about their skills and how their goods are made.You can even sit down and have a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of homemade cake or new for this year bacon sandwiches. East Anglia’s Children's Hospices will be having a fundraising stall this month so come down and support this very valuable service. Entry: Free

NOVEMBER 5 Hadleigh Craft & Food Fair

Hadleigh Town Hall / Guildhall Complex, 10am – 4pm Hugely popular fair organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity. There will be several stalls selling foods, drinks and various crafts. Refreshments will be available. Entry: Adult £1 Information: 01473 823884 www.hadleightownhall.co.uk The Summer of Love

Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm Farmers Markets

Stowmarket Market Place, 9am – 1.30pm

NOVEMBER 4 Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am – 1pm Halesworth Brocante Antique & Vintage Market

The Market Place, Halesworth, 9.30am – 3.30pm This very popular market is probably one of the best antique and vintage markets in the region attracting sellers and buyers from across, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Taking place on the first Saturday of the month there are on average 40 Brocanteurs selling an eclectic array of antique, vintage and collectables all under cover at the Old Print Works in the centre of Halesworth. Entry: Free Saxmundham Craft Fair

Exactly 50 years after one of the most important cultural events in history, The Summer Of Love anniversary concert takes you back on a nostalgic musical journey to that incredible summer of 1967 – an eclectic explosion of flowers, psychedelia, freedom, peace and love and, of course, timeless music that inspired a generation. Tickets: £22 Box Office: 01473 433100

NOVEMBER 6 Ray Mears

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm From a very young age, Ray discovered the joys of exploring the wilderness – the most intact, undisturbed, wild natural areas left on our planet. His fascination with this environment that has not been modified by civilised human activity, has greatly shaped his life. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Saxmundham Market Hall, 10am – 2pm A local craft fair selling handmade items. A variety of beautiful goods are available with prices starting at £1.50. Handmade

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What’s On NOVEMBER 6 – 11



Wait until Dark

8 Minutes

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm

From the hand of Frederick Knott, author of Dial M Murder, and the producers behind Night Must Fall and Birdsong, comes a major revival of the classic, edge of your seat, thriller; Wait Until Dark. Tickets: £26.50 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Alexander Whitley takes on the breath-taking scale of space for his company’s new work. Working in partnership with scientists from STFC RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe, and illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

NOVEMBER 8 Mawkin Plays The Apex

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Folk rebels Mawkin embark on a 12 date tour in November showcasing their new album ‘Down Among The Dead Men’, which follows their critically acclaimed album ‘The Ties That Bind’. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01284 758000 boxoffice@theapex.co.uk

NOVEMBER 11 Eddi Reader

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Her solo career has seen her release the classic ‘Songs of Robert Burns’ album which she has toured all over the world, and in 2006 she was awarded the MBE for services to singing. Tickets: £23 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

As the end of Great War commemorations draw closer the farewells, songs of remembrance and hymns for peace written in the twentieth century’s tumultuous opening decades together with elegies of our own time make for a programme of solemn beauty and striking contrasts. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01728 687110 Pre-Christmas Shopping Event

Woolpit Complementary, Unit 11 Brickfields Business Park, 12pm – 4pm Stalls from: Silver Sherpa – handmade sterling silver jewellery from Nepal. Botanicals – natural and organic skincare company based in the UK. Colne Valley Tea Company – delicious teas and herbal infusions, including some wintery blends to keep us warm this Christmas. You can also book yourself in for a relaxing express treatment, to ease any pre-christmas jitters away. We will be slightly ‘Christmassy’, offering alcohol-free mulled wine and festive home-baked treats but we promise there will be no Christmas music or decorations in November! Entry: Free Contact: 01359 408011 WoolpitComplementary/events


Age suitability 4+ years

An interactive dance theatre adventure for all the family to enjoy together!




Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm Nayland Village Hall, 10am - 1.30pm Stonham Barns Market Square, 10am – 2pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

NOVEMBER 12 Farmers Markets

The Barn Assington, 10am – 2pm

NOVEMBER 16 Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Concert

announce his next series of live shows for this November. “It’s been two years since I was last on tour and I can’t wait to get on the road and meet audiences up and down the country once again. This will be an intimate tour of some of my favourite music venues and I’ll be showcasing the songs that really matter to me. There’ll be plenty of chances to sing along as well as opportunities to ask questions. You’ll hear great music and spend an evening celebrating the wonder of the human voice. There’ll be special guests, all sorts of fun, stories and laughter. And singing, definitely lots of singing!” Tickets: £42.50 Box Office: 01728 687110

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Liane Carroll – voted best singer in the British Jazz Awards 2016 and Claire Martin – voted best singer in the British Jazz Awards 2015, come together to present this centenary tribute to the wonderful, unique performer that was Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets: £23 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Gareth Malone

Snape Maltings, 7.30pm Following two hugely successful nationwide tours in 2014 and 2015, Gareth is excited to

NOVEMBER 17 Priority Seating

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7pm Exploring the themes of migration, travel and lost and found identity, this brand new play asks important questions about our contemporary society where social mobility between classes is only a thing of the past and migration, economic and otherwise, is considered by some as a present-day epidemic. Tickets: £7 Box Office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

NOVEMBER 17 AND18 NOVEMBER 16 – 22 Exhibition: Laura Beardsell-Moore – A Brush with Nature

Aldeburgh Gallery, 143 High St, Aldeburgh A series of paintings exploring environmental themes by Suffolk artist Laura BeardsellMoore. Laura’s work explores the Suffolk landscape - and the human impact on it – for what will be her biggest solo exhibition to date. Entry: Free Contact: laura@lbm-art.com

The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show

Dance East, Ipswich The Buildy-uppy Dance Show is the warm and humorous sequel to Tom Roden and Anna Williams’ The Doodle Dance Show, performed in 2015. It’s an interactive theatrical adventure for all the family to enjoy together; a magical, musical ever-changing playground constructed and inhabited by its audience. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

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What’s On NOVEMBER 17 – 22



Dorin Elvin & Linda Thomas

Music for the Habsburg Emperors

The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, 7.30pm

Saba Douglas Hamilton; A Life with Elephants

An exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture and prints. This exhibition showcases an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork from two experienced, local artists. Entry: Free

Cambridge Renaissance Voices return to Long Melford with a grand and spectacular programme of music for the Habsburg emperors, by Josquin, Isaac,Victoria and Morales, performed with the sackbuts and cornets of I Musici della Contessa. Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01284 769505

NOVEMBER 18 Farmers markets


Beccles Heliport, 9am – 1pm Harkstead Village Hall, 9am –12 noon Alder Carr Farm Needham Market, 9am –1pm

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita

NOVEMBER 18 – 23 Nature’s Footprint

The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings Suffolk’s coast, farms, forests and rivers inspire artists Gill Bedson, Tricia Newell and John Garrett. All members of Sudbourne Printmakers, they use techniques including collagraph, drypoint, etching, lino and woodcuts to create original prints that express their inspiration. Entry: Free

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm 'Transparent Water' is an exquisitely beautiful new collaboration between the seven-time Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader, Omar Sosa, from Cuba, and the award-winning Senegalese kora master and singer, Seckou Keita. Tickets: £18.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

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Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya. Tickets: £15.50 Box Office: 01473 433100


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Grand Hall, Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm

The Good Old Music Hall Days

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe. 2.30pm Sit back and revel in the cream of variety entertainers from around the globe as Master of Ceremonies Mr. Leo Shavers brings back The Good Old Music Hall Days ‘A whole afternoon of entertainment’. Over 60 years ago the Good Old Days was first shown on the BBC to a TV audience of around 10 million viewers. Includes all of the elements of traditional music hall, with music, comedy and illusions. Tickets: £17 (£14.50 concessions) Box Office: 01394 284962 www.felixstowespa.co.uk

The Butt & Oyster Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JW 01473 780764

The Maybush Cliff Rd, Waldringfield, IP12 4QL 01473 736215

The Coach & Horses Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1PD 01394 384851

The Fox Inn The Street, Newbourne, IP12 4NY 01473 736307

The Swan Westerfield Road, Westerfield, IP6 9AJ 01473 251447

The Wilford Bridge Wilford Bridge Rd, Melton, IP12 2PA 01394 386141




NOVEMBER 23 – JANUARY 27 Red Riding Hood

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Red Riding Hood owns the best bakery in Soggy-Bottom-In-The-Marsh but when the village party is scattered by the return of the legendary lone Wolf, the wicked Sir Jasper de Ville demands more rent to pay for the added security. So it's all hands to the pudding bowl as everyone lends a hand at the baker’s, even her grandmother, Dame Millicent Merry, famous for her firm buns and magnificent dumplings! Meanwhile, a handsome woodcutter has arrived in town, who isn’t all he seems to be…Can Red Riding Hood outwit Sir Jasper, avoid the clutches of the sly old wolf and find romance with the mysterious forester? Tickets: £26.50 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

one of the world’s finest touring ballet companies. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Tickets: £22.50 (£19.50 concessions) Box Office: 01394 284962 www.felixstowespa.co.uk

NOVEMBER 25 Sudbourne Winter Arts & Crafts Fair

In aid of St Elizabeth Hospice Young Adult Service. Sale of arts and crafts made by local artisans. Gifts and stocking fillers perfect for Christmas. Raffle to win a Christmas hamper. Tea, coffee and cake served all day, homemade soup from 12 noon– 2pm Entry: Free Information: 01394 45949

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am – 1pm

Vienna Festival Ballet:The Nutcracker

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe. 7.30pm Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker, performed by



The Blues Band

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. Tickets: £22 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Sudbourne Village Hall, 10am – 4pm

Farmers Market NOVEMBER 24


NOVEMBER 26 Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm


The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Peter Cox and Richard Drummie first met in 1974. They signed as songwriters with ATV Music in 1982 and as recording artists, Go West, with Chrysalis Records two years later. Tickets: £32.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

What’s On NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 2 The Pillowman

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich In an interrogation cell in an unnamed dictatorship a young writer is being questioned by two detectives. There’s been a series of brutal murders in the area, and they think the stories he writes might just have something to do with them. This dark comedy from the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, combines twists and turns with big shocks, and even bigger laughs! Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

NOVEMBER 29 Cara Dillon

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’, Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and

share in the Christmas spirit. Tickets: £22 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk The Stylistics

Grand Hall, Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm Tickets: £38.50 Box Office: 01473 433100


NOVEMBER 30 The South

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm The South features former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk After Dark – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Christchurch Mansion, 7pm Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Kesgrave Community Centre, 7.45pm The Masque Players will be performing Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. This play is based on an 1890’s story by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur’s palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. Entry: £9 Information: 01473 725633 or masqueplayers@hotmail.co.uk www.masqueplayers.com

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. This cult classic is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1970s. Tickets: £6.60 Box Office: 01473 433100

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Although the investment is considerably less than an extension you are effectively creating an additional reception room in your house. If you enjoy your conservatory sitting back looking up at the sky or seeing the stars at night there is always an options of adding a lantern roof. Our show room has a number of examples, please feel free to come and have a look. Our customers welcome the fact that they are not sold to, we are happy to explain the different options and show you what they look like. For more details you can visit Colourchange UPVC’s website www.colourchangeupvc.co.uk or contact Daryl on 01394 420774 Business owner Daryl Collins

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What’s On


Framlingham Fireworks Spectacular

Felixstowe Fireworks Spectacular

Sproughton Bonfire, Fireworks & Barbecue

The Pageant Field, Framlingham. 6pm Gates open, 6.30pm Bonfire, 7.30pm Fireworks

The Goldstar Ground, Dellwood Avenue. 4.30pm Gates open, 6.30pm Fireworks

Sproughton Millennium Green, Lower Street, Sproughton. 7pm Barbecue, 7.15pm Bonfire, 8pm Fireworks Huge bonfire and great fireworks. Excellent barbecue selling reasonably priced food. This is a popular family event attracting 1,800 last year. Car parking available at the school in Church Lane (if not too wet). Limited disabled parking is available on the Green – please report to the steward on duty at the gate. Entry: by donation £5 (£2 child / under 4s free)

Kimbolton Fireworks will be providing another memorable fireworks display complete with some unique effects and high quality fireworks suitable for all the family. This event is organised by Framlingham Town Council along with support from many volunteers. All profits from the Firework Spectacular goes into a special fund towards enhancement projects on the Pageant Field and events in the town such as the Soap Box Race. Information: 01728 720183 or townclerk@framlingham.com


St John’s CEVAP Family Fireworks Display

Heveningham Hall Fireworks

Ransomes Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Avenue. 6.15pm Gates open, 7.30pm Fireworks Food, drinks and fairground attractions for all the family! Entry: £5 (£4 child) Information: lucyhawkley@hotmail.com

A huge bonfire sets the scene for a spectacular fireworks display. With music by Toploader. Plus a traditional funfair, fish and chips, hog roast and local food. Entry: £25 per vehicle in advance or £30 on the gate www.suffolk-fireworks.co.uk


Fireworks Display Christchurch Park

Family Friendly Fireworks Display

Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 6pm Gates open, 8pm Fireworks

Jubilee Park, Mayhew Road, Rendlesham. 3pm Amusements, 6.30pm Fireworks

Fantastic night of fireworks and family entertainment in store at regions biggest Guy Fawkes event! Tickets: £6.50 Email: info@ipswichfireworks.co.uk

Wrap up warm and come and enjoy a family friendly event with our fabulous funfair and fireworks. Food will be provided by Rendlesham favourites The Wandering Grill and Wood Fired PizzaPaella. We will be closing the event with a ‘bang’ as Kimbolton Fireworks provides a spectacular fireworks display. Free parking. Entry: Free (donations welcome) Information: Rendlesham Parish Council 01394 420207

In addition to the fireworks display enjoy the UK's number one ABBA tribute act live on stage – ABBABABES! Plus – returning by popular demand Night Flight Spectacular – with their dazzling illuminated aerial display of helicopters by the team of professional drone pilots behind movies such as Avengers, Mission Impossible, James Bond and Captain America! Plus sideshows, funfair, food village and more. Entry: £8, children (under 16) £5

NOVEMBER 10 Big Night Out Fireworks

Melford Hall, Long Melford Project Seven organises one of the largest bonfire and firework shows around with all of the proceeds going directly to local charities. Usually more than 10,000 people attend the event in the grounds of Long Melford Hall, all keen to feel the warmth of the giant bonfire and secure a front row view of the stunning pyrotechnic display, which is carefully choreographed and staged by Pains Fireworks. With its roots dating back to the 15th century, Pains is the UK’s longest established fireworks display company with a long-standing association with the Big Night Out. The 30-minute spectacle goes off with a series of thunderous bangs as rockets soar into the darkness, delighting spectators young and old. The display also includes carousel fireworks – the current craze in the pyrotechnic industry. Entry: In advance £6 (children £4) on the gate £8 (children £6) www.project-seven.co.uk




Wildlife Photography Exhibition at Kate Denton Fine Art, High Street, Lavenham From October 27 to November 5





Animal Magic

Nick Hurst is one of Lavenham’s best-kept secrets. His passion for wildlife photography was born out of a fascination with the natural world and a desire for escape from the pressures of his ‘day job’. His work was recently commended in the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition; and he has been published in the national media, together with other specialist publications including the National Wildlife Trust and BBC Springwatch. He finds his photography, exploring the beauty of the world around us and its animals, normally while on his own and often early in the morning or at dusk, the perfect foil to the stresses and strains of his work. Included in the exhibition are pictures of kingfishers taken near Framlingham, using a remote camera and pre-focussing on the dive spot. ‰



Animal Magic


Nick often takes pictures locally but the puffin images were taken at Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire. He says, “With half of the UK population at only a few sites; the Puffin is on the ‘Red List’ of endangered species, which is why Skomer is so very special.” Puffins breed between March and April and leave again in mid-August. Some remain in the North Sea all winter, others move further south to the Bay of Biscay. “This series of photos was taken in June when they are very busy feeding their young.



To capture their behaviour in their natural habitat was the most amazing experience especially as the weather conditions were just about perfect.” The exhibition will be at the Kate Denton Fine Art Gallery in Lavenham, next to The Swan, where some 20 of Nick’s framed photos will be on show. All are available as limited edition prints. INFORMATION www.katedenton.com

Mini Previews

FAGIN’S TWIST Avant Garde Dance returns to Ipswich this month with explosive performances of Fagin’s Twist, which premiered at the Jerwood DanceHouse in April 2016. London-based Avant Garde Dance has an unmatched contemporary, hip hop dance style, and here it tells the previously untold story of a notorious and complex villain, made famous by Charles Dickens in his iconic tale, Oliver Twist. Hugely cinematic, this dramatic piece of dance theatre is now back; bigger and better.

Jerwood Dance House November 3 and 4 Fagin’s Twist imagines Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. This coming-of-age tale is an outing for all the family, as you view Dickens’ classic tale in a new light. Your expectations will be flipped on their head as you meet five familiar characters, set against a backdrop of poignant, uncomforting streets where fairytale endings are hard to come by. Ahead of Ipswich’s Christchurch Park fireworks on November 4, young movers can get up close to Fagin’s Twist choreography by taking part in an exciting repertoire workshop from 1 – 3pm. They will learn some of the dance moves that will feature in the performances, a fascinating insight into the company’s edgy movement style, led by its dancers (some dance experience is necessary to take part).


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INFORMATION Box Office: 01473 295230 Tickets: From £10 (£7 concessions, £30 family) Workshop: £12 www.danceeast.co.uk

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WAYS WITH WORDS According to the poet Ted Hughes November is “the month of the drowned dog”. Not one bit in Southwold; it’s the month of sparky talks and dazzling debate at the Ways With Words Southwold Literature Festival.

St Edmunds Hall, Southwold November 9 – 12

tempted to talk about being the leader of the Lib Dem Party, Andrew Wilson will speak about the time when Agatha Christie disappeared meanwhile Suffolk author Nicola Upson discusses her fascination with crime in her novels. David Owen examines life after Brexit and Rosamund Young divulges the secret life of cows. Poet and author Blake Morrison speaks about the wondrous range of his writings, while Jenny Uglow appreciates the extraordinary life and work of nonsense genius Edward Lear and Roman Krznaric unpacks the history and philosophy of Carpe Diem offering inspiration for anyone prepared to face the challenge of a meaningful life.

David Owen

Vince Cable

Festival-goers can hear speakers on a variety of different topics: Terry Waite talks about surviving captivity; Vince Cable is supposed to be talking about writing novels but he is likely to be

INFORMATION Tickets are available to book online at wayswithwords.co.uk or by phone on 01803 867373 Jenny Uglow


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SOUNDS FAMILIAR ‘ON TOUR’ St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich. November 18 and 19 IODS Theatre Company is very excited to be reviving it’s very popular production ‘Sounds Familiar’. This time they will be taking it on tour to a number of different venues and you can expect a fabulous night of tunes that do exactly as the title suggests! The mixture of popular show tunes has been compiled by a very experienced and dedicated creative team headed by Stephanie Brown (Production Manager), Mike Wren (Musical Director) and Bridget Jackaman (Production Assistant). At each venue the company will be joined by a live band to really bring the concerts to life. Starting at St Peter’s by the Waterfront in Ipswich the programme will include songs from some classic musicals with crowd pleasers from Les Miserables, Sister Act, Jesrsey Boys and My Fair Lady. The group will pay homage to some of the great music icons too including Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Elvis and Queen and with a cast of more than 40 singers the voices are bound to raise the rafters with some incredibly ‘familiar sounds’. INFORMATION Tickets: £10 in advance (£12 on the door) Box Office: boxoffice@stpetersbythewaterfront.com or 01473 225269

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DOCUMENTARY It’s the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival this month with a weekend of films that are selling out fast. Anne Gould speaks to its Artistic Director, Jill Green


hey say if you want to get something done ask a busy person – and Film Producer and Executive Jill Green certainly ticks that box. As the CEO of Eleventh Hour Films, making high-end TV dramas like Foyle’s War, New Blood and the atmospheric thriller Safe House is her day job. She’s on the board at Chichester Theatre and Aldeburgh Cinema and has homes in London and Orford. Oh, and her husband is the novelist Anthony Horowitz.



Busy as she is, however, Jill was thrilled to take over from Diana Quick as Artistic Director of Aldeburgh Documentary festival. “I love documentaries – although I don’t work in that area – and I have been a big fan of the festival and have attended for the last five years.”

she looking for? “Great storytelling is first... with my producer drama hat on where the same applies. Then married up with having something interesting to say that can be discussed on the stage with our experts and filmmakers afterwards.”

There are only a handful of documentary film festivals in the UK – Aldeburgh (November 3-5) is in its 23rd year and so it’s not only built a really good reputation but also attracts very highquality work. This year, for example, keynote speakers include award-winning programme maker Alan Yentob, presenter of the Today programme Nick Robinson and Oscar-winning director and producer Asif Kapadia.

One of the features of Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, she says, is that it promotes a weekend of great conversations; thinking, and socialising in the cafes, restaurants and pubs of Aldeburgh, all weekend, about the films. “This is what makes the festival such a jewel in the crown. It’s why people come.”

Jill says that making this year’s choice has involved a lot of viewing; she has watched at least 70 documentaries from across the world featured at Sundance, Sheffield, Amsterdam and Toronto film festivals since the Spring. So what was

Of course making the right choices was crucial. “It was very hard to find the right combination and variety across the weekend and in both screen one and two to offer real choices...however I do think I got it right as it seems to be selling out very fast!”

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

POWER Jill says she wanted also to find a great political film for the sell-out Sunday morning slot chaired by Orford based Nick Robinson. She chose City of Ghosts, a documentary that follows the efforts of a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.This is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Joining the discussion on stage is Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East war correspondent, and freelance journalist Martin Fletcher, from Sudbourne, to discuss the situation in Syria. “I felt we couldn’t do a festival without including this ever-changing relevant subject although the majority of political and human films made this year were about Syria in some form or other.”

Jill was also eager to include films that attract different audiences so the Saturday evening slot needed to have more of a ‘feel good’ approach. “The majority of the films made this year were fairly grim, reflecting the current mood of the country so I was excited to finally find Brimstone and Glory, which is also luckily for us – as the festival is over the first weekend in November – bonfire themed too.” Tultepec, Mexico is known for just one thing: fireworks. Each year the town hosts a pyrotechnic extravaganza, which is captured in this film in all its exultant, unbridled and downright dangerous glory. From the hand-making of the fireworks and construction of the festival’s towering centrepieces to the dazzling late-night finale as thousands of revellers take to the streets, Jill said that what makes it so special is the sheer quality and bravery of the filmmaking by director Viktor Jakovleski.

Saturday also features Alan Yentob’s “wonderful” Imagine, which looks at the influence of Jewish songwriters on the making of the American musical. But in some respects, says Jill, the coup of the weekend is attracting Academy award and BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia to Aldeburgh and who is being presented with the festival’s Outstanding Achievement Award. “Not many people seem to know his name but of course they know his work – he made films like Amy and Senna. He’s currently making a film about Maradona. I’m really hoping to attract younger people in their 20s and 30s to the stage session with him on Sunday afternoon.”

INFORMATION There are 14 films being shown over the weekend and for more details and booking go to www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk Box office: 01728 454884




DO GOOD, GET FIT GoodGym is a charity that’s been spreading the positive power of community engagement to combat loneliness and help those in need across the country and now it’s come to Suffolk. Anne Gould talks to coach Ian Duggan



GoodGym Ian, who is also a coach for Felixstowe Road Runners running club said he first encountered it in Colchester, where he works. “I did two sessions in Colchester but when the opportunity came up in Ipswich I thought it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get further involved.” From a runner’s perspective, he thinks that GoodGym provides a reason to go out and get fit. “One of the hardest things about running is often just about getting out of the front door. If you know you are going to meet people, or you have a commitment to call and see someone who is in need, then you have that reason. Plus in addition, on our group runs, I will help with advice about technique and strength work too.”


here’s an image of the long distance runner being a goaldriven individual, slogging it out across mile after mile of soulless endurance training through heat and cold, wind and rain. But running has changed and is no longer just about pushing your body to the maximum – as increasing numbers of people are taking up the sport as a way to simply get out in the fresh air, get fit, take on a challenge, make friends and make a difference too. Thanks to GoodGym, runners across the country are now also making a really positive contribution to those in need and, with the launch just a few weeks ago of a branch in Ipswich, the concept has landed in Suffolk. Organiser Ian Duggan said that the Ipswich group has been set up thanks to funding from Suffolk County Council and has already received an enthusiastic response. The idea, he explained, is that a group of runners meets on a weekly basis and then runs to a charity or organisation that might be in need of some help, do some work and then run back to base. “So far we have helped at a gardening project for Active Lives at their Community Garden in Maidenhall, we went to Brickmakers Wood and helped to clear up after it was vandalised and then did some cleaning at the Survivors in Transition building – a charity that helps adults who have been sexually abused. There are normally 20 or so people who turn up and we work really hard on the task for half an hour. It’s amazing what a large group of people can do in a short space of time.”

For those who want to do further good work in the week, there are also options to join GoodGym as a member – it’s free and you even get a T-shirt as well, says Ian. “You can sign up for what we call Coach Runs. This is a scheme where a runner will be teamed up with an isolated older person and once a week will run to their home, call in have a cup of tea and a chat and see that they are OK. Obviously all runners have to be DBS checked in advance but this is an opportunity to offer ongoing help to an individual.” There are also what’s known as Mission Runs, where a small group will run to assist an individual who might need help with a one-off project – maybe moving a piece of furniture or sorting out a problem in a garden, for example. GoodGym was started in London by a runner called Ivo Gormley who used to run to see an older relative twice a week and thought the idea could help many more people. The charity clearly feels passionate about this and says on its website, “We think that gyms are a waste of energy. There are many neglected tasks and people in our communities that need that energy. We want to bring these things together. “Something we’ve been working on a lot is loneliness and isolation amongst older people: over a million people aged 65 and over admit to always or often feeling lonely, and 17% of those living alone see family and friends less than once a week.” Today there’s a GoodGym in most London Boroughs and it’s gradually spread across the country – it’s now active in 37 areas nationwide.

As a director of Parkrun in Kesgrave and wider connections in the running world, Ian has obviously been able to get the message out to a lot of potential participants. However, he says he’s on the active lookout for projects that they can undertake. “I have written to many local charities but I’d like to get the word out even further. GoodGym in Ipswich meets on a Monday evening and members are available to work from about 7pm.”

INFORMATION www.goodgym.org or via Twitter @goodgymipswich To take part as a runner either signup on the website or meet at University of Suffolk Waterfront Building at 6.15pm on Monday evenings.





A better night’s sleep and the natural luxury of hypoallergenic wool… local retailer Woolroom Ipswich promises you’ll sleep easy this season, or your money back!

Woolroom recognises the importance of healthy, high quality sleep and how without this, daily productivity and overall wellness can be severely limited. Woolroom can guarantee a better, healthier night’s sleep than alternative forms of down feather or synthetic bedding, with a complete woollen bedding solution – this is what happy feels like. Living naturally is crucial to boosting wellness. It is vastly under acknowledged that the mattresses we sleep on are laced with flame retardant chemicals in order to comply with British safety guidelines. This means that while we sleep, we’re inhaling unnatural, unpleasant chemicals that are counterintuitive to living well.



Recognising this, Woolroom has developed the first naturally flame retardant mattress range that completely complies with British safety guidelines without compromising wellness. This autumn will also see the introduction of two new bedsteads, Isabella and Amelia. These desirable designs are completely chemical free and are upholstered using only natural materials – 100% wool fabrics woven in the UK; they really are the best of British. Chris Tattersall, Managing Director of Woolroom’s head office comments “When buying from Woolroom, it’s guaranteed that your mattress is made using only natural materials with no nasty chemicals lurking inside.

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PARTY, PARTY, PARTY! Planning for the party season starts with you

If your December diary is already creaking at the edges you’ll need to take your party preparations seriously. Let’s face it, organising the baby sitter and booking the taxis might be at the top of the list but your personal pampering sessions should be up there too. Taking good care of your skin, nails and hair will ensure that you shine on each and every festive occasion. Salons are making it easy too with party packages that team up some of the most popular treatments or allowing you to put together a bespoke ‘bundle’. Ask for advice; after all your beauty consultant will have come up with the solutions you’re looking for many times before – so pick their brains and make sure you’ve got a timetable that will fit with your busy schedule. But quite possibly the most important part of your party season preparations is relaxation and knowing that everything is planned and in pace will help you here. Build in time for some peace and quiet, to rest your eyes and maybe a massage to reduce your stress levels.

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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

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BREAST AWARENESS This month we caught up with Jane Aitken, a Consultant Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon with a private practice at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital who explained that breast cancer awareness isn’t just for October Jane Aitken Consultant Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon

“Breast cancer awareness is a 12 months of the year phenomenon, but last month’s focus shifts the issue into the spotlight and reminds us all that we should really be vigilant the whole year round. We all lead increasingly busy lives and making time for our own needs often comes low on the ‘to do’ list. However, breast checks need not be a time consuming process and can be slotted in to our monthly routines easily”. “Try checking your breasts while showering” Ms Aitken suggests. “Start by looking in the mirror and consider – are my breasts the same shape, are the nipples looking normal – a nipple that has inverted (turned inwards) can be a sign of cancer. Raise your arms above your head and check there are no indentations or shape changes to the breast contour. Then feel all around the breast, pressing firmly with the tips of your fingers. Remember to cover all the breast area including the nipple and the arm pit. If you can feel any lumps or notice any changes in the breast tissue since you last examined yourself, then seek advice from your GP. While many breast lumps and changes to the breast tissue texture are harmless, anything new should be checked. Other symptoms such as blood stained nipple discharge, nipple itching or rash, should also be checked by your GP. The key is to check regularly and report new 42


changes promptly. Breast cancer is, thankfully, not always the diagnosis when women attend clinic having noted a change in their breast, but if it is, then the disease is much more easily treated when diagnosed at an early stage. Regular attendance to national breast screening is also important”, Ms Aitken stresses. “I am often asked what can be done to prevent the disease? There is no easy answer to this, as the factors which cause breast cancer in an individual woman are not fully understood, but keeping your weight at a sensible level, doing some regular moderate exercise and not consuming too much alcohol are all known to reduce disease risk. Breast cancer which is genetically inherited (BRCA1 & 2) are relatively uncommon, with only 5% of breast cancers being caused by a genetically inherited fault, but if you have a family history of breast or ovary cancer, then this is worth discussing with your GP”. Encouragingly, Ms Aitken says, “Breast cancer research is a fast moving field and there are new and exciting innovations in both diagnosis and treatment of the disease. SNP gene testing has been in the news recently, as a simple mouth swab test, combined with a questionnaire on lifestyle and other risk factors, which can help to

determine a woman’s risk of developing the disease (BBC News 8th Oct Health). There are new therapies for treatment of breast cancer which are encouraging and yielding promising results. Advances in chemotherapy and radiotherapy are improving outcomes for patients and research has demonstrated that prolonged use of anti-hormone drugs, such as tamoxifen, in some patients, is beneficial in the long term”. Jane Aitken completed her surgical training in 2008 and has been a Consultant Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon since that time. She specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, both benign and malignant, and has an interest in specialist breast conservation techniques for cancer patients and in breast reconstruction. She works closely with her colleagues in plastic surgery to ensure the full range of breast reconstruction techniques can be offered to patients, where suitable. She also treats male patients with breast problems. Jane Aitken consults at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital on a Wednesday evening. For more information on how to book a private consultation, get in touch today on 01473 851960. www.nuffieldhealth.com/ipswichhospital

FIVE OF THE BEST COSY FIRESIDES COMFORT, WARMTH AND CONVIVIALITY The Sibton White Horse is an award winning and thriving 16th century gem amongst the Suffolk countryside with wonky walls, huge inglenooks, hefty ship timbers and old pews to create an ambiance of a truly great old English pub. Serving delicious home cooked meals and a great selection of cask ales in the beautiful setting and a cosy wood burner to keep the chills away on colder days.

Halesworth Road, Sibton Suffolk IP17 2JJ 01728 660337 Info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk

THE WESTLETON CROWN Set on the Suffolk Heritage Coast between Southwold and Aldeburgh,The Westleton Crown is waiting to welcome you. This traditional 12th century Suffolk coaching inn retains the character and rustic charm of its heritage – but with the added sophistication and comforts of contemporary living. l

34 stylish, comfortable bedrooms l crackling log fires local ales l creatively indulgent AA 2 rosette menu l extensive wine list l

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A COSY COUNTRY PUB The Eels Foot Inn is a hidden gem neatly situated in the pretty hamlet of Eastbridge on the doorstep of RSPB Minsmere. Serving delicious food and drink in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with roaring wood burning stoves, this cosy country pub is great place to warm up this winter. Taste the delights of home cooked food or have a drink in the bar whilst enjoying the glow of the fire and warmth of the friendly atmosphere The Eels Foot is known for.

The Street, Westleton IP17 3AD 01728 648777 info@westletoncrown.co.uk www.westletoncrown.co.uk

THE EELS FOOT INN 01728 830154 theeelsfootinn@hotmail.co.uk www.theeelsfootinn.co.uk

A WARM WELCOME The Turks Head, set in the picturesque village of Hasketon is a fabulous village pub and restaurant recently awarded the title of ‘Best Pub in Suffolk’ by Pub & Bar magazine, and finalists for both ‘Best Food Pub’ and ‘Best Chef ’ at the Great British Pub Awards. Serving real ales; our ever changing local cask beers are always popular, fantastic wines and above all delicious food made using the finest local ingredients. Relax by our cosy log fire and warm up this winter with a sumptuous meal and a pint to keep the cold at bay. Dogs, muddy boots and muddy children welcome.

TRADITIONALLY CHARMING WITH A WARM WELCOME The Bell at Middleton is a charming quaint country pub set within a Grade II listed building, serving traditional Adnams ales straight from the cask and homemade, locally sourced food. With beautiful countryside surroundings this delightful traditional inn with its roaring log fire is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal or just relax with a well-earned pint in the bar whilst warming yourselves in the cosy surroundings soaking up the atmosphere.

Low Road, Hasketon Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JG 01394 610343 www.theturksheadhasketon.co.uk

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welcome in the bar and as they serve food all day from 10am to 10pm (including brunch through to 2pm) it’s perfect whatever your plans might be. First we pass the impressive Guildhall but soon after leaving the village the rolling fields begin. Most of the paths are very well maintained with just a couple of stretches across fields that could prove heavy going after wet There’s barely a ‘My Suffolk’ interview (always on the last page of the magazine) that goes by without mention of taking Suffolk visitors to see Lavenham. Basking in the heritage of the county’s wool trade it’s jam packed with interesting historic buildings in scenic settings. Of course, Lavenham itself is also surrounded by beautiful, undulating agricultural landscape that’s perfect for walkers – with or without dogs – to enjoy. This four mile route starts and ends at an Essential Suffolk favourite – the Lavenham Greyhound. Dogs are very 44


weather, so sturdy shoes are recommended. It’s worth noting too that at point 9 we divert from the mapped FP (green dotted line on the map) to follow the field edge. Over time it appears the path has moved and now takes the far more sensible route we’ve marked, but as field use and crops change it’s worth being aware and checking for any obvious return to use of the previous official foot path.

THE WALK Distance: Approx. 4 miles Time: Approx.1.5 hours Terrain: Generally easy; roads, paths and field edges Stops: Lavenham Greyhound Ordinance Survey Map: 196 Start Point OS reference: 916 492

A F INE S UF FO LK PUB As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and more than 60 previous walks go to: www.essentialsuffolk.com/dog-walks where you will also find more pictures of each walk route.

1. With the Greyhound pub behind you turn right along High Street for just a short distance as far as Market Lane. 2. Turn right into Market Lane. As the road opens up into the square keep to the left and continue ahead, passing the Angel Hotel on your left. Continue along Prentice Street until it meets Lower Road. 3. Cross the road and over the small concrete bridge following the path as it turns to the left where you’ll see a footpath (FP) sign and dog waste bin. The path continues directly over the field ahead, eventually meeting the grass edge where you continue ahead (alternatively follow the field edge to reach the same point). 4. At the ‘T’ junction turn right. Continue along the field edge for approx. 5 minutes eventually turning right at the field corner and continue on the path until you reach woodland at the next field edge. 5. The path continues into the narrow stretch of woodland, via a plank bridge, and continues left. When you emerge from the trees cross through the gap in the hedge opposite and on to the lane leading to Hill House Farm (to your right). Turn left and almost immediately right at the FP sign crossing a small wooden bridge into the field. 6. Following the sign head along the field edge (keeping the hedgerow to your right). At the corner of the field follow the yellow way marker to the right, taking the path through some trees, over a little bridge and into the next field and turn left. 7. Continue for approx. 150 metres; at the field corner follow the yellow way marker turning right along the field edge. After 250 yards cross another wooden bridge and as you emerge into the next field turn right. 8. Continue around the field edge until you reach a wire fence with farm buildings to your right. At this point the FP sign shows the path continuing straight ahead however there’s a well marked diversion taking you around an over grown area. As you round the small diversion you meet up with the point where the previous path would have emerged. At this point turn left (would have been straight on if you had walked the original path) to walk directly across the field towards a gap in the hedge line. 9. As you approach the hedge line turn left for approx. 40 metres and then take the path through the trees and directly out into the next field straight ahead (down and up a slope). Continue around the edge of the field (an odd angular shape – refer to the map) until you head down a slope and see a yellow way marker on your right heading down some steps through the hedge line and out into the next field. Turn left and continue to follow the field edge until you reach the road just ahead of the 30 speed limit signs at the edge of the village and opposite Brett Farm. 10. Turn right. Continue over the white bridge to the junction. 11. At the road turn right. Follow Lower Road until you meet Bolton Street on your left. Take extreme care of oncoming traffic along this short stretch of road. 12. Turn left into Bolton Street. At the end turn right. 13. Ahead of you is the Angel Hotel passed in point 2. Head left through the square and retrace your steps along Market Street and High Street to the start point.

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THE ROMANCE OF RAMSHOLT The Michelin recommended Ramsholt Arms, run by the same family as the Ufford Crown (which shares the same accolade), isn't just for summer as Lesley Rawlinson finds out


always think that the Ramsholt Arms is a bit like a place that would be invented for a book. It’s gently nestled on the banks of the Deben; a relaxed, quiet, picturesque pub that you might discover after a bracing walk or cycling around Suffolk’s country lanes or even floating along from Felixstowe Ferry in a sailing boat. The time of day or the time of year make no difference to me – whenever I visit I feel my shoulders descending from their tense, work-a-day hunch and the rhythm of the river taking over. I know, I’m just a romantic but, living in this county that’s filled with so much year-round beauty, it’s impossible not to get swept up in it all! Our last visit was for a family dog walk, one of our Pub Walks with Darcy routes in fact, with a satisfying lunch on the patio to follow. Basking in the summer sunshine the dogs were in good company as there were walkers aplenty and countless families paddling in the river and playing on the little beach. And we’re not alone in our choice – The Times has recently recommended the pub as a lunch stop in one of it's Top 20 Best Walks in Britain. However, in sharp contrast, this recent stop was for an early evening, mid-week meal, arriving just in time for an autumnal sunset. Since taking on the pub back in 2013, Polly & Max Durrant have made some enormously positive changes, not least in recruiting a genuinely warm team of staff ready with welcoming smiles and friendly service. The stylish, rustic interior reflects the building’s proximity to the river with a seascape palette and even the hull of an old rowing boat as part of the bar. There’s interesting art, (some for sale)



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adorning the walls and, far from ‘twee’, there’s reassuring authenticity about the place. But besides all this romance, I think what I really like best about the Ramsholt Arms is that it functions with locals as much in mind as tourists. Let’s tackle the ‘elephant in the room’ here – Ramsholt isn’t on too many people’s immediate doorsteps however, just like some other more remote spots in this part of the county, it’s more than worth the journey. It’s less than 15 minutes’ drive from Woodbridge – quicker than getting into Ipswich for sure. With free parking and weekday offers that include ‘Pie & Pint Wednesdays’ (with glass of wine alternative) and ‘Curry & Pint Thursdays’, both just £10, they’re serious about getting you hooked. There’s even a take away fish and chips offer for Fridays. On this particular evening there was a slight chill in the air. As we settled into our cosy conversation by the wood-burning stove I had already decided that if there was soup on the menu I’d be choosing it to start with. Homemade carrot and coriander with toasted sour dough bread – the easiest menu decision for a long time! I often shy away from soup for fear that it’ll fill me up too much to enjoy my main course but I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet, velvety broth; just like a warm hug. On any other day I think I’d have had a tough time choosing as goats cheese pâté with red onion jam or smoked ham hock terrine would usually get my vote, although my husband’s choice of deep fried whitebait with smoked paprika aioli would have been ‘up there’ too. The tiny fish were really crisp and flavoursome – delicious.

Mains definitely gave us more cause for deliberation. The sweet and smoky chilli con carne, complete with basmati rice, sour cream and cheese caught both our attention and Mr R deliberated the simple pleasures of a good plate of ham, eggs and chips but he finally decided that the Ramsholt barbecue double cheese burger with bacon jam, pickles, fries and coleslaw was too tempting to turn down. A bit of a ‘burger connoisseur’ the verdict was “flavoursome and well-seasoned with exceptional accompaniments” – in fact he was raving about the bacon jam; an absolute winner. I was definitely in ‘comfort food’ mode and couldn’t have been happier with my dish of herb crusted pork loin with bubble & squeak, braised red cabbage and jus. Tasty slices of tender pork, a hint of caramelisation on the bubble & squeak and crisp green beans along with the tart read cabbage – another triumph! Unsurprisingly we couldn’t manage dessert. Adrian would definitely have ordered ginger pudding and ice-cream if he hadn’t filled up on burger so that’s a treat to save for another day. Instead we enjoyed cup of coffee and the after-glow of a good meal by a warm fire; the perfect spot to unwind, and we had.

INFORMATION Ramsholt Arms, Dock Road, Ramsholt, Suffolk IP12 3AB 01394 411209 | www.theramsholtarms.com




If you’re heading to a bonfire party or fireworks display, get yourself in the mood with these tried and tested recipes that will keep you feeling warm and give the children – of any age – a treat!

Guy Fawkes FAMILY FAVOURITES Crowd pleasing leek & potato soup

Switch on your own personal central heating; a mug of soup is the ideal way to stay warm. INGREDIENTS Serves 4 1 medium white onion 500g leeks (trimmed weight) 500g cubed potato 1 bay leaf 25g butter 1tbsp olive oil 1.2 litres good quality vegetable stock (or chicken stock) 150ml double cream (reserve 4 tsps to add to the top of the soup when serving) Parsley (a few springs to garnish) Salt and pepper Nutmeg (optional) METHOD 1. Peel and finely dice the onion. 2. Trim the leeks, discarding the outer layer. Once trimmed split them length ways and slice finely. Wash thoroughly and drain well. 3. In a large, thick-based saucepan, gently melt the butter with the olive oil, then add the leeks, onions, potatoes and bay leaf. Stir them thoroughly so they get a good coating. Season with salt* and pepper, then cover and let the vegetables sweat over a very low heat for about 15 minutes. Be careful they do not catch. * Tip: if using a commercial stock it may be better to add salt at the end to taste. 4. Remove the bay leaf and then add the stock. Boil gently for 15 minutes. 5. Let the soup cool and then liquidise with a stick blender. 6. Once blended add the double cream, and a few grates of nutmeg if you would like, and gently reheat. 7. To serve put the soup in a bowl or a mug, swirl a teaspoon of double cream on the top of each and then add a few pinches of chopped flat leafed parsley.



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Grandma’s toffee apples This is a lovely bit of homespun fun and a perfect bonfire treat. If you’re planning to make ahead and keep them for a few days wrap the finished apples in cellophane. INGREDIENTS Makes 6 toffee apples 6 apples (Gala or Granny Smith work very well) 6 wooden ice lolly sticks or skewers For the toffee coating: 225g Demerara or golden caster sugar 110ml water ½ tsp vinegar 2 tbsp golden syrup (or black treacle if you prefer a bonfire toffee flavour) 25g butter A few drops of red food colouring (optional) METHOD

Smokey sausage rolls These hearty snacks have a perfectly seasonal, sweet and smokey bonfire flavour. INGREDIENTS Makes 6 large sausage rolls 1 pack ready rolled short crust pastry 450g good quality sausage meat 2 tbsps red onion chutney ½ tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried) Black pepper 1 egg

1. Place the apples in a bowl and pour hot water over them to thoroughly clean the apples and remove any waxy coating. Remove with a slotted spoon and dry thoroughly. Remove the stalks. 2. Push the stick or skewer into the stalk end of the apple making sure it’s secure. Cover a chopping board with a piece of greaseproof paper and stand the apples on the paper. 3. In a pan dissolve the sugar and water over a moderate heat. Once dissolved stir in the vinegar, syrup (or treacle) and butter plus the food colouring if you’re using it. Bring all the ingredients to the boil and cook without stirring until it reaches the ‘hard crack stage’ (138°C) or hardens into a ball when a drop is placed in a jug of cold water. This should take around 10 minutes of boiling. If still pliable boil for longer. 4. Once the toffee is ready work quickly, dipping each apple into the hot toffee, turning it around to ensure fully coated. Let any excess drip away and place on the greaseproof covered board to set.

METHOD 1. Put the sausage meat in a bowl, add the thyme, paprika and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the red onion chutney and mix well. Cover and leave the mixture to stand for 30 minutes to let the flavour develop. 2. Divide the ready rolled pastry into two pieces lengthways and place the pieces on two sheets of greaseproof paper. 3. Divide the sausage meat into two equal portions. 4. Roll one portion of sausage meat into a long sausage and place on the pastry approximately 2.5cms from the bottom edge. 5. Beat the egg and liberally brush the top edge of the pastry. 6. Using the greaseproof paper as an aid, roll the pastry and the sausage meat from the bottom edge. Just before it is fully rolled make sure the bottom edge is tucked in before it meets the top edge. Continue to roll so the seam is on the bottom. Repeat for the second piece of pastry and remainder of the mix. 7. Turn on oven and pre heat to 180°C (170°C fan). 8. Place sausage rolls on a baking tray in the fridge for ten minutes to chill. 9. Remove from the fridge and cut into desired length (we suggest three from each log roll creating six in total). Brush each sausage roll with the remaining beaten egg. 10. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes if you have chosen to make six rolls. If you choose to make smaller, and more, sausage rolls reduce time by five minutes and check at 20 minutes.




THE RANDOLPH For Jenny and Gareth Knights, the idea of having their own hotel was always a distant dream – because they never thought they would have the opportunity. Well, that is, until July 5 this year, when they took over as the new owners of the Randolph Hotel in Reydon same at The Randolph for quite a long time but we now change it completely every six weeks,” he says. “My ethos is to use local suppliers where possible to create seasonal menus from the highest quality ingredients. Everyone talks about local sourcing but it is my belief that if you’re going to do it, you do it properly, so I make provenance and seasonality the natural features of my menus without being overbearing”. So they have been working with local people and using ‘real’ local food that has been grown but is surplus to requirements – things like apples, pears, beans and peppers. “There’s a couple that gave us some plums so we put their fruit on the menu; Phil and Di’s Plum Crumble.” Being parents of younger children Jenny and Gareth were keen to make their establishment family-friendly so they consulted their oldest daughter when devising a children’s menu that offers ‘proper food’ that will appeal to a younger palate. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner but Sunday lunch always offers traditional roasts where children can eat free with a paying adult.


he couple who have three young children have a long history of working in the hospitality business in and around Southwold. Jenny was assistant manager at The Swan in Southwold and Gareth was head chef at The Sibton White Horse with previous employment at Southwold’s Swan and Crown hotels. But all that changed one day when Jenny was having a drink in the Randolph with the previous owners. “We knew the hotel was for sale but hadn’t thought about buying it until it was suggested that it would be perfect for us,” explained Jenny.



So they went away, thought about it, put in an offer and dived in to being entrepreneurs – except while most new business owners start work in a back bedroom, their new venture was a 10-bedroom hotel with a staff of 30! They took over at the start of the main holiday season and while things were incredibly busy, they quickly managed to put their hallmark on the hotel. Gareth’s reputation as a rosette-winning chef has, of course, attracted a growing number of diners from Southwold and beyond. “The menu had stayed the

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what we would like to do – we want to give our rooms a more coastal theme and have already been to Novoboats in Southwold Harbour to look at their furniture,” said Jenny. Of course, Christmas is on the horizon and they are already getting bookings for festive parties during December. “We will not be serving food on 25th December because it’s an important family time for us and all our staff – although the bar will be open on Christmas Day between 12 – 2pm for drinks. Then on Boxing Day, 26th December we will be open for food and drink between 12 till 4.”

Jenny says on the hotel side they have also made changes over the summer but these are mostly behind the scenes, so things run in the way they want them to. They have also wanted the hotel, which dates back to 1899, to retain many of its established events as regular clientele like to drop by for a drink. “The hotel has run a fund-raising Family Fun Day

for some years and we decided to continue this tradition. We had support from so many people and raised more than £1,000 for the primary school.” Now autumn is here they are thinking about what to do next – planning for refurbishment of the exterior and the rooms too. “We have a good idea of

However, for those who appreciate the quality of Gareth’s cooking New Year looks as if it’s going to be something exceptional – a special 5-course menu has been planned to see in 2018!

INFORMATION The Randolph, 41 Wangford Rd Reydon, Southwold IP18 6PZ 01502 723603 www.therandolph.co.uk

Time to Celebrate! The Randolph is a perfect for your festive celebrations with family friends and colleagues. Our Christmas Party menu is available from Saturday 2nd December to Sunday 24th December – £25 per person (pre-bookings only with pre-order). We are closed for food on Christmas Day but will be serving drinks 12-2pm – come and join us while you wait for the turkey to cook! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style – Five course meal, two glasses of prosecco and live music – £65 per person! Arrive at 7.30 where a glass of prosecco awaits, before starting your delicious 5-course meal. Enjoy coffee and petit fours followed by your evening’s entertainment provided by Party X (featuring local guitarist Kevin West!), finish off with a glass of prosecco at midnight to see in 2018!

The Randolph, 41 Wangford Rd, Reydon, Southwold IP18 6PZ 01502 723603 | www.therandolph.co.uk




The Middleton Bell

Sea Spice

The Maybush

Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce. Now under new ownership by the successful team from The Eels Foot Inn. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.

Sea Spice is a vibrant Indian restaurant in the heart of Aldeburgh offering guests an array of regional dishes from Goan inspired seafood dishes to tandoor grilled meats and traditional fragrant curries. And with glowing candlelight, beautiful decorations and exotic spices in the air, it’s a scene made for Christmas celebrations. View the festive menus online.

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: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 9pm, Sunday (Food served 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 5pm, Sunday). Booking advised.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 12 noon – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm, Monday: Closed Sea Spice, The White Lion Hotel, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh IP15 5BJ

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4QL

01728 648286

01728 451800 Seaspice.co.uk

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

The Fountain

Sibton White Horse

Butt & Oyster

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.

Step through the door of this unassuming pub and prepare for a surprise. The heart of this thriving village local is 16th-century and steeped in history. Relax with a drink, enjoy lunch or dinner and you can expect easy relaxed service whilst absorbing the pubs immense character or spill out into the impressive courtyard and indulge in some of the finest alfresco. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the ever changing menu is thoughtfully created and built upon fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with produce from the pub’s kitchen garden.

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. See our website for details of our menus.

The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN

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

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

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

Open: Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm. Saturday, 12 noon to 2pm and 6pm to 9.30pm. Sunday, 12pm to 7pm



Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Sunday, 12pm to 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW 01473 780764 buttandoyster@debeninns.co.uk www.debeninns.co.uk

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The Eels Foot

Ufford Park

Enjoy delicious food and drink in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere at the award winning Eels Foot inn located in the pretty hamlet of Eastbridge.The extensive beer garden offers a children’s play area and a wood fired pizza oven available Sat – Sun 12:00 – 20:00. The Inn has six rooms and is a certified location with The Caravan and Motorhome Club. With freshwater marshes and scenic countryside leading directly to the sea The Eels Foot is a great place to stay.

Open every day, The Park Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, local produce and a seasonally-changing menu.You can enjoy Sunday Lunch in both the restaurant and bar and this is priced accordingly. Afternoon Tea is served throughout the year and this is priced at just £16.95 per person. Looking for somewhere to hold your staff or family Christmas party? Book a Festive Lunch with us this December – all party sizes can be accommodated. Open to all; non-members welcome.

Open: Monday to Thursday 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Friday to Sunday 11:30am – 11:30pm (Food served Monday to Thursday 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.pm Friday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm)

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

Open: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm Sunday Lunch in The Park Restaurant served 12 noon – 2pm

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

Eastbridge, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4SN

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

Goose Barn, Back Road, Falkenham, IP10 0QR

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The Fox

Seckford Hall

Fynn Valley

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. See our website for details of our menus.

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 us soon to enjoy a memorable meal and experience the tradition, history and good taste at 1530.

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

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

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

Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6NU

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

01394 385678 reception@seckford.co.uk www.seckford.co.uk

1530 Restaurant

Winner of the ‘Most Welcoming Golf Club’ in England award this is the place to 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. Open: Open every lunchtime and Tuesday – Saturday evenings. Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA 01473 785202 restaurant@fynn-valley.co.uk www.fynn-valley.co.uk



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Antiques & Auctions

James Neal

A GLASS BY ANY OTHER NAME On a recent visit to The Oval where England faced the West Indies in a day, night ODI fixture I was struck by a rather simple money spinning venture. A visit to one of the suppliers of liquid refreshments resulted in a plastic vessel to hold the amber nectar being acquired for a deposit of over £1. The ground capacity was twenty four thousand, so even allowing for say only a 25% take up of those being tempted by a pint, how many were prepared to fight their way back to the same stall at close of play to reclaim their deposit? Greater Anglia had three such ‘glasses’ on board when we made our return trip to Suffolk. Similarly the new-kid-on-the-block tonic water supplier handed out shapely ‘glasses’ for a G&T complete with the depression (no, not of the mother’s ruin type) but a way of allowing your finger to rest and prevent the container slipping from your grasp as the ice melted and condensate built up on the outside. From a West Indian prospective they would probably have had their thoughts on drinking rum rather than gin. It has to be remembered the latter came to prominence in response to the French sending over vast quantities of brandy, a trade which was not too lucrative as far as the Exchequer was concerned.


Nice as the Fever Tree ‘glasses’ were in terms of their shape and design, there is now no doubt an even more shapely antique gin glass would have felt better in the hand. Ownership of one of them from Georgian times would have made a rather more handsome profit to an owner too! Some of the Georgian gin glasses had conical bowls, others an outflared rim reminiscent of a trumpet. There were examples with air twist stems and some stood on a foot which was not only domed but also had the distinction of a folded foot where the edge of the glass was literally wrapped under the main foot forming a double layer around the rim. It was reminiscing about the cricket, within sight of Adnams’ premises in Woodbridge, which led me to the higher echelons of antique glass rather than designer plastic. The one thing which the Fever Tree had over the Georgians was the vastly improved capacity of their vessels. One of the highlights of the day at The Oval, apart from an England victory, was to see Evin Lewis, the West Indian batsman, score 176 runs before retiring hurt. Nobody in international cricket has ever passed this figure in similar circumstances. Perhaps it would be appropriate to raise a glass of G&T to Evin in celebration of his feat.


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GORGEOUS GRASSES November is often an uneventful month in the garden – all the more reason, says Garden Designer Catharine Howard for planting grasses


or resounding allure, architectural presence, winter interest and movement the grasses win hands down. Of course there are many varieties and this paean presupposes that I have swooped down on the most choice families and cultivars leaving couch grass and other nightmarish cousins out in the cold. In the main the grasses that are mainstream in every designer’s plant palette are cool season performers; in other words they surge out of their rootstock when summer is well underway to reach full height and slowly unfurl their inflorescences in the autumn. This gives them the edge in catching the late evening light when the rest of the garden is getting a little exhausted. The top garden in the country for this is Knoll Gardens near Wimborne, Dorset. If business takes you that way round about, build in an extra hour, take a camera and have a totally graminaceous sensory overload. The garden is artfully planted with strong perennials alongside and when we last visited there was a friendly guide to help with those tripping-up plant names. I’m also going to mention The Plume Garden in Normandy for sure planting of grasses. At this ethereal place they have used the larger grasses as hedges so that you bust through a scraggy screen to find a hidden room. Bear in mind, of course, that this bestows a temporary secrecy as the grass will be cut down with a chainsaw in February.

Molinia ‘Skyracer’



It is useful to get a handle on the better known grasses and I think of them as rather like people. What is their character and how do they behave? In the previous paragraph I’ve mentioned large grasses so let us start with the miscanthus.


Stipa gigantiia with perovskia against evening light

There are many cultivars. The tallest are over two metres with smaller dwarf forms being a little over a metre. Do not be beguiled by their fluffy heads as they use this to distract you from their serious sideways creep, devouring your flowerbed and smashing any rival softstemmed plants. If you want to move one that has stubbornly sagged, call for a mini-digger. There is however one of this family that behaves beautifully with fluttering gold flowers – its name is Miscanthus nepalensis. You will fall in love with this lovely plant but beware; it is not hardy. Then there are panicums and molinias. I remember reading a description of the former as masculine – see the great run of them in the photo taken at Plume Garden (the variety is Squaw) and you will see that in contrast the Molinia caerulea Skyracer holds its flowers gracefully above a rather neat cluster of leaves. Tunnel of miscanthus at Plume Garden

The panicums tend to take on a lovely reddish tone when the autumn temperatures begin to drop at night. I once had a job of finding perennials to endure a clay soil that had been compacted and damaged – we chose Panicum Shenandoah and it performed very well in that miserable soil. Above all I love molinias. They are all bred from purple moor grass, a native and widespread in Europe, and come in a great variety of heights. The ‘Skyracer’ reaches two metres and has that lovely quality of see-through gauziness. For a large garden, ‘Transparent’ which has an arching form is even more lovely. Late autumn makes them take on fiery yellow tint before the December wind whips up and carries away – both stems and leaves.

Scampson Hall in Yorkshire has a garden with beds cultivated entirely with a monoculture of a Molinia caerulea. Or it did have when I visited some years back. I wonder whether the owner got bored and changed it? There is a family of grass that are quite small but with really covetable fluffy flowerheads – this has earned the pennisetums the soubriquet ‘Squirrel tail grasses’. As a knock on effect of seeing the launch of a variety called ‘Red Buttons’ at Chelsea and then at Knoll, I bought ten for my small garden. Beware here too for the plant that increases girth by stealth. I battled with them last February, hacking outer bits of them off with a ditching speed. By the way, February is the time to cut back grasses and lift and divide. Perhaps the best known grasses are the Stipas. Stipa tenuissima is that lovely green ponytail that so often spangles and dances at the front of a border. But comb out the seed heads before they spit out seeds and little seedlings sprout uncontrollably. The tall Stipa gigantea is wonderful for the way it flutters in the wind. Planted say, in front of a dark hedge, it will positively shine. This stipa comes into flower quite early and catches late evening light from summer onwards.

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

Panicum Squaw with eupatorium at Plume Garden





JOINING THE MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Neil Hewitt, Financial Planner at Scrutton Bland explains why it’s important to know about Inheritance Tax. Did you know that the number of millionaires in the east of England went up from 75,000 to 82,000 from 2015-16? Many of these happened unintentionally through soaring property prices, although often people are unaware that the house they bought several decades ago is now worth so much until they come to sell it, or the value becomes apparent to their descendants when it is sold after their death. Whilst being a ‘paper’ millionaire may come as a pleasant surprise, there are still large numbers of people who continue to be unaware that when they die, their estate may be liable to Inheritance Tax (IHT). If your assets (property, possessions, pay-outs from insurance policies and cash) total more than £325,000 then the part of your estate that is above that threshold figure may be taxed at 40%. There are exceptions to this, such as if you leave everything to your spouse or civil partner, or to an exempt beneficiary such as a charity. There is also a relatively new allowance known as the Residence Nil Rate Band which, under certain conditions, gives you an additional allowance of £100,000 provided that you pass your home to your direct descendants.

Neil Hewitt Financial Planner

Whilst IHT may be something that most people have heard of, a recent study found that one in ten Britons who said they planned on passing on a legacy after death had not sought any specialist advice to determine whether they may be liable. And 12% of the people questioned said they thought their house would be exempt from IHT, and that their ISA savings would also be free of this tax. Both of these assumptions are incorrect! If you would like to find out more about Inheritance Tax and planning your financial affairs for later on in life, Scrutton Bland have teamed up with Blocks Solicitors and invite you to a seminar designed to help you prepare for the future. In this seminar we will guide you through Inheritance Tax, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and the Financial Planning solutions available to you. When: Tuesday 28th November Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm Where: Scrutton Bland, Fitzroy House, Crown Street, Ipswich IP1 3LG To book your free place, please email events@scruttonbland.co.uk or call 01206 838400 There will be events in 2018 across Suffolk and Essex. Please email events@scruttonbland.co.uk or call 01206 838400 to register your interest.

Scrutton Bland is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Neals Savills Jackson-Stops Clarke & Simpson Grier & Partners Fenn Wright Flick & Son Bennett Homes Jennie Jones

64 Felixstowe

68 Woodbridge

70 Ingham

74 Mendlesham EssentialSUFFOLK




CLOSE TO THE SEA Dorin Court is an imposing sevenbedroom Victorian detached house situated a stone’s throw from Felixstowe seafront. It is immaculately presented on a generous plot with a double length tandem garage and a heated swimming pool. Featuring a wealth of original features from with high ceilings, feature fire places and original sash windows the property is accessed through a stained glass door into a good-sized reception hall. To the left is the lounge with double aspect windows and open fire place. Separate to this is a spacious, double aspect dining room, which also



has a feature fire place and a door to the conservatory. There’s also a breakfast room, which has a fire place and a door leading through to a spacious kitchen. The kitchen has been fitted with a range of base and eye level units with solid oak doors, granite worktops, integrated double oven, hob, dishwasher and an integrated fridge freezer. Downstairs there’s also a shower room, utility and study. On the first floor there are three good sized bedrooms, two of which have double aspect windows and sea views and a family bathroom. The master bedroom overlooks the side and the rear of the property and also has a dressing area, and an en suite. Recently

redecorated, the second floor has a new bathroom with a re-enamelled Victorian bath and four further bedrooms. Outside are driveways to both sides of the property providing ample parking in addition to the garage. The rear garden has been landscaped and has a large patio area with the remainder laid to lawn (approximately 40ft in length) and enclosed by fencing. The property benefits from an outdoor heated swimming pool measuring 28' x 13' which is gated and secure.

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

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● Kitchen/breakfast room ● 7 bedrooms ● 4 bath/shower rooms

● 3 reception rooms ● Kitchen/breakfast room ● Study ● Sun room

● In the heart of the Alde Valley ● 26 acre estate ● 4 reception rooms

● 1 bed annexe barn ● Indoor pool complex ● Outbuildings & Barns ● Grass tennis court ● Gardens, woodland & riverside meadows

● Elegant Georgian property ● Set within 4 acres ● Edge of village

● Conservatory ● 6 bedrooms ● 3 bathrooms ● Heated swimming pool ● Tennis court ● 2 bed cottage ● Garage range ● Outbuildings & barns

GuIdE £2,250,000

GuIdE £1,950,000

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EaRl SOHam, SuffOlK

● Edwardian townhouse ● Amdega conservatory/breakfast room

● Kitchen/diner ● 4 bedrooms ● 2 bathrooms ● Cat 5 wired

● Situated between Market Hill & Thoroughfare

● 2 reception rooms ● 4 bedrooms ● 2 bathrooms ● Study

● Secluded south facing walled garden ● Off street parking ● EPC - D

01473 218218

● Zoned underfloor heating ● Air source heat pump ● Large garden ● Garage & parking ● Front & rear rural views ● EPC - B

GuIdE £575,000

GuIdE £750,000


● New build period style property ● Edge of village ● Living room

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Mendlesham – 6 acres OIEO £1,150,000

Framlingham £675,000

A stunning Elizabethan manor house and separate oak-framed ‘party barn’, with gardens and grounds extending to nearly 6 acres. Drawing/dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, office, rear kitchen, utility and cloak/shower room. 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on the first floor. 2 attic bedrooms and storage. 41’ party barn with kitchen, wet room and study/store. 2 attic stores. Outbuildings, 3 stables and yard. Summerhouse, double garage with tack room and outside WC, workshop and store. JSA Savills. Ref: 5590

A most impressive house extending to approximately 3,000 sq ft, located on Millers Way and built by Hopkins & Moore. Hallway, cloakroom, drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, dining room, utility room, family room, study and cloakroom. Master bedroom with en-suite dressing room and bathroom. Bedroom 2 with en-suite shower room. 2 further first floor bedrooms and bathroom. Second floor bedroom and shower room. Parking and double garage. West facing rear garden of 50’ x 45’. EPC = B Ref: 5827

Worlingworth £525,000

Framlingham £515,000

A most attractive Grade II Listed former farmhouse with lovely gardens extending to three quarters of an acre. Boot room, utility room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining area, sitting room, study, conservatory and cloakroom. 3 first floor bedrooms and bathroom. Attic room. Double garage, workshop and summerhouse. Ref: 5825

An impressive and spacious detached house forming part of an exclusive new development of just 5 properties on the outskirts of the historic market town of Framlingham. Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room/bedroom 4, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom. Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms and bathroom. Landscaped gardens and car port. Ref: 5464

Martlesham, Nr Woodbridge £425,000

Cratfield, Nr Halesworth £350,000

An attractive Grade II Listed house requiring general modernisation and refurbishment, situated in a convenient location between Ipswich and Woodbridge. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and shower room. 4 first floor bedrooms. Off-road parking for at least 4 vehicles. West facing rear garden with grounds of over 0.25 acres. Ref: 5821

A well-maintained detached bungalow, presented in pristine condition, situated in the rural village of Cratfield. Entrance hall, sitting/dining room, conservatory and kitchen/breakfast room. 3 bedrooms, shower room and bathroom. Attractive gardens to front and rear. Driveway with ample parking for several vehicles. Garage. EPC = D Ref: 5654

Dennington, Nr Framlingham £350,000

Badingham, Nr Framlingham £215,000

A renovated detached bungalow standing in a pleasant setting. Hallway, sitting room, stylish kitchen/dining room, boot room, 3 double bedrooms and bathroom. Off-road parking for at least 3 vehicles. 50’ x 30’ rear garden with a total plot size of 0.14 acres. EPC = D Ref: 5839

A semi-detached cottage situated in a pleasant position within the village of Badingham, within walking distance of the pub. Hallway, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room and kitchen. 3 first floor double bedrooms and bathroom. Garden of approximately 60’ x 50’. 2 parking spaces and garage. EPC = E Ref: 5693

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

T: 01728 724200


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A truly charming four bedroom semi-detached cottage originally dating from c1450, extended in c1700 and then again 2010 with an impressive Sitting Room and vaulted ceiling to create a beautiful and tastefully presented family home. The property occupies an idyllic and secluded south facing plot extending to approx. 0.6 acre (sts) with delightful woodland and farmland views. A substantial Suffolk Barn adjacent to the property provides useful Studio and Workshop facilities. An early viewing is recommended.


This beautiful development, of six duplex appartments (two of which are sold), creatively combines the traditional presence of this significant building together with retention of vaulted ceilings and existing timbers with the benefits of stunning interior design and contemporary living space. Secure undercroft parking, communal garden, lift access, large private storage units and additional visitor parking at the rear.



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

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

A charming and unique detached, thatched village home on the outskirts of the village in approximately ¼ acre (sts) built in 1903 having many fine period features with double garage and storage on the first floor.

We offer a personal and professional service to landowners who wish to realise the full potential of their land assets, whether garden plots surplus to requirements or larger land parcels suitable for development, expertly guiding owners through each step of the process from planning to sale in order to achieve the best financial outcome. Please contact John Radford for further assistance.



LANDMARK HOME Woodbridge and Suffolk landmark, The Mill House and Buttrum’s Mill is a very special property and it’s up for sale. It comprises effectively three elements, the first being an extended Grade II listed house, there’s the Grade II* listed Tower Mill, Buttrum’s Mill, which stands proudly in the centre of the site. Attached to the side of The Mill is the Granary and a two-storey stable block which has been converted to offices by the owners. Two of the four offices are currently occupied by the Windmill Natural Health Centre. The third element of the property is a paddock which stretches down towards Mill View Close.



Mill House, which has three/four bedrooms, is largely hidden from view by hedging and has an attractive appearance in the Regency style with fixed shutters to the sash windows. Downstairs is a sitting room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast room. The property overlooks the garden which has been traditionally planted and is of a good size. There are views to Buttrum’s Mill with the four sails punctuating the skyscape. Buttrum’s Mill itself is subject to a Lease to the former East Suffolk County Council and now to Suffolk County Council for a period of 99 years from 1st December 1950, the tenants paying the yearly rent of 5/ – (25p) on 5th December in each year, if demanded. It

was built by the highly regarded Suffolk Millwright John Whitmore, stands six storeys high and it is understood the Mill was last worked in 1928. Much of the original internal workings of the Mill are still in situ including the four millstones, hoppers, the central shaft, pulleys, gear wheels, grain bin etc and a display has been produced on the ground floor for visitors. The four shuttered sails still turn and are a prominent feature of the Woodbridge skyline.

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

Pin Mill

Christchurch Park

Set in this private residential location close to Ipswich School is this family home of generous proportions which occupies substantial grounds and offers scope for re-modelling.

A unique home, having been extended and refurbished in recent years, offering superb accommodation. The property sits within this popular hamlet on the southern banks of the River Orwell.

Guide Price £675,000

East Ipswich

• Attractive roof garden with view out across The Hard and the River Orwell • Ideally located close to attractive riverside walks • Master bedroom with ensuite • Guest bedroom with ensuite and roof terrace • 3 reception rooms • Garage and off road parking

Guide Price £690,000

Witnesham An attractive detached family home situated on the eastern outskirts of Ipswich, close to Purdis Heath golf club, set in grounds approaching half an acre with plenty of scope for additions if required.

A beautifully presented and well maintained detached period cottage situated in an elevated position with views over the surrounding farmland, in its own gardens of just under half an acre.

• 18th century cottage • Sought after village to the north of Ipswich • Secluded and elevated setting • Master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite • 3 further double bedrooms • 4 reception rooms • Mature gardens

Guide Price £675,000


• Highly sought after residential location • Impressive open plan kitchen/ dining room • Sitting room • 4 bedrooms • Excellent access to A12/A14

Guide Price £850,000

• Situated a short walk from Christchurch Park and Ipswich town centre • 4 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms • Landscaped grounds • Sought after residential location • Excellent access to A12/A14



ELEGANT PERIOD HOME The Old Rectory is an elegant, substantial seven-bedroomed house with spacious reception rooms and a flexible layout. Believed to have been constructed around 1840 it is Listed Grade II and is approached through white electric gates to a large gravelled, sweeping drive in front of the house with a spur leading to the coach house and outbuildings. Set in two and half acres, The Old Rectory, has been completely renovated and refurbished to a high standard throughout by the current owners. The impressive reception hall leads to the principal reception rooms, which are light and airy with 12ft high ceilings,



deep shuttered triple glazed sash windows, French doors, open fireplaces, deep skirting boards, exposed wooden floors and wide panelled doors. There’s a large cellar which is accessed off the main reception hall via a wide brick staircase and has slate shelved wine bins. First floor accommodation is reached via a fine sweeping staircase with a mahogany banister on cast-iron decorative balustrades. The master bedroom has lovely views overlooking the surrounding gardens and offers an en suite wet room. There are an additional six bedrooms, two en suites and two further bathrooms.

Outside is a coach house /garage with a door through to the tack room with a further coach house / garage with stables. The property also includes a cottage, which was the former curate’s house. It has been divided in to two onebedroom apartments with a large gravel parking area and overlooking the surrounding paddocks.

INFORMATION Savills 01473 234816 To see more pictures of this property visit www.essentialsuffolk.com/property

Location and high specification homes are early success with buyers Aw a r d - w i n n i n g b u i l d i n g c o m p a n y, B e n n e t t H o m e s i s s e e i n g u n p r e c e d e n t e d e a r l y i n t e r e s t f r o m b u y e r s a t i t s l a t e s t d e v e l o p m e n t i n Fr a m l i n g h a m , w h e r e properties enjoy vie ws across The Mere to the Castle.

One third of all the plots at Tudor Gardens have now been reserved – within just eight weeks of release. The 16 highly-specified two and three bedroom houses, are all for private sale and each has a private garden and paved terrace. Architect-designed and traditionally-built, all the homes have spacious interiors including downstairs cloakrooms and two double bedrooms. The three bedroom properties incorporate an en-suite shower room. Dawn Urry, Sales & Marketing Manager at Bennett Homes said: “We have been delighted by the very early reservations at Tudor Gardens and the positive feedback from potential buyers. Location is clearly a very important factor – whilst there are other developments around Framlingham, Tudor Gardens enjoys a location within the town. Many customers are looking for a home within walking distance of this attractive town centre with its independent shops, pavement cafes and weekly markets. “They also like the style of the properties which are energy-efficient and come with a range of features included as standard such as contemporary kitchens with fitted Bosch appliances, bathrooms with rainfall showers and built-in storage.” Tudor Gardens is served by a parking court with allocated spaces and additional visitor spaces. The development has a spacious feel with a landscaped green area and mature trees at the rear. Framlingham has a rich history and no fewer than 74 listed buildings. In addition to the twice-weekly Open Market, there is an excellent range of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, delicatessen, library, post office and medical centre, dentist and pharmacy. On the doorstep is Saxmundham, the coastal destinations of Southwold, Dunwich, Thorpeness and Orford are just 12 miles away and 18 miles to the south-west is Ipswich with The Ipswich Hospital and a wider range of shopping and cultural activities. Prices start from £239,995 for a two bedroom home. www.bennett-homes.co.uk Telephone 01284 766057

Welcome to your new home Tu d o r G a r d e n s i s a n a t t r a c t i v e d e v e l o p m e n t o f 1 6 a r c h i t e c tdesigned, two and three bedroom homes close to the heart o f t h e h i s t o r i c m a r k e t t o w n o f Fr a m l i n g h a m . Located in a landscaped, private cul de sac with vie ws across T h e M e r e t o Fr a m l i n g h a m C a s t l e , t h e s e h i g h l y - s p e c i f i e d h o m e s have contemporar y kitchens with fitte d B osch appliances and bathrooms with rainfall showers. All proper ties have a private garden with terrace and allocated space in the parking court . Prices from ÂŁ239,995 For more information, to arrange a visit or for a brochure, call Bennett Homes on 01284 766057 and speak to a Home Adviser. bennett-homes.co.uk Quote ref ESM 1117 Terms and conditions apply. Details correct at time of going to press. Computer-generated illustration of an exterior view. Interiors of Woodlands show home.



Set in almost six acres, Mendlesham Manor is a stunning Grade II Listed Elizabethan house. Offering seven bedrooms, the principal accommodation is both impressive and substantial, with wonderful examples of oak joinery throughout.

accommodation to the main house and has the potential to be used for a variety of purposes including an annexe for relatives, a work-from-home facility, a holiday let or B&B facility, subject to the necessary consents.

Downstairs there’s a drawing/dining room, sitting room, inner hall, kitchen/breakfast room, rear kitchen, pantry, utility room and cloak/shower room. On the first floor are five double bedrooms and three bathrooms and on the second floor two further attic bedrooms and attic storage.

Outside there are various outbuildings comprising three stables and stable yard, double garage with tack room and outside WC, workshop and store, and summerhouse.

To the north of Mendlesham Manor is Manor Barn, a newly constructed oak framed building which provides ancillary

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





YOXFORD GUIDE PRICE £550,000 A beautiful Grade II listed Methodist chapel converted during 1990s. Beamed and vaulted ceiling in main living area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, utility and garden room, rear courtyard garden, driveway

LEISTON £220,000 Elegant mid terrace 2 bed house. 2 receptions, kitchen, cloaks/utility, dressing room, bathroom, front & rear gardens, parking for 2 cars. EPC– F

ALDEBURGH £1,150,000 Architect designed 5 bed house with large garden on fringe of the town. Lobby, reception hall, cloaks, study, media room, sitting room, kitchen/dining/ living room, utility, galleried landing, 2 ensuites, bathroom, f/floor sea views

SAXMUNDHAM £365,000 A spacious detached 4 bed house. Hall, cloaks, sitting room, dining/living room, kitchen/dining room, ensuite, bathroom, garage & garden. EPC-B


Lovely Grade II listed period weather boarded 3 bed house. 2 receptions, kitchen, utility/shower room, bathroom, rear garden, parking to front.

YOXFORD £449,950 A beautiful detached thatched 4 bed cottage with wealth of period features. Hall, cloaks, shower room, 2 receptions, farmhouse kitchen, study, bathroom, front and rear gardens, double garage. EPC-D


A creative pub conversion. Open plan living space on the ground floor, 3 beds, ensuite & bathroom on first floor. Brick annexe with guest accommodation. EPC-B

Saxmundham 01728 605511 Southwold 01502 722065 www.jennie-jones.com




Unique 3 bed barn style house. Cloaks, open plan sitting/dining room, family room/study, kitchen/diner, ensuite, double garage, garden. EPC-C

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National Dance Company Wales at Dance East National Dance Company Wales performed its Triple Bill at the Jerwood DanceHouse, bringing three works full of character, highly technical dancers and an enormous tree root to Ipswich. Hosting the pre-show reception was previous DanceEast Artistic Director Assis Carreiro, now an NDCWales Board member. Assis Carreiro, Martin Pike, Brendan Kearney, Paul Kaynes

Barry Smart, Marnie Merrett

Brian & Jaleh Fisher

Richard Pye, Antonia Weise, Kaia Goodenough, Charlotte Jacobs

Kate Paul, Nicola Anderson

Cindy & Richard Hartley

Grace Pomp, Abi Rapkin, Olivia Pomp

Lizzie Fargher, Jeanette Siddall

Antonia Wiese, Alice Wade



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Ipswich High School 25th Anniversary Ball Celebrations for the 25th Anniversary at Ipswich High School have been taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Wolverstone Hall. The Anniversary Ball raised funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the Annual Fund. The night was a great success and raised more than £7,000.

Erica & Simon Bryan, Simon & Caroline Jackaman, Rowland & Sharon Hurst, Karen & Andrew Thorpe

Sam & Rob Washington

Simon & Louise Smith

Clifford & Helen Sims, Alice & Nick Kitching

Ayrut & Tuner Aden



Lucretia & Greg Drummond

Gary Thompson, Oona Carlin, Eileen Fisher, Sally Letman

Andy & Emma Wilks

Selina & Stuart Noton

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Fresh Start – new beginnings Fifth Anniversary In the words of one of the attendees, “there shouldn't be a need for this charity but thank goodness it is there”. Over the past five years the team at Fresh Start – new beginnings, has been asked to help over 900 children, who have been sexually abused, to reclaim their lives and start to look forward to a positive future again. Supporters, funders, volunteers, friends and staff came together to mark the occasion with Diana Porter, founder and CEO of the charity. Roger & Wendy Skinner, Karin Norman-Butler, James Buckle

Sarah Barber, Barry Byford

Colin Hopkins, Stephen Boyce

Claire Horsley, Diana Porter, Clare Euston, Patsy Johnson-Cisse

Anita Huckle, Sue Wright

Sarah Page, Jocelyn Bond

Jon Parker, Mick Parker

Sam Bak, Joanne Leek, Charlotte Davis

Mark Keable, Wendy Cook



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Opening of Health By Design Located on the Hadleigh High Street, Health By Design has been developed to house comfortable therapy and consulting rooms which are hired out on a session by session basis to a range of therapists and healthcare professionals. The idea is the brainchild of Karen Finch, founder and owner of The Hearing Care Centre, the regions premier, award winning, hearing care provider.

Sarah & Stuart Valentine

Sally & Derek Dunston

Margaret Thurlow, Jill Cox



Karen Finch, Nate Coward, Michael Shade, Matt Coward, Laura Manning, Sarah Jones

Sean Garnham, Sue Smith

The ribbon being cut by Karen Finch

John Clifford, Susan Bates

Julie Mills, Matt Coward

Beryl Marcham, Leon Marcham

Adam Culwick, Monica Thomas

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Relish Launch Relish is a new marketing and communications agency set up by Emma Lloyd and Judi Newman. Celebrating with clients, friends and family at The Oyester Inn, Butley, they explained that: “Everyone loves a story and yet not everyone is a natural storyteller�. Their aim is to help clients to find their voice, and explain the story of their organisation to a new audience.

Robbie & Jan Johns

Jenny Loyd, Emma Lloyd

Nick Crocker, Clare Burgess, Jose Lovell

Nathan, Simon, Emma & Ali Lloyd

Rachel & Andrew Stowe

Judi, Zoe, Samuel & Andrew Newman

Gary & Alison Banks

Sara Rogers, Louise Mower, Sarah Rowland

Mandy Bettinson, Judi Newman, Alison Wigg

Emma Kindred, Mandy Leeson



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Locally produced Prime Farm Fresh Turkeys & Chickens for Christmas

The perfect tiles for all the family Supplying Suffolk with beautiful exclusive tiles since 1998


Specialising in Christmas Poultry for 50 years We supply retail farm gate sales and local businesses, butchers and local farm shops


Tree Surgery Need some help or advice? Call us on 07507 660 533 suffolktreescape@gmail.com

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Clear graphic design in print and online We are a team of friendly, hardworking, no-nonsense designers creating distinctive brands and concise communications across a range of sectors

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Newman Design 8 Brightwell Barns Ipswich Road Brightwell IP10 0BJ 01473 811728 info@newman-design.com www.newman-design.com

A superb collection of furniture, homeware, antiques, art, gifts and cards Grange Barns, Grundisburgh Road Woodbridge, IP13 6HN. T: 01473 735491





To advertise from just £25 per month call 01473 809932 we’ll be happy to help and advise you


SUFFOLK HOT TUBS Have you had your hot tub serviced? Get a start of season service for £149. 10% off all chemical orders over £50.


Spas in stock for quick delivery. Splasher pools / hot tub chemicals in stock.

Enduringly beautiful windows and doors Notcutts Garden Centre, Ipswich Road Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AF. 01394 386666


NOW HERE The exclusive Deckworld Deben six seat hot tub – just £6795. Ask for details.

East Anglia’s Largest e-Bike Showroom Wide range of 40+ high quality e-Bikes available to view and test ride.

Sales | Servicing | Accessories

Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP10 ODE (Opposite Miller & Carter)

Tel: (01473) 655777

e-Vélo, 7a Blyth Road Ind. Est. Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8EN 0800 246 5306 www.evelobicycles.uk



Mercedes-Benz Independent Specialist Sales, Service & Repair

Complimentary Courtesy Cars

Traditional craftsmanship, first-class products – A love for wood and an eye for detail For more information call 01206 298746/01473 365167 or visit www.hall-brothers.co.uk

The Woodlands, Badley Needham Market, IP6 8RS 01449 774222 service@derrickwells.com www.derrickwells.com




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than that it is a fairly solitary running experience. If going to the pub counts as a hobby then I do that too! I love real ale; another great attraction of Suffolk is the beer on offer and there are lots of great pubs. We are proud, as the University, to be working in partnership with Coddenham based brewery Calvors. We have brought out our own beer, Suffolk Graduate, to mark the first year of being an independent university. Is there anywhere you like to eat out? I tend to go for pubs that do food. A favourite is the Butley Oyster and the Cherry Tree in Woodbridge. If I am looking for a more formal, sit down place then I tend to go to Pea Porridge in Bury, the food is outstanding. I also like the Galley in Woodbridge. What’s your favourite walk? The Fynn Valley has so many lovely walks and plenty of good pubs at the end of them! Otherwise Ickworth Park is lovely and I go as often as possible; it really is spectacular especially so in the spring. It feels very hilly and there are often sheep and lambs so you can almost convince yourself you are in the Yorkshire Dales. It just feels a bit different.

Richard Lister OBE is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, he tells us about his life in Suffolk How did you come to live in Suffolk? I started working at the University of Essex in 1993. When I knew I would be working there I started looking for places to live in this part of the world, I was moving from East Yorkshire. I really liked Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole. I enjoyed the pace of life here and the communities seem well established. I felt quite at home almost immediately, very comfortable and assured it was the right place to be. What do you love about the county? I love the settled nature to the county, it feels like change happens relatively slowly but when it does the changes are, by and large, for the good. You can accommodate the need for change when there is a stable environment. I like how most people seem to be happy with where they live, the communities seem to work well. It is also a balanced place to live; close enough to London, to the coast and the beautiful countryside. Do you have any hobbies? I don’t get a lot of time for hobbies but I do like to keep fit through running, my target is 1,000 miles a year which can be difficult with the intense nature of this job but it gives me a focus. I compete in events like the recent Great East Run and do a range of half marathons and 10k runs but other



What difference has the university made to Ipswich? We have made a massive difference. Suffolk used to be one of only four counties in the country not to have its own university. We are here supporting the county to prosper and enabling our graduates to be employed in some of the essential services such as healthcare. We encourage new business and creativity. In the simplest terms we already bring in around £50m a year to the local economy and as we grow that figure will grow too. Where would you take newcomers to Suffolk? I would want to show the sheer variety of Suffolk. I would start with the Ipswich Waterfront and I would then go on to show the smaller market towns of Woodbridge, Beccles and Halesworth. To finish it would have to be a pint of Adnams at Southwold. Do you support the arts in Suffolk? I have been the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Wolsey Theatre for many years. The New Wolsey really is a gem of Suffolk. It is a brilliant and exciting theatre and pushes the boundaries. They have quality productions and a friendly ambience. The theatre itself brings you close to the action and it really is a place for the community. It has a massive national reputation for the work it does and I am hugely proud to be involved. I enjoy attending productions at DanceEast and other theatres as well as live music, whether it be classical or pop. We are a county of festivals from the world renowned Aldeburgh Music Festival to Latitude to the smaller more intimate festivals that come and go, l like to support whenever I can. Have you got one picture that sums up the county? Any of the Ipswich Waterfront, it reminds people that Suffolk is full of surprises, is beautiful, is constantly evolving and changing.

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Our family owned and run hotel is in the ideal location to relax and unwind after a long day; pop in for a coffee or enjoy a delicious meal on your way home. Everyone is welcome, even your four legged best friend. Why not take a stroll round our 2 mile perimeter walk / jogging track after enjoying a delicious afternoon tea or Sunday lunch? Home-cooked and locally sourced food is served all day.

There really shouldn't have to be a reason to get together with friends and family. For that special occasion, from a baby shower to the biggest of birthdays, our dedicated team at Ufford Park would love to help you make it everything you want it to be. CELEBRATING

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Essential Suffolk November 2017  

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

Essential Suffolk November 2017  

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