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Power of the Picture Gillian Allard changing lives with photography

September often feels like the time to reboot, take stock and start again. The children go back to school, the days are noticeably shorter and the autumn light is tinged with a rich golden glow. It’s traditionally a time when we celebrate the harvest, so it’s timely that we now have a number of festivals that celebrate food and Suffolk produce. As ever we have the famous Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival which has grown in terms of size and stature since it first started 14 years ago. But Suffolk now has two more foodfocused festivals; Film Feast Suffolk with a winning combination of food and cinema and a new venture this year the Art Eat Festival on Ipswich Waterfront. Also on the cultural front there’s High Tide in Aldeburgh, Art on the Prom in Felixstowe and a new festival – Plomesgate Fair – celebrating folk music, heritage, crafts, writing and the arts. This issue of Essential Suffolk also includes an interview with international award-winning photographer Gillian Allard who has been changing the lives of unaccompanied child asylum seekers through creative photography. We’ve also talked to Ipswich Deaf Children’s Society and the irrepressible Richard Platt whose mission to help Deaf children and their families live full and happy lives has so far introduced swimming and horse riding lessons with teachers who can sign.

15 Suffolk in Brief News from around the county

16 What’s On Where to go and what to see in Suffolk during September & October

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She’s a Suffolk-born artist, an international multi-award-winning photographer, a teacher par excellence and is now using her craft to empower young people in need. Anne Gould talks to Gillian Allard



ave you ever picked up a DSLR camera and then quickly put it down or switched it to AUTO because it’s got too many switches, dials and mysterious functions? Or maybe you have been on holiday to somewhere remote, beautiful, perhaps exotic where no-one speaks English, French, German, Spanish or any language you might have learnt at school? So imagine being in that foreign country with someone trying to teach you how to pick up a camera put it to manual and train you how to take creative photographs.

It sounds impossible but this is just what Gillian Allard has been doing in Suffolk over the last few months – teaching unaccompanied child asylum seekers not just how to use a DSLR but to use these cameras in a wide range of creative photographic techniques. The results have



been incredible with her students learning vital life skills in language, communication and much more besides. Plus the high standard of work that has been achieved by the young people in the two courses she’s run so far is testament to her exceptional teaching skills, ability to communicate and of course the young people’s will to learn. Funded by Suffolk County Council, these courses run for just six young people at a time and it gives them an opportunity to get out of Ipswich to see the Suffolk countryside – with location shoots in places like Pin Mill, Felixstowe, Rendlesham Forest, Flatford Mill and the Dedham Vale. Gillian says, “These young people speak very little or very limited English and speak so many different languages they can’t talk to each other either. I teach using visual Powerpoint presentations to explain each task and they

have all been really eager and more than capable of completing the tasks. They have produced outstanding work. A couple of them are extremely talented young artists and want to go on and become professional photographers.” She says that all of them have different origins, some come from African countries like Libya, Sudan but also the Middle East and Asia too. Their journeys have been perilous and heartbreaking and on their route to the UK, some have witnessed death and experienced extreme hardship. “They are really polite young people, often very mature for their years, very respectful and hardworking too.” At the start of the programme, Suffolk County Council purchased cameras for the course but it’s been such a success she’s now


been given additional resources too – a grant by Start East has enabled her to buy tripods, a couple of laptops and some lights so she can take her teaching further. There are two additional courses in the offing but it’s been such a success she has also been asked to do some one-to-one teaching with other young people with mental health issues and special needs. Gillian is completely passionate about photography’s ability to reach out and affect change through art but also how it speaks a universal language when it comes to telling stories. Last year she was commissioned by Photo East to produce a project – a large scale portrait series about refugees in Suffolk. Entitled ‘Belonging’, she incorporated a specialist technique to the portraits bonding the photographic images to OSB board, often used in transportation, finishing with spray paints. The refugee participants then

handwrote their often painful personal stories on the pieces using acrylic pens. After Photo East the portraits were then exhibited in central London at St Mary Aldermay Church. Gillian’s love of photography started in her teens when she was at Northgate School. “I really struggled at school with my A levels and then went on to do some rubbish jobs. I’d taken a CSE in photography at school and just kept taking pictures.” She then did a photojournalism course at the London College of Printing and although she did really well went back to being a secretary doing photography as a freelancer in her spare time. “I was working at the Natural History Museum and the Royal College of Art was just around the corner and a visiting lecturer suggested that I should apply for a course.” Having been accepted to do an MA she then

went on to achieve a distinction and to freelance getting work published in The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and FHM. She has also exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. But in 1995 Gillian moved back to Suffolk and discovered teaching A level photography in schools and colleges sharing the joy of her art with the next generation. Fast forward to 2017 and she took part in Sky Arts Master of Photography which she describes as being like a Europe-wide “Bake Off” for photographers. She applied at the very last minute – there were only three hours to go when she put in her submission one dark December evening and then discovered that she’d been selected to take part which involved being based in Rome for ten weeks. “There were eight tasks in total and you were judged every week, it was really hard, demanding and stressful.” ‰




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For a start she was working with an unfamiliar camera, they had to shoot in digital instead of film, every task involved being followed by a film crew, she didn’t always see eye to eye with the mentors and the judges could be very harsh. “I found it very difficult but being challenged in this way was also good because it reintroduced me to taking pictures of people which I had not done for many years.” So she was really surprised but delighted to have won and it’s led her to doing other work – not least of which is the project with the unaccompanied asylum seekers. “I’d love to be able to take this further with other small groups especially young people who might not have access to photography lessons. I love teaching and that’s why I have also started a creative camera club for adults based in Stonham where I live and I’m hoping that this will eventually lead to an exhibition later this year.” INFORMATION gillian-allard.com



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SUFFOLK in brief Good news stories from around the county

Sutton Hoo has been transformed to offer new ways to experience the story of an AngloSaxon King and his ship burial. The £4million project is the National Trust’s largest ever investment at Sutton Hoo and sees new displays, exhibitions and immersive experiences tell the complete story of the spectacular archaeological discovery of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial and its importance. A new walking route connects visitors with the wider landscape around the world-famous Royal Burial Ground. Laura Howarth, Archaeology and Engagement Manager at Sutton Hoo explains: “It is impossible to overstate the level of excitement that surrounded the discovery of the King’s ship burial in 1939. The significance of the Anglo-Saxons at Sutton Hoo continues to resonate today through our language, law, culture and connections to the landscape. We wanted to create an experience which really does justice to this incredibly important heritage site and we hope our transformation will fire the imaginations of our visitors and help them to feel a part of this story.” www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo

Judy Murray is coming to Ipswich later this year as as a patron of the Elena Baltacha Foundation and the VIP guest at a prestigious fund-raising dinner. Tickets are now available for the event at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, on Thursday, October 10, which will celebrate leadership in sport and business. As the mother of tennis superstars Andy and Jamie Murray, who include Wimbledon singles and doubles titles among their many successes on the world stage, Judy hardly needs any introduction. But Judy is also a star of the sport in her own right, having led the Great Britain Fed Cup team and coached her sons en route to international stardom. The black-tie event will raise funds for both the Elena Baltacha and Judy Murray foundations and tickets cost £95 per person – to include a three-course dinner with wine and music from the Matt Hodges Jazz Band. Tickets can be booked by contacting the charity’s finance director, Vicky Solomon, by email on vicky@elenabaltachafoundation.org Elena Baltacha

Homelessness charity Emmaus Suffolk launches its first major fundraising appeal with a climbing event teaming up with Avid Indoor Climbing and Scrutton Bland. ‘The Big Climb’ will take place on Friday 27 September and will involve a day of fun team activities ideal for local organisations and businesses, competing against one another in a series of fundraising, problem-solving and indoor climbing challenges. No prior experience of climbing is needed and it’s suitable for non-sporty folk too. Up to 30 teams of five people can take part. The money raised will help Emmaus Suffolk to support their clients in getting their lives back on track. To find out more visit: emmaussuffolk.echoleft.com/charity-events/the-big-climb

Circus Petite returns this autumn for more breath-taking family fun. With shows at Dovercourt, Elmsett, Littleport and West Mersea between 18th September and 13th October, people of all ages will be able to enjoy a variety of acts, including juggling, rope walking, hula-hooping, magic and the world famous clown duo, The Konyots, who will join the fun for the final two weeks. For more information on show times and to book tickets visit www.circuspetite.co.uk

A new book is to be launched next year aimed at helping those who are newly bereaved to learn the art of Cooking for One, along with advice on self-help and wellbeing. The book will feature anecdotes, stories and recipes from people who have lost a loved one. Submissions for inclusion in the book are invited now and anyone who has experience of losing a loved one is welcome to take part. The publishers would particularly like to hear from anyone willing to share their experiences of bereavement as well as ideas for comforting and simple food. Cooking for One is the brainchild of Rosedale Funeral Home, who have branches in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth. All profits from the venture will be donated to a bereavement charity. Director Simon BeckettAllen will edit the book, which will be in memory of his sister Sarah who died suddenly in 2015. “We would love to hear from people who have been bereaved that can offer simple, great recipes that will inspire a person on their own to cook for themselves, as well as telling us something about how they coped with the loss of their loved one who we can hopefully then celebrate in the book.” For information visit rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk/cookingforone.

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Ormiston Families Walk With A Fork Suffolk Helmingham Hall, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Festival of New Snape Maltings

An eight-mile walk around the splendid location of Helmingham Hall – with a twist. Lady Tollemache has chosen a new favourite walk across the beautiful estate exclusively for you so that you too can explore some of the most picturesque countryside Suffolk has to offer. A perfect day out for countryside and food lovers alike. Entry: £25 Contact: 01473 705034 or gavin.lamb@ormistonfamilies.org.uk www.ormiston.org/events/ suffolk-walk-with-a-fork

Freshly devised music and sound, exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK. Weekend Ticket: £35 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 7 Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Suffolk Youth Music: Gala Concert Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 5pm

Moomin Valley Show New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Music performed by an inspiring line-up of Suffolk’s premier youth ensembles – Suffolk Youth Orchestra, Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra & Suffolk Young Strings – who are joined by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences aged 4 to 7 years. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Halesworth Brocante The Old Printworks, Halesworth, 9am – 3pm

Pirates of Penzance The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Antique and vintage market with 30 dealers selling a wide range of items for the home and garden. Entry: free Contact: 01986 948546 www.ablackdogevent.com

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and National Festival Orchestra present one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations. Tickets: £31 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Campsea Ashe Village Fete Campsea Ashe Village Hall, 11am – 4pm Lots of stalls and games for all the family. Hog roast, cream teas and live music. Entry: Free



Frank Skinner Ipswich Corn Exchange An unmissable opportunity to see comic legend Frank Skinner perform brand new stand-up in an intimate space. Tickets: £27.50 Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

Saddle Up Art Trail Newmarket A free, fun and inspiring art event in Newmarket. There is so much to see, from large metal sculptures to ceramics and textiles – there’s something for everyone. Entry: Free www.aht.org.uk/saddleup



SEPTEMBER 14 Farmers Markets Halesworth Produce Market 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Dancing on the Doorstep Halesworth Cut An Evening of Poetry with Tom Corbett and Friends. newcut.org The Mikado The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 2.30pm & 7.30pm National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and National Festival Orchestra present a farcical Gilbertian plot brimming with humour and memorable musical numbers: ‘Three Little Maids’, ‘Tit Willow’ and ‘A Wandr’ing Minstrel’. Tickets: £31 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Eggs On Legs New Wolsey Theatre, 11am & 1.30pm Garlic Theatre conjures a poetic, Dr Seuss world full of eggcentric puppets and music to make you roll around with laughter. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 21 Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12 noon Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm A Sidecar Named Desire Halesworth Cut A farce by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries. Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike. newcut.org Jack & The Beanstalk New Wolsey Studio, 11am & 1.30pm This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk




The Grand Brocante At Glemham Hall Glemham Hall (on the A12), 9am – 4pm

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Antique and vintage market with over 80 antique traders. Entertainment, food and drink including the infamous Hair of the Dog Prosecco bar. Dogs are welcome, bring a picnic. Entry: £3 per car full Contact: 01986 948546 www.ablackdogevent.com

The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK. The multimillion-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed! Tickets: From £15 ipswichtheatres.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 25 SEPTEMBER 23 Badass Be Thy Name New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Swinging at the Cotton Club The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

A gritty Northern kitchen-sink drama turns into a vampire slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires that you can shake a stake at. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Take a step back into 1920s & 1930s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, ‘The Cotton Club’! Tickets: £24 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 26 Michael Morpurgo The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Michael has written over 130 books, and will be interviewed by award-winning actor and comedian Katy Brand to celebrate his 75th birthday. Tickets: £33 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 27 Sisterhood New Wolsey Studio, 7.45pm Like the Handmaid’s Tale, but with more hope, Sisterhood is a gentle but fearless adventure into the dark heart of patriarchal rule. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk


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The Big Climb – Team Fundraising Challenge Supporting Emmaus Suffolk Avid Indoor Climbing, Ipswich, 10 am – 4 pm This indoor rock climbing day is all about well being and team spirit, mental agility and problem solving. Closing date for teams to register is 16 September 2019. Entry: £125 per team of 5. Price includes all activities, paella lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Each team member is given a personal fundraising target of £100 Contact: 01473 225627 emmaussuffolk.echoleft.com/charityevents/the-big-climb

SEPTEMBER 28 Farmers Markets Snape 9.30am Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

SEPTEMBER 29 Farmers Markets Lavenham Village Hall 10am – 1.30pm

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 5 The Night Watch New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Tender, tragic and beautifully poignant, set against the shadows of feats of heroism both epic and everyday. A thrilling portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time. Tickets: £28 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk


Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Aled Jones and Russell Watson – In Harmony Tour Ipswich Regent

An Acoustic Journey: Join Kiki and Carmelo for stories and song. Tickets: £21 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Two of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, Aled and Russell have received countless awards. Tickets: From £18 ipswichtheatres.co.uk

Miloš: The Voice of the Guitar The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Showcasing the unique voice of the classical guitar through the works and musicians that defined it. Tickets: £36 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

OCTOBER 4 Born to Manifest Jerwood Dance House, 7.30pm Born to Manifest is a powerful new hip hop dance double bill that illuminates the experience of young black British men. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk

OCTOBER 5 Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm


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OCTOBER 6 Come Dance With Me The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm A warm-hearted, poignant family saga and adds the glory of ballroom and golden Hollywood era dance styles: the darker side of Victoria Wood with added Strictly Come Dancing! Tickets: £21 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk


Two Trains Running New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich The iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history. This major revival will introduce this Pulitzer Prize shortlisted modern classic to UK-wide audiences for the first time. Tickets: £28 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Jonathan Pie – The Fake News Tour Ipswich Regent If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power – and the journalists apparently holding them to account. Jonathan Pie is the exasperated News Reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. Tickets: From £26.50 ipswichtheatres.co.uk

OCTOBER 8 – 12 OCTOBER 7 Sindhu Vee: Sandhog The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBCR4’s Comedy of the Week podcast, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018. Tickets: £18.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community. Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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Walking to Jerusalem Halesworth Cut

Gilbert O’Sullivan The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

2017 marked three major anniversaries for Palestinian people and to change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem – in penance, solidarity and hope. This was the inspiration of award winning playwright, actor and musician Justin Butcher who traces the perils and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. newcut.org

A new solo show that will see him present new songs alongside classics in an intimate and unforgettable setting. Tickets: £29.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

OCTOBER 12 Farmers Markets Halesworth Produce Market 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm Wireless Wise The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Celebrate BBC Radio with Garry Richardson, Charlotte Greene, Alistair McGowan, the Rev Richard Coles and special guests as they reminisce with anecdotes, sketches and music. Tickets: £30 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Code Breakers New Wolsey Theatre, 7pm Dr Mark Baldwin presents one of the Second World War's most fascinating stories. The Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages, used the intelligent gained to hasten Allied victory. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

OCTOBER 17 Budapest Café Orchestra The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires, this is hugely entertaining with

immense skill and profound musicianship. Tickets: £18.50 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

OCTOBER 18 Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12 noon Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

OCTOBER 18 AND 19 Britten Weekend: Britten & Russia Snape Maltings Britten’s first encounter with Shostakovich and Rostropovich in September 1960 was the beginning of two enduring friendships. These led to Britten embracing instrumental chamber music, had a profound influence on the Aldeburgh Festival, and created significant links across the Iron Curtain at one of the most tense periods of the Cold War. Box Office: 01728 687110 www.snapemaltings.co.uk

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Ruddigore Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Mari Wilson New Wolsey Theatre, 7pm

Fantastic Mr Fox New Wolsey Studio

With a village full of professional bridesmaids, all they want is to marry everyone off! Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

It’s just what you always wanted – the Queen of the Beehive, Mari Wilson, graces our stage with her sensational New Wilsations. Tickets: £28 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the failed attempts of three horrible farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, as they try to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Tickets: £8 Box Office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

OCTOBER 25 OCTOBER 29 Farmers Markets Snape 9.30am Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

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

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My Last Supper with Jay Rayner The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm


It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so. Tickets: £21 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

Neil Oliver The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm The Story of The British Isles in 100 Places. After twenty years travelling to every corner of the UK and filming BBC2’s ‘Coast’, Neil has fallen in love with these astonishingly beautiful isles. Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries. Tickets: £25 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk

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ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS New Wolsey, Ipswich 5 – 28 September


Set in the colourful underworld of Brighton in the swinging sixties, Richard Bean’s riotous farce mixes all the elements of classic comedy into a fizzing cocktail of fun. Mistaken identity, cross dressing, physical knockabout, slapstick, mad gags and outrageous puns are shaken and stirred as Francis Henshall, cast out of his skiffle band, finds the best route to satisfy his considerable appetites for food, sex and money, to become One Man serving Two Guvnors. Performed in the New Wolsey Theatre’s ever-popular actor-musician style, this joyous update of Goldini’s classic Italian comedy, has established itself as one of the great British comedies of the 21st Century. The National Theatre’s production in 2011 cemented James Corden’s reputation as a star of stage and screen, on both sides of the Atlantic, winning a Tony Award during its Broadway debut in 2012.

Christchurch Mansion Until May 2020 A unique exhibition on the life of Ed Sheeran will open in Ipswich late August to coincide with the Suffolk singer-songwriter playing four ‘coming home’ concerts in the town. Entitled Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk it features portraits by renowned artist Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom. Many of these intimate works have never been seen before. It had been organised by Ipswich Borough Council and curated by Ed’s father, John, and opens at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion late August and runs until 3rd May 2020. Ed’s family moved to Framlingham from Yorkshire when he was a young boy and his passion for Suffolk is behind the four concerts, which end his world tour, and the exhibition. John Sheeran said: “Edward’s homecoming gigs in Ipswich provide a fitting climax to his mammoth world tour. The choice of Ipswich shows just how important his Suffolk roots are to him. Ed has a deep affection for the landscape and its people. This exhibition reflects that – its title is ‘Made in Suffolk’, which he was.” Deputy Mayor of Ipswich, Jane Riley, said: “Ed’s story is well known but many pictures and sculptures in ‘Made in Suffolk’ are on show for the very first time. Thanks to the curation of Ed’s father, John, this is an intimate portrait of a singer-songwriter who revels in his roots and who is proud of both town and county. Ed Sheeran has come such a long way from the days of busking in the town and playing in front of a few dozen people in local pubs. This exhibition is a road map of that journey.”

Directed by the New Wolsey’s Artistic Director Peter Rowe, this high-octane physical comedy, brings together a host of familiar faces and experienced performers from the worlds of theatre, television and music. John Elkington playing Charlie ‘the Duck’ Clench has previously appeared in Coronation Street while Matt Devitt as Harry Dangle was in the original cast of cult musical Return to the Forbidden Planet and on television in the BBC’s Red Dwarf. The cast of actor-musicians also sees the return of New Wolsey pantomime favourite Elizabeth Rowe and George Maguire. INFORMATION Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich 7 September, 5.30pm

Ipswich Regent 22 – 26 October

Ten years ago Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich Waterfront opened for the first time and it became the home for dance in the East of England. It was a significant moment for Ipswich and a moment of celebration for the whole community and DanceEast is celebrating its anniversary with a range of performances and classes, to workshops and community projects. The Open House event will combine a mixture of class taster sessions including ballet, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop, with a programme of bitesize dance performances running throughout the day in the Studio Theatre. The classes will be suitable for all ages and abilities. Alongside the dance activity there will be arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling and building tours – there’ll always be something you can get involved in while you wait for the next dance activity.

Made in Suffolk A film directed by Mel Horwood

The critically acclaimed and award winning Calendar Girls the Musical is coming to Ipswich Regent in October. The UK & Ireland Tour of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy will also have a new star cast as well.

Between 1982-1993 Scilla Dyke founded and directed what would become a sea change in the UK Arts world. Made in Suffolk is the story of Suffolk Dance/DanceEast and one woman’s lasting impact on dance. Photo: Scilla Dyke leading a class in 1984

In the evening, there will be a film screening of Made in Suffolk, the story of DanceEast and one woman’s lasting impact on dance, directed by Mel Horwood. Between 1982-1993 Scilla Dyke founded and directed what would become a sea change in the UK Arts world. Read Scilla’s My Suffolk interview on page 89. INFORMATION This is a free but ticketed event. danceeast.co.uk

Based on the true story, the award-winning play by Tim Firth it stars Sarah Jane Buckley (Blood Brothers and Kathy Barnes in Hollyoaks) as Annie, Sue Devaney (Years and Years, Jane in Dinnerladies, Liz Harker in Casualty, Debbie Webster in Coronation Street and Rosie in the musical Mamma Mia!) as Cora. Other cast members include Julia Hills (Doctor Kemp in Broadchurch, Annabelle Shrivener in The Archers) as Ruth, Judy Holt (Cold Feet, Scott & Bailey) as Marie and Lisa Maxwell (panellist on Loose Women, Tracey Donovan in Hollyoaks, Samantha Nixon in The Bill and various roles in The Les Dennis Laughter Show and The Russ Abbot Show) as Celia. The new cast will join Ruth Madoc and Rebecca Storm will continue to play Jessie and Chris respectively. Calendar Girls the Musical is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production. INFORMATION Box Office: ipswichtheatres.co.uk www.calendargirlsthemusical.com



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AN AUTUMN OF FESTIVALS The days may be drawing in but autumn is very much a time to celebrate in Suffolk. Here’s the Essential Suffolk guide to festivals taking place this September & October


raditionally September is a time of the harvest festival so it’s maybe not surprising that this autumn there’s a food theme running through the next few months. Of course, there’s the nationally popular Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival but this year we have Art Eat launching at Ipswich Waterfront for the first time. And in its second year Film Feast Suffolk celebrates food and cinema. We also have the new Plomesgate Fair named after the ancient administrative area that extends from Orford and Aldeburgh up the Alde and Ore to embrace Saxmundham and Framlingham and intervening parishes. Plus there are perennial favourites like High Tide Festival for new theatre and Ipswich School Music Festival.

September 1

Art on the Prom Felixstowe Seafront

In its 16th year Art on the Prom returns on September 1 and as ever will stretch along the Felixstowe seafront from the pier to the Spa Gardens, showcasing over 100 artists to over 20,000 visitors. It’s Suffolk’s biggest outdoor art festival and displays work produced by local, professional and amateur artists, featuring glass, ceramics, metalwork, willow work, painting and much more. The free art festival gives visitors the chance to purchase art or take part in a range of have-a-go activities for all age groups where they can create a piece of art and take it away. Visitors are invited to make a day of it as Art on the Prom also includes music, food and refreshments and a leisurely stroll too. Nichola Adams, Art on the Prom organiser explains “Art on the Prom has grown into a really special, local tradition. It really is democratising art – anyone can apply, anyone can visit and we want to keep it that way. It’s brilliant to have the schools involved so that everyone can feel a part of the day and it’s a great way to use our beautiful prom and show off what Felixstowe has to offer. It’s another one of the town’s amazing events run entirely voluntarily, so it’s a great way of bringing the community together.” In the lead up to the event, local willow artist Tracy Barritt-Brown, creator of the Spa Garden’s willow family, has been busy creating a large plastic octopus sculpture made of buoys, nets, fishing wire and other plastics collected locally. Following the event, the spectacle of tentacles will be on display at Felixstowe Ferry. Tracy recently led a schools project for Art on the Prom, sponsored by Jackamans Solicitors, to engage schools in Felixstowe to collect single-use plastic. Pupils from Causton Junior School, Langer Primary School and Colneis Junior School collected 20m2 of plastic, which would have otherwise gone into landfill. This waste has been transformed into an underwater world of corals, creatures and sea plants made of plastic waste to accompany the Octopus on display at the festival. Installation creator Tracy BarrittBrown says “The creativity of the students was wonderful. Their vision for turning everyday objects, which otherwise would be waste, into sea creatures was amazing! We had flatfish, pufferfish and even a lobster. The students all had a chance to use tools and equipment they may not have used before and had freedom for a day to immerse themselves in a purely creative environment, the products of which will be exhibited at Art on the Prom for all to see on 1st September. It’s a really enriching project which everyone is so happy to be involved in.” A travelling exhibition Food Wars: The Battle on the Home Front, will also be on display at the event, exploring the relationship between conflict and food, with original documents and archive footage of East Anglia from the Imperial War Museum. INFORMATION www.artontheprom.uk




September 10 – 15

HighTide Festival Aldeburgh

HighTide will return to Aldeburgh for its 13th festival with a world premiere and new work from home-grown talent. It will also be Steven Atkinson’s final Festival as Artistic Director who has championed HighTide’s commitment to new writing as the space for political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new and diverse artists. HighTide is renowned for the discovery of new playwrights, including Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Vinay Patel. From HighTide’s home, East Anglian writer Kenny Emson’s Rust, about two people who never expected to fall in love again, is the centrepiece of the 2019 programme alongside the world premiere of LIT by Sophie Ellerby which follows Bex, a teenage girl looking for love in all the wrong places. Running in conjunction with the theatre programme, leading artistic figures such as Andrew Davies, Kate Mosse, Catherine Johnson and Deborah Warner will discuss their crafts and the hilarious Simon Evans and the popular showman Joe Stilgoe will also be on hand. For the first time, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts will come to the Festival to record live performances of new HighTide radio plays by alumni Tallulah Brown and Vinay Patel for broadcast later this year. Never losing sight of its idyllic setting, HighTide also presents exciting productions which keep Aldeburgh close to their heart. Beach walks, fish and chips, carnival processions, echoes of bygone Aldeburgh summers, The Old House by Kate Maravan is a funny, heart-wrenching and beautiful story of a mother and daughter. In a last chance to meet each other anew, they hang on to fragments of what they know as their history begins to slip away. Award-winning writer Molly Naylor will bring her new play Lights! Planets! People! to the festival. It’s an intimate and exhilarating play about space science, legacy, loss and communication – both interpersonal and intergalactic. Presented by Suffolk company, Wonderful Beast, Thea Smiley’s The Last Woodwose is a beautiful piece which follows a rare Woodwose, or wild woman, captured in a woodland, who must share her extraordinary story to regain her freedom. There’s fun for all the family with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery as Hey Diddle Diddle! jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme. The Festival will also present the first looks at the freshest work-in-progress coming from contemporary writers. Unpacking real-life stories of loss, joy and transformation, Mid Life by Shelia Chapman considers three fierce women at a moment of change – the Menopause.

Logan Dankworth from Suffolk local Luke Wright follows a journalist determined to join the Brexit fray in one of the biggest political battles ever, while his family are ready to leave London for something better and as tensions rise at home and across the nation, something will be lost. Following her sell-out show The Profit at HighTide 2018 Amy Gwilliam returns with .staybless, the new confessional black comedy about human hypocrisy and the struggle to remain good. Offering a new way to enjoy one of last year’s hit shows, the Songlines Installation and Exhibition will present extracts from the 360-degree virtual theatre experience captured during performance last year by LIVR, the new virtual reality platform, alongside artefacts from the production to showcase how it was made. The festival also includes talks by leading industry figures including Andrew Davies’ whose extensive credits include Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, War and Peace and most recently the BBC’s Les Misérables. He will meet the bestselling author of Labyrinth and The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse, whose works have been translated into 38 languages. Writer of the stage musical Mamma Mia!, now celebrating its 20th anniversary in the West End, and of the screenplay for the international smash hit movie, Catherine Johnson will be in conversation with Anthony Banks, who has directed new plays at the National Theatre and the UK tour of The Girl on the Train as well as commissioning and developing a hundred new plays for NT Connections during his time as Associate Director. Plus coming to the festival for the first time are BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts, collaborating with HighTide and two of their talented alumni writers Vinay Patel (HighTide production True Brits; Doctor Who; BAFTA-nominated Murdered By My Father) and Aldeburgh-raised Tallulah Brown (BBC New Talent Hotlist; Sea Fret; writer of HighTide hit Songlines) on two 45 minute radio plays that thematically interweave; to be live recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year. INFORMATION The full programme and tickets for all shows are available at www.hightide.org.uk or call Snape Maltings box office on 01728 687110. The Festival Hub and Box Office at Fisher Gin Distillery, Beach Lodge, Crag Path IP15 5BT will be open from 9.30am throughout the Festival.



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September 13 – 22

Heritage Open Days Venues across Suffolk Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September venues across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all free. In Suffolk, there are scores of places to visit right across the county everywhere from Martello towers on the coast to, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds through to the Jockey Club in Newmarket. The Suffolk Energy Waste Facility at Great Blakenham is going to be open and in Woodbridge, two organised walks are looking at historic inns and ecclesiastical buildings of interest. Lowestoft was 13th in the UK for the number of events last year, with over 10,000 visits to the various sites and events across the town. Many venues have already registered, and more are coming online every day. The East Anglian Transport Museum will even be running a free hourly bus service between venues in an Eastern Coach Works liveried bus from 10.30am – 4.30pm on 14 September, so you can travel in historic style. In north Lowestoft, the Town Hall will be open with stalls from local groups and tours of the building by Lowestoft Town Councillors. Many properties along the historic High Street are open, the old chemist shop is a must-see and new for 2019 is 30 High Street, previously the home of Admiral Sir Thomas Allin. Top of the Tower Tours will be taking place at Our Lady Star of Sea church for great views over the town. INFORMATION www.heritageopendays.org.uk



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September 14 – 29

Plomesgate Fair Great Glemham Plomesgate Fair is a new autumn project managed by The Alde Valley Spring Festival celebrating folk music, heritage crafts, writing and the arts in a rural setting on a working farm. Organiser and director, Jason Gathorne Hardy says, “The name of the fair comes from Plomesgate Hundred – the ancient administrative area that extends from the coast between Orford and Aldeburgh up the Alde and Ore to embrace Saxmundham and Framlingham and intervening parishes. The centre of the hundred was the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh. It feels fitting to tap into this sense of history with a new fair that celebrates the food, arts, music, poetry and traditional crafts in the landscape... and a sense of place... that landscapes are to be lived in. He said, “All around rural Suffolk – and many other parts of the country – there seems to be a growing movement for a deep-rooted rural revival in which food, arts, heritage crafts and music are all intertwined.

The programme launches on September 14 with a farm supper at White House Farm with an evening of exceptional folk music with Sam Amidon and Chris Vatalaro followed by The Trials of Cato. Then on September 21, there’s a supper and music by The Ionia Concert with The Blackshore Collective – which is a new collaborative organisation of Suffolk musicians, songwriters, artists and creatives including Boris & Christian Aldridge, Nonny Denny, Jack Northover, Skinny Rodgers, Daisy Vaughan and Viktor Wynd. A core aim of Plomesgate Fair is to bring heritage crafts and the traditional use of natural materials back on to the centre stage. Innovation is often treated as being the preserve of new technologies. “To reflect this belief, we asked two guest curators to look at two ancient practices: the gathering of wool and its processing into naturally coloured or dyed textiles and garments; and the conversion of plant fibres into baskets and other woven forms – often remarkably lightweight and tough. Sarah Butters has been researching the use of wool at White House Farm for over three years. In her exhibition Land – Plants – Fibre she presents raw, part-processed and finished woollen products, explaining the sources of the wool she uses, how she chooses it and the plants she uses to dye the fibres.”


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Art Eat Festival Ipswich Waterfront Unleash your inner food buff by indulging in a tantalising variety of street food and drinks galore at the free Art Eat Festival in Ipswich. Taking place on the town’s Waterfront, the festival will see 30 street food traders and eight unique drinks traders and bars from around the country serve up international food and drink for all budgets and tastes. Visitors are invited to join in and knit at weekends. In adjoining barns, a second guest curator Stephanie Bunn presents Baskets of the Land & Sea. This exhibition includes a large selection of antique and contemporary basketry from the UK and abroad, together with examples of other items woven from plant fibres. Guest exhibitors include Mary Butcher, Peter Dibble and Lois Walpole. On the art front, there’s an exhibition of the lithographs of Harry Becker. “It is a great honour to be able to present a carefully curated exhibition of lithographs sourced from the Loftus Family Collection. The show includes works from rural Holland and Suffolk, as well as two magnificent pieces commissioned for the London Underground.” The fair will also include a small exhibition of the new works by Jason Gathorne Hardy from the Howgill Fells in Cumbria and the Alde Valley in Suffolk. Visitors will also be able to see a new collection of wildlife paintings by Becky Munting. White House Farm is managed as a refuge for wildlife with efforts to improve habitats for insects, small mammals and birds in particular. Becky’s paintings include songbirds and other animals now found at the farm and elsewhere in the Alde Valley.

Art Eat, which celebrates all things creative and delicious, is a familyfriendly event, promising a weekend of colour, fun and a relaxed atmosphere. You are invited to let your taste buds rejoice in food and drink ranging from the traditional to the tropical. Nowhere else in Suffolk can the public enjoy good old mac’n’cheese or Indonesian roti canai, accompanied with a Caribbean cocktail and washed down with fresh coffee served in eco-cups, whilst soaking up live international music, visual art and a marina view. Iona Hodgson, Co-Director of Art Eat Festival, says: “Art Eat offers an amazing opportunity for locals and festival visitors alike to try a range of cuisine that they may not have tried before. We’ve hand-selected all of our traders who, together, reflect the festival’s dedication to the international food and drink, which we hope will bolster the growing cosmopolitan nature of Ipswich. ‰

Finally The Ionia Project with Boris Aldridge: The Ionia was an old wooden trawler that lay beached on the saltings at Slaughden south of Aldeburgh – made famous by Katherine Hale in A Seaside Holiday. The boat was burned in the 1970s, allegedly because it was deemed unsafe. Boris’s exhibition explores a new mythology for this memorable boat. INFORMATION www.plomsgatefair.co.uk



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“Our town is developing rapidly, earning itself a great reputation; Art Eat will give the public contemporary foodie experiences already so popular in many up-and-coming locations around the UK. We encourage everyone to come with empty stomachs ready for a culinary trip around the world.” Eight unique bars will be dotted around the festival site serving everything from the classics such as Pimms, real ales, Prosecco and G&T to unique, quirky Russian cocktails served from a fabulously converted milk float. Across the site, they’ll be coffee specialists, and real lemonade, you’ll also find ice creams, cakes, sweet delights and smoothies. Daisy Lees Co-Director of Art Eat Festival adds “We’ve chosen traders who offer vegan and vegetarian options – including the bars who’ll be selling vegan wines, ales and cocktails. We invite people to come and savour the flavours of street food from Spain, Italy, China, Thailand, India, Greece, Mexico, France and, of course, the UK.” Other Art Eat activities include live international music, high calibre visual art exhibitions, three urban murals, a quality craft market, a vintage funfair, and additional outdoor bars. The full line-up of all art, foodie experiences and musicians and performances will be announced on the Art Eat website and festival programmes will be available at the festival. INFORMATION The festival is free to everyone and opening times are Saturday 21st September 11 am – 7.30pm and Sunday 22 September noon – 7.30pm.To stay up to date on Art Eat news and updates, follow @arteatfestival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or visit www.arteatfestival.com

September 28 – 29

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Snape Maltings

and chefs alike the festival, celebrates the very best of the county’s produce, farmers, growers, food and drink. It aims to encourage a connection between people and the environment they live in. The festival welcomes many of the country’s leading chefs and this year there’s even a visitor from across the pond. They join experts from across the food industry to host thought-provoking talks, cookery demonstrations and masterclasses. New to the festival this year is a third-generation restaurateur and chef Kwoklyn Wan who will be demonstrating a recipe from his first book ‘The Chinese Takeaway Cookbook’; self-taught chef and author Selina Periampillai bringing some sunshine to Snape with her Indian Ocean Island Cooking masterclass; food writer and stylist Georgina Hayden; TV cook and author Jo Pratt hosting a Flexible Pescatarian masterclass and Jess Shadbolt, co-head chef at King, New York. The festival welcomes back Bake-Off favourite Chetna Makan, popular Masterchef winners Tim Anderson and Kenny Tutt , ItalianYorkshireman Joe Hurd, best-selling food writer Rosie Birkett and chef and restaurateur Thomasina Miers. Plus not forgetting amazing local talent including award-winning chef Richard Bainbridge of Benedict’s in Norwich and Michelin-starred Galton Blackiston of Morston Hall Hotel. This year, the Festival promises to deliver a jam-packed weekend of fabulous food and drink adventures, from tastings and demonstrations to ‘roll up your sleeves and get stuck in’ masterclasses. Over the weekend, the Tiptree and Co-Op stages each have a full programme of demonstrations and speakers. The Masterclass marquee will be stuffed full of wonderful ingredients in readiness for the visiting chefs’ creations. The hugely popular and now well established Wild Suffolk area will showcase the seasonal abundance of naturally grown produce available from the Suffolk countryside and coast. A festival favourite, the Adnams Drinks Experience, hosts a daily programme of events featuring Jack Adair Bevan and local producers and experts. In the Pond Gallery, there will be tutored tastings with the chocolate makers of Pump Street. Hillfarm Meadow returns to delight all the family with fun and games as well as a gigantic combines, toy tractors, face painting, hands-on rapeseed oil pressing and Cook’s School who will be holding children’s cooking classes. An exciting addition this year is the Marriage’s Baking Room where you can indulge in all things baked including Chetna Makan’s Indian bread and James Moreton’s sourdough.

Suffolk’s leading food & drink festival celebrates its 14th year, championing local producers and hosting expert chefs and food writers. Set next to the stunning reed beds bordering the River Alde, at Snape Maltings this popular food festival is consistently listed in the top ten food and drink festivals in the UK. Highly regarded by both visitors 32


The weekend also marks the start of the two-week Fringe Festival with a long list of invitations to join themed events and visit farmers, restaurateurs and food manufacturers at their own premises. INFORMATION www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk


October 4 – 7

Film Feast Suffolk Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge and other venues The second Film Feast Suffolk festival will be held from October 4-7 featuring films, documentaries and short films from around the world, being screened in 13 venues across the county. Film Feast patron Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for seven Oscars, launched the festival programme earlier in the summer at The Riverside. Neil McGlone, Film Feast Festival director, said: “To have our patron, Mike Leigh, launch our Film Feast Suffolk 2019 programme to a full house at The Riverside was just incredible. He spoke to the audience about his illustrious career as a writer and director in both film and theatre which has spanned more than five decades. Everyone knows a Mike Leigh film, whether it is Abigail’s Party or Life is Sweet, so it was a privilege to have him in Woodbridge.”

October 10 – 14

Ipswich School Festival of Music Ipswich School, Henley Road, Ipswich The Ipswich School Festival of Music celebrates ten years of live music this year with returning favourites and new acts taking to the Great School concert stage. World-class saxophonist Courtney Pine will open the Festival with a concert on October 10. Pine, heralded as “the saviour of British jazz,” will be performing, with his band, songs from his album House of Legends, and his previous concert at the 2012 Festival was a sell-out. An Ipswich School spokesman said: “Courtney performed at our Festival in 2012 and delighted audiences with his flamboyant performance and by signing autographs and speaking with budding saxophonists at the end of the concert. We are absolutely thrilled with the line-up of acts for this year’s festival and can’t wait to hear the fabulous music that will be performed.”

This year’s festival is being sponsored by the East of England Co-op. Oli Watts, Head of Communications and Community at the East of England Co-op, said: “As the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, we are passionate about promoting the wonderful food and drink produced here on our doorstep. Film Feast Suffolk is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on local producers and businesses whilst bringing communities together.” Films set to be screened as part of the festival include Matilda, Chocolat, Blade Runner, Brooklyn and When Harry Met Sally. The opening night of Film Feast Suffolk will be held on October 4, at Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead, with a screening of Back to the Future and a two-course meal based on the film. The kitchen staff will be recreating some American 1950s style classics with sharing platters of cheeseburgers, chilli dogs, buffalo chicken wings with chips and slaw, followed by waffle, banana, chocolate sauce and ice cream. A vegan option will also be available. Other venues taking part include, in Woodridge The Riverside Theatre and Restaurant, The Galley Restaurant, Honey & Harvey and Woodbridge Library. Venues elsewhere include The Cut, Halesworth, Freston Boot, Freston, Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich Library, Ipswich Film Theatre, Stowmarket Regal Cinema, Southwold Cinema and Kesgrave High School. INFORMATION www.filmfeast.co.uk

Another returning Festival favourite will take to the stage on Friday evening in the form of internationally-renowned a cappella group, The Swingles. This vocal group includes former Ipswich School pupil Imogen Parry, who joined them earlier this year. One of the new items on the programme is the Judy Garland Story, featuring Sara Dowling with the Chris Ingham Trio, on the evening of October 12. This concert will explore the career and catalogue of one of Hollywood’s brightest yet most troubled stars, in an evening of swing, poignancy and anecdote. If you love singing, then there’s a day-long choral workshop, where you get to be the performers. As well as inspiring thousands of young singers in the Young Voices events at the O2 Arena, David Lawrence has also conducted famous choirs around the world including the London Symphony Chorus and the London Philharmonic Choir. David will lead you through some of the best-known choruses in the musical world, such as Handel’s Zadok the Priest – perhaps better known as the UEFA Champion’s League theme. The Festival finishes in style on October 14 with the ever-popular Big Band Bonanza, featuring the Ipswich School Big Band, and the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band. INFORMATION Tickets are available from the New Wolsey Theatre Box Office: 01473 295900 or www.wolseytheatre.co.uk



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SIGNS OF SUPPORT Richard Platt is nothing less than an explosion of a man; expressive, talkative, always smiling and committed to helping deaf children in Ipswich and Suffolk. Anne Gould meets him and reports


hen Richard Platt, chairman of Ipswich Deaf Children’s Society talks the conversation is nothing short of joyous; his enthusiasm for life and passion for his work is allencompassing and infectious. When he speaks his eyes light up, his face is a dictionary of expression and his arms and hands are in constant motion continually signing what he wants to say. The room sparkles with his energy so that when he talks you find yourself laughing, smiling and even gesticulating in response. This is one interviewee that you will never ever forget. In introduction, he says, “I am profoundly deaf, I cannot hear anything at all, I was born profoundly deaf and three of my five children are deaf as well.” He then leaps to his feet and throws his arms in the air and adds, “Later this summer I will be taking my life into my own hands on a fund-raising skydive to raise funds for the charity.” Clearly not being able to hear isn’t going to stop Richard from getting his message out there and having a life that’s full and remarkable. He’s just as determined to help children and families find a similar lust for life and achieve just like he has. Richard, who lives in Felixstowe, started working as a volunteer for Ipswich Deaf Children’s Society about 18 months ago but



a year ago became its chairman. Born in Frinton on Sea, he was taught to speak and lip-read by his parents who would put his hands over their mouths so he could feel the shape of the words. He’s also an expert in signing – previously he worked for the UK’s largest Sign Language School in London and was runner up for Top Signer of the year. Not surprisingly, since he took over as chairman of IDCS, there have been many changes. “We support 62 families with a deaf child in and around Ipswich and our services are aimed at young people from birth to 25 years of age,” he explains. This includes support at home, through school, university or in getting a job as well. For instance, Richard discovered that it was really difficult for deaf children in and around Ipswich to learn to swim because once they are in the water and they remove their hearing aids (if they have them) they are unable to understand instructions from the teacher. So he arranged for support for swimming teachers to learn sign language and as a result lessons for deaf children now run at First Strokes near Sproughton – and Richard’s office wall is covered with swimming certificates. He’s thrilled with this success because he knows what a difference it can make to the children.


Similarly, he’s made arrangements for children to learn horse riding, which has been equally successful. The society also runs free courses in signing for children – because it’s so vital with communication. There are school holiday events too but the big one coming up is a trip Disneyland Paris being planned for 16 families – and that’s where the skydiving comes in. Richard says, “There are four of us taking part, we’ll be jumping out of an aircraft at 30,000 feet from Beccles airport and are hoping to raise £2,500.” Based in Wharfedale Road, the charity offers a range of help to deaf children but also works with their families as well. “It’s very difficult finding your child is deaf or has a hearing issue. You want a perfect child but all new babies are screened and if they don’t pass you get passed to audiology where they put electrodes on your baby’s head and the test lasts for three hours,” explains Liza, one of the parents involved in the group. “From that point, your life takes a different route. Along the way, though you get to meet all these amazing people and it feels here like you have a second family,” Teresa, added. Every effort is made to be inclusive so if a child has siblings that are hearing they are also invited to take part in activities. The charity

also intervenes on a more practical level if necessary too. Sometimes there can be problems settling in school or adjusting and being confident with other pupils – so Richard will offer to go into schools to do a talk. Of course for a child who is deaf, there is a steep learning curve with communication, there may be speech delays and of course, schoolwork can suffer. That’s why IDCS is fully supportive of Daniel and Ann Jillings from Lowestoft who mounted a legal challenge against the Government to get a GCSE in British Sign Language officially recognised. The charity, which is run entirely through volunteer help, is almost totally self-funded but through its affiliation to the National Deaf Children’s Society has access to some additional funds.

INFORMATION Fundraising is essential for IDCS and anyone who would like to support the charity should get in touch through Facebook, by emailing ipswichdeafchildren@outlook.com or writing to: IDCS, Suffolk House, 2 Wharfedale Road, Ipswich IP1 4JP



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Building for the future Essential Suffolk finds out more about the expanding construction arm of The Roger Gladwell Group

lodges, summer houses, garden offices, stables and sheds but what many of our customers might not realise is that we’re able to offer much larger-scale building services too and we have a proven track record to go with it” continued Roger. Roger Gladwell Construction & Joinery is the construction arm of the Roger Gladwell Group and is meeting the growing demand to rejuvenate outbuildings and barns or build new dwellings from scratch but with complete sympathy for the surroundings; Roger and his sons Tristan and Ben are sharing their plans for expansion. With the award winning Design and Landscaping side to the group it is really exciting to see the Construction and Joinery team establishing themselves throughout the region.


n an age when it seems that virtually anything is possible, expectations for our own home and gardens designs have reached new dizzying heights. While we may still gawp in awe while visiting a stately home or marvel at the design of a new public building, in the main we can achieve so much of what we aspire to – on a scale – in our own spaces. But vast possibilities need careful direction and that’s why enlisting the services of experts is paramount. “We love beautiful spaces” explains Roger Gladwell, head of the family run Roger Gladwell Group of companies “but what is really important to us is that our work doesn’t just look good but is perfect for its users to spend time in – whether it’s a fresh garden design, beautiful landscaping or breathing new life into an old building”. The passion is clear – Roger has been leading his ever increasing workforce for more than 25 years and is keen that their vision for the future encapsulates all that has past while moving forward. “Over the years we’ve built a vast catalogue of successful landscaping and garden designs as well as garden buildings including timber garages, cart

extension in the style of a Suffolk barn. Their workman were always courteous and polite and the foreman was excellent with nothing being too much trouble for him. They were extremely thorough and sensitive in their approach to renovating the old house and produced a fabulous finish on the new extension. We were also really grateful that they recommended and then managed all the additional trades needed including plumbers, electricians and sceptic tank specialists. All in all a great team to work with.” Fiona

“We’ve built countless cart lodges, garages and carports complete with guest suites but in fact we also take on much larger projects too – such as complete barn conversions” explains Tristan. “We provide a complete service through from initial consultation to completion but probably most importantly we work exclusively in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex and reflect the unique style of the local architecture, source traditional local materials where suitable and work really closely with our customers’ personal requirements”. As well as working on-site, the family are particularly proud of their joinery workshop that is well equipped and staffed with skilled joiners and carpenters providing project support to all that require bespoke items; be it construction, staircases, window frames, doors, gates, personally designed kitchens or furniture. Friendly skilled staff offer a comprehensive range of workshop services not only within the group but also to local architects and builders. But we don’t have to take their word for it – a very satisfied client who’s building has been completed has this to say; “Roger Gladwell Construction & Joinery undertook a major project for us involving the renovation of the old house and the building of a single story

INFORMATION Roger Gladwell Construction and Joinery 01728 638372 www.rogergladwell.co.uk sales@rogergladwell .co.uk



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Mr Hussein Tuffaha


Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

This issue, we caught up with Mr Hussein Tuffaha, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, who recently joined the consultant body at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, establishing his private practice for breast cancer patients. Here, he talks about his background and what he thinks is the future for breast surgery To begin with Mr Tuffaha explains exactly what his specialism is. “An oncoplastic breast surgeon is trained in both oncological and plastic surgical aspects of breast surgery, integral to all breast cancer surgeries. The benefit of this “dual” training is that it allows the surgeon to apply plastic surgical techniques to achieve a better oncological and cosmetic result in cancer patients. This allows us to push the boundaries of breast surgery to conserve the breast and save patients from having a mastectomy (removal of the whole breast). In the private setting, I tend to mirror my NHS practice but I also see and treat patients who want to have procedures not available or restricted by the NHS such as breast lifts, reductions and breast implant surgery including augmentation, removal and exchange”. Having successfully been appointed an NHS consultant post in Ipswich in April 2018, Mr Tuffaha chose to set up a private practice at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital early in 2019. Prior to this, Mr Tuffaha’s academic route began in the Middle East, where he graduated from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, classified as one of The Times top 100 young universities around the world. Here in the UK, he then completed his junior doctor training in London, followed by higher surgical training in General and Oncoplastic breast surgery in the East of England. After a fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Frimley Park Hospital, he started his consultant post in what was Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. In addition to his academic and surgical training, Mr Tuffaha has a passion for researching and developing the realms in which he works for cancer patients. “During my training years I have actively participated in research and audit activity and have published and presented several studies at various national and international conferences. I am



a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Member in the Association of Breast Surgery”. He further explains, “the concept of simple breast surgery which was either a lumpectomy (removal of a breast lump) or a mastectomy has evolved rapidly in the last few years. For example, we now tend to not recommend mastectomies as a routine option unless it is technically not feasible to try to “save the breast” as recent observational studies have shown better survival for breast-conserving therapy. For example, a study from the Netherlands Cancer Registry, which included all patients diagnosed with cancer from 1989 onwards, and compared 10-year overall survival rates for 37,207 patients after either breastconserving therapy or mastectomy, women with lumpectomy and radiation did better regardless of stage at diagnosis, with 20% increased overall survival compared to mastectomy. In addition, observational studies after neoadjuvant therapy for cancers previously thought to be too large for breast conservation show that the local recurrence in this group is lower than the group selected for mastectomy. When we do perform mastectomies, we offer immediate breast reconstruction for all suitable patients, this could be done with a range of procedures ranging from purely implant based reconstructions to only using the patient’s own tissues for a more natural feel. More importantly, breast conserving surgery has evolved in such a way that the simple lumpectomy is being considered in a much smaller proportion of patients. Quality of life scores tell us a lot of patients who have had a simple lumpectomy with no reconstructive element suffer from low self-esteem and poor satisfaction. This was due to the dents and retraction that can happen when the cavity of the lumpectomy collapses on itself

with time and radiotherapy. The new approach of conserving the breast coupled with reconstruction techniques allows us to perform bigger lumpectomies and remove a bigger proportion of the breast. This involves performing breast reductions and lifts while removing the cancerous lump to achieve the coveted balance of good cancer surgery while preserving or improving the cosmesis of the breast. One of my major interests is correcting previous surgery even if it was several years since the original procedure, taking the time to work with each individual patient towards a result which will improve their selfconfidence. For that I employ a range of techniques, however, the most promising and versatile technique involves collecting fat “liposuction” from other parts of the body and then injecting it into the areas that need revision. I believe that fat transfer will have an ever-increasing role in the future of breast and reconstruction surgery in general as continuous training and developments in techniques enables us to use it for a wide range of indications.” There are advantages and disadvantages of each type of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction to be considered, and it may be that one option is better for an individual. If you have any concerns about any change in your breasts, speak to your GP as soon as possible.

For further information on how to book a private consultation with Mr Hussein Tuffaha, call us now on 01473 851 960. Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital provides a comprehensive range of breast surgery services, with rapid access to experts in diagnostic and imaging services on-site. www.nuffieldhealth.com/ipswichhospital



The wisdom of investing in property has long been a subject asked of our financial planners at Scrutton Bland. Recent developments in government legislation for landlords have brought this question into focus once more, and Independent Financial Adviser Matt Merchant weighs up the pros and cons around buy-to-let investments, which may have left some investors asking “Is my buy-to-let investment still suitable?” and “What alternatives do I have?” There is no right or wrong answer here, and the suitability of your buy-to-let investment will be dependent on individual circumstances including your tax position, other assets and your own objectives. It is clear though that recent developments are making this route less attractive for certain individuals. Scrutton Bland carried out research last year which showed that a wellbalanced, medium-risk investment portfolio would have outperformed the average Buy to Let investment, even after factoring in the rental income and capital growth over a five or ten-year period. Our research also showed an investment portfolio would carry lower

Matt Merchant

initial charges and exit charges compared to a Buy to Let investment. One of the main stumbling blocks for any investors wishing to sell their Buy to Let property is the residential rates of Capital Gains Tax applicable to any increase in the value of the property beyond your Capital Gains Tax allowance, which are 18% or 28% depending on other income. There are however specialist investment vehicles known as Enterprise Investment Schemes which can be used to defer any Capital Gains incurred, with a view to releasing portions of the gain each year at lower rates of Capital Gains Tax which would be 10% or 20%. These investments can also provide Income Tax relief up to 30% of the amounts invested and 100% relief from Inheritance Tax but these are high risk investments and must be held for a minimum of three years to qualify for the Income Tax relief and two years for the Inheritance Tax relief. We often find that this is not an “either/or” scenario, and many clients hold both a property portfolio and investment portfolio,

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but the two forms of investment should work together as part of an overall strategy rather than being viewed separately. As advisers we are constantly talking about the need to diversify in order to spread risk, so it is important to take into account your property investments when building an investment portfolio. With a significant direct holding in property, there is an argument for not holding property within your investment portfolio as well in order to avoid having too many eggs in that particular basket, but this is something that is often overlooked. Obviously if property markets perform well then this will benefit you, but it would also mean poor performance would be amplified as well.

If you wish to discuss your own situation further and understand the impact of recent changes, along with your options for alternative investments or those to work alongside your property investment, please contact Matt Merchant in our Financial Planning Department or Faye Howard in our Tax Department on 0330 058 6559 or email hello@scruttonbland.co.uk

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OPEN DAY SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Pre-Prep & Prep School (Ages 4-11) 10.30am - 12.30pm Senior School (Ages 11-18) 12.30pm - 4.00pm

To book a place at our September 2019 Open Day, please visit www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk Pre-booking essential. To book a place, or for more information, please contact Mrs Karen Virr. Email: kvirr@woodbridgeschool.org.uk Phone: An Independent Co-educational Day and Boarding School in01394 Suffolk 382673 for Ages 4-18


A warm welcome to Woodbridge School W

oodbridge School is an Independent co-educational day and boarding school in Suffolk for ages 4-18, providing a wonderful mix of warmth and kindness coupled with focus and purpose. We are proud of our nurturing and inclusive community, a feature invariably picked up by those who visit the school. The pastoral ethos is at the school’s heart, and it is palpable in the relationships between pupil and teacher, and between the pupils themselves. It is the cornerstone of the Woodbridge education. We work hand in hand with parents so that a child entering their first years at school in Reception will emerge from Sixth Form prepared and ready to face the challenges of the modern world. It is this strong foundation that we believe allows our pupils to go forward and flourish, not just in academic life, but also in the vast range of extra-curricular activities that are on offer at the school. At Woodbridge, an equal value is placed on activity both inside and outside the classroom. Children who are secure and happy, well guided and supported by teachers, will feel confident to try new activities, to believe in their innate ability that they can succeed, and thrive as a result. The results of a Woodbridge education speak for themselves. Our academic results are exceptional, with a quarter of all grades at GCSE at the top grade of 9 or A** in 2018, and at A level, almost 70 percent of our results were at grade B or above. Thanks to our outstanding university and careers support, our Year 13 leavers depart with confidence in their next steps; the vast majority receive the results they need for their first choice course at University, with Russell Group universities being the destination of choice for many.

The sciences, politics and history were the most popular choices in 2018, with some choosing specialist conservatoires and academies for drama and music. Our music, art and drama are widely regarded as exceptional, our sports in the top 100 Independent Schools in the country. Drama performances take place 5 times a year at our own Seckford Theatre and the quality is exceptional, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and sell out whole school musicals regular features on the drama calendar. In the music department, pupils have performed stunning choral concerts at Snape, Ely Cathedral and Norwich cathedral, as well as a calendar of more local orchestral and choral concerts. Over 350 music lessons are given every week and we offer over 20 different groups, orchestras and ensembles for pupils of all abilities to join. Our art department has also gained a reputation for excellence and holds two departmental exhibitions every year. Pupils also have the opportunity to sell their own work. In sport, our cross country has a national reputation for excellence, with the most recent National Schools Cross Country held on the School site. Our traditional team sports are taught to an exceptional standard by staff who include Olympians and former National and International players. Of course the best way to experience our school and our community is to come and visit us. Visitors are always welcome, either by personal appointment or on one of our busy and vibrant open days. Our next open day will take place on Saturday 28 September, with Woodbridge Prep open from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and the Senior School open from 12.30pm to 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you to Woodbridge.



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Barretts Strikes Gold It was the year of the first moon landing and the last public performance by The Beatles but 1969 was also a locally significant year to remember, as Barretts of Woodbridge opened its doors for the first time and the rest – as they say – is history. Essential Suffolk finds out more was obviously devastating my parents had the foresight to see it as an opportunity too and redesigned the showroom while temporarily trading from 1 Church Street just up the road”.


hopping in Woodbridge today, 50 years on from when Jack and Ann Barrett first opened Barretts of Woodbridge, in what had previously been a grocer’s shop, independent traders are still thriving. “We’re proud to still be successfully trading in an era when many high streets are floundering and online shopping has become so popular” says Jill Barrett, second generation owner along with her fiancé and store manager Michael Grist. “Sharing the Thoroughfare here with other successful and well respected businesses like John Ives, Honey & Harvey and Woodbridge Kitchen Shop has meant we’ve been able to more than contribute to keeping town centre shopping alive and kicking in Woodbridge” added Michael.

And they’re right. While there are some expected high street names doing well in the town they don’t appear to be overpowering the unique and varied choices that local shoppers and visitors enjoy. So what’s the secret to this longevity? “We only employ the very nicest of people” says Michael “and they stay with us. We know our local customers and we warmly welcome visitors too. We don’t do pressure sales, and we put the customer’s best interests first”.



It’s these heart-felt family values that really are at the centre of everything at Barretts and you only have to browse the bedding or stroll through soft furnishings to enjoy genuine friendliness from a team offering traditional service and very current products and trends in beautiful furnishings, flooring, fabrics, curtains and home accessories. But of course all of this had to start somewhere. When the shop opened it occupied just one half of its current footprint – 40 Thoroughfare – but tragedy struck when faulty wiring led to a fire engulfing the premises. “I was just a toddler at the time” explained Jill “and although the fire

Thankfully the historic arched shop front survived and after just four days they were able to trade from both premises while further plans took root. The neighbouring business had been a shoe shop with a large rear extension and following the rebuilding and refurbishment of number 40, expansion into number 42 allowed for a dedicated carpet showroom and also a sparkling new bed department. After running the business for 23 years Jill’s parents retired and her aunt and uncle took over. “Paddy & Ray ran the business from 1992. I worked in the shop after I had finished school and my sister Jane also worked here back in the 90s too” said Jill. “My mum still visits daily as she comes in to pick up our terrier Daisy every morning, and both my daughters, Vicky and Annie have


worked here. It’s a real family business, Michael and I love working together. We are very different characters but we both share a passion for constantly trying to improve the store and the services we offer”. And what of the future? Barretts already offers a respected interior design service, and has recently kitted out the National Trust’s Tranmere House at Sutton Hoo with curtains as well as working with other significant venues. Most recently, they have carried out a refurbishment project at the McCarthy and Stone development Clarkson Court in Woodbridge. “It is the biggest project we have done,” said Michael. “It looks absolutely stunning. The home owners are delighted”. Their ‘carbon footprint’ is also high on the list of Barretts’ priorities and this forward thinking company has already taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment. “We already have solar panels on the roof of the bedding department and we’ve scrapped plastic bags in favour of craft paper bags for all sales” says Jill. “It won’t be long before you see bedding on the shelves in fabric rather than plastic bags and we’re also looking to invest in a cardboard compactor in partnership with other businesses in the town”.

Plus there’s continued support for a number of local charities and community events including Eve Appeal, Woodbridge Riverside Trust, Just 42 and sponsorship of the ever popular Woodbridge 10k race. “We’re at the heart of Woodbridge but we also have Woodbridge in our hearts”.

INFORMATION Barretts of Woodbridge 40 Thoroughfare Woodbridge IP12 1AL 01394 384300 www.barretts.co.uk

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New season styles for the autumn and winter are on their way including these stunners from our favourite local independents




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2nd September 2019 The time has come to take retirement, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers past and present and our hard working and loyal ‘girls’ who have supported us over the years. Dean

With fond memories of my wife Sue – the founder of Caramel Boutique

Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP 01728 687467 | www.caramel-aldeburgh.co.uk






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Thinking of jetting off to somewhere hot or exotic to tie the knot? Luxury wedding planner Senel Besim, who has clients from across the world, says think again as Suffolk is one of the most desirable wedding locations in the UK

CELEBRATING SUFFOLK The perfect place for your wedding


ith its tranquil beauty, convenient location and stunning coastlines, Suffolk is one of the most desirable wedding locations in the UK. An area of outstanding natural beauty and award winning beaches spanning almost 50 miles, means that you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot to say ‘I do’. Medieval towns boasting stunning buildings and luscious history coupled with a penchant for horse racing, means that the perfect venue is never far away. As a resident of Suffolk and lover of all it has to offer, here are six reasons why I believe you should chose this beautiful part of the country for your wedding:

The Venues Suffolk is home to some of the most prestigious wedding venues in the UK. From grand stately homes set within beautiful grounds, to inspiring and intricately restored barns set within the breath-taking Suffolk countryside, there are options for all tastes and budgets. If you prefer a marquee or tipi style wedding, there are gorgeous meadows in abundance. With many couples striving to create a wedding that is unique and reflects their individuality, Suffolk is able to offer venues that enable you to do exactly that. It is also the perfect location for couples seeking a weekend wedding venue, where brides and grooms-to-be are able to host events either side of their wedding day, as well as providing onsite accommodation for all of their guests.

The Coast The time between your ceremony and your reception can often seem a little anticlimactic, but with some of the finest ‰ Eva Tarnok Photography – Dress by Morgan Davies Bridal



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and most unspoiled seaside locations in the UK why not opt for some amazing waterside photos? Iconic stretches of shorelines at places like Shingle Street, Southwold or along one of Suffolk’s estuaries with backdrops of big skies will forever stand out in your wedding album.

The Suppliers There is a myriad of highly-talented, local suppliers, which means that you don’t need to look far to find a professional or business that will go above and beyond to perfect your big day. By booking locally, you could also be saving money on travel expenses (not to mention the environmental benefits). Local suppliers generally know the wedding venues and locations well, so you can be sure of the best laid out spaces, freshest foods and stunning photography too.

The Tranquillity It is almost hard to believe that Suffolk is just an hour from London. The miles of rolling countryside and abundance of natural wildlife are in stark contrast to the neighbouring capital. Unlike big city weddings, Suffolk weddings have a much more relaxed feel with nature playing a huge role in creating the atmosphere.

The Climate

The Culture

As one of the warmest and driest counties in the UK, Suffolk is a great choice for couples who would like an outdoor wedding. England may be no safe-bet for sunshine, but if you want to get married in the great British outdoors, surrounded by luscious green views and whimsical woodland – with the best chances or clear skies, Suffolk should be top of your list.

The birthplace of Benjamin Britten, Suffolk boasts culture in abundance. Our regular and award winning festivals make this a common theme for Suffolk based weddings, with a supplier base used to catering for this style. If you’re not looking for the festival theme, why not incorporate Britten’s beautiful music, inspired by the Suffolk landscape into your wedding, for the perfect way to combine Suffolk’s rich heritage with your day.





Duck de luxe, and bottles shared


month or two ago, I titled an Essential Suffolk column ‘Local man makes good... as well as excellent wines’ – partly due to my enthusiasm for the product and partly in the hope that more might come of it. And indeed, it has. Subject of the piece was Old Ipswichian and former Adnams colleague, David Rowledge – a corkscrewwielding prop forward of a man, who has for the past fifteen years been growing and developing his singular wine business, Alchemy Wines. During that time, he has propelled the enterprise steadily forward to David Rowledge a point at which he and his European winemaking team now export their vinous creations to customers internationally as well as here in the UK. I use the word creations advisedly, as it best describes what Alchemy Wines is all about. The team includes exceptional wine-makers in Spain, France and Italy, who work with David to create bespoke cuvées for clients around the world, tailored specifically to their particular markets. But this ability to craft consistently delicious wines from multiple vineyards bothers me. Where are the individual estates, the goût de terroir (Google it), the winemaker’s signature style and all those other anachronistic elements which we try to identify when buying our daily vino? Why would I choose a wine of unknown provenance when I have been accustomed to buying from a Jean-Paul, a Miguel or a Luigi? An inquisitive palate is rarely sated, so I recently hooked up with David at The Duck in Campsea Ash – one of four hostelries run by local chef and patron Vernon Blackmore – to put some of Alchemy’s wines to the test. David and I were joined for the occasion by two directors of Vernon’s empire (which also includes The Table and The Anchor in Woodbridge and the Easton White Horse) and together we shared small plates of mouth-watering food cooked for us by Justin Osborne, The Duck’s classically-trained chef. We were delighted to discover that three of

the courses matched perfectly three of Alchemy’s ‘La Révérence’ range of wines from the Languedoc, created by wine-maker Boris Kovac and designed for David’s UK clientele. As a result, some will also be making guest appearances at The Duck – along with the relevant dishes – during September. The first culinary offering was the most appetising rillette I’ve had outside the Loire Valley – a concoction of hot-smoked salmon and potted brown shrimp with dill, tarragon and a sprinkling of nori powder. To complement this culinary marvel, we began by broaching the 2018 Révérence Sauvignon Blanc. This, however, proved no match for its smoky flavours so instead, we turned to the Chardonnay. Most European wineries benefitted from the sun and heat of 2018 but it wasn’t necessarily all plain sailing: grapes needed to be picked before the acidity vanished, seemingly overnight, leaving behind it flabby wines. You needed to know every block of vines and be prepared to pick early to capture the freshness and integrity of the grapes. Which is exactly what Boris did, and the 2018 La Révérence Chardonnay partnered the rillette with great aplomb. Un-oaked, pure, fresh and with harmonious stone fruit and melon notes – the combination was delicious. Meanwhile, I was anxious to revisit the Sauvignon and was given the ideal opportunity with the arrival of a perfectlyformed quenelle of ricotta cheese, with lemon, parsley, basil oil, courgette purée and a delicate ‘trimming’ of lemon/courgette ribbons. Here, my long-held view that Sauvignon pairs best with cheese was upheld and it proved just the wine for the job. Interestingly, the fruit for this 2018 came from three vineyards with different soils, microclimates and even growers. Picked at optimum ripeness, the end result has all the aromatic and taste components you might expect but without the searing, aggressive acidity so often found in NZ Sauvignons and


by wine expert, Rob Chase

frequently counter-balanced by an unnatural sweetness. When it comes to matching this grape variety with food, La Révérence can show its Antipodean challengers a distinctly clean pair of heels and I’m hoping it, too, will feature on the list at The Duck in due course. Vernon has long been an ambassador for Gressingham Duck so it was no surprise to see it on his menus – as both starter and main. I love duck in all its forms but in the interests of continued health, I felt obliged to leapfrog the croquette of duck leg confit with beetroot addition and even to bypass a char-grilled, smoked, Dingley Dell rump of pork, grown in the field bordering the parish boundary. This was served with an über-dark reduction, pancetta, girolles and baby onions and – I was reliably informed – was to die for, which I very well might have done. As it was, my downfall was a fine, rich, 21-day hung, pulled, Asianstyle short-rib of beef creation, with which I allowed myself just a sip or three of 2018 Merlot. I am not a Merlot worshipper, but this from La Révérence was a truly class act from a forward, drinking vintage. On its own, I often find Merlot a tad bland and lifeless but with food, it takes on another dimension. This wine, in my opinion, could be served lightly chilled, allowing its acidity to frame the fruit, with its ripe tannins giving it just enough backbone to make you sit up and take notice. The Duck is a modern, dining pub in the best possible taste (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and is a great addition to the affordable dining options in this part of north Suffolk. My thanks to all who on this occasion pampered my need to explore new wines – in particular the manager, Charlotte – and should you wish to follow my example, I suggest you beat a path to its door forthwith. Mention Essential Suffolk when you visit The Duck for a complimentary glass of either the La Révérence Merlot or La Révérence Chardonnay with your meal. Offer ends 31 October 2019. The Duck, Station Road, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk IP13 0PT. 01728 746211 theduckcampseaashe.co.uk

£2 off any La Révérence Varietal Chose between Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. NOW ONLY £6.99 a bottle Or 25% off any mix case of 6 or 12 bottles when priced at our full retail price of £8.99. Why not pop in and meet the team at Alchemy Wines – David, Peter & Rebecca would love to understand your wine requirements!

Alchemy Wines Ltd, Unit 3, Beta Terrace Masterlord Business Park, Ipswich, IP3 9SX 01473 290244 | info@alchemywines.co.uk www.alchemywines.co.uk



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Sparkes’s Farm Old Swan House

Ordinance Survey has recently updated the walking routes for the area and as a result Kingfishers has published three walks, one of which we’ve adopted this time around. It’s a straightforward loop but you’ll need to pay close attention to the instructions as in parts it’s clearly not been heavily walked. En route you’ll enjoy the county’s famous broad arable landscape as well as quiet winding lanes and some short woodland stretches too. As you return through the golf course please be mindful of play happening around you and enjoy the warm welcome for you and your dog the Clubhouse.


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Ten Pots


Moat Farm



We’ve been exploring the ancient parish of Cretingham for Darcy’s latest pub dog walk. The start point for this circular route is the dog-friendly clubhouse at Kingfishers which is nestled in 120 acres of stunning rural Suffolk. It’s just to the west of Framlingham and easily accessible yet largely unspoilt.


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the walk DISTANCE: Approx 3.5 miles TIME: 1 hour and 15 minutes – depending on pace TERRAIN: Quiet roads, field edges, woodland paths STOPS: Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park OS MAP: Explorer 212 START POINT OS REFERENCE: 233 608 Always keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. As the last part of this walk passes through Cretingham Golf Course please ensure that you are courteous of other users; for your own safety please wait if necessary while play progresses where the path crosses the fairways and please clear up after your dog. Please download a map for reference before setting off by visiting www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy

1. Starting in the car park at Kingfishers, head out of the country park along the access road. 2. At the junction with the road turn left, the road continues around the right-hand bend and ahead. You’ll be on this lane for around three quarters of a mile and although it was exceptionally quiet when we visited (we met just one car) please be aware that on different days and at different times of day traffic volumes may vary. 3. Before you reach Dove’s Farm follow the clearly marked footpath (green Footpath sign) to your right which takes you up into a field. 4. At the field boundary continue along the path ahead (meeting the track from Dove’s Farm). 5. After approximately 100 yards follow the yellow way-marker as the path turns to the left through some trees and you’ll see the field opening out a little way ahead. Follow the path around the zig-zag bends. 6. Just before the tree line cross into the next field (see map). There are a couple of white posts that roughly mark the spot however this is one of the less-walked parts of the route so may not look obvious. Continue ahead passing under the pylons (dashed line on map). 7. At the field boundary follow the yellow way-marker and take the small bridge into the next field. 8. At the next field boundary there’s another yellow way-marker taking you into a lightly wooded area. Continue ahead. 9. At the end of the wooded area take a sharp right, follow the yellow marker and pass into the field over a plank bridge. Cross the field. The path isn’t obvious but be reassured when you reach another yellow marker in the tree line ahead and continue along the field edge. 10. At the access road to Sparke’s Farm turn right (see map) and follow the path. 11. At the road turn left, passing a property called Ten Pots on your right. 12. Continue round the corner and at the end of Ten Pots’ garden take the access lane to Moat Farm. 13. Just before the farm house the path turns right, taking you off the lane, following the yellow way-marker. Continue directly across the field ahead of you (when we visited the farmer had left the central path very well marked). 14. At the field boundary take the steps up through the tree line and on to the golf course. Turn left and follow the perimeter. As the path bends you’ll be able to see the roof line of the one of the holiday lodges to your right and the raised 10th tee. Follow the natural sweep of the path between the fairways, heading towards the tee and you’ll take up a gravel path leading you back to the Clubhouse. Alternatively continue around the perimeter and join the central path a little further along.


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A MODERN CLASSIC There’s been much activity behind the well-known façade of The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds. Lesley Rawlinson finds out more about the recent refurbishment





’ve enjoyed the views through the window from this table before. To my left the towering Abbey Gate, entrance to Bury’s beautiful Abbey Gardens and to my right the spire of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. If my memory serves me correctly, as the evening light fades both will be artistically lit to show the ancient architecture at its best. So little of this very pleasant view has changed yet, in contrast, our surroundings are quite different from when we last visited The Angel. The building is one of the many historic landmarks in the town and the hotel has always had an enviable reputation for luxury accommodation and fine dining but that doesn’t mean it’s very forward thinking owners can let it stand still and rest on its well-earned laurels; far from it. In fact Gough Hotels, which includes The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich and Southwold Pier too, has just invested in a major refurbishment of The Angel’s ground floor transforming the reception, lounge, bar and restaurant with stunning results. The tradition is still there, but there’s a decidedly contemporary edge. A jewelled palette of sumptuous fabrics punctuated with quirky artworks and alive with vibrant textures and touches. And while there’s so much to take in there are clean lines and space too... all a rather multi-sensory immersion. But is it style over substance? Certainly not!

We’d arrived a little early for our dinner booking to allow time for a drink in the new bar. There’s quite a swanky, urbane feel – quite masculine, but not uncomfortably so. The sophisticated cocktail menu and good choice of cask ales and beers is nothing less than expected and service is swift, courteous and elegant. We were also offered the chance to study the menu while sipping so by the time were seated at the aforementioned window choices had been discussed and decisions made.

I must say from the outset that the entire menu was appealing filled with flavour combinations that made sense on the page (rather than testing ones imagination before daring to order) and brimming with seasonal produce. Our choices of starter may sound very straight forward – a soup and a salad – but they were both far from ordinary. My dining companion ordered Duck egg Caesar salad with the promise of the usual gem lettuce and parmesan. The soft rich egg was also enhanced with fresh, silvery anchovies – the perfect textural contrast to the crunchy croutons.

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up on the bread? Thank goodness we’d held back because both of these dishes were to be savoured to the very last mouthful.

I was sorely tempted when I saw Moules marinière available (as either a starter or main) but the soup had taken my fancy. Cauliflower soup with onion bahji, curry oil, homemade bread and whipped malt butter. Now, I know the soup was the champion here but I just need to step aside and give the bread its due praise. Full of malty flavours and enhanced by the butter this really was a bread-lovers treat. I enjoyed a generous slice with the delicious soup but noticed a slice was also snaffled to go with the salad! In fact we had to hold back from sharing the third slice from the platter for fear of not managing our mains. It was good to see a number of seafood choices on the menu and I had decided I’d go for the hake. Pan fried with celeriac, brassicas and crispy pancetta this was the kind of dish I knew I’d enjoy. Another generous plate to say the least, the flavours balanced well and with a flourish of wilted rainbow chard it made for a very pretty dish. But hold on to your hats – the main course ordered across the table was declared “favourite restaurant dish – ever” by its recipient, and having tasted it too I’m not surprised. Dingley Dell pork cutlet with caponata (Sicilian aubergine stew), aubergine and greens was a showstopper. Thick, tender, succulent pork that had been cooked to the moment of perfection and teamed with sensational seasonal vegetables. Remember we’d been

Unnecessary I know, but once we’d finished ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ at the wondrous pork we allowed ourselves to be carried away by the dessert menu. Unusual for me but I knew straight away what I’d be enjoying; Strawberry mojito sorbet, rum granite and mint and I’m glad I did because it was another ‘perfect ten’. Assured that most of the alcohol had been boiled out in the cooking process I was left with an intensely flavoured, dish that simply oozed ‘summer’. Lemon tart with yoghurt ice cream and meringue was heartily enjoyed beside me and with a cafetiere of decaf to round of the meal we’d had a truly memorable experience.

INFORMATION The Angel Hotel, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT 01284 714000 Reservations: 01284 714007 reservations@theangel.co.uk



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A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS AWAITS AT UFFORD PARK Whether you’d like to spend Christmas Day or Boxing Day with the family or celebrate with friends and work colleagues at one of our themed-party nights, we can accommodate all requirements with our range of festive events. Who said ‘Muggles’ can’t enjoy a bit of magic every now and again? Our Wizarding Christmas Party Nights invite you to bring your party to our party! Pack your wands and join us for a magical evening as we transform our Deben Suite into a

party room fit for any wizard. With prices from £38.50 per person, includes a three-course meal and disco there are dates to choose from throughout November, December and January. If you’re looking to host your own private party we have a range of function rooms to suit all requirements. We offer small intimate gatherings or larger celebratory events, perhaps for businesses or groups. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do the rest.

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During December why not join us for a Festive Lunch or Afternoon Tea? It’s the perfect way to meet up with friends and family ahead of the big day or why not pop in after your Christmas shopping? Relax and enjoy your treat in our newly refurbished restaurant (excluding 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December). N.B. Festive Afternoon Tea must be booked 24 hours in advance.

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BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS AT DEBEN INNS Are you thinking about Christmas? Are you looking for ideas to eat out with friends, family or colleagues or just a chance to leave the kids at home and enjoy an evening with your nearest and dearest? Whatever you’re looking to do Deben Inns can help. With six popular inns famed for their food and hospitality it is our job and pleasure to make

sure you have a memorable Christmas meal. Although under the banner of Deben Inns we are not a pub ‘chain’. Each inn is individually run, each offers its own menu and each has its own style. What we do hope you will notice that each pub has in common though is the welcome you will receive. Our Christmas menus, offering both two and three course options, range from just £16.95 and full details can be found on our website.

If you’re looking for the ultimate stress free Christmas day with no preparation, no cooking and no washing up then we can help here too. This year four of our pubs – The Butt & Oyster at Pin Mill, The Maybush at Waldringfield, The Swan at Westerfield and The Coach & Horses at Melton will be open on Christmas day each offering an individual Christmas Day menu. Again full details can be found on our website or call us today for more information.

YouÊre guaranteed a warm welcome at our Inns this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ufford Park


Butt & Oyster

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

Our bar, restaurant and terrace have been thoughtfully designed as a welcoming and stylish haven for relaxed indoor and outdoor dining. Fresh, local plates of food to cater for all, so if it’s a breakfast, Sunday lunch, a romantic evening or afternoon tea, you will find what you are looking for. We make all of our bread in house and keep our food miles to a minimum. Family friendly and dogs welcome in our bar area.

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

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

Open: Bar open: Mon to Thurs from 7.30am, Fri to Sun from 7am. Food service: Mon to Weds 9am – 3pm, Thurs & Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 7.30am – 9pm, Sun 7.30am – 5.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Maybush

The Fox

The Coach & Horses

The Maybush Inn sits on the banks of the Deben in Waldringfield. The busy riverside pub and restaurant affords panoramic views across the river and beyond. The Maybush has become famous for its excellent food offering with a wide range and varied menu including local game, meats and fresh seafood. Vegetarian options and children’s menu available. Food offers are available throughout the week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 9am. See our website for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Salthouse Harbour Hotel Open every day for a relaxing Lunch, sumptuous Afternoon Tea or an intimate dinner overlooking the stunning harbour. Head Chef Luke Bailey, winner of the prestigious award of Suffolk Chef of the Year 2019, is passionate about creating delicious food using fresh, honest ingredients. Large selection of wines or enjoy a refreshing cocktail while you soak up the views across the idyllic waterfront. A beautiful place to meet up with friends, whatever time of year. Open: Every day from 12pm. Afternoon tea served daily from 1pm to 5pm.

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.

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

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

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

Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AX

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

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

01473 226789 reservations@salthouseharbour.co.uk www.salthouseharbour.co.uk

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

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

Sibton White Horse

The Randolph

Fynn Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fynn Valley, Witnesham, Ipswich Suffolk, IP6 9JA

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

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

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

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



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Working to a budget Keeping to a budget doesn’t mean compromise and this is the very firm message from FOXWOOD. With a range that spans from ‘budget friendly’ to ‘high end’ – value and quality go hand in hand. While many of their ranges don’t carry designer labels the craftsmanship is second to none which means even more value for money. While Foxwood has an impressive showroom with stylish room sets to help you make you choices there’s also the addition of their new Trade Centre which is open to the public so everyone can buy at the very best price and enjoy the expert help on hand from the long established team.



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Choosing the right style for you The most obvious division is between traditional sanitary ware or a more modern feel. Lefroy Brooks classic British bathrooms are just one of the ranges recommended by Kitchen and bathroom specialists ANGLIA FACTORS. This traditional collection includes sanitary ware, taps, mirrors – in fact a comprehensive range to achieve a completely classic look.

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But that’s not all that Anglia Factors have on offer. There’s plenty of wow factor in their range from Ashton & Bentley – an English manufacturer that shares much of the Anglia Factors’ passion for skill and design. Free standing ceramic baths, like the one shown here are individually hand-crafted works of art.




At the totally contemporary end of the style-scale VitrA is a global brand recognised by world-famous designers and architects. Combining sleek lines with products like Corian you’ll create a truly 21st century bathroom. However the most important element is your own personal style and that’s where Anglia Factors can really help you make your bathroom completely personal. Everything is created in their workshop on site, lovingly handcrafted to make every client’s vision come to life, whatever the scale of the project. They can even colour match the materials to any colour you choose and recently coloured a kitchen based on the clients favourite skirt! They really love creating something unique.

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Where’s the ideal place to host your child’s wedding reception? If you’ve got space it’s very definitely your garden says garden designer Catharine Howard






ngagement ring glittering on your daughter’s hand and the date set for the marriage; a country wedding with a reception in your garden in a year’s time. Short of transplanting ready-made shrubs and roses, how on earth do you get your flowerbeds quivering on the edge of flowery perfection for that most important of days?

The ideal time frame is to start planning a year in advance – to the day, if possible. Go out and scrutinise the garden warts and all. Plan exactly where you are going to have the marquee and all the paraphernalia of party giving. Focus on the bits of the garden that are going to be used. Flower beds and borders in these areas are the ones to be worked over and given an injection of colour for the wedding. You are going to achieve this with plugs, seeds and bulbs. Run your eye over the garden in its current state with a most discerning and critical eye. You are going to have to get your maintenance up to scratch. There is no getting away from a thorough and regular hoeing through all the beds. Earmark shrubs that will need a winter renovation pruning. Don't remove any plants that are under performing or that you actively dislike. This can be done in the early spring. Gardening methodically through the borders will begin to give you an idea of where gaps are, what leaf and flower forms are already in the border that you will be working with. Agree on the colour scheme now. With this in mind you can begin to choose plants. You cannot rely on newly planted perennials to make any sort of a substantial show in their first year of growing. There are some notable exceptions and I suggest that you buy these

in as plug plants and pot them up and bring them on under cover (see more below). The main circus ponies however will be annuals and hardy annuals. These are going to be sown and grown from seed and I will give you full instructions in my next article. Order your seed catalogues now. My favourite is Chiltern Seeds but Seedahoiic, Moles Seeds and Sarah Raven are all good too. The template for this guide, is a garden in Melton, Woodbridge and the bride to be gave us green, white and blue as her wedding colours. My advice, once the colours are decided, go through the seed catalogues looking also for time of flowering and height and spread of the plant. Check that your choice is limited to easy to germinate and grow lists. Our check-list also included the necessity to make an impact in the distance. After all, bride and guests are not going to hover right over the flowers – their role is definitely as back drop. This means that you want to go for plants with some stature and impact. Don't get carried away – ten different types of seeds are more than enough. Now a bit about those plug plants I mentioned: The Melton wedding date was early August so these were the plants that made it onto the short list for buying or ordering immediately. Agastache Black Adder – we got 25 and they arrived in December and got potted up and stored out of the heavy winter rain. They make a really good tall blue statement from July onwards. Verbena hastata Blue Spires came with the same order and it is well described by its name – making elegant mini organ lofts of spires and loved by the bees.

The last of our winter deliveries was Catananche caerulea and we had both white and blue plugs which once planted out looked totally stunning in amongst the Stipa tenuissima grasses in the wedding garden. The above plugs that I have mentioned arrived in units of 10s or 20s and sat relatively undisturbed in the greenhouse until warm spring weather came and with it the need to pay attention to the watering. Our next drop of plugs arrived in mid March with 50 specimens to a tray. The plant roots were in a medium about the size of a cotton reel. There was a half day’s work involved in translation 350 small plants into 9cm pots in potting compost. These we grew on and watered and kept shaded from really hot mid-day sun and eventually planted out about six weeks on. If you shop like this, the plants will cost you about £1 each and judiciously chosen will fill your existing flowerbeds with repeating colour. Our trays of 50 included Gaura Whirligig – a rather lax plant that throws out sparkling white flowers for weeks on end and this was chosen together with the repeat flowering cranesbill, named Geranium Roxanne to fill gaps at the front of the borders. Lastly, think about dahlias and late bulbs such as gladiolus. Order these at the same time as the seeds.

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



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James Neal

reduce the apparent thickness of the timber without significantly reducing its strength or function.

I suspect many of us have been in this predicament before. You know how to describe something but just can’t think of the correct word or term that applies.

When an extension was added to our house, I tried in vain to recall the precise name of the detail I was trying to describe. I gestured the effect which needed to appear on two corners of plasterwork. The curve at the top and bottom of the angle followed the imaginary line drawn in the air by my right thumb but all to no avail! Neither Lou, the plasterer, nor I could articulate the name of the shape.

I am not thinking (I know how dangerous that can be) of anything as serious as dementia, more just of failing to pin down the correct terminology. One such incident involved the bevel or was it a chamfer? There may not be too much difference between the two, but it is more probable a chamfer will be at 45º whereas a bevel could be achieved over a variety of angles.

I then pointed out the same detail on a piece of furniture which was clearly so much better than the thumb in the air attempt. Still the name of the detail did not materialise for either of us!

A bevelled mirror, for example, certainly does not have a sloping edge halving a right angle and similarly a fielded panelled door will incorporate bevels around the panel of varying lengths and angles. In many instances the use of a bevel or chamfer is an aesthetic choice. The harshness of a right-angled piece of timber, for example, is softened by effectively cutting off the sharp corner. The result is to

However, fast forward eight years to the time when I was conducting a viewing of a farmhouse in Benhall. The potential buyer spotted the same design on an oak framed gothic shaped window. He pointed out the very shape to his wife and, to put you out of your misery, proceeded to inform her the correct nomenclature was a ‘stopchamfer’! Please do look it up to share in my moment of joy.

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Clarke & Simpson Mortimers Fenn Wright Jackson Stops Grier & Partners James Francis Homes Landex Savills Hopkins Homes

76 Langham

80 Melton

84 Woodbridge



Stradbroke £685,000

Purdis Farm, Ipswich £675,000

A farmhouse standing in an idyllic location along a no-through road, with gardens & grounds extending to 4.6 acres. Kitchen, breakfast room, cloakroom, sitting room & dining room. 3 first floor double bedrooms & shower room. External utility room. Garage. Small Suffolk barn & numerous further outbuildings. Ample parking. EPC = E Ref: 6225

An impressive family house forming part of the popular Purdis Farm development, on the outskirts of Ipswich. 20'6 x 15'10 sitting room, kitchen & breakfast room, dining room, study/playroom, utility room & cloakroom. Master bedroom with dressing area & en-suite shower room, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further double bedrooms & family bathroom. Driveway & double garage. Mature landscaped gardens to front, side & rear. EPC = C Ref: 6228

Forward Green, Nr Stowmarket £625,000

Badingham, Nr Framlingham £620,000

A Grade II listed cottage with grounds of approximately three quarters of an acre, in a delightful rural location & forming part of the hamlet of Forward Green. Entrance hall/dining room, sitting room, 22' kitchen, breakfast room, study & cloakroom. 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Double cartlodge & generous driveway. Ref: 6199

A versatile property, currently used as a smallholding, with Suffolk long house, outbuildings & grounds extending to 6.4 acres. Kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, rear hall, shower room & boot room. 3 first floor bedrooms, study/bedroom 4, bathroom & shower room. Substantial buildings including barn (40' x 30'), Nissen hut, pole barn & carport. Garden & grounds with meadows & woodland. NO FORWARD CHAIN. EPC = C Ref: 6248

Peasenhall, Nr Saxmundham £595,000

Otley, Nr Woodbridge £450,000

A family house sitting within a plot of nearly an acre in Peasenhall. Entrance porch, entrance hall, 28' drawing room, sitting room, breakfast room, kitchen, study, utility room, bathroom, rear hall & rear lobby. Master bedroom with en-suite. 4 further bedrooms & bathroom. Attic room/bedroom 6. Double garage. EPC = C Ref: 5789

A 1970s detached house standing in mature grounds in the centre of Otley, within walking distance of the primary school, doctors surgery, village shop & public house. Porch, hallway, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen, cloakroom & utility room. 4 first floor double bedrooms, shower room & small 5th bedroom/study. Ample parking, front garden, integral double garage, west facing rear garden. In all, over a quarter of an acre. EPC = D Ref: 6247

Bedfield, Nr Framlingham £447,500

Framlingham £435,000

Worlingworth, Nr Framlingham £420,000

Halesworth £365,000

A newly built house in an attractive period style with contemporary features. Kitchen/dining room, sitting room, utility room & cloakroom. Master bedroom with en-suite, 3 further bedrooms & bathroom. Planning for cartlodge. South-west facing garden. EPC = B Ref: 6208

An immaculately presented detached home on the popular development, The Mowbrays. Family room, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, utility room & shower room. Master bedroom with en-suite. 2 further bedrooms & bathroom. Garden, garage & driveway. EPC = D Ref: 6245

A Grade II listed detached cottage located in the heart of Worlingworth. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility & cloakroom. 2 bedrooms & bathroom. Further bedroom with en-suite shower on the second floor. Gardens, log cabin & carport. Ref: 6192

A charming end-of-terrace Victorian cottage, a short walk from the centre of Halesworth. Sitting room, dining room, snug, kitchen, downstairs utility/cloakroom & rear lobby. 3 bedrooms & Jack & Jill bathroom. Cellar. Rear garden & ample off-road parking. EPC = D Ref: 6240

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

T: 01728 724200


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guide price £475,000

A superb modern four bedroom detached house built by the award winning Hopkins Homes which benefits from some lovely period features with views over farmland. Snape is a highly desirable village just between Woodbridge and Aldeburgh and is very popular with the sailing community. epc: d


guide price £215,000

currently in need of modernisation is this lovely three bedroom mid-terrace house, an ideal project for a first-time buyer or a second home for a young family with superb schools on your door-step and an extensive rear garden. epc: e


guide price £650,000

A charming four bedroom period town house in the centre of Woodbridge. dating back some 500 years the property offers good sized family accommodation and benefits from a roof terrace and a lovely south-facing rear garden. ideal position for easy access into the town centre. epc: e

guide price £395,000

Melton Hill

located just a short walk from the town centre, shops and railway station is this very attractive three bedroom Victorian town house which benefits from a beautiful rear garden. epc: F

guide price £750,000


don’t judge a book by its cover, this normal looking bungalow hides a very spacious and contemporary interior and comprises four bedrooms, large kitchen, living, dining room, en-suite, cloakroom, utility and approximately 0.5 acre garden plus a double garage. epc: d

guide price £690,000


A very modern and well presented four bedroom detached house which benefits from gas fired central heating, double glazing, open plan kitchen dining room with bi-fold doors to the rear garden. double garage and ample off-road parking. easy walking distance to local shops and railway station. epc: F

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Nightingale Farm Facts Location: Langham Price: £1,785,000 Agent: Grier & Partners

Luxury Home in Constable Country This is a stunningly located seven-bedroom country house enjoying unprecedented views over its eighteen acres across Constable Country. Nightingale Farm lies off a quiet single track lane surrounded by idyllic farmland yet the village of Dedham is just five minutes’ drive by car and the main line station at Manningtree is just ten minutes with regular services to Liverpool Street.

Meanwhile the large drawing room enjoys a semi-circular glazed window arc and roof overlooking panoramic views of the lawns to the West, there are two pairs of French doors to the terrace. The kitchen, which has a separate pantry, overlooks the garden. It has an extensive range of fitted, hand painted wall and base units arranged with Corian work surfaces.

Dating from the mid 1920s Nightingale Farm is a substantial property which has been extensively re-fitted in the last few years with new bathrooms, shower rooms and kitchen. Downstairs there are four receptions – the dining room has windows to the east and south and features floral pattern moulded cornice and cherub motif plaster work. The library with its hand-made shelving and display areas features an inset multi-fuel stove set on marble hearth, opening through to the sitting room which has dual aspect windows to the south and west.

There’s also a breakfast room/utility with double doors to the garden, large walk in storage/cloaks cupboard and stairs to a mezzanine floor and bedroom seven – which could be used as an ideal space for a home office. On the first floor the main bedroom has uninterrupted views over the garden, valley and fields beyond. Through an open archway is an en-suite. There are two other bedrooms and a family shower room on this floor and upstairs on the second floor are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.



Outside the house is approached via a choice of two driveways, the upper leads directly to the outbuildings and main parking area to the north of the house, the lower leads up through a grove of flowering cherry trees with the paddocks to one side and lawns to the other. The formal gardens extend to some two acres and surround the house to both front and side. There are numerous mature trees and extensively planted mixed flowering borders throughout the garden. There are paddocks situated to both sides of the Black Brook water course which feeds two large ponds. Grasslands with a further woodland area to the southern boundary extends to some 18 acres. INFORMATION Grier & Partners 01206 299222

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This ideal detached family house is situated in a fantastic position within easy reach of the town centre and both Woodbridge and Farlingaye High schools. The house provides sensibly planned and thoughtfully modernised accommodation on two floors and is in an elevated, landmark position.

• Popular residential location • Four bedrooms with built in storage • Three reception rooms • Generous sized plot • Double garage and parking • Scope for some improvement • EPC rating C

Guide Price £725,000

• Prime position in Woodbridge • Full of character features • Bedroom with balcony and river views • Walking distance of the town centre • Potential downstairs bedroom • Gated driveway with ample parking • EPC rating D


Guide Price £850,000

Felixstowe This stunning house, built in the 1990s, offers generous sized accommodation, including a magnificent kitchen-breakfast room with separate utility room and walk-in pantry.

Situated on one of Felixstowe’s most desirable roads is this deceptively spacious, tastefully extended family home.

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Impressive accommodation Five double bedrooms Three en-suite shower rooms Kitchen and separate utility room • South-facing landscaped garden • Garage and off road parking • EPC rating C

Guide Price £675,000

Buttermarket, Ipswich

01473 232 700

• Impressive five bedroom family home • Close to Felixstowe town centre and seafront • 3 en-suite bathrooms, family bathroom and cloakroom • Sitting room, TV room and study • Delightful mature gardens • Garage and off road parking • EPC rating TBC

Guide Price £850,000

Main Road, Kesgrave

01473 358 400

Quayside, Woodbridge

01394 333 346



● 3 bath/shower rooms ● 2 bed annexe flat ● Equestrian facilities

● Study ● 5 bedrooms ● 4 bath/shower rooms ● Swimming pool

● Brick built barn conversion ● 3 reception rooms ● 5 bedrooms ● Stables & menage ● Paddocks ● About 6.25 acres in all

● Extended 16th Century farmhouse ● Not listed ● 3 reception rooms ● Cart lodge ● In all about 2.25 acres ● Edge of village location

GuidE £1,200,000




● 5 bedrooms ● 4 bathrooms ● Ample parking ● Outbuilding

● Hand built kitchen ● 2 reception rooms ● 2 bedrooms

● A former mill building ● 3 reception rooms ● Study

● Gardens ● Formerly run as a holiday let ● No onward chain

GuidE £695,000

● Extended & renovated period cottage ● Edge of village position

● Underfloor heating ● Beautiful cottage style garden ● No onward chain

GuidE £375,000

ipSwicH 01473 218218

Tim Dansie

Jonathan Penn

James Squirrell

15 Tower St, Ipswich IP1 3BE ipswich@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk


Blending together period charm, character, modern style and practical spaces within this generously sized five bedroom detached home in the village of East Bergholt. The house has been comprehensively enhanced and renovated throughout with contemporary bathrooms and a stylish finish to the decoration. Featuring a stunning garden room with doors to the rear terrace and a large utility room. Outside storage garage and modern office/gym space, south facing easily managed garden with extensive terraces and seating areas designed to provide outdoor entertaining, eating and living space.


This detached three bedroom cottage situated within the centre of the charming village of Dedham has a secluded garden, ample off road parking and excellent potential for extension. The property is available with no onward chain and presents an excellent opportunity to a buyer looking for property in the very heart of the Dedham Vale. Viewing strictly via prior arrangement and accompanied by Grier & Partners.

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

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

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The Nightingales Facts Location: Melton Price: ÂŁ695,000 Agent: Fenn Wright

New High Spec Homes Nightingale Close is a development being undertaken by the long established Park Properties (Anglia) Ltd, a family company run by the Wakefield brothers Chris and Nick who have excellent connections to the local area. The current phase comprises a mix of detached three, four and five bedroom houses each of traditional design but with a contemporary twist. The elevations have contrasting brick and timber finishes, with three of the larger houses featuring a gable to form an L-shaped profile. The featured show home, which has been furnished by Barretts of Woodbridge, is a distinctive house and has four bedrooms.



The master has a fully fitted and attractively tiled en-suite shower room as well as wardrobe and storage cupboards. Somewhat unusually there is a generous sized west facing balcony accessed through glazed double doors. The second bedroom has a Juliet balcony with a similar outlook. This room together with the third and fourth bedrooms share a family bathroom. However should a purchaser need additional accommodation, there is scope within the existing roof space to create and additional bedroom, with dressing area and en-suite.

The garden, which is fenced at the rear incorporates a shaped paved patio with a lawn stretching away and gently rising up behind the double garage.

The ground floor is sensibly laid out with a cloak/shower room off the hall from which doors lead into the living room which in turn has double doors out to the garden.

INFORMATION Fenn Wright 01394 333346

The kitchen/dining room is particularly spacious and well fitted with grey gloss finish units, wooden worktops and a range of integrated appliances. In addition to the wide window a set of bi-fold doors brings the outside inside. A snug at the front of the house and a utility room complete the accommodation on this level.


WELL APPOINTED VICTORIAN GRANDEUR Two beautifully appointed homes, sympathetically restored by James Francis Homes, in a prime location. Prices on application 1 CEDAR HOUSE, 46 ANGLESEA ROAD, IPSWICH


OUTSTANDING FEATURES INCLUDE: • 5 to 7 double bedrooms and 3 to 5 reception rooms • Grand oak staircase • New hardwood double-glazed box sash windows • Stunning cast iron radiators • Original working fireplaces • Refurbished Victorian wooden floorboards • French doors • Latest smart home technology • Gated entrance, well established grounds and ample parking and garaging • Large orangery (approx. 40 sqm) and lower ground floor extension • Cedars 1 features three storey extension and subterranean garage • Cedars 2 features large orangery and lower ground floor guest apartment

Bespoke Finishes by James Francis James Francis will tailor the properties to meet the client’s personal taste and requirements allowing the buyer to put their own stamp on their new home. Whatever your style we will install your choice of kitchens, bathrooms and en suites | flooring and tiling | sanitaryware | smart home upgrades home cinema and games rooms | decor and lighting | auto blinds and curtains | summerhouse and much more

Unit 12 & 13, The Quadrangle, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9QR 01473 670905 information@james-francis.co.uk



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Woolnough Road Facts Location: Woodbridge Price: 875,000 Agent: Mortimers

Moving on up Available from plan, two brand new properties are being built in Woodbridge with an extra special feature that’s not always included, as these luxury five bedroom family homes have been designed with mobility in mind.

they’ll be providing buyers with a luxury home that has a stylish lift as well as a contemporary staircase.

Mobility at home can be a worry for many. Often there’s a stark choice between finding suitable single level living or settling in a location where more facilities and services are accessible. But that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

Located in a sought-after area of Woodbridge with south-facing gardens, car ports, bi-fold doors and pretty views over the town towards the river Deben, there’s the chance to work with the developer to create your dream home and add luxury finishes such as oak floors and doors, granite worktops and other top end finishes.

Locally based house builders Foundation Properties have built a range of quality, brand new homes over the years in central Woodbridge and with this new development

INFORMATION Mortimers 01394 386688



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Essential FACES

Art For Cure 2019 Art for Cure’s ‘The English Garden’ exhibition saw paintings by artist Jelly Green and sculpture by Jeremy Moulsdale dazzle against the beautiful backdrop of Somerleyton Hall. Sales of over £105,000 resulted in a donation of over £40,000 to the charity, for breast cancer support services in Suffolk.

Art for Cure Team

Jeremy Moulsdale, Jelly Green

Phil & Claire Wright, Diana & Trevor Johnson

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Sue Dring, Sheila & John Green

Tessa Bailey, Lara Somerleyton

Johnnie Anderson, Stephanie Renouf, Shelley & David Watson

Alexandra Carey, Jeannie Barker

Claire & Simon Harrington

Essential FACES

The ‘H’ Word The Whistler Gallery at Jerwood Dance House was the venue for an exhibition of photography by parents who access care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Their work investigated responses to the word ‘hospice’ – proving that it might not be what you think. The fortnight long exhibition was sponsored by Healeys and supported by DanceEast.

Len Woods, Charlotte Markham, Maggie Woods

Simon Hempsall, Sandra Smith

Philip Dodd, Tony Golding

Sophie Munnery, Alan Kidd, John Kidd, Matt Munnery, Poppy & Luella

Jane Campbell, Kevin Docherty

Sam & Mike Morley

Justin & Rebecca Thurkettle

Michael Jarvis, Rachel Wright, Chrissie Moore

Paul & Natalie Ramsey



Essential FACES

Tilley & Grace Independent fashion retailer Tilley & Grace has celebrated its first birthday in Woodbridge with a Birthday Party and Sale. Customers shopping on the ‘big day’ enjoyed a glass of fizz while selecting their bargains.

Norma English, Anna Sturmer

Karen Snashall, Gemma Watkins

Tracey Davey, Sue Bond, Charlotte Bond

Maryann Vagg, Ken Eade 88


Susie Kingston-Smith, Doris Hodgkins

Emma Dutfield, Joyce Reeve

Connie Farrow, Katharine Day

Lucy Lavender, Lizzie Main

Anna Sturmer, Bridget Davison

Toby Goddard, Jo Mayhew


My Suffolk Dancer, academic, researcher, editor, choreographer and dance visionary Dr Scilla Dyke founded Suffolk Dance which would herald a sea change in the UK Arts world. The project became what is now known as DanceEast celebrating its 10th anniversary this autumn. She was awarded an MBE for services to dance, an honorary doctorate from UEA and an honorary fellowship from the University of Liverpool How did you come to live in Suffolk? I moved to Suffolk in 1982 after being ‘helicoptered in’ as Dance Artist-in Residence/Dance Animateur/Founder Director of DanceEast. My role was to develop dance in a new artistic role that I somehow sensed – knew instinctively – would be a journey of a lifetime. And although the parameters of my role in dance have expanded across multiple sectors to work nationally and internationally – from FTSE 100 business leaders, neuroscientists, the medical profession, the military, elite athletes and musicians often connecting ideas, collaborating on and/or creating something new… solution focused… disturbing the air and concurrently in dance as a choreographer, advocate for dancers health and well-being, mentor, performance coach, editor and author of international publications and academic interventions, the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, People Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance across 84 countries, I continue to live in Suffolk in blissful Lower Ufford. What do you love about Suffolk? The people, the communities, the diversity… the passion, the can do let’s find a way culture, the hidden talents, resourcefulness and extraordinary creativity, unknown or unimaginable challenges, opportunities, ever-changing compelling landscapes, the myths and curious tales, cultural heritage, ancient woodlands… the new, the unexpected… the bustling vibrant towns, ports juxtaposed against the slumbering beauty and wilderness of reed-fringed estuaries etching the landscape.

What are your hobbies? My passions are singing in the all-inclusive extraordinary 400 strong Community Choir – Pop Chorus – be it on the BBC Stage at Latitude, a hospice, care home, tea party, devising an original album featuring in the top 20 Pop Charts, or as a flash mob. We also work closely with forward thinking organisations at the heart of Ipswich such FIND Families in Need and Iceni. And of course, dance… in its multiple guises that will increasingly play a significant part in improving the health and wellbeing of us all… and I mean all… irrespective of life course tackling inactivity in a different and inclusive way. Tell us more about the film Made in Suffolk I am deeply humbled and thrilled that Mel Horwood’s film Made in Suffolk is a part of the iconic Jerwood DanceHouse 10th Anniversary Looking Forward celebrations. Do you get involved in volunteering or charity work? I volunteer at the Britten-Pears Foundation The Red House, Aldeburgh the creative home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears where music was written and performed, art collected and two lives shared. I’m a passionate advocate and Vice Patron of the inspirational Suffolk Community Foundation that really does change local lives and futures. In addition I am a board member of Candoco Dance Company – the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers that you may have seen on Strictly Come Dancing and have also been involved in The King’s River – Woodbridge Riverside Trust and Woodbridge Waterfront, and Ufford’s Arts Festival.

Have you any suggestions for an Autumn Day Out? An intimate candlelit evening at Butley Priory listening to modern classical music, piano, strings, electronic beats and ambient soundscapes; watching one of the exciting Premieres at The Jerwood DanceHouse or Sir Richard Alston’s Final Edition at Snape Maltings Concert Hall; sitting outside The Ramsholt Arms overlooking the Deben soaking up the last of the summer sun, flocks of Canadian geese in flight overhead, the burnished landscapes; exploring the River Alde by boat from Snape Maltings – the abundance of wildlife that changes with the seasons and seeping up the stunning views across the mudflats to Iken. What are your favourite places to eat? The Artisan Smokehouse, Falkenham; Juniper Barn Café, Rendham; Pump Street Bakery, Orford; The Café Darsham Nurseries; The Leaping Hare, Wyken Vineyards; The Ufford Crown; The Table, Woodbridge and The White Lion, Lower Ufford. If you were to choose one picture of Suffolk what would it be? Shingle Street: Almost by Lee Acaster or Sunrise by James Anderson. These evocative black and white images of Shingle Street at dawn capture the deceptive and brooding power of the sea and of Suffolk… discovered it seems by Danny Boyle in his recent film Yesterday. Or art works by Barrie Haughton and Pippa Darbyshire.



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Essential Suffolk September and October 2019  

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