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nce we hit the summer months there’s always a great deal to do in Suffolk – but this June is really going to be a month that’s once in a lifetime. Benjamin Britten’s centenary Aldeburgh Festival has been planned now for many years and at last the tribute to his composing genius is about to start. There are so many highlights in the offing but the spectacular staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes, on the shingle beach, looks like a one off so is something that really can’t be missed. June also brings us Ipswich Arts Festival with a vast range of events in theatres and parks across the town – and watch out for St Peter’s Street market on the 23rd, it’s always well worth the visit. There’s also a very special event ‘Derelicht’ – an electronic music performance – that’s keeping us all on tenterhooks not just because we don’t know exactly what music we’re going to hear but we don’t know where it’s taking place yet either! Of course spring arrived very late this year and the blooms and blossoms in our gardens and hedgerows have been more welcome than ever. The sun has come out and in a blink of an eye it seemed like the winter that would never end had been long forgotten. However, while we were able to wrap up warm with lots of jumpers and central heating the persistent cold has had a long-term impact on our wildlife so we spoke to the experts, the RSPB at Minsmere, to find out not just about how bad the situation has been but what we can do to help birds and animals survive in our gardens. As always Places & Faces is packed with great features including food, fashion, garden and home. Of course if you’re looking for a new house we’ve an excellent selection of properties too. Enjoy June.

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Suffolk’s soprano star returns to Ipswich

The centenary Aldeburgh Festival celebrations and the newly created Britten Trail



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The fund raising lottery that will save lives

WILDLIFE IN SUFFOLK The slow recovery from a very long winter







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News from around the county





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WHAT’S ON Where to go and what to see in Suffolk during June

Suffolk Open Studios, Felixstowe Book Festival, Derelicht, 60s by the Sea, Ballet at Snape, Hopkins International Polo

FASHION New stylish looks for the summer

PUB DOG WALK A new route around Melton via The Coach and Horses


Recipe from The Hadleigh Ram, Food Gallery and Wine from Rob Chase of Adnams

Hard landscaping for your room outdoors

Making the most of small spaces

PROPERTY A selection of our county’s finest homes for sale

FACES@ Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar

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Celebrity Interview | Laura Wright

Soprano singing star Laura Wright will be taking centre stage at Ip-Art’s Christchurch Park, Film Night Spectacular. Anne Gould talks to her about performing to a home audience

he’s young, beautiful, multi-talented and has over a million album sales under her belt. So it’s something of a surprise that the start of our conversation is all about rugby - not just watching, but playing it too. As it turns out Laura, a former pupil of Framlingham College who grew up in Framsden, is a keen player - for Rosslyn Park no less! “Rugby is a great game, it’s fun and the girls involved seem to be some of the nicest people you could meet. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are all really kind.” Little wonder then that back in November the RFU, announced Laura as their first official anthem singer, supporting the England Rugby team at their international and Six Nations matches. “Singing at Twickenham is like a second home now - there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere before a game. It’s really scary singing there but although I am a focal point it’s not about me, it’s about the team and the sport.” Laura, who is in the final year of her studies at the Royal College of Music, has had something of a meteoric rise to fame, made more extraordinary because she didn’t really start singing until she was 15. She won BBC2’s Chorister of the Year and then found herself in the classical crossover group All Angels. Since then, in between her studies and her sport she’s had a number one album in the Classical Album chart, completed a UK tour

Andrea Bocelli in the Autumn and performed Faure’s Requiem at the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet. On top of all that she recorded the new Diamond Jubilee song, ‘Stronger As One’, which HM The Queen cited in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey where the song was premiered. In fact Laura performed more times for The Queen in 2012 than any other artist. She’s thrilled though to be coming back to Ipswich in early July to sing in Christchurch Park - nothing is quite the same it seems as like being in front of a home audience and of course she misses Suffolk and her home in Framsden terribly. She loved her schooling at Framlingham College, where Laura was also a sports star playing county tennis, hockey and athletics in javelin.  Her family are all very musical but the school really encouraged her to follow her dreams. “I wish I could come home all the time. London is a fantastic place but it can be really soulless and quite lonely when you first move here. Luckily my older brothers all live close by. “Suffolk will always be home and be special because that’s where my parents are, where I grew up and where lots of friends are too. “I try to get home often, but it’s difficult when you are performing in the evenings and at weekends. “If I could have studied and still lived at home I would have done.”

Singing at Twickenham is like a second home now there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere before a game. It’s really scary singing there but although I am a focal point it’s not about me, it’s about the team and the sport with tenor Alfie Boe and the Queen’s Jubilee tour with Russell Watson. She became the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium and there was ‘that performance’ of Ravel’s ‘Bolero‘ with Noah Stewart on the ITV Dancing On Ice final.  Laura also opened the iTunes Festival for

For now Laura has a lot to deal with - her final exams at the Royal College of Music and an operation to repair a sports injury to her leg sustained while training for the London Marathon. “It’s been so frustrating not being able to do the marathon but it would have caused



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Celebrity Interview | Laura Wright

Suffolk will always be home and be special because that’s where my parents are, where I grew up and where lots of friends are too.

so much more damage if I’d run. That’s life but it makes me even more determined.” Unlike many students her career path is already well on its way, with awards, glittering ceremonies and concerts. Her blog reveals that she’s very much a young woman who’s down to earth and has the same interests that are shared by other people of her age, it’s just that along the way she’s also done some amazing things - singing for the Queen, having her picture taken with the England rugby squad - and had the chance to wear some amazing dresses. “Yes I get to wear some amazing dresses but you can only wear them once and very often you have to give them back.” She’s a big fan of The Pretty Dress Company and Alberta Ferretti in particular. So, do people ever compare her with Katherine Jenkins, perhaps the best known

star of classical crossover music? “It’s very flattering to be compared to her; she has done so well with her career. I have met her several times and she’s lovely. However I really want to stand on my own and do my own thing with music.” Where her career is going to take her of course she’s yet to discover. Going on to become an opera singer would require several more years of dedicated study at music school, she said. “Opera is very demanding and it’s something I think about but I’m not quite there yet.” So she’s going to wait and see where her career takes her before making any firm decisions. There’s also a new album, Glorious, coming out later in the year, which is very much under wraps at the moment - but at least one of the tracks will be featured at the

Christchurch Park event. Laura will be the special guest artist for the Film Night Spectacular in Christchurch Park on July 6th 2013 hosted by Brian Blessed. The Film Night Spectatcular will include music from James Bond, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park and the Great Escape, with a firework finale. The event will be one of the highlights of Ip-art 2013.  Gates will open at 6pm so ticket holders can picnic prior to the performance, which commences at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Regent Theatre and the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre and online from





Suffolk in brief Peter Crompton, treasured and charismatic Director of Music, retires after nearly 40 years at the Royal Hospital School. During this time he has encouraged a love for music in many thousands of young people and developed performances to the very highest level in the local community and at prestigious venues throughout the UK and beyond. As well as leading the music in a very busy department Peter gives regular organ recitals at many major An inaugural event, held by live-in care venues which have included, St Pauls Cathedral specialists Christies Care in Saxmundham, and Liverpool Cathedral as well as many other has been hailed a success by an audience of cathedrals and concert venues throughout the more than 60 people from the surrounding country and abroad. He is no stranger to the community. It was held as part of the Royal Albert Hall; in 1997, he conducted the nationwide Good Care Week, a campaign School Choir when they were invited to sing which aims to challenge the recent growth in “The Rhythm of Life” at the Royal British Legion negative perceptions of social care. Speakers Festival of Remembrance and he has played from Christies Care and the associations the organ at the Festival each year ever since – and charities they work with – such as the past 16 years. the Alzheimers Society, Age UK Suffolk, community interest company Pastel and Wickham Market Respite Care Volunteers, covered a range of sensitive subjects from coping with dementia to learning difficulties and end of life care. Audience feedback from members of the public, social care students and people involved with the caring profession confirmed that the day was extremely reassuring and informative. Tips on how to support loved ones, how to finance care and how to get respite were well received. Suffolk school girl Lucy Earthroll, despite being just 16, has heard about the plight of Suffolk Dog Day returns for the sixth successive young children in some of the remotest parts year on Sunday July 28, 2013. Lord and Lady of Africa (Woe, Guana) and has pledged to Tollemache are kindly opening their stunning go over there this November to help to feed Development of the South Lee School grounds and gardens at Helmingham Hall for and teach them. Some of the families there Performance and Sports Centre on the Bury live on less than 60p per week and without St Edmunds Victory Ground is now well under the event that benefits the work of The Suffolk Foundation. The volunteer team behind the the help of volunteers like Lucy, the children way. The main funders of the £2 million event is optimistic about matching last year’s would live in the streets and go hungry. project are South Lee School, England and She’s going in a group organised jointly Wales Cricket Board, Bury St Edmunds Cricket record-breaking £60,000 total, which has by ITFC Charitable Trust and the AfricanClub and Sporting 87 Football Club. However, been put to good use helping community and voluntary groups across the county, and looks Adventures charity who have worked with the youngest person to donate funds to forward to welcoming old and new visitors – on communities in Africa creating sustainable date is a pupil of South Lee School Charlie four legs and two. Already many local businesses projects with the help of volunteers from Tully aged 10 who, after seeing an appeals have held a paw up to support by sponsorship, the UK. The Trust has a long relationship leaflet, decided to donate his own pocket with this charity and regularly helps them by money of £25 to the development. Charlie, a including lead sponsor Adnams. Only a few pupil in year 5, felt he wanted to be part of a more supporters are required then all 16 classes, finding the volunteers to go to Africa with again generously compered by Peter Purves, them to help these families. Lucy has to raise lasting sporting legacy that would be there will be sponsored. Other branding opportunities £2,250 a small portion of which will help for many other pupils of South Lee School around the site, all giving excellent audience young people here in Suffolk the rest will and the wider community in years to come. visibility to the anticipated 7,500 visitors, are go directly to the African charity. Facilities will include: Cricket Pavilion, 4 You can lend your support by visiting Badminton Courts, 4 indoor cricket nets and still available. Follow them on Twitter and sign up with your dog’s picture on the will accommodate a stage for school events and productions. Drama and dance facilities Facebook page. are also planned. Places&Faces® 13 The distinguished actress Claire Bloom, who has worked alongside Charlie Chaplin and Laurence Olivier during a career stretching six decades, will be performing in Southwold and Aldeburgh this June. She will be joined by the writer and broadcaster Humphrey Burton in performances of William Walton’s Façade, conducted by Southwold-based composer Nathan Williamson. The programme will also feature leading pianist David Owen Norris performing in Constant Lambert’s rarely heard Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments, a work which shares Façade’s strong influence of jazz, conjuring up the atmosphere and spirit of the ‘Roaring 20s’. Williamson describes Façade as “one of the most extraordinary and original pieces ever composed. If you took the most wacky idea you had for combining music and words and multiplied it by ten, you’d still get nowhere near Façade,” says Williamson. “It’s a sort of 1920s hip-hop.”The first performance will be taking place in St Edmunds Church and St Edmund’s Hall in Southwold on 29th June, 2013, with a second performance in the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall on Sunday 30th June. Both performances are expected to sell out.

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Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, 10-5pm The Naked Sheep Festival Live shearing demonstrations, learn how to spin and create a ball of wool. Plus wool crafting activities, cupcake decorating, animal feeding and a treasure hunt, along with lots of craft stalls for you to browse. Adults: £6, Concessions £5, Children (4-16 years old) £3, Under 4s free June 1-22 Colchester Mercury Theatre Colchester Mercury Theatre Colchester Operatic Society: Fantasy and Fairytale A Made in Colchester Production Award-winning Colchester Operatic Society A Pageant hosts their annual charity concert for the first by Alan Ayckbourn time at the Mercury Theatre The smallest decision can have enormous Tickets: £12.50 / £10 consequences in this, the third of four Box office: 01206 573948 installments from Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges. Battle commences between Sylvie   and Celia over who will play Boudicca in the Ipswich Regent village fete, forcing Toby to make a life changing Suggs - My Life Story in Words and Music choice between love and art. The Madness frontman takes to the stage in a Tickets: £25 - £10 hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force Box office: 01206 573948 playing to rave reviews. Box office: 01473 433100 June 1-29   Apex, Bury St.Edmunds June 6 Gallery Exhibition: 49 & Rising Apex, Bury St.Edmunds, 8pm Interesting, diverse & idiosyncratic contemporary Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion art in a variety of media. From the ‘Quirky nature Renowned for his work with Cream and Blind of Quercus Robur’ to the strength and fragility Faith, Ginger has formed a formidable quartet of the human body this exhibition explores an with funk and jazz giant Pee Wee Ellis on tenor intriguing range of ideas in paint, textiles, word, sax, Alec Dankworth on bass, and Ghanaian bronze, mixed media and paper. percussionist Abass Dodoo. The music is a Box Office: 01284 758000 healthy mix of Theolonius Monk, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, plus originals by Pee Wee Ellis and Mr. Baker. June 2 Tickets: £20 (£18 concessions) Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft Box Office: 01284 758000 East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2013 Crews made up of companies and organisations June 1-8 from across East Anglia are expected to battle June 7 PULSE Fringe Festival, Ipswich Farmers Markets A unique opportunity to see a wide range of top it out in 30ft brightly painted Chinese dragon quality, engaging, emotionally charged, relevant, boats over the 200m course, eagerly watched by Southwold, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store several hundred spectators. In aid of St Elizabeth 9am-12.30pm entertaining work and innovative thinking. Hospice. A great day out for the whole family   PULSE offers a bright and inspiring snapshot with funfair, dance shows, inflatables, catering of contemporary theatre and performance: finished shows, work in progress and new ideas. stands as well as racing every 10 mins. Free to spectators, charge for teams. Information: 01780 470718 Box office: 01473 295900     June 1 Farmers Markets Stradbroke, Business & Enterprise College 9am-1pm Beccles, Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm Metfield Village Hall 9am-12 noon Snape Maltings 9.30am-1pm   June 1-2 The Grange Studio Hasketon, nr Woodbridge, 9.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 5.30pm Harpsichord Study Weekend Introductory sessions for harpsichord novices; repertoire classes for intermediate and advanced players; observers welcome. Information: 01394 420556     June 1-8 Colchester Mercury Theatre The History Boys Alan Bennett’s hilariously funny and exceptionally moving semi-autobiographical play charting the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys. Tickets: £25 - £10 Box office: 01206 573948  

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June 7-9 Jimmy’s Farm Alive & V-Dubbin An awesome Volkswagen show run by Suffolk Bugrs VW club, in its fifth year. A family friendly, relaxed show with a fantastic atmosphere, good music, food, traders, entertainment and awesome VWs! Get your tickets online in advance to make a saving. Email:

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June 7-16 Woolpit Village Hall Woolpit Festival The 38th annual Woolpit festival features a terrific mix of entertainment this year, including Gervase Phinn, A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan, the People’s tenor John Innes, a fantastic Buddy Holly concert with Marc Robinson & the Counterfeit Crickets and An Evening With Helen Fraser. In addition a folk concert will be held at the Bull Inn to open the Festival on June 7. Box Office: 01359 240655 Email:  

June 7-23 Aldeburgh Festival For full information and listings of all Festival events and venues visit the Aldeburgh Music website June 8 Farmers Markets Halesworth, Town Centre 9am – 1pm Woodbridge, Community Centre 9am-1pm   June 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23   Aldeburgh Studio Trail Twenty-four artists in Aldeburgh have come together to celebrate Britten’s Centenary. For the first time ever during the three weekends of the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013, a diverse group of artists who are all based in the town will be welcoming visitors into their working studios. Work from the following disciplines will be on display: painting, printmaking, photography, pottery, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, and hat design. All studio locations are within walking distance from each other and entrance is free.  

June 8- 9 The Town Hall, Southwold Vintage Market Vintage stylish living, retro clothing & accessories, homemade gifts, collectables & curiosities, homewares & much more. information:  0790 0015630 or 01986 782094  

June 8–16 The Southwold Gallery Anne Paton Summer Exhibition After studying fine art at the Chelsea School of Art Anne worked in publishing as a graphic designer and now specialises in print making and mixed media collage work. Her work has

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been included in the Royal Academy summer exhibitions as well as The New English Art Club and Camden Arts Centre.

June 9 Suffolk Open Farm Sunday Part of a national campaign where farms open to the public. Including Easton Farm Park (nr Woodbridge), Wisset Lodge (Halesworth) and Geoffrey Mayhew Farms Ltd at Erwarton (nr Ipswich) Farmers Markets Assington, The Barn 10am-2pm  

June 12-22 Colchester Mercury A Made in Colchester Production A Game of Golf by Alan Ayckbourn The smallest decision can have enormous consequences in this, the fourth hilarious installment from Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges. Farcical comings and goings on a golf course leave Miles stuck in a bunker, trying to figure out whether to give his marriage one last shot. Tickets: £25 - £10 Box office: 01206 573948 June 13 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7pm Rough Cut June 12 Part of Rough Cuts season Apex, Bury St.Edmunds, 7.30pm Alexander Whitley presents a work in progress, Kopelman Quartet combining dance and cutting-edge digital This renowned quartet led by Mikhail technology made in collaboration with visual Kopelman  (who led the Borodin Quartet for 20 artists Marshmallow Laser Feast. Whitley seeks years), comprises four experienced chamber to explore the relationship between the musicians who all graduated from the Moscow enlightened rationality that has led to man’s Conservatoire in the 1970s, this institution’s development of technology and the darker, golden age, when the students regularly worked murkier depths of his soul. with musicians and teachers including Dmitri Tickets: £7 Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich and Box Office: 01473 295230 Natalia Gutman. Tickets: £18/£15 (£16/£13 concessions) Box Office: 01284 758000  June 14 Apex, Bury St.Edmunds, 8pm Celtic Fiddle Festival Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle

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Festival celebrates the violin in all its globetrotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01284 758000

Farmers Market Southwold, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store 9am-12.30pm June 14 The Abbey Hall, Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, 7.15pm The Woodbridge Concerts Opera supper concert featuring Claire Weston, soprano and Leandros Taliotis, baritone Tickets: £25 per person Box Office: 01394 615015 Email: June 15 Farmers Markets Harkstead, Village Hall 9am-12 noon Aldeburgh, Church Hall 9am-12.30 Beccles, Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm Debenham, Community Centre 9am-1pm Ipswich YM Rugby Club, 11am -5pm The Dame Vera Lynn Trust Summer Fete Fun filled day for all the family. Lots of stalls, games, face painting, live music & BBQ. Supporting babies and children under 5 with cerebral palsy. information: Sara White 01473 652880 or   Kersey School & Church, 2pm - 5.30pm Annual Kersey School Ball Run & Summer Fair Come and join in the fun, stalls, entertainment, BBQ, bar, tea/coffee & cake plus hundreds of balls running down the hill, first 5 to the bottom win fabulous prizes! Free entry  

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Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, 7.30pm Swinging at The Cotton Club An action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s famous nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. Featuring The Jiving Lindy Hoppers & Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. Tickets: £20 (£18 concessions) Box Office: 01284 758000 New Wolsey Theatre Open Season, 7.45pm Suffolk Soul Singers Inspired by a call to “get up and sing”, Suffolk Soul Singers is a 30 strong community choir based in Ipswich. Supported by professional musicians, the group creates a unique sound which includes soul classics, reggae, and gospel. Box office: 01473 295900 June 15-16 Secret Location – Ipswich, 10pm-5am Derelicht 01 - Exploration into Electronic Arts (see mini preview)   The Town Hall, Southwold Vintage Market Vintage stylish living, retro clothing & accessories, homemade gifts, collectables & curiosities, homewares & much more. information:  0790 0015630 or 01986 782094   June 16 Pakenham Water Mill, 1- 5pm Vintage Power Day Vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, the Mill’s 1904 Blackstone oil engine running, BBQ, bar and refreshments. At this popular event the mill will be working and visitors can see fine wholemeal flour being ground in the traditional way or watch a demonstration of baking in the old brick bread oven. The tearoom will be open for light refreshments and the mill shop will be selling ice-creams, gifts and of course the mill’s own flour.

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Apex, Bury St.Edmunds, 7.30pm The Manfreds The Manfreds, with original ‘front man’ Paul Jones, will be performing many of the tracks from the highly acclaimed album ‘The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann’, which is to be re-released as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, along with a mix of their biggest hits and the jazz and blues songs for which they are famous. Tickets: £19.50 Box Office: 01284 758000   Bury St Edmunds Town Centre, 11am - 5pm Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds More than 30 gardens behind the walls and houses in the historic heart of Bury St Edmunds open for charity. Teas, refreshments, plants and produce for sale. Raising money for St Nicholas Hospice. Tickets: £5 Information: Diane Knights 01284 701527   Brick Kiln Barn, Sibton Sunday Afternoon Concerts Sudbourne Ensemble String Quartet   Benacre Estate, 10.30am - 5pm June 19-22 Strutt Your Mutt New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm Offering a rare opportunity to enjoy the Appeal Theatre presents stunning scenery on an estate that is not Little Women – The Broadway Musical often open to the public. Attractions for all the Book by Allan Knee. Music by Jason Howland. family to enjoy including a dog agility displays, Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family dog scurry, fun dog show, gundog display, experiences and novel, Little Women the exhibition from the Natural England team, food/ timeless and beloved story is brought to life refreshments, bar & music from local performers, as an exhilarating new musical. charity and pet related stands. This is a charity Box office: 01473 295900

June 21 - July 7 Ipswich Arts Festival The Ipswich Arts Festival (Ip-art) has been the Town’s annual summer arts festival since 2003 and seen a developing and varied programme of events from visual arts, performing arts, literature, film and music. Encompassing venues across the town and complementing Ipswich’s economic expansion by invigorating its cultural growth, the Ipswich Arts Festival has provided an exciting programme of arts for the people of Ipswich and beyond to enjoy that is both appealing and accessible to all sections of the community. Full information: Festival highlights: June 23 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, 10am to 4pm St Peter’s Street Summer Market Now in its fourth year, the Summer Market once again celebrates a diverse range of art and design, craft and vintage when it plays host to 30+ stalls. St Peter’s Street, situated between the town centre and the Waterfront, is one of Ipswich’s historic gems. June 29 Christchurch Park, noon Global Rhythm Live entertainment, art and food from across the world guarantees that Global Rhythm brings you a colourful and exciting celebration of worldwide cultures. Showcasing music and dance from South America and the Caribbean to Africa and beyond. Free Entry   Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm Ipswich Orchestral Society Join us for our summer concert as we perform a programme of spectacular music from three leading Russian composers of the 19th and 20th century. Glinka - Ruslan and Ludmilla Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto with Soloist, Chloë Hanslip Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances Box office: 01473 433100



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June 30 Christchurch Park, noon Indian Summer Mela The Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association holds its eleventh Indian Summer Mela, a rich and colourful celebration of South Asian culture. Highlights are set to include stunning and vibrant performances of Indian dance, songs, music and poetry, as well as Yoga and Bollywood workshops, a vibrant market and an Indian food village. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this exciting expression of Asian culture at this family-friendly festival. Free Entry

June 23 Halesworth Thoroughfare, 10am- 4pm Food, Drink, Craft & Entertainment An event celebrating local produce, chefs and crafts. Cookery Theatre in the Old Print Works. Information: Kim Hart 01986874119

St. Peter’s Church and Market Hill, Sudbury, 12 noon to 8pm Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival The event is to showcase the best food and drink available in the area from both producers Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 1pm and restaurants. Mark David will compere Toccata Spectacular – an organ recital cooking demonstrations on a stage outside by Peter Crompton St. Peters Church. Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School Entry: Free since 1984 who is retiring at the end of this Information: Jane Hatton 01787 468634 academic year after 30 years. Email: Tickets: £7 (U18 free) June 20-21 June Information: 01473 326222 Suffolk Villages Charity Bike Ride Snape Maltings Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet of Flanders Cycling at its best through glorious Suffolk Britten Dances Plantation Cottage, Yoxford, IP17 3HZ, 3pm-6pm countryside and quaint villages with three rides This very special programme features new works Open Garden & Music to suit all abilities. In support of the British Heart inspired by Britten from choreographers Kim Michael Stennett, the artist and theatre designer, Foundation and Lions Local Charities. Brandstrup (music: Britten Variations on a theme is kindly opening his garden in support of Adult entry fee £20 (£25 on the day) Under 16’s of Frank Bridge), who creates a new work for SSAFA. Harpist Mary Anne Barclay will be entry fee £10 (£12 on the day) The Royal Ballet, and Ashley Page (music: Britten playing during the afternoon. Teas, wine, raffle, To find out more and to download entry forms visit Young Apollo & Purcell arr. Britten Chacony) and studio exhibition. Cameron McMillan (music: Larry Goves new Entry: £5 work after Britten’s Nocturnal), who create works Farmers Market for Royal Ballet Flanders. Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7pm Lavenham, Village Hall 10am-1.30pm Box Office: 01728 687110 Golden Age of Comedy Silent Cinema perform as part of the June 25   Ip-Art Festival Christchurch Park Mansion Lawn Tickets: £7.50 (Concessions £5.50) Heartbreak Productions present Box Office: 01473 295230 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Bring a chair, rug and a picnic. June 22-23 Tickets: In advance £7.50 (£10.50) Concessions Live and Kicking Music Festival £5.50 (£8.50) Family £20 (£30) MEL Group Stadium, Sudbury. See website for Box office: 01473 433100 full line up and programme of events Information: 01787 376213 June 26-29 liveandkicking/2013 New Wolsey, 7.45pm   (Matinee: Saturday 29 June at 2.30pm) June 22 Walberswick Village, 1-5 pm The Gallery Players present Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, 7.30pm Walberswick Open Gardens Into The Woods St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir A number of private gardens open for viewing, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 25th Silver Jubilee Concert in aid of the Mayor’s in this seaside village. Home made teas available. Book by James Lapine. An iconic musical fairy Charities. With special guest star, Laura Wright. Maps and guides from Church of Village Hall. tale with a difference that will appeal to all! Tickets: £25 Information: 01502 722255 Box office: 01473 295900 Box Office: 01284 758000 The Town Hall, Southwold     Vintage Market June 28 Farmers Markets Vintage stylish living, retro clothing & Farmers Markets Easton, Easton Farm Park 9am-1pm accessories, homemade gifts, collectables & Southwold, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store Southwold, The Pier  9am-1pm curiosities, homewares & much more. 9am-12.30pm Woodbridge, Community Centre  9am-1pm information:  0790 0015630 or 01986 782094     18 |

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June 29 Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, 7.30pm Suffolk Sinfonia “A Night at the Ballet” conducted by Neil Carlson. It includes “Pineapple Poll” ballet music arranged from the witty themes of Gilbert and Sullivan, Massenet’s Le Cid suite with Spanish dance themes and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Swan Lake suite. Tickets: £10/£8/£4 Box Office: 01284 758000   June 29 and 30 June 29 Southwold St Edmund’s Church June 30 Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall Southwold Concert Series, 7.30pm William Walton Façade ‘An entertainment’ for reciter and ensemble. Constant Lambert Concerto for piano and nine instruments. Performers: Claire Bloom and Humphrey Burton CBE, David Owen Norris – piano. Southwold Concert Series Ensemble; Nathan Williamson – conductor Box Office: 01502 726161 Email:

Barton Grange, Worlingworth, 10am-5pm Wildflower Meadow Weekend This summer come and stroll through the special meadow before it is cut for hay. Nick Cook will be opening up his stunning 4 acre wildflower meadow to help raise funds for St Mary’s Church Worlingworth Restoration Fund and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. There are a further 4 acres of formal gardens with a moat, orchard and herb and rose courtyard garden to explore. Ploughman lunches will be served from noon - 2pm (£4). Plant, cake and produce stand a Suffolk Wildlife Trust tent and other stalls. Entry: Adults £2.50 to include a tea or coffee (children free)

St Peter’s Church, Cretingham “Out of Africa” A festival of flowers, paintings & photographs depicting the colours, flora and fauna of Africa. Morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas will be available. June 30 Glemham Hall, 7pm As You Like It Garden Theatre present Shakespeare’s As You Like It in a wonderfully atmospheric and utterly English evening of mockery, farce, romance, manipulation, wit and satire is almost guaranteed! A vigorous production well worth seeing! Bring your own picnics, seating, rugs etc. No Dogs Please. Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 4.30pm & 7.30pm Information: 01728 746704 High Voltage The annual celebration of dance from across the East of England promises to be an exhilarating showcase of talent. Each performance brings together a selection of DanceEast’s very best Do you have an event you would like youth and adult community performance us to list? Please email details to groups, together with guest groups from around the region. Please note, inclusion in listings cannot be Tickets: £7 (Concessions £5) guaranteed. To advertise your event Box Office: 01473 295230 call 01473 809932

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or art lovers in Suffolk the month of June is a great time to get out and see some of the amazingly creative work that’s going on in the county. More than 100 artists are throwing open their doors so that the public can not only purchase some of their work but see the place where it is created. From watercolour artists to potters, sculptors to jewellery designers, textile artists , photographers and glass work, whatever your tastes or preferences, there will be something for you to see. The idea behind Suffolk Open Studios is to demystify the world of art, bringing artists together with local people, and offering an unusual insight into a fascinating unseen world. If you want to make a day of it there’s the opportunity to follow three artist trails – based around Felixstowe, Shotley and Sudbury, perhaps taking in a pub lunch or a cream tea en route. Alternatively there are five artists hubs – in Walpole, Bildeston, Mellis, Kettlebaston and Risby where groups of artists have come to show their work in the same place. Entry is free and studios are open from 11am-5pm on both Saturdays and Sundays in June.

For a full directory of who is showing their work and details of where to find them visit the website: or on Twitter: @suffopenstudios


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his new event was founded by Meg Reid, who recently moved to Felixstowe and felt that such a delightful seaside town had so much to offer, that it should have its own literature festival. It’s taken a year to set up, has been funded by the Arts Council and is bigger and more wide ranging than she ever imagined. Events are taking place at a number of venues including Felixstowe Library, the Orwell Hotel and the White Horse Public House. There’s a theatre event at Languard Fort, there are book readings by authors from East Anglia, London and even Scotland, live music and writing workshops and competitions. Or you could attend a vintage tea party with bestselling author Sara Sheridan who is talking about her intriguing sleuth, Mirabelle Bevan (heroine of Brighton Belle) who has been called Miss Marple with an edge, and how she ended up writing murder mysteries set in the heyday of the 1950s. Barbara Erskine will be talking about her work and River of Destiny, at a supper at The White Horse.

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At The Orwell Hotel there will be two rooms devoted to the festival with five or more authors in each giving talks. Meg says the theme of this year’s festival is ‘A sense of place’ and the work of the authors featured has a strong evocation on the place in which is it set. For more information:

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At a secret location in Ipswich, 10pm-5am, June 15 and 16 his is a new concept performance art/electronic musical event for Ipswich and the first of three in Suffolk over the next few months. According to Gavin Mee, the organiser, DERELICHT is “a composite of musical integrity, sensory exploration and promotion of the electronic arts. It aims to explore the boundaries of what is commonly experienced by the audience by fusing together innovative 3D mapping, light and visual installations and emerging electronic artists whilst exploiting the carcasses of redundant architecture.” Similar events have previously been held in big cities like Manchester so Gavin is very excited about launching something new like this in Ipswich. He explained that the first event showcases three artists at the top of their game all playing three hour sets. The artists have been set a challenge to develop a more engaging and immersive sound which he hopes audiences will love.  “Adding further ethereal value is our

venue which we are just about managing to keep under wraps. “What we can reveal is we have fallen in love with this 19th century architectural masterpiece, as have our FunktionOne sound rig designers who just cannot wait to power up their system and give the rafters a good dusting.” First up is Resident-in-Chief, ThermalBear! With releases on Sasha’s “Last Night On Earth” imprint and major involvement with the eagerly anticipated Involv3r realease, 2013 is set to be a big year for him. Developing the evening further will be Auntie Flo, from Glasgow who is in high demand having recent releases on ubercool label Huntleys & Palmers and finally punk inspired, leading techno Irishman, label owner and figurehead of Octopus Records - SIAN. DERELICHT is working closely with University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council and the Arts Council to ensure the community is involved throughout and innovation is sought from local and emerging artists. Tickets: £15 in advance. For more information:

BRITTEN DANCES The Royal Ballet & Royal Ballet Flanders, Snape Maltings, June 20 and 21

his very special dance event is presented by DanceEast as part of Benjamin Britten’s centenary celebrations during the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. Featuring two of the world’s great dance companies it also includes music by the Britten Sinfonia, conductors Barry Wordsworth and Ben Pope, Alasdair Beatson on piano and Tom McKinney guitar.

This very special programme features new works inspired by Britten from choreographers Kim Brandstrup (music: Britten Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge), who creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, and Ashley Page (music: Britten Young Apollo & Purcell arr. Britten Chacony) and Cameron McMillan (music: Larry Goves new work after Britten’s Nocturnal), who create works for  Royal Ballet Flanders.

All three works are Aldeburgh Music co-commissions for the Britten centenary with The Royal Ballet, DanceEast and Royal Ballet Flanders. For more information Box office: 01728 687110 or



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Trinity Park, Ipswich, June 29

ast and glamorous international polo returns for a second time to Trinity Park, this month. It’s been organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association in conjunction with Hopkins Homes. The big five chukka matches of the day feature teams from England and South America and are expected to draw a crowd of more than 5,000. Many of the players will have competed around the world before arriving at Trinity Park, so visitors are assured of a high quality game at an event that enjoys ratification from the sports’ UK governing body the Hurlingham Polo Association. Organisers promise you don’t need to know much about the game as the commentary team will keep visitors informed of the rules and key terms. Matches begin at 11.30am with a medium goal Patrons Cup featuring stars of last year Las Marias, followed by a four chukka Young Players Challenge Cup encounter between local rivals Ipswich, sponsored by J M Finn, and the Newmarket team provided by Jeremy Allen, Polo Manager for Suffolk Polo Club. The sport enjoyed by HRH Prince Charles as well as Princes William and Harry is a great and highly social family day out that is accessible to everyone. Gates open at 10.30am when the trade stands will be open for

business. Grandstand spaces must be booked in advance and cannot be purchased on the day. “This day is now a real annual fixture for Suffolk,” said Peter Over, joint chairman of the Business Development committee that has organised the event.  “Games of this standard are usually only played at the big well-known polo venues in Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Surrey. We are really fortunate to have it at Trinity Park and are looking forward to another successful day.” For a full list of all the teams playing visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter.


Aldeburgh Seafront, July 6 ollowing last year’s highly successful ‘Proms by the Sea’ concert The White Lion will be hosting a fabulous 60s By The Sea music event on Aldeburgh seafront opposite the hotel on July 6 from 5.30pm, which is free to attend. Stars of the 60s, The Fortunes, who had hits with “You got your troubles”and “Caroline” are headlining the event with performances beforehand from Imagine the Beatles and Cliff & the Evening Shadows. Organiser, Peter Osborne, general manager at the White Lion said “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to put on an event for the town and am so thankful for the support not only from our sponsors for their financial help, but the community of Aldeburgh for getting behind the concert.” This year there will be a close formation air display by aeroplane stunt team, The RV8tors, to the sound of The Who. BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter will be commentating and local music guru and BBC colleague Steve Foster will be joining as a special guest. 

The event will also be raising money for some fantastic causes – the Suffolk Foundation, the RNLI and Aldeburgh United Charities. Proms by the Sea helped to raise over £4,000 for local charities last year and the plan is to beat that target this year.

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Latitude 2013

Music festivals don’t just spontaneously happen as Anne Gould discovered in a rare interview with entrepreneur Melvin Benn, the man who created Suffolk’s award-winning family-friendly festival, Latitude ext month 35,000 people from across the UK and the globe will be converging on Suffolk for the 2013 Latitude Festival at Henham Park. However it’s June when work on building the event reaches a fever pitch when hundreds of people head to Suffolk to transform beautiful rolling farmland into what’s without a doubt one of the most attractive festivals in the land. Never mind who’s playing and who’s not, every year miles and miles of fencing has to be put up in camping areas and around the arena, stages have to be built, barriers installed, wash blocks and toilet facilities brought in car parks set out and even bridges built. It’s a vast strategic operation overseen by the Managing Director of Festival Republic, Melvin

talking to managers and agents about particular bands for next year,” he says. Of course who’s on that wish list is as close to a state secret as you can get as are the extra bands and performers who are going to join this year’s headliners Foals, Kraftwerk and Bloc Party. “Latitude is very targeted in terms of its musical style and the artists love it. They are as eager to play here as we are to have them on the line-up” He said the concept behind Latitude is very much about the singer/songwriter but it was also the first festival to combine poetry and music, theatre and opera, ballet and literature. Unlike other festivals which are very music orientated people will come along solely to see comedy, film or dance and bring the children too – he’s very proud that Latitude was voted the most Unlike other festivals which are very family-friendly event in 2012. So is there anyone who music orientated people will come he’d love to have at Latitude? along solely to see comedy, film or “No-one that’s alive. An artist dance and bring the children too I would love to have played here was Nick Drake who Benn the architect behind Latitude, Readdied in the late 60s or early 70s. ing, Leeds but also festivals and gigs abroad “In many ways Latitude is a homage to Nick; including Norway, Ireland and Germany. He it’s about quality music and a homage to also happens to be the chairman of Wembley singer/songwriters.” Stadium too. There is one other as well it turns out – an But as teenagers and music lovers across the artist who has not performed for 20 years. No country hold out hope for their favourite bands names mentioned but no it’s not David Bowie, being in the late announcements, Melvin is although Melvin says every festival in the world already sorting out the line-up for next year. is “praying” that he might one day say yes. “I am already thinking about Latitude 2014



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“As it enters the eighth edition, Latitude is now firmly established as the most artistically ambitious event in the UK summer calendar, with a line up that goes from strength to strength each year. We’re delighted to welcome the forefathers of electronic music, Kraftwerk, to Latitude with their 3-D show who, along with Bloc Party and Foals, will headline an incredibly strong music programme that includes some of 2013’s hottest acts. As always, however, music is just part of the experience and our eleven arts arenas will play host to a selection of comedians, theatre companies, poets, writers and other performers that really do make Latitude much more than a music festival.” Melvin Benn Founder and Creator of Latitude

However, Bowie aside, Latitude has proved very popular with a whole host of celebrities – musicians, actors, top models, cabinet ministers, members of the shadow cabinet and Suffolk MPs. “I’m never surprised at who turns up.” One particular fan is Suffolk Coastal MP Teresa Coffey. But setting up a festival is much more than who plays and when – Festival Republic has teams of people working on each or a number of festivals throughout the year. Melvin is the only person who works on all the festivals but clearly he has a soft spot for Latitude – he has a house close by and is up and down to Suffolk from London all the time. “I am looking at the site all the time, meeting people and from five or six weeks before the event we’ll have a continual presence on site. “We build everything on site each year and there’s a real benefit to that because it allows the land to return to being farmland and being grazed by sheep.” Melvin is very keen on looking after the Suffolk environment too and as he’s also a keen cyclist which is partly the reason he has set up the Tour of Latitude – allowing cyclists to take on the two wheeled challenge of pedalling to Suffolk and reduce their carbon footprint. He said 200 people took up the challenge last year and it’s going to be at least double that this year with the added benefit of raising money

for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by M&S the Tour de Latitude takes place on the first day of the festival, July 18, giving festival goers the chance to get from one of the three start points along the route, on a tour of country villages from London to the Latitude site. The furthest starting point is London, 113 miles from Henham Park with an estimated journey time of 8-12 hours, or you can cycle from Colchester which is 55 miles from the festival or Ipswich. Upon arrival at the festival, cyclists will have their bikes securely stored and will be greeted by a welcome team and treated to hot showers and plenty of food and drinks courtesy of M&S to ensure participants are fully refreshed for the festival weekend. They will also get a ticket upgrade to the Guest Camping area. But this environmental theme continues after the festival too – it takes a couple of weeks to clear the site and every effort is made to recycle what’s left behind (although Melvin says people are leaving less behind these days). Tinned food left on site is collected and given to homeless shelters. “People come from Oxfam and scour the site looking for tents/equipment etc that could be used for their emergency work. Scout groups too are invited to come and look and see if there’s anything they can reuse too.”

So what’s Melvin looking forward to this year? “There are probably three of four acts that I’ll target and go and see but this is work for me so there are things to do. “I go to every single one of my festivals and not only that I enjoy them. I do not think I would have ever created anything that I would not want to go to.”

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CELEBRATIONS The Aldeburgh Festival and the month of June has always been an integral part of the international music calendar. But this year, Britten’s centenary, it’s offering something incredibly special. Anne Gould visits The Red House and talks to Jonathan Reekie of Aldeburgh Music about the celebrations

or all those sea swimmers who enjoy year round dips in Suffolk’s chilly North Sea you might like to know you’re in excellent company. Musical genius and world-famous composer Benjamin Britten was so keen on cold water that when he moved to The Red House he had an outdoor pool, unheated of course, built in the back garden. Apparently he was the only person who regularly used it - but today it’s gone and in its place is a new £4.7million archive and museum that’s due to open to the public on June 8th. As a permanent tribute to Aldeburgh’s most famous son and a key stopping point on the newly created Britten trail the Red House, overlooking the town’s picturesque golf course, provides a fascinating insight into his

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music and his mind. But this new museum is also remarkable because it’s the only Designated collection of national importance that is not part of one of our national museums. According to Britten-Pears Foundation Press Officer, Kevin Gosling, it’s also the most comprehensive archive of any composer in the world. Apparently Britten never threw anything away and so there are records of how some of his works started from original idea through to completed score. “We have over 1,000 music manuscripts including around 700 written before the end of his teens, 70,000 items or correspondence, 10,000 photographs and 100s of sound and film recordings too,” he explained.

The archive also contains collections from Peter Pears and Imogen Holst among others. “We’ve got a hand-written letter from The Queen to Peter Pears, offering condolences when Britten died,” for example. The museum, funded with the help of £1.4million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow visitors and children in particular to learn about Britten and his music with the help of interactive exhibits - including the interior of Peter Grimes Black Hut on the beach. There will be an opportunity to visit his studio, where masterpieces such as A War Requiem were created and his home will also be open to visitors too. The archive is being housed in a new building, created by award-winning architects, Stanton Williams, in the Modernist style

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echoing a building commissioned on site by Pears and Britten in the 1960s. Kevin explained that the curators will work in the archive but there would also be access to the public through a reading room. “We’ve had to create a strong room for all the documents and it’s had to be raised up 1.5 metres above the highest flood point, just in case.” Inside the house itself the domestic interiors have been largely returned to their appearance in the mid 1960s, said Kevin. Pears was an enthusiastic home maker, deciding on colour schemes and furniture. He loved the visual arts and the walls on the Red House include works by leading artists of the

coming from all over the world.” Without a doubt the performance of Peter Grimes on the beach has been a huge attraction with result that they’ve had to put on extra capacity for each of the three performances. At that time of going to press there were a few tickets available for the Wednesday performance. So how do you go about putting on such a performance? and what would Britten have thought about it? “I think he would certainly be amused or bemused by this concert and certainly amazed by the level of interest in his 100th birthday. He was a big celebrity during his lifetime but he

depending on the weather there could be quite a bit of exposure. “A bit of weather could be fun because weather is part of the opera and even if there’s a bit of rain it will still happen. “People can bring their picnics and the local delicatessen is offering hampers to eat on the beach. Restaurants have also got special festival menus too so it’s going to be very special.” So what about the opera singers involved? “Well I think they are very excited but a bit nervous. It’s taking everyone out of their comfort zone.” He says this festival looks like being something really special. “It’s been a long time in coming and after so many years of planning it’s finally here.”

He was a big celebrity during his lifetime but he would never have imagined that his legacy and popularity would have kept on growing after his death. 20th century including Duncan Grant, John Piper and John Craxton. The museum and archive is being officially opened during June by opera singer Dame Janet Baker, who not only knew Britten but had a piece specially written for her too. Meanwhile final preparations are taking place at Aldeburgh Music for the festival and in particular for the spectacular performance of Peter Grimes on the beach that inspired it. According to Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music there’s been a massive increase in the number of tickets already sold for the festival, which runs from June 7-23. “There’s been a 50 per cent increase on what we’d see from a normal and people are literally

would never have imagined that his legacy and popularity would have kept on growing after his death.” Of course, he said, it would simply not have been possible to perform Peter Grimes on the beach during Britten’s lifetime because the necessary technology would not have been available. Even so great effort has been made to make this as simple and as authentic as possible. “We are not building a concert hall on the beach. There’s a stage and the music is being recorded at Snape at a concert the previous week.” The audience will be seated on the shingle facing the sea, and Jonathan admits they may well have to be prepared to be hardy because



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The trail takes in ten key sites for visitors wanting to discover Britten’s Aldeburgh including the Parish Church, Moot Hall, Crag House, Jubilee Hall, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh Music Room, Maggi Hambling’s Scallop on the beach, The Red House and Snape Maltings. There’s no set route but there are several footpath options. Parking is recommended at Aldeburgh Parish Church - if you want to park at The Red House a ticket could cost you £5 depending on the time of year. During the peak season the BrittenPears Foundation will be opening a free minibus shuttle on a circuit between the Scallop, Moot Hall, Parish Church and The Red House.


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Most of us are willing to dip into our pockets for one off charity events but continuous giving is another way to make a difference and help out. Anne Gould finds out more about East Anglian Air Ambulance lottery

o matter how much we’ve got in the bank most of us like to have a secret fantasy about what we’d do with a lottery win. It might be a home in the sun, a serious sports car, a yacht, a bigger yacht, a tennis court/swimming pool, a whole wardrobe of Jimmy Choos or even perhaps a favoured charity or community project. The problem is that your odds of winning the National Lottery are a very slim at one in

13,983,816 and of course, as from September, the price of a ticket rises to £2. While it has generated £29million for good causes what you might not know is that it’s not the only lottery. The East Anglian Air Ambulance, a charity which provides an all essential service, especially in rural areas like Suffolk, has been running a lottery for 12 years now and with 63,000 weekly entries the odds of getting that “golden ticket” is much more favourable.



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Jody Fiveash, EAAA Lottery Manager, says, “We have a weekly lottery draw which takes place at our Norwich head office, there are 18 prizes from £1000 to £50 and then we also have an accumulator draw which could see our members winning up to £25,000 in a rollover style draw, where if it isn’t won an accumulator of £500 is added each week. “Not many people know about our lottery

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but it’s a crucial part of our fundraising. Last year together with merchandising it helped raise 42 per cent of our funds.” She’s also just about to launch an exciting new initiative - corporate syndicates. “This allows the setting up of companies to play our lottery which should not only be totally stress free for the organisations concerned but allows groups of any size

to play as well.” She says they are also looking for companies in the east,  but particularly in Suffolk, to sign up to be lottery ambassadors who in return will get coverage in EAAA media and on the website.  Jody says raising money to run the service is absolutely crucial - “We need £6.5million for 2013/14”, she said. “Currently we only fly during the day, 365 days a year but later this year we are looking to extend this service so we can attend incidents and help those who need emergency medical care during the hours of darkness.” The EAAA has two helicopters one based in Norwich and one in Cambridge which between the two off them cover the whole of the eastern region. Between February 2012 and January this year the ambulance was called out more than 1,100 times across the whole of the eastern region (including Bedfordshire) of which 203 rescues were in Suffolk. She said, “The lottery support helps us to save the lives of people in the area. We are very thankful to every single one of our lottery players, we receive no government funding or money from the national lottery we are funded by the people of East Anglia.”

East Anglian Air Ambulance Lottery

Not many people know about our lottery but it’s a crucial part of our fundraising. Last year together with merchandising it helped raise 42 per cent of our funds.

How a lottery membership helps support the EAAA over the course of a year: • One lottery membership enables us to fly for 15 minutes to perform our life saving operations   • Four lottery memberships enables us to purchase flying suits for our crew   • It requires 28 lottery memberships to enable us to purchase helmets allowing our crew to communicate with each other, air traffic control and our patients   • Forty four lottery members enable us to fly our missions with the average mission costing £2,300 How to play: Members can play online at where they can play by debit or credit card or people can a call our lottery office on 01603 489400 where they can set up a direct debit or request information to pay by cheque.   The lottery is £1 per week, and people can have more than one entry. When a new member joins they will receive a unique lucky number and a welcome letter. Our members also receive a quarterly ‘Lift Off ’ magazine which keeps our members up to date as to what is going on in the charity.

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Business Profile | Radiant Beauty

RADIANT BEAUTY Medical technology offers everyone the opportunity to enhance and rejuvenate their complexion – but not at any price. Anne Gould talks to Dr Kathleen Walker from Woodbridge



years and gained a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she studied public health. The clinic, which has been open for six years, offers a range of treatments designed to reduce age lines and wrinkles, treat sun damaged skin and age spots, remove facial veins and pigmentation and rejuvenate the skin tone and complexion. Dr Kathleen Walker Radiant Beauty Medical also offers permanent hair reduction, acne treatment and blackhead removal as well as treatment for rosecea and excessive sweating. or the last six years Radiant Beauty “I also have brides coming for Botox so they Medical, has been offering a range of won’t sweat on their big day,” she added. Harley Street treatments from North Hill Dr Walker says that treatment programmes in Woodbridge. are carefully tailored to clients needs and she It’s a specialist service offering total privacy and discretion. There are no fancy signs outside goes to great lengths to manage patients expectations. and you won’t be bombarded by aggressive “I would not recommend that a mother of the marketing either. bride has some work done in the week before a Little wonder then that the quietly spoken wedding but suggest a month in advance would Dr Kathleen Walker, who runs the clinic, has be preferable,” she said. clients not just from Suffolk but further afield “Radiant Beauty Medical offers clients the from London and from across Europe and opportunity to give their face and body the America too. same level of care and attention which most Most of them come to her through the very best of recommendations – word of mouth- but people give naturally to their hair and clothing. The rewards can be amazing!”, she says. these days, she says, people also want to know “Many women and men experience renewed about the safety of treatment. self confidence as a result of treatment.” It’s something that comes down to qualifications – something that Dr Walker regards In today’s competitive job market she is also seeing an increasing number of men seeking as absolutely essential in her line of work. Dr Walker herself is exceptionally well qualified help. In the main her clients are aged between 30 and 70 although there are one or two who with masters degrees from two well known American universities, in family practice nursing are older. Dr Walker has also introduced cryotherapy to and midwifery. her clinic - a treatment that freezes the skin and She also practiced clinically in the US for 20

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The roses may be in bloom, the sun has been shining and our long dark winter may seem a long way behind us - but the toll to our wildlife of the prolonged cold has yet to become apparent. Anne Gould speaks to Ian Barthorpe from the RSPB at Minsmere

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ho knows whether 2013 is going to become one of those famous markers of rare bad weather like the legendary “Winter of ’63”. Our weather patterns seem to be shifting like sands in a desert, so one year we’re stricken with drought through winter, downpours through summer and the occurrence of freak meteorological conditions. On the one hand there’s talk of Malaria and “tropical” illnesses becoming established in the UK and of farmers growing vines. But on the other there are warnings that English summers in the future will be sodden washouts and winters will become harsher, longer and colder. What’s closer to the truth is that no-one seems quite sure how the rise in global temperatures and increasing summer melt of Arctic sea ice is going to affect our climate - except that everything is changing. This year has already been marked out by the winter that didn’t end - officially it was the worst winter for 50 years with temperatures not rising until April with farmers across the land stricken with untold numbers of

dead lambs and livestock. It wasn’t just sheep and cattle that suffered; its had a devastating effect on wildlife and birds too. The dead emaciated body of a barn owl found in late spring within the perimeter of Suffolk’s much lauded bird reserve at Minsmere just about says it all. According to Ian Barthorpe, PR officer at Minsmere, at one point during the winter they were so concerned about the resident bitterns and kingfishers, which rely on open water to feed, that they put out sprats on the ice. “We knew that the winter of ’63 had a massive impact on these particular species so we did this to just help them survive and get through the cold weather. “It’s too early to tell the long term effect of the winter but we know from experience that smaller insect eating birds like wrens, longtailed tits and Dartford warblers will have been hit hard because there’s nothing for them to eat.” Similarly it’s the lack of food - the delayed emergence of small mammals like voles, shrews and mice from hibernation - that explains the emaciated barn owl. Thanks to the success of Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project over the last decade, we’ve probably got one of the healthiest populations of this species in the country, particularly in the river valleys he said. So hopefully there’s a good chance that many will have survived. Other birds that similarly eat small mammals, like kestrels will also have been affected. “We’ll only be able to tell what the real impact is when the breeding season arrives.”



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Thanks to the success of Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project over the last decade, we’ve probably got one of the healthiest populations of this species in the country

Photographs: Barn owl by John Bridge (, Primroses by Ian Barthorpe

But even large mammals, like deer, will have found conditions tough and yearlings in particular have been caught out and found dead. “Last year’s young are probably ok because they will still be suckling but it’s the previous year’s fawns that won’t have survived because they are not old enough to be able to cope. “In some ways though this is a good thing because the native population is very high and there’s a lot of competition for food.” Probably what’s most noticeable is that the late spring (it was about five weeks late) has meant that everything is out of sync. Blackthorn was flourishing in the hedgerows when hawthorn (May) would normally be in flower, bluebells were late and on the coast there’s been a huge die-back of gorse - due to salt and the prolonged east wind. On the plus side the late spring resulted in amazing displays of primroses - but Ian said what will happen is that everything will catch up. “It’s not just a UK phenomenon most of northern Europe has had a late spring. In the second week of April I was in Estonia and the ground was still covered in snow. Migratory

birds like redwings and fieldfares that breed there in spring were still back home in England.” Similarly migrant birds that flock to Minsmere and the Suffolk coast for the summer delayed their arrival staying in Spain until the weather improved. However, while there’s nothing we can do about the weather, there’s much that we can do at home, no matter how large or small your garden to help birds and wildlife for the future. Establishing a nettle patch is a good idea - it provides homes for all sorts of wildlife, build a pond and even install a special bumble bee home. If you’ve got the land think about creating a wild flower meadow, put the hedges back that were once removed and plant native nectar plants for bees and butterflies - things like honeysuckle and buddleia. Lavender is also a good plant for birds and in winter allow fallen apples to remain in situ as food for all sorts of insects and animals. Finally it’s also possible to create homes for a variety of creatures by installing specially made boxes - for tits, bats, swallows, bumblebees and even owls.




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It has been two years since Adrian Rawlinson spoke to Shane and Charlotte Morrison following the official opening of Christchurch Veterinary Referrals on Tuddenham Road in Ipswich. He recently caught up with them to see how the practice has progressed

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ince opening the practice has gone from strength to strength. “We saw the move as one of necessity” commented Shane. “The demand for our surgical services had grown exponentially over the past decade and a new facility was required to cater for the growing demand”. Equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, CVR was recently described by a visiting delegate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to be “better than

Business Profile | Christchurch Veterinary Referrals

some University teaching hospitals”, with respect to the quality of work undertaken as well as the impeccable hygiene standards. Charlotte, who coordinates the ever-expanding workforce, attributes the success of the practice to the dedication of CVR’s exemplary staff. “We not only have Shane (Morrison) and John Prior, who both hold further qualifications in small animal surgery and orthopaedics and are amongst the most experienced orthopaedic veterinary surgeons in the country, but also a team of committed qualified veterinary nurses, some of whom have advanced training in surgical nursing, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. We can offer exceptional patient care before, during and following surgery.” The practice contributes directly to the national Canine Hip Registry organised through the University of Liverpool. Recent figures from the Hip Registry indicate that Christchurch Veterinary Referrals now performs 10% of all of the total hip replacements undertaken on dogs nationally. This ranks the practice as one of the busiest and most proficient for hip replacement surgery in the UK. Not wishing to rest on their laurels, Shane & John are intent upon consistently improving patient care by adopting the latest technological advances where appropriate. Shane is one of only a few Veterinary Surgeons licensed to undertake partial elbow replacements in the UK, having recently completed further training in this area. The referral centre on Tuddenham Road has had streams of satisfied customers and equally happy patients over the past two years. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the centre’s previous patients when I caught up with Shane and Charlotte recently. The first of whom was Poppy Jenkinson, a seven-year old Cocker Spaniel who suffered a massive intervertebral disc rupture late last year. This may have lead to complete paraplegia without the involvement of Poppy’s usual practice which quickly referred her to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals for further evaluation and treatment. Using the practice’s MRI scanner – one of just a few in veterinary practices throughout the UK – Shane successfully located the ruptured disc. He then undertook a hemilaminectomy; a very delicate spinal surgery to extract the ruptured intervertebral disc that was pressing on Poppy’s spinal cord. Carefully managed physiotherapy over the week following the surgery brought Poppy back to full health. Not to be outdone by Poppy, Luke Brown, a bouncy nine-year old Springer Spaniel, ran into the Referral centre with his owners. Little more than a year ago, Luke presented with severe muscle wastage of his back legs, suffering from advanced hip osteoarthritis. Although he once lived for his daily walks he now shied away from the lead. He was effectively written-off by his usual vets and was referred to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals to see whether “anything could be done” to improve his quality of life. Shane noted Luke’s severely painful arthritic hips as well as some degree of lower back pain. The latter was evaluated via MRI scans and confirmed to be within normal limits for a dog of his age. This then left the way clear for a total hip replacement on Luke’s worst (left) hip. Since having his hip replacement in May last year, Luke hasn’t looked back. He has returned to his normal exercise regime with gusto! After Luke’s departure, Domino Blairs wandered in. Domino is a year-old Labrador who had gone acutely lame following a run last year. Her usual vets had X-rayed her right front leg and confirmed a very complicated elbow fracture. She was therefore referred to the Referral Centre to save her leg, as one of its specialties is surgical fracture repair. She was operated on by John Prior who reconstructed her elbow using a combination of titanium plates and screws. The surgery was successful and Domino is a vibrant Labrador leading a

Domino with Charlotte Morrison

Domino’s X-ray after surgery

Luke with his owner Elaine Brown

X-ray of Luke’s total hip replacement

Poppy with her owner Jacqui Jenkinson

Poppy’s MRI

happy an active life once again. What is clear, having spoken to each of these owners, is that the service from Christchurch Veterinary Referrals was exemplary. In each case making what was a distressing situation far easier to cope with. The personal service offered, even down to preparing special meals in the case of Poppy, was reassuring and very much appreciated. Luke’s owners told me that he has a completely new lease of life and Domino has recovered so well that her owner is looking forward to breeding her next year. For more information about Christchurch Veterinary Referrals visit:



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This month Darcy’s pub walk starts at The Coach & Horses in Melton, Nr Woodbridge t the risk of upsetting Melton residents, not my intention I promise, Melton was for a long time a place that I only considered as a point between other destinations. If I was heading to Ufford Park, I would pass through Melton, likewise if I travelled to Rendlesham Forest or Orford - it was ‘on the way’ but there never seemed to be a reason to stop. That changed in the summer of 2011 when Deben Inns took over The Coach & Horses. What once had seemed almost an intimidating venue was transformed into a light, airy, welcoming, and, importantly for me, a dog friendly inn. The hanging baskets – that saw them judged a regional winner in the Enterprise Pubs in Bloom competition last year - add a welcome splash of colour and the outside seating and parasols make it an ideal place to sit and relax after a dog walk. Although starting on the main Melton Road this route quickly takes you on to quiet back lanes, open fields and ultimately woodland before a final chance to let your pooch stretch their legs on the Melton recreation ground, a popular destination for local dog owners. At around an hour it is an easy route that will reveal that Melton is a destination you can savour rather than just pass through.

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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 3 miles Time: Approx. 1 hour Terrain: Easy paths with stretches of road walking. Stops: The Coach & Horses Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 212 Start point OS reference: 280 503


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As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and previous walks go to

1. From The Coach & Horses turn right toward the traffic lights. 2. At the first pedestrian crossing by Melton Primary School cross the road and then cross the road again immediately at the next crossing onto Woods Lane. Turn left and walk up Woods Lane (as if heading for the A12) for approx. 375yds until you reach Valley Farm Road.

The Coach and Horses located just outside of Woodbridge, has extremely good access to the A12 and major routes with ample parking.

3. Turn right into Valley Farm Road and follow this quiet lane for approximately 500yds until you reach Does Cottage on your left.

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4. Just after Does Cottage, on your left, you will see a footpath sign and a stile. This is the path you need to take however there is no opening for a dog to get across the stile therefore after the footpath sign there is a metal gate and a bridleway sign. Turn left here but then turn immediately left through an opening (marked No horses) which will take you to the footpath. Follow this path until point 6 where you will meet a road. 5. At the road turn right and follow the road for approx. 475 yds until you come to a Bridleway sign on your right. 6. Turn right at the Bridleway sign and follow the path which will bring you back to Does Cottage. 7. Turn right, with Does cottage now on your right, and follow the road for approx. 50yds where you will meet a Bridleway sign on your right. 8. Turn right and follow the Bridleway for approx. 300 yds until it emerges on to Woods Lane. 9. At the road turn left walking back down the hill for approx. 300 yds. Shortly after the ‘Melton’ sign you will see Leeks Hill and a footpath sign on the opposite side of the road. 10. Turn right up Leeks Hill. After approx. 200yds you will pass Leeks Hill House on your left and meet a footpath sign. At the footpath sign turn left and the follow the path as it follows the edge of the gardens of Leeks Hill House. After approx. 100yds the path splits - turn left. 11. After a short walk the path emerges on to Melton Playing field. Head across the field to the car parking area which will emerges onto Melton Road. 12. Turn left here where you will see The Coach & Horses approx. 100yds on your right.

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CRUNCH TIME This month’s recipe comes from Oliver Macmillan, Executive Chef & Proprietor at the newly opened Hadleigh Ram

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Recipe | The Hadleigh Ram

liver Macmillan is the chef at the heart of the family run group known as Stuart Inns which includes The Swan in Long Melford and the newly opened Hadleigh Ram. Originally trained at West Suffolk College his ten year career has seen him work his way up through some of the most notable kitchens in the county including The Crown at Stoke by Nayland and Le Talbooth, Dedham. However it’s been in his own restaurant that he’s allowed his flair for creating memorable food to flourish. “I love using only the best local ingredients to create a deliciously diverse menu of ever-changing dishes” says Oliver “and I believe my previous background in agriculture has given me a unique stand point from which I can create original and appetizing flavour combinations”.

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STILL GOING STRONG! The family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is happily celebrating 40 years of success since Bill and Devora Peake first created Stoke by Nayland Golf Club which has now developed into the thriving resort that you see today. Places & Faces finds out more

Bill & Devora Peake in the orchard 1960s

evora Peake first began farming in Suffolk with her first husband Bernard Loshak over 70 years ago. She then married Bill Peake in the late ‘40s and from a small 120 acre apple farm, a thriving and diverse group of companies has developed, which now includes a hotel, golf, leisure and conferencing resort and a fruit growing, packing and storage business. And their latest venture was completed last summer in the hotel grounds - five fabulous luxury Country Lodges. The family has always been entrepreneurial, and as such was selected by the BBC and Sir John Harvey Jones to feature in his three TV “Troubleshooter” documentaries in the 1990s, with their Copella Fruit Juice business (now sold to Tropicana UK), fruit farm and golf club. Devora Peake was awarded the MBE for services to the Fruit and Fruit Juice Industries. Bill died in 1979 and Devora in 1999 but the next generation has continued to run the business. Susanna Rendall is the Group Managing Director and her brother 50 |

The family directors (left to right) Carmella, Robert, Tamara, Jonathan and Susanna

Jonathan Loshak and sisters Tamara Unwin and Carmella Meyer as well as her son Robert, are all executive board directors assisting in the running of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Boxford Suffolk Farms and Peake Fruit. They employ over 300 people in the three businesses. The two championship golf courses – the Gainsborough and Constable - at Stoke by Nayland were created with a small clubhouse in the early 1970s by Bill and Devora in 300 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside, which has since become a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. With conservation a priority, the Peakes planted 60,000 trees on the courses which also feature picturesque lakes and are noted for their extraordinary tranquillity – a rare quality to find these days. The courses regularly host international televised golf events such as the European Senior and Challenge Tours, and are considered to be among the finest in the East of England. The excellent golf, fitness and hotel facilities led recent World No 1

Lee Westwood to select Stoke by Nayland to be the home of his second permanent Golf School in the UK, running two year full time courses for 40 students. Since 1999 the family has substantially expanded the original Golf Club to include an AA 4 star 80 bedroom hotel, large conference and events facility for up to 450, a state-of-the-art Spa and Fitness centre, new Clubhouse, Golf Shop and Pippin Gift shop. There is also a covered driving range, snooker, squash and fishing. With its luxurious 18 metre pool, sanarium, steam room and 14 treatment rooms, including exotic Rasoul and Hammam suites, the hotel’s Peake Spa is a popular destination for blissfully relaxing spa breaks, spa days and treatments – offering a wide range of Decleor therapies and OPI nailcare. The hotel’s award-winning Executive Head Chef, Alan Paton, is passionate about making Stoke by Nayland a dining destination of choice within East Anglia, and excels in providing innovative and exciting menus for

Business Profile | Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

two to 12 guests, and are perfect for couples who want a romantic getaway, as well as for parties of families and friends who wish to stay in a relaxed, private and exclusive location for weddings, golf or spa breaks. A short walk or drive away in scenic countryside, guests can also make the most of the hotel’s first class spa and golf facilities just a short walk or drive away in scenic countryside. Golf Tuition weeks or long weekends are offered Original 1972 Clubhouse The Hotel and Clubhouse today for those wishing to give the game a try as part of a relaxing holiday. For guests wanting all guests visiting or staying at the resort. As a savouring the tranquillity of this beautiful a night off from cooking there are a number consequence, his fabulous Lakes Restaurant haven. The Lodges provide an ideal base from of options. The lodge porter can drive them has just been awarded a second AA Rosette. which to explore the countless nearby areas to and from the hotel’s two AA Rosette Lakes Here you can enjoy modern British cuisine at of historic and cultural interest in the Dedham Restaurant, or you can order from the hotel’s its best – either in the stylish contemporary Vale and Stour Valley, and they are surrounded takeaway menu and have freshly cooked food surroundings of the restaurant, or al fresco by picturesque lanes which are perfect for delivered to you by the lodge porter - who is on its lovely south terrace overlooking long country walks. at your service 24/7! For a really sumptuous the floodlit lake and stunning Constable The Lodges are hand-built to the highest dining experience guests can book a chef to Country. Traditional Afternoon Tea with all the quality specification, and the luxurious come and prepare a cordon bleu meal on site trimmings is a speciality and can be enjoyed interiors – designed by Robert’s wife, Lindsey and serve it to you in the privacy of your lodge! by the open wood fire in the Hotel Lounge or Rendall - are inspired by the elegant, simple So the resort has undergone quite a on the terrace. and clean-lined sophistication of the 1940s transformation since it was a modest golf Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is open to which link to the origins of the site, which club in 1972 – but the family ethos of quality, all – you don’t have to be a member or hotel was originally the home of the Leavenheath service, value and excellence is still strong guest to enjoy its outstanding facilities and Women’s Land Army Hostel during the second and, judging from the great testimonials restaurants - you can book a treatment, spa world war. They are exquisitely furnished, received, is very much in evidence throughout day, golf tee, dinner or cream tea at any time. offering the ultimate in comfort and luxury the business. Naturally, members enjoy substantial benefits and the huge floor to ceiling windows and and discounts off dining, retail purchases and patio doors lead out to spacious balconies FOR MORE INFORMATION OR BOOKINGS accommodation. An added bonus for all is the with stunning views. Their exteriors are clad in please call 01206 262836/265835 free high speed Wifi throughout! beautiful Iroko wood, with cedar wood tiles on or email Last year the hotel launched its five the roofs and each environmentally friendly exquisite, self-catered Country Lodges which Lodge is equipped with solar photovoltaic and Also visit and enjoy stunning views over a picturesque large thermal panels. lake, rolling countryside and golf fairways. Named after traditional English apple Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Keepers Here is an inspirational escape where guests varieties – the family orchards are adjacent Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester CO6 4PZ can relax with friends and family whilst to the site – the Country Lodges sleep from Wedding in the Devora Suite

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The Plough & Sail

The Coach & Horses

After a year at the helm of the Plough & Sail located at Snape Maltings, local twins Alex and Oliver Burnside’s passion for creating a quality dining pub serving a seasonally-changing menu is ever stronger. Enjoy ‘traditional’ pub food for lunch and in the evenings a modern ‘restaurant style’ menu alongside an extensive selection of ales, spirits and quality wines. Pre and post concert dining is available and booking is advised. “We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

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. Food offers are available throughout the week. See our website for details.

Open: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm Address: 13 Museum Street, Ipswich. Suffolk. IP1 1HE E: W:

Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Snape Maltings, Snape Bridge, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR E: W:

Open: Mon- Sat 11.00am until 11.00pm Sunday 12.00 noon till 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1PD E: W:

T: 01473 230293

T: 01728 688413

T: 01394 384851

Buzzing brasserie style restaurant with café bar set within the building converted from the Arlingtons Ballroom. The perfect venue to catch up with friends, talk business, celebrate special occasions. French style menu served in typical informal Brasserie manner offering a large selection of freshly prepared Suffolk reared meat dishes and vegetarian choices as well as fish & shellfish from sustainable sources. Plus takeaway deli, breakfast from 8am, light meals and homemade cakes throughout the day.

The fountain

Located in the lovely old village of Tuddenham St Martin, 3 miles north of Ipswich, informal bistro style restaurant set in an oldie worldy 16th century country pub with, great food, great service and great value. We can cater for any parties from 2 to 45 people. The menu comprises of a full A La Carte menu and a set 2 or 3 course menu. For reservations please call 01473 785377 or email

The Angel

Using the best local ingredients from the excellent producers on our doorstep, we prepare great tasty food here on the premises & aim sell it to you at a reasonable price. Mon-Fri we offer a choice of tasty home cooked lunches for £5, in addition to our full menu. Sunday roasts and our homemade burgers are a speciality. We are equally proud of our drinks offering with 6 real ales (listed in the 2013 CAMRA Good Beer Guide), draught Suffolk Cyder & lagers, and East Anglia’s widest range of spirits with over 160 gins.

the maybush

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

Open: Monday to Friday 12pm - 2pm & 6pm to 9pm. Saturday 12pm - 2pm & 6pm - 9.30pm Sunday 12pm to 3pm Closed Evening Address: The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT E: W:

Open: 12-3 & 5-close Mon-Fri & we are open all day at weekends Address: Theatre Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4NE (Just off the Market Hill) E: W:

Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week Address: Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, SuffolkIP12 4QL E: W:

T: 01473 785377

T: 01394 383808

T: 01473 736215

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Fynn Valley


Open to everyone, not just golfers, we are the place you bring your family and friends for a wide range of tempting meals prepared by our talented chefs. Meals can be eaten in our cosy Courtyard Bar, The Terrace overlooking the golf course or utilising the entire spacious Valley Room on busier occasions. Full details of our menus and offers can be found on our website.

Situated opposite the picturesque bridge in the village of Chelsworth, The Peacock is a traditional half-timbered 14th century Inn, with cosy log fires and 3 rosette silver accommodation. Perfectly positioned for touring, walking and cycling in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Offering a selection of real ales and seasonal homemade food. Come and try our Sunday roast in a relaxed atmosphere, bookings advisable, dogs welcome.

Open: Open lunch and evening except closed all day Monday and Sunday evenings Address: Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA E: W:

Open: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 11pm. Sunday 12pm - 6pm. (Food served 12pm - 2.30pm & 6pm - 9pm daily) Address: 37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU E: W:

T: 01473 785202


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Satis house

Relax and enjoy fine British Cuisine made from locally sourced & seasonal ingredients wherever possible in the restaurant or the beautifully landscaped garden at Satis House. Recent winners of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed television programme, Satis House is the perfect place to stay to enjoy opulent luxury or just to taste the delights of the quintessentially English morning & afternoon teas served from Wednesday to Sunday with a selection sandwiches, cakes & homemade fruit scones with jam and clotted cream. Open: Dinner: Daily 6.30pm till 11.00pm Lunches Saturday and Sunday Address: Main A12, Yoxford, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3EX E: W:

T: 01728 668418

The Anchor

Think of fine food, the best in local ales, a traditional ambience all set in a location surrounded by history and exceptional walks and you have The Wilford Bridge. Our menu reflects the seasonal availability of the finest local produce, specialising in the very best seafood, tender steaks cooked to perfection and unbeatable classics such as the renowned ‘Revetts’ Sausages and mash. Food offers are available throughout the week – See our website for details.

Award Winning Public House, Restaurant & Bar. Our menu constantly evolves to reflect the changing seasons and celebrates the very best of locally sourced produce. Our ‘Specials Board’ is inspired by the prime seasonal ingredients available each day and the entire menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list. New guest beer every week. Real ales and rustic ciders. Save 20% off food orders everyday between 5.30-6.30pm. Set price menu 1 course £7.50, 2 courses £10 or 3 courses £13

Award winning pub with 10 rooms (includes 6 eco-clad garden chalets) in Walberswick, a stone’s throw from the sea & dunes. A changing menu with daily specials, we use plenty of fresh fish, shellfish & meat produce from local farmers, vegetables from nearby allotments. We sell our own bread, cakes, chutneys & relishes. Extensive wine list (Harper’s Wine Pub of the Year 2011) and over 50 imported bottled beers. Large outside terrace, dog-friendly.

Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Wilford Bridge Rd, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2PA E: W:

Open: Monday – Closed. Tuesday – Thursday 12 - 2.30pm and 5.30 - 11.00pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Open All Day. Food Served 12 – 2.00pm (2.30 Sunday) and 5.30 to 9.00pm daily Address: The Green, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6TA W:

Open: every day from 8.30am for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

T: 01394 386141

T: 01473 735267

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The Crockery Barn

The Galley in Woodbridge is a family run restaurant offering vibrant and exciting menus, using fresh local produce, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. For those wishing to hold a celebration or business lunch, there are private dining rooms available. New 2 course lunch & early bird diner menu just £9.50, 3 courses £11.

Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the award winning Value Pub of the Year 2012 Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce at prices that ensure you will want to return again and again. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or the beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.

Open: Wednesday – Sunday (closed Sunday evenings except during Bank Holiday Weekends) Lunch 12noon – 2.15pm Dinner 6pm – late (early bird diner 6- 7pm) Address: 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LX W:

Open: Bar: Monday 6pm -11pm, Tuesday – Friday: Lunch 12 noon – 3pm Evening 6pm11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – midnight Sunday: 12 noon – 10.30pm Food served Tuesday – Sunday Booking advisable please call for details. Address:The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm Address: The Crockery Barn, Ashleigh Farm Ashbocking, Ipswich IP6 9JS Bridget’s Café, T: 01473 892551 W: E:

T: 01394 380055

T: 01728 648286

T: 01473 890123

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Dan’s top quality plants are now at last in full bloom all around us with prices much lower than the larger garden centres. Top quality pure french linen dinning textiles just in and you can also buy online at Main stockists for Maxwell & Williams, Portmeirion, and Bridgewater. New Suffolk based artists exhibiting in the long barn gallery. To book a table @ Bridget’s café call 892551.

Coddenham food store

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

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

Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week Address: The Street, Newbourne, Woodbridge IP12 4NY E: W:

Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon -10.30pm. Food served 7 days a week. Address: Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1JW E: W:

Open: Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm Saturday 8am - 6pm Address: School Road, Coddenham, Suffolk IP6 9PR

T: 01473 736307

T: 01473 780764

T: 01449 760227

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At the heart of Coddenham you will find our beautiful village food store where we pride ourselves in sourcing the best of local products. As well as everyday staples you will find such gems as Suffolk Gold and Suffolk Blue Cheese, Suffolk pate, local meats, breads and beers. The perfect choice to top up fresh food locally or just a place pop for a coffee. We look forward to welcoming you.


Rob Chase


OUTDOORS had hoped to strike a whimsical note this month, conjuring up the glorious soundscape of early summer, with birdsong drifting through the open car window on my leisurely commute through the lanes of rural east Suffolk. In reality, though, the window has remained firmly shut against the arctic spring weather, and not a cuckoo or a nightingale can be heard above the rumbling of the A12 and the roar of my own car engine. My quest for seasonal sensory experiences was finally enhanced, however, by an eyewateringly early visit to RSPB Minsmere in order to hear the dawn chorus. Here, cuckoo and nightingale were happily in evidence, along with bittern, black caps, white throats et al, as well as the most delicious and well-earned (or so I told myself) fried breakfast, which would have put many a hotel kitchen to shame. But my quest for early-summer sensory experiences was finally fulfilled by the tardy arrival of a few warmer, sunnier days, coinciding – inevitably with the first whiff of a barbie. It is said that we Brits buy more convertible cars than any of our European counterparts, so it must be the same masochistic streak in our psyche that compels us to fire up the barbeque at the first sight of sun – druid-fashion. Thus the unmistakeable aroma of summer wafted down the road early last month, as the temperature crept above freezing and the county’s wannabe chefs huddled around their al fresco cooking facilities, clearly – by now - immune to hypothermia. Although I have been known to ‘barbie’ the occasional butterflied leg of lamb, it is either because the cooker has given up the ghost, or the outside thermometer has exceeded the 30°C mark. So does Bar-B-Q equate to Bar-Hum-Bug at Château Chase? Well yes, to a certain degree, but it does afford me the opportunity to break open wines that I would otherwise ignore – wines that are man enough to handle cindered rosemary, burnt garlic and charred flesh particularly well. Wines from the Cape always seem to come up trumps,

be it a full-throttle Pinotage or a funky Shiraz. The Lebanon’s gutsy reds also fight their corner very successfully, and it is this style of rustic, forthright wine that is best enjoyed with big and - dare I say – burnt-offering flavours, hot off the grill. I suppose, on the other hand, one could bring on the gluwein and chestnuts: as I write, the barometer is plummeting once again and global warming appears to be in full retreat. Another feature of early summer is the onslaught of the picnic season and all that that entails. Until a few years ago, I regarded a picnic as a simple occasion and was completely oblivious to any hint of a subtext. But then came the school Speech Day, during the course of which I became painfully aware that the vinous content of our family picnic basket (the modest but always delicious Adnams White

Sauternes to accompany lots of cream and the occasional English strawberry. Should a red be required, I shall of course include a bottle or two of Fleurie or John Forrest’s New Zealand Pinot Noir. The Beaujolais, when served cool, is a real delight with cold chicken, ham and the like, and the Kiwi Pinot likewise – but with a little more tannin and gravitas. Last year I mentioned the No. 1 Suffolk Ladies Wine Academy – a group of enthusiastic winelovers who meet up to enjoy quarterly tutored wine tastings. My aim has been to provide a relaxed forum where the participants can compare notes, further their knowledge and – ultimately – gain the confidence to be able to make their own selections of appropriate wines for family enjoyment. This year, we embark on the first food and wine ‘taster’ session: local chef Jason Main will serve six mini-courses at

It is said that we Brits buy more convertible cars than any of our European counterparts, so it must be the same masochistic streak in our psyche that compels us to fire up the barbeque at the first sight of sun Burgundy) was woefully inadequate. A few yards away, our neighbours were unpacking endless bottles of ‘big name’ Champagne which proceeded to accompany anything and everything from scotch eggs to salt-andvinegar crisps. This prompted me to pay more attention to other nearby collations, but having surreptitiously identified one or two of the labels, I was quietly confident that crisps might actually enhance some of their champagne selections. This year’s picnic, however – on our final Speech Day as parents - will be better stocked, and will certainly include Hush Heath Rosé – England’s finest sparkling pink with its hints of summer fruits, Mitchell’s Clare Valley Riesling from South Australia to go with anything and everything, and lashings of

his eponymous restaurant in Yoxford, and I shall endeavour to match his culinary skills as best I can with appropriate wines drawn from Adnams’ new list (out this month). Food and wine matching can be very subjective, and I am sure there are those who think vodka goes better with caviar than vintage champagne, that blue cheese calls for Port rather than Sauternes, or that a sappy Sauvignon Blanc should be served with an asparagus starter rather than with a mature goat cheese as the finale. I shall guide the Suffolk Ladies as best I can but they will certainly let me know their own preferences. If spared, I shall report on the outcome of the proceedings next month.



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Business Profile | Le Talbooth


Le Talbooth has long been a destination for fine dining, but 2013 has seen the restaurant get a brand new look too. Anne Gould discovered the design and creative expertise just happen to be inspired by the owner Geraldine Milsom hether visiting Milsoms at Kesgrave Hall or Dedham, Maison Talbooth, The Pier at Harwich or Le Talbooth itself people always remark on the flair of the interior design. It’s modern, beautifully understated and contemporary and always seems to hit just the right note. And while every property is different there’s a clear theme that shouts style and continuity. It turns out that the person who weaves this magic is Geraldine Milsom, who with her husband Paul, owns the group. They’ve developed a brand that really has become something of a watchword not just for contemporary interiors but quality in all that they do. Yet Geraldine is remarkably modest about what she does, “I am not an interior designer but I have an eye for colour and I did a short stint at art school.” The aim with Le Talbooth, originally a 16th century tollhouse, was to create something that was altogether lighter. Remarkably with the help of their loyal team of trades and craftsmen the work was completed within a month and at a cost of £300,000. She said that they started by stripping the black paint from every single one of the numerous beams throughout the building – something of a feat because it could only be accomplished overnight and with painstaking attention to detail. “It was only when the last diners went home

that Frank Burgess, Head of Maintenance and his team could get going. “They worked tirelessly to restore the beams to their former glory throughout December coming in at between midnight and 1am in the morning and working till 9am.Then throughout January they turned their hand to plastering repairing and painting. “We closed for three days to begin with then we shut half the restaurant for ten days while opening the section we’d finished.” The kitchen, under the guidance of head chef Zack Deakins, coped amazingly well with the disruption, she said. To complement the newly stripped beams the restaurant is now decorated in a range of earthy caramels, taupe and creams with a bespoke Jane Burton carpet – weaved to Geraldine’s own design. “It’s the same pattern as the previous carpet but in lighter colours,” she explained. There are stylish modern chunky chrome radiators and curtain poles, bespoke leather chairs, the introduction of banquette seating but perhaps the real genius is the lighting - a beautiful modern take on the chandelier. Geraldine said she’d seen these Italian designer lights Deja-vu by Karmen, at a Maison Object exhibition in France two years ago and had fallen in love with them. So when it came to redesign the restaurant she ordered three. When they arrived each had to be carefully assembled and wired by their electrician Rob Mitchell, which turned out to be something of a major job, but like

the rest of their dedicated team he worked from early morning to late at night to get the job done – and the result is there for all to see. Finally Geraldine chose some really special modern artwork by local artist Jamie Dodds who specialises in painting boats. The pictures, coincidentally, are of a barge called John Constable that used to go up and down the River Stour past Le Talbooth in the old days. “We are thrilled with the new look and we’ve had so many compliments from our customers.” It’s also helped pull together the old building and more recent extension – now you can’t tell them apart. Geraldine says special thanks must go to Ian, from Cater Care who made stainless steel kitchen doors and bespoke handrail for the staircase and Louise Mckechnie who made up 166 metres of Andrew Martin Polanski putty fabric and transformed it into wonderful curtains, and then Shona McKinney from McKinney & Co who had the chrome curtain poles made especially for us and Nevelli who supplied us with the matching radiators. Also to plumbers John Mills and his son Jordan from Aqua Heat and to Jamie Ketteringham from The Contract chair Company.



Places&Faces® | June 2013

Antiques & Auctions



ground, although it would be wishful thinking in every sense to imagine our patch could ever resemble that. But what has this got to do with antiques Neals I hear you say? Well borrowing a technique t last! The better weather has arrived from my wife’s ‘processor’ which enables her to flip seamlessly from one thought process to bringing with it the sweet smell of mown grass, as well as, in some cases, another (often completely unrelated) I started musing about tables of the cricket variety and the shrieks of frustration expressed the link appeared to be more than just in the by gardeners wishing they had arranged for their precious machines to have been serviced name. For these three-legged objects obviously over the extended winter. share that number with the stumps placed at I appreciate that not everyone will use a each end of the twenty-two yard wicket. They motorised contraption and I often pine for a favourite hand powered small mower, called a were often found in pubs or taverns, the tripod effect giving the table greater stability on an Flexa, which even managed to cut long grass uneven surface. when wet as a result of the strangely aligned Early tables were somewhat rustic in their blades on the cylinder. construction and were usually built with Putting the stripes back on the lawn – or in circular tops, some of which folded. The legs my case moss – turned my thoughts to the were splayed outwards and an under-tier or manicured and hallowed turf of Lords cricket


lower shelf gave extra rigidity and, for those without minimalist tendencies, an additional surface on which to put things. Their size also made them suited to be used in cottages and small houses. By way of an aside, a cricket (No! not one of the noisy type) can also be found on a roof as, in that situation, it is an object used to redirect water away from another projecting surface in effect like a flashing. So, while we are off on a tangent, you might be interested to learn of another object with the very similar name of ‘cracket’ given to a low angled stool, also of the three-legged kind, used in the mines as a support when working on coal seams at a difficult height. All of this probably appears remarkably complicated but when compared with the complexities of the rules of the game will pale into insignificance.

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Business Profile | Foxwood

FOXWOOD: SO MUCH MORE THAN TILES Adrian Rawlinson talks to Sharon Cottrell of Foxwood about the business and the arrival of a new sanitaryware range

nyone who travels along Woodbridge Road in Rushmere St Andrew is likely to have seen the development of the impressive Foxwood showroom. Having established the family run business in 2000 Sharon and Matt Cottrell moved to the new site in 2010 and officially opened it in 2011. With over 300sq metres of floor space customers can view an extensive and imaginative range of wall and floor tiles along with beautiful sanitaryware. Inspirational room sets and tiled areas demonstrate how tiling can be used throughout your home or business with both traditional and contemporary ranges to suit all budgets. Talking to Sharon it is clear that she is passionate about Foxwood’s commitment to offering superb customer service ensuring that all her established team are as knowledgeable as possible to ensure that they can help customers make the best choices. Sharon commented “We supply an extensive range of wall and floor tiles, with the majority being exclusive in our area. The range includes

Italian fine porcelain imported directly from the Edimax factory, ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles from Porcelanosa and natural stone products from Ca Pietra, Beltrami and Groundworks. Outdoor paving and patio products from Global Stone are also available from us. We are also the main stockist for the wonderful Roca, Laufen and Heritage sanitaryware along with the stylish Bisque radiators. “We are particularly excited as we are just about to start stocking a new range of Sanitaryware from Porcelanosa. We have sold their tiles for over 10 years and they are a superb quality product with an affordable mid-range price. We now have seven different bathroom sets within our showroom as well as a number of shower settings including examples from Merlyn and Kudos. We are also stockists of the award winning Aqualisa showers. “Whatever your need we are here to help. Be it pure supply or arranging expert fitting we work with our clients to achieve the best possible outcome. We have recently introduced the Bright Ideas range of D.I.Y tiling products and

also products designed to keep your tiles looking their best so we really can look after you from the start of the process through years of enjoyment.” With so much choice and help on offer a trip to Foxwood isn’t necessarily going to be a ten minute one but don’t worry with comfy sofas, coffee and toys for the kids available it is guaranteed to be a relaxed one where you can make your choices at your pace.




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PAVING THE WAY A fine green lawn, shrubs in full bloom, the scent of flowers on a warm summer breeze… there’s nothing quite like an English garden at its best. With the lighter evenings we all love now here, it really is time to enjoy your room outside. t’s easy to see plants as the most important feature of a garden, and without doubt a magnificent flowering magnolia tree or a sway of azure blue delphiniums are real scene stealers. However it is the structure of the garden that forms the ‘bones’ for the planting, and imaginative hard landscaping can transform an ordinary plot into an oasis of calm and beauty. Take the patio as an example. It can be so much more than a regimented row of paving slabs lined up against the back of the house. With imagination and skill it can completely transform your garden, providing you with a fantastic space for entertaining or relaxing that is pleasing to the eye and that adds real value to your home. There is a wonderful variety of paving materials and designs available. Formal brickweave suits modern houses well; alpha setts have a lovely weathered texture; beta setts are ideal for clean lines and smooth surfaces; natural Indian sandstone has unique beauty with each stone having

subtle variations of colour and pattern. Add curves, circles, terraces, steps or coloured edging to the design, and the humble patio is transformed into architectural splendour! Even a simple pathway can be a delight. At the very least a pathway needs to be a practical surface to walk on, but it can be so much more. With a creative eye and the right choice of materials garden paths can flow naturally through the garden, creating inviting walkways and leading the eye towards pleasant vistas. So how do you set about creating the perfect hard landscaping? Well, it’s not a job for the faint hearted so calling in the experts for a home visit is a very good place to start. They will help you with designs, materials and budget. If you have your own ideas, talk to your paving professionals to see if your plans are practical or could be improved. If you can’t imagine what is possible don’t worry, a paving company with years of experience will be able to provide ideas and inspiration.

Choose your paving company carefully. Hard landscaping is about much more than what you see on the surface - skilful planning is essential, as is thorough preparation of the site. For a patio to last it must be built on suitable foundations, so ask your paving professionals for the detail of their preparatory work. You’ll want to ensure that rainwater from your new patio is efficiently dispersed, so ask about drainage too. Excellent customer testimonials are a sign of a good paving company, and don’t forget to agree payment terms, timescales and guarantees. A reputable paving firm will have no problem in satisfying the above considerations, and their skills can breathe new life into your garden. With the new hard landscaping in place, it’s off to choose the plants before relaxing on your new patio with a glass of fine wine (or perhaps the wine comes first - you choose!). >>> Continues on page 65



Does your hall create a welcoming first impression? Is your staircase a little out of step with the rest of your home? Would you like to make an entrance that enhances your property and adds value? Whatever your requirements why not consider revamping your hallway with a stunning feature staircase and high quality wooden flooring from Hall Brothers?

Make your hallway the heart of your home with Hall Brothers’ staircases and flooring Whether you live in a period property, a barn conversion or a contemporary home, our staircase designs can complement the style. We can also offer wooden flooring to match and feature windows to complete the look. At Hall Brothers, Builders & Joiners, we’re traditional craftsmen who take an oldfashioned pride in our work. Our three-generation family business was started by Reginald Hall and then Roy Hall and is now run by two brothers, Philip and Richard, who share a love for wood and an eye for detail. With customers throughout East Anglia, we have built up an outstanding reputation for exceptional standards of design, executed with meticulous attention to detail and the highest quality construction. In step with your space Our highly experienced team will work with you to create a staircase design that suits your space and style. From straight flights to winding or turning with angled, half and quarter landings, each staircase is made individually from our range of top grade FAS hardwoods. We also believe in using oversized and thicker strings – the timbers that form the backbone of the construction – to give greater strength and to reduce movement.

Showcase for quality A hand-crafted staircase gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our traditional skills to create a stunning focal point in your home. When it comes to the finishing touches, we’ll also advise on exactly the right spindles, balustrades, newels and handrails to complement the overall design. And why not complete the look with our high quality wood flooring that will last for generations and provide a perfect entrance to your home? Options include purpose machined solid wooden tongue and groove flooring or natural wood veneered flooring and you can choose from Oak, Maple or Douglas Fir timber to match your staircase, with an oiled or lacquered finish.

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5. Indian natural sand stone patio, Roger Gladwell Landscaping & Construction

8. Natural Riven slabs with decorative feature, Samuel David Construction Ltd

6. Self-contained water feature in a kitchen herb garden with a natural stone paving, Gilman Earle Design

9. Hardwood deck with handmade bricks as edging. Pathway of natural Yorkstone sawn and honed paving, Gilman Earl Design

7. Indian natural sand stone circle pointed with Limestone, Roger Gladwell Landscaping & Construction

10. Ethically sourced six way sawn Sandstone patio, Roger Gladwell Landscaping & Construction





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BEAUTIFUL Darren Mellor with advice on making the most of a restricted space

t goes without saying that space will always be at a premium in a small garden, but don’t be put off as even though you may have a small courtyard or balcony it still deserves to look its best and any space however small can bring added enjoyment and also help enhance the saleability of your property. Designing for a small space presents its own unique set of challenges. It is always important to remember that everything will be on display and careful consideration needs to be given before placing any feature or plant. Gardens are usually all about surprise and intrigue which is generally easier to create in a larger space. Look carefully and decide if there is anywhere to create a natural focal point, a curved wall could be the ideal place to create an attractive seating area. There is no room for error when designing a small garden as getting it wrong can prove expensive, even a wrongly placed plant or badly laid paving can create an unwelcome focal point. First think very carefully about how

you will use the space. If all you have is a window box or small balcony then you may only be viewing it from inside your home so concentrate on ways of making it look attractive, rather like looking at a picture on your wall. Think about filling a window box with coloured or heavily scented plants which can be enjoyed through an open window. You may not have room for a table or chairs but why not include a feature piece of topiary in an attractive pot which would look fantastic at night adorned with clear lights? A common problem in a small space is its proximity to the boundary or neighbouring buildings; this can sometimes be ugly and often effect privacy. Try to turn the negative into a positive by using it to your advantage, this may even benefit your neighbours, too. If you have a low boundary wall or fence one of the most attractive ways to address this is to plant a pleached hornbeam or beech hedge. They are extremely fashionable at the moment and will provide screening throughout the year. Ugly fences and walls can be covered in

climbers or painted. Using a darker colour will visually push the boundaries back, and light colours will bring them in towards you. Installing a living wall can be costly but maybe the perfect solution for screening an unattractive wall with the added benefit of providing extra growing space. If space allows why not consider a garden shed with a living roof to combine much needed storage with attractive additional growing space and interest?



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There is no room for error when designing a small garden as getting it wrong can prove expensive, even a wrongly placed plant or badly laid paving can create an unwelcome focal point. Designs are best kept simple, concentrate on repeating a limited palette of plants; this has far more impact in a small garden. Think carefully about how you will maintain the space and your choice of surface materials, do you want to cut an awkward patch of grass or would paving be more practical? Bear in mind that using several different surfaces will actually make the space look smaller. It is always worth including accessories. Bespoke ironwork pieces can be surprisingly affordable and also be used as decorative plant supports or simply to create an attractive focal point during winter. Lighting is also important and can be focused on an individual plant or feature or simply be a clear string hung over a gateway or wall to define an entrance or pathway. Water features can be therapeutic and provide a focal point whilst helping block out background noise. Most importantly, remember that the more you put into a small garden the more enjoyment you will get.

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A substantial country residence with excellent equestrian facilities and grounds extending to approx. 15 acres Reception hall | 4 reception rooms | 4 bathrooms | kitchen | breakfast area | cellar | grounds extending to approx. 15 acres | Energy Rating F | Joint agents with ECR Properties



A Grade II Listed 16th century farmhouse which requires some modernisation Entrance Hall | 4 reception rooms | kitchen/breakfast room | shower room | 3 bedrooms | bathroom | 2 garages | 4 outhouses | garden room | large garden | Energy Rating F



Situated on the western side of Christchurch Park is this desirable Victorian detached family residence offering versatile family accommodation on three floors Entrance hall | 4 receptions | kitchen/ breakfast room | cellar | laundry room | boiler room | 5 bedrooms | 3 en-suites | bathroom | 85’ rear garden | Energy Rating E


Situated to the north of Ipswich, backing onto Christchurch Park, is this substantial Victorian semi-detached residence 5 bedrooms | 2 reception rooms | kitchen/breakfast room | cloakroom | en-suite | bathroom | garage | parking | 200 ft. south-facing rear garden | Energy Rating F


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WICKHAM MARKET Offers around £399,950

A four bedroom house of great character with flexible accommodation and a surprisingly good sized garden. The property fronts on to the High Street and is only a short walk from the shops and other facilities on the Market Hill. Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, KitchenBreakfast Room,Utility Lobby, 4 Bedrooms, 2 En-Suite and a Family Bathroom. Garage, Wood Store, and Garden Store. In all about 0.25 Acres sts. EPC Band D.

WOODBRIDGE - Offers around £500,000

HASKETON - Offers around £397,500

A Grade II Listed period town house of considerable character within walking distance of the shops, station and river and offering the following accommodation. Entrance Lobby, Sitting Room with inglenook style fireplace, Dining Room, Cloakroom, Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, one En-Suite and Family Shower Room. Enclosed courtyard garden. EPC N/A.

A detached house built in the late 1980’s designed with a Swedish influence with heat recovery/recirculation system to minimise energy costs. Hall, Cloakroom, 3 Reception Rooms, Kitchen-Breakfast Room, 4 Bedrooms 1 EnSuite, Family Bathroom. Plastered and decorated roof space. Double Garage. Garden with spinney. EPC Band E.

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SHELLPITS FACTS Location: Orford Price: £1,850,000 Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff

LOCATION, LOCATION ith uninterrupted views towards the River Ore and the iconic lighthouse on Orfordness and the sea beyond Shellpits is, without doubt, in one of the best locations on Suffolk’s lauded heritage coast. Sitting in six acres of land and having been recently fully refurbished it offers superb living accommodation and four bedrooms. Originally dating from the 1950s, Shellpits has been extended to the designs of local architect Hugh Pilkinton to offer light and well laid out accommodation designed to take maximum advantage of the views. The majority of the rooms are double or triple aspect with cleverly designed corner windows. A stunning and wonderfully light open plan first floor sitting room is L shaped into a study area and has a balcony and maple flooring with under floor heating. 74 |

On the ground floor is a delightful L-shaped sitting room/dining room with French window to garden. The impressive kitchen/breakfast room by Plain English features an Aga and granite work surfaces and glazed end elevation and French doors opening onto a wide terrace, ideal for alfresco dining. Beyond a study which is large enough for alternative uses, is a vaulted garden room with a glazed elevation opening onto its own terrace. Shellpits enjoys a secluded and tranquil setting tucked away on the south eastern edge of the village. Outside access to the property is via a five-barred gate and shingle drive sweep to a parking and turning area in front of a garage with a workshop area. The house sits in delightfully mature, professionally landscaped gardens, which

include areas of well kept lawn, bordered by colourful herbaceous and shrub borders, together with a fine summer house and contemporary sundial. To the south-east of the house is a wide paved terrace with steps down to an area of lower garden, which includes many mature former orchard fruit trees. This leads onto a sheltered area of productive kitchen garden, together with fruit cages and a large potting shed. There is a wildlife pond and a number of mature trees including horse and sweet chestnut, willow and lime and, in all, the gardens extend to about 1 acre. Beyond the gardens, in the line of site from the house, is a 5-acre meadow, bordered by mature trees and hedgerow, complete with field shelters and with water connection.

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FELIXSTOWE - Substantial 1885 Grade II town house with stunning sea views and beach access. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 cloaks, sitting room, study/bed 5, dining room, kitchen. Gardens, garaging and ample parking. Gas-fired central heating. EPC Band D Guide: £770,000

IKEN - Detached bungalow in a 1.3 acre plot sts, with superb views across open countryside. 4 bedrooms, bathrooms, cloaks, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room. Gardens, garage, outbuildings and parking. Oil -fired central heating. EPC Band E Guide: £650,000 JSA Bedfords

CHILLESFORD, Nr ORFORD - Two end of terrace three bed properties with views across water meadows and open countryside. 10 year NHBC. Ground source heat pump powered central heating with very low running costs. EPC Band B Prices from £198,500


LEVINGTON - Approx 3,000 sq ft Grade II former manor house in need of some TLC. Late C16 with alterations of C18 and C19. Timber framed, encased in early C19 red brick. Set in some 7 acres of gardens, paddocks and woodlands, with stables and an annexe. Rural location with easy access to Levington Marina.

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TUDDENHAM ROAD FACTS Location: Ipswich Price: £595, 000 Agent: Fenn Wright

FAMILY TOWNHOUSE ocated in one of the most sought-after areas of Ipswich this grand Victorian fivebedroom townhouse is an ideal property for a family. The property has not only under-gone a programme of refurbishment but it’s within easy walking distance of Christchurch Park and Ipswich town centre. It also retains much of its original character with 9’9” high ceilings in the reception rooms and some original fireplaces. Off the hallway is the sitting room which has a large bay window to the front aspect, a feature cast-iron fireplace with marble surround, dado rail and picture rail. To the rear of the drawing room is the dining room which has sealed unit double-glazed 76 |

folding doors to the rear garden, wooden floor and a marble fireplace. On the opposite side of the hallway is a playroom with tiled fireplace and a square bay window to the front aspect. The kitchen/breakfast room has dual aspect windows and is fitted out in cream Shaker units with integrated dishwasher, gas hob with oven under and matching extractor fan above. A door gives access to the utility area which has a window to the rear, a Butler sink and plumbing for a washing machine. The property also has a four-room cellar which is accessed from a door under the staircase. Upstairs the master bedroom overlooks the rear garden and has a cast-iron fireplace and a walk-in wardrobe. 

Bedroom two has dual aspect windows, castiron fireplace and a fitted wardrobe. Bedroom three overlooks the rear garden and has a fitted wardrobe and bedroom four has a bay window to the front. The fifth bedroom is on the second floor. Outside there is a brick driveway and the front garden is laid to lawn with a mature pine tree. To the side of the house is a covered store with entrances to both front and rear and a further garden store and outside w.c.. The rear garden is about 90 ft and is laid to lawn with a variety of flower and shrub borders. It is walled on two sides with panelled fencing to the remainder.


WORLINGWORTH Guide Price £700,000 This stunning, Grade II Listed farmhouse, set within grounds that extend to 1 ¼ acres (sts), offers potential for a fifth bedroom and en-suite facilities within the attic rooms (stp). The property is believed to date back to the early-mid 17th Century and retains many original features. Hall, dual aspect sitting room with multi-fuel burning stove, bespoke AGA kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, dining room, study/office, four first floor bedrooms, vaulted ceiling and en-suite to master bedroom, attic rooms/potential en-suite bedroom (stp).

WALDRINGFIELD Guide Price £645,000 This beautifully presented four bedroom family home is within easy reach of the river in this highly regarded village. The property has been thoughtfully upgraded by the current owners and provides well appointed accommodation with an elevated dual aspect sitting room with French doors opening onto a rear balcony, a well equipped, bespoke kitchen (designed by Anglia Factors) opening to a dining area, a snug (potential 5th bedroom), a study and a home office within the rear garden. Integral double garage and landscaped gardens. EPC ‘D’.

WETHERINGSETT Guide Price £525,000 A charming detached thatched Grade II listed farmhouse with one and three quarter acres (sts). An additional four acres available for rent. Comprising entrance hall, sitting room, Aga farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, dining room and cloakroom/shower room.  On the first floor, master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.  Outside: the gardens extend to one and three quarter acres (sts), planted with a variety of mature trees and shrubs.  The private gardens have an ornamental pond and potential paddock.  Outbuildings include triple garage, summerhouse and various storage sheds and greenhouses.

OLD NEWTON Guide Price £474,950 A charming Grade II listed character property beautifully presented and with a wealth of period features including exposed timbers, inglenook fireplaces and brick floors and includes an up and running self contained holiday lodge. Comprising of: entrance hall, bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, dining room, sitting room and three first floor double bedrooms. The well maintained gardens extend to approximately third of an acre (sts), mainly laid to lawn with a variety of trees and shrubs. Outbuildings include: storage sheds, workshop and summerhouse.

DEBENHAM Guide Price £1,500,000 A beautiful Grade II Listed detached period farmhouse with 65 acres (sts) enjoying a rural setting within this desirable well served village. The 5 bedroom farmhouse has been lovingly restored to provide a spacious family home in a peaceful setting to the outskirts of the village. The accommodation is spacious and beautifully presented and outside there are a number of useful outbuildings including stables & barns and the grounds comprise of farmed arable land, paddocks & gardens with focal ponds.  The house can be purchased separate from the total 65 acres (sts), if preferred.

MARTLESHAM Guide Prices: £450,000 and £440,000 An exciting opportunity to acquire a fantastic Swedish detached new build with south facing garden and solar panels, pleasantly set within this sought after village with amenities. Currently under construction these fabulous 3 bedroom chalet style homes are due for completion in September 2013, being built to a high standard by this award winning developer and offered with 10 year NHBC guarantees, boast many fine features including oak flooring, oak staircases, under floor heating along with central heating, log burning stoves and ‘A’ rated energy efficiency ratings.

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HILLBURY FACTS Location: Aldeburgh Price: £498,500 Agent: Jennie Jones

BUNGALOW WITH SEA VIEW ilbury is a detached bungalow with spectacular sea views on the edge of Aldeburgh which overlooks the North Warren Nature Reserve. It’s a property with great potential for further development by extending on the ground floor and into the large roof space. Built by Reades between the wars, the bungalow has been carefully maintained by the present owners who have landscaped the garden added a conservatory which overlooks the reserve and boasts views of Thorpeness and the sea. Among the clearly visible landmarks from the 78 |

property are Westgate Tower at Thorpeness and the famous “House in The Clouds.” The two-bedroomed property occupies a plot of just over half an acre and is next to open pasture. The accommodation includes two double bedrooms, a well proportioned sitting room with a fireplace and a separate dining room which was formerly the third bedroom. With a double aspect the Kitchen/Breakfast room is 15’1” x 8’11” and overlooks the garden with far reaching views towards the sea and Thorpeness and making the most of those views is a Victorian style conservatory,

12’7” x 10’10”, with French windows which lead out to the garden.  Hillbury also benefits from a garage and an insulated workshop. There is ample parking and room for boats/ trailers etc..  The property is approached via a five bar gate and a shingle drive with ample parking in front and to the side of the bungalow and its garden is attractively landscaped, laid mainly to lawn with established hedges, mature trees and shrubs. There’s also a useful timber garden shed.


East Bergholt

Guide £3,850,000

A stunning Grade II Listed Georgian house standing in an elevated parkland setting with panoramic views over the Dedham Vale. 6 reception rooms, 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Adjoining cottage & outbuildings. Gate lodge & Gardener’s cottage (with planning to substantially extend). Parkland, formal garden & woodland. In all, about 48 acres.

Nr Debenham

Guide £1,150,000

A beautifully restored & extremely well presented, Grade 11* Listed medieval hall house, set amidst delightfully mature part-moated gardens. 4 reception rooms, kitchen. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Orchards & meadows. Garaging. About 5 acres. Award winning 5* holiday cottage, with strong income stream.

Great Bealings

Guide £825,000

An attached, imposing Tudor style Hall with a stunning great hall & far reaching rural views. 3 reception rooms, kitchen. 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, & dressing room. Sheltered & secluded gardens. In all, about 0.75 of an acre. Epc = F

Shotley Penisula

Guide £4,950,000

A spectacular Lutyens style mansion house occupying a unique riverside location, enjoying uninterrupted views over the River Orwell. 5 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room. 6 bedrooms, 4 shower rooms, family bathroom. Box room. 2 bedroomed lodge. Annexe/guest wing. Leisure complex, including swimming pool & gym. Gardens & grounds, in all about 3 acres. Epc = C

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WALDRINGFIELD Situated in a secluded rural location with no immediate neighbours and enjoying superb views across the river Deben. Three Bedrooms, Large Sitting / Dining room, Study, Kitchen, Utility Room, Shower room & Bathroom. Gardens extending to 0.8 Acre with a range of useful outbuildings, Detached Barn & Double Garage with Store Room. An added benefit is a recently installed 4KW Photovoltaic system. Chain Free. Guide Price £625,000

TUDDENHAM ST MARTIN Guide Price £595,000 With far reaching views across the Fynn Valley this Detached Bungalow comprises a large open plan Sitting Room & Fitted Kitchen with glazed doors to an elevated Decked Verandah. Four Bedrooms with En-Suite to Master Bedroom, Utility Room & Family Bathroom. Good sized mature Gardens backing onto Meadowland and range of useful outbuildings incorporating Three Offices and WC.

HOLLESLEY Guide Price £750,000 An Extended Detached Chalet Style Bungalow with Far Reaching Views out to Sea. The spacious accommodation comprises a Living Room, Sitting / Dining Room, Study, Kitchen and Bathroom. Master Bedroom with Balcony and Sea Views, Dressing Area and En-Suite Bathroom. Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room and Two Further Bedrooms. Grounds extending to nearly 3 Acres with Outdoor Swimming Pool & Numerous Outbuildings. Large Garage with Tool store & Office / Store Room above.

WOODBRIDGE Guide Price £595,000 Situated in Warren Hill Road this Brand New Detached Home offers Four / Five Bedrooms, Living Room, Large Kitchen / Dining Room, Utility, Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom, Family Bathroom, Solar Hot Water System, Gardens with ample Parking and Garage. Last remaining Property of Two and now ready for occupation.

CENTRAL WOODBRIDGE Guide Price £209,000 An extremely well presented Period Cottage Ideally situated within walking distance of the River and the Town Centre Shops. Sitting Room, Kitchen / Dining Room, Two Bedrooms, Bathroom and Gardens. No Chain.

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Guide Price £675,000

A 5 bedroom farmhouse with 2¼ acres situated in a tranquil position and enjoying outstanding views over unspoilt countryside. EPC = E

Guide Price £550,000

A converted Suffolk barn with planning permission for extension, sitting in a delightful rural position in grounds of over ¾ of an acre on the outskirts of the village. EPC = F

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Guide Price £475,000


A substantial 5 bedroom 1940’s house in need of modernisation and refurbishment, benefitting from a good-sized plot of over ½ an acre. EPC = E Ref: 4768

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Guide Price £410,000

A well appointed 4 bedroom family house in this popular village, benefitting from an acre paddock to the rear. EPC = C Ref: 4822

A pretty Grade II Listed 2/3 bedroom detached cottage situated not far from the church in this sought-after village. EPC = F Ref: 4846

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CARLTON £184,950



Listed period 2 bedroom cottage with sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, bathroom. Exposed beams. Large garden and off street parking. EPC—E

Aldeburgh 01728 454622

Guide Price £195,000

A detached 2 bedroom former gate house with lovely views across open countryside and farmland. EPC = E Ref: 4715


A detached bungalow with the most spectacular sea views situated on the edge of Aldeburgh and overlooking North Warren Nature Reserve. The property occupies a plot of just over half an acre, abuts open pasture and has potential for further development . Hall, cloaks, shower room, sitting room, dining room/bedroom 3, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room utility room/rear lobby, 2 bedrooms, attractive garden, single garage and workshop.

An enchanting 3 bed cottage with sitting room, kitchen/diner, smart bathroom, large sunny rear garden. EPC-


Guide Price £278,000




Detached 4 bed ranch style bungalow in just over 2.5 acres (sts). This includes a permitted caravan campsite and extensive outbuildings/workshops. Beautiful gardens 2 large receptions and conservatory. EPC –D

RENDHAM £435,000

Delightful 4 bed detached cottage. Farmhouse style kitchen/diner, 3 reception, outbuildings, garden and garage. EPC-E

Lovely attached 5 bed farmhouse with large reception rooms, farmhouse kitchen, outbuildings and double open cart lodge.. EPC—D

Saxmundham 01728 605511

Southwold 01502 722065


Elegant well maintained detached 3 bed family house. 3 reception,, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, double garage.

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The Angel Hotel Fashioned out of the secret tunnels that run under much of Bury St Edmunds ‘Wingspan’ is a new bar at the stylish Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds. Available to both residents and non-residents, from 5pm until late, the space is a fascinating mix of ancient architecture, modern furniture and an eclectic collection of curiosities including a bar fashioned from an aircraft engine. Dan Bush, Rachel Ducker

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Neptune Design Centre Gathered guests cheered and raised a glass of Champagne as owner Martin King cut the ribbon to open the newly expanded and refurbished Neptune Design Centre, Barton Road, Bury St Edmunds. As well as stunning new room settings the Design Centre now includes a Home Store so you can browse and buy home accessories too. Richard Seymour, Natalie Thompson

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Faces@ St Elizabeth Hospice’s Spring Ball

St Elizabeth Hospice’s Spring Ball Spring flowers decked the room as 300 guests attended the St Elizabeth Hospice’s Spring Ball at Trinity Park. The event was sponsored by Brewin Dolphin and organised by the Hospice with the help of a committee of volunteers whose hard work meant the event raised valuable funds in support of Hospice care for local people in East Suffolk and South Norfolk. Jane Hamerton, Fiona Melrose, Adrian & Fiona Melrose

Charlotte & Shane Morrison, Jo & Sean Tickle, Emma & Carl Hatcher

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Gilmour Piper & The Fitness Unit

Gilmour Piper Gilmour Piper marked the launch of a new hi-tech ultrasound service with an evening at their Ipswich clinic. Guests heard from consultant radiologists Dr Warren Davis and Dr Steve Garber, who will be heading the screening facility and working in close conjunction with the practice’s in-house clinical specialists. Catherine Tye, James Zarro

Liz Witherely, Katie Witherley

Emily Rapkin, Jane Rapkin

Mark Newman, Marc Rapkin, Steven Garber, Mark Piper, Warren Davis

Emma Newman, Jennie Norris

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The Fitness Unit Enthusiastic charity minded members of The Fitness Unit in Ipswich held a 12 hour bikeathon to raise money EACH Children’s Hospice. In total their efforts raised over £800.

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Places&Faces® | June 2013

My Suffolk | Selina Tollemache Hopkins

The Honourable Selina Tollemache Hopkins has a lifelong interest in charity work and is actively involved in the Hopkins International Polo Match, taking place at Trinity Park this month. She talks to Anne Gould about life in Suffolk

hat do you love about Suffolk? I was brought up in Suffolk and my family have been here for a long time. We’ve got a huge family support system including lots of cousins and I love it. I had an idyllic childhood and although I’ve lived and worked all over the world - in New York, LA and Italy I have always loved coming back to Suffolk. It’s got a very special feel to it – the big open skies you so rarely find in other counties and a diverse range of people who are very smart, passionate about life in and outside the county with fascinating interests. What I also like is that it feels very rural but you can get to London very quickly so it does not feel like the middle of nowhere. Have you got a special place that you like to go and think? The park and grounds of Helmingham Hall. Having grown up there I still have favourite trees that I used to climb as a child. I also like to walk with my husband James (Hopkins) in Dunwich Forest and by the River Blythe between Walberswick and Southwold. Are there any particular charities you support? One of my last jobs in London was as a charity director for a social media company which means I had a good chance to see how this sector works and as a result I still support quite a few of the ones that I was very close to and fond of. Here in Suffolk, James and I support various different charities as well as The Suffolk Foundation which does amazing work helping lots of the smaller charities throughout the county. 90 |

If you had to take one photograph to illustrate Suffolk what would it be? There are so many snapshots but if I had to choose it would be the view from Little Japan, overlooking the River Alde, towards Iken Cliff. Where do you like to eat out? We love going to The Bell or The Anchor at Walberswick, Milsom’s at Kesgrave, Butley Orford Oysterage and Pinneys at Orford. Are there any pubs you’d recommend? The Low House at Laxfield, The British Larder and we always have a drink at The Nelson in Southwold. Adnam’s or Greene King? I am not a huge beer drinker myself but I wish I could still drink Tolly Cobbold – our old family brew. Adnam’s gin is excellent but it’s also great that both Adnam’s and Greene King are so successful and are both from Suffolk. Has Suffolk got any surprises in store? I think the Hopkins International Polo is going to be a surprising success and a major asset to Suffolk. It will be a great day out for the family and I believe it’s going to go from strength to strength. We really hope that as it continues to grow that it will be able to support charity work as well. Have you got any hobbies? Tennis, swimming, ski-ing, music, reading and of course horse riding. I was first put on a horse when I was six months old but I have recently rediscovered riding. Your mother, Lady Xa Tollemache, is a renowned gardener and landscape designer, do you have green fingers? I am interested in gardening and growing vegetables here at our farm, in Wenhaston, and I also have my mother’s “go go attitude”. I love

going round the grounds and gardens at home in Helmingham and appreciate them, and will help out, but I’m not a great gardener like my mother. Do you think we should shop local and support independent retailers? I think this is incredibly important. We are incredibly lucky because we produce our own organic lamb and beef and in the summer grow all our own vegetables. But I love shopping locally and we are very lucky with our high street in Halesworth. Friday Street Farm Shop is great, but then we also have a lovely selection of farm shops throughout the county. Why is Suffolk a great place to bring up children? As children we were brought up to love the great outdoors and with my four step-sons and one-year-old daughter Lily I have also rediscovered all sorts of great places. Easton Farm Park, Jimmy’s Farm, Moo Play Farm near Beccles, Pirate Pete’s at Pakefield and of course swimming in the sea. Do you support the arts in Suffolk? Absolutely. We are so lucky to have a huge range of artists - I love Maggi Hambling’s work and Harry Becker’s work which I think encompasses what Suffolk is about and going to Snape for the music - we go there whenever we can. What are your favourite Suffolk Events? The Suffolk Show, the Hopkins International polo, the Aldeburgh Festival, Latitude and Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham are all wonderful events that bring so many people together and of course also raises money for the Suffolk Foundation. These events bring together so many people are the four highlights of my year.  

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Places & Faces (Suffolk) June 2013  

Places & Faces (Suffolk) June 2013