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elcome to May, a month in which Suffolk really celebrates culture in a big way. Quite simply there are so many festivals taking place this month that whether your interest is art, fine music, drama or food there’s really something for everyone. Festeaval, which is in its second year at the tea hut in Woodbridge features Beth Orton and folk duo Turin Brakes. There’s the Bury Festival and at Great Glemham there’s the Alde Valley Spring Festival, which focuses on art and is aiming to produce the longest picnic table in the world, and the stunning High Tide drama festival in Halesworth. Not to be forgotten is Pulse which highlights new talent and brings 52 shows to Ipswich in 13 days – so diaries at the ready. Of course May is a month when the county really blooms – with blossoms and spring flowers and as ever keen gardeners will be keeping an eye on the weather – not least because of the hosepipe ban. So this month we’ve a column from Suffolk-based gardening writer and author Catherine Horwood, telling us how to make the most of the water we’ve got and how a change in what you plant can make a big difference. This year is going to be a special year for all of us living in the UK – June is going to be all about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and for those who want to celebrate and remember for the future Places&Faces have some suggestions of lasting souvenirs and fun keep-sakes. Closer to home we’ll be celebrating too, all that’s best about our county with the Suffolk Show, so this month we’ve spoken to Show director David Nunn and found out just what it takes to put on an event of this magnitude. As ever we’ve included our latest suggestions for eating out and short breaks, in fashion there are dresses for special occasions and of course we’ve got some of the best homes for sale in the county too. We hope you enjoy Places&Faces® again this month, we couldn’t do it without the valued support of our commercial partners so please keep telling them you saw them here.
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The High Tide Festival, Festeaval, Danza Contemporanea De Cuba, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Pulse Fringe Festival
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The footballing legend’s legacy for cancer sufferers and the charity match that aims to raise thousands of pounds for it
PUTTING ON THE SUFFOLK SHOW Behind the scenes with Show director David Nunn
RESTORATION Three Suffolk building restoration projects
JUBILEE SOUVENIRS Everything you’ll need to celebrate in style
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EAMONN MCCABE Internationally renowned Suffolk photographer
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Features THE SIR BOBBY ROBSON FOUNDATION
MY SUFFOLK Stephen Cole, fund-raising marathon runner and Head Master of Woodbridge School
Suffolk in brief News from around the county
What’s on Where to go and what to see in May
Competition Win a golf break for two at Ufford Park
FASHION Dresses for special occasions plus a new ‘Shoe Floor’ at Marianna
PUB DOG WALK A new route from the Ship at Dunwich
The new ‘garden pods’ at Satis House, Yoxford
Dining at the Bell House Hotel Saxmundham, wine for summer celebrations, canapé recipes from Trinty Park chef Steve Carroll plus our local produce and food galleries
Home entertainment twenty first century style
Must do jobs for May, tips for tackling the dry summer ahead, some unusual suggestions for perpetual garden problems plus the NGS open garden listings for the month
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Playing for Sir Bobby The people of Suffolk have always loved Sir Bobby Robson - in times past for his magic on the football pitch - and today for his enduring legacy for cancer sufferers. Anne Gould reports on the foundation set up in his name and a very special charity match at Portman Road
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or businessmen and boyhood friends Johnny Wheeler and Paul Milsom May 27th is going to be one of the most memorable days in their lives. They’ve been loyal Ipswich Town fans for as long as they can remember and as young lads often used to sit together cheering their team to victory. This year though they’ll be achieving every football fan’s dream – they’ll be playing on the main pitch at their home club alongside
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There’s going to be a real family atmosphere with opportunities for people to take shots on the practice pitch, there’s going to be a food and wine fair and a buffet lunch in the Sir Bobby Robson suite
Photograph: Paul Milsom and Johnny Wheeler
footballing stars and legends and will even be led onto the pitch by their young sons. What’s more they are hoping that the match will raise £20,000 or more for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Paul, the Managing Director of Milsom Hotels explained that he went to Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Ball and Auction at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds and couldn’t resist bidding to be one of the teams to play a charity match at Portman Road. The added lure was that one of his all time heroes, former Ipswich captain and England player, Mick Mills, MBE, who is now also a patron of the foundation, would be managing the team.
His team is managed by another Ipswich Town great, George Burley, the former player, international and manager who took the club back into the Premiership. Obviously it’s not just going to be a big day for Paul and Johnny but an opportunity for ITFC fans to see some of the greats back in action for the day. Johnny’s team includes John Wark, Brian Talbot, Richard Wright, Darren Curry, Fabian Wilnis, Neil Thompson, Simon Milton and David Johnson. Paul’s team includes Matt Holland, Mark Venus, John McGreal, James Scowcoft, Jason Cundy and Russell Osman. The rest of the 18-strong teams (there are going to be lots of rolling substitutes) will “I couldn’t resist and it was for two great be made up of guests and staff from the charities – the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Wheeler and Milsom businesses. and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.” “We are hoping that lots of town fans Several thousand pounds later (well £5,300 will want to come along on the day to see to be precise) the only question was who was Ipswich’s greats in action again but we’ve got going to buy the other team, which was up lots of other things going on as well. for grabs in an online auction. “There’s going to be a real family So next day Paul had a chat to his lifelong atmosphere with opportunities for people friend Johnny Wheeler and chairman of to take shots on the practice pitch, there’s Wheeler Wine and persuaded him that he going to be a food and wine fair and a buffet had to win. lunch in the Sir Bobby Robson suite,” Johnny “The auction took three hours and at explained. £8,100 cost rather more than I thought but Obviously both Paul and Johnny want to it was such a great opportunity not just to play for as long as possible and have been help charity but for my staff and clients to be doing a lot of training to get themselves involved too,” explained Johnny. match fit.
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MILSOMS’ MAESTROS Manager: Mick Mills Former Ipswich Town Players PLUS staff members from Milsom Hotels & Restaurants
WHEELER WINE MASTERS Manager: George Burley Former Ipswich Town Players PLUS staff, clients and guests from The Wine Company - Colchester
Sunday 27th May 2012 - Kick off 3.00pm PORTMAN ROAD
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Photograph: Sir Bobby with Jim Rosenthal, Bob Wilson, Prof. Ruth Plummer, Des Lynam at charity launch
“Paul has been doing a lot of swimming and I understand his wife has bought him a running machine as well. “I meanwhile have been getting some personal training with Fabian Wilnis – we’ve been going running at Nayland or in Hadleigh but have also done some training at Colchester United, where he is working as a coach,” said Johnny. Of course the event means a great deal to all the professionals involved too, many of whom were involved with the auction and ball. Mick Mills, patron of the Bobby Robson Foundation said that all the players were delighted to support fundraising events in memory of Sir Bobby. “We are so pleased to celebrate his life here in Suffolk where he made his name. This event is a great way of reminding people of the way he made Ipswich into one of the best teams in Europe, while raising money for a good cause.” Meanwhile George Burley says that he’s thrilled to be going back to Portman Road. “It’s like a second home to me. I went to Ipswich when I was only 15 and Sir Bobby was a real father figure to me. It’s great to get involved because this charity is very close to my heart”. The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is
just four years old and has recently broken through the £4 million fund-raising barrier. It is a spectacular achievement for the charity Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched in 2008, to raise an initial target of £500,000. That money was required to equip a cancer trials research centre and incredibly, was achieved in just seven weeks. Thanks to ongoing support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has now raised £4,095,264 to find more effective treatments for cancer and is contributing significantly to the coordinated, international research into the disease. Professor Ruth Plummer, Sir Bobby’s oncologist and director of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, sees the benefits of the work funded through the Foundation every day. She says: “Sir Bobby was absolutely committed to this charity. He said he’d give up a year to help us but he actually remained passionately involved for the last 18 months of his life despite being extremely ill. “The way people continue to help us is amazing. It’s an incredible and very worthy tribute to Sir Bobby and an acknowledgement of just how many people are affected by cancer one way or another. “Four years ago we had no idea what we could achieve through this charity. It’s
Photograph: Sir Bobby Robson and Prof. Ruth Plummer, Medical Oncologist
amazing to look back on what has already been funded and see the difference it is making to people with cancer. “Looking to the future, we’re currently exploring a number of exciting possibilities which will enhance the services and equipment we’ve already invested in. We’re just so grateful that the support for the charity allows us to have this long term view.” The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training and always looking to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambition to help other people facing the hard fight against cancer.
Tickets: £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Wine Company Events: 01206 713560 and Milsom Hotels: 01206 322795 www.sirbobbyrobson-charitymatch.co.uk www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk Proceeds from the event will be evenly distributed between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the ITFC Charitable Trust.
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Ashton KCJ Solicitors has announced its support for three new charities. From April 2012, the firm will be supporting EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), Big C and Headway through a Charity of the Year partnership. Each year, staff at the firm vote for the charities they wish to support. The firm aims to raise at least £10,000 during the year through a range of activities, including a Wills Week, a bowling event and staff participation in local sporting events.
staff. The new premises will feature 5 high-tech consultation rooms, disabled facilities, a telephone demonstration area, a bigger waiting area, dedicated retail space and much more. To celebrate the opening The Hearing Care Centre is holding a celebratory ‘Hearing Care Open Week’ from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th May 2012, offering free hearing tests and professional advice. To book an appointment call 01473 230330.
The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, took first place at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) InterSchools County Team Show Jumping Championships at The Jays Equestrian Centre near Bury St Edmunds. The team consisting of Sophie Ainsworth, 15, Chloe Tribe, 14 and Millie Ainsworth, 13, were the last to go and all three riders completed very stylish clear rounds to go head-to-head with Woodbridge School – the only other team to go clear in the competition. After a very fast jump-off against the clock the Royal Hospital School team emerged victorious, securing first place and becoming County Champions.
Ufford Park Health Club jumped at the chance to support Sports Relief and Suffolk Sports Aid this year and organised a continuous 12 hour Rowathon in the hotel coffee lounge. Over 30 Members, Staff and Visitors helped make this possible rowing from 5 minutes upwards from 8am to 8pm. Tarnia Robertson Marketing Director of Ufford Park Hotel said ‘’We were really pleased that Joshua Tonnar was able to came up from London to support us and did an amazing 60 minutes!! And made it look effortless. Overall £600 was raised for these 2 worthy charities’’.
Following the success of last year’s Ipswich School Festival of Music, Seven Telematics have signed up once again as the major sponsor for the 2012 Festival. The week-long Festival will be taking place at Ipswich School later this year, from Thursday 20th September until Wednesday 26th September 2012, and promises to be a great attraction for music lovers across Suffolk. Warwick Dunnett, Seven Telematics’ Managing Director, said: “Seven Telematics are extremely proud to continue with their sponsorship of the Ipswich School Festival of Music. We feel strongly that music plays an important role in life, and we hope that people will take this opportunity to come and hear world class musicians play in the great acoustics of Ipswich School.” Local hearing care specialists The Hearing Care Centre have announced that they are relocating in Ipswich Town Centre, from 5 High Street to a brand new, high-tech practice at 11 Upper Brook Street. The family run company headed by Audiologist, Karen Finch, was established in 1998 and has grown to now have 18 local centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, employing 14 members of
Suffolk based consultancy company Oakmere Solutions Ltd has been appointed to work with the Historic Royal Palaces on the review and development of their education strategy. Commenting on the appointment Oakmere Director Dr Peter Funnell said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to undertaken this important work. The Historic Royal Palaces are of global significance and the educational work undertaken within them is of critical importance. There is currently much excellent practice and we look forward to supporting and developing the current offer building on our experience and understanding of heritage learning, much of it developed here in Suffolk.” 4,000 children aged between seven and nine from across the County recently visited Trinity Park for the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s School Farm and Country Fair. In its 12th year the event aims to rejuvenate and inspire the interest of Suffolk’s school children and teachers about Farming and the countryside. This hugely successful event is now regarded as one of the most enjoyable and educational visits for schoolchildren and a firm fixture in the school calendar. More stewards than ever before have agreed to
in brief give up their time to help out, with a record 196 stewards volunteering. Tuddenham Mill head chef Paul Foster recently competed in BBC2’s the Great British Menu challenge coming second in the central region. Paul said that he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to work closely with such great chefs as the region’s winner Daniel Clifford from the Midsummer House in Cambridge. The dishes prepared by Paul for the competition are currently available at Tuddenham Mill. See www.tuddenhammill.co.uk for details Adnams Copper House Distillery has triumphed again at this year’s World Spirits Competition in San Francisco after being awarded two Silver medals for our North Cove Oak-aged Vodka and First Rate Gin. Commenting on the success, Chairman Jonathan Adnams OBE said, “We are absolutely delighted to have picked up two more awards at this world-class competition. Our Copper House Distillery is still relatively new, so we are thrilled to have continued our success after receiving three medals at last year’s awards. To receive an award of this kind again gives us great pleasure and confidence that our distillery products are being judged so positively on a world stage. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a free music festival ‘Proms by the Sea’ will be held in Aldeburgh. The concert will take place just in front of the White Lion hotel next to the seafront. Starting at 6.30pm the evening will feature Stagecoach School of Music and Dance from Ipswich and a performance from immerging local operatic star, Stephanie Coombes. The 20 piece national Festival Orchestra with Nicholas Ward at the helm and Jeremy Hughes conducting will then begin the Prom Spectacular at 7.30pm with a solo performance from Rachel King. The Festival Orchestra will then take over again until to 10.30pm with a rousing finale of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and a stunning firework display. This event is the original idea of Peter Osborne of the White Lion, Aldeburgh and will be hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Terry Baxter, Breakfast Presenter. www.promsbythesea.co.uk
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what’s on May 1 Snape Maltings and in the market towns St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, of Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham 1.10pm and Aldeburgh, the Alde Valley is home to Lunchtime Concert one of the UK’s most important local food Morley Consort of Voices, conductor Peter economies. Bring your own picnic of foods Aston. A celebration of May Day and the Feast from farm shops, delis and stores in the of St Philip and James with madrigals by market towns and villages of the beautiful Thomas Morley and other sacred and secular Alde Valley. Cover charge of £5 pp, children works by English and Italian composers under 5 free. BYO chair for the world’s including Laudibus in Sanctis William Byrd longest picnic table, milled from homeAdmission free, retiring collection, grown oak. Booking necessary. refreshments available from 12.20pm (See feature on page 37) www.ipswich-church-choir.co.uk Information: 01728 663531 www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk May 1-12 New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm Bedroom Farce, By Alan Ayckbourn Ayckbourn’s classic farce shows how four couples into three bedrooms simply won’t go. Ingenious, inventive and incredibly funny. Audio Described Performance: Saturday 5 May at 2.30pm (pre-show Touch Tour at 1.30pm)Captioned Performance: Thursday 10 May at 7.45pm www.wolseythaeatre.co.uk Box Office: 01473 295900 May 1-20 White House Farm, Great Glemham, Alde Valley Spring Festival Events include Wednesday afternoon walks, evening mardles (including supper), botanical drawing, and residencies by photographer Eamonn McCabe and Byzantine icon painter Marchela Dimtrova. Special Events: • May 5 & 6 From the Land to the Sea. 4pm-6pm A celebration of new North Sea paintings by Maggi Hambling. Talk by Maggi Hambling on Sunday at 4pm. • May 12 Festival Knowledge Fair - Farm Gardening & Soils. 10am – 4pm. An open forum exploring the transition from conventional farming to farm gardening, market gardening & allotments. £10 pp inc lunch. Max 100 people. Booking necessary. • May 19 White House Farm, 10am -5pm The Big Spring Picnic - A Celebration of Local Foods in the Alde Valley. From source to sea, through the villages above 14 | placesandfaces.co.uk
May 3 Snape Maltings, 7pm Ipswich School Spring Concert Includes performances by Ipswich School Chapel Choir, School Choir, Choral Society, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Ipswich Preparatory School Chamber Choir and items sung by Years 7 and 8 Tickets: £12, concessions and pupils over 16 £8, Under 16’s £4 Box office: 01728 687 110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
Colchester Mercury, 7.30pm Alan Price One of the most talented and enduring musical artists to have emerged from the 1960s British Beat Boom takes us through his hits. Tickets: £15 - £21 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
May 3-13 New Cut Halesworth. High Tide Festival (See mini preview page 21) www.hightide.org.uk May 4 Farmers Markets Stowmarket Market Place, 9am-1.30pm Stradbroke Business & EnterpriseCollege, 9am-1pm Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, Southwold, 9am-12:30pm The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Karine Polwart Twice winner of «Best Original Song» at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards, Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
May 4 & 5 Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm and 2.30pm Bugsy Malone Presented By Stage Door Theatre Company Tickets: £12, concession £10, Child £8 Box office: 01394 282126 www.spapavilion.org May 4 -7 The Tea Hut, The River Wall, Woodbridge Festeaval (See mini preview page 22) www.festeaval.co.uk
May 5 Farmers Markets Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, 7.30pm Sudbury and Haverhill Choral Society Verdi Requiem Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01284 758000 Snape Maltings, 7pm University of Essex Choir Bach B Minor Mass The choir has been performing major choral works under the Direction of Richard Cooke for the past 30 years and the Bach B Minor Mass is one of the most complex and most glorious in their repertoire. Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
Lions Club Elmhurst Extravaganza including a range of sideshows and attractions old and modern. Information: 08458 332820 www.woodbridgelions.org.uk May 6 & 7 Darsham Old Hall, 11am – 5pm Discover Alpacas Open days at Melford Green Farm, IP17 3PR Pet and breeding Alpacas, guided walks, craft demonstrations, art exhibitions and refreshments. Information: 01728 668446 Entry: £10 per car (sorry no dogs) www.melfordgreenalpacas.co.uk
May 5-7 Shipwreck Pub, Shotley Marina, 10am-4pm Peninsula Crafts Society Exhibition Including patchwork quilts, weaving and woodturning with many items available to buy. Information: 01473 788564 May 6 Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge, 2pm
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May 7 Victory Hall, Hasketon (Nr Woodbridge), 2.30pm Plant & Book Sale In aid of Hasketon Church
your mind and challenge your brain! Tickets: £13 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk May 11 May 8 Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 9am - 12:30pm 1.10pm Southwold Farmers Market Lunchtime Concert Ensemble Chaconne Boston USA The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Peter H Bloom baroque flute, Carole Lewis The Searchers viola da gamba, Olav Chris Henriksen A remarkable career spanning 5 decades and baroque lute and English guitar. Music of total record sales well in excess of 40 million, Thomas Gainsborough’s Circle celebrating the with such classic hits as Sweets For My Sweet, Suffolk painter’s passion for music with works Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love by his friends and colleagues C F Abel, J C Away, Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In Bach, F de Giadini, J Fischer and R Straube. The Room. This concert combines anecdotes Admission free, retiring collection, and reminiscences, with all their famous refreshments available from 12.20pm hits, original album recordings, B-sides and a www.ipswich-church-choir.co.uk selection of other well-known favourites. Tickets: £18.50 May 8 & 9 Box Office: 01284 758000 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm www.theapex.co.uk Withering Looks, by Peter Gordon LipService - Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, Victory Hall, Hasketon (Nr Woodbridge), present their cult Brontë spoof. 7.15pm Tickets: £11.50 - £18.50 Talk by Chris Miller, Suffolk Punch Trust Box office: 01206 573948 Tickets: £5 includes Ploughman’s Supper www.mercurytheatre.co.uk Booking: Reserve your seat by Wednesday 9th May, call Richard Smith (01394) 388970 May 9 Waterfront Gallery, University Campus Suffolk May 11 & 12 Flood Tide Snape Maltings 5pm: A lecture by Dr John Eacott on his tidal Danza Contemporanea de Cuba sonification work. (See mini preview page 22) 6.15pm: Flood Tide performed by students Box office: 01728 687110 from Ipswich High School For Girls and www.aldeburgh.co.uk Northgate High School, followed by the private view of the exhibition Flood Tide in May 11 - 13 the Waterfront and foyer galleries of UCS. Portman Road Stadium Exhibition continues May 10th to 18th The Big ITFC Zip Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org The ITFC Charitable Trust is offering you the chance to zip wire across Portman Road Stadium. Raise £100 in sponsorship and book one of only 360 slots available. Money raised will go towards funding a new minibus for the Trust. Book: 0844 801 1555 www.thebigitfczip.co.uk
May 10 & 11 Mercury Theatre, Colchester Science Museum Live on Tour Back by popular demand, the Science Museum returns with more spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments designed to blow
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May 12 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm Roald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood Award winning Ballet Cymru, bring to life two of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, danced to outstanding and internationally recognised musical scores, commissioned by The Dahl Foundation. Tickets: Adults £15 / Children £10 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Farmers Markets Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm St Edmunds Church, Southwold, 7.30pm Leos Janáček – Pohádka (A Fairy Tale) With Charles Watt, cello and Thomas Beijer, piano Johannes Brahms – Sonata in F major, op.99 Nathan Williamson – Sonata (2011) Sergei Rachmaninov – Sonata in G minor, op.19 Tickets: £12 Box Office: 01502 726161 www.southwoldconcertseries.co.uk Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm Wolsey Orchestra Conductor: Andrew Morley Come and celebrate Wolsey Orchestra’s 40th Birthday year and the London Olympics. Javelin, the whirlwind opener, is followed by a suite of glittering, colourful music from Rimsky Korakov’s opera the Golden Cockerel. Then relax and enjoy the virtuoso piano playing of Ipswich’s Erdem Misirlioglu, now in his final year of study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3, one of the most demanding concertos in the repertoire. Tickets: £12 [£9 concessions] £5 student/ child Box office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm Star For A Night Following the huge success of Star for a Night in 2010, the organizers of this event are giving you the chance to celebrate with the cast, the diverse and highly skilled local talent of Suffolk. All the acts have competed in extensive auditions to win the opportunity to perform on the Regent Stage. The acts will come from a wide variety of entertainment genres and ages, with applications ranging from eight to 108 years! All proceeds from the event will be split between two very worthy local charities: EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice) and St Elizabeth Hospice. Tickets: £10 and £6 for concessions and children Box office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com May 12 & 13 Haughley Park, Saturday 10.30am – 6pm; Sunday 10.30am – 5pm Weird and Wonderful Wood Fine furniture, amazing sculpture, traditional and contemporary crafts, acoustic music and spontaneous performances. Meet over 60 artists and craftspeople with demonstrations
including carving and sculpture, fine designer craftsmen made furniture, musical instrument making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, as well as coracle making and wagon displays. Workshops include archery, withy work, weaving, papermaking, pole lathe turning, scrap wood, puppet making, jewellery making, den building, and Monkey-do tree climbing. www.haughleyparkbarn.co.uk May 13 Greshams Sports Club, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, 7pm Charity Quiz Night in aid of Hearing Dogs For Deaf People Organised by The Hearing Care Centre you are invited to enter teams of 4 to 6 members for a night of trivia and fun fundraising. Your team could win the top prize of £200! Entry: £3 per person (including nibbles) Tickets: Call Matthew at The Hearing Care Centre 01473 230330 or online at www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk/quiz
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May 15 St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert Ben Kearsley guitar Admission free, retiring collection, refreshments available from 12.20pm www.ipswich-church-choir.co.uk May 17 - 27 Bury St Edmunds Festival 17-27 May 2012 See mini preview Box Office: 01284 758000 www.buryfestival.co.uk May 18 Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-3.30pm Shopping Day in support of Cancer Research UK Over 15 stalls selling quality shoes, clothes, jewellery, fashion accessories, linens and much more! Light lunches available - £5 incl. wine Everyone welcome Tickets: £3 entrance to Cancer Research UK
Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am12:30pm Southwold Farmers Market May 18 & 19 Snape Maltings, 8pm and 4pm Belcea Quartet: Beethoven Cycle Belcea Quartet Tickets: £24 Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk Ipswich Museum, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Torchlight Tours @ Ipswich Museum See the museum in a new light – by torchlight! Bring your own torch and discover museum treasures. Suitable for ages 8+ Tickets: £4.50 adults, £3 children These events are very popular so booking is essential, book in advance by calling 01473 433691 May 19 Holbecks Park, 8-6pm The Hadleigh Show Promoting agricultural and country life. The main event this year is Blazing Saddles
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Stunt Team! A high energy horse team with fast and furious riding! They will perform twice -approximate times 1.45pam & 4pm. The Countryside Ring will feature Falconry, Sheep Dog work and bring your Terrier in for a spot of racing! New this year is Sheep Racing over hurdles. Tickets: £10 for adults and £25 for a family ticket on the day or £8 and £23 in advance from the website www.hadleighshow.co.uk Farmers Markets Aldeburgh Church Hall, 9am -12.30pm Needham Market, Alder Carr Farm, 9am-1pm Snape Maltings, 7.30pm Aldeburgh Music Club, Phoenix Singers: Verdi Requiem Verdi’s masterpiece storms the heavens with a stellar quartet of soloists, Aldeburgh Music Club Choir, Phoenix Singers and the Prometheus Orchestra Tickets: £20 to £35 Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk Orford Town Hall 9:30 am – 1 pm
What’s On May 19 – June 10 Suffolk Walking Festival Featuring around 30 guided outings including the new Flatford to the Fens five day, 70-mile challenge. Covering much of inland Suffolk, the festival will take in areas around Stowmarket, Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Mildenhall and Ipswich. Graded according to their level of Pettistree Hall Farm, nr Sutton, 11am–3pm difficulty, the walks range from gentle two Riding for the Disabled Open Day to three mile country rambles and meanders Pony rides, carriage rides, demonstrations through ancient villages and towns, to longer of the horses and clients working together, and more energetic outings of up to 14 miles dressage and handy pony events, plant and through Suffolk’s beautiful countryside. Many cake stalls, barbecue, music, art and craft include lunch and afternoon tea stops with a stalls and much more. chance to sample some fresh local produce, Directions: Follow the road to Bawdsey/ Shottisham, pass Woodhall Manor and follow while for others walkers are asked to bring their own picnic. Pre-booking is essential for the signs on the day all walks. Information: 01284 764667 May 19 & 20 Tickets: Some walks are free while others Stonham Barns range from £2 up to £20 per person (latter Mid Suffolk Antique and Collectables Fair includes lunch). Dogs are allowed on some There will 100s of outdoor and indoor stalls outings but must be kept on a lead at all selling an array of antiques and collectables times. with everything from, jewellery, china, stamps, militaria, linen and toys, furniture, May 22 fine art, architectural furniture, decorators St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, pieces, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac. Food Revolution Day Market To mark Food Revolution Day, an initiative to connect communities through food, a market will be held at Orford. See www.foodrevolutionday.com for details of the initiative. For details of the Orford event follow @OrfordFoodRev on twitter
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1.10pm Lunchtime Concert Colin Walsh Organist Laureate Lincoln Cathedral Allegro (Symphonie II) Vierne, Prelude, Fugue and Variation Franck, Scherzo in G minor Bossi, Rosace (Esquisses Byzantines) Mulet, Toccata in D flat Jongen Admission free, retiring collection, refreshments available from 12.20pm www.ipswich-church-choir.co.uk
May 22 & 23 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm Raison d’être: Compositions, Choreography and Collaborations This performance featuring ballet, jazz, contemporary, urban and physical theatre showcasing the ‘best’ from each year group in the Centre of Music and
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Performing Arts at Colchester Institute. Tickets £12 / £8 concessions Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk May 22 - June 1 St Clements Hospital, Ipswich Red Rose Chain presents Different Buttons A play commemorating the history of St Clements. Tickets: £16, £8 concessions Box office: 01473 603300 www.redrosechain.com May 24 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm Glenn Miller Orchestra Ray McVay leads the official Glenn Miller Orchestra through a wonderful evening of big band memories. Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony on vocals get together with the Moonlight Serenaders and The Uptown Hall Gang Tickets: £20 - £25 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with layers of percussive soundscapes and delicate bamboo flute in a spellbinding display of precise choreography & sheer athleticism. Tickets: £18, concessions £16 Box office: 01394 282126 www.spapavilion.org May 25 Farmers markets Sudbury St Peter’s Church, 9.30am-1pm Southwold Farmers Market, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12:30pm May 25 & 26 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm Essence of Ireland - Bigger and Better! Back by popular demand and now with their 20 | placesandfaces.co.uk
biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, Essence of Ireland combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic, all cleverly woven into a heartwarming tale. Tickets £20 - £25 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
May 25 - June 9 PULSE 2012 (See mini preview page 23) www.pulsefringe.com Box Office: 01473 295900 May 26 Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 7.30pm Musical Highlights for All Tastes! Presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society An evening with an accomplished group of soloists and chorus, singing everything from Bach to The Beatles. In aid of Chantry House Nursing Home Tickets: Dr Watkins 01728 453540 Farmers Markets Easton Farm Park, 9am-1pm The Pier, Southwold, 9am-1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm May 26 & 27 Henham Park, Nr Southwold Flavours of 2012 The first food and drink festival of its kind to be held at Henham Park near Southwold, this will be a great day out for the whole family in the lovely setting of the historic walled garden. Tickets: £6 per adult under 12’s free www.flavoursof2012.co.uk
May 27 Helmingham Hall Gardens, 10am-4pm Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair This is the thirteenth year of the popular plant fair held in partnership with Suffolk Plant Heritage. Tickets: £6 www.helmingham.co.uk Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, all day East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2012 Teams of up to 11 people from local companies, organisations and groups of friends race in dragon boats in aid of the St Elizabeth Hospice. For spectators there is racing every few minutes and bankside activities including a funfair, inflatables and catering stands. Information: Gable Events 01780 470718 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 28 Farmers Market Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm
May 29 St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert Philip Moore Organist Emeritus York Minster A celebration of English Organ Music I works by Ireland, F Jackson and Moore Admission free, retiring collection, refreshments available from 12.20pm www.ipswich-church-choir.co.uk May 31 - June 16 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm A Mercury Theatre Company production Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel In the Summer of 1936, in rural County Donegal, seven-year old Michael lives with his mother, her four sisters and their older brother Jack, a missionary priest returned from Africa. Life is simple, making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, what dreams do they dare to dream? Tickets: £9.50 - £21 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
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or a small market town in Suffolk, Halesworth certainly punches above its weight when it comes to theatre and culture. You just have to take a look at what’s on the programme at the sixth High Tide Festival this month and there are some staggering shows to be seen. The festival includes the European premiere of the controversial ‘The Agony And The Ecstacy Of Steve Jobs’ created and performed by Mike Daisey. There’s also the debut play ‘Clockwork’ by Laura Poliakoff, daughter of acclaimed playwright Stephen Poliakoff thought by many to be Britain’s leading TV dramatist. These plays, alongside work by Ella Hickson, Vickie Donoghue and 14 other productions aim to champion Britain’s emerging playwright talent. Every year, since it launched in 2007, the festival receives over 1,500 scripts and each one is read.
Many productions transfer from Halesworth to wider audiences in Edinburgh and other internationally acclaimed festivals. Media Partner In addition, this year there are readings, performance poetry, an installation for ‘Eisteddfod’ (a play currently being developed by Luke Barnes for Latitude Festival 2012) and a one day symposium ‘A changing Tide’ looking at the future of new writing.
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The Tea Hut, Woodbridge May 4-7 esteaval is a small boutique festival of acoustic music, vintage stalls and gourmet BBQ and food. Hosted by Blue Bus Tour and The Tea Hut this is the second Festeaval and is being headlined by Beth Orton, winner of Best British Female at the 2000 BRIT Awards. Beth, known for her ‘folktronica’ sound - a fusion of folk and electronica, has several BRIT and Mercury Music Prize nominations to her credit and has collaborated with William Orbit, the Chemical Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams and Annie Lennox. Described as a family-friendly event in addition to a line up that also includes folk duo Turin Breaks there will be fire dancers, poets, string quartets, comedy plays, magic shows, and even a little opera. For tickets and more details: www.festeaval.co.uk
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba Snape Maltings, May 11 - 12 hey are stylish, mesmerizing and dance with such intensity that you can’t take your eyes off them. Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, after overwhelming acclaim for its previous UK tour two years ago are back in the country and luckily for Suffolk dance lovers will be performing at Snape. This internationally renowned company returns with a programme including a piece by award-winning choreographer and influencer of modern dance, Itzik Galili. It will also include Carmen!, Kenneth Kvarnström’s cheeky, playful interpretation of Carmen with the music from Bizet featuring seven male dancers, and a chance to experience the incredible Mambo 3XXI.
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The Times review described it as, “Dropdead gorgeous, performed in such perfect synch, and with such sexy intensity, that you can’t tear your eyes away.” Danza Contemporánea de Cuba has for 50 years produced dancers of the highest level with a style evoking the sensual, mystical and raw heart of Cuban spirit. Collaborations with international leaders in dance have combined with the AfroCaribbean and Spanish fusions to produce an electrifying, evocative and distinctly unique expression of all that is Cuban. Box Office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk
Bury St Edmunds Festival May 17- 27 ury St Edmunds Festival is renowned for tempting top musicians to perform at the heart of Suffolk each spring attracting enthusiastic audiences from across East Anglia. This year’s festival makes the most of its historic market town setting with atmospheric venues ranging from the award-winning apex concert hall to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the glorious Abbey Gardens. The Festival is based at the apex, which has won acclaim for its superb acoustics and BBC Radio 3 will be using the 500-seat venue to record Britten Sinfonia performing during the Festival as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Encore concert series. Festival Manager, Nick Wells, has put together a packed 11-day Festival programme with the usual lively and challenging mix of contemporary and classical music, outdoor concerts, jazz, folk, film, walks, street theatre and much more. With a nod to the Olympics, the 2012 festival highlights music from around the world, notably a 1000-strong choir of school and community groups singing songs from five continents – the Americas, Africa,
Europe, Asia and Australasia - on a huge outdoor stage in the Abbey Gardens for the opening weekend. There’s also another Greene King Real Beer and Food Festival showcasing local produce, more Shakespeare in the Streets exploring the town’s secrets, and a film season of biopics at the Abbeygate Picturehouse plus the topical Not so Silent Movies with improvised music at the apex. The final weekend of the Festival will have a party atmosphere with open-air concerts in the Abbey Gardens including an ABBA
and Robbie Williams tribute night, and a glamorous finale featuring Clare Teal and the BBC Big Band celebrating the classic songs of legendary jazz divas. That’s not all, because a late but very welcome addition to the last night of the festival is a Fat Cat Special at the apex with comedy star Tim Minchin. Tickets can be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, by calling 01284 758000 or email email@example.com
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Presented by the New Wolsey Theatre May 25 - June 9 Book the show and invite your friends round to share in a celebration of beauty in all its forms and uncover the secrets that lurk beneath your visitor’s perfectly polished exterior. 13 days. Festival director Emma Bettridge says, What’s more there’s real variety on offer “This year’s festival will take audiences with performances taking place on the into a number of unexpected performance street, in homes, offices and even in a spaces but we also present work on the cupboard, as well as at the New Wolsey street – ‘Three Step Endeavour’ by Holly Theatre and New Wolsey Studio. Darton, Dot Howard and Vicki Weitz, the PULSE has commissioned two pieces UK’s first professional hopscotch team and this year – a new play by Morgan LloydMalcolm and Campsite, a new mobile venue ‘Write a Letter to a Stranger’ by Rajni Shah Projects which invites you to write a letter to dedicated to supporting unfeasible ideas a stranger and to get a letter in return. and impractical performance work. “We even have a show where the The inaugural Campsite pitch will be found audience decides if they want to pay and on St George’s Street situated inside and how much. It’s called ‘Hannah Ringham’s around a collection of vintage vehicles and Free Show (Bring Money)’ and when she caravans comprising two theatre spaces, a performed it in London she made £280.” music venue and a mini-cinema. PULSE is supported by Escalator, an Arts One of the first shows in PULSE 12 is ‘Avon Council England East initiative, which aims Calling’ by The Other Way Works, which is to identify, nurture and develop artistic performed in your home for you and up to 9 friends. heatre goers in Suffolk are in for a real treat this summer as this year’s PULSE Fringe Festival is putting on an astonishing 52 shows in just
talent in the East. “PULSE is one of the ways in which the New Wolsey identifies extraordinary new talent and helps to develop new work,” says Chief Executive Sarah Holmes. This year’s festival has been programmed to make it possible to move from one show to the next without breaking into a sweat so choose a date and book yourself a journey. www.pulsefringe.com / 01473 295900
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Get the Party Started Imagine being in charge of a party that could attract 90,000 people? Anne Gould finds out what itâ€™s like from Suffolk Show director David Nunn
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The Suffolk Show
Show director David Nunn
The show as ever is going to be something special, there will be top international showjumping, the Shetland Pony Grand National and an awe-inspiring military display from the Army Air Corps at Wattisham. n the ordinary run of things most people only get to organise a big party when there’s a wedding in the family. Most of these have only around a hundred or so guests but we all know the months of detailed planning and preparation they require. So spare a thought for David Nunn, who as the Suffolk Show director, is organising what’s quite simply the largest party in the county and more than that he’s doing the job on an entirely voluntary basis. “Some county shows have full-time directors who are employed but the Suffolk Agricultural Association don’t do it like that,” he says. If you look at the sheer volume of things on the to do list for a county show you probably wouldn’t know where to start. But luckily for David, the Suffolk Show is a
well-oiled machine, with a small team of fulltime workers at Trinity Park near Ipswich and a dedicated band of volunteer stewards. Even so he’s still got the day job – with his son he farms 1,000 acres of their own land at Stowupland, another 1,000 acres for another farmer and there’s an equestrian centre too. Show planning does take up a lot of time but David regards it as an honour not least because it gives him a real chance to make his mark on the event. Of course at this time of the year he’s literally counting down the days to June, with a real sense of anticipation and half an eye on the weather. It’s the second of his three years as show director but he’s volunteered as a steward since 1977 working first on the gates and traffic and then he moved to heavy horses. Taking on the top job has allowed him to
do a number of things – one of which is to change the layout of the rings and the ways some of the classes are judged. David, the former Master of Hounds at Easton, explained that when you ask people what they want to see at the show – it’s the events in the grand ring and the livestock. “So we moved things around so there’s more access for the public to see the animals and it’s been well received.” The other thing he is particularly keen on developing is more awareness of regional food production. So Eat Street was created where friends and families can sit around a table and choose from a wide variety of top quality meals whether it’s burgers, salads or even paella and bring it back to a central area to share. “I wanted to give people the opportunity to sample something that was from Suffolk, rather than fish and chips or
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something from a fast food van.” David also says that street theatre is something he’s very keen on and is thrilled that Titan the Robot will be returning to the show as will The Angry Gardener. “It’s the sort of thing you see at Covent Garden and people love it. It’s great to stop and watch something different as you move from one area of Trinity Park to another.” For those who love to shop there’s something new this year -the launch of Fifth Avenue, a high-end shopping village located at the heart of the show’s attractions, close to the Grand Ring. Fifth Avenue has already attracted a selection of local boutiques – so credit cards at the ready. This year the show has been moved to Thursday and Friday because of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and David says that
they would love to have a royal visitor but he thinks it’s unlikely. “The Royal family are probably just going to be too busy that particular week but I think everyone will be still be in a mood to celebrate what’s going to be a very special year for the country.” The show as ever is going to be something special, there will be top international showjumping, the Shetland Pony Grand National and an awe-inspiring military display from the Army Air Corps at Wattisham. David says the display will include Apache and Lynx helicopters and is unique to the Suffolk Show. “Nothing like it will be seen anywhere else in the UK”. Something that he’s also very proud of is the Sports Village, which is going to be bigger and better than ever – especially
appropriate in Olympic year. For the second year running the sports section has been awarded an Inspire mark and will showcase 30 different sports for people to try out including rugby, cricket, judo, hockey and cycling. The idea is that as many people as possible have a go at a sport they’ve perhaps never thought about before. There will also be an opportunity to meet some past, present and future Olympians. Thanks to the continued commitment of the Suffolk Agricultural Association to sport it’s also been chosen as one of only 12 locations in the UK to host Sir Stephen Redgrave’s ‘In The Zone’ a touring exhibition which aims to show people about the science of sport. David says that the show provides literally something for everyone – from farmers who maybe want to look over the latest bit of high tech harvesting kit, to people who just want to enjoy a great day out. “This really is a show for everyone and it’s a great party to celebrate everything that’s great about our county. I’m really looking forward to it.” Date: Thursday June 7th and Friday June 8th Tickets are available online and cost £18 for adults, under 16s are £5.50 and a family ticket for two adults, two children and a car is £40 www.suffolkshow.co.uk
Some Interesting Show Facts: The first show was in 1831 Size of showground: 360 acres Number of volunteer stewards: 350 Number of judges: 106 Number of classes to be judged over the two days: 730 Cattle on show: More than 500 Sheep at the show: 500 Horses at the show: 1,800 Livestock prizes are worth £90,000 this year Number of trade stands: 800 Number of toilets: 125 Tons of rubbish produced: 30 tonnes (half of which they plan to recycle this year) Cost of a combine harvester (the most expensive purchase at the show): £250,000
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The Restoration Game Suffolk’s architectural heritage is something that we all treasure but preserving old buildings takes a lot of love and effort. Anne Gould looks at three recent restoration projects
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isitors are always charmed by Suffolk’s picture postcard villages and market towns. They love the hotchpotch pinks and whites of our traditional colour-washed cottages, the impossibly preserved timbers of Medieval Lavenham, the twists and turns of the ancient roads in Woodbridge and splashing across fords in Kersey, Debenham and Grunsiburgh. We’ve got great manor houses a plenty, grand seaside villas and churches that are admired across the land.
Suffolk may have fared better than many other places yet there are any number of historic properties, both large and small that have been lost in towns, villages and in the countryside. Neglect, the ravages of time and the simple cost of maintaining old property have resulted in them simply disappearing. Thankfully these days we have a more enlightened approach to our architectural inheritance and restoring what once was.
A great view of the new wheel from the observation platform
The Tide Mill, Woodbridge The large white Tide Mill at the entrance to Woodbridge harbour has long been one of the most iconic sites in Suffolk - but now thanks to ceaseless campaigning it’s in a league of its own. After a £1.2million renovation by The Woodbridge Tide Mill Trust it’s now the best surviving mill of its kind in the UK. Today a new English oak wheel turns with the tide on the River Deben with the power to grind flour as it had done down the centuries until it ceased operation back in 1957. Tony Hubbard, Chairman of the Trust is absolutely thrilled that the six or so years of hard work to raise the money for the renovation has now reached fruition. “It’s really exciting re-opening the mill and we hope it will be a tremendous attraction to visitors of all ages.” He said the renovation work, which was started last June, has come about thanks to a £955,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and matched funding from Suffolk Environmental Trust, Woodbridge Community Council and a number of other organisations. Once there were about 30 to 40 tide mills
across the country but ten years ago there were only seven left. The renovation, which involved the installation of a four tonne wheel, has meant that what Suffolk has in Woodbridge is without a doubt the finest remaining example left of this aspect of our industrial heritage. Today it’s more than just a mill producing flour. Working models, audio stations and computer graphics have turned it into a living museum. There are interactive games so children can have hands-on experience of being part of history and learn the story and national significance of this mill over the centuries. Mr Hubbard said there are also plans for the Tide Mill to host special events and exhibitions in the future including workshops on bread-making and other milling related activities. A tide mill at work is a spectacle that has not been properly seen in the county for about 60 years. To ensure accuracy a consultant millwright and renowned authority on milling, Martin Watts has overseen the project and former Woodbridge school history master Mike Weaver researched and provided most of the historical facts and prepared education packs
ready for school visits. The project has taken around six years to come to fruition from the early planning stages. The Vice-chairman of the Trust and project coordinator Nigel Barratt commented “The water mill was the first real engine the world knew and until the industrial revolution the mill was a significant factor in the growth of modern England. “It is deeply satisfying that we have successfully restored this hugely important part of our industrial heritage, and secured its future for many years to come.” The renovation also included work to the foundations, replacing 300 metres of rotten weatherboarding, constructing a new walkway round the mill and adding a new toilet block. The waterwheel, which collapsed two years ago, has been replaced too with a new wheel made from English oak and made by the Lowestoft-based International Boat Building Training College. Measuring 5m x 1.5m it comprises 56 floats or paddles and 594 bolts and is thought to be the only such construction of it’s kind in the last half century. The mill has an impressive history dating back to 1170. The present mill was largely rebuilt in 1793 and was the last working mill of its kind in the UK grinding all kinds of grains: wheat, barley, oats, as well as pulses used in animal feeds for R&W Paul and other suppliers, depending on the season. Woodbridge Tide Mill will be open from May to September on a daily basis but due to the vagaries of the tide visitors are advised to check the website, www.woodbridgetidemill. org.uk, for full details of wheel turning times, openings and booking tours. >>
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It hadn’t been lived in for 18 months, the roof had collapsed and the inside was saturated with rainwater. finding out who actually owned the property. “We were asked if we were interested because he’d seen what we’d done elsewhere and knew we would be able to take on the restoration”. There wasn’t any question that they weren’t going to buy and as they’d had previous experience with home renovation they’d not only got the project management skills needed to make it a success but had valuable experience in traditional and local building techniques too. To begin with it was a matter of clearing up the property to see what was there, what could be salvaged and what would need to be replaced. Naomi said they saved everything they
could, took their time to make sure they didn’t rush any decisions and didn’t throw anything away. “What we found was a fabulous original period interior – so we converted it into two holiday cottages using original materials to retain the character but with modern plumbing, rewiring and insulation.” It really was a top to bottom renovation, the cottage had to have a new roof, new floors and all the walls had to be replastered too. “It sounds simple but we believe that you need to take time to understand any building that you are renovating and take it back to its glory days using the right materials, fittings and fixtures,” said Alex.
Their care and meticulous planning paid off though because Alex and his business partner and co-owner Simon James, ended up winning a Suffolk Coastal District Council Quality of Place award for the renovation. “It’s a good example of bringing a derelict empty house back into use - as busy holiday cottages with the guests contributing to the local economy, helping to keep our high street shops open and vibrant,” says Naomi. >>
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Since then it’s been run as a rather splendid self-catering let – it can Look out through mullioned windows accommodate up to 20 people and has been at the back of Bruisyard Hall and there’s an used for family parties, weddings and even emerging vista that might well have been conferences. familiar to the 14th century nuns who once However since Paul took over restoration lived there. of the 700 acre estate has gone one step The land has recently been cleared and further – the interior of the house, a Grade an ancient and water-filled moat has been II listed property has been upgraded with revealed, beyond which is the old carp lake modern but period appropriate décor. that is now stocked with trout. Ugly pipes have been removed, diverted In fact almost everywhere you look the hall and put out of sight – even when it’s meant reveals a past that fascinates – the window removing an entire floor of original pammets! frames themselves, now stripped back to the The whole property has been Wi-fi and TV wood had traces of original Farrow and Ball enabled but there’s not one socket or wide paint. screen TV in sight. Tucked away behind a mini cupboard is a Care has been taken to choose the right narrow hole where priests hid to escape the period colours for the walls, materials for the purge of the Reformation. curtains and even the furniture. With its four winding oak staircases, Every change has been discussed with gorgeous stone fireplaces and very sensitive English Heritage, he says – including a restoration you could half imagine that you proposal to remove a whole wall to restore are stepping back in time. the dining room to its original size. The former Abbey has been owned by the What’s astonishing though is that the Rous family for 400 years and was lived in whole transformation, including the until the 1970s but then it started to fall into landscaping outside, is being carried out decline. in tiny time slots utilising midweeks and a Then in the hurricane of 1987 one of couple of lengthier slots when there are no the chimneys fell in says current property bookings. manager Paul Daws and it was at that point The Bruisyard Hall project, which has that the restoration started to begin. already cost more than £1million also
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Suffolk People | Eamonn McCabe
Life through a lens Eamonn McCabe one of Britain’s most famous and acclaimed photographers is exhibiting at the Alde Valley Spring Festival this year. Anne Gould talked to him about his career and living in Suffolk
ere’s a man revered by photographers across the land, with an international award list as long as your arm and a portfolio to die for. He’s got a number of photographic books to his name, is a fellow of various national photographic societies, an honorary professor at Thames University, honorary doctorates from two universities, has got a number of pictures in the National Portrait Galley and is regularly on TV and radio talking about his work. His pictures from the Heyssel Stadium disaster saw him being named as News Photographer of the Year, he’s done portraits of the likes of Al Pacino, Lou Reed and Paul McCartney and he’s been Picture Editor for The Guardian newspaper. Oh and if needs be, as unfortunately is often the case
these days, he’s able to shoot a stunning double page portrait of an A list celeb within minutes despite hangers on, PRs and anonymous hotel bedrooms. So it’s almost extraordinary that there’s almost a sense of nervousness about his latest project – Back to the Land Part II - for the Alde Valley Spring Festival at White House Farm in Great Glemham. It’s a two month residency recording landscape and land work for this years festival– including the milling of oak for the River Gipping Trust’s new sluice gates and over 40 two-inch thick by 20-inch wide oak planks for the 50ft long Big Spring Picnic table. The documentary side of it, showing the felling of the trees and the craftsmen at work is all well and good but at the same time he’s
using this opportunity to do some of his own creative work as well. “I’ve got a small room in the barn and one side will show the documentary work and the other will show my interpretation of what’s going on and I think the two will go together.” Already he’s been into the woods on a number of occasions to have a look – he only lives a few miles away in Saxmundham - and the sort of shots he’ll be seeking out are those most people would ignore – things like tree stumps, wood shavings etc. “At the moment I don’t even know how to hang it and I expect that I’ll be altering prints as I go along. I do not think you can shoot this sort of stuff on the hoof, show it and say it’s great. “If I’m lucky enough to get a couple of
Eamonn’s photographs recording the construction of the ‘world’s largest’ picnic table for Back II The Land Part 2
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I was asked to do a picture of Mikhail Gorbachov when he was in power... He had a cup of coffee in front of him and as I was taking the picture I moved the cup so it was in a better place but then he said, “You can take my picture, but not my coffee”
prints for myself for the future that would be great.” There will be a real thrill if people like these pictures. “If I take a picture of Al Pacino, it’s Al Pacino. If someone likes my tree stumps it’s going to be so much more 38 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Tesco and there’s the Deli and shops on the High Street. The hotel has also just been revamped.” So how do he become a photographer in the first place? “I was a failed drummer in a band and discovered the best way to stay in touch with that world was through photography. The appeal was, “Musicians are very much their own people.” He got a job in an agency, took pictures of second of third-rate acts and then moved Photographs: A selection of Eamonn’s photographs, Top left: John Hurt Top right: Sebastian Coe on to bigger and better things – the Rolling Middle left: Marvin Hagler & Roberto Duran, Middle Stones and The Who. right: Julietter Binoche, Bottom left: Maggi Hambling In those early days he says taking pictures was something different and you could satisfying. It’s exciting to be doing a project spend time with people and photograph like this so locally.” them in their homes with their stuff round Suffolk has been Eamonn’s home for over about. 20 years now and it’s clear that he loves the Today though, he says, you often get just county. minutes – sometimes even seconds to get “To begin with we lived in Debenham your shot. “I was asked to do a picture of but I have a yearning to live by the sea. My Bill Gates and was given 30 seconds by a PR mother was from the west coast of Ireland while he walked from one door to another. I and I wonder if I have waves in my blood.” was waiting for an hour, checking my lenses With one of Maggi Hambling’s Waves and lights but when he came to it he actually pictures commanding over his front room gave me three minutes. it seems likely that it’s a real possibility. So “What I am finding different is that today when they found the right house they moved we are all in a cult of personalities but to Saxmundham, a town which he says personalities don’t have any time. “Twenty provides the best of all worlds. years ago you’d meet someone they would Aldeburgh, the sea and all it offers is just have a few glasses of wine and would cominutes away by car but Saxmundham also operate. Now you have ten minutes and has a railway station and easy access to those ten minutes are controlled by PRs.” London. “There are real people living here. Being a photographer is a strange job It was a town on its uppers for a while but because you have to be able to get on with there’s a real confidence coming back here. people and get them to do things for you in We’ve got a Waitrose, we’ll soon have a new just a few minutes.
Suffolk People | Eamonn McCabe
“I was asked to do a picture of Mikhail Gorbachov when he was in power, at the Dorchester in Hyde Park, it was a beautiful sunny day and I thought we’d be able to go outside but we were told that we would be staying in the casino where there’s no light. “He had a cup of coffee in front of him and as I was taking the picture I moved the cup so it was in a better place but then he said, “You can take my picture, but not my coffee’.” “I love taking pictures of artists in their studios and that’s how I met Maggi Hambling – I was taking her picture for The Guardian. “She opened the door of her London home and stood there in her bovver boots and coat and said , ‘You’re late. We are going for a walk’, and we went down to the river and I took her picture with her dog at the time and the detrius of the river behind. It did make a good picture. “But I have taken a picture of her in her studio since – and she put my picture on the cover of her book. That’s as good as it gets.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.eamonnmccabe.co.uk
The Alde Valley Spring Festival
The Alde Valley Spring Festival, a four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts, continues until May 20 at White House Farm, Great Glemham. Full details can be found at www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk The festival features the launch of An Artist in the Garden by Tessa Newcomb and Jason Gathorne-Hardy, new North Sea paintings by Maggi Hambling and other Suffolk artists.
There’s also to be an exhibition of Female Saints of England and Traditional Byzantine icon paintings by Marchela Dimtrova. On May 19 -The Big Spring Picnic - A Celebration of Local Foods in the Alde Valley is taking place from 10am – 5pm featuring what is thought to be for the world’s longest picnic table, milled from home-grown oak. The construction of this table forms part of Back to the Land Part II by Eamonn McCabe. Booking for the picnic is necessary as will be bringing your own chair. Tel: 01728 663 531
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Business Profile | Flawless Image
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Marianna, the exclusive St Peter’s Street boutique in Ipswich, is expanding with an exciting new ‘shoe room’. Anne Gould talks to owner Emma Lloyd to find out more about the fashion gem she has created t’s chic, it’s elegant and it’s unique and over the last eight years Marianna has built an enviable reputation as one of the best independent boutiques in Suffolk and East Anglia. Owner Emma Lloyd, with her sharp eye for fashion and emerging trends has customers travelling from across the UK for her designer clothes, jewellery and accessories. 46 | placesandfaces.co.uk
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exclusively for shoes. “It’s very exciting as I’m going to be stocking a range of designer shoes including Hoss Intropia, Lama Peach and the renowned Danish label Sofie Schnoor for which we are one of only two stockists in the UK. ” She says her aim is to stock footwear for all occasions whether it’s flat elegant pumps, a great pair of boots or embellished sandals for everyday
Business Profile | Marianna
before it was picked up by the national press following the popularity of Danish TV shows, The Killing and Borgen. She buys regularly in Oslo and Copenhagen and has a superb range of beautiful handbags from Sweden too. “Each season I travel to Scandinavia to find exclusive collections so I can offer my customers something truly special. But then like all great fashionistas Emma does like to be one-step ahead – which is why she offers her customers plenty of style advice through social media. There’s a weekly, subscription only, Marianna email newsletter which offers all sorts of advice, but there’s also regular Facebook and Twitter communications too. You’ll also often hear Emma on BBC Radio Suffolk commenting on style and fashion trends. On the charity front Emma is passionate wear, or something more sophisticated and and avoid high streets simply becoming about supporting The Suffolk Foundation dressy for parties and special occasions. clones of one another”. and regularly organises fashion shows Aimed at the 30 plus age group the idea is, In addition there’s the added bonus that on their behalf and has not only been a she says, to stock shoes (sized from 3-7) that Marianna only stocks a very limited quantity committee member for Suffolk Dog Day but are “very very wearable”. Alongside this she’s of each style, which means that if you buy sponsors a dog class every year too. also going to be selling hosiery by Falke, the an outfit, it really is very exclusive. Emma Beyond the shoe room, Emma also has iconic German brand which is simply the best also has an excellent memory and can offer other plans for Marianna with the launch of a money can buy and is normally only found in invaluable advice to customers about how new online shop later in 2012 where she will top London stores like Selfridges and Harvey a new purchase might mix and match with be selling bags, accessories, jewellery and Nichols. “The idea is that people can now existing items in their wardrobe previously fragrances. However you style it, the future come to Marianna and be dressed from top bought at Marianna. So maybe it’s hardly is certainly looking chic for Emma and her to toe,” she says. surprising that customers old and new return customers. With its cool Nordic themed décor the again and again and often comment that first floor shoe room has been kept strictly they’d like to buy half the shop! “We offer under wraps until its recent invitation a six-star service and work hard to build a only champagne launch, but customers in personal relationship with our customers, receipt of Emma’s essential weekly fashion most of whom we are on first name terms email newsletter had been given one or with. “We will open early or late for VIPs two advance hints as to what to expect. and offer champagne/breakfast because I Little wonder then that there’s been such an want my customers to really love the whole enthusiastic response. Marianna shopping experience.” Despite the economic uncertainty Of course as a busy working mum of elsewhere Marianna has in business terms two boys Emma can’t always be in two been a shining light and has gone from places at once but she says that she has strength to strength for the last eight years. two “absolutely brilliant” members of staff, Emma took over the business four years ago, Rachael Townshend and Alison Akers. after a corporate background in finance, “They’ve been with me for years and are and says that success has been all about both incredibly stylish and have an infectious providing the stylish solutions her customers and genuine love of fashion. I couldn’t do it want. A qualified image consultant she’s also without them”. able to offer women something extra by Currently she stocks over 20 designer choosing shades that suit their colouring and clothing labels including Joseph, By body shape too. “Which means whatever you Malene Birger, American Vintage, J Brand buy you know that the dress, jacket or outfit (favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge), will look absolutely stunning on you. Tucker, Ann Louise Rowald, Designers Remix “What we offer is great style for those who and Kristensen Du Nord. You’ll also find want clothing that’s beautifully cut, is of the beautiful Ortiga bath and body range fabulous quality and has been handpicked together with celebrity’s favourite jewellery, For more information: for our customers by me and not some ChloBo. www.mariannaboutique.co.uk anonymous buying team,” said Emma. “It’s The boutique has always had a very strong Twitter @MariannaIpswich vital that customers continue to support Scandinavian theme – and not just because Facebook Marianna boutique independent shops like mine so we can carry the original owner was Norwegian. Emma on offering beautiful and unique products was in on the Nordic fashion story, long Places&Faces® 47
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This month we introduce a new route from one of our favourite places The Ship at Dunwich elcome to Darcy’s 16th pub walk. What started as an idea for a few routes when we first launched the magazine has grown over the last 18 months into one of the most comprehensive selections of dog friendly pub walks in the county and from the feedback we receive, walks that many readers of Places & Faces are following and enjoying. Starting as always, in Dunwich, from the beach car park this route heads inland along leafy bridleways and through the woods of Dunwich Forest. Although much of the planted stock in this area is coniferous, giving a background of consistent pine, it is a walk with infinite variety as the hedgerows and deciduous glades constantly change with the seasons. During spring and early summer the swathes of gorse add an extra dimension with their vibrant yellow flowers and sweet aroma that always puts me in mind of tropical suntan lotions. On the return section of the route there are a couple of gentle climbs that ultimately lead to great views over Dunwich and toward the sea. There is also an interesting section of boardwalk between points 11 and 12 - straying from
the boardwalk can lead to a rather wet dog so if you are planning to get straight back in the car it is worth making sure your four legged friend is very close at hand. Summer is also a great time to make sure you visit the garden of the Ship as it is home to England’s oldest fig tree – believed to be over 600 years old – and it looks magnificent in full leaf.
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THE WALK Distance: Approx. 4.5 miles Time: 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your pace Terrain: Varied. Mainly flat, woodland paths with short gentle climb Stops: The Ship Inn Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 231 Start point OS reference: 478 706 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 placesandfaces.co.uk/dog-walks
1. Park at the beach car park in Dunwich and walk back towards
the village centre. Keeping The Ship and then the museum on you left walk through the village until you reach St. James Church. At this point the road bends to the right (ignore the junction immediately after the church) with a bridleway directly in front of you. Take the bridleway. 2. Follow the bridleway passing Walnut Tree and Apple Tree cottages on you left, and then a residence marked as Sandy Lane Farm on the map, on your right. Continue past the farm for a short while until you meet a fork in the path where you turn right. 3. Continue straight ahead along a broad open path with the tall pine trees to your right. After a short walk you will enter an area of mixed woodland and meet a sign ‘Welcome to Westleton Heath Nature Reserve’ – keep right. 4. After approx. 250 yards you will reach another sign (seeing the back of it) turn right here and follow the path for approx. 350yds to point 5. 5. Turn right at the sign ‘Public footpath over Private land’ follow this path. After a short stretch you will emerge to an open area. There are wooden horse jumps to your left and beyond the jumps, to your right a patch of gorse. The path passes behind the gorse and follows the left edge of the field. 6. At the bottom of the field the path bears left into a patch of woodland and over a wooden footbridge after which the path rises. 7. At the top of the hill you reach a bench –turn right and then keep to the left as the path forks and follow the path for approx 200yds to point 8 8. After approx. 200 yds (moving up a slight hill) the path forks. Take the right fork and follow for approx. 200yds to the track at point 9 9. Go directly over the track (do not turn right) and follow the path. Keeping straight on after approx. 100yds the path narrows and passes through a long stretch of gorse. 10. Emerging from the gorse turn right and follow the path down the hill. 11. The path passes over an area of boardwalk before emerging by Sandy Lane Farm. 12. At the farm turn left and retrace your steps back to the start of the route. Words and Photographs by: Adrian Rawlinson
Once a haunt of smugglers The Ship at Dunwich is now one of the most popular inns on the Suffolk coast. You will find: real ales, real food and real fires, comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views over the marshes to the sea, an enormous garden, and a beach that really is just a short stroll away. A perfect base from which to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, partake of some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply enjoy a pint or two of Adnams. • • • • • • •
Traditional home cooking Selection of real ales Large garden Crackling log fires 15 inviting and comfortable bedrooms Children and dogs very welcome Accommodation offers now online
Ideally situated on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just a few minutes off the A12. The Ship, Dunwich Suffolk IP17 3DT 01728 648219 firstname.lastname@example.org
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BUILDING ON SUCCESS New for 2012, Satis House has added two new ‘Garden Pod’ rooms to its already impressive accommodation. Lesley Rawlinson was the first to stay
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egular readers of Places & Faces will be familiar with one of the county’s finest country house hotels, Satis House. An 18th Century Grade II listed building set in three acres of parkland it’s an oasis of calm, an elegant retreat away from the pressures of everyday life. We’d visited before as diners, enjoying a splendid evening meal as well as a family outing for the stunning afternoon tea, however this time we were guinea pigs – the first of what I am sure will be a very long line of visitors staying in the newly constructed ‘Garden Pods’ that have been added to the accommodation choices at Satis.
Further developing an already successful hotel must be a double edged sword. While you don’t want to ‘mess’ with a formula that your regular customers like and value, keeping the offering fresh is important too. I was intrigued to see how these two new additions would complement the existing hotel building and very importantly the pretty walled garden in which they’re situated. The answer; beautifully. The timber-clad pods have been positioned at the eastern end of the walled garden, partially obscured by mature trees and as we arrived on a fine spring evening our private deck was bathed in evening sun
Short Break | Satis House
Much like Doctor Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S. the exterior belies the capacious inner and the style and quality of the décor immediately tie the new rooms to the already exacting standards on display throughout Satis House inviting us to wind down from the day with a lazy glass of wine on the terrace. Tempting as it was to simply dump the bags and kick back we ventured into our pod for a quick guided tour. My immediate impression was of a supremely spacious interior. Much like Doctor Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S. the exterior belies the capacious inner and the style and quality of the décor immediately tie the new rooms to the already exacting standards on display throughout Satis House and upheld by owners Kevin Wainwright & David Little and their dedicated team. Deep greys and opulent purples contrast with the crisp white bed linens but the new rooms aren’t just visually appealing, they’ve been well thought out and furnished to ensure that the space can be used by guests to make the most of their stay. For example the two arm chairs – substantial enough to be very comfortable but light enough to easily manoeuvre – could be positioned so that both could enjoy the views of the garden or be placed so that both could watch the TV (complete with FreeSat and built in DVD) without cluttering the natural routes around the room. The pods are also well equipped with basics you’d expect such as an iron with an ironing board and a hairdryer but add to
that a mini-bar, first class Nespresso coffee machine and air conditioning and you have a space it’s rather hard to tear yourself away from. The bathrooms too have been carefully designed with chic, modern, gleaming white porcelain plus the all important powershower and complimentary toiletries from Feel Good Formulas. A glass of house dry white, delicious Cotes de Gascgone Domaine de Grachies, soaking up the last rays of the evening sun on the deck was by now the order of the day as we contemplated the evening ahead. Eating at Satis House is always a pleasure and our meal on this visit further compounded our feelings. My menu selections of tempura cod brandade with aioli and cherry tomato compote followed by wild mushroom stroganoff with the ‘signature’ boozy pannacotta for dessert defy my vocabulary of superlatives. Foie gras parfait, trio of guinea fowl with goose fat potatoes and chocolate mousse with peanut parfait and peanut brittle to round it off were my husband’s choices and more than hit the mark. A relaxing after-dinner coffee and night-caps rounded off our meal and as we left the main hotel building to return to our room we were charmed to see the path to the pods way-marked with pretty sunken lights, guiding us back.
The following morning my husband’s first words were “I could sleep in this bed for days”. Coming from a man who regularly survives on just five or six hours sleep a night this was indeed an endorsement for the comfort of the enormous bed. We were delighted too to have some early visitors; a family of long-tailed tits, resident in the surrounding trees, were on hand to amuse just outside our windows while we welcomed the day with a coffee. After a delicious breakfast overflowing with local produce and a cup or two of Paddy & Scott’s coffee it was time to leave our Satis sanctuary. The hotel’s location makes it a perfect base point for visiting Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape and the vast swathes of beautiful Suffolk countryside between but with time on my hands I could happily stay put - lounging around the pod and in the garden, not least once the final touch has been added; screened from the view of other residents each of the garden pods is awaiting delivery of its own private Hot Tub!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.satishouse.co.uk T: (01728) 668418
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Ringing the changes With a new manager, new chef, new décor, new menu and a new name the Bell House Hotel in Saxmundham has recently re-invented itself as a stylish destination for food lovers. Adrian Rawlinson visited to see for himself he Bell House Hotel is an attractive early Victorian former coaching inn standing on the main road in the centre of Saxmundham. Part of the town since the 1800’s it has over the years had many styles, guises and degrees of popularity - new manager, Neil Gander, believes his current plans will lift the venue to new heights. Neil is a man with a passion for the world of hospitality with a pedigree in top establishments throughout both the UK and abroad. He also has a passion for wine - his 54 | placesandfaces.co.uk
aunt and uncle own their own vineyard in Portugal - and it seems from an early age appreciation is a skill that he has honed and is looking forward to sharing with his new customers through his ‘wine ramblings’ which form an integral and amusing part of the hotels wine list. Originally from North Wales Neil chose to move to Suffolk for its quality of life and for the quality of its local produce. “When you are creating great dishes, the first step is having fabulous ingredients and Suffolk is truly a great larder”. It is quite clear that
this passion for his adopted home is both genuine and contagious as his brother and now mother and father have also re-located to the county. Neil explained that the aim is to make the Bell a must visit destination for food lovers as well as a stylish environment for both locals and visitors to the area to meet and relax. When he arrived in December it was clear to Neil what he needed to do to take the hotel to its next level and the last few months have been spent ensuring those changes are in place. He has changed the team at the hotel
Dining Review | Bell House Hotel
The dining room as we were soon to discover is both elegant and welcoming with crisp white linen offset by soft lighting and on the night we visited an open fire. New Chef Josh Raven from one mainly made up of casual staff to a core team of five full time employees who understand the standards he wants to achieve. Although the development will be on going the launch of the new daytime and evening menus, devised by Chef Josh Raven, was the final stage of phase one and sampling the new dishes was the key reason for our visit. If you are familiar with the Bell Hotel of old you will notice an immediate difference as you enter the new Bell House Hotel. Gone are the rustic wooden floors and wooden chairs of the old snug replaced by a carpeted and stylishly decorated bar area where comfortable sofas and chairs make relaxation the order of the day. The dining room as we were soon to discover is both elegant and welcoming with crisp white linen offset by soft lighting and on the night we visited an open fire. As we chose our meals Neil shared his vision for the menu. “Our aim is to offer diners something different from what is currently available locally. We have created dishes with a Mediterranean feel wherever possible using the best local produce.” The result was uncomplicated and tempting with six starters and seven main courses available. To begin my wife chose the crayfish and
salmon ravioli with lemon and saffron broth and I selected lightly fried baby calamari with citrus aioli and crispy seaweed. Both dishes were excellent - the ravioli filling was ‘meaty’ and the saffron broth delicately flavoured. The calamari, a dish that can easily disappoint was beautifully tender which was in great part, it later transpired, down to a two phase cooking process used by Josh that I hadn’t previously encountered. For our main courses I continued the fish theme choosing cod in prosciutto with tagliatelle and roast tomato cream sauce and my wife the rosemary and parmesan encrusted Blythburgh pork loin chop with marsala reduction and patatas bravas. Again both meals were first rate. My substantial fillet of cod was perfectly cooked and worked beautifully with the crispy prosciutto and creamy sauce, likewise the pork loin chop was moist and flavoursome, the marsala reduction delicious and the potatas bravas were indeed for the ‘bravas’ with a noticeable kick. Having chosen our desserts we engaged in conversation with a couple from Cambridge who were enjoying a short break at the hotel. The lady volunteered that the ginger and lemon cheesecake she had just enjoyed was ‘perhaps the best dessert she had ever eaten’
It would seem that desserts are a particular strength as the rhubarb and almond crumble and the Sicilian lemon tart that we chose were both also fabulous. To accompany our meal I had chosen the Domaine de Granchies, Cotes de Gascogne ‘a tasty southern French gulper with a fantastic body’ according to Neil’s wine ramblings. He wasn’t wrong. To finish the evening we moved back to the bar area for a final coffee and once again settled in a comfy sofa reluctant to leave before we needed to. The service throughout the evening for all guests was courteous and warm and from this experience it seems that in a very short space of time Neil and his team have created a venue with the linger factor and one well worth a visit. More details Bell House Hotel 31 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF 01728 602331 www.bellhousehotelsax.co.uk Starters £5.25-£7.25 Mains £10.95 -£20.95 Side dishes £2.50 Desserts £4.95 - £7.95
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celebrate! Rob Chase
f the blanket publicity of the past few months is to be believed, summer 2012 is shaping up to be a season of celebration like no other and we should all be doing our bit to get involved. Furthermore, it would surely be a grave dereliction of our patriotic duty if we allowed the mood of national jubilation to pass us by, contributing as it does to the feel-good factor so vital to our economic health. Most of us, of course, need very little encouragement to raise our glasses in a celebratory toast (flimsy excuses in my own household have included anything from the arrival of the first swallow to finishing my monthly wine column for Places & Faces) so we tend to ensure that we keep at least one suitable bottle on standby. This year, however, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics competing for our attention, the motto is ‘be prepared’, so I feel that now might the perfect time to get ahead of the game, as it were, and acquire some sparkling reserves ready for any worthy occasion. I should point out, incidentally, that the bubbles I have in mind are those to be found in wine rather than in tonic water, although if gin is your thing (and - by all accounts - you would be in royal company if it is), ignore at your peril the tide of popularity currently being enjoyed by the Adnams ‘First Rate’ Gin. However, wine is where this column is eventually leading. It is certainly not my intention to provoke panic-buying at the pumps, as it were, but the time is rapidly approaching when the 56 | placesandfaces.co.uk
With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics competing for our attention, the motto is ‘be prepared’ evenings will be not only longer but also warmer, and a bottle of something sparkling in the fridge should really be mandatory. What do you offer the unexpected visitor – a paltry glass of Pinot Grigio? In the year of such all-enveloping celebrations, I rather think not. So - with starting pistol or Union Flag held aloft - at which end of the sparkling wine spectrum should I stand? I hesitate to define any of my choices as ‘lower-end’, so for the sake of argument let us assume that Champagne is in the Premier Division and everything else is in the Championship League. For entry-level wines, I have to recommend the very simple but quaffable Adnams Fizzes. Both the Chardonnay and the Rosé are remarkable value and at under £10, I would look no further. Spend less than this, and you may find yourself dicing with ‘heartburn’ wines. Don’t be fooled by half-price offers either: somebody (or something) is losing out and it is usually the quality of the wine. Remember, too, that an £8 bottle of Cava (or any sparkling wine for that matter) comprises £4.25 of taxes. Deduct the cost of the bottle, label, packaging etc. and you suddenly become aware that the cost of the actual wine itself is minimal. Moral of this simple calculation - don’t spill any of the wine on your hands or on the paintwork. For between £10 and £15, your money should buy you some very decent Prosecco: at this price you will get a wine with integrity and flavour. You may just about find a decent, sparkling Saumur but be aware that the acidity can be a little edgy. These Cheninbased, Loire sparklers don’t appeal to every palate but I would encourage a spot of exploration and experimentation. Useful tip:
if you don’t like what you’ve got, just add a touch of cassis or framboise – both gamechanging ingredients which can convert ghastly to good, good to delicious and fizz to a would-be Kir Royale! Just beware of being too heavy-handed with the liqueur bottle you’re not aiming to produce alcoholic Ribena and you shouldn’t need more than a splash. Then there are the Premiership ‘pretenders’ such as Cloudy Bay’s Pelorus, Chandon’s Green Point and the remarkably good new wave of English sparkling wines, which hail mostly from the Home Counties where they share the same chalk soils as Champagne. If our ability to make commercially acceptable still wines in Britain has floundered for climatic reasons, the future for our ‘Champagne wannabees’ is bright and beautiful – and fizzing with anticipation. At Adnams, we sell pretty much all we can get of West Sussex’s delightful 2006 Nyetimber, which knocks spots off cheap Champagnes and gives some of the ‘big’ names a serious run for their money. Stylistically, France’s most famous fizz and England’s emerging ‘effervescents’ are not a million miles apart, but I would venture to say that some of the English wines show more flavour and therefore more character than their cross-channel counterparts. Shock! Horror! and gasps of disbelief can be heard, but in theory we have an equally good - if not better - climate for growing suitable grapes for fizz, and technology these days is so portable that there is absolutely nothing to stop us from being world-beaters on this front. Too! So here’s to 2012 providing us with every reason to toast success and royal celebrations, as well as fantastic sparkling wines - and to drink in the atmosphere of a summer to be remembered.
Local Produce Gallery
Coddenham food store
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.
Yoxford Post Office Deli-Café
Shortlisted for the EADT Good Food Awards, Yoxford’s café-deli (the home of the Sole Bay Cheese Co.) makes the best espresso and cappucino for miles and tasty simple food using fantastic local ingredients cooked to order. In France they’d call it a café-sans-tabac. We call it the heart of the village. Stop for coffee, breakfast, lunch or tea, use our free wi-fi connection, meet friends or just post a letter. You don’t even have to live here.
Open: Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm Saturday 8am - 6pm Address: School Road, Coddenham, Suffolk IP6 9PR
Open: Monday-Saturday 9am - 5:30pm. (Post Office closes at 1pm on Weds and Sat). Address: High Street, A1120, Yoxford W: www.solebaycheese.co.uk
T: 01449 760227
T: 01728 668520
THE ARTISAN SMOKEHOUSE
An Award winning smokehouse owned by husband and wife team Tim and Gill Matthews. They pride themselves on using ethically sourced ingredients, prioritising local British producers. Their products are traditionally dry cured, using no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, then lightly smoked over Maple wood. Products are made to order, ensuring excellent quality and freshness, and include; smoked beef fillet, hot and cold smoked salmon, duck, salami, cheeses, oils, dried mushrooms and garlic.
Local Produce To Your Door. The Suffolk Providore has selected the best of East Suffolk food and drink and brought it together in an easy to use online shop so that you can conveniently buy locally and have it all delivered to you. Organic and free range meat, milk, cheese, vegetables, fruit, bread, beer, jams, chutneys and many more, The Suffolk Providore lists in excess of 600 products carefully sourced directly from over 50 Suffolk based farmers and producers.
Open: Order anytime, either online, by phone or email. Please call us for FREE DELIVERY to Suffolk Coastal Area, on orders over £15. E: email@example.com W: www.artisansmokehouse.co.uk
T: 01394 270609
Open: Order online by 9am on a Tuesday morning for us to deliver to you on a Thursday. E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.thesuffolkprovidore.co.uk
Maximus fish shop
The Wightman family have been fishing the Suffolk coast since 1890, using generations of fishing knowledge to bring line caught fish ashore every day the weather permits. Using years of industry contacts to bring the best high quality fish from low impact day boats all over the country to customers in their Friday Street shop & at farmers markets. Choose from seasonal wet fish, smoked fish & shellfish. Open: Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm and at J R Creasey butchers, Peasehall Fridays 10am -3pm Address: Unit 1, Friday Street Farm Shop, Farnham, Saxmundham, IP17 1JX E: email@example.com M: 07980 000284
T: 01728 603854 Chilli Farm Smokehouse & Deli
It’s all change this season with the ‘new’ Smokehouse & Deli. The existing chilli products are on sale along with delicious deli produce, handmade savoury tarts, a range of delicious cheeses, smoked meats and lots of gourmet accompaniments. The Bistro has a new menu too, incorporating much of the delicious produce available from the deli.
Open: Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm Address: Norwich Road (A140), Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5NQ E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.chillicompany.com
T: 01449 766677
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The Galley in Woodbridge is a family run restaurant offering fine dining in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We offer a unique lunch and dinner menu that always includes fresh local produce. For those wishing to hold a celebration or business lunch, there are private dining rooms available. Enjoy whole lobsters for just £16 in our special lobster weeks. See our website for details Fresh local asparagus is now on the menu
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
Open: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm Address: 13 Museum Street, Ipswich. Suffolk. IP1 1HE E: email@example.com W: www.arlingtonsbrasserie.com
Open: Wednesday – Sunday (closed Sunday evenings except during Bank Holiday Weekends) Lunch 12noon – 2.15pm Dinner 6.15pm – late Address: 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LX W: www.thegalley.uk.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.debeninns.co.uk
T: 01473 230293
T: 01394 380055
T: 01473 736307
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.
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.tuddenhamfountain.co.uk
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: email@example.com W: www.theangelwoodbridge.co.uk
Recently refurbished by Jazmine and Rosario the Admiral’s Head has been a pub for more than 200 years and retains its beautiful Georgian features. The menu too has been given a new lease of life with the introduction of Italian specialities including a stone based Pizza oven for authentic Italian style pizzas. Also many traditional favourites to be enjoyed. Three Adnams cask ales always on tap and a great list of Old and New World wines Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am -2.30pm and 6pm – 11pm. Food served 12.00 noon -2pm & 6pm -9pm , 9.30pm on a Friday & Saturday Address: Sandy Lane, Little Bealings, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6LW E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.theadmiralshead.com
T: 01473 785377
T: 01394 383808
T: 01473 625912
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We don’t go for anything as fancy as a “Mission Statement” or “Food Policy”, rather we aim to source the best local ingredients from the excellent producers on our doorstep, prepare great tasty food, with daily specials here on the premises, and sell it you at a reasonable price. We are equally proud of our drinks offering with 6 real ales, draught ciders & lagers, and East Anglia’s widest range of spirits, with over 70 gins you can experience something truly unique.
The admirals head
The Arboretum at Fynn Valley
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The Arboretum in Ipswich’s High Street has a well deserved reputation for providing outstanding food using the freshest local produce. Owner Head Chef Ben Taylor has now expanded his thriving operation into our Club. With delicious food and exciting new menus, served either in the cosy refurbished Courtyard Bar or spacious Restaurant, the Arboretum at Fynn Valley is the perfect place to bring family and friends for a meal. Full details can be found on our website. Open: Open lunch and evening except closed all day Monday and Sunday evenings Address: Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA E: email@example.com W: www.fynn-valley.co.uk
A beautiful 14th century half-timbered inn with cosy open fires offering a selection of local ales including Mauldons, Greene King and Adnams. We’re perfectly positioned for touring, walking and cycling in the beautiful surrounding countryside and have four comfortable bedrooms all with an elegant country air, recently awarded 3 Rosettes Silver. Our menu changes every month offering quality food at reasonable prices. Don’t miss the Sunday roast menu with our famous leek sauce! Dogs welcome. Open: Tuesday - Saturday: 12 noon to 3pm - 6pm to 11pm. Sunday: 12 noon to 6pm Address: 37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.thepeacockchelsworth.com
Satis House is a Grade II listed Georgian property offering a two rosette modern British restaurant that prides itself on sourcing local seasonal produce. Set in three acres of beautiful parkland you can choose to stay, eat or drink enjoying a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With modern conveniences in 18th Century splendour, the hotel accommodation includes tastefully furnished bedrooms with some featuring four poster-beds and antique bathrooms. Open: Lunches and afternoon teas: Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm, daily for Dinner: 6.30pm till 11.00pm Address: Main Road A12, Yoxford, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3EX E: email@example.com W: www.satishouse.co.uk
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The Coach & Horses
Under new ownership The Sutton Plough has an exciting new menu using properly sourced local ingredients offering excellent value quality food in a relaxed country environment. Whether eating with us or having a quiet drink lounging on our leather sofas you will find the Plough a welcoming and comfortable venue. The Sutton Plough is family and dog friendly and is just 10 minutes from Woodbridge. For full details and menus see our website.
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 lunch two courses for £13 and three for £16.
Open: Food served Monday – Saturday 12 – 2.30pm 6 - 9pm. Sunday lunch 12 - 4pm Address: Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DU E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.thesuttonplough.co.uk
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: www.grundisburghdog.co.uk
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: email@example.com W: www.debeninns.co.uk
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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.
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CELEBRATING the season’s best
Delight your dinner party guests with these Suffolk inspired canapes – a favourite from Trinity Park’s Steve Carroll teve Carroll fell in love with Suffolk after visiting his brother in Woodbridge on a holiday. Within three months he had moved to Suffolk and settled in Rendlesham. He started his Suffolk career with the National Trust and was charged with setting up the Sutton Hoo café. He then went on to have input at both Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Hall before being appointed as Head Chef at Trinity Park in 2009. Steve was attracted to Trinity Park because of their links to local farmers. “We have a close working relationship with many Suffolk Agricultural Association members such as 60 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Kerr Farms. I can place an order directly with them and know the asparagus will be picked that morning and delivered straight to my kitchen.” This perfectionist attitude is clearly apparent in Steve’s kitchen too. “I like to be busy but not stressed, and to get that balance you have to be organised, dedicated and disciplined. You need to be prepared, especially when you’re working on a large scale like we do in the Events Centre catering for up to 400 people.’ In response to requests from customers, the Trinity Park team now offer a private dining service in the privacy of client’s own
homes, with a range of options from an intimate lunch to a grand private party. Steve visits clients at home to discuss their ideas and writes bespoke menus to suit the occasion and setting. Asparagus is one of Steve’s favourite ingredients. This wonderful local product is available throughout its eight week season at the Suffolk Food Hall and will be featured on ‘Eat Street’ at this year’s Suffolk Show which takes place on 7 & 8th June . To enquire about Trinity Park’s Private Dining, call 01473 707121.
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Asparagus spear spirals (Makes 12) Ingredients 12 spears of raw trimmed asparagus 3 tbsp sundried tomato tapenade (any pesto or tapenade will do) 1 free range egg, beaten to make an egg wash 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese Ready made puff pasty sheets Flour for dusting Cracked black pepper and sea salt Hill Farm garlic mayonnaise METHOD 1. Heat oven to 190oC 2. Flour table and roll out puff pastry to a rectangle approx. 4 mm thick . 3. Spread on the sundried tomato tapenade, sprinkle generously with parmesan and season 4. Cut 7mm wide strips of pastry and spiral around an asparagus spear. 5. Brush lightly with egg wash, sprinkle with some more parmesan and seasoning 6. Repeat the procedure with all of the asparagus spears 7. Bake in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes until the pastry has risen and is golden brown 8. Serve warm with some Hill Farm garlic mayonnaise as a dip
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and asparagus rolls (Makes 18) Ingredients 300g smoked salmon 10 cooked asparagus stems (cooked al dente, tips removed and saved for next recipe ) Small tub of cream cheese
Bunch of fresh dill cracked black pepper black lumpfish roe ( for decoration) Packet of blinis (optional) Seasoning METHOD 1. Place a slice of smoked salmon onto cling film 2. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese onto the smoked salmon and, season. 3. Lay an aspargus spear across centre of the smoked salmon 4. Carefully lifting the cling film, wrap the smoked salmon around asparagus stem so that it resembles a pipe. 5. Twist both ends of the cling film to seal the ends 6. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill. Remove from the freezer, and remove the clingfilm. 7. Cut into 3cm lengths using a sharp knife. Decorate with a drizzle of lumpfish and a sprig of dill. 8. To create a more substantial canapé place the cut lengths onto individual 4cm blinis
Asparagus tips and goat’s cheese on rye (Makes 12) Ingredients 100g creamy goats cheese (any soft flavoured cheese is ok) 50g soft cream cheese Cracked black pepper 500g pkt of sliced rye, mixed grain or pumpernickel bread 12 cooked asparagus tips (cooked al dente; retained from previous recipe) 6 quails’ eggs Celery salt 25g pkt prosciutto di parma 3 cherry tomatoes, quartered Bottle of balsamic glaze
METHOD 1. Cut the rye bread into 4cm squares Hard boil and cool the qualis’ eggs, and shell; place to one side 2. Blend goats cheese and cream cheese until a smooth piping consistency, season to taste Pipe a rosette of the cheese mix onto the bread squares 3. Take a slice of prosciutto and cut into strips 2cm wide 4. Wrap an asparagus spear with a strip of prosciutto and rest on the cheese mix and bread 5. Cut a quails’ egg in half , sprinkle with celery salt, and place next to the asparagus spear on the bread. 6. For a vegetarian alternative use a plain asparagus spear with a quarter of a de seeded cherry tomato, drizzled with a few drops of balsamic vinegar syrup.
Chef’s tips To preserve the beautiful green of fresh asparagus, cook to an al dente consistency in boiling water for a few minutes and then immediately drain and plunge into iced water. When cooking quails’ eggs, add some vinegar to the boiling water to make pealing easier Hold a raw asparagus spear about 2 cm below the tip and at the bottom of the stem and bend. The naturally woody, inedible part of the stem should naturally break off, leaving the thinner tastier stem.
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account or for other firms who might not have an experienced auctioneer within their midst. He was telling me how he would be selling two hundred or so Lots of both commercial and residential property on the following day – at a rate of one Lot per minute! This approach contrasted dramatically with many sales where the auctioneer has the chance to remind purchasers of the attributes or the potential of a property and create an atmosphere conducive to extracting the most one can from the competing bidders. A ‘speed selling’ approach certainly sharpens the mind of a buyer on the basis of ‘blink and you might miss it’! – But does it give the buyers thinking time to consider that extra bid? One of the plusses for the auctioneer these days is that you do not have to face a barrage of questions from the room, possibly on some occasions specifically designed to plant seeds of doubt in the
minds of potential competitors. Some years ago, prior to the bidding getting underway at a property auction I was asked “Are you aware of the public footpath, which is frequently used, and runs alongside the boundary?”. My firm, yet robust reply, along the following lines, seemed to clear the air! “Yes I am, thank you, and all the interested parties and their advisors in the Saleroom should be too, as it is clearly marked on the site plan in the particulars”. However, one of the best exchanges I heard while chatting with Guy emanates from a prominent Yorkshire auctioneer who was asked if he knew about the proximity of a Military Airfield to the property he was selling. The auctioneer was able to report he was fully aware of the facility, had been to inspect it and was happy to confirm the planes were all ours! A excellent example of knowing your subject and being properly prepared!
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GARDENING IN THE DROUGHT Catherine Horwood is a Suffolk-based gardening writer and author. This month she share her tips for gardening in drought conditions with Places&Faces®
hose of us who garden in East Anglia are no strangers to dealing with lack of rainfall. We could all see that the recently introduced hosepipe bans were inevitable. But there are basic precautions everyone can take that will help protect precious plants however long these restrictions might last.
• Hopefully everyone has water butts installed wherever possible. But what do you do if you have no rain to fill them with? Or no way of storing rainwater? Many Suffolk houses with thatched roofs don’t have guttering, and boreholes and underground reservoirs are expensive options. In all cases, you might want to use ‘grey’ water from washing up bowls and baths instead. Remember that ‘grey’ water should be used immediately. It will get smelly if left in water butts. An important point often ignored by gardeners, if you have a whole house water softener, there will be too much salt in the water to use on plants. • Don’t feel you have to water everything in the garden. Grass is tough and will always recover. Prioritise newly planted trees and shrubs. Trees particularly need regular watering for the first two years. Keep the water for those that really need it to survive such as vegetables, clematis, delphiniums and dahlias. Use waterretaining crystals when planting. • The way you water plants is crucial. A soaking once a week is better than daily dribbles. The aim is to get water down to the roots not just scattered on the top layer of the soil. One way to help this happen is to make a little dam with soil 66 | placesandfaces.co.uk
around precious plants to ensure that water goes straight down to the roots. Another way, particularly useful in the vegetable garden or around moisture loving plants such as dahlias, is to cut the bottoms off plastic drinks bottles, remove the lid and sink them upside down in the soil next to the plant angled towards the roots for direct filling.
may want to give some shrubs a summer prune as well to stop them becoming stressed.
• Review your planting strategies. Don’t think you have to forego hanging baskets this year. Just choose new plants adapted to drought. Plants such as greyfoliaged sages, lavenders, santolina, or succulents such as aeoniums, sedums and sempervivums can be used in pots • Mulching on dry soil can lock in problems so always water carefully before and hanging baskets as well. Be relieved that water-hungry Busy Lizzies are not putting moisture-retaining material particularly around new plantings. Hedge being grown at all this year because prunings, especially once they have been of a virus and revisit drought-tolerant through a shredder, make great mulches. pelargoniums. If scarlet bedding isn’t for you, there are dozens of beautiful Don’t let the soil get weedy – keep any scented-leaved varieties such as ‘Sweet moisture for your own plants. Mimosa’ that give the double whammy of charming flowers and scented leaves. • Consider giving late flowering herbaceous plants that are growing well, such as sedums, asters, chrysanthemums, • Next year may be different – or maybe not. Think long term. Be inspired by phlox and heleniums, the ‘Chelsea chop’. Beth Chatto’s famous gravel garden at Cutting them back by half at the end Elmstead Market which hasn’t been of May will slow transpiration and they watered for eighteen years. Superb soil will make better, bushier plants as well. preparation is the key to this type of If the drought persists into summer, you
gardening, something practised by Matthew Wilson, Channel 4’s Landscape Man, as well when he created a dry garden at RHS Hyde Hall. And finally, support Suffolk gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme and see how these owners are coping with keeping their gardens up to the Yellow Book’s high standards.
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Garden open from 12noon – 5pm Admission £3, children free Homemade teas Old Hall Green Gardens, Cockfield IP30 0LQ Three gardens open 11am – 5pm Combined admission £4, children free Homemade Teas The Priory, Stoke-by-Nayland CO6 4RL Garden open from 2pm – 5pm Admission £4, children free Light refreshments and homemade teas
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Sunday May 6 Moat House, Little Saxham, Bury St. Edmunds IP29 5LE Garden open from 1pm - 5pm Admission £3.50, children free Homemade teas Monday May 7 Bevills, Sudbury Road, Bures CO8 5JW Garden open from 2pm - 5pm Admission £4, children free Homemade teas Saturday May 12 Wyken Hall, Stanton IP31 2DW Garden open from 12 - 6pm - Admission £4, concessions £3.50, children free Teas in teashop Sunday May 13 Columbine Hall, Stowupland IP14 4AT Garden open from 2pm - 6pm Admission £4, children free Homemade teas East Bergholt Place, East Bergholt CO7 6UP Garden Open 2pm - 5pm Admission £6, children free Teas
Horringer Hill House, Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 2EE Garden open 2pm - 6pm Admission £4, children free Homemade Teas Netherholme Barn, Long Green, Wortham, Diss IP22 1PU Garden open from 9.30am – 6pm Admission £3 children free Light refreshments and Homemade teas South Hill, 42 Southgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 2AZ Garden open from 11am – 5pm Admission £3, children free Homemade teas Street Farm, North Street, Freckenham IP28 8HY Garden open from 10am – 5pm Admission £4, children free Light refreshments and teas Wyken Hall, Stanton IP31 2DW Garden open from 12 noon – 6pm Admission £4, concessions £3.50, children free Teas in teashop Sunday May 20 The Coach House, Church Road, Mendlesham IP14 5SF
Rosedale, Colchester Road, Bures CO8 5AE Garden open from 12- 5.30pm Admission £3, children free Homemade teas Windmill Cottage, Mill Hill, Capel St. Mary IP9 2JE Garden open 2pm – 5pm Admission £3, children free Homemade teas Friday May 25 Woottens, Wenhaston IP19 9HD Garden open 9am – 5pm Admission £1, children free Saturday May 26 Woottens, Wenhaston IP19 9HD Garden open 9.30am – 5pm Admission £1, children free Sunday May 27 Woodwards, Blacksmiths Lane, Coddenham IP6 9TX Garden open 10am – 6pm Admission £2.50, children free Homemade teas Woottens, Wenhaston IP19 9HD Garden open 9.30am – 5pm Admission £1, children free Monday May 28 Woottens, Wenhaston IP19 9HD Garden open 9.30am – 5pm Admission £1, children free
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THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY Celebrity gardener David Domoney has been dubbed ‘The Gardener’s Gardener’ by Alan Titchmarsh and is a regular TV expert. Here are his tips for May
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Herbs If you like cooking with herbs now is a good time for planting a large container with several of your favourites to keep near the kitchen. Chives, mint, parsley, basil, and rosemary are ideal for a container herb garden. As the herbs grow, pick the new leaves regularly to keep the plants bushy and producing fresh new leaves. With mint, don’t remove the pot before planting - just place the plant complete with pot into the soil. Mint can very easily take over a herb garden and this will restrict its roots and keep it contained.
Weeding and Hoeing your garden With the weather getting warmer in May you’ll hopefully find that you’re making use of your garden much more. Your soil can often suffer from foot traffic and mowing however, and can become compacted. It’s a good idea to aerate it with a fork every so often to counteract this. Use a hoe to get rid of pesky weeds. Be sure to do this on a warm dry day, so that it damages the weeds before they have chance to re-root.
Old hedges & neighbouring boundaries tend to be a constant source of weeds. If you dig a trench about 18 inches (45 cm) deep in front of these and then line the trench with polythene this will stop Climbing plants make great additions to your garden and patio area; they provide the weed roots from spreading out and height and interest, especially if you need invading your garden. to disguise an unsightly wall, shed or Trim your hedges other unwelcome feature. They can also be grown through the branches of living Spring also brings with it the prime time trees to add some contrast and colour. for shaping and trimming your hedges. When cutting a box hedge or topiary You will notice climbing plants growing rapidly this month so make sure that you make sure that the cutting blades are sharp or the leaf edges will be damaged tie them back to keep them tidy, and and turn the plant brown. Make sure you growing in the right direction. You can check the hedge before cutting for any either tie them to a trellis or introduce nesting birds that might have taken up stakes and frames to help bring them residence in there! under control. Climbing plants are great garden additions but remember to keep them tidy
Plant up summer hanging baskets and containers May is the time to think about a riot of colour for the borders, patio containers and hanging baskets. Start planning your colour schemes for baskets and containers now and towards the end of May you can plant them up, keeping them sheltered in a greenhouse or conservatory until the last risk of frost has passed. Gradually introduce them outside during the day to harden the plants off until they can be left in place to brighten up the patio and garden for the whole summer. Planting hanging baskets can be really rewarding and they bring lots of colour and pleasure throughout the summer months. There are a couple of different categories of basket to choose from. One is a tub, which really is any solid sided container, and the other is the traditional wired basket which is lined with moss. Remember that with a lot of these annual summer flowering plants it is best to site them in a sunny position to make sure that they are perpetually flowering and reaching their maximum potential. I find it is also best to liquid feed your plants once every week or ten days while they’re growing too.
Tending to your lawn
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Spring time means that it’s time to tend to your lawn again, as the warmer weather causes it to grow quicker, so it will need mowing weekly during May. Make sure not to cut it too short though (leaving it at least 1.5 inch long), as this will discourage germination of weeds. If you haven’t already done so the previous month, May is also a good time to give your lawn a good feed with a fully balanced spring fertiliser.
It’s time to start enjoying your garden and the fruits of your labour, so why not throw some garden parties this May? Gazeboes, awnings, patio heaters and fire pits can make a big difference, making sure the party can still go ahead if it showers, and will keep you warm when the sun goes down. Garden lighting will really add to your garden’s atmosphere during the evening and tree lights, solar lights, candles and lanterns placed among the plants will create a very special ambience.
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GARDENING TIPS… WITH A DIFFERENCE! David Demoney has spent many years researching unfamiliar feeding techniques, hints and tips on caring for plants with unusual objects. So if you are looking for a quirky way of looking after your plants and entertaining chat around the dinner table why not try these out
Aspirin If you’ve got a vase of wilting blooms, a tablet of Aspirin will re-stiffen your blooms for another day or so. Broom A broom is fantastic for watering. I kid you not. It’s not the broom bristles themselves it’s the other end, the broom handle. Normally when you water plants that are very, very dry you get that crust due to the heat on the soil and the water just seems to just roll off the surface of the soil. Using a broom handle, poke a few holes around your containers and shrubs in the border and it effectively increases your effectiveness of watering. Beer Beer is pretty good in three ways. One, you can actually use beer as a foliar feed for house plants, particularly any glossy leaved houseplants. Two, you can fill half a cup with beer and sink the cup into the soil. It is like a dinner bell for slugs and snails, they are attracted to the beer, and they fall down into the beer and drown. What a way to go! Finally, if you’ve designed your garden and you are standing out there and surveying the scene and you don’t like it. Drink a lot of beer and I can tell you the garden looks one heck of a lot better. Eggs Eggs help in a variety of different ways, it is not the content of the eggs it is in fact the shells themselves that help the keen gardener. Put egg shells into a bucket of water, 72 | placesandfaces.co.uk
leave to stand for at least ten days and then use that water for your tubs and containers. It has a very high calcium content and minor trace minerals too. You can also break up egg shells and put them in the bottom of your basket of tubs to add content that the plant needs. You can use the egg shells to sprinkle over sensitive plants like Busy Lizzies, Mesembrianthems etc. that the slugs love. The slugs hate crawling over sharp items; it is like you or me having a stone in our shoe. They hate it, so it is a great deterrent against slugs. I love this option. Teabags A great plant food. Use unused tea from the pot to water plants, it is a very good source of nitrogen, and it is also quite acidic. It is very good for those Azaleas on the windowsill. Another option is to use teabags broken up in the bottom of hanging baskets, window boxes or containers. Teabags & Ralgex Something different is the use of Ralgex and teabags. Perhaps you have difficulty with the neighbours’ cats coming into your garden and are looking for a humane way of deterring them from visiting. Spray the Ralgex over the teabags and put them in the places where cats come into your garden. Maybe down by the shed, or a
little spot at the end of the border or on the grass. The cats come, get a whiff of something that they don’t like, meow and off they go. It doesn’t harm the cats at all it just acts as a deterrent. Nails Nails are really good plant food, not the galvanised ones though as they will not work. We are looking for nails that will rust. Push them into your plant pots with Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias or Heathers and they break down producing iron. Nails are very good if you got a very limey soil because lime locks out the plant’s ability to take up iron. Those Brillo pads or anything that rusts is good, you can drop them all into a bucket of water, wait till it turns rusty brown and water accordingly. Washing up liquid A great emergency fix if you suddenly get an attack of Blackfly or Greenfly in the garden. Simply add a bit of washingup liquid into one of the little hand held misters and then spray over your plants. The detergent means that the bugs cannot actually hold onto the stem and slowly slip away and fall to the ground. A lot of eco environmentally friendly insecticides have this detergent base and it works as a pretty good quick fix to protect your plants during an infestation of green or black fly. Cat food Cat food is another great carer for the garden. Basically it’s not for the cat but putting a few bowls out of cat food attracts hedgehogs which eat loads and loads of slugs and snails. Frogs and toads also devour slugs and snails. So by having little frog and toad boxes in the
garden also helps to fight against slugs and snails. Secondly, you can also put the cat food into a bowl and place it into the garden and it does attract all the slugs and snails to eat the cat food itself. All you need to do then is collect them all up and tip them into the bin. Bananas A great source of potassium for roses. Some people also use them with tomatoes too, it is not the banana itself it is the skin that does the trick. Peel the bananas, cut up the skin and lay them fleshy side down at the base of your roses and it will do them a treat. Soap Soap is fantastic. For any of you who plant bulbs and then all of a sudden those cheeky squirrels dig down and
scoff your bulbs, it’s a pain. Literarily plant your bulb, grate the soap using your cheese grater over the bulb and surrounding area. The squirrels visit the bulb area on a day out just after you planted them. As they dig down for lunch they get a taste of detergent and go to the next-door neighbours’ restaurant to eat there. Ice Cubes Ice cubes are a great little mini quick fix irrigation system. You may have just planted your hanging baskets or your containers and it’s a blistering hot day and you need to go out. Perhaps you are worried the plants will dry out, all you need to do is get hold of a carrier bag. Poke the bag to make a couple of holes in the base of the carrier bag, put in your ice cubes, tie a knot and rest it on the surface of the soil. Make sure of course that the ice cubes don’t
touch any of the plants and as the day progresses and the heat rises they slowly melt and provide that essential amount of water to keep you plants growing. Light bulbs Light bulbs are also a pretty good example on how to take care of your plant bulbs. Believe it or not putting a flower bulb, in exactly the same way as you put a light bulb in is crucial to make sure the flower bulb survives. When you put a bayonet light bulb in you ‘push and twist’. If you do the same with your flower bulbs, tulips, daffodils or hyacinths you should push and twist to make sure the base of the bulb is down to the base of the soil. Now water it in, and it roots itself so that each and every one of them will flower.
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Places&Faces® | May 2012
Hip implant issues –
separating fact from fiction
SandraPatton Ashton KCJ
uffolk’s population continues to grow and the proportion of over 65s in the county has been projected by statisticians to increase by 49% between 2001 and 2021. It is hardly surprising therefore that most of us know a friend, relative or neighbour who has had a hip replacement even if we haven’t yet needed one ourselves. There has been much publicity in recent months about faulty implants, some of it worrying, some of it helpful, but much of it confusing. So, what is the current situation and what can people do about it if they have concerns?
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The recent concerns have been raised about metal on metal hip implants, those which have both metal balls and metal sockets. Some 41,000 of these have been fitted nationally since the 1990s. What problems are caused? The problems arise when friction between the metal ball and socket causes tiny metal fragments to break off. In some cases this appears to have caused blood poisoning, pain, muscle damage and even damage to organs. However, the evidence does not support recent suggestions that they might increase the risk of cancer. What can be done to correct the position? It is generally possible to have revision surgery when problems are identified. The starting point for anyone who thinks they have a metal on metal implant, and is concerned, is to contact their surgeon. Blood tests and scans are likely to follow which will identify any issues. Where patients have been fitted with hips manufactured by Du Puy, an organisation
which had its implants banned in 2010, they can also be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses through a specific scheme for those affected by implant problems. Compensation for other losses Where someone has been permanently disabled by a faulty hip joint and perhaps needs additional long-term care, or has been unable to return to work and has lost earnings, or has suffered undue pain, they would need to seek legal advice in order to obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. Ashton KCJ’s medical injury team is recognised as a regional leader in this specialist area and is already advising a number of clients with implant-related issues. For individual advice contact Sandra Patton on 01473 232425 or email email@example.com . This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice.
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SWAN’S NEST Facts Location: Westerfield Price: £1.1million Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Historic home close to Ipswich ust two miles to the north of Ipswich the Swan’s Nest is a beautiful sixbedroom property that would make an ideal family home – especially for tennis fans. Standing in three acres of ground it’s a Grade II listed building and recent research carried out by Leigh Alston, an architectural historian, suggests that the property dates from Tudor times, with extensions and alterations during the late 18th and early 20th centuries. It’s beautifully appointed and has been maintained to a high standard and offers light and well laid out family accommodation with
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many of the rooms enjoying fine views over the garden. Downstairs there are two elegant reception rooms with working fireplaces, plus a sitting room with gas flame fire and a comfortable conservatory. The spacious fitted kitchen has an Aga there’s an adjacent utility room and a wine cellar. The first floor is approached by an oak main staircases and a back staircase to the sixth bedroom/study. The central landing accesses the five main bedrooms and four well equipped bathrooms (three of which are en suite), together with the sixth bedroom,
which is currently used as a study. Outside Swans Nest boats delightful mature and well maintained gardens. To the front is an attractive natural pond and a paved path leads around the house to the sun trap south and west facing terraces. Beyond the main gardens are enclosed by hedgerows and fencing and feature well maintained lawns interspersed with a series of shaped, herbaceous and shrub beds. And for sports enthusiasts there’s also a levelled croquet lawn and a sheltered hard tennis court overlooked by a pavilion.
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26 CHURCH STREET WOODBRIDGE SUFFOLK IP12 1DP
An award winning family house of stunning contemporary design with views to the River Deben Set in about 1.6 acres sts the house provides over 8,000 sq. ft. of versatile and wonderfully bright space with sliding glazed doors opening onto terraces and balconies 6 Bedrooms - 4 Bath/Shower Rooms - Gym Home Cinema & Games Room - Nanny Flat Swimming Pool - Studio Annexe
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Guide Price ÂŁ2.95m
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Charming Barn with fantastic views, outbuildings & gardens well in excess of 1 acre (sts) Key Features: 3 bedrooms ■ 2 reception rooms ■ kitchen/breakfast room ■ boot room ■ several outbuildings ■ gardens in excess of 1 acre (sts)
A substantial family village home with large garden overlooking fields Key Features: 4 bedrooms ■ 2 reception rooms ■ study ■ kitchen/breakfast room ■ utility room ■ En suite & dressing room to principal bedroom ■ bathroom ■ detached garage/workshop ■ gardens 3/4 acre (sts)
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Recently constructed and situated in this sought after location is this deceptively spacious family home 4 bedrooms | 2 receptions rooms | kitchen | utility room | cloakroom | master bedroom with en-suite | bathroom | detached garage | parking | approaching 1/4 of an acre
A beautifully presented detached family home situated on an exclusive development known as The Orchard within the popular village of Ringshall 4 bedrooms | 2 reception rooms | kitchen/breakfast room | utility | cloakroom | master bedroom with dressing area & en-suite | family bathroom | oil-fired central heating | landscaped rear garden | double garage | parking
An attractive Grade II listed Period cottage situated in a rural location within grounds extending to approx. 2.75 acres with views over the undulating countryside 4 bedrooms | 2 reception rooms | dining area | kitchen/breakfast room | utility room | cloakroom | 3 shower rooms | family bathroom | garage | stables | range of outbuildings
Guide Price £425,000
Situated on the edge of this sought-after village, is this unique semi-detached cottage with grounds in excess of half an acre 4 bedrooms | 3 reception rooms | kitchen | utility room | 3 bathrooms | oil-fired heating | upvc double-glazing | range of outbuildings including stables and tack room | paddock | double garage | workshop
Guide Price £375,000
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Tower End House Facts Location: Melton Price: £670,000 Agent: Fine & Country Woodbridge
PANORAMIC VIEWS A unique character property with architectural and historic intrest
ertain homes have innate gravitas and Tower End House in Melton is one such property. This beautifully attached 19th century Grade II listed home offers far reaching views towards Sutton Hoo and the River Deben towards Woodbridge from the top room of its tower – not a boast that many properties can make and a feature that is sure to interest anyone looking for a home with individuality. Forming part of a larger property formerly known as Melton Towers it is built of solid red brick in an English Baronial style built under a plain tiled roof and crowstepped gable end with adjoining three storey tower with embattlement roofs. Described as having ’special architectural and historic interest’
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the property has two separate gardens, one being adjacent to the main house, the second being a large secluded, part walled garden by St Andrew’s Church. Inside there is ample accommodation with reception hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom and WC all found on the ground floor. In the basement there is a utility and study/games room and on the first floor there are three good sized bedrooms and family bathroom. The second floor is home to a fourth bedroom with en-suite, and an attic room. Finally on the third floor there is the tower room/studio with panoramic views over the local area.
In addition to the main house part of the original stable block forms the Coach House Cottage. This has its own utilities, can be used as separate accommodation relating to the main residence and has planning permission for holiday letting. Beneath the cottage is large garage. The property has been meticulously maintained by the current owners and is in excellent decorative order throughout. Features such as the Suffolk brick flooring in the entrance hall and kitchen along with beamed ceilings and large open red brick fireplace with large copper hood in the sitting room make this a home of enchanting character.
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A Grade II Listed country house dating from the early 1700’s, standing in mature part-walled gardens. 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room. 4 bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, shower room & family bathroom. Attic bedroom 5 & 6. Annexe. Garaging. Stream, orchard. In all, about 1.5 acres.
A stunning barn conversion with a contemporary interior, offering light & bright accommodation, with spectacular countryside views. Open plan kitchen/breakfast/ living area, first floor drawing room, 4 bedrooms, 2 with en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom, study/bedroom 5. Double garage. Extensive terrace, gardens & grounds. In all, about 3.5 acres.
A picturesque & elegantly presented Grade II Listed farmhouse, overlooking the Shawsgate Vineyard with a flexible use annexe. 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Garaging/ store barn. Formal & open gardens. In all, about 1 acre.
A thoroughly restored, picturesque & well presented Grade II Listed 17th century farmhouse, set close to the popular village of Holbrook. 3 reception rooms, farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, basement games room/bedroom 5. 4 bedrooms & study landing. Luxury period bathroom & en-suite shower room, ground floor shower room. Double garaging. Secluded gardens. In all, about 0.33 of an acre.
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59 Low Street Facts Location: Benhall, Saxmundham Price: ÂŁ345,000 Agent: Jennie Jones Saxmundham
Heritage Coast Cottage Ideal for green fingered enthusiasts
he heritage coast for many is the jewel in Suffolkâ€™s crown and this three bedroom semi-detached estate cottage situated in Benhall Low Street is ideally situated for someone wanting to live in the area. The cottage sits within easy reach of Aldeburgh, Southwold and the market towns of Framlingham and Saxmundham with its excellent range of local amenities including a Waitrose supermarket and a railway station with connecting services to London. Originally Victorian the cottage has had later additions. Heated by oil fired radiators and fully double glazed the property benefits from fireplaces a bay windowed sitting room and a delightful and well- appointed open plan kitchen/dining room. There is a study/ 82 | placesandfaces.co.uk
lobby, useful utility room and ground floor shower room. Upstairs the property has three well -proportioned bedrooms and a bathroom. A key benefit of this property is its location set in a beautiful, large landscaped garden which abuts open undulating Suffolk countryside with views over farmland and unspoilt water meadows at the front. The new owners of this property will inherit well-tended gardens that are laid to lawn, flanked by established hedging interspersed with ornamental trees and shrubs extending from the front to the side and the rear. At the back the owners have created a delightful sun terrace with flagstones and shingle. There is a raised paved seating diaz, trellis work, fruit trees and rose bushes. The garden
is flanked by laurel hedging beyond which is a vegetable ornamental kitchen garden with raised beds and soft fruit bushes. A timber garden shed, workshop, greenhouse and lean to store all enhance the outdoor space, there is also a large log cabin/summerhouse which would serve readily as a small office or studio. If sitting by water, rather than active gardening, is your thing beyond the log cabin lies a wonderful wildlife pond with water features and a paved and shingle seating area. The driveway at the front provides ample parking, but there is scope and space, subject to planning consents, to erect a garage or extend the accommodation further.
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Guide Price £445,000
Guide Price £369,500
A charming detached Victorian red brick farmhouse situated in an idyllic location. The accommodation in brief comprises: hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room and utility. Four first floor bedrooms, family bathroom and en-suite. The gardens extend to approximately one acre (sts) with plenty of off-road parking and triple garage. Apply Needham office
A substantial Grade II listed house with a wealth of period features. The accommodation in brief comprises: entrance hall, dining room, study, utility, w.c., rear hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, rear porch, three first floor bedrooms and family bathroom. Garden is partly walled and there is off-road parking for two cars. Apply Needham office
Guide Price: £650,000
Guide Price: £745,000
This beautiful Grade II listed 4/5 bedroom former farmhouse, located in the picturesque village of Hasketon approximately 1 ½ miles from Woodbridge, is set within established gardens of two thirds of an acre (sts). Ample off road parking, car port and work shop/ machine store. Internal viewing is essential to appreciate the character of the property, the semi rural location and far reaching views. Apply Woodbridge office
In a quiet location in the award winning Melton Park development near Woodbridge, this beautiful home has 3 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, utility, five bedrooms, two en-suites, family bathroom, separate shower room, cloakroom and also benefits from sealed unit double glazing and a National House Builders Certificate (NHBC) valid to 2015. Professionally designed gardens, triple garage. Apply Woodbridge office
CHRISTCHURCH PARK, IPSWICH Guide Price: £500,000 A unique opportunity to acquire this stunning 1920’s detached residence, standing proudly in the town next to the Park within a Conservation Area and boasting many beautiful features including attractive stained glass windows. There are 3 main reception rooms, numerous lounges/wash rooms etc, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, good size gardens, parking and garaging. Apply Ipswich office
CHRISTCHURCH PARK, IPSWICH Guide Price £675,000 A fine example of a detached double fronted Victorian residence, pleasantly set close to Christchurch Park, the town centre and schooling. There is much charm and character with high ceilings, ornate cornicing and mosaic floor tiles. There are 5 reception rooms, cellar, 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suites, gardens with large patio area, off road parking and planning for erection of garage. Apply Ipswich office
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Debenham Guide Price £3 million
An exceptional residential farm located in a secluded location, comprising an 8 bedroom farmhouse, substantial range of buildings and farmland extending to approx 205 acres. Ref: C1154A
Thornham Magna, near Eye Guide Price £2.9 million
An award winning farm located in a peaceful rural position with farmhouse, range of modern farm buildings and highly productive undulating farmland extending to about 312 acres. Ref: C037C
Rendham, near Framlingham
A substantial farmhouse, buildings and approximately 330 acres of land located in a superb elevated position with undisturbed views of undulating open countryside. Ref: C481C
Chillesford, near Woodbridge Guide Price £2.2 million
A predominantly light land irrigated farm, located close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast, comprising approximately 200 acres, substantial farmhouse and a good range of farm buildings.Ref: C936B
Clarke and Simpson, Well Close Square, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9DU
CARLTON NEAR SAXMUNDHAM
Grade II listed picture postcard thatched cottage set in about 2.69 acres (sts) with detached brick barn and studio/office building. Exposed beams, two inglenooks, some beautiful 18th century leaded windows.
A beautifully presented modern bungalow on
large secluded plot. 3 beds, 2 reception, conservatory, kitchen/diner, swimming pool.
BENHALL LOW STREET
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Aldeburgh 01728 454622
LEISTON GUIDE PRICE £465,000
Lovely three bedroom Victorian semi-detached cottage with later additions, set in a large beautiful landscaped garden with views over water meadows and farmland. Two reception, kitchen, study, utility, shower room, bathroom.
An enchanting Victorian terraced cottage. Sitting room, kitchen/diner, 3 beds, bathroom, walled garden. Close to the beach.
A red brick 2 bed Georgian semi-detached Cottage with kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, family room, courtyard garden.
Saxmundham 01728 605511 www.jennie-jones.com
A stunning two storey detached four/five bedroom house with reception hall, two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, galleried landing, attractive garden, integral garage.
Detached 3 bedroom garden with a large garden of 1 acre (sts). 2 reception, kitchen, 2 conservatories, en suite, log cabin, garage.
Southwold 01502 722065
Detached 3 bed family house in large plot on edge of town, 2 reception, kitchen, bathroom, retains many original features
Castle Estates Estates Castle
Market Hill, Orford IP12 2LH Market Orford IP12 2LH 01394Hill, 450100
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Unique opportunity to purchase a spacious family house currently being built by award winning developers close to Orford. A ground source heat powering the central with renewable heat initiative provide very lowclose running costs. Unique opportunity to pump purchase a spacious familyheating house currently being built by awardwill winning developers to Orford.
A ground source pump provide very low running costs. Viewsheat across waterpowering meadowsthe central heating with renewable heat Highinitiative levels of will insulation Short stroll to the Froize pub & restaurant Views across water meadows Mile and a half to Orford (a three minute drive) Short stroll to the Froize pub & restaurant Ten year NHBC guarantee Mile running and a half to Orford (a three minute drive) Low costs Ten year NHBC guarantee Low running costs
3 beds, family bathroom, en-suite and cloaks High levels of insulation Good sized gardens 3 beds, family bathroom, en-suite and cloaks Two parking spaces Good sizedÂŁ250,000 gardens Guide price Two parking spaces Guide price ÂŁ250,000
Places&Faces® | May 2012
New Home Profile
A prestigious 5 bedroom detached luxury home in Woodbridge ith its riverside location, picturesque streets, excellent schools and distinctive period properties Woodbridge is one of Suffolk’s most desirable locations and Kingswood, a luxury five bedroom house built by Maxwell Wallace Homes, is the perfect opportunity for those seeking a large quality family home to join this select Suffolk community. Situated in Sandford Place, a prestigious development of just five properties accessed by a private shared drive, Kingswood is a spacious home where the developers have paid attention to the smallest details producing a quality, stylish and refined house that is within easy walking distance of both the town centre and the river. On the ground floor Kingswood benefits 86 | placesandfaces.co.uk
from two receptions rooms, study, cloakroom and utility. The spacious bespoke fitted kitchen, which opens to the garden patio through French doors, represents the opportunity for much prized social living and with a Stove seven burner gas range cooker, Siemens American style double fridge freezer, water softener and in-built dishwasher already in place it can without doubt be considered well-equipped. Upstairs the property offers five bedrooms, three with en-suites and a family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower. The master bedroom has an additional dressing area and its en-suite is designed in the style of a wet room with walk in shower, bath and double basins. Outside the house has a double garage and willow fence enclosed lawned maturing
gardens with a selection of well -established shrubs and trees. Details such as security alarm, under floor heating throughout with thermostatic control for each room, and solid oak internal doors that echo the staircase all add to a home that is ready to welcome its new family. Kingswood is on the market for £750,000.
To find out more contact joint agents Neals, Woodbridge on 01394 382263 or Jackson Stops & Staff on 01473 218218.
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A SIGN OF GREAT THINGS TO COME
David Wakefield looks at the sleek and stylish Suzuki Kizashi uzuki’s new Kizashi saloon, introduced to the UK this year, came with a bright new year message – in Japanese, the name means ‘A Sign of Great Things To Come’. The Kizashi, which has switchable two/four wheel drive as standard, is destined to be the Suzuki flagship model, moving the brand more upmarket while keeping the company’s traditional emphasis on content and value. With a price tag of £21,995, and with just one specification, the Sport model, the Kizashi offers a high standard of specification. The six-speed continuously variable transmission can be operated via steering wheel switches or gear shift lever, and the 2.4 litre petrol engine offers an output of 178PS at 6000rpm. Standard kit includes leather upholstery, electric front seats with driver’s seat three position memory function; heated front
seats, electric glass sunroof, cruise control, eight speaker Radio / CD system with Bluetooth and USB port. Kizashi Sport also has seven airbags; four electric windows, MP3/WMA compatible CD tuner with eight speakers, dual zone automatic air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start and folding heated door mirrors. The sole option for Kizashi will be a touch screen satellite navigation system, available as a dealer fit. Kizashi is Suzuki’s first mid-size saloon car and comfortably accommodates up to five people and their luggage needs, while retaining a sleek and stylish look. Exterior dimensions are length-width-height of 4,650mm x 1,820mm x 1,470mm making it one of the most compact in its segment. The interior offers plenty of leg and shoulder room, even for rear seat passengers. Space is not the only factor in ensuring
plenty of on-board comfort: the shape and position of the seats are designed to support a natural posture, a key factor in comfortable long-distance travel. Additionally, ideal seat heights and large door apertures make access easy for all on board. The Kizashi also features a through loading system to allow for longer items to be loaded from the boot. The rear seats divide 60:40 to accommodate seating for one or two rear passengers or none, making full use of the extra boot space available. A ‘ski bag’ style load through facility is also installed for carrying longer items. For further information: John Banks Suzuki (01473) 654555
Places&Faces® | May 2012
DRIVING INTO NEW TERRITORY David Wakefield examines the new crossover from Subaru
ll-wheel drive specialist Subaru goes into ‘crossover’ territory for the first time with its new XV which had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. In this highly competitive segment, the XV will offer something different, and will bring a new level of engineering excellence. Prices in the UK will begin from £21,295. Subaru has aimed to provide a stylish and distinctive crossover with trademark driving dynamics, but combined with high level of functionality and fuel efficiency. Its look immediately spells out its purpose. The XV’s stylish and dynamic form, with its a hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights, high body and side cladding gives a sense of functionality more associated with a sport utility vehicle. Yet this is a vehicle with a spacious and roomy interior, a large cargo area and ample interior storage space for small items. Subaru’s designers have worked hard on the XV’s interior to bring out the best qualities of the chosen materials and to give passengers a feeling of quality as well as spaciousness. This has been achieved with 90 | placesandfaces.co.uk
a careful balance of the different tactile and emotional qualities of leather, metal, and cloth. The multi-function display is highly visible in the upper middle section of the instrument panel and provides the driver and passengers with all the necessary information necessary in a highly intuitive format. Higher specification models will get a large 4.3 inch full-colour screen equipped with advanced ‘infotainment’ such as ecodriving display and vehicle information display. The new, third generation Subaru Boxer engine is installed in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol models, both bringing improved fuel efficiency and exhaust performance. Together with the adoption of the new Lineartronic (CVT), a newly developed auto start system, the fuel efficiency has further improved. A heavily revised version of Subaru’s Boxer Diesel, specially developed for the European market, is also featured in the XV line-up. Subaru has successfully developed a new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for the XV for improved environmental
friendliness and drivability. This chain-driven system embraces virtues such as lightness, compactness, superior fuel efficiency and wide ratio coverage. Among key safety features are the integration of the partition windows into the front doors and the positioning of the door mirrors on the door panels, resulting in class-leading forward visibility and reduction of blind spots. A stylish profile with a more streamlined rear roof edge was designed without impairing the rear field of view In addition to SRS driver’s/passenger’s airbags, SRS side airbags and SRS curtain airbags, SRS driver’s knee airbag are installed as standard in all models VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) is installed in all models as standard. Its ‘intervention timing’ has been optimised while a brake assist function is also incorporated into the VDC system. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Hammonds Subaru (01986) 834747
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Heritage Coast Market Town Initiative Spring Event
Heritage Coast Market Town Initiative Spring Event Friday Street Farm Shop was the venue for The Suffolk Coast Business Spring Event. Members of the Heritage Coast Market Town Initiative met to network and hear an address by HCMTI board member Jenny Stockman, and George Bradley the new head of retail development at Friday Street. Annette and Philip Mason-Gordon
Sue Fletcher, Grahame Tinnion
Bob Foyers, Karen Aldridge, Peter Lee
Jenny Stockman, Sonia Lambert
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George Bradley, James Blyth
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Lambert Wood Standley awards evening Cindy de la Rue welcomed fellow fitness enthusiasts to her beautiful home, Melton Hall, for the annual awards ceremony for personal training clients of Lambert Wood Standley fitness.
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Stephen Cole, headmaster of Woodbridge School, has run 21 consecutive London Marathons and raised more than £120,000 for charity. He tells Anne Gould about his life in Suffolk
hat are your connections with Suffolk? Well we moved here when I became head at the school but there are family connections with the area. My mother and father were born in Colchester and my grandfather and relatives way, way back were in the Mill at Dedham. I think there must be a lot of Cole DNA at the churchyard in Dedham. Now someone pointed out to me that it’s the wrong side of the river but having been born in south London it’s close enough to Suffolk for me. I spent a lot of holidays with my grandparents up here as a child and love the area. Do you like to walk? Well I do like walking but most of the time I run. I am a member of Woodbridge Shufflers and have just done my 21st consecutive London Marathon. Every year I’ve run for a different charity and in total have raised over £120,000 – and this year I’m running for an Alzhiemers charity. I started because a great friend of mine, the chaplain at Gresham’s, died from asthma and every charity that I have chosen has had a personal connection to me, or someone at the school in some way. This will be my last marathon because, well it’s Olympic year and I don’t think my body will take all the training any longer. My fastest time was just under 3hrs 30mins but this year I’ll be looking to do 4hrs and 30mins. Of course I also do the Woodbridge 10k every year – it’s a great event and I thoroughly enjoy it and I cannot run that anonymously because on every pavement and street corner I see someone I know shouting support, which is rather nice in a way. Where are your favourite places to run? Well I’m never sure – I leave through my back garden and never know where I’m going. My favourite places are down 98 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Martlesham Creek and out on the river in the summer. In the winter it’s up over the top of Sutton Hoo and that’s a very special place. In the early morning when there’s frost on the ground and the mist is rising you can sometimes imagine what it was like in the time of Rewald. It’s feels quite a spiritual place. So do you ever walk? I do like to walk but have very little time to do so. My favourite walk is on New Year’s Day – we go down to the Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich but progress is slower now than it was because my two granddaughters love to dive into puddles and explore bushes as we go. Where do you like to eat out? We don’t eat out very often because as headmaster here there are lots of commitments in the evening – it can be six or seven evenings a week with concerts and plays etc. So I really enjoy an evening in. In the school holidays though we do eat out and our favourite places are The Crown here in Woodbridge or the Maybush in Waldringfield. If you had visitors who had never been to Suffolk before where would you take them? Well we’d go to Sutton Hoo, Kyson Point and Snape Maltings then we’d choose either Aldeburgh, Walberswick or Southwold. I’d want to show them the big skies and two views in particular – early morning at Sutton Hoo and early morning from Snape Maltings looking over the reeds. If the weather is right it’s like heaven on earth. What about theatre and the arts? We are really lucky to have some incredibly talented performers in school and I try to go to every single performance. Outside school we sometimes go to Snape, we love Eastern Angles and their post Christmas show is one of the highlights of the year. I love the cinema in Woodbridge and am a very keen supporter of Dance East.
Are you a football supporter? Well my first love was Colchester United and Ray Crawford – who was of course an Ipswich Town legend. Of course these days I support Ipswich but I’m like the kiss of death –every time I go to Portman Road they lose. Are there any other charities you get involved with? As headmaster of Woodbridge School I am also one of two executive officers for the Seckford Foundation. Through that I have been involved with two free schools which are being set up in Beccles and Saxmundham which are opening in September 2012. We’ve also got the almshouses which provide homes for over 60 people and the foundation also has an apprenticeship scheme for young people that’s starting in the autumn. This scheme will offer training opportunities in decorating, IT, gardening and care in the almshouses. As headmaster do you still find time to teach? I think it’s an absolute privilege to be able to work with young people and I love teaching which is why I take two sets for physics every year.
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