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hat’s so special about living in Suffolk? It’s a question we ask every month in our My Suffolk feature and what always comes across is that everyone sees our county in a slightly different way. Some answers you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement but others leave you wondering whether it’s time to go and check that pub/restaurant/walk out again. This month’s Places&Faces really illustrates what an incredible county we live in and how privileged we are because there’s such a huge breadth of culture and countryside to enjoy. There’s the High Tide Festival for example that’s well on the way to giving Halesworth the sort of status, albeit for new theatrical work, that literature has given Hay-on-Wye. Of course the Suffolk Show, the biggest party of the year, is just on the horizon and this year has a special focus on the excellent quality of local food and ingredients that are produced here. Then there are also innovators like Jason Gathorne-Hardy whose artistic vision has created a showpiece exhibition in his lambing sheds, featuring some of the most lauded artists in the land. Places&Faces likes to recognise the magnificent charity work and philanthropy that goes on in the county showing how people can reach and help those that are genuinely in need. This month for example we feature a story of transformation that’s come about from the High Sheriff ’s luncheon and also a group of women who have set up a new Breakthrough Breast Cancer event. We’re also keen to know what you think is special about Places&Faces. Turn to page 35 for your chance to win a dining experience for four at the highly acclaimed British Larder, in return for your views and opinions of your exclusive magazine. Of course we’ve also got our regulars; food, fashion, property, motoring, homes & interiors and plenty of gardening inspiration now that spring has finally sprung so enjoy May!

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FOOD HERITAGE AT IT’S HEART If there’s one event on your ‘must’ list this month without doubt it’s the Suffolk Show on May 29 and 30. Anne Gould finds out what’s in store

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FILL YOUR FREEZER Worried about where your meat is coming from? What about this for food provenance.

s a celebration of everything that’s great about our county the Suffolk Show always does us proud. It’s a place to see and be seen, it’s also an event where you can discover the huge breadth of organisations and businesses that thrive within our county. There are always splendid displays of our agricultural heritage, horses, cattle and livestock but the show also reaches out to a myriad of people with exhibitions and demonstrations designed to appeal across all age groups and interests. In short it’s an enormous party to which everyone is invited. This year the show is an event for foodies too, focusing on the amazing range of products and ingredients we produce in the

has seeped across our borders so that now the county’s rich harvest is being touted as a “discovery” by food writers and critics across the land. As a result Suffolk has also become a destination for food tourists who seek out restaurants, hotels and eating establishments with menus that offer not just seasonality but source their ingredients from high welfare/ organic farms close by. Chris Bushby, Executive Director of the Suffolk Agricultural Association says this growing interest in food has been reflected in the show as well. “We started the Suffolk Food Hall at the show thirty years ago with 20 stands. Today, as the Adnam’s Food and Drink Experience there are 70 exhibitors in this area.”

The growth of food as a feature of the show follows not just consumer interest but the way local farmers are developing their businesses. county and looking at why it’s so important that we know its provenance too. Of course this focus on food very much reflects the national mood with increasing numbers of people, shocked by supermarket horsemeat scandals and wanting to know exactly what they are putting on the dinner table and where it comes from too. As an agricultural area Suffolk has always produced food of exceptional quality – something that’s often taken for granted by many people especially as meat and vegetables are now often sold at the farm gate. In the last few years though news about our food, our ingredients and our products

At the Suffolk Show visitors can not only buy locally grown and produced food, but also actually meet the farmer who reared a pig, which they can bid for at auction and have butchered to family requirements and later delivered for the freezer. The annual commercial pig auction, conducted by livestock auctioneer and Stonham cattle farmer David Ball, takes place in the pig ring at about 3.45pm on May 29 following judging of the six commercial pig classes – three pairs and three singles. Pigs are judged by weight according to age as follows: Up to 70kgs/16 weeks is a Pork pig; from 71-82kgs, 19/20 months is a Cutter pig and 83-95 kgs, 24 months is a Bacon pig. Members of the public can join butchers in bidding for about 25 pigs, among them the Champion and Reserve Champion at the Show, as well as other entrants. The highest bidder wins and the pig is taken away by Lamberts Abbatoir and butchered by Bramfield Meats according to the customer’s preference. The price per kilo for live-weight pigs is about 120p per kilo and there is a service charge of about £65. So not only do the customers have a cheaper cut of meat, but also know its origins. Metfield pig farmer Peter Mortimer who has been farming for nearly half a century, winning his first pig rosette in 1970, and now runs the Metfield Village Kitchen and Pie Company Ltd, explains how the pig is usually butchered to give two shoulders (these include the front legs), two loins, from which bacon can be taken, two belly joints and two legs, which can often be cured as ham. Sausages are usually made from the belly. Peter stressed there are other options. An average pig yields between 3060kgs of meat, which should need a good space in a chest freezer, said Peter.



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It’s become one of the most popular parts of the show – featuring a very high proportion of Tastes of Anglia members all of whom produce foods that really are the very best. In response to this they developed the Greene King Eat Street, which also focuses on local food products. The growth of food as a feature of the show follows not just consumer interest but the way local farmers are developing their businesses. You just need to look at high-value products like Suffolk Cheese or Marybelle ice-creams created by dairy farmers who work in an area that’s come under increasing economic pressure. Something new for this year though is a special campaign with Healthy Ambitions Suffolk – a family trail across the show that looks not just at exercise but the food we eat too. The campaign aims to make our county the healthiest place to live in the UK by 2028 and Chris said that the SAA is obviously keen to support this. There will be seven exhibitions along the trail across the showground, which will


Suffolk New College has become the new sponsor of the Flower and Garden Experience, to mark the start of their new horticulture course. This year there are six model gardens all measuring at least 7x7m to give you inspiration to plant at home. The designers will be on hand, and you’ll be able to walk right round them to see the design from all sides. The Olym-pigs are back – running over bridges, around the slalom, navigating the circle and Maltese Cross. Don’t miss them in the Pig Ring. Worried where your pork really comes from? Mark your diary with the pig auction for the second day of the Show and make a bid for your freezer and support local production. Street acts will be a major feature of the Show, towering 8ft Titan, living statues, Jitterbug Dancers will all entertain plus The Military Wives from Wattisham will also be singing for visitors by the bandstand.

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L illustrate different lifestyle aspects of health. The Farming in Anglia section will look at sheep – the chosen theme of this year’s show - with butchery and cooking demonstrations. “Many people still rely on the supermarket for their meat because they don’t know what sort of cuts to by. “We want to show them that they can buy locally reared meat and it doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive if they make use of the cheaper cuts,” he explained. The exhibition will also feature aspects of sheep rearing that people might not know about – all the different breeds for instance and what they are used for. They’ll be able to find out about the huge resurgence in demand for mutton, using sheep wool not just for cloth but for house insulation and other uses. Also in the Farming in Anglia Marquee will be Emma Haines from Cook With Me Kids – a Debenham based not-for-profit business which works with schools across the region with the aim of teaching children about food. Emma explained that teaching children about the importance and provenance of food was not just part of the National Curriculum but essential for a healthy future.

This year sees new grand ring displays from the roaring Broke FMX stunt bikes that fly into the air, while on the ground; engineers from the Rockwell Barracks construct a battlefield bridge in a gruelling time challenge. As well as world class international show jumping the Shetland Pony Grand National Ponies race over the hurdles in a national qualifier. Olá! The new Lusitano Horse display to music brings some traditional Portuguese style into the President’s Ring. The Show will once again host the prestigious Horse of the Year Show qualifiers in the Working Hunter Pony and Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Pony section, as well as the Royal International Horse Show qualifiers for Ridden Hunters, Working Hunters, Hacks, Cobs and Riding Horses, Ridden Skewbald and Piebald, Ridden Ponies and Show Hunter Ponies. Don’t know your horse breeds? Then a new display in the Equine Village will help you distinguish between them as many will be exhibited in a stable block near the Trinity Ring. If you’ve ever wondered what it must be like to ride a racehorse, the Newmarket Experience is a pop-up area showcasing

“At the show we will be running art workshops and child-friendly cooking workshops based on the theme of sheep and sheep farming. “The aim is to make food accessible and fun and help them learn about food.” There will also be final of the Farm School of the Year Award, which has run across Suffolk in the lead up to the show. She explained the competition, in association with SAA was aimed at Key Stage two pupils and asked them to take one aspect of farming life and discover how it impacts on every aspect of their lives. First all schools design and make a life-size sheep sculpture to a maximum of 80cms high. The best five entries will be invited to Trinity Park in early May for a day of fun, interactive workshops designed to enhance their knowledge of sheep. Two schools from five will be selected to attend the Suffolk Show in the Farm in Anglia area in a series of activities, one of which will be cooking with lamb, to be crowned with the title Farm School of the Year.

everything about racing, including a racehorse simulator, so you can try. The Southdown Sheep society is holding its annual breed show at the Show. Not put off by the cancellation of last year’s Show the Adnams recipe competition cook-off using local ingredients will take place this year in the Adnams Cookery Theatre. Suffolk Sport Village is showcasing more than 30 sports including The Cricket Factory caged area and learn how to bowl.

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Suffolk in brief Head Academic at the GDST’s Putney High School, one of the country’s leading all girls’ schools, where she has been a key member of the senior leadership team for six years. Prior to Putney High, she was Head of Chemistry at The Royal Masonic School. On being appointed, Ms Carlin said, “I have been extremely impressed by the warmth and sense of purpose among girls and staff at Ipswich High. The magnificent school grounds are home to a school community which is equally remarkable, encompassing the On Sunday 19th May Karen Finch from local true spirit of The Girls’ Day School Trust. I am hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre, thrilled to have been given the opportunity to will again be Quiz Master, to help raise money work with pupils, parents, staff and governors to for charity. With the help of BBC Radio Suffolk build on the school’s success.” Presenter, Mark Murphy, they’ll will be raising much-needed funds for Hearing Dogs For Deaf Through their 2012 Charity of the Year People. Karen, MD of The Hearing Care Centre partnership Ashton KCJ Solicitors has said “Our quiz nights, held at Greshams Sports raised £13,200 since last April for three Club, are always brilliant fun and every event has local charities – East Anglia’s Children’s been a sellout with over 200 people attending Hospices (EACH), Big C and Headway. The each time. Book your tickets quick so you are not funds have been raised by staff taking disappointed!” This will be the company’s fifth part in dress down days, cake sales and a annual trivia fundraiser with over £6,000 having range of sporting activities, including the been raised across all the previous events. For Larking Gowen half marathon, a 125 mile tickets call Matthew at The Hearing Care Centre bike ride, a sky dive, hats for headway and on (01473) 230330 or buy online at Santa runs in aid of EACH. Edward O’Rourke, CEO at Ashton KCJ, commented: “I would like to thank all our staff who have worked The Orwell Walk, planned this year for really hard over the past year to achieve Sunday 30th June, has a brand new element this phenomenal amount of money. We are - The Orwell Cycle.  The Orwell Walk is now looking forward to another successful year the most successful fundraising campaign of fundraising this year”. for Ipswich East Rotary club, to date raising more than £1.3m for local charities and good causes. The Orwell Walk has three routes to choose from catering for most abilities; and the brand new Orwell Cycle launched this year has two routes to choose from 4 miles and 14 miles. President of the Club, Steve Flory explains “The walk is phenomenally successful due, we believe, to the fact that each walker can choose their own charity to support, and also due to its accessibility. It’s a walk which takes in some As Hopkins Homes plans a sustained expansion of the most beautiful parts of the Orwell throughout the East of England, the company Estuary that are normally inaccessible to the has further strengthened their team via internal general public.” Register on line at promotion and a further four new appointments or – fantastic news for both the company and their walkers can call Walk Administrator Norman industry. Jason Laughland has been promoted Haines on (01473) 215333. to the position of Purchasing Manager within the buyers department, Daniel Watts has been The Girls’ Day School Trust and School Governing appointed to the position of Land Estimator, Board of Ipswich High School are delighted to whilst Richard Wheatland joins the Development announce the appointment of Ms Oona Carlin Department as an Engineering Assistant with as the new Head of Ipswich High School from extensive specific experience of the new build September 2013. Ms Carlin is currently Deputy industry that spans over 30 years. Two further

new appointments have been made to the Head Office team including Beverley Barker who has also joined the Development Department and Rebecca Sochon who has joined the company from the public sector and brings valuable customer liaison experience to her role of Sales & Marketing Assistant.

Spring, the Suffolk design communications agency, is celebrating its inclusion in the UK design industry peer-selected top 10. The agency, whose head office is in Southwold, has been voted to number eight in the Agency Peer Review published in this year’s Design 100 report. The vast majority of the agencies making it into the peer review list are London-based, with a review of the regions showing Spring leading the field for the east and south east of England. “Spring has been committed to demonstrating that an ambitious agency fielding a talented team can thrive in an unusual and lovely location like Southwold,” says co-founder, Erika Clegg. “Our work for clients including Bollinger, The Conservative Party and EDF Energy is testament to this commitment. Warehousing and distribution firm, Debach, has rebranded to celebrate nearly forty years in business. This much-respected company has been making its presence known on the Haven Ports of the East of England – and much further afield – since it was launched by Bill Kemball in 1976. The new brand & livery embrace much of what is good about Debach’s history – its strong sense of team, its roots in the Suffolk land, its family ownership. The agency behind the new look, Spring, has simplified the logotype, creating a clean, modern style. Bee Kemball is delighted to welcome in the new brand look. “We are growing and have a clear vision of the future for Debach – really building on our reputation of good service with investment in technology, efficiency and training. This new look is a clear demonstration of this vision” she said.



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May 1-18 Colchester Mercury A One Man Protest By Alan Ayckbourn Sexual confessions in the garden shed that Miles has ‘occupied’ trigger a disastrous sequence of marital misunderstandings in this hilarious tale of love, lust, poetry and burning trousers. Box office: 01206 573948 May 2-11 New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm Mr Bugg Presents in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre present Miss Nightingale - The Burlesque Musical This acclaimed show features original songs performed by a band of actor musicians and stars burlesque bombshell Amber Topaz. Box office: 01473 295900   May 2-12 Halesworth Hightide Festival 2013 See feature pages 22 - 24   May 3 and 4 New Wolsey Studio, 7.45pm Still House presents Ours Was The Fen Country Created by Dan Canham An evocative and ethereal piece of dancetheatre conjured from captured conversations with people of the fens in East Anglia. Box office: 01473 295900   May 4 Farmers Market Snape Maltings, 9.30-1pm Stradbroke Business & Enterprise College, 9am-1pm Beccles Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am-12 noon Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7.30pm Volupté; Burlesque Bonanza Volupté are back with another cavalcade of cabaret and burlesque from the original London supperclub. Bringing you a bevvy of burlesque beauties, cabaret cuties and some fantastic feats of circus and magical mayhem, a night with the Volupté Vamps promises to be one to remember. Come on down and join us for this 14 |

fabulous burlesque show specially created for DanceEast with some of the brightest names on the London circuit. Age guidance 18yrs+ Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295230

knowledge and expertise with collectors. Entry: Free Information: contact Kate Lee on 01502 711174 May 6 Mendlesham, 12 noon - 5pm Mendlesham Street Fayre Stalls, Morris Men, hog roast, arts & crafts, belly dancers, Steve Sausage childrens entertainer, Zoe Zumba, armoury at the church, Samba band, May procession with May princess and church May Queen, Stowmarket Boys Brigade band Tickets: Adults £2.50 (under 16s free) Information: 01449 766563   May 7 Ipswich Regent Ipswich Regent Nigel Kennedy Simple Minds – Greatest Hits UK Tour World-famous violinist, Nigel Kennedy, presents One of the UK’s most successful rock groups to a typically maverick musical programme date. Having topped America’s Billboard chart, celebrating the music of Bach and Fats Waller. The the Glasgow band have achieved six No.1 albums concert begins with Bach sonatas and partidas for in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless solo violin, after which he is joined on stage by an other territories including Germany, Italy, France, acoustic guitarist, a drummer and a double bass Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Simple Minds player to perform Kennedy’s own arrangements are also arguably one of the best live bands in of the music of the legendary Fats Waller. the world and over a thirty year career have been Tickets: £39.50 to £19.75 responsible for some of the most innovative and Box office: 01473 433100 enduring anthems in rock music. Tickets: £49.50 & £37.50   Box office: 01473 433100 May 7-11 High Street Exhibition Gallery,   Museum St, Ipswich May 5 Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout Earsham Hall, Bungay, 10am - 5pm 40th Anniversary Production Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre White Peacock Displays of classic cars, motorcycles and By Gill Brigg commercial and military vehicles. Plus craft For young people aged 11 and above with stalls, wood turners and entertainment provided profound learning disabilities, including autism. by Razz the Clown and the Lowestoft Signing Times: Tues 7 May at 1.30pm Choir. Organised by Bungay Area Lions Club Wed 8 May at 11am, 1.30pm & 7pm for the Bladder Scanner Appeal for Bungay Thu 9 May at 11am, 1.30pm & 7pm Medical Practice. If you have a vehicle to show Fri 10 May at 11am, 1.30pm & 7pm you can obtain a registration form for free entry Sat 11 May at 11am & 2pm from George Eagle - 01986 892902 or email Box office: 01473 295900   Beccles Town Centre, 8am- 4.30pm May 8 – May 11 Beccles Antiques Street Market Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, The market boasts a varied and interesting Ipswich, 7.45pm collection of both general and specialist dealers Megabrill Productions presents selling a wide range of antiques and collectables Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer prizewinning play including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, Wit books, clocks, retro and vintage design and ‘It appears to be a matter, as the saying goes, of decorative items. The dealers are experts in life and death’. Best New Play award – New York their field and are quite happy to share their Drama Critics’ Circle. Emmy Award winning film

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directed by Mike Nichols Tickets: £10 Box office: 01473 211498 May 9 - June 22 Colchester Mercury, A Pageant by Alan Ayckbourn A battle between Sylvie and Celia over who’s going to play Boudicca at the forthcoming village fete forces Toby to make a life changing choice between love and art in this tender, savage and very, very funny play. Box office: 01206 573948 May 9 The Apex, 7.30pm Curtis Stigers: Up Close and Personal Curtis Stigers shot to international fame with his worldwide hits I Wonder Why and You’re All That Matters To Me.  This is a rare opportunity to see and hear him performing songs from all his albums in a stripped-down intimate acoustic setting. Tickets: £22.50 (£20.50 concessions) Box office: 01284 758000

May 10 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7pm Altered Skins; Power Games Deepak is a wealthy banker whose life is spiralling out of control. Influence the outcome of his story using a TV game show style voting system, and try to save Deepak before he hits rock bottom…Altered Skin mix theatre, dance and movement to create an exciting new storytelling style. The company’s work is inspired by traditional South Asian dance form Bharatanatyam and strongly influenced by Shane Shambhu’s work as a theatre maker with Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Age guidance 14yrs+ Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295230

Farmers Markets Southwold Farmers Market Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store 9am-12.30pm May 11 Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, 7.30pm Britten: The Canticles Performers include Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Richard Watkins, Julius Drake, Sally Pryce. Staged by Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable. A collaboration with the Brighton Festival, with future performances at the ROH Linbury Tickets: £30, £22, £16 Box office: 01728 687110

Kings of Suffolk offers the widest range of goods and services for every equestrian and country pursuit We are local stockists for Horseware, Puffa, Mountain Horse, Charles Owen, Champion, Ariat, Toggi, Musto, among many others. We also provide services in leatherwork, clipper servicing, rug washing and repair and inscribed brass name plates, and are pleased to announce a customer loyalty scheme, details available from the shop. See us at the Suffolk Show 29th and 30th May 2013 Stand number 354


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Great Blakenham Village Hall, 10am to 4pm Pamper & Shopping Day Gifts, crafts, cards, jewellery, homeware, bath & beauty and more! Beauty and pamper treatments also available. A fabulous upbeat day, full of fun & laughter. Refreshments/food available. Raising funds for E.A.C.H. Entry: Free Information: contact Julie Johnson on 07809 600313 or email    St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 6.30pm Charity Opera Night Come and relax with friends to enjoy an evening of cheese and wine while listening to the magnificent sounds of O mio babbino caro, Brindisi, Je veux vivre and musical theater songs such as I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables and Defying Gravity from Wicked among others, sung by talented singers from America, London and Suffolk. This night will feature a musical performance by acclaimed operatic singers Helen Bailey (Soprano) Pablo Strong (Tenor) accompanied by Rebecca Taylor (Pianist) Muriel Kwint (Soprano) accompanied Becky Foster (Pianist) and Karan Reno (Soprano) accompanied Becky Foster (Pianist). In aid of The Ipswich Opportunity Group, a local charity that supports children with special needs up to five years old and provides a world of support for their parents. Tickets: £25 Information & ticket sales: Contact Sheryl on 077465 80132 or email Farmers Markets Halesworth Town Centre, 9am-1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm   Ipswich Regent Wolsey Orchestra Conductor: Alexander Walker, Anna Helleur: Violin, Rachel Helleur: Cello. Beethoven Overture: Leonora No 3. Brahms Double Concerto in A Minor Op. 102. Dvorak Symphony No 7 in D. Wolsey Orchestra is thrilled to welcome sisters Anna and Rachel Helleur in their Double Concerto debut in their home town. Box office: 01473 433100 Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 7.45pm Chapel Choir Concert The 100-strong choir directed by Peter Crompton and accompanied by organist, William Saunders Composer, John Rutter, has described the choir as ‘one of the largest, finest and most committed choirs I have ever found in a school’. The concert will include a specially 16 |

commissioned piece by composer, Will Todd, to celebrate the School’s tercentenary. Tickets: £7 (U18’s free) Information: 01473 326222 May 11-June 2 Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds The Suffolk Walking Festival 2013 Now in its sixth year, the festival offers more than 50 guided walks cross the county, from Lowestoft to the Dedham Vale. There will be strolls through medieval villages, rambles in the countryside and a five day ‘challenge walk’ for the brave of heart and sturdy of leg along the Suffolk coast. There are many themed walks including a textile walk through fields of flax, a poetry walk, celebrating Suffolk’s artistic heritage and a children’s ‘welly walk’ through the grounds of the Museum of East Anglian Life. For the first time, there will also be a charity walk, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care; a 14 mile walk through the lovely landscape of the Lark Valley. Information:   May 12 Farmers Markets Assington, The Barn 10am-2pm Aldeburgh Cinema 3pm (ends approx 5pm) Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict A new feature-length drama documentary explores the awakening and the development of Britten’s pacifist beliefs which were to find their most vivid musical expression in the War Requiem. Preceded by an introduction from the film’s director, Tony Britten. Tickets: £8 Box office: 01728 687110   Pakenham Water Mill, 11am -5pm National Mills Weekend and Food Event Entry: Free Local Food Fair with BBQ, bar, Maypole dancing, locally produced food stalls, refreshments, traditional folk music, milling and baking demonstrations.   May 14 -18 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Hot Mikado Presented by Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society Hot Mikado is The Mikado with a difference, giving new life to the Gilbert and Sullivan classic with its non-stop action and dance numbers, and all the songs you remember from the original but not exactly as you remember them! A real family show!

Tickets: £19.50 to £7 Box Office: 01284 769505 Email: New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm English Touring Theatre & Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present The Misanthrope Master wordsmith Roger McGough dips his quill into a Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy.   Box office: 01473 295900 May 16-19 Bury Festival A varied programme with many musical highlights and something for everyone to enjoy at The Apex. For full listings and more information visit or May 17 Farmers Market Southwold, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm Danceeats café, Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7.30pm live@danceeats! GrapevineLive with Andy & Gina Tickets: £5 (includes free drink on arrival) £3 under 18’s (no drink) Box Office: 01473 295230 May 17 and 18 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7.30pm Jasmin Vardimon Company; Freedom Award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon returns with her hotly anticipated new work Freedom. Exploring notions of what keeps our imagination free, this full-length dance theatre production promises breath taking physicality with beautifully detailed characterisation. Powered by Vardimon’s trademark theatricality and provocative daring, Freedom will be performed by a versatile company of international dancers. Uniting the creative team behind her previous productions Yesterday and Justitia, Freedom layers richly intricate visuals, fusing clever animation with live action and inventive set designs. Age guidance 14yrs+ Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295230  

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May 18 Snape Maltings, 8pm Faster Than Sound: Pekka Kuusisto and Peter Gregson Violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Cellist Peter Gregson are joining forces with London-based creative technologists Reactify for a unique Faster Than Sound event, where they will present new works of 21st century chamber music for violin, cello and electronics written by Gregson, Kuusisto, Martin Suckling and Yann Seznec. Tickets: £10 Box office: 01728 687110 St Andrew’s Church, Rushmere St Andrew, 7.30pm New Voices presents Eternal Light: A requiem by Howard Goodall May 21-25 Tickets: £8 New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm Refreshments available Fresh Glory Productions presents The Watermill Theatre production of Some Like It Hotter Farmers Markets By Richard Hurford Harkstead, Village Hall, 9am-12 noon This fast-moving fantasy comedy whisks Jack Aldeburgh, Church Hall, 9am -12.30 Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis back Beccles, Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm to their most beautiful, sexy and hilarious selves Debenham, Community Centre, 9am-1pm

in a once-in-an-(after)-lifetime’s opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars. Box office: 01473 295900 May 23 Snape Maltings, 6pm Open Session: Assemblage Colin Riley composer, Liam Noble piano, Dave Smith drums, Rus Pearson bass/turntables, James Waterworth DJ/electronics. During its Aldeburgh Residency Colin Riley’s Assemblage has brought together a dynamic group of eminent musicians who work across the fields of jazz, free improv and contemporary classical music. Starting with the single goal of finding new ways to create innovative music together, and with Riley acting as composer, producer and director, the ensemble has been exploring a range of new ways to assemble written, improvised and electronic music. The ‘known unknown’ approaches reality in this informal open session. Tickets: £6 Box office: 01728 687110

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May 23–25 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 1.30 pm (2pm Sat) Imogen Knight & Levantes Dance Theatre; Questions and Dancers DanceEast presents this year’s winners of the Choreography for Children awards programme. Questions and Dancers is a double bill performed by graduating students of the London Contemporary Dance School. Levantes Dance Theatre’s Duck Man tells the tale of a boy with a surprising family history. Once lost at sea to fight creatures of the deep, Duck Man returns brimming with stories and treasure, but that’s not all he brings home… OMG! by Imogen Knight is inspired by a range of popular children’s fiction and is an energetic, funny tale of losing your voice and the hunt to find it again. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01473 295230 May 23-June 8 Mercury Theatre, Colchester The History Boys This hilariously funny and exceptionally moving semi-autobiographical play charts the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys at the fictional Cutler’s Grammar School in the early 1980’s. “Thought provoking and funny – a play with depth a well as dazzle” (The Daily Telegraph). Box office: 01206 573948   May 24 Farmers Market Southwold, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm May 25 St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, 7.30pm The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments Based in London, with an enviable international reputation as leading artists in their field, the society performs a range of traditional and art music on unusual instruments such as the Oud, Hurdy-gurdy, Nyckelharpa, as well as Voice, Guitars, Harps, and various Bass instruments. This concert is entitled The Ministry of Angels, described as “traditional tunes, bawdy ballades, dances, songs and instrumental music in celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.” Tickets: £12 from Halcyon Meldrum at Spring, 4 Church Street, Southwold Information: Contact 01502 726161 or email 

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May 25-27 Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Aldeburgh ART 2013 This year’s visual arts festival is called The Silence of Marcel Duchamp is Overrated. Videos, talks and exhibitions designed to interest and intrigue the whole family. With artist in residence Jan Candy who invites volunteers to explore Art and Zen in a project named Is Anything Solid?

St Mary’s Church, Boxford, 6pm Suffolk Villages Festival Concert - Handel: Susanna Part of the Suffolk Villages Festival Winter Concert Series. Handel’s oratorio Susanna performed by Philippa Hyde & Claire Tomlin (soprano), Timothy TraversBrown (counter-tenor), Tom Raskin (tenor), Giles Davies (baritone), Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra and directed by Peter Holman. Tickets: £17 to £11 Information: Contact 01206 366603 or email  

May 26 Farmers Market Lavenham, Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm The Red Feather Club, Horham, 10am-4pm Open Day - Museum of the 95th Bomb Group The award-winning museum houses uniforms and memorabilia relating to the 95th Bomb Group who were based at Horham during WW2. The Red Feather Club is also the home to the 1285th Military Police Company re-enactors. Information: Contact 01728 860930 or email   The apex, Bury St Edmunds, 4pm Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Elgar’s Cello Concerto, featuring special guest Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), & Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.2 (“London”). Conducted by Leslie Olive. Box Office 01284 758000   Helmingham Hall Gardens, 10.30-4pm Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair This is the fourteenth year of the popular plant fair held at Helmingham Hall Gardens, Suffolk in partnership with Suffolk Plant Heritage (formerly NCCPG). 800 plants of Penstemon ‘Connie’s Pink’ will be given away free to the first claimants - be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment! Information: contact Katy Day 01473 890799 or email    Woodbridge Methodist Church, Woodbridge, 2.15pm Bread of Life Springs Dance Company Part of their national tour. This dynamic display of contemporary dance explores the Christian tradition in a thought-provoking and innovative way. This vibrant piece will be a delight for all, whether seasoned dance critic or completely new to dance.

May 29 The Apex, 8pm Lulo Reinhardt Unique show by gypsy guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt complete with his top class band. Lulo Reinhardt is, of course, the grand-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. But the family’s musical ties run deeper than that for Lulo is also the nephew of the gypsy violin master Shnuckenack Reinhardt and comes from a lineage peppered throughout with highly talented musicians. Lulo represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin-Swing Project combines pure gypsyswing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. Tickets: £16 Box office: 01284 758000 Do you have an event you would like us to list? Please email details to Please note, inclusion in listings cannot be guaranteed. To advertise your event call 01473 809932



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New Wolsey, Ipswich, May 2-11

his acclaimed musical by award-winning composer Matthew Bugg tells a gripping story of sex, scandal and showbiz in war-torn 1940s London. Presented by Mr Bugg Presents with the New Wolsey Theatre in association with The Lowry it’s inspired by the art of burlesque which has become a huge trend in entertainment, provided a fashion with a new vintage look, and inspired a major Hollywood movie starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. 

This show takes the art back to its traditional European roots - of British Music hall and continental Cabaret and stars British-born international burlesque icon, Amber Topaz. Working class songbird Maggie Brown has moved to London in search of fame and fortune. She auditions at every cabaret bar, with her songwriter George, but nobody wants their act.  Things aren’t much better with her boyfriend Tom and her brother’s missing in action.  Meanwhile, George has problems of his own fighting to get by as a Jewish refugee. Everything changes when Maggie and George are picked up by wealthy owner Sir Frank.  Soon ‘Miss Nightingale’ explodes onto the stage - shocking society with her outrageous outfits and saucy songs.  She takes the West End by storm.  But backstage lurk secrets more devastating than the Blitz. This acclaimed new musical by Matthew Bugg features 20 original songs and a talented troupe of actor-musicians.  It is directed by Peter Rowe, artistic director of the New Wolsey.  Box Office: 01473 295900

FALLEN IN LOVE Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich, May 7- June 6 udiences in Suffolk this month have the opportunity to join theatre goers at The Tower of London in this brand new production by Red Rose Chain of Fallen in Love. Love, betrayal, jealousy and treason; the secret heart of Anne Boleyn is revealed in this bold and authentic play which has been written and directed by Joanna Carrick. The Suffolk-based company originally produced this play with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011. But a new production opens at Gippeswyk Hall this month and at the same time it’s also being performed at The Tower of London the place where Anne Boleyn spent her final days. Joanna Carrick says: “It’s such an honour to be returning to this play, bringing it back to Ipswich as well as having the chance to perform it at the Tower of London. The play is an intense and emotional experience, and performing it at such atmospheric places is going to make it an unforgettable experience.” Alison Weir, Author and Historian has said of the play: “Theatre at its best… History transformed into drama with the highest integrity.  If you only go to see one play this year make it this one”

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Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, May 17 and 18 ance fans in Suffolk are in for a treat with the arrival of the Jasmin Vardimon Company at Dance East this month. Her hotly anticipated new work – Freedom - has been widely praised with the Observer declaring it, “Beautiful. A deft theatrical touch”. Jasmin Vardimon Company was founded in London in 1997 and rapidly rose to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene and this production promises all that we’ve come to expect of this award-winning choreographer. Freedom looks at the ideas that keep our imaginations free. It’s a full-length dance theatre production and promises breath-taking physicality with beautifully detailed characterisation. Vardimon is renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance. She accentuates her work with an acute observation of human behaviour and the company’s works are widely accessible through their exposure of human experience, social relevance, high quality, passion, skill and commitment. Box Office: 01473 295230


Ipswich, May 30-June 8 he 13th Pulse Festival looks set to deliver theatrical innovation and creativity and a competition like no other. As ever there will be performances that astound but something that’s really going to push the boundaries is the inaugural Suitcase Prize. It’s a full day of extracts from new and work in progress shows competing to win £1,000 for the best piece of theatre that can be transported on public transport. The aim being to try to reduce the carbon footprint that touring theatre leaves behind it. Pulse Producer, Laura Norman says, “The Suitcase Prize is incredibly exciting and we are confident that our ten successful applicants won’t let the travel limitations limit their ambition. We were looking for inspiring, bold and adventurous ideas - just ones that you can take with you on the bus”. It’s also a festival with statistics – it lasts for

ten days, involves 47 companies presents 22 finished shows, 22 extracts/works in progress, plus two bespoke new pieces made with the people of Ipswich. There’s also a special £100 festival pass, which enables you to see every show on offer. Highlights include Lucy Ellinson’s When I Was Young, When I Get Old made with members of the New Wolsey audience, while Dan Bye’s Six O’Clock News will see the Young Company working alongside guest artists to reflect on the news, locally, nationally and internationally. The Festivals Commission, which includes PULSE, Mayfest, Sampled and Sprint festivals have this year also joined forces to commission and develop a new piece of theatre - Gym Party by emerging theatre company Made In China.

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SUFFOLK’S THEATRICAL LAUNCHPAD At first glance the small north Suffolk town of Halesworth might seem an unlikely place for a cultural revolution but the High Tide Festival is putting the town very firmly on the world map for theatre. Anne Gould finds out more

uffolk is the kind of place that doesn’t really have much truck for fame. There maybe A-listers who have seaside homes here with regular comings and goings of celebrity friends, family and visitors, but even if they are recognised in the pub or on the beach as, “that man/woman off the telly”, local people don’t really bother too much. So maybe it’s not surprising that the High Tide Festival which has been growing to critical national acclaim and success has been perhaps a bit of a slow burn here at home. A couple of years back Hollywood superstar actor, director and famous anglophile Kevin Spacey turned up – he was

Stephen Atkinson. But his presence in Halesworth has been so low key that even now two years on people, even those who probably should be in the know, are surprised to hear about it. This year festival goers might bump into acclaimed British playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff who is giving a talk. Its patrons are theatre royalty and include Sam Mendes, Juliette Stephenson, Sir David Hare but even the festival organising team never know who’s going to turn up. What’s for sure though is that High Tide, which is based at The Cut but now spreads to venues across Halesworth, is becoming the place where aspiring playwrights from around the world are looking to get their

This year the festival has an extraordinary array of new plays, music, comedy and readings – 80 performances in all. actually co-producing a play but no-one really batted an eyelid. “It was really fun seeing him in Halesworth with his baseball cap on. He really loved the entire festival and went to dinner in Cleone’s Italian Restaurant at The Angel, one of our partner venues,” explained Artistic Director, 22 |

big break in front of the people who matter and the big gun critics from the national papers too. Although not yet a theatre equivalent of Hay-on-Wye it’s starting to get that way – this year alone 1,000 new scripts were submitted and read.

According to Simon Raven, Chairman at The New Cut, High Tide has also created a significant positive impact on the town too as the actors and much of its audience travel from London, need accommodation, places to eat and the like. The rest of the audience, also travel in from across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire guaranteeing that for two and a half weeks the town positively jostles. So why Halesworth? Stephen Atkinson, one of the co-founders explained that at the start, seven years ago, they were looking for somewhere out of London to do something quite different. The Cut offered them the facilities they continued on page 24

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HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL 2013 PLAYS Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins directed by Steven Atkinson. This is a wildly theatrical comedy exploring identity, intolerance and tensions in ‘post-racial‘ America. Pastoral by Thomas Eccleshare directed by Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre. An inventive and unnervingly original play, winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2011. Anthony Neilson described it as: ‘surreal, hilarious – a genuine piece of theatre.’ A co-production with Soho Theatre. Smallholding by Chris Dunkley directed by Patrick Sandford, Artistic Director of Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. As Andy and Jen try to make a fresh start, trust, responsibility and bio-dynamic farming challenge their relationship in this comic love story. A co-production with Nuffield Theatre, Southampton Moth by Declan Greene directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah. A haunting black comedy about what it means to be young and damaged in a damaging world. Moth was cast through an open-call audition targeted at the 85,000 members signed up to ‘IdeasTap’, the charity set up to support young people at the start of their career. Bottleneck by Luke Barrnes directed by Steven Atkinson. Bottleneck was first staged as a reading at High Tide 2012 and now returns after performing at Soho Theatre and a UK wide tour. Bottleneck is a vibrant coming of age story about becoming a man through adventures big and small. ‘Bottleneck is an outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes’ (The Telegraph).     READINGS The festival is exploring some fantastic brand new plays as readings including: Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Mark Rosenblatt; Harrogate by Al Smith; Klippies by Jessica Sian; My Name Is… by Sudha Bhuchar directed by Ella Hickson, in collaboration with Tamasha; readings for our Eastern writers in Escalator Plays; Britten in Brooklyn.  

MUSIC & COMEDY Ronnie Scott’s – James Pearson, Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s and local singing sensation Polly Gibbons will be performing their Halesworth late-night jazz club. Hackney Colliery Band – bringing the UK brass band tradition bang up-to-date with a set-list as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. An inspired musical collision (The Times). Thom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD – Thom Tuck has watched every single Disney straight-to-DVD movie so that you don’t have to. Nominated for the Fosters Best Newcomer Award Edinburgh Fringe 2011. BOOK READINGS There will be book readings and signings from two great new British authors: Piers Torday –The Last Wild. A hugely inventive adventure (Eoin Colfer) Nigel Cliff –The Last Crusade. A stirringly epic book… a thrilling narrative. (The Sunday Times) OTHER EVENTS Roger Michell - Director of Notting Hill, Enduring Love and the recent Hyde Park on Hudson in conversation.  Take-over - As a way of encouraging more young people to have a greater involvement in the arts and the High Tide Festival 2013, for the first time ever this year High Tide ran a competition through their partners IdeasTap to find a group of young people to programme one of our venues on Tues 7th and Weds 8th May 2013. They’ve shortlisted 13 teams of people and interviewed four and the winners are a group called Invertigo, who describe themselves as ‘four 2012 Guildhall graduates who produce audience centric work, intent on representing the lesser-known new works, unique ways of storytelling and adaptations of lesser known works’. In June 2012 they won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises.



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wanted, there’s good access to the capital with the train and it’s also just a 15-minute drive to Southwold and the sea. One year the festival ran a bus from London to Halesworth but, says Stephen, Greater Anglia now has a service that allows visitors to travel easily at weekends. Of course what’s important is the theatre – and the event, from May 2-12 has grown so much in stature that this year all five major productions being premiered are going elsewhere. “Transfers are already confirmed with the Soho and Bush Theatres, to Southampton, and on tour. ‘See it here first’ is our moto for the year,” said Stephen. This means the High Tide Theatre Festival has not only been involved with more than 45 new productions but worked with leading

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theatres such as the National Theatre, Old Vic, Headlong, Public Theatre New York and the Bush Theatre. Some of these plays have gone on to critical success at Edinburgh but it’s also been the launch pad for a number of successful careers. This year the festival has an extraordinary array of new plays, music, comedy and readings – 80 performances in all. “It’s our most diverse and strongest too and showcases brilliant new touring work, such as Michaela Cole’s Alfred Fagon Award winning Chewing Gum Dreams and Eastern Angles’ latest production. Rounding off our ‘total festival’ experience, we have talks, late night comedy and music.”

INFORMATION Performances will take place from 11am – 11pm each day Box Office: 01603 598606 (Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 8.00pm) Tickets can also be purchased in person from The Cut, Halesworth, 2nd – 12th May inc. Ticket Prices: £5-£18

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Spring might have turned out to the coldest and wettest for half a century but even so artist and innovator Jason Gathorne-Hardy says Suffolk has much to celebrate in 2013. Anne Gould finds out more he days are getting longer, there are snowdrops in the hedgerows and numerous delightful baby lambs are gamboling about the farmyard but still a freezing chill is in the air. According to Jason Gathorne-Hardy there’s flooding in fields around his home in Great Glemham, the likes of which he’s never seen before. Of course the farmers are rightly worried

about the effect such a snowy spring will have later on this year for their crops. Seasons come and seasons go but Jason, artist, farmer and innovator is buoyant because 2013 has brought a lucky collision of anniversaries that celebrate our cultural, artistic and literary heritage as part of the landscape. It is of course Britten’s centenary, it’s also 100 years since artist Harry Becker moved

to Suffolk and it was 1913, he says that his family headed by the Earl of Cranbrook moved to Great Glemham. For Jason too it’s also the tenth year since he started up the extraordinary and positively charming Alde Valley Spring Festival, which sees artists of national renown exhibiting work in his lambing sheds at the award-winning White House Farm. It’s an event that is much praised by art



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lovers and Suffolk’s cultural glitterati not least because it guarantees to always surprise. This year, as ever, there’s an exceptional exhibition planned with new work being shown from some of Britain and Suffolk’s leading artists in addition to work from across the world. Besides the art, the walks, the satellite events in pubs, cafes and restaurants across the Alde Valley Jason is also seeking to enter the record books. The longest picnic table ever was created last year in one of his nearby fields and is a massive 101 metres will hopefully host the world’s biggest picnic. Rain put a damper on the attempt last year but this year the elements hopefully will be more temperate. So it’s being used again as part of the centennial celebrations for Benjamin Britten; the farm and Spring Festival have teamed up with the Education Department at Aldeburgh Music to launch the Big Spring Picnic as the first Albert Herring Feast. Jason is hoping that up to 350 people will attend – everyone has to bring their own food, sourced within 11 miles of Great Glemham from independent farm shops, bakers, butchers, delis and the like and ideally people will come on foot, by bicycle or car share. Entry is free but you need to pre-book your tickets. Besides art and the environment food is now one of the key elements of the festival. He explained, “The beautiful Alde Valley is home to one of the UK’s and, we think, one of the world’s most job-rich, innovative, creative and diverse local food economies.” People now are now just as interested in the provenance of their food as eating seasonally. So in addition to the picnic there are various farm suppers using local ingredients – look out for Alde Valley Mutton – from the lamb flock at White House Farm, but also look out for special events at pubs, cafes and farm shops throughout the Alde Valley too. Jason said when the festival first started in 2003 it was no more than a small art exhibition in one of the Church Cottages in Great Glemham. “I was renovating the house and commissioned Suffolk artist Tessa Newcombe to do some painting there, she visited for about three or four weeks and one or two people dropped by. “We then opened the cottage for viewing and also showed some paintings and drawings of mine and those of my grandmother, Fidelity Cranbrook, the late Dowager Duchess of Cranbrook, too. “The following year the cottage was let so I moved the exhibition down to the farm and eight artists exhibited.” Jason was lucky enough to have the support of the renowned Maggi Hambling, who happened to have taught him drawing at art college in addition to Tessa, Helen Napper, Sam Taplin and Tory Lawrence. “The first year about 200 people came, the next year it was about 400 and it has grown every year in size and popularity and we now get visitors from Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Sudbury.” What’s also interesting is that these people may attend more than one or even twice during every festival. For some events growing in size becomes its downfall but Jason is a custodian like no other – he cares and oversees his heritage in very much the right way. White House Farm for instance is part of the Natural England 26 |

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Jason Gathorne-Hardy and his picnic table Higher Level Stewardship Scheme concerned Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Eric Crozier and Nancy Evans, among many other dedicated with environmental management of rural supporters,” he said. areas and it was also regional winner of the Some of the performances in the early RSPB Nature farming award and it seems

For some events growing in size becomes its downfall but Jason is a custodian like no other – he cares and oversees his heritage in very much the right way. almost everywhere he looks this has created a resonance in culture and the arts too. This year for example he’s been renovating the farmhouse and in doing so uncovered an inglenook that he now believes could well be the fireplace that appears in Britten’s Little Sweep. “Britten was a friend of the family and used to visit here during the Second World War. “Jock and Fidelity Cranbrook’s children, together with those of Jock’s brother Anthony Gathorne-Hardy and his wife Ruth, were the child characters in Little Sweep. “Fidelity Cranbrook was one of the founding group that set up The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, together with

years of the Aldeburgh Festival took place in Glemham House. Apparently all the children’s names from the Cranbrook family were used as characters in the piece so it might make sense that he borrowed the inglenook too. This year the artist Harry Becker who famously painted and drew Suffolk, its countryside and people as the county was, is also going to be celebrated. The Colchester born artist moved to Suffolk in 1913 and his work has recently gained in popularity to an extent that the Henry Becker Society is going to be launched at the festival. Jason has long been a fan and tells almost with glee an occasion some years back at

Marlesford Farm café where he bumped into an art dealer friend who just happened to have just bought a job lot of some Becker work at an auction. It was an opportunity too good to miss so he made an offer for the works there and then and bought them straight from the boot of the car. “It seemed too important a year to let Harry Becker’s work slip through the net. Within the broader celebration of Coming Home ~ A Season of Centennials it seems important to raise the flag for Harry Becker, who has been long overlooked and under-valued. “To mark his centenary the Spring Festival Exhibition includes a number of Harry Becker’s original works on show and some for sale alongside an archive of images showing life at White House Farm during the past 100 years. A collection of Harry Becker postcards are also for sale in the Festival Shop.”




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there’s going to be a Walk on the Waterside in Ipswich on June 11. It looks as if it’s going to be an event for the calendar too, not least because participants will be exploring one of the most beautiful parts of the Shotley Peninsula and the event starts and finishes at Jimmy’s Farm. For those who’ve worked up an appetite on the 13-mile route there’s an opportunity for a special lunch. Kate says the route is very nearly all off road and takes in a loop of the scenic Alton Water

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my mother and close friend both diagnosed I really wanted to raise money for this charity. “My grandmother was one of the first people to have a double mastectomy at Guy’s Hospital many years ago. “It’s one of those cancers that affects everybody. We all know someone, a friend or a family member who has or had breast cancer. “Also, it’s not just women – over 600 men are diagnosed with this cancer every year.” Kate and Toni are both keen walkers and regular charity fund-raisers and they say this event isn’t about ambling round like a Sunday afternoon stroll. They are looking for people who can complete the distance in three to four hours, which really means that you have to train in advance. And if you’ve got a fit well-behaved dog they are welcome too but must be kept on a lead. “We chose early June because hopefully it will be warm but it won’t be too hot.” There are two levels of entry – there are 150 places at £25, which includes a two-course lunch at Jimmy’s Farm with lasagne and salads and Eton Mess on the menu.

Each of these participants will get a goody bag and will be eligible for a star raffle that takes place after the meal. Kate and Toni, veterans of these events and with a stack of medals to prove it have also come up with a novel way for walkers to celebrate their achievement. The problem with medals, they say, is that people don’t know what to do with them afterwards - so they’ve come up with an alternative, a very special bracelet thanks to The Bead Boutique in Long Melford. “It’s really pretty and hopefully people will want to continue wearing it and by doing so will continue spreading news about the charity at the same time.” They’ve also had support from Paddy and Scotts, Audi Ipswich, East of England Co-op, Temple Spa, Munchy Seeds and NFU. Apparently these places are already going fast but Kate says for those who don’t want to stay for lunch the walk is open to everyone who wants to take part and the tickets are £15. “We are hoping to raise about £5,000 with this event and so far people have been very generous and are giving what they can.”

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For 12 cripplingly long years serious mental health issues prevented Peter from being able to work. Now thanks to the High Sheriff, the Suffolk Foundation and a hand crafted boat, he’s doing work experience and loving it. Places&Faces finds out more

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The idea is to break down the stigmas associated with mental health problems by giving people the opportunity to gain independence and a positive attitude towards moving on into employment.

eter was just 20 when he hit rock bottom and had to stop working. There were money problems and bullying at work and then the depression got too much. He left his administrative role and the idea was that he would become a house husband but his health problems became worse - much worse. Despite help from mental health services Peter got to a stage when he was not only unable to leave his house on his own but he felt unable to talk to anyone either. “I couldn’t even answer the phone,” he said. Unfortunately then Peter’s relationship broke up and he moved back to his father’s house. “It had been 12 years but I decided that I had been out of work for so long that it was time I did something about it and needed to turn things round.” Through the Job Centre he was sent to a social enterprise in Bury St Edmunds called Workwise which aims to develop and train people with mental health problems in a business environment. It encourages selfesteem and independence through work and builds confidence by helping people learn new skills and qualifications. To begin with everyone is taught computer skills and then they go on to various specialisms - woodwork and boatbuilding, textiles, crafts or IT and business administration. It’s been such a success that Workwise is now often commissioned for work or sells what’s made at its shop, Cavern 4 in Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds. The idea is to break down the stigmas associated with mental health problems by giving people the opportunity to gain independence and a positive attitude towards moving on into employment. For Peter, Workwise enabled him to learn computer programmes in Word and Excel and he said the great thing was that he was able to take it on at his own speed. “I now need to apply for jobs,” he says. But Workwise has also done something very special for him through a connection with Network 2 Supplies Ltd, a business that specialises in technology recycling. He’s

doing work experience one day a week at the company and it’s made a huge difference to his life. “It’s brought me out of my shell quite a lot, I was really shy for ages and would only speak when I was spoken to. I now feel I can start looking for a job.” Peter’s new found enthusiasm for work has come about through a series of co-incidences that started last year when the Suffolk Foundation commissioned Workwise to make a wooden boat to be auctioned at a Luncheon for the High Sheriff, Mr Andrew NormanButler at the Royal Hospital School. The boat was purchased by Bury St Edmunds businessman, Jack Gomarshall from Network 2 Supplies whose offices in Western Way just happen to be round the corner from one of the Workwise units. “As soon as I walked into the dining room and saw the boat I knew it would be ideal for my grandchildren when they come to stay at weekends.” Jack, whose son Andy is an England rugby international, said he’d never heard of Workwise before but having seen what the organisation does and been very impressed the connections between the two have grown. “They needed IT equipment so we were able to help them out - we installed it and also took away the old computers and recycled them. “We’ve commissioned them to make signs, wooden gates and T-shirts from various Workwise units.” But perhaps the biggest help that’s been offered is the opportunity to take people who have been through the Workwise programme and give them vital real life work experience. “We have started with just one day a week but it’s a start to get them back into the work place”.  *Peter’s name has been changed for confidentiality reasons.

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NEW PARTNER PASSIONATE ABOUT SUFFOLK’S FOOD PRODUCERS Farming, rural and high net worth insurance specialists NFU Mutual Ipswich have undergone a bit of a makeover recently following the retirement of the firm’s senior partner, John Whyman. Joining Jill Girling and Jane Hyde in the delightful converted farm buildings at Wherstead is Robert Butcher ACII obert Butcher has 25 years’ insurance experience, a career that began in Norwich but the last six of which have been spent in France. As a self-confessed foodie, Butcher enjoyed the experience of working abroad but is already enjoying his new role for similar reasons. “I’m getting to meet so many of the county’s food producers and finding how passionate they are about their produce is so rewarding. There is a bit of a food and drink renaissance going on in the UK right now, not least because of recent stories in the news and while France is often cited as a gastronomic paradise, there really isn’t anything they can do that we cannot, in fact, thanks to the creativity locally, in most cases it’s actually much better here.” As well as insuring the largest farmers and growers and many nonagricultural business, the firm’s customers include small independent food and drink producers, pubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses and anyone living and working in the rural community.

“The most exciting part is seeing the role we play in underpinning and protecting the local community, particularly when it comes to claims of course but also as we work hard to understand what they need covering in the first place,” Robert continues. “We have 20 hugely experienced staff, all with local backgrounds and all based at the Wherstead office. It is here that all aspects of our service are carried out and not in some call centre” he says. “Our clients like that. It enables us to provide local people with a truly local service.”


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1. From the car park walk in front of the British Larder and take the footpath immediately on your left. Keep your dog on a lead in this section as the path runs beside the main road. Follow the path until point 2. 2. Turn left and walk along the road for 80 yds, passing Bromeswell Village Hall, until you reach a footpath sign on your right. 3. Take this footpath which rises and passes through some houses before emerging into an open area. At the open access land sign continue straight ahead. 4. After a short while the path reaches a junction. Turn left at the post (shown as a restricted byway). 5. Having come beside the church the path meets a track. Turn right and follow this track until it meets the Eyke Road (approx. 5 minutes). Cross straight over and follow the track opposite signposted to Swann’s Nursery. After passing the nursery you will come to a plantation of Christmas trees on your left followed by a stretch of larger spruces as the track meets the main road with the Woodbridge Rugby Club opposite. 6. At the main road turn left and walk along the road for 125 yds. 7. Turn right and walk along the road for approx. 250 yds turn right at the restricted byway sign and head toward, then past, the Faith Baptist Church. Follow this path until you meet a junction. 8. At the junction turn left by a house called Brome Hill. Follow this track, which after approx. 150yds, turns to the right. Continue along the track until you reach a junction. 9. At this junction turn left and follow it straight ahead passing by paddocks and Five Winds Stud Farm. Continue straight ahead following the small footpath signs on the fences until you reach a bridleway sign entering Woodbridge Golf Club. 10. Turn right into the golf club. The bridleway is clearly visible and runs to the right of the fairway. After a short while the bridleway passes to the right of a putting green and crosses two fairways. On the first hole golfers will be coming from the left, and on the second from the top of the hill on the right always check before crossing. 11. Having crossed both fairways the bridleway passes into an area of trees continue straight ahead, passing through an opening and then after approx. 120 yds you will see a single story white building on your right. 12. Turn right taking the track toward the building, you will again cross over two fairways, where play will first come from the tee on your right and then from a raised tee on your left – again check before crossing. This track leads directly to the main road and the start of the route with the British Larder directly opposite.

Fresh, seasonal and local. The British Larder Suffolk are committed to using locally-sourced ingredients, working closely with farmers, suppliers and producers from in and around the Suffolk region. The inspiring and creative menu changes every single day to celebrate the best of fresh, seasonal British food.

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Return the casserole to a medium heat, add the remaining butter and once it starts to foam, add the onions, mushrooms, celery and garlic and sauté for about 8 minutes or until golden. Pour the sherry and brandy into the pan and let the liquid bubble, stirring and scraping the base of the casserole with a wooden spoon to deglaze it, then cook over a medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the liquid has thickened slightly. Return the browned meat to the casserole, then add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Place a piece of non-stick baking paper directly on to the surface of the stock and cover with the lid. Transfer the casserole to the oven and cook for about 35 minutes or until the pheasant is cooked and tender. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the pheasant breasts and legs from the stock, then set them aside and keep warm, while you finish the sauce. Place the casserole over a medium heat, add the cream and bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, then simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, then taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Serve 1 pheasant leg and 1 pheasant breast per portion with plenty of sauce. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes or boiled brown rice and steamed seasonal greens. Cook’s Note If you like the sound of this dish but aren’t able to buy a pheasant or are not keen on its gamey flavour, you can substitute it for partridge, chicken or even rabbit – the cooking times will be the same.


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TIME, TIDE & TREACLE TART! The Ship at Dunwich has long been known as a cosy coastal pub with faultlessly comfortable rooms for a perfect Suffolk stay. Lesley Rawlinson sampled the new menu here was a time when the tiny Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich was one of the ten largest towns in England. A wealthy fishing port with at least 18 ecclesiastical buildings the loss of more than half of Dunwich’s taxable land, disappearing into the sea between 1066 and 1086, is recorded in the Domesday Book. What remains of the hamlet though is, in my opinion, very special. Regular readers of Places & Faces will know that we’re keen dog walkers and the coast, woodland and heath paths around Dunwich are unparalleled for their sheer natural beauty, 42 |

they keep pulling us back time and time again. The long shingle beach, desolate and bracing through the colder months bustles with families as soon as the sun appears and paddling becomes a must. I particularly enjoy walking through Dingle Marsh; we’ve taken the path through the marshes all the way up the coast to Walberwick and Southwold beyond, but you don’t have to be an ‘outdoor type’ to find a reason to visit Dunwich. Because even if there wasn’t a beach, even if the heath didn’t subtly change with every phase of the heather and even if the village wasn’t steeped in history the village pub alone is reason enough.

Once the haunt of Smugglers and only a stone’s throw from the aforementioned beach The Ship is, quite simply, a great pub. The flagstones of the entrance hall, worn to a shine by the footsteps of hundreds of years, lead you through the charming, higgledy building. Full of cosy corners the bar has a very traditional feel - complete wood-burning stove for colder days. There’s a comfortable family friendly lounge and a light and airy conservatory with enclosed (part covered) courtyard beyond before you venture into the enormous garden with its historic fig tree. Though the dog friendly bar is usually our

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favourite spot we decided that as on this occasion we were visiting for an evening meal, sans Darcy, we’d choose a table in the conservatory. The team at The Ship are always welcoming and Kim’s sunny smile was at its usual full volume as she offered us menus and reminded us of the specials on the blackboards in the bar so we wandered through to check out the choices and order our drinks. Manager Matt Goodwin likes to keep a rolling programme of guest beers in stock for his patrons but there’s always Adnams on tap and refreshing Calvors lager too. I’ve found a great new use for my mobile phone - photographing the specials boards if it’s out of view of your table so that you can check through the choices side by side with the printed menu. I know it’s only a little thing but if you’re as indecisive a diner as me you’ll be chuffed with that tip! The team of chefs at The Ship have come up with a very enticing menu and one dish that will always be on offer is their famous fish & chips – with the usual trilogy of cod, haddock or plaice available. My husband had already decided that he couldn’t visit without choosing the fish even though main courses of slow cooked aromatic Blythburgh belly pork with date and apple puree or beef, mushroom and baby onion pie complete with herb mash both came very close to swaying his intentions. The starter was a slightly more tricky – whether to go for English cheese and ale fondue with homemade seeded puff pastry sticks? Or should it be the twice baked Stilton soufflé with roasted walnuts, port poached pear and endive salad. These were two rather hard to resist cheesy choices but resist he did and instead enjoyed a seriously scrumptious Scotch egg of Blythburgh pork and black pudding served with The Ship’s own piccalilli. We find it intriguing how a dish can go through all the various processes involved in creating a

Scotch egg and the yolk still stay perfectly on the soft side of hard-boiled. My starter was, for once, an easy one for me to decide on. I absolutely love smoked mackerel pate and the thought of it served with golden dill soldiers and cucumber relish had me salivating just at the description.

pudding that you may remember we featured as the Chef’s Recipe in the April edition of Places & Faces plus pear and frangipane tart it makes me feel glad that custard was ever created! Treacle tart is my Dad’s absolute favourite and on the pretext of sampling it to be sure I could recommend it to him my order

We find it intriguing how a dish can go through all the various processes involved in creating a Scotch egg and the yolk still stay perfectly on the soft side of hard-boiled. Coarse, meaty, flavoursome…a great balance was created with the crispy, crunch of the herby toasts. I’d choose it as a light lunch too, heartily recommended. But what to follow with? As it was a Sunday I felt drawn to the slow-cooked leg of Suffolk lamb and I’m glad I stuck to my guns. I’m sure I’d have been equally happy with a dish of smoked haddock, leek and barley risotto from among the specials and judging from the delightful squeal of ‘delicious duck Mummy’ from a young diner on a nearby table the twice cooked crispy duck leg with homemade plumb jam glaze was clearly going down well but my lamb, served very cleverly alongside its own shepherd’s pie with carrot & swede mash and braised red cabbage among other vegetables fell apart at the gentlest of touch from the fork - perfect. We’re never ones to shy away from the dessert menu on a day with a ‘y’ in and The Ship really hits the mark with traditional desserts. There’s always a good selection of ice creams, sorbets and a well thought out cheeseboard but when the list of puds includes Old English treacle tart, creamy vanilla rice pudding with homemade jam, the rather special sticky toffee

was placed. Keeping it in the family, as such, Adrian chose to measure the rice pudding against treasured memories of his Granny’s own recipe, a tough ask I’m sure, but of course The Ship exceeded even his expectations. It’s on such evenings that I often wish I’d booked an over-night stay. After a comfortably filling meal whiling away the rest of the evening with a glass or two of a favourite beverage in the bar would have gone down well, but the thought of that treat on a return visit is one to savour. INFORMATION The Ship, Dunwich, IP17 3DT T: 01728 648219



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Local, Thai flavoured, crab cakes with a dressed vegetable slaw and wasabi creme fraiche

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hef Oliver Burnside took over The Plough and Sail at the front of Snape Maltings with his twin brother Alex in April 2012. Since then the brothers have already established themselves and enjoy running the popular country dining pub with a reputation for great food, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service. The pub’s name inspired their philosophy; ‘celebrating quality produce from land and sea’ – the brothers bring together and harmonise both ingredients from the field and the sea and offer a contemporary menu in the evening, a more simplified ‘traditional’ menu at lunchtime, pre-concert meal and also private dining for parties and functions.  Oliver, who previously worked at the Regatta in Aldeburgh and The Crown & Castle in Orford, has a passion for quality, seasonal food, which is evident from The Plough and Sail’s regularly-changing menu. He values the importance of ‘food miles’ and the origins of ingredients; hence his efforts to use local suppliers that add to his high standards of cooking and presentation.  INGREDIENTS Ingredients for crab cakes Half medium white onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 140 grams risotto rice 700 ml fish stock 2 limes (zest and juice) Salt and pepper 2 dressed crabs (use white and brown meat) 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce 1 bunch of coriander, chopped Ingredients for slaw 2 carrots 50 grams beansprouts 2 red peppers 1 courgette  Ingredients for slaw dressing 2 tablespoons of fish sauce 2 tablespoons of soya sauce 2 tablespoons of water 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce Coriander stalks Ingredients for wasabi creme fraiche  80ml creme fraiche  Wasabi paste Extra ingredients  Plain flour 5 eggs, whisked Breadcrumbs

Oliver Burnside’s Thai Crab Cakes Makes five crabcakes METHOD 1. First, make the crab cakes. Dice the onion and cook in the vegetable oil until cooked but not coloured. Then, add the risotto rice and continue to cook until the rice is warm and coated with oil. 2. Add the fish stock very slowly, continually stirring. After 5 minutes add all of the lime juice and zest. Continue cooking until the rice is tender and then add seasoning to taste. 

5. To make the dressing – add the fish sauce, soya sauce, water and coriander stalks to a food processor and blend. 6. To make the wasabi creme fraiche – put the creme fraiche into a bowl and gently whisk in the wasabi paste to taste. Finishing the dish

3. Add the white and brown crab meat, chilli sauce and chopped coriander leaves. Fold the mixture together and put aside to cool. Once cooled, mould into small cakes before leaving in the fridge to set.

1. Coat the crab cakes in flour (pat off the access), then place into the whisked eggs, before rolling them in the breadcrumbs. Shallow fry in a pan on both sides until golden brown, before placing in an oven at 180°C / 350°F for five minutes until piping hot.

4. To make the slaw – thinly slice the carrots, red peppers and courgettes and add the beansprouts. Mix together.

2. Finally, dress the slaw, place the crab cakes on top and drizzle with the wasabi creme fraiche and more dressing. 3. Serve with lime.

Enjoy delicious food and drink in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere Whether you choose a light, casual meal or a formal dinner in our restaurant, the menus feature traditional favourites, the best of modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world. Every dish is cooked and presented with flair and imagination and is accompanied by a superb wine list, emphasising our passion for quality, seasonal food, using produce from local suppliers wherever possible. Offering a range of draught lagers and ales, soft drinks and a fantastic wine list. The Plough and Sail comprises of a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and an intimate balcony area, perfect for private parties. There is also seating at the front of the pub and a courtyard area at the back where warm summer evenings and lazy Sundays can be enjoyed. We hope to see you soon! Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SR t: 01728 688413

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The Coach & Horses

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

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

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

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

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

T: 01473 230293

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

The fountain

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

The Angel

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

the maybush

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

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

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

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

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Fynn Valley


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

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

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

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

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Satis house

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

T: 01728 668418

The Anchor

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

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

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

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

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

T: 01394 386141

T: 01473 735267

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

Address: The Anchor, Main Street, Walberswick, Suffolk, IP18 6UA E: W: @AnchoratWalbers T: 01502 722112



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Food Gallery


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

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

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

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

T: 01394 380055

T: 01728 648286

The Crockery Barn

Spring has arrived and Dan’s top quality plants are now at last in full bloom all around us with prices much lower than the larger garden centres. Top quality pure french linen dinning textiles just in and you can also buy online at Main stockists for Maxwell & Williams, Portmeirion, and Bridgewater. New Suffolk based artists exhibiting in the long barn gallery. To book a table @ Bridget’s café call 892551. Our resident barn owl has already been spotted hunting! Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm Address: The Crockery Barn, Ashleigh Farm Ashbocking, Ipswich IP6 9JS Bridget’s Café, T: 01473 892551 W: E: T: 01473 890123

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Rob Chase

here is an old adage in the wine trade that if you want to make a million, you should invest three million to start with: it won’t be long before this is neatly reduced to one. Having a sack full of spondoolies (look it up!), obviously helps, should you decide to enter the wine business from the roots up and buy a vineyard, but what makes a film star, rock star or celebrity sportsperson invest in a patch of dirt? Given half a chance and all the money, I know I would, but for me it would be the realisation of a lifelong dream rather than a trophy possession, and financial matters would concern me far less than the question of where in the world to plant my first vine. Assuming, however, that your interest is pecuniary and your name is a marketable commodity, you will see dividends almost immediately. Your already humungous fan base will clamour for a share in your every vintage, while major supermarkets will form an orderly queue outside your changing room. For footballer or fashionista, the battle is half won. Crossing the English Channel evidently helps, as Paris St Germain’s latest signing is possibly about to prove. The wine route is already well-trodden by the Beckhams; David having bought a Napa Valley vineyard for his wife four years ago.( Francis Ford Coppola, who has vineyards nearby, is these days possibly more famous for making wine than he is for making The Godfather). I am sure PSG aren’t expecting David Beckham to make his film directorial debut, or plant his own vines in France yet, but having his name endorsing a wine would obviously pay dividends for him as well as the winery and club. Some of the current - and indeed former, ‘greats’ who have put their money where their wine glasses should be, include the likes of Sting who has his estate in Chiantishire and Gérard Depardieu, who will have presumably opened up new markets in Belgium and Russia by now for his many

CELEBRITY JUICE! wines from Bordeaux, Languedoc, Spain, Argentina and Morocco. Then there are the new recruits to Europe - Brad and Angelina who have recently acquired Château Miraval in Provence. “Bring me a bottle of Brangelina Rosé, landlord”, trips off the tongue rather nicely. They have also recently acquired a four and a half acre plot in Valpolicella. But it was Cliff Richard who brought it home to me, several years ago, with his phenomenally successful Vida Nova wines from the Algarve. Get yourself a decent winemaker, and your fan base will keep you in funds well into your dotage – and beyond. The list of vinous music celebs is endless – with the likes of all-time great guitarist, Carlos Santana and his short-lived tie-up with Champagne Mumm, and Bob Dylan with the Italian winery, Le Terrazze, but in a getting-

an unknown Champagne house to produce a ‘zero dosage’ fizz which has only 60 calories per glass, rather than the normal hundred. Oh, that I had the opportunity to drink enough champagne to make a measurable difference to my waist-line, but this style of champagne is by no means a new concept, and the many examples I have tried in the past have invariably left me wanting more of the ‘regular’ rather than the ‘unleaded’ variety. It is uncommon for a winemaker to record his wine fermenting, but not uncommon for a winemaker to play music to his fermenting wine. The original exponent of the former is Austrian winemaking icon Willi Opitz, who recorded every bubbling tank, maintaining that each of his eight grape varieties made a different sound: his CD mix of all eight became a resounding hit – in Austria, I hasten

If you are a weight-conscious celeb, then the latest in low-calorie champagne might be for you. down-to-the-roots type of way. Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall has his own vines in Sicily, Olivia Newton-John has her Koala Blue Winery in South Australia, Madonna and her father have their Ciccone Vineyard in Oregon, and golfer Ernie Els is doing his funky wine thing in Stellenbosch. But bringing this all very much closer to our Southwold tasting-room was Formula One driver, Jarno Trulli and his Podere Castorani wine from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, on Italy’s central east coast, tasted very good, but at four times the price of our current offering from here, our Taverna Nova seemed like a real give-away at a mere £8.49 a bottle. Perhaps Jarno needs the extra cash to fuel his high-octane lifestyle and rapid cars. If you are a weight-conscious celeb, then the latest in low-calorie champagne might be for you. A former BBC presenter, who admitted to living off fizz and canapés in her role as show-business reporter, has collaborated with

to add. The latter obsession, of playing music to the wine is marginally less unusual – simply, I suspect, because winemaking-teams who often have to toil through the night during the vintage, can while away the hours by playing rock music as loud as they like. The excuse that it makes a difference to the wine is not even debatable, but I know of megasound systems in Californian and New Zealand wineries, which cajole the wine-maker everonwards and the dawn ever-nearer – usually with the aid of some very heavy metal. The classiest, and equally dubious, act of them all, however, is Sebastiano Castiglioni, who plays the Monteverdi Choir’s Bach cantatas around the clock to his fermenting Tuscan wines, sure in the belief that they will be all the better for it. Spooky, or just serendipitous maybe, that Bach and Bacchus share half the same name!



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Anyway, these two events provided the link to tell you about some strange things that have come our way to be sold in the saleroom in years gone by. The first, as Lesley was somewhat less than fully dressed in her photo-shoot, was a pair of Neals bloomers reputed to have belonged to Queen Victoria. They attracted much comment at the hey say a picture paints a thousand time of sale, and although their provenance words so perhaps it was prophetic was somewhat sketchy the bidding was indeed that a very vampish image of the MD brisk. The opening shot attracted much mirth of Places & Faces, Lesley Rawlinson, when Mr Lambert, the late father of Ray who should leap out of the front page of The East runs the Antique emporium in The Bull Ride Anglian Daily Times eaevent section on Friday 5th April. She was seen promoting a show she Woodbridge, offered the Auctioneer ‘half a nicker’. was appearing in – The Witches of Eastwick – On the medical front we have encountered and it acted as a timely reminder that my copy some gruesome equipment. ‘Electric shock’ was due very shortly. A further reminder came later in the day when machines from the Victorian period come to mind which to some could be the modern my dentist, armed with a syringe filled with anaesthetic attached to a hideous needle, also day version of the Tens Machine! However, in days gone by the supposed benefits of electric raised the subject of writing this column. It was quite difficult to respond as the numbing process shocks seemed to be the cure-all for almost all ailments. was taking hold of my lips. More on that later.


A number of surgeons’ saws have come under the hammer too leaving questions as to when and on whom they were last used. These thoughts are naturally coupled with the hope that enough anaesthetic was used to knock out the poor patient before the blade was wielded. Among the more palatable items have been ear trumpets, eye baths, invalid feeders, Phrenology busts, stethoscopes, apothecary’s jars and empty medicine bottles. We certainly cannot include the bleeding bowls, enema kits and birthing forceps in the same category. Thankfully we have not been offered much dental equipment to sell which made it more difficult to visualise the piece of kit which was about to enter my mouth and extract my troublesome tooth. I left the dreaded chair still largely unable to speak coherently and say thank you while David Bellamy could leave for his holiday happy in the knowledge of a job well done and about to be paid for!

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The Hopkins Homes Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion is a treasure trove of creativity, inspiration and products & services for the home. It’s packed with style and colour with experts on hand to give advice on turning design dreams into a reality. Places&Faces discovers what’s in store this year from some of the exhibitors

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Hopkins Homes, the leading, award winning residential developer in East Anglia, is delighted to once again be the sponsor of the Hopkins Homes Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion for the seventh consecutive year at the Suffolk Show 2013. The Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion showcases the very best of aspirational living where quality, innovation and design can be seen throughout all of the displays; complementing their own ethos perfectly whilst providing truly inspirational ideas for the discerning homemaker.

By George is a professional full service interior design practice, run by Jemima Withey, who trained as an interior designer at the prestigious KLC School of Design in Chelsea. The designs are tailored to how clients live their lives, be it a listed farm house or a contemporary new build property. Whether creating a lighting design, producing an interior design for one room or working on an entire property By George brings a wealth of knowledge, technical ability and style to your project.

Barretts of Woodbridge In addition to their room setting, Barretts also has a retail stand to show off their lovely Linens department. The main stand will show both a living room and dining room. The living room will be themed with bright and bold fabrics from the Scion Milinki collection - all the rage at the moment. There’s a stunning bespoke sofa in summer yellow, complimented with colourful and funky cushions. But they’re particularly excited about the dining room area launching a new collection of locally hand-made furniture.

The Persian Carpet Studio The Persian Carpet Studio is one of the largest showrooms dedicated to traditional and contemporary rugs and carpets in the UK. Every rug in their showroom is unique and they take great pride in stocking the best rugs of their type, whether it’s a fun and inexpensive kelim, a beautifully made contemporary carpet or an antique rug. At the showroom in Long Melford the on-site rug and carpet restoration and repair workshops are certainly the most experienced and extensive of their type. Exhibiting in the Pavilion this year: Barretts of Woodbridge, Bromley & Fitch, By George, Hopkins Homes, KLH Architect Ltd, Organise Us, Pomegranate, Rendall & Wright, Rosie Hunter Interiors, Ruby & Tyger, Runaway Coast, Smoke & Fire, The Persian Carpet Studio, Triptych

Rendall & Wright This year Rendall & Wright will be showcasing a beautiful bedroom installation. Staying true to their signature style, the set will be elegant, calm and relaxing displaying beautiful subtle colour pallets and a wide variety of sumptuous textures. After huge success two years ago, the Rendall & Wright design studio will also be back and Lindsey Rendall, BIID Member will be on hand to help you with any design dilemmas you may have.



Bed linen, Duvets, Towels & Gifts

Carpets, Rugs & Floor Coverings

Curtain, Blinds, Fabric, Wallpaper & Paint

Beds, Mattresses, & Bedroom Furniture

We are a friendly, independent and family run department store specialising in quality home furnishings, and fantastic customer service. Visit our website to find out more, or even better pop in, and see what a lovely shop Barretts is!

Jill Barrett

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With their rich jewel colours and intricate designs it’s perhaps little wonder that rugs from the east and the Orient are much favoured as the ultimate luxury flooring for your home. Anne Gould visits The Persian Carpet Studio in Long Melford Travelers to Turkey, the Middle East and beyond have for centuries returned to the UK with exquisite rugs that have been handcrafted by tribes people using traditional methods that have been handed down from one generation to the next. Today these carpets are still very much sought after by everyone from interior designers to stately homes and home-owners who are looking for something unique and very special. Not surprising then that The Persian Carpet Studio in Long Melford has become a Mecca for people not only wanting to purchase a new or antique rug but for expert conservation and restoration too. Its reputation has spread far and wide. Owner, Sara Barber, has calls from right across the country and overseas seeking their bespoke service not just for repairs but for custom made rugs too. This year the

Persian Carpet Studio will be at the Suffolk Show offering visitors a chance not only to buy but to also see some of the skilled conservation and restoration work they carry out. Run by a team of five expert conservators, who’ve been trained in art and textiles, the restoration workshops have clients that include museums, galleries, grand country homes and exasperated householders whose puppy has chewed the edge of their favourite rug. According to Jo Nears, Conservation Manager, they are members of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association and her colleague Lenka Bashford is also an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation. Jo says that when a rug comes in it is individually assessed. Both its condition and future use are considered to determine the required level of restoration work.  The processes are adapted and modified for each rug, and wool, cotton and silk threads are sourced from specialist suppliers. Since the autumn the restoration team has been working on a very special Suffolk project – for the Benjamin Britten centenary - they’ve been asked to repair five rugs from Britten’s home, the Red House.

Jo said it’s been fascinating working on carpets that originate in the 1960s – one of which is a rare circular “Sunburst” Rya rug that was made in Scandinavia and most probably in Denmark. As the edge of the carpet was worn, they’ve had to strengthen it with a support fabric, along with reinstating the missing pile from the border. They’ve also had to source a special binding to replace the original wool side cord. It’s been a labour of love but after months of work the carpets are now complete and will shortly be handed back to the Britten-Pears Foundation for the opening of The Red House in June. For more information about The Persian Carpet Studio and its restoration workshops: The Persian Carpet Studio The Old White Hart Long Melford Suffolk. CO10 9HX T: 01787 882214



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Interior designer Lindsey Rendall of Rendall & Wright talks to Places & Faces about the design inspiration she takes from the world around her s an interior designer I am often asked what I think encourages interior design trends, where my design influences come from and what inspires me. As individuals we are constantly being moulded by our surrounding environments, climate, economy and the situations we experience day-to-day. These influences gently persuade us to make choices; what we choose to wear, where we choose to shop, what vehicle we choose to drive and so on. The interior and textile industry is also moulded and influenced by these factors along with many others; popular culture, art and global influences to name but a few. Two mediums which are easily drawn on and translated into the interior sector are fashion and film. The fashion industry plays an important role in manipulating forthcoming trends. Fabric designs seen in couture catwalk shows may be floral, geometric or plain. The cut of clothes may be sharply tailored and contemporary or flowing and ethereal. These design styles filter their way into our high-street stores and also into our homes, instantly interpreted into a smart Roman blind or a pair of voluminous and embellished curtains. Textile designers often design for both fashion and interior sectors, in these cases trends are quickly incorporated into both industries. Historically Suffolk was a major hub for wool and silk production and we are privileged to still have two working silk mills in Sudbury, one of

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which is Vanners. The Mill has been producing textiles in Sudbury since 1900 after re-location from London and still operates from the same premises today. Vanners design and weave stunning fabrics, historically destined for couture fashion houses. More recently they have produced wonderful collections of silks for interior furnishings. It is evident in this case how colour trends and textures translate themselves across from fashion to furnishings.

era is still very prevalent today. A touch of Hollywood charm can be injected into our interior schemes by incorporating marble and stone for kitchen and bathroom worktops, or by using opulent fabrics such as velvets, silks and leathers in muted powder candy shades and metallic tones. The use of metal, mirror, glass and stone inlaid within our wooden furniture pieces is another method, as is hanging oversized mirrors and decorative

When designing your own home the most important thing is that you’ll love spending time within the completed environment created. The medium of film transports us into another world; it allows us to experience the past and predict the future, to experience glamour or poverty, romance or war and to feel in touch with other cultures and societies. When a connection is felt or we’ve been inspired by a film it is understandable to want to bring elements of this experience into our homes, enabling us to feel part of a lifestyle or culture we find aspirational. The biggest influence from film during the past 100 years comes from the glamorous Hollywood era of the 1920’s through to the late 1950’s. The opulent style and sharp, smart fashion tailoring; sophisticated feminine shapes and glamorous textures created a design style which epitomised elegance and class. The buzz of excitement and luxury from this

glass chandeliers, or finishing curvaceous upholstery pieces with beautiful deep buttoning detail. The dilemma with interior trends is that we all have slightly different tastes; even dedicated followers of fashion will put their own spin on a style thus making it their own. When designing your own home the most important thing is that you’ll love spending time within the completed environment created. The key is to stay true and faithful to your own style likes and interests and weave these carefully into your design scheme. A good interior designer should be able to take any pieces of personal value; a family heirloom, a piece of loved artwork, a collection of crockery or something as simple as a colour and use this as a focal point

within a design or as inspiration on which to base a design. As a designer I am continually inspired by the landscape surrounding me. Whilst at university studying woven textiles I took influences from bird feathers, wild flowers, experimented with natural dyeing processes and worked with natural yarns such as silk and wool. This love for the natural environment remains the principal influence in my design style today and is clearly visible within my work. I’m fascinated by the vast range of colour, texture and pattern which can be found in nature. The light created at different times of day, how this changes with each season influencing the tones of colour we see and subsequently the emotions we feel. The Suffolk landscape provides me with endless stimulus. Sitting in my studio looking out across the Stour Valley I can pick out pale elegant blues, greys and shades of pink which would look beautiful as a chic colour pallet for a drawing room. Dark wood from bare trees provides depth and texture, the water in the lake at the base of the valley is shining like a large decorative mirror, and the pop of fuchsia from cherry blossom provides colour similar to an accent cushion or a piece of art. My design style is often described as “elegant, timeless, classic and sophisticated” and it echoes the influences I draw from the natural environment, together with my love of 1940’s glamour and the silver screen. Visit Rendall & Wright in the Lifestyle Pavilion at the Suffolk Show for more design inspiration. Our stunning bedroom installation will illustrate how to blend colours, textures and pattern and back by popular demand is our mini design studio with a selection of the latest fabric and wallpaper collections for you to browse through. I will be on hand to answer any interior design questions you may have, so please come along and visit us. MORE INFORMATION Rendall & Wright T: 01787 375076



By George

Interiors & Lighting Design

By George is a professional full-service interior design practice. Whether working on one room or an entire property, we bring a wealth of experience to all the design services we provide. Our designs are very much tailored to how clients live their lives, whether it is a listed farm house or a contemporary new build property. Listening to our clients is the key to creating a successful design, incorporating their style and personality into any scheme. We are always happy to visit clients and discuss our services in further detail. Please visit our website for more information and to see our completed projects. We will also be exhibiting in the Luxury Lifestyle Pavilion at The Suffolk Show. 01394 384 673

GE GARDENS Gardening


This year the most famous flower show of them all - Chelsea - is celebrating its 100th birthday. Suffolk garden and plant futurist Michael Perry from Thompson & Morgan talks about what to look out for, fashions and styles

’m like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to plants. Well, there’s no better sweet shop than the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Even if you don’t know your tulips from your tropaeolum, it’s hard not to be enthralled by this prestigious show, which will be in its centenary year when it opens on 21 May. Let me take you back to my very first visit as a 16 year-old-trainee plant nut… from the very moment I stepped over the threshold, clutching my ticket stub, armed with notepad and pocket camera, I don’t think I had any idea of the sensual journey I was about to start. From 8am, visitors spill into the show, instantly filling the avenues with enthusiasm, excitement and horticultural camaderie. It’s fair to say that most make their way straight to the main marquee, for this is where the smorgasbord of plants and flowers awaits. A destination so popular that it now needs directional signs, much like Ikea!



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There are always lots of different fashions and usually the one that creates the most buzz is the one you can’t see because of the crowds. Every sense here is teased, tousled, massaged. Whether it’s your eyes when you see the towering spikes of the highest quality lupins, or your nose when you experience the fragrance of the sweetest strawberries, arranged in vertical barrels - veritable beacons of fruity colour. It’s an unbelievable fragrance that needs to be experienced for real. Other iconic sights in the main marquee include the almost steroid-packed, six feet, yes SIX feet tall, delphiniums and the gorgeous auricula theatres, where these delicate, brightly coloured little gems are set off perfectly against black wooden backing. There’s also the great horticultural achievements - those ‘out of season’ displays. A perfect example is the majestic display of hyacinths, grown with specialist skill in order to flower out of sync with their natural behaviour! And this year it’s going to have been particularly tough, especially for those with gardens and displays because of the weather so, the question is, will we have a sea of green or a sea of colour? It’s these elements that make preparing for Chelsea displays so utterly nerve wracking. Visiting gardens and flower shows is an experience like no other; friends, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, gardening rivals, they’re all here, either on their tiptoes to see the latest Laurent-Perrier garden, or playfully fighting it out over which species that 66 |



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meconopsis is. Gardeners can be some of the most competitive people. Of course, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the plant marquee that you forget there’s a whole host of other stimulation outdoors; the show gardens. Each year, a wide range of companies sponsor some stimulating gardens. Some are often a little bit Marmite (love them or hate them), but do you know what, they get you talking at least. To see the best of gardens, I recommend either getting into the show early, or being tall! There are always lots of different fashions and usually the one that creates the most buzz is the one you can’t see because of the crowds. Last year it was wild gardens – not just wild flower gardens - but wild planting of perennial borders. So the plants become

more important because the display isn’t so structured. Hopefully that’s going to continue this year. With it being centenary year it’s likely that all the nurseries/exhibitors taking part will echo some of their original display planting. Gardening writer Peter Seabrook is doing his sunflower seeds in four different seasons showing how plants have changed in the last 25 years.

So how is Thompson & Morgan involved in the show this year after its Best New Plant win last year? Well we’ll be there entering the same competition another perennial border plant bred in Suffolk. But, I won’t spoil the surprise, visit the show yourself to see! MORE INFORMATION

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW, MAY 21 -25 This year there are 15 spectacular Show Gardens, 11 Fresh Gardens – the best of contemporary garden design – and eight Artisan Gardens. In addition the Great Pavilion will feature 150 exhibits from nurseries and florists and up to 250 trade stands. Established in 1913 on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the show has become one of the most celebrated annual events in the world and is now hailed as the catwalk of the gardening world. Since its beginning, the show has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today. It now attracts 161,000 visitors each year and brings the world’s best horticulture to the heart of London. Exhibits to look out for this year include Delancey’s East Village, a garden modelled on London’s Olympic Park. Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, is exhibiting for the first time in collaboration with B&Q, while Arthritis Research UK’s garden reflects the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis.

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2013 NGS GARDENS OPEN IN SUFFOLK MAY 6  Bevills, Sudbury Road, Bures, CO8 5JW Garden open 2-5pm Admission £3 children £3 - homemade teas

MAY 19 Church Farm, Tunstall Road, Iken, IP12 2ER Garden open 2pm-5.30pm Admission £3 children free - teas

MAY 11 Larks Hill, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BY Garden open 2-6pm Admission £4 children free - homemade teas

Old Felixstowe Gardens, Felixstowe, IP11 9TJ Three gardens open 11am - 5pm Combined admission £3.50 children free - homemade teas

MAY 12 Blakenham Woodland Garden, Little Blakenham, IP8 4LZ Garden open 10am-5pm Admission £3.50 children free

The Priory, Stoke-by-Nayland, CO6 4RL Garden open 2pm-5pm Admission £4 children free - homemade teas

East Bergholt Place, East Bergholt, CO7 6UP Garden open 2-5pm Admission £6 children free - teas Street Farm, North Street, Freckenham, IP28 8HY  Garden open 11am-5pm Admission £4 children free - teas

Lavenham Hall, Hall Road, Lavenham, CO10 9QX Garden open 11am - 6.30pm Admission £4 children free

Windmill Cottage, Mill Hill, Capel St. Mary, IP9 2JE Garden open 2pm- 5pm Admission £3 children free - teas MAY 26 Green Farmhouse, Shelland, Stowmarket, IP14 3JE Garden open 11am-5pm Admission £3.50 children free - Light refreshments and homemade teas

Woodwards, Blacksmiths Lane, Coddenham, IP6 9TX Garden open 10am - 5.30pm Admission £2.50 children free - homemade teas MAY 27 Columbine Hall, Gipping Road, Stowupland, IP14 4AT Garden open 2pm-6pm Admission £4 children free - homemade teas

The Garden Shop at Elmers Large Selection, Competitive Prices







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WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE fford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa have teamed up with Places & Faces to offer one lucky reader a fantastic prize. A full days golf with all the trimmings!!  This top winter 18 hole par 71 golf course offers any golfer a great challenge with spectacular views over the Deben Valley. The 21 year old golf course has excellent natural drainage making it playable all year round whatever the weather!!

THE PRIZE The prize includes a full day’s golf at Ufford Park Golf Club for you and up to 3 friends. Start the day with an hours lesson with The Doctorgolf Academy, a warm up basket of balls in the unique 2 storey floodlit driving range, followed by 18 holes of golf on the championship par 71 golf course. Be careful to avoid the 12 water hazards though! Then chat over your day in the sports bar over a 1 course lunch from the specials board. TO ENTER For your chance to win simply answer this question: How many holes of golf are played on the Ufford Park course? Email your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to or send a postcard to Ufford Park Competition, Achieve More media Ltd, 21 Terry Gardens, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2EP. The closing date for all entries to be received is Friday 31 May 2013. Then winner will be drawn from all the correct entries received by the closing date. TERMS & CONDITIONS This prize can be taken Tuesday - Thursday and must be pre-booked. Expires 1 Dec 2013 & is subject to availability. Please indicate on your entry if you do not wish to be contacted by Ufford Park


Our luxurious timber built lodges (complete with hot tubs) offer all of the comforts of home alongside a beautiful setting deep in the North Norfolk countryside. We are ideally situated for anyone wishing to explore the North Norfolk coast, the wonderful city of Norwich or the Norfolk Broads national park.

If you don’t wish to wander too far you can enjoy the superb facilities onsite which include an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, a well stocked fishing lake, games room and children’s play area. Or simply enjoy a meal in our comfortable restaurant where most dishes are sourced using fresh local produce. If you don’t want to eat then simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience of our bar.

Woodland Holiday Park • Trimingham • North Norfolk • N11 8QJ

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76 Georgian Styled Stunner


Jackson-Stops & Staff


Fine & Country




Clarke & Simpson


Gobbitt & Kirby


ECR Properties

78 Historical Farmhouse

79 Elegant Luxury to Let




Nr Hadleigh

Guide £795,000

A gracious & elegantly appointed Grade II Listed Georgian fronted village house overlooking the market place in the heart of the historic village of Bildeston. 3 reception rooms, kitchen. 5/6 bedrooms, dressing room & 3 bath/shower rooms. Secure off street parking, courtyard & double garage.


New Guide £775,000

An impressive, south facing converted barn in a tranquil edge of village setting. 2 reception rooms, kitchen. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Flexible use barn & stores with garaging, workshop & stores. Gardens. In all, about 1.5 acres. Epc = D

Nr Framlingham

New Guide £965,000

An enchanting, carefully restored & well presented part-moated Grade II Suffolk farmhouse set amidst delightfully mature gardens & grounds. 3 reception rooms, kitchen. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Large traditional multi-purpose barn & cart-lodge garaging. Range of domestic stores. Mature “old English” gardens. In all, about 3.5 acres.


Guide £695,000

A light & bright family house in a mature garden setting. 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, large conservatory/garden room. 4 bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, en-suite shower room & family shower room. Cart-lodge garaging & workshop. Well tended mature garden. Epc = D

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BATTISFORD Guide Price £495,000 A Grade II listed thatched Suffolk farmhouse which has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme, including complete re-thatching in 2007. The property boasts a wealth of period features and comprises: hall, sitting room, dining room, garden room, study/bedroom four, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, bathroom and shower room.  Three first floor bedrooms one with en-suite w.c. and second floor attic room.  Off road parking, double garage and workshop.  The garden extends to approx. third of an acre (sts) and is mainly laid to lawn with a variety of trees and shrubs.

EARL STONHAM Guide Price £600,000 An attractive detached Grade II listed farmhouse with 16th Century origins, set in its grounds of three quarters of an acre (sts). Comprising: rear hall/garden room, farmhouse Aga kitchen, utility room, breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, study and  cloakroom/ bathroom.  On the first floor, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and on the second floor a guest room with en-suite.  Mature gardens with a variety of mature trees, shrubs, large pond and a patio.  Private driveway gives access to plenty of off-road parking.

HENLEY Guide Price £825,000 A handsome spacious detached 5 bedroom equestrian farm displaying many fine period features including open fires and exposed timber framing. The property benefits from a 2 bedroom annexe, perfect for dual occupancy, all pleasantly set within this popular rural village.  The property benefits from just over 6 acres (sts) of grounds and gardens with 8 stables, paddocks, ménage, open fronted dutch barn, double garage & a range of further useful outbuildings. EPC Rating - E.

HOLBROOK Guide Price £675,000 An exceptional 4 bedroom detached family residence occupying a beautiful elevated setting within this popular village enjoying magnificent views across surrounding countryside & the river beyond. The stylish light & airy accommodation is spacious, well presented and the property benefits from 1.5 acre (sts) grounds enjoying beautifully tended gardens, there is a double garage with home studio above with internet connections, perfect for those working from home and there are nearby links to London for those commuting. EPC Rating - D.

WOODBRIDGE Guide Price £750,000 In one of the most highly sought after locations in the heart of Woodbridge, this beautifully presented, Grade II listed town house enjoys a southerly aspect and has two dedicated parking spaces. Many period features and light, spacious accommodation with entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room with box bay window and feature fireplace, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room with utility area, cellar, four bedrooms, two en-suites, family bathroom, courtyard gardens. Conveniently located for the shops, river and rail station.

WOODBRIDGE Guide Price £1,150,000 Stunning, Grade II listed town house in the heart of Woodbridge with views over The Shire Hall and Market Square. Enclosed, walled gardens to the rear incorporating terrace, upper and lower lawned gardens, double garage and off road parking. Substantial accommodation with many fine period features, three receptions, large kitchen/breakfast room with byfold doors opening to the gardens, heated cellar, five bedrooms, en-suite to master bedroom.

87a High Street, Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DG Telephone 01449 723500 E:

28 Church Street, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1DH Telephone 01394 446007 E:

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LONG THATCH COTTAGE FACTS Location: Old Newton Price: £499,995 Agent: Fine & Country (Needham Market)


PERFECTION f you asked someone to describe a typical English country cottage – this property would more than fit the bill. With its thatched roof, brick floors, inglenook fireplaces, stunning exposed beams and Grade II listing it’s got a rich wealth of period features. It is also situated on the outskirts of Old Newton in an idyllic rural location, backing onto fields with some wonderful countryside views. The cottage stands in approximately a third of an acre and also includes a self-contained holiday lodge. Downstairs Long Thatch Cottage has an 74 |

entrance hall, bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, dining room, sitting room and three first floor double bedrooms. The kitchen/breakfast room (5.51m x 3. 68m) has exposed timbers and leaded windows and is fitted with a range of matching painted base units and a two bowl butler sink. The dining room has an Inglenook fireplace with oak bressemer over and inset with a wood burning stove, set on a brick hearth, brick flooring, wall lights and radiator. Meanwhile the sitting room has triple aspect leaded windows including a lovely bay window

to the front, exposed timbers, stunning Inglenook fireplace, also with oak bressumer over and inset with an LPG burning stove. The family bathroom which has recently been refurbished with a roll top ball and claw foot bath and a fully tiled shower cubicle is also downstairs. On the first floor are three bedrooms, all of which are beamed and feature leaded windows too. The pretty cottage gardens are mainly laid to lawn with a variety of shrubs and trees, pond, orchard, two patios, summer house, workshop, off-road parking for both the cottage and the lodge.

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An imposing Grade II Listed period town house of considerable character in a prominent position on The Market Hill Entrance & Staircase Halls, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Fine Kitchen-Breakfast Room, Utility Room, 5 Bedrooms, 1 with en-suite bathroom and another with a shower. Family Bathroom. Double Garage and parking space. Large, mainly walled garden. EPC N/A

LOWER UFFORD - Guide Price £675,000

A newly built and spacious family house providing high quality accommodation in a very popular Village Reception & Staircase Hall, Sitting Room, Kitchen-Living Room, Cloakroom, Utility Area, 5 Bedrooms, 3 with en-suite Shower Rooms and a Family Bathroom. Garage. JSA Jackson-Stops & Staff. EPC Band C

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THE WHITE HOUSE FACTS Location: Woodbridge Market Hill Price: Offers in the region of £1.15million Agent: Neals



he White House is a stunning grade II listed Georgian town house right in the heart of Woodbridge overlooking the Market Hill and Shire Hall. With a traditional Georgian appearance its interior offers all that it promises and more, including beautiful spacious reception rooms and five bedrooms. The garden is also of particularly good size for a town centre period property, which stretches all the way back to Chapel Street and includes a tarmac forecourt providing parking space in front of the double garage. The property provides well-balanced accommodation that has been enhanced by the present owners with a kitchen-breakfast 76 |

room that really integrates the property with the garden. On the ground floor there is an entrance and staircase hall, a sitting room, dining room, kitchen-breakfast room and cloakroom with a utility on the lower ground floor. The kitchen features folding glazed doors on to the courtyard garden and notably a Falcon professional range cooker. Upstairs the drawing room with three tall sash windows spans the whole width of the house. The property has five bedrooms in all one with an en suite bathroom and another with an en-suite shower. Outside immediately around the back of the house there is a paved area that creates the feel

of a courtyard, being sheltered on one side by a very high mellow red brick wall. It is ideal for al fresco dining. A more formal garden lies beyond enclosed by red brick walls with borders beneath, a sumac tree to one corner and recently pollarded trees on the opposite boundary enclosing a central lawn. Shaped walls, capped with urns to the piers, form a partial division between this and the second area of garden which is approached by brick steps and comprises a further lawn, an area suitable for vegetables, trees and steps leading down to the pedestrian door to the garage and a gate leading on to the tarmac forecourt used for parking.

Darsham - Guide Price £525,000

A well presented and attractive Grade II Listed house standing in its grounds of over an acre and benefitting from useful outbuildings.

Blaxhall - Guide Price £390,000

A pretty brick and flint five bedroom cottage with delightful garden, located in the heart of the village.

Ref: 4810

Darsham - Guide Price £375,000

An enchanting three/four bedroom detached cottage being part of the original old forge in Darsham street, with lovely garden including a picturesque pond.

Ref: 4790

Earl Soham - Guide Price £315,000

An extended three bedroom detached cottage with one third of an acre garden, situated in the pretty, well sought-after village of Earl Soham.

Ref: 4804

Ref: 4787

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


Woodbridge t: 01394 380330

Country Homes t: 01728 622330 £965,000


T: 01728 724200



A most individual and unique Grade II Listed mews cottage, offering bright loft style accommodation over two floors that is presented to a very high specification. Ensuite with sunken bath. Lovely views towards St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. EER=D

A fine and discerning detached Grade II listed former Suffolk Moated Longhouse dating back to the 1500’s, having been enhanced and improved over recent years, lastly in 1998, by acclaimed architect Stephen Mattick. Beautiful grounds and large Suffolk Barn. EER=F


Situated close to the immediate town centre, in a much sought after location, this modern, conventionally build semi-detached property provides light and bright living space due to its orientation. Lovely sunny gardens. EER=E



A rather attractive village centre Victorian period property formerly a pair of cottages, now one dwelling offering character living with many retained features of the period. Twin courtyard gardens, mature herbaceous borders to the front and double off-street parking. No onward chain. EER=E



Quite a rare find is this detached Victorian house in a coastal village setting. With high ceilings and large sash windows, the generous accommodation provides flexible, light and comfortable living. Situated in the heart of the village, this fine house certainly has character and presence. EER=E



Believed to date back to the 1850’s, this substantial Suffolk redbrick under pantile semi- detached period house, has been extended to provide flexible, yet practical accommodation that creates a pleasing combination of space with character features. EER=D

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YEW TREE FARM HOUSE FACTS Location: Brundish Price: £965,000 Agent: Gobbit & Kirby

HISTORICAL FARMHOUSE riginally built in the 1500s this is without a doubt an incredibly attractive and impressive moated home for a country gentleman. It’s Grade II listed and has been improved over recent years by acclaimed architect Stephen Mattick. Combining many fine features from different periods, Yew Tree Farm House is in an established rural location, surrounded by agricultural land with extended rural views. It features five bedrooms, three receptions, three bathrooms and a Suffolk barn and beautifully tended gardens. 78 |

The entrance hall leads to a bright and light drawing room, a dining room with impressive inglenook fireplace, library/study room, and kitchen/breakfast room, scullery and guest cloakroom. There’s an original worn wood tread curved staircase to the first floor which consists of master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double guest room with en-suite heritage bathroom, and a further three double bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside there is a fully functional laundry room, detached traditional Suffolk barn presented in good order, Hay/Livestock barn

and a double bay cart lodge garaging plus multiple off-street spaces on a stone driveway. The property’s grounds are impressive and well established and mature gardens offer numerous varieties of flowering shrubs and plants. The lawn areas extend predominantly to the rear and side around the moat, again with specimen mature trees. There are also wildfowl ponds and a rose garden circle of ancient varieties.



TUNSTALL HALL FACTS Location: Tunstall To Let Agent: Clarke & Simpson

his former rectory, which dates back to the 1700’s is a family home par excellence. With nine bedrooms, a superb outdoor swimming pool and all-weather tennis court and delightful gardens it’s almost certainly one of the finest residences in the county. In recent years the house and outbuildings

have been refurbished to an exceptional standard and the gardens have been replanted recently by a well-known designer. The property includes a drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, family room, kitchen and garden room/ conservatory. Upstairs the master bedroom is ensuite with a dressing room, there are three further

ensuite bedrooms, plus five other bedrooms and two bathrooms. Courtyard outbuildings include a three car garage and fabulous coach house party room with bar, snooker table and relaxing lounge area. The tennis court is surfaced with Astroturf and sits among the paths and borders close to the superb outdoor pool.

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From left to right: Nichola Faulkner, Shelly Bond, Charles Wright, Toby Spencer Campbell, Linda Anderson, John Anderson, Alan Williams, Fiona Haffenden, Paul Degville

Fenn Wright estate agents are opening a new sales and lettings office in Manningtree, following their acquisition of the town’s leading independent, Anderson and Co he move, says Fenn Wright Managing Partner Alan Williams, fits perfectly with its existing business and will be a valuable addition to the services provided by its two closest offices in Ipswich and Colchester. “I am delighted that the sales and lettings team at Anderson and Co, who have been providing such an excellent service in the area, have now become Fenn Wright colleagues. In addition, our highly- skilled Associate Partner Toby Spencer-Campbell who has helped make our Stanway office such a success will head up our new office.” Toby, who lives in Manningtree said:  “I am really excited at this opportunity. I know the area and its people well and look forward to looking after many clients and customers in the future whether they have a sales or lettings requirement.”            80 |

Alan Williams also said that Fenn Wright’s Signature teams, who handle premium properties from their Ipswich and Colchester offices would seek to promote their services from all three offices to prime villages such as East Bergholt and Dedham in the valuable Essex/Suffolk border area. The acquisition sees the completion of a professional journey for John Anderson who established Anderson and Co 33 years ago.  John reflected on many happy years with his team serving clients in and around  Manningtree and commented:  “Having worked at Fenn Wright’s Colchester office in the 1970s it is lovely to think that, having sold my business, I will be working as a consultant back in Colchester High Street where I have so many memories. I love the business of estate agency because it is still all about people and, while I will now have more time for my other interests,

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I look forward to bringing my experience to Fenn Wright and becoming re-acquainted with the property market in and around Colchester.” Fenn Wright will continue to trade from the existing Station Road premises and the team of Toby, Paul, Fiona and Shelly  are available for advice or just a chat on  01206 397222.  

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My Suffolk | Elizabeth Kemball

Elizabeth Kemball is the Managing Director of Debach Enterprises Ltd and also has interests in other companies in family group Bentwaters Parks Ltd. She’s a senior steward of hospitality, executive board and council member for Suffolk Agricultural Association, enjoys riding, antiques & design and skiing. This is her Suffolk

hat do you love about Suffolk? I was born and bred here in Suffolk, so it has always been my home – and what is there not to love about home! If I have to choose one thing it will be the people, old and new, every time.    Have you got a favourite place in Suffolk to escape to when you need to think? If I need to have solo thinking time, then it has to be Shingle Street beach, which is very desolate and not often visited by tourists.  The beach is opposite the end of Orford Ness and the shingle banks seem to have always shifted since my last visit.  It always reminds me that life continually changes and we must be willing to move with the tides.   Where do you walk? We always walk on the farm at home with the dogs and the children (often on their ponies). Our farm is on the Heritage Coast at Wantisden, so we have endless sandy tracks  to roam around on, as well as all the woodland and local forests, but if my husband and I get a chance to walk alone we always gravitate to a river bank footpath, whether it be at Orford, Boyton or Butley. The last light of the day in these places, whatever time of year, is always magical, if not a bit chilly!   If you were showing people around Suffolk who had never been before, where would you take them? I would make it a full day sweeping from west to east.  It would be a very early start on the Newmarket gallops, watching some of the best racehorses in the world stretch their legs and the groups of jockeys and horses meandering through the town before anyone else is about.  We would then wind our way back through the beautiful villages of mid-Suffolk, such as Kersey, aiming for lunch at the Great House Hotel & Restaurant in nearby Lavenham. Then head east and up along our iconic coastal towns and villages, for long walks on the beaches, finally choosing one of the main pubs here to end our day. 90 |

If you had to illustrate the county with a single photo, what shot would you take? I would take a picture of the Grand Parade at the Suffolk Show, with all the best in breed heavy horses, cattle and sheep being proudly exhibited to thousands of people enjoying their county show.  I truly believe we are blessed in having one of the country’s top agricultural shows and love seeing all that is best on display here.  It is a spectacular sight, which always makes me very proud.   Where do you like to eat out? It always feels like a real treat to go out to breakfast, so we often go to the Farmer’s Cafe at Marlesford.  All their ingredients are local and the best.  If it’s a working lunch near to my offices in Ipswich, I would head for the Salthouse Hotel on the quay.  The quayside at Ipswich has been transformed in recent years and always feels like a little oasis in the rush of the town.  Dinner out tends to be at pubs for us more than formal restaurants and its a bit of a triple crown affair, as we love the Crowns at Woodbridge, Ufford and Snape! And for great food or just popping in for a drink with friends you can’t beat the King’s Head in Orford or The Anchor in Woodbridge, if you walked in to either place on your own, you would have made new friends by the end of the night and enjoyed some great hospitality.   Adnams or Greene King? I’m not a beer drinker but a wine lover, and both of our local breweries sell some great wines from around the world, so would be unfair of me to choose between them.  If my arm was twisted, I would have to say that the wine tastings hosted by Rob Chase in Southwold on an afternoon when you don’t need to worry about getting home are hard to beat.  I always learn something new.   Does Suffolk still have surprises in store and when were you last surprised? Its surprises are mostly wrapped up in meeting new people in the county, whether local or recently moved in.  I have recently

ventured back onto a horse after not riding for over 20 years and I have loved meeting so many new friendly people through this. I keep one of my horses at Tunstall Forest Livery, and am constantly surprised by the diverse people who I share my time with there, who I might never have met otherwise.    Why is Suffolk a great place to bring up children? It is a melting pot of activities which keep them outside - being children - not trying to turn them into adults too soon!  Whether you love sailing, pony clubs, fishing, all sports or just crabbing at Walberswick, there is always something to keep kids of all ages busy, as well as keeping the mum’s and dad’s fully occupied with them!  We have all this, plus a safe county with great schools – what is there not to love?   Do you support the arts? I do love the Aldeburgh Music Festival - and I’m not sure if this counts - but I love hunting down and buying art and antiques from our great local auction houses.  I have loved antiques and learning about them since my year out when I was 18, and am a regular at Abbotts in Campsea-Ashe and Neal’s in Woodbridge for their Fine Arts Sales.  You never stop learning something new, as even items from the 70s are now collectible.   Are there any charities you support? I have been part of the Suffolk Agricultural Association since a child, with my grandfather and father also being strong supporters.  I believe their mission to teach children and the wider community about where their food comes from is becoming more and more important, particularly in light of recent food scares in the press.  We are what we eat after all, and agriculture is still a huge part of Suffolk life.  I also support the Suffolk Foundation as they seem to be able to pull together so many local charities so no sector, in the community we all share, is forgotten.  

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