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Places&Faces DECEMBER 2013 • PRICELESS


IT’S CHRISTMAS Oh yes it is!

Theatre | Food | Fashion | Gifts | Homes & Interiors | Elite Properties ISSUE 32

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ith daylight disappearing at two or sometimes three minutes every day December can sometimes feel like a dark month. Thankfully it also gives us Christmas, which brings lots of joy and in many ways, so it’s something of a bonus that by the time the festive break comes around the days have actually imperceptibly started getting lighter. At Places&Faces we love the season for so many reasons - good food, meeting friends, Christmas tree festivals, carol concerts, midnight mass, the pantomimes and present buying and giving. We might even wish for a light dusting of snow - but then maybe not. Our aim with this special Christmas edition is, as always, to help you with ideas for gifts, decorations, entertaining and going out. Of course, as we love all things Suffolk and fully endorse the campaign to shop locally our 15 page gift guide provides suggestions that you probably won’t find more conveniently anywhere else. There’s also a book guide with suggestions from some of our most avid readers of what they’d like to give and receive under the tree on the 25th.  On the entertaining front we have inspiring recipes from some of the county’s top chefs plus good advice on Christmas wines, with a few tips for some bargains in the fizz department, from Rob Chase of Adnams. If you’ve got children or grandchildren there’s also a comprehensive round up of the pantomimes and Christmas Shows at local theatres. We’ve also spoken to the Dean of St Edmundsbury, the Very Rev. Dr Frances Ward about one of the busiest times of the year for her and our charity this month is the Woolverstone Wish appeal which is aiming to raise money to refurbish the chemotherapy outpatient clinics at Ipswich Hospital. All that remains is for me to wish every one of our readers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a most prosperous New Year from the team at Places&Faces.

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PANTOMIMES AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS Highlights for the season






Fund raising for Ipswich’s chemotherapy outpatients unit

15 pages of gift inspiration from leading Suffolk independent retailers

LITERARY GIFTS Ideal books to give and receive



THE VERY REVEREND DR FRANCES WARD Christmas at St Edmundsbury Cathedral


MY SUFFOLK Jacqui Martin Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk Family Carers


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News from around the county

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

Frank and Ella’s Swingin’ Christmas at Snape Maltings plus Christmas at Blackthorpe Barns

FASHION Gifts for looking gorgeous

FOOD AND DRINK Special Christmas recipes from top Suffolk chefs plus your ultimate guide to Christmas wine

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Festive decorating for hearth and home

The custom of Christmas cards

GARDENING Seasonal inspiration from the woodland

Good news for sinusitis sufferers

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

MOTORING The new Honda CRV

FACES@ Highlights from Suffolk’s social calendar



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So what’s your Christmas about? The practicalities, the presents or the splendour of midnight mass? Anne Gould talks to the Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury about one of the busiest seasons of the year

o matter what you’ve got planned for the festive period there can be very few people who have a Christmas quite like Dean Frances Ward. She’s one of only five women in the UK who have been appointed to the role of Cathedral Dean and she’s also the mother of four children, which means that Christmas and the run up to the big day are busier than most of us could possibly ever imagine. 8 |

However it’s something she probably takes in her good-natured relaxed and friendly stride - with a twinkly smile too. With her on trend long straight tweedy skirt, black boots and velvet jacket she’s unlike any other member of the clergy I’ve ever met. It’s a reputation that goes before her, particularly in and around the congregations in Bury St. Edmunds and west Suffolk and with invitations to preach and take services right across the county there will be

increasing numbers of Suffolk churchgoers further afield who will doubtless encounter her down to earth charm. Dean Frances, or Frankie, as she is known to her former nursing colleagues, is “incredibly busy” in December. Besides all the usual work of a popular cathedral there are carol concerts and services plus education work. “We’ve got Handel’s Messiash on the 7th, a Christmas Tree festival on the 8th, carols by Candlelight on

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Our midnight service is always packed. Even though it’s dark and cold outside people come into our beautiful cathedral and it’s magical the 14th and carol services for various schools too.” Christmas Eve has five services including an afternoon crib service and midnight mass which Frances conducts herself. “Our midnight service is always packed. Even though it’s dark and cold outside people come into our beautiful cathedral and it’s magical.” Of course, she adds this is not a one woman show - she is supported by other cathedral priests, the Verger’s department which sorts out the logisics, four choirs and an army of volunteer helpers. Then the following morning there’s the Christmas service with the Bishop and, she says, it’s all just wonderful. “It’s about the central message of Christianity; love.” Christmas is also a time when the cathedral is packed with people wishing to celebrate, some from outlying villages and even from further afield. The congregation does swell somewhat at Christmas, although there’s a very healthy population of regular churchgoers throughout the year. “We have excellent music at the cathedral,” she explained. “They might only come to church once or twice a year at Christmas and Easter so you could say, in a way, that are coming regularly. They are keeping in touch with the lodestone in life that reminds them of the central message of love that’s all around us.”

Of course all this means, she says, that Christmas at home - the Deanery, in The Great Churchyard - is a little bit last minute. Frances is expecting all four of her children, three of which are grown up, to be at home with assorted boyfriends and girlfriends and yes she does cook dinner too, albeit in a supervisory capacity. “I really enjoy cooking for big occasions. I suppose we’ll eat mid-afternoon and then relax in the evening.” When she was appointed three years ago Dean Frances was only the fourth woman in Britain to become a Cathedral Dean. She was working at Bradford at the time and her paediatrician husband, Dr Peter Powell, was commuting over the Pennines to Bolton every day. “I got this job and it was quite fortunate either the same day or the next day a job came up at the West Suffolk in the British Medical Journal.” Coming to Suffolk, she says has been a real joy. “It feels like somewhere you could put your roots down. The cathedral is a wonderful building and its set in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey Gardens. “I like to walk and love the coast and the Suffolk countryside is always full of surprises.” Dean Frances says she’s also lucky that other churches ask her to visit so it gives her a further opportunity to explore; from Beccles to East

Bergholt, Framlingham and beyond. It also gives her the opportunity to explore the wealth of artistic riches that the county offers. Art is also something she feels passionately about. Her office which overlooks the cathedral has any number of small prints of famous paintings on the wall. She explained that originally, when she went to university at St Andrews in Scotland, she’d started off studying history of art, however she switched courses and ended up with a degree in theology. She then went on to become a nurse and her career took her to a London Hospital where she met her husband and eventually went on to gain her doctorate in Theology from Manchester University in 2000. Dean Frances has been something of a trail blazer in the Church of England - it’s 25 years now since she became a curate and was one of the first ever women to be ordained as a priest in 1994. So if and when the church goes ahead with women bishops could Dean Frances be in line for an early appointment? “I think we will have women bishops in a couple of years and of course an appointment depends very much on which job is available but, if I was asked to think about it, I would probably say yes.”





Suffolk in brief A recent “Look Good, Feel Good’ day at Hintlesham Hall raised a magnificent £1,898 for The Eve Appeal. The Eve Appeal was set up to help save women’s lives by funding ground breaking research into the five gynological cancers. To find out more information visit

Local interior design company Rendall & Wright were thrilled to win an award at the International Property Awards for Best Interior Design Private Residence, East of England for the Dairy Project in Ipswich. The event was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel and was a wonderful evening showcasing the best properties and companies in each region. To see more details of the Winning property please visit their website Framlingham College is pleased to announce that Earl Soham based Paddy & Scott’s Coffee is the main shirt sponsor for all the school first teams for the 2013/14 season. Co-founder Paddy Bishopp, himself a former Framlingham College pupil and his business partner Scott Russell who is also a current parent at Brandeston Hall said, “ Scott and I have very strong ties with Framlingham College and I proudly remember wearing the 1st team colours. It is great to be supporting what are very dedicated and passionate sports people and we wish them all the best throughout the season.” The experience and commitment of long-serving members of staff at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital was recently celebrated at a special awards lunch. Seven members of staff were recognised for having given 10 and 15 years of service to the hospital, clocking up 95 years of service between them. Ian Milne, Hospital Director, said: “Like any organisation, we rely on the expertise and commitment of our staff. Our annual awards ceremony is a way of thanking staff for their efforts and acknowledging the role they play in

delivering high quality services to our patients.” Amongst the longest serving staff to be recognised this year were: Sarah Range, Theatre Nurse, Amanda Fulcher, Housekeeper, Elizabeth Donaldson, Accounts Assistant, Mary Lynch, Theatre Nurse, Gail Mowles, Patient Services Manager, Daniela Capaldo, Medical Secretary and Louise Saxby, PA to the Senior Management Team.

my own and with an added bonus - it fits me!” The dress will soon be on display at the Woodbridge boutique. Photographs of the evening can be seen on page 80 with additional photographs at As the first step in his role of consultant chef to Anglia Factors, Paul Foster - head chef at the renowned Tuddenham Mill and recent participant in the BBC’s ‘The Great British Menu’, has created a signature dish for customers of Anglia Factors to re-create. Paul says that his aim with the roasted crown of duck recipe is “to get people to fall in love with their kitchens again, cooking beautiful meals and stretch their capability.” Paul will be holding cookery demonstrations at Anglia Factors Martlesham showroom in 2014, details will appear in Places & Faces. To try the recipe for yourself turn to page 47.

Ufford Park Golf Club welcomed several members of Ipswich Town’s playing and coaching staff as its annual Golf Day took centre stage at the Suffolk course. The 18-hole event, which was headlined by Blues boss Mick McCarthy and assistant manager Terry Connor, attracted 69 competitors as a large Town contingent took a break from the hectic Sky Bet Championship schedule. Former England captain Mick Mills and ex-Town manager George Burley were the standout names from yesteryear with the first team also well represented. It was McCarthy, however, who managed to outperform his fellow staff and team members as he shot a remarkable oneunder par back nine to win the ‘ITFC Champion Golfer’ prize with 37 stableford points; one more than fellow coach Bryan Klug. In the team event, Ian Couling, Steve Parnell, Stuart Turner and Robert Wood blitzed the field with 90 points.

Details of the Suffolk Show for 2014 have recently been announced with key messages that children aged 14 and under will enter free of charge and dog owners can once again bring their four legged family members to the event at Trinity Park on May 28 and 29 next year. Bill Baker, the new honorary show director, announced the good news , “apart from being the county’s biggest occasion for agriculture and business, the Suffolk Show is a true family day out. We want to enable as Boutique owner Denise Potter celebrated her businesses the 10th Anniversary of her many families as possible to attend and business of Darcy B this month and treated experience all the county has to offer,” he said. Regarding dogs Bill added “When her customers to a unique display – an we made the decision not to allow dogs original Christian Dior dress (numbered 1201401) bought from the Elizabeth Taylor three years ago it was for genuine reasons, Collection auction at the Rockefeller Centre, but we always said we would review the situation. The decision to welcome dogs New York in December 2011. When asked back to the Show will involve improving about owning a dress belonging to one of facilities for them, for example more Hollywood’s most iconic actresses Denise watering points, pooper bins and perhaps said “It is a privilege and a pleasure to be even looking at further areas of shade.” able to bring a little bit of Hollywood to Just in time for Christmas tickets for the Woodbridge so that my customers and 2014 show are on sale now and can be others can also enjoy the experience of purchased at seeing it. A beautiful piece of history all of



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WHAT’S ON December 1 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, 10am-4pm Mammoth Christmas Street Fair 130 stalls for a real Christmas shopping treat. Festive foods, handmade gifts including pottery, soap and wooden garden furniture, clothing crafts and plants

December 3 St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert Mark Wilde tenor, Philip Sunderland piano. Programme includes Winter Words Britten. Refreshments served from 12.20pm Entry: Free admission (retiring collection) The Cut Arts Centre, New Cut, Halesworth The Cut Grand Bazaar Regent Theatre, Ipswich A wonderful opportunity to start your Aida Christmas shopping with a multitude of stalls Directed by Ellen Kent, this magnificent in The Concourse, Dance Studio and Malt Room traditional production with amazing special selling everything you could possibility want effects, stars international soloists and the to make the festive season perfect and more full Moldovan National Opera and Moldovan besides. Have a bite to eat in The Cut Café and National Philharmonic. Sung in Italian with enjoy the fun. English subtitles. Box office: 01473 433100 December 3 - 8 Beccles Public Hall, 7.30pm Grease Presented by Spotlight Musical Theatre Group Tickets: £6 to £9.50 Information:

December 1-31 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Aladdin (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box Office: 01284 829947

December 4 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm From The Jam Bruce Foxton and From The Jam celebrate the ‘All Mod Cons’ 35th Anniversary Tour by performing the classic album in its entirety, including hits Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and A Bomb In Wardour Street. Tickets: £20 Box office: 01284 758000

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Dick Whittington Rock ’n’ Roll Pantomime (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box office: 01473 295900 St Peter and St Mary’s Church, Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival

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December 4-31 Sir Thomas Mills Theatre, Ipswich The Brontës of Dunwich Heath….and Cliff (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box office: 01473 211498

December 5-6 (Also Dec 12 & 13 and 19 & 20) The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, 7pm Comedy Nights in association with Soho Theatre Company. A new alternative to the office Christmas party, each Comedy Night will feature an emerging act from Soho Theatre. December 5-11 St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich Christmas Tree Festival December 6 The Constable Memorial Hall, East Bergholt, 8pm Piatti Quartet with Moray Welsh Cello Stour Valley Arts & Music concert with Clare Hammond generously sponsored by the Willet family in memory of Amy Suckling. Piano recital including Mozart, Lipatti, Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Ginastera. Tickets: £12.50 Information: 01206 298426 Email: By the Crossways, Kelsale, 11am Exhibition and Sale By Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that teaches fine embroidery and needlepoint to prisoners in 29 UK prisons. The charity produces high quality home furnishings; cushions, quilts, charming decorations and accessories. Talk by Esther Freud.   St. Augustine’s Church, Ipswich, 7.30pm December Christmas Concert Ipswich Hospital Band perform with proceeds equally divided between St Augustine’s Church Annex Fund and Ipswich Hospital Breast Care Ward Tickets: 01473 728618 St Augustine’s Church office (Tuesday to Friday 9.30 to 11.30 only) December 6, 13 & 20 Woodbridge 3pm-9pm Festive Fridays Carols, live bands, street entertainers, food & drink, late night shopping, face-painting and games

What’s On 6 DEC 2013 - 11 JAN 2014 along with the RHS Chapel Choir. Tickets: £15 (Concessions £10, Under 18’s free) Box Office: 01473 433100 (Regent Theatre) Eye Parish Church, 7.30pm Magnificat! A concert of settings of the magnificat from medieval times to the present day. Eye Bach Choir with Ian Le Grice (organ) and Hannah Mayhew (Soprano). Conductor Leslie Olive. Tickets: £12 to £10 Information: 01728 747371 Email:

Long Shop Museum, Leiston, 10am – 2pm Christmas Fun Free entry, books, crafts, tombola, children’s activities, Barley Brigg clog dancing, Carols with Leiston band, refreshments and lots more. Come and join us for some festive fun and frolics. Santa Claus will also be attending. December 7-8 Blackthorpe Barn, nr Bury St Edmunds British Crafts (See mini preview page 17)

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December 6-31 Mercury Theatre, Colchester Sleeping Beauty (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box Office: 01206 573948 December 7 Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 7pm Handel’s Messiah The Holbrook Choral Society and Orchestra will be performing Handel’s beloved masterpiece

December 8 The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, 6.30pm An Invitation to the Dance Kingfisher Sinfonietta Orchestral Concert - A seasonal extravaganza of popular and Market Hill, Woodbridge, 10am to 4pm well-known music from the ballets Swan The Woodbridge Festive Market Lake, Nutcracker, Les Sylphides & Coppelia. Approx. 50 traders will set up around the Performance led by Beth Spendlove and Christmas tree for a very relaxed seasonal shopping experience. Visitors can expect to find conducted by Elgar Howarth. everything from roasted chestnuts, quality local Tickets: £12, (£10 concessions) food and drink, to handmade homewares and Box Office: 08456 732123 Email: designs, jewellery, leatherware, fashion, toys and soaps.

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Wickham Market Village Hall, 10am-4pm Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair Browse and shop 35 to 40 fabulous festive stalls. Face painter and glitter tattooist to keep little people happy and mulled wine and mince pies for the adults. Tombola stall from which all profits will go to the Special Care Baby Unit at Ipswich Hospital. Light Refreshments will be available. Entry: Free entry

December 9 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Roy Wood’s Christmas Show 40th Anniversary Christmas Special. Expect all the hits including I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain, Blackberry Way, California Way, See My Baby Jive, and of course Roy’s Christmas chart topper I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. Special guests The Ben Poole Band Tickets: £20 (advance) £22 (on the door) Box office: 01284 758000

December 10 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm Steeleye Span Maddy Prior, the voice of the band for 38 years, leads a line-up featuring Steeleye stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight, Rick Kemp on bass, guitarists Peter Zorn and Julian Littman on as well as Liam Genockey on drums. For this new tour Steeleye have found inspiration in the work of famous British author, Terry Pratchett. Tickets: £22 (£20 concesions) Box office: 01284 758000 St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, 1.10pm An English Christmas Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge Traditional favourites from across the British Isles including much-loved carols and arrangements by David Willcocks, John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, and Robert Pearsall. Tel: 01284 829947   St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert Kathryn Parry violin, Paul Turner piano, programme includes pieces by Brahms and Debussy. Refreshments served from 12.20pm Entry: Free (retiring collection) December 11 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Joe Brown Returning after last year’s sell out this show is packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences. Tickets: £25 (£23 concessions) Box office: 01284 758000

December 9 -14 Regent Theatre, Ipswich December 12 Cats Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary recordbreaking, smash-hit musical. Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless ‘Memory’, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, Cats is a magical musical like no other. Box office: 01473 433100

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The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 8pm The Magic of Motown An all-new show for 2013, packed with 36 back-to-back massive Motown hits. Five-star performances authentically reviving the style and sophistication of Detroit legends the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and more.   Tickets: £22.50 Box office: 01284 758000 December 12-24 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich The Little Match Girl (See Christmas Shows page 19) Box office: 01473 295230 December 13 St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.45pm Jazz by the Waterfront: The Horn Factory The final Jazz by the Waterfront evening of the year sees the welcome return of local big band the Horn Factory. Based in Ipswich they enjoy playing Big Band Jazz - tunes from the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Gordon Goodwin, Phil Collins, Jim Martin, Sammy Nestico, Michel Camillo and other modern big band sounds. Bring your own alcoholic drinks or purchase hot or cold (soft) drinks. Tickets: £10 Information: 01473 225269 Email: December 13 -22 Snape Maltings Co-op Juniors - Scrooge Brings the Christmas Spirit (See Christmas Shows page 19) Box office: 01728 687110 December 13 to January 14 New Wolsey Studio The Elves and the Shoemaker Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company bring this timeless classic to life with a show for everyone aged 3+ (duration 85 mins including interval) Box Office: 01473 295900 Tickets: £8.50 (Under 26 £5) December 14 St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 2.30pm The Pantaloons: Grimm Fairy Tales Festive family fun as The Brothers Grimm spin tales of wicked witches, talking animals, plucky maidens and dashing adventurers in this deliciously dark and thrillingly inventive show

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for adults and children alike. Music, magic and some of the best-loved stories ever to have graced the stage. Tickets: £12 to £7 Information: 01473 225269 Email: Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm Ipswich Sings Christmas! This year, Ipswich Choral Society hosts the event with the Mayor of Ipswich. The concert will be fund-raising in support of the Mayor’s chosen charities. Tickets (includes programme): Adults £11, Concessions £9, Children £4 Box office: 01473 433100   Farmers Markets Halesworth, Town Centre, 9am–1pm Woodbridge, Community Centre, 9am-1pm   December 14 and 15 Blackthorpe Barn, nr Bury St Edmunds British Crafts (See mini preview page 17)  

The Town Hall, Southwold, 10am-5pm The Vintage Market Clothing, accessories, home-made gifts, collectables, curiosities and much more. Information: 07900 015630 or 01986 782094 December 15 The Grand Hall, Hadleigh, 6pm Suffolk Villages Festival Concert Celebrate Yule with Joglaresa – ancient-style! Joglaresa ring in Christmas and the New Year with voices, fidel, harp, bells and bagpipes, singing and playing carols, lullabies, dance tunes and wassails. ‘Joglaresa are at the forefront of singers and instrumentalists whose study of improvisation and ethnomusicology informs and shapes their imaginative recreation of Medieval music-making’ The Times. Tickets: £18 & £12 (half-price for anyone in fulltime education) Box office: 01206 366603 Email: Farmers Markets Assington, The Barn, 10am-2pm

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The Cut Arts Centre, New Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm Bella Hardy; Bright Morning Star With special guests Anna Massie (guitar) and Chris Sherburn (concertina). A repertoire of seasonal treats along with popular songs from Bella’s albums Night Visiting and In the Shadow of The Mountains.

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December 20-30 Regent Theatre, Ipswich Peter Pan (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box Office: 01473 433100

December 21 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 11am Twas the Night Before Christmas …and other wintery tales. Festive reading in December 17 the theatre’s Premiere Bar. St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, 1.10pm Information: 01284 829947 Lunchtime Concert The Choir of St Mary-le-Tower annual concert of carols. Conductor Stephen Bullamore. The Cut Arts Centre, New Cut, Halesworth, Refreshments served from 12.20pm. 7.30pm Entry: Free Pas Moses & The Love Sensation Bringing warmth, hope and security to the   masses this Christmas, come and Snape Maltings enjoy the words and music inspired by the Frank and Ella’s Swinging Christmas great man Bubba Love. Let us touch, feel and (See mini preview page 18) enlighten you with our own helping of festive Box Office: 01728 687110 funk and seasonal soul. December 19-21 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Farmers Markets BSEAODS Charity Christmas Concert Harkstead, Village Hall, 9am-12 noon Bury St Edmunds Amatuer Operatic & Dramatic Aldeburgh, Church Hall, 9am-12.30 Society is celebrating its 110th year with Beccles, Beccles, Heliport 9am-1pm a sparkling gala concert of popular songs Debenham, Community Centre, 9am-1pm from their history; including jazz, operetta, Snape Maltings, 9am-1pm comedic and West End classics, as well as iconic Christmas songs to bring you some yuletide December 21-22   cheer! Supporting St Nicholas Hospice. The Town Hall, Southwold 10am-5pm Tickets: £15 The Vintage Market Box office: 01284 758000 Clothing, accessories, home-made gifts, collectables, curiosities and much more. Information: 07900 015630 or 01986 782094 December 21-31 Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge Cinderella Presented by the Deben Players (see Christmas Shows page 19) Box office: 01394 276770

December 19-31 Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich The Red Rose Chain’s Magic Fishbone (see Christmas Shows) Box office: 01473 603388

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December 22 Farmers Market Lavenham, Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm

December 23 Market Hill, Woodbridge, 6pm-9pm Carols on the Hill Wrap up warm and gather in the glow of community Christmas carols organised by The Rotary Club of Woodbridge The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm An Albion Christmas Celebrating its 15th anniversary and featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Tickets: £16 Box office: 01284 758000 December 25 Felixstowe Seafront The 10th Christmas Day Dip for St Elizabeth Hospice Are you brave enough to join in an early morning swim? Hundreds of brave and adventurous Hospice supporters will take part in our annual Christmas dip. Registration takes place from 8.30am opposite Mannings Amusement Park. At 10am when the horn sounds and everyone will enter the cold North Sea!

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Rougham, Bury St Edmunds. December 7-8 and 14-15 ome of Britain’s top craftsmen and women will be exhibiting at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham this year as part of its annual British Crafts Spectacular. Each craft has been especially chosen for the event to ensure quality and an eclectic mix of creativity from sculpture and ceramics to leather items, textiles, art and jewellery. Among them is the award-winning ceramics artist Katharina Klug, who’s studied in Austria and Germany but now lives in Cambridge. Her work has received national recognition in the crafts and design world for her unique sense of style. She’s inspired by the colour and shapes of ancient Korean pottery, Lucy Rie and Rupert Spira, as well as contemporary architecture.

Each piece is a one off and every time she works the aim is to create perfection. Katharina will be at Blackthorpe on the weekend of December 14 &15 as the exhibitors change each weekend, so there is something new to see each time you visit. George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham Estate adds, “We just love Christmas time. Transforming the Barn into a Christmas haven is something we have done for 22 years and enjoy every minute.” For more information and opening times for the various events see or call 01359 270238 Monday - Friday or 01359 270880 Saturday & Sunday


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FRANK & ELLA’S SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS Snape Maltings, December 17

ust like every Saturday night throughout the autumn there’ll be no chocolate or lattes for Lance Ellington on December 17. The silky smooth singer, one of the UK’s most popular male vocalists and a regular on Strictly Come Dancing, says the reason is that he has to look after his voice. However at Snape he’ll be singing Sinatra, some of his favourite songs - something he doesn’t always get a choice about. “I’ve had to sing Meat Loaf, Duran Duran and then Love is in the Air a few weeks back at Strictly but that’s what being a professional is all about.” Joining him on stage at Snape, along with an 18-piece orchestra, will be Olivier Award nominated vocalist Alison Jiear who will be celebrating the work of famous jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald.

It’s an event that both singers, who are friends and near neighbours in Hertfordshire, have been really looking forward to especially since Alison’s appearance with the Royal Philharmonic at Snape Proms back in August. “We are both really excited. Snape is such an incredible place. I drove straight past it when I first came to Suffolk because I was looking for a concert hall” she said. Both Lance and Ella have performed across the world, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and with any number of bands and celebrities. What makes this show in Suffolk unique is that Lance and Alison honour Ol’ Blue Eyes and The First Lady of Song without impersonating them, bringing an effortless elegance, humour and great respect for the original artists to the stage.


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Mini Previews | Christmas Shows

IT’S BEHIND YOU! The magic of Christmas is upon us – and don’t forget an essential part of the festive season is a trip to the pantomime or theatre. Places&Faces takes a look at what’s in store

ctors love it, children love it and if the kids are happy so are their parents and grandparents too. Quite simply Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime or to see a Christmas show and if you’re staying close to home in Suffolk this year there’s lots in store to keep you entertained. There are traditional pantos, rock pantos, feel-good concerts and we are also lucky that our rich cultural heritage also gives us a variety of alternative Christmas shows too. Your only problem might be what to choose and, don’t forget if you want to secure your seat for the most popular shows, booking in advance is absolutely essential.

November 21 and runs right the way through to January 25. The rock ‘n’ roll pantomime this year is Dick Whittington - where the streets are paved with the classics in this musical twist of a traditional tale. This year sees the return of Shirley Darroch as Fairy Bowbells, Dan De Cruz as King Rat, and stars Sean Kingsley as the Dame; Sarah the Cook. Sean was previously King Camelot in last year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Rob Salmon, Associate Director of the New Wolsey is back to direct this year with a script written by Peter Rowe, Artistic Director. Diego Pitarch also returns from last year’s exuberant and glitter-filled clockwork set to create the deepest darkest depths of London town. As part of the New Wolsey’s action plan to increase accessible performances there will be more assisted shows than ever during the Panto season, with two dates for Audio Description and Dick Whittington Captioned performances to choose from, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Theatre goers in Ipswich have been treated to plus a signed performance. For the first time a new pantomime tradition at the New Wolsey there’s going to be a “relaxed performance” on Thursday January 16 where changes will for more than a decade now – with its famed be made to sound and lighting to eliminate rock ‘n’ roll versions of traditional classics. surprises and soften their impact. It’s so popular that this year the season has Box Office: 01473 295900 been expanded to two months making it the longest running pantomime in the country.  The show actually started last month on


Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Also running from late November through to January the Theatre Royal brings us another all-time favourite – Aladdin, directed by Tim Welton and designed by Nigel Hook. Holed away in widow Twankey’s laundry shop in Old Peking, young Aladdin spends his days up to his elbows in pants and petticoats, getting into scrapes and dreaming of the beautiful Princess Jasmine. But his luck might be about to change, when he meets the mysterious Abanazar and learns of a lamp that grants three magical wishes. Plus for those who really looking for a really special outing there’s a special gala performance on December 15. Box office: 01284 769505  

The Brontës of Dunwich Heath …and Cliff

Eastern Angles, Ipswich and Woodbridge Suffolk’s regional touring theatre company always does something a little bit special and off the wall at Christmas and as a result is often highly praised by the national press. This year’s show looks like being no exception.



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Directed by Eastern Angles’ founder and Artistic Director, Ivan Cutting, the show takes an irreverent look at the literary world of the Brontë sisters. It opens at the St John Mills Theatre in Ipswich on December 4 and then after playing through to January will transfer to the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge. The spoof promises to be a typically anarchic affair. Described as an alternative to the traditional Christmas panto, the production will be an off-the-wall musical interpretation of Brontë family life incorporating witty wordplay, plenty of quick-fire comedy and speedy costume changes and a Kate Bush inspired musical number or two. The storyline centres on the ‘fact’ that the famous Brontë sisters of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame have a couple of lesser known cousins living in a Rotten Borough on the crumbling Suffolk coast. One sister, plain Jane, is full of literary ambition, but lacks life experience, whilst the other, mad Cath, hangs out with beach bums, crimps her hair and fancies her chances as a hauntingly beautiful and intriguingly eccentric songstress. As their father, Reverend Brontë, tries to save his church from the sea and the village from Parliament, a ghostly apparition appears. Enter Sir Fred the mysterious landowner with massive marriage potential, Rochester the brooding bad lad with an outrageous reputation and a mad woman in the attic and you have the makings of another mad cap Eastern Angles literary spoof. Box office: 01473 211498

Sleeping Beauty

Mercury Theatre, Colchester Christmas is a time to let your imagination run riot and this year the Mercury Theatre is offering a futuristic twist on the modern classic, Sleeping Beauty. Written by Jonathan Petherbridge and directed by the Mercury’s own Tony Casement, Sleeping Beauty looks set to be quite enchanting. Once upon a time, in a glittering castle, in a land far far away, a beautiful princess is cursed on her christening day by a bad-tempered and uninvited old woman - who makes sure our heroine will prick her finger and fall asleep for 100 years. The rest, as they say, is Panto! Damsels in distress and dashing heroes will be at the ready to bring one of the greatest adventure stories ever told to life. Brimming with laughter and packed full of adventure, this story of princesses, fairy godmothers and enchanted sleep is sure to leave audiences feeling on top of the world. Jonny Fines will take to the stage as the dashing Prince Charming. Jonny graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2010 and has appeared in the UK Tour of Avenue Q and originated the role of ‘Ballet Dancer’ in the world premiere of Lift at the Soho Theatre, London. He said: ‘I’ve heard great things about the Colchester Mercury Theatre. It’s grown a great reputation of being a really exciting and credible place to work, so I jumped at the opportunity when the audition came up.’ He added: ‘This is actually my first ever Panto! Due to other work commitments I have never been available, so I’m really looking forward to it.” Sleeping Beauty runs from December 6-January 11. Box Office 01206 573948

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Mini Previews | Christmas Shows

The Little Match Girl

Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich For dance lovers, Open Heart Productions presents a beautiful Christmas Show this year – The Little Match Girl running from December 12-24. Created by the celebrated director and choreographer, Arthur Pita, it’s based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of a young street girl’s hopes and dreams. A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, where the Little Match Girl is trying to sell her matches. She sees a vision of her beloved grandmother and is guided into the night sky and taken to the moon. Box office: 01473 295230

Scrooge brings the Christmas Spirit!

Co-op Juniors, Snape Maltings Concert Hall Ebenezer Scrooge takes to the stage in a brand new Christmas Spectacular! featuring a taste of humorous humbug at Snape Maltings from December 13 to 22. Inspired by the timeless Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, the new show features all the familiar characters including Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and a bevy of ghosts in the form of Christmas past, present and future. Staged by by the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company, the Christmas Spectacular! has become a Suffolk favourite to get audiences into the Christmas spirit. “We’ve taken a fresh look at the Christmas Carol story,” says musical director Nigel Virley, who has also written the script. “We add our unique blend of song and dance numbers interwoven with the traditional Dickens tale. It’s many people’s favourite Christmas story, with strong characters and Scrooge’s journey from miser to become the life and soul of the party.” Audiences at Snape are guaranteed laughter in equal measure with the stunning staging, costumes and effects for which the group is famous. “There’s a humorous side to Scrooge, which is perfect for our style of show,” adds Nigel. With a huge cast and hundreds of costumes, the spectacle of the show has found a regular audience for the last eight years at Snape Maltings. Says co-director Jeannie Ingram, “Coming up with something fresh and innovative every year is important, so we added a storyline in recent years to reinvent the show.There are moments of real stage magic,” reveals co-director Pauline Walker. “We have a tall Christmas tree which transforms into a gigantic grandfather clock in Scrooge’s bedroom and the appearance of the ghosts has to be seen to be believed!”  The Christmas Spectacular is at Snape Maltings Concert Hall from December 13 to 22 December. Box office: 01728 687110

The Magic Fishbone

The Red Rose Chain, Jimmy’s Farm This is a Dickensian fairytale adventure based on a short story by Charles Dickens. The beautiful princess Alicia is poor and her clothes are threadbare. She works all day long looking after her little brothers and sisters and has no friends, except for a ragdoll and Percy Pickles, the fishmonger’s son. But one day, Alicia is given a magic present; a fishbone which will give her anything she wishes for, as long as she wishes for it at the right moment… Set in Dickens’ Victorian London, this play adapted and directed by artistic director Joanna Carrick, blends fairytale magic with music, puppetry, laughter and adventure – the perfect festive treat for the whole family this Christmas. The show runs from December 19 to January 5 at the Aspall Barn at Jimmy’s Farm. Box office: 01473 603388

Peter Pan

Regent Theatre, Ipswich It will soon be time to fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell for this December’s magical Christmas pantomime at the Ipswich Regent. Starring soap legend Chris Ellison and Disney’s Art Attack presenter Lloyd Warbey the show runs from December 20-30 and is bound to please with lots of special effects. This year’s pantomime has been produced by Enchanted Entertainment, the same creative team behind last year’s fantastic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. The show features an amazing live band and a host of top quality professional performers. Alongside Chris Ellison and Lloyd Warbey are Jenny Jones ‘CITV’s Hi-5’ as Wendy, Andrew Crawford ‘Professor Poet from CBeebies The Rhyme Rocket’ as Starkey, Joe Chambers ‘First Officer Ditty from CBeebies The Rhyme Rocket’ as Noodler and hilarious impressionist Andy Fleming as Smee. Director Guy Pascall says, “Peter Pan has to be one of the best pantomimes there is, it really has everything; Tinker Bell, Pirates, Indians, Mermaids, fantastic flying sequences and of course the best baddie in the business - Captain Hook. There really is something for all ages in our production of Peter Pan this Christmas at the Regent Theatre and we can’t wait to see audiences laughing at Smee’s silly jokes and dancing in the aisles to our brilliant live band!” Watch out too for some fantastic flying special effects! Box Office: 01473 433100


Deben Players, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge From December 21 to January 1 this classic rags to riches story by Alan Kimber is brought to life by The Deben Players. Cinderella lives a life of drudgery and constant hounding by her step mother and step sisters. Her muddled and confused father, Baron Hardup, is powerless to intervene. He is also on the run from the bailiffs. Cinders only comfort is her best pal Buttons. Prince Charming is holding a ball where every eligible maiden in the land is to attend. Can this be the chance Cinderella has been waiting for? Will she go to the ball? Will her wicked step-mother and ugly step-sisters intervene to stop her? Will Buttons ever tell Cinders that he loves her? Box office: Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre 01394 276770  



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A WISH NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS It might be a small charity but the Woolverstone Wish Appeal has inspired fundraisers all over Suffolk. Anne Gould speaks to its chair, Cheryl Thayer

ots of people look around their workplace and ponder - what if… But Cheryl Thayer and Jo Richardson aren’t the sorts of people for ‘castles in the air’, they are practical people who every day help people on life saving journeys against cancer. So back in 2009, when it became clear that the Woolverstone Wing, where they work at Ipswich Hospital, was getting busier and ever more cramped they decided that something needed to be done. Cheryl and Jo, who is the Day Unit Sister at the ward, were given a cheque by a grateful patient and that’s where it started. “With a group of other people we launched the Woolverstone Wish, which aims to raise £800,000 to refurbish the chemotherapy and outpatients clinics and day unit.” “We want to increase the available space, improve privacy for patients and provide a more comfortable treatment area,” she explained. Already they are more than half way towards their target and hope to break the £550,000 any time soon. Cheryl, the Administrative Co-ordinator for Oncology and Haematology for the Woolverstone Wing, says she’s amazed that they’ve done so well. “We are a very small charity, we don’t have a professional fund-raiser and every single penny that’s donated goes towards our target.” The committee is made up of some staff members, patients and friends and relatives of patients and quite simply if they need something to help with the charity they will ask round and find it themselves or have something like a cake sale, she says. Cheryl’s passionate about helping people and the charity because she says cancer touches all of us in some way. “Cancer does not respect who you are, what you do or who you are as a person, it affects

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everybody right across the board.” The majority of people with cancer who live in east Suffolk go to the Woolverstone Wing for treatment. “Working here does not shelter you from it. One of consultants lost his wife to cancer, another consultant died himself, others have lost parents and they all come here.”

The problem is that as medical treatment has got better, people live longer and screening has improved more and more patients are coming through their doors in the first place. “Every day we might have 25-30 patients at our day unit for blood transfusions or chemotherapy and there may be another 100

Woolverstone Wish

or more who are coming for consultant or out patients appointments.” Space is at such a premium that everybody has to wait in the same area - people who are going to see a consultant perhaps who are waiting for test results or who have yet

organised balls, undertaken some dare-devil abseiling, shaved heads, run marathons all to help raise money. In October teams of supporters (including Cheryl herself) completed the Whole Hog fitness challenge through mud and water at Wantisden.

I am often really humbled because not a day goes by without a phone call, an email or a letter that helps towards our target. to be treated have to pass by the treatment areas, which is not ideal. The treatment areas themselves are cramped - she says. Some are smaller than the average lounges and with the all the equipment there’s not much room. “We sometimes don’t have enough chairs. Patients often bring a family member or friend to support them during treatment but they might have to stand or leave because another patient needs the chair.” One of the consultants, she says, even gave up his consulting room to provide more space. Cheryl says it’s really not ideal - because no-one wants to have cancer. Having said that the Woolverstone Wing is renowned for having a great atmosphere and the total dedication of all its staff. “What I want for people who come here for treatment is what I’d want for any member of my family. We want to remodel the department and update the environment.” So perhaps little wonder that the public in Suffolk have really responded to Woolverstone Wish. They’ve held cake sales, sponsored events,

Then there’s Louise Stratford from Rickinghall who swam the English Channel and raised £1,500 and Julien Green a former Northgate pupil conquered Mont Blanc and raised £3, 845 for the appeal. Organisations like golf clubs, choral societies and businesses have also supported them too with generous donations. Increasingly people are remembering Woolverstone Wish through bequests in their wills too. Cheryl says the committee also organise fund-raising events - last month for instance they held a Christmas Bazaar and coming up in February is An Evening of Clairvoyance at Kesgrave Community Centre. “I am often really humbled because not a day goes by without a phone call, an email or a letter that helps towards our target. Some people just like to be anonymous and you just get a cheque in the post with no clue where it’s come from.” Then on other occasions people want to hand over their donation in person - even

when it must be difficult emotionally to do so. Only last month, she said, the nine-year-old son of a former patient handed over a cheque for £1,700, in memory of his mother a tireless campaigner for the appeal who had sadly died. “Working full time and then doing Woolverstone Wish in your spare time sometimes you feel as if you are flagging but I only have to think about people like this and some of the amazing and inspiring patients that I meet and you get a second wind.” INFORMATION




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Literary Gifts

LITERARY GIFTS Books are a great present to give and receive at Christmas so we’ve asked some of our readers what they’d like to give and what they’re hoping to receive

CATHARINE HOWARD Gardener, Writer and Places&Faces columnist

NAOMI TARRY Entrepreneur and owner of Best of Suffolk The book I’d like to receive: Aldeburgh: A Song of the Sea by Tim Coates. Aldeburgh is my home and so this new book about the town’s history, culture and personalities looks fascinating. It covers everything from Roman times right through to Benjamin Britten and the more recent controversy of Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture on the beach. We’re lucky to have such a rich and varied history in Aldeburgh, and the more I learn about it, the more I’m intrigued to find out more. The book I’d like to give: Just go for it by Dame Kelly Holmes. I’m a big believer in taking personal initiative and making the most of opportunities in life. Dame Kelly’s inspiring book is a brilliant guide to doing just that. She made history when she became the first female British athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games. She overcame all sorts of obstacles to get there, including physical injuries and depression. In this book she shares some of her amazing story and offers her guide for success by following her six step guide.

The book I’d like to give: Winning Words – Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life. I would like to give a copy to my sons and Godchildren. An optimistic anthology that can be squeezed into a pocket to go everywhere with the owner. Stuck in a queue? Alone with a pint? This book swats away impatience, loneliness or boredom. It delivers a cool breeze of inspiration. The book I’d like to receive: The Golden Age of Botanical Art . Luscious illustrations from the archives at Kew Gardens. The author is a plant hunter with a PhD in Botany. Need I say more? It must be the hardback copy though.

RACHEL TARKENTER Head of Communications and Development at Dance East The book I would like to give to every world leader is: The Gift – How The Creative Spirit Transforms The World by Lewis Hyde. The inspirational Dee Evans, artistic director of the Mercury Theatre Company 1999-2012 gave me a copy when I worked with her and the company and it changed the way I think about everything, if only everyone could see life this way, just for a day. The book I’d like to receive: Any of the books by the legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams as I have recently discovered his breathtaking images, while studying for a diploma in photography, a passion and hobby.



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Literary Gifts

KATE EARLE Interior designer and patron of Suffolk’s Rosa Giving Circle The book I’d like to give: To my sister Lucy Henson, Donna Tartt’s new novel – The Goldfinch, because she will enjoy another slice of rich, Gothic drama from this exceptional author. The book I’d like to receive: The English Room by Derry Moore & Simon Jenkins. A collection of exquisite photographs and illuminating writings of and about the favourite rooms of some great English characters.


JOHN JAMES Organiser of the Aldeburgh

winning Suffolk-based artist and photographer

Literary Festival and owner of Aldeburgh Bookshop

The book I’d like to give: National Geographic 125 Years filled with legendary photographs, adventures and discoveries that changed the world. I would give this book to any person under 18 to give them a sense of adventure and to understand the world around them. It’s more about giving a key book that will hopefully give them a curiosity about the world they live in that will lead to adventures of all sorts. The book I’d like to receive: Danny Lyon: Memories of Myself. It’s the photographic memories of one of the most original and influential documentary photographers. From living with the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang to the Texas prison system, Lyon produced some of the most maverick and radical photojournalism of his day.

The book I’d like to give: A Fatal Debt by John Gapper. It’s a thriller set in New York told through the eyes of a psychologist. The author is a former journalist at the Financial Times and it’s a good read. The book I’d like to receive: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris about The Dreyfus Affair in 19th Century France or Catastrophe by Max Hastings about the beginning of the First World War.

EMMA CROWHURST Suffolk chef and food writer The book I’d like to give: Morrissey’s Autobiography to my new husband Alistair (18 years together married this last June.) We are both huge Smiths fans, or perhaps The People’s Songs by Stuart Maconie another music book! The book I’d like to receive: Well that’s easy, the book I’d like to get would be the British Larder cook book. I bid for it at the charity evening recently but didn’t win! It is a beautiful book with fabulous pictures and recipes.

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The Christmas issue of Places & Faces really is one of favourite magazines to bring you. The team here love our food and for the third year we have taken the opportunity to talk to local chefs about the dishes and special treats that they like to cook. We won’t be telling you how to cook the turkey but hope you will find the following recipes give you inspiration for some delicious meals over the festive period. Enjoy!

Pan fried breast and braised leg of pheasant with artichoke and spinach risotto and steamed local kale By Oli Burnside of The Plough & Sail, Snape

“Pheasant cooked in two ways with a delicious creamy risotto will make a perfect winter supper for family and friends.”

Ingredients - Serves 4 • 2 whole pheasants (prepared by your butcher, keeping the bones) • 2 litres chicken stock • 1 onion • 1 stick celery • 2 carrots • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 1 sprig thyme • 4 Jerusalem artichokes

• 100ml double cream • 75g butter • 100ml water • 500g risotto rice • Handful of spinach, chopped • Handful of kale • Salt and pepper, to season • Small bunch of parsley

Method 1. Keeping the pheasant legs and breasts to one side, add the remaining bones to the chicken stock and simmer for one hour to add flavour. Remove the bones, set aside and keep warm. 2. Next, finely dice the onion, celery, one carrot and the garlic. Sweat in a pan until soft and add the thyme. Add the pheasant legs and half the chicken stock. Simmer for two hours until the legs are soft. Then, remove the legs from the pan and strip the meat from the bones. Continue to reduce the stock until it reaches

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a sauce-like consistency, before adding the remaining diced carrot. Add the leg meat back to the sauce and keep warm. 3. For the artichoke puree – peel the artichokes and cook until soft. Add the cream, butter and water and blitz until pureed. Season to taste. 4. For the risotto – cook the rice as per the packet instructions, using the remaining stock. After the risotto is cooked, add the artichoke puree,

chopped spinach and finely chopped parsley. 5. For the pheasant breasts – pan fry skin side down for colour and then place in a preheated oven at 180C for 7 minutes until cooked. Leave to rest for 4 minutes whilst the dish is finished. 6. Finally, blanch the kale in salted water and serve the dish, as pictured

Christmas Recipes Roasted crown of duck, sautéed pickled mushrooms, hazelnut, parsnip toffee By Paul Foster, head chef of the Tuddenham Mill and consultant chef to Anglia Factors • “My Anglia Factors signature dish is a novel and enticing way to enjoy duck which is a firm Christmas favourite in the Foster household.”

Ingredients - Serves 4 2 large crowns of duck 1 bunch of watercress to finish Mushrooms • 100g chestnut mushrooms • 100g button mushrooms • 100g shitake mushrooms • 100ml white wine vinegar • 50ml water • 50g butter • 25ml sunflower oil Hazelnut • 100g hazelnuts • 50g butter • 70g sugar

Raw parsnip • 1 parsnip peeled • 1 lemon • Sea salt Parsnip toffee • 250g large parsnips peeled and chopped • 250ml milk • 200g sugar • 30ml water • 200g double cream • Sea salt Dressing • 50ml mushroom pickling liquor • ½ tsp soy sauce • 50ml sunflower oil • ½ tsp honey

Method 1. Cook the 250g parsnip in the milk until soft and drain well, heat the sugar and water to 185°C. Heat the cream in a separate pan and pour onto the sugar whilst whisking continuously. Leave to cool a little and blend with the parsnip until smooth, season with sea salt and pass through a fine sieve. 2. Shave the peeled parsnip on a mandolin thinly and season with lemon juice and salt, leave in the fridge for 1 hour. 3. Grind the hazelnuts into a powder and heat the butter and sugar to a caramel colour whilst stirring continuously, poor into the hazelnut

powder whilst whisking and spread on a tray to cool. 4. Pre heat the oven to 220°C, blow torch the skin of the duck and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes to come up to temperature, season with sea salt, place in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes and leave to rest in a warm place 5. For the mushrooms cut into quarters and bring the water and vinegar to the boil and poor over the mushrooms leave for 20 minutes and drain well and allow to dry on absorbent kitchen towel, ensure to reserve some liquor for the dressing. Heat the butter in a large pan and

sauté until lightly golden. season to taste with sea salt. 6. For the dressing whisk together all of the ingredients and taste to check seasoning 7. Carve the breasts off the duck and trim off any sinew flash for 1 minute in a hot oven to re-heat. Brush the parsnip toffee on the plate, ensure the rest of the ingredients are warm and seasoned and arrange on the plate, carve the duck breasts into two slices and season with sea salt, place on the plate, and finish with the dressing, and some picked watercress.

Espresso of Gressingham Duck Liver Pâté served with toasted Brioche and homemade Chutney By Ugur Vata of the Galley, Woodbridge

“Pâté is a perfect starter or standby lunch and this duck recipe with hits of sherry is a magnificent addition to your seasonal larder”

Ingredients • 500g duck livers • 125g pack butter, diced and slightly softened • 1 medium onion finely sliced • 2 - 3 garlic cloves, sliced • Splash each cream sherry & dry sherry

Method 1. Cut away and discard any large sinews from the livers, then set the livers aside. 2. Heat about a third of the butter in a large frying pan, then gently fry the onion and garlic for 6-8 minutes until soft. Turn up the heat, add the livers, then fry until just browned on all sides. 3. Add the sherry boil down as quickly as possible – if the sauce catches light for an instant, then all the better. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool completely. 4. Season the livers generously then tip the contents of the pan into a food processor and remaining butter, and blitz until smooth.

5. Push the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, taste for seasoning, then tip into a serving espresso cup, banging the dish down on the table top to smooth out the surface. Place in the fridge to set. 6. Serve with plenty of sliced toasted brioche and chutney Chef’s Tip: The Pâté will keep for few days in the fridge.



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Beef Wellington By Oliver Macmillan of The Hadleigh Ram

Ingredients • 1kg Centre-cut beef fillet • Rapeseed oil • 750g Button mushrooms

• 2 tbsp Unsalted butter • 2 Garlic cloves • 500g Puff pastry • 4 Eggs, beaten

“It’s also ways good to have an additional ‘roast’ idea in your back pocket and this traditional but very special beef wellington does just the trick”

• 8 Banana shallots • 2 Springs of thyme • Dijon mustard • 150ml White wine

Method 1. In a medium sized frying pan, using rapeseed oil, sear off the seasoned beef fillet until nicely caramelised of each side. Then transfer onto a resting rack, leave to rest for 10 minutes. 2. For the Mushroom Duxelles: Finely chop mushrooms, garlic & shallots in a food processor. When blitzed squeeze all excess water out. Heat a saucepan on medium to high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add mushroom mix to saucepan. Add a pinch of salt, black pepper & thyme. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms appear dry and are beginning to brown (approx. 5 minutes). Stir in remaining tablespoon of butter and, when melted, add the white wine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the wine has evaporated. Remove from heat and cool. 3. Roll out pastry to a rectangle about 4-5 mm thick. With a pastry brush, coat the beef fillet in Dijon mustard. Then cover the top with 1cm thickness of mushrooms.

4. Sit beef fillet on one edge of the pastry. Roll fillet until it is completely covered. Beat eggs yolks and use to seal pastry edges. Finish by egg washing the top of the beef wellington. 5. Leave in fridge for 20 minutes to rest. 6. Pre heat oven to 200oC fan or 180oC gas. Cook until pastry is crispy and golden. Chef’s Tip: For medium rare beef cook for approx. 20-25 minutes, for medium approx. 30 minutes.

Pork Pies and Spiced Pumpkin Pickle By Robert Mace, head chef at The Westleton Crown “The best bit about Christmas food is the cold cuts, snacks and in particular the chutneys and pickles to go with them. This is a favourite of mine, really good with a pork pie or two and your Christmas tipple of choice.”

Spiced Pumpkin Pickle Ingredients • 1 medium firm fleshed pumpkin or squash (crown prince or butternut works really well) • 4-5 banana shallots • 5 cloves garlic • 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger • 1 medium red chilli • 1 medium green chilli • zest of 1 lemon • 500ml cider vinegar • 350g demerara sugar • 2 tsps medium hot curry powder • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 1 tsp black pepper corns Method Peel and dice the pumpkin into 1/2 inch chunks, blanch in boiling salted water for 1-2 mins to soften slightly, spoon into sterilised pickle jars (fill to about 3/4 full) Peel and thinly slice the shallots & garlic, peel the ginger and chop finely, place in a large sauce pan with the spices, vinegar, sugar and thinly sliced

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chillies (I like to leave the seeds in for a bit of fiery warmth but they can be removed if you prefer.) Boil the vinegar mixture for 5-10 mins to combine and infuse the flavours, pour hot over the pumpkin cubes to brim fill the jars and seal. The pickle can be used the next day but it is best to let it sit for at least a week to let the flavours develop. Pork Pies These little gems make a great snack, fantastic to serve to your family and friends as a snack with drinks over the festive period, if they last that long after coming out of the oven. This recipe makes 8 good snack sized pies.   Ingredients – Hot water pastry • 250g plain flour • 1/2 tsp • 75g lard • 25g butter • 85ml water • 1 egg   Ingredients – Pie filling • 400g minced pork belly • few sprigs thyme

• few sprigs sage • zest and juice of 1 clementine • salt and plenty of ground black pepper • 1 tea spoon ground mixed spice • 150g fine diced mature cheddar cheese • 1 small onion finely diced Method Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in the centre and crack in the egg. Place the butter lard and water in a sauce pan and heat till melted, then bring to a boil, pour around the edge of the bowl then stir together to form a soft dough, wrap in cling film the rest in the fridge for an hour. Pick the herbs from the woody stalks then chop and mix with the pork and other ingredients, shape into 8 balls. Split the pastry into 8 balls and remove a 1/4 of each for lids, roll the larger balls to about 11cm diameter and the smaller to 7cm diameter. Place a ball of meat in the middle of the lager circle and flatten slightly brush the edge with egg wash, top with the lids then raise up the sides and crimp the tops to seal. Pierce a hole in the top of each pie, brush with egg wash then bake at 170oC for 35 mins.

Christmas Recipes Winter fruits brioche By Lauren Gregg, Head Chef at Snape Maltings Café 1885

Ingredients - Serves 6-8 people Brioche dough 360ml lukewarm water 1 ½ tbsps yeast 1 ½ tbsps salt 8 large eggs (slightly beaten) 8 tbsps (120ml) honey 375g melted butter 1.625kg self-raising flour Winter fruits filling 1 tbsp ground mixed spice 100g diced apricots 500g mix peel fruits 100g pitted dried dates Zest of one orange Ground cinnamon 5 tbsps brandy optional

“This Christmas brioche is perfect for the family after a Christmas meal. Our Brioche has a fluffy texture with seasonal flavours of winter fruits and spice - a perfect light alternative to Christmas pudding.“

Method 1. Place all dried fruits and peel into an air tight container, sprinkle over the mixed spice and the orange zest finely grated over the top, mix together and close the lid and leave. (Allowing the flavours to absorb the spice, if you want to add alcohol, add 5 tablespoons of brandy to your fruits now). 2. Mix the water with yeast, salt, honey, eggs and melted butter into a large mixing bowl (which is large enough for the brioche to prove). 3. Add flour slowly using a metal spoon and once all flour incorporated, cover with cling film and allow to prove for 2 ½ hours in a warm room. 4. Roll out the brioche on a floured surface, to a 10 inch square, place fruit over the rolled out brioche and then dust the fruits with ground cinnamon. 5. Then roll the brioche from one side to the other in a firm roll. Place onto a greaseproof paper baking tray and with brush (using a pastry brush) with water over the top.

6. Place it in the oven at 175’C for 15 minutes. 7. Once baked golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool. Then slice into 6-8 portion, depending on the number serving. 8. Serve with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.

Filo Mincemeat Crackers By Jason Shaw of The White Lion, Aldeburgh.

“Simplicity itself. Flaky filo pastry and luscious homemade mincemeat - a little touch of Christmas heaven.”

Ingredients Mincemeat • 2 large eating apples, grated, skin on • 500g Dried Mixed Fruit • 60g glace cherries, chopped in 4 pieces • 60g chopped almonds (optional)

• 100g shredded suet (beef or vegetarian) • 175g soft dark brown sugar • 2 tbsp golden syrup • zest and juice of 1 lemon • zest and juice of 1 orange • 2 tsp mixed spice • 4 tbsp brandy, Amaretto or rum, or Adnams sloe gin

or maybe more alcohol as it is Christmas! Filo crackers • 1 packet filo pastry (1 sheet makes 1 cracker) • Butter • Icing sugar

Method for mincemeat: 1. Sterilise jars with lids by running through the dishwasher, or washing and warming in an oven 2. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover with clingfilm and allow flavours to blend overnight. The next day, stir the mincemeat to mix thoroughly, and pot in sterilised jars. Allow the flavours to blend for a couple of days before using. Method for Filo crackers: 1. When your mincemeat is ready buy some filo pastry and some butter, and icing sugar and you are then ready for your festive mince pies with a great party twist!! 2. Melt butter till warm and get a pastry brush and take out one sheet of filo pastry and lay out length ways left to right. 3. The filo sheet is then buttered liberally and folded in half left to right then place one heaped teaspoon of mincemeat onto the middle of the filo sheet near the bottom of the sheet about 1 inch from bottom. 4. Then fold over filo from top to bottom until the sheet is fully wrapped around the mincemeat like a sausage roll then squeeze the two side ends to form a cracker style mince pie. 5. Bake the cracker at 180oC till golden brown dust with a little icing sugar and serve with some mulled Aspall cider.



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Braised Venison Shoulder, Red Cabbage, Dauphinoise By Louise Mckenzie of the Greyhound, Pettistree “Venison is a seasonal favourite here at the Greyhound which we love cooking using local Suffolk produce and the local Fallow Deer which is particularly flavoursome.”

Ingredients – Serves 4-6 Braised Venison Shoulder • 1 venison shoulder (approximately 1kg) • 2 onions - sliced with skin on • Rosemary, thyme • Enough local ale to cover (approximately 1litre) Method 1. Preheat oven to 180oC 2. Place the venison shoulder in a deep pan, just big enough to fit it, add the onions, rosemary & thyme and then cover with the local ale till the venison is submerged in ale. 3. Season and cover with a sheet of baking parchment, and two sheets of tin foil, tightly wrapped. 4. Place in the oven for approximately 3-4 hours, it is ready when the venison is tender and pulls apart easily. 5. While the Venison is still warm pull it apart and keep warm. 6. Put the cooking liquor from the venison into a pan and reduce down until thick, (a little bit of dark chocolate gives a nice taste!) Braised Red Cabbage • 1 small red cabbage, cut into fine strips and rinsed • 3 tbsps butter • 1 large onion, chopped • 1 1/2 tsps salt • 500ml Red wine Method 1. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, cabbage, salt, and stir the mixture gently. Pour in the red wine and bring the mixture to a simmer.

2. Cover and reduce the heat slightly, and then continue simmering the cabbage for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it is tender. Dauphinoise Potatoes • 1kg baking potatoes, peeled and placed in a bowl of cold water to prevent them from browning (use floury potatoes such as Russet, King Edward, Maris Piper or Desiree) • 3-4 cloves garlic • A few sprigs of herbs (rosemary & thyme) • 250ml double cream & 250ml milk • Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method 1. Preheat the oven to 160oC. 2. Put the cream, milk, garlic, herbs, salt & pepper in a pan and bring the boil, then turn off and pass through a sieve, discarding the garlic & herbs. Put the cream to one side. 3. Slice the potatoes into thin slices, or use a mandolin if you have one. 4. Layer the potatoes in a deep baking tray until the tray is full, then pour over the heated cream until the potatoes are covered. 5. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment and place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 1-1½ hours, or until the potatoes are completely tender, use a skewer to check they are cooked through. (If the cream looks like it’s splitting, your oven is too hot, so turn it down a bit.)

Seared scallops with fennel & apple slaw By Andrew Storer head chef at The Anchor, Walberswick “Simple, fast and delicious – the perfect dish to impress without slaving in the kitchen”

Serves 4 Ingredients - fennel & apple slaw: • 2 baby fennel • 1 granny smith apple • 1 banana shallot finely diced • Juice of 1 lemon • 2 tsps mayonnaise Method Finely slice the fennel and salt. Finely dice one apple and add pinch salt, and add the fennel, banana shallot, mayo and lemon juice. Chop the fennel tops finely, check seasoning and mix all together.

Ingredients - apple sauce: • 100ml apple juice • 100ml cider • 1 shallot • ½ tsp fennel seed • 1 star anise • 1 grated apple • 1 bayleaf

Ingredients - scallops: • 12 scallops

Method Place all in a pan, and reduce by 2/3 (boil it down) until you get to a sweet flavour. Pass the reduction through a fine sieve to remove the larger particles and stir in 100g unsalted butter. Season to taste.

Method To cook the scallops season pan fry on a medium to high heat for two minutes on one side to colour and then flip and cook for 30 seconds on the otherside.

Assembly: Make 3 heap piles of the fennel & apple slaw. Place a scallop on each pile. Drizzle on the warm apple sauce. Garnish with mixed sakura cress and a deep fried Lilliput caper.

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What are you eating for Christmas dinner? The chances are by now you’ll have made that decision but what about what you’ll be drinking? Anne Gould speaks to wine expert Rob Chase from Adnams

ntertaining is all part of the joy of the festive season, which means that we’ll all enjoy a glass or two, or sometimes more, than we might otherwise consume during the rest of the year. To avoid your nearest and dearest having to make a surreptitious exit to the nearest off-licence for extra supplies, when it looks like guests may drink you dry, it is wise to plan ahead because even the best of us can be ‘caught short’ by an unexpected preference or a longer than expected homage to Bacchus. Rob Chase confided that, despite a wellstocked cellar of reds, he was caught on the hop a couple of weekends ago - by a friend who prefers white - and had to go out in search of something suitable to fit the bill. “White wine,” he explained “ought to be drunk young and so there’s no point in buying it and laying it down for a couple of years or so. Usually I’ll bring some white home from the office to taste over the weekend but on this occasion I hadn’t. Luckily there’s a wine shop in Halesworth that stocks Adnams wines and I knew just what to buy.” So clearly planning your wine buying for Christmas is something that needs to be considered with some care. Rob suggests starting with the big day itself, “Hopefully you’ll have been saving your pennies for something extra special. It’s become something of a tradition to have some fizz to start off the



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proceedings - and on Christmas Day nothing else than Champagne will do. For those who have journeyed through the Champagne region in France during the year, there should hopefully be one or two bottles/cases left to toast the season, otherwise Adnams Selection Brut is a firm favourite throughout East Anglia,” he says, What to serve with Christmas dinner? Red Burgundy or a New World Pinot Noir (New Zealand is currently excellent value) or even a Rioja Reserva are good with turkey. Go for Chianti Classico or a decent St Emilion with goose or duck. Rob advices to get the best out of your reds always try and decant them into a jug and then back into the bottle an hour

currant sauces, they can play havoc with old vintages.” In addition to reds it’s always wise to have a decent bottle of white wine on the table too. Chablis is the best choice and Rob particularly recommends the organic and “delicious” Domaine de la Boissonneuse (£16.99). However, if that stretches the budget too far, there are plenty of other decent Chardonnays to be had - just buy the best you can afford. When it comes to puddings - Christmas is the time to indulge in a dessert wine but it’s essential that the wine you choose should match the sweetness of your plum pud. Sauternes will match most desserts and are a marriage made in heaven when it comes to

White wine, ought to be drunk young and so there’s no point in buying it and laying it down for a couple of years or so or so before you eat. This will aerate the wine and release those all-important aromas and flavours. On the subject of flavours Rob has this advice, “Beware orange, cranberry or red

blue cheese but Rob says a new addition to the Adnams Selection Rich Dessert Wine, made from the Muscat grape on the island of Samos. In addition to the main day itself it is likely

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we will all entertain before and beyond and Rob firmly believes you should plan your wine buying to take in the whole season.

Fizz is an excellent option - I always say people take enormous care with their canapés so they should take equal care with the wine that they serve. Take Boxing Day for example, when most of us are eating cold meat - some of which may be a little bit dry. “I believe the best match here is a bottle or two of well chilled rose. Of course during the season most people entertain, either family or friends to more than one big meal and serving game like venison, pheasant or pigeon is always popular. If this is your choice go for Rhône reds - like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.” So how to avoid the sneaking to the off-licence scenario? Rob says here it’s essential to stock up on what he calls “junior” wines that you can turn to as the evening goes on. “You probably know the sort of wines that you like so stock up on these but remember that you do not get something for nothing - buying inexpensive and really good wine is these days really hard, even for the experts.” Finally Rob is often asked what sort of wine people should serve at drinks parties? “Fizz is an excellent option - I always say people take enormous care with their canapés so they should take equal care with the wine that they serve.” And you and your bank manager will be pleased to know that on this sort of occasion Champagne might not be quite the right sort of “Fizz”. Apparently its bubbles are too strong and energetic for this sort of an event but there are sparkling wines that offer excellent alternatives and at cheaper prices too! Rob suggests going for some Italian “fizzante” wines especially for casual gatherings. “One would be hard pushed to spot the difference in the fizz, but these wines from the Veneto in north Italy are very gentle on the palate and considerably less “tiring” than the real thing. Prosecco Frizzante from the Il Colle winery is a lovely user-friendly dry white and its pink sibling, Raboso Rosato Frizzante is a deliciously dry rose at £7.99 a bottle is incredible value. Be warned though - you will need a corkscrew.”

INFORMATION For those wanting to take the guess work out of their Christmas drinks order Adnams have special selection Christmas cases and dinner party cases. For more details visit



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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 Plough & Sail

the maybush

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.”

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

T: 01473 230293

T: 01728 688413

T: 01473 736215

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 220 gins.


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.

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: Wilford Bridge Rd, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2PA E: W:

T: 01473 785377

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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.

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:

T: 01473 785202

The Anchor

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: every day from 8.30am for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Address: The Anchor, Main Street, Walberswick, Suffolk, IP18 6UA E: W: @AnchoratWalbers T: 01502 722112



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.

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: 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:

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: 01449 743952

the dog

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

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:

T: 01473 735267

T: 01728 648286


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. Fine Festive Dining at the Galley - Come and join in the festive celebrations and enjoy a delicious 3 course festive menu for your Christmas party at just £27.50 per person Open: 7 days a week Lunch 12noon – 2.15pm Dinner 6pm – late (early bird diner 6 – 7pm) Address: 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LX W:

T: 01394 380055




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ONE FIREPLACE, THREE DESIGNS Interior Design Company Rendall & Wright gives us three ways to decorate your fireplace this Christmas

e took the same fireplace and dressed it in three ways from fun brights, sophisticated whites and finally elegant naturals. DING-DONG MERRILY ON HIGH Have fun this Christmas. Interior design trends have seen a revival of all things bright and beautiful during the past couple of years. Gone are the days of limiting yourself to one or two colours, be bold and breakout the patterns and bright tones. Use ivy and holly once again as the base for the design, this backdrop instantly creates a wintery feel and the smell of natural foliage within the home adds to the appeal. We added bright baubles, pretty glass birds in turquoise, pink and green but any shaped or colour could be used as long as they are vibrant. Get creative yourself or with your children and make little felt and fabric decorations to hang on the tree or

nestle amongst your decorations. These can be adorned with beads, sequins and other shiny objects. Young children will love seeing their creations such as our little felt snowmen and Santa’s peeking out from behind the pine cones! We’ve used a gorgeous handmade Santa and snowmen advent garland which has been created using felt and strung onto ric rac ribbon. When using bright tones don’t worry about mixing colours such as reds and pinks and orange together, clashing colours create a dramatic effect when used in small quantities and in this situation, anything goes! Add height by filling large glass vases with bright baubles and hang pretty candy canes around the edge. Hang your stockings by the fire ready for filling and dress your hearth with bowls or jars of brightly coloured sweets, these will glisten in the light complementing the scheme and are sure to be very popular amongst your guests. Last but not least, don’t forget the mince pies for Santa!



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DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? For a simple, chic, sophisticated scheme use whites and hints of soft gold mixed with lush green foliage. On to a base of ivy and holly use fresh white roses and place them in amongst the ivy. To help the rose heads survive the Christmas period make little water pouches for each stem using plastic and an elastic band. Add large sparkly baubles and tuck them in-between the foliage. Decorative birds have been a huge influence in fashion and interior schemes for a couple of years, these stunning white doves with their long feathery tails add real drama to the fireplace. Add height to your display for a sense of balance, we’ve added two small topiary trees to each end of the fireplace and sprinkled them with glitter for an added Christmas sparkle. For a finishing touch, fill glass bowls and jars with baubles and traditional Christmas biscuits for added depth at the base of the fireplace.

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY Natural materials are always a popular choice for decorating the home at Christmas. Take a stroll outside your front door and in the nearby woods and fields you can find a feast of natural materials waiting to be used. Take lengths of ivy and weave in between bunches of holly and red berries. Make a fir cone garland by gathering pine cones and tying them onto natural coarse string. To add a touch of sparkle, spray using a fine glue and sprinkle with silver or gold glitter. Finish off your mantelpiece with a collection of simple glass candlesticks to create an effortlessly elegant look which won’t cost the earth.

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any of you may have already had the conversation, while others are still to do so, contemplating the thorny issue of sending Christmas Greetings. In this digital era it is no longer so unusual to receive a ‘card’ via email and some are ingenious allowing you to create a snow scene, turn on the lights and locate Santa in the sky or just about to pop down the chimney. All exciting, creative and clever stuff and no doubt with music playing in the background in the guise of a Christmas carol. At this time of year it is also appropriate to spare a thought for the man believed to be the inventor of the Christmas card, splendidly named John Calcott Horsley who was born in 1817 and had a life span of some eighty six years. In his

mid-20’s he was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole to produce the artwork for a commercial card. Sir Henry, who was employed by the Government, considered this to be an appropriate alternative to sending individual festive messages and a print run of 1,000 was ordered. As a distinguished artist, who in later years became Rector of The Royal Academy, Mr Horsley designed a triptych. The side panels showed depictions of the poor being fed and clothed contrasting with the genial central image of a family gathering with those in attendance seen drinking from goblets. This generated taunts about the glorification of alcohol; so no change there then! In any event the thoughts that Christmas cards might become a passing phase were dispelled and their popularity increased. The advent of the penny post in 1870 enabled cards to be sent by many more people so much so, that a year later, a newspaper suggested more important correspondence might well be held up as a

result of this seasonal increase in postal activity. Just as today’s digital versions can involve interaction, so the Victorian’s fascinated with their ingenuity. Cards involving a mechanism such as pulling a string or merely turning a page resulted in hidden joys being revealed. So, while you contemplate your purchase or the dispatch of a card this year, raise a glass to Sir Henry Cole and John Calcott Horsley, who, you may be intrigued to know, went by the nickname ‘Clothes Horsley’ resulting from his objection to the painting of nudes. However, if you decide not to send a card and place an advertisement to this effect in the paper then you are doing so 140 years after a similar announcement appeared in The Times. So, for my Christmas Greeting, I urge you all to remember this tale as, if you are lucky enough to come across one of Sir Henry Cole’s first Christmas cards, you might be surprised to learn one was sold in 2001 for £22,500. Happy searching!


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FESTIVE THEMES FOR 2013 AT BARRETTS OF WOODBRIDGE Barretts of Woodbridge are famous for their Christmas windows and beautiful decorative collections, Jill Barrett daughter of the shop founder Jack Barrett, tells Places&Faces which festive themes are en trend for 2013 in store

ou probably won’t believe this but retailers like ourselves actually buy most of our Christmas Stock at the NEC Spring Show in February each year! I think the suppliers need lots of time to manufacture the many items they produce before shipping in August and September. So if you think Christmas is getting earlier every year, spare a thought for those of us who have to face 20 odd huge halls of Christmas products in February!” Says Jill “The overwhelming theme for 2013 is ‘Alpine Christmas’, and our main window display at Barretts features a stunning Alpine bedroom scene. The stag is the motif, and it features on duvet covers, stag stockings, stag cushions, standing stags (various colours), traditional wall mounted stag’s heads, stag candles and candle holders, stag bags, stag aprons, stag mugs, stag tea cosies, stag dishes, and even stag paper weights! And we’ve got them all at Barretts. To finish off the Alpine theme there are beautiful faux fur throws in white and grey. So soft and cosy!”

“Picking up from last year, the ‘Woodland’ theme is still going strong with lovely owl, robin, and toad stool tree decorations. The squirrel, owl and reindeer cushions are particularly impressive - great for making a statement. There are lots of gorgeous rustic garlands and wreaths, and large frosted pine cones to complete your ‘Woodland’ Christmas.” “The ‘Sparkle’ theme has really taken off this year, with strong colours and designs not normally associated with Christmas. But it all works, including the sequined apple and pear decorations, the bejeweled birds and dragonflies, and the purple stars. They all look amazing. Match it with our purple Christmas tableware collection and you will have a fabulous display for Christmas day.” “Finishing off the main themes is the ever popular ‘White Christmas’, with polar bears, woollen stars, Christmas mice, and beautiful filigree metal hearts, stars and moons.” “For all our themes we have complimentary advent calendars, garlands, wreaths, stockings,

lights, and lots, lots more. And don’t forget our famous German musical snow globe collection!” “Tree decorations start from £1.50, stockings from £4.99, wreaths and garlands from £9.50, and snow globes from £3.99. The choice is simply stunning, and the shop is full of Christmas cheer. You really need to come and see for yourself, but don’t delay – once that gorgeous advent calendar or stunning Christmas throw is gone, it’s gone!” INFORMATION Barretts of Woodbridge 40 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AL Phone: 01394 384300 Friday 7th, 14th, 21st Open to 8.00pm Christmas Eve 9:00-2:00pm Christmas Day/Boxing Day Closed Friday 27th Winter Sale Starts 9:00-5:30pm



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WINTER EVERGREENS December weather lays bare the bones of the landscape and reminds keen gardeners of the delights of monochrome gardening. Knock out colour - except greens - and think texture, movement, leaf contrast - all those things that design tutors at college chant as a mantra. Gardening coach Catharine Howard advises on all things evergreen ack in the autumn, a group of us visited The Laskett in Monmouthshire. This is Sir Roy Strong’s theatrical creation of an outdoor space. The drama is in the greens and topiary. It is an all-year round picture as a photo or two on these pages show. The plant palette, ever green. So which to choose? As Christmas looms, my mind turns to holly and ivy. Both are native plants - one is scratchy and the other has a reputation for smothering and strangling. With a glass of wassail-cheer on hand, read on and reconsider. First, ivy. I have seen it used as a clothing ‘fabric’ in the gardens of Palais Royal, deep in the heart of Paris. This space is very formal, stylish and pared down. Not floriferous in any season, it is strictly divided by pleached trees and a clever sort of ersatz hedge. This is the fedge - at no costs look this word up in the Urban Dictionary, you will be shocked: “Yo girl, he is so fedge.” In horticultural language, a fedge is a way of having the privacy but without the sideway-sag of the usual hedge. Stick up some well-strained chain-link fencing and grow something closeclinging. Ivy is the ideal candidate. It will take time to get going though, give it a couple of years to get roots tucked in before making serious top growth. The National Collection of hederas (that is ivy in Latin) holds more than 300 types. There are subtle and glorious variants: tricoloured, leaves of all shapes and cultivars that colour up in winter. Try these cultivars: for white splashes - Hedera helix ‘White Ripple’, for a crispy, curly look - Hedera helix ‘Ivalace’ or Hedera helix ‘Pittsburgh’ for dark winter coloration. Ivy is a forgiving plant. Grow it in shade, sunlight, dry ground or sopping wet and, given time, it will clamber and heft itself skywards. Once it gets going, it self-clings and as we all know, is evergreen. Ivy does not deserve a bad name and I would recommend a look at the website of Fibrex nurseries, holders of the collection. Here is an example of what it can do: I own the ugliest garden seat in Suffolk. I asked Angela, Fibrex nursery owner what to do: “No problem; plant 4 Hedera pastuchovii Ann Ala round its base and give it 3 years”. The eyesore 62 |

(and its nasty arch) will be covered, can be sat on and will provide a visual foil to the browned off leaves of the hornbeam hedge behind it. An excellent sort of recycling. A search for the National Collection of hollies on the other hand ended in a dry old corner. How many varieties? “Over 160 accessions, representing 44 species and subspecific taxa”. A few more facts follow. Holly is a woodland plant and puts up with shade. It is one of our most common natives. Apart from keeping the intruder at bay, pretty much all forms of the plant have leaves that throw up reflections and shine in low winter light. Most types will need a male and female of the species in order to get berry production going. A harmonious companion planting would be ferns, snowdrops and hellebores; all ‘of the wood’ and therefore associate well. Bear in mind that holly is a slow grower. Now how about taking a post mince-pie moment to consider Niwaki? This is the Japanese art of the close pruned tree. Similar to Bonsai but on a bigger scale. Branches are bent down to give, by artifice, the look of nature diminished or subtly altered. The most perfect examples of these trees with elliptical branches formed to look like fluffy clouds are achieved with Ilex crenata Convexa, known as Japanese Holly. The leaves are very small, no bigger than those of the box plant. Ilex crenata is uncommon here but used more widely in America as a box substitute in areas with harsh winters. (One more in the armoury against box blight?) The Romantic Garden Nursery in Norfolk grows and trains these plants. For trees of a real size, Architectural Plants, down in Sussex have Niwaki ilex at prices that reflect that they are slow, slow growers and bought in from Japan. Consider them as living antiques. Of course, other trees and shrubs can be treated to the special pruning - Phillyrea latifolia (a European native) and Myrtus apiculata are examples. I, for one, will accept no substitute for a Japanese holly Niwaki-worked tree in my stocking. INFORMATION Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach at and on Twitter @CatharineHoward

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LEADING SUFFOLK ENT SURGEON TALKS ABOUT A NEW TECHNIQUE FOR TREATING SINUSITIS SUFFERERS NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR AREA results were published in the Royal College of Surgeons National Audit and were among the top 10 surgeons in the UK. He is an active member of the British and European Rhinological Societies and attends the American Academy of ENT surgeons meetings. “People tend to develop more nose and sinus symptoms during winter because of the greater prevalence of viral infections. They cause ENT Surgeon inflammation and swelling of the lining of the nose, throat and sinuses,” explained Mr s the winter season approaches, Salam. “This swelling blocks the drainage we caught up with Mr Mahmoud Salam, a leading Ear, Nose and Throat to the main sinuses, and patients start developing sinusitis rather than usual colds.”  Surgeon who lives in Suffolk. He added: “When this happens Mr Salam has been a consultant at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for the past 15 years and has repeatedly, some patients develop chronic more than 20 years experience in all aspects of sinusitis, which is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting for several months, and general Ear, Nose and Throat surgery. He has is one of the most commonly diagnosed trained in Birmingham, Oxford, Adelaide chronic illnesses. It is caused by infections as and Sydney (Australia), enabling him to refine his specialist expertise in nose and sinus surgery. well as structural problems leading to blockages of the opening of a sinus, thus Mr Salam has a private practice at Nuffield preventing draining. Common symptoms Health Ipswich Hospital in addition to his include facial pain, nasal congestion, and NHS post at the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust pressure/fullness over the forehead and face, where he is the lead clinician for ENT. He difficulty breathing through the nose, and thick has previously been awarded the Trust

Mahmoud Salam

People tend to develop more nose and sinus symptoms during winter because of the greater prevalence of viral infections. Leadership Award for his contributions to the development of NHS services. He has been the Chairman of Special Surgery Division for three years, Clinical Director for Surgery for three years and a member of Hospital Management Board for seven years. He has been awarded a National Clinical Excellence award for his contributions to the training of young doctors, and for almost a decade of examining for the four Royal Colleges of Surgeons.   He has performed over 1000 Endoscopic Sinus Surgery procedures, and has several international peer-reviewed journal publications on sinus surgery. His surgical 64 |

infected secretions in the nose and throat. Some patients may also experience tooth pain, loss of smell or taste, tiredness, sore throat and bad breath”. Mr Salam says, “The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are medical therapies and a procedure called endoscopic sinus surgery. Medical therapies include steroidal sprays, antibiotics, oral steroids, and other remedies. Endoscopic sinus surgery is an operation which involves removing tissues within the sinuses in order to open the blocked sinus passages”. Mr Salam is now offering a new procedure to open the blocked nasal passages of chronic

sinus sufferers which is available to private patients at the Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital. The technique, called Balloon Sinuplasty, which uses the SPIN™ Balloon Sinuplasty device is being performed for the first time privately in the East of England. The breakthrough of Balloon Sinuplasty is that it is a tissue preserving procedure; and for the sinuses, this is essential for normal function. “For some patients”, says Mr Salam, “conventional sinus surgery is necessary. However, for those with the right symptoms, Balloon Sinuplasty offers a less invasive alternative with a quicker recovery (1-2 days). The Balloon Sinuplasty technique is perhaps the most important innovation in treating chronic sinusitis in 25 years.” Recent audit data from Mr Salam’s Balloon Sinuplasty procedures already performed has shown marked improvement in patient’s symptoms, with excellent surgical outcomes, which is great news for sinus sufferers. Mr Salam enjoys life in Suffolk with his wife Mona, but enjoys travel, exploring different parts of the world and learning about different cultures. “Suffolk was the perfect place to have a balanced family and working life. We love exploring Suffolk and the surrounding countryside, it has so much to offer. My sons enjoyed growing up here before going to universities in London and Birmingham. They have both graduated, with degrees in Medicine and Engineering, and now work in the capital. Both students at Ipswich School, they were very active sportsmen having played badminton for Suffolk for a number of years.” Mr Salam loves football and he is a keen Ipswich Town Supporter and used to be a season ticket holder for several years. “In the last few years, I have not been able to go to matches as much as I wanted because of work commitments, but I hope they do well this season, fingers crossed!” INFORMATION To arrange a private consultation with Mr Mahmoud Salam at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital telephone 01473 279123.




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THE OLD SCHOOL FACTS Location: Heveningham Price: £375,000 Agent: Clarke & Simpson

CONVERTED SUFFOLK SCHOOLHOUSE ust three miles from the thriving town of Halesworth, this deceptively spacious three bedroom Victorian school house is located in the pretty village of Heveningham. Built in 1850 as the village school the property has a real feeling of space with superb high ceilings and feature Gothic windows.  Downstairs the sitting room is a lovely light space benefitting from a high beamed ceiling and a large window.  There are plenty of interesting original features - there’s an inscription on a beam ‘Heveningham School 1850 to 1950’, and a central fireplace with woodburning stove on slate hearth. 68 |

Meanwhile the kitchen with views to the fields beyond has an attractive range of base and wall cabinets under wooden worksurface incorporating a deep Belfast sink. There’s an attractive dining area with a north-west aspect and double glazed French doors to the courtyard garden. Also on the ground floor is the study/ bedroom three with a twin panel radiator and low window overlooking the garden to the side. On the first floor are two bedrooms with high ceilings and a bathroom. Outside there’s a hardstanding parking area with enough space to two cars which leads to the garage and door to the rear garden.  There is a low brick wall surrounding

the property and an attractive shingled garden, again well stocked with shrubs and ornamental trees. There is a further pathway leading to the attractive Gothic doorway. To the side of the house is a delightful walled courtyard garden which is partially paved with a small area of grass and attractive spring and summer flower borders. There is also an area of raised decking. INFORMATION Clarke & Simpson (01728) 724200

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101 NEW STREET FACTS Location: Woodbridge Price: £615,000 Joint Agents: Neals, Jackson-Stops & Staff n the heart of Woodbridge this classic Edwardian townhouse is special in many ways but not least because it’s part of the heritage of the town. Dating from 1901 it’s one of four classic townhouses built for the local printing family, the Booth’s. Set back and above the picturesque New Street, between the Market Hill and the Thoroughfare in the heart of Woodbridge’s conservation area this four-bedroomed property makes an ideal family home. Retaining many original features it has been


extended and updated by the current owners. It includes an elegant sitting room, wellproportioned dining room and an impressive breakfast room/conservatory. On the first floor are two double bedrooms, a study/nursery bedroom and the family bath/ shower room. Bedrooms three and four which share the second bathroom are on the second floor. Outside is a delightfully secluded and secure walled garden with a wide sheltered terrace accessible from both the kitchen and

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HALL BARN FACTS Location: Monewden, Nr Woodbridge Price: £725,000 Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff

STUNNING BARN CONVERSION estling in the tranquil Deben Valley, close to Monewedon Hall this fivebedroom barn conversion provides a beautiful home that combines the best of Suffolk heritage with contemporary living. Newly converted by specialist barn developer, MexHomes Ltd. it is spacious, light and a visual delight. Hall Barn includes a breathtaking open plan dining/living area with a wealth of oak timbers and full height vaulted ceiling, feature red brick fireplace and two sets of French doors leading out to both the front and back gardens. There’s a stunning bespoke kitchen, handmade out of locally sourced wood by 72 |

kitchen specialists Luxmore & Co featuring granite and solid oak work surfaces, oak flooring, with French doors leading out to the large, south-facing garden. Downstairs also includes a study, beamed family room with door to the courtyard terrace as well as two double bedrooms, an en-suite shower room and family bathroom. The bedrooms upstairs are reached by two, bespoke, oak staircases. The first rises from the central reception hall to a stylish, vaulted master bedroom with en-suite shower room, the second to a pair of vaulted double bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms. Set in two thirds of an acre Hall Barn is independently accessed off a shared

driveway. It has a new triple garage, two open bays and one fitted with an electric roller shutter. An external staircase leads to annexe accommodation above (26 ft x 12 ft) which could potentially be used as an office, gym, studio etc. In addition to the south facing courtyard garden, there are also large gardens extending to the front and side of the barn with post and rail fencing.

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Jacqui Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk Family Carers. Places&Faces spoke to her about “Her Suffolk”

here’s your favourite place in Suffolk? The Shotley Peninsula; you drive under the Orwell bridge and enter a different world, both rivers giving the peninsula different characteristics. The River Orwell, busy and vibrant and the other, The Stour, quiet at one end and busy with Harwich and Felixstowe at the other. I love watching the seasons change as you walk along the shores or viewing the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe from Shotley Gate, it is unique. You also have really welcoming pubs like the Shotley Rose and Bakers Arms to name just two. I remember fondly getting cut off in the winters and walking across the fields to get to Holbrook to get supplies, cooking meals on the Rayburn for others in power cuts and having lock ins in the pub, before the opening hours were increased! It also reminds me of New Zealand which is very dear to my heart. What’s your best Suffolk memory? There are so many, my husband Bob proposing to me making me realise that Suffolk with its open skies, beautiful villages and wonderful people was now my home. That was 33 years ago!

Shotley Rose – it’s great for home cooked food the lovely landlady Sarah will always go that extra mile to ensure you are well looked after whatever your age. The Dolphin at Thorpeness is another lovely place to go after a long walk along the beach. Do you have any hobbies? I used to teach riding and help people with difficult horses in my younger days in the UK and overseas but now just occasionally act as groom to my God-daughter, Charlene. Most of my spare time now is spent sailing with my husband Bob around the east coast and occasionally to Holland and London. During the winter I have had great fun searching our family’s history. Do you enjoy the outdoors? I love the outdoors and Suffolk’s fresh air and quiet especially after a really busy day. If you took a photograph to represent Suffolk what would it be? Either the Orwell Bridge in the sunset, looking down river with barges in the distance or a Suffolk punch pulling a dray with children running behind it.

Do you support the arts? I appreciate some classic art and just recently Where do you like to eat out? I have been inspired to discover how art and A variety of places from those where you performance can help people with dementia, can just sit and people watch along the docks how it can open doors in their minds that are in Ipswich to old fashioned pubs with a warm sometimes closed through lack of stimulation welcome like the Lord Nelson (Ipswich), to the and how it can inspire and bring out laughter. quirky small restaurants. I do like to hear what Also how it can raise awareness about the people you are with are saying though, perhaps alternative ways to make people feel valued at a sign of my age. I’ve already mentioned the 82 |

a time in their lives when they can feel insecure and isolated. What makes the people of Suffolk so special? In most cases, what you see is what you get, they have big hearts, they understand the meaning of community in many areas, they are generous, many have a sense of belonging but will also welcome others into their communities. I meet people from all walks of life in my work and they never cease to amaze me, young and more senior. Those living in the towns and in the villages, balancing their lives whilst caring for people at home, keeping an eye on relatives and friends who may be in residential or nursing homes or living by themselves. Many never having had a holiday, some having to give up work and others like our Young Adult Carers trying to build their own futures, developing their aspirations and dreams. I would like to help make Suffolk the best place to care for someone or be cared for, wouldn’t that be great? Where would you take people to show them the county? I take my friends from New Zealand to Harkstead shore to experience its peace and tranquillity, to Ipswich Docks to experience the hustle and bustle of the quayside, to the House in the Clouds, Bury St Edmunds to experience some of Suffolk’s history, Rendlesham Forest plus some of our coastal towns and the parkland of our great houses.

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Places & Faces (Suffolk) December 2013  

Places & Faces (Suffolk) December 2013

Places & Faces (Suffolk) December 2013  

Places & Faces (Suffolk) December 2013