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Alfresco dining is becoming more and more popular and is a favourite of mine… There are some wonderful pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area; some of the best are in this edition. New goings on at the Crown in Woodbridge with a new brunch menu and much more… More details to follow in the next issue of the magazine. Lets get out and have fun in the sun!
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What to do in May and June … Enjoy
This year’s Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair is being held on Sunday 15th June with the fun packed day starting at 12pm and concluding at 6pm with Songs of Praise at the Bandstand. All the usual Regatta activities will be happening on and by the River Deben. Yacht, dinghy, rowing and tender racing as well as the hotly contested single oar sculling race in memory of Frank and Christine Knights. For those who prefer a more genteel time on the river there are boat trips organised by Woodbridge Boatyard and although no charge is made a donation in aid of the RNLI is always appreciated. The Children’s Activity Centre will again be located in the Bandstand. Here you will be able to take part in various crafts and have your face painted. You can also sign up for the crabbing competition that will take place later in the afternoon. Nearby at the Model Yacht Pond there will be a Model Yacht Regatta for those too young to venture out on the River Deben. There will be musical entertainment throughout the day at various locations along the river wall and for anyone getting hungry and thirsty in the afternoon, all the normal riverside eateries will be open for business, both the Deben Yacht Club and the Woodbridge Cruising Club will be providing refreshments all afternoon whilst there will be food and refreshment stalls on the field beside the Model Yacht Pond as well as other locations along the River Wall. There is free car parking at Suffolk Coastal District Council car park at Melton Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 1AU courtesy of Choose Woodbridge so come along and join in all the fun on land and water. Latest information can be found online at www.woodbridgeregattaassoc.onesuffolk.net
The What’s Tasty in Woodbridge Food Market is back with loads of fresh, tasty, local produce from local farmers and producers. The Spring Food Market will take place on Woodbridge’s historic Market Hill, on Saturday 24th May between 10am and 3pm. There will be live music and cooking demonstrations from local chefs Ugur Vata from The Galley and Vernon Blackmore from The Table in Woodbridge. Supported by local businesses, The Galley, The Cake Shop and Friday Street Farm, What’s Tasty continues the legacy it began last year by bringing together and showing off the fabulous produce made by local companies including; Stokes Sauces, The Woodbridge Tide Mill, Petite & Sweet chocolates, Woodbridge Kitchen Company, Damian’s cut flowers, to name just a few. Organised by volunteers from Choose Woodbridge, this event promises to provide a delicious day out for all ages and a great way to talk to local producers, learn more about their products and taste the fabulous foods that originate on our doorstep.
The seventh annual Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off this month and the festival has grown by leaps and bounds. This year there are nearly 80 walks for all ages – from toddlers to grown-ups! Hoots Story Walk takes littluns around magical Thornham Walks with games, activities and a story. For grownups History and Art in Ravenswood discovers wonderful art on the outskirts of town. There are walks all over the county with many in and around Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe. Further afield, walks visit the ancient and fascinating wool town of Lavenham, explore the busy town of Bury St Edmunds and see some Awesome Trees in one of Suffolk’s best country parks. The festival runs from 10th May until 1st June. For details on all 79 walks and to book online visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk, or pop into your local tourist information centre.
What to do in May and June …
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The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich is delighted to announce the full programme for the 14th annual Pulse Festival Ipswich from Thursday 29th May until Saturday 7th June. Pulse Festival Ipswich is a part curated, part open application ten-day festival focusing on new and innovative work, offering [audiences] a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre and performance. The festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work by regional, British and international artists of vision, and aims to nurture artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. The 2014 Pulse Festival Ipswich will present work across a variety of genres, from comedy to dance and everything in between, in various forms from tour-ready work to rehearsed readings, and works at an advanced stage of development. Now in its 14th year, Pulse Festival Ipswich has presented new work from a host of local and international artists and companies including Gecko, Talking Birds, Lucy Ellinson, Made in China, Caroline Horton, Victoria Melody, Chris Goode, Mark Thomas, Daniel Bye, Chris Thorpe, Action Hero and Ursula Martinez. For information about the Pulse Festival Ipswich 2014 or for the full programme of work please visit www.pulseipswich.co.uk
It’s a National International for Suffolk Polo
An England team will take on Clogau Wales when Hopkins International Polo returns to Trinity Park for an exciting third year. In a change from previous years, this National International will be held on a Sunday on June 29th, to suit demands from visitors, and to position this exhilarating day of sport as a more family focussed occasion. To make it even more so, all children aged 14 and under can enter free of charge and more family-friendly entertainment has been introduced including another quirky Suffolk first – Camel Racing! After gates open at 10am, the day will start with the medium goal Patrons Cup teams going head to head at 11.30am. To increase the audience’s understanding of the game, which is played at an average 20-30 miles an hour, players will give an on pitch demonstration of some of the rules and methods of play with commentary. Camel racing will start at 2pm before the Home International at 3pm. And at 4.30pm the junior match features the debut of the Trinity Park team versus a young four from Stowe School, which has its own polo team, but these players all live in the county. The party spirit continues with music and dancing for all in the Members’ enclosure. “It’s going to be an exciting day and one full of fun and surprises,” said Peter Over, chairman of the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s business development committee, who stages the event. “The team from Wales had a busy season last year and is fired up to beat us, but England will be putting up a good strong opposition, so visitors can expect to see the game played at its best. We are delighted that Hurlingham
Polo Association, the game’s governing board in the UK are once again backing us and giving their support. It’s the perfect way to give your family a great day out and all enjoy experiencing a sport you don’t see played often enough in Suffolk.” There are various ways to see the polo, depending on your budget, but all ensure an entertaining, highly social, day out full of action. Tickets for hospitality in the VIP enclosure, including champagne reception, three-course lunch prepared by Milsoms and afternoon tea cost £120, and tables are for 10. To create your own party, ringside gazebos including table and seating for 10 people cost £500 and tickets give access to the Members’ Enclosure. SAA member’s tickets are £25 and one guest ticket can also be purchased at this price. Non-SAA member’s tickets are £35. Children aged 5-14 are allowed in the Members’ area and tickets are priced £12.50 and £17.50 for SAA members and non-members respectively. This year members will be permitted to bring picnics into the enclosure, although hot food will be available from the general catering tradestands and there will be a bar selling beers and wines. Adult admission is £10 and public grandstand tickets, which must be ordered in advance, cost £10 each. Admission for young people aged 15 - 18 is £5. All tickets are available now online at www.internationalpolo.co.uk or email email@example.com for further information.
Drama has always been taught in independent schools, but with the success of the likes of High School Musical and Hannah Montanna the subject has never been more popular. Many parents feel that participation in drama will affect their childâ€™s academic progress, however, this couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. The subject addresses many skills that benefit a childâ€™s education and development in many areas including; improved self-confidence, better public speaking and ability to work in a group. In fact studying drama is a great starting point for many career choices from law, politics, teaching as well as broadcasting and performing. And the benefit of being able to speak to a group of people, with confidence is a bonus for anyone. Drama is great for children that may be a bit shy and less out going, becoming part of an ensemble is a good way be build confidence, by becoming part of a group and performing on stage with out the spotlight being on them. And if your child has no desire to perform then there are plenty of back stage roles from building sets, managing the costumes, controlling lights and operating sound equipment, all of which play an important part in any production. There are very few star roles in a production, and this in itself can be beneficial to your child development. Not getting the role your child wants can be disappointing, however it will help your child learn to accept constructive suggestions and lead to growth. In life there are many disappointments and a child that can cope with these, and is able to gain from the experience, is sure to go far.
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GBDS George Bureau Dental Private & Specialist Dental Practice
We are a private dental practice established 20 years ago. We take pride in looking after all members of the family whatever the age. Our aim is to provide dental care to a high standard. At the heart of our philosophy is a preventative approach to try to stabilise any oral disease such as dental decay and gum disease. We work as a team to achieve this. We also provide specialist care and have become well-established as a referral centre in Suffolk for a range of treatments including dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, crown and bridge, paediatric dentistry and inhalation sedation.
We regard children as very special patients and do everything to make their visits as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. Our main aim is to help them form good dental habits which will prevent problems with their teeth in later life.
We pride ourselves on looking after nervous patients. We try to gain confidence by 10
carrying out procedures pain free. We also use inhalation sedation to help with anxiety and phobia.
A wide range of filling materials are routinely used depending on the situation. We always discuss the options with the patient.
Gum disease is present in about 90% of the population to some degree or other. It ranges from mild gingivitis, which may give rise to some bleeding when you brush, to periodontal disease (known as pyorrhoea), where pocketing around the teeth occurs with bone loss. We recommend regular visits to the Dental Hygienist.
Rebecca Shepherd joined the practice about a year ago as a General Dental Practitioner. Her family, all live in Suffolk and Rebecca, like her mum, attended Amberfield School and Ipswich High School in Wolverstone, before completing her Dental Training at Newcastleupon-Tyne University, where she qualified in 2006. Initially Rebecca did her vocational training and continued as an associate in Needham Market and at a practice in
Swaffham. Rebecca and her husband (from Kirton) are now living in Stowmarket with their two cats, Molly and Vincent. Their property was in need of major renovation and this they have achieved with just a little help from family and a builder. It has helped a great deal having a husband who is a cabinet maker and who also did landscape gardening in the past. When Rebecca is not working or renovating she spends time on an allotment, she refers
Cosmetic dentistry has developed hugely over the last twenty years, and there are now a range of possibilities available to individual patients. Options include white filling materials, porcelain veneers or all ceramic crowns. White filling materials are ideal for closing gaps, straightening or lengthening teeth, or reshaping diminutive teeth. We can effectively change the shape and colour of teeth without removing tooth tissue.
Teeth whitening is a conservative way of improving the appearance of the teeth. This is carried out using the night-time technique the first stage of which is carried out in the surgery.
We have been treating patients with Dental implants for 15years and have a wealth of experience in every aspect including any complications that may occur. Modern dental implants are titanium screws that are embedded into the jaw bone to take the place of the missing root. The bone then
to this as a ‘steep learning curve’ and will be grateful for anything it produces (except weeds, of course). One of Rebecca’s talents is cake making, we as a practice very much enjoyed the Christmas cake this year, it was delicious and very decorative. She made her own Wedding cake which was beautiful and gets asked to make cakes for special occasions. On the keeping fit front, Rebecca currently enjoys Ashtanga Yoga, she was a keen cyclist
for many years although does not do so much these days. Rebecca will attempt all kinds of activities with a strong determination and this is evident when attempting to walk up Snowden on a very windy day, she was blown over twice, but made it to the top!
heals around the titanium (called osseointegration) which secures it in place. The implant can then be used to support a single tooth, a part of a bridge or retain a denture. Immediate implants are carried out routinely and sometimes with a temporary crown or bridge – ‘same day teeth’. We also provide the ‘All-On-Four’ approach – for which the practice is one of only a few accredited in East Anglia. 82 Berners Street, Ipswich, IP1 3LU Tel: 01473 257414 www.gbdental.co.uk
Who have you been in past lives? Past Life Regression is a gentle form of hypnosis that allows you to take an exciting journey into your past lives (yes, we’ve been here many times before!) that are normally locked up in your subconscious. You can actually see who you have been and where you have lived, way back into history, and as a practitioner in this field, I have observed that you actually step back into character in each of these lives, often taking on the manner, speech and language of the person that you are seeing which can be recorded as an mp3 file for you to hear later. Its even possible after regression to verify what you have seen with a good old Google search for names, places and dates that you have found. Regression is generally used out of curiosity. You might have read a bit about it, and there might be that lingering thought... What if I was Boudicca or Richard the Lionheart?! In fact you’re more likely to see a regular life but the experience is no less extraordinary for it, bringing the history books to life literally. The process tends to have a profound effect on your outlook on life. The urgency to do everything ‘right now’ recedes... You can always do it next time. Fear of what is to come at the end disappears too, particularly if you have been fortunate enough to view some of the life between lives. Your present life seems to gain perspective and the pressures of life melt away. It all starts to make sense. You might also have seen loved ones or friends in your past lives and realise that this is not the only time that you will be together. Your subconscious mind will take you in the directed hypnosis to wherever along your history of lives is important to you right now. Whatever lessons you need to learn now to make your present life better, easier, more informed and to
make your decision making easier. This in fact might be an earlier time in your present life to resolve a trauma, but is more likely to be a past life, and there is no limit as to how far back this can be. Regression can either be used for curiosity purposes or for therapeutic work resolving specific things like anxieties, phobias, pains (for example in the neck where you might have been strangled in a past life), irrational fears for instance of water (drowning in a past life?) or dogs (that doesn’t need explanation!), a complete dislike of one particular person, or a huge connection to another. It can also help to stop repeating patterns of behaviour and resolve karmic debt. The only limit is your ability to visualise, relax and trust. The process is yours. The practitioner is merely the guide. Sarah Payne is a Past Life Regressionist registered with the Past Life Therapy Association and practising from The Windmill Natural Health Centre in Woodbridge. She is also a Professional Dowser, Feng Shui Consultant, and Garden Designer. www.pastliferegressionsuffolk.co.uk 01473 737056
Clinic loving their new home It’s not the traditional setting for a clinic but Sportsmed East is very happy in their new home. Located on Woodbridge Road between Foxwood Ceramics and a Commercial Vehicle centre, it is somewhat different to the Victorian style Consulting Rooms that has been the norm for Doctors and Physiotherapists. But Sportsmed East prides itself in being different, adopting rather modern approach to musculo-skeletal and sports medicine. “A ‘client/athlete centred’ approach is core to our clinical work and we have a number of specialist staff that can provide a comprehensive range of services necessary to return and keep our clients at full fitness” said Dave Williams one of Sportsmed’s Directors. “Our team is made up of Physiotherapists, Soft Tissue Therapists, Sports Physicians, Sports Surgeons, and Nutritional and Biomechanical experts. Our interdisciplinary team approach means that rather than work in parallel, our team work collaboratively to achieve results for our clients. “Sports medicine lends itself to a ‘team’ based approach but Sportsmed East’s services are aimed at all individuals, regardless of age or sex, whom are regularly exercising or physically active. You don’t need to be ‘clad’ in lycra or be ‘donning’ the latest team kit, for many of our clients a brisk walk or gardening is considered their main form of physical activity. Pain or Injury can limit these activities and Sportsmed’s aim is to restore normal activity and level of function through appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.” The move to new premises has allowed further expansion of the services and specialist clinicians available. Jonathan George another Director explained, “We have a growing number of specialist therapists at Sportsmed. It has always been our policy as a company to recruit the very best therapists within their chose field.” Clinicians such as Gary Rogerson and Jennie Norris represent the kind of calibre of clinicians
working at Sportsmed. Gary is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist specialising in Back and Neck pain. In addition Gary has a particular interest in the treatment of headaches that originate from within the neck. Gary is part of a new national headache and migraine network and alongside our associate Neurologist, Mr Steve Wroe, will be establishing a new headache service in Suffolk, based here at Sportsmed. Jennie Norris is another one of the physiotherapists and specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of shoulder problems. Another new service now available is Women’s Health physiotherapist Emma May. Emma provides treatment to women with Obstetric and Gynaecological problems. Emma treats women with pelvic floor dysfunction and pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions such as symphysis pubis dysfunction stress and urge urinary incontinence, bladder frequency and vaginal prolapse. The new clinic is also utilising some of the latest technology. Keith Atkinson has previously been featured in Coast. Keith uses a treatment called external neuromodulation - utilising a Stimpod to treat chronic intractable and nerve pain. ST Thomas’ Hospital did a clinical test with dramatic results in pain relief. Another new piece technology at the clinic is Shock wave therapy (ESWT). The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has reviewed the use of ESWT and advocated its use. ESWT prompts an increase in blood flow to an injured tissue and it is being increasingly used in the treatment of tendon injuries. For more information on any of the services above or for general enquiries please contact the clinic, details below www.sportsmedeast.co.uk 01473 622698 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Suffolk Show time! Explore, discover, taste and enjoy everything about this fantastic county! And win tickets to attend...
The annual Suffolk Show, held on May 28th and 29th at Trinity Park, is county’s biggest twoday pop-up family event. The new major feature is the Farm Discovery Zone - a journey through every aspect of food production from the ground to the plate, all laid out in different themes, including the machinery used over the years to discover how technology has developed. The family can cook together with grains with Cook With Me Kids, have a go at milking a cow, as well as see the beginnings of poultry lifecycle with a new hatchery, hold a newborn chick, stroke a sheep and check out some tasty foods all around the site. Suffolk is a fantastic county for food and the Greene King Eat Street has new vendors with amazing food to go. The Adnams Food and Drink Experience will showcase locally produced new tastes as well as give you the opportunity to sample and buy some of your favourites to take home and enjoy. News is eagerly awaited about the leading celebrity chefs in this year’s Cookery Theatre, so keep checking the website for the announcements. As ever, the Show has plenty of different activities to entertain
and amuse for all the family. Suffolk Sport will showcase more than 30 sports to have a try at, completely free of charge, Suffolk Skills will showcase practical skills from students from the region’s colleges and give you a chance to talk about future careers and further education. The magnificent Flower and Garden Experience provides inspiration for gardens large and small or ideas for growing on allotments and gives handy hints on growing fruit and vegetables as well as showcases fantastic flower display. Next door to it is the House and Garden Zone with products that transform the house into a home and don’t forget to look into the stunning room displays and accessories in the Hopkins Homes Luxury Lifestyle Pavilion. The nine show rings will feature an amazing helicopter display, the Shetland Pony Grand National, top international show jumping and more than 1000 of the finest livestock in the Grand Parade, all hoping to secure a prize. Moving around the avenues will be new amazing street acts and musicians – look out for the enormous animatronics T-Rex Dinosaur - living statues, music and dance entertainment from
the Jitterbug dancers, Caribbean Steel Band, the new Parrot Show – and more. This year the organisers, the Suffolk Agricultural Association, have decided that to make it even more family friendly, children aged 14 and under can visit for free and it will cost £5 for young adults aged 15-18 years (advanced sales online). Visitors can once again bring their dogs when the gates open at 7.30am on both days. New Show Director Bill Baker, himself a father of five, has chosen “explore, discover, taste and enjoy” as his theme for the 2014 Show. “There will many new areas for all our visitors to explore to discover everything about food, farming and the countryside and most of the activities are for free.” Buy adult and concession tickets prices £20 and £18 and car parking for £4 in advance of May 25th and save pounds. For breaking news about the Show visit: www.suffolkshow. co.uk. Follow, Share and Like us on Facebook and Twitter.
A warm welcome in Suffolk’s countryside The Sibton White Horse lies 10 minutes from Framlingham and 20 minutes from both Southwold and Aldeburgh, it’s one of those pubs tucked away that once found are a delight to discover. Sibton’s been home to the White Horse since the 1600s and that becomes evident the moment you’re greeted with heavy oak timbers supporting low ceilings, giant inglenooks, original stone floors and many more interesting features. A pub with such stature, character and great charm deserves to be successful, something proprietors Neil and Gill Mason recognised nearly nine years ago and have clearly worked hard to achieve. Nowadays the White Horse is renowned for its relaxed and inviting atmosphere where locals
and visitors alike can simply sub beer or enjoy a glass of wine, engage with some very good food or if need be take advantage of an overnight stay. The food at the White Horse has gained many plaudits and proudly holds an AA Rosette. But Neil points out ‘whilst food plays a major factor - the White Horse is still very much a pub’ and benefits from its freehouse status. Expect local ales from Woodfordes, Green Jack, Adnams and Shortts Farm to mention a few and a carefully selected thirty strong wine list. The food focus is very much English cooked with flair and thoughtfulness, menus are interesting, varied and forever evolving, making the most of seasonal produce. Expect to see many local producers featured on the menu including Blythburgh pork, Emmerdale beef and Lowestoft caught fish. With the exception of Mondays lunch is served every day (12.00 – 2.00), including a Sunday roast menu. Dinner is served every evening (6.30 – 9.00) All foods are produced in house including daily baked bread and those favourite and unusual flavours of ice cream. The passion for freshness extends into its own kitchen garden, chef’s can be seen picking their very own daily fresh salads, herbs and vegetables. The White Horse is very much a pub for all seasons; crackling log fires providing a welcoming warmth and cosiness during the cooler months and the Mediterranean style terrace and gardens proving to be a haven for summer alfresco. BBQs are held every Friday night rain or shine during the summer months.
There are six most peaceful rooms all with modern facilities, situated in an adjacent outbuilding, providing guests with unrestricted access at all times. Each room is individual, some have dressing rooms and king size beds, but all offer the same level of comfort. Children of all ages are welcome into the pub/ restaurant at lunchtime but only those over six in the evening. Children need to be thirteen to stay in the rooms. Halesworth Road, Sibton, IP17 2JJ Tel: 01728 660337 www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk
Orfordness Lighthouse Writing Competition The Lighthouse on Orfordness, in Suffolk, was switched off last June because the shingle it stands on is being washed away. The sea is now only a few feet away, and the lighthouse faces a very uncertain future. We’ve set up a writing competition to celebrate this iconic building before it goes. There are two categories – fiction and non-fiction, and three age groups – 12 and under (up to 500 words); 13–18 (up to 1000 words); Adult (up to 1500 words). There is no minimum word count, but please do not submit anything over the limit. The competition opened 1st January 2014 and closes on 31st May 2014. (Please note there is no poetry category in this competition.) The competition is organised by Suffolk-based writer Liz Ferretti, “We want you to find inspiration in the Orfordness Lighthouse,”
she explains, “but what you write after that is up to you. A fiction category entry could be a short story or an extract from a longer work, and be in any genre. The non-fiction category could be a journalistic piece, or it could focus on climate change, geology, history, the lighthouse as a working building, our changing coastline, or the writer’s own thoughts… There’s a huge range of topics you could write about,” she concludes.
There are some great prizes to be won – brunch for two on the Lady Florence river restaurant, and book tokens. This writing competition is part of Touching the Tide, a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project along the Suffolk coast between Covehithe and Felixstowe, hosted by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For more information and for full competition rules, please go to www.touchingthetide.org.uk. Please submit to: Bill.Jenman@ suffolk.gov.uk. We prefer email submissions, but if this is not possible then send hard copy to: Bill Jenman, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1PE. Please mark all communications, Orfordness Lighthouse Writing Competition.
Dunwich The 13th Century port of Dunwich, with its six churches lies at the bottom of the sea and today all that is left is a small hamlet with around 100 people. Legend has it that on a quiet night you can still hear the sounds of the church bells as they ring out under the sea. The only church that stands here today is a 19th Century one beside the chapel of the ruined leper hospital and the remains of the 13th Century Priory. Dunwich is still being claimed by the sea, the cliffs constantly giving way and sending yet another piece of land tumbling to the beach below. Westleton Heath (often referred to as Dunwich Heath) is situated two miles to the south of Dunwich. Here, when the seasons allow, you will find beautiful purple heathers and yellow gorse bushes. The wildlife reserve also borders on the RSPBâ€™s Minsmere nature reserve. The heath is operated by the National Trust and holiday cottages, a restaurant and a shop are situated in the old Coastguard Cottages.
Things to Do
Dunwich Museum - Visit theÂ Dunwich Museum, before it too is claimed by the sea. Here you will find an excellent history of the town, including a model of Dunwich in the 12th Century and the history over 1500 years. Also includes interactive displays, tales of smuggling and information on local wildlife. Admission is free (donations always welcome). Walk along the beach and look for fossils (or maybe bones), warning Do Not Climb the Cliffs it is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Eat Fresh Fish and Chips within sight of the sea is one of the finest fish restaurants in East Anglia. Take a walk on Dunwich Heath.
From sandbags to pints The tidal surge on the night of the 5th December 2013 will be one long-remembered by all who live in the low-lying areas of the East coast. Days of strong winds, a deep low-pressure system and high tides combined to create a powerful surge tide, which overwhelmed many properties and businesses. The Crown Inn at Snape run by Teresa and Garry Cook, found out to their cost the damage that can be inflicted by such an event. A number of properties in Snape were damaged by the surge with The Crown Inn particularly affected. Garry Cook explains what happened on the night of the 5th December, “We had received warning from the environment agency with a message left on the answerphone then when we received a flyer through the door at lunchtime telling us to evacuate by 6pm we knew the threat of flood was serious. Teresa who rears their livestock in the fields surrounding the pub – including Gloucester Old Spot pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys, ducks, geese and chickens quickly needed to find homes for 60 Gloucester Old Spot pigs, as well as our sheep and goats. It was thanks to the kindness of local farmers that temporary homes for them were found. Of course, we all thought that they’d be back the next day. “We bought sandbags from the council and filled them with sand kindly provided by one of our neighbours who was having some building work done, chairs were stacked on tables while we tried to make the outside as flood-resilient as possible. We had to phone and cancel all the bookings for that evening. Then we had to wait. Unfortunately the surge was so strong that it came over the river walls and quickly flooded the fields, drowning many of the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The turkeys were provided with straw bales to climb up on to in the barn, but the water was over three-foot deep and they were overwhelmed.”
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It is the emotional impact of losing the animals, as well as the financial cost of closing the pub in the run-up to Christmas, that was one of the hardest things for Teresa, Garry and the team to cope with. Teresa continued, “The pub had been flooded up to three foot in places it was a disaster the entire ground floor had to be cleared out and most of the kitchen equipment had to be replaced. With the entire ground floor looking like a building site over Christmas we had taken the opportunity to move the bar to make better use of the space. With lots of support from staff, customers and friends.” Teresa comments, “We can’t thank everyone enough we have been overwhelmed by offers of financial support from our local community and customers of the pub – their thoughtfulness and generosity has been incredible.” After being closed for 75 days Teresa and Garry held a reopening party on 20th February unveiling the new bar area and are delighted to once again serve the great Suffolk food and drink that they are renowned for.
Spring at Minsmere
Spring is a time for families at RSPB Minsmere: parent birds busy finding enough food for hungry chicks in the nest; tadpoles in the pond; and young rabbits emerging from their burrows.
calls of the breeding black-headed gulls are hard to miss: perhaps not surprising with as many as 1500 pairs squabbling for space on the shingle islands within the shallow lagoon known as the Scrape.
Minsmere in spring offers something for everyone. It’s a great place to bring your own family to wander through Suffolk’s beautiful scenery, which offers many opportunities to get close to wildlife.
From the reedbeds comes a deep, resonant, though faintly muffled boom. A male bittern is calling to attract a mate. His superb camouflage makes him hard to spot, but you may be lucky. By early June the females will be feeding chicks, making them easier to see as they fly above the reeds in search of another feeding pool. The reedbed harbours hidden songsters too: reed and sedge warblers, recently arrived from Africa.
As you stroll, you’ll be surprised at how noisy nature can be, especially in spring. The raucous
Another song that many visitors to Minsmere hope to hear is the melodic notes of the nightingale. A migrant, with us for just a short time, nightingales don’t just sing at night and are often heard singing from scrub close to the visitor centre. Hurry though, as they fall silent by the end of May. Of course, you won’t just be listening to Minsmere’s wildlife as there’s plenty to see. The Scrape is a hive of activity in spring. Elegant avocets, dainty terns and wispy-crested lapwings are nesting or feeding young among the hordes of gulls. Other wading birds merely pause for a while to refuel on their long journey to the Arctic. Butterflies flit from flower to flower, searching for nectar, while newly emerged dragonflies and damselflies dash across ponds and ditches. The pond below the visitor centre is the perfect place to spot them, whilst watching sand martins flying to
and from their nest burrows in a nearby sandy cliff. The children can have fun pretending to be sand martins themselves as they play in the specially made tunnels in Minsmere’s Wild Zone. This area is just prefect for families, who can all take a turn at den building in the nearby woods. Minsmere’s flowers are many and varied. Bluebells nod gently in the woods and golden coconut scented gorse flowers test your sense of smell. For a delightful taste sensation don’t forget to visit the cafe, which serves a delicious range of hot and cold meals and snacks. Many of these
Minsmere is open daily, from dawn to dusk. The visitor centre, including shop and cafe, are open from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free to the visitor centre only, and for RSPB members to the nature trails. There is a charge for non-members to visit. See www.rspb.org.uk/minsmere for full details, or call 01728 648281. You can keep up to date with news from Minsmere by following @RSPBMinsmere on Twitter or liking us on Facebook at RSPBSuffolk.
are homemade using locally sourced ingredients, with the cakes and cheese scones being highly recommended. Why not try the RSPB’s own bird-friendly coffee too, grown in such a way that it benefits wildlife and local people and tastes superb.
Flatford Wildlife Garden Minsmere is a superb home for nature, but in nearby Constable Country we’re demonstrating how you can give nature a home in your garden. The RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden is packed full with plants that attract insects, and homes for minibeasts, small mammals, birds and more. Our staff and volunteers will share their knowledge with you to help you choose the best homes for nature for your own garden. The Wildlife Garden is open daily, and entry is free. Come and see us. See www.rspb.org.uk/flatford or call 01206 391153 for further details.
Yoxford Tranquility just off the A12
Yoxford is situated on the A12 south of Lowestoft and 20 or so miles north of Ipswich. Comprising of some charming houses, many timbered and some with bow windows and
The village name probably comes from combining the River “Yox” which flows through the village and a “ford” that crossed the river near the entrance to Cockfield Hall. This ford probably was a safe place for farmers to get their Oxen to cross the river, hence the Ox on the village sign and general Ox connection with the village. The Griffin public house in the centre of the village is reputedly haunted. Coming northwards on the A12 pass the village sign (depicting an Ox) on your left and then take the next turning left just after the Kings Head pub (which is on your right). There is parking in the centre of the village where you can then explore on foot. Small general provisions store and a fish and chip restaurant and a delightful church awaits. Yoxford has an annual fete, called the Ox Fayre, this takes place in August.
balconies. Surrounded by the parkland of three country houses. Cockfield Hall being the most beautiful with its redbrick North wing, stables and gatehouse dating back to the time of Henry VIII. Cockfield Hall also has a restored central Jacobean block.
Heading back to the A12 you will find the 18th Century Satis House, now a hotel and restaurant. It is thought that Satis House was visited by the author Charles Dickens and is mentioned in Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”. In the novel the character Pip explains that “Satis” means “Whoever lives here could wish for nothing more”.
Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa
…..Hidden treasure for all to enjoy
Ufford Park Woodbridge has been owned and run by the Aldous family the past 21 years. During this time the business has grown from strength to strength, from a 25 bedroom hotel to a hotel comprising of more than 90 bedrooms, with facilities second to none in the region. Nestled perfectly in the heart of Suffolk and set in 120 acres of beautiful historic parkland, Ufford Park really is the home away from home and perfect for all the family to enjoy whether for the day or for a short break. It is the perfect base to stay and explore all that Suffolk has to offer – for those historians amongst
you, a short journey will take you to Sutton Hoo, as well as, Jimmy’s Farm, Snape Maltings, and the beautiful seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. The hotel provides the perfect golfers paradise with an award winning 18 hole par 71 golf course, which has hosted some prestigious tournaments such as Sky Sports PGA Europro Tour. It is generally regarded as an enjoyable, yet stern test of golf. Due to the naturally free draining characteristics, combined with the dedicated greenkeepers, the course is playable no matter what the weather. With golf memberships from only £180 for the year, you are really able to get your money’s worth here! There is also a two storey floodlit driving range onsite (with heated bays – perfect for those cool summer evenings!) and The DoctorGolf teaching academy (ages four years upwards). If a golfing break is not the right solution for you then why not pop over for the day as visitors are made to feel very welcome on the golf course and in the driving range.
Whether you prefer a little exercise or just chill time there is also a choice of a Health Club and Luxury Thermal Suite Spa. The 15m deck level swimming
Non-members are very welcome and from only £20 per person – it is an affordable luxury too. The hotel bar and The Park Restaurant make a great choice for residence and non-residence and offer freshly cooked, locally sourced quality food – bring the family and enjoy excellent views across the golf course. Sunday Lunch is also back by popular demand, so why not enjoy a traditional
pool is perfect for a gentle swim or a few lengths before visiting the traditional sauna, steam room and hot tub on poolside. There is also a 2 mile trim trail around the 120 acres of land, ideal for those who prefer some fresh air whilst exercising. If exercise isn’t your thing, then spend a few hours after work or treat yourself to a full day of pampering and relaxation in the luxury thermal suite that includes a series of heating and cooling experiences. A central hydro-pool, surrounded by aroma steam room, mineral grotto, soft sauna, foot spas and ice fountain and a comfortable relaxation area is the perfect combination for you to wind down after a busy day. With many trained beauty therapists onsite, why not add on a beauty treatment during your visit to maximise the benefit of your experience. With an extensive list of treatments to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice! For full details and any special offers, please visit www. uffordpark.co.uk/spa.
roast dinner or choose from the extensive Sunday Lunch menu available in The Park. Ufford Park really does offer something for everyone whether for a day visit or for a golf, leisure or spa break. With one night breaks from as little as £89 bed and breakfast per person, it really is a one stop destination hotel which prides itself on being ‘The gateway to Suffolk’s Heritage Coast….’ To find out more please visit www.uffordpark.co.uk or call 0844 499 1642.
Delightful Days Out at Helmingham Hall Gardens
Helmingham and the Tollemache family Helmingham and the Tollemache family have been together for many hundreds of years. The Hall and the old oak trees that stand today have seen much of the history of England pass before them, and many generations of this family. Helmingham Hall was completed in 1510, surrounded by its deep moat, serene gardens and deer park. Some years after the family moved to Helmingham
they started work on the gardens, but old maps and drawings show that the original shape of the main walled garden predates the house by many years; it was most probably of Saxon origin and constructed to protect stock from marauders. The gardens today have been extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold Medallist, and are open to visitors who find themselves enchanted by the herbaceous borders, walled kitchen, herb, knot and wild gardens. As well as all of these there are two rose gardens, both formal, but very different in character. The main garden is on the west side of the house and the second garden, to the east side of the house was laid out in 1982. The intention was to create something that was close to the kind of garden the family might have had in Tudor times, but one that would include old, scented shrub roses. The garden is laid out in a pattern combining the square, circle and the cross of the Helmingham fret in three decorative themes. Some years later, it looks as if it must have always been there.
The Coach House Tearooms and Stable Shops A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The Coach House Tearooms open when the gardens are through May – September. Opening at 12 noon, enjoy a light lunch before a stroll around the beautiful gardens. The Coach House remains open until 5pm, allowing plenty of time for afternoon tea too and is the perfect place to meet with friends and perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the Stable Shops which sell a wonderful array of gifts, local produce, plants and garden accessories. Music in the Gardens This June Helmingham Hall Gardens are inviting you to come and visit them during the early evening and enjoy this wonderful time of day which casts a whole new light on the enchanting gardens! Throughout these four special openings they will be theming each one with a different genre of music played within the gardens itself. Treat yourself to something fizzy from the Garden Bar and pre-order a picnic supper from The Coach House Tearooms. An evening to savour the wonderful sights and sounds! Admission: £6.00 (£5.00 in advance) Children: Free 5th, 11th, 19th & 25th June Enquiries and tickets: 01473 890799
The gardens, tearooms and shops are open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons during May – September. There are many special events throughout the season including Spring and Autumn Plant Fairs, The Festival of Classic & Sports Cars and Suffolk Dog Day. For more details please see the website. www.helmingham.com 01473 890799 email@example.com
Pictures: Marcus Harper
Calling holiday-home owners – can you donate a week? Homes with Heart offers holiday homes rent-free, to families with life-limited children. Jane Palliser set up the charity in 2009 having seen endless holiday booking complications experienced by a friend whose daughter was suffering from a life-limiting illness. This is a remarkably simple concept that has worked for 180 families during the last five years, with donated holidays valued at £140K. A member of a hospice care team introduces Homes with Heart (HWH) to the child’s family and also liaises with Jane to choose and book a suitable holiday home. HWH currently receives regular
referrals from 10 children’s hospices around the UK, and hopes to work all 42 children’s hospices in England, Scotland and Wales by 2016. More holiday homes are needed. There are 160,000* holiday homes in the UK and HWH’s target is to have a directory of 1600 homes (1% of UK total) by 2016. HWH currently lists 150 properties, whose owners are keen to donate one week a year to a deserving family, knowing that Jane manages the booking and their home will be looked after. HWH wish to appeal to readers of this magazine to ask them to offer their holiday homes to Homes with Heart. They don’t
commit to a specific week – just register their willingness to help if a family is introduced and their house is available. This testimonial from a holiday home-owner may convince owners to contact Jane Palliser: “We have been overwhelmed at how touched and grateful Jack’s family have been and how the simple act of giving our cottage for a few days can have such a positive impact, giving such pleasure and a needed respite as well. We would happily do it again. I don’t know who was more rewarded - them or us!” For further information on Homes with Heart, please contact Jane Palliser on 01372 842751
Bradley chosen to power Suffolk Secrets’ growth
George Bradley took up the reins at Suffolk Secrets in February to drive the business forward, grow market share and cement their position as the leading holiday lets business in Suffolk. Bradley’s extensive retail and tourism experience made him a clear favourite for the position as General Manager. Previously Bradley spent ten years with Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership where he managed doorstep delivery across the South East and introduced the John Lewis click and collect fulfilment into Waitrose stores - as well as bringing Waitrose to Saxmundham. Most recently Bradley was Head of Retail at Friday Street Farm, where he repositioned the brand and lead a full refurbishment of the shop. Under his watchful eye Friday Street became a champion of quality local produce working closely with a wide range of local producers and showcasing the county’s delicacies at a variety of local markets.
At Suffolk Secrets Bradley will be responsible for a growing stable of more than 400 holiday cottages across the county, managed from three offices in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge. Born in Bury St Edmunds, Bradley knows and appreciates all that is special about Suffolk. He said of his appointment, “Suffolk Secrets is a fantastic business with solid foundations and a good reputation. We have a superb portfolio of holiday cottages and the next step is to turn quality infrastructure into quality experiences. There is a raw romance about Suffolk – The food, the variety of landscapes from the coast to the forests and heaths, the array of activities, shops and restaurants and, of course, the people. It’s my job to package that up and deliver it to our customers so they want to come back again and again.”
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Buying a new carpet is a big decision, with a wide range of colours and style choices available it is difficult to know where to start. And once you have chosen your new carpet it is important to look after it correctly, so that it lasts many years to come. If you are looking to buying a new carpet you should firstly do a rough measurement of the area you wish to have carpeted. Most carpet shops price up in square metres, so measure in metric. Then you can work out how many square metres you will require. Then divide this figure into your budget to get a rough estimate of how much per square metre you want to spend. Once you have got your approximate budget per square metre, you are ready to visit your local high street retailer to see larger samples to choose from and to get your house professionally measured. If your room is small then, neutral colours accentuate a feeling of space and brightness. Avoid deep shades that can make a room seem smaller. Creams and beiges are timeless when it comes to carpet and there are many different neutrals to choose from or those who want an alternative neutral opt for Mineral, a subtle moody grey.
A good quality underlay prolongs the life of your carpet either rubber or felt. For the best results a new and firm underlay should be laid on a clean dry floor. Carpet, like anything, can vary in price – from the very cheap to the very expensive. The best thing is to work out how much you want to spend but don’t forget to include the cost of fitting, underlay and other materials. If possible, buy the best carpet you can afford. As with everything else, you only get what you pay for and carpet is no exception. The more you pay the longer you can expect your carpet to last. Research online and order free samples so you get an idea of the type of carpet versus price. Once you’ve found a carpet you like visit your local reputable retailer to get the area professionally measured. They will help you to achieve the most cost effective way to carpet your home by using the correct width and minimising waste, which will save you money. All carpets should be vacuumed regularly starting as soon as they are fitted to pick up any isolated particles. And remember, the key to good carpet maintenance is to regularly vacuum two or three times a week.
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Coconut panacotta with mango, papaya and a crisp tuille biscuit Head Chef Alan Ford of Hintlesham Hall
Everyone loves panacotta, but making it with coconut milk rather than cream not only reduces the calories it also gives it a lovely fresh taste and really light texture. I have chosen to serve it with mango and papaya, however, with Summer fast approaching, various berries are going to be readily available. A couple of different ideas would be to do peppered pineapple or maybe chilli infused roasted bananas. The panacotta would cope well with being coupled with such spices.
6 Portions Tuille Mix
Ingredients 2 oz Butter 2½ oz Flour -plain 3 oz Sugar 2 Egg whites
Ingredients 1pt Coconut milk 2½ Leaves of gelatine 3 oz Caster sugar 1 Mango 1 Papaya ½ pt Mango juice 2 tsp Arrowroot
Beat butter and sugar together, add flour slowly with the egg whites. Chill. Spread through a stencil cut to your desired shape onto
1. Warm the coconut milk in a saucepan, add the sugar and dissolve. 2. Soak the gelatine in cold water, remove from the water and add to the warm coconut milk, stir until dissolved. 3. Pour mixture into six dariole moulds, refrigerate to set, ideally overnight. 4. Mix the arrowroot with a small
baking paper. Bake at gas mark 4, 300F, 160°C until golden brown. Shape as required.
amount of water, heat the mango juice, add the arrowroot a little at a time to thicken the sauce. Allow to cool and refrigerate. 5. Peel the mango and papaya, then cut into slices. 6. Arrange the fruit as you wish on the plate. 7. Turn out the panacotta and place next to the fruit and decorate the plate with the sauce 8. Garnish with a tuille biscuit.
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BBQ Rocks! BBQs are not just meals that you prepare outdoors; they are indeed social events, and ones that you need to be properly prepared for. Long gone are the days where a barbeque was just about lumps of meat being singed, these days BBQs are sophisticated events. For this reason, you need to know not only what the best techniques are for cooking food on a barbeque so that it is succulent and tasty; you need to be prepared to cater for all types of diets. Kids especially are renowned for being fussy eaters and vegetarians can also be tricky to please at a barbeque event. The traditional barbeque gives you images of fat and juicy steaks as well as quarter or half pound burgers, but you need to think of your cholesterol level here too and offer some healthy alternatives and side dishes as an accompaniment to your BBQ. Especially when there are kids invited to your meal, or simply if you are cooking some food for your family on the barbeque as it is nice weather, you need to take their diets into consideration too. Kids shouldn’t eat large amounts of red meat,
so you need to think of what else to cook. Favourite foods for BBQs are ribs, chicken pieces, steaks, burgers, sausages and stick kebabs, with of course some jacket potatoes cooked in wrapped foil. A word of warning here needs to go out to how you cook the food too; especially the chicken is a dangerous topic. When people hold barbeques the spirits are high and food often gets left out in the sun. The best way to avoid upset stomachs or worse still is by pre cooking the large and thick meats such as the chicken pieces, and then just placing them on the BBQ to finish them off. This way you will be able to get the great taste of the barbeque but you will be sure that the meat is properly cooked all the way through to the bone. So, on to vegetarian, fussy eaters, those on a diet, and kids; kids will be happy with chipolata sausages and burger with lashings of ketchup. But if you don’t want to risk giving meat to the kids that is out in the sun, then you can make up some great tasting spicy bean burgers or tofu sausages. These can be cooked next to the meats with no extra bother
and it will keep vegetarians happy at your gathering. For those on a diet, you can try using stick kebabs that have large chunks of veg in them, or even make purely vegetable sticks with traffic light peppers; these tastes delicious when they are barbequed too. Lastly, think about what else you can serve to eat. Just because you are holding a BBQ, it doesn’t mean that absolutely everything you cook as to be done on the BBQ. Try serving some lovely side salads, crisps and dip, and of course a variety of sauces to accompany the meats. Bread is always a great filler at these meals and you don’t just have to serve plain bread. You can really show off to your guests by serving some “pan con tomate” This is a Spanish staple food and consists of toasted farmhouse bread with lashings of fresh ripe tomato pulp, olive oil and fresh garlic rubbed gently across the bread; absolutely divine and a guaranteed hit with all your diners. Ken Wyandot
More than just a plant pot There are over five million redundant plant pots gathering dust in the sheds of the UK that are yet to reach their potential. As part of the plant pot revival gardeners are being asked to dig out those pots and containers and spruce them up, creating inspirational garden spaces in homes, offices, hospital, schools and more across the UK. A plant pot doesn’t have to be just that, it can add a sense of style to an environment, be a part of every day cooking, attract the local wildlife or even be created from an old watering can.
Themes to explore
• Recycled – You don’t need a traditional plant pot to start growing, which is proven by many UK growers who initially used old tin cans. Why not source a variety of potential pots and upcycle them into plant pots; they might be bags, teacups, paint pots, or an old pair of wellington boots. • Recipe – Grow you own herbs, fruit or vegetables to use at home while you cook. The following are good starter pots: Chef - Basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, oregano Cocktail - Mint, strawberry, cucu-melons, lime basil Salad - Lettuces, rocket, coriander, cress, spinach • Style – Design your own plant pot to liven up and complement an area in need. Paint a pot, knit it a cover, design one to fit a brand, give it a vintage or shabby chic look. For example, find an old plant pot or promising container like a mini-bucket, plus some strong glue, scissors and brushes. Collect some decorative items like buttons, waterproof paint, fabric, felt shapes, ribbons, etc. Then decorate your pot to a style of your liking.
• Wellbeing – Plants are good for the mind and body as well as for enjoying in the garden. Create yourself a pot of wellbeing by growing plants linked to aromatherapy and healthy living. Lavender, mint, violets, thyme, rosehip, aloe vera and camomile are all great examples of this. • Wildlife – Pots don’t have to be solely for plants and people enjoyment. You can use them as squirrel feeders, bird baths, pollinators to attract bees, and homes for wildlife like worms and hedgehogs. For example, plant a pot with seeds such as: bird’s foot trefoil, clarkia or echinacea to attract bees into your garden. • Children’s – There’s no age limit when it comes to gardening, so get the younger ones involved with easy to grow plants in colourful pots like cress, tomatoes, potatoes, sun flowers and sweet peas.
• Sensory – Explore plants to develop the senses through colour, shape and smell, and turn your garden space into a place of stimulation. Dianthus, geraniums, chocolate cosmos and jasmine can be combined to make a scented pot. • Small space – You don’t need a traditional garden to enjoy gardening. You can transform whatever space you’ve got into a garden-like environment by: placing pots on the balcony, growing a living wall, hanging pots from the ceiling, attaching them to drain pipes, or simply making the most of your window sill. Whatever your container, don’t forget to use good compost, feed regularly and add drainage holes to give your plants the best start.
Expert garden design advice My name is Paul Baines MSGD and I am a professional garden designer working throughout East Anglia. I specialise in the design and build of private and domestic gardens. I am often asked what are the benefits of using a professional garden designer and landscape contractor? Well firstly a garden designer has the expertise and experience to see the potential of an outside space and maximise the use of the space. Without expert knowledge a garden often evolves in a very piecemeal fashion with no direction and overall vision. A professional designer knows how to interpret the clients brief to bring about the best possible solution to create an attractive and practical outdoor space that can be enjoyed for many years. A good designer also has experience in many fields. They will know about scale and proportion, building construction, have excellent plant and horticultural knowledge, plus a creative flair to bring alive a clients brief and make the garden work on the ground. Having a design to work from will definitely save the client money and prevent costly mistakes being made on site, and the client will have
an ultimate goal to achieve. A designer knows how to design a planting scheme putting the right plant in the right place, and choosing plants not only for flower interest but also for leaf texture, form and shape. It is just as important to employ a professional landscape contractor to implement the designerâ€™s plans and ensure the garden is built to the highest standard. A good contractor will undertake all of the landscaping works from laying terraces and drives, building ponds and pergolas, to turfing, border preparation and planting. Together the designer and contractor can work hand in hand to deliver to the client a garden everyone can be proud of and one that can be enjoyed for many years to come. May be now is a good time to be thinking about having your garden redesigned or a part of it remodelled.
Paul Baines MSGD â€“ Garden Designer 44 St Maryâ€™s Road, Frinton on Sea Essex CO13 9HS Tel: 01255 671161 Mob: 07747 495489 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.paul-baines.co.uk
How to earn an income with the RHI The RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme for domestic properties has just been launched. This is exciting news but why should you be interested and how could you benefit from it? 1) You will be paid to heat your home with a renewable form of heating
2) You will benefit from ongoing cheaper running costs 3) Your carbon footprint will be significantly lower
Biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps and solar thermal (for hot water) are all eligible. The RHI will be paid for seven years and payments are based on the calculated heat demand for the property which is designed to more than cover the cost of the installation. Biomass boilers and heat pumps directly replace conventional boilers and have the added advantage of being 40% cheaper to run than using oil or night storage, and 50% cheaper than electric panel heaters.
When would a Biomass boiler be suitable? 1) Biomass boilers are suitable for any property, no matter the size or levels of insulation
2) An area of approx. 2x2m is required to site a pellet boiler – garages, outbuildings or sheds are ideal. A similar sized area is needed to store the pellets 3) Wood chip boilers need an area of 4x3m to site the boiler and 5×5 to store the wood chips 4) A flue is required for the boiler 5) Unless fitting a bulk feed store that automatically fills the hopper, you would need to be able to lift 10kg bags of pellets to shoulder height to fill the hopper in a pellet boiler For further information or a free, no-obligation site survey, please call us on 01394 380557 or email@example.com
When would a Heat Pump be suitable?
1) Heat pumps are only suited to brand new or totally refurbished properties with very high insulation levels 2) Ground source heat pumps require a large area of land, or an area suitable to sink a borehole
East Green Energy, 26 Quayside, Woodbridge IP12 1BH Telephone 01394 380557 Open every day but Sunday. www.eastgreenenergy.co.uk www.energysavingtrust.co.uk
Suffolk Plant Fair
The annual Spring Plant Fair, organised by Suffolk Plant Heritage in partnership with Helmingham Hall will be held in the beautiful grounds of Helmingham Hall on Sunday 25th May. A wide range of unusual and popular plants will be available to buy from over 50 nurseries, local National Plant Collections and the Suffolk Plant Heritage propagation group, which will be selling rare plants, some not offered for sale elsewhere. A plant of Liatris aspera, the ‘rough gayfeather’, will be given to the first 800 visitors to claim them. With attractive spikes of feathery purple flowers, it was used in the beautiful naturalistic
plantings at the Olympic Park in 2012. The Garden Marquee will host Gardening Workshops, including the RHS introducing their ‘Perfect Pollinators’ project; ‘Growing Meadow Flowers in your Garden’; ‘Brilliant Dahlias and ‘Vegetables to Sow in Midsummer’ The Plant Doctors will be available to offer advice on any gardening topic, to identify your mystery plants and plant problems. Visitors can also browse among a wide range of exhibitors offering everything from hand tools to soap and garden furniture to sun hats.
The Plant Fair gives the whole family a full day out, live music, a dance tent, home made teas and lunches as well as a range of food stalls. Visitors can enjoy the Grade 1 listed gardens of Helmingham Hall, with walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, roses and ancient deer park. Tours of the gardens with Lady Tollemache, tickets £15 each, are bookable from the Helmingham Estate Office by calling 01473 890799 Entry to the Plant Fair and Helmingham Hall Gardens is £6 per adult with children free. Helmingham Hall is nine miles NE of Ipswich on the B1077. Post Code IP14 6EF
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Captains Drive 2014 On Saturday 29th March, the Captains of Ufford Park Woodbridge officially drove in to the club. 2014 Club Captain Paul Jordan, Ladies Captain Pam Burgess and Junior Captain Will Smith were heavily supported by their fellow members of the club. In usual Ufford Park tradition, the Captains drove off from the Yellow tees and their
yardage was recorded for the sweepstake, with all proceedings going to the Captains Charities for 2014. Paul is supporting the East Suffolk Prostate Cancer Support Group whilst Pam has chosen the Alzheimerâ€™s Society as her selected for the year, both of which are charities personal to them. All three drives were straight down the fairway, Paul hitting furthest with 238 yards, Will following up closely with 228 and Pam hitting a wonderful 168 yard drive. Once the Captains were underway, a team event kicked off in a best 2 out of 4 stableford score competition. A terrific score of 80 points was only good enough for third place, Mary Brooks,
Chris Smith, Ian Cox and 2013 Junior Captain Luke Cleland taking that spot. Wendy Hayes, Jack Heaney, Nigel Sage and Simon Talbot-Hurn shot a fantastic 83 points, 2 points shy of 1st place. Taking advantage of the cracking playing conditions on the course were Brenda Taylor, Sam May, George Butters and Dan Lever winning with a superb 85 points. Pin competitions were won by Jack Heaney, George Butters, Luke Cleland, Sharon Wright and Lori Sage. The event was followed up by an enjoyable lunch and a raffle, helping the day raise over ÂŁ200 towards the Captains Charities.
On the Big Screen New and Forthcoming Movie Releases Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
Imagine what it would feel like to be the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when the KLU KLUX KLAN acted out violently against black people, when America groaned under the weight of segregation and prejudice. Imagine being in possession of a natural talent so great, so unique and disarming that these issues were seemingly swept to one side to allow you to perform and be acknowledged for this gift, yet behind closed doors they were trying to think of a way to package you as something you were not: white. This candid account of the actual happenings in and around the “fairytale” life of fame and fortune of Nat King Cole, are taken from the private journals of Nat King Cole and exclusive interviews with the widow of Nat King Cole, Maria Cole, as well as contributions from other family members.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
In the latest chapter in the Oz legacy, Dorothy returns to Kansas only to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz. The home she has been so desperate to return to is severely damaged and the townspeople are packing up and moving out. But shortly after arriving, she is magically transported back to Oz. She finds out that Oz is in trouble and the people there need her help. Dorothy’s old friends have disappeared and Oz is in a state of decay. As she journeys to find her friends, she encounters a number of new companions (and lots of problems).
Grace of Monaco
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
Coming Soon… Jupiter Ascending (July)
Jimi (All is by my Side) (August)
The House of Silence (August)
Into The Storm (August)
What we are reading… The Red Queen – Philippa Gregory
The second book in Philippa’s stunning The Cousins War series brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth’s daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.
Mary Berry Cooks – Mary Berry
In this brand-new official tie-in to Mary’s much-anticipated BBC2 series, the nation’s bestloved home cook invites you into her kitchen to share the secrets of her favourite dishes to make for family and friends. Mary Berry Cooks features all the recipes from the show, along with Mary’s menus for each episode - from a warming Kitchen Supper or a Sunday Roast to a Summer Buffet or an Afternoon Tea. This all-new collection of 100 mouthwatering, simple recipes offers the perfect meal for any occasion. It includes dinner party staples such as Slow-Roast Shoulder of Lamb or Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potato Topping, special summer lunches such as Fiery Red Rice Salad and Summer Pudding, and of course, her trademark cakes and bakes. Accompanied by Mary’s no-nonsense, no-fuss advice on preparing ahead, each fool-proof meal is made easy, so that you can cook with confidence. Whether a family lunch or a simple one-pot supper for friends, Mary’s carefully tested recipes and comprehensive advice make Mary Berry Cooks the perfect kitchen companion.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe –Tessa Evelegh
This new book accompanies the second BBC TWO eight-part TV series of the Great British Sewing Bee presented by Claudia Winkleman and judged by Patrick Grant and May Martin. This is a fabulous follow-up to excite the appetites of Britain’s burgeoning sewers who followed the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, from beginners to experts. At the heart of this new practical sewing book is a fantastic selection of projects, with a core collection of wardrobe essentials, from a pencil skirt to an easy T-shirt top to a wrap dress so that the sewer can build up a capsule wardrobe. The tempting range of projects reflects the breadth of the TV challenges and includes menswear (such as a shirt and trousers), a selection of designs for babies and small children (such as a fur onesie, dungarees and a little dress) and with more retro and glamorous garments (such as a prom dress and a 60s-style coat).
Perfect — Rachael Joyce
Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin ‘Operation Perfect’, a hapless mission to rescue Byron’s mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local café, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?