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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
Simon Farr A Self Portrait Elizabeth Garrett Anderson An Aldeburgh Heroine
The Magic of Minsmereâ€™s
RED DEER RUT
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04 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
An Aldeburgh heroine
Tickets to Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
12 This Season’s Diary
36 Crag Path Interiors
Your guide to this autumn
14 ‘Salt and Vinegar?’
46 ‘The Game’s Afoot’
The story of the famous Aldeburgh fish and chips
Meet the Wild Meat Company
20 Autumn Style Edit
52 Farr Out
Aldeburgh’s best style pieces
Artist Simon Farr gives us a self-portrait
24 Oh Deer!
57 This Season’s Recipe
The magic of Minsmere’s deer rut
A family favourite from the Great Glemham hedgerows
60 The Garden in Autumn
This autumn’s most important news
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This year, Leiston and Aldeburgh commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: Britain’s first female doctor; first female mayor; first female member of the BMA – and that’s not the half of it. Aldeburgh is often referred to in jest as the retirement village of MI6, due to the supposed numbers of ex-spies who take to the town in their dotage. On the accuracy of this, we couldn’t possibly comment (if I told you, I’d have to kill you). But what is less widely noted on is how many extraordinary, influential women Aldeburgh has produced, nurtured, inspired and housed in its long years. These are, arguably, frequently overshadowed by the fame and heritage of some of the town’s favourite extraordinary men. However, 2017 and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson centenary presents a perfect opportunity to recognise and hail the achievements of their female peers – and high time it is. Elizabeth Garrett (9th June 1836–17th December 1917) was born in Whitechapel. She was one of twelve children of Newson Garrett, of the Garretts of Leiston (a family of inspiring engineering heritage –
go and visit the Long Shop Museum in Leiston if you haven’t already). In 1841 Newson Garrett moved his family back from London to Aldeburgh. He himself was the instigator of modern development at Snape Maltings and built almost all the buildings that remain today, from where he ran a successful coal and barley trade with the River Alde, shipping barley to London and Europe and, later, malt to London breweries. Living in a time when women in higher education, let alone professional roles, were a rarity, Elizabeth was a suffragist and fervent believer in women’s rights. Throughout her life and on a national scale, Elizabeth challenged, fought and triumphed over gender inequality and heritage prejudice against her sex. She moved in pioneering social circles, in part those of her family background but also in other aldeburghliving
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aldeburghcelebrates directions; her sister Millicent Garrett (later Millicent Garrett Fawcett) co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge. Elizabeth was a lifelong friend of Emily Davies, founder of Girton College – until as recently as the 1960s, these two were the only Cambridge colleges to admit women to the University. A tireless campaigner for women’s education, in 1866 Elizabeth became the first woman to be elected to a London school board. In her old age, she came to know Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette, and was photographed with her in 1910 at ‘Black Friday’, the infamous protest following the denial of a Commons vote on women’s suffrage. Following the supposed conclusion of her education on leaving school, Elizabeth’s involvement with the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women introduced her to Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first female doctor, who was to be a great source of inspiration. Driven by an impressive determination and unrelenting desire to prove herself, Elizabeth Garrett made the bold decision to study medicine, with the intention of becoming a doctor. Forced to employ a somewhat unconventional approach (including working as a nurse; an unsuccessful
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attempt to enrol at Middlesex Hospital’s medical school; and eventually employing a private tutor to teach her when she wasn’t nursing), she faced struggle at every step. Throughout her training, her male counterparts complained bitterly about her attendance at dissections and chemistry lectures – a privilege earned from the medical school through her good performance as nurse and student in materia medica (one of the subjects the hospital had agreed to teach her following her previous rejection as a full medical student). In the face of such challenges, in 1865, Elizabeth defiantly became the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain, having battled significant opposition from her male peers. Despite her qualifications and excellent exam results, the male-dominated medical establishment refused to employ her as a doctor at any hospital. So, in 1872, she opened London’s New Hospital for Women. Now located on Euston Road, this was posthumously renamed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. Elizabeth later acted as a founding Dean of a women’s medical school in London (now encompassed by the medical school of University
A little closer to home, having retired to Aldeburgh in 1902 with her husband James Anderson (m.1871), she became the first woman in Britain to be elected Mayor, serving Aldeburgh 1908–09. She died on December 17th 1917 and is buried in Aldeburgh churchyard. In 2016, Google marked the 180th anniversary of her birth with a Doodle in her memory, depicting her female-staffed hospital. A British mainline locomotive was named after her at Euston Station in 1983 and an all-girls comprehensive in Islington (to which Michelle Obama made a well-publicised visit in 2009), now in the top 5% of state schools, also bears her name. Those unfortunate enough to have spent time in or visiting inmates of the Garrett Anderson Wing at Ipswich Hospital will hopefully be consoled by the tale of the inspirational figure after whom it was named.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’s legacy lives on; today’s Aldeburgh remains host and home to several influential modern-day power women. Residents and frequent visitors include Alexandra Shulman (ex-editor-in-chief of British Vogue, columnist and author), Frances Gibb (Legal Editor at The Times), Diana Quick (internationally acclaimed actress), Emma Chichester Clark (author and illustrator) and Polly Trenow (campaigner on gender, politics and education), to name just a handful. This autumn, Aldeburgh and Leiston celebrate the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson with a commemorative weekend in association with Snape Maltings, hosting a superb programme. Events include: a schools debate; the promenade play A Woman of Purpose (a ticketed 100 minute walk around Aldeburgh); talks; musical performances; and a British Film Institute compilation of silent films on the contemporary portrayal of suffragettes, wittily entitled ‘Make More Noise’. Further poetry and drama events staged by Wonderful Beast follow in November. For more information on all these events and more visit longshopmuseum.co.uk and elizabethgarrettanderson.org.uk. aldeburghliving
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College London). In 1873, eight years after qualifying, she became the first female member of the British Medical Association. This was an ironic victory; the BMA at the time had given such little thought to the possibility of a woman ever attempting to join that it had no rule preventing her from doing so. She held her post for nearly two decades.
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Here is another gift of a poetry festival for each of you. Poetry in Aldeburgh 2017 continues to be created entirely by volunteers and this year we have built on the success of 2016 by inviting The Poetry School at 20 to be our headline partner as well as collaborating with many other poets and poetry organisations from nearby and far afield. We hope the content and rhythm of our programming will again inspire, fulfil and delight everyone who travels to Aldeburgh for the 3rd-5th November weekend for an offering of poetry, music, film and art in our town by the sea. Come with openness and excitement, bring or meet friends and enjoy this second Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival with us. Robin Boyd, Chairman of Poetry in Aldeburgh Daphne Astor, Curator
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Vintage Market 10th September Snape Maltings
Cornucopia: Alde Valley Autumn Festival 16th September– 1st October White House Farm, Great Glemham
Last Weekend to Enjoy Pizza at the White Hart 28–30th September White Hart, Aldeburgh
A Woman of Purpose: Promenade Play 30th September– 1st October Various locations, Aldeburgh
Aldeburgh Triathlon 10th September Aldeburgh Beach
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival 23–24th September Snape Maltings
HighTide Festival 12–17th September Various Venues, Aldeburgh
Harvest Past 24th September Peak Hill Farm, Theberton
Flipside 6–8th October Snape Maltings flipsideuk.org
Jubilee Opera presents: The Golden Vanity 7th October Jubilee Hall jubileehall.co.uk
Aldeburgh Affordable Art Show 12–18th October The Garage Gallery snapemaltings.co.uk
Here, is all that I want to be: Tessa Sinclair 19–25th October Aldeburgh Gallery aldeburghartsgallery.co.uk
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November Heart of the Matter 20th October The Red House
Britten Weekend 27–29th October Snape Maltings
Easton Farm Park Half Term/Half Price 21–28th October Easton Farm Park eastonfarmpark.co.uk
Final Fling 22nd October Long Shop Museum
Shadow Puppets Workshop 24th October Snape Maltings snapemaltings.co.uk
Britten’s Birthday Recital 22nd November The Red House brittenpears.org
Elizabeth Garret Anderson Community Performance ‘The Charge of the Parasol’ 28th October Long Shop Museum longshopmuseum.co.uk
Vintage Market 22nd October Snape Maltings
Poetry in Aldeburgh 3–5th November Various Venues, Aldeburgh
Autumn Craft Fair 28–29th October Jubilee Hall jubileehall.co.uk
Documentary Festival 3–5th November Various Venues, Aldeburgh aldeburghcinema.co.uk
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It’s endlessly in the national press, listed as among the best of its kind. It’s open 364 days of the year. It’s so famous that even Ed Sheeran namedrops about it at every opportunity: Aldeburgh Fish & Chips. As the mouth-watering aromas of vinegar and frying batter waft seductively on the sea breeze, you’ll hear fierce debate over which is better – The Golden Galleon, or the Aldeburgh Fish & Chip shop. There’s a simple answer, it’s neither and both: they’re owned, run and manned by the same people – but don’t let such trivial facts put an end to decades of family debate. This year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Aldeburgh Fish & Chips is a third-generation family business, owned and run by the Cooneys since 1967. The story goes that when Celia Cooney got a job as a dinner lady at the primary school, her husband Horace was not best pleased; her new role meant that he had a five-minute wait before she came home to serve his lunch. The opportunity to buy the fish and chip shop was the answer: Celia would have a secure job managing the shop and, primarily, would never again be absent at lunch. 18 AUTUMN 2017
Little did they know the success that was to come. The shop was bought from a Mr Cooper, who passed on a Yorkshire tradition of frying in beef dripping – a trick father and son directors Peter and Alan believe is among the secrets of their success (a short-lived attempt to fry the chips in oil proved immediately unpopular with customers and staff alike; according to Peter, everyone complained). Beef dripping was quickly readopted. The investment was wiser than anyone could have predicted; although at the time it wasn’t the primary fish and chip shop in town, Mr Cooper warned Horace that the trade could be overwhelming – ‘you’ll know it’s busy when you get a £10 lunch!’ Horace, keen for customers to truly enjoy their fish and chips, was known to admonish customers if he saw them dawdling, talking to friends instead of going straight home to eat before their food got cold.
Horace and Celia had set the bar high. On leaving school, son Peter and, when he married, his wife Susan came on board. Now, Peter’s son Alan and wife Zuzana are co-directors; many of the staff also have family links. Generosity of heart is prevalent and evident throughout the team. Alan speaks particularly warmly of Sue and Brenda, who have worked for Aldeburgh Fish & Chips since before he was born. ‘I don’t’ think they realise the enormous contribution they have made, or how much the customers enjoy what they do. I think many come in just to see them. They are incredible.’ Alan remembers helping as a child, filling the drinks chiller, observing the family working together around him. ‘I’ve always felt that Mum, Dad, Nanna and Grandad have done their best to look after their staff. Everyone at the shop used to call Nanna ‘Mother’. Continuing the tradition, Alan’s wife Zuzana is equally involved. ‘I’m sure when we met at university she never imagined she would be running a fish and chip shop!’ Standing in line for Aldeburgh Fish & Chips has even made it onto an Observer list of ‘The top 50 things every foodie should do’ (Sunday May 15th 2005). ‘At the old shop, I’ve seen queues reach
halfway to Fort Green.’ Alan says. The proximity of the White Hart Inn has led to a mutually-beneficial relationship – one member of a party queueing for supper while the rest enjoy a drink next door. ‘I can’t think of a better combination than fish and chips and Adnams beer!’ – and who could? More than just a friendly place to grab a tasty bite, it’s a cornerstone of Aldeburgh, enticing locals, visitors and celebrities alike – Rick Stein, José Pizarro, Bill Nighy, James Blunt…the list goes on. Giles Coren has called the fare ‘the best fish and chips in the world’ (The Times Magazine, April 2008). It’s hard to disagree. The team are unreservedly grateful to each other and the customers – to whom Alan attributes the shops’ popularity: ‘It’s thanks to them that we’re so well-known. Their approval is all that matters’. Aldeburgh Fish & Chips: uniting people through paper-wrapped deliciousness since 1967 – long may it continue. Aldeburgh Fish & Chips, 226 High Street and Golden Galleon, 137 High Street, Aldeburgh. For further details and opening hours please visit aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk. aldeburghliving
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September to November is deer rutting season. Just seven miles north of Aldeburgh, RSPB Minsmere is home to one of the largest red deer herds in England; an extraordinary location for watching this show of strength between stags competing for the hearts of hinds. Best viewed from the hide on Westleton Heath, the annual deer rut at Minsmere is a spectacular display that is both primeval and moving. It’s testosterone-fuelled, prehistoric and yet somehow romantic, in the ethereal setting of the rosy-skied, mist-flooded dusk of ancient heathland. There is a sense of timeless transcendence to it; red deer have been resident in Britain for over 11,000 years and this carnal ritual is gloriously unchanged,
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unaffected and uninhibited by fussy, modern, human complications. The contrast between the usually peaceful, elusive lifestyle of these creatures and the tense physical drama that can play out between competing stags is one of those beautifully simple yet vital peculiarities of nature. As well as being the largest wild land-mammal in the UK, English deer in habitats such as Minsmere are usually bigger, healthier and even more impressive than their Scottish counterparts, making this particular rut all the more magnificent to see. Stags will begin by attempting to herd hinds, some with their young at foot, into smaller groups, gathering and laying claim to as many as they can. The battle starts with bellowing or roaring, a spine-tingling, primitive sound that fills the surrounding woodland before you’ve so much as set eyes on a deer. The loudest stag can win at this stage – volume of voice indicates size and strength – but if two are evenly matched, a parade of rippling muscle and power follows, two of these huge animals marching alongside in competition. If too close to
2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of the RSPB’s management of Minsmere Nature Reserve. This extraordinary place is a jewel in the crown for UK wildlife conservation, preserving and creating habitats now almost unique in our landscape. The modern phase of Minsmere’s story began during WWII, when the area was intentionally flooded to defend against feared coastal invasion. In 1947, the site was taken over by the RSPB; in the same year, the UK’s first breeding pair of Avocets in 100 years was recorded here – the bird is now the icon of the RSPB. Since, the reserve has flourished, returning and reconnecting heathland and reedbed, to create a mosaic of lagoons and islands (accounting for 3.6% of the UK’s reedbeds), a breeding and migratory haven for countless birds and other
species. Minsmere has been plunged back into the limelight in recent years by the BBC’s Springwatch series, filmed here 2014–16. The reserve is fantastically well-equipped for visitors of all ages and abilities, with spacious, warm hides accessible from well-maintained boardwalks; a visitor centre to rival any, from where guidance and basic equipment can be borrowed; a natural play area for children; a Discovery Centre; and miles of walks through forest, common, marsh and beach. Guides are available, while 4x4 safaris can be booked ahead and well worth it for the real nature enthusiasts – this is undoubtedly the best way of getting close to the action of the deer rut and an unbeatable choice for photographers. There is also a great cafe using local ingredients, open all year round. Hides and walks open dawn to dusk daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/minsmere for visitor centre, shop and cafe seasonal opening times. Admission for RSPB members is free; non-member adults £9; children £5; students £6 and under-fives free. aldeburghliving
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call, locking antlers and wrestling it out can be the only way of deciding the monarch, although this is a last resort, which can end in serious wounding, or even death. Thus, the deer will avoid this dangerous and sometimes bloody battle unless absolutely necessary. Ultimately, however, the rut is all about winning as many hinds as possible and, inevitably, it’s survival of the fittest.
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TESSA SINCLAIR ‘Here, is all that I want to be’ is a limited edition photobook by Tessa Sinclair that will be presented first at the Aldeburgh Gallery 19–25th October, during Sinclair’s exhibition. The sequence of images captures not only the restive and wild beauty of the Suffolk landscape but also the tranquility of the places depicted.
High Tide HighTide Theatre returns to Aldeburgh this September. Having produced work from their Suffolk home for the last decade with huge success, they have to date premiered more than sixty productions. This year HighTide’s diverse and varied programme includes three headline plays, twelve comedy and cabaret shows, two hours of talks, eleven pieces from new writers, shows for schools and families, a site specific work and street food. For the first time ever, the festival of new writing will then go on to London’s Walthamstow and a brand new temporary theatre space. This year’s headline plays include: The world premiere of Heroine, an exploration of patriotism and nativism in modern Britain by Nessah Muthy The world premiere of Kanye the First charting a second coming of the global icon by Sam Steiner The return of Theresa Ikoko’s critically acclaimed and multi award winning Girls, the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria HighTide runs 12–17th September. For information and tickets: hightide.org.uk
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HARVEST PAST AT PEAK HILL FARM Back by popular demand on Sunday 24th September, we celebrate the changing season with a range of activities down on the farm! A firm favourite for the whole family. All proceeds support the Long Shop museum. longshopmuseum.co.uk
Aldeburgh’s Montessori Nursery We are delighted to announce that Sunflower Montessori Nursery School is opening in Aldeburgh this autumn. Sunflower Montessori in Middleton was set up in 1991 and we’re pleased to welcome Lucy and her team to Aldeburgh. To book your place 01728 648352.
!CORNUCOPIA! FESTIVAL 16th September – 7th October (Weekends) Jason Gathorne-Hardy welcomes us once again to White House Farm for a seasonal celebration of food and art with exhibitions including Roger Hardy’s Time & Tide, farm suppers, poetry and Ragtime (a celebration of Suffolk textiles).
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FLIPSIDE 6–8th October The Amazon in autumn? Latin America as the leaves fall… how can it be? The answer is FlipSide! The festival that loves to look at things differently is back and it’s bigger, bolder and greener than ever. Bringing the very best Brazilian, Cuban and Mexican writers, artists and musicians to Snape Maltings in collaboration with their remarkable British and Canadian counterparts, FlipSide presents a weekend of encounter and exploration for all. From talks to walks, family fun to fascinating films, food, music and more, Flipside has always put the accent on enjoyment and environmentally friendly entertainment. But this year it’s also thinking out loud, asking: ‘How do we live now? How should we live now? How do we even start to answer these questions?’ Margaret Atwood or Jackie Kay, Ali Smith or Anna Pavord and many more begin to try and answer. We can also look forward to a Jungle Trail, Art Tent, Film Screenings, Art Exhibitions, Food Stalls, Caipirinhas and the unmistakeable FlipSide Big Top Tent, with free music and displays throughout the weekend. flipsideuk.org
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The Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2016 was a spectacular success with celebrity guests Joanna Lumley, Louis Theroux, Nick Robinson and many others presenting intriguing, insightful and entertaining sessions to sell-out crowds. This year’s festival, taking place 3–5th November, sees Nick Robinson return along with first timers Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) and Alan Yentob (BBC’s Imagine). There is an exclusive booking period for Friends of Aldeburgh Cinema from 8–24th September, with general booking open from Monday 25th September. aldeburghcinema.co.uk
Poetry in Aldeburgh 3-5th November We are proud to have The Poetry School as headline partner for this years festival. Through collaboration the festival team has created an imaginative programme featuring well known and emerging names and a variety of events. Come and celebrate poetry with us by the sea. poetryinaldeburgh.org
Nestling on the seafront in the heart of Aldeburgh lies the Jubilee Hall, home to a variety of music, performance, theatre, festivals, talks, fairs and more. Recently spruced and sporting a new logo and signage the Jubilee Hall also has a new, easy to use website with a functioning online box office. The team at the Jubilee Hall are committed to expanding the hall’s capabilities so it can develop as an exciting attraction for residents and visitors to the town.
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Set back from the Crag Path on Aldeburgh’s sea front is Edinburgh House: smart, Victorian, and bright blue, with a neat, square, hedged courtyard garden. Behind this symmetrical, formal exterior is a house re-designed to surprise and beguile. The name originates with a rumour that Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (fourth child of Queen Victoria) stayed here regularly – sailing to the Alde on his yacht. A portrait of Alfred, passed from owner to owner, is displayed within. The house has a further claim to fame, that it was owned by author Ruth Rendell; word has it that the novel No Night is Too Long – set in Aldeburgh – was written here. It’s the perfect spot for a true Aldeburgh holiday (a shingle-pebble’s throw in respective directions from the seemingly endless beach, fish huts and buzzing high street, yet reservedly private) which is just as well, as you can rent it for a taste of classic seaside living in modern style. The house was renovated by London architects Azman in 2010, when the current owners bought it still with its original, typically quaint but restrictive layout. Commissioned to create a beach house and summer retreat, Azman were given complete creative freedom and the result is unique – and ingenious in its homage to the views. Glazed panels give glimpses of the sea from rooms that would otherwise be denied it – the most notable and witty of these being the master bedroom en-suite, from where the occupant of the bathtub can luxuriate with a private view of the rising sun or moon over the sea (depending on one’s preference for AM or PM ablutions).
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The style is a considered mix of fresh white ‘beach’
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with 1960s inspired furnishings and a touch of the Scandinavian; you wouldn’t necessarily guess, from the inside, that the house wasn’t built last year – or any other year you care to choose, for that matter. Downstairs, the once comparatively dark, period layout has been opened to create one large, bright main room. Entrance hall, dining room, kitchen, living room and snug are at once brought together and divided cleverly into designated living spaces, through the use of spaced vertical softwood planking (also white, echoed across several different surfaces throughout the house), backless shelving, and integral elements such as the freestanding chimney breast and staircase. The introduction of texture the planking makes to the otherwise predominantly white décor is continued with elements such as the handmade Moroccan tile floor – also glossy white but gently and precisely undulating to create a softening, warming effect without clutter. One wall is dominated by a Timorous Beasties ‘Birds and Bees’ wallpaper, injecting a zesty palette of colours picked up elsewhere in soft furnishings, Eames DSW dining chairs, and minimal decorative items. Upstairs, the warm white planking continues, reserved for surfaces with a ‘utilitarian purpose’ (Azman) and echoed in the flooring. Space is not wasted on the skylit landing but instead donated freely to the bedrooms, where high ceilings give a sense of openness inside as well as out; both front bedrooms gorge on the sea view through the original bay windows – the master with the added luxury of a balcony. A back bedroom, accessed from a character-adding split-level landing halfway up the stairs, overlooks a tiny, secret courtyard hidden from all external observers – an irresistible sheltered reading spot, to which to retreat from more breezy days on the front.
Edinburgh House is available for holiday lettings through Best of Suffolk bestofsuffolk.co.uk. See more of Azman Architects’ work at azmanarchitects.com. Photography by James Stephenson clickclickjim.com.
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Autumn is the season for game. If you want to eat lean, healthy, quintessentially free-range meat that supports the local community, look no further than the Wild Meat Company: a highly-acclaimed Blaxhall-based supplier of Suffolk game and local meats. Butcher Paul Denny and keen shot Robert Gooch started the Wild Meat Company in 1999, sourcing shot game from local farms and estates and supplying it, oven-ready, through farm shops, butchers and wholesalers. ‘We focus on the “Suffolkness” of our wild meat products,’ Robert says. ‘Coastal Suffolk – its rivers, marshes, water meadows, forests and commons – provides the habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and game. The area abounds with deer, rabbits, wild duck and pigeon. These are shot for pest control – but the meat is delicious.’ The Company also supplies meat from local ethical farmers Sutton Hoo, Blythburgh, Gressingham, and Alde Valley. Our culturally squeamish, overly-sanitized society has periodically, struggled with the thought of it. But renewed attention to substance, provenance, and a movement away from intensive farming and
food waste (aided by the likes of Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall and Jimmy Doherty) has helped revive our taste for game. ‘Centuries ago, before the advent of intensive farming and supermarkets, this meat fed the population – but it is now harder for game meat to compete against farmed meat in the supermarkets.’ Robert explains. ‘We established the Wild Meat Company to try and improve the marketing and supply of game meats.’ It has worked; the Company has received several media accolades, appearing on BBC2’s Hairy Bikers and Channel 4’s Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, as well as in Rick Stein’s Food Heroes and the River Cottage Meat Book (the Company regularly supplies game to the River Cottage Canteens). Now in their eighteenth year of trading, the Company employs seven butchers, as well as aldeburghliving
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several meat packers and delivery drivers. Paul and Robert have tapped into a market that was hungry. The range now extends to smoked fish and cured ‘wild meats’ and is stocked by several farm shops and butchers in the area (Aldeburgh’s Salter & King among them). Waitrose and other supermarkets across the county, London and even on the continent have bought in, along with wholesalers, butchers, restaurants, and caterers. The Company’s own e-commerce site offers the full range to order online, with 24-hour delivery across the UK. With such healthy, free-range meat literally at our fingertips, we should all be cooking the stuff. And there are some fantastic game dishes, ranging far beyond the typically English roast pheasant – Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc all have some irresistible exotic recipes that will offer fresh ideas to inspire even the most seasoned domestic game chef; for those feeling less adventurous, ask your butcher. ‘The trick to game is to not overcook,’ Robert says. ‘The meat has little or no fat, so will dry out if not served rarish, or medium-rare. My favourite is woodcock – cooked the French way; pot roasted very slowly in white wine and shallots for at least an hour. This differs from the British way – flash roasted in a very hot oven for fifteen minutes and served pink. Paul does amazing things with pheasant fillets on a barbecue or in the oven, using marinades and rubs. Casseroling is an easy favourite for pheasant, rabbit or woodcock.’ The Wild Meat Company can be found at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival (23–24th September, Snape Maltings), having initiated a new area, christened ‘Wild Suffolk’. ‘The idea behind this is that all producers of wild food, such as sea fisherman or elderflower cordial makers, will all be in the same area to sell their fare,’ Robert says. If you haven’t yet had a taste of the wild side, the game is on. For further information visit the Wild Meat Company’s website: wildmeatcompany.co.uk.
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‘Illustration is an art form that usually partners a narrative. My narrative is essentially ambiguous, perhaps humorous and hopefully a little unsettling. It comes from a process of free-form sketchbook drawing. Arbitrary visual association. I call it drawing off piste. I mix it all up until something seems to deserve more serious treatment. It is similar to the “cut up” method used by artists like William Burroughs and David Bowie. My creative life has always been nourished by illustration. I studied “fine art”, mostly because in those days illustration was something graphic designers did – and graphic design was about business and profit. As an artist, the proportion of work to play is mostly seriously un-fun and the end result is often hopelessly disappointing. I produce work painfully slowly. Much of what I do, I reject. For a period, I painted portraits. Aldeburgh people will remember the big picture of Richard the butcher. There is one of Danial Brand in the White Hart. I believe our beautiful mayor has one too.
He is an artist whose political cartoons have featured in almost every newspaper you can name; whose decision to move to Aldeburgh was shamelessly influenced by the experience of buying fish from the beach, wrapped in a page of the Sunday Telegraph, bearing his own cartoon. Twenty years on, we asked Simon Farr for a self-portrait.
I love the work of New Yorker John Cuneo, who works traditionally with pen and ink. There is a FrenchCanadian, Gérard Dubois, who is not well known here. Peter Brooks at The Times is my British number one. I have great regard for Kathleen Hale, who wrote and illustrated Orlando here in Aldeburgh. Currently I make works on paper with “tricky meanings”. These are much like pop songs. Tom Waites said “songs are just interesting things to do with the air”; I would say pictures are just interesting things to do with your eyes. There is a struggle to find the visual idea (the lyric) and then the struggle to realise that idea through form (the melody)…it is very difficult and very much like hard work. “Tricky meanings” means just that…tricky. Perhaps that is a tricky thing to say. The context of my work is very much Aldeburgh. The eccentricities of the people, the holiday atmosphere, the landscape and townscape. Working alone as an artist is hard. Direction and motivation are a challenge. Some time back I was lucky to find a professional artist mentor staying in Aldeburgh, who gave me a kick in the right direction. Perked me up no end! My wife Ann Lee is a potter so, to some extent, we share the torture.’
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British weather: an ever-popular topic of conversation. Everywhere I’ve lived (in several different climates), I’ve noticed people love to complain about the weather: too cold; too hot; too wet; too dry. Complaining unites us. Despite this, gardeners in Britain are quite good at making the best of what summer we do get. In contrast, we’re shamefully bad at making the most of our autumns – a season that can bring a metallic sheen, wonderful textures and several months of dramatic colour. I hereby make a gentle plea for a little more attention to the British autumn garden. The relief autumn brings from the sticky summer can be deeply satisfying; the earth smells of harvest, ripe apples, the last ceremonial mowing of the lawn, and burning leaves. Yet many believe the garden season is over by the end of July; summer holidays interfere and we quietly abandon until the following spring. In Suffolk, some of the best weather can come after August; we’ve recently had long, mild autumns, with my gardens full of flowers and colour into November. For this autumn, you’ll have to make do with what you’ve got but I hope to inspire seeds of greatness for autumn 2018 (in gardening, anticipation is the key to success). 62 AUTUMN 2017
A favourite of mine is Sedum (‘Autumn Joy’). This now has several names but most nurseries will label it Sedum. It is thoroughly frost hardy, starting with large umbels of green buds in summer, gradually opening to pale pink, deepening all through autumn. Bees and butterflies love it and it’s attractive during winter. Chinese Plumbago (Ceratostigma willmottianum) gives splashes of bold blue flowers until the first frosts: plant liberally. Blooms begin in July, still lovely in November. It’s easy to grow and reliably frost hardy – with endearing little flowers. Asters…the more the merrier. Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’ is popular – blue daisy-like flowers with a cheerful shock of gold stamens to brighten any chilly morning. Mine are already blooming (everything is early this year) and should continue into October. They also make a satisfying cut flower. Dahlias bloom long and with vigour. If you have well-drained soil, our winters are now mild enough to risk leaving them in the ground under a good mulch. They are, however, caviar for slugs and snails. Autumn is the season for ornamental grasses. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and ‘Morning Light’ create texture and volume. Stipa arundinacea or ‘Pheasant Grass’ is unbearably beautiful. Stipa tenuissima dances and sways with the lightest breeze, bringing that element of movement. For my last, Stipa gigantean, or ‘Giant Oat Grass’: six-foot stems producing airy heads of golden, oat-like flowers that catch the sun throughout the day and, literally, sparkle. We know the wonders of spring and summer gardens, from February snowdrops to June and July roses and lavenders. Winter gardens, displayed so beautifully at Anglesey Abbey and Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, are thriving. I leave you with my call to arms: claim back your autumn gardens. You won’t regret it.
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