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ISSUE 8 - DEC 09

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Festive Ghosts at Ravenwood Hall Hotel Just outside Rougham the 16th Century Hall Hotel is visited by more than just Santa over the festive period. The winter time at Ravenwood Hall Hotel is always special with traditional festive decorations and roaring log fires within the 16th century hall. Every new year's eve the hotel puts on a fantastic show with celebrations in their main hotel and their Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds Edwardian Pavilion, however every few years there are extra surprises in the photographs when the clock chimes Over the last few years Craig Jarvis, owner of Ravenwood Hall midnight… Hotel and their sister Hotel, The Black Lion in Long Melford, has received visits from people that have celebrated at the Hotel with their photographs. One photograph shows a big hand over the head of a visitor, another shows a white figure sitting between two people.

A warm welcome at Ravenwood Hall Hotel

Craig Jarvis, owner of Ravenwood Hall Hotel and sister Hotel The Black Lion in Long Melford comments, "Considering the age of the Hotel and its origins in the reign of Henry VIII, I am not surprised that there have been some mysterious goings on. The Hotel is far from a scary place, we pride ourselves on the welcoming family atmosphere, especially throughout the festive months; many choose to hold a Christmas Party at the hotel or spend their Christmas Day with us, getting all the family together. Plus, our New Year's Eve parties are very popular and we wonder what intriguing photos we will see next…" Ravenwood Hall Hotel is open all year round for dining, leisure breaks, wedding and special celebrations, for more information see:

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Editor's Note - Local Matters Preparations for Christmas Florists

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Christmas is creeping up on us very quickly and this is clearly apparent when preparing the Flyer magazines some weeks ahead of the actual event. Last month we featured the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre (to be held on 27th, 28th & 29th November) and in this edition we are pleased to promote the weekly Christmas treats at Blackthorpe Barn. The launch of the Sudbury Flyer - a sister publication to the Bury St Edmunds Flyer - has gone very well and over the coming months readers will enjoy increased local coverage

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This has been a busy time for those of us involved in trying to balance St Edmundsbury Borough Council's budget next year. The work has to be completed by February 2010, when the final version will be agreed, in time for the beginning of the financial year in April. In recent years the task has become more and more difficult, with costs and salaries rising, and the government rightly expecting greater savings without too large an increase in council tax. This expectation has been delivered in our borough, to the tune of nearly six million pounds saved since 2005.

Cllr Paul Farmer The council gets its resources partly from government and partly from tax. The challenge is to find savings or new income to bridge the gap between what the government gives us and what we (the council tax payers) have to fork out. This has meant a council tax increase each year of varying levels; although last year we were able to freeze that part which comes to the council - which is only about 12% of your council tax bill. This year and next we are looking for as much as £2.5m in total, which is the result of various factors which have all come together. Firstly, the government's grant is expected to be no more than 1% higher next year. You may think that's sufficient, given that the Retail Price Index has been in negative territory; but that does not measure the increased costs which are unique to local authorities. In 2010/11 we do not expect to receive any increase whatsoever, and by all accounts we are looking at a reduced government grant over the next few years, whichever party is in power. Such is the cost of the national debt. Secondly, plummeting interest rates on our capital (itself reducing because of the massive investment in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill) have had a very significant effect on investment income from our remaining funds. Add in the increased demand for our services such as benefit claims, a decrease in income and fees (e.g. from planning applications and building control) coupled with the need to provide some growth in services, then the eye-watering result of £2.5m is not surprising. Fortunately staff have been working since February (even before last year's budget was finalised!) to find about £1.3m savings or income, without affecting front-line services. But, as the gap closes so it gets harder to balance the books. Councillors were therefore asked in November to approve savings or income of nearly a million pounds, on projects which touched people's lives more directly.

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Sadly newspapers do not thrive just on good news, and local authorities are always ripe for criticism. Hence the negative or dramatic headlines about 'cash crises', and the inevitable journalistic spin that manages to turn a good news story into a bad one. I cannot predict what the outcome of all this will be, come 2010, but I can assure readers that St Edmundsbury staff and councillors will do their very best for us all. May I wish all in Abbeygate Ward and Tower Division a very merry Christmas and prosperous new year. Cllr Paul Farmer -

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Local Matters - views from the MP Time to assess the contribution of the arc David Ruffley MP

some have been lost through recession or retirement but overall there has been a net increase of 26 retailers - and enquiries for retail units has recently increased. Commitment to trading in our town is amply demonstrated by retailers who have moved to larger premises in the arc. This confidence is a great advertisement for Bury St Edmunds.

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing it is timely to reflect on how far Bury The prospect of a wider link, which I wholeheartedly support, St Edmunds' retail offer has progressed between the existing town centre and the arc is a step closer during 2009. now that St Edmundsbury Borough Council is exploring the compulsory purchase of the Lawson's building off Market Despite fears that the arc would be Thoroughfare. It does not guarantee a wider link but it prodetrimental to retailers in the existing town vides an opportunity to make the area more attractive. centre, footfall has increased for the David Ruffley MP whole town. This year has seen the arrival I have also called for more greenery in the arc. There are of 44 new retail names - both national and independent. Yes, structural limitations but I do believe an effort should be made to introduce more planting where possible - in keeping with the town's floral tradition. I look forward to doing my Christmas shopping in Bury St Edmunds and I would encourage everyone to support our local retailers. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my constituents - and happy shopping!

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Dance & Party Crazy Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations Open since 1989 independent business Dance Crazy offers everything for the dancer from ballet to ballroom and everything in-between. Anybody looking for shoes, supplies and accessories for all kinds of dancing should visit the Bury St Edmunds specialist. Tap, Irish, Scottish, country, western, leotards for both dance and gymnastics - even shoes for brides maids - all your dancing needs are provided for. Footwear for dancing demands an expert whether it's for tap dancing or ballet. Fully proficient in fitting ballet pointe shoes, owner Dave Cobden trained with the renowned London ballet shoemakers Freed and Gamba who supply national ballet companies worldwide. Party Crazy makes up the other half of the business, bringing fun and inspiration to all your party needs. Providing fancy dress, accessories, coloured hair-sprays and balloons for all occasions when you have a reason to celebrate this is the place to visit. There's also theatrical make-up for professionals and face paints for fun! Probably holding the best range in Bury St Edmunds, Party Crazy prides itself on its masks. Should you need anything from a cheery batman mask to an ornate Venetian mask then this is the place for you.


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Leisure News - West Suffolk Angling River Fishing in West Suffolk The Sudbury and Long Melford District Angling Association has extensive angling rights on the River Stour and a section of the River Glem.

River Stour sections: Black Barn Liston Mill Dudds Bridge New Bridge Glemsford Station Friars Meadow The Priory North Meadow

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on one section of the River Little Ouse and several sections of the River Blackbourn.

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Local Community News - Removal of BT Payphones

Pecks Meadow Kiplings Meadow Island and Back Water Mill Meadows Gatehouse Meadow Wrights Farm Rod Bridge

River Glem From the lay-by between Long Melford and Cavendish after crossing the river the rights are from the road bridge both sides to the mouth of the Glem on the Stour. On the Suffolk bank this extends to Dudds Bridge. Both rivers are noted for their roach, chub, perch, dace and pike fishing and come into their prime in the autumn and winter. Membership is open to all and can be obtained from Sudbury Angling Centre. The Bury St Edmunds Angling Association has angling rights

River Little Ouse On the Mildenhall to Littleport road, just past Shippea Hill Railway Station is a section of the river known as "Redmire". This is a typical fenland river which flows slowly into the Great Ouse just north of Littleport. The river is around 20 yards wide with depths of up to 10 feet. The river holds roach, dace, perch, tench, bream, zander and is particularly noted for its excellent pike fishing.

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River Blackbourn About 12 miles north of Bury St Edmunds, fishing is available on various stretches of the river from Sapiston Mill to Euston. This is a very narrow winding river where the dominant species are roach, dace, chub and pike. Car parking is available at all access points along this stretch of the river. Membership is open to all and can be obtained from Tackle Up in St Johns Street in Bury St Edmunds. For more information look on the club's web site at or email

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Residents in St Edmundsbury are being asked for their views on the removal of 53 Public pay phones in the borough, mainly in rural locations. This follows a similar consultation carried out in 2008 when the council objected to the removal of 20 of 42 payphones. BT, who owns the payphones and boxes, wants to remove the ones that are not used very often. It is first legally obliged to consult St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which is now asking for the views of the public, before responding. BT will not be able to remove a payphone if the Local Authority has responded with a justified objection. The council has assessed the importance of each phone and consulted with parish and community councils. The key considerations in the decision making process included public call revenue, the number of households in the area, the housing type in the area, mobile phone coverage and emergency use. The visual contribution the payphone kiosks make to their location does not form a material consideration in the assessment of their importance. Where local communities do have a desire to retain their traditional telephone kiosk without the payphone facility, Parish and Community Councils have the opportunity to adopt the kiosks for £1. This has highlighted 23 pay phones which it is felt should be retained. These are listed below as a draft decision, which is open to public consultation until 2 December 2009. The responses will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 2 December, and BT will be notified before the closing date of 2 January 2010. Anyone who wants to take part in this consultation can email or can write to Planning Services, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU.

Locations of the 53 phone boxes Payphones where the council is in agreement with BT to their removal: Ampton, Barnardiston, Barrow, Bradfield St Clare, Bradfield Combust, Bradfield St George, Brockley, Chevington, Clare - Stoke Road, Denston, Euston, Fakenham Magna, Great Livermere, Great Wratting, Hawkedon, Horringer, Ixworth Thorpe, Lackford, Little Bradley, Market Weston, Pakenham - Grimstone End, Pinford End, Poslingford, Stansfield, Stanton, Stradishall, Great Saxham, Thelnetham, West Stow and Whepstead.

Payphones where the council is objecting to their removal: Barnham, Chedburgh, Clare - Market Hill, Flempton, Fornham All Saints, Great Barton, Honington, RAF Honington - O/S Guard Room, RAF Honington - Suffolk Avenue, Hopton, Hundon, Ingham, Ixworth, Ousden, Pakenham - The Street, Risby, Rougham - Kingshall Street, Rougham - The Downs, Stanningfield, Stoke by Clare, Troston, Wickhambrook - Thorns Corner and Wickham Street.


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Local Business News - Coastline Graphics

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Coastline Graphics Need graphics? Look no further! We understand the importance of good quality, high impact graphics whether it be your logo design, vehicle graphics or company signage. Making a good first impression is paramount. We offer a complete and unrivalled service including: Creative Design - We have a highly motivated graphic design studio capable of creating professional quality innovative artwork. Digital Print - We can print high quality graphics to a huge range of media, large or small all in-house. This service includes business cards, flyers, brochures, leaflets all the way up to banners, posters and exhibition prints. Vehicle Graphics - You could have a smart car or a fleet of vehicles, we cover the lot! We also specialise in full vehicle wraps.

Safety Signs & Chevrons - We have an extensive range of safety signage available and can supply and fit Chapter 8 Chevrons according to recent Road Safety regulations. We aim to provide our customers with everything they need to brand, develop and keep their businesses at the forefront of visual appeal. We are constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries in all areas of our company so keep an eye out for the latest developments at Coastline Graphics. Situated in our custom built premises at Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds we are capable of covering a large area of East Anglia. We are available for full consultations to discuss any requirement you may have so please feel free to contact us on 01284 717760 or email

Quality Signage - With ever increasing capabilities in this area and over 30 years experience we can produce high quality signs ranging from engraved name plates to illuminated 3D lettering. Promotional Solutions - We offer a car dealership specific service providing a wide range of promotional solutions from courtesy cars to showroom displays.


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Pet Matters - RSPCA West Suffolk Branch Rabbits - Pets or Prisoners?

Burgess Excel rabbit food, hay and West Suffolk RSPCA takes in numerous rabbits every year from greens, and people who no longer want their rabbits and from our inspec- they have as tors and collection officers when they have simply been much access abandoned somewhere. Our biggest problem is the 'Easter to graze as Bunny', with the cute bunny novelty wearing off after two or possible. Our three months in many cases. rabbits are kept in a shed We take in as many rabbits as we can. Fosterers voluntarily overnight with take the calls and look after the rabbits from home. Every access to rabbit is neutered and vaccinated before being placed on grazing for the whole day every day of the year via a 'cat the re-homing list. flap' from the shed. There aren't many hutches for sale that can fulfil the role of rabbit home as well as a shed, and I've We offer education and advice where we can and provide yet to see a rabbit 'run' that a rabbit can actually run in! Far leaflets on rabbit care. In some cases prospective owners better for your rabbit would be access to your garden or at may realise that actually a cat or dog may make a better least part of it. pet, or by coming to visit our facilities can see how we feel rabbits can Our rabbits are homed in pairs or we can help match up one have a life of our rabbits with a new neutered companion. We ask for a worth living. contribution of at least ÂŁ20.00 per rabbit. As it is an adoption, The next step is you can always contact us should your circumstances a home check change, and equally we have the right to bring the rabbits for us to see back to us if we do not feel they are being cared for adewhere the rab- quately. Ultimately our aim is to give pet rabbits as similar life bits will be to their wild cousins as possible in order to make life enjoykept. able as possible. We feed our rabbits on

Wildlife News - Autumn Tree Planting Autumn - the perfect time to plant trees If you have considered planting a tree or hedge in your garden, autumn is the perfect time to do it. Planting a tree will not only leave a legacy for generations to come, but will provide a valuable habitat for a range of wildlife. Many of our native trees can also be planted for hedges, which is a great way of introducing a mix of native species into your garden in a relatively small area.

November and March, when they are between leaf fall and bud-burst. The soil will be warm after the summer and damp from the autumn rain, which gives young trees a good chance to establish there roots. Avoid planting your trees in very cold or windy weather. Never plant in soil that is frozen or water-logged and never let the roots dry out before planting. Native species are best for wildlife but it is always a good idea to check your local hedges to see what grows naturally before choosing your species. If planting a hedge, remember to choose a mix of species where possible to maximise it's benefit to wildlife. Species such as hawthorn, bramble, blackthorn, field maple, guelder rose and ivy are particularly valuable in providing flowers and berries for insects and birds.

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Hawthorn Flowers. Photo: S.Aylward

Oak Leaves. Photo: G. Taplin

Thousands of miles of hedgerows have been removed over the last fifty years in Britain, which has had a huge impact on a vital wildlife resource, so creating even a small stretch of hedge on your patch can help support a wide variet of birds, insects, small mammals and wildflowers.

If you have a small garden, plant a species such as hawthorn, holly, crab apple or hazel. These can be kept relatively small, even when mature.

Tall trees are a feature of many hadges. If you have the space to plant a long stretch of hedge, you should consider planting trees such as oak or ash at intervals along it. Prickly New hedges can also help to link existing hedgerows and other local green spaces by providing wildlife 'corridors' for for species such as hawthorn, blackthorn and holly also provide a good boundary against intruders. species to move safely from on place to another.

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Acknowledgement - St Edmundsbury BC has commissiones Suffolk Wildlife Trust to write wildlife articles and provide photographs each month as part of the St Edmundsbury Rural Action Plan.

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...visit Blackthorpe Barn

Enjoy a Christmas Treat There is a treat awaiting Christmas lovers and animal lovers at Blackthorpe Barn.

Christmas arrives early at west Suffolk's best loved barn

With festivities flowing at the famous Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, near Bury St. Edmunds, on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th December visitors can also meet some very special visitors; none other than Santa's reindeer.

Suffolk's Christmas spirit is awakened every year in November as many thousands of people flock, from far and wide, to the beautiful Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds. Every year Blackthorpe Barn, a venue for cultural and music events during the less wintry months, transforms itself into a spectacular Christmas crafts experience.

This is a first for the barn and will be a real added attraction for both children and adults to see. On Sunday 6th reindeers Inga-Mar and Oslo will be greeting visitors, whilst on Sunday 13th Tide and Buttons will be proudly showing off Santa's sleigh having borrowed it for the day. Visitors will be able to meet the reindeer from 11am to 3pm on both Sundays and ask the keepers all about these highly impressive animals. Plus, for a small charity donation of just £2, you can pose with the reindeer and take a photograph - all money raised will be donated to 'Fighting Blindness' - The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society.

With a vast array of exhibitors expected, many of them will change from weekend to weekend; the beauty of this event is that each and every craft represented is 100% British and created by the exhibitors themselves. With pure creativity and quality oozing from every item; visitors are guaranteed to see something completely unique. All the work shown at the Barn is vetted by a specially appointed selection committee. This year craft lovers can enjoy delights of paper clay and earthenware inspired by rock formations, jewellery and wall pieces knitted with gold, silver and copper wire, knitwear and clothing, sculpture, a wide range of ceramics, handbags, cheese and ale and much more. Crafts co-organiser, Katie Millard said, "This is an exciting event that will touch everyone with the pure talent, uniqueness and craftsmanship on display, all under one roof." In addition to the amazing crafts, there is a gorgeous decorations and lighting shop with bundles of enchanting items covering many different themes, and for the first time visitors will be able to see a truly magnificent centrepiece; a 200 year old, full-size perfectly crafted sleigh discovered abandoned in a Swedish farmyard. Whilst visiting, many people cannot resist the temptation to buy a famous Rougham Estate Christmas Tree. Being situated in the heart of Rougham Estate, the Barn offers the perfect venue to allow visitors to see the trees in their full splendour before buying them. Owner of Blackthorpe Barn, George Agnew adds, "We really look forward to opening the barn for Christmas every year and this year is going to be so special. Our beautiful Swedish sleigh will form the centre piece for the event and perfectly represents our entire theme; craftsmanship, quality, design, creativity and a wow factor… With the crafts, lighting, decorations and Christmas trees to see, it often turns into a family day out, with lunch in our café and perhaps an award winning beer in Bar Humbug. Whether people are treating themselves or buying gifts for family and friends, there is certainly something for everyone." Blackthorpe Barn is situated in the heart of Suffolk just outside Bury St. Edmunds, it couldn't be easier to find; just off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9JG). For more information see or call 01359 270880.


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Tree Enthusiasts Flock to Suffolk Thousands of tree lovers rush to the Barn every winter for the chance to own a famous Rougham Estate Christmas Tree. Each tree has been carefully nurtured throughout the year with every size imaginable being available, from a wide variety of pot growth trees to award winning Blue Spruces and more traditional Norway Spruces, plus many more varieties. With the Rougham quality guaranteed, having supplied the tree for Downing Street several times, their trees are cut continually until 22nd December.

2009 Opening Hours Decorations and Lighting Shop Sat 7 Nov - Fri 27 Nov, 10am - 5pm Sat 28 Nov - Tues 22 Dec, 9am - 6pm

Crafts Sat 14 Nov - Sun 13 Dec 10am - 5pm Weekends only Adults £2, OAPs £1, Children Free, Season tickets £6

Live Reindeer Sun 6th December, 11am - 3pm Sun 13th December, 11am - 3pm

Christmas Trees Sat 28 Nov - Tues 22 Dec, 9am - 6pm

Christmas Café Sat 7 Nov - Sun 13 Dec 10am - 5pm Weekends Only

Bar Humbug Sat 14 Nov - Sun 13 Dec 11am - 5pm Weekends Only

Parking and disabled access Parking is free with spaces for 350 vehicles, Blackthorpe Barn has disabled access.

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Just outside Rougham the 16th Century Hall Hotel is visited by more than just Santa over the festive period. See Fea...