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Front Cover Bobby Crush and Sue Hodge star in the brilliant family panto Jack & The Beanstalk at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Find out more on page 67.
Hello and welcome to the biggest ever issue of EAST MAGAZINE. The festive season is upon us and we’ve got lots of timely features for you this month, including some great gift ideas and places to shop. We’ve got our annual round-up of the region’s best pantos and lots more events for you to seek out. May I take this time to thank you all for making 2011 another successful year for the magazine and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here Enjoy. John Boston
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Rachel Ducker started her independent business journey at just 23. Having chosen not to go to university she started her career by working in a variety of creative industries including publishing, print, graphic design and online marketing. During these six years Rachel gained the skills and experience that would carry her forward enabling her to start her own business. She saw a gap in the market to create a one stop marketing and design agency, meaning that clients could come to her to get all of their marketing done under one roof. Rachel founded Apparition Marketing and Design Ltd in 2009, in the same year; she was crowned East of England's Young Business Woman of the Year. In 2010 Rachel was given her own business column in the East Anglian Daily Times, East Anglia's largest regional newspaper. Her column, Water off a Ducks Back, gave her the inspiration to start her second business, Time2Shine Ltd, offering a mentoring service to young people and start up businesses. Earlier this year Rachel was named the Ladies@11 Women of the Future Award. A national award ceremony was held in the Isle of White. Shortly after this she formed Apparition Music Promotions Ltd, an independent promotions agency for up and coming rising stars across the UK.
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At 23, Rachel Ducker won the East of England Young Businesswoman of the Year Award. Less than two years later, she has just been announced as a finalist in the national NatWest Everywoman Awards, a prize honouring British Entrepreneurial success, in the category for the most inspiring businesswoman aged between 25 and under. Ahead of the awards ceremony in London on 7 December, Rachel tells us the things she loves most about East Anglia, and her life in Suffolk... I have lived in Bury St Edmunds for two years now after spending 23 years in Halesworth a market town near the coast – I am a Suffolk girl born and bred! I tried to move away once but missed Suffolk so much I had to come home. I love the fact Bury St Edmunds has modern facilities in traditional surroundings. My favourite place in Bury is the medieval grid, full of coffee shops, restaurants and galleries, which leads down to the Abbey Gardens. I love Southwold. When I was younger my grandparents often took me to the Beach at the weekend. It’s a quaint little town, and I have many great childhood memories there. I still visit the town regularly with my family to this day. For a romantic meal, I love the Salthouse in Ipswich. Not only is it contemporary, classy and well priced, it overlooks the harbour which twinkles with lights at night time. The rooms there are amazing too, especially the penthouse! The best meal I have had in ages has been at the Bildeston Crown. I have to say the desserts are a work of art! I would certainly feel confident taking my friends there. My favourite place in the whole world for lunch or coffee is a coffee shop bistro called Baileys2 in Bury St Edmunds. They have an amazing range of home made cakes, specialty food and the best Cappuccinos in Suffolk. The owners Lou and Dean are so friendly they have become good friends of mine. For a Sunday lunchtime drink, The Crown in Southwold is a really relaxed place to socialise and drink
some fine Adnams wines. They have a great selection of nibbles, which I always think is a must when drinking at lunchtime! Where locally do I shop for clothes and shoes? Being female…. everywhere I can, however I love Javelin an independent branch in Bury High Street, plus my corner shop is Marks and Spencer, who now do a surprisingly younger style range, so I often find myself there. In terms of shoes, we have a great shop called Scarlet, and for something a little special it has to be Nicola Sexton! We have some really nice gift shops in Bury including Parsley Pot and Quest. But for something really unique I would probably make something. You can’t get more personal that creating your own gift! The nicest Deli I have been to would be Black Olive in Southwold. Ironically the black olives there are my favourite. Just down the road at Snape Maltings they have a selection of local produce including a selection of delicious gluten free products. I don’t buy any locally grown produce from local farm shops as there are not that many surrounding me. However, my partners’ father has the best home grown produce I have tasted (apart from my mum’s tomatoes!) He makes his own ‘Benhall Honey’ and a range of homemade chutneys. I often like going to proms in the park during the summer. It is an event held at The Abbey Gardens [Bury St Edmunds] so we usually invite a group of friends, take a picnic, grab a bottle of pimms and enjoy the music.
I have been part of a Martial Arts group called Kuk Sool Won since I was two years old. My parents run a few academies in the area. I love it! For a walk or picnic, I really love Thorpeness. We have a ten month old puppy who loves having a row on the mere with us. You can stop off at various islands and it makes an enjoyable place for picnics and ice creams! For a daytrip in East Anglia, so that all members of the family could come, I would have to make it a ‘dog friendly’ trip. I would probably take them to Holkham Beach on the Norfolk coast or try out a little bit of punting in Cambridge. Cambridge has some amazing architecture. Buildings such as King College certainly worth a look! You can also view plenty more while you are punting! In the Winter I enjoy going into The Angel Hotel on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds. They have roaring fires and comfy sofas. The light-
ing is relaxing. You can switch off read a book and have a warm cup of something. I love going just out of town into the country, looking at the rolling hills that go on for miles. It makes me really appreciate living in a town so close to beautiful scenery. What would I change about where I live? I can honestly say nothing; I live a few hours from London an hour from my parents and old hometown, everywhere around here is beautiful! Why would I want to change a thing? In my spare time I enjoy doing anything creative. Just recently I have been buying old furniture and revamping it. I love turning ugly things into something beautiful. I also take pleasure from cooking, entertaining friends and making the most of the little spare time I do get! For more information about Rachel and her work visit www.rachelducker.com/
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The pastry chef at Collington’s Tea House in Brampton, Cambridgeshire, makes these gorgeous mince pies for the festive season. You’ll also find tarts, savouries, Christmas cake and other homemade musthaves. In fact, the ambient deli section in this lovely tea room is now focusing on fabulous foodie Christmas gifts, which can browse either before or after enjoying the delights of the menu. High Street, Brampton 01480 456040 www.collingtonsfood.co.uk
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The long established T&C Robinson of Stamford are a quintessential English retailer of which are few and far between on our high streets these days. Stepping in to this gorgeous double fronted Georgian shop is like stepping in to another world. First to register is the wonderful aroma of leather and then the fantastic array of leathergoods, gifts and country clothing. Stockists of Dubarry, Musto, Magee, Radley and many more, T&C Robinson is a must visit for Christmas shopping this festive season. The friendly staff are always willing to help so pop in and say hello. St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs 01780 755378 www.countrylifestyleonline.co.uk
With stores already in Colchester and Bury St Edmunds, Maternity, Baby, child and Nursery retailer JoJo Maman Bébé is now opening a new store in Bishop’s Stortford on 10 December. Started 18 years ago as a tiny business set up in the bedroom of Laura Tenison’s (MBE, founder and Managing Director) rented house, JoJo’s designs are created to allow babies to be babies and toddlers to be toddlers, designs are traditional yet quirky. JoJo’s best-selling sleepsuits are perfect for babies allowing them to wriggle freely and children’s nautical designs are great for everyday play. Parents love outfits they have chosen for their child and they bring back many happy memories for years after whether it’s the first sleepsuit they wore home from the hospital, the party outfit they wore for their first birthday or the jumper they wore on their first Christmas, JoJo caters for all these milestones in a child’s life. JoJo has over a decades experience with designing maternity wear and so everything is made to ensure maximum comfort and style. Arc Shopping Centre, Bury St Edmunds; Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester; North Street, Bishop’s Stortford. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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Just imagine the chiming of a Grandfather Clock that is the sound that turns a house into a home. Around 1875, the American songwriter Henry Work was staying at the George Hotel during a trip to England. He was told the unique story of their old clock and its previous owner, and after seeing the clock for himself, he decided to write a song about the fascinating coincidence that the clock stopped forever the moment its owner died. Mr. Work returned to America and published the song that sold over a million copies of sheet music about the clock grandfather entitled My Grandfather’s Clock. Until that time, clocks such as the one in the old George Hotel were given various names, but only since Henry Work’s song have large upright clocks been called Grandfather Clocks. Grandfather clocks, also known as Longcase Clocks or Coffin Clocks, come in a huge variety of sizes and designs, ranging from antiques built by famous clock makers several centuries ago, to those made today. Pendulum clocks were developed by clockmakers in the mid 1600s in a bid to obtain a greater degree of time-keeping accuracy. By giving them longer pendulums, clocks kept better time. These long-pendulum clocks were placed in tall wooden cases so that they could stand upright on the floor. Since then, Grandfather clocks have become very popular items of household furniture, and have appeared in a huge variety of cases, many styles of which became fashionable, and then fell out of favor as fashion tastes changed. Grandfather clocks were sometimes embellished with ornate woodcarving, and often came complete with chimes, tunes, and moon-phase dials. Clock collecting is a serious passion for many clock lovers around the world. Today, some antique clocks from the 1600s to 1700s fetch tens of thousands of pounds.
Olde Time Antique clocks located on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders have built up a deservedly enviable reputation for locating and supplying some of the most sought after of collectable clocks and barometers. Splendid pieces by some of the leading names of Antiquarian Horology from 1650-1900. Olde Time is a member of both the ‘Antiquarian Horological society’ and the British Horological Institute’. When you visit Olde Time in rural south Norfolk relax in the 16th century surroundings, take as much time as you need to browse through a breathtaking selection of antique clocks and barometers. Olde Time’s extensive collection is beautifully displayed in historic surroundings, here you can examine each piece at your leisure. Oak Bank Farm provides a special backdrop for a wide selection of clocks and barometers making it easier to visualise how each piece will look in a domestic setting. If you are unable to visit us here in East Anglia we will be happy to discuss your requirements at any time and will provide detailed photographs of the clocks and barometers that are of interest to you. Olde Time’s fascinating array of fine antique clocks can be viewed at major antique events throughout the country. Olde Time employ only the most skilful, experienced and passionate specialists to work on our clocks and barometers when necessary. Their painstaking work is channelled into bringing back the original character of each part, enchancing it’s beauty without detracting from it’s age. Restoration as well as the personal and friendly service given to customers both at home and abroad. An antique clock makes the perfect gift to celebrate a special anniversary, or just to add that ‘extra something’ to the home. Telephone: 01508 532188.
makers, repairs, restorers, sellers Andrew Charles Experts in the field of watch & clock repairs and sales. Their showroom has a variety of vintage and collectable watches and clocks on show. From cuckoo to longcase, pocket watches to wrist watches there are timepieces to suit all tastes and budgets. The modern workshop is equipped with up to date, sophisticated equipment amd manned by a wide variety of trained specialists providing the highest standards of expertise. 2 Taylor Court, Stevenage Road, Little Wymondley, Herts 01438 728430 www.andrewcharles.uk.com Norwich Antique Clock Shop Mark Leathers also repairs and restores. 01603 717481 www.norwichantiqueclockshop.com The Clockmaker’s Workshop 01362 853990 www.michaelguiver.co.uk Cambridge Antique Clock Repairs 01223 361003 www.cambridgeantiqueclockrepairs.co.uk Oliver Wilson Antique clock repairs and restoration. Thaxted, Essex 01371 830439 Horo-Logical Antique clocks, repairs and sales. www.horo-logical.co.uk
The Longcase Shop Norwich-based maker, restorer and retailer of Longcase/ Grandfather Clocks. 01603 811804 www.thelongcaseshop.co.uk Kelvedon Clocks Clocks, watches, barometers of all types repaired, restored and sold. High Street, Kelvedon, Essex 01376 573434 www.kelvedonclocks.co.uk Mr Clock Essex-based antique clock dealer. 01268 763741 www.mrclock.co.uk Richard Simmonds Repaire and maker of clocks. The Raveningham Centre, Raveningham, Norfolk 01508 548 085 www.clockmaking.co.uk The East Anglia section of the Antiquarian Horological Society meets bi-monthly in Bury St Edmunds. http://www.ahsoc.demon.co.uk/eanglian/index.html
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For resplendent ice white sparkle, dress your home and festive table with white, silver and glass. A timeless, stylish classic approach with sparkling highlights, frosty touches and lots of polished glass and crystal which will add to the festive atmosphere and celebrations, says Fenella Fairrie
LET IT SNOW Little Stars So Bright At this point, for the festive finale I cannot resist to include another magnificent Chandelier. The sparkling elegance totally befits the festive celebrations and introduces a bedazzling air of decadence and entertainment. The abundance of crystal droplets will create drama both by day and night. I particularly love the Bernini Crystal Chandelier seen here and available from www.bella-figura.com. Do visit the Suffolk showroom in Melton to view a wonderful array of lighting.
A Touch of Frost on the Table With the idea of shiny reflection in mind, how about these Snowflake Napkin Rings from John Lewis in Cambridge, www.johnlewis.com. A snip at only £3.50 each and a timeless, lasting addition to your Christmas tableware collection. The ornate silver snowflakes will certainly add some seasonal sparkle to your table.
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For added sparkle and reflection, place glasses on a silver tray, use mirrored coasters and place mats along with highly polished silver cutlery and napkin rings. Place glass candle holders in the centre of the table scatter tiny baubles, shiny wrapped sweets or confetti around the bases for added sparkle. Alternatively fill a glass bowl or a pretty glass cake stand with silver decorations for an eye catching centre piece.
In my mind winter foliage with silver and snowy touches always looks beautiful be it floral arrangements in the house or a fabulous front door wreath. So when I stumbled across this ‘ready to go oversized wreath’ from www.thewhitecompany.com I couldn’t resist. Faux flowers and leaves can be a definite no no but, in this case the ‘frosted’ leaves and snowberries are stunning, low maintenance and could be used year after year making it a good investment. This large wreath (hanging ribbons supplied) makes a stunning centrepiece in a hallway or above the dining table or can be wall or door hung. Embellish it as shown here with baubles, tiny lights or beaded garlands.
These divine ice white deer which evoke wintery wonderment and magic, are bound to charm your friends and family. Place on the mantel piece, side board or even the Dining table for elegant effect. Finished in a smooth white matt resin and sold in pairs as shown, they are available from Essex based www.anangelatmytable.com for £29.50.
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O Christmas Tree! As ever, at this time of year, I find myself being tantalised by an abundance of fabulous decorations. This year I have homed in on the gorgeous selection of Christmas decorations at the Snape Maltings House & Garden shop, www.snapemaltings.co.uk. I particularly recommend these silver decorations available in varying shapes and textures. Sticking to one colour, in this case silver, but varying the type and size will create visual interest with a stylish consistency. Display on the tree, hang from the mantel, use to enhance floral decorations and wreaths, even hang on banisters and chair backs. When planning, remember that generally less is more so do not go overboard to a tacky degree. Equally, donâ€™t hold back completely as Christmas does only come but once a year! 27
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Terrific turkey tips 5 ways to a bootiful turkey dinner
drying out, while stuffing the main cavity with an onion can enhance the flavour of both the bird and the gravy. If you're making your own stuffing, you can prepare it a couple of days in advance and refrigerate, but if your recipe includes raw egg, make it on the day. Finally, don't stuff too tight - leave enough room to allow for expansion during cooking.
A golden-brown succulent turkey is traditionally the centrepiece of a Christmas meal but what should you do to ensure it doesn't come out like a dog's dinner? From basting to standing time and even making sure you stuff the right end (yes, really), follow our guide to the perfect bird and you can't go far wrong. ONE Choose the best you can afford The road to the perfect turkey starts with a single step: buying a good one with the best flavour. Most turkeys available in supermarkets are intensively farmed or even battery-reared, negatively affecting the quality of the meat. For the best, most succulent bird, go free-range. Free-range birds are reared slowly in better conditions, leading to a more flavourful festive feast. If you're buying fresh from the local butcher, don't forget to order it well in advance and arrange to pick it up in time! TWO Buy the right size There's no need to buy a bird big so big that you're stuck with cold cuts and turkey curry for the whole of January, but making sure you allow enough for everyone goes a long way towards a harmonious Christmas dinner. As a rough guide, allow 500g/1.2lbs of raw meat per person, plus a bit extra in case of unexpected guests.
THREE Donâ€™t skimp on defrosting If you don't want to be serving Christmas dinner on Boxing Day, avoid the rookie mistake made by many novice festive chefs: not allowing enough time for the turkey to defrost. A frozen bird must be completely thawed before cooking to avoid any holiday tummy nasties, so check the instructions on the packaging and follow to the letter. A big bird can take a couple of days to thaw, so make sure you don't leave it until last thing on Christmas Eve. For the best results, remove the packaging and place the turkey in a tray at the bottom of the fridge to catch any liquids. In a 4 degrees celsius fridge, allow 10-12 hours per kg (but check the temperature of your fridge first).
Defrosting at room temperature (20 degrees celsius) will take about 2 hours per kg, but remember to put the bird back in the fridge once defrosted until ready to cook. Food safety first: always put the bird in the bottom of the fridge, to avoid contamination by gravity thanks to any stray juices. FOUR Safely stuffing There's some debate as to whether it's safe to stuff the main cavity of a bird before cooking; some say there's a risk of bacteria growth before the internal temperature reaches safe levels, while others wouldn't dream of cooking an un-stuffed bird. As an alternative, stuffing between the skin and the breast meat can give a lovely flavour and stop the meat from
FIVE Perfect cooking Place the turkey in a roasting tin and rub with butter, then cover loosely with foil; this will help the bird to brown without drying out the meat. Covering the thighs with streaky bacon can stop the tops from burning. Allow about 20 minutes per 500g/1.2lbs, but don't forget to include the weight of the stuffing in your calculations (weigh it beforehand and add to the weight of the bird). Half way through cooking, remove the foil and, using a baster or a large serving spoon, baste the turkey with the juices in the bottom of the pan, then do this every 20 minutes until cooked. To test if it's cooked through, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. When the juices run clear, you're done. If in any doubt, return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Don't forget to let the turkey rest at the end; this will make it easier to carve. Cover and leave for 30 minutes at room temperature.
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SJ Frederick & Sons A family farm that has been in operation since the 1800s, specialising in free-range, French farmhousestyle Label Anglais chickens reared on their own farm near Harlow. The meat takes its exceptional flavour and distinctive colour from a natural diet that is rich in maize – and you’ll often hear Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal singing its praises. Also produced are Temple Farm Turkeys, developed from the slow-growing breeds of days gone by and given only natural foods which means that, come Christmas dinnertime, you'll be enjoying one of the finest flavoured turkeys you could imagine. Roydon, Essex 01279 792460 www.sjfrederick.co.uk The Essex Pig Company
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Herons Farm Howard Blackwells family have been farmingheres since the 1930s, rearing poultry by Traditional methods. They produce both traditional white and free range bronzes, a slow-growing strain with enhanced flavour and quality. The white turkeys are kept in open barns on deep straw with natural light and ventilation. The bronze turkeys are kept on free range in large grass paddocks. Norfolk and Wessex geese are also reared on the farm. Buy direct. Blackwell’s Farm Produce, Colne Road, Coggeshall, Essex 01376 562500 or 561370 www.blackwellsfarmproduce.co.uk
best speciality sausages you find anywhere, and it has its own farm shop. The farm, in Ipswich, is open to visitors and has a nature trail to explore. Also available are awardwinning Kelly Bronze turkeys. Pannington Hall Farm,Wherstead, Suffolk 0844 493 8088 www.jimmysfarm.com Franklins of Thorncote John Franklin’s remarkable small poultry farm stands out from eight months, and are slaughtered on the farm’s own abattoir. Bronze turkeys, Legarth White geese, Hubbard chickens and ducklings all available. Trumpetons Farm, Thorncote Green, Bedfordshire 01767 627644 www.franklinsfarm.co.uk Kelly Turkey Farms Breeders and suppliers of the famous
KellyBronze turkey. They produce traditional farm fresh turkeys and all the bronze are free range, drug and GM free. They also produce a range of turkey products and the Kelly Bronze chicken. Jamie Oliver says Paul Kelly's KellyBronze turkeys are “the best of the best”. They have stockists around the UK and offer an overnight mail order service. Springate Farm, Bicknacre Road, Danbury (01245 223581) www.kellysturkeys.co.uk Musks Sausages Chris Sheen’s award-winning sausages are made with outdoor-reared English pork and locally made bread. You can order a Musks Christmas Hamper for just £19.99, which includes two packs of Musks original sausages, cocktail sausages, sausage meat, and chipolatas. Newmarket, Suffolk (01638 662626) www.musks.com
Peele’s Turkeys This farm can make any Christmas go with a bang. The family farm has been breeding and rearing the renowned Norfolk Black turkey since 1880 using traditional methods. The birds are fed on home-grown corn and are additive and antibiotic free. Cambridge Bronze and Bourbon Red turkeys are are also available. Rookery Farm, Thuxton, Norfolk 01953 860294 www.peelesblackturkeys.co.uk
Emmets of Peasenhall Mark Thomas is widely recognised as producing the finest hams in southeast England, using locally-reared, free-range Suffolk pork and curing and smoking on the premises at his delightful well-stocked village shop that has royak warrant. Vintage Velvet hams are cured with port, others with cider. Available raw or cooked. Peasenhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk (01728 660250) www.emmettsham.co.uk
Red Poll Meats Sebatian Hall’s organic Norfolk Bronze and Norfolk Black turkeys are fed naturally and reared slowly. Turkeys are hung for 10 days then dry-plucked by hand. Free-range non-organic birds are also available. Hall also farms rare-breed Red Poll cattle, which originate from the breeding of the Norfolk Red and the Suffolk Dun. Hacheston, Suffolk (01728 748444) www.redpollmeats.co.uk
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The Salt House Bistro
We head off to Sudbury to sample the delights a bistro bar and restaurant soon to embark on a new chapter in its long and interesting life
udbury is an attractive Suffolk market town with many hidden treasures: The Salt House Bistro is one of them. Set on an historic street, a few doors away from the house once lived in by the 17th century painter, Thomas Gainsborough, this warm and friendly wine bar and restaurant is one of the last surviving independents to be found in the town. It’s quite a find. Owner David Thompson, who runs the bistro with his wife, Tricia, has lived in Sudbury for more than fifty years; but his journey to the Salt House has not been without its ups and downs. From an early age, David was good in the kitchen – at least, his mother thought so! – and his first job was with Trust Houses at the Bull Hotel, Long Melford, followed by catering college and a stint in the Merchant Navy, as he made his way around the world savouring its many dishes as wells as its sights. Eventually, he returned to England and went to work at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane, before pursuing other business ventures, “some good, some bad”. In 1994, with interest rates high, he faced some tough decisions, and while he left his son Daniel in charge of his main business stream, he and he rest of his family moved to Great Horkesley; David’s life changed virtually overnight. David’s landlord was a Dutchman who owned a four acre nursery under glass, and David set about learning the rudiments of growing baby leaves – baby spinach, rocket, chard and more. By 2000, David has built a million pound business with a ten pound note borrowed from his next door neighbour. Country Salads won the Daily Telegraph national small business
award for customer service and the company was recognized within their delivery area by every first class restaurant as top wholesalers in their field. David spent a lot of time in some of the best kitchens in the region talking to some of the top chefs: The Great House, Milsoms, Scutchers, The Angel Nayland, Three Horseshoes Madingley, and The Old Bridge Hotel, to name just a few. Then, in 2004, David’s son Daniel died in a tragic car accident, and David lost the will to carry on. He was advised to merge the business with another wholesaler, but it didn’t work out, and David and Tricia lost everything they had built. Daniel, before he died, had realised his own dream – a modern bar in Sudbury. By 2008, however, the bars fortune was beginning to wane and David had no choice but to take it over. He changed its identity and introduced a bistro feel with a greater emphasis on food, using the best ingredients while keeping prices sensible. The night we visited the Salt House, Tricia was our charming host and for a midweek evening, it was pleasantly busy with a steady coming and going of locals both at the bar and eating. The décor is simple, tasteful and manages to be both rustic and modern, while the subtle lighting and laid back music make for a chilled ambiance. The kitchen here is compact, and so too is the menu, but for what it lacks in size, it amply makes up for in quality. You will find a mixture of tapasstyle dishes alongside Suffolk ham, egg and chips, and Chicken Caesar salad. David has a passion for sourcing food and takes a trip to Mersea every week for oysters, while his butcher brings him the best ham,
David Thompson at work behind the bar
local venison which he makes into burgers, and delicious treacle cured bacon. To start, I tried chorizo with waxy potatoes chilli salsa herbs and crème fraiche. Delicious; easily as good, if not better than anything I have sampled in Madrid. The distinct flavours of the chilli and chorizo contrasted beautifully with the crème fraiche and there was some fresh crusty bread to mop up. The prime fillet steak with garlic mushrooms, big chips and salad
was not only one of the best steaks I’ve had, cooked to order, the chips were amazing, and at £14.95, it was terrific value. An ace little chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream for desert (just £1.75, “simply a mouthful” the menu says) completed the trio of courses. It’s always good to discover somewhere close to home that makes you feel at home, and I have no doubt we will be returning to this delightful bijou bistro wine bar. As if this discovery wasn’t enough, David tells me he is opening his first delicatessen next door at No.5 in just a few weeks, when the combined business will be rebranded as Thompson’s. Yet another treasure for Sudbury, one we won’t keep hidden this time. John Boston The Salt House Bistro, (Thompson’s) 52 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk 01787 375752 www.thesalthousebistro.co.uk 37
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Celebrate! Christmas and New Year with some bubbly... Left This Brut 2006, Quality Sparkling Wine from Shawsgate Vineyard in Framlingham, Suffolk, has a fine delicate bouquet of rich citrus and ripe fig and moderate sweetness. £17.99 Order on www.shawsgate.co.uk Right 2003 Vintage Champagne The Adnams Cellar Selection, Brut, £34.99. The Suffolk company source this luxurious vintage Champagne from the house of H. Blin. Available to buy at any of the Kitchen & Cellar Stores or at www.cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk Modello Bar & Kitchen on St Peters Street, Bedford, opened its doors last month after an investment of £1million, providing Bedford with a new premium bar and dining experience set in stylish surroundings. Manager of Modello Bar & Kitchen, Ronnie Singh said; “We have had such a fantastic response from the people of Bedford already and the feedback about the food, drink and look of Modello Bar & Kitchen has all been really positive. “We want to offer residents and visitors to Bedford a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere throughout the day. Combining quality food and drink at great prices and offering fantastic customer service, we’re hoping Modello will become a firm favourite with locals.” Inspired by the relaxed, laid back nature of the Mediterranean way of life, Modello will be open from 9am daily offering Illy coffee and warm croissants. The key focus of Modello’s offer will be its open kitchen complete with a wood fired stone-baked oven imparting a rustic feel to dishes including al forno pasta and stone-baked pizzas starting from £6.95. The after work crowd and those looking to catch up with friends and family can either enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar or have a bite to eat from a range of dishes from sharing platters to main meals with fresh, mouth watering flavours such as Chicken and Chorizo Tagliatelle or our Sharing Plate which includes mini pizzas, nachos, chicken skewers, a whole baked Camembert, chips, salad and dips – absolutely perfect for sharing! Snug areas have been created in the bar including an area paying tribute to the Bedford Rowing Club and the river that provides a scenic backdrop in the town. A number of comfortable yet stylish leather booths, perfect for parties, celebrations and get-togethers have also been introduced. At the back of Modello is an awe inspiring outdoor space with wooden decking, planters, the introduction of jumbrellas and outdoor heating, making it a perfect oasis, even in the winter months. Modello Bar & Kitchen, 18-20, St Peters Street, Bedford 01234 343 455 www.modellobedford.co.uk
Essex The Bull & Willow Room
Beautifully restored 16thcentury coaching inn where you’ll discover a fine-dining restaurant, a gastro pub and a little snug where you can savour a pint or watch the big match. The WIllow Room restaurant is the place to be this month, with lots of live music party and cabaret nights, including Motown, Frank Sinatra, and Bee Gees tributes. Maldon Road, Great Totham 01621 894020 Norfolk The Swan at Hilborough Set in the heart of rura Norfolk, The Swan is a warm and friendly family run business offering great traditional home-cooked food, with a lovely Sunday
St George’s Distillery, home to the first single malt distillery in England for over 100 years is a great place to visit. Whether you are just passing or have some time at the weekend, call in and experience the extraordinary whisky shop, the coffee shop and of course the gift shop – which is full of goodies that are great even if you’re not into whisky. If you have an hour to spare – go on the tour and learn how the award-winning whisky is made and taste some of it too! The distillery is also a great location for group visits, with private evening tours being particularly popular. English Whisky Co. Try a bottle of their popular Chapter 11, the first heavily Ltd, Harling Road, Roudham, Norfolk 01953 717939 peated whisky to be produced www.englishwhisky.co.uk in England, £44.99 38
carvery, good beer and wine, excellent service and comfortable ensuite accommodation and holiday lets. Their Christmas Celebration Menu is just £15.95 for three courses. Brandon Road, Hilborough 01760 756380 Suffolk The Ufford Crown
Max and Polly Durrant reopened the doors of this delightful village pub and restaurant earlier this year. There’s a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and a stylish lounge area which is popular for diners as well as private parties. There is also a terrace and a brand new garden at the rear. Lunch and evening a la carte menus change daily. The Christmas menu is £19.50 for lunch, or £23.50 in the evening. High Street, Ufford 01394 461030
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Xmas Shopping Shopping Centres, markets, Christmas shops and shopping events, and much more to make your festive gift buying a joy.... Santa has found time in his busy schedule to visit Black Barn Toys & Games at Bridge Farm Barns in Suffolk again this year! On the weekends of 10-11th and 17-18th December he will be at this lovely traditional toy shop in Monks Eleigh between 11am and 4pm. Black Barn Toys & Games stocks a great range of traditional and out-of-theordinary toys, wooden toys, puzzles, educational games, pocket money toys but also a great selection of newly designed toys and games and has plenty of great stocking fillers. Also at Bridge Farm Barns you’ll find the Corn Craft Gift Shop, countrtstyle living shop The SummerHouse, and The Book Corner. Or you could have a pit stop in the Corn Craft Tea Room which serves delicious homemade cakes or why not make a day out of it and call in for lunch. Open 7 days a week www.bridgefarmbarns.co.uk
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Bedford’s Victorian Christmas Fair attracts huge crowds for the three days it runs, and you can find plenty of great gift ideas at the many stalls and enjoy some seasonal street entertainment, sideshows and funfair. Harpur Square, Bedford, 9 -11 December, 10am-7pm Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm Sunday.
Blake House Craft Centre is a group of carefully preserved farm buildings set around a courtyard that house a number of great art and craft shops where you will be able to find some unique Christmas gift ideas. In the listed corn barn there’s the licensed Timbers Restaurant serving everything from coffees and teas to full meals. Blake End, nr Braintree, Essex (01376 344123) www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Stonham Barns in Suffolk is a complex of shops and attractions, garden centre and cafe/restaurant. There’s the Celebrations & Toys Store (pictured), plus home furnishings, gift barn, antiques and collectables, bags and jewellery, clothes and much more. Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk (01449 711755) www.stonhambarns.co.uk
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Christmas Scotsdales Garden Centre near Cambridge, has a fabulous Christmas shop where you can buy toys, gifts, books, Jellykitten Musical Pony. £19.99 at Scotsdales lighting, decorations and both real and artificial trees. Children can visit Father Christmas and take a ride with Rudolph, and there’s late night shopping until 8pm on Thursdays. Cambridge Road, Great Shelford 01223 842777 www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk
The beautiful village of Long Melford, nestled on the Essex and Suffolk borders, has a little something for everyone and boasts one of the UK’s longest shopping streets any village has to offer. It is one of Suffolks finest villages and Long Melford’s Christmas Shopping Weekend returns on Saturday 3rd of December. Not only will the shops, boutiques, tearooms, restarants and pubs be open all day, but there will be a Farmers Market in the Village Hall from 10am-2pm, lots of entertainment, Santa in his Grotto, and a mini fairground for children to enjoy. The Christmas Shop at Vanstone Park Garden Centre is full of beautiful gifts, decorations and lighting, and on weekends during December, children can ride the Santa Express from the Woodland Railway. Hitchin Road, Codicote, Herts 01438 820412 www.vanstonepark gardencentre.co.uk
THE CENTRE:MK Over 200 stores in Central Milton Keynes, including jewellers Beaverbrooks, J Woolfe Bespoke, Fabulous, Fraser Hart and Leslie Davis and toy shops Hawkins Bazaar, Lego, Disney Store, Game, ELC and Little Timbers. The Centre’s Middleton Hall will be transformed into ‘An Olde English Christmas’ where you will find Santa in his grotto, and there will be a spectacular outdoor ice rink in Queens Court for Christmas. To visit Santa in his grotto, to book a ride on the train or a skate on the ice rink, visit www.thecentremk.com or call 08445 449660. Santa’s grotto closes on 24 December 2011, the Ice Rink and ‘An Olde English Christmas’ which includes the train, close on 2 January 2012.
Springfields Outlet Shopping in Stamford, Lincs, has some fantastic offers with over 55 Outlet Stores and lots going on over the festive period. Take an enchanted Winter Wonderland walk around the Festival Gardens festooned with lights and visit Santa in his Grotto, or book a Springfields Christmas Experience, which includes a two course dinner at The Spring Fields Tavern. There’s late night shopping right through until Christmas Eve an stores include TM Lewin, Gap Outlet, Reebok, M&S Outlet, Nike, and many others. 01775 760909 www.springfieldsshopping.com
Rivergate Shopping Centre has been established in Peterborough since 1989and you’ll find a wide range of shops, including Peacock, Comet, Twiggys, Peterborough Organ Centre, paperbox, Pink & White and many more. The Centre is open for late night Christmas shopping from 19th to 23rd December. 01733 313743 www.rivergate-centre.co.uk
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CLACTON FACTORY OUTLET Offering savings of up to 60% off high street prices, this centre has 35 stores, three restaurants and more. Visit Santa in his Enchanted Workshop every Weekend and 19th-23rd Dec, and Late Night Shopping on Thursday 15th & Thursday 22nd. Stephenson Road West, Clacton on Sea, Essex 01255 479595 www.clactonfactoryoutlet.com
SNAPE MALTINGS is a unique collection of quality shops and galleries in converted granaries and malt house buildings by the River Alde. There’s a large house and garden shop, a food hall, Samphire ladies and men’s fashion, Little Rascals selling toys and books for children; crafts, gifts and ceramics at The Shop on the Quay; a large antiques centre and two art galleries. Don’t miss one of Suffolk’s finest farmers’ market on the 3rd December, or the Cool Yule Christmas Market on Sunday 4th, stacked with unusual Christmas gift ideas, high-end crafts and unique pieces, a little bit of vintage and a taste of tempting seasonal foods to buy. On Sunday 11th, Santa sails into Snape at 2pm and children can meet him in his grotto, while mum and dad enjoy the carollers and dancers. Snape, Suffolk. 01728 688303 www.snapemaltings.co.uk THE GALLERIA OUTLET CENTRE
Just a short walk from Cambridge city centre, The Grafton houses over 60 stores, cafes and restaurants as well as a cinema and a large open area that hosts a variety of events and attractions. The Grafton will be open until 9:00pm every Wednesday up until Christmas. From Thursday 1st December The Grafton stores will open until 6:00pm every other night and then from Monday 19th December you will be able to shop until 8:00pm. Child will be able to visit Father Christmas in Debenhams Grotto. 01223 316201 www.graftoncentre.co.uk
The Olde Watermill Shopping Village in Barton-le-Cley is a fascinating place to shop with its Victorian ‘streets’ of small independent traders. There’s a garden centre, restaurant and Victorian tear room. Leading up to Christmas the village has an amazing 5000 square feet of Christmas themes and decorations in its Christmas Cabin, and a Victorian Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto. Barton Mill Lane, Off Faldo Road, Barton Le Clay, Beds 0845 872 0507 www.oldewatermill.com
has over 80 shops and restaurants offering huge savings on leading brands. Stores include Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, the home stores Bedeck, Bijoux, Whittard of Chelsea and Denby, Camille lingerie, Thorntons, Chapelle jewellery, Waterstones books and the clothes shops Moss for men, Diesel, French Connection, Gap, Jaegar, Jeff Banks and Pringle. Children can visit Santa in his beautiful Arctic grotto, every Fri, Sat & Sunday, plus 19th-24th daily; and from 16th December - 2 January, you'll be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas skate under glittering festive lights when the Galleria’s ice rink opens. Hatfield, Herts 01707 256860 www.thegalleria.co.uk QUEENSGATE A large shopping venue in the centre of Peterborough with over 90 fashion, food, lifestyle and electrical shops as well as restaurants. Big name retailers include River Island, Next, Monsoon, John Lewis, Top Shop and the Westgate Arcade is home to an interesting collection of boutique shops. Late night shopping, Santa’s grotto, nativity scene, Christmas train and musical performances add to the festie atmosphere. 01733 311666 www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk
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Edward Cat Make Up Bag in red linen, £12.50 from The Parsley Pot, Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds www.theparsleypot.com
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Reindeer Baby Sleepsuit, £16, JoJo Maman Bébé, Colchester 01206 763037 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Top Dog mug, £7.99, from a range of gift ideas at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford, Cambridge 01223 842777 www.scotsdalegarden centre.co.uk
Chrono Black big Ice Watch, £135, from Syoki, contemporay jewellers in George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, Essex 01376 618929 www.syokijewellery.com
Blues fans won’t want to be without their 2012 Ipswich Town FC calendar, £7.99. Buy it at the stadium shop or online at www.itfc.co.uk
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Snowflake, from a stunning collection of unique and beautiful gifts for the home from Maison White, Church Street, Coggeshall, Essex
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Embossed Ball Photo Frame 100 x 150mm, £20, from Breeze, Cambridge 01223 354403 www.breeze.uk.com
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My First Steiff Bear, £21.95 from That Cute Age, Twyford Business Centre, Bishop’s Stortford 0 800 158 4838 www.thatcuteage.com Lavender Cologne Spray, £9.99, from the New Norfolk Lavender Range at Norfolk Lavenham, Caley Mill, Heacham, Norfolk. Available to order online at www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk Mixed case of 12 x 500ml bottles providing an interesting selection of beers and ales from Suffolk brewer, St Peters, £25 plus delivery. Can be ordered online at www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk
Fair Isle Hats, £12, JoJo Maman Bébé, Colchester 01206 763037 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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HOW to WOW at the Christmas Party! Whether it's a local get together or the annual office Christmas party, choosing the perfect outfit can be more stressful than fun. It's one of the few times in a year you can let your hair down and dress to dazzle but how do you get it right without looking like a Christmas tree? Here are some of our top tips. Dress for who you are
Together Beaded Party Dress, £99, Kaleidoscope
The key to dressing for a Christmas party is letting your personality shine through. Don't feel as if you have to break out the sequinned dress if it's not your thing - there are many alternatives to choose from: black velvet widelegged trousers, sassy and sexy printed tops or even georgette print dresses dressed up with a classy shawl or evening-themed cardigan.
Style doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort The office party can be a long night, so make sure your outfit is comfortable. Go for fabrics with a bit of stretch that will move with you and avoid too-tight waistbands if you're going for a meal before the festivities. Most importantly, make sure you wear your new shoes around the house a few times before attempting to dance the night away in them if you want to avoid hobbling home with your feet covered in blisters.
Together Printed Top, £55, Kaleidoscope
Together Dress with Beaded Trim, £85, Kaleidoscope
Get the foundation right Many women spend hours finding the perfect outfit, but neglect to get the basics right: yes, we're talking underwear. Don't discover at the last minute that you don't have a strapless bra to go with your halter-neck dress or worse, that you're suffering from the dreaded VPL. There are all sorts of shape-smoothing options, from knickers that even out your lumps and bumps under close-fitting dresses to tights that hold in your tum, and some clothes these days even have the shapewear built into them - see kaleidoscope.co.uk's It's My Secret range for ideas.
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If it all seems a bit overwhelming, you really can't go wrong with the classic Little Black Dress. But black doesn't have to be boring: try accessorising with some simple but tasteful chunky silver jewellery, a colourful evening cardigan or a silky shawl in a contrasting colour - and don't forget the shoes, where you can really go to town and let yourself shine.
While it might be tempting to break out the leopard-skin and stilettos, remember that even though you're partying with them one night, they'll still be your co-workers the next day. The office party with the boss in attendance is probably not the place for acres of cleavage - aim for sassy and sexy without overdoing it. Together Beaded Neck Dress, £85, Kaleidoscope
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Party nights Miso Bandeau Feather Dress, £89.99, Republic www.republic.co.uk
Navy Eddie Velvet Party Dress by Betty Jackson, £206, at Collen & Clare, Southwold, 01502 724823 www.collenandclare.com
Nude top by TFNC featuring charcoal embellishment, sheer chiffon material and scoop neckline. £38 www.fashionunion.com
Gold Sequin Satin Mix Shoe Boot, £29.99, New Look www.newlook.com
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Christmas is the time to stuff yourself silly and drink too much booze. Nearly all of us (94%) admit to eating more than usual during Christmas week, according to research by Buscopan Cramps. And a study by the British Nutrition Foundation suggests that, on average, we gain five pounds in weight during the festivities. While lots of people intend to lose any extra weight through a New Year diet, the reality is that for many, a moment on the lips at Christmas, is a lifetime on the hips. And that can bring long-term health problems.
the Department of Health’s antiobesity campaign, has produced a series of tips to avoid festive weight gain. The campaign’s spokesperson, Dr Susan Jebb, says: “It’s easy to overindulge with all the rich food and hectic socialising, often meaning heavy drinking. But approaching Christmas as a chance for a big blow-out only makes it more difficult to get back on track in January. “The fact is, despite our best intentions, it can be difficult to lose the pounds gained over the festive season. This means overindulging can increase our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.” Jebb, who is also head of nutrition and health at the Medical Research Council, suggests eating smaller portions and ensuring activity is still a top priority over Christmas. She adds: “If you build healthier habits into your routine for the long-term, you can avoid the weight gain and give yourself If you build healthier habits into your a happy and healthy start to routine for the long-term, you can avoid 2012.” Piling on the pounds, howthe weight gain and give yourself a happy ever, is by no means our and healthy start to 2012. only worry. Research by Wind Setlers, But there’s no need for example, found that 37% of to panic - just people suffer from indigestion after remember to take eating their Christmas dinner. everything in moderAnother study by Buscopan ation. Change4Life, Cramps revealed that over a third www.eastevents.co.uk
Over Indulgence TIPS TO REDUCE FESTIVE TUMMY PROBLEMS • • • • • • • •
Swap Christmas pudding and mince pies for poached pears. Roast potatoes in olive oil. Swap cauliflower cheese for steamed vegetables. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water/juice. Swap Brussels sprouts for carrots. Opt for salads, lean meats, fish and light sauces whenever possible. Don't skip breakfast - it can help stimulate bowel movements. Eat slowly and take time between courses.
CHANGE4LIFE TIPS TO AVOID FESTIVE WEIGHT GAIN • • • • •
Slow your drinking down at Christmas parties. Trim the fat from meat, and make sure your turkey's served without skin. Fill up on healthier food like fruit or vegetables. Instead of crisps, snack on dried fruits. Start Christmas Day with a healthy, filling breakfast such as boiled egg and wholemeal toast, to prevent snacking later. • Go for an after-lunch walk. • Put some Christmas music on and dance in the living room to burn calories. • For more information on Change4Life, visit www.change4life.co.uk
of people in the UK suffer from bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, wind and abdominal cramps due to festive overindulgence. GP Dr Paul Stillman says it’s normal to see patients after Christmas suffering from digestive problems caused by too much food and alcohol, with the most common problem tending to be indigestion brought on by eating too much rich food. “People have usually tried an over-the-counter antacid and if that doesn’t work, they think it’s something more serious. Indigestion can be caused by people eating too quickly, and
the Wind Setlers research found that three quarters of people rush their food at Christmas, with four in 10 suffering from stomach complaints as a result. “A major problem seems to be that, as it takes time for the feeling of satiety to come through, people just keep on eating,” says Stillman. “If you eat slower, you’ll eat less because you’ll stop earlier. “But if you eat more than you need, you may get a penalty in the shape of indigestion.” Add the stress of Christmas to the overindulgence, and you have a recipe for potential festive health woes. The prospect of sharing the big day with relatives you never see - and might not particularly like may crank up your stress levels, and Stillman advises: “Make sure you don’t drink enough to loosen your tongue, and plan how you’re going to spend your time. “Perhaps include some healthy walks so you’re not cooped up together all the time - try to anticipate problems.” But if the weather’s bad, being stuck inside may be the only option - and overeating and drinking in front of the TV may be the result. Stomach
upsets, however, can seem minimal compared to the worst-case scenario. Gastroenterologist Dr John de Caestecker, a consultant at University Hospitals of Leicester, explains: “If you have a very big meal and lace it with liberal amounts of alcohol, you can end up vomiting and damaging the lower end of your gullet. You can even rupture it. “Classically, this can be done by eating a big meal and having
weight - particularly around the tummy - can intensify it. Christmas overindulgence can lead to very severe inflammation in the gullet from all the acid that comes up, and that may lead to a long-term problem. In addition, stress can provoke heartburn in people who are prone to the condition - and for many, stress is as much a part of Christmas as Jingle Bells and tinsel. De Caestecker advises: “Try to
If you have a very big meal and lace it with liberal amounts of alcohol, you can end up vomiting and damaging the lower end of your gullet. You can even rupture it. about five or six pints of beer.” He says that being drunk can mean the gullet doesn’t brace itself for any vomiting, which is when it can rupture. “If it’s a big meal containing lots of fat, your stomach empties much more slowly, and that provokes the bowel at the lower end of the gullet to relax more frequently,” says de Caestecker. “It’s during those relaxations that there’s the opportunity for acid to come up and irritate, which gives you heartburn.” He points out that for people who are prone to heartburntype indigestion, putting on
reduce the other factors that may provoke problems like indigestion and heartburn, and try taking something bought overthe-counter to reduce the amount of stomach acid that’s produced, like Zantac. That will reduce the amount of acid enough to make a difference.” Smaller meals which are spaced apart, rather than one huge meal, and cutting down on fatty foods, will help reduce the risk for people who are prone to digestive problems, he says, adding: “I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat Christmas dinner just don’t overdo it.”
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Electric Forest Thetford Forest Park in Suffolk is set to shine this winter when it becomes transformed into an ‘Electric Forest’ - a spectacular night time adventure for visitors to enjoy from Friday 2 – Sunday 18 December, 5-9pm. Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, Culture Creative – an award winning specialist visual arts team - will light up the forest to produce a magical family friendly trail through the trees, enabling visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the winter forest at night. www.theelectricforest.co.uk
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Now established eighteen years Arts Roundabout is a busy, enthusiastic children’s Arts Centre, situated between Brentwood and Chelmsford, in Essex. In term-time, evenings are buzzing with musical and other educational activities; holiday times are packed with creativity (around 150 children attend workshops each summer). The Centre’s colourful Christmas concert, The Firebird, takes place on 17 December at 6.30pm. For details call 01277 354727
Take a trip back in time to a Yuletide on the 1940s Home Front with Wartime Christmas on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December at IWM Duxford in Cambs. You can also escape the madness of the high street with a more relaxed Christmas shopping experience at the IWM Duxford Visitor Centre and indulge in a Vintage Christmas with the nostalgic shopping range, and if you haven’t booked your Christmas party yet, enjoy a Christmas with Altitude at this amazing venue. 01223 835000 www.iwm.org.uk
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Make this Christmas an event the whole family will enjoy and always remember at Rye House Kart Raceway. Adults and kids can enjoy festive fun on the main or junior tracks, mini crazy golf and laser combat activities. Prolong the festive spirit with a celebratory meal and drinks at the motor-sport themed café/restaurant and bar kitted out in racing memorabilia. The Christmas buffet menu starts at £10 per head and includes turkey fillets, sage & onion stuffing, pizzas, mini sausages, warm mince pies and chocolate Yule log, wine/beer and other festive snacks at £5 per person - all set to fuel your energy on and off the tracks. Kids’ special parties, stag/hen parties, mini crazy golf and junior track as well as bespoke solutions for corporate hospitality are some of the additional features that make Rye House an action-packed hot spot. Rye House Kart Raceway is situated at Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0EH and the sister company Northampton Indoor Karting can be found at Circuit House, Harvey Reeves Road, St James Mill Road, Northampton, NN5 5JR.
Adults will enjoy English Heritage’s Game Day at Audley End House, which is part of their Handmade Christmas events programme. Plucking, prestige and pie! Victorian food was all about showing off your wealth, and how better than to display the produce of your estate on your table. This 3 hour interactive session will teach you all about game in the Victorian period, and you’ll go home with your very own raised pie to cook at your leisure. The session costs £70 and runs from 10am-2pm and must be booked. Audley End House, near Saffron Walden, Essex 0870 333 1183
Events On17th December, from 3pm, the wonderful pin up duo, Cherry and Ruby, will be presenting a live performance in the window of Cambridge lingerie boutique, La Reve. The duo specialise in Burlesque performance, pin-up modelling and vintage costume couture. It’s the perfect opportunity to browse La Reve’s extensive collection of high quality lingerie from designers such as Marie Jo, Prima Donna and Aubade. 6 Bene't Street, Cambridge, 01223 328111 www.lereve-lingerie.com
Oakleigh Fairs’ Christmas Food & Crafts Fair is at Wood Green Animal Shelter, London Road, Godmanchester, on 1011 December. Whatever the weather, you can visit the indoor arena and sample and buy from a wide range of arts, craft and gift stalls where you might find anything from jewellery and other accessories, handicrafts, hand made cards, photography, candles, aromatherapy products, through to ceramics and wood turning. Food and drink might include wine, real-food as well as chocolates and other confectionery. 10am-4pm.
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REGION The Dragon Hall Vintage Christmas Ball on Saturday 10th December brings a chance to put on your vintage gladrags and celebrate a retro Christmas at this yuletide extravaganza in the fantastic surroundings of medieval Dragon Hall. Get your feet tapping to music from the HeHews, enjoy swing dancing lessons with Earl Harlam and war time jazz songs from songstress sweetheart Gill Dean. DJ 78 will be playing an eclectic selection of popular music from the 20s to 50s rock n' roll on his twin 78rpm gramophones. High tea is provided by Biddy’s Tea Room and Dragon Hall’s fully licensed vintage bar will be open. Dragon Hall, Norwich. Tickets £30 from 01603 663922
The Spirit of Christmas at Johnsons of Old Hurst near Huntingdon, children can enjoy a magical train ride to visit Santa at his authentic lodge with reindeer in his garden and receive a present. They can also see Mary and Joseph surrounded by all the live animals in the nativity, then ride on the traditional Merry Go Round, Swing Boats, Toboggan Run and decorate their own Gingerbread Man. The event takes place on 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17 December. Church Farm, Church Street, Old Hurst, Cambs. For details call 01487 824658 or go to www.johnsonsofoldhurst.co.uk 64
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‘Allo, ‘Allo’s Sue Hodge and legendary pianist Bobby Crush lead the cast in Britain’s most easterly pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this year. Joining the duo of top talent will be children’s television star Chris Edgerley, best known for his role in the hugely popular Hi-5. Directed by Debbie Flitcroft and with musical direction by Keith ‘Paddington’ Richards, the stage is set for a giant family pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk is the classic tale of a young boy’s adventure from Sunnyvale to Cloudloud via a beanstalk and a battle with a grumpy giant, and will once again be produced by Paul Holman Associates, the award winning team responsible for the critically acclaimed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the venue last year. The team has been sewing the seeds of hard work to ensure that once again the Marina Theatre has a pantomime to be proud of, to take it into the New Year and its new future, with a superb show for all the family. Sue Hodge will be bringing magic and sprinkling
fairy dust over audiences in her role as Fairy Organic. Sue became a familiar face to many when she appeared as the cheeky waitress and resistance fighter in the long running BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo, which was viewed in over 95 countries and toured Australia and New Zealand before arriving in the West End for a six month stay. Few entertainers can claim to have had as varied a career as Bobby Crush. Famous in the UK for over 30 years primarily as a pianist (a winner on Opportunity Knocks!) but also as a songwriter, broadcaster, actor and TV presenter. Bobby will be showing off his many talents at the Marina when he stars as the piano playing Dame Trott. Bobby is no stranger to pantomime; his dame has graced the stage of many top theatres, he has written two complete pantomime scores, as well as comedy material for Russ Abbott and Les Dennis. Audiences will perhaps best remember Bobby from his six winning appearances on Televison’s Opportunity Knocks, where his piano playing won audience approval and gained him the Variety Club of Great Britain award for Best New Artist. Hi-5’s Chris Edgerley will be bringing his handsome hero good looks and charisma to the title role of Jack and Sophie Bloom, who charmed audiences last year in the Summer Special at the prestigious variety show at the Cromer Pavilion, will be delighting all in the role of Princess Amelia. Ensuring the vital ingredients of laugh-out-loud comedy are top of the beanstalk will be top notch director Debbie Flitcroft, who brings more local flavour to the production, hailing from Suffolk,
Sue Hodge plays Fairy Organic
where she lives with husband and comedy legend Roy Hudd. In addition a full supporting cast of actors, singers and dancers will make for a spectacular festive treat to carry audiences and the theatre into the New Year. Chief Executive of the Marina Theatre Trust, Martin Halliday said: “We are delighted to be working with Paul Holman and his award winning team again this year. The casting of Sue Hodge, Bobby Crush and Chris Edgerley in lead roles this year means that once again audiences can look forward to a show which is fast paced, packed with great music, comedy and audience participation. “Paul shares our belief that pantomime should be perfect entertainment for all ages and funny without being crude or smutty, a show that all the family
can come and enjoy with good clean comedy and slapstick fun. The sets for the show look terrific and the costumes will be some of the best in the business. I am confident that Jack and the Beanstalk will be a first class professional production of which we will be extremely proud and in turn will prove very popular at the box office.” Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Marina Theatre from December 10 to January 2. Tickets on all performances start at £6.50 with generous discounts for groups and schools. In addition special family tickets are available along with several super saver performances at which best seats are available for under £10. For more information or to book seats please call the Marina Box Office on 01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
It’s panto time... The region is jam-packed with great pantomimes over the Christmas holidays.. here’s just a few but you can find even more on our website www.eastevents.co.uk Did you know? Pantomime developed from a type of travelling street theatre called Commedia dell’arte which came from Italy in the 16th century. Commedia is a very physical type of theatre that uses dance, music, tumbling, acrobatics and buffoonery. By the middle of the 17th century began to be popular in England.
Sleeping Beauty 2 December - 2 January With all the elements of a traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty will captivate audiences of all ages - a classic fairy tale for the whole family. Join Muddles, Beauty’s Nanny and Prince Harry as they attempt to save Beauty from the evil spell and make her dreams come true. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, Essex 01245 606505
Aladdin Family panto starring Starring Steve Ace as Widow Twankey, Clare Durrant as Aladdin, Gavin Dean as Wishee Washee Dan Hanton & Chris Moore as Abanazar and Mel Sharman as The Genie. 17 Dec - 2 Jan Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk 01986 897130 Cinderella OhYesItIz Productions present the fairytale pantomime. 7-31 December, Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, Norfolk 01493 662832
Aladdin 10 - 31 Dec The multi-talented and awardwinning actor, television presenter and comedian, Shane Richie leads the cast of this year’s spectacular and unmissable show. Guaranteed to keep the whole family laughing until the final curtain comes down, Aladdin is staged by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Qdos Entertainment and is packed with all of the traditional panto ingredients of comedy in abundance, stunning sets, and beautiful costumes. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 PANTO FACTS By the middle of the 19th century, pantomime had become so popular that it extended over the whole evening’s entertainment, sometimes lasting as long as five hours. Pantomimes also became more and more elaborate, with spectacular scene changes, beautiful costumes and huge casts. Sometimes 600 actors would perform in one pantomime in the same evening. The most elaborate Victorian pantomimes were at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.
Cinderella 8 Dec - 3 Jan The timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love and the best-loved pantomime of them all. Starring EastEnders’ Letitia Dean, left, and with the West End’s Claire Fishenden, this year’s magical extravaganza is brought to you by the team behind last year’s smash hit Jack and the Beanstalk and once again you can enjoy live music, stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Norfolk 01553 764864
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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs 9 Dec - 1 Jan A magical, fun-packed, family pantomime with comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, stunning sets and dazzling costumes. The star-studded cast includes pop icon, Toyah Willcox as the Wicked Queen; children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) as The Jester; the hilarious Bob Golding (from the Olivier Award winning ‘Morecambe’) as The Henchman; actress Jemma Carlisle as Snow White, and US TV star Brody Hutzler (‘Angel’, ‘Days of Our Lives’) as The Prince. They are joined by a top quality supporting cast and seven of the best professional dwarfs in the country. Alban Arena, St Albans, Herts 01727 844488 Did you know? The story of Mother Goose is possibly the oldest story to be turned into a pantomime. It dates back to an ancient Greek legend about a goose that laid golden eggs. The modern version comes from French poet and essayist Charles Perrault who wrote a book of the same name dedicated to the King of France’s niece. The story first appeared in 1806 as an early pantomime called “Harlequin and Mother Goose or The Golden Egg”. It opened on Boxing day and played for 92 nights, making it the most successful pantomime to date.
Jack & The Beanstalk Comedy, music and special effects abound in this enchanting tale of magic beans, giants, heroes and villains. A glittering production of the classic fairy tale. The star studded cast includes Don Gilet who starred as Lucas in Eastenders, Hollyoaks star Gemma Bissix, left, and Children’s TV legend Postman Pat. 9 Dec - 2 Jan, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, Beds 01582 602080
PANTO FACTS The first performance of Dick Whittington was at Covent Garden in 1814. Dick Whittington was based on a real character who lived in the 15th century and was Lord Mayor of London three times. In 1419 he was said to have married an employer’s daughter, Alice Fitzwarren, and this is where the name of the female character comes from. The cat may have originated as a pun on the French word for purchase ‘achat’. However other countries also have their own version of the story which derives from Persia (now Iran), and which tells the tale of an old woman’s son who embarked for India with a cat.
The Wizard Of Oz A spectacular all new professional pantomime version of the classic story featuring the star of BBC TV’s Tracy Beaker, actress Dani Harmer as Dorothy, Ken Morley (below, Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street) as The Wizard, the hilarious ventriloquist Gareth Oliver (Britain’s Got Talent) as the Scarecrow, Matthew McVarish (Raymond from CBeebies ‘Me Too!’) as the Lion, and Aaron Sidwell (Steven Beale from EastEnders) as the Wicked Witch’s Henchman. Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure, as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk 17-23 December, 01473 433100
Beauty and the Beast The Mercury Theatre’s traditional panto is an enchanting fairy tale for all the family. an the beast be tamed? Can Belle’s heart be claimed? Can the evil sorceress Botoxia be restrained? All will be revealed in this magical adventure full of slapstick humour, sparkling sets, sumptuous costumes and sing-a-long songs. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex, 2 Dec - 7 Jan, 01206 573948.
OutEast For details about all the region’s pantomimes check out our website www.eastevents.co.uk Aladdin Strictly Come Dancing's Russell Grant, Anita Dobson and Camilla Dallerup will be making special guest appearances as the magical Genie of the lamp in t his star-studded spectacular. The three celebrities join pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates, Britain's Got Talent finalist Paul Burling and West End leading lady Nicola Brazil in this treasure filled panto adventure. Milton Keynes Theatre, 9 Dec - 15 Jan, 0844 871
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Dick Whittington and his Cat Many centuries ago, with the face of England scoured by the Black Death, young Dick Whittington arrives in London to make his fame and fortune. At first all goes well. He makes friends with a cat called Tommy, gets a job with a merchant and falls in love with a girl. But there are wicked forces at play. This is an adventure story like none other filled with injustice, love at first sight, shipwrecks, singing jellyfish and a trip to Morocco. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until 15 Jan, 01284 769505
Cinderella Join Cinderella on a magical adventure from rags to riches as The Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty fit for a Prince! Expect magic, mayhem and comedy capers from your favourite panto characters! Cheer, boo and laugh at the riotously wicked Ugly Sisters, stupendously silly Buttons, handsome Prince Charming, thigh-slapping Dandini and bumbling Baron Hardup. With everything you want from panto and more… catchy songs, spectacular sets, colourful costumes, side-splitting slapstick and of course lots of audience participation. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex, 3 Dec - 14 Jan, 01708 443333
Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale told in true panto style, and starring Bernie Nolan, star of ‘Hairspray’, Leanne Jones, and much loved dame and Stevenage favourite Paul Laidlaw, who is guaranteed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. Stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers make this a show not to be missed. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, until 22 Jan, 01433632008
Dis you know? The origins of Jack and the Beanstalk are possibly German, where many folk tales of slaying giants are to be found. In British folklore there are tales of ‘Jack the Giant Killer’, a Cornishman who is said to have rid Wales of all giants. The first play on the subject was produced by David Garrick in 1773 at Drury Lane, taking its theme from an early eighteenth century folktale. The first Panto version of Jack and the Beanstalk was in 1819, which also marked the appearance of the first ever female ‘Principal Boy’, Eliza Povey, in the role of Jack.
Panto fact The story of Aladdin comes from the book The Arabian Nights, first published in England between 1704 and 1714. This reflected a popular interest at the time in the Oriental. The story was first seen on stage in Covent Garden in 1788.
PETER PAN Chris Ellison (The Bill's Burnside) as Captain Hook and Jacob Scipio (CBeebies' Kerwhizz) as Peter Pan star in this wonderful family panto with lush sets and costumes, impressive live music, energetic routines, lots and lots of laughter. Harlow Playhouse, Essex, 2 Dec - 2 Jan 01279 431945
Aladdin Bobby Davro and Basil Brush headline this panto spectacular at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 9 Dec - 8 Jan, 01604 624811
Pantos Dick Whittington and His Cat Sheringham Little Theatre’s popular pantomime is being supported this year by the acclaimed Lyric, in Hammersmith. Debbie Thompson, director of the Little Theatre, admitted she was thrilled with the agreement to collaborate over family show Dick Whittington. She said the Norfolk venue was looking forward to staging the lively, colourful production, which promised to be an exciting show, with plenty of singing, dancing and laughter for all ages. “We went to see Dick Whittington last year at The Lyric and absolutely loved it,” she explained. “When I got back to Sheringham, I thought: ‘Why Not?’ So I rang their artistic director, Sean Holmes, and asked if there was any chance we could do the show here. And he said ‘yes!’” Planning with the London producer and writer’s agents began and auditions were held to find a professional cast. Up and coming young actor, Nathan Bryon, who played a small part in the original production, was awarded the role of The Cat, and looks set to give a fabulous performance as the street-wise feline with attitude. The marvellous Russel Hicken will be donning a gown to give a sparkling performance as the panto dame - this year in the shape of Sarah the Cook, Aaron White returns to Sheringham, in the role of Dick. He will be joined by talented newcomer, Suzanna Kempne, as Alice, and accomplished actors
Jonathan Metcalf and David Davies, who play King Rat and Fitzwarren. Debbie said: “The collaboration between The Lyric, Paston College and Sheringham Little Theatre is so exciting. This pantomime promises to be very special, with all the traditional elements and plenty of modern twists too!”
Dick Whittington runs at Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk from 7 Dec to 2 Jan. Tel. 01263 822347
ou can just tell Hayley Tamaddon gives 100 per cent to everything she does. ‘Living The Dream’ is the ultimate showbiz cliché but you can see that Hayley really is. She has wanted to be on the stage ever since she was a tiny tot and now that she has made performing a highly successful career, there is no doubt Hayley is grasping every single opportunity. And she admits she cannot wait to start rehearsing in Sleeping Beauty which will see her performing opposite an all-star cast including Kevin Sacre (Jake Dean in Hollyoaks), Helen Fraser (Sylvia ‘Body Bag’ Hollamby in Bad Girls). Also back for this year’s run from December 14 to January 15 are Norwich’s ever-popular panto dame Richard Gauntlett, comedy favourites Andre Vincent (Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke) and Tom Beard, and distinguished character actor David Gant. Hayley said: “I am very excited about playing Sleeping Beauty. I have never played this part before so it will be very new for me. Panto isn’t new to me and I love it. “The great thing about panto is that it is for everybody. It is full of fun and entertainment and you get a whole musical revolving around a story that people will know. It is just great for all the family. “It is somewhere you can come and you know by the end of the performance, you will be leaving the theatre laughing and giggling about what you have just seen.” Hayley is no stranger to Norwich last appearing at the Theatre Royal in Spamalot opposite Todd Carty (Mark Fowler in EastEnders and Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill) and James Gaddas (Neil Grayling in Bad Girls). She recalled: “When I was in Spamalot, I absolutely
What a Beauty Hayley Tamaddon is certainly one of Britain’s busiest performers. Skating, soaps, Spamalot and Shameless have all figured in her career and now she is keeping the alliterative theme going – by playing the lead role in Sleeping Beauty, which opens on December 14. John Bultitude caught up with Hayley to find out why she is looking forward to spending the Christmas period in Norwich.
Hayley in Dancing On Ice
loved being in Norwich as it is such a friendly city. It is so quaint and lovely and everybody looks out for each other at the theatre. I love that. “After having such a great time there, I told everybody that Norwich is one of my favourite places on the tour. To be asked back to do panto at the Theatre Royal is great news.” Performing was definitely an instinctive thing and something Hayley had always wanted to do. She said: “Singing, acting and dancing is all I have ever known really. I think I was about two when I first went to a ballet class. I love singing and acting. I always wanted to be on a stage.” Her first big break which brought her national attention was livewire Delilah Dingle in Emmerdale who was at the centre of some great storylines. Hayley recalled: “She was a feisty character. If there was ever a chance to go back as Delilah, I think I probably would. She could cause some trouble and mischief in the village.”
From there, she donned the skates for Dancing On Ice eventually winning the series. The TV judge and former skating champion Robin Cousins has highlighted her determination and willingness to work hard as the secrets of her success which are made even more remarkable by the fact she had little experience on the rink. Hayley said: “I had never done any skating lessons. I had done what everyone had done going on a Christmas ice rink or skating with your mates when you are ten years old. You get really thrown into the deep end and it is just brilliant. I can now safely say I can go backwards on the ice.” And she has carried on taking to the ice since she finished her successful stint on the show. Hayley explained: “I’ve done two arena tours now and I am addicted. Dancing On Ice was a big thing for me and I was so grateful to get
the opportunity to do something like that.” Next on the agenda for her is the Norwich pantomime, sponsored by Almary Green, although, in true Tamaddon style, she is already looking at adding yet another string to her bow. She said: “I like writing. I have started writing a children’s book of poetry. When I was growing up and reading as a child, I did read story books but poetry was my main thing. I have started to write a bit so we’ll see what happens. Maybe it will take off and you will see it in the shops some day.” And, as with everything else in her career, she feels it is really important to strike out and give everything a go. She explained: “I think if you don’t try things, you will regret it and you should never have regrets in your life. Just follow your heart, follow your dreams and do everything you want to do.” Sound advice from a performer who is sure to remain a firm favourite for years and years to come. Sleeping Beauty, December 14 2011January 15 2012. Tickets £5-£19. For tickets call 01603 630000 or go to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
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