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Contents January 2013

“Dear Reader: I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. In fact, my resolve to give up puddings rarely makes it past dinnertime. But with a shiny new year, ripe with possibility, stretching out in front of me, I have decided to devote much of this issue to revitalising, revamping and reinventing. January is the time for a fresh start, so if you want to detox your body, revamp your bathroom, or just read a good selfhelp book, then this is the issue for you.

Above: Revitalise your style in New Year, New You. Below: Country Diary Calendar

Elsewhere, we reveal the standout rural events that have caught our eye across the region this year. We have an education special on school open days and the start of our monthly wedding planner. Plus, as always, What’s On is full of ideas of places to visit and things to do.

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08 INTERVIEW Eastlife catches up with Ellie Goulding 10 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Bright ideas for a new start 19 HOUSE & HOME Give your interiors a makeover 27 COUNTRY DIARY The year’s rural calendar 45 EDUCATION School open days special 61 FOOD & DRINK Regional wine choices 67 HEALTH Choosing the right care home 77 FILMS Six new films in the cinema 81 WEDDINGS Plan your wedding at a regional fair 95 ARTS A roundup of the East’s art scene 96 EVENTS East Anglia for free

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Interview

ELLIE GOULDING

Halcyon Days

Ellie Goulding’s hugely successful debut album Lights has gone on to sell one and a half million copies and generate five million single sales worldwide. She returns with a new album, Halcyon, and international tour.

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llie Goulding is one of British pop music’s most talented and versatile stars. The ethereal debut album Lights was followed by a beautiful cover of Elton John’s Your Song last Christmas. But now the singer has surprised fans yet again with latest album Halcyon, which won rave reviews both here and in the US thanks to its darker, dancier feel – it even sees the star try her hand at dubstep and pull it off in style. With new single Figure 8 and an international tour imminent, as well as a hand in the Twilight hysteria thanks to her song Bittersweet being chosen for the final film’s soundtrack, it’s a wonder Ellie had time to talk to Eastlife.... So the album has gone down pretty well then... I am so pleased with the reaction to the album. Obviously I was nervous in the weeks running up to the release as it is a huge deal releasing the second album, but I have had the most incredible reaction to the point where it makes me really emotional. I put a lot into this record, a lot of personal stuff, and it makes me so excited to share it with everyone, and it has had the most amazing reviews. I am really pleased. You surprised people yet again by going much deeper into dance music this time. That must have been fun? I have always had a real affinity with electronic music and dance music. It’s something I have never been able to shake off. I just love it so much. I knew this was going to have a certain feel – it wasn’t going to be a folk

POTTED HISTORY RECORD BREAKING STAR The Hereford-born singer songwriter first came to prominence when she topped the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll and was simultaneously awarded the Brits Critics Choice Award. She is the only artist other than Adele to have received both accolades. Lights went on to become the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, spawning playlist staples Starry Eyed, Guns And Horses, The Writer, Your Song and Lights (the latter two featured on repackaged album Bright Lights) and has topped triple platinum status in the UK with sales of over 850,000 to date.

record! I wasn’t really thinking about whether I wanted, or needed, to do a certain kind of sound. People keep saying they don’t know where I will go next which is amazing. How do you go about physically writing music if you don’t plan direction and so on? I follow my instinct. I literally get into the studio, we start something on piano, or guitar, and it gradually builds into a song over however many days, or a week, or whatever. That for me is instinct and I go with that on everything. The tour is obviously the next big thing on the horizon. Are you focussing fully on that now? We are gearing up for touring; we have rehearsals for a few weeks. But I am still promoting the album, too. I still haven’t finished. I just got back from Australia and New Zealand,

went straight to Europe and now just back, kind of everywhere really. It’s been busy – so much so that at half four I have just managed to find time for my first food of the day! What do you have in mind for this tour that may differ from the rest? I want something ridiculous. I just don’t know what yet. I am still thinking about it. The main thing is I want it to sound incredible; I want it to sound out of this world. What’s on the horizon, apart from touring? I never know what is going to happen, so I play everything by ear. Figure 8 comes out, and then hopefully people like it. After that, who knows? You landed a pretty big spot Bittersweet is on the soundtrack for the final Twilight film. Did you go to the premiere? Twilight has gone huge for that song. I haven’t even released it, but people are going mad for it. I keep getting calls and texts with people saying they have heard my song. I ask which one, and they say the one from Twilight. I didn’t go to the premiere or anything but only because I was away – I probably would have gone along if I’d been here, to show my support for the film. Are you a fan? I am not like a diehard fan, but I totally get why all the Twilight films are just so popular. For tour dates and more visit: www.elliegoulding.com.

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After the stress of the Christmas period, treat yourself to some welldeserved relaxation.

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e all look forward to the sociable nature and excitement of Christmas time, but by January many of us start to feel the strain that accompanies the festive period. So, what better way to put the festive season behind you and allow yourself to rest, rejuvenate and re-energise for the year ahead than at one of the region’s luxury spas? Fortunately, East Anglia boasts a wide range of venues where you can do just that, from day packages to overnight stays and relaxing treatments to swimming pools, gyms, golf courses and tennis courts, you can really take the time to relax just the way you like.

Other spas in the area The Old Hall, Health and Spa (Norfolk) Relax in the 18m swimming pool or thermal suite, break a sweat in the Technogym and leave with a new look after a visit to Alexander’s Hair Salon. Secret Garden Spa, Congham Hall Hotel (Norfolk) Take in breath-taking views from the 12m pool, lose yourself in one of the rainforest showers, relax in the thermal suite or indulge in a luxurious treatment. Greenwoods Hotel, Spa and Retreat (Essex) Pamper yourself with the vast array of current beauty treatments and techniques on offer, relax in the sauna and steam room or try the invigorating monsoon shower before a dip in the 20m pool. The Cambridge Belfry (Cambridgeshire) The Belfry is home to a gym, pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms where massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, wraps and scrubs using renowned ESPA products are always on offer.

New Year, Sopwell House Relax in style at the grand Sopwell House, a magnificent Georgian manor house and one-time country home of Lord Mountbatten, surrounded by 12 acres of gardens. The spa combines Japanese elements with warm, natural materials and offers facilities that include a swimming pool, aerobic studio, Jacuzzi, indulgent starlit steam room, glass-fronted sauna and a heated mosaic seat. Their luxurious range of treatments uses ESPA, Clarins and Jessica products in a comprehensive array of holistic facials, massages, scrubs, wraps and specialist offerings such as ear candling. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Tel: 01727 864477

Atlantic Health Spa, Houghton Hall Enjoy views over swathes of countryside and gardens from the poolside at Atlantic Health Spa housed in a contemporary conversion of 15th century timber-framed barns. Facilities range from a Jacuzzi, relaxation area, sauna and aromatherapy steam room for those looking for utter relaxation, to a fully equipped gym and tennis courts for the more energetic. The treatments list includes facials, massages with hot stone and Eifelfango mud back therapy, full body treatment, manicure, pedicure and waxing, along with a host of options for the men out there. Cavendish, Suffolk. Tel: 01787 279009

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Relax in style at a luxury spa

Luxury Spas Imagine Spas Forget the buzz of city life at Orton Hall, a 17th century manor house set in 20 acres of parkland in Peterborough; try the dry floatation bed at Blofield Heath, Norwich; or plan an overnight stay at the historic Quy Mill in Cambridge, Knights Hill in King’s Lynn or Park Farm Hotels. Home to Imagine Spas’ flagship Signature Collection spas, these venues offer beautifully appointed treatment rooms; thermal suites that include hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam rooms; Serail mud baths; aromatherapy; beauty zones for manicures, pedicures and make-up; and relaxation areas where the music soothes and the aromas awaken the senses. For more information visit: www.imaginespa.co.uk.

New You Sequoia Spa, The Grove Spend a day fit for a royal at a former venue of Queen Victoria and her entourage’s house parties. The Grove’s Sequoia spa blends Ayurvedic influence in the form of natural materials and holistic treatments with the best of modern amenities and design. The spa boasts an ozone-filtered pool, a steam room, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course in addition to the 300 acre grounds. The piéce de resistance, however, is the treatments menu and in particular the couple’s suite with king-sized bath, steam shower and two treatment beds – basically your own private spa! Watford, Hertfordshire. Tel: 01923 807807

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La Fontana Spa, housed within the historic Sprowston Manor, offers a unique range of treatments to aid relaxation and balance the mind and body. Blow off some steam on the championship golf course or in fitness classes and unwind by the tropical pool, in the steam room, spa bath or sauna. With a wide range of pampering treatments including body scrubs and wraps, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing using products such as ESPA, Decléor, Guinot, Jessica and Bare Minerals make up, you are sure to leave looking and feeling absolutely tip top. Norwich, Norfolk. Tel: 01603 410871

The first Crowne Plaza Resort in the UK offers some of the finest leisure facilities in the area. Enhance your mental and physical well-being in the secluded sanctuary of the Spa. Therapists offer a range of luxurious beauty therapies, including massages, facials, manicures, aromatherapy and reflexology using renowned ESPA and Clarins products. Enjoy the heated, indoor swimming pool and relax in the spa bath, sauna, steam room or alternatively, work out in spin, aerobics or aqua classes and the Technogym. Indoor tennis, badminton and squash courts are also available. Maldon, Essex. Tel: 01621 868888

Ufford Park Spa The luxury spa at Ufford Park is the only spa of its kind in Suffolk where a thermal suite provides ‘fire and ice’ experiences to stimulate the senses. The spa’s many features include: a bubbling hydro pool with massaging water jets; a mineral grotto full of exotic fragrances; aroma steam room; soft sauna (sanarium); ice fountain; tropical showers; and relaxation zone. A warm, indoor swimming pool, superb gymnasium and exercises classes ranging from pilates and yoga to circuit training and boxercise are also on offer to the more energetic visitors among you. A fantastic spa in a great location. Woodbridge, Suffolk. Tel: 01394 383555

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Beauty

Revitalise your appearance after all those Christmas celebrations, with radiant skin and healthy-looking hair

A simple beauty regime can do wonders for your appearance

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU BEAUTY Skin Although our skin encounters dirt, oil and environmental pollutants that clog skin pores that lead to blackheads, pimples and blemishes on a daily basis, the winter months can leave skin feeling dry and looking dull. Regular cleansing not only helps eliminate blemishes, but helps restore radiant skin by removing dead skin cells, and stimulates circulation, reducing premature ageing. Exfoliating Use a gentle bi-weekly exfoliating scrub – those with micro particles are particularly good – to remove dead skin that tends to dull your complexion. If you have just had an area waxed, be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can graze skin, causing in-grown hairs rather than preventing them. Cleansing and toning As with exfoliators, cleansers should be strong enough to remove dirt, but gentle enough not to strip skin of its natural moisture. Make sure you cleanse your skin at least twice a day and wipe with a soft towel or leave it

to dry on its own. Toners remove any residual cleanser and help minimise the size of pores. Look for alcoholfree toners that are kinder to dry skin and blot dry to avoid dehydration. Moisturising After washing or showering, pat rather than rub the excess water from your skin and apply your moisturiser or body oil whilst your skin is still slightly damp, in order to help lock in the moisture. Ensure your moisturiser is at least SPF15, despite the lack of obvious sunshine in winter, and consider using a richer face cream to intensely hydrate skin and reduce water loss. Easily forgotten areas, such as the back of your neck and behind your ears, start to sag with age, so be sure not to neglect them when applying cream. Men should resist applying aftershave straight after shaving and instead use a moisturiser to hydrate skin and sooth sores.

and scalp with a padded brush for five minutes before showering in order to exfoliate, stimulate, and improve circulation before shampooing. When washing hair only put conditioner on your hair ends rather than the roots or fringe to avoid grease. Use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair as it is at its weakest and brushing can easily it. Work from root to end to detangle. For hair to shine the cuticle must be flat to reflect more light. Give your hair a cool-water rinse and once you’ve styled it, a quick blast with a hairdryer on the cool setting. This will shut down the cuticle and give you shinier looking hair. n

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Fitness

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU FITNESS Whether you’re looking for a serious workout or an inviting fitness environment, a health club with comprehensive facilities or a value-for-money gym, Eastlife has it covered. The Gym The Gym allows its members maximum flexibility, letting you organise going to the gym around your life rather than fitting your life around going to the gym. Open 24/7 with affordable pay-as-you-go membership, there is no risk of turning up to a closed gym or losing money from a contract that you never use. Free classes including Total Body Circuits, Pilates and Gymastics Fitness are on offer, whilst machines are plentiful and include the latest in equipment such as the immersive Myride cycling machines. (www.thegymgroup.com). David Lloyd For somewhere that is more extensive leisure experience than just a gym, David Lloyd has a lot to offer. Along with the standard gym and personal training you’d expect, clubs offer indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and spas to help you relax after your workout and can also provide physio.

Other facilities include badminton, basketball, squash and tennis courts, and lifestyle services such as a hair and beauty salon, sunbeds, and even a private cinema in some branches. (www.davidlloyd.co.uk). Moreton Hall Health Club Moreton Hall Health Club in Bury St Edmunds is fantastic for those looking for a more relaxed workout. Set in glorious wooded surroundings, the club offers a full range of facilities in a welcoming environment, with two air-conditioned gyms. There are over 35 exercise classes each week, squash and tennis courts, and an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and floatation centre to relax post-workout. An Alternative Health and Beauty Centre and hairdresser are also available on site. (www.moretonhallhealthclub.co.uk). Nuffield Health Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Centres combine the conventional gym experience with specialist

medical, physiotherapy and nutrition expertise, in one complete package. Benefit from a free clinically approved health MOT that measures criteria such as body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels, which can be used to make a personalised action plan; chart your progress in regular check-ins; and receive rewards for improving your health. (www.nuffieldhealth.com). The Fitness Unit If you’re serious about working out, The Fitness Unit is a great choice. In the gym, all sessions are supervised by trainers, whilst fitness classes are adapted to members, making them varied and fun. The Fitness Unit is also home to Suffolk’s best bootcamp, with enthusiasts seeing rapid results in challenging, one hour sessions run by ex-military staff. Despite the hard work there’s a sociable atmosphere, enhanced by activity weekends away, races including Race For Life and fundraising events. (www.thefitnessunit.co.uk).

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU HEALTH Follow Dominika Karpowicz’s top tips for a healthy detox after Christmas.

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ith the average person consuming 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone, and gaining from one to five pounds in weight over the festive period as a whole, it’s no wonder we’re left feeling groggy and uninspired. But don’t fret; follow these simple nutritional tips and you’ll start the New Year energised and positive. Detox vs. diet Detoxing should never be about restrictive dieting, but rather about steadily getting your body back to a more balanced pre-Christmas state. Nutritionist Lucy-Ann Prideaux from Simply Nutrition recommends starting with a 10 day detox and adapting this as you go along. People will react at different times, but you’ll know it’s worked once you feel “increased energy and mental clarity, better digestion, improved sleep and a general feeling of well-being”. Water is your best friend Although we all know we should, many of us still don’t drink enough water. Aim for two litres a day and

you will see the benefits, ranging from reduced headaches, feeling fuller after lunch, and less sluggish in the afternoon. The good news is that this amount includes hot water and tea, the former supposedly being strangely good for you as it purifies your bloodstream and cleanses your body of harmful toxins. If you get bored of plain water, opt for caffeine-free alternatives such as herb-based teas. For example, not only does peppermint tea help you feel perky in the mornings, but it is great for your skin and aids digestion, whereas dandelion tea is also great for cleansing your system. It’s worth remembering that although green tea is well-known for its detoxing qualities, it does contain caffeine. Satisfy your sweet tooth Although often easier said than done, try cutting down on foods high in fat, sugar and salt. If you’re craving something sweet, indulge in a tablespoon of honey or use it to sweeten your tea/porridge. Naturally fat-free, honey slowly releases energy and helps fight those cravings. Fruit is

also a good source of natural sugar, including its edible skin, which contains lots of essential vitamins. Beware of fruit juices however, as, although we often think they are healthy, they in fact contain a high level of purified sugar. Attempt organic Although more costly, try and choose organic products where possible, either in your local market or supermarket, as they are more likely to have been cultivated without drugs or chemicals. For a range of delicious organic, vegan and vegetarian food, visit the award-winning Rainbow Café in Cambridge. (www.rainbowcafe.co.uk). Go green Green, leafy vegetables such as kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli are packed with phytonutrients that boost detoxification and have also been linked with lowering the risk of cancer. Add cleansing spices such as fennel, coriander and ginger to your meal and your body will be in a detox version of seventh heaven. n

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Think yourself lucky if the only thing that shows the strain this festive season is your bathroom, as it copes with the added pressure of Christmas guests. If by January you decide that the only sensible way to entertain yourself is to get out the DIY manual and upgrade the small room, Gaynor Clements reveals ten tips to transform the space and turn it into a veritable sanctuary.

to revamp your bathroom 1

Ditch the avocado suite. If you have a coloured sink and bath, the betting is they now look dated, however much you loved them at the time. White is the only way forward. Don’t fight it.

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Do some serious space planning. Get out the graph paper and plot the maximum use of the area. Even if you can’t go to the trouble and expense of moving round the big fittings, think about corner basins, and even corner loos, if you are short of space. Don’t be tempted by a corner bath. Even though they will

save on space, they affect the resale value of your house – no one really likes them. Don’t be tempted to replace the bath with a shower. The lack of a place to languish will grate on you in no time. Instead, fit a shower attachment in the bath, or install a proper shower over it if you have the budget.

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Heated towel rails are a must not a luxury – there’s nothing worse than permanently soggy towels. A heated rail at the end of the bath will free up space for cupboards or even a nice chair to catch your discarded nicks. eastlife.co.uk|19

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Don’t fall into the same trap with tiles as you did with the green suite. Tiles which are too outré will date pretty quickly. Go for something simple, classy and enduring like travertine. Stick to one type of tile for a sleek look, especially if you are short of space, as different styles can clash or look busy.

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Gentle lighting is so much kinder than the harsh overhead variety.

Who wants to see every wrinkle when they floss? Bathroom mirrors with built-in lighting are easy to source and aren’t expensive. Think about track lighting, which can be angled to give a softer effect.

will add a touch of class and lift a tired bathroom. If you can afford to install a bath with taps in the middle, you can enjoy a soak with a friend without falling out about who gets the tap end.

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Be brave and use mirrors to create the effect of space and to improve the lighting, especially if you don’t have a window to give natural light. Go for a soft but light colour on the walls, especially if the room is north-facing.

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His ‘n’ Hers sinks are always sought after, so consider double vanity basins if space allows. There are some radical-looking basins out there, but anything too fancy will date, so go for something classical.

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If you can’t afford to undertake a major overhaul, replace fixings, such as taps and lighting, with the most expensive you can afford. They

Go for a power shower – one that cures hangovers and drums, slightly painfully, on your tender areas. A lacklustre shower will drive you bananas. Make sure you get a plumber to check your water pressure as this will dictate what kind of pump, if any, you need to build up a proper head of water.

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If you have the space, install a nice, large leafy plant to add a touch of class. Most will thrive in the steamy atmosphere. Ferns look particularly at home in a bathroom, but consider something a little more unusual like a miniature olive tree. Alternatively a mini citrus tree will add a splash of colour.

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Loft Conversions Every renovation project and home build presents its own particular issues and challenges. TV property expert Clive Holland outlines key things to look out for before embarking on a loft conversion

FREE THE SPACE Unless you live underground or in a flat or apartment, you probably have a loft space that, if it’s like mine, is full of boxes for old toasters, irons, kettles, TVs, old records and tapes, Christmas decorations, photographs and cards from past loves, clothes you only dream of being able to fit into again if you ever manage to stick to the diet or are keeping in the hope that one day 32-inch bell-bottom jeans with three-button high waists will come back into fashion, and so on. If it was converted professionally, however, into a living space, it could add thousands of pounds onto the value of your home. A loft conversion can be a tricky and time-consuming job but if carried out correctly by a competent and experienced contractor, the results can be amazing. To Consider Not all loft spaces can be converted so before you get started on the planning consider the following: • Is there enough space for the required height? Let’s face it, in terms of height you are going to want to stand up in it and bear in mind that the new floor could be as much as 150–200 mm higher than your existing joists. • Does it have potential as a

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he British Carp and Angling Show sees in the New Year at the Royal Norfolk Showground in Norwich on the 19th and 20th of January. The largest angling event in East Anglia, the Show features the latest products – with many at discounted prices – and access to experts for advice on casting and tips about local fisheries as well as fishing abroad. Some of the most notable names in angling make an appearance, such as television’s Matt Hayes and Bob Nudd, the first British angler to win four individual world angling championships. Later in the month, point-to-point horse racing can be enjoyed courtesy of the North Norfolk Harriers on the 27th in Higham, Suffolk. For the best viewing, try to get a spot in the centre of the course. In February, the Norfolk Showground hosts the International Shooting Show on the 2nd and 3rd. As East Anglia is one of the country’s largest shooting regions, the Show will provide everything for

enthusiasts, such as shooting ranges, gunmaker halls, an airgun village, a huge selection of exhibitors, and the chance to talk with experts. On the 9th, the Cambridge University Draghounds compete in point-to-point in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire. The Draghounds, which is the only pack in England still run by students, invites spectators to view the course from the grandstand, banks by the paddock and last fence. For a different equestrian experience, the Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton, Buckinghamshire hosts the Open Under 25s Dressage Championships on the 3rd of March. Besides viewing top class dressage, the

event also raises money for the Oxford Colon Cancer Trust. As the spring – hopefully – arrives, the West Anglia Country Show comes to the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire on the last weekend of the month. All-day entertainment includes birds of prey, working dogs, arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees, and children’s entertainment. Don’t miss the Companion Dog Show on Monday the 1st, with all proceeds going to Wood Green Animal Shelters. With the weather allowing us to enjoy the outdoors again, April sees two country shows. The first is the Colchester Town and Country Show in Essex on the weekend of the 20th. Enjoy all-day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, and plenty of fun for the kids. The Show also has gifts and food marquees, and their Companion Dog Show, on the Sunday, donates proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The following weekend, the East Anglian Game and Country Fair is held at the Norfolk Showground in eastlife.co.uk|27

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a better deal than they are currently on. It has not yet been announced how this will work. When does this take affect? Everyone needs to know that this is currently only a ‘proposal’ and therefore that the energy providers do not have to follow the above rules yet. In fact the government have said that the new rules will not come in until mid-2014! Will the new proposals lower energy bills? That was certainly the aim of the Government when they put these proposals together. However, the reality is that not everyone will save. Here are a few reasons why: Less people will switch – many of us will therefore believe that we have the best deal already as per the Governments proposals; The energy providers are likely to make their best deal ‘worst’ than the deals that we currently see on the market, as they will know that they always have to put their customers on this deal; Whilst reducing the amount of tariffs is a good step towards making the market less complicated for consumers, less tariffs means less deals available. Will you still be able to switch when the proposals come in? There is already a misconception that because the proposals say that the energy providers will be forced to always give you ‘their’ best deal that I mean’s the end of switching. This is NOT the case. This

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BY SYLVIA NEWMAN. I always start the countdown to lighter evenings once Christmas is over. We start to gain miniscule moments towards lighter evenings and it truly starts to become noticeable by the end of January. It’s not all darkness though and there are some spectacular, not to be missed, flowers starting to appear during these months of shorter days. To brighten things up until then, here are a few of my favourites, and which I use a lot in my planting schemes. The fragrance of some of these are just to die for. They are all short day lovers, so we wouldn’t be able to appreciate them at all if we lived in lighter, warmer climes!

Sarcococca confusa. Family: Buxaceae Sarcococca are compact, sometimes suckering evergreen shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers in winter or spring, followed by red, purple or black berries which may persist into the following winter. S. confusa is a bushy evergreen shrub to 2m, with glossy, deep green, wavy ovate leaves 3-5cm in length and, in winter, inconspicuous, very sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers, followed by glossy black berries

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’. Family: Adoxaceae Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries. ‘Dawn’ is a strong-growing large deciduous shrub of upright growth, with dark green leaves, and clusters of scented, light pink and white flowers opening from autumn to spring, from red buds.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’. Family: Hamamelidaceae More commonly known as witch hazel, I first came across this shrub when I was studying at Writtle College and it left a lasting impression on me. Such delicate petals coming from bare stems, and the scent is amazing. ‘Jelena’ is one of the best cultivars of witch hazel, grown both for the coppery orange flowers that are borne in late winter and for its excellent red and yellow autumn foliage. Does well in both full sun or partial shade and is fully hardy.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica. Family: Ranunculaceae One of the several varieties of Clematis flowering in winter, C. cirrhosa var. balearica is an evergreen climber with small, very finely cut, dark green leaves that turn bronze-purple in winter. Slightly fragrant, cup-shaped creamyyellow flowers, spotted purple within, produced in late winter and early spring followed by fluffy seed-heads. This may sometimes need winter protection, but I’ve always found it to be completely hardy.

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Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’. Family: Calycanthaceae Known more generally as wintersweet, Chimonanthus can be both evergreen and deciduous shrubs with simple leaves and highly fragrant, bowl-shaped, many-petalled flowers borne in winter, followed by cylindrical or urn-shaped seed capsules. ‘Luteus’ is a medium-sized, bushy deciduous shrub, with rough-textured, glossy, leaves to 20cm in length, and small, highly fragrant, waxy yellow flowers in winter. Plant this by a front door and guests will wonder where the fragrance is coming from! Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. Family: Caprifoliaceae For sweet winter scent, it’s hard to beat Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. This is a deciduous, or semi-evergreen, shrub and does well in full sun or partial shade. As the name suggests, it’s a relation of the honeysuckle, and its common name is winter honeysuckle.

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basic subjects. Some schools include drama and music as part of the curriculum. Some put a curriculumwide emphasis on the environment. Other schools involve students in community service or organise local internships. Do students go on trips or excursions to complement in-school learning? For older students, it’s worth knowing the GCSE and A Level subject range to ensure that your child’s interests are completely met.

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Facilities Technology features widely at many schools. Some schools have site-wide Wi-Fi as well as an up-to-date ICT suite. Most libraries are not just well resourced but are also online so students can access the catalogue off-site. As you tour a school, look for its distinctive features such as a music room, drama hall, gymnasium, dance

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Education After-school activities After-school activities are an important complement to daily learning. Some after-school activities that may be on offer are: sports (such as football, tennis, or Karate) and classes in foreign language, art, music, cookery, pottery, dance, speech, drama, and ICT. Some schools employ professionals to teach these classes; for example, a professional dancer teaches Ballet or a local artist teaches art classes. Clubs make a school a community by bringing together students and teachers outside of the classroom. What club would your child want to join? Some clubs might include: drama, art, music, dance, choir, the school magazine and newspaper, sciences, foreign languages and maths. Some school clubs are involved in school-to-school competitions. The classroom experience A positive classroom experience inspires even the most reluctant student and forms life-long learners. As you tour a school, ask about the

faculty. Are they all qualified teachers? Do they hold degrees in the subjects they teach – even advanced degrees? Classroom size is also important as well as the teacher to student ratio. Do students receive individual attention? Also, do the classrooms contain interactive whiteboards? Do students use computers during lessons? How does each school ensure that the overall classroom experience is memorable and accessible? Parental involvement No parent likes unpleasant surprises when it comes to their child’s progress. Besides scheduled back-to-school nights, it’s useful to know how the school communicates with parents – and vice-versa – on a regular basis. Do teachers keep in touch with parents through telephone calls, e-mail messages, or notes in the school bag? Blogs even! Can parents e-mail teachers with questions or concerns? This is especially important for boarding students – as is easy communication with the boarder’s houseparent.

Expert advice Deputy Head (Academic), Mr David Miles at Gresham’s School: “When attending Open Days there are key things to consider. Schools will be showcasing their best so look at the areas between the events; how do students move between classes? Is it purposeful, with a smile or do they drag their feet? Look at the displays in classrooms, is the library busy? It is important to look beyond the gloss into the real school.” Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EA. Tel: 01263 714500. www.greshams.com

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School Focus Colchester schoolgirls with lots to smile about.

The vibrant, Roman city of Colchester boasts an education system that is the envy of many similar sized conurbations. Here are two impressive examples.

SCHOOL FOCUS COLCHESTER Colchester High School Colchester High School is the only independent school in Colchester for girls and boys from 2½ to 16 years old – Nursery to GCSE. Pupils achieve outstanding academic results thanks to the small class sizes, experienced and professional teachers, and strong pastoral support. CHS has a strong focus, from Nursery to Year 11, on the individual child and how to help each pupil to achieve his or her academic potential whilst also becoming a happy, confident, interested, responsible and caring member of the school. Pupils are not selected on academic ability but are expected to work hard in their studies and to become a positive, caring member of the school community. The school is located in Wellesley Road, giving pupils, parents and teachers the benefit of immediate access to a range of excellent local sporting, academic, research and social facilities. The school’s sporting prowess is a direct result of being in a town location as it has use of local sports grounds specifically tailored to suit each sport. The school’s dynamic teaching team uses these specialist training grounds to enable pupils to participate in a wide range of sports. There is a whole-school Open Day on Saturday 9th March, 10am to

1pm. For further information please contact the Admissions Team on 01206 217116. St Mary’s A focused academic education, with a wealth of opportunities to stretch each individual intellectually, creatively and physically and to support girls as they develop into young adulthood – that’s what is on offer at St Mary’s, Colchester. The school has a long tradition of educating girls aged 4 to 16, but they are always looking to the future and to the important roles the pupils will play in shaping their world. St Mary’s gives girls a solid foundation on which to build their adult lives and to identify and achieve their aspirations. The Lower School is a Sunday Times Top 100 Preparatory School which encourages girls to achieve excellent results in their Sats and at 11+, but at the same time, makes sure they have plenty of opportunities to develop interests and skills that will last a lifetime. From lively activities in the dance studio to fun and challenge outdoors in their forest school. The next Senior School Open Days are 6 March, 9 March and 12 March. The open day at the Lower School is on 16 March. For enquiries call School registrar, Mrs Justine Tierney on 01206 216420. n

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COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL NON

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Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys from 2½ to 16 years

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ST ALBANS SCHOOL HMC Day School 810 pupils Headmaster: Andrew Grant MA

Open Day

Saturday 9th March 2013 10am to 1pm Parking available via Hospital Road

Year 7 September 2013 entry

ENTRY FOR BOYS at 11 and 13 ENTRY FOR BOYS and GIRLS at 16+

Senior School Taster Day Assessment Morning

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Registrar, St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, Herts AL3 4HB Telephone : 01727 855521 email: admissions@st-albans.herts.sch.uk www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

Monday 28th January

Wellesley Road, Colchester CO3 3HD Main office: 01206 573 389 Admissions: 01206 217 116

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St. Mary’s School

for Girls

Looking for the right school? Senior School: for girls aged 11-16

Lower School: for girls aged 4-11

St. Mary’s girls gain confidence and life skills alongside excellent academic results. Great sporting and creative opportunities including textiles, drama and music.

Small classes, a great range of activities, excellent facilities with acres of grounds to explore.

March 2013 open days

March 2013 open days

Wed 6th at 10.30am and 1.45pm Sat 9th from 12.00pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 12th at 6.30pm

Sat 16th from 10am - 12.00pm Lower School, 247 London Road Colchester CO3 8LT

Kindergarten: for girls & boys aged from 18 months Our Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Kindergarten is open all year round for full days or sessions. Limited places are available now. Kindergarten, 247 London Road Colchester CO3 8LT

Senior School, 91 Lexden Road Colchester CO3 3RB

Contact our registrar on 01206 216420 91 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex, C03 3RB

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St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING

Stamford Endowed Schools Entrance Examinations Saturday 19th January 2013 (for entry in September 2013) For entry into the senior schools, assistance with fees is available through SES scholarships and bursaries, which have no catchment area restriction.

wThinking about a Sixth Form place? Join us on Thursday 10th February 18.00 - 20.30hrs

Stamford Junior School

Co-educational 2-11

to gain information about courses and entry requirements.

Stamford High School

The evening starts with a brief talk in the main hall, followed by visits to subject areas around the school.

Girls 11-18

Stamford School Boys 11-18

Sixth Form

Co-educational 16-18

For all enquiries and to register, please call 01780 750310 or email

ses@ses.lincs.sch.uk At St Thomas More Catholic School OUTSTANDING outcomes are an expectation for all St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Tyne Crescent, Bedfordshire MK41 7UL Tel: 01234 400222 www.st-thomasmore.org.uk

Extensive bus service and easy rail links. Provisions are in place to help busy parents.

Foundations for Success

For boys and girls, day and boarding w. ses.lincs.sch.uk Registered Charity No: 527618

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A great career opportunity in media sales

Special offer on bespoke firehearths - limited time only

Thompson Media Partners publish East Life the monthly lifestyle magazine and website for East Anglia, as well as numerous annual guides and information booklets. Fire We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic Hearths also telephone sales person. Based in Elsworth, available Cambridgeshire the successful candidate will be

working with a small, dedicated team who work hard in a fun environment. Experience in print and digital media sales would be useful but not essential. Our ideal candidate will have a great personality and be able to speak confidently to local business people at every level. OTE is in the region of ÂŁ25k, full training and support will be given. If you are the right person please tell us why and email your CV to Sean Thompson, Publisher at

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School Focus An all round education is part of the curriculum at Langley School.

Set in the grounds of Langley Park

SCHOOL FOCUS LANGLEY Langley School, a co-educational day and boarding school set in the striking grounds of Langley Park, welcomes boys and girls between the ages of ten and sixteen, (academic years 6 – 11) and then from sixteen to eighteen, (academic years 12 – 13) to the sixth form. With small class sizes (the pupil to teacher ratio is an impressive eight to one), students are offered a broad yet challenging curriculum with excellent teaching and learning opportunities, where the emphasis is very much on the individual student. Langley also offers enviable technology and performance arts facilities (with a host of announcements of more in the pipeline), and this spring term there are 90 activities to pick from, ranging from polo and clay pigeon shooting to miniature railway and pottery clubs. Langley School also has an enviable record upon the sports field. Sporting glory It is on the rugby field in particular that the school seems to really excel, as headmaster Dominic Findlay tells Eastlife magazine. “The U14 rugby team at the school really is going from strength to strength,” says Findlay.

“They have just had their second unbeaten season, with 13 of the students having been selected to represent Norfolk, and a select group having been selected to join the Leicester Tigers EPDG (Elite Player Development Group), a core skills and movement literacy programme”. Those who excel in the programme are offered places in Tigers Academy at the end of the U16 year. “We’ve used sport to help recruit students into the school,” he continues. “And now we have a flourishing fixture list. In fact the head of rugby has challenged the larger independent schools, often those with a bigger rugby pedigree, to play friendlies throughout the spring term. Our rugby achievements really are a wonderful advertisement for the school”. Ambassador Programme It isn’t only the boys that are getting results at Langley. In fact the achievements of the school’s growing number of female students are being recognised with the initiation of a Girls Ambassador Programme. “There are over 200 girls at the school now,” says Findlay. “So we have set up the programme to not only recognise the

girls’ strengths and allow them to develop their education in a number of areas but also inspire them to flourish at Langley School and later life. They have already undertaken a number of charity events and put on some Zumba classes. Plus, influential female business leaders have come in to talk to the girls. The programme is in its infancy but we are really excited by the direction it is taking”. It seems for both sexes at Langley School, the future is very bright. Langley School, Langley Park Loddon, Norfolk. NR14 6BJ Tel: 01508 520210 www.langleyschool.co.uk For admissions: 01508 522474

Proud to be vibrant and exciting

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giving children the confidence to achieve their best...from Nursery to Sixth Form

Gosfield School

ESTABLISHED 1929

Independent co-educational day and boarding school for ages 4-18.

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Nursery • Junior • Senior • Sixth Form Now with brand new Nursery and Junior School buildings. Call 01799 525351 or email admissions.org.uk to arrange a visit. Friends’ School, Mount Pleasant Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3EB. Bursaries available in some cases. NURSERY VOUCHERS ACCEPTED

www.friends.org.uk • 01799 525351

Open day Saturday March 9th 10am - 1pm

Call: 01787 474040 Visit: www.gosfieldschool.org.uk Cut Hedge Park Halstead Road Gosfield Essex CO9 1PF

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School Focus Set in a stunning 90 acre location in rural North Essex, Felsted offers an excellent all round education for children aged four to eighteen.

Impressive Felsted School building

SCHOOL FOCUS FELSTED Offering boarding, occasional boarding and day places, pupils can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels in the Sixth Form. Felsted’s central educational philosophy is that the strengths and qualities from within are drawn out through challenge and adventurous pursuits. The school is focused upon academic achievement but also addresses the whole child, seeking to develop leadership, service, teamwork and spiritual growth. An extensive range of co-curricular activities are offered, including sport, music, art and drama. The school has an enviable reputation for sport,

turning out many a County or National cricket, hockey or rugby player and a series of Olympians over the years. Outstanding musicians, artists and experts in all professions have also been educated at Felsted. Work education is a key focus of school life, with pupils given many opportunities to explore potential careers and professions. The Felsted Network facilitates this, a powerful online community forum of parents, staff and Old Felstedians. Felsted is also a member of the Round Square Organisation of schools, one of only 12 in the UK and 80 across the world, which offers its pupils an international network and many

opportunities, including exchanges. Please refer to the website, www. felsted.org, for further details or contact the Admissions Office on 01371 822600, who will be delighted to help you. Forthcoming events Felsted host a variety of extracurricular events including An Evening of Mystery at the Hunt Theatre on 31st January at 7.30pm. Dr Charles Lee presents a magical and mystical evening full of surprises that will keep you captivated throughout. Tickets: ÂŁ12. Available at: www.felsted.org/events or call 01371 822619. n

The perfect environment to work and play

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PRINTMAKING COURSES etching lino drypoint collagraphs

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Classes for children's grades & vocational levels in Classical ballet, modern theatre, contemporary & tap dance

Beginners and more experienced welcome. Small friendly groups taught by Louise with 30 years printmaking experience.

Teaching faculty are all fully qualified and CRB checked & include examiners of the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing & Professionals from Theatre & Classical Companies For further details, Please contact 01223 356023 or email us at king.slocombe@tesco.net www.kingslocombe.com 8 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge, CB1 1JW

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Cambridge Steiner School …where education is a journey, not a race An inspiring and creative education from birth to 11 yrs that understands the need for children to develop at a pace that is right for them. An education that allows imagination, invention and discovery to flourish in a warm and creative learning environment. ■ Parent & Child, Kindergarten and Primary School ■ academic excellence and emotional intelligence ■ inspirational teaching covering National Curriculum subjects ■ woodland schooling for kindergarten children Come to an Open Morning on the first Friday of every month and experience the wonder of Steiner Education first hand.

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first for training & skills

New courses for a new you this January there’s something for everyone at CRC... Can you DIY it? Art History Creative Woodcrafts Plumbing Motorcycle Maintenance British Sign Language T’ai Chi Car Maintenance Printmaking Music Production Interior Design Script Writing

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Otley College New Year, New Start Happy New Year! We (I) may have gained a couple of pounds this Christmas but this time of the year brings with it a time-old tradition to think about and maybe even attempt a New Year’s resolution. My New Year’s resolution is to have a New Year’s resolution! I love this time of year – it feels like the Christmas cobwebs have been blown away. It’s also this time of year that people move house, buy and sell cars, look for new jobs...or maybe even apply for an apprenticeship (getting paid while you learn might sound too good to be true – but, as an apprentice, you really do get the best of both worlds!) A new government requirement which applies to this year’s crop of 16-18 year olds means you are now required to stay in education, training or work-based learning – the decisions that need to be made means this time of year can feel very pressured. I was recently at a year 11 progression evening at a school in Lowestoft – a student had spent two days and two evenings visiting careers fairs and was exhausted! Approaching 9pm and I was the last person she spoke to – I started to explain how Otley College was a great choice and offered different vocational pathways – to which, at my greatest surprise – she started to cry. The student explained that she found the wealth of information she had encountered was so overwhelming and talking to me, she had finally found a course at Otley College that supported her passion – horse riding. This experience reminded me of a phrase ‘the right choice is often the hardest one to make’ – but don’t let this put you off.

Having problems with school, college or university work? Need to pass an examination, obtain a qualification or learn a new skill? Whatever your age, we have tutors who can help. Cambridge Education and Training Founded in 1987, CET is Cambridgeshire’s leading tutoring agency.

There are lots of people out there including myself who are here to help. In the run up to Christmas I spoke with well over 1,000 students with all sorts of questions, queries and concerns and for those who I speak with who have no idea what they would like to do, I recommend two steps – pick up a prospectus (our brand new prospectus is out now!) and go to as many open days as possible. And, if you are interested in an apprenticeship you can apply throughout the year in areas that you might not have thought of like...equine, floristry, food manufacturing and hospitality. Come along to our Open Morning to speak with me or a member of the apprenticeships team about your options. If you’re looking for a new start this New Year whether it be a Further Education course, Higher Education course or an apprenticeship then come along to our next Open Day which takes place on 2nd February from 9am to 1pm. This is the perfect opportunity to come and have a look around our campus situated in the heart of the rolling countryside in Suffolk.

We offer:

; one-to-one home-based tuition ; hundreds of highly qualified, fully vetted and experienced tutors ; over 80 subjects taught ; GCSE, AS and A-Level revision ; SATs, 7+, 11+ and 13+ preparation.

There are other ways to find out more about the College – you could download our official Otley College app which launched on the 1st September – it’s FREE from your app store and has lots of information on courses at Otley, news and events… You can also check out our courses online www.otleycollege.ac.uk/courses

Tel: 01487 812628

For student advice at Otley – call 01473 784248

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CHELMSFORD MUSEUM

Free ssion admi the ll for a y! famil Innovative schools education programme available, including Romans, Victorians, and physical sciences. We offer a wide range of activities from Under 5s to adults.

What will you discover? www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums Phone 01245 605700

means-tested bursaries available

Less school run, more fun. From age 11 upwards, boarding at The Leys is a busy and stimulating experience. Academic enrichment, creative expression, musical performance, elite sports coaching, scientific analysis and business understanding all play a role in our educational programme. To top it all, relax with your friends in modern, comfortable surroundings, with a sleepover

OPEN MORNING 2 MARCH

each night and a delicious cooked breakfast every morning. That’s Leys life. Call Jan Cooper on 01223 508 904 or email admissions@theleys.net

www.theleys.net/boarding OUTSTANDING TEACHING: OVER 40% OF PUPILS GAIN 10+ A/A*S AT GCSE LEVEL

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The

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Ballet School

Ballet – Tap – Street

From 3 years to adult. Specialist Ballet Training for Vocational Schools.

Emphasis on enjoyment. The Foxes, Tuttles Lane East, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0EW facebook filler_Layout 1 24/01/2012 09:02 Page 1

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Family-Orientated Co-Educational School Day and Boarding Places Available Graded Outstanding in many areas following recent ISI Inspection

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact the Registrar Mrs Louise Coates Tel 01953 681246 Riddlesworth Hall School Riddlesworth (between Thetford & Diss) Norfolk, IP22 2TA email: rhps@riddlesworthhall.com www.riddlesworthhall.com

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Valentine’s Ball

AT U F F O R D PA R K W O O D B R I D G E

Saturday 16th February 2013 Treat someone special this Valentines with a scrumptious 3 course dinner, followed by live music from Gary Grace & his band, performing live with all the great Sinatra & Rat Pack hits.

Unique independent restaurant in the heart of historic Cambridge city centre

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Thursday 14th February

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Enjoy a arrival drink and a Romantic 4 course meal in our park restaurant ONLY £35pp

Perfect for a romantic meal, private party or legendary cocktail. Live music every friday night – check our web site for details

Make it really memorable with an over night stay and breakfast from ONLY £69 per room!

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Cafe, Restaurant and Bar On board historic sailing ship ALBATROS, The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea. • Traditional DUTCH CUISINE including our famous Dutch PANCAKES. • Bed and Breakfast • Live Music Every Weekend • Private and Corporate Parties • Licensed Bar Open Daily • Dine ALFRESCO on the Main Deck with views of Wells Harbour & Marshes

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Food & Drink The perfect blend of traditional and modern, there’s nowhere quite like The Wentworth, Aldeburgh’s renowned hotel.

A warm welcome awaits at The Wentworth

Hotel Profile: The Wentworth This atmospheric seafront hotel has been owned and run by the same family since 1920, ensuring a firm place in Aldeburgh’s history. It offers a combination of the traditional and the contemporary. Cosy log fires, antique furniture and elegant paintings on the wall all help create a country house ambience and traditional feel whilst a continuous refurbishment program ensures the hotel is modernised in good taste. Many of the 35 bedrooms have seaviews that are enhanced by the provision of binoculars in the room for wildlife enthusiasts. The Wentworth is everything a seaside hotel should be and the ideal

place to stay if you appreciate real hospitality and a warm welcome. The two AA rosette restaurant serves traditional British cuisine with modern and French influences, and is open to non-residents for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The candle-lit restaurant is stylish and an extensive and varied wine list compliments the food served. Dine out on dishes such as 8oz sirloin steak, with bordelaise jus and pont-neuf potatoes or a steaming clam and mussel linguine with fiery chilli, garlic and rocket. Finish off with a delicious chocolate brownie smothered in chocolate sauce and clotted cream. There is a private dining room for up to 22 guests and

the restaurant can also be used for larger parties, making the Wentworth the ideal venue for celebrations, club meals and get-togethers. In the summer months the two sea facing gardens are perfect for an al freso light lunch or afternoon tea and in the milder months three open fires ensure the hotel is cosy and the Wentworth is the perfect destination all year round. Visit the Wentworth for that country house feel by the sea, complete with modern touches. The Wentworth Hotel, Wentworth Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BD. Tel: 01728 452312

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Food & Drink

Gaynor Clements discovers that East Anglian wine is up there with the best in the country, and its popularity is growing fast.

Ripening vines at Gifford Hall Vineyard

DISCOVER THE REGION’S WINE

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f you’ve ever stopped to think of the produce East Anglia is famous for, your inward eye might see the rich, chocolatey soil of the fen and heaps of root vegetables. You might even think of Maldon oysters or recall the malty sea air of Southwold where Adnams has its brewery. But I’ll bet odds on you won’t think wine. Well, think again, because East Anglia’s blushful hippocrene ranks amongst the best English wines, and is growing in popularity. Generally, there has been a huge upsurge of interest in English wine, and we have recently begun to beat the French when it comes to sparkling wines. London wine merchants Laytons distribute Gifford Hall’s rosé, and fancy restaurants clamour for New Hall’s prize-winning sparkling wines. ‘East Anglia’s dry microclimate is very favourable to growing grapes, especially the Bacchus and Pinot Noir varieties,’ says Linda Howard, proprietor of Gifford Hall and spokesperson for the East Anglian Vineyard Association. ‘This area has good, dry soil and a history of wine growing: centuries ago one third of the tithe to Rome was paid in wine.’

According to Howard grape-growing is hard work, and the cost of the land, labour and taxes on top mean that the wines produced aren’t cheap. ‘On average one acre yields three tons of grapes and for each ton you get a thousand bottles. We can manage somewhere between thirty and forty tons per year. That’s a lot of bottles, and we sell out every year.’ As for the grapes themselves, most growers in East Anglia grow Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Madeleine Angevine, which is a Loire valley grape. ‘The wines we produce are quite Germanic, a bit like old fashioned Moselle; not exactly sweet but very

fruity, that’s why the judges love them. They are delicious with spicy food and with cheese. A lot of people drink them as an aperitif.’ Howard recommends wines from vineyards such as Wyken in Suffolk, New Hall in Essex and Wissett near Woodbridge. You can find them in good farmshops, like Friday Street Farms; the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh and Suffolk Food Hall. Waitrose stock the Gifford Hall rosé. So if you fancy something different, try some regional wines. You’ll be supporting local enterprise and every bit as discerning as some of the best restaurateurs in the land. n

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Elderly Care

Choosing the Right Care Home Selecting the right care home that suits your needs is a time consuming task that requires careful planning. But, as Lara Fisher discovers, by observing a few simple rules you can find that locating the perfect home is not as daunting as it first seems.

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hether it’s for yourself or a loved one, the search for a care home is often stressful and emotional. The most important part is finding the right fit: choosing a facility that meets your specific needs that also feels like home. After a severe case of pneumonia left Eleanor unable to live by herself, her daughter Claire faced the difficult task of choosing a suitable care home. Eleanor relied on a wheelchair, but she was determined to remain independent. Claire worried that she wouldn’t be able to find a home where her mother could still be herself while receiving care. Each person’s needs are unique when looking for a care home. Thankfully, there are many different types of homes. When choosing a care home — whether for yourself, an elderly relative or friend — the first step is assessing your needs. Some

care homes offer accommodation and help with personal care. These homes are ideal for the more independent resident that may need some help, such as with dressing or washing. For those that require medical attention, other homes provide round-the-clock nursing care as well as specialist equipment. Those with specific illnesses, such as dementia or cancer, can choose a care home with extra medical attention and support.

convenient for everyone? Your local council is the next step in your search. If you are assessed as needing a care home place, the local council will find you a suitable home. Usually, the council will suggest several homes from which to choose. Of course, you can also find a home Great Yarmouth independently. Hippodrome The Internet is a great resource for researching care homes; Spectacular

Start a checklist of desires Many times, there is more than one person helping to choose a care home. As you get started on your search, it’s helpful to draw up a list of specific requirements and desires. Do you need a care home that’s wheelchair accessible? Is it important to retain your own GP, or would you prefer a home that has its own? Where should the care home be so it’s eastlife.co.uk|67

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you’re having a health problem that requires help with personal care, you may be entitled to extra money. Most people know about State Pension benefits, but you may also be eligible for the Pension Credit – money that’s added to your weekly income. If you’re a full-time carer for someone claiming certain benefits, you may be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance. Whether or not you’re a homeowner, you could get help with Council Tax. There are also benefits that provide free NHS dental treatment, eye tests, and prescriptions. So how do you apply? The charity Age UK’s website contains an online benefits calculator to help you determine what you’re entitled to as well as guides for each type of benefit. You can also contact them by telephone, stop in at one of their offices or arrange a home visit for help with filling out benefits applications. You can claim for benefits online at direct.gov.uk or telephone their Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 to request claim forms. Ensure you get everything you deserve

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CAMBRIDGE IVF: CREATING YOUR FUTURE Cambridge IVF is delighted to announce the birth of the first baby to be born following treatment at the newly-opened unit. Melanie and Lee Moulds of St Neots have become the first couple to give birth after undergoing fertility treatment at Cambridge IVF. Baby Kallee was born on Saturday 11th August 2012, weighing 6lb 1.5oz. Melanie said: ‘The staff at Cambridge IVF have all been brilliant and I rang them as soon as I could to let them know that she’d been born. We are taking both children into the clinic next week to meet the staff. We are so grateful – they were so supportive and the facilities there are amazing. The technology is so advanced now – without it, we wouldn’t have had Kallee or our son so we consider ourselves really lucky.’ Stephen Harbottle, lead embryologist for Cambridge IVF, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted for the couple, and it’s wonderful news for the clinic as well.

We are looking forward to helping many more couples achieve their dream of having a baby.’ For many people struggling with infertility, the thought that one day they might have a child of their own can seem like a distant dream. But advances in reproductive science and research are providing new hope – and Cambridge IVF promises to be at the forefront of such developments. This purpose-built assisted conception unit opened in October. Based in Trumpington, it offers high quality, personalised care based on the very latest research. Mr Raj Mathur, lead clinician says: “Cambridge IVF is modern, bright and welcoming, and the building has been equipped with the latest technology. Although we are a new service, Cambridge IVF builds on our 20

years as a fertility treatment centre at Addenbrookes Hospital, and our experience of running a successful satellite IVF service in partnership with other units.” The facility was developed by Cambridge University Hospitals to provide a range of fertility treatments to NHS patients and those funding their own care. ‘We want Cambridge IVF to be unique in its patient focus, offering a truly personal service tailored to each individual’s particular circumstances’, says Mr Mathur. ‘In addition, our links with Addenbrooke’s, the university, and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus mean we will be able to offer advice and treatment based on good-quality evidence and our knowledge of the very latest research.’

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Health Focus A trapped nerve can be more than just a nuisance

Do you ever wake up at night with numb fingers? Have to shake them off before you can go back to sleep? Experienced weakness when trying to open jars and bottles? You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, one of many conditions caused by “trapped nerves”.

FOCUS TRAPPED NERVES Tingling fingers, grip weakness, muscle wasting. The commonest trapped nerve is at the wrist, also called carpal tunnel syndrome. Sufferers often wake during the night with numbness, pins and needles or pain, all usually felt more in the thumb, index and middle fingers. Symptoms are worse at night because of the position we sleep in (with the wrist flexed) and often a night splint can help if so. Medical problems can make this condition more likely, such as an underactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes but also pregnancy. Carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more likely as we get older, and women are more likely to be affected than man. Treating the causative medical condition can improve symptoms, but in almost half of cases no obvious cause is found. Perhaps because as we get older, the blood supply to the nerve diminishes, perhaps because our ligaments (which often trap the nerve) get tighter, or at least less elastic, as we age: whatever the reason, once established, the condition is often a nuisance - interfering with our daily activities and disturbing our sleep. In longstanding untreated cases, the nerve can be permanently damaged, leading to muscle weakness and by then treatment is almost too late; the main tactic then is to remove pressure to prevent further deterioration in function, with less hope of improvement. Other trapped nerves can lead to symptoms in the little finger - with weakness or wasting of the small muscles of the hand (“cubital tunnel syndrome”, trapped nerve at the elbow) and rarer sites for nerves to be trapped include in the arm and foot; around the hip and sometimes around the hip. Common causes for nerve “root” pain include sciatica or pain radiating from the neck down the arm where the nerves to the leg or arm are trapped as they exit

the spinal column. Simple physical examination can often reveal the cause of tingling fingers but sometimes further tests are necessary: either to reveal the cause of the nerve problem or to test the nerve function by measuring the current conducted along the nerve. Sometimes spinal imaging is done, usually by performing an MRI scan (of neck or lower back, depending on symptoms). Usually these tests are organised once you have seen a hospital specialist. Often symptoms due to trapped nerves can be managed without having to see a hospital specialist. Your doctor will know whether you are likely to improve with physiotherapy, splintage and sometimes an injection. When these measures fail however, a highly effective treatment is to release the nerve at operation. In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the procedure is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic and usually takes about half an hour. Other deeper trapped nerves may require a general anaesthetic for their release. Once released, the nerve usually recovers - or certainly the exacerbation of symptoms (for example the night pains and numbness) settle within a short period of time - and once released, it is rare that the nerve becomes trapped again. If you think you may have a trapped nerve, don’t ignore it - but instead see your GP who will advise you whether you need anything further looked into or treated. If there is a simple cure, there is no need to suffer any longer! n Mr Phillip Johnston, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital 4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge. CB2 8AF. Tel: 01223 370919

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Romantic comedy Playing for Keeps follows the story of a charming Scottish ex-football player (Gerald Butler) who resolves to coach his son’s football team in an attempt to reconnect with his ex (Jessica Biel) and their child. All guns are blazing in the retro American crime film Gangster Squad that pits a secret Los Angeles Police Department task force comprised of Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte against an encroaching East Coast mafia headed up by an absolutely magnificent Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Also stars Emma Stone as Gosling’s glamorous love interest.

Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, casts Maggie Smith as retired opera singer Jean, who joins other retired classical musicians at a care home. Despite differences along the way, the residents pull together to perform in the annual show.

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Weddings Whilst most of us have grand ideas of our dream wedding - where not only the bride and groom are a match made in heaven, but every detail is perfect - organising a wedding requires a far more down-to-earth approach.

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PLANNING YOUR WEDDING Everyone naturally wants their special day to be memorable for the things that went right - not for shoes that pinched, the caterers that dubiously tried to add an extra nought to the price tag, or the wedding ‘limousine’ that looked suspiciously like a taxi cab with a bit of ribbon stuck to it. There are endless points that need attention, beginning with that all important decision on the date and booking the church or register office. Saturdays are always popular, so, if it’s your intention to wed at the weekend, you’ll need to fix it at least three months in advance. For similar reasons, book caterers and a reception venue at the same time, even if you’re not sure about guest numbers. The venue is arguably the biggest decision to be made and shouldn’t be rushed as it will set the tone for the whole wedding. Consider what is important to you both; is a religious, church ceremony central to your dream wedding or would a contemporary outdoor venue suit you better? If it’s the latter, be sure to check the practicalities of it, so that your day remains extra special whatever the weather!

Aim for a happy compromise Deciding how many people to invite is the next step and something that often requires much tact and diplomacy, especially when one ‘side’ of the family wants to import a coach load of thirsty, distant relatives but breezes over financial details; or when divorced parents enter into declarations of “If she’s coming, then I’m not.” Making a joint decision about who to invite, in which both parties reach a happy compromise, is key to ensuring your big day is stress-free and all about you. If you’re looking to keep costs down, consider scaling-down catering if you want to share your wedding with everyone you know, or opt for a more intimate affair, where the people that mean most to you are wellcatered for. Don’t forget to arrange your honeymoon early too - popular destinations are often sold out months ahead, and simply ‘making do’ with your second choice can be a lasting disappointment. Many of us see the honeymoon as an opportunity to jet off on an once-in-a-lifetime

holiday to a far-flung destination. Embrace it, but be sure to do your research, so that you don’t arrive in the midst of monsoon season or depths of winter expecting a gloriously sunny break. Confirm your booking in writing and then re-confirm close to your departure date.

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Wedding Fair UFFORD PARK WOODBRIDGE The Wedding Show gives you the opportunity to view the Deben Suite, with its balconies overlooking the golf course, along with a whole host of exhibitors from wedding cakes, photography, jewellery and chair covers. Yarmouth Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1QW. Tel: 01394 383555. 20th Jan.

3 Jan

NORFOLK St Andrews and Blackfriars Hall Wedding Fair Featuring their Fabulous Fashion Shows, brides and their families can view attire for the entire wedding party as well as having access to over 50 exhibitors. The Halls, Saint Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AU. 01603 628477. 11am-4pm.

12-13 Jan

HERTFORDSHIRE The Wedding Show 2013: Knebworth Park With fashion shows for the entire wedding party on both days, The Wedding Show promises to be both entertaining and a one-stop-shop for wedding planners. Knebworth Barns, Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX. 01438 866031. 11am-4pm.

13 Jan

ESSEX Lords Golf Club Wedding Fair In addition to the exhibitors on hand to help with your wedding, couples get a voucher worth £100 off their next Thomas Cook Holiday. Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9QS. 01702 232377. 11am-4pm.

SUFFOLK Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Fayre Enjoy live music, tasting samples, make-up demonstrations and two fashion shows at Smeetham Hall Barn’s fourteenth annual wedding fayre. Smeetham Hall Barn, Smeetham Hall Lane, Bulmer, Suffolk, CO10 7EU. 01787 374544. 11am-4pm. NORFOLK The Wedding Show Over 30 specialists gather at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange with stands ranging from fashion to cakes to wedding favours. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864. 11am-4pm. CAMBRIDGESHIRE Hotel du Vin Cambridge Wedding Fayre View the Hotel’s private rooms and suites as well as meeting local specialists including florists and all things beauty at the Hotel du Vin & Bistro’s Wedding Fayre. Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA. 01223 227330. 11am-3pm.

19 Jan-20 Jan

ESSEX Essex Wedding Show Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Essex Wedding Show boasts over 140 companies exhibiting the latest trends, products, and services, and the catwalk shows featuring HOTEL FELIX, CAMBRIDGE This hotel has at its centre a Victorian Villa set in generous grounds which provides a lovely backdrop for your wedding photos. A stylish restaurant and bar combined with elegant private rooms make Hotel Felix a perfect venue. Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX. Tel: 01223 277977.

both High Street and designer names. The City Pavillion, Romford, Essex, RM5 2BH. 0208 9244000. 10:30am-4:30pm.

20 Jan

ESSEX The Lawn Wedding Fair After their success last year with over 2,000 visitors, The Lawn Wedding Fair returns with booths including stationery, florists, and entertainment. The Lawn, Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PL, 01702 203701. 10:30am-4pm. The Green Centre Wedding Fair A range of local and national wedding specialists exhibit their products and services at a venue that boasts both indoor and outdoor weddings. Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, Essex, SS16 4UH. 01474 815463. 11am-4pm. SUFFOLK The Newmarket Wedding Show Over 100 exhibitors with chocolate fountains, catwalk shows, demonstrations, entertainment, and a dress sale room. The Millenium Grandstand, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0TG. 01638 675307. 11am-4pm. BEDFORDSHIRE Putteridge Bury Wedding Exhibition The Putteridge Bury Wedding Exhibition houses everything a bride needs for her big day from bridal wear to cars to florists. Putteridge Bury, Hitchin Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8LE. 01582 489069. 10am-3pm. HERTFORDSHIRE Letchworth Hall Hotel Wedding Show A full range of exhibitors gather at the Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel to help you plan your perfect wedding. Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth Lane, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3NP. 01245 362883. 11am-3:30pm.

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Tattersalls Newmarket Say I Do in Victorian Splendour Set in tranquil grounds, a short drive from central Cambridge, is Hotel Felix, a fusion of classic elegance and contemporary style and comfort. We pride ourselves on our impeccable service, seasonally-inspired award-winning food and stylish four star accommodation.

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CHESHUNT MARRIOTT HOTEL Broxbourne, Hertfordshire Complimentary parking for guests attending the Wedding Open Day

Wedding Fayres Above and Beyond, the wedding fayre specialists will be hosting wedding fayres at…

The Mall Luton Shopping Centre Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2012 Open daily from 9am until 6pm The Conservatory Luton Hoo Walled Garden Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Beds, LU1 4LF Sunday 17th March 2013 11am - 3pm The Riverside, Luton 20 Gipsy Lane, Luton, Beds, LU1 3JH Sunday 24th March 2013 11am - 3pm FREE admission. All brides who register on the day will receive a FREE goody bag.

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Fanhams Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre

Sunday 27th January 2013 Open between 12noon and 4.00pm We all know they say a picture paints a thousand words, but nothing beats actually seeing Fanhams Hall all decked out perfectly for a wedding! Our Wedding Fayre is when the hotel dresses up for a wedding to show some of our rooms to their full glory. There’s plenty of exhibition stands with our favourite wedding suppliers and a chance to look around the hotel and grounds and speak to one of our wedding team about your plans.

There’s no need to book, just join us from 12noon and enjoy a fashion show during the afternoon at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Entrance fee is £5.00 per couple including some tasty canapés and a glass of bubbles.

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HOTEL & SPA, CAMBRIDGE THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY Overlooking 800 years of Cambridge history

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To have a wedding day unlike any other

East Mersea Hall

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East Mersea Hall is steeped in Elizabethan elegance and history with stunning mature gardens and woodland offset against the breathtaking lake. The quintessential charm and tranquility makes EMH the perfect place to celebrate your wondrous day. EMH is also available to host ALL types of Civil Ceremonies; weddings, partnerships, naming ceremonies and renewal of vows, as well as receptions following wedding services. East Mersea Hall, Church Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8TJ Contact: Sarah Baldwin Phone: (01206) 383499 Mobile: (07842) 195221

Email: eastmerseahall@aol.co.uk www.eastmerseahall.co.uk Discover EMH to make your special day truly a day to remember

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Wedding Fairs ULTIMATE WEDDING FAIR 24th March. Located in the University Campus Suffolk, the Ultimate Wedding Fair will hold over 45 stands plus the Wedding Live Lounge to showcase bridal fashion shows and interactive wedding services. University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Ipswich, IP41QJ. 11am-3.30pm.

24 Jan

Exclusive Weddings at Moggerhanger Park

ESSEX Boutique Wedding Open Evening Enjoy the canapés and drinks upon arrival and spend the evening meeting a range of specialised wedding suppliers. The Willow Rooms, 2 Maldon Road, Gt. Totham, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8NH. 01621 843689. 5pm-9pm.

Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN. 01245 524519. 10am-4pm.

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ESSEX The Wedding Guide’s Hylands House Wedding Fair Set at the magnificent eighteenthcentury Hylands House, The Wedding Guide’s Wedding Fair brings together suppliers ranging from cake makers to make-up artists to help you plan your wedding. Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ. 01702 521533. 10am-4pm. SUFFOLK Isaacs Wedding Showcase Besides viewing the waterfront venue, Isaacs on the Quay hosts a full range of exhibitors on hand to help you plan your perfect wedding. Isaacs on the Quay, 7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AS. 01473 284000. 10am-3pm. BEDFORDSHIRE The Riverside Wedding Fayre Well-known local suppliers showcase the essentials such as bridal wear and decorations at The Riverside Wedding Fayre. The Riverside, Gipsy Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JH. 01582 524788. 11am-3pm. Wrest Park Wedding Showcase Enjoy Wrest Park’s Open Day as well as meeting a variety of suppliers on hand to offer tips and advice. Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR. 01525 863704. 11am-4pm.

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NORFOLK The Marriott Sprowston Manor Wedding Show With 80 expert exhibitors, brides will have a chance to chat about everything wedding – from bridesmaid couture to handmade wedding stationery – and experience hair and make-up demonstrations. Sprowston Manor, Wroxham Road, Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 8RP. 0845 2301666. 10am-4pm.

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ESSEX Heart FM Wedding Show The biggest wedding show in Essex, the Heart FM wedding show features a wide array of wedding suppliers from photographers to entertainment. Brentwood

SUFFOLK Wedding Fair at The Athenaeum Shop for your wedding and do your bit for charity! The Athenaeum on Angel Hill hosts up to 50 exhibition stands, two fashion shows and a charity raffle. The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LU. 01284 758100. 11am-4pm. East Anglia Wedding Fayre This intimate wedding fair features 30 specialist suppliers on hand with a full range of wedding products and demonstrations of their services. Belstead Brook Hotel, Belstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9HB. 0844 5569446. 11am-4pm. CAMBRIDGESHIRE The Wood Green Wedding Fair Besides exhibiting their own Reception Room and Garden Pavillion, The Wood Green Wedding Fair offers all things wedding from cake makers to homemade stationery. King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH. 11am-4pm. 0844 2488181.

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ESSEX The Wedding Guide’s Channels Barn Wedding Show The first 50 brides receive a goody bag at The Wedding Guide’s Channels Barn Wedding Show. Channels Golf Club, Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3PT. 01702 521533. 11am-4pm. CAMBRIDGESHIRE My Happy Ever After Wedding Fair Expert wedding suppliers offer advice and essential tips for your wedding – as well as special discounts for brides. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3DT. 0870 9429180. 11am-2pm. HERTFORDSHIRE Cheshunt Marriott Hotel Wedding Open Day Come and meet with the hotel’s wedding planners to discuss your special day. Also take the opportunity to meet with a selection of suppliers from bridal wear to wedding cakes. Cheshunt Marriott Hotel, Broxbourne, Herts. Tel: 01992 451 245. 11am-3.30pm.

Weddings at Moggerhanger Park have recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as bridal couples of all ages have been drawn to the house and grounds because of its history, setting and architecture. Several have fond memories of grandparents working here in its heyday as a hospital and are keen to track down and use specific rooms featured in treasured black and white photographs. However, for others, the concept of creating their own unique country house wedding over the course of a weekend has proved an irresistible draw, particularly with the recent launch of the bed and breakfast accommodation on the top floor of the Main House and within the Old Stable Block. With up to 23 twin or double ensuite bedrooms combining modern functionality with period features and Regency furnishings, you have the freedom to choose where you stay. The layout and décor of the house are very flexible and enable it to work well as a blank canvas for inspired brides, family….. and grooms! Guests are able to relax and wander throughout the ground floor during a reception whilst the Cellar Bar continues to be a popular facility that allows guests to let their hair down. Current wedding trends, particularly the love of all things vintage and the desire for informality, have also influenced Moggerhanger’s popularity as a wedding venue. The last few months have seen a significant increase in the amount of marquee wedding bookings as more and more couples combine the formality of the house with the freedom of the garden. Recent wedding themes during the summer have seen a Wimbledon colour scheme, a fifties afternoon tea party, and all-out elegance with the main reception rooms decorated in true Great Gatsby style! For further information about holding a wedding or function at Moggerhanger Park, please email weddings@ moggerhangerpark.com or visit www.moggerhangerpark.com.

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Weddings at Woburn Three unique venues set in the heart of the historic Woburn Abbey Estate The Woburn estate provides a stunning backdrop for weddings and offers three very different venues. From the splendour of The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey, or the Inn at Woburn for classic country weddings, to the fun and unusual Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park, weddings held on the estate are truly unique. Weddings can be arranged for just 25 up to 250 guests and a dedicated wedding planner will ensure that every wedding is a day to remember.

Wedding Open Day - Sunday 20th January 2013 The Inn at Woburn, The Sculpture Gallery and *The Safari Lodge will all be set up for a wedding reception and our experienced wedding planners will also be available.

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Arts

Collette Hoefkens’ Art Scene

With the dawn of a New Year comes a wonderful array of exhibitions and fairs throughout the region, says Collette Hoefkens of Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth Garden City. Whether staying close to home, to recover from the festive fun, or roaming further afield for a spot of adventure, there are plenty of visual treats to welcome in 2013. Firstly I’m going to suggest a trip to the beautiful village of Woburn, in Bedfordshire. Here, in the high street, you will find the excellent Bedford Street Gallery. This superb independent gallery specializes in original works and is a powerful force behind the popular Woburn Art Beat event, occurring every summer. Founded in 2008 the gallery is home to a wealth of artists, both national and regional, including the up and coming watercolourist Angela Fielder, sculptor Jonathan Hateley and painter in oils, Edward Robinson. Greeting the New Year with a mixed exhibition they open their doors on January 1st, a date not to be missed. Annual winter art sale Staying with Woburn for a moment longer, why not extend the visit and pop along to the Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre. Until the 13th of January you can still catch The Annual Winter Art Sale. Hosted by Cambridge Fine Art, the exhibition comprises of a wide range

of paintings to browse or purchase. The relaxed and atmospheric venue is situated within the historic grounds of the ancestral home to the dukes of Bedford, Woburn Abbey. Contact the centre for full details. Raw brushstrokes Traveling north to Norwich, from the 2nd of January, you can catch the last couple of weeks of the particularly fine Mandell’s Gallery’s Christmas and New Year exhibition. As well as a mixed show this also features a strong collection of works from war artist Douglas Farthing. Created from the perspective of a soldier, this reflective and halting visual response to war conveys a familiar but for many of us, safely distant subject matter. With raw brushstrokes and strategically considered colour Farthing paints an arrestingly intimate picture. From the 16th of January Mandell’s will also be hosting a one-man show from mixed media artist Martin Laurance. Vibrant, lively works of coast, town and landscape exude a sense of spirit and reality. Focusing on the experience of occasion and environment, these exciting almost guttural paintings

interact with the viewer immediately placing you in the space and the moment of the scene. Well, lots to see and enjoy this January so there is absolutely no excuse for the January blues. Happy browsing! Bedford Street Gallery 2 Bedford Street Woburn Bedfordshire MK17 9QB 01525 290996 www.bedfordstreetgallery.com Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre Woburn Abbey Woburn Bedfordshire MK17 9WA 01525 292118 www.woburn.co.uk Mandell’s Gallery Elm Hill Norwich NR3 1HN 01603 626892 www.mandellsgallery.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|95

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VENUES FROM NATURAL HISTORY TO MEDIEVAL CASTLES BY JULIE KNOWLES

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BACONSTHORPE CASTLE If medieval is what you fancy, then Baconsthorpe Castle is what you need. This moated and fortified 15th century manor house is well-known for homing several generations of a prominent Norfolk family, the Heydons. Over 200 years, they built, modified and abandoned the castle. Today it is a popular tourist spot often used by local schools for educational visits. Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. 0870 333 1181.

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FEN DRAYTON LAKES NATURE RESERVE RSPB If you are at one with nature, then a brisk walk around this reserve will be just the ticket. Wrap up warm and work off your Christmas indulgences while taking in some of the most beautiful lakes and meadows Cambridgeshire has to offer. Perfect for the younger family members who like to feed ducks – you will see plenty of them! Fen Drayton Road, Swavesey, Cambridgeshire,

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HOLLOW TREES FARM SHOP If you like natural produce and are looking for something to do with the kids, then look no further. Set in 140 acres, this farm sells its fresh produce in a well-stocked shop and offers farm trails for those eager to see where it all happens. Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6HX. 01449 741247.

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CATHEDRAL AND ABBEY CHURCH OF ST ALBAN This massive Norman Abbey Church sits on the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr. You can walk the length of England’s longest nave, see its unique art and take in the relic of St Alban. Once you have done that, you can visit the modern Chapter House, enjoying a browse of the gift shop and a cuppa at the café. Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY. 01727 860780

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WHIPPLE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE Founded in 1944 by Rupert Stewart Whipple, this Cambridge-based museum is home to instruments dating as far back as the middle ages. The collection includes items used in astronomy, surveying, navigation, drawing and calculations. Open weekdays 12.30 – 4.30pm. Free School Lane, Cambs, CB2 3RH. 01223 330906.

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Situated in the beautiful gardens of Wardown Park, this museum will be of particular interest to the fashionitas out there. As well as homing The Lace Gallery – which displays an extensive collection of the local fabric – there is an impressive array of hats… over 700 of them! Old Bedford Road, Luton, Beds. LU2 7HA. 01582 546722

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Set in beautiful Victorian grounds, this museum homes the private collection of Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild. Appealing to animal and bird enthusiasts, the 4,000 specimen collection comprises whales, fleas, tigers, humming birds, dogs and much, much more. Open daily, 10am-5.50pm.

Displaying a fine range of European art, sculptures, coins, medals, manuscripts and books, this architectural wonder is internationallyrenowned for its impressive collection. Perfect for children and adults alike, there will be something for everyone. Open: Tue - Sat 10am 5pm. Sun & Bank Hol Mon 12pm - 5pm.

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 – 6 Jan Mother Goose The Key Theatre pantomime tells the tale of the goose that lays golden eggs. This traditional pantomime is a perfect Christmas family treat. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 1 – 13 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk A giant of an adventure for all the family to enjoy. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 – 3 Jan Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine Amazing things ensue when George concocts a magical potion for his grandmother. Presented by the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company. A post-Christmas treat for all the family. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 4 Jan Russian State Ballet – La Fille Mal Gardee The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia will also be performing: The Nutcracker on 5 Jan and Swan Lake on 6 Jan. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 11 – 19 Jan His Dark Materials: Part One A two play dramatisation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling trilogy of novels ‘Northern Lights’, ‘The Subtle Knife’ and ‘The Amber Spyglass’. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays only. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 1962320 15 – 19 Jan The Last Yankee Play by Arthur Miller set in a State mental institution waiting room where two husbands are waiting to see their wives. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 15 – 19 Jan The Merchant of Venice An updated version of the Shakespeare classic, set in the urban playground of contemporary Naples tackling issues still relevant in today’s world. Presented by European Theatre Group. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 19 – 26 Jan The 39 Steps Direct from the West End, this comedy spy thriller, originally by Alfred Hitchcock, features only four actors playing a massive 139 roles in just 100 minutes. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 25 Jan Lee Hurst After a ten year hiatus, Lee Hurst hits the road again with his brand new show ‘Too Scared to Leave the House’. Lee casts his comedy eyes over the many end-of-the-world scare stories from Acid Rain and Global Warming to Bird Flu and Mad Cow Disease and many other ‘apocalyptic disaster predictions’ that never were. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 25 – 27 Jan Celebrities on Ice A skating spectacular featuring a host of celebrities from the world of TV, music, sport and entertainment including: Kyran

Bracken, Ray Quinn, Chico and Lisa Scott-Lee. Christopher Biggins wil be hosting so expect music, ice dancing and sequins galore. The Russian Ice Stars will be joining the celebrity cast, boasting World, European and Olympic skaters. Peterborough Arena, 01733 363500 28 Jan – 2 Feb The Woman in Black Susan Hill’s novel of the same name adapted in the 80s by Stephen Mallatratt for the stage. The play combines the intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir to present a spine chiller of a play. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 29 Jan – 2 Feb Dial M for Murgatroyd A country house murder mystery presented by the Eastern Angles. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

MUSIC 9 Jan Caravan 60s band tour to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of their legendary album ‘For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night’. Plus support from Garron Frith. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 10 Jan Peter Andre In his ‘Up Close and Personal’ tour, the Aussie pop singer showcases material from his new album, ‘Angels and Demons’, but also plays his hits including ‘Mysterious Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 11 Jan Britten Sinfonia One of the finest pianists of her generation, Angela Hewitt makes an eagerly awaited return to Cambridge. Programme includes: Wagner – Siegfried Idyll, Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sibelius – Scene with Cranes and Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 11 Jan Robin Bibi Blues/rock guitarist. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 12 Jan The Johnny Cash Story Johnny Cash tribute show. If you love Johnny Cash and loved the film ‘Walk the Line’, this show is a must. All the hits and a few surprises guaranteed. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 13 Jan The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band National Champions 2010 and 2011, this concert is a must for any brass band connoisseur. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 15 Jan Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Henri Hill (viola), Patrick Milne (piano) and Michael Buchanan (trombone) perform Jean-Michel Defaye’s Deux Danses and Brahms’ Viola Sonata in Eb. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 16 Jan The Endellion String Quartet

Performing sting quartets by Hadyn, Bartok and Mozart. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 19 Jan Mallory Knox Local rock band. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 20 Jan Sinfonia of Cambridge Programme: Haydn - Symphony No. 99 in Eb, Brahms - Variations on a theme of Haydn (St Antony) and Elgar - Violin Concerto in B minor. Featuring soloist Madeleine Mitchell and conducted by Howard Williams. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 24 Jan Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Programme: Brahms – Tragic Overture, Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 (The Pastoral). Piano solo performed by Janina Fialkowska and conducted by Fabien Gabel. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 25 Jan Alan Prosser Solo gig for the guitarist from the folk rock band Oysterband. With support from Ben Smith. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 26 Jan East Anglia Chamber Orchestra Performing pieces by Bach, Dittersdorf, Weber and Mozart. Conductor: Tony Halstead Soloists: Julian Brandon (Double Bass) Gavin Alexander (Viola) Martin Childs (Horn). West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 – 27 Jan Sculpture Promenade Artists featured are Cambridge based sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, British sculptor Peter Randall-Page and Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda. All three artists worked in the renowned sculpture centre of Pietrasanta, Italy, with the famous local Carrara marble. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Jan – 6 April A Soviet Design for Life Cambridge University Library’s long term Catherine Cooke collection is made up of thousands of books, journals, posters, postcards and ephemera relating to 20th-century Russian architecture and design. Still dazzling.. Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, 01223 333000 1 – 13 Jan Snow Country: Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter Japanese artists have long responded to the beauty of a world changed by frozen forms and stilled by a blanket of white snow.This selection of prints by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige includes stories from poetry and myth, with journeys, ambushes and skirmishes in the snow and the almost abstract world of a pure snowy landscape where people play little part. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

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Cambridgeshire 1 Jan – 3 Feb Glittering Prizes: Schools and their Medals A display of medals awarded to children for their achievements in English and Scottish schools. These medals provide many fascinating insights into the history of our schools, from the grandest Public Schools to Charity Schools for the most deprived children. History at its most affecting. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

sound and installation by four contemporary, international artists who question what it means to produce work through encounters with and between people. The artworks in the exhibition reflect a multiplicity of ideas and approaches towards the process of artistic production including explorations of chance, dialogue, distribution and evolving strategies of engagement. Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, 0845 271333

1 – 13 Jan Calligraphy Today An exhibition of contemporary calligraphy by leading artists from Britain and across the world, organised by one of the UK’s leading calligraphers Patricia Lovett. The new exhibition represents the highlights of the modern acquisitions, vibrant contemporary artworks together with pieces that celebrate the ancient heritage of calligraphy. See the world’s cultures brough to life through the ink of a pen. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

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11 – 13 Jan Boston & District Canine Society Championship Show Has your dog got what it takes to qualify for Crufts? The Boston & District Canine Society will be putting owners through their paces to find the cream of the crop in the canine world at their Championship Dog Show in January. As well as an amazing selection of dogs, there is also the chance to pick up some expert tips from the professionals. A must-visit for dog lovers who travel across the country to attend this prestigious event. Peterborough Arena, 01733 363500 20 Jan Peterborough Book Fair Held in the village hall in Elton, there will be a wide range of books on offer. Looking to pick up some January reading this is the place for you. Highgate Hall, Elton

23 Jan Cambridge News Job Fair 2013 Now in its ninth year, the Cambridge News Job Fair has proved successful for both employers and jobseekers with up to 5,000 people attending to find employment, further education courses and training. JobFair provides the opportunity to meet all jobseekers, whether employed, or unemployed, just out of further education, or those wanting apprenticeships and training opportunities within local organisations. A must-visit for job seekers or those looking for a change in direction. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 All Jan Introducing Duxford Tour Monday to Friday throughout the year (subject to availability), 10.45am and 11.45am. Meet at the foyer entrance of AirSpace. The Introducing Duxford Tour is a free 20-minute tour of AirSpace, giving visitors an insight into Duxford’s impressive history, the museum today and how to make the most of your visit. This is recommended for anyone who wants to get the most out of their visit to the Imperial War Museum Duxford. Please note that this tour operates subject to availability on the day. Please see the What’s On Board at the rear of the Visitor Centre and listen for announcements. IWM Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR

1 Jan – 1 April China’s White Gold Exhibition of contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen, China. Showcasing over 80 works created by over 50 contemporary ceramicists, ranging from traditional to the avant-garde, the exhibition explores Jingdezhen’s legacy, and looks at what it means for artists working there today. Featuring some of the world’s foremost porcelain ceramicists and works never before seen in the UK, including a number of specially commissioned pieces. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 – 12 Jan Robert Falcon Scott: A Century On The Polar Museum concludes this year’s Scott centenary programme with a special exhibition exploring Captain Scott’s personal legacy through his family, his professional inspiration to the Royal Navy, and his important role in developing and enhancing Antarctic science, exploration and art. The wider cultural legacy associated with Captain Scott, as it has evolved over the last century, will be revealed through art, popular culture, radio, film, theatre and television. The exhibition will put a selection of the ‘lost’ photographs of Captain Scott on display to be seen for the first time. Absolutely recommended. The Polar Museum, Cambridge, 01223 336540 2 – 31 Jan Among Other Things Exhibition showcasing objects, video,

CAMBRIDGE GLASS FAIR The next Cambridge Glass Fair will be held on Sunday 24th February and is one of the major specialist fairs in the UK with up to 100 exhibitors selling fine antique and collectable glass from all periods. Exhibitors will also include many contemporary artists showing their own work. Held at Linton Village College in Cambridgeshire, this twice-yearly event features exhibitions and book signings. Please visit www.cambridgeglassfair.com for further details.

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A Postcard from Spalding Situated on the River Welland, the Georgian market town of Spalding offers much for the January visitor.

What’s to see and do? A bustling Georgian market town set around the picturesque River Welland, Spalding is situated within the South Lincolnshire Fens, and it is renowned for its acres of sky and glorious sunsets. Overlooking the River Welland stands the medieval Ayscoughfee Hall. Situated in five acres of beautiful walled gardens, the Hall boasts tennis courts, bowling green, putting green, children’s play area, cafe, and a brand new souvenir shop. Ayscoughfee has one of the oldest yew hedges in the UK as well as more formal flower displays that change with the season. A war memorial, designed by Edward Lutyens (designer of the Cenotaph in London), is a permanent reminder of those who lost their lives fighting for their town and country. On the entertainment side of things is South Holland Centre. The lively Arts Centre which houses the district’s only cinema and mixes its film diary with an impressive programme of live shows - music, comedy and more. Throughout the year Spalding is host to various festivals and events, including traditional and farmers’ markets. During spring, the famous annual Flower Festival attracts 100,000 visitors. Summer sees the South Holland Food Festival and

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Long Stratton Long Stratton has its origins in Roman times. The old Roman road through the village gave rise to development of a local trade and farming community, with coaching inns and stables catering for those on en route to and from Norwich. Today, there are a number of reasons to a visit this pretty community.

What’s the history? The picturesque village of Long Stratton actually consists of two villages; the larger, Stratton St. Mary to the south, and Stratton St. Michael, to the north. The focal point is the wonderful St Mary’s church complete with Norman round-tower, medieval and continental stained glass windows, and an intricate font cover dating from the early 17th century. Long Stratton’s most famous survival, the Sexton’s wheel, is displayed in a glass case near the back of the church. One of only two in England, its exact function isn’t entirely certain, but it seems to have been used to determine which day of the week a parishioner would start a fast. The Village Green, known as The Plain is situated in the centre of the village and is home to the traditional village sign characteristic of Norfolk towns and villages, and depicts the Sexton’s wheel for which the village is famous. Since being designated the headquarters of the new South Norfolk District Council area in 1974, Long Stratton has grown

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What’s the history? Since the time of the Domesday survey the town has been known as Dic, Dize, Disce, Dysse, Dis and Diss. The Anglo-Saxon name ‘Dic’, means ‘ditch of standing water’, and this may relate to the mere (lake), which is estimated to be around 20 feet deep and covers around six acres. Described in the Domesday Book as a ‘moderately sized Royal Manor of no great importance’, the town began to grow from strength to strength when the market was established over 500 years ago. Flemish weavers came across the Channel and for many centuries wool and linen became the chief industries. To the south-west of the town centre lies Fair Green which was first granted a Royal Charter in 1185 and such activities as bull baiting and cock fighting took place until the fair closed in 1872. The Green is now the location for modern day travelling fairs and circuses. The late Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, voted Diss his favourite Norfolk town. After his first visit to the town, Betjeman became involved in its preservation and his patronage

What to see and do? Nearby Bressingham Steam Museum is a working indoor and outdoor steam museum that hosts exhibits and also has five miles of narrow gauge steam railway over three different rides. The gardens of Bressingham are worth exploring too, while the museum is also home to a Dad’s Army exhibition, which comprises a recreation of the show’s fictional home Walmington on Sea. The Diss Museum is an unassuming presence in the town, but one not to be missed with its fascinating exploration of local history. A round of golf can be enjoyed at the Diss Golf Club while kids can have their fun at the indoor play and party centre Monsters. Shopping and markets Market days are every Friday, coinciding with a local antiques and collectables auction held at The Diss Auction Rooms of TW Gaze. Speciality markets, flea markets (first and third Saturdays of the month) and farmers markets (every second Saturday) are also held regularly. Shoppers can visit an eclectic mix of shops and are often accompanied by music from local buskers. The shops are arranged around four courtyards, so you will soon be able to associate specific shops with each, all amid superb Georgian and Edwardian buildings. Exploring the town From the park, feed the ducks on the Mere on the way into Mere Street, to the very top of the town where Norfolk Yard and Cobbs Yard can be found. There are a few small eating places and restaurants to choose from on the way. A little further afield there’s Thornham Walks, on the A140 just south of Diss, a place to really explore and get lost in, with a beautiful walled garden, picnic spots and a restaurant. The Diss Tourist Information Centre is on Mere Street.n

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Loddon Calling Sitting pretty near the River Chet, and always popular with Norfolk Broads boatsmen, Loddon is a charming stop on a tour of the county.

What’s the history? The history of the area round Loddon is thought to date back to Neolithic times, going by archaeological evidence found just south of the town. Locally, artefacts from the Bronze, Iron and Roman ages have been found. The River Chet was significant in Loddon’s growth, with its location on a hill just south of this close to a ford which allowed crossing of the westerly edge of the marshes. Progress was aided by Loddon’s receiving of a market charter in 1245. What’s to see and do? The Holy Trinity Church dates back to 1490, when it was built by Sir James Hobart, King Henry VII’s attorney general. Today it is a prominent, beautiful presence to be found at the centre of Loddon, with its size being such it is visible from high up across the River Chet. The church’s inside is the product of multiple additions throughout the years. Upstairs is the Priest’s Room, once overnight accommodation for visiting priests, it has since been

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13 - 20 Jan Tales of the Unfinishable This exhibition showcases a single artwork – a giant textile pavilion - created from over 200 unfinished pieces of textile works contributed to the participative project by their makers or owners, collated by Felicity Clarke and Hazel Connors. Each of these pieces has its own story as to why it remains unfinishable and reasons behind the pieces are also interwoven into the artwork and range from the everyday or humorous to the heart-rending, life, death and accidents. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

RAT PACK COMES TO KING’S LYNN Book now for 22nd February. Boasting stars from the West End, a brandnew spectacular featuring the kings of swing – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin – is coming to King’s Lynn. Described as possessing “all the panache and attitude of Frank, Sammy and Dean during their Vegas heyday” hit show Rat Pack Live combines the sound of big band swing with an all-star cast. Kings Lynn Corn Exchange. Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Box office: 01553 764 864.

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 – 27 Jan Thomas Houseago: Where the Wild Things Are The second exhibition in the Next Modern series showcases the work of British-born sculptor, Thomas Houseago. His large-scale bronze, Hermaphrodite, stands in the Centre’s Sculpture Garden. The exhibition will contain a selection of sculptures. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 27 Jan Hedgecoe and the Writers A display of photographs of British novelists and poets, taken from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection of works by renowned photographer John Hedgecoe. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 13 Jan Apparent Positiions - Cities of Gold and Mirrors Apparent Positions is a series of installations by contemporary artists who work with the moving image Based around the notion of transfigured space, the four shows are separate, yet in dialogue with one another. Cyprien Gaillard’s “Cities of Gold and Mirrors” is the third installation in this series. The film, shot in Quintana Roo, Mexico, consists of five scenes which occur principally in and around the city of Cancún. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199

1 - 9 Jan Christmas Exhibition A collection of art and craft with Christmas in mind, featuring many of the gallery’s favourite artists. Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 1 - 12 Jan My Giant Colouring Book A Hayward Touring exhibition of etchings by brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman. The Gallery at NUCA, Norwich, 01603 756247 1 - 5 Jan Ronald Durban Art An exhibition of oil paintings, sketches and limited edition prints by Ronald Durban. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 1 - 5 Jan Home and Away - John Shave An exhibition of impressionistic paintings by a local artist,celebrating the light and atmosphere of Norfolk and further afield. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

22 Jan - 2 March Mobile Relations - Avis Newman Newman is perhaps best known for her works on canvas and paper and objects that trace a long-standing preoccupation with ideas of origin and language. Contemporary perceptions and concepts of drawing are often central to her work. The Gallery at NUCA, Norwich, 01603 756247

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 6 Jan Christmas Art Trail Norwich will play host to an exciting festive art trail presenting enormous wooden ‘stacks of presents’! Each sculpture will be decorated by local school children, with the help of artists, to create individual designs that range from fun and quirky to simple and striking. Eye-catching and family-friendly, the designs are based on traditional Christmas themes. Norwich City Centre 19 - 20 Jan Unik Design - Designers Showcase View the collection of Unik Designs, The collection comes in a wide variety of materials and styles including glass, pottery and ceramics, textiles, wood work, calligraphy, paper and more. The local designers will be on hand to discuss their work. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 19 - 20 Jan The British Carp & Angling Show The largest angling event of its type in the East Anglian Area, with a whole host of top celebrities from the fishing world and some of the biggest brands in the industry – if you enjoy fishing, then you’ll love this show. Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01702 549623

1 - 8 Jan All things Bright & Beautiful Exhibition The Assembly House will be filled with uplifting artwork and beautiful ceramics, cards, jewellery and other gifts. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 766400

20 Jan Around the World in 80 Dishes A celebration of food from near and far, stands will include food from The Philippines, Australia, Italy, Eastern Europe and China. Expect many tasting opportunities, a chance to hone your culinary skills and entertainment. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn 01553 764864

13 - 18 Jan Eddie’s Bucket Pics Amateur photographer Noel Dean, known as Eddie, exhibits a collection of photographs taken across Norfolk over the past five years. A local look at life. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

25 Jan Burns Night at Carrow Road Enjoy entertaining speeches and poems, Haggis and a fabulous ceilidh band at the home of Norwich United Football Club. Top Terrace at Norwich City FC, Norwich, 01603 218704

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 12 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk Expect great gags, catchy tunes, stunning scenery, colourful costumes and LOTS of audience participation in this traditional family pantomime. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 1 - 6 Jan Dick Whittington Join Dick and his feline friend as they travel from Chelmsford to London in search of fame and fortune in this traditional pantomime. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 1 - 6 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk Starring Pui from Cbeebies’ ‘Show Me, Show Me’. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 1 - 6 Jan Cinderella Starring ‘Eastender’ Shane Ritchie in the role of Buttons. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 9 Jan Milton Jones: Work in Progress on the Road Stand-up comedian and ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’ regular, famous for his hilarious one-liners. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 11 Jan An Evening with Tony Benn Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn talks about his extraordinary life and career. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 12 Jan The Selfish Giant Sea Legs Puppet Theatre’s production of the Oscar Wilde classic uses beautifully crafted puppets, a brilliant musical soundtrack and superb storytelling. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 16 – 20 Jan Little Red Riding Hood A family pantomime. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 18 Jan Roy Chubby Brown Catch the x-rated comedian live. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 18 – 26 Jan Robin Hood Pantoloons return to the Braintree Arts Theatre with their 29th production. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 21 Jan Swan Lake Following a sensational tour in 2012, The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia return to Southend to perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker (22 Jan). Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 22 – 26 Jan Half a Sixpence This new version of the classic show, features all the old favourites. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 24 Jan Turn Back the Clock A comedy revue in honour of Joyce Grenfell’s centenary year, featuring a selection of her songs and monologues. Adapted and performed by Cheryl Knight. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

26 Jan Jethro 2012 Cornwall’s ambassador of comedy is crossing the county line to once again take you on a fun and wild journey, Jethro style. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 28 Jan – 2 Feb The Mousetrap Now in its 60th year on stage, Agatha Christie’s longest running show goes on tour for the first time ever, with an all-star cast. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 31 Jan – 2 Feb The Gruffalo’s Child Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

MUSIC 6 Jan Black Dyke Band An afternoon concert by this award-winning big brass band. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 14 Jan Gary Barlow: In Concert Gary Barlow, minus his Take That band mates, heads to Essex with his solo tour. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 14 Jan Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams: State of The Union State of The Union combines the talents of England and America producing an end result that is sure to delight fans of hook-laden songs and emotional guitar playing. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 15 Jan Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Programme: Schubert – Unfinished Symphony, Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven – Symphony No. 6. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Jan The Glenn Miller Orchestra The show features the harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders, the vocals of Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony as well as the swinging jazz band The Uptown Hall Gang. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 25 Jan Miyuki Kato As part of the Composers in Focus season, pianist Miyuki Kato plays pieces by Chopin. Shows also include Christopher Weston playing Debussy (26 Jan) and Alistair Hogarth playing Liszt (27 Jan). Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 27 Jan The Famous Potatoes A high-energy evening of bluegrass, country, gospel, swing, folk and Cajun. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 28 Jan The Churchfitters Group of folk musicians from England, Ireland and France. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 – 26 Jan Space An exhibition about astronomy, science fiction and space

inspired art. Central Museum, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 434449 1 - 27 Jan Castle and Community An exhibition on the origins and historic homes of Saffron Walden and Castle Street from the Normans to present day. Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, 01799 510333 1 - 19 Jan Winter Print Show Exhibition featuring the work of seven artists: Dolores de Sade, Judith Foster, Jane Grisewood, Mari Kidd, Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Rosie Walters & Jane Waterhouse. North House Gallery, Manningtree, 01206 392717 1 Jan - 24 Feb Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi: Hammer Prints Limited 1954 - 1975 A comprehensive display of original Hammer Prints articles supplemented by unseen working material such as source imagery, sketches, screens, test sheets and other ephemera. Artworks by both artists feature in the exhibition alongside their Hammer Prints designs. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Jan – 10 March Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition The exhibition focuses on the photographs and videos of David Pérez Karmadavis. Karmadavis is a talented painter and illustrator who is best-known for his performance and video work. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 5 Jan – 23 Feb The Art of Print Exhibition showing a diverse range of original prints utilising different printmaking techniques from a number of selected artists. The Aubrey Art Gallery, Great Dunmow, 01371 873133 10 Jan – 24 Feb In Conversation with Exhibition of new paintings by Barry Andrews, complemented by ceramics by Nigel Earle. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 12 Jan – 30 March Gary Lawrence – One man and his biro The Essex Open regular exhibits his first solo show at the Beecroft. His intricate large scale works take nearly a year to complete and are all executed in economy biro. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 12 Jan – 30 March Mitch Karunaratne – After London An exhibition showcasing a series of photographs focusing on the plotland development of Canvey Island. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418

SPECIAL EVENT 18 – 20 Jan Horror-on-Sea Film Festival Horror-on-Sea showcases new independent horror and fantasy. Watch horror flicks or pick up photographs, posters and other memorabilia autographed by iconic ‘horror’ filmmakers and actors. Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 618747

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Herts, Beds & Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 – 27 Jan The Adventures of Robin Hood Journey into the enchanted world of Sherwood forest with Robin Hood and his motley band of Merry Men. Starring Coronation Street’s Brian Capron as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage 01438 894839 1 Jan – 30 March Fanny in Stilettos An adult take on the traditional pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 1 – 6 Jan Cinderella This Christmas Milton Keynes are having a ball as Cinderella comes to town. Starring Louie Spence (‘Dancing on Ice’ and ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’) as Prince Charming’s loyal and slightly outrageous servant, Dandini. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 8717652 1 Jan Dick Whittington and His Cat With a love of the 80’s at the heart of this pantomime, this production is bursting with laughter, dancing and plenty of your favourite 80’s tunes; not to mention a dollop of big hair, big phones and big shoulder pads! Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 1 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk Watch Jack seek his fortune in this giant of a pantomime. Starring Phoebe Thomas (Holby City) and Alex Sheldon (Grange Hill). Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 1 – 6 Jan Aladdin Join Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) as he takes a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year’s fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin. Also starring Shaun Williamson (Barry from ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Extras’) as the wicked wizard Abanazar. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 1 – 6 Jan Snow White and the Seven Dwarves The beautiful Snow White, a Wicked Queen, a handsome Prince, a Good Fairy, an evil Henchman and of course the Magnificent Seven, combine to present this magical pantomime. Sue Holderness, well-loved for her role as Marleen Boyce in ‘Only Fools and Horses’, completes an outstanding cast as the Wicked Queen. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 1 - 5 Jan Cinderella Presented by Rhodes Pantomime. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 1 – 5 Jan The Secret Garden This well-loved children’s classic is brought to life by international theatre company Proteus. Fusing circus, puppetry, film and music, this is a magical journey beyond the door into the garden of imagination. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 1 – 2 Jan Cinderella Bedford Pantomime Company present their annual

traditional show. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 1 – 6 Jan Dick Whittington and His Cat Boo and hiss the nasty King Rat as he tries to spoil Dick’s plans to find true love in this traditional family pantomime. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring 07543 5604786 9 - 13 Jan Sleeping Beauty A post-Christmas pantomime treat. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 13 Jan Fanny in Stilettos An adult take on the traditional pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 16 - 19 Jan Jersey Nights The international hit show Jersey Nights takes you on a musical journey celebrating the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 17 Jan Mark Thomas - Manifesto Comedian and satirical activist Mark Thomas is recording a new series of People’s Manifesto for BBC Radio 4 - in this intimate work in progress show Mark will be running through some new ideas for the forthcoming series. The audience will be asked to come up with their own policy ideas which Mark will formulate into a final manifesto and go on to campaign for. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage 01438 894839 17 Jan One Night in Vienna Conductor Rainer Hersch and the John Strauss Orchestra and Dancers take a lighthearted journey through a sparkling assortment of music, song and dance. Radeztky March, The Blue Danube Waltz, The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Voices of Spring. With guest soprano Charlotte Ellett Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 0844 8717607 18 Jan the TALENT 2013 Following triumphant UK and international appearances on stage and screen, the BalletBoyz are back with this brand new show featuring ten exceptional young dancers, in an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 19 Jan How to Catch a Star From the acclaimed children’s theatre company behind The Rainbow Fish and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark comes this funny, gentle retelling of Oliver Jeffers’ bewitching story. An irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 20 Jan Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite bad boy heads back out on tour following on from his debut theatre tour, Live and Unjudged. Join him and a cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on

a journey of music and dance. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 0844 8717607 21 Jan Romeo and Juliet Icarus Theatre Collective presents a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeare’s most tragic tale about star-crossed lovers – Romeo & Juliet. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 21 - 26 Jan The Woman in Black Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel has been chilling audiences in the West End for 23 years. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 0844 8717607 22 - 23 Jan Milton Jones Stand-up comedian and ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’ regular famous for his hilairous one-liners. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 22 - 26 Jan Patience Set in the 1940s rural England, this is an intricate tale of unrequited love by Gilbert and Sullivan. This comic opera centres around two poets. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 25 Jan - 2 Feb Get Follicled: the true story of Rapunzel An adult take on the traditional pantomime. Tads Theatre, Toddington, 07952 633234 23 - 26 Jan The Ladykillers Much loved Ealing classic brought to life on stage in a hilarious and thrilling production. Starring Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em), Clive Mantle (Casualty and The Vicar of Dibley) Chris Parisi (EastEnders and Call The Midwife). Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 29 Jan - 2 Feb Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty sees Matthew Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and the International smash hit, Swan Lake. Bourne’s haunting new production is a Gothic Romance for all ages; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 29 Jan - 2 Feb Maurice’s Jubilee The critically acclaimed smash hit of Edinburgh 2012, Maurice’s Jubilee is the hilariously funny and poignant take on timeless themes, the exploration of one man’s enduring commitment to a dream - to meet Her Majesty the Queen. Olivier Award winner Julian Glover, Sheila Reid (currently starring in Benidorm and notably once graced the stage with Sir Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theatre) join Olivier Award winner Nichola McAuliffe (The Lady in the Van) in her self-penned hilarious new comedy. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 0844 8717607

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Herts, Beds & Bucks 23 - 26 Jan The Glass Menagerie The Banroft Players Fringe present a classic from one of America’s finest writers, Tennesse Williams. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 45516 29 - 30 Jan The Tempest A fun, theatrical, and inventive hour-long version of the Shakespeare classic, complete with music, magic and epic storms. A feast for the imagination. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 30 Jan T.J Higgs Psychic/Medium show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage 01438 894839 30 Jan Harry Hill Leaving his ‘TV Burp’ behind, Harry Hill hits the road for the first time in six years to incontrovertibly prove that God exists. Catch him live in his ‘Sausage Time’ tour. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 31 Jan Jenny Eclair Jenny has spent 30 years in the business honing her craft. Catch her in her new show, ‘Eclairious’. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring 07543 560478 31 Jan - 2 Feb Dec Oliver! 52 years after its London premiere, Lionel Bart’s musical interpretation of the classic novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens remains one of the nation’s best-loved musicals. The story follows the adventures of orphan Oliver as he escapes the poorhouse and finds refuge with small time crook Fagin and his gang of pick-pocketing children but then a chance encounter changes Oliver’s life forever. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488

MUSIC 5 Jan The Johnny Cash Roadshow Johnny Cash tribute show, featuring Clive John playing his first songs in the 50s right up to his last. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 0844 8717607 10 Jan The Drifters 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of The Drifters and to celebrate this incredible achievement they are touring with their most spectacular show to date, The Diamond Dynasty World-Wide Tour. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 12 Jan Lawson Trio Progamme includes Mozart, Turina, Shostakovich and Brahms. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 12 Jan Signed Sealed Delivered Ex-Drifters Patrick Alan and Rohan Delano with Kele le Roc sing all the Motown classics. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 16 Jan Philharmonia Orchestra Featuring Alison Balsom on trumpet. Programme includes Beethoven, Hummel and Bizet. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 18 Jan The Classic Rock Show Ten Best selling Rock Albums of All Time - Live.

Featuring hits from The Eagles, Dire Straits, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and Meat Loaf. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 18 Jan Preston Reed Internationally renowned guitarist who draws from blues, rock, funk and jazz music. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 19 Jan John Stokes’ The Bachelors 60s band whose hits include ‘I Believe’, ‘Charmaine’ and ‘Diane’. Still going strong and belting out the hits. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 21 Jan A Flock of Seagulls English 80s pop-synth band famous for their teased haircuts and hits such as ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’, ‘The More You Live, The More You Love’ and ‘Space Age Love Song’. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 24 Jan Tanita Tikaram London based singer songwriter who shot to fame in the 80s with her award winning album Ancient Heart still puts on a fantastic show with old and new tunes. Now seven albums later catch her on tour in MK. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 25 Jan Royal Marines Band Concert Concert featuring classical, popular and military music performed by the world famous Royal Marine Band and Corps of Drums, Portsmouth, ‘The Royal Band’ appointed to play for the Queen on the Royal Yacht Britannia until it was decommissioned in 1997. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 26 Jan El Bronson 5-piece rock band with a twist. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring 07543 560478 26 Jan A Festival of Britten Programme includes ‘Four Sea Interludes’, ‘Sinfonia da Requiem’, ‘Violin Concerto’ and ‘Gloriana Dances’. Preformed by Bedford Orchestral Society. A tribute to one of our country’s greatest composers. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 – 3 Jan “Winter Wonders” A feast of festive art and hand-made crafts - painting, printmaking, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery & sculpture - plus lots of Christmas decorations, cards and gifts. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 1 – 5 Jan A History of Christmas: Past, Present and Future Exhibition looking at where well-loved Christmas traditions come from, how we celebrate Christmas today and what future Christmases might be like. Hertford Museum, Hertford, 01992 582686 1 – 5 Jan Christina Pattison – The Beauty of the Earth Exhibition by a Swedish artist, Christina Pattison, depicting the sea, flowers and the artist’s home surroundings in Barley, Hertfordshire. A

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SPECIAL EVENTS 12 - 13 Jan St Albans Model Railway Exhibition 2013 The CMRA exhibition includes many demonstration and trade stands enabling you to see and talk to experts and buy goods so you can start on or enhance your own minature railway. A free vintage bus service will operate between St Alban’s City, Abbey Stations and the Arena. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 19 Jan American Superslam Wrestling All Star Superslam Wrestling brings a star studded evening of first class action, fans can look forward to a thrilling two hour all-star line-up of top talent from around the world taking on the best of British from the sound of the first bell. Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488 20 Jan Art Fair An opportunity to see and purchase a wide range of art in the wonderful Radlett Centre, including paintings, sculptures, jewellery, glass art, mosaic art, photography and poetry. Great for gift ideas - you could even buy early for Christmas. The Radlett Centre, Radlett, 01923 859291

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What’s the history? Long Melford, one of Suffolk’s most attractive villages, has a particularly apt name. ‘Melford’ is derived from ‘mill’ and ‘ford’, but it is the ‘Long’ which is most fitting, ask anyone who has attempted to walk the two and a half miles of the main street; the longest in the country. An ideal place to begin a stroll through the village is at the Holy Trinity Church, which like many in the area is a wool church from the 15th century, a product of prosperity among local cloth merchants of the time. Containing several noteworthy memorials and brasses, also outside is the brick hospital, founded in 1573 as an almhouse for twelve poor men and two poor women. People are thought to have been living in the area the village now lies on as far back as 8,300BC. What’s to see and do? Ran by the National Trust, Melford Hall is one of two Tudor mansions in close proximity. A large Elizabethan house, it is built of red brick around a quadrangle and ornamented with mitre-topped turrets. Then there is Kentwell Hall a romantic, completely moated, redbrick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. There are lots of events at the Hall, visitors can take a guided tour of the house and explore the gardens and farm. Those more captivated by the recent past might be interested to know that the Bull Inn on Hall Street

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played host to John Lennon in the 1960s for a time, one of the more recent events in its fascinating history. Making the most of the village’s length is the Long Melford Street Fair. Held every summer, it retains the tradition of street fairs of yore while putting on plenty of entertainment and fun activities that will equally pleased the more contemporarily minded. Shopping and markets Primarily known as an antiques centre before, Long Melford has also become a thriving and growing hub of art galleries, so much so it is recgonised as one of Suffolk’s best areas for art. These include the

Imagine Gallery, The Jessica Muir Gallery, The Lime Tree Gallery and The Hunter Gallery — all offering a wide variety of pieces. Woolpatch Gallery is the place for knitting, patchwork and quilting. With a wide variety of wools and mixed yarns and a large assortment of materials for patchwork and haberdashery. For creative sorts half-day courses on knitting, patchwork, creative machine embroidery and crochet are available. Besides these, there are many more charming restaurants and typical Suffolk inns to be found, while an indoor farmers’ market is held at the Village Memorial Hall on the third Saturday of every month. n eastlife.co.uk|123 16/12/2012 12:29


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Take time to discover this delightful medieval town – one of the most beautiful in Suffolk – along with all it has to offer. What’s the history? Lavenham is one of Britain’s best preserved medieval towns. While the magnificent buildings that remain are testament to the wealthier aspects of its past and present, the town’s history hasn’t always been so fruitful. Its importance as a trading town was recognized as far back at the thirteenth century, and was granted its market Charter in 1257. The reign of Edward III saw it become of some international importance as it began exporting its famous blue broadcloth to Russia, trading with the notorious Catherine the Great. Lavenham’s industry went into a steep decline in the 16th century though, as Dutch refugees to Colchester brought with them cheaper, more fashionable cloth. What’s to see and do? Today Lavenham ranks amongst the most beautiful of villages; set in the lush green Suffolk countryside it makes the ideal weekend getaway. Overall the appearance of the town has changed little over the years. As if to emphasise this no fewer than 300 of its buildings are listed as being of architectural or historical interest. One of these is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, a magnificent church with a spire of 141 feet which is among the finest in East Anglia. Also open to the public is The

Guildhall of Corpus Christi, owned by the National Trust. The 16th-century timber framed building overlooks the market place and houses a museum offering insights into local life. Outside is a walled garden with examples of plants used in the Tudor cloth industry and a village lock-up and mortuary. Little Hall is an example of a 15th-century hall house with a crown-post roof, containing the Gayer-Anderson collection of furniture, pictures and ceramics. Shopping and markets Tapestry Gallery offers medieval and contemporary woven artwork and furnishings while J & J Baker Antiques specialises in items from the

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 13 Jan Rapunzel and the Rascal Prince Fun traditional pantomime. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 1 – 26 Jan Sleeping Beauty Rock ‘n’ roll pantomime. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 1 - 12 Jan Dial M for Murgatroyd Join the touring theatre company Eastern Angles in this country house murder mystery. Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 211498 1 - 5 Jan The Magician’s Daughter Little Angel Theatre brings their trademark blend of puppetry and song to this captivating story of the adventures of a young girl on a magical faraway island. New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 01473 295900 1 - 13 Jan The Magic Fishbone With an enchanting mix of music, puppetry, laughter and mystery, Dickens’ magical fairy tale is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family! Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 01473 603388 1 - 6 Jan Aladdin A Geni-ous panto full of Eastern promise. Starring Coronation Street’s biggest baddie Terry Duckworth, Nigel Pivaro, as Abanazar. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 1 - 6 Jan Aladdin Magical and enchanting panto, full of twists of fate and lessons learned. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 18 Jan Tayo Aluko & Friends present: Call Mr Robeson, a life with songs This award-winning rollercoaster journey through actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his activism led to his downfall, after becoming the most famous American artist of his time. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 19 - 26 Jan Beauty and the Beast A traditional pantomime staying true to the favourite fairytale. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 25 Jan An Audience with John Simpson John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, author and columnist, is one of the world’s most authoritative journalists, having reported from over 150 countries and 48 war zones. Tales of meeting and interviewing Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Col. Gaddafi as well as numerous world leaders, including Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 26 Jan Facing the Music A Life in Musical Theatre with Patricia Routledge, well-known for playing Hyacinth Bucket, in conversation with Edward Seckerson. In this fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, Patricia recalls the musical theatre part of her career. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505

26 Jan – 3 Feb Sleeping Beauty A post-Christmas treat from the Lowestoft Players. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 30 – 31 Jan The Parson’s Pirates Join the Reverend Arthur Bender of St Michael’s-under-Ware as he auditions his cast for a production of The Pirates of Penzance. A cast of just six perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera - complete and unabridged (with cuts). Presented by Opera della Luna. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900

MUSIC 4 Jan Quatuor Zaïde Lunchtime concert. Programme includes Bach, Beethoven and Bartók. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. 5 Jan Lights! Camera! Action! Trianon Music Group presents an evening of music from the movies. Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 12 January Elkie Brooks Elkie is one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. She will be performing some of her classic hits, blues, jazz and songs from her new album ‘Powerless’. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 12 Jan Dave Thomas Singer, songwriter, guitarist and bluesman Dave Thomas plays traditional blues with style. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 13 Jan The New Honeycombs The New Honeycombs evolved as a continuation of the 60s chart topping group The Honeycombs, playing The Honeycombs’ hits and also classics by The Shirelles, The Crystals, Dusty Springfield and The Seekers. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 13 Jan Grimethorpe Colliery Band The real stars of the film ‘Brassed Off’, enjoy the fabulous sound of this world famous brass band performing hits from the film plus favourite classics. Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 18 Jan Out of The Shadows and Choralantics A choral evening featuring two groups with a unique and exciting approach to choral singing. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 20 Jan Mardi Gras BB Now in their 20th year, the experimental brass-caravan revisits 1940’s New York. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 26 Jan Slow Gin Band Slow Gin Band mix a large dose of early blues and roots music, add a jigger of jazz, a flavour of folk and a hint of vaudeville and deliver a unique musical experience with style and panache. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 27 Jan Christopher Guild Afternoon piano recital for the Stowmarket Concert Society. Programme includes works from

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ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 – 12 Jan Interlude This winter exhibition showcases contemporary painting, photography, 3D and fine art prints. The high profile exhibiting artists are all from around the East Anglian region. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 75800 1 – 7 Jan A Festive Feast Seasonal exhibition, featuring paintings by Naomi Tydeman RI and Gareth Jones. Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, 01787 279024 1 Jan - 4 May New East Anglian Painting Display of works by five diverse painters, all showing nationally and internationally, with roots in East Anglia. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 1 Jan - 19 Jan Michael Coulter - Watercolours The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, 01473 212051 3 - 28 Jan Art Preview – A Photographic Collective A collective of photographers – Annie Owen, Jo Halpin Jones, Patrick Halpin and Nicholas Marlowe – launch the Fisher’s 2013 exhibition programme. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 14 Jan – 7 March Adagio Artwork by Jenny Eadon & Belinda Ellis, whose large-scale artworks reflect the internal journey an abstract artist makes when seeking to express moods and memories on canvas, using the components of form, colour and space. Compositions range from sombre and meditative colour palettes to wild and exuberant “Vivace” extravaganzas. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 75800 Jan – 23 March Flicker: Artists and The Super 8 Co-curated by Cambridge Super 8, the exhibition will challenge the perceived assumption that older technology is of no interest to younger film-makers – in fact, many are now returning to Super 8 because of the variety and experience this format generates. Expect a lively programme of events for all ages. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 30 Jan – 1 March Art Preview – 49&Rising Full Circle: Flat Out 49&Rising is a group of six professional, visual artists based in East Anglia. The group has established an impressive reputation for work that is both accessible and thought provoking. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130

SPECIAL EVENTS 27 Jan A Burn’s Celebration! The Theatre Royal celebrates all things Scottish, expect poems, songs and cheering fare. Presented by a company of community performers and musicians. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505

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