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All You Need Is Love Your ultimate Valentine’s guide to gifts, restaurants, romantic retreats and more

Weddings Pick the perfect venue and look your very best

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LOVE AT FIRST BITE Delicious Valentine’s fare

“Dear Reader: February is a great time for looking forward and with St. Valentine’s day as its centrepiece, it’s impossible not to think of things romantic. So in this shortest of months, Eastlife will fill your hearts with great ideas about how to spoil the one you cherish. Be that an intimate meal for two, a romantic trip, or an exquisite gift that will make your loved the editor one feel so very special. You won’t want to miss out on our writers’ recommendations! Elsewhere we look at the perfect wedding venue, Essex’s finest schools, some great style tips and all your regular favourites, such as arts and gardening! And if you enjoy reading our features you will be pleased to hear we have plenty more online at www.eastlife.co.uk, including a service that allows you to upload your own events entirely for free. Enjoy the site, enjoy this issue, and more importantly, love where you live!”

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AROUND THE REGION Regional news LOVE AT FIRST BITE Dine in style on Valentine’s Day ROMANTIC RETREATS Escape with your beloved VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE A selection of romantic gifts WEDDINGS The perfect venue, beauty trends, and more EDUCATION We focus on Essex’s finest schools STYLE Get the look: Country Gent INTERIORS Gorgeous Persian carpets and restorations GARDENING Save the bees! ARTS Gainsborough House and Spring’s best art eastlife.co.uk|5

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NORFOLK Find out what’s on

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ambridge Literary Festival, formerly Cambridge Wordfest, returns from 1 – 6 April and is set to deliver its longest and most ambitious festival to date. Cathy Moore, Festival Director, says: “Exciting times are ahead for the biggest literary party in the south east. Located in a city with a university of global significance we embrace the best of both town and gown. Our essence is about verve, energy, curiosity, challenge, intellectual excellence and fun.” With a festival consisting of 95 events and workshops and over 200 participants there is much on offer. In addition to high-profile speakers from the worlds of literature, media, science, comedy, history, politics and philosophy the festival will be commemorating The Great War; marking the 2014 World Cup with a strand of Brazilian themed events; celebrating the Dylan Thomas centenary; and partying with Kipper the dog as he turns 25! Confirmed participants include novelists Pat Barker, Melvyn Bragg, Jim Crace, Joanna Trollope, Rachel Joyce and Hanif Kureishi; politicians Douglas Alexander, Liam Byrne and Alan Johnson; journalists Kirsty Wark and Richard Benson; poets Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Owen Sheers; academics Martin Rees, David Runciman and John Carey; and mathematicians Simon Singh and Alex Bellos. There is a stellar line-up for children with former children’s laureate Jacqueline Wilson, prizewinning Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre with Oliver and the Seawiggs, teen horror maestro Darren Shan and appearances from Kipper the Dog and the adorable Miffy. Box office opens February 14. To book visit www.adcticketing.com or call 01223300085.

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he Curwen Print Study Centre is the proud new owner of a Columbian Press - a piece of fabulous print history which adds to the studio’s collection of historic relief presses. George Clymer invented this design of Press in 1813. It was the first iron standing press - a replacement for wooden presses but twice as costly - and the Eagle was a patriotic design element, but it was not hugely successful in the USA. Clymer then came to the UK, where in the 1820s he set up business with William Dixon, forming the Clymer & Dixon Company. By the 1840s presses were being manufactured all over Europe and were made for nearly a century.

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ainsborough’s House is delighted to announce its exhibition of works from the Ford Collection. The works in this exhibition represent over a quarter of a century of discerning collecting.The works of Wilson and Lewis are very much in evidence. The drawings of these two English artists divided by a century show in turn how English artists chose to depict the wider world through the inspiration of the grand tour and pilgrimages to the Near East. Also, Richard Wilson, one of the most influential figures in British landscape painting, will be celebrated in this exhibition in the tercentenary year of his birth. For more information, visit www.gainsborough.org or contact 01787372958, mail@gainsborough.org.

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om Jones and Wet Wet Wet are the first acts to be announced for the 28th season of Adnams Newmarket Nights which attract 100,000 visitors to the Home of Racing every year. Tom Jones returns by popular demand to The July Course this summer as he performs at Newmarket Nights for the third time in four years. Almost 22,000 fans were at The July Course for each of Tom Jones’ last two concerts, in 2011 and 2012. Tickets will be massively in demand again, so advance purchase is strongly advised for his performance on Friday 1 August. A fortnight later, on Friday 15 August, Wet Wet Wet will bring down the curtain on the seven-night concert series, for which tickets have just gone on sale. Tom Jones’ show promises to be dynamic, and will feature a selection of classic hits and special selections. Wet Wet Wet have been entertaining fans with their music for a quarter of a century and continue to do so. Selling in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date, they remain as one of the UK’s most loved and bestselling artists ever. The bands and artists for the remaining summer dates on The July Course, which begins on Friday 20 June, will be revealed in coming weeks. Tickets for the Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet concerts are on sale at Newmarket Racecourses, online www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or by telephone on 08445793010. Further information can be found online at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk.

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REGION The well renowned celebrity butchers, Chapman’s has relocated to the High Street in Baldock and their beautiful old art deco shop next to St. Marys Church has now had an arty makeover. Welcome to London Row, a gallery that will be bringing a stylish difference and a refreshing range of original gift ideas. Doors will be opening at the end of January. If you have been wondering where you can find something special for your home or loved one then lose yourself in one of the most sought after galleries in Hertfordshire. London Row now boasts some of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists’ works available right here on your doorstep. For a taste of something different take a visit to London Row, situated next to The George where you can find a bite to eat in a relaxed environment. The Old Butcher Shop, Church Street, Baldock, Herts, SG7 5AD, 01462347032, info@londonrowfineart.com. www.londonrowfineart.com.

The 2014 East Anglian Game & Country Fair, in association with ‘The Eastern Daily Press’ and ‘Fine & Country’ will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. There will be several new displays including world famous Frenchman Christian Moullec and The Savage Skills cycle stunt team as seen on ITV1’s Let’s Get Gold. There will also be excellent equestrian displays and workshops, a fantastic line up of free events to watch in the Main and Countryside Arena, and ring displays including FITASC Sporting World Champion John Bidwell, West Norfolk Hunt, and much more. Join in and ‘have a go’ at a range of country activities, or discover exciting demonstrations in everything from forestry to cooking or massage! There is plenty to do for children, too. The Game Fair app is your essential guide to a great day out for all the family, available to download FREE from ‘The App Store’. For more information and to book online, visit www. ukgamefair.co.uk or contact 08712301102.

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ll Creatures Great and Small star Christopher Timothy takes to the Mercury Theatre stage in Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed production of Dial M for Murder. A co-production between the Mercury Theatre and Fiery Angel, this mesmeric thriller will mark the start of the 2014 Made in Colchester season. Running at the Mercury from February 6-15, the show will then embark on a UK tour. Director Lucy Bailey has worked for many of the country’s leading theatre and opera companies, including the Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe.

To book tickets visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Sales Desk on 01206573948.

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ids’ favourite Postman Pat presents It’s Showtime! on 17 February for 3 – 6-year-olds at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. There will be plenty of songs, laughs and audience participation. Mums and Dads won’t want to miss our award-winning Baby Sensory sessions on 6 February. This is a precious opportunity for babies from birth to 13 months and parents to have fun together. The entertainment continues with Story Play on 1 March, an interactive storytelling workshop for ages 5 - 7 featuring Spot the Dog. This is followed by Mr Popcorn’s Fun-Time Show with Suzy Sparkle’s Face Painting for ages 2 – 6. Jesters Drama Club, a fun-filled drop-in drama workshop, also runs every Saturday for ages 7 – 11.

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njoy a Spicy Bowl of Drama at the Theatre Royal By Anna Scrafield. The Spring Season at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is characterised by its strong focus on drama, and is packed full of juicy treats for lovers of Shakespeare, modern writing, comedy or even the slightly surreal! But also on the menu is something rather spicy – a comic drama called Egusi Soup that explores the intricate and often hilarious politics of family life, through the tale of a BritishNigerian family, packing to return to Nigeria for a memorial service for their father. As suitcases bulge, tensions rise and the Egusi soup bubbles on the hob this family discover more about one another and about their identity... Written by Janice Okoh, a British-Nigerian playwright, this is her first play and was penned during her MA at the University of East Anglia. The production will be brought to the Theatre Royal by Menagerie Theatre Company who are also responsible for the fantastic Cambridge-based Hotbed Festival, which celebrates and nurtures new writing. And whilst Okoh’s basis for writing the play was to contemplate her own roots it was also to explore the similarity in all of us, as she says – “I think there is something in the play that will resonate with a lot of people”. Indeed, although this tale gives us a fascinating insight into the world of the British-Nigerian family, Lorna Gayle, who plays the role of Mrs Anyia the grieving wife and mother, agrees with Okoh and describes the play as being “a universal story”, going on to explain that its unifying factor is in its subject matter – family. It is a well-known fact, agreed the world over in every country and culture, that when a family comes together there are usually a few fireworks! Old sores and new frustrations come to the surface, grown-up children become teenagers again, and whilst everyone works to hold the family together, they do so by airing their irritation! This is a play that will surely raise a smile of recognition in anyone, as the Anyia family pack, unpack, and repack their suitcases - exploring their emotional baggage along the way. Egusi Soup is at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from Feb 20 – 22, performances at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm matinee on Sat 22. Box Office 01284769505 www.theatreroyal.org

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LO VE WENTWORTH HOTEL The Wentworth is a privately owned hotel in Aldeburgh that has been in the same family’s hands since 1920. Set in Aldeburgh’s popular coastal town, it makes the perfect destination any time of year. There are delightful sea facing rooms that give a fantastic view of Aldeburgh beach and the sea. All their bedrooms are individually designed and tastefully furnished. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BD, 01728452312.

UFFORD PARK HOTEL Come to Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa and relax in style in the heart of Suffolk’s most beautiful, peaceful countryside. Ufford Park Woodbridge offers you so much like highstandard hotel accommodation, with 87 en-suite bedrooms – many with balconies and glorious views across the Deben Valley. Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW, 01394383555.

BRUDENELL HOTEL The 4 star Brudenell hotel epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and a tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation. Just imagine lazy mornings watching the sun rise over the sea, fresh, locally sourced food lovingly cooked by their head chef James Barber. The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BU, 01728452071.

WHITE LION HOTEL The White Lion Hotel is situated on the beachfront in Aldeburgh, a quiet Suffolk seaside town renowned for its close association with culture, the arts and a growing number of festivals. Their bedrooms are cosy and relaxing, some with sea views as

far as the eye can see. Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BJ, 01728452720.

THORPENESS HOTEL & GOLF CLUB Offering traditional hospitality throughout the year and operating to the highest of standards, facilities include thirty-six spacious and comfortable bedrooms. With an array of super stylish rooms to choose from and special seating areas around magnificent Juliette and French windows for superb views, you will not be disappointed. Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP16 4NH, 01728452176.

THE ANGEL HOTEL The Angel Hotel is a curious contrast of comfy contemporary design with touches of exotic grandeur. It is a hotel of many different aspects all artfully blended together into an exciting package and the bedrooms are no exception. Enjoy romantic nights in contemporary chic with large copper baths and decadent fabrics, or go for the grandeur of the more flamboyantly designed rooms with four-poster beds. There’s plenty of choice, every room exhibits the hotels passion for lovely things. 3 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT, 01284714000.

HINTLESHAM HALL HOTEL Widely recognised as being one of the loveliest hotels in UK and Ireland, Hintlesham Hall Hotel is a 21st century haven of comfort and friendly professionalism within a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan Manor House, found nestling in 175 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside. The traditional tranquility of Hintlesham Hall Hotel is protected by the Park, the broad lawns to the front, the picturesque rear gardens and pond leading to the rose garden and the orchard beyond. Hintlesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3NS, 01473652334.

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distinctly different experience to your usual hotel, restaurant or pub. From its quietly cracking log fires and real ales through to the 34 stylish comfortable bedrooms, creatively indulgent menus and fine wines, The Westleton Crown is undoubtedly one of the most charming hotels in Suffolk. The Street, Westleton, Southwold, Suffolk, IP17 3AD, 01728648777.

THE SHIP AT DUNWICH The Ship Inn isn’t just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all - they like to think it’s also part of a great story. Only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It’s said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While they can’t guarantee that, there are more earthly things they’re always happy to provide like a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms. The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes. Dunwich, Saxmundham, IP17 3DT, 01728648219.

HOTEL FELIX The hotel offers stylish, four star accommodation, set in beautiful surroundings within its own spacious grounds. The hotel is a striking combination of traditional Victorian architecture and modern, twenty-first century additions offering luxury

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Valentine’s Day accommodation and an award winning, fine dining restaurant. If you are planning a relaxing weekend break, a celebratory dinner, or a scrumptious afternoon tea - Hotel Felix provides the perfect setting. Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX, 01223277977.

and stunning period features, the Manor offers an enticing country haven. Relax with a game of tennis or a few shots of croquet, and then retire to your room or suite, some of which are furnished with gorgeous four-poster beds. Church Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AE, 01525712242.

visible inside the Restaurant. Famous visitors included Charles I in 1641, William III in 1696, the King of Denmark in 1768 and The Duke of Cumberland in 1745 and more recently various members of the royal family. 71 St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LB, 01780750750.

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The Flying Kiwi Inns is a flourishing, independent group of inns and luxury hotels in Norfolk. Each hotel is located in rural and coastal Norfolk where visitors can unwind in idyllic settings surrounded by luxury accommodation and fine dining. The hotels are individually designed to provide a unique environment in an tranquil setting. Currently their inns and hotels are located in Wells-nextthe-Sea, Brancaster and Hingham, Norfolk is also now open. www. flyingkiwiinns.co.uk.

The Hanbury Manor is a stately 17th century Jacobean style country house set in 200 acres of spectacular Hertfordshire parkland benefits from all the modern comforts associated with 5 star luxury. Unwind with their luxuriant spa facilities that spoil you with a range of health and beauty treatments or take a dip in the Romanesque pool. Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD, 01920487722.

The Best Western Heath Court is a privately owned Hotel which offers quietly elegant and comfortable surroundings, making it the ideal venue for a memorable and enjoyable stay whether on business or pleasure. The hotels executive rooms and suites are spacious, with the added bonus of a comfortable lounge area, and deluxe bathroom. Moulton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8DY, 01638667171.

CORNWALLIS HOTEL The Cornwallis Country House Hotel and Restaurant in Suffolk is a Grade II listed building in 23 acres of tranquil topiary gardens. There are 16 en-suite bedrooms with spectacular views of the surrounding gardens and woodland. The Hotel is an excellent base for outdoor enthusiasts, with great walking and hiking on the nearby Norfolk Broads. Rectory Road, Brome, IP23 8AJ, 08431787147

THE INN AT WOBURN The hotel has 48 splendid en-suite bedrooms with delightful interiors designed to complement the hotel’s character and individual setting. In addition, across the courtyard, there are seven charming cottages available for guests. Whichever you choose, you can be sure to have a relaxing and comfortable stay. Woburn, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA, 01525290333.

FANHAMS HALL Set in stunning gardens a mile from Ware, Fanhams Hall is a relaxing hotel with good service and some stylish new courtyard bedrooms. There is a traditional wood-panelled library and drawing room, and modern conservatory and atrium bars. The Conservatory Bar menu is available all week, however there may be limited dining on weekends due to functions held at the hotel. Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7PZ, 01920460511.

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL Whether for business or pleasure, your stay at The Great Northern Hotel will be full of little touches. The hotel features 37 stylishly decorated and furnished en-suite rooms, offering space, elegance and sumptuous comfort. Each room has a classical style yet has all the modern day facilities that you would expect from a first class hotel. Station Rd, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1QL, 01733552595.

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The four-star Menzies Flitwick Manor Hotel in Woburn is a classic Georgian country house hotel providing a relaxing retreat for their guests. Elegantly furnished with fine antiques

History is evident throughout this hotel. A medieval crypt remains beneath the Cocktail Bar, the pillars and archway of the old site entrance used by coaches are clearly

THE OLD BRIDGE AT HUNTINGDON It sits on the banks of the River Ouse, but also on the edge of the town centre. Its atmosphere balances that of a professionally run ‘boutique’ hotel and a relaxed, bustling inn; a popular destination for both the local community and visitors to the area. There are 24 bedrooms individually designed by Julia Hoskins, all with very comfortable beds and accessories. Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3TQ, 01480424300.

GEORGE HOTEL The George Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic Cambridgeshire market town of Huntingdon. The historic George Hotel was once the home of Oliver Cromwell’s grandfather. It was first recorded in the reign of Henry VIII, and in about 1550 it became the property of a brewer called Henry Cromwell. If you want to find out more, the Oliver Cromwell Museum is just 200 yards from the hotel. Shakespeare plays are performed every year in the last week of June and the first week in July in the pleasant, flower filled courtyard. George Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3AB, 01480432444. eastlife.co.uk|21

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Romantic and feminine, this gorgeous gold and rhodium-plated ring is enriched with clear crystal pavé and two different platings. The two entwined hearts symbolise unity and love, making it the perfect gift for your valentine! Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BJ. www.swarovski.com.

Thorntons, Continental Tasting Heart Collection Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a special sweet treat! This cute heart-shaped box will make all the sweet tooth happy, with its tasty selection of dark, milk and white chocolates. The sweetest way to say ‘I love you’. Thorntons, 10 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JR. www.thorntons.co.uk.

Estée Lauder Golden Luxuries This exclusive and elegant evening make-up set includes Golden Alligator Slim Compact with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder, Pure Colour Long Lasting Red Lipstick and Alligator-embossed Clutch. A luxurious treat that will make the beloved one feel like a screen star. John Lewis, 9 All Saints’ Green, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3LX. www.johnlewis.com. Heart Perforated Clutch, Topshop Girls just love accessories, so you can’t go wrong with this fresh-look coral clutch by Topshop. Comfy for its size and its press-stud closure and romantic with the all over love heart perforation detail, this is the perfect treat for her. Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, Ipswich IP1 3BB. www.topshop.com.

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Scents are tricky to choose, so why not play it safe with Dior Homme Intense? With its fragrant combination of Iris, enhanced by a sensual amber facet and precious wood base, it makes for a modern, cool and passionate man. Debenhams, The Grafton, 46 Grafton Centre, Cambridge, CB1 1PS. www.debenhams.com.

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Perfect Wedding Step One: The Right Venue You’ve done it! You’re engaged! And now it’s time to get planning in earnest. Sometimes the sheer volume of what goes into a wedding is daunting, but the key to success is to take the process one manageable step at a time. Eastlife is here to help. Step One: Venues!

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he first step is to establish the tone of your day. What do you think your wedding will be like? Traditional or quirky? A huge showcase of an event or small family affair? These questions are important, as they will ultimately define what kind of venue, ceremony, décor and food you need to opt for. It’s worth looking on the internet and in magazines for inspiration – save any images that particularly resonate with you. Looking at a mood board of wedding ideas will make it easier to pinpoint the wedding trends and ‘look’ that you want to go for. Picking a venue is an important starting point. Is impressive period architecture something you dream of? Or perhaps you just want to be close to nature and the beautiful countryside? The good news is that East Anglia is home to all of these things and more. Saturdays are the most popular day to get married for obvious reasons. As such, you’d better book at least three-six months in advance to avoid disappointment. Some venues will offer deals or discounts on weeknight weddings, but seriously consider the

implications of this before you book – will you be seriously inconveniencing those you want to invite? If you do opt for a weeknight wedding, make sure you give plenty of notice. Consider choosing a hotel wedding, as the staff there will be experts on pulling off a smooth wedding celebration and take some of the pressure off you. There’s also the advantage that there will be plenty of rooms for the guests to stay in. Hotel Felix in Cambridge is a perfect example of this type of venue. Well suited to many types of weddings, they are having a wedding showcase on 23 February. You can’t imitate the kind of elegance that this beautiful boutique hotel has to offer, and with an elegant Victorian villa at its heart, the vintage quota is filled as well. Despite being just five minutes from the city centre, the setting is tranquil and charming at any time of year. The wedding showcase will highlight the private rooms and romantic Gazebo on offer, both licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. At events like this, you get to

see the venue bedecked in all of its wedding finery and can really visualise what it could look like on your day. The opportunity to meet the staff is always a plus, too, as it gives you the chance to ascertain how experienced they are. Good wedding showcases, like Hotel Felix’s, may also feature fashion shows so that you can get an idea of what local boutiques have to offer by way of gowns and suits. For more information, contact 01223 814358 or email wedding@hotelfelix.co.uk. Another great local wedding show well worth checking out is the Through the Ages Wedding Show at Ponsbourne Park Hotel, on 16 February. Brides seeking a fashionably vintage inspired wedding will be thrilled with themed rooms devoted to vintage, rustic, 50s and 60s, Hollywood glamour and modern times. The showcase, complete with fashion show, will be perfect inspiration not just for venues, but for all aspects of your wedding. So there you have it – planning a perfect wedding may just be easier than you think. Just start with careful consideration of your ideal East Anglian venue, and the rest will unfold from there. eastlife.co.uk|29

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Weddings and historic regency theatre offers a magnificent backdrop for your special day, and provides a truly remarkable space. The stage itself is available for the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and dancing. With the more contemporary space of the theatre’s Greene Room bar, this is a venue as versatile as it is unique. There is even a dedicated member of staff on hand to assist with planning, and a technical team working to create a bespoke setting that reflects the day you’ve been dreaming of. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR, 01284769505.

Hotel Felix, Cambridge JOCKEY CLUB ROOMS Infuse your wedding with an air of exclusivity by choosing the Jockey Club Rooms in Suffolk. As a historic members club, not many people have had the privilege of even stepping inside over the years, let alone holding their wedding there! Home to a renowned art collection and gorgeous lawn and gardens, there are 6 majestic reception rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and a beautifully renovated new dining room too. Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JL, 01638663101. GREAT HALLINGBURY MANOR HOTEL Combining the characterful period exterior of a Tudor manor with a stylishly modern refurbished interior, the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel is a venue that can easily be adapted to the themes of your day. There is a complete wedding service, including top quality catering, entertainment and a selection of 43 luxury bedrooms with a jaw-dropping bridal suite. Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM22 7TJ, 01279506475. HINTLESHAM HALL Nestling in the natural magnificence of the Suffolk countryside you find the Elizabethan grandeur of Hintlesham Hall; a grade I listed manor house hotel, perfect for weddings. Approached by an impressive tree-lined drive and ensconced in beautiful, tranquil grounds there is an idyllic atmosphere to make any wedding day really special. Additionally, there is a team of experts on hand to ensure that your plans progress with ease, so you can enjoy a stress-free experience from

the initial show around to the ‘I do!’ Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3NS. 01473652334 RAVENWOOD HALL Ravenwood Hall is one of Suffolk’s most popular wedding venues, and it’s certainly easy to see why. Set in 7 acres of picturesque lawns and English gardens, the hotel is drenched in history with origins dating back to the reign of Henry VIII. An ornate carved oak structure, inglenook fireplaces and rare 15th century wall paintings provide the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding, and outside, gorgeous mature trees will complement your wedding photos beautifully. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9JA. 01359270345. OLD PARISH ROOMS Whether you’re planning a sleek modern wedding or going for a shabby chic vintage feel, the Old Parish Rooms in Essex are totally adaptable. The venue started life in 1863 as a school house and parish hall and has been converted to make the most of the abundant light and space, creating a contemporary, airy interior that contrasts beautifully with the Grade II listed exterior. Set over two floors with gorgeous big windows, the Old Parish Rooms are perfect for intimate weddings and are truly different to other wedding venues in the area. Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8BA. info@ theoldparishrooms.com. THEATRE ROYAL, BURY ST EDMUNDS Be the stars of your own show by letting your marriage take centre stage at the Theatre Royal. The stunning

UFFORD PARK Suffolk’s beautiful countryside is renowned throughout the UK, and Ufford Park’s 120 acres of historic parkland showcases some of the best of it. There are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities, elegant reception rooms and a team of dedicated, experienced staff. Every type of wedding is catered to, with everything conveniently under one roof – from ceremony to cocktail hour, right through to the reception. There’s even an expert beauty therapist and hair stylist available for pre-wedding preening! Complete wedding packages are offered to suit all budgets. Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge. Suffolk, IP12 1QW, 01394383555. FANHAMS HALL Your dreams for a perfect wedding day will be fulfilled at Fanhams Hall. The stunning country house hotel plays host to both civil and religious weddings and civil partnerships, and is complete with a dedicated team to give you everything you need. You’ll find roaring fires in winter; picturesque waterfalls in summer, and the stunning features of the original Grade II listed Jacobean manor house all through the year. Formal gardens, rambling grounds, carved staircases, and ornate fireplaces contribute to an abundance of fantastic photo opportunities and impressive guest-wowing features. Fanhams Hall Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7PZ, 01920460511. WREST PARK Surely it doesn’t get much grander or more memorable than getting hitched in a prestigious English Heritage site. The walls of this stunning early 19th century mansion echo with history as eastlife.co.uk|35

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Weddings well as opulent beauty, and it is set in 92 acres of resplendent grounds complete with wooded walks and flower gardens. This incomparable Bedfordshire venue is the place to make your dreams of a truly exceptional wedding day come true! Luton, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR, 01525860152. ST. BARNABAS CENTRE In the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, St Barnabas Centre merges the stunning period features of a Grade II listed Tudor barn with modern convenience and facilities. With exposed beams and plenty of room for a dance floor and entertainment, this versatile venue lends itself to cosy winter affairs as well as light, airy summertime dos. There’s a lovely terrace perfect for enjoying the celebratory glass of champagne, and full use of the romantic grounds. Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 4BE, 01279 506753. NORWICH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB Are you a dedicated Canaries fan? Or are you simply dedicated to making your wedding day unforgettable? With a selection of modern and elegant function rooms in the unique setting of Norwich City Football Club and a delicious menu made up of local produce provided by Delia Smith’s Canary Catering, there’s no doubting that your day will be extra special. Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE, 01603218704. SOUTH FARM Exchange your vows surrounded by the magic of the countryside at Cambridgeshire’s South Farm. Adorable farm animals add to the charming and rural character of the stunning grounds, and a collection of Romany Caravans and Showman’s Wagons provide quirky accommodation for guests (camping is also an option). There’s a choice of fabulous settings for your ceremony, including the summer house for a sublime open-air scene and a magnificent renovated Tudor barn. Almost all of the food on the menu is sourced from the on-site smallholding, making it wholesome and seasonal as well

as absolutely delectable.Shingay, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0HR, 01223207581. MILL HOTEL The Suffolk countryside is a spectacular setting for any wedding, and the Mill Hotel’s astounding view overlooking the River Stour really makes the most of it for truly memorable wedding days. Much of the hotel has been recently refurbished, including the Gainsborough Suite, the striking Riverside Restaurant and a newly built bridal suite, so you can put your stamp on the venue and tailor your day for you. A well-seasoned wedding venue, the Mill Hotel has the expertise to make your wedding dreams a reality. Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1BD, 08444119496.

DOWN HALL Your wedding will gain an air of historic splendour at Down Hall, which dates back to 1540 and houses an array of rooms and suites to host all kinds of weddings – from intimate ceremonies to luxury wedding breakfasts and stunning receptions with panoramic views over the gorgeous gardens. Exquisite menus made with locally sourced or homegrown produce, dedicated wedding co-ordinators, landscaped gardens and beautiful period details mean that your dreams of a perfect wedding will become reality. Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7AS, 01279731441.

KINGSCLIFF HOTEL What could be better than dazzling sea views and the fresh sea air on your face on your wedding day? The original 1930s Kingscliff Hotel emanates a sense of tradition and timelessness that make it a remarkably atmospheric wedding venue. With plenty of experience in the planning and holding of weddings, the hotel can help you achieve the exact day you have your heart set on. Holland-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 5JB, 08444119492. DUKE’S HEAD HOTEL The Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn is packed with facilities to ensure the smooth running of your wedding day. The ballroom has been newly refurbished to a high standard, and can cater for up to 280 people, whilst the impressive 16th century Nelson’s Room seats 55 for more intimate occasions. You can even have exclusive use of the entire hotel! This Georgian building overlooks the historic King’s Lynn marketplace, so the town’s unique atmosphere will pervade your whole day. King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JS, 08444119484.

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he venue’s booked, the invitations have been sent out and a certain white dress hangs in your wardrobe…you’ve planned everything down to the last detail, so don’t fall down at the last hurdle – your makeup. On the surface, wedding makeup may seem like the simplest thing in the world – every bride just wants to look beautiful and photo-ready on her big day. But there are so many different ways to enhance your own unique beauty, and so many developments in the beauty industry to help you do it. Plus, there’s no point in pairing a dress that’s classic or fashion-forward or minimalistic with a makeup look that doesn’t match. The biggest beauty story of the Spring/Summer catwalks was barely there, natural makeup. Skin glistens with artfully placed highlighter and illuminating primers, and eyes are not smoked or contoured, only brightened. A great insiders’ trick is ‘invisible

eyeliner’; liquid eyeliner placed as close to the lashline as possible to create an eye-widening look that is not noticeable to the untrained eye. The no makeup look is romantic and youthful as well as minimalistic – it allows you to look thoroughly like yourself. It pairs well with most dresses, matching perfectly with simple ones and providing a pareddown contrast with more embellished looks. It’s also a great option for makeup-phobic brides, or those who don’t wear makeup often in their day-to-day lives. As a bonus, glowy, illuminated skin looks fabulous in pictures. Vintage dresses look great with vintage-inspired looks to match. Some of the most polished weddings are held together by a theme, from the dress to the décor to the music, and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t extend to the bride’s makeup look. This season sees an embrace of the perennially chic cat eye and girly, pale

pink makeup of the 50s and 60s. Pair your dramatic cat eye with feminine pale-rose lips and cheeks for a gorgeous retro look. Carry the vintage feel through to your hair with teased Brigitte Bardot inspired locks – beehives, bouffants and big hair are perfect for such a special occasion, and there’s no risk that in years to come the pictures will look dated. Speaking of beauty looks from days gone by, 70s glam is also having a moment this season - think bronzed and glossy. Sun-kissed and illuminated cheeks paired with sheer reddish-coral lips, gold-embellished eyes, and long, sleek hair speak of updated and lustrous retro glamour – the perfect counterpoint to fussy wedding dress styles. Lots of brides choose to compliment their vintage wedding look with an old Hollywood makeup style, complete with a bold red lip, and who can blame them? eastlife.co.uk|45

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Weddings It is a beauty look that always works. Glamorous, just a little vampy, and always in style. For the more daring or fashion forward bride, there are some striking new trends that will make a real impact on the big day. Bright statement lips were seen all over the catwalks – primarily in shades of orange. The rest of the face and hair must be left simple for a modern effect that’s not overdone. A less ostentatious interpretation of the trend is to go for shades that lean more coral or red. Opting for a matte finish is both fashionable and dampens some of the loudness. Lips aren’t the only facial feature brides like to play up though – eyes, as they say, are the windows to the soul and eye makeup can make or break a look. This season, beauty trends are offering up a new way to incorporate your ‘something blue’: with a streak of azure on your eyelid. Although it’s not for the fainthearted, this trend isn’t a rehashing of the dreaded frosty 80s hue of your nightmares. The contemporary look is bold, bright, and largely devoid of sparkle. It’s understandable if these bright graphic lines are too much for you, but you can still include a nod to the trend in your wedding look. Eyeliner (or shadow) in subtle shades of rich, shimmering navy really bring out the colour in the eyes and have the added bonus of making the whites of your eyes look whiter. Whether you’re doing your own makeup, or enlisting the aid of a beauty professional, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to avoid tears and last-minute repair jobs. You will likely treasure the photo memories of this day for years to come, and the last thing you want is to find fault with your face. Make sure you road test all the looks you’re considering too, so that you can be entirely sure you’re making the right decision. Lastly, don’t stress! Whatever your make up look, your natural radiance and happiness will shine through. All brides are beautiful.

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We’ve covered the top beauty trends for brides, but that doesn’t mean that the grooms out there should slack off and leave all of the preening to their better half. Weddings are not just about the bride, they’re about the couple, and let’s face it, how many grooms really want to be totally outshined on their wedding day? DITCH THE SCRUFF Sure, beards had a bit of a fashion ‘moment’ in 2013. We saw Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and even Jeremy Paxman sporting furry faces. But as Paxman himself said, ‘beards are so 2013’. Get with the times and make sure you’re smart and clean-shaven. If you must keep some stubble, then at the very least get it smartly shaped and trimmed. A close shave from a barber is a nice ritual that will make you feel a bit pampered too.

MENACE Multi award-winning Essex salon, Menace Male Grooming provides anything from simple haircuts and cut throat shaves to hair removal and relaxing spa style treatments.They promise first class service without the first class price tag. Despite featuring on The Only Way is Essex and styling acts for V Festival, they pride themselves on their relaxed atmosphere. Customers enjoy complementary grooming advice, Sky Sports and a post-treatment beer. Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8NR. 01277202448. www. menancegrooming.co.uk. MCQUEEN & CO McQueen & Co’s stylish salon blends retro and contemporary features and provides a high quality grooming service far from the buzz of the city.The expert team of stylists are fully trained in hairdressing, wet shaving, facial treatments,

SKIN MATTERS Even if you haven’t been sporting a beard anytime recently, you’re still not immune to typical skincare issues. The trick is to get into a regular skincare routine, and to tailor it to your needs. Spotty skin? Then target it with medicated cleansers. Dry and flaky? You’ll need an emollient moisturiser. Even if your skin is in reasonable nick, you still need to cleanse and moisturise twice daily at the very least, and exfoliate twice weekly if you can.

head massages and skin and hair care. Cambridge, CB1 1LH. 01223 36 78 79. www.mcqueenandco.co.uk. TRUMAN’S Established in 2008, Truman’s is Norwich’s only male grooming salon, offering a one-stop retreat of over 30 different treatments in a gorgeous Georgian building. The dedicated team of staff, taught by celebrity French barber Daniel Rouah (who also taught Johnny Deep for the film Sweeney Todd!), use the best in men’s grooming products and offer a comprehensive consultation service to ensure you leave looking and feeling your best. Elm Hill, Norwich. Norfolk. NR3 1HG. 01603666400.www.menshaircutsnorwich. co.uk. JAMES DANIEL A luxury men’s barber set in a stunning Grade II listed building, James Daniel

SALONS If that’s all of the primping that your masculine sensibilities can take, then fair enough. But there’s nothing wrong with paying a trip to a spa or specialist salon in the run up to the big day - the last thing the treatments are is girly. Whatever your grooming needs, East Anglia has plenty of salons that cater to the not-so-fair sex.

puts the focus on the client, offering a comfortable waiting area, newspapers and a walk-in service throughout the week. Customers can also book in for a sports massage, which is done in a private room upstairs and provides a great opportunity to relax tired, tight muscles, old sports injuries or just indulge in a firm massage. Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP7 5AP. 01473 823616. www. jamesdanielhadleigh.co.uk. GOATIES Goaties Men’s Grooming Salon offers a quality grooming experience in a friendly and relaxed environment. Expert stylists are trained to the highest standard and can advise as to what will work best for your hair type. They provide a wide range of fantastic treatments from haircuts to hair colouring, shaves, massages and facials in a contemporary setting. Radlett, Hertfordshire.WD7 7NP. 01923351723, www.goaties.co.uk. ■ eastlife.co.uk|55

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At Maltings Academy we believe that meeting the needs of each individual learner and helping them to realise their potential is central to effective learning and teaching. Our students enjoy opportunities to work as a part of groups as well as developing their own independent learning skills. We are able to provide this individualised approach through our effective assessment of our students’ capabilities. Demanding targets are set which challenge our students and encourage them to strive to achieve their best and more. Beyond the classroom, our students are provided with an extensive range of opportunities and we encourage everyone to participate in extra curricular activities according to their talents and interests. From chess to trampolining, dance to IT there is an activity to inspire every child. We aim to develop our students morally, spiritually, physically and socially as part of the all-round high quality educational experience we are delivering to all students who attend the Academy. Much of our success depends upon appropriate curricula, informed by current knowledge and best practice. We aim to meet the needs of every student through our provision of vocational through to highly academic courses, from our gifted and talented programme to our learning support provision. Our specialisms of sport and science provide opportunities for every student to develop their potential. I believe wholeheartedly that our Academy status, in partnership with New Rickstones Academies, gives us a real opportunity to transform the provision of education in Witham, and provide our young people with the skills and aspirations they need to lead happy, successful lives. Our results for the last three years have shown rapid progress staff, parents, carers, students local community can be them At and Maltings Academy we believe that meeting the and needsthe of each individual learner and helping of potential their achievements. to proud realise their is central to effective learning and teaching. Our students enjoy opportunities to work as a part of groups as well as developing their own independent learning skills. We are able is to harness momentum and buildofon expanding to Our providejob thisnow individualised approachthis through our effective assessment ourit, students' capabilities. this success into every area of our students’ lives. Demanding targets are set which challenge our students and encourage them to strive to achieve Our their bestunderlying and more. vision is an Academy based on a culture of high expectation and achievement within a caring community, with a focus Beyond the classroom, our students areimproved provided withfacilities, an extensivewhich range ofinclude opportunities and on Sport and Science. Our a state weofencourage everyone to participate in extra curricular activities according to their talents and the art new campus, and tailored curricula, will support this vision, interests. From chess to trampolining, dance to IT there is an activity to inspire every child. We aim to enabling us to deliver personalised learning in a way that encourages develop our students morally, spiritually, physically and socially as part of the all-round high quality participation and achievement, tailored to suit each individual student’s educational experience are delivering to all students who attend the Academy. particular talentsweand interests.

Much of our success depends upon appropriate curricula, informed by current knowledge and best I lookWeforward to the welcoming you to the Maltings Academy community practice. aim to meet needs of every student through our provision of vocational through to highly academic courses, from our gifted and talented programme to our learning support J Szynal provision. Our specialisms of sport and science provide opportunities for every student to develop Principal. their potential.

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Education

The Best Of

ESSEX Independent Schools The second most important decision you will make as a parent - apart from deciding to have the child in the first place - is deciding which school to enrol your child in. Make the right decision and you could put them on a path toward lifelong learning, a prestigious college education and a successful career. Mahvish Malik goes through some of Essex’s top independent schools to help you with your decision.

Braeside School

Brentwood School

Colchester High School

A combination of the best in traditional and contemporary teaching methods in a full range of subjects can be seen at Braeside. Class sizes are small and some subjects are delivered in half class groups with correspondingly successful grades. Academic class work is well balanced by activities such as sport, music and drama. A successful P.E. department encourages competition at inter-house, inter-school, district and national levels. Enhancement programmes for years 7, 8 and 9 take place during the summer term. Day visits are organised to a wide variety of venues and overseas trips are offered in rotation to Senior and Junior year groups. There are opportunities to visit Northern France, Rome and the Amalfi coast. 130 High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5SD, 02085041133. www.braesideschool.co.uk.

A day and boarding school with a difference - boys and girls are taught separately until the Sixth Form which allows a tailored academic teaching. All 1,100 students have the benefit of mixing socially outside class, enjoying state-of-the-art facilities set in the heart of Brentwood town in Essex, surrounded by 72 acres of green playing fields and gardens. Educational innovation across all disciplines is supported by nearly 500 years of history and tradition. Brentwood has a justifiable reputation for developing flexible, creative, enterprising learners with a sound work ethic and students understand that learning yields profound rewards for those who approach it with rigour and enthusiasm. These qualities by teaching with genuine passion in a stimulating environment. Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EE, 01277243243. www.brentwoodschool.co.uk.

Colchester High School was established in 1882. It is Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys from 2½ to 18 years. The school’s early years department provides a safe and happy start to a successful education through lower school and senior school, making sure your child stars on the right foot. Colchester High School pride themselves on their pastoral care and small classes, which enable them to get to know their pupils very well on an individual level. The school aims to ensure that each child is happy and settled and therefore able to achieve his or her academic potential. Visitors are welcome at any time to see the school and members of staff would be more than happy to show you around. Contact Admissions on 01206 217116 for more information. Wellesley Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3HD. 01206573389. www.colchesterhighschool.co.uk. eastlife.co.uk|57

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Education Felsted Preparatory School

Friends School

Gosfield School

This school carefully choses pathways to each Felstedian. These pathways are grouped into the following core categories; social and personal development, academic development, physical development, creative development and global understanding. By exploring each of these, you will see how the different pathways develop through the school, from Reception through to the Sixth Form. They are part of Felsted ’s core Philosophy of Learning, and through the close partnership of parents, pupils and the School, pupils are able to follow individual pathways around their academic studies, based on their individual strengths and interests to encourage their minds and develop their knowledge. Felsted, Essex, CM6 3LL. 01371822600. www.felsted.org

Friends’ School is a lively and caring community with one simple aim: to realise the potential and talent of all pupils within a friendly but challenging environment. Achievement is valued in all aspects of school life, whether it is academic, dramatic, artistic, musical or sporting. When your child joins, he or she will have plenty of opportunities in all sorts of activities - with the constant support of a community which respects individuals, values achievement and broadens perspective. High standards of teaching and academic attainment are hugely important to the school as well as broader framework of personal development Mount Pleasant Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EB. 01799525351. www.friends.org.uk.

Gosfield School is an independent co-educational day school for ages 4-18. Set in superb grounds of 110 acres with an impressive sports hall and all-weather sports field, they offer pupils the opportunity to excel academically and participate in a wide range of activities. The Prep School and the Senior School provide a rich and relevant learning environment in which young people can excel and flourish both academically and socially. The curriculum is designed to engage and challenge all learners, and pupils thrive in small classes with specialist teachers. Advice on careers and further education provides practical assistance as pupils begin to consider seriously what their future may hold. Halstead Road, Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1PF, 01787474040. www.gosfieldschool.org.uk.

Maldon Court Preparatory School

New Hall School

Oxford House School

New Hall School is a leading independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 years. Founded in 1642, New Hall School is the oldest Catholic school in the UK that has always taken girls, and the largest Catholic boarding and day school in England. At New Hall staff operate the highly successful ‘diamond model’ structure. In this way, New Hall provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stages 3 and 4. The provision of single-sex education during formative years enables students to grow in confidence, whilst enjoying an education that is specifically tailored and that recognises the different ways in which boys and girls learn. The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3HS, 01245467588. www.newhallschool.co.uk.

Founded in 1959, this intimate and exclusive school offers every child a complete education that puts a high emphasis on traditional values and the child centred learning of the Montessori Method. The school aims to understand and to develop the potential which all children possess and to send them on to senior schools as literate, numerate, well-mannered and happy individuals. The broad curriculum is enriched by encouraging a love for literature, languages, music, dance and drama. The school’s high success rate for pupils gaining places in selective state and independent schools is excellent To request a prospectus, arrange a personal visit to the school or for details of our next open day please contact Mrs Harding, Admissions Registrar on 01206 576686. 2 – 4 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NE, www.oxfordhouseschool.net.

The Curriculum at Maldon Court Preparatory School has been devised so that all children can achieve to the very best of their ability and gain entry into the Senior Schools of their choice. All teachers have a curriculum responsibility and they keep abreast of developments in their area and introduce changes, which will benefit pupils when necessary. Whether in sport, music, drama or academics, pupils are encouraged to ‘have a go’. Everyone finds that taking part in one of the excellent range of sports or performing arts is great fun. There are plenty of opportunities to excel at local, regional or national level and the school’s aim is to develop skills which pupils can go on to enjoy in adult life. Silver Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4QE, 01621853529. www.maldoncourtschool.org.

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andmade Oriental rugs and carpets are individual works of art, handmade by artists and craftspeople whose designs are unique to their own tribes and areas. They represent long-term investments which, if given the care they deserve, will reward their owners with decades of good service. Very often rugs will become damaged whilst in the home by general wear and tear, holes caused by animals and rodents, infestations of moth, and also household disasters from fire and flood. The maintenance and repair of handmade rugs and carpets is a specialised field, of which many are not aware exists. Restoration and conservation are essential as each handmade rug and carpet is unique, and therefore irreplaceable. Furthermore, as their value tends to be high, it is often more economically viable to carry out repairs rather than offering any form of replacement.

A qualified restorer will offer advice on the origin, date and value of each individual rug, and provide a written estimate for the various repair and cleaning options. They will also advise on which repairs demand urgent attention. The cleaning of handmade rugs is also a specialised area. If cleaning is not carried out by a specialist who understands the intricacies of dealing with fine one off rugs, a great deal of irreversible damage can be caused. The RESTORATION Workshops in Long Melford are one of the few places in the UK with the specialist skills to offer a full range of services. Visit www.persiancarpetstudio.co.uk for further information or visit the workshops which are open to the public. The Persian Carpet Studio, The Old White Hart, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9HX . 01787882214. Open 10am – 5.30pm Monday until Saturday. n

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educe, Reuse, and Recycle – we’re all familiar with these tenets of eco-friendly living by now. Recycling our waste and reducing our energy usage (and the associated bills) are now de rigueur for most households. But how much do we actually reuse? No, not the jam jars you clean out and use for your summer glut of tomato chutney or take away boxes that have a new lease of life by housing last night’s dinner. We’re all too quick to throw away things deemed ‘broken’, ‘tired’ or ‘dated’. Unloved chairs with ghastly 80s upholstery, squat cabinets with sad doors hanging off hinges, and difficult-to-manage period details are disposed of without much thought. Newer must equal better, right? Not necessarily. Stylish interior design does not depend on the hottest new thing available in the shops. In fact, more and more designers are looking to the past and its relics to inspire new, more creative ideas. This explains why ‘upcycling’ is such a huge trend right now, and looks set to be for a long while to come. Take an old piece of furniture, and look at its positive points rather than the negatives. So you don’t like the colour, or the pattern. Maybe it’s bashed up after many years of heavy use. Sanding down the wood and re-varnishing it in a finish of your choice will give it a new lease of life. It’s neither difficult nor too expensive to commission someone to reupholster a chair, stool or sofa. Choose the fabric that suits your taste and the aesthetic of your home – subtly chic neutrals, modernist geometric patterns, or whimsical vintage-style prints. For minimalist, on-trend style, opt for a bright pop of accent colour. Another hugely stylish option is to actually paint the wood itself a colour of your choice. This works particularly well with cabinets, chests of drawers and wardrobes to create an attractive colour blocking effect in your home. There are plenty of different shades of wood paint available now, so feel free to experiment. Tones of beige, grey and brown may be elegant, subdued

choices, but colour is huge right now in all areas of design, from fashion to interiors. Pick what goes with the vibe of your whole home – bright accent colours such as tropical azure and yellow (hugely trendy colours right now), or pretty pastels like the palest blues, pinks and mint greens (a trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon). Why not go all out and opt for a decadent metallic? The opulent effect is equal parts glamorous and neutral, and can really lift a room. Furniture isn’t the only thing that can be restored to a new level of its former glory. The same logic can be applied to pretty much anything in your home – photo frames, mirrors, even doors. In a society where we’re all looking for the next big thing, we often lose appreciation for the beauties of the past. Worse, we often make the mistake of thinking we need to cut these so-called ‘archaic’ details out in order to make way for the new. This is not the case. If you live in a period property, even supposedly tricky-to-maintain period details need not be intrusive or anomalous. Ensure cohesiveness throughout your home – interior design firms specialising in restoration can help with this by carefully restoring historic details all over to your specification. Changing the colours (for example, by painting all embellishment uniform white or an accent metallic or colour) can either play up vintage detailing to a modern effect or dampen it into an interesting facet of the background. The strong lines of beams and inglenook fireplaces play well with strong, broad lines found in modernism. There’s nearly always a way to reinvigorate the old without just mindlessly bringing in the new. So, before you carelessly toss something on the scrapheap in your quest for a fresh new home, think out of the box. What are the item’s positive points? How could you freshen it up? There’s always a way, and the best part is that you’re not constrained by anyone else’s creative vision – you can achieve exactly the look you want, tailored perfectly to your home.■ eastlife.co.uk|71

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eekeepers and gardeners have noticed that bees are less healthy and abundant in recent years than they have been in the past. If this trend continues, it could have serious implications, since most plants rely on bees and other insects to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.

BEES CAN BE CATEGORISED INTO THREE GROUPS •

The honeybee is a social bee that forms large colonies that overwinter. It can be kept in hives and is the source of honey and beeswax. A strong honeybee colony may contain about 60,000 bees. Bumblebees are also social bees but their nests die out in late summer or early autumn. There are about 24 bumblebee species in Britain but only about 12 are commonly seen in gardens. At peak strength in midsummer, a bumblebee nest may contain up to 200 bees. There are about 260 species of solitary bee in Britain, some of which are rare species confined to restricted habitats. Common types of garden solitary bees include some of the Andrena, Osmia, Megachile, Lasioglossum and Nomada species. Solitary bee nests are even smaller and with these non-social bees, each female constructs and provisions her nest on her own.

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The strength and health of honeybee colonies has declined, making it more difficult for beekeepers to maintain their hives in good condition. Some bumblebee and solitary bee species are doing well and have increased their distribution in Britain. Others have

shown marked declines over the last 30 years. Bumblebees and solitary bees that are able to collect nectar and pollen from a wide range of plants, including garden flowers, are generally maintaining their numbers and distribution. It is species that are more selective in their flower-visiting habits, or have special requirements for nest sites, that have declined in numbers and now have a more restricted distribution. Many garden plants and agricultural/horticultural crops need bees to bring about pollination by transferring pollen from the flowers’ anthers to the stigmas. These include most tree and soft fruits, and many vegetables including runner beans, broad beans, tomatoes, marrows and courgettes Plants that are not pollinated will not set fruits or produce seeds.

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Provide nest sites for bumblebees. Bumblebee nest boxes can be purchased but they are often ignored by queen bumblebees. They prefer to find their own nest sites down tunnels dug by mice or in grass tussocks. The tree bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum, has recently colonised Britain and will often use bird nest boxes. Grow flowers that bees like. Honeybees are active from late winter to autumn, so try and have bee-friendly plants in flower for as much of that time as possible. Use pesticides sparingly. Those based on fatty acids or plant oils and extracts pose little danger to bees but will not control all pests. Avoid spraying open flowers and if possible do spraying in the evening when bees are less active. n

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he Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) is actively recruiting foster carers across the East of England. This year more than 8,000 new foster carers will be needed across England and the agency is seeking carers in this area to provide stable and loving homes for children of all ages and backgrounds, to give them the chance of family life and realise their full potential. The Foster Care Co-operative - a not for profit organisation and the only co-operative operating in foster care in the UK - has been operating for almost 15 years and has strong local groups of carers in the Eastern counties. FCC is above all child orientated taking great care to match children with foster carers and has a special culture which is based on valuing foster carers and

staff and is dedicated to providing mutual support that will change a child’s life. Anyone can foster and carers come from all walks of life. What all foster carers have in common is a commitment to the children. Carers need to be able to offer a child or children a room of their own as well as offering patience, time and commitment to young people of different ages. Carers also need to be reasonably fit and healthy and are subject to criminal disclosure checks. A sense of humour is valuable too! In return, the agency offers professional support from fully qualified social workers, full and comprehensive training and a fee which recognises a professional caring role. Go to www.fostercarecooperative.co.uk for more details about FCC. n

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kiing and snowboarding is one of the most popular, although potentially dangerous, winter sports. More and more people are taking to the slopes for this winter holiday, but those that do go must be prepared for not only the physical nature of the sport, but also what they should do if they are unlucky enough to injure themselves. Avoidance of injury is obviously preferable and every effort should be made to be physically fit before departing on a ski trip. A number of injuries are caused by weakness and muscle fatigue and these can be avoided with appropriate pre-skiing conditioning. Many health centres, sports therapists and physiotherapists are able to provide a pre-skiing programme before departure. Whilst at the resort it is imperative to obtain the right equipment. In particular, be cautious with ski boots and binding settings. Modern ski technology and the variety of designs available mean it is possible to obtain comfortably fitting, secure, boots that help protect the lower leg and ankle joints. Correct setting of the ski bindings is imperative to allow quick release of the ski should you fall. Failure to release can impart a significant torsional force on your knee, resulting in a potential injury. Those that have skied previously will be well aware of the number of people that do fall and injure themselves. The severity of the injury can range from simple bruises, knocks, minor sprains and strains of ligaments to more major joint disruptions. The knee is unfortunately the most common joint injured and although a number of these are relatively minor, a few can be significant. Significant injuries will nearly always be associated with swelling. When a person is unable to ski on, they are often evacuated to the local medical centre and these can provide an accurate diagnosis of the disorder and instigate appropriate therapy when required. A considerable number of knee injuries result in damage to either the meniscus or a ligament. Minor meniscal injuries may be exceedingly painful initially, but will settle reasonably quickly with simple non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. A few will settle sufficiently to allow a return to skiing, but some patients may have major mechanical problems within the joint, which will keep them from further

ski activities. Major ligamentous injuries are more problematical. These will often be braced or treated in a plaster. Where possible, it is imperative to elevate the leg, use a compression bandage and ice packs to reduce the swelling. Non-steroidal antiinflammatories can help with the pain and control the swelling. On return to this country it is wise to seek an expert opinion quickly to ascertain what type of therapy is required. Often, with minor injuries, patients will be referred to physiotherapy and sports therapists to allow an active rehabilitation programme to start as soon as possible before the joint stiffens and excessive muscle mass is lost. More significant injuries may require detailed investigation and possible further treatment. People unfortunate enough to sustain a knee injury whilst skiing, would be well advised to seek the care of the local medical practitioner to ensure that the joint is stabilised sufficiently. As mentioned, where possible (RICE) rest, ice, compression and elevation should be used to help the pain and swelling and then seek expert advice on returning to this country. Such expert advice can be found in the form of Nuffield Cambridge’s Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dennis Edwards. For more information or to book an appointment call 08456034346. Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, 4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF. n eastlife.co.uk|83

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DIABETES EVERYDAY EATING “I want to be told what I can eat – not what I can’t.”

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DDT is frequently contacted by people who want advice about their diet. Very often, particularly just after diagnosis, people feel confused about the advice they are given on healthy eating. They feel insecure about what they are eating and how this may affect their diabetes or they simply do not have enough information about diet. These feelings may hold equally true for family members who will also have a role in the changes to diet that the household may have to make. Very often, people are told that they need to eat healthily, lose weight and to stay away from sugary and fatty foods. This particularly applies to people with Type 2 diabetes and while this advice is not bad advice, it can leave people without the information they need during a stressful time. As one gentleman said “I want to be told what I can eat – not what I can’t”. And what about people with Type 1 diabetes? If you are lucky enough to go on a DAFNE education course or to have an insulin pump, you are taught to count carbohydrates. If you were diagnosed before 1986 you were automatically taught to count carbs. However, the introduction of ‘Healthy eating’ for the general population resulted in carb counting almost disappearing for people with diabetes. Most of those who had carb counted continued to do so, but there is a whole generation of people using insulin who have never been taught. Perhaps just as importantly, there is a whole generation of health professionals who have not been fully trained in carb counting in order to teach their patients to do it safely and achieve the best blood glucose control possible. In the real world, we cannot suddenly expect this situation to be rectified - simply because of sheer numbers and time. There is evidence that carb counting is beneficial for people taking insulin and equally, that it is important that people with Type 2 diabetes taking tablets are aware of the effects carbohydrates have on blood glucose levels. There are real health benefits from carb counting and IDDT believes that we cannot sit back and do nothing. It is for these reasons IDDT has produced a 4-week Menu Plan prepared by Consultant Dietitian, Dr Mabel Blades and endosed by the NHS. The Menu Plan is not intended to be a substitute for an individual diet plan prepared by a dietitian or other health professional. It is intended to give people ideas about what they can eat – everyday, affordable meals in an easy to look at way. It will be especially useful to anyone who has been newly diagnosed or who has had a member of the family diagnosed. It is based on the principles of healthy eating and could help with weight loss (whether you have diabetes or not!). It provides an introduction to counting carbohydrates and is a stepping stone to learning more about diet and diabetes.n

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‘Diabetes Everyday Eating’ is available free of charge from IDDT to people who live with diabetes and to health professionals to give to their patients. Copies can be obtained by contacting IDDT: 01604622837, enquiries@iddtinternational.org, PO Box 294, Northampton NN1 4XS. www.iddtinternational.org.

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SLEEP FAIRIES PEACEFUL NIGHTS

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leep Fairies Maternity was founded by Jacqueline Stubbings - who is a Maternity Nurse Practitioner and Sleep Trainer herself - to provide a much needed service to new and sleep deprived parents throughout Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties with the help of maternity nurses, sleep trainers, night nannies, parents and babysitters. Sleep Fairies understand that sleep deprivation leaves babies over-tired and fractious. Parents are exhausted too, and this leaves them wishing they had that ideal person to guide, support and help them to establish a sleep and feeding routine that works. All their candidates are qualified and experienced maternity nurse practitioners and have been through a strict selection process and hold a current CRB and Paediatric First aid Certificate. They can help, advise and support you with breastfeeding, settling your baby to sleep, troubleshooting and all other aspects of new-born care. They can be booked

for just a few hours, days or weeks, or through one of their following packages. The Initial £70 Sleep Training Package comes with a FREE individually tailored sleep programme; which, if followed consistently, along with the techniques that they teach you, will get your baby sleeping better within 3 days. Your sleep trainer will call you before the home visit to establish the problem you’re having with your baby’s sleep routine and continue to support you after the visit for a further week, as part of the Initial two hour package. Smaller problems are usually solved within the initial consultation time, through tweaking a few things that make all the difference, or you can discuss with your sleep trainer, which is the best package to suit you. The Welcome Home Mother and Baby Gift Packages from just £199 makes a wonderful gift to welcome home mum and baby after the birth or C-section. Why not gift someone you love, or make a gift to yourself at this very special time!

Your maternity nurse can accompany you home from the hospital if you wish and will stay in your home with you to carry out all aspects of new born care for you, so that you can relax and bond with your new baby. She will help you to establish a sleep/feeding routine and make sure that you drink, eat and sleep enough to recover before she leaves, offering you follow up support for a further couple of weeks. Whatever your situation is, Sleep Fairies are here to help make your baby experience a whole lot easier. Whether you need help getting your baby to sleep better through the night, a good night’s sleep yourself, a nanny for other children or general household help, Sleep Fairies will offer you an exceptional service. For more information visit their website on www.sleepfairies.co.uk or alternatively email Jacqueline your queries on the following: jacqui@ sleepfairies.co.uk . 01733248101 / 07517987182. ■

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ART SCENE COLLETTE HOEFKENS

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Firstly let’s take a leisurely visit to the delightful, medieval town of The Lion House Gallery Lavenham. Here 12 High Street, Lavenham we find the magical Suffolk , CO10 9PR Lion House Gallery. 01787 249616 Bursting with contemporary www.lionhousegallery.co.uk treasures, it is hard to contain ones pleasure at the visual and tactile splendour displayed. This month “The Garden in Spring” exhibition will be providing the green shoots of warmth and joy, with its celebration of the brighter and kinder days to come. Amongst the artists on show, Suffolk painter, Lucy Grossmith will be cheering and inspiring us with a delicate and intricate collection of limited edition prints, from her latest series of garden paintings. Full of subtle colour and laced with visual melody, Lucy’s works capture your imagination and heart. Weaving together the more beautiful products of man and nature, these harmonious paintings are full of air, texture and joy. Delving further within this bountiful chest of discoveries, we can find a personal favourite, ceramicist Pru Green. Her vibrant hand thrown earthenware jugs, bowls and mugs are irresistible, as I found to my own, enjoyable, cost! Pru combines colour and pattern with powerfully light, lively, slips and richer darker tones, to create pieces of must-have character and quality. THE GARDEN IN SPRING: 1 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH

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THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY A & K Wilson Gallery Ltd 11 Station Approach, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SP 01582760824 www.akwilsongallery.co.uk

Popping down south, be sure to fit in time to catch the latest recommendations from Harpenden’s most established and renowned art dealer, Andrew Wilson, of the A &

K Wilson Gallery. Andrew’s eye for a good work is legendary in Hertfordshire and I have been enjoying his choices for a couple of decades now. This month he is focusing on two of Hertfordshire’s local artists, Vanessa Stone and Justine Lois Thorpe. These two artists demonstrate beautifully Andrew’s wide-ranging, honest and expert appreciation of genuine work. From the potency and dynamic stillness of Stone’s valentine inspired paper cuts, raging lines and plains of colour, from Thorpe’s wildly charged contemporary oils, Andrew brings together an exciting contrast of genre and style. ■

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B R E W E R ʼ S M A P O F S U D B U R Y I N 17 14 Detail of Brewer’s map (before conservation) showing St Peter’s Church and Market Hill, Sudbury in 1714

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300 YEARS OF HISTORY 1714 saw the coronation of George I and the birth of the Georgian age and we celebrate this three hundred year anniversary in 2014. The beginning of this important epoch in Sudbury is wonderfully brought to life in an extraordinary contemporary picture of the town: Brewer’s map of Sudbury in 1714. The map, which is owned by Sudbury Town Council, has resided for many years in Suffolk Record Office in Bury St Edmunds. Gainsborough’s House has been delighted to organise the conservation of the map so that it can be publicly displayed for the first time. It can be seen by residents of Sudbury and visitors to the town. It gives us a remarkable glimpse of Sudbury three hundred years ago. WHO MADE IT? It was probably Cornelius Brewer, whose signature can be seen with the inscription on the left hand side. Brewer, of neighbouring Borley, managed the estate of Francis Dashwood in Sudbury. Dashwood and his brother Samuel were silk merchants who had political and commercial links with Sudbury. WHAT WAS IT MADE OF? Brewer’s map was hand drawn on vellum, probably sheep skin or calf skin, using iron gall ink and various shades of watercolour. Iron gall ink is made using iron salts and tannic acid extracted from oak galls (growths on oak trees). The map is in a fair condition for its age, but the high acidity of the ink, fading and marks on its surface and other damage meant that it required some conservation work

before being mounted and framed for display. WHY WAS IT MADE? According to the inscription the map was created to show the extent of Sudbury’s common pastures. At that time the town’s aldermen controlled the town corporation and the commons. Their houses are prominently shown on the map, and together with the elaborately decorated town crest, suggests that they ordered for the map to be made. DOES GAINSBOROUGH’S HOUSE APPEAR ON THE MAP? The early decades of the eighteenth century witnessed the slow transformation of English towns. Medieval wattle and daub constructions became concealed behind brick-built facades. On Brewer’s Map, Gainsborough’s House appears, although it is not clear which House. The Gainsborough family bought the house in 1722 some eight years after the map was made. A fascinating display of the map will be shown at Gainsborough’s House from 11 January – 31 May 2014 and celebrates three hundred years since its creation. With grateful thanks to Andrew Phillips who supported the conservation of the map. For further information contact Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House on mark@gainsborough.org. 01787372958/07917800546. Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU. 01787372958. www.gainsborough.org. ■

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Angel gallery 17 Market Place Lavenham, CO10 9QZ Telephone: 01787 248417 www.angelgallerylavenham.co.uk philipandwendy@angelgallery.co.uk A 15th century wool merchant’s residence housing exhibitions by local and national artists, including collections of the works of Leslie Gibson, Mary Wild and pottery by John Leach.

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Norfolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Feb Last of the Red Hot Lovers Written by the same author of the wonderful comedy The Odd Couple this very funny play. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 Feb Anything Goes A rip roaring show packed with great tunes such as ‘You’re The Top’, ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘It’s DeLovely’ and the famous ‘Anything Goes’! Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 1 Feb Honor Blackman - as Herself Here, in conversation with her colleague and friend, the director Richard Digby Day, she will look back over her astonishing life, revealing stories of her childhood, her rise to stardom, her leather-clad triumph in The Avengers and her casting as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 1 Feb The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sights on the good book, written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 3 Feb Albert Enstein: Relatively Speaking - Junior Edition Join Albert for a lecture like none you’ve ever seen. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 4 - 8 Feb Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour The legendary entertainer, whose creations include Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, takes his final bow with his acclaimed farewell tour ‘EAT, PRAY, LAUGH!’ Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000

written is sure to leave you amazed and inspired. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 12 Feb Luke Wright Luke stormed Edinburgh with his rambunctious new show, ‘Essex Lion’, catch him at the Norwich Arts Centre. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 12 - 13 Feb David Baddiel: Fame - Not The Musical Fame: our society is obsessed with it – but who will talk honestly about what it’s really like? David Baddiel, in his first full show for fifteen years, does. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 12 - 15 Feb The Elephant Man Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society present the incredibly moving true story of John Merrick, ‘The Elephant Man’. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 13 - 15 Feb Zippo’s Cirque Berserk A troupe of over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and deathdefying stunt men are joined by Guinness record holding strong man Hercules and award-winning clown Tweedy. Don’t miss Britain’s favourite circus on its first nationwide theatre tour. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 13 - 15 Feb Cabaret - A Night at the Musicals Presented by The Minotaur Theatre Company. UEA Drama Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Feb Anne Pigalle’s Passion Part poetry, mostly song and all guaranteed to be exciting and authentic. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

6 Feb The Six Wives of Henry VIII With live original music, embroidery, barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget! Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241

17 - 19 Feb The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia The ballet company perform ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (17 Feb), ‘The Nutcracker’ (18 Feb) and ‘Swan Lake’ (19 Feb). Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000

7 Feb Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geeky songstress Helen Arney mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598

18 Feb Sid’s Show Join Sid from CBeebies in a fantastic fun-filled adventure! Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252

8 Feb Hôtel De Rive Inspired by the singular vision and work of the seminal twentieth century Italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Hôtel De Rive creates a new space within which the visual and performing arts are united with literature. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 9 Feb Punt & Dennis The Kings of satirical comedy bring their new show, ‘Ploughing On Regardless’, to Norwich. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 11 Feb Amazing Grace Told through word, folk song, and physical theatre, John Newtown’s transformation from slave ship captain to church leader, and author of arguably the most famous hymn ever

19 Feb Northanger Abbey With just two performers, seven puppets and a vintage trunk, this is a unique version of Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Granary Theatre, Wellsnext-the-Sea, 01328 710193 19 Feb The Lock In (Demon Barbers) Some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance are brought up to date as they collide with some of the youngest in this new dance show. OPEN, Norwich, 01603 508050 20 Feb - 1 March Hitchcock Blonde Watch two stories spool out and intertwine as two men (Hitchcock and a media lecturer) pursue their image of the perfect blonde. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 21 - 22 Feb David O’Doherty David O’Doherty Will Try To Fix Everything Tour. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603

598598 21 Feb The Chuckle Brothers Don’t miss this new hilarious story as Paul and Barry go into Space! King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 22 Feb Lee Hurst In his new tour, ‘Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!’, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 23 Feb Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Join Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular evening of Ballroom magic and Latin excitement. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 26 Feb - 1 March Horrible Histories Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories brand new show ‘Barmy Britain’. It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 26 Feb Daniel Bye - How To Occupy An Oil Rig In this playful and provocative show about protest, storytelling and how-to demonstrate, you will be shown how to do all of this and more. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 27 Feb Jerry Sadowitz The Comedian, Magician and Psychopath is back with a selection of card tricks and random sleight of hand to amuse and annoy a maximum of 300 people in Norwich! Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 27 Feb Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Oscar Wilde’s gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 28 Feb The Man Who Left The Titanic A thought-provoking play by Patrick Prior, presented by the Isosceles Theatre Company. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 0 1263 822347

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1 Feb City and Colour Catch material from City and Colour’s fourth album, ‘The Hurry and The Harm’, at UEA. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 2 Feb Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Nielsen: Helios Overture, Grieg: Piano Concerto and Sibelius: Symphony No.2. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 2 Feb Chantel McGregor The rock and blues musician will be showcasing material from her debut album, ‘Like No Other’. The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 4 Feb Drew Holcomb Drew Holcomb’s wife, Ellie, performs alongside him and his band in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 5 Feb Buddy Holly and the Cricketers Tribute show, featuring all of Buddy Holly’s hits. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917

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Norfolk 6 Feb George Ezra George is touring after the release of his debut album, ‘Did You Hear The Rain?’, in November. The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 7 Feb Claude Bourbon Medieval & Spanish blues. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-theSea 01328 710193 8 Feb The Churchfitters Featuring a double bass made out of a saucepan and a musical saw alongside heart-wrenching vocals, a fast fiddle and mesmerising jazz sax. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 8 Feb Young Fathers Alternative hip hop trio. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 8 Feb Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar! Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 0 1379 652241 11 Feb John Newman John Newman, whose critically acclaimed debut album ”Tribute”, embarks on a major UK tour for January/February 2014. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 11 Feb Hot Feet The band draw together a range of musical influences including delta blues, sixties folk and world rhythms. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 14 Feb The Big Chris Barber Band Featuring everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20’s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 14 Feb Fairport Convention The British folk-rock band remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252

an eagerly anticipated return to the live circuit in February/March 2014. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 22 Feb Nubiyan Twist A 10-piece outfit fusing groove driven music from around the world with soundsystem culture and jazz inspired improvisation. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 23 Feb Oasis UK Tribute show. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 23 Feb Newton Faulkner Acoustic guitar virtuoso embarks on a headline tour of the UK, stopping at UEA on 23 February. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 24 Feb Pharoahe Monch The AfricanAmerican rapper brings his rhymes to Norwich. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 25 Feb Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra The six-piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun and Country Roots. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 28 Feb Lousie Dearman: It’s Time The West End star will be performing some of her favourite musical theatre songs, live with her band, as well as some familiar favourites. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 28 Feb Showaddywaddy The retro-inspired rock & roll band bring their live show to Kings Lynn. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 28 Feb Courtney Pine The jazz saxophonist tours with his most recent album, ‘House of Legends’. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241

15 Feb The Rat Pack The Jonathon Wyatt Big Band pay tribute to The Rat Pack. Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 15 Feb The 1975 The Manchester art-pop quartet will be supported by The Neighbourhood. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050

28 Feb Babyhead Babyhead provide a unique show featuring jump up horn blasting skank rock, bass driven hip-hop and highly entertaining lyrics on love, life and politics. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

16 Feb Mike & The Mechanics ‘The Living Years’ - 25th Anniversary tour. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000

1 Feb - 16 March John Sell Cotman: A Picturesque tour of Norfolk and Normandy Cotman spent several years scouring the county of Norfolk, drawing virtually every church, castle and secular building of note. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625

16 Feb The Boxer Rebellion Indie rock four-piece are touring in support of new album ’Promises’. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 19 Feb Alexander Following the release of their debut LP ‘Say Hello’, Alexander are embarking on their biggest headline tour to date across the UK this February. The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 19 Feb The Kerrang! Tour Featuring Limp Bizkit, Crossfaith and Nekrogoblikon. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 20 Feb Rizzle Kicks Duo Rizzle Kicks, whose new critically acclaimed album “Roaring 20s” stormed into the chart, make

ART & EXHIBITIONS

1 - 24 Feb Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts will launch its newly refurbished galleries with a major exhibition displaying the best art of Norfolk and Suffolk throughout history. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 8 Feb Journeys A digital documentary screening in the Fusion Gallery exploring the journeys of refugees and displaced communities across the world and their

search to reach safety, shelter and refuge. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 1 - 6 Feb Anne Frank and Family An insight into the life of Anne Frank and her sister Margot, as captured in a collection of poignant photographs taken by her father, Otto Frank. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 1 Feb - 27 April Roman Empire: Power and People The exhibition brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625 8 Feb - 5 March James Dodds Now one of east Anglia’s most acclaimed artists, Jamie’s paintings, linocuts and books from his own Jardine Press are inspired by his lifelong love of the sea and traditional wooden boats. Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 8 - 12 Feb The Tuesday Group & Guests The Tuesday Group and Guests’ are all Norfolk -based artists. The exhibition presents a wide variety of work including paintings, ceramics, glass and sculpture, which the group hopes will be enjoyable, interesting and stimulating to view. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 14 Feb - 14 Dec Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890 - 1914 In this major exploration of the Art Nouveau style, works from the collection of Gretha Arwas and Anderson Collections, among others, will explore the sensual and psychologically intense nature of the style and the period. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199

SPECIAL EVENTS 8 - 9 Feb Norfolk Antiques and Collectors Fair The Antique and Collectors Fair returns to the Norfolk Showground stocked with timeless trinkets. Whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector looking to complete a cherished collection, or an enthusiast searching for the ‘once in a lifetime’ treasure, the fair offers a diverse range of antiques and collectables. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 748931 10 - 23 Feb Norwich Dragon Festival The festival showcases two weeks packed full of dragon-related activities and events and celebrating its role in the heritage and culture of Norwich. Venues throughout Norwich, Norwich 27 Feb Feast on the Street Norwich will be filled with the bustling sound and delicious smells of a busy street food market outside The Forum. A great chance to indulge your taste buds with some authentic street food flavour. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

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market town with a rich history, Holt is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a busy, thriving settlement and has flourished ever since. Although the weekly market for which the town grew famous was stopped in the 1960s, Holt remains a picturesque jewel in the heart of North Norfolk. After being savaged by fire in 1708 the town was almost entirely rebuilt in the Georgian style, and to this day it remains one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Britain. The Holt North Norfolk Railway Station lies just a short bus ride from the town centre, and from here the famous ‘Poppy Line’ runs steam train services to the popular seaside town of Sheringham. Not only is this a chance to revisit history in motion, but experiencing the stunning Norfolk coastal countryside from the traditional interior of a steam train is a truly unforgettable experience. Letheringsett Watermill is the last remaining watermill in Norfolk to still produce flour. It has a long history dating back at least to the 11th century, and its magnificent redbrick building was rebuilt in 1802 of the devastation of a fire. These days, the mill is an award-winning tourist attraction after being taken over and restored by Mike and Marion Thurlow in the late 1980s. Speciality Spelt flour is milled

here, and this certified organic flour, higher in Vitamin B and Protein than most wheat, is available in the mill shop together with various other flours and dried fruit and nuts. For a fascinating insight into both the production of flour and the mill’s rich history, join one of the working demonstrations of milling and the full mill tour. A place of worship for nearly a thousand years, the Parish Church of St. Andrew is located a short distance from the war memorial in the heart of the town. Although the site has been home to a church since the 11th century, a great deal of the building that stands today dates back to the 1300s. Renovations to church were carried out following the Great Fire of Holt in the 18th century, and again during the 1860s and as recently as 2005. Whether you’re attracted to the quiet sense of spirituality imbued in this beautiful church or its stunning architecture and abundant history, the parish church of St. Andrew is a must-see when you find yourself in the lovely town of Holt. Holt Country Park is a must for nature-lovers, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all and relax, taking in the breath-taking countryside. The Green Flag award-winning park is situated on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a wide array of wildlife, including goldcrests, greater spotted woodpeckers and deer. n

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Suffolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 Feb Beauty and the Beast The Lowestoft Players return to The Marina Theatre with their latest annual post christmas pantomime treat. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 1 Feb The Pied Piper Panto presented by Centre Stage. With great songs, energetic dancing and terrible jokes, this is as show for the whole family to enjoy. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 1 Feb The Rat Pack is Back The original tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy. Starring David Alacey, Des Coleman and Paul Drakeley. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 1 Feb Twitter Titters Spend an evening with Barry Cryer and Colin Sell. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 4 - 8 Feb Pygmalion Bury Theatre Workshop bring Bernard Shaw’s sparkling comedy of manners to life. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 5 - 8 Feb Moon On A Rainbow Shawl Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John’s play on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 6 Feb Lucy Porter Lucy Porter, familiar from popular TV and Radio panel shows, returns to the UK tour circuit with her best show yet; ‘Northern Soul’. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 8 Feb ACCE Chinese New Year Variety Show 2014 Enjoy Chinese dance, music, amazing Chinese acrobats and fantastic martial arts to get in to the spirit of the Chinese New Year and to welcome the Year of the Horse. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 8 Feb Stewart Lee The writer and comedian presents a mixed stew of new ideas in ‘Much A-Stew About Nothing’. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 10 Feb I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Join Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 10 - 11 Feb The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sights on the good book, written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 12 Feb Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Join Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 12 Feb Casting the Runes & Other Dark Love Stories The Old Time Radio Club

presents classic radio plays using voice actors, live sound effects and music performed under strict “broadcast” conditions. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 12 Feb Jonny & The Baptists The musical comedians present a raucous hour of songs, satire and silliness ahead of 2014’s European Elections. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 13 - 15 Feb The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia Raymond Gubbay and Russia’s acclaimed ballet company present Swan Lake (13 Feb), Giselle (14 Feb) and The Nutcracker (15 Feb). Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 13 - 15 Feb Our Big Land The first play by a Romany Traveller writer to be presented in the UK with original Gypsy music and songs. A play about family bonds, cultural loyalty and the battle between head and heart. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 13 Feb Amazing Grace John Newtown’s transformation from slave ship captain to church leader, and author of arguably the most famous hymn ever written is sure to leave you amazed and inspired. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 14 Feb Julie, Madly, Deeply A delightfully funny and candid love letter to a true show business survivor, Julie Andrews. Starring Sarah-Louise Young. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 14 Feb Tangomotion Featuring four world class dancers with live music from the acclaimed quartet Tango Siempre. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 14 Feb Jo Caulfield Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield is back with a hilarious new show, ‘Celebration of Anger’. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 19 - 21 Feb Insect Circus Astonishing Novelties will be performed! New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 19 Feb The Sooty Show A mix of magic, music and mess- guaranteed giggles for Sooty Fans old and new! The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 19 Feb Alan Carr The star of Channel 4’s ‘Alan Carr Chatty Man’ will be trying out new material in preparation for a forthcoming tour. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 20 - 22 Feb Egusi Soup A British-Nigerian family prepare to head home to Lagos for a memorial service, they soon realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first! Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 22 Feb A Gilbert & Sullivan Gala Evening The Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society perform a selection of their most famous songs, as well as some lesser known gems. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745

22 Feb Leave Hitler to Me, Lad Duck Egg Theatre is back with the true story of the forgotten children of WW2, with original music by Ben Pringle of Nerf Herder. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 23 Feb An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall Ruthie Henshall and her band will take you on a musical journey through her extraordinary career, from working with Lionel Bart to playing in Chicago on Broadway and from starring in Les Misérables to receiving her Olivier award. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 23 Feb Pinocchio Featuring body-popping and puppetry, music and animation, this is a retelling of Carlo Collodi’s children’s classic like no other. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 25 Feb - 1 March Derren Brown The acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the stage with his latest show, Derren Brown: Infamous. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 25 Feb Alex Horne: Lies Alex Horne presents a show packed full of jokes, impressions and lies. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 27 Feb - 1 March Frozen Drawn together by horrific circumstances, the lives of these three characters slowly intersect as they embark upon a long dark journey. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 28 Feb Susan Calman Comedian Susan Calman performs a new 60 minutes untitled show which she describes as a ‘workin-progress’. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 28 Feb The Rain That Washes A young man’s compelling story of growing up in Zimbabwe during the early Mugabe years. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123

MUSIC 1 Feb East Anglia Chamber Orchestra The programme includes pieces by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Brahms. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 Feb Juice Vocal Ensemble This group perform new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 01473 433100 6 Feb Dan McKinnon Nova Scotian singer/songwriter. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 6 Feb Gerry Cross the Mersey Hear all Gerry Marsden’s greatest hits mixed with stories, jokes and anecdotes from his years at the top. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Feb Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130

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town being open to view, whilst also taking into account certain well know buildings around town such as the church, Town Hall and Sir John Leman House. Give us a quirky or little-known fact about the town... Elliott and Garrood Ltd, the former Beccles engineers employed local women who made 18-pounder shells during the First World War. When the war ended, the girls who worked there had to pay two shillings and sixpence (12.5p) if they wanted to take home an engraved reject shell with their names on it. It would be interesting to know if many of these shells still exist? The Mayor and her very supporting family.: Daniel, Stephen and Chelsea

What must-see attractions in Beccles would you recommend for visitors? Everybody associates Beccles with the clock tower and there is a wonderful view of the town and the Norfolk bank and marshes. For me I think St Michael’s Church is one of Beccles’ most beautiful buildings and one where Admiral Lord Nelson’s parents were married. There is some wonderful stone and wood work within the church and it is the home of the ‘Mayor’s Chairs’, which past Beccles Mayors have sat in at functions held in the church. They were brought out for the first time in many years for the Remembrance Service last November. Another must is Sir John Leman House, the Museum in Ballygate where there is currently a wonderful exhibition on Dorothy Hodgkin Crowfoot. Also along Ballygate is the wonderful Georgian former rectory and just up from the museum a old timber framed house.

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What is your favourite thing about Beccles? If you want to see places of historical interest in Beccles then you must take part in Beccles Helping Hands (beccleshelpinghands.co.uk) history walks. These walks take you to parts of Beccles you would not otherwise visit and you are escorted by a knowledgeable group of people, in authentic costume, who can tell you the history of the area and buildings you visit. What do you like to do in Beccles? My personal favourite thing to do is go out on my canoe with my family and see the River Waveney, which I think is a beautiful stretch of water. My place of work is beside the river in Puddingmoor where we regularly see a kingfisher visit and fish, as well as herons and an otter. Seeing these from my office window inspired me to purchase a canoe last year to get closer to the river and enjoy its peace and quiet and the wildlife you would not normally see in the town. In fact my favourite view of St Michaels church is sitting in my canoe on the river by the Beccles Rowing Club. What’s on in 2014 that you’re looking forward to? I am looking forward to the 2014 Beccles Duck Race (becclesduckrace.org) which will be held on a sunday early in September and will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this very well supported Beccles event. This year it is being run by the Beccles Rugby Club and funds raised will go to the development of the youth section of the club. Last year this event raised nearly £6500 for the Beccles Mayoral Appeal which is an extension to 2nd Beccles Scout HQ. Another 2014 event I am looking forward to is the ‘Open Gardens’ which will involve lots of gardens around the

What is there for young people to do in Beccles? Young people in Beccles have various youth organisations they can join. We have the Army, Airforce and Sea Cadets as well as 2nd Beccles and 5th Beccles Scouts and the various Girl Guiding groups. We have Thirst Youth Café which is open at St Lukes church on a Friday and also have another associated group which meets on a Monday. We have a skateboard park by the common. We also have many ‘Wasps’ football teams, rugby teams, a cricket team, indoor and outdoor bowling and, breaking news, there are currently discussions taking place to establish a new town concert band which will be open to members’ young and older based on playing ability. If you are musically minded watch this space! What is it about the town that inspired you to become mayor? The most rewarding thing about being the town mayor is that I get to represent the town of Beccles in the Waveney Valley, in Suffolk and to the wider world. I have been to London as an invited guest to attend a reception at the House of Lords on behalf of Beccles. I have met some very interesting people who I would never have otherwise come into contact with and discovered many small, unsung organisations in the town which I never knew existed, but carry out vital work to make our community the wonderful and caring place it is. n

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Earsham Hall, Bungay

Bungay Earsham Hall is one of the finest country mansion houses in Norfolk. It has a rich and varied history dating back in part to the 15th century. On evidence of old maps, Earsham Hall formerly consisted of three long timber-framed buildings set at right angles to eachother. Two of these remain today, although both were faced in brickwork in the early 17th century. The Hall was known to have an extensive deer park surrounding it from early times. The first owners on record were the Throckmorton family, and then Robert Gooch. It then passed to Leonard Gooch (probably his son) and finally to Leonard’s daughter Ann. Ann married a gentleman called John Buxton, who was an amateur architect, and in 1707 to 1710 he built the Queen Anne block (extension) adjoining the much earlier building. The brick façade was added after this so the Hall looked more in keeping with its different parts. The Earsham Hall Tearoom was established in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength as a destination for many hungry customers. Quality teas and coffees, delicious homemade cakes and scones and a variety of lunches and afternoon teas are all on offer, as well as some evenings when it opens for suppers. It is also used for smaller private events such as birthday parties, funeral gatherings and the like. To find out more go to www.earshamhall.co.uk or call 01986893423. Earsham Hall, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2AN.

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INVESTING IN QUALITY with PJ Livesey The restoration and redevelopment of the former silk mill site at Bungay on the Norfolk/Suffolk border has proved to be spot-on for football coach Graham Purling. After 12 months of searching for the perfect property he has just invested in two apartments at Waterside Maltings, a scheme being built by the conservation developers, the PJ Livesey Group. Graham knows the site well as the stadium and open playing fields of Bungay Town FC where he coaches are just across the road. He said: “I had been looking for a buy-to-let property for more than a year but had not been able to find anything at an affordable price and of decent quality in the area. I live about five miles away so have followed the history of the silk mill site and had seen two other developers make a pigs ear of it, which was sad because the mill is such a lovely old building and an important local landmark. It needed someone like PJ Livesey to come along and do a proper job! I was very pleased when I saw the range of properties they are building here and how they are using their skills to re-use as much of the old buildings and materials as possible to retain character. I went along as soon as the scheme launched for sale and knew I had found the right investment.” Graham has bought two apartments, a one bed and a two bedroom unit, both to rent out. They are next to the distinctive mill building and are being built behind an original listed facade that has been retained. He said: “I am not a professional landlord by any means, we have a holiday home next door to our current house, but I think now is a good time to invest in property, especially in a scheme like Waterside which will be a one-off in a great location. Previously I had been looking at terraces and cottages and not really considered an apartment but these offer not only a lot of space and character but also brand new, top quality fittings and guarentees which means I won’t need to worry. I have spoken to local agents and believe the apartments will give a 7-8% yield which is much better than money in the bank. Bungay is a lovely town in an enviable position for commuters and I know demand is strong so will have little difficulty finding a good tenant and the apartments are safe and secure but full of character and very spacious.” Such is the quality of the development and the varied mix of properties, from one bedroom apartments to three storey town houses and big four bedroom family homes, that Waterside Maltings is attracting strong interest from a range of buyers. PJ Livesey will now be developing the second half of the site allowing the company to retain control over quality and design and consider the development of the scheme as a whole. The development is within walking distance of the picturesque village of Bungay and less than a half hour commute from the centre of Norwich, where PJ Livesey redeveloped the award winning Read Mills scheme on the Riverside. Graham said: “PJ Livesey has a good reputation for quality and detail and are not a standard housebuilder. Compared to other property I looked at I think these offer extremely good value for money and will be both a good investment and a lovely place to live.” For more information or to arrange a viewing call 01986892205. For Free independent financial advice contact 01618724503 or visit www.michaeldanielsfinancialservices.co.uk. n

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ocated at the geographical heart of rural Suffolk on the River Gipping, Stowmarket was originally an agricultural market town. Yet, the canalisation of the river in 1793 brought new prosperity and increased industry to the town. Nowadays, the old towpath forms an enjoyable footpath through the Gipping Valley from Stowmarket railway station all the way to the docks at Ipswich. The medieval heart of Stowmarket lies around St. Peter and St. Mary’s Church and in the area leading down to the riverbank. Today the town has 131 buildings listed by the Department of National Heritage as of special interest and one, the parish church, is classified as being of “exceptional interest”. Edward III granted the town a market charter in July 1347 and the market continues to serve local people every Thursday and Saturday. Although Stowmarket has changed a great deal during the second half of this century, it remains a lively and interesting town with a great deal to commend it to visitors. The excellent Museum of East Anglian Life, one of the UK’s leading open-air museums, provides a glimpse of rural life as it was, and shouldn’t be missed. Stowmarket restaurants offer a range of cuisine, from contemporary Italian at the stylish Infuse restaurant overlooking the picturesque River Gipping, to Chinese at the family friendly Chinese Chequers. For something a bit more British, The Old Counting House in neighbouring Haughley offers a menu that comprises both international and traditional dishes, whilst The Buxhall Crown just outside Stowmarket serves up highly rated food in a cosy 17th century building, complete with beamed features and an open fire. The Shepherd & Dog is a wonderful gastro pub/

restaurant serving ‘posh nosh’, set menus and bar food that has recently risen to fame for its Wagyu Beef Burgers. Made from Wagyu cattle from nearby Earl Stonham Farms, they are described as ‘the best beef in Britain’. The historic Verandah House, located in a Grade II listed Georgian building, is a wonderful guesthouse with seven rooms and great breakfasts, whilst the family-run Cedars Hotel on the edge of town serves meals both in its restaurant and its more relaxed bar lounge. n

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W&M Smith Please could you give us an overview of what your company does / offers? W & M Smith is a wholesale cash and carry of florists’ sundries and packaging materials. The florists’ sundries title covers a wide range of items. We stock the Smithers’ Oasis range in almost its entirety. Ribbons, glassware, artificial flowers, fruit and vegetables, dried materials ie. orange slices, cinnamon etc, spray paints, raffia and sisal, wires on a reel and lengths, decorative wires, wire wreath frames, floristry tools ie knives and scissors. For the bridal expert, beads, pearl pins, corsage bracelets, diamante sprays, ring cushions, bridesmaids dolly bags, table confetti, silk and dried rose petals. Tapes, glues etc. Cellophane, fabric wrap, organza, sleeves, bags, water pearls and water dye. Plastic, acrylic and galvanised containers. Church pedestals, church candles etc etc etc. The packaging title is really how I started out. This includes paper and polythene bags, tissue, paper and polythene carriers, refuse sacks, vacuum pouches, cellophane sweet bags, greeting card bags, gripseal bags, bubblewrap, egg boxes and trays, glass jam jars and bottles etc etc. But it does not really end there. The stock has increased during the trading years and also gone off into many different fields. We now stock supplies for the cake decorating trade including not only cake boards and boxes, but also equipment and tools used in sugar craft along with icing, colouring pastes and edible decorations. Another area catered for is disposable table ware, like napkins, table covers, plates, bowls, cutlery, cups and glasses. Also foil containers of various sizes and shapes. How long have you been in the business? W & M Smith started on 1st May 1981 selling paper and packaging materials to the small shops, eg Village post offices. Why did you get into the business? I had left school in July 1980 at only 16 years of age. I did not really know what I wanted to do as a career and attended the Suffolk College in Ipswich for a one year intensive secretarial course, which included the obvious shorthand and typewriting skills as well as accounts and business studies. Unknown to me at the time, all of this knowledge has proved very beneficial over the past 30 + years. In February 1981 my parents were speaking to a friend, who at that time had a floristry business. She had been let down with a delivery of paper bags and just said in passing that she needed to find a new supplier. Dad came home with this brainwave. As I had a strong interest in tennis coaching/officiating, I could start up in business selling paper bags and do the tennis as well. What a crazy idea! Please detail your beginnings from Mary Smith’s garden shed to the business today. For the next two months my father and I found suppliers from researching business directories

at the library. Many were not prepared to supply us as they only dealt in pallet quantities and large minimum orders. But those who did agree to us buying off them served us proud. Although some have now gone out of business most of those companies I still buy off today. So on 1st May 1981 W & M Smith was born. The first delivery was £300.00 worth of paper bags which were stored at my parents house on the landing. In the July I left college, in the September I past my driving test and bought my first van. In time the house became very full and Dad then built a little lean too shed on the back of the garage. That too was soon bursting at the seams and bags etc were slowly creeping into the house once more. The next step was for more expansion and Dad joined the house onto the garage. But W & M Smith still grew and that was soon to be too small. In 1988 a new premises was sought and W & M Smith started to trade from Moat Farm Barn, MiIddlewood Green. After 18 years successful trading, space again became an issue and we were on the move once more. Woodfarm Business Park, Stonham Aspal, was to be the next home, but things did not work out there and in September 2007, The Pightle Barn, Blacksmiths Lane, Middlewood Green, Stowmarket became the new location where we remain to this day. How does your business stay one step ahead of its competitors? W & M Smith has always been prepared to go that extra bit further to help out a customer, whether it be to source a new product or if we could not help another suppliers details would be found. Nothing is ever too small to help out with. We pride ourselves in the personal service we offer and go out of our way to help our customers out even if there is a very short timescale. You obviously work a lot in the wedding event / catering industry is this an area you wish to grow into? No. W & M Smith offer a range of goods for the event planners or caterers to use themselves. We do not wish to expand into the actual planning of events. Finally, what does the future hold for your company? If only we had a crystal ball, then this answer would be so easy. We have recently launched a web shop which is the way forward but a large amount of our stock needs to be actually seen as it is rather than from a picture. W & M Smith continues to grow and new ideas and stock are always on the horizon so although there are no concrete plans for expansion, but you just never know. Perhaps we should just say, “Watch this space”. The motto we started up with was “From tiny Pightle Barn, Middlewood Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5EU. 01449711014. www. wandmsmith.co.uk.

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Suffolk 7 Feb Orchestra of St Paul’s A magical journey through musical myths, legends and fairy tales, all in sparkling arrangements for small orchestra. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Feb Nashville Nights and Dixie Days A non-stop journey of country classics. Haverhill Arts Centre, 01440 714140 9 Feb Philip Higham and Carole Presland Programme includes works by Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Janácek and Brahms. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 10 Feb Michael Muldoon An evening of Country and Irish music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 13 Feb Slow Gin Notorious storytelling band who are well known for delving deep into the history of the blues. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 15 Feb The Straits Featuring Dire Straits’ sax player Chris White and Dire Straits’ keyboard player and producer Alan Clark. Ipswich Corn Exchange, 01473 433100 15 Feb Caddy Cooper and Friends Hailing from Western Australia, Caddy is currently touring the UK to promote her debut album, ‘Snapshot’. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 16 Feb Fairport Convention An evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 20 Feb Geno Washington Join Geno in an evening of 60s Soul. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 21 Feb Royal Philharmonic Orchestra This all Beethoven concert features the majestic, the exquisite and the sublime, a concert directed by the UK’s foremost pianist Freddy Kempf. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 22 Feb Liane Carroll The jazz vocalist and pianist returns to the Seagull for what will undoubtedly be another great evening performance of contemporary jazz. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 22 Feb Edith Piaf, A Celebration of a Legend Tina May brings to life the music of France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 22 Feb Gigspanner Led by Steeleye Span’s fiddle player, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner explore traditional and world music. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 23 Feb Academy of Ancient Music Featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi, Pisendel and Veracini. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 23 Feb Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is The ultimate celebration of Motown, featuring The Formations. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200

24 Feb Newton Faulkner The acoustic guitar virtuoso tours in support of his new album, ‘Studio Zoo’. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 26 Feb Bernadel String Quartet Haydn String Quartet in C major Op.76, No3 and Bartok String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 28 Feb Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young Eliza Carthy, Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell and Kate Young bring together their four part harmonies and quartet fiddle playing revive old favourites and initiate brand new songs. Council Chamber, Ipswich, 01473 433100 28 Feb Keith Ball and his Jazzmen Led now by Keith Ball, Kenny’s son, on vocals and Ben Cummings on trumpet, the Jazzmen perform a selection of Kenny’s top 20 hits interspersed with the very best in Dixieland Jazz. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 28 Feb Jo Harman Singer songwriter Jo Harman’s work takes inspiration from blues, soul, roots and gospel. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Feb - 4 May Once Upon A Time This exhibition celebrates children’s book illustrators of East Anglia. From the Johnstone twins who illustrated Bill and Ben to Nick Butterworth’s Percy the Park Keeper this display gives you the chance to see the original artworks that have inspired generations. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 1 - 23 Feb An Anecdotal Eye: The Work of Thomas Bewick The unique work of Thomas Bewick, one of Britain’s greatest engravers and illustrators will be on show at a special exhibition this Autumn and Winter. Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, 01449 612229 1 - 2 Feb Britten Exhibition In this exhibition, which celebrates Britten’s centenary, you can see a jacket, shoes and slippers belonging to Benjamin Britten, who was born in 1913. The clothing has been loaned by the Britten-Pears Foundation (BPF) in Aldeburgh. His sister’s wedding dress and coat, in the collections of Ipswich Museum, are also highlights of the display. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 01473 433554 1 - 2 Feb Emma Green Exhibition Emma is a contemporary landscape painter based in Woodbridge. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 1 Feb - 31 May Brewer’s Map of Sudbury Sudbury is wonderfully brought to life in an extraordinary contemporary picture of the town: Brewer’s Map of Sudbury as it appeared in 1714. The map was probably made by Cornelius Brewer of Borley. It is hand drawn on vellum using iron gall ink and various shades of watercolour. To celebrate the tercentenary of its creation,

Brewer’s Map will be exhibited at Gainsborough’s House. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958 1 Feb - 31 May Grand Collection: Richard Wilson and Masterworks from The Ford Collection This exhibition is a treat for all those interested in English landscape painting, great collecting, drawing and the Grand Tour. It showcases paintings and drawings from the Ford family collection, most notably works acquired by Benjamin Booth (1732 1807), his grandson Richard Ford (1796 - 1858) and the renowned art historian and collector Sir Brinsley Ford (1900 - 1999). The exhibition also features work by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Henry Fuseli and the great Orientalist artist John Frederick Lewis. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958 1 Feb - 15 March Concrete Spring: Jason Oddy Jason Oddy’s photographs examine the relationship between mankind and the built environment. In his new series, Concrete Spring, he explores the extensive but little-known Algerian work of celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), a key figure in the evolution of modern architecture. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 1 - 15 Feb Will Teather Will Teather is well-known for creating artworks that combine an unusual imagination with a mastery of traditional skills. The artist’s paintings often depict curious characters caught up in extraordinary situations. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 7 - 24 Feb If Music Be The Food Of Love…. A pop-up exhibition at Sea Pictures Gallery Clare organised by their sister gallery, Fine and Contemporary, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The exhibition features the work of award-winning painter, Andie Clay SWA, who works with the group YOUNG VOICES. Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, 01787 279024 17 Feb - 15 March Michael Carlo - Recents Print Print exhibition by local artist. The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, 01473 212051

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 2 Feb PLACE: Occupation The annual cross-arts exploration of the culture and meanings of landscape returns for its fourth edition with a wide-ranging investigation into what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place. In the company of award-winning writers, thinkers, musicians, film-makers and artists, ‘Occupation’ will consider the rich variations on this theme, taking in readings, screenings, discussion and installation. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 28 Feb - 3 March The 13th Aldeburgh Literary Festival Spot your literary favourites at this thought provoking and highly credited event. The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh, 01728 452389

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Feb The Sound of Music Colchester Operatic Society are back with Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 22 Feb Our Man in Havanna Don’t miss this frantic, fast-paced farce – a hilarious stage adaptation of Greene’s hugely popular novel! Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 1 Feb Rob Beckett Live Comedian Rob Beckett and his trademark grin will be travelling across the country with his highly anticipated debut UK tour. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 Feb Othello Shakespeare’s tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance. Presented by Icarus Theatre Collective and King’s Theatre, Southsea. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 1 Feb An Evening with Peter Alliss Spend an evening at the West Cliff Theatre with the ‘Voice of Golf’ the legendary Peter Alliss as he shares anecdotes, humour and stories from his 60 year career as a player and legendary golf commentator. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 2 Feb The Sixties Music and Laughter Show The New Honeycombs have teamed up with Tank Sherman, a very talented and hilariously funny comedian. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 5 Feb Punt & Dennis The Kings of satirical comedy bring their new show, ‘Ploughing On Regardless’, to Norwich. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 5 Feb Celtic Ladies Celtic Ladies present an evening of wonderful melodies and outstanding harmonies with their classic take on international hits both old and new. With special guests The Irish Tenors and Jonathan Ansell. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 6 Feb Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Join Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular evening of Ballroom magic and Latin excitement. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 6 Feb How To Make A Killing in Bollywood A brand new comedy about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs in a fast food restaurant and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 6 Feb The World’s Worst Serial Killers Trevor Marriott, retired murder squad detective, has concluded a cold case

investigation in to the serial killer Jack the Ripper and made an extensive study into other serial killers from around the world. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 7 Feb Home Truths A double-bill of two hilarious one-act one-woman plays about modern family life. Performed by Ginny Davis. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 8 Feb Live at the Playhouse Featuring Pete Firman, Adam Bloom, Keith Farnan, Matthew Osborn and Dan Evans as MC. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 8 Feb Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geeky songstress Helen Arney mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 8 Feb Jukebox and Bobbysox Featuring the most popular music of the fabulous 50s and 60s. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 8 Feb Lee Hurst Comedian Lee Hurst is touring the country again to ask audiences what winds them up? In ‘And Things Tat Make You Go Aaaarrghh!’ Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 8 Feb Voices in the Dark A unique evening of work in progress featuring some of the most exciting theatre makers from across Essex. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 9 Feb Two In A Bar Women’s popular songs from the Swinging Sixties performed by a production of an all woman musical theatre show. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 10 - 15 Feb Kindertransport A play by Diane Samuels, which examines the life, during World War II and afterwards, of a Kindertransport child. Starring Paula Wilcox and Janet Dibley. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 - 15 Feb Tonight’s The Night The smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show is coming to Southend! Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 - 11 Feb That’ll Be The Day The nations favourite rock ‘n’ roll variety show, returns this spring with their ‘Brand New Production’ for 2014. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 12 - 15 Feb The Last Five Years Jason Robert Brown’s enchanting musical tells the story of Jamie and Cathy, who fall in love, marry and separate over the course of five years. Dixon Studio, Southend-onSea, 01702 351135

13 - 15 Feb Oklahoma Amateur production. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 15 Feb Swinging at the Cotton Club Take a step back into 1920s and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, ‘The Cotton Club’ and experience the music, dance and songs of the famous New York City nightclub. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 15 Feb Roisin Conaty Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Roisin Conaty brings her critically acclaimed show Life Hunter to venues nationwide. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 15 - 16 Feb The Snow Queen This heartwarming classic features the stunning and exquisite designs of Elizabeth Waghorn and is filled with loveable puppets, audience interaction and original songs to create an enchanting and exciting production that captures the spirit and power of this age-old fairytale. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 16 Feb Wow - This Show is Magic Doctor Bondini and JezO mix traditional and modern magic in this newly created stage show for all the family. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 16 Feb Steve Hewlett & Friends Fresh from his appearance on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Steve and his cast of zany characters, along with illusionist Richard Griffin, take a brand-new show on the road to delight and amaze the whole family. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 16 Feb An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall Ruthie Henshall and her band will take you on a musical journey through her extraordinary career, from working with Lionel Bart to playing in Chicago on Broadway and from starring in Les Misérables to receiving her Olivier award. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 17 - 22 Feb The Play That Goes Wrong The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 18 Feb Russell Howard Join Russell Howard as he tries out material and warms up for his sold-out arena tour, ‘Wonderbox’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-onSea, 01702 351135 18 Feb Kidnapped! An adventure tale for all the family, ‘Kidnapped’ tells the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands of Scotland. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354

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Essex 20 Feb Sally & The Sunflower Sally and the Sunflower is the delightful story that uses table-top and shadow puppetry to tell the tale of a very small girl, a very tall sunflower and a magical adventure. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 20 Feb LDN Wrestling A fantastic action packed wrestling family night out! Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 20 Feb An Evening with Steve Parrish Join Steve as he delivers a fantastically funny evening of true life fun stories. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 21 Feb Rob Newman’s New Theory of Evolution Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated return to comedy with his first complete show in 7 years. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 21 - 22 Feb Let’s Hang On A show capturing the magic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 22 Feb An Evening of Burlesque Enjoy an all-new riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 23 Feb Carmen Bizet’s renowned opera favourite performed by the Russian State Ballet & Opera House. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 25 Feb - 1 March The Secret Garden Newly adapted for the stage from the BBC radio play by Judy Allen, Nineteen12 brings you the classic story by Francis Hodgeson Burnett. Dixon Studio, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

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MUSIC 1 Feb Herts & Soul Community Choir Expect unique audience interaction together with a lot of passion. In Support of St. Clare Hospice. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 2 Feb Lee Gibson with the John Pearce Trio Presented by Chelmsford Jazz Club. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 2 Feb Stringfever With their striking electric instruments and live beat-boxing Stringfever fuse unrelenting energy, humour and audience interaction with great musical skill as they perform their brand new show which includes.... The History of Music in 5 minutes and Ravel’s Bolero... played altogether on one instrument! Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 9 Feb M&G Classical Concerts - The Northern Chamber Orchestra The programme includes works by Mendelssohn, Bruch, David Ellis and Haydn. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 9 Feb English Piano Trio Afternoon programme featuring works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 15 Feb Fairport Convention Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900

25 Feb - 1 March The Witches of Eastwick Musical comedy based on the hit film starring Jack Nicholson. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

19 Feb Rock Anthems Celebrating some of the greatest rock songs of all time, Rock Anthems brings together a host of the finest songs ever written by some of the world’s biggest bands. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

25 Feb - 1 March Barry Manilow’s Copacabana The Musical Presented by the Shenfield Operatic Society. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333

23 Feb Remembering John Denver With Wes Cardy, Jan Mellon and Steve Cherelle. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305

26 Feb Derek Acorah 2014 Spiritualist medium show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

23 Feb Rose Marie Rose Marie is on tour to coincide with a ‘Greatest hits Album’ release. Palace Theatre, Southend-onSea, 01702 351135

27 Feb Alan Davies Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, ‘Little Victories’. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 28 Feb Circus of Horrors The Circus of Horrors presents ‘London after Midnight’, dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 28 Feb Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime A gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376

25 Feb Richard and Adam The tenor and baritone brothers are joined by Charlotte Jaconelli, singing a wide variety of songs, from classic love songs to the powerful ‘The Impossible Dream’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 26 Feb Kerry Ellis and Brian May Rock goddess Kerry Ellis teams up with Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May for this stunning show, The Candlelight Show. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 27 Feb Jacqui Dankworth Already established as one the country’s leading jazz

vocalists, Jacqui brings her new album, ‘Live to Love’, to the Mercury, Colchester. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Feb - 9 March Agnes Denes: Work 1967 - 2013 A retrospective exhibition of drawing, prints and sculpture by the New York-based artist. This exhibition includes a selection of over 50 drawings and prints from four major series of work undertaken by the artist from the late 1960s to the present day. These are presented alongside photographs and other documents from Denes’ major sculptural projects from this period. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 - 16 Feb Counterpoint Exhibition featuring pieces by Stella Hunt, showing different subject matters using various materials as well as textures. The Gallery, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 - 15 Feb Lee Miller’s War A remarkable female icon of the 20th century best known as a model and surrealist photographer, this exhibition focuses on one of the least recognised aspects of Lee Miller’s life; her years as a photojournalist during World War II. Art Exchange, Colchester, 01206 873184 15 Feb - 30 March Facing - recovering This exhibition explores the complex issues injured soldiers faced in their transition from military to civilian life. Through drawing, video and words a number of men share their personal stories and experience of injury and PTSD in what one veteran described as closure in ‘graphical evidence’. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 20 Feb - 30 March Metallography Discovered objects, hidden treasures - mixed media images by Emma Mower. The Gallery, Harlow, 01279 426042

SPECIAL EVENTS 5 - 7 Feb Southend Playwriting Festival 2014 Each evening brings different writers and genres together. Their work presented as rehearsed readings, will delight audiences interested in hearing new voices. Post-performance discussions will be held with writers, actors and directors. Palace Theatre and Dixon Studio, Southend-onSea, 01702 351135 15 Feb Children’s Scarecrow Making Gather the family for some good oldfashioned fun. They’ll provide the basic scarecrow kit, you simpy bring the clothes to dress it. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 0845 2658071 23 Feb Chinese Lanterns Festival Packed with exciting dance, art and culture, the Chinese Lantern Festival is the finale of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948

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Cambridgeshire THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Feb The Brontës of Dunwich Heath You know about the talented literary Brontë sisters of North Yorkshire right well meet their lesser-known southern cousins from Suffolk, Mad Cath and Plain Jane. Presented by the Eastern Angles. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 1 Feb What the Butler Saw A sharptongued, fast-paced string of disasters triggered by a doctor’s attempt at sexual assault and the lies he tells to cover his tracks. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 1 Feb Doctor Faustus The Marlowe Society return to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Christopher Marlowe’s birth with a lavish new staging of the playwright’s most famous work. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 Feb Alcestis Ted Hughes’ translation of Euripides’ play brings an ancient story into the 21st century. It brings with it timeless questions about morality, selfishness and politics and, in doing so, holds an unsettling mirror up to what we truly value. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 2 Feb Keep Alive A musical perfromance celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, taking you on a nostalgic journey through melodious songs of Bollywood starting from 1930 to the present day. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 4 - 8 Feb Punk Rock Play by Simon Stephens centred around a group of private school sixth formers during their A Level mock exams. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 4 - 6 Feb Cheese (And Other Things That There Are) Stand up comedy show by the President of the Cambridge Footlights, Ben Pope. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 5 Feb - 10 March Hedda Gabler Ibsen’s tale of Hedda Gabler as she tries to discover purpose in her life as she increasingly finds the world closing in on her. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 5 Feb Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geeky songstress Helen Arney mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 5 - 15 Feb Avenue Q Set in a fictionalised New York, Avenue Q is a very grown-up version of Sesame Street. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 1962320 5 - 8 Feb Pirates of Penzance One of the most famous and best-loved comic operas ever written, The Pirates of Penzance features Gilbert’s trademark wit and some

of Sullivan’s most beautiful music. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 6 - 8 Feb Eternal Love With its dynamic, contemporary language, stunning costumes and terrific live music, fiery philosophical debate and history burst into life in this energetic, visceral and above all highly entertaining production. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 6 - 7 Feb Sarah Millican Join Sarah Millican for some hilarious domestic bliss in her third national tour, ‘Home Bird Tour’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 8 Feb Russell Kane Watch Russell ejaculate thoughts about ‘Smallness’; on keeping things small when life gets big. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 9 Feb RENT West End leading lady and Broadway star Kerry Ellis returns for the final leg of the critically acclaimed UK concert tour of smash hit Broadway Musical Rent. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 10 - 15 Feb Moon Tiger One of the great novels of the 20th century is brought to the stage for the first time. Starring Jane Asher as Claudia Hampton, a popular historian, a strong, beautiful and difficult woman. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 11 - 15 Feb Speaking in Tongues Nine parallel lives ‘interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto’ are woven through a fragmented series of confessionals and interrogations that gradually reveal a darker side of human nature. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 12 Feb Amazing Grace John Newtown’s transformation from slave ship captain to church leader, and author of arguably the most famous hymn ever written is sure to leave you amazed and inspired. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 12 - 15 Feb The Massacre at Paris Marlowe’s short play about the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 13 Feb Punt & Dennis The Kings of satirical comedy in their new show, ‘Ploughing On Regardless’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 14 Feb The Magnificent Music Hall Step back in time to the glorious days of traditional Victorian Music Hall. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 15 Feb Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Join Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

16 - 18 Feb Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Dinosaur Zoo brings these prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen before. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 17 Feb Wow - This Show is Magic Doctor Bondini and JezO mix traditional and modern magic in this newly created stage show for all the family. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 17 - 22 Feb Arrivals and Departures An elaborate trap is deployed at a London rail terminus to capture an elusive terrorist. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 18 - 22 Feb Mercury Fur Controversial stage play by Philip Ridley. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 18 - 22 Feb Science! The Musical This brand new musical is a parallel dissertation on the foibles of the social sciences. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 19 Feb Nabucco Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Produced by Ellen Kent. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 20 Feb The Spectacular 60s Featuring The Merseybeats. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 20 - 22 Feb Don Giovanni Mozart’s opera is presented by the Cambridge Unversity Opera Society. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 21 Feb Swinging At The Cotton Club A show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of New York City’s famous nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 21 Feb Richard Herring In ‘We Are All Going To Die’, Richard has come to the conclusion that death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 22 Feb Farcicals A double bill of frivolous comedies, ‘Chloe With Love’ and ‘The Kidderminster Affair’. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 23 Feb How To Make A Killing in Bollywood A new comedy about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 23 - 25 Feb Frozen Light - Tunnels A multi-sensory production that fuses live music, sign and movement, a unique adventure for teenagers with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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oday’s highly productive agricultural landscape bears no resemblance to the Fens of prehistoric and medieval times. The city too has changed enormously, only with the flourishing of the abbey did a town develop at Peterborough and the last two centuries have seen its extraordinary growth. Peterborough began as a Saxon settlement. The Saxons built a village on the site of Peterborough called Medehamstede (meadow homestead) as it was originally known. Railway lines began operating locally during the 1840s, but it was the 1850 opening of the Great Northern Railway’s main line from London to York that transformed Peterborough from a market town to an industrial centre. Lord Exeter had opposed the railway passing through Stamford, so Peterborough, situated between two main terminals at London and Doncaster, increasingly developed as a regional hub. The modern-day city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire hides a wealth of history just waiting to be uncovered. When the daylight fades experience Peterborough’s nightlife. There are two theatres offering drama, ballet and concerts, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre; a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisine for every palate, cocktail bars and nightclubs open until the early hours. Where else could you experience a dragon boat race, beer festival, conker championships, cheese rolling, a straw bear parade, showcase cinema, or the famous Burghley Horse Trials. A special event can be a great excuse for planning a weekend away - or an added bonus to an existing break. Peterborough has events taking place throughout the year so there’s never a dull moment. From concerts and fireworks at a stately home, to a spectacular event at the East of England Showground. Then there are the ever-changing exhibitions at the numerous art galleries and city museums the place has to offer. Don’t miss the Peterborough

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Festival, or local music events such as Peterborough Music Making or drama festivals in the nearby towns, or the famous Flower Parade. Whatever you may be looking for in a city, Peterborough has the perfect mix! From city centre heritage attractions to countryside walks, from watersports to modern art. Discover Peterborough’s history and visit their magnificent Norman Cathedral which provides the most beautiful backdrop to the city. Take a short stroll and be transported back in time at Peterborough Museum. Or just outside the city, visit Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre where you can meet some magnificent Shire Horses. Shopping in Peterborough is quite a pastime, in fact, you are spoilt for choice - 3 shopping centres, the City Market, independent stores, regular Farmers Markets and craft fairs. During the warmer months, dining can become an outside experience so that you can soak up the atmosphere of the city, while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat. Peterborough Garden Park was conceived to meet the needs of a growing number of people interested in gardening and outdoor activities. This innovative retail and leisure destination combines the attributes of a traditional garden centre and an accessible retail scheme, with a mix of lifestyle retailers. Garden Park - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 4YZ. 01733222204.

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Cambridgeshire 25 Feb Tony Stockwell An Evening of Mediumship with the TV Psychic. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 25 Feb - 1 March The Duchess of Malfi This production of John Webster’s dark and thrilling play uses film, sound and a fierce aesthetic to recreate Mussolini’s world. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 25 - 26 Feb A Midsummer Night’s Dream Immersion Theatre gives you the opportunity to choose whether you would like to see a beautiful and highly engaging interpretation of this iconic piece (Tuesday), a sinister and chilling adaptation (Wednesday). Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 1962320 26 Feb - 8 March Pygmalion A major revival of one of the best loved plays of the 20th Century, starring Alistair McGowan. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 28 Feb Miles Jupp Live The comedian, writer and star of ‘Rev’ presents his brand new show. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

MUSIC 8 Feb Beatlemania Tribute show. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 11 Feb The Strypes The Strypes head out on their debut headline tour in support of their debut record ‘Snapshot’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 12 Feb Endellion String Quartet Performs pieces by Haydn, Schumann and Beethoven. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 14 Feb Carl Palmer Legendary Rock drummer Carl Palmer and his Band perform Emerson Lake & Palmer. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 14 Feb Sparkling Valentine’s Concert By Candlelight Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano) with special performances by guest string quartet and international soprano. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349 15 Feb Little Comets Following on from their debut American headline tour, the English indie rock trio play a run of dates throughout the UK and Ireland. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 15 Feb Unforgettable Featuring two former Drifters; Steve V. King and Damion Charles. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 20 Feb Beth Nielsen Chapman The American singer-songwriter heads to the UK in support of her new album, ‘Uncovered’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 21 Feb Rizzle Kicks English hip hop duo from Brighton, consisting of Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Sylves-

ter” Alexander-Sule. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 22 Feb Son Yambu Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban Son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 24 Feb Soulfly Catch the American metal band at The Junction. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 25 Feb Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play Cambridge Junction as part of a unique European tour. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 26 Feb Academy of Ancient Music Richard Tognetti directs Vivaldi. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 26 Feb Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber Julian Lloyd Webber with his wife, fellow cellist Jiaxin, present a brand-new concert featuring world premiere performances of duets for two cellos with piano. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Feb - 1 April Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji This will be the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum. University Museum of Archaeology & Athropology, Cambridge, 01223 333516 1 Feb - 31 March Somewhere in England: Portraits of Americans in Britain 1942 - 45 Exhibtion of stunning photographs, some of which have never been seen in public before, part of the Roger Freeman collection of almost 15,000 photographs of the US Army Air Forces during the Second World War. IWM Duxford, Cambridge, 01223 835000 1 - 12 Feb The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints An exhibition of Japanese woodcuts and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (18th and 19th centuries) depicting lovers from literature and life. Artists include Harunobu, Utamaro, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Feb - 11 May From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain This exhibition brings together a selection of watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art. It draws on over 300 years of work by both professional and amateur artists, tracing a history of flower drawing in Britain. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge,

01223 332900 1 - 23 Feb Edmund de Waal: On white - Porcelain stories from the Fitzwilliam This unique exhibition sees three galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum taken over by renowned potter, and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Feb - 25 April Perception The Cambridge Science Centre presents an extraordinary sensory experience. The new exhibition, Perception, will use illusions to uncover how our senses and brain work and the tricks your brain uses to make sense of the world. Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge, 01223 967965 1 Feb - 21 April A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton, RA A fresh retrospective on John Craxton - from his beginnings as a young hope of postwar British art, creating dark, meditative images of the natural world, to works of incredible vibrancy, light and colour from his later life in Crete. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 5 - 27 Feb Anne Frank [ + you} A dramatic multimedia exhibition powerfully bringing the messages of Anne Frank into the 21st century. Visitors are given the opportunity to explore the history of the Holocaust alongside Anne Frank’s words, wisdom and values. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 667735 15 Feb - 11 May Art & Life: 1920-1931 - Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray This major exhibition brings together the work of painters Ben and Winifred Nicholson alongside that of their friends and fellow artists Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and the potter William Staite Murray. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 01223 748100

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 2 Feb Katharine of Aragon Festival 2014 An annual festival to celebrate the life of the first wife of Henry VIII, a woman of significant historical importance who was buried at the Cathedral in 1536. Venues throughout Peterborough, Peterborough 9 - 16 Feb Snowdrop Sundays Banish those winter blues with a visit to Hedingham Castle to wander through our wonderful woodlands awash with swathes of snowdrops. Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 01787 460261 19 Feb Twilight at the Museums As darkness falls, Museums and collections across Cambridge are opening their doors into the night for an exciting evening of free exploration and adventure. So wrap up warm and set out to discover the extraordinary world of Cambridge museums and collections after dark. Venues throughout Cambridge, Cambridge,

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n Ancient Roman and Saxon settlement, Olney is a charming town near the river Great Ouse, and is well connected to bigger towns such as Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes Central. Its history is full of notable events. During the English Civil War, it was the site of the Battle of Olney Bridge in 1643. After growing as a market and lace-making centre, during the 18th century it was also an important staging post for travellers, with 27 inns in the town by 1754. After surviving a great fire in 1854 and the Industrial Revolution, Olney is now a lively market town that has plenty to offer to both locals and visitors. Start by visiting its abundant cultural places and historic buildings, among which the 14th century Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul is a highlight. Here the slave trader turned abolitionist John Newton served as curate. The 18th century house of poet William Cowper is also well worth checking out. With such a wide range of restaurants, cafés and pubs you’ll be spoiled for choice: take a break and enjoy British and international food, hot beverages

or traditional ales at the Bull Inn, The Two Brewers or the Much Ado Café – to name just a few top rated establishments. Wander off the High Street to find hidden gems such as Fountain Court and Rose Court, very popular courtyards full of places to eat and shop. Olney is home to a variety of independent shops, fashionable clothes boutiques and antiques emporiums, making for a truly unique shopping experience. You can’t miss a trip to one of the characterful markets, from the weekly Olney market to the monthly farmers market with locally grown or made produce. Above all, Olney is renowned for its annual Pancake Race, held on Shrove Tuesday. Legend has it that, back in 1445, a local woman, late for the Shriving service, ran to the church with the frying pan of pancakes that she was cooking still in hand. Nowadays, the women of Olney recreate the race by running from the market place to the parish church, holding a pan and wearing the typical apron and cap. In 1950 a junior race for the children of local schools was also established. The event is followed by the traditional Shriving service, prize giving and of course plenty of pancakes for everyone - part of the ancient ritual in preparation for the fasting of the Lent. n

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Beds, Herts, Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Feb - 12 April Screwge! This year’s adult panto is an irreverant re-working of Charles Dickens wonderful ‘A Chistmas Carol’. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 1 Feb Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Firmly crowned as a modern day classic, Matthew Bourne’s powerful, provocative and totally original interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake has turned tradition upside down. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 2 Feb Omid Djalili Live He’s back on tour with a splash, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 3 - 22 Feb Shiver A haunting, warm and funny play about family, identity, and love. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 4 Feb - 6 March Wicked A brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L, Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652

psychiatrist’s chair. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746

Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 363200

11 - 15 Feb West Side Story A bright, dynamic new cast is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using the Jerome Robbins full, original choreography. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607

20 Feb Chris Ramsey ‘The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television’. The Stables, Wavendon, MK 01908 280800

13 Feb Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill Join Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular evening of Ballroom magic and Latin excitement. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 14 Feb Laurel and Hardy Set in the ‘afterlife’ Tom McGrath’s play takes an intimate and hilarious journey through the rise and demise of this incredible partnership. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 15 Feb Afro Comedy Club Featuring: Kevin J, Toju the militant black guy, Ping Wing (Jamaica’s funniest entertainer), Glenda Jaxson (Geestor camp) and Chrissaay comedian. Hosted by the Real Mccoy legends Robbie Gee and Eddie Nestor. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

4 - Feb Sarah Millican On this her third national tour, join Sarah for some hilarious domestic bliss, ‘Home Bird’. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333

15 Feb Jason Manford Jason Manford’s show, ‘First World Problems’ promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993

5 - 8 Feb Absent Friends With moments of sadness and betrayal this car-crash of a party is brilliantly funny and another of Ayckbourn’s classics that you can’t afford to miss! Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 363200

16 Feb Kidnapped An adventure tale for all the family, Kidnapped tells the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands of Scotland. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

6 - 8 Feb Grease RARE Productions, the UK’s largest youth musical theatre production company, present the hit musical Grease. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500

17 - 22 Feb The Mousetrap In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993

7 Feb Paul Chowdry - PC’s World Paul will tackle hard-hitting subjects like the fine art of attracting a woman, jokes cut from his TV appearances, homosexuality, non-existent customer services and the now infamous 1980’s. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 7 Feb Sean Hughes This must-see follow-up to ‘Life Becomes Noises’ is a positive insightful display of what comedy should be more about: ‘JOY’. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 7 Feb Mark Thomas Mark sets himself the task of committing ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’ in the space of a year. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 8 Feb Gyles Brandreth - Looking for Happiness When Gyles Brandreth set out to find the secret of “How to be Happy” he started in Las Vegas and ended up in the

17 - 19 Feb Some Girl I Used to Know Some Girl I Used to Know is a touching and hilarious brand new musical play featuring a mix tape of songs from the 80s and 90s including Culture Club and Soft Cell. This romantic comedy stars and is co-written by Denise Van Outen. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 18 Feb Wow! This Show is Magic! A magnificent family show performed by Dr Bondini and Jezo, a prodigious treat of the traditional and the contemporary magic. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 19 - 20 Feb Russian State Ballet and Opera House Perfrom Carmen on 19 February and La Traviata on 20 February.

21 Feb Lee Hurst In his new tour, ‘Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!’, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 21 Feb The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sights on the good book, written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 22 Feb Russell Kane Watch Russell ejaculate thoughts about ‘Smallness’; on keeping things small when life gets big. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 23 Feb Andy & Mike’s…Tick Tock Time Machine! Join Andy (Cbeebies) and Mike as they go on a marvelous adventure in a time machine which sends them on a quest to collect the things they need from the past, to help a very Old Andy in the future. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 24 Feb - 1 March Fawlty Towers Three memorable episodes of the classic 70s sitcom brought to life on stage. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 25 - 26 Feb The Canterbury Tales Some of Chaucer’s best loved tales are brought to life by a company of four versatile actors. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford 01923 225671 25 Feb - 1 March The Witches of Eastwick Musical comedy based on the film starring Jack Nicholson. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 26 Feb - 1 March Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound, alongside Katherine Kingsley, Samantha Bond and John Marquez. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 27 Feb - 1 March High School Musical Disney Channel’s smash hit musical comes to life onstage! Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 27 Feb Ed Byrne Join Ed as he truly comes of age in his new show, ‘Roaring Forties’. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 28 Feb Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon Clown in the Moon, (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14), is a portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious and all too brief life. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

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From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature - and the risks - of intimacy in the modern world. The protagonist, Theodore, is a lonely writer who develops an unlikely relationship with a female voice produced by an intelligent operating system, designed to meet everyone’s needs. The film, greeted with widespread critical acclaim, stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson. THE FOREVER GIRL, ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH The author of bestsellers No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, gives us a new touching, heart-breaking novel about love and friendship. This is the story of Clover and her relationship with James, from the naivety of childhood to the complications of the adult world. Love at first sight, faded love, unrequited love, in all its shades and phases love can shape a life. WINTER’S TALE, AKIVA GOLDSMAN As stated in the film poster, “this is not a true story, this is true love”. The film, by the

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director of A Beautiful Mind, Akiva Goldsman, is an interesting match of drama, fantasy and of course romance, telling the unusual story of a burglar who falls in love with the young mistress of the house he’s attempting to rob. The cast boasts names like Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith. CUT DEAD - A DI CHARLOTTE SAVAGE NOVEL, MARK SENNEN Cut Dead is the fast-paced crime chiller from self-published sensation Mark Sennen. Following Touch and Bad Blood, the story features Detective Inspector Charlotte Savage and her team based in Plymouth, Devon. If you are a fan of thriller and police procedural, get ready to explore in the deep the madness of a serial killer’s mind. Simply breath-taking. DRACULA, COLE HADDON The British-American 2013 TV series about one of the most notorious fictional gothic character in modern literature is finally available on DVD (season 1). Dracula, by creator Cole Haddon and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, introduces the count as he arrives in London posing as an American entrepreneur willing to bring modern science to Victorian society. The timeless classic is back with all its dark charm. ■

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