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Town Herald Free! Issue 12: July 2013

Action plan for Saxmundham

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Church Street, Saxmundham Members of ActionSax launched the initiative on Saturday 22 June After eighteen months of hard work the eagerly anticipated action plan for Saxmundham was unveiled on June 22 to the packed Market Hall. This followed the town questionnaire that was completed by 395 local households alongside the young people's survey, completed by 174 participants. The town plan steering group has relaunched itself as ActionSax, a team that will help ensure that the fifteen priorities identified by the surveys are addressed in the coming months and years. Christopher Lucas, chair of the steering group and current leader of ActionSax encouraged new members to join. “We will most certainly need the experience and knowledge of all those community volunteers who lead the town’s various clubs and associations,” he said. See for more details about how to join. You can also read the full action plan and download survey results there.

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Talking Shop The Herald hits our high streets in support of local business

Bob and Karen are on hand to provide foodie heaven on Saxmundham High St. It’s eight years since Bob Foyers and Karen Aldridge took over the premises which has become The Bistro at the Deli on Saxmundham High Street. In that time, they’ve built an enviable reputation for high quality home-cooked food and meticulously-sourced produce (they even taste tested their coffee beans). “The Bistro is a daytime destination,” explains Bob Foyers. “We specialise in breakfasts and coffees, lunches and afternoon teas. For that reason, the menu is light and varied, with fresh, full flavours that won’t weigh you down for the rest of the day.” Regular favourites like Greek salad, home made soup and panini sit on the menu alongside daily specials such as ‘Parma ham, melon and Manchego’ or ‘the Bistro Tapas plate’. Both Bob Foyers and Karen Aldridge are chefs by profession. Although today, it’s Karen that does all the cooking (including the mouth-watering cakes and ready meals), their joint pedigree shows. A cursory glance at the deli counter is enough to reveal that Bob Foyers has a ‘bit of a thing’ about cheese. It would be a challenge to find a greater variety locally or one that includes cheeses from Suffolk

and Norfolk, Italy and France. “We choose our cheeses based on taste,” says Bob Foyers. “Although it’s nice to offer local produce, I don’t want to sell anything that I wouldn’t enjoy eating myself.” The same goes for the Deli’s impressive selection of olives, oils, dressings and condiments. The Bistro at the Deli certainly satisfies the cravings of many foodies in East Suffolk, it’s also a base for Bob Foyers’ dedicated support for businesses in and around Saxmundham. He was chair of the town’s business association for five years and is a leading participant in the campaign to build business in the town’s high street. “The supermarkets bring people into Saxmundham,” he explains. “It’s up to us to encourage them to visit businesses in the town. We’re working together to encourage people to check out more than one business when they visit the town – we’re determined to see Saxmundham thrive.”

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School Holiday Activities Long Shop Museum Wednesday Workshops

The new Wednesday Workshops for families at long Shop Museum in Leiston, which run during all school holidays from 11am – 3pm are proving extremely popular. During the spring half term, participants made balloon powered cars and experimented with balloon powered hovercrafts. It was fantastic to watch the cars being raced around the Garrett Room and the excited chatter and laughter of the children and adults alike. Emma Jackson, Learning and Outreach Coordinator for the museum explained what's coming up for the summer holidays: “We have various activities planned which will provide you with both entertainment during the day and something to take home at the end,” she said. Details of the workshops for the full season are as follows: 31st July: Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; make a model of a working hand, learn about bacteria and bring along your teddy to bandage up. 7th August: Design a machine from junk. Make your own model from everyday stuff you would otherwise throw away.


14th August: Fire Fighting! Join our very

own firemen for some water based frolics, storytelling in the Family Corner in conjunction with the library and the Leiston Fire Service (emergencies permitting!) 21st August: Making Music. Rain Sticks and Seed Shakers. Come and Rock and Roll. 28th August: Plate Garden. Green fingers are not necessary to make our gardens on a plate. Use your imagination to design your ideal garden. 30th October: Spooky Spiders and Batty Bats. Halloween fun for all. More details are available on the museum's Twitter or Facebook feeds or you can visit Alternatively, call 01728 832189. The museum recommends wearing sensible clothing and shoes for its industrial environment. Flexi Family Admission: £12. 1-2 adults with up to 3 children.

Thérèse Coffey, MP Writing exclusively for the Town Herald

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Our part of Suffolk is continuing to show it is the cultural hub of the East as the Aldeburgh Festival kicked off last month. I was delighted to attend "Peter Grimes on the Beach" and it was a singular performance.

Sticking with the coastal theme, I am pleased that the Touching the Tide project has recently been awarded £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our coast has a special history and this project will involve many communities in our coastline all the way from Felixstowe to Southwold. The project includes provision to protect the important shingle at Shingle Street. Last month I attended a reception in the House of Lords to celebrate 350th Anniversary of the re-founding of Woodbridge School. The evening was hosted by the Seckford Foundation’s President Lord Neuberger. Teachers and governors from Saxmundham Free School and the Chairman of Saxmundham Town Council, John Fisher was also present. I have been continuing to push for a better Ambulance service. The Government commissioned report by the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, Dr Anthony Marsh set out that the Board ‘have

developed a sense of helplessness’ and ‘that there is a lack of focus and grip from the Board which has contributed towards the deterioration of performance.’ The report was a damning indictment of the poor level of governance that has been going on at Board level for some time. Along with other MP’s from the region I have called for fresh eyes in the Board to take things forward. I am pleased that Dr Marsh will be spending two days a week here. The details of when broadband will be implemented in each part of Suffolk were unveiled at the recent County show. Before 2015 - 85% of areas will get a superfast connection with all areas getting at least 2mbps. The exact timescale varies across different parishes with work commencing in Saxmundham, Leiston and Aldeburgh in late 2013/early 2014. For details of when work will start in your area please see

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Peakhill Farm diary It's all the busier this year as we said goodbye to our farm worker Dayne who has gone off to focus on his Air Pilot training. We are sadly also going to say goodbye to our beautiful Bull this month. At the beginning of June he developed what is called a Sand Crack in his front foot. Its where the hoof cracks open and won't heal; a bit like Athletes foot. Unfortunately after 3 weeks of treatment his foot was so bad that we had to separate him from the herd Silage making on the farm It's been a chilly start to the main growing and call the vet again. The diagnosis season and we think everything is about a wasn't good as he would be out of action for month behind schedule but anything's almost a year. better than rain and Northerly winds! The poly tunnels are bursting with tomato As a result we will have to let him go and plants and outdoors we have squash, are seeking a replacement bull. This is no cucumbers, pumpkins and beans in the simple task. We have a 'closed herd' at ground and starting to wake up. The Peakhill, with very low disease tolerance so warmer days mean that grass is growing bringing in a new bull from outside has its well and the cows are very happy to be dangers. There are Bull 'Brochures' (a bit like Auto trader for cows) where you can munching on the lovely green shoots. select your new bull but we have to have Making the most of the new grass growth an animal that has the right breeding and we have just started silaging this week, medical background. So after many phone cutting the grass at it's peak will give us a calls a new organic bull has been found better quality of silage for the cows to enjoy who tested negative for all the right things. in the winter months. The farm is a hive of So now it's just a matter of parting with activity and we are entertaining the ÂŁ1600. Rob is wincing. Karen White caravanners staying at the camp site with a plethora of agricultural machinery whizzing back and forth.

Four season's in one day?

Silage is fermented grass. It's cut, left for 24 hours to dry naturally, then it's collected by a baler rolled into large round bales and wrapped in plastic. This process allows the grass to retain the maximum amount of nutrients and the plastic helps it ferment over the summer so it has a higher energy value as a winter feed. It's a non-stop job and takes 3 dry days ideally. It looks to be a successful early harvest and we'll be cutting and packing the silage again later in the summer to make sure we have a plentiful supply for the cows this winter.


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1st Saxmundham Scouts Group at HQ, Memorial Field, Rendham Rd, Saxmundham. Boys and girls welcome to join. Beavers: Fridays 5.15pm to 6.30pm. Ages 6 to 8, Contact Lisa Wood Cubs: Tuesday and Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm. Ages 8 to 10.5. Contact Dave Kenny or Adrian Norris on the email below Scouts: Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Ages 10.5 to 14. Call Haydn Morris, sax_ Yoga In Westleton. Monday 5.30-6.30pm novices 7 to 8.30pm intermediates. Westleton Village Hall. Oneto-one yoga therapy by appointment. Judie Shore 01728 648460 www. “CRAFTY Ladies” Craft Group. 1st and 3rd Mondays, 10am to 12.30pm, committee room, Kelsale Village Hall. £3 per session. Call Pam 01728 603995. Ladies Eastern Dance Classes Wickham Market Primary School, Tues from 6.15pm (Beginners); Riverside Ctr, Stratford St Andrew, Thurs from 7pm. Call Leanne 07796 087255 or Dress comfortably. No experience necessary. Pagans Beyond The Pale. Discussion Grp Badingham, Nr Framlingham 7.15 for 7.30. Meets monthly, on the Wednesday after the New

the-pale. Top Time At Sax Library. Thurs 11am to 12.30pm. All adults welcome. Games, films, play reading, talks and much more. Call Sax Library on 01728 652440 Molly Dancing Come and see Oxblood Molly at a practice session for a taster. Musicians and dancers always wanted – no previous experience necessary. Most Sundays at Peasenhall Village Hall but check with Roy on 01728 648901 or Julian 01986 873941. Kelsale Art Group Thurs 7-9pm, Kelsale Village Hall committee room. New members welcome. Call Roger 01728 667037 or Mike 01728 603995. KT Crafts Craft Fair, Saxmundham Market Hall, 1st Sat, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Free entry, refreshments. Call Tina 01728 604784. In aid of local charities. Leiston & District Philatelic Society meet 4th Wed. at Leiston United Church Hall, High St, 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Further info 01728 830415 Point Devis North West Morris and Garland Dancing Thurs, Blythburgh Village Hall from 8 to 9.30pm. Open to all abilities. Dancers and musicians welcome. Contact Lin 01728 602465. Quaker Meetings in Leiston 10.30am every Sunday, Quaker Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston.

Club, 2nd Thurs 8 to 11pm. All welcome. Join in or just have a drink and watch. Call Mike on 01728 603995 for details. GreenerSax come and join a friendly transition group, working towards a more sustainable Saxmundham and surrounding villages. call 07801 065385, website Heritage Coast Dog Training Club every Wed 7.15 to 8.30pm, Market Hall, Saxmundham. Dogs of all ages; it’s a must for puppies. Run on a voluntary basis. Any enquiries call Denise on 01728 603386. Praise and Worship Evening 1st Sat 7.30pm, Yoxford Village Hall. Great musicians, vibrant singing, all welcome. Contact: Ray/Margaret 01728 602372. Melody Makers Mixed Choir. Rehearsals every Monday 7.30 to 9pm. Kelsale Village Hall (2nd Mondays, Main Hall, all others Committee Room). Details from 01728 602822 or 01728 602690. Labour Party, Leiston and District Branch. Meets 4th Tuesday at Friends Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, 7.30pm. More info call 01728 833578. Leiston United Church hold a coffee morning every Friday and Saturday 10-11.30am in aid of church funds. All are welcome. PASTEL Fun Workshops

7 Regular events. Extraordinary Coffee! 1st/3rd Saturdays (10.30am3.30pm) at Fromus Centre. For young adults aged 1525 with a learning disability. or contact 01728 604944 or email SMILE Café Thursdays 10am -2pm Fromus Centre. For carers, vulnerable adults and anyone else! Everyman Folk Club Riverside Centre, Gt. Glemham Rd, Stratford St Andrew. Last Friday each month 8pm. Call 01449 615523 for tickets and membership. Carpet Bowls. Saxmundham Market Hall. Tuesdays 7-9.30pm. New members welcome. Info from Frances Maynard 01728 605797 or Lyn Martin 602078. Tai Chi Classes. Thursday mornings in Knodishall Village Hall, 11.15am to 12.15pm. Other classes also available. Contact Ali Crawford 01394 411717, for info. Saxmundham Art Group Fromus Centre, Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm. New members welcome. £1.75 per session. Please contact Judy 01728 602353. Saxmundham Royal British Legion every 3rd Wednesday at the Gannon rooms. 7.45pm. Contact Rose Damiral White 603817. Sax Boules. Carlton Park. We welcome all comners, meeting Thurs 6pm and Sats 1.30pm. League, friendly matches & tournaments throughout summer Contact Jennie Pink


604340. Westleton Village Quilters Westleton Village Hall each Friday from 1-4pm. £12 per term or £1.50 for a single session. For more information contact Ann Bebbington on 01728 648943 or email john@

Aldeburgh Art Group. Meets at The Baptist Chapel, Aldeburgh High Street from 1.45-4pm every Tuesday. Open to all, this is a casual, untutored group. Bring your own art. £2 inc. tea and biscuits. Bruisyard Village Hall. Pub nights, every Thurs 7.30pm. Live music. Free admission. Come along for a pint and a chinwag. Pilates every Tuesday in Village Hall 9.30 to 10.30am. Bruisyard Young People every Wednesday 6-7.30pm. Info contact John Gibb 01728 638912. Kelsale-cum-Carlton W.I. meets 2nd Tuesday, committee room Kelsale Village Hall from 7-9pm. New members welcome. Contact Sue Potter on 01728 602177 or Sue Granville-George on 01728 604954. Flea Market/Brocante Yoxford Village Hall, 2nd Sat 9am-1pm. Stalls and refreshments, raising funds for village hall. Call 01728 660213. Sax IT Club. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Fromus Centre. 6-8pm Saxmundham W.I. Meets 3rd Thursday 7.30-9.30pm United Reform Church Chapel Road. Walking, play reading, lunch groups. Contact Jenny Mann

01728 604608 Sizewell and Leiston Karate Club meets Tues and Thurs from 6-8pm. Run for over 25 years! Children, adults, beginners or more experienced. All welcome. Telephone Liz 01728 604827 or just turn up. Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group. Meets 3rd Mondays United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1BJ. Members £1.50, nonmembers £2.50 http://aldevalleyfamilyhistory Saturday Morning Drama Club. Middleton Village Hall. Ages 4 to 7 years from 9.30 to 10.30am. Ages 8 to 11 years from 10.30 to 11.30am. £3 or 01728 648420. Halesworth & District Flower Club 2nd Mondays at Wenhaston Village Hall, doors open 1.30pm. Visitors £4.

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Coming Events: July Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp Thursday 4 July, 7.30pm, Long Shop Museum, Leiston. Re-enactment of scenes from the Garrett family's life shown in the Garrett Room and the Old Long Shop. Admission £4. If you intend coming it is advisable to inform Jill on 01728 830778 in case the space gets fully booked. Friday 5 July 9am Saxmundham Market Hall (and weekly thereafter) Farmers' Market. Come to the newly launched market in Saxmundham and get some truly local produce. Friday 5 July, 7 pm, Bruisyard Village Hall. Locally acclaimed author Paddy Heazell talks on “Most Secret: The hidden history of Orford Ness”. Entry £6 to include a glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles. All proceeds to the fabric fund of St Peter's Parish Church, Bruisyard. Saturday 6 July Rendham Fête Many traditional fête activities throughout the day including Rendham Mummers' play Stand and Deliver at 2.30pm (see letters) Saturday 6 July, 11am to 6pm, Benhall Open Gardens and Village Fayre offers an opportunity to view over 12 varied gardens not normally open to the public. Centred around Benhall Green, other activities will include craft/produce stalls; music; maypole dancing; Punch and Judy; home-made food. Entrance to gardens £5 per person. Contact: Carol Durrant, 01728 602334 or see Monday 8 July 1.30 for 2pm, Wenhaston Village Hall. Halesworth and District Flower Club meet on the second Monday of each month. Come along and watch excellent demonstrators turn their flowers into magical arrangements. At our July meeting Area Demonstrator Brenda Eyers' theme is “Timeless”. Thursday 11 July, 7.30 pm, Long Shop

Museum, Leiston. Summer Concert of brass band music from the Leiston Royal British Legion Band to be given in the Old Long Shop Building. Admission £6 with proceeds being shared between the museum and the band. Saturday 13 July High Lodge Family Fun Day, 11am - 3pm High Lodge Leisure Limited, Hinton, Nr Darsham, IP17 3QT Enjoy taster sessions of clay pigeon shooting, archery, golf and air rifle for free. Entrance for visitors is £5 per car, all proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer support. Contact Jackie Read at High Lodge on 01986 784347 Saturday 13 July, 10.30 am to 4pm, Westleton Village Hall. Table-top sale. Free admission. Light refreshments available. All proceeds in aid of the Village Hall. Saturday 13 July, 7pm in Saxmundham Library. BINGO! £5 per person includes all bingo tickets and tea, coffee, biscuits. You are welcome to bring your own wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles. Fundraising for Saxmundham Library Friends Saturday/Sunday 13/14 July, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, Middleton Open Gardens, IP17 3NN. Entry adults £4.00, accompanied children free. Maps from the church, village hall and Middleton Moor (B1122). All proceeds to Middleton Church and Suffolk Accident Rescue Society. See or contact Irene Ralph 01728 648622/Val Sulch 01728 668145. Sunday July 14 Peasenhall Pea Festival Peasenhall’s unique Pea Festival is a great day out for all the family, including dozens of pea themed events. Celebrate this village’s pea heritage by competing in the World Pea Podding Championships or try your luck at obtaining the National Pea Throwing title. See 01728 602026


Coming Events: July/August Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp Sunday 14th July, 10am Saxmundham Library. Walking book group. We are currently reading ‘Agatha Raisin & The Quiche of Death’ By M.C.Beaton. Pop into the library to loan a copy or buy yourself a copy. Children, Dogs & Friends welcome too! Approx 1 hour gentle stroll call 01728 652440 Thursday 18 July, 7.30 pm, Long Shop Museum, Leiston. The BBC's film of the 1976 Sizewell A's Emergency Exercise and some other film shot on the site will be shown in the Garrett Room. Admission £4. Saturday 20 July, 7.30 pm, St Michael's Church, Framlingham. “The Elysian Effect” a sparkling programme of music from the late 18th and 19th centuries to be performed on instruments of that period by the Dussek Duo: Eleanor Turner, harp and Douglas Hollick, pianoforte. Includes music by Mozart & Haydn. Tickets £15 centre aisle, £10 side aisle. Admission free to all schoolage students. Workshops will be given at 10.30 am (pianoforte) and 2.30 pm (harp). Call 01394 420556 or see Thursday 25 July, 7.30 pm, Long Shop Museum, Leiston. Anthony Breen will give a talk in the Garrett Room about the Lost Village of Sizewell which is now under the sea. Admission £4.

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August, 10am to 12 noon, Saxmundham United Reformed Church schoolroom: Holiday Club for 5–11year-olds. Details from Sue Liddell Throughout the Summer: Fromus Croquet Club. Enjoy gentle exercise for mind and body. Try your hand (and eye) at croquet. The club is based at Benhall near Saxmundham. We offer free taster sessions, club days, coaching and unlimited play for a modest membership fee. For more information contact Geoff Day 01728 688466 Summer Reading Challenge Calling all children – We need YOU! The Summer Reading Challenge is soon starting in Saxmundham library. During the school holiday you need to read any 6 library books including ebooks, story books on CD or tape or normal paper books. Choose 1 or 2 per week, read them, come and tell our volunteers all about it, receive a card & collect stickers. Once you have read 6 books, you will receive an invitation to our presentation ceremony in September where you will be presented with a medal and sticker.

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Thursday 1 August, 7.30 pm, Long Shop Museum, Leiston. Barrie Skelcher, author of two books on the subject, will give a talk in the Garrett Room about glass coloured with uranium. It's radioactive! Bring a sample along for checking. Admission £4.

Leiston Film Theatre 28 June-4 July Man of Steel (12A) 5-11 July World War Z (15) 12-18 July Behind the Candelabra (15) 19-25 July Now You See Me (12A) 22 July-1 Aug Despicable Me 2 Check times at or call 01728 830549

August Friday markets Aldeburgh parish church. Church hall 10am- 12 noon. Wanted good quality goods, Bric-a-brac, household goods, toys, Jewellery, pictures, books, toiletries. Call 453735 or 452223


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What's Cooking? Sponsored by Summer Puddings Whether you're at a barbeque or a garden party, the star of the show is often fresh summer fruit, either served on its own or as part of a mouth watering pudding. Here are two of our firm favourites.

Strawberry, lychee and passion fruit pavlova Time:1 hour 25 minutes, Serves: 10 Ingredients 4 egg whites 315g caster sugar 1 tsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp cornfl our 400g strawberries, hulled and quartered 8 lychees 2 passion fruit 1 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar 400ml whipping cream Method Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Beat the egg whites and caster sugar together for 10–15 minutes, until thick and glossy. In a separate small bowl, stir the vinegar and vanilla into the cornflour until smooth, then add to the meringue, beating for 1 more minute. Line a large, flat baking tray with baking parchment, then dollop the pavlova mixture into the centre. Spread out evenly to form a circle. Place the pavlova in the oven, reduce the temperature to 100°C, gas mark ¼, and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova inside to cool. Put the fruit in a bowl with the sugar. Mix gently but thoroughly and leave for until the sugar has dissolved. Whip the cream and spread over the pavlova. Spoon over the fruit and serve at once.

Berry and mascarpone summer pudding Time 20 minutes, Serves: 8 Ingredients 175g golden caster sugar 1 star anise or cinnamon stick 1kg mixed summer berries, eg raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants 9 slices Soft White Medium Sliced Bread, 800g loaf, crusts removed 150g mascarpone Method Put the sugar, spice and 4 tbsp water in a large pan. Heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar, add the berries and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Strain to separate the fruit from the juice. Line a 1.5-litre pudding basin with cling film. Cut 8 of the bread slices in half lengthways, angling the knife slightly so each piece has a wide and a narrower end. Dip them in the juice then use to line the basin, overlapping the pieces so there are no gaps. Place a third of the berries into the bottom of the basin then spoon the mascarpone into the centre and cover with the remaining fruit. Cut the last piece of bread into a round and place on top, then drizzle with a little of the juice. Cover the pudding with cling film and sit a small plate on top. Stand some cans on the plate and chill overnight. Remove the cling film, turn out the pudding and slice. Serve with a drizzle of reserved juice.


Talking Rubbish Karen Canard gives some hints on storing food to avoid waste

Avoiding food waste starts when you shop. If you buy good quality, well stored food, then it will last much longer when you get it home. Karen Cannard is an expert in reducing domestic waste

Only buy dairy and meat products from shops and stalls with chilled facilities.

Always check the label to ensure perishable foods will still be in date for when you plan to use them. Store chilled and frozen products in a cool bag. Transfer food into the fridge or freezer as soon as you get home. Once your food is at home, consider the best ways to store it, whether it's at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer. Don’t leave food in open cans in the fridge. It will go off and go to waste. All leftovers, including those from tinned food should be stored correctly in sealed containers and used within a couple of days. Try to avoid cling film and foil. If you use foil, remember that you can wash it for reuse. Label all food that goes into the freezer, so that you can remember what you’ve stored and when you need to use it by. Otherwise a couple of months later it will be unrecognisable and could end up in the bin. When freezing, try to avoid plastic bags and use reusable freezer containers instead. Remember that frozen food should always be defrosted thoroughly before cooking and that once cooked it should be piping hot throughout. If you can handle your freezer well, batch cooking will help you reduce packaging, reduce food waste and save


money. These are tricks that I’m still trying to learn. For some excellent tips visit Love Food Hate Waste site, where Arctic Aunt will help bust some amazing myths and take you on your very own Freezer Expedition: Some fruit and vegetables create more ethylene than others, a natural gas that causes fresh food to deteriorate. This causes them to go off and especially impacts on produce that is sensitive to ethylene such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leafy greens and lettuce, causing them to go limp and yellow very quickly. So keep produce such as apples, avocados, bananas, melons, peaches, pears, and tomatoes away from your sensitive greens. If you want your veggies to last longer, consider buying a Freshpod, which helps extend the storage life of fresh fruit and vegetables for up to four weeks. It’s particularly great for green leafy vegetables such as salad leaves and broccoli and works by soaking up the ethylene. Each sachet lasts for 6 months and when finished, can be used as a plant fertiliser. See or telephone 01842 764416 for details. Small animals and exotics Surgery, Ultrasound, Dentistry and Xrays In House Laboratory Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm Saturday 8am-4pm Tel: 01728 602599 Fromus House, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham IP17 1DU Southwold Branch Practice 01502 725132

School Report Saxmundham Free Champions Challenge


The Champions Challenge began with tutor groups pitted against each other in a battle of skills and talents modelled in the style of the ‘Krypton Factor’. Along with a Maths round, students were engaged in a variety of other activities during the 2 hour Challenge, including a sports competition and an observation round. This was the highlight of the afternoon, and included a video of staff dancing ‘Gangnam Style’! Tutor group 8/9B were crowned the winners! Well done to Mr Casey and Mr Renwick for their excellent leadership of the tutor group. 8/9B got to keep the Champions Challenge trophy for two weeks after half term. Other tutor groups have begun to pool their talents to ‘throw the gauntlet’ down to 8/9B and challenge them to a competition to win the trophy. 8/9A have won the trophy through their excellent show at the recent ‘Capture the Flag’ competition and are the current reigning champions! 8/9C have recently thrown down the gauntlet to win the trophy through a ‘sing-off ’! This will take place on the 28 June and we look forward to seeing who the winner will be! By Rob Cawley (Headteacher) Tammy Mitchell-Cotts (Student)


Alde Valley School Pupils create PASTEL Website

Alde Valley School pupils Ben Gulliford and Kerrie Holgate have used their coursework to help a real life community project, by creating a new website for PASTEL. Following an expansion of its community activities, PASTEL needed a new web presence. It approached the School with a written business brief to see if any sixth formers studying IT might help. Ben and Kerrie adopted the project. They researched the market and designed a new website to address the brief. The result is a bright and welcoming website that is designed to draw in visitors and make a quick impact. You can see the results at Ben said: ““I liked the idea of putting theory into practice and working through our proposal with a PASTEL director who has many years business experience in marketing. It was fun and rewarding.” “I was very grateful for the opportunity to help PASTEL,” added Kerrie, “while at the same time, adding some powerful real world experience to my CV.”


Letters to the Town Herald Write to, Town Herald, c/o HG Crisp, 27 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF

Thanks from the RSPCA

imagination that's extremely rare in entertainment of any genre or medium. It's a bar-setting exemplar of what can be done with little talent but lots of enthusiasm.”

Dear Town Herald,

“Experience the phenomenon. stunning, technically astounding.”

May we thank the folk of Saxmundham and surrounds for their generosity during RSPCA week when we collected at TESCO?

Rendham Mummers – Never Knowingly Over rehearsed.

The combined total raised (with Beccles and Lowestoft) was £955.11 and loads of cat and dog food. We are currently full with cats so the food will go a long way to help.

NORDIC Walking

Deborah Dann

“Stand and Deliver!” Dear Town Herald, Only Rendham Mummers dare tell the tale of the events which took place in Rendham in 1737! There was great excitement amongst the village gentry when it was learned that King George II was staying at the Bell House Hotel, Saxmundham. However, there were two other famous visitors to the area – “gentlemen of the road” – which led to confusion, tragedy, a hanging (back by popular demand!), and treason? Don’t miss the première of Rendham Mummers latest play, “Stand and Deliver!” 2.30pm on Saturday 6th July, at Rendham Village Fête. Over its four years, Rendham Mummers has raised over £1500 for various charities and we would like to share some of our critical acclaim:

“From its first moment—the unforgettable gathering of a menagerie that inspired spontaneous applause among the audience …” “…a genuinely experience”



If you've never seen it, go “. “…succeeds with the kind of energy and



Roger Bennion The Speaker

Would you like to learn more about this wonderful activity and have a go? Saxmundham Library is offering two dates as FREE taster events. Tuesday 9th July at 11.30am OR Tuesday 16th July at 6.30pm. Nordic walking helps you lose weight, tone muscles, walk in fresh air. It is a healthy, social body workout, employs 90% of the body’s muscles and burns 20% more calories than normal walking. It's suitable for all levels of fitness and can help reduce joint pain with the aid of the special poles that help take the strain. Arthritis sufferers find hips & knees less painful as the upper body takes the pressure instead. Liz Gleave

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION COPY DATES The Town Herald is published at the beginning of the month. The deadline for Issue 13 is 5pm, on July 20 for August 2013 publication. Call 01728 885147 or you can deliver copy to HG Crisp in Saxmundham High Street. FRIENDS OF THE TOWN HERALD Mrs Marjorie Robertson, Louis Baum THANKS TO Belinda Moore, Bob Foyers, Penny Robertson, Suzy Powling, Geoff Fordham, Chris Burslem. PUBLISHER Joe Cassels Limited, 22 St Johns Road, Saxmundham PRINTED BY Leiston Press

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