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Church Street, Saxmundham One free tea or coffee to drink in or take away with a myWaitrose card! Free! Issue 10: May 2013

Suffolk Slims its Bins

TAXI 01728 602009 HART CARS: Local & long distance BBC Suffolk's Mark Murphy with The Town Herald's Karen Canard Over 100 households have already signed up for BBC Radio Suffolk's Rubbish Diet Challenge, which aims to reduce waste sent to landfill and make Suffolk the greenest county. Karen Canard, who writes the Town Herald's Talking Rubbish page, inspired the challenge and is providing help and advice. The idea is that in just eight weeks those participating can slim their bins so much that in the last week they create zero waste. Tune in every week day between 9am and 12.30pm to Mark Murphy's show to hear bin shrinking tips and to find out how others have risen to the challenge. Mark is behind the hugely successful Don't be a Tosser anti-littering campaign, so he's no stranger to waste management. For more details about the Rubbish diet see Talking Rubbish on Page 12.

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The Power Of Sport: Alde Valley Hosts Primary Tag Rugby Tournament On Monday 18th March Alde Valley hosted its third tournament of the term on the school rugby pitches. Nine feeder schools from the primary schools in years 5 and 6 took part. The Alde Valley sports leaders had visited all of the schools to teach the students the skills and rules of the game as part of Alde Valley’s commitment to maintaining the legacy from 2012. Students taking part showcased the Olympic values showing team work, determination, respect for their opposition, striving for excellence and making friendships through sport. The event was very well supported by staff from the primary schools and the parents, some of whom were also attending the third competition of the term with their children. The overall winners were Leiston Primary, with Coldfair Green as worthy runners up. Alde Valley will host a swimming gala for the primaries early in the summer term an aims to keep the momentum of the legacy going. The primary schools in this area are certainly getting access to high quality teaching and competition.

Cats Protection: Cats of the month



White kittens Rupert and Loopy are affectionate, friendly and are looking for a special home, ideally together. We believe they are both deaf, and are therefore seeking either an indoor home, or somewhere that has a cat-secure garden. For more details about Rupert and Loopy, other cats in our care see our website or telephone 01728 723499.


Talking Shop The Herald hits our high streets to support local retailers

back happy memories. They’re a treat and a small affordable one.” Amanda O’Farrell grew up in Saxmundham and Kelsale and has fond memories of coming to Saxmundham on market day and holding her mum’s hand as they visited the sale yard and one of the town’s sweet shops. Like many children, she dreamed of one day having a sweet shop of her own and, as a little girl, loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang heroine Truly Scrumptious.

Amanda O'Farrell in The Little Sweet Shop “One of the best things about running The Sweet Shop is that people always smile when they come in,” says Amanda O’Farrell, who opened her business on Saxmundham High Street in August 2010. The tiny shop, which has had numerous incarnations in its history, including being part of an office and a barber's, is packed from floor to ceiling with jars and baskets of brightly-coloured confectionery. There are more than 300 varieties; traditional favourites like rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, aniseed balls, sherbet lemons, liquorice, toffees, chocolates, butterscotch and sherbet flying saucers. There’s even a wide range of sugar-free sweets that are popular with diabetics, and the American chocolate, Hershey Bars.

“It’s a relief that the spring seems finally to have arrived,” says Amanda O’Farrell. “I hope it brings lots of visitors to Saxmundham High Street and encourages people to get out for a stroll, a chat and a treat.”



Bundles of 50p mixture bags sit alongside the varieties sold by weight and most of the sweets are still made in England. It can be a surprise to learn that the majority of The Sweet Shop’s regular customers come from amongst the more senior members of our community; “People come in for a bag of favourites from their childhood and end up spotting something that they’d completely forgotten about,” explains Amanda O’Farrell. “Sweets bring

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Community News Saxmundham Tennis Club News

Saxmundham Tennis Club is looking forward to a busy summer of tennis (weather permitting, it can’t be as bad as last year can it?) after the never-ending winter seems to have finally abated. As the floodlit winter league concludes it appears that all of the club’s teams are hopeful of maintaining their current division status, with even the outside chance of promotion for one or two, which is a very encouraging achievement for all those involved. With the new summer season almost upon us, the club is gearing up in earnest with three mixed teams in the Lowestoft and District League, along with a mixed and men's team in the Ipswich and District League. The club’s first social event of the year will be a mixed tournament on Saturday 4th May starting at 2pm (refreshments available). The deadline for the early payment membership discount will be extended until this date.


The club is anticipating appointing a new coach very shortly, and will hope to unveil them at the club’s Open Day scheduled for June . We always welcome new members of all ages and abilities. For more information see our website, contact our Secretary Fiona Foreman on 01728 602194, or come along to one of our friendly club sessions for a taster on a Tuesday / Thursday from 7pm, Friday from 9.30am, or Sunday from 10am. James Fox

Saxmundham Town Survey The lengthy process of inputting all paper copies of the survey questionnaires has now been completed. This means answers can be assembled in a visually clear way with bar charts/piecharts etc. The working party is now busy with the more challenging task of writing a report which will summarise what the community sees as the priorities for action. 22% of Saxmundham households completed the survey. This is regarded as a very satisfactory level of response by comparison with the customarily low level of turn-out at local public consultations. An important date for diaries is Saturday 22 June 11.00-1pm in the Market Hall. That will be the date when the working party will publish its Report and invite the community’s response. The Prize Draw will occur some time before this so that we can combine publication of the report with the presentation of prizes. Christopher Lucas

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Thérèse Coffey, MP Writing exclusively for the Town Herald Saxmundham looked amazing in the sunshine at it celebrated our Patron Saint in a special weekend of St George’s day celebrations. St George’s Day is perhaps not celebrated Dr Therese Coffey as much as it should be. Well done to all involved in making it a special weekend. At the end of last year I pressed Greater Anglia to install a ticket machine in Saxmundham station to make it easier to for passengers to purchase tickets before using the service, as well as taking advantage of any favourable advance purchase rate. I am glad that the campaign was successful and the ticket machine has now been installed.

important negotiation for both sides and as it is the first we shouldn’t be surprised it is taking a long time. I am confident a deal will be done and we can unlock the jobs and investment for the local community that Sizewell will bring.

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I have also contacted the Council to ask them to open up the bridge from the new houses at Fromus Walk to ensure easier access to the town. As part of the community meetings that I organised earlier this year on Sizewell C concern was raised about some of the social issues associated with the potential behaviour of workers and contractors. Nigel Tompsett from Suffolk Police has now been made Sizewell C Nuclear New Build Sergeant and will be the constabulary's lead on the project and making submissions through the planning and construction phases. Negotiations are continuing between the Government and EDF over the ‘strike price’ for Hinkley – which is vital for the go-ahead for Sizewell. Despite fears by some that a deal has not yet been reached I am not overly worried. As I outlined in my last article for the Town Herald I have spoken to the Prime Minister and Chancellor, who are both committed to a deal. This is an

MINDFULNESS 8 WEEK BASED STRESS REDUCTION COURSES At the Willows in Saxmundham starting on Tuesday 7th May 10am. At Quaker Meeting House in Leiston starting on Wednesday 8th May at 7pm For further information about courses contact Seija Tattersall at tel.07804 146 893

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News and Cinema Listings Friday 3 May 8pm Thomas Dolby The Invisible Lighthouse (U) Saturday 4 May 10.30am Coast And Poetry (U) 3pm W W Jacobs Programme 1 (U) 8pmW W Jacobs Programme 2 (U) Sunday 5 May 11.30 For Those In Peril On The Sea (U) 8.00 Beggars Of Life (U) Saturday 18 May 10.30 Wagner Weekend – With Helmet, Shield And Spear? 2.30 Wagner Weekend – Die Walküre – The Valkyrie From school to supermarket, Waitrose is Sunday 19 May unveiling a national Grow and Sell initiative 10.30 Wagner Weekend – Wagner (15) aimed at encouraging 7-11 year olds across the UK to grow their own produce and sell it Leiston Film Theatre Wednesday 1 to Thursday 9 May to Waitrose customers. 7.20pm Iron Man 3 (12A) The initiative, in association with the Friday 10 to Thursday 16 May Waitrose farm on the Leckford Estate, aims to 7.20pm Oblivion (12A) inspire over 100,000 children across the UK Friday 17 to Thursday 23 May to grow their own produce during the summer 7.20pm Olympus has Fallen (15) months. The children will learn more about Friday 24 to Thursday 30 May where food comes from, the impact of seasons, 7.20pm Star Trek Into Darkness (12A) and develop entrepreneurial skills by selling 3pm Finding Nemo 3D (U) Friday 31 May their food directly to shoppers. 3pm The Croods (PG) Waitrose Saxmundham has been working 7.20pm The Great Gatsby (12A) with four local schools: Saxmundham, Kelsale, Snape and Coldfair primary schools have each received a Grow and Sell kit. This included seeds, equipment and step by step growing instructions.

Waitrose seeds grow food



Later in the summer, Waitrose will invite the schools to sell their home grown produce outside the store.

Aldeburgh Cinema Highlights from the coming month Wednesday May1 3.00pm In The House (15) 7.30pm To The Wonder (12A) Thursday 2 May 7.30pm To The Wonder (12A)


Regular events sponsored by Do you run a local group? Need Moon. For further info see our Contact Lin 01728 602465. to add, update or correct an website Quaker Meetings in Leiston existing listing? Get in touch! thegreenman/pagans-beyond- 10.30am every Sunday,

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. Free entry. Call Sax Library on 01728 403094. Refreshments 50p. 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, whether beginners or advanced stamp-collectors. Further info contact the President on 01728 830415 or Secretary on 01394 460901. 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.

Quaker Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston. Children's class and Simple Lunch every Fourth Sunday. Singaround Kelsale Social 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

7 Regular events. Extraordinary Coffee! coffee morning every Friday and Saturday 10-11.30am in aid of church funds. All are welcome. PASTEL Fun Workshops 1st/3rd Saturdays (10.30am3.30pm) at Fromus Centre. For young adults aged 1525 with a learning disability. or contact 01728 604944 or email 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. Sats from 1.30pm. Friendly group meets at Carlton Park and welcomes newcomers. Opens session/fun event May 4th at 1.30pm. 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. Wednesdays Fromus Centre. Times, etc at 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 Meet 2nd Mondays at Wenhaston Village Hall, doors open 1.30pm. Visitors £4.

HOLMES & JONES SAXMUNDHAM SERVICE CENTRE LIMITED Service and repairs (all makes welcome) MOT assessment and Submission Specialist CITROEN & PEUGEOT knowledge MARCUS HOLMES AND KEITH JONES UNIT 3, ST JOHN'S ROAD SAXMUNDHAM IP17 1BE TEL: 01728 603 504 FAX:01728 604825

Coming Events: May Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May St Margaret's Church, Leiston is holding its annual Flower Festival. The theme this year is 'Women Who Made History'. The church will be filled with beautiful displays of flowers depicting women who with their courage, discoveries, talents and beliefs have changed the world. Opening times: Saturday and Monday 10am to 4pm; Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. Parish Eucharist will be held, as usual, at 10am on Sunday. Delicious lunches and afternoon teas will be available on each of the three days. There will also be a number of craft stalls to peruse. Saturday 4 May, from 2pm at the Church Hall, Melton AGM of the East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA) – a time to reflect on what we have achieved, elect officers and prepare for the coming year. To find the church hall from Melton station, navigate by the church spire – you can't miss it. The 12:07 from Lowestoft arrives at 13:13; the 13:17 from Ipswich at 13:36. Or come early and have lunch at the Wilford Bridge public house! Saturday 4 May 10am to 3pm. The Sweffling White Horse is the welcoming venue for meetings of The Writer's Hut, a new local creative writing group. Admission fee £12. Bring pen and paper and your own lunch. Inspiration and support are provided. For more details see Sunday 5 May, 3pm. Melton Old Church. The East Anglian Academy of Organ and Early Keyboard Music presents “From Rome to London”, a Young Artist's Recital with Frances Ringer on the harpsichord. Tickets £5. Booking recommended. 01394 420556 or for more details. Sunday 5th May (2pm for 2.30pm start) two documentary films to be shown at Great Glemham village hall. The first is ‘Chasing

Ice’ which documents National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey using time lapse photography of glacial retreat in Greenland, Alaska and Iceland. The second film, ‘Digging for Victory’ which documents the build up to Capel St. Mary’s Annual Flower and Produce Show and some of its green-fingered folk. The film will be introduced by its Suffolk-born makers, Nick Woolgar and Darius G Laws who will happily answer questions afterwards. Monday 6 May from 8am (sellers), 10am (buyers). Friston Village Green. Annual car boot sale in aid of Village Hall funds. Refreshments & bric-a-brac in Village Hall. Call 01728 688387 to book a space for £5.00 . Fee is £6.00 on the day. Friday 10 May, 7pm, Leiston Film Theatre. Public presentation for Leiston Film Theatre Support Club by Annie Shead. “The Life of a Music Hall Superstar” features the life of the Music Hall artist Vesta Victoria. This is one of a number of events staged by the club, including coffee mornings, barbecues and talks by guest speakers, to raise funds for the film theatre. More information about the Club and its events can be found at or contact the Club secretary, Pat West on 01728 831714. Saturday 11 May, 7 pm, the Garrett Room, Long Shop Museum, Leiston. Quiz on 200 years of historical events. Tickets on sale in the museum shop (10am to 5pm weekdays) or call 01728 833633 at other times. Tickets £25 per team of up to 6 people to include a light supper. Come along and enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition. Sunday 12 May, 3pm, Aldeburgh Cinema. One-off showing of Tony Britten's film “Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict”. The film explores the development of Britten's pacifist beliefs, which were to find their most vivid musical expression in the War 01728 602026


Coming Events: May Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp Requiem. Narrated by John Hurt, the drama is framed with commentary by friends of the composer and performances by artists including James Gilchrist. The director will be present to introduce the film. Tickets £8 from the cinema or Aldeburgh Music box office. Monday 13 May, 12:30p.m at High Lodge, Hinton. Open meeting of the Halesworth and District Flower Club with National Demonstrator Lois Gill, whose intriguing theme is “If Only”. Afternoon tea at £15 will be served. Tickets available from 01986 874256. Tuesday 14 May, 7.30 pm, Church Hall, Aldeburgh. Meeting of Aldeburgh Gardening Club featuring the annual bring-and-buy plant sale and a talk by Karen Mountford giving “A Short History of Wheat”. Everyone is welcome. Members free, guests and visitors £2 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Saturday 18 May, 7.30 pm, Kelsale Village Hall. Spectacular evening of music with The Kelsale Melody Makers, local trio Three's Company and – all the way from Royal Tunbridge Wells – Rocking John Bates. Admission only £5. All proceeds to Village Hall funds. Call 01728 603995 for more details or advance booking. Sunday 19 May, 12 noon, St Michael`s Church Framlingham. The East Anglian Academy of Organ and Early Keyboard Music presents “For My Lady Nevill”, an organ recital by Joseph Chesshyre. Admission free, collection only. See for programme details. Sunday 19 May - Plant Sale at Upper Abbey Farm, Leiston IP16 4RQ. 11am - 3pm. In aid of Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Free admission. Any plants gratefully received (ring Terry 01728 831939).


Every Sunday in May at 11:00 am, services at Saxmundham United Reformed Church. Everyone is welcome. Speakers as follows: 5 May, William Glasse; 12 May (Holy Communion), Andrew Royal; 19 May (Pentecost), Pam Smith; 26 May (Trinity), William Glasse. Coffee will be served after the service on 26 May. Looking ahead.... Saturday 1 June, 2pm to 4pm, Oulton Broad. Boat trip to celebrate the 154th birthday of the East Suffolk Railway. Turn left from Oulton Broad South station and head for The Boulevard. Waveney River Tours are ahead on the quay. Boat trip goes across the Broad, along Oulton Dyke and the River Waveney to Somerleyton and return. Cost £10 per person (£9 to ESTA members). Join ESTA on the day and £1 will be refunded. To book, send a cheque, payable to ESTA, to Rod Lock, The Beehive, Hall Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR32 4AW. Lots of places to eat and drink in Oulton Broad. Saturday 1 June - Coffee morning at 3 Greensleeves, Benhall Green 10am - midday. By kind permission of Katie & Chris CarrTansley. In aid of Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Entry £1.50. Parking only at Benhall Social Club. Saturday-Sunday 1-2 June, The Grange Studio, Hasketon, nr Woodbridge. The East Anglian Academy of Organ & Early Keyboard Music Harpsichord Study Weekend. Introductory sessions for harpsichord novices; repertoire classes for intermediate and advanced players; observers welcome. Booking essential – see website for further details Contact to add your event to our web diary or next edition. 01728 602026

What's Cooking? Sponsored by Salads The arrival of warmer weather turns our minds to salad, but we could still have the odd cold snap. Preparing a warm salad is a good way to hedge your bets. If we do have some nice, hot days our cooler wild rice salad may be the way to go. Both recipes are suitable for vegetarians.

Warm Halloumi and Fennel Salad with a Sour Cream Dressing Time:25 minutes, serves: 4 Ingredients 2 small organic fennel bulbs 100g half fat sour cream 1 small clove garlic, crushed 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 170g bag watercress Juice of 1 lemon 1½ packs halloumi, sliced lengthways into 12 x 1cm pieces ½ x 150g pack prepared pomegranate seeds Method Finely slice the fennel and place in a large bowl of iced water for 10 minutes to help keep it crisp. Whisk the sour cream with the garlic and 1 tbsp of olive oil, season with cracked black pepper and set aside. Add water to thin the mixture a little if necessary. Drain the fennel and toss with the watercress and the lemon juice in a salad bowl. Preheat the barbecue or a griddle pan. Brush the halloumi slices with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and grill over a medium heat for 2 minutes on either side until charred and golden. Top the salad with the halloumi,

Haloumi and Fennel Salad then scatter with pomegranate seeds before drizzling with the creamy dressing. Serve immediately while the cheese is still hot.

Wild rice salad with pistachios and wild rocket


Time:40 minutes, Serves: 6 Ingredients 450g Waitrose LOVE Life brown basmati and wild rice 300g shelled broad beans, or frozen broad beans 1 large orange, grated zest and juice Bunch of salad onions, finely chopped 50g pistachios, chopped 110g pack Waitrose wild rocket Method Cook the rice in a large pan of water for 25 minutes. Add the beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the beans and rice are tender and cooked. Drain well and tip into a large serving bowl. Add the orange zest and juice and salad onions and leave to cool. To serve, fold the pistachios and rocket leaves through the rice salad, and season to taste.


Talking Rubbish Follow Karen Canard's eight week rubbish diet as featured on BBC Suffolk.

Before you start: Look at what you throw out & get prepared. Weigh your rubbish or estimate how much you throw out.

Week 1: What goes where? Find out EXACTLY what can be recycled locally. Visit: for all the information you need.

Karen Cannard is an expert in reducing domestic waste Week 3: Focus on Food Waste. You may find it useful to keep a food diary. Check out for lots of tips.

Week 4: Zero Waste Gardening. have a go at composting to give you more control of your waste! Visit composting

Week 2: Shopping with waste in mind: look for products in packaging that can be recycled locally.

Week 5: Take the ‘ditch-thedisposable’ challenge. Which disposable items cost you money and fill up your bin?

Week 6: Cleaning without waste.

Week 7: Time to Declutter: Do you really need it? Make four piles: charity/eBay, recycling, repair and finally landfill!

Week 8: Time for the Zero Waste Week challenge.

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School Report Saxmundham Free School

Alde Valley School Won’t Cook Can Cook On Monday 25th March 9 students from Alde Valley School, Bungay high school and Sir John Leman High School cooked a 2 course lunch for a group of 21 invited guests. This was the final day of their Won’t Cook Can Cook project where they have been working with Jason Shaw, head chef at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh.

Headteacher Rob Cawley updates us on the school's new build As I drove onto the Saxmundham Free School site at the beginning of term, I was struck by how much our building contractors (Willmott Dixon) have achieved over the Easter holiday. The skyline of the school is now graced with a large section of steelwork which will form the frame of our new Creative block. This block will open in September / October this year and will house state of the art Music, Technology and Art facilities for our students, including a double height atrium and gallery space linked to the main entrance of the school.

During the day Peter Osborne, general manager at the White Lion, and kitchen porter for the day was tweeting pictures and comments to some of the country’s top chefs. Tom Kerridge, one of the country’s top Michelin star chefs said ‘start them young and fill with enthusiasm!!’ The which included a pannacotta dessert that would not have been out of place at the White Lion brasserie.

We continue to be very proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time at Saxmundham Free School and want as many students to benefit from the educational experiences that we offer. Rob Cawley, Headteacher

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

More Sizewell C Views Dear Town Herald, I am writing in response to the letter in last months town herald written by Barrie Skeltcher. Whilst I disagree with Barrie's conclusions on the need for new nuclear power stations in the UK (when decommissioning and waste storage costs are taken into account I do not think they are an economical way to produce electricity), I am in complete agreement with his view on the proposals for C and D. Sizewell is not a sensible place to site the new power stations. The coast is eroding, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty etc. These arguments are commonly known. However, I would like to mention an argument that has rarely been addressed during the course of the discussion. Nuclear power stations require an immense amount of fresh clean water (this is in addition to the sea water used for the purposes of cooling). It has been estimated that the existing Sizewell B plant uses about 800 cubic metres of mains water a day, so it follows that Sizewell C and D could use twice this amount. Whilst we have had a depressingly wet few months recently, we are told by climate scientists that the likelihood is that weather patterns will become more extreme in the future. With droughts and floods becoming more frequent, I would like to know, if an extensive drought occurs (as was a real possibility a couple of years ago), what is the priority for fresh water use going to be? Will people in east Anglia have to contend with hosepipe bans and shortages as all of our precious water goes to the power station? I have not seen this addressed anywhere in detail. Emma Bateman (a member of together against Sizewell C)


Can you find my brother? Dear Town Herald, My name is Ann, I'm hoping someone can help me. My brother and I were parted in 1954. His name then was Malcom. He went to Dr Banardo's in Long Melford and then on to be adopted by a family in Leiston. I was 10 or 11 at the time and can only remember they were a family living in a council house. I would love to try and find him especially as I recently found another brother that was adopted in 1958 after a lot of research. I can remember Malcom's birthday was in July around the 24th or 25th He was born in Ipswich where we lived until he went to Banardo's. I'm 69yrs old living in Swindon Wiltshire. My Grandparents lived in Blaxhall and their name was Ling. My mother, Madis Leek, is buried at the church. Ann Haynes, 01793 824966

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