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With the festive season rapidly approaching, we’ve gone all out finding the best gifts, seasonal dishes and events to help the Christmas period run as smoothly as possible for our readers. We’ve put together a comprehensive Christmas gift guide from our local stores on page 17, and a very special EAUX Luxury Food Hamper that can be won via our social media channels in November! Take a look on page 53 to see what treats you could be indulging in. In this edition you can read all about our experience on the FROW of the Suffolk Fashion Show in our COUTURE section, as well as discover our new favourite boutique in Woodbridge, Homespun.

Our PROPERTY section is bursting with decorative items to help you feel warm and cosy this winter. Meeting with John Manning, the owner of The House In Town in Ipswich, he has given us some fantastic advice on page 110 for those considering giving a homeware gift to a friend or family member this year. We also have a chat with Bryan Turner about seasonal entertaining and look at the possibility of new-build homes for the New Year with Savills. From the whole EAUX Team, a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year – see you in 2017!

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ur November/December issue was such a joy to put together, not only because it is our festive edition, but also because it marked the celebration of EAUX’s second birthday! Join us on page 6 to commemorate the occasion with exclusive competitions from Hotel Chocolat and photographer, John Ferguson.

GOURMET is full to the brim with seasonal ideas, tips and recipes, all with a decided nod to the festive period. We met with the new Executive Head Chef at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Sean Melville to find out how he was planning to take over the two AA Rosette Squires Restaurant, and we also reviewed a delicious six course tasting menu at The Queen at Brandeston, a delightful pub in the countryside close to Framlingham.

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Couture Health & Beauty Gourmet 26 39 53 Lifestyle 6 28 58 40 9 33 42 60 17 ATTENTION TO DETAIL

PARTY PERFECTION THIS CHRISTMAS

Fashion Editor, Pam Davis, guides us through accessorising for the autumn

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EAUX

We celebrate our 2nd birthday with some amazing competitions

SUFFOLK FASHION SHOW 2016

We take a seat at the FROW of the Suffolk Fashion Show 2016

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MYTHS ABOUT WHITE GOLD JEWELLERY: REVEALLED

Your guide to the must-visit events this festive season

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

We provide the ultimate gift list for everyone in the family

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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES

We round-up the best New Year’s Eve parties to attend in Suffolk

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Annie from SK Clinic + Spa explains how we can get party perfect

The EAUX girls experience some relaxation at Image Salon

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Festive beauty gifts that glitter brighter than gold

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Georgia chats to Sam DennyHodson, owner of Homespun Cashmere

EAUX has put together its very own hamper of festive treats

PAMPER PARTY

We ask Heirloom London about the misconceptions surrounding ‘white gold’

IN A FASHION SPIN

EAUX’S ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS HAMPER

KNOCKOUT!

Emily throws some serious punches at Grange Fitness & Performance Centre

GREAT HOUSE, GREAT FOOD

EAUX delights in authentic French cuisine at The Great House, in Lavenham

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CONVERSATIONS WITH A CHEF

We meet the new Executive Head Chef at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

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Property Business 117 103 IS IPSWICH FULFILLING ITS PROPERTY POTENTIAL?

TRAVELS IN THAILAND

EAUX looks to Phuket for a luxury travel experience

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ISLAND PARADISE

We reveal an island paradise resort with sustainability at its core

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PENTASTYLE

Emily meets the Managing Director of pentahotels, Alastair Thomann

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THE DOURO RIVER AND PORT WINE

Mike Pickup explores the Douro River, a region known for its port

Nicolas Estates ponders if Ipswich is living up to its potential as a property hotspot

Motoring 106 89 TO INFINITI AND BEYOND

We discover the new Infiniti Q60 sports coupe

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COURAGE CHANGES EVERYTHING

WINTER ENTERTAINING

Bryan Turners discusses the important features of a kitchen for entertaining

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NEW HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

The new Porsche Panamera signals a new generation of cars

Savills asks, if you’re making a move in 2017, have you considered a new-build?

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TOP 5 MOTORING GADGETS FOR CHRISTMAS

We pick the top 5 gadgets motoring enthusiasts will adore

CHRISTMAS CHEER

We find the prettiest decorations to bring Christmas cheer to your home

TAX AND TECHNOLOGY – A VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP

Scrutton Bland’s Tax Directors look at the latest tax technology advances

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RETREAT EAST

We tour the new private members club in Suffolk, learning about the innovative business concept

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TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF DIVORCE

Ellisons launches a Fixed Fee Divorce to help take away some of the strain

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SUCCESSION PLANNING IN FAMILY BUSINESS

In this issue Blocks discusses the importance of succession planning

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Happy Birthday

EAUX Luxury Lifestyle Magazine turns two years old! We catch up with our loyal advertisers who have supported us and now wish us a happy birthday!

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‘I’m so excited to be involved in EAUX’s next stage of the journey. I’ve been picking up copies of the magazine since it began two years ago and it’s such a beautiful platform for promoting local businesses, I can’t wait for 2017 to put some more new ideas in place; look out for fashion photoshoots, town guides and new contributors!’ Georgia Watson, Editor ‘Thank you to everyone who has supported EAUX in its infancy, it’s been a great road well travelled and we look forward to the next two years bringing you more a mazing content from our fabulous county of Suffolk,’ Myles Davies, Publisher and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Creative

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on doing such a ‘‘ Huge Congratulations great job!

Thank you for your ongoing support in my role working with you as Fashion Editor for the magazine, I am thoroughly enjoying the role! The initial ‘feel’ of the magazine instantly invites you to indulge in the glossy, stylish pages of lifestyle articles and features. Covering Gourmet, Dining, Fashion, Motoring, Travel and so much more. EAUX Luxury Lifestyle is a creative, exciting and super glamorous magazine for Suffolk and beyond! Pam Davis Fashion Editor

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Events

EAUX brings you the must-visit events for the festive season

5TH NOVEMBER

Heveningham Hall Fireworks Display A spectacular fireworks display with the backdrop of stunning Heveningham Hall, this year will see the introduction of a performance and live music stage. suffolk-fireworks.co.uk

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Party Like It’s 1970! Re-live the era of peace, love and rock ‘n roll at Stoke by Nayland Hotel. Enjoy a buffet, live DJ and photobooth for a great night to treat your team to before the Christmas holidays. stokebynayland.com

Winter Fashion Show Homespun Cashmere and ANNA present their latest styles for the winter season on the catwalk at The Crown at Woodbridge. Tickets are £25pp and include a three-course lunch. thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk

24TH-27TH NOVEMBER

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre One of the most popular Christmas events in our region, Bury St Edmunds is dedicated to all things festive during this weekend in November. You’ll find over 300 stalls selling a variety of gifts, crafts, food and seasonal produce. burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk

Inflatable 5k Santa Run Join in the inflatable 5k obstacle course at Trinity Park in Ipswich and raise money for charity or take part for fun.

Pageants, Priests and Purgatory at Lavenham Guildhall Jane Gosling will give a talk which explains the origins and purpose of Guilds in medieval England, as well as the fine halls that were built, using the Lavenham Guildhall as an example. nationaltrust.org.uk/lavenham-guildhall

A Ceremony of Carols The Scratch Choir will be singing a selection of carols with you at The Red House Barn near Saxmundham. Sing Britten’s most festive piece accompanied by a professional harpist. Mince pies and mulled wine included! redhousechristmas.com

27TH DECEMBER

Festive Falconry at Framlingham Castle At this fantastically festive falconry demonstration, you’ll see graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons swoop around the beautiful Framlingham Castle. english-heritage.org.uk

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Southwold Christmas Lights Switch On A community event enjoyed by locals and holidaymakers combined, the shops are open late for shopping, and stalls will line the street. Carol Singing and a visit from Santa are a traditional occurrence.

The Ghostly & Macabre Walk Hear tales of ghostly apparitions, spectres and monks as you are guided around Bury St Edmunds on this chilling but light-hearted tour of the town.

Christmas ‘Turkey Buster’ Walk The annual Christmas ‘Turkey Buster’ walk is ideal for those who have over indulged over the festive period. Wrap up warm and take a stroll around Ipswich finding out more about the local history and heritage, while working off that Christmas pud.

CATS! This award winning musical returns to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds this Christmas. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece is one of the longest running shows in the West End and can now be enjoyed on your doorstep. theapex.co.uk

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The Suffolk Food Hall launches the county’s first permanent escape room experience

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f you haven’t heard about escape room experiences before, they combine a physical adventure game with a storyline that requires the players to use their problem solving abilities to crack codes and puzzles in order to ‘escape’ the room within a set time limit. An evolution of popular scare attractions such as the London Dungeon and similar in set up to the Crystal Maze Television show, the escape room experience has become a new entertainment activity for days out, stag or hen ‘dos, team building exercises or parties. Launching Suffolk’s first permanent escape room at the Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich, the Puzzle Room has been created in old farm buildings on the site underneath the Orwell Bridge. The adventure will encapsulate the heritage and farming background of the site and surrounding area by posing the question, can you escape the Gamekeeper? Suitable for ages 9 to 90, the story is set in the mid-19th century and draws on the chronicles of the Rev. F Barham Zincke, Chaplin to Queen Victoria and author of Wherstead: Some Materials for its History. As you enter the room you learn that you’ve

been poaching rabbits from the estate of the ruthless Sir Reginald Rackham and have been caught and detained by his gamekeeper. He has locked your group in the estate workers’ bothy while the police are being summoned from Ipswich. It will take them an hour to arrive, so you must use that time to make good your escape! Be sure to remember the punishments for poaching in the 19th century ranged from a heavy fine, to months of hard labour or even transportation to the colonies. Devised with Steve Blake from The Puzzle Room, the challenge will use authentic props and is set to be fun for all the family. Able to book for a group size between two people and eight, there is also the option of large corporate or private events. Giving you 60 minutes to complete the challenge, staff are on hand throughout the game, and no climbing or clambering through the buildings will take place. Steve Blake, or The Puzzle Grand Master as he is known, set up the East Anglian Puzzle Room in April 2015 after being hooked on playing escape games on the internet. After having a dream where he was involved in a game in real life, he wondered if he could create one to work as a business. After some research he found that this idea already existed in Japan and travelled to visit existing escape rooms in the UK and Germany. In the last 18 months

he has travelled across East Anglia hosting hundreds of pop-up Puzzle Rooms. ‘It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with Suffolk Food Hall in its idyllic and iconic location to create Suffolk’s first permanent escape room,’ said Steve.

Residents and visitors alike can look forward to engaging in this immersive fun experience.’ We can’t wait to take the EAUX office for a team building experience and see if we can escape the Gamekeeper! The Puzzle Room, Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AB. Tel: 01473 786 618 suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/puzzle-room

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Hobson This issue our featured artist is Ania Hobson, a talented young painter from Rendham

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fine art painter from rural Suffolk, Ania Hobson works mainly in oils to create modern portraits, tranquil landscapes and unique wildlife pieces using traditional techniques. Her works draw the eye and seem to pop off the canvas with their emotion and depth. After graduating from UCS in 2011, Ania went on to exhibit around the county before studying at the Princes Drawing School in London. Raising a crowdfunding campaign to help her study in Italy at the Florence Academy of Art in 2014, she then exhibited with the Society of Women Artists the following year. With her paintings now hanging in Italy, Holland, Germany, Canada and the USA, we caught up with Ania to name her as our first featured artist.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? I’m working towards an exhibition and doing commissions at the moment. I’m doing eight life-size paintings which I want to show in London, I actually set up a Kickstarter to fund the project and get all the materials. It’s taken about a year so far to get to this point, I haven’t booked the final exhibition yet. I think I’m going to get nearer the end and then find a gallery, but I haven’t really decided where I want to do it yet. London’s such a big place, and finding the right spot is important.

WHY DO YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH OILS? I just like the textures of oils, I used to work in acrylics, but I found them chalky and dry, and quite flat, but with oils, they have that kind of shine and the colours are so rich. I like to add a bit of impasto in with my paint, to gain that thickness to it. Oils take quite awhile to dry, so if I need to change anything it’s quite easy.

WHEN YOU PAINT PORTRAITS, DO YOU WORK FROM LIFE OR PHOTOGRAPHS?

be so critical as they already know my style. I like to make sure that people who commission me know what my style is like before they enquire, so that’s why I think I pick people close to me because they know my style and are comfortable with that.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED PAINTING? I was brought up with my mum and dad always giving me pens and pencils, so it’s always been something I wanted to do and had always been my goal. I’ve always really enjoyed art, especially portraiture, I did start off doing animals first, but then I found figurative pieces were more appealing to me.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU WITH YOUR PAINTING? I think just going to exhibitions in London and seeing some of my favourite artists, I think that can really hit you and makes you want to be successful. I’m a massive fan of Lucian Freud and his artwork and I remember going to his exhibition in London and just being blown away by his style; it’s overwhelming.

WHO ARE YOUR OTHER FAVOURITE ARTISTS? I love Alice Neel, her portraiture was not perfect and I think that’s what I like, because they are kind of bit distorted and they look, not cartoonish, but not quite realistic. Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt; whether it’s the colours they use or how they use the paint, I’ll take inspiration from them.

YOU’VE BEEN RECOGNISED IN SOME PRESTIGIOUS COMPETITIONS, HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THEM? Most are an online application. I entered the BP Portrait Awards with a painting of my brother, and I was shortlisted for that. For me that was a big thing because it is one of the main competitions; I was really pleased, I couldn’t’ believe it. I actually had one of my

paintings get through to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual exhibition this year, so I was really pleased with that. It took me about four years to get into that competition, so when I rang up I had to double check and that I was definitely in! You always have to remind yourself that you can’t get disappointed if you don’t get through.

DO YOU HAVE FAVOURITE GALLERIES IN SUFFOLK TO EXHIBIT? Yes, I used to exhibit in the Aldeburgh Gallery quite a lot, and I did do one of my first exhibitions there of Suffolk wildlife. It’s a great spot as it’s on the high street so people just stop and come in. We’re hoping to start doing exhibitions here in Rendham soon, so it will be really nice to put work in here rather than travelling with all the paintings. www.aniahobson.com

It’s so much easier to paint from life. Your eye sees so much more and it also teaches you to be a bit more free and have movement in the painting.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT FACE TO PAINT? It’s not necessarily the face, but how I paint the face and the perspective that I go from. I don’t like the basic front on, but instead I like to paint from above or at a different angle; I think that’s what makes the face interesting. A lot of my portraits are of family, friends, boyfriends, I think I find it easier to paint a family member because they are not going to

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Finding and Funding

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Care Home

Care UK helps answer the difficult questions WHAT TYPE OF CARE? This depends on your loved one’s specific needs. If they need personal care (washing, dressing, eating), but not nursing care, residential care may be the most suitable option. Homes offering nursing care have a qualified team on duty 24 hours a day. If your loved one is living with dementia, look for a home where the care team has specialist dementia training and experience. Individual care plans are important, and if possible, speak to residents or their relatives.

WHERE DO YOU START? It depends who pays for the care. If it’s the local authority, they will have a list of homes in your area. If you are funding it privately, visit the Care Quality Commission’s website (cqc.org.uk). Make a shortlist, then arrange to visit each home.

its food and activities? Does it feel like home? Care UK does everything it can to help residents remain independent for as long as possible. Residents can spend time baking, gardening, relaxing in the cinema or coffee shop, or being pampered in our hair salon.

HAVE YOU SOUGHT THE PROPER FINANCIAL ADVICE?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE HOME?

If you are paying towards the care, speak to an experienced financial adviser. They can also tell you about benefit entitlement. Suitable advisers can be found on the Society of Later Life Advisers website: societyoflaterlifeadvisers.co.uk

Prepare a list of questions. Spend as much time as you want and visit several times if necessary. How do you feel about the home,

For more details of our care homes in Suffolk, visit careuk.com/suffolk

What’s a typical day at one of our Suffolk homes?

Pampering in the salon

Exploring your wild side

Spending time with Sinatra

When you know you’re getting the best care, you can relax and live life the way you want. At our purpose-built Suffolk care homes, we offer a full range of services, from residential care to specialist dementia care, and support residents to enjoy the hobbies they love – from the typical to the not-so-typical. Call us to find out more about our homes in Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Mildenhall and Stowmarket. Upcoming events: Cedrus House Planning care for the future 30th November 2016 10am to 12 noon

Mills Meadow Understanding dementia Thursday 1st December 2016 2pm to 4pm

Glastonbury Court Understanding dementia Thursday 8th December 2016 10am - 12.30pm

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Pinocchio

Bringing the magic of Christmas to DanceEast, Jasmin Vardimon presents a brand new adapatation of Collodi’s classic tale

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his Christmas, awardwinning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale, Pinocchio. Based on the original book by Collodi and performed by Jasmin Vardimon’s multi-talented dancers, Pinocchio brings to life the famous marionette as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy. ‘I find unique curiosity in re-discovering the original 1883 classic tale. Going back to the original novel allows us to critically examine the assumptions of ourselves and others about

what it means to be human,’ explains Jasmin Vardimon. Pinocchio showcases Vardimon’s iconic thought-provoking themes, quirky characterisations and breath-taking physicality all alongside a touching and magical narrative to be enjoyed by the whole family.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS • Wednesday 14 December | 1.30pm (schools) • Thursday 15 December | 10.30am (schools) • Friday 16 December | 10.30am (schools) & 7.00pm

With insightful humour, engaging drama and an acute observation of behaviour, Pinocchio will take audiences on a wonderful journey of discovery through the parameters of this timeless and beloved fable.

• Saturday 17 December | 2.00pm & 7.00pm

DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW Tel: 01473 295230 danceeast.co.uk

Age Suitability: 7yrs+

• Sunday 18 December | 2.00pm Ticket Prices: £10, £7 concessions, £30 Family ticket, £6 schools

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PINOCCHIO WED 14 – SUN 18 DECEMBER Pentahotel Ipswich is proud to sponsor DanceEast’s 2016 Christmas show

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1. Anaii Rose Gold Watch, £36; Girls & Pearls Rose Gold Bracelets, £15 each, all Cake & Catwalk, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 871566 cakeandcatwalk.co.uk 2. Equilibrium Poppy Brooch, £14, Maud’s Attic, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 221057 3. Vendula London Poppy Handbag, £78, Maud’s Attic, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 221057

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4. JayLey 100% Silk Scarf, £20, Maud’s Attic, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 221057 5. Peony Dress, £70, Estelle Ruth estelleruth.co.uk 6. Eliza Cape, £65, Estelle Ruth estelleruth.co.uk 7. Seven Boot Lane Grace Brown Suede Boots, £150, Homespun Cashmere, Woodbridge homespuncashmere.com

8. Shaun Leanne Hook Heart Rose Vermeille Pendant, £275, Thurlow Champness, Bury St Edmunds, Tel: 01284 754747 thurlowchampness.com 9. Ashwood Leather Bag, £149, Denny of Southwold, Tel: 01502 722372 10. Vivienne Westwood Mantua Scarf, £165, Denny of Southwold, Tel: 01502 722372

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1. Deakin and Francis Silver and Enamel Pirate Cufflinks with Ruby Eyes, £355, Thurlow Champness, Bury St Edmunds, Tel: 01284 754747 thurlowchampness.com

4. Peregrine Bexley Waxed Jacket, £188.99, Urban Vintage, Ipswich & Framlingham, Tel: 01473 216776 / 01728 727481 urban-vintage.com

2. Ashwood Leather Suit Carrier, £195, Denny of Southwold, Tel: 01502 722372

5. Farah Helford Shirt £57.99, Urban Vintage, Ipswich & Framlingham, Tel: 01473 216776 / 01728 727481   urban-vintage.com 

3. Liberty Print Shirt, £119, Denny of Southwold, Tel: 01502 722372

6. English Pewter Company Stag Mini Decanter Glass Set, £108, John Lewis, Ipswich & Norwich johnlewis.com 7. Gran Patrón Platinum 70cl, £260, Selfridges selfridges.com 8. Edinburgh Preserves Hot & Spicy Sauce Collection, £14.99, Wyevale, Woodbridge, Sudbury & Bury St Edmunds wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

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1. Lifestyle Bag Charlie Royal, £80, iCandy, Tel: 01767 604400 icandyworld.com/uk/en

4. Santa Bear and Jumper, £14.99, The Bear Garden, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 558994 thebeargardenipswich.co.uk

2. iCandy MiPeach in Royal or Bubblegum, £180, iCandy, Tel: 01767 604400 icandyworld.com/uk/en

5. Millennium Falcon Lego, £129.99, John Lewis, Ipswich & Norwich johnlewis.com

3. London Bus Wooden Stacker, £14, JoJo Maman Bébé, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester & Norwich jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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6. Penguin Twosie, £24, John Lewis, Ipswich & Norwich johnlewis.com

7. Spaceships Baby Sleepsuit, £18, Cath Kidston cathkidston.com 8. Ballerina Novelty Note Book, £5, Cath Kidston cathkidston.com 9. Train Engine and Truck Set, £9.60, John Lewis, Ipswich & Norwich johnlewis.com

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1. Tetford Square Chesterfield in Heather Tweed, from £240, Lords and Labradors, Tel: 01790 754670 lordsandlabradors.co.uk

4. MOND Limited Edition Christmas Gift Set, £14.99, also available with coordinating collector’s tin for £19.99, Art Works, Ipswich, Tel: 07711 677844 artworks.co.com

2. DVD Jukebox with WIFI & Android Tablet, £1,300, The House In Town, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 211145 houseintown.co.uk

5. Artsanti Libra Racing Greyhounds Sculpture, £88 artisanti.com

3. Peacock, £180, Merchant House Interiors, Ipswich, Tel: 01473 221054

6. Taste of the National Trust Gift Set, £30, National Trust Shops nationaltrust.org.uk

7. Jo Sampson Half & Half Azure Vase, £165, Waterford available from John Lewis Ipswich & Norwich waterford.co.uk 8. Georg Jensen Cobra Candleholder, £99, John Lewis, Ipswich & Norwich johnlewis.com.jpg

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New Year’s Eve Parties We find the region’s best New Year’s Eve parties. Whether you want to be dancing the night away, relaxing with a glass of wine or indulging in a delicious dinner, we have the event for you NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA DINNER, UFFORD PARK, WOODBRIDGE If sitting down for a delicious dinner and drinks sounds like the right way to begin 2017, then the Gala Dinner at Ufford Park is certainly a good option. Enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés before settling down for a three-course dinner whilst being entertained with live music. With such dishes as rustic pork and game terrine, fillet of beef with Stilton crust and citrus monkfish, this will be a relaxing and refined way to see in the New Year. £89pp, or £139pp to stay the night uffordpark.co.uk

SUFFOLK SOUL NIGHT AT TRINITY PARK, IPSWICH The premier East Anglian based company, Suffolk Soul Nights, will take you back to the glory years of music for an evening to remember. For those who love to dance the night away on New Year’s Eve, this is the one for you. With big screen projections of your

favourite soul and motown legends, you’ll be seeing in 2017 with a big smile on your face. trinityparkevents.co.uk

NEW YEAR’S EVE BLACK TIE BALL, RAVENWOOD HALL, ROUGHAM NR BURY ST EDMUNDS An elegant and sophisticated event, where dressing up, dining and dancing are the order of the evening, the Black Tie Ball will begin at 7:30pm with Champagne and canapés. A six-course gourmet dinner will follow in the Edwardian Pavilion before dancing and fireworks on the lawn at midnight. £102pp ravenwoodhall.co.uk

SAINTS NEW YEAR HOOTENANNY, ST PETER’S BY THE WATERFRONT, IPSWICH For those that like a good old fashioned knees up on New Year’s Eve, the Hootenanny at St Peter’s by the Waterfront in Ipswich will be

a celebration of the year gone by and the one ahead. Combining a beer festival with live music presented by BBC’s Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster, there will also be street food, wines, ales and ciders to enjoy. £25pp beerandco.uk

NEW YEAR’S EVE BREAK, TUDDENHAM MILL, NR BURY ST EDMUNDS If getting away from it all sounds ideal after the busy festive period, a break at the beautiful Tuddenham Mill in the tranquil surroundings of rural Suffolk will be a relaxing start to 2017. With a stunning menu, music, dancing, a glass of Prosecco at midnight, and then a stay in one of the Mill’s cosy beds, the boutique hotel really has thought of everything with a hangover goodie bag, New Year’s Day brunch and evening buffet included in the price. From £725 per couple, per room tuddenhammill.co.uk

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hank you summer – hello winter! Unexpectedly the summer sun of 2016 lasted a few weeks longer than we are used to! All very welcoming...however, we all know very soon, the winter climate will hit us with full force. Preparing for Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year will bring endless lists of things to buy and do! I have no doubt we will all at one stage need to delve into our wardrobes for outfits for different occasions.   It’s the detail that makes the outfit, finish your plain, dark autumn attire with the perfect accessories that will create a faultless finish. The focus is not always on the outfit, but the accessories.   A sense of ceremony pervades fashion this winter; it’s time to dress up and venture out with this season’s glorious accessories for men and women.

THE FASHION CANDY STYLE WINTER ACCESSORY LOOK BOOK This season it’s all about textures such as sequins, velvet and pearls blended with bold colours and rich metallics. Women • Statement Jewellery - Chokers • Neckwear • Bangles/Charms • Broaches • Pendants • Earrings • Scarves – Furry/Chunky/Long • Stoles • Knitted or metallic belts • Plain, woollen and embellished gloves • Leather in all different styles for bags and belts • Wide brimmed hats • Clutch Bags • Satchels • Tote bags • Bucket bags • Plain footwear worn with embellished tights & socks Men • Chunky knit scarves • Leather belts • Buckles • Bold colours • Beanie Hats • Holdall bags • Rucksacks

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ashionistas from across our county gathered together at Inspire Suffolk in Ipswich on Thursday 6th October to celebrate the regions top retailers, boutiques and designers as they showcased their autumn collections on the Suffolk Fashion Show runway. Produced and Directed by our very own Fashion Editor, Pam Davis from Fashion Candy Style, the EAUX team were once again media partners and excitedly waited in the crowd to report on the event. Starting the evening with a glass of bubbly and an explore around the Fashion Hall that featured numerous pop up shops, including stalls from Caterina Wills Jewellery and Cake & Catwalk. After a spot of shopping it was time to take a seat for the main show and enjoy the delicious tapas selection from Prestige Bars & Catering in the marquee style Red Hall with the professional runway set up ahead of us. Props for the catwalk this year featured a purple chair, umbrella stand, decorative tables and accessories from Maud’s Attic to give the extra wow factor for the occasion. When the lights dimmed, the room hushed as Pam introduced the show and the first models strutted onto the catwalk wearing beautiful autumn garments from Coes in Ipswich.

Presenting men and womenswear in casual styles, smart work wear, colourful coats and party dresses, the range was coordinated and well put together. Next out on the runway were the girls modelling for Apples and Pears Clothing, a plus-size brand that sells feel-good clothing for sizes 16-32. The models had a vintage vibe with retro hairstyles and pretty polka-dot dresses.

The final part of the first half showcased frames from one of the sponsors, East of England Co-op Opticians. The many different styles of glasses were modelled by the male and female models; it was really refreshing to see all types of fashion on the runway – from high-end, to plus-size, to spectacles and menswear.

NIKI P London stunned the crowd with her collection of luxury wearable art. Her handcrafted silks fashioned into tops, kimonos, leggings and the last stand-out piece – a wrap around dress of purple silk with orange, green and yellow floral design. Laura Jane Boutique got us feeling in the cosy, wintery mood with knitted scarves, oversized jumpers, suede jackets and ponchos. A very wearable collection, perfect for weekend attire. Maud’s Attic followed with a range of funky handbags, gloves and scarves. A fun routine featuring umbrellas, I’m sure the collection gave many an idea or two for Christmas presents this year. The boys were up next in outfits from Urban Vintage. Modern and on trend, there was a blend of casual and smart clothing with padded outerwear paired with ripped jeans and rolled woollen trousers with shirt and jacket.

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During the intermission the room was a buzz with chatter with the audience discussing what they had just seen, as well as nibbling on some more delights from the catering team.

a 1960’s inspired outfit with orange peter pan collar, textured mini skirt and knee high socks; our Editor also fell in love with a woollen black and white spotted coat.

Kicking off the second half with striking coats from Aura Clothing in Ipswich, the evening continued with unique, handmade womenswear from Estelle Ruth, a local designer from Stowmarket. The turquoise dress with a deep-V neckline with 3D fabric flowers was a real showstopper piece.

After a night full of fabulous local fashion and fundraising for an amazing cause, CLIC Sargent, the Suffolk Fashion Show was a huge success with £1000 being raised to donate to the charity.

British designer and artist, Rachel de Roeper, revealed her new range of living art in the form of vibrant patterned scarves, soft, silky tops and flowing dresses that really moved on the runway. Apples and Pears Clothing brought out its second collection, a mix of floral prints, maxi dresses and cardigans for the cooler weather. Urban Vintage also presented another assortment of menswear with smart casual as the theme. Jeans with shirts and woollen waistcoats, bold coloured outerwear and backpacks were modelled with finesse.

The amount raised on the evening could pay for a family to stay for a month in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home. Staying in a Home from Home ensures a family can be close to their child during treatment. ‘The atmosphere in a Home from Home is friendly and welcoming,’ explained Daisy Turner, Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent, ‘Our Homes from Home are vital for keeping families together as often treatment centers are many miles from a family’s home, anything from 60 miles to more than 200 miles away.’

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Thank you to the Suffolk Fashion Show for your amazing support, the event raised not only funds but really valuable awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on families in Suffolk and across the UK.’ With next year being the 5th anniversary, we can’t wait to see what Pam and the team will devise for 2017 - we can guarantee it will be a night to remember if the previous shows are anything to go by! And, of course, we’ll be there in the front row cheering them on. suffolkfashion.com

Caterina Wills Jewellery, a brand that creates statement pieces, really shone on the runway. With the female models dressed all in black, the necklaces, bracelets and earrings with brightly coloured gems, long metal lines, multiple strings and intricate beadwork dazzled under the lights of the stage. A final outing for the men, the male models were decked out in Coes Formalwear working the three-piece suits that can be worn for a winter wedding, festive ball or Christmas party. Finishing the night with carefully curated looks from Cake & Catwalk in Ipswich, the clothes were fun and playful with our favourite being

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Dance the Night away Eaux picks the perfect party dresses that will make you want to dance the night away Phase Eight Batienne Dress £130, Debenhams, Ipswich phase-eight.com Maya Dress £109, Monsoon, Ipswich uk.monsoon.co.uk Levana Velvet Dress £109, Monsoon, Ipswich uk.monsoon.co.uk

Fit and Flare Dress in Winter Berry £225, Jaeger, Bury St Edmunds jaeger.co.uk

Phase Eight Becca Mae Fringed Dress £169, Debenhams, Ipswich phase-eight.com

Mint Velvet Ink & Black Beaded Dress £199, Fenwick Colchester mintvelvet.co.uk

Velvet Tunic Dress £149, Jigsaw, Bury St Edmunds jigsaw-online.com

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Phase Eight Aailyah Striped Sunray Dress £130, Debenhams, Ipswich phase-eight.com

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WHITE GOLD IS A PURE METAL LIKE GOLD. FALSE White gold doesn’t exist. It is gold mixed with a white metal to create a warm white/grey metal

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– the exact colour is dependent on how much white metal is added. To make it whiter the surface is rhodium (a platinum group metal) plated, creating a gleaming white finish.

WHITE GOLD IS CHEAPER THAN PLATINUM. SOMETIMES When platinum prices were going through the roof, using a white gold setting could make an engagement ring significantly cheaper than the platinum equivalent. The good news, at present, is that platinum prices are lower than gold, so prices should be more equal.

We ask Ruth Donaldson, of Heirloom London, about the misconceptions surrounding ‘white gold’

plated, and this will wear off. Depending on the thickness of the plate, this will take between six and 24 months. It will therefore require regular re-plating and will cost anywhere from £30-80 a time.  Heirloom London is a jewellery concierge service that makes finding fine jewellery simple. Find out more at heirloom.london

WHITE GOLD IS A HARDER WEARING METAL. FALSE Gold has different properties to platinum, and one of them is how it wears. A gleaming white gold engagement ring is going to be rhodium

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and asking friends for good quality cashmere brands that stood up to the numerous washes that looking after three children required, she decided to just do it herself.

Living in a draughty 15th century farmhouse, Sam would wrap up warm in cashmere scarves and jumpers, but didn’t think the quality lived up to expectations. After searching around

After two years hand knitting samples from home and looking for a factory, a contact that Sam had worked with in her PR days gave her a tip off for a factory in Mongolia. ‘There are only four places that cashmere comes from and that’s Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia,’ explained Sam, ‘So not your dream holiday destinations, but it’s amazing to go and see all of the goats. When you comb a goat, the hairs start really small, then the middle has the long, lush hairs, so I decided to only use the long fibres as the cashmere would only get more delicious with washing and would have longevity. I learnt quite quickly that dry cleaning is the worst thing you can do for cashmere as the chemicals snag the fibres. With really good cashmere you should machine-wash it because hand washing kneads it in all different directions. Cashmere is like tea and wine, you get what you pay for and if you don’t want a hangover in the morning, pay a bit more!’

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Designing her garments by thinking about what she’d like to wear and her lifestyle in the countryside, she opted for classic cuts and styles in both neutral tones and bright colours. ‘The tagline for Homespun is ‘real clothes for real people’ and I wanted people to know this is everyday clothing. That’s what I also wanted to do with the shop. We stock good quality, gorgeous clothes that you can wear everyday, as well as work wear that is simple, but because it’s simple they really pop with the cashmere.’ A year ago, the opportunity arose to open a shop in a location that Sam walked past everyday on the way to drop off her children at The Abbey in Woodbridge. Jumping at the chance to open on Market Hill, the builders were switched from her home renovation to makeover the shop. ‘Everything we’ve needed to source we’ve found locally; it’s all grown quite organically. The two girls who work here were customers, and 99% of our customers are friends or have become friends. We’ve become a bit of a dropin centre, which I love. A lot of ex-Londoners who are finding their way, either their children are at school or are babies and they’re feeling a bit isolated; it’s just nice that they feel they can come in and have a chat.’

busiest town in the world, and I could have opened in London, but then I’m going to be taking myself away from home and the whole point of moving out here was so I could walk my kids to school on the way to the shop.’

Keen to be a part of the community of Woodbridge, Sam expressed how the thought process with Homespun was one where she wanted to be rooted in where she lived, yet be able to access the world through her website.

Choosing a minimalistic interior style with plywood on the walls, white painted wooden flooring, and a modern industrial feel with wire lighting, the Homespun aesthetic is accented with striking prints of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Sonic Youth, a reminder of the days when Sam worked with a gallery.

‘I knew that I could have opened a shop anywhere because my goats and factory are in Mongolia, but I love living in Suffolk and I wanted to make it about Woodbridge and about the county. It’s not going to be the

‘I knew which brands I wanted for the shop, because if you put brands like Margaret Howell and A.P.C. next to our cashmere, people would then understand where we were coming from and it would explain how good our cashmere

is. Homespun is not about buying clothes that can be thrown away six months later, it’s about building pieces in your wardrobe that you’ll want to wear forever. Price is important, but it’s important to get the right thing and not keep buying, and obviously everything we stock works with our cashmere! We’ve now got in Nudie Jeans and Seven Boot Lane for the autumn season.’ Already obsessed with the soft cashmere, jumpers, buttery leather boots and a particular camel coat, I already know where my next pay check is going! Homespun, 1 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LP. Tel: 01394 383834 homespuncashmere.com

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Our Beauty Expert, Melissa Day, founder of Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture and Niroshini Skincare, answers your reader questions ‘I have combination skin and at the moment I use drugstore products but I’m looking for a better skincare routine, what could you recommend?’ Emily Sangster, via Facebook Hi Emily, thanks for writing in. This is a great question and one we are frequently asked by our clients at Niroshini who are all keen to find natural products which supplement, or even replace, traditional ‘drugstore’ skincare products. It’s important when deciding what products to use, to work out what skin type you have. The main ones are: combination, dry and oily.

You mention that your type is combination – combination skin – means exactly that; not always dry, not always oily and often both at the same time on different areas of the face. To benefit oily or spot-prone areas, try to find a light, delicate cleanser, which includes either Witch Hazel or Tea Tree, and use both morning and night. Both are antibacterial and antiinflammatory which will help keep the oily area clear and help to dry out existing spots. After cleansing, use an alcohol-free toner that is specifically to help hydrate the skin.

creamy so look for a moisturising gel or a product which doesn’t leave any residue. A good way to test this is to apply a little to the back of your hand, leave it to settle in and then using a clean finger, run it over the area. You shouldn’t feel any drag or pulling and your finger, should glide over the area if it has sunk in well. Read the full article at eaux.co.uk Find out more about Melissa: niroshini-acupuncture.com

Lastly, moisturise. Combination skin won’t be pleased if you apply anything too rich or

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On Up

We discover the latest fitness trend, indoor climbing

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he latest fitness trend, climbing, has seen an ascent in its popularity since the International Olympic Committee added it as an official Olympic sport earlier in the year. It will first feature in the Games in Tokyo in 2020, with athletes competing in three disciplines; Lead, Speed and Bouldering. In the last year, the sport has seen a rise in those trying their hand at climbing, due to it becoming known as a great strength workout

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that also builds stamina and even helps you work on your problem-solving skills.

‘belayer’), it’s the perfect opportunity to chat to the people next to you.

A form of exercise that our early ancestors would have used on almost a daily basis, climbing requires upper body strength and helps to develop those muscles, as well as the core and legs. All about balance and endurance, the heart rate will increase, as will flexibility and hand grip strength.

Also said to reduce stress due to the concentration required, the list of health benefits go on and on. For those interested in trying out climbing for themselves, many leisure centres have indoor walls that are set up for beginners. The Cragg Climbing Wall at the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket consists of 330 square meters of wall space with 30 lines and a large space dedicated to bouldering.

Many enjoy the adrenaline rush of climbing, the anticipation before jumping onto the wall, but there is also a social element that brings many back time after time. When taking turns to hold the ropes for others (being the

For more information; everyoneactive.com/thecragg/

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Party Perfection This

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We speak to Annie Roper from SK Clinic + Spa, in Bury St Edmunds, to find out how we can get party perfect this festive season

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ow is the time to start getting organised for Christmas. December is a busy month, what with Christmas shopping, parties and visiting family and friends; trying to fit in time for yourself while getting glammed up for the party season is practically impossible! Pencil in an hour in the diary for late November or early December, before things get too hectic, to visit your local salon or spa to get buffed, bronzed, plucked and sparkly. Booking a package will help ensure you get all the essentials done, while having some downtime before the chaos begins. ‘Treatments to definitely consider for the festive periods are manicures and pedicures,’ says Annie Roper from SK Clinic + Spa in

Bury St Edmunds. ‘Shiny bright nails can really transform an outfit and make you feel confident, especially in strappy heels. Keep an eye on the new Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection from OPI, perfect for Christmas, as it features some beautiful gift sets which will make the ideal stocking fillers – we have the whole collection in stock.’ Semi-permanent lashes are also a good option as you can get them done early into the festive period and they will last all the way through the many parties and special occasions. ‘Instantly opening up your eyes, semipermanent lashes add glamour, while making your life so much easier. Perfect lashes from the moment you wake up to when you fall asleep, they provide maximum impact with little effort,’ explains Annie. Sounds ideal to us! Having a Spray Tan, although commonly thought of as making you look like you’ve just

been tangoed, have come a long way and now leave you looking lightly bronzed and glowing. ‘A Spray Tan will give you more confidence when wearing that LBD at a Christmas party, as it gives the body a slimmer contour and healthy appearance. Brands to look out for to give a bronzed look are Crazy Angel, Fake Bake and St Tropez,’ reveals Annie. Finally, don’t forget those eyebrows. Still an important part of the 2016 beauty look with big, well-shaped eyebrows continuing to be on trend. ‘Threaded or waxed, having your eyebrows shaped professionally really does change the face shape, and opens up your eye area,’ says Annie, ‘Having a tint will also define the shape, especially if you have fair hair. And it only takes 15 minutes.’ For more information about SK Clinic + Spa’s seasonal offers, please call: 01284 748470 skclinic.co.uk

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The EAUX girls experience some relaxation and team bonding during a Pamper Party at Image Salon in Ipswich

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ere at EAUX we work incredibly hard to put together the beautiful magazine you see before you, so when I was invited to bring my team to Image Salon in Ipswich to indulge in a Pamper Party, it was a great chance for us all to relax and bond whilst indulging in some much-needed TLC. Image Salon has been a part of the health and beauty scene in Ipswich since 1999 when beauty expert and entrepreneur, Sue Adams set up her salon. Moving to its current premises at number 16 Old Foundry Road in 2012, the business has been continuing to grow. The current location has been beautifully decorated with white walls, accents of apple green and purple and modern décor touches. The whole ambience is one of relaxation and harmony, and Sue’s ethos of making sure every client feels like a VIP brings customers back time after time. Taking a seat in the waiting area, the girls were chattering excitedly as they sipped watermelon flavoured water and looked through the large array of nail colours they could choose from later on. With two treatments each to pick for our pamper party, the options included a back massage, express manicure, express pedicure, Indian head massage, foot and leg massage with paraffin wax or hand and arm massage with paraffin wax.

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Greeted by Sue, she showed us to the large pamper room at the back of the building that led out to a patio garden and rooftop terrace above, ideal for taking advantage of what was a gloriously sunny day. The salon offers two Pamper Party Packages, Relax and Glow that treats each guest to two twenty minute treatments and Deluxe Relax and Glow that offers two thirty minute treatments. With a glass of bubbly provided on arrival, the group can also bring along any other food and drink they desire, or order in from nearby restaurant, Alaturka. Created for hen parties, birthday parties, Christmas work ‘dos and pre-prom parties, the treatment combinations can be tailor made to your requirements and up to 15 people can be invited if you’d like to take over the whole salon for an evening. All of us girls had decided upon a nail treatment and massage combo, so as our Designer Jo settled down to enjoy her back massage, our new Editorial Assistant Emily was first up for her express manicure. Whilst the girls were being pampered downstairs, Laura and I headed up to the sun loungers to catch some rays as we sipped our glasses of fizz… we wished every afternoon could be like this! With Jo looking completely Zen after her massage, it was my turn to hop onto the table to try an Indian head massage. My skilled masseuse began by working some oil into my scalp, neck and shoulders and expertly kneaded out the knots in my shoulders. Face down into the massage table, I was

listening to the other girls natter as Laura was experiencing her express pedicure so she could make the most of the last of the sandal weather for this year. Enjoying the gentle feeling of hands running through my hair, I was lulled into a tranquil state. Not wanting the treatment to end, I was awoken with another glass of deliciously flavoured water. Relaxing with the girls whilst we changed over again and Emily received her back massage whilst Jo had her pedicure, it was so nice to chat outside the walls of the office and get to know everyone better. Having been at the magazine for only a couple of months, it was important to me to build that team morale, and the pamper party was ideal for this – especially in an office of predominately females! Swapping for the final time and it was Laura’s turn for the Indian head massage, whilst I had my express manicure. Opting for a vibrant orange, my nails were moisturised and shaped before the painting began. The finished result was perfect, a nice rounded shape with pumpkin colour – all ready for the autumn! After a most relaxing afternoon, we headed back to our desks, all of us commenting that the treatments had left us feeling light and as though we were drifting back to the office, calm and serene. Image Salon, 16 Old Foundry Road, Ipswich, IP4 2AS. Tel: 01473 222188 imagesalon.co.uk

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BLANK CANVAS MASTER SERIES PALETTE ONE £31.60 blankcanvascosmetics.com

TEMPLE SPA SUPREMO SHIMMER BLUSH DUET

£30, available from Weavers’ House Spa, Lavenham and Harrods templespa.com

BAREMINERALS BE BEAUTIFUL COLOUR PALETTE

£39, available from SK Clinic + Spa, Bury St Edmunds skclinic.co.uk

ECOTOOLS CHRISTMAS MAKEUP BRUSH SETS £30, Boots ecotools.com/en

All that

Glitters We found a few festive beauty gifts that will glitter brighter than gold

BEAUTIFUL BROWS KIT

£30, available from Pure Beauty, Newmarket; Tanya for Beauty, Beccles and Daydreams Skin & Body Therapy, Bury St Edmunds beautifulbrows.co.uk

TOO FACED MELTED LIQUIFIED LONG WEAR LIPSTICK ORNAMENT £10, and TOO FACED LIP INJECTION LIP PLUMPER ORNAMENT £10, available from

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LEGENDARY MUSE PALETTE

£38, available from Jarrold, Norwich charlottetilbury.com/uk

Debenhams, Ipswich toofaced.com

ELIZABETH ARDEN BEAUTIFUL COLOUR BOLD LIQUID LIPSTICK

in Seductive Magenta & Daring Beige, £18, available from Debenhams, Ipswich elizabetharden.co.uk

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Editorial Assistant, Emily Cotton, throws some serious punches at Grange Fitness & Performance Centre in Martlesham

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hether you’ve had a stressful week or not, there’s nothing more satisfying than throwing a punch and hearing the smack your boxing glove makes as it hits against your partner’s pad. The feeling of power, of strength and that you can take on anything that’s thrown at you. Boxing has always given me those feelings and whilst I’ve never really taken on anything more advanced than the basic fitness approach to boxing, it is still something I thoroughly enjoy. I met with Sara Thomas, trainer at Grange Fitness & Performance Centre, who had agreed to put me through my paces; she would take me through a boxing style warm up, some core work, teach me how to punch with the correct technique and finally allow me into the ring for a few 2 minute rounds. Boxing is by far one of the most demanding cardio workouts I’ve tried. Whilst running on

a treadmill will get you working up a sweat, to me it doesn’t compare to the endurance you need for boxing. Not only are you required to constantly keep moving and be light on your feet, but to simultaneously put power into each and every one of your punches. Both your cardiovascular and muscular endurance will be pushed to their limits, and believe me, by the end of your workout you’ll know it. Sara’s warm up alone did this. If two minutes of skipping wasn’t hard enough, Sara threw in jumping jacks, high knees and sprinting on the spot straight afterwards, to really raise my heart rate. When it came to moving on to the core work, I thought this might be my chance to lay back and take it easy for 10 minutes or so. But boy was I wrong. Already feeling pretty warm, my abs (or lack of… as of yet) definitely felt each crunch and every leg raise.

Sara had me practicing each punch whilst mastering my footwork and ensuring I always had my guard up and ready. After a few minutes, I was in my element. Throwing on my gloves, that satisfying thud against the pads was music to my ears. A couple of exhausting two minute rounds later and I definitely felt like it has been a workout well done. In my opinion, a 1-2-1 session is definitely the best way to give boxing a go. You’ll be guaranteed to get the personalised coaching needed to really improve your punches, with your trainer being able to work you hard and push you further than you’d be pushed in a larger group workout. Grange Fitness & Performance Centre, 28B Gloster Road, Martlesham, Ipswich, IP5 3RD. Tel: 01473 623277 grangefitness.co.uk

Thankfully, from taking a few classes before, I already have a basic understanding of the punches and the technique required for each. A jab, a cross, a hook; easy to learn, but tricky to truly master when it comes to perfecting the technique. Starting off without any gloves,

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BEARD FACTS • In the Middle Ages, if you touched another man’s beard it would be so offensive you would most likely be offered a duel. • A fear of beards would be scientifically referred to as pogonophobia. • Beards grow at roughly half an inch per month. • 98% of the Forbes 100 list of world’s richest men are clean-shaven. • Beards can filter out dust and pollen if you have allergies. • The average number of bristles on a man’s face is 30,000.

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t’s that time of year again when even more beards and moustaches will start to appear on the faces of gentlemen across the UK. I believe Movember is responsible for all the fashionable facial hair that has spread in recent years. Whilst the hipster with his beard and a man bun would like to make this claim, I think the wonderful Movember charity movement has allowed men across the country to dress their face up like their father’s or grandfather’s before them. Following on from Movember, many decide to continue and embrace facial hair completely with Decembeard, a lesserknown charity that is doing fantastic work raising awareness for bowel cancer. The knock on effect of all this is where we have ended up today; beards and facial hair on men of all ages and across lots of different fashion genres. Thinking of growing a beard? Here’s my list of dos and don’ts for growing facial hair.

MOUSTACHE • Grow out your beard first. The hair on top of your lip can look a little thin at first. Your moustache may take longer to thicken up and a thin wiry ‘tache is not a good look. • Once you’ve decided in a style, invest in a good quality trimmer. Trim off what you don’t want and shape up what you do. Your moustache needs to look intentional, not like a lazy shave. • If it’s not thick enough after a couple of months, give up, chances are it’s not going get any thicker. Going for a cleaner look maybe your best option.

BEARD • Choose a style to suit your face and beard growth. If it’s patchy then you may need to leave coverage in certain areas. Pop in to your local MR. Barbers in either Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Sudbury or Cambridge, to discuss what your best options are. Your barber will be able to advise you on where to line your beard out too. Once you’ve got your line up done by your barber, you can keep up the maintenance every day or two. If you leave it too long then you will not be able

to see where the lines are and you may end up chasing it and looking like Noel Edmunds! • Keep your face clean. Just because you have a beard it doesn’t mean hygiene is out the window, in fact it should mean you up your man wash game. Your beard is a haven for dirt and bacteria so when you wash your hair, wash your beard. • It’s important to moisturise your skin under your beard as the hair growth draws moisture away from your face. • A good quality beard oil will keep your beard and skin in good condition. If you choose to keep your beard’s shape with a razor, then a shave oil is the best option over soap or foam, the main reason for this is that you can see what you’re doing and you can keep your beard in check easier. Apothecary 87 original recipe beard oil is my favourite at the moment. MR. Barbers Ipswich is now open on 205 Duke Street Tel: 01473 515749 www.mrbarbers.co.uk

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Sweetie

Darling We all love to indulge in a sweet treat or two over the festive period; we’ve found our favourites to share with family and friends this year

Divine Chocolate Tasting Set, £5.50, available from Alder Carr Farm Shop, Needham Market, Snape Maltings and Waitrose divinechocolate.com

Divine Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, Divine Milk Chocolate with Spiced Cookies, £2.19, available from Alder Carr Farm Shop, Needham Market, Snape Maltings and Waitrose divinechocolate.com

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief, £6, available from Waitrose and Tesco montybojangles.com

Godiva Truffle Box, £23, available from Selfridges godivachocolates.co.uk

Demarquette Cindarella’s Shoes Sea Salt Caramel, £12.99, available from Selfridges demarquette.co.uk

Mr Stanley’s Salt Water Truffle Fudge, £5.99 mrstanleys.co.uk

Sugarfina Gummy Love, £44.95, available from Harvey Nichols sugarfina.com

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Christmas EAUX has put together its very own hamper of festive treats from local suppliers

Hamper

Mr Stanley’s Salt Water Truffle Fudge, £5.99 mrstanleys.co.uk Divine Giant Milk Chocolate Coin, £2, available from Alder Carr Farm Shop, Needham Market, Snape Maltings and Waitrose divinechocolate.com Aspall Mulled Suffolk Cyder, available from Waitrose aspall.co.uk Big Tom Tomato Juice, £2.69, available from Waitrose bigtom.co.uk Great Uncle Cornelius’ Famous Spiced Ginger, James White Drinks jameswhite.co.uk/cornelius Thorncroft Kombucha, £2.55, available from Ocado jameswhite.co.uk/thorncroft Adnams Triple Malt Whisky, £39.99, Adnams Southwold, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe & Hadleigh cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk Cranes Champagne Cocktail Gift Pack, £18.50 drinkcranes.co.uk Cranes Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur, £15 drinkcranes.co.uk Cranes Mixed Case 12 x 275ml, Cranes Original Cranberry, Cranes Raspberry & Pomegranate and Cranes Strawberry & Kiwi, £24 drinkcranes.co.uk Cole’s Black Forest Christmas Pudding, £6.99 colespuddings.com Cole’s Brandy, Port and Walnut Christmas Pudding, £11.99 colespuddings.com Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green, £2.79, available from Focus Organic, Halesworth and Waitrose pukkaherbs.com Pukka Blackcurrant Beauty, £2.49, available from Focus Organic, Halesworth and Waitrose pukkaherbs.com A-Lot-A-Choc Hot Choc Spooners, £4, A-Lot-A-Choc, Ipswich alotachoc.co.uk A-Lot- A-Choc Giant Buttons Coconut Surprise, £3, A-Lot-A-Choc, Ipswich alotachoc.co.uk A-Lot-A-Choc Milky Coffee Bar, £3, A-Lot-A-Choc, Ipswich alotachoc.co.uk

WIN THE HAMPER!* We’ll be offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win this amazing collection of treats – stay glued to our social media channels to find out more in November. Facebook: facebook.com/EauxMagazine/ Twitter: @_EAUX Instagram: @Eaux_Luxury_Lifestyle

*Terms & Conditions apply. Hamper basket not included. The winner must collect the prize from EAUX Luxury Lifestyle offices, 93-95 Fore Street, Ipswich. Entrants must be over 18. Proof of identity may be required. The prize is as stated, is not transferable and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of competition at any time.

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Warming

Winter The epitome of winter drinking, we review warming whiskeys that you can sip on those long cold evenings, or give as a gift for Christmas

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ADNAMS TRIPLE MALT

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Japan’s most highly awarded blended whiskey, the taste is sweet with notes of orange and white chocolate with a lasting whisper of Japanese oak. A fruity flavoured whiskey, there’s a top note of apricots before the spice takes over. An elegant drink with a lighter balance, this is perfect for an after dinner drink by the fire with friends.

New for this year, Adnams Triple Malt has been aged for five years in American oak casks which adds a bold flavour of coconut and chocolate. A smooth texture that comes from the three malted grains, the sweetness is balanced with the spice for a drink with real depth.

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One of the most popular in the series from the Lagavulin Distillery, the 16 year old whiskey has been double-matured and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. After the initial sherry taste, the toffee notes make way to a smoky, earthy flavour in your palette that the distillery is well known and loved for.

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Whiskeys THE DALMORE QUINTESSENCE £1000 thedalmore.com Showing their dynamism in whiskey innovation, The Dalmore has released the first and only single malt whiskey in the world with a five red wine cask finish. A limited edition release, the flavour is one of ginger and raisins with an element of tropical tones. Blending Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the immediate hit of the 45% alcohol gives way to the warming fruit tones that the wine brings, ideal for the cooler months ahead.

TEELING SINGLE GRAIN IRISH WHISKEY £52.99 available from Selfridges teelingwhiskey.com Made with hand-selected casks fully matured in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, Teeling is a brand hoping to revive the independent spirit of Dublin to whiskey making. The Single Grain has a light, vanilla aroma that comes from the freshness of the Californian wine, however the flavour is richer and full of spice with a woodiness running through. For whiskey enthusiasts and those that like to keep up with innovators in the industry, this bottle is full of character and craft.

THE GLENLIVET CIPHER £110 theglenlivet.com Challenging whiskey connoisseurs to guess the flavours of the mystery shrouded bottle. Very little had been disclosed about the creation apart from that it would offer a new flavour experience whilst staying true to the smooth and fruity flavour that has made the distillery famous. A fun way of finding out about a whiskey, The Glenlivet Cipher challenges tasters to begin their journey by searching for a flavour hidden on the bottle’s label and then taking on a flavour test through the company’s website. We guessed tasting notes of ginger chocolate, peach, honey, orange, treacle, and really enjoyed the fun way of finding out about a new product; even if we only scored 43% correct as a team!

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Christmas Dinner Tips EAUX’s here to help you have a stress-free Christmas with our cooking tips

1. PLAN Your time spent planning will help the rest of your day feel much less stressed. First of all, make a list of all the ingredients you will need, then work out a prep list of all the jobs to do and work out your timings so you know when each thing needs to go in and out of the oven. Make sure you have bought a roasting tin big enough to fit your turkey before Christmas morning!

2. PREP Try to prepare as much as you can beforehand, for example the Christmas pudding can be done weeks in advance, as can the gravy and cranberry sauces which can be frozen until Christmas day.

3. CHOOSE YOUR TURKEY A Norfolk bronze is always a good choice or a black turkey that has a great flavour due to it being a traditional wild bird. Remember the legs take longer to cook than the breast meat;

push stuffing between the skin and the breast meat to even out the cooking time.

4. DON’T OVERLOAD Don’t try to do too many dishes. People overindulge during the holidays anyway, so don’t feel that you have to do lots of different items. A turkey with all the trimmings and a vegetarian option will be more than enough!

5. DELEGATE Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Get the kids involved stirring the Christmas pudding mix, or chopping veg if they are older.

6. BE FLEXIBLE Don’t give yourself a defined sit down time for dinner. Have canapés or a cold starter on hand if you think things will take longer and just remember it’s about spending time with your family, not slaving away in the kitchen!

7. CHEAT Not everything has to be handmade – buying supermarket sauces, stuffing and dessert will make life so much easier. You can even buy chopped veggies in the shops now for those with limited time.

8. PERFECT POTATOES Everyone’s favourite debate, how to do the perfect roast potatoes? These can be peeled the night before and then par-boiled for 10minutes on the day. Preheat a tray with oil or fat (goose fat is a great choice) and add in the potatoes with salt and pepper to season. Roast until golden brown.

9. FLAMING THE PUD Heat the spirit of your choice in a long ladle over the hob until very hot. Light the spirit then, carefully, pour over the pudding.

10. ENJOY! Sit down and relax, enjoy the day with your loved ones after all your hard work.

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aking over The Queen at Brandeston in July 2015, Alexander Aitchison and his family had the vision to produce good quality food while maintaining a classic country pub atmosphere. Now running a popular sixcourse tasting menu on the second Thursday of every month, we were delighted when Chef Edward Martin invited us to join them for the evening. Serving up the very best local seasonal produce, when we arrived on a beautiful September evening it was plain to see that at The Queen local means local, as one of the chefs was out in the kitchen garden picking herbs and flowers for the dishes that evening. Sitting down in the relaxing restaurant area, the décor was a mix of rustic elements with modern trendy touches. Starting the evening off with a pumpkin velouté with goats cheese tortellini, burnt sage butter and beans, the velouté was similar to a thick soup in consistency with a fragrant flavour that was just delicious. The tang of the goat’s cheese worked well with the sweeter nature of the pumpkin and the crunch of the beans added a lovely extra texture to the dish. Served with a Pinot Grigio from the Marlborough region in New Zealand, the wine was a richer version of its Italian counterpart with a zingy acidity that complimented the burnt sage butter. This was a dish that I could imagine eating after a leisurely Sunday stroll, sitting by the fire and served with a hearty chunk of homemade bread. Dish number two was a beautifully presented pan-fried salmon, accompanied with baby gem lettuce, celery, apple and beetroot. The

salmon was cooked to perfection. Flaky and succulent with crisp skin, I wish I could cook my salmon like this at home! I was surprised to see a red wine served with the salmon, but the pepperiness of the Chilean Syrah worked perfectly with the pepperiness of the celery and nasturtium leaf. This was a dish I would definitely order as a main course and one I will try to replicate at home. The next course of saddle of venison with cabbage, baby parsnip, potato, mulberry and mulberry jus arrived on an elegant circular black plate. The saddle of venison was succulent and tender, melting in the mouth as you enjoyed each bite. This was my guest’s favourite dish. I invited my dad to join me for the tasting menu evening as he’s an avid foodie who also loves his wine – this was just the kind of night he adores, trying out lots of different food combinations with unique wines. Under the saddle of venison lay a real treat. A little portion of slow-cooked venison, that was almost caramelised in flavour, was a delicious surprise. The floral tones of the mulberry worked well with the perfumed Pinot Noir from Languedoc and complimented the richness of the meat. Onto the fourth dish of the evening, lightly battered cod with bacon, shallots, parsley puree and girolle mushrooms. With a mix of flavours that felt part British, part Asian; the saltiness of the bacon was balanced with the freshness from the parsley puree and light, fragrant mushrooms. The Spanish Tempranillo wine complimented the rich ramen flavours of the sauce and worked well with the fish; an unusual but excellent match. Next on the menu was Baron Bigod Brie, served in a pretzel that was similar in texture and taste to brioche bread and accompanied by Jerusalem artichoke, poached pear puree and Sicilian Aglianico wine. Beautifully

decorated with flowers from the garden, this was a grown-up take on cheese on toast. The brie from Bungay had a real depth of flavour that was heightened by the sweetness of the puree and artichoke, and softened by the wine. The final dish was a dessert of raspberry sorbet, honeycomb and oat granola. Placed on a slice of sweet, soft sponge, the raspberry sorbet was just marvellous; the taste of real fruit apparent from the first mouthful. I’d never tried real honeycomb before that evening, but it was so fresh with a satisfying crunch and rare to see presented in this way. It was so difficult to choose a favourite from the evening, but either the pumpkin velouté with its warming vibe or the dessert with its caramel tones and bursts of fresh mint were the highlights of a thoroughly amazing evening. All of the recipes had been created with real thought and skill, ensuring that all the flavours on the plate were in harmony with one another, rather than highlighting one particular ingredient. This balance showcased the individual elements so that you could appreciate each one. The wine pairings revealed the talent the staff have for successfully delivering something different. By not choosing the usual suspects and instead introducing their diners to something they would not usually pick, we discovered new ideas of what flavours worked together and found some new favourite tipples. Tasting Menu, second Thursday of the month, £50pp for six courses with wine. The Queen, The Street, Brandeston, IP13 7AD. Tel: 01728 685307 thequeenatbrandeston.co.uk

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My terrine of skate and courgette was delicate and flaked away to melt in the mouth, the lightness of the skate making for a perfect starter choice. A confit of tomato and beurre blanc sauce accompanied the terrine, the rich buttery sauce deepening the flavour of the terrine. My guest’s Yellowfin Tuna consisted of one side grilled sashimi graded tuna loin, of which she said made for a lovely breadth of textures and flavours with a seared aspect and then rarer pieces of fish underneath. Served with cucumber and black sesame quenelle, white sesame cream and soya and mustard dressing, the contrast of the tender tuna with the hints of sesame harmonised beautifully. For my main course I continued with the seafood theme and decided upon the Atlantic Cod. Steamed and falling into flakes, the fish was thicker and meatier than most cod fillets I’d had before. This meant the fish took on the white basil beurre blanc sauce fully to enhance the succulent meat. Served with a mixed herb crust on top of the cod and a cabbage fondue, these aspects rounded off the freshness to the dish making it an ideal light lunch option.

The Scottish Beef Fillet appealed to my guest for her main course and she remarked that the beef had been cooked to exactly her liking. Served with capers polenta, baby purple artichoke, beef and Argan oil sauce and tomato espuma, she commented how all the elements worked together to highlight the deliciousness of the beef. I was full to the brim after my two-course lunch, but my companion couldn’t help but be tempted by the sound of the Chocolate Entremet. The rich pudding of chocolate, peanut cream and mascarpone mousse looked and tasted indulgent. Served with a chocolate and caramel ice cream, my guest was in chocolate heaven. Served a finishing touch of two miniature cakes and two marshmallows on a stylish slate board, we both left The Great House feeling extremely indulged after tasting a slice of authentic French cuisine in the charm of an English country house. The Great House, Market Place, Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9QZ Tel: 01787 247431 greathouse.co.uk

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Delicious Christmas dinner recipes that are a favourite in our Editor’s household

SALMON MOUSSE STARTER • • • • • • •

150g smoked salmon 200g soft cheese Handful of chopped dill Squeeze of lemon juice 1 tbsp crème fraîche Salt & pepper to taste Crackers or toasted baguette to serve

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Blitz up the smoked salmon, soft cheese and crème fraîche in a food processer until into a smooth mousse. Add the lemon juice and salt & pepper to suit your taste buds. Spoon the mousse into individual jars, or onto each plate, and serve with a sprinkle of chopped dill. Place crackers or slices of toasted baguette on the side.

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Turkey with giblets removed Bay leaves Stuffing (your choice of flavour) 85g butter Salt & pepper to season 10 rashes of streaky bacon 175ml of red wine 1 onion, quartered

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Preheat the oven to 190˚C, gas mark 5. Stuff the turkey with the onion and bay leaves. Take your chosen stuffing and pack half into the neck end. You can also push some of the stuffing between the skin and the breast meat to help the whole turkey to be cooked at the same time. Tie the turkey legs together and place in a roasting tin with a base covered in foil. Cover the skin with butter and season with salt and pepper. Place the rashes of bacon over the turkey breast and then pour over the wine. Bring the foil up around the turkey to make a parcel. Put in the oven. The cooking time will depend on the size of the turkey – roughly 90 minutes, plus 20 minutes per kilo. 90 minutes before the end of cooking, open the foil and take off the bacon. Drain the fat, and baste the turkey with its juices several times. Leaving the foil open, place the turkey back into the oven. The turkey will be done when you stick a skewer into the thickest part of the bird and the juices run clear.

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CLASSIC CHRISTMAS PUD • 150ml of spirits (brandy or whisky work best) • 900g of dried fruit of your choice – raisins, cherries, dates, sultanas and cranberries are traditional • Grated zest of 1 orange • Juice of 1 orange • 4 eggs, beaten • 110g self-raising flour • 85g chopped nuts of your choice • 1 tsp cinnamon • 225g dark brown sugar • 225g butter • 110g breadcrumbs

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Put the dried fruit into a bowl with the orange zest and juice. Pour in your spirit of choice and mix well. Cover the bowl and set aside in a cool place overnight. The next day, grease two 2-pint pudding basins and place a disc of greaseproof paper at the base of each. Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl and whisk in the eggs, a little at a time. Add this mixture to the soaked fruit and combine thoroughly. Blend in the flour and breadcrumbs before adding in the nuts and cinnamon.

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Conversations with a Chef EAUX meets Sean Melville, the new Executive Head Chef at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket

WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA AND SQUIRES RESTAURANT? When I turned into the drive at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, I was struck by how elegant it looked and how beautifully it sat in the grounds. It felt like coming home, such was the warmth of the welcome. I was very impressed with the quality and presentation of the food, the knowledge and attentiveness of the service team.

WILL YOU CONTINUE WITH THE SQUIRES RESTAURANT STYLE OF MODERN BRITISH CUISINE OR WILL YOU BE CHANGING UP THE MENU? ‘Modern British’ is a lovely description, the menu concept will remain similar, it would be foolish to change when you have such an array of quality local suppliers and produce. When you start with that quality, you don’t need to ‘play’ with the food so much. I will be working with the team to maintain the current level and introduce some new techniques to raise and enhance the food we offer whatever it is, if it’s a beef burger – it will be the best beef

burger we can make, or the finest items on the a la carte menu.

DID YOU FEEL THAT THERE WAS A PRESSURE WHEN TAKING OVER A 2 AA ROSETTE RESTAURANT? Yes, there is always an expectation when taking over in any role. The main thing is to learn about your customers, meet the regulars, and be proud to walk through the restaurant and see guests at the tables.

SQUIRES RESTAURANT WORKS WITH LOTS OF LOCAL SUPPLIERS, WHICH ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH IN THE KITCHEN? We have an amazing butcher, a real ‘old school’ butcher and a great character, we are working together to get the team out on ‘field to fork’ trips to raise their level of understanding, appreciation and skills.

YOU’VE WORKED AT SOME TOP LONDON RESTAURANTS INCLUDING THE RITZ AND THE DORCHESTER, WHAT WAS

THE BEST PIECE ADVICE THAT YOU LEARNT THAT YOU WILL BE TAKING WITH YOU TO THE BEDFORD LODGE? Both Dave Miller and Henry Brosi were both very insistent on knowing the background to the food, how it was raised or grown, the passion at the start of its journey has a profound effect on our end of the journey. ‘It’s about the sausage and the sizzle!’ this has always stuck with me.

AS WE’RE COMING UP FOR CHRISTMAS, WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO THE READERS ON CHRISTMAS DINNER COOKING? Plan and prepare ahead, anything that can be done in advance to make the day easier. Choose a good quality turkey (Bronze is my favourite), roast and baste it well and early, so the meat can rest and relax, this also means the oven is free for everything else. Read more of our conversation with Sean on our website: eaux.co.uk Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7BX. Tel: 0800 652 2991 bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Forget fireworks, you’ll be seeing in the New Year under the Northern Lights if you choose to visit Reykjavik as your first 2017 holiday. The Reykjavik nightlife is infamous, but if you’d prefer a quieter break, whale watching and relaxing hot springs are some of the amazing activities available.

Not just magical for the summer heat, but also as you’ll be one of the first to ring in the New Year. Surf by day, visit the Sydney Opera House and then sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the firework display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

After a fantastic year of sport, you can bet that the Brazilians will throw a New Year’s Eve party to remember on the shores of Copacabana Beach. If you fancy getting away from the cold weather at home, a countdown on the warm sands surrounded by carnival spirit could be just the ticket.

HAPARANDA, SWEDEN & TORNIO, FINLAND These border cities, separated by a river, and a time zone, are most definitely a magical place to see in 2017. The tradition is to celebrate in Tornio, then hop over to Haparanda for the fireworks show and live music and party all over again!

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK Watching the ball drop in Times Square is an iconic tradition that many dream of seeing. Having begun in 1907, the chilly streets of New York City are lit up with fireworks, streamers and neon lights as the ball signifies the beginning of a New Year.

DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA For kids (and big kids), Disney World is the most magical place for a New Year celebration. The parks open early and the festivities go on all day with the epic firework finale at midnight.

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accomplishment. The rooms are designed to mimic all the trimmings of a super yacht, with the views thrown in for good measure.

need of some practise before heading out to sea, there is a wave simulator machine at the Phuket Surf House nearby.

Designed to be sleek and chic in a contemporary style, the suites are the size of New York apartments, but with the added bonus of their own private pools. The furnishings are Italian-made with all-white freshness that is reminiscent of a Miami home.

Back at the Kata Rocks complex you will find the Infinite Luxury Spa. Offering personalised treatments, the Spa has four programmes; Uniquely Thai which includes a traditional massage and treatments using authentic local products, Youthful Ageing that focuses on the rejuvenation of the skin and health of the nervous system, Rest & Recovery for those needing time-out to recuperate in a tranquil environment and Detox & Cleansing treatments to regenerate healthy body function and emphasise balance. The Spa also has pre and post sun treatments for those sun seekers amongst us.

For all this modern indulgence, one thing remains constant, the serenity of surrounding Thailand and the five-star hospitality that makes every guest feel like a VIP.

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n the last couple of years Thailand has been moving away from the image of backpackers over-indulging at all-night parties and instead has been seeking a more sophisticated traveller. We explore the area of Phuket and one lavish resort that is turning it into a destination for those seeking sun and relaxation whilst staying in style.

WHERE TO STAY Kata Rocks by Infinite Luxury has been named as one of the most ‘instagenic’ hotels in the world. With backdrops worthy of celebrity selfies, the hotel has become home to the most exclusive club of travellers who think nothing of jetting off for a quick break at worldfamous beaches or spending a winter skiing in the mountains. Overlooking breath-taking blue seas, the multimillion pound project created by renowned British owner Richard Pope is an architectural

For those looking to enjoy the culture of Thailand, the Big Buddha is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. The back of the statue can be seen from Kata Rocks on clear days and is just a short 20 minute journey away. The Heroines Monument at the roundabout in Thalang is a top landmark to put on your list. It is customary to purchase garlands, incense sticks and gold leaf to place by the shine that is dedicated to paying respect to Ya Chan and Ya Mook, local women who led an army against the Burmese infantry invaders. Other attractions include the Jui Tui Shrine and adjacent Put Jaw Temple, a legacy of early Chinese immigrants to the area.

WHERE TO RELAX Venture out of the Kata Rocks resort to the numerous sandy beaches that surround Phuket. For undeveloped beauty, perfect for sunbathing, head to Maikhao Beach, an 11km stretch out near the airport. Sea turtles can sometimes be seen laying their eggs here between November and February. Kamala, Bangtao and Karon beaches are ideal for catching rays and swimming in warm waters, whereas Kata beach is known for surfing and boards can be hired by the hour. The southern end of the beach is where surfers flock to ride the waves, and if you’re in

WHAT TO DO If you count retail therapy as one of your hobbies, Phuket has world-class shopping malls that give the feeling of an open-air bazaar. Shoppers in the Kata district will go out after dinner when the weather is at its coolest, and with so many luxury brands and boutiques in amongst street stalls, you’ll find haggling is the norm. For the adventurous amongst you, the Flying Hanuman will allow you to explore the island’s beauty as you trek through the thick forest before going high up in the trees to zipline through this unique environment. In Phuket there is also the opportunity to try white water rafting and an ATV tour of the wild province of Phang Nga which ends with a thrilling journey through the Tone Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary. For those looking to develop a skill, Kata Rocks hosts a Thai Cooking School to introduce you to the cooking practices of the region. These can even be held in your own villa and the chef will guide you through the process of producing a meal before sitting down to eat. Teaching you how to grind paste, stir-fry, deep fry and stew, you’ll receive a certificate at the end as a memento to take home. katarocks.com

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Set amidst the Maldives’ coral reefs, this blissful private island provides an exclusive, tranquil destination for those looking for an extraordinary holiday destination. An adultsonly sanctuary, you’ll arrive by seaplane or boat to the resort to be welcomed into the elegance of the wooden reception area. Offering guests individual accommodation, the resort has 30 Beach Villas that allow for direct access to the sand and 60 Ocean Sunset Pool Villas that are built on stilts over the sea. Spoiling you with mesmerising views, the Sunset Pool Villas have stairs directly down into the waiting lagoon, as well as a private infinity pool. The height of indulgence, the villas have a king size bed that overlooks the pool and sea beyond, your own porch for sunbathing, a stocked mini-bar, 48-inch TV with DVD player, high-speed broadband and bathroom with rain shower. However, you’ll want to adventure outside of your room eventually, as the resort has the most exquisite of dining options. With a cellar full of world-renowned wines, enjoy a glass on the deck over the water, or on the white sands of the beach, or even underwater…yes the resort has a 5.8 metre underwater restaurant where you can eat whilst watching life on the coral reef take place around you.

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pening on the 1st December this year, five star luxury and sustainability have been seamlessly intertwined at the new Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives. Due to the fragile environment, every aspect of the resort has been created with eco-conscious operations and technology, without compromising the beauty and lavishness of the design.

Hurawalhi has 4,243 square meters of solar panels, approximately the size of 26 volleyball courts, that are integrated into the resorts architecture by New York based architect, Yuji Yamazaki who has ingeniously turned the power generation into a stylish design feature. This accounts for 60% of the islands energy supply. Other steps the island has taken to minimise its environmental footprint include a food-recycling programme. Food waste is processed into fertilisers to use in the resort’s greenhouse, a process powered by solar energy. The ingredients used in the restaurant’s kitchens are thoughtfully sourced and local suppliers are favoured. There is also a water bottling plant on the site to reduce plastic consumption. The desalination system filters seawater to turn it into clean drink and cooking water and supplies the luxurious rainfall showers in the villas. A 40-minute seaplane flight from Male, Hurawalhi is situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll and will be a resort that will leave you not only feeling relaxed and revived, but in the knowledge that your own wellbeing has also benefited the environment around you. hurawalhi.com

Also home to the over water Duniye Spa that uses only organic and chemical free products, the resort also offers a water sports centre with activities such as snorkelling and PADI 5* diving in picturesque diving sites. Owned by Crown & Champa Resorts, the business owners have ensured that the wildlife and ecology of the island has been cared for as much as possible. The island is a nesting site for Green Turtles, and the company have been working with WiseOceans to ensure their protection. The conservation of the local Manta ray population has also been of importance during the development.

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Inclusive Breaks at Potters Resort Potters Resort treasures Quality Time Together for all the family. Our little slice of paradise nestled on the beautiful Norfolk coast offers the perfect escape for all ages to enjoy with great variety entertainment. Everything will be taken care of, so you can just relax… But what sets Potters Resort apart from the rest? Take a look!

We offer… Four meals a day for each full day of your stay. West End quality evening entertainment featuring the amazing Potters Theatre Company and comedy team. Comfortable Hotel and Bungalow accommodation. Extensive sports and leisure facilities including Kids’ Clubs and a jam-packed activities schedule.

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Pentastyle Emily Cotton meets the Managing Director of pentahotels, Alastair Thomann, at the grand opening to celebrate the Ipswich hotel’s renovation

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he grand opening to celebrate pentahotel Ipswich’s £2million renovation was a star-studded affair with live music from Blue and a DJ set from Mark Wright. The company acquired the site on Ranelagh Road in Ipswich in 2014 and has since embarked on a complete makeover of the property. Converting it to be in the contemporary and eclectic style that the trendsetting global brand is known for, the investment by the German-managed company is a sign of its confidence in the tourism economy in our area. The concept of pentahotel’s 4-star neighbourhood lifestyle is unique, guests

check in at a combined reception-bar with the ‘pentalounge’ area alongside it that is available for guests and the public alike to relax and enjoy the free entertainment facilities including a pinball machine, billiard table and PS4. This space has been designed to be a ‘home away from home’ especially for young business travellers who might miss out on the social aspects of life when away for work.

We chose Ipswich as a location since it has buoyant business, tech and innovation communities and we see it as an up and coming town with strong international links,’

said Alastair. ‘Although we have hotels in cities such as Vienna, Beijing and Paris we also choose mid-size towns, which we see as perfect for our growth strategy. In the last two years, we have invested £10 million into opening and refurbishing pentahotels around the UK. Our UK hotels will be the first from our global portfolio to have newly refurbished rooms throughout.’ The 126 designer rooms come with a set of chic toiletries, Diesel robes (the staff have Diesel designed uniforms), free on-demand TV, rain shower and WIFI access. ‘In the rooms, first-class entertainment is laid on for guests. At selected locations, gamers can check into one of our PentaPlayerPad Suites and choose either table football, a games console or a pinball machine for hours of enjoyment,’ commented Alastair.

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‘During their stay guests can expect a fantastic service provided by our friendly staff in jeans and T-shirts in a laid-back environment with well-chosen background music, fragrance and lighting. As soon as they arrive, our guests can leave their everyday cares behind them. We notice many of our business traveller guests loosening their ties at check-in as they realise that they can finally switch off. The inviting ambience of the pentalounge makes it an ideal place to relax or socialise.’ With a high-spec fitness suite, laundry service and 24/7 room service, the whole hotel is there for your convenience with its location just a short stroll from Ipswich Railway Station. The site is ideal not just of business guests, but those looking for somewhere to stay for football matches, shopping trips or just a night away.

With two meeting rooms, the hotel is perfect for arranging discussions with clients in Ipswich. With flexible seating arrangements, different delegate packages and the ability to enjoy the offerings of the pentalounge, there’s all the latest technology to make sure your deals go ahead without a hitch. ‘When we were creating our hotel concept, we wanted to provide something special that would not just be for our hotel guests, but for the local community as well. By putting this idea into practice, we were not only

able to boost our sales, but also provide a more authentic experience for our hotel guests. A ‘neighbourhood’ vibe is created in a lounge where visitors can mix with locals. This, combined with our lifestyle approach – characterised by a relaxed atmosphere– is what we mean by pentastyle.’ pentahotel, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0AD. Tel: 01473 694610 pentahotels.com

‘Around 60 percent of our hotel guests are business travellers looking for a more relaxed hotel experience,’ explained Alastair. ‘Leisure travellers of all age groups make up the remainder – we get everyone from millennials to the over 65s. The important thing for us is creating a sense of community, without appealing to any one generation. You will notice a mix of young and old in our pentalounges: the child playing table football, the mother reading a book, the father watching the flatscreen TV and the older folks playing cards and board games. We try to create an atmosphere in which everyone feels at home. The positive feedback we receive from guests proves that our efforts have been successful.’

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Mike Pickup explores the Douro River, a region known for its Port, for a trip full of vineyards visits and wine-tasting

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numerous Quintas (farms) and their vineyards. What better way to explore the region than on a luxury river cruise from Porto, where the Douro flows into the Atlantic, to Barca d’Alva at Portugal’s border with Spain. Port starts life as red wine, but during fermentation, neutral grape spirit, 77% alcohol by volume, is added. This stops the fermentation, leaving some residual sugar

that gives port its sweet taste. Ruby port is stored in large steel tanks which do not allow oxidisation, thus preserving its rich colour. Tawny ports are aged in wooden barrels and the slow oxidisation changes their colour to golden brown. Tawny ports are often described as 10, 20 or 30 years old. This does not indicate the age of the Port, but an average age of the wines that make up the blend.

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Our journey had started at Gatwick with convenient valet parking and we were soon on our two-hour flight to Porto, the capital of northern Portugal. A short transfer brought us to Villa Nova de Gaia on the opposite river bank to Porto, where we boarded AmaVida, home for the week. Our cabin was elegant with lots of storage space, and a marble bathroom with top-class fittings and l’Occitane spa quality toiletries. Bath robes and slippers were also provided and there was a small balcony where we enjoyed cool nightcaps before retiring to our large and comfortable bed. The next morning, before leaving Porto, we were taken on a city tour which included the local railway station, decorated with over 24,000 azulejos –Portuguese blue ceramic tiles. We also toured Graham’s and learned about the production of port, followed by a tasting of some of their vintages; and all this before lunch. That evening we visited one of the many local vineyards and had dinner at Casa de Vila Verde. By the way, the word verde, meaning green, does not describe the colour of Vinho Verde but that it is young wine. The following morning we moored at Regua to visit the Douro museum before heading out to Lamego and the 18th century Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Pilgrims climbed more than 600 steps to reach the sanctuary but fortunately our coach did the journey for us. On the way down we stopped for a tasting of Espumante, Portuguese sparkling wine. Then we had a spectacular drive to hilltop Quinta do Seixo where owners, Sandeman, treated us to

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a tour of their production facility and a tasting of a selection of ports. The next day we reached the turning point of our trip and AmaVida docked in Vega de Terron, just a few yards over the border into Spain. The Spanish Renaissance city of Salamanca is around fifty miles from here and its University, founded in 1218 attracts many international students. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, it shared the title of 2002 European Capital of Culture with Bruges.

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AMA Waterways 7 night Enticing Douro river cruise aboard AmaVida departs from Porto and visits, Regua, Barca d’Alva, Vega Terron, Pinhao, Entre-os-Rios, Porto. Prices start from £2348pp for a river view cabin including flights, non UK transfers, seven nights’ accommodation, all meals (with wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner), complimentary daily tours and excursions and free wi-fi. Regional flights on request. Freephone 0800 320 2336 or visit amawaterways.co.uk Holiday Extras offers trusted Meet and Greet airport parking services at all major UK airports. To book Meet and Greet parking at Gatwick Airport from £60.00 for eight days, visit HolidayExtras.com or call 0800 1313 777. For more information on Casa de Sezim go to sezim.pt

shaped bottles of Mateus Rosé so many of us remember; some still remain, converted into table lamps. The morning of our final full day and AmaVida headed back to our mooring at Villa Nova de Gaia. After lunch on board, we drove to Guimaraes, a city dating back to the 10th century.

The city is famous for having two cathedrals joined to each other, one built in the 12th century and the other in the 16th century, as well as its town square or Plaza Mayor, considered by many to be the most elegant in Spain.

We also visited the lovely Casa de Sezim where we were greeted by the current owner, the house having been in his family since 1376. Its interior includes stunning and extremely rare 19th century hand-printed wallpaper whose colours are as bright today as they ever were and the vineyards produce top quality Vinho Verde which we were happy to sample.

After another good night’s sleep we headed back downstream and stopped at Pinhao where we drove to Croft’s Quinta da Roeda for lunch and a tasting of pink port, created by Croft to attract a younger market. Lunch was followed by a visit to the Palace of Mateus whose famous facade adorned those odd-

Next morning, after breakfast and yet another glass of Espumante, we took our short flight back to Gatwick, with memories of delicious food, history and culture, and generous quantities of wine and port.

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rriving onto the market in late November, the Infiniti Q60 is a new premium sports coupe available in two powertrains; a 2.0-litre gasoline engine turbocharged producing 208hp and a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo version capable of 400hp. The company, with headquarters in Hong Kong, was launched in 1989 and is currently on a major product offensive, becoming known for its daring design and innovative driverassistance technologies. The Q60 is all about empowering the drive with performance and technology; the thrilling responsiveness of the first digitally adaptive handling system giving it that added edge of sophistication. Created with daring curves and a powerful stance, the Q60 is the future of Infiniti’s design specifications with a stunning shape. The brand has used aggressive creases and deep curves through its use of a revolutionary 3-D stamping process. Even the door hinges have been redesigned so the leading edge tucks into the fender to provide dramatic sculpting.

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With 19-inch alloy wheels, red sports brakes with opposed front and rear calipers and a .29 coefficient of drag says as much time has been spent making this sports coupe invisible to the wind as striking to the eye. This is evident with near zero-lift aerodynamics in the front and rear, and an Active Grille Shutter that stays closed to lower drag at speed, but opens if additional cooling is needed. The interior of the Q60 has been tailored to accentuate the human form with the high-quality craftsmanship expressed by the lasercut holes in the free-flowing leather seat upholstery. The new model has a gearshift layout that features an ergonomic knob with the Infiniti logo that’s designed for smooth, effortless gear shifting and sport-inspired thumb grips and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for performance driving. The technology in the Q60 is top-of-the-range, as is custom with the Infiniti brand. For those who demand a performance-focused sound system, the new Bose ® Performance Series with Advanced Staging Technology delivers. Thirteen High-performance speakers, including multiple new 255mm and 150 x 230mm woofers and a lightweight silk dome tweeter achieve ‘live performance’ precision. Revel in a wide and precise soundstage, where the acoustics are always ideal.

Also with rear-view camera, traffic sign recognition, forward emergency break and I-Key smart access, Infiniti has included its own brand of navigational system to round off a package full of the latest mod-cons. With grace, performance and technology, this car is an all-rounder for those looking for a stylish drive with modern safety features and the power to let loose on the open road. Infiniti Q60, prices start at £33,990. Infiniti Centre Cambridge or Norwich. infiniti.co.uk

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Courage Changes

Everything The new Porsche Panamera signals a new generation of cars for the brand

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he tagline for the new Porsche Panamera, is ‘courage changes everything.’ A bold statement for a bold car that reveals a new generation of Porsche models that will pave the way for the future of the company. Available in four specifications, Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo, the range starts at £79,715 for the Hybrid and goes up to £113, 075 for the Turbo. All of the models look striking with dynamic sculptured curves and raised headlights. The 4S has a twin-turbo V6 engine creating 440hp and accelerates to 62mph in 4.4 seconds. With a top speed of 179mph, the Panamera has been created to be the highest performing Porsche to date. The Panamera Turbo is lighter and more compact than its predecessors and features a twin-turbo V8 engine for ultimate power. Equipped with twin scroll turbines, the exhaust streams arrive at the turbine wheel through separate channels and equates to a high torque even in the low rpm range. The Panamera 4S Diesel, also with a V8 engine, will allow for rapid response times and a high power output, with a high level of efficiency and acceleration of 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. The E-Hybrid is set to change views of hybrid technology due to its 462hp of pure sports car performance but with a fuel consumption of just 113 mpg. The combination of combustion engine and electric machine is key to its performance levels, and your kick of adrenaline will still remain in tact as you drive, as will be your conscience about the state of the environment. Aiming to continue the development of the Porsche brand as the forefront of sport performance cars, the engineers have broken down the boundaries between performance and comfort, dynamics and efficiency, but remained true to the company’s core values. Adding Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, threechamber air suspension and rear-axle steering, the new Panamera’s are really leading the way with technology and performance in this area of the market. Porsche Centre Colchester, Auto Way, Ipswich Road, Colchester, CO4 9HA. Tel: 01206 855500 porsche.com/uk/

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Top 5 Motoring Gadgets for Christmas We pick the top 5 gadgets motoring enthusiasts will adore for Christmas

COFFEE ON THE GO If you know a coffee afficiando who also loves their motor, look no further than the Handpresso Auto Hybrid Set. This nifty gadget simply needs to be plugged into a 12V socket, filled with water and either an ESE pod or ground coffee, and in two minutes it produces the perfect espresso. This gift set includes a case, which can double up as a tray, and two espresso cups, meaning the end of sub-par motorway services coffee for whoever you gift it to.

A DIAMOND-POLISHED ICE SCRAPER The Swedish Ice Scraper might not look like much, but it’s a gadget with some serious credentials. When the temperatures drop below zero, this lasercut, diamond-polished scraper will help any motorist clear the harshest frost and ice from their windscreen in no time. This is the perfect stocking filler for any driving enthusiast, and you can pick it up from DriveDen with free UK delivery when you spend over £30.

A PRACTICAL PHONE MOUNT Smart phones are now the hub of a tech-savvy driver’s car, so it’s essential that their phone is within easy reach so it’s practical and safe. The Lifeproof Suction Mount is one of the best car phone mounts on the market. It attaches to the windscreen and provides a sturdy and easily adjustable perch for a smartphone, making it a great gift for any tech-savvy motorist.

AN IN-CAR WI-FI HOTSPOT A perfect gift for any driver with kids is the EE Buzzard 2. This nifty gadget allows a driver to turn their vehicle into a 4G hotspot for up to 10 devices, meaning music, movies, and TV shows can be streamed without each passenger draining their personal data. It plugs into the 12V socket and features a USB port, so any devices running low on battery can be recharged on the road as well.

A GOPRO If there’s a motorsport enthusiast in your life, people have probably already thought to get them tickets to a track day for Christmas. To make sure your gift stands out, pick them something they’re sure to love — a GoPro camera. They’ll be able to attach this to their dashboard and record their laps in HD — something that was impossible for an amateur motorist to do just a few years ago. Pick up the latest model, the Hero 5, from John Lewis and receive a 2-year warranty.

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The student centre sits on a stone base with rectangular windows of various sizes overlooking the lake beyond, making for a beautiful view when studying. The sailing canopy attached to the entrance welcomes visitors and mirrors the theme of the water nearby.

The new buildings have become a popular hub with the students due to the careful consideration of both the exterior and interior architecture. The brief was to compliment the existing architecture of the campus, whilst taking into account the lakeside location, and this has been successfully achieved.

Taylor has implemented limestone cladding in both polished and natural states, with horizontal layering emulating the buildings that are already part of the campus. The neutral palette of materials, colours and textures used inside the buildings have created an environment that is attractive, yet tranquil enough to provide a space for learning and contemplative study.

The library extension is sympathetic to the original structure and uses expressive external in-situ concrete for a modern feel. Taylor has looked at where the light would naturally fall onto both buildings and has used simple

The buildings success has been proved by the popularity of it with students, as well as its recognition in the design industry.

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esigned by architect Patel Taylor, the Albert Sloman Library and Siberrad Student Centre at the University of Essex was built in 2015 and has since won a RIBA National Award 2016, RIBA East Award 2016 and RIBA East Building of the Year 2016.

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Christmas is coming Get ready for Christmas with the help of Glasswells in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds

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hristmas is a hectic time for most; buying all the presents, shopping for the festive feast, attending the office ‘do and fitting in as many visits to family and friends as possible. Glasswells in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, not only has a big gift department but everything you’ll need to accommodate the likelihood of many guests arriving into your home at this time of year. For those that have looked in their kitchen cupboards and are concerned that they may not have enough cutlery and crockery,

Glasswells has a range of dining and tablewear to prepare you for the many mouths to feed. Also home to a large cookshop, if you’ll be needing extra pots and pans, a new set of knifes or a tray to cook the Christmas turkey in, take a look around the store to find the best brands that range from Denby to Stellar. If your dining table is just not cut out to fit the extended family around, this is the ideal time to be searching with the autumn ranges having arrived. Glass, marble and wood tables are all available from Glasswells, with tables that have extendable sections a popular choice for those that enjoy entertaining, yet want to take advantage of the maximum amount of space the rest of the time. Guest beds may also be needed during the festive season, with friends unexpectedly being

asked to stay after a dinner party or night out, and family arriving from across the country. You may not have the space for an extra bed or two, but there’s always the option of a foldaway one that can be stored in a cupboard or under the stairs for when the need arises, or a small sofa chair that can double up as a single mattress in the living room for unforeseen visitors. Also catering for all those decorative items like curtains, rugs, lamps and mirrors, Glasswells has all the homely touches to finish off your house ready for the busy festive season approaching. Glasswells, Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3TU and Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0AQ glasswells.co.uk

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Is Ipswich Fulfilling its Potential as a Property

Hotspot?

Asks Jamie Redbond from Nicholas Estates

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ust over a year ago to the day, Ipswich was hailed as a property hotspot to watch over the next decade, with experts predicting that house prices could soar in the area. A survey was conducted by HouseSimple, that mapped out 10 areas in the UK where untapped potential and lower house prices could possibly spark a boom in demand, with Ipswich appearing among the most promising areas. Last year’s story reported that demand was outstripping supply in terms of available properties, but is Suffolk’s county town living up to expectation?

ONE YEAR ON A year on and the prophecies do appear to be coming true, with eMoov’s National Hotspot Index listing Ipswich in its Top 10 hottest property spots for the first time, at position 4. Rising house prices in London have caused something of a ripple effect, leading to rising

house prices in Ipswich and surrounding areas. This has led to properties in IP postcodes becoming a valuable commodity for homebuyers, either looking to live in or let out a property in Ipswich. The low crime rate and popular destinations – such as Southwold, Woodbridge and the Ipswich Waterfront – have certainly contributed to the recent growth in the housing market. The next decade looks very positive for Ipswich and the surrounding area. Development is continuing apace, in order to match the high demand for properties, and with house prices rising, the town looks set to continue its climb.

THE EAST OF ENGLAND – THE UK’S HAPPIEST REGION While the Ipswich property market is booming, the East of England as a whole has enjoyed a boost of late, with Rightmove’s annual ‘Happy at Home’ survey recognising the region as the UK’s happiest place to live. The survey was completed by 24,000 people and remarkably, 5 of the towns recognised in the Top 10 are situated in the East of England, with Woodbridge rounding out the Top 10 and Bury St Edmunds close behind. By no means definitive, the survey does highlight the

growing popularity of the region as a place to live.

IMPACT ON THE RENTAL MARKET The region’s rental market also experienced a record best performance in August, which is a month when the market traditionally sees a slowdown. While the usual trend was observed across much of the United Kingdom, East Anglia was noted as the best performing region, with growth in new listings at 1.1% and properties let at 6.1%. These results paint a clear picture of the overall air of positivity that surrounds the property market in Ipswich, Suffolk and East Anglia as a whole. To discuss your options on the local property scene, why not pop into your local branch of Nicholas Estates, either in the Felixstowe office, Ipswich town centre, or the Ipswich Waterfront? Alternatively give them a call on 01473 215743.

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EAUX discovers a prime investment opportunity in the city – Southbank Place

n 2011, developers signed an agreement to develop the Shell Centre site on the South Bank in London into exclusive accommodation. Since the launch of the apartments in One Casson Square back in September 2015, over 80% have already been sold, with the second and third residential buildings on the 5.25-acre plot now ready. 30 Casson Square is offering 164 more homes and Belvedere Gardens recently launched in September with one, two and three bedroom residences with spectacular views. Right in the heart of the South Bank with quick access to Waterloo Station and just an 11-minute walk to Downing Street and Westminster, these properties are prime investment opportunities that have quickly become the most desirable residences in the area.

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For those working in central London, this is an ideal location, as residents will not even need to take the tube as the city is just a 23-minute walk away. Situated in a hotspot for enjoying all the cultural and social delights London has to offer, it is just a three-minute walk to The Royal Festival Hall, ten minutes to Somerset House and just under 15 minutes to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The properties are close to the river and next to the London Eye and with such an iconic structure just on your doorstep, owners will really feel like a part of the city.

Its sister building, Belvedere Gardens has become a landmark in its own right and is arranged across 10 and 20 storeys. The apartments have been considered to make the most of the open aspect and natural light. A hotel-style reception is incredibly useful for the hectic lifestyle of London where the receptionist can look after your packages and save residents a trip to the post office. Also offering a Residents’ Lounge and a Health Club and Spa, everything is at your disposal so there’s no need to have to trek to the gym after a long day at work.

30 Casson Square, designed over 29 levels, is a building of stunning architecture with unrivalled views over London. Created for contemporary living, the interior palette is of natural materials to be a calming haven away from the bustling streets. The building also has a Residents’ Lounge with doors to an outside terrace and entertainment area for social gatherings or even informal business meetings.

With sophisticated design, breath-taking views, luxury facilities and the whole of London at your doorstep, if you’re considering investing in an apartment in the city, Southbank could be the place for you. For more information call: 020 7001 3600 southbank-place.com

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Winter Entertaining Bryan Turner discusses the most important features of a kitchen for festive entertaining

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s the nights get longer and colder, what better time of year to gather together friends and family and forget about the frost at the windows. We asked Owner and Founder Bryan Turner of Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture what he thinks are the most important features of the ideal kitchen for entertaining this winter. Bryan explains, ‘When designing a kitchen for entertaining, most people don’t realise just how many elements of the room can be altered to make it the perfect match for them.’ Bryan developed a keen eye for detail during his early career in antique furniture restoration.

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After a friend asked him to turn his skills to making a bespoke kitchen, Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture was created.

on enjoying the company of their guests, which after all is the most important part of entertaining.’

Now with over 30 years’ experience designing and producing luxury furniture tailored for each customer’s specific requirements, Bryan and his team have created kitchens for clients throughout the UK, including for the Michelin Star Morston Hall, headed by Chef Galton Blackiston.

Bryan suggests combining a breakfast bar with an island if you enjoy hosting dinner parties but struggle to keep up with dinner party conversation while cooking. ‘With a breakfast bar, guests can be as close to the host as possible without being in the way, and the additional worktop space created by an island allows the host to face into the room, which helps to prevent them from feeling detached from their guests.’

For fans of coffee mornings, Bryan recommends investing in appliances which allow you to spend more time with your guests. ‘Coffee mornings tend to last for less time than a dinner party, so hot water taps are a great addition to the kitchen,’ advises Bryan, ‘There is no need to wait for the kettle to boil to serve drinks, so the host can focus

At this time of year there really is nothing better than home-cooked comfort food, and in contemporary style kitchens, Bryan thinks that wall mounted ovens are worth considering. ‘Hosts can check on their culinary creations

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without ducking out of the line of sight of their guests and this makes it easier to maintain conversation.’ Range cookers on the other hand, work well in both contemporary and traditional style kitchens. Bryan explains, ‘They have a big enough capacity to let you cook a full roast dinner with all the trimmings easily, no matter how many people you are hoping to fit around the dinner table!’ As well as filling the kitchen with comforting aromas, Bryan says that ‘Agas really come into their own at this time of year. They produce a tremendous amount of heat and as the temperatures fall outside, simply keeping your kitchen warm is a really easy way to make your kitchen feel inviting to guests.’

Investing in under floor heating is another way to create this cosy atmosphere and can be a really worth-while if the kitchen is being built from scratch. ‘It is a great way to warm up your feet after being outside in winter rain or snow and customers with dogs can really benefit from strategically planned under floor heating.’ Bryan recommends that his customers choose an area in the kitchen where they would like the dogs to be most of the time, preferably away from the range cooker where they tend to congregate when it gets cold.

‘If you incorporate more heating elements under a particular part of the floor, it will encourage the dogs to go there rather than somewhere more in the way. It’s a really great way to make sure that the family pets are comfortable in winter and gives the cook a lot more freedom of movement in the kitchen.’ For further information, call 01953 601567 or visit bryanturnerkitchens.com

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DEBEN WHARF, woodbridge

FOUNDRY PLACE, grundisburgh

Two double bedrooms ž Balcony ž Parking ž Town centre facing ž Currently under construction ž 10 year warranty ž Part of the Landmark Whisstocks Development ž Developed by FW Properties

A development by Hopkins & Moore ž Sixteen detached homes ž 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties ž Currently under construction ž Help to Buy scheme available ž 10 year build warranty

Prices from £375,000 Leasehold

Prices from £324,995

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3 double bedrooms ž High quality kitchen ž High efficiency gas boiler ž Underfloor heating, ground floor ž Wood burning stove ž Juliet balcony ž Security alarm system ž 10 year build warranty

Stunning views over Melton golf course ž Elegant conversion ž 3 bedrooms ž En-suite bathroom ž Original architectural features ž Detached double garage ž 10 year build warranty

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If you’re thinking of making a move in 2017, have you considered buying a new-build?

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ith 2017 soon upon us, you may be considering a move in the New Year after the busy festive season has shown that perhaps you have outgrown your current property, or you may have decided it’s time to downsize. For property hunters struggling to find their next home, there are many benefits to looking at purchasing a property off plan. Savills new homes team in Ipswich has a range of choice currently on offer across Suffolk.

Hopkins and Moore’s Foundry Place development in Grundisburgh, offers 16, three, four and five bedroom homes, with prices starting from £324,995. The scheme is open for off plan sales with a show home launching early next year. Savills is also launching the second phase of the Whisstocks Boat Yard development in Woodbridge, Deben Wharf, in early January 2017. Deben Wharf will be at the centre of the development and will comprise a collection of 15 luxury apartments with amazing views of the riverside square and River Deben. There is currently seven town houses and four apartments available within the Nunns Mill phase of the scheme with prices starting from £495,000.

The Hollies, in the popular village of Foxhall, will also be launching its show home in the early New Year. This exclusive development of 14, two to five bedroom new houses will provide the tranquility and benefits of a semi rural location with the convenience of nearby amenities in Ipswich and beyond. Properties are available to purchase off plan currently with prices starting from £500,000 for a three bedroom, detached bungalow. For more information on the new homes market in Suffolk email Max Turner: mturner@ savills.com or call Savills Ipswich: 01473 234 826 savills.co.uk

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Gifts for Every Home EAUX receives expert advice on how to shop for homeware gifts from three Ipswich stores, The House In Town, Maud’s Attic and Merchant House Interiors

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uying a Christmas present for the home is ideal when it comes to gifting for a couple or those that have recently moved house, but choosing that gift can be tricky. With three interior shops next to each other on St Peter’s Street in Ipswich, all run by the same family, The House In Town, Maud’s Attic and Merchant House Interiors are the perfect places to start the search for homeware gifts, as every style is catered for. Maud’s Attic, run by Wendy Childs, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and the store has become well known and loved for its eclectic mix of jewellery, gifts, furniture and lighting. Wendy enjoyed being part of the local retail community so much, that in 1998 she decided to open a second store next door, Merchant House, which is managed by her son Robert Manning. Then in 2011, the opportunity to acquire the shop to the other side of Maud’s Attic became possible and her son, John, opened another outlet, The House In Town, to complete the trio by selling contemporary furniture, decorative items and works of art. We met up with John Manning to gain some expert insight on how to shop for every type of person, from the friend with a new townhouse, to a couple renovating a rustic barn…

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For those with contemporary tastes, their home may well be full of the latest trends and mod cons. Perhaps they live in a new townhouse, London penthouse or have modernised an older property to suit today’s modern busy lifestyles. For friends or familymembers like this, choosing something on trend, new and unusual can be daunting, but in our three stores we have something to suit all types of contemporary home whether they favour a monochrome theme or bright and bold. Current trends in the interior industry include geometric shapes, accent colours of blue and green and oriental or Asian influences.

TRADITIONAL For those that live in a traditional Suffolk farmhouse, renovated barn or who were entranced by the Scottish Highland trend of last autumn, a gift with a wildlife theme or distressed wood will perfectly fit into their home. Hares and deers have been popular this year in terms of fashionable prints and ornaments and tartan has remained a firm staple pattern. Lamps are always a good present idea for barns and country cottages as low ceilings and beams allow for less natural light.

ART DECO Glamorous and retro, the art deco style has been a trend in homeware, especially mirrors and lighting, over the past couple of years. The glamorous side to art deco reveals the

homeowners penchant for all things luxury and indulgent, so our Champagne prints will suit their desire for decadence in all aspects of their life. Simple and elegant pieces like a mantle clock will also appeal to their fondness for classic style and give a nod to their retro tastes.

COASTAL With Suffolk’s beautiful coastline not far from our doorstep, many locals and holiday-home owners have taken on a seaside theme for their homes, especially in living areas and bathrooms. For those that like nothing better than fresh air, a walk on the beach and fish and chips for tea, a gift that has the essence of their favourite things will be treasured for years to come. For a small gift that is both unusual, but sticking to the coastal theme, is the octopus bowl, a stunning item that has a real wow-factor. Visit The House In Town, Maud’s Attic and Merchant House Interiors, on St Peter’s Street in Ipswich to find more gorgeous home wears and gifts for the festive season. The House In Town, 23 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF. Tel: 01473 211145 houseintown.co.uk Maud’s Attic, 25 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF. Tel: 01473 221057 Merchant House Interiors, 27-29 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF. Tel: 01473 221054

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CONTEMPORARY ZEBRA 3D ART Part of a large collection from £80, The House In Town | Wire Mirror 94x110cm, £180, The House In Town | Coloured Clock available in 6 colours, 50cm £78, The House In Town | Monkey Cushion £60, The House In Town | Light £350, The House In Town

ART DECO Champagne 3D Art from £65, Merchant House Interiors | Clock £168, Merchant House Interiors | Silver Horse Head 36cm, £60, Maud’s Attic | Black & Gold Boxes small £18, large £24, Maud’s Atttic | Large Silver Dog 70cm £89, Maud’s Attic

TRADITIONAL Green & Gold Armchair £750, Merchant House Interiors | Reclaimed Wood Lamp £112, Merchant House Interiors | Golden Stag Bookends £30 a pair, Maud’s Attic | Antler Lamp £80, The House In Town | Gentelmen Dog Ornament £32, Maud’s Attic

COASTAL Boat Coffee Table £420, Merchant House Interiors | Map of the World Jar, £18, Maud’s Atttic | Octopus Bowl £140, Merchant House Interiors | Lantern £16, Maud’s Atttic | Globe 50cm, £84, Merchant House Interiors

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7. Set of Four Robins, £15, National Trust 8. Tartan reindeer, £3.49, Wyevale, Sudbury, Woodbridge & Bury St Edmunds 9. Tin Dove Hanging Decoration, £6, Monsoon, Ipswich 10. Set of Three Rustic Hedgehogs, £12, National Trust 11. Glitter Peacock, £5, National Trust 12. Gold Shellac Star Decoration, £6, Monsoon, Ipswich 13. Gold glitter chandelier, £3.49, Wyevale, Woodbridge, Sudbury & Bury St Edmunds 14. Silver glitter pinecone ball, £4.99, Wyevale, Woodbridge, Sudbury & Bury St Edmunds

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SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE We provide a fully bespoke financial advice service to help clients both create and maintain their wealth wherever they may be in their financial lifecycle. Some main areas of planning we can assist in are; INVESTMENTS When investing it is important that consideration is taken of a number of factors such as diversification, risk, financial objectives and time horizons. We are experienced in dealing with all these criteria and producing investment recommendations to meet the private investor’s requirements to help both create and maintain your wealth. PENSIONS Pension advice needs to cover a wide range of options including existing plans and potential new arrangements. This has become a complex area, requiring specialist advice, we can help guide you and select a suitable investment strategy to meet your requirements whether you are building for, or are at retirement. ESTATE PLANNING It is no longer the case that you need to be wealthy to be affected by Inheritance Tax. Significant increases in property values means that this tax applies to more estates than ever before. Inheritance Tax planning is a specialist area and there are a whole range of options to help mitigate Inheritance Tax bills. Some options are straightforward but increasingly some options are highly technical, we can help guide you through this financial maze.

For an initial, no obligation consultation at our expense please contact us at the office shown below, or e-mail us at info@galleonwealth.co.uk 67 Beech Road, Rushmere St Andrew Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 1AP

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Tax and Technology – a valuable

partnership Scrutton Bland’s Tax Directors Faye Howard and Graham Doubtfire look at the latest advances which are helping their clients stay ahead of the curve in electronic tax reporting

THEN AND NOW Can you remember what you were doing this time ten years ago? You probably just used your mobile phone to make calls. And in the tax world, you may have been contemplating that new-fangled self-assessment way of filling in your tax return. Fast forward ten years and the tax return process is about to undergo another cultural shift as the government’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative aims to get all businesses and selfassessing individuals submitting all tax data electronically rather than on paper.

GETTING YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS ‘Making Tax Digital’ aims to get all business and self-assessed private individuals to send their tax returns electronically by 2018. However the electronic tax compliance process will be much easier for Scrutton Bland business clients who have signed up to SBLive, a cloud-based accountancy package launched earlier this year.

SBLive can provide clients with live information regarding their payment notifications, invoice creation and expense processing as well as a host of other features designed to make managing a business’ finances faster and easier.

SBLIVE AND DIGITAL TAX ACCOUNTS The beauty of SBLive is that it places our clients ahead of the digital tax learning curve. Scrutton Bland offer training courses and one-to-one support for all SBLive clients so everyone feels confident and in control of the new system. And when other businesses are worrying about the 2018 electronic tax system deadlines, SBLive clients can relax knowing that their software will seamlessly transition to the electronic tax compliance requirements.

BETTER BUSINESS PLANNING The other big advantage for tax planning is that the management information provided through SBLive is available simultaneously to both client and adviser. This has huge planning

implications, since it allows Scrutton Bland’s tax advisers to proactively identify issues with you as they happen, rather than waiting until after the event to collate the figures.

TAX AND THE PRIVATE CLIENT If you would benefit from individual tax planning then it may be worth considering Scrutton Bland’s Private Client Service. This facility draws on the expertise of the professional advisers across the whole firm, who work together to create bespoke financial planning, tax and insurance advice that is specifically tailored to your own needs. Scrutton Bland will be running a number of year-end tax presentations in January 2017. To find out more or to have a no obligation chat about the Private Client Service, contact Graham Doubtfire on 01206 838400 graham.doubtfire@scruttonbland.co.uk or Faye Howard on 01473 267000 faye.howard@scruttonbland.co.uk

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Retreat East Georgia Watson meets Peter Ede, co-founder of the new private members club in Suffolk, Retreat East, to learn more about the innovative new business concept

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35-acre post-industrial farm in Hemingstone has been transformed into an innovative new concept of 21st Century living. The brainchild of solicitor Peter Ede and architect and entrepreneur, Dominic Richards, the collection of once derelict barns have been refurbished to become a luxury members club with a difference.

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Meeting with Peter at the site near Coddenham, he explained that after successful property development projects together, Peter and Dominic had seen the farm and wanted to do something special with it. ‘Another developer may have turned these barns into houses, sold the land in plots and cleared off, however we didn’t want to just do that. We wanted something special for this site, and so this idea developed,’ said Peter, ‘Basically, we came up with the plan for a country club, which is a very standard

American idea, that people have a place to go to when they come down from the city. It acts as a base for them, with accommodation added.’ Having worked closely with the Prince of Wales in the past, Dominic has incorporated the Prince’s ethos of sustainability and making the land work for the modern era, whilst still keeping the traditions of the country. ‘What we’ve got in Suffolk is a circle that we want to square. The circle is that we want

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Londoners to come to Suffolk because they spend money and contribute to our economy, but we don’t want them buying up the land and pricing out the starter homes, as it’s particularly one or two bedroom cottages that they are buying,’ explained Peter. ‘In Aldeburgh 45% of properties are second homes and up and down the coast we are seeing dead communities. Second home usage on average worldwide is 10 days a year, and I can understand that you’re busy in London or you’ve got commitments or family events, and then your house becomes a bind for you because you’ve got to clean the guttering, cut the grass and do all the maintenance. ‘So with all these thoughts in our head, we decided we would turn this place into a purpose built country bolt hole for 500 people, which works for them and is an addition to the community. It gets people out here spending their money in the local economy, creates jobs, but it also works for them because it takes all of the hassle out of full time second home ownership. Everything is managed, the outlay is far lower than buying a full time home, and the level of facilities and amenities is akin to a five star hotel. Few second homes have a designer club house, restaurant, gym, bar and full spa facilities on site. It really is, we believe, the intelligent 21st century alternative to having a stylish country bolt-hole.’ Offering members a legally registered debenture across the 35 acres, they will be able to stay in any of the self-catering barns, with their guests, for 15 nights of the year. Day trips to Retreat East will be unlimited for members, ideal for a day in the country with the family, having brunch and a spa treatment

before heading to the coast for walks and sailing. Also able to accommodate business meetings, the site is just a 70-minute journey from London. Calling their innovative concept a ‘Farmshare,’ after a look around the beautifully constructed facilities, we can’t wait to follow the next step in the Retreat East journey. For more information about membership, call: 01449 761971. A limited number of day usage only memberships for Suffolk residents will be available in Spring 2017. Retreat East, Brick Kiln Farm, Sandy Lane, Hemingstone, Suffolk, IP6 9QE suffolk.farm

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L’Instant Champagne, with Vitalie Taittinger.

Vitalie Taittinger is an active member of the family Champagne House.

Champagne for the Independently Minded

Champagne Taittinger is widely stocked in many independent wine merchants, Majestic Wine Warehouse, ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. For further information please contact sole UK agents: Hatch Mansfield, telephone 01344 871800, email info@hatch.co.uk @TaittingerUK · www.taittinger.com

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Taking the Stress Out of Divorce We speak to Lisa Dawson from Ellisons Solicitors about how its fixed fee takes some of the stress out of the divorce process

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he divorce process can be an incredibly difficult and upsetting time for all involved, and the family department at Ellisons Solicitors understands the worry and stress it can cause. Announcing that the firm will be offering a Fixed Fee Divorce at the Ipswich branch, at the same rate as their offices in Essex, the Fixed Fee Divorce will cover the divorce petition process, or dissolution of civil partnerships, and offers clients certainty in knowing exactly how much it is going to cost them.

Nicky Coates, Head of the Family Department, explains, ‘Many of our clients have taken advantage of the fixed fee divorce already, due to its competitive price, which ensures financial peace of mind at an uncertain time. Divorce is naturally stressful, but if we can ease the financial burden then that’s one less thing to have to worry about.’ The Family team has an excellent reputation across Essex and Suffolk, with Nicky Coates continuously noted as a well-respected family solicitor. In the most recent Chambers & Partners, Nicky was described as: ‘somebody who has a terrific manner with clients, but also fiercely determined when it comes to

negotiating the best outcome for her side.’ Her experienced team includes Lisa Dawson, an Associate Solicitor who works with our Ipswich based clients, MaryCarmel Langley, Solicitor and Jane Snook, Chartered Legal Executive. For further information, please visit ellisonssolictors.com or call 01206 764477 to discuss your matter. Ipswich clients are encouraged to email lisa.dawson@ellisonssolicitors.com The fixed fee rate is £1,200, including VAT and disbursements. A breakdown is as follows: Our fees (Inc. VAT) £650.00 Court fee £550.00 Total £1,200.00 Respondent – £450 including VAT

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Have the certainty of knowing exactly how much your divorce is going to cost you. At Ellisons we are pleased to offer our clients a Fixed Fee Divorce. Our fixed fee is £1,200 including VAT and disbursements* Call us today to find out more

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Succession Planning

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Blocks discusses the importance of succession planning for your business, especially when family members are involved in the company

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our business is a longterm investment of both your time and financial resources, and effective succession planning can help you make the most of both of these. Naturally, many tough decisions will need to be made when developing and implementing your exit strategy. However, whether you are planning for succession; management buy in/out; or sale to a third party, developing a succession plan should help to ensure the smooth transition of you from your business, perhaps from one generation to the next. However, you should be realistic, rather than sentimental when considering succession. Do the children want to take over your business? Do they have the skills to do so? If there is more than one, can they work together, and who will be MD? Even if you feel that they can work together, it is vital that you put in place the legal

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mechanisms to clarify respective duties and rights – particularly a good shareholders agreement. The consequences of family members falling out are so serious that this is especially important. If the children are not able, willing, or sufficiently compatible to take over from you, then you might want to consider selling the business to the existing management team. Warranties and indemnities on such a sale will be much reduced and simplified because the buyer already knows the business inside out. If you would like to withdraw from the business gradually, there may need to be provision for entrenched rights of directorship during that transitional period. In these circumstances, a consultancy agreement may be particularly useful. Business issues must also be co-ordinated with your will. Thought should be given to family members whether or not you intend for them to be involved or have an interest in the business. Failing to do so could result in assets/shares and control of the business not

passing to those you would like them to. In any event, preliminary advice on tax issues is vital. We cannot emphasise enough that this is a complicated area of law, and that planning ahead is absolutely essential. Without it, the worst case scenario is that your business keels over and dies simply because no proper strategy has been put in place when a crisis – such as long term illness or death, occurs. At Blocks, Company and Commercial Partner Andrew Fleming together with colleagues Craig Fiddaman and Kim Caley have over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of Company and Commercial Law and have the legal expertise to guide you through the different aspects of releasing ownership. Further information about the services offered by Blocks can be found on our website, but if you would prefer to speak to someone directly, please call 01473 230033.

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Our Design Passion & Innovation - Now in a High Chair At iCandy we’ve always been known for pushing boundaries in design and functionality with our luxury pushchairs. Now we’ve applied our experience and in-depth knowledge to create a truly unique high chair. The iCandy MiChair transforms into a nursery chair or rocking chair once its life as a high chair has ended, and with the optional Newborn Pod is also suitable from birth.

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