MARCH 2010 ISSUE 62
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Hooray! Spring is most definitely in the air as I write today, the sun is out (I’ll ignore the fact we have flooding just down the road from us), but isn’t it great how a little bit of sunshine can really lift your spirits. And we are back with another fun filled issue of the MHD!
mhdcontents MARCH 2010
Community & Family 6-23 March Calendar 6 Frank Warby 8 Community News 10-11 Christ Church Moreton Hall 12-13 Andrew Southwood 14 Woodland Ways 16 Karen Cannard, Food for Thought 18-20 Life after retirement 22-23
What’s On March March fun for the kids What’s on at the Community Centre Theatre Listings Local Golf News Cinema listings
I’ve had a couple of lovely emails recently complementing some of the businesses in the MHD, which is always good news. I would like to put a page together in the next issue so if you have used a business from the magazine, please do let me know if you were happy with the service and any other comments you may have, I do love to hear from you all...
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As usual, there are tons of interesting articles in this issue, from community news to business matters, a packed what’s on section to health and beauty, everything you need to enjoy your March to the max.
Don’t forget Mother’s Day on 14th March! And the clocks go forward on 28th March. Take care, have a great Easter and see you in April.
Shopping Look out for the sunshine MHD Sale
Health & Beauty Bury Osteopaths Self Centre Irritable Bowel Syndrome 8 ways to beat crows feet
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Home & Garden March in the garden Decorating a child’s bedroom
Motoring & Travel
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What to do if you have a car accident
St David’s Day
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS YOUTH CLUB
As the days grow longer we find that more youngsters come to the club. This means we need more Mums and dads to help supervise. On a rota basis, it would mean having to attend once a month. We have just lost a very valuable director, who due to school and family commitments has had to resign,
The Mayor and I attended a carol service which was held in St Mary’s church on the 12th February, just before Valentines Day. The service should have taken place before Christmas but sadly due to the bad weather it had to be postponed. After all the hard work the children put into the service it was only fair that they should have their day. So on a very cold February day with a full church these children put on a great show, substituting the Nativity for a history of Valentine’s folklore. During the service the children presented cheques to Cancer Research UK, the Meningitis Trust, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and The Alzheimer’s Society a total of £4,451.86p. The children raised the money themselves by year groups. A great deal of hard work by the teachers and children. Well done to all.
we are very grateful for her help and support and Wendy will be sadly missed. So come on mum and dads support your children’s club, we fought hard to get it please don’t let us loose it. Anyone interested please email me frankjwarby@aol. com or ring 01284 704138.
CLEANER ESTATE I read in the Bury Free Press of a lady from Moreton Hall complaining about the state of some of the areas on our estate. I walk round the estate on a regular basis and yes you will find pockets where plastic bags end up but nothing drastic. One of her concerns also was the amount dog foul and suggests that we put up sign’s pointing out where the dog bins are. The dog bins are
bright red so that they stick out, but whatever you do the main problem is the dog owners who will not clear up after their dogs. I have a dog which I walk twice a day, I meet up with other dog walkers and we all carry dog litter bags and we are never very far from a large RED bin. Come on you dogs teach your owners how to behave and keep our estate clean. Bag it and bin it.
RESPONSE TO GRIT BINS Many thanks to all that replied to my request for information regarding where grit bins were needed. The following areas have been flagged up as needing salt or grit bins: Top end of Oswyn Close, Kingbird Drive, Liberty Close and Southern Belle Close, Kingsworth
and Emsworth, Mount Road Pedestrain crossing and Bradbrook close, Jermyn lose and last but no means least Wilbye Close. I have forwarded these to the borough council and the Town council. Hopefully they should be in place by the next snowy or Icy snap.
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Running trio aim high for charity Local business men, Jeremy Procter, Alex Howell and Adrian Lewis in London Marathon challenge. some fantastic prizes on offer plus cash draws. Please call Jeremy on 07768 984863 or Alex 07811 165524 to get your tickets or if you would like to offer any donations or prizes for the raffle. Please book quickly if you would like to attend, tickets are strictly limited and we are sure you won’t want to miss out on your chance to help and have fun at the same time! Jeremy Procter (left) and Alex Howell (right) prepare for the London Marathon in April
This April, Jeremy Procter (owner of the MHD), Alex Howell and Adrian Lewis (both from Frames Conservatories Direct) are undertaking a massive challenge... running the London Marathon in aid of SCOPE. And they need your help! Alongside the main challenge of actually running the 26.5 miles, they also need to raise £1,700 each for the charity. Their task started in mid 2009 when the 3 of them were lucky enough to be invited to run for the charity SCOPE. After the initial excitement of being accepted, they then had to knuckle down and begin the hard work of preparing themselves both physically and mentally for the run. All 3 have been training very hard throughout the atrocious weather conditions we’ve been enjoying this winter. In fact you may well have
seen Alex (and sometimes Jeremy) running around the Moreton Hall at all hours! As well as the physical fitness, the boys have seen some impressive improvements in their health generally, with Alex losing 2.5 stone already, and Jeremy giving up smoking to improve his chances of success. To boost their fundraising efforts, the boys have organised a ‘Start of the Summer BBQ’ at the Moreton Hall Community Centre on Saturday 17th April. They (and we at the MHD) would love it if you would like to join us by buying a ticket for the evening. Tickets are £10 each and you will enjoy a fabulous Disco and FREE BBQ to see in the Summer in, in style. All proceeds to SCOPE. There will also be a giant raffle with
Other fundraising events are being held, a whole weekend of activities is on offer at The Pykkerell during the Easter weekend in April, with proceeds also going to SCOPE. Again, if you are business that can offer any donations or raffle prizes to the cause, please contact Jeremy or Alex. All business will receive a mention in the MHD. There will also be a Charity Race Night at the Moreton Hall Community Centre in May, dates to be confirmed, so if you are unable to attend the BBQ, please consider supporting them at the race night, look out for details in the MHD. So, we will keep you updated with how the boys get on in the London Marathon. And please, please do whatever you can to help, it will be so much appreciated both by the guys and the charity SCOPE who do so much for disabled people and people with cerebral palsy. For more information please visit their website at www.scope.org.uk Thank you!
DANCING WITH DIVERSITY Some of the ‘Diversity’ boys
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Daisy and Lucy meet ‘Flava’
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The last weekend in February was an exciting one for me, my friend and our daughters. We spent the weekend at Alton Towers for a dance workshop with two expert dance groups, Flava and Diversity (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent). The weekend was fascinating, with hundreds of kids attending, some as young as 3 years old. There were some amazingly talented dancers, both on and off stage and we came away quite inspired. (I was desperate to show off my ‘running man’ skills, but managed to hold myself back).
We watched performances from both Flava and Diversity which were both incredible. The street dancing workshops were brilliant and the girls learnt some really cool moves. I really enjoyed the whole vibe of the weekend, Flava try to introduce an ‘anti-bullying’ message within their workshops. I would be really interested if anyone has any information about any street dance groups or clubs in Bury St Edmunds, or if anyone is trained in this area and would be interested in starting something up with our support, as it was extremely enjoyable and really beneficial to young people. Please contact me if you have any information on 01359 271150. themhd
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Jonathan Ford Contact The Church Office on 01284 725391 In March we think of many things but I suppose most of us will be aware that as the chocolate eggs are now in the shops, Easter is not far away. As part of the preparation for Easter this year all the churches have come together to put on a special event called Passion for Life. You will see from the posters across the town that there is not one event but a whole series staged in different churches, covering different topics and activities. Jesus said: “I have come that you might have life and life in all its fullness”. So to celebrate the life that Jesus has come to give us, the churches have taken this opportunity to put on a series of interesting meetings to explain what they mean and how this bigger, better, new life can be accessed by us all. Please try to find time to attend and, if you live on the Moreton Hall estate, perhaps you might like to come to the special Wine and Wisdom evening we are holding on Friday 19th March at 7:30PM. March is also the time we set time aside to say a special thank you to our mothers. Motherhood has become a deeply complex and demanding issue these days, so it is good to say thank
you for all those women who give up so much of their lives to be good mothers. We also remember those who would have liked to have children but could not. They need our love and support too. So why not join us on the March 21st in the morning when we give a gift of posies to all those who have given so much to us The other thing that predominates our thinking at this time is Haiti. One of the great sadness of our times is that once the television cameras have turned their attention away from the disaster, places like Haiti are quickly forgotten. However, the charity aid agencies never forget. Principal among them is Christian Aid. They respond to the immediate disaster, and spend a great deal of time and money helping countries reconstruct themselves after the disaster is long gone and forgotten. Last year Moreton Hall raised over £3,500 for Christian Aid. They told us that this enough to save nearly seven thousand people, which is almost the entire population of Moreton Hall. So that we do not forget Haiti and other places, we will be making every effort to try to beat that
total this year. At the beginning of May there will be another fun-run and later in May during Christian Aid week, we will be calling at your door to collect the famous red envelopes. If you would like to take part in the fun-run, why not get into training now. You only have to run, walk; push a pram, or walk the dog for an hour or so to raise large sums of money for this organisation. If you would like to take part in distributing or collecting the envelopes, please let us know on 01284 725391. Easter is all about the fact that Jesus gave His entire life to save others. All He asks of us is that we give some of our life to help others. In return for this He will give us a new, better life – life in all its fullness, and because He died and rose again, an eternal life with Him in heaven. Why not be part of this great life activity and if you want to know more, please join us on any Sunday. With every blessing, Yours sincerely, Jonathan Ford
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you are the best! by Andrew Southwood Our Son has a book, which starts “My Mum’s the best Mum in the world”. A statement of the obvious perhaps, but one which I should think the majority of us agree with. I don’t mean that you all think my wife is the best Mum in the world you understand (although that is almost true!). What I’m saying is, we all know that our Mum is the best and nobody else’s comes close!
after me”, with a few carnations. I don’t think I was a particularly difficult child, but that still feels a bit lame. She’s worth far more than that to me. So how about an amazing weekend away, being pampered like an Greek Goddess, or a balloon trip, or night out in London taking in her favourite show? I’ve seen some incredible deals advertised recently. A box of hand made Belgian chocolates
my Mum well enough by now to figure this one out. What she’d truly prefer more than any of that is something far more valuable. Something that money can’t buy. If you asked her what she would like on Mothers Day, she’d almost certainly say a visit from her kids, a bespoke homemade card and a good catch up over a relaxed cuppa. Throw in a cute grandchild running round her house like a crazy wind up toy and I think I’ll have made her day.
“thanks for bringing me into this world and giving up the best years of your life looking after me” So, now that I’ve confirmed the fact, that my Mum is indeed the greatest person in the whole world, how am I going to suitably mark Mothering Sunday? It’s a tricky one isn’t it? Somehow a bunch of flowers and a posh box of chocolates doesn’t really seem to do the job. It’s a bit like saying “thanks for bringing me into this world and giving up the best years of your life looking
complete with a huge helium balloon and a breathtaking bouquet… all for the bargain price of £99. They even claim to deliver the goods directly to your Mums door on the Sunday morning. Yes, that sounds perfect – she’d love that… wouldn’t she?
I guess it’s a shame that it sometimes seems to take these special dates to remind us what’s important. So, here’s an idea. How about I give her a ring right now – for no particular reason, other than to see how she is and promise her that visit on Sunday the 14th.
But hang on. I think perhaps I’m missing something. I think I know
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Moreton Hall’s ecosystem Moreton Hall’s Monthly Nature Watch by Woodland Ways Everyone on the planet needs the many processes and resources that are supplied by natural ecosystems. Collectively, these are known as ecosystem services and include products like clean drinking water and processes such as the decomposition of wastes. Our natural environment is necessary for our survical, as well as for the survival of the countless millions of species we share our globe with. Ecosystem services fall into four broad categories: provisioning, such as the production of food and water; regulating, such as the control of climate and disease; supporting, such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and cultural, such as spiritual and recreational benefits. The impacts of the use and abuse of these ecosystem services are becoming evermore apparent – air and water quality are increasingly compromised, oceans are being over-fished, pests and diseases are extending beyond their historical boundaries, and deforestation is eliminating flood control around human settlements. Consequently, society is coming to realise that ecosystem services are not only threatened and limited, but that the pressure to compromise between immediate and long-term human needs is urgent. But how do these rather sweeping statements about our world relate to somewhere such as Moreton Hall?
A few Moreton Hall residents grow their own vegetable, fruit, and some even keep chickens, but as a housing estate we are dependent on food being brought in from elsewhere in the world. Food from every continent except Antarctica floods our supermarkets. We export provisions, though, in particular much of the rain that falls onto the ground percolates through the soil and ends up in the chalk groundwater or in the River Lark, where it is available for use. Our woods provide us with shade and cooling in hot weather, and a windbreak when its windy. Predatory insects in hedges on the fringes of the estate move out into fields and devour pest insects such as insects, reducing the need for pesticide sprays. And our woodlands and grasslands provide places of recreation, of quiet contemplation,
and places to restore that millionyear old emotional connection with nature that is too often forgotten in a world of steel, glass and concrete. Although we often think of ‘the environment’ as something we see on our television screens, in reality Moreton Hall is part of the environment, and our actions here are an indicator to our attitudes to ecosystems services – help them or hinder them, we all need them!
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Why not join in with a Woodland Ways work party to help improve the Moreton Hall woods? No experience is needed and all are welcome; we’ll show you what to do. For more information please see www.woodlandways.org.uk, see the Woodland Ways noticeboard in the Community Centre, contact Nick Sibbett on 01284 723847 or email information@ woodlandways.org.uk
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Tackling that waste with ideas new and old. by Karen Cannard From the 1st -15th March, several roads in the Abbots Green area of Moreton Hall are taking part in the Seven Suffolk Streets project to see if they can slim their bins by 50%.
Itâ€™s part of a wider Defra funded project, which has been organised by the Suffolk Waste Partnership aiming to reduce the countyâ€™s waste and to measure the effectiveness of working more closely with schools,
businesses and residents across each of its seven district councils. Of course, most of us recycle what we can and as residents approach the challenge, many people will be wondering what other ways there are to reduce the trash that ends up in the black bin. When I took part in the Zero Waste Week two years ago, I was one of those people scratching my head in befuddlement, wondering how I could win the battle against unrecyclable packaging and food waste, which made up most of my rubbish. But food waste was probably the easiest part of my rubbish to tackle, even with two fussy kids and a choosy husband. I soon
community&family became a fan of the Love Food Hate Waste website, which offers tips from celebrity chefs, as well as old fashioned advice from ordinary folk across the UK about using up leftovers. So if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare and have access to a computer, I’d recommend a quick visit to www. lovefoodhatewaste.com. But what about all that blimmin’ packaging that covers your food! Well I’m not the kind of girl to strip it all off at the checkout, so I had to work undercover. You can picture the scene, dark glasses and long mac, moving around the shops of Bury St Edmunds in a stealth-like manner to avoid over-packaged stuff jumping in my trolley. Like a match made in heaven, I’d choose products that had packaging which could at least be recycled in Bury St Edmunds and wherever possible I’d try and avoid it all together, stopping short of juggling loose coffee beans home in my handbag. As well as avoiding fruit bags in the supermarkets for bananas and other large produce items, it’s also possible to cut down on other packaging too. So if you’re a another loose fruit on a mission to lighten your load, here are a few pointers to just a few of the gems in Bury St Edmunds that could just help you out. Butterworths on The Traverse sells ground coffee and loose tea from its bulk containers, as well as a whole range of produce such as dried peppers and short-grain rice. They’re either provided in easy-to-recycle paper
bags or you can take your own containers in to be refilled. Staff are also happy to buy certain products in bulk for you too Elsewhere loose coffee and tea is also available from Harriet’s Tea Rooms or the coffee stall in the market. If you want to ditch your muesli packaging, pay a visit to Holland & Barrett’s new store on the Buttermarket, where you can refill one of their plastic containers from their new “Fill and Go…” service, which includes a wide selection of dried fruit as well as refillable glass bottles for olive oil products and flavoured vinegars.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Bury St Edmunds is now awash with loose sweeties, including Auntie Pam’s Sweet Shop on The Traverse, Mister Everett’s on Abbeygate Street as well as several stalls that have popped up recently on the market. So even when it comes to treats, you can ditch the hard-to-recycle packets on pre-packed products. So, good luck to residents who are taking part in Airfield Rd, Juniper Road and Hazel Road, as well as to The Flying Fortress, which is also joining the Seven Suffolk Streets project, and has already introduced glass recycling for its bottles. Abbots Green school is also taking part to see what else they can recycle during the two week challenge. Even if you don’t live in the Seven Suffolk Street’s project area, you can still get the latest information about recycling in St Edmundsbury. Contact 01284 757320. Alternatively check out www.suffolkrecycling.org. uk or follow Karen’s blog which includes an online guide to slimming your bin to almost zero waste in just eight weeks: www. therubbishdiet.co.uk.
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community&family Continued from page 19 Residents’ Tips: Thank you to Alison Wilkinson, from Cranesbill Drive for the following tips on how to use up leftovers. • At the end of the week, use up any leftover vegetables in the fridge and make a hearty soup for Saturday lunchtime. Any veg will do - and adding a big spoon of mascarpone cheese makes it delicious and creamy. • To use up tinned sweetcorn - try corn pancakes. Great for kids and healthy too. You just use twice the weight of corn to flour eg: (4oz corn, 2oz self raising flour, 1 egg, seasoning and add milk to make a thick batter. Fry as you would normal pancakes.). Great for lunches or brunch! • Make a roast chicken last 4 meals! - use the breast meat for the roast dinner, the leg meat for a chicken pie, any remaining meat is great to make chinese chicken and vegetable noodles (kids’ favourite) and then make stock with the bones. Thrifty!
Stop Press! BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy has launched the 2010 Don’t be a Tosser anti-litter campaign, which will also tackle graffiti and fly-tipping. If you’d like to organise a clear-up in your area, it is important to contact St Edmundsbury Borough Council who can help with high visibility jackets, bags, pick sticks and the all important disposal of your collected waste. Our local contact is Andrew.Harvey@stedsbc. gov.uk or call 01284 757687. Posters promoting the campaign can also be downloaded from: www. bbc.co.uk/suffolk.
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Life after Retirement How to enjoy your new lifestyle There is no denying the fact that when you retire your lifestyle changes too. This does not in anyway mean that you will no longer lead a happy and contented life. Retirement can be beautiful if you plan it well. Unlike in years gone by, planning for life after retirement requires much more thought and more money simply because our expectations are much higher today. The desire to lead a carefree lifestyle after retirement is certainly uppermost in the minds of most people. Some priority areas you should consider are: Health: Your health should be your first major concern after retirement. How best you can maintain good health and remain active will determine the lifestyle you will be able to enjoy in the years to come. Proper diet and a daily walk for about forty five minutes will keep you fit and healthy. Additionally joining a Senior Citizens Club and participating in their social activities and regular exercise programs will be helpful.
Part-Time Work or Voluntary Work: Let us face the fact that all of us humans possess a certain amount of ego and pride and our jobs gave us the opportunity to display them. That has all disappeared now. This happens to everyone who retires from active service and this is what life is all about. Instead of worrying, think of ways and means of adopting yourself to the changing circumstances.
If you are fit and active and if you need an additional income, you can find a part-time job that you will be happy with. If you are unable to get one, the next best thing is to look for a voluntary job. Many organisations are manned by retired personnel whose work ethics are greatly valued and appreciated. Doing a voluntary job, helping people can be very satisfying and gives you the added satisfaction of continuing to be in the public eye even after retirement.
community&family Computer and the Internet: Today the computer and the internet provide you with a wonderful opportunity to keep yourself occupied for several hours in your new lifestyle. This is indeed a blessing for many retirees who are knowledgeable about the use of the computer. News from around the world, music, videos, complete novels are all right there at your finger tips. You could also be in touch with your family and friends by e-mail. Those not conversant with the use of the computer can easily gain proficiency by attending special classes conducted for senior citizens. The computer and the internet also provide you
with a great opportunity to earn an additional income while keeping yourself mentally active. Thus life after retirement can be financially remunerative too. You can enroll yourself with online paid survey companies and participate in online surveys for which you will be remunerated. Participating in online auctions by enrolling yourself with e-Bay or other auction sites is another popular way of earning an additional income. An easy way of getting started is to sell your own items that you have discarded and stored away in the garage or loft.
Starting a Blog is another way of keeping yourself occupied and giving expression to your views and thoughts online while at the same time monetising your Blog with Google Adsense and other affiliate programs. Conclusion: With better living standards and the improved quality of life, the present perception of life after retirement is not about age but more about the state of your mind. It is what you think you are. So dump your fears about age and retirement and start enjoying your new lifestyle.
March fun for the kids Discovering Moyse’s Hall Saturday 6 March 2010 Moyse’s Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DX What goes on in your local museum – come along and find out. Free activities and quizzes for children, lecture, meet The Friends of Moyse’s Hall and other groups that use these facilities. FREE entry. 10am - 5pm. Telephone: 01284 757160 Email: email@example.com Discover West Stow Sat 6th - Sun 7th March 2010 West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Free Open Day at West Stow. Explore the reconstructed AngloSaxon village and discover what life was like for the original occupants 1,500 years ago. For all the family. FREE entry to the Anglo-Saxon Village on these days only. No need to book. 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) Telephone: 01284 728718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. uk Lambing and Spring Bulbs Every Sunday 7th - 28th March 2010 Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9BA Kentwell’s Gardens & Farm are open from February 14 on some Saturdays and all Sundays until end of March and daily during February half-term. On the Farm At this time animals are in for winter and the sheep are lambing. Kentwell has its own flock of sheep and visitors may see lambs being
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born or orphan lambs being bottlefed. The Heavy Horses are in and often are being groomed and sometimes put in harness and, occasionally on a Sunday, horses being shod. There are usually young piglets and goatlings and perhaps a young calf or two; and almost certainly some chicks, ducklings or goslings hatching. The Bulbs Kentwell offers lovely walks through spring bulbs. In February there are Snowdrops a’plenty and Aconites. As these die back there are massed Daffodils on the front Lawns, in the Avenues and the Shrubbery and on the banks of the Moat. These last well into April and some even into May but are usually at their best in late March and early April. After that come Primroses, Cowslips, Oxslips, Bugle, Violets and Forget-me-nots. Finally in May there are Bluebells. Yet by then, the Fruit Blossom in the Walled Garden is in flower and the Herb Garden and Potager are coming to their peak. Telephone: 01787 310207 www.kentwell.co.uk
The Enchanted Pig Tues 30th March - Sat 3rd April2010 Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Direct from The Royal Opera House and Broadway, this terrifically funny fairytale is the perfect family treat. When you’re a princess you expect a fairytale wedding. You don’t expect your husband to be hairy, smelly and a genuine pig. Of course, underneath that porcine exterior lives a prince trapped by a witch’s spell… Based on a Romanian folktale, and featuring a live six-piece orchestra, The Enchanted Pig was a huge hit on its first production in 2006. Jonathan Dove’s playful score brings the moon, the stars and the Milky Way to vivid musical life while Alasdair Middleton’s wonderfully witty lyrics tickle children and adults alike. Email: email@example.com secure.theatreroyal.org
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Lots to enjoy at The Pykkerell throughout March. Join the fun! Call us for more details. Miles Hunt Saturday 6th March
An evening of music, with singer Miles Hunt. Tickets must be purchased. £8 in advance or £10 on the door.
Paddy Night with Curry Wednesday 17th March
St. Patricks Day celebrations will be held here with guinness on tap, and curry in the restaurant.
Elvis Tribute Night Sunday 21st March
To be hosted in aid of the Bosnia & Haiti Charity.
Big Cheese Comedy Night Thursday 25th March Come and enjoy a night of laughter. Booking essential. 4 Top Comediens. £10 per ticket, or £20 per ticket with a Steak and Pint.
Sunday 14th March Make your mum or loved one feel special this mothering sunday. 3 course set menu is £13.95 per person. Free gift for all mothers!
Choose from our selection of delicious home-made curries.
A 8oz chargrilled steak served with chips, onion rings, mushrooms & tomato.
A 10oz cod in beer batter served with chips, mushy peas, bread and butter.
Curry Night £6.50
Steak Night £6.95
Fish Night £6.75
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AUDIENCES will be tapping their feet when the Irving Stage Company takes to the stage with its latest production. Rehearsals are well under way for Guys and Dolls, which opens at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, in March. The popular musical, set in 1940s New York, tells the story of crapshooter Nathan Detroit, who bets high stakes gambler Sky Masterson he cannot take missionary Sarah Brown to Havana, Cuba. Cue exhilarating song and dance routines, the glamorous Hot Box nightclub - complete with sassy dancers - and throw in two touching love stories and the stage is set for a fun night at the theatre.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Sian is working with musical director Mark Jefferson to bring to life their vision of the musical comedy in an attempt to wow theatre audiences. Among those to take principal roles are Marc Kerr and Chris Longman, who both live on the Moreton Hall estate, and play the parts of Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson respectively.
7.30PM 9th - 13th March 2010 MATINEE SATURDAY 13th MARCH at 2.30pm Theatre Royal, Bury St, Edm unds (01284) 769505
Neither are strangers to the stage - both had roles in last year’s Chess - but they are looking forward to the more upbeat Guys and Dolls.
Audiences will be familiar with show-stopping numbers including sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat and If I Were a Bell.
And fellow estate residents Kathryn Smith and Camille Berriman, two of the Hot Box dancers, are busily brushing up their dance routines ready for opening night.
The show is being directed and choreographed by Sian Couture, who has previously put her stamp on the musicals Chess, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and A Chorus Line, which also played at Bury’s Theatre Royal.
Guys and Dolls is on at the Theatre Royal, in Bury, from March 9-13, at 7.30pm, with a matinée on March 13, at 2.30pm. To buy tickets, contact the box office on 01284 769505 or go to www. theatreroyal.org
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The Bury-based Irving Stage Company celebrated its 50th birthday last year, but 2010 is shaping up to be another busy year for the group. Aside from Guys and Dolls, already in the copmpany’s diary this year is a July production of Romeo and Juliet in the cloisters of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and an autumn production of A Streetcar Named Desire, at the town’s beautifully restored Regency Theatre Royal. Members cone from across the region, are of all ages and come from all walks of life - from teachers and journalists to charity workers. Membership costs £24 a year (£12 concessions), with joining details on the website www.irvingstage.co.uk The society does not just welcome those who want to tread the boards, but also those who prefer to remain out of the spotlight, whether helping backstage, constructing sets, helping with hair and make-up or co-ordinating costumes.
Maiden tour win for Dodd Golf professional Lawrence Dodd captured his first tour victory at the Golf de Mogador course in Morocco last week. Dodd, from Bury St Edmunds made his debut on the Alps Golf Tour and won the event with a stunning 17 under par total of 199. Gusting high winds affected the event but Dodd and Scotland’s Gavin Dear pulled clear of the field with matching opening rounds of 68 and 64. The final round saw both players locked together until three consecutive birdies from the 14th saw Dodd close out a comfortable three shot victory. Dodd who is sponsored by Bury St Edmunds based G Signs & Design and Hayden Environment Services said “I am delighted to win my first professional event. The course and people in Morocco were fantastic and very supportive. It was great to lift the trophy, make so many birdies and see the years of practice pay off!” Dodd will be back in action on the Alps Golf Tour on the 11th of March. Additional information Lawrence Dodd: Dodd has played golf since the age of eight continuing throughout his teens winning three consecutive Suffolk Amateur titles. His first international break came when he was asked to represent England in the Dutch U 21 Championship
where he finished 8th. He was then selected to compete in the Greek Amateur Championship which he won by 10 shots. More selections followed including caps in the European Youths Championship, the winning Home Internationals Team and England Elite Squad.
Lawrence turned professional in 2006 with the ultimate goal of playing on the European Tour. After a good showing in the 2007 European Tour school he earned the right to play the European Challenge Tour and four European Tour events in 2008. 2009 saw Dodd complete on the European Challenge Tour.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D
Director: Tim Burton Starring: Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska A grown-up Alice returns to Wonderland in director Tim Burton’s visionary 3D update of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy adventure. Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is now 19 years old and destined to be married to a rich suitor. When she runs off into the grounds of a Victorian estate at a party thrown in her honour, she once again stumbles down a rabbit hole into the magical world she first discovered as a young girl. But things have changed since Alice’s last visit, with the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) having taken over ‘Underland’. It’s up to Alice to slay the Jabberwock that guards her evil empire and restore peace. Help is at hand in the form of the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) as Tim Burton puts his unique twist on one of the most adored stories of all time.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG U Director: John Musker, Ron Clements Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey
The classic fairytale romance is retold in this magical animated musical from Walt Disney. When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia (Bruno Campos) comes to New Orleans, a deal with a shady voodoo doctor Dr Facilier (Keith David) goes bad and the once-suave royal is turned into a frog. His desperate attempts to become human again lead him to a fateful kiss on the lips from a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose). However, things takes an unexpected turn, leading them both on a serious of hilarious escapades through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and back to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. With the help of a 197year-old voodoo priestess named Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis), a love-sick Cajun firefly called Ray (Jim Cummings), and Louis (Micahel-Leon Wooley), a trumpet-playing alligator, Tiana and her unlikely prince have the romantic adventure of a lifetime.
Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon This inspiring true-life tale from director Clint Eastwood has earned Oscar nominations for Morgan Freeman (Best Actor) and Matt Damon (Best Supporting Actor). After 27 years in prison Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is elected President of the newlydemocratic Republic of South Africa. But his country remains deeply divided, with an impoverished black majority harbouring anger towards their resentful former white oppressors. Attending an international rugby match, Mandela notes that all the whites cheer for the South African team, the Springboks, while all the blacks are cheering for England. Realising that sport is a possible way to unite his nation, Mandela enlists the help of the Springbok captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon). As Pienaar learns from Mandela’s experiences and tries to follow his example, he is inspired to pursue an impossible dream – for the Springboks to defeat the unstoppable New Zealand All Blacks and win the 1995 rugby World Cup.
Cinemas in Bury St Edmunds: Cineworld, Parkway, IP33 3BA. Tel 0871 200 2000 Hollywood Film Theatre, Hatter Street, IP33 1NE Box Office 01284 762586, 24 hr Info Line 01284 754477.
Everyone will adore these little lemony Easter cakes! Ingredients Easter cakes 50g butter, softened 350g sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
450g plain flour 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 .In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add lemon zest and vanilla; mix well.
450ml soured cream Buttercream icing 250g butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 600g icing sugar 2 tablespoons milk Decoration 1 tube black decorating icing 30 marshmallows, cut in half lengthways pink decorating sugar chocolate buttons or smarties
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with soured cream (cake mixture will be thick). Fill muffin cups with 4 tablespoons of cake mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 4. Meanwhile make the icing: In a large bowl,
cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. 5. Take the marshmallow halves and place them on a clean surface, cut side down. Spread a little bit of icing over the top of each. Then sprinkle with the pink decorating sugar. These are your ears. 6. When the cakes are cool, spread an even layer of icing over each. Then take the prepared marshmallow halves and carefully place two on each cake to make the ears. Finally, make the face by putting a choc button or smartie in the middle for a nose, and then drawing eyes and whiskers with the black decorating icing. themhd
Steak and Guinness Pie If you dont fancy drinking pints of Guinness this St Patricks
Day, try cooking this delicious pie for all the family to enjoy! Ingredients 1kg diced chuck steak (1 inch dice) 10ml oil for browning the meat 300g diced onions 200g diced carrot 200g sliced leeks 1.5 cans of Original Guinness 200ml water 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon Bovril or 50ml concentrated beef stock 5ml Worcester sauce Teaspoon of fresh thyme
For the pastry (this depends on the size of your pie dish): 600g shortcrust pastry for bottom and sides 200g puff pastry for the top 1 egg to glaze
Method 1. Chop the onion, carrot and leeks into bite-sized chunks and set aside. 2. In a heavy pan add the oil and brown the steak in small batches, set aside and deglaze the pan with a small amount of the Guinness, add this to the resting beef. 3. Heat the last of the oil and soften the onion and the vegetables. Add the rested meat and juices back into the pan with the vegetables and add the bay leaf, fresh thyme and Worcester sauce. 4. Add the water until just showing under the meat and vegetables and then add the Guinness to cover. 5. Cook on a low heat on the hob or in the oven uncovered for approx 1 hour until tender and reduced slightly. 6. You can thicken the sauce by mixing a little of the
leftover Guinness with flour and added to the mix for the final 20 minutes, this also adds a touch more flavour. When done leave to cool. Tip: To cool dishes quickly place the pan in a washing up bowl or sink filled with cold water. 7. Meanwhile make the shortcrust pastry or roll out ready made to fit your pie dish, fold around and flatten the edge and fill with the cooled mix. If you add the mix while it’s still hot you’ll end up with a soggy bottom to your pie. 8. Brush the edge with beaten a egg and top off with the puff pastry cut to size. Trim the edge and glass the top of the pie with the remained of the egg. 9. Place the pie in oven at 180˚C for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool for a moment then serve.
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MARCH 2010 List items for sale free of charge to Moreton Hall Residents, email: gemma@ moretonhalldirectory.com Roof Box fits old style Renault Sceinic (W reg), very good condition. £50 Tel 07775921086 Stage 2 Britax car seat with 4 point harness (from approx 9 mths to approx 4 years). Very good condition, £10 ONO. Tel 01284 769360 Exercise bike excellent condition, hardly used, gel seat and electronic controls £25 ONO. Tel 01284 769360
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My name is Emma Longland and I graduated from Birmingham University in 2009 with a degree in sports therapy. I joined Bury St Edmunds Osteopaths Ltd in August 2009 as a sports therapist, having taken three months off to travel around Australia I am back at the practice and eager to continue my work there. A Sports Therapist is someone with an increased knowledge of acute and chronic muscular injuries and disorders occurring both in and out of sport. Postural assessments, joint assessments and a variety of specialised tests are used to determine the cause of pain or discomfort. An in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, injuries, disorders, exercise and rehabilitation are all used to provide the best treatment and advice. As a sports therapist my role is mainly working with injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation as well as being able to provide sports massage. All injuries whether occurring during sport, work or at home, both new and old can be assessed and treated. I use different tests and techniques to determine the area and structures damaged and can devise a treatment plan from there. Treatments can consist of sports massage, neuromuscular and soft tissue release techniques, stretching, taping and strapping the area, postural correction, aftercare advice and exercise prescription for at home rehabilitation. I also offer sports massage for aching and tried muscles or for people looking to improve their sporting performance. Massage is great for improving circulation, aiding in recovery, reducing muscle soreness or stiffness after exercise, improving posture and flexibility, reducing muscular pain or tightness and relieving stress and tension in the body. Visit www.buryosteopaths.co.uk or www.longlandsportstherapy.com for more information. themhd
“Bend & Blend”
A combination of dietary tips, mind/body exercises and latest research blended together to promote health & vitality.
This month we look at the benefits of a less well known therapy Craniosacral Therapy and discover the rewards of a winter treat. Soft, warm blankets, subdued lighting, aromatherapy oils burning, the healing touch of a skilled practitioner ... Does this sound like what your body and soul needs? I offer a session of Craniosacral therapy in the peace and tranquillity of my treatment room. This gentle, hands-on holistic therapy boosts the immune system, calms the nerves and re-aligns the body. Craniosacral Therapy is a rich, deep healing experience from the inside out. The meditative non-doing nature of the work is a relief in an ever busier world. Working with the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through light, non-invasive touch helps you to access and reconnect with the health `that is never lost’, introducing you and your body’s system to a deeper more still part of your being. The therapy is based on the findings that were highlighted by osteopaths over one hundred years ago. These findings show that, when healthy, all tissues express a subtle, rhythmic motion palpable to the hands of a trained therapist. This expression of the Breath of Life is fundamental to good health;
however factors such as accidents, injuries, stress or emotional problems compromise this subtle motion and can lead to wide range of health problems. In treatment, the skilful l touch of a trained practitioner helps to identify any areas of stress or strain and encourages a restoration of subtle motion, resulting in a return to health. Treatment may involve a step-by-step process in which layers of stress or trauma are resolved allowing more of the natural health of the body to shine through. During a treatment session, you will lie fully clothed on a treatment couch and experience the light touch of my hands. You may feel heat, tingling or pulsations throughout the body as I access the fluid flow within the body’s tissues and restore balance. Book a session for you or as a Winter Treat for family or friends. Appointments last for approximately 50 minutes and a series of sessions can be booked for a discount. Craniosacral therapy is safe and can be used for everyone from the newborn to the elderly. It can be used
throughout pregnancy and can help post-surgical complications. It works at a deep level, influencing all aspects of the body, and longterm benefits may be experienced. Because of its holistic approach, Craniosacral therapy can treat a wide range of conditions. Please phone the self centre for more information and appointment times. Or visit the therapies page on the website. Cathryn Brooks RSHom, RCST The Self Centre is a “social enterprise” which means any profits we make we aim to reinvest in subsidisng classes and we are located in Kempson Way , behind John Banks for full details of what we offer please see www.the-selfcentre.co.uk or call us on 01284 769090. The exercises and remedies suggested in this article are the personal opinion of the author. Please also inform your GP if you are planning to take any natural remedies and you are already on long term prescribed drugs. Always consult a qualified Complementary Practitioner, never self medicate.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition that causes reoccurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen (tummy) and an altered bowel habit. IBS can develop at any age, but most people have their first symptoms between the ages of 15 and 40. Women are more likely to get IBS and to have more severe symptoms. IBS is now one of the most common problems of the digestive system: about one in six people in the UK have occasional symptoms. It causes pain in the abdomen and an altered bowel habit. Symptoms Most people with IBS find their symptoms an occasional nuisance, but don’t need to see a doctor. However, for some people the condition seriously affects their quality of life. Most people with IBS continue to get symptoms from time to time. The symptoms include the following. Pain The most common symptom of IBS is pain or discomfort in the abdomen. The pain may be mild to severe, and may be made either better or worse by opening the bowels, passing wind or eating. Pain may occur at a particular time of day, often in the evening. Women may find the ups and downs of pain relates to their menstrual cycle. Change in bowel habits With IBS, your faeces may vary in consistency from hard and pellet-like to loose and watery. Alternatively, you may just pass small amounts of mucus. You may find that your bowel habit alternates between constipation and diarrhoea. Afterwards, you may
feel that your bowels haven’t been completely emptied. IBS usually causes one symptom more than the others - either pain, constipation or chronic diarrhoea. Other symptoms These include a bloated abdomen, passing excess wind, feeling sick and indigestion. Some people also experience a sense of fullness. These symptoms may be caused by problems other than IBS. You should visit your GP for advice. Causes The exact cause of IBS isn’t known. It’s probably a combination of different factors, including more frequent or stronger squeezing (contractions) of the muscular walls of your bowel, increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in your bowel, and your genetic make-up. Psychological factors also have a role in triggering the symptoms. Your symptoms may be worse after you have eaten or if you are under stress. Stress may result from work anxieties, relationship difficulties or life events such as divorce or bereavement. Specific foods such as tea or coffee or fatty foods may trigger the symptoms. Antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (eg ibuprofen and diclofenac) can also make symptoms worse. Diagnosis Your GP will ask about your symptoms and examine you. He or she may also ask about your medical history. To make a diagnosis, your doctor will ask you about your pain, when it comes on and what makes it better
or worse. He or she may also ask about your bowel movements, with questions about how often you open your bowels and what your faeces look like. Your doctor may also ask you to have some blood tests. If you have typical IBS symptoms and are under 50, you probably won’t need further tests. However, if you have unusual symptoms, such as losing weight or passing blood in your faeces, you may need other tests. Your doctor may refer you to the hospital for further tests if you have a family history of bowel problems, are over 50 and have recently developed IBS for the first time, or if you have the diarrhoea-only type of IBS. This is because all of these can be linked to more serious underlying bowel conditions. Your doctor may use an endoscope, a flexible, tubelike instrument, to look inside your bowel. This is called a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, depending on the part of your bowel that your doctor needs to look at. During these tests, a biopsy can be taken. This involves removing a small piece of tissue from the bowel lining for examination in a laboratory. This test helps to rule out more serious conditions such as ulcerative colitis. Other tests If your doctor thinks that your IBS is caused by an infection, you will be asked to give a sample of your faeces. This will be sent to a laboratory for tests. You may also need an X-ray of your
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