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Well, we have now officially entered British Summer Time! Yes, it does mean we lost an hour in bed (boo!), but it also means we’re well on the way to nice lighter evenings, so instead of scurrying home to curl up indoors after work, we can now enjoy a bit more ‘outdoor’ time. If you’re a member of Facebook, please join our new facebook page (more details on page 11) for all the latest news, what’s on and special deals in the area. Some of our advertisers this month have included vouchers or special offers especially for you. If you take the Arco ad on the inside page to the Arco Store, you can receive a free pair of work gloves. Plus check out the great deals available at Indian Restaurant, Orissa on page 33, with almost an offer for every day of the week, why not treat yourselves to a night off in the kitchen. We hope this issue brings something for everyone. If there is anything you would like to see in the magazine, please do let me know, I’d love to hear from you. I hope you all have a fabulous April and I’ll see you in May.


mhdcontents APRIL 2010

Community & Family 6-23 April Calendar 6 Frank Warby 8 Christ Church Moreton Hall 12-13 Andrew Southwood 14 Woodland Ways 16 Karen Cannard, Food for Thought 18-19 Wine Clubs 22 Police Newsletter 25

What’s On April April fun for the kids What’s on at the Community Centre Hidden Gardens News Cinema listings

Food & Drink Sweet but healthy recipes

Shopping Flower Power MHD Sale

Health & Beauty Bury Osteopaths Self Centre How to tame a sweet tooth 30 years in a cut throat market

Business Matters First job interview Accountancy Matters by TaxLogic

24-31 24 26 27 30 32-33 32 34-35 34 35 36-43 36 38-39 40-41 42 44-48 44-45 47

Home & Garden


Spring Cleaning April in the garden

50-51 54

Motoring & Travel


Travelling alone this Summer?


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YOUTH CLUB We now have three young ladies trained in youth work and CRB checked who help us run the youth club. They have put together a programme for the next three months, which includes a fish and chip night, ten pin bowling, a night at the cinema and many other activities. The club has also been successful in winning an award from BT thanks to an application made by Clive Springett. We should soon be in possession of a brand new computer valued around £500, plus a year’s subscription to broadband. We have a basketball net erected on a hard standing. I am concerned about a rumour that the club was raided by the police; this is not true and completely unfounded. We have a very good relationship with the police and request that when they are in the area on the nights that the club is open, they drop in and chat with the children. So all you mums and dads who were concerned about the club and kept your children away, come and have a look again at what we have to offer.

HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE A meeting held at the Moreton Hall Community Centre gave locals an opportunity to question officers and members of the borough cabinet about the plan to build another 500 houses on an 11 acre site just beside the Flying Fortress Public House. Tempers ran high and it was made clear from those that attended, they did not want any more houses built on our estate. The main problems are the infrastructure, congestion and parking. The suggestion that a link road to the A14 would reduce the amount of traffic coming through the estate and ease the problems at Sainsbury’s intersection. This was shot down because the traffic which would use the link road would still have to exit at Sainsbury’s. Another gridlock area is Mount Road on to Eastgate Street. With the development just off

Eastgate Street and the traffic from Moreton Hall it takes about 30 minutes to get from the top of Mount Road to Angel Hill. The chief Executive Officer for the borough asked for a show of hands from those present, for and against the extra 500 houses and every one voted against any more houses, this was also supported by all local councillors, Cllr Warby, Cllr Buckel and Cllr Beckwith. Hopefully the borough will have got the message. While we understand the need for housing we also feel that its time to build elsewhere. Enough is enough. Your comments would be appreciated; you can email me at: Let us hope that the planners take note of concerns of the residents and local councillors.

SPRING CLEAN Most of you may have noticed that the council have been giving our estate a spring clean! Edging the pathways and clearing verges. The woodland group do a wonderful job in keeping our woodland areas in good order and the pathways through them nice to walk on, many thanks

to them. Bury in Bloom has been launched, so spruce up your gardens and let us see an abundance of flowers. I know our two schools do quite a lot during this period, Abbots Green with their vegetable garden, won a prize last year. So keep up the good work!

Let’s Clean Up Moreton Hall A litter pick has been organised for Moreton Hall. If you’d like to walk off your Sunday lunch and have an hour to spare to help keep the estate tidy, join in the spring clean on Sunday 18th April. Meet outside the youth club at 2.30pm. Equipment will be provided.

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Christ Church Moreton Hall

Jonathan Ford Contact The Church Office on 01284 725391 For those of you who read my article on a regular basis, I hope you have recovered from the huge gaffe that appeared in last month’s issue. Yes, Mothering Sunday was on 14th March not 21st. Sorry about that. I hope not too many people were put off and, of course, it provided some of you men with a golden excuse for forgetting 14th.

rabbi, of uncertain parentage, with no formal education, who died a premature and untimely death over two thousand years ago? Why is it that He, above all people is remembered by so many people and continues to be a talking point for all religions, philosophies and those who are interested in both personal and corporate morality?

Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar and this year, like many years before, somewhere between two to three billion people, that is to say one third of the world’s total population of six billion, will be celebrating this day.

On the one hand, it was His teaching which, as even people like Gandhi would say, has never been exceeded and rarely equaled. Statements like “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” and “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself” live with us still.

In addition to that, Easter is an important time for other faith groups as well. Not because they disagree with it or are offended by it, but in many ways they are linked to it. Islam for example, acknowledges Jesus Christ as a prophet and that he lived. Many people in Islam do put their faith in Christ every year. Judaism acknowledges that Jesus existed and lived when the gospels said He did. He is also referenced in Hinduism and many of the other faiths. Even for those people without faith Jesus Christ is one of the greatest of the world’s moral philosophers. His life and work has inspired literally thousands of care-workers and human justice organizations by people who would not call themselves religious. So what is about this young Jewish



Secondly, there were the great miracles he performed, feeding the five thousand, walking water, which are stories that persist in every culture in every age. Thirdly, there was the consistency of His life. No man ever loved like this man. His sense of self-sacrifice and of passionate justice has produced some of our greatest works of art, films, and poems. The real centerpiece of the life of Christ is the claim that after He died He rose from the dead. This was not just a conjuring trick, or even a farfetched story. People found they could talk to Him, be with Him, and touch Him. People were so convinced about this they went to their deaths proclaiming it and would not give up until every person

they knew had heard the story. The authenticating sign was that as people who had never met Jesus listened to the teachings, put it into practice and prayed the prayer asking Jesus into their lives, something wonderful happened to them. In that way the resurrection and Jesus’ supernatural presence has never stopped touching people and continues to do so to this very day. The true significance of the resurrection is that we no longer need to be afraid of death. Death is not the end. There is a life to go to. There is a life that can be accessed only through Jesus. This is the Christian hope and is the Christian promise. It gives strength and peace for people to live this life as they should and hope for the future. They need not look forward to their old age with fear. This has been the hope which it has been my privilege to proclaim for over twenty years on this estate and also my great privilege to know for myself for over thirty-five years. It is my prayer that you find this for yourself this Easter and by so doing find that Jesus is a real and living friend who will be with you today. With every blessing, Yours sincerely, Jonathan Ford


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waste! by Andrew Southwood

I have a bit of a thing about waste. In particular, unnecessary packaging infuriates me far more than it should. With that in mind you can image that supermarket Easter eggs sit pretty high (just behind those stupid flags which some people feel the need to attach to their cars in the mistaken believe it will in someway help their team win the World Cup) on my list of pointless things.

other European countries, where people are much more prepared to let their feelings be known. Perhaps the slightly more ‘British’ way to register your thoughts is just not to buy products wrapped in several layers of plastic, and opt for the more sensibly displayed goods? This in itself can prove difficult, as even today it seems many leading brands compete for the most ornately wrapped goods. Would

period. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has tried rather too enthusiastically to get into a well wrapped egg using a breadknife? It’s not that I want to outlaw Easter egg hunts, or ban the sale of chocolate eggs, but there must be a better way of celebrating Easter with your friends and family. In my day we used to hollow out eggs (I still have no idea how that worked?) and paint them, or make

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has tried rather too enthusiastically to get into a well wrapped egg using a breadknife? A few years ago I read about a brilliant campaign against excessive supermarket packaging. The idea was simple, leave your excess packaging at the checkout for the supermarket to deal with! There was just one main draw back. Us Brits are so scared of causing a scene that people simply wouldn’t do it. Apparently similar campaigns were far more successful in



it really be the end of the world if occasionally a chocolate egg got slightly chipped?

bespoke Easter bonnets out of cornflakes packets and yogurt pots.

You can (and I sure all of you do!) recycle all that card and plastic, but environmentally it would be far better not to produce it in the first place. A reduction in packaging would have the added bonus of significantly reducing A&E admissions over the holiday

Come to think of it, neither the decorated egg shell nor glue covered head dress were anywhere near as tasty and that huge, and beautifully packaged, Cadbury’s egg I got last year.


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River out of Africa Moreton Hall’s Monthly Nature Watch by Woodland Ways If you stood on the Rock of Gibraltar last month, you would have seen a vast river flowing over your head – a river of birds. Every African autumn, our spring, five billion African birds flood out of that great continent and head north to exploit our trees, woods, hedges, nest boxes, bird tables, gardens and parks across the whole of Europe. The Mediterranean Sea is narrowest at Gibraltar and most birds fly over there, so they avoid a long sea crossing. Some of these five billion African birds come to Moreton Hall. The woodland alongside Bedingfield Way has chiff-chaffs singing their monotonous call that sounds like it name. Home Covert has singing blackcaps, also known as the northern nightingale, at least half of which have come from Africa. Whitethroats are singing in the line of bushes beside the path from Abbots Green school to Tesco Express. These tiny birds, only 12-14cm long and weighing a few grams, have flown several thousand miles and now



brighten our lives with their song as we go about our daily business. A couple of months ago, in southern African countries, people saw these birds feeding before their arduous flight north. These birds are loved down there as much as they are up here; they are African birds, part of the African culture, brightening African people with their song. When we see or hear an African bird in Moreton Hall, we immediately have a link to those African people who, just a few weeks ago, also saw or heard that bird. Our continents, countries and

towns are linked by these global travellers; our children and their children marvel at the same birds, we have h esame emotions, we miss the birds when the other has them. One of our best African birds is the nightingale. It passes through Moreton Hall but does not stay. Woodland Ways Pond is a good place to listen for it; Russell often hears it there.

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Food for thought

The Suffolk Diet by Karen Cannard

Being a supporter of local produce, I was lucky to have had the opportunity in March to quite literally “put my money where my mouth is”, when I was challenged to go for one week living off food that had either been grown, reared or produced in Suffolk. Of course there are natural benefits of buying locally produced food, including reduced food miles, a reduction in carbon and an opportunity to support the local economy, but I was also intrigued about what else I would discover as a result of following through with the challenge. And I wondered how easy the experiment would really be.



The week kicked off with a promising start, ordering a widerange of produce that would fit in with our regular requirements, including dairy products (such as milk, cream, yoghurts and cheese), fish and meat. I also ordered a range of Suffolk grown vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms and kale. In fact there was lots of kale, probably too much than I knew what to do with. I don’t recall ever eating it before let alone having to cook it and this locally grown vegetable was unexpectedly the start of my learning curve, as were other matters such as how best to serve oysters from Orford and how to make pastry out of mashed potato.

However, planning a family menu based entirely on Suffolk food wasn’t as hard as I had expected. In fact it was a doddle, as I didn’t even have to go hunting around the county for my ingredients. I just ordered what I wanted from a local social enterprise, Local Food Direct, which delivers Suffolk and Norfolk produce directly to your door and a few days later it arrived on my doorstep. Anything else I needed was supplemented from shops around Bury St Edmunds. Although I missed things like tomatoes, which were not in season, this was only a minor inconvenience for a week and it made me think about trying out different kinds of produce. As a

community&family result, the biggest lesson I learnt was about the variety of food that we have available in our county. And where I’ve always supplemented our regular family meals with local food, I’ve realised that it is now easy to switch that balance around and reduce the food miles in my shopping basket once and for all. The Local Food Direct service makes this goal possible, by providing access to a wide range of producers from around the region and its shopping site shows that it is not necessarily any more expensive than buying the same quality of produce from elsewhere. Even seafood lovers can get hold of a dozen oysters for just under £6 and supporters of organic produce will find that

fruit and vegetables are very competitively priced too. So with the challenge over, I am most definitely a convert and have changed my affiliation to some fabulous producers from around the county. After all, with this conveniently available on our doorstep, with all the frills that you’ll find at the supermarket, who really needs a basic veg-box imported from elsewhere! And the latest news is that even though local tomatoes weren’t available in March, they are now available to order online. They’re not from Suffolk, but come from over the border in Norfolk. However that’s not really an issue is it, because when it comes to food miles, that’s a heck of a lot nearer than Spain.

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April fun for the kids Easter Fun instore at Sainsbury’s Thursday 1 April 2010 Sainbury’s, Bedingfeld Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EJ Come and join in the Easter fun at Sainsbury’s between the 24th March and the 4th April, this Easter Sainsbury’s have teamed up with Cadbury’s to let you and the kids have some fun instore! Come in store and get creative with the kids at Easter Fun Days, featuring face painting, card making, creative drawing and more. Also solve the Easter Egg Hunt question and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a family car or one of 50 family tickets to Cadbury World! Easter event Sun 4th April 2010 West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Easter celebrations taking place in the First English Village with an Anglo-Saxon costume event and Anglo Saxon market stalls through to modern stalls. For all the family. Included in normal admission No need to book. 10am-5pm Telephone: 01284 728718 Email: uk Easter Treasure Trail for Children Tuesday 6th April 2010 Brandon Country Park, Brandon, Suffolk A small prize for all who take part in this easter trail! Anytime between 2pm-3.30pm FREE (donations appreciated) Dress up and join the fun All ages welcome



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The Mermaid Princess Wednesday 7th April 2010 Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Once upon a time, in the depths of the ocean, a mermaid princess is singing, and a young prince is drowning … she saves him … he kisses her … I love you, you love me…the mermaid exchanges her tail and sublime voice for two legs, but the prince, alas, marries another! The Mermaid Princess is a captivating new adaptation of Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; a haunting tale of a young mermaid who sacrifices all for love. The production completes a trilogy of visually enthralling, theatrical fairy tales by Teatro Kismet exploring themes of rites of passage, following the internationally acclaimed Beauty and the Beast and The Snow Queen. Combining music, dance, theatre and beautiful costumes, Kismet’s simply staged and inventive style will transport you from a shipwreck in the depths of the ocean to a

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Meet the Medieval Craftswomen Wednesday 14th April 2010 Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DX Come along and drop in to meet Editha, a medieval craftswoman for activities during the day. Demonstrations and activities. Included in normal entry. For all the family. No need to book. 11am - 4pm Email:

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Contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team East – Moreton Hall on 01284 774100 It finally looks like the warmer weather is arriving, which means more people will be out and about enjoying the brighter weather.

Internet. You must pull over to a safe location. Risk using a hand-held mobile phone when driving, and you risk a fine.

I am sure many of you see people using mobile phones when driving, far too often. SWITCH IT OFF! MISSING A CALL WILL NOT KILL YOU!

Mobile phones and the law Driving when using a hand-held mobile phone is now illegal and you may be fined £60. This can be increased to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 for drivers of vans, lorries, buses and coaches) if the matter goes to court.

Drive responsibly Phones in cars can have many benefits. They provide security and help in an emergency. However, they are distracting if used when driving and this increases the risk of a crash. It is hard to do two things at once and to drive safely you must concentrate on the road. Switch off before you drive off It is now ILLEGAL to use a handheld mobile phone when driving, even when you are stopped at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic. This includes making or receiving calls, pictures, text messaging or accessing the

Picking up or using any type of phone or similar device that is, or must be, held to operate it, would be breaking the law. You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone, if you fail to have proper control of your vehicle. Drive carelessly or dangerously when using any phone and the penalties can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment. Visit Road Safety website: www.

CRIME IN YOUR AREA We are still having several thefts from motor vehicles on the Moreton Estate. Please contact us if you see anything suspicious. Please keep your cars locked, as they are targeting ones that are insecure. Meet the Team Sainsburys, 12 April 2010 1300 – 1430 hours Asda, 18 April 2010 1300 – 1430 hours Waitrose, 26 April 2010 1300 – 1430 hours SNT TEAM PRIORITIES: 1. Modified Vehicle Enthusiasts Our next meeting is: 21 April 2010, 2.00 pm at Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EW. Please try to attend if at all possible; we would be very pleased to meet you. PC Amos Owen Tel:01284 774100

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Sunday 20th June 2010 On the 3rd Sunday of each June Bury St Edmunds hosts the original ‘Hidden Gardens’ day out. This event attracts well over 2000 visitors each year and has raised £191,000 for our local Hospice. Around 30 gardens in the historic centre of town welcome visitors to experience their hidden delights. Our traditional yellow programme costs £5 and with map and garden descriptions allows entry to all gardens, representing real value for money.

Accompanied under 14’s go free. As they follow the garden map visitors also enjoy a walk around the medieval grid of town streets with notable buildings from the 14th century, through Georgian, to the present day. Gardens hidden behind the street façade are varied - from ingeniously floral patios to cottage garden and ‘English country garden’ styles with plenty of ideas to copy. Plants are available from a professional nursery stall and treasures can be found to buy in several gardens.

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Refreshments are available in selected gardens (proceeds to our hospice charity) or bring a picnic! The programme is available from the Tourist Information Centre from Easter onwards: tel: 01284 764667 or e-mail: Credit card bookings are taken. Advance programmes give plenty of time to plan your walk. Programmes are also available on the day from the Tourist Information Centre or from St Nicholas Hospice gazebo on Angel Hill. themhd


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NANNY MCPHEE & THE BIG BANG Director: Susanna White Starring: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith

Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least! Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) appears at the door of Mrs Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons. Based on the ‘Nurse Matilda’ books by Christianna Brand, this in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world.



Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Kathy Bates, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon

The feelgood drama of the year stars Golden Globe-winning Sandra Bullock as a mother who transforms a homeless teenager into a star athlete - her go-getting performance also earned Bullock the Oscar for Best Actress. Homeless and under-educated African-American teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) has precious little going for him. A gentle giant, he’s isolated at school and traumatized by the gangsters in his run-down neighbourhood. A shadow of the person he should be, it’s not until he befriends a young boy named SJ Tuohy (Jae Head) and gets taken under the wing of SJ’s mother Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) that Michael gets the help he needs to reach his true potential. The gutsy matriarch of a well-off white family, Leigh Anne is determined to help Michael overcome the adversities he faces from his family, teachers and peers. With his new home environment and adopted family, Michael makes steady progress, and ultimately sets off on the road towards becoming an All-American sporting hero.



Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Jackie Earle Haley, Max von Sydow In 1954, US marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are ordered to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a mental hospital on Shutter Island, a remote outcrop some 11 miles off the coast of Boston. The missing patient is Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a murderess who seems to have defied the high security in the hospital and vanished into thin air. As Teddy begins his investigation, he starts to unearth some sinister goings on but it becomes clear that nobody, including the hospital’s enigmatic chief (Ben Kingsley), is willing to talk. When a hurricane hits Shutter Island, more inmates manage to escape and Teddy becomes trapped. Now plagued by terrifying visions and doubting everything, including his partner, Teddy begins to question his sanity and fears he’ll never make it off the island alive.

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Almost No Fat Banana


This no-guilt treat is surprising moist and has a wonderful flavour. It’s also a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. For a little variation, you can add nuts or sultanas.

Ingredients 200g (7 oz) plain flour 140g (5 oz) caster sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 egg whites 3 bananas, mashed 4 tablespoons apple purée or sauce

Method 1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 20x10cm (8x4 in) loaf tin. 2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon. Add egg whites, bananas and apple purée; stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared tin.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean. Turn out onto wire rack and allow to cool before slicing. Tip: If your bananas are already black but you can’t make a cake right away, simply pop them in the freezer. Defrost the bananas whenever you’re ready to bake!

Slimming Worlds Recipe of the month…

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns Serves: 16 Syns per serving: 7 Syns on Green and Original

Ingredients 1lb/454g strong plain white bread flour Pinch of salt 1 tbsp mixed spice 2 sachets low calorie drinking chocolate powder, eg Options 2 tsp easy blend dried yeast 2oz/57g currants 2 tbsp sunflower oil 10fl oz/284ml lukewarm skimmed milk for the glaze: 1 tbsp granulated artificial sweetener



Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°/Gas 6. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. 2. Sift the flour, salt, mixed spice and drinking chocolate into a mixing bowl. Stir in the yeast and currants.

place for 1 hour until doubled in size. 5. Turn out and re-knead. Divide into 16 pieces, shape into buns and place on the baking sheet. Cover and leave for 20 to 30 minutes until doubled in size.

6. Using a sharp knife, score a small cross on the top of each 3. Make a well in the centre bun and bake in the oven for 15 to and spoon in the oil. Gradually 20 minutes until risen and golden pour in the milk and mix to form brown. a soft but not sticky, dough. 7. Meanwhile, make the glaze. 4. Turn out on to a lightly Dissolve the sweetener in 1 tbsp floured surface. Knead for hot water. As soon as the buns are 5 minutes until smooth and cooked, brush the glaze over each elastic. Place in a floured bowl, bun. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. cover and leave in a warm They are best served warm.

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In the Garden…

Spring sees more activity in the garden and after a long period of not using muscles that are perhaps specific to gardeners, it is common to feel stiff and have back pain. So here are some tips on how to enjoy your gardening without feeling stiff afterwards.

Warm Up

You’re more likely to feel stiff if you use muscles without warming them up. So start with a light task (pruning for example) rather than heavy digging.



Pace Yourself

Rather than work for an hour in the garden, start with 20 minutes and gradually increase this time to 30 minutes, 40 minutes and so on, over the weeks.

Vary the Tasks

This is so you don’t use the same muscle groups for a prolonged period of time. Alternate heavy and light jobs. Begin with light clipping/ pruning for example, and after 10-15 minutes, change to hoeing or digging.


Digging is a major culprit for back pain and stiffness. The key is not to spend long periods of time in one position. Alternate the direction you dig a bed. In other words, turn the soil two to three times from left to right and then two to three times from right to left. This means that you are using both sides of your back, preventing muscles on one side becoming stiff. Information provided by Bury St Edmunds Osteopaths

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“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 gentle Detox for Spring Cleaning the body as well as the house Everyone feels a little sluggish this time of year – after the long winter months and then eating all that chocolate over Easter!! So why not try giving your system a light detox and clean, to give yourself more energy. Before you switch off and think I am going to suggest you starve yourself for days and then only eat lentils and lettuce – don’t worry, it’s really not that severe! In fact it’s good to give your digestive system a rest because digestion expends a lot of energy, when you lighten the load on the digestive system the body has time and energy to spring clean itself internally.

On the first day of your detox make yourself a very large pot of vegetable soup. You can choose whatever your favourite veggies are. Quick method is to cut them all up into medium chunks and sauté them in a large pan in a tablespoon of dairy free spread ( “Pure” is good ) and then cover with water, add a couple of organic veggie stock cubes and simmer for an hour, puree it in a liquidiser or with a hand blender. If you want a broth type soup instead then cut your veg up into little cubes or slices and add some beans, pearl barley or rice with your stock cube and simmer for an hour as above.

My suggestions are simple and will have the effect of giving you more energy, helping you to sleep better and improving your digestion and elimination.

Good combinations are:

The main things to cut out for 1 week are:

Tomatoes, cannelloni beans, leeks and carrots, with olive oil and basil (Italian broth)

• Wheat products (cakes, biscuits, bread, pastry, pasta etc) • Dairy products (butters, margarine with buttermilk, cream, yoghurts, ice cream)

Carrots, lentils, squash and parsley. (puree) Fennel, potato, courgette and rosemary. (puree)

Leeks, peas, grated carrot, pearl barley (scotch broth) Once you’ve made your soup – you live on that for the first 2 days.

• Meat (a little fish is fine – especially the oily kinds like mackerel, tuna, salmon)

Soup for lunch and tea and snacks throughout the day should consist of rice cakes, dried and fresh fruit.

• All processed foods (something that you bought in a packet that needs re-heating!)

You can then introduce some other light foods, like fish, nuts, pulses and loads more vegetables and fruits. Wheat free bread and crackers are allowed too.

• Eggs • Tea, coffee and alcohol. Start your day with a little lemon juice in a mug of hot water (cleanses and detoxifies the liver and gall bladder) Followed by a bowl of freshly made porridge using water or soya milk and a little honey if needed.



Drink loads of water (at least 2 litres a day) and be brave and try some of the more palatable herbal teas! (Peppermint is great for detoxing and settling the stomach) They say a week is a long time in

politics, but it’s even longer when you are on a detox! Just pace yourself, if you have the odd slip up, don’t crucify yourself over it, but try and be strict with yourself and give your digestive system a chance to have a good clear out. Our western diets can be very heavily dependent on dairy foods and together with animal protein in the form of meats, these can be quite mucus forming in the digestive system and other areas of the body. If you are prone to coughs and sinus problems – you will find they improve greatly if you cut out dairy products a little. At the risk of sounding “oh so way out and controversial!” cows milk is designed for baby cows, and not humans! Don’t rely on it for your calcium – where do all other animal species (especially cows) get their calcium from? – vegetable sources. Anyway, just have a go and I am certain you will feel lighter and more energetic at the end of your week and you may even find that you go off the taste of some of the things you used to eat. Don’t be surprised if the first couple of days you have a headache from the caffeine withdrawal – it will pass – just drink loads of water! Here is a simple yoga twisting posture you can be practising to help work your digestion and keep the whole abdominal region in good shape. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose Benefits • Stimulates the liver and kidneys • Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck

health&beauty • Energizes the spine • Stimulates the digestive fire in the belly • Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache • Therapeutic for asthma and infertility Contraindications/Cautions • Back or spine injury: Perform this pose only with great care not to twist too far. Step by Step 1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket. Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor, then slide your left foot under your right leg to the outside of your right hip. Lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. The right knee will point directly up at the ceiling. 2. Exhale and twist toward the inside of the right thigh. Press the right hand against the floor just behind

your right buttock, and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh near the knee. Pull your front torso and inner right thigh snugly together. 3. Press the inner right foot very actively into the floor, release the right groin, and lengthen the front torso. Lean the upper torso back slightly, against the shoulder blades, and continue to lengthen the tailbone into the floor.

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4. You can turn your head in one of two directions: Continue the twist of the torso by turning it to the right; or counter the twist of the torso by turning it left and looking over the left shoulder at the right foot.

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5. With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum, pushing the fingers against the floor to help. Twist a little more with every exhalation. Be sure to distribute the twist evenly throughout the entire length of the spine; don’t concentrate it in the lower back. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation, return

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.




How do you tame a

sweet tooth? “Don’t eat too many sweets”, your mother probably told you. Seems that Mum now has the whole world on her side. According to experts – we’re eating way too much sugar. Just how much sugar do we eat? You might be surprised! Sugars found in baked goods, yeast breads, cereal products, and the high-fructose corn syrup used to sweeten soft drinks. That there’s sugar in those items shouldn’t surprise you. But you may be surprised to learn that there’s sugar in ketchup, canned vegetables, luncheon meats, bacon, fast-food hamburgers, even sushi. Part of the reason for our high intake of sugar is that many foods contain hidden sugars where you’d least expect to find them. And don’t be fooled by products that are labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘diet’, many of these are loaded with sugar to make them taste better. While a high-sugar diet is not recommended, especially for those watching their weight, it’s not the sugar itself that leads to weight gain. If the sugary foods and beverages lead to an increase in your total consumption of calories, then yes, weight gain will happen, but that’s true of any food. Eat too much of anything and you’re going to gain weight.



The main problem with sugar is that most sources (like sweets, soft drinks, and desserts) don’t provide appreciable amounts of other nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, and are therefore classified as “empty calories”, ideally, the consumption of these foods should not replace more nutrient-dense foods, so they should be used in moderation.” But because we are biologically programmed to prefer sweet foods, trying to eliminate them from our diet altogether doesn’t work. So how do we reduce our consumption of “empty calorie” sweets?

Learn to separate physical hunger from emotional hunger. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with If you eat from emotional hunger (stemming from boredom, stress, fruits, which are good sources of or loneliness, for example) you’re many vitamins more likely to overeat low-nutrient and minerals. foods. Choose sweets that provide some Prepare recipes with half, or two-thirds, of the sugar originally nutrients, such as ice cream, called for. yoghurt, or desserts that contain some fruits and/or nuts. Though the calories and fat may be higher, When you crave something sweet, try a teaspoon or the extra nutrients make an important contribution to your diet. two of jam or preserves on a slice of whole wheat toast, or dip a few strawberries in some Don’t completely deprive yourself sugar. of foods you really like, including sweets, because you’re more likely Reduce the sugar you take in at to binge to satisfy the need they breakfast by using unsweetened fulfill and may end up consuming cereal and adding your own more calories overall. Instead, sweetener. You’ll probably add set reasonable, flexible goals for less sugar than would have been including sweets in your diet. added by the manufacturer.

health&beauty Artificial sweeteners are one obvious way to cut down on the amount of sugar you take in, but they’re not always necessary. It’s important to remember that sugar only has 16 calories per teaspoon.

sugary foods, that you love. Think of your diet as an 80-20 plan. Eighty percent should be healthy. For the other 20% (or 10%, if you’re really determined), allow yourself your favourites.

Making a few ‘no big deal’ changes in your diet is better than cutting out something, including sugary foods. To put it into perspective, eating a large slice of chocolate cake and then sweetening your tea with an artificial sweetener doesn’t make much sense in the whole scheme of things.

To control your sugar sprees, do not keep temptation around the house in the first place. Go out for your treats, or ask your family to hide them. If you do keep sugary snacks on hand for the rest of the family, think small. A mini bag of M&Ms will do the trick, there’s no need to keep a big bag nearby.”

If you are sweetening five or six cups of coffee or tea throughout the day, however, then it might make a difference in total calories.

Finally, give yourself permission to enjoy your sugary treats. For example, allows yourself one dessert a day, but limit it to no more than 300 calories. Wait for your favourites, but make sure they’re part of your plan.

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Surviving thirty years in a cut throat market Not many local businessmen have survived and continued to be at the top of their game more successfully than Gavin Downes. Gavin’s salon, Gavin Ashley in Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds opened its doors in 1978 and is not only one of the most well-established local hairdressers but still one of the most successful. As a respected local figure within the industry Gavin puts this down to maintaining constantly high standards, continual staff training and offering excellent customer service. He also believes in constantly evolving and moving with the times. A life-long interest in male grooming has now lead Gavin to acquire specialist skills in the art of Italian Wet Shaving. Inspired by an ex-employee Joseph Lanzante, who had set himself up as a trainer in wet shaving and developed a range of products to support it, Gavin became hooked and is now eager to pass on his enthusiasm and newly-acquired expertise. Curently operating within his Salon but looking to set up his own training school, he is keen to teach anyone interested in learning the art, not just barbers, hairdressers and beauty therapists but anyone with a steady hand and the confidence to do it. Gavin Said “It is so rewarding to give someone a proper wet shave and the results are amazing, it leaves the skin looking vibrant, fresher and younger”



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“First the skin is exfoliated to get rid of dead cells and a hot towel is applied to the face which softens and prepares for shaving. Italian shaving cream is then worked well into the skin with a brush and then it’s time to use a cut-throat razor to achieve the closet shave imaginable. A bracing cold towel closes the pores, followed by a massage and lotions to complete the whole shaving experience. The whole face is left feeling super smooth and comfortable.” Hot towel shaves are available at Gavin Ashely for £15.00 and are a great gift idea as well as essential for

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If you, or anybody you know, are leaving school this summer, read on for tips on how to land that perfect job! If you’re invited to attend an interview for a job you’ve applied for, then you’ve already managed to pass the first stage of finding a first job and impressed your prospective employers with a CV or application letter. The next step is to impress them in person and the secret to that is careful preparation. Interviews are an important part of the job hunting process so it’s essential to spend time preparing for them. Before an interview find out everything you can about the company, read over your application and think about all the questions they might ask you. How to prepare Research the company When you are invited to an interview the first thing you should do is spend some time researching your potential employer. This will give you the confidence to answer any questions on what the company does and the background knowledge to ask any questions to the employer. Don’t forget the interview is also about you deciding whether you want to work for the company! Read up about your potential future employer on their website or contact the company directly to ask for an information pack. Find out the following things about the employer: what they do, make or sell; who are their target customers, clients or audience; how is the company structured; what has happened to the company recently (have they done



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your train is cancelled). If you have a disability, let the employer know so they can make any special arrangements.

Find out about the interview Find out what the interview will involve to make sure you’re ready. You should think about who will be interviewing you. If it is the person who would be your manager if you got the job, the interview may be more detailed. If it’s the personnel manager, the interview may be less detailed but could still be as testing.

Dress to impress Deciding what to wear for the interview will depend on what sort of work you will be doing. Decide what to wear and get your clothes ready the day before. You don’t have to buy a new outfit. Aim for a neat, clean and tidy appearance, if you look good it will help you feel good. Remember, it’s far easier to wear a suit and make it less formal, than it is to wear jeans and trainers and try and look smarter.

Find out how many people will be interviewing you and their positions in the company. This will help you prepare for the type of questions they may ask. You should also try and find out how long the interview will last, which will give you an idea of how detailed the interview will be. You should also know whether you will have to take a test or make a presentation. If the information isn’t included in the letter inviting you to interview, then a polite email to the HR office should get you this information. Plan your journey Consider travelling to the company the day before the interview to check how long the journey will take. Nothing gives a worse impression than lateness – it proves you’re disorganised! If necessary, ask the employer for directions, bus routes or details of where you can park your car. You should plan another way of getting there in case something unexpected happens (such as an accident blocking the road, or if

Bring the information you’ll need Remember to take a copy of your CV or application form to refer to and prepare notes or cue cards to help if you might need a prompt during the interview. Don’t forget to bring any items the employer has asked from you such as references, certificates or your driving licence. It’s essential to re-read the job advert to refresh your memory and to make sure you haven’t missed anything. You should also re-read your CV and application form – this is the information that got you a foot in the door so refresh yourself on what you wrote. Practice answering questions you might be asked DirectGov has a list of popular questions that you might be asked at interview along with some suggested answers. Even preparing for ten of these and practicing with a friend will help you to get in the frame of mind

businessmatters you’ll need to answer questions well. What to do on the day On the day of the interview, dress smartly and leave home early to make sure you arrive on time. Be courteous and polite to all employees of the company and above all, be positive about yourself and your abilities. Be organised Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and make sure you’ve got all the relevant paperwork with you. If you are delayed, contact the employer as soon as possible to explain, apologise and arrange another appointment. You should aim to arrive about ten minutes before the interview time. When you arrive give your name to the receptionist or whoever is there to greet you. Stay Calm Try to relax and keep calm, chat to the receptionist, or whoever greets you before going into the interview to help you stay calm. Remember that the interviewer can be just as nervous as you. During The Interview Be enthusiastic. Show that you have made the effort to research the company and remember what impressed you enough to apply for the position in the first place. During the interview, try to demonstrate that you would be a motivated and hard-working employee. When answering questions, stay positive and polite. Don’t panic It is natural to be nervous and you may have a fast heartbeat, sweaty hands or ‘butterflies’ in your stomach. These are your body’s natural way of meeting a challenge, and in small doses it can help you. If you’re nervous your voice may give you away so take deep, slow breathing before you get to the interview. This will slow down your heart rate and help you avoid taking quick shallow breaths. Listen and ask questions Take an interest in what your interviewer says about the company. Ask any questions about the company or what your job would entail. Where can I find out more? DirectGov has a helpful list of things you should and shouldn’t do at interviews – do’s and don’ts at interviews.

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