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Hello and welcome to the February issue of the directory. After a lovely holiday in Mexico (which I definitely recommend for a family winter break by the way), I am now back in the office, with the heating on full blast, hurry up Spring! It might feel like a way off yet, but given how quickly January has whizzed by, it won’t be long, so if you want to get a head start on your Spring/Summer body, go to page 25 where we have a very inspirational young lady from Slimming World showing us her success story. Our what’s on pages on 84-86 will give you some ideas for your Valentine’s date night or if you fancy going out to dinner, our roving reporter Cat reviews Casa Del Mar on page 38 which comes highly recommended! Enjoy this issue, and we will see you all in March when we can officially say Spring has sprung (hopefully).



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We have a winner for Decembers Christmas Crossword, Marie Williams, who won a £50 food voucher for Casa Del Mar Restaurant in Risbygate Street, and last months lucky winner of a free months subscription for LGR fitness was Jules Mills from Bury, Well Done both of you! This month there is a chance to win a FREE MOT, go to page 46 to have a go at this months Crossword.

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I have not brought this up for a while now but sadly there have been many complaints regarding dog fouling in our play areas and on pathways, I am sure everyone hates stepping in dog poo. At a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny committee on the 12th January there was a big discussion about this problem. The fine for offenders is going up to ÂŁ80, and as of now dogs are forbidden in all pocket and large play areas across the Borough and again offenders will be fined.


The issue regarding dog wardens was also discussed and it would be impossible to cover the whole borough with wardens. Please anyone who sees dog fouling and knows the person responsible please report them. The safety of your children is important and dog poo is hazardous. Bag it and Bin it, do not throw it into bushes or on trees, bins are being vandalised and the council are replacing them where possible again this cost you money report vandals.

DRAIN COVERS Some of the drain covers are getting old and in some cases breaking up. People are getting in contact with the borough council about repairs. These are not the responsibility of the council but that of Anglian Water. Should you have a problem with drains or drain covers please contact them. 10 | FEBRUARY 2017


Update on Highways


Another issue brought up at Overview and Scrutiny was the amount of beggar’s in our towns across St Edmundsbury, It was felt that in some areas aggressive begging should not be tolerated and should be stopped. There are places in Bury where homeless and people down on their luck are able to go, where they can get a hot meal and a change of clothing and advice. No one needs to sleep rough there are places where they can be accommodated like Tayfen House or report as homeless to the council offices on Western way.

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Again it’s a slow start to the year, it seems the weather and dark nights has an effect on children being allowed out. Hopefully as the nights draw out we will see an uplift in numbers. Remember the old adage “Use it or lose it “Come along bring a friend.

Having spoken to Mr Steve Boor the highway officer from county council, I have been assured that the Laybys promised for Skyliner Way should be in place by May. This should ease the driving along that road which has been quite hazardous of late, heavy vehicles could not pass unless other vehicles pulled over. Mr Boor will also look into the exit from Easlea Road to Bedingfeld Way at the Matalan exit, again I have had reports of near misses from people trying to exit on to Bedingfeld Way. Traffic is a lot heavier with the extra businesses and the new school and could get worse as developments grow.


Just a quick update on MacDonald’s, the planning officer requested a new application from them after looking at some areas which gave rise for concern notably the layout and use of landscape, the council awaits a response. The plans were to go before planning committee in February, it is now envisaged that they will make the April Committee. I believe that the Highways are also having to take into consideration the 1,250 houses due to be built off Rushbrook Lane. I personally feel there is a long way to go on these issues. Something to keep an eye on.

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Dear reader,


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Welcome to February’s My WiSH Charity page I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and January has started well for you. We are busy working hard on our events for 2017 and are really excited about our plans. We hope we have something for everyone, whether you want to be a spectator or participant or if you want an adrenaline rush or a fitness challenge Sunday 23rd April will be our first event with the return of our Ipswich Town Legends match. This year sees a twist as it will be Legends v Legends with ex ITFC players on both teams. This means that fans can bid to not only play against but also with their footballing heroes. We hope this means spectators will see a competitive (and charitable) encounter! As always proceeds from the day will be split between our Forget-Me-Not Dementia campaign supporting West Suffolk Hospital’s dementia patients, and also the ITFC Academy. Bidding for places will commence on Monday 20th February and early bird spectator tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 1st March. Sunday 28th May see’s the return of our West Suffolk Spin with the addition of a 75 mile route as well as the 25, 50 and 100 mile routes. Online booking is now open at so make sure you sign up today. If you have little ones who love cycling you can join us too for our ‘Mini Spin’ around the safety of Nowton Park with the added fun of a quiz and a medal for all participants. Next up is our brand new challenge for all you adrenaline junkies and those looking for a real challenge this year. On Saturday 10th June we are heading down to London and the Queen

Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch our fundraisers freefall abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The orbit is an incredible 262ft above the city and is the UK’s tallest sculpture. From the top our thrill seekers will be able to see 20 miles across the city and see sights such as The Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral. Until 31st March you can sign up for this exciting event for just £50 (usual price £85). For all the details please visit our website Orbital or contact the fundraising team on ext 2952 or 3466 or email us on fundraising@wsh. Our final My WiSH event for the summer is our Summer Fair and Dog Show on Sunday 16th July. This see’s us moving to a new venue of Nowton Park where we will have our dog show with classes for your beloved pooch to compete in plus competitions and displays and a Tail Trail around the park for you and your four legged friend to enjoy. Alongside the dog show will be our summer fair with stalls galore, bouncy castles and fun for the children plus food and drink for you to enjoy so make sure you put the date in your diary and come and enjoy a day in one of our town’s beautiful parks. I’m sure you’ll agree there is something for everyone. More details about all our events can be found on our website, Best wishes, Sue Smith Fundraising Manager @mywishcharity


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Moreton Hall News...

from Cllr Peter Thompson

Nod to the Abbot Last month we saw the approval of the outline plans for the new Abbot’s Vale development near Nowton Park, bringing the expected 1250 houses, a new primary school and, in separate plans, a new children’s day nursery and bakery at Low Green. What does this mean for us? Well, we have the expected traffic, but we will also have another route from Nowton to the A14, along with improvements to the junction at the Rugby Club and those near Sainsburys. We await specific plans.

MORGAN HITS THE TARGET A quick well done to one of our own, the talented Morgan Smith, who has recently secured sponsorship from Unicorn to become a professional sportsman! OK, its darts, but it still counts! Everyone is so proud of you and it shows just how strong the game is in the area.

Eastern Relief Who? I thought I’d share something which seems to have passed everyone by. The new Eastern Relief Road outside Sybil Andrews school has a name. It is Rougham Tower Avenue – very apt. 14 | FEBRUARY 2017

Are you smarter than a 10-year old? The Junior Parkrun, currently held at 10 Acre Field on Symonds Rd at 9am every Sunday, is going from strength to strength. I went down to help as a volunteer and I was so proud to see so many families out in the open air and enjoying our amazing open spaces. The community spirit is plain to see, with up to 100 participants in, frankly, horrible weather! The event is not without its opponents and I recognise that some will see so many people descending on an area as disruptive. Whilst it may be harder to use the space for other things, the run only lasts around 40 minutes and I’m looking into ways to protect the ground from being torn up. I spoke to the organisers and there are various things which can be done to keep everyone happy. We’d love to see the run stay and grow as it complements the other projects I’ve instigated to help keep our area active, like the 5k run/ walk route and the coming outdoor Green Gym. To get involved, visit www.



We have had 5 new members join the committee since the AGM in November at which over 60 residents were present. A warm welcome to them. The McDonalds Saga continues. All the Moreton Hall Councillors are against the application as is the Residents Association and there have been a substantial number of objections and a petition against the application from residents. The Residents Association understands that St Edmundsbury have asked McDonalds for an updated application but as at midJanuary had not had any reply. The residents Association will continue to monitor the situation. An outline planning application has been submitted for the development of the Western Half of Suffolk Business Park DC/16/2825/OUT which although in Rougham Ward will have an impact on Moreton Hall. Likewise, an application has been made on the Eastern Part by junction 45. DC/16/2820/EIASCR again in Rougham Ward requesting whether or not an environmental impact assessment is required. It is important that any development has sufficient car parking and cycle parking on the individual sites to be sold and properties to be built. The development is to be welcomed providing future employment opportunities for Bury St Edmunds and the local area. County Councillor Trevor Beckwith has contributed via his locality budget for the

construction of the lay by in skyliner way with construction work due to start in the spring. The Town Council have employed one PCSO who has been busy checking on our local car parks and issuing tickets where people stay for more than 3 hours. Another PCSO starts in June. There is a plan is to install ticket machines on the Moreton Hall Car Parks where 3-hour parking will remain free but it will be easier to check up on those who have out stayed their welcome. Discussions are also ongoing about transferring Car Parking enforcement from Police to Local Authorities. The preliminary Bury St Edmunds Draft Town centre Plan for public consultation is due to be published in the spring. The Residents Association will be arranging an open meeting at the Community Centre during April to seek resident’s views. Closure of Westley Rail Bridge Newmarket Road Bury St Edmunds. Plans are in place to close the Westley Rail Bridge from the 13th February to the 7th April 2017. There will be waiting restrictions in place and diversions. For full details go to : Robert Houlton-Hart, Secretary Moreton Hall Residents Association E Mail FEBRUARY 2017 | 15


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ABBOTS GREEN Community Primary School At Abbots Green we are keen to listen to the children’s opinions and ideas and we employ various methods to ensure this. These include suggestion boxes, Pupil Voice sessions and Talk Team (School Council) meetings. Each class in school has two representatives attending our Talk Team meetings. We have a Reception and KS1 Talk Team and a KS2 Talk Team led by Mrs Jordan and Mrs Wildon respectively. The children in Talk Team meet together regularly and bring the views of their class members to the meetings as well as discussing new ideas for the school. Very recently Talk Team researched and sourced a Friendship Bench for the playground. The bench arrived in school last week and is ready to be installed shortly…a wonderful addition to the school playground. The Talk Team children have also come up with a great idea to raise funds with the aim of purchasing additional outdoor equipment and games for break-times. Each Friday the children of Abbots Green have a chance to purchase ‘tuck’

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(a small bag of mixed cereals, raisins etc.) Talk Team have come up with the idea to substitute some of their usual tuck days for a more profitable Cake Sale instead. Each class will therefore have a turn at joining with another class to host a Cake Sale at some point over the rest of this school year. On the day of their class Cake Sale the children have been asked to come into school with sufficient home-baked, or shop-bought, cakes for the entire school. Talk Team members will then sell these at playtime – making 100% profit! The children have spent time calculating the number of cakes required, the projected profits and even pitched their idea to Mrs Franklin our Headteacher. The first Cake Sale took place last week and was a monumental success thanks to Daisy Class and Foxglove Class…there were even enough yummy cakes to sell after school too which made everyone happy and resulted in a great start to the Talk Team’s fundraising efforts!

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First sign of snowflakes heralds an exciting 2017 for school Sybil Andrews Academy might have experienced its first taste of snow in the first week of January, but our thoughts are quickly turning to spring. It is impossible not to when you look outside the expansive windows and see how our garden is literally growing. The landscape team from Vertas have been working very hard, in all weathers, since we officially arrived in November. As the new building quickly became home and the Skyliner Sports Centre gathered apace, the landscapers have diligently and expertly set about transforming the outside environment. Our vision has always been to give this area a campus feel, with warm and inviting spaces and seating, and I am delighted with how it is looking and progressing. And it hasn’t taken long for the inside of the school to get back into full swing. January saw the launch of our spring term book club in our wonderful library setting, which was quickly followed up by a Book Mastermind

competition, won by Hannah Walker. Just weeks before our new sports centre is opened, there were notable achievements in Under-13s indoor athletics and, away from the school, success for Chloe Campbell and Lola Blofield who represented their karate club and winning the annual team kata award. We are very proud of all this success, in and out of the classroom. Slightly away from the day-to-day running of the school, but still a crucial cog in our success, is the role of the school’s parent governors. Led by chairman Paul Rayner, I am delighted with the enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to this role and the fact they want to play a welcome and integral part to Sybil Andrews Academy. Governors have been invited in to meet staff and students and the feedback I have received is that they are impressed with how it has all gone. It is all shaping up to be a very exciting 2017. Andy Prestoe, Principal, Sybil Andrews Academy FEBRUARY 2017 | 17


Tree Planting at Natterer’s Wood


his month Woodland Ways has planted trees. We selected trees which can tolerate the waterlogged conditions and clay in Natterer’s Wood. We also wanted native trees, species which colonised the British Isles after the last ice age, before Britain separated off from continental Europe. We chose downy birch, alder and willow.

surrounding the tree and prepares the way for successional species that follow it.

The downy birch, so called because the shoots are covered in soft hairs, can reach thirty metres when mature and forms a graceful airy canopy which will allow light to penetrate and help the growth of mosses, grasses, and wild flowers. We have already planted many alder trees at Natterer’s Wood and these are growing very successfully. The alder is a ‘pioneer species’, so called because it uses a bacteria in its root nodules to fix nitrogen in the soil, improves the fertility of the environment

A song thrush has sung in the wood every evening for over a year. This indicates he is probably a resident, announcing his territory. Further North, many thrushes singing at this time of year are winter visitors from Holland and Belgium. In very severe weather our native thrushes may migrate to Southern France or Spain. A century ago, they were one of our commonest garden birds, now the population has more than halved and they are on the Red list. The new trees will provide an ideal habitat for these delightful birds.

The willows should enjoy the damp conditions, willows traditionally grow near rivers and streams. They should grow to about seven metres and are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are found on separate plants. They will produce catkins in early spring and the wind will carry the pollen to nearby trees.

Join us at Woodland Ways... 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, see the Woodland Ways noticeboard in the Community Centre, contact Nick Sibbett on 01284 723847 or email Follow Woodland Ways on Twitter @NatterersWood 18 | FEBRUARY 2017


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LYMPHOEDEMA WINTER CARE TIPS The skin suffers this time of year just as much as it does in the warmer months now due to the cold weather. Having the heating on, log burners and open fires all dry out our skin alongside wearing compression hosiery. The importance of skin care, i.e. hydrating the skin remains paramount, using a good moisturizer that will hydrate the skin along with drinking plenty of water to help manage dehydration. Looking after your compression hosiery by washing it every 24 hours is just as vital in order to get rid of any skin particles and any moisturizer that can sit in the knit of the material. By regular washing of garments this allows the compression garment to regain its stiffness, thickness and strength. In other words, it gives it back its oomph/ energy just like we need in the winter months. A gentle reminder not to dry your compression hosiery out directly on any heat like a radiator or in a tumble dryer, the airing cupboard is handy place to dry your compression garment out. LYMPHOEDEMA SERVICES CONTRACT - PROGRESS SO FAR The new date for the roll out of the 2017 Lymphoedema Service is now 1st October, with a Medium Interim Service operating from 1st April to 1st October. Watch this space for further information.

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Lisa from Thurston was selected by Slimming World to feature in the December/January of edition if their award winning magazine. Lisa joined the Thursday morning group January 7th 2016 and is celebrating a fabulous weight loss of 5st 4lbs. Lisa achieved her target weight on the June 30th, an absolute incredible achievement. Lisa has suffered with PCOS and joined Slimming World to get the support with her weight and emotions behind her eating habits, to help improve her health and the symptoms that come with PCOS. Since then Lisa has changed her eating habits and has vastly improved her health. Lisa now weighing 8st 10.5lbs has found a new lease of confidence. Her consultant Kelly Cooper said ‘It’s been an absolute pleasure to see Lisa grow in confidence, she is fantastic. I’m so proud of Lisa, the group are really inspired by Lisa and she has bought so much hope and belief amongst her fellow members weekly, it’s been such a boost for everyone, but Lisa is so down to earth about it’ Lisa was asked by Slimming World to feature in the magazine after she was crowned the groups ‘Woman of the Year’. To find a group near you visit


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Welcome to the 19th hole, a place for golf tips, reviews and everything golf related.

We have reached February already, and for most of us golfers the winter can’t end soon enough. January brought cold, wet and some wintery weather with it which wasn’t great for those of us that wanted to get out and play. Some of you may have seen both myself and fellow PGA professional Simon Byford featured in the local paper recently. We launched our golf YouTube channel (PGAlife365) in May 2016, and this year we have plans to grow the channel further. Some of the content on this channel will be of interest to you all as keen golfers. Recent videos include our goals for 2017 and our NEW Monday Coaching feature, so if you would like all of content available as soon as we release it every week please head to our channel and SUBSCRIBE. Its completely FREE and throughout 2017 we will help to improve your game, offer product reviews and entertain you with lots of great content. YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS VENTURE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU TOUR SCHEDULE PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Genesis Open, Riviera CC The Honda Classic, PGA National European Tour Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates GC MAS Maybank Championship ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Joburg Open Coaches Corner – Pitch It Close If you watch the best players in the world week in week out, you will see just how good these players are from inside of 100 yards. This month’s coaches corner will show you some great ideas to improve your pitching technique from these key distances, it will allow you to either make use of those great drives or rescue a par where before you might have made a big number.

Set up is Key and this simple set up will allow you to achieve more consistent and forgiving strikes while playing these scoring shots. The images and descriptions here will show you key areas to focus on. The ball positon, this should be centered to just forward to allow for a swallower impact. This swallower approach into impact will allow you a greater margin for error. Check Point, a great check point is to have the grip end of the club pointing towards to the first belt to the target side of your zipper. Key Positions, these are that the shoulders should be as level as possible (will never be completely level as one hand is lower than the other of the grip). Also the arms hanging straight so that this triangle shape made by the arms and shoulders can be held throughout the swing. KEEP THE SWING SIMPLE – PITCH IT CLOSER From this set up position, you can now move the club throughout the swing using a rocking action, insuring that the club and body are moving together. You can see from the images that into the backswing and into the follow through there has been little change from the above address positions. This pitching article and others are available in video form PGAlife365 on YouTube If you are struggling if any aspect of your game, then I would be pleased to assist you in enjoying this great game more.

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Anti Gravity Yoga Our December 2016 WI Meeting was party time and we all enjoyed the bring and share buffet, Christmas tree decoration competition and Chicken Foot game. Our January 2017 WI Meeting was also a time for celebration as we toasted in the New Year. We also voted for the National Resolutions. Our speaker was Martyn Taylor and he kept us amused with his talk and pictures as he took us on a tour of the town’s history exploring the A – Z streets of Bury St Edmunds. It was interesting how the streets and buildings have changed over the generations. Many of us remembered some of the buildings that no longer exist. It is surprising to learn of how many Public Houses there used to be. Also what was found on archaeological digs.


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Tapas-Meze-Dim Sum-Chichetti By Maria Broadbent, Restaurateur

All of these are names for small plates of food. For Casa Del Mar the emphasis is on tapas & meze - tapas originate from Spain & meze cover Morocco through to Greece.

How to choose tapas & navigate around menus based on sharing... Traditionally tapas would be enjoyed over a period of a few hours whilst sipping your drinks & talking at length. We encourage you to be leisurely when you have the time but many customers choose to eat over a more English meal timescale!

How many dishes? We recommend 2-3 per person, I would always suggest splitting the dishes into a couple of rounds with complementary flavours - especially if their are 3 or more of you dining.

What to mix & in match?

A main meze round could contain a mixture of tagines, salads or you can plump for a main course each if you prefer. It is just the most flexible way of eating - once you have grasped the concept it is really sociable. Plus you end up with very little waste as someone will always clear up the bits in the shared dishes!

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The beauty of small plates & sharing dishes is that is is very easy to accommodate special dietary requirements. Many people are choosing to exclude certain food groups from their diet for reasons of health or ethics. The increase in dining out/takeaways combined with the current interest in nutrition & lifestyle choices - means there is an increased demand on restaurants to provide a tasty meal which is good for your body as well as your soul! I am always being asked what each eating style actually means! So here goes...

Healthy & Fresh

Spanish & Moroccan dishes work together amazingly well - this reflects the Moorish influences in traditional Spanish cooking. Moroccan also works well with the Persian & Israeli dishes we serve - saffron, pomegranates & turmeric. In turn the Middle Eastern dishes will complement the Greek dishes. Alternatively you can kick off with a cold or hot platter - follow with a few fish course with dishes such as chorizo squid, garlic & chilli king

prawns & fritto misto (mixed battered deep fried fish)

Dairy Free

Vegetarian Everything except meat & fish

Vegan Plant based diet - so no meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey.


Plant based diet with fish As for vegan - with the addition of fish.

Gluten Free No gluten - this is the sticky protein in wheat & other grains that gives bread & pasta is elasticity. It can effect people who are intolerant to it by causing bloating, pain & upset tummy. However if you suffer from coeliac disease this is an auto immune disease and even the tiniest amounts of gluten can cause excruciating pain and discomfort for up to 2 weeks.

Both a chef I know and my youngest daughter suffer form dairy intolerance - this means avoiding all dairy, whether cow, goat, sheep etc. Symptoms vary but included bloating, abdominal pain, watering eyes & irritability.

Pescatarianism Does not eat meat but will eat fish

Low carb, low GI (Glycemic

Index) This is a popular choice for detoxing & energising. The idea is to remove refined carbohydrates from your diet - this generally reduces calorie intake but more consistently reduces spikes in blood sugar levels. On top of these some people have allergies to deal with -these can include anaphylactic reactions, especially to certain nuts.

We will be running cookery demonstrations with lunch/dinner included. These will include an introduction to tapas and dealing with a dietary requirement. For dates & prices please visit our website

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Peppered Fillet Steak with Parsley Potatoes

This supper is for two, so push the boat out on a prime cut of beef- great for a romantic night in Ingredients: 3 large red-skinned potato, peeled and cut into large cubes 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle extra 1 garlic clove, minced Small bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 2 beef fillet steaks (each about 140g/5oz) 1 tsp cracked black pepper Small knob of butter Watercress Salad, to serve

Method: Tip the potatoes into a pan of water, bring to the boil, simmer for 2 mins, then drain. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the potatoes and sizzle gently for 20 mins, tossing occasionally, until golden and crispy all over. When the potatoes are cooked, add the garlic to the pan and fry for 1 min more. Finally, toss through the parsley, season with sea salt and set aside. Meanwhile, rub the steaks with a drizzle of oil, then press in the black pepper. Heat a griddle pan until hot, and cook the steaks to your liking (2½ mins each side for medium rare, 3½ mins for medium, 4½ mins for well done). Leave steaks to rest for 5 mins, then top with a knob of butter and serve with the potatoes and some watercress salad. 32 | FEBRUARY 2017

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Method: Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Heat oven to 200C, 180C fan gas 6. Heat the butter in a nonstick pan with 125ml water until melted. Increase the heat until boiling then remove from the heat and quickly beat in the flour until the mixture comes together as a ball. Cool 5 mins then beat the eggs with 1 tbsp water then beat into the pastry a little as a time to make a thick glossy mix. Spoon onto the baking tray in 8 equal size blobs then add the almonds if using poking them into the mixture. Bake for 25-30 mins until well risen and golden. Take from the oven make a slash in the sides and return to the oven for 5 mins more to dry out. While baking make the filling. Mix the custard powder with a little of the milk then, with the remaining milk and vanilla put in a non stick pan and cook, stirring over the heat until thickened. Stand for 5 mins then beat in the yogurt and set aside to cool, stirring frequently to make sure a skin doesn’t form. When cold, stir in the grated chocolate. Reserve 1 tbsp of the custard mix then use the rest to fill the buns. Distribute all but 8 halves of strawberries between the buns, then blob a little of the remaining custard filling on top and add the reserved strawberries. Lightly dust with the icing sugar before serving if you like.

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Casa Del Mar…new year new dishes It is no secret that Casa Del Mar is one of my favourite places to eat. The food is always tasty, the welcome warm, the atmosphere relaxed and the wine chilled, so when Maria asked me if I would like to come and sample some of the new dishes available on the menu, of course, I jumped at the opportunity! Armed with a good girl friend for company, we ventured in to town on a chilly January evening to banish those January blues. We were sat in the conservatory alongside a family that were out dining with their children who seemed to be enjoying the choice of tapas style eating. The décor and the temperature were warm and welcoming in contrast to the chilly breeze outside. Having dined there before, Maria knew what I did and didn’t like so arranged a selection of the tapas dishes for us to try. We had… • Halloumi with roasted Mediterranean veg and muhammara • Lamb Tagine with pilaf • Fritto Misto • Garlic & Chilli King Prawns • Babaganoush with tomato salad & pitta • 3 Hummus with pitta (classic, harissa & dukka) • Belly pork with chorizo & black eye bean stew with Mediterranean veg • Spiced root vegetable rosti with muhamarra

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Everything was served beautifully and came out to the table at intervals allowing us to enjoy everything. I love the sociability of this style of dining and also the fact that I never end up with ‘food envy’ wishing I had ordered what others have! Now to the tasting part – the halloumi (easily a favourite of mine) was well complemented by the fresh roasted vegetables and the addition of the muhammara sauce which gave it that little bit of extra flavour with the red pepper. The lamb tagine I could easily have eaten as a main. It was tender and flavoursome. I also noted that it was the perfect sized meal for my children, so I shall certainly be bringing them next time! Now, sadly, I can’t eat anything that lives in water (another reason for bringing my friend) but she assured me that the ‘fritto misto’ was very lightly battered – crispy on the outside but nice and tender in the middle. The garlic and chilli king prawns were apparently ‘succulent and juicy’ also! I wasn’t entirely certain I had tried Babaganoush before but it was really tasty. I am not usually that fond of aubergine, but you can’t really tell that is what it is and went with all the other flavours of the food brilliantly. The hummus was

also very nice. The pork belly was cooked to perfection and topped off with a nice bit of crackling. The black eyed bean stew it was served with was amazing – I was really in food heaven here! Finally, and certainly not to be over looked, was the spiced root vegetable rosti – absolutely to die for! Another one for the family here!! I enjoyed them immensely but I can see us fighting over the last one if I came here with my family. We washed everything down with a delicious bottle of Argentinean white wine! Maria, who joined us, was doing ‘dry January’, but rather than having to sit there and watch us enjoy our wine, she had a ‘de-alcoholised’ white wine spritzer! It was actually a really nice drink if you are driving or laying off the booze after a heavy Christmas!! At the end we were comfortably full! I do love a desert but I rarely have the space so Maria bought out a mini chocolate pot, topped with salted pistachios and pomegranate! It was the perfect end to a delicious meal! Thank you Maria for having us and feeding us so royally! If you entered our December crossword competition, check the first page of the magazine to see if you have won a voucher to come and try for yourself!!


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Managing a Family Split


he breakdown of a marriage or relationship can be a difficult time and emotionally draining.

As solicitors we cannot take away the emotional pain but we can help by providing independent advice. The first thing to do if your marriage or relationship breaks down may be to find out where you stand and most solicitors including Rudlings Wakelam offer a stand-alone meeting at a fixed fee. Such a meeting can be wide ranging, covering your various options such as divorce or a separation agreement also what arrangements you need to make for any minor children and the various ways in which financial matters may be resolved between you.

Here at Rudlings Wakelam all members of our family department are also members of Resolution which is the association for family lawyers and we are therefore committed to resolving family issues in a constructive way, helping you to focus on what is important in the long term and putting the best interests of your children first. We will use our experience to guide you through the options available to you. The Resolution (first for family law) website can be very useful to visit. This can be accessed via

“We cannot take away the emotional pain but we can help by providing independent advice�.

An initial meeting with a solicitor can be used to discuss the possible costs of the various options available to you and to agree the next step that you need to take which may be as simple as talking to your spouse or partner or self-referring to mediation, which is a referral to an independent, usually legally trained, mediator who will help you move towards an agreement. At a stressful time such a meeting with a solicitor can be very important so be prepared to take a note or bring a friend or relative with you as two pairs of ears are definitely better than one.

Once you have decided what your next step is, we can work with you to move forward for example by sending a letter to your spouse or partner or by drafting a divorce petition. No matter what you decide to do, all steps would be agreed with yourself beforehand.

In order to resolve financial issues the first step is nearly always a process whereby you and your spouse or partner exchange details of your financial means and this can be dealt with through solicitors or mediation and is also the first thing that happens if court proceedings to resolve financial issues need to be started. At the initial meeting we can advise on keeping yourself safe both physically and financially during the breakup process. At all times we will listen to you and help to give you the confidence to make the right decisions for you and your family.

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Real Romance



ebruary the 14th, a day for wining, dining and romance… or something like that. Of course when you’ve been married ten years and have a young family, these dates are basically forgotten. That’s not to say you don’t appreciate your partner any less, or that they don’t still need you. The mundane domestics tend to take precedence over such occasions, and getting the kids PE kit ready, fixing the stairgate, or sorting the ironing out may be more important that particular evening. It’s not about one evening though. It’s about the other 364 days and nights. Not just the family stuff, like the torturous all-night tag team parenting with crying babies, or working out the logistics for school drop offs and impromptu trips to the doctors. The magical, and

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increasingly rare, moments alone together. Like snatching an unexpected 45 min child free (#amazing!) walk together in the cold winter sunshine one afternoon before school pick up, or having a laugh sorting the spare room whilst the little ones are playing with granny downstairs. I’m not one for giving or receiving gifts just for the sake of it. I have enough ‘stuff’ to not want much more (see spare room issue referenced above). Personally I’m happy with a simple smile and unspoken mutual understanding that we work well as a team, very well. A solid unit that has strength far beyond the sum of its parts. Despite all this middle aged drivel, it may surprise you to know I do recall being young. I know Valentines

Day can be a bit of a mixed bag of emotions. It’s funny now, but I remember spending hours choosing a card for someone when I was at school. The heart ache and teasing of expectant cards that never materialised or unexpected ones that did. That said, as was quite normal back then, girlfriends really didn’t register on our radar until we were at least 16 or 17. We were far too busy playing football and messing about to think about that! So, however you mark the date with your loved one; by sharing a few peaceful minutes over a cuppa, going out for a meal, or perhaps a trip to watch Ipswich get hammered by Brighton & Hove Albion, enjoy the evening… but remember, there are a whole load of other equally precious days in the year.

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Bury St Edmunds Golf Club understand that many people aspire to start (or restart) golf, but the process can seem daunting and expensive. They’ve created a programme designed around the stage you’re at, with easy progression, and in small groups to keep the costs low. After a free 15 minute assessment you will be invited to join one of the following programmes:



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Every month I share a crafty activity to try at home. I’m Michelle and I own the crafty foxes. I run adult and children’s workshops, children’s crafty parties, after school clubs, hen-dos and a wedding/events mobile crafty creche.

This month sees the re start of the Crafty Kids Club at Denny Bros. Held on the last Saturday of every month. See for more information. Today we look to valentines and I show you how to make a bleeding tissue art bookmark. You will need 2 coloured sheets of tissue paper, the cheaper the better, a sheet of white A4 watercolour paper, a piece of square card, prit stick, a paintbrush, water, a hole punch and some ribbon. • Cut the paper width ways into strips approximately 15cm wide • Fold your card in half and cut out half a heart • Stick the heart somewhere on the bookmark. Don’t use a lot of glue as you want to be able to peel it off at the end • Cut your tissue paper into small squares approx. 8cmx8cm • Using your brush paint water all over the bookmark. Then position each square down on top creating whatever pattern you wish • Brush over the paper with more water and wait 10 minutes for it to dry • Once dry remove all of the tissue paper and the card heart • Colours should have bled onto the paper, except where the heart was • Punch a hole in the top and thread through some ribbon.

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Scholarships and Open mornings – This is now my fifth piece and as I am writing this many of you will be sifting through more adverts and editorials from schools explaining why you should choose one particular school over another. But what are you going to see that may make you choose a school at this time of year, that hasn’t prompted you to have a look already? The answer probably lies in what the school is actually offering and is it attainable without overstretching yourself. We are about to start the academic year’s next round of Open Days, and in fact ours will be held on the 4th March. During it, we will be aiming to demonstrate to you all the reasons why we think that we provide the best all-round education in the area. You will have an opportunity to see our pupils, and our teachers, showing off all their talents in

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lessons that will replicate what actually goes on in the class, day in and day out. I say replicate mainly because South Lee’s Open Morning takes place on a Saturday and as we are a day school we don’t normally have Saturday school. Interestingly, the pupils love coming in for the morning and are genuinely proud of their school and look forward to seeing as many visitors as are prepared to come. There will also be an opportunity to discuss with staff the scholarship possibilities at South Lee. We have a competitive scholarship programme that is open to both internal and external candidates. The 8+ scholarships are for pupils wishing to enter the Prep School at Year 4 and are worth a maximum 25% off fees and involve the pupils spending a morning sitting

online exams in English and Maths and then completing an essay. The 11+ scholarship exams come in two parts, firstly the academic scholarship which is the same format as the 8+, and then there is also an Allrounder scholarship which is a combination of the tests, plus an interview where the pupils get an opportunity to discuss their talents and demonstrate what they can offer the school outside of the classroom. In recent years, our all-rounder scholars have been able in sports, drama or music as well as being able to demonstrate above average competence academically. Again, the scholars can be awarded as much as 25% off fees. Interestingly, pupils who are awarded a scholarship in Year 4 can top this up by gaining another scholarship in Year 7, so it is possible to complete your education at South Lee with as much as 50% of the fees. More


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How long have you been here at the Post Office? Since August 2016.

What did you do before having the Post Office? I am actually a qualified management and have worked for several local businesses doing their accounts. Most recently I worked for 5 years for an engineering company based on Rougham Industrial Estate. There were a few changes in the businesses while I was there and I felt the time had come to look for a new opportunity.

So, what made you decide to take over the Post Office? Actually my husband had worked for the Royal Mail for 30+ years and I used to be a post woman as which was, hands down, the best job I’d ever had. I also knew the previous owners so I knew the business and when the opportunity came up I knew it would be just the change I was looking for.

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When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing? I like to try and keep fit but working 8am – 6pm can sometimes make that a little tricky. Like anyone else, I have a fantastic group of friends who I enjoy socialising with. I like going to the cinema, reading, eating out…nothing majorly out of the ordinary.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people would know… Like Paddington Bear, I love marmalade sandwiches!

Completing the London Marathon in memory of my Father.

Are you locally born and bred?? No – I was born in Manchester. I was a military child so moved around a lot until we ended up being based in Honnington which is how I came to love and live in Bury St Edmunds.

Where did you go to school? Thurston Upper.

If you could choose 1 famous person to have dinner with (dead or alive), who would it be and why? Neil Morrissey – I think he is lovely… definitely my guilty secret! I actually met him once and thought he was a really nice guy and very down to earth.

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What to do in your garden in February...

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You may not have invited them in but low and behold you probably have some wild violets in your garden. As one of the earliest winter flowers in bloom they are of course to be welcomed. Wild violets (Viola odorata) have heart-shaped leaves with purple-blue flowers. You are most likely to spot them under trees as they do enjoy a little shade but do well in most conditions. Once you have a few they tend to self seed and can became invasive to the point where you are digging them up as a weed. However before you do remember the colour they provide and are also how prized they are in some of the high brow restaurants where they are often used in salads as they are rich in vitamins. Violets take care of themselves and can be transplanted either in Spring or Autumn.


Am I being too harsh on February when I say it’s one redeeming feature is that it’s the shortest month of the year. Yes of course I am! February comes from the Latin word februa which means to cleanse. The Romans had a month long festival of purification and I think we can follow the same idea in our gardens. If the weather permits this is a great time to tidy up your borders by removing any dead growth from your perennials. Compost any dead material and if you have some compost mulch around your plants. Good time to clean your tools and get lawn mowers serviced for the year ahead.



Pauls jobs for the month General Maintenance

n Mole activity increases in February as it is the mating season and they are building nests. I’ve seen this more frequently over the last few years in Town gardens and it then requires a specialist to remove them. n Install water butts now ready for the summer. In an average summer gardeners can collect up to 640 litres of rainwater from a 7ft by 5ft shed. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid-loving, ericaceous plants such as azaleas , camellias and Pieris as tap water is often slightly alkaline.

Vegetable and Fruit Garden n This is a good time to plant a fruit tree. Most gardens can find room for a dwarf fruit tree. Remember to stake it to prevent wind damage.

This months poem...


n If you have rhubarb it is time to force it. When you see the first shoots cover them with a big pot. n If you haven’t done so already now is the time to prune your Autumn Raspberries . Cut the stems to the ground.

Flower Garden n One of the first seeds you can sow indoors are Sweet Peas. Put 2 or 3 in a 3ich pot with mix of seed compost and sharp sand n Prune Winter Flowering Jasmine after flowering to encourage new growth for next year’s blooms. Cut back the previous years growth to 5cm from the old wood. n Winter flowering pansies provide some welcome colour as long as you make sure to regular deadhead spent flowers n Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot.

n Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins - clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground. n The dead leaves on your Bergenias can be removed n If you haven’t done so already prune back your hydrangeas to remove dead flower heads back to a strong bud n Prune your Wisteria now, cutting back summer sideshoots to 2 or 3 buds. n Take hardwood cuttings of ornamental shrubs such as Salix, Forsythia, Ribes, Rosa, Weigela, Cornus

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t last we have moved out of January, and if you are like us you probably felt a bit lost after Christmas! February can be extremely cold and stormy so in this month’s article we give you some ideas of how to keep warm and cosy, and save money at the same time. For more ideas on home heating and draught exclusion visit and

1 Use the correct size heater for your room A 1200W heater will cost around 67p for 4 hours, a 1600W heater will cost about 89p for 4 hours. Over 3 months that could cost you an extra £20 (= 67kg of CO2).

3 Insulate your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket of at least 80mm A well fitted tank lagging jacket could save you around £25 to £35 a year, which is more than the cost of the jacket!

2 Lined and/or heavy curtains can reduce heat loss from a room through the window at night and cut draughts. But don’t let your curtains hang over a radiator as this will stop heat radiating into the room.

4 Draught-proofing is a simple way to beat cold


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Hello Everybody!

I hope you’re all well and haven’t been too cold throughout the miserable weather. Hope you enjoy this months page!

molly xx

Meringues HP Sprocket This month I am going to be sharing with you some very delicious little snacks. I made them the other day to take to a friends and they went down a treat! I bought meringue nests and you can put whatever you would like in them. In the base bit I usually put whipped cream, so I bought whipping cream and just whizzed it up with an electric hand whisk until it formed peaks . I didn’t put lots of that in though because I didn’t want it to be full of just cream. After that I chopped up some strawberries and raspberries and popped some on top. I made mine symmetrical because I thought it looked more professional! As a little extra on top I added some mini eggs and a little grated chocolate. You can find mini eggs in most shops as Easter is fast approaching! To do the small chocolate bits I used a really small grater, it was tiny! Enjoy!

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This is amazing!!! I absolutely love this piece of technology! It’s really hard to explain what exactly it is without showing you but I’ll give it a go. Basically it is a really small printer (about the size of an iPhone 6) that can print off pictures from your phone. If you want to, you can put a Polaroid frame around it, add emojis, text and so on. Usually I put different frames around it to make it that bit more personal and sometimes some text. It’s really fun to watch it come out of the machine, it always makes me and my mum laugh. The paper is really clever as it has all of the ink in it so there is no need to top up the ink cartridges like a normal printer. It’s so much easier to use! The paper is all you need to buy and then 3 simple steps and you’re ready to use. First you have to download the HP Sprocket app, then connect it with Bluetooth to print it and then print something!


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Living with Love Over the Christmas period, my husband and I had the privilege of sharing two of our best friend’s wedding day with them at St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds followed by the most gorgeous winter reception at Culford School. The setting was idyllic, the air crisp and the sky blue. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. I love a good wedding ceremony with my hankies at the ready witnessing two people make such a sacrificial commitment to each other - to love and to cherish, through sickness, through health, through hardship and blessing. And the look on the grooms face when he first sees his bride walking down the aisle! It has to be one of my most favourite moments. The overwhelming 68 | FEBRUARY 2017

love radiating from his face. Wedding’s have such a simple beauty, two gorgeous people who’ve found love and choosing to embrace life’s journey together. Whatever your opinion on marriage, an avid endorser or the more cynical type, I’m sure you’ll agree, a individuals craving for love, affection and relationship is one that is common to all. Relationship, whether in friendship or more intimately features in the majority of our lives, very few of us live it total solitude. Humankind thrives in relationship with others and for relationships to blossom, love, (I dare to suggest) is the most important central component. We’re made to live with love.

HOME + LIFESTYLE At the wedding I mentioned earlier, I was asked to do the reading during the ceremony and in true Lizi Long style I couldn’t just pick a well known Bible reading and stick to the script

so I wrote a piece of prose which as it’s February (and Valentine’s days is approaching) I thought I’d share with you this month. I hope it inspires you to ‘Live with Love.’ Here goes…

Musical notes jumbled together on a stave, sounding a beautiful melody. Two hearts joined by love, destined to beat heavens rhythm. Lives united like raindrops and roses, whiskers and kittens, a favourite combination. Love abundantly shared, poured out like a flood and courageously expressed. Life’s source is love, roots go deep into the depths of unfailing love. Loves presence can dwarf an army, scale any wall looming ahead. When the dog bites or bee stings heed loves remedy. No fear can be present, the darkness displaced by perfect love. Look up to the heights, eyes gaze at the mountains. Help is bounding over the hills, a valiant knight leading heavens procession. Help is found in love, the maker of heaven and earth. Though we sleep, love does not slumber. Love watches. Love is the shade in the day and the moon guiding at night. Love soaks us. Saturated to the core with one of life’s favourite things. Faith, hope, love will always remain. Love shouts out ‘I’m the greatest,’ hearts now sing as one. Bask undivided in the beauty of unblemished love. Love shower down. One hand grasping hold of another, kiss in the rain, embrace in the rain, run in the rain. Drenched by love; faultless and unfailing. So during February can I encourage you to live with love dripping from your fingertips? Give a friend a hug, ask your partner how you can make their day better, bake some cookies for a neighbour, look your little one in the

eye and tell them how much you love them, hold someones hand. Let your life source be love, let love soak you so that you can drench others with love. Make love one of your favourite things! Happy Valentines Day. Lots of Love! Xx Love

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The 1XV faced a tough December with four losses in a row against top end of the table opponents, but after a well-earned Christmas break fortunes looked set to improve with a 23-20 away win against Worthing, boosting morale. It wasn’t to be the Wolfpack’s day against 4th place Taunton Titans at The Greene King Haberden though mid-January and there seemed to be a lack of cohesion during the first half against London Irish WG away. A spirited come back in the second half couldn’t quite level the match which finished 36-24. During our first home game of the month Northampton Saints Senior Academy and BSE 1XV player Toby Trinder was awarded St Edmunds Butcher’s Man of the Match. Despite some cancellations due to weather conditions the seniors have continued to perform well with the Wolfhounds winning three matches in December and against Worthing at the beginning of January. The Foxes remain top of their league winning the last 7 games. It was a strong end to December and start of January for the youth, sponsored by Culford School, with U16s becoming Suffolk Plate Champions, U15s making an excellent start to their defence of the Suffolk Cup and the U13s becoming Suffolk Champions. On the social side, the club continues to thrive with huge numbers of loyal members. A large Club choir raised £363.68 for St Nicholas’ Hospice during the annual Carol Singing Tour whilst a bumper crowd turned out for the Boxing Day Under 30s versus Over 30s match.

Bury St Edmunds Minis started back after the excitement of the Christmas break with a U12 & U6 Guard of Honour, supporting BSE 1XV as they played Taunton Titans, before all Minis commencing training the following day. January has seen the worst of the winter weather so far with frost and below freezing temperatures stopping play across the Eastern region. Although rugby is played in wind, rain, mud and even on occasion quite warm sunshine it is not safe for our Mini players to play in these conditions. All players have been sundancing in the hope that they can turn the weather and recommence play!

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Ickworth House Discover blankets of snowdrops scattered around the pleasure grounds in February. Explore our Italianate Palace and the treasures within when the House opens on the 4 March. When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

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Ickworth House


Park and Gardens

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A Georgian Italianate palace located just 4 miles outside of Bury St Edmunds. Dust away the cobwebs and explore everything Ickworth has to offer this month. From winter welly walks through carpets of snowdrops to half term fun and activities, there is something for everyone. Wander around Ickworth for great views on a crisp winter day and follow the path along Lady Geraldine’s Walk, as well as The Albana Walk, where snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites. If it is carpets of white you are looking for, Ickworth is the place to visit.

On the 8 February, Ickworth’s Outdoor Manager, Sean Reid will lead a speciality walk revealing the many varieties of Snowdrops growing in the Pleasure Grounds. Looking for things to do this February half term? Spend a day at Ickworth enjoying a variety of children’s craft activities and games in the comfort of our West Wing Gallery. Make and take home some fun spring time crafts that your children will love. Of course you can always head outside to enjoy the play area, den building area and magical stumpery. The House will be open

from 4 March this year and visitors are invited to step back in time to the 1930s in the servants’ basement and discover the stories below stairs with a Living History day on 11 March. Or simply enjoy the magnificent house and the treasures it holds, including the WW1 Exhibition and walking trail to discover the story of Ickworth during the war and the impact it had on the people who lived on the Estate. For more information and for opening times visit Ickworth FEBRUARY 2017 | 75


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at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

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Four Coronations and a Funeral Handel: Handel: Handel: Handel: Purcell: Handel:

Zadok the Priest Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened The King Shall Rejoice My Heart is Inditing Funeral Music for Queen Mary Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 6

James Recknell organ Prometheus Orchestra Philip Reed conductor

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Christ Church MORETON HALL Many of you will already know that 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of one of the most significant events in European history, the start of the Reformation. This was begun by Martin Luther in Germany and spread across the whole of Europe particularly in England, Holland and Scandinavia. In this country the real hero of the Reformation was Thomas Cranmer who produced the Prayer Book in English which helped shape our language and culture for generations to come. The real story has often been masked by King Henry’s need for an heir, and the many women he married to obtain that end. The truth is that once people began to read the Bible in their own language and understand for themselves the significance of what it said, a spiritual movement

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began which has lasted to this present day and spread all over the world. One consequence of this new understanding was a great advance in learning resulting in the establishment of many educational institutions. Another was that protestant England split from the rest of Europe, which remained Catholic. We found ourselves naturally allied to the Scandinavian countries and to Holland, Denmark and parts of Germany, alliances which have remained to the present day. It also meant that the monarch always has to be Protestant and, although there have been some Catholic monarchs, they have only been allowed under the will of Parliament. There are many political commentators who will see a parallel with the Reformation and Brexit,

but I hope people will not draw the wrong conclusions. While it is true that the European war between Catholics and Protestants continued for over 100 years and was very bloody, by and large its ferocity was not replicated in these islands. While there were some incidences which the church should be embarrassed about, generally we avoided the excesses in other parts of the world and have learned, in time, to live peacefully together. One of the reasons we avoided this was the Church of England has always contained people from different understandings of the Christian faith. And they were able to come together around a common prayer book and a common creed and work together in harmony. This continues to the present day. Which


is why the Church has begun a process called ‘Shared Conversations’ to help the church the issues of sexuality in a calm and rational manner. As somebody who has been directly involved in this process, it has been a privilege to listen to people’s stories from a wide variety of backgrounds and begin work on how we can live together as a church. In February the General Synod will discuss it again. The “Conversations” have proved so successful that I don’t think the Church of England is going to split 5th over that issue any time soon.



SUNDAY 5th FEBRUARY 8.30am Holy Communion 10.30am All Age Worship 6.30pm New Wine DVD

SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY Our February Services 10.30am Morning Worship

At Christ Church, Moreton Hall we are celebrating a very important occasion 12th of 12th February. On that day we will welcome Bishop Martin Seeley, Bishop of the diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who will preach to us and dedicate our new chairs. It has been 19th very encouraging to see how much money has been donated (over £4,000) 26th for us to completely re-equip our worship area. We will have new chairs and a new public address system. In order for us to say thank you for your generous support, why not be with us on 12th February to meet Bishop Martin and share in all the good things we are doing at Christ Church, Moreton Hall.

Holy Communion 8.30am with Bishop Martin 10.30am (followed by bring & share lunch) All Age Worship 6.30pm Communion 6.30pm Healing New Wine DVD

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10.30am Holy Communion 6.30pm Spirit Healing 6.30pm Led Communion Service

10.30am Holy Communion 6.30pm Spirit Led Service SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY 10.30am Worship 10.30am Morning Morning Worship 6.30pm A Time of Refreshing 6.30pm A Time of Refreshing

With every good wish, Yours sincerely,

Revd. Canon Jonathan Ford. Minister Christ Church Moreton Hall

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MACCA: THE CONCERT (music) Thursday 16th February Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney. Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (‘Let It Be’) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the music of a legend... In the first concert of it’s kind to tour the UK and Europe, Macca: The Concert - featuring acclaimed West End performers and using state of the art visual media projection throughout celebrates McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970-2016. The show includes all his best loved hits, the acclaimed ‘Wings over the World’ 1975-6 concert tour, and a selection of Beatles favourites. Experience the drama of ‘Live and Let Die’, the pathos of ‘No More Lonely Nights’, and the nostalgia of ‘Band on the Run’ alongside many more! Starts: 7.30pm. Tickets: £25 in advance / £20 on the door. Book online.

LEE NELSON: SERIOUS JOKER (comedy) Wednesday 22nd February After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be... live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show. “Comedy legend” - The Sun “Comedy genius” - The Mirror “You should be ashamed of yourself” - Sepp Blatter Starts: 7.30pm. Tickets: £20 Book online.

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Bury ConcertSeries

Bartosz Glowacki accordian

7.30pm Monday 20th February 2017 Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street IP33 1RH

“A leading light in the new generation of accordionists.” Programme includes:

Scarlatti Zolotaryov Pärt Piazzolla Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme

74th Season

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Director Mel Gibson Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn Mel Gibson directs Andrew Garfield in the visceral true story of a war hero who didn’t fire a single shot Scarred by childhood experiences with his alcoholic WWI veteran father (Hugo Weaving), devout Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) resolves never to touch a gun. This proves something of a challenge when he enlists in the army to fight in WWII. As a conscinetious objector, Desmond insists on his right to serve as a medic. But he’s bullied by his unsympathetic comrades, who consider him to be a coward. His greatest test comes during the notoriously bloody Battle of Okinawa. Returning to the director’s chair for the first time in a decade, Mel Gibson celebrates a very different kind of hero in this intense, blood-soaked true-life tale of faith, courage and patriotism. Andrew Garfield is on outstanding form as the pacifist whose single-handed acts of bravery saved 75 lives.

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Director M. Night Shyamalan Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, Betty Buckley



Director Pablo Larraín Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig

James McAvoy excels as a crazed kidnapper with multiple personalities is this nerveshredding horror-thriller Schoolgirls Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped by a stalker named Kevin (James McAvoy). They awake to find themselves locked in an underground cell at the mercy of their sinister captor. During visits to his shrink (Betty Buckley), it becomes clear that Kevin is no ordinary sociopath but suffers from dissociative identity disorder. This manifests itself in the form of 23 distinct personalities, from a mischievous nine-yearold boy to a flamboyant fashion designer. But there’s also a 24th personality battling for control. Ominously, he refers to this as ‘the beast’! Hailed by critics as his best film since the legendary ‘The Sixth Sense’, M Night Shyamalan’s edgeof-seat psychological horror delivers plenty of those trademark jawdropping twists. James McAvoy is also on magnificently terrifying form as he shifts between personalities.

A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.

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Moreton Hall Community Centre What’s going on in February Tuesday 14th & 28th February


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A Sporting Chance! Sports Scholarships can make private school affordable, writes Chris Moxon, Head of Moreton Hall Prep School on Mount Road … It’s no accident that many private schools offer generous sports scholarships, often up to 50%, to pupils who have significant talent. Parents can also apply for bursaries for extra financial support. Excellence at sport is closely allied to the prestige of the school: it shows that the school is offering an all-round education and teaching important life lessons like how to play as part of a team. That is certainly the case here at Moreton Hall, where our children do sport every afternoon of the week and play competitive matches against other private schools from far and wide. When fees are seen as expensive, sports scholarships can make the difference between sending your child to private schools or not. Our recently launched 11+ Sports Scholarship Programme for next September has already sparked much interest locally amongst those parents who might not otherwise have considered private education an option but are very keen to ensure that their child’s sporting potential is realised and nurtured in the right environment. Moreton Hall offers Sports Scholarships in Rugby, Football, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rounders and Swimming: usually a combination of several of these sports depending on the individual child’s talents. Crucial to their development is the expertise and experience of our Sports Staff. One look at their biographies on our website will explain why Moreton Hall Sport is so highly regarded in the private school world: and that’s before you look at our outstanding results! I am very happy to chat at any time with parents who may wish to give their children that sporting chance.

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