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Issue 32 May 2015

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Bury St. Edmunds

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BURY ST EDMUNDS What’s on at the Apex A look at what’s on at the Apex throughout May Andy Sheppard Quartet Saturday 2nd May 2015

Omar Puente Raices Cubanos Friday 15th May 2015

One of Britain’s foremost saxophonists and jazz composers, Andy Sheppard, will perform at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Marking a return to a lyrical and groove-based style, he will be joined by guitarist Eivind Aarset

Acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente makes his first visit to Bury St Edmunds with this ten piece high energy band featuring a line-up of electric violin, piano, tres guitar, bass, timbales, congas, two trumpets, trombone and fronted by two vocalists – Rene Alvarez and Yuri Moreno.

Start: 8pm Tickets: £20 / Concessions £18 / Under 25s £5

Dixie Strollers Friday 22nd May 2015

Evelyn Glennie Sunday 24th May 2015

This Dixie/New Orleans sevenpiece jazz band is made up of some great young musicians recently graduated from the London music conservatories. The members of the band have played in all of the major London jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, and the 606 Jazz Club, as well as at the London Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall.

With Evelyn celebrating her 50th birthday this year as well as her 30th year as a professional musician it seemed only natural we should invite her back to the Festival as it celebrates its 30th year.

Starts: 1pm Tickets: £8 / £5 U25s / Festival Friends discount available

Starts: 8pm Tickets: £18 / Under 25s £5, Festival Friend discount available

Evelyn’s solo recital at the 2011 festival was one of the most memorable evenings we’ve had at The Apex, and we’re looking forward to her return visit along with longtime collaborator, pianist Philip Smith. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £25, £21 / U25s £5 / Festival Friends discount available

Demon Barbers XL Friday 22nd May 2015 An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber Tuesday 5th May 2015 Julian Lloyd Webber will be joined by his wife and fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan to perform works such as Faure’s ‘Elegy’ and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Music of the Night, Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata as well as works by composers William Lloyd Webber, Philip Glass, Frank Bridge, and JS Bach.

Rock Choir Sunday 17th May 2015 Come and enjoy an hour in the company of Bury St Edmunds Rock Choir and their own arrangements of pop, Motown and chart songs... you may even get to join in! This is a free event. Starts: 1pm Tickets: Free

Any cellists out there? Bring along your cello and have your chance for Julian Lloyd Webber to play it for you on stage as the encore and get a mini masterclass with the man himself! Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £25 (No Concessions)

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows, The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow. Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza ‘The Lock In’. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £16.50 / £5 U25s / Festival Friends discount available

An Audience with Lord Hurd Wednesday 20th May 2015

BurySound Unplugged Workshops Friday 29th May 2015 Aged 11 - 23 and love music? Join BurySound at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds for music workshops with qualified tutors, covering everything from song writing to self-promotion, offering local young musicians the opportunity to develop and promote their music. Following the workshop there will be an opportunity to perform on the BurySOUND unplugged stage in the Apex Lounge on the day between 4 - 6pm. Tickets: £10 (Age 11 -23) Starts: 10am Ends: 4pm

Douglas Hurd is a leading British Conservative politician and author of novels and political biographies who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and his retirement in 1995 Times: 2.15pm-4.15pm Tickets: £18 / £5 U25’s 04 | May 2015

Old Buckenham Airshow 2015 Perfect family day out At few other events can you see the greatest pilots and aircraft flying at the limit, then take to the skies yourself in a WWII legend. But then, very few shows are like the Airshow. Often described as the perfect family day out, the show wins new fans each year amongst aircraft experts and people who’ve never been to an airshow before. After a very successful 2014 show we’re planning an even bigger and better weekend in 2015. We keep innovating each year; in 2014 we launched the Food Village to universal acclaim. You won’t find a yellowing burger van on the site, but you will find an enhanced Beer Festival from Norfolk’s newest brewery, Taylor’s. In 2015 there will be four beers exclusively brewed for, and

only on sale during, the Airshow. In 2014 beers commemorated aviation legend Brendan O’Brien and his stunning trailer- top landing (we’re in the process of trying to get it recognised as a world record) as well as star-ofthe-show, Staggerwing ‘High Maintenance’. Speaking of commemoration, at this very special place, one group of people are honoured every day, the 366 USAAF servicemen who died serving from here in World War II.


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In 2015, 70 years after the Victory in which they played such an important part, we’re commemorating them and their colleagues by honouring their homeland, the United States of America.

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GENERAL East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) EACH announce Bury St Edmunds Colour Dash! 2015 is set to be a summer of colour thanks to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) as the charity announces a Colour Dash in Bury St Edmunds. Colour dashes are the newest craze to hit the UK and see participants run, walk or jog around a 5km course as they are showered with clouds of coloured powder – creating truly impressive results! Following on from the charity’s first colour dash in Ipswich last year, EACH have announced an impressive four dates for 2015. The Bury St Edmunds Colour Dash will be held on Sunday 20th September in Nowton Park. Those wishing to take part

can register their interest online today! The event has been kindly sponsored by Servest and the person who raises the most sponsorship will win a 32GB iPad Air.

This fun event is suitable for all, get your friends and family together to help EACH to care and support for children, young people in Suffolk living with lifethreatening conditions. For more information on the all EACH Colour Dashes, visit or contact the Suffolk Fundraising Team on 01473 276196.

Nikki Brown, EACH Suffolk Fundraiser, commented: “We held our first EACH Colour Dash in Ipswich last year, and it was a huge success with more than 300 people taking part. Everyone really enjoyed the day, it’s such a fun event to be involved in. This year we’ve got more dates across East Anglia and we hope that lots of people will sign-up for our Bury St Edmunds dash. Register your interest now to be kept up to date when sign-up is live and to take advance of our early bird offer!”

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GENERAL All About Asparagus About Portwood Asparagus Asparagus has been grown in our kitchen garden at our family home, Portwood Farm at Gt Ellingham, since the early 1900s; and has been grown here commercially since 1987. We supply our farm shops, local greengrocers, caterers and restaurants, along with wholesale markets all over the country and major supermarkets. We know that asparagus has been cultivated as far back as Egyptian times, and was a particular favourite of the Romans. Claimed to ‘stir up lust in a man and woman’ by herbalist Nicholas Culpepper, in the 1600’s the debate has raged ever since over whether any foods actually contain aphrodisiac qualities or not! If eaten regularly; asparagus packs an almighty punch to diseases such as cancer and

heart disease as well as boosting your immune system. It’s also low in calories, sodium and cholesterol. Asparagus contains high levels of Vitamin A (an antioxidant vitamin), folic acid and dietary fibre which are believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer. As a good source of folic acid, it is also great for expectant mothers. It is also rich in soluble fibre, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. Its high levels of potassium may help to control blood pressure. Asparagus is also a source of iron, which boosts the immune system and prevents anaemia The high levels of vitamin C and E are great for skin, nail and hair health too. A definitive superfood! To grow asparagus, you have to be patient! It takes four years

FRESH ASPARAGUS Available 7 days a week Until 21 June Portwood Farm

Gt Ellingham, nr Attleborough, Directions off B1077 in Gt Ellingham 8am to 5pm daily

Old Hall Farm

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Also FRESH STRAWBERRIES when in season!

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to get a crop in full production, with a small cut in the third year after planting. We plant as ‘crowns’, then ridge up to aid drainage. The first spears of asparagus emerge around mid-April heralding the start of summer, and are cut when they reach the required height. Green British asparagus is the world’s finest and is only in season for eight short weeks, so feast while you can, -the season finishes on 21st June! After that, the spears are left to grow to fern, which is critical to allow photosynthesis to feed the crown ready for next season. At Portwood Farm, the harvested spears are washed, cooled and refrigerated within half an hour to maintain freshness and maximum shelf life to the customer. It should always be stored refrigerated to maintain quality. Storing Asparagus... In the fridge: If you plan to keep your asparagus for a few days, keep it fresh by placing in a jug or vase with the stems in 1 cm of water, then store (carefully) in the fridge.

you choose, take care not to overcook it. The thicker the spear, the longer it may need. To test if it’s cooked, pierce the thickest part with a knife and you should still feel a little resistance. Boiling and steaming To boil: Submerge in a large pan of boiling water, cover and bring back to the boil and simmer gently for 4-6 minutes until tender. To steam: Tie the asparagus in bunches of 10-12 spears, stand in 5-10cm of boiling water, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until tender. Roasting and Barbecuing To roast: Pre-heat the oven (220oC, gas mark 7), place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle over a little olive oil. Roast for approximately 10 minutes, turning a few times depending on the thickness of the spears. To barbecue: Place spears directly on the grill, set on a medium height above the coals and cook for approx. 10 minutes or until lightly coloured. Stir frying

In the freezer: Wash well; cut off the tough parts of the stalks and either leave as spears or cut in 2-3cm pieces. Boil for 2-4 minutes depending on thickness, then plunge into cold water to cool quickly. Blanching in this way prevents the enzymes that cause it to lose its colour and taste from taking effect. Preparation... Rinse thoroughly to remove any residual grit. Portwood asparagus is pre-trimmed but, if there are any ‘woody ends’, you should trim these off or peel the base before cooking. Cooking basics There are numerous ways of cooking this versatile vegetable but, whichever

Fine spears are best for this method. To stir fry: Heat a little sunflower oil in a wok or deep frying pan until smoking hot, add asparagus and stir for 3-6 minutes. Salad Select the finest spears available, chop roughly and use in your favourite salad. If desired, blanch very briefly in boiling water and then ‘refresh’ by plunging into cold water before use. ...and to accompany it? Simply cooked asparagus is served best with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.


Isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who WANT YOU - in theirs There is no such thing a typical Foster Carer, they are from varied backgrounds and differing lifestyles. They are ordinary people ..

… doing an extraordinary task! Safehouses is a well established, independent, Ofsted OUTSTANDING Fostering Agency operating throughout the South East and East Anglia and we are looking for Foster Carers in YOUR AREA! In order to become a foster carer you need: a spare bedroom, time, patience, be able to work in partnership with a variety of people, be open to training and ongoing development, have basic IT skills, and if you have birth children we would prefer them to be over 5 years of age.

WE CAN OFFER YOU: 24 hour support, 365 days a year A strong, stable knowledgeable Social Work Team Training Opportunities and peer support groups Sessional and therapeutic support for the children and young people in placement.

If you are interested in fostering

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All you have to do is complete the following sections and return your form to ensure it is included in the draw or enter online at: Only one entry per household Your name:

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Your landline contact number: Your email address: Postcode:

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Bury St Edmunds - May 2015  

The May 2015 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds - May 2015  

The May 2015 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Bury St Edmunds