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The home of horseracing, fine dining and more

Wedding planning with The Little Horse Box bar



What’s it to be… The city or the countryside?

Shopping for special occasions made easy

BEN FOGLE Meet the man behind New Lives In The Wild









May marks an action-packed month ahead

Get your tickets for Guys and Dolls at the Theatre Royal


Ben Fogle is a great ambassador for country life


We visited Newmarket this issue – and fell in love!



20 | 3 OF THE BEST

Check out these three fabulous Suffolk farm shops

22 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Finger lickin’ chicken is on the menu at Morston Hall


Introducing The Little Horse Box luxury mobile bar!




Will a relaxing city break or a rural escape appeal to you?




Be inspired by a boutique shopping experience in Bury


The latest fashions at your fingertips, from florals to stripes


Petrol-head Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the new Audi TT Coupe




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ell, it’s been a busy few months since the last edition of Suffolk On My Mind hit the shelves. It seems that the team has been out on the road more than we’ve been at our desks, whether visiting the delightful Suffolk market town of Newmarket (p13), finding out more about our local food provenance at three of our county’s leading farm shops (p20), or hitting Bury St Edmunds to learn about its bustling fashion scene (p38). It’s fair to say that we’ve packed in quite a bit! One man who doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet is Crew Clothing’s ambassador Ben Fogle. Ben was at the Norwich store to talk Castaway, facing his fears, and filming his latest TV show. You can read our interview on page 9. Plus, we caught up with wedding supplier Liddy Goodrum, the lady behind The Little Horse Box luxury mobile wine bar. This little beauty has just launched – and we think our stunning photographs on page 25 really do it justice. If you’re planning a summer wedding in the glorious Suffolk countryside, this could be right up your street. What’s more, we bring you May’s must-do diary dates (p4), recipe inspiration for cooking up a feast at home (p22), as well as two top hotel reviews, both within easy reach of your front door for a relaxing weekend break (p31)… Go on, treat yourself!


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Arron Self


Luke Keable


Karen Finch

Liddy Goodrum

David Morris

Dalia Courridge

Harry Farrow

Suzanne Stevenson

Galton Blackiston

Sarah Morgan

Sam Thomson

Tim Barnes-Clay

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Be inspired by our round-up of exciting May events. EAST ANGLIAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL


Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1HS. Tel: 01780 470718. Saturday 14th May, 10am to 5pm. Entry is free to spectators but team entry fees apply.

Cockfield Village Hall, Church Lane, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 0LA. Tel: 01284 828264. Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May, 10am to 4pm. Free admission.


ragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. Up to 10 people paddle each boat with a drummer at the front beating time, and the helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit! The 11th Dragon Boat Festival is open to everyone, and over 40 teams are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several thousand spectators. As well as the colourful and exciting races, there will be a wide range of family entertainment, as well as a bar and food stalls.



Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel: 01473 890799. Saturday 28th May, 10am to 5pm. Adults (£7), children (free).

Clare Town Hall, Market Hill, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NN. Tel: 07704 627973. Saturday 6th May, 10am to 4pm. Free admission.


fantastic day-out for experienced and novice gardeners alike, Helmingham Hall Gardens’ Plant Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever before! With specialist nurseries from near and far, new artisan and conservation zones, children’s activities and more, there will be something for everyone. Check out the hundreds of rare and unusual plants, shop for garden and lifestyle accessories, watch expert demonstrations, or go on a garden tour! With exhibitors offering everything from artisan foods and handmade soaps, to vintage French collectables and pottery, you can even try lots of lovely local food and drink.



fine selection of work by a variety of talented local artists, the annual Cockfield Art Show has fast become a popular spring event since its launch three years ago. Featuring over 400 paintings for sale by over 70 local artists in attendance, it offers a great opportunity to purchase a new piece of artwork for your collection. With a reputation as one of the largest and friendliest art shows in East Anglia, it’s well-worth a look. What’s more, there’s ample free parking, plus light lunches and refreshments available... See you there!


his year’s Summer Craft Market will be moving from Lavenham to the gorgeous neighbouring Suffolk village of Clare. Here you will find a stunning array of the highest quality, handmade crafts, arts and photography, produced by some of East Anglia’s very best contemporary craftsmen and women. Stalls will include handmade skin products, felting, candles, driftwood artwork, paper crafts, jewellery, ceramics and original artwork. Spend the day admiring the work of our region’s crafters and when it’s time to take a break, you can enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of coffee in the pop-up tearoom.

THE SUFFOLK SHOW The Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich Suffolk IP3 8UH. Tel: 01473 707110. Wednesday 31st May to Thursday 1st June, 7am to 5.30pm. Adults (£27), young persons (£11), senior citizens (£24), under 15s (free).


uffolk’s biggest country show of its kind, The Suffolk Show is a unique celebration of food, farming and the countryside. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do, from spectacular grand ring displays and hundreds of animals, to fun have-a-go activities and fab shopping! Be wowed by the best in breed animals, machinery from the past 100 years, plus the latest in farming technology. For horse lovers, there’s a full programme of show jumping, side saddle classes and carriage driving, whilst the cookery theatre always attracts an impressive line-up of top local chefs. It’s not to be missed!

THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK Ickworth House, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE. Tel: 01284 735270. Sunday 7th May, 11am to 2pm. The event is free but normal admission charges apply for the venue. ©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra


ome along and walk your dog whilst raising money for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity. This leisurely sponsored walk has a choice of two routes, 3k or 7k, so take your pick! There will also be lots of other activities to enjoy including craft stalls, games for the family, and demonstrations by the fabulous Hearing Dogs display team. Plus, there will be a cute puppy or two for you to meet as well! Please remember to keep your dog on a lead and to wear appropriate weatherproof clothing.

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ROLL THE DICE AND FALL IN LOVE AGAIN! Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society is ready to take the Theatre Royal stage by storm with its latest production, Guys and Dolls.


onsidered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls celebrates Broadway’s golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written by the legendary Frank Loesser, coupled with the masterfully witty book and lyrics by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and the glorious Damon Runyon’s comic book world of 1940’s Times Square in New York City. Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, Guys and Dolls introduces

audiences to a cast of characters who have become legends in musical theatre. Nathan Detroit, played by Liam Corbett, needs some serious dough to keep his “oldest established permanent floating crap game” going. He’s also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide, performed by Rachelle Curtis. But, when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson (Will Cahill), his problems appear to be solved. Based on


Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including Luck Be a Lady, I’ve Never Been in Love Before, and the irrepressible anthem Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat. The original production of Guys and Dolls received what might be the most unanimously ecstatic reviews in Broadway history and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1992 revival received four more Tonys,

including Best Revival. In 1951, the year after it opened, it received a record-breaking $1 million for the motion picture rights, and was made into a beloved film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Simon Bowen, director, said, “It’s everything I love in musical theatre. Song for song, scene for scene, moment for moment, it’s a perfect example of what a musical can be. It’s great to

be back working with the talented Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, and to have the chance to share with our audiences this bona fide classic is a rare treat.” A cast of 31 will perform this show-stopper, having been rehearsing since December. Expertly led by Simon Bowen, Heather Couch (choreographer), and Simon Pearce (musical director), the run up to the show has been great fun. With beautiful costumes,

top-notch singing and stunning dancing, the show is selling out fast and certainly isn’t one audiences are going to want to miss, putting a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Guys and Dolls is at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th May. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit


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Crew Clothing’s brand ambassador visited the Norwich store to speak about some of his most challenging and terrifying moments

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BEN ON EAST ANGLIA “This is a part of the country that I am lucky enough to visit relatively frequently. It is a beautiful part of the world.”

Ben at Crew Clothing in Norwich

BEN ON CASTAWAY 2000 “It is 15 years since I was marooned on an island in the Outer Hebrides for a pioneering TV show called Castaway. It was a social experiment, often described as a reality show, but actually it was far more than that. The idea was very simple – 36 men, women and children from all backgrounds were marooned on an island. We were there for a year and filmed the majority of it ourselves. There were no film crews. It was just us and the various livestock that we had to rear. It was a pretty extraordinary year.” BEN ON LIFE “My life has taken a very strange and unusual course. I like to think about life as a giant ocean journey. If you imagine when we are born, we are all on that beach with the world ahead of us. We can all take the easy option. We could get in a speed boat and motor towards our target. Some people like to take a slightly tougher approach; they will go on a sailing boat. And then you can make the decision what size sail you go with. Do you go with the prevailing winds and currents, or do you go the wrong way round? Do you circumnavigate the world? Do you head for one particular destination? Or, you can take the really brave option and get on a rickety old raft. Rudderless. No steerage. No sail. No GPS. And you can go with the flow. You can go with hopeful abandon, hopeful opportunity to see where it takes you. I like to think that’s what’s happened to me over the course of my life.” BEN ON FACING HIS FEARS “I think the scariest moment of my life happened a few years ago. I got a call from the BBC, asking me if I’d like to make a show about crocodiles in Africa. I thought this would be a very nice documentary from the safety of a boat. It was only after agreeing to this that a little bit more was explained to me. I would be going out to Botswana and getting into the water with no protection – just a wet suit, my scuba gear, and a very small metal stick, which,

quite frankly, if the crocodile got hold of, it would use as a toothpick. We would go down the river and when we saw a crocodile, we had to get into the water before it saw us. As long as you could get as quickly as possible to the bottom of the water, you were safe. And then you could creep up on the crocodile and it wouldn’t touch you. As soon as you see that 4m crocodile slinking into the water, you tumble in backwards through the water until you hit the bottom. If you hit the crocodile, it will attack you. You anchor yourself and have a little earpiece in. All I heard in my ear was, ‘Crocodile, 10 feet to your left’. Slowly, you crawl, a bit like Gollum, using a stick to stop yourself being dragged along. And you see a little white glow. The closer you get, you realise that the white glow is the teeth. You get closer and closer until you are about two feet away from a wild Nile crocodile, one of the most deadly predators in Africa. It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. It was all going brilliantly well until we messed up one of the entries and the cameraman was a bit too late to deploy into the water. It meant by the time he got in, the crocodile was watching him. It watched him land and it snuck up behind him. He looked next to him, saw this enormous crocodile, and he made a big flaying action, which instigated the crocodile to attack. It opened its mouth and went for

him. He stuck the camera in its mouth and the crocodile snacked on it. We all came up very, very quickly and got back on the boat. That moment the following day when we had to get back into the water was the scariest experience of my life, but I have always been someone who has lived to confront their fears.” BEN ON HIS LATEST TV SHOW “One of the questions everyone always asks me is what I am doing now. What’s next? Well, there’s my show on Channel 5 called New Lives In The Wild. The idea is it comes full circle from when I was living on that island in the Outer Hebrides all those years ago. I go to visit people who have given up civilised urban areas. They have gone to live a simpler, wilder life, off the grid, so they have cut themselves off from electricity, telephones, internet, and the monetary system. This series has taken me to some pretty extraordinary places. I go to live with them for about two weeks, and it’s a fascinating insight into the sacrifices they’ve made. I think what’s really interesting is to take a stereotype we have and turn it on its head.” BEN ON THE UNEXPECTED “Every so often, we are confronted with an opportunity, an experience, a scenario that you can never anticipate, and you can never imagine how you came to that moment. For New Lives In The Wild, I was confronted with castrating a goat – with my mouth! I had my legs crossed for weeks afterwards, and brushed my teeth many, many times.”

Ben’s adventures and passion for the coast and ocean make him an inspirational ambassador for the Crew Clothing brand. For further information, visit the Norwich store, call 01603 631906 or check out

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1.You have trouble hearing people talking on the telephone Most phones come with a volume control setting, so you might not have trouble hearing your friend or family. However, if you need it at max volume, chances are you may have some level of hearing loss. 2. The family complains that the TV is too loud When your kids complain that the TV is too loud, this is probably the best sign of a hearing problem. If you think this might only be an issue for older generations, think again. The fact is, hearing professionals are seeing younger and younger patients who have experienced some degree of hearing loss due to long-term exposure to music.

Karen Finch RHAD FSHAA FRSA, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre Ltd, explains how to identify if you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss.


3.You strain to hear conversations Ever have a headache at the end of the day? Feel completely exhausted after a simple day of conversing with friends or family? Chances are this fatigue is caused by constant straining to follow the conversation. Having to focus all day to clearly hear conversation is exhausting work and can lead to headaches, fatigue and exhaustion. 4.You have trouble hearing in noisy environments You’re out with some friends at a restaurant for dinner and it’s noisy. All of that background noise makes it difficult to hear conversation at your table. People with hearing loss often have problems masking out background noise.

5.You say ‘Pardon?’ a lot If “Pardon?” is the most commonly used word in your vocabulary, you aren’t getting the sound signals you need to process sound correctly. 6. People don’t speak clearly Sounds seem muffled, or when people are talking it sounds like they’re mumbling. This is because often the high frequencies (those that make up the consonants) are the first to be affected by sensorineural hearing loss, and it’s these that give clarity to speech. 7.You misunderstand what people say Misunderstanding people can be embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Hearing aids can enable you to understand conversation and avoid the awkwardness of mishearing important directions, the punch line to a joke or the lyrics to your favourite song. 8.You have trouble hearing children and women Hearing loss within a specific frequency is very common, and with age, you are more likely to experience hearing loss within the higher frequencies. Since women and children speak at higher pitches or frequencies, it’s often more difficult to hear what your granddaughter or wife is saying to you. If you recognise one or two of the above signs, seeking advice from a hearing care specialist would be recommended. For further information, call 01473 230330 or visit


What’s not to love about this historic Suffolk market town?

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Photos by and Rod Edwards



ewmarket is known as the birthplace of British horseracing, as the sport was born here 350 years ago. It features many fine listed buildings, attractive shopping and a variety of hotels, restaurants and cafés, appealing to racegoers and non-racegoers alike. Located an hour away from London and just minutes from Cambridge, Ely and Bury St Edmunds, three of England’s most famous historic centres, it’s wellworth a stop when exploring this unique part of the country.



he most exclusive place to stay for the night is the luxurious Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. Retaining the charm and character of a country house yet offering the very best in modern comfort, it is the perfect blend of old and new, set in three acres of secluded gardens and adjacent to some of the most well-known training stables in the world. Each of the stylish rooms and suites oozes sophistication, decorated in a contemporary style while decked out with the latest in modern technology. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend break or a post-racing stopover, this privatelyowned hotel promises a relaxing stay. Plus, make sure you visit the hotel’s award-winning spa before you leave.




here are countless dining establishments throughout the town, whether it’s a light lunch, slice of something naughty-butnice or a celebratory dinner you desire. If you’re in the market for brunch, we recommend The Pantry situated at The Guineas shopping centre. Specialising in locally-sourced British food, the full English breakfast is exceptional. When it comes to morning coffee or afternoon tea, Nancy’s Teashop serves speciality blended teas and mouth-watering homemade cakes. The moment you step through the door, you enter an oasis of tranquillity and old world charm! Or, if you wish to push the boat out, why not try Carriages Restaurant or Wildwood? It’s best to book a table in advance if you’re planning to dine out on race days.



he High Street offers independent shopping galore! A particular favourite is Martha V ladies boutique. Be inspired by a world of fashion and accessories from some of the industry’s leading designers including Luis Civit, Michael Louisa, Taifun and Zeila. Dedicated to letting you enjoy your own personal shopping experience with every trip, Martha V’s experienced team has been helping ladies find their dream outfits for over 20 years. Catering for both men and women, Golding was founded in 1856, selling an impressive range of quality menswear and womenswear, footwear, gifts and accessories from leading brands. Priding themselves on quality, service, choice and value, they even offer a made-to-measure personal tailoring service… Suit you sir!



ewmarket is both the largest racehorse breeding centre and the largest racehorse training centre in Britain, with over 50 horse training stables. It is home to two racetracks, The Rowley Mile and The July Course, which boast some of the most prestigious and glamorous events in the horseracing calendar, including the notorious July Festival and the celebrated Newmarket Nights, which see spectators enjoy an afternoon of racing followed by an evening’s entertainment from some of the world’s most respected music acts. The National Stud, Tattersalls auction house and The National Horseracing Museum also reside in the town, while Newmarket’s heath constantly echoes the sound of thousands of horses’ hooves, as jockeys and thoroughbreds practice daily over the training gallops.

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Written by David Morris

Photographer David Morris has an eye for a leafy, green landscape. think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.” Bit of a poetic opening you’re probably thinking, but we all know what he was on about. Joyce Kilmer, in case you were wondering. We all love looking at trees. As kids, we climbed them, fell out of them, and watched them grow. They anchor our landscape and give us a focal point, literally in a photographer’s case. I’m constantly on the look-out for a lone majestic tree. One international photographic competition even has a lone tree category. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, so used are they to photographers cliché’s. Nevertheless, it has a lot of entrants.

Mist In The Woods

Trees in all shapes and sizes never fail to delight. It’s their infinite variety, their slow, deliberate procession through the year; stark and austere in winter, fresh leafed and optimistic in the spring.


I’m always checking the weather forecast at the start of the year for a hoar frost. A really bitter sunlit frost is absolute magic. Unfortunately, our county is thrifty when it comes to handing out these bejewelled moments. The county is also a bit reluctant to show off its best trees; you have to go looking for them. You aren’t going to find many amongst the hedgerows; they are often blasted and broken down by the wind. You have to scour the great country parks, hidden copses and quiet woods to find photogenic gems. Even then, you need to be careful not to be confounded by telegraph poles, power cables and the like that always seem drawn to any remotely photographic landscape scene. So, you have to work with what you’re given. This is where fog and mist can be a real boon, isolating your trees from distracting backgrounds and helping the viewer to appreciate the marvellous intricate structure of bough and branch.

Rivers and waterways are another place that help trees look their best. An abundance of water on windless days can add symmetry to any scene. I remember ‘Tree On The River Bure’ was taken one frosty morning near Aylsham in Norfolk. I could see the tree silhouetted against a wonderful sky from quite a distance away. In landscape photography, you often struggle to find a composition. This one positively shouted, “Here I am!” I’m often struck in exhibitions by how much people study the details in trees. One lady looking at the photograph of ‘The Lion’s Mouth’ found a bird nestled on one of the branches. I’d gone through the image very carefully when I printed it, and had not seen anything at all. We ran it as a bit of a competition during the exhibition. It was a good job I didn’t offer any cash prizes; visitors were too eagle-eyed. Good luck if you can find it on this page!


Tree On The River Bure

Summer Mist

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Written by Harry Farrow

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Harry Farrow, head chef at The Anchor Inn in Morston, talks rare breed pork with his supplier, Matt Cockin of The Fruit Pig Company.


s a chef, I’m always looking for ways to add flavour to my food. When diners come out to eat, they want to sit down to a meal they won’t forget – it may be a special celebration or the one night of the week when they don’t have to do the washing-up! And today’s restauranteurs appreciate good cooking and quality ingredients, so we chefs have high standards to meet. That’s why I opt for the finest locally sourced ingredients where possible, and when it comes to pork, The Fruit Pig Company certainly delivers on taste.


Pork is one of those meats that’s just bursting with flavour – it has a higher fat content due to the intramuscular fats, and, in cooking terms, fat is flavour. Rare breed free range pork is extraspecial because the pigs are left to roam in the fields and grow naturally to almost twice the age of commercial breeds, free to express their normal behaviour patterns. And a happy pig means tasty meat! So, how did Matt first get into pig farming? He said, “I was brought up in a small village on the Lincolnshire border, surrounded by lots of farming communities. I have always hunted, shot and fished, so it was a natural progression for me to become a butcher. When I left the military, I enrolled on a meat processing course and bought a pig farm. I wasn’t scared of taking advice.”

The Anchor Inn is open from 9am until 11pm daily, serving food from 12-3pm and 6-9pm. We serve high quality local fish, game, meats and vegetables, cooked to perfection.

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“MATT’S FIRST PIGS WERE FED ON LOCAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, AND SO THE FRUIT PIG COMPANY WAS BORN” Matt’s first pigs were fed on local fruit and vegetables, and so The Fruit Pig Company was born. The business now supplies many of our region’s hotels, restaurants, delis and pubs, along with home deliveries for its growing band of online customers. Matt added, “Five years ago, pork was seen as a winter cut, but that’s no longer the case. It is the meat of the moment that people are enjoying, and we can’t keep up with demand. It must be cooked slow and left to rest. I’d recommend slowroasting and covering in mustard to seal the meat.” I’m also a huge fan of the fresh cooking chorizo sausage. It’s always on our menu in one way or another! Oozing delicious smoky juices, it is a key component in our lamb, pearl barley and chorizo stew, chicken and chorizo pie, and works a treat when combined with mussels for a seafood special. For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit

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hampioning local produce, Suffolk Food Hall is a one-stop shop for fantastic food produced here in the county, with all its provenance. Combining a traditional butchery, bakery, fishmonger’s counter, delicatessen, wine merchant, greengrocer and chocolatier, it provides a fine market place for quality local produce. The café is open for teas, coffees, cakes and toasties, along with the on-farm Cookhouse Restaurant offering a full dining service. A unique place to eat whilst enjoying stunning views down the River Orwell, you can sample some of the delicious foods used in the seasonal recipes before making a purchase. Why not buy an ice cream and take a walk along the river in this Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before you head home? Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2AB. Tel: 01473 786610. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm; Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.



immy’s Farm is the brainchild of Suffolk-based farmer and television presenter Jimmy Doherty. Traditionally reared, expertly matured meat is sold directly from the farm shop, ensuring a delicious final product, as the herd grazes freely in the Suffolk countryside, maturing slowly using sustainable methods. Nestling in a beautiful converted barn, the farm shop and butchery work alongside many local artisan producers to source the very best produce, and the friendly team is always on hand to talk you through them. The deli counter is a new addition, stocking an ever-growing range of cheese, olives and pâtés, while the fresh breads are delivered first thing each day. Don’t’ forget to explore the farm park, where you can feed the farm animals, go for a woodland walk, or check out the brand new butterfly house! Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2AR. Tel: 01473 604206. Open every day, 9.30am to 5pm.



ollow Trees Farm near Ipswich offers a great day-out for all the family, with an exciting farm trail, wonderful shop selling all manner of locally-produced groceries and goodies, as well as a delightful café serving yummy snacks and meals. Stocking a wide range of food that is produced on the farm, from livestock to vegetables, the farm shop is at the very heart of what Hollow Trees Farm is about. The shelves are laden with home-reared pork, beef and lamb, free range eggs and specialist regional foods and ales, so come fill your basket! What’s more, there are plenty of specially-created ready meals including stir-fries and pork parcels (ideal for creating a quick and easy feast!), hearty pies, and tasty cakes, all handmade on the premises. With many items available to try in the farm café, be sure to stop for refreshments. Semer, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6HX. Tel: 01449 741247. Open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.45pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays, 9am to 5pm.


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Written by Galton Blackiston


Galton Blackiston prepares the perfect poultry dish for a laid-back lunch or early supper.



INGREDIENTS 6 free range chicken breasts, skin left on 1 large shallot, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled 2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger 2 lemongrass stalks Juice of 1 lemon ½ tsp ground turmeric ½ tsp garam masala 275ml coconut milk 1 tbsp full fat yoghurt 2 large red chillies, seeded and finely chopped Bunch of fresh coriander, chopped Seasoning FOR THE MANGO MAYONNAISE 1 egg 1 tsp white wine vinegar ½ tsp Dijon mustard 275ml sunflower oil Zest and juice of ½ lime 1 ripe mango Seasoning

METHOD Cut each chicken breast lengthways into three and place in a large bowl. Place the remaining ingredients in a liquidiser and blitz thoroughly (you may need to stop the machine and push the contents down to ensure everything gets thoroughly liquidised). Taste and season.


f it’s too cold to picnic outdoors, then roast chicken in the oven or cook them on the barbecue and eat them hot in the comfort of your home. Alternatively, you can prepare them in advance and enjoy them cold. Either way, they are great, especially when accompanied by my fruity mango mayonnaise. This mayonnaise has real zing and a wonderful mango flavour. Celebrity chef Galton Blackiston is a regular on Saturday Kitchen, while also running award-winning Morston Hall, a 17th century country house hotel situated on the North Norfolk coast. His latest cookbook is priced £18.99 (hardback), at Virgin Books. Copyright © Galton Blackiston, 2009. Photography © Tara Fisher, 2009.

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Pour the coconut milk mixture over the chicken breast strips and mix carefully. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge to marinate for as long as possible, preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F or gas mark 5. When you are ready to cook the chicken, place it in a roasting tin and cook in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, turning the strips fairly frequently to ensure they are cooked right through. Serve hot or cold with mango mayonnaise. For the mango mayonnaise, place the egg, vinegar and Dijon mustard in the bowl of a food processor, season with salt and pepper and whiz well. With the machine still running, slowly add the sunflower oil in a steady stream until the mixture has emulsified and thickened. Once you have added all the oil, pour in the lime juice and add the zest. Scrape the mayonnaise out of the food processor into a bowl. Peel the mango and place the flesh in the bowl of the processor. Whiz to a purée then fold this into the mayonnaise and check the seasoning.


OPENING THE DOOR TO ABOUT YOU CARE Sam Thomson Business Manager, About You Care


s a well-established provider of care and support services within East Anglia, we have developed About You Care to represent one of our organisation’s key values – that care should be about every person we work with. These values have shaped our robust recruitment process to ensure that we recruit individuals who are passionate and motivated about delivering the highest quality of personcentred care to everyone who uses our service. At About You Care, we offer unrivalled benefits of agency working, providing employees the flexibility to work when they choose, with the optional security of permanent contractual full and part-time opportunities.


We are also pleased to announce the launch of our unrivalled rewards and recognition programme for employees. We know there’s more to life than work. That’s why when you join About You Care, you will automatically be enrolled onto Perkbox – an employee benefits and wellbeing platform that gives you free access to over 200 exclusive perks. We are also currently preparing to launch our Care at Home service, developed to provide local support to local residents in the comfort of their own homes. We are recruiting throughout East Anglia and will be hosting interview days at various locations. If you are passionate and motivated about delivering the highest standard of person-centred care, we would really like to hear from you.


The Little Horse Box luxury wine bar launched with a country-themed wedding shoot to inspire all those budding brides-to-be. Owner Liddy Goodrum tells us more.

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’ve always dreamt of owning my own business, so when my husband encouraged me to take the leap, there was no going back. Bringing together my love of throwing a party and my enthusiasm for meeting new people, The Little Horse Box was born – a beautiful mobile wine bar housed in a converted horse box, providing bespoke drinks packages for weddings, events and special occasions. We’ve upped the glamour by adding Moroccan-style flooring in pinks, blues and greys and LED colour-changing lighting, along with an upcycled wine barrel sink and traditional hand-painted sign writing. I’m so happy with the end result! For our launch, I decided to organise a local photo shoot to show off The Little Horse Box in all its glory. My starting point was to find a suitable venue. I had heard about Happy Valley Venue in Grimston, but it was not until I paid owner Katy Coe a visit that I was truly blown away by its beauty. A fantastic setting for rustic weddings and outdoor festivals, I knew I had found just the place for my shoot. Liddy Goodrum pictured top left

CONTACTS Venue: Happy Valley in Norfolk - Photographer: Sophie Elliot Photography - Cake: Little A’s Cakery - Hair: The Edge in Norwich - Make-up: Rejuvenate at the Bullpen - (website to come) Flowers: Daisy’s Florist of Dereham and Holt - Props:Vintage Partyware - Suit Hire:Vintage Suit Hire - Styling: Abi Gray Fashion Stylist - Models: Harriet Howard, Tommy Ellis, Clare Pye (bridesmaids Lilac and Lottie) Drinks: Broadland Wineries -



I made contact with photographer and videographer Sophie Elliott via Twitter. She had heard I was looking for an experienced wedding photographer and dropped me a line. Sophie’s creative photography perfectly captures the spirit of the day. She said, “After Liddy told me about the other local businesses and creatives who were involved, I couldn’t resist saying yes!” The shoot itself was amazing. Everyone had a big smile on their face all day. I think the pictures really reflect the wonderful job everyone did. Thanks guys! For further information on The Little Horse Box, call 01362 420491 or 07983 023734 or visit To advertise call 01953 456789



The happy news that a couple has decided to tie the knot can often get overshadowed by the stress that goes into organising your big day. Dalia Courridge shares her secrets to planning the perfect wedding.

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RELAX & UNWIND Escape the stresses of everyday life with a restful weekend at one of these amazing retreats.

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THE MARYLEBONE 47 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8DN. Tel: 020 7589 6300. Bed and breakfast is priced from around £235 per room per night in a superior room.


Written by Daniel May

he ultimate hotel base for a leisurely shopping break in the capital this spring, The Marylebone is only a fiveminute walk from both Oxford Street and Bond Street. The hotel, which is part of the luxury family-owned Doyle Collection, hits you with style and sophistication as soon as you enter. Have an eye for designer living? You’ll love its well-planned décor, embracing cosmopolitan design and culture, with the public spaces being a winning celebration of contemporary art and furnishings. The perfect backdrop to a couple of days being spoiled rotten! Looking for even more luxury? Let us suggest the Terrace Suites (there are three in total). The suites feature private terraces with retractable roofs, plus spectacular views of the iconic London skyline. The heated terrace is fully furnished with a large TV and comfortable seating – ideal for sitting back with a cocktail in hand whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Or better still, you can watch the sun rise over the Shard by requesting breakfast here on the terrace. What’s more, each of the suites enjoys marble bathrooms with heated floors, a Nespresso coffee machine, 100% cotton, crisp white bed linen, bathrobes and slippers… What more could you ask for? The Marylebone village is famous for its culinary delights, but we can certainly


recommend a visit to the hotel’s 108 Brasserie for an evening meal. The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. With a passion for seasonal cuisine made using the finest ingredients, from grass-fed British beef to artisan cheeses, the chefs source only the best fresh produce from a number of highly respected local suppliers such as Aubrey Allen and La Fromagerie. Be tempted by the 108 hamburger or the traditional fish and chips! Dietary request? Not a problem. The hotel caters courteously for the health-conscious traveller with free-from menus, plus juices, shakes and smoothies. With exclusive access to the Third Space gym, wellness area, spa and 18m swimming pool, after a busy day’s shopping, why not make the most of the hotel’s excellent spa and fitness facilities? With a range of complimentary fitness classes for all levels and interests, and a wonderful menu of health and beauty treatments, just take your pick! Delivering on style and grandeur, but backing it up with a feel of comfort and cosiness, be sure to make the stunning Marylebone Hotel your home-from-home on your next trip to London. Uniting unique interiors and opulent soft furnishings, together with helpful, friendly staff and a warm and relaxed vibe, you simply won’t want to leave!

CHAMPNEYS TRING Chesham Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6HX. Tel: 0843 5611 927. Spa breaks cost from £138 per person based on two people sharing for an overnight stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus access to all classes, relaxation areas and spa facilities.


pa breaks cost from £138 per person based on two people sharing for an overnight stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus access to all classes, relaxation areas and spa facilities. Britain’s original health spa, Champneys Tring is dedicated to providing a relaxing experience from the moment you step inside this unique world where walking around in your bathrobe is totally acceptable! Set in 170 acres of rolling Hertfordshire parkland, this exclusive hideaway has been a bastion of health since 1925, offering a variety of both innovative and traditional spa treatments, from massages and facials, to wraps and scrubs. With an impressive 62 treatment rooms available, including a double room for couples, prepare to be pampered! There’s even a dedicated manicure and pedicure salon, as well as a hairdresser. Fancy a dip? The 25-metre swimming pool is the perfect way to start your day. You’ll enjoy a leisurely swim without having to wrestle any children out of the way, followed by a Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, perhaps. There’s both an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi… What could be more romantic than a soak under those twinkling stars at night? Or, if you’re suffering from aches and pains, how about putting your name down for a therapeutic session in the thalassotherapy pool? When it comes to working out, you can do as much or as little as you choose, but remember to

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book up for classes in advance, as they operate on a first-come-first-served basis. With up to 20 fitness classes per day, whether it’s yoga, Pilates or circuit training that appeals, there’s a class to suit you. Prefer to go at your own pace? The fully-equipped gym allows you to burn calories using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with your own personal trainer on hand should you require any help. You can either visit for the day or stay overnight, with five types of room options available (standard, superior, premier, suite and deluxe suite), each including complimentary bottles of water and luxury Champneys toiletries. The Garden Suite is simply exquisite, complete with lounge area, desk, dining table, two bathrooms, outdoor patio area and a choice of three televisions (one of which is overhead the bath, so you can catch up on your favourite programme while washing away your worries!). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the resort’s private restaurant, where healthy food is the order of the day. Rub shoulders with celebrities and other VIPs while indulging in the kitchen’s nutritious creations. Less than 45 minutes by train from London Euston, or just a few hours’ drive from Norfolk, a self-indulgent spa weekend is just what the doctor ordered!




PUT IT BEHIND YOU Back problem? Banish pain today with the help of The BackCare Clinic in Eye.


any of us are plagued with sore backs, necks and shoulders due to the lifestyles we lead. It is common practice to visit a doctor when we feel unwell or a dentist when we have a toothache, but our back health is often overlooked. Even in the most serious of cases, we resign ourselves to living in pain. Why? Well, osteomyologist Nic Aldous has been treating people with back pain for over 20 years, from young children and pregnant ladies, to office workers with persistent headaches and brides-to-be looking to achieve better posture for their big day. By using a unique method to target the cause of the underlying back pain rather than the symptoms, Nic is able to achieve better results than many short-term fixes.

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mobilising individual segments of the spine via a pad fitted with four pistons that pop out and flex each joint, the mobility of the spinal column is increased and flexibility restored. But it is Nic’s combination of Theraflex with other physical therapies that makes his method truly unique. Nic also practices Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) and Cranial-Sacral Therapy (CST) to provide an allround treatment.

Nic believes back flexibility should be managed from an early age. He said, “The majority of people will develop a bad back by the time they leave school. Our spines become stiff and without flexible movement, the result is poor posture and back pain.”

METs relieve pain as a result of muscle spasm by contracting your own muscles in a controlled way and against the counterforce of the therapist, thus releasing tightness and restoring normal mobility of the bones and joints. Meanwhile, CST is a gentle, hands-on treatment that releases deep tensions in the body by treating the joints of the cranium. It relieves headaches and neck pain, but can also be used successfully on any other part of the body, and can often help clients to relax and ease stress levels.

Much of Nic’s success lies in the use of the Theraflex system, a revolutionary approach to spine mobilisation that allows a degree of improvement that would not be possible with the human hand alone. By moving and

If you would like to find out how Nic could help you with your back issues, he offers free initial assessments involving a detailed account of the problem, an examination, and a proposed treatment plan.

The BackCare Clinic is the only clinic in East Anglia providing Theraflex. For further information, call 07802 185504 or visit The BackCare Clinic is at The Complementary Medicine Centre, Hartismere Hospital, Castleton Way, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7BH. To advertise call 01953 456789




good estate agent understands the property, but a great estate agent also knows that a home is a thing of emotion. That’s why most of our clients start their house move journey with us over a cup of coffee and a chat. Often a house move goes hand-in-hand with other significant changes... Happy occasions such a newlyweds finding their first home, a growing family searching for more space to spread out, or city business people who have reached retirement and are eager to fulfil that dream of a Suffolk cottage. We enjoy the challenge of finding a place that is just right and supporting you through the process to reach a happy ending.



“We were guided through to completion in a supportive, personal and efficient way. It made us appreciate just how much happens behind the scenes, with any issues quickly identified and addressed whilst keeping us updated on progress.” (James and Tracey, Walsham-le-Willows). For some, the move can cause mixed feelings. When a move has become necessary due to changes in health or family circumstances, we

“WHERE WE HAD SAT WAITING FOR ANOTHER AGENT TO SELL OUR PROPERTY, IT WAS QUICKLY SOLD BY RICHARD GREEN” recognise that saying goodbye to your family home can be hard, and we do all we can to find a buyer who will appreciate its true value, supporting you as you move forward. “Selling our home of 45 years was always going to be a wrench. We loved the house and really wanted the new owners to love it as we had. In David, we found an agent who was sympathetic to this. David’s enthusiasm for the house, its history and charm told us that he was the right man for the job.” (Vendor, Wyverstone). In many ways, finding a buyer who loves your house is only a small part of the process. Deciding whether to accept an offer, choosing solicitors, dealing with surveys, sorting out finances and all the logistics of the move itself can be daunting, especially if there is a chain of houses. By this stage, we have developed such a rapport with our clients that they know they can lean on us for advice and support along the way, and that we will do all we can to keep the process moving forward at a pace that suits them. “Whether on the phone or in person, you were always there with expert guidance, patience, professionalism, and a very welcome sense of humour when things got tough. We reached our happy ending, thanks to you, and would definitely come back to Richard Green for our future property needs.” (Vendor, Stanton) By getting to know our clients and their properties well, we are perfectly placed to choose a marketing solution that works them, and to offer a chocolate box selection of period, character and individual properties to those who dream of an idyllic Suffolk lifestyle. “Where we had sat waiting for another agent to sell our property, it was quickly sold by Richard Green. They give a very personal service and you get their full attention at all times. Richard Green’s experience and knowledge of the area and local housing market, paired with specialist knowledge in old cottages and period features, enable very effective marketing. Now, we have known the team for several years and have grown to totally trust them. We always feel we can pop in to say hello and have built such a good personal relationship.” (Vendor, Walsham-le-Willows) So, if you are considering a move, why not pay a visit to our offices in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, or we can come out to you? After all, the best house moves start with a cup of coffee and a chat! To advertise call 01953 456789

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BURY ST EDMUNDS! Close enough to London to commute but far enough away to enjoy an idyllic rural existence, Bury is a beautiful and vibrant market town offering high quality modern living.


ttractive towns such as Bury St Edmunds, with its historic medieval grid, and the charming surrounding Suffolk villages, provide the kind of relaxed lifestyle of which others can only dream, while the county’s wide, open skies give a feeling of freedom and space. But, with 70% of the Suffolk population living in villages and rural setting, Bury St Edmunds is certainly no backwater, with a wide range of shopping opportunities to enjoy. From the small, independent boutiques of St Johns Street, to more major retailers, department stores and supermarkets, there’s something for every discerning shopper. Plus, Bury has much to interest the culture vulture too. The modern Apex venue hosts a diverse programme of acts, while the historic Theatre Royal has its own in-house theatre company producing top-class productions, including its famous annual pantomime. In addition, fine diners will be delighted by restaurants such as the award-winning Maison Bleue, serving French cuisine and seafood at its best, and the much-acclaimed Pea Porridge Restaurant, where tasty country cooking is the order of the day. With the medieval quarter and the Abbey Gardens and Abbey Ruins, there

are plenty of picturesque areas to admire. The stunning St Edmundsbury Cathedral provides a focal point, being the only cathedral in Suffolk. Bury St Edmunds successfully fuses old and new, with Norman, medieval and Edwardian architecture. What’s more, the town’s street market is one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country today. It has one of the longest and most colourful histories, pre-dating William the Conqueror. Keen to explore the great outdoors? The expanses of parkland are ideal for walking and cycling. Those with a passion for wildlife can visit the region’s ancient woodlands and nature reserves, while the stunning coastline has everything from golden sand and shingle dunes, to ports and marinas. And who can beat sitting outside a traditional country pub, sampling the homemade, regional food and locally brewed beers? At Richard Green we are always delighted to meet people who are considering moving to the area, welcoming those who are just browsing as well as those who have more firm plans in place. Suzanne Stevenson works as an estate agent at Richard Green. For further information, call 01284 755552 or email



THE BOUTIQUES OF BURY Shopping for the latest fashions? Bury St Edmunds is full of surprises.




A Suffolk-based clothing label and boutique specialising in handmade capes and ladies fashion, Bohm & Bee has been a huge success since opening its first flagship store in Bury St Edmunds. Perfect for ladies looking for clothing suitable for both day-to-day wear and specials occasions such as Royal Ascot or a friend’s wedding, every item is lovingly made with intricate attention to detail and finished with vintage trims and buttons to result in a stylish high-end fashion statement.

Cabana is East Anglia’s first one-stop holiday boutique, with swimwear in every shape and size, luxurious cotton and silk kaftans, dresses, linens, beach bags, flipflops, roll-me-and-go hats and much more. Dedicated to making every lady look and feel fabulous on the beach, there’s also a great range of lingerie, nightwear and leisurewear from leading names.



If you’re looking for a special outfit that you won’t find anywhere else on the High Street, than Nanook is the shop for you! All the collections are made in Italy, home to the world’s most famous fashion houses. With fabrics that fall elegantly, feel beautiful to touch and wear, all at surprisingly good prices, you’re sure to want to come back many times throughout the season.

Passionate about providing a personalised service to all customers with an emphasis on high quality, beautifully styled garments and accessories, Olivia Benn is a must-visit for the discerning shopper. Stocking over 40 different clothing collections from the likes of Basler, Eugen Klein, Georgede Paris, Gerry Weber and Joseph Ribkoff, the experienced sales and alteration staff will help you find a look that works for you, whatever the occasion.

JAVELIN A fashion lover’s paradise, Javelin is a unique designer store for both men and women with a wide selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from sought-after brands including Vivienne Westwood, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, Maison Scotch and Superdry. The menswear department offers one of the largest collections of denim brands outside London, whilst the womenswear department holds an eclectic mix of up-to-date trends. A unique shopping experience with a relaxed atmosphere, lush interior and unparalleled customer service.

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DID SOMEONE SAY SHOES? Plus, that’s not forgetting Bury’s wonderful array of independent shoe shops. Be sure to check out Chica Shoes, Nicola Sexton, Pledgers and Shoephoric.



Stylist Sarah Morgan sings the praises of the fresh spring trends.

Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahBeingLois


here’s an orchestra of shapes and colours to suit every woman in the latest collections. Lighter and brighter all round, if only the weather would catch up with the fashion world! I firmly believe we should dress to suit our body shape and colouring, rather than slavishly following fashion – and that’s not forgetting the most important factor... Comfort. That said, it’s good to keep an eye on the catwalk, whatever your age, keeping your finger firmly on the pulse. So, here’s my mini-guide to what’s in vogue this time of year.

NAUTICALS Stripes and Union Jack colours are here to stay, and hurrah I say! Even the mos t casual ensemble has a smar t edge in this combination of tones – perfect for wor k or play. A stripy Breton top or dress is the ideal addition to any spring wardrobe .


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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF NORFOLK Suffolk On My Mind has teamed up with Dunston Hall to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a short break at the hotel worth over £200.


majestic Elizabethan-style mansion with 169 spacious bedrooms, Dunston Hall in Norwich is the perfect place to escape, indulge and re-energise, following the venue’s recent £2 million makeover. Located in 150 acres of stunning wooded Norfolk parkland, you’ll be able to make the most of the finest of food incorporating the best local ingredients, comfortable rooms with elegant surroundings, top leisure facilities including a beautiful pool and spa, and a warm welcome. For golfers, there’s even a par 71 US PGArated course! And if that’s not enough to keep you entertained, the hotel has its recommended top 10 reasons to visit Norfolk, ranging from Norwich’s splendid visitor sites and coastal walks, to cycle trails and even theme parks.

“COMFORTABLE ROOMS WITH ELEGANT SURROUNDINGS, TOP LEISURE FACILITIES INCLUDING A BEAUTIFUL POOL AND SPA, AND A WARM WELCOME” Dunston Hall is offering two people the chance to experience a one-night stay in a double or twin room together with a three-course dinner in the Brasserie, full English breakfast and use of the leisure facilities. What could be more tempting? To find out more about Dunston Hall, call 01508 470444 or visit

ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to: Suffolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a one-night stay at Dunston Hall for two people including full use of the leisure facilities, breakfast and a two-course evening meal up to £28 per person (excludes alcohol). The Winner will be notified after the closing date of Thursday 31st August 2017. 2) There is no cash alternative, non-transferable or refundable, and subject to availability. Pre-booking is essential. Prize must be taken within three months of win. Excludes Friday and Saturday night stays. 3) Open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over; employees of Suffolk On My Mind and the TA Hotel Collection and their agencies are not eligible for entry. 4) Only one entry per person. 5) The Editor’s decision is final. 6) Winner will be selected at random from entries received before the competition closes. 7) Allow eight to ten weeks from selection to completion. 8) Correspondence may be entered into unless marked ‘no offers’ .



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Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the latest Audi TT Coupe. To advertise call 01953 456789



udi is a car-maker of quality. From the strong – yet sophisticated – lines of its models, to the flawless interiors, the German firm always delivers. The TT Coupe is no exception. The current TT Coupe arrived in Britain in 2015. It looks angrier and is almost the same length as its forerunner, though its wheelbase has expanded, making for short overhangs. The TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI 230 PS S Line S tronic, under review here, has a virtual cockpit, which


is based around a sizeable high resolution LCD display. It fills the instrument binnacle and supersedes the time-honoured analogue dials. It’s marvellous and clear as day. You can cherry-pick between two display settings. In the ‘classic’ view, the rev counter and speedometer are in the forefront. Then in ‘infotainment’ mode, the virtual instruments are smaller. The area that becomes free therefore provides sufficient room for other functions, such as the navigation map. At the lower edge of the Audi virtual cockpit, the

displays for time, outside temperature and mileage are perpetually visible. The Audi TT is comfy and the Alcantara and leather super sports seats are hip-huggingly supportive. The 2.0 TFSI 230 PS S Line S tronic also has manual climate control with functionality ingeniously incorporated into the air vents. Other interior tech highpoints include a music interface with Bluetooth connectivity, a touch pad for fingertip data input, and

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Max speed: 155 mph 0-62 mph: 5.3 secs Combined mpg: 42.8 Engine: 1984cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbocharged petrol • Max. power (PS): 230 • CO2: 153 g/km • Price: £44,095 (as tested)

keyless go. Outside the cabin, attractive alloy wheels adorn the TT. Mine was fitted with 19-inch five-spoke ‘Blade’ design wheels. These are optional and cost £450 – but they do look awesome. Other features fitted include sports suspension, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and a speed-dependent active rear spoiler. As a 2+2 seater, the Audi TT Coupe is a sports car that is suitable for real-world use. My three-year-old daughter sat in the rear, but you’ll probably use the back seats as an area To advertise call 01953 456789

to keep superfluous shopping. That said, with a load area capacity of 305 litres – 13 litres more than the old TT – the boot space is practical enough to load in a tot’s buggy, or a couple of flight cases. Behind the wheel, the first thing I noticed about the Audi TT is how well it drives. The 1984cc, 230PS petrol powerplant is domesticated in urban environments, but it’s still hard to disguise the rasping clout waiting to be set free. Open up the TT on the straights, and you’re pressed into your

seatback. Zero to 62mph arrives in an eyeballyanking 5.3 seconds, and the top speed is 155mph. The ride is firm, but not unpleasantly so, and the steering has a good weight to it, while the dual-clutch automatic transmission changes seamlessly. What’s more, the car grips like glue in the corners thanks to its all-wheel-drive ‘Quattro’ set-up. And if the Audi TT’s talent for turning heads and drivability is not enough, its average fuel economy figure of 42.8mpg and relatively low CO2 emissions of 153g/km are also to be applauded.



TRANSFORM YOUR HOME Welcome to the world of Steven Leech, director of Granite Transformations, the company that produces the infamous worktop that fits on top. When did Granite Transformations first arrive in Suffolk? A. We opened our first showroom in Ipswich in October 2013, which is moving to a bigger one, still in Alston’s Court. We also started in Colchester at the same time, and opened a showroom in Mersea in July 2014. Q. What kind of products does the company offer? A. We offer everything from a kitchen makeover, to a full kitchen, full bathroom, flooring, mosaic tiles and hand-cut tiles. We also offer a 3D cad drawing service. Q. Why choose Granite Transformations? A. What we offer, no one else can. The granite is 6.5mm thick and it fits over your existing worktop. We take granite and quartz, and make it into a chipping. It is then mixed with a polymer resin and laid into a sheet before being polished. Hot pans from your oven can go straight on to the work surface due to


Q. What is it like to work for Granite Transformations? A. You would have to ask a member of my staff that question as I’m probably going to be a little biased! For further information on Granite Transformations, call 01473 851334 or visit

the polymer resin in the sheet stopping the material from being porous, so things such as red wine, curry and lemon juice won’t stain the surface. This is why we have had a big increase in worktop sales for new kitchens. Q. What are the current trends in kitchens and bathrooms? A. The big trend in kitchens, and has been for a while, is space. A lot of customers are knocking two rooms into one or having an extension built for a kitchen-diner. For bathrooms, our customers are wanting big showers. Q. Is Granite Transformations environmentally-aware? A. Yes, we recycle all the raw materials we use. Q. Are there any interesting projects you are currently working on? A. We have some very big makeovers coming up. We have a customer in Colchester that is having one of our new printed worktops on the walls around an opening, so we’re looking forward to seeing that when it’s done. Q. What does the future have in store for the company? A. We will continue to grow and give customers great service, as well as great products. We are really looking forward to the new Ipswich showroom opening, which we hope will be in early May.


Suffolk on My Mind - Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 edition of Suffolk on My Mind Magazine. Delivered to Bury St Edmunds and parts of Suffolk.

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