Summer stays in the heart of the countryside
HIT THE BEACH Our county’s top 10 coastal hotspots
AFTERNOON TEA Indulge in this Great British tradition
The pop icon is performing in Bury St Edmunds
OUT & ABOUT | THEATRE | WEDDINGS | RECIPE | TOWN FOCUS | FASHION | MOTORING | & MUCH MORE…
OUT & ABOUT
OUT & ABOUT Our round-up of must-do summer entertainment
Suffolk’s best beaches, from Lowestoft to Orford Ness
CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis is coming to Bury
13 | TOWN FOCUS
Check out Bury St Edmunds’ thriving theatre scene
20 | 3 OF THE BEST Afternoon tea anyone? What could be better?
22 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Prepare perfect profiteroles à la chef Richard Bainbridge
25 | BRIDAL SHOOT We’re at the beach for our seasonal wedding feature
3 OF THE BEST
31 | TRAVEL GUIDE Two historic hotels with all the charm of the countryside
39 | STYLE FILE Good news, girls… The wrap dress is back in fashion!
43 | ON THE ROAD Petrol-head Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the Honda Civic Tourer
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ello summer! Now that the warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to make the most of our stunning county in all its glory. Whether you’re in the mood for a fun-filled music festival, or wish to sing the praises of our region’s mouth-watering food and drink, we bring you our rundown of not-to-be-missed summer events on page 4. What’s more, as soon as the sun comes out, we’re all itching to hit the beach. Turn to page 6 for our comprehensive guide on Suffolk’s best beaches. Bury St Edmunds is in the hot seat again this issue, from our intriguing feature on the town’s rich cultural heritage (p13), to a step inside the world of one of Bury’s dream destinations, Bannatyne Health Club & Spa… Pure bliss! (p34). One man who will be making an impact on the town later this year is eighties pin-up Jason Donavan (p9). And you’re invited to join Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis tour at The Apex this October, a show that promises to be packed with stories, laughter and music spanning Jason’s amazing career. Who can believe this much-loved Neighbours star is pushing 50? When it comes to the popular summer pastime of afternoon tea, we bring you three of our county’s top spots for indulging in this Great British custom (p20), then why not try for yourself chef Richard Bainbridge’s fool-proof recipe for perfect profiteroles (p22)? Delicious! Budding bride-to-be? We’ve also got a gorgeous summer wedding shoot to help you plan your special day (p25), as well as a historic countryside hotel guide (p31), plus failsafe fashion advice from style consultant Sarah Morgan (p39). Happy holidays!
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Cycling, wildlife, antiques, music, food and drink… We’ve got it covered! BBC ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel: 01473 890799. www.helmingham.com Thursday 31st August, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Free admission.
Henham Park, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8AN. Tel: 020 7009 3001. www.latitudefestival.com Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July. Adults (£77.50), children aged 5-12 years (£5).
t’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day-out, as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday night programme, Antiques Roadshow, comes to Helmingham Hall Gardens on Thursday 31st August. Many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot sale bargains for inspection by the experts. Visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day, but if they have an item with a particularly unusual story attached, an interesting collection, or large items of furniture, it is best to let the programme know in advance by emailing email@example.com
SUFFOLK COAST CYCLE RIDE
BURY ST EDMUNDS FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0BT. Tel: 01179 897080. www.glemhamhall.co.uk Sunday 23rd July, 8am to 10am. Adults (£19), children aged 12-14 years (£8.50).
The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD. Tel: 01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August, 10am to 5pm. Free admission.
njoy a beautiful summer’s day cycling around the heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside, while raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Starting and finishing at Glemham Hall, there is a choice of two scenic routes of 35 and 65 miles, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you may wish to sign up for the 100-mile challenge route! All routes head north through pretty villages before splitting at Sibton. The short route then swings towards Dunwich, while the longer one continues north to reach Covehithe, with its curious Russian Doll churches. Following the coast south, the long route re-joins the shorter one near Dunwich, finishing back at Glemhall Hall, where you will find massage therapists, refreshments, live music and a bar.
uffolk’s sensational summer music festival, Latitude, is back for 2017 with an impressive line-up playing on the various stages at Henham Park. The Obelisk Arena at the top of the hill overlooks the whole site, providing a unique and perfect soundtrack to the weekend’s festivities... Watch the likes of The 1975, Goldfrapp, The Coral and Mumford and Sons take to the stage. The BBC Music Stage will showcase the best alternative and leftfield music across a multitude of different genres, while nestled under a canopy of trees in the woods, the Sunrise Arena will be home to some of the most exciting music stars of tomorrow. What’s more, there will be films, theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret, as well as the famous Latitude sheep to watch out for…
ow in its sixth year, Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival will be sharing all the culinary treats of East Anglia for a weekend of food festival fun. Providing a variety of events to get your mouth watering, including a farmers’ market and plethora of cookery demonstrations, celebrity chefs in attendance have been confirmed as James Tanner and Galton Blackiston. In addition, there will be street entertainment and an urban beach in the town, while a selection of local cafés and restaurants will also be making an appearance in the demonstration kitchen. Plenty of entertainment for all the family, with tasters available of many of the foodie delights, so you can shop for your favourite foods with the chance to try before you buy! firstname.lastname@example.org
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BIG WILD SLEEP OUT RSPB Havergate Island, Quay Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2BU. Tel: 01728 688524. www.rspb.org.uk Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August. Adults (£124), children aged 5-16 years (£78). Booking is essential. Photo by Monika Koch
unique chance for an overnight stay on Suffolk’s only island, you can connect with nature under those big, blue skies. Go on a relaxed stroll along the narrow footpaths, wake up early to watch the sun rise, learn firsthand about the natural wildlife, and discover more about this incredible place from the centre guides. This is an adventure for photographers, bird-watchers and families alike, offering guidance and activities for all ages and skill levels. You can either choose to sleep on the warm shingle under the stars, or bring your own tent, with exclusive access to RSPB Havergate Island, boat trips from Orford to the island (and back), and wildlife and photography guides available on both days. To advertise call 01953 456789
Our guide to the countyâ€™s most picturesque places on the coast to picnic, sunbathe or walk the dog.
The most easterly point in the UK, Lowestoft is a very family-friendly resort with miles of sandy beaches, as well as traditional seaside amusements, a pier, volleyball nets and plenty of fish and chip shops. The perfect place to go if you have the children in tow, there’s even a roller skating rink.
Remarkably unspoilt and extremely spacious, the pretty coastal village of Kessingland is one of those Suffolk gems that few people know about. The beach is a mix of marshland, shingle and sand – ideal for birdwatching, fishing, or if you’re simply looking for a bit of peace and quiet (and the dog can even come too!).
Possibly the wildest and most beautiful of Suffolk beaches, Covehithe is off the beaten track and only accessible by foot or cycle. Driftwood forms lovely shapes protruding from the sand, while Covehithe’s unique church adds an element of the surreal. No facilities here; it’s just a glorious spot to truly get away from it all.
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A very popular seaside town, which remains an eternal favourite with visitors and locals alike, the beach at Southwold is backed by a row of brightly-coloured beach huts, as well as its fabulous Victorian pier. A much-loved destination with those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle, be sure to take a stroll around town, watch a Punch and Judy show, and make the most of the putting greens and boating ponds.
The unofficial crabbing capital of England, Walberswick is a great starting point to explore the Suffolk coast in all its natural beauty. The sandy dunes and marshes are fantastic for walkers, while the wide, wild beach is just the place for aspiring surfers and kite fliers. After a day’s crabbing, head to one of the pubs along the harbour for a local ale and some great home-cooked food.
Once a prosperous seaport, Dunwich beach and the surrounding heath and woodland are one of Suffolk’s prize possessions, home to a plethora of rare plants and wildlife. Famous for its ghostly bells ringing from under the sea, don’t forget your camera when taking a walk along this idyllic stretch of coastline.
An interesting place to visit at any time of the year, Thorpeness is a mainly shingle beach loved by dog walkers. The Peter Pan-inspired boating mere, mock Tudor buildings, unusual architecture (look out for the House in the Clouds) and acclaimed golf course to add to its magic.
Famous for Maggi Hambling’s controversial Scallop sculpture, a tribute to local composer Benjamin Brittain, Aldeburgh is probably Suffolk’s most well-known seaside town. The vast pebble beach is simply stunning, while there are also several art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, as well as a cinema and summer theatre. Don’t leave without eating a bag of chips on the sea wall while admiring the view!
Full of exciting activities for all the family, Felixstowe offers windsurfing, crazy golf, open-air theatre performances, nature trails, historical re-enactments, arcade games on the pier, and an award-winning beach. Once a favourite with Edwardian society, enjoy an ice cream while taking in the delightful seafront gardens.
10. ORFORD NESS
Mysterious, wild and isolated, Orford Ness is a shingle spit that’s instantly recognisable due to its abandoned lighthouse and former military base. Now a National Nature Reserve, many rumours still surround Orford Ness’ strange past including tales of a covered-up Nazi landing and an infamous UFO sighting.
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From Neighbours to a chart-topping music career, from Joseph to an appearance on Iâ€™m A Celebrity, Jason Donavan has consistently captured the hearts of his adopted country and entertained us along the way. We find out more about his latest UK tour, arriving in Bury St Edmunds this autumn. To advertise call 01953 456789
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e was the ultimate 80’s heart-throb who commanded an audience of 22 million in Neighbours, dated Kylie Minogue, and went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles, sell over 30 million records worldwide, and appear in a series of hit West End musicals. But at the time, it did not make him happy. Pigeon-holed and marginalised as a teen idol, Jason’s desire to shake off his uncool image and be considered a credible artist resulted in him famously collapsing during a cocaine-fuelled binge at Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’ party and passing out on top of Jack Nicholson. Meeting his wife and the subsequent birth of his children forced Jason to re-evaluate his life, reinvigorating his career on reality TV programmes such as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
Eventually Jason re-found his love of performing with leading roles in Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun. He also toured the UK in the highly acclaimed play The King’s Speech. Now aged 49, and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, Jason’s autobiographical show, Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis, takes the singer’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zigzags back and forth through his action-packed life. Jason commented, “My dad always said to me, the secret to a long and happy life is not to take it all too seriously. I’ve been on the edge, pushed my life to the extreme and come back from it, which has actually made me stronger and made me realise what I don’t want to do with my life. I think perhaps the key to a good life is keeping
a balance both physically and mentally, and the realisation that success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” Filled with stories, laughter and music spanning Jason’s amazing career, the show will examine every aspect of his life, from where it all began, to where he is today, revisiting his past, present and future. Jason’s relentless enthusiasm and a refreshingly blunt compulsion towards honesty will reveal all about his rollercoaster life. A rare chance to get up close and personal with the star, the audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Jason added, “In the past, I’ve either been too young, too busy or too dazed and confused to be able to make sense of my life. But now, on the eve of my 50th birthday – and older and wiser, if a little more weathered – I believe that I am finally in a position to put my life into perspective. I’m in a great place, surrounded by good people, and don’t feel like I need to prove myself anymore.”
Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis is at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Monday 9th October. For further information, call the box office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk
“MY DAD ALWAYS SAID TO ME, THE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE IS NOT TO TAKE IT ALL TOO SERIOUSLY”
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Bury St Edmunds is home to a diverse programme of live music, theatre and cinema. To advertise call 01953 456789
The sole surviving example of a Regency playhouse in this country, with a vibrant, yearround programme of events including drama, music, comedy and family shows, the Theatre Royal is one of Britainâ€™s most significant theatre buildings. Built in 1819, this intimate Grade I listed theatre is the only one in the National Trust property portfolio, retaining many of its original features. Presenting the most respected companies and performers, it has built a reputation of entertaining audiences with quality productions including the ever-popular annual pantomime.
Known for its acoustic excellence, The Apex is East Angliaâ€™s principal live music venue, hosting concerts covering every music genre, from pop, rock and jazz, to country, folk and blues, as well as comedy and dance performances. It also runs a number of community and corporate events such as the townâ€™s summer food and drink festival. A contemporary art gallery is situated on the first floor, holding a range of regularlychanging exhibitions from established and emerging artists.
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CINEMA Bury St Edmunds boasts two separate cinemas, Cineworld and Abbeygate Cinema. The delightfully charming Abbeygate Cinema delivers a tasteful and refined theatre-like cinema experience, with a strong mix of arthouse, independent and mainstream films, along with an enriched Screen Arts programme. The weekly parent and baby screenings attract mums and dads, who meet for coffee, chat and film, while the great membership options are hugely popular.
BURY THEATRE WORKSHOP A community theatre group formed in 2012 from a bunch of theatre enthusiasts, actors, writers and directors, eager to give a voice to the creative and dynamic spirit of Bury St Edmunds, Bury Theatre Workshop offers members the opportunities to express their creativity and improve their theatre skills. Undertaking six plays each year, two in the Theatre Royal, notable past productions include The Graduate, Pygmalion and The Ladykillers.
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SUFFOLK YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE Formed in 1979, Suffolk Young People’s Theatre is a registered charity and amateur youth group that runs an annual three-week summer school, culminating in a run of theatre performances thereafter. This year, the production will be Made in Dagenham. Drawn from the real-life 1968 machinist’s strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, follow the journey of strike leader Rita O’Grady, as she encourages the women to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled, while their male counterparts see their wages increased.
“THE THEATRE ROYAL IS ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST SIGNIFICANT THEATRE BUILDINGS”
Made in Dagenham is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th July. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org
Watch a film at Cineworld and Abbeygate Cinema
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OFF THE WALL
Photographer David Morris heads to the coast in a bid to capture Mother Nature in action.
Written by David Morris
issed it. And again. Now the water’s over my boots. Don’t panic, retreat calmly. It’s not easy photographing waves, you know. Some people think it is; cheery, chatty people with dogs mostly. The dogs sense it’s a lost cause and wander off, their owners staying for a chat, thereby reducing further your chance of success. Often you’ll press the shutter just a tad too early, or too late. And always the waves look
that much better further down the beach, never where you’re standing. So, you move along, laboriously set up your tripod again, and the same thing happens; the waves seem much more impressive where you’ve just been wasting all that time getting your socks washed! I think it’s deliberate. We know the sea has its moods; angry, calm, inviting. Why not bloody-minded, unpredictable, awkward, out to make trouble?
“YOU GET WAVES THAT COME AT YOU, ALL SHOW AND NOISE, THEN EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN LACK OF CONFIDENCE” You get waves that come at you, all show and noise, then experience a sudden lack of confidence. They seem to be having an argument amongst themselves. Unable to agree which direction to take, they collapse in miserable confusion.
turn. All you want is their photograph. But these guys are strictly ‘no press’. If you get too close, they’ll take you and your camera, and give you a good bouncing.
Then there are the ones which storm up to you, all froth and bluster. You think they don’t mean it, but they do. You’re surprised, wrong-footed and soaking wet!
They want our land and, worryingly, they’re taking it. A bit of cliff here, the odd beach hut there, and all the sand beneath your feet they can manage. Stand long enough in one spot on the edge of the sea, and you’ll find yourself sinking. Stay too long, and all anyone will ever find of you will be your bobble hat.
Some never get off to a proper start. I’ve seen waves that can barely be bothered to get up in the morning; others that change their mind and decide to go back home. Life’s losers, I guess.
These are serious waves.
But these are the ones that make the best photographs, and they know it. A wave at its peak is a thing of majesty. Reared up and gathering all its strength, there’s a pause, a hesitation, like a boxer deciding where to land the next blow. That’s the time to press the shutter – and run!
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But those to watch are the slow-moving, confident ones. They’ve got an argument with the land and everyone on it. They take their time, moving in from a distance, gathering their strength, looking for opportunities. They roll in with the stealth of a tiger, gliding forward, with barely a ripple of muscle, intently stalking their prey. A preoccupied walker perhaps, or a neatly stacked pile of belongings, or, better still, overconfident youths playing ‘catch me if you can’. There you are being polite, waiting your
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WHEN HARRY MET...
Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef
Harry Farrow, head chef at The Anchor Inn in Morston, Norfolk, visited award-winning M&M Rutland Butchers in Melton Constable to discover where his meat comes from.
hen much of the country is still reeling in the wake of recent food scandals, local meat producers are working hard to maintain the highest possible standards. Being able to trace what’s on your plate back to its place of origins is now more important than ever before. There is no doubt that great quality food starts with great quality ingredients, and there’s nothing more satisfying for a chef than knowing you’ve created dishes with the best meat that money can buy. Consistency, texture and flavour are all essential in the overall eating experience, so using exceptional, locally sourced meat is vitally important for the Anchor Inn.
“WE HANG OUR BEEF FOR A GOOD FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS, OUR LAMB FOR OVER A WEEK” I am passionate about the provenance of our ingredients, that’s why we use M&M Rutland Butchers near Holt. Owner James Rutland explained, “We’ve had full traceability of our meat since we started 40 years ago, so it’s always been second nature to us. Everything is local; we always know exactly which farm has produced the meat, the breeds and ages of the animals, and how they have been fed, reared and grazed. “The suppliers and abattoir are all small scale, meaning very low food miles, which is good for animal welfare. The beauty is that there are no short cuts in the supply chain, and the producers put so much into it – high quality feed, outdoor and free-range environments, and time to grow.” Amongst my favourites are Aberdeen Angus, Norfolk duck, rare breed Gloucester Old Spots pork and Salt Marsh lamb, which is grazed locally on the fresh grass of Norfolk’s coastal marshes. Fashionable in top London restaurants, Salt Marsh lamb is very tender, with a sweet, subtle flavour. How the meat is butchered is equally essential. Rutlands practice traditional methods that have been perfected by the trade over hundreds of years, ensuring that all the meat is hung adequately to maximise taste. James added, “We hang our beef for a good four to five weeks, our lamb for over a week. When meat is hung, it loses weight and the darker bits need trimming from the outside, so there is a lot more waste. That’s why meat is a little dearer from butchers like ourselves. It’s like wine and cheeses that have been matured; it’s prepared in a more time-consuming way, but is all the better for it.” We are fortunate to have Rutlands on our supplier list because they don’t usually deliver to trade clients. For me, it’s not necessarily about buying expensive cuts of meat. It is far better to choose cheaper cuts from great producers who have prepared it in the right way, and then to cook it well, for a much tastier and altogether healthier meal. If you would like to find out more, pay a visit to The Anchor Inn in Morston. For further information, check out www.morstonanchor.co.uk To advertise call 01953 456789
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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An amazing selection of finest quality naturally reared & free range Norfolk Meats. Fantastic homemade sausage selection, over 40 fantastic varieties. Homemade luxury Norfolk Haggis. Superb ribs of beef, matured on the bone. Finest Norfolk spring lamb, plus free range geese, ducks, turkeys and chicken.
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While away the hours with leisurely refreshments at one of our top three Suffolk hotspots.
The Swan in Lavenham
ndulge in the Great British tradition of afternoon tea at one of the country’s most remarkable family hotels, following in the footsteps of the English gentry before you. The Ickworth Hotel is an elegant 18th century manor house situated in an impressive 1,800-acre National Trust estate. A truly historic setting in which to sample the luxury of afternoon tea with family or friends, you can choose to take a seat in either the conservatory, drawing room, library or terrace. Delight in tea or coffee, served with a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes, savouries, pastries and scones with clotted cream and preserves. And why not add a glass of fizz to really make the most of your experience? (Sparkling Afternoon Tea costs £26.50 per person.) Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE. Tel: 01284 735350. www.ickworthhotel.co.uk Afternoon tea is available Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm; and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm, priced £10.75 per child and £21.50 per adult.
four-star boutique hotel set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, Kesgrave Hall provides a fabulously relaxed environment for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and afternoon tea, of course. The brasserie will have just what you fancy – and there’s no need to book! There’s even a covered outdoor terrace overlooking the sweeping lawns, so you can enjoy outdoor dining when the sun is shining. Afternoon tea is served every afternoon, either in the lounge or alfresco (weather permitting!). Tuck into delicious sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and indulgent cakes… Now is not the time to be watching your waistline! A lovely way to spend the afternoon, whether catching up with the girls or spoiling a special loved one. Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 2PU. Tel: 01473 333741. www.milsomhotels.com/kesgrave-hall Afternoon tea is served every day, from 3pm to 5pm, priced £18.50 per person (or £27.50 per person including a glass of Champagne).
fternoon tea at the 15th century Swan at Lavenham is a work of art. Served stage-by-stage and presented on fine bone china Royal Worcester crockery, specially commissioned for the hotel, take your pick from a traditional, savoury or high tea option. For the traditionalists, the tempting treats include a selection of finger sandwiches, followed by raisin and walnut scones with clotted cream and preserves, individual cakes and patisseries, with The Swan’s specialist tea sommeliers on hand to recommend the ideal blend. The savoury afternoon tea also includes finger sandwiches, but the sweet scones are replaced with Parma ham and sage, and tomato and parmesan scones, and instead of the cakes, there’s an array of scrummy savoury delights. Guests booking the high tea can choose from six savoury dishes to start, scones with jam and cream, yummy cakes, plus a choice of teas. So, which is it to be? High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QA. Tel: 01787 247477. www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk Afternoon tea is served Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm, priced £22.50 per person (or £26.50 per person for the high tea).
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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
PERFECT PROFITEROLES Written by Richard Bainbridge
Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, creates a glutenfree dessert that everyone can enjoy.
rofiteroles are the ultimate impressive pudding â€“ an ideal finishing touch to any special dinner or family gathering. My fool-proof profiterole recipe guarantees to impress your guests,
helping to produce buttery pastry thatâ€™s as light as air, begging to be filled with lashings of cream and topped with delicious chocolate. As an added bonus, the best thing is that no one will even know they are gluten-free. Enjoy!
GLUTEN-FREE PROFITEROLES INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHOUX PASTRY
FOR THE TOPPING
70g salted butter Pinch of sugar Pinch of sea salt 110g gluten-free white flour ½ tsp xanthan gum 3 eggs, beaten
100g dark chocolate 3 tsp water
FOR THE FILLING 250g whipping cream 2 tsp caster sugar Punnet of strawberries
METHOD Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat. Add 130ml water, the salt and the sugar, and bring to a gentle boil. Sift the ﬂour onto a sheet of baking parchment. Take the pan off the heat and tip in the ﬂour straightaway, all at once, stirring vigorously. Beat until fairly smooth. Immediately return to a medium heat and beat until the mixture forms a sticky lump, leaving the sides of the pan more or less clean. Cook it for a minute or two to get the starch to gelatinise. Transfer to a standing mixer ﬁtted with its dough attachment, or a mixing bowl if using an electric hand whisk. Allow the mixture to cool a little, until you can just bear to touch it. Beat the eggs again, until lightly frothy, then add to the dough mixture a little at a time, beating well, until the mixture is smooth. You may not need all the egg, so go carefully. The mixture should just drop off a spoon if you shake it, a little stiffer than a cake batter. Continue beating until it is cold. It should be smooth and elastic, with a very slight sheen. Use immediately. Preheat the oven to 240°C or gas mark 9. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and dab a little choux paste under the corners to hold it in place. Using a large piping bag with a large plain nozzle, pipe the paste into eight or ten large sausages, at least 4cm apart. Dab a wet ﬁnger on the pointed end of each
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one so that it will be rounded once baked. Bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and just starting to colour, then lower the oven setting to 200°C or gas mark 6, and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes, until ﬁrm and crisp. Pierce the side of each proﬁterole a couple of times with a skewer to release the steam. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, then turn the oven off, leaving them inside for a further 10 minutes to dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not wait more than an hour before eating, or the buns will go soggy. Once your choux buns are cooked, slice in half lengthways, and pipe your whipped cream down the middle. To prepare the whipped cream, place the cream and sugar into a large bowl and whisk together until it foams stiff peaks. Place into a piping bag with a star nozzle and refrigerate until needed. For the topping, put the chocolate and water into a bowl. Place a small pan of water onto the stove top and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and place the bowl of chocolate on top. Allow the chocolate to melt. Once melted, gently stir and keep warm until ready to use. Once the profiteroles are filled with cream, lay a line of strawberries down the middle. Dip the tops into the melted chocolate, then place the lids back on.
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.
Araminta Jackson, creative stylist at Evissa weddings, dreams up a fantasy wedding day with a twistâ€¦ At the beach no less!
All photography by Paul Macro
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he sun was shining and it was a stunning day on the afternoon of the photo shoot. Rain held off until the last picture was taken… What a relief!
The inspiration for the beach theme came from a love of North Norfolk. We wanted to capture the beauty and feel of the coast – the epitome of a perfect summer’s day spent at the seaside. Why go abroad when there is such a stunning natural backdrop relatively on our doorstep? Picturesque locations, pastel tones, natural hair and make-up, and wild flowers combined to create the final images.
The shoot portrays a couple on their wedding day with their two best friends; their best man and their maid of honour. They have just got married and escaped the hustle and bustle of their wedding day… To the coast. Here we join them as they enjoy each other’s company and marvel at the new journey they’ve just begun. We see a few private moments shared between the bride and groom, along with the bond of four close friends.
so their lovely bond comes across in the pictures.
Highlights from the day have to include putting a bed on the beach, the dog that joined the happy couple for lunch, and the incredible way the models jelled together! We were fortunate enough to use friends who knew each other,
Evissa Weddings is dedicated to helping all brides and grooms plan their perfect wedding day. For further information, call 07791 574407 or visit www.evissawedding.co.uk
Having worked with Paul Macro on a number of occasions, we knew he would not let us down. His dedication to get perfect photos was shown as he laid face down in the wet sands. This moment gave one of the biggest laughs of the day, as while he was lying down getting soaked, a dog ran over his back!
“THE SHOOT PORTRAYS A COUPLE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY WITH THEIR TWO BEST FRIENDS; THEIR BEST MAN AND THEIR MAID OF HONOUR”
Coordinator: Evissa Weddings www.evissawedding.co.uk Photography: Paul Macro www.paulmacro.com Props: Joyful Living Picnic Fayre www.picnic-fayre.co.uk Flowers: Flower30 www.flower30.co.uk Dresses: Oola Boola Vintage Suits: Gun Hill www.gunhill.co.uk Bed: Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co. www.wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk Hair & Make-Up: Jordan Burr www.jordanburr.com Car: Wedding-Wheels-Next-The-Sea www.weddingwheels-next-the-sea.co.uk
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GREAT WORK! East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices is pleased to report that its nook appeal has passed the £5 million mark.
n November 2014, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) launched the nook appeal to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care. Thanks to the support of many companies, individuals, charitable trusts and the local community, the appeal currently stands at £5.3 million. There is a way to go until enough money is raised to start building a purpose-built hospice on the five-acre site at Framingham Earl, but there are lots of ways to get involved and help provide this vital facility for local families. For further information about the nook appeal, call 01223 205180 or visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook
NEW RIFE FOR LIFE EVENT EACH has revamped its popular Ride for Life to offer a bigger challenge for cyclists across the region. The most adventurous participants will cycle 200 miles over three days and across three counties, taking in EACH’s hospices at Quidenham in Norfolk, The Treehouse in Ipswich, and Milton in Cambridgeshire. The event starts on Friday 29th September and finishes on Sunday 1st October at the home of the headline sponsor, Johnston Logistics UK, in Snetterton, Norfolk. Cyclists can choose to enter for one day, riding
around 65 miles, or alternatively, those feeling up to the challenge can enter for the full three days, cycling over 200 miles, with dinner, bed and breakfast included in the registration fee. The route has been designed to weave through scenic countryside, visiting some of the region’s lovely villages and towns for refreshment breaks. Cyclists will be asked to gain sponsorship for the charity and they will be spurred on by a cheering squad at each of the charity’s three hospices. To book your place in this exciting new event, visit www.each.org.uk/rideforlife email@example.com
“EACH HAS REVAMPED ITS POPULAR RIDE FOR LIFE TO OFFER A BIGGER CHALLENGE FOR CYCLISTS ACROSS THE REGION. THE MOST ADVENTUROUS PARTICIPANTS WILL CYCLE 200 MILES OVER THREE DAYS AND ACROSS THREE COUNTIES” NEW EACH SHOP East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is excited to announce a new addition to its retail portfolio in Norfolk. Joining shops in the county located in Swaffham, Wymondham, Downham Market, Long Stratton, Diss, Norwich and Holt is a new premises at 35 Upper Market in Fakenham, to be unveiled on Thursday 22nd June. It will offer the same range of high-quality goods that customers of the current EACH shops have come to expect, helping to To advertise call 01953 456789
fund the care and support of children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families. Sarah Throssell, EACH Retail Area Manager, said, “We’re delighted that plans are now well underway to extend our retail offering to Fakenham. The signs are up on the new premises and, as ever, when we open new shops, we’re on the look-out for good-quality donations and volunteers to help us become successful. All donations make a difference; for example, a top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy.”
EACH is after donations of the following clean and good-quality goods to sell; clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs and CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items. In the past financial year, EACH shops generated an impressive profit of more than £700,000, which all goes towards helping local families make the most of their precious time together. If you would be interested in volunteering, call 01223 205183 or visit the website.
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY If you crave a relaxing break in the countryside, these characterful, history-soaked hotels are blessed with all modern-day creature comforts. To advertise call 01953 456789
THE OAKSMERE Rectory Road, Brome, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8AJ. Tel: 01379 873940. www.theoaksmere.com Bed and breakfast is priced from £109 per room per night.
he Oaksmere Hotel on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk has undergone a dramatic refurbishment, having officially reopened in late May. Aiming to be firmly on the map for being one of the finest destination venues in the heart of East Anglia, known for its amazing food, luxurious hotel stays, picture-perfect weddings and bespoke events, the stunning Grade II Listed Tudor and Victorian hotel boasts many beautiful features including sash windows, old oak beams and antique floor tiles.
Feeling peckish? The brand new restaurant is adorned with modern drop-down lighting and oak flooring to give it a contemporary, urban feel, with an open kitchen so diners can watch the chefs at work. Head chef Nick ClaxtonWebb is committed to using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients to create perfectly balanced menus, with the hotel’s own on-site butchery and kitchen garden ensuring only the freshest, quality ingredients. Guests can see their cuts of meat maturing in the glass-fronted cabinets.
All of the 10 deluxe bedrooms and four decadent suites are designed with an emphasis on relaxation and quality, with comfortable Hypnos beds, crisp linen, Nespresso coffee machines, Elemis toiletries, Sky TV and built-in audio systems. And the en suite bathrooms are just as impressive! Relax and unwind in a bubble-filled whirlpool bath, or awaken your senses with an invigorating rainfall power shower.
With stunning wooden beams and a roaring fire in winter, The Oaksmere pub is a friendly local, offering traditional snacks, light bites and tapas in an authentic Tudor setting. The pub also serves local beers and ales from Adnams Brewery, Aspall Cider and the Grain Brewery, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list, so do make sure you pop in for a drink during your visit… Cheers!
DUNSTON HALL Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8PQ. Tel: 01508 470444. www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/dunston-hall Bed and breakfast is priced from around £70 per room per night.
et in more than 150 acres of stunning wooded parkland, Dunston Hall is a majestic Elizabethan-style mansion that has been lovingly restored to its former glory, evoking character and comfort at every turn. Boasting 169 spacious bedrooms, it’s the perfect place to escape, indulge and re-energise, with magnificent double bedrooms complete with heavenly four-poster beds, suites offering breath-taking views beyond the window, and original attic rooms with historic low-beamed ceilings. With a range of luxurious rooms to suite all tastes, you can be guaranteed a good night’s sleep in super-elegant surroundings. As for the recently refurbished health club, you can work up a sweat in the two-floor gym, enjoy a few laps of the indoor swimming pool, or chill out in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool. Spoil yourself with a spa treatment at The Lilac Rooms, whether it’s a facial, pedicure, manicure or massage you desire. (It’s best to book in advance to avoid missing out, especially during weekends or school holidays.)
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Calling all golfers, there’s even a par 71 US PGArated course, which beautifully contours around the estate. Magnificent parkland fairways dotted with trees and strategically placed bunkers, plus a 22-bay floodlit driving range, this is golf at its best! For your dining experience, The Brasserie is all about great food served in an informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant where you really feel at home. Plus, there’s also clubhouse restaurant, Bunkers, specialising in bistro-style light meals and drinks, or for those preferring the comfort of their own room, why not take advantage of the 24-hour room service menu? What better way to recharge those batteries than with a leisurely meal in your dressing gown? Located just a stone’s throw from the city of Norwich, you will never be stuck for things to do during your stay. So, whether you wish to be pampered, play a round of golf, or take in the city sights, Dunston Hall offers the ideal bolthole – a seamless blend of both town and countryside.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
BANNATYNE SPA Horringer Court, Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5PH. Tel: 01284 705550. www.bannatyne.co.uk/spa/bury-st-edmunds Expect to pay from £49 per person for a spa day with lunch (Monday to Thursday), or from £199 for a one-night spa break for two (Monday to Thursday).
et amid beautiful woodland, Bannatyne Health Club & Spa provides the perfect backdrop for some dedicated metime. Whether you want to focus on your fitness with a personal trainer, take part in a functional training class, or relax in the spa baths, there is something for everyone. Situated in a grand Neo-Jacobean mansion that’s been sensitively restored and extended to house a contemporary gym and spa facilities, follow the tree-lined drive to paradise! More than just a health club, this Bury St Edmunds retreat offers a unique ambience in which to unwind. Comprising a hotel and
restaurant, together with the exclusive health club and spa, you can stay for an afternoon or an overnight stopover. There’s a great range of indulgent spa breaks, whether you fancy a treat or have a special occasion to celebrate. And if you wish to prolong your visit, you’ll find exceptional rooms, each with its own individual style and character.
“MORE THAN JUST A HEALTH CLUB, THIS BURY ST EDMUNDS RETREAT OFFERS A UNIQUE AMBIENCE IN WHICH TO UNWIND” Soothe your mind, body and soul with a Bannatyne spa session. Those booked on a spa day will enjoy at least one treatment, full use of the heated swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room, gym and classes, a delicious meal, plus a Bannatyne robe, slippers and towel – and the slippers will be yours to keep. Choose from an energising facial, Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage, manicure, pedicure, or eyebrow or eyelash treatment. Whatever your age, preferred exercise style or level of ability, you’ll find an exercise class to suit you, from the latest in innovative training, to more traditional classes such as yoga, aqua,
spinning and much more. Hit the gym to work up an appetite! The state-of-the-art gymnasium comprises cardiovascular, resistance and functional training equipment, with trainers on hand to guide you in your path to fitness. The AA Rosette award-winning restaurant serves modern comfort food, made using locally-sourced ingredients and prepared with care by the expert chefs. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with everything from light bites, through to an impressive à la carte menu, the restaurant perfectly complements the laidback feel of the hotel, health club and spa. So, what are you waiting for? Indulge in one of life’s little pleasures to guarantee you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated.
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THE RICHARD GREEN PERIOD HOMES EVENT From a sawtooth chimney stack to the flagstones in a cellar, find it all under one roof.
s the acknowledged experts for period homes, based in the historic and beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds, Richard Green estate agents look forward to welcoming you and sharing our extensive experience and specialist knowledge. We are hosting this unique event for homeowners and enthusiasts of period property at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 20th August. The largest gathering of period home owners, enthusiasts and specialists in the Eastern region, this exclusive show will bring together the best professionals in the field, enabling exhibitors to showcase their skills and for local homeowners to meet the professionals and craftsmen in person. Exhibitors include architects, surveyors, solicitors, insurance, financial, planning, building control, plus specialists in thatch, timber frame, flintwork, hazel and willow, pargetting, specialist paints, chimneys and flues, roof lights, multifuel stoves, landscape gardeners, outhouses, and garden furniture. And more exhibitors are signing up on a daily basis. We all know how difficult it can be to get advice on the upkeep of our period homes,
especially as the best tradespeople and craftsmen are often so busy. At The Richard Green Period Homes Event, you will be able to browse, chat and gather the information you need. No waiting for returned calls, no being put on hold, no peering at little pictures online... Just speak directly to the experts, see specialists in action, and handle and compare real products. Richard Green will be providing an exciting environment for people to gather information and establish contacts, in a dynamic, interactive format. BE INSPIRED Find out how to maintain, renovate and restore your property. Celebrate and enjoy the features and the life that a period home can offer. GET ADVICE We’ll help you to tackle any knotty problems and bring your project to life with demonstrations, talks, Q&A sessions, and opportunities to find out about local crafts, trades and professions. MEET EXPERTS Having all the experts under one roof is an opportunity not to be missed. There’s nothing quite like seeing things in real life and meeting people face to face. Entry is free, so put Sunday 20th August in your diary today… You will not want to miss this event! For further information, call 01284 755552 or visit www.therichardgreenperiodhomesevent.co.uk
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HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF LIVING IN A CHARMING, OLD FARMHOUSE, A THATCHED COTTAGE, OR A COSY, TIMBER-FRAMED HOME? GET GOOD ADVICE BEFORE YOU BUY.
eautiful original features such as timber frame, bay windows and open fireplaces enhance character and are some of the most pleasing aspects of living in a period home. Older properties have a feeling of history and the kind of individuality that can only be obtained through years of decorating, improving, aging and making new again. Whereas other families have enjoyed the home and moved on, the house is still there. You could be the next custodian and enjoy its delights. Perhaps you will rediscover a hidden wishing well as you trim back the shrubs, or find doodles by previous owners under the wallpaper? In addition, period properties quite often benefit from a generous garden with mature plants and trees. You are less likely to feel hemmed in or overlooked, and can enjoy your garden in peaceful privacy. When buying a period home, it is easy to get swept away by the charm and romance of the place, but you will need the advice and guidance of an independent chartered
surveyor, a solicitor and a knowledgeable estate agent, so that you can buy with confidence. Be aware of any structural, maintenance and renovation issues, so they can be factored in to your offer. And while asking about the benefits and pleasures of living in a particular community, also ask about ongoing heating and maintenance costs. If a property is listed, is in a conservation area, or has any other legal restrictions placed upon it, this may affect your ability to alter or extend the house. But, don’t see this as purely a negative factor; after all, it is these very protections that have safeguarded its features over the years. For further information, contact Suzanne Stevenson at Richard Green Estate Agents, who are specialist agents for period, individual and character homes. Call 01284 755552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaf Print Ruffle wrap dress, £75, at Miss Selfridge
Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahLoisRelove
Personal stylist Sarah Morgan says this season’s dress shape is a blast from the past you’ll love.
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here are some fashion trends I pray never come back… Mullet haircuts, low-slung jeans, toeless boots and mini-skirt kilts, for example.
Others are more welcome, and this summer’s oldie-but-goodie has been in and out of fashion more times than I care to remember, but I’m always relieved when it makes a reappearance. Ladies, you can breathe a sigh of relief… The wrap dress is back (again). Ever since Diane Von Furstenberg launched her iconic knitted jersey wrap dress in 1974, women have embraced this style, and it resurfaces at least every 10 years.
Free Spirit Harvest Print wrap dress, £75, at Laura Ashley
Colbalt Blue Crepe wrap dress, £35, at Dorothy Perkins
If you have a bit of a tum, look for wrap dresses with ruching at the side. And if the dress has a belt, tie it at the side, not on your tummy. What has changed is the way this dream dress is being worn. This time, it’s a little bit longer – under the knee – and can be ‘funked up’ by wearing it over cropped flared jeans with a frayed hem. Great for days when summer can’t decide if it’s coming or going! Plus, it looks equally good with wedges for day, or heels and a hat for a wedding, so be inspired to make it work for you.
“OF ANY DRESS SHAPE, IT’S THE ONE THAT FLATTERS MOST FIGURES”
Long Sleeve Pink wrap front dress, £38, at Wallis
There’s a reason DVF became one of the richest women in the fashion industry; this look is a perennial winner. Of any dress shape, it’s the one that flatters most figures, morphs from day to night effortlessly, and actually looks better if you have a few curves. It can be worn to work, a night-out, a special occasion – and this season, thrown on over jeans and sneakers. The wrap dress is often made of forgiving fabric that travels well and doesn’t crease. And the best bit? It usually has sleeves! Women with bigger boobs will knows its shapeenhancing properties. The V-neck is so flattering, and if you’re a glorious hourglass shape or have heavy thighs, it really comes into its own. The A-line or flared skirt looks better filled with curves, and feels wonderfully light and flirty for summer. Remarkably, a slimmer-skirted wrap also suits women with a slightly thick waist, giving the impression of a waistline that doesn’t exist.
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Rose Print wrap dress, £52, at Paper Dolls
Azur wrap dress, £44.99, at Superdry
Sarah Morgan is a personal stylist and owner of Lois Reloved boutique dress agency. For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit www.sarah-morgan.co.uk
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ON THE ROAD
Written by Tim Barnes-Clay
Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the Honda Civic Tourer. To advertise call 01953 456789
“I QUITE LIKE THIS CAR. IT FEELS WELL BUILT, THE DRIVING POSITION IS GOOD, AND THE LOAD AREA IS MASSIVE. THERE’S ONE DRAWBACK, THOUGH. IT’S UGLY”
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Max speed: 121 mph 0-62 mph: 10.5 secs Combined mpg: 72.4 Engine layout: 1597cc 4-cylinder 16v turbo diesel • Max. power (bhp): 118 • CO2: 103 g/km • Price: £26,200
quite like this car. It feels well built, the driving position is good, and the load area is massive. There’s one drawback, though. It’s ugly. Yes, I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the appearance of a car really does matter. After all, any new motor these days costs a fair proportion of your monthly income, so you might as well buy a car you’re pleased to look at. I’m not saying the Civic Tourer looks like a bulldog chewing a wasp. Its face is fine – hardly any different to the standard Civic hatch – it’s just that things go horribly ‘Pete Tong’ the further back you go. The backside of the car looks like it belongs to another ride. It’s ungainly and has no flair. Yet, I can see why the Japanese auto-maker has made the Civic Tourer the way it is. The shape of the rear ensures a wide, low boot, making it easy to load up anything. For instance, lifting my tot’s buggy into the boot took no effort at all. In fact, I could hardly describe it as ‘lifting’, as the lip is so handily near to the ground. And that, apart from the obvious practical aspect, is a positive tick in the Civic Tourer’s
box. Viewed from the side, the vehicle is low-slung and almost sleek. It is, undoubtedly, the best angle to observe the car. And that’s a shame because you want the back to look good too, and because it doesn’t, it’s frustrating. Inside, the seats are supportive and the instrumentation is clear and intuitive to use. There’s a lot of legroom up front, and enough for two six-footers in the back seats. The same goes for headroom, which is weird, considering how squat the car looks on the outside. Clever stuff, Honda. In 1.6 diesel guise, as tested here, the Tourer is smooth, pithy and extremely frugal. The steering feels a little artificially weighted, but the Civic is planted on motorways. As for A-roads or twisty country routes, the car is eager and willing to grip hard on corners. What’s more, a six-speed manual gearbox makes the most of the clout on tap, thanks to a clear-cut shift action. Numbers-wise, the oil-burner will do zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds and its top speed is 121mph. The on-paper
figures don’t do the Tourer justice, however – the power and torque delivery makes it feel much faster. The Civic comes really well-equipped too. Even though I tested the all-singing-alldancing EX Plus flagship model with leather seats, sat-nav, 17-inch wheels and xenon lights, all Tourers come kitted out as standard with Bluetooth and digital DAB radio. The Civic Tourer’s price-tag, especially in EX Plus flagship guise (£26,200), means the Honda will be a fairly costly company car choice. However, the diesel’s tank just keeps on giving (you can get up to 800 miles out of it), and the car returns 72.4mpg on average, emitting just 103g/km of CO2. If you can live with its ugly rear booty, then another reason to go for the Civic in estate form is its bullet-proof reliability. The Japanese-owned company has a welldeserved reputation for making cars that stand the test of time. Furthermore, the Civic Tourer is actually built at Honda’s UK factory in Swindon, so you’ll also be able to wave the flag for British motor-manufacturing.
CHECK YOUR HEARING HEALTH The Hearing Care Centre is looking for volunteers to have their hearing tested at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.
ocal company, The Hearing Care Centre, is passionate about helping those who suffer from hearing loss. After a successful appearance at the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, The Hearing Care Centre will be coming to Norfolk to ask show-goers to see how easy and pain-free it is to have a simple check. Managing Director, Karen Finch, said, “At The Hearing Care Centre, we strive to be more than just a
company that sells hearing aids. The combination of our hearing technology and customer service allow people to be back in the real world where sound is all around us. “It is not until you lose your hearing, that you realise all of the sounds you take for granted. People have regular dental checks and eye tests, but never give their hearing a second thought. The longer an untreated hearing loss goes undetected, the quicker it will deteriorate.”
Come and say hello at the Norfolk Showground on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June, at stand 49 on Third Avenue. For further information, visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk
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