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WEDDING GUIDE Prize Suffolk venues to delight the bride-to-be

DAVID WHITELEY Meet the man behind the face of Inside Out

LOCAL BREWERIES A tour of three traditional brew houses


Our favourite stately homes and gardens


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Head to The Apex this August for an interior event that’s right up your street

Must-do September events to keep all the family amused

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Our county is blessed with some great stately houses



Pete Goodrum meets BBC anchor David Whiteley


Our resident chef loves an old-fashioned Sunday roast

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We visited three traditional local breweries this issue

28 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Chef Richard Bainbridge prepares a classic French patisserie



Be inspired by our pick of stunning Suffolk wedding venues


Our favourite fashionista shares her summer packing guidelines


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elcome to another action-packed issue of Suffolk On My Mind Magazine, the county’s premier free lifestyle magazine, packed to the rafters with must-read features, fabulous local events and exclusive interviews. This edition, we bring you a round-up of September’s calendar highlights, from charity walks and family fun days, to antiques fairs and special events held at Brandon Country Park (p8)... There’s something for each and everyone one of us! If you love nothing better than a peep inside the region’s grand stately homes, then check out our top ten on page 11. We’re really lucky to have such impressive houses and gardens on our doorstep, allowing us to step foot inside to discover their many charms for ourselves. Which will be your favourite? Or, perhaps you’d prefer a tour of a traditional Suffolk brewery (p26)? Our guide to three of the best will have you itching to explore the amazing local brewery scene. I’m sure you’ve recognised the familiar face of our cover star this issue. It’s none other than BBC presenter and Inside Out frontman, David Whiteley. Suffolk On My Mind reporter Pete Goodrum caught up with David for a coffee and a chat, and you can read his rather revealing interview on page 15. David seems just as lovely off-screen as he does when the cameras are rolling. Plus, that’s not forgetting our tried-and-tested seasonal recipe (p28), stunning wedding venue guide (p31), failsafe fashion blog (p37), and all-essential motoring review from petrol-head Tim Barnes-Clay (p43).

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DREAM OF LIVING IN A PERIOD PROPERTY? Head to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds this August for an interior event that’s right up your street.


f you live in a beautiful old house packed full of character or have recently purchased such a property and are now panicking at the peeling plaster, wonky floorboards, wobbly chimney and bowed frontage, a Bury St Edmunds estate agency is hoping to allay all those fears! Hatter Street-based character and individual property specialist, Richard Green Estate Agents, is hosting the ‘Period Home Event’, a free and interactive exhibition taking place at The Apex in Charter Square on Sunday 20th August.

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It will bring together an array of specialists in the restoration, maintenance and improvement of older houses, who will be able to answer questions, take part in one-to-one sessions, give demonstrations, and even let you have a go at some of the time-honoured traditions used to care for this country’s many historic gems.

“Bury St Edmunds is in the heart of the highest concentration of residential listed buildings in the UK,” said David Sayer, a director at Richard Green. Indeed, according to Gateway Building Control, one of the show’s exhibitors, there are an astonishing 3,200 listed buildings in the St Edmundsbury district – and a third of those are in Bury St Edmunds itself. In fact, Grade I and II listed buildings make up almost a third of the borough’s housing stock. “As specialists in the sale of period property for over 30 years, we’re frequently asked if we can recommend experts or tradespeople who can assist in the renovation or enhancement of a client’s home,” David says. “The Richard Green Period Home Event gives the ideal platform for the public to meet, face to face, those with the expertise they might require.” Among the many exhibitors are builders, chimney specialists, ironmongers, thatchers and pargeters. One such exhibitor, Orchard Barn, from Stowmarket, a social enterprise specialising in natural and traditional building projects, wants to introduce visitors to its crafts. “People can expect to get hands-on with wattle and daub, to see the timber frame repairs made by our students to 500-yearold oak timbers, and hear how we source materials, in time-honoured ways, directly

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from the landscape,” says Sarah Partridge, a spokesperson for the project. “We want to make homeowners aware of how the traditional building courses we run at Orchard Barn can help them look after their property.” There will also be information on how to extend old buildings and how to sympathetically introduce modern-day conveniences such as double glazing, a conservatory or roof lights.


And it’s not just the outside of beautiful historic homes the event concentrates on. There are all sorts of tips and tricks to be had on decorating the inside of an old house to really bring out its character, and deal with compromised natural light, low ceilings or uneven floors. Plus, when it comes to insurance, the NFU will be available to discuss protecting listed, thatched and non-standard homes, as well as advice on designing and financing a building or renovation project. The Period Home Event takes place at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 20th August, 10am to 4pm. For further information, call 01284 755552 or visit



September highlights sure to appeal to all the family.



Nowton Park, Bury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 5BD. Tel: 01473 276196. Sunday 3rd September, 12pm to 2pm. Registration is required. Adults (£20), child aged 5-15 (£10), family (£50).

Blackbourne, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9UH. Tel: 01359 241699. Sunday 3rd September, 12pm to 6pm. £2 each.


oin the fun and help raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice this September. Take part in the Colour Dash at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, running, walking or skipping your way around the route while getting showered with colourful powder paint en route. A great way to spend a couple of hours whilst showing your support for this fantastic cause.



Brandon Country Park, Bury Road, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0SU. Tel: 01842 810185. Saturday 9th September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. £10 each.

Thorpeness Country Club, The Benthills, Thorpeness, Suffolk IP16 4NU. Tel: 01702 410171. Sunday 17th September, 9am to 3.30pm. Adults (£1.50), concessions (£1).


xperience the dark of Brandon Country Park on a night-time odyssey of astronomy, wildlife encounters and sensory adventure. Enjoy an evening walk through the towering trees and embrace the dark side of the forest for the first time. Remember to bring sturdy footwear and wrap up warm! The price includes parking, a hot drink and cake to finish off the evening.



family fun day at the Blackbourne family centre with plenty of food, rides, events and live music to suit all tastes. Indulge in the fabulous food stalls (there’s even a bar serving real ales), while the children are kept amused thanks to a great line-up of star attractions including a bouncy castle and pony rides. Car parking is available.


n intimate venue by the sea, come for the antiques show and stay for the view! The first Thorpeness Antiques & Collectors Fair will be held in the intimate surroundings of Thorpeness Country Club on Sunday 17th September, packed with around 30 tables of quality items datelined prior to 1950. A must-visit for collectors and antique aficionados.

WALK WITH A FORK Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel: 01473 705034. Sunday 3rd September, 10.30am to 4pm. £23 each.


elebrate the very best of Suffolk with forks at the ready! Ormiston Families is proud to bring you an eight-mile walk around the splendid location of Helmingham Hall, exploring some of the most picturesque countryside with delicious local food waiting for you on your return, as well as little food stops along the way. A perfect day-out for food and countryside lovers alike!

AUTUMN WILD FOOD TASTER Brandon Country Park, Bury Road, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0SU. Tel: 01842 810185. Saturday 23rd September, 10.30am to 1.30pm. £10 each.


ome along and learn about wild edible plants from Brandon Country Park’s friendly wildlife expert Jon Tyler, who will be showing visitors his identification tips, offering guidance and providing the opportunity to taste some seasonal wild food treats. The price for the Autumn Wild Food Taster includes parking and all seasonal wild nibbles to be enjoyed in the walled garden. To advertise call 01953 456789


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HISTORIC HOUSES Our guide to the area’s most picturesque stately homes and gardens.

Melford Hall

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Lavenham Guildhall ©National Trust Images


The abbey of Bury St Edmunds was once among the richest Benedictine monasteries in England until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It was a centre of pilgrimage as the burial place of the AngloSaxon martyr-king Saint Edmund. The gardens are open every day and now comprise a bowling green, play area, putting green and tennis courts.


A beautiful Tudor mansion house within Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Christchurch Mansion is a Grade I listed building housing a fabulous collection of pottery, glass, art and paintings by Constable and Gainsborough –

the biggest collection outside London – along with other artists inspired by the landscapes of East Anglia. There are rooms preserved as past inhabitants would have known them, from a sumptuous Georgian saloon, to a more humble Victorian wing with its display of children’s toys and dolls’ houses.


A magnificent example of a late 12th century castle, designed both as a stronghold and as a symbol of power and status. Architecturally, the castle is notable for its curtain wall with mural towers, an early example of this design. Today, Framlingham Castle is managed by English Heritage and runs as a tourist attraction. Entry also includes access to the Lanman Trust’s Museum of local history.


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A neoclassical building set in Suffolk parkland, Ickworth House was the residence of the Marquess of Bristrol before being sold to the National Trust in 1998. It is famous for its huge central rotunda, flanked by two massive wings, which now house important collections of paintings, fine family portraits, ambassadorial silver and regency furniture. The extensive grounds offer opportunities to burn off some energy, while refreshments are available in the tea rooms on site.

Hedingham Castle



Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting House in Friars Street in 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The museum opened to the public in 1961, operating as an independent charitable trust, collecting, curating and display great works of art.

A stately home in Long Melford, boasting a hall, outbuildings, rare breeds farm and gardens, Kentwell Hall is open at various times throughout the year. Most of the current building façade dates from the mid-16th century, but its origins are much earlier, with references in the Domesday Book of 1086. The moat house with dairy, bakehouse and brewhouse are all set up to reflect the times, while there are also ample gardens to walk around. The little ones are guaranteed to love seeing the Suffolk Punch horses, giant donkeys, goats, pigs and fowl.

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Hedingham Castle is the best preserved Normal keep in the whole of England. It is 110 feet high, with four floors to explore, including a magnificent banqueting hall, spanned by a remarkable 28-foot arch. A visit to the castle and grounds is ideal for a family outing, as there is a variety of special events throughout the year, such as jousting tournaments, bringing its colourful history alive.


The Tollemache family has resided at Helmingham for many hundreds of years. The hall and the old oak trees that you see today have seen much of the history of England pass before them, along with many generations of the family. Completed in 1510, the hall is surrounded by a deep moat, serene gardens and a 400-acre deer park comprising large herds of red and fallow deer. The Tollemache family enjoy sharing their gorgeous gardens with the public. A relaxing tour makes for a perfect day-out for everyone. To advertise call 01953 456789

Christchurch Mansion


One of the finest preserved 16th century timber-framed buildings in Britain, Lavenham Guildhall was at the centre of what was once one of the richest towns in England. To reflect its prosperity, four guilds were established in the town by the local merchant families. The most important of these was the wool guild, which founded the Guildhall Corpus Christi in 1529. Given the dominance of the cloth and wool trade, the Guildhall soon came to function as the town’s principal meeting place and centre of business. With the decline of the wool trade and Lavenham’s prosperity, its role changed, and the Guildhall was then used as the workhouse. Today, fascinating exhibitions give you an insight into the area’s rich history.


At first sight, the thrusting turrets and elegant Elizabethan banqueting house of Melford Hall look very much as they would have done when Elizabeth I visited with 2,000 courtiers in 1578. Belonging to a naval family, the house is filled with fine nautical paintings and plunder looted from a Spanish ship in 1762. As well as being one of the earliest country houses in Britain to have central heating, Melford Hall was also visited by Beatrix Potter, a cousin of the family, who sketched here, and it is home to the original Jemima Puddleduck doll. The house is now in the care of the National Trust.


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Pete Goodrum talks to BBC presenter and Inside Out frontman, David Whiteley.

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s we sip our first cup of coffee, I begin by asking David about his early life. He was born in Rochford, Essex, and grew up in Leigh-onSea. His education started there, although he says, “I wasn’t a great fan of school.” He went to The Deanes School in Thundersley, which he says ‘is posher now’, but quickly adds that it was going to Sea Scouts that interested him most. “I loved it, camping and sailing on the Thames Estuary.” Such distractions didn’t stop him doing quite well in his GCSEs, although it was a performance that wasn’t sustained when it came to A Levels. “I didn’t do too well in them”, he said. Not tempted by re-sits or university, David found some work at Essex FM. They were, he says, great days in commercial radio, and things happened quickly. On his first day, he interviewed a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, and the piece went out that same evening. “I loved it”, he added. And David was hooked. Well, almost. They put him in the newsroom. “I didn’t want to be in the newsroom. I wanted to be a DJ.” It didn’t deter him though. Quite the contrary. He worked there for free, supporting himself with jobs in a chip shop and a boat yard. Any ideas of continuing his education were now shelved. David Whiteley was going to be in radio. He’s reflective about his start in the media, and goes so far as to say, “I’m not sure I’d recommend my route to young people now.” At 19, he was officially taken on as a trainee journalist, and was soon reporting and presenting the evening news programme. Within a year, he’d been approached by BBC Essex to go and work for them. David explains, “To be honest, I was a little reluctant at first. I was having a good time. It was the work hard, play hard ethic, and I liked it.” But, he went. And what happened next is something that recurs in David’s career. An uncertainty at first, followed by falling in love with it. The uncertainty, in this case, lasted about a week. But, he was soon in his stride, getting up at 4am, presenting the news programme, and doing bits of TV reporting for Look East. Look East must have been impressed because they asked him to come to Norwich and join them. Again, he wasn’t sure at first. But, he went. About a week later, David fell in


love with it. He adds, “I really did. I loved – and still do! – the city, the people, the work.” Quite why this pattern of initial uncertainty followed by total enthusiasm repeated itself is, at first, hard to understand. This isn’t a man who lacks confidence, or talent. But, as our conversation progresses, I begin to see what it’s all about. David Whiteley has to be absolutely certain that he can deliver. If he can’t do the job to the highest of standards, he’s not going to be happy. Which is probably why he is a happy man – because he does his job superbly. Nowadays, of course, David straddles radio and TV, and I ask him if he has a first love in either of them. He smiles broadly and says that that’s a bit like asking someone to choose a favourite from their children. Pausing to think, he adds, “The odd thing is, looking back at it now, having started in radio, it was only when I’d appeared on TV that I got the opportunity to do real radio s hows.” And he really does do real radio shows. Treasure Quest is hugely popular, as was his Saturday Show. He also presented Wake Up With Whiteley for almost 7 years, and often covered the Nick Conrad show too. As for TV, he presents news programmes, of course, but the big one is Inside Out. He is a producer, he’s the series director, and he fronts it. The show covers stories of real interest, and is broadcast into eight different counties. Just back from filming overseas, he has a very demanding schedule. As has his wife and fellow BBC presenter, Amelia Reynolds. They live south of Norwich, and have two daughters. David says, “I couldn’t possibly do what I do without the support of my wife”. They plainly carry out a juggling act of school runs and children’s activities. Press him on what he likes to do in any spare time, and time with Amelia and the girls comes out top. That said, he’s a keen runner, and has completed marathons. He’s also a dedicated surfer. “I took it up after doing a piece about it on Inside Out some years ago.” He surfs in the North Sea all year round, and is patron of the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club. Time’s up, so we say our goodbyes, and David gives me a memory stick with the pictures for this column. (See? Total professional!) Outside, it’s a lovely, sunny day, and there’s a definite spring in my step. But it’s not the caffeine. It’s time spent with a man who really does know how to connect.



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ALL OR NOTHING The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is offering a step back in time, to the swinging sixties no less!

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he Small Faces musical sensation, All or Nothing, tours the UK from September on its third major outing. The show, which opened to critical acclaim and nightly standing ovations at The Vaults Theatre in London before heading out on the first of two UK tours, announced recently that total ticket sales have topped over £1 million! And the third autumn tour will begin at our very own Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were workingclass free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas.


Written and directed by the award-winning actress Carol Harrison, All or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott; four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and, above all, talent. They became the Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, both

clothes-obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to rhythm and blues. This quintessentially British Mod musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces, featuring an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and, of course, All Or Nothing. Book early to avoid disappointment, as this show will be as popular in Bury St Edmunds as it has already proved to be across the rest of the UK.

All or Nothing is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd September. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit

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YOU SHOULD GET OUT MORE! Written by David Morris

Photographer David Morris loves to come home after a trip overseas.


f you really want to appreciate Norfolk, you should leave. Well, for a couple of weeks anyway. Go abroad. They do things differently there. Hopefully, you won’t come back just rested and relaxed; if you exercise your eyes, you’ll marvel at all the things you take for granted in your home county. Take our famous windmills and wind pumps, for example. They are everywhere in Norfolk, loved by tourists, but mostly ignored by the locals. In Spain, like Norfolk, they add a vital point of interest to the scenery. There are large areas of Spain where nothing appears to be happening, no sign of human life (you see the similarities obviously). But, the Spanish windmills are a different design from ours, clumped together on wind-favoured ridges, servicing small towns and communities. A plainer, simpler version of what we are used to. If Spanish windmills are puritan in style, their churches are more exuberant. A celebration of life, art and the environment. Inside, they are dark, mysterious places, rich with incense. Norfolk churches, on the other hand, favour a more austere exterior, with the delightful touch of the odd round tower. Inside, they are all gloriously lit from huge, elegant windows, so that nothing may escape the light of the world.

The more we have in common, the more differences you can see. Take the way we live. On the continent, they favour open windows and balconies. Here, we favour wall-to-wall carpets. OK, that’s unfair, they have the weather for such things, we don’t. But, lots of warm weather means folk live their lives more outside than inside, and you can see this in their love of exterior design, and in their use of vibrant colours. The French will take any opportunity to show off stylish design, from clothes to cars. It’s all there for the taking, a feast for your eyes. Nobody loves or breathes the sea more than the tribes of Norfolk (or so we like to believe), but once you are abroad, you’ll find the passion for all things nautical is pretty much the same everywhere. The only difference is how we shape and colour anything that floats. And it’s not just the floaty stuff that looks different. From lighthouses to beach huts, you are going to be in for a surprise. French beach huts along the Normandy coast seem to stick to a rigorous colour code, and we are supposed to do the same here, except the British cheerfully

Spanish Windmills



Green Lighthouse

Spanish Church

Very French

“SPANISH WINDMILLS ARE A DIFFERENT DESIGN FROM OURS, CLUMPED TOGETHER ON WIND-FAVOURED RIDGES, SERVICING SMALL TOWNS AND COMMUNITIES” ignore any rules or regulations. We favour beach huts in any colour or design you fancy. But, just take a look at this French beach hut. The regulation here obviously is to stick to plain white, except for this individual who cheekily declared his independence by flagging up a blue door. It’s not just what you see, the interesting bit is more often what you are being told. So, take yourself off to another country with a camera and a sharp set of eyes. You’ll come back refreshed, and hopefully with a keener appreciation of just what makes your county tick.

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FOOD OF LOVE Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef

Chef Harry Farrow of The Anchor Inn, Morston and The Hero, Burnham Overy Staithe knows how to do a traditional Sunday roast, so gather up the family for lunch.


or me, the provenance of the meat that we serve our customers is key, so that’s why we have built relationships with local Norfolk butchers who share the same traditional values as we do. It’s all about high quality meat with as few food miles are possible, ensuring a product that won’t be beaten on taste. E. H. Prior & Sons is a fourth generation family butcher, founded in King’s Lynn in 1930. With three butchers’ shops to their name, conveniently located in Dersingham, Creake Abbey and Knights Hill, they are passionate about keeping it local, sourcing their meat from Norfolk farms where the animals can graze on grass. Their ethicallyfarmed buffalo results in a joint that just melts in the mouth! When it comes to the quintessential Sunday roast, you can’t beat a rib of Norfolk beef (ours is sourced from Norfolk butcher Arthur Howell), served with a heap of seasonal vegetables, homemade Yorkshire puddings and gravy. For something a bit different, E. H. Prior’s water buffalo reared on the nearby Sandringham Estate is a fantastic alternative,

and can be cooked in a variety of different ways. If the weather is looking good, go for some buffalo mince, make your own juicy burgers, and fire up the barbecue. After all, Sundays are made for spending quality time with the family, rain or shine! For the vegetarians among us, local farmer Jonny Cubitt supplies both our pubs with lovely, colourful marrows that can be diced and roasted, or stuffed with feta and pomegranate, then sprinkled with nuts, for a delicious veggie meal. They also make a great side dish for meat eaters. Because they are quite mild, marrows work really well with strong flavours such as chilli, garlic, herbs and spices, and you even turn them into a chutney to accompany your cheeseboard. The fruit of the moment is the gooseberry, so be inspired to round off your Sunday lunch or barbecue with an old-fashioned gooseberry fool. Perfect for the last days of summer, this timeless dessert can be ready in minutes, so you can escape the kitchen to make the most of the remaining sunshine. Bon appétit!

“WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUINTESSENTIAL SUNDAY ROAST, YOU CAN’T BEAT A RIB OF NORFOLK BEEF” For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit


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.

01263 741392 The Street, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7AA

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CONTACTS E. H. Prior & Sons Tel: 01485 542589. Creake Abbey Tel: 01328 730399. Knights Hill Tel: 01553 670697. Arthur Howell Tel: 01328 710228. Jonny Cubitt Tel: 07853 875713. To advertise call 01953 456789



BREWERIES Where better to whet your whistle than in a traditional local brewery house?




ancy doing something a little bit different? For those of you who have yet to visit the home of Adnams in the lovely seaside town of Southwold, you are in for a treat. Behind the walls of the Victorian building lies one of the most modern breweries in the UK, with the addition of a brand new distillery. Come and explore behind the scenes and discover how they create their awardwinning beers and spirits, or get creative and make your very own gin! Adnams brews a distinctive range of authentic beers from the finest of ingredients, each with its own fresh and unique character, designed for discerning drinkers who seek out brands with personality and style. Be inspired to see for yourself! 4 Drayman Square,Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6GB. Tel: 01502 727225.



uffolk’s newest brewery, specialising in premium lagers made using traditional methods including locally grown and malted barley, Calvors Brewery aims to provide the local market with fine craft beers. Its first pub showcasing the great range of delicious lagers and ales was opened in 2012. The Rampant Horse is a beautiful 16th century freehouse located in Needham Market, only a short distance away from the brewery itself. Along with the craft lagers and ales, there’s a fantastic seasonal menu of fresh local ingredients, so you can sample some good food as well as enjoying the beers! The pub also stocks a variety of bottles and four-pint flagons for you to take home. Home Farm, Coddenham Green, Ispwich, Suffolk IP6 9UN. Tel: 01449 711055.



t Peter’s Brewery was built in 1996 and is housed in an attractive range of traditional former agricultural buildings. Locally malted barley is used, together with Kentish hops, to produce the classical English cask-conditioned ales. The company also produces some superb bottled beers, as well as more unusual ones combining fruit and honey, as was common practice up to the 19th century. A tour of the Bungay-based brewery will take you on a journey through the brewing process, tell the story of the history of the company, as well as provide a tutored beer tasting following the walk around. And as a memento of your visit, you will be given a beer bottle to take away with you. St Peter’s Hall, St Peter South Elmham, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1NQ. Tel: 01986 782322.

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THE WOW FACTOR Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, shows how to make the most of this season’s bounty‌ Freshly-picked strawberries.



he Fraisier cake is a modern-day classic, what patisserie dreams are made of! A true celebration of juicy English strawberries, combined with lashings of thick cream, this

classic French cake will go down well at birthday parties and summer gatherings. Guaranteed to impress your guests, it is tricky to achieve, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get it right.

FRAISIER CAKE INGREDIENTS FOR THE GENOESE SPONGE 250g plain flour 8 medium eggs 250g caster sugar 60g melted butter


FOR THE PASTRY CREAM 100g egg yolk 120g caster sugar 50g cornflour 500g milk 50g salted butter 1 vanilla pod 8 gelatine leaves (hydrate the gelatine in cold water) 200g firm whipped double cream

FOR THE VANILLA SYRUP 2 vanilla pods 320g water 150g caster sugar


1-1.5kg English strawberries

FOR THE GLAZE 100g apricot jam

METHOD Pre-heat oven to 190oC. To make the sponge, place the eggs and sugar into a Kenwood bowl and whisk for about 12 minutes, or until it has doubled in size and leaves a thick ribbon trail. Lightly shower the flour in, delicately folding it in with a plastic spatula. Then add the melted butter. Pour the mixture onto a lined baking tray (20cm by 30cm), and spread your sponge mix out over the whole tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes. When cooked, remove from the oven and turn out onto a cooking rack. Place a cloth on top and allow to cool. For the pastry cream, place your egg yolks, sugar and cornflour into a bowl and whisk until pale in colour. Place the milk and vanilla pod onto a medium heat and slowly bring to the boil. Once your milk is boiling, pour into the bowl over the egg mixture and whisk continuously. When completely mixed, transfer back into the pan and place on a low heat, whisking all the time. You are now looking for the custard to start to thicken. Allow the flour to cook out. (It is quite hard work at this point to make sure you don’t let the cream stick to the bottom.) Once cooked out (about 5 minutes), squeeze your gelatine leaves of any existing water and add to the cream mixture. Keep whisking until the gelatine is incorporated. Place into a bowl and allow to cool. Once cooled, slightly fold the To advertise call 01953 456789

whipped cream into the cooked cream and mix well. Place into a piping bag with a piping nozzle. For the syrup, place everything into a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. To build the Fraisier cake, place the 24cm dessert/ cake ring on a clean tray lined with baking paper. Now cut the sponge out to fill the dessert ring and place on the bottom. Pipe a layer of the diplomat cream all over the base. Brush well with the vanilla syrup. Using your halved strawberries, line them around with the cut side against the mould. Continue to fill with the diplomat cream until three quarters of the way up the strawberries, then add another layer of strawberries, and finish with a final layer of the sponge. Brush the vanilla syrup on top. Completely cover the top of the cake with the cream and smooth all over. To finish, arrange the last of the strawberries on top, and using the warmed glaze, lightly brush all over. Place your cake in the fridge and allow to set. Bring out from the fridge and remove the ring. Place onto a cake stand and leave to sit at room temperature for at least an hour prior to serving.




s owner and editor, it’s a great privilege to be able to produce my series of magazines – Dispatch, FineCity, Norfolk on My Mind and Suffolk on My Mind. The hours are long, at least 70 hours each week, which means many late nights, early starts and weekends in the office. In addition to my publishing company, I have also been building an additional business in the little-known world of network marketing, where I spend just a few hours a week investing in my future. In the traditional world of work, the boss may ask you to work the occasional overtime, at which nine times out of ten we agree to do,

and they pay you the average hourly rate of around £12 per hour. In the world of network marketing, you work that hour now and get paid for it, but then the following month you get paid again, and again, and again, and again (for that one hour’s work you did months or even years ago!). This is called residual income, and I really like this concept! In addition to the money I receive, which incidentally is around £200 per hour currently, and rising to £300 per hour, I was also recently presented with the Mini, shown here, because I invested approximately five hours a week for the past few years, and reached a criteria which I could choose how quickly or slowly I achieved it. In the fullness of time, residual income will reach a point where it fulfils the average UK salary being earned, but you are still just investing your five hours each week. Invest a little more time, and do it for a little longer, and the sky’s the limit! I’d really welcome the opportunity to show you what I am doing, as you may feel you’d like to do it too. It may not be for you, but at least you will have the information to make that decision, rather than me denying you the opportunity. I just need 10 minutes to show you, plus the time to answer any questions you may have. How soon can I pop round to show you, during the day, one evening, one weekday or at the weekend, for a coffee and a chat?



Why venture far afield when Suffolk has such stunning scenery, rolling countryside and magnificent manor houses in which to tie the knot?

Hintlesham Hall

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Woodhall Manor


Tuddenham Mill


uffolk is a truly romantic wedding location, whether you crave the charm of the countryside or the allure of the coast. A beautiful county with a great choice of venues to suit everyone’s taste, from grand stately homes to romantic boutique hotels, here’s our guide to getting married in the county.


If you’re looking for all-out grandeur, then exclusive use of a historic hall is perfect for you. Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich is a romantic Suffolk country house nestling within 175 acres of gorgeous gardens. A wonderful historic venue that’s sure to impress your guests, you can choose between three opulent dining rooms for your wedding breakfast of up to 120 guests. There are exquisite wedding menus available, or you can create a bespoke menu reflecting your own tastes and ideas. Use of the 32 double bedrooms is included in your wedding package, ensuring a complete wedding service from start to finish. Woodhall Manor offers an exclusive setting for a dream wedding in a charming Elizabethan manor house, dating back to 1566. Situated a stone’s throw from the Suffolk Heritage Coast, it features elegant dining rooms, a fabulous banqueting suite and immaculately landscaped grounds. Following the ceremony, Woodhall Manor can prepare a wedding breakfast for up to 140 guests, or a buffet for 200. The 14 luxury en suite bedrooms can accommodate overnight guests, with a honeymoon suite for the newly married couple. Helmingham Hall near Stowmarket is a moated Tudor hall set within a 400-acre deer park, and boasts the most incredible Grade I listed gardens. The lovely coach house provides a fantastic backdrop for your civil ceremony, while drinks and canapés in the gardens will ensure plenty of photograph opportunities. A marquee is placed in front of the hall for the evening reception, or the coach house itself ensures the ideal environment for more intimate celebrations.

If you’re looking for a stylish, romantic wedding venue, Tuddenham Mill is a sympathetically restored watermill set in a picturesque spot, surrounded by 12 acres of enchanting Suffolk countryside. Its reputation for fine food and wine, chic décor and tranquil surroundings all come together to make sure your day is a truly unique experience. And when the sun sets, there are 20 bedrooms for your guests to stay over in ultimate comfort.

Tattersalls Park Paddocks specialise in creating bespoke weddings tailored to your every requirement. The venue is like nowhere else, and no other event will be held on the premises during your special day. With high standards of cuisine and service, your reception and wedding breakfast will take place in the spacious banqueting rooms, catering for up to 200 guests.

With over 40 years’ experience in hosting weddings, Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa is located in 300 acres of idyllic Constable countryside between Ipswich and Sudbury, which overlooks a private lake. With a variety of function rooms, you can choose exactly the right one for you. The hotel also has 80 contemporary bedrooms and 10 country lodges to accommodate travelling guests.


Get married and hold your reception at Jimmy’s Farm, where a 17th century barn means you can celebrate your wedding in style. Set within an old-fashioned working farm, you can wander through ancient woodland, get close to nature, and enjoy incredible seasonal food. Accommodating up to 120 guests for a sit-down meal, or 150 for a more relaxed option, a dedicated wedding planner is with you every step of the way.

Claremont Pier

If an alternative, quirky wedding venue appeals, go for a pier on the Suffolk coast! Claremont Pier in Lowestoft is just the ticket for brides who like to be different, with a wide range of entertainment options, and a delicious three-course wedding breakfast provided by the Belle Catering team. Be inspired to bring your wedding day wishes to life!


The problem with Suffolk isn’t finding a lavish wedding hotel, it is narrowing it down to just one! Many offer a complete package and total peace of mind, with their own event planners to guarantee your special day runs smoothly. The Hangar at Kesgrave Hall is a glamorous location for your big day. Opened in early 2014, this Suffolk venue has quickly become one of the most exciting places to party in East Anglia, perfect for weddings with 80 to 300 guests. The ceiling is reminiscent of a starry sky, setting the scene for your first dance. Plus, there are 23 luxury bedrooms in which to retire after dancing the night away!

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Kesgrave Hall


IMPROVE YOUR HEARING, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Karen Finch, Managing Director and Audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre Ltd, loves hearing from patients who enjoy the benefits of hearing aids.


atients often tell us of the joy of hearing all the sounds again that make up everyday life; birds singing, raindrops on the windowpane, and leaves rustling in the breeze. Gone is the embarrassment of constantly having to ask people to repeat what they said, and the red-faced moments when they thought they did hear, but in fact, misheard. And they say they can once more enjoy the TV, or listen to radio or music, because their partners stop complaining that the volume is far too loud. But, most of all, they lose the sense of isolation they had felt because they weren’t able to communicate with family and friends. They no

Karen Finch fitting a hearing instrument to a patient


longer avoid social gatherings because they don’t have to struggle to hear, and take part in, conversations because of the background noise. The first step in enjoying all these benefits is to make an appointment to have a hearing test and discuss the dozens of options that are available to you. Our range of hearing instruments is wide and our audiologists are highly trained to help you make the right choice to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and pocket. Once your new hearing aids are programmed for you and fitted, you can try them out for a while, with a refund if you don’t agree that they have changed your life.

This month, my team and I are encouraging anyone struggling with their hearing to come for a free hearing assessment at our Bury St Edmunds clinic on Wednesday 23rd August, from 9am to 5pm. Save yourself from having to pay our normal consultation fee of £20. Appointments can be booked by calling 01473 230330.

RAISE A GLASS Written by Liddy Goodrum @littlehorsebox

So, you are getting married, you have your venue, the dress, the flowers, the cars – but what about drinks? Liddy Goodrum, owner of The Little Horse Box mobile wine bar, has got it sussed.


eddings are a celebration and a time to relax and make lasting memories, so you need to make sure that your guests are well-watered. But, how do you go about this? Well, there are a few options. You could set up your own DIY wedding bar, which sounds simple in theory. However, you might be surprised as to how much is involved. You will need a bar, refrigeration, enough booze, glassware, people to serve the drinks, ice, washing-up facilities, and then there’s all the clearing up. Plus, there’s always the fear of running out of drinks, or you may overestimate the alcohol and buy too much, spending a fortune. It’s not always the best idea when you’re working on a budget. A professional bar hire company will take the hassle out of all of that. The Little Horse Box is a beautiful mobile horse box bar, offering couples something uniquely special. We provide bespoke drinks packages, and every event is individual to us. When you first make contact, we love hearing all about your big day, from the venue and number of guests, to your theme and favourite beverages. We would then have a chat about how you would like your drinks to be served and presented, and go from there. We can assist with everything from arrival drinks and toasts, to reception drinks, glass refills and drinks in the evening.

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We are passionate about keeping it local, so where possible, we will source Norfolk tipples for you, giving you and your guests something different. Nelson’s Gold Caramel & English vodka is a real favourite with our brides. Then there’s the gorgeous Bacchus wine, produced by Flint Vineyard in Earsham. Both of these companies are newly launched and Norfolkbased husband and wife teams. Norfolk ales and craft lagers are often winners with the grooms and their guests. The beer company we use is The Norfolk Brewhouse, and we just can’t get enough of their Moon Gazer Golden ale, DewHopper Norfolk lager and StubbleStag Premium lager. So, be inspired to make your day one to remember by creating your own drinks package tailored to suit your every requirement. Choose from our gorgeous wine list, fill the horse box with your favourites, or why not come up with your own signature his and hers cocktails? Past favourites have included Champagne popsicles, cotton candy Champagne cocktails, royal wedding punch, and raspberry limoncello prosecco. It’s all in the detail, so make sure you don’t overlook this very important element. After all, nobody wants to see an empty glass at a wedding! For further information on The Little Horse Box, call 01362 420491 or visit




SO, WHAT’S IN YOUR SUITCASE? Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahLoisRelove

Personal stylist Sarah Morgan shares her holidays packing guidelines, and maybe she’ll be able to follow her own advice?

White Stuff Celia linen jersey tee, price on request, at Blossom & Green

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White Stuff Little Pot jersey shirt and Rosie shorts, prices on request, at Blossom & Green



’ll confess, I’m useless at packing. I’m an intuitive dresser, I like to open my wardrobe and wear what I feel like wearing. Being confined to a pre-determined selection is my idea of misery. And despite knowing the rules, the night before a holiday inevitably finds me in

my dressing room, on the floor with a sherry, wondering if it wouldn’t be easier to stay at home. So, I’m writing this as much for me as you. I have a ‘hot’ holiday coming up, so I’m going to pretend I am my own client, and quite frankly, get a grip. Here goes!








Dressing from the feet up is very important if, like me, you’re not great at loafing under a sun brolly. Hot weather makes the comfiest shoes give me blisters, so I always take old sandals I can walk miles in. I’ll also take a slightly higher pair for evenings. Many ‘how to pack’ blogs tell you to take non-creasing clothes in synthetic fibres. Having lived in the tropics for a while, I can tell you this is a hideous idea. Any sniff of humidity, and man-made fibres will stick to your clammy bits, and that’s never attractive. Opt for cotton, linen or silk. You’ll just have to get over the fact they’ll be creased when you take them out of your case. Hang them in a steamy bathroom for a while, and anyway, who really minds a bit of wrinkle if it means you’re cool? Keep it really simple. I tend to take around five dresses for a week, and ring the changes with accessories. Actually, that’s what I do most of the time, whether on holiday or not. It means I have a very small wardrobe of simple clothes, and a million scarves. It works for me. Cheap dress, expensive shoes, never the other way round. This nugget was bestowed on me by my Aunty Betty, a very stylish lady. And it works. On holiday, that applies to bags, sunglasses, sandals, hats and jewellery. Good quality accessories will elevate any outfit and take up very little space. Photography. Might sound daft, but chances are the camera will come out more often than it does at home. So, before you go, get the hard skin scraped off your heels, moustache touched-up, roots done, and nails painted. You’ll feel so much more glamorous, and it will save you having a paddy when you see your snaps! Actually, the truth is, the only person worrying about any of this is you. If you wear the same bikini and sarong for a week, and have a darn good time, return with happy memories and the minimum of blisters, that’s a holiday from heaven!

Sarah Morgan is a personal stylist and owner of Lois Reloved boutique dress agency. For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit

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Lowestoft Town Football Club has announced its first ever stadium sponsor.


owestoft Town Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement with Amber Dew Events Limited, who will become the club’s first ever stadium naming rights partner. The Trawlerboys home, Crown Meadow, will now be called The Amber Dew Events Stadium, after a two-year deal with the company was agreed. The initial term will be until the summer of 2019, with the Trawlerboys officially playing their first game under the Amber Dew Events brand against Norwich City on 8th July for their first major pre-season friendly. The agreement will also see the Amber Dew Events name and branding prominently visible, both internally and externally at the stadium, along with our digital media. Amber Dew Events Limited, who were formed in November 2015 and based in Norwich, are a dynamic event management company, providing event promotion and organisation primarily across the sporting spectrum, as well as delivering bespoke tournaments, events and unique experiences for corporate, sports fanatics, enthusiasts, amateurs and novices across Norfolk, East Anglia and the UK. Featuring a range of sports including darts, snooker, cycling, white water rafting, rowing, beach volleyball, formula one, football, boxing and athletics, they create professional sporting events, designed to engage their audience, challenge competitors and, most of all, inspire all who take part. Anything from tournaments, corporate entertaining and fundraising, to individual pursuits, challenges and team building, they can work with you to create a truly exclusive and inspirational event. With their professional connections and contacts in the world of



sport, Amber Dew Events also offer unique opportunities to include sporting legends, medallists, Olympians and icons at your event, providing a perfect opportunity for corporate organisations, clubs and individuals.

and the drive and ambition within the club is very evident with all involved. A good run in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy tournaments would provide great exposure to both the football club and Amber Dew Events brands as both national cup tournaments, and provide additional TV, radio, news editorials and other media coverage. Amber Dew Events are looking forward to working closely with Lowestoft Town Football Club, and as two sporting businesses, we are sure this partnership is well-aligned, providing a mutual platform to further enhance the success and ambitions of both the football club and Amber Dew Events.”

LTFC Commercial Manager, Sam Hossack, said, “This is undoubtedly a ground-breaking agreement for Lowestoft Town Football Club, and one that we are all absolutely thrilled about. We look forward to welcoming Amber Dew Events as our stadium naming rights partner.” “This is a deal we have worked hard towards on both sides for a number of weeks. After initially speaking with Lord Russell Baker in regards to hosting an Amber Dew Event here at the football club last year, we stayed in touch. This was an opportunity that he was very interested in, and after a few weeks of talks, we came to a mutual agreement, an agreement that we are very excited about.’ ’ Lord Russell Baker, Managing Director and Founder of Amber Dew Events Ltd, said,

“On behalf of Amber Dew Events Ltd, I am personally delighted and extremely excited about entering into a partnership agreement with Lowestoft Town Football Club. The new ground name, The Amber Dew Events Stadium, presents an exciting opportunity to raise the Amber Dew Events brand in East Anglia and beyond. Lowestoft Town Football Club aims to regain their national league status,

Lowestoft originally played at the Crown Meadow Athletics Ground, which shared part of the same site as the modern Crown Meadow. In 1889, they moved to a ground in North Denes, but returned to the new Crown Meadow in 1894. It was opened with a match against Lowestoft Harriers on 22nd September 1894. And for the first time in its rich history, the club has found its first ever stadium sponsor, now named The Amber Dew Events Stadium. Congratulations! Photo by Shirley D Whitlow

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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF LINCOLNSHIRE Suffolk On My Mind has teamed up with Belton Woods to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a spa break at the hotel worth over £200.


et in 475 acres of stunning Lincolnshire countryside, Belton Woods in Grantham is the perfect place to escape for a relaxing short break. Whether it’s business or pleasure, get away from it all thanks to the hotel’s tranquil surroundings. Plus, there are lots of fun-filled activities to keep everyone entertained, from a spot of quad-biking to a round of croquet, or simply a walk in the woods. Perhaps the pièce de résistance, the hotel spa is guaranteed to leave you feeling instantly reenergised. Let the weight lift from your shoulders as you step inside. Complete with heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and steam room, sit back and unwind as your worries are soothed away. Be sure to treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment, from a luxurious ESPA facial, to a deeply relaxing massage therapy. And then there’s the golf. A PGA championship approved venue no less, Belton Woods is a

golfer’s paradise! There’s nothing quite like that final chip over the water to the 18th hole for the perfect finish. With three challenging courses to play, you won’t find anywhere else like it in the East Midlands. Combining the finest of food made using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and comfortable rooms with everything you could need for a memorable stay, Belton Woods is the ideal retreat to recharge those batteries. Belton Woods is offering two people the chance to experience a one-night stay in a double or twin room together with a twocourse dinner in the Brasserie, full English breakfast, spa treatments, and full use of the leisure facilities. What could be more tempting? To find out more about Belton Woods, call 01476 593200 or visit our-locations/belton-woods

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 Belton Woods for two people including spa treatments, 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 30th November 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’ .



Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the Ford Fiesta ST200.



he ST200 has only one power unit – and it’s exactly the same 1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol engine found under the bonnet of the ‘ordinary’ Fiesta ST. The big difference is that Ford has given it a shot-in-the-arm so that it has 17 more horses than usual, producing 197bhp rather than 180bhp. You can ratchet clout up even further, albeit briefly, to 212bhp. It is only enhanced for 15 seconds by utilising the Fiesta ST200’s overboost feature, but, behind the wheel, it’s noticeable – and huge fun. As with the regular Fiesta ST, the ST200 comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The gear shift action is smooth and positive, and the quick changing cogs help to propel the car from zero to 62mph in just 6.7secs. Top speed is a sizzling 143mph.That makes the ST200 0.2secs quicker than the normal Fiesta ST on the 0-62mph dash, and 4mph faster at the top end of the dial. Official fuel economy is 46.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 140g/km. The standard ST’s figures are 47.9mpg and 138g/km respectively. Aesthetically, the Ford Fiesta ST200 radiates masculinity, with a special grey paint job, or ‘Storm Grey’ to give it its sexier moniker. The spicier-than-usual hot-hatch is also

furnished with smart brightware in the cabin, and it comes fitted with 17inch matt black alloy wheels and sporty red brake callipers. Other factory-fitted kit comprises semi-leather front sports seats and an infotainment system that can be operated with your voice. As with the Fiesta ST, Ford’s ST200 provides optimised cornering and dexterity using up-to- the-minute technology. This includes Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and three-mode Electronic Stability Control, unique front and rear spring and damper settings with a 15mm lower centre of gravity, a sharper steering ratio, and an enhanced braking system. The Fiesta ST200 can be ordered now and is making its way to UK Ford showrooms as you read this. Pricing for the ST200 starts at £22,745... That’s £5,000 more than the standard Fiesta ST! The Fiesta ST is still up there with the best in the hot-hatch segment, making it a tough car to beat. But, the ST200 is the one enthusiasts will go for – if they have the cash. It brings a grin to your face when it accelerates, and embraces corners warmly and tightly. What’s more, the Fiesta’s sports seats keep you in place securely when tackling the bendiest bits of blacktop.



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Max speed: 143 mph 0-62mph: 6.7 secs Combined mpg: 46.3 Engine layout: 1596cc 4-cylinder 16v turbo petrol • Max power (bhp): 197 • CO2: 140 g/km • Price: £22,745


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.

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Suffolk on My Mind - Summer 2017  

The 2017 Summer Edition on Suffolk on My Mind Magazine which covers Suffolk and in particular the wonderful town of Bury St Edmunds.