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Vanilla hand picks the best gifts for Mum

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Ipswich’s new mobile masseuse

51 RESTORE THE CORE! Advice from Nina at Suffolk Wellness




The best Spring offerings from local boutiques

with Strutt & Parker

33 MORTGAGE ADVICE from the Ipswich Mortgage Centre






Beauty entrepreneur, Sue Adams, on how the industry has changed



Looking at the no-blame divorce




32 THE MONEY MAN Talking about talking!


The charm of Crucial Trading floor coverings

New local talent about to make it big





Positive mindset coach




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70 Your guide to local entertainment...





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Spring is in the air! It’s out with the old and in with the new! Now’s the time to give your wardrobe a breadth of fresh air. We give you a taster of the gorgeous clothes arriving by the day into our local boutiques.


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Editorial Laura Hall Advertising Michelle Nicoll Contributors Sylvaine Poitau, Louise & Anthony Cullen, Sue Adams, Sonia Mermagen, Lucy Ohsten and Tami Fehrmann Thanks to All our readers, supporters and advertisers

Talking of style, we are also proud to feature some of our fabulous local talent... Jacqueline Dawson, Vivienne Hegarty, Robson Stannard and Maria Callisto. Take note, these people are taking our county by storm!

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PLUS we are packed full of great offers and features: Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Homes, Food as well as lots of Mother’s Day gift ideas. All on your doorstep.

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS Get ready for another wonderful summer of music and secure your tickets to these Suffolk festivals...


This year’s ART FOR CURE at Glemham Hall has been timed to coincide with the VE day 75th anniversary and accordingly featuring, in part, that theme. The show will, for the first time, see art, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles and bespoke jewellery throughout the rooms of Glemham Hall – upstairs and downstairs. Outside there will be a vast array from over 50 sculptors sited in the many formal gardens of the estate. Visitors will have access to parts of the house rarely seen by the public and will find newly created artworks for sale in the main private

bedrooms and boudoirs, in the grandeur of the old ballroom, as well as downstairs in the historic family rooms. Art will be displayed according to the function and history of 14 rooms in total. All works will be for sale raising funds for national breast cancer research and supporting breast cancer services here in Suffolk. Art for Cure is on track this year to reach a million pounds raised for breast cancer research and services since fundraising started in 2014. There is a Private View on Thursday 7 May 6-10 pm. YTickets are on sale at www.artforcure.org.uk

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ocal circus, CIRCUS PETITE, will be touring in Suffolk and North Essex this spring. The tour will be stopping at old and new venues and will also feature their new clown, Philipo, the great grandson of the famous ‘Whimsical Walker’ – Queen Victoria’s favourite clown. Returning to their home town for the first time in two years, the tour will finish in Ipswich; the first circus at Christchurch Park for sixteen years. The tour starts on Thursday 26th March in Bury St Edmunds, taking in Stowmarket, Walton on the Naze and Sudbury before reaching Ipswich on 22nd April. For show times and tickets visit www.circuspetite.co.uk

28-30 MAY

RED ROOSTER at Euston Hall Embracing the sounds and lifestyle of the American Deep South, Red Rooster aims to become the event for fans of Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Soul, Roots and Country music. Richard Hawley is headlining this summer.

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LATITUDE at Henham Park Latitude Festival is back for its 15th Edition and it’s packed with acts that promise to be more diverse, creative and comprehensive than ever before. Headlining Friday, Haim; Saturday, Liam Gallagher; Sunday, The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol and Keane.

21-23 AUGUST

FOLK EAST at Glemham Hall Growing in stature every year, FolkEast is back for the ninth time, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals. And it will be packing a punch with an impressive line-up – seven acts have been announced so far, including Afro Celt Sound System, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Gigspanner Big Band with more to follow!



We need to start talking about lung cancer From reader Kate Reddington I discovered the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation just a few weeks before my husband died from the disease. It was too late to benefit him, but they have been supporting me ever since. I wanted to give something back so early in 2019 I became a charity advocate for them. The more I have been involved the more horrified I have become at just how little is known about lung cancer, particularly in regard to women. It is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Each year around 35,340 people die from lung cancer – tthe same asfrom breast, ovarian and cervical cancer put together. When you look at the figures for women only, they are no less appalling. Around 16,300 die from lung cancer the same as from breast, ovarian and cervical cancer put together. The prevailing perception still seems to be that lung cancer only affects older, probably male, smokers. It. Does. Not. While lung cancer rates generally are falling, the number of cases among young non-smoking women is on the increase. You can hardly open a women’s magazine without finding articles about how to check for signs of, living with or raising funds for breast cancer. We do not talk about women and lung cancer. Even GPs and cancer specialists often don’t consider that women get lung cancer. As a result too many are not diagnosed until Stage 4 when the cancer is


Kate Reddington (above) who lost her husband to lung cancer and some samples of the advertising campaign by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

incurable. Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s #likeme campaign highlights the stories of these women, some of whom are only in their 30s. Symptoms of lung cancer can include: ● Persistent cough that lasts three weeks or more ● Breathlessness ● Repeat chest infections ● Chest and/or shoulder pain ● Change in a long term cough, or a cough that gets worse ● Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy

● Hoarseness ● Finger clubbing ● Blood clots These can also be symptoms of a variety of other illnesses; but if these have been excluded and your symptoms persist ask your GP to refer you for tests for lung cancer. Better your fears are unfounded than a reality it is too late to cure.

● More information on how

to take care of your lungs, risk factors, signs and symptoms and where to find advice and support can be found at www.roycastle.org

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Modern Calligraphy Workshops Modern calligraphy is about lettering that is dynamic & full of energy, having fun and creating your own style. Come and join The Modern Calligraphy Co.

The Modern Calligraphy Company is the UK’s

and learn how to create beautiful lettering in

leading Modern Calligraphy Company, running

this relaxed and informal class for beginners.

workshops all over the country. Master Calligraphers for many luxury brands such as

Our 2.5 hour pointed nib workshop is designed

Jo Malone, La Mer & Molton Brown, they are

for beginners. Carefully structured, the lesson

passionate about creating stunning lettering,

plan takes you through guided exercises,

and teaching workshops that make modern

creating the letters of the alphabet and

calligraphy accessible to anyone who would

turning them into elegant words. You’ll work

like to give it a go!

onto stunning card templates, designed by Kirsten Burke, leading calligrapher and author

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of a series of best selling books on the subject.

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to create your own calligraphic words and

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phrases. With these techniques, you’ll soon be

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Mother’s Day is inevitably going to be an extremely busy time for florists, so we recommend ordering your flowers a week and a half before the day to avoid disappointment. We've warned you, so no excuses for turning up to your mum's empty handed!

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Tide jewellery made from Paua shell. Bee necklace £16 The Suffolk Snowdrop brooch Candle Co. £18 Hintlesham tinned candles Barns £9 each Moose

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Moomin mug £14 Inspirations

Joya socks £7 pair Hintlesham Barns Bear jug £52 Cruet set £24 Maud’s Attic Stone Street Soaphouse toiletries at Fanny & Frank


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Our choice of irresistible gifts, seasonal ladies fashion and decor. Many top brands including fabulous fashion from Lily & Me, Marble & Adini with stylish homeware from Sophie Allport. 75 High Street Wickham Market Suffolk Ip13 0RA Mon-Sat 9am-5pm 01728 747577

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Oui anchor knit £149 Oui stripe trousers £159 Coes

Scotch & Soda pleated midi dress £169.95 Coes

IN WITH THE NEW! Our top picks from the

S PR I N G/S U M M E R ’20

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Malene Birger dress £165 Fanny & Frank

FASHION Malene Birger blouse £205 Fanny & Frank

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Malene Birger tee £155 Fanny & Frank

French Connection half zip jumper £69 Holly Blue Boutique

French Connection leopard high neck jumper £89.99 Holly Blue Boutique

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Annette Gortz shirt £299 Fanny & Frank Coat with detachable dark grey hood £80 Holly Blue Boutique

Soya Concept shirt £39 Cake & Catwalk

H IN WITEW! THE N Hooded jacket £75 Holly Blue Boutique

Annette Gortz jeans £269 Fanny & Frank

Soya Concept trousers £69 Cake & Catwalk

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Soya Concept skirt £55 Holly Blue Boutique

Zebra shirt £60 Cake & Catwalk


Annette Gortz lightweight coat £499 Fanny & Frank

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Adini Faith maxi £69 Inspirations

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Camo trousers £55 Moose

Adini pleated skirt £65 Inspirations

Cashmere tank £155 tassel necklace £49.95 Moose

Soya Concept dress £63 Cake & Catwalk

Adini Maura skirt £58 Inspirations

Longline gilet £14.95 Scarf £69.95Moose


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Armani Exchange AX logo tee £50 Coes

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Kit Heath silver flower studs £28 necklace £55 Carats

Georg Jensen silver offspring pendant £175 Berridges Envy large link necklace £22 Cake & Catwalk

Matching 'Mummy&Me' Silver heart cutout necklace £49. Silver, rose gold plated heart necklace £39 Carats

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Bee ring £14 Maud's Attic

HIDDEN GEMS Georg Jensen silver Mercy pendant £175 Berridges

Silver, black and white fresh water pearl bangle £199 Carats

Silver and 9ct gold, black fresh water pearl ring £235 Carats

Amethyst ring £18 earrings £18 Maud's Attic

Georg Jensen silver and gold Torun bangle £395 Berridges

Georg Jensen silver Mercy swirl ear hoops £115 Berridges

Leaf link bracelet £12 Hintlesham Barns

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Cake & Catwalk Envy earrings £12 Cake & Catwalk

Hamsa hand pendants £39 Fanny & Frank

Chunky necklace £24 Cake & Catwalk

Isles & Stars earrings £15 Cake & Catwalk

Tassel necklace (available in other colours) £45 Moose

Envy statement ring £12 Cake & Catwalk

Onwards & Upwards! Hurrah... That That’s January and February out of the way, sorry to ‘wish time away’ but can we have two or thress April and Mays please? Cake & Catwalk celebrates ten years of being a shop. That’s That quite a milestone in these challenging retail times. So, instead of me thinking of retiring, I am expanding. Good news for those who like a trip out to a tea and shopping destination! I have a pop-up mini shop out at SALAD DAYS INTERIORS which is at the NUTSHELL TEA ROOMS in Stowupland. It’s a really lovely barn with lots of different shops and goodies and open every day except Wednesdays. New stock is arriving daily and it’s full of colour. ENVY is in and I have found a new jewellery wholesaler with the most vibrant and exciting colours. The short necklaces start at £18 and the long are only £22. For SOYA CONCEPT, I have chosen creams and army greens with some great patterns to mix it up. They are a Danish brand, at great prices and quality. New POSTCARD FROM BRIGHTON will be out on sale by mid March, along with POMODORO. I hope to see you all soon, don’t forget our online shop and sign up for my newsletter so you can find out about my events plus you’ll get a download for a free cuppa at the Nutshell! LYNN TURNER

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“Now we can both move on and remain on good terms”

The no-blame divorce MY PROBLEM: My husband, David, and I had been married for close to ten years. Whilst neither of us had wronged the other, as such, we had drifted off in very different directions and were pretty much living separate lives. As painful as it was to admit it, we both agreed that our marriage had come to an end. I didn’t wish ill on David and I know that the feeling was mutual. I had heard in the news that it was now possible to have a no-blame divorce and so this seemed like the perfect solution for David and me. Whilst we didn’t have any children to consider, we were still very considerate of each others’ feelings. We knew we no longer wanted to spend our lives together, but had no desire to end things in an acrimonious manner. LUCY, WOODBRIDGE


HOW IT WAS SOLVED: A friend from work had recently gone through a divorce and had told me how supportive and efficient she’d found Barker Gotelee to be, so I contacted them to make an appointment. I met with Amanda Erskine from the family team and instantly felt that I was going to be in safe hands. I explained the situation between David and me and that I wanted to begin divorce proceedings. I also highlighted that I was keen that there was no finger pointing from either party and so could we opt for the new no-blame divorce.


manda explained that, contrary to how it was seemingly reported in the press, the new law had not yet been passed. I, therefore, had three options. The first was Vanilla March/April 2020


to wait for the new law to be implemented, but there were no guarantees as to if or when this would happen. The second was for David and me to remain separated for two years, after which time it is possible to file for divorce without apportioning blame. The final option was to begin proceedings on the basis that one of us would demonstrate to the court that the marriage had irretrievably broken down due to the other’s behaviour. The latter option meant that proceedings could begin immediately and Amanda reassured me that any allegations could be worded to be as mild as possible, thereby keeping things as amicable as they could be, given the circumstances.


e were both in no doubt that we wanted to end the marriage and, given we were awkwardly still living in the same house, I felt it best to progress things sooner rather than later for both of our sakes. I gave Amanda the go ahead to proceed with the divorce petition on the understanding that, as she suggested, the allegations would be as carefully worded as they could be to avoid igniting the situation. In addition to filing the petition, Amanda explained that it would be advisable for us to start discussing how we would divide our financial assets. This is so a financial order could be drawn up and filed with the court at the relevant point in the divorce process. Something else she did to expedite matters was to file everything online. Having not

been in this situation before, I had no idea that was possible. Amanda said that this would normally result in the divorce being granted a few months sooner than via the old paper system. So, relieved that the matter was now in hand, I left Amanda to begin proceedings. Amanda wrote to David and outlined the draft allegations, all the while being careful to make this as un-confrontational as it could be. I was grateful that David had sought legal representation too and, fortunately, he came back and accepted the petition. As part of her discussions with David’s solicitor, Amanda also negotiated the financial settlement on my behalf. Once again, I was so grateful not to have had to do this in the emotional state I was in,

meaning that David and I could come through this remaining on as good terms as possible.


IX MONTHS on, our divorce has now been granted, our finances are sorted and we are both looking forward to the future. Of course, I will always be sad that it reached this point, but we are both too young to have remained in the situation we were in. We now have our whole lives ahead of us. I will remain forever thankful to Amanda for her support and wisdom and in helping David and me reach this point in the quickest, most painless and friendliest way possible. I truly couldn’t recommend her highly enough. n

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N SPRING while the daffodils are flowering and the light extends in the day, we are uplifted, and we look forward to the year ahead. Flowers celebrate and commemorate events in our lives. We often use them to remember people we have loved and who we have lost. They are in our thoughts throughout the year. When we are with family, we become aware of how time has passed with children, grandchildren, and perhaps even greatgrandchildren growing up. We are not always comfortable talking about our wishes for our funeral, even if our thoughts turn to those things. One way in which you can inform your family, either with them or by yourself, is to discuss your thoughts and ideas with a funeral director. There is an opportunity to leave your wishes with us at Farthing Funeral Service, without obligation. The arrangements you choose can be amended at any time in the future. Alternatively you can download our My Wishes form from our website. Our funeral directors Luke, Andrea, Chris and Sharon, are available if you would like to discuss arrangements in advance, to give you greater awareness of the choices available and to give you peace of mind. This can be a great comfort to you, and allow you to enjoy the year ahead. If you would like to discuss your plans further, please give us a ring at our Ipswich, Felixstowe or Debenham offices.


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VEN WHEN the process runs smoothly, selling a house can be a lengthy endeavour. However, in the first month of 2020, new buyers registering to purchase property rose at the fastest rate on record for this time of year. Nearly 65,000 new properties were marketed nationally over January, with rising interest levels from buyers suggesting a greater confidence in the outlook of the housing market for 2020. Facilitating a speedy sale for your home can be made simple with some sensible preparation. CAPITALISING ON POTENTIAL

Identifying and harnessing the unique potential in a property is crucial for helping to set it apart from neighbouring competition. One of the most lucrative ways to capitalise property value is to look for opportunities to maximise


Facilitating a speedy sale for your home can be made simple with some sensible preparation

internal space, and any obvious renovations should be considered a worthwhile investment. For example, properties that have sought to remove interior walls or extend garden space will be instantly more desirable to potential buyers. Capitalise on what makes your house different, feature them in photographs and styling to really set your property ahead of the competition. THE QUESTION OF PRICE Similar houses in your road may not be the same value for a variety of reasons; perhaps some have south facing gardens, are closer to a main road or suffer from noise pollution. An agent should offer a detailed knowledge and understanding of the local market, providing realistic, informed guidance on the price of your property. The nearest comparable property might not lie a couple of doors down; it might be one around the corner. Window shopping around the local area is the best tactic to get privately informed guidance on the true value of your home. Pricing your home sensibly at the outset aims to draw in potential buyers; competitive pricing, particularly at the top end of the market, is key when market conditions are challenging.


When it comes to marketing visuals, using a professional photographer can have a huge impact on initial interest and viewing requests. Sellers should also consider the suitability of the photographer they use, as some properties with particularly high-end interiors will suit more lifestyle and feature-led shots to reach the ideal buyer. Elevated or drone photography can also help with a property in a really special location. At Strutt & Parker we offer advice into the best ways to prepare and position your home for a successful sale. For further insights on how to get the most out of your property, contact us today. Sharnie Rogers Senior Associate Director Strutt & Parker, The Stables, Wherstead Park, Wherstead, Ipswich IP9 2BJ. 01473 220444


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Shopping Day in aid of Cancer Research UK

Monday 27 April 2020 10am-3pm

The Village Hall, Lavenham Church Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QT Behind The Cock Horse Inn off Church St. Free Parking Lots of lovely things for ladies of all ages Everyone welcome! Hotfooted ladies shoes & sandals (a whole hall full!), collections of ladies clothes, jewellery, fashion accessories, gifts, plants & more... Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103). Northern Ireland charity registration pending.


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“Help! I’m getting divorced and I’m worried about our mortgage”


TATISTICS in the UK mortgage for separating suggest that around and divorcing couples, 50% of marriages will appropriate to your own end in divorce and divorce situation, and will be able to is also quoted as one of suggest appropriate ways the primary causes of life to help you pick your way stress, as are financial through the complexities of obligations and moving the financial arrangements house. Combine all of for the home you own and those challenging issues the mortgage you share. and it’s no wonder that Get help early – it may many will wonder how well help to alleviate some R ANA MIAH they might cope when of the financial stress you Director – Ipswich Mortgage Centre may be experiencing. faced with the prospect of divorce. If you own a home It might be that one of you is and have a mortgage Whether you’re a homeowner going to try and stay in the home, together, it can be an additionally needing mortgage advice for or buy out the other, or sell and tough time, emotionally and or after a divorce or you’re a both of you move. Your situation practically. landlord needing mortgage will depend on many things. Are If you have a joint mortgage, advice for a Buy to Let property, there children involved? What then both of you are jointly and Ipswich Mortgage Centre will mortgage payments can you endeavour to find you the most severally liable for it – this means suitable mortgage for your each afford? Will maintenance that if one stops paying, the other circumstances. Get in touch payments be made or received? is legally responsible for the whole today to find out more. amount. Discussing the mortgage Ipswich Mortgage Centre, payments must be a priority as HATEVER your own 10-12 St Nicholas St, failure to make a payment will particular situation, it Ipswich IP1 1TJ affect both of your credit histories is imperative that you t: 01473 253344 and may make it more difficult for speak to your lender for help if e: admin@ipsmc.co.uk you to get another mortgage or to it is needed, or that you seek *Important information: amend your existing terms. professional independent advice. Your home may be repossessed If the separation is acrimonious Your solicitor may be guiding you if you do not keep up repayments and there are financial challenges, through the divorce or separation on your mortgage or any debt it is critical that you speak to process, but is not necessarily an secured upon it. your lender as soon as possible. expert in mortgage advice. This Lenders have a duty of care to may be a good time to speak to borrowers and may well be more a mortgage broker, regardless sympathetic than you might of how you arranged the original think – they may be able to offer mortgage. An experienced and some practical help and gain you qualified independent broker breathing space. will be able to seek out the best


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The practice with a big smile It’s ’’s onwards and upwards for Tuddenham Road Dental Surgery


HERE HAS been another big development at the Tuddenham Road Dental Surgery to add to our storyline! Established in Museum Street in the 1950s, we moved to the current location on leafy Tuddenham Road in Ipswich in the 1960s. A hygienist’s surgery was added in the 1980s to provide a better service to patients alongside the two dental surgeries. Now we are pleased to announce the addition of a third dental surgery! Our practice prides itself on exceptional care and our patients’ whole journey is important to


us. The number of loyal patients that have been with the practice from the very beginning attest to the continuing care that we provide. Seeing three and even four generations of the same family really makes us appreciate the value of good patient relationships. Patients can always look forward to seeing staff members that they know well when they visit us. This is especially helpful when there is a need to manage a nervous disposition. The team enjoys working together and patient testimonials often mention how friendly and welcoming

“Our practice prides itself on exceptional care and our patients' whole journey is important to us.”

everyone is. Having had Sue Bilner as a hygienist here for more than 30 years, and our practice manager, Cindy Sharp, for more than 20 years gives invaluable continuity. The principals, Mr Willem Hendriks and Mr Johnny Paraskevopoulos have been with the practice for 10 and 5 years respectively. They have their individual patient lists, however they call on each other for support to provide of cover when away on courses or holiday or even to work out the best treatment plan when faced with a complicated case.

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Support team: (l to r) Cindy Sharp (Practice manager); Bethany Durrant (Dental Nurse); Iveta Rosenkrancova (Dental Nurse); Bridie Mullins (Dental Nurse) Practice principals: (l to r) Mr Anis Jaleel, Mr Willem Hendriks and Mr Johnny Paraskevopoulos

The addition of a third surgery gives patients even more security – knowing there will always be someone on hand if there is a dental emergency. We have been very fortunate to acquire the services of Mr Anis Jaleel, who has recently sold his practice in London after 25 years there. Initially he will be seeing patients on one day a week and then increasing to more days as word of his gentleness and patience spreads. His new patients have all commented on how well he explains the treatments he will be doing, and how calming he is. He really is

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very good at treating nervous patients! We provide the whole spectrum of dental treatment between us; with Mr Hendriks having a special interest in cosmetically-focused, short-term orthodontics and Smile Design, while Mr Paraskevopoulos places implants and can provide crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers on the same day, using his state of

the art CEREC milling machine. All of us offer exceptional general dental care, always focusing on providing a healthy, functioning dentition in the first place, while providing patients with teeth they can be proud of. One of the best quotes from a very happy patient after a smile make- over: “I now even smile at people I don’t even like!” n

Book your appointment today to start your own journey to a smile you can be proud of. Contact us on 01473 252400, email at tuddenhamroadpracticemanager@gmail.com or visit our website www.tuddenhamroaddentalsurgery.co.uk



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At Vanilla, we love to bring you the best of the best — the most exciting and innovative people and businesses. Here, we showcase some new local talent that we know will make it big in the future.


Definitely one to watch, Jacqueline’s gorgeous and innovative jewellery is already a must-have. The mother of three and primary school teacher launched Alba only recently, but has been making pieces for friends and family for several years. “I needed to find my own style and a sustainable way of working with recycled metals, brass, silver and gold. I buy recycled metal from Hatton Garden; it’s more expensive but really important to me. All my packaging is recycled and recyclable. I use minimal electricity and generate very little waste. “My design style perfectly marries my two loves of art and maths in equal measure, and everything is handmade and ethically made, can be worn every day and is affordable. I began buying my own tools and equipment and teaching myself through playing and experimenting, and over the past few years have set up my own workshop, growing slowly, in my own time and learning so much along the way. I began supplying local shops a couple of years ago; the very gorgeous Vanil in Woodbridge and Mistley Kitchen in Mistley, and this is proving very successful. “More and more people are becoming aware that we need to consume less all round, yet people always want to adorn themselves with things to make them feel good. So if I can help people do this in a sustainable way, that makes me happy.” Find Alba Jewellery at Vanil and online at alba-jewellery.co.uk


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An intriguing career path, from police detective, to property renovation… and now designer and creator of a brand of luxury overalls for the fashion conscious. Vivienne has certainly proven to be very successful at everything she does, and we are delighted that she has now chosen to bring us My Overalls. “These are definitely not workers overalls, they are smart, tailored yet super comfortable and use the finest fabrics and trims. We have incorporated a unique zipped pouch pocket that gives the wearer the freedom to carry small personal items, like smart phone, money, passport and lipstick, securely, without the need for a bag. The pocket is almost like an attached bum bag! “They are available in three colours, Navy, Olive, and Stone, and we also have a Limited Edition in Navy with a Liberty print lining on the inside bib and pocket. My Overalls are an investment piece, made to last, and will transition through all the seasons. Dressed up or dressed down, they will carry you from day to night! “My Overalls launched in May 2019, and in February 2020 we showcased our Collection for the first time at Scoop International fashion show, at Old Billingsgate, London. We were among so many fabulous designers and brands, and received some wonderful comments and feedback from buyers in Japan, China, Europe and independent boutiques in the UK. “I have proven that it’s never too late to change direction in your life. When I left my career with the police I really thought my life was over, but it was just beginning. Anything is possible, just follow your dream!” www.myoveralls.co.uk

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A hugely talented illustrator and designer, Robson is already much in demand for his groundbreaking work, and is combining his two passions of fashion and art. Born and raised in Suffolk, he has been on a fast-track to success ever since he graduated from a Fashion Illustration course at London College of Fashion. “I spent three years in London and was selected as part of the BA Press Show for the University, held in Spitalfields Market. I then graduated and was immediately picked up by Varoom Magazine as their top 15 worldwide Art School graduates of 2017. I was also included by CassArts annual Fashion Illustration competition, showing in a gallery space in Soho, and approached by both GQ and SHOWStudio to cover Milan and New York fashion weeks. I ended up drawing live from the ShowStudio Gallery in Belgravia (Ian Fleming’s house) for a week. I have also done illustrations for a skateboard company, and a Belgian knitwear business. “My work has been included in a SHOWstudio charity auction, raising awareness for Breast Cancer, and I was commissioned to produce a pink illustration. All this work was featured within the gallery and then sold online. Since March 2018 I have been completely freelance, based in Suffolk, selling prints and original paintings, mainly via Instagram and my website. “I would love to give back to the fashion illustration community, perhaps leading a series of workshops, giving talks about my experiences, or helping new and emerging talent. I really want to push myself.” Shop prints and original artworks at robsonstannard.format.com/ @Robson_Stannard


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Always a creative child, Maria started designing and sewing from a very young age, and this creative passion has brought about a beautiful luxury, bespoke lingerie brand that celebrates and empowers sensuality. “I studied lingerie pattern making at London College of Fashion. I was working freelance as a seamstress from home, and my older sister Theresa showed me some cheap panties she had bought, and suggested that I could make something much better and sell them on eBay. That’s how the idea was born. “The older I get, the more importance I put on my underwear. I believe lingerie is your own universe that you create every morning when you get dressed. It sets the tone and mood for the rest of the day and, most importantly, you can choose to show it off or have it as your cheeky little secret! “Maria Callisto cater for women who want something different from the high street lingerie market. We offer custom sizing for most of our lingerie, as well as a bespoke service for brides, that uses a remnant of your wedding dress, making the piece completely unique – a keepsake and a wonderful memory of the happiest day of your life. “Although I mostly sell on my website, www.mariacallisto.com, I occasionally hold pop-ups in London, so keep a look out on my instagram @ maria_callisto for future events.”

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Sue's two businesses: Image Salon (top) and Glow Clinic

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KNOW YOU should never ask a lady her age, but when I first discovered Sue Adams, (owner of Image Salon and Glow Clinic in Ipswich) was 52 my mouth dropped open. With sparkling eyes and glowing skin, Sue could easily pass for at least 15 years younger. Just like her clients, I wanted to find out all of her insider beauty secrets. It was certainly a case of, ‘I’ll have whatever she is having!’ I began my TV career in the beauty industry, working on ITV This Morning as the shows resident beauty expert for 4 years. I trained as a professional make-up artist, so I share Sue’s understanding of how looking good can really make a huge difference to how you feel.


This year Sue is celebrating 21 years in the beauty industry and I wanted to find out from her how things have changed in this time. Sue didn’t begin her career in the beauty business until her thirties as she had her two daughters at quite a young age. Once her children were a bit older Sue set up her first independent beauty business in 1999, originally working within a hairdresser, then later opening her first beauty salon. Sue’s salon, Image, proved so successful, 11 years ago it relocated to larger premises on Old Foundry Road, which it still occupies today. Two years ago Sue went on to launch Glow Clinic so she could

focus on non-invasive beauty and aesthetic treatments. Sue currently employs 11 staff and credits part of her success to her wonderful team, “without the hard working and dedication of my team, I could not continue to live my dream, I owe so much to them.” When Sue began working in beauty she noticed that her clientele was mainly limited to a certain type of woman – more mature in age and with more disposable income and time of their hands. Other women would get their nails done as a rare treat. These days, having nice nails and beauty treatments has become less of a treat and more a part of essential maintenance. Sue has noticed that the younger generation

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TV presenter and ITV beauty expert Hayley Sparkes interviews Sue Adams of Image and Glow clinic in Ipswich, to find out the secrets of her success!


invest a lot of their money into looking good, from lashes, to facials and eyebrows – they are a generation who want it all. In order to keep ahead of the game in such a fast moving industry, Sue travels all over the world to discover the latest beauty and aesthetic treatments. “It’s really helpful that one of my daughters is a beauty distributor and she lives in Dubai, and she always tips me off about the latest innovations and trends. With more therapists going mobile and working from home, I have to be sure I stay ahead of the game and offer the best possible client service and experience.”




EVER ONE to shy away from hard work, Sue credits her work ethic to being successful: “I love working so much, I find I never need to take a break, I just keep going. I perform beauty treatments all day and then spend my evenings doing marketing and other administrative tasks.” I am inspired by Sue’s pro-active attitude as she tells me that she always explores different ways to advertise and promote her business, from digital marketing, to more traditional leaflet drops. What I love so much about this woman is her genuine love and passion for what she does and the great satisfaction she feels when her clients leave either Image salon or Glow Clinic feeling great.. “I just love empowering women,” Sue beams. She truly believes in supporting the local community which has been such a part of her success story. She always supports any charity that approaches her for raffle prizes and donations – her policy is to never say no, which is incredibly generous. In my career I am very lucky to be gifted beauty treatments and experiences in top clinics and salons around London but I have welcomed the opportunity to work with Sue and experience treatments at Glow and Image when I regularly return home to Ipswich. There is often a perception that to get the best you have to travel into London and visit Harley Street, but this is not the case. Sue has made London treatments accessible to everyone in Suffolk, and with her split payment options and regular special offers, it certainly helps making looking and feeling good more affordable. ■

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Glow Clinic Revitalise Package Show yourself some love and indulge in this one-ofa-kind package that will leave you feeling and looking fantastic – all for an exceptional price! Glow have put together three of their most popular treatments at a saving of over £90 to Vanilla readers! The package includes:

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YOUR BEAUTY QUESTIONS SOLVED ...by the team at Image


The under eye bag is possibly the most irritating beauty concern of all time! To effectively cover dark circles, it’s important that you choose the right tone of concealer for your skin. Always go one shade lighter than your skin and use the LEAST amount of product possible. To get the best coverage, use a small brush to apply under-eye concealer. Then, using your ring finger to finish, press lightly into the skin until it’s fully blended. You can also apply a small amount of setting powder to your under eye to ensure that the concealer stays put. As with the concealer itself, go easy on the product to avoid creasing. Top Tip:Try sleeping with your head slightly raised and don’t forget, chilled cucumber slices are very soothing for the eye area and excellent for reducing puffiness. HOW DOES STRESS IMPACT YOUR SKIN?

The hormone cortisol is triggered by stress. Cortisol is the ‘fight or flight’ hormone and it also causes your body to make more oil which then makes your skin greasy and can cause spots and acne-breakouts.Stress can also cause other skin conditions such as eczema


or rosacea, so if you want to take care of your skin, you need to take care of yourself as well. Try and identify the reasons behind your stress so that you can take action to remove the cause and relieve stress symptoms. Why not make a conscious effort this year to look after yourself, breathe and be kind to your mind and body? And maybe book a stressrelieving facial or massage? I’VE HIT THIRTY AND FEEL AS THOUGH I’VE GOT WRINKLES OVERNIGHT! WHAT CAN I DO?

As we get older, our skin can start to look and behave very differently. From the age of about 29, the rate of collagen and elastin renewal slows down considerably. Pregnant or perimenopausal women may also notice significant changes in their skin due to fluctuations in hormones. This can cause the onset of acne or rosacea, even in those who have never previously suffered with their skin. For most people, external factors are most significant in the extrinsic ageing of the skin. These include smoking and in particular, UV exposure. These influences affect the dermis in particular and result in changes in the chemical structure of collagen and elastin. These changes make the skin look dull, less plump and fine lines may start appearing. So start using products that have peptides and vitamin A C and E in their ingredients and stay out of the sun if aging is a concern – enjoy your holiday, but protect your skin with sun screen. n Vanilla March/April 2020


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WildGinger Signature Luxury Massage The WildGinger signature treatment is a full body massage using hot Himalayan rock salt stones and specialist oils. The treatment time is 90 minutes and includes the acupressure points of the face, hands and feet. If you would like to experience a WildGinger Signature Massage Vanilla readers are being offered a great deal. Between now and the end of April you can claim a £10 DISCOUNT on the massage. This means you get an hour an a half of pure bliss for ONLY £45. This offer is subject to availability so don’t wait too long to book your appointment! WildGinger are offering this treatment until the end of April. Quote ‘Vanilla’ to receive your discount. Call O1473 723713 to make your appointment.

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Our most defining feature is our face. It is unique to every client, exactly why any facial skin treatment should be. 3 JUVE® by award-winning laser manufacturers Lynton, uses three independent skin rejuvenation technologies in combination to help treat the three most common signs of ageing. 1. RESURFACE FRACTIONAL LASER:

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tightening around eyes, jawline lifting. 3 JUVE® is an entirely customisable treatment using one, or all three, technologies depending on the individual requirements of the client. Available exclusively in Suffolk at Crystal Rose Skin Clinic. READER OFFER To get a free skin consultation and to claim a 20% discount on a course, call 07967 480323 or visit crystalroseskinclinic.co.uk Crystal Rose will tailor an individual bespoke treatment plan to suit your needs.

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Mobile massage for a stronger body and mind


E ALL KNOW that stress is one of the biggest threats to our mental and physical wellbeing. All of us need to relax more, but struggle to find the time in our busy lives. So how does a wonderful relaxing massage in your own home or office sound? A new mobile massage service called Lana’s Therapy has sprung up in Ipswich and is proving hugely successful with clients in both offices and homes – bringing vital stress relief wherever it is needed. Owner Julia Fjodorova started the business last year and she believes that her ability to go to homes and offices is a unique factor. “People are so much more comfortable having a massage in their own home, in familiar surroundings. Afterward they can stay where they are and keep warm, rather than having to get dressed and go out again. “More and more office workers are also finding that my mobile massage service gives them wonderful relaxation and tension relief at their desks. I have worked with both BT and Sygma Care in


Ipswich, offering a great 10-15 session that focuses on the upper back, neck and scalp, the areas where they feel it most. They all say they feel better immediately, in just one session, and they can’t wait for their next appointment.” Julia, originally from Russia, is fully qualified in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, but is training to add more skills to her portfolio. “I am hoping to offer Hot Stone treatments, Indian Head massage, reflexology and many other treatments that are so helpful to the body and mind. I often combine both Deep Tissue and Swedish massage for the best overall effect. Deep Tissue is more intense, focussing on sporting strains in the shoulders, arms and legs, and then Swedish is all about relaxation and is very helpful for improving sleep, the skin and overall wellbeing. I hope to be able to offer more focused sports injury massage in the future.”


ULIA’S PASSION is very much physiology and the human anatomy. She spent six years competing in Muay Thai boxing and classic

boxing, but she often massaged friends and family and always enjoyed it. “One day my partner’s grandmother, who worked all her life in a hospital and was familair with anatomy, came to stay and she had a bad shoulder. I gave her a massage and she felt so much better and said I had a real talent for it. So I went on to

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We meets the woman behind a new mobile massage business, Lana’s ’’s Therapy




“Many people rely on medication for stress, tension and even pain relief. While this is sometimes necessary, I believe that so much can be alleviated with the right massage” JULIA FJODOROVA

train in massage at the Advanced Training Academy in Stowmarket, and I have never looked back. “I think many people rely on medication for stress, tension and even pain relief. While this is sometimes necessary, I believe that so much can be alleviated with the right massage. This, with good exercise and healthy eating,

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is the ideal combination for physical and mental strength – all part of a healthy lifestyle.” Julia also believes in giving something extra to her clients – a very refreshing concept. She is offering 50% off the first treatment, and every existing client gets a free massage on their birthday! n

READER OFFER To get receive a 50% DISCOUNT on your first treatment, call 07752 471211 and make an appointment, quote ‘VANILLA’. For more details of treatments and prices please visit www.lanastherapyc.com






e often see the word Vinyasa next to a yoga class descriptions, but what does it actually mean? The full term is Vinyasa Krama, often shortened to Vinyasa and referred to a yoga practice of flowing sequenced asanas (postures) linked by breath and intention. From Sanskrit, vi = order + nyasa = placement and Krama means “the uninterrupted sequence of events from beginning to end” or otherwise a process – changes occurring from one moment to another. Together the Vinyasa Krama practice is one of undertaking a succession of changes uninterrupted by fluctuation, guided by one single intention. Orderly placing oneself in particular way – vinyasa is the thread that sews the events together in a succession of changes, just like the string in a pearl necklace. Every movement from asana to asana (posture) is co-ordinated with an inhale and


an exhale and the underlying intention is driving the movement forward. These are some guidelines to vinyasa practice: l The inhale and exhale should be of equal duration without retention or pause. Ujjai breath or otherwise known as the ocean sound breath makes the breath audible and easier to regulate. It naturally warms the muscles and the whole body from the inside out while at the same time trains the attention or in other words promotes conscious awareness. l Movement just like breath should be uninterrupted, nonstatic and not secluded. It should be coordinated with the equal breathing in and out. This may mean that a simpler movement might need to be slowed down and a more complicated one to be performed faster in order to co-ordinate the duration of the in or out breath with the completion of the given movement.

l Mula Bandha should be applied

throughout the practice – this is also known as the Root lock, located at the base of the spine at the Muladhara chakra (The Root Chakra). l Drishti or gaze – these are learned overtime. Take note not to strain while you practice them. l Intention – an aim that guides an action. “…what you are thinking about when you perform an action will determine the result of that action. You become what you contemplate…” The intention links the postures to the consciousness instead of the unconsciousness. l Knowledge passed onto Billy (@ayanayogaeast) by her wonderful teacher Tina Pashumati James who will be visiting Vida Haus all the way from Canada on 24th, 25th, 26th April 2020 to lead 3 x 3 hour workshops. A timetable is available to view on the website www.vida.haus Vanilla March/April 2020


WIN! A yoga class, an adult ballet session and lunch for two at...


Vida Haus is situated in the old Three Tuns pub in Pettistree, by the former A12, and its creators Faye Meakin and Bilyana Dawson have developed the space to meet both spiritual and physical needs. The space has been designed to be inclusive, to inspire, calm and invigorate, whether it’s just for a cup of tea in our café, a dance or yoga class, a holistic treatment, a workshop or simply to be around like-minded people. If you havent yet tried it, here's your chance to win a taster yoga and dnace session along with lunch for two in the gorgoeus onsite vegan café.

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Business partners: Faye (left) and Bilyana

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Katrina Love on Life & Living

The never-ending story


re you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I want to talk to you about stories. Not any story though – the stories that we tell ourselves, those that will shape our lives and ultimately the person we become. We become our own narratives. Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” I love this quotation and I think he was spot on. Why? Because as humans, whatever we believe, we will ‘evidence base’ all day long – that’s how the mind works. In other words, we will find ways to back up whatever we believe about ourselves or others. So this is both good and bad news, right? Unfortunately, as humans we tend to see the negative first. This is how our brains are wired; it’s to protect us. For example, we hold our hand over a flame and we burn our hand. So our brain says, ‘Don’t do that again! It hurts!” So that we avoid pain and danger.

However, it gets more confusing for our brain if there is some sort of trauma, a heartbreak or other loss. It is not easy for our brain to ‘couple’ itself with one thing that caused us pain, because we may have experienced more than one trauma or even a series of traumatic events. In situations like these, our personal story begins to tell us that the world is not safe, or that we’re not good enough, or that we are unlovable. It becomes a story based around fear, which we will in turn find evidence to base this fear upon.


o here’s the thing; change the story, change your life. What we need to do is become aware of the stories we are telling ourselves and put a positive slant on them. Instead we need to tell ourselves that, yes, something difficult may have happened to us, but we survived it. Instead of it being a story of sadness where we were the victim, we can view ourselves as strong, resilient and resourceful because we survived it. We no longer have to be fearful that we weren’t good enough because here we are! So let’s change our story to one of success and happiness. We can do that by looking at all the good things we already have in our lives. We can change our story to one of success by telling ourselves "I am lucky" or "I am a winner". Look at everything you have in your life today and then start to put together the evidence that shows all the good that there is. If you are going to tell a story of your life, choose to make it a great one!

Katrina offers 1:1 Skype and telephone counselling sessions as an alternative to group sessions. Contact Katrina for more information: Katrina Love BSc (Hons), MUKCP, MBACP t: 07747 345 384 www.lifecheck.love


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l Are you a woman that wants


Advice from Nina Parnham, founder of Suffolk Women's Wellness Centre


F YOU ARE experiencing issues with your bladder, bowel, pelvic floor or tummy area, we have the knowledge and network to make this a more positive life experience. Nothing is more important to us than restoring hope to women who have lost faith in their bodies. So often, women are led to believe that there is no hope, no capacity to manage, restore, to heal and recover and therefore lose their vision for the future of their own lives. At Suffolk Woman’s Wellness Centre we feel strongly that all women have the right to health

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and wellness, and to live their life to the fullest potential. One of our revolutionary services to support Suffolk women is the Holistic Core Restore® Every Woman programme. If you can answer yes to any of these questions, this programme is for you!: l Are you a woman of any age who wants to know more about her pelvic floor, core and take control of her overall health? l Have you experienced the odd leak when jumping, running, laughing or sneezing, and know that it’s a sign that you need to pay attention to your pelvic health?

an easy to perform anywhere, modern and effective way to strengthen her core and reestablish its role as part of her whole body? l Do you have a small tummy gap that you want to heal? l Do you have ‘lower back pain’ issues that you’ve been told is due to a ‘weak core’? l Do you want a better-looking belly but know it’s an inside out job so need to go deeper and work smarter than just doing? l Are you ready to prioritise this area of your health and learn essential skills to last you a lifetime? l You want to learn the importance of food for not only fat loss but nourishing your deep health? l Have you seen a clinician about a low level prolapse and been told to ‘do your pelvic floor exercises’ as part of your management strategy? l Are you ready to learn the importance of ‘rest’ and ‘selfcare’ as part of your wellness journey?

For more information on the Holistic Core Restore® Every Woman programme contact: Suffolk Woman’s Wellness Centre t: 01473 730035 e: nina@swwcuk.com. Gamma 9 Masterlord Office Village, Ipswich IP3 9JF www.swwcuk.com



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Gingko throw £89 Vanil

Gingko pillow £39 Vanil

Pappelina runner £127 Vanil

Pappelina rug Belle (large) £308 Vanil

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Leaping into business... The Norfolk Hare

Cornish handmade ceramic jug £29 bowl £31

Mini moose head £19.50

The Norfolk Hare owners, Stuart and Tamsin

RETAIL NEWS seems to be all gloomy at the moment, so it is a real joy when we hear about a new retail business starting up and particularly a local one! We caught up with Tam and Stuart, proud owners of The Norfolk Hare, to find out just what their story is – and more importantly what we can buy from their shop. TELL US, HOW DID THE NORFOLK HARE BEGIN?

Well, it technically began on the 5.47am train from Diss to London


Liverpool Street!! We met on the train nearly five years ago now, and quickly realised that we shared a love for beautiful things (and for dogs). My mum was an inspiration for us too as she was mad about hares and always wanted to set up a shop selling lovely things; very sadly she passed away before that happened. Stuart and I have both commuted for the last few years which has given us many hours to plan how to launch our business.

We finally took the plunge just before this Christmas and it has been quite a journey since!! AND WHAT TYPE OF PRODUCTS DO YOU SELL?

We specialise in British-made, local, artisan and international ethically sourced homewares, gifts and artworks. We particularly like sourcing unusual or slightly quirky items like our wall art animal heads, or bespoke, individually made pieces like our Cornish Sand and Sea ceramics.

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Natural lambswool throw £78

Dando brass pot £58/£38

Hurricane light £28

Casserole with lid £30/£39

Limited edition print £77

Part of the joy for us in setting this business up has been in sourcing the products, talking to the producers and artists and hearing the stories behind some of the objects. We only buy things that we really love ourselves – this might be limiting I suppose but we want to truly believe in the quality and origin of what we sell. SO WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?

At the moment we are an online business that is based in Diss. We are both huge fans of East Anglia,

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Game birds table lamp, shade and base £151

having lived here for most of our lives and with both our families connected to the region. Our goal is to buck the current trend and open an actual shop as soon as we can. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM YOU ARE CURRENTLY SELLING?

That’s a difficult one!! I really love the quirky wire sculpted animal heads and our handmade ceramics. For Stuart, probably the artist-designed lamps and lighthouse prints.

Visit the Norfolk Hare at www.thenorfolkhare.com and please follow us on Instagram, facebook and twitter    e: hello@thenorfolkhare.com




Country Living Spring Fair


anilla Magazine have teamed up with The Country Living Spring Fair to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, worth up to £50. We have five pairs to be won! Taking place at Alexandra Palace from 23-26 April 2020, the Fair will welcome an exciting new offering of the very best of British businesses and a truly unique experience for this year’s visitors. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Country Living Magazine, the publication’s core values will be celebrated across the Fair through four new show themes; Grow, Taste, Design and Make. Each sector will be brought

to life by over 350 exhibitors, all-new immersive features and inspiring craft workshops, to make for an unforgettable day out. Guests will be able to shop food artisans, taste delicacies from an array of producers showcasing a variety of cuisines in the CL Pop Up Market, and learn how to make delicious, seasonal recipes using produce which can be sourced locally or grown at home. Across the show, from the Country Living Stage to the Good Life Theatre, visitors will be able to learn from design led talks and seminars covering interior style trends to exclusive interviews with industry insiders. Confirmed speakers include chef, bestselling

cookbook author and Fairtrade and sustainability champion, Melissa Hemsley, alongside actress and cook, Lisa Faulkner. With more unique events and experts still to be announced, the show is shaping up to be the most exciting yet!

HOW TO ENTER Email us your entry – put ‘Country Living Spring Fair’ in the subject line of your email, and give your name, address and telephone number and send to: competitions@vanillamagazine.co.uk 14th April 2020. We will notify all five winners on 15th April by email.

Terms & Conditions: A maximum of two free adult tickets per household can be won. Tickets can only be claimed online and cannot be claimed by any other method. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash, are not transferable and cannot be duplicated. You must print your own tickets and show them at the entrance to Country Living Spring Fair on the date you have chosen.


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Little Greene Absolute Emulsion in Ultra Blue £23.50 litre available to order at Kent Blaxhill

Walls in Earthborn emulsion in Toy Soldier £47 for 2.5 litres available to order at Kent Blaxhill


Little Greene in Camellia (walls & frames) £47 for 2.5 litres available to order at Kent Blaxhill

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HOMES With new year well and truly over, it is the time of year to spring clean or, better still, bring new vibrancy and vigour to your home with a redecoration project.

2020 will see a shift away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer, more natural feel, meaning that blue really is the new grey! We instinctively gravitate towards colours that connect us with nature. As a consequence the sky and sea evoke feelings of escapism, relaxation and reflection. Key colours this season will be teals and inky blues paired with softer, neutral tones. American colour company Pantone has chosen “universal favourite” Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its colour of the year for 2020. Classic Blue is “a boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky" while also being a colour that challenges us to "think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication”.

Sophie Allport peacock cushion £27.99 Glasswells

Four-seater sofa £899 DFS

Tasselled blue cushions £15.99 Glasswells

Le Creuset kettle £66.50 (sale) Glasswells

See p73 for stockist’s details

Luna rug from £74.99 Glasswells

Lobster bamboo pitcher £4 Wilko


Blue Buddha £24 Maud's Attic

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ENCAUSTIC TILES Encaustic tiles might have been around since the nineteenth century, but they’re coming back in a big way and are currently taking the hottest homes by storm. As the patterns of original encaustic tiles are inlaid in the tiles themselves – rather than painted on – the design stays intact even when the tiles get worn down, making them particularly great for high-traffic areas. The appeal of handmade encaustic tiles are how individual each and every tile is, the thickness and pigment shadings can vary from tile to tile, which enhances the uniqueness. When it comes to grouting, Just Tiles at Martlesham recommends that you avoid dark grouts (like black or grey) to prevent staining in paler areas of some patterns. Visit Just Tiles at Martlesham to see their range of encaustic tiles. www.justtileswoodbridge.co.uk

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Wool carpet ‘Fabulous’ in Emerald £161 pm2



Where inspiration begins... In the world of carpet and flooring, Crucial Trading is quite exceptional. Why? Because they not only use wool to make carpets but other organic materials like sisal, coir, jute and seagrass. The results are stunning. They manage to bring together natural textures with a timeless design. David and Janet Green founded crucial Trading in London in the late 80s. Their aim at the time was to exclusively produce and sell only natural material floor coverings while creating innovative, modern designs. True to their word, Crucial Trading continues to produce some of the most stylish designs you are likely to see anywhere. No more so than in their wool carpet ranges with its vibrant colours and Sisal coir ‘Bali ’in Cocoa striking zigzag designs. £99 pm2 In their sisal, coir, jute and seagrass collections the emphasis is on style and weave, allowing the colour of the natural materials to come through. The look is natural while remaining contemporary. Not only would suit a country cottage but also an urban apartment. At Archway Carpets, in Woodbridge, we have a wide selection of Crucial Trading samples. It's an opportunity to touch, feel and see the designs for yourself. Along with its existing carpet and flooring solutions, Crucial Trading also offers a bespoke rug making service. If carpeting your whole house in Crucial Trading is somewhat of a stretch; this provides the opportunity to have the style and design in your home at a fraction of the cost. Sisal ● For more details on Crucial Trading products, please visit us at our shop in Woodbridge or call us on 01394 386684.


Wool carpet ‘Treasure’ in Sea Salt £84 pm2

‘Harmony’ herringbone £70 pm2

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How to ensure your best night's sleep for years by Glasswells


HERE’S NOTHING MORE important than a good night’s sleep – something we can promise you’ll get with the huge selection of beds at Glasswells. From fold out sofa beds, to children’s bunks, bed frames, mattresses and luxury divan sets, our sleep experts will help you find the perfect fit.


Do you wake up still tired? This could be down to not enough space in your bed! A larger bed shouldn’t be seen as a luxury, but a necessity.


You spend a THIRD of your life in bed

This means that by the time you are 60 you’ll have spent around 20 years in bed! This is a huge amount of time, so it’s essential that the bed you are in provides a quality night’s sleep. Glasswells sleep experts can help to ensure your new bed is perfectly suited to you, and your partner if you are sharing; not only will this improve sleep quality, but it will also mean your bed and mattress will last you longer.


16 other countries can’t be wrong!

This is how many countries have – on average – larger bed sizes than we do in the UK. Many

other European countries sleep in spacious 160cm by 200cm beds, whereas Brits traditionally buy a double (135cm by 190cm). Pop into your local Glasswells to test out the different sizes, once you’ve slept in a king size bed or bigger, you’ll never want to go back.


There’s no easy way to say this, but you may not be as slim as you once were…

As we get older, unfortunately, our bodies change. Did you know that a double bed gives each sleeper just 65cm (2’3”) of sleeping space – this is less than a baby’s cot! A king size bed comes in at 150cm wide (that’s 75cm of space each) and a super king is 180cm, which is the equivalent of two single beds put together.


People move 60-70 times per night

Once the honeymoon period is over, you really should try to put as much space between yourself and your partner as possible! This will reduce the chance of your sleep being disturbed and should mean you wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Who said romance was dead!


It doesn’t actually cost much more

You may think that going up a size or two would be a lot more expensive, but it really isn’t. Each

£100 you spend on a new bed works out as just 3.9p per day over 7 years, a small investment for something so important for aiding your general health and wellbeing. Glasswells often run promotions where you can buy a king size bed for the price of a double bed, making those allimportant extra inches even more affordable. We all spend as much as we can afford on the best possible home, holiday, car and mobile phone, and the same should be said for our beds – it’s our haven, the place we recharge and refresh our bodies and minds. So, if your bed is over seven years old, or not providing the great level of sleep that you deserve, visit Glasswells and let their sleep experts guide the way to a perfect night’s sleep. ● Over 70 beds to try before you buy ● All the trusted brand names ● Quick delivery on all stocked models ● Price match promise ● Full range of prices, from spare beds to master bedroom luxury Glasswells, Glasswells Retail Park, Ranelagh Rd, Ipswich t: 01473 253164 www.glasswells.co.uk



The War of the Worlds

Tue 21 - Sat 25 Apr

Mon 27 - Tue 28 Apr

Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens as

Eric & Ern

Burke & Hare

Wed 29 Apr

Wed 13 - Sat 30 May

See the full Spring 2020 season online now 01473 295900 / wolseytheatre.co.uk

FOOD Copperhouse Raspberry Pink Gin 70ml £24.99

Pack of 12 gin tumblers £43.99


Gin & tonic gift set £27.99

Modern mums are just as likely to prefer a gin to a bunch of flowers on Mother’s Mother Day! Adnams have a great selection of gin-themed gifts to fit the bill. www.adnams.co.uk

The TheFoodie

É AT PETTISTREE VIDA CAFÉ The café at Vida.Haus was born out of love for delicious plant based wholefood that is nutritious while at the same time bursting with flavour. The café is devoted to cooking with seasonal, organic and wherever possible local produce. There are sweet treats packed with energy, hot food, salads, savoury tarts and empanadas. When it comes to hot and cold drinks the choice is vast – delicious fair trade coffee, Ayurvedic tea blends, turmeric lattes and premium quality matcha. Opening times: 7 days a week 8:30am-3:30pm, Weds & Thurs 8:30am-6:30pm f @vida.haus

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After a whirlwind 4 months at Hank’s Deli & Shop, owners Geoff Bligh and Phil Rivers realised there was so much more they wanted to do, but were limited by space and tables. So, what to do? Open a pub of course! Welcome Hank’s Pub & Food – a completely vegan pub and restaurant located in the former Grinning Rat premises on St Helen’s Street in the heart of Ipswich. For the bar Phil and Geoff have cherry-picked delicious craft beers and vegan wines, along with their own quirky cocktails and mocktails and, of course, plenty of alcohol-free alternatives. “A few years ago you’d struggle to put this many taps on with vegan beer, but there are so many to choose from now. Briarbank in Ipswich has some great vegan beers. It’s perfect, they just roll the barrels down the street to here! It really is amazing.” Dishes to sample include Hank’s wings, coated in barbecue, hot or buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing and carrot and celery batons, aged cheese tasting boards, seitan steak with soy and agave glaze, skin-on chips jus and peppercorn sauce, Hank’s burger, gnocchi with squash and farrow bolognese, and nut crusted chocolate torte.

Hank’s Vegan Pub is open from midday to 9pm for food from Tuesday to Sunday and until 11pm for drinks. 66 St. Helen's St, Ipswich IP4 2LA t: 01473 845099





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HESE ARE exciting times for K Bar & Grill. The St Nicholas Street stalwart has been a favoured haunt in Ipswich for over a decade, nestled alongside the independent stores and boutiques on the way to the Waterfront. It’s in an ancient old


building, all beams and brickwork, bang up to this century style with funky furniture, sleek bars and stylish staff. It’s a hip bar by night, craft beers and classic cocktails, and cool bistro by day, with a pretty courtyard garden and a maze of dining space inside. Now big changes are underway as K Bar aims high with the hire of rising star chef Louis Andrews, and the ambition to put K Bar firmly on the good food map. The utterly charming young Louis cut his teeth cooking in some of East Anglia’s finest eateries, elevating Harry’s Bar in Thorpe into the top 10 best restaurants in Essex, and then spent a spell in London, including

the kitchen of chef god Tom Kerridge. He’s been lured back to the East Coast by the chance to take K Bar to the next level and bring his own unique twist to modern British cooking in a relaxed town centre setting. This Spring will see a revamp of the restaurant space and an overhaul of the menu. Andrews has already brought in a fresh approach to the kitchen and with the finest local ingredients, is transforming the menu. His aim is not to produce the same-old everyday – but lots of specials and themed nights. A midweek Moules night was the first of these inventions to pack out the place, with five variations on the theme Vanilla March/April 2020

WIN! – from the classic marinere to an inventive Thai green version, plus perfectly fried frites, fresh bread and a pint or glass of wine for just £18.


NDREWS’ skill is evident in every detail, even in the starters. Tiny piles of the crispest whitebait are served alongside a chargrilled lime. The heavenly halloumi chips are thick, soft and salty in perfect measure. Classic dishes are really well done. There are platters to share – antipasti with mixed cured meats, mozzarella, olives, rocket, taramasalata, breads and balsamic oil, or a fish platter with Adnams battered cod, tempura prawns, squid rings, alongside lemon, dips and bread. The new menu will undoubtedly pay homage to firm favourites like the K Bar’s hallmark K burger, which continues to win fans – a double beef patty, bacon, bacon jam, American cheese piled high on a toast brioche bun – and in keeping with modern tastes, there’s now a vegan version too. Desserts are as delicious, the house chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce and cream, was thick and sumptuous, while other choices include mixed berry Eton mess, a daily cheesecake, or oven-baked triple chocolate chip cookie dough. K Bar is on the cusp of a big change this Spring and Louis Andrews’ new style of cooking looks set to place it as one of the East’s most enjoyable eating destinations.


K Bar & Grill, 33-37 St Nicholas Sreet, Ipswich IP1 1TW t: 01473 215721

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Win tea for two!

at Berridges Tea is a great British institution and Berridges restaurant, nestled above the jewellery shop in Dial Lane in Ipswich, is the perfect venue for traditional afternoon tea. Enjoy a scrummy   kbarandeatery afternoon tea in relaxed and comfy surroundings. They offer a www.kbarandgrill.co.uk selection of home-made hot and cold lunches, desserts, cakes, and daily specials. They also offer a friendly welcome and a great atmosphere. Afternoon tea is £14.95 per person, or why not opt for Prosecco for that extra sparkle at £19.95. You do need to book 48 hours in advance though. Here’s the chance to win a Berridges Afternoon Tea for two: home-made sandwiches, scones with jam & cream, cakes, topped off with a glass of fizz. The perfect treat!


Question: What unit is used to measure the weight of a

diamond and is also a cake served in Berridges Restaurant? Email us your entry – put ‘Afternoon Tea’ in the subject line of your email, and state your name, address and telephone number and send to: competitions@vanilla-magazine.co.uk Terms & Conditions: Competition closes on 30/04/20. Prize includes standard traditional afternoon tea for two people, including a glass of Prosecco each. Must be pre-booked with at least 48 hours notice.




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at intu Chapelfield in Norwich

ake the most of warmer days, lighter evenings and time together this summer, by grabbing a relaxed bite to eat at intu Chapelfield shopping centre, Norwich. Pop in to shop and stay for an alfresco evening meal with friends, or dine out with the whole family after getting those backto-school essentials. With loads of restaurants to choose from, you can easily find something delicious to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. There’s Ask Italian for the freshest pasta, pizza and salads, GBK and Byron for a great tasting burger, Ed’s Easy Diner for A delicious light American-inspired classics, Yo! Sushi for Japanese streetthat's food and Spring brunch

also gluten-free from Vanessa Scott at Strattons Hotel


sushi dishes, Wagamama for those nutty about noodles plus familyfavourite Pizza Hut. Utter the words ‘ice cream factory anyone?’ to guarantee squeals of delight and the biggest smiles on the faces of little ones. And with a brand-new Vegan menu, with sharing pizzas, cinnamon bites for dessert and kids’ Vegan options too, everyone can tuck in at Pizza Hut. Feeling peckish? Then enter SERVES 6 this competition. You might just 200g frozen peasChapelfield gift win a £100 intu 1 tbsptoeach fresh & dillof card spend in aparsley restaurant your choice. 1 medium eggs 1 tbsp natural yoghurt 50g gram flour 1 tsp GF baking powder seasoning Oil for frying

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on pulse with the herbs. Do not over process. Spinach & Ricotta Girasole at Ask 2 Add eggs, yoghurt, flour, baking powder and season HOW TO ENTER well. Blend to combine all the Question: Which intu Chapelfield ingredients. restaurant has recently launched 3 Heat a tablespoon of oil in a a new Vegan menu? frying pan over a medium heat. Email your entry, stating name, Fry rounded tablespoons address, daytime telephoneof the mixture for 2-3 minutes number and answer to: on each side. Do not overcook, they need competitions@vanillato look essentially. Please green. put Drain magazine.co.uk on kitchen paper. ‘£100 intu Gift Card’ in the 4 Serveline theof fritters warm Don’t with subject your email. smoked salmon, wilted spinach, delay though – the competition poached lemon wedge closes oneggs 30thand September! as a delicious brunch. Strattons Hotel, 4 Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7NH t: 01760 723845 www.strattonshotel.com

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The Swan Hotel, Southwold (& inset)

The Crown at Southwold

Berry crumble at The Five Bells in Wrentham

The Cross Keys in Aldeburgh

An Adnams for all seasons


HETHER COSY, down to earth comfort or contemporary luxury is your style, there is an Adnams property to suit your taste. Each property shares a warm Adnams welcome, a beautiful coastal location and an award-winning range of beers and spirits, made locally in Southwold. With the menus, you can be sure of local ingredients and delicious, seasonal flavours, spanning pub classics to something a little more adventurous. There is lots to explore! March/April Vanilla

In Southwold, The Swan is the jewel in the Adnams crown, exuding style and indulgence with two restaurants to choose from. Meanwhile The Crown on the High Street offers homeliness in both décor and menus, and The Harbour Inn on Blackshore is every bit a working man’s pub. Surrounding Southwold, you can enjoy The Bell in Walberswick, The Five Bells in Wrentham and The Plough in Wangford. Adnams recently refurbished The Cross Keys in Aldeburgh,

which offers a relaxed restbite in this buzzing coastal town and is a stone’s throw from the beach. The White Horse in Blakeney offers something a little different; the Adnams quality on the North Norfolk Coast. Whilst each property in the Adnams collective share a reassuring quality, they each have their own character and you are guaranteed a unique experience wherever you choose to enjoy. Call 01502 722186 or visit Adnams.co.uk to find out more


Get out! Suffolk entertainment ainment in March & April

Circus Petite


Gin Tasting at Arcade Street Tavern

What is Gin & where did it come from? How is it made? What tonic to use? All these questions and more will be answered while you sip on some traditional Gins to the very latest flavours from small batch distilleries. All new Gins plus blind tasting, canapés & nibbles. 7.30pm £32pp. Arcade Street Tavern.

Gin Tasting at Arcade Street Tavern

culminating in a five- day residency at Christchurch Park in Ipswich. People of all ages will be able to enjoy a variety of acts, including juggling, rope walking, hulahooping and magic. On this tour those oversized shoes will be filled by Philipo the great grandson of the famous ‘Whimsical Walker’ – Queen Victoria’s favourite clown. The show lasts around 90 minutes. Christchurch Park. £12/£14. Under 2's free (if on lap) Family ticket £26 www.circuspetite.co.uk


Limited space. To book email info@arcadetavern.co.uk



The Vintage & Makers Market returns for its first outing of 2020 to Snape Maltings. Deben Events has hand-picked a choice selection of the region’s leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople to kick off their year's calendar.

Circus Petite

After yet another successful Autumn tour, Circus Petite are hitting the road again this Spring, delivering more wholesome family fun to all their audiences in Suffolk and Essex,


Vintage & Makers Market

The market will feature everything from one-off vintage furniture, fashion, and homewares, to locally made products, artworks, fabrics and jewellery. 10am to 4pm


Shopping Day

in aid of Cancer Research UK

Over 20 stalls - Hot Footed ladies quality shoes and sandals, collections of ladies clothes for all ages, jewellery, accessories, gifts, plants and much more. £3 entrance to Cancer Research UK (£2 after 1pm). Tea/coffee and light lunches available. 10am-3pm. The Village Hall, Church St, Lavenham CO10 9QT


Charity Open Garden Event

in aid of St Elizabeth's Hospice

Visit a multi-awardwinning garden with a difference! 10 different therapeutic, learning and

Charity Open Garden

social spaces designed to welcome nature, stimulate learning (through more hands experiences) and be a place where staff and pupils alike can take time out to calm mind and body. Installed by students and parents who will be there on the day to talk visitors through each area. Fete type stalls and refreshments available on-site ran by the schools PTFA Kelsale CEVCP Primary School 11am-3pm £2 entry per adult (children free)


Lambing Day

Lambing day offers the public to come and experience the world of farming. Families will have the opportunity to cuddle newborn lambs, take part in Easter activities and enjoy the open site. 10am - 3pm. Free entry, £5 per car to park. Suffolk Rural, Otley Vanilla March/April 2020

Oliver Twist


New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich highlights 17 -21 MARCH

Macbeth Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller Battles. Murder. Ghosts. And desire… Three witches on a heath have a disturbing prophecy for a victorious warrior. Macbeth will be king of Scotland. As this wicked seed is planted, daring Macbeth and his determined wife Lady Macbeth draw bloody draggers and set out on a fateful path. But seizing the crown comes at a terrible price, as guilt grows, enemies draw close and the fight for survival hurtles towards a tragic conclusion… This epic and intensely terrifying period version of Shakespeare’s most regal and timeless classic warns of the effects of political ambition on March/April 2020 Vanilla


those who seek power for its own sake. Directed by Douglas Rintoul, following his acclaimed productions of Much Ado About Nothing, and UK tour of The Crucible. £12-£34 25 MARCH - 4 APRIL

Oliver Twist Born into poverty and misfortune, Oliver Twist escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pick pockets. But the enjoyment is short lived as he falls under the influence of the vicious Bill Sykes. This bold, brutal and beautiful new play of Oliver Twist sends you on a dark adventure through the twisted streets of London. Adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, every performance of will feature the use of integrated creative sign language, audio

Private Peaceful

description and captioning. £12-£29 3-18 APRIL

A Murder is Announced Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present their acclaimed production of a classic Miss Marple mystery. The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer... Now in it's fifth year of touring, this lavish production has delighted packed audiences across the UK and Ireland

and is brought to you by the company and director who produced the critically acclaimed courtroom thriller The Verdict. £12-£29 21-25 APRIL

Private Peaceful

By Michael Morpurgo. The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes. We join 18 year old Private “Tommo” Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth. £12-£29 For more information or to book go to wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295900


Get out!

Adam Kay and This Is Going To Hurt

Priscilla– Queen of the Desert



Ipswich Regent THURSDAY 12 MARCH

This Is Going To Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. The accompanying book, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series. Copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance. Ipswich Regent 7.30pm. Tickets £26 23-28 MARCH

Priscilla – Queen of The Desert The iconic musical comes to Ipswich!Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the


show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally! Ipswich Regent 7.30pm. £28-£45

Red Rose Chain FRIDAY 3 APRIL

Northern Soul Night After the storming success of the last nonsuchdjs Northern Soul fundraiser, we are thrilled to welcome them back for another night of Northern Soul floor-shakers. Expect to be dancing all night long! 8pm The Avenue Theatre, IP2 9AF Tickets £6

Jerwood DanceHouse


27 & 28 MARCH

Snape Farmers’ Market

Mark Bruce and his astonishing company of dancers pull you into a cinematic love story full of the rich and visceral imagery that has become their trademark. £12, concessions £9

The first Saturday of every month Snape hosts an array of local farmers and producers.

23-26 APRIL

Pannington Hall, Wherstead. 10am-2pm. First Saturday of every month.

Return To Heaven

Fame The Musical Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical continues to be one of the best-loved musicals across the world. Following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. £25, concessions £20 To book tickets go to danceeast.co.uk or call 01473 295230

Framlingham Market Every Saturday in the square in Framlingham.

Jimmy’s Farm

Felixstowe Every Sunday from 8am Manning's Amusements, Sea Road, Felixstowe

Woodbridge Farmers Market Woodbridge Community Hall, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 9am-1pm.

Harkstead Market Every third Saturday in the month 9am - Noon. Harkstead Village Hall.

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The Dress Circle 5-7 Fore STreet, Ipswich 01473 258513

Andrews Jewellers 28 Buttermarket, Ipswich 01473 250116

DJV Boutique 10 Cox Lane, Ipswich 01473 404592 djvboutique.co.uk

Archway Carpets 7 Church St, Woodbridge 01394 386684 Bathsheba Quay Point, Station Rd Woodbridge 01394 388813 Berridges Jewellers 4 Dial Lane, Ipswich 01473 225525 Cake & Catwalk 15 St Peters St, Ipswich 01473 871566 Carats 11 Buttermarket, Ipswich 01473 255 488 Coes 20-28 Norwich Rd, Ipswich 01473 256061 46 Hamilton Rd, Felixstowe 01394 282414 www.coes.co.uk


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John Olivers 1 College Street, Ipswich 01473 233327 6-8 Gt Colman St, Ipswich Emily Mortimer Jewellery 01473 214244 3-5 Gobbitts Yard, www.emilymortimer.co.uk Woodbridge Estuary Wine Bar 01394 387048 17 High St, Manningtree Juliette John Aesthetic www.estuarywinebar.co.uk Laser Skin Clinic Fanny & Frank The Lodge, Tuddenham 6 Market Hill, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich 01473 222145 01394 384723 Just Tiles Glasswells Smithfield, Melton, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich Woodbridge 01473 253164 01394 382067 justtileswoodbridge.co.uk Glow Clinic 2 Great Colman St, Ipswich 01473 221312 Hintlesham Barns College Farm, Back Road, Hintlesham, IP8 3NT 01473 652550 Holly Blue Boutique 72 The Thoroughfare Woodbridge 01394 382300

Crystal Rose Skin Clinic 20 High St, Needham Market Image Beauty Salon 07967 480323 16 Old Foundry Rd, Ipswich Deben Carpets and 01473 222188 Flooring www.imagesalon.co.uk Betts Ave, Martlesham, Ipswich Bathroom Ipswich & Tile Centre 01473 626097 907 Woodbridge Rd, Ipswich 01473 271722

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Inspirations 75 High St, Wickham Market 01728 747577

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R&R Spa New Street Market, 70 New Street, Woodbridge 07766 934 486 Riley & Riley 122-124 High St, Aldeburgh 01728 452431 Stock Shop Ipswich Hospital, Heath Rd, Ipswich 01473 720916 The Greenhouse Cafe 5 Orwell Rd, Felixstowe 01394 279311 The House In Town 23, St Peter’s Street, Ipswich 01473 211145 www.houseintown.co.uk The Tannery 6 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge 01394 388884 www.thetannery.co.uk Uniform Research 1 Market Hill, Woodbridge 01394 447187 Vanil 17 Church St, Woodbridge 07702 877081 Vida Haus The Three Tuns, Pettistree 07718 192888

Moose Interiors WildGinger 20a, Market Hill, Woodbridge 313 Woodbridge Rd, Ipswich 01394 382691 01473 723713 New Street Market 70 New Street, Woodbridge

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Angelle Joseph DJ, music producer and musician

My East Coast Life

DJ, music producer and musician Angelle Joseph came to Suffolk in 2011 to study at the University of Suffolk, and stayed in the area. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Ed Sheeran and Tom Robinson, and has broadcast live from Latitude.

Have you always been into music? I was always interested in music, but I studied Psychology and Criminology at uni, which was a world away from what I’m dong now. My parents kept saying I needed a backup as the music ‘thing’ wasn’t really a job! How did the change to a music career come about? In my teens I attended a local youth club every day after school. There, I found my love

for music and we did workshops and programmes making music, running a radio and basic skills in the studio. All the friends I hung out with there are still doing music or have some sort of creative outlet. I used to rap with the boys, always trying to think of new ways to expand my musicality and be unique. What led you to becoming a DJ and musician? When I graduated I started a hip hop radio show, Beats, Rhymes and Grime at IO Radio, which invited rappers to come in and promote their music. I got really into it, which inspired me to start rapping again, as there were no women who were rapping. I heard of BBC Music Introducing and, after I contacted them, I was asked to come and have

a look around. It was amazing, seeing the different worlds of community and local radio, but also seeing how passionate the presenters were. I started sending my music to the show and then they interviewed me about my music… and then they asked me to present the show! What have been your career highlights so far? There are so many, everything is just so new and exciting! Broadcasting live from Latitude, hosting the panel at Ipswich Sound City Festival with grime artist, Novelist. Attending BBC Introducing live, hosting sessions there and being part of Tom Robinson’s Live radio show broadcast on BBC 6 music, and all local radio. Taking a band to record a live session at legendary Maida Vale Studios. Choosing three bands to support Ed Sheeran for his homecoming tour and watching them. I was so proud! What are your dreams for the future? I hope to continue giving a voice to emerging, unsigned artists that I believe are so good they should be heard everywhere! I want them to know anything is possible, so keep believing and keep sending them in! It would be nice to be part of shows at the bigger stations like Radio 1, 1xtra and 6Music! ■



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