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Face to the sun like a child    you shout, ‘The swifts are back!’ — Anne Stevenson, “Swifts”


ello to all our lovely readers and a warm welcome to the month of May. The story this month came about when I was photographing Harleston for the feature in April’s issue of ylm. Ben said I would love the pottery and I should defo take a wander that way and photograph there. Well I don’t say it often but he was so right, my face lit up when I walked round the corner and saw the gates open and a beautiful garden, with amazing pottery, the colours and love that has been put into the pottery filled me with such joy. Ann came out of the house and as we chatted, I

asked if I could take some photos. The more we talked, I knew we had to tell our readers all about this hidden gem. I was then taken to Alan’s studio where he was painting. I could have stayed and chatted all day, I was blown away by all his paintings. To Alan and Ann, thank you so much for that day and meeting up with Geir who wrote the story on you guys. We have had a busy month as always, we had a fantastic day out in Southwold with most of the YLM family. Poor Matt, Ben and Janet stayed behind in the office, Janet did mention how she enjoyed a quiet day in the office!

I’m not sure what she could have possible meant by that, ha ha, as if Sarah, Steph and I are ever distracting and noisy! The sun was out and I just thought how blessed we all are to have the East Anglian coastline. We have always loved escaping with our caravan to the seaside, days on the beach, crabbing and just enjoying the sea breeze. I wish I was back there now I think about it. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining and you can get to the coast. Happy reading and keep your letters and emails flooding in. Have a great month! x

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Millhouse Man Pots & Paints


eated at the kitchen table of Millhouse Pottery in Harleston, drinking coffee, I begin to interview Alan Frewin. I was going to call this piece ‘Wizard Potter’, as a play on Harry, but that seemed a bit daft. Yet Alan does come across as a bit of a wizard; wiry, bearded and beady-eyed, grey and a little grizzly. I launch into my pre-prepared questions: ‘How did you get started?’ and ‘What do you make?’. The answer to the latter is ‘slipware’, and I have to ask ‘What’s slipware?’.

“You’re holding some,” replies Alan. And only then do I pay any attention to the mug, though that’s not really the word, from which I’m sipping. It’s quite beautiful. It’s shaped like a cooling tower; a tall concave cylinder, gently ringed with ridges, a loop of a handle set low, red clay rim and a high-gloss clotted cream glaze. There’s a wheatstraw design painted on in a rich chocolate brown. This is slipware, earthenware decorated with a coloured ‘slip’ of watery clay, fired just the once, not twice like

biscuit ware. Alan talks freely and easily for the next two hours, with the occasional contribution from Ann, his warmly welcoming, wife of some 50 years. They are both ageless. It’s only from their website that I learn Alan was born in 1935, making him very nearly eighty. He talks of time wasted in National Service, frustrations with corrupt local councils, disorganised distributors, but mostly he talks about pottery, and his new passion, or maybe the return to his first love,

Pictured Left: Ann & Alan Written by Geir Madland


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painting. But I see now that it is my blindness that he is really talking about: my lack of appreciation of this cup in my hand; todays taking for granted of everyday objects that used to be locally crafted by skilled hands but are now machine-made and massproduced in far-flung factories, ubiquitous, uninspired and uninspiring. He’s not bitter, mind you, just a little rueful.


hen he was seventeen, Alan was at the polytechnic doing engineering science but, in the evenings, he went to Art School. He got to be pretty good at life drawing but had to serve his apprenticeship as toolmaker at a factory in Sutton, Surrey, at the end of the 50s, working with industrial diamonds for turning pistons and grinding wheels. Then he got called up in the army, and they wanted to make him a technical clerk. “Big mistake,” says Alan. I lost two tank transporters and a train. I didn’t even know I had ‘em. In the end they just left me alone. I had an office and I could paint pictures and draw things. “While I was in the army, I took an examination to go to Art School at Oxford and passed that, and got a grant to go to college to do the intermediate exam, to get away from the camp. That got me off guard duties. You can live reasonably comfortably in the army, without being driven mad by everyone else, if you work your ticket right. I got the grant,

but they said ‘you can’t live on that, it’s not enough’ and I was married to Ann, and Ann was earning eight quid a week as a cook. And they said ‘it’s not enough, not if you want children’. And I said ’well, we won’t. There are such things as contraceptives you know’. Anyway, they said ‘we think you could pass this examination in a year, instead of two, but we’ll give you the full two-year grant’.”


o he was all set to go to Epsom Art School when he came out of the army, but then his father died. His father had been a shop manager, living over the shop, and his mother was given notice to move out, with his two younger brothers, aged 6 and 9. Alan was 21 and had to go back to the factory. “They all thought you can’t possibly earn a living from art.” “It’s not a secure thing,” Ann adds. Her aunt had seen a house. They wanted £2,000 for it. “Silly money; she said, ’I think it would do for both of you, and then Mrs Frewin would have somewhere to live as well.’ So we lived upstairs, and she lived downstairs with Alan’s two brothers. And Alan’s mother went to work in the factory too.” “We were stuck in the job,” says Alan. “This was 1959. I didn’t want to do it. A friend of mine, Peter (Riffin), he didn’t want to do it. He could have done anything. He was at the factory and he was working for his father, making copper pots, the spun ones, a horrible filthy job. You get covered in muck. Ann, myself and Peter, we went on holiday and had a

caravan down in Cornwall. We went to a pottery while we were there: the Cinque Ports Pottery. It’s probably still there.” “It was Kent,” corrects Ann. (In fact it was in Rye, East Sussex, and it closed in 2007). “We walked around and sort of looked at pots and that. No interest in pots. And I looked at this young guy throwing them, and I thought, ‘God, that was quick!’ He had it done in a couple of minutes. And I looked at that, and I looked at the price, and I said: ‘Pete, we’re in the wrong job!’ We decided we were going to become potters.”


hey got back, and signed up for a pottery evening class. “You’d got woodcarvers, stonemasons and potters all in the same room: chaos. I made a few things while I was there. I made a box (big lesson, this) and I made a lid, carved and inlaid with copper, and they fired it and, as usual, the janitor has to tend the kiln. It was left on all over Easter and they ruined virtually everything, but my copper, my lid came out perfectly: absolutely beautiful, lovely colour. And this is the thing I’ve learned about artists: never lend them anything! The teacher there said ‘I’d love to show this to a friend’. I never got it back. This is what I’ve found about artists in general: they think the world owes them a living; that they can just help themselves, or pinch anything.” “But you’re one, aren’t you?” I quip. “I am one but I was an engineer

before that. I don’t pinch other people’s tools! Pete bought a nine by six shed. We had the shed at my house. We had a woodworker’s bench, and I made a wheel by drilling a hole through the bench, and we used a skive, that’s what they polish diamonds on, cast iron, I got one from work, and I got the main flywheel from a big electric motor they weren’t using anymore, and I made a potter’s wheel. We learned to throw. Eventually Pete built a shed in his own garden, and I built a kiln.”


hat inspired the move up here? “It could have been anywhere,” admit’s Ann. “We looked all over the country for about two years.” “Pete got a job teaching and working in some local pottery,” Alan explains. “I got teaching jobs two mornings a week and two evenings, then three days a week in London. It got to 1970. We were looking for a place to set up a pottery, something we could afford. We looked all down the West Country.” They sold all their wares in the West Country, travelling a thousand miles in a week, showing samples to shops and coming back to make up the orders. “I never went into a place and came out without an order. At that time, they all wanted tin glaze, blue and white. I had a mug in my pocket, blue and white: that got me in. What they didn’t know was I had two tea-


chests full of slipware, which most of them hadn’t ever seen.” So they fetched up in Harleston.


ow did he get into slipware? “That was Pete. I’d done a bit of painting. Pete read about Bernard Leach and that sort of thing. It was his discovery, I’d never heard of it, but we both got into it. You don’t get so many people doing it now, I don’t think there are hardly any potters who work like I do, from a reasonably decent pottery: they’re renting little bits of space in old factories. They can’t produce very much so they’ve got to be expensive. Before, there was a potter’s shop in every town, now they’re just selling bric-a-brac, made in China. You can’t compete with that.” “They’re not frost-proof, though,” Ann points out. And Alan explains how you can tell: “If you put a bit of spit on your finger and put it on the inside where there’s no glaze. If it goes in like blotting paper, they’re going to fall apart.” Alan doesn’t want to compete with the imports: “It’s physically hard work”. He talks about the beautiful big pots coming from Indonesia not in boxes but slung on string inside a frame: “like a cobweb, you want to keep the whole thing”. Then there were pots from Crete: “really good, made there for four thousand years”. But business people get in and they lose the magic.


ooking round the Millhouse, Alan’s work is everywhere, including some exquisite framed painted ceramic panels on the wall, and a sundial face they got to keep as it cracked straight across the hole made for the gnomon. They tell me the workshop has 1300 hooks in the beams for hanging cups: most are currently unoccupied. He plans to make some pots this summer “because we’re getting a bit low”. He’s hardly made any pots for the last four years as he’s been busy painting. “He paints what he wants,” Ann declares. The paintings are sumptuous, laid out on display for the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail, though Alan and Ann are taking a sabbatical this year. Alan gets subject ideas from old photographs and adds intricate backgrounds, with an eye for colour developed over years as a slipware potter. “If you make pots, they’re useful,” Alan continues. “People have an excuse to buy something because it has a use. There’s no purpose from paintings. If I wanted to, I could make paintings that people would buy. I could come up with a formula to paint fast and popular. It can be done and there are people who do it. I don’t want to do that. I want to learn to paint and get it right. People can’t teach you to paint. I just stick with one painting and I go over and over, again and again, and on that journey you learn.” Long may the journey continue. ❏

Alan has produced a series of guides on DVD, filmed by his son, and available to buy.




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Oh! I do like to be beside the sea!


With our Focus this month being on the Suffolk Coast, we decided to go digging in the trunk for inspiration. We hope you make some wonderful memories of your own this summer. Read our Focus on the Suffolk Coast now, on pages 10 - 17





by Sarah Feaver


he Suffolk Coast is a beautiful and dreamy part of the UK. We are lucky to be so close. With its unique landscape facing the North Sea it is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. A haven for nature lovers, it inspires so many of us. The Suffolk Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are so many ways to experience the wonderful

Ø wildlife; with the coastal voyager trips, crabbing at Walberswick, Trimley Marshes open day at Felixstowe on 11th May, Minsmere Nature Reserve and also North Warren Reserve, Boyton Marshes and Dingle Marshes. The natural world isn’t the only reason to visit the Suffolk Coast. All the way down, there are delightful towns and villages full of character and charm. We have Southwold with only one road in and out,

its working lighthouse and of course the iconic colourful beach huts. Southwold is also famous for the award winning pier. Why not stop for a bite to eat above the waves; you can pick from The Boardwalk, The Beach Café or The Clockhouse and sample the famed pizzas. There are two shops on the pier, continuing Southwold’s individuality in shopping out into the sea, and of course the attractions include the amusement arcade and

the Under the Pier Show. Andy Watts is the Business Development Manager for the Pier, owned by Gough Hotels, and he told us a little bit about what he loves about working on the Suffolk Coast: “I have lived or worked across the whole of Suffolk from Haverhill to Bury St Edmunds and from Eye to Southwold and love every part of it. Driving to work each day is a joy through the Suffolk



countryside, knowing that whatever the weather, the fantastic Suffolk coastline awaits. When I started the job in January, we were experiencing the high winds and relentless weather systems coming up from the south. On several occasions we had to close the pier for safety reasons with wind speeds gusting at up to 80mph… but the view of the sea was spectacular! Now, around Easter time, the weather is much more clement and seeing the sun over the pier as I drive up is great…and the view of the sea is equally spectacular! We are very lucky to live and work in this part of the world and I’m looking forward to seeing as many visitors over the summer as we can!” At the other end of the town is the bustling harbour with its own individual shops, cafes and opportunities to sample and


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buy fresh fish and seafood. You won’t get fresher than that! If visiting at the weekend you can be rowed across the River Blyth to the village of Walberswick. Walberswick was once a thriving port but is now a popular tourist destination well known for its excellent crabbing; especially having held the thirtieth British Open Crabbing Competition in 2010 (although there is some contest as to which is the best bait to use, see page 15). It is extremely beautiful and surrounded by acres of heath and marshland, reedbeds, hay meadows, woodlands and other natural beauties. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna on the beach, wetlands and heaths. If you are very lucky you may spot otters, five different species of deer, and Natterjack toads. Walberswick is also home to approximately 500 species of butterflies and moths! Further down the coast we have the town of Aldeburgh, an-

other beautiful and picturesque town with its pebbled beach, fishermans huts and quaint buildings and its high street with unique, independent shops and galleries and wonderful places to eat including a chip shop famed for serving the best chips you can get! Close to Aldeburgh is Snape Maltings; an arts complex on the banks of the River Alde at Snape. It is best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival. They have just installed a forty-foot table on the Quay made from a single piece of driftwood. There is also a bench made for locals and visitors to enjoy the view of the marshes whilst enjoying a take-away, from either the Granary Tea Shop or the Fresh Food Pantry. A perfect place to stop a while. Even further down the coast is Felixstowe; home to Britain’s largest container port and also

its busiest, complete with viewing area enabling you to watch the huge ships coming into the dock. The town of Felixstowe itself is an Edwardian seaside town, with its long promenade playing host to a number of events such as the famous car rallies, the fun runs and Art on the Prom. At the North end of Felixstowe is the little village, Felixstowe Ferry. This is a delightful place full of character and charm; fresh fish for sale, a boatyard and an amazing 1950’s style diner which has been there since 1946. Felixstowe Ferry is another place on the Suffolk coast perfect for crabbing. Across the river Deben is Bawdsey Manor; a secret WWII facility where Radar was invented. This isn’t the only WWII building that you will find as there were anti-invasion defences built all along the Suffolk coastline and some can still be seen today.




ith the two bank holidays we enjoy this month, and the summer approaching fast, it’s the perfect season for family time at the coast. I remember when I was younger going to Thorpeness Meare and ‘messing about in boats’. Here you can hire a rowing boat and head for a watery adventure; try exploring one of the mini islands on the Meare. How about paying a visit to The Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud Farm? Now extremely rare, the Suffolk Punch is a beautiful part of Suffolk’s heritage. ‘The Suffolk Punch shaped the landscape of Suffolk and played a crucial role in the development of farming throughout the British Colonies’ (Extract from With demonstrations, activities and tractor rides there is fun for all the family. Woodbridge Tide Mill is now open again, seven days a week. This Tide Mill was one of the first in the country and in op-

eration for over 800 years. ‘Experience the sights, sounds and drama of the mill as wheels and stones turn, grinding the grain as they have done for many hundreds of years. At Woodbridge Tide Mill, man has worked for over 800 years harnessing the totally reliable and predictable green energy from the tides to drive a mill producing flour and animal feed. This was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK and it has now been restored to working order. When tides permit the five metre English oak waterwheel will turn the machinery, and grain will be milled to produce flour. An imaginative time-line records the Tide Mill’s long history and fascinating owners and is complemented by interactive models, audio stations, videos, display panels, life-size cut-outs of the miller’s family and cats. There’s also a children’s corner and dressing-up box’. (Extract from www.woodbridgetidemill.

If it’s something adventurous you are after then check out Coastal Voyager… You will have to go a long way to beat the exhilarating experience of a high speed Sea Blast aboard their thrilling charter RIB Coastal Voyager. The 9M 400hp boat is put through it’s formidable paces in a 30 minute tour of Solebay. You can often see harbour porpoises, all kinds of sea birds, the occasional seal and if you are really lucky a dolphin! Coastal Voyager was built in New Zealand in 2001 to a special design based on their Coastguard vessel. The deep V hull means that she gives an amazingly smooth ride even in a heavy sea. The 12 wrap-around seats hold you firmly in place and the individual seat belts ensure you stay put! The craft is only ever driven by RYA qualified, highly experienced skippers under the direction of Marcus Gladwell himself: a very experienced boatman and an RYA Instructor responsible

for all training at Southwold Lifeboat. The Seal & Wind Farm Trips are extremely popular. There are grey and common seals living at Scroby Sands. Regular trips take visitors out to watch them relaxing on the sand bank and on most occasions the more inquisitive ones swim over to see what you are up to! How about the ever popular ‘Drive of your life’ trip to experience the extreme thrill of putting Voyager’s 400 horses through their paces? Take the wheel and become Skipper of Coastal Voyager. You will experience first-hand what being behind the wheel is really like. Under the instruction of an RYA qualified instructor you will put Coastal Voyager through her paces, doing exhilarating turns at hair raising speeds! (Sea conditions permitting). There are many trips at Coastal Voyager so visit www. coastal for more information.

Woodbridge Tide Mill & Wind Farm Photography: Martin Pettit



Appearing at Southwold Arts Festival (Pictured, Left to Right & Top to Bottom) Tasmin Little, Opera Babes, Helen McDermott & Adrian Wright, Digby Fairweather, Andrew Marr Nathan Williamson.



he Suffolk Coast is a wonderful place for discovering arts. The first ever Southwold Arts Festival will be held 28th June to 5th July this year. The main venue will be St. Edmunds Hall although this is a real community event and there will be activities throughout the whole of Southwold. “Our aim is to bring art in its many forms to a wider audience including local people, visitors, children and families” says Simon Tobin, Town Mayor and Chairman of the planning committee. The festival will be opened by a street event on the 28th June including stalls, entertainment, choirs and performers. The organisers have aimed to create a programme that will have wide appeal. Sarah Green, who is co-ordinating the publicity and programme is also busy securing advertising and sponsorship. She said, “A festival of this kind


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requires huge team effort and commitment but I have been greatly encouraged by the response so far”. Lin Le Versha who has been instrumental in collating the programme said “There will be a huge range of events available during the week and we are already working on ideas for the 2015 Festival.” The Festival is evolving very much as a community event and there will be additional events organised by the library, the Electric Picture Palace and the Pier. The ‘Southwold Art Circle’ will be hosting their own exhibition and the Decorative and Fine Arts Society will be providing a lecture by Ian Collins on the subject of art in Southwold. The Planning Group is also working with the Summer Theatre team who will provide a theatre production of their own on Thursday 3rd July. Marc Brown has generously created a design: ‘Festival Light’ for the leaflet

and the Street Event is being funded and organised by ‘My Southwold’. So this summer head down to the Southwold arts festival for a real treat. Also in June is the 67th Aldeburgh festival featuring Benjamin Britten’s pacifist opera, Owen Wingrave, written during the Vietnam War. Founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948 as a ‘modest festival with a few concerts given by friends’, the Aldeburgh Festival has grown and become one of Europe’s leading music festivals. As well as ‘Owen Wingrave’ the festival also includes classical music from international and UK based composers, walks, talks, film screenings, cross-arts events and exhibitions. There will also be an alternative festival show casing everything from folk and blues through to comedy and cabaret and An Aldeburgh Musicircus which is a free event showcasing ‘the largest gathering of musicians

the town has ever seen’. This year they have teamed up with the Blaxhall Youth Hostel and Campsite, just two miles from Snape Maltings. All accommodation fees will also include free passage on festival coaches. Further up the Suffolk Coast you will find the Lowestoft Arts Centre. Here you will find an arts and crafts gallery showing work from local artists using a wide variety of mediums from paintings, drawings and prints to ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and more. Studio hire is available for individuals or small groups for arts activities and they also run classes and workshops. The Suffolk Coast, with its natural beauty, clearly provides great inspiration for all types of art. q Our featured artist this month is Emily Rae Manning. To discover Emily’s work and inspirations, see page 41


We’ve Gone Crabbing


rabbing is a Fantastic British seaside activity, Fun for all the family and all ages. Crabbing keeps children occupied and interested, while adults get very addicted and competitive (I do!) Crabs are often found around piers, structures, beaches with larger rocks and stones and harbour walls. They tend to like to live and hide under rocks, seaweed or other structures with lots of cover. ›

Get kitted out with Gone Crabbing

› You can get a crabbing line from most seaside shops, or just a bit of the string and a weight. Some people like to use a children’s fishing net with a long handle ( I was never al lowed as my Dad and Grandfather said the skill was to get it all the way up and in the bucket without them drop ping off). Don’t forget a good sized bucket and fill with sea water.

Written & Complied by Wendy Aiken


Stockists Art on The Quay, Waldringfield IP12 4QZ Gone Crabbing shop, Southwold IP18 6DN Looma, Aldeburgh IP15 5AL Jolly Studio, Orford IP12 2NU The National Trust shop and tea room, Dunwich Heath The H-P’s Emporium, Framlingham IP13 9BD

watch ouT for those pincers! it’s best to hold the crab with your thumb and finger on each side just behind the pincers. and above all, treat the crabs with care.

The Bait debate SPOTs If you ask regular crabbers, they will all have a preferred bait. Mine for instance is fish head and scraps from the local fishmonger and this has been our family bait of choice through the generations! You should know crabs are not fussy, you can use chicken, bacon or fish alike. But if you want to really excite those crabs, with the caviar of the crab world, it’s frozen sand eels all the way. You can find these at a local sea fishing bait shop. Frozen sand eels work so well, they don’t want to let go... give it a try and let us know how you get on.

Walberswick Home of the British open Crabbing competition each year from 1982 - 2010. Sadly due to very large numbers of competitors and concerns over safety, they stopped having the event.

Felixstowe Slightly to the north of Felixstowe you find the tiny fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry. This is prime crabbing territory, so keep it to yourself!




his month we spoke with Tim Hunkin, an engineer, artist and writer based in Suffolk. Most of you will recognise the iconic clock on Southwold Pier. He also crafted and constructed the ‘Under the Pier Show’; a mad and humorous arcade full of unusual and unique coin-op machines. You may know him from the Channel Four series ‘The Secret life of Machines’, written by himself, telling the history and explaining the inner workings of household machines. Here he tells us more…


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“I like solving practical problems and getting things to work. It’s sad that today most engineers are office based, staring at screens all day.”

Have you always been creative? I’ve made things since I was a small child. A foot tickling machine I made aged about 9, made people laugh. I found the reaction satisfying. When did you first start engineering things? For the first half of my life I was frustrated that everything I made was unreliable. I’m not sure why I persevered but because of the long struggle, ever since I have got great pleasure in making things that are reliable. When did you start making arcade machines? My first coin op machines were more arty (carved wooden figures that did things like picking their nose). I think of The Chiropodist (1986) which is now in The Under the Pier Show as my first proper arcade machine. Did you do any training? I did engineering science at college. Lots of hard sums which I was quite good at but have no relevance to what I do now. Mostly I just bought tools like

welders and lathes and taught myself to use them. Who came up with the idea for the Under the Pier Arcade and how did it originate? I have had a recurring fantasy about having my own amusement arcade ever since I was a teenager. As a kid in the 1950s I made silly contraptions, struggling to get them to work at all. In the 60s, as a teenager I had a Saturday job with Ruffler and Walker, a company building coin op machines. My own first coin op machine, built a few years after leaving college in 1974, was too successful - the coins completely overfilled the box and shorted the electrics. I carried on to make others, still too unreliable to be left unattended, which I took to local fairs and fetes. These ended up as an exhibition at the ICA in 1981 – my brief brush with fine art. Then in 1984 I started collaborating with Cabaret Mechanical theatre – making machines to stand outside their museum in Covent Garden. In 1999 I made The Instant Eclipse machine for Southwold High

Street. When I put it out again in 2000, the people living next door complained. This was the reason I first approached Chris Iredale, the owner of the pier, and he let me put the Eclipse outside the pier cafe. It was not a great success. The salt air kept tripping the RCD, stopping it working. Meanwhile, Chris had started rebuilding the pier. Despite the dismal performance of the Eclipse, he agreed to let me have a tiny arcade (about 12 ft square) for my homemade slot machines the following summer. So The Under the Pier Show first opened in June 2001, initially just with 5 old Cabaret machines, and the pier still half built. Enjoying my regular trips to the pier and taking to bits the old machines thrown out of the pier’s conventional arcade – I decided to expand, investing some of my savings to make the first new machines. Before the pier opened, on a visit to my house to see the slot machines, Chris saw the water clock in my garden. He asked if I could put it on the pier.

His enthusiasm for the clock was partly why he risked giving me the space for the arcade. What do you love about engineering? I like solving practical problems and getting things to work. It’s sad that today most engineers are office based, staring at screens all day. I think much better in my workshop, surrounded by my tools and my stores. Where do you get the ideas/ inspiration from? Sometimes things in the news (I was a cartoonist for the Observer for 15 years) and sometimes by things in my personal life. But I usually think initial ideas are overrated. The fun is in the detail, which emerges over the months while building a machine. Are there any machines in the pipeline? I’ll be putting a new one on the pier this summer but the pier owner wants to have a grand opening so it’s under wraps until then.

Tim Hunkin




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BOOK CLUB Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! by David Melling £11.99 Everyone loves birthdays, parties and presents especially Douglas. But his over excited twin cousins Felix and Mash do everything to disrupt the day. Will this be Douglas’ worst birthday ever? This latest adventure of Douglas and his friends is an enjoyable and entertaining story with fun and engaging illustrations.

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There are deep pools, with dark ravines and canyons where the fiercest crabs can hide and snap their claws

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With all of the lovely weather we have been having lately, this book will definitely put you in a summer mood! This book has over 50 easy recipes from vinaigrettes to creamy classics and great salad ideas too. The perfect accompaniment to a long, warm summer spent outdoors!

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the thing about interior design... The thing about interior design is that no two projects are the same. They can be big or small, but the process is always tailored to meet the clients’ expectations. Hopefully you will find this article helpful if you are thinking of refurbishing your own home too. At the early stages of working with a client we talk about their personal preferences for colour and style. Even though clients can often confidently describe what they are looking for, we like to look at pictures and samples, followed by a walk around our showroom talking about the pieces that we have on display. This process gives us a clearer sense of the style direction to go in. Design is such a visual subject and interpretations of a colour or shape can vary, it is so much easier to see an image and talk about how you feel about it than try to describe

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it, so a great tip to getting started is to take inspiration from magazines that have elements that are of your preferred style. The next consideration when designing is the property; this will also have it’s own style and space restrictions to work to. Depending on when the property was built you may find that you have other obstacles to overcome. Homes are built for the lifestyle of that time. Older properties tend to offer more character through features such as beams, cornicing and interesting windows but what they will often lack is the required

amount of bathrooms. Homes built in the last 30 years will tend to suit our lifestyles better and are often a very blank canvas that you can really put your own stamp on. The final and probably the most important consideration is the budget. Knowing what you would like to spend allows us to suggest realistic options as to what can be done to the property and show suitable items that fit within budget. Money is something that we can find hard to talk about but being honest about what you want to spend makes the whole process easier and much more enjoyable in the long run. Interior Design can be perceived as an expensive luxury but actually we often save clients’ money by carefully selecting items in a structured way rather than shopping haphazardly for ‘make do’ items which will often not be quite right, and end up being replaced quite quickly. Also by having an overall budget you may find that you buy one or two statement pieces that you would


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not normally consider alongside items of a much lower cost. It is not always about buying new things either. Up-cycling just one piece can give a room a whole new lease of life. One of the most popular services at the moment is re upholstering dining chair seats. Buying a dining suite can be a big investment and your current furniture may have family value. Some new fabric on the seats is often enough to update it. Children’s bedrooms are popular rooms for a quick make-over, as children grow and their tastes change. Think about adapting some basic pieces simply by painting a desk, changing the handles on drawers, or lining the back of bookcases with brightly coloured wallpaper. These all add individuality to the room. Making our homes what we wish for brings out all sorts of emotions but try to make it fun and enjoyable! The best advice is to think carefully before you start to make any changes and have a clear vision of what you are aiming to achieve.



My Head Gardener is a tailored Garden Development Service from Jody Lidgard Bespoke Outdoor Spaces We are bringing our experience and contemporary approach to your garden Working together; to achieve your dream outdoor space

HOW TO ENTER To Celebrate the launch of My Head Gardener, we are giving away a free design consultation plus £100 worth of planting.* To enter, all you have to do is write or email in to YLM with a short poem that best describes the vision that you see for your garden The Winner will receive a free visit from My Head Gardener, who will follow up with a written report and action plan. My Head Gardener will also supply £100 worth of plants towards the scheme. YLM will be alongside, featuring the various stages of the project.

If you would like further information on My Head Gardener, please contact us now on, 01379 852 356

Est. 2014 *Usual Circuit Media competition rules apply



“Space is at a premium at Chelsea, coupled with a schedule that has no leeway on the finish date.”


he horticultural calendar in May is dominated by the RHS flower shows, namely the Malvern Spring Flower Show and the Chelsea Flower Show. For the last ten years we have been involved either personally or as part of a team on show garden builds. We see the RHS Flower shows as an opportunity to pitch our skills and training in one of the most demanding arenas in the world - it’s a coming together of the industry’s finest in a Horticultural World Cup. Everyone has their eyes set on a coveted Gold Medal, and as I was once informed by a good friend and prominent TV presenter, “You should not enter the arena if you’re not prepared to take the consequences!” Put simply the best drawn plans and designs can fall at the finish line, and cost you the medal you have worked for over the whole year. When we were asked to be involved with a main avenue garden last year we had already committed to building a garden at Malvern Spring. Our timetable was tight, with back to back involvement with both projects. Malvern 2013 was planned and executed with a team of 8 people over a two week period. The stone paving had been sourced in

November the previous year from Yorkshire. The walling similar and the plants provisionally booked the previous September! Chelsea has the same sourcing issues as Malvern, the main difference being that numbers and materials increased dramatically. Our core team at Chelsea was made up of twenty-two people with numerous volunteers timetabled in daily. The Designer has overall control over the project and the Site Manager runs things on the ground. Hard Landscaping and build is rolled out first with the structure planting (large trees) going in at the same time. Some of the trees we use are in excess of 8 metres tall with root balls weighing over a tonne each! Our Team is split into hard landscapers and horticultural operatives. This ensures the best of the expertise being used in the most efficient way. Invariably you can find yourself multi- tasking on the site, making tea and coffee for everyone one minute, and unloading a wagon the next. Space is at a premium at Chelsea, coupled with a schedule that has no leeway on the finish date, Our project was not without drama last year; the design involved

by Jody Lidgard Bespoke Outdoor Spaces

a complex glass structure that was commissioned especially for the garden. The bad news was that the company responsible for the production went into receivership during the build, and the order was not despatched! If this was not bad enough, the plants that had been ordered in September also failed to turn up in the quantities ordered! At this point we were halfway through the build. Our Designer made a phone call to a very well known TV personality who is used to dealing with SOS situations! One of his team arrived on site the very next morning and a meeting convened. Further phone calls and enquiries were made and we established the whereabouts of the glass we had ordered and paid for. Further investigation revealed that the receivers where due in at any minute so there was no time to lose! Favours where pulled in and the glass was removed from the factory in time to reach the show. Our build window for installation had closed but fortunately, another team of engineers came on board to manufacture and fit the glass for our Designer. One crisis averted, but we still had the dilemma of not having the plants we ordered on board yet. Nursery runs were made and substi-

tutes brought in. Looking back now the whole project doesn’t seem that stressful; but when you’re in the thick of it working the 15 hour days back to back the whole thing runs like a military operation. It is at such times that the professionalism and talent within the team shines through, and people produce their best work. The Garden was completed on time, and Arthritis UK and designer Chris Beardshaw received the Gold Medal they set out to achieve. It is a real pleasure being able to work alongside these people and we were delighted to be asked later in the year by Nick Knowles and his team to help with the DIY SOS Big Build in Peterborough. At times I wonder what it would be like not to be involved with these projects, but with that time of the year on us again I smile to myself with a certain amount of trepidation, thinking about how we will fare over the coming weeks. I look forward to sharing our results in the next issue of YLM. We would like to take this opportunity to offer readers an opportunity to win a free consultation and £100 worth of plants for their garden with My Head Gardener. Details can be found on page 22. Good Luck!

Jody Lidgard is a Freelance Landscape & Horticultural Consultant working throughout East Anglia. | 01379 852356 | 07769 565683

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KEEP YER HEEL DOWN BOR Wotcha! How are yer diddlin? P’haps that should be how yer dibblin? As a lot of you will be putting your spuds in now. I spoke to someone recently who said he didn’t understand half this column. Now, before you jump on the bandwagon, he didn’t mean he thought it was a load of squit... I mean, who would? No, it was the dialect thing – but he was familiar with apples and pears (stairs) so you know where’s he’s from don’t you readers? You all know by now that my wife, Paula, is from Finland, and her first introduction to English cuisuine was a soggy tomatoe sannie on Liv. St. station. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion, in fact it shows the high esteem in which I held her to even part with one of my beloved sandwiches. All my family know that, given a tomatoe sannie, soggy or otherwise, I am a happy bunny. The picture shows my dad in his greenhouse tending tomatoes. Although we had 5000 cloches on our market garden at Blo Norton we only had one greenhouse. The tomatoes would have been Moneymaker which is an excellent cropper but doesn’t have the flavour of Alicante or Ailsa Craig. Choose any one of the latter two and you will be in dreamland. Do yew keep on troshin’ and remember, if music be the food of love, then when I handed a soggy ‘matoe’ sandwich to my future wife it showed my love... of food. Nothing changes! Mark

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THE FACTS ABOUT TREES The first known land plant (Cooksonia) evolved about 430 million years ago; followed 60 million years later by the first real tree (Archaeopteris). As forests of these spread across the world the amount of oxygen increased rapidly paving the way for the evolution of animals. One of the largest trees in the world is found in the Calcutta Botanical Garden. It is a banyan tree planted in 1782. The tree covers an area of 3 acres and can provide shade for 20,000 people. There are 1,775 ‘trunks’ (pillar roots) which have a diameter of 131 metres. For sheer volume, the largest of the temperate trees is the giant redwood. The biggest is General Sherman in the Sequoia National Park; trunk diameter 17.6 metres and 95 metres tall, weighing 1,200 tonnes and 2,700 years old. The tallest is a coastal redwood called ‘Tall Tree’ on the Californian coast; last measured in 1996 and was 112.2 metres tall (14 metres taller than Big Ben. The fattest tree in the world is a Montezuma cypress in Southern Mexico; it has a girth of 36.3 metres. In New Zealand there are 2 trees worth a mention; the Kauri (Agathis australis) and the Totara (Podocarpus totara). Both are approaching 2,000 years old, 60 metres tall and girths reaching 13 metres. They hold religious significance; the Maori people believe important spirit’s live within them. The tallest tree ever recorded was an Australian eucalyptus measured in 1872 and thought to have been over 150metres. The title of the tallest in Britain

goes to the Stronardon Douglas Fir measuring 63.79 metres in Feb 2009; next is the Diana’s Grove Grand Fir at Blair Castle at 62.7 metres. The oldest tree is a Norwegian Spruce (Christmas tree) which has a root system 9,550 years old. The oldest entire tree is a Bristle cone pine (Methuselah) in California dated as 5,000 years. The oldest tree in Britain is the Fortingall Yew in a churchyard in Perthshire and thought to be 4,000 years old. The oldest tree house dates from the 17C and is in the Great Lime at Pitchford, Shropshire. The hardest wood is lignum vitae (Guaiacum spp.) more than 3 times harder than oak and is used for making bearings for ships propellers. The whitest wood is holly and the blackest is Gabon ebony. You might think your Leylandii hedge grows quickly but the Empress tree grows 20ft in a year. The slowest growing is a White Cedar in the Canadian Great Lakes; it is 155 years old and 4 inches high weighing only six tenths of an ounce The fumes from burning Ceylon satinwood puts humans to sleep and will kill canaries. The world’s sweetest berry is the Serendipity Berry and is 3,000 times sweeter than the sugar you put in your tea. Perhaps one of the answers to the growing shortage of fuel is the tree Copaida langsdorfii which grows in the Amazon region. It’s sap is so like diesel it will run your vehicle.

Every day an acre of trees produces enough oxygen to keep 18 people alive. Some trees however, cause pollution. Ten thousand eucalyptus trees will emit 10 kg of volatile organic compounds an hour which is equivalent to spilling 12 gallons of petrol an hour. The blue haze seen over The Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, is caused by this. Oaks and poplars are also culprit’s but not to the same extent. On the whole, trees act as excellent biological filters removing up to 234 tonnes of particle pollutants in a city the size of Chicago. The rarest tree in the world is the Pennantia baylisiana. Until recently only one tree existed. It was found growing wild in the Three Kings Islands near New Zealand. Since 1990 some cuttings have been taken, some of which are now bearing fruit. So if you have a tree trying to outdo these, but it needs taming, give us a call – we can cope with just about anything. Joan Garnham Waveney Tree Specialists Visit our website and see what we can do. Expert advice is a phone call or email away 01379 668 636 07990 801 388 Free estimates Realistic, competitive prices




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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN GABRIEL’S GARDEN? It feels like you can almost see the garden growing in the beautiful month of May. Turn your back for a moment and look again and the flower beds and hedgerows seem a few inches taller, more vibrant, the greenest of greens, buds bursting into flower; the first of the Peonies ‘Madame Calot’ unfurl their double pink petals. In the poly tunnel the autumn sown sweet peas and stocks start to flower, heavenly scents pervade the air and the garden is launched into the magic of early summer. Wildflowers fill forgotten corners, delicate Stitchwort, sky blue Forget- me-nots and deep pink Campion’s, the nodding bonnets of self sown aquilegias and the frothy white petals of cow parsley signify and celebrate the coming of summer and our beautiful English countryside. The weather is warm enough to sow the Zinnias; these late flowering beauties are one of my favourites. They create spectacular arrangements and are brilliant cut flowers, their colours are exotic and intense and they will

flower late into the autumn. The quick growing summer annuals; Cosmos Purity, Cornflower Blue ball and Bishops flower, that were sown in March, have been hardened off and are ready

growth on top means they are usually easy to deal with, pulling or hoeing; either way it’s best to

“The weather is warm enough to sow the Zinnias; these late flowering beauties are one of my favourites. They create spectacular arrangements and are brilliant cut flowers, their colours are exotic and intense and they will flower late into the autumn.” to plant out. Keep an eye out for late frosts and protect with fleece or straw as the fleshy leaves can so easily be burnt. I’m using canes, willow and hazel, to provide stakes for the newly planted dahlias and annuals, they are so fast growing at this time of year and the vigorous growth is easily split or knocked over by strong wind and heavy rain. Weeds can behave like the garden bullies at this time of year; they get big so quickly and start to take over the slower growing perennials and annuals. All that

catch them before they flower and set seed. I’m a fan of the Dutch hoe, wait for a sunny dry day and hoe through the roots leaving the weeds to wilt and dry, if left overnight the piles of wilting weeds become effective slug traps, these can then be removed - slugs and all the next day. If the weeds you have pulled or hoed have not flowered they are perfect for composting; start to build up the layers in the compost bins with freshly mown grass cutting and weeds. I like to add comfrey leaves and

by Gabbi

the muck and straw from the chicken run, cover with something permeable and the pile will quickly heat up and start to compost. May is the month to sow bi annuals which will flower this time next year; I’m sowing some deep crimson and scarlet Sweet Williams and a highly scented stock Matthiola incana ‘Pillow talk’ which will look and smell fantastic. Gabriels Garden offer a Weekly/ Fortnightly flower service for the home or workplace. Email us to order or for more info and say ‘Yes Please!’ And please Like Gabriel’s Garden Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

You can find Gabriel’s Garden at Wyken Vineyard Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month 9.00am - 1.00pm, The fabulous Bungay Garden Street Market, Sunday May 18th, and The Hempnall Flower Festival, Saturday May 31st. Our Open Day is on June 29th 11am -4pm

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ie, Annabel

l to R: Charon, Alison, Ros

Alison printing architectu

ral plans


“In my work it is important that I can be confident that I have access to the prints and digital scans of architectural drawings that I need to meet deadlines for client meetings and when submitting planning applications. I know that Bob, Alison and their staff can always be relied on, however short the notice and whatever the quantity, to provide me with the copies I need. Unfailingly, I know that I will always be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and a dash of good humour.” Andrew Major Architect

the personal touch C

opydiss has had a presence in the town for eighteen years, but in August of 2007, a regular customer, after having received notice of its closure, decided to take it on and negotiated its purchase. “I didn’t want to have to travel to the nearest large town or city to get my copying done” explains Bob Ellis “also it dovetailed in with my other business, which is estimating, surveying & co-ordination of Mechanical & Electrical Services within the building industry – so I thought ‘why not, let’s go for it’”. Copydiss is still a family run business; the shop is run by Bob’s wife Alison and she is helped by three part time staff, Charon, Rosie

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& Annabel, who are all from the local area. Alison herself is very creative and running Copydiss allows her to let her artistic flair come to the fore and give their clients options on design. She loves to hear the words ‘I don’t know’ when asking a customer what they would like as it gives her scope to create. Since purchasing the business in 2007 they have enhanced the quality and reputation and greatly expanded what they can do and offer the industry. From leaflets and flyers to posters and even building plans, Copydiss have got you covered. With their HP Designjet T2300 Postscript eMFP Plan Copier

they can produce colour or black and white plans from A2 size to A0 and coloured posters up to A1. The copier is a 6 colour machine enabling them to provide you with in depth copying. If you’re stuck for ideas why not take advantage of the in-house design… All of your business stationery can be dealt with at Copydiss, where it can be designed and/or printed, including letterheads, compliment slips, business cards, Invoices, ID badges, sticky labels, signs… Maybe you have a special occasion coming up and want to make it personalised to you? You could have your invitations designed and made through Copydiss or perhaps

if you are planning that extra special day, your wedding, they could help with a personalised order of service, invitations, place names, table plans and thank you cards. They can, for those sad moments, cater for your funeral order of service requirements. Not only do they cover all this but they can also personalise special occasion cards and calendars. You will always be guaranteed a friendly and polite service; they are always willing to help and try to cater for everyone’s needs. Copydiss is an Aladdin’s Cave of copying and is ‘well worth the walk to the top of the hill.’ What they give is personalised & personal to you.



Dream On

Dream On


“Skin tone and hair colour changes, whether natural or not, which makes it a good idea


ould you like to understand why some colours suit you more than others? Why pale colours seem to wash you out or vivid colours appear too strong? Perhaps there is one particular top that you wear and people comment how well you look? The truth is we can all wear any colour but it’s the tone of that colour that needs to be considered. We all have our favourite colours and even colours that remind us of a certain time in our lives but getting the right shade of that colour can be the difference between an outfit looking great and one that makes you look tired or unwell. Understanding colour requires us to look at our skin tone, hair colour and eye colour. Amanda from Dream On says “Many people are fascinated by colour anaylsis, they are keen to find what works for them. Some customers ask if their colours change over time and the answer is YES! Skin tone and hair colour changes, whether natural or not, which makes it a good idea to update your palette every so often”.

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to update your palette every so often”.


he Style and Colour workshop helps you understand the colours that work for you making shopping a more enjoyable experience and ensures there should be less chance of making an expensive mistake in the future. However, clothes are not the only area where colour needs to be considered… makeup also plays a huge part in the way we feel and many of us find this area very confusing with so much to choose from. As part of the workshop, Dionne, a makeup consultant from Defining Radiance, will help you identify shades and tones to suit you. Dionne says “we decided that the best way to approach this was to ask the customer to bring along their own make-up bag. Once we have looked at colours to suit them we can then help them understand how to use their current cosmetics as well as suggesting new products that would complement their colourings”.


t Dream On the thinking is very much about giving you the tools to help you understand why and how something works. At the end of the workshop you will leave with your own personal colour swatch together with the confidence to shop for colours that will make you feel great.


ream On offers a wide range of workshops on subjects as diverse as Health Check Your Business to Your Personal Capsule Wardrobe and many others too. The workshops run from 9.30am to 1.30pm on various days of the week including some Saturdays. If you would like to find out more then look on their website or call their team on 01379 678483.




Honeyed Duck with Roast Chicory & Date & Ale Puree Ingredients Serves 4 200g dried dates 250ml Adnams Ale 50ml whipping cream 4 large duck breasts 2 heads chicory honey all spice 1 orange

by Chris Gissing Fayre View Restaurant

Method To start, put the dates, ale and a pinch of all spice in a saucepan and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes until the dates are nice and soft. Meanwhile, trim the duck breast and place in a hot pan, skin side down, season well with salt and pepper and the zest of one orange. When the skin has coloured turn over. Trim outside leaves from the chicory and cut in half. Add to the pan with the duck, face side down, drizzle both duck and chicory with honey and place in a medium oven for about 6-8 minutes. While the duck is cooking place the date mixture in a food processor and blend with the cream. Push the mix though a fine sieve for a smooth puree. Remove the duck from the oven and allow to rest for 4-5 minutes this should give you a nice pink breast. Plate the puree, chicory and the sliced duck and finish with a little red wine sauce.

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The Food Review



his month we were invited to The Old Ram Coaching Inn, Tivetshall for our food review. The Old Ram is a listed Inn that dates back to the 17th century. It is a beautiful building with so much character. Inside the floor is old, smooth brick and you are surrounded by stunning, original beams. The restaurant is all on different levels which really adds to the traditional feel and there is even a high mezzanine level. It really has such a lovely atmosphere. Paul Jeynes took over in February of this year and now The Ram is busy and thriving. Paul himself was so friendly and welcoming, as were all of the staff. There were three and a half of us doing the review this time (myself, Wendy, Steph and Wendy’s daughter (my God-daughter) Willow). For our starters we chose the Duck Liver and Port Parfait served with homemade red onion jam and Melba toast; Potted Cromer Crab with tarragon mayon-

naise and toast; Crayfish Prawn and Lime Salad and the Chef’s Homemade Curried Vegetable Soup with fresh warm bread and butter. As we watched fellow diners’ food coming out it looked amazing. When it arrived the Parfait was so silky and had a beautiful flavour and the Melba toast was just the right thickness; I could have eaten so much of this. The presentation was also excellent. Wendy said that the Cromer Crab was “divine” and this is coming from a self-professed Cromer Crab Connoisseur! Steph had the soup and I heard her murmur “ooo that is really good”. Willow also shared the soup and when I asked her what she thought she said “I love it, it’s really yummy”. The restaurant was really busy by this time and everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. We had a little accident that involved the knocking of a glass onto the floor but Paul was so

calm and understanding and came over straight away to clear it up and made us feel so much better. For our main courses we ordered the Pan Fried Sea Trout with olive oil mash, Norfolk samphire, bacon, caper and tomato beurre blanc; The Braised Shoulder of Spring Lamb, creamed mash potato, baby spinach, ratatouille and lamb jus; A Duo of Norfolk Pork, slow cooked belly, roast fillet, cauliflower cheese gratin, baby leeks and pork jus; and the sausage, mash and peas from the children’s menu. Everything was so fantastically presented. The beurre blanc with the Sea Trout had a superb flavour and texture to it, perfectly complementing the fish. I had never had Norfolk samphire before (I know, disgraceful for a local girl) but I absolutely loved it, such an amazing ‘sea’ flavour. Wendy described the lamb as melt in your mouth. It had a gorgeous glaze on it. The crackling on Steph’s pork was very good

and crunchy, the gratin was just how it should be and delicious. And how did Willow describe hers? “Yum, yum, yum”. All portions were a decent size but at the same time not too much. Of course, we then had a dessert. So, what did we have? We chose the Banana and White Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding, Strawberry Eton Mess, Homemade Chocolate Brownie with pistachio ice cream and a Selection of British Cheeses, chutney, fruits and biscuits which we couldn’t resist. The desserts were just as delicious as the mains and starters. I had the chocolate brownie which looked fantastic with a painted chocolate stripe on the plate and a chocolate lattice on top. The actual brownie was a beautiful blend of smooth chocolate and a crunchy crust. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Old Ram Coaching Inn and would most definitely recommend a visit.

“The beurre blanc had a superb f lavour and texture to it, perfectly complementing the fish”

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ooray! – the sun is shining and everyone wants to head outdoors! There’s nothing better than grabbing a picnic and getting out to enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Antipasti Skewers cky Salad on a Stick &ticSti Chicken Drums ks

Use these top tips for a successful picnic... Make it interesting Make picnic foods interesting and easy to eat – think finger food, ready prepared – avoid the need for cutlery. In the pictures you can see Salad on a Stick, Chicken Drumsticks, skewers of cheese and continental meats, celery stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts.

Things to avoid Avoid ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes – they are fragile to transport and wasps and other insects love them. The fudge and cookies here are perfect – delicious, but non-melting.


by Gemma Harvey Cherry Catering Company

Picnic Loaf

Celery stuffed with Blue Cheese & Walnuts.

Make it simple Ensure all picnic foods are simple to transport and not too heavy to carry. Some picnic spots are isolated with a long walk to reach them. Opt for paper or plastic plates: also easier to carry.

Make a few, make them well

let everyone laze around, helping themselves.

Plan carefully

Rainbow Fruit Kebabs & Choc-chip & Apricot Cookies These can then double-up as chiller-blocks to keep food cool and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.

Plan carefully how much food you may eat. Take too much and you have to carry it all back.

What you must take

Keep it cool

Napkins or hand wipes, bugs love sticky fingers.

Prepare just a few things and do them well. To ease up on the cooking visit your local deli or farm shop and top up with a few homemade goodies. The picnic loaf pictured is dead easy but really tasty and has the wow factor.

Use cool bags or an icebox -picnic hampers look lovely but often are heavy to carry. Cool bags will keep food at the correct temperature to help avoid any risk of food poisoning.

All at the same time

Think smart and make it easy

Choose foods to serve all at the same time. The fun of a picnic is to spread out all the food and

Put small bottles of water or juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic if you have time.

The sun may shine - take sunglasses and sun block.

A good, reliable bug spray, just in case. Bags to take all your rubbish home. Make sure the perfect picnic spot remains a perfect picnic spot.

What you must NOT take Unless allowed, candles, portable barbecues or any other fire risk.

-looking for the perfect picnic location? We recommend you try; Orford Castle Grounds, Thornham Walks, Baylham Rare Breeds Farm or the Abbey gardens - bury st edmunds

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Photography: Cliqq Photography


mily Rae Manning is an illustrator and print maker from Suffolk. Emily creates limited edition collages, linocuts and screen prints and loves to combine these mediums to blend the traditional with the contemporary. Emily will experiment with

different materials and methods, collecting pieces from nature to use in her work or as inspiration. The Suffolk coast has a large influence on her work and this is apparent in her iconic designs. Particularly in her recent signature range for Snape Maltings. The designs are simple and clean; featuring birds and feathers, reeds and barley. Even

the colours she uses are natural hues. She creates anything from notelets to plates and tea towels and mugs. Emily has a unique style that makes her work distinctive. This month we caught up with Emily and she talked to us about what makes her tick and what the Suffolk coast means to her. >




Photography: Cliqq Photography

Where are you from and where is home to you now? I was born in Suffolk in a tiny village called Tattingstone, not far from Ipswich. I spent my childhood exploring the diverse Suffolk coastline, walking the famous cliffs of Dunwich, catching crabs in Walberswick and exploring the creeks at Pin Mill. I then moved to Norwich to study at Norwich School of Arts. I spent three years here completing my degree in Illustration (specializing in printmaking) where I gained First class honours. I spent my weekends travelling around the coastal towns of Norfolk, often taking a sketchbook with me. Since Uni, I have moved back to Suffolk where I work from my studio in my basement at home. Who or what are your inspirations? I take inspiration from many artists. My favourites being Edward Bawden’s Linocuts, Picasso’s ink drawings and Matisse’s paper cuts. Aside from being creatively inspired by these artists, I also find nature to be a prominent theme in my work. I find organic forms visually stimulating, from gnarled bits of driftwood to a seed head

or a stone. I surround myself with curious objects I have discovered on a walk and my studio is full of such items. The shores and creeks of Suffolk have been a big inspiration for me. From the quintessentially British towns such as Aldeburgh and Southwold, to the wilder, weathered sands of Shingle Street and Dunwich. Are you currently working on anything? I am currently working on my ever growing collection for Snape Maltings. Together we work on a signature range of textiles, ceramics and stationery along with homeware and foods. At the moment, the collection is expanding to a range of fragrances, candles and diffusers. It was important to the Maltings that they worked with a local artist, someone who had a ‘sense of place’ of Snape. Architecture, local wildlife and the fantastic landscape that surrounds the Maltings are all inter woven in the work I create for them. Please visit for the whole range. I am also working on a new menu for two Suffolk riverside pubs alongside my on-going personal projects. My newest one

being a series called, ‘Salt & Sky.’ Are you selling your work and where can we find it? I currently sell the majority of my original prints at The Gallery at Snape Maltings.

Do you do commission pieces? I have been commissioned to design personal prints, at the moment I am working on one for a man to give his wife for their 10th anniversary. I have also been commissioned for a series of signs at my local pub, the famous Butt & Oyster and I have two weddings this summer where I will be creating painted wooden signs for them. What materials do you like to work with? I like to work with a wide range of materials. I mainly work in hand-printed methods, steering away from the technological side of things. My work often collages together a combination of techniques, from screen and lino print, to paper cut and ink drawings. I print mainly onto paper, but sometimes metal and driftwood.

Tell us a little about the process of how you work, for example, your metal village signs It’s important here for me to start by visiting each place. I was already very familiar with the places I studied for this project, but I wanted to meet the locals, take photographs and sketches first of all. I then spent a long time researching the history and heritage of these towns. It is sometimes the smaller details of a place that catch my eye, the plant life, or a boats name for example. I then set to work on a series of monoprints, collages or linocuts. This collection then came together to create my signs,which I finished by screen printing onto metal.

Do you have a favourite piece/ design that you have created? I think my favourite series of work is the ‘salt and sky’ series. I used a mixture of paper cut, collage, screen print and ink for this work. They are simple to create and such fun! I love experimenting, and starting a project not knowing the exact outcome. This method of working worked well for me and I discovered a new way of creating prints. I like to work quickly, I think it’s how I work best. q

“I find organic forms visually stimulating, from gnarled bits of driftwood to a seed head or a stone. I surround myself with curious objects I have discovered on a walk and my studio is full of such items.”

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s you probably guessed by the fact that I love to write, I’m quite creative at heart. I tend to express this, however, through my writing so I was a little unsure when I realised that I would be getting artistic in a different form this month. I wasn’t particularly sure that anyone wanted to see my attempts at this. It was Carters of Suffolk Teapot Pottery where the creating would take place. The Teapot Pottery is soon to be moving to Stonham Barns, about 3 miles from their current Debenham building which has been their home for the last 35 years, having been set up by Mr and Mrs Tony Carter. All of the designs, staff and equipment will be making the move too. For my artistic venture I would be painting a large teapot. Faced with this blank canvas I felt a little daunted, but I thought where better to start than with the YLM logo – I would make a teapot for my YLM family. I started by drawing out the logo in pencil and then tentatively moved on to paint. To get a bright, true colour you need to do three layers – this took me some time, with a great deal of concentration

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(that included a studious sticking out of the tongue!) Once I had completed my three layers it was time to decide what else to add. In a large basket were lots and lots of foam stamps. Rummaging through I found a butterfly stamp and of course a rabbit stamp. Being a rabbit fanatic I had to include this in my design. What next? Well as you all know, I love a good brew and what can be better than tea and cake… So using these little paint tubes with a fine nozzle I wrote on the side of the teapot ‘Tea and Cake’ and painted a ‘cuppa’ tea and a cupcake. I was thoroughly enjoying myself and getting quite carried away. I loved using the paint nozzles as they created texture as well and decided to completely cover my teapot in spots upon spots. Painting my teapot was so relaxing and therapeutic; everything else just disappeared and time passed by so quickly. It wasn’t about how good it looked but that I was making it my own and imparting a small part of myself and discovering myself. The Carters of Suffolk Teapot Pottery is renowned as one of England’s leading makers of high quality handmade col-

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“Every one of the Carter’s teapots is the result of a production process which takes almost a week from start to finish; using methods little changed from those developed over 250 years ago.”

lectable teapots and ceramics. They have produced for some fine stores such as Harrods, Macy’s, Heals, Bloomingdales, Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges. All of their designs are quintessentially British and recognised throughout the world. Each one is individually hand cast and hand painted in the UK by Jill Davey who has been with the company since 1985 and Carol Bridges who joined in 1992. Both were so helpful and welcoming, the atmosphere was so relaxed and there was no rush put upon me at all. I would highly recommend a visit to the Teapot Pottery. Also, what a wonderful present it would make and it’s a fantastic way to do something together with friends or family. Every one of their teapots

is the result of a production process which takes almost a week from start to finish; using methods little changed from those developed over 250 years ago. At the end of our visit we left the teapot with them to be glazed; glazing really brings out the colour and makes it look fantastic! I couldn’t wait to go back and collect it. In advance of the Teapot Pottery’s move to Stonham Barns they now have a new managing director, Brett Hawksbee. However, Tony Carter will continue to be involved as Lead Designer. They are also in the process of developing a new bespoke website with trade portal. If you would like to try your hand at pottery painting, then why not give them a call on 01278 860475




“Mother Nature has no favourites.” “Both sexes have resorted to quackery for their beauty boost. In the days before benzyl peroxide, blemishes were treated with applications of mercury!”

“More than 21,000 salon jobs could be created this year alone due to male converts.”


ale grooming is nothing new. From massage at the Roman baths to ‘pec’ implants, the male of the species has been keeping an eye on his looks. Ever since poor Echo got thrown over by Narcissus – because he was fatally in love with himself – we’ve known that men can be just as self-absorbed as females are reputed to be. Figures speak for themselves and a recent survey from Salon Services suggests more than 21,000 salon jobs could be created this year alone due to male converts. One figure cited is £233 on fake tanning every 3.8 weeks. However, it’s not surprising to find the majority of these particular converts are found in Wales and the North West of England, where real sunshine is somewhat of a rarity. But almost a fifth of salon customers now are men seeking a range of services – from manicures to facials, according to data from more than 2,200 outlets. If all that ‘salon’ stuff sounds a bit too fey for your liking, and you want to look like a ‘man’s man’, you can buy products on-line such as ‘Bulldog Natural Grooming’, ‘Mandom’ or Kiehl’s ‘Facial Fuel’. You’ll have no idea what it does, but it sounds seriously Top Gear and

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full of testosterone. For the retrolovers, check out the three million sites that a Google search throws up when you type in ‘waxed moustache’, humorously described by The Handlebar Club of London as “a hirsute appendage of the upper lip and with graspable extremities.” However, as moustaches and elegant face-fuzz came back into fashion over 2013, it’s knock-on effect was a drop in sales of razors and shaving products mirrored by an upward trajectory as more men across Europe adopt a skincare routine. According to the industry website, the desire to look healthy and stylish in later life is driving sales of postshave cosmetics that offer SPF protection and moisturising products. In Russia, this desire accounted for $211m sales last year. Coincidentally there was also a rise in photos of middle-aged men posing shirtless with guns. But is this development of male skincare a necessity or a fad driven by marketing gurus? The truth is men’s skin really is different

to women’s. In short, there are four points of difference. Men tend to get ingrown hairs; they have more active sebaceous glands which are larger and more numerous; they can suffer from persistent redness (erythrosis) because of the fragility of facial capillaries and a higher concentration of these especially on the cheekbones, and they tend to acquire dry skin because of the high astringency of alcohol-based products. And it is thicker. That might cause a few knowing looks in some households, but it is a fact and is due to male hormones called androgens, such as testosterone. Male skin will thin with age, but has a 25% advantage over female skin. The density of the underlying support network of collagen is closely related to the level of testosterone and it’s possibly why women appear to age more quickly. However, all those androgens also account for why men have longer lasting and more severe acne. Mother Nature has no favourites. Both sexes have resorted to

quackery for their beauty boost. In the days before benzyl peroxide, blemishes were treated with applications of mercury (as was syphilis, spawning the charming saying, “A night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury). It was easily absorbed but had a variety of side effects including tremors, fatigue and death. Lucky modern man has a range of safe products and equipment to prolong their youthful looks; correcting and protecting the skin. Discreet appointments with Botox and fillers aside, top of the league is probably Microdermabrasion – the salon’s equivalent to sandblasting. Sterile crystals are delivered at speed across the skin’s surface removing dead cells, blackheads and debris in their path. Second must be peels; quick, effective and reassuringly scientific, a peel can treat aging, acne, scarring and a host of other unwelcome indications. Both of the above can also be used to clear blemishes on the back and chest. Finally, a little electrolysis can be a boon too. It’s not only for the females who need a little ‘tidy’ but in the hands of an advanced therapist, your skin tags, thread veins and sun spots can be decimated in minutes. Not a candle or lavender pillow in sight.

by Geraldine Walters Btec HND/Cert Ed



not just about looking good Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, non insulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you manage stress. For the greatest overall health benefit’s, experts recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain substantial health benefit’s by accumulating 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a day, at least five times a week. If you have been inactive for a while, you may want to start with less strenuous exercise programmes. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically fit without straining your body.

signs of Skin cancer Skin cancer, do you know what to look for? Skin cancer can develop any where on the body but commonly appears on sun exposed areas. When skin cancer develops in women, it is often found on the back or on the lower legs whereas in men, the face, the back and chest are more common. There is a whole hierarchy of risk factors but today we’ll discuss what to look for. Usually, it’s the women who find the skin cancers on themselves and their family! Our main website article details the types of skin cancers but melanoma is a particularly dangerous type (can spread). Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the shape, colour, size, or feel of an existing mole. Melanoma may also appear as a new ‘odd mole’ on the skin, which is actually more often the case. About two thirds of melanoma are thought to develop without a pre-existing mole.


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Some of the benefit’s of exercise include: reduced body fat levels, reduced overall body weight, increase in muscle tone, decrease in aches and pains especially lower back pain, reduced stress levels, improved psychological well being, increased heart strength and lung power, increased energy levels The benefit’s of regular exercise are scientifically proven yet we are, as a nation, becoming fatter, heavier, more self conscious, unfit and tired! It’s time to take stock and increase our exercise levels. Exercise participation is for all abilities and can be adapted to suit your current fitness level, also exercise can be undertaken if you are suffering with aches and pains as these are allowed for in good programme design. Why would you not want to start burning some of those excess calories, improving your muscle tone and strengthening your muscles? The gym is not full of perfectly shaped, athletic people with the latest gym wear but full of people who want to improve and maintain their health. If you would like to plan an exercise routine then book in for a free guest visit with one of our fitness team and we can discuss your requirements.

There are 2 global systems which were developed to help the general public and non-specialists to identify which moles need expert assessment. The ‘ABCD’ rule is the simpler one to follow. A - Asymmetry. The shape of one half does not match the other half. B - Border that is irregular. The edges are often ragged, notched, or blurred in outline. The pigment may spread into the surrounding skin. C - Colour that is uneven. Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, grey, red, pink, or blue may also be seen. D - Diameter. There is an increase in size. Melanomas can be tiny if they start in normal skin without an underlying mole Spring and summer tend to see more skin exposed and more odd moles get noticed by friends and family. We will be offering a rapid access service throughout spring and summer this year for any concerns along with our standard annual skin cancer screening service. Please consume sun rays responsibly!



Relax your forehead


Do you know how to relax? Really relax. I’m not talking about a glass of wine, or collapsing on the sofa watching TV. I’m not even talking about reading a book, or time with friends (although all these are nice things to do). Modern life can be so busy, both physically and mentally, that we aren’t even aware of the tension we hold in our bodies, even when we think we are doing things we find relaxing. Once we become aware of how we carry tension in our bodies, we have some chance of releasing it, ‘letting it go’, and feeling much better for it. Let’s start with the forehead. When you are over-thinking, analysing, or worrying it shows – you wrinkle your forehead. If you learn to relax your forehead, any over-analysing and worrying stops. Relaxing the forehead brings you to the present moment and allows you to let go of the things that were making it wrinkled. All you have to do is take your awareness to the muscles of

“I fight for my health every day in ways most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior” For those of us fighting mental health it can become a daily battle. More often than not it’s an unseen battle that goes on inside of ourselves. Each day there is a new conflict. It is difficult for those around us to understand because there is nothing visibly wrong. I used to suffer from Agoraphobia; I felt completely unable to visit the shops, take out the bin or to even go out into my own garden, simple things that most people don’t even think about. To the person going through it, it is absolutely real, stemmed from totally valid reasons inside of you. To anyone on the outside it can appear that that person is being lazy, antisocial or not putting any effort in. The amount of times you hear the words ‘buck up’. This is so far from the truth. If this is you, know that you are a warrior. You are

your forehead and in-between your eyebrows, and check is it relaxed? Tell yourself mentally; ‘relax your forehead’. It only takes 30 seconds. Try it several times a day across the course of a week and not only will you feel better, it’s anti-ageing too reducing wrinkles! Lisa Weller Yoga teacher offering classes in Diss 01379 650442 / 07770 957815 Next Month: Re-train your Breath

so brave. However, because it is a constant and daily battle you start to think that that is who you are. Too often I hear people say ‘I’m just mental’ or ‘I have depression, that’s just who I am’ and I include myself in that. But that is not the case. Mental health illnesses are just that, illnesses. They do not make you who you are. “Don’t let your struggle become your identity” You are strong and there is an end to this, don’t let it own you. Sarah Feaver



Leadership, “it depends”

To be a good leader it is crucial that you learn about your team, for example, their strengths, learning styles and what it is that motivates them. Once you get to know each personality, together your team can achieve great things. by Bridget McIntyre Dream On


remember being asked about my leadership style during an interview. I paused for a moment and said, “it depends”. Fortunately the interviewer agreed and said, “right answer”, Phew! Leadership is a complex issue. I’m sure we can all think of great leaders and sadly poor ones too. When we work for a good leader we can be inspired, we can do things we didn’t believe we could and our self confidence can grow. Your style of leadership should be adaptable, being dependent on the environment, on the leader and the character of the team you are working with. The one style, one approach tactic is very limiting. When I reflect back on different leaders, the ones who I worked best were able to be flexible in their style for different members of their teams and in varying situations. As my career developed, I was always clear to potential bosses what I was like and how I worked at my best. I needed


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leaders who gave me space and enabled me rather than constrained me. The best teams are made of diverse groups of people, with differing backgrounds, age profiles, ethnicity and gender. There is plenty of data to support this fact. To be a good leader it is crucial that you learn about your team, for example, their strengths, learning styles and what it is that motivates them. This is one of the aspects of leadership that I love. Once you get to know each personality, together your team can achieve great things. Another aspect of ‘it depends’ is situational leadership. Again approaches have to be flexible depending on whether you take on something new, growing or in need of fixing. I believe strongly that as a leader it is important to do this being true to yourself. I once worked for a very charismatic leader who was previously in the army. He had quite a military approach, he led from the front and if you were in his team,

he supported you, and helped you deliver to the best of your ability. Whilst I admired his style, it was not mine. So, when I worked with him in similar situations, I could not lead in the same way as him. I had to find my own style and find my way. I couldn’t use his driven style, I had a different approach that was me. I had a softer style and brought people with me through conversation and collaboration. I made decisions when needed and worked with speed but did it in a Bridget way. You may think, this article isn’t for me. Can I suggest that we all lead at different times in our lives. It can be at home, at work, in sports or in our hobbies and interests. Paying attention to leadership and understanding ourselves and the people we are with can be incredibly rewarding. At Dream On the team lead in different situations, whether it is running a fashion show event, a workshop or even organising the team of coaches .We are all very different and spend time reflecting on how to work at our best .

When I resolved to step away from my full time corporate leadership role, I decided to set up a community interest company to help women be their best. This company is called Dream On. We run many workshops and programmes for women in a variety of situations .These vary from doing voluntary work , setting up or running a business to women doing senior roles in businesses. We always make sure we help women learn about who they are at their best, how to look at things from differing perspectives to their own and how to recognise the strengths of people they lead. Three simple things that I believe help equip us for leading in whatever situation it may be. Bridget is founder of Dream On and today she has a life of variety. As part of Dream On, she works with the team setting the plans for the business, helping with workshops and offers coaching to women. She stays connected to the business world through non-executive director roles and some advisory work.


Dionne Defining Radiance Dionne and Rachel offer you professional, friendly advice in make-up and beauty in the comfort of a private studio. They welcome every lady to experience this unique service.

Carole Ella Mary Creations Do you love gemstones and jewellery? Spring is firmly in the air – are you looking for some pieces to go with your new wardrobe? Ella Mary Creations supply precious and semi precious gemstones of various sizes and cuts and can offer a bespoke handcrafted service for you. So have something made from small earrings through to a complete set for everyday, or for your wedding. There will be something to suit. We can visit you at home to discuss gemstone choices. Ella Mary Creations are also available for events, parties and Gemstone talks/making sessions for small groups.

Sophie Insight Massage Sophie trained as a massage therapist over 13 years ago and has continued to learn and train throughout that time: She is qualified to practice the following massage techniques: • • • • •

Therapeutic and Aromatherapy Massage Sports Massage Therapy The Dorn Method and Breuss Massage Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Seated Massage



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hannel 4’s recently screened ‘Inside Rolls-Royce’ featured one of the most ostentatious examples of the marque – the Celestial Phantom - built to celebrate the first decade of production. Rolls-Royce have created this particular example with hundreds of tiny LEDs sewn into the headlining, meticulously configured to represent the star-filled sky exactly as it was at the Goodwood factory on January 1st in 2003 – the day the first Phantom rolled off the production line. Not content with that, the door cappings and other interior feature panels are encrusted with 446 diamonds in a flourish of decadence that even a banker would blush at. You might ask where do Rolls-Royce go from now? Surely the Celestial Phantom must be unsurpassable? Sooner or later another level of exclusivity will be reached - perhaps the next

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über Rolls will be set with gems harvested from Mars. Rolls-Royce have offered the ultimate in tailor-made automotive solutions since the company’s inception in 1904. The earlier cars were supplied as a chassis with running gear only, leaving customers to choose a coach builder of their choice to hand-build the body. Off-the-peg designs were available, but for the more discerning customer with a bank balance to match, a one-off design would be created. As a result of this it is almost certain that no two Rolls-Royces produced in the first half of the 20th century were the same. The later cars were of unit construction and were by definition more uniform. But that hasn’t stopped customers specifying unique paint and trim options. There’s a certain amount of folklore surrounding the often bizarre

requests made to Rolls-Royce – my favourite is the lady who requested her car being finished in the same colour as a particularly treasured pair of patent leather shoes. But it’s not just the cars that attract attention – by definition the owners themselves warrant a little scrutiny. You might be forgiven for thinking that the current Middle Eastern appetite for bespoke RollsRoyce’s is a relatively new phenomenon, but you would be wrong. The first group of customers who craved exclusivity in their automotive purchases were the Maharajas of India. In 1908 the Maharaja of Gwalior saw the ‘Pearl of India’ Rolls-Royce exhibited at the Bombay Motor Show. He fell in love with the car, bought it with rubies and started a mania among rich Indians that would last for 40 years. The ‘Pearl of India’ was positively austere in comparison to some of


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the subsequent cars, delivered to a group who were arguably the most uninhibited owners of all. No excess of ornamentation was too lavish, no refinement too costly for these staggeringly wealthy men. The Nizam of Hyderabad had a yellow Rolls-Royce with golden curtains, gold brocade upholstery, a solid silver cupola in the roof, and of course, a throne. He also had an interior built with a roof looking like the heavens at night (achieved, like the contemporary Celestial Phantom with fairy lights set in a perforated blue ceiling). But for me, the most surprising owners were from the Soviet Union – in his time Lenin ordered nine Rolls-Royces, and both Stalin and Brezhnev were owners too. I’m not sure how that equates to their Marxist doctrine, but as George Orwell said, some are more equal than others...




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M AY DAY may dAY photos, left to right: Dr Andy Mason and Dr Pam Chrispin from SARS

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is a local emergency medical charity which provides volunteer doctors and paramedics who support the ambulance service at the most serious and life-threatening incidents around Suffolk and it’s borders (which includes Diss). SARS is funded completely by voluntary grants and donations and all our doctors and

paramedics provide their skills and expertise without charge to patient, ambulance service or tax-payer. We have helped thousands of people and saved countless lives since being set up in 1972. Here Dr Andy Mason, Dr Pam Chrispin and First Responder Lauren Moore tell us a little about their experiences.

“I’ve been responding for the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service for more than 40 years since I first began on April Fools’ Day 1974! Most of my work has been done within a 20-mile radius of my base at Norton in Suffolk, but I’ve also attended numerous incidents in the neighbouring counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. I’m now one of the longest-serving Immediate Care doctors in the country, but have decided to retire later this year. During my time with SARS, I’ve attended over 2,000 serious incidents – not just accidents, but any serious medical condition requiring the presence of a specialist doctor. When I first started, SARS volunteers were the only responders offering advanced medical care in the prehospital environment, but we now have highly-skilled Paramedics, Technicians and Emergency Care Assistants working on our ambulances. Nevertheless, our skills are still required today for the most seriously ill and injured patients”. — Dr Andy Mason

“During my time with SARS, I’ve attended over 2,000 serious incidents – not just accidents, but any serious medical condition requiring the presence of a specialist doctor.”

I have lived in or near Diss with my family since 1986. For many years I was a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care at West Suffolk Hospital, and was also Medical Director of the East of England Ambulance Service as well as a medic on East Anglian Air Ambulance. In 2005 I was asked if I would consider using my ‘doctor’ skills as a volunteer for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service. Since then I have attended many patients as a SARS doctor, ranging from patients with very serious injuries requiring intensive treatment before the patient can be safely transferred to hospital, to less serious and sometimes funny incidents. SARS is a wonderful organisation that provides support to people of Suffolk and its borders. At present we attend over 250 calls per year and anticipate this will rise. All our members carry out additional procedures/treatments that are not normally provided on front-line ambulances. I have close links with the wonderful Diss Community First Responder Group, and like them we are often first on scene. We collaborate with similar local charities in Norfolk and Essex, as well as the air ambulance charities to provide a seamless enhanced care service. — Dr Pam Chrispin Volunteer SARS Doctor and SARS chair

“I’ve been volunteering as a Community First Responder for approaching 10 years. We are trained and equipped to respond to 999 calls in our own communities, arriving quickly to stabilise the patient while the ambulance is on the way. I’ve been called to a real variety of patients including cardiac arrests, strokes and breathing difficulties. A huge part of our role is to reassure the patient and their relatives before more highly trained support arrives. The role is very rewarding. The feeling of having made a real difference to someone in your own community is great. While many of our calls are to non life threatening situations I have been privileged to be able to provide life saving treatment. The role of the CFR is particularly rewarding in our rural community. The Ambulance Service is great but many of the addresses we attend are a good distance from the nearest ambulance. Being able to arrive more quickly and begin assessment and basic treatment is an important part of what we do.” — Lauren Moore Eye Community First Responders

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Unique Opera event to support CLIC Sargent Caroline Spurrier, of Crow’s Hall in Debenham has set herself the challenge of raising funds for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. Miss Spurrier will be supporting the charity through her unique ‘Opera in the Barn’ event on Saturday 31st May 2014, where a raffle and auction will be held, and 10% of ticket sales will be donated to help CLIC Sargent provide clinical, practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer. Caroline said “I’m really proud to be able to help this worthy charity. We have all been touched in some way by cancer and I personally know several people who have benefited from the support that CLIC Sargent give, and I have seen the major difference they make to these families. Without the support of CLIC Sargent, my friends suffering would have been even greater. It is hoped our long term partnership with the charity can raise in excess of £10,000, which will be just wonderful” CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Alison Ramsay said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Caroline has


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chosen to support CLIC Sargent through her Opera event. This will be the second of a three year partnership so we really appreciate the hard work that goes into the event and her commitment to raising money – every penny raised will help provide vital support for children and young people with cancer, and their families.” The Opera is a thrilling experience in the tudor barn – the largest barn in Suffolk - and is brought to you by London Festival Opera with a select chamber ensemble. It brings together established artists from the major British Opera companies with exceptional young singers. The evening includes a full costume highlight performance of ‘Cosi fan tutte’ composed by Wolfgang Mozart, followed by a performance of favourite encores. The gates open at 4pm and tea, strawberries and Pimms are served on the lawn from 4.30pm. Drinks and canapés are served in the interval and there is a chance to meet the performers at the end before enjoying your own picnic in the barn or grounds. Tickets to this rare and exceptional Suffolk event cost £55 per person (discount for groups)

MAY DAY CELEBRATION The Museum of East Anglian Life is celebrating May Day in 70s style, with a day packed full of family fun and activities to get stuck into. Why not go colour crazy with DIY tie dye socks, knot some nifty bracelets or give yourself a far-out make over? If games are more your thing you can bounce to victory in the Space Hopper race or take on the champion in the Giant Connect 4 challenge. The Good Life isn’t just for Tom and Barbara – get mucky hands

planting in the Walled Garden, meet the animals and learn how to keep chickens. If you wander down to the 13th century barn, you’ll discover a craft fair with something to tempt everyone - with stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to toys and natural cosmetics to chutney. Once you’ve exhausted yourself with the fun and games, why not sit back, relax and be entertained with some 70s classics in our pop-up cinema? Are you a pierced punk, happy hippie or disco diva? There are prizes for those that come in the best funky 70s fashions, so be sure to wear your grooviest gear. The Super Smashing 70s May Day will go on whatever the weather, so make sure you bring something waterproof, or perhaps just take cover in The Osier Café with a slice of cake and something warm if it starts to rain? 5th May The Museum of East Anglian Life 01449 612229

Upcoming Folk Band Madison Violet at Culford “With precise two-part lead vocals, rich, organic arrangements and tight, yet old-timey feeling, instrumental parts, Madison Violet create modern folk-pop with deep roots.” — Vintage Guitar Canadian award winning duo Madison Violet (Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) return to the UK and, as part of their nationwide tour, are coming to the beautiful Culford Hall near Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 17 May. Tickets are £15.00 in advance and £17.00 on the door. There will be a licenced bar open on the evening. With a string of awards and nomi-

nations under their belt including the prestigious Juno nomination, as well as winning vocal group of the year at Canadian Music Awards, the duo will be performing fresh new tracks from their highly anticipated new album, due for UK release later this year. They have released four albums, most recently The Good in Goodbye. Reviews from their last tour as a duo spoke of: “highly literate songs” with “MacEachern’s sultry rasp dovetailing with MacIsaac’s sweeter tones to create a kind of bluegrassold-time sensibility with rock ‘n’ roll attitude that packs power as well as disarming honesty”. 01284 385310

Weird and Wonderful Wood Weird and Wonderful Wood is an annual experience not to be missed. For those who love wood, those fascinated by the beauty of wood, and beautiful wooden objects, it is a rare chance to see how objects are made and an opportunity to try making things. Demonstations will include furniture making, musical instrument making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving, wheel wright, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, labyrinth making, flute maker as well as coracle making and traditional gypsy caravan displays. Visitors will be able to meet over a hundred artists and craftspeople, enjoy watching their practical skills and appreciate their work. There will be a working mobile sawmill on site, so if you want to bring your own tree, it can be cut for you! Workshops, for both adults and children are free and include activities such as archery, willow weaving, spoon wittling, withy work, papermaking, gypsy flower making, pole lathe turning, scrap wood, puppet making, jewellery making, den building, and Monkey-do tree climbing. If you have not been before, you will find it a friendly, relaxed and somewhat extraordinary event with something for all the family. Allow time to enjoy a wealth of excellent locally sourced and produced food and drink (including a licensed bar) and beautiful surroundings to explore when you want a break. Weird and Wonderful Wood is a

unique and exciting event which is never the same from year to year. There are new things happening and new experiences every time, including many spontaneous happenings from street performers and acoustic musicians alike. This year are different stalls, demonstrations and workshops for children and adults - as well as established favourites. But one aspect never changes, the event’s very special atmosphere that sees people coming back year after year. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket

Suffolk Walking Festival Now in it’s seventh year, the Suffolk Walking Festival is bigger and better than ever before. Nearly 80 guided walks have been planned, covering the whole of the county. We have a lovely mix of short strolls around medieval villages and market towns and longer rambles through the gentle landscapes of Suffolk, through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and along the glorious Suffolk coast. The Discover Suffolk Challenge Walk this year follows The Angles Way, whichmeanders for 90 miles along the Suffolk/Norfolk border, through the picturesque Waveney Valley and the sandy landscape of The Brecks. Do one day, two days or all six, the choice is yours, but as always, there will be treats and prizes for those completing the whole route. Our themed walks have some wonderful titles such as ‘Across the Marshes to the Castle’, ‘A Point to my Ramblings’, ‘Tiptoe Through the Heather’ and ‘Prickles’ Story Walk’. Some include refreshments – a cream tea perhaps, or a glass of local wine and all of them are a fun and sociable way to learn about the lovely county of Suffolk. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Stour Valley Path with a series of walks covering the length of the path over six days, with the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project. We invite you to spend some time here and make the most of what Suffolk has to offer in abundance: pretty countryside, lovely villages, elegant market towns, warm hospi-

RIME AT The New Wolsey Theatre A new circus show devised and collectively made by Square Peg based on Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. With thrilling acrobatics, song and story, Square Peg combine circus

tality and a fascinating history. Suffolk Walking Festival 10 May - 1st June

THE Suffolk Show 2014 The Suffolk Show team has revealed details of an exciting new feature that’s waiting to be discovered at this year’s two day event to be held

with theatre and dance – using group acrobatics and human towers, Chinese poles, silks, and flips and tricks to tell this beautiful haunting tale. Square Peg developed Rime as associate artists at the Roundhouse and Jacksons Lane, it is co-commissioned by the National Theatre and produced by Cirquit Productions. For all of the family. Fri 16Th — Sat 17Th New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 01473 295 900

on May 28 and 29 at Trinity Park, Ipswich. The new Farm Discovery Zone is an interactive area packed with activities that all the family can explore to discover the journey of their food from the field to the table. With the Show just three and a half months away, the new Show Director Bill Baker, previously the chairman of the School Farm and Country Fair hands-on day for 4000 schoolchildren, is keen to incorporate some of the aspects of this interactive event into the Show. “One thing I have realised is that everyone likes to participate and discover. So this year’s Show focus

UPDATES & EVENTS is very much on creating opportunities for our visitors of all ages to explore the site and discover all there is to taste and enjoy about food and farming. Key to this is our new very own Farm Discovery Zone which has interesting areas for all ages and some surprises.” Formerly Farming Anglia, the expanded area is designed as a journey through various aspects of farming, divided by group – beef, dairy, poultry, beef, sheep, vegetables etc establishing the connection between food and farming. Visitors can discover cows being milked by local farmers who are on hand to demonstrate how the milk is used for butter, cheese and yogurt, the beef unit with displays showing cuts of meat, activities and sampling from Ladies in Beef and representatives from EBLEX. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will be showing sheep on its survival Watchlist, run a weigh-the-sheep competition and hold an animal focussed quiz. The popular sheep show will demonstrate shearing and different breeds, a vintage craft area will enable visitors to see how wool is spun and woven into everyday gift items. Ladies in Pigs will talk pork cuts, recipes and serve up sausages for tasting. A new hatchery will be on site utilising Easton Farm Park incubators so visitors can discover the process and the British Free Range Egg Producers Association will provide educational activities. Visitors will be able to hold chicks and ducklings from Easton Farm Park whose stand will also include small farm vehicles for children to ride. Anglia Pea Growers and representatives from the Potato Council and local vegetable farmers will demonstrate how vegetables are grown in the county and visitors can discover how they look when in the ground. Combinable crops – wheat, barley, oil seed rape, oats, beans maize, dried peas, linseed, maize and rye - the theme for this year’s Suffolk Farming School of the Year competition will be demonstrated through samples of various grains and there is a chance for everyone to have a go at making something tasty from them with Emma Haines of Cook with Me Kids. A display of machinery will show the evolution of harvesting during the last century. Visitors will be encouraged to sit in the modern day machines to discover the many technological advances. New for 2014 - all children aged 14 and under go free, children aged 15-18 are £5 and adult tickets bought online in advance before May 25 are £18 for concessions and £20 for adults. Visitors can even bring their dogs.


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Yarn Shop Day Lots of knitting,crocheting & craft events,free demos,competitions & offers happening all day as part of this national event to support your local independent yarn shop. Diss Wool & Craft Shop, 2 Cobbs Yard, Diss |  01379 650540 / sales@disswoolandcrafts. com / Find us on Facebook & Twitter

SUN 4TH BECCLES ANTIQUES STREET MARKET 100+ antiques and collectable stalls. Beccles Town Centre | 8am - 4.30pm |  01502 711174 /vantiquesmarketbeccles

Every Monday Pennoyers Odd Balls Knitting Club Fancy some company? Then do come along to this relaxed, fun club; whether it’s knitting, crochet or just a chat. Held in the Café - just bring along your needles and ‘knit & natter’... and it’s free! Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 1pm – 3pm |  01379 676660 / www. / PC Help Club One-to-one PC help from keen and knowledgeable volunteers. All abilities welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 1.30pm – 5.30pm | £4 For one hour |  01379 676660 / / admin@ EVERY TUESDAY Tuesday Time Together Come along for a chat, fellowship, refreshments or quiet space. Informal singing weekly at 11.00am. Light lunches on 3rd Tues of month. Sewing group on 2nd & 4th Tues of month. St John’s Church, Harleston | 10.00am-4.00pm | FREE |  01379 851148 FIRST & THIRD TUESDAY DISS & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB Grasmere Club, Denmark Street, Diss | 7:30pm9:45pm |  First Tuesday Waveney Bereavement Group Number 7 - Prayer & Counselling Centre, 7-8 Mere Street, Diss | 2pm |  01379 658956 Third Tuesday Buskers Night Would you like to perform to a live audience? Come along to this relaxed evening with all types of music including modern, blues and folk. Bring along your instrument & speak to Dave when you arrive. Bar with real ale & bacon butties. All welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 7pm | Free |  01379 676660 / www. / Every Thursday Tea & Chat Pop in for a cup of tea or coffee, a chat and make new friends Harleston Information Plus, 8 Exchange Street | 1-4pm |  Carole Tilston 01379 851920 1ST Thursday Diss Computer Club At the Residents’ Meeting Room, Taylor Road | 7.00pm - 10.00pm |  Bob Morgan 01379 650977 | 2nd Thursday Comedy Night Get ready for a belly full of laughs! Fantastic new comedians every time! A scrumptious three course meal followed


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by hilarity and tomfoolery for just £30.00 per head, this is a sure to be a great evening! Advance booking is advised as we often sell out. Jimmy’s Farm | Pannington Hall Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk Ip9 2Ar | 7pm | £30 |  01473 604206 / First Friday & third Sunday African Djembe Drumming Lessons ‘Backspace’, Angel Cafe, Fair Green, Diss | Friday: 10-12pm and Sunday: 2:30-5pm | £12 per session |  Jane 01379 641233 Every SaturdaY PC Help Club One-to-one PC help from keen and knowledgeable volunteers. All abilities welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 9.30am – 12 noon | £4 For one hour |  01379 676660 / / admin@

Paws in the Park Calling all dogs owners – ramblers, walkers and countryside lovers. A challenge to walk either a 2 mile, 5 mile or 7 mile route on the private picturesque Ditchingham Estate. By kind permission of The Earl Ferrers. Enjoy the beautiful scenery which includes a lake, stream and woodland providing a fantastic opportunity to view wildlife and hopefully a stunning display of bluebells and help raise funds for All Hallows Healthcare Trust in Ditchingham. The Ditchingham Estate | Meet at Beaters Retreat, Hall Farm, off Belsey Bridge Road, Ditchingham | 10.30am - 11.30am | £5 / Children free | To download a sponsor form please visit |  01986 892728 /

The Wyken Vineyard Farmers Market The Wyken Farmers’ Market is about farmers, producers, bakers, makers, friends and family. Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DW | 9a.m - Noon |  01359 250262

Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre There will be plenty to see - classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and both commercial and military vehicles. Other attractions on the day will include food and craft stalls, licensed bar, trade stands, auto jumble, children’s games, entertainers and workshops. Funds raised from the event will go to local Lions causes. Earsham Hall, Bungay | 10am - 5pm | £3 Adults - under 16s free |  Michael Gardiner 07599 935113 /

1st Saturday Harleston’s Indoor Flea Market Stalls of vintage, antique, collectables, etc. Swan Hotel | 9.00 - 1.00PM | Stalls £10 |  01379 855486

The Silver Dollar Country Music Club presents, LONGSHOT The Park Hotel, Diss | Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm - 10.30pm | Members £5 / Non-Members £6 |  John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

2ND Saturday Jazz Breakfast Come and enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast with the soothing sound of live Jazz in the background. We have a great selection of talented local Jazz bands who join us for these dates. Why not try our famous Greedy Farmer’s Breakfast, plus we have some lighter options to suit every taste. Booking Essential. Jimmy’s Farm | Pannington Hall Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk | 9.30am - 11am |  01473 604206 /

Mon 5TH Dumplin Country presents, TEXAS GUN DUO Wreningham Village Hall | Doors 1pm Music 2pm - 5pm | £5 |  John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

Every Sunday Stonham Barns ALL YEAR CAR Boot Sale Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal | 8am for Sellers / 9am for Buyers | £3.50 cars / £5 Vans / £7.50 Large Vans |  Simon Tilley 07817 539168 Sat 3rd Rickinghall Model Railway Show With eleven layouts in a wide range of scales, this promises to be a real treat for all. Enthusiasts will appreciate some serious railway modelling, and the real excitement and buzz of such a show will appeal even to those who don’t think they’re particularly interested in trains! There is ample free car parking on site, good wheelchair access, and even an outdoor play area for the children, as well as all-day refreshments. Rickinghall Village Hall | 10am - 4pm | Adults

7th - 31st Adam Bridgland & Lucy Gough – I Will Forget and You Will Remember Artist duo and husband and wife team, Adam Bridgeland and Lucy Gough, bring together a selection of their print works created over the last year. Adam is a graduate of the printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art and is in several major collections. Lucy Gough is an artist and illustrator who works predominantly in print and photography. Diss Corn Hall Gallery | Box Office Hours | Free / Under 18s £2.50 |  01379 652241 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th Mere Players Present: An Enemy of the People Set in Norway in the 1880’s, An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller, tells the story of a small town prospering from newly built spa waters. When the local Doctor discovers that all may not be well with the waters he shares his findings with the relevant authorities expecting to be hailed a hero. Instead he finds himself isolated, vilified and standing alone against

the town as an ‘enemy of the people’. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. Roydon Village Hall | 7.30pm | Doors open at 7.00pm | Bar available |  07811 140861 /

Fri 9th ‘Funkin’ Fridays’ - Launch Night (18) Kick start your weekend! Live DJ - Drinks Promotions - Cocktails - Fun Fun Fun! Free Shot with 1st drink on launch night. Apollo Rooms, Harleston | 8.00pm - Midnight | £1 | 01379 854205

THEATRE: Long Live the Little Knife Liz and Jim are small-time con-artists who need £250,000 to buy their way out of a turf war over fake vintage handbags. Their mission is to be the greatest art forgers in the world. There’s only one problem. They can’t paint. This boisterous caper finds the incongruous connections between verbatim theatre, freemarket economics, the psychology of ‘truth’ and a castrated labradoodle in a classic Chanel clutch bag. Part of a mini-tour during Norfolk & Norwich Festival; it will also be in Wymondham, Loddon, Norwich & Great Yarmouth. Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | £12 / Concs £10.80 / Under 25s £7.50 (in advance, not available online) |  01379 652241

Sat 10th OPEN GARDEN Come and enjoy the garden and also the waveney brass band playing 3pm – 4pm. Plant stall, books, cakes, raffle and bar-b-que. £2 admission. 50p children-under supervision in aid of the r.n.l.i. and other charities and other charities. The Laburnums St. James South Elmham IP19 0HN | 10am - 5pm AN EVENING OF MUSIC WITH DOLCE CHOIR Musical director, Philip Aldred. proceeds to Forncett St. Mary Church Forncett Steam Museum, Low Road, Forncett St Mary | 7.30pm | £6 (to include refreshments) |  01508 481856 / graham_prior@yahoo. ORCHESTRAL CONCERT: ITALIAN CONNECTIONS BY THE PULHAM ORCHESTRA Leader - Martin Wyatt Conductor - Margery Baker Soloist - Selina Hawker Programme to Include: Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Italian & Mozart Exsultate Jubilate. Parish Church of St. Remigius, Hethersett | 7.30pm | Admission by Programme at the door | Adults £6.00 / Children Free |  www.pvo. / 01379 852836

sat 10th & sun 11th Pigs and People Pulham’s Airships and the People who worked with them... Our amazing collection of airship photographs, ephemera and memorabilia will be on show in a new exhibition looking at “Pulham Pigs” and the men and women who worked on them. Includes many previously unseen photographs. Talks, workshops, films and more. Cafe open both days. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 10am - 5pm |  01379 676660 | www. | Sun 11th Langley School Daffodil Craft & Country Fayre Mark Jefferies - international Stunt pilot at 1pm. Live music with EPIC throughout the day, Fun Attractions for the kids; Water Zorbs, Rodeo Bull, Climbing Wall, Bouncy Castles, & Bungee Trampolines. More than 60 craft and market stalls,


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steam engines, steam railway & classic cars, refreshments & BBQ, beautiful woodland walk & art exhibit in the chapel & much more. Free parking Langley School (10 Miles from Norwich off the A146) | 10am - 4pm | Entrance Adults £3, children £2

fri 16th friends of diss museum AGM followed by ‘Some Norfolk Characters’ A talk by David Summers. St. Mary’s Hall | 7.30pm | FREE |  Roland Buggey 01379 641759 Open Space Theatre Company present, Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind Open Space’s production of An Inspector Calls was a sell out last time. Don’t miss this play by one of the country’s leading playwrights. Wingfield Barns | £9.50 Concs. £8.50 | 01379 384505 /

Fri 16th - Sun 18th beer festival The Mid Anglia branch of the nationally recognised Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is holds it’s inaugural beer festival. There will be 25 real ales, 6 ciders and music from bands 23x, Savoir Faire and The Onion Band. Yaxley Village Hall |

SAT 17th & Sun 18th Weird and Wonderful Wood A specialized art and craft event with a difference, dealing solely in wood. For those with a capacity for wonder it will be a celebration of wood work and wood workers. Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3JY | Saturday, 10.30 – 6.00pm / Sunday, 10.30 – 5.00pm | Adults £6, Concs. £4, Under 12’s £3 & under 3’s free | Tarby Davenport 01359 240724 / tarby@

Sun 18th The Hermitage Ensemble A professional male voice choir from St Petersburg. The choir, touring in the UK, presents a concert of Russian sacred hymns and folk songs a cappella. Includes an interval with glass of wine. Holy Trinity Church, Bungay | 7.30pm | £10 from Wightman’s in the Market Place, by ringing 01986 896416, or at the door Countryside Walk Lunches, Cream Teas, soft drinks. Dogs on Leads welcome Weybread Hall Farm, near Harleston Norfolk, IP21 5TR | 10am -5pm | Walk £2.50, Lunch £6, Cream Teas £5 /Primary school children half price / Under 5’s Free |  01379 852267 The Silver Dollar Country Music Club presents: BOXCAR KELLY AND THE

RAILROADERS The Park Hotel, Diss | Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm - 10.30pm | Members £5 / Non-Members £6 |  John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

WED 21ST A talk and film by AsiaLink representative David Quin At St John’s Church, Harleston | 7.30pm |  01379 851148 THURS 22ND & SAT 24TH National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (15) Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. The Fisher Theatre, Bungay | 7pm | £12 | 01986 897130

Fri 23rd - thurs 5th june MellisArts Exhibition by Kay Lucas and Susan Adcock. The Gallery, The Railway Tavern, Mellis |  / Sally Tyley 01379 788007 / Mellis Tavern: 01379 783416 SAT 24th Megson Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards, husband and wife duo, Stu and Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a unique brand of folk music. Their infectious sound is a mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas. Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £10 / Concs. £9 |  01379 652241 Megson – Family Folk Show This relaxed and enjoyable Family Show by the successful folk duo, Megson, is a wonderful introduction for children to live music. Featuring a great mix of songs like Oats & Beans & Barley Grow and The Riddle Song from their highly-acclaimed album of old and new children’s folktunes, the children are encouraged to join in with actions or animalnoises and to dance amid the bubbles from the bubble machine if they want to. Diss Corn Hall | 2pm | £5 / Children £3 (Age 0-5) |  01379 652241 Dance to the band Second Opinion Wreningham Village Hall | Doors 1pm Music 8.30pm - midnight | £6.50 |  John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 22ND & 24TH | The Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Sat 24TH & Mon 26TH MEDIEVAL MURDER MYSTERY Keep your wits about you and gather the clues as you turn detective to solve this medieval whodunit. There’ll be witnesses aplenty to interview in the medieval camps, and information to uncover as you and your family prepare for the murderer to be revealed! Framlingham Castle | 10:00am - 17:00pm | 0870 333 1181 /

Sat 24TH - Mon 26TH Kentwell Through the Centuries Visit a Medieval Village, Tudor Crafts, A Victorian Household and a WWII camp - all in the space of a single day. Join in with activities in each era, including games. Sample the spirit of four of the centuries which made Britain Great! Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA | 11am 5pm | 01787 310 207 /

SUN 25th Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair An exciting day out for experienced and novice gardeners alike. Hundreds of rare and unusual plants, garden and lifestyle accessories as well as local food, drink and music make this a day not just for the plant enthusiast but the whole family. Visit the Garden Marquee for insider tips and tricks on everything from pruning and propagating to how to grow edible plants and create impressive floral arrangements. Situated in front of the magnificent moated Helmingham Hall, entry to the Spring Plant Fair includes free admission into the fabulous Grade 1 Listed gardens. Helmingham Hall | 10:00am - 4:00pm | £6 | 01473 890799 |

Sun 25th & Mon 26th The Whitsun Fayre Featuring throughout the day; Flower and plant market, Farmers Market, Mini-farm, Beach in the Traverse, Variety of craft and food stalls from across the globe, Street entertainers, Musicians & Face painting Bury St Edmunds Town Centre | 10.00am to 4.00pm |  Topcroft Open Gardens Pretty village situated in South Norfolk 12 miles south of Norwich towards the Suffolk border. A variety of gardens open, some large, some small including Topcroft Hall Gardens. A six acre garden featuring a 500 year old mulberry tree under which Margery Brewes wrote the first Valentine Card to John Paston, wooded gardens and extensive herbaceous borders. Weatherley Buggy free transport from Topcroft Hall gates to the Hall Gardens. Free vintage bus transport around the village. Topcroft | 11.00am - 5.00pm | Ample free parking and toilet facilities |  07850 709297

Tues 27th Hoot’s Story Walk Join Hoot the Owl on a trail of discovery around Thornham Walks. Make a leaf necklace, try your hand at nest building, play games and enjoy a story for the younger explorer. Recommended for ages 7 and under. Meet at Thornham Walks main car park | 2.00pm - 3.30pm | £2.00 children (accompanying adults FREE) Wed 28th The Park Radio Quiz Night Teams entering must have a maximum of four members per team with entry costing a mere £5 per team. As well as a cash prize for the winning team there will also be the “Park Radio Prize Raffle” with all proceeds going towards the campaign to obtain a full-time community radio licence. Booking is advisable. The Italian Job Restaurant, 13 B Hopper Way, Diss | 7.30pm | 01379 308086

Thurs 29th MEDIEVAL UPRISING IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP Explore atmospheric and ancient sounds on acoustic instruments ending with a semiimprovised public performance. Open to players of acoustic instruments, all ages and abilities. The Cut, Halesworth | 2pm - 3pm Improvisation Workshop / 3.15pm - 3.30pm Informal Performance in the Auditorium | FREE | 0845 673 2123 |

29th / 30th / 31st The farndale avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth Pulham Players have selected a Comedy Treat for our Spring Production. Directed by Peter Lavin. Tickets will be available at the BOX OFFICE on Saturday 3rd May from 9am to 11am in the Pulham Market Memorial Hall.  / 01379 676431 FRI 30th Lunchtime Concert Piano Recital by Luke Ottevanger St. Mary’s Church, Diss | 12 Noon | Free









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