Halesworth & Southwold Community News May 2019 7

New Features as popular Food and Drink Festival returns

Now in it’s 5th year, the popular

Beccles Food and

Drink Festival is returning in 2019 with some new features to celebrate the best of Suffolk and Norfolk producers.


free event, set for Saturday 25th May, will showcase over 70 food and drink stalls, many of them local


producers, as well as those from further afield in East Anglia. As well as stallholders who have supported the event from the start, new traders to feature include those making artisan

Scotch eggs, Greek

Cypriot skewers, Suffolk gin and vodka, and bacon relish, mayonnaise and mustard.

Based in the

vibrant market town around New Market, Sheepgate,

centre of the in

St Michael’s Church and the Public Hall, the Festival runs from 10 am till 4 pm and will include a competition, street


children’s East

Coast music

entertainment. College

and will

be running a food theatre, including demonstrations by Mark Dixon from the Kings Head at Fleggburgh, James Santello from the Dukes Head at Somerleyton and Marie Taylor will cook a game dish from

the nearby Sotterley

Estate. Another first for the Festival is a mini “Battle of the

Beccles Bangers”, featuring

eight butchers who sell their sausages in or just outside the town, while John Hemmant from Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard will give a talk on winemaking. Another new feature


2019 is a series of Fringe events held at venues in the town and within a 15 mile radius.

Running from 18th

May till 2nd June, invited food and drink establishments in the local area will be running a variety of events, from Asian, Vegan, Japanese and Sushi nights to Suffolk and cheese themed menus,

a chocolate experience, fizzy wine and

canapes, a lamb themed Farmers Market, gin tasting with cocktails and canapes, a sausage making workshop and

a farm tour. Host

establishments include Graze at the White Horse, Relish Café, Urban Jungle Suffolk, Momiji Japanese, Waveney House Hotel, Baileys, Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard, Beccles Farmers Market, Swan House, Peachey’s Preserves and Meadow Classroom at

Free Festival programmes, containing the

Maisebrooke details

of all events, recipes, and a

competition for the event day, are available from Visitor


Information Points in Beccles at Beccles Books, Saxons, the Library, Station Café and Quay Café. A free Park & Ride shuttle will

service run throughout

the event from Beccles Quay, where additional parking will be available.

Beccles is well

served by both rail and bus links, both within easy walking distance of the Festival, and visitors are encouraged to use public transport to avoid town centre congestion on the day. For further


and the full programme, go to, Facebook and Twitter.

Framlingham Gala Fest 25-27 May 2019

FRAMLINGHAM Gala Fest is back for a second year in 2019! Following the successful relaunch as a three-day event in 2018 there will be something for everyone to enjoy across the weekend. The traditional

parade and

entertainment on the Castle Meadow on Gala Fest Monday will again follow the newest additions on the Saturday and Sunday, including the Team Duathlon event and Live Music Night, making 3 days of colour, music and family fun for all of Framlingham and surrounding areas.

The entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday starts with the traditional parade through the town. The stars of the parade will be the 2019 Gala Fest Princesses.

Wenhaston Wenhaston’s Got Talent

ON Saturday 23rd March, Wenhaston’s Got Talent Show rolled into town at the village hall and what a show it was! It was due to start at 7.30pm and the Ukulele band were in position

behind the curtains

waiting for another 20 minutes while more chairs and tables were found for the steady stream of people who came to see the show.

Finally with

everyone seated and a blast of ‘There’s no business like show business’, Phil Corbett, our MC for the night and leader of the Ukulele band,

got the show

moving and the band set the scene for what was to follow. Fortified with a glass of pre- show sherry, the 18 members, Denise, Annie, Sue, Viv, Jan, Amanda, Katy, Elda, Anne, Dorothy, Phil, Lyn, Colin, Andy, Bruce, Peter, David and Richard strummed and sang along

to several well-known

songs and the audience were soon singing along with them. While the band made their way off stage, the Waveney Minstrels, Jane Parker and Jaki Alden sang and played the harp and cello delightfully. Next up and we were expecting ‘The Boy John’ from Norfolk who ‘wus a gorn a cum along’ but couldn’t make it as Norwich City were a playin’ at hom’. Aunt Agatha came instead (Viv Kemp in disguise), to amuse us with all the ‘goin’s on’ north of our county border. Once the laughter had died down, Andy Norris and Sue Harvey took to the stage. Sue sung a charming solo and played the Ukulele with Andy accompanying her on guitar. Andy then sung

several popular folk songs with the audience joining in. Jonathan Alder then played the Scott Joplin concert waltz ‘Bethena’ exquisitely on the Clavinova. His daughter Ruth joined him afterwards singing several superb songs from the West End plays. This brought the first half to a rousing finish. During the interval the Waveney

while the bar did a busy trade. Strictly

music introduced act

with Claire

Bigwood tripping fantastic

Minstrels played, Come Dancing

the next and Ian the

light (and not getting

down with the kids) as they waltzed, cha-cha’d and jived in their Strictly not Ballroom routine. With Claire’s quick stunning costume changes between dances and Ian’s black outfit and red braces they made a wonderful sight and loud cheering rang out in recognition of their talent not to mention sheer courage! While

the stage set was

changing, Mrs Moss ‘A Terrible Worrier’ (from the

Joyce Grenfell collection - Viv Kemp in

another disguise),

trundled on stage to recount the ‘terrible wrongs’ she had done, much to the great amusement of the audience.

The curtain

swung back again and Colin Hooper, who Phil told us, can even get a tune out of a string vest, played the Irish Bouzouki which is similar to a Greek one but has a flat back. Colin sang several folk songs including a self-penned song on a local theme. Wenhaston’s answer to Bob Dylan (Gerry Kemp) was next on stage and played the guitar and sung several memorable

Dylan songs

and John Denver’s ‘Country Roads’. With the stage set changing

again ready for the Ukulele band, the raffle was drawn and Jane Parker from the Waveney Minstrels played the harp and sung a beautiful solo. The band then treated us to a few well known sing-along songs before the other performers joined them on stage to sing a rousing ‘Show me the Way to

FOR some time Sutton Hoo was thought to be a Viking burial plot but our speaker Peter Carter soon abused us of that notion. Sutton Hoo is an extremely important Anglo Saxon archeological site, as it is from the middle of the Dark Ages. Historians had an idea of life under the Romans as it had been well documented, then nothing until Alfred the Great. The finds at Sutton Hoo clearly show that the Anglo Saxons had a highly developed and noble culture with

greatly skilled crafts

men and sophisticated marine architects.

Wenhaston WI It is thanks to Mrs Pretty,

who was living at Tranner House, that the site was excavated. After her husband died she became interested in Spiritualism, looking over her land she became convinced there was something to be found. She contacted Ipswich museum and employed Basil Brown to excavate the site. Many wonderful artefacts have been found (other than


well-known helmet) jewellery, belts, coins and silver wear. A mysterious

object was

unearthed, great excitement! It turned out to be a roller-skate; it had been thrown into the pit

The parade is free to enter and everyone is encouraged to get involved by entering a float or wearing fancy dress to be as bright, colourful and make as much noise as possible. The theme for 2019 is ‘Sand, Sea & Surf’ and prizes are awarded for the best decorated entries. Following the parade will be an afternoon of family fun on the Castle Meadow. Entry to the Castle Meadow will again be FREE FOR EVERYONE. On the Castle Meadow there will be entertainment & live music until 8pm with headline act Jade MayJean from The Voice UK.

For full details of everything happening over the weekend visit the website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

by Mrs Pretty’s son. An interesting


informative lecture, inspiring us all to

visit when all the

improvements have been made and the site is open again in a few months’ time.

Next month it is Resolutions followed

Farming by Helen Reeve. Felicity

by Women Jelliff

in has just

published her third book. This time a ghost story set in Suffolk. The title ‘Lost Memories’ hints of situations to be rediscovered and

resolved. Available on

Amazon, Halesworth Book Shop and Wenhaston Office.




WITH the arrival of Spring what better time to learn a new skill? Steve Garlick runs popular Qi Gong classes in the Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday evenings. Like the better-known art

of Tai Chi, Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese system of physical and mental exercise emphasising slow and focused movement which strengthen the body and calm the mind.

Studies have shown that Qi Gong can have a beneficial effect on a range of conditions from balance and flexibility through to anxiety and insomnia.

Classes are open to all and for newcomers the first one is free. Please contact Steve on 01502 478120 or email QiGong_Wenhaston@ for more details.

go Home’. What a show it was and

the profits from the evening were all divided between the participating local groups who had put forward performers. Well done all

the behind the scenes star

performers, and not forgetting the Crew who worked very hard


night, managing the several stage set changes – Alastair, Mac, Nick and Tony. Many thanks also to Roger who has performed wonders to the stage set, lights and sound and was busy all night at the back of the hall at the controls, producing a faultless show. Thanks to

Kevin our photographer and Wil for filming and recording the show, the bar staff and raffle team for keeping up with demand all night and finally many thanks to the whole team, Janice, Viv, Roger, Phil, Andy, Tony, Peter and Lyn, who worked so hard over the last two months. We had a lot of fun along the way, putting the show together, including two very entertaining dress rehearsals. It was alright on the night!

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