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
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
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 becclesfoodfestival.co.uk
, 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
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.
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
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
trundled on stage to recount the ‘terrible wrongs’ she had done, much to the great amusement of the audience.
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
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
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. www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk
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.
QI GONG CLASSES IN
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@ Outlook.co
m 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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