Velvet Magazine February 2016


Velvet Magazine February issue 2016

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2016 Bridal



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Spring Menu

The Whole


Day In The Life

Of A Wedding


Rachel Lamb dispels

the myths of bespoke

bridal gowns

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Three of the best mud runs coming

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Reforming Your Workout

Lauren tries a session on the Pilates

Reformer machine at Activate Pilates

Velvet Interior Awards

We reveal the interior award



13 Cooking Courses


Become top of the class at the best

cookery schools in the area

15 Insider: Watch This Space


Discover Bury St Edmunds must

visit destination coming this summer

30 What’s On


Check out the best things around

the region this February







Independent Schools

Our directory of the top private

schools in the area

The Whole Earth

An inspiring exhibition at the

Friends’ school

The People Who Make Your


We celebrate those special

people who make your dream day

2016 Bridal Trend

Brides by Solo reveals their top

bridal trend for 2016

The Old Hall Ely

All there is to know about this

beautiful wedding venue

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Attending IQ Magazine’s event at the Hotel

Chocolat Café. celebrating our brand spanking

new look Velvet. Dazzled by the amazing bridal

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How excited are we at Velvet HQ. We love change, totally

embrace it, so when we were given the opportunity to

re-vamp our much loved mag many an explosion of squeaks and

squeals were witnessed (on the mag side we are mainly an allfemale

cast!). We hope you love it as much as we do!

You will notice that we have changed our order of features

round a little. We open Velvet with our ‘Food, Drink and

Entertainment’ sections; this has proved popular with our

readers. You guys told us that you want more foodie stuff, so we

hope that we have delivered with the best interviews, features

and hot-off-the-press launches and new happenings.

Alongside getting our head around the rebrand, in this issue we

have mainly been burying our heads in the world of weddings.

As my wedding was some seven years ago, I look on this issue

with nostalgia; only three more years to go until my husband

and I can legitimately have a ‘10 year blessing / re-union /

party’. Somewhere hot I hope, but if you’re not like me and

prefer celebrating the big day locally, we have a

rundown of our favourite venues on page 119. It’s been

a delight to bring together the feature ‘The People Who Make

Your Wedding’, giving a great behind-the-scenes look

at what it takes to pull off your wedding.

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Food Drink


Velvet’s monthly views and reviews on all things edible, palatable and enjoyable

The Bull Inn p18

Sombrero Servings p27

The Look Out p33

Food & Drink

by Georgia Watson




1This mobile woodfired pizza oven heats

to temperatures of over 700° to create

rustic, authentic Italian pizzas.

With homemade dough and tomatoes

imported from the mother country itself,

this street food is carefully thought out

and of course delicious!

Fired Up



Velvet’s next

foodie outing:

We’ll be visiting the

Rosti Kitchen 10th Feb

Charles Babbage Rd,





Guerrilla Kitchen

At the forefront of the steamed bun

(or bao) revolution, the Guerrilla Kitchen

takes this Chinese-inspired dish and

includes mouthwatering fillings such as

pork belly and hoisin or braised beef rib.

A unique addition to the street food

offering in our area, we have to admit the

baos look incredible!


Rosti Strasse

Bringing a little piece of Switzerland

to the streets of Cambridge, Rosti Strasse

is cooking up delectable Swiss potato rosti

in a street style with quality ingredients

and a huge range of toppings. We like the

sound of the air-dried ham, mushroom

and gruyère option!

Tweet us your favourite street food @VelvetMag


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016

Food & Drink

Velvet Loves

Star Chef Crush



We speak to the new chef at

Pint Shop, Rosie Sykes, about

developing the menu and

what’s in store for spring.

“Developing the menu with the team is a

very organic process. We understand each

other well, so it is just a case of talking

about ideas that fit in with what Pint Shop

is about. I find it very interesting and

rewarding to have other views and to be

doing dishes I wouldn’t necessarily have

had in my sights in the past. For example,

our lamb kebab made from slow cooked

spit roast lamb that has been marinaded

in harissa and lemon juice. It’s a huge hit

and rightly so, as it’s a good version of a

ubiquitous after pub staple!

We’ve just launched our winter/early

spring menu, there are still some winter

warmers, but we are starting to think

about lighter, brighter times. I have

developed a little salad of winter leaves

with roast salsify (the vegetable oyster,

as it was known in Victorian times),

croutons, mustard and half a soft boiled

duck egg.”

Read more about Rosie at

Tried and tested: Healthy Cookbooks

Released at the end of last month, the ever popular Deliciously Ella brings us her second

cookbook, ‘Every Day’, packed with 100 healthy plant-based, diary-free and glutenfree

recipes. Ideal for those with busy lives who need inspiration for quick, but healthy

weekday dinners, the recipes are easy to follow and delicious. Also releasing their second

book later in the month, the Hemsley sisters launch ‘Good + Simple’ that has recipes

to build good gut health with affordable ingredients. ‘Eat Fat, Get Thin’ by Mark Hyman

has a thought-provoking title and discusses how eating fat may not have all the negative

connotations we associate with it. With a diet based on the latest science, this cookbook

explains how to eat ‘fat’ while getting fit and healthy.

Cambridge Artisan

Set up by 15-year-old Amelise Burr, Cambridge Artisan offers delicious hampers and

gift boxes filled with foodie delights from local producers.


Eadonstone Food Fest with Ian Cummings and Alex Rushmer

27th February from 11am.




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Food & Drink

Become top of the class this year:

Perfect Places

For Cooking Courses

Cambridge Cookery


At the Cambridge Cookery School,

there’s a range of courses to choose

from, so there’s something for everyone.

If you fancy sharpening up your knife

skills, there’s a unique class that teaches

you how to handle the utensils correctly

and shows you which knives to use for

different tasks. The experience costs

£135 and at the end you can sample two

exquisite party dishes followed by

a glass of wine, the perfect end to the


Cambridge Cookery School and Café,

School House, Harrison Drive,

Cambridge, CB2 8QL

School of Culinary


If you enjoy cooking healthy foods and

learning about the human body, then

look no further! The School of Culinary

Medicine offers a full diploma course for

£650 that focusses on the science of

food and how we can nurture our bodies.

Modules for the course include the

immune system, the digestive system

and joints and bones. The course can

be structured around your daily life as it

allows you to take time off when needed

and return to it later, ideal for those who

lead a busy lifestyle.

School of Culinary Medicine,

Waterbeach Road, Landbeach,

Cambridge, CB25 9FA

Suffolk Food Hall

The Suffolk Food Hall has many fantastic

classes running throughout the whole

year. From focaccia to flatbread, for just

£65, enrol for their bread workshop and

who knows, you could be the next Paul

Hollywood! There are also many seasonal

courses for the children to enjoy

including Halloween horrors, Christmas

creations and Easter bunnies for just £25

per class.

Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich,

Suffolk, IP9 2AB

Gog Magog

Gog Magog Hills

This cooking school focusses mainly

on meat and offers a butchery class

for £128. The course will give plenty of

information about the animals, their

welfare and types of farming. You will

learn how to make the most of your meat

and will be shown how to cook various

joints to perfection. The professionals

will also help you to become familiar with

tools of the trade, and by the end of the

course you will have stuffed your very

own pork shoulder to take home with

you. The course finishes with a mouthwatering

pork dinner accompanied with a

well-deserved glass of wine.

Gog Magog Hills, Heath Farm, Shelford

Bottom, Cambridgeshire, CB22 3AD


ICE stands for ‘Infusions Culinary

Experience’. It offers exciting courses

run by professional chefs and two master

chefs of Great Britain for all ages. Look

out for the gentleman’s club evening

cooking course. At just £65 it offers

those who have little or no experience

the chance to learn a variety of dishes,

so no more excuses guys! Another

unique experience is the parent and child

cooking class for just £75. It allows you

and your child to bond whilst cooking

up a storm together in the kitchen –

great fun for everyone.

ICE, 2 Lundy Court, Rougham Industrial

Estate, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds,

Suffolk, IP30 9ND

ICE Piping Macaroons

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 13

Food & Drink



Discover Bury’s next must-visit


for more information

destination coming to town this summer

If you’ve been to Bury St

Edmunds lately, you’ll have

noticed that the place is

buzzing. New businesses,

shops and restaurants are

flocking to our successful

town, demonstrating that it’s

not just a great place to visit,

but also to live and work.

Unused buildings are few

and far between, and, thanks

to The Chestnut Group, an

award-winning independent

hospitality company based in

the region, we’re soon to see

one less.

The Chestnut Group

purchased Ounce House in

2014 and has permission to

transform the tired site into a true destination for quality

dining and overnight stays. The new hotel will have a sleek

and stylish bar, a top quality

This summer,

the new hotel

will offer the

ultimate drinking,

dining and hotel

destination in


restaurant serving the best local

and seasonal produce, and a

series of immaculate rooms,

each with their own design.

Philip Turner, owner of The

Chestnut Group, successfully

opened The Packhorse Inn

in Moulton and The Rupert

Brooke in Grantchester, and

couldn’t be more excited about

adding to the town’s leisure offering. “We’re so looking forward

to becoming part of the vibrant Bury community,” Philip

explains. “Throughout the planning process, we’ve developed

close relationships with our neighbours and can’t wait to bring

something new to the area.”

This summer, the hotel will have employed 26 local people

and invested over £1 million with suppliers across the area.

“We believe in working hard to support our surrounding

communities and this is very much our top priority. Our aim

is become the best employer in the hospitality sector in East

Anglia, and we won’t achieve this without making sure we’re

the best we can be.”

Article by Emma Ward

Take a look at

to read the full and exclusive interview

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 15

Food & Drink

Bone White

China Eats

Okay, so we admit it, we did try and be a bit healthy last month,

jumping on the resolutions bandwagon and all that. We even sort

of did Dry January. It didn’t last long, mind you. Don’t worry;

normal form will be resumed this month.

In our quest to inject some healthy eating into our lives, we visited

some of our favourite healthy spots. Stickybeaks is always high

on our list for a plant-based, low-calorie lunch. They have a range

of salads and you can mix and match as you fancy. Just avert your

eyes from all the delicious-looking cake on the counter.

We often find ourselves meeting with fellow mamas at Shelford

Delicatessen in Great Shelford, not only because the food is

great, but they are also kiddie-friendly. On sunny days there

is a playhouse in the garden to play in; if it’s raining there’s a

basket of toys and books to keep little hands busy. The pasta

al forno is our staple dish, with a doughnut to follow if we visit

on a Saturday when they make them fresh on the premises.

This month though, we mixed it up and gave our regular lunch

a healthy slant with a selection of their exceptional salads and

a good dollop of their garlic-laden carrot humus to give the old

immune system a boost.

Of course no one can be an angel all month long, so we did

indulge in a wood-fired pizza at the Fired Up pop-up at No. 77,

in Caxton. The pop-up ran throughout January, with Fired Up

The BWC mamas try in vain

to give up the indulgent fancy

food and drink

offering their full range of pizzas, including their legendary Nduja

sausage and basil. It went down a storm. No.77 is now back to

its original self – a Michelin-recognized Thai kitchen which is well

worth visiting for. The décor is pretty special too, if that’s your

sort of thing.

On a rare date night we were lucky enough this month to finally

try out Provenance Kitchen on one of their regular slots outside

Thirsty wine shop on Mitcham’s Corner. The pulled beef burgers

were spot on and the rosemary potatoes made a great change

from chips during our virtuous month. We took ours away, but

next time will be eating inside at Thirsty and getting in on their

beer action – huge bottles of various brews to share looked right

up our street.

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Food & Drink

The Bull


Rated as the AA’s Funkiest B&B,

we look behind the scenes at

The Bull and get to know the

people who have put this local

haunt firmly on the map

Quick Fire Q & A:

We speak to Cheryl, owner of

the Bull Inn.

How long have you owned the Bull?

My partner Wayne and I bought the Bull Inn in May 2007.

The Bull was open and operating at the time, but in a way

which you would not recognise today. It was a shabby roadside

inn that you would only ever have visited once. Today, we

proudly display our 5 star gold award, along with the AA’s

Funkiest B&B in the UK accolade.

What industry changes have you seen since

you became owner?

July 2007 saw the introduction of the smoking ban, and, as we

were told every day that we were buying at the wrong time in

the middle of a recession, we knew that things could only get

better! Hard work and determination have shown what can be

done with a failing business even in a time of recession.

What are the highlights and lowlights of running

your own business?

Highlight – Seeing the pub and dining room full with happy

customers and enjoying themselves by drinking and eating

award-winning food. Most importantly, surrounding ourselves

with a happy team makes the difference between success

and failure. Our team is of the utmost importance to us, and

without them what we have achieved would not have been


Lowlight – There is not one experience that I could say was a

lowlight for us, as we take each experience as it comes and then

learn from it and either change our way of doing something or

continue as we are and realise you can’t please all of the people,

all of the time.

When was the last time you had a night out?

Where did you go?

We took some of the team away for a couple of nights just

recently after the Christmas craziness. We went on an amazing

road trip to both Sheffield and London, staying in fab hotels and

dining in fantastic restaurants. We are fully aware that their hard

work and positive attitude make the difference between

a business and a successful, award-winning business.

What’s your favourite room in the Bull and why?

It’s such a difficult question and one I get asked daily by guests

booking rooms with us! I love them all and they all have such

a unique personality to them! If I had to choose one, it would

probably be Lazy Cow, as it is a really light and spacious room

with some fantastic funky features. I love the cowhide lazy chairs

in front of the double height window, and of course, the double

monsoon shower with a huge licking cow glass panel in it,

not to mention the huge, superking bed!

What’s your all-time favourite dish on the menu and why?

The Bull Fillet Steak Tower – fillet steak, potato and tarragon

croquette, red onion marmalade, green beans and almonds, chef’s

creamy peppercorn sauce. This has been our signature dish for

almost nine years, and it’s gone through a few transformations

over that time. It remains one of our best sellers on the menu and

guests travel from far and wide for the tower dish along with the

Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.

What did you dream of being when you were growing up?

I dreamt of working in Clarks, the shoe shop.


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Food & Drink

Favourite Suppliers

The Bull Inn’s chef lets us in on his top

5 trade suppliers and why they are

so amazing to work with.

1 Our locals who come

in and trade fresh fruit

and veg for beer!

2 Powters of Newmarket

3 Lanes of Burwell

4 Orchard free range eggs

of Eriswell

5 Chapel & Swan Smokehouse

The Bull Inn, The Street, Barton

Mills, Bury St Edmunds,

IP28 6AA. Tel: 01638 711001

“These suppliers are all fantastic to work with,

as the produce is such great quality and fully

traceable. Often, we are talking direct to the

business owners who know all the answers

to any questions we may have regarding the

produce. The small local businesses are also

very responsive and can deliver quickly. If we

have had a busy evening, they can be there

first thing to stock us back up again!”




Apprentice Chef

“If a cream sauce gets too hot and

splits, simply add a little cold cream to

it and it will come back together.”

Trainee Chef

“Taste, taste, taste as you go.”


“Start with high quality ingredients

and you will get great results.”


“Always seal your steaks in a red hot

pan to lock all the flavours into the


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 19


night fEAST

Three quick & easy recipes from local businesses

Food & Drink

Each month we’ll bring you a simple threecourse

Friday night feast for you to cook up

in your own kitchen. All recipes include only

four ingredients but you may need to grab a

few staples from your cupboards!


from Fish

Burwell Ltd

Homemade Smoked Mackerel Pate

2 smoked mackerel fillets

200g soft cream cheese

1 tablespoon horseradish sauce

½ juice of a lemon

1 Place the cream cheese in a bowl and

add smoked mackerel, lemon juice,

horseradish and seasoning.

2 Blend all the ingredients together and

taste. Add more seasoning accordingly.


from The


3Transfer to individual bowls and chill.

Serve with crusty bread and green salad

for decoration.

(Serves 2)

Minted Lamb Chops with Flat Mushrooms and Roasted Cherry Vine Tomatoes


from The Three


4 lamb loin chops, untrimmed

80g of chopped fresh mint

4 flat mushrooms

4 bunches of vine-ripened cherry tomatoes

1 Peel the mushrooms and place them

in a roasting tin with tomatoes, olive oil

and seasoning. Roast for 10-15mins.

2 Massage a marinade of chopped mint,

garlic, salt, olive oil, ground coriander,

thyme and pepper into the chops.

3Pre-heat a griddle pan and cook the

lamb for at least three minutes. Then

place in roasting tin with mushrooms

and tomatoes for one minute and serve.

(Serves 4)

chocolate Bread and Butter


200g of dark chocolate

6 croissants

70g of raisins


1 Make the custard by boiling 450ml of

cream and 450ml of milk. Whisk 200g

of sugar, seven egg yolks and add to the

liquid and whisk.

2 Melt the dark chocolate and 50g

of butter.

3 Cut the croissants thinly and layer them

into a dish with the custard, chocolate

and raisins.

4 Press the mixture down and wrap in

foil in a Bain Marie. Cook the dessert

for 180 o c for 20 minutes.

(Serves 10)

Special thanks to our three chefs this week, Trisha Bircham from Fish

Burwell Ltd, Vincent Woolley from The Pantry and Lukasz Zon from The

Three Blackbirds.

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Food & Drink

Comprises of dishes

Seasonal spring


that excite

We chat to Luke Rose, Chef

at the Best Western Heath

Court Hotel, about this season’s

menu inspirations

At this time of year we have so much to look

forward to: the weather slowly turning warmer;

the promise of spring flowers and produce; as well

as events such as Valentine’s, Mother’s Day and

Easter. To find out how the spring season inspires

our local chefs, we spoke to Luke Rose, the new

Chef at the Best Western Heath Court Hotel in

Newmarket, to find out what we can expect in the

following months.

Berties Restaurant, having recently undergone a

refurbishment, offers a relaxed dining experience,

where you can often pick up the odd racing tip and

local knowledge from the industry experts eating

around you. If this sounds like an appealing place

for you to spend Valentine’s, we can reveal that

the menu certainly won’t disappoint.

Featuring a three-course menu of such delights as

vodka and beetroot cured salmon, pan-fried fillet of

sea bass, gnocchi with pesto sauce and Champagne

and vanilla poached strawberries, followed by coffee

and petit fours, for just £27 per person, our mouths

are watering at the thought!

“My inspiration behind the menu was my significant

other; it comprises of dishes that excite, and creates

a talking point by using ingredients that are known

for their aphrodisiacal qualities,” revealed Luke. “The

Valentine’s menu showcases the standard of what

we can produce in the kitchen and hopefully some

of the dishes which will appear on the Heath Court’s

future menus.”

“And then, for Mother’s Day, we will be serving

our popular carvery. We are offering a three-course

carvery with plenty of options, followed by coffee

and dinner mints for £25 per person. This was very

popular last year, so we would recommend booking

early to avoid disappointment.”

Telephone the events team on 01638 676392.

Best Western Heath Court

Hotel, Moulton Road,

Newmarket, CB8 8DY

Tel: 01638 667171.

Article by Georgia Watson

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 23



This month’s best recipe courtesy of Waitrose


­• 100g plain flour

­• 1 large egg

­• 300ml semi-skimmed milk

­• Sunflower oil, for frying

­• 2 ripe bananas

­• 1 tbsp Tate & Lyle icing sugar,

plus extra for dusting

• 250g tub mascarpone

­• 4 tbsp Lyle’s Squeezy Golden,

Strawberry or Chocolate

Syrup, plus extra to serve

Banana-filled Pancakes

with Lyle’s Syrup Drizzle

1 Place the flour in a large bowl, make

a well in the centre then crack in the egg

and add half of the milk. Beat together,

gradually adding the rest of the milk

to make a smooth batter.

2 Heat a splash of the oil in a non-stick

medium-sized frying pan. Add a ladleful

of batter and swirl to coat the base of the

pan thinly. Cook for 30 seconds or so until

golden then turn and cook the second side.

Repeat to make 8 pancakes.

Pancake Day



3 Mash together the bananas and icing

sugar then roughly stir into the mascarpone

along with one of the Lyle’s syrups (golden,

chocolate or strawberry). Divide the mixture

between the pancakes, tuck in the edges

then roll up neatly. Place two pancakes

on each serving plate, dust lightly with icing

sugar and drizzle with more syrup before


Serves 4

Prepare 35 mins

Cook 20 mins




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Food & Drink



Georgia Watson returns

to The Fox in Burwell for

more Mexican magic

During my time at Velvet, I’ve been lucky

enough to visit The Fox and its sister

restaurant, The Bengal Fox, a number

of times. On this occasion I brought

with me a new member of the team,

Adam, to experience the delights of the

quintessential village pub with a

Mexican twist.

Walking through the bar, you get a real

sense of a community pub with locals

at the bar and real ale on tap (something

Adam was happy about!). Heading

through to the restaurant, Adam

exclaimed that it felt as if he was leaving

Suffolk behind and entering a little piece

of Mexico.

Greeted by our friendly server, we took

our seats as the Mexican music in the

background helped build a fun, relaxed

atmosphere. With advice from the

landlord, Bob, we opted to try the new

specials on the board, all of which

sounded delicious! For starters we decided

to share the wild mushroom, spinach and

cheese quesadillas, which arrived on a

wooden plate with vibrant green salad and

bright red chilli peppers. The perfectly

folded quesadillas looked mouthwatering

and contained a fabulous mix of cheesy,

delicate tasting mushrooms with a little

Mexican kick.

Again picking our choices of mains from

the specials board, I decided to go for the

trio of roasted peppers with pulled pork,

chilli and refried beans, and Adam chose

the wild mushroom and prawn taco with

tequila cream sauce. The plates of bright,

bold colours reached the table piled

high with fabulous smelling food, and we

couldn’t wait to jump in.

Tasting a forkful of the roasted pepper,

the gorgeous slow cooked pork with

Mexican flavourings was a melt-in-themouth

creation! I could have eaten a

whole dish of this pork; with the slight

crunch of the veggie accompaniment and

gooey melted cheese it was truly inspired.

Trying the next pepper, my palette was

met with soft refried beans that were

packed full of flavour and a spicy hit.

The final roasted pepper was a Mexican

version of chilli con carne with a building


Sneakily tasting some of Adam’s taco,

the sauce was phenomenal, with the

wild mushrooms and prawns offering

a light hint of spice, together with

the traditional Mexican tastes of a

crisp taco, salsa, guacamole and sour

cream accompaniments. Although not

something you’d associate with Mexican

cuisine, the prawns went incredibly well

with the flavours, and it was definitely

a dish I’d order next time.

We’re already looking forward to seeing

the team at The Fox again soon, and

I think Adam is definitely a new regular!



you try the wild


spinach and cheese



The Fox, 2 North Street, Burwell,

CB25 0BA Tel: 01638 741267

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 27

Food & Drink

in season


George Unwin, of Baythorne

Hall, keeps us up to date with

the wine scene this February

We wine merchants don’t care that much for

January, and we’re especially wary of the word

‘dry’, it doesn’t do us any favours at all. But (sigh

of relief) February is here, and soon everyone will

begin to realise what delights they have missed out

on over the past 31 days. If you have resisted the

urge, then why not treat yourself to something

particularly good this February, and there is plenty

of delicious seasonal food on its way for the wine to


Clams, Cockles

and Muscles

Seasonal, fresh shellfish deserves a delicious

fresh wine, and at this time of year when the seas

surrounding us are cold, shellfish is at its absolute

best. The French, who are quite a good guide when

it comes to food and wine combinations, would

reach for their Chablis, Muscadet or Picpoul. Dry

East Anglian Bacchus works very well, and, from

a little further afield, the lighter Italian varietals

such as Grillo, Inzolia and Vermentino.

Barossa Valley Shiraz

available at

Baythorne Hall


Purple Sprouting

Broccoli and Leeks

So often an accompaniment, but if the veg is

taking centre stage, then this is the time to grab

your Sauvignon Blanc, it’s such a great option with

vegetal/herbal flavours. However, if cheese is added

to the mix, and it so often is with vegetables dishes,

then do try something with a touch of sweetness

like a demi-sec Vouvray from the Loire Valley,

a Riesling from Germany or a rich New Zealand

Pinot Gris.

Rhubarb and

Blood Orange

Two tart fruits that require the addition of sugar

when turned into a pudding, and the amount of

sugar will have a bearing on the wine to choose.

With orange, try to match the flavour, so a mature

Sauternes or Orange Muscat will work best.

Rhubarb is a little trickier, the wine must be high

in acidity and very sweet, so botrytis Riesling or

Sémillon, of which there are many great examples

now available from the New World.


A good cut of venison deserves a good wine,

and if the meat’s roasted, fried or grilled then

a flavoursome red is required. There are options

from around the world, including southern French

reds from the Rhône Valley and Languedoc, Rioja or similar from Spain,

Zinfandel from California, Shiraz from Australia or one of the exceptional

red blends now appearing from South Africa. My personal choice would

be a good Shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley. At this time of year when

the cold weather can still be in full swing, there’s nothing like a warming

dish and hearty wine by the fire.

For further advice and to purchase the

wines recommended, visit Baythorne Hall,

Baythorne End, Halstead,

Essex, CO9 4AH.

Tel: 01440 785680.

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Local Events

What’s On

Things to do in and around Suffolk and Cambridgeshire this February

Wine Night

Bloc Party


Go Running

Planning to take part in

a Parkrun or Race for Life?

Qualified leaders will help

you build your fitness and


Wimpole Estate, Royston,

Arrington, Herts, SG8 0BW

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Feb

09:30 - 10:30


Celebrate the

Chinese New


With this spectacular

Variety Show organised

by the Anglo-Chinese

Cultural Exchange.

The Apex, Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD

8th Feb


£12; children & seniors £8


Awards Tour

The amazing line up features

headliners Bloc Party,

plus Drenge, Rat Boy

& Bugsy Malone.

Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler St,



9th Feb



Take the Kids

to Explore Art

Make art of your own

in the studio to take home.

The Fitzwilliam Museum,

Trumpington St,




10th Feb

10:00 - 11:30

£3 per child

South African

Wine Night

Presented by Ed Keith from

Hallgarten and Rob McKinley

from Swartland Winery, enjoy

with a wonderful menu to

complement the wine.

The Angel Hotel, 3 Angel

Hill,Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1LT

11th Feb

From 19:00

£45 pp booking in advance

Get Crafty

Enjoy making some fun

spring time items with the

kids. There are outside

activities too.

West Wing Gallery,

Ickworth House,

Bury St Edmunds,

IP29 5QE

13th – 21st Feb

11:00 - 15:00



Mask Ball

Glamour, intrigue and

romance. Champagne canapé

reception followed

by dinner and dancing.

Ravenwood Hall Hotel,

Rougham, Bury St Edmunds,

IP30 9JA

14th Feb

From 19:00

£75 pp booking in advance

Take the kids

to a Magic Show

Enjoy the magic and silliness

of Morgan and West’s Utterly

Spiffing Spectacular

Magic Show.

Cambridge Junction 2,

Clifton Way, Cambridge,


16th Feb

11:30 & 14:30

£10 adults; £6 children


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016

Local Events

Half Term


Out and About

The Escape Rooms

Make your Escape

Could you escape from

a locked room in just 60 mins,

using teamwork, logic and

common sense?

The Escape Rooms, Lincoln

House, Cherry Hinton Road,

Cambridge, CB1 8DH


From £12pp weekdays before


From £14pp weekends &

weekdays after 17:00

The Polka Dot and

Feathers Charity

Circus Ball

Get ready for a show-stopping

evening of sparkles and


Comberton Sports & Arts

Cambridge, CB23 7DU

20th Feb

From 22:30


Find out about



Find out hands on, what

computers were once like.

Cambridge Museum

of Computing, Rene Court,

Coldhams Road, Cambridge,


Wednesday - Sunday.

10:00 - 17:00

£8 adults; £6 children 5 - 16

Take a Cambridge

Food Tour

Go off the beaten track

on this four hour tour and

discover some of Cambridge’s

best foodie venues.

Meet near Peas Hill,

Cambridge, CB2 3AD

Monday to Saturday


Adults £39.50 pp (£42.00

Saturdays incl Microbrewery)

The National Stud

Take a Tour of

The National Stud

Find out the history and

purpose of The National Stud

on this 90 minute tour.

The National Stud,



Suffolk, CB8 0XE

From 13th February,

Wednesday to Sunday

11:15 daily; 11:15 & 14:00

on Saturday & Sunday

£11 pp

Spring Wedding


With live musicians and a wide

range of exhibitors, goody

bags and bridal magazines.

Holiday Inn, Lakeview,

Bridge Road,


CB24 9PH

21st Feb

11:00 - 15:00


Learn about making trails

and matching the animal

prints to your clue sheet.

Give birds a helping hand

and make some fun bird


Ickworth Park,

Bury St Edmunds

17th February

11:00 – 15:00

Twilight at

the Museums,


Twilight at the Museums

is a free after-dark

event for families where

museums and collections

across the city of

Cambridge open their

doors for a variety of

torch-lit and illuminated


Various museums

including the Fitzwilliam

17th February

16:30 – 20:30

Super Camps

Super Camps has

enhanced its ‘Go Play,

Go Create, Go Discover’

programme with a range

of new activities for

2016 to go alongside the

perennial favourites.

The Perse School,


5th – 19th February

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look out

Article by Josh Tait





Keep your eyes peeled for our line up of must-see films,

up-and-coming musicians and the next big thing

Captain America: Civil War

Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson

Release Date: May

Its title is perhaps something of a misnomer – Captain America

might nominally focus on Chris Evans’ star spangled Avenger,

but this is a comic book film that promises to span the entire

Marvel Universe. If the prospect of seeing Iron Man and

Captain America facing off isn’t enough, Civil War will also

feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Spider-Man,

with Tom Holland becoming the third person to play Spidey

on the big screen.


Director: Sam Mendes

Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

Release Date: 22nd February

In what is rumoured to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007,

director Sam Mendes dazzles with the eye-catching set pieces

and slick cinematography that made 2012’s Skyfall such a

success. Christoph Waltz seemed like inspired casting as

Bond’s nemesis, but he lacks the pizzazz of the franchise’s most

memorable baddies. Craig is on top form though, and surely

must now have won over most of those who were unhappy with

his casting. He is not a traditional Bond in the mould of a Sean

Connery or even a Roger Moore, but he has made the role his

own and shines in this thoroughly modern and entertaining entry

into one of cinema’s most revered canons.

One to Watch

Jack Garratt

Though not a cast iron

guarantee of success,

the BBC’s Annual

Sound Of… poll does

have a pretty good track

record when it comes

to promoting new

talent. Past winners

include Ellie Goulding,

Jessie J, and last year’s

victors Years and Years,

and the chances of their

successor emulating

them seem high. Garratt

is an immensely talented


his soulful voice and

eclectic brand of

funk mark him as the

competition’s most

interesting champion

for some years. Jack

Garratt’s debut album,

Phase, is released on

February 19th, with a

full UK tour to follow

in March and April.

Top Four




5th Feb

Dad’s Army

5th Feb

Coming to a

screen near



5th Feb


24th Feb

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 33


the stage

Four Events

Coming Up...

Article by Marion Treby


Plan next month’s entertainment with our pick

of the top acts to grace our local stages

The Philharmonia Orchestra

with soloist Esther Yoo

The three works in this superlative concert are Rachmaninov’s

descriptive symphonic poem The Rock (1893), Sibelius’ lyrical

but virtuosic Violin Concerto (1905), and Rachmaninov’s

vivacious and expressively Russian Symphony No.3 (1936).

The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by one of the world’s

greatest musicians, Vladimir Ashkenazy, will be joined by

outstanding soloist Esther Yoo, now in her second year as BBC

New Generation artist.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2nd March

19:30 Tickets from £28.50

01223 357851

Music: Banco do Gaia

12th March

Cambridge Junction 2

Folk Music: Sam Carter

18th March

The Cambridge Folk Club

hobson’s Choice

Familiar faces from the small screen Martin Shaw (Inspector George

Gently, Judge John Deed) and Christopher Timothy, (James Herriot

in All Creatures Great and Small, Mac McGuire, Doctors) head the

cast in this production by Jonathan Church, Artistic Director of

the Chichester Festival Theatre. Martin Shaw plays self-made man,

shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer Henry Hobson, in this classic comedy

by Harold Brighouse, which celebrates its centenary this year.

When Hobson’s eldest daughter Maggie defies her father’s wishes

by marrying Will Mossop, his own boot-maker, a battle of wills begins

in which he stands to lose his customers, his girls and his pride,

but ultimately it is Hobson’s choice.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 14th – 19th March

For times see website. Tickets from £23

01223 503333

Russell Kane

Right Man, Wrong Age

The Apex,

Bury St Edmunds,

25th March,


Tickets £16

01283 758000



Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus

20th March

Haverhill Arts Centre

The Ronnie Scott’s Story

20th March

Haverhill Arts Centre

In this brand new show, multi-award winning comedian,

presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane, whose

TV credits include ‘Live at the Electric’, ‘Live at the Apollo’

and ‘Unzipped’, unleashes another blisteringly funny stand-up

performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts

will always be funny.

Laugh your way through how no one is ever the right age. Find

out how it’s normal to be 16 but feel 21; be 40 but pretend to

be 25; or be 80 and have the heart and sex drive of someone

much younger, with this ‘seriously good comedian’, given a five

star rating by The Times.

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 35










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Written by Lauren Eade

Why did you bring your boutique to Cambridge?

I always wanted my own fashion business and when I moved to Cambridge five

years ago, it felt like the right location to open an independent boutique. When

I saw Rose Crescent, I knew it was the perfect space for my shop to open.

5 Minutes with...



We touch base with Sinead from

Elegant Atelier to discover what

her new boutique in Rose Crescent,

Cambridge, is all about.

What are your favourite brands from those that you stock?

French brand Ba&sh is the height of the style and look I want to champion.

The clothes are chic, well made, classic cuts with a cheeky edge.

What new stock do you have?

Sneakers and brogues continue to grow in popularity, and I have some amazing gold

and silver ones by Rose Rankin due in at the end of January. They are fun in style,

yet well-made and functional!

What fashion trends can we expect to see from 2016 that really excite you?

I love the slightly androgynous look. It’s been big in the high end designer labels for

a number of years, but is becoming more mainstream now – return to the trouser suit

but in a less structured way, all right up my style!

New sports


Stylish Ski Wear

Bring the style to the slopes with this

original Burton Ladies ski jacket.

With its long silhouette, dynamic

contrasting print and a cosy fur hood,

it’s what we’re all wanting this season.

Burton Ladies TWC Charlie Jacket,

£184.99, Odyssey, Bury St Edmunds

Haven for yoga and pilates’

goers, Wellbeing Warehouse in

Newmarket has opened an

on-site shop which will be the first

place customers can try on No

Balls bamboo clothing. The newly

launched ‘Hot Yoga’ and ‘Sport’

ranges will also be exclusive to the

store. Find everything from comfy

harem pants and stunning printed

leggings to relaxing scented

candles and all your other yogi


Wellbeing Warehouse,

147 All Saints Road,

Newmarket, CB8 8HH


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016


Get the Look

Valentine’s Day

Rose Midi Dress, £120,

Topshop, Cambridge

Ruby and Diamond Earrings,

£4,500, Trinity Street Jewellers,


Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’

Heart Crossbody Bag, £530,

Giulio, Cambridge

We reveal the

hottest spring trends

Knitted Frocks Crochet

Skater Shoes

Cross Body Bags

Bin it

Buy it

The Backpack

It’s all about the backpack for S/S ‘16,

perfect for those upcoming festivals, beach

days and picnics.

MCM ‘Stark’ Backpack, £530,

Giulio, Cambridge

Grunge Boots

This season it’s all about grunge

looking boots and stacked sandals.

Helga Black Flat Ankle Boot by CK Jeans,

£99.99, Modish, Cambridge & Saffron Walden


Frills were all over the catwalks at the

spring shows, find your girly side with floaty

feminine frills this season.

Loved & Found BZR Claramilla Frill Top in

Paprika, £99, John Lewis, Cambridge

Floral Lace

A super girly, gorgeous trend, a floral lace

dress in pastel tones will be popular for posh

dinners and evenings out.

Christa Probst Dress, £99, Artichoke, Ely


BIG news

The Grand Arcade in Cambridge will

be welcoming Victoria’s Secret’s third

UK PINK store. The PINK range is all

about comfort with style at affordable

prices. If you caught a glimpse of the VS

Fashion Show last year, you’ll know what

to expect. Sportswear, sleepwear and

underwear with Victoria’s Secret’s staple

bright colours.

Perfect Full-Zip Hoodie,

£42.70, Victoria’s Secret PINK,

Grand Arcade, Cambridge

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 39



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearl Master 39 POA

The Oyster

Perpetual range

comes in various

styles inspired by

the sea, including

Rolex Deepsea,

Submariner Date

and Explorer

The Pearlmaster is Rolex’s crowning jewellery

watch. Featuring the softly curved lines of

the Pearlmaster design, it is characterised by

uniquely rich dials and exquisite gem settings

of diamonds, sapphires or rubies and available

only in 18 ct yellow, white or everose gold

made by Rolex in its own foundry.

Mappin and Webb, Market Hill, Cambridge

Thurlow Champness, 13-14 Abbeygate St,

Bury St Edmunds


Chewing the

fashion cud

Ludy’s blog


PS: S/S 2016’s ugliest

trend ever?

Chanel channeling the rapper

vibe with its light sliders…..very

useful in seeking vast amounts

of attention and that’s about it,

although they do light up! Who

knows how many of us will end

up falling in love with them?

Lifestyle blogger and fabulous

fashionista, Ludy, gives us

the hottest S/S looks

Hey! We’ve

made it.

The sales

have generously

granted us a wish

or two, our credit

cards have managed

to take a breather

and, if you’re a true

stylish fashion feline

queen, by now you’ll have spring cleaned your closets,

dusted the pristine favourites and eliminated all the items

left untouched for the last three months. The decks are

clear for you to finally embrace the best of what’s yet to

come. Relocate all the black and subdued colours that

so craftily helped your winter silhouette, as a deluge of

bright and varied colours is about to hit the fashion world,

bringing with it a sense of warmth and opulence.

Gone is the austere look, gone is the minimalist flair

and, to the sound of maracas, let us welcome a Latina

S/S 2016…olé! Now picture yourself in Havana, Cuba’s

colourful capital, feeling the sunrays kiss your very bare

shoulders (shoulders will ALWAYS be bare next S/S),

listening to a lively and vigorous salsa whilst surrounded

by an infinity of yellow, red, and mostly orange elements!

Elated by the laid-back atmosphere, you casually slip on

your strapless beach dress with its opulent ruffle detailing

across the shoulders, or your oversized white shirt with its

voluminous sleeves over your frayed denim. There you go.

You’re bang on trend for S/S 2016.

Rumour has it that with the exaggerated ruffles come the

blooms as well. Suddenly a lady like Victorian-style dress

will be adorned with flowers and cheeky see-through

romantic slits. The ruffles will cascade, the silk will be sheer

and the chiffon will abound. Sooooo feminine, but

yet so ironic. I think Alessandro Michele may be

partly to blame as, since he has taken over Gucci,

fashion seems to be rushing behind him with

more sequins, metallics, bows and pompoms than

ever seen before….I love it!

He has finally introduced irony and a huge

amount of humour to our style, empowering

femininity like never before.

You will feel feminine, you will embrace a ladylike

look and, believe it or not, you will adore

pink…How romantic - I can’t wait!

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 43


Blue Bag, £50,

Artichoke, Ely


of blue

Blues across the spectrum will feature heavily in your

S/S16 wardrobe. Team with white or work the black/navy

trend for a fashion-forward, sophisticated look.


Darker denims are

more flattering

and lighter shades

will give a casual


Farah Flare Jeans,


The Frayed Edge Shift Dress,

£299, Anna, Saffron Walden

and Bury St Edmunds

Sinatra Trilby, £165,

Laird London,




Marco Tozzi Shanti Boots,

£56, Shoehorne,


M.i.h Jeans Simple shirt

in Rope Print, £265, Boudoir

Femme, Cambridge

Raquel Allegra Shred Back

Cardi Blue Stripe, £479,

Anna, Saffron Walden

and Bury St Edmunds

Taifun Striped Skirt,

£64, Martha V,


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 45


Article by Georgia Watson



Three Of The Best

Strobing Products


Brows Illuminator

This high definition shimmering light-diffusing

illuminator brings sophisticated glamour. The

lightweight pressed powder is enriched with

pearlescent pigments which have a natural

luminous effect to easily create S/S hottest

beauty look.

HD Brows Illuminator, £23.50,

Envy Beauty, Newmarket

Desert Island




Skin illuminator

Filled with light reflective pigments, mix one

pump of this with your usual foundation for

a dewy glow, or use alone as a highlighter on

cheekbones, forehead and temples. Creating

a silky sheen, it will ensure your skin looks

healthy and radiant this spring.

Mii Sublime Skin Illuminator, £23.50,

Bedford Lodge Spa, Newmarket

anti Ageing

Velvety smooth, this product blends

effortlessly to leave skin looking brighter and

feeling hydrated. Even out the skin tone and

illuminating as it goes, this highlighting fluid

will be a great base for that just-got-backfrom-holiday


Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Anti-Ageing

Illuminator, £33, Space.NK.apothecary,


“I am completely in love

with the Pevonia De-Ageing


It is the most wonderful

holistic exfoliation treatment,

infusing the skin with

dehydrated sea water known

for its natural high potency

concentration of minerals.

Smoothing and deeply

mineralising, my skin feels,

looks and smells divine, with

the beautiful combination

of Papaya and Pineapple,”

says Sian Thomas, Spa Manager

at SK Clinic + Spa.

Pevonia De-Ageing Saltmousse, £52, SK

Clinic + Spa, Bury St Edmunds.


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016



for v day

Sultry and feminine

fragrances are just

what’s required for

Valentine’s Day.

Here are our top picks:

Néroli & Orchidée Eau de

Toilette, £52, L’Occitane,

Bury St Edmunds

Elixir Eau De Toilette, £39,

Penhaligon’s, Cambridge

Vanilla & Anise Cologne,

£85, Jo Malone, Cambridge

What’s the number one beauty buy

you can’t live without?

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protect

Cream. Especially at this time of year!

It’s great for giving TLC to my lips, hands,

elbows and even the rough patches on my

feet! It’s my must-have beauty item in my


What make up product would you

recommend to even out skin tone?

MAC’s CC (Colour Correction) Cream.

It evens skin tone instantly and brightens

skin too. The clever part of these products

is they even out redness and counteract

sallow skin and dark spots.

How long should you keep your

make up for?

Ideally no longer than 12 months for

concealers and creams. If you can keep

your brushes really clean too, this helps.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour

Skin Protect Cream, £26,

Debenhams, Cambridge

MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour

Correcting SPF 30, £25, MAC,


bareMinerals bareSkin

Brightening Serum Foundation,

£26, Aqua Sana, Centre Parcs,

Elveden Forest, Thetford

Beauty insider

Kerry Curl, from Cambridge Makeup

Artist, answers our beauty queries

Any tips on how to create the

“no-make up” look with make up?

I have fallen in love

with the bareMinerals



bareSkin Brightening

Serum Foundation this

year. It’s ultra-thin and

contains jojoba, SPF

and brightens the skin

beautifully with that ‘barely there’ look and

feel. Mothers of the brides LOVE it!

What’s the one piece of beauty advice

you would give to brides?

Prepare your skin in the run up to the big

day, even if it’s as basic as an exfoliation

once a week and drinking lots and lots of

water! Treat yourself to a facial if you can,

and find time to relax; a lot of hard work

goes into a wedding and you must take

some time out where possible to de-stress

and recharge your batteries.

Tried and Tested:

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Rose & Cedrat Limited


We’d heard great things about Liz Earle’s

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser,

so we couldn’t wait

to try out the limited

edition Rose & Credrat.

With a fresh floral

fragrance, the cleanser

is gentle, yet energising

leaving skin smooth and

soft. The muslin cloth is

a luxurious addition for

a spa like finish. Read

the full review on our


Rushing To

The Salon

Georgia was lucky enough to try out

the new Rush salon in Cambridge last

month. Looking for a cut that would

add volume and be easy to maintain,

her stylist Alexia was brilliant at working

out exactly what would suit her face

shape and hair type. You can read the

full review and see the finished look

on our website.

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 47

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B List


Zingy Beauty

Got the winter blues? Don’t fret, there’s

a whole host of beauty products out there

designed to boost your mood and blow

away the cobwebs

Time to get scrubbing! Just because no one can see those grey

flaky limbs, you still have to put up with them! The best time is in the

shower, in the morning. This will get your blood circulating, warm you up

and wake you up! Molton Brown’s Eucalyptus Stimulating Body Polisher

is a nice treat, and is guaranteed to put a spring back into your step.

For a midday boost, lighten the air at your desk and feed those

dry hands with a hand cream such as L’Occitane Shea Zesty Lime Hand

Cream; otherwise, ones with mint are usually pretty fresh. Not only will

your hands thank you, but the zingy scent will awaken your senses and

give you a much-needed lift during the monotony of desk life!

Next on the list, bath time! Get into the spirit with a scented

candle to set the mood. Try a Neom’s Happiness Candle. They smell

divine and have been expertly blended to help you lift your mood and

help you enjoy a positive, more uplifted state of mind.

If baths aren’t your thing, you obviously haven’t tried a

soothing milky bath float like the one from The Body Shop. All you need

now is someone to run your bath, a nice cuppa and to indulge your skin

with a good moisturiser and anti-ageing eye cream to be looking, and

feeling, your best.

The final perk-me-up for winter- a new purchase

of course! Brighten up that gloomy face with a flash of lip colour in

my favourite seasonal colour of the moment - orange! Hooray for

payday – the last time I was paid, I was wearing reindeer ears and

drinking snowballs, so I’m planning on splurging on a new Tom

Ford lipstick in ‘Hiro’.

1. Tom Ford Lips and Boys Hiro, £27,

2. L’Occitane Shea Zesty Lime Hand Cream, £8,

L’Occitane, Bury St Edmunds

3. Origins Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath 500ml,


4. Nimue Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, £29,

Pure Beauty, Newmarket

5. Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm Tangerine

Deep Blush, £16, SK Clinic + Spa, Bury St Edmunds

6. Neom Happiness Candle Large, £45, ESSE Retail and

Therapy, Melbourne

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 49

Hot list



Written by Gemma Treby

Three of the best mud runs

coming your way

Only The Brave

20th March, Elveden Estate

Choose from Intrepid - 5 miles and 20+

obstacles, or Fearless where you can

expect 10 miles and 30+ obstacles.

Get booked...

Mud runs

Insane Terrain

June 26th, Washbrook

Farm, Doddington

Expect more man-made mud pits, hay

bale climbs and pond wades. Huge slides

and more mud than ever before.

Bear Grylls

Survival Race

August 20th, Wimpole Hall

A series of challenges designed to help

you find your warrior spirit and prove that

life is a journey best lived boldly.


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016


Train Your Brain

A new Canadian study has revealed

that using weights and incorporating

at least two sessions of upper and lower

body resistance work a week can ward

off age-related cerebral shrinkage and

maintain your cognitive abilities.

Jordan Richardson, Wellbeing Personal

Trainer at Nuffield Health Gym,

Cambridge says.

‘There are many benefits to weight

training: improved muscle strength,

tone, weight management, balance,

posture and sense of wellbeing,

to name a few. The problem occurs

when people that are doing weight

training have bad technique and

don’t get the most out of the exercise.

This can lead to joint issues, bad

posture and injuries. Working with

a Personal Trainer not only gives

you that support to push a few extra

reps out, or motivates you to train to

your optimal performance; trainers

are there to constantly correct your

technique, analyse your form and

posture and use any corrective

exercises that are needed.’


Amber Brammah of gives us her

ultimate quick fixes

1 Get some ZZZZZZZZs

Don’t underestimate the importance

of good quality sleep. Your body cannot

repair and de-stress if it isn’t resting.

Make sleep a priority above all else,

especially if you’re looking to lose

weight, as chronically elevated cortisol

can lead to stubborn belly fat.

2 Hydrate

Imagine if there were a magic thing you

could consume that would help you to

burn fat, reduce bloating, make you feel

more alert, improve skin quality and aid

digestion. Hint: The magic substance

exists - WATER! Drink it. Lots.

What’s your level?

It’s easy to get wrapped up with the New Year craze

to get fit. Paula Ahlberg of the Wellbeing Warehouse

offers advice on exercising safely

For those of you who have been following my articles, you may remember last month

was all about finding the balance between dynamic exercise together with time to

restore, both for physical and mental health and wellbeing.

When embarking on a new fitness routine, it is important to ask for guidance from the

experts. It can be unsafe and often intimidating to book a class which is not suited to

your ability and preference.

We are lucky to have Wilson Physiotherapy as part of our team. Steve Wilson and his

colleagues are always there to advise any of the instructors who are concerned with

a particular injury or obstacle which may restrict taking part in physical exercise.

The physiotherapists highly recommend Pilates Reformer for anyone who experiences

back issues, or who has recovered from any type of surgery, due to the focus on

core strength and the training of all the

stabilising muscles of the body. Pilates

Reformer can be used for rehabilitation

through to dynamic workouts. Together

with the variety of Yoga classes, TRX and

Total Barre, you are sure to stay in top

form, but all under careful guidance.

What’s the deal?

Gemma pays a visit...

The Glassworks

The Glassworks, Cambridge’s only city centre

gym, has just undergone a major refurb. You

will find a state-of-the-art gym, spa area,

variety of classes and an Elemis treatment area.

The Vibe - It’s what I imagine a gym to be

in the centre of New York’s meat packing

district. Uber-cool, chilled, with only the best

equipment to hand.

Tried and Tested - I took two classes,

first of all Yoga with a small group of ladies, and,

for an extra boost, I then went on to Tabata.

High intensity, instructed very well and oh

man... I felt the post-exercise burn the next day.

Rest and Relaxation - The spa area

has a huge window that overlooks the river

Cam, on a very cold frosty day a dip in the

Jacuzzi was the ultimate treat.

Perfect for - Luxury, state-of-the-art

and if you work or live in Cambridge city.

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 51


Reforming your workout

Lauren Eade tries a

session on the Pilates

Reformer machine

at Activate Pilates

Activate Pilates, West Solarium,

Capital Park, Fulbourn, CB21 5XE

Tel: 07738 866771.

Article by Lauren Eade

Being someone who enjoys lots of

different forms of exercise, it came

as a pleasant surprise to me that

I was going to have a one-on-one session at

Activate Pilates this month. I arrived at West

Solarium in Fulbourn to be warmly greeted

by instructor Steve Cresswell. Steve’s easy

going and friendly manner instantly put me

at ease and he introduced me to his wife and

business partner, Alex, before showing me

around the studio.

The room was light and spacious, yet

perfectly warm, something I was particularly

thankful for, as the cold January weather had

well and truly descended. After a few quick

questions about my physical fitness and

previous experience doing Pilates Reformer -

a couple of sessions a few years back - Steve

introduced me to the equipment. Despite

having used one of the machines previously,

I was amazed at how clever it was and just

how many exercises you can do with it.

As a regular gym-goer who’s used to very

different equipment, the machine initially

looked a bit daunting to me. But, as I laid

down on the carriage and pushed against

the foot bar using my feet, I quickly got the

feel for how it moved. Steve explained that

the resistance of the carriage is controlled

by five springs of different strengths which

can be added or removed easily to suit the

person’s ability, something that only takes

him one session to determine. His passion

for Pilates was something he “fell into by

accident”, literally, after sustaining a knee

injury which led him to become interested in

the rehabilitation side of things. The business

has been going strong for seven years and

runs an impressive 36 classes a week.

As I got used to the machine, Steve

demonstrated stretches and core-building

exercises to tone and stretch out my body,

clearly talking me through them. I also

experienced first-hand how less resistance

from the springs can in fact make for a

harder workout, as I was instructed through

some pretty tough abdominal exercises.

Throughout the session Steve listened to

what I enjoyed most and tailored the class

to suit me. He showed me an excellent hip

stretch when I said it felt tight, and I really

got the most from the 55 minute session.

And I can definitely say I’m feeling it the

day after!

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Velvet’s monthly property and interiors exclusive


Home Hub

All the latest interior

and property trends

Newmarket’s Property Bubble

Cheffin’s updates us on the

Newmarket property scene

Deep Blue

Any shade or hue, it’s all

about deep blue

Image courtesy of Very



baker & baker

Neil Spencer-Edwards, Marketing & Brand

Manager, from Baker & Baker discusses the rising

popularity of the new kitchen/dining fusion.

“We have been inundated with clients

determined to substitute the practical

staple that is the ‘breakfast bar’ with

a dining area incorporated into their

much-loved islands and peninsulas.

They have been thrilled with this

design, for which a concave crescent

enables the housing of a circular

dining table, thanks to a combination

of bench and traditional seating.”

Velvet brings you the latest

home and interior trends


Written by Georgia Watson

Bathroom Overhaul

We often see our

bathrooms as the clinical

space of the home,

picking blues, greys and

other cold colours to be

paired with clean, shiny

surfaces. 2016 however,

is seeing in the new trend

of making your bathroom

décor homely. With rugs,

striking printed wallpaper,

statement wall hangings

and funky lighting, the

space is completely

transformed to be

something more like

a living space.

Christopher Patrick Interiors



According to Elle Decor, Pantone may

well have got the colour of the year wrong,

with marigold (the shade, not the gloves!)

stealing the show instead. After the

popularity of the colour on the red carpet

at The Golden Globes, we could soon be

seeing this tone in our interiors.

Calligaris Match Coffee Table,

£304, Belvisi, Cambridge

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 57


Hot Seat

Snuggle down in these cosy seats

when the cold weather bites.

1. Bardo Snuggler Chair

Was £819.99, Sale £699.99

Valentine’s décor

Statement Mirrors

Whether it’s in the bathroom or the

bedroom, making a statement with an

unusual or eclectic mirror is bang

on-trend, and is an easy way to

transform a room. If it’s a romantic style

you’re going for this month, then this

cut-out heart mirror with distressed

wooden edges from Angela Reed is a

perfect addition to any room.

Heart Mirror, 380mm, £29.95,

Angela Reed, Saffron Walden



Magnetic Paint

The trend last year for

chalkboard paint has

evolved in 2016 to

feature magnetic paint.

Use in the same way

as a chalkboard and

attach magnetic letters

to help occupy the kids.

Rust-Oleum Magnetic Chalkboard

Paint, Cutlacks, Ely.

2. Jefferson Pillowback Snuggler

Chair Was £1059.99, Sale £949.99

3. Maison Isabelle Snuggler Chair

RRP £1256, Sale £999.99

All available from Glasswells, Bury St




“I have recently been involved with

several projects requiring lighting and

I have enjoyed looking at the latest

offerings from manufacturers. Lights

transform a space and can be an amazing

feature. There are so many options this

season, from sculptural paper shades to

decorative Edison bulbs, hand-blown

glass lamps or eco-friendly silk cocoons!

You can really make a statement with

your lighting!” reveals interior designer,

Jane Cappleman.

Black King Edison Pendant Lamp, £504,


Hare Today

With Easter fast approaching, get into

the spring feeling with a hopping hare

cushion! We love this cute sketch

version which is chic enough to keep

on the sofa all year round.

Hare Pencil Sketch Cushion, £14.99,

Dobbies Garden Centre, Cambridge

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 59


Winners of the



Congratulating our 2015 Velvet Interior Award Winners

Image courtesy of Sara Slade


First for Interior Design

Sara Slade

“We were thrilled to hear the news that we had

won the award for ‘First for Interior Design.’

We have been working hard over the last year

to expand our team and improve what we can

offer our clients, so it really makes everything

worthwhile! We would firstly like to thank all of

the readers of Velvet Magazine for voting, along

with a huge thank you to our wonderful clients for

their support - without them none of this would

be possible!”

Sara Slade

Image courtesy of Cambridge

Kitchens & Bathrooms


First for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Cambridge Kitchens

& Bathrooms

“It means a lot to Cambridge Kitchens &

Bathrooms to win this award, especially

as it’s voted for by our clients! As a

family-run business since 1978, customer

recommendations are very important to us,

so for local clients to put us forward for an

award is a great pat on the back.”

Sarah Wade


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016


Image courtesy of Glasswells


First for Furniture


Glasswells is the largest independent

department store in East Anglia,

providing excellent quality products

for your home, including furniture,

flooring and a wide range of

homewares. They are proud to have

been awarded ‘First for Furniture’ by

the Velvet readers. “We also continue

to focus on our customers, listening to

their feedback and providing choice

and value with a wide range of fresh

designs that inspire and appeal to all.”



First for Customer Service

Go Glass

“Go Glass are very proud to be

the winners of the ‘Customer

Service Award’ and would like

to take the opportunity to thank

the Velvet Magazine readers

for their valued support as we

continue to lead the way with

glass and mirror design and


Tracey Saunders

Image courtesy of Go Glass

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 61


Aqua Wood Ceramic

Five Drawer Chest, £32,


Bury St Edmunds


Lakai Handpainted

Table Lamp, £155,

Oka, Saffron Walden

Arabian Pitcher, £40,

John Lewis, Grand Arcade,


Russian Doll Salt & Pepper

Shakers, £5.95,



Take inspiration from around the globe to create a cultural,

friendly space that is inviting and full of personality.

With bright colours and interesting patterns, you can

really tailor a room to your personal style with this year’s

international trend.

Ashcroft Large Soft Basket,

£65, Neptune,

Bury St Edmunds

Poterie Slama Hand Painted

Ceramic Soup Dish, £12.99,

TK Maxx, Newmarket


For an easy update

to a room, take

an existing accent

colour and find

a small patterned

rug to match

Chevron Rug, £14,

Circle Sunburst

Mirror, £129,

Marks and Spencer,

Bury St Edmunds

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 63




As spring begins to rear its head, Sara Slade

explains how the interior world has

been influenced


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016


Something for

everyone’s palette,

from vibrant


designs through

to neutrals


don’t know about you, but this winter

has been a bit of a non-starter. The

months have gone by without very

little change from the weather we had in

autumn. Yes, it has been mild and wet, but

fortunately we haven’t suffered like other

parts of the country with the torrential


I wasn’t at all surprised to see the spring

bulbs poking their heads above ground in

early January, which leads me to think we

are going to have a warm and sunny spring

ahead of us (fingers crossed).

This is obviously what Tricia Guild,

of Designers Guild, had in her mind when

designing the new S/S home collections.

This is a fresh and colourful range of

fabrics and wallpapers, all designed to

keep the flow running from the garden

to the home in a beautiful way. The core

of the collection is 28 exquisitely drawn

and coloured floral designs which include

irises, orchids, oversized roses and a

fabulous design called ‘Nymphaea Lotus’

which combines lotus leaves and camelia

heads against a crisp white background.

The whole collection has something for

everyone’s palette, from vibrant multicoloured

designs through to much more of

a sophisticated take by using neutrals.

Their wallpapers are also brilliantly designed

to give you the perfect backdrop, with one

of my favourites being ‘Cielo’ which gives

a dreamy, cloud scene in the most

gorgeous of pastel colours.

Of course, if you are wanting, you can just

add a splash of this into your homes with

Designers Guild’s large home accessories

range, which includes cushions, throws,

bed linen and rugs.

Sara Slade


Article by Sara Slade

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 65


Tree and hedge

Health Check

Kevin Drane, Senior Arboristat at SP

Landscapes, gives advice on how to

identify problems with your trees and

what to do if you have any concerns

What signs can people look out for to

identify if their tree is unhealthy?

It is difficult to identify unhealthy trees in the

winter as many shed their leaves, but in the spring/

summer months there are some key signs that

people can look out for. If there are no leaves

growing on a branch or the leaves are smaller than

usual or showing signs of discolouration then this

is a sign that something is wrong. When trees are

unhealthy the leaves tend to turn a yellowish colour

and wilt. This could be across the whole tree or

just one branch. Other things to look out for are

fungal brackets on the trunk or mushroom fungi

immediately around the base. Many fungi do not

cause harm to the tree but some can cause internal

rotting of the trunk or roots, causing the tree to fail.

What should someone do if they think their

tree could be unhealthy?

If you are concerned about your tree it is

best to get an expert in to assess it and make

recommendations. You can call our office to

arrange an appointment for a free consultation

where our Arborists will be able to give advice and

provide a quote for any required works. If no works

are required we will still send you a letter confirming

that your tree has been inspected and that it was

healthy. To ensure the accuracy of advice and

knowledge of the Arborist it is recommended that

you use an Arboricultural Association Approved


What options are there when choosing how

to prune an unhealthy tree?

Our recommendations for tree pruning will be

dependent on the condition of the tree and the

requirements of the client. In the majority of

cases we can simply remove the dead or diseased

branches to make a tree safe. If a tree has a

wood decaying fungus there may be an option to

carry out a crown reduction to reduce the risk of

branches falling. In some circumstances, depending

on the severity of rot and the fungi effecting the

tree, the only safe option is to remove the tree.

However if the tree will be missed there is always

the opportunity to plant a replacement, which is a

service we can offer.

Is there any other advice you would give to

tree owners?

As a tree owner you could be liable if a tree on

your property falls and causes injury to a person

or damage to a property. The law states that as a

tree owner you should have more knowledge than a

non-tree owner, which basically means you should

be aware of your trees and take reasonable steps to

look after them. It is recommended that trees are

inspected every five years or sooner if you notice

anything that causes concern. If in doubt it is best

to get them inspected by an expert so you have

peace of mind.

What other tree services do you offer?

We are able to produce in depth written tree

reports which may be required for planning

applications, mortgages, insurance or health and

safety. These reports provide a more thorough

analysis of the trees conditions as well as the

surrounding areas and also provide a longer term

management plan for the tree.

SP Landscapes & Tree Contractors,

Arboracre, Elms Road, Red Lodge, Bury St

Edmunds, IP28 8TD Tel: 01638 750186


Article by Georgia Watson

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 67



property bubble

Neil Harris, Director

of Cheffins updates

us on the Newmarket

property scene

Cheffins Newmarket,

2 Black Bear Court, Newmarket

Suffolk, CB8 9AF

Tel: 01638 663228

The inevitable questions everyone

asks as we head into 2016 is “Will

property prices in Newmarket and the

surrounding villages continue to go up? Will

houses in the town earn more than those in

the villages? Is Newmarket starting to feel

the effects of the Cambridge bubble?”

The overall average price in both Newmarket

and the surrounding area is still rising, so if

you own a property in either town or village,

there is good reason to be optimistic as we

head into spring.

Rising house prices look set to remain on

the political agenda; David Cameron and

George Osborne have made some changes

in the property market in the last 18 months

including the re-configuration of stamp duty

and the capping of tax relief on buy to let

investments so if you are re-entering the

property market after a period of absence

it is worth reading up on the changes to see

if they affect you.

Key new developments both in the town and

in the sought after village of Cheveley include

Alycidon Mews, a six unit development on the

Hamilton Road; the development features

a selection of detached properties within

half a mile of the historic High Street and

the Rowley Mile racecourse. The Cheveley

development has already featured in the local

news because of the archaeological findings

on the site. Work

Rising house

prices look set

to remain on

the political


is expected to

begin there in late

spring and will be

a really exciting


for the village.

New homes are

proving popular

with purchasers and we expect some serious

competition among buyers when these

developments are launched on to the

open market.

Today’s Property Values







Images and data

courtesy of Cheffins







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Velvet Magazine’s directory of the top

private schools in the area

Culford School, Bury St Edmunds

Culford is an independent co-educational boarding and day

school for those aged 3-18. At the Nursery, children learn

through play; they develop their learning in the Pre-Prep’s

happy, stimulating environment with its Forest School sessions.

In the Upper Prep, all teaching is by subject specialists. The

Senior School offers IGCSE Mathematics, Science and

English, and has an excellent sporting record and musical


Great for:

Building pupils’ confidence in their own abilities.

Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Moreton Hall is a Catholic school for those aged up to 12.

Its recently opened Pre-School takes children as young as

a few weeks, the Pre-Prep curriculum provides a sound and

invigorating basis for the next stage, and in the Prep, there

is specialist teaching. The school has a strong musical tradition

and some boarding is available.

Great for:

Instilling high levels of self-awareness and confidence

to prepare students for their next school.

St Mary’s School, Cambridge

The only boarding and single-sex day school for girls aged

3-18 in Cambridge, St Mary’s has part time boarding in Years

7 and 8, and full time boarding from Year 9. In the Pre-Prep,

specialist teachers deliver a broad curriculum, and in the Prep

and Senior School interweaving themes link core subjects to

offer a rounded education. Senior School girls excel in all areas

including Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics.

Great for:

Catering for girls in a single-sex educational environment.

The Leys, Cambridge

The Leys is the only co-educational boarding and day school in

Cambridge for 11-18 year olds. Its broad curriculum and educational

philosophy is influenced by its Christian ethos. Home Boarders can

complete prep and evening activities at school, and sleep at home.

Great for:

Caring for the individual.

St Faith’s Prep School, Cambridge

St Faith’s is an independent co-educational Prep School for

those aged 4-13. It is recognised for its teaching of Spanish,

Science and Computer Science, and its attitude to ‘green’ issues.

Great for:

Links with the scientific and technological strengths

of Cambridge’s educational and business community.

South Lee School, Bury St Edmunds

South Lee School is an independent day school for those aged

2-13. At the Nursery, children learn through creative play, including

Forest School activities. The Pre-Prep focuses on core subjects

and develops creative and physical skills, and the Prep’s five-year

programme equips students to transfer to a Senior School.

Great for:

A caring, nurturing environment.


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016

The Perse School, Cambridge

Provides an excellent education for those aged 3-18.

The Nursery has a high staff/pupil ratio; the Prep School has strong

sporting, musical and dramatic traditions and excellent facilities;

the Upper School offers IGCSEs and the Pre-U, and has extended

its foreign language provision.

Great for:

A broad curriculum with outstanding teaching fostering

critical inquiry and intellectual honesty.

Friends’ School, Saffron Walden

A co-educational independent day and boarding school for those aged

3-18, the Friends’ School has a Nursery, Junior and Senior School and

a Sixth Form. Founded in 1702, the school has a rich history with an

excellent record of academic achievement and an extensive extracurricular


Great for:

Calm, caring place for individuals who benefit

from bespoke push, stretch and support.


Fairstead House School and Nursery, Newmarket

A co-educational Preparatory Day School and Nursery for those aged

3-11, with a broad, balanced, creative and exciting curriculum.

Great for:

A truly sound foundation for children’s future learning.

Barnadiston Hall, Haverhill

Barnadiston is set in 16 acres of land and offers

a day school for children from 6 months to 13

years. In addition to the day school, Barnadiston

have boarding facilities for those aged 7-13.

Children can either board for a week or full time

and are cared for by the resident matron.

Extra-curricular activities are provided at the

weekends that enrich their academic experience.

Great for:

An outstanding curriculum and plenty

of activities to help develop their skills.

Sancton Wood School, Cambridge

Sancton Wood is a small day school for those aged 1–16. Its Baby

Unicorns and Unicorns Nursery have small, friendly settings;

the Junior Department has a diverse curriculum which broadens

in the Senior Department to include Latin, Philosophy and Ethics.

Great for:

An individually tailored education.

Ipswich Girl’s School, Ipswich

The vision at Ipswich Girl’s School is to provide an exceptional education

to children aged 3-18, in order to prepare them for a bright and

successful future. All students have access to fantastic facilities including

a swimming pool, theatre and abundant natural resources. GCSE and

A-level results are consistently above average, producing some of the

best results on a national scale.

Great for:

Excellent facilities and fantastic teaching.

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Into A New School

We seek advice from the industry


Primary School

Dr Lynda Brereton, Head Teacher, Fairstead House School, Newmarket

“Starting school is a major milestone in any child’s life. And that of their parents! A good school

will seek to reassure both parents and children alike and ensure that everyone starts school feeling

confident and positive.

As ever, communication and early preparation are key. Ideally, if a school has a Nursery, children will

spend time there, where there will be many opportunities to explore the Reception class and get to

know the Teachers and Teaching Assistants in that year group.

Children new to the school should be invited in for a number of visits both with and without parents.

This will familiarise them with the rooms, staff and let them meet and play with their new friends.

Play dates or trips over the summer all help to develop friendships. In addition, a ‘Cheese and Wine’

type evening for all parents to meet the staff and other parents is very helpful.”

Senior School

Gavin Reynolds, Assistant Head (Pastoral), Culford School, Bury St Edmunds

“Culford’s Senior School starts in Year 9, and while many pupils move up from our Prep School,

typically we see between 20 and 30 new children join us from a wide range of other schools. We

appreciate that the first day at Senior School can be a daunting prospect, so all the pupils are invited

to a fun induction day in June. They get to know their Housemaster

or Housemistress, meet some of their teachers and the prefects, and

have a chance to join in some of the exciting activities we offer as well

as sample some lessons and have a tour.

Both senior day and boarding pupils belong to one of four Houses

at Culford, all have a personal tutor and new children are assigned

a mentor so there is always someone they can turn to with any

questions before they even start in September. New pupils tell us

that it soon feels like they have always been at Culford!”


Culford now runs

two new Express

Bus services

directly from

Cambridge and

Norwich daily.

Caroline McGill, Young Persons Guidance Adviser, West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

“The best advice I can give to students and parents is to be prepared. Keep key dates and times

handy so you know where and when to attend College. If you require financial, welfare or learning

support ensure you have informed us, and make any necessary applications. Enrolment and

Induction days will assist in orientation to life at College, so ensure you attend (term starts 31st

August 2016). This is your opportunity to meet your lecturers and make new friends. Everyone is

nervous on their first day, just don’t be afraid to ask questions and have fun. Once day one is over,

the rest will all slot into place and it will all be fine!’’

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Friends’ School is a school with a difference.

Small, vibrant, and located in the

heart of Saffron Walden, Friends’ is a

place where each child feels truly valued.

We welcome students of all faiths and offer

education for students aged 3-18 with

boarding from age 11.

The school has an excellent record of

achievement at both GCSE and A Level,

with a wide choice of subject options

available. There is an extensive programme

of extra-curricular activities in

both the Junior and Senior School and a

schedule of exciting weekend activities

for boarders. There is also a full timetable

of fixtures for those who enjoy playing

team sports.

Pastoral care throughout the school is

excellent because the staff really do know

each pupil well and there is always a

listening ear or a helping hand. Friends’

has a number of mini buses which serve

the surrounding area, from Cambridge

to Royston, Bishop’s Stortford to Great

Dunmow and also Audley End station,

Saffron Walden’s closest train station.

“Our search for the right

secondary school ended

as we walked through the

doors of Friends’ School. Just

starting his second year at

Friends’, our son is academically

and socially developing

beyond our expectations.”

A Year 8 parent

Visit Friends’ on their next Open

Morning when there will be an

opportunity to speak to the Head, tour

the Nursery, Junior School and Senior

School and chat to staff and students.

Call Alison Stanbury on 01799 525351

or email for

further information.


Thursday 10th March 2016 - 9.30am

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - 9.30am

Alternatively, if these dates do not

suit please call to arrange an

individual visit. You can be assured

of a warm welcome.

Friends’ School, Mount Pleasant Rd,

Saffron Walden, Essex CB113EB



An inspiring exhibition

motivates the pupils at

Friends’ School

A visually striking series of art, photographs

and commentary, ‘The Whole Earth?’

exhibition, that tackled world issues such

as poverty and climate change, was recently

hosted by Friends’ School in Saffron

Walden. The school gave pupils the chance

to experience the six 10 metre panels

commenting on society’s challenges and big

issues in the middle of their school grounds.

Engaging and inviting a discussion with

the children about these current, pressing

issues, the exhibition allowed for every

aspect of the school to interact with these

themes during the course of the display.

A sequel to the critically acclaimed ‘Hard

Rain’ project, which has been viewed on

every continent by over 15 million people

in galleries, in cities, in many universities,

and at the United Nations Headquarters.

Jonathan Slinger, exhibition organiser at

the Friends’ School, explained why ‘The

Whole Earth?’ was so crucial to student


“The academic staff from Anglia Ruskin

University’s Global Sustainability Institute

were running a programme for our Sixth

Form students when the idea of us hosting

the exhibition was first mooted. We jumped

at the opportunity because of the obvious

value it held for our students and the


community of Saffron Walden.

“Over the course of a week, different

academic departments within the school

encouraged students to interact and

engage with the challenges raised by the

exhibition. For example, in geography,

students considered the alarming rate

of species extinction, science students

explored the viability of alternative energy

sources and in English lessons younger

students used poetry as a vehicle to

respond to the challenges raised. We were

also able to open the exhibition to the

public of Saffron Walden at a well-attended


Described by Joan Walley, Chair of the

House of Commons Environmental Audit

Select Committee, as “a modern day

Bayeux Tapestry - a visual monument of

the environment that offers solutions to the

problems of climate change and poverty,”

the exhibition was in harmony with the

school’s philosophy of extending students’

learning beyond the traditional curriculum

and to look outward to the issues the world

faces. It gave the pupils the chance to look

at their futures as the scientists, engineers

and artists of tomorrow, by appreciating

the significance of their role in improving

the world for all who live in it.

Friends’ School

Mount Pleas ant Road,

Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3EB

Tel: 01799 525351

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2016 Bridal Trend

Brides by Solo reveals it’s top

bridal trend of 2016

Real Life Wedding

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Article by Georgia Watson

People who make

your wedding

We celebrate those special, hardworking people

who make your wedding day a dream come true

The Wedding Planner

Charlotte Bowskill,

owner, Bowskill


When I first meet the

bride, we have an initial

consultation and once

we’ve signed contracts,

the first thing we do is

secure the venue. We then

have a schedule which we

work to with every bride,

where we fill in all the

details from ceremony

and reception design,

to flowers, stationery, food

and photography. We plan

bespoke weddings from start

to finish, as well as a last

minute management plan. When it comes to suppliers, we have built up

access to industry luminaries where we get exclusive discounts for our clients,

but we also like to use local suppliers too! On the day itself we are always there,

as things always crop up and are on hand to make sure every detail

runs smoothly.

The most memorable wedding we’ve planned so far has to be a wonderful

Christmas wedding last year in London; our bride requested everything be

lit by candle light, and it was just magical!

The vicar

Canon Vicky Johnson,

Ely Cathedral

We spend a lot of time meeting with the couple

to talk about hymns, readings, and music, and

what kind of ceremony they would like. It’s also

important to get to know the couple, because

we want to try and make the ceremony personal

to them. To marry here, you need to be a regular

worshipper, or have a strong connection to

the Cathedral. Requirements here are slightly

different from a normal parish church.

There are so many wonderful moments in a

wedding service, but I think the most moving

and significant moment is when the couple

exchange the vows with each other. They are

promising to love and cherish each other for

better and for worse, for richer and for poorer,

in sickness and in health, until they are parted

by death. What amazing and wonderful words

to say to someone! To me, the vows are at the

heart of the wedding day, and at the heart of

Christian marriage.

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The Ringmaker

Tom Wilson, designer at

Harriet Kelsall, Cambridge

When a couple first visits our Green Street store, we draw out

their initial ideas and inspirations for their design, and make

sure we’re aware of likes and dislikes. The joy of filling our studio

with designers is that we can make instant connections with our

customers. The key thing is that we know what they want to

achieve, whether it’s understated, sparkly, sentimental, quirky,

classical, contemporary or any combination!

We start off with an initial consultation, an informal chat around

ideas and design concepts; this usually takes around an hour. The

production time for a ring can vary, but it’s usually a number of


I love that no two designs are ever the same; every day presents a

new challenge. Whether it’s redesigning a family heirloom, creating

a new engagement ring that holds huge sentimental value or

creating one inspired by my customers’ passions and interests, it’s

a hugely rewarding experience knowing that our team has helped

create the perfect piece of jewellery.

The Hair and

Makeup Artist

Sharron Wratten, Elegant Hair

and Beauty, Bury St Edmunds

It’s important that bridal makeup lasts all day and

photographs well. I use Airbase Airbrush Makeup,

as it gives a lightweight flawless finish that’s great

for pictures. I always offer brides the opportunity to

have a consultation and trial for hair and makeup.

Although trends for hair and makeup change, I

have found most brides like a natural flawless look.

Brides can be nervous and excited on the wedding

morning. I travel to the bride’s home, venue or

hotel on the wedding morning, and this takes a lot

of stress off the bride. I like to allow time to set up

at the venue to get the bride and her wedding party

ready and create a relaxed atmosphere. Talking to

the bride is a distraction and so is playing music. I

like to allow up to an hour for the bride’s hair, and

up to an hour for the bride’s makeup.


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The Caterers

Justin & Helen Cain, The

Movable Feast, Pakenham

near Bury St Edmunds

Our dishes are always freshly prepared and

we work in partnership with our couples

to create a menu that reflects their own

personalities. We like nothing more than

researching a theme and writing a menu to fit

the occasion.

We always encourage our clients to join us in

our prep kitchen for a personal consultation

before they choose us. This also gives them

an opportunity to meet us and learn about

the whole service that we provide. We can

event manage their whole day from drinks

reception and wedding breakfast through to

the first dance and final goodbyes.

We can cater in a wide range of venues,

and are just as used to catering in marquee

settings where facilities are either limited or

non-existent! We regularly set up kitchens

from scratch and have a fantastic support

team and servers. A couple’s wedding is one

of the most important days of their lives, and

choosing a caterer is often as much about

finding a supplier that you can trust as it is

about the menu design.

The Photographer

Peter Denness, Chippenham near Newmarket

Before booking, l’ll always meet up with the couple for an informal

chat. It’s really important to feel relaxed and develop a good rapport

with each other.

My approach to wedding photography is to basically give it everything

I have. I think it’s important to document the whole day, and a lot of people

are surprised when I’m still there at 11pm, but after a few drinks everyone

loosens up, and then I’ll often get some of the best shots. My photographic

style mixes capturing natural moments in a creative way, combined with

dramatic, contemporary portraits using off-camera lighting.

When I set up my business, I wanted to keep things simple with the

packages I offered. All day coverage comes as standard, along with a

minimum of 400 fully edited images on a USB. Clients also get a password

protected online gallery where they, or their friends or family, can download

the full size files at no extra charge. An album, a second photographer or

a pre-wedding shoot can then be added on as required.

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 85


The florist

Tracey Williams, owner, Flower

Power, Bury St Edmunds

For a bride getting married in S/S, I would have

to recommend the rose and the calla lily, and for

A/W I would also recommend the rose and the

Vanda orchid. The orchid, with its strong colour,

can be be wired very strikingly in a bridal bouquet.

I also like gypsophila (baby’s breath) as you can

use it as a filler or even on its own for

the bridesmaids.

The rose is my favourite, as it’s the flower meaning

love! With an elegant, versatile style that’s multipurpose

for brides, bridesmaids, button holes and

corsages, it can be used as table decorations and is

a deservedly popular choice for wedding flowers,

due to the huge range of colours and varieties.

The biggest piece of advice I would give to a

bride picking her flowers would be proportion.

If you are a petite bride, have a classy petite

bouquet, and the larger the lady, the bigger her

bouquet can be.

The Bridal

Boutique Owner

Emma Simpkins,

The Tailor’s Cat, Cambridge

We have worked with a number of bridal designers over the

years and for us it’s really about the combination of listening

to what our brides want, feeling inspired by the designer’s

collection and being aware of the latest trends - without

religiously following them!

Mid-week we can often manage ‘pop-ins’, but we do prioritise

pre-booked appointments to ensure that an experienced bridal

consultant is ready to guide ‘brides-to-be’ through

the extensive collections whilst making the experience

fun, informative and truly tailored to each of our brides’

individuals needs.

As a bridal shop, it is so important to us to offer a wide variety

of styles, shapes, sizes and colours. We usually find a few trends

can be emerging at once, we have some truly romantic tulle

skirted ball-gown dresses to choose from currently, but we

also have some rustic scoop backed ‘boho’ styles that would be

perfect for either a woodland wedding or barefoot on a beach.

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Our local bridal boutique owners and

designers pick their favourite gowns

for 2016

Lara Kinnett,

Lara B,


“Dare to be different! Last year

we launched our very own ‘Lara

B Couture’ range. The range

consists of separates, made

into a dress, to create your own

style and shape. This is a new,

exciting and exclusive way to

create the perfect dress and all

made here in the UK. We have

several options to ‘mix n’ match’

your look and you will feel

amazing in an exclusive dress.

Prices range from

£1,300 - £1,900, depending

on the combinations chosen.”

Lara B Couture Range by Lara B

Odette Lister,

Brides by Solo,


“A delicate illusion neckline

coupled with a dramatic illusion

lace back creates glamour in this

alluring ball gown dress. The

delicate lace bodice and flowing

tulle skirt is accented with a

feminine Swarovski crystal belt.

This award-winning designer

steals my heart again!”

Montgomery Dress by Maggie Sottero

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Jitka Flack,

Jitka Made To Measure,

Wilburton nr Ely

“This dress was designed for a

wedding in Ibiza, so it holds a

real seaside theme. I love the

back of it, as it gives the gown a

completely unique look. It was

designed specifically for the

bride, who wanted a traditional

look with a modern twist.”

Jitka Made To Measure Dress

Rachel Lamb,

Rachel Bespoke Dress

Design, Witcham nr Ely

“It’s my current favourite

because it’s a very simple, clean,

grown up style and therefore

very wearable and versatile. The

skirt section is silk double crepe

and the bodice section and bow

are silk satin. It has a heavily

beaded crystal belt around the

middle and a puddle train. It

demonstrates a move away

from lace dresses that have

dominated for several years.”

Una Dress by Rachel Lamb Design

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Michelle Honey,

Honeys Bridal &

Events, St Ives

“This gown is

sophisticated and chic.

It is the perfect gown

for any bride looking

for a modern look. It’s

a gown which can be

customised to give

the wow factor. Belt

accessories are great

to give a little bit of

glitz to the waist. It’s

my personal favourite

right now. I believe less

is more, and this gown

is all about that!”

McCall Dress,

by Sottero and Midgley


Lynn Keutgen,



“I love this dress with it’s elegant

flattering shape, delicate lace

detail, low beaded back and

detachable tulle train. The

Prosa is from Pronovias 2016

Collection and is completely

unique and a real show stopper.”

Prosa, by Pronovias

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A Bespoke


You are known for your Bespoke

service. what does that mean exactly?

In a nutshell it means that I can make

almost anything that is desired. I add in the

‘almost’ because I am very open about what

I think will and won’t work. I offer a bridal

design service, but it’s rarely about what

I alone think – it is usually a collaborative

process between myself and the bride.

I am a guide who can help her realise

the dress of her dreams. This is achieved

through a series of design meetings and

fittings where the bride wears toiles (calico

prototypes) of the chosen design, followed

by fittings of the actual gown.

What made you want to work

as a Bespoke Designer?

It’s probably got something to do with being

five feet nothing myself! I have always had

trouble with getting clothes that fit. We

aren’t all a standard size. I enjoy the process

of working with my brides – it’s really fun

Rachel Lamb dispels

the myths of bespoke

bridal gowns...

to work on a project together and to see it

evolve into something beautiful that fits very

well and is comfortable too.

Tell us about your workspace.

I work from my purpose built studio at home.

It’s quite small, cosy and crafty.

I was recently talking with one of my brides

and she said that I should show some images

of my workspace, because it can be quite

intimidating for brides not knowing what and

who you’re going to see, but that’s not the

case at all. It’s definitely a workroom, not

a showroom. As you can see, neither it nor

I am anything to be scared of!

What were the highlights of 2015?

It felt like a year when brides really went for

their own personal style. For instance, colour

was extremely important. I made

a bright pink wedding dress, and a deep rich

purple one, as well as sage green, pale pink

and pale blue gowns!

Rachel Lamb Bespoke Dress Design

Sharmer Cottage, Headley’s Lane,

Witcham, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire

Tel: 01353 778178

So how much do your gowns cost?

People often think that bespoke means

expensive. However, that’s not always the

case! It varies depending on the design,

but almost all the bridal dresses I make fall

somewhere between £1,000 and £3,000.

The best thing is to ask – for example,

alternatives can be suggested which give the

same effect but are more cost effective.

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Bridal Trend

Brides by Solo reveals its top bridal trends

To view the

collection contact

Brides by Solo on

01638 661648

With the current popularity

of the 1950s retro look in

fashion, it is hardly surprising

that this romantic period in history has

returned to popularity in the wedding

world. In 2016, one of the hottest

bridal trends will be T-length wedding

gowns. These dresses, inspired by the

tea-dances of the 1940s and 50s, are

traditionally cut to just below the knee

or mid-calf to allow for dancing.

“With the introduction of weddings

which are less formal, and people

getting married in less traditional ways,

the appeal of the T-Length dress is

back. The dresses are already proving

popular with those who want to move

away from the traditional full-length

wedding dress.” says Odette.

Having picked from numerous

designers to create her own exclusive

collection, Odette has curated a

variety of 40 different styles ranging

from gorgeous lace to long sleeve and

strapless gowns. Many of them can

be ordered in a choice of colours,

from the popular shades for 2016,

blush and oyster, to more daring

bright and bold options.

With expert knowledge that comes

from 33 years of experience,

Brides by Solo’s seamstress offers

customisation, so a vintage broach,

belt or even a coloured petticoat can

be added to your dream dress to make

it unique to you. Whether your style

is dance-hall glamour or digital-age

modernity, the T-Length wedding

gown is one to consider this year.

Prices range from £299 to £899.

Brides By Solo

115 Exning Road, Newmarket,

CB8 0EL. Tel: 01638 661648

Article by Georgia Watson

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 97




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Bridesmaid Dresses

We research the top trends for 2016 bridesmaids



When you want a

bit of colour but

not too much in

your bridesmaid’s

dresses, pastels

are the way

forward. Soft

lilacs, light blues

and pale pinks

compliment any

skin tone, perfect

for a spring or

summer wedding.

Kelsey Rose,



Article by Lauren Eade


Go neutral

with nude and

stone shade


dresses. The

natural look

will always be

timeless, bang on

trend and easy to



Designs Estella

Dress, Honeys

Bridal and Events,

St Ives

Lace can be seen

in all fashions

this season, so

why not bring it

to your wedding.

It’s flattering,

elegant and

with a range of

stunning gowns to

choose from, lace

is an excellent

choice for your


True Bridesmaids

Dress, Burr

Bridal, Cambridge




of sequins, beads

or glitter will be

stunning when

the sun glints

of them during

an outdoor

ceremony. Long

silhouettes or

paired with

dainty chiffon will

ensure the look

is glamorous and


Bari Jay


Dresses, available

from Mia Sposa

Bridal, Cambridge

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 99

Mother Of The Bride

Our favourite looks from local retailers featuring our top 2016 trend, navy


Ronald Joyce The Veni

Infantino Collection

The neckline of this dress creates a real

wow factor, with a horseshoe scoop and

delicate beading. Pair with an equally

fabulous hat and stand out for being an

incredibly sophisticated and elegant


Available from Martha V, Newmarket

John Charles

2016 Collection

This beautiful fitted lace dress has a

flattering knee length and high neck, but

offers the modernity of lace and a sheer

jewel neckline. Available with or without

sleeves, it’s ideal for a summer or

winter wedding.

Available from Cream, Royston

Condici Dress

We love this dress by Condici. The fit

is wonderfully flattering and creates

a beautiful, feminine silhouette. The

lace sleeves on the dress offer the

versatility of being able to be worn

alone with confidence, and Angela also

stocks jackets, hats and fascinators to

compliment the look.

Available from Angela, Long Melford

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 101


Dapper Colour Vintage Light

Kilmore Single Breasted Velvet

Jacket, now £495,

Ede & Ravenscroft,


Buckingham Double Breasted

Velvet Jacket, now £450,

Ede & Ravenscroft,


Brown Tweed Jacket,


Dapper Fox,

Bury St Edmunds

Marsalis Flecked Modern

Blazer Grey, now £195,

Reiss, Cambridge

Suiting Styles

When it comes to your wedding day, you’ve got to be

yourself. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable

and out of place in a suit that’s not ‘you’. We’re here to help

you get it right, whatever your style.


For those of you wanting to look classically handsome on your

wedding day, a dapper look will always be timeless. Black and navy suit

every skin tone, and there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to

complementing your bride’s dress either. Pieces of velvet, or even

a full velvet suit, give that touch of class and sophistication, fitting

for your big day.


It’s true that a colourful suit on your wedding day can be a risk. But

as long as you get the colour right and it matches your personality,

you’re sure to pull it off. If red is still a bit on the risky side for you,

then perhaps go for a bright blue or purple shade. And if you don’t

want to go full colour, try a colourful waistcoat and matching

pocket square.



Opting for a quirky

trilby hat is a great

addition for a

vintage or

coloured suit

If you’re always the one hunting around in vintage shops for those

unique statement pieces, then there’s no reason to stray from your

comfort zone on your wedding day. Choose a tweed or chequered

jacket and waistcoat for an on-trend vintage look. Look for retro

accessories too, such as an antique pocket watch to finish off the

classical style.


A light coloured suit isn’t going to be for everyone. But if you’re

going for a more relaxed and laid-back look for your big day, it may

be the ideal choice. Think light blue, cream or pale grey; perfect for

a summer wedding, and easy to tie in with your bride’s attire. It goes

particularly well with darker skin tones and will show off that

tan nicely!

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 103



Our Exclusive

Wedding Edition

Anna Philbin helps out with her guide

to wedding day beauty

Some advice girl to girl - If you don’t usually go out uber

contoured, super highlighted and heavy browed, then this isn’t the look

you should want on your wedding day! You want to look like the best

version of yourself on your big day, not the best version of that girl you’ve

been following/stalking on Instagram! If you’re getting a makeup

artist, make sure you’re very strict with the brief and have a trial run!

Beauty is skin deep - If you’ve always been too busy to sort out

a proper skin care regime, now is the time to speak to a skin specialist.

They will help to make sure your skin is glowing, healthy and less likely

to suffer breakouts closer to the day. Do this at least six months before,

and make it your religion. Try Dermalogica skin analysis and facials

available at Lilly’s Beauty Pad, Fordham.

Hello perfect pearly whites! - This will really make

a difference in your photos and make you more confident and able

to relax when the snap-happy photographer is clicking away. You can

either buy whitening strips or kits for home, or push the boat out and get

a professional to do the job.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint - On the big day, you want to

look good from start to finish, so start with a really good primer that suits

your skin. I love MAC Prep and Prime, but I’ve heard great things about

Smashbox’s Photo Finish too, and, for fixing eyeshadow, Urban Decay’s

eyeshadow primer is a MUST! The important thing here

is to get one for your skin tone, so try a few at the counters first.

Freeze! - You need to finish with a setting spray. If you haven’t tried

one yet, then where have you been? They’re wonder products! I bet you

could actually do the shirt collar test after using a good setting spray and

it wouldn’t transfer. My favourite again has to go to Urban Decay; they

have three types for different effects and skin types too.

1. Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £25.50, Smashbox,

2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Age,

£18, John Lewis, Grand Arcade, Cambridge

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 30ml,

£9, John Lewis, Grand Arcade, Cambridge

4. MAC Prep + Prime Skin, £21, MAC, Cambridge

5. Oral-B 3D Whitestrips, £75, Cathedral Dental,

Bury St Edmunds

6. By Terry Mascara Terrybly Waterproof, £33.50,

Space.NK. apothecary, Cambridge

7. Kohl Lip Pencil/Brush Combo in Cosmo, £13,

Daydreams Skin & Body Therapy, Bury St Edmunds

Final Tips for the Day

Glow - If you’re lucky to have been away for your hen

party and got the best (safest) tan ever, then well done;

otherwise, you will look ten times better for having a

spray tan. Again, they come in different strengths, so

don’t be scared, but do have a test run a month before!

Pucker up - Line your lips, apply lipstick, blot, apply,

blot, apply, blot = super-duper long lasting lippy!

Cry baby - Wear waterproof mascara - no one wants

to be a panda bride.

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 105


Beau & Henry’s

Real Life


Married 15.08.2015

The Sheene Mill Cambridge

Eight years after meeting at Braughing

Wheelbarrow race, Henry popped the question

to Beau at Standon Calling Festival in August

2014. As soon as they were engaged, the grand

planning commenced. We touched down with Beau

for an insight into just what was involved in creating

their spectacular dream day.

How did he propose?

Henry and I went back to our tent at Standon

Calling to have a drink. I turned around and there

he was with my beautiful pink sapphire engagement

ring. After crying and squealing for about ten

minutes, I said “Hell yeah!”

What was the inspiration behind

your wedding theme?

We flew to my parents’ house in France to

celebrate the engagement and there my dad asked

Henry, “What do you want to do, as we all know

Beau will take over?” Henry replied, “dodgems.”

and it escalated from there into a full carnival

theme. We worked with Meerkat Marquees who

helped to bring the theme to life with the big top,

gargoyles and the dodgems cars.

How did you go about choosing your dress?

I originally wanted a ‘50s style ¾ circle dress, but

each one I tried on just felt like a nice party dress.

After trying on hundreds, I finally found ‘the one’

in Mia Sposa in Cambridge. I knew I wanted colour,

and pink has always been my favourite, so I worked

with a dressmaker to create my showstopper dress.

It escalated from there

into a full carnival theme


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Where did the idea for your bouquet come from?

I had seen broach bouquets before and loved the idea. Mine has

broaches from my family and sweet tokens to remind me of mine

and Henry’s life. I hope it will become a bit of a family heirloom.

How important was putting your own stamp

on the wedding?

Extremely! I think it’s really important to put your own stamp on

everything you do. No one should blend into the crowd; everyone

should shine all the time. It was hard work, but I loved every second!

My mum and my best friend Rhian did so much to help me! We

knew that if we were going with the carnival theme, it was all or

nothing, it’s no good doing half a job.

What about the cake?

Henry’s mum made our cake - we asked her to make us something

that looked delicious! We had a three tier Victoria sponge with

marshmallow fluff inside, covered in flowers and fruit. It was


What was your favourite part of the day?

Right at the end of the day, Henry and I had a little “We did it”

moment. We felt like the only two people in the world. The fireworks

need a special mention and topped off the day nicely. Thanks for an

amazing show, PDC fireworks!

Article by Lauren Eade

Peter Denness Photography

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10 Reasons

To Get Married At

Tuddenham Mill

We find the top 10

Photography: Katherine Ashdown

reasons to tie the knot at

Tuddenham Mill

1. The Beautiful Surroundings

The historic nature of the watermill and

its tranquil mill pond make for the most

beautiful of backdrops for a wedding.

And with 12 acres of stunning Suffolk

countryside, there will be plenty of scope

for photos that will be treasured for years

to come.

2. The Fine Dining

Head Chef, Lee Bye and his talented team

have created a variety of exciting and

contemporary menus to choose from. You

could also opt for a more informal

style buffet.

3. Host Your Ceremony & Reception

Tuddenham Mill is ideal for small, intimate

weddings of up to 36 guests. For weddings

of up to 60 people, their elegant restaurant,

considered to be one of Suffolk’s finest,

is perfect. Or if you are looking for

something completely different, the Mill

can accommodate up to 120 guests for an

exclusive ‘house party’ wedding.

4. Bespoke Service

Always offering a bespoke service

throughout what they do, every detail is

carefully considered when it comes down to

your wedding. Work with the Mill’s wedding

coordinator to make your big day as unique

as you desire.

5. Spa Treatments

Brides-to-be can be pampered and

preened before the big day with the help

of the in-house treatments courtesy of SK

Clinic + Spa. Why not relax pre-ceremony

with a tension relief massage and a manipedi

before you glide down the aisle?

6. The Gorgeous Hotel Rooms

And when the sun sets on your celebration,

there are 15 stylish and luxurious bedrooms

for you and your guests to recline in

comfort. Including incredibly spacious Loft

Suites with huge double-ended stone baths,

Missoni dressing gowns, comfortable 6ft

beds, telescopes and real flame fireplaces.

7. The Location

Although in a rural and idyllic location,

Tuddenham Mill is only a few minutes’ drive

from both the A14 and A11, so ideal for

those coming from further away.

8. Exclusive Use

Tuddenham Mill can offer an exceptional

wedding venue where nothing is standard.

The Mill can be exclusively yours and every

last detail is tailored to your individual

requirements. The team will take care

of your entire day from ceremony, to

celebration, to accommodation.

9. The Fine Wines

At Tuddenham Mill your guests won’t be

short of delicious fine wines to toast to you,

the newlyweds! The Mill is one of only 3

establishments in Suffolk to hold the AA

Notable Wine List 2015 commendation.

10. The Anniversary Possibilities!

Returning to celebrate your anniversary

at Tuddenham Mill to relive some of the

magic of your big day could be on the cards,

and with Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds

just a short distance away there’s plenty to

explore on your return.

Tuddenham Mill

High Street, Tuddenham,

Nr Newmarket, Suffolk, IP28 6SQ

Tel: 01638 713552

Article by Georgia Watson

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How To Decorate

A Marquee

With the popularity of marquee

weddings rising, we find out

how you can decorate them

to suit your tastes

Article by Lauren Eade


From chandeliers to vintage

lampshades, there are so many

options when it comes to lighting

your marquee. We love the idea

of paper lanterns; hang them

at different heights from your

marquee ceiling for a unique

and striking installation.


Draping large pieces of fabric

from the ceiling to the sides of the

marquee creates a luxurious and

romantic effect. It’s an easy way to

add colour, and putting lights behind

the draping will make sure that your

marquee sparkles well into the night.

Unusual Seating

What you do with your chairs can really

transform your marquee. If you’ve chosen

to have draping, then mirror the look by

tying material to chairbacks can suit the

style perfectly. If you’ve gone for florals,

then string flowers from

the backs of your chairs. Explore some

really unique chair ideas on Pinterest.

Customised Drinks

A fun and different way to keep

your guests involved is a station for

customising their own drinks! Cordials,

fruit, mini umbrellas and funky straws

mean that your guests can have

fun pimping their Proseccos. And

remember that choice is the key

to making this one work!

Table decorations

There’s no need to spend money

getting perfectly made up bouquets

of flowers for every table in the

room. Try spray painting old bottles

or jars with gold, silver or white,

adding some glitter and putting wild

flowers in them for a contemporary

twist on a classic.


Bring flowers and foliage into your

marquee to make fresh, delicate additions

which can transform your space and tie

your colour scheme together beautifully.

Hang flowers from above, around the

marquee entrances or use them as table

decorations. You could even opt for

a tree instead, to make your marquee

fit seamlessly into your garden.

The Highfield Event Group

Tel: 01638 743860

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We find out all there is to know

about the beautiful wedding

venue that is The Old Hall, Ely

What’s the vibe?

The Old Hall is a beautiful country venue within a

mile of the heart of historic Ely in Cambridgeshire.

This Jacobean manor house has been recently

renovated and is blessed with stunning views over

lakes to Ely Cathedral. Providing all that is best

in English country house hospitality, it boasts

sumptuous accommodation, and real food

inspired by tradition.

How many guests can you have?

The maximum capacity of the main hall

is 140 (including children); this is the same

for outdoor ceremonies.

Are wedding packages available?

There are late availability and special offer dates,

with prices according to the time of year, starting

from £5,000. These are released five months

before the dates and are inclusive of venue hire,

food and drink.

What’s the catering like?

The Old Hall has fantastic in-house caterers, so

although it doesn’t allow external chefs, you can

expect a high standard of food, with a wide range

of choices on the menu. All the food is cooked

in-house with fresh locally sourced produce and

can be adapted in any way to suit your taste buds.

Which rooms can the couple marry in?

The Main Hall is licensed for indoor ceremonies,

but if you want to experience a stunning outdoor

wedding, then the Garden Pavilion with its paved

aisle will play host, weather permitting.

Can the bride and groom stay over?

The Honeymoon Suite is a luxury suite with a four

poster bed, and is complementary to the Bride and

Groom for the wedding day and night. There are

also a further eight bedrooms that guests can use.

All rooms in The Old Hall are allocated to the

bride and groom for exclusive use of the venue

on their wedding day.

The Old Hall, Ely,

Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TR.

Tel: 01353 663275.

Written by Georgia Watson

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 113


Article by Georgia Watson

Image courtesy of

South Farm

Nestling between the borders of Cambridgeshire and

Hertfordshire with its beautiful range of restored

rural buildings, organic smallholding and stunning

grounds, South Farm provides a distinctly different wedding

venue, with plenty of scope for the unique and personal.

A romantic oasis, the farm has been a wedding venue for

the past ten years, when the Paxman family decided to turn

their eco-friendly farm into a top notch wedding venue that

offers couples exclusive use of the whole property, as well

as home grown catering and on-site accommodation.

With a range of options for the ceremony and reception

including a Tudor Barn, Summerhouse, Drawing Room

and Old Dairy, the venue is completely flexible, which

is incredibly appealing to couples.

Marketing and Events Manager, Jane Price, explained what

makes the venue stand out to couples.

“Our couples receive the undivided attention of a family

concern dedicated to delivering the very best wedding day

possible, whatever the season, whatever the budget. South

Farm’s motto is ‘Distinctly Different’ and, with our rarebreed

animals, charming collection of Romany Caravans,

and authentic Thai Tuk-Tuk amongst just some of the lovely

features to enjoy, it’s easy to see why!”

With a unique collection of five lovingly restored Romany

Caravans and Showman’s Wagons, dating back to 1877,

and plenty of space for camping, even the accommodation

is one-of-a-kind.

“We love it when couples are keen to embrace our

‘Distinctly Different’ theme and make the most of all

the unique features. A favourite of ours is when couples

choose to have photographs on their big day with our very

cute piglets! Our Tuk-Tuk is brilliant fun for the bride’s big

entrance to a garden ceremony - you can be sure this will

wow guests! And afterwards, guests can have a ride on the

Tuk-Tuk themselves and pose for photos.”

With so many options for a truly personal wedding that

We discover the unique wedding

venue that is South Farm…

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can fulfil your dreams and desires, be it a themed wedding

with extravagant props and ideas, or a secluded party with

delicious food, the hardworking team can make it happen.

“We’ve had so many memorable weddings, including

festival-themed weddings, country style garden parties,

grooms arriving by helicopter, the fun of duck-herding

during a drinks reception and a vintage fairground carousel

in the courtyard! Each wedding held

at South Farm deserves a special mention and we are

so proud to be a part of each and every one!”

South Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Royston,

Hertfordshire, SG8 0HR. Tel: 01223 207581

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A Day In The Life Of A



Becky McCarthy,

Wedding and Events Coordinator at Ravenwood Hall,

gives us an insight into her world

“There is no such thing as a typical day

in the life of a wedding planner, as every

wedding we host here at Ravenwood Hall

is unique, individual and special to that one

couple! So, here’s what a day could be like

for me…”

“I’ll be up at 7.30am, the first thing I do

is check the weather and hope it’s sunny.

My first job at Ravenwood Hall is to check

all the areas where the wedding will be

held to make sure they’re spotless. At

10am I will brief the team and we’ll all get

to work busying ourselves with the finer

details in the Pavilion and setting up the

tables. At 11.30am I will then pop over to

the hotel, if the bride is staying with us, to

see if she needs anything and to let her

know when she will see the registrar. All

couples must have a ten minute meeting

with the registrar before a ceremony at

Ravenwood. This is done in a separate

room to make sure the bride and groom

do not see each other! By 12.30pm the

photographer has arrived and the florist

is placing arrangements at the Summer

House. For a 2pm wedding, the groom

and guests start arriving at 1pm. Once the

groom has arrived with his wedding party,

I will go and have a chat. By 1.30pm I will

start leading the guests to the Summer

House to be seated. The ceremony takes

about 40 minutes. My favourite part is

when the couple are announced as Mr.

and Mrs. The newlyweds will then follow

me over to the Pavilion, where we have

Champagne waiting. Here they will greet

their guests and have photos, whilst we

serve drinks and canapés. Once all guests

are seated for the wedding breakfast I will

announce the couple to lots of ‘Cheers!’

Around 4.30pm my team will be in place;

some will be serving wine and bread

as others start to serve the starter. At

6.30pm, once the wedding breakfast is

finished, it’s time for the speeches.

Then we will busy ourselves clearing the

room ready for the evening. At 7.30pm

the party really gets started; I will make

sure that the DJ knows the time of the

first dance and when to announce the

evening buffet. I will stay for the entire

evening and start collecting the wedding

gifts. At 12am the party will come to an

end. I like to have a little chat with the

newlyweds, make sure they are happy and

taken safely over to the hotel, before I go

home and put my feet up!”

We are celebrating 30

years of planning spectacular

weddings from 1986 to 2016.

To read more, head to:

Ravenwood Hall

Rougham, Bury St Edmunds,

Suffolk, IP30 9JA

Tel: 01359 270345

Article by Georgia Watson

Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016 117





No. of Guests Up to 146 for wedding

breakfast, up to 200 for parties

Venue Style Distinctly Different

Location Royston

Catering Three course Wedding Breakfast or a

range of hot buffets or menus catered to your tastes


South Farm

Your Dream

Wedding venue


by Georgia Watson

No. of Guests

Up to 120 Guests


Venue Style



Enchantingly Romantic

Location Tuddenham,



near Bury St Edmunds


Catering Three course meal,

buffet-style wedding breakfasts


or to your requirements

Tuddenham Mill


No. of Guests Up to 180

seated, further 40 in evening

Venue Style

Rural Romance

Location Woodditton,

near Newmarket

Catering Choose from their

selected caterers

The Granary Barns





No. of Guests

130 for wedding breakfast in

pavilion 200 for evening

Venue Style

Quintessentially English


Rougham, Bury St Edmunds

Catering Three course meal

or to your requirements

Ravenwood Hall

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The Dream







10 TO 150 GUESTS



01638 663175



No. of Guests

Up to 150

+ +

Venue Style

Chic in the City

+ +

Location Cambridge

+ +

Catering In house options



Hilton Cambridge


City Centre Hotel

No. of Guests

Up to 100 seated guests





Venue Style

Traditional glamour



Catering Private dining

three course meal other options


Paddocks House

No. of Guests

Up to 150 daytime guests

Venue Style

Elegant Luxury

Location Newmarket

Catering Three course

meal, casual BBQ or elegant

Afternoon Tea

The Bedford Lodge

Hotel & Spa





No. of Guests

Up to 120 Guests

Venue Style

Contemporary Charm

Location Newmarket

Catering Three course meal

and evening buffet

Heath Court Hotel





No. of Guests 140 for

indoor or outdoor ceremony

Venue Style

Country Retreat

Location Ely

Catering In house catering,

your choice of style

The Old Hall, Ely





No. of Guests

Up to 500 guests

Venue Style

Unique and Personal

Location Newmarket

Catering In house

Newmarket Racecourse


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No. of Guests 80 guests for ceremony,

180 guests for reception

Venue Style Secluded Haven

Location Stow-Cum-Quy, Cambridge

Catering Three course Wedding

Breakfast, BBQ or Afternoon Tea

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa





No. of Guests

Up to 300 guests

Venue Style

Iconic and Unique

Location Newmarket


In house catering,

buffet or formal menu

The British Racing






No. of Guests

60 for the ceremony, up to 180

for the reception in marquee

Venue Style

Victorian Villa

Location Cambridge

Catering Three course

Wedding Breakfast or buffet

Hotel Felix





No. of Guests 130 guests

or 300 in a marquee

Venue Style

Old-world Elegance

Location Newmarket

Catering Canapes and

formal dinner, or Champagne

Afternoon Tea

The Jockey Club







No. of Guests Up to 50 guests

Venue Style Sophisticated and Stylish

Location Cambridge

Catering From light finger buffets

to five-course gourmet meals

Gonville Hotel


Velvet Magazine | Feb 2016


‘Exclusively Yours’ Packages

from £85 per guest

Packages include exclusive venue hire, arrival drink &

canapés, 3 course wedding breakfast,

wine & complimentary bridal suite.

(Based on a minimum of 70 day guests)

Midweek Wedding Promotion

£3995 Fully Exclusive

£500 bar spend & Ceremony included for 50ppl.

Arrival drink, wine, 2 course wedding breakfast, up to 180

evening guests. Available Tuesday & Wednesday.

(See our website for full terms & conditions)

Fully exclusive venue options for up to 180 guests

Idyllic setting for intimate weddings

Fully licensed indoor and outdoor ceremony options

Award winning cuisine and boutique bedrooms


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