Woodbridge Tide Mill Event Saturday 12th May 2012 - Suffolk Punches to deliver grain to the historic Tide Mill on May 12th.
Two Suffolk Punches, Oakem and Laurel will pull a vintage Miller’s Cart through the streets of Woodbridge to deliver sacks of wheat to the newly restored Tide Mill. The Woodbridge Tide Mill Trust and Suffolk Punch Trust are working together to mark the National Mills Weekend 12/13 May. During the weekend over 400 mills of all types and throughout UK will be open to the public. It is hoped that people will come and join the Trusts in celebrating the historic importance to their communities of the Tide Mill and working Suffolk Punch Horses.
The cart driven by Tracy Pettitt will leave Melton Hill at 11am and follow a route round Woodbridge that includes the Thoroughfare, Market Hill, New Street and on to the Tide Mill at 11.30am where the machinery will be turned. The vintage cart, owned by Mr Paul, was built in 1912 by Gibbons of Crowfield for £12 and restored in 1978. It is regarded as the finest example of it's type in UK.
Elizabeth Rhode, Visitor Experience Manager at Sutton Hoo talks to Rosemary Hoppitt about the new display at the National Trust site near Woodbridge. In the last few weeks the reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon king’s burial chamber has been re-engineered to allow visitors to enter and walk through. The changes will enable people to experience what it may have been like on the day of burial as the dead king was placed in within the ship and surrounded by symbols of his kingship, his wealth, weaponry and war-gear and personal possessions.
Elizabeth Rhode by the shield in the candle-lit burial chamber at Sutton Hoo
Dee meets Frances Harper who is a documentary film maker living in Melton, producing hard hitting documentaries on social issues such as drug addiction, homelessess and prostitution, broadcast on BBC and SKY.
Her work includes:
Where Angels Fear to Tread - BBC East - A programme about prostitution in Ipswich at the time of the murders
My Son, Drugs and Me - SKY 1HD & SKY Real Lives
On a lighter note, her latest film is about Southwold - a traditional seaside town in Suffolk: "Southwold - Having a Wonderful time!", narrated by Geoffrey Palmer, had a Special screening at the Southwold 'Electric Picture Palace' in October, and the film is repeated from time to time.
Let’s take a stroll around Southwold, a charming north Suffolk seaside town. With its working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannons, and of course the beach, quintessentially English, this is SOUTHWOLD. In just 38 mins ‘Southwold – Having a wonderful time’ explores both the past and the present, with interesting gems from some well known faces and commentary by Geoffrey Palmer, a regular visitor to the town. Delve into the lives of those that reside and holiday in this culture-rich town, hear about how it survived the great fire of 1659 and enjoy a visually stimulating trip, with stop-offs at some well known points along the way.
From the sandy beaches, enjoying a cream tea along the way, we arrive at the pier. To the historically rich lifeboat museum, the Sailors’ Reading room, a tour around Adnams brewery to sample the beer, Southwold has a lot to offer guests and residents of all ages. No matter what your background or location, this film will captivate, and leave you wanting more. Produced and Directed by Suffolk-born Frances Harper, this short film will make you wonder why anyone would ever take a holiday abroad when Southwold is on your doorstep.
If anyone would like to raise awareness, and feel that a short film could best illustrate these issues - please contact Frances at Frances Harper Films, 21 St Audrys Park, Melton Park, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1SX