I’M hoping that, by the time you read this, spring has sprung and that burst of winter we had is well behind us. Easter is often the first opportunity in the year for families to take a holiday together and, while it’s great if the sun shines, there’s always plenty going on in Suffolk to please everyone.
Easter is a big occasion for the county’s tourism related businesses, of course, and they’ll be hoping for a good start to this year’s main spring and summer season. I’ll be giving them my support, even if I only get to treat myself to a nice lunch at a pub. Well, I’d be an April fool not to.
Two ladies who will be having a well earned break are those pictured right. regular readers of this magazine will have met Joy Reeve and Karen Kenny a few months ago. All through the winter, from November to Easter, they run a pop-up community cafe at Joy’s beach hut in Felixstowe. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you’ll find them there from 7am until the early afternoon, serving
‘Joy says trading conditions have been difficult this winter, but they’ve soldiered on and want to thank all their customers for supporting them’
hot drinks, delicious home made cakes (including dairy-free and gluten-free) for a small charge or donation, which they give to their chosen charity. This past winter it’s the Alzheimers Society.
Joy says trading conditions have been difficult this winter, partly a result of pretty awful weather, which only seemed to let up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But they’ve soldiered on and want to thank all their customers for supporting them. They’ll open up for last orders on March 31, from 7am until 3pm-ish, with bacon butties, followed by cakes all day and hot drinks, of course. Then the beach hut will revert to being the place for some spring and summer relaxation.
If you’re thinking Joy’s beach hut looks rather familiar it could be because last it was declared Beach Hut of the Year, which earned Joy a visit from the smoothest man in property, Phil Spencer, of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location fame.
We wish Joy and Karen a very enjoyable spring and summer off. They haven’t confirmed whether they’ll be back in the winter, or what their charity will be, but if you’re regular walker or jogger along Felixstowe’s prom – the final stretch towards Landguard – this winter slip a pound coin in your pocket and buy a cuppa from the ladies. You’ll be helping a good cause.
I can safely reveal that Joy and Karen are not on the list of nominees for the Eat Suffolk Food and Drink Awards, although they are food and drink heroes in their own right. Those who are on the list are being judged as I write and a shortlist will be announced in the Eat section of the East Anglian Daily Times on April 18. All the winners will be announced at a celebration dinner on April 30. It’s always a fabulous occasion, a chance to celebrate our great food and drink industry and the people who help make life in Suffolk so enjoyable. I’m looking forward to it and sharing the names of those winners with you. Happy Easter!
From left, Joy Reeve, Karen Kenny, friends Charlotte Doctor and Sue Cotter.