Editor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - News - Jayne Lindill, Editor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

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.

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