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    Robert Simper's talk 10_10_15-7986The Tide Mill Living Museum hosted an informative, entertaining, personal and well-presented talk from Robert Simper as part of the Shuck Festival in October 2015. Everyone interested in the history of the Deben should hear Robert speak.

     

    Shuck Festival launched with an oyster and champagne reception at The Mill


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    The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival launched in style today with a champagne reception at Woodbridge Tide Mill. The much loved food festival returns to celebrate all local produce, not purely local shellfish, for a fourth consecutive year from 8 – 11 October.

    Many of the festival sponsors and local dignitaries gathered for a glass of Champagne and some oysters to celebrate the opening of the festival. Sponsors this year include: Adnams, The Suffolk Coast DMO, Choose Woodbridge, Infotex, Cornerstone Estate Agents, Simpers of Suffolk, The Crown, The Tea Hut and Bespoke Events – who catered the launch party using Simpers delicious shellfish with Frere-Jean Frere sponsoring the champagne

    Nigel Barratt, Miller and Trustee of Woodbridge Tide Mill, welcomed guests and thanked the sponsors, handing over to Robert Simper to provide the context of the festival. All that remained was for a shuck-related limerick from Woodbridge Mayor, Josh Sayles, and the festival was officially underway.

    Launch Party 8_10_15-7741 Robert Simper and Nigel barratt Robert Simper, Brian Wolff, Mayor of Woodbridge - Josh Sayles, Stephen David, Jonathan Simper, Garth Wray, Clare Simper, Sharon Wolff, Anthony Agar

    The Woodbridge Shuck, October 2014


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    October 2014’s Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival was a roaring success!

    Robert Simper’s two talks on shellfish on the  Saturday drew pretty good crowds (15-20 a time), and The Woodbridge Shuck Shack pop up restaurant at the Tide Mill on Friday and Saturday night drew maximum numbers, with Bespoke Catering’s donations to the Mill as a result further adding to the coffers. A good weekend all round , it looks like around 265 – 270 people came through the mill on Sunday, with a final total of £282.92 in the bucket collected (and £128 through the till). The collection works out at just over £1/head, a considerably  better result than the average of our open days (usually around 50p). This may have been the result of Mandy Hearle (aka the Pink Lady) being ‘booked’ for the milling in the afternoon.  Quite apart from what was collected in her own bucket for Medecin Sans Frontiere, I’d offered half of what we collected on the day.  So the Trust will be donating £141 to Mission Impossible 2014 for Medecin Sans Frontier, and still trousering it’s own £141 for the day, obviously far better than we would normally take on a Sunday.

    It was a long weekend. Many, many thanks to those who contributed to making the weekend work.