Why I Love Suffolk: Helen Chapman

Marie Curie fundraiser Helen Chapman loves photographing the coastline at Southwold

Marie Curie fundraiser Helen Chapman loves photographing the coastline at Southwold - Credit: Helen Chapman


Crabbing as a child at Walberswick. When my grandparents came up from Dorset to visit they’d always take me crabbing there and it was so much fun.


I love Southwold Pier as I have a plaque on it in memory of my mum. Southwold will always be special to me. I went to school there and have so many happy memories -  it seemed a great place to remember her. 


Covehithe to Southwold! As I love landscape photography this is one of the best beaches about for capturing sunrises with very few people about at that time of day. 


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Halesworth, as I spent many summers cycling to and from the town as a child with friends. I also spent lots of happy days at Halesworth swimming pool.

Place to Eat

Mrs T's in Southwold. It's always service with a smile and they make tasty fish and chips. I've also tested out the recently opened The Yard in Southwold - that's worth a visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. 


I'm going to name two as one no longer exists. During my days in the Halesworth Young Farmers, we spent time at the Cratfield Poacher, where fake bats would be dropped on unsuspecting customers through a network of cables on the ceiling by the landlord.

For pubs now it’s the Queens Head at Bramfield. I've enjoyed some of their dessert evenings where you get small main course followed by as many of the different desserts as you want. The welcome by Kate is always warm and the food and desserts are delicious. 

Attraction/Day out 

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair is always a winner. So much to see and do.  


Our Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal. Over 250 of our amazing Suffolk volunteers pop on their yellow daffodil hats during March and come out to help us raise thousands by helping with charity collections all for people living with a terminal illness. Marie Curie is the charity which specialises in providing end of life care across the entire county to people who have been referred to us by their local GP Surgery. Our famous nurses care for patients 365 nights a year so people can die in their own homes. As a charity we've faced a devastating loss to our income during the last 18 months. Our Great Daffodil Appeal in 2020 was brought to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic and it couldn't go ahead in the usual way this year. We hope we can go ahead in 2022 and I'd love to hear from people across the county who would like to help.  


Pinney’s at Orford. If you like smoked fish it’s the place to be. Also love the Farmhouse Bakeries in Halesworth, Bungay and Southwold.


This has to be Ed Sheeran. Not only is he Suffolk’s global superstar, but he also supported Marie Curie with our National Day of Reflection.