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A new coffee shop opens in Ixworth tomorrow and it will honour the memory of long-term resident Beryl Rose.

Rambling Rose will be opened tomorrow by representatives of West Suffolk Hospital, where Beryl received care.

Ben and Emma Lord, her grandchildren and their parents Glenda and Peter, are behind the new business in the High Street which has traded as a coffee shop for many years.

IXWORTH: Rambling Rose coffee shop opens.Rambling Rose, 17 High Street, Ixworth.Ben Lord and his sister Emma are opening Rambling Rose- named after their grandmother Beryl whose CB handle was Rambling Rose, Ben and Emma with Peter and Glenda Lord. Picture by Mark Westley. (30143357)
IXWORTH: Rambling Rose coffee shop opens.Rambling Rose, 17 High Street, Ixworth.Ben Lord and his sister Emma are opening Rambling Rose- named after their grandmother Beryl whose CB handle was Rambling Rose, Ben and Emma with Peter and Glenda Lord. Picture by Mark Westley. (30143357)

It’s name comes from Beryl’s citizen’s band radio call sign and the new coffee shop is strongly influenced by her tastes and the affection her family hold for her.

Stephen Dunn, hospital chief executive and Soren Sjolin, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, will cut the ribbon and a contribution from every hot beverage served over the next 12 months will go towards the Arthrose Appeal at the hospital which has already raised £40,000.

There will be a two for one offer on beverages tomorrow and after the ribbon cutting there will be vintage songs from The Nightingales, including Nat King Cole’s Rambling Rose.

Ben, who is chairman of Ixworth Parish Council, has recruited a team of 10 staff with Sinan Maba as head of kitchen.

The eatery will serve beverages, cake and light lunches and aims to open a three-nights-a-week bistro later in March.

It seats 50 and has also seating space in its courtyard.

Ben said: “The idea to call it Rambling Rose was my sister’s. My nan and great aunt Edna were very well-known village girls and nan loved anything coffee flavoured.”

Beryl and Edna were keen CB radio participants. Beryl was ‘Rambling Rose’ and Edna ‘Calamity Jane’ and they spoke to each other regularly over the radiowaves.

Ben added: “It is important to support the local economy and when the coffee shop closed a year ago the High Street felt its impact as it had attracted a good footfall. This is an opportunity to rejuvenate the high street.”

Ben, who set up the Arthrose appeal to say thank you for the arthritis care Beryl received,praised West Suffolk. “I can only give but the highest praise for the hospital,” he said.

As well as a range of foods, Rambling Rose will also offer cream teas, which would need to be booked in advance.

For more, call Rambling Rose on 01359 230028 – Beryl’s former phone number which the family kept alongside her CB calling card.