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A few of my
Favourite things
Sir George Agnew is the owner of the Rougham Estate and Blackthorpe Barn near Bury St Edmunds
 George Agnew was born in Rougham and, after going away to university in Norwich, came back to help run the Rougham Estate in 1979. He founded the Rougham Estate Trust with his brother John, which helps to look after the local environment, research local history and funds music education in the local community. He set up Blackthorpe Barn as an event space during the 1990s and met his future husband and partner Ady in 1994. They now run the events at Blackthorpe Barn together.
Favourite part of running the estate
Walking in the woods and looking after the environment.
Favourite view (in Suffolk or anywhere in the world)
The Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds.
Favourite part of Christmas
Christmas Eve when the dinner is all served up and I can relax.
Favourite present you received as a child
A toboggan.
Favourite book
J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Favourite film
Alfred Hitchcock’s North by North West.
Favourite song
There’s A Place For Us from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.
Favourite smell
Wild honeysuckle in the woodland.
Favourite meal
Crab salad with new potatoes and homemade mayonnaise.
Favourite saying/quote
‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Favourite Christmas cracker joke
Why was the snowman looking through
the carrots? He was picking his nose.
And some not so favourite things... TV personality you have to switch off
Simon Cowell.
Most annoying modern invention
Christmas song you can’t abide
‘Wonderful Christmastime’ by Paul McCartney.
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