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Schoolchildren from Bury St Edmunds enjoy a visit to the RS Components Titan II truck at West Suffolk College

Children from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Children from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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West Suffolk College hosted a titan-sized visitor that opened up the word of science and technology to visiting youngsters.

Children from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The college, in Bury St Edmunds, was the setting for a visit by RS Components Titan II.

This is a 35 tonne interactive truck and mobile innovation centre which provides interactive experiences allowing students to get ‘hands on’ with the latest technology.

Parked up at the college’s new Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Campus in Western Way, Titan II gave students the opportunity to get involved with some of the latest innovation.

This included 3D printing, robotics, Raspberry Pi mini-computers, thermal imaging and augmented reality.

Children from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren from St Benedicts got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

As well as providing an opportunity for the college students and staff, three primary and secondary schools from Bury – St Benedict’s Catholic School, Walsham Le Willows Primary and St Edmundsbury Primary – also attended, with pupils fully immersing themselves into the interactive world before them.

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Nadine Payne, director of STEM Partnerships at the college said: “It was fantastic to have Titan II in with us for the day.

“This, for us, is about raising aspirations of young people and students across the county so they really can believe they could be scientists or engineers one day.

Analis McKee and Hannah Bradbury try out the thermal imaging Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAnalis McKee and Hannah Bradbury try out the thermal imaging Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are also trying to make students aware of the different career pathways available to them in STEM and to work with different businesses across the region to help bridge the gap between industry and education and to address the skills shortage in STEM areas.”

As well as the Titan II activities, the schools were also invited into the STEM Campus where they enjoyed a session on what an engineer is and the type of jobs they do.

RS Components is the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products.

Ms Payne said the college plans to work with RS Components again, booking Titan II for different college events and giving local schools and businesses the opportunity to attend.

Children from Walsham Le Willows Primary School got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren from Walsham Le Willows Primary School got to try out the latest in technology on the Titan II innovation truck Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

West Suffolk College is home to 14,000 students and 1,500 apprentices studying at the new STEM centre, its main site in Out Risbygate, and the Milburn Campus in Anglian Lane.

Where to eat at Bury st Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019

Are you going to the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Are you going to the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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From award-winning hot chocolate and brownies, to dimsum and halloumi fries…what will you eat at the fayre this year?

Jan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: HadleysJan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: Hadleys

FARMERS’ AND COOKWARE MARKET, BUTTERMARKET

Essex Bakery

Simply sublime brownies, with a crackly top and gooey, moreish underside. Not too sweet, these brownies sing with cocoa and range from the classic variety to mint chocolate, chilli, orange, white chocolate chunk and gluten-free. Just the thing to nibble on with a cup of hot chocolate.

Sink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: ArchantSink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: Archant

ABBEY GARDENS

The Tudor Bakehouse

Cookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILSCookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILS

Sugar and spice and all thing nice will adorn this stand – all handmade with love and care and (being baked goods) portable enough to eat on the go as you make your way around all the attractions the fayre has to offer.

Expect buttery shortbread, sweet breads (such as cinnamon, apple and sultana brioche), and warm mince pies.

Hadleys

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGEBury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Best known for owner Jane’s remarkable, fine, high quality ice creams and sorbets, Hadleys has another trick up its sleeves for the cooler months – hot chocolate.

And award-winning hot chocolate at that. Thick, smooth and beautifully rich, each cup is made with Pump Street single origin chocolate and served with homemade marshmallows and Christmas biscuits. They’ll also be selling hot chocolate melts, hampers and jars of flakes so you can recreate the experience at home.

Tuk In Street Cantina

Two words…halloumi fries! Who can resist? In addition to these vegetarian delights, the guys will be starting your day with bacon and hash brown wraps, and will have pulled meats, in addition to sweet potato fries, all served from a Piaggio Ape Tuk Tuk truck.

Under the Eagle

Authentic, hearty, warming Polish food from this popular family restaurant in west Suffolk. The kitchen team will be making venison sausages, grilled pork, pea soup, hunger stew, potato pancakes, dumplings, sour rye soup and more.

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Samphire

All the products here are made with the best free-range pork from the business’s own smallholding on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. If you’re a traditionalist you’ll love one of their rare breed pork pies for lunch at the fayre. Or perhaps one of their signature sausage rolls, encased in flaky, homemade rough puff pastry.

Dimsum King

Steamed and fried bundles of yum inspired by dishes from China and the Philippines.

On the menu are siomai, those delicate steamed open-topped parcels, siopao (a version of char sui buns), and vegetable and meat filled spring rolls.

ANGEL HILL

The Village Deli

An award-winning stall selling hot, crispy Scotch eggs made from scratch by the team. They begin with free-range, locally sourced ingredients, which are lovingly hand made into the finished product, which has a delectable runny centre. Flavours include traditional, chorizo, black pudding and vegetarian (using falafel in place of sausagemeat). And there sides too – from sweet potato fries to coleslaw.

The Sizzling Kitchen

A mainstay at this event every year, and bringing a touch of the continent to festivities. Follow your nose to the bratwurst, currywurst and bockwurst sausages, and frikadellen (meatballs) served with traditional relishes and sauces. Oh, and there’s hot German gluhwein (mulled wine) too.

Meat Street BBQ

Do you like your meat cooked low and slow, until it’s so tender you barely have to chew? If so, make a beeline for this concession, which specialises in regional American barbecue, smoking locally sourced meats for up to 12 hours to infuse every cut with flavour. From Kentucky pulled lamb to a Texas chilli, there’s something to warm your bones.

Shepherd’s Hut Catering Co

Lip-smacking, savoury, meaty treats with a twist of the Med. In addition to traditional doner kebabs (with a vegetarian halloumi version available), the team will rustle up beef and pancetta burgers, lemon pepper chicken burgers and Moroccan lamb burgers. Piled with fresh garnishes, the patties are served in fresh salt and pepper seasoned baps.

And visit Blackthorpe Barns while you are in the area too.