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elcome to our autumn issue of North Norfolk Living magazine. Summer seems to have flown by and as my dad often remarks, the nights are drawing in. Coming from a local fishing family, September always meant the start of the mussel season along going back to school and the end of summer. But my nostalgia for summer is also mixed with excitement at all the new season has to offer, the jewel-like berries on the hedgerows and glorious colours as the leaves turn. This issue, I chat to Nick Conrad about his dementia campaign, and catch up with local artist Rachel Lockwood, whilst our stylist Katy Coe and the fashion team get all dressed up for the new season. We also share some fab finds from our local shops to add a dash of autumn colour to your home, plus Hannah Sole gives her pick of this season’s events and activities. Enjoy your autumn, whatever the weather!

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5-7 Beachcombings What’s on, what’s good and where to go

35-36 Little Living

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39-40 What’s On Hannah Sole gives her pick of events and activities coming up this autumn

A campaign from the heart: BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad tells Amanda Loose about his dementia campaign, inspired by his grandmother

10-14 Art

Catching up with local artist Rachel Lockwood plus find out what’s happening in our local galleries this season

17-22 Fashion

Getting all dressed up for autumn

24 Weddings

Fabulous North Norfolk venues plus local couturier Henrietta Faire on solving the dream dress dilemma

27-30 Beauty & Wellbeing

Seasonal skincare swaps, Kate Cleaver meets two local yoga teachers and Bo Tyler shares her family friendly tips for healthy eating

Autumn fun with Hattie Goodley and daughter Willa

43-47 Food & Drink

News from the local food scene, Na Hansell prepares a salad for all seasons plus we head out for lunch and a walk

48-49 Walking North Norfolk Burnham Overy Staithe to Holkham

53-56 Home & Garden

Add a dash of autumn colour to your home, what’s happening on the local property market, plus seasonal stunners for your borders

60 On the road

Brian Vertigen puts the all-new Vauxhall Astra through its paces

62 Out & About Alan Tutt steps back in time on his visit to Warham Camp


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The Lifeboat Inn in Thornham has named each of its recently refurbished bedrooms after crewmembers of the Licensed Victuallers lifeboats at Hunstanton Lifeboat Station, during the 19th and early years of the 20th centuries. The team is now appealing for information about these brave men, including full names, stories and photographs. The Lifeboat Inn’s logo features Licensed Victuallers III, the last pulling lifeboat at Hunstanton, which started her service there in 1900. The lifeboat was 35ft in length and fitted with a No. 1 rig, mast and sails. It was manned by a crew of 13 men and pulled ten oars, double-banked. The Lifeboat Inn are looking for information about John ‘Jack’ Riches, R. Rumbold, Peter Challman, H. Foster, George Frankland, G. Gilding, William Mitchley, J. Richardson, B. Sexton, James Batson, Israel Holmes, William West and William Petherwick. • If you can help, please contact the team on 01485 512236 or

Rescued and revived! A new phase for Holkham Studios The second phase of work to the award-winning Holkham Studios on the Holkham Estate is underway. The project offers the opportunity to occupy commercial space in the Estate’s listed 18th century former agricultural buildings and workshops at Longlands. Phase one created a contemporary base for jeweller Monica Vinader. The second phase offers ultra-modern, light, open-plan working areas retaining the visual appeal of the historic barns and workshops. The additional 7,300 square feet of flexible workspace includes access to 100MB fibre broadband connection. Estates Director David Horton-Fawkes says: ‘In the 18th century, Longlands was the thriving commercial heart of the Holkham Estate, but the mechanization of agriculture resulted in these beautiful buildings becoming redundant. ‘This development symbolizes the future for all 21st century rural estates. Here the best of the past and the present are combined to provide a truly modern working environment. Our ambition is to see the entire site once again thriving with activity, providing employment and contributing to the local economy.’ • For more details visit


S summer turns to autumn, the birdlife of the North Norfolk coast changes with the arrival of migrants from further north and the departure of many of our summer birds for warmer climes. The fieldfare is a distinctive but often overlooked returning bird. This winter visitor starts to arrive in late autumn from Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. A noisy bird with a distinctive harsh call, it’s often quite wary, but if you manage a good view of this striking thrush it will reveal a bird of contrasting plumage patterns to rival our most colourful thrushes. The blue-grey head and nape contrast with mainly blackish-brown wings, grey rump and an almost black tail, a creamy white chin with an orange buff throat, breast and flanks. Add to this blackish spots on the


SPOTTED! By Richard Campey The Fieldfare

Warham Reading Room has reopened after a major redevelopment and can now reestablish its place at the heart of the village. Built in 1892, the Reading Room was the project of the Reverend Charles Digby, Rector of Warham, who wanted to improve standards of education for his parishioners. The 2nd Earl of Leicester gave the land and the Reverend Digby funded the building. It evolved from an educational facility into a village hall, but recently the lack of central heating and dated facilities meant it was virtually unused and in danger of being sold. The recent project, funded by a £450,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, saw the building refurbished and a modern kitchen, conservatory and storeroom added. The façade remains unchanged. The building project was overseen by village resident Sue Lane. • Visit for information on events, activities and hiring the venue.

throat and chest and this bird really stands out. Open fields are a favourite with fieldfares, feeding on slugs, worms and other invertebrates, as are hedges and trees, which get stripped of berries when large numbers descend to gorge. The first signs of fieldfares will be perhaps on a clear night when the chack-chack call can be heard high overheard. The next day an open field will be full of feeding thrushes with the fieldfare the most distinctive as it runs and hops along. • Richard is owner of The One Stop Nature Shop, Burnham Deepdale, 01485 211223 News of the latest sightings can be seen on the board outside One Stop. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2016


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Getting away from it all Planning a holiday? Well at independent travel experts Oundle Travel, privately owned and managed for 25 years by Director Paula Cockcroft, Paula and her team are able to offer a wealth of experience and unbiased first-hand knowledge based on many combined years in the travel industry. As an ABTA Bonded agent only dealing with trusted ABTA and ATOL Bonded UK based suppliers, full financial protection is provided by Oundle Travel. They offer a worldwide selection of holidays from family, ski and safari, to cruises, honeymoons and city breaks. They are also specialists in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re looking for tickets to a major sporting event or a UK short break, they can offer ideas and inspiration. Every holiday can be tailor-made to suit your needs; if you want to select the duration of your trip or fly from a regional airport then Oundle Travel can assist. • Oundle Travel, 01832 273600 or email

Village cinema GREAT MASSINGHAM VILLAGE HALL Thursday 20th October, 7.30pm Race (PG) The story of athlete Jesse Owens, starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons. Tickets £4 on the door. HOLT COMMUNITY CENTRE Friday 7th October, bar from 7pm, film from around 8pm ChickLit (15) The Holt premiere of local director Tony Britten’s film ChickLit. Tony will talk about the film beforehand. Advance tickets £8 from the Hall or Osokozi in Bull Street or £10 on the night.

AMY ROBSART VILLAGE HALL, SYDERSTONE Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm Our Kind of Traitor (15) Advance tickets £3.50 from 01485 578244/ 578171 or cinema@syderstone. com, or £4 on the door. THORNHAM VILLAGE HALL Wednesday 19th October, 7.30pm Love & Friendship (U) Based on Jane Austen’s novella, the story of widow Lady Susan Vernon who has come to her in-laws’ estate to escape rumours about her dalliances. Tickets £5, from 07818 028687.

NORTH CREAKE VILLAGE HALL Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm Our Kind of Traitor (15) A thriller from the 2010 novel by John le Carré, starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgârd and Damian Lewis. Tickets £5, from 07905 805388 or pa.lines@tiscali.

WALSINGHAM PICTURE PALACE, WALSINGHAM PARISH HALL Tuesday 25th October, 7.30pm Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) A patron of the arts in New York, Florence always wanted to sing opera, despite her lack of talent. Meryl Streep stars. Tickets £4 on the door, members £3.50.

THE READING ROOM, STANHOE Friday 14th October, 7.30pm The 33 (12A) Based on the book Deep Down Dark, this film follows the 69-day operation to rescue the 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine in 2010. Tickets £5 on the door.

SCREEN-NEXT-THE-SEA AT ALDERMAN PEEL HIGH SCHOOL, WELLS Monday 10th October, 7pm Our Kind of Traitor (15) Tickets £5, from Wells TIC, 01328 710885, or on the door.

Open day Polka Day Care is holding an open day on Saturday 5th November from 10am-2pm. Located at the Wells Primary and Nursery School site, visitors will have the opportunity to see Polka Day Care’s new rooms and experience the type of activities children take © part in during their sessions. Since moving to their existing building in 2008, the number of children they care for has steadily risen. It has recently undergone building works, which have enabled them to increase the babies they care for and they now have two further dedicated rooms for toddlers aged 2-3 years and a preschool room for children aged 3-5 years. Improving the outdoor area is the next project. Polka Day Care, a registered charity, offers free flow indoor and outdoor play in all weathers and need to raise funds for these improvements. • Visit for more information

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A campaign from the heart BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad tells Amanda Loose about his dementia campaign launched earlier this year, inspired by his grandmother


T’S been a busy year so far for North Norfolk based Nick Conrad, with his radio show, EDP column, the birth of baby Rupert this summer, (a brother for two-year-old Erin), a house project and the launch of his dementia campaign back in March, which has already had a fantastic response. Nick’s grandmother, Audrey, a lady who has had an enormous influence on his life, was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago: ‘My mum died when I was three, so my grandmother played a huge part in my life. She gradually became more and more forgetful, which she calls ‘forgettery’, and was diagnosed with dementia. ‘There were signs, like the time she cooked a curry which she’d made plenty of times before, and the rice was desiccated coconut which she’d boiled. ‘I feel like I can return some of the wonderful care she invested in me by helping to look after her. We’ve provided a lot of care for her as a family. ‘Dementia is a condition we don’t talk about enough; we shy away from it. Norfolk has an elderly population and we needed as a county to put ourselves in a position to deal with this. ‘There are currently 14,000 people in Norfolk living with dementia, and that number is set to rise by 9,000 in the next decade. This may be a conservative estimate.’ So in March Nick kicked off his campaign by launching the Dementia Friends programme: ‘I wanted 1,000 people to sign up in a week but we far exceeded our target in four days.’ Dementia Friends undertake a short online course to become more dementia aware; many have already signalled their intention to become volunteers at local help groups and undertake further training with various charities, says Nick. And their numbers are growing. ‘I’ve been working in partnership with organizations including Age UK Norfolk, the Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance and The Alzheimer’s Society. I’m very much behind any project to do with dementia. ‘The BBC give me a platform on the radio and are behind the campaign, and have been fantastically supportive. But my work for the campaign is done voluntarily.’ It was on air that Nick’s next project was launched. He was challenged live by Angela Rippon to organize and champion ‘Dementia Generation’, an education project to teach Norfolk schoolchildren about the condition, in association with the Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance:



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‘Angela had already put herself forward to help drive this. It got off the ground very quickly and within three months, 15,000 children had been through the project or were scheduled to do so. ‘We send a dementia champion into schools to take an assembly and children are encouraged to make a pledge to help people with dementia. ‘Young people often say their grandmother or grandfather has it. The programme also highlights the fact in general to be kinder, more tolerant and respectful to older people in society.’ Nick also initiated an important project on the North Norfolk coast. An invitation to meet with the Wells Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group, led to him issuing the town with a challenge. Wells is already one of the 14 Norfolk towns Age UK Norfolk has helped to launch as Dementia Friendly Communities; Nick threw down the gauntlet and challenged Wells to become the UK’s first Dementia Friendly Tourist Destination, with the support of Age UK

Norfolk. ‘The town have really embraced this. It was just my idea; it’s the town who have taken it forward. North Norfolk runs on brilliant volunteers, be it meals on wheels, the RNLI or local carnival committees. They make North Norfolk a nicer place for us to live and we should celebrate how wonderful and selfless they are. ‘My grandmother’s whole diary was packed with volunteer work. She ran a children’s activity group for years, volunteered for the RNLI, the U3A, meals on wheels, and was a very passionate Quaker. She’s been a total inspiration for me.’ • Schools wanting to get involved in the Dementia Generation project should email USEFUL LINKS



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The call of the wild Wildling, the latest book and exhibition by local artist Rachel Lockwood will be launched this October at Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley. Amanda Loose catches up with Rachel in her studio set in rewilded countryside ‘Mother and fawn’




ELL known for her studies of animals and their habitats, Rachel is out sketching on the North Norfolk coast in all weathers; if not sketching, she’s in her studio transferring her fieldwork into paintings. She likes to keep in touch with her environment, working on the land surrounding her studio, transforming it into a haven for wildlife and nature, which are so central to her work, and which have provided a safe haven for her over the years. ‘From childhood to adulthood I did my best to escape the realities of life,’ says Rachel. ‘They were sometimes unbearably cruel and with each twist and turn when life tried to bend me to its will, I would do my best to slip through its grip. ‘I’d hide in the hollows of holly bushes and watch as the world went by, and I would create worlds of my own from the natural materials I found around me. I didn’t know where I belonged but I found the world of nature had a balance I could understand, not only was it calming, gentle and inspiring it also seemed cruel, but crucially it was honest. ‘It has allowed me to watch the world around me and keep in touch with the natural wild side of life, a place that seems to make constant sense, even when the world around me seems not to. ‘My work has been gradually changing and going beyond the illustrative. It feels like it’s coming from somewhere deeper now. I had a magic moment in the middle of the night last night and realized what my work is about. It’s not about creatures or the landscape as such; it is about the connection with yourself and the questions you’re asking yourself deep down. It’s like a mirror. ‘There’s the bit showing me what I’m like inside and another showing me who people are. Nature is my safe zone to pick it apart. I’m starting to understand parts of it and why I do the things I do.’ The title Wildling comes from how Rachel felt when she moved from Sheffield to study in London in her teens: ‘When I left Sheffield and went to London I had that feeling that I was separate from everyone and not fitting in. I felt everyone else knew what they were doing and I didn’t have a clue. ‘I was an observer as well - what was it everyone else knew that I didn’t - trying to understand a new environment, like a wild plant put into a cultivated place; constantly watching, listening and

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Rachel first came to North Norfolk 20 years ago and has lived in Cley for the past 11 years. ‘It just felt right. There’s space to grow and be yourself. It’s the most incredible place in the country. There’s so much variety in the landscape, a gentleness to it yet a rawness out on the marsh where you could lose your life.’

trying to understand the people around you.’ Rachel first came to North Norfolk 20 years ago and has lived in Cley for the past 11 years. ‘It just felt right. There’s space to grow and be yourself. It’s the most incredible place in the country. There’s so much variety in the landscape, a gentleness to it yet a rawness out on the marsh where you could lose your life.’ The marsh, hunting barn owls, migrant birds and creatures of the forest and field all feature in Wildling along with the rather magnificent black cat, Brutus, a rescued feral cat, utterly devoted to fellow Wildling, Rachel: ‘When he’s in the studio, you make that connection. He’s from the wild and is in tune with it and you can tap into his sensitivity to the environment. See his ears twitch and you look outside. We share this day to day.’ • Wildling, the book and exhibition will be launched on 23rd October at noon at the Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley, 01263 740947 www. Wildling will be published by Red Hare Publishing, £25 or a special limited edition with an original sketch by the artist £65, both available from Pinkfoot Gallery. www.

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In the picture This autumn looks set to be another show-stopping season on the local gallery scene, writes Amanda Loose


HERE’S still time to catch the summer show at the West Barn Gallery over at Great Walsingham Barns, which runs until 30th September, featuring artists including Sarah Caswell, Lionel Wilde and Robert Gillmor. This will be followed by ‘Nigel Skinner - an exhibition of recent works, which opens on 2nd October at 1pm, continuing until 16th October. Nigel’s paintings are created largely from salvaged materials including earth, dust and gathered fragments. After this, West Barn Gallery will be holding a mixed show featuring works by Sarah Caswell and gallery favourites, until their annual Christmas exhibition, opening on 19th November. Over at Creake Abbey, Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery has recently launched a giant framed fine art giclee print of ‘Beech in Spring, Holkham Hall’ by award-wining local artist Jac Scott. There are nine studies of Norfolk trees in the Gallery’s Arboretum Collection by Jac, including ‘Oak in Winter, Blickling Hall’ and ‘Three Oaks, Saxthorpe’. These specimen trees are easily found in the landscape, with locations listed in the title or through grid references. There is a palette of six earth colours to choose from. Burnham Grapevine Gallery will be on location this autumn with ‘Isle of Light’, a major exhibition by Gerard Stamp in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral from 24th September to 3rd October. Over the last 18 months, Gerard has been visiting Ely Cathedral to capture aspects of this awe-inspiring building. The exhibition catalogue is online at Back in their gallery in Burnham Market, Grapevine’s autumn collection includes paintings by competition wining Norfolk artist Richard Bond, watercolours of Burnham Overy and Brancaster by Bernard Kramer, plus works by Martin Laurance, a gallery favourite from the early days of Grapevine in Norwich. Just down the road, Pocock’s the artmonger in Burnham Market will be showing ‘Watercolours of the Wayside’ by Sue Johnston from 15th to 29th October. Local artist Sue highlights what amazing places our verges and hedgerows are by singling out small sections in bold ink and watercolour. Heading east along the coast, Quay Art in Blakeney and Wells is showing the paintings of local artist, Tom Cringle. Born and brought up in Burnham Market, Tom was surrounded by the vast open spaces of the North Norfolk coast, and his paintings reflect this environment. Working mainly in acrylic on large format canvases, Tom tries to recreate the depth and contrast of the huge East Anglian skies and introduces subtle details to the landscape



Above: ‘Beech in Spring, Holkham Hall, Norfolk’ by Jac Scott, Utopia Above right: ‘... And from this earth’ by Nigel Skinner, West Barn Gallery, Great Walsingham Barns Right: ‘The Yellow Boat, Brancaster Staithe’ by Martin Laurance, Burnham Grapevine Gallery

Above: ‘Ship of the Fens II’ by Gerard Stamp, from ‘Isle of Light’ in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral with Burnham Grapevine Left: ‘Dandelion Clocks’ by Sue Johnston, Pocock’s the artmonger Below: ‘Morston Creek’ by Tom Cringle, Quay Art, Blakeney and Wells

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In the picture which often provide a specific point of reference and sense of proportion. The Flint Gallery in Blakeney welcomes a new artist to its walls this season. Richard Barrett grew up by the coast and finds inspiration for his paintings in both land and sea. ‘Richard’s recent work has drawn him to the coastline of North Norfolk and its unique qualities - walking the saltmarshes to the sea under gigantic skies gives a special sense of space and calm, even on wild and windy days,’ says Stuart Stotter-Brooks of Flint. ‘His paintings start with a series of sketches which provide an anchor for the piece, then he works instinctively with fine washes and thick impasto, scratching, marking and glazing to give the work a feeling of energy, movement and mystery.’ Over in Holt, the Bircham Gallery will be celebrating the 80th Birthdays of two Richards, Richard Bawden and Richard Batterham with a joint exhibition from 8th October to 2nd November. The son of Edward Bawden, RA. Richard Bawden is a painter, printmaker and designer who works predominantly in lino, etching and watercolour, with subject matter ranging from his Hadleigh sitting room, cats and garden to townscapes and landscapes. His work has included book illustration, murals for restaurants, engraved glass, church windows and doors, a poster for London Transport, mosaics and furniture. His paintings and prints will sit alongside pots by Richard Batterham, one of the most admired potters of his generation. After a two-year stint at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, working under Bernard Leach, he returned to his native Dorset in 1959, where he and his wife Dinah set up their first pottery. Richard, who has been making pots on his own for 55 years, says of his work: ‘They’re things to hold, not to gawp at’, practical and to be used and held every day. He says: ‘My favourite is the making, I’m always in a brighter frame of mind when I’m making throwing, handling, putting spouts on, assembling teapots and all that sort of thing. Once I get going I can’t be stopped!’ This exhibition will be followed by the Gallery’s Christmas Show Part I from 5th to 30th November, with a selection of paintings, prints, jewellery, ceramics and glass, plus new wooden figure sculpture by Lynn Muir.

ADDRESS BOOK Bircham Gallery, Holt 01263 713312 Burnham Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market 01382 730125 Pocock’s the artmonger, Burnham Market 01328 730370 Quay Art, Blakeney 01263 740013, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710905 The Flint Gallery, Blakeney 01263 741791 The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www. Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730827 West Barn Gallery, Great Walsingham Barns, 01328 820900



Right: Small Caddy, stoneware, by Richard Batterham, Bircham Gallery Far right: ‘Edge of the Reeds’ by Richard Barrett, The Flint Gallery Below: ‘The Arab Jug’ by Richard Bawden, Bircham Gallery

‘Strangely Drawn to Norfolk’


OT on the heels of ‘The Art of Music’, a solo exhibition of works by Wendy Mould (30th September to 26th October) at The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, the Gallery will be showing a collection of original paintings by artist Barrie S. Morris from 29th October to 25th November, exploring many of the architectural and natural treasures of Norfolk. Barrie has spent the last 18 months exploring both the wellknown and more obscure architecture of the county, from the magnificence of St Peter and St Paul’s Church Cromer, to the mystery of the Blickling pyramid, the mausoleum in the woods above Letheringsett to the familiar sight of the Lifeboat House of Blakeney Point. Red Dot’s Colin Rawlings says: ‘To each of the buildings he has chosen, a natural narrative has been incorporated involving the likely flora and fauna of the location with perhaps the odd twist! ‘‘Strangely Drawn to Norfolk’ perfectly describes the mystery of the often quiet and isolated places that beckon us to explore and return once more: lonely ruins, iconic churches, dark marshland and windswept shores. ‘A sense of gothic rests in many of the paintings, night and nocturnal creatures adding to a chill of dusk. In contrast, others are bathed in sparkling sunlight that celebrates all that summer might bring: screaming swifts, red admirals and diving peregrine falcons. ‘It’s a veritable treasure trove that could equally be termed ‘What to Look for in Norfolk’.’

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Rachael (left) in Gestuz Stine top £109, Baum und Pferdgarten Shari skirt £249, both Nelle-dk; collar necklace £545 and Halcyon Days bangle (right wrist) £120, both Urban Armour; Darlene necklace £18 and Celine cuff £15, both Tilley & Grace Bernadette in Baum und Pferdgarten Maiya blouse £169, Nelle-dk; Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans in Black Sheep £70, Collen & Clare



Fashion Daniel in Ralph Lauren cashmere shirt £175, Gun Hill; Lindbergh chinos £85, Nelle-dk; aviator sunglasses £9.99, Relish

Rachael in Gestuz Audra maxi dress £169, Nelle-dk

Daniel in Holebrook Sweden Assar jumper £95 and Lindbergh chinos £85, both Nelle-dk; waxed canvas Tombag £115, Gun Hill Great Outdoors; aviator sunglasses £9.99, Relish; just seen Ralph Lauren cashmere shirt £175, Gun Hill



Bernadette in Michaela Louisa cut-out detail dress £140, Allez Chic; Eden olive clutch £25, Tilley & Grace; shoes and ring stylist’s own

Rachael in Gestuz Bree blouse £79, Nelle-dk; Maison Scotch pleated skirt £99, Anna; shoes model’s own. Beth in M.i.h Jeans Evelyn shirt £245 and brogues £162 both Collen & Clare; Masscob black velvet trousers £195, Anna

Daniel in Hymn Kane shirt £55, Bringing the outside in, Wells; Lindbergh chinos £85, Nelle-dk; aviator sunglasses £9.99, Relish

Bernadette in Baum und Pferdgarten Maiya blouse £169, Nelle-dk; Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans in Black Sheep £70, Collen & Clare; shoes stylist’s own

Rachael in Marc Cain leopard print blouse £149, Collen & Clare; Anna Lascata Stephanie skirt £129, Christopher William Country; Celine cuff £15 and Darlene necklace £18, both Tilley & Grace; just seen Halcyon Days bangle £120, Urban Armour



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Bernadette in Gestuz Stine top £109 and Twist & Tango Sid Ankle Jeans £89, both Nelle-dk; suede ankle boots £145, The Tannery

Rachael in Nathalie Vleeschouwer Lexy top £129, Collen & Clare; Nice Things Falda leopard print skirt £58 and Meïse Dee scarf £19, both Nomad & the bowerbird; Celine cuff (left wrist) £15 and Darlene necklace £18, both Tilley & Grace; Halcyon Days bangle £120, Urban Armour

Rachael in Nice Things zig zag jacquard dress £79, Nomad & the bowerbird; long black boots £219 and Bella clutch £149, both The Tannery; Celine cuff (left wrist) £15, Tilley & Grace; Halcyon Days bangle £120, Urban Armour




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Rachael in chunky multichain necklace £645, Urban Armour; dress Nelle-dk as before

Rachael in collar necklace £545, Urban Armour; Darlene necklace £18 and Celine cuff £15, Tilley & Grace; top and skirt Nelle-dk as before; boots model’s own

With thanks to Mr and Mrs Bagnall-Oakley for allowing us to use Brinton Hall for our photo shoot. Visit for more information about the venue and tours. Flowers and headdresses: Mock Orange Flowers 07917 344639, Hair and Makeup: Sophie Stapleton of Rejuvenate at the Bullpen, Manor Mews, Tattersett, 07500 009527. Assistant Beth Argent Photographer: Tim Steele Photography, 07909 998216 Props: Vintage Partyware 01553 886844 and Mock Orange Flowers Stylist: Katy Coe Models: Beth Argent, Rachael Crowe, Bernadette Lemon and Daniel Loose

Rachael in Yasmin strand drop earrings £14, silk scarf £25 and Eden clutch £25, all from Tilley & Grace; top Nelle-dk and skirt Anna, as before

Left to right Peacock, Teal and Speckled Hen chiffon scarves £65 each, all by Norfolk based designer Lucy Sheringham and available from her website



Bernadette in Annabel Brocks faux fur and tweed headband £45, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal; Michaela Louisa faux fur waistcoat £57.50, Allez Chic; blouse Nelle-dk and jeans Collen & Clare as before; shoes stylist’s own

ADDRESS BOOK Allez Chic, Castle Rising 01553 631915 Anna, Burnham Market 01328 730325, Holt 01263 710665 Bringing the outside in, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 712282 Christopher William Coastal, Wells-next-theSea 01328 710496 Christopher William Country, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 738983 Collen & Clare, Burnham Market 01328 730558 Gun Hill, Burnham Market 01328 730015, Holt 01263 712027 Gun Hill Great Outdoors, Burnham Market 01328 730462 Lucy Sheringham, Nelle-dk, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525164 Nomad & the bowerbird, Holkham 01328 713093, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 712282 Relish, Burnham Deepdale 01485 211211 The Tannery, Holt 01263 713642 Tilley & Grace, Holt 01263 710201 Urban Armour, Burnham Market 01328 738880

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Location, location North Norfolk is the place to get married, with some fabulous venues to choose from


The Lady Elizabeth Wing ITH the opening of © Holkham Estate The Lady Elizabeth Wing this summer as a bright and contemporary events space, Holkham has even more to offer couples on their big day. Four of the Hall’s state rooms are available for civil ceremonies and partnerships, as is The Temple in the Park. There are options for the ensuing celebrations too. Enjoy a reception with drinks and canapés in one of the Hall’s state rooms, a party in the Park, with a marquee by The Temple or in the Walled Garden, or book The Lady Elizabeth Wing. Originally built in 1867 by the 2nd Earl as a bowling alley, it was converted into a factory for Holkham Pottery in 1957 by the 5th Earl’s wife, Elizabeth. Following an 18-month multi-million pound project, The Lady Elizabeth Wing is a venue you can put your own stamp on, with room for 250 people seated, plus a smaller reception area. • Holkham Estate, 01328 713108 Getting ready for the big day at Sussex Barn © James Powell


HE 18th century Sussex Barn offers a blank canvas for your big day, in a beautiful country setting. From fully catered wedding receptions, civil weddings and partnerships to your own unique event, the Barn is a flexible space you can make your own, suitable for large or small parties. Its original features add to the atmosphere and are great for the photographs, including the alcoves originally used to house livestock and arched

brick doorways with large wooden doors. You can plan your day just as you want it to be, either bringing in your suppliers, take recommendations from the Sussex Barn team, or let them take the strain and organize the day for you. They even have in-house caterers, the North Norfolk Catering Company. • Sussex Barn, near Burnham Market, 01485 210000


East Coast Marquees interior HETHER you’re planning to hold your reception in your garden or on location and looking for a marquee, East Coast Marquees can help. From a traditional pole or clear span frame marquee to their pagoda style structures, the team can design and tailor a marquee to suit your venue and special event. Following an initial site meeting, East Coast Marquees will suggest their recommendations, including the interior look and feel of your bespoke venue. Once hired, they will be on hand to assist you all the way until your big day. Attention to detail is key for any event with every aspect of your requirements covered. East Coast Marquees can also provide essentials including furniture, bars, flooring, lighting, heating and power. • East Coast Marquees, 01263 710635,



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Many brides don’t know what is the best silhouette for them until they try on several different styles and BOOM, suddenly one shines out says local couturier, Henrietta Faire


AKE a trusted family member or close friend but have confidence in your own choice. Inviting too many opinions is counter-productive. Don’t get swayed by the trend of the moment; focus on your personal style and character and what flatters your figure the most. A potted nutshell of rules for shape: Pear: A-line skirt emphasising narrow waist and floating away from hips and thighs. Larger bust: V or scooped neck. Avoid satin, horizontal ruching and all strapless dresses. Small chest: pretty Audrey Hepburn boat neck front sitting wide on the shoulders going to a deep V back. Ruched or sculpturally draped bodices also work well. Petite: Empire line or high-waisted designs. Detailing should be small and limited to the bodice to draw the eye upward. Straight up and down: choose a style that visually creates curves and a little drama. Tall: a simple silhouette, lower waistline, floor-sweeping hem and long sleeves, past the wrist. Avoid too much embellishment. The location of the wedding is paramount. A generous train or lavish tulle petticoats may be impractical if you need to get into a convertible or boat during the proceedings, which often happens here on the coast! If you have a passion for rock and roll, make sure the sleeves have enough room for your favourite dance moves later in the evening. • Henrietta regularly designs wedding dresses for clients, with fittings in Norfolk and London. Henrietta Faire Couture Originals, 07758 633469

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Amanda Loose tries a hand reflexology treatment with Margaret Ayres MFHT of Thyme and Tide Holistic Therapies


As the seasons change, our skin’s needs change too. Here’s how to adapt your skincare regime for autumn with just a tweak here and there, says Christina Bunting


UN, sea, sand and swimming pools are all wonderful but they may have left your skin feeling parched and thirsty for a more rich and nourishing moisturizer than the lightweight balm of the hazy days, preferably one with the ability to shield your skin from harsher weather. As the days grow shorter, and you discreetly turn the heating up, your skin may become more needy, so adding a serum or facial oil to your daily routine would be an excellent way to repair and boost hydration with the added bonus of maintaining your summer glow for a while longer. To tend to any dry skin cells, encourage new growth and help to balance uneven tones, add a gentle exfoliator once a week. Finally, one of my newest skincare heroes is the dry powder mask which can be blended with various elements to suit the season or circumstance such as mineral water, raw honey, yogurt or one of the many gorgeous plant oils to be found (camellia tea is my all time favourite as it brings balance to the skin and is super hydrating). And with that I think we’ll be ready for whatever the weather may throw at us! • Christina is a beauty therapist and creator of Ethica Skincare, based in Norfolk. www.

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ITH an inbox bursting at the seams, it had been a pretty hectic morning. But the arrival of Margaret transformed my office into an oasis of calm, and following a thorough pre-treatment consultation she set to work. A qualified Reflexologist and M-Technique practitioner, Margaret began by using the M-Technique on both hands, a sequence of stroking movements, to a set pattern and pressure, which relax the person and get them used to touch. These treatments are often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings. As the reflexology began, I had pretty much forgotten about my inbox. Using an organic balm and gentle movements, Margaret worked on one hand at a time. In reflexology, the right hand corresponds to the right half of the body, and the left to the left. Your hand is divided into zones, which relate to different areas of the body, and it is, says Margaret, a full body treatment: ‘It is treating the whole person. It’s not a cure but it can help with minor problems, for example sleep or headaches, as it helps with relaxation. The focus is relaxation and wellbeing.’ After 45 minutes, I was feeling relaxed and also energized, feeling lighter as my tension reduced. I was also ready to tackle my inbox. • Margaret offers a range of treatments in your own home that can be adapted to the client’s individual needs including those with life challenging conditions. Hand Reflexology from £30, Thyme and Tide 07717 343917 www.

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FTER moving from Lincolnshire to North Norfolk with her husband and two daughters, Marie launched Wellbeing By The Sea in May. Marie’s ďŹ rst experience of yoga ‘was 20 years ago with a wonderful bright green unitard wearing yogi. It all felt very ‘new age’ and I wasn’t sure about it,’ she says. ‘It was four years ago when my true love and understanding of yoga developed. Life was pretty crazy, always on the go, still mourning the loss of my mother, bringing up two young children, putting everyone else ďŹ rst and being self-critical. ‘I began to feel the need to slow down, to feel more connected and discover a better understanding of who I was.’ After three years practicing Zen yoga, Marie decided to take things further, eventually training with Zen master Daizan Roshi, who studied in the Zen monasteries in Japan. Marie now offers two types of yoga at The Sackhouse in Wells ‘based on the Zen principles of being mindfully present, cultivating wellbeing, developing awareness of mind, body and breath. ‘At Zen Flow yoga on Monday and Wednesday evenings, we practice asanas (poses) such as sun salutations. Connecting each movement to the ow of your breath creates heat and helps the body detoxify and feel puriďŹ ed. ‘Flow yoga stills the mind, reduces stress and tension, improves exibility, strength and endurance, along with concentration. ‘At our restorative/ gentle yoga sessions on Thursday mornings, poses are held for longer, deeply relaxing the body, helping to let go of any emotions stored within our muscles, improving our capacity for healing, balancing the nervous system and boosting our immune system.’ Classes are suitable for all abilities. Marie offers private, bespoke sessions and will soon be starting yoga and mindfulness sessions for children. • Wellbeing By The Sea, 07913 187251, Facebook: Wellbeing By The Sea


MELIA from Heydon took up yoga whilst suffering from anxiety when she lived in London: ‘I decided to give yoga a go. I continued to practice it for eight years, always thinking I would love to teach it, to share its beneďŹ ts with others.’ Last November, Amelia travelled to Goa to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training course, launching AshVin Yoga this January, teaching a mix of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga at her classes. Amelia says: ‘This is a slightly more dynamic, constant moving style of yoga and doesn’t seem to be widely known in Norfolk. It is designed to build heat through the class, achieved by breathing and moving together, while performing poses. ‘People think it will be really difďŹ cult, men think it’s ‘girlie’ and some think it’s just for hippies, but it’s accessible to anyone. You can take from the class whatever you wish, whether it be the physical side, to still the mind or purely for the savasana (relaxation) at the end.’ Amelia holds classes in village halls and yoga studios with venues For more information how mornings, Bodham Village Hall on including Wells Deli in Holt onon Monday to improve health and sports Tuesday evenings, Swanton Novers Village Hall on Thursday evenings, performance contact: plus slots at Beeston Regis Holiday Park. She also offers private sessions. are Dip. many beneďŹ ts of coming to a class including developing Bo‘There Tyler, BA (Hons), NT mBANT Sports Nutritionist and strength and exibility, toning muscles, improving circulation, releasing Nutritional Therapist tension, plus it’s energizing and refreshing.’ • Tel: AshVin Yoga 07805 455854, Facebook: AshVin Yoga 07747 008482

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E all want our children to realise their full potential at school and beyond and nutritional research has proved that diet plays a key role in supporting a child’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Providing your children with healthy, nutritious food is one of the best ways to ensure they live a healthy life. Eating patterns built during childhood serve as a foundation for life as our food choices early on shape brain development, metabolism and overall health. Children’s eating habits have changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Their intake of fruit and vegetables is now on average two portions per day - well below the recommended five a day. Improving your child’s nutritional intake and therefore health may only require a few small changes to ensure a lifetime of healthy and pleasurable eating. Instead of offering kids food as a reward when they’re upset or having strict rules about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods or pushing them to finish dinner or bribing them (‘If you finish your spinach you’ll get ice cream’), here are some tips to help you get your family on board with healthy eating ensuring they keep eating intuitively and naturally for life: • Don’t suddenly overhaul your family’s diet. Start small with one healthy change at a time. • When you talk about healthy foods with your family, highlight the nutrients the foods provide and how they improve health and performance. • Avoid strict ‘eating rules’ or references to children’s weight. • Be a role model. Eat the nutritious foods you want your family to eat. • Involve kids in shopping, menu planning and cooking. • Give them the illusion of choice and selfdetermination (e.g. ‘You can pick one vegetable you’d like to eat tonight’). • Don’t keep unhealthy choices in the house. Make healthy choices abundantly available. Don’t make this a big deal; just make poor choices simply and quietly… unavailable. • Eat together as a family as often as possible; make mealtime family time. • Serve appropriate portions. • Serve them a variety of unprocessed whole foods.



• Let kids stop when they’re no longer hungry (instead of insisting that they clear their plate). • Get some advice - if you think there is room for improvement in the quality of your family’s diet, please get in touch and we can work together to devise a plan that works for you and your family. • Call Bo on 07747 008482 or email bo@ Pick Your Own is a fun way to encourage children to eat more fruit

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Ingredients 2 peaches or 4 apricots 2 bananas 1/2 punnet blackberries 4 tablespoons yogurt (optional) 1 glass apple juice, adding more if too thick You can easily swap the fruits for what’s in season and/ or use frozen berries • Peel the bananas and break into four. Remove the stones from the peaches or apricots and quarter, then put all fruit into the blender or a large bowl if using a stick blender. • Add yogurt (we use natural or fruit). Pour in the apple juice. Make sure the blender’s lid is on properly!! • With your adult’s help, blend for up to a minute until no big fruity bits can be seen. It gets stuck in the straw otherwise! • Drink within two days (if kept in the fridge) or pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze. Enjoy!

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Creative Chiropractic were on the move earlier this year to Pensthorpe Natural Park, with bird spotting (and the odd go on the adventure play area!) now all part of the daily routine


t’s interesting that our lives are mapped out by the simplest of decision making processes; do you go left or right, do you stay in bed or get up, do you answer the telephone or not, and so on. Wouldn’t it be fun to just peek into that crystal ball and see what would have happened if we had gone the other way, left 5 minutes earlier or said ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’? Originally based in Holt, the Creative team had been talking for some time about introducing new services, but were unable to do so due to the limitations of their premises there. ‘This all changed one evening towards the end of September 2014,’ says Chiropractor and Practice Director Michael l’Anson: ‘A chance telephone call from Pensthorpe Natural Park led to the most incredible opportunity for the business, one that would lead the Practice and its patients down a different road.


‘That opportunity to relocate was our ‘yes’ or ‘no’ moment and one that we are so pleased we said ‘yes’ to as it was a brave step to take.’ Earlier this year, Michael and the team moved to beautifully converted cottages in Pensthorpe Natural Park, surrounded by wildlife, woodland walks and stunning gardens, the beginning of a busy new chapter in the Creative story: ‘Although the transition from Holt was initially challenging, we are now at a point where the Practice is stronger than ever and the patient feedback is extremely positive. ‘We are surrounded by the unique backdrop of the nature reserve and we are blessed with working in an air of calm and tranquillity.’ The setting complements Creative Chiropractic’s core focus of ‘Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well’, looking at the whole person: ‘It is not enough to simply treat the area of complaint a person is suffering from. It’s about looking at a person’s predicament and identifying the reasons why they’re suffering from their problem in the first instance. ‘Are they a chronic sufferer of pain, over or underweight, do they have a manic or sedentary lifestyle, their level of exercise, stressors in their life, are they getting over a trauma, depressed or on medication and so on. ‘It’s looking to see how all the pieces of their ‘life jigsaw’ are fitting together and whether one or more are in the wrong place, or missing altogether. This is about digging deeper into unearthing that one (or several) aspect(s) of a patient’s ill-health that are responsible for the problem, fixing it and putting new strategies together to help limit its return.’ So how do Creative Chiropractic achieve this? With their shared-care philosophy, they currently offer chiropractic treatment which also encompasses ‘movement and running assessments with video feedback’, biomechanical evaluations of the ankle and feet (particularly useful for more athletic patients), postural and ergonomic evaluations with spinal hygiene advice, workstation assessments and core stability appraisals. Michael says: ‘We also have a separate arm to the business which involves Massage including deep tissue, sports, pregnancy and rehabilitation massage, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and

Meet just two of Creative Chiropractic’s patients

aromatherapy massage. This has become very popular and works alongside Chiropractic extremely well. ‘To complement this, our Clinical Reflexologist, apart from working on feet, also works on hands and ears and offers Indian head massage. ‘We have external links to directly refer patients for x-ray or MRI scans as well as other services including podiatry and a running centre that offers footwear evaluation with video for the runner that meets the exacting requirements for your specific and unique running profile. A key part of the feedback from our patients has been for us to develop an Exercise and Rehabilitation Suite with one-to-one instruction, tuition and patient training. This is now in the planning stage. We will also be incorporating an on-site nutritionist/ dietician who will have an integral role in the nutritional health and wellbeing of our patients. ‘As part of this development we will be introducing a brand new service of DNA profiling. By understanding your fitness and dietary DNA profile, you will be able to understand the type of exercise that best suits you and discover intolerances and deficiencies which in turn will determine the best diet for you to help you function at your optimal health level.’ Busy times but there’s still time for fun too. The team regularly enjoy the natural surroundings at Pensthorpe, perfect for a lunchtime relaxation. ‘We also had a lot of fun recently with the team from Mustard TV who came out for a day’s filming with us and the team at Pensthorpe! ‘The life voyage of discovery has been an adventure from those early days of contract temping to stock broking, delivering fridges to being a nurseryman, processing milk to becoming an engineer. All before deciding to work within the medical industry and retraining for 5-years to become a Chiropractor was even a glimmer of an idea. We learn by association and the interaction with others’ says Michael. ‘This has been my apprenticeship of how to treat others the way I would like to be treated.’ This principle has overflowed onto Creative Chiropractic’s working ethic and practice to promote and encourage patients to aim for their healthy horizons. After nine years Creative Chiropractic has treated thousands of individuals of all ages from all walks of life; from farmers, accountants, carers, and GPs, to teachers, physiotherapists and fisherman, each with a health story to tell, and all being offered an individual service to suit their needs. • To find out more or if you just want to go in for a chat call the team on 01328 854325 or email You can find Creative Chiropractic at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LN.

Karen Beck, a mother of three and grandmother to three grandsons, works as a dispensary at the chemist in Burnham Market. This is her story: ‘My knee pain had been really bad for several years with trips to the hospital and x-rays telling me that my knee joint was worn with bone rubbing against bone. It was suggested that I needed a knee replacement but due to also suffering from lipoedema and lymphoedema, surgery would be a last resort. ‘Naturally, the risks were explained but if they replaced my knee and I got a subsequent infection, it could then mean leg amputation! I had been struggling with the pain slowly getting worse, so much so that I discussed with my husband either reducing my working hours or giving up work altogether. I really enjoy my job and retiring due to ill-health was something I did not want to do. ‘I spoke to a friend who suggested that I should see a chiropractor. I found the telephone number for Creative Chiropractic at Pensthorpe, gave them a call and asked if they could assist me. ‘They suggested that I go along and take advantage of their ‘free half-hour pain assessment’ to make sure it was a course of treatment I wanted to do. ‘This I did and was very impressed so I booked my first treatment a few days later. And, ‘hey presto’, when I got up off the couch I was walking pain free in my knee for the first time in ages. I was over the moon! The pain has not come back and so now I am having treatment for my ankles and feet.’ Roger Palmer, a self-employed electrician, loves sport and plays rugby. Married to Lisa, a middle distance runner, they enjoy keeping fit and staying healthy. Here is his story: At 38, I've spent the last 18 years or so struggling on and off with back pain. Early on I would visit my GP and was usually told to have a few days off work, to rest, given some form of pain relief and when needed given a Doctor’s certificate to give to my employer. I wasn't interested in staying at home, so would just get on with it. In 2014 we tragically lost my younger brother Craig at 18. Through his loss I met many new people that knew him which led to the recommendation that I seek advice from Michael at Creative Chiropractic. ‘Back then the Practice was in Holt. I remember walking up the stairs to the reception room with a hint of optimism as to whether I was going to feel any different. ‘The whole experience from the greeting on arrival to the 'have a safe journey home' was reassuring and friendly. During my appointment, Michael explained what positive effects he was looking for. ‘The ‘after care’ guidelines talked about the possible sense of 'euphoria'. The word I used when explaining it was 'thunderbird'! I felt so different from before - just walking felt easier. ‘I wasn't expecting a miracle cure neither am I saying it is, but I can definitely say that even after a few days I was still improving. My brother was a very keen rugby player and tried to get me to play with him but with the back issues I had at the time I always declined. ‘In 2015 I was able to start playing for Craig's old club in Fakenham. My first game – we won, although I did need to make a trip to the newly relocated Practice at Pensthorpe as the game had taken a bit of toll on my body! ‘Wondering how the Practice had changed I found parking really easy and a fantastic converted building. The whole Creative Chiropractic experience has been greatly enhanced and it's still all about the way you feel when you are there and the on-going effects after you leave. It’s such an incredible place. ‘I am also a regular visitor to their Reflexologist Susan who takes care of my problematic feet and Serena, the sports massage therapist who works on keeping me ache-free! ‘I’ve also encouraged Lisa to see Michael. She has really been benefiting from treatment too, great news for both of us!’


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Living Get set for an action packed autumn in North Norfolk, say Hattie Goodley and daughter Willa, with spooky half term fun, teatime treats and a little retail therapy too!



ALLOWEEN in our house is all about pumpkin carving and sticky toffee apples! These take almost less time to make than eat - always a bonus in my eyes …

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Half term high jinks


HERE’S no question that North Norfolk knows how to do Halloween in style and this October half term, there’s no shortage of exciting activities on offer. Willa and I are anxious to try out The Real Halloween at Holt Hall on Saturday 29th (12.306.30pm) and Sunday 30th October (11.30am5.30pm). Hosted by the fabulous Fairyland Trust and offering a huge array of creative and interactive ways for children to connect with nature in the autumn, it’s a must for boys and girls alike and the perfect end-of-half-term treat. Highlights include bookable workshops such as Wizard Training, the Games Arena and the story in the woods at the end of the day, followed by a fire show and the parade of animals. Tickets: adults £10, children £8.50 (under 3s free), bookable workshops £4 from From Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October (10am-5pm), Halloween crazy children visiting Holkham Hall will be able to decorate their own spooky cup cakes in the old kitchen with bats and bugs before sneaking round the Hall for the ‘haunted hall’ quiz. The Halloween Express will be running trips to the creepy crawlies, slithering snakes and spooky spiders in the walled garden and listen to the spooky stories and mystical tales on offer courtesy of Tilly the Talespinner and Fairy Folk and Fable. To top it all off, there will be a fancy dress parade plus face painting, pumpkin carving and lots more - Willa’s already planning her outfit! Tickets included in standard admission. Some

activities will incur an extra charge. From Saturday 22nd October to Tuesday 1st November (10am-5pm), children can explore the grim and gruesome side of nature at Trick or Tweet at Pensthorpe, with quizzes, puzzles, riddles, spooky crafts and a creepy crawly trail, plus pumpkins galore. Go dressed for the occasion - there will be a prize for the bestdressed fancy dressed photo booth picture. Included in standard admission. Creake Abbey Café will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday 29th October (4-7pm) with apple bobbing, gingerbread decorating, an unlucky dip and spooky walks to the nearby Creake Abbey ruins, which will begin around 5.30-6pm. £5 per child, excluding face painting and food. Booking is recommended, call 01328 730399. It’s all aboard the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway this Halloween, if you dare! They’ll be running spooky express trains on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Adult return £9, child’s return £7. Children aged four and under travel for free. Just watch out for ghouls and ghosts down the line! 01328 711630

Ingredients • 200g dark brown sugar • 55g butter • 95g whipping cream • pinch of salt • 1 tsp vanilla extract Method • In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, whipping cream, butter and salt and bring to a boil. • Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes, whisking occasionally. • Add nuts, coconut or chocolate chips to the mixture before rolling each apple in the mixture and placing on greaseproof paper to cool. • Add a wooden lolly stick to the top of each apple and chill in the fridge for an hour before eating.

grassland at Friary Hills and more. Bring your scrapbook along and collect your stickers and stamps. Head to Brancaster beach for Wild Wednesday on 26th October and 50 Things Thursday on 27th, both 10am-4pm. © National Trust

And for those in search of a non-scary, free of charge half term activity, the National Trust - Norfolk Coast’s Terrific Tuesday is taking place on the 25th October between 10am and 4pm. Meet the fantastic National Trust team at Blakeney Quay and learn how to catch a crab, go bug hunting, bird watching, explore the




Out to tea



VERY so often, all mothers deserve a break from the daily afternoon slog of putting kids’ tea on the table, and happily North Norfolk has a growing selection of pubs and restaurants offering inventive and interesting menus for children.

A little shopping… There’s more than a hint of pony fever in our household and Willa would be over the moon to be kitted out in this pink pony raincoat from Rumours Boutique, perfect for sheltering from autumnal showers on the daily dog walk. £26 ages 1-2 years up to 6-7 years. • Rumours Boutique, Holt

New to Bells and Whistles Kids this autumn are these adorable Bonnie Mob penguin playsuits in a cotton and cashmere mix with matching blankets, with a version for baby girls in pink. Playsuit £50, ages 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12 months, blanket £48, or as a set for £95. • Bells and Whistles Kids, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525676

At this point in the year, I start my hunt for stocking fillers and gifts for godchildren and Heirloom Toys & Clothing is always a good place to start. It’s refreshing to browse their lovely selection of traditional toys and I particularly like these gorgeous fabric petit fours (£7.20), which look good enough to eat and would be the crowning glory to any dolls’ tea party. • Heirloom Toys & Clothing, Burnham Market 01328 738950 and Sheringham, www.heirloomtoys Performance story-teller, Isabelle King, has written The Norfolk Story Book (£9.99), a collection of seven short stories based on seven historical objects she came across in the Norfolk Collections Centre, due to be published by The History Press in October. Beautifully illustrated by John McKeever, this is a lovely book to delve into for bedtime stories, and is going to be high on my Christmas shopping list for the various children in our life. • www.thehistorypress.


Willa and I are looking forward to trying out Shuck’s at the Yurt at Drove Orchards in Thornham which opened earlier this year and has just been listed in the 2017 Good Food Guide thanks to recommendations from the Guide’s readers. Shuck’s offers honest, seasonal, rustic food using produce from Drove Orchards’ own kitchen garden and orchards, with kids’ tea from 5pm all year round. As well as fish finger sandwiches, buildyour-own pasta dishes and buttermilk chicken burgers, Shuck’s have also created a tempting sounding Italian hot chocolate for grown-ups and cleverly included a children’s corner with colouring wall, lego, games and books. There’s also an outdoor play area complete with sand pit - what’s not to love?! • Shuck’s, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525889

The Victoria Inn, Holkham has a great children’s menu catering for very small ones with portions of cheese, apple and mashed banana as well as nursery favourites such as macaroni cheese and sausage and mash. There are also mini adult portions for those more adventurous kids! Supper is served from 6.30pm daily. As a healthy bonus, a free portion of vegetables is available with each children’s meal, and for those who gobble all their greens up, a complimentary fruit salad will magically appear for pudding. Jamie Oliver would definitely approve and so do I! • The Victoria Inn, Holkham 01328 711008




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A very eventful autumn! Diaries at the ready as Hannah Sole shares her pick of what’s on this season Blickling © National Trust Images/ Justin Minns

Hall at Harvest, Felbrigg Hall © National Trust Images

Autumn colour at Blickling Estate The dazzling displays of autumn colour are abundant throughout the gardens and parkland at Blickling. The estate walk of 4.5miles takes in all the best bits of Blickling’s ancient woodland with stunning autumnal colours. Watch out for barn owls, seen regularly hunting for food across the park.

Apple Weekend at Blickling Hall © National Trust/ Justin Minns

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October Apple Weekend, Blickling Hall Celebrate the harvest of apples and pumpkins throughout the estate. Join in the fun making a large apple mural, try fresh apple juice straight from the press and watch the cooks in the 1930s kitchen. Open 10am-5pm, with most events 11am-4pm. Saturday 1st (10am-5pm) and Sunday 2nd October (10am-1pm) Home-grown London Popup, Pocock’s the artmonger, Burnham Market Home-grown have a range of colour co-ordinated clothes for women. Each garment is individually made by tailors in India, in good and safe working conditions.

Saturday 1st to Wednesday 5th October Hall at Harvest, Felbrigg Hall Open daily from 11am till 5pm, there will be displays of fruit, vegetables and flowers from the gardens to celebrate the harvest. See the many old varieties of fruit that are still grown in the Walled Garden. Normal admission fees to the Hall apply. National Trust Members admitted free. 01263 837444 Wednesdays 5th, 12th and 19th October Deer Discovery Walk, Holkham Park Join a guided walk to learn about the herd of deer at Holkham. Suitable for all ages, well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. The walks are at 10.30am and 1pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Adult £5, child £2.50, from 01328 713111. Saturday 8th October ‘Let the Light Shine’, St Botolph’s Church, Trunch This group of 11 singers will present a programme reflecting on the subject of light in music. They’ll be joined by the players of Norfolk Winds for some of their numbers. Admission by programme, available on the door from 40 minutes before the concert, priced £10, concessions £8.

one, three, six or 10 mile walks. The one-mile walk for children has activities along the way. Prams, trikes, wheelchairs and animals on leads are welcome. Adults £5, children free. Visit www.astrofund. to download a sponsorship form or call 01485 572767. Sunday 9th October Christmas Room Launch, The Old Stores, Roydon Their Christmas room is back and even bigger! Open from 10am4pm, you can enjoy mince pies and mulled wine. It will then be fully stocked until Christmas with hundreds of new decorations and gift ideas. 01485 600591, www. Sunday 9th October Militaria Fair, Thetford Breckland Leisure Centre, Thetford With around 100 tables featuring some of the UK’s leading militaria dealers with medals, ephemera, uniforms and more. From 10am-

2pm, admission £3. Organised by Norfolk Fairs 07596 436260, Friday 14th October (first race 2.05pm) Fakenham Races Plus 26th October (first race 2.10pm), 15th November (first race 1.05pm). Enjoy a day at the races! Adults from £10, children aged 17 years and under accompanied by an adult free. Race times are provisional and subject to change. 01328 862388, Saturday 15th October A Song at Twilight, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Spend the day learning popular Victorian songs with a performance in the early evening. No experience necessary. 10am7pm, £10, Museums Pass holders £8. Free entry to the audience after 4.30pm.

Fallow Deer, Holkham © Holkham Estate

Sunday 9th October 10th Annual Norfolk Family Walk at Holkham Hall In aid of Brain Tumour Research & Support, from 10am-4pm, with



What’s on

A very eventful autumn! David Ballard will be directing the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society’s Workshop

Saturday 15th October Choral Workshop Sing ‘Nelson Mass’ by Joseph Haydn with the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society in this rehearsal workshop from scratch at The Lighthouse, Sheringham from 10am-4pm. A free event, directed by David Ballard. Followed at 5pm by an informal concert at St Peter’s Parish Church Sheringham, a free performance with retiring collection for Church funds. Book the workshop in advance on 01263 711087 or www.sheringhamandcromerchoral. This event is part of Coast Arts 2016, the expanded Coast Festival. Visit for more events. Holkham Fungi © Holkham Estate

Tuesday 18th October Fungi Foray, Holkham National Nature Reserve The pine woods provide some of Norfolk’s finest habitat for diversity and numbers of fungi. Enjoy discovering and identifying these fascinating organisms on this workshop led by Holkham’s education team specialists. From 10am to noon and 1pm-3pm. £7.50 per adult, booking is recommended as spaces are limited, call 01328 713111. Friday 28th October Circuit of Cley, NWT Cley Marshes An approximately 2.5 mile guided circuit walk around the reserve and along the shingle ridge taking in the wildlife and habitats of the coast. From 10.30am-12.30pm, NWT members £3.50, non-



members £5. Booking is essential, call 01263 740008. Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October Norfolk Inspirational Craft Events Craft Fair, Thornham Village Hall With handmade items including stained and fused glass, jewellery and photography sold by their makers. Free entry but donations welcome for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Open 10am-4pm. Friday 4th November Kansas Smitty’s Big Four Jump Band, The Hoste, Burnham Market Part of The Hoste of Jazz season, which continues on 25th November with DixieMix and 9th December with Jazz at the Movies Swinging Christmas. From 7pm, tickets £55 per person per event including a three-course dinner. Please book on 01328 738777. Thursday 10th November Theatrical Niche Ltd presents Dr Faustus, Auden Theatre Acclaimed Company Director Venetia Twigg directs this production set in the world’s most famous circus, whilst the devilish Theatrical Niche puppets wander the stage. 7.30pm, suitable for ages 12+. Tickets £10, concessions £8 from 01263 713444. Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th November Legally Blonde - The Musical, King’s Lynn Arts Centre Performed by the awardwinning King’s Lynn Players at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £14.50, concessions £13.50 from www. kingslynncornexchange. or the Box Office, 01553 764864. Saturday 19th November Burnham Market Christmas Lights Switch On Join your favourite Disney characters from 4-6pm to make it the loudest countdown in the county at 6pm.

Dr Faustus

Sunday 20th November Antiques Fair, Dunston Hall Hotel, Ipswich Road, Norwich With around 35 dealers offering quality items all pre-dating 1940 from fine jewellery, silver and ceramics to clocks and watches, bronzes and small furniture. From 10.30am4pm, admission £3. Organised by Norfolk Fairs 07596 436260,

1.5-hour guided walk on the Point. Adult £22, child £12, booking essential on 0844 2491895 or at

Sunday 20th November (9.30am12.30pm), Monday 21st November (10.15am-1.15pm), Tuesday 22nd November (11.15am2.15pm) Blakeney Point Guided Seal Pup Tour Hop on a Bean’s boat trip with a National Trust ranger and seal volunteers for an exclusive landing on Blakeney Point during the Grey Seal pupping season including a

Sunday 27th November Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange ‘The Music of War’ concert at 3.30pm is given in remembrance of those who died at the Battle of the Somme. The programme features Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody’, Ravel’s ‘Piano Concerto for the Left Hand’ and Nielsen’s ‘Symphony No.4 - The Inextinguishable’. Tickets £16 from 01553 764864 or www., with free tickets for the under 18s.

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Sunday 2nd October Drove Orchards Apple Day, 10am-4pm Head along to Drove Orchards, Thornham for stalls, Drove Orchards apple juice and heritage apple tastings, Pick Your Own, plus a guided walk in Drove’s East Anglian Heritage Orchards. Walk time to be conďŹ rmed at Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October The RNLI Fish Supper Meet up for a ďŹ sh supper with family and friends in support of the volunteers who make up 95% of the RNLI, men and women often called away from their dinner tables at a moment’s notice to answer rescue calls. Cromer Lifeboat Crew and Executive Chef at The Great Hospital, Charlie Hodson says: ‘Fish Supper will help raise awareness of the work we do and also highlight that behind every crew member is a family, who waits patiently for the return of their loved ones. ‘I encourage everyone to get together and cook up a ďŹ sh feast of their own, whatever their cooking ability may be.’ Charlie Hodson with other crew To ďŹ nd out more visit members of Cromer LifeboatďŹ shsupper




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A salad for all seasons This spiced chickpea and couscous salad is delicious served either on its own or as a side dish with grilled fish, chicken or even some tasty local venison, says our resident chef and cookery school proprietor, Na Hansell

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Take five! Here are five of my seasonal stars plus some of my favourite ways to serve them, writes Na Hansell Kale: blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes then plunge into cold water. Drain and squeeze out the excess water or spin in a salad spinner. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge then it’s ready to toss a handful into a salad or casserole, or add to a speedy stir-fry. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper.


T’S a good dish to perk up a bonfire party too - try it with some grilled sausages tossed in mango chutney. Here I have used giant couscous or maftoul, a traditional Palestinian product, similar to couscous but with larger grains. It is made from bulgur wheat, which is sun-dried then rolled. It takes a little longer to cook than the small grain couscous. Simmer it in boiling water or stock for 5 to 10 minutes then drain and cool. Grains like couscous, bulgur wheat, freekeh, quinoa and maftoul are all, I think, better when combined with plenty of herbs and finely chopped vegetables and flavourings. I usually aim to have about the same amount of grains as I do other ingredients, which keeps these salads light to eat and great for helping us eat more vegetables. For this recipe, it’s fine to use the smaller grain couscous or quinoa too.

What you need…

Serves 6 • 225g giant whole couscous (or plain couscous) • 1 x 400g tin cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated or finely chopped • 10g root ginger, grated • 30g onion (about a quarter of an onion) • 25g roasted cashews (or dry roasted peanuts if you prefer) • 1 tbsp curry powder • a small packet or handful of fresh coriander leaves • salt and pepper to season

How to make it… • Mix the grains with the chickpeas, add the grated carrot, ginger and finely chopped onion or a few spring onions, to give it some ‘bite’, then some roasted cashews or peanuts for richness and crunch. • Season with a tablespoon of curry powder, half a teaspoon of salt and pepper and mix in a small handful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped. • To make this even speedier to assemble, use a pouch of ready cooked grains such as mixed grains, which provide all the taste and texture without taking any time to cook. These are best served warm.



Beetroot: simply grate some raw beetroot, peel it if the skin is thick otherwise just give it a scrub, season with a splash of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and mix in some finely chopped dill and dried cranberries. Squash and pumpkin: best roasted simply halve or quarter, scoop out the seeds, add a knob of butter and roast until tender. Cool and store to use as needed - just scoop a little to add to a salad of rocket, spinach, toasted pine nuts and maybe some pomegranate seeds, or make into a quick soup, just scoop out the cooked flesh and discard the skin. Mussels: I love the way my kitchen suddenly smells like a restaurant, just steam them in a big pan with a glass of wine (in the pan) and finish with cream, chopped parsley and seasoning. Bramley apples: just core and stuff with a spoonful or two of mincemeat and bake in the oven at 180°C for 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with Greek yogurt or thick double cream if you are feeling more decadent.



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Using locally sourced ingredients of the finest quality, each week our Chefs will produce Pies and Casseroles to delight and surprise


WILD & FORAGED Sourcing game from the estates of Kelling, Holkham and Houghton, top quality game accompanied by treats from the field and forest.


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Our Handmade Burger evening. Different varieties of burgers using local sourced top quality mince accompanied by Chef’s secret relish recipes and homemade fries.


Fish &ChipS Supper Our award winning fish supper, fresh cod delivered directly from Grimsby Dock, served with sloppy fresh minted peas, chips and homemade tartar sauce.

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Out to lunch! We road test two local lunch spots with great walks nearby


FRIEND and I headed along the coast in glorious sunshine for lunch at the recently refurbished Chequers Inn, Thornham. There’s a traditional bar and stylish restaurant, but we headed out to dine alfresco in the courtyard. Offering relaxed and gourmet dining including homemade pizzas and à la carte menu, The Chequers serves lunch and dinner daily. Menus reflect the seasons and feature local produce where possible. We started by sharing three tapas dishes, Chequers style for £10. After deliberating, we agreed on the cider braised Tim Allen’s crispy pork belly with apple compote, the intriguing lotus root crisps, lightly dusted with curry powder and the Wells crab and spring onion beignet with dill aioli. They were, quite simply, delicious. Next up, the mains. My friend plumped for the pan-seared fillet of locally caught sea bass, with gnocchi, chorizo chilli squid and citrus and coriander gel (£17.25). I went for pan-roasted breast of Norfolk chicken with heirloom tomato salsa, crispy polenta, black olives and basil (£15.95). Both were a hit. With such generous portions we wavered about dessert. But in the name of research we shared a portion of crème brûlée with orange and thyme shortbread plus Ovaltine ice cream (£6.95), a great combination of flavours. Post-lunch, we were in need of exercise, and the walk from Thornham harbour to the beach is a favourite (know what the tides are doing if you park down at the harbour). • The Chequers Inn, 01485 512229 Brent Geese at Thornham Creek ©


EXT to the Norfolk Coast Path, Artemis Coffee Shop in Cley is a great pit stop for walkers, and serves light lunches (they’re closed on Tuesdays outside of school holidays. Artemis shuts from the end of the Christmas holidays until a week before the Easter holidays). With their new lunch offering described as ‘Café Classics with a Middle Eastern twist’, four of us headed for their terrace with fantastic views over the reed bed and ordered two of their mezze platters (£11.95 per platter), perfect for sociable sharing. We weren’t disappointed. The platter includes homemade Middle Eastern style hummus with za’atar herb mix and drizzled with olive oil, piyaz (Turkish white bean salad), roasted carrot salad, Yemeni style pickled cucumbers plus pitta bread. We tucked in, enjoying each yummy, flavourful dish. For a post-lunch stroll, the Artemis team recommend taking the Coast Path to Blakeney or walking through the village to Cley beach. • Artemis Coffee Shop, 01263 741674

In the kitchen

With pheasant coming into season in October, Neil Rutland, head chef at The Norfolk Riddle, shares his recipe for pheasant and potato terrine with honeyed parsnip purée Ingredients • 6 pheasant breasts cooked and cooled • 10 cooked and sliced new potatoes • 1 pint rich pheasant stock • 3 leaves of bronze gelatin • 6 slices of Parma or prosciutto ham • 4 parsnips • 100ml vegetable stock • 50g unsalted butter • 100ml double cream • 2tbsp of clear honey • 2 slices of ciabatta per person • Frisee lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes and pea shoots to garnish Method • Line a 20cm x 6cm loaf tin with cling film. Lay the Parma ham overlapping from the centre up the sides of the tin, making sure some overhangs the edges to fold over later. • Slice the cooked pheasant breasts into 1cm thick strips. Heat the stock and melt the gelatin into it. • Layer up the pheasant and potatoes, adding stock in between each layer until the tin is filled to the top. • Pour any remaining stock into the tin. Fold the overhanging pieces of Parma ham, to seal the top of the terrine. • Cover with another layer of cling film and set in the fridge overnight. • About an hour before you wish to serve, peel and core the parsnips. Roughly dice and boil them in the vegetable stock until well cooked. Heat the butter, double cream and honey together in a pan until slightly reduced and thickened. • Blend the cooked parsnips with this mix until it forms a smooth purée, season to taste with salt and powdered fenugreek. • Chargrill the slices of ciabatta. Use a tablespoon of parsnip purée to create a swipe across the plate. Slice the terrine into 2cm thick slices and carefully place it on top of the parsnip purée. Add the lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, pea shoots and ciabatta. • The Norfolk Riddle, Walsingham 01328 821903 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2016


Out & About

Burnham Overy Staithe to Holkham

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This beautiful coastal walk includes – a quay and tidal creek, salt marshes, mud flats, sand dunes and a mile-long (actually a two miles long) beach of glorious, golden sand.

POINTS OF INTEREST Burnham Overy Staithe is a popular spot for dinghy sailing and a good place to hire kayaks. It has a chandlery. Scolt Head Island (yes, it really is an island!) is a project for another day. A mile due N, there is usually a ferry that runs around high tide. It’s a National Nature Reserve so a great place for spotting wildlife, and is almost always deserted. Gun Hill, the rise on your left (W) as you approach the sea along the sea wall, is the spot where artillery was installed during the Napoleonic Wars. Holkham Beach is consistently voted as one of the Top 10 beaches in the UK, and is often used as a film set; perhaps most famously for the final scenes of Shakespeare in Love (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow.



WALK DATA Distance: 7 kms (4 3/8 miles) Typical time: 1 3/4 hrs Height gain: none Map: OS Landranger 132 NE Norfolk Start: Coasthopper Bus Stop: Burnham Overy Staithe, Hero Pub Finish: Coasthopper Bus Stop: Holkham, Victoria Inn Terrain: Straightforward Norfolk Coast Path: This route follows the Norfolk Coast Path until it reaches Lady Anne’s Drive towards the end of the walk

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Head down East Harbour Way to the quay from the bus stop, and turn right (E) on reaching it, following the coast path along the sea wall, which heads NE alongside Overy Creek toward the sea. Follow this track through its various twists and turns, eventually becoming a boardwalk and going N through the dunes Coming out through a gap in the dunes, you reach the W end of the majestic Holkham beach. Turn right (E) along the beach and enjoy a walk along the sand for the next 3kms or so until you come to the Holkham Gap, which is the main entrance to the beach. You will recognise where to come off the beach as at this point the beach has an inland ‘V’ (often rather muddy) which funnels towards the Holkham Gap – you will also probably see several people emerging at this point, from the car park in Lady Anne’s Drive Climb the steps, head through the Holkham Gap off the beach and, following a boardwalk through the pine trees, you will soon come to the top of Lady Anne’s Drive Head down the drive to the coast road; and the bus stop back to Burnham is 100 metres or so to your left.


PIT STOPS The Hero, Burnham Overy Staithe, right by the bus stop (PE31 8JE) serves homemade dishes, using local produce. It has a cosy ambience. 01328 738334



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ime Tree Lodge has recently been chosen as the 2016 winner of the Best Individual New Home in the regional Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards for East Anglia. Fakenham-based Grocott & Murfit along with the project architects Parsons + Whittley, will go forward to the grand final in London in November. The project has also earned Grocott & Murfitt a 2016 Norfolk Association of Architects Craftsmanship Award and to top it off, Lime Tree Lodge was shortlisted in the Rural Category of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2016. Grocott & Murfit was set up by friends Daniel Grocott and Jody Murfit back in 2007, combining Daniel’s architectural and design background with Jody’s practical construction experience, to create a design led construction company. Now employing 50 people, the company offers a complete building service from design to completion, from new builds and refurbishments to extensions, joinery services and bespoke kitchens and bathrooms. Daniel says: ‘Jody and I started the company off the back of our friendship and on the strength of the fact we worked so well together. We both enjoy challenging and interesting projects, and particularly like incorporating traditional craftsmanship with cutting edge technologies and modern building design.’ So Lime Tree Lodge, their first Passivhaus project, was an ideal challenge for Grocott & Murfit. Passivhaus buildings focus on comfort and on using very little energy for heating and cooling. They are also built with strict attention to detail, design and construction, according

to The Passivhaus Standard developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. This can be applied to commercial, residential, industrial and public buildings. A retirement bungalow in Swaffham, Lime Tree Lodge was designed by Parson + Whittley Architects to Passivhaus standards. A protected lime tree and the size of the plot meant the bungalow needed to be arc-shaped around the tree, which is central to the design and which also gave opportunities to utilize its shade for energy efficiency. The outside of the arc is built in brick to harmonize with the surrounding buildings, the inside is faced with Siberian larch, referencing the lime tree at its centre. ‘The main challenge of a Passivhaus build is adhering to the meticulous attention to detail that is required throughout every stage,’ says Daniel. ‘We enjoyed the whole Passivhaus process, from the minute details of the design to the innovative selection of materials. The importance of temperature control and energy efficiency was also a big aspect of the build, which we will be able to carry forward on our future projects. ‘Looking forward, we have a busy time ahead of us. We have a varied and exciting selection of refurbishments and new builds, which will incorporate many of Grocott & Murfit’s signature themes such as unique design, energy efficiency and conservation, with high levels of craftsmanship and a particular emphasis on attention to detail.’ • Grocott & Murfit Ltd. Hawthorn Way, Clipbush Business Park, Fakenham, NR21 8SX 01328 851420

‘The quality of construction seems to us to have matched that of the design. Jody and his team have converted Parsons + Whittley Architects’ designs into an aesthetically pleasing and beautifully constructed building. ‘The quality of their craftsmanship is of a very high order and we are not surprised that it has been nominated for an award. Jody and Daniel have put together a team whose great skill and attention to detail is excellent and whose constantly cheerful and positive approach always lifted our spirits. ‘Dan’s contribution has been enormous and his calm approach and thoroughness have helped us through some difficult times.’ Rob and Jane, owners of Lime Tree Lodge



Barefoot Living, a brand new luxury home and lifestyle store brought to you by the owner of Barefoot Retreats and Estates opened its stylish doors in Burnham Market for the first time just a few weeks ago.

many customers returned year on year to this popular North Norfolk destination. ‘People always asked me when I would be returning to Burnham Market and I am delighted to finally be able to say I’m back and here to stay,’ says Emma. ‘Burnham was my home for so many years and holds many amazing memories for me, so it is really lovely to come back and be doing something of my own this time around. I am really looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces again in the store and welcoming new ones too’. The new store certainly reflects the laid-back luxury style and nature of the now well-established ‘Barefoot’ brand and introduces a unique and fresh approach to shopping for your home.

Emma Tagg, owner of Barefoot Estates a new independent estate agency and luxury holiday cottage rental agency Barefoot Retreats, has just embarked on a new adventure. This summer Emma and her team headed home to where her heart truly lies with the opening of an exciting new home and lifestyle store in Burnham Market. Emma has always loved Burnham Market and spent over 20 years there running one of Norfolk’s most popular independent hotels, The Hoste Arms. Emma has a wealth of local knowledge and her outstanding customer service was why so


As always, Emma and her team at Barefoot Living, headed up by Store Manager Emily Roberts, will provide an exceptional customer experience and Emily’s attention to detail will help transform your home. Barefoot Living showcases a wide variety of beautifully designed and unique pieces for your home as well as gorgeous gifts and textiles. Emily says: ‘Our aim has been to stock affordable but edgy and different products that people may not find elsewhere. We

want people to be able to pop into Barefoot Living and be able to walk out with the perfect gift for their loved one. We are so appreciative of all the support and positive feedback we have received during our first few weeks of opening.’ ‘We wanted to offer another string to our Barefoot bow,’ says Emma. ‘We started with Barefoot Retreats a few years ago offering boutique hotel style rental properties which quickly became really popular and due to client demand we then introduced Barefoot Estates, which offers our customers an exciting and innovative approach to property sales. ‘Barefoot Living complements these two businesses really well and we can now offer an even more dedicated styling and interiors service for our properties in the store,’ explains Emma. With this exciting expansion the Barefoot team has also grown. ‘Each business has its own highly experienced and dedicated manager overseeing the day to day activities,’ explains Emma. ‘I am very proud to have such an enthusiastic team by my side, many of whom I have worked with for several years.’ Find Barefoot Living at Church House, Overy Road, Burnham Market PE31 8HH, next to the Burnham Market Stores. Contact the team on 01328 738399. Open Monday to Saturday.

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Shades of autumn As the nights really start drawing in, why not embrace the season and add a dash of autumnal colour to your home Callista collection by Harlequin, a collaboration with designer Clarissa Hulse. Harlequin stockist no 0845 1236805 www.harlequin. Fabrics from £88 per metre at The Old Stores, Roydon

Origins Pisa copper cafetière £18, Barefoot Living

Camp rug £130, Nomad & the bowerbird

Anne by the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co. Double from £3,495

Barcelona teapot £15, Barefoot Living

Layers vase small £9.95, medium £13.50, large £16.75, Birdie Fortescue

Paddywax Ember & Resin Gilt candle £26, Nomad & the bowerbird

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Shades of autumn Stone pattern bowl on stand £55, faux fruits from £2.75, Tatty Tides

Hand thrown vase £48, Bringing the outside in, Wells-next-the-Sea

Above: Handcrafted rustic elm coffee table £2250, Arcadia Home Interiors Below: Pheasant and fox cushions £60 each, from a selection at The Red Dot Gallery

Left: Mohair throw £140, Moochi Modo Below: Ceramic glazed bowl £15, handmade ceramic plate £17 and cup £7, Bringing the outside in, Holkham

Lighting up time

Antique copper and brass fire extinguisher lamp £275, large oval brown linen drum shade with black suede trim £65, both from Utopia Glass lamp base £129, rattan shade £32, both from Birdie Fortescue

Bocci light pendant from the 28 range £1295, Arcadia Home Interiors



Norfolk lantern £35, Joyful Living

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Seasonal stunners

Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’

Autumn is the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ when those boom and bust mid-summer blooms have long since spent themselves. But there’s still plenty of autumn interest to plant out, say Ian and Catherine Mullard of Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery


O why not introduce a few of these early autumn smashers to keep your borders blooming for a little while longer. Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’: a must have for any self-respecting coastal garden. With its beautiful steel blue thistles and violet purple stems, this sea holly will add drama and vivid colour to any garden. Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’: with fabulous ‘old gold’ yellow flowers shooting out of beautiful fern-like foliage, this lovely late summer perennial is drought resistant, plus deer and rabbit proof to boot! Miscanthus sinensis (zebra grass): this graceful grass will lift any border into the designer league, producing a fountain of striking striped leaves in spring followed by silky, copper flower spikes in late summer. If you want to create a dramatic autumnal backdrop for late flowering border

perennials, then this is the grass for you. Teucrium chamaedrys (wall germander): much loved by herbalists, this is a gorgeous aromatic perennial with small dark green oak-like leaves, perfect for pollinators. It produces spikes of small magenta flowers in late summer/ early autumn. Later on as the clocks go back and with the nights drawing in, it’s time for tidying up, chopping back and clearing the decks. Most of all remember that your soil is your most precious commodity, so start digging in compost, manure and organic matter (leaf mould is our absolute favourite) to charge your soil full of goodness ready for next spring. • Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery, Drove Orchards, Thornham

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Property matters Two local estate agents share their views on the state of the North Norfolk property market KIRSTY WAINWRIGHT, BAREFOOT ESTATES: ‘Now that the dust has settled, it is clear that the crisis predicted during the Brexit campaign has not materialised. There was moment of quiet after the result was revealed, but that was over quickly and we began to see an increase in people taking staycations and buyers seeking a second home. ‘The introduction of the stamp duty surcharge earlier this year has not deterred those seeking a second home amidst the backdrop of our stunning landscape from moving forward with their plans. ‘At Barefoot Estates we are seeing a constant stream of supply and demand. As we move into autumn, our confidence in the local property market is only growing.’ • Barefoot Estates, 01485 512638



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5 Littleport Cottages, Sedgeford £290,000, Barefoot Estates Three bedroom house, Bellview Close, Briston, offers in excess of £185,000, The Norfolk Agents

Three bedroom property, Ringstead £399,950, The Norfolk Agents

ROSS NICHOLAS, THE NORFOLK AGENTS ‘There was undoubtedly a bit of a lull in activity following the outcome of the EU referendum, particularly in the higher price ranges; however, confidence appears to be flooding back with a notable increase in viewing levels across the board throughout August. ‘Generally speaking we rely on buyers from out of the county in the higher price ranges, many of whom appear to have greater concerns about the potential repercussions of Brexit. We have encountered several applicants from the London area who have either lost their own buyers or are considering their own position. ‘This is not a sentiment shared by local buyers and sellers, the majority of whom believe that normality will resume once the dust settles. ‘In the lower price ranges, the market continues to move quickly with the main challenges relating to inadequate levels of stock rather than a shortage of quality buyers.’ • The Norfolk Agents, 0808 1689134


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Challenging a Will Following a person’s death their Estate will be distributed in accordance with their Will, if they LEZIQEHISRI.XMWSJXIREXXLMWTSMRXXLEXMXFIGSQIWETTEVIRXMJSRISVQSVISJXLIFIRIǻGMEVMIW believes that the Will is invalid and/or wishes to contest its provisions, says Janet Lane of Fraser Dawbarns LLP


eople have different reasons for challenging a Will. Some people contest a Will because they believe that it does not represent the testator’s true wishes or perhaps because it was out of character for the testator. Sometimes it is because there is a suggestion that the testator lacked capacity at the time the Will was made or pressure was put on the testator to make the Will in a certain way. Others bring a claim because they have not been provided for in a Will when circumstances suggest that the testator should have provided for them. THE COMMON GROUNDS FOR CHALLENGING A WILL ARE: • The testator did not have the appropriate mental capacity at the time of making the Will. To be valid the testator must understand that he is making a Will and its effects. He must also understand the extent of the property of which he is disposing. • Someone coerced the testator into making the Will. If undue pressure has been put on a testator to make a Will in particular terms then it may not be valid. For a Will to be invalid the testator’s free will must have been overcome by someone else. • The Will is a forgery. This is a serious allegation and hard to prove. However, if there is sufficient evidence to show that the Will is a forgery then it will be invalid. • The Will was not signed in accordance with the correct legal formalities. A Will must be signed by the person who made it in the presence of two or more witnesses. The witnesses should then sign the Will in the presence of the testator. • The testator should have made provision

for someone not mentioned in the Will or have made insufficient provision for a beneficiary. In these circumstances the claimant is not actually saying that the Will is invalid but rather that the testator did not provide for them when they should have done so. • The testator made promises to you, on which you relied to your detriment. Such a claim would be brought if the testator made a promise that you would inherit when he died and you relied on this promise to your detriment. Whilst the majority of Wills are not contested, it has become increasingly common for people to challenge Wills where they think that they are not valid, or to make claims against a testator’s Estate where they believe financial provision should have been made for them. It is now more usual for people to live for a long time with illnesses such as dementia, which may affect their capacity to make a valid will. Increased public awareness has also made litigation more acceptable and you should not be afraid to consider challenging a Will that you believe to be invalid. If the deceased did not leave a Will their Estate will pass in accordance with the rules of intestacy. A challenge can be made to the operation of the rules of intestacy if you feel that the rules do not make reasonable financial provision for you. Contentious probate is a specialist area of legal practice which deals with challenges to a Will or the making of a claim against the Estate of a person who has died. If you wish to contest a Will or believe that you may have a claim against a person’s Estate then you should consult a solicitor who specialises in this area of law. This article aims to supply general information, but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek our specific advice. Fraser Dawbarns LLP are always happy to provide such advice. • If you require further advice on this matter, please contact Janet Lane, a specialist in this area of law, at Fraser Dawbarns LLP, 21 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn. 01553 666600



On the road Brian Vertigen puts the all-new Vauxhall Astra through its paces


HE Vauxhall Astra made its first appearance back in 1979. Now we have the seventh version of this car and it is making its presence felt. It comes with a new platform, some 200kg lighter and although it is smaller on the outside it is bigger inside, coupled with a new look and loads of new technology. The new Astra has won many awards including European Car of the Year 2016, What Car’s Best Family Car of the Year 2016 and Auto Express’ Compact Family Car of the Year. So it seemed only right that I should try the car myself. With the help of Andrew Parsons, general manager of local Vauxhall dealers, Thurlow Nunn, I spent a very enjoyable few hours at the wheel. Surprisingly he laid on the smallest engine version, the one litre three cylinder 105PS turbo start eco flex. I could not believe the power that this little engine pushed out, thanks mainly to the very efficient turbo that cut in when demanded. It produced enough power to take the car to 60mph in under 11 seconds and a claimed top speed of 124mph. The interior has been completely redesigned, with much neater controls that have a solid feel and the overall quality inside is much improved. The ride quality is good too. The little engine has plenty of torque and the smooth gear changes are impressive, coupled with strong brakes and light steering. The car is good for motorway cruising, town use and on Norfolk’s country roads. As well as the one litre, there are four other petrol engines from 105PS to 200PS and three diesels: 110, 136 and 160PS. There are five trim levels, with even the entry level giving alloy wheels, air conditioning, a 7 inch touch screen, Bluetooth and cruise control. Move up and the car is fitted with Vauxhall’s unique OnStar system. This works 24/7, 365 days a year and puts you in touch with a person, not a machine. It will automatically call for help in the event of an accident or even direct you to the nearest supermarket; in fact it does so many things it has its own manual to explain them. Although this car is shorter and smaller overall, the interior is roomier. The large boot will hold 370 litres of luggage or 1210 litres with the rear seats lowered. Overall this is a well-rounded, good value Price of test car: £18,745. Other models family hatch that offers plenty of room, good from £15,295 to £20,269 performance, low running costs and at an Top Speed (test car): 124mph affordable price. Acceleration to 62mph: 10.4 seconds • Thurlow Nunn, Fakenham 01328 850000, Combined fuel consumption: 67mpg Holt 01263 713206 CO2 emissions: 99g/km

Fact file



Branch Lines


Y the end of the 19th century, the railway had reached most parts of East Anglia. Extensive dock lines were built serving the agricultural, brewing, fishing and holiday traffic. In particular there was a 33-mile long line from Wymondham through to Wells-next-the Sea, opening to goods traffic in 1846 and passengers a few months later. King’s Lynn author Andy T. Wallis has traced the rise and fall of this line in his new book, The Branch Lines of East Anglia: Wymondham to Wells-next-the-Sea Branch (Amberley, £12.99), accompanied by a fascinating collection of illustrations of the stations along the line in both the steam era and what remains today. Although no longer part of the national network, some 17 miles of the line is under the control of the Mid Norfolk Railway and some four miles forms The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway. Other sections have been saved for possible future expansion between County School and Fakenham.


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A pause for thought Alan Tutt steps back in time on his visit to the Iron Age hill fort, Warham Camp


OMETIMES you can sit in a deserted landscape and keenly imagine what it would have been like to live there several thousand years ago. One such spot is the Iron Age hill fort of Warham Camp, which lies south of the North Norfolk village of Warham, hidden in an anonymous field, just offcentre from the Stiffkey-Wells coast road. There are a handful of such forts in Norfolk - Thetford, Holkham, Narborough and South Creake - but the best preserved and most atmospheric, is Warham. The others are all to a greater or lesser degree, disadvantaged: Thetford merges into its medieval castle, South Creake ploughed to near extinction, Narborough submerged by woods and Holkham swallowed up by salt marsh. Warham Camp dominates its position and, when newly built, the uncovered white chalk would have shimmered provocatively in the sunlight, the watching warriors on its parapets scanning the horizon for foes, daring them to challenge its supreme position. Though a little off the beaten track, the fort is free for the public to access. Go south from The Three Horseshoes Inn in Warham, over a small bridge, then right, through a gate, over a stile, down an overgrown footpath, laden with blackberries and other hedgerow fruits when I visited at summer’s end, another stile and, breathtakingly, there it lies.



The two concentric earthwork ramparts with a heart of chalk rubble, and their related deeply dug ditches remain impressive, though flattened a little by time. There would have been wooden platforms and a palisade for enemies to contend with too. Originally it would have been completely circular but it is now a horseshoe shape, intersected by the River Stiffkey on its way to meet the sea between Stiffkey and Morston. The river was diverted from its natural course several hundred years ago. An 18th century map shows the fort ring intact. This defensive outcrop stares intimidatingly out across the valley, commanding 360° elevated views across a vista barely changed in millennia. The ‘camp’ lies close to a barrow, or burial mound, named Fiddler’s Hill, and is known locally and affectionately as Danish Camp, perhaps a folk memory of a sort, that the fort was reoccupied and reused by the Viking invaders in their British incursions. Roman pottery fragments and detritus have been found in and around the site, so they were here as well, way before the Norsemen. Many holm oaks grow, though not as plentiful as the rabbits the Romans brought with them. There is speculation that the Iceni were in occupation. The story of Boudica is a brave but tragic one. Her sack of Camulodunum (modern Colchester), Verulamium (St Albans) and

Londinium brought brutal Roman retribution. Perhaps Warham was abandoned after Boudica’s defeat and annihilation by Suetonius, the Roman governor of Britain, at The Battle of Watling Street, marking the end of her tribal uprising in AD61. Fast-forward to today and the site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with chalk grasslands providing a home for wildflowers, insects and butterflies, a mecca for nature lovers. If you time it right, you could see species including chalkhill blue and brown argus butterflies, common rock-roses, pyramidal orchids, large wild thyme and quaking grass. I return on an autumnal day, a hoar frost lies over this exposed site, the memory of a summer picnic now faded, like the dead peoples of the past. The raking low light is unearthly and it’s still a special place to absorb history. I kick over a molehill in the hope of a potsherd, to no avail. Warham remains a peaceful and evocative place whose significance we may never fully know. Perhaps future archaeology will uncover more secrets. It is certainly well worth preserving, a rare place, where one can find tranquillity in a helterskelter modern world. • Aerial Photography by Drift Media Ltd,

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North Norfolk Living Magazine Autumn 2016  
North Norfolk Living Magazine Autumn 2016