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Norfolk Autumn 2018

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Autumn 2018


ELCOME to the autumn issue of North Norfolk Living. After a glorious summer, the hedgerows are laden with jewel-like berries and I’m looking forward to my favourite things about autumn in North Norfolk – the return of the pink-footed geese, the leaves turning and of course, the start of the new mussel season. Despite coming from a local fishing family, I am the only member who eats them. There’s plenty to look forward to in this issue, with our fashion team doing traditional country with a modern twist at beautiful Brinton Hall, featuring outfits from local shops and boutiques. We’ve interiors inspiration and arts news aplenty, Sarah Whittley catches up with local film-maker Martin Hayward Smith and invites us to Go Wild, to celebrate North Norfolk’s wildlife in autumn. But with the approaching centenary of the end of the First World War, we’re also looking back, as Alan Tutt reflects on the impact this conflict had on our county, on remembrance and loss. In the midst of our autumns, let’s pause to remember too.

Amda Loose Editor

Front cover image: Fallow deer at Holkham by Stephen Clark of Pebbles Photography, Thanks to Holkham Estate for allowing us to use this image

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What’s on, what’s good and where to go


Sarah Whittley catches up with North Norfolk based wildlife film-maker, photographer and author, Martin Hayward Smith

10-11 PEOPLE

As the world commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, Alan Tutt reflects on the devastating impact this conflict had in Norfolk

13-16 ARTS

News from the local arts scene and exhibitions galore


Thoroughly modern vintage! This season it’s all about traditional country with a contemporary twist, says fashion editor Katy Coe


Get organised for your big day with our ultimate checklist


It’s all about face for us this season, while Harriet Cooper finds out why it’s cool to be kind


Go Wild with Sarah Whittley this autumn, plus exploring the wildlife in our local churchyards

39-48 LIVING

Interiors news, light up a room and reboot your hallway storage, green-fingered tips and inspiration from Fiona Cumberpatch, and get in the know with our experts

53-58 FOOD & DRINK

The latest news from the foodie scene, and Harriet Cooper feasts on North Norfolk street food


Halloween high jinks and more with Hattie Goodley and her little imps, Willa and Maud


We fill your autumn diary so you don’t have to!


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Festive forward planning Holkham has a cracker of a Christmas events programme lined-up again this year, with festive favourites including An Audience With Father Christmas, craft workshops and seasonal music. Foodies will be in for a treat too at Holkham’s Festive Food Fair on 15 and 16 December. It’s a great opportunity to stock up for Christmas from local and regional producers – and tick a few gifts off your list. Charlie Hodson of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes will be hosting a cookery theatre with a difference. The annual Candlelight Tours round the Hall © Holkham Estate are a truly magical experience. Visitors are guided through the state rooms which have been transformed into a Christmas wonderland – you’re sure to leave feeling very festive! Booking is only available online for this event which is held on various dates from 29 November to 17 December. Visit for more details and to book.

Screen time

Screen-next-the-Sea at Wells Maltings are screening the animation Isle of Dogs (PG) on 24 September, directed by Wes Anderson (7pm; £6.50 from 01328 839000 or Next up is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A), starring Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matthew Goode, showing at North Creake Village Hall on 9 October (7.30pm; £5 from 07905 805388 or and Stanhoe Village Screen on 17 October (7.30pm at Stanhoe Village Hall; £5. Then it’s On Chesil Beach (15), based on the novella by Ian McEwan at Amy Robsart Village Hall, Syderstone on 27 October (7.30pm; £3.50 in advance from 01485 578171 or £4 on the door). Finally, don’t miss The Bookshop (PG) about a free-spirited widow who opens a bookshop in an East Anglian town, on 7 November at Thornham Village Hall, (7.30pm; £5 from 07818 028687). Details correct at the time of going to press.

Spotted by Richard Campey (he hopes!)

Mega rarity, the red-flanked bluetail is a bird that most birders strive to find in Norfolk in autumn. This species greatly resembles the British Robin in terms of its size, however its plumage is very different. All plumages have a blue tail, orange flanks and a clearly defined white throat patch. The darker areas on male birds turn bright blue in spring. In terms of behaviour, it’s very similar to a common redstart, with repetitive tail flicking and a reluctance to settle in one place for too long. The red-flanked bluetail breeds throughout Siberia, all the way east to Kamchatka and south to Japan. However, in recent times their breeding range has moved west into Finland, and this has led to a significant increase in birds arriving in the UK in autumn. They spend the winter in south-eastern Asia, India, the Himalayas and Taiwan. In the last 10 years there has been at least one red-flanked bluetail in Norfolk in the autumn, so keep your eyes peeled!

My North Norfolk Living This season Chris Bensley, General Manager at Barefoot Retreats, is looking forward to…

Eating out at: with so many wonderful options, it’s sometimes hard to choose. However, if I’m pushed I’d say the Duck in Stanhoe or The Brisley Bell. Stocking up at: Humble Pie in Burnham Market, finding something nice for lunch; for the evenings, Gurneys fishmongers in Burnham Market or Papworth Butchers in Fakenham. Mark and Rosie at The Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton offer a superb © Jake Eastham selection of local produce special mention goes to their deli counter! Shopping at: how could I not say Barefoot Living! Drove Orchards, Thornham, and Mable’s Sweet Shop in Burnham Market for a natter with Jane (and some testers on the sweets). Booking in at: West Acre Theatre has gone from strength to strength, and is always worth a look. Exploring: Burnham Overy Staithe beach to get away and to see exciting wildlife. Castle Acre for walks along the river Nar and through the Norman castle ruins. Staying at: if not a Barefoot Retreat, then The White House at Sussex Farm, Burnham Market (pictured), or Strattons Hotel in Swaffham. Barefoot Retreats, Burnham Market, 01328 730383

© Richard Campey

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What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go! Out to lunch (and dinner!) Lucy Downing shares a few of her favourite things about Norfolk Restaurant Week “It’s the best opportunity on the Norfolk foodie calendar to meet up with friends, try out a new restaurant and expand your horizons. If I had to pick one highlight, it would be the ability to try out more Norwich restaurants this year. Friends have been raving about Tipsy Vegan, so I’ll definitely give this restaurant a try. “There are some fantastic restaurants joining the event for the first time this year, including The Dial House in Reepham (only a few minutes from my house and already a local haunt of my colleagues and I!), The Pheasant in Kelling, The Wiveton Bell, and Burnham Market’s The Hoste and also No. Twenty9. The last two offer a great excuse for enjoying lunch and supper out on the same day! “My favourite NRW memory is most definitely taking my family, grandparents and all, to The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, and relishing the delicious seafood together with mesmerising views out over Scolt Head Island.” Lucy is brand manager of Norfolk Cottages, the headline sponsor of Norfolk Restaurant Week 2018, which runs from 29 October to 9 November. Visit for participating venues. Large ribbed hurricane £24.95, bubble glass tumblers £7.95 each, Versha taupe Geometric napkin £8.50, Border napkin £8.50 and Wave placemat £12, Birdie Fortescue

Changing places

Birdie Fortescue has moved from Burnham Market to a new purpose designed showroom within their existing Fakenham premises. The space houses a carefully curated series of room sets where home accessories are displayed as a complete lifestyle ‘look’ alongside antique furniture and contemporary art. The move coincides with the launch of Birdie’s new block printed Versha textile collection which introduces a geometric design, a gently scalloped placemat and sumptuous embroidered velvet cushions. The colour palette includes a new range of soft aubergines, rich teals and classic taupe tones, perfect for the winter months. Birdie Fortescue, 4 Clipbush Business Park, Fakenham, 01328 851651

Diaries at the ready! After opening its doors to the public back in July, Wells Maltings is gearing up for a busy autumn season, sponsored by holiday cottage agency, Norfolk Hideaways, with a packed programme of art, film, drama, music, talks, family activities and more. Highlights include regular films in the stateof-the-art theatre/ cinema, which will also play host to visiting performers, including Broad Horizons Theatre Company with Rebellious Sisterhood - Votes for Women (pictured) on 3 October and Baroque Theatre Company’s

production of Edith in the Dark, a compelling drama about author Edith Nesbit, on 23 November. If you’re quick, there’s still time to see CONNECTION: OPEN 18 celebrating East Anglian art in the Maltings’ Handa Gallery and to take the Wells Heritage Art Trail around the town, featuring 17 new works by 26 Norfolk artists. Both continue until the end of September. Box office 01328 839000,

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With the launch of Annie Moses Decorative, Lin Brice turned a life-long passion for collecting decorative salvage, antiques and vintage pieces into a business. “As I kid in the 1970s, I loved nothing more than a good rummage through the local jumble sales on a Saturday morning with Mum. More recently people have been asking me would I find them this, that and something else, and I was gradually buying more and more stuff! “The opportunity came up to go into the showroom at Burnham Market Pine and Painted, at Station Garage, Burnham Market, this summer, and the space is perfect.” Lin is constantly sourcing more pieces, from old French furniture and antique mirrors to decorative accessories, vintage model sailing boats and more. Meanwhile, Burnham Market Pine and Painted under the proprietorship of Gina Healey, offers antique and bespoke pine furniture, complete with a painting service, with a choice of colours and finishes. Interiors fans take note! Annie Moses, 07881 657944 Burnham Market Pine and Painted, 01328 738009 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018




Martin Hayward Smith travels the world as a wildlife film-maker, photographer and author. Sarah Whittley catches up with him at his home and mini nature reserve, in North Norfolk


NE of my first meetings with Martin was on a bumpy hare safari in deepest, dustiest North Norfolk. As I chat to him now, several years and wildlife films later, he’s just back from a dawn shoot at Sculthorpe Moor Community Reserve. When I ask what he was doing there, Martin replies “Payback time. In the past I’ve used this wonderful reserve for some of my filming and photography work, so when they asked if I could help out with a film showing the reserve through the seasons, it was a pleasure to be able to offer my services.” I had a sneak preview of some of the footage - it’s breathtakingly beautiful with some lovely atmospheric photography, and Martin hopes the film will be out in December. It will be on show in the reserve’s visitor centre and available as a DVD. Born in Fakenham to a military family, it was a given that Martin would follow suit and carry on the tradition, everyone was happy about this except him. After a miserable stint in the Royal Navy (only chosen as he liked sailing - he had his first lesson when he was four from his dad at Brancaster Staithe), Martin finally escaped and bravely followed his passion for photography and film-making, setting himself up with a studio in Fakenham to pay the bills, whilst trying to break into the world of wildlife film-making. The first thing I notice in Martin’s house once I’ve recovered from the shock of a stoat running over my foot - is a photo of a 22-yearold Martin in Africa with the legend George Adamson. When he was nine, Martin’s parents took him to see Born Free at Fakenham cinema. The film made such an impact, he knew from then on he wanted wildlife to play a major part in his life. He wrote to everyone he could think of to try and visit George Adamson. Finally, at the age of 22, he was on a plane heading to Kenya to fulfil his dream. It took a letter to The Royal Geographical Society who told him it was possible to get there if he took victuals and a crate of whisky. He spent two months on camp with George getting close to nature (too close to a leopard cub due for release who gave him a decent sized cut on his nose). Desperate to learn more, Martin became camera assistant to farmer and wildlife photographer Chris Knights. His first paid job was for Norwich-based Survival TV, with a film about the River Wensum. Since then, his career has taken him all over the world. I loved hearing about the commission from Channel 4 for



Above: Martin filming in Australia with Ray Mears Left: Martin and George Adamson

Wings, a programme about birds - they bought him a VW camper van and waved him off with a list for a year’s worth of filming. Listening to him talk about the places he’s visited and the films he’s made, you can tell Martin still has the passion. There are tales from Madagascar, the Arctic, Great Barrier Reef and Peru for a film about clay-licking macaws and twilight tapirs, where the pilot dropped him on a small jungle airstrip telling him he’d come back for him in six weeks. His only company was a cook and a local guide, both of which spoke no English. Martin has made 47 programmes with Ray

Mears with more planned. He’s also worked closely with producer Charlie Clay, whose programmes include Jimmy’s Farm and Trawlermen. Closer to home, after filming Hares in North Norfolk for a year, he went on to write and publish a book about the experience. He’s now done the same thing with stoats... watch this space! If you’d like to find out more about the Hare Safaris and other North Norfolk wildlife trips, visit All photos © Martin Hayward Smith



Lest we forget As the world commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War this November, Alan Tutt reflects on the devastating impact this conflict had in Norfolk, on remembrance and loss

Above: The war memorial in Holkham village records the names of 19 men who died on active service between 1914 and 1918 © Holkham Estate Left: Cromer’s restored war memorial Right: The pilot featured on Cromer’s war memorial


OST of the parishes of Norfolk have a war memorial to those who died in combat between 1914 and 1918, from Alby with Thwaite to Weybourne; Castle Acre to Castle Rising; Hunstanton to Hemsby. They come in many different shapes and sizes. From the bronze plaque in Mundesley Parish Church to the sombre stone Celtic cross at Burnham Overy; the discreet alcove at Wells-next-the-Sea to the obelisk in Holkham, pictured. On 5 May 2011, Claude Choules, the last known surviving First World War combat veteran passed away, aged 110. Thus the memorials around the world, remain vital to remind us of the Great War, to keep the memory alive of the millions who died in this bloodiest of conflicts. Closer to home, the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum in Norwich estimates that about 15,000 men from the county lost their lives during the First World War. In Cromer alone, 88 names are etched on the memorial outside St Peter and St Paul’s. Close by the sea, the Clipsham stone, atop five square tiers of names, has suffered greatly from the corrosive bite of storm and salt. The four figures – pilot, soldier, sailor, nurse – becoming as indistinct as hazy memory. Fittingly, the monument has recently been refurbished, thanks to a project led by the town’s mayor, David Pritchard, and the restored memorial will be officially unveiled on Remembrance Sunday this year. There’s also a free talk at The Belfry Centre, in Overstrand, on 27 October at 2pm about the history of the memorial and its restoration, as part of this year’s COAST Arts Festival Week, 20 to 27 October ( The Cromer war memorial now features newly carved stone figures, a cleaned frame, the names refreshed. The opportunity has been taken to add the names of the fallen from the Second World War – they were previously honoured inside the church – and three fatalities from later conflicts, in Kenya, Afghanistan and the Yangtze River. All these names resonate through their community. Cromer man, Albert Blythe, 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, died of his wounds in Flanders, aged 22, buried in Auchy. George Needs from King’s Lynn 1/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, killed in Gallipoli, commemorated in Helles, Turkey. Bombardier 10


Spalding who lived with his family in Cabbell Road, Cromer, 1st East Anglian Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He made it back home only to die and be laid to rest in Cromer, aged just 20. These are the bare facts. Behind each name on any memorial is a family, a story and a tragedy. Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the HLF ‘Then and Now’ programme, Gresham’s School in Holt has created a moving First World War memorial website over the 2014-18 centenary period, dedicated to the Old Greshamians and staff who fought and died in the conflict. Over 500 ex-pupils served in the armed forces; at least 110 were killed, and three members of staff lost their lives. The site tells their stories, showing each man as not just a name, but someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s love. Here is just one of them. Harold Gardiner Cobon was born in Witton, near North Walsham, the only son of farmer, George, and wife Helen. The family, including sister Doris, lived at Old Hall Farm. Gresham’s has records of his subscriptions to the cricket pavilion and chapel funds, and later to the Old Boys’ fund. On leaving school Harold joined the Norfolk Yeomanry and served at the outbreak of war, by which time he was already a Lance Corporal. By November of that year he had been promoted to Corporal, then Sergeant in April 1915. Harold went to Egypt with his regiment to take part in the Palestine Campaign. Following his “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” at the Battle of Shiria in November 1917, he was recommended for a Military Cross. Harold’s Major wrote to his parents that he helped save the company from heavy casualties through his coolness and contempt for danger. Second Lieutenant Cobon was wounded at the Siege of Jerusalem in December 1917 and died in Nasrich Hospital in Cairo on 25 January 1918. He was buried in the cemetery there. His MC was awarded, posthumously, to his parents in Norwich. Major Barclay wrote to Harold’s parents, saying “all the senior officers in the regiment always held him in the highest esteem”, adding that he did “splendidly” in the fight during which he was wounded. His name appears on the war memorial in St. Margaret’s Church, Paston.

Norfolk Libraries’ poppy project Over the last year, Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service have been working with the county’s residents, schools, community groups, and supporters around the world, to create a poppy for all those named on Norfolk’s war memorials, who lost their lives in the First World War. These Norfolk men and women will be represented in the display of 15,500 handmade poppies to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. Donations have been sent from as far afield as 500 handmade poppies for the Norfolk America and Taiwan. Libraries’ poppy project There’s still time to get involved. Poppies can be made of any material including felt, wool and paper, but need to be no bigger than 10cm x 10cm. Details and pattern ideas are at Finished poppies can be handed in at any Norfolk library, with 8 October the last day for contributions. The poppies will be displayed in the World War 1 Chapel in St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, from 22 to 30 October, before being divided into smaller groups and distributed across the county’s 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries in November.

These images will feature in Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk Above: Purchasing mounts for the army, Norwich © Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum Left: Men from a Territorial Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment with naval and boy scout friends, taken in Cromer © Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk This major centenary exhibition opens at Norwich Castle in October, exploring the profound impact of the First World War on Norwich and Norfolk. The physical effects of coastal defences, changes in agriculture and industry, will be explored alongside the stories of communities and individuals whose lives were transformed by the war. The exhibition, which opens on 20 October and will continue until 6 January 2019, will include film, audio and an interactive map of Norfolk, plus objects, artworks, archives and images from local and national museum collections. Norwich Castle Museum, The Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum,

Commemorative concerts The school’s newly built Chapel soon became a place of remembrance to the fallen, with the addition of a carved oak panel (pictured), recording their names and pews dedicated to individuals paid for by friends Harold Cobon is identified as third from the right in the second row from and family. A the front, in this Old School House 1905 photograph more personal memorial was created by Mr Wynne Willson, head of the junior house, whose beautiful vellum roll of honour bears tiny photographs of the fallen boys from Old School House. To mark the end of Gresham’s 2018 remembrance, a new memorial carved in stone has been commissioned to include the names of Old Greshamians not recorded on the original panel, and a final poppy will be laid on the Chapel altar in a service of dedication.

Music for Remembrance, the Sheringham Armistice Centenary Concert will be held at St Peter’s Parish Church, Sheringham, on Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm. Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, directed by David Ballard, will be joined by soloists Rosamund Walton, soprano, and Julian Chou-Lambert, baritone. The programme will feature Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Tickets £12 in advance (£15 on the door) from Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347 Under 18s free. Remembrance and Hope will be a concert in two parts by the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, on Sunday 11 November, 3.30pm, at St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn. The first, Remembrance, includes the music of two brilliant composers killed in the trenches: Cecil Coles (Behind the Lines: 2 – Cortège) and George Butterworth (The Banks of Green Willow, Rhapsody). In the second part, moving towards Hope, the orchestra will be joined by soloists from the English National Opera, and the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Tickets £16 from King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864, with 100 tickets free for under 18s (a maximum of three per paying ticket). NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018




IN THE PICTURE Amanda Loose finds out what’s happening on the local arts scene this season

All fired up I caught up with Toby Winterbourn, whose exhibition WILD opens at Gallery Plus this October. The North Elmham based artist blacksmith specialises in making garden sculptures based on wild flowers and organic forms How did you become an artist blacksmith? After moving to Norfolk from London in 2002, I worked for four years with a blacksmith making candlesticks and items for the home. I later worked in metal fabrication and agricultural engineering before returning to traditional and restoration blacksmithing. Whilst restoring old gates I enjoyed making the decorative leaves and flowers which often feature and started thinking about my own designs and how they might be translated into garden sculptures. Describe your work My sculptures usually start with small component details heated and shaped in the forge, which are welded together to make much larger pieces. I like to use hardware in different ways, like flattened screws to make each wiggly-edged leaf of fern fronds. I work mainly with steel which I either leave to rust or galvanize with a zinc coating, depending on where it will be sited. WILD will feature new works based on coastal flora and fauna, along with some old favourites. What inspires you? Living in Norfolk and walking on the North Norfolk coast, I am inspired by the wild flowers that grow in our hedgerows. Seeing the silhouette of dried cow parsley by the roadside gave me the idea for my first large sculpture. ‘Gone to seed’ was a scaled-up cow parsley, shown at Elmham House Sculpture Trail and at the Savill Garden in Windsor. I used over 1000 old nails to make the seed heads and rusty tubes for the stems. Public commissions have included a pair of gazebos with a fig leaf design for Felbrigg Hall and a cow parsley sculpture for East Ruston Old Vicarage (pictured). WILD by TOBY WINTERBOURN, will run from 20 October to 3 November (Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, plus Sunday 21 and Monday 22 October) at Gallery Plus, Wellsnext-the-Sea, 01328 711609

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Festival fever It’s the Deepdale Festival from 28 to 30 September, with over 30 acts performing across three stages. Hosted by Deepdale Bakpackers & Camping, the programme will feature artists mainly from the east of England, performing rock, country, folk, spoken word and more. The line-up includes The Vagaband, the Sheringham Shantymen, and Sam Coe & The Long Shadows, plus drum workshops, stargazing, food and drink, and street entertainment. Day tickets are still available to buy for all three days or individual days Friday (2-10.30pm), Saturday (11am10.30pm) and Sunday (10.30am-8.30pm). Box office 01485 210256, or for full programme and to book online, visit Sam Coe & The Long Shadows

King’s Lynn Festival will be back this autumn, with Festival Extra, three days of concerts, talks, films and more from 12 to 14 October, the first of three mini-festivals over the next 15 months. The programme is closely linked with the town’s cultural heritage. Look out for performances by baritone James Newby and pianist Joseph Middleton, films from the East Anglian Film Archive relating to West Norfolk, and a recital by The Brook Street Band, featuring music by Charles Burney, the 18th century organist and composer who lived in King’s Lynn. There’ll also be an exhibition of modern and contemporary works from the Norwich Castle collection, including L S Lowry, John Piper and Frances Kearney, in the Fermoy Gallery, from 12 October to 3 November. Box office 01553 764864, full programme at The Brook Street Band

Accompanying her recent exhibition at Pinkfoot Gallery, the adorable mice and ducklings in Rachel Lockwood’s latest book Little Matters, are juxtaposed with newspaper headlines, as the artist tries to make sense of our times. It will make you stop, think, and even laugh out loud! Little Matters (limited edition of 500, numbered and signed by the artist) Red Hare Publishing £15, from Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley and NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018



PUTTING ON A SHOW! Amanda Loose takes a whistle-stop tour of just some of our local galleries to find out what’s coming up this autumn

Left: ‘Gannets’ by Angela Harding, Bircham Gallery Above: ‘Badger’ by Lucy Boydell, The Red Dot Gallery Below: ‘Walsingham Barn, 8pm May’ by Mary MacCarthy, Landmarks Right: ‘Breaking Circle 1’ by Martha Winter, Pinkfoot Gallery Below: ‘Mussels and Clams’ by Nigel Turner, Pocock’s the artmonger


RT and nature lovers are in for a treat. The natural world is the inspiration for many of the works being shown on - and off North Norfolk gallery walls this season. Over at Bircham Gallery in Holt, there’s still time to see Wildlife, featuring wire sculptures of animals and birds by Celia Smith, and paintings and woodblock prints by leading wildlife artist Robert Greenhalf. The show, which continues until 3 October, will be followed by paintings and prints of British wildlife and landscape by Angela Harding, and bronze animal sculpture by Stuart Anderson (6 to 31 October). The gallery’s annual Christmas Exhibition: Part 1 opens on 3 November, the first of two collections for the festive season from selected artists. 01263 713312, Lucy Boydell’s upscale images in charcoal and chalk are amongst the most popular at The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, as both original and limited-edition prints. Throughout the autumn months, the gallery will be showing a collection of Lucy’s work - from piglets, a Hereford bull and red deer stag to pekin ducks and this captivating badger, pictured. 01263 710287, Heading to the coast, Salthouse Church is venue for Landmarks, an exhibition bringing together four Norfolk painters, reflecting their personal approaches to the local landscape. James Colman, founder of Paint Out Norwich, is showing his expressive realist oil paintings and work made on found corrugated metal or wood.



Susannah Penrose’s large-scale drawings of birds in flight and oils of both landscape and still life sit alongside Chloe Mandy’s oil paintings steeped in Norfolk’s colours. Mary MacCarthy, meanwhile, has focussed on the old farm buildings she’s known all her life, and the flora of the North Norfolk coastline. They’re joined by local potter Mary Turville-Petre, who uses clay taken from the Salthouse shoreline. The exhibition continues until 30 September (10am to 5pm daily). Pinkfoot Gallery in neighbouring Cley, will be welcoming back Martha Winter in October, for their A Land Abstracted exhibition. Martha’s work examines the space, form and texture of the landscape including the natural patterns, geology and organic matter. There will also be new pieces by local artist Jo Lawrence, inspired by her walks on the coast, and Louis Rousseau will be back with large contemporary works on panel – all in all, a very modern take on the landscape! There’ll also be new sculptures from Stephen Page, and look out for Andrew Haslen’s three new linocuts, due in September. 01263 740947, Over in Burnham Market, Pocock’s the artmonger is embracing the changing seasons with a collection of paintings and prints with a focus on autumn colours and winter scenes, plus the start of the new mussel season with watercolours featuring the mollusc by Nigel Turner. 01328 730370, Meanwhile, late September will see Burnham Grapevine in Burnham



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Above: ‘Bullfinches’ by Max Angus, Burnham Grapevine Right: ‘Hare’ by Katie Hargreaves, Creake Abbey Café Below: Michelle Daniels at Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing

QUIRKS AND QUIDDITIES Market celebrating two of their most popular artists: Max Angus and Mari French. Max’s linocuts have been a constant feature at Grapevine for many years and some of her most popular prints will be shown alongside new work, whilst a selection of Mari’s evocative paintings will be hung in the upper gallery. 01328 730125, Next stop, Creake Abbey, where artist Katie Hargreaves is returning to the Café for her second ‘Ember Glow’ by exhibition there, from 17 Sarah Caswell October to February 2019. The solo show will feature Katie’s new collection of local wildlife and sporting art, in charcoal and chalk. 01328 730399, Over at Great Walsingham Barns, alongside their regularly updated selection of paintings and prints, Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing also show jewellery and ceramics. Look out for Clare Gaylard’s artisan glass, with a focus on jewellery, and raku studio ceramics by Michelle Daniels. 01328 820900, Next door, you’ll see Sarah Caswell busy in her studio working on commissions. This autumn the explosions of colour from dahlias are on the easel as well as in the pots outside the gallery. 07747 613395, Finally, I’ve a little insider tip for collectors of June Mullarkey at Dersingham Pottery & Gallery – new work in hand-thrown porcelain with gold lustre is now available – go on, add a bit of sparkle to your autumn! 01485 540761,




WAS delighted to have a preview of a major solo exhibition coming to The Red Dot Gallery on 10 November, for two weeks. Quirks and Quiddities: Folklore, Myths and Legends of Norfolk will feature around 20 new paintings by Barrie Morris and the launch of an accompanying book by the same name. Barrie has meticulously researched the content of each painting, with wide-ranging subjects, from the ghost of Anne Boleyn returning to Blicking and snail racing at Congham, to the mermaid of Upper Sheringham and the story of the Vicar of Stiffkey. Here are just two. Some of you might remember chancing upon a gentleman in a top hat on a distinctive bicycle, complete with a Bakelite telephone strapped to the handlebars, causing chaos on the coast road. The Mad Hatter of Weybourne, aka Patrick Townend, arrived in the village in the 1960s and opened an antiques shop. The Alice in Wonderland-like world he created for himself, is brilliantly captured by Barrie. The second concerns an item of clothing, the The Mad Hatter now rarely seen Norfolk of Weybourne Jacket, designed in the late 1860s, by Henry Fitzalan-Howard, the 15th Duke of Norfolk. Originally designed as a shooting coat, it was championed by Edward VII, then Prince of Wales. Sandringham was the Prince’s country home, and the Norfolk Jacket was essential sporting attire there. Quirks and Quiddities: Folklore, Myths and Legends of Norfolk opens on 10 November at The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, 01263 710287,

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This season it’s all about traditional country with a contemporary twist, says fashion editor Katy Coe. Think autumnal hues in tweed, corduroy, florals and knits, plus a sprinkle of sparkle and a dash of one of her favourite trends – animal print - thrown in!

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Rachael is wearing Second Female Haily coat £239, Anna; Thought Tolza blouse £45.95 and pendant £130, The Barn at Artemis; Dubarry cords £99, Christopher William Country. Julia is wearing Louche coat £89, Nomad & the bowerbird; Art and Job crossbody bag £115, The Tannery

Otto d’ame lurex midi dress £179, Collen & Clare; necklace £45, Allez Chic

Julia is wearing Barbour Highgate jacket £139, Christopher William Coastal; Marble Sable jumper £59, Gun Hill; Intown cords £59, Allez Chic. Rachael is wearing Hod Iris jumper £78, Nomad & the bowerbird; Dubarry Fern tweed skirt £169, Christopher William Country

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Rachael is wearing Second Female Haily coat £239, Anna; Thought Tolza shirt £45.95, pendant £130, both The Barn at Artemis. Julia is wearing Louche coat £89, Nomad & the bowerbird; Primrose Park Sandy shirt £105, Anna; Weekend Max Mara Segnale jersey trousers £155, Collen & Clare; pendant model’s own Thought Magda blouse £46, The Barn at Artemis; Black Colour scarf £39, Collen & Clare; Bitte Kai Rand trousers £99, Nelledk; Julia is holding Cove Flora cashmere poncho £129, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal; Picard rucksack £129, The Tannery

THE VENUE With thanks to Mr and Mrs Bagnall-Oakeley for kindly allowing us to use Brinton Hall for our photoshoot. Visit for more information about the venue and tours. The walled garden is home to Mock Orange Flowers. THE TEAM Fashion editor and stylist: Katy Coe @vintagedeli Florist and props: Mock Orange Flowers, 07917 344639 Hair and make-up: Sarah Swain, 07795 141852 and Michelle Ann Bridal Hair 07837 376976 Models: Julia Bell and Rachael Crowe Photographer: Tim Steele, 07909 998216, assisted by Katie Roach

Julia is wearing Marble jumper £69, Allez Chic; Mos Mosh Sumner leopard print jeans £109, Nelle-dk; Saccoo Paita backpack £119, The Tannery. Rachael is wearing Annabel Brocks headband £45, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal; Bitte Kai Rand jumper £159, Nelle-dk; Hod Temple Orangerie trousers £83, Nomad & the bowerbird; Gianni Conti Amber bag £119, The Tannery



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the perfect wedding Get organised for your big day with our ultimate checklist, says Harriet Cooper


THE RING Raliegh Goss, Burnham Market Raliegh Goss and her partner Angus Law have been in the jewellery industry for a combined two decades, so are well placed to help brides-and grooms-to-be choose their wedding (and engagement) rings. Pop into their workshop and be dazzled by the bridal collection. Better still, go bespoke. With extensive experience in diamond sourcing, they work closely with clients to create a truly authentic piece. TOP TIP: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions; we appreciate this is an exciting, romantic and nerve-wracking time, but knowing what you are buying is really worth it.” 01328 738485,

Thornham Deli, Thornham Gemma Arnold, Head Chef at Thornham Deli, is passionate about using fresh, local produce - evident not only from the Deli menu, but also in their bespoke outside catering service. Whether you’re after canapés, bowl food or a buffet, expect such delights as Mini Thai Scotch Eggs with Tom Yum Mayonnaise and Shakshuka with Pea Shoots. They can also help with crockery hire, decoration and staff. TOP TIP: “Buffets, bowl food and canapés are usually a more economical way of feeding large numbers; also guests have more time to mingle, rather than being confined to a seated table.” 01485 512194,

THE DECOR Vintage Partyware, North Wootton Antony Lamb has spent years building up a collection of vintage pieces, making him the go-to man if you want to add pizzazz to your party. You’ll find everything from arches and candy carts to old-fashioned lawn games and rustic furniture. Antony’s latest addition is a genuine Vietnamese rickshaw, ensuring quite the entrance for any newly-weds. TOP TIP: “Make your wedding personal: it’s your day - style it however you wish.” 01553 886844,

THE FLOWERS Mock Orange Flowers, Erpingham No wedding would be complete without beautiful blooms. Kate Bagnall-Oakeley of Mock Orange Flowers will create stunning arrangements for your big day, as well as bouquets, posies, headdresses and button holes. Kate, whose floral designs always take into account the season, uses homegrown British blooms (which she grows in an oldfashioned walled garden). TOP TIP: “Autumn offers lots of gorgeous textures, along with seed heads and fruits. Be brave and combine dahlias with quince or medlar, or soft pink cosmos with blackberries.” 07917 344639,

Philip and Olivia wearing one of Henrietta’s designs

THE DRESS Henrietta Faire, Burnham Overy Staithe When Norfolk brides-to-be start thinking about The Dress, there’s one name that often appears top of their list: Henrietta Faire. The talented dressmaker has a supplier in Italy who stocks couture fabrics, whom she visits twice a year to buy one length of each fabric, ensuring that no two creations are ever alike, whether they’re for the bride or the entire bridal party. TOP TIP: “Nothing beats designing your own dress with an experienced dressmaker, who will lift it to another level of originality. And it will fit you like a glove.” 07758 633469, NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018




THE FAIR Norfolk’s Creative Wedding Show, Holkham Hall The betrothed should make a beeline for Norfolk’s Creative Wedding Show, on Sunday 4 November (11am to 3pm; free entry), where a host of suppliers (florists, cake makers, photographers et al) will be showcasing their wares. The Fair will take place in The Lady Elizabeth Wing (pictured), Holkham’s stylish events space and a popular choice for weddings. TOP TIP: “Nail suppliers who are the busiest © Holkham Estate so venue, church, photographer, caterers and a band/DJ … then start hunting for the rest.”

THE VENUE WITH FLAIR Voewood, Holt Billing itself as an “Arts & Crafts home with a Rock & Roll heart”, Voewood promises a wedding to remember. Set in sunken gardens, the house is a kaleidoscope of colour and quirk with 17 uniquely-designed bedrooms (sleeping 41, though it can host many more during the day) and wonderfully eclectic reception rooms. You can have your ceremony wherever you choose, and hire is always exclusive. TOP TIP: “As well as being the perfect wedding location, it’s an inspired house for celebrating, partying, retreating, creating, meeting, dancing and more.” 01263 713802,

THE INTIMATE VENUE Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea What could be more romantic than getting married in an 18th-century windmill with views over Cley marshes (think of those stand-outfrom-the-crowd pics)? Ceremonies take place in the round sitting-room, with a capacity of 22 - afterwards, toast each other on the balcony before tucking into a fabulous wedding meal, either in the mill or a marquee in the walled garden (which seats up to 50). TOP TIP: “If you’re deciding to get married at the windmill, do consider taking over the entire place for a night or two. It makes for a fabulous, memorable occasion.” 01263 740209,

THE BUCOLIC VENUE Cliff Barns, Narborough Set in four acres of rolling countryside, Cliff Barns (soon to change its name to Ash Tree Barns) offers an idyllic setting in which to wed. The “prairie-ranch-meetsMexican-hacienda” barn is licensed for ceremonies, while the accommodation can sleep up to 20; plus they offer an on-site wedding hair and make-up service. TOP TIP: “Having everyone under one roof, getting ready together, can make the wedding run much smoother.” 01553 829982,



THE MINI MOON Bagthorpe Farm, Bagthorpe Looking for some post-nuptial r and r? Bagthorpe Farm is just the place, offering glamping with a capital ‘G’. Choose from The Woodcock, a custom-built wooden cabin, or The Oyster Catcher, which comprises two canvas-clad biodomes. Either way, you’ll adore the huge double bed, fully-equipped kitchen, freestanding bath and all that peace and quiet. 07977 010916,


When wedding venue manager Emmie Newling married catering company owner Adam Baker this summer, they were the dream team to organise their nuptials “We got married at my family home and the ceremony took place in the sunken garden, which is surrounded by wildflowers. I’d always dreamed of getting married there,” says Emmie. “It seemed only fitting to go for a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme as we got married on Summer Solstice (Midsummer). My Mum made the most exquisite ceramic leaves, which we gave as favours. Florist Victoria Arrowsmith echoed the theme, creating a bouquet of roses, peonies and honeysuckle trails. I wore a bespoke dress made by Henrietta Faire - she really understood what I wanted. “I manage a wedding venue at Sussex Barn, Burnham Market. My husband owns and runs The North Norfolk Catering Company and we often work alongside each other at the barn. We were the perfect team to plan a wedding! “We had 140 guests; it felt like the perfect number. We went large with the canapés, rather than having a starter, followed by a main course of 35-day dry aged Red Poll beef with thrice cooked chips. We had a fresh summery strawberry dessert, then cheese. “My tip for any couple getting married would be to both step back from it all for a few moments and enjoy it. Everybody says how quickly the time goes, but it’s a day you’ll never forget!”

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Toad Hall, Happy Valley, Grimston Nestled on the edge of a little wood, Toad Hall is made for romance. The luxury lodge, set apart from the main glamping at Happy Valley, has a king-size bedroom (and another double), kitchen and wet room. But it’s the deck outside which steals the show complete with private hot tub - the perfect spot to kick back and soak up the amazing sunsets. 01485 600719,

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With Beauty at The Old School House


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In the bag SEASONAL GAMECHANGERS FOR AUTUMN New season, new make-up bag? This pretty one by Designers Guild (£17) is from Thornham Deli in Thornham, 01485 512194

A firm favourite, this flavoured lip balm (£3.99), is part of the Burt’s Bees range now stocked by Ele and Me in Wells-next-theSea, 01328 712201

About face! Give your skin a new season kickstart by treating yourself to a facial, says Amanda Loose

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Beauty at The Old School House introduced plant-based French brand Yon-ka to their salon last year. Le Grand Classique Facial (£80) is a customised 90-minute luxury deep cleansing treatment. The lowdown Although this facial includes all the standard elements, it definitely has a few surprises up its sleeve. There’s the cold steam to moisten the skin and open the pores, the soft peel (which felt fine on my sensitive skin) which is gently removed in a flicking motion, and the clay mask with a sheet of wet gauze to keep it moist, whilst gentle steam helps it to penetrate. The result My summer parched skin felt softer, hydrated, firmer and ultra clean. My complexion was clearer and continued to improve over the next few days. The best bit The lovely 20-minute massage from Keely and emphasis on the décolletage made me feel like I’d had a spa day. Beauty at The Old School House, Old Hunstanton 01485 535376


Pack in some pampering with the 30-minute Neal’s Yard Remedies Rebalancing Facial (£20) at Creative Chiropractic. The lowdown This facial is all about massage. Choose your aroma, based on what your body needs, then it’s straight into a neck and shoulder massage. Serena then moved on to my face, with acupressure massage focusing on key pressure points and drainage (great for easing puffiness and detoxing the lymphatic system). The facial ends with a Neal’s Yard Remedies to Roll. The result The combination of essential oils and massage left me feeling calm and energised, my skin was hydrated and the essential oils continued to work during the day. Best bit The acupressure massage really helped to relieve pressure in my sinuses and the sluggishness that brings! Creative Chiropractic, Pensthorpe 01328 854325

I’m looking forward to trying bareMinerals’ new mineral-based Complexion Rescue Defense (£35), a multi-tasking product which protects skin from UV rays, pollution and blue light, and hydrates and illuminates. From Beauty-next-the-Sea in Wells, 01328 710446

Elemis have recently added an Eye Recovery Cream (£38) and the Thousand Flower Facial Mask (£37) to their Peptide4 range, to get tired skin back into sync, and leave it looking well-rested. I’ve tried them both and they worked a treat! From The Retreat in Docking, 01485 518729


A peel suitable for sensitive skin? I was intrigued, so headed to The Ficarra’s Spa to try the one-hour Mary Cohr Dermo Peeling Facial (£68), launched in May. The lowdown With red cheeks, I was an obvious candidate for this facial. It’s natural microdermabrasion, which involves lots of massage and hands-on exfoliation - it eliminates dead skin cells using a mechanical action, allowing new cells to emerge. This is followed by a cooling mask containing camelina oil, to put nourishment back into the skin. The result My therapist got me to take a before photo, and I have to admit my skin looked dull and flat. After the facial, it looked radiant, smoother, and less congested. It continued to improve over the next week. The best bit The reduction in redness which lasted for several days. Ideal for sensitive skin needing a clean sweep! The Ficarra’s Spa, Fakenham 01328 863260 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018



Why it’s cool to be kind

Cut yourself - and others - some slack, says Harriet Cooper

My beautiful life Thea Horner, physiotherapist and owner of health and wellbeing practice Holt Consulting Rooms


Y mantra in life has always been “Treat others as you’d like to be treated”. Kindness - IMHO - can never be overrated. So I was delighted to hear about the latest wellbeing buzzword, kindfulness. The term - coined by Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm - is the concept that we’re not just softer and more accepting of ourselves but, as a result, we’re kinder to others. Essentially, kindfulness is a more compassionate twist on mindfulness. “Kindness is the one thing that feels just as great to give as it does to receive,” says yoga and meditation teacher Marie Isaac. “It has a remarkable ripple effect within our family and communities.” The first step is letting go of our selfperceived imperfections. “Speak to yourself the way you would a dear friend, with gentle compassion, listen and look after your body, and take some time out for ‘non-doing’, just being,” continues Marie. “Remember that noone is perfect in this world and you’re doing just great.” Steff Barker, a fitness coach at RAW gym, agrees. “‘Be kind to yourself’ is something I say

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to clients frequently. Allow yourself that ‘off’ day and pick it up again tomorrow,” she advises. “Kindness to yourself also means persevering with your goal and not quitting. Managing our stress, our emotions and being available to help those we love... all starts with being kind to ourselves.” Eating well is also high up in the self-care stakes. Nutritional therapist Arabella Hambro recommends natural state foods, such as “high quality proteins found in meat, fish, pulses and eggs, lots of fruits and vegetables”. Processed and packaged foods high in sugar, artificial flavourings and salt, she says, are a no-no; they are not recognised by the body and can affect energy levels, cognitive function, mood and sleep. Once you’re gentler on yourself, then you’re ready to start directing this energy to others. Wellbeing by the Sea, Wells-next-the-Sea 07913 187251 RAW - Results Aimed Workouts, East Rudham 01485 528892 Arabella Hambro, 020 3637 7181 (clinic bookings)

Following keyhole surgery to remove her gall bladder, Linda Black of Tidal Therapies in Fakenham investigated ScarWork treatment. Impressed with the results – it released tightness in the stomach she hadn’t appreciated she had and improved digestion - Linda signed up for training, and is now North Norfolk’s only registered ScarWork therapist. “Scars lead to the creation of adhesions, which can restrict movement in the connective tissues of the body,” says Linda. “ScarWork is a painless and permanent way to address symptomatic scarring by improving the tissue function and appearance of most scars. The treatment can clear areas of congestion and enable the scar to heal more effectively.” Tidal Therapies, Fakenham 07854 001590



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What exercise do you do? I usually run three times per week. What I really love is playing tennis. How important is keeping fit to you? Very important. When I am unfit, everything is harder work. How do you keep motivated? I set myself goals, so that I always have a plan. The ‘Couch to 5k’ programme is one I often recommend to beginners. I have a longer term goal of completing a triathlon, but I don’t think that is in sight yet! Do you take nutrition supplements? Yes. I am lucky to have access to one of the best nutritionists in the area at Holt Consulting Rooms, and she has identified some specific things my body needs. How do you unwind after a busy week at work? A cold gin and tonic and pottering in the garden. What makes you happy? It is the freedom from time constraints that really does it for me. Avoiding clocks when I am on holiday makes me very happy! Holt Consulting Rooms, Holt 01263 711712 You can follow Harriet on Instagram @girlnextthesea

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with Sarah Whittley We’re heading into my favourite time of the year - early evening sunsets, woodlands glowing with fiery reds and saffron oranges, pumpkins, conkers, sloe berries and the long shadows making the landscape look like a Giorgio de Chirico painting

Felbrigg © National Trust Images/ Justin Minns


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I’ll be heading for the woods, nature’s ultimate temples. Every time I step in I’m overwhelmed; there’s an air of atavism unique to ancient forests, it’s heart-leaping and exciting. Woodlands are magical places where mysterious things happen. Underfoot, vast invisible networks of spider’s web-like fungal mycelia are spreading (or maybe not so much with these dry conditions). Vermillion-red fly agaric jewels glint from the forest floor and alien-like fungi push out from old wood. I’d love to be that person who forages for edible fungi, but I’m not, it’s far too worrying. Luckily there are plenty of experts nearby.

It’s all about birds now; our summer breeders are off and winter sojourners arriving. Noisy flocks of winter thrushes head for berries but they pale into insignificance against the spectacular, bobby-dazzler of a bird - the waxwing. This northern European bird sometimes arrives in large numbers in the UK, especially on the east coast. Irruptions happen when their local food fails, so if you have rowans, guelder roses or hawthorn Waxwing © in your garden, you may be in luck. But best of all it’s wild geese time, especially pink-foots! There are many places to watch them; they feed on sugar beet fields, cramming in much needed calories after flying 1,700km from Iceland. Holkham and Cley reserves are good sites to see them, as is the amazing RSPB Snettisham reserve.

Fly agaric © Sarah Whittley

Why not join the Fungi Foray at Sheringham Park on 7 October (1 to 3pm, £7.75) or their more in-depth day Fungi Workshops on 11 and 13 October (10.30am to 3.30pm, £24). Booking is essential, call 0344 249 1895. If you fancy some woodland wonder, visit Felbrigg Estate (look out for the great sessile oak), Foxley Wood, Thursford Wood, Sheringham Park, Holt Country Park, Holkham Park, Sandringham and a little further east, Bacton Wood, known as Witton Wood.

Beech tree © Sarah Whittley

JURASSIC PARK COMES TO NORTH NORFOLK If you hear strange, dinosaur-like calls coming from the woodland, don’t panic, it’s just the rutting call of our magnificent male red and fallow deer. You can wander around forests with your fingers crossed hoping to come across an aroused ungulate or head to Holkham (to see fallow deer) or Snettisham Park for red deer. Both venues run deer safaris during the rutting season. Visit www.holkham. and www.snettishampark. for more details.


Red deer at Snettisham Park


Two to try Check out the Wader Spectacular events at Snettisham, a rare chance to see thousands of wading birds being Knot at RSPB Snettisham pushed off the © mudflats by the fast-incoming tide. Call 01485 210779 or visit for details. Book in for the National Trust /Norfolk Wildlife Trust Wildlife Workshop on migrant birds on 6 October, 10.30am to 3.30pm, at NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. The workshop will help you identify migrant birds that visit Cley in autumn as well as those waders and wildfowl around at this time of year. NWT members £22, nonmembers £26. Booking is essential, call 01263 740008.

Spider love I’m a spider hugger so autumn is a great time for me as it’s spider mating season. One of the joys is watching the magnificent house spider males emerge from their dusty holes in search of a mate. He’ll spin a tiny web, drop a spec of semen and suck it up into his swollen palps (spider hands). When he finds a female in her web, he carefully approaches her and if she’s ready he’ll pump his semen into her abdomen - yup, it’s fascinating stuff! He’ll die after mating but females hibernate until spring, when they’ll lay eggs in an egg sac. Be brave, try putting your hand down and letting it crawl over you. Go on, I dare you. Look out too for the fabulous orb spiders. Every year one builds a web on my window, and I watch as she tends her egg sac until she dies when the cold weather arrives. Her eggs will hatch in spring, if they haven’t been predated first. House spider tegenaria © Sarah Whittley

HELP OUR HEDGEHOGS Hedgehog numbers have gone from 30 million in the 1950s to a scary 1 million today. Young ones need to be around 600g (two large jars of coffee) to survive hibernation. Lack of ground insects makes it hard for them to feed. But you can help by leaving out specially designed hedgehog food or cat food (not fish varieties) to help bulk them up but never bread and milk. Bonfires are another red flag, they’re the perfect home for the big winter sleep. Don’t forget to check before you set them alight. Flamingos at Pensthorpe’s new Wetland Discovery Area

Seal swapsies Common seals have bred over the summer and now make way for their larger, hardier cousins. Look out for wintering grey seals as they come ashore to breed. The first pups are born in November and their creamy maggot-like bodies can be seen on the sands at Blakeney Point. There are a number of companies running seal trips all year round, leaving from Morston Quay.

FLAMINGOS A GO-GO! If like me you have a secret love of these flamboyant and absurdly proportioned birds, Pensthorpe’s new Wetland Discovery Area is the place to be. Head gardener, Jonathan Pearce has styled the greater flamingo area to resemble one of their native Spanish homes, the Coto Donana reserve. With the flamingos honking and the neighbouring common cranes trumpeting, it’s hard to believe you’re in North Norfolk. All 700 acres of the Pensthorpe reserve are breathtaking, mind you, so is all the behind the scenes conservation work they do. Did you know they bred and released over 150 corncrakes last year and there’ll be another 170 this year? But dare I say it - the flamingos are now the stars of the show for me. I know they’re not native and I know some people get a bit sniffy about such things but I could spend hours watching them. And you never know, with global warming maybe they’ll settle here - it wasn’t too long ago that little egrets were a rarity. I can just see them now on Arnold’s Marsh at Cley!

Chrissie Kelley, Pensthorpe’s head of species management, © Sarah Whittley who usually works with key species such as corncrakes and turtle doves is looking after the flamingo flock, which she says is set to grow to around 40 strong (a magic number for breeding… watch this space). The latest additions were recently rescued from a rooftop nightclub in Knightsbridge. Chrissie drove to London to collect Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks - oh the sights they must have seen. PS Part of the new £70,000 wetland educational area includes a pond dipping facility; I just hope you don’t have to be under 16 to use it! If you want to learn more about Pensthorpe’s conservation work and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, why not join them on their free Conservation Work Day on 16 November, lunch included (you’ll need to pre-book and bring wellies). NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018


Rewilding If you asked what my ideal reserve would be, I’d say one rich with diverse wildlife, free from harmful pesticides, with ancient grasslands and trees, a safe haven for flora and fauna says Sarah Whittley. Well amazingly, nearly everyone in this country has access to such a place; they’re called churchyards and we’re surrounded by them

Wild places and sacred spaces

Long-eared owl, Great Yarmouth Cemetery © Robin Chittenden

Wiveton churchyard looking towards Cley © Sarah Whittley

Northern wheatear, Great Yarmouth Cemetery © Robin Chittenden

Warham All Saints © Sarah Whittley


OLLECTIVELY there are around 20,000 burial grounds in the UK, with 6,000 British churchyards championing ecomanagement to help wildlife. In Norfolk we have about 800 churchyards. If you think about this acreage, that’s a pretty massive nature reserve accessible to all. Because churchyards often pre-date the churches, the ancient, untouched land can be the perfect home for a myriad of species. Many were once ancient meadowlands with some never seeing a plough or pesticides. Wild flowers such as pignut, harebells, meadow and burnet saxifrage, germander speedwell, mouse ear hawkweed and lady’s bedstraw thrive, so do lichens, other stonework plants and ferns. At Swanton Morley you’ll find hart’s tongue ferns and the rare wall rue. But it’s not just plants; with such pristine habitat so much wildlife can prosper. Many species of butterflies, moths and bees thrive. Lime trees are particularly good and seem to be in several churchyards I’ve visited, including Warham All Saints and Bodham. Amphibians and reptiles enjoy the chemicalfree, sheltered habitat and they’re particularly good for small mammals, such as hedgehogs and of course bats. Natterers, long-eared, common and soprano pipistrelle bats have all been recorded in our churches.



Waterden © Sarah Whittley

After a tip-off from a friend about the mysterious vanished medieval village of Waterden where the only remaining building is the church, I had to go. As I walked down a freshly cut path through a truly bucolic backdrop with the sun just about to dip below a barley field, a hare ran straight for me and I noticed a buzzard watching from a nearby beech tree, while overhead a kestrel yikkered. I was hoping to find the barn owl that roosts in the porch, but not this time. The best churchyards I’ve found for barn owls are Wiveton and Cley; both have habitat-rich churchyards and idyllic settings. From the back of Wiveton churchyard, you’re looking onto the river Glaven, where a barn owl regularly courses the water meadows. You can’t write about churchyards without mentioning yew trees; incredibly one of the yews in St Cynog’s churchyard, Powys, is thought to be the oldest tree in the UK, at around 5,000-years-old. Back in Norfolk, last winter the yews at Great Massingham gave shelter to rare hawfinches and many winter thrushes, all tempted in by their bright red berries. The screen of chestnut trees as you approach offer an important source of food for a wide variety of species too. Great Yarmouth’s large cemetery is also a real haven. I’ve seen many migrating species,

with regular visitors including wheatears, redstarts and ouzels, and scarcer ones like longeared owls and red-breasted flycatchers. In 1981 The Norfolk Churchyard Conservation Scheme was established, which is run collaboratively between the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of Norwich. This wonderful alliance offers information to anyone interested, from the practical land management side to visiting. You can find out more at www. There’s so much more natural history to explore in our churchyards, the best way to find out is to start exploring yourself. Tune in to our spring issue to find out more, and if you spot anything interesting I’d love to know. Email me at

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ith three offices across North Norfolk and one more soon to follow, Norfolk Hideaways have had a busy season looking after thousands of guests who have been enjoying family time and some glorious weather, whilst staying in their everincreasing number of holiday cottages. In turn the team have been busy hosting and attending numerous shows and events across the county, getting the word out that North Norfolk is an all-year round destination. “When deciding which events to support, it was important to the team and I, that we also supported events and businesses that not only engage visitors, but locals too”, said Helen Millin, CEO of Norfolk Hideaways.

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Wells Maltings’ director Simon Daykin said: “Norfolk Hideaways is our perfect partner as those staying in their lovely coastal and country holiday retreats will no doubt be interested in the wide range of activities here.”

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Hot on the heels of their new fabric collection, North Norfolk based Bombay Sprout are now working on a range of homewares, including wash bags, laundry bags and bedding for children. They will also be selling their colourful, embroidered Merino scarves for mothers and daughters, made for them in Kashmir. This is all alongside their rug collection designed in Norfolk, and woven in the hills outside Jaipur. Watch this space…

Table talk Brighten up your table this season with Red Hare Publishing’s new and very funky cow placemats (introductory price £12.50 each) and matching coasters (pictured, £4.50 each). Based on local artist Rachel Lockwood’s paintings of cows on Cley marshes, they’re available in six designs: Ermentrude, Florence, Gertie, Hester, Lily and Ruby. The placemats are heatproof to 160C, so they can be used as trivets too. Available from Red Hare Publishing www., Pinkfoot Gallery and The Barn at Artemis, in Cley NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018



Light up your life As the evenings draw in, it’s time to take a fresh look at the lighting in your home, says Fiona Cumberpatch

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HE transition from summer to autumn can be made easier by taking a fresh look at the way we light our houses. By following a few simple rules, it’s possible to create a more inviting interior - making it easier to wave goodbye to the hottest summer that many of us can remember. While fashions in lighting are not as fickle as those in fabrics and furniture, they are certainly detectable. “There is a massive trend towards clean lines and less fussy details at present,” says Jill Perry of Norfolk Decorative Antiques, in Fakenham. Jill and her husband Maurice sell a huge variety of antique and retro lighting, from 1920s rise and fall lights and mid-century styles to opulent chandeliers grand enough to grace the largest country house. The couple offer stunning statement pieces, which can form the centrepiece of a room. “We are always happy to advise our clients if they require it: we have had our own interior design practice in the past, and Maurice is electrically qualified, and formerly owned a large contracting business, so we’re well placed to offer help,” says Jill. For Jo Griffiths, owner of Joyful Living at Drove Orchards, one of the keys to lighting success is to avoid the single pendant overhead light. “Singular lights are not good for creating atmosphere, or for working or reading. I prefer the purity of halogen lights, or a combination of wall lights and lamps.” In her own small sitting room, Jo has four lamps, with a further two in her kitchen. “I might position one with something lovely next to it. It could be a bowl of lemons, or beside one of mine I have a bowl of blown goose eggs. They look lovely when they’re lit up.” If there is no room for lamps on table surfaces, Jo suggests wall lights instead. “Modern ones can be angled to throw a sharp beam of light downwards.” She also favours traditional picture lights for throwing a spotlight on favourite artwork. At her shop, Jo always stocks a good selection of lamps, always in natural colours with linen shades. For a lamp which stands out, creating a feature rather than blending into a room scheme, it’s worth checking out Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery, where Jac Scott and Michael Slaney sell affordable one-off pieces as well as limited editions of lamp shades printed on parchment. Inspired by the Norfolk landscape, they create prints on parchment and upcycle interesting antiques to use as bases. “We have used everything from fire extinguishers to food cloches, railway lanterns and Victorian birdcages,” says Jac. She also works to commission, and she and Michael will customise objects brought in by clients. Go with an open mind to find something that is not only functional, but beautiful as well.

How to light up a room! 1. Cooking requires concentrated lighting, so you could look at a combination of bright down lights and recessed lighting. 2. For reading, aim for flexible and directional lights, angled away from you. 3. Dimmer switches are a costeffective way to change the atmosphere of a room. 4. Theme your lighting. Too many different styles can be confusing, so keep the same designs or similar. Etched glass pendant lights £48 each, Tatty Tides

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TORAGE is definitely having a design moment. “As a mother of a busy family I get excited about storage and the whole boot room thing,” says interior designer, Nanci Gillett of Burnham Interiors. “It’s all about storage on Instagram and Pinterest these days, whether you’re including your belongings in the design scheme, or hiding them away. “No matter what size space you have, everyone can do it - make the most of the storage space you’ve got - the front or back hallway, under the stairs, by the front or back door, there are so many lovely storage solutions which can make them look great. “Even a front porch can work hard and look stylish. Add a boot rack, small bench or umbrella stand if there’s space. You don’t have to have a dedicated boot room, but if you do, you’re lucky!” Nanci transformed her own very narrow hallway into a storage area for the family, making the space earn its keep. She has utilised cubby holes and lots of coat hooks, along with off-the-shelf shelving, to stack shoes and boots. “It’s all about clever storage to accommodate all the kit for summer and winter in North Norfolk. I don’t have room for a console table, so I’ve got an old pew with shoes underneath it, and use log and kindling baskets for tennis, • You don’t need to have built-in sailing shoes and flip-flops, and smaller baskets for mittens storage, says Sophie. Aurina in Burnham Market has apple crates with and hats. upholstered lids and you can save on “It’s about somewhere to sit to put your shoes on, hanging space by having lovely coat having places to put things like your keys, and they needn’t hooks above. If you go for shelves, think cost the earth.” about how you’re going to use them. Local interior designer Sophie Allsopp moved into her • It doesn’t have to be boring says cottage this spring. “There was no built-in storage in the Nanci. Why not add a fabulous wallpaper with tongue and groove house or room to hide things away, it’s all quite open plan, below? and everything was on show,” says Sophie. • Incorporate a mirror, advises Nanci. It “I have a three-year-old, a puppy and ride. I needed lightens the space and you can check to find a storage solution. I realised that relative to your reflection when you’re leaving! the proportions of the rest of the house, it has quite a • If you are looking for a fully-fledged wide hallway. Using it for storage has made it a proper, boot room, Norfolk Living Kitchens in Burnham Market offer a bespoke functional room.” service, says Sophie. Contact Sophie for Sophie opted for built-in cupboards which she designed the design service. herself, to make the most of the space. “I went for two cupboards - one is my office and the Burnham Interiors, Burnham Market, other for my daughter’s things - and a bench in the middle 01328 730989 with storage for boots and so on underneath, and coat Sophie & Boo, 07813 177330 hooks above. My baskets are all from Joyful Living at Drove Orchards, where I also found some very useful plastic mats.”

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CUTTINGS Make the most of autumn with gardening writer Fiona Cumberpatch’s green-fingered news and seasonal tips

Celebrate the apple Norfolk has a long list of native apple varieties including Red Ellison, Caroline, Happisburgh and Norfolk Royal. The earliest mention of a named apple variety in England is a 13th century document from the Broadland Parish of Runham, near Acle, where a tenant farmer paid his rent with ‘200 pearmains and four hogsheads of wine, made from pearmains.’ The rosy fruits are still celebrated today, at family-friendly days in various locations through the county. Here are some of the best: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October Blickling Estate Apple Weekend This special weekend includes apple tasting, juicing and produce for sale. On Tuesday 2 October, visitors are invited to join the apple harvest and take some home. If you can’t make either of those dates, enjoy seeing heritage varieties and picking fruit in the orchard during their Autumn Festival, from 19 September to

19 October. Adult £14.35, child £7.20 (free for National Trust members).

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Sunday 14 October Drove Orchards Apple Day, Thornham Pick your own apples, pears and plums in some 40 acres of orchards with 160 varieties of apples and pears, including 120 East Anglian heritage ones. Look out for Norfolk Royal Russets which originated in Burnham Overy Staithe. There will be a pop-up market of local Norfolk crafts and food producers, and fun for all the family. 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Sunday 14 October Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Enjoy pressing, tasting, naming and buying apples of all shapes and sizes. There will be live entertainment, music and craft demonstrations to enjoy. If you’re not sure what fruit you are growing, bring along your apples and have them identified by experts from the East of England Apple and Orchard Project. 10am to 5pm. Special event ticket prices apply. Always wanted to know how to prune your apple tree but no idea where to start? Join a masterclass on 22 November. Tutor Bob Lever explains the theory behind pruning, then you can have a go in Gressenhall’s orchards. £45 for the day (10am to 3.30pm, including lunch and refreshments). Email

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FORAGED CRAB APPLE LIQUEUR Too sour to eat raw, golden crab apples blushed with pink make a delicious alcoholic drink. Prepare now and drink at Christmas You will need: • 30-40 crab apples, washed and halved • 1 litre of gin or vodka • 200g castor sugar What to do Fill a large Kilner jar with three quarters of the crab apples. Add the sugar, then the gin or vodka. Put any remaining crab apples on top and seal the jar. Leave for one to two months. Turn the jar daily for the first week, then just occasionally. Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth and pour into a bottle. Leave for another month before drinking.

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Felbrigg Hall at Harvest Celebrate the season’s change with a beautiful display at Felbrigg Hall, between 29 September and 5 October. The Hall will have a wild and exotic theme, influenced by the travels of previous owners, while outside you can see many different varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers in beautifully tended gardens. Admission is £11 for adults, £5.25 for children.

SEASONAL STUNNER Aster novi-belgii ‘Little Pink Beauty’ What’s so good about it? An easy-to-grow pop of colour which will boost your borders in September, October and November with its starry daisy heads on dense clumps of foliage. There will even be enough for some autumn posies, as this hardy perennial produces such a profusion of flowers. How do I look after it? Plant at the front of a bed, or in a container in a sunny or semi-shaded spot and it should look after itself. Where to buy? They cost £4.50 for a pot from Burn Valley Nursery, South Creake, 01328 823333 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018



CUTTINGS If you only do one thing this season… Start tidying away the first fallen autumn leaves to keep the grass green underneath. Lawns have taken a hit this year from the dry summer, so it’s worth giving them some extra TLC now the weather has cooled down. Choose a fan-shaped rake with spring tines and a long handle for the most efficient way to gather up leaves. Holt Garden Centre sells a selection of tools. Find them at Holgate Hill, Kelling, 01263 711574

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The trend for houseplants shows no sign of abating and if you want to join in, Urban Botanics, by Maaike Koster and Emma Sibley is a good place to start. A plant guide for modern gardeners, it includes plenty of plant care tips accompanied by stunning illustrations. £18 (Aurum Press) from Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham, 01485 525714

A pretty fern motif clock will bring a touch of the outside indoors this season. It costs £23.50 from The Old Stores, Roydon, 01485 600591 www.theoldstoresroydon.

What a show!

There’s nothing like an old fashioned horticultural show to stroll around on a lazy autumn afternoon. Marvel at the perfect produce and see who has won the prizes! The Fakenham and District Horticultural Association is holding its 99th Annual Late Autumn Show at Hempton Memorial Hall, Hempton Green on Saturday 3 November from noon to 3.30pm. There will be 55 classes of flowers, including chrysanthemums, plants in pots, vegetables, fruit, photos, crafts, baking and preserves. Entry is free and you can sample tea and delicious cakes by Fakenham Country Markets. Children under 11 can join in the fun by making a creature from fruit and veg. Bring it to the show between 9am and 10am for judging, and prize cards and small prizes will be awarded at 3.30pm. For more information contact the Fakenham and District Horticultural Association Secretary on 01328 862350

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Holkham Plant Fair

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, 10am to 5pm What is it? Regional nurseries and plant accessory suppliers come together in the inspiring setting of Holkham Hall’s 18th century walled garden to sell a variety of plants and garden supplies. Who will be there? Tambrath Welding, offering wrought iron planters, plants supports, arches and obelisks, Riverside Bulbs, Norfolk Herbs and indoor plants by Panache, amongst many others, plus some artisan stalls and lots of inspiration for your autumn garden. What else is on offer? Masterclasses from Holkham gardeners, and a chance to view the walled gardens themselves, with the newly 46

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LIVING AND DYING TIDILY There’s a popular view of the law based on news headlines and TV dramas, but much important ‘preventative’ legal work is quietly carried on behind the scenes, says Miranda Marshall, Director at Hayes + Storr




HE true skill of the private client family lawyer is in using their experience and expertise subtly and supportively to prevent future problems. This is done by understanding a client so as to enable them to put their financial and legal affairs in order, both in current and later life, and also upon death.

End of life treatment In the headlines is the High Court’s recent decision to back end-of-life decisions. This has clarified that legal permission is no longer needed to end treatment for people in a permanent vegetative state including the withdrawal of food and liquid. It is more important than ever to put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Health and Personal Welfare to give authority to your trusted family and friends, as your attorneys, to make such decisions as to ‘life-sustaining treatment’ in the event of a catastrophe. The case was about Mr Y, a banker in his 50s who suffered a heart attack. He was unresponsive to any treatment and there was no chance of recovery. His family and doctors agreed it would be in his ‘best interests’ to allow him to die by withdrawing his feeding tube. The NHS trust asked the High Court to rule that it wasn’t necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for a decision when the doctors and family all believed this was in Y’s best interests.



Looking after number one A Property and Financial Affairs LPA is a separate document, but on the same principles, to enable the running of your finances to continue smoothly in the event of mental incapacity, absence overseas, illness or frailty. Without it, your money can be inaccessible for many months whilst a court order is obtained.

Death and taxes A Will is the only legal document that deals with everything you own. It is the only way to make sure that those whom you wish to leave your wealth, whatever it may be, get it when you have gone. Review your Will regularly or if your financial or family circumstances change. It is a good opportunity for a thorough legal ‘health check’. Tax is the second ‘unavoidable’ and it has been said that ‘Inheritance Tax is a voluntary tax paid by those who trust their family less than the Inland Revenue’. Taxation planning can remove, or make manageable, tax bills both during life and upon death. Take advice and either do something to save money for your family or, at least, know where you stand. Miranda Marshall, 01328 710210 or

September and October can be good selling months, before the shorter dark days, when buyers will not drive a long way for only a few hours of good light, says Malcolm Duffey of Norfolk Property Search


NY disruption to the economy such as the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the recent increase in interest rates always puts people off selling and buying for a while, but stock levels seem to be coming along well, with properties in the pretty villages and close to the coast selling fast. Many properties in the area have now been renovated and modernised to high standards, although renovation projects do still come up, sometimes at auction. Purchasing with a mortgage generally works out lower than renting an equivalent house in the present high rental market. In the higher price brackets many people are looking for a property that can produce an income - a B&B, a holiday rental within the garden, or an annexe for home office working, and land is always an important request. With more flexible working lives, the area is becoming more and more popular for long distance commuters, making road and rail access important. So keep hunting to find your ideal home! Norfolk Property Search, 01485 528395/ 07434 934579

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Many small business owners wonder whether it would benefit them to form a limited company or whether it is better for their business to remain as a sole trader or partnership. Find out more with this guide to Incorporation for Small Businesses by Alastair Young of Fraser Dawbarns LLP.


ften the legal and financial jargon can seem baffling and the consequences don’t always seem clear. The fact that incorporation is governed by the Companies Act 2006, the longest piece of legislation ever produced by Parliament, can make the idea of creating a company seem like more trouble than it’s worth. While incorporation isn’t for everyone it can bring a lot of benefits, some of which I will outline below.

Limited companies can create ‘floating charges’ over the assets of the business, this is a special type of security given to the lender which allows them to recover the debt from non-permanent assets such as stock, work in progress or cash. Companies also have other ways to raise finance, including selling shares in the business which allows them to raise capital without borrowing money. There are also a range of other options not open to partnerships and sole traders.

Many people decide to incorporate because it limits their personal liability. Before forming a company, sole traders and partnerships are completely responsible for any debts and liabilities their business incurs.

With partnerships and sole traders the organisation within the business can become muddled. Often there is no defined structure that separates out the departments, regulates internal and external relations and ensures continuous review and management of affairs. An enterprise where roles are not clearly defined can create tensions which could risk the whole business if uncorrected.

An incorporated company has its own legal personality and as such, employs its own staff, enters its own agreements and incurs its own debts. Shareholders are only liable for the amount unpaid on any shares they buy but as most shares are paid up in advance, company owners are generally more able to walk away if things go wrong. Incorporation brings a wider range of options for raising finance than a sole trader or a partnership has. If a sole trader needs a cash injection to kick-start, grow or rescue their business they are limited to borrowing money, either from friends and family or a bank loan.

An incorporated business has an inbuilt structure which is flexible enough to adapt to the market yet solid enough not to be ignored. A good example of this is the distinction between the owners (shareholders) and managers (directors) although these can be the same people. A company can also create subsidiary companies to further limit financial exposure and delegate parts of the business to different sub-companies. This is particularly

important for those looking to grow their business into a large company. Incorporation isn’t right for every business, it is important to consider initial and ongoing costs, management, filing annual accounts and whether incorporation coincides with the size, financial position and objectives of the business. There are other ways to structure a business without forming a company. Above all, we recommend consulting a commercial solicitor to discuss what is best for your business’s needs. 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. Alastair is based at Fraser Dawbarns LLP’s March office.

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Head to The Jolly Sailors in Brancaster Staithe for their second Cider and Music Festival on Saturday 29 September, from noon. There will be over 20 local ciders, plus live music from the Nelson’s Shantymen and more. 01485 210314,

Get the weekend off to a flying start at Creake Abbey Café with their steak evenings on Fridays 28 September and 30 November, and curry night on 26 October (6.30-8.30pm). If quizzes are your thing, then start cramming – the Café is hosting two quiz nights this season, on Fridays 5 October and 2 November (6.30pm for 7pm start). Booking is essential for all of these events. 01328 730399,

Tuck in at The Feathers Hotel in Holt’s Steak and Wine evening, every Tuesday from 6pm, in The Plume Restaurant. The feast includes two prime grilled rump steaks served with all the trimmings (think chunky chips, homemade onion rings and more) plus a bottle of house wine for £35 per couple. Get set for a taste of the Orient on Wednesday evenings from 6pm, at their weekly Thai nights. All dishes are made to order by The Feathers’ Thai chef, using authentic ingredients. Choose a dish from the menu, accompanied by either stir fry noodles or Jasmine rice (plus lots of prawn crackers!) for £13.50 per head. 01263 712318,

A pizza the action

The Chequers Inn at Thornham’s pizza and wine offer is back, from 1 to 22 October. Head over for lunch or early dinner (6-7pm), from Monday to Friday, and enjoy any two stonebaked pizzas from the menu and a bottle of house wine for £27.95. 01485 512229,

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The Kings Head in Letheringsett has a packed programme from October, including Steak Night Tuesdays from £20 with 28 day aged steak, hand cut chips, onion rings and choice of sauces, plus a glass of house wine or pint of lager, and the year-round Traditional Roast Sundays (booking advisable for roasts). Don’t miss Brancaster Staithe Mussels Thursdays, with moules served with a different sauce each week, plus fries, ciabatta and a drink, £20. 01263 712691,


Enjoy A Taste of South America at Briarfields’ Wine Night on Friday 23 November, from 7.30pm. The Titchwell hotel’s chefs will be serving up canapés with a passion fruit Martini cocktail, followed by a South American themed menu, with wine matching from expert Lee Evans of Condor Wines. The mouth-watering line-up will include beef empanadas, seafood ceviche with avocado and coriander pesto, and slow-cooked Argentinian style beef. There is limited availability. Overnight stay including the dinner, wines and breakfast, £250 per couple. 01485 210742,

Join the club

Did you know Socius in Burnham Market host a supper club on the first Thursday of every month? Expect a five course tasting menu with paired drinks - past themes include a Spanish wine and tapas evening, and a taste of Norfolk. The next event is on 4 October. Visit the website for details. 01328 738307,

Meanwhile, this season’s Scolt Head Suppers at The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe kickoff on Friday 26 October with the Brancaster Mussel Festival marsh side, overlooking the harbour where the shellfish are grown. Enjoy mussels served five ways, from 3pm until late, with pop-up bar and live music. The theme continues with The White Horse Annual Celebration of Seafood on Monday 12 November from 7pm, with stories from local fishermen, Ben and Cyril Southerland (pictured grading mussels, with head chef Fran Hartshorne). Five courses including Brancaster Staithe Oysters £37.50 or £55 with wine to match each course. Booking advisable. 01485 210262, NORTH NORFOLK LIVING AUTUMN 2018


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What Buckets of chips with unique homemade toppings, dished up from a converted horsebox trailer - the idea is that customers gradually work their way through the ever-changing menu, hence the name The Bucket List. Tell us more… Husband-and-wife team Adele and Nathan Boon have created over 30 different toppings like ‘chisagne’ (beef bolognese, parmesan white sauce and crispy onions) and the ‘brie bucket’ of deep-fried brie, sweet chilli sauce, cheddar fondue and bacon scraps. Find them at Satisfy your carb cravings at Overstrand Beach (Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 7pm) or their newly-opened shop in Cromer. 07534 304303 Instagram/ Facebook @chipbuckets


Some of North Norfolk’s finest food is being served from converted caravans, trailers and horseboxes, giving a whole new meaning to eating on the hoof. Harriet Cooper samples her way around the area’s burgeoning street food scene



What This pretty, painted trailer is strictly no meat. Instead, expect mouth-watering veggie curries, spicy lentil and bean burgers, halloumi wraps and meat-free sausage rolls. Tell us more… A chef for 35 years and a vegetarian for 25, Yvette Keen bought her trailer five years ago after deciding she wanted to cook and sell veggie food. She makes it all fresh at The Norfolk Lurcher pub in Colton where she works one night a week. Find them at Local fetes, fairs, dog shows… 07926 580545, Facebook @VettesVeggieVan

What The Mussel Pod is run by Brancaster Bay Shellfish, a sixth-generation fishing business headed up by fisherman Thomas Large, who decided to diversify into catering with his ‘Pod’ last year. Tell us more… Thomas is the mussel farmer, head chef and kitchen porter, while his partner Sarah, preps and serves. The menu consists of just four dishes - grilled garlic mussels, moules marinière, Thai-style mussels and the Belgian classic, moules-frites. Find them at The Mussel Pod likes to get around - you’ll likely find it at all the big food festivals, as well as corporate dos, private events, and more. 07876 193541 Instagram/ Facebook @brancasterbayshellfish


What A family-run business (named after their pug) - with chef Çem Oruc and business partner Ashley Graham at the helm producing a menu packed with homemade flavour and punch. Tell us more… Customers go crazy for Çem’s Famous Chicken, though the Chipotle Chilli Beef Brisket and the 4oz Beef-Baller give it a good run for its money. Whatever you do, don’t forget to order a side of the halloumi fries. Find them at The Fat Teds mobile van is available for private events; you can also find them seven days a week at “the shack” at Barchams Yard in Sheringham. 07724 576419 Instagram/ Facebook @fattedsstreatfood


ANCHOR’S AWAY What Harry Farrow and Rowan Glennie, who run the popular Anchor Inn in Morston, launched Anchor’s Away to enable their locallysourced, fresh menu to be available outside the pub. Tell us more… A brand new oven was built specially for the trailer, from which the team cooks such street food faves as salt marsh lamb wraps, fish finger sarnies, tacos and wood-fired pizzas. It also offers a fully-stocked licensed bar. Find them at Weddings, festivals, private parties, corporate gigs throughout East Anglia. 01263 741392, Instagram @anchorsawaycatering

What A & M Frary Shellfish Stall was originally opened by Andy and Martin’s father in 1957 the brothers took over in the early 1990s and it is now run by their wives Pam and Jane. Tell us more… Everything on the stall is fresh (the brothers catch crabs and lobsters on their boat Arandora Star) and ready to eat. Choose from smoked fish, crab sandwiches, seafood platters, prawns with cocktail sauce, brown shrimps, cockles… Find them at Based on the quay in Wells and open daily from March to early November, it’s the perfect spot to grab some of the freshest seafood around, perch on the harbour wall and watch the fishermen going about their business. 07901 656608




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What Husband-and-wife duo Ben and Charlotte got inspiration for Two Hounds (so called after their dogs Dolly and Maggie) during a trip to New York. On their return, they renovated a horsebox and began selling freshly cooked pizzas from it. Tell us more… Charlotte hand stretches and tops the pizzas, while Ben takes care of the cooking - from ‘Hell Hound’ (chorizo, goats cheese and fresh chilli) to ‘Salty Sea Dog’ (anchovy, caper and olives), you won’t be disappointed. Find them at You’ll spot the bright yellow horsebox at Bayfield Farmers Market in Glandford, as well as concerts and festivals; Two Hounds can also be hired for weddings and private parties. 07581 366849, Instagram/ Facebook @twohoundspizza



What Event stylists Christabel’s have four mobile bars, including ‘Ruby’ - a former 1980s ambulance - the kind of guest you’d want at your party. She looks glam and she serves very moreish cocktails. Tell us more… It’s all about the drinks here. There’s the more unusual (we love the sound of Grapefruit and Thyme Paloma - thyme, grapefruit, smoked tequila, sea salt, agave, lime) as well as old favourites like the Espresso Martini. Find them at All sorts of events along the coast - and beyond - from pop-ups to private parties. 07792 004109, Instagram @christabels_

THE CABIN What A converted 1980s Avondale caravan called ‘Hilary’ serving gourmet burgers and fries, wings and tacos. Tell us more… Owner Justin Unsworth, previously a successful chef and street food purveyor in London, is a whizz in the kitchen and passionate about sourcing local produce. Our menu favourite? It has to be the Holkham cheeseburger with curly fries. Find them at You’ll meet ‘Hilary’ at the Runton Road car park in Cromer (Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm to 9pm) and the monthly Bayfield Farmers Market in Glandford. Instagram/ Facebook @thecabinnorfolk

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HUSHWING CAFE What A beautifully-restored Citroen H van (called ‘Betsy’) and a Norfolk Shepherd Hut, selling locally-sourced (and superb) coffee and tea, and scrummy homemade cakes. Tell us more… Lisa Jarnell, who is behind Hushwing, started her pretty mobile café in July 2013 after working in a large corporation for 25 years. Find them at Hushwing often appears at Holkham (who doesn’t want a latte when strolling the grounds?), as well as festivals, parties, weddings, proms, special events and the like. 07887 295094, Instagram/ Facebook @hushwingcafe




What A pop-up pie company serving handmade gourmet pies and tasty sides from a converted ex-Salvation Army van called ‘Francis’. What’s not to love? Tell us more… Best-sellers are Steak & Ale; Chicken, Leek and Ham; and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Feta. All pies are handpressed and made with locally-sourced freerange meat, though they’ve lovely veggie and vegan options, too. Find them at Festivals, weddings, food fairs, private parties and pop-ups at pubs, breweries and other local events. They’re also looking to start offering their pies online for home delivery. 07508 855873, Instagram @piecentral

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If you’re in Warham on a Wednesday night from mid-September until at least 3 October, make a beeline for The Three Horseshoes where Justin Unsworth, the man behind food truck The Cabin Norfolk, has been invited to do a series of kitchen takeovers. Each evening is themed: on 26 September, it is Flavours of South East Asia (think slow-cooked Pork Belly with Ginger Sweet Soy; Laos Chicken Curry; and Lemongrass Roasted Rice), while on 3 October, expect Dishes of the Deep South, including The Cabin Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, and Buttermilk Chicken. 6 to 9pm; booking is highly recommended. Call 01328 710547.

Get fired up

With over ten years’ experience in woodfired catering, the team behind Norwichbased Wood Fired Chef are well placed to supply high-quality, beautifully designed pizza ovens, smokers, BBQs and grills. Passionate - and exceedingly knowledgeable - about the pleasures of wood-fired cooking at home, you will only find products on their site that they have tested and are happy to endorse themselves. They’ll help with delivery and installation, and they even offer a range of courses to help you make the most of your new equipment. 07901 536709,

Off to market

North Wootton will be hosting a Village Market on the third Saturday of every month (9am to 2pm) to raise funds for the Village Hall, which is also the venue for the event. There’ll be an array of fresh produce and handcrafted products from local suppliers the furthest a stallholder has travelled is 14 miles - plus the Hall committee will be selling refreshments. It’s the perfect excuse to sit down with coffee and a bacon roll, all for a good cause. Facebook @NorthWoottonVillageHall

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Set in the heart of Blakeney, boutique B&B Blakeney House has recently thrown open its doors to welcome non-residents for dinner in its refurbished Bay Tree Restaurant. Chef Tristan Samujlik, a whizz at using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, has devised a frequentlychanging, reasonably-priced menu which includes such delights as Pan-fried Sea Bass with Celeriac Puree and Warm Duck Salad with Bacon and Garlic Croutons (leave room for the signature BH Mess, pictured, a platelickingly good combo of berries and meringue). Booking is advisable. 01263 740561,

Hot plates

Make children’s mealtimes extra fun with this colourful tableware

Kids will love this cute yellow Buddy + Bear wild animal plate £7.50, bowl £7.50, and tumbler £6. Marshes & Flint, Creake Abbey, North Creake

Every tea will go with a roar with a Sophie Allport Dinosaur Set. £25. Bells and Whistles, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525676

Say ‘I love you to the moon and back’ with this enchanting breakfast set. £17.50. Baby O, Holt 07748 266565

Have kids, will dine out

You’re trying to kick back and enjoy the food, but your children have other ideas… Nothing can be more un-relaxing for parents than eating out in a place that isn’t kidfriendly. Thank goodness for The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, which has a big, bright conservatory with large family tables, ample space for highchairs and buggies, fun activity packs and free wifi to keep little ones amused, and a comprehensive children’s menu with age-appropriate portions (2 courses for £8.95). Grown-ups will also appreciate the new autumn/ winter menus launching in early October. 01485 512236,



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A little doing… if you dare! North Norfolk is playing host to all sorts of wonderful sounding spooky activities this Halloween. Here’s my pick of the crop: Follow the Fancy Dress Halloween Trail, learning about wildlife as you go, at Holt Country Park on 23 October and Pretty Corner Woods on 25 October, with prizes for the best fancy dress and for surviving the trail! £5 per child (10am-noon or 1-3pm). Booking advisable, www.north-norfolk. The annual spooktacular at Holkham Hall from 25 to 28 October (10am-5pm), is a Goodley family favourite with an elaborate daily fancy dress parade, pumpkin carving, face painting, cookie decorating, spooky sports, a murder mystery crime trail to solve and more.

A little creating Norfolk Creative Arts in Grimston run monthly Saturday morning children’s art clubs for kids between the ages of five and 15. Their autumn classes are on 29 September, 27 October and 24 November, running from 10am until midday (£10 per child, per class). Book your budding artist in now at

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Willa at Holkham

This year will be Maud’s first proper fancy dress moment, I can’t wait! Event included in standard admission, (additional charges for pumpkin carving and face painting). Head to Creake Abbey Café for fantastic spooky thrills on 27 October (4-7pm). This year, they’ve teamed up with The Star & Mouse Picture Show, to screen the family-friendly Halloween movie Hotel Transylvania 2 (U). Enjoy tea from 4pm and activities including gingerbread decorating, before the film begins at 5.30pm in the barn next door. © Holkham Estate There will be a prize for best dressed ghoul. Please book. Visit for more details and prices. The Fairyland Trust are hosting The Real Halloween at Bradmoor Woods, West Acre on 27 and 28 October (at 1-7pm and 12-6pm respectively). For those of you who have yet to experience this lovely family-friendly event, I can’t recommend it more highly. With a focus on the enchanting aspect of Halloween rather than the scary, children can try their hands at all sorts of creative workshops. Each day ends with the story of The Real Halloween, told in the woods by candlelight, followed by an illuminated parade of animal lanterns and a fire show. Adults £9, children £8 (under 3s free) from, booking is advisable. Additional charges apply for The Real Halloween some activities.

I’m always on the lookout for new bedtime story books so when I heard about former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell releasing his first picture book in ten years (and it’s inspired by Norfolk woodland!), I was excited to get my mitts on it. Once Upon A Wild Wood, (£12.99, Macmillan Children’s Books), doesn’t disappoint – both Willa and Maud loved listening to the tale of Little Green Raincape and it’s packed full of characters both familiar and new. I’ll be buying up copies to give as birthday presents and for those of you feeling really organized, it would also make a great Christmas gift! One of my favourite local shops, The Old Stores in Roydon, is now stocking a lovely selection of wellpriced children’s classics including Peter Rabbit and my own personal childhood favourite, The Tiger Who Came To Tea. (Pictured: Happy Birthday - A Peter Rabbit tale board book, £5.99, Penguin Books). 01485 600591,

A little shopping Robert & Son in Holt stock fun wooden toys by Le Toy Van and I’ve got my eye on this Jolly Pirate Ship, complete with a walk-the-plank! (£50, figures sold separately). 08452 414 244,



What’s on

FALL IN LOVE WITH AUTUMN We fill in your new season’s diary, so you don’t have to

SHOW TIME! The Greatest Show People Comedy ventriloquist Steve Hewlett (a Britain’s Got Talent finalist) and his puppet Arthur Lager host this sparkling variety show at Holt’s Auden Theatre, which promises music, magic and more. £15, concessions £11. Raising funds for the Grand Order of Water Rats. When Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm. 01263 713444,



Charity Football Match Cheer on the charity 5-a-side football match between The Stiffkey Red Lion and Morston’s The Anchor Inn at Stiffkey Playing Field and help raise money for The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House. When Friday 28 September, 4pm kick-off. You can donate at fundraisers/stiffkey-red-lion-vs-morston-anchor

The Old Stores Get your festive shopping done early at The Old Stores in Roydon – they’re hosting a day of mulled wine and mince pies to celebrate the opening of their Christmas Room. When Sunday 7 October, 10am to 4pm 01485 600591,

Walking and Cycling Festival Norfolk County Council’s annual Walking and Cycling Festival celebrates the numerous pretty paths, trails and routes Norfolk has to offer with events taking place across the county. When Throughout October. Check website for dates and times.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular Europe’s biggest Christmas show - now in its 41st year - returns to the village of Thursford with a dazzling festive extravaganza. Tickets from £37. When Tuesday 6 November to Sunday 23 December, 2pm and 7pm. 01328 878477,

Norfolk Family Walk Sign up for the 12th annual Norfolk Family Walk at Holkham Hall and help raise money for brain tumour research and support. Adults £5, children free. When Sunday 7 October, 10am to 4pm. © Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Fakenham Races Fancy a flutter? Kick off your racing calendar at the ever-popular ‘Start of the Season - At The Races’ meeting at Fakenham Racecourse. Buy your badges online in advance to save money. When Friday 19 October, first race is 2.05pm (race days and times are subject to change).

Oklahoma! Don’t miss the King’s Lynn Players’ footstomping, yee-hawing performance of Oklahoma! - the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, now in its 75th anniversary year - at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Tickets from £13. When Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 November, nightly at 7.30pm, plus a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. 01553 764864, 62


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Autumn Tours of the Private Gardens, Holkham Hall A chance to view the private gardens surrounding the Hall, particularly the arboretum with its rare specimen trees. Adults £10, children £5. Booking is advisable. When Sunday 4 November, 11am to noon; 1pm to 2pm; 3pm to 4pm. 01328 713111,

See the Lights Holt switches on its Christmas lights this year with a fun-fuelled evening, including fireworks, on Wednesday 14 November from 5pm. On Saturday 17 November, the Burnham Market all-day Christmas event promises stalls, entertainment and, of course, the light switch-on.

FUN FOR ALL TOPstitch Exhibition Norwich-based textile group TOPstitch are staging ‘The Eye of the Needle’ - a show depicting the beauty of Norfolk through traditional and contemporary needlework - in the Gallery at the Cley Norfolk Wildlife Trust. When Wednesday 19 September to Tuesday 2 October, 10am to 4pm. The Norfolk Hospice Autumn Fair The Autumn Fair at The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House promises to be a fun-packed family affair with craft stalls, tombola, raffle, jumble and refreshments. All proceeds go towards the hospice. When Saturday 29 September, 11am to 2pm.

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