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elcome to the winter issue of North Norfolk Living magazine. The festive season is fast approaching so this issue we’re shopping local - we’ve some fab finds in our annual Christmas gift guide! Meanwhile, Katy Coe and the fashion team bring you our wellies and glitz festive fashion feature with outfits from local independent boutiques, shot at beautiful Mount Amelia in Ingoldisthorpe. This issue I catch up with bestselling local author Lucinda Riley, we’ve news from the North Norfolk gallery scene plus Hattie and Willa share some great ideas for seasonal fun and shopping for the younger members of the family. We’re taking a break over the winter but we’ll be keeping in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll see you in 2017!

Amda Loose

5-7 Beachcombings: what’s on, what’s good and where to go 8 People: Sally Oates

remembers life on Blakeney Point

11 People: Amanda Loose

catches up with international best-selling local author, Lucinda Riley


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Front cover image: ‘Evening light’ by Stephen Clark of Pebbles Photography

12-14 Art: news from the local gallery scene and winter reading 17-20 Festive fashion: wellies and glitz!

22 Beauty: get set to glow with Christina Bunting

25-30 Christmas gift guide:

fab finds from our local shops

33-34 Little Living: seasonal fun and Christmas shopping with Hattie Goodley and daughter Willa

37-39 What’s on: festive fun

and activities

42-47 Food & Drink: the great gin revival, news from the local food scene plus our young baker Henie makes her family’s Christmas cake 49-51 Wellbeing: Christmas survival tips, a quick and healthy supper plus Ian Mullard on the growing power of garden therapy 54 Nuts & Bolts: Brian Vertigen puts the new Suzuki Vitara S through its paces


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Humble Pie is moving down the road… Opening above Gurneys, Burnham Market in December! NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2016


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Exciting times ahead for Norfolk Hideaways The QHA Group has recently acquired Norfolk Hideaways, the holiday letting agency launched by Hetti Simpson in February 2009. Seven years on and with numerous awards under its belt, including the EDP 2015 Small Business of the Year award, Norfolk Hideaways will now be run and managed by Helen Millin from its flagship office at the Big Blue Sky Building in Wellsnext-the-Sea. “We are pleased to have purchased Norfolk Hideaways. The company has an excellent reputation for managing quality rental properties across Norfolk,” says James Boyce, CEO of QHA Group, who lives in North Norfolk “It is our intention to continue to run Norfolk Hideaways as a separate company within QHA Group, to maintain the quality, develop the range of guest and home owner services and expand the rental management team, whilst retaining its strong local identity and brand character.” Offering a managed or marketed service to homeowners and with a portfolio of over 325 properties along the coast, Norfolk Hideaways is looking to expand further in 2017. With two satellite offices in Burnham Deepdale and Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea now open six days a week, Norfolk Hideaways will also strengthen its visibility and accessibility in the area. • Norfolk Hideaways, 01485 211022

The Harper (known as The Langham during construction) is set to open its doors in Langham, North Norfolk in the spring of 2017. The Harper, a brand new boutique hotel, just a mile from the coast, will house 28 luxurious, en-suite bedrooms and a relaxing spa and wellness centre featuring a pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym, plus a fitness studio offering classes. The hotel will also include an all-day casual restaurant/bar/brasserie/coffee shop along with a fine dining restaurant. The latter will be in partnership with Fernando Stovell. “The Harper will bring a taste of something new, exciting and truly special to the North Norfolk coast for residents and visitors alike to enjoy,” says Sam Cutmore-Scott, managing director of The Bijou Collection. “Email us at to find out more.”

Pamper your pooch! North Norfolk based Ruff and Tumble have recently launched several new products, just in time to treat man’s best friend for Christmas. There are two new special edition classic dog drying coats, one in slate with a burgundy trim, the other a navy coat with tartan trim, launched especially for Christmas (pictured). Both are from £33. There’s also a new colour in the sofa throw range, flint grey with a mink trim from £70 and look out too for their hugely practical double thickness cotton towelling drying mitts, £18 per pair, perfect for soggy paws after a winter’s walk. • To order call 03332 079960 or visit www.


FTEN overlooked for its bigger and noisier cousin, the pink-footed goose, brent geese are true saltmarsh birds. Arriving in Norfolk from their Russian breeding grounds at the same time as the pink-feet, the brent goose can be distinguished as a smaller, predominantly dark bird with a pale back end. The head, neck and upper breast are black with a small white crescent on the side of the neck, though this is sometimes only visible at close range. Young birds lack this crescent and usually associate with their parents, forming loose family groups within larger flocks. In flight they appear as a long winged, heavy, thickset dark goose although they are barely bigger than a shelduck. They favour mudflats and saltmarsh feeding on the saltmarsh plants,


SPOTTED! By Richard Campey The Brent Goose

though they do venture inland to feed on winter cereals. They are extremely vocal with a distinctive deep throated, gargling “krrut” call. Brent geese tend to be far more approachable than the pink-footed goose, and can be seen swimming and upending in creeks along the coast. • Richard is owner of The One Stop Nature Shop, Burnham Deepdale, 01485 211223 News of the latest sightings can be seen on the board outside One Stop NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2016





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Beachcombings What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go!

Music to your ears The Albion String Quartet is performing at Ingoldisthorpe Hall at Mount Amelia, Ingoldisthorpe, on Saturday 17th December. After years of close collaboration, musicians Tamsin WaleyCohen, Emma Parker, Rosalind Ventris and Nathaniel Boyd, who have experience in some of the UK’s foremost ensembles, launched the Albion Quartet this autumn. They play a stunning quartet of instruments including a Stradivarius, Amati, Guarnerius and Grancino. Their performance at Ingoldisthorpe Hall will feature Haydn’s Quartet in C major opus 20, no. 2 and Schubert’s no. 14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’. The morning performance is at noon, with lunch at 1pm, tickets £39.50 including a two-course lunch. The second performance is at 6.30pm, with a three-course dinner included in the £49.50 ticket price. • To book tickets email or call 07824 876697

AGA Peterborough has relocated to Oundle Wharf this month and been renamed AGA Oundle. The store will continue to display a large selection of AGAs and AGA cookware as well as hosting monthly demonstrations. Join them for their launch on Saturday 26th November when the Wharf will be hosting a Christmas shopping market with stallholders selling crafts, gifts and seasonal food. • AGA Oundle, 4/5 Oundle Wharf, Oundle 01832 280855

News from the home front Calling all interior design lovers! Arcadia Home Interiors, an extension of Arcadia Home Heating are officially launching their brand new design studio and showroom in Fakenham this December. Whether you’re looking for accessories or lighting for a quick update, to redesign your kitchen or bathroom, or for a piece of bespoke furniture, Arcadia Home Interiors have got it covered. On the kitchen front, they specialise in the design and installation of SieMatic kitchens and if you’re looking for something less contemporary, they also offer a design service creating bespoke, traditional kitchens built by their own highly skilled joinery team. The in-house team can offer support through the whole design process, from initial ideas to the production and installation too. Arcadia Home Interiors are dealers for Gaggenau and Sub-Zero & Wolf kitchen appliances and bathrooms by Duravit, Hansgrohe, Axor and Dornbracht, as well as more classic styles by Hurlingham Baths and Thomas Crapper. An interior design service is also available says Arcadia’s interior designer Charley Nichols. “We’re able to help clients realise their ideas through visualisations and to create bespoke designs of both fitted furniture, soft furnishings and even bespoke staircases so our client gets exactly what they have envisaged for their home.” • Arcadia Home Interiors, Heath Barn, Norwich Road, Fakenham 01328 800369

Stop press! After 36 years at the helm, Sue Elston of Humble Pie in Burnham Market has retired. But fans of the deli will be pleased to hear that Humble Pie will be moving down the road to Gurneys in Burnham Market and will open above their fish shop this December, just in time for a spot of Christmas shopping! •

My North Norfolk Living... This season Emma Tagg is looking forward to: Eating: at The Duck Inn in Stanhoe. The staff are really friendly and the food is amazing! Drinking: at The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe in front of the fire. It has a great buzzing atmosphere and Rob Williamson the assistant general manager there makes the best gin and tonic! Cooking: I buy a big bag of local mussels from the Fish Shed in Brancaster Staithe, cook them in cream and white wine and serve with some nice fresh bread. It’s a great winter warmer. Exploring: Holkham is great for taking a long stroll

along the beach or round the park. The Courtyard Café at Holkham Hall is open daily until 20th December so we’ll be popping in for a cup of something hot afterwards. Watching: Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular is a must see and a fabulous way to kick off the festive season. • Emma Tagg is the owner and director of Barefoot Living, a new gift shop in Burnham Market, the luxury holiday cottage agency Barefoot Retreats and estate agency Barefoot Estates

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Remembering life at the Point Ted Eales and Sally Oates

Sally Oates shares her childhood memories of Blakeney Point with Sarah Whittley

Sally Oates at the Point

David Eales and Sherry, Blakeney Point

Sally Oates, Blakeney Point


ORN in 1930, Sally was just three months old when she first visited the Point. Her Uncle Billy (William Eales) was the warden in the 1920s and 30s. He and his wife, Aunty May, and son Teddy lived in Point House, now called The Old Lifeboat Station. “I have so many happy memories from the Point,” explains Sally. “I spent a lot of time with Teddy, who didn’t go to school because of a heart condition.” In fact Teddy went on to become warden after his father’s death in 1939 and with the exception of the war years, where he served with the Royal Navy, he Sally Oates remained warden until the 1970s. and Fluffy Throughout Sally’s childhood, every holiday was spent with her family happily bumbling around on the Point; in fact, Sally and her brother David were affectionately called the Bumblers. She recounted how growing up there, they were left to run wild. Instead of a nanny, they had Sherry, a massive Labrador cross who would accompany them everywhere. Sally remembers being so tired as a toddler she would come home clinging onto the dog as he guided them back to safety. They would scramble up the giant sandhills, go cockling, musseling, fishing, collect samphire from the marshes and swim in the creeks. Uncle Billy taught her about the birds, offering her and David two shillings if they could find the first ringed plover nest at the beginning of the breeding season. They ate well while they were too. Sally remembers large cooked hams and chickens appearing at dinner time along with all the bounty from the sea and shore – mackerel and bass were commonplace, as well as many flat fish. Aunty May used to have a large wooden box on legs that Sally would sit on in the kitchen in Point House. The lid would lift to reveal a vast stash of flour for the daily baking. So good was Aunty May’s baking, she was frequently asked to cook for holidaymakers, which resulted in the tea



Throughout Sally’s childhood, every holiday was spent with her family happily bumbling around on the Point; in fact, Sally and her brother David were affectionately called the Bumblers.

rooms opening. I had a fascinating chat with Sally in her tucked away home in Norfolk, where Fluffy, the newly rescued tabby cat was happily bonding with Sally, boisterously demanding attention. One of the highlights was being handed an envelope with a strange lump of mangled metal inside. “That’s a part of the Heinkel bomber which crashed on Blakeney Marshes during the war,” cried Sally, who then went on to tell me one of her stories. “The plane came down right on the marsh, all the crew died except for one poor young boy. When the coastguards reached him, he was shaking uncontrollably, trying to hold up his arms. As well as being traumatized, the young German was absolutely terrified; he’d been told the English would kill him in an instant if he was caught. Well, the men picked him up and took him back to the village where they gave him hot sweet tea and cigarettes. He was then taken away to Weybourne POW camp and that was that.” As with the rest of the country, the Second World War bought about much change on Blakeney Point. Instead of a warden, Point House now played host to the coastguards. They added the lookout tower you can see now on The Old Lifeboat House to scour the sea and sky for enemy aircraft. Sally told me of a story that still gives me a shiver. During one of the regular beach sweeps looking for washed up mines they came across a body resting on the sand. They couldn’t discern much from his body, deciding the best plan of action would be to bury him as soon as possible. Soon after his first burial the body reappeared again. Blaming the changing sands they reburied him in a deeper more secure grave but the same thing happened twice more. They visited the Vicar at Blakeney who declared, “Well he obviously doesn’t want to be buried there.” So they buried him in the churchyard where he remains to this day.



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The sister act Amanda Loose catches up with North Norfolk based international bestselling author Lucinda Riley to talk novels, Hollywood and her ‘refuge’ North Norfolk


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ITH The Shadow Sister, the third in her global bestselling Seven Sisters series of seven novels just published and the series optioned by Hollywood for a multi-season TV series, it’s been quite a year for Lucinda Riley. “It has been the most busy year of my entire life. It’s just amazing. I have travelled around the world this year,” says Lucinda, who has now sold more than eight million copies of her books worldwide in 34 languages. “I have been in LA as Raffaella Productions have optioned The Seven Sisters series, then off to Brazil which was just incredible. There were just hundreds and hundreds of people waiting for me – The Shadow Sister signing took about six hours. “Just to sit in the office in Hollywood with my production team, discussing my characters and who is going to play them is one of those moments in your life when you think how did I get here? “They bought the series based on the first three books and I had to take them over a 50 page dossier about where the story was going. “They are the only people on the planet who know the entire over arching story – if they

didn’t like it then millions of readers wouldn’t. I went and had the longest walk around the garden for an hour while they read it and they said they were blown away. “It’s just incredibly surreal. What’s interesting about it is that I write for the reader and as an ex-actress have been very cynical when people say my books resemble films, but I have the nicest, best, most amazing production team ever.” The idea for The Seven Sisters series, the stories of seven adopted sisters and loosely based on the mythology of the Pleiades cluster, came from closer to home. “All the family were here and I was thinking what can I write, I need to find something new and different to give me a focus. “I was outside in the garden, looking at the big North Norfolk skies and thinking of our own seven children. I’ve always watched the stars – especially the distinctive Pleiades cluster, known as The Seven Sisters and I thought that’s it!” The first novel, The Seven Sisters, was published in 2014, followed by The Storm Sister a year later. The latest instalment, The Shadow Sister, follows the story of Star, the quietest and perhaps most puzzling of the sisters. After their adoptive father, the enigmatic billionaire Pa Salt, dies at the beginning of the series, the sisters are handed a set of coordinates each and clues to where they come

from. The novels see them travel across the world and into the past to discover their stories. Lucinda juxtaposes stories from the past with the sisters’ lives, giving the novels an epic sweep. Star’s fascinating story features Beatrix Potter and Alice Keppel, and moves from the Lake District to London and Kent. As a reader of the series, it’s my favourite yet. With her growing international fame and legions of fans, North Norfolk has become ‘a refuge’ for Lucinda. “The books are absolutely enormous abroad which suits me. I live at home in North Norfolk as a normal person, a wife and a mother. My books are in the top three all over the world, but it doesn’t affect my day-to-day life. It’s over the wall and life continues as it always has. “North Norfolk is a refuge, I don’t know how real celebrities cope. I come home to the shire and life goes back to normal with the children and the peace of North Norfolk. It really grounds and stabilizes me, and is so important. “I go to the coast to relax and love going up to The Wiveton Bell with my husband. It is very easy to relax up there, walking down the quay at Blakeney. I love the rawness and the bleak cold. One day I am going to move to the coast!” • The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley is published by Macmillan, £16.99. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2016



In the picture Art lovers are in for a treat in North Norfolk this season, says Amanda Loose


VER in Holt, Bircham Gallery’s festivities are already in full swing, with their Christmas Show Part 1 running until 30th November. This mixed exhibition features paintings, prints, jewellery, ceramics and glass including sculpture by Max Tannahill, ceramics by Rhian Malin, plus new wooden figure sculpture by Lynn Muir. Their Christmas Show Part 2 will run from 3rd December to 11th January 2017, with a new collection of work for Christmas including paintings from Tessa Newcomb and Debbie George, prints by HJ Jackson and Sir Peter Blake along with ceramics by Jo Keogh and sculpture from Alex Malcolmson. Meanwhile, The Red Dot Gallery in Holt will present a mixed exhibition of paintings and prints for its ‘End of the Year’ offering, including a series of new limited editions from Barrie Morris, with just 25 signed and numbered copies of each title. Over in Cley, Pinkfoot Gallery will have the first ever showing of Anthony Theakston’s new collection of seven bronze owl sculptures. Known for his ceramic sculptures, Anthony has been working on this bronze collection for a number of years. Pinkfoot will also be showing Anthony’s ceramic bids, alongside Stephen Henderson’s woodcarvings and Barbara Franc’s wire and tin sculptures laced with an assortment of household objects. Heading inland, the annual Christmas show at Walsingham Great Barns opens on 19th November. Sarah Caswell will be showing a new collection of small originals and extended ranges of canvas and paper reproductions, while Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing will be welcoming new artists including painter Rachel Thomas, printmaker Kate Heiss and ceramicist Emma Williams. The exhibition, housed in the West Barn Gallery, will continue throughout the festive ➧ period.

Ginger jars by Rhian Malin, Bircham Gallery Christmas Show Part 1

Above: ‘The Sign of The White Hart at Houghton Hall’ by Barrie Morris, The Red Dot Gallery Right: ‘Hanging Diver’ by Alex Malcolmson, Bircham Gallery Christmas Show Part 2

‘New Night Owl’ bronze by Anthony Theakston, Pinkfoot Gallery

Below: ‘Geese over the Marsh’ by Kate Heiss, Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing

‘Iris Carnival’ by Sarah Caswell

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Winter reading A Motif of Seasons Edward Glover The Oak House A Motif of Sea{on{ £9.99 Fans of Edward Glover’s Herzberg trilogy will be delighted to hear that the final volume is due to be published on 18th November. In A Motif of Seasons, the Norfolk based author takes up the story of the von Deppes in Germany and Whitfields in England in the latter half of the 19th century. Against a backdrop of war, politics and changing times, the novel tells the story of three women, kindred spirits of the feisty Arabella of the first two books, and her music book full of secrets. EDWA RD G LOV ER

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Creake Abbey Café is showing a collection of sixteen photographs by Jonathan Stroulger, all taken within sixteen miles of Creake Abbey. ‘Sixteen’, which runs until 21st February 2017, features images including the beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea, the harbour at Burnham Overy Staithe as well as the Creake Abbey ruins. Over in Burnham Market, Pocock’s the artmonger’s Christmas Exhibition includes original drawings by Dame Laura Knight and works by contemporary Norfolk artists and artisans, alongside animal bronzes from sculptor Laura Pentreath. In the run-up to Christmas, Burnham Grapevine is showing works from a selection of gallery favourites, including local artists Kevin and Ann-Marie Ryan, Michael Chapman, plus Martin Laurance, Adrian Taunton and prints from prize-winning printmaker, Louise Davies. Ruth McCabe, a new addition to the gallery during the year, will be showing a new group of her impressionistic watercolours. And finally, Norfolk by Design will be popping up from 2nd to 4th December, from 10am to 5pm, with Into The Woods, their latest exhibition showcasing Norfolk artists, designers



and makers. This pre-Christmas collection of work produced or sourced from Norfolk and the eastern region will reference the seasonal splendour of Norfolk’s woodland and the Stephen Sondheim musical. The show, at Priory House, Field Dalling, will include paintings, drawings, photography, textiles, ceramics, lights and lanterns. ADDRESS BOOK Bircham Gallery, Holt 01263 713312 Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730399 Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing, Great Walsingham Barns 01328 820900 Norfolk by Design, Pocock’s the artmonger, Burnham Market 01328 730370 Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley 01263 740947 Sarah Caswell, Great Walsingham Barns 07747 613395 The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730827

The Travelling Bag And Other Ghostly Stories Susan Hill Profile Books £9.99 Chilling and compelling in equal measure, this new collection of four tales is the perfect spine tingling page-turner for solitary winter evenings, from the best selling author of The Woman in Black. From Victorian London to 1950s suburbia, these powerful tales of supernatural happenings, revenge and terror will stick with you long after they’re done. Norfolk’s War Frank Meeres Amberley £14.99 Norfolk’s War, part of Amberley’s new Voices of the First World War local area series, tells of the experiences of Norfolk men and women, from soldiers and nurses to munitions workers and those living on the homefront. Using never before published diaries, letters and images, local author Frank Meeres builds up a picture of what life was like, both at home and abroad. An ideal gift for local history lovers this Christmas. • Local stockists include The Holt Bookshop, 01263 715858


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Give your winter wardrobe the wow factor by adding a dash of rustic luxe or a flash of festive glamour this season, with these fab finds from local shops and boutiques PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM STEELE STYLIST: KATY COE

Catherine in Bitte Kai Rand skirt £199 and sleeve gloves £49, Nelle-dk Holt; Ginia silk nightdress £125, Pollard & Read; earrings £79, Urban Armour; collar necklace £49, pendant £39 and bracelet £39, Rocks N’ Rubies; shoes stylist’s own







Catherine in Cadenza Italy cashmere blend tunic £42, Artemis Homes & Antiques; Seasalt Hellandbridge skinny jeans £49.95, Christopher William Coastal; Isle Jacobsen boots £110, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; headband £8, Relish; Casamia scarf £27, Allez Chic; Hultquist star necklace £27, Lime Green; bracelets £14.95 each and purse £6.75, Barefoot Living; ring base £12, top £36, Fineline Frames & Gallery


Catherine is wearing cashmere faux fur wrap £94.95, Ginger and Duck; Louche Ollie mustard jumper £39, Nomad & the bowerbird; Twist & Tango Linda trousers £119, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; Fairfax & Favour heeled Regina boots £325, Christopher William Country; Dubarry faux fur cuffs £20, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal; clutch £36 and top necklace £15, Allez Chic; long beads with tassel £30, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards and Holt; Hultquist leaf necklace £33, Lime Green; ring base £12, top £36, Fineline Frames & Gallery; Harlequin ceramic vase £40, The Red Dot Gallery


Catherine in Barbour Landry Baffle quilted jacket £159, Christopher William Coastal; Part Two Alice II jeans £79.95, Lime Green; tweed hat £30, Relish; scarf £33, Nomad & the bowerbird; sleeve gloves £49, Nelle-dk Holt; Ilse Jacobsen boots £110, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards


Rachael in an Anna Lascata coat £399, Christopher William Country; Baum und Pferdgarten Ermina blouse £69, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; Pomodoro olive jeans £59, Allez Chic; Bitte Kai Rand sleeve gloves £49, Nelle-dk Holt; hat £8.75, Artemis Homes & Antiques; collar necklace £49 Rocks N’ Rubies; Brogue zip ankle boot £179, The Tannery; bag stylist’s own. Copper lamp base £240 and shade £45, Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery; antler bowl £95, The Old Stores


Rachael in Annabel Brocks tweed and faux fur cape £225, Christopher William Country; Pomodoro olive jeans £59 and clutch £59, Allez Chic; Baum und Pferdgarten Ermina blouse £69, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; hat £8.75, Artemis Homes & Antiques; Ilse Jacobsen boots £110, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards

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Rachael in knit and faux fur scarf £21.50, Barefoot Living; Sixton London New York jumper £55 and Nice Things shorts £68, Nomad & the bowerbird Rachael in Michaela Louisa dress £110 and gold clutch £36, Allez Chic; necklace £480 and bracelet £225, Urban Armour; belt stylist’s own

Rachael is wearing Neo Noir Casadi blouse £39 and Depeche belt £135, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; Isabel Marant Étoile Madlen skirt £245, Anna; So-Me multi strand bracelet worn as a choker £15, Lime Green; Coeur de Lion bracelet £59, Urban Armour; pendant £49, Rocks N’ Rubies; camisole stylist’s own Catherine in Ginia silk nightdress £125, Pollard & Read; Michaela Louisa jacket £72.50, Allez Chic; two tone earrings £29, Rocks N’ Rubies; ring £229, Urban Armour; just seen necklace £30, Nelle-dk; shoes stylist’s own; votives on the mantelpiece from £5.95, Birdie Fortescue; antler bowl £95, The Old Stores

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Rachael in Urban Armour necklace £480; dress Allez Chic as before

Rachael wearing Coeur de Lion necklace £119 and bracelet £59, Urban Armour; Nice Things Commas print dress £82, Nomad & the bowerbird. Nails by Sophie at Rejuvenate at the Bullpen using a nude gel polish with chrome pigment powder finish, £20


Catherine wearing bracelets £14.95 each and purse £6.75, Barefoot Living; ring with interchangeable tops base £12, top £36, Fineline Frames & Gallery; outfit as before


Catherine in Pomodoro dress £69 and gold clutch £59, Allez Chic; cuff £39 and matching ring £29, Rocks N’ Rubies; hat £8.75, Artemis Homes & Antiques; shoes stylist’s own


Rachael in Baum und Pferdgarten Ermina blouse £69, Nelle-dk Drove Orchards; Bitte Kai Rand sleeve gloves £49, Nelle-dk Holt; scarf (around waist) £9.95 and hat £8.75, Artemis Homes & Antiques; collar necklace £49 and pendant £49, Rocks N’ Rubies; just seen Pomodoro olive jeans £59, Allez Chic

4 With thanks to Ben and Caroline Marten for allowing us to use Mount Amelia for our fashion shoot. Mount Amelia, Ingoldisthorpe Hall and Cottages are available for weddings, meetings and events, self-catering accommodation plus bed and breakfast. Visit for more details Floristry: Lockwood & Lily 07812 753896, and Mock Orange Flowers 07917 344639, Hair and Makeup: Sophie Stapleton of Rejuvenate at the Bullpen, Manor Mews, Tattersett, 07500 009527 Photographer: Tim Steele Photography, 07909 998216 Stylist: Katy Coe Models: Rachael Crowe and Catherine Monk



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Get set, glow! Our beauty writer Christina Bunting shares her top tips for getting party ready this festive season and giving a little good will to yourself

It’s all about the oils The rise of natural plant oils and extracts as skincare solutions has been phenomenal over the last few years. Many who previously would have shunned applying them are oiling up with the rest of us and, in my opinion, with good reason as these plant super stars can do for your skin and hair what a cross trainer can do for your thighs! Aveda have recently launched their Tulasãra Radiant Awakening Ritual consisting of a cute little dry facial brush for gently exfoliating, followed their Radiant Oleation Oil, a blend of six pure plant oils (brush £27, oil £38, Six Appleyard at Creake Abbey). Elemis’ new Superfood Facial Oil (£45, The Retreat) combines nine oils including broccoli seed, flax seed and daikon radish to ‘feed your skin’. Meanwhile, Bare Minerals has the silky and ultra lightweight Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil with uplifting lavender and tangerine plus nurturing borage, cucumber, bilberry and sunflower oils (£22, The Hair Factory). I love the fact that these oils sound good enough to eat! Sophie at Rejuvenate at the Bullpen is now offering Spa Magik Organiks’ 50-minute Sleep Therapy Dream Facial (£45) created for people with sleep problems, insomnia, stress, ageing skin or difficulty switching off. The treatment uses the therapeutic Sleep Therapy 6-Oil Super Serum, which includes lavender and Vitamin E oils, not only for deeply relaxing massage to the face, neck, shoulders and scalp but also to gently cleanse the skin. The face is also cocooned in lavender infused warm towels – how relaxing does that sound?

The eyes have it ‘Tis the season to party, or very nearly. If you’d like to raise a perfectly groomed eyebrow at the office party this year then shape it up with the new ultra fine precision Retractable Brow Pencil from Jane Iredale available in three shades (£17, Rejuvenate at the Bullpen or The Retreat). All that glitters is either rose gold or bronze this year, so why not try Elizabeth Arden’s beautifully festive Bronze Lustre to create a smoky eye with a touch of sparkle (£18, Bakers & Larners).

Dancing feet It used to be not at all unusual to spot a lady tiptoeing out of a salon wearing flip flops in the midst of winter ... to preserve her immaculate pedicure of course! That, I am happy to say, is a thing of the past with the new gel polishes which dry instantly and come in a range of gorgeous glitters for partying. I recently experienced bliss as Becca from Boldero & Filby Hair & Beauty scrubbed, filed, polished and pampered my dancing feet back to perfection. I’m now sporting Rose Gold Halo Gel Polish by Pure Nails ready for my tango around the living room during the next episode of Strictly! Boldero & Filby pedicures from £14.

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Head over to Holkham It’s all change at Holkham, with their opening season extended until just before Christmas. On top of a host of festive events, the Courtyard Café and Gift Shop will be open daily from 10am to 4pm until 20th December as well as the Field to Fork experience with its special offer of ‘2 for 1’ tickets.


o why not enjoy a walk around the Park spotting the herd of Fallow Deer and the changing colours of the landscape, before heading to the Courtyard Café for a restorative hot drink and slice of cake? The Café will be serving locally sourced produce, cakes and savoury snacks, an ideal pit stop before heading to Field to Fork, an interactive exhibition for adults and children alike. Learn about Holkham’s unique farming history and the relationship between the land and food production. ’Tis also the season for Christmas shopping and the Gift Shop is packed with inspiration for presents for all the family – including the dog! From jewellery, handbags, local food and drink, children’s toys and games, to works by local artists and artisans, you’re sure to be able to tick a few gifts off your list! The shop will also be stocking Christmas decorations and candles, which will feature in this year’s festive decoration of the Hall. Holkham’s Christmas celebrations begin on 30th November with candlelight tours of the Hall, on selected dates, with the state rooms adorned with decorations and flickering candlelight.

Music lovers will be in for a treat with two evenings of Christmas chamber music in the Marble Hall on 3rd and 4th December. The following weekend brings Diva Opera’s ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ on 10th and 11th, plus theatre in Holkham’s new events venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing, with a performance each evening of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. To top it off, Father Christmas himself will be in residence for ‘An Audience with Father Christmas’ from 17th to 20th December, along with Mother Christmas and his band of cheeky elves. Parking: £3 per day, redeemable in the Café or Gift Shop on purchases of £10 or more Field to Fork: Special ‘2 for 1’ offer adults £5, child (5-16 years) £2.50, cheapest ticket is free. Visit for details of events and to book tickets

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Christmas gift guide Glass scent vessels £60 to £175, SALT glass studios

Gifts for her ‘Porcelain Cascade’ framed gilded magnolia print £55, by Sarah Caswell

Annabel Brocks faux fur and tweed head warmer and scarf £45 each, Christopher William Country and Christopher William Coastal

Stoneware Robin £25, Pinkfoot Gallery

Shruti star wash bag £16.50, Barefoot Living Handmade reclaimed silver pendant by Madeleine Spencer Jewellery £75, Pocock’s the artmonger

Cluse La Bohème rose gold white/pink watch £84, Nomad & the bowerbird, Wells

Handbag £29, Allez Chic Beefayre Spiced Orange kitchen candle from £14.95, Artemis Homes & Antiques

Silver sequin market basket £48, Joyful Living

Go Be Lovely hand cream £26, Nomad & the bowerbird, Wells

Aigle Cable Cap £30, Christopher William Coastal

Moroccan leather babouche slippers £28, Joyful Living

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Toucan cast iron, hand painted bookends £30 for a pair, The Red Dot Gallery

Gifts for him Dubarry Mulranny gilet £169, Christopher William Country

Agua de Colonia Concentrada Barberia Cologne £45, Joyful Living

Skyline tie 100% cotton £42 or 100% silk £60, by King’s Lynn based Scott & Arkel

Monitors of the Royal Navy by local author Jim Crossley, Pen & Sword Maritime RRP £14.99, available from The Holt Bookshop

Pantherella socks £15, The Tannery Sterling silver vintage steering wheel cufflinks £230, Urban Armour

Wash bag £19.99, The Old Stores

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Filson cap £40, Gun Hill Great Outdoors

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Felted mice with flowers and cake £18 each, The Red Dot Gallery

Piccalilly organic cotton Gingerbread pyjamas £26, Baby O

Honeybake kitchen £149.95, Heirloom Toys & Clothing I’m a Little Crabby baby t-shirt £9.99, Gone Crabbing

Peter Rabbit wooden dominoes set £9.99, Baby O

Hand smocked long sleeved nightie £42, Willa and the Bear

Rockahula purse £8, pompom bow £4 and set of four hairslides £6, all Bells and Whistles Kids

Wooden Noah’s Ark set £39.99, The Old Stores

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Living Hattie Goodley and daughter Willa plan some festive fun and Christmas shopping in North Norfolk, and make a little something for our feathered friends

Christmas crackers! There are always lots of great things happening in North Norfolk over the Christmas period and tempting though it is to try and do everything, past experience has taught me that with small children in tow, it’s generally better to do a few things really well … An Audience with Father Christmas © Holkham Estate

Willa making bird seed cookies

Fork. It’s a great experience for children, helping them to get to grips with where their food actually comes from whilst having fun at the same time; Field to Fork © Holkham Estate something that all of us should be more aware of (spoken like a true farmer’s wife!) Enjoy ‘2 for 1’ this winter at Field to Fork, adults £5, child (5-16 years) £2.50 (cheapest ticket free). Felbrigg National Trust Images Rob Stothard

With this in mind, I’ve booked Willa and some friends tickets to An Audience with Father Christmas at Holkham Hall, where the great man himself (and Mother Christmas) will be spending a few days catching his breath before the hard work begins on Christmas Eve. The Saloon is decorated with a plethora of wonderful decorations and a band of musical elves entertain the children. The whole experience is beautifully done and completely magical. An Audience with Father Christmas from 17th to 20th December, tickets £16, adults and children (0-12 years) alike. Booking is only available online at Holkham’s opening season has been extended this year, with the Courtyard Café, Gift Shop and Field to Fork exhibition open daily until 20th December, from 10am to 4pm. What could be nicer than a wintry walk on Holkham’s spectacular beach, followed by a warming cuppa with a slice of cake in the Courtyard Café and a browse in the newly revamped Holkham Gift Shop, where there is a lovely range of stocking filler ideas and pocket money toys? And as a Norfolk farmer’s daughter, Willa never turns down an opportunity to visit Holkham’s interactive exhibition, Field to

A little making … Very easy seed bird cookies


ITH winter on its way and the birdlife in our garden looking increasingly peckish, Willa and I have been baking seed cookies to hang outside –it’s great fun watching to see who’s nibbling whilst we have our breakfast! Method: • Choose your cookie cutters (Willa likes to mix up the selection) and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper • Make up the cookie mix using one part seeds and oats to two parts melted lard • Fill the cookie cutters with the mix and place in the fridge. After 10 minutes, remove and make a hole at the top of each cookie with a skewer. Return to the fridge for several hours until fully set. • Remove the cutters, thread with twine or ribbon and hey presto, they’re ready to hang out in the garden.

New to Felbrigg Hall this Christmas is Enchanted Felbrigg, with a winter trail through the sculptural gardens, enchanted woodland and creative spaces in the Hall, during which you’ll be able to enjoy music, illuminations, crafts and tasty winter treats – it sounds like a great way to burn off some pre-Christmas energy whilst getting into the festive spirit. From 9th to 11th and 16th to 18th December, adult £6, child £3, National Trust members free © SALT glass studios

This Christmas, Kelling Heath Holiday Park are raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) with Winter in the Woods on 10th and 11th December, a weekend of festive fun including the elf trail, Father Christmas, carol singing, Christmas crafts and market stalls galore. All proceeds will be donated to EAAA. Tickets children £8.50, adults £4 from

Bauble making © SALT glass studios

If you’re looking for an activity with a difference that all the family can get involved in, then Willa and I can really recommend heading to SALT glass studios in Burnham Thorpe to try your hand at blowing your own glass Christmas bauble or making a special Christmas gift. SALT’s Christmas courses run from 1st December to 4th January 2017, from £15. Book on 01328 738873 or NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2016


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A little Christmas shopping …

With the clocks turned back for winter, the festive season seems to be fast approaching and I’m keen to make a start on my rather daunting list of Christmas presents…

Willa and I spotted this sweet little box of nursery rhyme snap cards (£3) in the Holkham Gift Shop, an ideal stocking filler and just the ticket for tucking in a bag and taking on holidays, road trips or to the dentist’s waiting room! Holkham Gift Shop, Holkham Hall 01328 713118

Not only does Thornham Deli offer delicious things to eat, it is also jam packed with delectable homeware and children’s gifts, including this fantastic set of Melissa & Doug mini pots and pans (£27) which would add the finishing touch to any play kitchen or Wendy house. Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194 www.

North Norfolk based children’s label, Mini Maharajas has these very pretty quilted Delilah coats for girls in turquoise and pink or navy and gold. At £75 they’re definitely a treat, but they look adorable on (I’m thinking Christmas Day) and are the sort of thing you’ll want to hang onto and pass down to the next generation.

Burnham Market’s newest opening, Barefoot Living, has a fantastic kids’ corner with lots of tempting goodies such as this Delicious pompom purse (£11), just the sort of thing I’d buy for Willa’s stocking and end up using myself … Barefoot Living, Burnham Market 01328 738100

I love these Fox knee socks (£11) and cotton cashmere bobble hat (£26) combo by The bonniemob from Bells and Whistles Kids, great for girls and boys alike and guaranteed to keep them warm and toasty over Christmas. Both in sizes 0-2 years at Bells and Whistles Kids, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525676 www.

Heirloom Toys & Clothing always have a lovely array of present ideas for children and babies, and this jolly little all-in-one caught my eye recently - Frugi festive romper suit ‘Charlie Romper’ (£19.99). Heirloom Toys & Clothing, Burnham Market 01328 738950, Sheringham 01263 825420 www.






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Giving your pooch the VIP treatment Maisie Moo’s grooming parlour may have moved to new premises in Snettisham this autumn, but it’s still business as usual


ue Hall started the grooming business around seven years ago, under the Pets Emporium pet shop in Snettisham banner, and was joined by Mandy Mead a year later. Both Sue and Mandy were trained at the

Leicester Academy of Dog Grooming and the pair specialize in hand stripping, poodle styling, clipping and everything in between! And they work on any breed from lhasa apsos and terriers, to old English sheep dogs and labradoodles. “The business went from strength to strength and we sold the pet shop in August 2016 and moved to our new grooming parlour at Common Road West, in Snettisham,” says Mandy. “There’s nothing more rewarding than having a dog come in after a messy woodland walk and sending it home ready for Crufts – we love what we do!” Sue and Mandy have a real passion for dogs and grooming, and both have a real eye for detail. “We get to know many of our canine clients well and often watch them grow from puppy to adulthood, building up a trust and relationship which enables us to put the pet at ease,” says Mandy.

Maisie Moo’s isn’t exclusively for dogs, cats welcome too. Open five days a week, they also offer a monthly food order for regular customers, with local deliveries for a small charge. Mandy is also a qualified Clinical Herbalist so incorporates all things natural in to their every day lives. “Animal healing has always been close to both our hearts – hands on healing can ease your aged furry friend’s joints and is totally unobtrusive and calming,” says Mandy. With the move complete, Sue and Mandy aren’t standing still. Sue is looking to add doggy massage and Acupressure to the grooming parlour next year, as a specialised alternative approach to animal welfare. Don’t forget to book your dog in for a festive wash and trim for Christmas Maisie Moo’s, 36B Common Road West, Snettisham, 07917 405537


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Our pick of just some of the cracking events and activities coming up this season Saturday 19th November Burnham Market Christmas Lights Switch On Live music, fun fair (all day) and Father Christmas, from 4-6pm with countdown at 6pm. Parking on the Playing Field and in the new Foundry Field car park. Tuesday 22nd November The Man Who Knew Infinity (12A) Growing up poor in colonial India, self-taught maths genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar (Dev Patel) earns admittance to Cambridge University during the First World War, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories. Showing at Walsingham Picture Palace, Walsingham Parish Hall at 7.30pm. Adults £4, members £3.50, under 16s £3, on the door. Thursday 24th November The Norfolk Christmas Fair With over 40 artisans, designers and craftsmen at The Octagon Barn, Little Plumstead, from 9am to 3pm including Troy London, Vintage Rocks and Trouve Cashmere. Entrance £5. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Thornage Hall. Friday 25th November Momentous Times A play about the extraordinary experiences of five women in Europe during the First World War. Stanhoe Village Hall at 2pm followed by tea and cakes. Donations to the British Red Cross. Please book on 01485 518191 or email Saturday 26th November Creake Abbey Christmas Gift Fair With over 45 stands including festive decorations, wreaths, local art and crafts, food and drink.

10am to 3pm, free entry and parking. Saturday 26th November In Every Corner Sing A feast of English music from the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, directed by David Ballard, featuring baritone Dhilan Gnanadurai and accompanied by string orchestra. The programme includes Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet. St Peter’s Church Sheringham, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£15 on the door) under 18s free from 01263 822347 or Saturdays 26th November and 10th December Fakenham Makers Market Christmas Markets Held in Fakenham Parish Church from 10am to 2pm, the markets are devoted to arts and crafts handmade by the stallholders including jewellery and seasonal items. Saturday 26th November Blakeney Christmas Market Stalls, raffle, refreshments and tombola at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, from 10am-4pm. All proceeds to St Nicholas’ Church. Saturday 26th November Festive Fair at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House With craft stalls, live music, games and jumble plus meet Santa! From 11am to 2pm. Saturday 26th November The Hunny Bell Christmas Market Local food and craft stalls at The Hunny Bell, Hunworth from 10am4pm, raising money for The Hunny

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Festive fun! Holkham Hall © Holkham Estate Blickling Hall © Ian Ward

Holt Christmas Lights © Rodney Smith Photographers’ Gallery

Sunday 27th November Hunstanton Christmas Cracker Activities all day plus stalls and rides. The lights will be turned on at 5pm. Monday 28th November Love and Friendship (U) Screen-next-the-Sea at the Alderman Peel High School present Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan at 7pm. Tickets adult £5, child £3.50, from Wells TIC, 01328 710885, or on the door. Monday 28th November to Thursday 1st December Christmas evenings at Blickling Enjoy a walk around the lit garden and a spot of Christmas shopping. Explore the house, decorated with an art nouveau theme. Tickets £26, booking essential on 0844 2491895 or uk. The gardens and gallery shops will be open from 5:30pm, the house from 7pm. Wednesday 30th November Holt Christmas Lights Switch On The town will celebrate from 5pm with a panto theme including pantomime horse racing! A



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procession of lanterns and music will precede the lights switch on and firework display. There will be street entertainment, seasonal food and shops open for Christmas shopping. Wednesday 30th November to Friday 2nd December then 7th to 9th and 14th to 16th December Candlelight Tours, Holkham Hall A magical opportunity to see the magnificent staterooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight. The guided tours are a chance to hear how the decorations were created and about Holkham’s history too. Follow this with a glass of prosecco and a mince pie in the Courtyard Café. Tours from 4-8pm, starting every 15 minutes. Adult £16, child £10 (suitable for age 10 and over). Book at Thursday 1st to Thursday 8th December 2016 Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival Fakenham Parish Church is holding its 16th Christmas Tree Festival with over 50 trees, each decorated by a different charity,

who will take the entire contents of their collection buckets. As well as the beautiful trees, there will be a gift stall, raffle, tombola and refreshments. Free entry, open 10am till 8pm daily, except Sunday 4th when it will be noon (after the 10.30am Festival service) till 7.30pm when the Parish Church choir will sing compline. www. Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December Deepdale Christmas Market Back for the 8th year, with over 100 local artisans and producers with great gift ideas including tasty treats, homewares, decorations, photographs and much more plus plenty of food stands to refuel at! Open Friday noon till 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm, free entry and parking. www. Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December Alice in Pantoland The Briston Players’ 10th pantomime sees Alice make her way into the worlds of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more. Performances at the Copeman

Centre, Briston, at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm matinee on 3rd. Adults £6, child £3, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £16, from 07500 047732 or Saturday 3rd December Wells Christmas Tide Festival The fun will start at 10am with street entertainment events beginning all over Wells-next-theSea. The Christmas lights will be turned on at 5pm, followed by the annual lantern parade down Staithe Street to The Quay, for Santa’s arrival by boat, the opening of his grotto and a fireworks display. Saturday 3rd December A Christmas Concert David Stowell and The Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band will be back at St Nicholas’ Church, Dersingham with seasonal music from 7.30pm. Tickets £9 in advance from 01485 544561 or £10 on the door. Sunday 4th December Vintage Lover Fair Head to Sussex Barn, near Burnham Market for vintage fashion, textiles, accessories and homewares from 10am to 4pm.

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Adults £2, concessions £1.50, accompanied children under 16 free. Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th December FADLOS presents Peter Pan With evening performances at 7.30pm plus a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm, at Fakenham Community Centre. Tickets stalls £6, raised £7.50, from Sweets N Things, Fakenham 01328 855172 or Thursday 8th December The Nutcracker Screened live from the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classic ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Showing at Thornham Village Hall, call 07787 255597 for tickets, £15 each, children £10. Doors and bar open at 6.30pm, curtain up at 7.15 pm. Tuesday 13th December Love and Friendship (U) Adapted by Whit Stillman from Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, this is the story of widow Lady Susan Vernon who has come

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An open to all session from 10.30am to 12.30pm with carols and festive songs plus seasonal refreshments. Saturday 24th December Carols with Fakenham Town Band Join them in the Market Place, Fakenham at 7pm for carols and mulled wine. Sunday 25th December Christmas Day Swim Head to the Promenade at Hunstanton to watch or swim! Swimmers should arrive by 10.30am and must raise and give all sponsorship money to the Round Table for distribution. Registration form available at Monday 26th December Boxing Stroll, NWT Cley Marshes A bracing stroll around the marshes looking out for winter wildlife along the way. 10.30am to 1pm, NWT members £5, nonmembers £7.50. Booking essential 01263 740008




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The great gin revival The juniper-flavoured spirit’s popularity continues to rise apace, says gin aficionado, Alex Rousso


AST year, no fewer than three Norfolk based distillers started producing their own gin. Norfolk Gin went on sale in June 2015, Black Shuck Gin started last December, and in the same month Bullards distillery had its first distillation A selection of gins at The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe of Norwich Dry Gin. Pubs all over North Norfolk have special gin menus: The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, The Hero at Burnham Overy Staithe and The Anchor Inn at Morston to name a few. The Gin Trap Inn at Ringstead offers 97 gins and even serves a gin tasting board. Is there a gin revival happening? “Absolutely,” says Peter Smith, the distiller of Norwich Dry Gin. “It’s a fantastic time to be Jonathan Redding, Norfolk Gin a gin drinker. Any pub you find has a range of A White Lady: one measure each of fresh lemon gins which you wouldn’t have found seven or juice and Cointreau and two of Norfolk Gin. eight years ago.” Shaken over ice, strained and sipped slowly on a The secret to the rising popularity of gin hot day. might be in its broad definition. Technically, there are only three stipulations for a drink Peter Smith, Bullards’ Norwich Dry Gin to be classed as a gin: the alcohol should be It depends on the gin. With our gin, straight with of agricultural origin, it should be bottled at over 37.5% ABV, and flavoured with juniper. Other than ice and maybe some dehydrated orange, but you that, there is a whole range of botanicals can’t beat a good gin and tonic. that can be added which make trying different gins great fun. Sarah Saunders, Black Shuck Gin In fact, it’s the addition of botanicals Our David Bowie inspired cocktail Gin Genie: that allows gin makers the freedom to be Black Shuck Gin, Prosecco, pomegranate and creative. Norwich Dry Gin for example has elderflower cordial, plenty of ice, pomegranate tonka bean, cardamom, cassia bark and seeds to garnish. black pepper among its botanicals. Black Shuck is North Norfolk’s very own Annelli Taylor, The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead gin, made by the Norfolk Sloe Company We do many gin cocktails. Our favourite at the in Fakenham. Its eleven botanicals include moment is with rhubarb and ginger. bitter orange peel and coriander. Two A tasting are even locally sourced: lavender from board at Heacham and sea buckthorn, which they personally collect The Gin from the coast. Trap Both Black Shuck Gin and Norwich Dry Gin are so-called London dry gins. This means there is a second distillation after the botanicals are added. In this case, the skill of production lies in getting the balance of the flavours right before the distillation. After the distillation, only water can be added. By contrast, Norfolk Gin only goes through one distillation, with the botanicals being added afterwards. “It’s a bathtub gin, to use the American term,” says Jonathan Redding, who personally produces every bottle. Jonathan won’t reveal his exact recipe, but he does grow some of the botanicals used in his back garden. These endless combinations of profiles and flavours are what make gin so impressionable, says Rob Williamson of The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. “It was stereotypically seen as the older generation drink, but now it’s popular with old and young, across the board.” Little wonder pubs are now offering specific gin menus. “I remember buying the gins for our list, thinking how embarrassing it would be if they didn’t sell,” says Rowan Glennie of The Anchor Inn at Morston. “The first week was a bit slow and then people realised and it took off.” With pubs such as The White Horse and The Gin Trap Inn training their staff specifically on gin, and distilleries such as Black Shuck offering gin-tasting sessions, it’s safe to say there is a gin revival going on. Cheers!

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Around the Norfolk Table Packed with recipes, chef interviews and a food lovers’ guide to the county, Norfolk Table: One County, Twenty Chefs, published in October, celebrates Norfolk’s food and farming heritage, the skills of some of its chefs and the relationships between them and their suppliers. Norfolk Table features chefs including Eric Snaith of Titchwell Manor and Phil Milner of Shuck’s at the Yurt, at Drove Orchards, Thornham. Norfolk Table: One County, Twenty Chefs by Tessa Allingham and Glyn Williams, Feast Publishing £19.95, is available from the 20 profiled restaurants and other retailers. • Visit for stockists

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Back to school Two local chefs have just launched Feast with Sophie & Boo, a new cookery school in Thornham. Sophie Allsopp and Atalanta Keirle will be running a range of courses and demonstrations throughout the year and can also offer bespoke courses in your own home. “We have our own catering companies and joined forces with a few things,” says Atalanta. “We’re quite like-minded people with young small ones and wanted to do something that we could do together Photo: during the day.” Sophie and Atalanta are offering some handy courses in the run up to Christmas, with Feeding a Crowd on 28th November and Christmas Entertaining on 5th and 12th December which is all about taking the stress out of festive entertaining, with easy things to prepare ahead plus lots of short cuts! These demonstrations cost £50 per person, and run from 11am to 2pm with a tasting lunch of what has been made. • Feast with Sophie & Boo, 07813 177330 or 07957 486886

Party time! The Lifeboat and Chequers Inns in Thornham are offering festive menus from 1st to 23rd December, available Monday to Friday, perfect for your office Christmas lunch or dinner, a family get together or a festive catch up with friends. The Chequers Inn will be offering three courses for £28.95pp (book on 01485 512229), The Lifeboat Inn, three courses for £26.95pp (01485 512236). •

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Fast and flavourful Comfort food may be exactly what it says but large amounts of heavy carbs and sugary puddings often make us feel lethargic when the short term ‘feel good’ effect wears off, says Na Hansell

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ETTER to feed a winter body with fresh vegetables, light protein and zingy flavours. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for zingy prawn, cucumber and watercress salad that I hope will ‘nourish the body and possibly the soul’ - or at least keep you away from the mince pies for a little longer… What you need… • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 garlic clove, sliced • 1 tbsp brown mustard seeds • 300g mangetout, sliced into about 3 pieces • 300g large raw prawns (frozen ones are best) • 100g watercress • 1/2 a cucumber, thinly sliced

For the dressing: • 1 tsp honey • 1 tbsp lemon juice (from 1/2 a lemon, approximately) • 50ml olive oil • 1/2 tsp salt

Bo Tyler’s Christmas survival tips Parties can still be fun, but here’s how to make sure you don’t undo all your good work or set yourself too far back after the festivities

Remember the basic rules: • Don’t try to diet • Plan your food • Continue with your exercise routine • Don’t go to a party hungry • Watch portion sizes • Fill one quarter of your plate with lean protein - fish, eggs or meat • Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables or salad • Include a handful of nutritious starches only at breakfast and lunch and leave out of your evening meal • Have fun!

Simple swaps: Starters • Swap bread, pastries and pâté for melon and Parma ham, soups or smoked salmon and salad (no dressing just a drizzle of olive oil) Main course • Swap stuffing, too many roast potatoes or parsnips, and sweet redcurrant jelly for turkey (no skin), chestnuts, butternut squash

or new potatoes, cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries, fresh orange juice and xylitol • Discard the fat from the meat juices Drinks • Swap beer, sweet and diet drinks for water, champagne, dry white wine, spirits and nonsugary mixers Pudding Look at portion sizes and consider swapping Christmas pudding/cake, sorbet, cheese and crackers for one scoop of vanilla ice cream or a matchbox-sized piece of cheese with apple slices • For help in designing the right nutritional plan for you contact Bo on 07747 008482 or

How to make it… • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a sauté pan or wide saucepan, add the garlic and mustard seeds and cook for 2-3 minutes over a fairly hot heat, to soften the garlic and ‘wake up’ the mustard seeds. Add 2 tbsp water and the mangetout and continue to cook over a high heat for a minute or two until the mangetout are half cooked. • Take a serving bowl or large plate and transfer the mangetout, garlic and seeds. • Return the pan to the heat and add the prawns. Sauté for a few minutes until the prawns turn pink to show they are cooked. Add to the serving dish and set aside to cool. • Make the dressing by mixing the honey, lemon juice, oil and salt then pour over the salad when it’s cool. Mix together and chill for 30 minutes or more before serving.

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The growing power of garden therapy Ian Mullard of Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery finds out more about the benefits of garden therapy from two local projects


HE King’s Fund, an independent charity that has helped to shape policy and practice in the health care sector for over a century, has recently published a report entitled Gardens and Health, which unsurprisingly extols the health benefits of gardening and even just spending time in a garden. This revelation won’t come as much of a surprise to many gardeners but it has had the effect of making the health care sector sit up and take notice of the benefits that green spaces can provide to patients and staff alike. The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House is well ahead of the therapeutic curve and has been offering gardening therapy to patients for the past 18 months at its brand new purpose built facility in Hillington. Emma Shaw who leads the garden therapy team and Angela Glynn, Corporate Fundraising manager, showed me around the hospice grounds with undisguised pride. The design is stunning and entirely sympathetic to patients’ needs and the whole place exudes a feeling of peace and calm. The building wraps around a huge central courtyard garden where patients can sit and admire the gorgeous borders. All the planting and design in the central courtyard is courtesy of Crane Garden Buildings who donate the plants from their RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court gardens every year. Meanwhile at the business end of garden therapy at Tapping House there is an area with purpose built greenhouses and raised beds

for growing ornamentals and produce for the table where every path, greenhouse, building and border is designed to accommodate a wheelchair and hospital bed so that patients are never prevented from engaging with the outside spaces. At the back of the complex sits a bereavement counselling suite overlooking a large pond with tables and chairs and various exotic garden sculptures. I’m told that this is the place where children feel most comfortable as they share their sadness, fear and anger over losing a loved one. As we walk and talk I’m beginning to realise the scale and reach of garden therapy and the important benefits it delivers across a range of health outcomes and I am humbled by the care and thought that has gone into developing this most extraordinary hospice. Meanwhile, The Nuture Project has just opened its doors in Kettlestone, near Fakenham, and offers horticultural therapy to adults with mental health issues. Carlyn Kilpatrick, founder and coordinator of The Nurture Project, says “It has been a long held view that horticulture has a meaningful therapeutic value, both on a physical and emotional level. Horticultural therapy is an innovative and creative approach to helping people living with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or stress. “Our service provides both one-to-one and group work, and gardening experience is by no means a requirement.” We all knew that being in the garden, working

The pond at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House

The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House

in the garden and even just having a view of a pleasant green space improves our sense of wellbeing but it turns out that engaging with horticulture can bring about significant health benefits. A study of patients in 1984 who had received gall bladder surgery was the first to show that patients who had a view of nature from their hospital beds had shorter post-operative stays and required less pain relief than similar patients who had no such view. But for me by far the most significant indicator in The King’s Fund report was the feedback from dementia care staff who reported a significant reduction in anxiety, agitation and violence in dementia sufferers on the days that they had been able to spend time in the gardens. • • • Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery, Drove Orchards, Thornham, re-opens on 1st March 2017. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING WINTER 2016




Issue 55


Avoiding the Blame Game Do we have a no fault divorce system, what is it and does it matter, asks Rebecca Woodley, family solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns LLP


n the UK, we supposedly have a no fault divorce system. This means our system does not blame either party for the breakdown of the marriage. In the vast majority of cases neither party is solely responsible for the breakdown. Any kind of investigation as to who is responsible can only damage the parties’ relationship even further. Does blaming one or the other of the parties actually help either party, the children or the court to deal with the marriage breakdown?


any clients I see have not yet been separated for two years, so I inform them the only way they can proceed with a divorce at the current time is to base the divorce on the other person’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Frequently clients do not want to proceed on this basis. They are dealing with the breakdown of the marriage amicably. Often clients have agreed the arrangements for the children and they have a tentative financial agreement that they are hoping to finalise. They recognise that if they issue divorce proceedings now based on the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, this is likely to upset the other party which could lead to problems in the arrangements for the children, or in relation to agreeing financial matters. There is only one ground for divorce and that is irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The problem is that this then has to be referenced to one of five facts: 1. Adultery 2. Unreasonable behaviour 3. Two years’ separation with consent 4. Five years’ separation 5. Desertion Based on facts 1,2 and 5 we do have a fault based system because to succeed on a divorce we have to prove the other party committed adultery, has behaved unreasonably or has deserted their spouse. To make matters worse it is still possible to ask the court to order the other party to pay the costs of the divorce. In relation to points 1, 2 and 5 above, because we are blaming the other

party for the breakdown of the marriage, the court will usually make such an order. This means at a time when we are trying to limit the issues in dispute between the parties, we can actually end up increasing those issues and arguing over who is to divorce whom, and who is to meet the cost. Alternatively one party will just issue proceedings based on the other’s behaviour in circumstances where it is perhaps obvious that the issuing party is equally to blame for the breakdown of the marriage, and include a claim for costs. All this leads to the relationship between the parties deteriorating and they will then struggle to agree other issues relating to the children or financial matters. This is a fairly hot topic. Divorce lawyers have for many years attempted to persuade various governments to fully remove the fault element in our divorce law. Unfortunately our arguments have fallen on deaf ears and we have continued to operate the same system since 1973! The family department at Fraser Dawbarns do their best to reduce the friction caused by our fault based divorce system. We inform respondents of the law and tell them that this is the only way we can proceed with a divorce at the current time. We point out that the use of an adultery or behaviour petition is only a means to an end i.e. we are not blaming them for the breakdown of the marriage we just want to proceed with a divorce. Unfortunately our attempts are not always successful. This article aims to supply general information, but it is not intended to constitute

advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek our specific advice. Fraser Dawbarns LLP are always happy to provide such advice.

If you would like further advice regarding divorce or any other family matter, please contact Rebecca Woodley on 01366 383171


Nuts & Bolts

On the road

Brian Vertigen puts the new Suzuki Vitara S through its paces


OR many years I have had a soft spot for Suzukis. When on holiday on some remote Greek island I would usually hire a well-used Suzuki Jeep which had more canvas than rubber showing on its tyres. The Vitara range was launched in 1988 and has evolved through changes in body size and engines. I’ve just been introduced to the new Vitara S model, which adds a sporting character to the line-up. It is powered by what Suzuki calls its ‘Boosterjet’, a petrol engine which is fairly small at just 1.4 litres (140PS), but don’t let that fool you. It has been turbocharged and as such produces 41% more torque than the turbo-free 1.6 litre engine. Despite its size the engine will accelerate to 62mph in 10.2 seconds and a reported top speed of 124mph. It comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, is responsive and provides enough performance to make for easy overtaking. The driver can select one of four driving modes, all of which use the all-wheel drive system. ‘Auto’ adjusts automatically, ‘Sport’ improves handling and responsiveness, ‘Snow’ which is for slippery surfaces and ‘Lock’ which is designed to get the car free from snow, mud or sand – a useful mode on Norfolk roads. There is plenty of room inside the vehicle and the rear seats area is large enough for four adults to sit in reasonable comfort. The car is equipped with seven airbags, a rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors. The boot has a false floor to provide a flat load deck and 375 litres of space, or 710 litres if the rear seats are folded. The controls are laid out neatly and are easy to use. This new engine is only being offered in the top of the range S trim level and the car comes with a variety of sporty styling extras Price: £23,449 including black alloy wheels, navigation, adaptive Top speed: 124mph cruise control, auto air conditioning and suede Acceleration to 62mph: 10.2 secs upholstery. Combined stated fuel consumption: 52.3 The new model is not cheap coming in at mpg £23,449 for the auto version and slightly less CO2 emissions: 127 g/km for the manual. But it is the ideal engine for VED Band: D this model - good performance coupled with VED cost after 1st year: £110 affordable running costs.

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Book review Iron Men By David Waller Anthem Press, £19.99


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