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NORFOLK LIVING COVERING THE COAST, BURNHAM MARKET, WELLS, HOLT & SURROUNDING VILLAGES

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Gill Carrick studies the Norfolk night skies with the North Norfolk Astronomy Society

International author and local resident Kevin Crossley-Holland writes about his experience of the sea surge Sarah Billing of Nomad & the Bowerbird leads us through ‘on trend’ fashion for springtime

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NORTH NORFOLK HELLO

EASTER CONTENTS W W W . N O R T H N O R F O L K L I V I N G . C O . U K Invite nature in!

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s I sit here writing to you, the patio doors are open onto the garden and the birdsong is fabulous. Despite the sporadic showers of hailstones, we seem to be on the tipping point of winter into spring. My bird feeders are emptying at an increasing rate of knots; wildflowers are beginning to appear in the hedgerows and blossom on the trees. The urge is also upon me to start ‘tinkering’ in the garden. Towards the end of the autumn last year ‘him indoors’ made sure that we planted plenty of native flowers that would come up early and provide a rich food source for the early rising bees and insects. As a result, I’m looking out on an already stunning Photo: Andy Thompson display in our garden and am happy to report that the bees are having a good feed too! So, the moral of this story is – encourage nature into your garden and you will find that you will have something interesting to look at all year round! Have a glorious springtime!

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North Norfolk Living magazine @NNorfolkLiving Editor & Advertising Manager Lin Murray Email: lin@northnorfolkliving.co.uk Lin Murray 07881 657944 Email: lin@northnorfolkliving.co.uk Assistant Editor Amanda Loose Email: amanda@northnorfolkliving.co.uk Write to North Norfolk Living Magazine, PO Box 208, Stamford. Lincs. PE9 9FY Head of Design Steven Handley Email: steve@locallivingdesign.co.uk Senior Designer Nik Ellis Email: nik@locallivingdesign.co.uk Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Email: nicholas@bestlocalliving.co.uk Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY www.bestlocalliving.co.uk 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne

Beachcombing – What’s On! What’s Good and Where to go! Beachcombing – What’s On! What’s Good and Where to go! Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! Gill Carrick explores the night skies with the North Norfolk Astronomy Society Sarah Billing of fashion outlet Nomad & the Bowerbird helps energise your wardrobe ready for spring. We say a fond farewell to a local hero - Chris Geering Gallery roundup Brian Vertigen reflects on incredible changes in the motor industry. Local author Kevin Crossley-Holland shares his experience of a Norfolk sea surge as an eight-year-old boy Top retail ideas inspired by the great outdoors What does your solicitor do for you when you buy a house? Hayes and Storr’s Jim Palllister explains.

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Hannah Nichol and partner Gary Newstead combine skills to offer a great health and fitness package Check out our Easter events, there’s something to keep every body happy! Nutritionist Bo Tyler tells us how to lose weight AND keep it off! Our resident chef Na Hansell shares more of her ‘real life’ recipes. Amanda Loose picks out her favourite ‘step into spring’ treatments from several of our local spas. The team at Kett Country Cottages share their very favourite things about North Norfolk

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Big Blue Coffee, Tea and Toast!

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Fairfax feature East Anglian artists This spring sees the return of three popular East Anglian artists to Fairfax Galleries - Alice Scrutton, David Atkins and Beckie Reed. All three solo exhibitions will be held at Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market showcasing new work featuring the landscapes of East Anglia. The three artists have exhibited with Fairfax for many years, with a strong following at home and overseas, including Hong Kong and Singapore. ‘The artists have great familiarity with their surroundings,” says gallery director, James Basset, “so it comes as no surprise that their confident use of oils and acrylics captures the very essence of our ‘big sky’ county which is loved by so many.’ Dates: Until 16th April: Alice Scrutton 3rd to 14th May: David Atkins 24th May to 4th June: Beckie Reed Fairfax Gallery Burham Market 01328 730001, Holt 01263 711139 www.fairfaxgallery.com

Village Cinema GREAT MASSINGHAM FILM CLUB Thursday 17 April, 7.30pm Sunshine on Leith (PG) Edinburgh musical based on Dundee Rep’s big hit about two returning Squaddies, their new lives and loves. Inspired by the songs of The Proclaimers. Great Massingham Village Hall. Tickets £3.50, enquiries 01485 520 912 NORTH CREAKE Tuesday 15 April, 7.30pm Le Week-End (15) A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan. North Creake Village Hall. Tickets £5 each from 01328 738959

Exciting news for lovers of all things toasted! CoffeeTeaToast has just opened at Big Blue Sky in Wells, in a rather smart potting shed, which as its name suggests, serves delicious coffee, lots of different teas and anything that goes in a toaster. ‘CoffeeTeaToast has come about because my customers kept asking ‘Do you do coffee and tea?’ so I thought I had better say we do!” says Big Blue Sky owner Catherine Edgington. “You can now drink, snack, shop and get online all under one roof.’ They also serve hot chocolate, ice cream and fresh juice. The Coffee is from the Grey Seal Coffee Roastery in nearby Glandford. Continuing the local theme, there’s a selection of jams from Norfolk producers Essence, Gatheredin and Jubberwacky to top your toast, and healthy snack bars from Norfolk based Naturally Delicious. Big Blue Sky On the Coast Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1QA 01328 712023 www.bigbluesky.uk.com Follow them on twitter @CoffeeTeaToast

Joules pick North Norfolk for photo shoot The scenery in fashion company Joules’ spring campaign may look rather familiar, and well it might. The country clothing retailer’s team told us why they picked North Norfolk as the backdrop for their latest photo shoot: ‘Beaches that go on for miles, sand dunes, salt marshes and big skies are just some of the reasons why we chose North Norfolk as the location for our latest photo shoot. We shot our new campaign in the beautiful villages of Cleynext-the Sea as we loved the backdrop of Cley Windmill, the iconic landmark on this stretch of coast and Blakeney for its picturesque harbour and dramatic salt marshes. “Norfolk is very close to our hearts here at Joules, it’s a home from home for us; the perfect spot for a family seaside getaway. We are big fans of the award-winning beaches that are ideal for long walks and picnics, quayside crabbing and seal watching.” www.joulesclothing.com Joules Burnham Market 01328 258715, Holt 01263 711208

STANHOE Monday 28 April, 7.30pm Saving Mr Banks (12A) The story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) persuaded a reluctant P.L.Travers (Emma Thompson), to allow him to film her book, Mary Poppins. The Reading Room, Stanhoe. Tickets £5 on the door. Visit stanhoe.org / 01485 518191 SYDERSTONE VILLAGE CINEMA IN ASSOCIATION WITH CREATIVE ARTS EAST Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm Philomena (12A) Judi Dench stars as the Irish woman searching for the son taken from her as a baby, assisted by Steve Coogan’s journalist. Amy Robsart Village Hall, Syderstone. Advance tickets £3.50, 01485 578588/ 578171, or email cinema@syderstone.com THORNHAM VILLAGE CINEMA Wednesday 23 April, 7.30pm

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Charity screening of Philomena (12A) at Thornham Village Hall in aid of the restoration of All Saints Church, Thornham. Call 0781 802 8687 for tickets, £10 each including a complimentary drink, collect and pay at the door. WALSINGHAM PICTURE PALACE Tuesday 22 April, 7.30pm Saving Mr Banks (12A) Walsingham Parish Hall, 14 High Street, Little Walsingham. Tickets £4 (£3.50 members) Contact walsinghampp@gmail.com SCREEN-NEXT-THE-SEA, WELLS Monday 14 April, 7pm Gravity (12A) George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as two astronauts marooned in space following damage to their shuttle. Gravity won seven Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. The Granary, Wells-next-the-Sea. Tickets £3.50/ £5 Ticketline 07900316606

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Space to create. Set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside and just 4 miles from the breathtaking North Norfolk coast, Gresham’s gives your child all the time and space they need to develop into confident, well-rounded, young individuals.

Open Day Monday 5th May 2014 For further details, visit www.greshams.com A co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3-18 in Holt, Norfolk.

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Come and see for yourself what a Gresham’s education has to offer

Win a Gone Crabbing ‘Norfolk’ top Gone Crabbing are giving away one of their new ‘Norfolk’ tops to one lucky reader. Simply answer the question below correctly and you’ll automatically go through to the prize draw! In which village is Gone Crabbing’s Norfolk shop located? The new Spring weight, quarter zip top in dark navy cotton complete with crab embroidery detail, is available in a range of adult sizes (including a 2XL), RRP £38.99. Send your answer to carolyn@gonecrabbing. co.uk and include your name and a contact telephone number. Please advise in your email if you do not wish to be contacted by Gone Crabbing for any further special offers, and your details will be deleted. Closing date for competition entries is Friday 16th May. The winner will be notified shortly after. • Check out all the latest children’s hoodies and T-shirts and fun, coastal themed gifts along with details of Gone Crabbing stores and stockists at www.gonecrabbing.co.uk

OPEN DAY – MONDAY 5TH MAY 2014 Gresham’s is a 3-18 coeducational school set in 200 acres of beautiful North Norfolk countryside. Students are educated on three separate sites in Holt, each with a distinct personality yet with the same ethos, values and commitment to excellence. Pupils begin at the nurturing Pre-Prep, and then move on to the friendly and vibrant Prep School before entering the progressive Senior School. Families benefit from being able to educate all their children in one school and becoming part of the Gresham’s community. We focus on educating the whole child by providing a broad yet rigorous curriculum combined with an extensive range of sporting, social and cultural opportunities. We aim to discover what motivates a student and nurture their abilities whatever they may be. All successes are celebrated and students learn to respect and acknowledge others’ interests and opinions. Our exam results reflect our academic excellence. In 2013, we achieved a 100% pass rate at A level, an average point score of 35 in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) with 92% of students achieving A*- C at GCSE. • We invite you to come and see for yourself what makes Gresham’s special. Contact our Admissions Department on 01263 714614 to reserve your place at our Open Day on 5th May.

Easter Race meeting to mark work of Wells Hospital The Easter Monday meeting at Fakenham will include a race in the name of the Wells Community Hospital – aimed to raise awareness of its role and plans. There will be a stand at the event to enable racegoers to hear about the Hospital’s work and how to get involved. The Trust which runs the Hospital is working hard to turn it once again into a fully functioning unit offering a wide range of health clinics and in time a bedded hospital able to serve the needs of the local community around Wells - a not for profit community hospital run as a charitable trust by local people. The commitment is to bring a high quality range of health services close to home, helping those who live here and visit to maintain independence and a good quality of life and to reduce their dependence on acute hospital admissions. David Hunter, Chief executive of Fakenham Racecourse, said ‘We are delighted to be working with The Wells Community Hospital by naming the 4th race on Easter Monday in their honour. The Hospital is a valuable community asset providing much needed care and services to the local area, so helping to raise awareness of their excellent work is a pleasure to do. I encourage all local businesses to help in whatever way they can.’ • www.wellshospital.org.uk

Visit the Marquess of Exeter The Marquess of Exeter Hotel and Restaurant is located in the heart of Rutland, a county known for its countryside, market towns and schooling. Based in Lyddington just over a mile from Uppingham, a village populated with Ironstone properties and known for the famous Bede house, once a medieval wing to a palace of the Bishop of Lincoln, The Marquess is not only a destination eatery but also the heart of the village for its locals. Brian Baker the proprietor is a local celebrity and also a renowned chef. Once private chef to the likes of Elton John and Valentino, Brian creates stunning dishes served in the cosy atmosphere of The Marquess with its flagstone floors and Inglenooks. Their menu is changed weekly with most of the produce being sourced from local suppliers; Brian’s sharing dishes of Rib of Beef and the new season Moroccan Spiced Leg of Spring Lamb with Lemon and Coriander Cous Cous, Pomegranate & White Onion Salad are firm favourites. In addition to the A La Carte restaurant, which serves seven days, a week, The Marquess offers 17 individually designed chambers, including standard, superior and suite accommodation. Some come to the area for business whilst many extend their day visit by staying a night or two. • Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington 52 Main St, Lyddington, LE15 9LT Tel 01572 822477 www.marquessexeter.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EASTER 2014

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NNAS members at Wiveton Observatory for the Dark Sky Survey. John Ramm is on the far left, next to John Prockter The night sky above Cley windmill with shooting star on the horizon. Photo: Brian Egan

Our North Norfolk sky at night! Gill Carrick meets some of the human stars in the North Norfolk Astronomy Society

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hile our big, open skies are legendary, our night skies don’t seem to get quite the attention they deserve. Local astronomers know they’re awesome, of course; and as someone who’s just catchingon to this star-gazing lark, I have to agree. I love stepping outside my front door and gazing-up at the twinkling, celestial show - even if I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking at most of the time. While being a tad ignorant about infinity and beyond doesn’t spoil my fun, having someone around who knows their stars from their planets, would make the whole experience so much better. And luckily we have a friendly astronomy society on our door-step to help. The North Norfolk Astronomy Society (NNAS) has a thriving membership (new members are always welcome) with regular events from September to May, including barbecues, and illustrated talks at Binham village hall. ‘We’re enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy getting out there, and looking at the skies’, says Treasurer John Prockter. Speakers have included John’s daughter Louise, who’s something of an authority on outer space. She flew over from the US recently to talk about her work on the Messenger Mission to Mercury. The Society also has its own observatory shed at Wiveton, where an impressive 12.5 Newtonian Reflecting Telescope, which literally weighs a ton, is housed. After lying neglected in a barn in Burnham Thorpe for a while, it’s now in tip-top nick. I joined John, Malcolm Green and the society’s chairman, John Ramm at the observatory recently for a bit of a master-class. Thankfully, after a day of soggy weather, as the retractable roof was peeled back, right on cue

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Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion - photo courtesy of David Jackson

the rain stopped, the mist cleared, and there was the Milky Way in all its glory. The telescope was moved into position like a well-oiled machine so I could take a peek at Pleiades (Seven Sisters), Andromeda (the nearest galaxy to our own) and double stars. It seems around half of the stars in the sky are binaries (in twos), so clearly they don’t like being on their own up there. ‘You can see they’re different colours, which is all to do with the different stages in their evolutionary development’, John R explained as I peered through the lens in wonderment. The telescope was then swung around 180º so I could see Albireo in the constellation Cygnus. John is affectionately known as the ‘Constellation King’, and has been fascinated by groups of stars since a young lad. ‘When I was at school I started looking into constellations, and I’d encourage anyone to get out with their binoculars and start looking at the clusters’, says John. And you might just get lucky and see a

comet on the move ...or if you’re very, very lucky, Saturn. As planets go, this one, with its distinctive rings, seems to be numero uno for us mortals. ‘People gasp and say ‘wow’ when they see Saturn for the first time. And I remember how great it was when I first saw Saturn through my small, cheap, reflector telescope which I set up on the back step’, John continued, almost wistful at the memory. Our night sky will never disappoint, clearly. ‘It’s the pure beauty of it; the purity of the double star and star-light from an object that’s travelled millions of years and what you see – those photons - are unique to you. So you’re capturing something just for you,’ added John Prockter. A couple of years ago John conducted the North Norfolk Dark Sky Survey (Norfolk Nightscape) to locate the darkest spots in North Norfolk: Bircham Newton came out tops, followed by Brancaster Golf Course. Not too many light years away in Cley, Victoria Egan, who works for the National Trust, and her husband Brian, a photographer, enjoy tracking aurora activity. Says Victoria: ‘If there’s the smallest chance of seeing the Northern Lights we get outside. And we also love just walking with the dog and looking up, hoping we might see a shooting star. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the dark skies. And technology, like sky map apps, can really help.’ • Further information: www.nnas.org. The Society offers gift memberships for all occasions, and starter packs. www.brianegan.co.uk; the National Trust will be running a star-gazing day in August www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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THE RED DOT GALLERY Holt, Norfolk. Tel: 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com

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As ever, an eclectic collection from some of our gallery artists. Bright and beautiful is our theme as spring springs. Bridget Syms’s ‘Trixie in The Auricula Theatre’ (Fig. 1) a colourful performance indeed. Robert Heindel’s ‘Glitter Girl on Orange’ (Fig. 2) has all the razzmatazz of contemporary dance; we do in fact hold the most extensive selection of Heindel prints you are ever likely to see. ‘The Lion Tamer’s Wife’ (Fig. 3) is the latest and appropriately titled oil on canvas by Lizzie Riches, one from a selection of recent works now hanging in the gallery. We are delighted to have a gallery exclusive, two brand new limited prints from Lucy Boydell, pictured is ‘Red Ellis Stag’ (Fig. 4) the other image being a hare at full speed. Each in an edition of just 15. As ever the Heirloom Cushion Collection proves one of our most popular lines, many more to see in the gallery. 9

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FASHION

Freshen up your look for spring! As nature comes to life so do we, and what better way to reflect our new found spring energy than updating our winter wardrobes, adding some colour and seasonal trends into the mix, says Sarah Billing, owner of Nomad & the Bowerbird, Holkham.

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hile we may dream of shopping trips where we co-ordinate each outfit, and perfectly organised walk-in wardrobes, the reality is often a little different. But by working with your existing clothing collection, you can create a new look just by adding a few key pieces. The eclectic mix of shops along our coast cater for all tastes, offering the latest trends with injections of colour, florals and easy layering for a fresh spring approach.

Francesca peplum dress with Peter Pan collar £74.95, Joules

DRESS TO IMPRESS Dresses are big this year, from the spaghetti strap to the maxi, they can be teamed with almost anything. For a feminine touch try on-trend florals. Our picks below are versatile options which can be worn with heels or flats, a vintage shawl, fitted cardigan or jacket. Dress £65, Nomad & the Bowerbird

Darling Layla dress £65, Annie & Boo

Seasalt dress in Allium £55, Beachcomber

Trellis dres s from Pomod oro £60, Allez Chic

DENIM WITH A DIFFERENCE As many of us live in denim, we’re often looking for a way to style up our jeans. An easy way to update your jeans is a great fitting shirt. Or why not ditch the sheepskin and treat your feet to a pair of wedge trainers – guaranteed to spice up an outfit in one easy step!

BELOW: Another great floral piece with a twist is this A-Line linen skirt from Joules, £49.95, perfect on a summer’s day with a simple vest or t-shirt & cardigan

Isabel Marant Betty Sneakers £365, Ruby and Tallulah

Dress £75, shirt £59, and shirts both from Pollard & Read

0039 Italy Josina Blouse £110, Ruby and Tallulah

For a fast fashion fix, accessories are always the answer. A simple scaf in a bold print like this one from Nelle-dk £33, can liven up almost any outfit

son With wedding sea upon us, this Ilse dress Jacobsen Emma dk £99, from Nellemed hits the spot, tea with a fitted jacket the and killer heels for ultimate look

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ADDRESS BOOK Allez Chic, East Rudham 01485 528457 www.allezchic.co.uk and shirts, Norwich 01603 283718 Annie & Boo, Holt 01263 712020 www.annie-boo.co.uk Beachcomber, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710496 www.beachcomberwells.co.uk Joules, Burnham Market 01328 258715, Holt 01263 711208 www.joulesclothing.com Nelle-dk, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525164 www.nelle-dk.co.uk Nomad & the Bowerbird, Holkham 01328 713093 www.nomadandthebowerbird.co.uk Pollard & Read, Holt 01263 714011 www.pollardandread.co.uk Ruby and Tallulah, Burnham Market 01328 738638 www.rubyandtallulah.co.uk

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Gallery Round up By Amanda Loose

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he Dogs are out again! The Red Dot Gallery in Holt has gained quite a reputation with its ongoing canine offerings. Throughout April, ‘DOG SHOW’ features many new ‘mutt’ paintings from gallery artists, along with new sculpture from Rosemary Cook, felted hounds from Anne Kember and box framed ceramics Charming and endearing hounds from Elizabeth Potter. by Anne Kember, made from raw Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley have started wool, The Red Dot Gallery the season with a bang with a new collection of oil paintings by Peter Wileman. Having recently stepped down from being the President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the great news is that Peter is planning to spend more time painting in Norfolk. Brin Edwards SWLA has just delivered a stunning collection of paintings to Pinkfoot, inspired by his days out in the field, including Yellowhammer Hedgerow, pictured. Last year, Brin had a sellout exhibition with the Society of Wildlife Artists in the Mall Yellowhammer Hedgerow, Brin Edwards, oil Galleries, London. Pinkfoot had to on canvas, Pinkfoot Gallery book a slot with him way back last year to ensure new pictures! The Easter exhibition at Burnham Grapevine Gallery includes drawings by Karl Renner, an exciting new direction in painting by renowned Norfolk artist Fiona French, metal sculpture by David Killick and ceramic works by Richard Godfrey. Grapevine has represented Richard in East Anglia for over 10 years, but this will be the first time his new work will be shown here. Fineline Frames & Gallery opened at Creake Abbey last month. This bespoke framers also includes a gallery, currently showing local artists Gareth Eclipse, acrylic on canvas by Fiona French, Jones, Kate Green, Nicola Hart Burnham Grapevine and Lionel Wilde, along with stained and fused glass pieces by Houghton based Fi Kilpatrick. Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk Fineline Frames & Gallery, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 258964 www.finelineframes.co.uk Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley 01263 740947 pinkfootgallery.co.uk The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com Coming to a pond near you! Check out this life-size Galapagos Tortoise (pictured) measuring 1.5m from snout to tail. Cast in weather resistant resin, the beast looks almost real. Last seen basking outside Red Dot Gallery but prone to wandering!

Chris Geering 1946-2014 By Lin Murray

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he sudden death of Chris Geering is a devastating blow, first of course to his family, but also to the whole of our community. There can be few in the Burnhams whose lives were not touched by him in one way or another in his many different roles as friend and neighbour, builder and creator, organiser, fund-raiser and entertainer. Chris and Helen first came to the Burnhams in the early-1980s, after he had worked in farming and other jobs in Cambridgeshire and Dorset - finally settling in Burnham Overy, where he built a fine family home out of the old dairy barn. He continued to develop his already well-established house-building business, which grew and flourished as his main work for the remainder of his life. After Helen’s tragic death in 2009, Chris threw himself into fund-raising for the Wells Hospital in her memory. The first task was to establish the Mermaid Dialysis Centre (named after the unforgettable performance of Helen and others as mermaids at the Christmas revues) and then on to more general fund-raising with a constant succession of events and new ways to support and develop the Hospital, where he served as a Trustee. All who have been involved are determined to continue this work and memory. Chris had a remarkable readiness to help anyone who asked, never saying no, and always finding time for everyone, whoever they were. He had his own way of prioritising tasks, and working out which were the most urgent, but they always got done. He had natural, uncontrived good manners and thoughtfulness, and he seemed to be known to everyone. It was a revealing experience to travel with him in his van with his beloved spotty dog, Cleo; virtually everyone would give him a cheery wave. One of his many skills was a way with words. He produced wonderful lyrics for the musical pieces in the various reviews and shows – few will forget his rendering of Widdecombe Fair with the words of the double-barrelled names of Burnham Overy in place of Uncle Tom Cobley and all. At events to mark some occasion or celebration, Chris would often produce a scrap of paper from his pocket and read a piece of doggerel composed half an hour earlier specially for the occasion. Chris leaves a great gap in our lives. Our deep sympathy and affection go to Toby, Lucy and Sophy and to all his family. We were lucky to have known him. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EASTER 2014

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SEAT IS 60 YEARS OLD Brian Vertigen reflects on incredible changes in the motor industry.

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he spanish carmaker SEAT has just celebrated its 60th birthday when it produced its first car, a 1400 saloon, with the help of Italian carmaker Fiat. The car, an elegant and luxurious saloon designed in the spirit of the popular American sedans of the 50s was an instant success with 10,000 orders. SEAT had been formed some three years earlier in 1950 by Fiat and had developed the 1400 with a focus on the transport needs of government officials. It then had a price tag of £636, which allowing for inflation etc would mean a price tag today of £35,000! The factory just outside Barcelona managed to produce five cars a day with a workforce of 925 . The rear-wheel drive water-cooled 44 British Horse Power engine had a four speed manual gearbox. The car was given its official debut in June 1954 and with petrol rationing in Spain ending in 1953, the company received a staggering 10,000 orders that allowed the price to be dropped to £600. Gradually production increased to 10,000 a year by 1957 with 42 models leaving the factory every day with workforce of 5,000. But by the 1980s changes were afoot. Fiat pulled out of SEAT, and the company was effectively nationalised with the Spanish government taking over. The factory continued to make old Fiat models. But in 1986 a fairy godmother was found in the shape of the Volkswagen group, which initially took a 50 per cent share in SEAT and by 1996 acquired the rest of the company.

The initial production line for the SEAT 1400 saloon back in 1953 when five cars a day were produced.

Today the company employs 14,000 at its three production centres in Spain and also produces other models in VW group plants in Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. SEAT now produces 10 different models, mostly based on VW Group products, manufacturing around 40,000 vehicles a year and exporting 80 per cent of its production.

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The Flood - Memories of ‘53 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Norfolk based, best selling author shares his memories of the ’53 flood through his new children’s book set in Burnham Overy Staithe and due out in 2015 livestock until daylight. Gran lies asleep upstairs, innocent of the storm, and snoring.

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he statistics are terrifying. 307 people and 46,000 livestock were drowned when the storm surge swept along our east coast on the evening and night of 31st January 1953. Yes, and 24,000 homes were flooded and 160,000 acres of farmland were overwhelmed. As I’ve described in my memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads, I saw some of the damage myself (I was 11) when my parents drove up from Buckinghamshire to look after my grandparents, then living in Burnham Overy Staithe, and to lend a helping hand in the village wherever they could. The sheer savagery of the sea, the howling wind, panic in the dark when the electrics fail, a child missing, and above all that helping hand – the way a threatened community pulls together. That’s what I was acutely aware of during last December’s floods, and they’re at the heart of the short children’s novel I’ve been writing during the last six months. I’m calling it All The World Was In The Sea and it’s set in Waterslain (my name for Burnham Overy Staithe). The narrator is Davie, aged 11. In the short scene printed here, Davie and his father return to their farmhouse, shocked by the sight of breakers surging over their fields and realising they can do nothing to save their

The Extract from All The World Was In The Sea The flood beat us to it. It came in through the front door. And through the kitchen door. The pump was pouring water into the sink, and it wouldn’t drain away, so that was overflowing too. A wooden ladle and a saucepan were floating across the kitchen floor. In the lounge, Gran’s pair of bellows had swum across the room. The blue rug in front of the fire was spinning round, and the News and Advertiser that Dad had put down by his rocking chair looked like mushed and broken wings. At first, neither of us said a word. It was so strange, staring at our own lounge and kitchen, underwater, and the electric lights shining as if nothing had happened. The water was up to my knees. ‘It’s like I’m dreaming,’ I said in a quiet voice. ‘A nightmare,’ Dad replied. ‘An absolute bloody nightmare.’ And then, ‘We’d better pick up stuff. Anything worth saving.’ So the first thing we did was fish – we saved Gran’s spare pair of specs, and my Messerschmitt kit-box but the black photograph album propped up against the chest was soaked, and that had all the best photos of my Mum. When I saw that, I felt as if someone had jabbed his jacknife into my heart, and I must have cried out without realising because Dad ploughed across the room and put his arms around me. Then a surge of salt water smacked into the front of our house, and lots of it gushed through the letter box. A second wave whacked against the wall and smashed the window pane. ‘Come on, son,’ said Dad.

He’s never called me that before. It sounded sort of serious, and caring. ‘Grab some food from the kitchen, whatever you want. And then upstairs with you.’ ‘What about you?’ ‘I’ll follow you.’ ‘It won’t... well...’ Dad shook his head. ‘Never, he said. ‘Not another six foot. Seven foot. Impossible.’ ‘What if it does?’ ‘Dad grimaced and then he grinned. ‘We’ll wake Gran, and climb up onto the roof!’ ‘Dad!’ ‘Go on now. I’ll be up in three mins to check you’re in bed.’ ‘But what if...’ ‘That’s enough questions,’ Dad said in a sharp voice. I knew I’d never be able to get to sleep, but I conked out just like that – before Dad came up to check. I didn’t even put my pyjamas on. I didn’t turn off my light, either, but when I woke up in the middle of the night, my bedroom was dark and very quiet. There’d been so much noise – the wind, and the rain-and-hail, and the bumping and thumping and splashing, and now there was... well, nothing. I couldn’t even hear Gran snoring. © Kevin Crossley-Holland 2014

• Well known for his poetry and children’s books, Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal for Storm (set in the Burnhams), and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Seeing Stone as well as the Jarrolds/EDP award for his selected poems, The Mountains of Norfolk. He is President of the School Library Association.

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BUYING A HOME?

With the housing market showing signs of improvement, Jim Pallister, Partner at Hayes and Storr Solicitors guides us through a solicitor’s role in the sometimes bewildering procedure of buying your own home

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or the first time in years there is some growth in the housing market, largely due to improved mortgage rates and rising house prices. If you are thinking of buying your own home, instruct a firm or solicitor for their expert knowledge in the conveyancing process and land law. What we do for you: 1. The Contract This sets out the agreement between you as the Buyer and the Seller. It states that you will buy and the Seller will sell the property at a specified price on a specific date. It places obligations on both you and the Seller. For the buyer, this relates to paying for the property on the agreed date. The Seller’s main obligations relate to the transfer of the property, whether it will be empty or not and what is included. However, the Contract also covers issues including proof of ownership, insurance, state and condition and late completion. Your Solicitor should ensure that these obligations: • Are fair and reasonable • Do not place too large a burden on you • Include everything the seller must do to transfer the property to you 2. The Title The Solicitor has to check the Seller has the right to sell the property and whether there are any easements or rights benefiting or affecting the property and any covenants to which the property is subject. Your Solicitor should consider whether these are appropriate to the property and advise you on them. An easement or right is an entitlement for one property over another. The property you buy may have or need the benefit of certain rights over neighbouring property or vice versa. These could include rights for access, services or maintenance. If the property does not have the rights it needs or is subject to rights that will affect your enjoyment of the property you may not want to purchase the property particularly if they cannot be changed. A covenant is an obligation or a restriction placed on the property. For instance, in many properties (particularly leasehold and new build

properties) there are restrictions on keeping certain animals, developing or building on the property or using the property for either residential or commercial purposes. This may mean that you do not wish to go ahead with a purchase if they cannot be removed or altered. 3. The Searches The searches provide information relating to the property, which is in the public domain. Your solicitor should advise which are necessary, appropriate or available and will submit them on your behalf and advise on the results. They may reveal issues that will put you off or that need to be dealt with by the Seller before you go ahead 4. The Process The Solicitor manages the conveyancing process and ensures that your sale and purchase are tied in together, if necessary. The Solicitor will need to negotiate a completion date (the day you purchase the property and move in) on your behalf and to be agreed by you taking into account: • Your wishes • When the money from your savings and any mortgage will be available • When you can actually move in • The wishes of all the other parties involved in the transaction

Sometimes this can be very difficult to achieve! 5. Stamp Duty Land Tax On most purchases there is some tax or stamp duty to pay. Your Solicitor should prepare the appropriate form for you to check and sign, obtain the tax from you and submit the tax return and tax due to the Inland Revenue and Customs. 6. Registration Your Solicitor must register your ownership of the property and any mortgages as well as certain other matters relating to the property at the Land Registry. Once this is done he should write to you enclosing a copy of the Register. When you receive this you must check that the information in it is accurate as it could save time when you come to sell the property. • 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. • Holt office 01263 712835. law@hayes-storr.com

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HOME & INTERIORS SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

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elcome to our first Homes and Interiors supplement, brimming with great ideas for your home from some of our favourite North Norfolk interiors shops and design experts. Whether you’re thinking of moving or improving, we’ve got the low down on the property market, from local estate agent Max Sowerby, the inside track on what’s in for 2014, along with a fab collection of vintage, retro and antique finds including retro with a modern twist. And we are delighted to introduce Charlotte, a stylish new bed from the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co, with exclusive images from their photoshoot at Grade II* listed Mount Amelia in Ingoldisthorpe, shot by Craig Jacob Photography. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Clarke and Clarke maritime collection fabrics, £14 a metre, The Old Stores, Roydon. Check out what’s on trend in 2014 on pages 26 and 27

ABOVE: Read about the new ‘Charlotte’ bed from the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co on page 22 ©Craig Jacob Photography. RIGHT: Genevieve collection by Clarke and Clarke, £14 a metre, The Old stores Roydon

Amanda Amanda Loose Editorial Team

North Norfolk Estate Agent, Max Sowerby gives us the low down on the local property market What’s been happening so far this year? There has been a very good start to the year across all price ranges, and across our entire six branch network. Although our Burnham Market office has been leading the way in volume and values of properties being sold, all the offices are close behind. Last year saw the return of a strong housing market, with a high level of sales throughout our branches, with records broken both in number of sales and values achieved in all price ranges, from our cheapest house at £85,000 to our most expensive at over £3 million. What’s on the market? Although stock levels are low compared with normal levels at this time, getting ready for the Spring market, I can say the quality of available property is very high. New builds in particular are really standing out as great buys offering easy quality living with a bespoke feel. It’s a great time to sell, given the imbalance with the current demand and lack of availability, so take advantage and get in early if you’re looking to sell this year.

What’s in demand? Location, location, location is still number one. I am pleased to report the location people are looking for is Norfolk! The geographic area has widened with people being a lot more flexible. A good village with a shop and good pub is probably most asked for, followed by a character property with land and privacy. What’s on the cards for the rest of 2014? I think it is generally agreed that we’ll see prices increasing this year by at least 5%, with some hotspots doubling this. As always it will be led by supply and demand. Despite values in our area increasing over the last decade by some margin, the last five years have seen little growth, and compared with some other areas in the country, is looking affordable to more people. Norfolk continues to have a great vibe, not only attracting people to move to the area, but also for business to flourish, bringing that important employment element. At Sowerbys we’re proving this by looking at expanding again. • Sowerbys 01328 730340 enquiries@sowerbys.com www.sowerbys.com

From the top end of the market, Grade II* Burnham Westgate Hall, 13 bedrooms, £5.75 million, Sowerbys

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HOME & INTERIORS

MAY WE PRESENT CHARLOTTE!

One of the big interiors stories this season is the classic look with a modern twist, says Amanda Loose. Cue, the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co!

Location, location: inside Mount Amelia Dating from 1745, Mount Amelia was built in a classic Palladian style by John Davy and remained in the Davy family until 1960. Passed to the Marten family in 2003, Ben and Caroline Marten undertook an extensive three year restoration programme ending in 2009, when the house was launched as Mount Amelia – Ingoldisthorpe Hall and Cottages, now available to rent for weddings, family holidays, and in low season operates as a bed and breakfast. Weddings and events are operated by its sister company Unique Norfolk Venues. 01485 541 207 www.mountamelia.com www.uniquenorfolkvenues.co.uk

Charlotte, bedding by Bianca Lorenne www.biancalorenne.co.uk

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orth Norfolk based Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co (WIBB) are launching two beds this season, both new takes on some of their classic designs. We’re delighted to reveal Charlotte, and to introduce her new sister bed Elizabeth, in a photo shoot at Grade II* listed Mount Amelia in Ingoldisthorpe, which provided the perfect country house backdrop. Not only are the beds a contemporary take on a classic, but they are part of a new look at WIBB too. Sons Harry and Jack Oldfield are working alongside their parents Amanda and Stephen, to introduce fresh designs into this family company’s already extensive catalogue. So what was the inspiration behind Charlotte, a simple, elegant design, a reworking of two of the company’s most popular beds: “The design of Charlotte came from listening to our customers,” says Harry Oldfield: “Many loved the simple, classic style of our Sophie bedstead, yet found the tailboard was too low, when it came to adding on a bed base. Many also loved the Emma bedstead, but found the tailboard too high for a small cottage bedroom. “So we sat down as a family and discussed the options, and came up with Charlotte, a design which incorporates the simple classic style of the Sophie, but with a higher headboard similar to the Emma.” The Elizabeth is also a new take on Victoria, one of the company’s classics, coupled with a trawl through traditional designs, and reflects the more ornate Victorian styling. Featuring solid brass bars, and all of the ornate brass features are hand spun in Norfolk, using real brass tubing. Indeed her bed knobs are the largest the company has even designed or spun!

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A regal setting for Elizabeth at Mount Amelia Her name is also harks back to Victoria, says Harry. “It is a reflection of the Victoria design. With our Queen being a Great Great Granddaughter of Queen Victoria, it seemed fitting to name our new design Elizabeth.” Being near Sandringham, Mount Amelia, with views across the Wash, was a fitting setting for the shoot. “It has to be in Norfolk, with lovely large windows which lit the room with plenty of natural light, and still be a country family home to reflect the family element of our company. Mount Amelia had all of this,” says Harry. So what’s next for WIBB? “There’s lots to come this year. Along with the launch of Charlotte and Elizabeth, we’ve got two new colours for spring, and a new bedstead to feature at Grand Designs Live in May.” Watch this space! Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co, Harpley 01485 521823 www.wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk Charlotte and Elizabeth are available in a variety of colours and sizes. Charlotte from £475, Elizabeth from £1,655 All their beds are guaranteed for a lifetime. Beds photography by Craig Jacob Photography 07584 260946

Charlotte at Mount Amelia

Harry’s top tips for choosing your dream bed • A new bed should be an investment – not just in monetary terms, but for your comfort and wellbeing. After all, you can’t put a price on a great night’s sleep • There are few things worse than not being able to stretch out. Denying yourself bed space won’t result in a restful night. If in doubt, go for a larger bed and enjoy the luxury of having plenty of room. • Try to choose a bed that will look as good in 10 years’ time as it will today. Tastes and trends will change, but a timeless wrought iron or brass bedstead will never go out of fashion – and of course, it’s a wonderful base for a wide range of linens, covers and cushions.

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19th century dresser with original paint £475, Deco Cave 19th century French armchair with carved crest and original paint £575, Home by Annie Lambert Vintage pub letters £12-£28, Bringing the outside in

Pair of mirrors with original paint £450 the pair, Deco Cave

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Vintage medicine bottles 3 for £15, Vintage Home and Garden

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ADDRESS BOOK Angelina’s Interiors, Heacham 01485 571147 www.angelinasinteriors.com Artemis Homes & Antiques, Blakeney 01263 741674 www.artemisantiques.co.uk Bringing the outside in, Holkham 01328 713093 www.bringingtheoutsidein.co.uk Deco Cave, showroom at The Old Stables, Bayfield Hall 07747 827988 www.decocave.co.uk Harlequin, stockists 0845 123 6805 www.harlequin.uk.com Home by Annie Lambert, Creake Abbey, North Creake 07796 656384 Moochi Modo, Holt 01263 711180 www.moochimodo.com The Antique Kitchen, 07831 389843 www.theantiquekitchen.co.uk The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287 www.thereddotgallery.com Uniquely Eclectic, Holt 01263 710605 www.uniquelyeclectic.co.uk Vintage Home and Garden, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714 www.coastandcountryhome.co.uk

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HOME & INTERIORS

TRENDS The ‘interiors’ world is your oyster this year insists Amanda Loose!

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t’s official! Almost anything goes this season, as no one interiors trend has emerged as the leader of the style pack. Whether you crave pastels, pops of acid brights, geometrics, bold botanicals or coppers and golds, there’s something for everyone this Spring, and better yet, mixing our favourite trends is also a trend in itself! “There is no specific trend for spring or summer,” says Nanci Gillett of Burnham Interiors. “There’s something for every taste – almost anything goes!” Tom Clarke from The Old Stores, Roydon, agrees. “There are lots of different trends and no one trend seems to have broken free of the pack.” So with a plethora of trends, what’s showing on the interior design catwalk this season? Let’s start with colours, and the spectrum is pretty much your oyster. “We’re seeing lots of pastel shades (think fondant fancies) this Spring, alongside acid brights like pink and turquoise,” says Jo Griffiths of Vintage Home and Garden. “Pantone’s colour of 2014 is Radiant Orchid and brand new this year is using high colour with geometric shapes. For late Spring/

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Summer expect more vibrant colour with the inclusion of dip-dyed effects in both interiors and fashion,” says Jo. Several new collections like Designers Guild’s feature Mediterranean deep blues, cobalts and whites for a Greek look, says Nanci. Closer to home, there’s a great blue with a North Norfolk connection on the block, Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue (pictured). Nanci says: “It’s the most fantastic blue and the colour of Stiffkey mud – it works beautifully up here.” Indeed nature is the inspiration for many of this season’s other trends, from patterns inspired by florals and botanicals, to the use of natural materials or even the faded, weathered look. “The biggest trend is that of nature,” says Tom. “Be it natural wooden furniture, plank wallpaper, linen and cotton fabrics or actually the fabric design depicting nature. This seems to be a theme that goes across the board. There is a washed out, faded look to many of the new fabric designs. Even Harlequin’s latest collection is along these lines, which is a departure for them in recent years.” As on the catwalk, florals and botanicals are

huge, says Nanci: “Fabric houses like Sanderson and Zoffany have beautiful oversized prints which are classic but with a fresh modern take on the colours and pattern. They are edited down. And that goes for wallpaper too.” Continuing the natural theme, the Scandinavian influence is still trending with off whites, wood and natural accessories, says Pam Bradfield from Bradfields in Heacham. She also suggests throwing in a mustard, sky blue or a moss green accent into your fifties pastel palette for an added zing. And with black and white geometric patterns still going strong, along with Moroccan influences particularly shown in accents of copper and silver, we shouldn’t be surprised to see all these trends mixed to create vibrant, fresh patterns and textures in home accessories, says Jo. If such a catalogue of trends is dazzling your design senses and you feel spoilt for choice, do not despair. The eclectic look is increasingly de rigueur. It’s all about taking elements you like and mixing new pieces with your existing scheme. For a nod to the pastel vibe, add for example a rosebud pink Nigella Lawson bread

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GETTING THE LOOKS! Jane Cave of Deco Cave shares her top tips for working some of this season’s varied trends Picking your pattern: don’t make it all matching – be confident and pick patterns you like and mix them up. This can also be seen in fashion this season – things don’t have to match up anymore. If you aren’t brave enough to go for lots of florals and mismatched patterns, then add more interest to a room by contrasting textures even if you go for the same colour palette such as rough linens with shiny silks

Clementine wallpaper from the new Voyage of Discovery collection by Sanderson.

The blues: strong navy and indigo blues have become very popular. Whether you choose this dramatic backdrop or a neutral one, you are less likely to tire of it than a quirkier hue. You can accent with a crazy colour! Much easier to change your mind about the odd cushion than to repaint an entire room.

Anais fabric curtains and Drift wallpaper, both from Harlequin’s Poetica Collection, available from Angelina’s Interiors and The Old Stores, Roydon

bin to your kitchen, or the retro pink bin to your bathroom (both pictured). Cushions or a spot of reupholstering in an on-trend botanical or floral are a quick update. “People are not getting rid of everything and starting again, but adding or introducing something new,” says Nanci. “We’ve all got things we like, things we’ve inherited and things from everywhere, and what matters now is how we pull it together. In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, everyone is hugely aware, and wants their home to look good. “Sanderson’s new Voyage of Discovery collection harks back to the grand tour and displaying collections from your world travels. It is interesting how Sanderson put their looks together – for example the Clementine wallpaper image (pictured) includes natural woods, sisal rugs, a rustic look, with pieces from around the world, a blue vase with olive branches and a stone floor. You need something to tie everything in, an anchor, be it a colour like the blue used here, or a design. ” • Nanci is a stockist for Designers Guild, Farrow & Ball, Sanderson, Zoffany.

Mix it up: don’t stick to one style, going for a purely industrial, country or urban look for example, can seem very ‘done’. Mixing trends and styles creates a much more personal, interesting and eclectic effect.

Nigella Lawson Bread Bin with Beech wood lid in Rosebud Pink £ 72, Bradfields

Manila fabric from the new Voyage of Discovery collection by Sanderson

INTERIORS TRENDS ADDRESS BOOK Angelina’s Interiors, Heacham 01485 571147 www.angelinasinteriors.com Bradfields of Heacham, Heacham 01485 570225 Burnham Interiors, Burnham Market 01328 730989 www.burnhaminteriors.co.uk Deco Cave, showroom at The Old Stables, Bayfield Hall 07747 827988 www.decocave.co.uk Farrow & Ball visit www.farrow-ball.com for stockists Harlequin for stockists 0845 123 6805 www.harlequin.uk.com Sanderson 0844 543 9500 www.sanderson-uk.com The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk Vintage Home and Garden, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714 www.coastandcountryhome.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EASTER 2014

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WHAT IS PILATES MUMMY? Editor Lin Murray meets Hannah Nicol and Gary Newstead – two local people who could be really good for your health and wellbeing!

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ello darling, we’re back! Had a wonderful time, hard going in places and lots of bumping around in Land Rovers but it was fabulous!’ That was the phone message left by my 71 year old mother recently on the return of herself and my similarly aged father from a relatively gruelling three-week bird watching trip in northern Peru. This message was extraordinary only in the fact that ten years ago my mother would have struggled to get out of bed in the morning due to pain in her back. What had brought about this amazing recovery – a couple of sessions of Pilates a week and a bit of weight loss! I therefore have the great pleasure of introducing you to Pilates trainer Hannah Nicol and her partner, sports injury therapist, Gary Newstead. Hannah studied at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead in Berkshire, so very much comes from a dance background and she is qualified in and taught a variety of classes from ballet, salsa and jive to tap dancing and aerobics for many years. Qualifying as a Body Control Pilates Teacher in 2000 and consequently becoming a Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals, Hannah has been teaching daily Pilates classes from beginners to advanced at Sussex Barn in Burnham Market since 2002.

we unknowingly pick up over the years. It is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with chronic back pain, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, women’s health problems and stress related illnesses, to mention a few.’ Hannah’s class numbers are limited to 12 people so that she can give each client her personal attention ensuring that every person in the class is exercising correctly and safely. Booking is essential. There are also private one to one home visits and small group sessions available by appointment. Working in harmony with Hannah is her partner Gary: ‘Gary and I found that we were quite often treating the same clients and are increasingly combining our skills as they compliment each other very well.’ Gary Newstead ITEC dip, is born and bred in South Creake and after years of playing sports locally, a personal injury on the football pitch led to an interest in his own treatment and rehabilitation. This resulted in his first qualification in 2003 with The Football Association in the Treatment and Management of Injuries in Football. Having found his calling Gary went on to further qualifications including Diplomas in

Anatomy and Physiology and Holistic massage, and further training in Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release. Gary treats not only sports injuries but aches, sprains and everyday muscular tensions. Appointments are available from his treatment room at Cranmer Country Cottages, near Fakenham or also local home visits by appointment. If the results that I have seen in my mother are anything to go by, and she is not the sporty type, Pilates certainly gets results! • Contact: Hannah Nicol 07788 134218. Email: hannah.black1@btinternet.com • Contact: Gary Newstead 07771 763347. Email: gjnewstead@gmail.com Photos: www.seahazephotography.co.uk

MY QUESTION TO HANNAH IS SIMPLE… What is Pilates? ‘Body Control Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, Pilates works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. This improves posture, achieving a good balance between strength and flexibility, and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. Great for athletes looking to enhance performance but avoid the risk of injury, Pilates is also perfect too for the first time exerciser. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives much longer-term results. Pilates teaches you to understand your body by unlearning bad postural habits that

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Until 17th: Grow Your Own children’s gardening activity at Holkham Hall Learn how to plant and look after your own sunflower. Included in standard admission, no pre-booking required. 11am to 1pm daily. www.holkham.co.uk Until 21st: Children’s Easter Trail at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve. Follow the trail around the reserve to learn more about spring wildlife and flowers. Solve the puzzle for a chance to win an Easter egg. Quiz sheets £2. Daily. hawkandowl.org/events/ childrens-easter-trail/

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Until 22nd: Capture the Easter Bunny at RSPB Titchwell Marsh Test your wildlife knowledge as you answer questions. £1 per child including a chocolate prize, suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. Daily. www.rspb.org. uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-361952 Until 22nd: Easter Eggstravaganza at Pensthorpe Teaches visitors about nature in springtime and a fascinating trail takes explorers through the Reserve, unearthing secrets about Easter traditions. Included in admission price to the Reserve. Daily. www.pensthorpe.com 14th-19th: Easter Activities at Creake Abbey Enjoy an Easter Hunt around Creake Abbey with a prize at the end of the route and two craft activities. 10am - 4pm daily, £2.50 per activity. Saturday 19th is the Creake Abbey Easter Gift Fair. www.creakeabbey.co.uk 14th- 20th: Drove Orchards’ Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt Collect your hunt sheet from Bells and Whistles, walk through the magical archway into the orchard where the hunt awaits you. £2 per hunt, proceeds to charity Nelson’s Journey. 10am to 4pm daily. www.droveorchards.com 14th -22nd: Glass Easter Egg or Paperweight Courses at SALT glass studios 10am-1pm, £40 per student, suitable for ages six plus. Children must be accompanied by adults. Booking essential. www.saltglassstudios.co.uk

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May: 3rd: Picnic on the Green, Burnham Market With treasure hunts, fancy dress competition and face painting, in aid of Burham Market Christmas Lights. From 12 noon. www.burnhammarket.co.uk 3rd- 5th: Pedal Norfolk Enjoy eight fully-supported Sportives with a choice of 20, 50 or 100 miles over three consecutive days – up to 250 miles in total – plus camping and fun for all the family. Based at Holkham Hall. Sign up at pedalnorfolk.co.uk 9th – 11th: 17th Wells Poetry Festival Speakers include Dame Gillian Beer and Dr

Hugh Cecil, along with readings from Emily Berry, former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion and Dr Rowan Williams, to name but a few. Tickets from www.poetrynextthesea.co.uk 10th: Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club Open Day Try sailing for free at Brancaster Staithe, from 1.30pm. Booking essential, contact Mark Foley 07833 332055 / m-foley@btconnect.com 10th-11th: Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival A weekend of all things outdoors and wildlife on the North Norfolk Coast. Stands include the RSPB and Hawk and Owl Trust, along with have a go activities including archery, guided walks and bungee trampolines. 10am to 4pm, free entry. www.deepdaleoutdoorfestival.co.uk 16th-18th: Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival A fun packed weekend including cookery theatre, a seafood trail, seafaring crafts plus much more! www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

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Lose it – for good! Bo Tyler gives us eight strategies for fast and lasting fat loss

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ou find your hand reaching for another biscuit “Oh well”, you think, “I may as well go for it now I’ve started there’s always tomorrow” Your justification sounds perfectly rational: You’ll make tomorrow that magic day when you will never ever be tempted again and will finally achieve fast and lasting fat loss. We consistently fall for that familiar logic of debauchery followed by austerity, even though we know it’s a surefire strategy for failure. So I’m going to suggest a different approach. Rather than anything too dramatic, take small but powerfully effective steps to get lean and healthy:

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Start every morning with a protein-rich breakfast. You can get amazing results by ditching the carb-bomb cereal, porridge, granola, toast and jam based breakfast and instead choosing eggs, homemade baked beans or mashed avocado with tomatoes, grilled veg. and one slice of brown toast for a fast, filling meal that will keep you focused all morning. And don’t take any notice of the recent epidemiological study on protein that has been sensationalised!

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Drink up. Start the day with a big glass of water upon waking, carry a bottle with you to sip throughout your day and drink a pint before each meal. The only time not to drink liquid is during meals, when excess amounts can dilute stomach enzymes needed for digestion. Otherwise, drink up!

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Step up your fibre. One study found even with no other dietary modifications, people who added fibre lost most weight. Easy fibre sources include lentils, beans, raw nuts and seeds, raspberries and non-starchy veggies.

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Fifteen minutes and you’re done. Swap the unused gym membership for high intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training. Benefits include improved insulin sensitivity which brings abdominal fat loss. With burst training, you can knock out a killer workout in about the time it takes to find a parking space at your gym.

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Put the brakes on eating 2-3 hours before bed. Take a hot bath and get stuck into a book or favourite magazine rather than take a late-hour kitchen detour. Make sure your evening meal is balanced: increase your protein if you struggle with late-night cravings. A glass of water can also help.

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Meet your sleep quota. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Prepare for sleep an hour before you hit the sack by turning off electronics and taking a hot bath with chamomile tea and a book.

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Banish your enemy. Even healthy foods can become unhealthy when you eat too much - a thin spread of nut butter is perfectly fine; devouring half the jar is not. Keep trigger foods -- even healthy ones if they become a problem -- out of the kitchen and you’ll be far less likely to succumb when temptation strikes.

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Schedule in switch off time. Our fast-faster society encourages over-doing it, and the repercussions show up as a spare tyre. Stress management is not a luxury, so schedule time for a massage, coffee with a friend, or even a leisurely walk with your dog. Follow these simple rules and even when you have those inevitable indulgent moments, because you are only human, you know you’ve got a plan to get back on track quickly. • For more support to reach your health, wellbeing, weight loss or sports performance goals in 2014, call Bo on 07747 008482 or email Bo at bo@bonutritioncoaching.com

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PREGNANCY Linda Black of Tidal Therapies explains why massage during pregnancy has more health benefits than just relaxation Whilst reducing stress and aiding relaxation is important, especially in the third trimester, at all stages of pregnancy there are advantages to considering remedial massage. • Reduction in muscle strain and pain. As early as week 10, hormones begin to soften the body’s connective tissues in preparation for labour. This contributes to joint instability and puts a strain on weight bearing structures such as the lower back and hips. By strengthening the muscles and easing off tightness through massage, the incidence of joint problems in both pre and post natal periods can be reduced. • Easing stress in the mother also has a calming influence on the foetus. Prenatal specialists recommend that women practice deep sustained levels of relaxation for 45-60 minutes in the last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy - the length of a massage treatment! • Circulatory benefits. Elevated hormone levels increase total blood volume by as much as 30 - 40%. Many women as a result suffer from swollen feet and ankles particularly in the third trimester. Massage assists the body’s natural circulation thus helping to alleviate pressure. • Respiratory benefits. As a result of the growing foetus restricting the diaphragm, most expectant women tend to feel a shortness of breath. Massage work into the upper body muscles can help alleviate tightness and ease breathing.

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Prior to the treatment a full consultation is undertaken and correct positioning of the client is determined. For example it is important that the client starts lying on their left side to reduce the incidence of pressure build up in one of the major veins found on the right side which carries blood from the legs to the heart and thus reduces blood flow to the womb. ‘Whilst massage is a welcome time to relax, pregnancy put additional pressure on my lower back and exacerbated my neck and shoulder pain. Linda’s deep tissue massage certainly aided this especially in the latter stages’ JJ. Linda can be found at her new studio Newmans Yard, Norwich Street, Fakenham, NR21 9LF and Holt Holistic,Station Road, Holt • To book or for a free consultation please call Linda on 07854 001590 or email linda@tidaltherapies.co.uk. www.tidaltherapies.co.uk

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Delicious food… the relaxed way! Delicious one pot cooking from our resident chef and cookery school proprietor Na Hansell

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here are more fun ways to spend time at this time of year than to be in the kitchen, and certainly the lure of the garden and the beaches is a strong one, so here is a recipe for a simple everyday supper which is quick to prepare, easy to cook and tasty enough to serve to family and friends. Chicken thighs are a good source of B vitamins, although you can use chicken breast if you prefer. The peppers give a shot of antioxidants and vitamin C, and you can substitute cannellini beans or chickpeas for the new potatoes if you prefer.

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One Pan Chicken with Peppers and Chorizo Serves 2 - easily doubled for 4 or more Delicious flavours from succulent chicken thighs, intense chorizo and fresh colourful peppers. Just a gentle bit of chopping - either prepare ahead by putting everything into a plastic bag and chilling until you are ready, or throw it all straight into a roasting dish and it will be ready in 30 - 45 minutes. Finish it off with a flourish of chopped flat leaf parsley. Substitute the new potatoes for a tin of rinsed cannellini beans or chickpeas if you prefer.

What you will need… • 1 pack of chicken thighs, skins removed, (usually about 8 in a pack) • 1 ‘horseshoe’ of chorizo, sliced, aim for about 3- 5mm pieces. Choose either a ‘sweet/dolce’ or ‘hot/spicy/picante’ one depending on your taste buds. • 250g new potatoes, quartered or cut into 6 - 8 pieces if they are large • 1 pepper, any colour you like, or a mixture of two, chopped into large pieces • Oil to drizzle, whichever you like to cook with • A few sprigs of fresh thyme, or a shake of dried • Salt and pepper to season • Flat leaf parsley, chopped, to finish.

How to make it… Nothing too tricky here - simply prepare all the ingredients and toss them together with a tablespoon or two of cooking oil, then put them in a roasting dish and cook in a preheated oven for 30 - 45 minutes until the potatoes are tender. To speed it up, precook the potatoes by steaming or boiling for 10 - 15 minutes, cool, then quarter. New season new potatoes will cook more quickly than older ones that have been lifted and stored over winter. Cook as above but reduce the cooking time for 30 minutes max - just long enough to cook the chicken. Once cooked, this dish can be kept warm for 30 minutes. Garnish with some chopped flat leaf parsley and serve with a good green salad or simply fold in a few handfuls of fresh spinach once the chicken is cooked - the heat of the dish will wilt the spinach a little.

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Shed that winter skin! The clocks have gone forward and summertime is just around the corner. It’s that time when thoughts turn to sloughing off our winter selves and getting beach ready, says Amanda Loose The Relaxation Lounge, The Secret Garden Spa

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fter a winter of bracing beach walks, central heating and a few strong winds, the words renew, hydrate and exfoliate may be springing to mind rather more often than usual. If you’re in need of a bit of post-winter pampering, here’s a top to almost toe guide to our pick of the treatments available in some of our local Spas. With a 12 metre pool, steam room, saunas and rainforest showers, The Secret Garden Spa at Congham Hall offers an escape from it all. Open to hotel guests and non-residents, there is a selection of packages for nonresidents, including a variety of treatments and time to enjoy the luxury Spa, from a morning, to a half or full day package from £45. The Spa uses Elemental Herbology, naturally active products, and the Macadamia and Pomegranate Acupressure Scalp Massage, one of their essential collection treatments, is blissful. Using hot oil acupressure massage, the hair and scalp are nourished, stress and tension are reduced, and your circulation is boosted. You will likely sleep well that night. A top tip is to leave the oil in for a few hours afterwards if you can, to maximise the hydrating benefits, and as with any massage, drink plenty of water afterwards. Post treatment, you are led to the relaxation lounge, to come to. I can report that my hair and scalp were improved, and I was thoroughly chilled! Packages with this treatment included are from £70. The Hoste Beauty Spa offers a broad range of treatments and packages, for hotel residents and non-residents, using Gatineau and Clarins products. They’re open daily from 10am to 7pm, so it’s a great for an after work treat or a girls’ day out combined with lunch or The Hoste afternoon tea. Recently revamped, this stylish Spa is rather an oasis in bustling Burnham Market. For skin like mine, which needs, well, a bit of a helping hand, the Gatineau Collagen Plumping Facial (£55) is a good one to try. You’ll be cleansed, toned, exfoliated and massaged including a brush cleanse. Collagen eye compresses are applied, before the 100% pure marine collagen mask made from freeze dried collagen, is placed on the skin with soothing floral water. It looks a bit like a sheet of rice paper.

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“It’s important for us to have Collagen in the skin, and the elastin fibres are a support mechanism for it,” says Spa Manager Nikki Gray. “As we get more mature, that support mechanism starts to breakdown. Collagen needs water, and this is facial encourages water into the cells which has a plumping effect.” My skin certainly appeared plumped and rehydrated, and it does seem to help with those wrinkles. As ever, keep cleansing, moisturising and drinking water! And so to the aptly named The Retreat, in Old Hunstanton, for the Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy. This non-invasive treatment is not as it sounds, rather using body brushing, massage with a serum to stimulate and boost circulation, and break down toxins in the skin, followed by a fennel and birch peel off mask on your thighs. A deep stomach massage to cleanse the colon and scalp massage follow, before the mask is peeled off and a firming cream applied. As therapist Bec Williamson says, this is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but a great kick start to a healthy living plan: “It’s important to drink plenty of water after the treatment and remember your body will be in detox mode,” she says. A course of treatments is recommended. I found the treatment energising, and did notice an improvement in skin tone and appearance. Keeping up the healthy living, along with daily body brushing are Bec’s top tips, but I guess I already knew that! • The Retreat is offering North Norfolk Living readers an Elemis Body Sculpting, Cellulite and Colon Therapy Treatment for £48 instead of the usual £60, a saving of 20%. Please quote NNL offer. Treatment must be booked by 15th May to qualify. Call 01485 535376 • The Hoste Beauty Spa, Burnham Market, 01328 737022 www.thehoste.com • The Secret Garden Spa, Congham Hall, Grimston 01485 609300 www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk

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hose that dare to complain about Norfolk point to the lack of mountains or even a decent hill, the long and trying business of getting into and out of the county, and the lack of mobile phone reception and WiFi, which prompts howls of frustration from those with better connections. But for those of us who live in, and therefore love North Norfolk, these things pale into insignificance when waiting for you is the searingly clear air on the endless miles of Holkham beach, or the sight of Snettisham church spire rising over the banks and fields of the reserve, as an orange sun sinks into the sea whilst thousands of birds wheel and turn as one. There is so much to love about this area of Norfolk, that to put one above another becomes impossible, but it is the simple things that stand out. For example, after an early sail, perhaps at Brancaster, on a bright summer’s morning, a late, full and sublimely delicious breakfast at one of our many coastal eateries. Or, as a

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child, the unforgettable feel of mud squelching between your toes as you cross the creek at Overy Staithe, tired but warmed to the core, with the odd shell or even crab in your bucket, just as the tide begins to turn. Even better, standing on the Staithe with an ice cream watching the unfortunate stragglers laden down with beach paraphernalia wade through the now deep and fast-running water. To watch the seals is to totally immerse yourself in the Norfolk coast, and for us, Morston is the best place from which to do this. Catch one of the regular boat rides out to Blakeney Point and spend an hour there drinking in this small but perfect wilderness and its inhabitants before taking the return boat back. Or if the tide is right and you’re feeling fit, try walking it. Walking works well in this neck of the woods, whether it’s in winter on the stark but still beautiful marshes at Titchwell and Brancaster, or in the summer wandering through the

parkland at Holkham Hall or through the woods at Sandringham to Wolferton. And of course there is the Coastal Path, which takes you through some of the most varied and stunning of Norfolk scenery, with another of our favourite things, the Coast Hopper bus, standing by to sweep you off your tired feet and deposit you at Briarfields or Titchwell Manor for a well-earned, substantial tea. Picnics are essential, and we would choose smoked salmon from the Cley Smokehouse, a pork pie from Brays Cottage, cheese from the Walsingham Farm Shop and fruit picked at the Wiveton Fruit Farm (your labours rewarded by lunch at the café sitting under the pine trees), all washed down with something recommended by the Real Ale Shop. A good place to eat? Cookies Crab Shop at Salthouse – which is wonderful, genuine and unique – just like North Norfolk. • info@kettcountrycottages.co.uk 01328 856853 www.kettcountrycottages.co.uk

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