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ELCOME to our spring issue. The bounding ‘March Hare’ on our front cover by local photographer Stephen Clark is one of my favourite spring sights, reminding me of the season itself, bursting with life and energy. Putting together this issue reminds me, as ever, how lucky I am to live in North Norfolk and to get outdoors this spring and celebrate this wonderful place! We’ve a packed magazine, filled with local news, events and activities plus great ideas for Easter fun from local Mum Hattie Goodley and daughter Willa, who will be bringing you our Little Living page each issue. Alan Tutt meets a community in action as he finds out more about the Cley Old Harbour Project, we’re talking spring trends with local fashionista Katy Coe, getting back to nature in interiors, finding out what’s happening on the local gallery scene, and much more. Enjoy!
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Beachcombings: what’s on, what’s good and where to go!
From the Burnham Market International Horse Trials to the Rio Olympics, local event manager and equestrian consultant Alec Lochore has a very eventful year ahead!
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A community in action: Alan Tutt finds out more about the Cley Old Harbour Project
Fashion: Katy Coe on how to take spring’s trends from catwalk to boardwalk. Plus men’s fashion and local style news In the picture: find out what’s happening on the local gallery scene
Interiors: get back to nature this spring, plus meet the owners of two family-run interiors businesses Food & Drink: Liz Mattock goes shopping at two local farmers’ markets, our young baker Henie Lewin makes Easter nests, and what’s happening on the local food scene
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Little Living: Hattie Goodley (and daughter Willa) share their top tips for Easter fun for your nippers Events and activities: Hannah Sole finds out what’s on this spring Get out there: Nicholas Rudd-Jones walks from Sheringham to Cromer
Fitness: Simon Barclay on preparing for ‘the toughest foot race on earth’, plus Bo Tyler on eating right to train right On the road: Brian Vertigen test drives the Suzuki Swift 4x4
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It’s the 19th Poetry-next-the-Sea Festival in Wells from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May, with performers including Dame Gillan Beer, Kate Bingham and local poet Martin Figura. The Festival, which will be held at the Alderman Peel High School, will open on the Friday with John Fuller and Roddy Lumsden reading a selection of their poems. Local poet Martin Figura, ©Mark Saturday has a packed programme, including the Combat Husmann Veteran Players reading poetry which has influenced their recovery, plus four Faber New Poets, now a regular feature of the Festival. Saturday will also see the inaugural performance of Martin Figura’s new show ‘Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine’. The Festival finishes on Sunday with Dame Gillian Beer and Ruth Padel on ‘Poetry and Science’. • Booking opens on 16th March, with tickets available from poetrynextthesea.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01328 738243.
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Holkham Hall will re-open its doors to visitors on 20th March with a new interactive farming exhibition, the centerpiece of a £4.5 million investment in new visitor facilities at the Estate. The exhibition, ‘Field to Fork, Food and Farming on the Holkham Estate, Past and Present’ will tell the story of Holkham’s unique farming history and demonstrate the relationship between the land and food production. Holkham of course, was home to Thomas William Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester, better known as ‘Coke of Norfolk’, who pioneered the principle of crop rotation and instigated the famous ‘Holkham Sheep Shearings’, the forerunner of today’s modern agricultural shows. There will be seven rooms to explore, with film, interactive displays and objects. The visitor season will also see the opening of the new Courtyard Café and new gift shop. A new indoor events facility in the former Holkham Pottery factory is due to open this summer. • www.holkham.co.uk
Don’t miss the Table Top Sale at the Big School Hall, Gresham’s Senior School, on Saturday 2nd April from 10am-4pm, in aid of Walking With The Wounded. There will be 29 tables selling items old and new, from antique and vintage pieces, gifts and books to cushions and skincare. Look out for leather goods from The Tannery, bath oils from Abahna, gifts from Interior Deli at The Old Stables, Bayfield Hall (pictured), jewellery by Madeleine Spencer and Annabelle Swift, plus textiles by Polly Baker, Allan Urquhart interiors and much more. • Adult entry £3. Contact Eliza Miller on 01263 863900 or email@example.com. uk with enquiries. Make a note! The Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Family Fun Day, at Stody Lodge Gardens, Holt, is on Sunday 8th May from 1-5pm, in support of The Holt Youth Project and North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust. Enjoy the Norwich Kid & Goatling show, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo and treasure hunt, all within Stody’s beautiful 14-acre rhododendron and azalea gardens. Plus homemade teas, plant stall and picnic area. Dogs on leads welcome. • Entry £5, children under 12 free. 01263 863994, http://www.stodylodgegardens.co.uk
SPOTTED! By Richard Campey Watch out for wheatears
f you think of the best-known harbinger of spring you’d probably choose the swallow, but equally predictive and at least as striking is the wheatear. These smart birds who have spent the winter in Africa, return to the UK in March and April and as coastal migrants are likely to be seen anywhere along the North Norfolk coast. A small robin-sized bird, it has a characteristic running and hopping movement with a distinctive white rump and black “T” in the tail, most obvious when flying away from you. The male is the most striking with a blue-grey head, black wings and a pale orange chest. The females are duller but share the characteristic tail pattern. From Snettisham to Sheringham, any part of the coastal path is a good place to look for these birds as they feed on insects, spiders and larvae. Breeding mainly in Northern England the best time to see them is March to early May as they move on north after feeding and resting. • Richard is owner of The One Stop Nature Shop, Burnham Deepdale, 01485 211223 www.onestopnature.co.uk. News on the latest sightings of wheatears and other wildlife can be seen on the sightings board outside One Stop. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
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Shelf talk Head to Titchwell for Briarfields’ first Bookfest of 2016, on Sunday 17th April, from 2-4.30pm, with novelist Clare Mackintosh, whose first book I Let You Go was a Sunday Times bestseller. Clare, who worked as a police officer for 12 years before a career as a journalist, will talk about writing the book, which tells the story of a tragic accident from multiple viewpoints. The novel was inspired by a real hit and run accident that Clare was involved in investigating shortly after she joined the force. Her second novel, I See You, will be published in August. • Tickets £15 including Briarfields’ Posh Afternoon Tea. Book on 01485 210742. Rachel Hore, ©Charlotte Murphy
Village cinema EDGEFIELD Friday 15th April, 7.30pm The Imitation Game (12A) The true story of English mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), as he leads the team which cracks the Enigma Code. The Edge Cinema, Edgefield Village Hall, tickets £4.50 on the door. GREAT MASSINGHAM Thursday 21st April, 7.30pm The Dressmaker (15) Kate Winslet stars as a woman returning to her hometown to right the wrongs from her past. Great Massingham Village Hall, tickets £4. 01485 520912 HOLT COMMUNITY CENTRE Wednesday 30th March, 2.30pm and 7.30pm The Lady in the Van (12A) Alan Bennett’s stage play filmed with Maggie Smith in the title role. Tickets £5. holtcommunitycentre.co.uk NORTH CREAKE Tuesday 29th March, 7.30pm Suffragette (12A) A powerful drama tracking the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, not just women from the genteel educated classes, but working women too. North Creake Village Hall, tickets £5. Book on 07905 805388 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org STANHOE Monday 21st March, 7.30pm Brooklyn (12A) An Irish immigrant lands in Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance. When her past catches up with her, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The Reading Room, tickets £5 on the door. stanhoe.org or 01485 518191.
The House on Bellevue Gardens is the latest novel from bestselling author, Norfolk-based Rachel Hore. Published at the end of February, this engaging read moves between present day London and the 1960s, interweaving the tales of Hore’s characters for whom the house is a haven. But then that haven comes under threat. • The House on Bellevue Gardens £14.99, Simon & Schuster.
SYDERSTONE VILLAGE CINEMA IN ASSOCIATION WITH CREATIVE ARTS EAST Saturday 23rd April, 7.30pm The Lady in the Van (12A) Amy Robsart Village Hall, advance tickets £3.50, call 01485 578171 or email cinema@ syderstone.com
THORNHAM VILLAGE CINEMA ANNUAL CHARITY FILM IN AID OF THE WEST NORFOLK DEAF ASSOCIATION Wednesday 20th April, 7.30pm Brooklyn (12A) Call 07818 028687 for tickets, £10 pay for and collect at the door. WALSINGHAM PICTURE PALACE Tuesday 15th March, 7.30pm Brooklyn (12A) Walsingham Parish Hall, 14 High Street. Tickets £4 (members £3.50) on the door. email@example.com SCREEN-NEXT-THE-SEA AT THE ALDERMAN PEEL HIGH SCHOOL, WELLS Monday 4th April, 7pm The Lady in the Van (12A) Tickets £5, from 01328 710885, Wells Tourist Information Centre (no longer open an hour before a screening), www.wellscinema.com or at the showing. Collect prebooked tickets on arrival at APHS.
My North Norfolk This season Hetti Simpson is looking forward to… Eating: at the Neptune in Old Hunstanton, I still can’t believe I haven’t been and everyone raves about it. Drinking: my first glass of Pimms in the garden. That’s when I know that summer is really here. Staying: at the lovely Fridays Barn in Salthouse with the children for halfterm, no need to stray too far for a holiday. Shopping: at the new Nomad & the bowerbird store in Wells, I might even try having my colours done with Sarah. Exploring: more of the coastline between
Blakeney and Sheringham. I live closer to Brancaster, so excited to go a bit further east. Walking: along the Weybourne cliffs to Sheringham, just 3.2 miles with some fish and chips at the end. Reading: The Night Circus, selfindulgent because I’ve read it before, but I love it so much. • Hetti is owner of Norfolk Hideaways, named Small Business of the Year at the EDP Business Awards 2015. Norfolk Hideaways 01485 211022 www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
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arefoot Estates is a new venture for the team at Barefoot Retreats, North Norfolk’s luxury holiday cottage business, and will offer a fresh and innovative approach to property sales. Owners and directors Helen Millin and Emma Tagg, have been joined by licensed estate agent and co-director Kirsty Wainwright, who is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents. Barefoot Estates evolved out of regular requests from clients who had enjoyed their stays in Barefoot Retreats properties. ‘People kept asking us to find them houses,’ says Helen. ‘I was acting on an informal basis, helping people with their search. ‘In the meantime, Kirsty who previously worked for a corporate estate agent had always kept in touch with Emma, they’d worked at The Hoste together. We thought this might be a good idea, and it all evolved from there really.’ Kirsty who has lived in North Norfolk for the last 18 years says: ‘What makes us different? It’s about offering a personal service. We appreciate how stressful buying and selling can be and I will be there throughout the whole process, making life easier for our clients. ‘Whether you’re someone looking to buy a home, holiday home or add to your investment portfolio, as a boutique estate agency we offer an all inclusive service.’ Barefoot Estates’ fee includes professional photography, an EPC certificate, floor plans plus a concierge service including interior styling and maintenance services. They can even help with cleaning. ‘We offer regular and personal updates on the progress of your sale or purchase,’ says Kirsty. ‘Your house is your most expensive financial asset and it is really important to get back to both buyers and vendors quickly to keep them informed every step of the way. ‘Our fee is very competitive, there are no hidden charges and we work on a no sale, no fee basis, plus we don’t charge anything upfront either.’ ‘We’ll be focusing mainly on the North Norfolk coastal area, it’s not about
quantity, it’s all about the quality of service we’ll deliver.’ says Kirsty. ‘Personal recommendation is the key for us,’ says Helen, who has PR and marketing experience with national and multi-national companies. Barefoot Estates will tailor a marketing strategy to fit your personal needs, with the right mix of online promotion, local, regional and national press advertising. Emma meanwhile brings a wealth of local knowledge to the business and customer service experience from her time spent running The Hoste. ‘We’re a one stop shop really,’ says Helen. ‘And with our Barefoot Retreats sister business, we can advise on potential income if you’re buying for investment and want to let the property out, and can even offer a design and furniture package to save you time.’ You can meet the team at the Barefoot Estates Burnham Market International Horse Trials from 1st to 3rd April. ‘We are really excited to be the event’s title sponsor,’ says Emma. ‘We dipped our toe in the water last year taking fence sponsorship for Barefoot Retreats, and believe this to be the perfect opportunity to promote our new venture.’ ‘Burnham Market is a stone’s throw from our Thornham base, so we are really looking forward to meeting future clients over the three days, as well as watching some of the world’s best riders compete.’ • If you’re seeking a fresh and innovative approach to selling your property, then please request a no obligation property appraisal now by calling on 01485 512638, email email@example.com or visit www.barefootestates.co.uk
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A very eventful year
Houghton International Horse Trials 2015. Dressage in front of the Old Stables
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2016 is looking busy for local event manager and equestrian consultant, Alec Lochore, taking in the Burnham Market and Houghton Horse Trials, organized by his company Musketeer Event Management and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where he’s a Technical Delegate
CAUGHT up with Alec, just back from Rio, at Musketeer’s HQ, in the heart of North Norfolk, where the team are busy preparing for The Barefoot Estates Burnham Market International Horse Trials in April followed by the Houghton International Horse Trials at the end of May. ‘It’s a daunting year, not because I am frightened of the work or schedule, but I always get concerned that I’m doing the job right and not spreading myself too thin,’ says Alec. ‘I’m not very good at saying no, but I have total trust in everyone in the office here at Musketeer. If I were hit by a bus tomorrow they would carry on and probably do a better job! ‘When I first moved to North Norfolk in 1998, I was still competing in events. Like everyone in their 20s and 30s I harboured the dream of being an Olympian, but working with the horse power I was attracting, I was never going to achieve that. ‘It was a slow migration at the beginning. I started being a technical adviser to the sport and did lots of training for that. ‘Musketeer started a little bit by mistake. My brother built a course for a farmer who lost all his sheep in the contiguous foot and mouth cull. He owed my brother some money and we went to him with a proposal in 2002 – we’d try to recoup some of the money by running an event there. It was successful so I set up Musketeer
and thought I could do a bit more of this.’ Now in their 14th season, Musketeer runs events around the country including the Cholmondeley Castle Horse Trials and The Pony Club Championships. Burnham Market remains their flagship event, says Alec. ‘Burnham Market has a ridiculous quality of competitor, as high a standard as you’ll find in any competition in the world, including Olympic gold medallists and world champions from different nations. ‘We play to our strengths here. We have very good ground which is free draining, so even in a wet spring, they know they’ll get a run.’ The Houghton International Horse Trials incorporates the FEI Nation’s Cup – the official global team competition of the year. There are maybe eight in the world, says Alec, and Houghton is the only one in the UK. ‘This will be the last opportunity, certainly in Britain, for nations to try out teams as they may be for the Games in Rio. Hopefully it will be as important a stepping stone as it was in 2012, a bit of a who’s who.’ Which brings us nicely to the London 2012 Olympics, where Alec was Eventing Manager: ‘I ran the sport of eventing. It was exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure. We were not in a tried and tested horse venue, but Greenwich Park was an inspired choice. Often equestrian events are out of town but we were
in the heart of the games. ‘One of the great privileges of London was the fact that we were able to draw on a vast reservoir of knowledge we have for our sport, in all our officials and volunteers. This was one of the reasons it was a great success. ‘My role at the Rio 2016 games is entirely different. I am a Technical Delegate, the arbitrator and referee. Pre-Olympics, I have to make sure they deliver everything to the correct standard, in the correct way, the correct facilities, surfaces, courses, accommodation etc. ‘It’s great fun. During the games I’ll be out there a week before the competition starts and carry out all the same procedures, assessing the cross country course ground, measuring fences, making sure all the officials have briefings and so on. ‘During the games you hope you remain entirely under the radar, which means everything for the competition is running smoothly. If I come out the other end entirely unnoticed, that would be a dream, well that, and a British gold medal!’ • Barefoot Estates Burnham Market International Horse Trials, April 1st to 3rd. Houghton International Horse Trials, May 26th to 29th. Tickets available from www.musketeer.co.uk www.aleclochore.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
A community in action Work started on dredging Cley harbour this February, thanks to the efforts of the Cley Old Harbour Project writes Alan Tutt
ending in Blakeney Point. LEY next the Sea was once one of Closer inspection revealed that on the the busiest ports in England, where northern bank the reeds had been determinedly grain, malt, fish, spices, coal, spirits, cut away and a semblance of order established. tobacco, snuff, sugar, linen and This activity is the toehold for, the genesis of, a countless other commodities were exported and imported. Pirates preyed on this commerce; larger project – the Cley Old Harbour Project. In 2012, Cley Parish Council set up this some from the Hanseatic League seized ‘The scheme aiming to get planning permission to Margaret’, belonging to William Betts of Cley, dredge the neglected harbour. It would take taking it and its contents of “artillerie, furniture another two years to get this permission as and salt fishes” to Norway in 1395. there were many interested The Flemish gables on parties to be consulted. The houses in Cley are a reminder National Trust (owners of the of the thriving trade with the Glaven and its foreshore); the Low Countries. But despite its Environmental Agency (who name, Cley has not been ‘next own the sea defences for the Sea’ since the 17th Century, Cley); Natural England (who due to land reclamation. Some look after the adjoining Sites of the buildings that once of Special Scientific Interest); lined the quay remain, notably Norfolk Wildlife Trust; and the windmill and the Custom The frieze at The Custom House last, but not least, the Mussel House (above its door, a frieze Fishery in the lower estuary, depicting pirates accosted known as Blakeney Pit. Volunteer working by revenue men), but many of the riverside parties now began to clear the approaches warehouses are gone. to the harbour. A community stirred itself. Standing beside Cley windmill back in Residents, local businesses, holiday home January, one of dozens once driven by the River Glaven, it’s difficult to imagine that several owners and tourists worked together - the project fired their collective imagination, filling hundred years ago this was a bustling port. a void left by maritime decline, with the knockThere were four small boats floating at low tide on effect of forging great community spirit, in a desultory few feet of water, and the Glaven now just a few feet wide. There were dilapidated palpable to anyone visiting Cley today. Fundraising grew from this, with a pledge wooden moorings and a turning circle for only fund promoted via the Glaven Valley News and the smallest of craft. On the other bank, a sea a Pinkfoot Gallery/ Swallowtail Printing bulletin. of reeds stretched out toward the spit of land
Funding target for Stage One was reached in 2015, assisted by community events. Dredging finally began, from Beau Rivage to Cley Mill, on 1st February this year. Excavators removed tons of mud and silt up to two metres deep and expanded the width of the Glaven to 12m allowing larger sailing craft to come in and out of Cley. New piles and timber headings will be put in to create stable moorings and a new quay. Hopefully all will be ready for the boating season. ‘Picnic Sundays’ may be restored, when virtually the whole village decamped to Blakeney Point for a summer’s day out. Stage Two will enable a further 200m of dredging, allowing further moorings. All silt will be recycled either onto reed beds or for other projects. Simon Read, boat-builder and keen advocate for the project explains what is happening, as we adjourn to the Artemis Coffee Shop, itself on the Glaven. That Cley Harbour is fast becoming a focus for the community and everyone will benefit from its regeneration - locals, visitors and the businesses that abound here. His enthusiasm is infectious though he does stress that when the work is done, there will be maintenance required or time and tide will silt the Glaven up again. “If you don’t trim a hedge, it becomes a tree,” he cautions, and looks forward to when Cley harbour is once again bustling – port of call for yachtsmen, fishermen, artists, ecologists, bird watchers, walkers and tourists alike.
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From catwalk to boardwalk If you love catwalk glamour but feel it’s a no go for coastal and country living, then think again, says Katy Coe. Dust off your clutch bags and dig out your gems, because this season’s runways are packed with looks perfect for life in North Norfolk
ITH just a few tweaks to your wardrobe here and there, you can add a touch of practical glamour to your life ... dress to impress, even on a windy dog walk on the beach! The biggest trend to emerge from the major Fashion Week shows was the pleat, which was used in abundance by many of the great designers in their collections. So our bang on trend show starter comes from Nelle-dk, with this dual tone knife pleat skirt from their Gestuz range. Casually worn with the mohair blend sweater and paired with these beautifully crafted Brogue shoes from The Tannery, the runway glamour is brewing away nicely. If a beach walk is on the cards then just slip on a pair of these Fairfax & Favor Imperial Explorer boots from Christopher William Country, which are not only stunning but waterproof too. If you love a little tweed, always a favourite in the countryside, then try the Clover skirt by Dubarry at Lings Country Goods. With its smart leather trim she pairs nicely with the Brogue shoe or boot from The Tannery, or dress her down with a pair of Converse and a simple tee. Another prominent trend favourited by the likes of Dior and Stella McCartney for SS16 is plaid, and this season’s colour injection gives the classic plaid a feeling of freshness. I found this empire cut Avoca Dingle Hipster coat at Kaddouri. Super flattering she’s perfect to throw on over your everyday jeans to add a spring to your step. Pair with the Brogue boot to finish off that style icon look.
Avoca Dingle Hipster coat £190, Kaddouri
Fairfax & Favor Imperial Explorer waterproof boots £375, Christopher William Country
Brogue shoe £145, The Tannery Gestuz jumper £109, skirt £99, Nelle-dk at Drove Orchards
Brogue zip ankle boot in chestnut £179, The Tannery
Dubarry Clover skirt £149, Lings Country Goods
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Continuing along the colour catwalk, orange is the new black this season so if you love your coastal tee, try this gorgeous Dubarry Martello stripe coral top from Christopher William Coastal (below), previously Beachcomber in Wells. Add a little twist by wearing it with this Baum und Pferdgarten Barb denim vest from Nelle-dk, which also looks fab with the Isabel mini check tunic from Fat Face. Pair either look with your favourite jeans and you’re catwalk ready. And finally, don’t dismiss the dress! Seventiesinspired dresses are still a huge trend this year and I’ve found this gorgeous silk jersey dress by Diane von Furstenberg at Anna in Burnham Market, matched beautifully with their oversize Harris Wharf sky blue coat. If you’re going from day to night and want something a little sensational then add these vintage carbuncle garnet and diamond drop earrings from Webbs Jewellers. Prepare to dazzle!
Forward planning Whether you’re headed for warmer climes or want to get set for summer! Safari dress by Pomodoro £69, Allez Chic
Baum und Pferdgarten Barb denim vest £129, Nelle-dk at Drove Orchards DVF indigo Jones dress £375, Anna
Dubarry Martello top in coral £89, Christopher William Coastal
Vintage carbuncle garnet and diamond drop earrings £3250, Webbs Jewellers
Isabel Marant Jeana sandals £280, Ruby and Tallulah
ADDRESS BOOK Allez Chic, Castle Rising 01553 631915 allezchic.co.uk Anna, Burnham Market 01328 730325 www.shopatanna.com Christopher William Coastal, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710496 Christopher William Country, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 738983 christopherwilliamcountry.co.uk Fat Face, Burnham Deepdale 01485 210927, Holt 01263 715938 www.fatface.com Kaddouri, Holt 01263 478867 kaddouri.uk Lings Country Goods, Great Massingham 01485 520828 www.lingscountrygoods.co.uk Nelle-dk,, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525164 www.nelle-dk.co.uk Ruby and Tallulah, Burnham Market 01328 738638 www.rubyandtallulah.co.uk The Tannery, Holt 01263 713642 www.thetannery.co.uk Webbs Jewellers, Holt 01263 712575 www.webbsjewellers.com
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Boy’s Own Toggi Bretby jacket £179, Nags Essentials
Texier satchel bag, £199 The Tannery Bering classic watch with interchangeable straps £179, Urban Armour
Lindbergh white and navy polo £40, Nelle-dk, Drove Orchards
Quiksilver tee £25, Wet Dog
Lindbergh jeans £65, Nelle-dk, Drove Orchards Skopes tailored jacket £110 with matching 5 button waistcoat £49, Bakers & Larners
Bakers & Larners, Holt 01263 712244 www.bakersandlarners.co.uk Nags Essentials, Horsley Fields, King’s Lynn 01553 776897 www.nagsessentials.com Nelle-dk, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525164 www.nelle-dk.co.uk The Tannery, Holt 01263 711500 www.thetannery.co.uk Urban Armour, Burnham Market 01328 738880 www.urbanarmour.co.uk Wet Dog, Cromer 01263 519703
STYLE FILE GOING COASTAL Owners of Christopher William Country at Creake Abbey, husband and wife team Chris and Tricia Betts, are rebranding their Wells shop, Beachcomber, this spring. Dubarry Derg coat Tricia says: ‘It’s time £169, Christopher William Coastal for a change! In order to bring our two shops together we are changing the name of Beachcomber to Christopher William Coastal.’ Christopher William Coastal will continue to stock old and new favourites including Barbour, Dubarry, Musto, Seasalt plus Quba Sails and Henri Lloyd. • Christopher William Coastal, 55 Staithe Street. 01328 710496
CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE ENGLISH GARDEN Congham Hall has marked the Year of the English Garden 2016 with the launch of a new signature treatment, exclusive to their Secret Garden Spa. Designed specifically for Congham by Elemental Herbology, the hotel’s principal product supplier, The Herb Garden Signature Treatment, a 75-minute face, back and scalp massage, begins and ends with a herbal inhalation and features rosemary, mint and lavender, handpicked from Congham Hall’s own plot of 400 varieties of herb. The treatment costs £75. • The Secret Garden Spa 01485 609300, www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk LADIES DAY The Norfolk Hospice is hosting a ladies day at The Great Barn, Manor Mews, Tattersett on Thursday 21st April, featuring a fashion show by Allez Chic, hair and beauty from Rejuvenate at the Bullpen, along with afternoon tea from Edwards & Blake and music from David Youngs. Arrive 1.30pm for 2pm. Tickets £20 per person including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, available from 01485 601701 or www. norfolkhospice.org.uk. All proceeds to The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. PS. Allez Chic has some gorgeous designs for SS16 from Spanish brand Etnia, perfect for less formal weddings and days at the races. • Allez Chic, Castle Rising 01553 631915 allezchic.co.uk
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FROM ‘MARRY ME’ & ‘I DO’ TO ETERNITY Whether you’ve just made or received a romantic proposal, are planning the big day or looking for a symbol of your everlasting love, local jewellers, Urban Armour are on hand to help find the perfect ring for your special occasion
‘We organise a meeting with our goldsmith, who will come up with drawings and quotes based on your ideas. Once a decision has been made, he’ll make your bespoke piece of jewellery.’ So it really is from ‘Marry me’ and ‘I do’ to Eternity, (along with other rather lovely gift ideas for him and her, in store and online along the way!) • Urban Armour, The Old Chapel, North Street, Burnham Market. PE31 8HG 01328 738880, www.urbanarmour.co.uk
hese rings symbolise the commitment a couple make to each other, and each bride or groom to be, or couple looking for an eternity ring are searching for something different, something special and unique to them,’ says Charles Bourn at Urban Armour. ‘Every customer is unique to us when they walk through our door. Buying an engagement ring or wedding band can be a daunting experience, but we like to take that pressure off and make you feel completely comfortable with your choices.’ As the big day approaches, choosing your wedding rings is high on the to do list… Urban Armour offers a wide range of wedding bands, from traditional plain bands in platinum, yellow, white or rose gold or in more of a modern setting including diamonds and other precious stones. Diamonds are also the most popular stone for eternity rings: traditionally worn on the same finger as the wedding and engagement ring, they are usually given on special occasions such as the birth of a first child or an anniversary. Urban Armour are there to help at this stage in your relationship too. If you’re looking for a one-off, no problem: ‘Whether it’s an engagement, wedding or eternity ring, our goldsmith can use your ideas to design and create something specifically for you and completely individual. You can opt for new stones, or use old loved diamonds, stones from a piece of family jewellery you’d like to rework, or a combination.
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Quay Art is a printmakers gallery showcasing original printmaking techniques including linocuts, etchings, collagraphs and woodcuts. You will also find a striking selection of original contemporary coastal watercolours alongside ceramics, glass and sculpture, all inspired by coast and countryside.
The Flint Gallery of contemporary fine art showcases a wide variety of work created by established and emerging artists, all in response to the inspirational combination of countryside and coast. Located at the end of The Quay in the picturesque village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk Coast, the gallery offers a friendly and welcoming environment in which to enjoy the finest contemporary art including paintings, wildlife sculpture, glass and ceramics.
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In the picture Art lovers are in for a treat this season with our local galleries putting on a fine show for spring, writes Amanda Loose
ircham Gallery in Holt is bounding into spring with an exhibition of Jeremy James’ sculpture and prints from 12th March to 13th April. Jeremy’s work ranges from cockerels and otters to human figures and rather appropriately for the season, hares. More recently he has turned his hand to printmaking, producing limited edition linocuts. This will be followed by Robin Welch at 80, from 16th April to 11th May, featuring ceramics and paintings from this highly respected contemporary British potter. Visitors to Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley will be treated to new work from gallery regulars including Dafila Scott, Rachel Lockwood, Peter Wileman and Robin Bouttell (look out for his seal bronze which should be with the gallery by the summer). They’re also showing two new artists: sculptor Deborah Partington who studied textile design at Central Saint Martins, and combines influences of Victorian taxidermy with paper sculpture, and painter Suzanne Lawrence. Sarah Whittley at Pinkfoot says: ‘We were impressed with Suzanne’s interpretation of her surrounding North Norfolk, it’s a bit different from the traditional landscape approach and she manages to really capture the light and mood wonderfully. We think there’s a touch of Kurt Jackson about her work.’ Over in Blakeney, The Flint Gallery are welcoming Jo Ellis to their collection of exhibitiors. Jo’s charcoals are the basis of her work, which she then translates into paint. Working in acrylic, oils and mixed media, Jo is currently ‘abstracting subject matter mainly from landscapes and seascapes, with the coastline a particular source of inspiration,’ says Stuart Stotter-Brooks of Flint. ‘Jo’s work is all about experiencing and conveying the atmosphere of a place and less about being too representational towards it,’ he says. Quay Art in Blakeney will be showing fresh work this spring from their current artists and from some new faces. Look out for printmaker Jane Walker, who uses the reduction linocut technique to produce handmade, limited edition prints. Each print is made from a single block. Gallery director Luke Scott says: ‘Fascinated by the bold, graphic and sculptural qualities of the medium, Jane’s inspiration comes from the spaces between objects and the patterns they create. Ordinary things – fruit, jugs, coffee pots, pans and fresh flowers are all brought together to evoke a feeling, a memory, or a sense of place.’ Exciting changes are afoot over at Great Walsingham Barns. Following the successful joint exhibition in November by Sarah Caswell
‘Shell and Striped Mug’ linocut by Jane Walker, Quay Art ‘Tumbling Hare’ by Jeremy James, Bircham Gallery ‘The Lady of the Lake’ oil on canvas by Peter Wileman, PInkfoot Gallery
‘Hellebore IX’ by Sarah Caswell
‘Cool Breeze’ oil by Jo Ellis, The Flint Gallery
Paintings and Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing which expanded into a vacant third of the building, the two galleries have decided to make it official! From the beginning of March, their new gallery space, ‘West Barn’ will house bigger paintings, prints and mirrors, more furniture and an even better selection of unique items. More details about future plans, including exhibition space for hire, will follow…
‘and still we fall’ mixed media by Nigel Skinner, Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing
It’s a busy season for Sarah Caswell, who has chosen Creake Abbey Café for the exclusive launch of her latest series of floral paintings. Her solo exhibition there runs until 6th June and also features smaller studies of snowdrops, magnolia, irises and other botanical forms, as well as large canvas prints, small framed prints and original sketches. ‘Nature’, the latest show from Norfolk by Design will be held in the Main Barn at Creake NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
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‘Norfolk Coastline’ by Stephen Clark of Pebbles Photography
Above: ‘The Acropolis Athens, Greece’ pen and ink by Hugh Casson, Pocock’s the Artmonger Left: Shell artist Blott Kerr-Wilson will be exhibiting at Norfolk by Design’s show ‘Nature’
Abbey from 18th to 20th March. Organised and co-curated by Davina Barber of Norfolk by Design and Paul Vater and Paul Barrett of Sugarfree Design, Nature will feature a diverse collection of works by more than 30 artists and designer-makers based in and/or taking inspiration from the Norfolk landscape including George Carter, Harry Cory Wright and Blott Kerr-Wilson. ‘We are extremely excited to be showcasing so many talented Norfolk artists, covering such a diverse range of styles and mediums,’ says Davina. Down the road in Burnham Market, Burnham Grapevine Gallery is kicking off 2016 with its new Spring Collection, showing throughout March and April. In addition to artists including Michael Chapman, Brian Hinton, Kevin and AnnMarie Ryan, Gerard Stamp and Sally Temple, the gallery is delighted to welcome awardwinning Norfolk artist Richard Bond. Winner of Paint Out 2015, the UK’s premier juried en plein air competition, Richard’s work has previously been exhibited in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the Royal Watercolour Society Open Competition shows. Pocock’s the Artmonger, also in Burnham Market, will be hosting ‘An Exhibition of Sketchbook Drawings of Greece & Venice’ by Sir Hugh Casson (1910-1999) from 19th March till 16th April. Laura Pocock, the Artmonger, says: ‘Hugh Casson, past President of the Royal Academy and Director of Architecture of the Festival of Britain, manages to portray the essence of a place with his distinctive economy of line, a style that has been much admired and consequently much collected. ‘This group of drawings from his sketchbooks are a very personal insight into his travels
Right: ‘Marsh Light’ oil on board by Sally Temple, Burnham Grapevine Gallery Below right: ‘Evening Light’ oil on canvas by Alice Scrutton, Fairfax Gallery
abroad to Venice and Greece and come directly from his daughters.’ From 9th to 19th April Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market, are holding a solo exhibition of Alice Scrutton’s stunning North Norfolk seascapes. Alice has exhibited with Fairfax for over 20 years, and this will be her 15th show in Burnham Market. This will be followed by a solo exhibition of works by Jack Frame, from 30th April to 10th May. Jack has won numerous awards for his tree paintings; whether he paints on canvas, toughened glass or perspex, Jack sees trees as ‘transmitters of human emotion as strong as a portrait of the face.’ His signature use of gold leaf gives his work a unique quality and is immediately recognizable. Finally our front cover photographer, Stephen Clark of Pebbles Photography is holding his
Bircham Gallery, Holt 01263 713312 www.birchamgallery.co.uk Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730399 www.creakeabbeycafe.com Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market 01328 730001 www.fairfaxgallery.com The Flint Gallery, Blakeney 01263 741791 theflintgallery.co.uk Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing, Great Walsingham Barns 01328 820900
annual exhibition at Brancaster Staithe Village Hall from 29th April till 2nd May. ‘Framing Norfolk’s Natural Landscape’ will feature his latest collection of framed limited edition prints, canvases and aluminium wall art, showcasing dramatic skies, the changing coastline and wonderful wildlife.
www.walsinghamgallery.co.uk Norfolk by Design, www.norfolk-by-design.com Pebbles Photography, Brancaster 01485 210810 www.pebblesphotography.co.uk Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley 01263 740947 www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk Pocock’s the Artmonger, Burnham Market 01328 730370 www.theartmonger.co.uk Quay Art, The Granary, Blakeney 01263 740013 Sarah Caswell Studio & Gallery, Great Walsingham Barns 0774 7613395 sarahcaswell.co.uk
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“Couture Rose” collection by Designers Guild, www.designersguild.com
Getting back to nature! T It seems we can’t get enough of the natural world this season, says Amanda Loose. Itching to get going in the garden, we’re bringing a slice of it indoors too. Woods, metals, concrete and other materials traditionally used outdoors, plus natureinspired fabric and wallpaper designs are big news on the interiors catwalk this spring
Above: Angie Lewin’s Nature Table by St Jude’s, £66 per 10 metre roll. Available from Boudicca Design Left: Woodland Chorus from Sanderson’s Woodland Walk collection Sky Blue/Multi RRP £58 per 10m roll. Sanderson 01895 830000 www.sanderson-uk.com
HERE’S a lot of wood, metal, concrete, rattan, wicker, natural flooring and foliage about this season,’ says Nanci Gillett at Burnham Interiors. ‘Several of the fabric houses have included nature themed collections in their spring launches. ‘Designers Guild have recently launched Couture Rose, with stunning watercolour and washed floral fabrics, while Sanderson’s new collection, Woodland Walk, is inspired by British woodlands and wildlife, with florals, butterflies, meadows, birds and squirrels. The Woodland Walk look is all very natural, light walls, lots of wood, little metal chairs and painted furniture.’ Nanci is a stockist for Designers Guild and Sanderson, as well as Harlequin whose 2016 collection, Fauvisimo, inspired by the vibrant colours and bold brush strokes of the early 20th Century Fauvist art movement, features British birds, flowers and landscapes. ‘With the popularity of open plan living, kitchen extensions and bi-fold doors, the outdoors has never been more indoors at home,’ says Jo Griffiths of Joyful Living. ‘The joy of nature in the home is particularly prominent in spring, with new growth and cuttings a plenty, we can fill our homes with beautiful texture. ‘This month at Joyful Living, we are focusing on faux plants that are so realistic they fool even the keenest gardener. The Boston fern, a difficult plant to nurture, is my absolute favourite, and never needs watering, just
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Wooden bowl £69.95, Birdie Fortescue
Faux Boston fern £46, Joyful Living
Fauvisimo collection from Harlequin, RRP prices per metre panel: Floreale £56, upholstery: Vitto £68, curtain: Penello £62, pouffe: Speckle £48. Cushions: a selection from Fauvisimo with Arabella Trimmings. Stockist no 0845 123 6805, www.harlequin.uk.com Fern glass £2.99, The Old Stores Wooden based lamp with linen shade £160, Joyful Living
‘At Boudicca we are taking the perfect for instant colour.’ current trends for the outdoors Jane Cave at Deco Cave and colour, and combining says: ‘I think people are getting the two with a new range of tired of the ‘greige’ look and designs for spring. want to bring more texture and ‘Natural prints on fabric and interest into their interiors. The china with a pop of magenta, easiest way to do this is to look apple green, cyan and yellow outside for inspiration. will add interest to any room.’ ‘Nothing in the natural world ‘It’s an adaptable style,’ says seems incongruous. It all works Nanci. ‘It can be introduced so well together which means with pieces of wood, soft these colours and materials fabrics, a bit of foliage, you can can be brought seamlessly Countryside collection by Studio G, £19 bring nature indoors without a together inside and create a per metre, The Old Stores major overhaul.’ fresh look. ‘Natural materials, such as copper, that we ADDRESS BOOK associate with outdoors are more frequently Birdie Fortescue, Burnham Market being brought inside. Concrete is also 01328 738634 www.birdiefortescue.co.uk increasingly being used in interiors, either as a Boudicca Design at Coastal Country, work surface in a kitchen, or as a polished floor. Burnham Market 01328 738080 Wood works well with metals and concrete to www.coastalcountrystyle.co.uk soften a look.’ Burnham Interiors, Burnham Market Tom Clarke at The Old Stores is embracing 01328 730989 burnhaminteriors.co.uk the trend: ‘This season I am loving the use of Deco Cave, The Old Stables, Bayfield Hall bold florals. Many collections have been made 07747 827988 www.decocave.co.uk up of fresh, bright designs using flowers, birds, Foras Surface Design at No. 55 The butterflies and nature. ‘Some of my favourites have included designs Townhouse, Burnham Market 01328 738304 foraswallsandfloors.co.uk that use natural themes but with a real bold Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham twist of colour. I can see this trend continuing 01485 525714 www.joyfulliving.co.uk as people move away slightly from the neutral The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 schemes they have favoured in the past.’ www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk Faith Cranmer at Boudicca Design agrees:
Concrete vase large £19.75, small £10.25; Concrete pots small £2.75, medium £3.75, large £6.50, all from Birdie Fortescue
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ON THE HOME FRONT No chimney required!
It’s a family affair
From front left Harry, Jack, Amanda and Stephen
Amanda Loose meets the families behind two local interiors businesses
‘Even without a chimney you can still enjoy the experience of a wood burning stove’, says James Isaac of James Isaac Stoves Ltd based in Wells, who specialise in the installation of Twin Wall insulated chimney systems. ‘The chimney system can be taken up through the ceiling, into the loft, terminating on the roof or through an external wall and travelling up the outside of your property. Your free standing stove can be positioned in the middle of a room or an end gable for a more contemporary, ‘Grand Designs’ look.’ • J. Isaac Stoves are Norfolk Clearview Stove agents, 01328 316120 or 07899 701356. www.jamesisaacstovesandchimneys.co.uk
ACK in 2003, Amanda Oldfield ordered beds for sons Jack and Harry. Not happy with them, Amanda decided that she and husband Stephen would set up their own company making handmade wrought iron and brass beds. They also decided to move back to Norfolk. The Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co was born! Just over 12 years later, the company has 19 different designs of wrought iron and brass beds, all handmade in Norfolk, including Elsa and Emily, new for 2016. ‘Working together to start with was a learning curve,’ says Amanda. ‘The hardest thing was leaving work behind, it still is, but you have to cut off from it.’ Four years ago Jack joined the team, followed by Harry. ‘It was exciting, but a massive responsibility. When the boys joined it was like they came in with fresh eyes and fresh legs to take the company to a whole different level. Stephen and I try to take a back seat. ‘I am immensely proud of how they communicate and handle themselves and love working with them.’ Harry was previously working as cabin crew on long haul flights. He says: ‘Mum and Dad started the company really because they were living in the rat race. I felt I was joining that rat race. I saw parts of the world I wouldn’t have seen, but it was time to take a step back, slow down a bit. ‘It gave me an opportunity to have a career in an area I probably wouldn’t normally have gone into. I love interiors, there’s so much diversity and so many different projects you can turn your hand to.’ • Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co, Shernborne 01485 542516 www.wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk
FTER holidaying in Norfolk for years, husband and wife, Michael Slaney and Jac Scott, moved here to open Utopia, an interiors gallery at Creake Abbey selling only their own exclusive creations. ‘We used to come to Norfolk two or three times a year and just loved it,’ says Jac. ‘In the last couple of years we’d been trying to develop a new business we could do together which combined our skills.’ Michael was running his own furniture design and making company in the Lakes, and Jac was a full-time artist. ‘Norfolk felt like home and we thought it would be a good place to start the business. We visited Creake Abbey and saw a sign saying a unit was free. We were ecstatic!’ Utopia opened in November 2014, featuring statement one-off lights and mirrors made from antiques, limited edition lampshades and bespoke blinds, plus original sculptures and prints, all designed and made in-house. ‘We create the one-off lights, repurposing for example, antique silver plated teapots or copper samovars. We also make chandeliers
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from antique cutlery and crystal. ‘Our lampshades are very much inspired by birds, flowers, the faded grandeur of old linens and teacups.’ So how has it been working together? Michael says: ‘It’s great. We can pool our skills and have a lot of fun.’ Jac agrees. ‘Michael is really good on the technical problem solving and is really practical. I am the ideas. We’re definitely inspired by North Norfolk, the big skies and the landscape.’ • Utopia, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730827 www.utopianliving.co.uk Michael in Utopia
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THE NORFOLK RIDDLE in the historic village of Walsingham
ENGLISH FOOD WITH A TWIST Chef Neil Rutland is proud of being Norfolk born & bred. We use local producers and suppliers to create freshly prepared dishes, all served in our newly refurbished restaurant. Our south facing outside decking area is a perfect spot to enjoy locally produced beers or a glass of wine. Senior citizens lunch Tuesdays, October - May Sunday Lunch served 12 - 4pm Our Takeaway NELSONS serve “cooked to order” Fish & Chips daily. Opening times - Tuesday - Saturday 12.00 - 8.00pm, Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm
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Shopping bags at the ready! We’ve a veritable feast of Farmers’ Markets in North Norfolk, bursting with local produce. Foodie Liz Mattock shares a taste of the award-winning Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market and Thornham, the newest market on the block
ELD on the first Saturday of the month, Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market boasts over 50 stalls making it the largest farmers’ market in Norfolk. Drawn in by the smells and bursts of colour from the fresh fruit and vegetables, it was easy to see why Creake Abbey was a finalist in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2015. You’ll need a full morning to peruse the stalls – there’s enough variety and choice that you could forgo the weekly shop at the supermarket. Gluten-free stalls, meats, curries and my personal favourite the sticky chocolate pudding stall – if you’re a chocoholic like me, it’s not to be missed. Diana Brocklebank Scott, site owner and organiser says: ‘In seven years, we have nurtured the market. Visitors can do their entire weekly food shop here and support local producers at the same time.’ The first Thornham Farmers Market took place last September. Thornham Deli and Thornham Village Hall work together to organise and run this event, back at the end of
April. The Village Hall also allows use of its car park. The market caters for every diet and lifestyle. Friendly locals gather on the Deli forecourt and in the Village Hall with stalls including nougat and breads - the local rye is particularly good, especially with a chunk of Norfolk Dapple cheese. ‘We are passionate about supporting and showcasing our local producers,’ Janie Thompson of Thornham Deli explains. My highlights were the herbs, fudge, honey and jams, and for my partner, all things chilli and the local craft beer. All you need are a couple of strong shopping bags - there is simply nowhere else to be on a Saturday morning! • Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market, 9.30am1pm, the first Saturday of the month www.creakeabbey.co.uk • Thornham Farmers’ Market, 9am-12.30pm, the last Saturday of the month, back from April. www.thornhamdeli.co.uk
EASTER TREATS! Our young baker Henie Lewin makes yummy Easter nests (with a little help from her Mummy, Lisa) I like to make these for my cousins and give them in a bag tied with a ribbon, instead of Easter eggs. Ingredients Makes 10 medium nests • 5 shredded wheat • 150g milk or dark chocolate • 1 bag of mini chocolate eggs • Clean hands Equipment • Large heatproof bowl • Wooden spoon • Saucepan • Greaseproof paper Method • Break the chocolate into small pieces into the bowl. • Quarter fill the pan with water and put onto a medium heat on the hob. Make sure an adult is there to help. • Place the bowl on top of the pan and keep an eye on the chocolate as it melts. You could also melt it on a low heat in a microwave. • Remove from pan and allow to cool for a few moments. • Crumble the shredded wheat on top of the chocolate, one at a time, and give it a stir until it’s all covered in chocolate. • Spoon the mixture out into 10 piles on a sheet of greaseproof paper, making a little hollow in each nest for the eggs to sit. • Add the eggs and allow to set. • Lick the bowl and the spoon before Mummy does the washing up! Happy Easter!
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Food News Phil and Beth Milner
Aw Shuck’s Stop press! Shuck’s, the new venture from awardwinning local chef Philip Milner and his wife Beth, is coming to the Yurt at Drove Orchards, Thornham, this Spring.
hilip says: ‘The name was inspired by the Norfolk legend of Black Shuck, hence our dog logo, which we’ve made a bit friendlier than the legendary character! Shuck’s will offer ‘honest, rustic food’ Artichoke beds at from breakfast through lunch to dinner. Drove Orchards The menu, emphasising farm-to-table, will be complemented by ever-changing specials, all making use of the freshest, seasonal produce from Drove’s extensive kitchen gardens and orchards, and locally sourced meat and fish.’ Drove is already something of a foodie destination, with its Farm Shop, Gurneys Fish Box, their orchards with over 160 varieties of apples and pears, including around 120 East Anglian heritage varieties, Pick Your Own seasonal orchard and soft fruits, homegrown produce and of course, Eric’s Fish & Chips. ‘It’s very exciting,’ says Sue Hall, Drove Orchards’ Estate Manager. ‘We’re delighted that someone with such experience is coming to join our other incredible chef, Eric Snaith of Eric’s Fish & Chips. Shuck’s will complement this offering and the two chefs will be working closely together. ‘It’s wonderful that Shuck’s will be using our homegrown produce from the orchards and kitchen gardens, from salads and celeriac, pears and plums, to rainbow chard and russets.’ Philip says: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to become part of a destination which is evolving and with such an exciting future, and to bring my passion for good, honest food to such a unique setting. ‘I love the North Norfolk coast having worked here over a period of 20 years. We hope people will enjoy our ethos of providing a relaxed dining experience with great classics, where the flavours speak for themselves. Themed nights, Sunday brunches plus alfresco dining from the summer barbecue will all feature… Watch this space!’ • Visit @droveorchards on Twitter or Drove Orchards on Facebook for updates.
‘In season’ with … Sophie Smith of Artemis Coffee Shop
eleriac may not be the prettiest vegetable in the world, but this knobbly and often muddy vegetable is one of the most delicious and versatile around. There is a little extra effort involved in preparation, but the results are well worth it. Celeriac produces the most fantastic flavoured soups. My current favourite is celeriac, parsnip and potato, with chicken or vegetable stock for a quick and tasty warmer. As spring approaches, use it raw to add extra depth to salads. My favourite must be remoulade – matchsticks of celeriac mixed with mustardy mayonnaise - the perfect accompaniment to smoked mackerel, particularly if it’s from Cley’s fantastic Smokehouse! • Artemis Home Antiques & Coffee Shop, Cley. 01263 741674, www.artemisantiques.co.uk
Sweet things! Jay Moore, head chef at Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall shares his recipe for chocolate, cashew and peanut brownie bites
hese are great with afternoon tea or with coffee after dinner, and can also be cut into large squares, rewarmed and served with ice cream. The recipe works if you leave out the nuts and you can always add dried fruit instead. • 100g dark chocolate • 220g salted butter • 4 eggs (beaten) • 300g caster sugar • 100g plain flour • 2 tsp baking powder • pinch of salt • 220g mixed cashews / peanuts 1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over some simmering water or in a microwave. 2. In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients except the nuts 3. Now mix in the eggs, this will create a thick batter. 4. Combine the chocolate with the batter mix and add the nuts. 5. Spoon into a lined 9 inch square baking tray and cook at 170°C for 30 minutes. 6. Allow to cool. Cut into bite size pieces. • Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, Creake Abbey, North Creake. 01328 730399 www.creakeabbeycafe.com
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he new venture from award-winning local chef Phil Milner and his wife Beth, Shuck’s will be arriving at the Yurt at Drove Orchards this spring. Serving honest, rustic food and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu will be complemented by specials incorporating seasonal produce from Drove’s kitchen garden and orchards.
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Living Hattie Goodley (assisted by daughter Willa) shares her top tips for keeping your nippers busy this season!
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SALT glass studios in Burnham Thorpe will be running Easter family courses from Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April including blowing glass baubles, kiln fusing and sand casting. I’ll be taking Willa and her cousins along to make Easter Egg paperweights – the perfect Easter gift for grandparents. Short courses are from £15 and suitable from aged 5 years. Book on 01328 738873, at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.saltglassstudios.co.uk Just down the road at Creake Abbey they’re offering daily Easter hunts and a decorative activity for children from Friday 25th March to Saturday 2nd April, 11am-4pm. Easter hunt £3 per child, Easter activities £3 per child. www.creakeabbey.co.uk Pensthorpe Natural Park is always a hit with Willa and her friends so we’ll definitely go and take part in the Easter Eggstravagansa around their self-guided nature trail, unearthing as many facts as possible about species that share our natural world, before hitting the amazing WildRootz play area. Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April 10am-5pm. Easter Eggstravagansa included in standard admission. www.pensthorpe.com At Sandringham on Saturday 26th March from 10am to 3pm, the King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club are organizing a special Easter Egg trail in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Solve 17 clues to complete the trail through the grounds of Sandringham Estate and find hidden Easter Eggs. £3 per entrant. www.eaaa.org.uk
Back to nature! The onset of spring only means one thing to Willa: BABY LAMBS! We will duly be making our annual pilgrimage to see the lambing sheds at Snettisham Park (open daily 10am-4pm) where both she and I will be able to coo over the newborns and help with feeding whilst keeping our fingers firmly crossed that we time it right to witness a real life birth! www.snettishampark.co.uk
The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton is putting on the perfect Easter holidays treat for families with its production of Alice in Wonderland, showing on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April. Further information and booking details at www.princesshunstanton.co.uk
Pony club! As a child, I only ever wanted to whirl around in a tutu, so it has been something of a shock to my system to discover that my daughter has an innate passion for ponies! Luckily for Willa, we live down the road from the wonderful, family run North Norfolk Riding Centre where she is able to spend a very happy half an hour each week riding one of their many extremely patient ponies through the country lanes around Little Walsingham. The stables cater for children aged 2 years upwards, 01328 820933, 30 minute lesson from £12 per person.
I love this set of three, hand-stitched suitcases, £27.50 from Heirloom Toys & Clothing. Burnham Market 01328 738950 and Sheringham.
Heirloom Toys & Clothing is now offering discerning and time poor customers a personal shopping service at its Sheringham store, with owner Annie who has a vast knowledge of international eco and ethically sourced toys and clothing and a keen eye for unusual and creative, thoughtful gifts. No minimum spend is required and appointments can be made during or after opening hours. 3 High Street, Sheringham. www. heirloomtoysandclothing.co.uk This little ruffled Mini A Ture denim dress from Bells & Whistles Kids is perfect with tights in cooler weather and will look equally sweet in the height of summer with freckled knees and flip flops (£36, sizes 2-9 years). Drove Orchards, Thornham. 01485 525676, www. bellsandwhistleskids.co.uk NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
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Spring into action Hannah Sole gives her pick of what’s on this season Sunday 20th March Stairway to Heaven, Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, 3.30pm
The acoustics in the newly renovated St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn will be perfect for two wonderful works from the symphonic repertoire: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets £16, under 18’s free. Call the box office 01553 764864 or book online www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Thursday 24th March Sketchbook Creations, Cley Marshes Visitor Centre
The aim of this workshop led by local artist Tracey Ross, is to explore the atmospheric coastline of Cley beach and the nature reserve through expressive mark making and fun! No previous experience necessary. 10.30am to 1.30pm, £12 NWT members, £15 non-members, Booking is essential 01263 740008 www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
Friday 18th March (first race 1.55pm), Easter Monday 28th March (first race 2.15pm), Tuesday 3rd May (first race 2.20pm) Fakenham Races Enjoy a day at the races, adults from £10, children aged 17 years and under accompanied by an adult free. Easter Monday is family fun race day – look out for the Easter Bunny and lots of things to do for the little ones. Race times are provisional and subject to change. 01328 862388 www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk
Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre Open Days
Discover the fascinating history of this former Royal Air Force station and its satellite airfields. 11am to 5pm, admission and parking free. www.rafbnmp.org.uk
Thursday 31st March An Evening with Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup, Princess Theatre Hunstanton
Join Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, professional singer Paul Amer and guests for a spectacular evening of dance, song and stories. 7.30pm, tickets £26 / £23, restricted view £19. 01485 532252 www. princesshunstanton.co.uk
Saturday 2nd April Spring Fair at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House
Stalls, live music, games, jumble and much more. Free entry, 10am to 1pm with all proceeds going to The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. www.norfolkhospice.co.uk
April until the end of September Open Gardens at Hindringham Hall
Sundays from 2-5pm and Wednesdays 10am1pm. Admission £7, under 15s free. Season ticket £18 available on request at the gate. www.hindringhamhall.org
Sunday 10th April National Gardens Scheme Open Day, Mannington Hall
Includes heritage and modern rose gardens, sensory garden, countryside walks and trails, noon till 5pm. For other opening times and information call 01263 584175 or visit www. manningtongardens.co.uk
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March Deepdale Spring Market
Dalegate Market will host 30+ Norfolk artisans and producers in a large marquee, the beach hut pop-up shops and outside stalls. Free entry and parking. 10am to 5pm. www.deepdalespringmarket.co.uk
Sunday 27th March Easter Sunday Funday, Fakenham Town Centre
Fakenham town centre will be closed to traffic for the day for the first Fakenham Criterium cycle race. Events will include British Cycling licensed cycle races for various ages and abilities, a 1K Easter Fun run, a 5K Run England mixed ability road race, plus local organisations running stalls and activities. Noon till 6pm. www.activefakenham.org.uk
Steve Cale will talk on ‘A World of Raptors’ at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve. Marsh Harrier near Burnham Market ©Andy Thompson
Wednesday 30th March ‘A World of Raptors’, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve Join local wildlife artist Steve Cale for a talk on his ‘A World of Raptors’ from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets £5, (£4 FOSM/HOT Members) Places are limited so please book at the reserve, call 01328 856788 or email email@example.com
Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th April Carmen, The Auden Theatre, Holt
The North Norfolk Chamber Opera will present Georges Bizet’s Carmen, with Musical Director Susie Self. 7.30pm, tickets £15. To book online visit www.audentheatre.co.uk or call 01263 713444 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING SPRING 2016
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Spring into action
Our round up of just some of the events in North Norfolk this Spring Saturday 16th April The Royal Academy Of Music at Raynham Hall: Dido & Aeneas, a short opera by Henry Purcell
The Royal Academy Of Music at Raynham Hall
An enchanting evening with young and supremely accomplished singers and instrumentalists performing in the William Kent State Rooms at Raynham Hall. The opera will be performed in The Marble Hall preceded by short instrumental interludes around the house. Arrive at 6.45pm for 7pm, tickets £40 from: The Secretary, Raynham Hall, East Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 7EP, 01328 862133, firstname.lastname@example.org www.raynhamrecitals.co.uk
Saturday 23rd April and 24th April East Anglian Game & Country Fair, The Norfolk Show Ground, Norwich
There’s something for the whole family including the dog at this annual event! Advance discounted admission tickets available at www. ukgamefair.co.uk or by calling 01263 735 828: Adult £13, Children (5-16 years) £5 and Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £36, (offer valid until midday 18/04/16 and a small booking fee applies). Under 5’s free and free parking. On the gate: Adult £17, Children £6, Family £46, under 5’s free. Free parking.
Sunday 24th April Up With The Lark, RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve
Experience the spring dawn chorus on this walk from 6am. Breakfast roll and beverage included. Adults £10 (RSPB members £8) booking essential 01485 210779 www.rspb.org. uk/titchwellmarsh
Saturday 30th April Spring Gift Fair at Creake Abbey Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April The WWLR St George’s Weekend Steam and Diesel Gala
The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway’s first ever loco gala featuring all available steam and diesel locomotives in action. A variety of ticket options are available visit www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk for more information.
Over 40 local artists, designers, food producers, craftsmen and plantsmen will attend from 10am-4pm. Free parking and admission. www. creakeabbey.co.uk
Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May Scarecrow Festival Weekend, Wighton The popular and traditional Wighton Village Scarecrow Festival, with scarecrows around the village, refreshments and more. Free entry and parking. For more information visit their Facebook page: Scarecrow Festival Wighton.
Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival
Pedal Norfolk is a three-day cycling festival centred around the Holkham Estate. The event caters for all the family with rides, activities and competitions for people of all ages and abilities. The key cycling events are 20, 50 and 100 mile loops each day. Daytime entertainment includes bike training (for all ages), a challenging CX course, an MTB track, a vast adventure playground and a huge trade village. The entertainment continues in the evenings. www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk
Sunday 1st to Tuesday 31st May Festival Of The Blues, Blickling Hall To celebrate beautiful bluebell season, Blickling Hall is turning blue for the whole of May, the house will be lit up with a blue theme running through the house, gardens and park, culminating in an afternoon of blues music in the garden on Saturday 28th. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Sheringham to Cromer T
HIS walk features two delightful small towns full of vitality and seaside charm, plus stunning seascapes and the chance to walk back along the beach
View of Sheringham
Distance: 8 kms (5 miles); an extra 6kms (3 3/4 miles) if you walk back along the beach Typical time: 2 hrs (3.5 hours including beach back) Height gain: 100 metres Map: OS Landranger 133 NW Norfolk Start: Coasthopper Bus Stop: Sheringham, Railway Approach (opposite NNR) Finish: Coasthopper Bus Stop: Cromer, Cadogan Rd (S side of Evington Gardens) Parking: Sheringham Station Car Park (NR26 8RA) Terrain: straightforward; sturdy footwear recommended Norfolk Coast Path: this route follows the Norfolk Coast Path for almost its entire length. The path is well signed and the route is marked with an acorn motif.
Pit Stops ■ No1, Cromer (Tel: 01263 512316, 1 New Street, NR27 9HP, just to the W of the pier) Fish & Chips Take Away and Restaurant in Cromer by Michelin Star Chef, Galton Blackiston.
■ Rocket House Café (on Cromer’s East Beach) has a balcony overlooking the sea and good food, especially seafood.
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Points of Interest ■ The North Norfolk Railway (NNR) connects Sheringham to Holt and runs steam trains. To view train times, visit www.nnrailway.co.uk. ■ Sheringham has a delightful and traditional high street. It has always had Holt Station an active fishing fleet, and today its focus is crabs, lobsters and whelks. Sheringham Museum, due to re-open this spring after major building work, on the seafront merits a visit, especially for the town’s maritime history. Find out more at www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk ■ Beeston Bump is an unexpected protuberance in the landscape. Known as a ‘kame’, it is the result of glacial activity, created when glaciers retreated northwards at the end of the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago. ■ Beeston Hill and Roman Camp is one of the high points in the county at 103 metres. No actual evidence of Roman occupation has ever been found, but in medieval times iron ore was dug from the ground accounting for the many pits that can be seen around and could easily be mistaken for earthworks.
Route back: catch the Coasthopper Bus back from Cadogan Rd, on the S side of Evington Gardens; or walk along the beach, depending on the tides, which you can check at www. tidetimes.org.uk/cromer-tide-times
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From the Coasthopper Bus Stop at the NNR, head left (N), first along Station Rd and then along the High St to the promenade Turn right (E) here, following the North Norfolk coast path, which takes you out of town and to the top of the Beeston Bump, standing proud above the town Descending on the other side, the path turns right (S) after 200 metres and you cross the railway line, still following the North Norfolk Coast Path which heads inland at this point Cross the main coast road, take a turning left on the other side, then a right following the track up into the hills On reaching the woods, bear left, then veer right up a mini-wooded valley, always following the acorn signs Pause on Beacon Hill and the Roman Camp and enjoy the views, before crossing the road at which point the metalled track heads left (N) After about 400 metres the track turns to the right (E) and then heads in an easterly direction all the way to Cromer, with one kink then a road crossing and going under the railway As you approach the town and go past a camp site on your right, you have a choice. On reaching the road, continue straight following the coast path signs along Sandy Lane to join the main road heading into Cromer; or if you prefer a slightly quieter route, head left (N) at this point, cross over the railway line, turn right and then shortly left (NE) across a green space; at the other side of which you turn right (E) onto Howard’s Hill Rd and head into the centre of Cromer.
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■ Cromer is famous for its historic pier and seaside charm. Aside from the pier itself, The Henry Blogg (Lifeboat) Museum (Tel: 01263 511294, on the gangway E of the pier) merits a visit, as does the Cromer Museum (Tel: 01263 513543, Tucker St, NR27 9HB), where you can step inside a tiny fisherman’s cottage and imagine life in Cromer at the end of the 19th century.
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‘The toughest foot race on earth’ Simon Barclay will be swapping North Norfolk for the Sahara Desert this April, competing in the Marathon Des Sables to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded
ITH competitors covering around 155 miles over the Sahara Desert in five or six days, in temperatures reaching 40°C, the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) is known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’. ‘It’s something I first spotted 15 years ago, but never had any real time until now to attempt it,’ says Simon. ‘Some friends of mine completed it in the early days when they were much younger than I am now! As I’ll be 50 this year it’s my midlife crisis solution!’ Simon will be competing with the some 16 strong Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) team. ‘It does include some amputees so it will be an amazing experience to be part of the team. ‘I know Ed Parker who set up WWTW, in fact he gave me my job at Kett Country Cottages. When I heard they had a team for the MDS, I thought it was a great chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for years, where I could also raise money for the charity. ‘I’ve done a few events before, but nothing like this. It sounds incredibly daunting and quite different from training up here, but I feel ok. All that is supplied are water and salt tablets, so we have to carry food for five or six days, a sleeping bag, clothes etc. ‘A mate of mine has lent me some of his kit, so I am only really worried about the unknown, which is how I will do in the heat. ‘I’ve been doing short five to six milers before work most days and a
couple of long runs at the weekend. I’ve done marathons before so I feel ok about the daily distances (most days are 20-25 miles, the long day is 50, from 8am on the third day to 8pm the next). It’s the relentless day after day of the MDS that needs practice.’ • You can sponsor Simon at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ SimonBarclay
Eat right, train right Proper nutrition is essential for anyone looking for athletic improvements as it is directly linked to performance, writes Bo Tyler
T won’t matter how many hours you put into training if you then fill your boots with lasagne and chips. A good, strong body requires 30% perspiration and 70% nutrition. Eating right for your training and schedule allows you to replace the fuel you burn and supplies the nutrients required to: • build and repair muscle • support your immune system and repair soft tissue • reach your optimum body composition • regulate your appetite, balance blood sugar, boost your mood and keep your energy levels on an even keel • maximise your performance Fuelling up properly day-to-day as well as before, during and after training are all important. Train on empty and you could end up crashing and burning before your workout is over. Fail to refuel afterwards and you might not recover in time to really hit the mark next time you train. Quality eating for training and good health takes knowledge and planning.
Training sessions can vary in intensity, duration and make up using different muscles (fast twitch versus slow twitch), and different energy systems (aerobic versus anaerobic), requiring different fuelling strategies. As you begin to focus on optimal nutrition you will derive the maximum benefit from your exercise programme, and when you arrive at the start of a match, event or race, you will be in the best shape to perform to your potential. Like so many aspects of training there really is no one-size-fits-all approach. Ultimately, the goal is to come to appreciate which choices are the most nutritious for you and to design a food plan that works for you. • If you think there is room for improvement in the quality of your diet and you are ready to step up a level in performance, please get in touch and we can work together to devise a plan that works for you, your sport, your training and your life. Contact Bo on 07747 008482 or bo@ bonutritioncoaching.com
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KNOWING YOUR BOUNDARIES If you are involved in any type of boundary dispute, checking your deeds should be the first thing you do, says Janet Lane of Fraser Dawbarns LLP.
ou will need to find the deeds to your home to try to establish where your boundaries actually are, or at least where the paper title says they are. But do you know where your deeds are, or what they look like? When asked to provide copies of their deeds clients often hand over the Land Registry documents. These are not the same as the deeds. A plan attached to Land Registry documents (called the ‘title plan’) is simply a ‘where are we’ map and is for identification only. The Land Registry uses OS maps for all its title plans and the boundaries marked on a title plan act as a guide only. The line on a title plan will not identify whether a line denotes a wall, a fence or a ditch etc. It will show an outline of a property in red ink, but will not normally identify the dimensions or other helpful boundary data, such as ‘T’ markings, which would define ownership of the boundary. For these, you need the deeds. So, if Land Registry title plans are of little use, how do we find out where the boundary is? Well, the answer will hopefully lie in the deeds, which are often in the care of your mortgage lender or bank. Deeds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and contain text and generally (but not always) a plan. These are the documents that describe which bit of land belongs to which property and will include details of agreements, rights and responsibilities. When two or more sets of deeds for neighbouring properties are compared, they often do not match. Interpretation of the text of the deeds is really best left to your solicitor as phrases contained within deeds such as ‘more particularly delineated’ or ‘for identification purposes only’ can affect the legal validity of measurements and identification marks found on deeds. Words such as ‘approximately’ and ‘there or thereabouts’ can also cause problems for obvious reasons. If a dispute arises, further evidence may be needed to show what existed on the ground at the time of a particular conveyance (of which, in the case of old properties, there may have been many) and other evidence may establish a different boundary that has arisen because of gradual changes over a period of time or as a result of adverse possession. In practice, any boundary dispute that ends up in the court will be
costly. The court will start by considering the deeds to establish how the boundary was created and any plan attached to the deeds will be of particular significance if the property is described in the deeds as being ‘more particularly described in the plan’. If the boundary cannot be clearly established from the deeds then the court will move on to look at external evidence and will look in detail at documents, photographs, expert reports from surveyors and witness evidence. The court will also take into consideration the conduct of the parties; even if a boundary can be easily identified by deeds and plans, it can still be affected by informal boundary agreements or can be subject to a claim for adverse possession. There is often no perfect answer to a boundary dispute and costs can soon escalate. Therefore it is always a good idea to ask a solicitor to take what will be a dispassionate look at your deeds before taking any action and more particularly before entering into the court arena, where emotions, as well as costs, run high. 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. • Janet Lane is a solicitor specialising in all aspects of civil litigation work. To speak to Janet please call 01553 666600. Fraser Dawbarns LLP, 21 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn. 01553 666600 www.fraserdawbarns.com
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On the road Looks can deceiving, writes Brian Vertigen after putting the Suzuki Swift 4x4 through its paces
HE Suzuki Swift may not be an obvious choice for a 4x4 mode of transport especially when you realise it only has a 1.2 litre 90 PS engine. The car looks like a cute five-door hatchback, which would get stuck on a grass field or a snow-covered wintry lane in Norfolk. But in fact it has a proper all-wheel drive system with a slightly higher ride height than the standard two-wheel drive models. The 4x4 system is a viscous coupling with a drum containing lots of plates, when if the front wheels start to turn faster than the rear wheels, the liquid becomes more viscous, and locks the plates together sending the drive to both the front and rear wheels. Quite a simple but efficient system that should not go wrong. This system only adds around 65kg to the car’s weight, and a slightly less efficient engine but during my week’s test drive I still managed to get nearly 60mpg. Inside the cabin is much the same as the twowheel drive versions. The driving position is fine and easy to adjust. Controls are light, and the little engine
even without a turbocharger offers a performance that exceeds its 1.2 litre engine. The car manages to reach 60 mph in around 13 seconds, which although not great, allows you to make good progress. Even when the air conditioning is turned on, you can keep up with other traffic. Keep the revs up and you won’t go far wrong. While the car is not really designed for real cross-country journeys, it will happily cope with a damp field or a snow covered country lane. There is adequate space for four passengers, but please Mr Suzuki can you find a way of increasing the boot size - it really is too small and has a high load lip. The basic on the road price of this model is £14,199, but my test car with quite a few ‘extras’ and metallic paint put the price up to £14,629. Other two-wheel drive versions start from around £9,000. For rural residents who want a small car that should not get stuck in the winter and feel at home in town or country, then this is worth considering, especially if Suzuki has one of its special offer deals!
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A visit to Thornage Hall Kate Cleaver finds out more about this Camphill community, supporting adults with learning disabilities in the heart of North Norfolk
Some of Thornage’s products made in the woodworking workshops
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HAT laundry needs to go to the art and craft workshop,’ says a friendly lady in dungarees to a busy looking young man with Down’s syndrome. Out of sight I can hear laughter from the kitchen as a group of four gathered round a small table chop vegetables, grown organically on their own biodynamic farm. Three are tenants, adults with learning disabilities; one is a highly competent kindly member of staff. They are getting lunch ready for the shared daily meal in the large stuccoed dining room in this lovely old rambling house. There are delicious smells coming from a simmering stockpot and the little adjacent bakery. This is an almost completely selfcontained community, which quietly follows the original values which were established for the international movement when they launched at Camphill House, just outside Aberdeen in 1940. When the first Camphill community was established, children with learning disabilities didn’t usually receive an education and either stayed at home or were placed in a hospital. Camphill’s founders, led by Dr Karl König and Willow work inspired by the Austrian thinker Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of anthroposophy, wanted to make a real difference in the lives of these people who were marginalised and excluded from society. They believed that those with mental handicaps had much to contribute if only their inner self could find expression. They support people with learning disabilities and other special needs so that their full potential can find expression. That starts with having a job which gives each person a role in life and a timetable to work round. So the 25 tenants and day service staff who run Thornage Hall are among other things, bakers, gardeners, cooks, woodworkers and weavers. People can move into Thornage Hall aged 18 and they are offered a home for life. They also offer day services. Director Ali Hall says: ‘Here we have people aged from mid-20 to their 60’s, with a support staff of 30 full-time and part-time staff. The community works together to support people to reach their potential and it gives their lives real meaning. There are five houses on the estate and one in the village.’
Thornage Hall was donated by Lord Hastings in the late 1980’s. It is funded through national care budgets, Norfolk County Council Care policies and increasingly through the sale of their own products. Lovely original weaving leads to original attractive cushions, scarves, tea towels and oven gloves. These are created in the weaving and woodworking barns. ‘Part of the ethos is that which we make has to be meaningful. We work towards a high quality of products which we then offer for sale,’ says Ali. The market garden and greenhouses on this 70 acre estate are equally well tended. There are 25 beef cattle and seven acres of vegetable gardens. Thornage Hall has developed a relationship with Galton Blackiston to supply vegetables and fruit for Morston Hall, a leading Michelin starred local restaurant. Richard Bainbridge and Benedicts Restaurant are also supplied with the outstanding fruit and veg. There are also two major fund-raising events: The Norfolk Christmas Fair (23rd and 24th November 2016) and a summer garden fete. Thornage celebrates traditional annual British and other international festivals. This is very important for many of the community who cannot read. It is the planning and advent of these events which gives them a timetable and a fabric to their lives. Since taking over at Thornage Hall Ali has worked to develop the community and to employ professional staff to help. In the past it was staffed by volunteers but now the support comes from paid employees, supplemented with Gap year students. She has increased the community’s links with organisations in surrounding villages and is proud of the joint dramas with Aylsham High School, where both Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream have been staged by a combination of schoolchildren and the Hall’s tenants. Ali says: ‘The support of the local community combined with our special atmosphere is what enables people to flourish.’ I left feeling quite humbled by this successful happy group of people, building on a thoroughly successful ethos. • For more information, or to find out how you can support Thornage visit www.thornagehall.co.uk
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