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Early Summer 2017


ELCOME to our Early Summer issue of North Norfolk Living Magazine. In my spring editor’s letter, I mentioned the blue skies and sunshine we’d been enjoying. I am writing this one in front of the fire! Carrying on whatever the weather quickly became the theme of this issue’s fashion shoot on Old Hunstanton beach, although the sun did come out briefly after a very damp morning. The team were undeterred, swimsuits did make a brief appearance for the camera, and the outlook was definitely bright after our Fashion Editor, Katy Coe, had worked her magic! In this issue Hattie Goodley catches up with fabric designer Nicole Fabre and Alan Tutt finds out more about the Brancaster lifeboat station, which closed in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Harriet Cooper gets set for the new season with her A to Z of healthy summer living and we find out what’s happening on the local arts scene. Enjoy this issue, whatever the weather!

Amda Loose Editor

@NNorfolkLiving @northnorfolkliving North Norfolk Living Magazine Editor & Advertising Manager Amanda Loose Email: 07796 645427 Write to North Norfolk Living Magazine, PO Box 208, Stamford. Lincs. PE9 9FY Head of Design Steven Handley Email: Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Email: Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne

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

5-7 Beachcombings: what’s on,

what’s good and where to go

8 People: Hattie Goodley

catches up with fabric designer Nicole Fabre, whose designs have featured in blockbusters including The Duchess

33-34 Little Living: family fun, shopping and a little gardening with Hattie Goodley and her daughters Willa and Maud

37-41 Living: tough planting

10-11 People: Alan Tutt looks back at the history of the Brancaster lifeboat station, which closed in the 1930s

and gardens to visit; what makes the perfect holiday cottage plus a spot of retail therapy

13-16 Arts: local arts news,

from the local foodie scene plus Alex Rousso meets four local fish smokers

events and exhibitions

19-25 Fashion: the outlook

is bright this season, whatever the weather plus the fashion fix: summer essentials for him

26-27 Beauty & Wellbeing:

get set for the new season with Harriet Cooper’s A to Z of healthy summer living

30 Wellbeing: 40, fit and feeling fantastic. People in their fifth decade and beyond have never been so active, writes Harriet Cooper

45-47 Food & Drink: news

50 Motoring: Brian Vertigen

puts the Audi A4 1.4 TFSI 150 PS Sport through its paces and we go behind the wheel with Daniel Sharman

53-54 Out & About: spring

into summer with our guide to local events and Sarah Whittley goes off-piste at Houghton Hall to find out more about the deer living on the estate, including species that are endangered in the wild


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

Back to nature

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The Norfolk Festival of © Alex McLennan Nature at Gresham’s returns to the Auden Theatre, Holt, from 16 to 18 June with a new, family friendly lineup. The opening event on 16 June will welcome well known television presenters and wildlife lovers Martin Hughes-Games (BBC’s Springwatch) and Iolo Williams (BBC Wales) with their Wildlife Road Trip, packed with facts and fun for the whole family. The weekend continues with a variety of free events including a nature trail for children from 7 to 12 years. Don’t miss the free Fens Falconry event on Father’s Day, 18 June, from 10.30am where you can get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful birds of prey. • Visit for more information and tickets or call the Box Office for tickets on 01263 713444.

Home news!

Kelling Designs is coming home to North Norfolk, opening a new studio in Field Dalling this summer. Kelling’s Emma Deterding, together with established Norfolk interior designer Zara Bolingbroke-Kent have joined forces to bring a touch of Indian magic to their newly launched company, KD Loves. Bespoke colourful rugs and beautiful Rajasthani fabrics gathered on a recent trip to India form part of KD Loves’ collection, which will be on display at the Field Dalling studio and Holkham Country Fair on 22 and 23 July, alongside their very own pink tuk tuk! • For more information, please call Zara Bolingbroke-Kent on 01328 830449 or email

Blooming marvellous!

It’s the 10th annual Plant Lovers’ Day at Creake Abbey on Saturday 27 May, with 36 specialist nurseries attending. Diana Brocklebank Scott, owner of Creake Abbey, gives us the lowdown What inspired you to set up Plant Lovers’ Day? I wanted to offer an outstanding plant event that brings together a huge range of plants at great prices and to enable the public to meet and engage with experienced and knowledgeable nurserymen. The idea was born following the closure of exactly this type of event at West Acre Gardens. Sue Tuite of West Acre allowed me to take on the name and the concept, and to develop it ourselves. Are you a keen gardener? Now in my late 40s I believe it is either gardening or God that takes over one’s life. I think I am likely to keep gardening, which is a pursuit close to God! I have always loved plants and my daughter and I are starting a herb garden together this year. What are your personal highlights? The involvement of Wells Community Hospital Trust as beneficiary of the proceeds from each Creake Abbey Plant Lovers’ Day makes me proud. I am also delighted that award-winning nurseries such as Woottens of Wenhaston have applied to join us this year. 36 nurseries is the largest group we have ever hosted and we expect to offer more exciting and unusual plants than ever before. • Plant Lovers’ Day is on 27 May at Creake Abbey, North Creake, from 10am to 4pm. Admission £4, under 16s free. Dogs welcome on leads. www.

Spotted by Richard Campey

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The red kite

Once common in the UK, by the 1930s the red kite was driven to near extinction. However, it was reintroduced at different sites around the UK, and from those sites spread to places like Norfolk. Now the red kite is an increasingly common sighting along the North Norfolk coast, with numerous breeding pairs and several communal winter roosts. From Snettisham to Cley you are likely to see this graceful bird of prey soaring and manoeuvring in the air searching for carrion and road kill. It is a large raptor with a six-foot wingspan, reddish brown body and forked tail. In addition to carrion they will feed on young crows and pigeons, rodents, young rabbits and invertebrates.

© Richard Campey

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What’s On, What’s Good & Where To Go! Glyndebourne comes to Thornham

This summer, Glyndebourne Festival and Trafalgar Releasing will be broadcasting three productions in cinemas around the UK. Thornham Village Hall will be screening Glyndebourne’s 2014 production of Verdi’s La Traviata on 13 June followed by Hamlet, a brand new opera by Brett Dean, on 11 July and a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito on 3 August. In true Glyndebourne © Richard Hubert Smith spirit, Thornham ticket holders are invited to bring picnics to enjoy outdoors before heading into the Village Hall for the performance. • Arrive from 5.30pm for La Traviata and Hamlet (curtain-up at 7pm) and from 5pm for La Clemenza di Tito (curtain-up at 6pm). For individual ticket prices and to book visit www. or call 07787 255597 to book.

Outdoor theatre It’s picnics at the ready at Holkham Hall too, for a summer of outdoor theatre in their Walled Garden. The programme features traditional popular titles - both comedy © Holkham Estate and drama - plus the return of some brilliant theatre companies whose performances are sure to captivate audiences. Look out for As You Like It (26 July, 7pm), Alice in Wonderland (2 August, 6.15pm), The Emperor’s New Clothes (9 August, 6.15pm), Billionaire Boy (16 August, 6.15pm) and Wind in the Willows (23 August, 5.45pm). • Visit for more information and to book.

Village Cinema GREAT MASSINGHAM VILLAGE HALL Thursday 15 June, 7.30pm Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, 1000s of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Tickets £4. NORTH CREAKE VILLAGE HALL Tuesday 13 June, 7.30pm La La Land (12A) Aspiring actress, Mia, meets jazz musician Sebastian in this musical comedy. Tickets £5 from 07905 805388 or

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This season Lucy Downing is looking forward to…

Exploring: the Richard Long EARTH SKY and Norfolk By Design exhibitions at Houghton Hall. The work this venue sources and celebrates always exceeds my expectations. Walking: more of the Norfolk Coast Path with my family and dog, Tilly. We’ve managed just 20 miles so far, so only 73 miles to go! Staying: at a Norfolk Country Cottages holiday property of course! Joking aside, we are going to be staying in one of our gorgeous properties in Blakeney in the summer, so we can enjoy crabbing, mud-sliding and beachy days without having to set foot in a car. Shopping: at Nomad & the bowerbird in Wells-next-the-Sea. I keep promising myself a style consultation and colour analysis with owner, Sarah Billing, so watch this space! Reading: Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different and Anthony Capella’s The Various Flavours of Coffee (I’ve just finished reading his The Food of Love which is a delicious Italian feast of a book). • Lucy Downing is Brand Manager of Norfolk Country Cottages 01263 715779

THE READING ROOM, STANHOE Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm Lion (PG) Tickets £5 on the door; AMY ROBSART VILLAGE HALL, SYDERSTONE Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm Sully (12A) The true story of American pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after safely landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River. Tickets £3.50 in advance from or 01485 578171, or £4 on the door.

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Part of the local fabric In the depths of North Norfolk, there’s a specialist fabric empire with clients around the world and designs featured in blockbusters including Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney’s 2017 reworking of Beauty and the Beast. Hattie Goodley meets Nicole Fabre to find out more

Emilie by Nicole Fabre Designs. Most recently Emilie has appeared as part of Emma Watson’s wonderful costume in several scenes of this year’s reworked Beauty and the Beast

Nicole Fabre


HIS year marks a decade since French born designer Nicole Fabre and her business partner, John Laflin, (formerly the design director of Liberty of London) upped sticks and moved their business, Nicole Fabre Designs, from bustling Chelsea to the peaceful environs of North Norfolk. As Nicole explains “the business rates in London were becoming ever more expensive, and both John and I wanted to find a work studio that would allow us the space to be creative as well as providing room to store our fabrics and my archive collection. “John had been coming to Norfolk for many years and persuaded me that it would be just the place for us to base our business, and he was right! It took a little time for me to adjust to Norfolk living having spent much of my adult life in New York and then London, but these days, Norfolk is very much home”.

Laure by Nicole Fabre Designs was worn by Keira Knightley in The Duchess

“I have long been enthralled by antique fabrics and have spent many years collecting and dealing in these beautiful old designs, so it is always a thrill to see a much loved print brought back to life on the big screen, but equally I love to see them used in different interior schemes.” London’s loss has been Norfolk’s gain, and the company has continued to go from strength to strength, reproducing beautiful antique textiles in a range of contemporary palettes, whilst selling to a well-thumbed address book of the rich and famous all over the world, whom both Nicole and John are far too discreet to divulge, but which include many impressive clients such as the National Trust and the Soho House group. Over the years, Nicole Fabre Designs have also worked closely with the film industry, providing authentic materials for characters such as Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean (one of his waistcoats is their beautiful ‘Emilie’ print) and Keira Knightley’s Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire in The Duchess. Georgiana’s much admired cotton printed dress worn in the scenes where she gives up her daughter with Charles Grey to Grey’s family, is Nicole Fabre Designs’ stunning sprigged pattern known as ‘Laure’. Most recently Emilie has appeared as part of Emma Watson’s wonderful costume in several scenes of this year’s reworked Beauty and the Beast, with the cast members in the vibrant village scenes also sporting the charming ‘Sadras’ print. Both Emilie and Sadras were sourced from Nicole’s extensive personal archive of 18th century textiles and date back to between 1762 and 1774. The prints are reworked by the design duo and produced at specialist



Nicole makes time for regular walks along the miles of pale gold beach at Holkham. Part of The Duchess starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes was filmed at Holkham Hall in 2007, after it was selected as one of the country houses to be used to recreate the interior of Devonshire House, the London residence of the Duke of Devonshire © Holkham Estate

print works here in the UK. Nicole explains “I have long been enthralled by antique fabrics and have spent many years collecting and dealing in these beautiful old designs, so it is always a thrill to see a much loved print brought back to life on the big screen, but equally I love to see them used in different interior schemes. We recently provided Laure for the bed hangings in the Eastern Chinese Bedroom at Harewood House and it looks amazing.” In between launching an exciting new range of woven designs to add to their existing collection and ongoing design projects, Nicole makes time for regular walks along the miles of pale gold beach at Holkham and spends many happy hours cooking up a storm for lucky friends and family. “I love to go to the Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market at the beginning of each month and really enjoy sourcing seasonal, local produce for my recipes - for me, cooking is both a great source of inspiration and wonderful way to relax and unwind”. • See the full collection of fabrics at




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Forgotten heroes:

The lifeboat men of Brancaster There’s an old wooden RNLI service board hanging in St Mary’s Church, Brancaster. It lists the rescues made by the Brancaster lifeboat, a surviving relic of a time when the village boasted a lifeboat and brave crew to match. Thirty-two times the boat was launched, 34 lives were saved. Alan Tutt finds out more


HE rain lashes hard against the kitchen window; upstairs the tiles ripple with the force of a stiff nor’ easterly. A storm rages full on and I imagine just what it would have been like 100 or so years ago to hear that a ship is in trouble, off the Norfolk coast, that the lifeboat must be launched. It would need a team of horses to get it to the shoreline, a fearless coxswain and crew to row the boat through the broiling surf to reach the sinking ship and its terrified sailors often clinging to the rigging. The North Norfolk coast looks beautiful and benign on a hot summer’s day, but it can be a treacherous zone for ships. Shifting sands, hidden reefs and old wrecks; foul winds and shingle shoals; strong sucking undercurrents and dense fog - all are there to catch out the unwary mariner. And it is to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution that the imperilled turn in their hour of need. Brancaster lifeboat station is one of the forgotten ones. It was founded in 1874, mainly due to the perseverance of two men: the Reverend Kerslake, vicar of Burnham Deepdale, and Mr Dewing, a local shipping merchant. Two years earlier, two ships had been wrecked at Brancaster: the Alexandra of Caen a French schooner carrying wheat, grounded on Scolt Head Island and an Italian barque or three-masted sailing ship, marooned on the Bridgirdle sand bar. Local fishermen from Brancaster Staithe, observing the nautical code of comradeship, reached the Italian sailors on the sands - they had already built a cross from driftwood, in thanks for their deliverance. There were RNLI lifeboats at Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea, but neither, of course, had engines; they were man-powered by oar or, if weather permitted, sail. But it was proving too far and too late for either to get as far as Brancaster, nestling between the two towns. So, after dutiful RNLI inspection a lifeboat was ordered for Brancaster; a standard selfrighter, 33 feet long. She would be called the Joseph and Mary. With generous donations, there would be a boat launching carriage and lifeboat station. There was little difficulty getting volunteers to make up the 13-man crew: ten oarsmen, bowman, first and second coxswain. Thomas Lane, a Brancaster Staithe fisherman, became the first coxswain and throughout the station’s life all the crew were locals.



The Brancaster lifeboat made its debut launch on 23 July 1875 with a practice run. The village was rightly proud, bedecking its streets with flags, bunting and evergreens. A local farmer provided a team of eight horses to get it to the beach. That year alone, the Joseph and Mary made three vital rescues: the Lucy of Antwerp, a Finnish brig, Cuba, and the Morma from Grimstadt in Norway. Many more followed, all painted onto that service board now on the church wall.

“There was little difficulty getting volunteers to make up the 13-man crew: ten oarsmen, bowman, first and second coxswain. Thomas Lane, a Brancaster Staithe fisherman, became the first coxswain and throughout the station’s life all the crew were locals.” Four years later, the Joseph and Mary was renamed the Lily Bird, the result of a generous gift by one Samuel Bird, early sponsorship if you will. The rescues continued: the Norwegian Lydia, another barque, the Margaret of Christiana and the German brig Felix. From the latter, only the captain survived, lashed to the mainmast. The rest perished. One, a 16 year old is buried at Thornham. To put into perspective the risks of the volunteer lifeboat men, in 1880 the Wells lifeboat Eliza Adams capsized. Eleven of the 13 crew drowned, a massive blow to that community. Much of this information I have gleaned from reading Michael Softley’s The Brancaster Lifeboat Station 1874-1935 - now out of print and chatting to the man himself. Michael is a fount of knowledge. Indeed, his grandfather, William T Softley was Brancaster’s second coxswain from 1919 to 1935. It was this lifeboat man’s long service certificate, framed on a cottage wall, and seen by Michael, that set him off on his journey to uncover all he could about this largely forgotten piece of local history. Facts and folk memories, photographs, anecdote and reminiscence, all were grist to Michael’s mill. It was Michael, via the good service of Joe Powell, we have to thank for the survival of the board in St Mary’s. Salvaged by tractor driver, Joe, from the dilapidated boathouse when it

was finally pulled down in 1933, Michael later found it discarded and requested the big heavy wooden memorial be housed in the church. Michael’s grandfather served under first coxswain, William ‘Billy’ Henry Loose, in charge of the boat for 27 years. Billy followed another Loose as cox, his father Robert Ellard, who served for ten years after Thomas Lane retired in 1898. On Lane’s watch in 1892 Brancaster gained its second lifeboat, the Lily Bird being replaced by the Alfred S Genth. Over the years, the launches continued to tot up; for the Mogador of Liverpool, German schooner Rensche, the barge, Ruby of London, the Hull sailing trawler, Silver King, the ketch, John Lee, another ketch Eliza Patience, an Italian barque Maria di Porto Salvo, the Billyboy Brilliant of Goole. The list goes on. When Robert Loose retired he too was awarded a long service certificate. It was said in his entire near 30 years lifeboat service he never missed a launch, practice or service. On Billy Loose’s watch Brancaster gained its third and final lifeboat, the Winlaton in 1916. Later there was a Clayton tractor to haul it into position. Three years on, during a practice launch, she rescued the sinking Wells whelk boat, Anoi, another Loose, Harry, helping the fishing boat into Brancaster Staithe. Lifeboat rescue is in the blood. In 1929, Coxwain Loose, essentially off-duty in his own fishing boat, Amity, saved two men from their sinking vessel after it had struck a submerged wreck, believed to be the Carrington. Amity almost made it to Dunkirk in 1940 for the evacuation, getting as far as Ramsgate, before being deemed too cumbersome. Time marches on, and in 1935 the RNLI commissioned a motor-driven lifeboat for Wells. At a stroke it made the Brancaster lifeboat and crew redundant, a death knell for the boat and a poignant day for Brancaster. Sixty-one years of lifeboat life were over. Long service certificates were awarded to coxswain, Billy Loose, his brother bowman, Little Bob, crew, Horace Billing, William Howell, Alfred Large and second cox, William Softley. Winlaton was sold for £50. The grandsons, great-grandsons and greatgreat-grandsons of several of these brave men still fish out of Brancaster. Long may it continue. • With thanks to Michael Softley for allowing us to use these images

Above: Brancaster lifeboat Alfred S Genth on her naming day 11 January 1893 with coxswain Thomas Lane Left: Alfred S Genth returning to the boathouse, circa 1905 Above: Winlaton on the beach at Brancaster about 1928. In the lifeboat is second coxswain William T Softley with his youngest son William. Tractor driver J Powell Left: Winlaton returning to the beach about 1928 after practice launch with coxswain Billy Loose and second coxswain William T Softley

Alfred S Genth launching on exercise in 1898 with coxswain Robert Loose



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Richard Long at Houghton Houghton Hall is hosting a major exhibition of new works by internationally celebrated British sculptor, Richard Long. EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton, which runs until 26 October, is the artist’s first major outdoor exhibition and his largest show since the retrospective at Tate Britain in 2009. The show features large-scale pieces specially commissioned for the grounds at Houghton, using a variety of materials including flint from East Anglia and slate from Cornwall. The White Deer Circle is made using tree stumps from the estate whilst the 84-metre A Line in Norfolk is made from local Carr stone. The exhibition also includes large mud works in the outdoor colonnades (pictured), Richard Long in front of one of his White smaller works in gallery spaces and historic Water Falls, a series of mud waterfall works material relating to the artist’s career. in the North and South colonnades at EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton is Houghton open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until 26 October. Visit www.houghtonhall. com for tickets. Entry is free for 16s and under.

Flower power Local botanical artist Sarah Caswell will be exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this month for the seventh year. “Each year, I paint all new pieces to be unveiled at the show and I always try to have a showstopper,” says Sarah. “This year there are two showstoppers, an original painting and also a reproduction of my new painting, Spring Starlight, All is Well (pictured) as a shimmer disc panel, which will have the effect of the breeze fluttering through the blossom. “Many years ago I was living in Melbourne, Australia, and there was a pre-neon Coca Cola advertising hording on top of a building made entirely out of sequins that shimmered when the wind blew. “I fell in love with that right there and have wanted to combine this thought with the idea of having my paintings hung in a chic outside room. I have managed to find a company who is able to make my dream come true.” • RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 23 to 27 May,

Meanwhile, Norfolk by Design is popping up in the stables at Houghton until 30 September, open Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 5pm. Over 40 Norfolk artists, designer-makers and craftspeople will exhibit their work during this period, including Lucy Loveheart, whose Full Moon (pictured) featuring Houghton Hall, was specially commissioned for this exhibition. •

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Norfolk by Design at Houghton is one of the highlights listed in Congham Hall Hotel’s latest visitor guide, Six of the Best … Norfolk Art Experiences. The guide also features The Gunton Arms with works by contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, GroundWork gallery in King’s Lynn, and Congham’s own fascinating art collection, which includes paintings by local artists Rachel Lockwood and Fred Ingrams. Congham Hall is also offering a new Art Experiences package with two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast and two tickets to the Richard Long exhibition for £438 per room, herman de vries’ exhibition at GroundWork available Monday to Thursday in May and gallery, King’s Lynn, runs until 30 June June, subject to availability. See page 14 for details of Pinkfoot Gallery’s pop up exhibition at Congham. • Congham Hall Hotel, 01485 600250 or visit, where you can also download the guide.

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The North Norfolk Music Festival is back for its 13th year from 15 to 26 August, with an exciting programme of chamber music concerts at its home base, St Mary’s Church in South Creake, as well as in the Marble Hall at Holkham and St Mary’s Church, East Raynham. The Festival will open with a celebration of the life and work of Sir William Walton - one of his first works was Façade and a performance of that piece is included in the concert on 16 August. Other highlights will include recitals by pianists Louis Schwizgebel, Alexander Ullman and Melvyn Tan, plus a cluster of string quartets including the Castalian Quartet. • For information and to book tickets, visit www. Box Office 01328 730357. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2017



EXHIBITIONS GALORE! Art lovers are in for a treat this season, with a packed programme in our local galleries, plus the return of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios for its 23rd year, writes Amanda Loose



3 1 Egrets by Stephen Henderson, Pinkfoot Gallery at Congham Hall Hotel 2 Blakeney Dunes by Daniel Cole, Pinkfoot Gallery 3 French Gold by Guy Allen, The Red Dot Gallery 4 Beginning of the Day by Anna Perlin, Bircham Gallery



5 Mist Still Lay on the Marsh by Ruth Taylor, Quay Art 6 Long Grass and Green Meadow, Wiveton by Richard Barrett, The Flint Gallery 7 Market Stalls, Richard Bond with Susan Field, Burnham Grapevine 5



NTIL September, Pinkfoot Gallery of Cley is exhibiting a stunning collection of Stephen Henderson’s hand-painted and carved wooden birds and fish sculptures at Congham Hall Hotel. Back at the gallery, Cornish artist Daniel Cole has been working in North Norfolk on a new collection of semi-abstract seascapes, which Pinkfoot will be showing from June. Over in Holt, The Red Dot Gallery is continuing with its canine themed collection during the coming weeks, with paintings, prints, sculptures and even cushions! The gallery is also delighted to welcome artist Guy Allen back to his home county and to show his distinctive equine and canine works. French Gold is the latest original print from Guy’s studio. A graduate of Central St. Martins, Guy also developed his etching skills in Paris before returning to London, where he is currently based. Meanwhile, Bircham Gallery in Holt will be showing paintings and prints by Rosemary Vanns and ceramics by Clare Conrad from 27 May to 21 June. This will be followed by an exhibition of paintings and prints from Anna Perlin, winner of Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year 2017, and ceramics by Sarah Jenkins, from 24 June to 19 July. Back on the coast, The Flint Gallery in Blakeney is welcoming the start of summer with a new series of paintings inspired by our coastline, by Richard Barrett. Most of Richard’s paintings begin with a series of sketches. “As the process of painting begins,” says Flint’s Stuart Stotter-Brooks “a more intuitive approach comes into play. Memory then guides the direction the piece takes, the paint being worked instinctively from thin washes to thick impasto. “Scratching, marking and glazing further help to give the work a feeling



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of energy, movement and mystery.” Quay Art in Blakeney and Wells start the new season with a new artist, Ruth Taylor, who has been inspired by the Norfolk landscape to create a new collection of paintings capturing our coastline. Working mainly in oil on board, Ruth uses a variety of tools such as a compass, a comb and sandpaper to achieve landscapes full of texture. Over in Burnham Market, the summer season gets off to an exciting start at Burnham Grapevine with the launch of a unique collaboration between competition-winning Norfolk artist, Richard Bond, and children’s book illustrator, Susan Field, featuring two large vibrant paintings of Norwich Market together with the preparatory supporting studies. Alongside these, Burnham Grapevine will also be showing a small number of works marking a new direction for one of Norfolk’s superstars, Gerard Stamp. Best known for his vast serene watercolours, in the last year Gerard has moved on to work in oil. Initially revisiting his distinctive church interiors, he has now returned to another love, the ethereal light of the Norfolk saltmarsh. This Early Summer Exhibition runs from 26 May to 8 July and will also feature Mari French, Max Angus, Michael Chapman and others. Pocock’s the artmonger, also based in Burnham Market, will be popping up at Stanhoe Open Gardens on 3 June with an exhibition of paintings in praise of the garden at All Saints’ Church, Stanhoe. The gallery will also be welcoming local artist Rebecca Lloyd back after a year off from exhibiting, to present recent works depicting her ‘Norfolk’ from 9 to 17 June. Pocock’s the artmonger will then host a pop-up by home-grown London with their Indian hand-tailored clothes, on 21 and 22 June. Enjoy Norfolk’s wildlife

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Over at Creake Abbey, there’s still time to catch artist Nigel Wallace’s aptly named White One Sugar exhibition in the café, which continues until 20 June. Nigel’s work is inspired by vintage travel posters, and this exhibition of local scenes includes Blakeney Point and Brancaster Staithe. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, a highlight of the local arts calendar, is back for its 23rd year from 27 May to 11 June, with artists across the region throwing open their studio doors to the public. More than 500 artists will be taking part, across 254 venues throughout Norfolk, ranging from professional studios to garages and spare rooms. Mediums include woodturning, painting, sculpture, textiles, printing and glasswork. Local artist Trevor Woods will be showing his recent work along with portfolio collections at his studio at Gallery Plus, on the coast road at Wells, for Open Studios, from 27 May to 11 June (except 5 June). Trevor will have his easel set up in the gallery, where you’ll be able to see him painting and chat about his work, the strong graphic representations inspired by his surroundings, which are just as much about what he leaves out as what he includes. Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing’s early summer show features work by some Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios participants including mixed media work by Nigel Skinner and ceramics by Henry Atkinson, alongside gallery regulars, including Rachel Thomas and Ali Tomlin. Also, new to the gallery is James Crisp, with intricately carved relief sculptures in wood and Alison Read, with original printmaking of animals.



Meanwhile, six Ringstead Artists will be exhibiting at Ringstead Village Hall from 3 to 11 June, featuring diverse media, including photography, oils, acrylics and pastels. The artists, Bryan Harford, Helga Joergens, Barbara King, David Lendrum, Cass Wedd and Alan Witley, will be curating the exhibition. And just down the road, Doric Arts at Drove Orchards in Thorham, is hosting international photographer Richard Heeps’ Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios Exhibition from 27 May to 11 June. Doric will be showing a new collection of Hong Kong based work from Richard, as well as his Americana. ADDRESS BOOK Bircham Gallery, Holt 01263 713312 Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market 01328 730125 Congham Hall Hotel, Grimston 01485 600250 Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 730399 www. Doric Arts, Drove Orchards, Thornham 07810 730607 Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 711609 Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing, Great Walsingham Barns, Great Walsingham 01328 820900 Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley 01263 740947 Pocock’s the artmonger, Burnham Market 01328 730370 Quay Art, Blakeney 01263 740013, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710905 The Flint Gallery, Blakeney 01263 741791 The Red Dot Gallery, Holt 01263 710287


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It’s brightening up! This season the outlook is bright, whatever the weather, says Fashion Editor Katy Coe PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM STEELE

Mischkah is wearing Miraclesuit pinpoint swimsuit £135, Pollard & Read; Viccio trousers £65, Allez Chic; Audrina Toms sunglasses £90, Gun Hill Great Outdoors; necklace £63, Thornham Deli



Fashion Rachael: Pomodoro blouse £39, Allez Chic; Nice Things shorts £60, Nomad & the bowerbird; scarf £18, Tilley & Grace; shoes stylist’s own

Mischkah: Miraclesuit Pinpoint swimsuit £135 and Ted Baker Callea cover up £85, Pollard & Read; scarf £12, Chic bracelets £22 each, long necklace £30, shorter necklace £22, all Tilley & Grace

Rachael: Marc Cain Sunray stripe dress £235, Collen & Clare; necklace £18 and Becksöndergaard Coachella hat £39, Nelledk; bag £28, Joyful Living Mischkah: Nila Rubia Ruby sundress £82, Artemis Homes & Antiques; Jupiter earrings £15 and Chic bracelet £22, Tilley & Grace; En Shalla basket bag £138, Collen & Clare

Mischkah: 0039 Italy Romana top £169, Collen & Clare; Nice Things Ink Fish shorts £65, Nomad & the bowerbird; Orla Kiely Giant Linear Stem holdall £145, The Tannery Rachael: Seasalt Calenick tunic £59.95, Christopher William Coastal; Bric’s backpack £105, The Tannery; scarf £22, Collen & Clare

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Fashion Rachael: Louise Coleman Koi silk camisole £95; Hod Gabriel shorts £63, Nomad & the bowerbird; tights stylist’s own

Rachael: Ruby Yaya Barcelona Azara dress £159, Collen & Clare; shoes stylist’s own Mischkah: Onelife Clothing Vonka skirt £59.95, Nicholsons; Louise Coleman silk camisole £95; necklace £18, Nelle-dk; bamboo sunglasses £25 and Ashiana clutch £40, Thornham Deli

Mischkah: Samsoe & Samsoe Galina top £89 and Becksöndergaard Kapaa scarf £45, Nelle-dk; Hod Temple trousers £85, Nomad & the bowerbird; Robertina Tatami small tote £109, The Tannery


ITH thanks to the le Strange Estate for allowing us to use Old Hunstanton beach and the Pennington family for the use of their beach hut. THE FASHION TEAM Fashion Editor and Stylist: Katy Coe Hair and Makeup: Sophie Stapleton of Rejuvenate at the Bullpen, Manor Mews, Tattersett 07500 009527 Models: Rachael Crowe and Mischkah Scott Photographer: Tim Steele Photography 07909 998216 Props: Pia Plum Events, Grimston 01485 600644 THE FASHION ADDRESS BOOK Allez Chic, Castle Rising 01553 631915 Artemis Homes & Antiques, Cley 01263 741674 Christopher William Coastal, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710496 Collen & Clare, Burnham Market 01328 730558 Gun Hill Great Outdoors, Burnham Market

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Beauty & Wellbeing

The A to Z of healthy From new gyms and classes to the latest spa treatments and products, Harriet Cooper spells out how to look and feel your best this season

G is for glow A fake tan in minutes? The Spa at The Hoste in Burnham Market offers Xen-Tan, a unique moisture-rich formula, which gives even the fairest skin a natural-looking glow (full body, £25). 01328 738777,

A is for asparagus Asparagus is packed with good-for-you vitamins. Atalanta Keirle of Feast - which delivers homemade dishes to your home – suggests livening up a green salad with shaved raw asparagus, toasted pine nuts, and a lemon and olive oil dressing. 07957 486886,

D is for downward dog Alice Martineau’s ‘Introducing Self-Practice’ course at Itteringham will give you the confidence to reap the benefits of yoga every day, not just at your weekly class. 24 to 28 July, £45. 07973 278895,

B is for bounce

E is for eyes

C is for calm

F is for fitness

No, we’re not talking hair… Boogie Bounce is the latest class from Massy’s Gym in Blakeney. The 45-minute workout takes place on mini trampolines and is ideal for fat-burning, conditioning and toning. £6 per class. 07851 494285

If your complexion is feeling a little red and irritated, a calming Elemis Sensitive Skin Soother Facial at The Retreat salon (relocating to Docking in early June), works wonders. £55.,



No more hiding behind sunglasses. The Ficarra’s Spa in Fakenham is offering a new ‘Eye Repair’ Treatment by Mary Cohr Paris, which promises to target fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. £40. 01328 863260,

New gym on the block, Fully Trained Fitness in Fakenham, is impressive: compressed air strength and cardio machines, spin bikes, circuit training, boot camp classes, plus five personal trainers. Membership is £20 a month. 01328 258749,

H is for hay fever

Don’t let streaming eyes and a runny nose ruin your summer. Reflexology can help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever; book an appointment with Anna Little at Holt Consulting Rooms to try it for yourself. £30 per treatment. 01263 711712,

I is for intense hydration Days on the beach often leave skin dry and prone to premature ageing. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration range, from Bakers & Larners in Holt, quenches thirsty complexions thanks to the remarkable properties of its main ingredient Clary Sage. From £9.99. 01263 712244, www. bakersandlarners.

summer living O is for organic

Made only with natural ingredients, Neom Organics is one of the most likeable bath, body and home ranges out there. Joyful Living at Drove Orchards stocks a huge selection, including our favourite Energy and Happiness fragrances. From £16. 01485 525714,

J is for juicing Not yet bikini-ready? If you’d like a helping hand, Susie Brient of Naked Greenz will devise a daily cleanse for you consisting of eight bottles of raw vegetable and fruit juice (£40 per day). 07824 098379,

P is for pregnancy

Pregnancy can make you one hot mama, so treat yourself to a massage at The Norfolk Retreat - it’ll alleviate achy muscles, encourage sleep, reduce excess water retention and it’s good for baby, too. £45 for 60 minutes. 07576 365219,

K is for kite surfing

The LVL Lash Lift at Rejuvenate at the Bullpen, Tattersett (07500 009527) or The Retreat ( straightens natural lashes at the root, creating the appearance of longer, thicker lashes for six to eight weeks. Who needs mascara? £45.

M is for mineral bath soak Whether you’ve been swimming in the sea or hiking the coastal path, you deserve a long wallow in the tub. Throw some Barr-Co. Bath Soak in for added luxury. Made with mineral salts, vitamin E and fragrance oil, it’ll help relieve stress, muscle aches and joint pain. Available from Nomad & the bowerbird, Holkham and Wells, £37.50. 01328 713093, www.nomadandthebowerbird.

N is for Nordic walking Where better to do Nordic walking (where you use poles to propel yourself forward) than the North Norfolk coast? Try a one-to-one session with Gini Harrison, who will also guide you through body strengthening and toning exercises. £35 for an hour. 07917 350080,

U is for UV

We all know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can have a negative impact on the health of our skin and eyes, which is why it’s so important to protect ourselves. Plus, looking like a lobster is no fun. To minimise sun damage, always apply a highfactor sunscreen (and reapply every two hours), wear good-quality sunglasses and a widebrimmed hat for shade.

V is for varnish

Start the season with a new lacquer, but which colour? According to Laura Stead - manager of the new PIGSPA in Edgefield - this summer is all about island brights with a South Pacific vibe. Laura’s loving CND Vinylux’s new Rhythm & Heat collection (top). 01263 587634,

Sun’s out, surf’s up. Amelia Carmen’s yoga class for extreme sports fans is aimed towards building strength, increasing balance and endurance, and reducing injuries. Classes (£8) are every Tuesday at Thornham Village Hall. 07805 455854,

L is for lashes

Fakenham Foot Care who, for £22, will trim and file nails, remove dead skin and treat corns and calluses, finishing with a moisturising foot massage. 01328 862774,

W is for waxing Q is for quiet Refocus at a five-day silent mindfulness retreat at West Lexham (above). Led by worldrenowned meditation teacher James Baraz and his wife Jane, expect plenty of practice periods, daily talks and wholesome veggie food. 7 to 12 August. From £535. 01760 755602,

R is for rehydrate

Overexposure to sun, sea and styling can leave locks feeling dry, coarse and frizzy. Worry not! The Philip Kingsley Luxury Spa Hair Treatment (£25) at the Old School House Hair Company in Old Hunstanton restores elasticity, bounce and shine. 01485 535376, www.

S is for sun salutations Yoga is not just for grown-ups, little ones can practice their poses, too. Marie Isaac’s Kids Yoga class takes place in the Sack House in Wells on Mondays from 4 to 5pm. Sessions are for 7 to 12-year-olds and cost £5. 07913 187251,

T is for tootsies

Flip-flops, sandals... you can’t pull them off with untidy toes and scaly feet. Step forward

‘Tis the season of shorts and bathers, so… Charlotte and Kerry, of the newly-opened Pops Beauty salon in Holt, are adept at waxing, including eyebrows, upper lips and chins. Prices from £7.50. 01263 340050,

X is for eXperimentation Yes boys, we’re talking to you: it’s time to prep for summer. Ease yourself in gently with an Express Energising Face Treatment, a 30-minute solution to re-energise skin (£34), at The Mulberry Spa, Heacham Manor. 01485 579824,

Y is for your home

Holistic therapist Margaret Ayres offers reiki, massage and reflexology, all in the comfort of your home. We recommend her Mineral Lava Shell Massage, during which warm shells, marine algae and sea kelp are used to release muscle tension. £50 for an hour. 07717 343917,


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Looking backwards and forwards It’s an exciting year for Creative Chiropractic. Hot on the heels of their move to Pensthorpe Natural Park in 2016, the Practice is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. But this year is also about looking to the future with Creative Chiropractic expanding their team, introducing a Sports and Rehabilitation Department and adding new treatments including from Neal’s Yard Remedies. There’s also the matter of being awarded a Patient Partnership Quality Mark from the Royal College of Chiropractors, more of which later. Creative Chiropractic will celebrate the big anniversary itself on Friday 22 September. Back in 2007, 22 September was a scorching hot Saturday and, although the doors opened on this day in Lees Yard, Holt, with a party, it was not Team photos taken in Pensthorpe Natural Park’s Water Garden. until the following Tuesday, that the first three patients walked in, all of whom are Chiropractors with distinction. The Award is well deserved and testament still being treated at Creative today! to all the hard work, dedication and passion from the team at Creative Practice Director and Senior Chiropractor, Michael I’Anson reflects Chiropractic.” on growing from a small team based in Holt to a renowned and awardwinning Practice providing the very best in professional health care. Achieving the prestigious PPQM Award “A famous businessman once said, “The secret of business is to know The PPQM is awarded to Practices who demonstrate through their something that nobody else knows” but I would also like to add to this “to procedures and practices how they achieve the high criteria set for do something that nobody else does.” Creative Chiropractic has become meeting Patient expectations. In 2016, Creative Chiropractic applied for what it is because we do things differently from the mainstream. the Patient Partnership Quality Mark “Having given up everything (with the full support of my wife, Linda) (PPQM) from the Royal College of to go back to college and gain a doctorate, our launch day back in 2007 Chiropractors and of the 56 applications remains one of the stand-out moments of my life and, yet, it was only received, the team were delighted the beginning. to be one of only six recognised as “The work really began with the years of building up my experience ‘Outstanding’. The plaque now hangs to develop and master my craft and become the best I could possibly proudly in the reception area. be. Treating patients, the way I would want to be treated didn’t just come from the years of educational toil, but from the experience of Flexible yet durable… working with others in real situations, gaining from their insights, tapping Tenth anniversaries traditionally represent flexibility and into their knowledge base and suffering the same highs and lows in the durability. Like any business, Creative Chiropractic hasn’t grown workplace. into the Practice it is now without some ‘interesting scenarios!’ “Learning is a life-long requirement that never ends as it is constantly Michael talks about the hard work and the gains that have evolving through research, experimentation and education. As an made it all worth it… “Linda (my wife and the Practice Business example, to meet the requirements set by our leading professional body, Director) and I, have been on this roller coaster ride from the The General Chiropractic Council (GCC), attending continual professional start, but like any good partnership, it wouldn’t have been development (CPD) courses annually to meet the standards set within the possible without the fabulous team we’ve had with us in the past United Kingdom is an ongoing obligation to ensure up-to-date learning and around us today. and techniques. “A Practice like ours is nothing without the great Front of House “This year, we’ll celebrate ten years since first opening our doors in Holt team and in Clare, Helen and Nichola, we have brilliant support, with a recognition award for our innovative approach and management expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm that goes the extra mile in of our patients. We recently found out that Creative Chiropractic gained the pursuit of providing the best patient experience. the Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) from the Royal College of


Growing the team A chiropractic rehabilitation study of 73 work-related (Low Back Pain) sufferers found an 81% improvement and a return to work for patients after a six-week programme of supportive rehabilitative exercise, says Michael. “This year, the Practice is introducing a Sports and Rehabilitation Department to help direct patients from all walks of life, ages and occupational backgrounds, back to optimum fitness through functional, occupational, balance, postural and specific exercise. “There will also be provision for injury prevention as well as pre-and post-event preparation and recovery programmes available for those who are more sports-minded. “As a result, and to meet the needs of our patients, there are two exciting new opportunities for a Muscular Skeletal/ Rehabilitation/ Fitness Performance Specialist and a Chiropractor to enhance the services at the Practice. If you are interested or know somebody who might be suitable, visit to view the brochure.” “Together with our Clinical Massage Therapists, Serena and Jess, the Practice offers not only corrective massage to complement chiropractic patients, but also pregnancy massage, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and more therapeutic treatments. “Susan, with nearly 25 years of Reflexology experience, provides a holistic element to treatments working on both the physical, emotional and mental health. Patients find their overall wellbeing much improved after an appointment with Susan. “In today’s working environment, keeping ahead of the game is a constant requirement and Rebecca has been the spearhead in the advancement of our social media activity and communication, regular newsletter updates and general marketing development.”

The live well mantra Healthcare in the UK is changing (legislative reform, technological innovation and changes in the way medicine is practiced). “Through Creative Chiropractic’s unique patient-centred approach, we recognise that each patient has different desired outcomes based on background, experience and lifestyle,” says Michael. “This approach changed the traditional relationship between practitioner and patient, of prescribing the same treatment for similar diagnoses or conditions, into a shared-care approach that considers bespoke treatments based on a patient’s individual symptoms. “The Creative Chiropractic ‘Move Well, Eat Well, Think Well’ philosophy comes into play too as it continuously engages and empowers patients to take charge on all aspects of their health to improve faster and stay well for longer.”

New Treatments for you Creative Chiropractic has grown to encompass the principle discipline of Chiropractic, along with sports, clinical and therapeutic massage, muscular-skeletal rehabilitation and Reflexology and in recent months, adding not only Hopi Ear Candling, but also the ‘seriously spoiling’ and therapeutic Neal’s Yard Signature Body Treatment to nurture and nourish the body, mind and soul. Jess, the newest member of the Creative Chiropractic team explains this special experience at www. “In the year that Creative Chiropractic turns ten, everyone at the Practice would like to thank all of those who have been associated with the Practice, past and present, for making it what it is today.” Michael sums up: “The business started life just before the beginning of the recession in 2008 and we have seen many businesses come and go in that time, but we have stayed true to our principles and beliefs in what we feel has been right for our patients and our working practices. “I would like to thank all our wonderful patients for their on going loyalty and guidance into shaping Creative Chiropractic into who and what it is today. Thanks also to our incredible families and brilliant friends for their never wavering and steadfast support. And, on a final note, a big thank you to ‘the boss’ as without Linda, none of it would have been possible.” Here’s to the next ten years! You can find Creative Chiropractic at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LN. Give the team a call on 01328 854325 or



Forty, fit and feeling fantastic People in their fifth decade and beyond have never been so active, says Harriet Cooper


CLOSE friend has done three marathons in as many months and I can count on both hands my acquaintances who love to do an Ironman in their spare time. What do they all have in common? They’re all in their mid-forties. And they never, ever used to be this fit. Welcome to the new wave of individuals in their fifth decade and beyond who are embracing exercise in a big way. According to figures from Sport England, the strongest increase in sports participation in the past decade has been among the 45 to 54 age group, with 31% more 35 to 54-year-olds hitting the treadmills than ten years ago. At the end of the Norfolk Superhero And it’s not just gym classes. We’re doing epic cycle rides, swim leg © Denis Pederson marathons, and triathlons, which have tripled in popularity among Britain’s over-40s. At this year’s Norfolk Superhero, where participants do a one-mile swim, four-mile kayak, 45-mile cycle ride and eight-mile run, over a quarter of the 108 two-person teams are in the ‘Zimmer’ category, which means their combined ages add up to over 100 years. But what is driving us to sign up for these pulse-pounding pursuits in later age? “Life begins at 40 and people are embracing new activities to improve their lives,” says personal trainer Joey Mezzetti, 42. “In North Norfolk alone I’ve seen lots of over-40s representing Team GB, which was a rarity years ago.” Whatever your reason, if you’re looking to take on a serious sporting challenge, the best training in any discipline is to lift weights, according to Joey. “Lifting weights can reduce muscle loss, produce age-reducing hormones, boost metabolism and prevent injuries in sport.” • Joey Mezzetti, The Beauty Box, Sheringham 01263 823487

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My beautiful life

“I wish I’d been as fit in my 20s as I am now” Emma Harrison, 43, is doing the Norfolk Superhero for the first time on 17 June

“After having four kids, there wasn’t much time to exercise and I became seriously unfit. But when my youngest started school, I ventured back into the gym. I completed a minitriathlon in October last year. Afterwards my friend - who turned 50 this year and wanted a challenge - said ‘let’s do the Superhero’. And I thought, why not? “The training has been intense: long runs, 30k bike rides and working on core strength at the gym. But it makes me feel good. Swimming and weights are great, too - I’ve gained muscle tone and become stronger. “Exercise also gives me headspace. Sometimes all I can think about is putting one foot in front of the other and getting to the end. You get this adrenalin buzz. I’m definitely fitter than I’ve ever been. A couple of years ago I could hardly run for a minute and now I can run for an hour. Not very fast, but I can run.” •



Linda Ruth I’Anson, Business Director of Creative Chiropractic@Pensthorpe What exercise do you like to do? I run or bike up to four times a week. Exercise generates positive, happy endorphins and I am keen to keep my body smiling! How important is keeping fit to you? Extremely. I grew up in an active family and from a young age played a lot of sport. How do you stay motivated? I need a purpose to keep me motivated. Not just in sport, but at work too: I’m motivated by helping my dynamic team fulfil their potential, which in turn impacts on the outcomes we have with our patients. What’s in your fridge? I am a big believer in ‘green is lean’. I always try to buy organic and locally-sourced food. Do you have a favourite healthy recipe? Bear Grylls’ recipe for Mediterranean Quiche is easy to make and packed with healthy ‘goodies’. What makes you happy? My husband, family, friends, dog and food. Wildlife also brings me joy, whether it’s watching the birds from my office at Pensthorpe, tracking gorillas in Uganda or admiring whitetailed eagles on the Isle of Mull. • Creative Chiropractic@Pensthorpe, 01328 854325 You can follow Harriet on Instagram @girlnextthesea

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Living Hattie Goodley finds out what’s on this season and also indulges in a spot of gardening and retail therapy, with a little help from daughters Willa and Maud

A little doing  One of my favourite organisations, The Fairyland Trust, is going on tour in Norfolk! They will be offering seven workshops over seven days (28 May to 3 June) all on the theme of Magical Nature including Fairy Gardens, Elf Training, Magic Wands and Fairy Flowers. These workshops are truly fantastic and a must for any child from the age of three years and up - if you haven’t yet been, I highly recommend you book your children in ASAP. £3.50 per child, tickets must be booked in advance. Visit for venues and booking details.  And if you can’t make any of the above dates, The Fairyland Trust along with Hartbeeps will be at the Mini Woodland Festival at Glebe House School (1 July, 10am to 5pm) which promises to be a jam-packed day full of fairy fun! Look out for art and nature workshops, den building, face painting and much more. To book tickets, call Glebe House School office on 01485 532809 or email ghsoffice@; adult £8, child £5.  This summer, Gresham’s school in Holt is hosting the Britten Music Course, a five-day residential music course for children aged eight to 13 years, offering music tuition as well as choral and instrumental workshops and culminating in a performance at this year’s Holt Festival. 18-23 July, £350 per child, inclusive of tuition, activities, accommodation and transport. Contact or 01263 714626

A little gardening who has died, and raise funds in support of children and young people in Norfolk who have suffered bereavement. If you would like to host your own Purple Picnic, please visit uk to sign up and download your fundraising pack.

This summer, inspired by Granny Emma who happens to be a gardening whizz, Willa and I are starting a garden scrap-book, collecting leaves and plants from our garden and keeping track of any wildlife that we come across including snails, butterflies, birds and insects. We’ll be filling our book with photos, pressed flower heads and drawings and keeping track of how things change through the seasons – we’ll keep you posted!

A little news Well worth a browse is Marshes & Flint - The Little Lifestyle Store, a brand new online boutique offering a mixture of beautifully designed children’s lifestyle brands from Norfolk and around the world, set up by local mums Becky Lavender and Didi Fenwick. What’s more, they offer a bespoke shopping service from the comfort of your own home, and will also be popping up at 5 Franklyn’s Yard, Holt (1 to 4 June and 27 to 30 July) and Creake Abbey (25 to 27 August). Be prepared to part with your pennies as they have lots of lovely, tempting things for boys and girls alike. Olivier London Baby & Kids Emily Liberty Print dress £39 (sizes 3 to 6 and 6 to 12 months), Marshes & Flint Fanny & Alexander wooden toy camera £45, Marshes & Flint

 This June, Willa, Maud and I will be taking part in local charity Nelson’s Journey’s annual Purple Picnic Week (12 to 18 June) - it’s a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to come together and remember someone special



Living A little shopping …

As a mum of girls, I’m often guilty of overlooking kit for boys, but I spotted this Piccalilly skeleton fish t-shirt in Baby O and immediately thought of my godson and nephew who would both love one! £18, Baby O, Holt 07748 266565

Hattie Goodley shares her pick of summer essentials for your mini fashionistas!

Likewise, these Frugi Breton striped shorts would be a great addition to any boy’s wardrobe and are guaranteed to become a firm summer favourite. £18.99, Heirloom Toys & Clothing, Sheringham 01263 825420

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A little more news There’s a brand new babysitting and childcare service in North Norfolk! Each babysitter at Lolly Poppins has been personally vetted by founder and mum-of-three Katherine Elphick, with a view to providing peace of mind for families on holiday in the area. All babysitters on her books are local, experienced, professional and most importantly, reliable!!

Gone Crabbing have launched their new collection of seaside inspired kids t-shirts and hoodies which are perfect for mucking about in on the marshes this summer I particularly like this Snap hoodie which comes in Blighty blue and candyfloss pink. £27.99, Gone Crabbing, Burnham Deepdale 01485 211111



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Tough planting! Hardy perennials are the kings of low maintenance gardening, coming in particularly handy if you’re time-poor or planting in a latchkey garden. Ian Mullard of Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery shares his favourites

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HESE perennial performers will be just as happy in a pot or filling a gap in the border and of course, the best bit is they’ll be back again next year.

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Salvia x superba ‘Blue Queen’ loves the sun and sports aromatic silvery green leaves which give way to intense dark blue flower spikes surrounded by moody purple bracts. Bees love the nectar-rich flowers and deadheading a little and often will reward you with flowers until late September. Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’ shoots out delicate branching stems which bear yellow blooms from spring until autumn, creating a frothy backdrop for summer show-offs like Kniphofia ‘Flamenco’ (red-hot pokers to you and me). Heuchera Firefly is the perfect perennial for a shady corner or under a tree. Most heucheras are bred primarily for foliage but this beauty is all about the bloom with loose panicles of fragrant vermillion red flowers. The near evergreen foliage looks pukka too with maple-like green basal leaves. It’s so much more than just a slug-proof replacement for hostas. Sedum Oracle has to be one of the least demanding and most satisfying perennials in the garden. The foliage forms a dense mound of bluegreen spiky leaves and is the perfect architectural filler, spilling over between paths and borders. Covered in golden star shaped flowers from late spring to early summer, it’s a powerful butterfly magnet too. Finally, and although technically a shrub rather that a perennial if we’re talking about low maintenance and robust plants the Hypericum calycinum is very high on my list. This fantastic compact evergreen shrub grows to a maximum height of 60cm. Hardy and versatile, it will thrive almost anywhere and is ideal for ground cover. Attractive glossy green foliage provides a gorgeous canvas for bright yellow star shaped flowers. • Green & Pleasant Garden Nursery at Drove Orchards, Thornham, stocks a variety of robust and low maintenance plants.

HOLKHAM HALL I am lucky to live a stone’s throw from Holkham Hall and visit on a regular basis. I always make time to visit the sixacre Walled Garden (open daily until 31 October), which is in the process of being restored to its former glory - it’s fascinating to see the progress. On 13 June, Holkham is hosting ‘Explore with the Experts – Landscapes and Gardens’ (at 11am and noon) to give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the gardens and landscape of Holkham, on a special interest tractor trailer tour. Holkham Head Gardener, Dene Wood will discuss what it takes to maintain the grounds of Holkham, the history of the formal parterres on the terraces and the work involved in running the six-acre walled garden with a small team. I’m booking my ticket now!

Tickets for this event: £10 per adult. Prebooking is essential, telephone Holkham Ticket Office 01328 713111 or visit www., where you’ll also find details of regular entry prices to the Walled Garden.

GOODERSTONE WATER GARDENS This is a tranquil gem of a garden, south west of Swaffham and well worth making the trip for. Gooderstone Water Gardens is a naturalist’s delight, designed around a series of waterways and a trout stream, with four ponds and 13, (yes, count them), bridges to cross. The gardens are open all year round and planted with a range of plants suitable for damp conditions. If you are lucky, you may well spot one of the resident kingfishers.

Visit www.gooderstonewatergardens. for opening times and ticket prices throughout the year. • Gary Nelson is a Director of Burn Valley Nursery in South Creake, 01328 823333, NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2017



Wifi, wood burners and a short walk to the pub! As North Norfolk continues to be an increasingly popular year-round destination for staycations, Amanda Loose asks the experts what makes the perfect holiday cottage

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HE North and West Norfolk coasts continue to attract growing numbers of holidaymakers but the difference is that people are choosing to visit year-round,” says Lucy Downing, Brand Manager at Norfolk Country Cottages. “We have certainly seen a rise in the number of staycations and the number of holidays people are taking.” “Staycations are without a doubt growing in popularity,” says Zoe Fuller and the team at Barefoot Retreats. “North Norfolk is extremely popular and its popularity is continuously growing.” Added to that, we often expect more now from our holiday accommodation. So if you’re looking to let out your house or to purchase a property to let, what’s on the holiday wish lists of your would-be guests? LOCATION, LOCATION “Ideally the property would be close to the coast, within 20 minutes drive, the shorter the better!” says Helen Millin, CEO of Norfolk Hideaways. “In terms of where I would suggest buying, the Burnhams, Thornham, Wellsnext-the-Sea, Holt, Blakeney and Cley are still property hotspots, but we are now seeing places like Ringstead, Docking, Old Hunstanton, Sheringham and villages further east gain in popularity as the property buying circle widens. These areas are getting Orchard Cottage expensive, but still offer good in Ringstead is value. available through “And we’re always happy to Norfolk Hideaways provide rental income forecasts to prospective purchasers to determine whether a property they are viewing is the right property for them to invest in.” PROPERTY SIZES “All properties will book well if they are furnished to a high standard and cater for a particular target market well think families, couples, walkers,



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pet owners and so on,” says Lucy. “The number of bathrooms to number of guests seems to be increasingly important. The sleeps four cottages with two bathrooms tend to let out more easily than those with just one bathroom,” says Gilly Case of Norfolk Coastal Cottages. INSIDE AND OUT “Guests are becoming more discerning, therefore when they select a property to stay, they are always looking for something equal to or better than what they have at home,” says Helen. “Think what you would be looking for online if you were in your guests’ shoes.” Think fresh and clean décor, high spec with all the mod cons, says Zoe, while Gilly says “Wifi has almost become a necessity in order for guests to keep in touch with work or home, and for children to contact their friends.” She continues: “Good quality towels and linens are appreciated and encourage repeat bookings, whilst wood burners are popular in the winter. Outside space tends to be more important for guests with children and dogs, though couples do enjoy somewhere to sit outside and have a coffee or glass of wine.” Onsite parking is also a key amenity, says Lucy. IN THE AREA “People like a local shop in the village or close

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by, plus a pub, deli or café, somewhere which does good food and a play area or playing field, somewhere the children can let off some steam,” says Zoe. ADDRESS BOOK Barefoot Retreats, 01485 512245 Norfolk Coastal Cottages, 01263 456888 Norfolk Country Cottages, 01263 715779 Norfolk Hideaways, 01485 211022

Top styling tips from Design by Bloo • Do make the most of the space you have. Zip and link beds are great for larger properties with more storage for extra bedding. • Do shop local. People come to Norfolk because they love Norfolk, so the more made in Norfolk tags, the better. • Do push boundaries. Add some bright furnishings, even something as simple as eye-catching scatter cushions. This will not only grab your potential guest’s attention in a catalogue full of photos but will give your property a bit of edge. • Don’t succumb to clutter. The more bits and pieces you have the more time your property will take to clean on a regular changeover. • Don’t fill your home with gorgeously expensive pieces or items with huge sentimental value. Quality and longevity of furnishings is key but accidents do happen! • Invest in high quality bedding and the repeat bookings will speak for themselves. A holiday home must look the part but above all else it must be comfortable. • Design by Bloo is a local interior and creative design company, 01485 535833 or

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There is no better place to sit on a sunny day and enjoy lunch with friends. Sample the delights from new executive chef, James O’Connor, who makes much use of the abundance of top quality west Norfolk suppliers and from the hotel’s own garden.


The hotel restaurant is open every day with a two course lunch at £17.25 and three courses at £21.50.


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Food safe wooden bowl £29, Thornham Deli

Reclaimed Indian bowl in assorted sizes from £38, Joyful Living (pictured £45). Jo Griffiths of Joyful Living says this is suitable for fruit or bread, and also suggests putting a rustic ceramic bowl full of salad inside it, or using it as a trivet for a warm casserole dish.

Cooking up a storm The Thermomix is a whole kitchen of gadgets in one. It can weigh, chop, blend, mix, grind, grate, cook, steam, whisk, knead and the latest model even includes a database of tasty recipes, all accessible via a magnetic chip that transfers the recipes on to the colour touchscreen. £964, Arcadia Home Interiors. Sophie Allport has recently added the Lay a Little Egg design to her Chicken collection of homewares. The new range in a neutral stone oat colour includes these double oven gloves, £18 from The Old Stores.

ADDRESS BOOK Arcadia Home Interiors, Fakenham 01328 807063 Barefoot Living, Burnham Market 01328 738100 Birdie Fortescue, Burnham Market 01328 738634 Bringing the outside in, Holkham 01328 713093, Wells 01328 712282 Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714 The Old Stores, Roydon 01485 600591 Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194

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Dixie light green linen placemat £6.50, Pomax porcelain round dinner plate £10.50, Harmony Nais vert napkin £4.25, Serax fish bottle £27.65 and glasses medium £8.50, large £12.50, Rasteli plant holder £11.50, all Birdie Fortescue.

Dixie round linen placemat £6.50, Harmony Nais napkin £4.25, Bliss Home cereal bowl £20.25 and platter £50.45, House Doctor Funk vases small £8.50, large £16.95, all Birdie Fortescue. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2017




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RIGHT: Ian Mankin Ascot Stripe tablecloth and napkin set, £79.50

I always begin to get excited at this time of year, with the Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner (23 to 27 May). And although thoughts of dining alfresco may have been dampened by the recent weather, I have a feeling we’ve a sizzling summer ahead, says Eliza Miller at Arcadia Home Interiors

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hen I lived in Chelsea, I would always be amused seeing people walking around at the end of Flower Show days, armed with large carrier bags full of plants, or getting on board the bus carrying five foot blooms of something or other! About now is the perfect time to get ‘garden ready’ (not quite ‘beach ready’, but you know what I mean!). Food is such a pleasure and in much the same way that your kitchen in your home is the centre point for family time, socialising and entertaining – the same can be said for eating outside – however big or small your garden, terrace or balcony might be. At Arcadia Home Interiors we have a fabulous ‘Outdoor Living’ area behind the converted barn where the showroom is based with statuesque pizza ovens, magnificent barbecues, architectural braziers, wood burners and other outdoor ovens siting proudly, clearly longing to be fired up! One of the tastiest things I have eaten in years was a homemade pizza at some friends of ours house in Brancaster Staithe – they had a pizza oven in the garden, had made their own dough (we didn’t try and fling it around thankfully, otherwise I have no doubt mine would have ended up on the ceiling or in the dog bed) and a delicious range of morsels to scatter on top of the tomato passata. We carefully slid our creations on to the pizza ‘paddle’ which was then thrust mercilessly into the smouldering furnace! Why not make a funky, contemporary outdoor oven a focal point in your outside

ABOVE: Foras black sandstone water features start at £899 LEFT: Alfa 4 Minuti pizza oven £2,895 space – and if you are anything like me, there is still something mouth watering about a barbecued hotdog – that caveman like thrill of cooking on fire! For the table, we have a stunning range of Finnish glassware by Iittala, called Kastehelmi which translates to ‘dewdrops’ – looking just like these plates, bowls and glasses have been sprinkled with bubbles of dew, they transform your kitchen table, dining table or garden table into a stylish and fun place to eat. They also have a range of fun paper napkins, which echo the spotty design – and whilst these are easy and can be thrown away at the end of

the day – I still love a proper napkin. We love fabrics by Ian Mankin and these Ascot Stripe napkins can’t fail to bring a smile to your face – don’t worry about stains, they are machine washable and there’s not much a good stain remover can’t conquer these days (I should know, I’ve got three dogs and two teenage boys!). Back to our outdoor living area, where those few April showers were relished by the newly planted climbers and roses, with the natural black sandstone Foras water feature looking beautiful, resembling a fossil like egg sitting proudly atop giant charcoal pebbles, a dark and mysterious contrast to the blooming buds and greenery. The gentle sound of water can be incredibly relaxing, especially if you are curled up reading a magazine on one of those brilliant freestanding hanging chairs that I have got my eye on… So whatever the weather may bring – let’s embrace the Scandi-living ideals of everyday togetherness, our homes (and equally importantly our gardens) being our sanctuary, enjoying nature from dusk till dawn. Food, fun and laughter, whether basking in the sun or wrapped up snug as a bug beside the flames of a crackling wood burner, cold beer in one hand and crisp pizza in the other… Arcadia Home Interiors, Heath Barn, Norwich Road, Fakenham, NR21 8LZ 01328 807063

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The Carpenters Arms The Carpenters Arms at Wighton has re-opened following a complete makeover. The pub has been relaunched by Pickled Inns, who also own The Black Lion in nearby Walsingham. Its refurbished interior reflects The Carpenters Arms’ history as a village pub, incorporating many original agricultural artefacts and carpenter’s tools. Old steel seed funnels have been adapted into wall lights and original carpenter’s planes decorate each table, while the wooden sides of an old hay cart have been used to create the entrance to the new extension which houses the professional kitchen. The Carpenters Arms is open Wednesday to Sunday, offering freshly prepared pub food and pizzas from its new pizza oven. • The Carpenters Arms, Wighton 01328 807080

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It’s the first Reepham Food Festival on Sunday 28 May, and the Market Square and surrounding areas will be a hive of activity. Over 40 local producers have signed up to exhibit at the event, organised by Reepham & District Rotary Club. The public garden will become the picnic area with coffee stalls, beer from the local Panther brewery and more. Local chefs will demonstrate how to make the most of local ingredients and Reepham High School will be selling produce from their allotments. Fun activities for children will include building ginger bread houses and icing cupcakes. The festival kicks off on the Saturday night with cocktails and canapés in the marquee and closes on the Sunday evening with a community supper. Tickets for these two events are available from

Ps, don’t miss The Jolly Sailors’ 8th Ale & Music Festival from 16 to 18 June, with 30 real ales and live music all weekend including The SweetBeats and The John Noakes Experience. • The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314 www.

Cheers! The Gin Trap Inn in Ringstead has just launched their very own gin, brewed specially for them by Bullards in Norwich. The Gin Trap Gin is ‘Thai inspired, with notes of lush passion fruit, mango and a welcome caress of vanilla.’ The team recommends it served with mango and FeverTree tonic, or fresh strawberries, vanilla and Fever-Tree tonic, in a large balloon glass with ice. It’s also available to buy from The Gin Trip by the bottle. Cheers! • The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead 01485 525264

The Camp Champ mobile kitchen was developed by Austrian outdoor enthusiast Franz Moser. The £4500 deluxe kitchen comes complete with an expedition cooking stove, Joseph & Joseph utensils, a Zwilling knife set plus a dining set for six, and all packs down into a transportable wooden box. Camp Champ has just opened an office at Holkham Studios, and the team, led by UK Company Director, Oliver Roberts, is also developing their own travelling cookery brand, Camp Champ Cook - The Field Kitchen. • For more information, contact oliver@ or visit

The OFYR’s cone-shaped fire bowl features a wide rim that doubles as a flexible cooking surface. Its design means you can cook at different temperatures on a single hot plate, so it’s perfect whether you’re frying eggs, slowcooking vegetables or grilling steak. • The OFYR starts at £1595, from Arcadia Home Interiors, Fakenham 01328 807063 The BioLite Campstove 2, £134.95 from Christopher William Country, is perfect for campers who like to take their mobile phones with them! This portable camping stove burns only wood (think sticks) and has a rechargeable battery pack, which drives a fan, which literally fans the flames and increases efficiency. It also converts its heat to usable electricity, making it self-sustainable. Excess power can be used to charge portable devices via the USB outlet. • Christopher William Country at Creake Abbey, North Creake 01328 738983 NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2017


Food & Drink


The tradition of smoking fish in Norfolk goes back centuries. Bloaters were first made in Great Yarmouth, and originally known as ‘Yarmouth bloaters’ and there is mention of them in Samuel Pepys’ diary. Alex Rousso catches up with four North Norfolk fish (and meat) smokers to find out more

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Cley Smokehouse LEN Weston of Cley Smokehouse claims that bloaters were derived by accident, from herring intended for kippers. “Unfortunately time was of the essence and, not wanting to spoil them, they were smoked whole and the bloater was born,” he says. According to Mike Gurney, owner of Gurneys Fish Shop in Burnham Market, many years ago most villages along our coast would have had a smokehouse. He started in the business as a winter job, learning to grow oysters and smoke fish in 1974. This turned into a hobby and slowly into a full time business. He opened his first shop in April 1976, a 10-foot square known as The Hole in the Wall on the main road in Brancaster. Around the same time, Mike Rhodes established Cley Smokehouse. Present owner Glen Weston say Mike Rhodes’ “initial intention was to smoke a few herring for some friends, so he built a small tin smoker in the then back garden of the Custom House which he also owned. Due to popular demand Mike was forced to expand into the old customs warehouse next door.” These businesses are still running 40 years later, and there are plenty of other smokeries dotted around the North Norfolk coast. Simon Letzer produces his renowned smoked salmon in Ringstead, the Jolly Sailors pub has recently started its own in-house smokery, and this year Gurneys is opening a new smokery at Drove Orchards in Thornham. Plenty of Gurneys’ smoked products are sourced locally, such as herring, mackerel and cod roe. Being seasonal, however, they have to be sourced from elsewhere when not available. Glen Weston notes that fishing regulation is also a problem in this regard. “Norfolk is predominantly an area where shellfish is the main catch,” he says. “All our shellfish are either caught from our own boat at Cley, or other local fishermen.” There are many challenges with smoking fish. Mike Gurney says that the main challenge is knowing the ratio of fat to water present in each batch of fish. Glen Weston also notes that adverse amounts of low and high pressure can affect how the chimneys perform. Almost all the fish smokers I spoke to said that the long summer days and early mornings can present their own challenge! The range of products smoked in North Norfolk is tantalising. Not only are the traditional products such as salmon, mackerel, herring and prawns smoked locally, but others such as cod roe, duck and chicken breast are favourites at Cley Smokehouse. This year, the Jolly Smokehouse will be trialling smoked lamb alongside their smoked rack of ribs. And the new Gurneys smokehouse at Drove Orchards will be smoking an interesting selection of seasonal products such as sea trout, prawns, mussels, oysters, and local game.

Local history Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its ice age origins to the present day through wonderful maritime collections as well as fine art. Visitors can experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter, hear tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters Images: Courtesy of Time & Tide who made their living from the sea. You can also explore the original smokehouses where the lingering aroma of smoked fish is a reminder of times gone by and view archive film shows.



Simon Letzer, owner, Letzers Seafood & Smokehouse What’s the history of your smoking business? I took over the smoking business from my father Paul in 2013. He had built it up after retiring from fishing. He was a well known local character, partly because he used to stop for a half at most of the pubs he delivered to, a tradition I am partial to maintaining. Which products do you source locally? This is a problem. The largest part of the business is smoking salmon, which we do not have a supply of locally. I buy my salmon in from a small independent salmon farm on the west coast of Scotland. What are the challenges with smoking fish? Organising everything is a challenge. Smoking salmon for example is a long process, up to 48 hours from starting curing to being packed and ready for sale. I fish for lobsters and crabs from Brancaster Staithe and there is a lot of work associated with that, then there is The Crab Hut on the hard in the Staithe – 20 hour days are not uncommon in the summertime. What are the best types of fish to enjoy smoked in North Norfolk? Kippers or smoked cod for breakfast. I enjoy my smoked cod poached in milk with a bit of butter topped with a poached egg.

Nick Ramsay, head chef, The Jolly Sailors What’s the history of your smoking business? The Jolly Smokehouse was my idea. I’m passionate about smoked products and my research and trials on different meats and our delicious smoked prawns won the team over. This summer our garden barbecues will have smokehouse marinade options. Once trialled, the Jolly smoked products will also be used across our other Anglian Country Inns establishments. What other products do you smoke apart from fish? In the main we smoke meat in the Jolly Smokehouse: beef, pork and chicken. We are trialling lamb at the moment, which again tastes delicious, and will be on our menu soon. We have smoked products to include in some of our menu dishes including guineafowl, chicken, venison and even potato. What’s your favourite product that you sell? The Jolly smoked rack of ribs is a great favourite with a lot of our customers. They have a divine smoke taste, melt in your mouth and are “finger licking good”, very moreish. Which products do you source locally? Two favourites for smoking sourced locally: pork ribs from Perfick Pork, Norfolk reared and local, and the famous Norfolk Red Poll for beef brisket. What are the best types of fish to enjoy smoked in North Norfolk? Half a pint pot of Jolly Smokehouse prawns great as a starter or snack at the bar. Smoked local cod is fantastic. Letzer’s smoked salmon is renowned in Norfolk.

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Mike Smith, the new head chef at The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham My favourite is smoked haddock with a potato crust. Grate the raw potato, put it on to the haddock and grill. I serve this with wild mushroom and kale chowder with a little bit of bacon and a wine based cream sauce. As a starter, try smoked trout with a toasted hazelnut dressing and oranges with watercress.

Neil Rutland, head chef at The Norfolk Riddle, Walsingham I love to use smoked fish on my menus. We’ve had smoked prawns, smoked salmon and smoked eel all on the menu. I do however have a particular liking for smoked mackerel, it’s so versatile, and it makes a great starter on its own and can be served hot or cold. It makes great pâté as well, which is especially nice with toasted ciabatta and celeriac remoulade. It also goes really well with fresh horseradish, whole grain mustard, capers, watercress, peas and caramelized onion so can be used in so many ways. Cley Smokehouse, Cley-next-the-Sea 01263 740282 Gurneys Fish Shop, Burnham Market 01328 738967 www. Letzers Seafood & Smokehouse, Ringstead 01485 525369 www. The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314 www. The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham 01485 512236 www. The Norfolk Riddle, Walsingham 01328 821903 www. NORTH NORFOLK LIVING EARLY SUMMER 2017


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The role and scope of the Court of Protection For many years the workings of the Court of Protection have been a mystery but this is changing due to growing awareness of its role and increased reporting of cases, says Harleen Hanson, Head of the Private Client Department at Fraser Dawbarns LLP


he Court of Protection is a relatively new addition to the English legal system having only been created following the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Court of Protection is applied to usually as a last resort where loved ones have lost their capacity to manage their financial affairs and to make decisions regarding their health and welfare. In such cases where the individual is no longer able to execute a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) someone would need to be appointed to manage their affairs and the only way to do this currently, is for that individual’s friends, family or professional advisers to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as the individual’s deputies. The process is costly and lengthy with a number of documents having to be drafted, information collated and Orders served. The average cost for a Deputy application can be in the region of £1600. This includes the Court fee, the doctor’s fee for issuing a document confirming the individual’s lack of capacity and also the legal costs for actually making the application. There is also a form of insurance that needs to be paid for by the deputy, referred to by the Court as, “the bond”. The Court will continue to be involved even after appointment of the deputy and may require annual reports or ad hoc applications for matters such as, for example, the sale of the individual’s home. All of these will involve additional cost. For many people making a Lasting Power of Attorney may seem the more preferable option. This is not, however, the case for all, as there will be individuals who do not have anyone they would feel comfortable appointing as the attorneys or otherwise burden with the role. In these cases, individuals may appoint a

professional attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney or simply do nothing at all. If the decision is to do nothing, and that individual loses capacity, it will be for the Court to determine who is appointed and in certain instances if there is no-one who wishes to do so, then Social Services will step in. The Court of Protection is also involved in protecting the donor (as they are referred to in an LPA), where there have been Lasting Powers of Attorney executed but there is a suggestion that the attorneys have not been acting in the donor’s best interest. The concept of acting in the best interest of the individual is something that is central to the role of the Court of Protection. The Court’s role is not only to protect the donor against the negligence or mismanagement of their affairs by their attorneys but also to support attorneys where they are being falsely accused and in certain instances providing them with general guidance as to their role. Finally, the Court is also becoming involved in decisions relating to an individual’s health and welfare. Certainly at Fraser Dawbarns LLP we have seen an increase in the Court’s involvement in decisions relating to matters such as the contact that persons who lack capacity, have with others, i.e. family members, and also in relation to matters such as Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. What is clear is that the role and scope of the Court of Protection is increasing over time.

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Brian Vertigen puts the Audi A4 1.4 TFSI 150 PS Sport through its paces

Behind the wheel with… Daniel Sharman


HIS is the latest version of the Audi A4 saloon and falls within a very competitive segment of the market including the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Jaguar XE and Lexus Saloon. The Audi is a popular choice for the company car market, so efficiency is an important factor, and this latest version is up to 24 % more efficient. There is still a choice of either petrol or diesel engines, but not surprisingly I chose a petrol version for my test car, linked to a sixspeed manual gearbox. The engine was just 1.4 litre TFSI producing a staggering 150hp and emitting just 126 g/km with over 50mpg on the cards. When I took delivery of the car I thought the 1.4 litre engine in this sized car would struggle to perform. How wrong I was. The engine was quiet and very lively. It happily reaches 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and has a stated top speed of 130mph. Norfolk’s roads did not allow me to verify that figure, but I have no reason to dispute it. For those who want more power and performance, there’s a wide choice of larger engines but I doubt if they are needed. There are four equipment levels, and regardless of which you choose, each model is well equipped - even the entry level comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, keyless start and cruise control. Of course the Audi options list is vast and if you want to personalise your Audi, make sure your pockets are deep. My test car for instance had a basic price of £27,215 but after the options man had finished with the car the price had shot up to £36,945! Price of test car: £36,945 On the road, the car was a delight to drive, Basic price: £27,215 although I did find it took me some time to learn Top speed: 130mph what all the switches did. I certainly approve of the Acceleration to 60mph: 8.7 seconds car’s speed being displayed on the windscreen. Combined stated fuel consumption: 53.3 The cabin is beautifully finished and set a new mpg standard for materials, fit, finish and design. This CO2 emissions: 126 g/km is a superb executive car.

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What was your first car? A 1986 Austin Metro City X, a great little first car, in an unfortunate shade of beige. What are you driving at the moment? An Audi A4, with 120,000 miles on the clock and still going strong. It’s very solid, comfortable and reliable. I hope I haven’t just tempted fate… What’s your dream car? The Caterham R500, because they are very fast, agile and one of the best raw driver’s cars. Until recently I owned a Robin Hood kit car, which is basically a cheap/slower version of the Caterham and I’ve now caught the bug! What’s the best vehicle you’ve ever driven? The best vehicle I have ever driven would be my Robin Hood S7 kit car (pictured). Being powered by a 30-year-old Ford Sierra engine means it is by no means the fastest thing around, nor the most comfortable, but it is certainly the best driving experience I have ever had by a mile - better than several very expensive sports cars I have driven. What’s your favourite drive? For these roads, the Subaru Impreza STi . What’s your favourite gadget in your car? My car is a few years old now so there are not really any gadgets by today’s standards, but the best feature would probably be the cruise control. I’ll definitely not be without it now. I’m looking forward to seeing what gadgets are on offer when I come to change cars next… • Daniel owns and runs DNS Computer Services, based in Brancaster Staithe providing IT support for homes and businesses across Norfolk. 07554 018307

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Spring into summer Get your diaries out! Here’s our pick of what’s on this season

Jo Rimmer at Houghton © Julie Walker/MEM

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May Houghton International Horse Trials Houghton offers spectators the whole range of talent, from up-andcoming to multi-medal winning Olympians. The Vintage Fair returns plus a food market, which is new for this year. Tickets from £8 for adult advanced booking at Tickets also available on the gate. Friday 26 May Heart and Sole wellbeing walk Head to RSPB Snettisham for 6pm and join their guide for an easy walk through stunning landscapes. £4 per adult (£3 RSPB members), booking is essential, call 01485 210779. snettisham Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May Dad’s Army Live The famous ‘Royal Train’ episode of Dad’s Army was filmed at Weybourne Station in 1973. For this weekend the station is taken over by the Home Guard courtesy of Thetford Dad’s Army Museum, 10am to 4pm, standard service fares apply. Visit www.nnrailway. for more information. Sundays 28 May and 25 June Birds & brunch Enjoy a relaxed morning of bird watching at NWT Cley Marshes followed by brunch in the visitor centre. From 9.30 to 11.30am, £12 NWT members, £15 non-members, booking essential. Call 01263 740008. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.

Sunday 4 June Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Races Grab your best hat and enjoy a day at the races. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 2pm (first race time is subject to change). Tickets from £10 at www. or at the gate on the day. Children aged 17 and under go free. Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 June The Creakes Drama Group presents The Village Fête This production of Peter Tinniswood’s comedy will be directed by Karen Adams at North Creake Village Hall. Performances at 7.30pm, tickets £10 from 07818 696660. Friday 23 June Music Night at The Hoste,

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Burnham Market Enjoy the vintage sounds and 1950s glamour of Miss Lola Lamour and a three-course meal, from 7pm. All-inclusive meal and music tickets cost £55 per person, booked in advance on 01328 738777.

Sunday 25 June Brief Encounters, Norfolk Symphony Orchestra This concert at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange at 3.30pm will feature Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11. Tickets £16 and £8 with 100 free tickets for young concertgoers (maximum three per adult) from 01553 764864 or www.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June Hunstanton Carnival The weekend kicks off at noon on Saturday with a Fun Dog Show followed by The Carnival Games then live entertainment plus the Carnival Fireworks Display at 10pm. Sunday is Carnival Day including stalls, rides and games on the Lower Green, events in the arena and classic cars and vehicles on the Upper Green.

Sunday 25 June 40th Ringstead Open Gardens event Gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm. Look out for the Flower Festival in St Andrew’s Church and art exhibition in the Village Hall. £3 admits to all locations, proceeds to St Andrew’s Church. Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July Folk in a Field Festival The three-day festival in Bradmoor Woods, West Acre, brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene. There’ll be food, workshops, arts and crafts, free camping and more. Tickets from £25 via Wednesday 12 July Open Day at Raynham Hall Raynham Hall will be throwing open its doors for an exclusive opportunity to see its stunning architectural features, portraits and artefacts and hear the stories behind them. Tickets £30 from



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Following the herd Sarah Whittley goes off-piste at Houghton Hall to find out more about the deer living on the estate, including species that are endangered in the wild

The mysterious white deer of Houghton Hall © Martin Hayward Smith

The white fallow deer come in a variety of coat colours, from the very pale to Père David’s deer, one of the world’s rarest Barasingha deer at Houghton Hall, also known as swamp deer the almost black melanistic, but all have the characteristic palmate antlers deer © Martin Hayward Smith © Sarah Whittley © Sarah Whittley


HENEVER anyone mentions Houghton Hall my mind conjures up pictures of stately Palladian architecture, art exhibitions, award-winning gardens, thought-provoking contemporary sculpture and of course, the omnipresent

white deer. I always look out for them as I drive past the estate - seeing them causes a little flutter of excitement, as they seem to float over the parkland. But what are they and where do they come from? Curiosity won and after a couple of phone calls I was sat with the Estate Manager Robert Miller and Deer Park Manager Julian Stoyel being utterly gripped and fascinated by the story of not just the white deer at Houghton, but the work they’re doing with endangered deer species. “Basically, they’re just fallow deer,” says Julian. “It was the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley who decided he liked the white deer and started the herd by basically selective breeding.” Julian went on to explain that fallow deer come in a variety of colours: ‘common’, gingery brown with pale spots, then ‘menil’, a darker brown and ‘melanistic’ which is the darkest variant; the white deer are ‘leucistic’, the palest form but importantly they’re not albino. Julian is passionate about deer. After just 10 minutes of listening to him speak, his knowledge and love of his subject is very much apparent. But Houghton isn’t just about white deer. As we were driving through the 450 acres of parkland, various heads popped up from the long grass to look at us.



“That’s a Père David’s, another endangered species,” says Julian, as a vaguely prehistoric-looking deer stares straight at us nervously from the shadow of the trees. As we weave and bump through ancient trees and open parkland, with the ever-present white deer drifting in the distance, we come across another small herd of deer with beautiful ginger-coloured coats. These are barasingha, otherwise known as swamp deer; they’re native to India but sadly have become extinct in many areas and are now classed as a vulnerable species. It’s strange to think that there are more of this deer in the UK than their natural range. But, as Robert Miller explains, although they work with extinct and endangered species Houghton, it is their award-winning herd of red deer and white fallow deer that has earned them international recognition, and importantly, pays the bills. Through the use of artificial insemination and genetic selection, they’ve bred exemplary deer that are the envy of many breeders around the world. So next time I drive past the estate looking for white deer, it will be a whole new experience! • Houghton Hall & Gardens are open until 26th October on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Visit for opening times and ticket prices.





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