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is one of my favourite months of the year; and not only because it is the month of my birthday. Spring is in the air and we can see the garden starting to come to life; having survived the brunt of the wintry weather. I for one was glad to see the back of Dudley and Eunice who paid us an unwanted visit last month. March is also a month to remind us why we should be celebrating women throughout the region with two key dates; International Women's Day on the 8th and Mothering Sunday on the 27th. However, maybe these dates are also a reminder that we shouldn't just be celebrating the achievements and lives of the amazing women in East Anglia on these two days alone, but each and every day. There are 363 other days when you can buy a small gift to show your appreciation for the special and inspiring women in your life; just to say you care. The downside of March is that we lose an hour! Don't forget to put your clocks forward when you climb into bed on Saturday 26th... you don't want to be late down for breakfast; although I'm sure this is why brunch was invented. One last date to mark on the calendar is the 6th – the Day of the Dude. This is day dedicated to honouring The Big Lebowski by "takin’ ‘er easy all day, man, and maybe buying a new rug—it’ll really tie the room together."


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Disney and Pixar’s latest offering is all about a little girl who turns into a red panda whenever she gets too excited or stressed. Pretty normal for a Disney movie. But she’s not a little red panda; she’s a red panda the size of a big ol’panda bear which causes all kinds of chaos. As it’s Disney, there’s a lesson to learnt in all this; the magical changes are a metaphor for growing up and finding yourself as a young teen. Much like the fantastic Inside Out, it’s going to go straight for your emotions in a fun and fantastical way.

Ali & Ava Released: 4 March

The Batman Released: 4 March The Bat is back with a new film. I remember watching Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins with my mum and for the first hour and a half she kept asking, “Is he Batman yet? Is he Batman yet?” Mercifully, this movie is skipping the origin story of how he became Batman. This time round, the Batman is Robert Pattinson. You might roll your eyes at that casting but Pattinson has proved he has talent far beyond Twilight with his performances in films like The Lighthouse, The King and The Devil All the Time. Batman has a huge library of characters and stories and this time round he’s teaming up with Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) to take on the Penguin (Colin Farrell) and the Riddler (Paul Dano). It’s going to be dark, it’s going to moody and you’re going to be so glad to be back in Gotham City.

If you’re looking for something with a little more weight, then look no further than this piece of British cinema from Clio Bernard, director of the fantastic film; The Selfish Giant. Ali and Ava meet each other when they’re both incredibly lonely for different reasons. Over the course of a month, they grow closer, finding comfort in each other despite their personal baggage. It’s a beautiful and raw story about human connection and the importance of being seen.

Everything everywhere all at once Released: 25 March I like to throw wildcard in each month and this is a pretty wild wildcard. Michelle Yeoh is an aging Chinese immigrant who just can’t seem to finish her taxes when she finds she’s able to connect with other versions of herself in other universes and only she can save the world. Wildcard! It’s exciting to have a film like this with an unconventional lead and it’s got a great supporting casting including, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenny Slate and Harry Shum Jr. It’s mind-bending, it’s funny, it’s full of heart, its… it’s hard to describe but if you’re looking for something different this month, then look no further.

Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre Released: 18 March Did you catch Guy Ritchie’s last film, The Gentlemen? The best thing about it was Hugh Grant acting off-type and it seems Ritchie has recognised that and cast him in an equally funny role. The film follows Jason Statham as Special Agent Orson Fortune as he and his team (including the brilliant Aubrey Plaza) recruit one of Hollywood’s biggest stars to try and stop arms dealer Hugh Grant. It looks slick, fun and most importantly, classic Guy Ritchie. 11



Bridgerton Season 2 25 March, Netflix

How I met your father 9 March, Disney+ After nine seasons of watching how Ted Mosby met their mother only to get an ending that a lot of fans were very unhappy with, we’ve got a spin-off. This time it’s all about how Sophie (Hilary Duff) met her children’s father. The story is told by Sophie’s future self, played by Kim Cattrall and has a similar format to How I Met Your Mother. It even exists in the same world as the original show and I’m sure little nods and references will pop up along the way. If you’re looking for a new, reliable and comforting sitcom, then this is for you.


ticking all the genre boxes this month. Well, almost all of them. Some of them.

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Netflix’s scandalous series based on the popular Bridgerton romance novels by Julia Quinn is back for a second season. However the new season will shift focus onto Anthony, who’s looking for a wife and plans on marrying for duty rather than love. Of course, it’s not going to be that easy. The show feels a little like Downton Abbey meets Skins and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Netflix has already signed up for seasons three and four, and showrunner Shonda Rhimes has plans for a lot more.

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Pieces of Her 4 March, Netflix We all love a good thriller and how’s this for a hook? Andrea is caught in a nightmare, a deadly mass shooting at her local diner. Fearing the worst and assuming this is her end, she then sees her mother Laura (Toni Collette) violently fighting back and stopping the attackers without skipping a beat. Admit it, you’re intrigued and you want to find out more. So does Andrea as she tries to uncover her mother’s past. It’s going to be one of those shows where the credits roll and you look at the clock and see if there’s time to watch another episode before bed!

Moon Knight 30 March, Disney+

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Omid Djalili 15 & 16 Mar, The Apex After experimenting with a Zoom gig where he got muted by 639 people and a drive-in gig where Omid witnessed an audience member get out his car, attach a hose pipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window; multi awardwinning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now where he belongs - on a stage and bringing back the Good Times. Expect his usual onslaught of poignant, powerful and hysterically funny stand-up.

Norfolk Makers Festival 9-20 March, The Forum,

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Private Lives 29 March-2 April, Norwich Theatre Royal Noël Coward’s gloriously entertaining Private Lives is the inaugural show from The Nigel Havers Theatre Company. Elyot and Amanda, who were once married, find themselves on honeymoon with their new partners, in the same hotel on the French Riviera, admiring the view from adjoining balconies. Their initial horror quickly evaporates and soon they are sharing cocktails. Who knows what the future holds for them now? The Olivier Award winning Patricia Hodge, one of the country’s most beloved actresses, plays Amanda. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930.

Get ready for 12 full days of free crafting activities, open exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and talks. There's something for everyone; from the curious beginner to the expert enthusiast. The Norfolk Makers Festival is a free, annual event which takes place at The Forum, Norwich and brings together tens of thousands of people in a celebration of creativity and making heritage. Visitors can engage with local crafts people, hobbyists and small businesses whose interests and expertise cover a variety of skills including embroidery, painting, knitting, printing, weaving, sketching, sewing, quilting, spinning, crochet, paper craft, cake craft, wood craft and much more. There are plenty of fringe events too, giving more people the chance to get crafty in Norwich and Norfolk.






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Power of Stories Running until 28 April, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Following its success at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich last year, the Power of Stories exhibition is set to tour museums across Suffolk throughout the year, and is currently at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds. Power of Stories, which features three original costumes from Marvel Studios’ global blockbuster Black Panther, was originally produced by Christchurch Mansion and was designed to echo Black Panther’s inspirational call to millions of people around the world to think about where they came from and who they want to be. Continuing its legacy and theme, this small exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum includes the costumes of T’Challa (aka Black Panther), Shuri and Okoye, alongside historic museum objects, comic books, and photography. Now, thanks to Marvel Studios agreeing to extend the costume loans and the swift preparation by museums, more of the public can see the exhibition as it moves from location to location. Museums will also run related community events programmes. Entrance to Power of Stories also includes the rest of the museum.

Neck of the Woods 29 May,

If you haven't already then it's time to book your tickets for the region's newest music festival. With acts appearing across three stages at Earlham Park, Norwich, music fans will be in for a day of incredible live music. Headlining the Main Stage of the inaugural Neck of the Woods will be The Kooks. Over the years, The Kooks have proven themselves to be pillars of the UK indie pop world. Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of their iconic debut studio album, Inside In/Inside Out, this year the band will be reminding the Neck of the Woods' crowd exactly why its songs are still the soundtrack to a generation. Special guests across the Main Stage will be Sydney rock stalwarts DMA’S; a high-energy performance filled with jagged love songs from South London’s Sea Girls; a set of musically ambitious and dreamily intimate indiepop from Dodie; plus momentous guitar pop melodies and wistful lyricism aplenty from The Lottery Winners. If you want to boast to your friends that "I was there..." then now is the time to book your tickets before it's too late.

Wired For Success 24 March, Trinity Park, Ipswich East Anglian chartered accountants, Larking Gowen, is the headline sponsor for the first ‘Wired for Success’ Marketing Masterclass, hosted by The County Wire. Bringing together Suffolk entrepreneurs and business owners, eager to stay up to date with the latest trends and tech in marketing and business, explore innovative ideas and case studies, and network with their peers. The full-day event provides a series of keynote speakers, from companies including Microsoft, Larking Gowen and The Bridge Marketing, as well as a variety of bookable workshops aimed at generating valuable ideas and insights for delegates to take away and implement in their businesses. 16


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Norwich Philharmonic Chorus 19 March, The Halls, Norwich,

Kate Humble 29 Mar, The Apex Humble By Nature: an uplifting, inspiring, funny and emotional journey, full of warmth and passion for the natural world, with travel, adventure & animal stories throughout! Kate Humble is a farmer, best-selling author, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK's best-known and loved TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as Animal Park, Springwatch & Autumnwatch, Lambing Live and most recently the hit C5 series Coastal Walks and Escape to the Farm with Kate Humble.

The Norwich Phil's concerts continue this month. Although the continuing pandemic means the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus is unable to sing with the orchestra, it does present an unusual opportunity for the choir to sing with a smaller group. So on 19 March the Phil Chorus realises a long-standing ambition to revive its performance of Duke Ellington’s Best of the Sacred Concerts, last given in the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 1999. It’s a rare opportunity to hear an exciting largescale jazz piece bringing together mixed chorus, star singers and big band, that really is not to be missed! The music comes from three ‘Sacred Concerts’ which Duke Ellington performed in the 60s and early 70s and he described as "the most important thing I have ever done". Pete Long and his renowned Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra are coming from London to accompany the choir and the performance will also feature leading jazz and musical theatre singers Louise Marshall, Mary Carewe and Cleveland Watkiss on vocals. The narrator is the Vicar of Blakeney and former actor, Revd Richard Lawry and there is a virtuoso tap routine by a dance star of the future, Bradley Wray.

Totally Tina 5 March, Princess Theatre, Hunstanton Photo: Martin Renolds Photography

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Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps 2 March, The Apex, Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV and now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globetrotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he's visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger.


Ella Henderson 15-25 October Her first headline tour in seven years, spanning eight dates throughout October, the ‘Everything I Didn’t Say 2022 Tour’ will begin in Newcastle on 15 October, followed by shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Oxford and Cardiff. The tour then concludes at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 25 October.

With msany local events planned there is plenty of opportunity to get involved. Other ways to help change lives in the UK and around the world is to check out the fantastic official Red Nose Day 2022 merchandise range; there is something for everyone to enjoy. Some of the stand-out items are the tote bags featuring brand new exclusive drawings with a Red Nose twist by iconic illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. The bags are made from recycled plastic bottles (£4.99 with at least £1 going to Comic Relief). Sir Quentin Blake said: “I was honoured to be asked to make some drawings for this year’s special edition Red Nose Day tote bag. I find it amazing that something as small as a shopping bag can make a difference for people who are having a really tough time, and I love the thought of people across the UK purchasing one of them to help make a difference. I hope together we can raise money for some of the incredibly important issues that Comic Relief fund.” The plastic free nose is back for a second year, and this time there are eight amazingly adventurous characters to find and collect – seven Red Noses called Chip, Dot, Dash, Flo, Lucky, Rocco, Sky and one ultra-rare nose; Cam. All the Red Noses are plant-based and made from a by-product of sugar cane, called Bagasse (£1.50 with at least 75p going to Comic Relief). Available to buy from: Sainsbury’s in store and online, Argos stores and, and the Comic Relief Shop – Two stylish water bottles also feature as part of this year’s offering (£8 with at least a £4 donation to Comic Relief). Must-have Red Nose Day Mugs for everyone to enjoy their favourite hot drink include slogans ‘Cup of Positivi-Tea’ and ‘Mug of Funny’ (£3.00 with at least a £1.50 donation to Comic Relief). Whether you fundraise, buy, or donate, you can help people live free from poverty, violence and discrimination. You can make a difference – because you have the power to change lives.



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Visual Arts Norwich is home to this fabulous world-class art gallery and almost priceless collections. When did you last visit? asks Melanie Cook of

Images above: (Right) Nefertiti (Black Power) Awol Erizku, 2018, Neon light on coated stainless steel, ©The Artist, Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts. Below: (Top) Pastime in Ancient Egypt, Lawrence AlmaTadema, 1864, Oil on canvas, ©Harris Museum & Art Gallery. (Bottom) Pots and Lemon, Pablo Picasso, 1907, Oil on canvas, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria, ©Succession Picasso/ DACS, London 2021.

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a long list of places in Norwich and Norfolk that I love to get to regularly, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is right up there. With free admission to the permanent collection and Sculpture Park, it’s the perfect place to spend half an hour or even a full day wandering around in peace. Stopping for a coffee or lunch. Browsing their shop bursting with contemporary souvenirs, books and artwork. The very nature of my role at VisitNorwich means I talk animatedly about Norwich - all the time! You can’t shut me up; there’s so much to cover. Norwich has an extensive and highquality arts and culture scene - which ranges from many free things to do, to well-priced tickets. Plus, exciting places to eat- again for all pockets - brilliant attractions, over 1500 historic buildings, great shopping and exciting activities which are both permanent and pop-up. So, there’s always something new to do. Often I don’t know where to start when I’m explaining the Sainsbury Centre. For people outside the area, it’s hard to get across just how important the building and its collections are. The Sainsbury Centre easily compares to galleries in capital cities around the world. The centre is 800m2 making it one of the UK’s largest galleries for temporary exhibitions outside London. And when Norman Foster was commissioned to design it (it opened in 1978), it was his first public

building. I imagine many of us are familiar with Foster’s impressive portfolio which totals almost 100 incredible buildings when I last counted. In that list find Hong Kong International Airport (1992–1998), Canary Wharf tube station (1999), the redevelopment of the Great Court of the British Museum (1999), London Millennium Bridge (1996-2000), Hearst Tower (2006, Manhattan) and many, many more. How incredibly lucky we are that the Sainsbury Centre is in Norwich. And that’s without considering the incredible treasures inside. The Sainsbury Centre was built to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection which was given to the UEA in 1973. It spans 5,000 years of human creativity and is mainly exhibited in the Living Area gallery. Presented by geographical location, find European modern art mixed with works from around the world. Marvel at sculpture, ceramics, painting, ritual and ceremonial art and daily life objects from around the globe. Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury enjoyed close personal friendships with many artists as they were up and coming including Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, and their collection includes some of the most significant early Bacon paintings in Europe. Important works by other artists includes Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Amedeo Modigilani, Lucie Rie and Jacob Epstein. The Centre is also home continued on page 24 23

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to what is considered one of the most exquisite privately amassed collections of art nouveau in the country, the Anderson Collection, as well as the UEA Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art, Architecture and Design. Within the industry the Sainsbury Centre’s collections are world-renowned. The Centre loans to exhibitions all over the world, over the years, which has included Russia, Japan, Australia, Greece, USA and France. And to some of the most famous institutions such as MoMA in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the V&A, Tate and Imperial War Museum. As if we need more reasons to visit regularly the Centre also runs an ambitious and inspiring programme of temporary exhibitions. In 2017 we were treated to The Russian Season - marking the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and Royal Faberge, which took my breath away. Other exhibitions included Masterpieces which brought tears to my eyes when I saw Rembrandt’s Portrait of an Old Man - that was a reaction that took me my surprise - and Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific, Art Deco by the Sea and Doris Lessing at 100. This year is no different with five exhibitions to relish. The first is Woman Pioneers of Abstraction until 14 August, East End Gallery (free), which highlights the Sainsbury Centre’s collection of abstract art and includes 12 important works by woman artists who were at the vanguard of developments in the abstract art form between the First and Second World Wars. Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951 opened last year but has been extended until 17 July. This free exhibition includes work from the beginning of the 1950s to the present-day, comprising c.120 objects across sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and printmaking. Richard Slee: Swans opens 13 March until 14 August (free) is witty, poetic and surreal-find it in the East End Gallery. Swans was first exhibited in 2021 in Problem Pieces at Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland and makes its UK debut. This new work sees fourteen majestic swans glide across the tranquil surface of their museum plinths. Running at the same time is Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth. With over 20 works by Picasso including paintings, drawings and prints, the exhibition shows how the young artist embraced successive styles at large in the art world of his time. Tickets cost £13 and must be pre-booked. Then in autumn Visions of Ancient Egypt (supported by Viking) opens 3 September until 1 January 2023. This is a major new exhibition exploring the enduring appeal of Egypt in art and design from the ancient past to the present day. The exhibition will feature over 150 works drawn from collections 24

in the UK and internationally, and will examine how ancient Egypt has shaped our cultural imagination. The exhibition coincides with the anniversaries of two key events: the bicentenary of JeanFrançois Champollion’s decipherment of hieroglyphs and the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Finally, don’t miss the free-to-visit Sculpture Park which which is impressive any time of day, in any season. Latest additions to the park include Usagi Kannon by Leiko Ikemura, a majestic bronze sculpture which is a towering figure with rabbit ears and a human face. Goodwood Steps by Anthony Caro arrived in October, and is monumental; spanning over 35 metres in length and reaching over 3 metres in height. And if all of this isn’t enough, the Centre runs monthly free family activities. Go to their website for full details – www. Join Family Sundays in the Gallery on the first Sunday of each month, drop in between 11am-12.30pm for free creative sessions, suitable for all ages. And in the Sculpture Park, Outdoor Explore Family Sundays are run every third Sunday of the month; drop in between 11am-12.30pm. For more inspiration for wonderful things to see and do in Norwich and Norfolk as well as places to stay, eat and shop go to

IMAGES: Above (Top) Jardin Public [Public Garden, Pablo Picasso, 1901, Oil on board , Private Collection, ©Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2021. (Middle) Head of a Woman, Pablo Picasso, 1926, Gouache on paper, Sainsbury Centre Collection, ©Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2021. (Bottom) Large Egyptian vase Nagada II-Dynasty I (c. 3600-3000 BC) Egypt Vase, Porphyry Sainsbury Centre Collection. (Below) Richard Slee, Swans, 2019, ceramic and latex, Photo: Annik Wetter ©Richard Slee.


IMAGES: Clockwise from top left: Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra Dissolving the Pearl, Joshua Reynolds, 1759, Oil on canvas, ©Historic England Archive | Woman Combing her Hair, Pablo Picasso, 1906, Crayon and charcoal on paper Sainsbury Centre Collection, ©Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2021 | Tête de jeune femme (la Madrilèna)/Portrait of a Young Woman (The Madrilenian), Pablo Picasso, c.1901, Oil on panel, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, ©Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2021 | Standing Woman, Alberto Giacometti, 1958-59, Bronze, Sainsbury Centre Collection, ©Alberto Giacometti Estate | Egyptian Chair, William Holman Hunt 1857, ©Birmingham Museums.








































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Saxmundham has its very own museum, which is located on the high street and is open from Easter through to October. It provides a charming insight into the town’s past, when Saxmundham played host to the Suffolk Show and was an important staging

post between London and Great Yarmouth. Fancy visiting a real life secret garden? Head to The Walled Garden nursery in nearby Benhall. Surrounded by large trees, this pretty one-acre garden is lovely to wander round, while the attached garden centre has everything the green-fingered could ever wish to find. With great access by rail and road, Saxmundham also acts as a gateway for visiting many of the nearby attractions along the coast such as Snape Maltings, Leiston Abbey, Thorpeness Windmill, Aldeburgh and RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve. The last is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a stroll through gorgeous woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, all while keeping an eye out for the reserve’s many species of resident wildlife.


In need of a bite to eat? Vela combines an art gallery and cafe bar, providing a gemütliche (cosy) atmosphere to enjoy art, German food, German beer and artisan coffee. There‘s a sunny courtyard too so you can soak up the spring air while you snack on some Bratwurst.

Happy Days Retro Vacations Looking to stay somewhere a little different? Happy Days Retro Vacations is just the ticket. This small, tree-lined garden campsite is home to seven vintage American trailers (five Airstreams, an Avion and a Streamline) plus a vintage British caravan, affectionately known as Elsie. Each of these unique accommodations sleeps between 4-5 people, and there are also four additional camping pitches if you want to bring your own tent or camper. There’s a fantastic kids' play area complete with giant trampoline and a 1950s army truck. The toilet and shower block offer family shower rooms. Classic films are shown in the onsite cinema (the wood clad Red Shed) twice a week.


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This witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine. Joan, a young Californian woman, sends a fan letter and a gift of saffron to her favourite columnist, 59 year old Imogen. Their friendship grows through their letters as they both write about their love of food. New worlds open up to them through their culinary adventures, bringing with them new and exciting experiences and people. It's a fast read, at only 200 pages, yet stays with you long after. This deserves to be a best-seller and has even been added to my re-read list. Release date: Out now.

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel of female friendship, following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group. They have grown up together, as close as sisters; sharing their successes, their dreams and also supporting each other through their failures. With the introduction of Isobel, things start to change for the three of them; a change which has the potential to tear this group apart for good. 'Wahala' is a word commonly used in Nigeria meaning trouble. This is a sharp, modern take on friendship, but if you buy this book be warned... clear the calendar for the weekend, because once you start you won't put it down until you've finished. Release date: Out now.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother's death and her hidden past. A journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London on to California and ends with their mother's secret recipe for her famous black cake. Wilkerson's writing is lyrical and sensitive addressing freedom, sexuality, child abandonment, racism, secrets, lies, resentment and a whole host of other family issues. Hold on as you are about to go on an emotional roller-coaster. This book is unforgettable, so much so that it is soon to be a major Hulu series produced by Oprah. What more of a recommendation do you need? Release date: Out now.

For the love of Oscar by Sarah Roberts When Sarah Roberts’ son, Oscar, was born, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Sarah had to rapidly come to terms with a new normal, as she suddenly found her life on a different path to the one she’d always hoped and believed she’d follow. The book shares a mother’s real and very raw emotions as she comes to terms with that new path, in a story which is nevertheless both heart-warming and funny. Sarah writes candidly about the ups and downs not only of parenthood, but also of parenting a child who just happens to have additional needs; the therapy sessions, the mountains of paperwork, the tantrums and the tears. Release date: 3 March.

Her perfect twin by Sarah Bonner When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband's phone, she wants answers. Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder. The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her. But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too? Release date: Out now.

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It’s a

parenting truth universally acknowledged that at some stage in your child-rearing career, you will need to dip your toe into the waters of children’s birthday parties. Be it hosting or attending, there seems to be some anxiety about etiquette with regards to both. Unlike some of those obnoxious parenting bloggers, I do not claim to know it all! However, I can share my knowledge (however limited) and my extensive real-world research* to offer tips on surviving children's birthday parties. *Thank you to those parents at Toddlers and the preschool pick-up.

Firstly… I think the first and most significant point that needs to be made here is keep it simple. In the world of social media and Pinterest, its tempting to get carried away and one can all to easily fall into the rabbit hole of collating mood-boards of luxuriant decorations, elaborate cakes and exquisite feasts for their three year old’s party. Don’t. The beauty of childhood is in its innocence and simplicity. Think back to the birthday parties of your childhood; children want nothing more than some party games, a few balloons and a slice of cake. Whilst I realise this advice isn’t ground-breaking, it’s true and you’ll save yourself an awful lot of stress and bother by remembering it. The Guest List Ask anyone whose planned a wedding how easy it is for to get carried away with

the guest list. You start off thinking you’ll limit yourself to fifty attendees including close family, friends and select work colleagues, and before long you’re digging out Great Auntie Nora’s address and the second cousins you’ve not seen since your own Christening in 1985! It’s a slippery slope. Childhood friendships can be enduring and wonderful but they can be equally fickle and your child’s best friends this week might be all together different by next. From chatting to more-experienced parents than myself, I’ve learned that a helpful rule of thumb for pre-school birthday parties is to invite the child’s age plus one. If your child is four, ask them to choose four friends plus one – five in total. Once children start school, the waters become all together murkier. You may not want to invite the whole class but equally it's important not to be divisive and hurt the feelings of those children who have not made the cut. It seems that a helpful guideline here is that if you’re inviting more than half of the class, you should probably invite the whole class. However, if your event is more exclusive, then you shouldn’t really worry. It’s just best to avoid a situation where there are three or four children in the class who feel who feel left out. Duration Venues and attractions local to me seem to be offering increasingly extravagant and protracted party packages. However as wonderful it may sound, no child really needs to attend such a multifacetted and lengthy soiree. I, for one, get fidgety after about an hour and a half and I know that my own son, as much as I love him, has the attention span of a gnat. I imagine that much of the time the inside of his brain probably looks a lot like a multi-ring circus. He can hardly sit still for long enough to eat a sandwich without needing to get up to check if there are still birds in the garden, whether the postman has been or if his favourite toy lorry is where he left it before he went out. I dread to think how he would cope with a marathon party of soft play, ten-pin bowling and a make-your-own teddy bear session followed by a threecourse meal. Repeat after me; parties do not need to be any longer than two hours. Not only for the children’s sake but for your own sanity too. The Venue Whilst it may seem like the most budget friendly and simple option is to host the party in your own home, the practicalities

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may not be so appealing. I’m not sure I’d want a pack of over-excited and hyperactive pre-schoolers running through my house, even after I’d safely tucked away the Ming vase and Fabergé eggs. I also doubt that my humble abode would be large enough to accommodate said pack of pre-schoolers and their parents. It might be easier and less bother to hire a venue. Again, this needn’t be an extravagant stately home complete with its own blessing of unicorns (yes, that is the collective noun for unicorns – I googled it) or even the local soft-play centre. A village hall would do just fine. There’s also really no shame in outsourcing the whole thing if you’d prefer. As wonderful as the idea of planning a party might be, the reality is that it’s often just one plate too many to try to spin alongside the already unstable rotating crockery of parenthood. Lots of childrens' party venues, soft-play centres and even zoos and aquariums, offer packages where you pay per child-so why not take them up on it if it makes your life easier? The Party Fare Food can be yet another contentious issue when it comes to birthday parties. Should I serve a meal? Are nibbles (dreadful word) sufficient? Do I need to offer food for the parents? I think the simple answer is that food is always a good idea but it needn’t be complicated or difficult. Most children struggle to sit still long enough to eat a meal in their own homes let alone in the midst of an exciting celebration, so it’s probably best just to offer a small buffet of non-messy and child-friendly food. Think slices of pizza, sausage rolls, crisps, small sandwiches, perhaps even a cheese and pineapple hedgehog if you’re so inclined. Whilst it sounds dull, beige is generally best when it comes to kids' party food and if parents are staying, it might be worth suggesting that they can help themselves too. As it’s also now estimated that one in thirteen children have a food allergy, it's also worth checking dietary requirements prior to the party.


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Alice Talbot, the amazing culinary creative and owner of ART’s-Craft Kitchen, is no stranger to bespoke commissions and taste challenges posed by her customers. When asked if she sold Tayberry jam ALice had to admit that she didn't. Tayberries are the large, sweet fruits of a shrub patented in 1979 as a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry and named after the River Tay in Scotland. Alice travelled to Scotland, stayed overnight on Tuesday, sourced berries from a specialist fruit farm on Wednesday and, having journeyed back home on Thursday, cooked the jam on Friday. “I visited a specialist fruit farm I know in Fife to see if they had frozen any of last year’s crop of Tayberries and they had. It has been my intention to incorporate Scottish fruits into my recipes for a Scottish Specialities Range for a while, but I was anticipating it would be a project to coincide with harvest-time. However, this initiative has started the process earlier than planned and I am extremely pleased with the results. Berries freeze very well, and these were superb examples; big and tangy!” Alice said. Alice, who has lots of exciting new ventures expected for 2022, will be working hard on developing her Scottish Specialities Range, so keep an eye on her website for news and updates.

Smoked and dirty...

Marcus Livermore, a truck driver from Ipswich has launched Marcos Smokeshed, a catering trailer offering delicious home-smoked meats and burgers. Marcus, who has spent years on the road eating sub-standard lay-by food, decided to use the inheritance left by his 102-year-old granddad to set up the business which allows him to combine his two great loves: food and feeding people. With his new trailer situated on the A12 between Ipswich and Woodbridge, Marcus is serving up a range of handmade ‘dirty’ burgers, roasted meats, pulled pork and brisket that are all freshly prepared, with some hot smoked in advance and the rest cold-smoked in the van. “I’d been a lorry driver for 20 years but due to health problems I’ve had to hang up my keys. When my granddad passed away last year I inherited enough money to start this new and exciting venture,” explained Marcus. “I’ve spent many years perfecting my smoked foods and dirty burgers. Lorry drivers don’t have the best options to eat on the road - normally it consists of cheap burgers and sausages. It’s fantastic to be able to serve up a roadside menu that really stands out and gives drivers and passers-by something delicious and memorable to talk about.” Marcus uses only butcher-quality meat on his menu, and all his meats are smoked using highquality smokers. He intends to evolve his menu over time to include more BBQ foods. Find him in the lay-by on the side of the A12 Woodbridge bound from Ipswich.

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This Mother’s Day, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie is delighted to be celebrating this wonderful event with a carefully crafted afternoon tea for two. Surprise mothers and loved ones this March with this quintessentially British treat, consisting of Ivy Cure smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, chicken and truffle mayonnaise brioche rolls, freshly baked fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserves - all served with a choice of teas, infusions or coffees. For those looking for something really special, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie also offers afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne, allowing guests to indulge on this truly wonderful occasion. The Afternoon Tea is available seven days a week and served between 3pm and 5pm.

Gourmet gift

Mother’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to think about surprising mum and showing her how much you care. Why send flowers or chocolates this Mother’s Day when you can send popcorn? Filled to the brim with three tantalising gourmet popcorn flavours, this is the perfect gift for every popcorn-lover out there! Caramel, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream gourmet popcorn gift tin (400g), RRP £25 are available from Amazon and at


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New food festival

A new food festival celebrating Great Yarmouth’s diverse food and drink offerings will take place this March. The Flavours event will take place over the weekend beginning 25 March and will showcase the wide variety of cuisines available along King Street, with a road closure allowing businesses to expand outside to create a ‘street party’ atmosphere. Food and drink firms from the wider area can also get involved, with applications for stalls now open. A temporary food market will be held on the piazza outside St George's Theatre, alongside live cooking and other events in the theatre. Chalets are available to hire at just £30 for the entire weekend, or businesses can book a pitch and bring their own gazebos for just £20. Restaurants, cafes, and food stalls across the borough are encouraged to get involved. This could mean offers or discounts over the weekend or adding a special flavours dish or cocktail to their menu, showing off the best of their wares. For more information get in touch via

Café Royal

Today the Café Royal at Norwich Theatre is sharing the love with the launch of its new loyalty card. Customers who gather nine stamps on their card will receive the tenth drink free. So why not pop in and treat yourself and your loved one with a coffee and cake today!

A Salty

Dog is known to date back to the 1920s and consists of salt, gin and grapefruit juice – if you omit the salt rim then it is known as a Greyhound. It is refreshing, classic and simple.


METHOD: Place the Maldon salt onto a small, flat plate. Run some of the fresh grapefruit around the rim of a tall highball glass. Turn the glass upside down into the salt and rotate it so the salt sticks to the edge of the rim. Carefully fill the glass with ice. Pour in the Tanqueray Gin and then top up the glass with the grapefruit juice and gently stir. Garnish with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit.


Salty Dog

INGREDIENTS: Serves 1 • 1 tbsp Maldon salt • 50ml Tanqueray Ten gin • 100ml pink grapefruit juice • Slice of grapefruit, to garnish



Grapefruit & Rosemary

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INGREDIENTS: Serves 2 Rosemary sugar syrup: • 200g granulated sugar • 200g water • 4 sprigs of rosemary, plus extra for garnish

• 2 tbsp Maldon salt • 100ml Villa Ascenti Gin • 150ml Pink grapefruit juice • 25ml rosemary sugar syrup • 50ml lime juice, plus extra lime wedges • Ice • Sparkling water, to top up

METHOD: Start by making the rosemary sugar syrup. In a small pan add the granulated sugar and water along with the 4 rosemary sprigs. Bring to the boil and allow it to gently bubble until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before storing in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. To make the cocktails start with the salt rim. Pour the Maldon salt onto a small, flat plate. Take 2 tumbler glasses and run a lime wedge around the rim. One at a time, turn the glasses upside down in the salt and rotate them so the salt sticks to the rim. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker add the Villa Ascenti gin with the grapefruit juice, rosemary sugar syrup and lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well for 1 minute. Fill the glasses carefully with ice and then pour in the cocktail from the shaker. Top each glass up with sparkling water and then garnish with a final sprig of rosemary. 38





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INGREDIENTS: Serves 4 • 1 Gressingham duck (approx. 2.2kg) • ½ a bulb of garlic, halved horizontally For the glaze • 3 tbsp runny honey • 1 tbsp dry sherry • 1 tsp cracked black pepper • 1 orange, zested and juiced • 5 cardamom pods, husks removed and seeds crushed For the potatoes and sauce • 1kg new potatoes, halved lengthways • ½ tsp turmeric • Knob of butter • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

Nordic Baked Salmon Stir Fried Spring Greens, Radicchio & Asparagus


INGREDIENTS: Serves 2 • 2 x skin on, Nordic salmon fillets • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 radicchio, shredded • 70g baby spring greens, shredded • 200g asparagus tips, halved lengthways • A pinch of Maldon salt • A small handful of dill, leaves picked • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve


METHOD: Preheat the oven to 200°c or 180°c fan. Remove all the packaging from the duck along with the bag of giblets (if included). Weigh the duck to calculate the roasting time. It will need 20 minutes per 500g plus an additional 20 minutes. Pat the duck skin dry with a kitchen towel. Prick the skin in and around the point where the thigh meets the breast. Season well with salt and pepper inside and out and place the garlic inside the cavity. Put the duck on a rack in a roasting tin and place in the preheated oven to roast. Cook the potatoes for 20 minutes in boiling salted water with the turmeric. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by mixing the honey, sherry, pepper, orange zest, orange juice and crushed cardamom seeds together in a small pan. Gently heat until combined and keep warm. 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, brush the duck with the warm glaze and return to the oven to finish roasting. Remove the duck once cooked and carefully transfer to a warm plate. Leave it to rest for approximately 30 minutes while you finish the accompaniments. Spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and add 200ml of hot water to the remaining juices. Bring the sauce to the boil, whisk in the knob of butter, set aside and keep warm. Place a frying pan on a medium heat, add the cumin seeds and carefully dry fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rapeseed oil to the pan before adding the boiled and drained potatoes. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt and pepper to taste. Carve the rested duck and serve with the sauce, potatoes and your choice of greens.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. On a foil lined baking tray place the two salmon fillets, skin side down. Drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil and season with cracked black pepper and a pinch of Maldon salt. Place into the preheated oven for 15 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven. Whilst the fish is cooking, prepare the stir-fried vegetables. In a large frying pan heat up the other 1 tbsp olive oil. When hot add the asparagus, spring greens and radicchio. Stir fry the vegetables for 3 minutes until they are just wilted and cooked through. Season the vegetables with cracked black pepper, a pinch of Maldon salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Divide the vegetables between two plates. Place the fish fillets on top and garnish with sprigs of dill. Serve with lemon wedges. 41

Lamb sausages

in tomato sauce with bacon sauerkraut By Paul Foster, Great British Chefs




simple stew is brought to life with a sweet, mildly spiced tomato sauce and rich lamb sausages. With a very tasty bowl of bacon-studded sauerkraut on the side, this is a fantastic dish that takes just an hour to knock together

INGREDIENTS: • 12 lamb sausages • 500g of Mutti passata • sunflower oil, for frying • 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1 chicken stock cube • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika • 250ml of white wine • 400g of sauerkraut • 8 smoked streaky bacon slices, finely chopped • 50g of unsalted butter • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

METHOD: To make the tomato sauce, add a dash of oil to a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic until softened and beginning to colour. Add the smoked paprika and rosemary leaves, cook for a further minute, then pour in the white wine. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Add the passata, bring to the boil, then season, turn down to a simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes. Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Meanwhile, make the sauerkraut. Sauté the chopped bacon in the butter over a medium heat until crisp. Turn the heat down, then add the garlic and cook for a minute or two until fragrant. Pick the thyme leaves, then add these to the pan too. Add the sauerkraut and crumble in the chicken stock cube along with 100ml water. Cover the pan and leave to simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring regularly. Add a dash of oil to a frying pan and sear the sausages so they’re a nice golden brown all over. If your frying pan is not oven-proof transfer to ovenproof dish and pour tomato sauce so it is around halfway up the sausages, then cover with a lid or tin foil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, until the sausages are piping hot in the centre. Serve the sausages in the sauce with the sauerkraut on the side. 43

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My work aims to challenge the conventions of body image so it’s always fascinating to see how audiences respond.

Karen Turner

I expect people to do their best. It’s not about competing with others but about being the best you can be.

I think what you find with people who are considered inspiring is that whatever they do, they take lessons from it.

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Turner’s paintings are full of colour, life and vitality and they celebrate the female form in all its glory - lumps, bumps and all! Karen, who lives in Eye in Suffolk, creates dramatic canvases of very happy women from her home studio, taking between one to two weeks to produce each one. ‘I paint every day, I am very self disciplined - you’d be surprised how tidy my studio is!’ She is currently getting work ready for an exhibition in London at the end of the month, saying: ‘I’m taking 10 pictures and I’ve just heard that I’ve been chosen as the Director’s Pick which is just amazing, I couldn’t be more delighted.’ Karen, who is in her mid 40s, was born in the capital, and spent some of her childhood in Switzerland. She attended Hampstead Fine Arts College in London but, as with many of us, real life took over and she started to work as a business analyst, and there was less time for painting. She and her husband moved to Suffolk eight years ago, with Karen explaining: ‘London just got too much and I suppose I must have thought that the move would somehow allow me to paint again.’ But it was the Covid-19 pandemic and the enforced lockdown that saw Karen turn to her art work once again. She started slowly, drawing rather than painting, but it quickly picked up. ‘I was working from home but I suddenly had the time - there was nothing else I could do so I started drawing and realised how much I enjoyed and missed it,’ she says. She decided to take part in the Portraits for NHS Heroes project, explaining: ‘You needed an Instagram account to register your interest, so that encouraged me to create one. Then you simply put yourself forward as someone who


Portrait artist Karen Turner tells Sarah Hardy how lockdown got her to pick up her paint brushes again

was willing to produce a portrait and people contacted you. ‘I was lucky enough to do several, including a nurse in Lincoln and then a nurse who was training to become a doctor in London. It was amazing, I really enjoyed it. ‘The NHS is very close to my heart. I suffer from Chrone’s Disease and, 20 years ago, I was in a car accident and spent some time in a wheelchair.’ The NHS project spurred her on to work hard, taking part in Sky

look and feel beautiful which is incredible.’ She agrees that there is a considerable amount of pressure around women and their weight, and is pleased to play a part in breaking down barriers, saying: ‘My work aims to challenge the conventions of body image so it’s always fascinating to see how audiences respond.’ And for now, she is looking forward to her upcoming London exhibition, saying that it is an achievement to simply

My work aims to challenge

the conventions of body image so it’s always fascinating to see how audiences respond. Arts online drawing and painting sessions, posting work on social media channels and moving into working in oils, on raw linen canvases. ‘It’s all taken off,’ she says, adding that she attended her first fair, Art Fair East, in Norwich last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, meeting prospective customers and chatting about her work. ‘People are very moved by my work so it is very rewarding,’ she says. ‘Pieces are bought by men, women and non binary people.’ Now Karen paints her bold pieces from photographs, from online modelling sessions and, more recently, from live modelling sessions. ‘I take commissions and people are very keen to model for me - they say that I make them

be accepted for a place. ‘I know about 1000 people applied for 150 places,’ she says. You can see Karen’s work on her website, and the Saatchi Art website, and she’s hoping to start to sell her work at a gallery in Norwich. Watch this space!

Karen is exhibiting at The Other Art Fair, London, from March 17-20, the Holly Bush Painting Prize exhibition, Lauderdale House, London, from June 8 to July 5 and the Art Fair East, Norwich, from December 1 to 4. Prices start at £400 for smaller pieces

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a lifelong passion. Catherine Chapman, best known as Cat, started to dance, as hundreds of little girls do, aged just three. She explains that her mum took her to dance classes at the Central School of Dancing to get rid of her endless energy. ‘I think she wanted to channel my enthusiasm and I just loved it. I was eight when I realised that I could do it for a job and when I was 16, I went to study at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.’ After qualifying three years later, Cat embarked on a successful career, working all over the world, including on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. She talks with relish about these exciting times, saying that tap and jazz were always her favourite dance styles. ‘I was always strong and a good tapper!’ Cat, who is now in her early 40s, is just as passionate about training the next generation of dancers, especially helping young people find their chosen pathways. ‘I took my teaching qualifications at Laine and have continued to upscale them, keeping up-to-date with evolving dance styles and progressions in dance science and health,’ she explains. From her 20s, Cat started to do more teaching in Norwich, always being in demand for her fun but tough lessons. ‘I started to teach in different venues and also choreographed professional shows, pantos, and cabarets, and it all just grew organically from there.’ Indeed, she sounds like one busy woman. Alongside teaching, in 2014, she was selected by Sir Matthew Bourne of the top British dance company, New Adventures (he of the all male Swan


Norwich dancer Cat Chapman is inspiring the next generation of performers, discovers Sarah Hardy. Lake fame), as an ambassador to help with a national project, Lord of Flies. Sir Matthew staged a new production of this William Golding classic, using a mix of trained and untrained dancers, and Cat was tasked with selecting and training the East Anglian group. From this she set up LEGACY, an allmale dance company which caters for those aged four to 21, saying: ‘Initially it was just one group of lads coming together every fortnight, but I soon realised they thrived in the all male training environment and it quickly became weekly. ‘Following this I was able to expand to involve younger boys and now we have three busy junior classes as well as the main company. It’s amazing to see so many loving dance and supporting one another.’ In 2018, Cat opened The Workshop, another training programme, but this time aimed at students who want more intense guidance when auditioning. She says: ‘‘I began to realise that I was working all over the place and really wanted to open my own studio, with everything under one roof." She moved in with her parents and began to save, and all her hard work paid off earlier this year when she finally opened her own studios, The Workshop Studios, in Norwich. The centre boasts two large studios with sprung floors, a foyer where parents can meet, and much more - and the variety of classes on offer is amazing, aiming at both the enthusiastic beginner and the more elite performer. Think of everything from tap to tumbling to musical theatre classes.

Cat can list a seemingly infinite number of reasons why dance is good for you, not just for physical health but also for mental wellbeing, confidence, and social skills. She says her timetable is accessible to all, regardless of ability, but does say that she expects her pupils to try their hardest. ‘I expect people to do their best,’ she says. ‘It’s not about competing with others but about being the best you can be.’ She adds that she is interested in working with those who have not had a traditional or conventional dance background: ‘We can’t all go to dance schools as young children. I like to help people who have found a love for dance in other ways, but are just as passionate and have great potential.’ Cat remains as busy as ever, teaching six days a week and doing her admin on Sundays. ‘I don’t have too much time for myself but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I try to keep fit as I stretch and demonstrate in classes as much as possible,’ she says, admitting that she can still do the splits. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with friends and watching musical theatre shows. But as she says: ‘Dance is just me - I don’t think I could do anything else!’

Niobe Shaw talks to the Strategic Project Advisor for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice.


finding you inspiring is less about you as a person and more about the things that you do,” says Sandra Dinneen, who has certainly done a lot. Sandra is the Strategic Project Advisor for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. This Norwich-based charity was established to fundraise for and build a new hospice next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. This will replace Priscilla Bacon Lodge on Unthank Road, which has been providing palliative care for several decades. Tasked with managing the final stages of fundraising and the build plan, Sandra’s role is not without its difficulties. It is, however, a worthwhile challenge. “The hospice is such a needed thing. It touches so many people. The Priscilla Bacon Lodge is a Norfolk institution. People know about it: they know someone who’s been supported by it or they’ve lost somebody there. It holds a place in their hearts.” Sandra feels flattered to be described as ‘inspiring’, claiming she is simply a problem solver. “I always think there’s a solution – we just have to find it. I guess it’s an inspiring attitude to have.” She spoke of how she has learnt to problem solve from her own role models, something we can all do by observing those we respect. “Nothing’s really new - we’re all just looking at the way things have already

been done, and hopefully adding more and doing it a little bit better.” Sandra also shared the importance of reflecting when something doesn’t go the way we had imagined. “I think what you find with people who are considered inspiring is that whatever they do, they take lessons from it. People forget that if you look hard enough, there’s a lesson to be taken from everything.” This sentiment has been followed in the planning process of the hospice, which will be the first built in the UK following the COVID pandemic. At times during the last two years, visitations to care facilities have had to stop – with devastating impacts. The new hospice has therefore been designed to mitigate this, were a similar situation to arise again.

and Norwich University Hospital. It’s unsurprising then, that Sandra told me she is motivated by putting her time and energy into purposeful work. “I am driven by things that make a difference. If you’re going to spend a lot of your life working or putting effort into things, you want to think that it actually changes something. I like to get the sense that what I’m doing is leaving things in a better place.” This is Sandra’s first role in the charity sector, and she herself feels inspired by the actions of the public. With over £10 million fund-raised to date, she spoke of the wide variety of activities/fund-raising that local people and organisations have done to support the charity, including cycle rides, running and knitting! “There are so many people who want to give

I think what you find with people who are considered inspiring is that whatever they do, they take lessons from it. People forget that if you look hard enough, there’s a lesson to be taken from everything. For example, each of the bedrooms will have a private garden, so that families can visit relatives staying at the hospice in an outdoor space. Sandra commented that bringing out the best in others is one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved in organisations. “People can’t always see their own potential. Hopefully I have encouraged people to find what they already have and to achieve more than perhaps they first thought they could.” It’s a quality often looked for in leaders, and one which is undoubtedly positive and inspiring. Driven by things that make a difference, Sandra’s engagement in the wider community is extensive. Her previous work as Chief Executive of South Norfolk Council earned her an OBE, and she is also on the boards of Historic England, the Sapientia Multi-Academy Trust and the Norfolk

something back, but don’t always know how to,” Sandra said. She suggests anyone who would like to support the hospice should visit the charity’s website. ( The kindness of others is hugely encouraging to Sandra. “We’ve had a significant number of donations from people who have asked to be anonymous. They’re not doing it for recognition - they’re doing it because they want to give something back. It doesn’t matter what size it is because every bit adds another brick in the wall. That’s something that I find really inspiring.” As a final pearl of wisdom, Sandra added, “I always tell people to just be brave. It’s about putting yourself out there and considering what’s the worst thing that can happen? I live my life by that: have a go.”

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WEAR-SHARE-CARE Jarrold and Priscilla Bacon Hospice partner up to encourage clothing donations in Norfolk


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Sandra Dinneen styled by Jarrold Sandra visited Jarrold in Norwich for a styling experience and, I am sure you will agree, with fabulous results. Shot on location at The Granary by Jarrold, a Grade II listed building located on Bedford Street, Norwich, offering a collection of beautiful contemporary furniture and home accessories. Photography by Robert Tremain


Make-up by Lucy Kefford from DIOR at Jarrold Styled by Florrie Dunn, personal stylist at Jarrold Wearing: Dress: Y.A.S Savanna printed maxi shirt dress in mellow rose £55 Shoes: L.K. Bennett floret pink suede pointed toe courts £229 Necklace: Masai Rosena necklace £35

and Priscilla Bacon Hospice are working together to promote clothing donations and help the local charity to raise the final £2.5 million of the £12.5 million fundraising target. These funds will help to build the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a hospice providing specialist care to patients with chronic or terminal illnesses and also support to their families. The Wear-Share-Care initiative will encourage people to donate quality clothing which they may no longer wear. It is hoped that the donated clothes, which will supply the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity shops across Norfolk, will be recycled and reused in someone else’s wardrobe. “We are delighted to be supporting the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity with the Wear-Share-Care project. It will be fantastic as they move towards their target to help build the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge,” states Jarrold Managing Director John Adams, “There is also an increased awareness and understanding about the effects of fashion waste and here at Jarrold and we understand the value in making purposeful, quality fashion choices.” All you have to do is bring your coat, dress, top… into the London Street department store and give it to a member of the Jarrold team. Marked donation boxes will be located in Fashion Accessories and Menswear on the Ground Floor and Women’s Fashion on the first floor. As a thank you, Jarrold will also make a cash donation in line with every contribution which is made as part of the campaign. The donated clothing will then go on to be sold at one of the Priscilla Bacon Hospice charity shops-or recycled with nothing going to landfill. Hugo Stevenson, Head of Operations and Fundraising said: “We are thrilled to be working with Jarrold again on this exciting Wear-Share-Care project. Every year in the UK, over 200,000 tonnes of textiles are thrown away. With this joint initiative, donated clothes will be given a new lease of life, which will not only benefit the hospice fundraising appeal, but will also benefit the environment. We are also very grateful to Jarrold for their offer of cash donations to the Charity for each donated garment, which will help us turn the dream of the new hospice into a reality.” The fundraising campaign to build the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge was launched in February 2019, which will replace the existing Priscilla Bacon Lodge at the Colman Hospital. Over £10 million has been raised for the new specialist hospice, which will have capacity for 24 inpatient beds and an enhanced outpatient unit. The need for the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge has never been greater and an 18-month building campaign has commenced which will enable the first patients to be welcomed into the new facility in the summer of 2023. The fundraising appeal remains ongoing whilst the building work takes place, with £2.5 million of the £12.5 million target left to raise.


What makes Priscilla Bacon Lodge so special?

Priscilla Bacon

Lodge has played a vital role in delivering specialist palliative and end-of-life care to the people of Norfolk and Waveney for over 40 years, both in a hospice setting and in the community. The existing hospice on Unthank Road in Norwich was opened in 1979, after a 16-month fundraising campaign. This was a significant achievement, as was reported in an article which appeared in the EDP in July 1978: “Launched during a period when the Jubilee was filtering a good deal of public interest, energy and money, the appeal for £250,000 might have been seen as a difficult target to achieve. In the event, the impact and initial response was little short of staggering. Within a year the fund stood at only £38,000 below target.” The modern hospice movement was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders at St Christopher’s Hospice in 1967, as the first facility linking expert pain and symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and clinical research. Dame Cicely revolutionised the way in which society cares for the ill, the dying, and the bereaved. Priscilla, Lady Bacon, met Cicely Saunders at St Christopher’s Hospice in Southeast London, and was inspired to create a hospice in Norfolk. A fundraising appeal was launched, with Lady Bacon as President of the campaign. In recognition

of her endeavours, the new hospice was named after her. When Priscilla Bacon Lodge was opened in 1979, it was not only one of the first hospices to be built in the whole country, but it was also the first in East Anglia. Lady Bacon played an active role at The Lodge, as Patron of the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group, a Charity which has provided ancillary services to patients and their families since 1977. She continued in this role until she spent her final days as a patient at The Lodge in 2000. The role of Patron was taken over by Priscilla’s daughter-in-law, Susan Bacon. By this time, it was recognised that the Lodge was too small, and Lady Bacon wrote to Dame Cicely Saunders before Dame Cicely died in 2005, to explain the initial plan to create a new hospice in a new location. Dame Cicely gave her blessing for the idea, and was sure that the people of Norfolk would, once again, generously raise the funds required for the new hospice. Each year the Lodge supports 10,000 people through their inpatient beds, outpatient services within the Day Unit, the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team, and the Psychological and Bereavement Services. However, after 40 years of excellence, Priscilla Bacon Lodge is now inadequate both in scale and configuration, as the population of Norfolk has grown by 220,000 in this time, multiplying demand, and in its current location it cannot be extended.

Therefore, a new charity was created; the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity, which launched a campaign to raise £12.5 million to build a new hospice to replace the original Priscilla Bacon Lodge. Once built, the new facility will have the capacity for 24 inpatient beds. It will offer improved day care facilities, with a wellness centre and gym, as well as the space to host a community hub to provide ‘virtual ward’ care for people being cared for in their homes. The new hospice will also be a platform for education and research into palliative and end-of-life care. The new Priscilla Bacon Lodge will be the first hospice built in the post-Covid era, encompassing the latest developments in Infection Control. The new facility will not only meet current needs, but is fit for the future with the potential for further growth and the flexibility to adapt to changing models of care. The Charity is continuing a proud history of hospice fundraising to ensure that Norfolk and Waveney is at the forefront of hospice care in the country, with the specialist facility it so urgently needs.

For further details about the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal, please contact: Hugo Stevenson, Head of Operations and Fundraising - 01603 331166 or 51

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country cottage is found at the end of the drive to Raynham Hall and next to the river Wensum. It is the perfect, cosy, rural holiday hideaway, especially for those who enjoy the countryside but prefer their accomodation to have four walls and a roof. The characterful cottage boasts many of its original exposed beams and brick features. There is an open plan living room and kitchen, flooded with natural light from windows looking out over the estate's rolling parklands. It's the perfect place for a couple to share a romantic getaway. A wood burning stove provides the essential backdrop for cosy nights in after a day out exploring the local surroundings. Arthur's Cottage has one bedroom with a super king-size, hand-crafted bed and bathroom with rainfall shower. It comes with its own parking space – and well-behaved dogs are welcome too. When heading out to explore west and north Norfolk, guests can walk or cycle waymarked paths from the yurt meadow to woodland, parkland, and riverside areas. For those wishing to explore a little more of Norfolk, Raynham is only four miles from Fakenham and just a 20-minute drive to the stunning and expansive North Norfolk coast, with its outstanding beaches including the award-winning Holkham beach and Wells-next-the-Sea. While fantastic pubs, restaurants and numerous family-friendly attractions including Pensthorpe Natural Park and the National Trust's Blickling Estate are just a short drive away. Wild Meadow will be open from 1 April to 31 October with bookings now being taken. A holiday for two people starts at £420 for a 3-night booking in April. Arthur's Cottage is available for stays from 1 May 2022 and sleeps two. Prices from £140 per night. For more information or to book visit 57

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I’m a 41-year-old mother of two girls and one French bulldog, and I’m a Personal Fitness Coach. I work oneto-one with clients aged 18-80, and have additional specialisms in pre and postnatal training, GP exercise referral, cancer rehabilitation and pilates. I also run community fitness classes in the Suffolk coastal area.

Fitness Why exercise alone won’t help you

reach your goals

You can’t

out exercise a bad diet. It’s true. Excessive exercise won’t offset the effects of a poor diet. And I’m not just talking about calories. While it’s true that we need to be mindful of how much we eat, we also need to ensure we are eating the right things to support our health and help in achieving our goals . So if you have started a fitness regime, but aren't seeing the results you had hoped for, maybe you need to consider some other factors. If you really want to reach those health and fitness goals my advice is to work smarter, not harder. Here are some simple ways you can achieve that: 1. Having a takeaway because your smart watch says that you burned 600 calories in that spin class? Bad news I’m afraid; smart watch estimates are overly optimistic and very unreliable. In fact it is estimated that for most people meaningful exercise can account for as little as about 5% of our daily calorie use. The good news is that all of our other ‘non exercise’ physical activity can account for as much as 25% of our total daily calorie burn. Which makes perfect sense. A workout lasts an hour, whereas we have around 16 hours each day when we are awake and active, so ample time to move more! This type of movement is known as NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) and you should definitely maximize it! Easy ways to increase your NEAT could be, setting yourself a step target, walking to work, using the upstairs toilet instead of downstairs, tackling those house and garden tasks you’ve been putting off. They may seem like tiny things, but they all add up!

2. Stop doing exercise you hate just because you’ve been told it burns lots of calories! Don’t think of exercise as something you MUST do to burn calories. Instead remember it is something you are lucky enough to be able to do to keep your body healthy. Choose exercise that you enjoy and are likely to be consistent with. 3. Portion sizes and mindful eating Often have food left on your plate? Feel stuffed after your meal? Both signs that your servings are too big! Aim to eat until you are 80% full, not until you are stuffed or uncomfortable. Stopping when you are satisfied rather than when you are stuffed will help to reduce your overall calorie intake. 4. Protein - Key for growth and repair in all areas of the body from muscles to skin, nails and hormones. If you are wanting to build muscle, or tone up, protein is key to doing this. It includes most meat and fish, plain greek yoghurt, pulses and tofu. Protein also helps us to feel full for longer as it takes longer for our bodies to digest, so you’re less likely to reach for snacks! Aim for a quarter of the food on your plate at every meal to be protein. continued on page 60 59


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5. Fats - No, they don’t make you fat. They are actually essential to support many functions of the body including protecting organs, blood clotting, wound healing and inflammation. We also are unable to absorb fat-soluble vitamins without it. However fats are very calorie-dense, with more than double the calories per gram than carbs or protein. Fats include things like oils that we cook with, butter and avocado! It is recommended that you limit fats to a thumb sized serving at each meal. 6. Carbohydrates - They are not the enemy, in fact they are our body’s primary energy source, and our brain’s preferred energy source. Most starchy carbs like rice, bread and potatoes are very calorie dense, meaning we can consume a lot of calories from a relatively small serving. So you absolutely do need carbs, but in the right proportions. As a general guide, aim for around a quarter of the food on your plate to be carbohydrate. And start paying attention to the recommended serving size on the packet rather than going by eye, I guarantee you are probably eating at least twice the suggested amount! 7. Colourful and leafy vegetables. Ok, so technically vegetables are carbohydrates, however they are very low density in terms of calories, so you can fill your tummy with lots of nutritious veg, for very few calories. Vegetables provide lots of essential vitamins and minerals which help to support many functions in our bodies and support our immune systems. Aim for around half of your plate to be veg and eat the rainbow! I recommend healthy portions plates like this one for my clients - to help ensure they are eating all the food groups in the appropriate proportions.

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pandemic has led to many people looking for new challenges and changing their career. According to Microsoft, pandemic pressure has seen 1 in 4 over 45s considering a career change. When you have been working in your field for some time, change can feel tempting. Whether this is wanting to work less hours, more hours, struggling with redundancy, or simply desiring to start afresh. It may not seem realistic to dream of a new career when you are so far advanced in your current role, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Melissa Thom from the Bristol Academy of Voice Acting (BRAVA) is empowering and supporting others to make the leap and change paths. Many years before the pandemic hit, she’d been through that same experience of feeling stuck in her current role and wanting to move her career forward. “Starting as a radio host and voiceover in 1996, presenting breakfast for radio groups including GWR and voicing for global brands, I launched a couple

2. Focus on the good

of startups and a design agency with my husband. I then moved into marketing, working as Head of Comms for a digital agency but I was unfulfilled in that world. Plus, at that point, I was as new mum and feeling creatively stuck.” Here are Melissa’s top tips in changing careers, including what to consider, moves to make, and choices that need to be made:

make realistic targets, so write in detail. Include everything from the desired salary, to the level you wish to start from.

1. Assessing your skills

Writing down your skills can allow you to draw a bigger picture and organise your thought processes with ease. Assess what you are good at, small and large. Drawing these skills together will help you find what careers are out there for you.

When deciding on a field to focus your career on, study what makes you happy. If you are satisfied with the work you are achieving, it will massively improve your mental state. A study conducted by Faragher et al. showed that job satisfaction is strongly related to mental/psychological health. In fact, there was even a significant relationship between job satisfaction and physical health symptoms. Combine these considerations with your skills and you are away!

3. Mastering your trade

Before quitting your current job, it is important to assess how long it will take you to master your new career choice. Research is vital when it comes to mapping out whether a certain career path is in reach and right for you at your stage in life.

4. Career planning

Jot down every one of your objectives and expectations. Consider where you would like to be in 10 years and work backwards from there. Fabricating a dream is only possible if you

5. Educate yourself

Consider educating yourself further, brushing up on knowledge of your new field. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a qualification (though it could be). It could mean simply attending some presentations or lectures that people already in those careers are giving. It is important to get as well-informed as possible before starting your new career. What’s more, if you tell your potential employer, it shows your eagerness to be involved in the field.

Melissa Thom Melissa had a successful career as

a commercial radio breakfast host and Voice-over Artist (VO) in the UK, as well as in marketing and PR. After becoming a Mum in 2010, she felt stuck and knew that opportunities in radio broadcasting were shrinking. She studied for a full time MSc in Marketing during her first maternity leave, and returned to work as Head of Communications for a digital agency. In 2016, she realised she was deeply unfulfilled in this role. With her young family, she moved to California and she grabbed this opportunity to train with the world’s leading VO professionals and up her game. She established herself as a VO in the US, signing with major agents in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Denver. Two years later, she moved back to the UK, built a professional studio and established a successful VO career.

6. The world of social media Follow professionals in your desired career. Find what they speak about and in what tones. Communicate with them, gather tips for starting in that field from them. Most of the posts they share on social media will come in handy for you.

7. Adapting your CV

Changing the way you present yourself as an individual to show how you are suitable for your new career is vital. You need to showcase your assets to demonstrate that you are a suitable candidate. Do your research! What makes a professional in your field? Once this step is completed, you are ready to go out hunting for your new path! 63

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are settling into the month of March and we gardeners wave goodbye to winter and say hello to spring. Wintertime always feels like the longest season so the joy of seeing spring sunshine on our gardens is very welcome. The garden will be awakening from winter’s dormancy and the green shoots of spring have started. The daffodils, crocuses, irises and hyacinths are in season and enjoying showing off their flowers. March can be a changeable month; we can experience warmer days but also frosts and even snowfall. We should use any milder days to enjoy our gardens; take a stroll around the daffodils to check the quality of flowers. If we have any blind daffodils, just green leaves without flowers, then dig up those bulbs and replant them in a different spot in your garden. That may give them another chance of flowering next springtime. The lawn grass is starting to recover and grow, so we can give it the first cut of the season on the highest lawnmower setting. We can hand sow grass seed onto bare patches, raking the seed into the soil to assist with germination. We can use a half moon edging tool to straighten off our lawn

edges, making our gardens look neat and tidy ready for the warmer days to come. We should use March as our last call to prune roses, hydrangea and buddleia and cut back old foliage of perennials before the appearance of green shoots; we don’t want to risk cutting any new growth amongst the old branches and leaves. As the soil warms up so will roots and you will start to see the leafy shoots of plants like hostas, delphiniums and lupins. If the month is warm then our resident slugs will start their work, so we need to be aware of their fondness for green shoots and protect our plants with a layer of fine sand around their bases. We can start to hand sow the annual seeds of our favourite flowers including cosmoses,cornflowers, poppies, foxgloves, wild carrots, corncockles, ox-eye daisies and many more. We should plant out dahlia tubers on milder days as they make excellent long lasting flower displays from Summer through to the first frost of Autumn. They will give us gardeners so much pleasure during the hot and heady days of summer. The garden in spring is a place of pure majesty and we should use all the mild and warm days to dig, plant and sow, as the effort this month will pay floral dividends later in spring and into summertime. Please do follow me on Instagram @garden_with_tom for more seasonal gardening advice and tips.

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TOP TIPS: Sow grass seed into any lawn patches Give the lawn a first high cut

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