Places&Faces 154 - September 2023

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As the summer sun begins to mellow into the warm embrace of autumn, we welcome you to the September issue of Places&Faces magazine. This month, we’ve curated a symphony of articles to inspire, educate, and entertain you.

Prepare to sharpen your minds with our insightful education feature. Turn your culinary aspirations up a notch with our delectable array of recipes.

Venture beyond your doorstep and discover the pulse of the local scene with our what’s on suggestions. Whether it’s art exhibitions that ignite your creativity or live performances that stir your soul, we’ve scoured the region for events that will keep you in the cultural loop.

And for those who believe in the power of balance, delve into our NEAT fitness section. Embrace a concept that celebrates movement in all its forms.

So, lets all sip on a pumpkin spiced latte, cosy up in your favourite jumper and immerse yourself in the September magic we’ve crafted for you. Here’s to a month of education, exploration and embracing the joy in every facet of life, and remember we all need to stay curious and stay adventurous!

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 16

September, Disney+

Get ready for more uproarious antics and hilarious misadventures as the gang returns for an eagerly anticipated new season. With their signature blend of outrageous schemes, wild escapades, and absurd situations, this season promises to deliver even bigger laughs and unexpected twists. Viewers can expect a fresh dose of satire and offbeat camaraderie that has made the show a beloved classic, along with guest appearences from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Brace yourself for another round of side-splitting laughter in the craziest season yet!

Love & Death

7 September, ITVX

Love & Death starring Elizabeth Olsen is a highly anticipated series that weaves a web of intrigue and emotion. Based on a true story, Olsen’s portrayal of a woman entangled in a murder investigation promises a riveting performance that delves into the complexities of love, betrayal, and morality. Set against the backdrop of a small community grappling with a shocking crime, the show navigates the fine line between trust and suspicion. Olsen’s ability to convey depth and vulnerability adds a captivating layer to the character, amplifying the series’ appeal. With its compelling narrative and Olsen’s nuanced acting, Love & Death is poised to offer an immersive experience, taking viewers on a gripping journey through the human psyche’s darkest corners.


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The Great British Bake Off

September, Channel 4

Ingredients: One silver-fox breadmaker with a handshaking habit and one older baker with snazzy glasses as judges. One forever goth. Add one newbie with the enthusiasim of a million people and 12 bakers of varying skill. Method: Place the 12 bakers in a hot tent. Douse the bakers with various baking challenges. While baking, have the forever goth and newbie spread words of encouragement and sprinkle baking puns. Once bakes have finished, bring the judges to the boil by having them try the bakes. Kick a baker out as required. May cause tears.

Welcome to Wrexham

12 September, Disney+

Prepare to dive back into the heartwarming and riveting world of Welcome to Wrexham with Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Following the journey of an ambitious football club and its dedicated supporters, this season promises an even deeper exploration of the town’s unwavering spirit and the challenges they face. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or simply drawn to captivating narratives, this season guarantees an immersive experience that captures the essence of determination, unity and the pursuit of dreams.

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Family friendly/heart-warming/ feast for the eyes

This visually vibrant film centres on Miguel, a young Mexican boy. The descendant of generations of shoemakers, Miguel is forbidden to play music in the family home. But when he finds the guitar of his musical hero, Miguel gives in to temptation and inadvertently finds himself in the Land of the Dead. Reunited with his lost loved ones, Miguel needs to find a way back to the Land of the Living. Available to stream on Disney +, Miguel’s bright and beautifully illustrated tale reveals the important parts family and death play in life. A whirlwind of glittering golds, pinks and purples with all the striking aesthetics of Dia de los Muertos, this family led story aims to tug on your heart strings, as well as the guitar strings.

Gothic/seasonal/supernatural A family curse. Sister witches. The rebel and the good girl. Romantic and mysterious Massachusetts vibes enveloping a gothic mansion. Murder, intrigue and midnight margaritas. This tale about the Owens women and the men that dare to love them will have you bewitched and ready for the spooky season ahead. Available to rent on Amazon Prime, for any given rainy Sunday curled up with your animal familiar.


The 9th leg of the year. Traditionally, a time of harvest, the kids going back to school and the autumn equinox, signaling the start of shorter days. It’s a return to routines all round and as the summer rush is simmering down, it’s important to factor in downtime. Grab your weighted blanket, light your candles, let the rain lash the windows and enjoy a spot of sofa cinema with some silver screen sensations available on your favourite streaming services. Too many S’s? I don’t know, it felt right.

Grab the tequila from the front porch and take a trip with witches, do brunch and have a laugh with old friends or chase a homicidal lead through London. Either way, make sure you bulk buy the popcorn, draw the curtains and get lost in some sensational sofa cinema this September.

Brian and Charles Quirky/curious/mental health

In true X Factor style, I am throwing this in as a wild card. Available to stream on NOW TV and Sky Cinema, Brian and Charles follows the story of a deeply depressed man who builds himself a robot, in order to have someone to talk to. It’s offbeat, it’s funny and the plight of a washing machine-turned-posh-robotin-a-grandad-cardigan is weirdly moving. Although a slow burner, you won’t regret investing the time in seeing how white goods helped a lonely man stick up for himself, find love and return to society.

Luther: The Fallen Sun Crime/serial killer/anti-hero

The BBC’s prodigal son, Luther, returned with a feature length edition, available now to stream on Netflix. Both good cop and bad cop, brooding John Luther has proven himself a force to be reckoned with. From prison escape, to kidnap, synchronized suicide and a death chamber, this thriller is tense with a triple digit body count. A mad dash after a murderous foe. No spoilers but not for the faint of heart.

First Wives Club

Brash/ laugh out loud/sisterhood

First off, it’s Goldie, Bette and Diane. Available to stream on Paramount + , 4 young women, Elise, Cynthia, Brenda and Annie, make a pact in 1969, to always be there for one another. But such is life, the girls leave college and drift apart. However, when Cynthia commits suicide, the remaining 3 friends reunite to find that although they took very different paths in life, they all have failed relationships in common. Bolstered by each other’s stories and letters they received from Cynthia, the friends decide to band together to take revenge on their former husbands by hitting them where it hurts. Their wallets and their egos. This female-led ball-buster about women in the autumn of their lives is the ultimate word in girl power. Sad, funny, poignant and heart-warming- much like actresses, this film has all the emotions.

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Music in honour of our new King

5 October, Norwich Cathedral

In this Coronation year, Norfolk composer Patrick Hawes, Norwich Cathedral Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra are celebrating the occasion with a spectacular evening of royal music in Norwich Cathedral.

Beginning with Handel’s Zadok the Priest which has been sung at every coronation since 1727, there will be performances of some of the King’s favourite pieces including Highgrove Suite which Patrick wrote for His Majesty inspired by his gardens at Highgrove. The concert will showcase the musical excellence of both the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Norwich Cathedral Choir under the shared direction of the Master of Music, Ashley Grote, and Patrick Hawes. All profits go direct to Norwich Cathedral Trust and East Anglian Air Ambulance. Tickets from £15⁄


Marti Pellow

18 September 7.30pm

Pellow Talk, The Lost Chapter: an intimate evening of stories and songs. A chance to learn all about Marti, not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but also his life story. The Lost Chapter is a re-imagined show that connects the audience with the songwriter and the songs that make the man.

Heads & Tails

9 September - 28 October

The Fermoy Gallery and Shakespeare Barn, St George’s Guildhall, King Street, King’s Lynn will host a contemporary art exhibition entitled Heads and Tails. Ten contemporary artists explore the bonds formed between people and animals and consider how this looks within a domestic setting, a working context, or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now. Heads and Tails opens Saturday 9 September, and runs until Saturday 28 October. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. Entry is FREE. The exhibition will also open on Sunday 10 September as part of Heritage Open Days Out.

Heads and Tails will focus upon depictions of people and animals, by ten contemporary artists based in East Anglia, each with a different approach to their subject. Included within the exhibition will be portraits of people accompanied by animals, these may be domestic pets, working animals in their work setting, or wild animals in their natural habitat. Nine of the artists included are based in Norfolk, one in Suffolk. They have exhibited widely throughout the country. Their work is approachable, showing how animals interact with us and are impacted by human activity. Others are mythological beasts or symbolise a human quality. Media will include painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, taxidermy, and clay modelling.

Out There Festival

15-17 September

The Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth is a celebration of outdoor arts, circus, culture and the arts, bringing the best talent from across the world to captivate and entertain. Last year saw around 45,000 people attend the outdoor festival with a huge audience of around 5,000 people for the Saturday night tribute ‘Silence’. Joe Mackintosh, Artistic Director says: “The Out There Festival is known to be a breath-taking, weird and wonderful experience. The festival this year boasts 34 artistic companies drawn from 17 countries and 5 continents. With over 100 performances on the weekend, The Out There Festival will bring some of the world’s finest circus and outdoor arts performances into Great Yarmouth.”

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Our Autumn Season is En Pointe!

Norwich Theatre is celebrating all things movement based with its Autumn season of Norwich Moves.

Shows under Norwich Moves provide an opportunity to experience stories where words are not the focus and feature everything from traditional ballet to African dance.

During October, Norwich Theatre

Royal will welcome the stunning Ailey 2 (6 – 7 Oct). The show of four pieces is an intoxicating blend of technically strong young dancers and intelligent yet accessible choreography, making this hard to resist. Ballet Black (20 Oct) heads to Norwich Theatre Royal. The ballet company’s double bill will feature a piece on the artistry and activism of Nina Simone.

For a local flavour, check out Skanda presented by local dance company Natyapriya Dance Company (16 Sep) and Home from Home (19 Oct), featuring Norwich dancers from Cadenza at the Norwich Theatre Playhouse. Boy’s Khaya (26 Oct) is a powerful and moving account of the choreographer’s early life in Zimbabwe, told through a mesmerising combination of contemporary, ballet and African dance, with a spoken-word soundtrack and music.

Ballet fans won’t want to miss the beautiful Northern Ballet who will bring their signature sparkle to the timeless love story Beauty and the Beast (21 –25 Nov) for a story about a curse that only true love can break. With opulent sets and kaleidoscopic costumes, this fairy-tale ballet is a must-see for audiences of all ages.

Norwich Theatre has partnered up with Norfolk and Waveney Mind for their Mind, Body, Earth programme. The workshops provide empathetic spaces where anxieties about our climate and the future can be safely expressed and explored.

The body is where anxiety can be felt at its most intense. However, it is also, where we can find sanctuary, creativity and resilience. This is what Katy Dunne; a Dance Movement Psychotherapist explores during the Moving with Climate Anxiety (12 Sep) workshop. Participants will be encouraged to move and explore their body’s response to the climate crisis.

In Slowing Down to Connect (19 Sep), authentic and creative movement will be utilised to support you in slowing down and deepening your connection to your body, your sensations and instincts.

It’s not just about shows. If you want to get moving, why not try some of Norwich Theatre’s amazing take-part opportunities? On offer is the Dance Lab for Over 50s (4 Sep – 13 Nov), a session for those looking to gain new dance and movement skills. Also, for you to try is Unwind with Movement (7 Sep – 5 Oct) for a relaxed session focused on boosting your wellbeing. No experience is needed for either activity. Your little ones won’t miss out on the dancing with Sing, Dance, Play (8 Sep – 10 Nov).

For more information or to book, visit or contact the Box Office on 01603 630 000

Feel the power of nature with Forest Bathing (14 Sep). This a gentle, circular mindful walk, incorporating elements of the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku or forest bathing. This immersive and calming process helps us become fully aware of the nature around us and our place within it, which can be deeply restorative when we are worried or anxious.

Step into the future and hold a conversation with your descendants to hear their advice and support with Active Hope Across The Centuries (26 Sep). Through this guided activity, you will use your imagination to travel to the future and meet our future beings.

For more information or to book, visit or call the Box Office on 01603 630 000

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Norwich Theatre Gripping Dramas at

Thereis nothing like getting gripped by a play unfolding in front of your eyes on stage. At Norwich Theatre we have everything from shows about ghosts in the dark, to a play about a coughing Major!

Life of Pi

25 - 30 September

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction, Life of Pi is a breathtaking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope. After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen-year-old boy and a Bengal tiger and time is against them. Don’t miss stunning puppetry!


A Ghost Story

10 - 14 October

The new stage phenomenon that has taken the West End by storm now comes to Norwich, starring Joe Absolom, Charlene Boyd, Nathaniel Curtis and Louisa Lytton. Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. Can the dead walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer.

The Full Monty

24 - 28 October

As in the 1997 smash hit film, this brandnew production is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, laughs and heartbreak. Gaz and his mates are down on their luck and feel they have been thrown on the scrap heap, but they are determined to fight back and bare a little more than they ever thought they would have to.


31 October - 4 November

Britain’s top satirical impressionist, Rory Bremner, stars as TV’s Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s thrilling, entertaining, and provocative drama. September 2001: the nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery. In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, and his accomplices duped the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000. Or did they? It is time to ask the audience!

Noises Off

7 – 11 November

Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill, a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Noises Off follows the on and off stage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through the fictional farce, Nothing On. Starring Matthew Kelly and Liza Goddard.

And Then There Were None

30 January – 3 February 2024

Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear. This brandnew production of the best-selling crime novel of all time by Agatha Christie will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Did you know that by becoming a Friend of Norwich Theatre, you will receive half price on the first night of all drama performances, on top of other amazing benefits such as priority booking and discounts at our bars and restaurant. By joining the Friends Scheme, you will also support Norwich Theatre’s creative community work in Norfolk.

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Autumn always conjures up the idea of big platefuls of hearty food accompanied by something delicious to sip. And Norfolk is bursting at the seams with incredible local seasonal ingredients and the talent to cook it. This month I’m highlighting some of the fantastic ways we can enjoy our capital city and county through the delights of good food and drink.

Chet Valley vineyard, located just eight miles from Norwich in Bergh Apton, knows a thing or two about wine. John Hemmant, a graduate chemist, started his vineyard over 10 years ago and works extremely hard to manage the winery and work sustainably. With respect for the natural environment and maintaining a

of their labour is to book onto a Wine Tasting Experience. Held seasonably between April and October (so there is still time), they take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays with two experiences a day. Costing £30 per person you taste four wines including their delicious sparkling wine.

Why not make a bit more of your visit by adding in lunch for an extra £25 per person? Or event better book a picnic (£85 for two) which is full of gorgeous

complex permaculture, the team manage their field space whilst cultivating a variety of vines, bringing together technical expertise with sensitivity to the fruit in question. The result of all this hard work and dedication is beautiful wine. And award-winning at that.

One of the best ways to learn about the winemaking process and the fruits

local produce and a bottle of their wine to be taken out onto the vineyard.

Eat your way through cheese, charcuterie, freshly baked bread, and other nibbles whilst sipping a chilled white. The romantic in me thinks this is such a great idea and also a wonderful surprise and/or present for someone. Note that while this is offered until October, they’ll be creating some nice things to do at Christmas – so watch this space!

But wine tasting isn’t the only way to enjoy Chet Valley. The vineyard is trying really hard to share their love of wine and winemaking in more ways so they recently invested in a dedicated events space which can be booked for private events including catering. And you can indulge in vineyard stays as they have accommodation overlooking the vines.

The Sunday Times listed it as one of the top 7 vineyards to stay in the country. High praise indeed!

Farmyard on St Benedict’s Street in Norwich is a fabulous restaurant with a big heart, supporting their staff by introducing a Happy Hospitality policy post pandemic. Recognising that hospitality staff work long and unsociable hours they put their chefs on a fourday week to avoid team burnout and improve wellbeing. They also care about local producers, so they work directly with farmers and businesses to get the best produce seasonally from our region. Not only that, they also cook over charcoal which is sustainably sourced on their Bertha oven to give the handpicked produce a unique flavour.

During lockdown when businesses had to be creative to continue trading and also provide for the community, owners of Farmyard - Andrew and Hannah, dreamt up Farmyard Frozen, a range of

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restaurant quality meals. In June this year at the British Frozen Food Federation Awards, they won both Retail Gold Award for Best Dessert for its Gold Bar and Retail Innovation Award – which was especially incredible as this category is chosen solely by the judges. They beat some of the biggest and most well-known brands we know including Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.

For anyone wanting to dine out, the restaurant doesn’t disappoint. They have a slogan ‘Refined Food With Attitude’, meaning, fine produce, not fine dining. Farmyard opened in 2017 and has since received critical acclaim from none other than Jay Rayner (a hard man to please) and been awarded three rosettes by The AA.

What can you look forward to eating? Well, tuck into starters such as chilled spring pea & asparagus soup, crispy shallots, mint; mains like cod, laksa, agretti, furikake, chard and dessertstonka & coconut rice pudding, almonds, raspberries. There’s also a choice of snack and sides.

Lunchtime set menus cost £23 for 2-courses and £29 for 3-courses with an a la carte menu in the evenings. Prices start at £10 for a starter, £20 for a main and £5 for dessert. The wine list is largely international offering one local wine –Flint Charmat Rosé at £50.

Another amazing restaurant in Norwich is Brix and Bones on London Street, located within Gonzo’s Tea Room. This is

true hidden gem. A 30-seater restaurant, it has a bespoke open kitchen which is exciting for diners to see from their tables which uses charcoal and a wood burning grill. This restaurant cooks over fire, and it is incredible! And so is the inventive menu. Like many of our fabulous restaurants, George Wood, the hugely talented chef proprietor uses local seasonal produce, yet his flavours are inspired by world travels. This is a meaty restaurant although vegetarians are catered for too. George sources his sustainable and organic meat from local businesses and those around the UK. Try dishes such as Korean pulled pork, beetroot taco and pickled ginger; Mutton leg, foraged chanterelles, wood sorrel verde, and bone marrow fudge doughnut.

In July, Brix and Bones was nominated by the public as one of the best local restaurants in the country which led to them being placed in the top 100 restaurants by Good Food. An incredible result especially as there were over 37,000 votes.

New for this year is a tour with The Shoebox Experiences – The Tipsy Tavern Trail. Which, in itself, is such an alluring theme I would buy tickets without knowing what you get! This is a serious tour – ish. Over 3 hours and 1.3 miles you will be taken across Norwich starting at The Red Lion in Bishopgate. You’ll stop at three historic drinking holes for a half-

pint or a tipple before you complete the tour at The Murderers for a full pint and a Q&A with your guide. All this for £45 per adult (over 18), the tour is also wheelchair accessible.

Finally, there’s nothing like a food and drink festival to whet your appetite for local produce and products. The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival takes place in the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall between 2 – 3 September (10am – 4pm, free entry, parking £5). It’s biggest yet, there will be over 70 stalls featuring regulars like Candi’s Chutney, Black Shuck gins, honey from Leigh’s Bees, and fantastic breads and pastries from Bread Source as well as newbies like Norfolk Doggy Deli with treats for our four-legged friends. Plus, there will be food stands to buy lunch and snacks and The Arthur Howell Cookery Theatre which will offer a packed programme of demonstrations and talks from the area’s chefs and local producers - hosted by Norwich-based foodie and wine expert Andy Newman.

More this month:

Norfolk Heritage Open Days is the largest programme of free events outside London. Whilst some events must be booked in advance, many are ‘turn up on the day’. This is a not-to-be-missed experience to get into some of the most incredible buildings in Norfolk. Examples are: The Strangers Club on Elm Hill, Pull’s Ferry Watergate Room and Quaker Meeting House. Take a look at

As part of the 50th anniversary of The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Jago Cooper the centre’s Executive Director hired new talent which included Kenneth Paranada, Curator of Art and Climate Change. This month see The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff (10 September - 14 January 2024). In this major international art exhibition, visitors will meet artworks composed of salvaged materials, resynthesised fragments, and e-waste.

It’s your last chance to see The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck 1682 at Norwich Castle as it closes 10 September.

Full details of everything mentioned here and loads more ideas can be found at

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chocolates and ice cream, Booja-Booja began their journey in 1999. They sought to create melt-in-your-mouth treats which not only tasted delicious and were dedicated to quality but used simple animal-free and organic ingredients. Over the past 24 years, they have delighted and surprised us with an array of truffles; perfect for gifts to friends, family or yourself, and ice creams which will have you exclaiming ‘this is vegan?!’

It’s not only their treats which have caught our heart but it’s their dedication to their standards and their Norfolk roots which keeps us returning to their chocolate boxes. Being

dairy, soya and gluten free does not mean that this brand loses any of their charm. Instead, it reinforces their commitment to ensuring more people can enjoy those special moments; from ‘you shouldn’t have…’ as you hand over that gold patterned box to say thank you or ‘just one more…’ as you enjoy those perfectly-flavoured bites of a Saturday evening.

Try Booja Booja Caramel Pecan Praline Dairy Free Ice Cream (465ml, £5.50) for the perfect late summer delight. Seven simple ingredients go into making this delicious, creamy, smooth, ice cream, including moreish pecans and cashews. Or if you are not in the mood for ice cream, go for the Booja Booja Award Winning Selection (£12.00) which contains 16 perfect truffles to enjoy including tangy rhubarb and vanilla fool and feisty stem ginger. Discover more from Booja Booja in the Jarrold Food Hall.

Apple of our Eye

Come September, the autumn apples are ready for harvesting. Though different varieties ripen at different times, early fall is the most reliable time to visit your local orchard. Not got time to go picking? Visit the Jarrold Food Hall to discover the best this delicious fruit has to offer.

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The hippie lavender & apple powdered latte drink (£6)

An enchanting partnership of lavender and apple, this latte drink creates the perfect beverage. A delightful, flavour packed purple latte which retains the lusciousness of the apples while complimenting the perfume hint of the lavender.

The Garlic Farm, fig, apple & garlic chutney (£5.50)

This fruity temptation partners well with cheese & games dishes but with the perfect sweet/sour balance it also compliments curries, casseroles & rice dishes. The perfect chutney for a range of autumn dishes.

Fournier Le Cidre Poire (75cl, £7.20)

Low in alcohol but big on sweet tangy flavours, this artisanal perry has fine bubbles, a blooming texture and a pleasant finish.

As Clear as Vodka…

Used over the years as currency and as medicine, vodka is one of the most versatile spirits to be found on your cocktail bar. Dating back to the 12th century, the spirit can be made from a variety of ingredients including potatoes, fruits or grains, depending on the origin. It is also the base spirit for a number of well-known cocktails including James Bond’s favourite martini and Carrie Bradshaw’s stylish Cosmopolitans.

For a Norfolk take of this cocktail staple, why not try Black Shuck Share The Spirit (70cl £37.50)? Distilled from Sugar Beet, it retains the spirit’s smooth characteristic whilst the sweet, nutty vanilla tones make it perfect for sipping or mixing.

Named after the East Anglian folklore about a ghostly black dog, Black Shuck is an awardwinning distillery producing a wide selection of gins, rums, vodkas and liqueurs. You can also visit their distillery in Fakenham finding out how some of their liqueurs are made and maybe even sample a few…

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Bishop – AKA The Next Loaf - baking class teacher, author of the baking book ‘Two Magpies Bakery’ and the founder of Two Magpies Bakery. Each month my baking column will feature baking tips, book recommendations, ingredients, equipment and a recipe of the month. Also this month I’m excited to share my news of the launch of “The Next Loaf’ baking school with a great new range of classes starting in January 2024. To get the latest information sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram @thenextloaf

What I’ve been baking...

A Tarte Tropezienne was my afternoon treat on a recent holiday in the South of France – the scent of orange flower water transports me back to blue skies, sunshine and buttery croissants from the village bakery. It also happens to use brioche as the base dough - another reason to get on board with this month’s recipe!

What I’m reading

Inspired by the baking traditions and flavours of their native Israel, Honey and co -The baking book, written by Itamar and Sarit Srulovich was first published in 2015. My well-thumbed copy, currently on my kitchen counter, is still giving me ideas and inspiration for sweet and savoury bakes using some of my favourite ingredients.

Baking know-how

Bread dough needs to be strong and elastic to be able to expand, so bakers use the ‘window pane’ test to assess how long to continue kneading or developing the dough. If you’ve just finished kneading let the dough relax for a minute then delicately pinch a walnut-sized piece between the fingers and thumbs of both hands and gently stretch the dough. If it tears immediately there is no gluten development (continue kneading) if it’s feels smooth and strong and can be stretched to the point of transparency your dough has reached moderate gluten development and you’re ready to move on to the next stage of your recipe.

This month I’m mainly making jam... In August my blackcurrant bush gave me just enough fruit to make a jar of jam which I flavoured with rose water. Though perfectly delicious and well worth the effort this singular jar is long gone, so my attention, in September, has moved to the plums and damsons weighing down the trees I pass whilst out walking my dog. This jam will see me through the winter months and remind me of autumn’s bounty. If you’ve never made a jar of jam I’d strongly encourage you to have a go – use the same amount of sugar to fruit weight (you can buy sugar with added pectin if the fruit you’re using doesn’t set easily) and a pan deep enough to allow the jam to double in size when it’s boiling.


From January 2024 I’m launching ‘The Next Loaf’ baking school in Wenhaston, Suffolk. If you’ve already attended one of my classes at Two Magpies Bakery you’ll know they’re perfect if you want to raise your baking game or to give as a gift for a loved one. Classes will be small so there’s lots of personal attention and are suitable for beginners, or bakers looking for more consistency and challenge. We’ll be mixing, shaping and baking our way through an exciting range of classes including Scandinavian baking, Easter baking, sourdough, parent and child baking and Italian baking – to name a few! Classes (and gift vouchers) are now available to book on my website


Planning a special get-together, hendo or just love to bake with friends and family? If you’re interested in a bespoke classes in your own home for a maximum of 6 people get in touch with


2 Sept Baking demonstration & book signing at North Norfolk food festival

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas mark 4.

To make the pastry, measure the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water gradually, mixing to form a soft dough.

Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut 12 circles from your pastry and then gently fit into a greased 12 hole bun-tin.

Measure all the sponge ingredients into a bowl and beat until well combined.

Add a little jam to each of the 12 tarts and then top with the sponge mixture.

Bake the tarts in a preheated oven for about


Aswe head into a new academic year many of us will be looking to pack a little bit of excitement into the otherwise dull world of the packed lunch. Lunch boxes can be lifted to a whole new level of awesome with a little bit of home baking. Try these delicious treats and get the bambinos involved in the mixing, making and baking for a sweet treat on the go.


For the pastry

• 175g plain flour

• 75g butter

• 2-3 tablespoons cold water

The sponge

• 100g softened butter

• 100g caster sugar

• 175g self-raising flour

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 2 large eggs

• 2 tablespoons milk

• ½ teaspoon almond extract

For the filling and icing

• 4 tablespoons of ART’s Jolly Jam

• 150-200g icing sugar

• 2-3 tablespoons water

• Fresh or glacé cherries

25 minutes or until the pastry has shrunk from the sides of the tin and the sponge springs back when pressed in centre with your fingertips. Leave to cool in the tin.

When the tarts have cooled, make the icing by gradually combining the water with icing sugar until it comes together to make a smooth pouring consistency that you can gently drizzle over the top of the tarts. Place your cherries, fresh or glacé, on the top of each tart to finish.

Serve the tart as a scrumptious treat for the whole family or add to a packup for a homemade sweet treat.

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Three wines

I have enjoyed this month

Crémant de Bourgogne Bio, Veuve Ambal


If youare like me when you dream of the perfect holiday, factors such as sunshine, relaxation, leisurely lunches and bottles of pale rosé consumed under blue skies come to mind.

You can give me the greatest scenery, the most interesting historical sites and the most stunning architecture – but if I’m not going to eat and drink well, I don’t want to go there.

It won’t surprise you to learn that my trips often end up being to places around the globe which produce wine. My summers are

vineyard is a big factor in choosing these destinations, but it is only one. Wineproducing regions make perfect holiday destinations for all sorts of reasons.

Let’s take climate first. Pretty much all of the world’s wine is made between 30 and 50 degrees latitude. In other words, growing vines requires just the sort of climate which most of us seek

is cultural. These are places where the pace of life is slower, where the locals have learnt not to burden themselves with too much stress, and where the simple things in life are valued.

I have yet to visit a wineproducing region where there isn’t also a vibrant local food culture. Often the two have evolved alongside each other, providing the hungry and thirsty tourist with perfectly matched mealtimes.

Traditional method crémant from Burgundy offers some of the best value fizz around, and this one from leading producer Veuve Ambal combines Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Aligoté grapes, all organically grown, to deliver rich notes of brioche and butter on the nose, and flavours of apricot and peach.

spent touring the Veneto in northern Italy, home to Soave and Valpolicella; heading inland from the gastronomic mecca of San Sebastian to explore Rioja; or visiting Napa Valley wineries.

I have just returned from a three week tour which took in Alsace, Provence and Burgundy, as well as Piedmont in Italy.

The opportunity to visit producers and taste their ranges right there in the

out on holiday: temperate, sunny and pleasant, without too many weather extremes.

Secondly, the kind of topography required to make wine is attractive: gentle, undulating hills and lush, green vegetation. Sure, some people like climbing bleak mountains or exploring barren deserts, but that isn’t what I call a holiday. Each to their own.

But mostly, the attraction of holidaying in wine regions

But above all, what makes a holiday in a wine region is the people. Winemakers – in fact, pretty much anyone involved in wine – are invariably generous, welcoming and happy to share their enthusiasm with anyone who shows an interest. This exuberance seems to rub off on everyone living in a wine-producing area and it is that above all else which makes such regions so much fun to visit.

On my holiday this year I was wowed by the grand Savoy architecture of Turin, sampled the raffish delights of Marseille, and was exhilarated by an Alpine drive over the San Gotthard Pass. But mostly I was enjoying everything which makes up a wine region, including, naturally, a glass or two of the local produce. I am a wine writer, after all – it’s research.

Château Henri Bonnaud

Palette Rosé, 2021


Palette is the oldest and smallest AOC in Provence, situated just to the east of Aix-en-Provence. The organic Château Henri Bonnaud is one of just four producers in the appellation, and this rosé is made from Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault, with 20% of the grapes aged in oak for eight months. The result is a complex nose with red berry fruits, spicy notes and hints of citrus and rose petal – a wine for food.

Château Simone Palette Rouge, 2019, £49,

Arguably the best wine from the Palette appellation, Château Simone is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and several other rare varieties such as Castet, Manosquin and Muscatel. Aged in small casks for eight months and then larger barrels for a further year, this is a big wine, redolent of wild berries, herbs, black pepper and game. Just coming to maturity now, it will keep for another ten years.

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I have yet to visit a wine-producing region where there isn’t also a vibrant local food culture.
Andy Newman visited four different regions on his summer holiday this year. Have a guess what they had in common…

According to a 2021/22 survey, cats were ranked second most commonly owned pet in the UK, with Norfolk showing the highest cat population in the whole of the UK! The top ten breeds now include the British Shorthair, Maine Coon and Ragdoll. With an anecdotal rise in long haired cats the demand for cat groomers is at an all time high.

Introducing Cats At Home, the first cat only spa based in Wymondham and North Walsham. One of the major appeals is its owner Charlie Galbraith, an experienced qualified Veterinary Nurse with her team of experienced assistants and fellow Veterinary Nurses.

Cats at Home offers a unique grooming experience for cats, with an appreciation for the individuality of each of its furry clients at its core.

The spa includes two treatment rooms, a cat bath, blow dryer and nail corner which is the chair of choice for all nail clippings. It is important for Charlie that Cats at Home offers a service for matted or difficult cats without sedation. So, relaxation therapy plug-in’s are used throughout the salon and sold within. Offering services for cats from 8 weeks old to their oldest client of nearly 22 years old, Charlie understands the importance of each cats needs.

People adore their cats, but with busy lifestyles and an increased popularity in long haired cats which typically don’t self maintain very well, our pets’ fur can easily become unruly. Cats at Home offer free consultations to establish your cat’s needs, either over the phone or face to face.

Cats at Home works closely with veterinary practices to ensure each cat is given the best possible care specific to their own medical or behavioural requirements. Charlie and her team have vast experience in dealing with some difficult clients, and will always put the cat’s welfare first. What is encouraging to see is that fractious and nervous cats can really thrive at the salon after frequent trips, where handling, coat analysis and treatments are tailored to each client’s needs.

Cats At Home now caters to hundreds of cat owners with a range of affordable, quality services. If you want to give your cat an enjoyable grooming experience, where sedation is not required, then get in touch. They are on all social media platforms and your cat even gets a mention and photo on facebook and instagram.

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As aneducator and parent I absolutely love this time of year. The opportunity and excitement that the new academic year gives to us all. Whether it is a love of stationery or the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, September and a new school year is like standing on the edge of a cliff with... ?

Now, that is where the differences really begin. For me it is the dawn of a

butnotfor everyone

new horizon, the road to endless new and exciting possibilities with as many safety nets and support networks as I need and can offer, but many others have a totally different viewpoint. Hanging on to the cliff edge too afraid to let go or slipping down into a murky pool of doom with no idea how to get out or get through.

I know that all sounds very dramatic but with the weight of the past few years in our young people’s minds and expectations, it is not surprising that young people continue

to struggle. It is our responsibility to provide the guidance and support to help to change the perspective of all, to see the many exciting opportunities that our schools have to offer.

Prior to the pandemic absence from school was at an average of 4.7% but absence from school is now considered by some as the new epidemic, rising to an average of 7.6% 2022/23. We need to help to change

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Elizabeth Parker discusses how we can support and guide everyone to an optimistic and exciting start to a new academic year.
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the attendance of young people at school. Let’s firstly consider ‘why’? We were told we needed to stay at home for an extended period, stay away from people and that we needed to do everything in our homes including education and working. We all did our best, but we know that in comparison to what our young people learn and access in the classroom, our best was a quick fix for an unusual situation and not a lifelong change. Not only did our young people miss out on educationwhich we are attempting to solve with government grants and more tuition identification of knowledge gaps, but they missed out on valuable socialising. School offers a safe environment for learning, making mistakes, making friends, socialising in the present and many extra-curricular opportunities. Let’s all help to support our young people to have excellent attendance and a fulfilling school life. So how can we do that?

Show the young person in your life a level of understanding as to why it might be so difficult for them. Ask them what their fears are and don’t brush them off as silly. I read a description which has stayed with me; for someone who is afraid of socialising we are asking them to sit in a room with the thing they

school, make the school as familiar as possible. Also remember that on the first day of school everyone going into the building will have butterflies, including the teachers!

Reward and praise!! Come up with a reward strategy that works for you and yours. What does that mean? For some

are most afraid of, for you it might be spiders for me it would be fireworks. The fear is real so are the physiological feelings that we all get with fear. Reach out to them and to the adults at your child’s school. Work together; many schools will have counsellors or teachers that your young person could speak to. Use grounding and breathing strategies to help. If you are changing schools then ask to speak to the person in charge of transition, ask for more visits to the

just going to school on a day-by-day basis will warrant a reward, getting up on time, getting ready, leaving the house without a meltdown. For others a reward will come after a full week at school, a full month, half a term. Reward can come in many forms according to our own budget and individuality.

Attendance is not an issue for all. Thankfully and if we can all aim for 98% attendance (100% is obviously perfect!!) then everything is fine. Sadly, that is not always the case. Actively encourage your young person to be as involved with as many extracurricular activities as possible. If you are sat with a sporty young person then that feels like an easier task to achieve but there are so many options for non-sporty minded people:

STEM, Science, Drama, Music , Art, Languages, Environmental, Robotic Lego, Geography,

Box breathing, also known as foursquare breathing is where you breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, hold for four seconds and repeat. This is a technique which has been used by elite organisations for many years, including the US Navy Seals, to reduce anxiety and stress in challenging situations.

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BOX BREATHING CALMING Breath in slowly, fill your lungs Hold your breath Breath out slowly, empty your lungs Relax, don’t breath in 4 SECONDS 4 SECONDS 4 SECONDS 4 SECONDS REPEAT
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If you are changing schools then ask to speak to the person in charge of transition, ask for more visits to the school, make the school as familiar as possible.

Computing, the list is endless. Ask your school for a timetable and encourage your young person to at least try one thing. If you know that they will not be brave enough to go to something new, then ask for help from the pastoral team to help them to go through the door for the very first time. We all need to feel that we belong to the community that we go to every day.


Within the first couple of weeks the routines will be established, so we are attending every day, we have a new school club that we go to, we have new friends, we have homework and new classes. Can we expect everything to be running smoothly? For some-yes-but others even the mention of the word homework is enough to send everything spinning back into that murky hole. So, let’s ask; Is the problem the actual homework or just the idea of doing the more work when your young person gets home?

If the homework is just too challenging, then back to the school we must go and ask for help. If it is the idea of doing homework, then we need to support our young person as homework is essential. It is a way to embed knowledge into people’s brains. By the time young people get to take any assessments there are several years of knowledge that they will need to recall. It is also where we can see what the young person can do outside of the supportive network of the classroom and teachers can then identify gaps that need filling to support achievement. When we do well, we have that intrinsic feeling of success.

To help to achieve this success we can put homework as part of the routine; where are they going to do the homework? Maybe an after-school homework club might be the perfect place or is it the school library? If you are still working from home then a space next to each other. You will have access to the online portal where many schools will share your young persons homework with you both. Discuss the homework with them, have conversations, be positive.

Well done, you have navigated your way through the beginning of a new academic year, new uniform, new routines, new school and new stationery! But where is the enjoyment of the summer holidays, the time with your young person? That also needs putting into the routine of the new academic year. During the summer holiday I embraced electronic games (with my 14 year old) and find myself the proud owner of a dinosaur park and played tennis with my sporty 9 year old. It is important that we continue to be kind to ourselves and each other. Make Friday a movie night, go for a walk on Saturdays, take note of the colour changes from summer into autumn, just chat about the week. Whatever it is that you do make sure it is part of the new academic year routine and make 2023/24 a real success.



Help them make a plan...

On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.

Once you find your breath, go through the following steps, counting backwards from five to one to help ground yourself.

The alphabet game is where you name something for every letter of the alphabet within any category of subject. This could be animals, people’s names, foods etc.

5 4 3 2 1

Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you

Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you

Acknowledge THREE things you hear

Acknowledge TWO things you can smell

Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste

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Young people need to be prepared to deal with novel situations and have the confidence in themselves to trust their own judgement and the resilience to go again.

Norwich High School for Girls shapes future change makers

Places&Faces talks to Hazel Packer Director of Sixth Form at Norwich High School for Girls GDST

Norwich High School remains true to its founding principles by offering girls excellence in education, experience and opportunity and they have always been keen to embrace fun and allow girls to flourish. To understand this a little more Places&Faces talks to Hazel Packer, Director of Sixth Form at Norwich High School for Girls GDST.

How did you first get into teaching?

I was brought up in Norwich and went to the Blyth Jex School which is now Sewell Park. I had a real wanderlust and loved learning about the world, but I wanted to see it too. I took up a practical work placement in Iceland after my A Levels which helped confirm my chosen degree as a Geography

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teacher (ice and volcanoes are amongst my favourite topics today). My family instilled the value of integrity, hard work and sticking at something. Having been involved with youth work in my gap year before gaining a First in Geography at Durham University, I wanted a career where I could use my degree directly, but also nurture others; teaching offered the chance to do both.

I’ve spent nearly all of my teaching career at Norwich High working in different roles before taking on the Director of Sixth Form role in 2012. Very early on in my time here I had senior members of staff offering me the opportunities to gain more responsibility. I am now being supported through a Master’s Degree alongside my role on the Senior Leadership Team.

What is the best part of your job?

I am lucky to work with students as they prepare to move on to university, apprenticeships and careers. Working 1:1 with students, along with the support of incredible colleagues, is the most fulfilling part of my job. Discovering what drives and excites each individual enables us to fully support them as they steer their course onwards.

How would you describe the Sixth Form at Norwich High?

Anyone who visits the school picks up on the warmth of the atmosphere. But when you join the community, you learn how collegiate and supportive it is. Students genuinely celebrate one another’s successes but it is in more difficult times that you feel the strength of the community pull together and it is wonderful to nurture and be part of that.

We know our students as individuals. We understand how to stretch them and are always on the lookout for opportunities for them. Our Six+ programme has been running in various guises for nearly fifteen years offering talks to encourage students to be open to new ideas, forge their own paths and follow their own interests. There are no

gendered expectations and as a result our students thrive. We have scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers alongside artists, actors, humanities students and so on. Students are encouraged to question and develop far beyond the curriculum.

How do you prepare students for life after school?

I feel a huge sense of responsibility to do the very best I can for our students in preparing them for real life, not just to pass exams. In real life things can be quite unexpected and paths can be a lot more winding than one anticipates. Young people need to be prepared to deal with novel situations and have the confidence in themselves to trust their own judgement and the resilience to go again. It is vital that our young people develop self esteem and the ability to connect with others; we aim to nurture them so that they can walk into any room and feel confident talking to anyone there knowing they have something to bring and that what they say is of value. If we teach them to work in teams and have a voice, then they are going to have a voice whether it is in a boardroom, in a meeting or in a relationship.

Having fun and being creative, trying new things and not being overly concerned about failing are all important. Our students can fail and they will get picked up and can try again given our supportive environment. In life, what we often need more than anything is grit and determination; our students develop this through all our activities and programmes.

What are you most proud of during your time as Director of Sixth Form?

I’m proud of our community and its legacy. It is always fantastic to hear back from alumnae about their successes and the differences they are making within their communities. Their commitment, zest and energy inspires me and helps me in turn to inspire current Sixth Formers.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

As well as studying for my Master’s, I am usually found on a sports pitch, most often cheering on one of our three children from the sidelines, but I also play football (enthusiastically, if not skillfully) for a local team, Leftfield FC. I love to be by or in the water and as a family we love heading to the North Norfolk coast, exploring the marshes and grabbing a bite to eat at the White Horse in Brancaster Staithe, or paddleboarding on one of the county’s many waterways. We have recently returned from hiking, walking and paddling our way round Savoie, France.

Visit Norwich High Sixth Form at their forthcoming OPEN EVENING on Wednesday 11 October from 6.30pm.

FIND OUT MORE about joining the Sixth Form in September 2024 including the deadlines this autumn for Bursary and Scholarship applications. for details and the link to register.

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City of Norwich School

Meet the Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form, Kate Nichols

What brought you to Norfolk and CNS?

I came to Norfolk in 1999 to study for a chemistry degree at UEA; having finished, I stayed on to do my PGCE in secondary teaching. At the time, the government were offering money to train and pay off my student debt if I stayed in teaching for five years. This was an excellent incentive to joining teaching. Having previously thought I’d never go into teaching, I loved the training and did my first placement at CNS.

I have had a variety of roles at the school from faculty leader of science and assistant head through to my current role as deputy head teacher, which includes being the director of our large 420 strong sixth form.

What do you love about sixth form?

The transition of a Year 11 student into a Year 13 who leaves us ready for the world of adulthood is extremely special. They grow up and into themselves so much in sixth form and I love being part of that transition. Sixth formers make me laugh on a daily basis, whether it’s turning up in a lobster outfit (happened this year!), their entrepreneurial flare, or their reasons for lateness, they certainly keep us on our toes. The teachers who work with the sixth formers are also a joy. With over 30 different A-levels on offer at CNS, plus the EPQ and Gold DofE, the level of expertise and passion of the people that I work with every day is a pleasure.

What is your favourite place in Norfolk?

There is nothing better than an early morning swim at Sea Palling with the flat sands and the odd seal to keep you entertained. I also just love Norwich; it truly is a Fine City!


Thursday 5th October

Doors open at 5.30pm, ends at 8pm Headteacher ’s address 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm


Thursday 2nd November

Doors open at 5.30pm, ends at 8pm Headteacher’s address at 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm

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As the new school term approaches, the time has come to find the perfect backpack for your little scholar! It's important to consider size, durability, and comfort, ensuring that it's able to carry all their essentials comfortably without straining their shoulders and be well-made to make sure it lasts for the whole year. With such a wide selection of designs and colours available, finding a backpack that reflects their personality and style can become a bit of a challenge, so here's a selection of some of my favourite new backpacks (for varying budgets) that are out, ready for September!

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On a budget? Under £20 MidRange?
Treat Yourself? Over £75
£35 - £55
Teddy Backpack, £12.99, H&M Checked Backpack, £12, Flying Tiger at Chantry Place Black Daisy Rucksack & Matching Purse, £16, George at ASDA Smash Daisy Backpack, £12, Argos Jack & Jones Stone Logo Backpack, £54.99, New Look Graphic Montana Backpack, £44.99, Superdry Alice Wheeler London Marlow Backpack, £49.99, Joules L-Pack Standard Backpack, £35, Levi's ROKA Canfield B Sustainable Nylon Backpack, £79.95, Jarrold BOSS Catch All Over Print Backpack, £169, House of Fraser Kiev Smooth Leather Laptop Backpack, £179, Dr. Martens HERSCHEL Pink Retreat Small Backback, £75, Schuh
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Fashion at

Althoughthe sun is still shining, in retail terms, fashion has already started looking towards autumn. The changing of the seasons is always a great time to re-evaluate your wardrobe and start to curate a wardrobe of pieces you truly love and want to wear.

A great way to start is to look at your own wardrobe, take out anything you don’t truly love or haven’t worn in years. Don’t throw them away, recycle them! If you are a My John Lewis member you can bring in five pre-loved items and enjoy £5 off your fashion or homewear purchase that day over £20.

Often it’s then hard to know how to start putting things together and creating new outfits. Our free John Lewis personal styling service for men and women can help. We are here to help inspire, guide, give honest advice and empower you to buy wise and dress well.

With our array of brands including everyday affordability from ANYDAY and beautiful contemporary classics from John Lewis women and men there is something for everyone. So why not book an appointment today.

I have created a wish list of my favourite pieces for autumn 2023.

1. John Lewis ANYDAY stripe knit V-neck jumper, cream/black stripe £34 2. John Lewis ANYDAY purcie leather soft elastic Chelsea boots, camel £79 3. John Lewis ANYDAY Sia East/ West minimal tote bag, khaki green £49 4. John Lewis textured stripe cardigan, blue £55 5. John Lewis bow neck stripe cotton shirt, white/multi 6. John Lewis ANYDAY Feigh leather loafers, black by Chloe Norman Personal Stylist at John Lewis Norwich Instagram: @jl_chloenorman
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Whether you need outfit inspiration or a full wardrobe refresh, John Lewis Personal Stylists are there to help
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Stylish September

Stylish September

What to fall for this month...

Clockwise from top left: Suede Crossbody Bag with Gold Chain, £65, Monsoon at Chantry Place.

Cream Striped Turtleneck Jumper, £27.99, H&M at Chantry Place.

Stone Pocket Front Shacket, £29.99, New Look.

Mink Webbed Strap Cross Body Bag, £19.99, New Look.

Stone Suede Fringe Detail Western Boots, £75, River Island.

AllSaints Ava Leather Heeled Chalk Sandals, £179, John Lewis.

Nobody's Child Suki Jilly Geometric Print Jumpsuit, £65, John Lewis.

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Interior Trends

Interior designer Laura Ruddy, owner of the stylish Norfolk Luxury Furniture, gives us advice to keep our homes on trend this year.

Norfolk Luxury Furniture is a new online company that specialises in supplying on-trend, desirable items of furniture and furnishings. The owner, Laura Ruddy, set up the business after spending many hours searching the internet for quality, luxurious items at competitive prices.


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The beauty of faux

Artificial plants have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to their low maintenance and long-lasting beauty. This faux orchid boasts a botanical accuracy second to none. It would look fantastic as a dining table or kitchen island centrepiece. For those looking to add a touch of greenery to the home without having to worry about maintenance, faux flowers and plants can be a great option. They require zero upkeep and provide a beautiful accent to any room whilst bringing a touch of nature to your space. With a variety of sizes, we have something to fit every need.

Dining in?

This hand-crafted, hardwood Copgrove Collection Round Pedestal Dining Table, is a stunning centrepiece to any dining space. Perfect for gatherings with family or friends, the round design encourages conversation and connection. With a choice of matching chairs and sideboards available, you can easily refresh your home in a timeless and cohesive style with ease.

Choosing the right Chandelier

Chandeliers come in a variety of styles, from classic crystal to modern and contemporary designs. Chandeliers can make a bold statement and can instantly transform a room into a sophisticated space. Hang an eye-catching chandelier above your dining table and create the perfectly finished dining area. When choosing statement lighting, it's important to consider several factors to ensure that it compliments your space and serves its purpose effectively. Here are some tips to consider to help you make the right choice: size of the room, the purpose of the lighting, style of your space, the ceiling height and last but not least - don’t be afraid at experimenting in different shapes and materials.

The light above is the Eros Chandelier by RV Astley.

Diffusers for your home

Take a look at the Eym collection. Eym have seven different fragrances, each made for different purposes. All are 100% natural and expertly blended to help with aroma-therapeutic benefits from relaxation to energising. This diffuser has a sensual and uplifting scent, packed full of Neroli and Orange Blossom, both of which are known to evoke feelings of happiness. Eym also have diffuser refills so you can hold onto the glassware and re-use it as much as you like. With simple but elegant designs, these will fit perfectly in any room.

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We recently tried The Stag in Salhouse, Norwich - and the food was delicious! They have a great variety of options on the menu for adults and children. They have recently finished the rooms upstairs for any guests that wish to stay, which (along with the rest of the renovation) have been completed to an incredibly high standard and each are individually decorated beautifully. I highly recommend the Sunday roast but be sure to book, as they are becoming increasingly busy!

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Gardening with Tom Strowlger

Autumn turns to Winter. The growth of established grass starts to slow this month so we should now be cutting the lawn on the highest lawnmower setting as we want the grass to have plenty of leaf to stay healthy in Autumn and Winter.

We can start to plan and order our spring bulbs, starting with crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths. We can plant the new bulbs into existing or new beds and borders in our gardens, with spring bulbs it is certainly the more planted the merrier. We want to make our spring gardens as colourful and green as possible so let’s use this month to start planting spring bulbs. This month is ideal for preparing for all the future falling brown leaves,

Thestart of meteorological Autumn is here and with it comes ever shortening and cooler days. September can bring us late sun and warmth which we can enjoy whilst tidying up our changing gardens. This month we can spend time cutting back any untidy brown foliage and getting the garden Autumn ready. We should take a moment to delight in the garden we have created and so enjoyed however not for too long as now we need to turn the page on that season and get doing the early Autumn gardening jobs.

We want our annual and perennial Summer flowers to extend their floral display as far into Autumn as possible so we should be deadheading as many spent flowers as we can. This will ensure the plants concentrate their efforts and energy on any new buds and flowers. A snip of a deadhead here and there can give our summer plants a last push of colour. We should do the same to our hanging baskets to keep them both tidy and colourful before we take them down until next year.

The summer will have taken its toll on the garden lawn, so laying new turf and sowing grass seed whilst the soil remains warm and nights are becoming cooler and damper are the perfect conditions for seeds to germinate and roots to take. We can make our lawns look thick and presentable before the

so we can set about building a new compost. Ideally a compost will be a self-enclosed environment made from old planks of wood or pallets opposed to just being a heap of leaves, we want the leaves to stay in one place and breakdown into a mulch that we can use on our borders and beds next year.

I love the changing of colours and browning leaves that Autumn time brings with it. We are watching our gardens transition from active green growth to the slow march towards dormancy. I always think September is a hangover month of summertime, a month with one leg in the past season and one leg in the future season.

Please do follow me on Instagram @garden_with_tom for more seasonal gardening advice and tips.



Buy a sketch book and pencil to put your garden ideas on paper

Give the lawn a feed with an Autumn Fertiliser

Empty any unused posts and clean them out for storage

Place your pots on pot feet or pieces of wood to prevent waterlogging

Place a net over ponds to prevent falling leaves

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Since 1980 we have provided care and have met with thousands of families who are seeking an alternative to moving into a residential care home.

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Question: I am getting older and do not have any close relatives. However, going through a document box I have had for years, I believe that there may be a first cousin, possibly two. Is there any way I can try to trace if they are still alive?

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They will ask for your details but also for the following about the person you are trying to trace: Their full name, date of birth, relationship to you and the reason you are out of touch.

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Life & Living

Fitness NEAT

What on earth

is NEAT and why do you need to know about it?! NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. And what exactly does that mean? Let me explain the science bit…

We each have a total amount of energy (calories) that we use each day to enable us to carry out all of the physical functions we need to perform. This is called our TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure). Many factors make up our TDEE, but the two that we are focusing on are EAT (exercise activity thermogenesis) and NEAT. These are the amount of energy we burn doing planned physical exercise such as going to a fitness class (EAT) and the amount we burn through all the other physical movements we do throughout the day (NEAT). It’s the energy we burn while doing everyday tasks like walking, fidgeting, cleaning the house, or even chewing gum. It’s the secret calorieburning engine that’s humming away in the background while you go about your daily routine

You see, when it comes to fat loss, most of us immediately think of intense workouts at the gym, sweating buckets on the treadmill, and pumping iron until our muscles scream for mercy. And while those things will indeed increase how many calories you burn, you may be surprised to learn that you may not burn as many calories as you think this way!

Estimates vary, but it’s generally accepted that EAT (planned exercise) can

account for as little as 5-15% of your total daily calories burned. While NEAT can account for 15-50%

So if fat loss is your aim, increasing your NEAT is a no brainer!

Think about it—how often do you find yourself sitting for extended periods, whether it’s at work, in front of the TV, or glued to your smartphone? Boosting your NEAT is about finding ways to move a little more while going about your day to day activities, rather than necessarily having to find an hour to go to the gym

The beauty of NEAT lies in its accessibility. You don’t need any fancy equipment, expensive gym memberships, or a personal trainer shouting at you to get moving. Nope, NEAT is all about embracing those everyday opportunities to be active. It’s about taking the stairs instead of the lift, pacing while chatting on the phone, or even dancing around the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner.

But, before you go ditching your regular workouts altogether and start obsessively pacing your living room, it’s important to remember that NEAT should be seen as a complement to,


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I'm a 41 year old mother of two and Personal Fitness coach. I work one to one, in person & online with clients aged 18-80. My specialisms include pre and postnatal training, cancer rehab, pilates, and GP exercise referrals. I run fitness classes online and in person in the Suffolk Coastal area. I am also a Mental Health First aider.

rather than a replacement for, exercise sessions. Formal exercise is still crucial for cardiovascular health, strength and maintaining overall fitness.

However, by incorporating NEAT into your daily routine, you can maximize your calorie burn and make your fat loss efforts even more effective. So, let’s get creative! Find ways to sneak in more movement throughout your day.

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