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Contents January 2013
“Dear Reader: I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. In fact, my resolve to give up puddings rarely makes it past dinnertime. But with a shiny new year, ripe with possibility, stretching out in front of me, I have decided to devote much of this issue to revitalising, revamping and reinventing. January is the time for a fresh start, so if you want to detox your body, revamp your bathroom, or just read a good selfhelp book, then this is the issue for you.
Above: Revitalise your style in New Year, New You. Below: Country Diary Calendar
Elsewhere, we reveal the standout rural events that have caught our eye across the region this year. We have an education special on school open days and the start of our monthly wedding planner. Plus, as always, What’s On is full of ideas of places to visit and things to do.
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08 INTERVIEW Eastlife catches up with Ellie Goulding 10 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Bright ideas for a new start 19 HOUSE & HOME Give your interiors a makeover 27 COUNTRY DIARY The year’s rural calendar 45 EDUCATION School open days special 61 FOOD & DRINK Regional wine choices 67 HEALTH Choosing the right care home 77 FILMS Six new films in the cinema 81 WEDDINGS Plan your wedding at a regional fair 95 ARTS A roundup of the East’s art scene 96 EVENTS East Anglia for free
WHAT’S ON 98 CAMBS Events and Spalding focus 105 NORFOLK Long Stratton, Diss and Loddon 117 ESSEX What’s on around the region 119 BEDS/HERTS/BUCKS Regional events listings
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Ellie Goulding’s hugely successful debut album Lights has gone on to sell one and a half million copies and generate five million single sales worldwide. She returns with a new album, Halcyon, and international tour.
llie Goulding is one of British pop music’s most talented and versatile stars. The ethereal debut album Lights was followed by a beautiful cover of Elton John’s Your Song last Christmas. But now the singer has surprised fans yet again with latest album Halcyon, which won rave reviews both here and in the US thanks to its darker, dancier feel – it even sees the star try her hand at dubstep and pull it off in style. With new single Figure 8 and an international tour imminent, as well as a hand in the Twilight hysteria thanks to her song Bittersweet being chosen for the final film’s soundtrack, it’s a wonder Ellie had time to talk to Eastlife.... So the album has gone down pretty well then... I am so pleased with the reaction to the album. Obviously I was nervous in the weeks running up to the release as it is a huge deal releasing the second album, but I have had the most incredible reaction to the point where it makes me really emotional. I put a lot into this record, a lot of personal stuff, and it makes me so excited to share it with everyone, and it has had the most amazing reviews. I am really pleased. You surprised people yet again by going much deeper into dance music this time. That must have been fun? I have always had a real affinity with electronic music and dance music. It’s something I have never been able to shake off. I just love it so much. I knew this was going to have a certain feel – it wasn’t going to be a folk
POTTED HISTORY RECORD BREAKING STAR The Hereford-born singer songwriter first came to prominence when she topped the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll and was simultaneously awarded the Brits Critics Choice Award. She is the only artist other than Adele to have received both accolades. Lights went on to become the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, spawning playlist staples Starry Eyed, Guns And Horses, The Writer, Your Song and Lights (the latter two featured on repackaged album Bright Lights) and has topped triple platinum status in the UK with sales of over 850,000 to date.
record! I wasn’t really thinking about whether I wanted, or needed, to do a certain kind of sound. People keep saying they don’t know where I will go next which is amazing. How do you go about physically writing music if you don’t plan direction and so on? I follow my instinct. I literally get into the studio, we start something on piano, or guitar, and it gradually builds into a song over however many days, or a week, or whatever. That for me is instinct and I go with that on everything. The tour is obviously the next big thing on the horizon. Are you focussing fully on that now? We are gearing up for touring; we have rehearsals for a few weeks. But I am still promoting the album, too. I still haven’t finished. I just got back from Australia and New Zealand,
went straight to Europe and now just back, kind of everywhere really. It’s been busy – so much so that at half four I have just managed to find time for my first food of the day! What do you have in mind for this tour that may differ from the rest? I want something ridiculous. I just don’t know what yet. I am still thinking about it. The main thing is I want it to sound incredible; I want it to sound out of this world. What’s on the horizon, apart from touring? I never know what is going to happen, so I play everything by ear. Figure 8 comes out, and then hopefully people like it. After that, who knows? You landed a pretty big spot Bittersweet is on the soundtrack for the final Twilight film. Did you go to the premiere? Twilight has gone huge for that song. I haven’t even released it, but people are going mad for it. I keep getting calls and texts with people saying they have heard my song. I ask which one, and they say the one from Twilight. I didn’t go to the premiere or anything but only because I was away – I probably would have gone along if I’d been here, to show my support for the film. Are you a fan? I am not like a diehard fan, but I totally get why all the Twilight films are just so popular. For tour dates and more visit: www.elliegoulding.com.
I put a lot into this record, a lot of personal stuff, and it makes me so excited to share it with everyone
After the stress of the Christmas period, treat yourself to some welldeserved relaxation.
e all look forward to the sociable nature and excitement of Christmas time, but by January many of us start to feel the strain that accompanies the festive period. So, what better way to put the festive season behind you and allow yourself to rest, rejuvenate and re-energise for the year ahead than at one of the regionâ€™s luxury spas? Fortunately, East Anglia boasts a wide range of venues where you can do just that, from day packages to overnight stays and relaxing treatments to swimming pools, gyms, golf courses and tennis courts, you can really take the time to relax just the way you like.
Other spas in the area The Old Hall, Health and Spa (Norfolk) Relax in the 18m swimming pool or thermal suite, break a sweat in the Technogym and leave with a new look after a visit to Alexanderâ€™s Hair Salon. Secret Garden Spa, Congham Hall Hotel (Norfolk) Take in breath-taking views from the 12m pool, lose yourself in one of the rainforest showers, relax in the thermal suite or indulge in a luxurious treatment. Greenwoods Hotel, Spa and Retreat (Essex) Pamper yourself with the vast array of current beauty treatments and techniques on offer, relax in the sauna and steam room or try the invigorating monsoon shower before a dip in the 20m pool. The Cambridge Belfry (Cambridgeshire) The Belfry is home to a gym, pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms where massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, wraps and scrubs using renowned ESPA products are always on offer.
New Year, Sopwell House Relax in style at the grand Sopwell House, a magnificent Georgian manor house and one-time country home of Lord Mountbatten, surrounded by 12 acres of gardens. The spa combines Japanese elements with warm, natural materials and offers facilities that include a swimming pool, aerobic studio, Jacuzzi, indulgent starlit steam room, glass-fronted sauna and a heated mosaic seat. Their luxurious range of treatments uses ESPA, Clarins and Jessica products in a comprehensive array of holistic facials, massages, scrubs, wraps and specialist offerings such as ear candling. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Tel: 01727 864477
Atlantic Health Spa, Houghton Hall Enjoy views over swathes of countryside and gardens from the poolside at Atlantic Health Spa housed in a contemporary conversion of 15th century timber-framed barns. Facilities range from a Jacuzzi, relaxation area, sauna and aromatherapy steam room for those looking for utter relaxation, to a fully equipped gym and tennis courts for the more energetic. The treatments list includes facials, massages with hot stone and Eifelfango mud back therapy, full body treatment, manicure, pedicure and waxing, along with a host of options for the men out there. Cavendish, Suffolk. Tel: 01787 279009
Relax in style at a luxury spa
Luxury Spas Imagine Spas Forget the buzz of city life at Orton Hall, a 17th century manor house set in 20 acres of parkland in Peterborough; try the dry floatation bed at Blofield Heath, Norwich; or plan an overnight stay at the historic Quy Mill in Cambridge, Knights Hill in King’s Lynn or Park Farm Hotels. Home to Imagine Spas’ flagship Signature Collection spas, these venues offer beautifully appointed treatment rooms; thermal suites that include hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam rooms; Serail mud baths; aromatherapy; beauty zones for manicures, pedicures and make-up; and relaxation areas where the music soothes and the aromas awaken the senses. For more information visit: www.imaginespa.co.uk.
New You Sequoia Spa, The Grove Spend a day fit for a royal at a former venue of Queen Victoria and her entourage’s house parties. The Grove’s Sequoia spa blends Ayurvedic influence in the form of natural materials and holistic treatments with the best of modern amenities and design. The spa boasts an ozone-filtered pool, a steam room, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course in addition to the 300 acre grounds. The piéce de resistance, however, is the treatments menu and in particular the couple’s suite with king-sized bath, steam shower and two treatment beds – basically your own private spa! Watford, Hertfordshire. Tel: 01923 807807
La Fontana Spa, Sprowston Manor
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La Fontana Spa, housed within the historic Sprowston Manor, offers a unique range of treatments to aid relaxation and balance the mind and body. Blow off some steam on the championship golf course or in fitness classes and unwind by the tropical pool, in the steam room, spa bath or sauna. With a wide range of pampering treatments including body scrubs and wraps, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing using products such as ESPA, Decléor, Guinot, Jessica and Bare Minerals make up, you are sure to leave looking and feeling absolutely tip top. Norwich, Norfolk. Tel: 01603 410871
The first Crowne Plaza Resort in the UK offers some of the finest leisure facilities in the area. Enhance your mental and physical well-being in the secluded sanctuary of the Spa. Therapists offer a range of luxurious beauty therapies, including massages, facials, manicures, aromatherapy and reflexology using renowned ESPA and Clarins products. Enjoy the heated, indoor swimming pool and relax in the spa bath, sauna, steam room or alternatively, work out in spin, aerobics or aqua classes and the Technogym. Indoor tennis, badminton and squash courts are also available. Maldon, Essex. Tel: 01621 868888
Ufford Park Spa The luxury spa at Ufford Park is the only spa of its kind in Suffolk where a thermal suite provides ‘fire and ice’ experiences to stimulate the senses. The spa’s many features include: a bubbling hydro pool with massaging water jets; a mineral grotto full of exotic fragrances; aroma steam room; soft sauna (sanarium); ice fountain; tropical showers; and relaxation zone. A warm, indoor swimming pool, superb gymnasium and exercises classes ranging from pilates and yoga to circuit training and boxercise are also on offer to the more energetic visitors among you. A fantastic spa in a great location. Woodbridge, Suffolk. Tel: 01394 383555
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Revitalise your appearance after all those Christmas celebrations, with radiant skin and healthy-looking hair
A simple beauty regime can do wonders for your appearance
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU BEAUTY Skin Although our skin encounters dirt, oil and environmental pollutants that clog skin pores that lead to blackheads, pimples and blemishes on a daily basis, the winter months can leave skin feeling dry and looking dull. Regular cleansing not only helps eliminate blemishes, but helps restore radiant skin by removing dead skin cells, and stimulates circulation, reducing premature ageing. Exfoliating Use a gentle bi-weekly exfoliating scrub – those with micro particles are particularly good – to remove dead skin that tends to dull your complexion. If you have just had an area waxed, be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can graze skin, causing in-grown hairs rather than preventing them. Cleansing and toning As with exfoliators, cleansers should be strong enough to remove dirt, but gentle enough not to strip skin of its natural moisture. Make sure you cleanse your skin at least twice a day and wipe with a soft towel or leave it
to dry on its own. Toners remove any residual cleanser and help minimise the size of pores. Look for alcoholfree toners that are kinder to dry skin and blot dry to avoid dehydration. Moisturising After washing or showering, pat rather than rub the excess water from your skin and apply your moisturiser or body oil whilst your skin is still slightly damp, in order to help lock in the moisture. Ensure your moisturiser is at least SPF15, despite the lack of obvious sunshine in winter, and consider using a richer face cream to intensely hydrate skin and reduce water loss. Easily forgotten areas, such as the back of your neck and behind your ears, start to sag with age, so be sure not to neglect them when applying cream. Men should resist applying aftershave straight after shaving and instead use a moisturiser to hydrate skin and sooth sores.
and scalp with a padded brush for five minutes before showering in order to exfoliate, stimulate, and improve circulation before shampooing. When washing hair only put conditioner on your hair ends rather than the roots or fringe to avoid grease. Use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair as it is at its weakest and brushing can easily it. Work from root to end to detangle. For hair to shine the cuticle must be flat to reflect more light. Give your hair a cool-water rinse and once you’ve styled it, a quick blast with a hairdryer on the cool setting. This will shut down the cuticle and give you shinier looking hair. n
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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU FITNESS Whether you’re looking for a serious workout or an inviting fitness environment, a health club with comprehensive facilities or a value-for-money gym, Eastlife has it covered. The Gym The Gym allows its members maximum flexibility, letting you organise going to the gym around your life rather than fitting your life around going to the gym. Open 24/7 with affordable pay-as-you-go membership, there is no risk of turning up to a closed gym or losing money from a contract that you never use. Free classes including Total Body Circuits, Pilates and Gymastics Fitness are on offer, whilst machines are plentiful and include the latest in equipment such as the immersive Myride cycling machines. (www.thegymgroup.com). David Lloyd For somewhere that is more extensive leisure experience than just a gym, David Lloyd has a lot to offer. Along with the standard gym and personal training you’d expect, clubs offer indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and spas to help you relax after your workout and can also provide physio.
Other facilities include badminton, basketball, squash and tennis courts, and lifestyle services such as a hair and beauty salon, sunbeds, and even a private cinema in some branches. (www.davidlloyd.co.uk). Moreton Hall Health Club Moreton Hall Health Club in Bury St Edmunds is fantastic for those looking for a more relaxed workout. Set in glorious wooded surroundings, the club offers a full range of facilities in a welcoming environment, with two air-conditioned gyms. There are over 35 exercise classes each week, squash and tennis courts, and an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and floatation centre to relax post-workout. An Alternative Health and Beauty Centre and hairdresser are also available on site. (www.moretonhallhealthclub.co.uk). Nuffield Health Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Centres combine the conventional gym experience with specialist
medical, physiotherapy and nutrition expertise, in one complete package. Benefit from a free clinically approved health MOT that measures criteria such as body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels, which can be used to make a personalised action plan; chart your progress in regular check-ins; and receive rewards for improving your health. (www.nuffieldhealth.com). The Fitness Unit If you’re serious about working out, The Fitness Unit is a great choice. In the gym, all sessions are supervised by trainers, whilst fitness classes are adapted to members, making them varied and fun. The Fitness Unit is also home to Suffolk’s best bootcamp, with enthusiasts seeing rapid results in challenging, one hour sessions run by ex-military staff. Despite the hard work there’s a sociable atmosphere, enhanced by activity weekends away, races including Race For Life and fundraising events. (www.thefitnessunit.co.uk).
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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU HEALTH Follow Dominika Karpowicz’s top tips for a healthy detox after Christmas.
ith the average person consuming 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone, and gaining from one to five pounds in weight over the festive period as a whole, it’s no wonder we’re left feeling groggy and uninspired. But don’t fret; follow these simple nutritional tips and you’ll start the New Year energised and positive. Detox vs. diet Detoxing should never be about restrictive dieting, but rather about steadily getting your body back to a more balanced pre-Christmas state. Nutritionist Lucy-Ann Prideaux from Simply Nutrition recommends starting with a 10 day detox and adapting this as you go along. People will react at different times, but you’ll know it’s worked once you feel “increased energy and mental clarity, better digestion, improved sleep and a general feeling of well-being”. Water is your best friend Although we all know we should, many of us still don’t drink enough water. Aim for two litres a day and
you will see the benefits, ranging from reduced headaches, feeling fuller after lunch, and less sluggish in the afternoon. The good news is that this amount includes hot water and tea, the former supposedly being strangely good for you as it purifies your bloodstream and cleanses your body of harmful toxins. If you get bored of plain water, opt for caffeine-free alternatives such as herb-based teas. For example, not only does peppermint tea help you feel perky in the mornings, but it is great for your skin and aids digestion, whereas dandelion tea is also great for cleansing your system. It’s worth remembering that although green tea is well-known for its detoxing qualities, it does contain caffeine. Satisfy your sweet tooth Although often easier said than done, try cutting down on foods high in fat, sugar and salt. If you’re craving something sweet, indulge in a tablespoon of honey or use it to sweeten your tea/porridge. Naturally fat-free, honey slowly releases energy and helps fight those cravings. Fruit is
also a good source of natural sugar, including its edible skin, which contains lots of essential vitamins. Beware of fruit juices however, as, although we often think they are healthy, they in fact contain a high level of purified sugar. Attempt organic Although more costly, try and choose organic products where possible, either in your local market or supermarket, as they are more likely to have been cultivated without drugs or chemicals. For a range of delicious organic, vegan and vegetarian food, visit the award-winning Rainbow Café in Cambridge. (www.rainbowcafe.co.uk). Go green Green, leafy vegetables such as kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli are packed with phytonutrients that boost detoxification and have also been linked with lowering the risk of cancer. Add cleansing spices such as fennel, coriander and ginger to your meal and your body will be in a detox version of seventh heaven. n
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Think yourself lucky if the only thing that shows the strain this festive season is your bathroom, as it copes with the added pressure of Christmas guests. If by January you decide that the only sensible way to entertain yourself is to get out the DIY manual and upgrade the small room, Gaynor Clements reveals ten tips to transform the space and turn it into a veritable sanctuary.
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Ditch the avocado suite. If you have a coloured sink and bath, the betting is they now look dated, however much you loved them at the time. White is the only way forward. Don’t fight it.
Do some serious space planning. Get out the graph paper and plot the maximum use of the area. Even if you can’t go to the trouble and expense of moving round the big fittings, think about corner basins, and even corner loos, if you are short of space. Don’t be tempted by a corner bath. Even though they will
save on space, they affect the resale value of your house – no one really likes them. Don’t be tempted to replace the bath with a shower. The lack of a place to languish will grate on you in no time. Instead, fit a shower attachment in the bath, or install a proper shower over it if you have the budget.
Heated towel rails are a must not a luxury – there’s nothing worse than permanently soggy towels. A heated rail at the end of the bath will free up space for cupboards or even a nice chair to catch your discarded nicks. eastlife.co.uk|19
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Don’t fall into the same trap with tiles as you did with the green suite. Tiles which are too outré will date pretty quickly. Go for something simple, classy and enduring like travertine. Stick to one type of tile for a sleek look, especially if you are short of space, as different styles can clash or look busy.
Gentle lighting is so much kinder than the harsh overhead variety.
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His ‘n’ Hers sinks are always sought after, so consider double vanity basins if space allows. There are some radical-looking basins out there, but anything too fancy will date, so go for something classical.
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Loft Conversions Every renovation project and home build presents its own particular issues and challenges. TV property expert Clive Holland outlines key things to look out for before embarking on a loft conversion
FREE THE SPACE Unless you live underground or in a flat or apartment, you probably have a loft space that, if it’s like mine, is full of boxes for old toasters, irons, kettles, TVs, old records and tapes, Christmas decorations, photographs and cards from past loves, clothes you only dream of being able to fit into again if you ever manage to stick to the diet or are keeping in the hope that one day 32-inch bell-bottom jeans with three-button high waists will come back into fashion, and so on. If it was converted professionally, however, into a living space, it could add thousands of pounds onto the value of your home. A loft conversion can be a tricky and time-consuming job but if carried out correctly by a competent and experienced contractor, the results can be amazing. To Consider Not all loft spaces can be converted so before you get started on the planning consider the following: • Is there enough space for the required height? Let’s face it, in terms of height you are going to want to stand up in it and bear in mind that the new floor could be as much as 150–200 mm higher than your existing joists. • Does it have potential as a
comfortable and viable living space? • Is the roof sound? Make sure you can see the felt under the tiles and that it is in good order throughout. The Roof The roof structure is designed to keep all weathers at bay and to contain light loads of storage. Once it has been converted it will be able to withstand far greater loads because of alterations to the structure and flooring put in place. Commonly there are two types of roof: trussed rafter and traditional. Trussed roofs have been around since the late 1960s/early 1970s. These are not so good if you want to convert a loft and should never be altered without first getting the opinion of a structural engineer to do all the calculations. However, it’s not impossible, just a little more difficult. For example, a series of supporting beams would have to be installed to provide extra strength for the floor and to reinforce the rafters. This enables the bracing sections of the trusses to be cut out to create a more open floor plan. Traditional style roofs are generally made up of items called purlins and rafters, which span across each load-bearing wall. These are nowhere near as complex as the trussed design.
The structure will still need to be strengthened with extra joists, though, to support the new floor and extra load-bearing capacity. Once again a structural engineer’s report will be required. The Stairs You will need to access your new living space with a staircase. If you have the available space leading off the original stairwell this could save space and could be more cost effective. If not, you may well have to section off space in an existing bedroom with a studded wall partition. There are certain figures and parameters to bear in mind with the inclusion of a new staircase. The maximum pitch must not exceed 42 degrees, the riser of each tread on a domestic staircase should not exceed 220 mm, and the going (the flat bit) should be a minimum of 220 mm. You will also require a clear headroom space of at least 2 m, although for some conversions the regulations will allow a reduction to 1.9 m to the centre of the stairs and 1.8 m to the edges. Handrails and balustrades will be required. The handrail should be a minimum of 900 mm in height and any exposed edges of staircase or landing will require a balustrade with a minimum height of 900 mm. n
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he British Carp and Angling Show sees in the New Year at the Royal Norfolk Showground in Norwich on the 19th and 20th of January. The largest angling event in East Anglia, the Show features the latest products – with many at discounted prices – and access to experts for advice on casting and tips about local fisheries as well as fishing abroad. Some of the most notable names in angling make an appearance, such as television’s Matt Hayes and Bob Nudd, the first British angler to win four individual world angling championships. Later in the month, point-to-point horse racing can be enjoyed courtesy of the North Norfolk Harriers on the 27th in Higham, Suffolk. For the best viewing, try to get a spot in the centre of the course. In February, the Norfolk Showground hosts the International Shooting Show on the 2nd and 3rd. As East Anglia is one of the country’s largest shooting regions, the Show will provide everything for
enthusiasts, such as shooting ranges, gunmaker halls, an airgun village, a huge selection of exhibitors, and the chance to talk with experts. On the 9th, the Cambridge University Draghounds compete in point-to-point in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire. The Draghounds, which is the only pack in England still run by students, invites spectators to view the course from the grandstand, banks by the paddock and last fence. For a different equestrian experience, the Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton, Buckinghamshire hosts the Open Under 25s Dressage Championships on the 3rd of March. Besides viewing top class dressage, the
event also raises money for the Oxford Colon Cancer Trust. As the spring – hopefully – arrives, the West Anglia Country Show comes to the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire on the last weekend of the month. All-day entertainment includes birds of prey, working dogs, arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees, and children’s entertainment. Don’t miss the Companion Dog Show on Monday the 1st, with all proceeds going to Wood Green Animal Shelters. With the weather allowing us to enjoy the outdoors again, April sees two country shows. The first is the Colchester Town and Country Show in Essex on the weekend of the 20th. Enjoy all-day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, and plenty of fun for the kids. The Show also has gifts and food marquees, and their Companion Dog Show, on the Sunday, donates proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The following weekend, the East Anglian Game and Country Fair is held at the Norfolk Showground in eastlife.co.uk|27
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jumping. Finishing the month, for the second year running Trinity Park at the Suffolk Showground hosts international polo on the 29th. Expect to see a young England team and competitors from South America among the teams playing. The Bedfordshire County Show comes to Old Warden Park on the 13th and 14th of July delivering exciting and thrilling main ring acts whilst showcasing the animals, field sports, foods, and crafts of the county. Take the opportunity to try clay
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to a home and garden marquee. Benefiting three different charities – the Oncology Unit at Northampton General Hospital, the Favell House in Northampton, and the Family Fund – the last Saturday of the month is the second qualifier for Carping4Charity at Willows Lakes in St. Albans. The top five teams from this event go through to the final on Sunday as well as the pair that raises the most money from each qualifier. As if giving to charity isn’t incentive enough, great prizes await the winners. September brings with it the start of partridge season – and the East Suffolk Game and Country Show at Helmingham Hall in Stowmarket. Over the weekend of the 7th, the Show promises a line-up including birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment, and arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. The Companion Dog Show features on the Sunday with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Essex Country Show at Barleylands in Billericay falls on the following weekend. Its 27th year running, the Show’s emphasis is “agricultural history and rural crafts.” Visitors will be treated to the Essex Dog Display Team, who were enjoyed at the Show in 2011, as well as entertainment such as steam engines and model engines, working heavy horses, a vintage steam fair, rural craft
demonstrations, and the sheep shearing show. Even the pheasant and woodcock deserve a couple of days off as season opens in October. Instead, head to
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the Suffolk Robin Hood Game and Country Show on the 12th and 13th at Trinity Park. Besides the attractions in the main arena, the have-a-go archery range, fun fair, fun dog zone, medieval village, and cookery theatre – to name just a few – will keep everyone entertained. With hunting season almost in full swing, why not join a hunt in November? The Essex Hunt Club encourages anyone interested in country sports to join a hunt either on foot or horseback – including children. Their aim is “to help the huntsman and enjoy the beautiful countryside at the very best time of day.” Each meet, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays, often begins at a village pub with the traditional stirrup cup of port and sausage roll. Before 2013 comes to a close, tick off that unresolved New Year’s resolution to try something new: beagling. The Stour Valley Beagles meet in December on Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon for an afternoon of watching the hounds do what they do best. All ages are welcome to experience the Suffolk countryside; the Beagles’ lay of land starts north of Saxmundham and continues south to Maldon including the coast. Why go to the gym when the great outdoors offers so much more?. A day at the hunt is the new Zumba! eastlife.co.uk|33
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New Energy Proposals What does it mean for you? Legal rights champion and one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, Dean Dunham investigates the new energy proposals recently announced by the government. As consumers we have all had a fairly bad deal when it comes to gas and electricity prices in recent years. In this respect we have had an energy market full of overly complicated tariffs which most consumers simply could not fully understand and to add insult to injury the energy companies have announced huge profits year on year. Earlier this year the current government announced that it was going to tackle the problem and that this would result in lower energy bills for everyone. Their proposals have now been published but will they work? What are the proposals? 1) Suppliers will be limited to four tariffs per fuel – four for gas and four for electricity. 2) The four tariffs will include one standard variable rate tariff and one fixed rate tariff. The energy providers are free to offer anything they like in relation to the remaining two tariffs that they must provide. For example, some providers may decide to include a green tariff or a cheaper online deal. Some may even continue with Economy 7 idea (which is where you are charged a cheap rate of supply in the evening but a higher than usual rate in the date). 3) While there will be a maximum of four tariffs, suppliers can offer different variants of these depending on how people pay. So they could include discounts for direct debit or a premium for pre-payment. 4) The energy providers will ‘have to’ tell their customers if they can offer them
a better deal than they are currently on. It has not yet been announced how this will work. When does this take affect? Everyone needs to know that this is currently only a ‘proposal’ and therefore that the energy providers do not have to follow the above rules yet. In fact the government have said that the new rules will not come in until mid-2014! Will the new proposals lower energy bills? That was certainly the aim of the Government when they put these proposals together. However, the reality is that not everyone will save. Here are a few reasons why: Less people will switch – many of us will therefore believe that we have the best deal already as per the Governments proposals; The energy providers are likely to make their best deal ‘worst’ than the deals that we currently see on the market, as they will know that they always have to put their customers on this deal; Whilst reducing the amount of tariffs is a good step towards making the market less complicated for consumers, less tariffs means less deals available. Will you still be able to switch when the proposals come in? There is already a misconception that because the proposals say that the energy providers will be forced to always give you ‘their’ best deal that I mean’s the end of switching. This is NOT the case. This
part is really important; the proposals force the energy providers to tell their customers their best deal. What is does not do, is force them to tell their customers what the best deal on the market is. Have the proposals gone far enough? The straightforward answer to this is NO. The fundamental issue that these proposals fail to address is the relationship between what the energy providers charge us for our gas and electricity and what the wholesale prices are (i.e.: the cost to the providers). In this respect the government needs to put new regulations in place which provide consumers with the basic right to have their energy bills reduced in line with reductions in the wholesale costs of energy. ■
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Long dark days
BY SYLVIA NEWMAN. I always start the countdown to lighter evenings once Christmas is over. We start to gain miniscule moments towards lighter evenings and it truly starts to become noticeable by the end of January. It’s not all darkness though and there are some spectacular, not to be missed, flowers starting to appear during these months of shorter days. To brighten things up until then, here are a few of my favourites, and which I use a lot in my planting schemes. The fragrance of some of these are just to die for. They are all short day lovers, so we wouldn’t be able to appreciate them at all if we lived in lighter, warmer climes!
Sarcococca confusa. Family: Buxaceae Sarcococca are compact, sometimes suckering evergreen shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers in winter or spring, followed by red, purple or black berries which may persist into the following winter. S. confusa is a bushy evergreen shrub to 2m, with glossy, deep green, wavy ovate leaves 3-5cm in length and, in winter, inconspicuous, very sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers, followed by glossy black berries
Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’. Family: Adoxaceae Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries. ‘Dawn’ is a strong-growing large deciduous shrub of upright growth, with dark green leaves, and clusters of scented, light pink and white flowers opening from autumn to spring, from red buds.
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’. Family: Hamamelidaceae More commonly known as witch hazel, I first came across this shrub when I was studying at Writtle College and it left a lasting impression on me. Such delicate petals coming from bare stems, and the scent is amazing. ‘Jelena’ is one of the best cultivars of witch hazel, grown both for the coppery orange flowers that are borne in late winter and for its excellent red and yellow autumn foliage. Does well in both full sun or partial shade and is fully hardy.
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica. Family: Ranunculaceae One of the several varieties of Clematis flowering in winter, C. cirrhosa var. balearica is an evergreen climber with small, very finely cut, dark green leaves that turn bronze-purple in winter. Slightly fragrant, cup-shaped creamyyellow flowers, spotted purple within, produced in late winter and early spring followed by fluffy seed-heads. This may sometimes need winter protection, but I’ve always found it to be completely hardy.
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Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’. Family: Calycanthaceae Known more generally as wintersweet, Chimonanthus can be both evergreen and deciduous shrubs with simple leaves and highly fragrant, bowl-shaped, many-petalled flowers borne in winter, followed by cylindrical or urn-shaped seed capsules. ‘Luteus’ is a medium-sized, bushy deciduous shrub, with rough-textured, glossy, leaves to 20cm in length, and small, highly fragrant, waxy yellow flowers in winter. Plant this by a front door and guests will wonder where the fragrance is coming from! Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. Family: Caprifoliaceae For sweet winter scent, it’s hard to beat Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. This is a deciduous, or semi-evergreen, shrub and does well in full sun or partial shade. As the name suggests, it’s a relation of the honeysuckle, and its common name is winter honeysuckle.
Complete the winter digging – leave clods rough for the frost to break down Scrub down greenhouse with disinfectant Plant rhubarb roots 60cm apart – available from most garden centres
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Your school open day checklist Make the most of a school’s open day by knowing what to look out for, plus key questions to ask the teachers and students themselves.
he start of January signals the beginning of another school year. For many parents and students, it also starts the search for a new school. Visiting prospective schools during their open days and evenings provides a more in-depth understanding of a school, a chance to tour the facilities, and the opportunity to talk with faculty and administration. As you visit each school, there are certain aspects that are definitely worth knowing.
basic subjects. Some schools include drama and music as part of the curriculum. Some put a curriculumwide emphasis on the environment. Other schools involve students in community service or organise local internships. Do students go on trips or excursions to complement in-school learning? For older students, it’s worth knowing the GCSE and A Level subject range to ensure that your child’s interests are completely met.
Academic Life Children go to school to learn, right? Yet there’s more to academics than the core curriculum. Each school provides for students differently; some schools may have a gifted and talented program as well as support for children who need additional help. A well-rounded education lets your child experience more than just the
Facilities Technology features widely at many schools. Some schools have site-wide Wi-Fi as well as an up-to-date ICT suite. Most libraries are not just well resourced but are also online so students can access the catalogue off-site. As you tour a school, look for its distinctive features such as a music room, drama hall, gymnasium, dance
studio, swimming pool, tennis courts, art room, and science laboratories. What are the sports fields like, and for younger students, are there different play areas? Is the environment and sustainability important to the school? Some schools grow their own vegetables for Great Yarmouth useHippodrome in the school kitchen and others embark on active recycling schemes. Spectacular
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Education After-school activities After-school activities are an important complement to daily learning. Some after-school activities that may be on offer are: sports (such as football, tennis, or Karate) and classes in foreign language, art, music, cookery, pottery, dance, speech, drama, and ICT. Some schools employ professionals to teach these classes; for example, a professional dancer teaches Ballet or a local artist teaches art classes. Clubs make a school a community by bringing together students and teachers outside of the classroom. What club would your child want to join? Some clubs might include: drama, art, music, dance, choir, the school magazine and newspaper, sciences, foreign languages and maths. Some school clubs are involved in school-to-school competitions. The classroom experience A positive classroom experience inspires even the most reluctant student and forms life-long learners. As you tour a school, ask about the
faculty. Are they all qualified teachers? Do they hold degrees in the subjects they teach – even advanced degrees? Classroom size is also important as well as the teacher to student ratio. Do students receive individual attention? Also, do the classrooms contain interactive whiteboards? Do students use computers during lessons? How does each school ensure that the overall classroom experience is memorable and accessible? Parental involvement No parent likes unpleasant surprises when it comes to their child’s progress. Besides scheduled back-to-school nights, it’s useful to know how the school communicates with parents – and vice-versa – on a regular basis. Do teachers keep in touch with parents through telephone calls, e-mail messages, or notes in the school bag? Blogs even! Can parents e-mail teachers with questions or concerns? This is especially important for boarding students – as is easy communication with the boarder’s houseparent.
Expert advice Deputy Head (Academic), Mr David Miles at Gresham’s School: “When attending Open Days there are key things to consider. Schools will be showcasing their best so look at the areas between the events; how do students move between classes? Is it purposeful, with a smile or do they drag their feet? Look at the displays in classrooms, is the library busy? It is important to look beyond the gloss into the real school.” Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EA. Tel: 01263 714500. www.greshams.com
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School Focus Colchester schoolgirls with lots to smile about.
The vibrant, Roman city of Colchester boasts an education system that is the envy of many similar sized conurbations. Here are two impressive examples.
SCHOOL FOCUS COLCHESTER Colchester High School Colchester High School is the only independent school in Colchester for girls and boys from 2½ to 16 years old – Nursery to GCSE. Pupils achieve outstanding academic results thanks to the small class sizes, experienced and professional teachers, and strong pastoral support. CHS has a strong focus, from Nursery to Year 11, on the individual child and how to help each pupil to achieve his or her academic potential whilst also becoming a happy, confident, interested, responsible and caring member of the school. Pupils are not selected on academic ability but are expected to work hard in their studies and to become a positive, caring member of the school community. The school is located in Wellesley Road, giving pupils, parents and teachers the benefit of immediate access to a range of excellent local sporting, academic, research and social facilities. The school’s sporting prowess is a direct result of being in a town location as it has use of local sports grounds specifically tailored to suit each sport. The school’s dynamic teaching team uses these specialist training grounds to enable pupils to participate in a wide range of sports. There is a whole-school Open Day on Saturday 9th March, 10am to
1pm. For further information please contact the Admissions Team on 01206 217116. St Mary’s A focused academic education, with a wealth of opportunities to stretch each individual intellectually, creatively and physically and to support girls as they develop into young adulthood – that’s what is on offer at St Mary’s, Colchester. The school has a long tradition of educating girls aged 4 to 16, but they are always looking to the future and to the important roles the pupils will play in shaping their world. St Mary’s gives girls a solid foundation on which to build their adult lives and to identify and achieve their aspirations. The Lower School is a Sunday Times Top 100 Preparatory School which encourages girls to achieve excellent results in their Sats and at 11+, but at the same time, makes sure they have plenty of opportunities to develop interests and skills that will last a lifetime. From lively activities in the dance studio to fun and challenge outdoors in their forest school. The next Senior School Open Days are 6 March, 9 March and 12 March. The open day at the Lower School is on 16 March. For enquiries call School registrar, Mrs Justine Tierney on 01206 216420. n
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