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ICENI Magazine For Norwich And Norfolk

JEREMY GOSS Iceni Exclusive

HANSE HOUSE History In The Making


Planning Your Special Day




Welcome to Iceni Magazine, The kids are finally back at school after a long summer holiday break, and it won’t be long until the leaves start to change colour and we can have fun crunching them beneath our feet, but while the last remnants of the better weather give us promise of an ‘late Indian summer’ we have an Autumn wedding feature for those wishing to make the most of the harvest season. Which leads us nicely into the other bonus of the school holidays ending - the football season gets underway, and to celebrate Norwich once again staying in the premier league, we have an exclusive feature on Jeremy Goss - Ex Norwich football legend. After all that football excitement it may be time to think about something equally as pleasing – Food, Iceni’s resident chef Eric Snaith gives us another mouth-watering recipe to try at home, and if cooking at home isn’t your thing, why not enter our competition to win a meal for two at the auspicious Maids Head in Norwich. We have also got another amazing readers offer from Swagger & Jacks - the Norwich based men’s barbershop, so if you like to stay groomed or have a beard in need of taming have a read. This month’s Iceni interview is with John from Norfolk Cordial; the makers of luxurious non-alcoholic cordials right here in Norfolk. The all natural cordial producers bring a bit of history behind their business as well as showcasing the range of flavours they merchandise. Finally (as it is almost Autumn) our thoughts turn to the festive season. Iceni have the proud honour of producing this year’s Wymondham Dickensian Steampunk Fayre Official Programme. So don’t be fooled by cheap imitations – if it’s not Iceni, it’s not Official! If you caught up with last month’s issue, you will have read our ‘Spotlight on Wymondham’. Wymondham and its associated businesses are trying hard to raise the profile of their town and will be hosting a fantastic Dickensian Steampunk Fayre in late November. So if you are interested in coming along keep your eyes peeled for more information in our upcoming issues and on our website. We hope you enjoy issue 5, if you would like to leave feedback on our magazine or if there is anything you would like to see included in future issues, visit our Facebook page, we would love to hear from you.

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ICENI INTERVIEWS John From Norfolk Cordial





Marborough World

Iceni Talks To Jeremy Goss






Dickensian Steampunk Fayre Latest News


Iceni Fashion Battle Of The Hemlines


Tommy Sauce Football-Inspired Prints


Willow Farm Clinic Relaunches


Iceni Fashion Marborough World


Iceni Exclusive Iceni Talks To Jeremy Goss


Iceni Lifestyle Latest Trends


Iceni Interviews... John From Norfolk Cordial


Reveloce Stylish, Shabby Chic Gear


Swagger & Jacks Grooming Advice


Maids Head - Competition Win A Meal For Two


Hanse House History In The Making


Fosters Solicitors When You Make Your Vows


Durrants Radiotherapy Appeal


Large Photo Shoot For Norfolk Businesses



Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow�



By Titchwell Manor Head Chef Eric Snaith

CONTACT DETAILS All Sales Enquiries

Artwork Submissions

Website Submissions


Stylish, Shabby Chic Gear

Competition Entries



Telephone No Tel: 01603 510 856 Mob: 07506 533565

Twitter @icenimagazine


Angela Adams Photography FAQ


The Green Dragon Wedding Venue


Facebook Visit



Iceni Columnist Mark King


Iceni Travel Great UK Destinations


Monthly Blog By Nicole Saxton


Monthly Recipe By Eric Snaith


Iceni Book Review The River And The Sea


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Reviewed By Tim Barnes-Clay


Spindrift Exhibition By Jeremy Webb


Pole Position For Carcliq What A Year So far


Iceni Music One For The Road


Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis


Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold

Angela Adams, Edward Couzens-Lake,Eric Snaith, Keri Beevis, Mark King, Nicole Saxton, Patrick Arundell, Sharon Piggin, Tim Barnes-Clay.

Front Cover Image Rob Dodsworth

Page 3 Image Benjamen Terry -

Disclaimer No articles, adverts, content or design in this magazine may be used or reproduced either in whole or part, online or in print. The views and advice from contributors are not necessarily those of Iceni Magazine. Every effort is made to ensure the contents are accurate, however Iceni Magazine can not assume responsibility for errors, omissions or incorrect information. Iceni Magazine accepts no liability for loss, damage or difficulties resulting from contracts between The Client and their customer. Inclusion within the magazine does not imply a recommendation.


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Wymondham Dickensian Steampunk Fayre The Wymondham Dickensian Steampunk Fayre on 30th November is coming along well. Several acts have been booked to entertain you on the Market Cross, between 2pm and 6pm, as well as Father Christmas and the Christmas Light switch on. There will also be several craft and Farmers Market stalls for you to purchase from and lots of food and drink stalls to keep you fed throughout the afternoon. Everyone is being encouraged to dress in Dickensian or Steampunk theme. There will be lots of other things going on around the Town, both before, during and after the main Dickensian Steampunk Fayre, all of which will be listed in the programme nearer the time. The programme is being organised by Iceni Magazine and should you wish to advertise please contact The committee are looking for volunteers to help on the day as well as donations to help fund the entertainment that is being put on. Anyone who would like to help out or donate can register their interest by email to: or come along to any of the planning sessions.’

Images Supplied By: Pete Green

ICENI - BEAUTY Issue 05 2013

Clinic Re-Launches After Developing Unique Cosmetic Skin Rejuvenation Treatment Willow Farm Clinic, based in Blofield has re-launched this year after developing a unique non-surgical facial treatment to help people look and feel their best this summer. Combining stimulating laser, cosmodic therapy and electro-acupuncture with eDermaStamp and CIT Mesotherapy solution, the clinic is the first in East Anglia to offer a revolutionary technique that acts as a mini-gym workout for your face. The combination and technique of these methods is purely unique to the recently re-launched clinic and works by inserting acupuncture needles into muscular points, rejuvenating skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Willow Farm Clinic was founded by Mark Barber in 2005 to offer acupuncture fertility and health and wellbeing treatments. But after identifying a need for non-surgical treatments in Norfolk, Mark developed and refined his skin rejuvenation procedure and relaunched the clinic to focus on natural facials.

can have on other parts of the body so it’s fantastic to be launching this. I am focussing on offering purely natural treatments as they boost skin, making your face feel alive, looking vibrant and improve what you’ve got without changing the appearance of your features. Clients can come in, have the treatment and leave the same day and it’s not obvious they have had any work done. Afterwards, customers are telling me they feel the effects and feel better about themselves so it’s a very rewarding job. And it’s proof you don’t need surgery to look good.” Willow Farm Clinic based at Lingwood Road, Blofield is currently accepting new patients.

Mark has practised acupuncture in the UK, Russia and Africa over the past 15 years and decided to diversify after spotting the UK’s trend of nine in 10 cosmetic procedures being non-surgical. The Dermaroller™ accredited clinic offers safer alternatives to Botox and facelift surgery. Treatments include: • Natural facelifts • Stimulating laser therapy • Cosmetic acupuncture helping with anti-aging and skin rejuvenation • Genuine Dermaroller™ which improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks • Medi-Grade customised skincare products to prepare, protect and repair. Mark says: “I’m really excited to re-launch the clinic as a natural cosmetic specialist as I received a lot of requests from clients for non-surgical facial treatments. I have also seen the benefits acupuncture



Chillaxing :) For those new to this term the urban dictionary describes this as a slang word -To loosen or reduce the levels of stress by employing a more relaxed and groovy outlook. The duties of running a household - washing, cooking, cleaning, handling the children, sending affectionate messages to your loved one - means that anyone without a pressure valve are liable to go off like a bottle of pop! The prime minister apparently is a master of chillaxing enjoying many pursuits outside politics. Until now teenagers would urge parents to ‘chillax’ BUT the grown up version is taking on a different edge and is becoming a more dynamic affair. We all know that money makes the world go round but it doesn’t buy good health. What’s needed is a work-play balance. Sometimes just closing your eyes for 60 seconds can be enough. Sometimes you need relaxation for a lot longer. With Chillax, you can choose how long you relax for. Maybe a sunset cruise is more up your street, lushing around on white sands and blue seas with a loved one, cooking ham egg n chips or an a la carte meal, bad/cheesy/romantic or adventurous films may be more fitting, listening to music, a glass of wine or a pint at the local with friends and family. Chillaxing is all about what makes you happy and content as a human being.

ICENI - LIFESTYLE Issue 05 2013

In Times Gone By (Out With The Old) In times gone by the mention of ‘second-hand’ evoked reactions of snobbery and embarrassment and was not a topic people were keen to discuss, thankfully times have changed and so have opinions and now second-hand and vintage items are seen with romance and character and are deemed stylish and unique. Up-cycling and refurbishing vintage items is now a thrifty and chic way to create stunning items from everyday pieces of well loved furniture and accessories. Everyone has a favorite era that holds both mystique and beauty for them, I love the roaring 20’s and the rocking 50’s; much of what I do is based around restoring iconic items made by designers such as Lloyd Loom, his wicker-ware was a huge commercial seller in the 1950’s and has more recently become collectible and adored by many. Loom’s signature dark colours and metallic tones teamed with bold floral fabrics are not so fashionable today so for me it is all about taking his fabulous designs and shapes, painting and upholstering to tone in with the French provincial ‘shabby chic’ and country cottage styles that are so popular at the moment. I like to think that I combine passion and flare to produce beautiful pieces at affordable prices so that everyone can enjoy having a little bit of fabulous in their homes.... Below is an image of a 1950’s mahogany sewing box painted and covered in Cath Kidston fabric £25 and a Lloyd Loom tub chair £55. The link to my site is and called ‘Out with the old’

It doesn’t necessary mean you have to be in a quiet atmosphere if karaoke is your thing, go for it! Such purposeful idleness is increasingly in vogue.

What’s on your itinerary?..... By Amanda Brown AromA beauty clinic. 57 Back Lane, Wymondham, NR18 OLB 01953 600309



SWAGGER & JACKS Issue 05 2013



Photography By: Jack Baxter, Fashion Stylist & MUA


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Swagger & Jacks Gentlemen’s Grooming

Swagger & Jacks is a Gentlemen’s Grooming Barbershop situated at 16 Bridewell Alley in the Historic Lanes of Norwich, next to St Andrews Church and the Bridewell Museum, with ample parking at St Andrew Car Park. For more information visit: or call 01603 611 000.

Hair Grooming Advice

Choosing the “Best Hairstyle For You”

Lifestyle and your choice of Haircut?

Did you know when choosing your ideal hairstyle there are a number of key considerations to make based upon your hairs natural texture and condition, hair density, natural growth patterns and your lifestyle? The consultation with your Barber will enable you to consider these various options to enable you to make an informed choice of style. Your Barber will also be able to explain and advise you on the appropriate use of men’s grooming products to easily recreate and maintain your hairstyle at home.

A high fashion style or the simplicity of a haircut that is easy to wash an wear? The choices of men’s styling these days are endless. Style icons such as David Beckham and George Clooney, to name but a few, are showing us men that it is cool to spend more time on our appearances and that with the use of men’s grooming products our haircuts can easily be styled and maintained.

What is your hairs “Natural Texture and Condition”? “Thick, Coarse, Dry, Fine, Limp, Greasy, Straight, Curly, Wavy, Volumous, Flat, Receding - ?” Did you know cutting and styling techniques together with appropriate product advice will assist you in managing your hairs texture and improve the natural condition ? What is your hairs “Density” ? You may have lots of hair which is individually fine in texture, or thinning hair which is individually thicker? You may have a naturally receding hairline or the start of male baldness which your Barber will consider in advising on the correct hairstyle for you. Did you know finer hair can be made to look thicker and fuller at a shorter length and can help to redistribute weight to receding areas through cutting techniques and product selection ? What is your hairs “Natural Growth Pattern? Natural growth patterns have an influencing factor in the choice of your style. These may include natural Nape Whirls, a Widows Peak, Double Crown or prominent growth directions in the hairs texture. Did you know your Barber will have the expertise to manage these natural growth patterns through careful consideration of length, cutting techniques and hair drying methods ?

ICENI Reader Offer Swagger & Jacks Gentlemen’s Grooming in conjunction with ICENI Magazine are pleased to offer readers a “Gentlemen’s Wash, Cut & Finish” at Swagger & Jacks Gentlemen’s Barbershop in Bridewell Alley for only £16.00 (saving you £3 on the usual price of £19.00), when booked online using promotional code ICENI, with our Professional Barbers; Simon & Leo. • Offer Conditions Valid until Saturday 5th October 2013 • Appointments to be booked online at select online booking page. • Appointments booked with Barbers; Simon & Leo only • Appointments for a Gentlemen’s Wash, Cut & Finish service only • Appointments booked with Promotional code ICENI




When You Make Your Vows Make Sure You Have Made Your Will Of all the things to think about when planning your wedding, civil ceremony, or civil partnership, making a Will probably isn’t top of your list. It should however be at the front of your mind. Did you know that:Marriage automatically revokes any existing Will (unless it is made specifically with marriage in mind and this is stated in the Will itself). Two out of three people in the UK have not made a Will. Just because you are married it does not mean that your new spouse/civil partner will automatically inherit everything. Other issues you may need to think about are: If you already have children with your partner or if one or both of you have children from a previous relationship, you need to consider who you would like to appoint as guardians if you and/or your partner die before your children reach the age of 18. If you have children from a previous marriage or you have children but were not married to that child’s other parent, you also need to consider whether you would like to leave anything to your existing children. If you already own property either in your own name or jointly with your intended partner or you intend to purchase another property with your intended partner, you need to consider how that property is held (legal title) as whether you

hold it as Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common may affect the rest of your Will. You might wish to consider giving children from a previous relationship or your partner what is known as a life interest in a property. Finally, you need to consider who you would like and who you trust to carry out your wishes in the event of your death. The duties and responsibilities of Executors, particularly if there are young children and/or guardians to be considered, are important so it is equally important that you appoint somebody who is able to carry out the job. You may wish to appoint someone independent e.g. your solicitor. Getting married should be one of the happiest times of your life and with good planning and preparation you will want to have a day to remember but in the words of Benjamin Franklin, the only two certainties in life are “death and taxes”. None of us can avoid the former and taking professional advice may help to minimise the latter. Fosters Solicitors have an extremely experienced Wills, Trust & Probate Department who are able to advise you on all aspects of making a Will whether you are planning marriage or another form of recognised legal partnership. We can be contacted by phone on 01603 620508 (all offices) or by e-mail to: Enjoy planning for your special day but add just one more thing to your “To Do” list. Make a Will - it’s probably the most important thing that you hadn’t thought about. PAGE



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Battle Of The Hemlines Nailing that 9-5 office chic is hard enough, let alone when you have to battle the unpredictability of the great British summer. From 60’s inspired minis to perfectly flattering pencils, let the battle of the hemlines commence! Whatever the weather work that skirt! Available in store now!

M&S Collection Dogtooth Pencil Skirt T574654 £29.50



M&S Collection Faux Leather Trim Tweed Skirt T574603 £39.50

M&S Collection Mini T577363 £25.00

Per Una Speziale Animal Print Skirt T62602l £55.00

Autograph Panelled Mini Skirt T50 3899 £35.00

ICENI - FASHION Issue 05 2013

Visit: Since its inception in 1972 Marlborough has developed to become the largest manufacturer of Stainless Steel Hip Flasks in the UK. With the introduction in the 1980’s of a range of top end luxury leather goods Marlborough has achieved an unrivalled reputation for producing products of timeless design and quality. With a team of dedicated skilled craftspeople, who are very proud to provide the highest quality of products, no two pieces of leather are ever the same, and it is their exemplary skill that creates that unique relationship between material and product that produces personal items of exceptional luxury. “The Marlborough World weekend bags are so cool - they look great and are amazing spacious which is really helpful as I travel a lot and don’t believe in travelling light,” says Oliver Proudlock - Made in Chelsea. Marlborough World creations are sought after by some of Britain’s most exclusive stores as well as globally by being recognised and appreciated due to the quality, skill and effort that goes into each of the products and collections. From the hand cutting and hand stitching right down to the brass buckles everything created is uniquely British, combining both leather working heritage with modern contemporary design. Marlborough World guarantee that everything created is Hand Made in England offering the very best of British design and craftsmanship.




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Iceni Interviews John From Norfolk Cordial Producers of luxury non-alcoholic fresh fruit cordials and drinks What inspired you to create Norfolk Cordial? My girlfriend made elderflower cordial for a local pub and it sold so well that I thought we could expand on that. I also saw that there was a real need for a more adult orientated soft drink within the hospitality sector so we developed 4 more flavours and began initially selling within Norfolk to the pubs and then the deli’s. Where do you source your ingredients? We source our main ingredients from growers in the region and the citris and ginger come from a soft fruit supplier in Norwich. We try to be as much from Norfolk as possible so if its not grown here then we use a local supplier instead. How many varieties of cordial do you produce? We currently have six flavours of cordial. They are as follows:Wild Elderflower, Raspberry, Redcurrant & Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Orange & Ginger Strawberry & Lime and Blackberry. Are there any additives in your cordials? There are no additives at all. We only use fresh real fruit, British granulated sugar and citric acid. No concentrates, flavourings, colourings or preservatives.

What achievement has made you most proud of Norfolk Cordial? I would have to say that launching in Fortnum and Mason on our 1st birthday was a great moment for us as well as having our cordial sent to The Princess Royal for the Easter weekend this year is something we are very proud of. How would you describe your product? A premium real fresh fruit syrup for the discerning adult non drinker. Is there anything you would like to add? We are proud to be the only UK soft drink company listed with the Sustainable Restaurant association for which Raymond Blanc is their president. We also supply his hotel Le Manior

What makes your Cordial different to other Cordial? We only use fresh real fruit and don’t water them down either so they are a pure fruit syrup. We also cold press our fruits so they have raw flavour instead of cooking the fruits to extact the juice. Have you any new recipes in the pipeline at the moment? We are always looking at new flavours experimenting with new ideas. Watch this space!!





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...are helping the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to raise funds for their Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal by holding an online timed auction of goods and promises, which will run from 1st October until 31st October. We will be taking lots until the 27th September, so if you would like to contribute, please contact Rebecca Mayhew on 01502 713490 or email 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the TRA. More about the appeal: The Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal, which needs to raise ÂŁ600,000, will enable the hospital to equip the new Radiotherapy Suite which is currently under construction, and will significantly improve the cancer services for local patients who currently have to travel to London or Cambridge for a particular type of radiotherapy, called brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is the targeted placement of radiotherapy inside or near a tumour, which can reduce the length of treatment required, and reduces the possibility of long term side effects for patients. To find out more about the new Radiotherapy Suite from the NNUH website, visit:,radiotherapy,appeal

TOMMY SAUCE Issue 05 2013

Tommy Sauce a Norwich-based design team creating football-inspired prints My business partner Ben and I had been playing around with some humorous pastiches of classic Penguin books, when it suddenly occurred to us that the ingenious colour-coded tricolours on the Penguin and Pelican covers, designed by Edward Young in the 1930s, would lend themselves to the world of football. So, the panels were filled with, say claret and blue, and then a line from a song, or a reference understood by the club’s fans, was inserted as the title of the book, in West Ham’s case ‘Fortune’s Always Hiding’. Suddenly it seemed like a poignant, memoir detailing the story of a football team. For our team Norwich City (of course) it was ‘A Splendid Rush’ which sounded a little like a PG Wodehouse romp. We deliberately avoided current, time-sensitive references and just went for classic, literary-inspired titles. In short, if your club was a book or a novel, what would it be called? The response has been amazing and it’s been picked up by all sorts of magazines, newspapers and blogs. Even a regular presenter on MoTD2 bought one. Let’s hope we can keep up with demand. Andrew Woods and Ben Evans For More Information Visit: Follow On Twitter: @tomsaucedesign




REACHING THE HEIGHTS Iceni Magazine talks exclusively to Jeremy Goss Norwich City Football Club have been part of that unique, vibrant and occasionally quirky mix that makes up our fine City for well over a hundred years now. Founded in 1902 after a meeting at the then Criterion Cafe on Red Lion street (a plaque marks the old site of the cafe today) the club has lived through its very own versions of Kipling’s beloved two imposters of Triumph and Disaster and met them, as he would have implored, ‘just the same’-in the usual stoical Norfolk manner. The club experienced its most successful season to date just over two decades ago, finishing third in the Premier League, a subsequent ‘reward’ for their efforts being qualification to play in the UEFA Cup the following season, a European wide footballing trophy contested between some of the continents leading sides. Norwich were not expected to progress very far in the competition but, in typical Canary fashion, defied the detractors, making it through the first two rounds of the trophy, a feat that included not only knocking out German giants Bayern Munich but, in doing so, becoming the first English side to beat them at their imposing Olympic Stadium. One of the heroes of the Norwich team that day was midfielder Jeremy Goss, or ‘Gossy’ as he is more well known. For he not only scored a spectacular volley in Germany to put Norwich ahead, but, when the pressure was on in the return game at Carrow Road, there he was again with another goal, creating, as he did, an outburst of joy and happiness at the famous old ground that had never been heard before and, in all likelihood, hasn’t since. Jeremy celebrates one of his many goals for the Canaries.



Talk about reaching the heights of your chosen profession, becoming one of the best at what you do, and, in doing so, a household name in the process. Not something which the likeable and modest ‘Gossy’ was used to! Typically then, as he does now, he is swift to pass on the praise to his Norwich teammates at the time. Talking exclusively to Iceni, he recalls; “That night, that game and that stadium will remain in my heart forever. We were an inspired team and pulled off a remarkable result. A surprise for many but not us. We had the strength, confidence and above all, the belief in our ability to win that game. Coupled with the very best work ethic and a driven determination to win, we created a magical night to remember for us, the Club and the fans. No ‘big time’ players just a group of good footballers desperate to achieve and those games, those moments were our reward.” “For me it felt like my reward for all the hard work and dedication I put into my game, the many sacrifices, the training, keeping mega fit, the early nights and the strict and healthy diet. It was, and is, about doing whatever it took to be a professional footballer and to play at the highest level of the game. You have to work hard and believe in yourself to achieve anything in life, to be passionate about what you are doing. I did and had done so for years leading up to that moment. So yes, my goal in that game, my greatest goal-and against the best team in Europe at that time, helped achieve my and our night of glory. My reward for, over so many years, pushing my body and mind to the absolute limit.” Goss remains a well known name in the English game. Yet he is quick to point out that not all footballers who played the game at the highest level can afford to retire from the game and take it easy. “No, not at all. Like so many others, I didn’t leave the game a wealthy man. When I retired from the game that horrible question was burning away in my head – what now? My love was the Club and fans but I had to change my life and face the world outside of Carrow Road. A big shock and a big challenge. The mortgage still had to be paid, as did all the bills. So as a devoted family man I brushed myself down, moved on and adapted to the ‘real world’. There was big money in the game when I played, for the lucky ones at the right Clubs, but I was never shown that ‘mega’ contract that made you financially secure. Massively different now with so much money in today’s PLC football industry But Sky and billionaire


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Club owners weren’t around in my time in the mid 1990’s when I was playing at my peak” He now works for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind whose HQ is on Magpie Road in Norwich. Goss is their Head Fundraiser, a position he has held since 2010. And, as part of his role with the NNAB, he has experienced more career highs, albeit of a physical nature, rather than an emotional one. “I organised a unique charity fundraising event earlier this year called Gossy’s Leap of Faith a bungee jump challenge. Twenty-four people accompanied me to Switzerland where we completed the famous James Bond in Goldeneye, Verzasca Dam bungee jump. The dam is massive! 220 metres (720 ft) high-so when you fall you reach speeds of 80 mph! The awe-inspiring sight of the Verzasca dam and the feeling of peace, silence and tranquillity of the jump itself will remain with me forever.” “Through creating, managing and completing this latest fundraising challenge, I feel very fortunate to have met and befriended 24 genuine, sincere and passionate Norfolk people who were willing to confront indisputable personal fear for the sake of the NNAB. We all felt so proud to have raised nearly £35,000 for visually impaired and blind adults and children living in Norfolk.” Last year saw Jeremy undertake another arduous fundraising role-only this time he was on his own for much of it! He decided to revisit the scene of one of his greatest footballing moments by cycling, from Norwich, all the way to Arnhem in Holland then onto the Munich Olympic stadium in Germany before making a swift detour south over the Alps and into Italy to finish at the San Siro stadium in Milan, where Norwich played their final European game that remarkable season. “It was a charity fundraising event called Gossy’s Back to Bayern Cycle Challenge. A big test of endurance for me! Ten keen local cyclists cycled with me up to Harwich, with Norman Lamb MP and his friend Mike Talbot accompanying me to Arnhem. But the rest of the way I was on my own alongside my good friend Mark Walton, the former Norwich and Fulham Goalkeeper, who drove a motor home as the support vehicle. We covered 1300 miles in 11 days, raising £30,000 in sponsorship money. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life” Needless to say, he has another event in mind to be held later this year. And, once again, its regards heights-look away now if you have vertigo!

“We’re getting a group of people together to ride the Northern hemispheres highest and longest zipwire. It’s in Snowdonia at a place called the Penrhyn Quarry. We’ll be zooming down a mile long wire travelling at speeds of almost 100mph. I’m told its the nearest you can get to feeling what it’s like to fly. You’re speeding along through the air, face down, head first, suspended from a pulley, 700 feet from the bottom of this massive one time slate quarry. I am sure that it will be fantastic and take everyone’s breath away. Even looking at it does that for some people.” Another amazing event and one that, as with the bungee jump from the Verzasca Dam, Jeremy is encouraging people from all round the county to get involved with, either by taking part in the event itself, to donating money in sponsorship. “All of the money we raise goes to the NNAB, making a really positive difference to the quality of life of blind and partially Jeremy alongside Rob Taylor sighted people in ➠


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Norfolk. We’re a local charity who help as many people as we can, but, like any other, we occasionally find the going tough. So every penny is crucial to us and no donation is too small. If you would like to help or sponsor us in anyway, please get in touch with me through our website www.nnab.” Jeremy Goss, a busy man now just as he was twenty years ago when his name and goalscoring exploits for the Canaries was on football fans lips everywhere-in Norwich, Norfolk and far beyond. What else does he have planned? “I’m busy with my autobiography at the moment, working alongside a good friend of mine who is also a writer. We’re aiming to make it so much more than the typical footballers life story, it’s going to be much more about what goes on in the game behind the scenes and in players minds, a real insight into football and what it is really like to be involved in it. It’ll be released in the first half of next year.” We will all look forward to that, a story, I am sure, that will prove to be as inspiring as the man himself.

If you would like to get in touch with Jeremy at the NNAB with reference to sponsorship and future NNAB fundraising events, please contact him on 01603 629558 or visit the website Article By Edward Couzens-Lake Preparing to set off for Bayern! Jeremy (centre) with ex-Norwich City team mates, L-R, Chris Sutton, Darren Eadie, Rob Newman and Ian Butterworth.


Issue 05 2013

REVELOCE Stylish, shabby chic gear from Norfolk Whilst most 16 year olds have spent the summer in bed or on their various gadgets in cyberland, Matt Shelton has been occupying a decidedly more retro world. He has taken the rudimentary practical and design skills learnt at school many steps further by developing a range of shabby chic and retro furniture for home and garden. He has also benefited from a practical approach to business studies, having inherited some of his dad’s can-do entrepreneurial approach to life. Matt has been gathering bits of worn-out and unwanted furniture for some months before launching his online business “Reveloce”. The range of sources for the raw materials is wide and includes auctions, second-hand shops, skips, plus of course the ever changing supply of wood washed up along the Norfolk coastline. The auctions are his favourite. “It’s great to have fun and do work at the same time”, Matt says.

“There’s a real buzz, it’s really exciting when you get the piece you want at a good price. That’s when the real work begins, though, but it’s good to win - and you get to see some great local characters as well”. He wrote and launched his new website and used Twitter and Instagram to promote the business, having studied the jargon and expected etiquette. He has made good use of local Twitter ‘Hours’ such as #Norfolkhour and #KingsLynnHour where local businesses interact and promote their various activities. Based on this, he has developed a follower list of more than 250 in just over two weeks, and in the process has received two firm orders with further enquiries on-going. It’s not all been a stroll in the park, and not everything has gone entirely according to plan. Having spent much of a day beachcombing along the north Norfolk coastline with not much to show for his efforts, he asked his dad if this was really working. He soon realised that he had spoken to two potential retail outlets as well as having found some really useful (if small!) driftwood for the next project, then he turned a corner to find a weather-worn pallet washed up perfect for breaking up and giving another life in a new format. The summer has been one long learning curve, as Matt acquires business and marketing skills to go alongside the more hands-on aspects of furniture restoration. Having gone through the hard work of setting up the business, he’s very much in it for the long-term, and is looking forward to building the business around things other people may not have a use for - the name of the business leans heavily on “veloce”, Italian for cycling!

Find Matt’s products at, and on Twitter @reveloce.



HANSE HOUSE Issue 05 2013

Hanse House History in the Making

Hanse House has a long and varied history, and the ability to meet the diverse needs of successive occupants is fundamental to its survival both into the 21st Century and beyond. The building has been in private ownership since November 2011, the successful bidder having being selected by Norfolk County Council on a number of factors, not least their proposed uses for the building. Following consultation with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, English Heritage and other interested parties the proposals were granted planning permission at the end of July 2012, and we are pleased to say the next chapter in the story of the Hanse House is well underway. The developments at Hanse House seek to increase public access and allow the building to sustain itself through commercially viable activities, whilst providing a vibrant contribution to the regeneration of the South Quay area. After successfully operating a pop-up market to coincide with King’s Lynn Festival Fortnight, we opened the permanent indoor market here on August 10th 2013 to coincide with the opening of the new visitor pontoons on the quay. The market is open 7 days a week from 10am, and is based in the Lubeck Room, which forms the ground floor of one of the old Hanseatic Warehouse ranges, with its notable elevation running along St Margaret’s Lane. We already have some great stall-holders, so we hope you can take the time to visit the market and support local, independent enterprises. We’re also still on the lookout for more traders to add to the mix. Rates are reasonable and you can currently book either regular or ad-hoc dates.

ceremony and wedding reception in April 2013, and have held several since, so please feel free to contact us to arrange a viewing. In addition to the above we also have conference / business space available for regular or ad-hoc bookings and a number of local clubs and societies already meet here on a regular basis. Business and residential accommodation is still available in the form of offices, a studio and luxury flats; whilst we would also be really pleased to hear from an individual or organisation who might like to operate a gallery from Hanse House. If you would like further information regarding any of the above please contact us, as we are always open to suggestion! Email: Tel: 01553 775678 Mob: 07790 264073

As well as a tradition of trading, in more recent times a tradition of marriage has also been established here. Some of you may recall attending or may even have held your own ceremony at Hanse House, when the Registrar service was based here. We are pleased to say we will be continuing this tradition, and have carefully restored the ceremony room to create a beautiful venue for marriage and civil ceremonies. We also have function rooms suitable for wedding receptions and other events, varying both in size and style. We were delighted to have held our first marriage


Photography By: Lenzman Peter Rye


VINTAGE DELI Issue 05 2013

A Rather Large Photo Shoot For Norfolk Businesses In 9 Acres of Whymsical Woodland Known As Happy Valley - A new Wedding Venue in the Heart of West Norfolk was the perfect remote and romantic setting to house the shoot. Vintage Deli, Rebel Heart Photography & Kings Lynn Wedding Festival - Town Hall - 6th October, gathered together and organized this rather large photoshoot to help Norfolk Businesses get FREE promotional shots for advertising. The models & dancers all flooded in and were dressed in Vintage Deli Clothing. Adorned with jewels from local designer Melissa Morgan. Even Jake (the Hair) Watson from the local Sony award winning radio station KLFM joined in to give us a helping hand. And a fine model he was too. Local bands including Only Young & Jessie’s Ghost managed by Tristan at Twisted Melon Productions pilled in to set the vibe for the day. They were all rushed to Hair & Make Up where the two bubbly artists, Louise Collins and Stacey Taylor from Fetti Beauty and Sharon Hayns from Hairaid Shelter worked their magic. The Cakes arrived and by gosh were they impressive. Megan Harbord from Biddy’s tea room came laden with a variety of Different wedding cakes that just blew us away.



Stunning Flowers were elegantly placed throughout the venue and were sculpted by Swaffham & Fakenham Florists & Flora Floral Designs from Fincham. Bell Tents by 2 Posh 2 Pitch and Tipis, Benches & tables by Scott Olive Carpentry were erected. A beautiful Humber Super Snipe from the fabulous Wedding-Wheels-Next-Sea then growls up the drive. Some rather fabulous Masks from Mystic Magic Masquerade arrived for the men. Mike Chivers and Emily Nichols from Rebel Heart Photography, Rekha Garton and Ga Chun Yau were at the ready to capture something great that benefited all. “It’s hard for small businesses in the area to get promotional shots when they have a limited budget so we thought what better way to do something fun that benefited all involved” say’s Katy from Vintage Deli “It was by far the largest photo shoot I’ve put together and everyone was so enthusiastic and accommodating. It’s hard enough putting a normal photo shoot together but this was off the scale. It was a lot of fun and the fact that everyone was so game meant that all of the businesses will have some great material to use”


FAQ: How to ensure you book the best photographer for you and your wedding Arranging a wedding can be daunting, even to the most organised of couples. Amongst the whirlwind of clothes, flowers, food and ceremony, important details can easily be overlooked. Asking the questions below may make you more confident when selecting your wedding photographer: Have you shot an entire wedding? It’s always worth asking the photographer if they’ve shot a wedding solo. Many have worked solely as second-shooters or assistants to a professional, never shooting or organising a wedding shoot in its entirety. As a safeguard, ask your photographer to show you a complete album or complete shoot from a real wedding they’ve shot. What’s your style? You should be able to see from a photographer’s pictures the style they shoot - if you can’t, ask. Ensure you’re happy with your photographers style, be it traditional, documentary, candid, fine-art or a combination. If you don’t tell your photographer your likes and dislikes, you could be disappointed with the resulting pictures. Are these pictures taken at real weddings? How many of you ask this question when viewing a photographer’s portfolio? –There’s nothing wrong with showcasing bridal pictures featuring posed models (they’re needed for bridal magazines, advertising and promotions) as long as you, the clients, are aware the pictures aren’t typical ‘bride-and-groomat-their-real-wedding’ shots. Having the time to set up, pose and light a bridal model requires a different skill set to shooting under pressure within a wedding time-frame. Can we meet up? It’s vitally important that you like your photographer. I don’t mean enough to invite them to the wedding breakfast, but enough to know that you can work together to create fantastic pictures during your wedding day. This getting-to-know-you process starts at the very first meeting (always meet at least three photographers before making a decision on who to book) and continues through the engagement or pre-wedding shoot. What do I get for my investment? If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Do ask what you’ll be getting for your money. Discuss the packages on offer and if they don’t suit, request a bespoke quotation. If you want an album, say so. If you want digital files, say so. Are you insured? All professional photographers should have insurance, they should also have insurance to cover anyone assisting them on the day. Do you charge a deposit or booking fee? A deposit is like a holding fee, a sum of money paid towards an item or service that may be refunded if the event doesn’t take place. A booking fee secures your photographer on a selected date and will be deducted from the balance due. However, if you

decide to cancel, for whatever reason, your booking fee will not be refunded. Most photographers currently charge a booking fee. Can I see a contract? Contracts aren’t just for the benefit of your photographer, they also safeguard you. Read your contract! The copyright of all images taken at your wedding remains with the photographer. So if you’d prefer not to have your wedding images used for advertising, shown on the Internet or on the photographers website, you need to say so, and have it included in the contract that both parties sign. How much time do you need on the day? Many couples forget to add time into the wedding itinerary for their photographer to capture all the pictures they’d like. The best photographer in the world will find it almost impossible to provide you with fabulous pictures if you don’t allow them the time. You don’t need huge amounts of time to capture great photos, a few 15-20 minute sessions dotted throughout the day, for bride and groom alone photos and group photos will ensure you get pictures to cherish. Be realistic too, and don’t ask the impossible How soon will I see my pictures after the wedding? It can take a popular photographer up to eight weeks to postproduce your images, fitting them in around his/her continued workload. At certain times of the year it can take longer – if this could prove problematic, ask the photographer how long it’ll be before you see your images after the wedding. Other stuff that often gets forgotten… When your wedding day is over, your guests have gone home, as have your wedding suppliers – your photographers work continues. Photographing a wedding, for a professional wedding photographer, can equate to a weeks work. How? The prewedding meeting, shooting the images on the day (sometimes that day lasts longer than 12 hours, involving technical aptitude, organizational skills, work under pressure in all weathers… and let’s not forget talent, at times gained by years of expensive training). Then there’s the post processing, with each and every photograph being individually processed, followed by album design and/or presentation to the client in an on-line gallery or personal viewing. It soon adds up. Hopefully you’ll find a few of the above useful. It’s also worth pointing out that you shouldn’t make price the focal point for engaging your wedding photographer. Your photographs may be the only tangible memory of your wedding day. The wedding breakfast, evening entertainment, sweet trolley and bar are for your guests - your photographs are for you and your family for years to come. Enjoy your wedding day… it really is a whirlwind, so ensure you have something tangible after the event to remember it by. Angela Adams Photography Ltd



THE GREEN DRAGON Issue 05 2013

The Green Dragon Nestled on Church Street in the heart of Wymondham town, the Green Dragon is a delightful old traditional medieval public house dating back to the 14th century. We would like to thank everybody who attended our recent beer festival. Another fantastic weekend of live music. Ales’ ciders and BBQ’s - Our best yet! Thanks also to the weather and our fantastic staff and customers, old and new. Next Beer festival May Bank Holiday weekend 2014. We have also had a busy time in our newly reinstated and re-furbished function room (The Den). With the completion of the new cellar we can now serve lagers and ciders on draft from the new bar to compliment this wonderful room we are equipped for holding wedding receptions, Christenings, Wakes and Corporate events, as well as hosting weekly quiz nights and open mic and music nights.

The Den holds up to 50 people with toilets and a fully stocked bar. We also offer flowers, celebration cakes, decorations and glass hire. Buffets or personal menus are available on request. We are also licensed for live music (no discos because we are in a residential area). Make us your ‘one stop’ wedding venue. We will not be opened Christmas day this year for food but we will be opening for drinks between 12pm and 2.30pm. We will also be opening Boxing day for drinks between 11am and 3pm for the hunt.


Issue 05 2013

Great UK Destinations Although only the 79th largest county on the planet - tipping the scales at a ‘mere’ 94,500 square miles in area - the UK packs an incredible amount into its limited space. Fascinating cities that radiate culture and history exist within miles of delightful chocolate-box villages; and snow-dusted mountains rear up above grassy lowlands, but can be reached within hours. Perhaps the most obvious example of ‘The Great UK’ is its twisting shoreline. At 7723 miles, there is a lot of it (more than can be boasted by Spain, Italy or France) - enough, certainly, to support everything from lively seaside resorts to idyllic coves along the perimeters of Wales and Northern Ireland. Small it may be, but the UK is somewhere that rewards exploration - by tourist and resident alike. Some destinations not to be missed....

The Cotswolds Just 60 miles west of London lay the Cotswolds. Deemed an area of outstanding natural beauty, its landscape is shaped by honey-stone villages and unspoilt scenery, and is a place that William Morris called “an earthly paradise.” Here, the softly undulating hillsides play second fiddle as the backdrop to the prettiest towns and villages in England. The Cotswolds also boasts one of England’s most magnificent stately homes – Blenheim Palace, the ancestral seat of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Edinburgh Few cities are as visibly tied to their past as the Scottish capital. From the ramparts of the castle on its lofty crag (and the Royal Mile rising to meet it) to the 18th century sophistication of the Georgian New Town, a stay in Edinburgh is a history lesson – but, with restaurants and shops aplenty, never a dull one. A special event and one not to be missed is the magnificent Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. Set to the amazing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle there is fantastic music from the popular Massed Pipes & Drums as well as marvellous displays from the Massed Military bands.

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is an area whose breathtaking and rugged coastline merges into the romantic landscape of its deep silent glens and lush forest parks. The wonders don’t stop there, as the region has been made famous by the Causeway Coastal Route which is seen as ‘One of the World’s Great Road Journeys’. A spectacular stopping point is the UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Giants Causeway. Created, according to legend, by a giant who wished to walk over the sea to Scotland (but in reality by volcanic eruption), the Giant’s Causeway sits on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland. It’s astonishing mesh of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns look like a colossal set of stepping stones. This spectacular tourist attraction is an amazing sight, and one not to be missed.

Snowdonia Snowdonia, known in Welsh as Eryri (the land of the eagles), is a land of high peaks, steep, plunging valleys and open moorland, and is bounded on the west by the Lleyn Peninsula and the Cardigan Coast. Here, rocky mountains, glacial lakes, stunning waterfalls and rugged wilderness all compete for attention. No visit to Snowdonia is complete however without a visit to the famous Mountain Railway. This iconic attraction is a service that, for over a century, has made the steep 4.7-mile journey to the top of Snowdon, the country’s highest mountain (which rears to 3560ft). The views from the summit, unsurprisingly, are spectacular – and well worth the trip. England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Island each of course have their own national flavour and distinct personality, and have an abundance of attractions for even the most discerning traveller. So, with the increased popularity of the so called ‘staycation’, why not take time to enjoy the many facets of these island jewels. PAGE


Claire - Easton Holidays


Issue 05 2013

Fillet of Pollock, Mussel Chowder, Alsace Bacon (Serves 4 people)

Pollock works really well for this dish but nearly all white fish would work well as a substitute.

Ingredients Eric Snaith Head Chef at Titchwell Manor

For the Vegetables; Celeriac, 20 x 1cm cubed • Carrot, 20 x 1 cm cubed Potato, 20 x 1cm cubed • Kohlrabi, 20 x 1cm cubed 10 wild Leeks cut into 3 inch pieces 6 sprigs of fresh Thyme

to 180c, fry the Shallots until golden brown, take care as the oil will double in volume when the Shallots are added, drain the Shallots on kitchen towel and when all are cool, combine everything for the crumb.

For the Crumb; 4 Slices of thick white Bread • 50g Butter 50g Alsace Bacon lardons 2 x Banana Shallots, thinly sliced • 1lt vegetable oil

For the Mussels, vacuum pack on full compression and cook them for 6 minutes in boiling water, refresh in an ice bath, carefully remove the meat and discard the shells, strain the Mussel stock to use for the sauce.

For the Sauce; 50g Alsace Bacon trim (skin etc) 2 x Banana Shallots, thinly sliced 500ml Chicken stock • 200ml white Wine 800ml double Cream • Juice of ½ a Lemon Mussel cooking stock (see below)

To complete the sauce, reduce to a ¼ the Wine, Chicken stock and Mussel stock with the Shallots and Bacon, then add the Cream and simmer for 5 minutes, strain through a fine mesh sieve and season with the Lemon juice.

For the Mussels; 200g Mussels, washed and de-bearded For the Pollock; 4 x 200g middle-cut Pollock fillets 1 Tablespoon of Rapeseed oil • Maldon Salt Preparation method; For the Vegetables, individually vacuum pack each Vegetable with extra virgin Rapeseed oil, Thyme and Maldon salt, cook at 85°c in a water bath until soft enough to crush a cube by squeezing it between two fingers. Alternatively you can cook them on a low heat in seasoned water if sous-vide is not an option.

For the Pollock, heat a non-stick frying pan, add a teaspoon of Rapeseed oil and when the oil is nearly smoking add the fish, skin side down and cook for 3-4 minutes until skin is golden, turn the Pollock over and cook for a further 2 minutes, season with Maldon salt and allow to rest in a warm place for 2-3 minutes. To serve, bring the Vegetables and Mussels up to the boil in seasoned water and Butter, place a spoonful of crumb in the centre of the plate and place the drained Vegetables and Mussels around one half of the plate, place the fish on top of the crumb and sauce over the Vegetables.

For the crumb, butter the Bread and bake at 180c until golden brown, allow it to cool. When cool, process it in a blender to achieve coarse breadcrumbs. Pan fry the Bacon on a very low heat, stirring often. When very crisp, strain and rest on some kitchen towel. In a large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil up




Issue 05 2013

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist Tweet Tim @carwriteups Visit: This car handles far better than it looks. It’s also punchier and more comfortable than you might imagine. You see, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.7 VCDi LT Hatchback gives the impression of being a tiny bit boring and mediocre. From the overly-flexible door panels to the hollow-sounding interior plastics, everything just oozes ‘budget’. But is this a bad thing if the car is reasonably priced? Probably not in today’s economic climate. You see, people still want nice things, even when life isn’t quite as sweet as it used to be – and a shiny motor is one of them. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like the heady scent of a brand new car - and knowing you’re the first owner gives you a kind of thrill. So, what’s the Cruze like inside? Straight away, the iffy looking part-textile covered, plasticky dashboard lets things down a bit, but in lots of other ways the Chevy is admirable. For a start, getting comfy behind the wheel is easy. The driver’s seat hugs and supports you in all the right places and the arrangement of the controls is refreshingly simple. In mid-range LT trim, under review here, the Cruze Hatchback incorporates features such as cruise control, electric windows, a multi-function trip computer, parking distance sensors, remote audio controls and a leather steering wheel and gearknob. What a shame I couldn’t find a USB port for my iPhone though. Regardless of some seemingly low-rent materials used on the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, it’s not a bad piece of kit for £18,115. Indeed, in five-door guise, the car is even more practical than its saloon sibling which already has one of the biggest load areas in its class. The boot is big, square and deep, so that should tick a major box for anyone looking for a new set-of-wheels that will swallow a pushchair or two, and the weekly supermarket shop. As alluded to at the top of this piece, the Cruze is reasonably entertaining to drive. The steering is direct and road-holding

is decent - almost sportily so, but that should be expected really. After all, the saloon variant won both the 2010 British Touring Car Drivers championship and both drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the World Touring Car series. Under the bonnet, lurks a 1686 cc four cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel engine, although it feels more like a 2.0 litre oil-burner. There’s heaps of low down shove, meaning you can stir up a swell of power quite easily - and that makes overtaking easy. The six-speed manual gearshift is slick and precise and getting from 0-62mph only takes 9.8 seconds. Okay, that’s not blisteringly speedy - but it’s impressive enough for a five-seater family car. The engine isn’t just a respectable performer; it’s also fuel-efficient and emits low carbon dioxide (CO2). Returning an official average of 62.7 mpg and giving off just 117 g/km of CO2, the 1.7 VCDi propelled Cruze Hatchback is likely to appeal to private and fleet customers alike. In reality, coupled to Chevrolet’s comparatively high specification and keen pricing, that makes the latest Cruze one of the best value five-door family hatchbacks on the road.

PROS • Reasonably priced • Handling • Efficiency • Load space

CONS • Some cheap materials • No USB port




• Max speed: 124 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.8 secs • Combined mpg: 62.7 • Engine: 1686 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel • Max. power (bhp): 129 at 4000 rpm • Max. torque (lb/ft): 221 at 2000 rpm • CO2: 117 g/km • Price: £18,115 on the road

ICENI - MOTORING Issue 05 2013

Pole Position For Carcliq What a year 2013 has been for CarCliq so far. ot only did they successfully launch their website for all aspects of buying, selling and talking about cars, they also signed up thousands of dealers who are actively advertising stock with them, before rolling out a colossal advertising campaign within over 150 Homebase, Wickes and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. CarCliq recently announced the sponsorship of Ginetta BTCC Junior Championship Racing Driver James Webb. Having won a plethora of karting and motorsport races since the tender age of 9, James has continued to make waves in the motorsport arena and is one driver you definitely want

to watch. Tune in to follow his progress, being televised this season on ITV4 infront of 19million viewers and 350,000 race spectators. James’s car has been wrapped with their logo too! Take a look at the website, there are 60,000 great cars advertised, so you are sure to find your next car there!!! Visit:


Issue 05 2013

A couple of weeks back I took a break away from writing, as I traded laptops for life jackets and headed on out for fun and frolics on the Norfolk Broads. Now this is why I Above: Keri Beevis love Norfolk. Yes, we might have a lot of people with webbed hands and feet, and yes, we might be the world capital of wolf fleeces, and yes, we might have more tractors and beet lorries on our roads than cars, but we also have the fantastic broads. Seventeen of us headed out in three boats, armed with water pistols, alcoholic picnics, captain hats (because you have to wear a captain’s hat if you’re gonna drive a boat, right?), two umbrellas

(brought by the pessimists) and one bikini (worn by the wildly optimistic member of our gang). We left Wroxham under grey skies, and in true Brit style, smiled through gritted teeth, as we shivered and drank coffee/Bacardi/beer (depending on which boat you were on) and speculated about what a wonderful day we were going to have, despite the weather. By the time we made our first pub stop, ominous spits of rain were falling from the sky, but we were hard core and remained out in the beer garden. And we were rewarded, because then the sun came out. I managed to burn my nose and for a week after resembled the reindeer who wasn’t allowed to join in any reindeer games, we had a man overboard incident after one of our party tripped on the dock while untying the boat (and it wasn’t clumsy old me), the umbrellas disappeared and one brave soul even stripped down to her bikini – to a cry from another boat, ‘STOP THE WATER’. And we had fantastic conversations, the kind only Norfolk friends can have. Example: Friend One to Friend Two, who has just ordered tomato and mozzarella salad: Are you vegetarian? Friend Two: Um, well, yes, I suppose I am during the daytime. Yup, we had a daytime vegetarian with us. At night I expect he is out there stalking deer and sheep and maybe the odd turkey. All in all it was a fabulous day out with good friends and a great chance to recharge the batteries; and I was reminded yet again of the great opportunities for setting one of my book plots on the Norfolk Broads. There are so many good places to hide the bodies.

The Diary of a Norfolk Family. By Mark King

ICENI - COLUMNISTS Issue 05 2013

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It’s that time of year when parents around the world dread the most! Yes the summer school holidays. Six and bit weeks of holiday that came about in early Victorian times when universal education of children started, but they were still required, and expected, to help bring in the harvest.

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Well we don’t have children working the fields anymore as legislation has put paid to that, and if it hadn’t then modern farming machinery would have made them redundant anyway. One thing they didn’t make redundant, but which most parents wish had been after six weeks of trying to keep the modern child entertained is the summer school break. It can cost a small fortune in trying to keep your pride and joys happy, but there are a few things which you can do as a family that don’t cost a lot or any thing at all. One of these is going for a bike ride and as the weather has been just wonderful recently this is just what my family did. We set off and all went well for the first half an hour until the youngest of the brood started to moan his little legs were tired. Conveniently we had come to a stop at the entrance of the Oasis Health and leisure club, and at the end of their drive is Harry’s bar. The prospect of cold drinks for the family, and the thought of a beer for me was a temptation I couldn’t resist on such a sweltering hot day. For the next two hour hours the wife and I sat out on the patio overlooking the grounds of the club while the children ran free making new friends at the same time. It was lovely to say the least and so were the drinks. Once the sun was setting in the distance we walked home happily pushing the bikes, relaxed, and with a nice bottle of rose wine in hand which I had purchased from Harry’s bar. So the bike ride wasn’t as cost free as I had hoped, but what a wonderful afternoon the whole family had together.

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Issue 05 2013

Monthly Blog

by Nicole Saxton - Beccles

Reading to children. I believe reading to your children is one of the most important things parents can do for their children. It goes along with feeding, washing and clothing them. I am hugely passionate about books, not the e-books you stare at on your iPad or Kindle (though I am guilty of purchasing the odd one when travelling). I am talking about the actual, hard or soft cover book. The book you hold and bend down the pages to mark your place, the book that becomes more worn and torn with each new read. Books are to be shared. The smell of a book is heavenly - a light, musky scent unmatched with which a computer screen can never compete. I read to my children every night (except lazy Fridays, where we watch a family movie). We read everything from comics to classics. I am currently half way through Alice through the Looking Glass with the girls. The boys are in the under - 5s group and we read a variety of lavishly illustrated children’s books to capture their shorter attention spans.. Julia Donaldson is always a favourite. We read at night after tea and bath. We curl up on the bed and read sometimes only a chapter, sometimes a few chapters. That is quality time which we all enjoy after a hard day of confinement in classrooms (the girls), boisterous play and tumbles (the boys) or cleaning, cooking and general Mary Poppins activity (me). Sometimes, especially with the younger ones, the same book is repeated night after night. I read ‘Monkey Puzzle’ some 20 times repeatedly to my eldest daughter when she was 3. So many times that my husband and I could recite the entire book with our eyes closed. We took to hiding the book at bed time in the hope that she would pick another, which she did, eventually Twenty nights later, we were repeating ‘We Are Going On A Bear Hunt’ with eyes closed longing for ‘Monkey Puzzle’ to return to favour. The satisfaction when the children also learn the books by heart is immense; possibly similar to how a musician feels hearing someone singing their songs. Knowing that they have listened and enjoyed something we have taught them gives us so much pride – surely that is what being a parent is all about? A trip to the library with three bookworms is an experience in its self. I try to take them as often as possible which can never be often enough. PAGE


During the summer holidays the library is a godsend, a free and appealing place to visit. The children rush in and pick out dozens of books at a time only for me to ask them to narrow their choices to just three each. They sigh and spend an hour flicking through the pages deciding which adventures they want to enjoy before the land of nod this week. I long to browse the adult section but I know leaving my tiny terrors unsupervised would mean only one thing - mayhem. So I sit and listen to them discuss the pros and cons of each book. When we get home seeing the three eldest on the sofa together, sharing their books gives me so much happiness. Their receptive young brains absorb all the pictures and words; learning, sharing and creating a new world in their tiny heads is just magical. Children grow up so quickly if you’re lucky the one-on-one intimate time lasts a year- maybe two. Settling down to read a book with my eight year old is quality snuggle time. We sit down close, all squidged around the open book, cuddling and enjoying. I began reading to my children as early as one year. Touch and feel books are fabulous, as are animal books. A child very quickly picks up animal noises and other words especially if you point and repeat. Reading to your child also gives them a head start in education; it teaches them speech, language and the skill of constructing a sentence. It has been proved that children who have been read to before beginning pre-school are more likely to excel in all aspects of early education. We are not born knowing how to read, however reading to your child encourages him or her to turn a page and read text from left to right. I can’t stress how important it is to read to our little ones. With computers and mobile phones taking centre stage in our lives, we risk losing the beauty buried in the written word. Classics that have been around for centuries are at under threat of being left on the shelf, gathering dust. A book means so much more than a movie, it stays with you all your life, wrapped around your heart.

A book can influence and teach the reader, we simply must not let the next generation grow up without books.


Issue 05 2013

From Supermarket Shelves to Bookshelves: Tesco ‘Shelf Stacker’ Wins Top Publishing Prize for Historical Novel James Ferron Anderson, author of The River and The Sea, has for several years been working the nightshift in a Tesco superstore in Norfolk, a job that enables him to fund his writing vocation until it funds itself. He had almost given up on that hope, though, and entering a new novels competition was a last ditch effort to get published. Luckily for him, it paid off and his book won the top prize. The River and The Sea, an extraordinarily powerful novel set in endof-empire Canada, encompassing romance and adventure, has won the inaugural Rethink Press New Novels Competition. The prize was a top level publishing contract and the book is now available internationally in paperback and Kindle format. The Norwich-based shelf-stacker/novelist started writing after leaving Northern Ireland, where he grew up and worked as an egg packer, glass blower, weaver and a soldier in the British Army. He and his wife moved to Norwich after he had been shot through the arm by the IRA, to get their two small children away from violence and religious bigotry. “In Norfolk I started writing novels, poems and plays - there is a lot of support for writers locally. I had plays read at the Maddermarket Theatre; I joined a University of East Anglia writing class and fled from it quickly; I entered my first short story competition, partly because it was Irish, and won it. I won an Escalator Award and from that got a reputable agent who tried, and failed, to sell my novels. I had come to the last step and failed to make it. I gave up, not with the addiction to language, for, while writing was hard, not writing was harder, but in the attempt to get published.” Then James got a Free Read at the Writers’ Centre, Norwich, with a novel set in British Columbia, a place he loved and visited every year, at a crucial time in the history of the British Empire. But it seemed as if this labour of love wasn’t going to go anywhere either, until someone suggested he enter it in a competition run by Rethink Press, a new independent Norfolk-based publisher. The Competition judges - two novelists, the Literary Editor of the Eastern Daily Press,

and a Programme Manager of Writers’ Centre Norwich - were highly impressed by the entry and unanimously voted The River and The Sea the winner. “I was taken aback at how much I liked this, for the quality of the imagery and themes, the two main characters who create conflict and intrigue,” said Cate Sweeney, author of Selfish Jean. Sam Ruddock, literary blogger from Writers Centre Norwich said, “It took me to a time and a place I knew nothing of. Jack and Sarah are strong and clearly drawn together by circumstance, a la Gone With the Wind.” While Keiron Pim, author and Literary Editor of the Eastern Daily Press, said “I felt drawn in and soon quite engrossed… quite transported to the Canadian winter. Very atmospheric, very well done.” James continues to work in the Harford Bridge branch of Tesco, where he stacks shelves several nights a week and writes the rest of the time. “I’m grateful to Tesco for providing me with an income and great colleagues who have been supportive of my writing,” he says. His Manager, Ivor Hunter, said, “James has been with us at our Norwich Harford Bridge store for the past twelve years and is a popular, hardworking colleague. We’re very proud to have James as part of the team - he really proves that Tesco has indeed got talent!” “It’s clear that traditional publishing contracts are becoming harder and harder to get,” adds James Ferron Anderson. “I’ve put the slog in, sending off a professionally critiqued Canadian-set novel to agents and publishers there and in this country. I could find no one to even look at it. Rethink has been the life-saver (and sanity saver) that I needed. Now it is out there, and I intend to make the most of it.”

The River and The Sea is available on Amazon at £8.99 (paperback) and £1.93 (Kindle)

Independent review The River and The Sea by James Ferron Anderson This novel is set in Canada during and just after World War One, it centres around Jack Butler a young man from Ireland travelling and working there. The story starts with Jack telling the reader of how he met Sarah a married women who lived in Footner and their brief love affair. He goes on to tell of his meeting with her husband Edward (and his pal Harry) at the end of the war and the tragic events which unfold around their fur trapping trip in the extreme winter conditions in the North of Canada. Further tragedy involving Sarah is also revealed on Jack’s return to Footner. This is a moving but sad story. Sharon Piggin - Norwich




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Spindrift An exhibition of Norfolk coastal landscapes by Jeremy Webb Thursday 12th September Saturday 2nd November 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday Free admission

There will also be the opportunity to purchase a range of editioned prints, and a book based on the project showing a range of images from the exhibition, and others from the project.

This exhibition shows a series of coastal landscape photographs from Jeremy Webb’s 15-year-long project to document the changing landscape of the Norfolk coastline. Much of Jeremy’s personal and professional interest in the Norfolk coastline stems from a deep concern that unique coastal habitats will be lost to rising sea levels and the effects of climate change in the blink of an eye.

Supported by Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) and Norfolk County Council Arts Project Fund.

Neither romantic ‘Poppyland’ nor dry documentary, the images instead reflect an idiosyncratic view of the landscape and often respond to the eccentric or the unusual, where the natural world and the manmade environment collide. The images from this project are being shown for the first time and represent a tiny extract from the project which has grown over time to encompass the entire coastline of Norfolk - from Heacham and its west-facing coastline right the way round to Hopton on the east coast, just above Lowestoft on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border.



Related events: Photography workshops Saturdays 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th October Price: £60 per day (£40 concessions) Location: Norfolk coast. Please contact Jeremy for details and to book: During the exhibition’s seven-week run, Jeremy Webb will run four workshops on each of the consecutive Saturdays in October. These will give other photographers the opportunity to visit a range of locations on the Norfolk coast and pursue their own coastal landscape photography in a small group led by Jeremy. For all event listings, please visit:

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ONE FOR THE ROAD After a highly successful first gig at the Norwich Arts Centre One for the Road are once again taking over East Anglias best small music venue with a brand new line up. This time around the OFTR duo have Buckinghamshire based band AS ELEPHANTS ARE, Derbyshire based band SIBLINGS and not forgetting their Norwich roots, Norwich based band THE RP MURPHY’S. AS ELEPHANTS ARE. As Elephants Are formed in 2011 when Ben (vocals / guitar) and Harry (bass) enlisted old school friends guitarist Joe and drummer Rob to flesh out the songs they were writing. Debut single, ‘War Cry’ caught the ears of XFM and Amazing Radio, both of whom A-listed it, whilst follow-up double A side ‘Lucifer’ / ‘Youth Blood’ also found fans in Jen Long, Ally McCrae and Huw Stephens at Radio One, with ‘Youth Blood’ introducing the band to European audiences via a track of the day from legendary French music mag, Les Inrockuptibles. As Elephants Are appeared at the Reading Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage on 25th August and at the Leeds Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage on 23rd August. The band play a series of live dates across the UK in September and early October to be announced shortly.

The Beat (BBC Introducing) included an acoustic version of new song NORWAY and has already set a record for the show with over 250 000 views. THE RP MURPHYS. Born in the backstreets of Norwich late 2012, The R.P Murphy’s have quickly become a name not to ignore, known as an energetic four-piece, William’s dream-weaving guitar lines lie in tandem with Dawson’s sultry yet honest vocals, while Baker and Ayers drive through each song with complete class. Currently stationed in between Dereham/Norwich, the band are currently writing new material, and head into the studio mid September rumored to start work on their debut album.

SIBLINGS. SIBLINGS are Nathan (Lead Vocals, Snare, Toms), Bobby (Guitar,Vocals), JD (Bass Guitar, Kick Drum, Vocals) & Steele (Mandolin, Banjo,Vocals). Four of the closest friends you’re likely to meet who grew up together as kids, then kicked about as teenagers in the rural badlands of their local town Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK. Their latest double A side single FOOLS/NORWAY was released at the end of June to coincide with their Spring/Summer tour dates.
The boys kicked off in style supporting MADNESS at the Newark Festival followed by an outstanding performance on Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing Stage which was filmed and currently features on the The Best of BBC Introducing.

 Previous release COLOURS ramped up attention on the 4 piece with plays coming thick & fast from Tom Robinson (6 Music), Jo Whiley (BBC R2), Huw Stephens’ Introducing podcast, Mark Forrest (BBC Regional) and Radio 1 (Jen & Ally, Phil Taggart and Alice Levine).

Their recent set for Dean Jackson’s,




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Horoscopes Aries 21 March - 20 April

Libra 24 September - 23 October

You may want to change tactics if you have debts or other financial issues. Because of this, co-operating with key people may be essential to your success. Career matters may make a leap in progress, especially if you make a key decision correctly. A Pisces Full Moon on the 19th, can be great for parties and celebrations and might also bring a secret to light.

There’s a rather intense energy focused on your personal financial zone, encouraging you to make the most of what you have, while learning how to be more resourceful. In fact, you may be applying recycling ideas to home and family habits. The Sun in your sign, may bring an energy boost and a chance to share exciting plans with some influential players.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November

If your love life has been proving tricky, you may appreciate this month’s outlook as a chance to enjoy a better spell of fortune in this regards. Make a date, take a break or opt for a getaway that may revive a flagging tie and engender greater intimacy between you and yours. The New Moon in Virgo on the 5th, may help get one tie moving forwards and is also excellent for starting creative projects.

You could find this month intense yet pleasantly challenging, as a period of change may be coming to a head. Over the coming weeks, don’t be surprised if you feel so confined in a certain situation, that the decision to do something about it sees it morph into practical action. Romantic options are showing up too - though you will need to make time for your love life.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December

You may feel very businesslike, but someone else you encounter may be equally determined. Don’t pause, or you could lose out to those around you. You may have to work on a strategy that pulls no punches. The Pisces Full Moon mid month could soften your resolve, by highlighting your emotions when you really need to be strong. Keep focused on your goal and try not to waver.

A desire to get out of a rut and to explore fresh options, may run along with a need to find security on the job front, move ahead with career plans or get started on an important goal. You may want to take advantage of Mercury in Virgo to get solid career advice and reach out to decision makers. Just make sure you schedule in time for fun and social events too Archer.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January

Even though Saturn and Pluto, the planets of structure and change, make a friendly angle this month, you may wonder what’s going on. Intense emotions could make it hard to show your caring and loving side. Perhaps something needs to give. However, any alterations may need to be radical. Week three could bring an insight that may help resolve matters more quickly.

Pluto turns direct in your sign this month, and you may find yourself heading for a mini rebirth on the back of this. Other powerful influences may be encouraging you to take stock of your needs, especially in connection with your social circle. It’s onwards and upwards from here, as new friends can enter your orbit with exciting and positive benefits.

Leo 24 July - 23 August

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February

You may be on top form and ready to go, as Mars spices up your plans for the future. Dust off those dreams that you’ve been meaning to take action on and get going. You might want to take a look at your financial situation too, especially if you’re in danger of losing track. The Virgo New Moon on the 5th, can be a powerful aid in helping you to make a new start Leo.

Jupiter’s energy boost may help you stay on track exercise wise, helping you feel better and better. Relationships can be stirred up with Mars on the prowl in your relationship zone. It’s a good time to clear the air, but try to avoid ongoing conflicts. Joint finances may get a boost too. If you’re considering a new plan of attack debt wise - be proactive.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September

Pisces 20 February - 20 March

Enjoy the Virgo New Moon in week one, and consider writing down your goals for the year ahead. You may be surprised at how much clarity you gain by putting your thoughts on paper. Express yourself and put your stamp of individuality on the plans you have. Your social life continues to thrive, so keep networking, it can bring many rewards.

You may be keen to get started on a new wellness routine, so consider getting expert advice to get the latest tips and insights. The New Moon in Virgo in week one, brings a chance for a new level of commitment in a relationship, or to get started on a collaborative project. Enjoy this month’s Pisces Full Moon mid month too, as this may coincide with the fulfilment of a desire, goal or dream.



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