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Contents 52 14

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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SOCIAL MEDIA

PURPLE PICNIC PACKS UP A

Harness The Power Of Video

Treat For Local Charity

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10 TIPS TO HELP YOU Practice Self-Love

DELL LATITUDE 7480 Review

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Motoring Review Subaru Levorg 1.6i GT

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What's On... Sculpture Trail

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Global Gin Award For Bullards Spirits

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Nibbles & Tipples July Was A Bit Mad

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

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Wells Maltings Announce New General Manager

Social Media Harness The Power Of Video

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What's On... Exhibition by Geoffrey Lefever

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Success For Norwich (BID)

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Norwich Theatre Royal The Railway Children

Purple Picnic Packs Up A Treat For Local Charity

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Iceni Columnists Mark King

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Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis

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Norwich Theatre Royal Joe McElderry

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10 Tips To Help You Practice Self-Love

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Outdoor Living Firepits & Chimeneas

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Norwich Theatre Royal Dreamboats And Petticoats

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Dell Latitude 7480 Review

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Rebecca Ferguson Is Back With A February 2018 UK Tour

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Norwich Theatre Royal The Curious Incident Of...

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Bold Is Back! At Nova Silver

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What's On... Across Norfolk

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold

The Garage Launches Its Autumn Season Of Events 2017


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION Issue 52 2017

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The Benjamin Foundation Registration Now Open For Annual Flagship Fundraising Event The Benjamin Foundation is delighted to announce that registration is now open for their annual Sleep Out event.

Sleep Out 2016

Over the last two years, The Norwich Sleep Out has raised £45,000, which has been used to help tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. In that time, over 160 individuals have braved a cold November night, armed only with a sleeping bag and cardboard mat, to experience a taste of what it feels to be homeless and to raise money for the charity.

Following this tremendous success, organisers at The Benjamin Foundation are delighted to announce that they will host two Sleep Out events this year - one in Norwich and one in Ipswich. The Ipswich Sleep Out 2017 will take place on 3rd November at Suffolk County Council’s Constantine House in the heart of Ipswich.

The Norwich Sleep Out 2017 will take place on 17th November at Prospect House on Rouen Road, home of the EDP. Chis Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, explained: “Both venues offer us a prominent, central venue which will give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless but we recognise this is not the same as the real hardship faced by rough sleepers. The event is also a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region. So, we are really pleased to be working with Suffolk County Council to bring a Sleep Out to Ipswich and our sincere thanks to the council, and to Archant in Norwich, for providing the venues to make this year’s Sleep Out possible.” The Norfolk and Suffolk Sleep Out events are part of a national Sleep Out initiative organised by UK homelessness charity Centrepoint, which has been running for more than a decade. As

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regional partner for Centrepoint and members of their End Youth Homelessness Campaign, The Benjamin Foundation is committed to helping support the 83,000-young people who find themselves homeless in the UK ever year [source: www.eyh.org.uk].

Sarah Daniels, Director of The RedCat Partnership, who has taken part in both Sleep Out events in Norwich said: “Most of us will fortunately never have to endure a real experience of sleeping rough, but thousands of young people in our region do. The Norwich Sleep Out is not easy - it takes place in November, so you are guaranteed cold, and it is in the city centre, which pretty much guarantees noise, but I would encourage anyone who feels able, to sign up to take part. As well as raising much needed funds for the incredible work The Benjamin Foundation does, The Sleep Out is a very humbling experience and a reminder of just how fortunate we are.” Registration is now open for Norwich Sleep Out 2017 and Ipswich Sleep Out 2017 but spaces are limited.

To register please go to The Benjamin Foundation’s website page for the event http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out. For more information email: chris.elliott@benjaminfoundation.co.uk or call 01603 886 933.

Dates for your diaries: We have a jam-packed events list this year and always love to welcome our supporters along. The dates for your diaries are as below: • Friday 11th August - Classic Ibiza concert at Blickling Estate • Saturday 12th August - Great British Prom concert at Blickling Estate • Sunday 10th September - Garden Party at Bishop's House Garden, Norwich 1-5pm. If you would like any further information on any of the events listed above please visit our website: http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/events PAGE

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BULLARDS SPIRITS

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Global Gin Award For Bullards Spirits orfolk's only gin distillery, Bullards Spirits in Norwich, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Global Gin Masters for its Norwich Dry Gin. With the gin sector seeing more experimentation than ever before, competition is rife, so quality and taste is the key to success and awards such as the Global Gin Masters help to put smaller brands on the map. Run by Spirits Business, The Global Gin Masters saw 16 spirits experts sampling over 150 different gins; blind-tasting an enormous pool of entries divided by price and variety. Each expression was judged on its own merit and scored according to appearance, nose, taste and overall balance. Company Founder Craig Allison

Of Bullards Norwich Dry Gin, Brian Calleja, bar manager at the Bloomsbury Club said, “I really like the cardamom notes here, and the hint of spice. It was quite peppery, so I could imagine it in a Martini with some cardamom bitters.” “We're thrilled that our flagship product, our Norwich Dry Gin, has been awarded a gold medal in these awards,” explains Craig Allison, “We work hard to create the highest quality, hand-crafted, small batch gin and awards such as this are a huge pat on the back for the whole team.” This is the second time the distillery has been awarded gold in the Global Gin Masters and is testament to the continued skill and craftsmanship of head distiller, Peter Smith. Earlier in the year Bullards Norwich Dry Gin was named World's Best London Dry Gin in the World Gin Awards. For more information on Bullards Spirits visit: www.bullardsspirits.co.uk PAGE

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WELLS MALTINGS

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Simon Daykin Announced As General Manager Of Wells Maltings The Wells Maltings Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Daykin (pictured right) to be the first General Manager of Wells Maltings - the new arts, heritage and community hub for North Norfolk in the heart of Wellsnext-the-Sea, opening in Spring 2018. An experienced leader and manager of arts and heritage facilities, Simon was executive director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, and has previously held senior roles at Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and The Quay, Sudbury. He has just completed the delivery of an HLF funded programme of capital and organisational development for two historic house charities in west London; he has also taught arts marketing and management at Warwick University, and has consulted in business strategy, fundraising and volunteer development in the arts and heritage sector. The Wells Maltings Trust was established in 2010 and the redevelopment of Wells Maltings entered an exciting phase this year, with the start on site of major construction work to restore, repair and develop the historic Maltings building on Staithe Street and create new community, arts, heritage and leisure spaces and tourist information centre. Supported by funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation and others, including generous public donations, work on site is scheduled to complete in early 2018. Simon’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, as the Trust galvanises its plans for opening. With the board of trustees, he will further develop and finalise plans for the business and its arts and heritage programme, and build and develop

the team of staff and volunteers to support a first rate, distinctive cultural and community offer by, with and for local people and visitors alike. Chair of the Wells Maltings Trust, Peter Lynn, says, “We are very pleased to have secured the services of such an experienced, capable and enthusiastic professional as Simon Daykin as General Manager of the Maltings. There is a lot of work to do in the run up to the opening and beyond but Simon, as well as the rest of our staff and volunteers, are up to this amazing opportunity and challenge. Delivering this fantastic facility to Wells and North Norfolk is incredibly exciting.” Simon Daykin says, “It’s a real privilege to join the Wells Maltings project at such an exciting time. The dedication, vision and commitment of so many has led us to this point, and I look forward to working at the heart of the community to develop and deliver a very special venue for everyone. I’m thrilled to be taking the Maltings vision forward; the next stage of the hard work starts now.” Simon takes the helm on 21 August 2017. For more information visit: www.wellsmaltings.org.uk PAGE

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NORWICH BID

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Success For Norwich Business Improvement District Expansion Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) are celebrating a ‘YES’ vote for a bigger, bolder and better city centre, following months of campaigning and a formal ballot with Norwich businesses. The successful ‘YES’ vote had overwhelming support from the Norwich business community for the BID’s expansion plans, with 88.4% of businesses by number and 94% by businesses by rateable value voting ‘YES’ for another five years of activity by the Business Improvement District. Peter Michell, Chair of the Norwich BID and Group Managing Director at Jarrolds said, “I am absolutely delighted we have secured the support of city centre businesses with a strong YES vote for a further 5 years of BID-funded activity. I’d like to congratulate Stefan Gurney and his BID team on this result – the YES vote is a direct result of their hard work during this renewal campaign and their achievements for the BID over the last 5 years. My thanks also to all those business leaders who have given their time, enthusiasm and expertise to the BID. We now have the business backing, the funding and the team we need to deliver Norwich BID’s programme over the next 5 years for the benefit of businesses, residents and visitors. At a time when investment in towns and cities is getting squeezed all across the UK, this is fantastic news for our amazing city”. Stefan Gurney, Executive Director, Norwich BID said, “This is a fantastic result and we would like to thank all the businesses that have supported and voted yes. During the past

five years, the BID team have delivered a wide and varied range of projects for the benefit of all in Norwich. I now look forward to working with the BID team to deliver our five-year business plan for the city”. “I am delighted that the Business Improvement District has won overwhelming support for another five years and will now cover the whole of the city centre. We very much look forward to continuing to work in a beneficial and productive partnership to promote and enhance the city of Norwich.” Cllr. Alan Waters, leader Norwich City Council.

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'This is a fantastic result and we would like to thank all the businesses that have supported and voted yes'.

The BID will continue to deliver its initiatives and will be increasing its scope of a wider city centre area to deliver increased innovation to drive footfall.

This is a fantastic result for Norwich and the ‘YES’ vote from the business community will help create a more vibrant and thriving city centre.

Simon Lubbock, Director, NatWest, “Norwich BID plays a valuable role in maintaining the quality of our city-centre environment and ensuring that businesses has a strong voice.”

Since 2012 the Norwich BID have funded a number of projects such as the Christmas lights, Europe’s first Tunnel of Light, free city centre Wi-Fi, the welcoming City Hosts, Head Out, Not Home free summer entertainment and the free to download VisitNorwich app.

Paul McCarthy, GM, intu Chapelfield, “Norwich BID is a highly innovative company, adopting a range of digital channels to engage with the general public and the businesses it serves.”

The BID will now raise £5m to spend over five years, delivering a positive impact on the vitality of our city centre and the success of the businesses within it. The BID now has the opportunity to go bigger, bolder and better with a new business plan and wider coverage in the city area and, following the success of the ballot, the BID will continue to deliver its core activities and will look to build on its successes with several new initiatives for the city. The BID will deliver: •

National marketing initiatives and campaigns to help promote Norwich to visitors as well as to investors and employers.

An enriching, enjoyable and safe experience here for those who live or work in Norwich and for visitors to the city.

A coordinated, strong and active voice for businesses on the issues that matter.

Guy Gowing, Arnolds Key said, “In its first five years, the BID has shown itself to be a proactive force in promoting the city, increasing footfall and creating a buzz which supports hardpressed retailers in particular”.

Tim Bishop, Chief Executive, The Forum Trust said, “The BID has simply made the city work better. There’s been a level of cooperation that has made the city a better place work and to visit” Details of the initiatives and projects the BID will deliver can be found in the business plan, available from the BIDs website. The BID’s business plan explains how it will take on responsibility for delivering these initiatives and further develop the BID programme through its five-year term. The Norwich BID is run for local businesses by local businesses and the £5m for these initiatives will be raised by an annual 1% levy on the rateable value of business premises over 30,000 within the BID area.

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NELSON'S JOURNEY

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Purple Picnic Packs Up A Treat For Local Charity In June, local charity Nelson’s Journey held their annual Purple Picnic week for the third year running raising over £10,000 which will support bereaved children in Norfolk. This year 2016 Great British Bake off Contestant, Kate Barmby got behind the charity to offer her time and support for the fundraising week. Amongst her support, Kate visited a Purple Picnic in the community, offered a celebration cake to one lucky partaker and created three of her own recipes which Purple Picnic participants could make to sell or just enjoy at their picnic. The charity saw families, schools and colleagues at work coming together to remember someone special that had died in lots of ways. A few people passionate about the Purple Picnic shared why they wanted to get involved:

A family that has received a service from the charity decided to give something back by holding a Purple Picnic fundraiser; “They supported my daughter and in turn my whole family after her Nan died in 2009. Without a doubt, they saved not only my family but also my daughter’s life. I cannot imagine where we would be without their support” Mrs. Woods, Hellesdon. The staff at Perfect Placement, The UK’s leading Automotive Recruiting Consultancy decided to get involved. Jimi Matthews, Director of Business Development said “We recognise not only the fantastic work that Nelson’s Journey do, but also how their dedication and commitment add value to the lives of sadly bereaved children, we were impressed by not only the staff’s attitude towards their pivotal

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Perfect Placement staff and Kate Barmby

The Charity are already making plans for the Purple Picnic 2018, for further information please get in touch on enquiries@nelsonsjourney.org.uk or 01603 431788.

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role in the grieving process, but also the numerous and creative ways the charity acts to bring smiles back to those who have lost loved ones”

For more information about Nelson’s Journey, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.

Nelson’s Journey have received almost 600 referrals this year, with an expected 1000 referrals being placed by the end of 2017.

About Nelson’s Journey During 2016, Nelson’s Journey received 786 referrals, a 21% increase on the previous year.

Sarah Hyde, Community Funding & Marketing Officer said: “It costs £522 to offer a full package of support, including an assessment of a child’s bereavement needs, 1:1 support and attendance at a therapeutic residential weekend. Children can often feel quite isolated when they’ve been bereaved, by introducing them to other young people in a similar situation to them, it helps them to realise they are not alone.”

They aim to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self-belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.

“The Purple Picnic week not only raises vital funds we need to support these children but also spreads awareness to those that may not know about our services, helping us with our vision of a Norfolk where no bereaved child has to cope alone with their loss and have the support they need to move forward positively with their lives. Thank you to everyone that took part.”

This year, 470 children & young people living in Norfolk will experience the death of their mother or father.* *Statistic provided by Childhood Bereavement Network Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’. PAGE

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THE GARAGE LAUNCHES

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The Garage Launches Its Autumn Season Of Events 2017

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The Garage has launched its new season of events for Autumn 2017. Kicking off the season and their national tour Paines Plough visit with Growth (12 & 13 September). Written by Luke Norris, who many will know as Dwight Enys from BBC One’s Poldark, Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up. Other theatre highlights include In Our Hands (22 September) from Smoking Apples which uses innovative puppetry to explore the changing face of the fishing industry and Milk Presents JOAN (24 October), a fearless solo show which takes a refreshing look at Joan of Arc and explores what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone. Returning to The Garage are Zest Theatre with their new show What Once Was Ours (10 November). Created in the background of Brexit it looks at what happens when two siblings, with two different upbringings, worlds collide. The first 15 tickets for selected shows, including those mentioned here, are just £5 so book early and save yourself some pennies. This Christmas The Garage is once again teaming up with All In Productions to give Little Red Riding

Hood the My First Panto (1-29 December) treatment. The perfect introduction to theatre for little ones and their families. In the October half term, there is the everpopular Family Fun Day (27 October) where you can experience some of what The Garage has to offer for free, take a look at the website near the time for the full details of what’s on offer. On the Monday and Tuesday of half term Scooby’s Street School returns to tech 7-11-year olds a fresh new street routine. Once again, The Garage’s class programme is expanding with new classes in Tap & Modern for ages 3-4, Musicians Development Programme for beginners, Ballet Basics for ages 16+ and Mini Pulse Performance Company, a cross-genre company for ages 7-13. These add to the regular favourites of ballet, contemporary, musical theatre and more. This September The Garage will welcome its first cohort of HNC Performing Arts students. These are 6-month intensive courses which are perfect for those leaving college or sixth form and wanting to progress to dance or drama school. There are still a couple of full scholarship

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places available and the next audition dates are Tuesday 25 July and Friday 18 August, call 01603 283382 to book your place. In January 2018 The Garage expands its Sunday GCSE provision with GCSE Drama starting alongside the second intake of GCSE Dance students. Adam Taylor Executive Director of The Garage said, “We have an amazing array of local and national talent gracing our stage and studios this season. From Fringe First Award winning JOAN, by Milk Presents, we see the very best of the Fringe here in Norwich, to supporting local artists creating new work locally. I feel extremely privileged to be part of The Garage team. This Christmas I’m thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood. The only show designed specifically for toddlers in the city this festive season.”

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Visit: thegarage.org.uk to see the full range of opportunities and events in the Autumn season. ABOUT THE GARAGE The Garage is a centre for performing arts located in Norwich which supports the creative journeys of participants, audiences and artists. It is home to The Garage Trust, a registered charity providing support and development opportunities for children, young people and families from all backgrounds. The organisation provides a year-round programme of activities including high quality programming, participation, education and training for all ages from its city centre venue and beyond through work with schools and partners across the county, region and nationally. For more information visit www.thegarage.org.uk

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10 TIPS TO HELP YOU

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u o Y p l e H o T s 10 Tip e v o L f l e S e c i t c Pra What do you see when you look in the mirror? Or perhaps a more relevant question is, 'who's the most important person in your life?' Some people will regard their boss or work as their top priority, and of course earning money, supporting their family and having something, hopefully fulfilling, with which to occupy themselves is important.

self-talk enables us to say something like 'I am taking positive steps everyday', 'I am moving towards my goals and feeling good about myself'. Find something positively phrased, that sits well with you and repeat it daily. This practice can help to change your mind-set and overcome years of unfortunate conditioning.

For others, relationships are the answer; their children, friends, family or partner top their list every time. Then of course, we all know someone rather smug who says without a second thought that they are the most important person in their life! They'd buy tickets to see themselves in concert!

2. Do things that you do well. Even, in fact especially, in a busy life, it's important to schedule time for things that you're good at, so that you remind yourself how capable you are. Playing sport, baking a cake, doing some handiwork, even helping someone out are all ways to boost your self-love and bolster your confidence and self-esteem.

Today, though, we're reflecting on the type of selflove which recognises that making decisions to look after ourselves means taking responsibility for our own health and happiness. When we do that everyone in our lives also benefits. I'd like to share some tips to help you manage the negative events, hurts and disappointments that happen in life which impact on our expectations and influence our view of the world. Here are ten ways to practice self-love. 1. Introduce 'reasonable' affirmations. Saying 'I'm gorgeous/beautiful/perfect' is enough to give many people a bad case of indigestion, but being reasonable in our

3. Encourage others to be appreciative of you. Self-love can benefit when others show that they value you, the help you've given them or the ways you've supported their lives. Be okay about drawing their attention to your endeavours and training them to be appreciative. 4. Be gracious in accepting praise. So many of us are embarrassed or uncomfortable about praise or compliments. Instead of shrugging it off smile, be gracious and absorb it. That way everyone concerned feels good.

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5. Tackle the overwhelm and break tough tasks into bite-sized chunks. Self-love can suffer when we feel swamped or don't know where to start. Could fear or perfectionism play a part in this state of mind and, if so, start to address those issues. 6. Build your team. Delegate, even to children at home. Let them feel involved and responsible for chores like setting the table or folding the laundry. At work encourage people to improve their skills they may even come up with good ideas and better ways of doing things. Consider hiring help so that you get the best person to do the job, like your accounts, social media, PR or marketing. Then you can feel self-love as you do the tasks you're uniquely equipped to do. 7. Learn to say 'no' well. No can be the most positive word in your vocabulary when used in the right way, at the right time, with the right person. Without it you can end up running yourself ragged, feeling used, resentful and stressed out. 8. Ask for help. Do you expect other people to be psychic and know what's going on in your mind, how you're feeling, what you need? Practice self-love and communicate what you need from others. Communication is also about listening well. So be interested and attentive in your relationships and allow them to thrive.

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9. Take time out. Breaks are an important part of managing stress and learning to love and respect yourself. Identify the times when you typically start to feel unwell, tense, edgy and find ways to take breaks before this occurs. Go outside for a walk, enjoy some fruit, read a book, listen to music, take a relaxing bath. Maybe even put yourself in your diary like you would an important client, and honour that appointment! 10. Learn to say 'yes' too at times. Self-love is about stepping outside your comfort zone and occasionally scaring yourself a little. And often when we say 'yes' to seemingly impossible opportunities it's amazing how doors start to open to support those situations. Keep a 'happy' or 'success' book and record those mini-triumphs. Then you'll have a log which supports you in more difficult times. Self-love engages all the different elements of your life. When you establish strong roots the tree will grow confident and firm, able to weather the storms that come its way. Then, when you look in the mirror, you'll see a positive reflection that's vibrant, joyous and ready to break out of the limits of its frame.

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh, Altrincham Counsellor and Hypnotherapist has published her third book, 101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday (ISBN 9781910275160) based on her social media series. A glossy, pocket-sized book, it's full of inspirational quotes & pictures, a treat to give or simply keep for yourself. For more information visit: www.lifestyletherapy.net PAGE

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THE GADGET MAN

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Dell Latitude 7480 Review

A Smooth Portable Windows Experience As a 'Mac' user for the last few years, I was interested to see whether a Windows Laptop could come close to my experience using a MacBook Pro, so when I received the Dell Latitude 7480 for review, I was eager to see if it could meet my expectations. A first glance the Dell looked and felt very high quality, the aluminium of my existing laptop was replaced by a soft touch matt black finish, with a matt screen. I was pleased to see the keyboard was backlit, which made operation in dark areas much easier and it was crammed with every kind of pointing device option I have ever seen!

The Dell was installed with Windows 10 and this ran up very quickly, ably assisted by a 256GB SSD Drive which practically removes loading times, 8GB of memory and an incredibly fast Intel i7 processor. The colour production of the 14-inch screen was extremely impressive and the 1920 x 1080 resolution seemed plenty for the screen area. The setup process was really simple, something I assume most Windows 10 PC's now benefit from. The super-fast drive and processor obviously help with this and I was up and running in a couple of minutes.

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The laptop was very happy running on battery alone for significant amounts of time and even with fairly heavy use, lasted well. The charging connector is also lit in blue to make finding it in the dark very easy. Connectivity wise, the Dell 7480 is packed with different sockets on each side of the device, with power socket, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, Full Sized HDMI, 3 x USB-3, smart card reader, headphone jack, Simcard slot, Micro SD reader and Ethernet connector, plenty in fact to please any business person. Along with the standard sized backlit keyboard, the laptop also had a mouse 'stick' in the centre of the keyboard, a touch pad and two sets of mouse buttons, 2 below the touch pad and 3 above just below the space bar. I found it quite surprising to find almost every iteration of navigation hardware on one laptop, but it was nice to have the options to choose from. I spent quite a lot of time running fairly heavyduty software on the Dell Latitude 7480, from Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe After Effects CC to Adobe Premiere CC and a couple of other video editors. Video editing is really processor and memory intensive, it requires the ability to copy and edit very large files. The Dell seemed to handle this will ease, I was able to plug in an external monitor via the HDMI port and edit large 4K video files without any noticeable lag. The Latitude 7480 is aimed squarely at the business market and appeared to cope amiably with pretty much any task I threw at it. As with Dell products, you can customise your order when purchasing from them. Prices start at ÂŁ999, the model I tested out was in the region of ÂŁ1360. If you are looking for a very high-performance laptop with excellent battery life and screen, you shouldn't go far wrong with the 7480. Matt Porter, The Gadget Man www.thegadgetman.org.uk PAGE

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Bold Is Back! Summer is always a good time to go bolder and brighter with colours and patterns and this Summer has been no exception! We’ve noticed a real trend towards our brighter coloured pieces, and textured and patterned pieces. With the warmer weather and holidays home or away comes a change in our wardrobes. Away go the sweaters and outcome the dresses and summer shorts. A gorgeous bold coloured necklace or pair of earrings can be just the thing to lift a simple outfit to something more put together. However, don’t feel as though you have to have the matching necklace, earrings and bracelet (although that can also have a great impact!). There’s been a real trend towards mismatched and complimentary stylings- clashing colours with repeating patterns can instantly update an outfit that’s been seen a few times. For example, think about choosing a variety of stones in a blue/green colour palette. You can mix up shapes and stones, while keeping to one theme to keep the look coherent. Summer is also a great time to wear those bangles and bracelets. The catwalks this year have been making a big deal of wrist-wear, with dangly bracelets and layers of bangles making regular appearance. As the weather warms up and bare arms become an option, a few carefully chosen silver bangles with no other jewellery always makes an understated impact. Stones to look out for: turquoise, red sponge coral, abalone, rose quartz, malachite, amethyst, blue chalcedony.

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MOTORING REVIEW

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i 6 . 1 g r o v e L u r Suba c i n o r t r a e n i L GT

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By motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay. Follow Tim @carwriteups Four-wheel-drive isn’t anything special anymore. So, when you see that the Levorg is badged up proudly telling the world it has all-wheel-drive, you feel like yawning. That said; Subaru has had immense success trading off its 4x4 rally image - and it started making these kinds of cars when hardly anyone else did. Times have moved on, though, and the Japanese automaker has had to move with them. That’s why the excellent Legacy was replaced with the oddly named Levorg back in 2015. I drove the 2017 facelifted model recently, to see if much has changed since the new estate was ushered in.

The Levorg hasn’t done that well in terms of UK sales, but then Subaru isn’t a volume seller in Britain anyway. That makes the brand quite appealing to me, so I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the latest Levorg. The trouble is, I was left wanting. Not because the Levorg is awful - it’s just that I really found it hard to see what had been changed since 2015. The car is still handsome, and some effort has been put into enhancing refinement. Apart from that, some extra engine insulation and new ‘Eyesight’ driver assistance tech, it all looks like the first Levorg. I’ve got to say, the modernistic dual-camera ‘Eyesight’ set-up, fitted at the top of the windscreen is awesome. It makes the Levorg appear as though it’s an unmarked cop

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car with crime-busting equipment But what the system really does the Subaru with extra safety. This adaptive cruise control, lane keep pre-collision braking.

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on board. is endow comprises assist and

On the move, you’d be lucky to perceive any difference. But that’s the plan. The ‘Eyesight’ technology goes about its business unassumingly, only twice displaying an alert on the dashboard to notify me of an obstacle on my test drive. Equally, you’d strain to hear a cutback of clamour in the Levorg’s cabin, unless you drove an original Levorg immediately beforehand. In practice, this is the same estate car, albeit a more intriguing one. Regardless of its prominent bonnet scoop, suggesting a return of Impreza-esque power to Subaru, the Levorg is a car that zeros in on classiness, rather than clout. The 1.6-litre petrol turbo power unit engine is coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox that gives an acceptable feeling of physical gears with ‘paced’ full-throttle adjustments. But the transmission is at its finest when driving at a relaxed speed, because its dearth of fixed ratios eases irregularity. It’s not especially loud for a CVT - though what little noise you can make out is just a monotonous hum. There’s no ‘wow-factor’ when it comes to performance, but it’s adequate. It’s a pity that there’s no manual gearbox or, vitally, a thrifty and hard-pulling diesel engine in the line-up. It would certainly expand the Levorg’s appeal. Handling is good, though; there’s little body

roll in bends and the car grips like Velcro - even when pushed hard through corners. The ride is too harsh for a family estate, though, so any speedbumps or potholes really do jar you. It’s clear Subaru has traded comfort for athleticism in this respect. The Levorg’s cabin quality is good in the main. Only a few scratchy plastics let the car down. But factory-fitted equipment is bountiful, and, let’s face it, it should be for its £29,995 on-the-road price-tag. The 2017 Subaru Levorg is a handsome, compelling estate car if you need four-wheeldrive. But with an average fuel economy of 39.8mpg, it’s not an efficient family car. At 164g/km, its CO2 output is on the high side, too, so it’s not the first car you’d choose as a company motor either. If you can do without four-wheel drive, there are cheaper-to-run big petrol-powered estates on the new car market.

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Nibbles &Tipples August Article By Cheryl Cade

July was a bit mad and full of beer, a lot of beer. When I say that I am a beer judge, people do tend to look at me with envy, but imagine your favourite food or drink. Now you are faced with maybe 9 different versions of it but have no idea whose made it. Each one has to have notes written, judged fairly and you are going to do that maybe 8 times in the day. It is even worse if the judging is of something that can make you very drunk after 3 pints. Your palate gets jaded, instead of swallowing each mouth full you have to spit some out or accept that your writing would be un-legible by the final 2 rounds. Plenty of breaks are in order, lots

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of water and we tend to keep the cream cracker trade in business. So, why do it?

There are 3 reasons I do it.

I meet some great people, try some of the best (& worse) beers in the world but imagine the feeling of walking into a brewery that is displaying proudly on their wall an award from something you have judged. The feeling that you have been part of their story, part of the recognition from the outside world that all their hard work has produced heaven in a glass.

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The judging also helps you to refocus, there can be no prejudices as you don’t know if you are drinking a Craft Beer or Real Ale. You also have a room full of passionate people with a great deal of experience, discussion wanders as the warming alcohol starts to take affect when the day finishes. Looking across the table to one of my ‘Beer gods’ and fellow judge, I had the courage to ask if he might have an opinion on a musing I have. ‘Mods and Rockers’ The Mods are the Craft Beer fans, if there is no hop, murk or it's not doing a version of a fruit salad in a glass, then its ‘Twiggy’ yes, that's the word used to describe anyone who drinks Real Ale. We also have the 'Rockers', these are the die-hard Real Ale fans. The beer should be from the cask, prone to being warm and in a number of cases not challenging on the taste buds.

I am not placing everyone in these groups however, but it does seem that especially on Social media, these differences are evidenced in the extreme. People are abused or laughed at for not following the herd, Ok, its not as bad as a full riot down Gt Yarmouth seafront, but I have seen some people nearly come to blows over the future of beer. Passion is fine, it drives us all to do well, but it should never hurt or cause offence (even if it is just words)

I'm going to propose a new gang, ‘The People’, and what do we want? A good range of beers, well brewed, kept well, served well and sold at a fair price for all concerned. How will we class this drink? O I don’t know, shall we call it BEER!

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Harness The Power Of Video Did you know that approximately 93% of views of video occur on mobile devices - not unsurprising really with today's mobile lifestyles and 4G connections. But did you know that they also get 2.5 times more replies and 2.8 times more retweets! With video content engagement set to increase you can't afford not to consider the benefits of promoting your business with video. 1. Increase brand awareness Video provides a great platform on to which you can introduce your product/service, reach prospective customers and increase brand awareness. 2. Increase brand loyalty Get your audience to believe in the brand and it’s values by connecting with your audience. You could start to do this by: • Explaining is the best

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• What positive steps your business is taking to be socially and environmentally responsible. 3. Increase customer purchase Videos on Twitter increase the average lift in purchasing intent by approximately 34%. So whether you’re launching a new product or just building interest in an existing product or service video is all about driving conversions (sales). Videos can grab your audience’s attention (more so than just 140 characters) but more importantly it can encourage them to make a purchase. So, what are the formats available to you to promote your businesses product/service using video? Well, we can break these down into the following categories: 'How to' content For certain business types, this can be a perfect solution - florist, plumber, gardener, baker etc you can offer your audience shareable 'how

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Video provides a great platform on to which you can introduce your product/service to' content like a demonstration, or recipe instruction. Consider a speeded up 30sec video of the process, a series of GIFs or something more professionally created with music and/or voice overs. 'Storytelling' content Focus on getting your audience to have an emotional response to your product/service. Tell a story, evoke an emotion and encourage engagement. Strong visual and audio will help achieve this in addition to clever directing, whether it’s a simple short 30secs or a longer promotional video - or even just an animated GIF or boomerang. 'Live' Broadcasts These should offer the audience something extra that they wouldn't normally have access to. So maybe behind the scenes or a preview of a launch product/service. It's important to try to plan these though and have an end goal in mind - but remember they are live so people don’t expect a polished video. So what forms of 'video' content could you use to achieve any one of the above?

Tell a story, evoke an emotion and encourage engagement. Obviously, there's video - whether it's live or previously edited content but there's also animated GIFs. Often used for silly animations of cats playing pianos or such like, GIFs can in fact, be used to create powerful marketing content. Tell a story or pose a question and evoke the audience to engage with you! More subtle options are Boomerangs or Hyperlapse videos which I’ve talked about previously. Summary There's no reason not to start creating and publishing impactful video content that could increase audience engagement, loyalty and in the end push sales up. You don’t necessarily need professional camera equipment - your smartphone, an App and creativity would be a good starting point. If you need more information or help on how video content could work for your business or want general Twitter support please get in touch with me at: http://paulkirkdesign.co.uk or at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family. By Mark King Above: Mark King I remember as a child in the 70’s going to the local hospital to visit my grandfather. There were no parking charges and the trolley lady offered visitors a free cup of tea, or squash for the children as she did her daily patient rounds. Those days are long gone, as well as the local hospital. I’ve got accustomed to paying for the fringes of the NHS like parking, and now the tea lady has been replaced by a Costa Coffee, but I’ve always seen it as a small price to pay if it helps to keep the NHS functioning as a free at use service. But as Mary, one of the lead characters in my Daniel Jones series of books always likes to say, ‘there is always a but in life’, and this month’s but was a visit to the dentist. For the last five years during every regular check-up one of my children has been informed that they would eventually need braces once their final baby tooth has been taken away by the tooth fairy. Just before their thirteenth birthday this duly happened and after being on the waiting list for eight months we finally got an appointment. We turned up at the appointed time and place and I sat in with my child as the orthodontist examined their mouth. I was then informed that the said child could do with a brace, and this is the but, but that the government has now classified this type of work as being cosmetic and it is no longer covered by the NHS for children, but we could pay for it! Then came the even bigger but, all £2500 to £3500 pounds worth of buts. Yes, the receptionist informed me it would cost at least two and a half thousand pounds to get braces for my child! I was left flabbergasted. Are Parents in the future with children born with cleft lips going to be told that they have to pay because it’s only cosmetic! Or are children born with a missing limb going to be told they will have to pay for any prosthetics because it’s only cosmetic? Maybe the 1970’s weren’t so bad after all! www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king PAGE

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A couple of weeks ago I finished writing my new novel and it is currently in the hands of my publisher, as I patiently… oh, who the hell am I kidding? As I impatiently, and nervously, await their feedback. Above: Keri Beevis This one is special to me and I am anxious my publisher likes it, and, having immersed myself in the story for several months at the expense of my social life, I am now missing my characters terribly and finding it difficult to adapt back into the real world. When I am writing a book, I am definitely best avoided. For starters, I forget to eat. Given that I generally have the appetite of a starving dog, but get less exercise than a tortoise, this should be a good thing, but of course I do have to stop for food eventually, as I am ravenous, and because I need it to be quick so my flow isn’t interrupted, I mostly go for junk stuff. Frozen pizza manufacturers everywhere are rubbing their hands in glee when I get stuck in a book. Come near me while I am waiting for my pizza to cook and I may try to eat you. Sometimes I don’t have time to shower. Okay, I know this sounds a little grim, but you have to understand I can’t leave our heroine alone in a creepy house with a serial killer and sometimes it can take a couple of hours to resolve a nasty situation. Luckily, I live alone and the cats don’t seem to mind if I hum a bit. I hasten to add that I am super hygienic when not in the throes of writing. Twitter: @icenimagazine

And it’s not just me. Sometimes the house gets dirty too. Normally I am a neat freak. Everywhere has to be clean and orderly and I am the kind of girl who will tell you off if you forget to remove your shoes before stepping onto my cream carpets. But not when I am writing. Nope, when I am writing, housework goes out of the window. The dishes pile up, the carpets accumulate cat hair and I run out of clean clothes. When I am eventually finished with my book, it has usually been so long since I’ve seen the hoover I can’t remember where I keep it or what it looks like. (Ellie and Lola, on the other hand, never forget the hoover monster). There are times I forget to sleep. I am so caught up in planet fiction, I totally lose track of time or I do notice the time, but the story needs to come out. You wouldn’t get off the toilet before you were finished, would you? Well, writing is much the same. If you try and stop before you should, it gets messy. Most people can tell when I am on the last ten chapters of a book, as I am roaming the hallways at work looking like a coffee starved zombie. I am also likely to kill anyone who disturbs me while I am in the zone. Remember The Shining? Remember Jack Nicholson? I am worse. If you are going to interrupt me to ask me how the book is coming along or offer me a cup of tea, make sure, all knives and sharp objects are locked away. You have been warned.

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Wyevale Garden Centres Firepits & Chimeneas

Enjoy your garden into the summer evenings with this collection of stylish firepits and chimeneas.

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Rebecca Ferguson Is Back With A February 2018 UK Tour Coming To Norwich - UEA! After coming runner-up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson has not been short of success since her first appearance on the reality TV show in 2010. Having co-written her record-breaking debut album Heaven, and going on to release a further three follow-ups, Rebecca has proven herself to be a recording artist with a passion for her craft that is second to none. Released in 2011, Heaven, was a critical and commercial success selling 128,000 copies in its first week and peaked at No. 3 in the UK Official Charts, making her the fastest-selling debut solo artist of the past decade (2007-2017). Going onto release her strong debut follow up, Freedom, in 2013, and then her third studio album Lady Sings The Blues (covering a number of jazz classics made famous by Billie Holiday), Rebecca shows off her versatile style with ease. Having released her fourth album Superwoman last year, Rebecca has come a long way from the shy twenty-something audiences first saw on television 7 years ago. Continuing to flourish as a confident songwriter and stunning live performer, embarking on countless tours across the UK, Europe and US, this working-class girl from Liverpool has no plans on stopping anytime some. REBECCA FERGUSON - February 2018 UK Tour: Sat 10 Feb - PRESTON - Grand Hall, Sun 11 Feb LONDON - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Tues 13 Feb - BIRMINGHAM - Town Hall, Wed 14 Feb - SALISBURY - City Hall, Fri 16 Feb - BEXHILL - De La War Pavillion, Sat 17 Feb - NORWICH - UEA, Sun 18 Feb - HULL - University, Tues 20 Feb - NEWCASTLE - Tyne Theatre, Thurs 22 Feb - WREXHAM - William Aston Hall, Fri 23 Feb - MANCHESTER - Academy 2, Sat 24 Feb - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall All tickets are available from Ticketmaster - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/

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Sculpture Trail Set To Grace The Waveney Valley A trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will lead visitors to an idyllic site in The Waveney Valley.

Rachael Long

The fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 50 artists on a threeacre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners in a little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley. Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event builds on the success of last year’s trail and will take place at the Raveningham Centre near Beccles. The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail annually attracts thousands of visitors to the region to see the work of artists from around the country. Many established artists such as Vanessa Pooley, Liz McGowan, Gordon Senior, Patrick Elder, Simon Griffiths and Meg Amsden will be joined by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.

“There will be 50 artists displaying sculptures and responding to the space with a variety of materials and techniques as well as a pop up shop selling smaller works.”

Curator Sarah Cannell, who has encouraged artists to create work in response to the site, said: “I am thrilled to be curating the sculpture trail again.

The trail will feature site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture throughout the site including textile works, bronze sculpture, ceramics and a sound installation.

“The three-acre site is an exciting challenge for both myself and the artists. It has a variety of different settings from open meadow to magical secret garden and is all set in the grounds of a beautiful Tudor farmhouse.

A programme of workshops, guided walks, and events will accompany the event, including a family day and a curator’s guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created.

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Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “We are very excited that Waveney & Blyth Arts' successful annual sculpture trail has a new home at the Raveningham Centre this summer.” “The site has been transformed by volunteers over the last few months to create a range of outdoor settings for the work, which complement and highlight the variety of artworks on display.” “It will be complemented by the indoor exhibition of landscape-inspired work by Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective.” The group has put a number of assistance schemes in place to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the trail. Nicky continues: “We are very keen to promote greater access and will have a pre-recorded audio guide to the Sculpture Trail and a portable hearing loop for workshops.” There is also a British Interpreted Curator’s Walk.

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The Ravenous Café, on site, will be open throughout the trail and will host the exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective. There are a number of other businesses at the Raveningham Centre including M D Cannell Antiques, Norfolk Rugs, Helen Howes Textile Artist and Hobbies.

About the Trail The Trail, which drew over 3,000 visitors to Earsham in 2016, is part of Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2017, an annual programme of events highlighting the unique character and creativity of the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

The trail is open from Friday, August 18 until Sunday, September 17 2017 and is open every day from 10am until 5pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts, under 18s go free. Some of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Well behaved dogs are allowed on a lead. For more information about events and access visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com or www.facebook.com/WaveneyBlythArts

In 2016 more than 3,250 visitors visited the trail to see the work of 45 artists, generating around £7,000 worth of sales. All artwork on the trail will be available for sale. About the Curator The 2017 Trail will see the return of Curator Sarah Cannell. Sarah curated the first and second of the River Waveney Sculpture Trails in 2014 & 2015 and has curated many diverse exhibitions and projects around the UK.

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Meets last Wednesday of each month, 10am - 12pm at Thornham Village Hall. Each meeting includes a focussed, in depth social media learning session, an update on the latest developments in social media, a question and answer session, and an opportunity for you to network with other local businesses. Engaging visuals are vital for making a great first impression on visitors to your social media profiles. The problem is, each social media platform has a different way of displaying visual content. During August's North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery, we will look at how to optimise images for each social media platform, the free tools and resources that are available to help you, and how to use these tools effectively. This will boost the chances that your images will be well-received and grab the attention of your target audience. Come along to any meeting for ÂŁ32, or subscribe to monthly meetings for just ÂŁ30 a month, and receive further social media support via email or Skype too.

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The Hostry, August - ‘Ash on an Old Man’s Sleeve’

- Exhibition by Geoffrey Lefever -

Geoffrey in his studio

Norfolk abstract artist, Geoffrey Lefever is staging a solo show at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, from Thursday, August 3 to Monday, August 28, open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, free entry. Geoffrey Lefever explained: “My work falls within a strand of contemporary abstract art, to a certain degree minimalist, but with surface textures from materials such as wood ash, burnt hessian, fine open weave Indian paper and acrylic. The geometry within the works, together with the muted colour range will, I hope, resonate with the structure, fabric and surfaces of stone and timber in Norwich Cathedral. ”

North Norfolk and works on paper under glass at Postwick and in various locations around Europe.

His friend Derek Morris, a past President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors said: “These serious and mysterious paintings demand a great deal of looking, but this effort will be repaid handsomely by meaning and understanding leaching slowly into one’s consciousness. This is a kind of painting one can return to over and over again and still find rewards every time.”

Geoffrey Lefever has been a member of Norwich 20 Group since 1965. He has exhibited with the group in Norwich’s twin cities, Koblenz, Novi Sad and Rouen. He is a member of the Union des Arts Plastiques in Rouen.

Example Of Geoffrey's Work Ash And Straw

The exhibition title, ‘Ash on an Old Man’s Sleeve’ is an emotive phrase borrowed from T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding.

Recent works on canvas were made at Geoffrey’s studio at Fengate, near Marsham in

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Uplifting Literary Classic Gets New Life In Touring Stage Production

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The Railway Children - July 31-August 5 A classic tale loved by millions of bookworms and recreated in an iconic Seventies movie is getting a new lease of life on stage. The Railway Children is being brought to life in a thrilling new production at Norwich Theatre Royal from July 31 to August 5. Originally written by E Nesbit, it tells the story of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis whose lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers. It means they have to leave their lavish London life for a simpler existence in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

Cue some new friendships and the discovery of a secret which will change their lives forever. Although a best-selling book, the story also entertained generations of young people and their families thanks to the iconic 1970s movie starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins. Now a new generation of actors are set to bring The Railway Children to life with the help of some beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs. Taking on the role of station-master Perks is Stewart Wright who is a hugely experienced actor and writer. He made his name in the mockumentary series People Like Us before

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taking a break from TV to create his own work. Stewart then returned to the small-screen spotlight in the ITV hit Love and Marriage opposite Alison Steadman and Duncan Preston. Mother is played by Joy Brook who has a long stage and TV career with previous roles including DC Kerry Holmes in long-running crime drama The Bill and Joanne Pearson in ITV’s popular prime-time hit Peak Practice, while Phyllis is played by Katherine Carlton who made her professional stage debut in Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic opposite Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. Others in the cast include former Leicester City youth team footballer turned actor Andrew Joshi who plays Father and Doctor, versatile stage and TV actor Neil Salvage, Will Richards who has appeared in the likes of Holby City and Endeavour, and Richard Brindley who is no stranger to Norfolk having starred in the popular festive Christmas show at Thursford. Paul Jepson, who is directing The Railway Children, says it will resonate with all ages. He said: “The script is loved because we all have that warmth and connection to the story. I think the reason is that it is all about transition and it is also very well-mannered. It is about loss and

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pain and the ability to transcend them, and that is why people love it so much. “I also think it resonates because people are having a rough old time at the moment. If you are not sitting in London and earning a lot of money, times can be tough. At the moment, a lot of people are not having a great time and I think people will relate to that fact at the beginning of the story. I also think there is an implication about the romance of a train taking you away somewhere for a better time is also important. In a nice and non-heavy way, The Railway Children is exciting.” Listing: The Railway Children, Monday 31 JulySaturday 5 August at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £7£21. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s and Groups. Signed and audio-described performance on Saturday 5 August at 2.30pm.

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Special Guests Joining Joe McElderry For Saturday Night At The Movies Live! August 6, 2017 Geordie singing star Joe McElderry, who won hearts as the winner of X-Factor in 2009, is celebrating the release of his fifth studio album Saturday Night at the Movies by embarking on a nationwide tour, arriving in Norwich on Sunday, August 6. His Saturday Night at the Movies Live! Tour will see him joined on stage by a trio of special guest singers. They are Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis, while X Factor’s Sam Callahan replaces the previously announced Lloyd Daniels. Sam, Keith and Ben have also all featured in the Bill Kenwright production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical which Joe has recently been touring the country in, appearing in the leading role of Joseph. Joe’s own tour, which opened in Windsor last Friday, will include his versions of iconic hits from film and theatre such as I’m Into Something Good, Love is All Around and Daydream Believer, as well as the hit single Gloria which was written by renowned songwriter and 10CC front man Graham Gouldman. Following his X-Factor win eight years ago, Joe’s debut single from the show, The Climb, went on to the top of the charts and was nominated for the Best British Single BRIT award in 2010. He went on to release four more top 20 albums - two of which reached the UK top three – from his 2010 debut album Wide Awake to his second and third, Classic and Classic Christmas, and then his fourth where he collaborated with Ludovico Einaudi and Marcella Detroit on Here’s What I Believe. On television, he won the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011, and took the winner’s laurels again in The Jump in 2014. He also played the lead role in Tommy: The Rock Opera at Blackpool Opera House in 2015. Tickets to see Joe on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on August 6 cost from £8 to £29.50 from the box office or online at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk Listing: Joe McElderry Saturday Night at the Movies LIVE, Sunday August 6, 2017, 7.30pm. Tickets £8-£29.50. BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. Discounts for Friends.

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Head Back To The Sixties With Smash-Hit Stage Success

Dreamboats And Petticoats

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August 7-12 Get ready to enjoy the biggest hits of the Sixties as the West End and touring favourite Dreamboats and Petticoats returns to Norwich Theatre Royal. Fresh from its previous sold-out visit in 2013, it aims to recreate the golden era of music with a high-energy show and compelling story penned by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who are known for a host of stage and TV hits including Birds Of A Feather and Shine On Harvey Moon. Set in 1961, it follows the story of young musicians Norman and Bobby as they compete to win a national song-writing contest. That is not the only rivalry they have as they also want to gain the affection of the gorgeous Sue. When Bobby discovers the shy Laura is also an incredible pianist, the stage is set for love, excitement and rock ‘n’ roll.

Taking on the role of the older Bobby is Jimmy Johnston who is a two-time Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor for his roles in Oklahoma at the National Theatre and Pirates of Penzance at Regent’s Park Open Air Festival. He has also appeared in Les Misérables and Phantom Of The Opera in the West End, Soul Man for the famous Stephen Joseph Theatre in Yorkshire, and is also a regular guest lead performer on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night. Meanwhile Alistair Higgins takes on the role of the younger Bobby. An experienced stage performer, his previous performing credits include Sweeney Todd, Charlotte’s Web and the UK tour of Shadowlands. Laura is played by Elizabeth Carter who has a strong theatrical pedigree appearing in the likes of Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Save The Last Dance For Me and The Snow Queen, while the

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This show promises to be a feast of nostalgia with some fabulous songs, a great storyline and some highenergy performances. role of Sue is taken by Laura Darton who has also appeared in a range of shows including Showboat, Godspell, and Save The Last Dance For Me. There is East Anglian interest too as Colchesterborn-and-bred Rob Gathercole takes on the role of Jeremy. Dreamboats and Petticoats also features a host of top tracks from some of the decades’ biggest selling artists including Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury. So get set to enjoy a feast of iconic songs from the era including Let’s Dance, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Runaround Sue, C’Mon Everybody and Let’s Twist Again. John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This show promises to be a feast of nostalgia with some fabulous songs, a great storyline and some high-energy performances. “Whether you are re-living the Sixties or want to experience the joy of that era for yourself, Dreamboats and Petticoats promises to be superb summer entertainment and a definite feel-good show.” Listing: Dreamboats and Petticoats, Monday 7-Saturday 12 August at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£29. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over60s, Under-18s and Groups.

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Critically-Acclaimed Stage Play Returns To Norwich

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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August 29 - September 2 The multi-award-winning stage hit which tells the story of a teenager’s battle to clear his name for a crime he did not commit while also facing the reality of living with autism is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal.

the death himself despite having never ventured much further than the end of his road.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The NightTime returns on August 29-September 2 fresh from its previous 2015 sell-out run in the city.

Taking on the lead role is Scott Reid who recently starred in the BBC’s acclaimed drama Line Of Duty and also the cult Scottish comedy Still Game, who is joined by a host of stage, TV and film performers in the cast.

It tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone who finds a neighbour’s dead dog and is accused of killing it. Armed with an extraordinary mind and an aptitude for maths, he decides to investigate

But the investigation proves to be a life-changing experience for Christopher in many ways.

The production also boasts a strong creative team. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, it is directed by Marianne Elliott who is an Associate of the National Theatre. As well

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We are delighted to take this beautiful and inventive show on the road again and make a return visit to Norwich as winning countless awards for her work on this production, she is also a co-director of War Horse as well as directing Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The lighting is designed by Paule Constable who has worked on a number of productions for the likes of the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Cameron Mackintosh, and many West End shows including Love Never Dies and Evita. The show itself has already won seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, and Best Lighting Design, as well as five Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Play. National Theatre producer Kash Bennett said: “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception from audiences around the UK and Ireland when we toured The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in 2014-15 playing to almost 400,000 people. We are delighted to take this beautiful and inventive show on the road again and make a return visit to Norwich.”

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Listing: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The NightTime, Tuesday 29 August-Saturday 2 September at 7.30pm, and Wed, Thurs and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£28.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under18s and Groups. Captioned performance on Thurs 31 August at 2.30pm. Audio-described performance on Saturday 2 Sept at 2.30pm.

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Horoscopes For August Aries 21 March - 20 April This can be an incredibly

Libra 24 September - 23 October With Uranus going

powerful month for you Aries. Why? Well, there are two eclipses which are going to be affecting you in a very direct way. These can be absolutely superb for your creative output but also for your relationships too. Over the next six months you have an opportunity to really dazzle people with your talents. However, attention to detail will also be important.

retrograde from the 3rd, the restlessness you have experienced around relationships since 2010, can become a feature in the next half year. But see this as an opportunity, and an opportunity to network and connect with other bright minded beings. Both eclipses this month can be so powerfully good for you. Seize the opportunity to reach out to others.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Patience is going to be

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November There's little doubt

important this month, particularly once Mercury goes into retrograde on the 13th. Balancing your worldly involvements with the needs of home, family and loved ones, may take some doing. However, as Saturn begins a direct motion on the 25th, your long-term financial situation can stabilize, as can shared resources or business interests, Taurus.

that your role in life can go through some big changes through to the end of this year, particularly as far as your professional and worldly involvements are concerned. Think big and aim high, but this may mean that you will have to embrace new ways of being and working. If you can have the confidence to go for this, despite any little snags, a brighter future beckons.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June For most of this month Venus

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December Your ruler

is travelling through a superb part of your situation, and this can see you enjoying all the good things in life to the max, and perhaps also a slice of good financial fortune. The eclipses this August can also be very positive for you, encouraging you to communicate at every turn. Your upbeat and radiant personality, will win many more fans, Gemini.

Jupiter forges a magnificent angle to the Lunar eclipse on the 7th. This can bring a greater vibrancy to your friendships and the communications you enjoy with them. There's a sense that your natural desire to experience new frontiers is coming more strongly back into focus. In fact, by the time Saturn goes forwards in your sign on the 25th, it can prove to be irresistible.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Both Uranus and Mercury go

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Shared finances

into retrogrades this month, and it's going to be important therefore not to take issues around your worldly interactions or everyday communications for granted. Yet anything linked to property could well turn out to be very positive. But remaining flexible and open-minded is going to be key in all that you do. Energy will also revive from the 23rd.

and property matters have something of a split dimension this month. On one hand this can be an area of great potential, whilst on the other, there is the potential for some misunderstandings. Work hard to avoid this. You may make some surprising decisions around where you live, who with and how, in the last half of this year, and it could even mean moving altogether.

Leo 24 July - 23 August On the 21st of this month, there's

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Whilst your modern

a stunning Solar Eclipse in your zodiac sign. This Black Moon means that you have received two lightning bolts of energy within one month that can help to rejuvenate ongoing strands, or see you initiate new ones. With Uranus also angling well to this Eclipse, there really is a sense of out with the old and in with the new, and it can feel very exciting.

guide Uranus, and Mercury, both go into retrogrades this month, this still can prove to be a very powerful and special month for your zodiac sign, Aquarius. The Lunar Eclipse in your sign on the 7th links brilliantly to luck bringer Jupiter, and the Solar Eclipse of the 21st to Uranus. All this means that your moves around relationships can be truly life changing.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Your ruler Mercury is

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Some issues may surface

in a very sensitive location this month, and from the 13th goes into a retrograde. It's going to be important not to get isolated from people that you are close to. There can be a sense of you just focusing on your everyday needs or one special person, to the exclusion of others. Your energy is set to improve hugely once the Sun enters your sign on the 23rd.

this month which to begin with can seem a little disconcerting. Actually, what they're going to do is enlighten you with a much greater understanding of a key issue. With the Solar Eclipse of the 21st, along with Mercury's retrograde, you will be grappling with some nitty-gritty issues, but one relationship can truly hearten you all of this month, Pisces.

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