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I C E N I N O R F O L K

ISSUE 79

Focus On: Education

SLADE Are Back On The Road

Big Fish Little Fish Family Raves

Get Your Fingers Green With Organic Gardening!

A Month To Remember And Give Thanks


Welcome To Iceni Magazine, “November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.” Sir Walter Scott Welcome to the penultimate issue of Iceni Magazine for 2019. How can it possibly be November already? Sit back, grab yourself a hot drink and enjoy our Focus on: Education. Read about See What Mummy Says’ opinion on fines for unauthorised absences (Pages 40-41). If you’ve ever wondered about home education, check out our Q&A with our brand-new columnist, Missy Hitchcock, as she explains more about her situation (Pages 4243). On Page 46, new feature, Iceni Asks shares readers’ suggestions for ‘encouraging’ children to complete their homework; we’d love to hear what you think! Elsewhere in Issue 79, find out more about the Edifier MP200 portable speakers with the Gadget Man, Matt Porter’s, review (Pages 26-27). Our Valuable Volunteer for November is actually a 9-year-old Fabulous Fundraiser. Check out what he did, how much he raised and his reasons for doing so on Page 20. Pages 14-15 introduce Minds Alike, a Norwich-based start-up hoping to help businesses to support their employees cope with mental health issues. Until next month, with a chill in the air, make sure you wrap up warm and get some fresh air when you can to beat those darker day blues.

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Contents 60

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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GET YOUR FINGERS GREEN

BE ENCHANTED BY CHRISTMAS

With Organic Gardening!

At Pensthorpe Natural Park

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EVERY DAY IS A School Day!

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update Iceni News Slade Are Back On The Road Iceni News A Circus Carol Iceni News Blithe Spirit Iceni News Minds Alike Iceni Columnist Mark King Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis A Month To Remember And Give Thanks Valuable Volunteers Fabulous Fundraiser Nova Silver November

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How To Thrive In The Changing Seasons Motoring Review Toyota Corolla Touring Reviewed The Gadgetman Review Edifier MP200 The Fuchsia On A Daisy by Amy Smith Focus On... Education The Importance Of Continuous Professional Development Lack Of Qualifications Should Never Present A Barrier Save A Baby & Child’s Life Course The Green Column Get Your Fingers Green The Teaching Profession In Crisis See What Mummy Says Every Day Is A School Day!

MOTORING REVIEW Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

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Q&A With... Missy Hitchcock Babies Are Crying Out For This! Iceni Asks Top Tips What's On... Across Norfolk This Month What's On A Taste Of Honey What's On ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ Family Raves What's On At... Pensthorpe Natural Park What's On Arthritis Action Norwich Group What's On Northern Ballet’s Cinderella Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


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The Benjamin Foundation 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of The Benjamin Foundation. Our charity helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them and our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support.

Sleep Out to Help More Young People Like Abbie We want to end youth homelessness and we are tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults each night in our accommodation centres throughout Norfolk. We also help young people through a network of Hosts, who are trained and supported to look after a young person in the Hosts own home.

The result is that local vulnerable young people, who have not had the best start in life, are provided with a safe place to live, stability and the opportunity to learn important life skills to help them move towards independence. This helps to prevent more young people ending up on the streets and stops the local homelessness problem growing.

Following the loss of her Mum, Abbie began to flourish with our help. Living with one of our Hosts gave her the support she needed: “It was nice because she [my Host] treated me like family. She helped me a lot to learn to basic life skills. I’d got myself into a rut but she took me out of it.”

Also with the help of one of our Support Workers, Abbie, now aged 18, learnt new skills, how to budget, she grew in confidence and recently moved into her own home and is now doing well.

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to register and raise money by spending one night sleeping outside at this year’s Norwich Sleep Out, which takes place on Thursday 14th November at Norwich City Football Club. Help us to help more young people like Abbie – Register for Norwich Sleep Out 2019 here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out-2019/

Library Link

We provide positive activities for young people who may have limited opportunities in life. We give young people a safe, supportive environment where our staff will give them opportunities to learn, socialise and be a positive part of their community. Library Link is a new project funded by the North Norfolk Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with Norfolk County Council Library Service. We are running young people’s activity sessions fortnightly in North Norfolk libraries.

Each library group will be led by young people and their ideas will shape the activities taking place.

Find your nearest Library Link session on our website: https://benjaminfoundation. co.uk/service/library-link/

Christmas Gift Appeal 2019

Last year, we were able to give gifts to over 500 young people and children. This year, we would like to do the same and ensure the young people we support receive a present this Christmas. Could you spread a little joy by donating a Christmas gift this year?

Visit our website to find out how you can support this year’s Christmas Gift Appeal: h t t p s : / / b e n j a m i n f o u n d a t i o n . c o . u k / e ve n t / christmas-gift-appeal-2019/ Thank you for your support.

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SLADE Are Back On The Road With A December 2019 UK Tour Playing NORWICH Waterfront On Saturday 7th December! SLADE - Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 50 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop rock'n'roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits‌.plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world. SLADE'S chart career has spanned 5 decades and their enduring songs "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Coz I Luv You" are still featured today in TV commercials for some of the world's biggest companies. SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and becoming a regular concert attraction. Joining forces with the former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song "Get Down And Get With It" then, released in October of the same year, "Coz I Luv You" was the band's first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe. Throughout the seventies, Slade were one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continually and making regular trips to America, Japan and other parts of the world. Slade's catalogue of hits are synonymous with the era:"Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama We'er All Crazee Now", "Cum On Feel The Noize", "Gudbye T' Jane", along with the many others provided a soundtrack to the Glam Generation and are still today, heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.

Led by founder members Dave Hill on Lead Guitar and Don Powell on Drums, with John Berry - Lead Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar and Violin. John has also played Bass with The Sweet, Tremeloes, Bay City Rollers. Joining John on Lead Vocals and Keys is Russell Keefe, having played in many original bands in his early years and recording albums for Polygram & United Artists, Russell has toured with The Pretty Little Things and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers. Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road, and their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating rollercoaster ride of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll. A date for your diary, Slade are back for Christmaaaas! Tickets available from: https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/ slade/?affiliate=HEJ Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 PAGE

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Thrills And Spills As Scrooge Is Transformed In A First For Norwich Playhouse

A CIRCUS CAROL December 11-21, 2019

One of the best-loved stories of the festive season, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will be turned on its head as an innovative circus production brings Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future tumbling onto the stage in a riot of colour at Norwich Playhouse from December 11 to 21. A Circus Carol will be The Playhouse’s very first in-house Christmas production, and is co-produced by Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Norwich-based Lost in Translation Circus, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies. The ground-breaking show will feature a festive feast of high level dynamic circus skills

combined with dance and character acting, as well as Lost in Translation Circus’s trademark warm humour which is guaranteed to tug at the heart-strings one minute and have audiences laughing out loud the next. Expect dramatic acrobatics, aerial arts, balance work, clowning, juggling, character acting inspired by the Commedia dell’arte and much more, all woven into the re-imagined story of Scrooge presented by a tight-knit group of performers from Italy, France, Ireland and Australia. This unique 70-minute-long show will immerse audiences in musical merriment with dramatic lighting, specially-composed music and

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sumptuous richly-coloured costumes for an uplifting Christmas experience which will truly be out of the ordinary. The show is ideal for everyone aged 10-plus.

castle alive with attractions and performances inspired by George Wombwell’s travelling menagerie which visited Windsor Castle in 1847.

Lost in Translation Circus was set up by codirectors Massimiliano Rossetti and Annabel Carberry not only to create and perform in their own special brand of innovative, contemporary circus, but also to teach it to people of all abilities.

Speaking about the excitement of producing a brand new show for Christmas, co-director Massimiliano Rossetti said: “Lost in Translation Circus is very excited to collaborate and create this production with Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse. It is a great privilege to work with two of the city’s most renowned arts venues. It is wonderful to create something different for Christmas which will combine all the traditions with circus to create a dazzling festive experience.”

Having made Norwich their home, they set up their Oak Circus Centre in Oak Street in the city, and from there are creating ground-breaking touring circus productions for both indoor and outdoor venues and arenas. Their ensemble shows include The Hogwallops, Hotel Paradiso, D’Emblée and La Balladee de Bergerac, with several new shows currently in development. Lost in Translation Circus also recently performed in Queen Victoria’s Circus, a family festival at Windsor Castle on September 14 which transported visitors back to the time of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as part of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of their births. The company helped bring the

Tickets for A Circus Carol cost from £12-£15 with discounts for concessions, schools and groups of ten-plus. For more information or to book online see www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk There will be a special relaxed performance of the show on Saturday December 14, at 2.30pm. This is suitable for anyone who would benefit from a supportive and more relaxed environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition or a wide range of disabilities. Patrons are free to move around and make noise during the performance. For more information call 01603 598598. SHOW INFORMATION: A Circus Carol Wednesday 11 to Saturday 21 December. Eves 7.30pm. Matinees 2.30pm on Wed 18 & Sats 14 and 21. Morning shows 11am on Thur & Fri 12 & 13. Tickets £12-£15. Discounts for Concessions and Groups of 10+, £9.50 preview night, £8.50 schools at 11am shows. Sat Dec 14 2.30pm show will be a Relaxed Performance. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE log on to www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 598598.

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Jennifer Saunders (Madame Arcati), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Charles) © Nobby Clark

Jennifer Saunders Heads Cast Of Classic Critically-Acclaimed Comedy

BLITHE SPIRIT - February 24-29 Jennifer Saunders is heading to Norwich to star in a classic Noel Coward comedy just before it starts a West End run. She will revive the role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit which comes to the Theatre Royal on February 24-29. The Absolutely Fabulous favourite and comedy actress won critical acclaim when she starred in the production at Theatre Royal Bath in the summer. And the production is now set to visit six UK venues early in 2020 ending in Norwich

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Stephen Crocker, chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “We are hugely excited to welcome this fantastic production to Norwich featuring Jennifer Saunders and give our audiences the chance to see it just before it moves into London. “It is fantastic to have another production in Norwich from a fellow regional theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, as we continue to work with producers nationally and internationally to bring fantastic theatrical experiences to the region across our stages.”

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Lisa Dillon (Ruth), Lucy Robinson (Mrs Bradman), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Charles), Simon Coates (Dr Bradman) © Nobby Clark

Blithe Spirit tells the story of novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth who find their lives change after a séance. Jennifer Saunders plays the eccentric medium Madame Arcati who conjures up the ghost of Charles’s first wife. When she appears and is visible only to Charles, she sets out to sabotage his current marriage and things begin to get complicated. It is the latest theatre role for Jennifer who also appeared in Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End. Well-known for being one half of French and Saunders and for playing potty PR person Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, she has won numerous awards including two Emmys, five Baftas and four British Comedy Awards. She won critical acclaim for her performance during the Bath run with the Guardian saying she “draws laughter with physical comedy” and The Stage saying Jennifer is “tailor-made for the role.” Joining Jennifer on stage will be many of the original cast members from the Bath run including Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks, The Hollow Crown, the Kinky Boots film, and The Histories Cycle for the Royal Shakespeare

Company), Lisa Dillon (Mary Smith in Cranford, and stage productions in the West End and for the Royal Shakespeare Company), Emma Naomi (Channel 4’s Chimerica, Dead Don’t Floss for the National Theatre, and The Cherry Orchard for Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Royal Exchange), and Lucy Robinson (Cold Feet, Coronation Street, Call The Midwife, Doc Martin). Written in 1941, Noel Coward’s inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy provided a distraction from life during World War Two when it was first staged. The show enjoyed a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway, and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works. SHOW INFORMATION: Blithe Spirit, Monday 24-Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm and Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£39.50. Discounts for Friends, Over-60s and Under18s. Captioned performances on Wednesday 26 Feb at 2.30pm. Audio-described and signed performance on Saturday 29 Feb at 2.30pm. Tickets on sale now. To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000. PAGE

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We’re fast approaching 2020 and mental health is being talked about more than ever, but we still find ourselves in a crisis. Our NHS simply cannot cope with the huge demand and people simply cannot afford the high fees for private treatment. The result? People just like you and me are waiting months at a time before they can even get a consultation with a therapist via the NHS. My name is Connor Love and I am the founder of Minds Alike, a start-up based in Norwich. Minds Alike offers a service to businesses in which all their employees can access private mental health care for free, eliminating long NHS waiting lists and the high fees associated with private treatment. How does it work? - Every member of staff of a business with a scheme in place with us will be sent a welcome email containing all our contact details. Any employee can then contact us confidentially if they feel they require our help. From the initial contact, each service

user will have a designated ‘User Manager’, who will manage and support each service user throughout their journey with us. This will include the initial contact, the organisation of the service users first meet with a therapist, weekly check ins to ensure everything is going to plan, right the way through to re-integration back into the workplace where applicable. We believe that personal support is important and will reduce any fears the service user may encounter along the way. How does this benefit everyone? - Well, this gives employees the opportunity to seek and undertake private treatment, without the worry of having to pay for it. We can guarantee an initial meet with a private therapist within 14 days of first contact with Minds Alike. Not only does the employee benefit, but the employer does also. Eliminating the long NHS delays, we can guarantee to reduce staff sickness for mental health related issues. Not only does this increase efficiency in the workplace, but it reduces the costs associated with paying the salary of those members of staff that are ‘signed off’, due to mental health.

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Last but not least, it benefits each and everyone of us that relies on the NHS for our healthcare. Having our service in place will drastically reduce the demand required from the NHS and taking the strain away from the great work they continue to do! What else do we do? - The main aspect of our service is to assist and provide employees the access to free, private mental health care, but as part of our ‘package’ to businesses, we also present service users with free, weekly fruit drops to each place of work. Our other perks include a comprehensive discount package that includes money off local gyms, retailers and places to eat and drink. This promotes a healthy lifestyle and all in all, boosts morale, benefiting mental health all round. We truly believe this could be a gamechanger in the world of mental health and the treatment of It, especially in the workplace. With your support, we can make a difference!

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King I have recently celebrated my birthday. It wasn’t a land mark event, but a quiet affair and that’s just how I liked it. I opened my presents, and cards, in bed with my wife, children and Percy the dog sitting with me. In fact, Percy was very eager to help me open the Above: Mark King packaging. He snuffled every item and tried to tear the wrapping paper off. His tail was wagging back and forth with such joy I think he was more excited than I was! Afterwards, we ate breakfast as a family in the kitchen together rather than the rushed affairs experienced on a school day when we each make our own in our own time. I had my absolutely favourite breakfast of all time, two cheese on toast with a mug of steaming hot tea. I do enjoy a traditional full English breakfast as well, but cheese on toast just pips it for me when it comes to the first meal of the day. My birthday fell on a Saturday, so I had a lazy day at home. It was a rare Saturday in the family as we had

no car runs to do for the children. Usually, there’s a football match for the boy, or Saturday job for my daughter, but on that day there was nothing so we could all spend the morning in our Jim-Jams just taking it easy. In the afternoon, I paid a visit to my local pub with some friends for a celebration drink, and then in the evening at about six-o-clock my wife picked me up, and on the way home we stopped to pick up a pre-ordered takeaway. As it was my birthday, I could enjoy the guilty pleasure of a twelve inch Margherita Pizza with extra cheese and black olives all to myself. As you may have gathered, I do have a liking for cheese, a big liking. Cheese is something I could eat for breakfast, lunch and supper seven days a week! But as Mary always says in my Daniel Jones series of books, there is always a but in life, and in this case the big but is unfortunately with cheese it goes straight to my waist line. But what the heck, it was my birthday after all! www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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I Have Always Had A Fascination With The Supernatural I’m not saying I believe in ghosts and spirits; I’m very much a fence sitter, and while I have had a few unexplained experiences over my lifetime, I think my brain is too scientifically wired and I always search for a rational explanation. Above: Keri Beevis

Take for example the time the piano started playing in the middle of the night in our old family home. I was there alone and properly freaked out, but I could never accept it could be something ghostly behind the racket. Our home had only ever had good vibes and so I concluded it was Cody, our Labrador, who had got up on his hind legs and began pounding on the keys.

dead is dead. However, on this occasion she was a little quiet, before recalling her own odd experience in the house.

So… I don’t believe, but then again, I kind of do, and when brother and sister-in-law announced on Saturday night that they are fairly certainly their new home is haunted, I was both intrigued and a little spooked.

She had gone over to visit my furry nephews and decided to use the loo while she was there. Knowing she was alone in the house she didn’t bother to close the door, so flew into a panic when she heard the front door open and footsteps walking down the hallway.

Last year, they moved out to the countryside and since then they have embraced village life, befriending all the neighbours and attending countless soirees, and turning their enormous garden into a giant allotment. I am going to start calling them Tom and Barbara Good.

Shouting out ‘hello?’ and receiving no reply, she hurried off the toilet, assuming it was brother or sister-in-law’s son who had popped home, except no one was there. In fact, she was so convinced someone had walked into the house, she conducted a room to room search before leaving.

Anyway, I digress. Apparently, they are convinced their house - which is part new, part old - is haunted, explaining that the battery operated wardrobe light kept repeatedly turning on in the middle of the night, that they hear very odd noises coming from the eaves, and that sister-in-law’s son and his girlfriend haven’t slept properly since moving in, convinced people are in the room watching them.

Did my sceptical mother hear a ghost?

Now Mama Beev is a non-believer. She doesn’t have time for all that nonsense and firmly believes that

I am staying over at my brother’s this weekend, which coincides with Halloween. Gulp. By the time you read this I may be a very freaked out author. Though hopefully it will give me some good material for my next book. My new Norfolk based thriller, Dying to Tell is now available to buy in paperback and Kindle. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more information. PAGE

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A MONTH TO REMEMBER

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A Month To Remember And Give Thanks Certain times of the year lend themselves to reflection and an appreciation of the impact different people and experiences have had upon our lives. Many of us have specific dates when we become introspective and quiet or alternatively choose to toast and celebrate those times; it's a time to remember and give thanks. November, autumn and Christmas are often seen as especially poignant times for honouring and taking time to reflect on the past. We may wish to acknowledge the special people from our lives who are no longer with us, those who mattered greatly to us and who made a significant contribution to our becoming the person we are today. They may be missed through death or because an important relationship came to an end; it perhaps ran its course and we have to acknowledge that it's time to move on. We may have been party to the decision or simply had to go along with it. Or a crucial crossroads in our life has now been reached because of age, health or financial reasons.

Whatever the reason, setting time to remember and give thanks for those life lessons is an important way of acknowledging what we've experienced, learned and moved on from. We can then congratulate ourselves on our growth and development as a person. Going through those times teaches us about loss, hurt and disappointment and how to cope and recover. Dealing with grief due to bereavement, the loss of a relationship or our health, coping with the transition from one stage of life to another all usually require readjustment and healing. Adulthood involves learning to come to terms with unplanned or enforced new phases in life.

• Being able to identify the positive lessons

learned from handling tough experiences often necessitates a change in mindset. We need to shift our perspective and recognise the diverse emotions, the loneliness, distress, anger, frustration, 'why me' and grief, and then start appreciating the growth experience that ultimately comes from such distress.

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• Valuing the role other people play in home, it can be a useful halfway measure to supporting us through those times, the way they helped comfort our despair with their compassion, kindness and practical help makes a real difference. At those times, we often learn who our real friends are. The ones who’ve stuck with us through the tears and sleepless nights, the ones who are also able to be firm and tell us 'enough' too.

• Some people heal through dedicating

themselves to charity work, volunteering or setting up funding campaigns to honour their lost family member, friend or indeed as a way of acknowledging their own recovery from a health or lifestyle crisis and the support they received during those darker days.

house-share, maybe rent, make new friends with people in similar circumstances and live in a mutually supportive environment.

• Maybe this is time to review your career and

lifestyle choices to date. It could be time to reflect on what you've been doing so far and question whether it really suits you now. How about giving serious consideration to those other options you briefly flirted with but never really entertained before? Would it be good to retrain, start volunteering, maybe set up a small business, join forces with a friend or ally? Review the talents and interests you have and determine the best way to assimilate those into your life from now on.

• When we take time to remember and give • Doing this can be a tribute to your life and to thanks, we can also value our own strength and ability to survive, the fact that we're able to make it through such a difficult time and come out of it, frequently feeling a little battered and bruised, but having learned a lot about ourselves and on the mend nonetheless.

• Throughout the healing process, it can be

useful to reflect on ways to make a fresh start. Should we use this as an opportunity to relocate, is it the push we need to move home, area or start afresh? Rather than make any hasty, knee-jerk decisions, it's often important to take time to think through the implications and ramifications of such a change in circumstances, and even allow ourselves a good period of time to decide. Instead of selling up and moving

your significant relationships, by providing an ongoing way of honouring their memory and influence on you. Taking positive action can help you heal, enables you to use your time and energy in constructive ways and may well lead to you finding a new, more meaningful purpose in life. How proud would those loved ones from your past be if they could see you now, continuing with your life, growing and moving forward? Dedicate some time to remembering and appreciating the role your past plays in your present and give thanks as you commit to a positive future.

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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“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela

At the age of just 9, Harry Lotarius from Rocklands, Attleborough, has become a fabulous fundraiser for local cancer charity, the Big C. Following the devastating news that his mother, Jenni, was suffering from breast cancer, Harry made the decision to do something that would make a difference. A little while back, he trekked ten miles from East Runton to Cromer and then Overstrand. Harry did this with the support of his school community, Great Ellingham Primary School, with his headteacher, Mrs Dekker (above left), and specialist support assistant, Miss Caie (above right) taking part in the walk with him and a close friend. Harry’s hope was to raise £150 for the Big C to help them set up a new support centre within Norwich. He smashed that target and has made over £2,200! If you’ve been impressed by Harry’s amazing attitude and unwavering support for his mum and the Big C, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/HarryLotarius?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=HarryLotarius&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5bg23MGBj PAGE

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NOVA SILVER

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November At Nova Silver

We’ve been asked a lot recently in what ways we are trying to be eco-friendly and we were surprised at how many changes we have made naturally over the past 10 years or so without really thinking about it. You’ll have noticed if you’ve bought from us recently that we will always check if you need a bag, and we made the change over five years ago to paper instead of plastic. Our wrapping paper is proudly recyclable too. But beyond that, we try within our office to implement a culture that is mindful of the impact we have. We are proud to have a team that are all prepared to help us to be as socially and ecologically aware as we can be. It’s one of the perks of being a small team. Our book swap corner was set up over 3 years ago and has since grown to include clothes and beauty products. We like to think that nothing goes to waste. Within our staff kitchen, we have recycling points where items such as paper, cans and glass that can be easily recycled are collected. We have set up a further two collection points for crisp packets and confectionary waste that members of our team distribute to TerraCycle schemes locally that benefit our community. Our office aims to be as paperless as possible, and we’re hoping over the next year to be almost paper free. We all know that silver jewellery can take a lot of cleaning and the shop bought cleaner can be really harmful to the environment. We always use a mix of bicarb, salt and aluminium foil (which we then recycle!) along with good old fashioned hot water. We’d love to hear your feedback with what you do within your home and any suggestions to make us even more efficient! In other news, we’re pleased to announce that we have raised (at the time of writing) nearly £200 for Baby Loss Awareness over the month of October, with Josie kindly hand-making lavender bags and candles for donations in store. We have a JustGiving page that is still accepting donations, just get in touch for more info.

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JUST HOLLIE

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How To Thrive In The Changing Seasons Autumn, you are beautiful. Golden leaves, crisp air and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes everywhere you turn - there aren’t many people who don’t love this time of year filled with nature’s beauty and the different holidays it brings. However, it can be a tricky time for our immune systems, our skin and our mental health. This month, I would really like to share with you my favourite ways to embrace the season we are in and how to get ready for winter in the healthiest way possible. I want to kick off with a recipe for what has been described as ‘Jewish Penicillin’ - hearty chicken stew. Cheap, easy to cook and something all the family will enjoy equally, this dish is perfect in the colder months.

Just Hollie’s Chicken Stew Ingredients: Whole chicken 2 litres cold water Onions x 2 Carrots /Swede /Leeks /Any other veg you like Salt & Pepper Bouquet Garni Chicken stock cube/stock pot Bay leaves x 2 Method: Put the chicken, whole, in a large pan along with the chunky chopped vegetables, onions (skin on to give a dark colour), bouquet garni, stock cube or stock pot and the bay leaves. Quantities, size and variety of the vegetables do not matter as depending what you use it will taste slightly different each time - and this is not a delicate recipe, so you can’t go far wrong!

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Cover all of this with the two litres of cold water or cover right up to the rim of the pan if this needs a different quantity of water. Simmer for three hours, cooking the chicken, releasing all the flavour of the veg and reducing the liquid, ensuring you skim the top every half hour to remove any scum which may come to the surface. Once cooked, move the whole chicken to a plate where you can remove all the flesh to put back into the stew, and then strain the liquid and vegetables through a piece of muslin for the silkiest stew (not forgetting to fish out the bay leaves). I strain the liquid thoroughly, using my hands to really squeeze the muslin cloth and get all of the flavour out and into that broth. I disregard the veg at this point as it will be overcooked and slightly mushy - you could blitz into a soup or a puree and use for something else if you so wish. Once separated, season and cook the broth on its own, reducing the liquid making it thicker until you’re left with the amount you need to feed your family. Reducing it will intensify the delicious flavour! Finally add the chicken flesh back into the broth and I like to mix some peas and cabbage into mine for some fresh green goodness. Enjoy the sensation of being filled with vitamins and hearty food! So apart from filling yourself with delicious food to keep you going, your skin will need looking after as the weather turns too. It’s a perfect time to renew your skin and encourage cell turnover, exfoliating and moisturising regularly to shed any dead skin cells and making your skin glow even in the colder weather. A lot of people make the mistake of moisturising without first

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getting rid of the dead skin cells, rendering the moisturiser ineffective. If you have sensitive skin, especially in the cold weather, you can use gentle chemical exfoliators rather than harsh scrubs - there is one out there for everyone. Think of it as collecting up the dust before mopping; you wouldn’t smear around dirt, you would get rid of the excess dirt and dust before putting anything onto the floors and surfaces. Your face is just the same - products can’t work properly if there is dead, flaky skin congesting on your face and body. Finally, we’ve dealt with your diet and skin, but your brain needs a hug too over the autumn/ winter period! Without the same levels of sun and daylight hours, we can suffer this time of year with reduced levels of vitamin D, affecting both our health and our mood. The key is making sure we get outside even though the weather might not be as inviting as during the summer - at least 10 minutes of daylight directly on our skin every day can work wonders - and the great outdoors is so good at clearing our head anyway, meaning there are so many reasons to continue to get outside. It’s also great this time of year to invite people round for dinner parties, make lunch dates or weekend mass beach walks - as we tend to socialise less naturally in the autumn/winter due to the nature of everyone being indoors and not in beer gardens or BBQs! It’s so important for our sanity to socialise and not hibernate for months, which is something so easy to do when it comes to the darker nights. Why not invite friends round to try your new chicken stew recipe?

Hollie writes for her own lifestyle blog ‘Just Hollie’ and is a social media personality under the same title. She also trades as a freelance copywriter offering a variety of services for the modern business, specialising in assisting start-ups and small companies to grow. Having been brought up on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, she is an advocate for all things local and this is most apparent when it comes to food and drink! Her favourite thing to do is to venture into the city centre with her husband and find a spot to have brunch. Passionate about health and wellness, Hollie aims to provide an antidote to 21st century living.

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Reviewed

Follow motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, on Instagram @tbarnesclay and Twitter @carwriteups What’s a 'Touring Sports’? In this case, it’s not a high-speed gentleman’s car, that’s for sure. It’s just a posh term for an 'estate’. And not the net worth of an individual kind, either. Simply put, the Corolla Touring Sports is like the Corolla hatchback, but with a larger load area grafted on. And that’s what makes it a top family wagon. The new Corolla - in whichever shape you go for, is a handsome, chiselled vehicle. Inside and out, the Japanese motor is every bit a model you’d be happy to take the kids to school in.

You might even make some other parents green with envy. You don’t get that badge snobbery thing with Toyota. You do with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, but this marque seems to make you acceptable on the road - and in the school playground. You get nods of approval, rather than scowls. You’re let out at junctions instead of being ignored. And you never get the finger from other drivers in heated traffic situations. The Corolla Touring Sports makes motoring in Britain almost pleasant again. Inside, there’s room for four people - or five, if you really want to sit someone in the middle

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of the rear bench. My eldest daughter was sandwiched between two child seats on the way to Alton Towers. The trip was just under two hours - and she only started complaining an hour into the trip. The thought of the entertainment at the end of the journey was the one thing to keep her from losing the plot with her siblings. So, think of this as a four-seater car - and only a five-up machine if you have a small human being willing to take the short straw. Luggage-wise, you’ll get a lot into this estate car. It’s by no means the biggest of its type, but the 2.0-litre hybrid, on test here, boasts 581-litres of load space. Of course, if you fold the rear seats, and kick the kids out, the Corolla turns into the perfect tip-run workhorse. The Touring Sports is not just a practical set of wheels, though. The £30,345 flagship 'Excel’ version lent to me will hit 62mph from a standing start in 8.1 seconds. That’s reasonably swift. And because a petrol and electric mix propel it, the car is frugal, managing between 50-60mpg. Co2 emissions are low at 89g/km – making this a cheap vehicle to tax. It’s perfect company car material, too. A top car in many ways then - apart from one thing - the price. You may have noticed I slipped that £30k figure into the last paragraph. It’s a lot of money. Mind you, this is the top Excel trim - and the most basic Touring Sports is £22,575. That only has a 1.2-litre unit, though - with 0-62mph taking 10.8 seconds and mpg

around 58. Still, its cargo capacity is larger than the 2.0-litre version at 596-litres. And if you have an aversion to Toyota, then the similar priced Ford Focus estate might work for you but the load area is a bit smaller. The choice is yours, folks.

Pros' n' Cons • • • •

Looks ✔ Handling ✔ Efficiency ✔ On the pricey side to buy ✖

Fast Facts (Toyota Corolla Excel 2.0 Hybrid Touring Sports - as tested) • • • • • • •

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THE GADGET MAN

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Edifier MP200 -

Portable Bluetooth Speakers That Are As Colourful As Life Like many of us, I have become used to playing music through my smartphone in hands-free mode, especially when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. Our phones now have sufficient audio production and volume to produce music at a respectable quality, but their physical size limitations mean that they aren’t able to produce similar results to traditional speakers.

Portable speakers have become a popular addition for the music enthusiasts and casual listeners, and we now expect excellent audio quality from extremely low-cost devices and fill the gap where our smartphones fail. So, this month, I have been testing the Edifier MP200 Bluetooth 4.1 Portable Speaker. The MP200 is a relatively small cubic speaker measuring 2-inches in each direction. Featuring both IP54 rated splash and dust protection, the speaker is coated in brightly coloured

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Audio quality, the speaker really shines and provides an incredibly impressive full range of sound and when cranked up up, it doesn’t lose quality

The MP200 is a relatively small cubic speaker

rubberised material with the addition of a hand-string to carry around your wrist or hang in your bathroom.

measuring

The Micro SD card slot and Micro USB charging port are both sealed with a rubber cap which means it will function appropriately in a bathroom or even outdoors on a camping trip or barbeque courtesy of its IP54 rating.

each direction

2-inches in

You may have seen IP ratings on your smartphone packaging, it’s a 2-digit rating scale; the ‘5’ of IP54 means it is ‘dust protected’, whereas the ‘4’ means it is ‘splash proof’. The speaker comes with three buttons on the top which allows you to power on the device (with a pleasant start-up sound), pause or stop the music and a ‘call answer’ function when it is paired to your phone (although I’m not sure I would be up for conducting a hands-free call in the shower!).

The audiophiles, the specs are as follows:RMS: 5.5W Noise Level: ≥30dB(A)

On the side of the speaker are two further volume up and down buttons. All these buttons situated underneath the rubberised material and easy to operate.

Freq. Response: 150Hz~14kHz

Edifier is quoting 12 hours playing time between charges which fits in well with my experience of using the speaker for a few minutes every morning and not needing to charge it for weeks. So it should happily provide entertainment for many hours at a time.

Input Type: microSD card / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB audio streaming

Audio quality, the speaker really shines and provides an incredibly impressive full range of sound and when cranked up, it doesn’t lose quality. I’ve used several of these kinds of this type speaker and I was really impressed with the MP200.

The MP200 is a fabulous speaker, available in seven colours and at £39.99, it’s a bargain (and a great gift idea for the up and coming festivities).

Input Sens: Bluetooth / USB audio streaming: 300 ± 50mFFS

Speaker Unit: 2 inches (48 mm) Range: 10 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

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GUEST POEM

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The Fuchsia On A Daisy by Amy Smith

The fuchsia on a daisy, The dimple on your cheek, The late and sometimes endless nights, They're all that make me, me. The car seat, belt buckle standoff, The simple mud pie glee, The excitement of finding a feather, They are all what make me, me. The looking for magic in woodland, Or trying to find fish in the sea, The constant emptying of wardrobes, They are all what make me, me. The heated arguments of nothing, The always cold cups of tea, The imperfect state of my skin, They are all what make me, me. A cheeky pack of biscuits, A rush of anxiety, A cuddle when washing up, They are all what make me, me. The interruptions on the phone, The continuous use of 'please', The sleepy rosy cheeks at night, They are all what make me, me. The constant fear of doing wrong, The over whelming joy, The heart that's full of self-doubt and love. They are what makes me, me. PAGE

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THE IMPORTANCE OF...

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The Importance Of Continuous Professional Development Many organisations regard Continuous Professional Development as mandatory. You have to agree to undertake and make a commitment to ongoing training as part of the criteria for membership and for renewal of professional liability insurance. And why wouldn’t a professional person want to commit to ongoing development as a way of learning what is happening in their field of expertise, learning new skills, refreshing old skills and sharing time with other professionals in their field? The reality is, ongoing training makes common sense. For a professional person, being apprised of the latest techniques and developments is an important part of being able to do their job efficiently and effectively and keep abreast of the competition. It’s not realistic to think

that one could glean enough knowledge or competency from reading the trade magazines or the mail shots that are sent them from their professional memberships. Reading an article may be beneficial and thought provoking, but there are many additional benefits in spending a day or two spent in a learning environment. It provides the opportunity to focus, concentrate, ask questions and practice until proficient. As a full-time counsellor and hypnotherapist, I value the opportunity to have occasions when I commit to extra training. Even repeating training that I have already undertaken is fascinating and really useful. You may hear a different trainer's perspective, or there may be a new slant or interpretation of a technique or course attendees may ask questions that take the training in a slightly different direction.

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Sometimes, when I have repeated foundation course training from years ago, I’ve been reminded of techniques that I’ve not used in awhile, or I think of a particular client who would appreciate and work well with a certain piece of work. It’s all valuable time spent refreshing skills. Whatever field you work in, ongoing training offers important time away from the office in which to learn new techniques and skills. It provides a safe opportunity to practice and be fine if mistakes are made or take the time needed for repetition, before becoming proficient. There may be new ways to use old skills or different ways to modify and apply what’s already in the tool box of skills. Other course attendees can provide interesting learning opportunities too. They may share fascinating anecdotes and case histories, discuss problems they’ve struggled with, ask challenging, thought-provoking questions and often engage in valuable conversations at break times. I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend some excellent residential workshops with some of the major names in the field of hypnotherapy. The classroom and practical demonstrations have always been well worth the time and money invested; time to focus on my own learning in a space dedicated to that pursuit. The time to watch a leader in the field at work, hear about their experiences, ask questions and discuss new innovations is a great opportunity.

But the break times have always been really interesting too. Discussing difficult cases, business worries and sharing with other professionals away from a work setting is a valuable investment in one’s business. Sometimes, there may even be an opportunity to network with other professionals who have different specialisms and perhaps find ways to forge an alliance or maybe share some joint business opportunities. Ongoing training is about more than education and coursework.

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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LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS...

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Lack Of Qualifications Should Never Present A Barrier To Achieve Your Best Life

You don't need qualifications to be successful in life. Yes, I did just say that. I know it's a bold statement, and some would strongly disagree. However, in my 12 years of professional experience (six of these being running and managing my own businesses), the lack of qualifications are no longer preventing barriers for people to work in the jobs or businesses they desire, and life the successful lives they deserve. Now, back in 2009, after graduating from the University of East Anglia with a Business Management Degree, I thought the world would be my oyster - only to be shocked to find that I was competing with thousands of other graduates for a low number of quality jobs due to the recession happening at the time. Due to this I attended over 100 interviews to secure work, and even when I was employed, it

still wasn't in an industry that I aspired to be working in. So, even though I had spent three years at uni, was in debt, and studied hard during that time (as well as working various part time jobs so I had a bit of experience too!), I really struggled to follow my passions and dreams. Now, I'm not saying at all that qualifications are a waste of time. I made some amazing friends from my studying days and many have become ambassadors or associates who still support my businesses to this day. The skills and knowledge I gained from studying have been invaluable to me throughout my career, especially when developing my own businesses. And, my qualifications have given me more credibility throughout my work journey. One issue I have with qualifications is that

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these are physically a piece of paper that show how well you sat the exams and completed and course work or dissertations - they don't give any insight of the person as a person (i.e. their skills, experience, attitude, personality, character, etc). The other issue I have with qualifications is that I see so many people use lack of them as an excuse not to follow their true aspirations (especially in the work I do with mentoring business women through HER Business Revolution). So, let me tell you this. Qualifications (or lack of) don't define you. If you need education to take you one step closer to working in the job/career/profession/ business you want, it's never too late to learn new things. We are learning every day (sometimes without even knowing it), so the skills and knowledge you need to progress might be easier to learn than you think - and there are different ways of learning than through formal institutions, whether it be from work experience, collaboration in business, online courses (with or without accreditation) or more informal ways of learning through the Internet or vocationally. So, coming back to my point that qualifications are not needed to be successful, let me give you a few examples.

A previous CEO of one of my businesses (Glow Virtual Assistants) left school with no qualifications due to being pregnant with her first child at the time. Even though she didn't have that bit of paper with grades on, she did have an incredible personality, hard-working attitude, and resilience to learn new skills and knowledge on the job and in her own time, which meant she progressed in four years from an Administrative Assistant to CEO of the company. One of my mentoring clients was struggling in an abusive relationship, and with basic level qualifications she felt trapped in her marriage due to her husband being the breadwinner for her and her three children. With a little support, she learned new skills from evening adult education classes and developed her business enough to be able to make more than double the income her husband brought into the home, meaning she could then part from the abusive relationship and move into a more secure and happy home with her children. So, in essence, what I am trying to say is that attitude and character are the main factors that impact the success of a person, as all the other things needed can be learnt. And with the right attitude and support, I honestly believe that anyone can achieve anything (which is why I created all three of my companies to be able to provide that support!)

Article by Serena Fordham, Founder and MD of HER Business Revolution, Glow Virtual Assistants and Mums Empowerment Movement CIC. www.herbusinessrevolution.biz www.glowva.co.uk www.mumsempowermentmovement.co.uk

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SAVE A BABY'S LIFE

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Save A Baby & Child’s Life Course Would you know what to do if a Baby or Child you were caring for stops breathing? 80% of parents admit they do not know how to resuscitate a child. 22% of parents watched a child choke and did not know what to do I’m Maria and I’ve been running Save a Baby & Child’s Life courses in Norfolk and in our children’s centres for the past 15 years as part of the The Royal Lifesaving Society UK’s nationwide scheme to increase knowledge on how to save a baby or child’s life! In a previous life, before I had my own 3 children, I taught swimming and trained Lifeguards, so I have been in the industry for over 30 years. I enjoy working with people and it’s so worthwhile helping to increase people’s knowledge and

confidence in CPR & Choking. It can be a very scary time being a parent, to have this little person rely on you. I don’t want people to worry or to lose sleep as it’s still relatively rare for a baby or child to stop breathing, but it’s about being prepared. Once first aid is officially launched in schools next year as part of the curriculum, people will know that anything they do is better than nothing, just being confident to try. I know I have helped people to save lives from the stories people send me after attending a course. At the two-hour session, attendees are taught first aid skills such as how to cope with drowning, choking, non-breathing infants and advice on water safety. They practise resuscitation techniques such as Rescue Breathing and Chest Compressions using specialist manikins in a relaxed environment

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with no pressure or testing, they can even bring their babies with them as not everyone has childcare and many parents are breast feeding. Crying, changing and feeding baby is not a problem during the course. Many couples come together and with grandparents who are often looking after their grandchildren. These vital skills are easily learnt and could buy time until the emergency services arrive. Attending a course like this could literally mean the difference between life and death and I would urge anyone to attend a course and pick up vital basic life support technique. Advice on what to do if a baby (under a year) is choking!

1. If it’s loud and red, let them go ahead - if the baby can get air in and out, they are coughing or gagging, then encourage them to cough and dislodge the item themselves. But be prepared, so start removing straps if they are in a high chair.

2. If they are quiet and blue, they need you. Shout for help!

6. Place two fingers in the centre of the 3. Check the mouth and remove item if chest and push down sharply up to 5 you can see and reach it easily. Do not go into the back of the throat for fear of pushing it further down. Be careful not to scratch the lining of baby’s mouth, as this could swell also.

times, aiming to press down a 1/3 of their chest with a slight pause in between each one. Stop if item is expelled.

helps. Support baby along your leg or arm and hold the jaw to protect their head.

thrusts or if alone after 3 cycles.

7. Alternate between 5 back blows and 5 4. Turn baby face down so their head is chest thrusts; checking the mouth after each 5. lower than the rest of their body. Gravity 8. Call 999 or 112 once you start chest 5. Give up to 5 firm back blows with the

9. If baby goes unconscious start CPR.

heel of your hand in between the shoulder blades, aiming to dislodge the item with each one. If back blows dislodge item, seek medical advice by calling 111, local doctors or walk in centre. If after 5 blows the item is still lodged, check the mouth again and turn baby face up, but keep the head at the lowest point.

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THE GREEN COLUMN

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Get Your Fingers Green With Organic Gardening!

I am currently studying an Organic Gardening course at the Eves Hill Community Market Garden project near Reepham and I am just loving it! Hannah and Rosa, who are running the course, are teaching us all about how to plan our own growing seasons, crop rotations, encouraging biodiversity, weeds, pests and diseases, composting and green manures and through all of these methods, I am learning that it is possible to look after and actually improve the land whilst we grow.

do now. If we are to change this, a good place to start would be to change our relationship with the land. We need to heal it and give back to it in order for us to be able to reap the gifts of full, healthy and diverse harvests. The land needs nourishment, like you and me. We have the opportunity to give this in the form of organic matter. We can add our own homemade compost or collect leaves and when they have begun to break down, we can add it to the soil to increase aeration.

Much of our land here in Norfolk has been over farmed, treated with herbicides and farmed with repeated crops and it has left us with quite lifeless soil, closer to a desert.

If we visit our plants regularly, we will begin to create a relationship with them and notice what they need. Do they need more light, or space? Do I need to add more nutrients? Tom, who also runs gardening courses from the farm calls this ‘conscious gardening’ and I love this phrase.

Experts in this field believe we only have 99 harvests left if we carry on farming the way we

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learn how to look after them and be rewarded. How fantastic and satisfying and most importantly, SUSTAINABLE! What can you do in your garden to give back to the land? ● Keep your soil healthy - add compost, leaf mould, water it, use green manures, rotate your crops ● Encourage biodiversity - hold back on the garden centre weed killer! They do not discriminate and they will kill more than just the intended weed. Grow a variety of flowers and food crops. Build a bug hotel and invite mini-beasts to set up camp! ● Recycle your kitchen and garden waste and make your own compost ● Create a relationship with your garden and get to know what it needs ● Don’t be too tidy! Leave some of your plants in over Autumn and Winter for the birds and insects to make their homes in. It gets cold out there and diverse habitats is what nature needs. ● Protect your crops with nets or by companion planting some helpful flower friends.

The Eves Hill Community Market Garden is a brilliant project and Hannah, Tom, Rosa and Natasha welcome volunteers on a Wednesday morning to come and help out and learn more about Organic Gardening. They have an Open Day on the last Saturday of the month to go along and learn more about the project and to have a cup of tea and a friendly chat and tour. They sell their beautiful organic produce to local restaurants and veg bag customers. If you want to find out more, please visit their website at ‘www.eveshillvegco.com’. Or find them on Facebook at ‘Eves Hill Veg Co.’ Happy growing! Article By Shona PAGE

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THE TEACHING PROFESSION

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The Teaching Profession In Crisis Recruiting teachers is not workload. Here, teachers are paid for 195 days’ currently a problem. However, work per year encompassing 1,265 hours in total. This is just under six and a half hours teacher retention is. per day. School days usually run from roughly For a significant proportion of professionals, they realise just a few years into their career, that the job is not for them for any number of reasons. The Department for Education’s school workload census (November 2018) revealed that almost one-third of teachers who qualified in 2013 had left the profession within the first five years. That is staggering, especially when one considers it may have taken four years of study to reach that position in the first place. Teachers work hard. Everyone knows that this is true, yet nothing is really ever done to tackle the problem that comes with an enormous

9 until 3.30 with an hour’s lunchbreak. Many teachers do a duty for half of their lunch break. Taking that into account, the time when children are in school and teachers are expected to work equates to approximately six hours per day. This leaves half an hour to complete marking, planning, assessment, preparation, resource making and the other endless to-do list tasks. There simply is not enough time to complete all the tasks. PPA time was brought in back in 2005 with the hope of easing pressure. This is 10% of teachers’ directed time that is dedicated to be used for planning, preparation and assessment.

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Unfortunately, if the teacher has to stay on site, there are often behaviour problems, which need dealing with, meetings to attend and many other things that eat away at the time. The starting salary of a qualified teacher in Norfolk is approximately £24,400. To put that into perspective a little, back in 2009-10, this was £21,102. The Office for National Statistics declared that between 2008 and 2019, the cost of living increase was, on average, 2.4% each year. In other words, although wages have increased, they have not done so in line with the cost of living increases. More and more teachers are relying on income from second and even third jobs. For teachers with dependents, the situation is even more worrying. If we imagine (I know, it’s difficult to do that!) that newly qualified teachers (NQTs) stick to working just 6.5 hours a day, their hourly rate is £18.97. Good rate? Yes, on the surface, it seems that way. Now, let’s assume that teachers do an extra hour a day; the hourly rate reduces to £16.68. An extra two hours per day and it drops to £14.72. And we haven’t even included the weekends. NQTs are notorious for giving up their own time to ensure

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More and more teachers are relying on income from second and even third jobs. everything is up to scratch. Assuming that is an extra six hours a week on top of the 8.5-hour days, we have now reached £12.89 per hour. Professor John Jerrim’s research shows that, on average, teachers are working 47-hour weeks during term time. Almost a quarter, however, are working 60-hour weeks. For NQTs, the hourly rate would be just £10.42. And yes, teachers only work 39 weeks a year and still receive pay during the holidays. However, that pay is simply their salary divided equally throughout the year. Many teachers do spend some of their time working either at home or in school preparing for the coming year. It is often said that teachers know what they are getting themselves into before they begin their training. However, I would argue against that. Essentially, whilst training, you do not feel the same pressures as the teachers who are ultimately responsible for the pupils in the classes. Trainees always have someone else to rely upon. It will never give an accurate flavour for exactly what the role of a classroom teacher encompasses. To be held accountable for a child not receiving a certain score when they sit their SATs in Year 6 is so demoralising. Teaching has changed so much and I do not believe it is for the better. This way of working is not sustainable and it is not surprise that so many teachers leave the profession so early on in their careers. Article By Vicki (Blossom Words) PAGE

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Every Day Is A School Day!

This month, as part of Iceni's education issue, we’re discussing fines implemented by schools when you take your child out as “Unauthorised”. If you’ve already received a fine, you’re probably already feeling angry? I think there is a place for fines, if attendance falls below a certain percentage or the children are particularly struggling to meet certain markers. We DO have a responsibility to ensure our children attend school and we DO have a responsibility to encourage them to complete tasks to the best of their ability, on time and do all this whilst modelling good behaviour. These are lessons they will take on to university, the workplace and to use daily to be a good human being, something we all wish for our children. ...but don’t we also have a responsibility to ensure our children have fun? Experience other cultures? Spend time with family? Learn that we work to live, and not the other way around? Specifically, I’m talking about taking your child

out of education to go on holiday. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to the local caravan park, or a villa in Florida. There are always things to be learnt. Fun to be had. Memories to be made. Aside from the fact that it saves you a small fortune to go on holiday in term time, and we all have a budget to stick to, I personally don’t feel that during the younger years of education, it will do any long term harm to your child’s education. This is of course, just my opinion and not necessarily that of Iceni Magazine. When my daughter was in infant school, she did very little in the last three weeks of each Christmas term apart from practise for the Nativity performance, and this does have its own benefits; working as a team, working to a deadline, confidence to perform in front of an audience etc... we spent four days in Italy recently and she learnt about language, history, culture, the local traditions and we spent valuable time together as a family. Surely there is a balance?

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We received a fine for a family holiday to Florida, in which my eldest child, six at the time missed over the four and a half sessions of school. We were fined £120 which we reluctantly paid, as there didn’t appear to be any kind of appeal process. Pay the fine... or be fined more. We had informed the school of the absence a year in advance (actually before the fine process was introduced) and even offered to take any work with us to satisfy the school. This offer was declined, and we were told very quickly that we would be fined and it would be reported as unauthorised absence. The school didn’t mind asking us not to take the children in on the last day of term so they could get a head start in decorating though... I had half typed my own fine letter, but they quickly retracted their offer. We don’t intend to do this every year, and we certainly don’t intend to take the children out of school as they approach exams and the older years, but would I do it again to make more life long memories? Yes. A year in, and the children talk about Florida all the time and they still build leaning towers from blocks. The truth is, we simply couldn’t have afforded to go on these breaks in school holidays. and unfortunately, these memories may never have been made. I should mention that apart from these holidays, our children have good attendance records and are meeting required milestones so obviously each example is different. I never had term time holidays as a child. My wife did. We now have full time jobs, we contribute to society and we’re raising some good little people. We took slightly different routes... but we ended up in the same place. We’d love to know your thoughts on this! Tom www.seewhatmummysays.com @whatmummysaysuk PAGE

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MISSY HITCHCOCK NORFOLK HOME EDUCATOR

Missy Hitchcock, mother of two, has taken time out of her busy life to speak to us about her home education journey. She is also one of our brand-new columnists, starting next month, and will be sharing her very own home ed tales. Continue reading to find out more about Missy and her pedagogical ethos and goals. What made you home educating?

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I would describe myself as a very 'child-led' parent. So, when my daughter's final year of nursery was coming to an end, and her fast approaching first day of school was causing her extreme distress, I began to research other options. Prior to that, I had never realised home education was an option open to anybody. We made our decision, and have never looked back.

What are your favourite parts? The Freedom. The exploration. Although I do keep our weekly schedule semi-structured, my daughter's interests are free to change and grow as she does. We are fortunate enough to live in an area with a strong home education community. Norfolk offers a diverse array of classes, activities and resources. If my daughter decides an activity isn't suited to her, we can try another. Currently, her strongest interest is Science & she attends a weekly science class, with added research at home. I also love the

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amount of time we are able to spend outdoors, which would be considerably restricted by a mainstream school timetable. Are there things you struggle with? My biggest struggle is not home ed specific, but simply the age-old parental worry: “Am I doing the right thing?� On days like this, I have to remind myself that she is happy and progressing, and reaffirm my belief that every child is different. Just because we are doing things differently, it doesn't mean we are doing them wrong. What are your home education plans for the future? I used to have vague hopes that my daughter might, one day, want to enter mainstream school. Because, speaking forthrightly, a child entering school can considerably restore some of the parent's own freedom. However, I now hope she doesn't. I love what we're doing, and I will continue to support her learning and interests. I have researched the process and costs involved with independently taking courses and exams, which will largely vary depending on what, when and where. And in the meantime, we continue to loosely follow the national curriculum, to be in keeping with the expectations of mainstream examining bodies. I hope my son (two years old) also chooses home education. What one piece of advice would you give someone who’s considering home educating their child? Have faith in your decisions. Ultimately, nobody knows your child like you do. There will be times it may test your patience, consume your time, energy and finances. But be confident in your decision and your ability. You can do it.

Tell us about your favourite moment so far. When we first started home schooling, it would have been the first term of reception year if my daughter had attended school. It was a dark and rainy autumn morning, we were at home in our living room. My daughter had pulled every cushion and seat pad off the sofas, and was jumping around the floor wearing only her knickers (she has never been a fan of clothes). I suggested we try some reading, the Oxford Reading Tree collection came out, and to my amazement she sat and read every book aloud, more or less perfectly. I pictured her sitting at a desk, surrounded by children and wearing a uniform (possibly the worst imaginable scenario for my anxious child). But here we were, achieving all she needed to know (for now) in her safest place. I knew in that moment this was perfect for us. PAGE

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Babies Are Crying Out For This! No longer do you have to ‘guess’ the cry! (Tired? Hungry? Hot? Cold? Damp nappy? Aargh!) TinyTalk, the UK’s favourite baby signing classes, are available in your area. Teaching babies sign language before they can talk might sound like one of those crazes. But in reality, Sign Language for babies is a much simpler, more practical proposition. Making hand gestures is much easier for very young children than forming sounds and teaching babies to sign cuts down on frustration for both parents and children. Katie Mayne, a primary school teacher who is also a teacher for the deaf, pioneered baby signing in the UK. She decided to experiment with teaching her own children British Sign Language after realising that babies of deaf

parents often learned to sign before they could speak. “The vocal chords aren’t developed enough but they can use their hands quite well,” she said. “Just as you can teach them to wave bye-bye and to play peek-a-boo, you can also teach them to sign.” She wondered if learning to sign could also cut down on toddler tantrums by giving very young children a way to communicate. “The results can be mind blowing. Every parent talks about that wonderful moment when your baby suddenly starts telling you what they want.”

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Signing also encourages early speech as the signs are always said at the same time. It also strengthens the child-parent/carer understanding and bond, reduces frustration, and boosts self-esteem and self-confidence: in short making for very happy parents and carers and even happier babies! We start the class with 30 minutes of signing & singing to favourite nursery rhymes & action songs. Singing is fun. Through singing & making music, language skills can be developed as well as mathematical, musical & analytical skills too! Even social & co-operative skills can be improved!

I myself, Lou Taylor teach, classes for both Babies and Toddlers in Wymondham, Attleborough, Hethersett & Norwich with 5 other teachers also covering the Norfolk area. There really is a class to fit in with everyone’s schedules. Please contact Lou Taylor on louiseta@tinytalk.co.uk or www.tinytalk.co.uk/louiseta for more information on baby signing classes in the above area or the following for classes in your chosen area or visit the main page at www.tinytalk.co.uk to search for your closest class.

Then it’s 30 minutes playtime for the little ones, and time to relax and socialise with refreshments and a chocolate biscuit for the parents or carers. Once the babies then start to use speech we also then offer toddler classes, focusing on encouraging speak along with signing. There has been a lot of research carried out that back up that children that have learnt to sign as babies know significantly more words than Children that haven’t signed by their second birthday.

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Getting your children to complete their homework can be a challenge. Protestations in the form of foot stamping at primary school age and door slamming at secondary school age are common responses to being asked if homework has been completed. We asked our readers: What are your top tips for making sure your children complete their homework? “We don’t allow the boys on their devices until their homework has been finished. That seems to work for us.” Rebecca

“My daughter has recently got a Garmin activity tracker. You can set up chores on there and they earn virtual coins to exchange for rewards. I have added homework as a chore on there. Having said that, she has never once complained about homework, but for reluctant children, this might be a good incentive.” Victoria

“Set up a minimalist, quiet work area for your child. There’s nothing worse than trying to concentrate with the television blaring in the background.” James

“Get your children into a routine. Make sure that they know that homework is completed on a certain day. You should also encourage them to understand that even though you might not want to complete it, sometimes in life, we have to do things we don’t necessarily want to or agree with.” Paul

“I find that homework time is a fantastic opportunity to put out a bowl of popcorn or some sweets, so my son can munch on some goodies as he’s doing his work. I’m always somewhere around and available if he needs help.” Trudy

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Ground-breaking Drama From National Theatre

Gemma Dobson (Jo) and Jodie Prenger (Helen). Credit: Marc Brenner

A TASTE OF HONEY November 12-16, 2019

The National Theatre brings its production of A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s remarkable taboo-breaking 1950s play, to Norwich Theatre Royal from November 12 to 16. Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Bijan Sheibani and designed by Olivier Award-winning Hildegard Bechtler, the play was first produced in the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre in 2014 when Lesley Sharp took the role of the lead character Helen. Reconceived in an exciting new production which features a live onstage band, this iconic play will be touring nine venues across the

country throughout the autumn with Jodie Prenger in the lead role. Jodie is well-known to Norwich audiences for her portrayal of Shirley Valentine, in the play of the same name at the Theatre Royal in September 2017, and Kelly in Fat Friends in March 2018. She first came to public notice when she won the role of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. She went on to tour the UK in Spamalot, Tell Me On A Sunday, Calamity Jane, Abigail’s Party, and the NT’s One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End and on tour. Her television roles include Years and Years, Citizen Khan, Wizards vs Aliens,

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Candy Cabs and Waterloo Road. She won the Theatregoers' Choice Whats On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

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Durone Stokes (Jimmie) and Gemma Dobson (Jo) Credit: Marc Brenner

She is joined by be Gemma Dobson as Jo, Durone Stokes as Jimmie, Stuart Thompson as Geoffrey, and Tom Varey as Peter; with understudies Liam Bessell, Katy Clayton, Claire Eden, and Marcel White. A Taste of Honey was written by Shelagh Delaney when she was just nineteen. It offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world, set against a backdrop of working-class life in post-war Salford. Questioning and commenting on class, race, gender and sexual orientation in mid-20th century Britain, it became known as a ‘kitchen sink’ drama, part of a genre revolutionising British theatre at the time. The play focuses on a mother-daughter relationship. When Helen runs off with a car salesman, her feisty teenage daughter Jo takes up with Jimmie, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and the unconventional setup all begins to unravel. Shelagh Delaney wrote A Taste of Honey, her first play, in ten days after seeing Rattigan’s Variation of a Theme in Manchester. She sent the script to Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the play opened at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1958, before transferring in to the West End. It was made into a feature film in 1961 with Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin, and the Broadway transfer featured Joan Plowright and Angela Lansbury.

as controversial at that time – were judged as radical for the period in which the play was written but five decades later remain relevant today. Shelagh Delaney’s daughter Charlotte Delaney, who lives in Suffolk, said it was “very much a working class play”. “Its values are based in working class values and the values of women’s liberation, I think, and people still talk about women in the same terms they talked about these two characters 50 years ago.”

Its themes - families living in poverty on the margins of society, single parenthood and a mixed race relationship which was considered

SHOW INFORMATION: A Taste of Honey, Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 November. Eves 7.30pm. Thu & Sat matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£33. Discounts for Friends, Over 60s, Under 18s, Groups and Schools. Captioned performance Thu 14 Nov 2.30pm. Audio-described and Signed performance Sat 16 Nov 2.30pm. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk PAGE

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‘Big Fish Little Fish’ Family Raves Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013.

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The original multi-award-winning Big Fish Little Fish have been putting on events all over the UK and Australia since 2013.

classics for the family ravers! Live percussionist Paul ‘Fistfunk’ Crowley will also be taking to the stage. The event will feature themed crafts, rave dancing/stilt walker (from Twisted Bliss), giant balloons, glitter cannons, bubble machines, incredible lighting (no strobes), amazing cakes from Cakes from the Hart, face painting stall by Filigree and the BFLF famous parachute dance.

Over 300,000 family ravers have danced and crafted with them in dozens of venues including Alexandra Palace, Fabric, Fire + Lightbox, The National Gallery, The V&A and Coventry Cathedral. They are also very busy on the festival circuit including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Boomtown and Edinburgh Festival. Their events are aimed at 0 - 8-year-olds and their families, but older siblings are also very welcome. Big Fish Little Fish Epic Studios 17.11.19

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This time, the theme is ‘Space is the Place’. Although fancy dress is optional, it is encouraged and adds to the fun. Winner of 2014 - 2019 Best Family Event National Family Arts Festival Awards, ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ is certainly an event not to be missed. If you fancy bagging you and your family tickets, head over to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-fishlittle-fish-family-rave-norwich-jmjrichie-traxtickets-63374200941 'Best day of my life' - 6-year-old BFLF attendee 'Makes me glad I had children' - BFLF regular PAGE

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Be Enchanted By Christmas At Pensthorpe Natural Park Brave winter’s icy chill and enjoy a heartwarming encounter with the natural winter wonderland of Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, which hosts a programme of special Christmas-themed events for all the family. From the warmth of the viewing gallery, join Pensthorpe’s resident experts for their magical daily Floodlit Feeds, which takes place at 4pm from mid-November 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. Watch the birds gather for their afternoon feed as the sun sets over Mill Pond and the surrounding Wensum Valley countryside. Lasts 30 minutes. Included in admission price or available to non-visitors for £3 p/adult and £2 p/child. On Sunday 24 November 2019, the bustling Pensthorpe Christmas Market provides

shoppers with a welcome break from the high street with its pop-up food, drink and craft stalls. Discover bespoke creations, creative gifts ideas and delicious treats made from boutique producers, many of whom are local. Enjoy live music and soak up the festive ambiance from the Pensthorpe courtyard, which will be adorned in thousands of twinkling lights, plus there will be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for members. 10am - 4pm. For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping ‘after-hours’, Pensthorpe’s four late night shopping events on 28 November and 5, 12 and 19 December 2019 provide an opportunity for evening browsing. Peruse the Pensthorpe shop, which is a treasure trove packed with gifts, local food and drink, toys, jewellery, homewares and nature books, plus

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items for bird-care and wildlife watching. There will be special discounts for members plus supplier demonstrations enabling shoppers to try before they buy. Be enchanted by the wonders of the natural world at family favourite Christmas holiday event, A Winter’s Tail, running from Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020. Suitable for all ages, the event encourages visitors to explore the beauty of Pensthorpe’s natural habitats. Pull on those wellies and button up coats to follow the winter trail around the reserve, uncovering enchanting chapters of a charming winter story about hibernating creatures along the way. There will also be some cool craft-making activities with an opportunity to make a nature-inspired calendar for 2020. Included in admission price. Situated 11 miles inland from the north Norfolk coast and with the beautiful River Wensum winding through it, Pensthorpe Natural Park encourages visitors to explore its diverse habitats and get acquainted with the thousands of bird, plant and wildlife species that call it home. Muddy wellies are encouraged and a sense of adventure is a must!

By visiting Pensthorpe Natural Park, you are contributing to the great work of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust. A portion of your entry fee will help to safeguard threatened species and support educational projects to raise public awareness of protecting and enjoying nature.

For more information about Pensthorpe visit: pensthorpe.com or call 01328 851465. Pensthorpe Natural Park is on the A1067, one mile from Fakenham and just over 20 miles from the city of Norwich. Open all year (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day):Entry prices: Adults £11.95, Seniors £10.95, Children £10.95, Under 3’s free. Annual Members are free. Parking is free. Online booking discount of £1 per person applies to tickets booked in advance.

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Arthritis Action Norwich Group If you live in the Norfolk area and are living with arthritis, the team at Arthritis Action may be able to help. We hold groups in your area on a 6 weekly basis, to help you manage symptoms of the condition. Our self-management approach encompasses a wide array of services, including personal dietary and nutritional advice, and access to clinical appointments with approved practitioners. We also offer people in various communities the opportunity to take part in self-management events and local groups. Through our approach, we help people with arthritis gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition themselves, and enjoy a more active life with less pain. We run a membership system for those who want an on-going relationship with the Charity and to access our member benefits. What you can expect from our groups • ‘coffee and chat’ events where you can hear from others and share your experiences and tips • talks by local health professionals • taster sessions by therapists Arthritis Action staff sharing information around self-management • working together to influence local arthritis provision, by being the local patient voice in the area What do our members think? “The Group meetings are friendly, informal, informative and offer so many alternatives to taking pills. Visiting speakers including Practitioners/Dietitians are an added bonus,

handing out helpful information, and then open to discussion which is invaluable. Being able to share with others can bring so much relief knowing you are not on your own with Arthritis.” Denise Gilden, Norwich. When and where are they held? The groups are held at Assembly House on Theatre Street in Norwich, TNR2 1RQ. The next one will be on the 27th of November 2pm - 4pm. How to book your place Give us a ring on 020 3781 7120 or drop us an email at info@arthritisaction.org.uk to book your place on the next group. Groups are free of charge to attend, but if you want to become a member full details of all the extra benefits you can receive are available on our website https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/ you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We hope to see you there! PAGE

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Dance into an Enchanting Winter Wonderland Northern Ballet dancers in Cinderella. Credit: Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet’s Cinderella November 26-30, 2019

Audiences can catch an early sprinkling of festive fairy dust by escaping into an enchanting winter wonderland with Northern Ballet’s beautiful re-imagining of Cinderella which combines thrilling dance with magic and circus skills. Created by David Nixon OBE, the company’s award-winning artistic director since 2001, and first performed in December 2013, this visually stunning production first graced the Norwich Theatre Royal stage in October 2014, and now will make a welcome return from November 26-30. Cinderella’s story goes from heartbreak to joy in this sparkling adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches tale. At the mercy of her wicked

stepmother, Cinderella seeks joy where she can, meeting circus performers at a winter fair where she becomes entranced by the magical lure of a mysterious magician rather than the traditional fairy godmother. She then finds freedom skating on a crystal lake where she encounters her handsome prince. The talented Northern Ballet dancers learned magic and circus skill to bring these elements of the production to life, while Duncan Hayler’s magical scenery transports the audience to a colourful Imperial Russian landscape. This year the sumptuous ballroom scene has been updated with a new set inspired by the stunning bejewelled decoration of a fabulous Russian Fabergé Egg.

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Composer Philip Feeney’s atmospheric score was commissioned specially for the ballet and is played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, while Duncan Hayler’s magnificent transformative sets are offset with lighting designed by Tim Mitchell. David Nixon not only directed and choreographed, but also designed the opulent costumes. He said: “This production of Cinderella, whilst being immediately recognisable as the famous fairytale, offers something different to other traditional ballet adaptations. We have staged our ballet in the winter wonderland of Imperial Russia, opening up the possibilities of this colourful world as a new setting for Cinderella to make her journey. Cinderella is ultimately the story of a young woman who must travel a challenging road to achieve happiness and our ballet is a joyful adaptation filled with action, magic and fun.”

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pre-performance talk about the company and Cinderella, giving an insight into the life of a touring ballet company, on Wednesday 27 November. From 6.30pm to 7pm in the Targetfollow Room, the event is free for ticket holders to attend. On Thursday 28 November from 9.15am to 10.45am, there will be a Limelighters Over 50s workshop for £25 per person. The 90-minute gentle movement session is fully accessible to all, regardless of previous experience. It will include a warm-up and repertoire from Cinderella, accompanied by a live pianist. Also on Thursday 28 November from 11.15am to 12.45pm there will be a ‘Northern Ballet Revealed’ talk in the Targetfollow Room followed by the opportunity to watch a company class going on in the main auditorium. Tickets are available at £5 each.

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Tickets cost from £10 to £43. To book visit theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000. Please note that this production contains short periods of flashing and strobe lighting effects. Northern Ballet will also hold a number of related events at the theatre for those interested in finding out more. It will give a Ashley Dixon as the Magician in Cinderella. Credit: Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet’s Cinderella, Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November. Eves 7.30pm. Thu & Sat matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£43. Discounts for Friends, Over 60s, Under 18s, Groups, Schools and Families. Please note that this production contains short periods of flashing and strobe lighting effects. Pre-performance Talk - Wednesday 27 November, 6.30p-7pm, Targetfollow Room. Insight into the company and Cinderella. Free Tickets. Limelighters Over 50s Movement and Ballet Workshop, Thursday 28 November, 9.15-10.45am. 90-minutes gentle movement. Tickets £25. Northern Ballet Revealed, Thursday 28 November 11.15am-12.45pm. Talk followed by the chance for attendees to watch a daily training class by the company on stage. Tickets £5. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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Horoscopes For November Aries 21 March - 20 April Venus moves into a glorious

Libra 24 September - 23 October Your ruler Venus is

location for you on the 2nd. And from the 12th to the 17th, as it passes over luck bringer Jupiter, an unusual person or travel can bring about a wonderful opportunity. Still, with Mercury retracing its steps, business matters and financial affairs will need care. Mind, with your ruler Mars in opposition to Uranus during the last ten days, you may feel more impulsive.

going to enable you to really shine when it comes to your everyday communications. Finances however, may need greater care. With Mercury rewinding through to the 19th, be vigilant about incomings and outgoings. An idea that you’ve been working hard on can start to shape up however, from that time. Solo? Someone with an intense but magnetic persona, can draw you in during the last ten days.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May The Full Moon in your sign

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November Early on patience

on the 12th, could see a two-week period follow when you contemplate your closest interactions. Mars is going to give you more spark in the last phase of November, and this could see a liberation from a situation which isn't working. However, the Sun's link with both Saturn and Pluto from the 5th through to the 17th, can see another involvement go from strength to strength.

will be a virtue, and Mercury in retrograde in your sign, points towards a stop-start period, but be determined to make this a time to shine. Finances can revive from the 2nd, 23rd and 29th, and you can share your ideas with real passion from the 5th through to the 17th. With your ruler Mars joining you on the 19th, this will help to supercharge your progress, and give you more vitality.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Venus moves into a gorgeous

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December New admirers can

location early this month, and this can do wonders for your relationships, particularly from the 12th to the 17th. Someone with a fantastic imagination can be very appealing to you. Your control over the practicalities of life can also be really sound from the 5th through till the 17th. An unexpected work opportunity linked to your past can emerge in the last ten days.

be drawn to you as Venus enters your sign on the 2nd of November, and forges a glorious conjunction with your ruler Jupiter from the 12th to the 17th. Yet you may experience some frustration in the first half of the month, should unexpected objections or niggles occur. Keep the faith Archer, because the New Moon in your sign on the 26th, will see things move forwards positively.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July You can feel particularly

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January There can be crossed

creative this month, and there is a real opportunity to firm up key relationships from the 5th through to the 17th. And your sensitivity to others could be a real gift throughout this. Single? You might find yourself much keener to join in with the social whirl in the last ten days. Someone very different from you can really capture your imagination and prove a major surprise in the process.

wires in a group situation or with a friend in the first half of the month. You may also find yourself being more reflective around your love life, or an old flame can come to mind. Still, with Saturn and Pluto in your sign, forging a fine angle to the Sun from the 5th through to the 17th, if you have a clear idea about your long-term plan, there is a great opportunity to take giant steps forwards.

Leo 24 July - 23 August Venus from the 2nd and the Sun

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Your friendship and

from the 23rd, give you the chance to really sparkle. Also mark the New Moon of the 26th in your diary, when your social life can really start to pick up speed. Still, at the heart of this month is going to be a desire to get the very basics of your world working as efficiently as possible. Mars can see you more uncompromising in this regard from the 19th of November.

social sector absolutely sparkles this month, but it may take some juggling to focus on this alone. With Mercury in retreat until the 19th, more worldly interactions will need care. However, you can reignite your ambitions from then, and your determination to succeed could be high. Work you have been investing in tirelessly behind the scenes might also start to pay off as November winds down.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September If you have visitors over the

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Your creative, artistic

festivities, the chances are that this is a month when you can be busy making preparations, including some last-minute changes to decor or furnishings. If you meet someone romantically, it could be linked to your family in some way. Though with your ruler in retrograde for the first three weeks, double check that arrangements are understood clearly by both sides.

or musical talents can really shine this month, giving you a fabulous chance to showcase your imaginative approach. However, travel plans could get snagged in the first three weeks, so do double check all the details you can influence. Despite this, a surprise opportunity can emerge in the last ten days to head off somewhere, which could absolutely delight you Pisces.

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