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February 18, 2017

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When you think of Christmas what are your first thoughts… Shopping? Cooking? Hard work!.... Well next Christmas why not take yourself off on a lovely cruise and let someone else take the pressure off?

sunbeds, and then in the evening a huge gala dinner was held in the main restaurants, which was incredible. All the traditional favourites were on the menu, including Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the trimmings, and Christmas pudding of course!

New Year’s Eve was no less impressive, with a deck party and live band, plus the obligatory countdown to see the New Year in. Christina & Stuart of C.A.S. Travel in Sheringham & Aylsham, have Complimentary bubbly was passed round as we stood on deck, just returned from a Caribbean Christmas & New Year cruise with the warmth of the Caribbean night aboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines MS Braemar, and had a wonderful wrapped around us. Simply magical! time. Here Stuart describes, in his People always say to me that they feel own words, the Christmas festivities they couldn’t be away for Christmas as that they enjoyed on the ship.. they may miss the Christmas spirit, but ‘Christmas was wonderful on our Fred Olsen completely captured this, and cruise, and Fred Olsen really went we felt more Christmassy aboard than if the extra mile to make it extra we had stayed at home! We had a truly special. The ship caters mainly for UK passengers, I believe about wonderful time’ 98% were British on our cruise, and this meant that the majority Stuart & Christina’s cruise was on Braemar’s transatlantic of passengers celebrated the traditional Christmas that we all crossing, followed by the Caribbean Islands, and a similar itinerary know and love. is planned for next Christmas & New Year. In addition to this Fred On Christmas Eve the crew put on a wonderful Christmas show, Olsen have two other ships which also feature Christmas itinerarfollowed by a Christmas carol sing-a-long concert, midnight mass ies. These include a snowy Norwegian Christmas cruise on Black for those who wished to attend, and finally Sherry and mince pies Watch, where you have the chance of spotting the Northern at 1230pm ..and they were homemade, mouth-watering and Lights, and maybe take a visit to the Igloo hotel, and a sunshine warm mince pies at that! cruise on Balmoral to the Canaries, which takes in the Christmas Day was very festive too spectacular, and world renowned, fireworks display in Madeira on New Years Eve! Prices start from £2199 p/p for the Norwegian as you would expect, and as we were in the Caribbean we had a day Christmas, £1999 p/p for the Canaries Christmas and £2499 for the Caribbean Christmas (prices based on 2 sharing an inside at sea sunbathing on deck. The crew delivered egg nog and mince cabin, other cabin types available at a supplement, subject to availability). There is also a special offer of a FREE DRINKS pies in their Father Christmas PACKAGE if the holiday is booked before the end of February outfits at 10am, followed by Christmas music on deck at 2017 (offer can be withdrawn at any time). lunchtime, and a visit from the man himself (well the reindeers needed a break crossing the ocean!) Lunch was spectacular, with a fantastic buffet including lobster, mussels, pate, Atlantic prawns, rib of beef, a whole cooked gammon ham, and an amazing array of desserts. After lunch it was back to the


If you’ve had enough of the Christmas chores, and you sat at home this year and wished you were somewhere else, then this may be the perfect holiday for you! For more information on the Fred Olsen Christmas itineraries for next year, please contact either of the C.A.S. branches, where the staff will be delighted to help. Let someone else do the work, while you sit back and revel in the wonderful British Christmas that is created aboard the Fred Olsen ships..

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Gay Webster Editor @justeditor

There was a bit of drama in Aylsham when Red Lion Street was closed due to a burst water pipe, creating havoc with traffic, school closures and flooded cellars. Luckily it was only a few hours before the town had its water supply back and all was back to normal by the following day. There’s a little look behind the scenes at Blickling Hall, where staff are working hard despite the house being closed. Read more on page 8. Former Aylsham students are in the spotlight in a well-loved musical. More on page 11.

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One-stop info shop for older population Aylsham Care Trust is about to mark 31 years of providing services in Aylsham. On Thursday, April 20, there will be a short celebration in the Town Hall at 6pm and the organisation is looking to welcome as many of the volunteers as possible, who have supported ACT during the last 30 years, to celebrate the service to the community. It is also intended to be an opportunity to recognise the long-term commitment and achievement of Rees Coghlan, who, at 91, still plays a huge part in the organisation. Before that, on April 5, ACT is organising a free event for the older community A promoting living well and maintaining independence. AGEWISE will be held on April 5, 10am-2pm, at the ACT Centre for people in the Broadland and North Norfolk area. There will be at least 40 organisations providing information, advice, support and care for older people in the community and their family and carers, the first event of its kind in the area. Stand holders attending will include fire Safety, safety in the home, finance and benefits advice, aids to support independent living, support for carers, housing and home care advice, counselling support and day care options. There will also be Information about dementia, alzheimer’s, eyesight, hearing, diabetes,

fraud and scam awareness, Food Bank, foot care, mobile library and much more. There will also be a free cup of tea/ coffee and cake for every person attending the event, served from our Orange Blossom café. ACT’s Vanessa Scargill said: “People who use the many services that ACT provides regularly ask about the different options that might be available to them and to have this extensive range of information in one place would be very beneficial. “For those people who do not have easy

access to the internet it can be challenging to find out what is available. This ‘one stop shop’ will hopefully provide lots of help and information.” Aylsham and District Care Trust (ACT) has been providing care and support to older and/or vulnerable people in the community, as well as their family and carers for over 30 years. The trust offers lunch clubs, social outings, coffee mornings, transport to health care appointments, counselling, pastoral care, dementia care and support, shopping trips, befriending, day care, and other activities at its centre. You can find the ACT Centre on St Michael’s Avenue, Aylsham, NR11 6YA. There is a cafe and free parking available on site. To attend the celebratory event, email reception@aylshamcaretrustcom or telephone Alison Wright on 01263 733354. See more at www.aylshamcaretrust., on Twitter @care_trust and on Facebook Aylsham and District Care Trust. or call 01263 733385.

AYLSHAM & DISTRICT WILDLIFE SOCIETY Our first meeting of 2017 included the AGM followed by a talk by Stuart Banks, the new countryside manager of the Blickling Estate. As well as the usual business of the AGM it was interesting to note that the managers of the two new housing estates in Aylsham have been approached and encouraged to incorporate bird boxes in some of the new houses. Good progress had been made in the Bure Meadows estate which would hopefully redress some of the loss of habitat that these estates had cause to the countryside. Stuart acknowledged that he had only


been in post since last April so decided to talk about where he worked previously for the National Trust, his first job being in 2005 as an apprentice in Hatfield Forest, Essex. Hatfield Forest is the best example of a medieval forest in Great Britain where activity in the area has been found to go back to The Iron Age and some trees there are more than 1,000 years old. He also moved onto other properties in the county – Bourne Mill, Grange Barn, Copt Hall Marshes to name a few. Those of us in the audience not familiar with Essex were surprise at the number and variety of places to visit there. It’s easy

to regard it as a highly-populated area with major cities and forget that it has the longest coastline of any English county, namely 350 miles. Stuart did touch on some of the improvements that were going on at Blickling. A new pathway is due to be completed with maps by the end of April. He would like better access to the Mausoleum with the possibility of an external clean up. Next meeting is Monday, February 27, 7.30pm, at the Friendship Hall, with The Wonder of Butterflies by Patrick Barkham. Visitors are always welcome, £2.

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Guides’ chance to learn right response Aylsham Guides got the chance to learn some lifesaving skills thanks to Aylsham First Responders and some new kit. The emergency group raised £1,200 on Boxing Day with the dip at Mundesley, also an providing medical cover for the event as well. In addition, Aylsham Suffield Masons donated £250 to the cause and continues to support the group. The First Responders have been raising funds for three training manikins – baby, child and adult – and a specific training defibrillator, which is similar to the public one on the town hall. The aim is to train organisations and new members first aid and also how to use the AED. The first of those sessions was with the Aylsham Guides on the January 30. The responders are also trying to recruit volunteers to join the emergency service. Co-ordinator Andrew Hartshorne said: “We cover a six-mile radius of Aylsham and there are only three of us to do this work. We currently average 25 calls a month.” Community First Responders are volunteers, trained by the ambulance service to assist them by attending life threatening emergencies within a short distance of their home. For administrative purposes they are formed into groups. Aylsham First Responder group consists of three responders who live in Erpingham, Aylsham and Buxton. Each covers an area of about a six- mile radius of their home. They have a set of kit which includes defibrillator, oxygen, pulse oximeter, suction and basic

first aid. They are despatched by the ambulance control room to emergencies such as, cardiac arrest, chest pains, breathing difficulties, strokes, falls and bleeding and other such incidents at the same time as an ambulance. Andrew said: “Being local they are often on scene before the ambulance and can commence treatment until the ambulance

TAKING THE PLUNGE: First Responder Paul Wooster, from Aylsham, after his dip in the chilly North Sea on Boxing Day, being congratulated by an on-duty Andrew.

LEADING THE WAY: Aylsham Guides learned lifesaving skills from Paul Wooster (left) and Andrew Hartshorne of Aylsham First Responders. crew arrive. They deal with patients from the age of two upwards. The group is one of the busiest in North Norfolk attending an average of 20 calls each month.” The ambulance service is responsible for ongoing training of the responders, which is undertaken one evening each month. They also supply each group with one set of kit and a mobile phone. “In order to expand the cover they can give, the Aylsham group purchased a further two sets of kit at a cost of approximately £2,500 each. The money was raised by approaching local groups who have responded magnificently,” said Andrew. “We have given talks to the mums and dads at the Aylsham and Marsham Tiny Tots on choking and resuscitation and are helping the Girl Guides with their First Aid badges. The girls are learning about assessing casualties, resuscitation (CPR), choking, dealing with heart attacks, shock and bleeding. The responders are always willing to assist similar groups,” said Andrew. The group would welcome enquiries from anyone in the Aylsham and surrounding villages who would like to join the group and increase the cover they can give. You need to be over 18 and have access to a car in order to respond. Full training is given, you do not have to commit to set hours each month only the monthly compulsory training. You must agree to a security check. The group has a Facebook page, Aylsham Community First Responders, or contact Andrew Hartshorne on 01263 761228.


It’s all go behind the scenes The doors to Blickling Hall might be closed to the public at the moment, but the garden, cafes and shops remain open. And behind the closed doors of the National Trust hall there remains a hive of activity, with dedicated staff and volunteers of the house team busy getting the house in ship-shape condition. Recently the house team have completed the mammoth task of polishing the Long Gallery floor. Wax is applied by hand to all 123 feet of the room, a task which takes many hours. Once the wax is dry the floor is buffed, leaving it protected and gleaming ready for visitors to tread the boards on March 6. House manager Jan BrookesBullen said: “Sometimes even our knowledgeable team are surprised by the hidden treasures they find! within. “In true New Year tradition “Members of the house a clear out was under way of team were dispatched and some cupboards in the gallery space in the East Wing when an have been busy cleaning and identifying these unrecorded exciting discovery was made. textiles. Finds so far include “Wrapped rolls of textiles had some of the original 18th been stored for years without century fabric from our Peter any indication of what was

the Great room and a beautiful tapestry depicting Jacob and the Angel.” New for this year, on Tuesdays between 6 March and the end of October visitors will have the chance to see conservation like this in action on a unique route

through the house. With a special focus on the Trust’s important conservation work, visitors will get to see first-hand how the trust spends money raised from members, visitors and supporters on keeping Blickling special.

Work in hand to restore cottages for former glory Following a fire in April 2016, the National Trust is working hard to bring three cottages at Silvergate back to life. Plans are under way to return the cottages to their previous condition including replacement of the thatched roof.


Work done so far includes securing the site, making the buildings safe and removal of asbestos. Installation of scaffolding will be starting soon ready for work to begin. Once the Trust has completed the planning process,

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Students get their time in the spotlight Two former Aylsham High students are looking forward to taking centre stage this spring with leading roles in the hit musical Les Misérables. Matilda Bailes and Ellen Smith have landed major role as Eponine and Cosette in the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre amateur production of the world-famous musical. Matilda is a second year student at Paston Sixth Form College and Ellen is in her first year. Both are studying drama among their A-level subjects. Matilda said: “This is one of my dream roles and the first lead I have had out of school or college. There were more than 40 people who auditioned for the role of Eponine, so it feels like a massive achievement and I am very grateful to Norfolk Youth Music Theatre for giving me the opportunity.” Matilda’s character Eponine, is cynical but resourceful as a street-smart teenager and firstborn daughter of Monsieur and Madame Thernadier. Applying her drama and singing skills, Matilda will be performing the solo On my Own, which expresses the unrequited love her character holds for

the character Marius. She expresses her dream of being by his side and her devastation in knowing his love is for another woman, Cosette played by Ellen. Having previously performed in various musical and drama productions at Sheringham Little Theatre and the Theatre Royal Norwich, with the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre, Matilda is excited to be progressing her drama career, taking centre stage.

“I am very nervous, as this will be the first time on my own to sing in front of such a large audience, however I have three rehearsals a week for the next two months, so I know I will be fully prepared and ready to perform with confidence,” Matilda explained. Her aspiration is to become an actress on the National Theatre Stage, but first she would like to go to drama school to further her knowledge of acting.

Matilda was also involved in the recent Far East Youth Theatre Group production of Jim Cartwright’s Play ROAD, which played to a packed audience at Paston College theatre. Road is a challenging play which brings to life conditions in a Northern town in the 1980s. It is a gritty, fast moving, action packed play which highlights the hardship of having little money, no work and very little hope. Ellen, centre in the photo above right, is pictured in rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet which was also a recent success for Paston College.

She has applied to study at Guildford School of Acting, LAMDA and Rose Bruford, and has been invited to interviews for all of them. Matilda has already had one recall for an audition and is patiently waiting to hear whether she has a recall for her first choice. Ellen played the lead role of Rita O’Grady in the NYMT production of Made in Dagenham last year and is looking forward to taking to the Playhouse stage again this spring. “I love the storyline of Les Misérables so am very excited to be playing the part of Cosette. It’s a very different role to the ones I have previously played. “It is a very hard sing but I’m excited to take up the challenge.” She said she was loving working with the cast and excited to be performing in the show. “It is an incredible opportunity,” she said. Les Misérables will run from April 11-15 at Norwich Playhouse. The booking office is 01603 598598 or see www.


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HONOUR: Bishop Jonathan after confirming seven people and admitting five children to receive Communion as part of the special service.

Special dedication for community More than 200 people from different generations attended a special occasion at Aylsham Parish Church, which included 1,500 lit candles around the 13th century building. The candles were shining out in celebration of the dedication of the new Molly Long Community Room at Aylsham Parish Church on January 29. The family were weekly worshippers and Susan became a Sunday School teacher at the church. But Susan’s life ended, aged 18, in March 1970 when she was strangled. Her murderer has never been caught. The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick dedicated the room in memory of Mrs Long, who left a £70,000 legacy to the church following her death in March 2014. Bishop Jonathan said: “The atmosphere was terrific. The church looked fantastic and absolutely glorious.” The room is now used seven days a week and groups include Aylsham Food Bank, a baby and toddler group, a children’s Sunday club, community choirs, a bereavement support group

and a University of the Third Age technology group. Bishop Jonathan added: “What Aylsham church has done with Mrs Long’s legacy by creating this community room is very imaginative. It is such a fantastic thing to do. “From everything I have heard about Mrs Long, I think she would be thrilled about the use of her money.” Canon Andrew Beane, team rector of the Aylsham team of churches, described the service as “beautiful” and the community room as “remarkable”. He said: “We needed the community room to be dedicated on a special day. “Mrs Long left the church a lot of money and this is a way

of having a lasting legacy of hope. The community room will be used for years to come. “The church has a responsibility to keep its doors open. The church has to be at the heart of the community.” The church are invited people to sponsor a 1,000 light for £1 in memory of someone or in celebration of a special event, with money being split between the church and Nelson’s Journey charity for bereaved children. The Community Room is a two-storey facility building into the North Transept of the church and includes a kitchen area, a choir vestry and open gallery with views across the church and churchyard. It was designed by local Church Architect Matthew Thomas and built by local contractor NF Coverdale. The total cost was around £90,000 the extra funds being found through money raised at the weekly Aylsham Monday Sale. Any groups can use the Molly Long Community Room. Visit www. or call 01263 704457 to book.

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Store’s ACT of support Aylsham Care Trust received a boost for its work when the CT Baker Budgens store in Aylsham presented the organisation with a cheque for more than £6,000 as its charity of the year. The cheque for £6,343 was presented by group managing director Michael Baker to ACT’s founder trustee Rees Coghlan. The presentation represents one in a number of fundraising initiatives by CT Baker, which raised a combined total of £20,671.66 for local causes in 2016. Money was raised through a number of in-store events, which included cake stalls, tombolas, book stalls, raffles, charity car washes and initiatives in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

“The compelling feature of working with CT Baker is that the store serves the local community and employs local staff, which allows for a synergy between the two organisations,” said ACT director Alan Holland. “It was amazing to see all of the hard work that the store put in,” said ACT chairman of the trustees Jenny Manser. “For Budgens to do what it has done and to actually understand the importance of the community is fantastic.” Find out more about ACT and its work on page 4, along with its plans for a celebratory event and special date for older residents.

Following the recent announcement that Booker Group, the owner of the Budgens brand, is to be acquired by Tesco, we would like to reassure our customers that CT Baker Budgens in Aylsham and Holt will remain independently-owned by the CT Baker Group. CT Baker Group is committed to developing its Budgens stores, which we value as an integral part of our business strategy and are of vital importance in supporting the local communities where we live and work. We will continue to work with all our local suppliers to source the best and freshest products, whilst providing everyday value without compromise on quality. The planned acquisition of Booker Group by Tesco does not include the sale of CT Baker Budgens stores in Holt and Aylsham. We are a family-run business, which will remain dedicated to serving our customers and community by providing an exceptional level of service and the highest standards and availability of products now and in the future.

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Ask Paul . . . Each month we are inundated with questions from vendors and buyers alike. Here is a selection of this month’s. STAR BACKING: Andrea Bell with comedian Rory Bremnar.

Andrea’s now a video star A video about ADHD made by the founder of an Aylsham support group has received national recognition and support from comedian Rory Bremnar. Andrea Bell, the CEO and Founder of ADD Norfolk, has been campaigning for attitudes to change for 10 years. She said: “ I was speaking to my boys about it Ruben (14) and Elliot (12) about how frustrated I was and that I often wanted to scream from the rooftops. They both suggested that next time I was frustrated and upset to video it on Facebook live. I laughed and said I am not going to do it live. So they said just record the moment on your phone and post it. After a few weeks thinking about it I decided to speak out.” The video currently has 92.7 thousand views and Andrea has been inundated by support from parents that feel exactly the same all over the UK. “I cannot keep up with the replying,” she said. “Rory Bremner saw the video so I have been to London and the video was part of his ADHD benefit gig and recorded for an Horizon BBC Documentary.” The 43-year-old, from Saxthorpe, got involved in

working with ADHD when her son was diagnosed in 2007. “From there I felt ashamed and guilty. I was alone and had no-one to talk to. It was also at this time that I identified ADHD in myself and again I did not know a single person with ADHD. Although I have friends and family I did not dare confide in case they thought I was a bad parent.” So she set up ADD Norfolk in a little cafe in King’s Street, Norwich. It has now grown as it offers a telephone line that people can call, email support, drop in sessions in Aylsham and Norwich. They are also looking to put ADHD support in prison and offer education staff qualifications level that are accredited and regulated. She said: “Living with ADHD/ADD can be an asset. Our minds are amazing. Unfortunately, most children/ adults have not been allowed to let that grow into something wonderful and positive. “ADHD is massively under diagnosed. It is the most treatable disorder in psychiatry with about 90% success rate with medication.” Watch the video at https:// b7I8GAUcdE&t=95swatch?v= 5b7I8GAUcdE&t=95s

What impact will the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) have on Aylsham? We have already noticed that buyers who may not have thought of Aylsham before are now considering it as a viable option and most of them are citing the improved road transport links as a factor in this decision.

Should we have an open house instead of traditional viewings? An open house has the benefit of encouraging a large number of viewings at one time, which creates an element of competition and can lead to some immediate offers. Providing a viewing window of a few hours also means potential buyers feel a little less under pressure allowing them to make a more informed decision. An Open House is a very useful tool to generate further viewings after the initial period of activity has died down.

How long does the average house sale take to complete? Once an offer has been accepted on a property we would envisage an average time frame of eight weeks to exchange of contracts and 12 weeks to completion. There are a few factors that need to be taken into account and hitting these deadlines depends on whether your buyer is involved in a chain, requires a mortgage or is a cash buyer but we would always aim to work towards this.

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Student becomes the teacher in new venture A-level student Annabel Daugaard–Hansen decided on a different path from her friends when they were considering university. And she will be embarking on a year-long volunteering placement in China, teaching English lessons in order to expand the students understanding of the English language. The aim is providing pupils with the confidence to articulate both vocally and through written pieces of work. A former pupil at Aylsham High, Annabel lives near the town and is studying for her A-levels at Norwich High School. She said: “Whilst many of my friends were considering university or an apprenticeship, an organisation called Project Trust visited my school to talk about volunteering opportunities. Project Trust is and established educational charity based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll, specialising in sending young people aged 17 to 19, globally, since 1967 to projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America with the aim to have a positive impact within their chosen community. “From that moment I was inspired and energised by the possibilities and knew this was what I wanted to do.” She applied and was invited to attend a five-day selection course on the Isle of Coll. “The selection course was both mentally and physically tough,” she said. “I was individually assessed along with 35 other young people in various activities, including living with a host family, a presentation on my chosen subject, and taking part in

community projects and team activities. The most challenging activity was when we were given very little notice to plan and present a lesson to the leaders and my peers with basic resources.” Ten days later she was delighted to find out that she was one of the lucky ones to be selected to represent Project Trust in China. “I am really intrigued and excited about

the prospects of volunteering in a country that has a completely different culture to that of Norfolk,” she said. “I am keen to enrich the students’ experience, therefore alongside my teaching I will be organising arts and crafts sessions. I am confident this will allow the children to develop a sense of creativity, exploring different art media. “The volunteering experience will be an opportunity for me to challenge and stretched outside my comfort zone with the aim of particularly developing confidence in my leadership skills.” Annabel’s next challenge is to raise £6,200 by July. The amount will cover travel insurance, living costs and return flights from China. All other expenses will be funded from her seasonal job at a local fish and chip restaurant. She has a VirginMoneyGiving page at AnnabelDaugaardHansen1 and also plans to hold cake sales, fill Smarties tubes with loose change, host a bingo night, take part in car boot sales and do face-painting and a treasure hunt at her local school fête. Any donations of cheques can be made payable to Project Trust and sent to Aldercarr, Colby Corner, Aylsham, NR117EB. Anyone wishing to follow Annabel’s fundraising efforts on Facebook can via Annabel’s Year in China. She said: “All donations will help, no matter how small, and I would welcome help in terms of advice, raffle prizes or items to sell at my upcoming car boot sale.”

Celebration of Scottish tradition A Burns Night Supper with a difference was organised by Cittaslow Aylsham and Slow Food Aylsham at the end of January. While most of the evening followed the time-honoured pattern, the Address to the Haggis was performed by local lady Grizelda Tyler who, with her Sottish ancestry, added a female dimension to a traditionally male event. The customary menu of haggis, neeps and tatties was supplemented by cottage pie for those whose taste did not extend to the mighty Scottish dish but everybody agreed that the

HONOUR: Alan O’Rourke proposed a toast to the immortal memory of Robbie Burns (above). Below: Some of the organising team, from left, front, Jill Willis (head chef), Grizelda Tyler, Sue Lake. Standing at back, from left, Mo Anderson-Dungar, Wendy Sadler, Geoff Sadler, Alan O’Rourke, Sue Margarson, Giles Margarson, Roger Willis, Adam Waller. dessert of Cranachan (whipped cream, oats, raspberries and a dash of whisky) was a great finale to a delicious meal. More than 60 diners enjoyed the evening with proceeds going to support the work of Slow Food and Cittaslow in the town, including the annual Food Festival and summer cooking demonstrations in the Market Place as well as other, non-foodrelated activities.


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Street light issues To Just Aylsham I am writing to you in regards to the street light down Norwich Road, or be the lack of it. Walking down there during the evening of 23/01/17, as a lone, young woman, it is very intimidating (to say the least) and not at all comfortable. Onwards from the Jubilee Family Centre all the way to the roundabout, you are left to walk in total darkness with only the minimum light from the odd passing car. I do not believe this should be the case, I have heard people say that it is to save energy, but why should saving energy impact the safeness of Aylsham residents?

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TOWN COUNCIL RESPONSE: Both the lights referred to in this letter are the responsibility of Furthermore, I would also like Norfolk County Council and they alone have made the decision to mention Henry Page Road. Similar to Norwich Road, once to switch them off. It is a trial undertaken by Norfolk County you pass the turning into Ray Council and identified by the Bond Way, these streetlights County Council Network Analysis are also out. This includes and Safety Team as ‘suitable for among the footpath through de-illumination’. the trees. When driving This is for a trial period of one down this round the other evening coming from Cawston year which commenced on September 1. To decide whether direction, during thick fog, I the lights will remain off after the was unable to see the turning trial period the county council into Howard Way until almost right on top of it. I would dread states: “Criteria for continuing to think of someone who is not with the de-illumination after the use to these roads, and where trial period and deciding what the next step would be, it is the junctions are, how they basically gauging the public’s would manage during these reaction to the trial. I am logging conditions. When the simple all the feedback to monitor solution would be to turn the peoples reaction and noting their streetlights back on. Katie Donovan comments and suggestions.” Aylsham Therefore if you are unhappy

To Just Aylsham A recent letter from Doug Postle complained about brainless drivers ignoring the 20mph town speed limit – how true, and that includes commercial drivers of all shapes and sizes of vehicles. But we don’t need money wasted in this era of budget cuts by the county council. There is a 20mph limit from just north west of Rawlinsons Lane, arriving from the Blickling direction and then just by the school, shortly afterwards, a sign which states that the limit is 20mph when the lights are flashing, which suggests that there is no such limit when they are not flashing. What a clueless duplication and unnecessary expense. Ian Stevenson Skeyton


with this please complain to the County Council via 0344 800 8020 or email to information@ where their complaint or enquiry will be logged by the Service Centre for action. You may also wish to contact the County Councillor for Aylsham David Harrison. A petition is not an answer. A 100-signature petition is one complaint. If all signatories contact the county council that is 100 complaints and is far more likely to be taken notice of. The lights on Henry Page Road have now passed the trial period and are likely to be decommissioned in the summer. With regard to the footway lights these are the Town Council’s responsibility and are still on. We have had no reports that they have not been working but we will check. Sue Lake, town clerk.

Proud but worried for town’s future To Just Aylsham What a lot of different things have happened in our Aylsham town but how much of it actually gets reported? Firstly I had cause to get a taxi from Norwich bus station and asked the driver to come through the square in Aylsham. He saw the town in its full Christmas glory and I would like to quote his reaction: “I go through loads of towns and squares but this is by far the best”. Ridiculously, I felt myself swelling with pride as I explained the whole effort was done by the people for the people. Well done Keith Elphick and you merry band. I saw the work going on as I went to netball and it spelled out to me how wonderful co-operation between citizens really is. I also have worries about crazy things that have been happening recently. 1. The absolute scandal of the work in Burgh Road. If I lived in Manor Park or anywhere else that was inconvenienced on the side of town I would be working out the extra petrol cost and putting in a bill. I believe there were many days when no one was there to work. 2. On Friday, January 27, more than 1,000 students were turned away from school after a burst water pipe in town. These things take me back to the time

when I was on the sport and leisure committee trying to get a hall for Aylsham. The farmers who owned the field next to the high school offered us four acres of land free of charge – all they wanted to do was build a few affordable homes. This was turned down out of hand because “no more houses could be built within the boundary of Aylsham because the infrastructure could not take it”. I wish I had kept that correspondence. Are we absolutely sure the infrastructure, including doctors, dentists, schools as well as drains and electricity is able to take the load the planners are happy to sling at us with apparently gay abandon. JoY Haycocks Aylsham

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Aylsham Older People’s Association exists to provide affordable and interesting outings and events for members. Membership is £5 a year and gives members the first chance to book up. Non-members can also go on trips is spaces are available, at a slightly increased price. Membership fees are due this month. A social afternoon is planned at the friendship hall for February 25, 2-4pm where subscriptions can be paid. Events in 2016 included coach trips and a bot trip. Prices were around £10. Contact the committee via 01263 733005 to find out more or see the Facebook page.

Students’ science challenge Students from Aylsham High School have been inspired to plan a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. During the visit on March 10-12, the students plan to discover how CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions; how did the universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter? Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs boson require experimental machines on the large scale, and the students will gain an appreciation of the technical and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face. The purpose of the trip is not only linked directly to their physics course but the

school also hopes to inspire the students to think about studying physics beyond GCSE while enjoying the opportunity to experience French-speaking Geneva. The students have worked hard to raise money for their visit and would like to thank Lovewell Blake of Aylsham and the Friends of Aylsham High for financially supporting them.

They would also like to thank Tesco Aylsham for letting them do a bag pack just before Christmas to raise money for the visit and for Marie Curie Cancer Research. Without the donations of the visiting shoppers on this day and the other abovementioned contributions, the trip would not have been able to go ahead.

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A grip on nature Students from Aylsham High’s nurture group are working with conservationists from Norwich Fringe Project to create a haven at the entrance to Marriotts Way, near Tesco. The work in progress so far has involved cutting back trees at the site and clearing blackthorn scrub and litter. “We realise it looks at bit bare at the moment but things will soon start to grow back,” said Matthew Davies, who is in charge of the project. “The aim is for the students to take over the management, cut the grass regularly and keep it free from litter.” The group is doing the work on behalf of Norfolk County Council with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of a larger project along Marriotts Way, recording the history of the old railway. “The work is all really positive but we realise it might seem a little controversial as it looks at the moment,” added Matthew. “Nature is amazing at recovering, the trees that we have pollarded along the hedgerow will regrow and the hedgerow we have laid will

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Community can grow together Come along to the community allotment at Bure Meadows this weekend (Saturday 18th) at 9.30am and do your bit. That’s the message from Aylsham in Bloom members who need help to fix membrane over the entire plot. If you’ve got a mallet, bring it with you, but it’s not essential. Gardening gloves would be sensible, say organisers. You can look for the project leader Wendy Sadler, pictured in her established allotment, or any member of the team. All will be easy to identify as they’ll be in high-vis vests working on what is, currently, an empty space. The community allotment is for anyone to work on, in the

company of other Aylsham residents. No experience is needed. But if you are an expert, why not come and share your knowledge? Anyone who helps tend the allotment will reap the rewards of fresh fruit and vegetables later in the year. All the set-up costs are covered by the Aylsham Town Council, Broadland District Council, and Aylsham in Bloom assisted by sponsorship from S&M Supplies (Aylsham). Aylsham in Bloom is part of the Aylsham Community Partnership, registered charity number 1166514. For more information look at www.aylshaminbloom.weebly. com or phone 01263 734408.

Save Itteringham shop Itteringham Community Shop is facing an uncertain future and is asking people to support the “vital part” it plays in the community. The current lease for the shop has not been renewed and those who run it may be forced to scale back services or even close. Chris Lawrence, from the shop, said: “The village shop has been a vital part of the community in Itteringham and the surrounding area for nearly 400 years, and for the last 23 years it has been run on a not for profit basis by a dedicated team of employees and

volunteers.” It is open seven days a week 9am-5.30pm, stocking general and organic food as well as including a newsagent, deli, cafe and post office all in one. It also has its own cash machine. Chris and the volunteers are asking people to show their support by using the shop, and signing up to their campaign to Save Our Shop, or alternatively emailing Save Itteringham Community Shop to itteringhamcommunityshop@,. “Without your support, our 380th year could be our last year,” said Chris.

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One of the real pleasures of moving to Beeston Hall School has been the welcome Juliet and I have received everywhere we go, with the early rejoinder being: “You are going to love Norfolk!” – and that we most certainly do. We moved in September last year and experienced a gloriously warm later summer and a benign autumn. It has been amazing – we came from North Devon where the rainfall is less forgiving! We immediately began the dipping in the sea, the fossilhunting along the beach, the Cromer crab... I must be careful what I say, lest the staff and parents think I am treating this job as a holiday. Even now though, in deep winter, the azure skies and crisp mornings chase away any New Year gloom. The clouds can interfere with our astronomy club, but the boarders managed a fantastic evening beach walk anyway – sea and sky in the gloaming. We continue with dog-walking on the beach, passing many heavily “rearranged and relocated” beach huts, wearing just a few more hats and gloves. There are cheery waves to and from fellow walkers, which articulate so well the shared sense of community. We are all here for the same sorts of reasons; it is a glorious place to live. The school children themselves spend a good proportion of their time outside, whether playing or studying, enjoying the outdoors as they learn. The joy at being here, whether for time immemorial or having recently moved, is very plain in all these welcomes, since there is a self-consciously positive decision about living here which radiates goodwill and hospitality. Nowhere has this been clearer than in our recent meetings with the Beeston Regis Parish Council, who we are helping to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. Their embracing of our children’s musical talents (which we also saw at the Cromer Church Hall recently), alongside the Sheringham Shantymen, means that we will all have a party to remember on May 25. The event is also going to be a springboard for historical projects, for both children and adults, and community involvement which brings us together in a way that lies at the heart of Beeston life.

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Welcome to club At our meeting on Thursday, January 26, we were pleased to induct another new member, Dorothy Cain (pictured right). Dorothy’s connection with Aylsham Rotary for more than 11 years was through supporting her late husband Bill’s enthusiastic and committed membership of our club. Before arriving in Norfolk, Bill had been a member of Round Table and then 41 Club; at that time Dorothy, had chaired both Ladies Circle and Tangent, the ladies’ affiliated organisations. Having been active in Social Services in the past, Dorothy was instrumental in launching Parental Homestart in Hertfordshire and her main occupation in earlier years was bringing up the couple’s three daughters. Dorothy’s main interests are walking and reading – she runs a book club locally. She also loves interior design. Rotary Scholar The club is supporting a Rotary scholar again this year at the UEA. Ayumi Hiratsuka from Kito in Japan is sponsored by Rotary International to study for a Masters degree in education and development. She is one of 12 overseas Rotary Scholars studying at Cambridge University or the UEA. Ayumi started the one-year programme in September and as well as her studies has been interested in learning about Britain and British culture. She is particularly interested in our history and

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thinks Norwich is a beautiful and “fine city”. She recently gave an interesting talk to the Club about her life in Japan and her studies at the UEA. Her motivation is a wish to help young children in developing countries with basic education where they are unable to access schooling.

Norfolk Leads the Way The Matthew Project together with the Royal British Legion is pioneering a service to help past and present members of the Armed Forces to cope with addiction. Their Outside the Wire project was established in Norfolk three years ago with an expectation of helping 20 people in the first year. Andy, a retired soldier

who was recruited to this role, coped with nearer 350. He explained that addiction to alcohol and drugs was often just a symptom of wider problems stemming from their time in HM Forces. And the culture means that they suffer in silence. The scheme has now been expanded to include Suffolk and Essex. Clearly there is a need so the ambition is to take it nationwide; Lord Dannatt – a previous Chief of the General Staff with strong local connections to Norfolk – is spearheading this campaign. You may recall from a previous Just Aylsham that the Rotary collection at the Carol Concert in December was for the Matthew Project. We were pleased to present Andy with a cheque for £250 for Outside the Wire. Aylsham Show The Rotary Club of Aylsham is always very proud to help the organisers of the Aylsham Show. Following two rather damp years, the 2016 show was well-attended in the warm dry weather. As a result, the Aylsham Show was in profit and our president, John Shenton, submitted a request to support three of our good causes: East Anglia Air Ambulance; British Red Cross, Norwich Branch; Alzheimer’s Society The Aylsham Show Committee granted a very welcome donation to us of £1,500 which was presented at Aylsham Lodge Hotel on January 17. John and the club members would like to thank the Aylsham Show Committee for their generosity. Watch Out For Saturday, March 4: The Town Hall will be lit up in purple in recognition of the Rotary’s Puple4Polio campaign.

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She is teaming up with local care providers throughout Norfolk to promote working in the sector and events will be taking place throughout March. Becky Stamp is office manager at Leaf Care Services, which provide home care in Norfolk, including the Aylsham area. One of the ways they are encouraging people into working in care is by offering apprenticeships for 17 to 19-yearolds. “We’re working closely with people like Rebecca, Broadland District Council and schools in the area to offer this service to youngsters, who can benefit

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Generation to generation How often do you have meaningful conversations with people from other generations that are not within your own family? For most people reading this article, the answer will probably be “very rarely”. A great deal of recent sociological research has suggested that, as a society, we are increasingly divided along generational lines: economically, politically and socially. Studies have suggested that British people over the age of 60 are more likely to be “scared” of young people, and more likely to blame them for antisocial behaviour, than our European neighbours. Likewise, social attitude surveys suggest that British teenagers are increasingly likely to label the values of their grandparents as “irrelevant”. Some of these attitudes were evident in the wake of the Brexit vote which saw a great deal of hateful mudslinging on social media, and in the press, often framed in generational terms. What we did not see however, was very much constructive inter-generational discussion, exploring why people voted the way they did. All of this suggests the worrying conclusion that as a society we may be losing some of our ability to communicate effectively across generations. At Aylsham Parish Church though, we believe that there is great value in inter-generational interaction and we try to be one of those rare places in contemporary society where people can find a genuine inter-generational culture. This can be seen every Sunday morning as people from all generations enjoy each other’s company at our 10.15am service. It has also been in evidence though at some of our other special events this month. At the end of January, for example, the Bishop of Lynn dedicated the new Molly Long Community Room in a special service that also saw people from all generations Confirmed and welcomed to receive Holy Communion alongside one another. Poignantly the service


w Thinking about getting married, then our churches offer beautiful venues for your service. Find out more about getting married at or give Rev Andrew a call. Similarly, if you would like to find out about having your child Christened then please do get in touch.

WHAT’S ON Feb 23: First Steps Baby & Toddler Café, 9-11am (back after half-term). Make & Take After School Club, 3pm (back after half-term). Feb 26: Choral Evensong, 4pm. Feb 28: Pancake Lunch, 12-2pm. Mar 1: Ash Wednesday Services, 10.30am & 7.30pm. Mar 4: Community Coffee Morning, 10am-12pm.


took place on Candlemas, the day when the church remembers the inter-generational encounter between two elderly people – Simeon and Anna – with the baby Jesus. Similarly, in early February our Community Coffee Morning and Tech Café saw teenagers from Aylsham High School and our youth group help people between the ages of 25 and 90 with their laptops, phones and tablets with a great deal of fun and laughter shared by all in the process. Money raised that morning went towards the church’s Leprosy Mission Appeal in which people from all generations helped to raise over £2000 for Purulia Hospital in India. There are also loads of activities suitable for people from any generations just around the corner; including our Ash Wednesday services (March 1) and our Pancake lunch (February 28). And I have a feeling that if anything can bridge the gap between generations it is probably pancakes. After all, everyone loves pancakes.

w Teapot Group meets monthly normally on the first Monday of each month. It’s an informal support group for those who have been bereaved or live alone, 2pm at Aylsham Parish Church. w Anyone is welcome to join us for our Sunday Worship. We have a quiet reflective service of Holy Communion at 8am. Our

BAPTISMS Jan 29: Diane Ash CONFIRMATIONS Jan 29: Kathryn Whales Dennis Whales Russell Corfield Diane Ash Margaret Brooker Florence Toplis Lucy Thomas Louis Dawes Emily Cunningham Jacob Sinkins WELCOMED TO RECEIVE COMMUNION Jan 29: Lucy Beane George Thomas Harry De Ville Shaw FUNERALS Jan 31: Norman Ashworth Feb 8: Job Stanford Feb 9: Alan Clark

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of service you will receive. We recommend that you ask lots of questions to find out the seniority of the person dealing with your file, how knowledgeable the staff are and the resources with which they have to work. Ask to speak with the person who would manage your property transaction to see if you are able to build a rapport. Location – Where your legal advisor is based is a vital consideration when choosing a solicitor. Whilst the majority of dealings can be conducted over the phone and email there is no substitution for a solicitor who has knowledge of the local area and is on hand to see you face-to-face to address any queries you may have. Qualifications – Solicitors who are able to demonstrate high standards of work, as tested by the Law Society are able to become part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Firms who have achieved this level of recognition will show the CQS logo and you

will tend to find that these firms are also on the majority of mortgage lender panels. Recommendation – If you have never used a solicitor before then a recommendation from a friend or family member is an excellent place to start, as well as being a good indicator of quality. You should also be able to find client testimonials posted on your solicitor’s website. Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is something which requires thorough research and consideration. At Spire Solicitors LLP we pride ourselves as being able to provide a cost-efficient and personal service, combined with high levels of professionalism for all of our clients. We welcome any opportunity to speak with you regarding your conveyancing needs. If you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01263 732123.

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Pre-school has a messy launch A bowl of mud or a slice of cake? These were the choices offered by the pre-schoolers when MP Norman Lamb recently visited Erpingham Primary School to open their new outdoor pre-school, Little Brown Hare. Having cut the ribbon to the heated amphitheatre, visited the yurt and toured the mud kitchen, Mr Lamb helped the children plant a new plum tree to mark the opening of the new facilities. Angie Hamilton, executive head teacher of the Blue Sky Federation – made up of Northrepps and Erpingham primary schools – said Little Brown Hare aimed to build on the two schools’ successful Forest School provision, offering an holistic approach to developing children’s confidence and self-esteem by allowing them unlimited access

to the natural environment. Congratulating the school on the new centre, Mr Lamb said: “It is a fantastic site and a wonderful place for children to start their school career.” For more information about Little Brown Hare pre-school or to visit the site contact the school office on 01263 761365.

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around video games featuring Pokemon, Street Fighter and Mario. This is a massive achievement for a small dance school.” As well as the performance itself, the theatre will be transformed into a hip-hop zone during May 13 with a host of activities planned including graffiti walls, DJ workshops and dance battles, with full details of these additional events being announced in the weeks ahead. Parallel also had success in the UK Street Dance

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Join in January, February or March to get 1 Month of FREE Karate lessons and a FREE Karate suit.

Call: 07908 406487

health & wellbeing

Ian Woodley


Psychotherapist & Advanced Hypnotherapist Positive and effective ways to help you be who you want to be including self esteem, depression & weight management.  Therapy room in Drayton.

Email: ofÞce@karateÞ

01603 381381   

Website: www.karateÞ

"1 Month of FREE Karate lessons and a FREE Karate suit" entitles you to 4 karate lessons free of charge and you will recieve a Blitz lightweight Karate suit with club badge embrioded when you pay for you First Months Fees, Annual Licence Fee and sign up as a TKF Member.


home improvements


Handmade Furniture, Kitchens & Joinery

CRAFTY CARDMAKING 19 Red Lion Street Aylsham NR11 6ER

Cardmaking materials, tools, classes & advice Open Monday to Saturday (early closing Wednesday)

07841 203275 • 01263 768583

home improvements


Painting & Decorating Quality interior decorating Painting and Wallpapering

Competitive rates Local tradesman, fully insured  From one room to complete renovation For a quote contact John anytime  

Tel: 01263 733456 Email:


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Treatments include: Corn/Hard Skin Removal  Other Foot Treatments  Long Nails Cut

01263 731719 / 07887992990 home improvements


General maintenance, Carpentry, Painting & Decorating

Call John on 01263 731655 | 07900855138 insurance services


01263 733313


Chris (Fred) Arterton Supply & fit or fit only. Worktops changed, doors replaced, whatever your needs. Over 20 years experience. Professional, reliable service. Very reasonable rates. Personal assurance guaranteed.

Tel: 01603 871368 Mobile: 07901 881416

38 Red Lion Street, AYLSHAM Helping local business For all your commercial insurance needs

Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

directory nursery care


PLASTERER Friendly & Reliable Service

Outdoor pursuits

Archery, Air Rifles & Air Pistols

Telephone For a free quotation please Tony: 01263 call Tony Day731104 Simon: 01692 536460 Tel: 01263 731104 Mobile: Mobile:07710 07503680547 929181

Unit 12, Shepheards Close, Dunkirk, Aylsham, NR11 6SZ 01263 731585 Groveland Farm Shop, Thorpe Market Road, Roughton, NR11 8TB 01263 833036

plumbers Local Plumber

T&S PLUMBING 46 years Trading

 Showers Small Building Works



OIL BOILER BREAKDOWN & SERVICE No job too small OFTEC Oil Boiler Speak direct to a plumber Engineer Reg. No call out charge

Tel. 07719 699042


on call in Aylsham and surrounding areas Discount for O.A.P.

Property maintenance



01263 649 670 SAM 07788 286197





 Painting & decorating

Quality work  Competitive rates  Local tradesman  Brickwork  Re pointing  Garden Walls etc.

Tel & Fax: (01603) 783032 Mobile: 07785 912883

Orders now being taken for all exterior paintwork

01263 479663 | 07990975443 self storage


sewing services

Low Price Self Storage Prices as low as £1.55 a day.

James - 07899 685045 • Jake - 07502 262722 Email:

Vehicle hire



Lasting Powers of Attorney  Free Home Consultations 

For details call

01692 406113

Tel: 01263 733008

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Lyngate Industrial Estate, North Walsham, NR28 0BD

8 Peabody Road, Aylsham, NR11 6FE |

Window cleaner

Rick Fish

Traditional Window Cleaning Services Residential & Commercial Fascias & Gutters Cleaned Tel: 01263 731201 Mob: 07919188350 39


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