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Festival favourites Holt rocked as adults and children flocked in for eight days of cultural treats. Visitors to the picturesque Georgian town also laughed, debated and had their eyes opened to a world of stunning and thought-provoking images and dramatic performances during this year’s 10th Holt Festival. The diverse programme included everything from top classical music performances to popular 1970s singersongwriter Leo Sayer.


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Conservative politician and Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe was among a long list of notable people discussing their lives and views and other attractions included stage mentalist Colin Cloud. Norfolk Day, on July 27, included a sell-out performance by the county’s own comedy duo The Nimmo Twins and the festival also featured a full children’s programme, with performances by the Norwich Puppet Theatre, storytelling, and the chance for boys and girls to produce a play in a day. Comedian Jasper Carrott, who had to cancel last year’s appearance for health reasons, played to a sell-out crowd on a balmy evening in the Theatre in the Woods. This year’s winner of the prestigious £1,750 Sir John Hurt Art Prize at the festival was Ridlington artist Frances Blythe, with her painting “Sunset”. Holt Festival will be back next year with Anwen Hurt, wife of the late Sir John, as artistic director.


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Forum to access community cash The town of Holt is looking for people to join a forum to access £100,000. Holt People’s Forum will aim to bid for money after the launch of North Norfolk District Council’s £400,000 Market Town Initiative (MTI) on July 2. The MTI is focused on North Walsham, Stalham, Fakenham and Holt, with the funding being split equally. The initiative gives the people of Holt the opportunity to submit proposals to NNDC for community-led projects. Submissions should be designed to revitalise and enhance the town centres, making Holt a better place to live, work and visit. The money can only be claimed by a “recognised’ voluntary organisation, community group, charity or town council”. Members of

the public were advised to set up a forum. Keith Gosden said: “Holt has so many positive advantages, for example its location and history, its wonderful buildings and churches, the Auden Theatre, its attractive High Street and Yards with their many independent shops and galleries, the Festival and events, The Owl Trail, its many Clubs and Societies and of course not forgetting its hardworking and committed residents, to name but just a few. “However, some would say that it is being held back by a number of issues. These are well known to businesses and residents alike but are not insurmountable. With collective goodwill these can and are, in some cases, being addressed. The MTI could, undoubtedly also kick start

some further improvements which will help us all. So, now is surely the time to have an open and frank discussion, to hear what ideas there are for revitalising and enhancing Holt using the £100,000.” He is part of a group proposing Holt People’s Forum, which would be fully-representative of the Holt community. They include Philip High, Michael Hill and Roger Percival. He said: “This is an open forum for people who live, work and carry out business in Holt, so everyone will be welcome to come to this event. You, as a local resident, are vitally important and your thoughts and ideas are invaluable so please come and join us at Holt Community Centre on Friday, 17 August, at 6.30pm. Your ideas will be listened to.”

Poetry slam is big success Five local primary schools battled it out with words on July 10 as they took part in the inter schools Poetry Slam organised by FALCON. Youngsters from Langham, Holt, Sheringham, Roughton and Cromer schools were at Sheringham Little Theatre for the competition, with Molly Naylor, the poet who leads the poetry workshops in schools, as master of ceremonies. The judges were,Gretel Brice (drama co-ordinator, Sheringham Little Theatre), Lucy Farrant (director, Young Norfolk Arts), Liz Pierce-Roberts (The Arts Society Glaven Valley), and Lewis Buxton (poet). While the judges were deliberating, the audience was entertained by highly-regarded performance poet Luke Wright. This was followed by a short Q and A session, where the children had the opportunity to discover how he became a professional poet. The project was initiated and part-funded by FALCON with generous funding from Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Glaven Valley Arts Holt

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The village of Langham will be hosting its cake and produce stall on the green throughout August. It plans to be in operation on August 18 and 25 on the green, opposite the Blue Bell pub, at 9.30-11am and on August 11, the day of the Street Fayre it will be on the playing field about 9am until sold out. Proceeds are for Langham Church General Fund.

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LISTEN UP: Judges (from left) Lucy Farrant, Gretel Brice, Lewis Buxton and Liz Pierce Roberts. Left: Molly and Luke. pictures: Adam Faulconbridge Society, a financial contribution from each school and support in kind from Sheringham Little Theatre. The Results Best team performance – The Bad Bakers, Holt Community Primary School. The best team for writing – The Jamji, St Mary’s Primary School, Roughton. Best audience reaction – The Go-Grannies, Holt Community Primary School. Most imaginative team – The ECRI, St Mary’s Primary School, Roughton. Most supportive child – Darcy Coleman, Sheringham Community Primary School. Child who made biggest journey – Jack Fenner, St Mary’s, Roughton. Best performance overall – Cromer Junior. Best writing overall – Langham Village School. Highest Scoring School – Sheringham Primary.

A fun quiz will be held at Upper Sheringham Village Hall on Friday, August 17, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four are welcome or people can make up a team on the night. Cost is £2 per person with a prize for winning team. Tea/coffee is available or bring your own drinks and nibbles to share.

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Weybourne fun day and dog show will be held on Sunday (August 12) 10am-4pm at George Weston Community Field, Sheringham Road. Entry is £5 per car. This year, the event will be introducing the sausage race, plus lots more classes. Registration is from 11am. There will be arts and crafts and local food and drink plus a car boot and children’s amusements. There will be refreshments and a bar. The event has been organised by Weybourne Community Fund and all profits go to good causes within the village.


Runners take the heat On one of the hottest Sundays of an already hot summer, North Norfolk Beach Runners sent three teams to the Ekiden marathon relay organised by Ipswich Jaffa Running Club at Woodbridge. Ekiden, an idea which began in Japan, is a marathon length race run in six stages, ranging from 5k to 10k. The Woodbridge event, which snakes around the grounds of Woodbridge School and is the only one in the UK, was established over 20 years ago. This year’s involved 200 senior teams which, together with juniors, added up to more than 1,600 runners. NNBR’s squad comprised firstly five female runners and a male competing as Pearls and Dean.

In keeping with the club’s previous two years of participation, the mature end of the membership was represented by the SuperSeventies and SuperSeventies Too squads, which respectively gained second and first places in the over-70s category, not bad for a cumulative age of 891. A significant contributor to that statistic was the legendary and inspirational Malcolm Ball, 84, back on track after a health blip, who knocked off a 5k leg in 30C and hardly raised a sweat. The NNBR teams were organised by Mike Marshall with team manager John Worrell. Also running was Robin Rush who received the MBE for his services to charity.

holt wi Gillian Pilgrim, Holt WI vice-president introduced three of the members, who each gave a short talk. Theo Crowder began by telling us about her early life in Birmingham during bombing in WWII. She heard Great Tom ringing from Christchurch in Oxford at the death of King George VI. She attended the Birmingham School of Music and later the Royal Academy. After teaching music for many years she decided to learn bellringing. She was able to ring for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations and has been a member of the Holt ringers since 1989. Inge Dinsdale came to England from Czechoslovakia. Inge TALKS: From left Inge graduated from textile Dinsdale, Rita Gee, Theo engineering college and Crowder. began work in a mechanical research lab. She met her husband through his work as a representative from Courtaulds and they discovered they could communicate by speaking in French. They hoped to marry in Czechoslovakia but translating documents proved difficult. Instead Inge applied for permission to leave Czechoslovakia and married in England with a three-month visa, applying for a British Passport after the wedding. Rita Gee spoke about her first love – cooking. As a child, her introduction to chocolate cake was a revelation. She decided to be a cook, but it wasn’t thought a suitable career, so she studied law instead. After working as a solicitor for some years, she retired and was invited to join her local WI. Having heard she liked cooking they made her their home economics leader. She went on to give demonstrations to other WIs and became a judge for competitions. She went to college to take qualifications in City and Guilds and Advanced level Domestic Science, later teaching Cordon Bleu cooking at Brighton College. Our next meeting is on August 15th at June Townley’s house 2-4pm.


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Great IB results for Gresham’s students Gresham’s pupils have achieved four points above the global average on IB results, with an average score of 34 points. A third of pupils from Gresham’s Upper Sixth cohort took the IB Diploma this year. Pupils achieved success across the board, with a 100 percent pass rate, and six pupils achieving over 40 points – a feat accomplished by fewer than four percent of IB Diploma pupils globally. Max Hussmanns’ 40 points will see him study business at the European Business School (Germany); Victor Van Overbeek’s 42 points will enable him to take up his place at the London School of Economics to study politics and philosophy; Lora Naydenova’s (pictured) 43 points will take her to the University of Cambridge to read history and modern languages; and Sam Aldersey-Williams (pictured), who achieved the highest possible point score of 45, joining just 39 other pupils in the UK in doing so, will study modern and Medieval languages at the University of Cambridge. Head of IB, Peter Detnon, said: “Congratulations to all of our IB Diploma alumni who today see the fruits of their hard work. “Securing the academic grades

they require for their future endeavours, our IB Diploma alumni are also confident in the skills and attitudes they have developed as part of the Diploma core studies, and are ready and raring to take on their next challenges. “Particular note should be made of the six pupils who achieved 40+ points – a really impressive accomplishment.” Gresham’s headmaster Douglas Robb said: “Congratulations to all of our pupils who are deservedly celebrating.” He added: “It is an enormously rewarding day for any headmaster to see the young people in their care not only achieving the grades they need to take their next steps, but the intellectual, social, cultural and linguistic skills they will also need to be able to fulfil their potential in every area of their lives.” Holt

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Special guests join celebrations Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt celebrated the end of the academic year, joined by Gresham’s alumni and professional rugby players Tom and Ben Youngs (pictured), and former professional cricketer and President of the MCC Matthew Fleming. Addressing the audience in the school’s Theatre in the Woods during the Prep School Speech Day Tom Youngs said: “I have fond memories of my time here and I remember so many opportunities to excel. The sports field really helped me to find my feet, develop my passion, and build my work ethic – and not only on the rugby pitch. Hard work gave me the reality of living my dream and my advice is: love

what you do, and do what you love.” Ben Youngs congratulated all prize winners, and those pupils leaving the Prep, saying: “My words of advice for the future are: be bold and have a go, whatever the outcome may be. I was afraid as a pupil to fail in the classroom, but I’ve learnt that through failures come the best of life’s lessons, so a fear of failure is no reason not to have a go. I feel really lucky to have attended Gresham’s and to have had all of the opportunities available here to try things out – to just have a go. I’ve been dropped from teams and lost in World Cups – but failure definitely made me a better person.” The Senior School Speech

Day continued this theme, with the event’s programme featuring guest speaker Matthew Fleming’s CV, including all his failures as well as his successes. It also marked the official opening of the school’s new Outdoor Activity Centre, featuring a 21-obstacle, armed forces standard assault course; a 250 metre zip wire; a 22 element high ropes course;

a 12 element low ropes course for younger children; abseiling facilities; a 20 person purposefully basic bunkhouse (no running water or electricity) for use as a dorm, or teaching facility; and the centrepiece: the 28 metre Bourdillon Tower. The tower is named in honour of Tom Bourdillon, Gresham’s alumnus, and half of the twoman team that came within 300 feet of Everest’s summit, just three days before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to successfully reach the top in 1953. The centre is the first of its kind for a school in the area and will offer all pupils a chance to learn outdoor pursuit skills. Local families will also be welcome.

kelling probus Speaker was John Ingamells, who had served in the diplomatic corps and was giving a talk on The Will of The People. His talk was an insight into the statistics surrounding elections and referendums and whether the results of these truly represented the will of the electorate. He first covered the Brexit referendum and using charts was able to show what truly happened and questioned if the result was truly democratic. He pointed out that although the vote was 52% to 48% in favour of Brexit, was this really the peoples view, as 63% of the

electorate either voted remain or did not vote at all. He felt that the government was misguided in setting out the rules for the referendum and probably a 40% total of the electorate vote was needed to represent the people’s will. John then covered other statistics both in Europe and in Britain and gave an interesting view of the 19 elections since the war. John then talked about the influence of the media in influencing the vote. We meet on the third Thursday in each month. Contact John Whittington on 01263 820333.

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Bicycle made for two Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was performed with a twist for five primary schools. FALCON and Sheringham Little Theatre organised an open-air Shakespeare event with The Handlebards, a troupe of four cycling actors, at the Gresham’s Theatre in the Woods. The setting proved to be a wonderful backdrop for the performance for 200 children from primary schools in Langham, Holt, Sheringham, Gresham Village and Roughton. Simon Walters, head at Holt Community Primary School, Holt

said: “We really enjoyed the performance today. I thought it was pitched at exactly the right level for the children and it certainly made me laugh.” The event was initiated and part-funded by FALCON, with support in kind from Sheringham Little Theatre and Gresham’s School with a contribution from participating schools.

We are told that you can see the Great Wall of China from space, but Catherine Hull saw it close up when she went to walk a length of the wall. Catherine explained her personal reasons for supporting the Cancer Charity Clic Sargent. Catherine persuaded friends and acquaintances to sponsor her walk in aid of the charity. She went on to tell members about some of her experiences. There were places where they had to climb down the face of the wall to avoid forbidden stretches and then had to climb

up again when the closed area had been bypassed. Although the impression often given by photographs is that the wall is almost like a level highway, this is far from the case and in places it is more like rock climbing. The group was led by a Chinese guide whose real name was a mystery to them but answered, luckily, to “Dave”. Catherine told us of the delights of “real” Chinese food, and the friendly and courteous nature of the people she met. Meetings are normally held at lunchtime on the first Thursday each month at the Feathers in Holt. Enquiries about membership (or about a trial visit) should be made to Secretary Alan Holmes on 01263 710782.


Emperor strikes back at Sheringham Park The rarely-seen Purple Emperor butterfly has been spotted at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park for a third year running, suggesting Norfolk now has its first breeding colony. The Purple Emperor is Britain’s secondlargest butterfly. Despite its size, it’s one of our most elusive insects. It is rarely seen because it typically spends most of its time flying high in the tree canopy. At Sheringham Park, the viewing towers overlook the tree tops, giving rangers and visitors a fighting chance to spot one. Rob Coleman is the Learning Officer at Sheringham Park; “I first spotted a Purple Emperor at Sheringham Park in 2016, which was a really significant moment for Norfolk, a county where this butterfly had not previously been seen for more than 40 years. “The adults feed on honeydew produced by aphids and tree sap high in the canopy, rather than on flowers on the ground, that you’d typically associate as a food source for butterflies. “Dedicated butterfly watchers were on the look-out last year and three further sightings were made over the course of the summer. Sightings of male and female emperors gave us the tantalising hope that there’s a breeding colony somewhere in the park. “Now, for a third year running a male Purple Emperor has been spotted at Sheringham Park. Sightings in similar locations over a three year period would indicate that a naturally colonised breeding colony is the most likely explanation. What makes this even more special is that it’s the first one in Norfolk.” Sheringham Park is the ideal habitat for this butterfly, as they need oak trees for courtship displays and mating, as well as sallow trees for egg-laying and there

are plenty of both. It’s the males that set up their territories and set off in pursuit of females high in the canopy, as well as defend this area from intruders and potential rivals. There are loads of dates in the National Trust calender throughout the area. here’s a snapshot of some of the events. Terrific Tuesdays Blakeney National Nature Reserve, August 14, 21, 28 Learn how to catch a crab, borrow some binoculars to check out the birdlife, go bug hunting or explore the grassland at Friary Hills. Meet at Blakeney Quay. Wild Wednesdays Brancaster Estate, August, 15, 22, 29 A day of 50 things themed family fun on Brancaster Beach. Bat Walks Felbrigg Hall, Fridays, August 17, 8pm, and 31, 7pm Explore the world of bats around the estate. Adult £5, child £3. Family Nature Trail Blickling Estate This walk around the wider estate is ideal for older children with riddles and puzzles. Take part on foot or by bike, collect a trail sheet from visitor reception. Cricket Blickling Estate, summer weekends, 10am-4pm New cricket sets, courtesy of the Norfolk Cricket Board, are available to borrow from cycle hire. A fully-refundable £10 deposit is required. Discover the gardens Blickling Estate, throughout summer, 10am-5pm Discover wildlife, hidden corners, secret tunnels and squishy trees. Collect a children’s garden map from visitor reception.

Wild in Woods Wednesdays Oxburgh Hall, August 15, 22, 29, 11am2pm Join the outdoors team in Home Covert Woodland and take part in a range of woodland activities. Tudor Tuesdays Oxburgh Hall, August 14, 21, 28, September 4, 10.30am-3.30pm Be transported back to 15th century England, when Oxburgh was built. War of the Roses Oxburgh Hall, August 11 and 12, 11am4pm What was life like as a medieval soldier in the 15th century? Find out how members of the family would have lived as soldiers during the War of the Roses. 50 Things to Do Fridays Sheringham Park, August 17, 24 and 31, 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm Drop-in, no need to book. Family Survival School Sheringham Park, Thursday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 22, 10.30am3.30pm Has your family got what it takes to survive in the wild? Come prepared for a full day out in the Norfolk backwoods, visit website for more details or to book, £22 per child, £18 for accompanying adults. Adder Adventure Sheringham Park, Thursday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 28, 9.30am-12pm Search for Britain’s only venomous snake – the adder! Tracking wild animals is one of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾, £5 for children, accompanying adults £3.

Nine staff from Arnolds Keys rode from Aylsham sale ground to Irelands (Hall Road), Norwich, Wroxham, North Walsham, Cromer, Sheringham, Holt and back to Aylsham to raise £1000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. One member of staff joined at Sheringham and two more staff joined at Holt. It was measuring 38C in the support car at one point, so the team did well. This was the welcome team at Holt.



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10th-18th August, 8pm (Matinee 2.30pm 14th August) SUMMER THEATRE: LIVING TOGETHER: POPULAR COMEDY Living Together sees Annie living in the shabby Victorian house where the family was brought up looking after her formidable mother. Reg, her brother, and his wife Sarah come to stay for a week-end so that she may go away for a ‘rest’. (By Alan Ayckbourn) Popular Comedy.

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22nd- 29th August 2018, 8pm (Matinee 2.30pm Tues 28th Aug) SUMMER THEATRE: WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY. MADCAP FARCE In this hilarious comedy, George and Linda Harper’s 17 year marriage has gone stale, but George doesn’t seem to be aware of it. When confronted with the problem, George makes a sweeping gesture, which solves nothing, so he moves out. Linda rearranges her life by enrolling in selfimprovement courses.

Sunday 26th August, 7.30pm JAZZ AT THE HUB: THE ART OF THE TRIO

The last Sunday of the month means only one thing, and that is Jazz At The Hub. Early booking is advised for this ever-popular evening of live jazz music in the Hub café. Each month we will be joined by the cream of the Jazz scene in this friendly, intimate setting and on this occasion we have “The Art of the Trio”.

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Classic night with impressionist Multi-award-winning impressionist and pianist Alistair McGowan will be in Holt on Saturday, August 18, for his nationwide tour Introductions to Classical Piano. Hot on the heels of a classical chart-topping debut album, Alistair McGowan: The Piano Album and the criticallyacclaimed new Sky One impressions show, The Week That Wasn’t the multi-awardwinning comedian will be mixing (surely for the first-time) classical piano music and celebrity voices at the Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School. Probably best known for his BAFTA-winning comedy show, The Big Impression, the master mimic takes to the stage hoping to bring to life his love for classical piano, alongside his hugely-popular impressions. Having not played piano since he was a boy, Alistair reignited his passion for the instrument in his late 40s in order to learn to play some of his favourite music, which led to the recording of his classical piano album only three years after returning to the instrument. Alistair said: “This tour is a whole new way of presenting classical piano music. Possibly, the first classical

piano recital to intersperse romantic music with a little comedy. I’d be delighted if, as well as fans of classical music, we were able to encourage people who may not know much about classical piano to come and enjoy some of the incredible music written (and still being written) for the piano. “As well as having the chance to share my own versions of the stories of composers and the extraordinary music they write, I simply can’t have a room full of people and not have some fun with my current favourite

impressions too. It should be the first show in which you can hear Harry Kane alongside the music of George Gershwin, Jacob Rees Mogg between pieces by Edvard Grieg. “As well as being lighthearted, I hope these shows introduce people to some wonderfully romantic music and demonstrate to anyone who harbours a secret ambition to take up music, that it really is never too late.” Tickets are £16 via or from the box office on 01263 713444.

All dressed up . . . There’s a bit more space at Sheringham Community Wardrobe thanks to a sale in July. The sale also generated some funds to help with the upkeep of costumes. The wardrobe is now looking forward to bookings for the 1940s Weekend in September. It’s website is not operating at the moment but staff are hoping to get a new website up and running soon. Contact details are listed right for anyone needing to get in touch.

Visits to the wardrobe are strictly by appointment and there are no regular opening times but staff try to be as flexible as possible to suit customers and volunteers. Please ring, leave a message or text one of the following numbers, leaving your name and number and they will contact you as soon as possible – Nona 07775 451232; Libby 07391 272469. Sheringham Community and Theatre Wardrobe is on The Industrial Estate, Weybourne Road. Holt

Gala night to mark 20 years Celebrating 20 years of the Auden Theatre in Holt, Gresham’s welcomed guests including member of the BritAward winning group Blake, Humphrey Berney (right) to a gala evening at the theatre. Humphrey, who attended Gresham’s School from 1993 to 1998, opened the gala evening with a performance of The Impossible Dream from the musical Man of La Mancha. Opened in 1998 by The Duke of Edinburgh and named in honour of alumnus and poet WH Auden, the theatre has seen a broad and diverse range of performers tread its boards over the past two decades which has acted as an important arts hub for the local community. Alumni have included Olivia Colman and Sienna Guillory, directors Peter Brook CH CBE and Stephen Frears and composer of musicals George Stiles. The Auden was one of the main venues for the annual Holt Festival, featuring, for the first time, an exhibition of paintings by actor Sir John

Hurt CBE. The Subscription Concerts series will resume from September. Five concerts make up the series with a line-up of national and international musicians. World-renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson returns in September and organist David Briggs will provide organ accompaniment to the silent movie Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Cellist Guy Johnston returns for a recital in March and 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Laura Zhang, will perform. The subscription scheme for all five concerts is £82. See

Another important phase of The Holt Owl Trail has been completed with the installation of two bespoke information boards at prominent locations close to the two biggest car parks in the town centre. Visitors to Holt are already showing great interest in the trail and the accompanying free guide is proving extremely popular. The noticeboards have not just been designed to draw attention towards the Owl Trail but also assist in providing an effective street map of the town centre. Pictured is Duncan Baker, Chairman of the Holt Owl Trail committee, with the newly unveiled noticeboard at the Albert Street Car Park.

Students put MP in hot seat Norman Lamb is known for his strong beliefs on topics from Brexit to mental health. Sophie SMITH and Evie Cowling found out more. Norman Lamb is not known to follow the crowd. The North Norfolk MP stands up for what he believes in and speaks out on those beliefs. We chose to talk to him about some of the issues which affect young people today, including Brexit and the problems facing teenagers with mental health problems. Norman campaigned to stay in the EU. He said: “Brexit is a dangerous time, a big mistake and now the government has no plan for how to reach an agreement with the EU.” He believes Brexit will be hugely damaging to young people, as it could affect those who wanted to travel, work abroad or move to another part of Europe. Norman has been a massive advocate of improving provision for mental health. He agreed it was an important priority but said care quite often fails young people and families, with services not understanding and treating complex conditions. “It’s wrong that families and individuals Holt

can be left waiting for long periods of time to receive health care and in some cases being turned away,” he said. And one step we should take, he believes, is to get the subject onto school curriculums. “We can then tackle mental health with young people so that they can understand causes and recognise signs.” Knowing which career path to take is another big issue for teenagers as they choose school and college courses and universities. He got involved in an election as a teenager, then worked for an MP after leaving university. He loved it but wanted to represent his own beliefs. Most importantly, Norman wanted “to fight for change and make an impact on the world” and he feels privileged that he is able to do what he is doing. His advice to young women was to “reach beyond as there is no glass ceiling”. He added: “In your lives you will have many opportunities and you should learn to reach for the stars.” One issue for young people is student university loans. Norman explained his party’s ambition had been to make student

finances “fairer”. But he accepted that his party had made a big mistake in making a pledge and not sticking with it. He explained that, in his opinion, the system was fair in that those who went into high-paying jobs paid more and those who were in low paid jobs would sometimes never get to the point where they had to pay. His toughest question came at the end of the Facetime interview. We asked: “If you reached the final of I’m A Celebrity, what would you have as your final three-course meal?” So, if you are cooking for him anytime, Norman likes a starter of scallops or Norfolk crab, for main Indian or Thai food and, for dessert, strawberries and ice cream.


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Let us know about the skeletons If there is one thing we do well in the UK it is royal pageantry, and the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle did not disappoint. The event had something to please all the crowds, from ardent royalists to celebrity spotters and those who just like to watch a good parade. Of course, any royal wedding gives rise to months of allegation and gossip in the tabloids, and this was no exception. It was hard to avoid the embarrassing revelations about Ms Markle’s family members: her difficult relationship with her father; the collusion of her half-sister with paparazzi photographers; her half-brother’s open letter to the Prince warning him against the marriage; and the disappointment of the siblings that they weren’t invited to attend. But stories of this sort are nothing new, and we don’t have to delve very far into the history of the royals themselves to find

“family dysfunctionality”. In the relatively recent past we have seen the abdication of a king in connection with his marriage to an unpopular American divorcee, alleged scandals surrounding Princess Margaret, and of course the divorce of Prince Harry’s own parents and revelations about their unhappy marriage. We are told that Queen Victoria’s children fell out with her as well as with each other, and further back still, the Prince can claim descent from some who not only disliked their relatives but had them put to death. In fact, if we are completely honest, which of us doesn’t have the odd skeleton in the family cupboard? Even if family relations currently seem harmonious, a little time spent researching the family tree will often turn up something embarrassing. When clients come to see us to prepare wills, they are often very reticent about family problems. They are reluctant to

disclose details of, for example, squabbling children, ungrateful grandchildren or longstanding rifts with siblings. However, it is very important that we are given all the background information, so we can advise you properly about the distribution of your estate, the possibility of challenges, and what can be done to prevent them. A disgruntled relative may be able to make a claim against the estate if they are left out of a will or receive less than they were expecting. If you tell us why they are being treated differently, we can minimise their chances of success. Detailed attendance notes on our files, confirmation of your mental capacity and confidential letters explaining your actions will all help. Thankfully, most of us will never suffer public revelations about our problems. But please tell your solicitor about your skeletons before you put them all back in the cupboard.

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nOrth norfolk photographic society The exhibition that North Norfolk Photographic Society holds each year took place in the Church Hall in Holt as a Festival Fringe event July 24-27. Members submitted both prints and digital images for exhibition. The refreshments available from the church folk were very welcome as it was a very hot week. Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite picture – and the elected champion was Liz Akers with her picture of How Hill (above right). On the Wednesday evening, the club held a social meeting when awards were presented to members who had done well in club competitions over the year. There were also two special awards – the year’s results were totted up to determine the Photographer of the Year in the two groupings which the club has, namely novices and advanced members.


Holt Youth Project has activities organised for the summer holidays. Its holiday programme 2018 for children and young people continues on Monday, August 13, with Extreme Adventure High Robes 10am-4pm. There’s a visit to Bewilderwood on Friday, August 24, and, on Friday, August 31, there will be indoor surfing 9am-6pm with Nerf Combat 9.30am-7pm on Monday, September 3, when there will also be zorb balls. There’s also plans for a water fight and a visit to the Norwich escape rooms. See uk for more details.

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