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We’re back for 2016 with some ideas for the festive season and some stories to help and inspire. Check out our tips for a good night’s sleep as Christmas stresses build up and find out where you can pick up a perfect gift for your nearest and dearest. There’s plenty of entertainment locally too . . . oh yes there is (a clue there). And see what our advertisers have to offer to make your Christmas a very merry one.




Whatever you are doing this year have a fabulous one and a happy new year from us too.

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Christmas An angel flying in harmony with butterflies and a snowfilled scene of joy make up the Christmas cards designed exclusively for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) by one of the region’s top artists. The charity has launched a range of ten, including two made by Lucy Loveheart, who lives near Holt. Lucy is internationallyrenowned and her products, focusing on childhood memories and the world of make-believe, are highly sought after. She was approached about supporting EACH by the charity’s Norfolk Fundraising Manager Carol Plunkett, who had spotted some of her

IN THE POST: Lucy Loveheart, left, and EACH Norfolk fundraising manager Carol Plunkett. designs on Mother’s Day last year. And after a tour of the Quidenham hospice last summer, Lucy was in no doubt that EACH was a cause worth backing. She said: “Even though there were no children there at the time, I felt really, genuinely moved and inspired. It was the atmosphere, the care and the love that seemed to be pouring into it.” Lucy helped organise the charity’s LoveArt competition earlier this year, which encouraged local artists to

submit their work, and has now brought her own talents to the fore. Carol said: “I know Lucy tried to embody the spirit of EACH in her designs and the results are fantastic. The cards will certainly stand out on any mantelpiece this Christmas.” EACH cares for children and young people with lifethreatening conditions across the region and is a lifeline to so many families at an

unimaginably difficult time. Retail income is a very lucrative revenue stream for the charity. Other cards on offer showcase Nativity scenes, leaping reindeer, festive geese and yuletide decorations. They range in price from £3.29 to £3.45 and are now available from all of EACH’s 21 shops and its online store at

Just add colour . . . A novel colouring-in Christmas card designed by local artist Beverley Coraldean (left) is a new addition to the Cards for Good Causes multicharity Christmas Shop at the Forum, norwich, this year. Open from October 10 to December 17, seven days a week (located in the Library for the first three weeks) the shop will be selling cards for more than 40 charities plus gifts, gift wrap, traditional advent calendars and lots more. Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) pays the participating charities (or their

trading subsidiaries) at least 75p in every pound from card sales. The retained amount covers CFGC’s costs of running the temporary charity Christmas card shops. Another new design is The Cathedral, which has been created by Joe McLean (pictured). There are more than 300 shops in the UK and the Norwich shop has the third highest sales, making more money than places like Piccadilly and Covent Garden in London. The shop had its second highest ever year of sales last year and would love to have its best year ever this year.

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We have joined forces with Norwich Theatre Royal to give away five family tickets (each one for two adults and two children) for Jack and the Beanstalk on Wednesday, December 14, at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning this prize, just answer the question below: In which TV show did panto star Wayne Sleep undergo BushTucker Trials? A – I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here B – Big Brother C – The Hot Shoe Show To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, please send your answer to Panto Competition, Just Christmas, Penfold St Aylsham, NR11 6ET or email marking your entry “panto competition” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your name, address, email and contact details. Closing date is December 1, 2016. Terms and Conditions Tickets cannot be exchanged for seats for another show or a cash alternative. Staff and family of Just Regional or the Theatre Royal cannot enter. Usual Just rules apply.

Jack And The Beanstalk runs December 13-January 15. Tickets £7-£23.50, under-threes free. Discounts and special performances are available. To find out more or book, log onto or call 01603 630000.

Wayne is back in the hot seat He is arguably one of Britain’s best-known dancers who helped bring the genre into the mainstream, a respected performer and a media celebrity. And now Wayne Sleep is set to bring his showbiz sparkle to this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. John Bultitude found how he went from humble beginnings to dance favourite.

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He is a dance icon, a West End legend and a man with a superb celebrity anecdote for every occasion. And Wayne Sleep is set to bring a splash of showbiz style to this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime. He will play the villainous Phineas P Stinkworthy in Jack and the Beanstalk, and he cannot wait. “It is my first time as a villain and I am really looking forward to it,” he said. A call from Norwich to star in Goldilocks And The Three Bears during 1984-85 marked Wayne’s city panto debut. “We had a wonderful cast and it was a case of no expense spared. They brought in laser beams, a mirrored floor which represented a lake with water. I had laser beam mirrors on my costume and when I spun I looked like a mirrorball.” Then he was back in1987-88 in Aladdin. He recalled: “I worked with Bradley Walsh in his first pantomime and Stephen Mear was in the ensemble who went on to become a fantastic choreographer. I took Stephen on the cabaret circuit with me because he was so brilliant.” Fast forward to this Christmas when he will share the stage with panto stalwarts Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley in a show set in the Wild West. He said a lot of hard work goes into the production to make it absolutely right, particularly for Richard Gauntlett who takes on the key role of Dame. “Whoever takes on that part has one of the hardest acting roles of any production. To play Dame and do it brilliantly takes a lot of experience and a lot of technique.” From the age of three, Wayne was always keen to get up and dance every time he heard music played. Winning a dancing

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cup for under-12s set him on the path of success. “The adjudicator said ‘where is this boys’ mother? He must learn ballet.’ My mother just shivered and thought Fred Astaire would be all right but she did not want her son wearing tights,” he laughed. That dance victory led to him getting the prestigious Levenshulme Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School which changed his life. Wayne recalled: “I had to give up being hooker in the rugby squad. Our matches were on a Saturday morning and I couldn’t do it because my ballet classes were also on a Saturday morning. “Dancing also really helped stop me being bullied. I did the Sailors Hornpipe for the West Hartlepool Tech Christmas concert where I studied and got three encores. From being bullied and chastised, I became the school mascot.” Wayne admits he was very lucky to be part of the Royal Ballet during what is known as its golden era working with Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Ironically, his size which was initially seen as a professional handicap actually made him stand out. Wayne explained: “The director of the Royal Ballet said you have to spin twice as fast as the others and jump twice as high. I could do a lot of things that the other kids couldn’t. That brought me out into my solo class and choreographers wanted to work with me because they could invent steps for me.” It gave him the chance to share his

success with audiences all over the world. Wayne formed the company Dash, which became hugely popular nationwide in the early 1980s. It successfully mixed different styles of dance with some comedy which saw Wayne creating work celebrating the likes of Charlie Chaplin through Torvill and Dean to John McEnroe and saw him tour venues all over Britain including Norwich Theatre Royal. Other West End shows came calling with Wayne gaining the role of Mr Mistofelees in Cats, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emcee in Cabaret, and The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Small screen started with The Hot Shoe Show and he has never been far from TV. Credits include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, This Is Your Life, The Goodies and Wogan. He was also a judge on ITV’s dance show Stepping Out as well as proving to be popular when he joined several more mature celebrities in The Real Marigold Hotel which saw him explore India. “It was the most wonderful country with really nice people,” he said. A portrait of Wayne with his manager George is also featured in a room of work by the artist David Hockney at The Tate Modern in London. It was started in 1972 before Hockney finished it last year. And in spare moments, when he gets them, Wayne is also working hard supporting the next generation of performers though his Wayne Sleep Foundation, formed through his friendship with the late Princess of Wales. “I set the foundation up to pay for all their expenses so they don’t have to go and take on extra work if they do not want to. It eases the pain for the families.” That brings things full circle for Wayne, who had that all-important scholarship to set him on the road to dance stardom.

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Star soft toys

Golden girl Tinkerbell is among four of Redwings’ special Adoption Star residents who have been made into miniature soft toys. Miniature Shetland Tinkerbell is £8.75 (pictured), Friesian Maya £10, Shire cross Major or Shire horse Poppy both £14.50.

Floral delights

Always very popular as presents are planters which give months of pleasure and a beautiful splash of colour during the cold winter months. Prices range from £4.99 to £24.99 at AG Meale.

Outside in

Flowery Poppets by Shyama Ruffell, limited edition print, from £30. Norfolk Nightime Field by Andy Lovell – limited edition silkscreen print at £240, from The Gallery Norfolk, Cromer.

Go outdoors

Tell tails

Fuel your child's imagination this Christmas with handmade, wearable animal tails from TellTails. Available online at and major fashion retailer ASOS, priced from £15-£25 depending on the species. Fantastic Fox – £17

Take a seat

Reclaimed Teak Chair, £140. Unique one-off item made from reclaimed teak, handmade in Indonesia by talented crafts folk. From Natural East.

Silver service

Sterling Silver earrings starting at £10 from Beach Hut Charm. Check out these trees and drgonflies for the outdoors’ lover. www. beachhutcharm.

Nature lover

Check out an A-Z of everything creepy crawly with the Bugs Dictionary £4.50.

One-stop shop

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New Orchestrations by CHRIS EGAN and CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE Original Orchestrations by WILLIAM DAVID BROHN

Tuesday 31st January – Saturday 4th February, 2017 at 7.30pm Matinee performances on Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm (This production contains scenes of an adult nature and as a guidance is more suitable for Age 14+)


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Holt Hall Have a happy Christmas checking out festive markets or trips with Eastons Coaches. The company is running trips to markets at home and abroad, including Bath and Brussels, as well as Christmas breaks including Derbyshire and Torquay (pictured), Austria and Spain. There’s a door to door service for holidays of five days or more. The new brochure features all the latest trips or find out more online at www.


A large Christmas Fair is to be held on the ground floor and in the stables at Holt Hall. A 10ft festive Christmas tree and log fire will greet visitors in the entrance and other rooms will be decorated with holly and ivy. There will be 60 stalls showcasing an array of locally produced, innovative and quality Christmas gifts. There will even be a choice of presents for your dog. Refreshments will be available from

a wood-burning oven and traditional shepherd’s hut. The fair is also the chance to see the ground floor of Holt Hall and its grounds. The fair is on over the weekend of November 26 and 27, 10am-4pm on both days. Parking is free. Entry is by ticket only from www. or find Holt Hall Christmas Fair on Facebook and follow the links.

Out and about . . . Blickling

Deepdale The 8th annual Deepdale Christmas Market takes place on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December in the village of Burnham Deepdale. Visitors to the market can find unusual presents, decorations, food and drink, in three large marquees around the Dalegate Market site, and among the pews in St Mary’s Church. More than 100 local artisans and producers gather for one of East Anglia’s best seasonal markets, with established favourites and first timers. Owner Jason Borthwick said: “We like to give new stalls a chance, and to mix up the locations to keep customer interest. Look out for tasty treats, wreaths, cheese, penguin pictures, soaps, homewares, biscuits, chutneys, jewellery, accessories, toys, books and more.” This year there will also be lots more food stalls.

Blickling is open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, so you can finish a walk in the park with a hot chocolate in one of the cafes.

Winter is one of the busiest times of year at Blickling and this year there will be plenty to see throughout November and December. Late November sees the start of the estate’s renowned Christmas celebrations. Christmas is coming over the weekends November 25-27 and December 2-4, 11am-8pm (house opens at 2pm with last entry at 7pm). Pick up a bauble as you enter the house and hang it as you explore. Costumed actors will make it feel like home and the cooks will be in the 1930s kitchen, whipping up festive delights for Lord Lothian and the 1930s staff. Enjoy the garden lights and see the sparkling Christmas trees lining the drive as darkness falls. Cafes and shops will be open, and the gallery will be offering some special Christmas gifts. There’ll be a barbecue in the farmyard offering burgers, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine. No booking is needed. The event is free to National Trust members; otherwise normal admission

charges apply to the house and garden. Christmas Evenings at Blickling will run November 28-30 and Thursday, December 1. Gates open at 5.30pm, house opens from 7-9pm for a walk around the lit garden and a spot of Christmas shopping. Explore the house, then relax with a glass of fizz and canapes in the Long Gallery with barbershop group the Sam Smith Singers. The garden and shop will be open. Booking is essential, adult £26, child (ideal for children of 12+) £20. There’s Christmas Stories and Sleigh Bells on December 17 and 18, 11.30am-4pm. Ticket-holders only. Father Christmas makes an appearance and Mother Christmas will be waiting with their elfish helpers. The experience will last about 40 minutes and includes a glass of fizz and a mince pie for adults and a gift for children. Booking essential, adults £15, child (0-12 inclusive) £15. Book these at or call 0844 249 1895.

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Well that’s just marvellous Fancy designing a programme cover for a theatre production this Christmas? Children of all ages from 0-16 can enter a competition at the Maddermarket Theatre this year. One of Roald Dahl’s favourite books, George’s Marvellous Medicine, will be brought to life by the Norwich Players this Christmas and they are looking for a marvellous child to design the programme cover. “The Maddermarket Theatre is renowned for producing an alternative option to the usual Pantomime at Christmas, with family classics like The Railway Children and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And this year is no exception,” said general manager Rebecca Wass. “We have a fantastic cast lined up, puppets, fabulous costumes and an array of marvellous medicines. But we don’t have a design for our programme. So we are looking for budding artists to design

something for us.” The winner will get their design printed on every programme and will receive a family ticket to the opening night of the show. They will also get to meet the cast and have a tour backstage. Runners-up will also get their programme design displayed in the theatre gallery over Christmas.”

George’s Marvellous Medicine runs from December 16-31. Tickets can be booked online at or through our box office on 01603 620917.

George’s Marvellous Medicine follows the story of George, an eight-year-old boy who is so fed up of with nasty old grandma he tries to teach her a lesson. George decides the best remedy for her

grumpiness is a special homemade medicine. But Grandma gets more than she bargained for. Following on from the sell-out success of last Christmas, staff are sure tickets will fly out the door for this one. Entries should be posted to Rebecca Wass at The Maddermaket, St John’s Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR. Or emailed to rebecca.wass@ The closing date for entries will be November 30.

Arnolds Keys are delighted to be sponsoring the Maddermarket Theatre Christmas Production of George’s Marvellous Medicine. We offer the complete property service. We have a range of specialist expertise and experience across Norfolk, so whether you are looking to sell or let your residential, commercial or agricultural property we have the skilled staff to advise you on the best way forward.

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Looking for a different night out this winter or for your Christmas office outing? Here at Just Christmas we have talked to our knowledgeable staff and asked them to come up with some recommendations. These won’t work for everyone, but they may also act as a starting point for you to realise how many options there are to be had.

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An entertaining night out for men and women of all ages is promised by the team behind Contenders in Norwich. “We often have big parties of both sexes coming out to enjoy a night of fighting,” said promoter Steve Newman. “It’s not just the men who enjoy it.” Contenders holds its next event on December 10. Held at the Norfolk Showground, the combat sports event features Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), K1 and boxing. It showcases local, regional and European talent and there is a full bar, betting facilities, a range of food and parking on offer. Local youngsters get the chance to move up through the ranks too at amateur level and often bring the biggest number of supporters to cheer them on. Pictured on the poster and headlining at the next event is the 6ft 10 Chi Lewis Parry,

currently sixth in the world in his field. For more information including videos of previous Contenders events, have a look at

A new angle on partying Right Angle Events provides a wide ranging Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) experience. Team building, corporate away days and conferences are all catered for. The range of activities has grown over the years but still includes the classics – fingerprinting, blood spatters, ballistics, hair and fibre analysis and creating a photo fit. The business, which was started by ex-Met detective Steve Gaskin in a hut in a rural Norfolk garden but now has permanent offices, has had various successes but its appointment to being advisor to BBC’s Silent Witness is one of the most recent and high profile.

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Night night, sleep tight? Present buying, wine drinking and party-going are the most common causes of a poor night’s sleep at Christmas, according to The Sleep Council. “Christmas preparations can play havoc with our sleeping routine, which can ultimately affect our physical and mental health,” said Lisa Artis, spokesperson for The Sleep Council. “Worrying about buying presents, seeing relatives and finances can cause sleep problems including sleep walking, talking and eating. It is therefore extremely important that people remember to take some time

out during the holiday period to relax and de-stress.” If you’re not getting as much rest as you need, try following these simple tips to help yourself to get a better night’s sleep: Stick to routine We know it can be hard when you’re staying up late for Santa, but going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, will programme your body to sleep better. Also, regular, moderate exercise such as swimming or walking can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains. But not too close to bedtime or it

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Come on a Christmas Journey with the Aylsham Singers at their Christmas concert entitled The Road to Bethlehem. This will be different from all other Christmas concerts with meaningful music and verse to describe this momentous journey. Refreshments are included at Aylsham Parish Church, Aylsham, Saturday, December 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale from November 26 at Barnwells Stationery Shop or from Caryl on 01263 732808 priced at £7.50. The Choir Worstead will be putting on their Christmas performance on Saturday, December, 17, 4pm, and it’s suitable for all the family. There will be traditional congregational carols as well as numbers by the choir. And there will also be festive refreshments. It’s free, with a collection for choir funds.

Singers requested to join charity efforts Christmas is fast-approaching and Big C is planning to spread the festive spirit as it brings its 35th anniversary to a close. The charity is looking to have choirs in 35 different festive performances throughout December. The aim is to raise money through the performances to help support many people touched by cancer throughout Norfolk and Waveney. Big C centres provide valuable information about diagnosis, treatments, side-effects and recovery, by trained staff. With the kettle always on, emotional support and practical help can be delivered alongside complementary therapies, and much more. The charity is now after performers to get involved, with options including putting on a performance in your local town centre, raising money during a school performance, performing in your local church, or taking one of the times and dates available for performance at The Forum in Norwich city centre, It’s open to all abilities and ages. For more information, contact Lauren Self at lauren.self@

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light . . . Norwich is about to light up this Christmas with a mesmerising new display in the city. In a UK first, the Tunnel of Light will display the colours and patterns of the Northern Lights along Hay Hill, running by the side of St Peter Mancroft Church. The event launches on November 17– light switch-on night – and runs until 12th Night on January 5. Two of Norwich’s most iconic buildings, the Castle and City Hall, will be transformed by 70ft high (Castle) and 280ft long (City Hall) original projected illuminations set to music. There will be three shows lasting about 40 minutes running from 5-9pm nightly during the same period. Norwich’s Christmas Tree, a 28ft Norwegian Spruce, will be going up in time for the

lights switch-on on the corner of Bethel Street by City Hall. The tree will be draped with glittering lights to complement those suspended from trees and strung across streets throughout the city centre. And shoppers get the festive treatment, too, with a traditional Christmas market in wooden chalets installed on Millennium Plain (in front of The Forum), housing artisan Norwegian hhandcrafters. The market sponsored by Norseland will offer unique and one off gift ideas along with continental food and drink from November 19-24.

This will be followed from November 26-29 with an Enterprise

Market. The wooden chalets will become home to the young entrepreneurs of Norwich (Teenage Market, Young Enterprise, NUA students) offering creative gifts and products. The City of Stories branding will be used over Christmas

and people are being invited to share their images/selfies in the tunnel of light through social media using #CityofStories #Christmas #Norwich. Stefan Gurney, executive director, organisers Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), said: “We’re going to put on a fantastic show this year. “Norwich is an amazing community, and this will really bring it alive for Christmas. This will be something we’ve never

Life at the manor and other stories A new local book chronicling the fascinating history of a Norfolk village is hitting the shelves in time for Christmas. With a foreword by Shelagh Hutson, former chairman of Norfolk County Council, the book is called Bessingham: The Story of a Norfolk Estate, 1766-1970. It was printed by Barnwell Print, of Aylsham. It is a social history of a small farming village, but written to appeal to anyone interested in Norfolk history, not just to people who have

connections with the village. It mentions a number of families and villages in the Cromer, Holt and Aylsham areas. Author Jonathan Spurrell interviewed current and recent residents and consulted maps, letters and farm records. The book focuses on when the estate was owned by the Spurrell family. If charts the family’s personal role in running the estate and the lives of the men, women and children who worked on there. Notable people include

Katherine Spurrell, who bred prize-winning daffodils in the grounds of the Manor House in the early 1900s and her sister Emily (married name Mills), who was a candidate in the fiercely fought district council election in nearby Aylmerton in 1894. Other interesting stories are the bear kept at the Manor House in the 1890s and Denham Spurrell’s flight to Bournemouth and back in a small plane in the 1940s. Bessingham was called a ghost village in the 1960s after its last squire forced tenants

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Getting creative with leftovers Potted Turkey (serves 4-6) You need . . . 450g turkey (white & brown meat) 160g softened butter ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Pinch of nutmeg 4 tbs cranberry sauce (optional) 4-6 tbs cream ½ lemon Extra melted butter to seal

This recipe also works well with beef, chicken and game (rabbit, duck & pheasant). It’s that time of the year again where food and drink is in abundance and our eyes are bigger than our bellies – result = leftovers. This is a quick and easy recipe with about 15 minutes’ prep time (excluding chilling). You won’t be disappointed. Have a Merry Christmas and happy eating.

What to do . . . w Finely shred or light blend the turkey meat with all the other ingredients. I like texture however you can take it to a smooth paste if you prefer. w When the mix is complete pot into individual ramekins or Kilner jars. w Smooth over the top and leave in the fridge to chill. w Once firm cover the potted turkey with the melted butter.

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The magical adventures of Peter Take a trip to the Pan are ready for take-off at coastal resorts Sheringham Little Theatre. And, as ever, the venue puts of Cromer and some new twists on the popular Sheringham, where pantomime – including some snappy puppets, and some there are festive aerial action. Peter (played by George offerings at the Caporn) is the focus of amazing theatre. stories told by Wendy Darling to her younger brothers despite the efforts of her strict father, nanny and dog Barkey. But the tales from Neverland, about the flying boy who never county – having been born grew up, feature feisty fairy and educated in Norwich, Tinker Bell, bumbling pirates where he was also education Miss Smee (James Lavender) officer at the Playhouse. The and Starkey (Rik Warren) and freelance dance theatre artist evil Captain Hook (Neil Paris). is now living in Cromer. The panto, created and A pair of specially-made crocodile puppets directed by Nick Earnshaw (inset) – a former – Tick and Tock – will spell double trouble Ugly Sister at the venue – promises knockabout for Hook, who lives in fear of the beast that humour, swordfights, fairy magic, song and swallowed a crewman’s alarm clock, and also dance. It runs December 7 to January 1, with snacked on his hand when it was cut off in a two shows a day and some dates especially for swordfight with Peter. schools. Local youngsters have been recruited to the professional cast to play Lost Boys, pirates and For tickets and information call the box office warrior princess Tiger Lily. on 01263 822347 or visit the website on www. Hook actor Neil Paris (below) is rooted in the PICTURES: Richard Batson

Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show is adding to the county’s festive entertainment, while remaining a unique and traditional variety show with all the twinkly trimmings. The Cromer Pier Christmas Show, now in its 12th year, has been proving itself as a big hit in Norfolk with audience figures increasing year on year and bookings for this winter filling up fast. Its reputation has grown into being a staple part of what this rich and diverse county has to offer its residents and visitors during the festive season. Being a traditional variety show, audiences can expect to be entertained with cheeky comedy sketches, big dance numbers full of sequins and sparkle, and Christmas music and songs that will leave you warm and glowing for the festive season. This year sees the welcome return of headline comedian Olly Day, a true Norfolk comedic legend. Olly will be joined by another funny man and comedy illusionist, Martyn James, who last appeared in the Christmas show back in 2013. Cromer Pier is delighted to announce that female vocalist, Emily Yarrow, will be returning after her stint in the Summer Show. Emily has a classically trained voice and rumour has it that some of the summer show patrons are already booking their tickets for Christmas based on the strength of Emily’s mesmerising operatic performances. Joining Emily, and making his Cromer Pier debut, is male vocalist Duncan Sandilands. Duncan is part of an all-male acapella group, which has made numerous appearances on television and festivals around the country, so audiences are guaranteed to love his sound. The Cromer Christmas Show starts on Saturday, November 26, and runs through until Friday, December 30. Tickets online via www. or from the box office in person or on the phone, 01263 512495.

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What is a Reverse Advent Calendar?

Well it could look something like this! It’s where you ‘give’ an item a day from 1st November so on the 1st December, you have 25 items that can be donated to Cromer & District Foodbank by 1st December. This is so we have time to get it to the families that need it BEFORE Christmas starts! Below are 24 of our most needed items; a yummy Christmas treat would be a great way to end on day 24! Christmas can be a difficult time for individuals and families who are already managing on extremely tight budgets. The increased winter fuel bills, and the pressure of choosing between heating and eating, will sadly push many families into food crisis. Donations made to our Foodbank are used to provide three days of nutritionally-balanced, emergency food to local people in crisis that have been referred by frontline professional agencies such as Citizens Advice or children’s centres. Help us support people facing hunger this winter by taking part with a reverse advent calendar! The Cromer and District Foodbank operates distribution centres in Holt, Sheringham, Cromer, Aylsham, North Walsham and Stalham. In the last financial year, it distributed 25 tonnes of food, enough to feed 2484 people for three days. If you would like more information, please contact us on 07826 376343 or email

1) Jar of Pasta Sauce 2) Tin of Tomatoes 3) Packet of Ready Noodles 4) Tin of Rice Pudding 5) Toilet Roll 6) Tin of Fish 7) Pack of Tea Bags 8) Packet of Crisps 9) Tin of Potatoes 10) Savoury Rice Packet 11) Shower Gel 12) Tin of Meat 13) UHT Milk Carton 14) Long Life Sponge Pudding 15) Jar of Jam 16) Sweets 17) Instant Coffee 18) Chocolate Bar 19) Male Deodorant 20)Pack of Biscuits 21) Pot Noodle 22) Female Deodorant 23) Adult Toothbrush 24) Adult Toothpaste


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North Norfolk District Council continues to manage a wide range of services for the public alongside five priorities – jobs and the economy; housing and infrastructure; coast and countryside; health and well-being; and service excellence.

Jump into new year As we head towards the new year, and time for those resolutions, you might start to think along the lines of ‘New Year, New You’. So heck out the wide range of leisure and sporting opportunities offered by the council around the district. There are three leisure centres at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham, Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham and Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre. The first two of these include swimming pools. There are Kinetica gyms at all three sites and all the facilities are managed by Places for People Leisure. There are also three community sports centres on the sites of Cromer, North

Walsham and Stalham high schools which provide space for local sports clubs and societies as well as running a wealth of activities during school holidays. The community sports centres have a programme of Christmas holiday activities aimed at different age groups which include roller skating, football, street dance, trampolining, dodgeball, badminton, logic games, Christmas arts and crafts, playground games, ball games, pirates and capture the flag. Details can be found on social media and at Costs range from £2.50 for sports sessions to £9.50 for day activities.

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The council continues to support town and parish councils, community groups and organisations through its Big Society Fund. The fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to voluntary and community organisations based in north Norfolk and was set up in 2012 to help build strong communities across the district. Since the fund started the council has awarded around £1.3m to more than 160 community projects. For more information and a prospectus, log on to the council website and look under the Community and Wellbeing section.

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w The council, in partnership with Broadland District and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough councils, awarded a new pest control preferred supplier contract in the autumn to save money for residents. The joint contract with Millennium Pest Control will also see a new online booking system to streamline services. Anyone in the three council areas experiencing a problem with pests, such as bed bugs, rats, fleas, cluster flies, carpet beetles, mice, wasps or cockroaches, should contact Millennium Pest Control via their relevant council website.

w A handy guide to a year’s worth of waste bin collections will be delivered to North Norfolk residents – remember to hang on to it for the whole of 2017. The calendar for both grey general waste bins and green recycling bins will be left on bins after collection by Kier staff at the beginning of December. It includes changes to collection dates through the year as a result of bank holidays and will provide useful information on what can be recycled. Anyone who does not receive a calendar can call Kier to request one. You can also check collection dates online at and click on ‘bin collections’.

The council is proud to be involved in presenting Orchestras Live North Norfolk, a series of the highest quality orchestral concerts developed in partnership with Orchestras Live and community organisations. On February 11 at St Andrew’s Church in Holt, City of London Sinfonia will join renowned violinist Alexandra Wood for an exciting performance including Vivaldi’s classics. The concert series concludes on March 4 at Sheringham Little Theatre with Sinfonia Viva, featuring soloist clarinet and director Chris Swann. This collaboration will include a narrative version of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets for both can be booked through Sheringham Little Theatre.

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Classic and. . . Norwich Cathedral will be marking the beginning of Advent by opening the Cathedral to the community on Thursday, December 1, 6.30-9pm. The evening will be full of variety, including a short service to bless the outdoor crib (featuring live farm animals), carols with the Cathedral Chamber Choir and the lighting of Christmas trees. Gather at the West Front from 6.30pm for the service at 7pm, before exploring inside. There’ll be something for everyone with guided taster tours, Christmas stalls, photo opportunities and activities for children. Meanwhile The Refectory Café will be open to enjoy a warming drink, and the Gift Shop offers the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping. The Master Mason and apprentices of the Norwich Stonemasons’ Guild will be demonstrating carving skills in the Cloisters. Hear the sound of chisels

. . . modern The Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society returns to the Norwich Theatre Royal from January 31 to February 4 with the fabulous and funny musical comedy The Witches of Eastwick. The N&N enjoy an enviable reputation of producing superb musical shows year after year. They have a loyal following across the county who always look forward to productions in their regular slot at the theatre at the end of January. Witches began life as a novel published in 1984. Its success quickly led to a movie version released in 1987 starring Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pieiffer and Cher as the three witches alongside Jack Nicholson as the devilish Darryl Van Horne. Sold using the tagline “three beautiful women; one lucky devil”, the film was a big hit and nominated for several Oscars. Courtesy of musical impresario Cameron

Mackintosh The Witches of Eastwick the musical opened in July 2000 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with Ian McShane (of Lovejoy fame) taking the leading role of Van Horne. The witches have since flown further afield to charm audiences across the globe. The action takes place in the late 1950s in a quintessentially sleepy and uptight New England town called Eastwick, with suburban streets, bored women, inadequate men and unhappy marriages hidden behind closed doors…so when the devilish Van Horne arrives in town the excitement and intrigue begins. The Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society production will see Darryl played by Terry Boast (inset), and in the roles of

striking as the stone takes shape and learn about the mysteries of this ancient craft. Those who are missing someone this Christmas are invited to visit the Tree of Remembrance next to the Outdoor Crib Scene, where people will be able to write a message on a star and place on one of the tree’s branches. Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir is on Friday, December 9, 7.30pm. Visitors can join the boy and girl choristers and gentlemen of Norwich Cathedral Choir for a festive celebration with carols for choir and audience. Tickets are £5-£18. Messiah by Candlelight will be on Saturday, December 17, 7.30pm, with Handel’s Messiah. Tickets £5-£20. Tickets are online uk and at the Cathedral Gift Shop, Prelude Records (01603 628319) or Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000).

three Witches: From left, Claire Chandler (Alex) Andrea Fergusson (Sukie) and Kathryn White (Jane). the (not so wicked two days to prepare the theatre but naughty) before opening night. witches are With matinee performances Andrea Ferguson on Thursday and Saturday it as Sukie, Kathryn allows everyone the opportunity White as Jane and to see the show across seven Claire Chandler as Alex. performances, though the This promises to be a production contains scenes of stunning production with an adult nature and as such is amazing visual affects where more suitable for age 14+. the audience will see the Tickets are £7-£21.50 witches flying across the from Norwich Theatre theatre royal stage. The Royal box office on 01603 complexities of the production 630000 or online at www. mean the society is allowing

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Hung up on Christmas Personalised feather baubles £9 from Beach Hut Charm. www. beachhutcharm.

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Roys has plenty to make your Christmas sparkle, including this butterfly ornament and (top) owl and star. The butterfly and star are both £2.99 each and the owl is £4.50.

Redwings has a range of cute and classic decorations. Wobbly reindeer (left), £3.85. Top: Silver horse £2.50, gold rocking horse, £4.50, glitter dove decoration, £1.75.

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Why not book your loved one a one or two-day picture framing course with Broadland Framers in its fully equipped framing school at Scottow Enterprise Park. Prices start from £150 and participants will have the chance to learn how to cut a mount for a painting, print or crossstitch, to cut, join and colour a frame, cut the glass and fit and finish the picture. Then it’s just a case of taking the picture home and proudly hanging it. Pop in to Broadland Framers in Aylsham or Norwich to find out more or email info@

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Stuck for a gift idea? Why not try something different for friends or family and give them a chance to try out a new hobby or pastime. There’s courses for the sporty, the crafty and more. Here’s an idea or two to start you off.

Tuliptree Designs, based at Grovelands Farm Shop at Roughton, between Aylsham and Cromer, is offering people the chance to learn how to quilt. Classes are available and can be booked as a present for anyone who might like to give it a go. If you would like to book any workshops pop in to the shop, give them a call on 01263 834353 or drop them an email info@tuliptreedesigns. Also see Glide Surf School in Cromer can sort out vouchers for surf lessons to make a great Christmas present for people wanting to make the most of the Norfolk coast. They can be either sent out or collected from Glide’s school/shop in Cromer. Owner/instructor Ben Kewell said: “We also offer private lessons for people during the winter between November and March, dependent on availability and weather conditions.” Call 07966 392227 / 01263 805005 or see www.

Skiing, snowboarding and tubing are all really exciting winter activities and Norfolk Snowsports Club at “Trowse Mountain” can offer vouchers for Christmas gifts. There’s skiing and snowboarding with a fun, one-hour, taster session or a series of lessons to really get to grips with a new sport – all are supervised by qualified instructors. Ski lessons are available for those from five years of age and snowboarding from 10 years. Tubing is for those aged six years and over. Tubing is a little like tobogganing – you sit inside a large “doughnut” and simply slide down the slope and if you are looking for fun in the Christmas holidays, the club is running special tubing sessions. Lessons and tasters are also available. The Christmas holidays will see sessions for youngsters from to December 19-20, including tubing, ski tasters, ski, board and tube camp and beginner and improver ski lessons On January 1 there will be a New Year’s Open Day to try out ski-ing and snowboarding, with the main slope available for non-members that can already ski/board and warming comforts such as mulled wine, create your own hot chocolate mountain and hot food. For more information visit, www. or call us on 01603 662781 for details or to book a session.

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Catch up with Santa . . . . . . at Wroxham Barns . . . at Highways Nursery Travel through Oz to meet Santa in his grotto any weekend in November or daily in December at Highways Nursery, Norwich. Look at the beautiful displays and see the talking owl! A grotto visit is £6.95 per child. The ever-popular Breakfast with Santa returns again this year. You and your child will enjoy a cooked breakfast with Santa and magic from Poz, followed by a visit to the grotto. This is every weekend from December 3 and the entire week leading up to Christmas. Pre booking is required, £11.95 per child and £7.95 per adult.

Join Santa for a very special party. Santa has agreed to visit Wroxham Barns once again to see his friends on Junior Farm this December. All children attending the weekend dates in Bella’s Barn will have plenty of time to meet Santa, will receive a small gift watch some magic and have fun with the elves. Plus there will be lots of lovely Christmassy crafts to make and, of course, all will be welcome to take time to stroll around Junior Farm to meet the animals.

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Norfolk is full of creepy stories of ghosts and ghouls. BBC radio presenter Wally Webb has a few from the Broads to entertain. You can listen to Wally on Radio Norfolk’s very early breakfast show. Breydon Mud Flats

Just before midnight on July 11 and September 14, a fleet of Saxon invaders manifest sailing across Breydon – large and small vessels each bursting full of people, then smaller faster vessels full of men with steel helmets encircle them and a great battle ensures. They don’t appear if there is bright moonlight.

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A knight fighting in the crusades fell in love with the beautiful young Lady Edythe but she loved a soldier. One evening when the couple were together by Barton Broad, the knight crept up with a crossbow and fired a shot to kill the soldier. The bolt, however, landed in Edythe’s chest and killed her. On August 5 Edythe’s serene face appears on Barton Broad. She can be seen from the air (the face almost a big as the Broad) but she’s also appeared in the mists that can rise from the water at dawn.


Before the Cathedral was built, the Lord Abbot of St Benet’s was also called the Bishop of Brundall because of his affection for the river. Twice a year, on June 24 and September 18, he travelled the Yare on a barge with an altar and blessed those on the riverside. On these dates he does likewise and there are stories of people coming down to the river’s edge, seeing the apparition and being cured.

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trial for the murder of his wife he was acquitted her brother however exacted revenge cutting his throat. The blood ran down the stones and reappeared every year after on the night of April 7. That stone bridge has since been replaced.


On the night of August 24, Lady Alys appears in glowing form and descends the steep steps from the church (where she’s buried) down to the waters edge. She stands and calls for Olaf, the Saxon King who gave his name to St Olaves. He appears downriver, standing at the bow of a great Norse ship. She calls and blows him a kiss before returning up the steps to the church. Meanwhile Olaf is laid out on the deck of the ship bedecked with flowers before slowly disappearing into thin air.

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As night falls from the trees across the marshes on April 2, seven skeletal horsemen ride out causing the grazing cattle to stampede. They race across the marsh

. . . and at the Maddermarket Theatre It is alleged Nugent Monck was heard to say that “every theatre worthy of its name should have its own ghost” and he was reputed to be the first person to see the ghost of a monk. The theatre retained confessional boxes from the old Roman Catholic chapel and the director saw a monk walk from one of these to another across the stage, during a rehearsal. There was nobody in the box afterwards. The ghost has been sighted, or its presence felt, on a number of

occasions. The monk is reported to haunt the alleyway alongside the theatre and the courtyard as well as the building. It has also moved costumes, hidden wigs and jammed or opened doors. It does not appear to be malicious. On the contrary, it has rescued a young actress from a falling light fitting and on another occasion, hugged an actor who had forgotten his lines and helped him to recover himself. Several children have also asked after a show why there was a monk in it.

towards the river, the cattle leaping the bank and disappearing in the water. The horsemen come right up to the bank and watch until they too disappear.


At Ranworth Dyke at dusk, Brother Pacificus from St Benet’s Abbey can be seen punting down the dyke from the Broad to the river with his little dog. Meanwhile, at Old Ranworth Hall, Colonel Thomas Sydney was a cruel drunkard who mistreated everyone. Racing another rider home from Coltishall Rising Sun, he shot his opponent and his horse. At a banquet at the hall with 100 guests, a cloaked skeleton burst through the doors and grabbed him by the throat. On December 31 he rides a huge black horse still gripping the Colonel, from the gates of the old hall down the road and across the broad.

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On August 2, the marble statues of the knights laid on tombs in the church come to life. Sir Oliver de Ingham and Sir Roger de Bois rise up in their armour and march down to Stalham Staithe.

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Under siege by William The Conqueror the Abbey resisted attack for months. A lay brother called Brother Veritas was invited to talks with the besieging general who promised if he unlocked the gates on a certain night, May 25, he would make him the Abbot. He obliged, the invaders took over the Abbey and Brother Veritas was crowned with the Mitre and Crozier and proclaimed Abbot. Immediately, his hands were bound, a noose placed around his neck and he was hoisted on a jibbet from a window in the bell tower. He appears on this night still kicking and screaming. Illustrations by JIM KAVANAGH

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