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COVER IMAGE Roydon Common by Ian Ward

meet the team MANAGING DIRECTOR Laura Dunn MANAGING EDITOR Eric Secker DESIGN TEAM Amy Phillips Lisa Tonroe PHOTOGRAPHY Ian Ward PROMOTION Nicola Back ADVERTISING Jessica Smith CONTRIBUTORS Alison Gifford Clare Green Kevin Hitchcock Peter Jackson Sylvia Steele Wendy Warner Sarah Woonton

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very happy new year to all our readers, advertisers and supporters and welcome to 2018, and it’s a year of major sporting events – the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup are all scheduled for the first half of the year. It’s also a year of significant anniversaries, from the very first mobile phone call made in Britain (by Ernie Wise, no less) to the rather ironic 45th anniversary of the UK being admitted to the European Community. The most significant milestone in 2018 will come later this year, with the centenary of the ending of the First World War – and a tragic event that took place in post-revolutionary Russia four months earlier has a rather poignant link to west Norfolk. In July, the entire Russian royal family was executed; a terrible act that would have been felt especially hard at Sandringham, for the late Czar’s aunt was Edward VII's wife Alexandra. In the years shortly before the revolution, the family had sent the best sculptors of the famous jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé to Sandringham, creating a series of fabulous sculptures based on pets, horses and farmyard animals. Some of them can now be seen in a fascinating exhibition comparing the art of Russia before and after the Bolsheviks came to power. You can read about The Russia Season on page 8 of this month’s magazine. We’re also taking a look at the life of Cromer’s Henry Blogg, the greatest lifeboatman in RNLI history, and though it may seem a bit early to be thinking about gardening at the moment, Wendy Warner explains why it pays to plan ahead. And if you think you overindulged over Christmas, Alison Gifford may change your mind as she explores the Georgian love of feasting. While we’re talking of food, don’t forget that tickets are still available for the two special charity cookery events KL magazine is holding in March with Michelin-starred Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston. All proceeds from the events are being donated to the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, and you’ll find full details on page 60 – and discover why the charity is of particular relevance to Norfolk. Welcome to 2018, and to the first edition of the new year. Enjoy the magazine! KL MAGAZINE

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Contents

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6-12 WHAT’S ON This month’s diary of forthcoming events

46-48 JANUARY IN THE GARDEN Expert help and advice with Wendy Warner

8-10 THE RUSSIA SEASON How the revolution transformed Russian art

52-59 FASHION Inspirational ideas from our local boutiques

14 ALIVE CORN EXCHANGE Fabulous shows and fun-filled activities

60-62 COOKING UP A TREAT FOR CHARITY With Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston

16-18 WARTIME MEMORIES IN STONE The hidden memorial at King’s Lynn library

64-70 FOOD AND DRINK Reviews, recipes and recommendations

20 TOURING LIFE SHOW 2018 The holiday season starts now at Greentrees

71 RESTAURANT REVIEW A reader pays a visit to the Oriental Palace

22-24 THE GREATEST LIFEBOATMAN... A look at the life and career of Henry Blogg

72-74 FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD... The Georgian obsession with feasting

28 TIME TO END THE BLAME GAME Why there’s a need for a new divorce law

78-80 THE LIFE OF HERBERT DE LOSINGA Builder of cathedrals and founder of towns

30-32 LIFE IN THE NORTH END Remembering a vanished community

84-86 HELP FOR VERY SPECIAL BABIES The work of locally-based charity CDH UK

36 YOU AND YOUR PETS With local vet Alex Dallas

90-92 A STITCH IN TIME... We talk to local textile artist Anna Shore

38-40 HERITAGE COMES TO LIFE... History meets modern art in King’s Lynn

94-96 AMELIA MILLS An artistic career that’s literally taken off

42 THEN & NOW The changing face of West Norfolk

98 MICHAEL MIDDLETON On the trail of the disappearing insects...

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PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE (SPRING 2018) Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Fakenham NR21 0LN Is your New Year resolution to take up a new hobby or learn a skill? Pensthorpe’s photography course is a great place to start, and there’s no better location to take some incredible photos of our stunning Norfolk wildlife. This will be Pensthorpe’s third year of running the successful Photographic Portfolio Development course, and this year you can choose from two levels – Get Started and Further Steps. The courses give you the opportunity to photograph in the park and review, edit and enhance your photos. Dates for the Spring course are as follows: January 17th and 31st , February 7th and 21st, and March 7th and 21st. The cost for the six-week course is £155, and there’s a £15 discount for Pensthorpe Members. To book a space, please call Julia on 07738 555420, or send an e-mail to wellsphototutor@gmail.com. For more information, please visit the website at www.pensthorpe.com.

Sunday 14th

NORFOLK WEDDING FESTIVAL King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 1JW Kings Lynn’s well-established wedding fair returns – and fittingly enough, on Valentine’s Day! From 10am over 40 wedding suppliers will have everything you need to help plan your special day. The first 150 brides-to-be will receive a free glass of Adnams bubbly and a special bridal gift bag. Admission is free, and if you’re interested in exhibiting at the fair, please contact mark@mjr-events.co.uk. KLmagazine January 2018

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

Avocet at Pensthorpe by Ian Ward

January

Tuesday 23rd

COFFEE CONCERT WITH JAMAL ALIYEV (CELLO) AND DANIEL EVANS (PIANO) King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place PE30 5DQ (11am) Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Jamal made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2017 and won the Arts Club’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. A soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in September, he’s fast becoming one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation. In King’s Lynn he’ll be accompanied by Bristolborn pianist Daniel Evans, who made his debut with Bach’s F minor concerto at the age of 10 and has gone on to perform concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt in venues around the country. He’s worked with enembles such as the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble and Wells Cathedral School Orchestra. Tickets are £13 (£7 for under 18’s) and include tea/coffee and cake served at 10.30am in the Stone Hall. The concert takes place in the Assembly Room, where seating is unreserved. To book tickets, please call 01553 764864. Programme: Schubert’s Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano and Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor

Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st VOLUNTEER AT OXBURGH Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn PE33 9PS (10:30am-2:30pm) Want to try something new for 2018? Have you ever wanted to spend time in a beautiful historic location and engage with likeminded people? Why not join the volunteer team at Oxburgh Hall as a room guide, as they’re currently looking for friendly, warm and engaging people to help bring the property’s history to life. To find out more, come along to one of this month’s open days and chat with staff and volunteers, enjoy some cake and see Oxburgh Hall through the eyes of existing volunteers. Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 30th or Wednesday 31st. For more information and details, visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

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Buy seed potatoes, but store them away from frost Summer flowering bulbs available now, ready for planting in the spring Use primroses in containers and to fill and brighten up gaps in the garden Use fleece and fleece bags to protect plants against frosts Remember to feed the birds and provide water for them in a bird bath. Use high-energy foods such as sunflower hearts, fat balls and suet blocks when it is very cold. Don’t forget the big garden birdwatch at the end of January – see RSPB website for more details

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Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd February

CORO STELLANTE LADIES CHOIR: OVER THE RAINBOW Downham Market Methodist Church, Paradise Road PE38 9JE (Afternoon tea at 4pm, concert at 5pm) Once again Downham Market Methodist Church echoes to the spine-tingling and electrifying voices of Coro Stellante. By popular demand, this exceptional ladies choir returns with a programme of music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Providing the authentic backing will be pianist John Byron, drummer Graham Instrall and bassist Akos Hasznos, and for the first time they’ll be joined by saxophonist Alžbeta Klasová. Rhythm and tapping feet will permeate the afternoon, and conductor Michael Kibblewhite will direct and coordinate the whole show in his usual inimitable and inspirational style – although he promises not to dance! This annual teatime concert has become renowned for the pre-performance high tea, served and baked by the ladies themselves. This is food and music not to be missed. Book your ticket soon, as the event always sells out quickly. Tickets are £12 (includes high tea) and can be booked by e-mailing tickets@corostellante.org.uk or by calling 01553 810116.

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IOLANTHE WEST NORFOLK GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY Guildhall Theatre, 29 King Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HA (Nightly 7:30 pm; Saturday matinee 2:30pm) Set in an Arcadian landscape and the Palace of Westminster, the Lord Chancellor of England and the peers of the realm are confronted with a troupe of fairies led by their formidable Queen. Gilbert’s witty and penetrating text complemented by Sullivan’s flowing and sparkling music make this the most magical of all the Savoy operas. When the fairies trip hither and thither, and the peers march onto the stage, what will be the outcome of this unusual clash of cultures? Tickets are £14, £12.50 for concessions and £6 for children £6 – and party bookings get one free ticket when they buy 10. Tickets are available from the box office on 01553 764864.

Sunday 4th February

Thursday 1st February

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley Marshes, Holt NR25 7SA Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be debuting the prestigious Bird Photographer of The Year Exhibition, showcasing stunning photographs from international and national photographers. The exhibition is split into seven categories; Best Portrait, Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight, Garden and Urban Birds and Creative Imagery. The judging panel included Chris Packham; Norfolk-based photographer David Tipling; Director of the British Trust for Ornithology Andy Clements, campaigner Mark Avery and other experts. The exhibition will run from February until Monday 16th April. For more information, please visit the website at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk. KLmagazine January 2018

Thursday 8th February MAUDIE St. George’s Guildhall, King Street, King’s Lynn The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club is an independent, nonprofit organisation catering for local film enthusiasts and shows a varied programme of movies throughout the year. The club screens at least one film a month in St. George’s Guildhall in the centre of King’s Lynn, and on 8th February at 7.30pm will be showing Aisling Walsh’s critially acclaimed 2016 film Maudie. This unlikely romance between a reclusive fish peddler and his arthritis-riddled cleaner is based on the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame her arthritis and a married life of poverty in a oneroom house to become one of Canada’s best known folk artists. Admission to all KLCC screenings is free to members, but the club has now introduced a Day Membership for £5 whereby visitors can pay on the door for a single viewing. For full film listings and membership details, please see the website at www.klccc.uk.

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PICTURE: ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017


PICTURE: ANTONIA REEVE

What’s On

ABOVE: The abstract painting La Forêt by Natalia Goncharova provides a striking contrast between the art of pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia, especially when compared with works such as Fabergé’s extraordinary Basket of Flowers egg (opposite) – made in 1901 of silver, parcel gilt, gold, oyster guilloche, blue enamel and diamonds

Sandringham’s links to Czars and Soviets... The royal estate of Sandringham may seem a long way from the Russian Revolution, but a double exhibition is currently highlighting the links between West Norfolk and the world-changing event

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ntil February 11th, visitors to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA in Norwich will be surprised to find Sandringham playing an important role in a major double exhibition that contrasts art, life and culture in Russia before and after the Revolution – which took place just over 100 years ago. The Russia Season comprises two exhibitions, and the first – Royal Fabergé – is where you’ll find that special connection to Norfolk. It’s been estimated that between 1884-1917, Peter Carl Fabergé directed the production of 200,000 fabulous pieces of jewellery, silverware and

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miniature objets d’art including his famous eggs – most of which was broken up, melted down and sold abroad for hard currency after the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1907, Edward VII commissioned Fabergé to produce portrait sculptures of the dogs and horses at Sandringham to please Queen Alexandra, a project that later extended to other animals on the Royal estate. Fabergé’s best sculptors came to Norfolk to make wax models which were then taken to Russia to be rendered in hardstones, gemstones, gold, silver and platinum. The centrepiece of the Royal Fabergé exhibition is a collection of more than

60 Sandringham-linked loans from the Royal Collection, in addition to the magnificent Basket of Flowers Imperial Easter Egg from 1901. Featured creatures include the champion racehorse Persimmon (whose winnings helped fund the Norfolk estate) and Caesar, Edward’s favourite Norfolk terrier. Royal Fabergé also tells the saga of Sandringham itself – the newly-bought royal retreat where Alexandra went after her honeymoon in 1863, and where she died in 1925. In later life, she withdrew here to the company of her beloved pets, while many of the Norfolk men who’d helped

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PICTURE: AIGARS ALTENBERGS

PICTURE: ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017

What’s On

ABOVE: Fabergé’s exquisite Edward VII’s favourite Norfolk terrier Caesar, made in 1908 from chalcedony, gold, enamel and rubies. Russian art changed radically after the Revolution, as can be seen in this pawn from the Red and Whites chess set by Natalia Dan’ko

to set up the Fabergé commission formed the Sandringham Company. And then came the First World War. One afternoon in August 1915 at Gallipoli, land agent Frank Beck vanished with 16 estate staff – his gold watch, a gift from Alexandra, was retrieved after the war and returned to Sandringham for Frank’s daughter on her wedding day – it is now being exhibited for the first time. Although dowager Queen Alexandra never saw most of her Russian relatives again (her nephew Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed in Ekaterinburg where Fabergé’s hardstones had been mined) the British Navy rescued her sister Maria Feodorovna from Crimea and brought her back to Sandringham – where she’d spent happy visits in another world. Another world is the subject of the second exhibition Radical Russia, which shows how the avant-garde succeeded in transforming Russian art and culture through paintings, sculpture, books, ceramics, furniture, games, costume and everything from theatre to architecture and urban planning. Highlights include ‘suprematist’ paintings by Malevich, designs by El Lissitzky and Tatlin, and ceramics from a number of countries. The exhibition examines how artists

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such as Natalia Goncharova turned to abstract forms, even as she continued to refer to the deeply symbolic Russian landscape in works such as Forest (see page 9). It also includes Kazimir Malevich’s striking geometrical work Red Square. Wassily Kandinsky’s Improvisation 19, Alexandra Exter’s Still Life and Mikhail Larionov’s Sketch of a Tree display the energy and vigour of Russian painting in the dying years of Czarism. Also on display are some of the startling ceramic plates produced by the State Porcelain Factory in the early 1920s, with their images of heroic commissars and the Bolshevik emblems of red star, hammer and sickle – and don’t miss the extraordinary Reds and Whites chess set by Natalia Dan’ko, which was inspired by the civil war that followed the Revolution. A permanant reminder of the

exhibition is the dramatic model of Tatlin’s Tower (pictured below), which is situated in the sculpture park outside the Sainsbury Centre. Intended to straddle the river Neva in St Petersburg at a height of 400m, the tower was never actually built but its impact on subsequent architects and designers is considerable. The model has been based on Tatlin’s original drawings and reinterpreted by architect Jeremy Dixon.

THE RUSSIA SEASON Royal Fabergé and Radical Russia Until 11th February 2018 Opening times: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm Sat-Sun 10am-5pm Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ Telephone: 01603 593199 Website: www.scva.ac.uk

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Tue Film Club – The Promise love triangle set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, 16th Adirected by Terry George and starring Christian Bale Tue Film Club – The Beguiled arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school 23rd The during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal

Thurs Young Marx Live Broadcast from the Bridge Theatre, London •7pm 25th -Comedy play about the early life of Karl Marx Sun The Kit Kat Hunstanton Bradshaw Revival Concert • 3pm 28th -ABert night of nostalgia with Hunstanton’s famous Kit Kat Club Sun 4th Feb

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2018

Jimmy Osmond Moon River & Me

This brand new show full of award-winning music is the only official Andy Williams tribute show starring Jimmy Osmond

Sat Raymond Froggatt 10th A fantastic show featuring the talented rock and roll singer Feb songwriter with great songs spanning 52 years

Fri Heatwave & Odyssey Live in Concert 16th Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with March non-stop, dance floor anthems by real dance music legends

Thurs The Manfreds 22nd With original front man, Paul Jones, will be performing March many of their hits, including ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’

Fri An Evening with ‘The Great Gambo’ 13th - The Professor of Pop April An evening with famous radio presenter Paul Gambaccini

Sun Martine McCutcheon 29th Up close and personal with actress and singer Martine April McCutcheon celebrating her new album ‘Lost and Found’

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Make 2018 one to remember With New Year here already, why not spend more time doing the things you love, and what better way to start than to book your favourite show at Alive Corn Exchange! JIM DAVIDSON Tuesday 16 - Wednesday 17 January The people’s favourite comedian takes to ‘The Road Again’ with a brand-new show which promises to be the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in. Guaranteed to be outrageous, and as truthful as ever. Ages 16+

MOTOWN – HOW SWEET IT IS Thursday 25 January The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of MOTOWN is now in its 17th successive year. The stunning 100% live show combines first class music together with slick choreography and an amazing band. You’ll be Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations,

Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more...

showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time.

LAND OF HOPE & GLORY WOMEN IN ROCK Saturday 3 February The UK’s only live show dedicated to the World’s greatest Female Rock Legends. With three of the most powerful female singers on the live music scene to draw upon, together with an awesome touring band, Women In Rock delivers a show stopping performance covering all the greats through the decades.

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Friday 9 February Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering

Wednesday 7 February Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back with their hit new production for 2018, Land of Hope and Glory, celebrating the Best of British Entertainment and especially produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

JASON DONOVAN & HIS AMAZING MIDLIFE CRISIS Saturday 24 February Jason is delighted to announce that he will be hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time it’s a tour with a twist!! He is headed to new locations across the country and these intimate gigs will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before! At aged 49 ½ and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and will zigzag back and forth through his life.

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Local Life

ABOVE : One of the more elaborate inscriptions on the tower of King’s Lynn Library (opposite), left by soldiers stationed in the town during the First World War. At the moment, little is known of G Skinner apart from the fact he was a member of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars

A unique memorial to the lost generation... King’s Lynn Library is a beautiful building, but few people are aware of the fascinating and historically important inscriptions on the crenellations of its tower, as Kevin Hitchcock explains

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n 18th May 1905, a kindly-looking gentleman in a tightly-buttoned frock coat ascended the steps of a new building on London Road in King’s Lynn and held aloft a small key. “There are few doors which a golden key will not unlock,” he said, before officially opening the town’s new library and issuing its very first book. That man was Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist who gave away almost 90% of his vast fortune (worth around £3 billion in today’s terms) to various charities and foundations. One of his most famous and influential initiatives

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was the creation of what became known as ‘Carnegie Libraries’ which were built to provide a free service to all. King’s Lynn Library was a source of great civic pride, but ten years after Carnegie opened the building it was being used for a purpose he could never have envisaged. The outbreak of the First World War in the summer of 1914 affected all people in all walks of life, and the life of King’s Lynn Library was no exception. At the time, the library (which had been judged by The Literary Yearbook as one of the best libraries using open access in the whole country) possessed 14,690 books, but started to see a drop in borrowings as members left for the

front. Library staff had to suspend lectures and close the reading rooms due to lighting regulations, and although a Zeppelin raid over the town in January 1915 left the library intact, it was to have an enduring impact on the building. Following the attack, the Berkshire Yeomanry (who were stationed in King’s Lynn at the time) received orders to use the library’s distinctive tower as an observation point to detect enemy aircraft activity. A telephone line was set up providing a direct line to the War Office, and the soldiers who manned the tower every night had to report in every hour. From then to the end of the war in

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B 1918, the library tower was occupied by various territorial regiments and local volunteers. While there, the soldiers etched their names onto the brickwork, and some etched their regiment and service numbers. Now, with the help of regimental, yeomanry and military museums from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Wales, King’s Lynn library staff have been able to trace the military records of some of these soldiers, revealing in many cases their sad fates. “Tragically, out of the 30 or so names we’ve managed to trace so far, about two thirds were killed or badly injured,” says the library’s Kevin Hitchcock. “Hidden behind the fake battlements of the library’s tower lies a unique and tangible memorial to those men, and we’re hoping to record their histories and trace their descendants as much as possible – in fact, the tower has already been visited by one descendant!” The Oxford, Bucks and Berks regiments were all mounted regiments stationed in Lynn between June 1915 and April 1916, using The Walks and Friars Field as camps where they kept their horses. The men were billeted in local homes, married local women, recruited local men and provided wellattended sports tournaments. More seriously, they were also required to provide men to be transferred to frontline regiments. Although the ‘men in 18

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the tower’ left little more than their names, they offer a fascinating glimpse into a terrible past. Take Maurice Pratt, No 2246 for example (photo A above). The QOOH stands for Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars, and Maurice was one of 200 men drafted into the Ox Buck’s Light Infantry (OBLI) and sent to France. They went over the top at the Somme in early October 1916, and Maurice was killed only a few days later – only recognisable by his uniform and the number 2246 marked on his boots. Just above Maurice’s name is another QOOH transferred to the OBLI. A keen athlete who appeared in several newspapers of the time, A E Lovegrove was discharged from Army Service in 1917, suffering from severe frostbite he received while in the trenches. Aubrey Cato (photo B above) would have had a good view of St Margarets when he made his triangular mark on the brickwork. Just a few months later in October 1916 he and his comrades were heading to the forward trenches, where they were hit by artillery. Aubrey was killed instantly and has no known grave. R.G Wiseman (photo C above) was a

member of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars (RBH). Many of the RBH were transferred and served in the Middle East, but in July 1918 they were transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Sadly, Reginald was killed in action only two weeks before the end of the war. J Young RDC is an interesting inscription – the RDC stands for Royal Defense Corps, which was the First World War’s equivalent of the ‘Dad’s Army‘ of the Second World War. These men were local and were perhaps veterans of previous conflicts. In addition, some men from King’s Lynn did join the regiments. Not featured here is a mark for A Burn. Arden Burn was from Gaywood, and went to King Edward VII School. He was another soldier who joined the QOOH before being transferred to the OBLI and ending up at the Somme in early October 1916. He was badly injured and spent nine months in hospital. Arden was one of the few who survived – after the war he ran a nursery on the Wootton Road. Although it is possible to visit the tower, it does require climbing ladders and climbing through hatches – and an appointment is necessary. Library staff are hoping to improve access later this year. If you are interested in seeing this unique memorial, note that it’s best to visit in the summer months when the etchings are more visible. KLmagazine January 2018


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Making the most of the great outdoors with Greentrees... A weekend of industry experts, live cookery demonstrations, help and advice to help you make the most of your caravans and motorhomes! ne of the first things on people’s minds when the new year arrives is this year’s holidays – which is why Greentrees Caravanstore has been hosting a special weekend show in January for the last 30 years. Thing have changed over the last three decades, however. People are now seeing caravanning as a lifestyle and motorhomes as an experience – and that’s the main focus of Greentrees Touring Life Show 2018, which takes place at the end of this month. Over three days, Allison Abbott will be taking a look at the very latest hi-tech gadgets, outdoor chef Mitchell Froom will be presenting live demonstrations on the tasty possibilities of cooking on Cadac stoves, and the show will feature a

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brand new Live Stage hosted by one of the industry’s most respected experts Neil Greentree. You’ll be able to learn about the new awning hire service from HireMe Leisure, and discover how the new Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) finance deals could halve your monthly payments. And Neil Greentree will be exploring whether or not caravanning has a future – and what that future might be. There’ll be plenty of expertise on hand to answer all your questions on every aspect of the caravan and motorhome

lifestyle from buying your first one to servicing and maintenance, and a real gourmet coffee stand (complete with experienced barista!) and light bites will keep you refreshed throughout the day. What’s more, you’ll have the chance to see over 180 caravans and motorhomes on display, along with every accessory and support service you could wish for. Whether you’re a well-seasoned caravanner or are looking to hire a motorhome for the first time, Greentrees Touring Life Show 2018 is the perfect start to the new year – and the new holiday season!

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ABOVE: Double V.C. coxswain of the Cromer lifeboat Henry Blogg (centre) with other members of the crew while being filmed at Cromer on September 1st 1937. Opposite is the 1942 portrait of Henry painted by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, who served as a war artist in both the First and Second World Wars – it is now in the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum at Cromer.

Remembering one of Norfolk’s greatest heroes He’s still the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, and the tales of his many courageous rescues are known around the world. Sylvia Steele looks at the life of Cromer’s Henry Blogg...

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he fishermen of Cromer are well used to the squalls and volatile tides of their working day, but what transpired when storms battered the coast on the night of Tuesday 9th January 1917 has secured its place in the town’s maritime history. This was lifeboat weather, and above the storm came the sound that local people feared – the burst of the rocket signal that alerted the men, bringing them racing from their homes to the

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boathouse on the east gangway. Henry Blogg, with eight years service already as coxswain of the Louisa Heartwell, joined his crew that day to launch the 38ft carvel-built lifeboat. He knew they faced a grim struggle, for with the tide out there was more than 100 yards of beach between boat and surf. Thundering breakers dwarfed the Louisa Heartwell and the men who manned her faced a gruelling test The war had taken all the town’s young men to the Navy and Merchant

Fleet, but the men of the Louisa Heartwell, with an average age of 50 years and some men nearing 70, saved the Greek steamer Pyrin’s crew of 16 and returned to Cromer exhausted. But their relaxation was short-lived. The storm tearing unabated along the coast had claimed another victim; the Swedish ship Ferenbo, some four miles off the coast. If help was to reach the Fernebo crew, it had to come from Cromer. Coxswain Henry Blogg faced his

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men. He was ready to go, and he believed his crew would too. Fatigued, but prepared to do the job they believed in, they faced the sea again. At 1am, the 11 rescued men and their rescuers were hauled to safety. The crew had battled for 14 hours to save first Greek then Swedish crews. Henry Blogg was born on February 6th, 1876 in a cottage in New Street, in the shadow of Cromer’s parish church. Raised with the smell of wet oilskins, fish and pitch forever in his nostrils, he didn’t just acquire his understanding of the sea – he lived it. On a fine August day in 1888, 12-year old Henry decided he wanted to be a lifeboatman. Only the year before, he’d joined his stepfather John Davies in his crab boat and learned how to read the weather, use an oar and to bait cod lines and crab pots. “She’s going towards the Rock!” was the fisherman’s shout that young Henry heard as he sat in the crab boat on that August day. The Rock, some miles from the shore, was all that remained of Shipden church when the town was lost to the sea many years before. The ship that ripped its hull apart on the Rock that day in 1888 was the excursion steamer Victoria of Yarmouth. Fascinated, Henry watched the rescue operation that decided his future. At 18 years of age, he joined the lifeboat crew. A legend in his own time, Henry rarely left his Norfolk home except in

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later years – to receive his awards for bravery; three gold medals (recognised as the lifeboatman’s version of the Victoria Cross), four silver medals, the George Cross and the British Empire Medal. He’d known his wife Ann Brakenburg, a local lass two years his junior, most of his life. Their son Henry James was born to the couple 11 months after their marriage, but Henry Snr’s dreams of his boy joining him in his crab boat and later in the lifeboat were to come to nothing – for the little lad died at the age of two. The Bloggs’ daughter Anne (nicknamed Queenie) was also destined to predecease her parents, being only in her 20s when she died. On 4th January 1948, aged 72 years and with an incredible 53 years of lifeboat service behind him, Coxswain Henry Blogg served on his last launch – and in August that year the new lifeboat Millie Watson was renamed the Henry Blogg in recognition of his work. Blogg was a reticent man, never one for seeking out the companionship of men, and when his wife died in 1950 he became a lonely man. He would make his way to the rocket gardens close to the old boathouse and sit gazing out to sea. It was in June 1953 that his lifetime's instincts led to his demise. On the beach that day, the fishing boat manned by his brothers and nephews was caught in an undercurrent and swamped before overturning. Henry rushed to help

launch the only crab boat available, but the effort was too much for his already weakened heart and he collapsed a few feet from the water’s edge. He never fully recovered and died on 13th June 1954. His coffin was draped with a flag of the RNLI and the town’s flags flown at half-mast for a man that everyone had heard of but few really knew. The Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer celebrates the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, who (with the assistance of his crew) saved over 873 lives from the North Sea. You’ll find it at the Rocket House on the end of Cromer’s promenade. For opening times and further information, call 01263 511294 or visit the website at www.rnli.org/henryblogg

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Plan for the Dividend Allowance cut now... With the Dividend Allowance set to be cut from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018, Chris Goad BSc ACA of Stephenson Smart considers how investors can mitigate the impact of the change ack in 2016 significant changes were made to the rules on dividends, with the introduction of a new Dividend Allowance of £5,000 per annum, as well as an increase in the headline rates of tax. Two years on that allowance is set to be cut by 60%, you may be asking how this is going to affect your finances? The Dividend Allowance exists in addition to an individual’s Personal Allowance and savings allowances. It charges £5,000 of the dividend income at 0% tax – the dividend nil rate. Dividend income in excess of the Dividend Allowance is currently taxed at the following rates: l 7.5% on dividend income within the basic rate band l 32.5% on dividend income within the higher rate band l 38.1% on dividend income within the additional rate band Introduced by his predecessor George Osborne, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the Dividend Allowance will be cut from £5,000 to £2,000 with effect from 6th April 2018.

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Time to end the the blame game Why a ‘no-fault’ divorce law matters... he weeks between New Year’s Day and Valentines Day is a time when family lawyers find themselves inundated with new enquires. The frequency of separations at this time of year is well documented, evidenced further by recent research conducted by journalists David McCandless and Lee Byron – who scanned more than 10,000 Facebook status updates, confirming the steep rise in break-ups during this time. When you apply for a divorce you’ll need to prove your marriage has broken down and give one of the following five reasons:

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l Adultery – your husband/wife had sexual intercourse with someone else of the opposite sex l Unreasonable behaviour l Desertion l You have lived apart for more than two years and both agree to divorce l You have lived apart for at least five years – even if your spouse disagrees

It’s widely acknowledged by the legal profession that the current divorce legislation is out of date in England and needs revisiting by Parliament. Currently, ‘unreasonable behaviour’ is one of the most common grounds for divorce in the UK. Petitioners are required to show that their marriage has become intolerable – and common examples of unreasonable behaviour include the refusal to get a job or contribute financially, lack of emotional support, violence and other forms of abusive behaviour. Despite UK legislation requiring petitioners to show that the marriage has broken down on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour,’ these allegations are not given much scrutiny by the courts. In fact, it’s not necessary to make lots of allegations against your partner. A short explanation is enough for the court to understand the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Getting divorced is a very upsetting and stressful time as it is, and it’s exacerbated by an outdated system which requires couples to pick sides against each other. Almost a year ago, Supreme Court judge

Lord Wilson added his voice to those calling for ‘no fault’ divorce legislation to be introduced in the UK. Others in favour of the move include most people who work in family law and organisations such as Relate and Resolution. The latter is a national organisation of family lawyers – and of which I am a member – which is committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. At the moment, a number of states in America and even some countries in Europe allow couples to divorce without allocating blame. At the end of the day, those filing for divorce on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’ shouldn’t be misguided into thinking the bad behaviour of the spouse will lead to a more favourable financial settlement. This is a very common misconception. In reality, the grounds for divorce are (on the whole) irrelevant to the court, as set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – which, in the vast majority of cases, will see the assets split according to need or other statutory criteria, regardless of who’s to blame. And if children are involved, their needs will be prioritised. This article aims to supply general information, but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek our specific advice. If you’d like more information on any of the issues detailed in this article, please contact me on 01328 863231 or email rob.colwell@hayes-storr.com ROB COLWELL Associate Solicitor Head of Family Services

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ABOVE: Joan Castleton (nee Barlow) and her sister Cissy (right), who was killed during an air raid over King’s Lynn on Remembrance Day 1941. Today, Joan – now in her 90s – remembers her days in the town’s fishing community of the North End as the happiest of times

Remembering the best and the worst of times... The fishing community of King’s Lynn known as the North End may have gone, but the memories it produced have lasted lifetimes. Sylvia Steele talks to former NorthEnder Joan Barlow

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hey were known as the North Enders, the thriving fishing community of King’s Lynn living in the area behind Pilot Street and North Street. Once known as Fishers End, the area had its own shops, school and chapel. It was a close community, with St. Nicholas Chapel at the heart of the conclave of narrow streets. The North Enders seldom left the area, staying to marry, bring up their families and support each other throughout their lives. Memories go back a long way to the folk who lived here. One lady born in

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the area 94 years ago and who still lives close by, loves nothing more than to review those nostalgic moments. “I loved the North End,” says Joan Barlow. “Everyone looked after each other, and parents and children all got along together – most of the time! I remember I was seven years old before we had electricity in the home, but we always managed.” Joan’s reminiscences go back to the days of Southgate’s shop and Plowright, Pratt and Harbage. Joan’s mother, Maggie Castleton, owned The Victoria Hotel in the 1930s and one memory that’s still very clear to Joan is running

home from school to help in the pub. “Before starting work I would always have a small glass of beer,” she says. “It wasn’t really permissible because I was only 12, but I just thought it was the natural thing to do.” Joan had one half-brother, Maurie, and two sisters, Monica and Cissy. But the night she lost Cissy was one episode of her life in the North End that saddens her to this day. It was Remembrance Day 1941, and Cissy had been out in the centre of King’s Lynn selling poppies. “We were in bed that night when the area was bombed, and one bomb took

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LEFT: Joan Castleton (now Barlow) in her younger days, and pictured above with her half-brother Maurie and sisters Cissy and Monica.

half of the Victoria away while we were sleeping on the other side,” Joan remembers. “Monica was saved by the family Bible falling from the bedside table onto her bed and propping up the wardrobe. Apparently, it created an air pocket allowing her to survive. But we lost dear Cissy, who was suffocated by the dust and couldn’t be saved.” Joan’s mother Maggie – whose first husband was killed on the last day of the First World War – always hated poppies from that day forward. “We spent Christmas that year with some friends in Cresswell Street who took us in,” says Joan. “It was very cramped, with eight people in a twoup, two-down terraced house, but it was very good of them. I also remember a kind lady who said she knew we needed a house and offered us her own. That’s how people were then.” The Victoria Hotel was rebuilt with 15 very basic rooms. “My mother was told that she had to continue the business or lose her

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licence, so she decided to carry on,” says Joan. “I would go to the bank with her to collect the fishermen’s wages and one day left the baby outside. A customer laughed when she told us she’d seen him sitting in his pram playing with the money. We all knew each other and no harm was done.” Joan also likes to talk about her school days, which she obviously loved. “I went to St. Nicholas College in Pilot Street and later to St. James,” she says, “and then my father paid for me to take a course in shorthand, typing and book-keeping at Murdins – which was a typewriter shop with a room at the back. It was good to have the training if you could afford it, and I was always able to slot into a job anywhere.” Learning is something Joan has never given up on, and at the age of 80 she attended art school in Gaywood. All the paintings in her homely sitting room are the results of her own creative talents. “During the war I would dearly have loved to join the WRNS,” she says, “but at the time I was employed by Shellmex, a job which was classed as a

reserved occupation. However, after work I did used to man a Sector Point from a house in Loke Road, where I maintained radio contact to advise emergency services of any approaching aircraft in the vicinity.” Joan married John Barlow (Jack) in St. Nicolas Chapel, the fishermen’s church, when she was 20 years old. “We’d always attended church there with Sunday School in the afternoons,” she says. “It was very much a family church to the Northenders.” In the 1960s, Joan and Jack lived for a time in part of a big house that was one owned by Frederick Savage. “Half the house had a clock in front of it and an apple orchard,” Joan remembers. “The other half had a sundial, which is where we lived with our two children, Sharon and Jack.” Joan likes nothing more than to talk about the changes she’s seen in her home town of King's Lynn. Ask her what her favourite memories are, and she will answer at once. “Those days in the North End,” she says.

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Discover the new face of shopping for antiques Over 15,000ft2 of fine antiques and collectables under one roof! itting alongside Beers of Europe just outside King’s Lynn, The Warehouse isn’t just another antiques centre. In fact, you’ll never have found shopping for antiques and collectables so enjoyable – or so easy. Covering some 15,000ft2 of modern floor space on one easy-access level, The Warehouse features over 70 local dealers and thousands of items – with more arriving every week. Cleverly divided into separate stands, units and cabinets, it’s a true collector’s paradise, and each unit is laid out in a room setting. That means there’s plenty of space to wander around and see the pieces at their best; long gone are the days of over-packed and crowded antique shops! In addition to high quality furniture

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AnimalMatters Our monthly look at the issues concerning you and your pets with Alex Dallas of the London Road Veterinary Centre...

Happy New Year to you & your pets! We’ve got plenty to look forward to in 2018 at London Road Vets

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e hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas with your family, friends and of course pets. At London Road and The Hollies we had so many fantastic cards, presents and Christmas wishes from our clients. I want to say not only a big thank you for your kindness and generosity, but I also want you to know how much this appreciation means to us all, thank you. We all managed to get some muchneeded rest over Christmas following a wonderfully busy year. We got together in December to celebrate not only Christmas but to give thanks to each other for the amazing support we have given each other throughout the year. Our vets, nurses and receptionists work so hard and really do give their all, and I am immensely proud of them all. Now we are rested and ready for the New Year and we have some really

exciting new initiatives for 2018, which we hope you will like too. We have re-launched our Pet Health Club, and what better time to think about saving money than right after Christmas?! We want to make responsible pet ownership simple and affordable for all and by recommending that your pets join our Pet Health Club, we can save you money and help spread the cost of all your pet’s essential treatments including regular 6 month check-ups. Our rabbit owners will be pleased to know that we have listened to their requests and have also included rabbits in our new Pet Heath Club. Rabbits can now benefit from a free 6-month health check, free nail clipping and 25% discount on complete rabbit diets and Timothy Hay. We have also added new benefits for cats and dogs. In addition to saving

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PICTURES: MATTHEW USHER

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ABOVE: A stunning new way to discover (and interact with) the heritage of King’s Lynn, thanks to a project between the Cambridge-based group Collusion and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Exploring King’s Lynn in a completely new way The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Clare Green of the experimental agency Collusion talk about a recent project that fused of local history and modern art to amazing effect

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n the last weekend of September last year, as night fell in the centre of King’s Lynn, hundreds of people enjoyed four notable buildings in a way they’d never experienced before. Working with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Collusion – an experimental, not for profit agency based in Cambridge – brought together a cohort of artists and creatives from the King’s Lynn area to produce immersive, ambitious and fun experiences.

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Buildings and walls were reimagined as games, audio sequencers and storyboards for tales of love and of King’s Lynn’s history and future. Crowds of people played Pac-Man and Pong on the side of the Custom House, whilst others enjoyed making music on Tuesday Market Place or stepping back in time with stories and projections in the Red Barn. Additionally, the gates at Greyfriars Tower were opened and people were able to walk through a trail of sounds, smoke and interactive projections. The vibrant outcomes of the project were

hard to miss, and easy to enjoy. Importantly, the project attracted people who don’t usually take part in the arts – 30% of audiences usually only go to an arts event every six months or less. It was also notable that people travelled to King’s Lynn to see the project, with 29% coming from more than 10 miles away. The works were created by four teams of artists and creative professionals, and for Collusion the experience of the teams was vital to the success of this project. What stood out from the participants was their

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enthusiasm, with 90% of the creatives saying they’d get involved in something like this again. “We felt the creatives really seized the opportunity, producing hugely ambitious and stretching projects given the resources available,” says Collusion Director Rachel Drury. “For the audience to have such positive experiences is hugely gratifying. For example, we had an 85 year old man who had never entered the park at night before, but was inspired to do so by the Greyfriars installation. Socialising and reclaiming public spaces so they felt welcoming and interesting to local residents was also a very powerful outcome of the process.” As a partner, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s progressive approach and can-do mindset was a vital cog in sustaining momentum and expanding the sense of what was possible. They were equally delighted with the reach and impact of the project. “Collusion brought a fascinating project to King’s Lynn which we were delighted to support,” says Cllr

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Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health. “Our history is an invaluable resource, and these professionals combined it with cutting-edge design and technology to spectacular effect. It was wonderful to see the showcase attracting so many people, of all ages, into our town centre.” It’s no surprise that Collusion and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are already working together to build on the outcomes of this research and development programme – early planning is already underway to produce another imaginative and fascinating show displaying new art works in and around King’s Lynn later this year. Collusion are now building on firm foundations. This project revealed that King’s Lynn’s creative talent and audiences are clearly hungry for more of these types of cultural activity in the future. Aspirations, skills and networks have been built to support future creative projects, and King’s Lynn audiences have demonstrated an appetite for the new and unexpected.

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ABOVE: People of all ages were fascinated by the project by Collusion and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk – “it was something really different for King’s Lynn and we need more arts projects like this!” said one visitor

One of the creative professionals in the cohort, Gavin Toomey, is a renowned film maker working internationally with brands and making documentaries – and he worked with Collusion to produce a short film which captures the energy and enthusiasm of the R&D Challenge. You can watch it at www.collusion.org.uk/kingslynn. This activity is part of the in_collusion programme, a three-year talent development programme that’s helping creative people and businesses to develop new skills and ideas around three emerging technologies; artificial intelligence, data culture, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality. Collusion is working in King’s Lynn alongside four other hubs across the region; Wisbech, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Bury St Edmunds. The programme is supported by Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence fund, the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP, and tech partners Arm and Cambridge Consultants. In addition, the project in King’s Lynn is supported by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk – with the help of King's Lynn Town Hall Archives. Collusion’s mission is to build an international profile for the Cambridge area as a R&D centre for interdisciplinary arts and technology collaboration – one that engages artists, creatives, academics and technologists to work together as never before. It will deliver broad outcomes, including exceptional artwork that could only have been produced in Cambridge and could tour nationally and internationally. So remember to keep your eyes open later this year – and see King’s Lynn in a new and startling new light.

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West Norfolk: Then and Now

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2018 THE LAST DAYS OF THE SHAMBLES You can’t fail to spot the difference a century has made to the Saturday Market Place in King’s Lynn. The Minster still dominates the view, but missing is the large building in front of it. This was The Shambles, which comprised a meat market downstairs and grammar school upstairs.

Demolished four years after the top picture was taken, the only thing that survives today is the coat of arms visible below the gabled window – it can be found in the Town Hall, which is directly opposite. You can enjoy thousands of more images showing Norfolk’s history and the changing face of the county on the website at

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Out with the old... ...and in with the new! .M. Browne Ltd is no stranger to the pub trade – in fact, it was one of the foundations the company was built on, and over the course of the last 30 years it has earned a formidable reputation for the high quality of its work, the standards of its craftsmen and engineers, and the extent of its inhouse resources. Across East Anglia and Lincolnshire (and even further afield) T.M. Browne Ltd has given dozens of pubs complete interior refurbishments and major exterior makeovers – and has even brought severely damaged pubs back to life. “Over the years we’ve worked on several local pubs that have virtually

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burned to the ground,” says General Manager Mark Draper. “Being able to undertake total rebuilds means we can handle everything from internal walls and floors to heating systems and even the signwriting – it’s a great demonstration of the depth of expertise and experience T.B. Browne can offer landlords and owners." The company also helps keep these pubs in good shape, and is currently working for a number of nationallyfamous chains, visting various pubs around the region on a daily basis for work ranging from broken toilets and simple fixtures and

fittings to complex heating system servicing and professional gas and electrical testing. And in cases of emergency, T.M. Browne’s dedicated in-house responsive maintenance team provides a 24-hour call-out service every single day of the year – a vitally important resource for commercial businesses which can’t afford to shut for days. If you’d like any more information on T.M. Browne’s services for the pub industry and how they can help your business, please contact us using the details below – or vist our new-look website.

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Why air source heating is the choice for local builders Trust the 4 Way Group for sustainable technology and energy-efficient homes hoosing a heating system for a new property isn’t that easy for builders any more – important considerations now include SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) ratings, financial implications, quality, reliability, energy efficiencies and the installation process itself. Happily, the best solution is an easy choice – air source heating from the 4 Way Group. “Air source heating is perfect for new builds for a number of reasons,” says Steve Simpson of the 4 Way Group. “Meeting the latest building regulations, it uses integrated technology to smartly manage heat demand and balance heating and hot water needs to ensure they’re continuously met in the most efficient manner.” Strange as it might sound, the quality of the heat is improved too – whereas traditional heating systems and fuels such as gas and oil provide heating in ‘blasts’ when required or as per programming, air source heat pumps provide high-grade heat at lower temperatures over a longer period of time. Even better, air source

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heating is between 30%-50% more costeffective to run than traditional heating alternatives. “Air source heat pumps are capable of outputting more than three times as much heat energy as the electricity they take to run,” says Steve. “That leads to noticeably reduced heating costs and a more attractive selling proposition. Furthermore, it’s a renewable heating alternative, providing builders with the opportunity to future-proof a project.” Easily installed with no disruption to the overall project and no delays, air source heating is remarkably easy to run, with minimal interaction required from the user.

It’s also easy to maintain, and the 4 Way Group offers a full range of ongoing service and maintenance packages to ensure the system’s optimum performance. The benefits are clear – which may be why more and more people are choosing it for their building projects. “We may be in the middle of winter, but we’re working on over 20 properties for local builders at the moment,” says Steve. “It just shows how much of a demand there is for this technology.” If you’d like to discover how air source heating can help your next project, contact the 4 Way Group today for more details, information and a free quotation.

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Gardening

ABOVE: The beautiful Cosmos ‘Double Dutch White’ is an exclusive new variety for this season available in the Mr Fothergill’s seed range. If you’d like to grow your flowers from seed this year, this is a lovely place to start

Enjoying success with flower seeds this year... Whilst it’s not possible to do much in the garden at the moment, Wendy Warner of Thaxters Garden Centre explains you can at least be planning for the year ahead – and even start sowing a few seeds

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anuary may be the middle of winter, but as the days gradually start to lengthen your garden will start to grow. Now is actually the perfect time to start planning for the coming gardening year and to order your seeds and plants. Before you start, it’s important to understand that there are different groups of flower seeds that have varying characteristics and sowing requirements; l HALF-HARDY ANNUALS are a large group including many flowers known as ‘bedding’ plants. They will do well in our gardens in the summer, but they are unable to survive frosts. They usually require early sowing indoors or

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under glass before being planted out when the weather warms up. These plants will only flower for one year. l HARDY ANNUALS are able to survive moderate frosts and can be sown directly into the garden in the spring. They prefer not to be disturbed once they’ve germinated, so sow them where you want them to flower. Being annuals, they’ll only live for one year, but sometimes seeds from this group will overwinter in the ground so you may get new plants coming up the following year. This process is known as self-seeding.

live for two years (biennials) or many years (perennials) they’re commonly sown directly into seed beds in late spring to early summer and then transplanted to their permanent position in autumn for flowering the following year. Some of these plants can be germinated in trays in a cold frame. Note that some perennials will flower in the first year (shown on the seed packet as ‘FYF Perennial’) if they’re sown early enough and raised indoors or under glass. Others (such as shrubs) can be much slower to develop and may even take two years or more before flowering.

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ABOVE: When ‘pricking out’ your seedlings, hold them gently by their leaves and avoid touching the stem. The plant’s entire vascular system is going through that flimsy little stem, and if it gets damaged it can be pretty much over for the young plant.

economical way of raising new plants for your garden – and flowering halfhardy annuals are usually the easiest group to start with. First, choose what you’re going to grow your seeds in, dependent on the requirements of the seeds. Small pots are ideal if you’re only growing a few seeds. Seed trays, which are available in a number of sizes, are fine for larger quantities which don’t mind being transplanted or ‘pricked out.’ Inner trays with multiple cells are good for varieties that don’t like to have their roots disturbed, and they’ll give the seedlings a chance to get bigger before being potted on with their roots in a plug of compost. Certain seeds such as Sweet Peas and beans like to develop a deep, undisturbed root system, so ‘Grow Tubes’ are idea as they’re biodegradable and the roots will grow through the side of the tube – the whole tube can then be planted into the ground or final pot. If you’re reusing old pots or trays, always ensure they’ve been scrubbed clean to avoid any disease. Your seeds will want to be sown in a special seed compost which has very low nutrient levels. Fill your pots or trays, then moisten the compost and let it drain before sowing. Use a small watering can with a fine rose throughout the growth of your seedlings; the last thing you want is to water with force – which will move fine seeds around the tray, or into the

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depths of the compost. Follow the instructions for specific varieties on the back of the seed packet as to when to sow, whether or not to cover the seed, and at what temperature to germinate it. There should also be an indication on the packet of the time the seeds should take to germinate. Sprinkle seeds evenly and thinly over the compost, leaving space between each one. Some seeds will be much finer than others. Fine, dust-like seeds such as Begonias or Antirrhinums are difficult to see and handle, so it’s often better to mix them with dry silver sand and then sow them. You can also get a purpose-made seed sower that has graduations for different sizes of seed. Some seeds need covering to germinate but others don’t; as a general rule of thumb, larger seeds such as sunflowers or sweet peas need to be sown deeper. Vermiculite can be used to cover some seeds as it’s lightweight

and will insulate against damaging temperature and humidity changes. Cover the pot or tray with a sheet of glass, polythene bag or special propagator lid. If you’re growing smaller quantities of a number of different seeds that have the same requirements, try using small seed trays and then place four of these into a large gravel tray with one large propagator lid. Place on a well-lit windowsill or in a propagator – it’s possible to get windowsill propagators, which are narrower. Heated propagators are ideal where higher temperatures are required for germination. Remove any covers as soon as seedlings emerge to avoid them getting too ‘leggy’ and grow on in a warm place indoors. They’re ready to “prick out” when the first true leaves emerge, but only handle seedlings by their first seed leaves. Fill a seed tray with seed compost and plant the seedlings about 5cm apart, burying the root up to the base of the first leaves. Otherwise, use larger cell trays (as mentioned previously) so that roots don’t get disturbed further. After approximately six weeks the young plants will be large enough to pot individually, before finally planting outside. For tender varieties, ensure there’s no likelihood of frosts before planting out. There are so many wonderful varieties of flower seeds to choose from. Mr Fothergill’s have brought out some lovely new varieties for this season, including Cosmos “Double Dutch White” with extremely large and showy long flowering blooms, Poppy “American Legion” with vibrant red flowers with startling white centres and Lupin “Avalune Bicolour Mixed”, easy to grow, fragrant, colourful mini-lupins. So, sit back whilst it’s cold outside and dream of your colourful summer garden full of flowers which you’ll be proud to have grown from seed this year! Wendy Warner is Manager of Thaxters Garden Centre at 49 Hunstanton Road, Dersingham PE31 6NA. Visit the website at www.thaxters.co.uk or telephone 01485 541514

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Enjoy a completely new approach to car servicing It’s time for a change – it’s time for K Brown Auto Repairs! here’s a very good reason why K Brown Auto Repairs is one of the best and most popular independent centres in the area for car servicing – it’s because of a completely fresh approach and a refreshingly enjoyable experience. “Many people can be understandably wary of taking their car to a garage,” says Tamsin Brown, who founded K Brown Auto Repairs with her husband Keith over 20 years ago. “For many of them it’s an unfamiliar environment full of unusual mechanical words and terms – and they’re worried about the unpredictability of their final bill.” Those were the very issues that Tamsin and Keith tackled from the very start, and though their garages at King’s Lynn and Hunstanton may still be unfamiliar environments, they’re so welcoming you’ll feel comfortably at ease immediately, knowing your car is in very safe and reliable hands.

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With a team of experienced mechanics, diagnostic technicians and friendly support staff, K Brown Auto Repairs offers a truly comprehensive range of services from general servicing and repair work to MOTs and air conditioning, from head gaskets and 4-wheel alignment to cambelts, clutches, and gearbox rebuilds. “None of our staff are on commission and we don’t believe in pressure selling,” says Tamsin. “We’ll never exaggerate problems or encourage people to have work done that isn’t strictly necessary. Those are the practices that have made people nervous of going to garages, and that’s why we’ve always taken a very different approach.” It means that all the time your car is at K Brown Auto Repairs you’ll be kept up to date and informed at every stage – and if something unexpected does crop up, you’ll be advised on the

best time to get the work done. The only time K Brown Auto Repairs will recommend additional work is in the interests of safety – or if having it done now would actually save you money. “None of our customers have nasty surprises and none of them have to worry,” says Tamsin, “and every one of them can see where every single penny has gone.” Realistic and justifiable pricing, a friendly and welcoming environment, and a determination to give you and your car the very best – that’s the secret of K Brown Auto Repairs!

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fashion As Winter continues in full swing, it’s essential to feel just as toasty outside the house as it is inside. Although the menacing weathers can often put us off venturing out, these cosy yet fashionable styles we have to offer, will solve all your doubts! Here’s a few of our favourite trends to keep warm for the remaining cold months... 52

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Discover how Terry Connolly and a revolutionary new form of therapy can help free you from a life of chronic aches and pains “Even though I’d heard really good things about the treatment I was a bit sceptical at first,” she says, “but by then I felt that anything was worth a try.” Terry Connolly is one of the very few people in the entire world currently offering P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex) as a form of treatment, and he combines that with Anatomy in Motion gait therapy – a cutting-edge method of correcting postural problems, helping with the repair and rehabilitation of past injuries and the relief of pain. For Alison, the effects were as impressive as they were instant. “When I first arrived I couldn’t even touch my toes, which had always been very easy for me,” she says. “After a chat about some previous injuries I’d forgotten about and a quick assessment, I bent forward and touched my toes – with no pain at all. It was incredible!” I honestly can’t put into Although his clients may disagree, words how much Terry has for Terry there’s no great secret and no helped me. People at work hidden magic to this treatment – it’s tell me I look better, simply a case of looking at the body and I certainly feel it! and the causes of chronic pain in a ALISON CHILD completely different way. King’s Lynn “Basically all I’m doing is reminding

rom Free Your Body Therapy in the centre of King’s Lynn, Terry Connolly continues to use a range of new treatment techniques to free people from a life of aches and pains; people like infant school teacher Alison Child of King’s Lynn, who developed severe pain in her back after over-stretching during a Pilates class. “I assumed it was a simple muscular issue that would gradually go away but after six months it was a real problem,” she says. “I felt about 90 – I couldn’t bend down to pick things up, I couldn’t exercise, and even sitting down was very painful.” After coming across Free Your Body Therapy in KL magazine, Alison spoke to her Pilates instructor, and was surprised to discover her daughter had recently seen Terry and had been amazed at the result.

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the body how it’s supposed to work!” he says. “It’s important to avoid focusing only on the site of an injury or a problem area. The body is a complete system – and sometimes problems in one area will manifest themselves with pain in totally different areas.” If you’re interested in freeing yourself from a life of chronic aches and pain, contact Terry today and book an appointment with Free Your Body Therapy for an initial assessment and consultation. Like Alison, you’ll find the results hard to believe. “I honestly can’t put into words how much Terry has helped me,” she says. “I can exercise again and I can pick up my grandson again! People at work tell me I look better, and I certainly feel it. Can he work miracles? It turns out that he can!”

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Food & Drink

ABOVE: Galton Blackiston with former presenter James Martin on the set of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen – over the last ten years, the Norfolk chef been a guest on the show more times than anyone else

Galton Blackiston cooks up a treat for charity... KL magazine and Norfolk’s favourite Michelin-starred chef are teaming up to present two prestigious live cookery events in King’s Lynn – all in aid of the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society

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alton Blackiston is well known for many things; his incredible food, his engaging presence, his hugely entertaining TV cookery demonstrations and his frequent charitable work – and now he’s teaming up with KL magazine and bringing them all together in two exclusive events in the centre of King’s Lynn. On March 7th and 20th, KL magazine

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and Galton will be presenting two live cookery demonstrations supported by Mercedes-Benz King’s Lynn in the town’s Duke’s Head Hotel, with all proceeds going to the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a fabulous opportunity to see one of the country’s best chefs in action and help support a very good cause. Born in Norfolk in 1962, Galton Blackiston’s love of cooking started at an early age during summer childhood

holidays at Blakeney, where he’d spend his time with a shrimp net and mackerel rod, taking his catch home and cooking for the rest of the family. Although he had no great plans or desire to follow those early culinary experiences as a career, it was his mother who pointed him in the direction where his real talents lay. “I was never really that academic, and though I spent 18 months with Kent County Cricket Club I never made the

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ABOVE: Galton Blackiston’s latest book Hook Line Sinker contains over 90 stunning recipes such as mackerel tart with beetroot and fennel salad (right) and strawberry and lime scallop tartare with bread crisps. Now, in association with KL magazine, the Michelin-starred chef is presenting two live cookery demonstrations for charity at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn.

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first team,” says Galton. “My mother told me the one thing I was really good at and the one thing I’d always enjoyed was cooking. So it was all her idea really!” Galton duly set up a trestle table in the centre of Rye selling his homemade biscuits, cakes and pies – which were an immediate success – and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1991 Galton and his wife Tracy bought the beautiful Morston Hall hotel and restaurant on the north Norfolk coast – which has held a Michelin star for the last 19 years and won a raft of awards for the quality of its food. Galton’s reputation has spread far beyond Norfolk, however. Voted Hotel and Restaurant Chef of the Year by the Craft Guild of Chefs, he’s written four books (his latest, the exclusively seafood Hook Line Sinker, was published at the end of last year), presented countless live cookery demonstrations, and opened the No.1 fish and chip restaurant in Cromer; which has been shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year in the National Fish and Chip Awards to be held at the end of this month. He’s no stranger to a national audience, either. Galton represented the Midlands and East of England in the first series of the BBC’s Great British Menu (knocking out Antony Worrall Thompson to gain a place in the final), was a regular guest on James Martin’s hugely popular Saturday Kitchen, and had it not been

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Food & Drink their services, supports research programmes and campaigns for the rights of sufferers and their families. Surprisingly, it’s the only UK charity investing in research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia, and in the next decade plans to spending £150 million on cutting-edge research towards achieving its vision of a world without dementia. And despite its name, the charity doesn’t exclusively help people with Alzheimer’s disease. There are many types of dementia (which is an umbrella term) including vascular dementia, Korsakoff's syndrome, Creutzfeldt– Jakob disease, HIV-related cognitive impairment and other rarer causes of dementia. So, by enjoying the culinary talents of Galton Blackiston and the hospitality of the Duke’s Head Hotel, you’ll also be helping fight a terrible condition that has such a huge impact on the lives of so many people.

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for a certain baker from Cheshire would almost certainly have presented The Great British Bake Off with Mary Berry. But it’s not the awards, books or television appearances that Galton is most proud of - it's his food. “The important thing isn’t celebrity status or rosettes or stars,” he says. “It’s not about accolades, it’s about the people you're cooking for. Awards mean you’re consistently doing something particularly well, but that shouldn’t be the reason you’re cooking.” It’s a refreshingly relaxed approach that Galton brings to his lighthearted cooking demonstrations; they’re not only fascinating and educational, they’re also hugely entertaining. “I think that’s something I picked up from working on television,” he says. “I learned you mustn’t take yourself too seriously. Cooking is such a pleasure and such a joy that you need to give people that sense of adventure and let them see your sense of humour.” When Galton presents his two live cookery demonstrations in King’s Lynn at the beginning of March he’ll be helping support a cause that has a particular relevance to Norfolk. Only 10 weeks ago, it was revealed that north

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Norfolk has the third-highest proportion of people living with dementia in the country, with the number of sufferers (24 cases per 1,000 people) almost twice the national average. In total there are currently 850,000 people living with the dementia in the UK, and it’s not a condition that only affects older people – over 40,000 dementia sufferers in the country are less than 65 years old. “Dementia is our greatest medical challenge, and the number of people affected by this devastating condition is only going to rise,” says Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK. “Today, one in three people have a family member or close friend with dementia – but despite this, there’s a worrying lack of public understanding about the condition. One of our biggest challenges is to empower people with the knowledge that this cruel and unforgiving condition can be defeated. Dementia isn’t an inevitable part of ageing – it’s caused by diseases.” Founded almost 40 years ago, the Alzheimer’s Society now has 230 branches across the country and provides support and information by telephone and online, works with healthcare professionals to help improve

Both events are taking place in the Walpole Ballroom of the Duke’s Head Hotel in the centre of King’s Lynn. Tickets are still available, but because numbers are limited you are advised to book your places early. AFTERNOON TEA Wednesday 7th March Following a cookery demonstration by Galton Blackiston at 12noon, the Duke’s Head Hotel’s head chef Trevor Clark will be serving a classic afternoon tea. There’ll also be a raffle to win meals at some of Norfolk’s best-loved restaurants. Tickets are £35 per person.

CHARITY DINNER Tuesday 20th March Following a cookery demonstration by Galton Blackiston at 6.30pm, the Duke’s Head Hotel’s head chef Trevor Clark will be serving a twocourse dinner accompanied by wine tasting with an award-winning wine merchant. The evening will conclude with live music and a special charity auction. Tickets are £65 per person. For more details and information about the events and to book your tickets, please call 01553 601201 or e-mail info@klmagazine.co.uk

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Serves: 2 INGREDIENTS 2 chicken supremes, skin on 1 red bell pepper 1 slice of ciabatta 75ml olive oil 25ml sherry vinegar 10g flaked almonds 10g blanched hazelnuts 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 25g butter 1 clove garlic 1 lemon 1 sprig of thyme 1 tbsp tarragon, chopped 1 tbsp chives, chopped 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped salt & cracked black pepper to taste

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the oven or continue to cook on the stove which is the tastier option as this will allow you to baste the chicken more. Either way it should take around 15 minutes or slightly longer depending on the size of the chicken. Don’t forget that all important seasoning!

2 Place the strips of pepper into a small saucepan and gently cook with half the rapeseed oil, being careful not to colour the pepper too much. This should take around 20 minutes. Season with salt.

4 Once the chicken is cooked remove from the pan, squeeze a little lemon juice over, and rest for a couple of minutes. In the same pan, toast the nuts, and rip the ciabatta into chunks and add this to the pan too. These croutons will take on all that lovely flavour from the chicken.

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in a steady stream mixing at the same time. 6 Sieve the flour, baking powder and pureed pear into the cake mixture and blend together making sure not to overmix. Pour the cake mix into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 7 Remove the chai butter from the fridge and leave to soften. Put it into a large mixing bowl add the icing sugar a little at a time and mix until soft and creamy. 8 When the cake is completely cool top with the butter cream and arrange the poached pear slices on top. To finish drizzle with caramel. 9 Make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy your cake. No better way to start 2018.

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he Oriental Palace, which you'll find sitting just off the A10 at West Winch, is a Chinese restaurant, and at first it’s everything you’d expect – it looks welcoming, there’s plenty of room to enjoy the atmosphere, it’s run by a wonderfully friendly couple, and you’ll find nothing is too much trouble for the charming staff. Together with three friends, we visited the Oriental Palace shortly before Christmas, and noticed the difference as soon as we sat at our table – which I was pleased to see laid with cotton tablecloths and napkins – and picked up our menus. The choice is nothing short of

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astonishing, with over 150 Asian dishes covering everything from meat and seafood to curries and vegetarian specialities – there were 24 different rice and noodle dishes alone! Picking something from all these options sounds like a daunting task, but the Oriental Palace has a very clever idea – you pay a set price, and then order (and eat!) as much as you like. And if you think that means Chinese buffet-style dining you’d be very wrong, because everything at the Oriental Palace is cooked to order. It’s a great idea and it’s one that works really well, especially if (like us) you’re in a group, giving you the chance to order a wide range of dishes and share them around – it’s a lot of fun Whatever you choose, the food is quite simply fabulous. It looks beautiful and has a real touch of authenticity about it – combining deliciously fresh ingredients with complex flavours and textures. Naturally, you’ll be tempted to pick the Chinese dishes you’re most familiar with, but it pays to be adventurous at the Oriental Palace. You may have had chicken satay before, but try the prawns with satay sauce instead – it works surprisingly well. Similarly, the Capital barbecue spare ribs are a delight, the succulent meat simply falling off the

bone and complemented with an irresistible tangy sauce. Given the quality of the food it’s difficult to single out dishes for special mention, but I would strongly recommend trying the green-lipped mussels; they’re almost the size of oysters and just as indulgent, served with a gorgeous black bean sauce. And although the crispy duck is fantastic, a great twist on the concept is the Mongolian lamb – which is accompanied by large lettuce leaves instead of pancakes to wrap around the beautifully-cooked and tender meat. Even if some members of your party are slightly apprehensive of exotic tastes there’s plenty of choice for them too – especially a delicious grilled sole in a white wine sauce. The waiting staff are simply wonderful too, explaining some of the more unusual dishes and frequently checking that you’re enjoying the food. Some people might find this almost too attentive, but the staff are so eager to please they’re more than happy to leave you in peace if you ask. If you think you know Chinese food – or Asian food generally – then you really should pay a visit to the Oriental Palace. It will show you just how good authentic world food can taste when it’s cooked with care and attention – and it’s also a really enjoyable experience. Fantastic.

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ABOVE: The Assembly Room in King’s Lynn pictured during Heritage Open Day 2017 – the setting for many a great Georgian feast at a time when people really knew how to feast in style

Food, glorious food: the feasts of the Georgians The Georgian period saw a revolution in agriculture that greatly increased food production – which led to tables groaning with edible treats for all but the poor, as Alison Gifford explains

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rosperous Georgians ate very well – or copiously, at least. On 11th July 1789, the famous Norfolk parson and diarist James Woodforde sat down to a feast of fresh salmon, roast mutton, fricasseed rabbit, roast ducks with peas, currant pie and syllabubs, followed by a dessert of strawberries and cherries. The Georgians certainly liked their food. At a feast at King’s Lynn Town Hall

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in 1804 were seated the gentlemen and ladies of the town together with some well-to-do shopkeepers and master craftsmen. In total, 270 people filled all the rooms – 133 in the Assembly Room, 77 in the Stone Hall, 18 in the Council Room (which is now the modern catering kitchen) and 42 “young ladies and gentlemen” in the card room with the doors shut – noisy teenagers were best left to their own devices even then! The presiding Mayor

was Thomas Bagge, and the menu was quite prodigious. Sturgeon, pickled salmon, chicken, venison, pie, ham, vegetables, veal, soup, tongue with clear jelly, small tarts, mince pies, orange pudding, lemon cream and German puffs were just some of the dishes on the table. An extravagant table of food was still a mark of high status and a chance to show off. Jellies and blancmanges could now be made easily following

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ABOVE: Elizabeth Raffald’s The Experienced English Housekeeper was one of the most popular Georgian cookbooks – and remains a reference for food writers today. First published in 1769, it contains 900 recipes for everything from roast game to ‘transparent puddings’ and includes the first known recipe for a wedding cake covered in marzipan and royal icing.

commercial development in 1754 when a gelatine powder was patented. For the first time, sugar from the country’s slave colonies was plentiful – and as British dominion of the seas increased and world trade grew, spices became more easily obtainable and affordable. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger were being used by French chefs who’d escaped the French Revolution and brought their refined cooking skills to English kitchens while their masters were being guillotined back home. In Georgian times, all the food – whether hot, cold, savoury or sweet – was on the table at the same time, although etiquette dictated the table be “covered not crowded.” This copious display wasn’t confined to feasts either. Social dining in the grand merchant houses of King’s Lynn was a chance to show off, using food as a point of status. The more complicated and the more time the food took to prepare and make, the richer you had to be to pay for it. Some of the wealthy families of King’s Lynn imported wine or had family and friends in this lucrative trade, so wine flowed freely through the town. And Georgian England drank heroically. Portuguese white wine and

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ABOVE: Part of the display of Georgian tableware on permanent display at the Stories of Lynn museum in the Town Hall. The building’s ovens (below) are still in excellent condition – and can be found in the public reading room of the King’s Lynn Borough Archives

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ABOVE: This typical Georgian feast forms part of a fascinating exhibition at the Tourist Information Centre at the Custom House in King’s Lynn that runs until January 6th

Madeira were closely followed by Port as the drink of choice; and after brandy there was claret (smuggled), punch, rum, porter and, for all classes, ale for breakfast. Our local Georgians – the rich, the middle class, and (to a lesser extent) the numerous working people – were fortunate in their food. In The Lady of Lynn, a rollicking good novel set in 18th century King’s Lynn, the novelist and historian Walter Besant put it very well indeed. “There is excellent mutton fattened in Marshland,” he wrote. “The bacon of Norfolk is famous; there are no geese like the geese of the Fens – they are kept in farmhouses, each in its own hutch, all driven out to feed in the Fens. You may see the boy they call ‘the gozzard’ driving them out in the morning and bringing them home in the evening. Then, since all the country on the west side is lowland reclaimed from the sea, it is full of ponds haunted by ducks, widgeon and teal. This fertile land yields abundantly of wheat, barley, fruit and vegetables, and fish are to be found in plenty in the Wash.” Georgian table fare was very different from that of the medieval and Tudor periods. New and improved farming techniques and livestock breeding and much better roads led to amplified food production and distribution. Foremost among agricultural improvers was Thomas William Coke, the charismatic ‘Coke of Norfolk’ who inherited the Holkham Estate in 1776.

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Over the next 40 years, he made Holkham farming – and Holkham hospitality – a byword throughout Great Britain and abroad. Meanwhile, at nearby Raynham Hall, Charles Townshend had introduced a new type

ABOVE: Elizabeth Raffald’s The Experienced English Housekeeper contains this ‘ideal’ table layout for an elegant second course – and shows just how many different foods the Georgians put on the table. Every one of these 25 plates contains a different dish.

of crop rotation which revolutionised the production of important crops. Cooking on an open fire with a rack and spit was gradually replaced by ovens and ranges; at least in well-to-do households. At this time china began to replace pewter on English tables, a development driven partly by improvements in European porcelain manufacture and partly by the desire to have what was modern, scarce and expensive on the table for guests to admire and envy. All this bounty was dimly lit by candles – but even candles were a status symbol. The majority of people (the poor) used tallow rushes for intermittent, smelly and smoky dim light, while beeswax candles were lit by those who could afford them. Even in the homes of the wealthy, when the family wasn’t entertaining guests, only the minimum number of candles were used in a room at any one time – and these were positioned close to where the light was most needed. A single candle was carried to light the way from one room to another. But despite the intervening 300 years since the accession of George I, we can still recognise many Georgian social conventions; their food, their furniture, their tableware and their daily routines. If you had enough money in Georgian King’s Lynn, and if you stayed healthy, kept your teeth, and put up with dirt, smells, smoke and freezing cold in winter, you could certainly eat to bursting and be very merry indeed.

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ABOVE: The Minster and Priory Church of St Margaret, St Mary Magdalene and all the Virgin Saints – today simply known as King’s Lynn Minster – was founded as a Benedictine Priory in 1101 by Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich

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Builder of cathedrals and the founder of towns... He was the first Bishop of Norwich and in many ways can be seen as the founder of King’s Lynn. Peter Jackson of King’s Lynn Town Guides examines the life of Norman cleric Herbert de Losinga

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erbert de Losinga was born into a wealthy Norman family around 1050 in Exme near Argentan in northern France and was educated in the splendour of the Benedictine monastery at Fecamp – known for its charitable giving and for being the home of Benedictine liqueur. In 1079 Herbert was elected prior, by which time he was widely recognised as a distinguished scholar. Meanwhile, when William the

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Conqueror was injured in a riding accident and died as a result of his injuries, his second son William Rufus made his way to England and was crowned King on 29th September 1087. By this time, most of the bishoprics and monastic houses in the English church had been filled with Norman clerics. So it was no surprise when William II invited Herbert de Losinga to become Abbot of Ramsey in the Fens, one of the oldest and most important religious houses in England. At Ramsey, he ruled with ‘skill and wisdom’ and was soon

enjoying an opulent lifestyle. When William, Bishop of Thetford died in 1091, Herbert coveted the opportunity to be elevated to the bishopric and to move out of the Fens, so he ‘purchased’ the title for £1,900 (about £500,000 in today’s money) at the same time his father became abbot of Winchester. The appointments were arranged through Ranulf Flambard, the King’s Chancellor, who was always on the lookout for additional opportunities to fund the court’s lavish lifestyle. Herbert de Losinga was consecrated KLmagazine January 2018


as Bishop by the Archbishop of York, but his appointment wasn’t recognised by Rome – by purchasing the bishopric he’d committed the sin of simony, paying for religious preferment, which was forbidden by the Pope. In 1094 Herbert was struck by remorse and travelled to Rome to seek absolution from the Pope, his six-week journey including a difficult and treacherous passage through the Alps. He arrived in Italy to find it in turmoil with two rival Popes in conflict – Urban II and Clement III – neither of whom had been recognised by William Rufus. By the time Herbert reached Rome, Urban had regained control and it was to him that Herbert asked for forgiveness by surrendering his staff and his ring. Pope Urban II absolved him of his sins and restored him to his position as bishop, but not without paying penance for his sins. On his return to England, Herbert was ordered to build new churches at the extremities of his diocese, build a Cathedral and to move the bishopric to Norwich. Herbert’s vision for Norwich was gargantuan, on the scale of the great Episcopal cities of Europe; it stood in comparison to Old St Peter’s in Rome and was equal in architectural magnificence. To the citizens of Norwich, the buildings must have appeared incredible – a true sign of the greatness of God, and the power of the Norman invaders. After he consecrated the cathedral in Norwich in 1101, Herbert commenced his church in Lynn, dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Mary Magdalene and all the Virgin Saints. Much of the local land was owned by the Bishopric before the Norman Conquest, but it was Losinga’s reorganisation that led to the town’s development – becoming Lynn Episcopi or Bishop’s Lynn. Herbert granted the land between the Millfleet and the Purfleet to “his sons around Lynn” and it was here the monks from Norwich were granted a Charter giving them the Lynn church, the profits from the Saturday Market and from the fair held on the feast of St Margaret every 20th July. This was the first Bishop’s Charter of Lynn and it brought a sense of order to the town, where river and sea trade was already developing along a navigable waterway, allowing the town to prosper and grow rapidly. Herbert made many enemies due to his domineering character and inflexibility, although he did remain

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The large stained glass window on the north wall of King’s Lynn Minster shows Herbet de Losinga holding a model of Norwich Cathedral (left) with the arms of the diocese, standing to the left of Saint Margaret with a very vanquishedlooking dragon and the arms of Lynn. While nothing remains of the original 1101 church, King’s Lynn Minster is on the site chosen by de Losinga to found his church. The cottages on Priory Lane are the last remnants of the Benedictine Priory that was built to house the monks sent by Herbert de Losinga to build his church.

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acknowledged as a learned student of theology and the classics, establishing schools in Ramsey and Norwich. He can be described as resolute, possessing political craftiness and guile, immense energy and political ability. Although he has been disparaged and is infamous for his act of simony, this was seen at the time as a ‘fashionable sin.’ Herbert de Losinga was renowned for his long sermons and letters, several of which still survive. These show him as an able and efficient administrator who would have preferred the quiet life of the cloister. He was a wise counsellor and effective disciplinarian. Because so much of his writing survives we get a better idea of his character and personality than most Norman bishops.

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loyal to the King during a period when bishops and barons would change allegiance frequently and for selfish purposes. Herbert held a high position at court, and was respected by Henry's queen, Matilda. In fact, one of his last public appearances was at the funeral of Queen Matilda – she died at the age of 41 on May Day 1118. Matilda was well liked and respected for her charitable work, washing the feet of lepers and kissing their hands. Herbert took inspiration from Matilda’s good deeds and founded the leper chapel and hospital of St Mary Magdalene outside the city walls of Norwich. Herbert died on 22nd July 1119 and was buried before the high altar of Norwich Cathedral. He was

PRIVATE BOOKINGS Although there are no regular walks in January, the King’s Lynn Town Guides are available to take privately-arranged group walks at any time or day for groups of at least six people. These walks can be tailored to suit any theme or length. If you’d like to get together with a group of friends or colleagues to discover more about the town, simply contact the Tourist Information Centre in the Custom House on 01553 763044 to book your tour. The King’s Lynn Town Guides give their services entirely voluntarily, and all the money raised from the walks goes directly to conservation projects in the town.

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Letting Better Our monthly round up of the latest news and legislation concerning Landlords and Tenants in the private rented sector with Edmonton Estates Director Damien Simone

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QUI CK FAC TS 145 pieces of new legislation impacting landlords or the lettings market have been introduced in the last five years.

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elcome to our first article of 2018. We hope that everybody has had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year celebrations and are feeling refreshed. 2017 was a very challenging year particularly for landlords but also the rental industry as a whole. It was the third consecutive year of significant legislative changes to how properties are rented in the private sector with greater security of tenure, improved housing standards and investment restrictions being the main focus of the new laws that were brought in. So much new legislation was passed last year relating to renting property in England and Wales that it wasn’t possible for MPs to introduce it all without causing our rental property market to implode. I can obviously be viewed as biased on the subject but with the exception of improving the minimum standards to which properties must attain I fail to see anyone that has actually benefited from the majority of the new legislation that has been applied. Rents have continued to climb in response to rising costs for landlords

and the contraction in available properties due to some investors cashing out as capital values peak. Landlords and tenants are both struggling in different ways with the difficulties that have been generated through overly complicating what was previously a more effective system. Ok, so is it just all doom and gloom? That is a matter of perspective, but in my opinion whilst 2018 will be another highly challenging and for many landlords a potentially costly year, it should signify the end of the landlord and letting agent persecution that the government have been handing out – watch out motorists you’re probably next (again)! Quite simply if all the new legislation that is planned can be implemented within the next 12 months then after the initial “wobble” the industry and market can accept its wounds and enter a state of healing, after which progression will shortly follow. What are we still waiting to happen? These are the main changes that are expected throughout the coming year:

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ABOVE: Going for a scan during pregnancy can be an exciting time, but at 20 weeks there’s a 1/2,500 chance that expectant parents will hear about the condition known as CDH for the first time

The charity that’s helping some very special babies It’s unlikely you’ve heard of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, but it’s a serious condition that gives babies a 50/50 chance of survival. Sarah Woonton looks at a charity offering help and support...

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ince it only occurs in about one in every 2,500 births you’ve probably never heard of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) but one thing’s for sure. You wouldn’t want your baby to have it; diagnosed babies have only a 50% survival rate. As a parent-to-be, going for a scan during pregnancy is an exciting experience. For most parents it’s a joyous occasion, and most leave with smiles on their faces and pictures of their unborn child in their hands, which

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they can’t wait to show off to family and friends. Sadly, however, for some it can be a time of heartbreak. CDH is usually diagnosed at the 20week scan, and the general lack of awareness about the condition means that parents are not only shocked but also have absolutely no idea what the diagnosis means for the future of their unborn child – other than it means their baby has only a 50% chance of surviving. CDH is the abbreviated name for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, and

in medical terms ‘congenital’ means ‘born with’, ‘diaphragmatic’ means ‘of the diaphragm’ and ‘hernia’ is a general term used to describe a bulge or protrusion of an organ through the structure (or muscle) that usually contains it. CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to develop or form correctly in the unborn baby, allowing the abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity, which in turn prevents the lungs from developing properly. Having a child with CDH is

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Local Life frightening for any parent, but CDH UK, a charity set up by Brenda Lane of King’s Lynn offers much-needed help and support for affected families. Brenda knows from personal experience just how difficult it is to receive this news. “My own daughter was diagnosed with CDH at the 20 week scan,” she says. “She’s 23 now, and back then there was no one to talk to at all. We didn’t meet anyone who had even heard of the condition for about 18 months.” Surrounded by a lack of knowledge and any established support network to call on, it was a terribly worrying time. “When you first get the diagnosis there are so many decisions you’ve got to try and make and so many thoughts going through your mind,” she says. “One hour you’re hopeful and the next hour you think this baby’s not going to live five minutes.” Brenda’s daughter has just finished university and is now heading to America to work – proof that despite the possibility of having problems throughout childhood, CDH doesn’t have to stop you from living a perfectly normal and fulfilling life. However, sadly that isn’t the case for everyone, as the prognosis for babies diagnosed with CDH is statistically at 50%. Brenda felt it was important for parents of babies with CDH to receive help and support, and in 2004 she founded CDH UK and with a Committee of Trustees registered it as a charity. CDH UK offers information, advice and support to families. It also contributes towards research into better management and treatment of CDH and to assist in finding the causes of the condition and ways to prevent it. The charity connects families affected by CDH through social media and organised events so they can support one another. It also operates a free phone line for information and support. “CDH UK is very friendly and supportive,” says Brenda. “We’re always here when people need us.” For more information on CDH or the work of CDH UK, and to find out how you can help their work by making a donation, please go to the website at www.cdhuk.org.uk.

Case Study: Clara’s Story fter finding a problem with our baby’s lungs at our anomaly scan, an MRI confirmed the devastating news that Clara had a left-sided CDH, with most of her bowel in her chest cavity. This gave her a 50/50 chance of survival. We were given the option of not continuing with our pregnancy – which are not words you ever want to hear. We decided to carry on, and after being induced Clara was born pink and crying. She was immediately handed to the neonatologists, intubated and taken to the NICU – a neonatal intensive care unit (above). We didn't see her again until the following morning. Nothing prepares you for seeing your baby attached to a ventilator and so many wires and monitors. We spent all the time we could at her bedside, day and night. At only eight days old, she underwent

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surgery to repair her CDH. Thankfully this was successful and at ten days old we finally got to hold her. She went from strength to strength, and at just over three weeks old she was well enough to come home. We’re amazed at the strength that our little fighter has shown, and we’ll never be able to thank the NICU staff enough for saving Clara’s life. – Name witheld We helped the family by providing information and putting them in touch with other expectant parents for emotional support. We also put them in touch with parents of other children that survived CDH once Clara was home, this is for support with things like feeding and other concerns that families of survivors can experience, as often health visitors and GP's aren't experienced with the complications of CDH. – Brenda Lane, CDH UK

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Finding the right mortgage for you Following the recent rise in interest rates, homeowners have plenty of questions. Happily, Ring Associates have all the answers fter months of speculation, the Bank of England finally raised interest rates in the UK for the first time in over a decade. The increase from 0.25% to 0.5% might seem small, but the fact that interest rates are going up at all after a period at “rock bottom” is significant. The rates rise will have an impact on millions of people in the UK, with those on variable rate mortgages likely to lose out the most. Some 46% of households with a mortgage are either on a standard variable rate or tracker rate, which are likely to move at the same time as the official bank rate. These mortgages have an average of £89,000 left to pay off, resulting in a monthly payment increase of around £12. Those with higher variable rate mortgages will see their outgoings increase by a higher amount: payments on a £300,000

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mortgage will go up by about £39 a month. Homeowners with fixed rate mortgages can expect their payments to remain the same for some time following the rate rise, as can those with loans and credit cards to pay off. Within the market, the vast majority of mortgage lenders increased their main mortgage rate by 0.25% at the start of last month, following the decision by the Bank of England to raise base rates last November. Buy-to-Let mortgage rates haven’t escaped either. Invariably, a typical two year buy-to-let tracker rate has increased by an average of 0.20% since the rate rise. A two year buy-to-let fixed rate has increased by an average of 0.04%, giving a typical rate of 2.93%. A recent survey carried out by online estate agents Emoov found that for more

than a third of homeowners (37%) this is the first time they’ve seen their mortgage rate increase. Not surprisingly, this figure was significantly higher among younger homeowners, with 78% of those in the 2534 age bracket saying this was the first time they had seen mortgage rates increase. Another recent survey carried out, the Ipsos Mori survey, interviewed more than 2,000 adults. They found that almost half (44%) of homeowners were unaware of how their mortgage rate compares to the best rates on the market. Where do you feature in the above statistics? When did you last make the time to review what’s probably your single biggest outgoing? Are you truly confident that you’re on the best mortgage deal for you? At Ring Associates we can cater for all your mortgage needs by offering a fully independent mortgage advice service. Whether you’re a first time buyer, are looking to remortgage your home or release equity from it, or need a buy-to-let mortgage, our independent mortgage experts will provide you with all the information you need. Due to our independent status we’re able to search the entire market to find the mortgage that is most suitable for you and your future. We’ll also liaise (as necessary) with the mortgage provider, your solicitor and estate agent, making your overall experience seamless and as worry-free as possible. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us to speak to either Simon Legg, Thomas Murray or Lee Calton, our professionally qualified mortgage experts – who’ll be more than happy to help.

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PICTURES: ANNA SHORE

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ABOVE: Norfolk Anna Shore sketching on the beach at Old Hunstanton, and (opposite) a detail from an intricate embroidery work entitled Little Boats at Blakeney

For Anna, it’s all about the capricious light... She’s illustrated food magazines, taught drama and written over 30 songs, but Anna Shore’s true love is embroidery. Sylvia Steele talks to a textile artist constantly in awe of the Norfolk coast’s beauty

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alk into any artist’s studio and you immediately become aware of the light – the white walls, the big windows, the high ceilings. Which also perfectly describes the Hunstanton flat of textile artist Anna Shore. “I‘m constantly in awe of the beautiful scenery along the North Norfolk coast,” she says, “and I’m forever inspired. I’m never without a sketchbook in my bag.” It’s from these sketches that Anna creates her work and she still vividly

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recalls the embroidery teacher who encouraged her in her art. “I had a very inspiring embroidery teacher who encouraged me to stitch, push creative boundaries and work hard,” says Anna. And it was while studying with Art Teacher Mrs. Budd at the Notre Dame High School in Norwich that Anna perfected a piece of work that so appealed to her mother it was decided it needed framing. “Framing was very expensive at the time but my father had been a printer as a young man,” says Anna. “He was

very precise and neat, and he stepped up and said he’d frame it himself. He’s stretched and framed every piece of my work since then!” Anna continued to study for her Foundation Year in textiles, ceramics and photography at Great Yarmouth College of Art before her degree course in fashion and textile design at Leicester Polytechnic. “Work in the creative field is always difficult to find,” she says, “so I moved to London where, carrying my portfolio around with me, I lived for ten years or

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ABOVE: A trinket box by Anna Shore featuring a portrait of the late Mexican artist Freda Khalo. The embroidery work opposite was inspired by a couple who visited one of Anna’s exhibitions during a recent 1940s weekend in King’s Lynn.

more searching for a job. Although it wasn’t exactly what she wanted to be doing, Anna gained some freelance illustration work, mostly for food magazines and she ran a greeting card company called Parlour Papers for a time. Anna recalls the change in her life in the late 1990s when, divorced and with three young children, she lived in St. Albans. Whilst working at an infant school, she put her creative skills to the test by also teaching art to 5-7 year olds. But this was by no means a 5-day working week for Anna. Proof that her talent doesn’t only lie in the world of blanket stitch, feather stitch and French knots, she also taught drama in a local community hall on Saturdays to children up to 16 years old. “All our shows were original,” she says. “I play the piano and I’ve always loved words. Songwriting came easy to me, and over the past two decades I’ve probably written 30 songs and sent my recordings off to various artistes. Alas, I’m still unpublished!” Five years ago Anna met her

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photographer husband Gary, and introduced him to her Norfolk roots – where, indulging in their individual creative disciplines they became fascinated by the rare quality of the fluctuating light and vastness of the Norfolk sky. “Together we bought our flat in Hunstanton 18 months ago and we absolutely love it here surrounded by the huge skies and looking out over the coast,” she says. “Since moving to Hunstanton I’ve regained my creativity and I’m happy with what I’m doing again.” All bold colours and intricate stitches, an embroidered piece of work on the wall of her flat is of the poppies at Norfolk Lavender that took Anna four weeks to complete. Other work demonstrates her particular love of working on Norfolk scenes; creating a line of beach huts, an allotment field, or a group of elderly daytrippers just enjoying the view from the promenade – unlikely subjects until, in the hands of Anna Shore, they come alive.

“I get excited simply seeing a tractor in a field, and want to photograph it for future use,” she says. “People must think I’m mad, but there’s something about the changing light bringing ordinary objects to life that may only happen for a fleeting moment.” Since returning to Norfolk, Anna has joined the WNAA (West Norfolk Artists Association) and exhibited her work in King’s Lynn at both St. Nicholas Chapel and the Fermoy Gallery. “We meet some wonderful people at these exhibitions,” says Anna, “many with amazing skills of their own and who are very knowledgeable about the work on display.” With a huge smile, she points out a framed piece of work and explains its origins. One couple I remember particularly with a great deal of fondness,” she says. “He was an artist and she was a retired schoolteacher. They were dressed in 1940s dress for the King’s Lynn 40s weekend. I took a few photographs of them, made a sketch, and created this textile picture.” In addition to framed work, Anna uses her skills in making unique trinket boxes. One such box was adorned with an embroidered likeness of the late Freda Khalo, a Mexican painter of the 1950s, whose work she admires. And as for her future plans? “I’m really happy with what I’m doing at the moment,” she says. “Every artist wants to be commercially successful – but it’s not worth selling your soul for.” For more information and examples of Anna’s work, please visit her website at www.annashoreart.gallery

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PICTURES: AMELIA MILLS

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ABOVE: Norfolk artist Amelia Mills at work in her studio – it is, naturally, very close to the sea!

Turning the future of the oceans into a fine art Combining a passion for marine conservation with a talent for creating beautiful works of art, the career of young Norfolk artist Amelia Mills is now reaching a genuinely first-class audience...

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ast year, first-class passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Concorde Club lounge were greeted with a striking work of art that perfectly captured the magical beauty and brilliant majesty of the sea. Picking up British Airways’ in-flight magazine First they found the work repeated on the front cover of a specially-themed water edition. The painting, which was seen by over 100,000 people, was the work of a 27year-old artist from Norfolk, and

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between commissions and designs for a new series of paintings, Amelia Mills found time to talk to us about her career – which has taken off in a quite literal sense.

in the delivery suite. Ultimately I realised the most important thing in life is to be happy with what you do day to day, and I knew art was going to be the only way to fulfil that.

KL magazine: Did you ever want to be anything other than an artist? Amelia Mills: Not really, but I did have a couple of back-up options just in case! I went storm chasing in America and loved it, so I considered meteorology for a while – and then I also considered midwifery and did some voluntary work

KL magazine: Has the fact you’re largely self-taught had an effect on your way of working? Amelia Mills: Yes. I trust my instincts absolutely, and can feel inside when a painting is going well or not. I’m learning continually through experimentation, and I don’t feel I have

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to follow certain rules. What’s most important to me is that I produce a piece of work I love. KL magazine: How did you go about starting a career as an artist? Amelia Mills: After travelling and returning home, I realised it was the perfect time to give it my best shot. I got a part-time job to fund my art materials, I started promoting my work on social media, and developed the self-belief and drive to make it work. KL magazine: Why does the sea – or at least water – play such an important role in your work? Amelia Mills: I’ve lived next to the sea all my life, it’s naturally come to be my biggest influence. The dynamic colours, movements and details in ocean waters make for great inspiration. I’m also passionate about ocean conservation issues and would like to raise awareness of this through my work. KL magazine: Your relationship with the sea isn’t just artistic though, is it? Amelia Mills: No, I’m also a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer – which has meant that on a few occasions I’ve had to suddenly run out the studio door and postpone whatever I was working on! KL magazine: You have a very distinctive style comprising a mix of paints and resins. How did you develop that? Amelia Mills: I love the vibrancy of wet paint, and I wanted to find a way to capture that effect permanently. I experimented with various industrial resins – with mixed results! – and my return home from travelling coincided with artists’ resins becoming available. I’ve spent a lot of time developing the pouring and manipulation of paints and resin to achieve various effects.

ABOVE: Through a combination of paint and resin, Amelia Mills produces works of breathtaking beauty, capturing the wonder of the sea. Below is the cover Amelia designed for British Airways’ First magazine last year

KL magazine: What’s the reception to your work been like so far? Amelia Mills: It’s been very positive, both from people visiting the studio and from the response on social media. I’ve received many kind comments about the meditative nature of the paintings, and have been lucky enough to enjoy a steady flow of commissions. KL magazine: What kind of a response do you want from people viewing your work? Amelia Mills: A lot of people have remarked about the calming nature of the paintings, and have said they continually find new details and see new meaning in them, which is lovely. My work is always based on nature and I’d like people to realise the importance

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Local Arts KL magazine: Who are your major artistic influences? Amelia Mills: The general character of Helen Frankenthaler and her style of pouring paint onto large-scale canvases fascinates me. I should also mention Willem De Kooning – his piece Pink Angels was the first abstract painting I studied at college, and I like how it merges elements of figurative with the abstract. KL magazine: If you could have a single piece of art on your wall (other than your own!) what would it be – and why? Amelia Mills: Any piece by the British painter Kurt Jackson. I’m in awe of his landscape paintings and his dedication to the environment. Over the summer I visited his gallery in Cornwall, and his art is even more stunning in person – maybe one day I might be lucky enough to own one! KL magazine: What are you working on at the moment? Amelia Mills: I’m busy sorting out ideas for a few different series of works, and I also have a few commissions to complete.

ABOVE: Vortices by Ameila Mills – a painting that remains so close to the artist’s heart she’s determined never to sell it. Amelia (pictured below with the commissioned work Illuminated Deep) is currently trying to use her work to raise awareness of oceanic conservation issues

and beauty of it and not take it for granted. KL magazine: How on earth did you come to design a cover for British Airways’ in-flight magazine for first class passengers? Amelia Mills: An award-winning Art Director saw my work on Instagram last year and contacted me through my website to offer me the amazing opportunity to design a cover for a water-themed issue of BA’s in-flight magazine. It was in the planes and firstclass lounges for three months last spring.

KL magazine: Do you have a single painting of your own that’s particularly special or important to you? Amelia Mills: I have a work called Vortices, which strangely seemed to paint itself. It elicited some very strong emotional responses from family members, and I knew as soon as I’d finished it that it was a painting I would never sell.

KL magazine: Where do you see your work going in future? Amelia Mills: I’d like to raise awareness of the plight of the oceans through my art and contribute in some way to conservation efforts. I’m currently working on ideas to actually achieve that. KL magazine: Where can we see more of your work? Amelia Mills: I’m hoping to participate in Norfolk Open Studios in May/June this year, but my studio is open all year for visitors by appointment. I’ll also be looking into gallery representation at some point in the near future. My work can be viewed through my website at ameliamills.com and on my Instagram account at @ameliamillsart.

KL magazine: If there is such a thing, what’s a typical day in the studio like? Amelia Mills: There isn’t really a typical day, but I can usually be found either making up the wooden frames I paint on, sketching designs, experimenting with new techniques, sanding down edges on finished pieces – or, of course, actually painting!

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The Last Word

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ver Christmas I was enjoying a meal in Cromer with a group of friends, and all of us are now at that age when we find it hugely entertaining to talk about the things we miss from our childhoods. You know the sort of things; bags of crisps that were more than 25% full, television programmes that were actually entertaining, and those magical things called Green Shield Stamps. One of my friends said that one of his most vivid memories was the annual family trip to Devon. The thing that had stuck most in his mind, however, was arriving at the caravan site and being tasked by his parents to clean the car’s windscreen of a veritable carpet of squashed insects. “Since it was such a character-building exercise, I’d always intended to get my kids to do it when they grew up,” he said. “But it doesn’t seem to happen anymore.” Until then I hadn’t thought of it, but he was quite right. I can clearly remember long car trips – especially in the summer months – when you could hardly see for all the dead bugs on your windscreen. Now, I really can’t remember the last time that happened. It’s a case of not missing something until it’s gone. And I’m not the only one wondering where all our insects have gone. A few years ago, the RSPB asked motorists to attach a ‘splatometer’ to the front of their cars, and no, it wasn’t on the first of April. The ‘device’ was simply a piece of PVC film fitted over the number plate that collected insects in an attempt to see if their numbers were declining. Some 40,000 conservationminded drivers duly washed their number plates, attached the ‘splatometer’ and then drove for 98

between 20 and 80 miles before peeling off the film and counting everything unfortunate enough to have had a messily close encounter with the car. They recorded 324,814 ‘splats’, which may sound a lot – but it actually works out at an average of only one squashed insect every five miles. Now, if you think the idea of counting dead bugs on a number plate sounds a little bit too Blue Peter to be taken seriously, you may be interested in the work of the Krefeld Entomological Society. They’re a German group of researchers who’ve been monitoring insect numbers at 100 nature reserves in Western Europe since the 1980s. Although they recorded the odd annual fluctuation now and again, they discovered that by 2013 the number of insects had began to plummet by nearly 80%. Experts mostly blame intensive agriculture and the use of pesticides over the past 50 years, but the impact of our disappearing flower-rich grasslands can’t be underestimated. In Britain, we’ve lost 97% of them since the 1930s – and that may be a major reason why British beekeepers have lost about a third of their managed bee colonies every year for the last decade. Rothamsted Research are based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and they’ve also been monitoring insect populations across the country – and they’ve been doing it for over 50 years. Their report into the state of Britain’s larger moths, published in collaboration with the charity Butterfly Conservation, showed a fall of insects by 40% in the south of England over the past 40 years. Meanwhile, the most recent RSPB State of Nature report, which brings together findings from 50 different

organisations, suggests there’s been a 59% decline in insects in the UK since 1970. I think it’s only reasonable to assume that we have less – probably a lot less – insects than we used to, but is that really anything to worry about? Well, it is when you consider that about 80% of the flowering plants on earth are pollinated by insects, and that roughly a third of the world’s crop production depends directly or indirectly on that pollination. Without insects, you could say goodbye to things such as silk, cotton, honey and shellac – and without their recycling work we’d all be kneedeep (at least) in all sorts of waste. Insects are an essential part of the food chain, and many animals (including us) rely on them. One of my friends thought there was nothing wrong with our bugs, saying that because our cars are much more aerodynamic than they used to be, insects simply and safely glide over them. At the time I thought that was a reasonable argument, but then I thought back to the summer and realised that I didn’t see a single wasp last year.

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