ISSUE 75 JANUARY 2017 PRICELESS
WEST NORFOLK | NORTH NORFOLK | COASTAL
COVER IMAGE Bnt by Ian Ward
meet the team MANAGING DIRECTOR Laura Murray MANAGING EDITOR Eric Secker DESIGN TEAM Amy Phillips Lisa Tonroe PHOTOGRAPHY Ian Ward SALES AND PROMOTION Nicola Back CONTRIBUTORS Clare Bee Emma Brand Charlotte Niemiec Richard Parr Sylvia Steele
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very warm welcome to 2017 to you all, and if last year was anything to go by we should be in for a very interesting 12 months. If the unexpected and surprising events of 2016 taught us anything, it’s probably that we should maybe think a bit diﬀerently about things – and that’s a theme that runs throughout this month’s issue of KL magazine. Take artist Tim Mann, for example, who wants us to think diﬀerently about art – to see it not as something to be simply looked at and admired (or not!) but as something we can take an active part in, something that’s part of us and speaks of our place in the world. His recent project in Snettisham (see page 32) certainly has that eﬀect among the village residents. Or take East Gate Larder’s Jane Steward, whose avowed mission is to repair the reputation of the humble medlar and encourage us to think diﬀerently about a tasty natural product whose only claim to fame to date is being named the world’s ugliest fruit. You can read about her successes so far on page 72. You’ll also think rather diﬀerently about the term ‘boy racer’ after reading about Oliver Clarke (page 94), the young man from Downham Market who’s already making a name for himself in the world of motorsport – and it’s good to hear he’s just as dedicated to his homework! We hope you enjoy the magazine – and have a very happy and prosperous new year! KL MAGAZINE ERRATA: Please note that in our December issue, the image on page 33 of four children standing in front of the Sheraton wreck in Hunstanton should have been credited to William Grindrod/The Geograph Project. The project is a charitable organisation with over 5 million free-to-use photographs and features 1,000s of photos of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk on its site at www.geograph.org.uk
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6-13 WHAT’S ON This month’s diary of forthcoming events
52-54 HOLKHAM STUDIOS Are these the coolest oﬃces in the UK?
8-10 NORFOLK’S GREATEST HERO Taking a look inside the Nelson Museum
59 2017: A TAXING YEAR AHEAD? Help and advice from Stephenson Smart
14 KING’S LYNN CORN EXCHANGE A preview of glittering shows for Spring
60-62 PEARCE MARCHBANK Catching up with a famous graphic designer
16-18 A FESTIVAL OF SWANS The work of the WWT reserve at Welney
64-68 FASHION Inspirational ideas from our local boutiques
20-22 BEYOND THE CASTLE WALLS Sylvia Steele takes a tour of Castle Rising
72-70 UGLY FRUITS, TASTY TREATS A new look at the medlar with East Gate Larder
26-28 MAKING A GRAND ENTRANCE The story of the South Gate of King’s Lynn
76-85 FOOD AND DRINK Reviews, recipes and recommendations
32-34 TIM MANN IN SNETTISHAM When the community meets the art world
82 RESTAURANT REVIEW KL magazine visits The Rathskeller in King’s Lynn
40-42 MAPPING A CHANGING WORLD A look at a unique archive at True’s Yard
86-88 TIME FOR A LOCAL TONIC... The story of Jonathan Redding’s Norfolk Gin
44-46 THE WALK THAT’S A WORKOUT Discover the beneﬁts of Nordic Walking
90-92 THE WORK OF DANIEL CRANE A love of sport and a passion for art
49 YOU AND YOUR PETS With local vet Alex Dallas
94-96 LIFE IN THE FAST LANE A proﬁle of rising motorsport star Oliver Clarke
50 THEN & NOW The changing face of West Norfolk
106 MICHAEL MIDDLETON Was 2016 the year of the underdog?
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THE DRIVERS CLUB: POP-UP BAR OPENING Historic Sportscar Collection, Unit 2, Tottenhill Retail Park, Tottenhill PE33 0RL (Doors open 5pm-10:30pm) Ian and Lesley Ann Pinches (formerly of the multi-award winning Railway Arms in Downham Market) are working with Steve Cato and father-and-son team Julian and Duncan Sutton to open a ‘pop-up’ micro-pub at Tottenhill. The Drivers Club is located in the woodpanelled clubroom above the Historic Sportscar Collection that adjoins Steve Cato’s restoration workshop. The new bar will sell real ales, local cider, good wines plus a range of gins, whiskies and spirits along with a selection of soft drinks and quality teas and coﬀees. The Drivers Club has a half-size billiard table, leather armchairs and a ﬁreplace along with a small library of books and magazines relating to motor racing, evoking a sporting era that perfectly complements the showroom downstairs. The Historic Sportscar Collection currently includes an immaculate E-type Jaguar, a rare Fraser Nash and an even rarer Invicta Black Prince – together with the current work Steve Cato and his team of specialist vehicle restorers are undertaking.
From Monday 30th SNOWDROP WALKS AT WALSINGHAM ABBEY Walsingham Abbey, 10 Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP (Open daily 10am-4pm until Sunday 6th March) Take a beautiful winter walk around the grounds of Walsingham Abbey and admire the diﬀerent varieties of snowdrops that carpets much of the 18 woodland acres that surround this inspiring priory ruin. Walsingham has the perfect conditions for snowdrops to thrive; deciduous woodland with chalky, alkaline, humus-rich soil with good drainage, although it never dries out in summer. The open tree canopy lets through plenty of light in late winter and early spring. Admission is £5, with children aged 6-16 £2.50. For more information please visit the website at www.walsinghamabbey.com.
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NORFOLK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: A GERMAN ROMANCE Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn (3:30pm) Take a journey with one of Norfolk’s most acclaimed ensembles through the soaring heights and despairing depths of the German Romantic movement in the second half of the 19th century. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a feast of hugely important music. From the father of ‘New Music’ Robert Schumann to the hugely inﬂuential Richard Wagner (the undisputed master of sturm und drang), and from the emotional intensity of Brahms to the groundbreaking Anton von Webern, whose music is now well over 100 years old but is still seen as the very epitome of modernity. Classical music doesn’t get more classic than this. Tickets are £16 – to book, please call the box oﬃce on 01553 764864.
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Fancy spending time in a beautiful historic location and engaging with like-minded people? Why not volunteer as a room guide at Oxburgh Hall? Come along to one of our open days to chat with staff, enjoy some refreshments and see the house through the eyes of our existing volunteers. Drop-in between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 31st January or Wednesday 1st February. Call the house team on 01366 327247 for further information.
Do you have a keen interest in countryside management and natural history? Assist the Ranger, by undertaking a wide range of practical work such as woodland management, vegetation clearance and much more. Volunteer Work Party Saturday 28th January 10am – 4pm (this group will run on the last Saturday of every month). If you are interested in joining this group then please contact Claire Rogers on 01366 328926 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Oxburgh Hall visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall Photo © National Trust Images. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846
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Tuesday 7th February
WALKING WOMEN Meet at Beach Café, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1DR Is your New Year resolution to get ﬁt and healthy? Do you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone? Would you like to socialise while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Holkham Estate? If so, you’ll love Holkham’s monthly walks, which take place on the ﬁrst Tuesday of every month, starting at 10am. Each walk lasts approximately 1½ hours, and well-behaved (and sociable!) dogs on leads are welcome to join. For the Wells walks the group meets at the Beach Café, while for the Holkham walks please meet outside the ticket oﬃce in Holkham park. For further information, please visit the website at www.holkham.co.uk/event/walking-women.
Friday 10th February
COFFEE CONCERT: ANNA ROSA MARI (FLUTE) WITH THE EBLANA STRING TRIO King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place PE30 5DQ (11am) The Royal Northern College of Music’s Anna Rosa gives solo recitals and regularly collaborates with the European Union Chamber Orchestra – and now makes her second King’s Lynn Festival appearance following her coﬀee concert during last year’s Festival. She’ll be performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A, Dohnanyi’s Serenade for String Trio, and Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D. The Eblana String Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at RNCM and are currently Junior Fellows in chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire. Tea/coﬀee and cake will be served from 10.30am. Tickets £13, and £7 for under 18s. Book through the box oﬃce on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk.
Thurs 2nd Feb - Thurs 23rd March
TRUE’S TALKS: SPRING SERIES True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, North Street King’s Lynn PE30 1QW (1-2pm) This spring’s schedule is as follows: 2nd Feb: Poverty and the Workhouse in King’s Lynn 1730-1770 by Dr Paul Richards; 9th Feb: The Red Mount Chapel in King’s Lynn by Neil Batcock; 16th Feb: Mass Observation and the Worktown Study (1937) by Jeﬀ Hoyle; 23rd Feb: The Fight for Lynn’s Historic Buildings since 1885 by Philip Venning, OBE; 2nd Mar: Richard Young: 19th Century Shipping Magnet of Wisbech by Roger Powell; 9th Mar: A Glimpse of Thetford Past & Present by David Osborne; 16th Mar: Benjamin Massey of Lynn & The Quakers’ Network 1800-50 by Alison Giﬀord; 23rd Mar: The history of Tilney All Saints and its 12th century Church by June Mitchell, MBE and Ann Savage. Please also join us for the 4th Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture at King’s Lynn Town Hall on 30th March at 7pm – The Baden Powell 1900-2017 by Dr Paul Richards, Tim Clayton and Ken Hill. Tickets are available from Tuesday 17th January. All lectures are free, except the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture (£5) – for further details and to book your place, please call 01553 770479 or email email@example.com.
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Tue 14th & Wed 15th February NEST BOX BUILDING: A FAMILY ACTIVITY (5-13 YEAR OLDS) Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough PE33 9PS (12:30-2:30pm) Come and join the outdoors team during National Nest Box Week and build a nest box for the birds that live in Oxburgh’s beautiful woodlands. Then take a wander through the estate to attach the nest boxes to a tree – and come back and visit your nest box throughout the bird breeding season. Will there be any young? Will the baby birds ﬂedge? Will another woodland animal make its home in your box? Booking is essential as places are limited. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Please remember to wear outdoor clothes and shoes suitable for the weather conditions, and note that there could be a long walk (up to 20 mins) to your nest box location. For more details and information, please visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall. 13
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ABOVE: The Destruction of L’Orient at the Battle of the Nile in 1798, as re-imagined by British painter George Arnald. The battle, which has been described as the most decisive naval engagement of the great age of sail, is the focus of a new exhibition at the Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth, which re-opens next month.
A true celebration of Norfolk’s greatest hero... He’s one of Norfolk’s most famous sons and led England to its greatest ever naval victory. Sylvia Steele visits a remarkable local museum dedicated to the momentous life of Horatio Nelson.
reat Yarmouth is a town bursting with maritime history, which makes it an ideal place in which to ﬁnd a museum dedicated to Norfolk’s (if not the whole country’s) greatest naval hero. It’s an area that Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson would have been familiar with, and the elegant Georgian mansion facing the town’s South Quay is a ﬁtting setting for the Nelson Museum, an important collection celebrating his life and times. With most tributes to Nelson concentrated around the place of his KLmagazine January 2017
birth at Burnham Thorpe, it’s refreshing to discover this unique dedication to his life in a town where he spent many hours of life ashore. It was, in fact, from The Wrestler’s Inn in Great Yarmouth he made his impassioned speech “I am a Norfolk man and I glory in being so” on his return from the Battle of the Nile in 1798. The Nelson Museum reveals many such interesting facts in its display of documents, letters and collection of more than 2,000 items of memorabilia. Entry through the elegant door of 26 South Quay is a stepping stone to
discovering little-known aspects of Nelson’s personal and naval life, whilst it also encapsulates the importance of this bustling port as a maritime centre. The story begins at Nelson’s birthplace in Burnham Thorpe, leading to his education at North Walsham’s Paston Grammar School during 17681771 and follows his battles (both martial and marital) and triumphs before his untimely death and state funeral in 1806. The museum’s ‘below decks’ scenario is an interactive display of life on board a warship of the 18th century and oﬀers
ABOVE: The death of Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805 as imagined by the British painter Samuel Drummond (1766-1844). Drummond painted at least eight versions of the scene, and one forms the centrepiece of the Nelson Museum’s collection of prints and paintings.
the chance to ‘savour’ the smells and sights of the crew’s daily rations; to hear Nelson’s commands; and to experience the commotion and the cannon ﬁre. The Maritime Courtyard and picnic area oﬀers a respite before continuing the journey upstairs to the exhibition room where curator Kerry Robinson Payne talks about the museum’s annual exhibitions. “In 2016 the exhibition concentrated on the women in Nelson’s life,” she says. “This proved to be particularly popular with women visitors who are, of course, more interested in the fashion and women of the period, whereas the men prefer the naval history!” After its winter closure, the Museum will open next month with its Nile Exhibition that centres around the ‘Nile Table’ on board HMS Vanguard during the battle, with eﬃgies of Nelson and his oﬃcers and concentrating on Admiral Nelson’s maritime life. The museum, which cost around £750,000 to establish, was opened in 2002 by its patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Sadly, the event was overshadowed by the fact the
museum’s founder Ben Burgess MBE had died two years before the opening. The founder and director of a wellknown agricultural engineering business in Norwich, Ben Burgess was motivated in his development of the collection on two fronts. Initially, his interest may have been conceived when he attended Nelson’s school, the Paston Grammar School in North Walsham – which still holds a few Nelson artefacts – but his enthusiasm for the collecting bug probably began with the bequest of a small biography of Nelson presented to his father in 1869 as a school prize. Burgess built the Nelson Memorabilia Collection over 50 years and formed a Charitable Trust in 1992 with the aim of “establishing and maintaining the Collection as a permanent entry for educational purposes.” Proceeds from his autobiography My Life in Agriculture have continued to support the Collection that is funded by donations only. The Ben Burgess Nelson Memorabilia Trust, which administers one of the foremost Nelson collections in the country, decided the Collection should become the focus of the Nelson Museum. Nelson’s life is of
enduring appeal and continues to attract visitors from across Britain and abroad. One objective of the Trustees is to encourage schools to visit and learn from the Collection. “Education is an important focus and students can also use the museum library,” says Kerry Robinson Payne. “It’s a perfect study resource.” The Collection includes original autographed letters from Nelson (one to his former chaplain dated 1801) in addition to paintings, charts, medals (some of which were presented to seamen who took part in the Battle of the Nile) and many examples of rare commemorative china. Centrepiece of the extensive painting and print collection is a painting of particular importance by Samuel Drummond depicting the dying Nelson being carried below on HMS Victory, acquired in an auction in Ireland. In another niche, a trio of paintings, believed to have been commissioned by Horatio’s father Edmund, are of the Burnham Thorpe Church where he was rector; Barsham Church beloved by Nelson’s mother Catherine; and the Parsonage at Burnham Thorpe, where they once hung. Nelson was given the Freedom of the Borough of Great Yarmouth in 1801 and a Monument to the town’s naval hero was built in 1817 in the South Denes area between the River Yare and the sea. Also known as Norfolk Naval Pillar or Britannia Monument it is of Doric style designed by William Wilkins and inscribed with Nelson’s victories. A procession from South Beach Parade to a service of commemoration and gun salute at the Monument is held every October on Trafalgar Day. While suﬀering similar funding concerns as many museums around the country, the Nelson Museum has had its struggles to survive, but it would seem a travesty that such a home of maritime history should not continue to ﬂourish.
The Nelson Museum at 26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth NR30 2RG will open for 2017 next month. For prices and opening times, please see the website at www.nelson-museum.co.uk
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The New C3: a fabulous start to the new year... The amazing Citroën New C3 arrives at Duﬀ Morgan in King’s Lynn he new year may only have just started, but this month sees the arrival of a car that’s set to deliver new levels of advanced comfort and personality in the shape of the imaginatively realised Citroën New C3. It’s everything you’d expect a modern Citroën to be – stylish, brimming with new technologies, and a genuine pleasure to drive – and it’s now waiting to be discovered at Duﬀ Morgan. “The New C3 oﬀers you an unrivalled opportunity to personalise your car,” says Sales Manager Martin Seal. “It has a twotone paint option, a choice of three roof colours, and a selection of four diﬀerent interiors for a truly individual touch.”
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The striking good looks of the New C3 (available from £10,795) are only the start, however. Inﬂuenced by the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, the interior features a panoramic glass sunroof, fabrics inspired by interior design and a 7-inch touchscreen that groups all the key vehicle functions together. The car also features the world
premiere of ConnectedCAM Citroën, an on-board HD camera that allows you to share road-trip photos and videos directly with friends and family – or save them as evidence in the event of an accident. “The New C3 will appeal to anyone looking for a beautiful modern car with real personality,” says Martin. “Book a test drive now and you’ll soon discover why people are getting so excited about it.”
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Sensational Spring shows Enjoy a fun-filled night out this New Year with a selection of excellent productions at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange!
he highlight of the spring season at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is the return of the world– renowned Russian Ice Stars who perform Peter Pan On Ice (15-19 MAR). Their new adaptation of this famous fantasy adventure by J.M Barrie is packed with your favourite characters including Wendy, Michael and John plus Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, Mr Smee and of course Captain Hook! Join them in Never Never Land. Other highlights of the season include Buddy -The Buddy Holly Story (24-25 APR). This West End show has
been seen by over 22 million people worldwide and now you can see it for yourself in King’s Lynn! Forget feel good this will make you feel great! Another musical is the hilarious Menopause The Musical (4 MAR) with Maureen Nolan, plus other stars, book now for the ultimate girls night out! Live music this season includes Smokie (9 FEB) after a prolonged period of world touring they are returning to tour the UK to wow audiences. Elkie Brooks (26 JAN) is quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced and Stand By Me – A celebration of Ben E King & The Drifters (11 MAR) is the phenomenal musical history of one of the biggest selling bands of all time. Ellen Kent presents La Boheme (5 MAR), one of the most romantic operas ever written. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and Mussetta’s dog! For a wonderful evening of Strictly moves we have Pasha Kovalev and his fantastic dancers (23 APR) in Let’s Dance The Night Away. There are lots of treats in store for children this season including Cirque Du Hilarious (15 FEB) perfect for a
family theatre trip in half term. In Room on the Broom (7-8 MAR) you can join the witch with her cat on their special adventure, based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson. Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh & Pudsey star in The Wizard Of Oz Easter Panto (6 APR) and Bobby Davro will also be joining them on the yellow brick road as the Scarecrow.
These are just some of the highlights, for the full programme of what’s in store at the Corn Exchange, pick up a copy of our new brochure out now or check out the ‘what’s on’ page of our website.
Tickets for all shows are available from our Box Office on 01553 764864 or book online at: kingslynncornexchange.co.uk @klcornexchange
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ABOVE: The atmospheric swan feeds at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) reserve at Welney – every year the site provides an essential winter resting place for thousands of birds, who’ve travelled thousands of miles to visit this special part of the country
Keeping track of our beloved winter visitors... This month the WWT reserve at Welney is holding a Festival of Swans, with plenty of activities and some very special guests. Emma Brand takes a look at the reserve’s hugely important work
inter is a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy the spectacle of the huge numbers of birds that ﬂock to our shores escaping the colder weather further north. One of the most beautiful (and one of the nosiest!) birds to stop in the UK for winter is the swan, and there are two species which come from diﬀerent locations. Thousands of swans make their way from Iceland and Arctic Russia, travelling for weeks to cover the
huge distance. But what makes our local area so attractive to these birds? It’s actually a combination of factors; safe wetlands, plentiful food from the harvest waste in the surrounding arable ﬁelds, and the relatively mild temperatures they experience. Numbers peak in January, just in time for the Festival of Swans weekend at WWT Welney Wetland Centre near Wisbech later this month. Whooper swans from Iceland are increasing in number, so we could be
on for another record count of at least 7,000 this year. By counting the swans across the Ouse Washes and combining this information up with other sites across the UK (and in Iceland) we can monitor the population accurately and can follow the lives and travels of individual birds – either with brightly coloured leg rings or through the use of GPS technology ﬁtted to identiﬁcation tags. The Whooper swans are fantastically boisterous, with pairs and family groups whooping (hence the
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name!) and wing ﬂapping to announce their arrival as they glide down onto the water. Hundreds of them join our native mute swans and an array of ducks for the daily feeds. The Bewick’s swans – who travel much further from Arctic Russia – are in need of our help. The population in Europe fell from 29,000 in 1995 to 18,100 in 2010 (a drop of 37% in just ﬁve years) and is still falling. WWT Welney supports up to 34% of the European population in the winter months, making it an incredibly important site in the UK. The Bewick’s are smaller than the Whooper swans and are much shier, rarely coming onto the main lagoon for the daily feeds – but with a selection of hides available, and guides on hand, you stand a good chance of spotting one or two during a visit. The reasons behind the decline in these precious swans are many – and most of them have come as a result of humankind. WWT has been protecting the UK wetlands so important to these birds for years, but more is needed to be done to ensure we don’t lose these birds in the future. This winter, an innovative and
ABOVE: Whooper swans displaying on the ice – at the most recent count (December 5th), there were 3,268 whooper swans at WWT Welney. The whooper swan is the national bird of Finland and features on the country’s €1 coin.
PICTURES: WWT / TORMOD-AMUNDSEN (BIOTOPE)
courageous method of collecting insight into the migration of these birds has been completed. British conservationist Sacha Dench and her Flight of the Swans team have migrated with the Bewick’s swans, Sacha literally migrating like a swan herself with the use of a paramotor. In a never-beforeattempted journey, she’s covered 7,000km and travelled through 11 countries over a period of three months to gather at ﬁrst-hand the experience diﬀerent communities have with these birds as they arrive and pass through each location on their extraordinary journeys. Sacha will be at WWT Welney’s Festival of Swans weekend on Saturday January 21st, so you can meet the explorer in person, as well as hear from Wim Tijsen, the Dutch swan expert who’s been monitoring the Bewick’s in the Netherlands for decades. They’ll be joined by Dr Kevin Wood, WWT’s Principal Research Oﬃcer, who’s been looking into the importance of their winter feeding grounds. The Festival of Swans weekend is packed with activities from dawn to dusk (and beyond) to get you closer to
these amazing swans as they go about their daily routine – with the birds completely unaware of just how special they are. After spending the night roosting on the water, the swans rise as dawn breaks, preening and calling to one another until it’s time to take to the skies at sunrise and ﬂy out for the day. Swan ‘rush hour’ is amazing to witness and you might even be lucky enough to see one of the GPS-tagged Bewick’s like Daisy Clarke or Leho. Alongside the swans, great ﬂocks of ducks and wading birds also ﬁll the reserve, as the wetlands are a home for many other species too. In the cold winter months, the search for open water to drink and bathe in drives more species to search for wetlands too. Throughout the weekend you’ll be able to learn more about these fascinating birds from the experts as
they help you identify the diﬀerent species, spot a leg ring or two and show you how to capture the birds on camera. You can enjoy the commentated wild swan feed from the centrally-heated main hide, or take a guided walk out into the wetlands for a chance to see wetland wildlife – and that Fenland specialist, the brown hare. At dusk, as the watery winter sun descends to meet the horizon, listen out for the ‘whooping’ sound of swans getting closer and closer, followed by the whoosh of water as they land. The ﬁnal feed of the day happens on an illuminated lagoon after all the swans have returned. This is the perfect chance to meet up with the individual Whooper swans that are regular visitors to WWT Welney – including Aurelie and Nelson – and watch them tuck into their supper before they ﬁnd the perfect spot to rest overnight.
THE FESTIVAL OF SWANS at WWT Welney takes place over the weekend of January 21st-22nd. You’ll ﬁnd the reserve at Hundred Foot Bank, Welney PE14 9TN. For more details and information, please call 01353 860711 or see www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney
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PICTURE: RICHARD DUNN
ABOVE: British conservationist Sacha Dench, who used a paramotor to follow the amazing journey of Bewick’s swans through 11 countries over the course of three months. “We’ve learned a huge amount,” she said on her return. “We’ve built up a huge amount of data we just didn’t have before.”
JOBS FOR THE GARDEN in January
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 Put up nest boxes ready for the spring Clean moss and algae from slippery paths, steps and decking – try our miracle block paving & patio brush or “patio magic” If you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the autumn, buy potted ones to fill in gaps and create early colour.
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ABOVE: The delightful village of Castle Rising, dominated by the famous castle built around 1138 by William d’Aubigny II
Castle Rising: a look beyond the castle walls It’s home to one of the most famous 12th century castles in England, but there’s a lot more to the village of Castle Rising than stone walls and fortifications, as Sylvia Steele discovers...
astle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in the whole of England, but aside from its expansive views across the countryside to the Wash, the magniﬁcent building’s elevated position also oﬀers a tantalising glimpse of the ‘closed’ village of Castle Rising itself, which is worthy of more than a cursory glance while en route to King’s Lynn. The term ‘closed village’ was a term coined by the Poor Law Commissioners in 1834 to signify villages with land owned by one or two families. Building was controlled by the construction of only suﬃcient dwellings for the housing of the estate workforce and tenanted
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farms. Castle Rising now retains a classic Victorian village appearance with its rows of neat cottages and well-tended gardens. But in 19th century England, the outward facades of these picturesque cottages concealed far more modest interiors. Many were damp, cold and draughty and were often overcrowded. The 1951 census records that no less than 22 people lived in three adjacent cottages, originally built with two rooms each. Castle Rising was a traditional, largely self-suﬃcient agricultural village with three working farms, a blacksmith, builder, carpenter, shoemaker and miller; a place where animals grazed on the common and marshes and children
joined in haymaking, and where most cottagers cultivated their own gardens as well as keeping livestock and chickens. In many ways, it represented an idyllic way of life. Social life centred around the church with active weekly dances, women’s clubs and a youth club – but the 20th century saw great changes to Castle Rising. With the increased use of mechanisation on the land the village saw a reduction in manpower and it was a time of closure of several farms. Many buildings fell into disrepair and the village school closed in 1962. Fortunately this state of aﬀairs was largely reversed in the latter part of the century. The Estate restored farmhouses, barns, the school and
blacksmith’s shop and encouraged the use of these premises by small scale businesses. Such was its success that the village was given Conservation Area status. These restored buildings now frame a small parking area conveniently just a step or two away from exploration of a village that retains many historical features. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the 12th century castle was originally owned by Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux who was also half-brother of William the Conqueror. It’s thought to have one of the ﬁnest and most elaborately decorated keeps in Norman England but it’s the formidable man-made earthworks of great banks and ditches that are thought by many to be its dominating feature. Built at about the same time by William d’Albini is the parish church of St. Lawrence. During the mid 19th century, the chancel was almost completely rebuilt, central heating was installed, and the ﬂoors laid with Minton tiles. Subsequent additions can be seen to be typically Victorian, with plain wooden pews. The rebuilding of the south transept was carried out in 1861 by the Hon. Mary Howard in memory of her late
husband, but despite being the major contributor to the church restoration there’s no monument to her memory inside the church – the only memorial to her being the Lych Gate at the western entrance. The Hospital of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, founded by Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton in 1614, is also known as Howard Bede House. With the red brick almshouses arranged around a central courtyard, it’s the residence of a dozen elderly ladies of the parish who, to this day, follow the tradition of walking to church as a group, wearing their Jacobean costume and steeple headgear in thanksgiving to their founder. A short walk through country lanes beyond the church is The Chase – an ancient hunting area widely used for hunting fallow deer and falconry which fell out of use in Tudor times. Within the Chase is a more restricted area called the Deer Park where captive deer were kept and used for food at the castle. In 1150, at about the time of the building of the castle, the village was granted a Charter for a market where fairs were held once a year. They were almost always associated with a religious festival, and the Market Cross
on its area of grassland became an important symbol. Wooded areas surrounding the village were very valuable in the early 18th century, with parish advice in 1706 being that ‘the Millwood should be carefully preserved and must be fenced against cattle and horses.’ The Castle Rising Parish Book of 1766 went even further, reminding villagers of serious penalties (including transportation or prison) for anyone ‘who shall wilfully cut, burn, damage or destroy or carry away any timber trees.’ There are two ancient woods in the parish; Alder Carr, which is mentioned as early as the 13th century; and Great Mill, which runs along the old highway northeast of the village. They’re both of great antiquity; an entry in the Manor inventory of 1720 records their value as ‘120 timber trees in Millwood at 4s per tree.’ A timber yard once stood close to this wood, and an 1883 Estate Account Book entry shows that both woods were being actively worked in the late 19th century. Circumventing the village, Babingley River was, at the time of the Domesday Book, a very important part of Castle Rising with several watermills along its bank and materials brought into the village probably arriving this way. From the castle’s indomitable position it’s still possible to chart its course across meadowland to nearby Wolferton and beyond. For more details on Castle Rising Castle and opening times, please visit the website at www.castlerising.co.uk
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Bespoke Pine n Oak: now bigger and better than ever! Following years of phenomenal success, Bespoke Pine n Oak has just opened a massive new superstore in King’s Lynn showcasing an incredible collection of unique designs, and fine handcrafted furniture
hen Kevin Berry and Carl Ingram established Bespoke Pine n Oak in the centre of King’s Lynn six years ago, they transformed a largely retail-based outlet into one of the most unique furniture stores in the area. Kevin had over 30 years experience in the timber trade, while Carl had (literally) built a strong reputation for craftsmanship thanks to his exceptional cabinetmaking and carpentry skills. It was the perfect combination, and over the years Bespoke Pine n Oak has continued to deliver on its promise that if you can draw it, they can make it. Taking the most basic of sketches or
ideas from customers looking for something truly unique, they’ve built complete kitchens and libraries. They’ve made display cases to perfectly ﬁt uneven walls, ﬂoors and ceilings. They’ve made supersized beds and wardrobes almost 8ft tall. They’ve even made a 14-seater ﬁxed-top dining table that was so big it had to be installed through a window. But if the work of Bespoke Pine n Oak was only limited by your imagination, the store itself was another matter entirely. Although the display areas were increased by 50% two years ago, it was never really enough space, and it never really did justice to the ﬁnely
handcrafted furniture. “To be honest, we outgrew the store some time ago,” says Kevin. “We’ve been phenomenally successful over the last ﬁve years, but we’ve never had the room to show our furniture at its best. Dining tables and beds need room to be appreciated, and it’s always easier to visualise pieces in your home when you can walk around them and see them from all angles.” The result is a fabulous new showroom on the edge of King’s Lynn that covers some 6,000 square feet and provides a wonderful showcase for some of the ﬁnest furniture you’ll ﬁnd anywhere. From the ever-popular
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painted ﬁnishes to a new ‘industrial’ collection (with extra thick wood and metal legs) the new home of Bespoke Pine n Oak features over 20 diﬀerent ranges carefully displayed in room settings and comprises over 500 individual pieces of furniture. It’s proof that Bespoke Pine n Oak really can create the furniture you’ve been looking for – in any style, in any shape, in any size, for any room. “It’s great to be able to show people the furniture the way it’s supposed to be seen, and it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says Kevin. “We’re going to be able to do so much more here, and I don’t think there’s anyone in the area that can oﬀer such a unique service and showcase it to this extent.” Kevin’s not the only one happy with the new showroom. Carl has a new and fully-equipped on-site workshop in which to work his wonders in wood. It’s almost 10 times the size of the previous store’s workshop (“he’d have taken the whole space if he could!” says Kevin) and features a wall of windows so visitors can see a true craftsman at work and customers can see their furniture taking shape. “The real beauty of hand-made furniture is that it’s been individually crafted to suit you and your home and no one else,” says Carl. “Each piece is unique and I’m really excited about the possibilities the new showroom and workshop oﬀers us – and our customers!” With more space and more staﬀ, Bespoke Pine n Oak is now perfectly placed to oﬀer handmade premium quality furniture that truly complements your home, ﬁtting the room to perfection and meeting your individual requirements in every detail. They’ll even deliver your furniture in the evening so you won’t have to worry about taking time out of your day! If you’d like a preview of what’s in store, visit the Bespoke Pine n Oak website (everything in the new showroom can be viewed online) but this is a genuine case of seeing is believing – and a visit is essential to fully appreciate the quality of the furniture. If you can draw it, Bespoke Pine n Oak can make it. And now they can make more of it!
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PICTURES: IAN WARD
ABOVE: This view of the South Gate in King’s Lynn clearly shows the ashlar facade which was added to the original brickwork by Nicholas and Thomas Harmer around a century after it was constructed
The story of the grand entrance to King’s Lynn... For over 400 years it’s oﬀered visitors a monumental welcome to the town – and today thousands of vehicles pass under it daily. Clare Bee traces the story of the South Gate of King’s Lynn.
riving into King’s Lynn from the south, you can’t fail to miss the impressive South Gate, the last remaining part of Lynn’s once extensive fortiﬁcations. This large and most recognisable gateway was constructed (as were many town defences) to the same military standards as castles at the time; town walls were seen as providing protection against attackers, and a large and impressive gateway to the town would also have been seen as a signiﬁcant
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display of civic pride. However, the South Gate wasn’t only used in a defensive role, but also as an entry and exit point, where tolls and duties on merchandise could be collected. Every year a Gatekeeper was elected to keep out strangers and vagrants, and people were only admitted if they “could give a good account of themselves” – particularly in the time of plague. The South Gate of King’s Lynn was originally constructed in the 14th century and has changed very little
since. Town accounts show that in the early part of the 15th century, repairs were needed, and were carried out with stone which had been rejected by the builders of the Lady Chapel at St Nicholas’ Chapel. When it was found in poor condition again 20 years later, the London mason Robert Hertanger, was brought in to supervise the repairs. However, it seems his designs were too ambitious for the £100 allotted for the work, and when he ran out of funds halfway through the project, another mason had to be taken on to complete
ABOVE: Although the exterior of the South Gate is a daily and familiar sight to thousands of people, few have ever glimsped the interior or the stunning views from the top (below) – both of which can be enjoyed when the building is open during the summer months.
the work. Some 80 years later, in 1520, two Norfolk freemasons (Nicholas and Thomas Harmer) were employed to add the facade which can be seen today. This gave the gateway a more imposing appearance and took almost a year to complete. This facade is made of ashlar, formed of individual stones ﬁnely cut into square or rectangular shapes and is used to give the building a more polished and impressive look – as well as giving it added protection from the elements. The original building was constructed of bricks and mortar, making it one of the oldest surviving brick structures in the entire country. Not surprisingly, the South Gate is a Grade I listed building. The original design of the South Gate has remained largely unaltered since it was built, but two smaller archways were added in the 1840s for pedestrians, as traﬃc began to increase along the newly-formed London Road. As traﬃc continued to build, the road was further widened in 1899 and the only traﬃc passing through the gate
now approaches from the south. With many other fortiﬁcations gradually disappearing over the centuries, the South Gate continued to stand proudly at the entrance to the town. Distinguished visitors to King’s Lynn were oﬀered refreshments in the large room on the upper ﬂoor, but plague victims were forced to live outside the town’s gates in the 16th and 17th centuries in temporary accommodation. Public executions were also held outside the South Gate, one of the most gruesome being the hanging of Michael and Ann Hammond in September 1708 for theft. Michael was only 7 years old at the time and his sister was only 11 – and the story didn’t even make the local press of the time. Before the construction of London Road, any visitors coming into the town and arriving by wagon would turn immediately left after the South Gate to reach the town centre via Friar Street. This route led them close to the River Ouse, passing All Saint’s Church to the
Ladybridge. With the building of London Road, local people saw it as a new approach to King’s Lynn equal to that of any other similar town, and elegant townhouses began to be built on the route into the town. In the Middle Ages, the Gatekeeper’s responsibilities were many. In addition to his duties of collecting tolls and closing the doors at curfew, he was also responsible for the town’s muck heaps. This part of his job more likely included overseeing the formation of saltpetre from the muck heaps – in those times gunpowder was made of a mixture of saltpetre, sulphur and ashes. The collection of tolls from the South Gate came to an end in 1723, although a Gatekeeper is still appointed by the town, albeit in an honorary role. Along with the rest of King’s Lynn’s defences, the South Gate was never truly tested in war, although this very nearly happened during the Civil War. The town was situated in the part of England controlled by Parliament, but for a while was taken over for the Royalist cause by a group of local landowners led by Sir Hamon L’Estrange. However, the Roundheads, led by Cromwell and the Earl of Manchester, blockaded the town, attacking with guns from the opposite side of the River Ouse. When they subsequently cut oﬀ the town’s water supply and threatened an assault, the town surrendered. The South Gate has stood guard at King’s Lynn approach during the ensuing centuries, when many other defences were either destroyed or robbed of their stone. Fortunately, it was built wide enough to accommodate modern vehicles, and despite being situated on one of the busiest roads into the town, appears to have suﬀered very little damage. The South Gate is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday from June to September.
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ARTIST: Norfolk artist Tim Mann with his Crowded Room project, a unique portrait of Snettisham formed by the outlines of village residents. “One thing alone has no real impact,” he says, “but by recognising your place in the community everyone has a place, everyone is important.”
Taking people back to the very origins of art... The very earliest forms of art were personal expressions of a human presence. Clare Bee meets a local artist whose work aims to encourage us to reconsider our place in the world around us.
im Mann would be happy to describe himself as a visual artist, but he likes to be thought of as a cultural missionary. His aim is to break down barriers and encourage people to engage with their place, their life and the people around them. He’s passionate about encouraging more people to take an interest in visual art, and is fascinated by the interaction between groups and individuals. Born and brought up in Stamford, Tim spent many summers in Norfolk, and applied for a place at Norwich
School of Art, studying under the tutelage of award-winning Brazilian painter, printmaker and sculptor, Ana Maria Pacheco. On leaving Norwich, Tim moved to London and subsequently to Ireland, but has come full circle and has now settled in West Norfolk. His latest project is one of his collaborative Crowded Room artworks and aims to encourage members of the community to participate. Tim has spent the last six months planning the project, contacting schools and local councils to planning
marketing and publicity. After approaching many schools in the area, he chose Snettisham Primary School and with them Tim set about creating a unique portrait of Snettisham – by drawing around the bodies of up to 4,000 residents. His aim was to include as many members of the village community, whereby each individual would stand against a huge canvas – against which the outline of their body would be traced in charcoal. The thousands of outlines overlap and come together to create a unique portrait of the community.
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It’s not about the glory of the human form – it’s more about being human. Every human is unique and every spirit is engaging. For the project, Tim based himself for four days at Snettisham Primary School, and from the outset was greatly encouraged by the way in which the entire school embraced his ideas. “When I phoned, one of the pupils answered and passed on the message to the Head Teacher, who quickly got back to me,” says Tim, obviously impressed by the eﬃciency of the school. He talked to the children, running workshops explaining his ideas and encouraging the children to think about the project, and how it would celebrate the whole village and all its residents. On a huge canvas in the school hall, Tim drew round all the pupils (“every one took part,” says Tim) and invited any members of the children’s family to come in and participate. “Sometimes I do all the drawing,” explains Tim, “and sometimes I allow people to draw around each other. It’s a very personal experience and people feel like they’ve left something behind.” Alongside the huge Crowded Room project – a huge canvas measuring two metres high by three meters long – Tim and the children created many smaller pieces by drawing round their hands. “Hands are a primary indicator of human presence,” he says. “It’s not a contemporary idea, though. In fact, it’s almost prehistoric.” In many of his works, Tim is keen to encourage community spirit and togetherness. Being an artist can be a lonely existence, but for Tim engagement and participation is the key to his motivation, referring to John Donne’s immortal words that ‘no man is an island, entire of itself.’ “One thing alone has no real impact, but all together it has so much,” he says. “By recognising your place in the community, everyone has a place, everyone is important.” He wants to encourage more people to engage in the world of the arts, and KLmagazine January 2017
PICTURE: TIM MANN
PICTURE: IAN WARD
My inspiration comes from those that surround me: the good, the bad, the old, the young, the engaged and the disengaged...
ABOVE: Tim Mann adds another Snettisham resident to his recent Crowded Room project. His work – which includes video, photography and sculpture (right) – is situated within a political framework; it’s about individuals and social commentary, about our dialogue with the communities we inhabit and the environments we exist in.
feels that by involving them directly in community projects, they’ll want to ﬁnd out more and explore what’s going on around them. “A lot of people ﬁnd it intimidating going into an art gallery and that saddens me,” he says. “I want to break down barriers by getting thousands of people involved in projects.” Tim’s Crowded Room project was on display throughout December in Snettisham Memorial Hall, for all who took part (and others) to see. Alongside the large main work and the smaller ‘hands’ exhibitions, Tim hung a braille display of the initials of all those who’d taken part in the large work. As well as being visually and aesthetically interesting, he came up with the idea that by putting the display behind glass, he was disabling the ablebodied onlooker from the tactile nature of the initials. Tim’s next project will be back in his
home town of Stamford, and although similar, it will be a diﬀerent process. It will be a homecoming, and hence a real challenge, both logistically and physically. Tim has been delighted with the positive outcome of his Crowded Room project and has appreciated all the support and encouragement he has received from local people. He’s been able to get his message across via local media and was highly delighted by the reception he received from Snettisham Primary School. He’s also grateful for the support of Norfolk County Council and in particular is keen to thank Councillor Lesley Bambridge, who’s been a major champion of the arts. Tim Mann’s work is all about the people – celebrating and working collaboratively. “We must enjoy the journey,” he says, “and make the best of what we have.” He’s certainly enjoyed his time
working with the pupils and people of Snettisham, and he hopes he’s inspired those he’s come into contact with to rethink their attitude to the arts. In a way, he’s taking people back to the very origins of art. After all, at the moment, the oldest art in the world can be found in a cave in northern Spain. It dates to around 39,000BC and consists of a few abstract signs and the outlines of human hands. If Tim Mann can encourage more people to give expression to themselves and their place in their community, then he’ll be – to coin a phrase – a very happy man indeed! For more information on Tim and his work and details of past and upcoming projects, please see his website at www.timmannartist.com
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Sandles is bigger and better than ever for 2017! More cars, more staﬀ, more choice and more quality – a fabulous start to the new year from the area’s largest car supermarket here’s no doubt that last year’s post-Brexit uncertainties hit the national car market, with many industry experts predicting a gloomy 12 months to come – which makes it all the more remarkable that Sandles Car Supermarket just outside King’s Lynn ended 2016 with their highest-ever sales ﬁgures. Sandles is starting 2017 from a position of real strength and conﬁdence, with the largest selection of used cars and vans in the area, new staﬀ and several new customer focused initiatives. They must be doing something right! You’ll now ﬁnd around 600 carefully chosen and beautifully presented vehicles all on one site. “We’ve been in business for over 40 years now and that experience has helped us enjoy a hugely successful year,” says Laura Sandle. “Every member of the Sandles team does their best to put the customer ﬁrst and I think our
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ABOVE: Detail from the 1881 map of King’s Lynn drawn by the surveyor T. Burton. The extraordinary map opposite was drawn by the Czechborn Wenceslaus Hollar around 1660 and shows many features that have either disappeared (such as the East Gate and the Market Cross) or are yet to be built (such as the Custom House and London Road)
Charting the changing face of King’s Lynn... At True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, a fabulous collection of maps oﬀers a fascinating look at the way the town has developed over the centuries. Richard Parr takes a look at this unique archive.
aps can play a crucial part in helping us understand the way a village, town or city has developed over time, and True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King’s Lynn have a fascinating archive of hundreds of maps that chart the way the town (and the surrounding area) has developed from its earliest times. Opening Up A House of History is a two-year project funded with a £56,000 Heritage Lottery grant and is aimed at making the museum’s collection of maps, documents and
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photographs more user-friendly and accessible to people carrying out research. The project is headed by Michelle Andrews and she’s assisted by a team of 15 volunteers in the conservation of the map collection. “The volunteers are working to repair torn or damaged maps so they’re more accessible to people,” says Michelle. “We’re not trying to make them new again!” In the museum’s store room are many more maps that have been donated to the collection, and these still have to be sorted.
“It’s really quite exciting,” says Michelle, “because we’re discovering new things every day.” As part of the project, the museum is staging a Day School during 2017 where those attending will study maps in the collection and see how the town has developed and changed over the centuries – and right up to the present day. One of the most interesting maps on display in the museum shows the area around St Nicholas Chapel, where there was once a dense cluster of yards – of which the True’s Yard complex, with its
ABOVE: Old maps have much to tell us about the way we used to live – such as this detail of London Road from an 1886 map of King’s Lynn, showing the location of The Queen’s Arms pub, a letter box and a drinking fountain. Volunteers are now conserving the collection of maps at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum (below) as part of a major two-year project.
two fisherman cottages, is the last surviving example. “Maps are important as a research tool in tracing the development of a town,” says the museum’s assistant manager Rebecca Rees. “They chart the way rivers have changed course and how roads have changed direction. They show buildings that have disappeared and ones that have appeared as the town has grown and expanded.” For the team of volunteers, it’s a fascinating project to work on. In fact, for one it’s a case of carrying on a family tradition. A relative of volunteer Beatrice Bray was a mapmaker by trade. “It’s lovely that Beatrice is involved in the project and is carrying on a family tradition,” says Michelle. Part of the project involves cataloguing the maps online, and the museum is about to purchase a new £4,000 computer server to support this material. True’s Yard manager Lindsey Bavin says this is all part of the museum’s 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee Appeal to raise £125,000 for
essential repairs and the maintenance of the popular museum, which was founded by the late Pat Midgley, MBE. “Our appeal fund ends in April 2017 and we’re now just £10,000 short of our target,” she says. “With further fundraising events to be held and grant applications being submitted, we’re really hopeful of reaching our target by the time the Appeal closes.” A publication featuring maps and plans of King’s Lynn from 1101 (when the town was founded) to 1892 has recently been complied by David Andrews and is available for purchase in the True’s Yard gift shop. The very first plan of the town in the book is entitled Our Borough AD 11011537 and shows that in the 400 years following the foundation of ‘Lenne’ it underwent considerable expansion. It charts the development of the original borough establishment of South Lynn and subsequently the New Land and shows that the friaries – the Austin friars, Blackfriars, Greyfriars and
Whitefriars – were all established early on in this period, and that the fortification of the town was also completed during the period in question. According to David Andrews, the two quays shown on the plan indicate maritime business was already being carried out, and the presence of two Guildhalls (the Trinity Guildhall and the Guildhall of St George) indicate that trade was flourishing. Another plan was drawn by Henry Bell, the architect who famously designed the town’s Custom House, the (now lost) Market Cross and the Duke’s Head Hotel. A further map in David Andrews’ collection shows ‘Lynn Haven’ in 1791 and details the proposed new cut of the River Ouse – or what became known as the Eau Brink Cut. He points out that one of the problems encountered in Lynn was the silting up of the river. “This was principally because the long meandering nature of the river meant that its outflow moved so slowly that silt was deposited as the tide went out,” he says. “The cut was dug mainly by itinerant workers, and the first ship sailed through it on 31st July, 1821.” Michelle says that once all the maps in the museum’s collection have been catalogued and made available online it will be much easier and quicker for people to access the maps they’re looking for – and enjoy a unique look at the changing face of King’s Lynn. For more information on True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, its map collection, or how you can help the Silver Jubilee Appeal, please contact 01553 770479 or email email@example.com
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ABOVE: Mark Richardson (left) and members of the West Norfolk Nordic Walking group enjoy one of their regular outings at Sandringham, taking part in an activity that’s claimed to be changing the face of ﬁtness in the UK.
The fun way of turning walks into workouts... Everyone enjoys a countryside walk, and we’ve all got an interest in keeping fit, so what could be better than combining the two? Sylvia Steele discovers why Nordic Walking is becoming so popular
t’s said to be one of the fastest growing ﬁtness activities in the world, and traditional country walks may never be the same again. Nordic Walking now has over ten million walkers in groups around the world enjoying this enhancement to a ﬁtness routine; turning a walk into a workout without the participant even being aware of the good it’s doing. Nordic Walking UK was formed in 2004 and the ﬁrst instructor training courses were launched. To date they’ve trained 4,500 instructors around the country. “Nordic Walking is changing the face
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of ﬁtness in the UK,” they say. “We operate a UK-wide network of inspirational instructors who are trained to relate to those who aren’t drawn to typical exercise solutions.” One such inspiration is Mark Richardson, who trained as an instructor, started his own West Norfolk group in 2014, and took time out between group sessions at Sandringham Park to talk about the increasing popularity of the sport. “Walking as a pastime has become more than a casual ramble through the countryside, and with the help of Nordic poles it could be doing you a lot more good,” he says. “Nordic Walking is
a relaxing way of being active outdoors, like taking aerobics from an overheated hall into the fresh air – leaving you free to enjoy the beauty of the countryside either on your own, with a friend or in a group. It really does have a feel-good factor.” Mark recommends an initial session with an instructor to understand the technique and become familiar with the equipment. “After that, walkers can simply sign up to walks suitable to their level,” he says. Walking and hiking in the outdoors with sticks was little more than a pastime in Scandinavia until the 1930s, when skiers continued training with
poles after the snow had melted. The beneﬁts of the technique were soon discovered. Athletes in Finland trained for winter crosscountry skiing by walking in the summer with just the ski poles, which they called ‘ski-walking.’ As a sport, it really took oﬀ in Finland in the 1950s with the invention of carbon ﬁbre poles developed from skiing poles and Nordic Walking was born. Mark explains the use of the poles that, at ﬁrst sight, make this sport look so unwieldy. “Many people feel self-conscious about walking with Nordic poles,” he says, “especially because of our ﬂat countryside. That’s probably the biggest barrier in Norfolk.” However, it’s not the terrain that governs the use of poles. “Walkers use the poles to propel themselves along, working the upper body as well as the legs,” says Mark. “They take the stress oﬀ the legs, hips, knees and ankles, making walking feel easier – although the cardiovascular system is actually working harder. It’s a technique that can be done by anyone, anywhere, and it’s twice as eﬀective as normal walking, burning oﬀ more than 20% more calories.” Enthusiasm for the sport goes back to the 1980s, when participants realised Nordic Walking was actually a full-body
workout that was fun and simple to incorporate into everyday life. In fact, results of research into the eﬀectiveness of the sport on health and rehabilitation were so impressive that the Finnish Sports Institute in the late 1990s joined forces with the ski pole manufacturer Excel to develop speciﬁc poles for Nordic Walking. The International Nordic Walking Federation, a global governing body promoting the sport worldwide, was founded in Finland in 2000 to develop education in Nordic Walking internationally and create a global network of coaches and instructors. Its stated aim is ‘to develop educational programmes in the sport and collaboration with scientiﬁc and medical communities oﬀering research guidelines.’ Mark has a lifetime interest in outdoor sports from cycling to roller skiing and crosscountry skiing. He actually became British Crosscountry Ski Champion in 1988 and even secured an entry in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records by setting a world record on roller skis. One aspect of Nordic Walking Mark is particularly keen to emphasize is the enhancement to general health and wellbeing it provides, and talks of his own issues with depression following redundancy from his supervisory role in
a King’s Lynn company. “Nordic Walking has played an important role in keeping it under control for me, and operating the West Norfolk Nordic Walking sessions in the local countryside is a plus,” he says. “Classes range in structure from easy to more diﬃcult and the diversity of ages is an indication of its ﬂexibility. All participants, whether they’re trendy teenagers or in their 80s, all beneﬁt from improved cardiovascular ﬁtness and mental wellbeing.” Mark’s convinced Nordic Walking has to be experienced at ﬁrst hand. “When people come on a free 45 minute taster session they often have a ‘eureka’ moment when they suddenly discover what’s actually involved and what it can do for them,” he says. “And then there’s the very lively social aspect of course!” The sport of Nordic Walking grew in popularity in many European countries until it reached Britain and the ﬁrst classes in the UK began in South West London. It’s now one of the fastest growing ﬁtness activities in the UK. Nordic Walking Festivals, group gettogethers, holidays and as in all sports for those with competitiveness in their psyche, there are marathons and other challenges being arranged nationwide. With the start of another year, now might seem like a good time to take up a new activity; not one to be given up at the ﬁrst hint of frost in the air however, because this could be one of the most rewarding times to try Nordic Walking in Norfolk. For more information on Mark’s Nordic Walking group and details of forthcoming walks and taster sessions, please visit the group’s website at www.westnorfolknordicwalking.co.uk
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irst things first, let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year; I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable festive season and have started the new year feeling rested and refreshed. Having seen lots of my family and friends over the new year our conversations inevitably turn to talking about our resolutions for the year ahead. There’s the usual chatter of getting more exercise, cutting down on the mid week glasses of wine and quitting smoking, which are common place resolutions every year! This year my thoughts turn to our pets and the resolutions which we can make for them! We often concentrate on getting ourselves healthier and fitter in the new year, but what can we do for our pets? One of the easiest but most important things we can do is take a closer look at our pet’s diet. Are they maybe carrying a little bit more weight than they should be? It could be worth
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West Norfolk: Then and Now
THE DIFFERENCE IS... WELL, PLAIN! You’d be forgiven for thinking these two images have nothing to do with each other, but just take a look at the ﬁnial atop the building on the far right. Baxter’s Plain in King’s Lynn has changed enormously since the 1960s – and it’s certainly a lot safer for pedestrians. An interesting detail is The
Christmas Shop in the background (on the left) – its empty windows suggest it was taken around this time of year. And what part of ‘Keep Left’ did the driver of the Mini fail to understand? You can enjoy thousands of images of Norfolk’s history on the website at www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk or by visiting the Norfolk Heritage Centre at
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ABOVE: The new oﬃces of Monica Vinader at Holkham Studios, the redevelopment of disused farm buildings on the estate that has already attracted some prestigious businesses and won a raft of awards.
Why these oﬀices may be the coolest in the UK Take some redundant farm buildings on one of the country’s finest estates, add a touch of commercial flair and a talent for design and you’ve got the award-winning Holkham Studios...
ucked away, far from the madding crowd, in an area better known to holidaymakers, walkers and twitchers, is the new development of Holkham Studios. Situated in the midst of Holkham Hall’s vast 3,000 acre walled park, this newlybuilt commercial enterprise is starting to welcome new businesses. Originally one of the estate’s former farmsteads and workshops, the buildings at Longlands had largely become redundant due to the
centralisation of farming practices – until plans were put together to convert this 50,000ft2 space into a ﬂexible, modern working environment with all the communications and requirements of the 21st century. The ﬁrst phase (comprising 9,000ft2) has now been completed, and is let to Monica Vinader, the internationally renowned jewellery design company. In fact, so inviting is the interior and the tranquil and beautiful setting of the purposebuilt workspace that up to 45 of Monica’s London-based team have
relocated to the area. The original phase of Holkham Studios received much local support and wide admiration, and the Estate was encouraged to consider rolling out plans to convert further adjoining buildings. As a result, Phase 2 began in May 2016 and, while retaining the original appeal of the historic barns, it oﬀers an ultra-modern ﬂexible openplan working environment which can be conﬁgured to suit the requirement of future occupiers. James Bracey is General Manager of
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PICTURE: BUSINESS OF FASHION / COURTESY
We’re delighted our Norfolk oﬃce is based at Longlands on the Holkham Estate. The space and location creates an inviting and purposeful environment for our business needs. Our customer care team were great even before they moved here – but I think it does improve your mood if you’re working in a nice environment. the Holkham Studios project, and he’s keen to point out the many advantages of businesses relocating to this very special part of the world. “We can oﬀer a ﬂexible, working environment on a month-to-month basis,” he says. “High speed broadband is part of the all-inclusive rent – rates, water, electricity and heating all come as standard – and of course, on top of that, there’s access to the parkland and the wonderful natural environment.” In fact, Holkham Studios is keen to stress the sense of wellbeing which can come from working in an environment such as this. The unrivalled parkland setting in one of the most beautiful parts of the country can’t fail to promote a healthy lifestyle. The open plan, carefully-designed interiors all foster a feeling of good living, and
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circuit training is available on site, as well as the close proximity of the North Norfolk coast, the beaches and nature reserves. For Monica Vinader, this lifestyle she could oﬀer her team made the decision to relocate to Holkham an easy one. Described as “possibly the UK’s coolest oﬃce,” their workspace is a mixture of the functional and the creative. And this mix reﬂects the brand itself, with her inspiration coming from travel, architecture and sculpture. Monica encourages her team to draw from the environment around them, and the outdoor space (designed by local landscape gardener Susannah McDougall) inspires them to walk and run, and even eat outside on sunny days. Monica’s Cafe provides healthy
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ABOVE: An aerial view of Holkham Studios – the project oﬀers a series of ultra-modern, light and open-plan working areas, which retain the visual appeal of the historic barns and workshops
combine tranquility and security, are also multiple award winners. In May 2015, Holkham Studios won the Commercial Category in the RICS Awards 2015, East of England – the project was also shortlisted for the Building Conservation and Regeneration categories. In August of the same year, it was runner-up in the Best Rural Construction Project category at the Rural Business Awards 2015 – and a month later was highly commended in the CPRE Norfolk’s Askham Award. This award, created in 2012, recognises the creative and sympathetic use of land or buildings in the countryside. The Estate, however, was highly delighted when, in April last year, the Studios won the British Council For Oﬃces Award for the Best Refurbished or Recycled Workplace in East Anglia and the Midlands. The award recognises a corporate or commercial building where signiﬁcant work has been carried out to adapt existing buildings into modern oﬃce space. This win automatically put Holkham Studios through as an entrant in the BCO (British Council for Oﬃces) national awards in October 2016. For any business looking for the ideal place to base themselves, Holkham
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home-cooked food for her team, as their rural location doesn’t have any nearby eateries to pop out to! In addition to Monica Vinader, another workspace has been taken by Sworders. This independent ﬁrm of surveyors and planning professionals has a team with a rural background and can oﬀer in-depth knowledge of the rural community and its industries. With roots dating back to 1782, Sworders has a long history of specialist advice, and their base in Holkham is ideally placed for clients with farming and agricultural needs. As well as Holkham Studios at Longlands, the Holkham Estate oﬀers several other commercial property opportunities across the area. A warehouse/workshop is available in nearby Wells-next-the-Sea which would be suitable for a variety of uses, and a little further aﬁeld, near Walsingham, commercial storage is available. In addition, three former single-storey agricultural buildings have been partly renovated near the village of Castle Acre, and the Estate is ﬂexible on their use, subject to planning conditions. But the main hub of the enterprise is Holkham Studios on the Estate itself. These prestigious oﬃces, which
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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 A survey of letting agents conducted by ARLA found that 52% expected rents to increase this year following the implementation of new legislation from 2016.
Fees out & rents up W elcome to our first article of 2017 and apologies in advance for the fact that we are going to spend most of this article recapping events from last year. 2016 was a challenging year for the lettings market in England and Wales with the introduction of 3% stamp duty and the phasing out of tax relief on mortgage interest. These changes in legislation have been directly targeted at landlords to create a handicap on the premise of assisting first time buyers who it is claimed are blocked from getting onto the property ladder. The latest announcement from the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement is the intention to abolish letting agents fees to tenants for referencing, credit checks and the initial administration involved in the process this year. Unfortunately the point seems to have been missed that there are costs involved in these initial elements of the service. The employment of staff to carry out viewings and administer the initial set up of the tenancy incurs
costs. The engagement of tenant referencing companies and inventory clerks incur costs. The purchase of licences to reproduce tenancy agreements and the use of insurance based deposit schemes also incur costs. These have always effectively been split between landlords and tenants until this recent announcement. To quote the Chancellor Mr Phillip Hammond “Landlords employ letting agents so landlords should pay their fees.” This is an intriguing perspective as if you were purchasing a house you wouldn’t expect the seller to pay your conveyancing costs as well as their own so why it has been deemed acceptable for this to be the case when renting a property is a bit of a conundrum. So what does this all mean? Well in short rents will increase, steeply! Yes unfortunately although it’s tenants that the government is trying to assist with these changes they are the ones who are going to suffer the most. It is simply
not feasible for landlords to absorb all of the initial set up costs involved in creating a tenancy without increasing the income that they derive from the property. This coupled with the current trend of high capital values which have encouraged a notable amount of smaller landlords to sell their properties in light of the recent tax changes will heighten the supply and demand issue facing tenants who are already struggling to find a property. Whilst we are still waiting for a definite start date for when in this year the ban will come into effect, as agents we are already negotiating with our service suppliers to see where costs can be adjusted without compromising the service or causing an inflation ripple in rents. If you are a landlord or tenant who would like to discuss these changes with us in more depth and how it may affect your situation then please contact us, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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l Adjusted total income (after losses and reliefs, and excluding savings and dividends income) exceeding the personal allowance.
Changes ahead for residential landlords Buy-to-let tax rules have changed greatly over the last year. Chris Goad BSc ACA of Stephenson Smart explains what the future holds – and how the new rules are likely to aﬀect you... WHAT’S CHANGING? Under the existing rules, residential landlords can deduct all their ﬁnance costs (such as mortgage interest) from their gross property income. However, from April 2017, relief for ﬁnance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax. For the purposes of the restriction, ﬁnance costs include interest on mortgages, loans (including loans to buy furnishings) and overdrafts. Other costs that are aﬀected include alternative ﬁnance returns, fees and any other incidental costs for getting or repaying mortgages and loans, and discounts, premiums and disguised interest. It’s important to note that the new rules only apply to individuals with residential property businesses. They do not apply to companies, landlords of commercial properties or furnished holiday lettings. TIMESCALE FOR THE CHANGE The change will be introduced gradually over a period of four years as follows: l In 2017/18, the deduction from property income will be restricted to 75% of finance costs, with the remaining 25% being available as a basic rate tax reduction.
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THE IMPLICATIONS... The changes are likely to result in an increased tax liability for many residential landlords, but there may also be wider implications to consider. For example, the new rules will increase gross income, which may push an individual into a higher tax band. This, in turn, could have an impact on their ability to claim Child Beneﬁt, which is currently clawed back for those with adjusted net incomes over £50,000. Where this is the case, an individual might want to consider reducing their income; by increasing their pension contributions for example, or by making Gift Aid donations. As always, it’s essential to seek professional advice before taking any action. For more information on the tax rules aﬀecting residential landlords, please do contact us.
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PICTURES: PEARCE MARCHBANK
ABOVE: Pearce Marchank’s covers for the September 1971 issue of controversial magazine OZ, the ﬁnal issue of Marxism Today in 1991 and (below) an election special edition of Time Out from 1974. Opposite is a selection from the acclaimed designer’s current Very Flat project
A life in graphic design and a love of Norfolk... One of the leading lights of design in Britain since the Sixties is now turning his attentions to the horizontal symmetry of the local landscape. Clare Bee meets designer Pearce Marchbank...
ery ﬂat, Norfolk,” declares the character Amanda in Noel Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives. She obviously wasn’t a fan of our local geography, but for some, the wide open spaces of Norfolk are a draw, both inspirational and alluring. People such as graphic designer and art director Pearce Marchbank, for example. After 47 years of living and working in London, Pearce decided to make the move to Norfolk. And he’s so inspired by the scenery and the wide open skies that his latest project, aptly named Very Flat, is a series of photographs of carefully bisected Norfolk landscapes; half sky, and half
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land or sea. “As a designer, I’m always happier with a problem to solve,” he explains. “So I set myself a very constricting brief making the composition in the frame pre-determined, always the same.” The result is a series of photographs where the horizon is ‘very ﬂat’, exactly horizontal and exactly in the centre of the frame. The project is ongoing, as endless as the subject matter, and Pearce is hoping to eventually make a book, an exhibition and a video of his photographs.
It’s a very diﬀerent life now from the one he enjoyed in London. Described as one of the most respected names in British graphic design, Pearce Marchbank is well known for designing the memorable front covers of Time Out magazine. His innovative designs, sometimes shocking but always thought provoking, were powerful and witty, and the magazine quickly became an essential part of London life in the 1970s. Having started up as a fold-up poster, the
ABOVE: From punk rock to classical music, from worldwide icons to local art galleries, the design work of Pearce Marchbank (centre, bottom row) combines striking imagery with an innovative approach to typography
magazine soon became, under his direction, a 96-page weekly magazine, with full listings of everything going on in the capital, from music, art and theatre to clubs, restaurants and much more – the ‘ultimate guide to London.’ From being the youngest in his year at Luton Art School in 1965, Pearce went on to London’s Central School, where he graduated with ﬁrst class honours. While still a student, he became art director of the magazine Architectural Design (right), a very forward-thinking magazine of its time. He was quickly in demand, and was invited to be co-editor and designer for the infamous OZ magazine, notably during its famous obscenity trial of 1971, the three original editors having been jailed. Pearce then moved on to become design director of Music Sales, the world’s largest music publisher, designing books for many of music’s most important and inﬂuential artists. From the Beatles to The Clash, from Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan to Leonard Bernstein and Philip Glass, he worked with musicians from all genres. The 1970s and 1980s were decades of great change and diversity, and
Pearce was soon invited to be involved in many exciting projects. Richard Branson asked him to set up Virgin Books, leading him to becoming design director of Virgin Records. Always working as a freelancer, he produced designs for many top restaurants and wine merchants, but also for many low-budget political groups, fringe theatres and alternative publishers. He also designed for many national newspapers, from The Independent and The Times’ Saturday colour sections to the Guardian’s weekend section. He famously designed the ﬁnal edition of the inﬂuential political monthly Marxism Today, with the words ‘The End’ emblazoned across it. His aim was always to make his covers and designs as attentiongrabbing as possible. With magazine covers in particular, he felt that too much text is distracting, and so constantly strived to design something interesting and eye-catching to draw the reader in. He believes that any subject can be made fascinating.
In more recent years, Pearce has created new packaging concepts for the own-brand ranges of the John Lewis Partnership, and the Royal Mail stamps commemorating the 2012 London Olympics (below). He’s received numerous awards in his ﬁeld, including ﬁve D&AD (the Oscars of the design world) Silver Awards. He was also appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2004, acknowledged as the highest honour to be awarded in all ﬁelds of design and engineering. Now, working from his home in Norfolk, he is no less busy. “I’d lived in London all my life from the age of 18 to three years ago and I really thought I’d be terribly homesick for it,” he says. “But I’m not – I almost don’t like going back. In the country you can really get things done so much more quickly. There’s always someone who can make something for you, and it’s so much less hassle than in London. I can also get to Waitrose in four minutes!” Pearce has made an apparent seamless move from city to country life. Through visiting over the years he has made many friends here, and after buying a house with his partner in Castle Acre, he spent many weekends getting to know the area. Bringing his internationally-recognised design skills to Norfolk has seen Pearce become involved in the design of the new GroundWork gallery in King’s Lynn, working with founder Veronica Sekules, from the gallery’s conception. He also designs the programmes and posters for the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, which feature his Very Flat landscapes. Pearce has begun to appreciate living life at a less frenetic pace. From his studio in the garden of his home, he watches the deer and the wildlife, and is much more aware of the changing seasons. With many new projects (literally!) on the horizon, Pearce is more than happy with his new life, proving to him that Norfolk may be many things, but it’s anything but ﬂat. For more details and information on Pearce and his work, please visit his website at www.pearcemarchbank.com
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“Amazing! I’m not in half as much pain as I used to be...” Discover how Terry Connolly and a revolutionary new form of therapy can help free you from a life of chronic aches and pains across a possible solution. Terry Connolly is currently one of the very few people in the entire world oﬀering P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reﬂex) as a form of treatment, combining that with AiM (Anatomy in Motion) gait therapy – a cutting-edge method of correcting postural problems, helping with the repair and rehabilitation of injuries and the relief of pain. For Brooke, it was ﬁnally the answer she’d been looking for. “I’d never heard of this treatment before, but I thought I’d give it a go,” she says. “If it didn’t work then at least I’d tried something. I can’t explain what he does, but the results were amazing! I’m not in half as much pain as I used to be.” Brooke was even more impressed I can’t explain what when she suﬀered a hamstring injury while pole training, an injury that Terry does, but the normally results in several months of results are amazing! pain. I’m not in half as much “It’s hard to believe that six weeks pain as I used to be... ago I was in agony,” she says, BROOKE MAY following a mix of Terry’s techniques Downham Market
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and deep tissue massage administered by Jane, “but now it’s almost completely gone – with no painkillers!” For Terry, there’s no secret and no magic to this treatment – it’s simply a case of looking at the body in a completely diﬀerent way. “All I’m doing is reminding the body how it’s supposed to work!” he says. “There’s a lot of science behind it, but essentially it’s a case of re-training muscles that are either working too hard – or not enough.” If you’re interested in ﬁnally freeing yourself from a life of chronic aches and pain, contact Terry at Free Your Body Therapy in King’s Lynn today and book an appointment for an initial assessment and consultation.
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ABOVE: East Gate Larder’s Jane Steward in her kitchen, preparing to turn the medlars from her orchard into a true local delicacy
Turning a famously ugly fruit into a local delicacy If anything proves that beauty is more than skin deep it’s the humble medlar. Sylvia Steele meets a local woman on a mission to repair the fruit’s reputation and bring it back to our tables...
s the leaves fall over rural Norfolk, a six-acre orchard is being harvested of a very special fruit. It’s the perfect time for medlars – the fruit with a long history that was once believed to have disappeared completely from this country. “I encountered my ﬁrst medlars in our Cambridgeshire garden,” says Jane Steward, who bought the smallholding with its mixture of fruit trees with her husband when they moved to the area
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eight years ago. “I was very intrigued by the fruit and searched about for recipes but found very little information. They became my passion.” One rare recipe, dating back to 1660 from Robert May’s The Accomplisht Cook recommends you “take medlars that are rotten, strain them, and set them on a chaﬃng dish of coals, season with sugar, cinnamon and ginger, put some egg yolks to them, let them boil a little, then lay in a tart and scrape with sugar.”
Jane eventually found her own more conventional (and easier!) recipes, and after a series of trial and error experiments proved popular with friends and family, she founded East Gate Larder. Jane now produces Medlar Jelly and Fruit Cheese made exclusively with Norfolk-grown fruit under the East Gate Larder label designed by her daughter Ellie Thompson, who runs her own Ave Design Studio in London. Jane has found that few people actually know what medlars are and
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describes her day spent oﬀering tastings of her product and telling the story of medlars at last year’s Aylsham Show as awesome. Medlars were ﬁrst recorded about 3,000 years ago in the Caspian Sea region of northern Iran and Azebaijan before their popularity spread to Greece and via the Roman Empire to the rest of Europe. They’re still grown commercially and popular in Iran because they’re one of the few fruits available in the winter – and now a number of specialist outlets in Norfolk is raising the proﬁle of this ugly, largely forgotten, but decidedly tasty fruit. Popular in the 15th/16th centuries, medlars were often referred to in Shakespeare’s plays and in Chaucer’s The Reeve’s Tale old age is compared to that of a medlar. American gardener and writer Lee Reich notes that Charlemagne (the ‘father of Europe’) was so taken by this fruit he decreed a tree be planted in every town he conquered. Having said that, the fruit has been victim to many disparaging descriptions; referred to as being one of the most disgusting-looking fruits, little more than ugly and rotten brown mush, but to advocates it’s probably the most misunderstood of all. Regarded as a curiosity and eaten only when the fruit is rotten it’s certainly an acquired taste, but it’s one pronounced by connoisseurs as being delicious, something resembling rich apple sauce with hints of wine. The simplest way of
sampling its delights is to eat it raw with accompaniments of wine or cheese or as a sauce with game. Jane explains her ﬁrst experience of eating the pulp as being a deeply unexpected taste. “It’s ﬂavoursome, it’s sweet and it’s autumnal,” she says. “And it’s so good with cheeses because of its surprising buttery taste.” Jane would be the ﬁrst person to agree that the medlar isn’t the easiest fruit to work with. When harvested, it’s white, rock hard inside, and hardly ﬁt for eating. It must be ‘bletted’ or ripened by storing (calyx down) in a cool, dry and frost-free place for several weeks. A wrinkly dark skin proves the bletting to be complete and at this point the ﬂesh has become a brown mush. In some Mediterranean regions a straw is inserted into the fruit so that the ﬂesh can be sucked out. It may be diﬃcult to understand how these attractive trees can produce such ugly fruits. Often given the accolade of having year-long beauty in spring, in contrast to other fruit trees the leaves unfold before the blossom – each blossom opening singly with white petals like a wild rose of which it is a relative. It then becomes framed by a backdrop of forest green leaves. Medlar trees are self-pollinating and are small in size; they can be grown on hawthorn, quince or wild pear rootstock and one tree can double as a fruit tree and ornamental plant
spreading in habit, blessed with white or pink ﬂowers and with unusual looking fruits clear yellow and red in autumn. Harvesting usually takes place from late October to early November around time of leaf fall, but at the time of picking the fruit is inedible due to its astringency.. “I was taken by the romance and mystery of it,” said English food writer and journalist Nigel Slater when he tried producing a medlar jelly. “Shot through with visions of walled medieval gardens and monastery kitchens.” It’s all quite a long way from Jane’s previous work in London as both a linguist and Corporate Leadership Coach. Since moving to Eastgate, she’s become a committed grower of fruit and vegetables. “Having survived a brush with cancer in 2015 I feel the experience profoundly strengthened my connection to this special place,” she says. “My passion for growing, harvesting and making are now essential to me.” With 48 medlar trees at the moment, her plans are to create a national collection of varieties to raise awareness of this extraordinary fruit. “My aim for 2017 is to continue the story of medlars and for Norfolk to be known as the Medlar County of Britain,” she says. “I feel I’ve been waiting to do this all my life.” For more information, please visit the website at www.eastgatelarder.co.uk
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Wood Pigeon terrine Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp duck fat, plus extra for oiling 1 small red onion, finely diced 1 glass of red wine 10 pigeon breasts 12 slices streaky bacon, stretched on a board with the blade of a knife 200g chicken livers, trimmed 250g rare breed sausage meat 150g roasted hazelnuts 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp fresh thyme salt and white pepper
METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 170°c/150°c Fan/gas 3 2 Heat 1 tbsp of the duck fat in a small frying pan and sauté the onion until soft. Pour over the red wine and simmer until the wine has been absorbed into the onions. Transfer to a large bowl and leave to cool. Add the rest of the duck fat to the pan, heat and add the pigeon breasts to brown on both sides. This takes less than a minute; they need to be kept undercooked. Leave the breasts to cool. 3 Lightly oil a 1 litre terrine tin with a small amount of warmed duck fat. Line with the streaky bacon overlapping slightly and make sure each rasher covers the base and sides of the tin with some overhang. To the bowl containing the cooked onion add the chicken livers, sausage meat, hazelnuts, garlic, thyme and seasoning and combine well. The best way to do this is with your hands.
4 Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the terrine tin; lay the seared pigeon breast over the mixture and season well. Cover the breasts with the remaining mixture and fold over the bacon ends. Cover the top of the terrine with buttered foil and place in a roasting pan. Place in the preheated oven and pour boiling water into the roasting pan to cover two thirds up the side of the pan. Cook for an hour. To test and see if the terrine is cooked, pierce the terrine with a skewer for ten seconds, it should come out piping hot and the juices will be clear. Allow to cool for thirty minutes then weigh it down ideally with another terrine tin filled with weights. Leave until completely cool then remove the weights and refrigerate overnight. 5 Serve with winter slaw and sourdough.
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Sticky Ginger Cake with Ginger Fudge Icing INGREDIENTS 200g unsalted butter, diced 175g molasses sugar 3 tbsp of black treacle 150ml of milk 2 large beaten eggs 4 pieces of stem ginger, chopped 300g of self raising flour 1 tbsp of ground ginger a pinch of salt For the icing 4 tbsp ginger syrup from jar 300g golden icing sugar 140g softened unsalted butter 2 tsp of lemon juice
METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 140Â°c.
6 Spoon the cake mixture into the tin and level the surface.
2 Butter and line a 9â€? round spring cake tin.
7 Bake for 30-35 minutes or until firm and risen.
3 Gently melt the butter, sugar and treacle, cool briefly and then stir in the milk.
8 Cool in tin for an hour, then transfer onto a wire rack.
4 Beat in the eggs and add the chopped stem ginger.
9 Skewer all over the top of the cooled cake and then pour two tablespoons of the ginger syrup over it.
5 Sift the flour, ground ginger and a pinch of salt into the warm mixture, combine thoroughly.
10 Beat together the icing sugar, butter, lemon juice and the remaining ginger syrup and then spread over the cake.
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Rump of Salt Marsh Lamb, Parsnip Puree and Broccoli Stalks with Anchovy and Olive Dressing INGREDIENTS 2 rumps of salt marsh lamb 1 sprigs thyme 1 bulb garlic rapeseed oil 1 large broccoli stalk (quartered and trimmed) 200ml water 2 parsnips 100ml double cream 1 tbsp butter salt and pepper to taste 100g green olives 6 anchovy fillets juice of 1/2 lemon 1 fresh red chilli - with seeds small handful of finely chopped mint leaves
METHOD 1 To make the anchovy and olive dressing, roughly chop the olives, anchovies and chilli, put in a bowl, add the juice of lemon and 150ml rapeseed oil, and add the mint and mix. Leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours before use to let flavours infuse. 2 When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200Â°c/gas mark 6, season the lamb rumps with salt and pepper. Heat some rapeseed oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium to high heat, add the rumps flat side down and cook for 8 minutes until they are caramelised and browned. Spoon over a little of the
anchovy dressing, place pan into the oven to roast for 5-6 minutes (medium rare). Then remove from the oven and spoon a little more dressing over and leave to rest covered in foil for around 6-8 minutes. 3 Meanwhile, peel and top and tail parsnips, remove core and dice. Add to the pan with double cream and butter, lightly heat until parsnips are soft, blend in a food processor, add seasoning and pass through a sieve. 4 Boil the 200ml water with some salt, add the broccoli stalks until just tender, refresh then add to pan of lamb when roasted for last remaining 2 minutes.
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A KL magazine reader visits The Rathskeller in King’s Lynn for a celebration of fine food...
alking along King’s Lynn south quay on an evening, watching the sunset over the river Great Ouse and entering The Rathskeller (located in the Grade I listed Hanse House) it’s a bit like walking back in time. Happily, the restaurant’s décor gives all this nostalgia a modern contemporary twist. Following a warm and friendly welcome from the staﬀ, we were shown to our table and chose a lovely bottle of Il Casone from the extensive wine list – a fresh Pinot Grigio with hints of spice and tropical fruit. The menu was beautifully laid out, and featured a variety of locally-sourced tastes from Red Norfolk Deer to Suﬀolk Chicken and Gressingham Duck. I must thank our very knowledgeable waitress for telling us more about the dishes and for her personal (and informed) recommendations. To start, my partner chose the King Prawns served with baby gem, burnt tomato purée, and gin cucumber with Bloody Mary foam. I opted for the Lobster Ravioli, which consisted of a Lobster BonBon, Lobster Hollandaise, ginger and cured egg yolk, with potato and chive croutons. We didn’t have to wait long before the food was presented to us – and it looked stunning. It was almost a crime to put knife and fork to the plate! The Lobster melted in your mouth with just enough
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Hollandaise to avoid ﬂooding the rest of the ﬂavours. My partner raved about the Bloody Mary foam, which had an intense ﬂavour that totally complemented the prawns – although he’d been sceptical of it at ﬁrst. For mains, my partner chose the Suﬀolk Chicken with apricot chutney stuﬃng, pearl barley risotto and carrots. The chicken was really juicy and the whole meal was very light and perfectly balanced. I chose the North Sea Cod Loin, served with curried battered cheek, tartare sauce, pea and watercress, potato crisps and a pickled quails egg. This complex dish was expertly cooked and was a wonderful celebration of contrasting ﬂavours. The food was very satisying and well proportioned, which meant that we could take advantage of the lovely dessert menu. My partner chose the Chocolate & Walnut Brownie, accompanied by salted caramel, yogurt and honey ice cream, and a wonderful peanut brittle. For myself, I chose the Gabi’s Lemon Tart with burnt lemon ice cream, limoncello curd, poppy seed marshmallow and meringue. When it comes to desserts, I often wish I’d ordered what the other person had, but in this case I’d have been happy to order both dishes after my partner teased me with a taste of his choice. The lemon tart had just enough sharpness, which was
tamed by the poppy seed marshmallow and meringue. The brownie was sheer chocolate heaven, although the yogurt and honey ice cream ensured the dish wasn’t too rich or heavy. I’d previously heard very good things about The Rathskeller, and having now enjoyed it for myself I’d deﬁnitely recommend it to anyone – whether you’re looking for a quick snack at lunchtime or a full 3-course meal in the evening. From a party booking to something more intimate, the venue oﬀers a superbly relaxed dining experience. The food was beautifully presented, prepared to an exceptionally high standard, and gorgeous to taste. It could not be faulted. The staﬀ were polite and attentive throughout, interacting with everyone without being intrusive. We had a fantastic time, we loved the atmosphere, and we’ll deﬁnitely be returning in the near future.
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Roasted Mackerel with potatoes and shallots METHOD 1 Heat the oven up to 375o while you prepare the potatoes and shallots. Scrub the potatoes and chop into ½-inch chunks, and peel and quarter the shallots. Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes Serves: 2 INGREDIENTS 4 mackerel fillets 8 fingerling potatoes A few small shallots A couple of bay leaves Green leaves for the plate Half a lemon Salt and pepper
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2 Put the potatoes and shallots in a large ovenproof dish and toss with a slug or two of olive oil, a good pinch of salt and a healthy grind of pepper. 3 Tuck in the bay leaves, then pop into the oven and give them a stir every ten minutes or so until they’re nice and brown – about 35-45 minutes. 4 Douse the fish with a little oil and salt, then place atop the vegetables, skin side
up. Turn the heat up to 400o and roast for about 8-10 minutes. 5 Serve the fish on a nice warm plate with some simple green leaves. Squeeze the lemon over the fish and salad leaves and give the salad just a drip or two of olive oil and some seasoning. WINE MATCH A light and low-acid wine would be ideal for this dish. Think Viognier, a dry Muscadet or perhaps a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Failing that you could do a lot worse than a really nice pilsner. My current favourite is the one from Brooklyn Brewery. It’s super crisp and clean, and works very well with this.
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ABOVE: The classic gin and tonic has been around for over a century, but it’s never tasted better – thanks to Jonathan Redding’s Norfolk Gin, which the former Army oﬃcer perfected after a year of experimentation
The lovely new gin with a delicious local twist... When Jonathan Redding retired from the Army after 23 years, he decided to take the taste of civilian life quite literally. Richard Parr talks to the man behind the runaway success that is Norfolk Gin.
or some of us, there’s nothing nicer than arriving home after a hard and stressful day at work and sitting down to a relaxing and refreshing glass of gin and tonic. Of course, there are numerous diﬀerent ﬂavours of gin available these days, but one of the newest (and arguably one of the tastiest) is being quietly produced in the heart of Norfolk by a former serving army major. In June 2015 Jonathan Redding proudly launched his own brand called (naturally enough) Norfolk Gin, and ever since then it’s been ﬂying oﬀ the shelves to various premises across East
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Anglia and in several other parts of the country. Jonathan keeps his recipe secret, but he says that genuine lovers of gin will readily identify some of the botanicals that go into its unique mix. “Obviously juniper is the king,” he says, “and he dances with queen cardamom – and a few others join in!” He chooses the word ‘dances’ deliberately, because one of the other ingredients is the music played in his pine-lined micro studio in Eaton on the outskirts of Norwich. “There’s nothing like a bit of Nina Simone to add soul to the mix, a dash of The Clash or Mott the Hoople for
energy and some cool jazz courtesy of Miles Davis,” he says. Jonathan takes his own tipple of Norfolk Gin with a slice of orange, a sprig of thyme and a dash of tonic. “Think fresh juniper and aromas spiked with spice and citrus,” he says. “Add some sweetness and a hint of herbal and ﬂoral scents and you’re conjuring up the essential essence of Norfolk Gin.” After all the business planning he did, Jonathan thought he’d probably sell a couple of bottles to local shops and they’d hopefully buy more a few months later. The success of Norfolk Gin led to a revision of his plans,
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however, so built a studio in his garden and decided to make 25 bottles a month. “Six botanicals are mixed with a neutral spirit bought in from distinguished pedigrees in Scotland and Poland,” he says. “That helps create the gin’s signature taste, pale yellow colour and 39% strength.” Jonathan admits to being quite extravagant with his use of botanicals, but says “that’s what gives my Norfolk Gin its unique ﬂavour.” Three other botanicals are added to the mix, including lime and two other secret ingredients – one of which is grown in Jonathan’s own garden. “The rules of gin making are very simple,” says the former oﬃcer in the Royal Corps of Transport. “Basically it must be ﬂavoured with juniper and be above 37.5% strength.” Jonathan also reveals that the values he carried with him in his 23-year army career have stayed with him into his civilian business life. “Acting with integrity and being honourable towards my suppliers and customers alike has been a really successful approach,” he says. “It may be a completely diﬀerent ﬁeld, but those values have stood me in good stead.” Jonathan operates
largely on a one-man basis with support from his wife Alison when she’s able and admits that sales have taken him by surprise. “Sales of Norfolk Gin have been so much better than I ﬁrst expected,” he says. “Each time I hit a new sales milestone I have to pinch myself to check it’s real!” Of course, for any spirits manufacturer the Christmas season is a peak selling time – it’s something Jonathan’s learned from his rather manic festive period in 2015. “Christmas was really intense and the demand was huge,” says. “Happily, I was much better organised in 2016!” There are now 25 outlets selling Norfolk Gin, and while most are in Norfolk it’s also sold in Suﬀolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, North Somerset, Lincolnshire and Dorset. Some of his retail partners also have online shops including Bakers and Larners of Holt, Beers of Europe, Jarrold of Norwich and The Gin Festival. It all started when Major Redding retired from the Army and found himself looking for work in his mid50s. “When all my previous strategies failed to secure me a job I decided to become an entrepreneur,” he says.
“What to do was the big question, as I didn’t want to borrow money or take big risks – so after talking to some small-scale producers I decided on gin production. As you do!” Some of the most useful advice he was given in those early days was to beware of ‘vanity-led’ marketing and ensure that his gin was good enough for people to want to buy it again. Jonathan duly set to work on his secret recipe, taking over a year (and over 50 experiments) to create a gin he was completely happy with. “Friends and family had to try some rather dull, some rather oakish and some rather nasty concoctions before I found the recipe I was ﬁnally completely satisﬁed with!” he says. He decided from the outset to put his gin in a distinctive stone bottle or jar. “People love the design of the bottle which was created for me by a lady called Kerry Wielkopolskaof Polska Design,” he says. “It’s a good start, of course, but then they taste the gin inside it and they love that too!” Despite the runaway success of Norfolk Gin, Jonathan’s production centre remains a micro business true to its local roots. He enjoys great support from his retail partners who champion his product for him and he uses a local insurance broker and accountancy ﬁrm to keep the money in the regional economy. For more information on Norfolk Gin and details of local stockists, please visit www.norfolkgin.co.uk
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PICTURES: DANIEL CRANE SPORTING ART
ABOVE: What Chance Saturday by Daniel Crane is a typically vibrant work that clearly shows the artist’s love of countryside traditions
A passion for art and a love of the sporting life The beauty of the countryside, the grandeur of the horse, and the thrill of the hunt. The paintings of Daniel Crane are full of life and atmosphere – and reflect the artist’s lifelong passion for fieldsports
iven its beautiful landscapes and its timehonoured countryside traditions, it’s inevitable that the relationship between the natural and the artistic worlds of Norfolk are is a particularly close one. The ﬁrst provincial art movement in Britain was founded in Norfolk in 1803, based on a love of the county and its culture, and the main reason its artists never gained the stature of Constable and Turner was because most of their work was collected by JJ Colman (of Colman’s Mustard fame) and has been on permanent display in Norwich since KLmagazine January 2017
the 1880s. It’s only natural then, that Norfolk should have produced one of the UK’s leading sporting artists, someone who perfectly captures all the romance, beauty and traditions of the sporting life. Daniel Crane, who’s now based over the border in Lincolnshire, was born in Norfolk in 1969. As the youngest son of a farming family he’s always been surrounded by animals and the countryside and has grown up with a respect and love for both. From an early age he had a keen interest in ﬁeldsports, but was so gripped by foxhunting in his late teens that the
sport has become a major part of his life – he’s actually held the position of amateur whipper-in to both Master and Field Master. As a consequence, Daniel understands all aspects of hunting (from kennels to covert side), and understanding which is clearly evident in his paintings which wholly embrace a lifelong passion for hunting, horses and hounds. Daniel has hunted with numerous packs in the UK; he’s a regular with the Brocklesby and the Belvoir, and has the great honour of being in the Mastership of the Ireland-based Scarteen Hunt (Black and Tans), arguably the most iconic pack of hounds in the world. 91
Daniel has also hunted in America with the famous Mr Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds. Daniel studied art formally at the Lincoln College of Art & Design, but admits to making new discoveries every time he completes a painting, seeing his work as an ongoing learning process that lends a certain dynamism to his paintings. His early work was mainly based in the traditions of cartoon and caricature (making the most of his renowned sense of humour) but his worldwide reputation has been built on a remarkable collection of ﬁne sporting scenes in both oil and watercolour. In addition to his expertise with a paintbrush, Daniel also has a superb eye for a quality horse, and nothing amuses him more than ﬁnding a quality hunter in the raw in the ﬁelds of Ireland and producing them slowly for both the hunting ﬁeld – and occasionally the show ring. A recent diversion to Daniel’s growing portfolio was caused by the honour of being chosen to be the Resident Artist of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, a post he obtained just prior to the Royal Wedding and retains today. His ‘Royal Collection’ paintings contain some wonderful, historic and iconic scenes of London, the Royal Family and the Household Cavalry on state occasions – and the sale of many of
these has helped raise signiﬁcant funds for the Household Cavalry Foundation. Daniel’s oﬃcial painting of the Diamond Jubilee, commissioned by the oﬃcers of the Regiment, hangs in the Oﬃcer’s Mess at the Knightsbridge Barracks to this day, but he’s no stranger to prestigious commissions. He was chosen to immortalise the last race of Frankel, the greatest racehorse of all time, in 2012 and produced a stunning painting of Valegro, the World and Olympic Dressage Champion, for the 130th Anniversary edition of Horse & Hound. Daniel continues to strongly support hunting and helps to raise funds for both the Hunt Servants Beneﬁt Society and the Countryside Alliance, predominantly through the sales of his popular Christmas cards and frequent donations to auctions around the country. Happily, despite all the painting and the fundraising, Daniel still has time to relax. He’s a keen shot, and he loves ﬁne wine and good food, sharing his home with his wife Ali, four black Labradors, and an eclectic collection of the best loved and most painted hunters in all England. Perhaps the last word should be left to Daniel himself: Is there anything better than the music and theatre of a pack of hounds exploding from covert across country
and that daunting excitement, coupled with the feel of an honest, brave campaigner bowling you into your fences? Or the smell of a freshly harvested corn field on a damp, clear, early Autumn morning with the spontaneity and anticipation of what the coming few hours might bring? Or the pent up excitement of the first draw from the Opening Meet? To capture the atmosphere of a quiet stable scene at home after a blistering day, that wonderful bond between man and horse, born from personal experience, which tells so many tales; the bond between huntsman and hound; it is my constant challenge to inspire you all and reproduce all those feelings through my collection of paintings... It’s a challenge he’s more than capable of meeting. For more details and information on Daniel Crane and his work, please visit the website at www.danielcrane.co.uk
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ABOVE: 14 year old Oliver Clarke racing for the Fortec team in the Formula Kart Stars at Buckmore Park – the rising star won all his pre-heats, all his heats, and the Final itself
Keeping pace with a rising star of motorsport He’s raced around the country, competed on tracks as far apart as Le Mans and Las Vegas, and has a growing collection of trophies. And he’s only 14. Richard Parr meets Oliver Clarke...
or West Norfolk teenager Oliver Clarke, life is certainly lived in the fast lane and there seems to be no stopping him as he pursues his dream to become a professional racing driver. The glittering array of silverware ﬁlling his bedroom is testimony to the amazing success he’s enjoyed in the hugely-competitive world of kart racing – and he’s still only 14. While his pals at the Iceni Academy at Downham Market spend their weekends hanging out with their friends, Oliver is oﬀ with his father, Jed, in their camper
van to compete in kart race meetings all over the country – and Europe. Jed and Oliver’s mother, Claire, are both hugely supportive of their son’s racing ambitions, and while his father drives home through the night, young Oliver is asleep in the back as it’s a schoolday ahead of him when he arrives back in West Norfolk. Claire isn’t able attend her eldest son’s races as she’s at home caring for the couple’s younger son Harry, who’s autisitc and learning disabled. In September 2015, Oliver completed his successful Honda Cadet driving
career by winning the Super One Series British Championship – in the same year he won the titles of English Champion, East Anglian Champion and Super Prix, which he’d also won the previous year. And while life in the fast lane may be exciting for a 14-year-old chasing his dream, Oliver’s classroom at Downham Market school is always there in the background; classes have to be attended and homework assignments handed in. Oliver says he’s fortunate his school is very supportive of his talent as a kart
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racer and his ultimate dream of racing at Formula One level. Oliver explains that his initial interest in karting was ignited through his father, who dabbled in the sport himself when he was younger. “Dad used to take me along to the tracks with him and that’s where my interest was formed,” he says. “I was about eight years old then and I’ve been involved in the sport ever since.” Oliver’s a very bright teenager, and the names of the various teams and classes in the karting world just roll oﬀ his tongue in a very natural way. In October 2105, he graduated to Junior X30 (ages 13-17 years), joining the Msport Karting team under Keiran Crawley, who was one of Lewis Hamilton’s bosses back in his early karting days. “2016 was a fantastic year considering it was Oliver’s ﬁrst year in Junior Karting,” he says. “He’s ﬁnished on the podium at every major event, including the World Finals, and we’re planning to break some records with this youngster in 2017. What separates Oliver from most young drivers is his work rate
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during the race. He has the ability to push the kart much earlier than most which helps him make lots of places.” In just under a year Oliver has already made great strides in X30 – the pinnacle of which was being chosen to represent Britain by the Motor Sports Association in the World Championship of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy. It was a great honour for Oliver and saw him racing against 51 international drivers at tracks in France, Portugal and Sweden. It was Oliver’s ﬁrst taste of international racing and he ﬁnished 7th in the ﬁnal placings. “Oliver’s achievements are a fantastic result for UK karting, and conﬁrm that we’re in safe hands with the next generation of young talent,” says MSA Academy Manager Greg Symes. “The commitment and dedication shown by Oliver fully endorses our decision to select him as a UK representative in this world championship. Oliver has done the UK very proud and we look forward to working with him in the future on the MSA Academy talent development pathway.” This pathway is a small group of
drivers chosen as having demonstrated excellent potential in motor sport, and Oliver was one of only ﬁve youngsters invited onto the prestigious programme. He’s recently competed at Le Mans in the IAME World Finals. Despite having only seen the track for a few hours two weeks before the competition, Oliver ﬁnished 3rd in the world, a quite amazing achievement for someone aged only 14. Standing on the podium at such a famous race track under a British ﬂag was incredible for the youngster. “To get there and to be on the podium in my ﬁrst experience is just a dream come true,” he says. Determined and focused as ever, Oliver says that this year he’s aiming for the top spot – and will be racing in Valencia in the IAME Winter Cup next month. Oliver is a slightly-built lad, but goes to the gym as often as school work allows, working hard (with the help of Ash Gilbert at EHF Downham) to develop his core strength to achieve maximum control of the speed and corners. Maintaining such a passion for racing makes for a busy lifestyle. Oliver is out every weekend racing and does additional testing during the school holidays with his Msport team and Keiran Crawley. He’s also enjoying increasing celebrity status, being featured regularly in the national, regional and local press and interviewed on regional radio and TV. He also currently holds the regional title of
Young Sportsman of the Year. Oliver’s next major leap forward will take place in November when he turns 15 and hopes to move to single-seater racing. In the meantime, he’s keen to keep improving his X30 results and gain all the racing experience he can during the next 12 months. Racing for the Fortec team in Formula Kart Stars, Oliver won all his heats, pre-heats and the Final at Buckmore Park – giving Oliver links to F4 and being invited to the F4 driving simulator at Northampton. “I was delighted to sweep the board and win against some really seasoned racers,” he says. Oliver was also recently invited to Silverstone to go behind the scenes of the F4 Championship, spending time with team Fortec and their current drivers. The future looks extremely promising for this young man. Oliver says he’s already been headhunted by a team in the USA, who invited him to race in the Super Nationals in Las Vegas. The team were impressed by Oliver’s driving and his professionalism and in following up on their oﬀer he competed in Las Vegas back in November, ﬁnishing 11th in the Final.
Looking to the future, Oliver says he’s hoping to partner with people who are as passionate about racing as himself, who can mentor and support him in his desire to reach the highest levels in the sport. He’s fully aware that to progress in the sport these days requires ﬁnancial backing, and Oliver’s hoping he can secure a big name sponsor to help with the high costs of competing in his chosen sport. His Dad explained that the beneﬁts of companies with placements in motor sport are several. “Most people can relate to cars and
driving and sponsors of motorsport are considered to be trustworthy, hi-tech and relevant,” says Jed Clarke. “The proﬁle of racing drivers is very high amongst the public, and by supporting a young, aspiring driver like Oliver sponsors are sharing the journey from the grass roots up – showing that your business has a real commitment to supporting genuine talent.” Anyone wishing to follow Oliver’s racing success or interested in sponsoring him can contact Jed on 01553 810851 or 07748 648122 or by e-mailing email@example.com
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The Last Word
WildWestNorfolk Michael Middleton’s
s we take the champagne bottles to the recycling centre, vow never to invite the in-laws to another New Year’s Eve party, and start regretting those rather hastily-made resolutions, it’s an opportune time to reflect on what a decidely odd year 2016 really was. It was a year full of surprises, and if you’re familiar with the ancient Chinese saying “may you live in interesting times” you’ll know exactly what I mean – because the surprise is that it’s neither ancient or Chinese. In 2016, if you thought it could never happen it almost certainly would. For instance, on May 2nd Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham. It may not sound like a big deal – but it was very good news for Leicester City, who duly did what everyone said would never happen and won the Premier League. And it was even better news for anyone who fancied a bet on the team at the start of the season, when the odds on them winning the league were in the region of 5,000-1. Bookies actually thought it more likely that Elvis was alive and well. The following month we all went to the polls for a referendum (most of us did, anyway) and if you thought ‘it’ would never happen, you were in good company – that morning, the experts were telling us the result would be 52% in favour of the UK remaining in the EU with 48% voting to leave. Amazingly, the experts got the numbers almost exactly right (51.9% and 48.1%) – although they got the result completely and utterly wrong. Well, at least we had the football to look forward to. Just a few days later England played Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championships. They 98
were facing a team of rank outsiders from the smallest ever nation to qualify for a major tournament, a team that cost less than one of England’s substitutes. And what you thought could never happen did exactly that in the 6th and 18th minutes. Instead of playing the competition’s hosts in Paris, the England players were on a plane home. Most of us spent the summer pinching ourselves, and it wasn’t because we had two consecutive days of sunshine. In the space of a week or so, we were out of the EU and out of Euro 2016. The Prime Minister had resigned and the Chancellor of the Exchequer went with him. Nigel Farage resigned. England manager Roy Hodgson resigned and his successor followed suit 67 days later. Jeremy Corbyn looked as though he was going to resign. Boris Johnson was the new Secretary of State. Was it a dream? No, it was 2016. Oh, and let’s not forget how the world’s media spent most of the year shaking their heads incredulously at the antics of Donald Trump – flamboyant businessman, erstwhile actor (Home Alone 2 is just one of the 12 films he’s appeared in), author of over fifteen bestsellers and controversial politician and wall-builder. Thought it would never happen? Well it did, and from January 20th we’ll be calling the man who said “the beauty of me is that I’m very rich” Mr. President. Had she not died 20 years ago, I think even Baba Vanga would have been hard pressed to credit some of the more unexpected events of 2016. For those of you unfamiliar with Vangelia Gushterova, she was a blind Bulgarian mystic with a worldwide
following of millions, who claim she predicted everything from the 2004 tsunami and the Chernobyl disaster to 9/11 and the rise of ISIS. Of course, she also predicted World War III would take place between 201014 (it didn’t), Europe would cease to exist in 2016 (it didn’t), and the 1994 World Cup Final would be between two teams beginning with ‘B’ (it wasn’t) – although why someone with such an amazing gift for looking into the future would trouble themselves with international football is beyond me. Her prediction that Hungarians will make contact with aliens from Vamfrin (the third planet from the sun) at some point in the near future is slightly hard to swallow, but after Brexit, Trump and Iceland, who am I to judge? No one knows what 2017 has in store for us, but it’s got a lot to live up to. And here’s a thought – on October 26th, the collection of records established by the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 must be completely disclosed to the public. If last year was anything to go by, we’ll probably discover that Elvis did it. Think it won’t happen? Watch this space. Happy New Year everyone!
KLmagazine January 2017
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