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Wolferton Station by Ian Ward


ust before this issue of the magazine went to press, we came across an amazing fact that makes this month’s special feature in independent schools in the area even more timely. As you’ll be aware, Team GB had a mightily impressive Olympics, but a study by educational campaigners The Sutton Trust revealed that British competitors were five times more likely to win medals if they went to a private school! Even though independent schools educate around only one in 15 British schoolchildren, more than 30% of our medal-winners came from one. It speaks volumes for the quality of our independent schools, and you can read more about them starting on page 45. We’re looking at another of our local traditions on page 12, with the help of Hilborough’s head gamekeeper Gerald Gray. And culture vultures are really spoiled for choice over the next few weeks, with both the King’s Lynn Arts Centre (page 80) and the Corn Exchange (page 8) unveiling a host of artistic and dramatic talent. In fact, this month’s magazine is packed with so much to read, we’d best stop here and get on with it! Enjoy – and we’ll see you again next month! KL MAGAZINE

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7 & 11 WHAT’S ON Forthcoming events in West Norfolk 8-9

KING’S LYNN CORN EXCHANGE The start of a fantastic new season

12-16 THE MODERN FACE OF GAMEKEEPING One of our most traditional professions 18

THE BIG INTERVIEW With Squadron Leader Jonathan White

22-23 THE SCENT OF SUCCESS David Learner visits Norfolk Lavender



24-26 MAD ABOUT MOTHS... Bel Greenwood meets expert Dick Jones 29

PETS Help and advice with local vet Alex Dallas

30-32 NORFOLK TO THE CORE A look at Norfolk’s thriving orchards 35-41 FOOD & DRINK Recipes, reviews and recommendations 45-52 INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS An overview of Norfolk’s private education


60-62 EXPLORER This month we’re off to Wolferton 68-70 THE ART OF RESTORATION Sheringham’s gilt-edged picture experts 74-75 THE LIFE OF OCTAVIA HILL The famous daughter of Wisbech 80-81 REVIEW A feast of culture in King’s Lynn 84-85 LOCAL LIGHTS, CAMERA AND ACTION We meet local film maker Luke Goold 86

MAKING A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company


MY KL Readers’ questions and photographs


WILD WEST NORFOLK Michael Middleton’s lighter view of things

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75 YEARS AGO: On 21st September 1937 JRR Tolkien’s classic children’s novel The Hobbit was published

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GUIDED DARK SIDE WALK King’s Lynn (2:00pm) Explore the darker side of King’s Lynn from St Nicholas Chapel to St Margaret’s, and from the 14th to the 19th century. Visit the sites of the ducking stool and the pillory, and hear tales of murder, treason, hangings and witchcraft. Meet the King’s Lynn Town Guide at St. Nicholas’ Chapel. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre. Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children £1

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE Screen-Next-the-Sea, Wells (7:00pm, doors open 6:30pm) A great opportunity to enjoy some of the best drama in the UK live via satellite, with a host introduction and 20-minute interval. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be broadcast live from London’s National Theatre. Tickets £10 available from Kinsley’s Shop, Staithe Street, Wells or by calling 07900 316606. See the website at for full details and information.

SANDRINGHAM GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR Sandringham Estate A true celebration of country living, with whole areas devoted to falconry, fishing, wildfowling, archery and many other country sports and pursuits, together with lots of activities for families (and their dogs!) Please note the Fair takes place in Sandringham Park, not at the Visitor Centre. Follow the Country Fair signs to the entrance to Sandringham Park. Admission Adults £10, Seniors £9, children £4.

Sunday 9th BANDSTAND MARATHON The Walks, King’s Lynn (1:00pm-5:00pm) The Bandstand Marathon brings communities together through live music performances at the same time on the same day. This year, the aim is for 500 events nationwide. Hosted in the many historic bandstands that adorn our local parks and town centres this festival has something for everyone – from blues to reggae, bangra to rock, brass bands to steel bands. For more information contact Jasmine Rankin on 01823 666641.

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he busiest season of the year is upon us, and as always we have a huge variety of entertainment on offer. From classical ballet to top flight comedy to the best in live music, cabaret and of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without our biggest show of the year, our pantomime Aladdin. For full listings visit the website at

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elighting audiences since 1995 Beryl, Carolyn and Jenny are our three sweethearts who bring you a two hour show featuring songs of the great female vocalists from the wartime Forties and the demob sweethearts too. Featuring sing-alongs with George Formby and Flanagan and Allen and more… a lovely nostalgia show.

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ulian Clary is looking for love and he’s not leaving town empty handed. Master of camp Julian Clary is scouring the land in search of love. He’s promised to leave no straight unturned. “Because I’m still considered to be quite a catch and because your town is noted for its heterosexuals on the cusp, there’s bound to be stiff competition”, says Julian. “Therefore I’ll be hosting ruthless elimination games. You can be sure of one thing. By the end of the evening, we’ll all be celebrating my new partnership.” A glass of Blue Nun may be available to those who make an effort or anyone named Jason. But please bring your own confetti.

Thursday 4th October | 8:00pm £20 (£18 concessions) NOTE: 16+ ONLY

ollowing the Military Wives Choir topping the charts with their Christmas No.1 “Wherever You Are”, there are now 20 other similar groups on armed forces bases – including the Military Wives Choir at RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. The 35strong choir was set up to support wives and girlfriends through a shared love of singing. Recordings of their rehearsals have been sent out to their loved ones in Afghanistan, and the choir meets weekly at the air base church where Michael Dann, their Choirmaster, puts them through their paces. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these truly inspiring ladies where they will be joined by further guests and will perform the No.1 hit “Sing.”

Saturday 27th October | 7:30pm £20.50 (£13.50 under 16s)

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ollowing the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella we are excited to announce that this year’s star performer will be Todd Carty. Todd will join the cast of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin in the role of the evil Abanazaar (left). He will be joined by Ian Marr (right) who makes his return to the role of Dame and Director for the third year running. Let the Genie grant your wish and join us in the magical world of pantomime. Widow Twankey wants a husband, evil Abanazaar wants the magic lamp, Aladdin wants adventure and Wishee-Washee wants a clean vest; can the genie grant their wishes?

Friday 7th – Monday 31st December | Various times Tickets from £10 YOU CAN TAKE PART! We are looking for talented young dancers (aged 8-18yrs) to be part of the cast of this year’s pantomime. Jordan Productions will be holding open auditions at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 16th September. If you’d like to try out to be part of the bestloved pantomime of all, contact to receive a registration form and further details.

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September Wednesday 19th MUSIC RECITAL Town Hall, King’s Lynn (7:30pm-9:00pm) The King’s Lynn Music Society meets monthly from September to May, and the first event of the 2012 season is a recital by the Castalian Quartet, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, multi-award winning graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Eastman School of Music, USA. For more information, see

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd KING’S LYNN POETRY FESTIVAL Thoresby College, King’s Lynn Presenting nine published poets from the UK, Germany and Estonia in a congenial setting. Meet and chat to the poets and buy their books. Two or three poets per session, each session is 90 minutes. Tickets £7.50. Visit for full programme details or for more information contact Rob Elwes on 07711 513893

Friday 21st MARITIME GUIDED WALK True’s Yard, King’s Lynn (2:00pm) King’s Lynn has a rich maritime heritage and this walk provides an opportunity to follow a route through the town and see the buildings and locations associated with this heritage. Meet the King’s Lynn Town Guide outside True’s Yard Museum. Tickets £4 Adults, £3 concessions, £1 Children £1 from the King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre on 01553 763004

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Tuesday 25th FESTIVAL OF BRITTEN OPENING CONCERT Gresham’s, Holt (8:00pm) Almost a whole year of special events celebrating the centenary of former Gresham’s pupil Benjamin Britten opens at the school’s Auden Theatre, with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Tickets £36. For further information on the Festival of Britten at Gresham’s, please contact Director of Music Nathan Waring by calling 01263 714584 or by e-mail at

Friday 28th SWAFFHAM VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH EcoTech Centre, Swaffham (7:00pm) The month-long Swaffham Visual Arts Festival opens with a special launch reception presenting details on all Festival events and ticket information. Committee members will be available to answer questions, and Festival Artist in Residence Christopher Hollick will be answering questions on all art related matters. The launch will be followed by the screening of Woody Allen’s award-winning film Vicky, Christina, Barcelona (2008). Tickets £6, including reception. For more details, see

Friday 28th JANE DIGBY LECTURE Holkham Hall (7:00pm) Mary Lovell (author of the biography A Scandalous Life) presents a unique and fully illustrated talk about the celebrated adventuress Jane Digby (who spent her early years at Holkham), who fell in love with an Austrian prince and then married a Bedouin sheikh. The Norfolk Churches Trust is hosting the event, which takes place in the Saloon at Holkham Hall. Canapés and wine will be served in the Statue Gallery. Tickets £30 from the Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or

Sunday 30th CYCLE FOR A NURSE Norfolk Hospice, Snettisham (10:00am) Ask your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you in this challenging cycle ride to raise money to fund a nurse at the Norfolk Hospice. Register to cycle either 10 or 20 miles around the Norfolk countryside. Register by picking up a form from any of the Hospice shops or online from the website at Registration is £10 per adult, £5 for children (16 and under), £20 for a family entry (2 adults + up to 2 children). The cycle ride will start and finish (with a BBQ) at the Hospice.

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ABOVE: These partridges on the Hilborough Estate are being held back in pens and reared ready for next year’s season, under the expert guidance of head gamekeeper Gerald Gray (left), a keen shot who lives in the middle of the estate just outside Swaffham

Face to face with the modern gamekeeper... Gamekeeping is one of the most traditional English professions, and it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Bel Greenwood meets Norfolk gamekeeper Gerald Gray to discover more


unting and shooting have been the sport of kings and nobles, and culturally it’s stitched firmly into the rural tapestry. These days, the country shoot is practised on estates and farmland all over Norfolk. It can be a commercial enterprise or a private passion of particular landowners. Shooting came to greater prominence in Victorian times where the gamekeeper and the huntsman stalking the hills and striding over heath land with a cocked gun became a romanticised image. Weekend shooting

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parties have featured in literature and in period dramas as the pastime of choice for the leisured classes, and as a script device would be used to show who really was in control. In the real countryside, a whole supporting industry has sprung up in the wake of the ‘Guns.’ Companies like Holt’s Auctioneers on the Sandringham Estate supply shotguns to the shooting fraternity, dog breeders and feed suppliers support the sport – but if there’s one man who’s pivotal to the provision of the shoot and the conservation of habitat for all birds (not only the game bird in the

wild) it’s the quiet man at the back, the gamekeeper. There are only 5,000 full time gamekeepers in the UK, and a small number work part-time but between them they look after hundreds of thousands of acres of estate and farmland. It is a profession but far more than that, it’s a way of life. Gerald Gray is a sixth generation head gamekeeper who lives and works on the Hilborough Estate just outside Swaffham. It is 4,400 acres of Norfolk Breckland owned by the Van Cutsem family who bought the estate at the end of their lease of Anmer Hall on the



FACTS & FIGURES Gamekeepers have been around for more than 1,000 years – the first ones being the men who protected the King’s deer in the royal hunting forests in medieval times. Only one in 50 people has ever actually met a gamekeeper! 70% of gamekeepers today care for at least one SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), which is the most treasured and important countryside in the UK. There are about 3,000 full-time gamekeepers in Britain. Gamebird shooting supports 70,000 full-time jobs. Today, gamekeepers manage about 2 million hectares of land – an area of countryside about the size of Wales. Gamekeepers have different types of dogs but Spaniels are usually used to flush out gamebirds and Labradors are often used to bring back shot birds. ABOVE: Gerald has to set and check around 200 of these small vermin traps daily – the bottom picture shows the trap fenced in by two strong twigs to prevent larger animals such as pheasants or partridges getting caught by accident

Sandringham Estate. Gerald’s forbears have been gamekeepers at Felbrigg Hall and at Haydon. His father retired at 80 (with only a slight break for the Second World War) and Gerald began his gamekeeping life as soon as he left school. “It’s a way of life,” he says. “You can’t call it a job and it changes from day to day. You have your yearly cycles, you work on a yearly basis but the day can change depending on what happens.” That morning, one of the unexpected things that do happen did indeed happen, and Gerald had just seen his wife off to the vet with a young wild grey partridge who looked a little poorly at first sight. Gerald’s love for the little bird is obvious. In the lodge where the shooting parties gather to begin their day, there are framed paintings and


illustrations. The wild grey partridge was a common sight on open grassland and in mixed arable farming in medieval times and thrived up until the 1950s. They went into sharp decline after the introduction of herbicides and became a threatened species. It has been a conservation achievement to sustain the conditions that these little birds need to survive and to grow in numbers, enough to populate a shoot. Hugh Van Cutsem – who owns the estate and built the neo-Palladian country house that graces the grounds – is as passionate as his head gamekeeper about the future of the land-nesting bird. If the birds have a hard year and the numbers aren’t up enough then there’s no wild grey partridge shooting on his land until the numbers allow it. The birds couldn’t be living under a more benign influence. Gerald has a

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team of two gamekeepers who work with him to create the optimal habitat conditions. The estate land is intensively farmed but it has adopted conservation measures such as wildflower strips at the edge of every field and also a central pit full of wild growth. Using chicory and wild pollen mixtures they are trying to create overhead cover for all birds. The conservation measures have been so effective the Estate has been graced with the presence of 43 nesting Stone Curlews in two set aside hectare plots with a full time RSPB warden working on site. Songbirds abound and it’s wonderful to hear lark song carried across the open green space that spreads up to a brace of mature trees outside the lodge. “If you’re doing it right for the grey partridge, then you’re doing it right for

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With a London saleroom and our head office in Norfolk, Holt’s Auctioneers are Europe’s leading auction house for fine modern and antique guns. We specialise in selling not just individual guns but also in the promotion and marketing of gun collections worldwide. Our next sale will be held on: 20th September 2012 Saleroom: Princess Louise House Hammersmith Road London W6 7DJ

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ABOVE: These feed bins are used to feed the game birds all year round – and nothing else! The wiring is a clever form of defence against other feed-eating birds such as pigeons

ABOVE: Large sections of the estate have specific plants grown to aid in maintaining the optimum ecosystem for insects and the perfect habitat for the game birds – it’s all part of the gamekeeper’s remit

other species,” says Gerald. The habitat conservation echoes old ways of doing things and favours all birds and songbirds which are abundant on the land, but also small mammals and a healthy insect population which is such an important part of a bird’s diet. This year’s cold temperatures and months of rain has had a big impact on all birds and they have been hungry. A part of the job is the control of predators since the main aim of gamekeeping is to increase the number of birds. There are quite a number of creatures who would enjoy nothing better than a wild grey partridge snack. The fox is by far the biggest predator, and Gerald has taken 42 of them since February. Many foxes edge onto the land from the forestry spreading up from Thetford. There are plenty of others too: the


weasel, stoat and rats but also magpies and crows. Despite the range and numbers of predators, the wild grey partridge population on the estate is a success story. Part of the success is due to the methods that Gerald uses. In a poor year, there will be barren pairs. “Grey partridges are so intent on rearing families they will foster,” he explains. “We hatch eggs under bantams and start them off and then introduce them to pairs without chicks. It’s an old-fashioned way and we do it because there are barren pairs on the estate but we see it as helping nature.” There are 277 pairs on the estate this year. The last season saw 212 pairs produce 841 chicks but this year (because of the weather) Gerald thinks he will be lucky to see 500. But between 1998 and 2012, there

have been 12 seasons of partridge shoots although the decision is never made until after harvest when the birds are counted. The birds are no easy target either. “When they’re flying towards the guns, some will get shot and some will get past them,” says Gerald. “They do something called starburst. They crisscross against each other and they’re the hardest target for a gun to shoot at.” Perfectly on cue, a young pair of wild grey partridges skitters in a ragged route across the grass to the shadow of a hedge. “I admire them because they have so much passion about them, trying to rear a family,” Gerald says. “They’ll fly up at you if they see you as a threat in the wild. I just love the little things and when they call, you can hear them in the evening it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” Gerald has no retirement plans, like his father, and his grandfather and many great grandfathers before him. Gamekeeping is his morning, noon and night. It is long hours, hard work and there’s never what you would call a day off – but what can beat waking up to a new day where the countryside is happening in front of you, every single day.

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he mission of RAF Marham’s 2620 Squadron is to recruit and train reservists to support regular RAF Force Protection exercises and operations worldwide. KL magazine talks to Squadron Leader Jonathan White... KL MAGAZINE: Could you give us brief overview of 2620 Squadron and their role? JONATHAN WHITE: 2620 Squadron is an RAF Regiment Reserve Squadron based at RAF Marham. The majority of the Squadron are Reservists and there’s a small group of permanent staff who run all the administration, recruiting and training. The Squadron’s role is to provide Air Force protection for RAF assets on worldwide operations and exercises. KL MAGAZINE: What does your role as Squadron Leader entail? JONATHAN WHITE: As the Squadron Commander I’m responsible for the operational output of 2620 Squadron – in other words, providing trained RAF gunners who are able to deploy on worldwide operations. In support of that, I’m also responsible for the Squadron’s recruiting effort, its training, administration, engineering and logistics. KL MAGAZINE: How do people join the Squadron? JONATHAN WHITE: Some of 2620 Squadron are ex-regular servicemen – however, most are individuals who live and work in the local area and who hear about us on the radio, on Facebook, on the website or at town-centre shows. They attend an interest evening and then there’s an application form to complete, a medical and a fitness test – but all of this can be achieved in as little as 10 weeks. KL MAGAZINE: What does the future hold for the Squadron? JONATHAN WHITE: Following an independent review of the UK’s Reserve Forces, the future of 2620 Squadron is happily secure. It will remain at RAF Marham and it will continue in its current role, training and deploying RAF Regiment Reserve gunners on operations and exercises all over the world. KL MAGAZINE: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? JONATHAN WHITE: It’s all very rewarding, and commanding such a dedicated and professional group of individuals is a joy in itself. A particularly rewarding aspect, though, is taking the Squadron overseas on exercise or adventure


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training. In the past we’ve been to Texas, Cyprus, Germany, France and Spain and it really is a buzz giving the guys experiences such as these. KL MAGAZINE: What’s been your greatest achievement as Squadron Leader? JONATHAN WHITE: That was certainly when I organized the Parade and Reception at RAF Marham in 2010 at which Her Majesty the Queen presented a new Sovereign’s Colour and two Squadron standards. The whole of the RAF Reserves were represented – and I led 2620 Squadron on parade in front of Her Majesty and over 700 guests, including the Chief of the Air Staff.

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KL MAGAZINE: What have you learned from your work? JONATHAN WHITE: The simple fact that hard work pays off. Nothing worth having ever comes easily, and there are always obstacles to overcome – however, determination and tenacity can overcome most things and that has been my philosophy towards life on 2620 Squadron and in general. KL MAGAZINE: What do you like best about West Norfolk? JONATHAN WHITE: Being a Yorkshireman, this is really hard to say, but just about everything! I’ve spent much of my Service career in East Anglia but I really do love the countryside, the people and the coast in this part of the world. When I finally hang up my boots, this is where I’ll be settling. KL MAGAZINE: In your free time, how do you like to relax? JONATHAN WHITE: After the pace of life here on the Squadron, it’s nice to enjoy some peace and quiet when I’m off duty. So I enjoy hill walking, fishing, shooting and reading. I live locally with my family and it’s always good just to spend some free time with them.

KL MAGAZINE: Who’s your biggest inspiration? JONATHAN WHITE: There really is no single person who’s inspired me generally, but there have been a number of superb Officers in the RAF Regiment who have inspired me in different ways over the years. The one person who I’d love to meet, though, is Sir Ranulph Fiennes, our greatest modern explorer. KL MAGAZINE: What’s the best piece of advice you've ever been given? JONATHAN WHITE: Never to give up. On the day I went to grammar school in Yorkshire, my father presented me with a new dictionary and told me “you’ll be needing that” – and only later that week did I realise that he’d crossed out the word ‘impossible’ with a felt pen! I think that says it all. KL MAGAZINE: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people... JONATHAN WHITE: Nothing that I could tell you about here I don’t think! Actually, it’s probably the fact that despite having spent over 30 years in the RAF Regiment, I’m actually a big softie at heart. I am a bit sentimental and I always try and look after the interests of individuals on the Squadron.

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ABOVE: Alpines, herbs and lavenders jostle for attention in the shadow of Norfolk Lavender’s home at Caley Mill

The fragrant success of Norfolk Lavender... A green renaissance is taking place at Norfolk Lavender in Heacham. David Learner motors up to Caley Mill to discover why this much-loved Norfolk attraction is creating such a stir


umming up Norfolk Lavender, to turn it into a lasting impression to live long in the mind, is no easy task. The two ancient distilling tanks, a couple of metres high, just a tiny part of a day out amongst gently rolling willowed scenery close to the A149, show their age but give little away. They’re French, more than a century old, and the Heacham lavender workers would start at five in the morning to heave bales of the plant into their giant mouths. A continuous process that by the end of the day, some fourteen hours away, will have produced maybe a couple of centimetres of a golden oil. Revelation is too small a word: there’s no scent to it. Explosion on the other hand tends to lead to big bangs, rather


than restful scents and the haze of summer. And why summer? While the plant itself tends to be at its most boastful during those months that don’t contain an R thickly laden snow on rows twelve wide can leave a stamp that’s just as redolent of Norfolk as any other takeaway image. Julie Winter should know; she’s the manager, responsible for the 362 days or so that Norfolk Lavender is open every year. And she wears lots of hats. Today she’s the buyer, for candles and hats, and lotions and lipsticks, for several hundred luscious items that say the giver themselves has given thought to a perfect present for a special occasion. Because whatever else it is, Norfolk Lavender is special. Its new owners are

just three years into the job of putting a map pin on the A149 as the Skodas skim past to the Hunstanton seals, their drivers noting too late they’ve just missed a memorable day out that’s as much an education as it is a trip to boutiques of fantastical items. Nook after cranny, and barn after barn, is filled with gorgeous gifts for giving or collecting, art and artifacts, glass and porcelain, toys and toiletries. Something, as they say, for everyone. “It’s free to enter,” says Julie, surprisingly. “There’s a preconception that you have to pay to visit acres of landscaped gardens, meadows and rolling woods where there’s somewhere to eat and room to breathe. It’s not true.” The room to breathe element is vital.

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Currently undergoing an invisible green refurbishment under the watchful eye and massive creativity of gardener John Emery invasive non-native trees and shrubs are being trained and cut back. Caley’s Mill, dating back to 1837, the throbbing heart of the original enterprise, and whose race has been concealed by intruding greenery for far too long, is being revealed once more in its carrstone splendour. The scent of lavender is everywhere, a reminder that the acres are a vital part of the National Collection of Lavenders; there are more than a hundred varieties to enjoy. But lavender is only a small taster of so much that’s available to take home and enjoy: the range of herb plants includes Scarborough Fair’s most famous inhabitants – parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme – as well as chamomile, pineapple mint, tea tree and rosemary barbeque. This last is an invasion of the senses when used in outdoor cooking of pork or steak. Children? Of course. There’s a Animal Centre and for that, admittedly, there’s a charge. But for a tenner the entire family can watch wallaby and alpaca, pigmy goats and ferrets, and handle the fluffiest of guinea pigs. There are miniature donkeys and pigs roaming as close to nature as you could wish, amongst easily accessible paths through the depth of a day out. Norfolk Lavender is eighty years old in 2012, and it never looked in better health. As the sun sets for the autumn and winter starts to whistle that favourite view of Julie’s will be arranged, just for her: the sight of snow coating the lavenders as the vista changes once more into a wonderland that’s right for walking and enjoying any day of the year. Looking out over the fields, saturated with the heavy perfume of a plant that’s beguiled every civilisation for the last three millennia John Emery is modest about his role as Garden Manager and his responsibility for maintaining Norfolk Lavender for future generations. What does the gardener grow in his own garden? “Pea shingle,” he smiles. “And box hedges. I love topiary.” Then his smile is even wider. “This!” he says, and he sweeps his arms over the pungent acres. “This is my garden.”

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ABOVE: Dick Jones gets closer to some of the 1,700-plus moth species in Norfolk with his easily-assembled moth trap

On the trail of spotted clovers and leaf miners There are thousands of moth species in Norfolk, and finding and recording them is an art in itself. Bel Greenwood meets the remarkable Dick Jones of Dersingham to discover more...


oths have poetic names. They’re often names that suit their nocturnal nature and habit of camouflage. The Clouded Drab is a moth subtly coloured in ochres and grey browns that help it to merge perfectly with tree bark. There’s the glorious Merveille du Jour which looks exactly like a pale green frill of lichen. There are others with mysterious names that speak of shadow and the night – Svensen's Copper Underwing, Silver Y, Diamondback or the Lunar


Hornet Moth, for example, and there’s even a species called the Unsuspected. They are silent and sometimes, unlike butterflies, eerily still and even when they’re boldly coloured (like the aptly named Large Yellow Underwing) there’s something wary about a moth. They are admired but we’re not completely comfortable with the way they blindly burn against a hot light or the

manner of their kamikaze fluttering across our paths. Some species of house moth are voracious and eat holes in the fabric of our homes and our clothes. Yet, stop and study the paper-thin wings of a white moth and what you thought were pale and plain have, in fact, delicate two-tone wing etchings; or the richness of a hawkmoths' underwing hues, primary colours as sharp as paint, and watch as plume moth wings

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PICTURE: JO HALPIN JONES ABOVE: The beautiful but unfortunately-named Elephant Hawkmoth, so called because of its supposed resemblance to an elephant’s trunk.

concertina like a lady’s fan. They are beautiful introverts, hiding extrovert colours under an overcoat of brown. In Norfolk there are around 680 different species of macro moths and 1,100 different species of micro moths. They are ubiquitous. Wherever there’s a plant there’s something that feeds on it, and often this will be a moth. They can be found in very diverse habitats, from woodland and farmland, to heathland and the shore, and they like warm, muggy conditions best. For more than half of 2012 they’ve had nothing like the conditions they need to thrive. “You’ve picked a bad year for moths,” says Dick Jones, referring to the rain, wind and cool temperatures of earlier this year. “Numbers are down considerably. Today, I had about 30 different species, but last year in the same period I’d have had between 60 and 70. Back in April and May there were often days with none at all.” Dick Jones is a naturalist. He used to work as the Natural Historian at Lynn Museum but in 1990 had to leave when struck with a sudden, devastating stroke, but this hasn’t lessened his interest in everything the natural world

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has to offer. Over the years he’s had a succession of specialist interests, but recently he gave up a fascination for centipedes and turned his attention back to moths, which he’d not concentrated on for a while. He has had a passion for them ever since, and has been recording their appearance in his garden with a forensic intensity. Behind him in a pile are the secrets of his moth-trapping trade. Dick uses large cardboard egg trays. They’re ideal because they provide nooks and crannies in which the moths can hide. A cover and a large mercury vapour bulb round off the perfect, easilyassembled trap which he places in the woody end of his lush, foliage-rich garden at Dersingham. Moths can cause widespread damage to whatever they feed on. Dick held up a cluster of horse chestnut leaves following a recent visit from the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner – overlaid with rusty orange blotches and thick trails of moth larvae, which had burrowed into the green of the leaf. In the wild it is easy to spot trees infested with these relative newcomers. “They have been here for about ten

years,” Dick explains, “having come from abroad, and they’re tiny – about a quarter of a centimetre long. But they’re doing a lot of damage because there’s nothing to stop them. Nothing has specialised in preying upon them yet. There are thousands of species of Leaf Miners.” Moth identification is the art of very close observation. Sometimes the variation between moth species is so minute (especially in tiny micro moths) the only way that Dick can be sure is to dissect a moth under his microscope to identify it by the moth’s genitalia. He occupies a true naturalist’s study which has a touch of the Victorian gentleman collector about it. Across the large wooden desk is a scattering of specimen-collecting boxes and microscope slides and a large microscope. An enormous empty aquarium dominates one of the walls and books and paper tumble out of piles. There’s always the chance that Dick will find a very rare moth on a visit to the Norfolk coast or discover a moth that hasn’t been seen for decades, thought extinct and now come back and then he has the equipment to help him identify it. Dick reports his sightings of moths to the Norfolk Moth Group. It began life as a small group of keen amateur lepidopterists in 1985, and under the guidance of the Natural History Department of the Castle Museum in Norwich it has around 200 members who contribute their findings to the Norfolk Moth Survey. The survey is like a living map of all the species and where they can be found in the county. It’s changing all the time because new species do arrive in the region and the impact of changes to the environment and climate all impact on the moth


PICTURES: JO HALPIN JONES ABOVE: The Lime Hawkmoth (Mimas Tiliae)

ABOVE: Dick Jones busily cataloguing his latest moth sightings

population. The group organises night trapping sessions and talks, and has probably the most comprehensive moth website on the net. The members of the Norfolk Moth Group are the modern inheritors of a tradition of Victorian country parsons or gentlemen who were part of an obsession to classify the natural world. The Elgood Collection was put together by the Wisbech brewer Walter Elgood during the first half of the last century and is housed in the basement of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum. It holds some rare specimens, including the only post-Victorian sighting of the Slender Burnished Brass and a rare Spotted Clover moth that hasn’t been seen since 1953 in Hunstanton. The


ABOVE: The Victorian collector’s favourite moth, the Blue Underwing

Atmore collection of moths is held in Lynn Museum and is available to be viewed. Dick has spent the whole of his life working as a naturalist. Inspired as a child by his mother and a Christmas collection of Observer Books, he grew up to study Botany, Zoology and Geology at university. He’s had a life steeped in the adventure of working with wildlife, whether for the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology or as an RSPB summer warden in the Outer Hebrides. In later years, he settled in Dersingham and worked at the Lynn Museum. He’s an inspiration. When he was struck down by his stroke, he asked for a catalogue of bird tours that he had at home. On the cover was the rare

Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise. He was determined to recover and get to see the bird in Papua New Guinea. “It gave me something to aim for,” he says, “and 18 months later I was out there watching it!” These days, it’s a far smaller pair of wings that captures his attention. It may be a little thing, perhaps a Psycoides Filicivora, but it will be infinitely interesting and a daily illustration of the extraordinary variety of the insect world.

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

The joy of all-day appointments...


admire anyone who can manage to get their cat into a basket and travel to the vets to be on time for an appointment. I’m sure that cats listen in to the conversation booking the visit and know just when to magically vanish before the due time! Gentle little Tiddles becomes a ferocious tiger when you try and pop him into the basket, then making sounds and smells like you never thought possible all the way in the car to the surgery. To make it all worse, when you finally come into the consulting room Tiddles reverts to his meek compliant self, allowing the vet to commit all sorts of indignities, and then quietly slipping back into his basket. We might not be able to avoid all this stress, but we do try to help not to make it any worse. With our all-day appointments (from before 9am until after 6pm) we can at least help you avoid the cat visit clashing with the

school run or when you’re trying to make the tea. It also means that by spreading the demand over the whole day, we can run to time more easily and avoid keeping you waiting when you should be somewhere else. This more relaxed approach also means we can carry out further procedures (if required) there and then, saving you another tortuous journey with Tiddles. We provide this all-day approach at both the London Road Centre and the Hollies at Downham, and we find it benefits our canine patients too. For the more boisterous or the more timid dog, having a less-crowded reception area and a quieter personal approach tailored to individual needs is so helpful. We also take the stress out of parking too, with our own car parks at both London Road and The Hollies, making both you and Tiddles welcome.

Olympic feel good! What an amazing fortnight we’ve seen this summer with the wonderful 2012 Olympics. It turned out to be the most fantastic show, with stories of courage and endeavour, fairy-tale endings, tears and cheers. I found myself watching men sailing little boats and ladies astonishing us in rowing boats, amazing cycling events I’d never heard of, tennis and athletics and all sorts of thing I’ve never watched – and yet I was on the edge of my seat. Yes, it was the London Olympics – but in the end it wasn’t. From the day the Olympic torch went by the Surgery in London Road in King’s Lynn on the 4th of July to the last moments of the closing ceremony, it was Britain’s Olympics. It showed the enthusiasm and spirit of the athletes but also the joy and support of a Great British public. We can all be very proud.

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ABOVE: From pruning to fruit juices, Thornham’s Drove Orchards is home to over 150 varieties of English apple, 100 of them local varieties

Our local orchards are Norfolk to the core There are over 7,000 different varieties of apple, and local orchards are doing their level best to preserve some of Norfolk’s native species. Bel Greenwood looks at the not-so humble fruit.


ick an apple from a tree and you pick a whole cultural and botanical bounty with it. The pleasure of a good apple picked fresh from an orchard is the best kind of autumn plunder. Apples have a thousand year history in this country – their wild existence stretches back into prehistory but for the orchard apple we must look for its origins in a range of mountains that stretch from Kazahkstan to China. Rooting itself in the freezing conditions of some of the bleakest places on Earth explains not only why apple trees don’t grow in warmer countries but also why the tree needs

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an icy winter, or at the very least, a harsh frost for germination. Orchard trees are sturdy specimens. After all, they’ve evolved to withstand ferocious winds and weather. In the wild they’ll grow no higher than 10 metres and cultivated in commercial orchards they’ve been developed into dwarf stock in tree terms, rarely rising far above an apple picker’s head. We might consider the apple we eat, stew, turn into pies, tarts, bury in cake and ferment into cider and vinegars is a fairly simple fruit, but we’d be completely mistaken. It’s unnerving and extraordinary to discover that in 2010, scientists finished decoding the complete genome of a golden

delicious apple. The apple had about 57,000 genes, almost twice as many as man – who checks in with a mere 30,000. No surprise that it’s the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in Genesis. It’s a revelatory fruit of seduction in Christianity, the apple that promised eternal youth in Greek myths and it’s the apple that became a prize at the end of a quest in an enchanted garden and a spur to wars. What chance did poor Paris have when challenged by three powerful goddesses to pick the best of them? He made his fateful and dangerous choice with the gift of an apple and unleashed the destruction of Troy.


The apple is the fruit of a new estate manager, the thousand varieties – 7,500 development and sale of cultivars in orchards heritage apples as the quality according to Kew Gardens. pick they are and the It’s hard to say how many development of the orchard flourish in our region, but as an educational resource there’s a growing interest in are major priorities. creating heritage orchards Drove Orchards covers and recovering and reabout 30 acres. The first trees stocking old and lost varieties. were planted at the end of Apples – just like insects, WW2 and the company opted plants and birds – can to keep the flavour of their dwindle to become a fragile fruit, selling at outlets like or even extinct species, but Bakers and Larners, from their there are all kinds of initiatives own farm shop and from and orchards that can be farmer’s markets rather than visited, experienced and compromising on taste and enjoyed, and in September producing a bland product and October, the traditional sold in supermarkets. time of harvest, there are The trees in the Heritage plenty of local Apple Days Orchard are only three years and Apple events to remind old and the apples are sold in us how important the apple is the farm shop at the to us all. moment – but they’ll be sold Apples and Norfolk go as the premium crop they are together like well, crab and at selected outlets in the samphire, and Norfolk was future. once a major apple producer. “The biggest thing for us is The Gressenhall Museum of that we want to make Drove Rural Life in the former Orchards a destination,” says workhouse at Gressenhall, a Sue. “We want to pass on and few miles outside Dereham, keep the history of the planted an orchard on the site orchard alive.” of the workhouse burial There are plans to develop ground in the 1920s. All the an educational programme apple trees are traditional East ABOVE: There’s nothing quite like a genuine local apple, grown and for schools and to start up a picked in the county from which it originates. Anglian varieties. The Families’ Club next year. museum sees the orchard as Sowing the seeds of Comparatively new orchards in a reference library for people seeking to apple-growing terms are being created. knowledge about our amazing apple identify their own trees. heritage is a conservation act that goes Swaffham’s Eco-Tech Centre has Many traditional Norfolk apples are hand in hand with other conservation planted an orchard close to the foot of rare today. Lots of apple orchards were measures. Drove Orchards is a member one of the largest wind turbines in the cut down in the 1970s and 1980s and of the Higher Land Stewardship scheme UK. The trees were planted with today the orchard exists to help ensure which makes an Eden of an orchard funding from Norfolk County Council a sustainable future for historic apple with meadow running under the trees. and Breckland District Council in 1999. varieties. It is managed in partnership It will be a great space for creative They have about 57 trees and the site is with the East of England Apple and activity, courses such as photography managed organically. The land that Orchard Project. and art and the perfect place for runs between the trees is meadow The Project began life as the Norfolk children to come and learn about grass and wild flowers and managed Apples and Orchards Project with the ecology and bio-diversity. organically. aim of promoting a greater awareness Already the orchards have brought a Stewart Weaver, the Education of Norfolk’s apple heritage. The number of creative businesses on site, Manager at the centre uses it as an organisation is currently surveying the great eating, and arts and crafts – education facility with seasonal extent and number of orchards in the which enhance the orchard walks and workshops on orchard skills and apple region and aiding the development of the business of fruit production. identification. apple day celebrations. The company produces its own fruit Running educational projects in a According to the Project there are juices on site and offers plenty heritage orchard is exactly hundreds of lost fruit varieties known to experience. It will be what Drove Orchards (off only by written records. One of these Apple Day at the the A149 at Thornham) was the Norfolk Dumpling, which was orchards on 30th is aiming to do. At thought to have died out almost 90 September. There will the moment, the years ago. It was rediscovered by be a craft market and Heritage Orchard retired GP Kevin Browne, who has more has about 150 plenty of local food than 50 varieties of apple in his North but essentially Apple varieties, all Creake orchard. He has successfully Day would be regional and grown a younger fruit-bearing tree but meaningless without some from just had to identify the lost apple species by the fruit of myth that down the road in the description left behind in village first grew on a Burnham Norton. records. mountain. For Sue Hall, the


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La Capanna and a real taste of Italy... Authentic Italian food, genuine hospitality and a marvellous setting add up to a great dining experience


t used to be said that people eat to live – except for Italians, who only live to eat. Food, wonderful veal dishes that celebrate the tastes of Liguria, the blue-flames of a flambé dish served at table, a menu that ranges from the classic to the local including some English stalwarts, is at the heart of La Capanna, where three generations of the Lantrua family work to create the perfect dining experience with a touch of the Mediterranean. Expect a warm family welcome as soon as you step into La Capanna – which means ‘the old barn’ in Italian, a name that exactly describes the building. The barn, built in 1735 and resplendent with ancient red brick and old timbers, is an atmospheric location to dine in, coupled with some modern features. The Lantrua Family leased the


building out for about 15 years but have returned to recreate a little Italy in the middle of the countryside. The Lantruas have spent a lifetime working with food. Mrs. Lantrua learned to cook from her mother-in-law but also her husband who worked at the Ivy in London before they decided to go it alone together. Mr. and Mrs. Lantrua have spent a lifetime in the restaurant business and the passion to create an all round, fabulous experience is still there. Mr. Lantrua is the maitre’d and is ‘very entertaining,’ Lisa Lantrua, the daughter works front of house and has, according to her mother, inherited the Lantrua ability to entertain. Hanna and Rebecca, Lisa’s daughters are attentive and expert staff. It is a family business in the best of traditions serving up the best of Italy.



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with Avocado Mayonnaise & Tomato Salsa INGREDIENTS Mayonnaise 1 avocado 3 tbsp egg mayonnaise Sea salt flakes Pepper grinder Salsa 2 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and finely diced ½ red onion, finely diced 2 tbsp parsley, chopped 1 lemon, juiced Extra virgin olive oil Chicken 8 slices bacon, finely chopped 600g boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 small onion, finely diced 3 tbsp breadcrumbs 1 egg 3 bird’s eye chillis, finely chopped 1 lemon, zest only ½ tablespoon fresh thyme METHOD Avocado Mayonnaise 1 Roughly chop the avocado and place in a food processor with the mayonnaise, a pinch of salt and pepper and process on high until smooth. Remove, place in a bowl and cover the surface with cling film. Salsa 1 Combine the tomato, onion, parsley, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix. Add a touch of olive oil and set aside. Chicken Cakes 1 Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and cook the bacon in a large heavy-based pan until soft. 2 Add the onion and chilli, cook for a couple of minutes (don’t allow the onion or bacon to brown), remove from heat and allow to cool. 3 Chop the chicken up roughly, place in a food processor and process until completely minced. Add contents of pan, egg, lemon zest and thyme and process until combined. 4 If mixture is very wet add all the breadcrumbs; if only slightly wet add a little less. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and process once again – the mixture should appear slightly oily and shiny when done. 5 Wet your hands and roll small handful size balls of the mix, then press slightly flat. 6 In a non-stick frying pan add a liberal splash of olive oil and cook for 1-2 minutes per side over a medium heat. 7 Once all the cakes have been seared, transfer them to the oven for a few minutes while you organise the serving plates. 8 Lean a couple of cakes on one another, top with a bit of salsa and serve next to some nice grilled vegetables with the mayonnaise on the side.


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CORNER A magical new way to enjoy your H2O with Melanie Done

Cook to Perfection introduces an ingenious new range that’s good for you – and good for the environment too!


t’s back to school time already and thoughts turn to school uniforms and lunch boxes, but also important is a good quality water bottle for class to ensure your children are drinking regularly throughout the day. This will help to keep up levels of hydration and aid concentration, helping them to learn more. Bobble is a stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink, using an ingenious replaceable carbon filter. When water passes through the filter, the carbon removes chlorine and organic contaminants. My teenagers have tested them and they love bobble – even their friends think they're cool! Bobble is a beautiful, sleek alternative to single-serve plastic water bottles, which harm the earth (and your wallet). Every filter equates to 300 single-serve bottles. After a year, you’ve removed thousands of bottles from the

environment, simply by filtering the water from your tap. Bobble is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC, and it’s guiltfree as well. The bottle has an activated carbon filter which has a slight electro-positive charge, making it attractive to chemicals and impurities. As the water passes over the positively-charged carbon surface, the negative ions of the contaminants are drawn to the surface of the carbon granules. Carbon filters require very little maintenance, and are perhaps the most powerful chemical absorbents known to man. Bobble’s carbon-based filter removes organic contaminants from regular tap water and meets or exceeds American NSF International Standard 42 for chlorine, taste and odor reduction. Also available is the Bobble jug which is a beautifully designed, highly functional everyday household product. It’s a faster, smarter, sleeker reimagining

of the squat, slow-filtering water jugs that have hogged space in refrigerators for generations. Bobble jug is also unexpectedly slim. It holds more water than its appearance would suggest, and its attractive appearance allows it to double as a serving jug. Its slim design frees up more space inside refrigerators – it can slip neatly into refrigerator doors. Bobble jug also has an activated carbon filter which is super effective at reducing the unpleasant taste and odor of chlorine which may be found in regular tap water. For best results we recommend changing your filter after two months or 40 gallons/150 litres in both the bottle and the jug. We are now stocking the 550ml bobble (£9.99) and the 1 litre bobble (£12.99) in several colours, the bobble jug (£24.99) and replacement filters for both (from £6.99).

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Our interview with Flying Kiwi Inns owner and celebrity chef Chris Couborough prompts a reader to sample The King’s Head at Letheringsett...


fter reading the interview with celebrity chef Chris Couborough in June’s issue of KL magazine, I thought it was about time I tried one of his famous Flying Kiwi Inns for myself – and since the King’s Head at Letheringsett is the closest to my home, that was where I decided to start. Despite the fact I’ve passed the King’s Head several times in the past, this was the first time I’d ever eaten there – and it soon became apparent that I’d missed a real treat. The King’s Head (which was extensively renovated five years ago) is a modern, contemporary pub with lots of welcoming rustic touches such as stag’s antlers (and heads) on the walls and tempting bookshelves around the room. We were greeted with plenty of smiles and politeness, and promptly shown to our table and taken through the specials board. Despite the fact the restaurant was


Pepper (it was outstanding) while my partner thoroughly enjoyed the Baileys Creme Brulee with Home-made Chocolate Chip Cookies. Both came as delightful conclusions to a truly memorable meal, which came to just over £60 – including a lovely glass of Merlot from the comprehensive and literally huge wine list, and a pint of Norfolk Kiwi Old Busted Bitter (after all, when in Rome...) which was a suprising and very tasty discovery from Jo’s Norfolk Ales. We both felt this was excellent value for money considering the quality and presentation of the food and the overall standard of service. It’s worth mentioning that you can pop in during the daytime for a very reasonably-priced light bites and lunch menu, and we did notice that Children are especially well catered for at the King’s Head. There’s a lovely outdoor play area with a large play castle, a willow maze and a climbing tower – while the Little Couborough’s Menu even has some games and activities on it. It may be a little touch, but it’s a very welcome one. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening – and the best news of all is that we still have four more Flying Kiwi Inns to try!

very busy, we were treated to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, which was helped by a clever restaurant layout that ensures you have your own space no matter how many other fellow diners are present. Deciding which of the eight main courses and half a dozen specials was a difficult task (everything sounded fantastic), but the complimentary dish of olives made the process a bit easier. To start, I ordered the Home-Cured Salmon with Soy-pickled Mushrooms, Wasabi and Toasted Sesame Seeds, while my partner opted for the Grilled Haloumi with Tabouleh Salad and Black Olive Oil. For mains, I decided on the Chilli Beef Salad, while my partner ordered the Chilli and Manchego Polenta with Chargrilled Aubergine, Guacamole amd Tomato Salsa. This is a perfect example of first impressions counting – the food arrived on a slate, which added to the overall effect of beautifully-presented, FOOD SERVICE VALUE carefully-prepared and mouth-watering food. Each dish contained just the right amount, and was a wonderful combination of flavours . It’s so good to be served food that tastes every bit as good THE KING’S HEAD as it looks. Holt Road, Letheringsett, Norfolk NR25 7AR For dessert, I had the Tel: 01263 712691 Gooseberry Parfait with E-mail: Raspberry and Black Web:

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CafeReview The pub with no bar – great ales straight from the cask! Tongue-twizzling food and superb value!


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was delighted to come across a small cheerful specialist sandwich bar and takeaway. At the Baguette Stop the staff are welcoming and polite: smiles all round with a good friendly atmosphere that made me feel very much at home. The menu’s impressive, ranging from sandwiches and baguettes (hot or cold) on white or wholemeal bread, to oven baked jacket potatoes and springy freshly-made salads, together with a tempting selection of hot or cold drinks. I ordered a chicken and bacon melt while Becks went for the jacket potato with cheese and baked beans. Once I had placed and paid for my order we took seats because we were eating in, but there’s also plenty of space to wait if you’re taking away. The seating arrangement was well organised and when our food arrived we were left in peace to enjoy our meal. My chicken and bacon melt was bang on, and not overfilled; there was just the right amount to enjoy without feeling stuffed. The chicken had a wonderful flavour to it and the cheese was mature without being overpowering. Becks said that her jacket potato was soft and fluffy and that the skin had a brilliant crispiness. Again, the amount of filling was just right: enough to enjoy but not so much that there was anything left to waste. I was really pleased that we were asked if we’d enjoyed our meal, and whether everything was ok. It made a difference. The Baguette Stop is spotless (gold star!) and a quick glance at other customers showed they were enjoying the experience as much as we did.

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LocalTastes Selected by Chris Glass


s a refreshing alternative to a cold lager or a real ale, there’s nothing quite like a locally-produced cider. East Anglia is one of the country’s most highlyregarded sources of quality ciders, and it’s well worth taking the time to search them out at local farmers markets and farm shops. We may not have had the best summer in the world, but a local cider can certainly help brighten up the autumn!

NORFOLK CIDER The Norfolk Cider Company, Attleborough Made from 100% pure fresh Norfolk apples, this fabulous cider comes from one of the oldest producers in the county – and it’s possibly one of the tastiest ciders in the whole country. EXTRA DRY CIDER Whin Hill Cider, Wells A satisfyingly sharp bottle-conditioned cider from from real cider apples grown in the company’s own orchard at Stanhoe – the unfiltered apple juices make for maximum flavour. BURGOYNES SPICED CIDER The Apple Shop, Wroxham Barns, Hoveton A really special treat if you can find it (it’s available from October to February), this is a great alternative to mulled wine – and even comes with its own little bag of spices! OWLD NORFOLK Crones Organic Cider, Kenninghall Matured for two years and made from local Bramley, Cox, Russet, and Spartan apple varieties, this beautiful cider won CAMRA’s 2010 East Anglian Cider Competition – a truly lovely local taste.

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n o i t a r e g i r f e 4 Way R and the . . . s s e c c u s o t y ke From industrial cooling to domestic heating, King’s Lynn based business 4 Way Refrigeration Ltd continue to enjoy success – thanks largely to a total commitment to quality service and support


Way Refrigeration Ltd is preeminent in its field. They offer the design, installation, supply and servicing of refrigeration, eco-friendly air source heating which can dramatically reduce costs for the domestic consumer and air conditioning units. The King’s Lynn based company has a team of engineers who are a phone call away. Their exceptionally friendly and informed staff are on hand to advise you on any of your refrigeration, heating or air conditioning needs. Two of their core products on offer utilise airflow in advanced and very green ways. Air Conditioning is no longer a matter of leaving the window open and neither is it just a technology switched on during the summer months. 4 Way Refrigeration Ltd stock a large range of high quality double A-rated ECA technologically advanced air conditioning units which operate through all seasons, controlling temperatures but also humidity and air quality. They can install commercial or domestic systems, slim-built wall

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mounted, ceiling or floor fixed units. They are attractive and flexible single split or multi-split air conditioning units which can be programmed and designed into building management systems. Domestic units can take the pong out of pets, improving air quality, dispensing scents as well as providing a year round ambient environment. The Fujitsu range run almost silently and have a stylish, high quality design They are green technologies and can carry fiscal benefits for companies as the cost of installation can be written off against corporation tax. Air source heating also utilises green technology and can save the domestic consumer up to 70% on fuel bills. 4 Way Refrigeration Ltd install Daikin Altherma which uses air source heat pump technology. It has reduced CO2 emissions and there are no direct emissions from the machine itself. The heat pump takes heat from the outside air and condenses it into a liquid, concentrating the heat for use within the central heating and hot water system within the home. Even when temperatures are very low in winter, there are still sufficient heat calories in

the air to keep a home warm. The machine may work harder than it does in summer months but it is still considerably more cost effective than other methods of heat generation. The Altherma system can be installed in any building and because there are no emissions it can even be fitted to an internal wall. Altherma is so flexible it can work with existing radiator systems or be installed via underfloor heating, popular with many newbuild properties. These are just two ways that intelligent, cutting edge technology is utilised to create high quality, environmentally friendly products that are exceptionally good value for money, marry this up with the wealth of experience of installation that 4 Way Refrigeration Ltd can offer and it is an unbeatable combination.

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“e public recognises the high quality of independent schools, associating them not only with high academic quality but also with a broader education including arts, drama, music and sport. As a result, a clear majority of parents would like to send their children to an independent school...” RUDOLF ELIOTT LOCKHART Head of Research, Independent Schools Council

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ABOVE: Gresham’s is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for pupils aged 3-18 years just four miles from the beautiful north Norfolk coast and boasts a proud history dating back to 1555

The continued success of independent schools Our independent schools are seen around the world as setting the gold standard for education. Bel Greenwood discovers why more parents are choosing this route for their children...


any of our oldest independent schools have a rich heritage that reaches back to medieval times. Norwich School was inaugurated shortly after the founding of Norwich Cathedral in 1096, Wisbech Grammar School started life in 1379, and Thetford Grammar School traces its origins back to an astonishing AD 631. In West and North Norfolk, many schools converted to grammar schools or were founded because the local


church-administered school had been closed after monastic powers were stripped during the English Reformation. Gresham’s School in Holt was founded in 1555 to take the place of the school at St. Mary’s Priory in Beeston Regis which had been the only local place to send a boy for an education. Sir John Gresham converted Holt Manor House into a free grammar school and it has occupied the same site for more than 350 years. Many independent schools in the county today have their roots in

grammar schools offering a sturdy education in the classics sponsored by the local gentry. Other schools like The Glebe House School in Hunstanton or Norwich High School for Girls were founded in the 19th century with a determination to foster the highest of academic standards and to give their pupils the confidence to flourish. Our independent schools boast a long list of famous old boys and girls – Benjamin Britten (Gresham’s), Viscount Horatio Nelson, Lord Coke and Humphry Repton (who all attended

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ABOVE: Glebe House School in Hunstanton is a coeducational day (and weekly) boarding school for children from six months to 13 years and was founded in 1874.

Norwich School), Thomas Paine (Thetford Grammar School), and Edward the Confessor (who learned Latin at the King’s School in Ely). Edith Cavell famously attended Norwich High School for Girls, as did the writer Nina Bawden. Independent schools are increasingly co-educational, taking boarding and non-boarding pupils. Single sex schools are rarer – Norwich High School for Girls and The Sacred Heart Convent School in Swaffham teach only girls and some independent schools are predicated along religious lines. Whatever the design or make up of the independent school, whether it’s a prep school or high school, as a sector the situation couldn’t be looking healthier. Although only 7% of children in the UK are educated privately, they


make up a heavy preponderance of students at top universities and dominate all walks of professional life. The number of those going to an independent school is set to rise. The Independent Schools Council census for 2012 shows an increase in pupil numbers for the first time since 2008. The rise of 0.1% is small but determined in a time of economic recession and despite an average rise in fees of 4.5% (although this is the second lowest fees rise since 1994). Fees can range considerably and it is best to inquire at each individual school. Pupil numbers are certainly healthy in the East. At Downham Preparatory School and Montessori Nursery at Stow Bardolph, demand for places is high. The reception class for September is full and the school is considering

adding a second reception class to meet parental demand. The school opened baby units in both its nurseries last year and the second nursery was full by the end of its first year – building is going on to accommodate extra pupils. The recipe for success is a blending together of many ingredients and each school has its own flavour. What parent would not want their child educated in beautiful surroundings, in small classes where every child will receive the attention they need and in an atmosphere where it is ‘cool to be smart.’ Ambition, self-expression and confidence are nurtured in every student as a matter of course. Unlike in the large classes of an average state school –in a small class, no one can become invisible and every individual pupil can be drawn in and involved in learning. There is an enormous range of extracurricular activities and the time (especially at boarding schools), to enjoy them. This could be anything from archery, fencing and canoeing to calligraphy, creative writing and Chinese and plenty of team activities. Independent schools may have a reputation for tradition but they also have a reputation for innovation and change. This is one reason why UK independent schools are still seen worldwide as the gold standard in education. Any Headmaster will tell you that schools do not stand still. They either go backwards or forwards and from time to time governing bodies have to make tough decisions to ensure it is the latter. An example of this is the introduction of the IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate) as an option for pupils at Gresham’s School. In an increasingly challenging and competitive world it can be an advantage. Independent schools can

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Glebe House School The perfect setting for the best possible start in life

Sacred Heart School and Convent

Contact Bridget Crofts, Registrar Tel: 01485 532809 (ext 4) email: 2 Cromer Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6HW


e’re currently trying to contact past pupils and parents for their stories and photographs for our next history book, which will cover the years of the school and convent since 1989. Help us celebrate our centenary!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glebe. I was given the chance to be a member of every sports team, participate in school productions, played several instruments and felt the teachers knew me as a person – Past pupil

Countdown to 100 years: 1914 - 2014 join us and be part of the celebrations EVENTS 2012-13 Mon 8th October (10am-12noon) School & Convent Open Day – visit us and discover more about the school Sat 17th November (7.30pm) Lynford Hall Ball (tickets £47.50) Sat 24th November (12noon-2pm) Christmas Bazaar in the Sports Hall, with lots of stalls, games and refreshments Sat 9th February 2013 (10am-12noon) School & Convent Open Day – visit us and discover more about the school

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ABOVE: The Sacred Heart School in Swaffham was founded by the Daughters of Divine Charity in 1914, and welcomes pupils of all faiths

act on the advice of their governing bodies swiftly and act with an eye on investing in change that brings the best in opportunity to their pupils. Norfolk has some of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools, for all ages and there are efforts to widen access. The independent sector here is developing a reputation for being proactive in broadening access and opening its doors to more pupils from all walks of life. There is a large number of international students of all ages attending independent schools in our region, which enriches the experience of all students and the community. It would, indeed, be wonderful to be able to give all children in Norfolk some of the major benefits of an independent school education: time, teaching and space. The location of a school can be fundamental to its success. Parents increasingly want their children to spend their formative years out of the towns and cities in the relative safety of the countryside or in small towns where there is a gentler pace of life. Living and learning in historic buildings devoted to education and set in beautiful grounds has to be inspirational. Imagine boarding in a rural prep school near the wonderful Norfolk coast surrounded by woods, fields and farms. One headmaster couldn’t rate highly enough the benefit 50

of the feeling of space. Children are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and they learn to appreciate the environment. They have the kind of childhood pleasure in playing outside that today, in many places, is relegated to the 1950s but nothing could be healthier. Where an independent school provides boarding as well as day school places, it is a 24 hour, seven day a week operation and it is important that the children feel comfortable and at home. There is so much on offer, not just academically but outside the traditional school day. If a child has potential it will be discovered and developed. It is not just location that makes a school; independent schools are competitive and it is in their interests that their teaching standards are always excellent. The teaching staff has to be high calibre but it’s not only the teachers who make a school, it is all the support staff and those who create a home for the children who stay. There has to be a cohesive aim to ensure that the conditions exist for each individual child to thrive. The sector is certainly flourishing in our region where there is an independent school to suit any age. It looks set to be a secure part of the county’s educational provision for many hundreds of years to come.


FACTS & FIGURES There are 1,221 ISC schools in the UK, with 152 in East Anglia There are 508,472 pupils at ISC schools in the UK ISC schools vary in size – from having fewer than 50 pupils to over 1,700, although most schools have fewer than 350 pupils. The average ISC school has around 416 pupils At ISC schools, 86.5% of students are day pupils and 13.5% are boarding pupils (in East Anglia, 10.8% of pupils – that’s 6,610 children – board) The share of girls and boys at ISC schools is very nearly equal, with girls representing 49% of all pupils 74.5% of ISC pupils are from a white British background, while 25.5% are from a minority ethnic background Pupil numbers at ISC schools are up 0.1% in 2012 – the first annual rise since 2008 Source: Independent Schools Council Census 2012

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Looking for an Outstanding School? Wymondham College is a state boarding school offering a unique educational experience for boarders and day students alike. Education at Wymondham College is free to all students. Our boarding fees, from ÂŁ2,631 per term, represent extraordinary value for money.

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orfolk is well-served with some first class higher education providers. The University of East Anglia offers world-class teaching. It is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and frequently voted in the top ten for best student experience. It is home to the internationally renowned MA in Creative Writing which has given us writers such as Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rose Tremain and Tracey Chevalier. Easton College is located in lovely rural surroundings just outside Norwich and offers full and part-time teaching in a huge range of countryside courses that include agriculture, arboriculture, livestock management, equine studies and countryside and gamekeeping and ecology. Degree courses are available in a range of subject areas, validated by the UEA. Wymondham College Sixth Form is based in the newly extended Lincoln Sixth Form Centre, more akin to a university college than a school sixth form. It offers day and boarding places, priding itself on innovation, creativity and its blend of traditional standards, sense of the community and care of the individual. Fakenham College has an enriched curriculum with activities that enhance personal and social development. It is located in an elegant 18th century Grade II listed building set in spacious grounds. There is a fantastic choice of academic and vocational courses out there in a wide range of very different seats of learning. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Learn as if you were to live forever.’


ABOVE: The College of West Anglia is one of the region’s largest education providers

Taking education and training to the next level


t’s not only independent schools that can lay claim to a long heritage. The College of West Anglia started life as the King’s Lynn Technical School in 1894. From 1973 to 1998 it was known as the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, after which it became the College of West Anglia, adding two more campuses in Wisbech and Cambridge to its King’s Lynn location by combining with the Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture. In 2006, the college merged again with the Isle College in Wisbech to become the larger College of West Anglia, operating over four sites. It’s one of the region’s largest and most successful education and training providers. It has a huge range of courses and apprenticeships on offer. Imagine being able to train in how to

run a polo horse yard or learn what to do when a horse has a fever – or how to edit a documentary or discover the secrets of marketing, how to build, how to account, how to give hair life, how to read a text critically and explore the depths of history. It really does offer something for everyone. The college is hugely successful in offering apprenticeships. It has just signed up its 1,000th apprenticeship student and has had numerous successes in regional and national awards, including Chloe Brown of Thetford (a business administration apprentice who won the East of England Apprentice of the Year Award 2011) and Anthony Palmer (an engineering apprentice from March who won the national Adult Apprentice of the Year 2011). Higher Education courses are also a

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FACTS & FIGURES At GCSE, just 6.5% of entries come from independent schools yet those pupils gain 26% of the A* grades In 2012, the pupil-teacher ratio at ISC schools is 9.4:1. This compares to an average pupil-teacher ratio of 16.6:1 in maintained mainstream schools in 2010

ABOVE: These artist’s impressions form part of the two-year redevelopment and upgrade of the King’s Lynn site of the College of West Anglia

traditional part of the offer and in 2007 formed a joint-venture partnership with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge to offer a range of degree courses in King’s Lynn, Cambridge and Wisbech. These can range from Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing to Business Management, or Childcare Management to Computing, Engineering, Psychology and Sociology, Literature and History to Teacher Training and Education. You can even take a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering! Neither are these courses going to break the bank in quite the same way as other higher degree providers. The fees for a full-time degree course at College of West Anglia are set at £6,500 a year. The close relationship between college and university means that students have access to all the online facilities, like the libraries at Anglia Ruskin but because of the smaller number of students and the openness of the College of West Anglia, there is

more contact time. There’s no doubt that the College of West Anglia is determined to invest confidently in the future. It’s almost at the end of two years of extensive redevelopment and the upgrade of its King’s Lynn site. This month will see the opening of a brand new technology block, providing excellent facilities for a range of engineering and construction skills, and next Easter should see the removal of a number of temporary buildings as the refurbishment of the nine-storey tower block is completed. The refurbished facilities in what is the largest education building in West Norfolk will include expanded catering and social spaces, a new learning resource centre as well as modern teaching space for hundreds of students. The college is and will continue to be a key player in the regeneration of the region, leading the way in opportunity for all.

The average overall fee at ISC schools is up by 4.5%, substantially below the average annual increase over the last 20 years At ISC schools, the overall average termly fee is £4,596. The average boarding fee is £8,780 and the average day fee is £3,903 In East Anglia, fees are below the national average. The overall average termly fee is £4,371, the average boarding fee is £8,346 and the average day fee is £3,889 33.2% of ISC pupils receive help with their fees (that’s a total of 164,298 pupils) with ISC schools providing more than £590m in assistance annually Over 90% of ISC schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community The proportion of ISC pupils going on to Higher Education is 91% Source: Independent Schools Council Census 2012

“It is not easy to run schools which have to raise every penny they need to operate. We will always face political difficulties and we are often misrepresented in the press. But in 2012 we can be proud of the fact that in so many areas of education we set the highest standards and act as a force for good both in the country as a whole and for the individual pupils who are fortunate enough to attend our schools...”

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ABOVE: From guitars to drums, from pianos to saxophones, students at the Musikademy in King’s Lynn benefit from highly talented teachers

How the Musikademy is hitting the right note Everyone has some musical talent inside them, and Bekki Smith’s mission is to bring it out. Bel Greenwood meets the founder of the Muikademy in King’s Lynn to discover more...


remember music lessons as a stern affair. Piano lessons were a test of endurance from an unsmiling elder who bitterly regretted a lost concert career. Hardly anyone learned to play the drums, or if they did it was in an orchestral way – and learning the violin was like making music with a file on metal bars. I’m only exaggerating a little. These days, music lessons are a completely different experience. For a start, although all music learning demands patience, stamina and determination, lessons are designed to be fun and to encourage a lifelong love


of music. Playing music is and always should be an act of passion and pleasure, exactly the kind of ingredients in the music lessons that can be found at King’s Lynn’s Musikademy. The passion and the pleasure are generated in large amounts mainly because of Bekki Smith, who owns and runs Musikademy. Bekki began her musical life at six and a half when she began to learn to play the piano. She had a couple of teachers who taught her but didn’t leave a mark – but then she met a teacher who not only taught but also inspired. This was Desmond Greef, who was the musical director at Glebe House

School and has been awarded an MBE for his services to music. “He was absolutely brilliant,” says Bekki, “and my love for music has really come from him.” The love of music and the example of what a good teacher can encourage in those seeking to learn set Bekki on her road to teaching. She began at the early age of 17, teaching piano and keyboards for 14 years above Lynn Music in King’s Lynn. When Lynn Music closed and the music school had to move, Bekki decided to strike out on her own and after a hectic search for premises found an unusual and strangely ideal location.

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The Musikademy is located in a corner of the Saddlebow Industrial Estate. It is a fortuitous location if you’re a busy music school. For a start there’s plenty of free parking for parents and there’s the freedom to make a large amount of noise. None of the neighbours are going to walk around holding their ears! It’s also convenient, especially if driving from outside King’s Lynn. Once at the Musikademy, there’s a wide range of instrument choice. There are more traditional instruments such as the piano and keyboards, but also clarinets, the oboe, drums, guitar and bass, the saxophone and the ukulele, these days popular with comedians and performance poets. It’s even possible to play the banjo. There are some very talented singers. One of the academy’s pupils has recently been accepted as a chorister at Ely Cathedral School and yet another has notched up no less than 2 million hits on You Tube. Theory is also taught and lessons can be designed to meet different requirements. The Musikademy’s highly qualified and experienced teachers can help pupils through their GCSEs and A Levels or cover all the graded exams of each individual instrument and it has an exceptionally strong record in helping students to achieve merits and distinctions. Equally, pupils can come along and just learn for the sheer beauty and excitement of uncovering their hidden musician inside. Bekki has a wide age range of pupils, from her youngest at 4 to her oldest, an elderly gentleman of 80. Music teachers are like dentists in that they treat or accompany their patient or pupil for many, many years and have

the privilege of seeing the child grow or maintaining strong relationships. Musikademy can offer year round, year on consistency in teaching that spans the school holidays. The school has 250 students on its books but there is always room for more. It is a happy, relaxed musical environment. Parents can wait in a comfortable waiting room and help themselves to free tea and coffee. They could count all the musical themed touches in the décor. Bekki has such a passion for music it is detailed throughout the building, on light switches which boast musical notation to the wooden toilet seats fashioned in the shape of a cello. Go into the guitar room (which should be known as guitar heaven) – there are so many different types of the instrument hanging on the walls, and there is even a guitar-shaped clock. Students taking up a new instrument are encouraged to try out instruments using what’s at the school initially, checking for size and suitability before a parent buys an instrument. It’s a small detail but the Musikademy thrives on small details and experience.

ABOVE: Musikademy founder Bekki Smith



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First for fashion, first for service Bel Greenwood discovers the new collections of Goddards womenswear...


oddards Womenswear Department on the first floor of Goddard’s Independent Outfitters for Men and Women in King’s Lynn is like a well-kept secret, it is such an exclusive and pleasurable experience. It is not just the international brands and practical elegance of the clothing on display but also the warmth and personal service that is a hallmark of the company. Neither is the attention on offer any kind of pressure. It is discreet, set back and unhurried, but come in and enjoy a cup of coffee and see for yourself. For a start, time relaxes. It’s impossible to hurry around the displays of clothing and accessories. They are expertly placed in natural light and spacious surroundings and it is worth exploring slowly and savouring the small details that make a fashionable item of clothing, an individual quality garment. There are some great brands which reach across the age range. In this department there really is something for every woman. Brands include White Stuff with

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alluring printed shirts in delicate shades and knitwear that is finely-shaped in pale hues, casual wear that can be bought individually as stand alone stylish items. There are rich pinks and purples, my favourite is a vivid purple gilet by Basler, on display as well as reds, deep greens and bronze, subtle shades of greys and navy, always a popular alternative to wearing black and part of a swathe of strong colours to celebrate the season. Goddards’ French Connection wardrobe sports the trademark striped jersey as well as some exciting fabric designs, molten pinks and graphite colours in bold, abstract prints. Slate grey with a touch of moss green subtly embedded in new knit, very stylish and very, very good to wear. Other labels on display include Gant and Joules, Gerry Weber and Hobbs. There are tailored jackets wearing a froth of cornflower blue and sea-glass green white woven scarves. This is country chic and city wear at its best, delicate and bold, simple, classic and refreshingly styled and given just the right accessory to set the whole

outfit off. Jewellery is by Majique and Ted Baker bags, among others, grace the tables. If your knitwear needs to keep you warm on a country trail, there are plenty of chunky knits in a range of colours but if there is one line that really should be worn for a wild winter ramble, it is Barbour. Goddards stock 13 different styles of Barbour jackets and coats, as well as hats and scarves. They have come a long way from the days of a heavy waxed coat which could almost stand up on its own. They have modern fitted jackets, the classic, quilted, traditional with the innovations of pretty patterned linings and, a bright red, belted jacket which boasts a union jack lining, a special edition for a year to celebrate being British. Goddards womenswear is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself, unique in King’s Lynn, a place to enjoy the experience of shopping in. Sssh!

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he secluded village of Wolferton seems to look as much to the sea as it does to the land. The marshes spread westwards, swallowing all sound, and beyond is the grey and mysterious Wash. The air is utterly quiet. It’s often hard to remember you’re less than ten miles from the centre of King’s Lynn. It also comes as a suprise to learn this part of north-west Norfolk was one of the poorest rural areas in England in the 19th century until the building of Sandringham House revitalised the local economy, the estate employing thousands of people and giving rise to one of the most lavish railway stations in the country. In fact, the 15-mile King’s Lynn to Hunstanton line opened only a few months after Queen Victoria purchased Sandringham as a private residence for the young Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII). On 10th March 1863 it was used for the Prince of Wales’ Wedding Special, and three years later the Prince’s 21st birthday saw a special train bring the Sayer’s Circus to the village. After the performance, one of the elephants couldn’t be reloaded on the train and was tied to a lamppost – which it promptly uprooted, before demolishing the station gates and then calmly boarding its truck unaided! The station saw three royal funeral processions (Queen Alexandra in 1925, King George V in 1936 and King George VI in 1952) and the last royal train to call at the station was in 1966. Wolferton Station was sold in 1967 by British Rail to railwayman Eric Walker for £5,600, and the line itself closed three years later. Today, the station and signalbox belong to a new owner who has carefully restored them nearer to their original form.

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olferton’s church of St Peter’s dates from the late 13th century, but apart from the carrstone walls and tower, it was virtually destroyed by fire in the late 15th century. By the 1880s it was in a desperate state, and Arthur Blomfield (fresh from his excellent rebuilding of the church at West Newton) arrived to restore it. Everything you see today is either his work or is a gift from Edward VII or Queen Alexandra. An unusual feature in the south aisle is the embroidered royal arms of Queen Victoria. At one time they were said to be in a terrible state, but they’ve been restored and are now framed. Also make sure you see the massive triptych above the table in the north aisle chapel – it depicts the adoration of the Virgin by the Magi, flanked by the four Evangelists, and is probably the most beautiful thing in the entire church. Apart from the glorious setting, of course.


olferton is home to Holt’s – the world’s leading fine modern and antique gun auctioneer. The company (which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year) holds quarterly sales in London, free valuation days around the world and specialises in achieving the highest hammer prices for guns, rifles, edged weapons, militaria and associated items. Holt’s next auction takes place on 20th September, and includes some truly fascinating lots, including this rare copy of Captain W. Cornwallis Harris’ 1840 book ‘Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa’ (right), which is expected to fetch over £6,000. For more information and details of how to bid online, see Holt’s website at



he Scarecrow Festival at Wolferton was started in 2001 as a way of helping create a closer community spirit in the village. It’s usually held for three days over the August bank holiday weekend, but the decision on whether or not to hold it is subject to the outcome of a village ballot in January. It’s a biennial event, which means that you’ll have to wait until next year (as long as the village ballot is in favour!) if you haven’t seen it before. We’ve already got our fingers crossed because it’s a fantastic local event.

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Celebrate the new age of the train!


sn’t it strange how some things never seem to go out of fashion? Toys can be a fashion industry like any other, with the latest trends coming and going all the time, but the humble train set has stood the test of time. The romance of the railways and nostalgia for innocent boyhood pleasures ensures the train set’s popularity. Hornby have been making sets since 1925 and are still the market leader for electric train sets. Little has changed until recently with the introduction of the digital age, which enables fully functional use of multiple locomotives on one track without the need for complicated wiring and switches. Additionly a digital layout becomes wonderfully alive when sound can be heard from the locomotives. What can be more evocative than the sound of a Duchess class locomotive pulling a full rake of coaches, running at full throttle with its whistle blowing as it rushes through a station? Or the sound of coal

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ABOVE: Richard Parkes and Stacey Geary with a project half way through its restoration – their painstakingly detailed work is clear, as is the care with which Stacey applies gold leaf to a frame (opposite)

The local experts in the art of restoration... Restoring precious artwork and antique frames to their former glory is a masterclass in attention to detail. Bel Greenwood meets Richard Parkes and Stacey Geary to discover more...


n a small workroom with plain, white walls, large pegs hold dozens of wooden frames of different sizes and shapes. An elegant frame covered in white gold sits on a mantel next to a smaller, intensely ornate, hand-carved wooden frame that looks as if it has emerged from a Victorian Grinling Gibbons’ studio. It seems naked without a coat of gold leaf. An interior window throws natural light into the room which picks out the gleam and shimmer of the frames. A square worktable takes up most of the space. On it rests another frame, partly clothed – and hovering over it with intense concentration is Stacey Geary, a

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28 year old picture framer, restorer and gilder and one of the few women who practise this most ancient of art forms. Gilding is indeed an ancient art. As children, we’ve all seen Egyptian artefacts in museums, bright with undimmed gilt. Romans drew rivers of gold over their painted ceilings, and the Church has always had a taste for gold leaf. 18th century Rococo art went in for pastels and gold and the Victorians weren’t adverse to its ample use on picture frames and objects to give a sense of worthy opulence. The techniques used in this modest workroom are techniques that have been around for centuries. The gold leaf Stacey is using is almost

transparent, a butterfly wing. It comes in a book and Stacey uses a small brush of squirrel or ox hair to lift it. But first she runs it over her arm to produce some friction then allies water to the wood of the frame, and only then does she lightly lift the shimmer of gold and with the brush breathlessly lay it into place. The gold is like liquid and adheres to the wood like glue. “Gilding a frame depends on what kind of gold you use,” says Stacey. “This one is 23½ carat. You have to be very concentrated and breathe very carefully,” she adds. “This frame is destined for a period painting of monks playing snooker. It’ll be toned and distressed to look old, but it can be


really shiny or old.” same creative manner It’s a long process and there without taking over the are shelves of chemicals, picture,” adds Stacey. primers and adhesives that It was Stacey who had the carry a whiff of alchemy. job of gilding the apple, First, the wooden frame has offered as prize to the winner six coats of gesso applied to of the Golden Caroline it. Gesso is a white chalk mix treasure quest. They were with rabbit skin glue and brought into the project by water to make a binder. After Red Dot Gallery. It was a this come three coats of Bolis challenge well met. clay gelatine size which is Another challenge is the gently worked over with a fine painting restoration. Next to wire wool. the sink is a solvent bath with “Only then can we start to a ‘foxed’ print inside. Foxing gild,” explains Richard Parkes, on a print or a watercolour is a fourth generation fine art unsightly brown spots which dealer who owns the can be removed. Westcliffe Gallery in The gallery provides frame Sheringham with his wife restoration and does a lot of Sheila, where the business of work for private clients. They framing and restoring takes can fix and restore oil place. paintings too. Richard pulls It is where he, Stacey and out a classical portrait of a Dave (the third member of man with a pronounced the team) work in close Roman nose. It has a tear on proximity. its canvas which Richard and “It usually takes just an Stacey will be able to repair. afternoon for the gold to dry, They’ve had the work of but it can depend on the size some great artists through of the frame and humidity,” their hands, paintings from Richard explains. Heindel to Robert Lenkiewicz. Stacey straightens. We’ve all They’ve even had a been holding our breath as Hieronymous Bosh – one of she lays a gentle petal of gold only 25 paintings definitively in place. attributed to the mysterious Stacey first came to the artist – but ask Stacey what gallery and its upstairs her dream framing workshops for work commission would be and experience while she was at she’ll tell you that it would be school. She had always had Van Gogh’s self-portrait. For an interest in art. As soon as Richard, it would be anything she left college she went back by Picasso. to the gallery and asked Richard and Stacey are the Richard for a job. invisible creative force that Ten years later, she’s lifts a painting onto a different brought much to the level. Once it is inside the business. perfect frame. “It’s a man’s world,” says Richard and Stacey go back Richard, “and there’s quite a to work. Stacey to the lot of heavy lifting but Stacey delicate concentration and ABOVE: By carefully making a cast of an adjacent (and undamaged) took to it like a duck to breathless skill that turns area, this antique frame is well on its way to being restored to its water.” everything she touches to former glory. In 35 years based in gold. Sheringham, he’s never had London as well as the local fare of such a talented mentee. people bringing in a favourite postcard “Stacey brings something more, and to be put behind glass. There’s no it becomes a different environment. shortage of things to do. We’re more like a family now and that’s Recently, the gallery framed all the a huge benefit.” paintings in the Golden Caroline display “I have a softer eye – that’s what I of paintings at Blickling Hall. The bring to it!” adds Stacey. paintings by Lizzie Riches haunted the It’s not just viewing things in a slightly studio while the work went on. The different way. It is such a close knit artistry of the frame is in its invisible creative team there has to be an affinity enhancement of the work of art. with each other. “We’re very creative,” says Richard. Work to be framed comes in from all “We look at it, we analyse it and we ABOVE: Richard and Stacey’s base at the over the UK and America. There are improve it.” West Cliffe Gallery in Sheringham regular customers from Liverpool and “We enhance the artist’s work in the


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The eye is like a camera. It has a lens in front that focuses light on the retina, which acts like a camera film. For a sharp crisp image to form on the retina it’s important the lens is clear. Over time the lens loses its transparency and turns cloudy – this is called a cataract. Cataract causes deterioration of the quality of vision by obscuring the passage of light to the retina and causing distortion of image. Cataracts are most commonly a result of natural ageing but they may also occur as a result of certain eye conditions or significant eye trauma. Long term use of some drugs such as steroids can also form cataracts.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Cataract may cause a variety of symptoms including blurred vision, reduction in contrast and dull colour vision. These symptoms are very gradual in onset but occasionally develop rapidly. Usually both eyes are affected, but it’s not uncommon for one eye to be more severely affected that the other. The ability to read, recognise faces and driving is often affected. Early cataracts may also cause troublesome glare during night driving, while the vision may still be quite good. It must be noted there is no pain associated with cataract symptoms. Symptoms of advanced cataract cannot be rectified with spectacles.

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ewellery re-modelling is becoming increasingly popular. Commissioning your own piece of jewellery can be extremely satisfying and a great experience. David Auker offers you the chance to design and commission your own jewellery that will no doubt become a treasured part of your family. If you have an existing design that you like or you would prefer the piece in an alternative metal or with different stones, David can accommodate this. You might have a design of your own that you would like commission or would like David to design a piece based on your aspirations and budget. Whatever route you’d like to take, David will work with you to achieve the perfect finished product. Your design can be made in silver, gold or platinum, with a range of finishes from high polish to satin or textured to complement your design. If you have pieces of old jewellery that you no longer use due to breakages, lost earrings or outdated items,

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Summer may be coming to an end, but the holiday season goes on, says Sandra Hohol of Norfolk Holiday Homes...


s I write, it’s a total washout outside (again), but once the rain stops the sun appears as if by magic and the wet pavements evaporate in minutes, with holidaymakers milling about their business like ants, and children demanding to go to the beach and amusements. I hear it all in my office! Where would we be without them? We moan about them for various reasons, but whatever they do (or don’t do) they’re our bread and butter. Everyone in the holiday industry strives to welcome them and entice them to our corner of the Norfolk Coast, but how do we do this? Advertising. It’s necessary but expensive – and there are alternatives. If people want to go to a certain place, they’ll research it or book on recommendations from family or friends. The feedback I get from our website is that they look on the internet. This is top of the list. Then my statistics indicate the next group of


‘bookers’ are the regulars, who always come to Norfolk and book with us. No advertising needed. As I mentioned in July, their holidays in Norfolk go back generations! Mentioning no names, I have little children with direct Royal Family connections whose families have booked with me for a many years now. They ring and book like everyday people and no special treatment either! Word of mouth is always the best advertising for anything, and Norfolk just speaks for itself. Finally, the next highest statistic are the bookings we receive by recommendations – can’t be bad! People like our no-nonsense brochure and website, our friendly and flexible approach and the fact that we’re so local to the area. We also get many visitors to discuss their requirements or tenants who just pop in to meet us or see us each time they come – sometimes they even bring wine or chocolates!

s the season comes to an end with the children returning to school, holiday home owners will be thinking about their maintenance programme for the winter months, ready for next season (more about that next month). However, Christmas is yet to come, as are the October half-term holidays, so the holiday season isn’t quite over yet. The influx of over 100,000 Pink Feet Geese from Iceland and Greenland plus other migrants occurs in September/October. They make their homes on our local bird reserves and attract birdwatchers to view this remarkable spectacle daily until the flocks vacate our shores in February. Roosting each night at Snettisham, Scolt Head and Wells, they have their own holiday homes on our wonderful coastline and they return with their families each year too!

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iving here, we don’t always appreciate what we have. We always have an abundance of visitors and there’s just so much to do – and many places of interest, all within easy reach! I bet there are people reading this magazine who haven’t visited the majority of places open to the public. I’m guilty too – I’d never been to Norfolk Lavender until about six years ago, but now I’m a regular, buying unusual and unique presents for birthdays and Christmas. There’s always something for someone! The same goes for holiday homes – there’s always a holiday home on our register to suit everyone! Quaint, little cottages – we have a Rainbow Cottage! Badger’s Rest has a swimming pool ingeniously built between two railway platforms, while Oakhill sits in large grounds backing on to woodland where there’s an abundance of wildlife! Bay View has (yes, you’ve guessed it) has a bay window with a sea view, and we have a Rydal Mount too. This isn’t a Jilly Cooper novel – and it couldn’t be more different from William Wordsworth’s family home at Rydal Water near Lake Windermere. Our Rydal Mount (awarded Four Star Gold by Visit England) has an open, fresh, clinical, almost scientific feel about it – especially the kitchen (see above), which is very space age and refreshing! These are just a few of the properties we have to offer from our range of apartments, bungalows, houses and cottages, with one to five bedrooms, some with ensuites – they’re all different, and they’re loved by so many!

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ABOVE: The house in Wisbech where Octavia Hill was born in 1838 – today it houses the museum celebrating her life and work as a social reformer and conservationist

The remarkable life of Octavia... Bel Greenwood looks at the lasting legacy of Octavia Hill – reformer, artist, teacher, conservationist and daughter of Wisbech


t’s 100 years since the death of Octavia Hill. The centenary offers an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary breadth and intensity of her achievements as a social reformer, artist, writer, teacher and conservationist. She is probably best known for her co-founding of the National Trust, but her legacy extends far beyond that. She has been described as one of the ‘greatest social entrepreneurs in British history’ – a woman who dedicated her life to helping the urban poor to help themselves, who believed in selfreliance, rights and responsibilities, affordable housing, education and freedom from disease. She pioneered the abundant benefits of the greenness and beauty of the English countryside for everybody – not just those with a country pile. Octavia Hill was born in Wisbech,


Cambridgeshire in 1838. Her father, James Hill was a corn merchant and banker with reformist ideals. Her mother Caroline Southwood Smith had been engaged as a governess by Hill for his large brood of children from his previous marriages – and Octavia joined a lively family as Hill’s eighth daughter and ninth child. Caroline was the daughter of Thomas Southwood Smith, a leading public health reformer in early Victorian Britain and she had grown up steeped in Unitarian ideals with an interest in progressive education. Octavia’s father was greatly influenced by Robert Owen, an industrialist and social reformer who advocated a new moral world. Hill was so inspired that he founded Wisbech’s first newspaper (The Star in the East) to help promote Owen’s ideas and to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Octavia must have had a spiritually and intellectually exciting childhood, a diet of thinking denied to many girls of the time. If an education of books and new ideas helped to form the woman of action she became, her father’s breakdown and the way her mother acted was also vital in creating her character. Caroline moved the family to Finchley (then an idyllic village) where Octavia “learnt to leap ditches and climb trees.” Caroline brought up the girls alone, getting a job to support them all and by example, sealing into Octavia a sense of purpose. By 1852, Octavia was 15 and running a Ladies Guild workshop for girls and women from the local Ragged School. She discovered she could do it and that she liked the poor. It was the beginning of a lifelong road of campaigning for poor people and introducing practical change to make a better world. Her most significant work was probably in housing management. She bought and improved housing stock for the poor, collecting weekly rents and employing women to oversee the management of the properties and encourage the opportunity to improve the quality of life for those who lived in them. It was this aspect of her work that led to her involvement in the Open Space movement. Her belief in the health and spiritually uplifting benefits of the beauty of the natural world led into efforts to raise awareness about the threat of railway development in the Lake District. Working alongside her were Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley who had collected rents for her. That was in 1885 – and together they formed the National Trust, “for the Preservation of Places of Historic and Natural Beauty.” The very first acquisitions included beautiful places like Blakeney Point, with the firm conviction that these places should be held in perpetuity for everyone to experience. It’s hard to convey how revolutionary this was. Urban spaces were bleak as too often were the lives of the poor. Octavia wanted to cultivate a garden in both, in a sense, to give the experience of beauty and freedom to someone who was tenemented into a life prison. She campaigned to open up graveyards, to save Parliament Hill and to save London’s other disappearing green spaces and the common land that should belong to all. The narrative of Octavia Hill’s long life of reform can be experienced at the Octavia Hill Birthplace House Museum in Wisbech. Go room to room to track a

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“I think we want four things: places to sit in, places to play in, places to stroll in and places to spend a day in...” – Octavia Hill writing in 1883 philanthropist’s journey. The museum is run by a team of volunteers under the stewardship of Peter Clayton, who set up the Octavia Hill Society in 1992 with the aim of raising awareness of this extraordinary Fenland daughter. Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the society has acquired the entire building – which rather satisfyingly sits opposite the National Trust property of Peckover House. Today, it’s open to the public – but without Octavia’s passion, determination and actions this wouldn’t be the case. She, along with her partners, became the mother our legacy space but she was much more than that – she was a woman who made a difference in all areas of social reform. RIGHT: The lovely oil portrait of Octavia Hill by the artist John Singer Sargent – it was presented to her in 1898

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ABOVE: Taylor Hammond, Dale Hitch, Martyn Benstead – training partner, Charlotte Moore, Emily Bell & Sam Barnes. OPPOSITE: Partner Keith Turner and Office Manager Derek Donaldson holding a plaque dating back to the early days of Stephenson Smart.

Local accountants with a talent for smart thinking There’s never been a more important time for SMEs to keep a close eye on costs. David Learner discovers that local accountants Stephenson Smart are forever wallet-conscious...


hen William Pitt the Younger introduced Income Tax in 1799 he couldn’t possibly have known that he was prising open Pandora’s Box. The good news is that Hope remained while Pandora unleashed all the terrors of the world. The even better news is that Stephenson Smart have turned Hope into Certainty. Their watchword has come about as a result of ensuring that with their accountancy counsel, borne of long years of professionalism and


perfection, even the smallest of businesses can ensure that the Taxman looks elsewhere to scratch an investigative claw. Stephenson Smart is about far more than a modern approach to traditional values. In comfortable offices in King’s Lynn overlooking King Street’s Georgian past, partner Keith Turner and office manager Derek Donaldson are laying their cards on the table. Cards is apt: back in the 16th century you could expect to pay tax of half a crown (two and sixpence, okay 12.5p then) on a

deck of cards. A couple of rounds of euchre didn’t come cheap when that was also the average monthly wage. “RTI,” says Keith. I look blank. “Real Time Information. From April 2013 the Taxman will know immediately how much every employee earns; it’s set in stone and there’ll be no avoiding it. Every breath you take as an employee, every penny you’re paid, that information will go directly via payroll to HMRC.” That move alone could be seen as scary to the average employee, let

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alone the average employer whose responsibility it is to ensure that they’re abiding by the law of the land. Where do they want to turn? To that in-tray they should have scrutinised more closely, wherein lies a crumpled envelope that contains an all-important message from HM Revenue and Customs? Or to a respected firm of chartered accountants with three offices across the West and North Norfolk heartland, and to seven partners whose amassed knowledge is at their disposal quicker than you can say VAT? Keith throws me another curveball. “What about our Tax Investigations Service?” I’m getting to like my blank look, so I smile weakly once again. “For a modest annual premium we can ensure that if the Taxman does decide it’s you he wants to dig into you’re covered, financially, for our support during the months, or even years, of an exhaustive investigation into every crevice of your income and expenditure. In concrete terms your business could save several thousands of pounds.” Prevention rather than cure. Light is

beginning to dawn and I’m starting to hear a chorus of approval for the reassuring work that Stephenson Smart do. Have done for years. When Stephenson Smart and Company fragmented back in the 1950s its King’s Lynn home stayed exactly where it was. In 1990 it would expand into Fakenham

and in 2011 it assumed the business of the highly respected Mellor Bellamy in Wisbech at a plush Crescent setting that puts the hiss into history. Now, at the forefront of the twentyfirst century, the company has put its weight behind the introduction of no less than five new members of staff, all young, all entrepreneurial, from a generation that watches The Apprentice like a hawk with binoculars. Stephenson Smart prides itself on an interaction with local schools including King Edward VII, Springwood and


Wisbech Grammar to nurture and glean the best there is to offer. Their new recruits will spend three years studying towards their AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians). Within another three short years they could be fully qualified, bearing an internationally renowned label that could take them anywhere on the globe. Realistically they’ll probably stay closer to home because the jobs are there and the railway system isn’t quite as mediocre as everyone makes out, particularly as West Norfolk looks towards a halfhourly service to Cambridge and London. Are tax investigations on the increase? Is it true that the Taxman targets a particular employment sector and gnaws at it like a terrier with a bone? Plumbers? Gas fitters? Pub landlords? Who’s next on the microscope slide? Pandora should know that it doesn’t matter. Stephenson Smart’s proactive list of accomplishments - audits, accounts preparation, taxation advice, full book-keeping services and payroll are backed by a reputation that’s endured the tides of war and the test of time. That’s Stephenson Smart Thinking.


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olkswagen owners tend to be passionate about their cars. They are after all, vehicles that have caught the imagination by being so reliable and are firmly part of our car culture. It’s no surprise then, to learn that the classic Volkswagen people’s car (nicknamed the ‘Beetle’ by the New York Times in 1938) has been one of the most widely bought vehicles since car manufacturing began. The latest incarnation of the Volkswagen Beetle is on display in the King’s Lynn Volkswagen Centre alongside World Car of the Year Up!, a high quality, affordable small city car, the Volkswagen Polo, the Passat and the trusted Golf. These cars are all about quality and value for money. There are some ground-breaking offers on the Volkswagen Golf and it’s a real surprise to see just how affordable it is. The Mariott Motor Group Volkswagen showroom located on Bergen Way on the North Lynn Industrial Estate gives a red carpet experience to anyone seeking to buy a car. In an age of new technology, it also offers a digital showroom. Come in and use an iPad to build your own car. There are 90 million variants from paint colour and seat surface to engine derivatives over the entire Volkswagen range, and you can pick your favourite model and add features and variations at will. Your

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digital car creation can be saved and emailed home, while expert advice is on hand ensuring the whole road to Volkswagen ownership is an ‘easy and enjoyable customer experience.’ The importance of the customer experience is at the heart of what the East Anglian Marriott Motor Group (who bought the Volkswagen dealership in March 2011) do. Brand Manager Austin Seales, who moved from within the group to the King’s Lynn branch last July has seen the company’s performance rankings rise exponentially in the Volkswagen Brand Score Card in less than a year. From an opening position of 178, the company has climbed the ranks to 36. It’s an extraordinary achievement in such a short time, and reflects the commitment to quality control and attention to customer service and satisfaction. The Marriott Motor Group is a family business with seven car dealerships specialising in Audi and Volkswagen cars, two Volkswagen commercial vehicle outlets and Bennett Accident Repair Centre also in King’s Lynn. Volkswagen in King’s Lynn benefits from being integrated into this network and the company ethos of trust and quality customer care goes hand in hand with the Volkswagen brand, value for money and product excellence. Being part of an integrated network

provides benefits for all sides of the business. The Volkswagen showroom has many gleaming models on display but it also stocks used Volkswagen cars. There are about 30 on site but over 200 to choose from that are available at other Marriott Group dealerships and can be delivered and test-driven at no obligation with ease. There’s plenty of Volkswagen aftercare available. Nationwide fixed price servicing options with free vehicle healthchecks, tyres, MOTs and that special care you can only get from people who have a passion for cars. New or used, the Volkswagen showroom in King’s Lynn has something for everyone, guaranteed.



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Review With so much local (and international) talent in town this month, we’ve got no excuses for devoting this month’s Review entirely to what’s on at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre – and since virtually all the exhibitons are free, you’ve really got no excuses for missing any of it! Enjoy.

exhibitions... HELENA ANDERSON – SOLO AGAIN! Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th September Building on the success of her first solo exhibition last year, Helena Anderson presents a series of portraits will showing the relationship between people and animals, both at work and at leisure. She’ll also be exhibiting some silks – both to look at and to wear. As an original member of the Art Centre Trust Steering Committee, Helena will again be offering one of her portraits to raffle, with the proceeds going to the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. There’ll also be cards and prints for sale with free coffee and biscuits for visitors. Venue: Old Warehouse Price: FREE

WNAA SMALL WORKS Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th September


The West Norfolk Association of Artists returns to the Shakespeare Gallery with their Exhibition of Small Works – including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and textiles that are presented in an original, imaginative format that never fails to amaze. Venue: Shakespeare Barn Price: FREE

ANONYMOUS Thursday 6th September (7:30pm) Introduced by Dr Matthew Woodcock (Senior Lecturer in Literature at the UEA), Anonymous is set in the political snakepit of Elizabethan England and centres on an issue that has puzzled people for centuries – who actually created the work credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous (which stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis) poses a possible answer, along with a fascinating helping of political scandal, illicit Royal romances and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for power. Venue: Guildhall Theatre Price: £5 (£4.50 concessions)

ST GERMANS 19th ANNUAL EXHIBITION Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th September St German’s Art Group will be celebrating their artwork with their 19th annual show at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. A variety of techniques, media and subjects will be present in this evercolourful exhibition. Venue: Red Barn Price: FREE

WILDLIFE IN ART Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th September

exhibition... FRANK GIBSON Saturday 29th September– Saturday 6th October Local watercolourist Frank Gibson returns to King’s Lynn with a new collection of artwork featuring delicate responses to landscape and weather. Gibson’s work is a celebration of atmosphere and mood, revealing his passion for the sombre skies and joyful seascapes of Norfolk alongside views captured throughout the United Kingdom. Venue: Old Warehouse Price: FREE


The Wildlife in Art exhibition is quickly becoming a staple of the Arts Centre’s calendar – now in its third year, this exciting exhibition of art supports the RSPCA Wildlife Centre at East Winch. Artists from all over the country display wildlife in its many forms, with all works for sale at affordable prices. Venue: Fermoy Gallery Price: FREE

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project... exhibition... EDMUND WYSS – EXPOSED Saturday 29th September– Saturday 1st December San Francisco-based Edmund Wyss is a hyper-realist painter who works primarily in oils and gouache, focusing on mechanical forms and drawing comparisons between rudimentary weapons and old photographic tools. While the camera captures and defines space, weapons dominate space by launching projectiles. Devoid of narrative traces or subjectivity, Wyss’ subjects dominate the viewer’s field of vision and can be enjoyed from multiple perspectives. His examination of his subjects is unrestrained and suggests a kind of mechanical obsession. They’re simultaneously familiar and uncanny. Along with his paintings, Wyss will also be installing a new series of imaginary camera sculptures in the Red Barn. Venue: Shakespeare Barn & Red Barn Price: FREE

THE BIGGER PICTURE 2 Saturday 29th September– Saturday 1st December Last year, 160 local artists contributed to a mystery painting challenge which resulted in a large-scale recreation of a little-known local masterpiece from about 1800. Working in partnership with the Lynn Museum, the Arts Centre is throwing down the gauntlet again and has selected another hidden gem focusing on the Heritage Buildings of King’s Lynn. Norfolk-based artists are invited to show their colours and join together to recreate it in small pieces without knowing the identity of the picture until the big reveal at the Opening! The Bigger Picture will be the centrepiece of an exhibition in which each artist will exhibit one picture of their own of a heritage building of Lynn taken from a list of 12. Arts Centre Patron Mark Hill will then choose one picture of each building to be reproduced in a 2013 Heritage Calendar for King’s Lynn! To register and to obtain full details, please e-mail and you’ll be sent your piece of board, a small section of the picture and the information about the calendar competition. Venue: Fermoy Gallery Price: FREE

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Boris takes a trip to Metric Carpets

That ‘welcome’ mat could incorporate your coat of arms, intertwined initials or a hello in Russian. David Learner dives into Metric Carpets to find out what’s going on underfoot...


carpet is something that covers the floor. Wrong. A carpet, says Alistair Allen of Metric Carpets, is an item of furniture that says everything about us and the way we live. It’s something that could be admired for forty years, maybe ten times longer than that car in your driveway, so it demands the respect of a piece of Chippendale or a classical portrait. It was Alistair’s dad that set the company on the road to success in 1973, and it’s Alistair’s son who’s now learning the tools of the trade for a third generation.

Why Metric Carpets? Five bullet points (cartridge points, says Boris)

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A unique floor covering for the uniqueness of you The reliability and professionalism of a local company established almost forty years ago Pay only when you’re completely happy; there’s no deposit Can’t shift your furniture? Not an issue Absolutely no hidden charges and a one-year onsite guarantee against bumps and wrinkles

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But what can set one company apart from another? Why choose Metric Carpets? Alistair believes a recently developed bespoke service is unique to West and North Norfolk. Q I’ve heard that I can order a carpet that I’ve had a hand in designing. Is that right? A Yes. Let’s start with the range of materials there are to make a carpet out of. Wool, seagrass, coir, jute, sisal. They all have different strengths and qualities, so it depends where your bespoke carpet is going to live. Q This is for my children’s play room, so I guess hard wearing? But there’s something else: it’s L-shaped, about forty feet by fifteen, goes round a corner, I don’t want to see the joins, the room incorporates a fireplace, and I haven’t told you about Boris. A Boris? Q He’s a gundog. With attitude. Free range in the house, goes everywhere. A None of this is a problem yet. We can talk about the colours, the intricacy of the design you have in mind, the embossing if you’re looking for a threedimensional border... Q Sorry? A Chequers, rope, chains, vines, bows, diamonds to give your carpet depth and luxury. They’re all possible. You

might want to reflect the shapes you already have in the room: the design of the wallpaper, or the style of your furniture, or windows. A path round the room that’s a magical journey for your children and their friends. No joins anywhere, so the story goes on and on. Q Maybe I shouldn’t let Boris in the room... A The carpet you choose will be as hard-wearing as you want it to be and a happy memory for you and your wife well after the children have left home. Incorporate a picture of Boris into the hearthrug. Put it in front of the fireplace. Make him feel welcome. Q You can do that? A We can do that. Q Boris supports Norwich City. A We’ve all got our crosses to bear. Black gundog. Yellow and green background with canaries. Keep him happy; it’s the least you can do. Shall we talk about an appointment to view the room?

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ABOVE: Luke Goold (far right) on set during the making of Reprieve (he also wrote the screenplay) and putting members of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre through their paces (opposite)

Lights, camera, action – and a lot of local talent Making films at a grass-roots level takes a great deal of talent – and a lot of dedication. Bel Greenwood talks to Luke Goold of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre about his latest film project...


here’s nothing quite like making a film. As creative experiences go, to shoot a short film is the equivalent of climbing a small mountain – but to make a feature film is to take on a giant: K2 or even Everest. There is for a start, the idea, the concept has to be watertight. It has to be a strong enough story to survive multiple redrafts, late night writing, selfdoubt and being squashed into a logline. Then there’s the process of finding the money – probably the longest part of the journey to the top of the mountain. After that, there’s finding the right technical team, producer, director, director of photography, cameraman, sound technicians, best boy, gaffer,


continuity editor, designers, costume designers, catering, transport, logistics, and the list goes on – and this is before auditioning or finding the right actors! Next up is the road adventure, scouting for locations, making sure the storyboard is ready, finding the right equipment, lights, cameras, sounds and special effects. Only when everything is assembled, shooting scripts are prepared and shooting schedules handed out with the bacon butties has the moment for the first set up arrived. This is half a day’s climb beyond base camp. Scene 1, Take 1 is the beginning of the middle ascent. When the editing begins, that’s the final assault on the story mountain and to get that film on screen, well – that is to clamber to the

peak. Making this ascent with a Hollywood budget is still a push, but to reach this peak with a handful of dollars – well, that’s the challenge King’s Lynn Youth Theatre Director Luke Goold has taken on. Luke arrived at The Lounge in King’s Lynn with the look of a man running on adrenaline and euphoria in equal measure, pushing back the exhaustion of the last 24 hours on the go. Unsurprisingly, he opted for a double espresso. He’d been filming ‘Reprieve’ the entire night in Gayton. “A beautiful, beautiful location, a huge, gorgeous place which was generously donated,” he enthuses. His team had been filming earlier at the Black Horse in Castle Rising which had also been generously donated to

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be used by the production. Donations, volunteers and goodwill is the currency of the film and for Luke – director of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre – it’s a heart-warming, lifeaffirming aspect of what he and his producer, Martin Strals of Riarmato Productions have set in motion. Luke spent about a year writing the original screenplay and is directing too. It’s a remarkable project because it’s being pulled together by the determination to see it happen without the benefit of a budget. Somehow Luke and Martin have managed to get 100 local people involved in the project and to beg, borrow and steal whatever they need to get the film made. It’s incredibly difficult to get funding for film-making and so what Luke’s doing is in a tradition of guerrilla film-making or peoplefunding, where a large number of people take out shares in a film because they want to see it happen. It’s also an opportunity for local people to experience a bona fide filmmaking experience. Springboard TV has

been helping out, actors have come forward, one actress has come from as far afield as Gloucester and film graduates have been on board from the start. “What I love is the constant laughter,” says Luke. “Everyone was having a ball, and that’s as important as the final product, that journey that you have to go on.” Reprieve is the story of a journey. A family tragically lose their son. The mother finds a kernel of strength that helps her put one foot in front of the other, but the father descends into a spiral of catatonic grief. He loses first his wife, his house, his friends, and finally seeks help from a bereavement counsellor. While going through the motions with the counsellor, the man meets a stranger who offers him the opportunity to spend one last day with his son if he has the courage to cross over to the other side. There is, as always, a price that has to be paid. Reprieve isn’t the first film the team

has made. Last year it put together a short film called The Weight of Enough which told the story of a young carer who took his exam hall hostage. Members of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre were involved in the filming. “The Youth Theatre loved smashing up the room,” Luke remembers. “I have a theatre background, but I see things very visually.” It’s very clear that Luke loves working with young people. He used to be a primary school teacher, devising and writing original plays for the children to perform. It wasn’t long before Luke realised he needed the freedom to carry on writing original stage works and to become the drama practitioner he was at heart. He left primary school and re-opened the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre, which had closed its doors when its former creative director (Jenny Duda) left. Luke was well equipped to take over as creative director. He’d been a member of the youth theatre himself from the age of 12, and knew it as a “real forum where the only limit was your own imagination.” Inspired, he went on to do a degree in Drama and the Community at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. Feeling guilty about keeping Luke from his bed when he had such an unrelenting shooting schedule for Reprieve, I let him go. The footage will be complete by the time you’re reading this magazine. He will be left with the next bit of the mountain, the editing. And when the film is complete, Luke and Martin are ambitious that the film should be screened at European and international film festivals. Yes, that’s Cannes to you and me.

RIGHT: Luke Goold (far left) with members of the production team at Gayton during the making of their latest film, Reprieve

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ealising your dreams! We all dream of doing something which we think we can never do. The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, based at North Wootton, King’s Lynn is a Theatre Company with a difference – and it certainly makes a difference! It makes what may seem impossible, possible. We may want to try something, but be afraid to ask or to do it because we’re shy or lack confidence. Therefore, we may get pipped at the post by someone bolder or better than us. We may even have a condition or disability that we’ve been told or we believe will prevent us from achieving the impossible. There are no disabilities of any description – every single member in the company is equal. Any disadvantages are overcome the ‘Lavender Hill’ way and dreams become a reality! There are no stigmas here – everyone is welcome! Nothing stops this talented intergenerational group – they’re all stars, and together they truly sparkle! No single person is overlooked – they all take part, and everyone has a part to play. There are no auditions. We may not have the best, but our members certainly give the best and their shows are as professional as the professionals! Acting, singing, movement and sign language are all integrated into workshops which lead to rehearsals for shows at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange and performances all over Norfolk. The majority of material – scripts and music – used in the shows is all original, being written ‘in house’ and then adjusted very cleverly to suit the requirements of the cast members. Existing skills are utilised to capacity and new skills are learned – all part of everyday life and can be used in the future. There’s no organisation in Norfolk that offers such an outstanding quality service to everyone in the community where they can learn, achieve and do so much – so easily from the age of four!

earning is fun, theatre is fun – and what better way to transform to a different persona! The members in the Theatre Company make friends, help, learn and love to showcase what they’ve learned. For some of them this is their life and the only chance they get to ‘be someone’ like everyday people. Audiences are amazed at what these youngsters can do and achieve. Some people have said they didn’t know what to expect at a Lavender Hill Mob show – and they come away totally surprised. Obvious conditions are noticeable, but there are others which are not noticeable at all. Parents are astounded when they see their own children perform. Sign language plays a huge part at Lavender Hill, and to see British Sign Language learned so easily and utilized to such an extent in theatre is just pure magic! Everyone loves these special, touching ‘Golden Moments’ and these can be seen again at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 19th October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the group’s revue show A Tribute Two. The show is divided into two parts. First is a tribute to the legendary Two Ronnies plus a sketch from ‘Gert and Daisy’. There are many memorable scenes from the Two Ronnies, with sketches which will bring back outstanding memories of this brilliant, witty duo! The second half showcases the group’s own hilarious sketches, plus their award-winning musical drama ‘Trouble at Cherry Tree Inn,’ which won two awards at the Adjudicated Drama Competition a few years ago at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre – including Best Youth Actor! The tale unfolds as highwaymen try to rob a 17th Century Inn with a clientele full of merriment and ale! Do they get away with it? You’ll have to come and watch. It’s a show that’s definitely not to be missed – tickets are available from the Box Office on 01553 764864.


he Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company is now in its twelfth year and is a charity sustained mainly by selffunding and donations. The Trustees and their team are all volunteers who are totally passionate about what they and the youngsters do. In order to keep within everyone’s budget, subs are minimal (only £2 per session) and there are no costume or script fees – only a few travel expenses when the group are asked to perform outside King’s Lynn. If anyone wishes to make a donation or sponsor the group in any way, or if they wish to have a cabaret, performance, or even an after-dinner speech by Founder Les Miles, they can contact Sandra Hohol from the details below for more information.

More details and information on the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company can be obtained from Publicity Officer Sandra Hohol – call 01485 534827, e-mail or visit the website at Workshops at the Village Hall on Priory Lane, North Wootton are held every Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm-8pm including school holidays! 86 KLmagazine September 2012


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Clearing up a Dickens of a mystery It was with interest that I read the latest edition of your great magazine, especially the comments by your readers regarding the picture sent in by Dennis Crane of Hunstanton. The location identified by your readers is correct, but I am certain the film in question was not Revolution, which was made around the same area (Staithe Street, Customs House and other street locations) – but no scenes were filmed in this lane. I believe the picture was taken from the BBC’s production of Martin Chuzzlewit, which was a 6-part mini television series made in 1994. Many well-known actors and actresses were involved in the making of this production, including Tom Wilkinson, Sir Paul Scofield, Sir John Mills and Pete Postlethwaite. I used to spend many hours watching the film crew shoot many scenes in and around Nelson Street and the Saturday Market Place, but a lot of the production took place in King’s Staithe Lane – which is where I took these photographs. I hope that clears up the mystery! JOHN ANDERSON South Wootton, King’s Lynn

The Hillington sign Every month I look forward to reading your magazine. In the August edition there was a very interesting article on village signs, but you made one mistake in the box alongside the sign for Hillington. The stone used to build the gateway to Hillington Hall came from the demolished Market Cross that had stood on the Tuesday Market Place. The cross was designed by Henry Bell (who designed the Custom House and Dukes Head Hotel) it was completed in 1710 and demolished in 1831. MR M TAYLOR King’s Lynn

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emember Inspector Gadget? He was a halfhuman half-robot policeman who saved the world from the mysterious Dr. Claw on a weekly basis with the help of a seemingly endless supply of gadgets built into his body. Given a tricky situation, the Inspector would cry out “Go-Go-Gadget!” and the perfect tool for the job in hand would appear – err... in his hand. The Inspector himself was pretty incompetent and clueless, however and even his magical gadgets often malfuntioned. In fact, if it hadn’t been for a dose of luck and his remarkably clever dog Brain, I think he’d have had trouble solving the Sun’s ‘Coffee Time’ crossword (here’s one of my favourite clues, by the way – what dogs wag (4 letters)). I got to thinking about the Inspector following a recent weekend in Bircham Newton. I’d been press-ganged into helping some of Mrs Middleton's friends, who had bought an enormous amount of flatpack furniture for their newly-redecorated bedrooms and had little or no experience of assembling such articles. Despite the fact that my three toolboxes are packed to overflowing with all sorts of handy tools and useful gadgets, I had forgotten to take my spirit level, an omission that contributed to an alarmingly misaligned chest of drawers. “What do you need?” asked the helpful by not particularly handy husband of the house. “A visit from Inspector Gadget wouldn’t go amiss at the moment,” I said as I set about dismantling the unit


and removing all the drawer runners. Not having watched much children’s TV in the early 1980s, he didn’t really have a clue what I was talking about (it happens a lot) and shuffled off for a few minutes before returning with an old magazine. “This is what you need to get in your toolbox,” he said. “That’d help you put the drawers on straight,” and he pointed to one of the most amazing things I think I’ve ever seen. The thing in question goes under the rather unassuming name of the Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife. Now, before you start thinking of the handy little things you used to carry on school camping trips and only used to cut small branches and get the odd stone out of your shoes, think again. For once, here’s something that lives up to its name. The Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife is about nine inches long and weighs over 2lb. It contains a staggering 85 tools, implements and gadgets – and is said to have over 100 different functions. There are seven blades, three types of pliers and a seemingly endless collection of screwdrivers, saws and wrenches. It’s a toolbox in itself. In fact, it’s somewhat more than that. I actually counted the contents of my three toolboxes and came up 21 gadgets short. Of course, I don’t usually carry about a battery-operated torch and a laser pointer with a 300ft range – unless I’m looking for those UFOs over Bawsey. I don’t play golf either, but if I did

I’m sure the golf club face cleaner, golf shoe spike wrench and the divot repair tool would come in handy at some point. Similarly, the WGSAK would be useful if I ever decide to take up fishing – it has a fish scaler and a hook disgorger. It has a remarkable gadget that magnifies mineral crystals (something I’m often in need of doing quickly), a tyre-tread gauge, a cigar-cutter with double-honed edges, a bike chain rivet setter, a toothpick, a Shortix laboratory key (whatever that is), a special selfcentering screwdriver for gunsights (always handy) a 12/20 gauge choke tube tool, and a keyring (so you can make it even heavier). Yes, it’s a marvel of Swiss engineering, and enough to make you want to free up some space in the shed by taking your existing three toolboxes to the next car boot sale. But before you start saving (and you’d better start soon, because you’ll need £800), there’s one thing I’d better mention before you start putting a chest of drawers together. It doesn’t have a spirit level.

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