South Norfolk Guide 2015/2016

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Foreword by Richard Bacon M.P.


Perfectly Located


A Taste of South Norfolk


Did You Know?

Towns of South Norfolk

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Area Map


Walking in South Norfolk


Places to Stay


Places to Eat

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DISCOVER SOUTH NORFOLK - foreword by richard bacon m.p.


Foreword by Richard Bacon M.P. Welcome to South Norfolk! I am delighted you’ve chosen to visit us. It is my pleasure and my privilege to represent South Norfolk in the House of Commons as the local Member of Parliament. My constituency stretches from the suburban fringe of Norwich to the Suffolk border and the beautiful Waveney Valley so, whatever you’re looking for, you’ve found it in South Norfolk. Our district has something for everyone. History comes alive in South Norfolk. Caistor St Edmund gives a window into Roman Britain whilst museums and memorials across the district explore South Norfolk’s part in World War II. Thousands of US servicemen called South Norfolk home in the 1940s and we are humbled that veterans have returned so many times over the years to honour their fallen comrades. South Norfolk isn’t just about our shared past but also our future; some of the world’s most exciting advances in the life sciences are being made in Colney on the Norwich Research Park. Meanwhile, Hethel Innovation offers budding entrepreneurs the chance to develop high-tech engineering businesses from scratch.

Our market towns are unspoilt gems; from the quayside tearooms at Loddon to the mysterious Mere at Diss. Harleston meanwhile is a haven for independent shops. For thrill-seekers there are opportunities to visit the Lotus Driving Academy and try out the high-speed test track near Wymondham. Or, if you prefer a more leisurely pace of life, lose yourself in the timeless beauty of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. South Norfolk: Preserving our heritage, embracing our future. Why go anywhere else? Yours, RICHARD BACON MP Member of Parliament for South Norfolk


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Perfectly Located South Norfolk is a largely affluent rural area between Norwich and the Suffolk Border divided by the River Waveney. Local people, businesses, the voluntary sector and public bodies work together to make South Norfolk the ideal place to live, work and visit. An area that covers in excess of 350 miles bordered by Norwich in the north and the River Waveney in the south, that contains more than 100 parishes. A place renowned for excellent public services, vibrant market towns and villages where economic opportunity and development has been encouraged to help make communities sustainable and a place where the environment is protected, respected and enhanced by minimising waste, tackling environmental crime and addressing climate changes and protecting the biodiversity of the natural environment. An area where a wider diversity of local people get on well together, feel that they can influence decisions in their locality. An even safer place to live and one of the safest nationally , where vulnerable groups are understood and protected. It is a part of the world, where you will find clusters of thatched cottages, welcoming pubs, historic churches and ancient Roman ruins, all waiting to be explored. You will soon discover some of the

delightful historic market towns of Diss, Harleston, Hingham, Loddon and Wymondham each with its own , style, heritage and atmosphere. The countryside is gentle and picturesque with an abundance of woodland, farmland and narrow country lanes with grassy verges which are filled with wild flowers in the summer. There are around fifty conservation areas in South Norfolk ensuring that the village greens, historic buildings and ancient woodlands are protected for future generations to enjoy. South Norfolk has over 3,400 historical buildings of special architectural interest. The Southern Broads offers some of Britain’s finest wetlands with miles of navigable waterways set amongst marshland and reed beds making it the ideal place for lovers of wildlife and sailing alike. The area is perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling and bird watching or simply relaxing. Much of the land is still used for agriculture but high-tech electronics, the automotive industry, food processing and tourism all provide diversity of employment.


Transport Links

Emergency information

South Norfolk is easily reached from all parts of the UK by road, rail and air.

Hospital Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk. NR4 7UY Telephone : 01603 286286

Airport Norwich International Airport, Amsterdam Way, Norwich, NR6 6JA. Just four miles from the city centre has connections to most major destinations and the rest of the world. Tel: 01603 411923 Rail Three major rail routes exist including the fully electrified lines to London, cross country routes to Peterborough and links to Cambridge Abellio Greater Anglia : 01345 600 7245 National Rail Enquiries : 08457 484950 Trainline: Coach National Express Coaches, Norwich to London and other major cities several times a day. Buses Travel Line : 0871 200 2233 First Bus Information : 08456 20 121 Simonds Coach & Travel : 01379 647300


Police Norfolk Constabulary, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk. NR18 0WW Emergency : 999 Non-Emergency : 101 Ambulance East of England Ambulance Emergency : 999 Non-Emergency / Out of Hours : 111 Fire Service Norfolk Fire and Rescue emergency assistance Dial 999 Road Main A140, A47 and newly dualled A11 trunk roads across the district provide good access to London and east coast ports.


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A taste of South Norfolk




Diss, Wymondham, Harleston and Loddon hold regular street markets with Diss also having an auction every Friday. All have a variety of independent shops and an array of cafes and artisan restaurants.

Many villages have interesting churches, village signs and notice boards containing details of heritage walks.

There are many ‘green spaces’ in and around our Market Towns and many with picnic and childrens play areas.




Long distance footpaths eg Boudiccas Way, Angles Way and Peddars Way are easily accessed in the South Norfolk area. Most market towns also have town trails and some available as audio tours.

This area is well suited to cycling and leaflets of cycle routes can be obtained from the Tourist Information centres and cycling shops.

All towns have regular events including plays, music and cinema screens – to find up to date information it is advisable to contact the relevant town council or Tourist Information centers.






A range of sporting activities are available in most of the towns to include swimming, golf, tennis, football and gymnasiums.

There were 7 airfields and a Military hospital in the area during WW11 many now have museums on those sites and are open at various times throughout the tourist season.

Carnivals, festivals, open air music concerts and childrens entertainment are held throughout the year-see listings or contact Tourist Information centers.




Wymondham and Harleston hold Music Festivals with a programme of choral, classical, folk, jazz and world music. Programmes of linked events takes place throughout the year.

The Broads has 120 miles of navigable waterways set amid marshland, reed beds and windmills. The area surrounding the Broads is perfect for walking fishing and bird watching.

Traditional water based sports and pastimes are very popular with angling on the rivers Yare, Waveney, Tas and Chet. Sailing takes place along the Yare with moorings at Chedgrave, Loddon, Hadiscoe and Burgh St Peter. Windsurfing and canoeing at Whitlingham Little Broad and other locations.

Round Tower Churches Churches with round towers are unusual they are found mainly in England and mostly in East Anglia; of the 185 surviving examples in the country, 124 are in Norfolk and 38 are in Suffolk. Most were constructed in the Anglo-Saxon/Norman period and it is believed that because of the lack of local quarried stone suitable for the usual square tower, they were built with rubble faced with the flint abundant in this area. Corners are difficult to construct using flint hence the thick, round walls of the towers. The Round Tower Churches Society is a registered charity with over 500 members; they work for the preservation of these churches and explore their origins and history. They also conduct church tours the first one for 2015 being on 9th May in the Croxton, Eccles, Quidenham area. Visit for more information about these tours and details of the many round tower churches in this area.



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Market Cross in Wymondham was built in 1617 at a cost of £25 and repairs in 1989 were £95,000!

The Wymondham Heritage Museum was a former prison and was a prototype for new prisons both in England and America. Wick Hall situated just outside Wymondham has had many owners one famous one was Lord Byron in 1811. Among the USAAF sites was Hethel which later became the headquarters of the Lotus Manufacturing group. Famous drivers included Jim Clark, Stirling Moss Ayrton Senna & Graham Hill to name but a few. Ketteringham Hall Estate was another airbase and the estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book. By 1943 there were over 100,000 US airmen in Britain with the largest concentration being in the East of England.




The 389th Bomb Group nicknamed themselves the ‘Green Dragons’ after the Green Dragon Public House in Wymondham. There is a record in the Domesday Book of Diss being part of the Hartismere Hundred and area of Suffolk! Fair Green in Diss was granted a Royal Charter in 1185 and travelling fairs and circuses still appear at this location.



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Ethel Le Neve was born in Diss and later became the mistress of Hawley Harvey Crippen better known as murderer Dr Crippen. Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham was another WW11 airfield and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for relatives of those US airmen who served there.



One of the Parishioners who left Hingham to sail to a new world was Samuel Lincoln the forefather of Abraham Lincoln whose bust can be seen in St Andrews church. A town of Hingham was founded in Massachusetts in the early 17th Century by a number of Puritan residents who left Hingham for a better life in America.

Diss Auction rooms often feature on such TV programmes as Flog It. The name Loddon is associated with the river, being Old English for ‘people of muddy river’, a reference to the condition of the river bed rather than the the colour of the water! River Chet is navigable today thanks to 2 seed merchant’s, who paid for the river to be dredged by hand in the 1880’s, to improve access to their businesses.


Diss Mere is one of the few mere’s in the country and is situated and viewed from the town centre.


Diss Town Football club won the F A Vase at Wembley in 1994.


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The Historic Market Town Of Diss Diss is a thriving market town with a strong heritage located at the gateway to the beautiful Waveney Valley on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Its key feature, around which the town was established, is the sixacre body of water known as Diss Mere. Situated at the heart of Diss with the town’s Green Flag award winning Diss Park to one side and an array of historic buildings to the other, the Mere not only provides a unique habitat for wildlife but creates a stunning backdrop, adding to the character and special qualities of this fine medieval market town. Filled with hidden gems, there are surprises around every corner, especially if you venture beyond the main thoroughfare of Mere Street. Glimpses of the Mere, secluded shopping courtyards, a plethora of cafes and eateries all contribute to the relaxed, friendly and welcoming feel of Diss. The Heritage Triangle Project, centred around the Diss Corn Hall, St Mary’s church, which dominates the skyline and Diss Museum, has already secured £1.6million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the £3million project designed to breathe new life into the historic heart of Diss. Situated in the heart of East Anglia, Diss is centrally located with beautiful coastlines and unspoilt seaside towns less than an hour away. Conveniently located near to the A140, linking Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, it is also a stop on the main Norwich to London railway line, making Diss the perfect destination to explore East Anglia.



Diss through the ages


Diss is steeped in history. It contains a higher concentration of listed buildings than almost any other town in the country and the stunning church of St Mary is undoubtedly the town’s finest example of gothic architecture.

Diss offers a diverse shopping experience. In addition to the usual high street stores, Diss has a wealth of independent traders from jewellery and home wares to clothing and specialist food stores, particularly if you explore off the beaten track.

John Skelton, rector of the church and tutor to the young Henry VIII, wrote some of his finest verses here in the 16th century while Sir John Betjeman fell in love with Diss in the 1960s, regarding it as the perfect English town. Just a stone’s throw from St Mary’s is award-winning Diss Museum, where visitors can discover the history of the town and its people. Eating out Whether you’re after coffee and cake, a hearty lunch, an organic feast or a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, Diss has a fantastic selection of delicious Norfolk fayre to suit all tastes. Diss marketplace is purported to sell the best chips either side of the border and there are some excellent value eateries as well as London quality dining at reasonable Norfolk prices.

For over 500 years, the market has been the town’s focus. Diss on a Friday or indeed a Saturday is buzzing with market goers acquiring the latest bargains at stalls selling everything from locally produced fruit and vegetables to garden products. Nearly as popular and famous on a Friday is the local antiques and collectables auction at TW Gazes, often featured on national television.

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Walking tours Within minutes of the hustle and bustle of the town centre, you can find yourself discovering the network of secret footpaths linking the town to the surrounding countryside. With the river Waveney flowing south of the town, Diss provides an abundance of interesting walking routes including the popular Boudicca Way and Angles Way. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to get to know the town is through its audio walking tours which take visitors on a journey around the centre starting from and finishing at its Mere.

Diss lends itself to a great event venue. Alongside the weekly markets and auction and regular car boot sales, there is an exciting programme of events throughout the year including the annual Diss Carnival with its colourful procession as well as a range of music, art and outdoor theatre events. The Corn Hall offers a lively programme of regular entertainment from music, comedy and theatre to film, word and art. Other attractions nearby • Bressingham Steam and Gardens • Banham Zoo • Knettishall Heath Country Park • Henry Watson’s Potteries • 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

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Diss Carnival

The Diss Carnival has achieved tremendous success since it’s revival in 2008 with guest appearances from local MP’s, TV presenters and the Falcons Parachute Team over the years. It is held in June with a Carnival Procession usually led by a marching band followed by a colourful display of floats, vintage vehicles and walking groups. A family Fun Day is held at the Diss Town Football Ground which includes displays, live music, climbing wall, childrens activities, stalls and lots of food and drink which adds up to a great family event.

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Falcons Parachute Team arriving at last years Diss Carnival


Harleston town

Harleston Town A visitor to Harleston was asked to describe the town using just a few words. After a few moments thought he said “honest, happy, friendly and comfortable – I think I would like to live here – it’s got everything”.



Now, where is this wondrous place? Harleston lies in the heart of the Waveney Valley. The River Waveney, not only the County boundary, is also our Parish Boundary. Harleston is, and always has been, a market town. The railway came and went as did numerous substantial companies who employed a lot of local people. However, the town continued to thrive because it remained in firm contact with its roots and local businesses could always rely on local support. The well being of the town has always relied upon the success of small enterprises – in 1851, with a population of around 1500 people, there were at least 150 businesses serving the town and district. It is probable there was an early market here, around the 12th century with the town growing up around it. Manufacturing occurred in outhouses and workshops which had gradually formed “Yards” around the perimeter of the market area. These were busy noisy places in years past, and although they still exist, these “Yards” are mostly residential, whilst the old market area was gradually built over leaving the Market Place as a remnant of previous times. By 1839 the town had a fully developed commercial centre which would have been recognisable to the 21st century time traveller. The opening of the Corn Hall in 1850 was indicative of prosperous times in the town and signalled a sound commercial future for Harleston. The town has moved on, the population has grown to just under 5000 souls, but at its heart Harleston is still a vibrant market town full of individual shops offering a staggering range of services. A box of matches? – no problem. A new car? – no problem and everything in between. Everyone is catered for. The traditional markets still thrive with a weekly open-air market each Wednesday on the Market Place. There is also a Farmers Market held in the Swan Hotel on the third Saturday each month.

There are also a good number of eating places ranging from ‘the corner cafe’ through to numerous ‘a la carte offerings’ in local restaurants. For those more energetic, there is a vibrant leisure centre with sports facilities – managed by the town council, for the community. Football clubs, bowls clubs, tennis clubs, martial arts groups, and a very successful hockey club abound. For those with more sedentary leanings there is good angling to be had at our beautiful fishing lakes. There are well over 100 interest groups catering for all ages from toddlers to more senior years, between them, these groups cover a very wide range of interests. Harleston really is good place to live or visit. For those of us fortunate enough to live here it is a jewel set in the heart of the Waveney Valley.


Harleston + waveney festival

Harleston & Waveney Festival The annual Harleston and Waveney Festival will run from 24th to 31st August 2015. This popular event has featured headlining acts such as Fascinating Aida, Haydn String Quartet and Shar Baby (an award winning blues singer from the US). To appeal to all residents of Harleston and surrounding areas, the Festival also includes film nights (usually of archive material principally from the BBC); art and photographic exhibitions; talks on a variety of subjects from the environment to castles, and windmills to the River Waveney.


2015 sees the return of the Opera Babes by popular demand; “Swallows and Amazons” performed by Harleston Players; UkeFest, an expanded version of last year’s feel-good event by U3A Ukelele Band featuring ukulele bands from around the area; an exhibition of sound and recording equipment at Prior’s Croft Barn; the Big Sing at St John’s church; a play written specifically for the Festival by local playwright Elaine Ryan; culminating with the wonderful, FREE Family Fun Day on August Bank Holiday Monday. For details contact Susan Hughes 01379 855414


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Hingham Town The small market town of Hingham is justly proud of its history, but modern Hingham has much more to celebrate.



Where else, outside the major centres, can you buy almost everything you could possibly need; a speciality loaf or a T-bone steak, a newspaper or a sofa, a reclaimed door or a pair of shoes, buy an avocado or have access to some of the best fish around? You can pick up your prescription and change your Will, buy eggs from the farm or stock up on delicious Norfolk cheeses, get your car insurance and have your nails painted, buy a mobility scooter or stock the garden, find some “must-have” trinkets and have your teeth fixed, get your hair cut or order a new web-site, have your car serviced and then go for a slap-up lunch. All without leaving Hingham! Not only all that but there’s also a thriving playgroup, a happy primary school, a social centre, a sports hall, bowls clubs, both lawn and short mat, a library, brilliant doctors surgery , three and three vibrant churches. There are masses of societies meeting each month, from the Women’s Institute to the “Mardlers”, from book clubs to learning circles. There are cricket and football teams, and eventhe Royal British Legion and a branch of the W.E.A. Back to Hingham’s illustrious history and its links with world events. It was owned by Alfred the Great who gave it to his grandson King Athelstan in 925AD, by Domesday it was very wealthy and known as Hingham Regis, Ralph de Hengham [born Hingham 1235] was Lord Chief Justice, he indulged in some impropriety and was fined 7000 marks, this was used to erect the world’s first public clock in New Palace Yard on the site of Big Ben. In the next century, Remegius de Hethersett caused the present, vast Church of St Andrew the Apostle to be built on the site of a previous AngloSaxon one. The Church is famed for its magnificent Morley Tomb and the 15th German glass in the East window. At one time the church could seat 860 people.


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Now to the American Connection; in the early 1600’s Hingham was a hotbed of Puritan leaning led by the Rector Robert Peck. Between 1633 and 1638 over 200 of the town’s leading residents left for America and founded the daughter town of Hingham Massachusetts. Among those emigrants were the direct ancestors of President Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates [of Microsoft], the two Presidents Bush and Nicholas Gilman, one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The town was badly hit by the loss of men such as these and lost most of its influence for the next 100 years. By the Georgian era Hingham was once again considered desirable and after a disastrous fire burnt down one side of the Market Place, a row of superb Georgian town-houses was built which led to that area being called “Little London”. One of these wealthy men endowed a Free Grammar School which continued until 1909. During the 20th Century Hingham once again began to feature in world events; during World War 1, Hingham sent nearly 300 men to war, ran a Red Cross Hospital and had three Royal

Flying Corps squadrons [both 100 and 102 squadrons were formed here in 1917] and 51 squadron was based at the old Grammar School. In World War 2, as well as our own servicemen, Canadians were based at Hingham Hall and the town hosted many events for the Americans of 452 Bomber Group [there is a memorial to them by the War Memorial]. At this time Field Marshall Lord Ironside of Archangel retired here after leaving his post as Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Back to the present: we forgot to mention the Archery and Art groups, Badminton and Tae Kwon Do, Gardening and Dog Clubs... The list is almost endless! So don’t just drive through Hingham, come and visit us. Supplied by Carol Harris.

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‘Famous People’ The 2015 Loddon & Chedgrave Scarecrow Festival 12-20th June, 2015 Join us between 12-20th June, 2015 for a ‘weeklong’ festival of exciting events in the picturesque villages of Loddon & Chedgrave, Norfolk.

Chet Fayre : Saturday 11th June 2015 Victorian Evening : Friday 4th December 2015

the 2015 loddon + chedgrave scarecrow festival The Loddon & Chedgrave Scarecrow Festival is a long running unique and infamous Norfolk festival. Over the years it has attracted many thousands of visitors to the lovely and traditional villages of Loddon and Chedgrave on the River Chet in the Norfolk Broads. Visitors can enjoy the arts events on offer during the festival and discover the themed homemade scarecrows, which are ‘hidden’ throughout the village streets, shops, houses and gardens. This year, the festival will run for a week and the theme will be ‘famous people’. The organisers aim to encourage residents and businesses to produce over 150 scarecrows, a record number. There will be a trail map and the public can vote for their favourite ‘famous’ scarecrow and each entry has the chance to win some fantastic prizes. As well as scarecrows, the festival this year will include a night of comedy at Loddon Mill Arts, hosted by some of the UK’s top comedians, local and traditional music events and bands, dancing, workshops, stalls, a church fete and a grand festival parade throughout the villages, amongst other entertainments. The festival is run by the Loddon & District Business Association (LDBA) in conjunction with the local businesses and residents. LDBA chair Andrew Walter says ‘The scarecrow festival is one of the most unique festivals in Norfolk and showcases the creative talents of our businesses and local residents. We aim to make this year’s festival the biggest ever and with over 150 famous scarecrows to see and many exciting events and activities this week throughout the villages, it promises to be a great event for all the family!’ Details of the festival’s events will be posted on the LDBA website and facebook pages. Access to Loddon and Chedgrave is via the A146 (between Beccles and Norwich) or by boat on the River Chet. Ample parking/free moorings.



Wymondham Town One of Norfolk’s most historic towns, picturesque Wymondham is set in the River Tiffey Valley and the distinctive twin towers of its medieval abbey dominate the skyline.

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Wymondham is the largest market town in South Norfolk, covering an area of 4,431 hectares, and the parish includes the villages of Spooner Row, Wattlefield and Suton. Its fast-growing population now exceeds 14,000. The town benefits from its rail links to Cambridge and its situation on the main A11 trunk road between Norwich and London. The Great Fire of Wymondham in 1615 destroyed 300 properties including the original Market Cross, the vicarage and the Town Hall.


The town is also famed for its former Bridewell jail, built in 1785. It was the first prison in the country with separate cells for inmates. The building now houses the town’s heritage museum. Wymondham Town Council is the statutory local government elected body for the Parish of Wymondham. Running the only local government office in the town, it is in the front line in dealing with issues, providing information, services and speaking up for the Wymondham parish.



Music Festival 2015 Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight returns for the 20th year from Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, July 4 featuring a mix of musical styles for all ages, with a combination of open air and formal concerts and community events. The annual Town Busking Day is also on the menu, taking place on Saturday, May 23 from 11am to 2pm. Individual musicians and groups are very welcome; experience isn’t essential, just head to Wymondham, select a pitch in the town centre and make music for three hours. Festival Fortnight kicks off on June 20 with two new events: a Community Choirs competition for locals new to choral singing, and an evening Ceilidh featuring Klezmerized! who play lively danceable music with Middle Eastern, Gypsy and Balkan influences and made their Wymondham Music Festival debut last year. The Festival’s largest event, the Midsummer Jazz Picnic, is at Becketswell on June 22 with Simon Nelson’s Dixie Mix, who famously supported Rod Stewart on his 2014 tour. The popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic, a morning of musical fun for the under 5s, is at King’s Head Meadow on June 28 Wymondham Abbey has a busy programme of concerts and recitals. Rob Goodrich, Director of Music at the Abbey is giving an oboe, cor anglais and organ recital with Charlotte Evans on June 24. Then on the following evening there’s jazz with the Sue Richardson 5. Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe, who played with Norwich Baroque last May, returns to the Abbey on June 27 for a solo recital and a special afternoon masterclass. The popular Wymondham Young Musicians event is on June 29, followed by BJ Cole, the – “Best pedal steel player in the World I’d say...” Sting – with an evening of classical crossover on July 1st.

Folk fans have a real treat in store on June 26, with singer songwriter Kathryn Williams heading to Central Hall from her home in Newcastle upon Tyne, supported by Wymondham’s own Johnny Steinberg. Then on July 2, there’s alternative folk from Glasgow’s Trembling Bells with Mike Heron of Incredible String Band fame. The Crying Lion, a four part unaccompanied singing group, featuring members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic, will give a lunchtime concert on July 3. The Festival Finale on July 4 will bring the fortnight to a resounding crescendo, with an all day programme of open-air music at venues throughout the town, and an evening concert from Wymondham Symphony Orchestra in the Abbey. Richard Elliott, Festival Chairman said, “There’s a new team running the festival this year and we are introducing some new events, as well as keeping hold of regular favourites and our well-established mix of national and Norfolk artists.” Keep in touch with Wymondham Music Festival at, where you can sign up for e-newsletters and buy concert tickets, as well as following the Festival on twitter and facebook. Puff’s Toyshop in Wymondham Market Place also sells concert tickets.


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Walking in South Norfolk There are a number of walks within the South Norfolk area including:

Boudicca Way – a route of approx 36 miles from Diss (rail station) to Norwich (rail station) which is one of the more recent walks and is named after Boudicca Queen of the Iceni tribe which inhabited the area. Wherrymans Way – approx 35 miles from Norwich to Great Yarmouth which follows the course of the River Yare. The Angles Way – A much longer route of approx 77miles passing through towns and villages mainly along the Waveney Valley. There are many Round Tower Churches and the occasional wind & watermills to be viewed along this route. The Tas Valley Way – a 25 mile route between Eaton (outskirts of Norwich) to Attleborough in which can be viewed many churches. Kett’s Country – a 21 mile route from Cringleford (outskirts of Norwich) to Wymondham Tiffey Valley – The River Tiffey is in Wymondham and has a number of trails along its Valley of varying lengths. Further details and information booklets & leaflets on most of the walks within the South Norfolk area are available from the Tourist Information Centres There are also a number of circular routes around our Market Towns and villages


BeWILDerwood BeWILDerwood is a wonderful mystical tree house adventure with creatures who you may never see anywhere in our world. A huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventures. Tree Houses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Baggles. Storytelling, trips, marsh walks and really Ymm food! Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children . A brilliant and exciting day out for all the family. 2015 Season Open from Feb Half Term – Oct Half Term. BeWILDerwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk. NR12 8JW Telephone : 01629 633033




Bressingham Gardens The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned for their horticultural excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species of plants they can be a truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Take a train trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working locomotives will take you around our magnificent gardens or ride the Gallopers as shown on the cover. A trip to the locomotive sheds bring the power and glory of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad’s Army Collection lets you wander through Walmington-on–Sea. Looking at the original props from the TV series. Open from 26th March Bressingham is on the A 1066 Diss to Thetford Road, Norfolk. IP 22 2AA General enquiries and bookings 01379 686900



Sugarbeat Eating House and B & B Norwich Road, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk NR14 8PU Tel 01508 471611 South Norfolk Guest House Frith Way, Gt Moulton, Norfolk NR15 2HE Tel 01379 677359 Mob 07885 351212 Surlingham Ferry Pub Ferry Road, Surlingham, Norfolk NR14 7AR Tel 01508 538659 Park Hotel 29 Denmark Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4BE 01379 642244

Places to Stay Chedgrave House B & B Norwich Road, Chedgrave NR14 6HB 01508 521095 MOB 07804769433/07960219202 Easton Guest House 76 Dereham Road Norwich Tel 01603 8880966 The George and Dragon East Harling, Norfolk Tel 01953 717918 Hingham Leisure Holiday Cottages / Camping / Fishing Rectory Farm, Hingham, NR9 4PP 01953 850596, 07919 530982 The Swan Hotel 19 The Thoroughfare, Harleston IP20 9AS 01379 852221

Red House Tivetshall, Nr Diss, Norfolk, 01379 676566 Seamere Green Dickleburgh, 01370 741401 Hazel Barn Bressingham, Nr Diss, Norfolk. 01379 644396 Town House Hotel 28 Market Street. Wymondham, NR18 0BB 01953 606721 Sunnyside Forncett, Norfolk 01953 788680 Cart Lodge Tacolneston, Norfolk 01508 489370 Old Thorn Barn Hethel, Nr Wymondham, Norfolk 01953 607785 Audley End Burston, Nr Diss, Norfolk 01379 741379 Puddledock Farm Gt Hockham, Norfolk, 01953 498435


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Places to Eat

The Ferry Inn Surlingham Ferry Road, Surlingham, NR14 7AR Tel 01508 538659

Sugarbeat Eating House Restaurant Norwich Road , Swainsthorpe. NR14 8PU Tel 01508 471611

The Swan Hotel 19 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, IP20 9AS Tel 01379 852221

Chez Denis at Orford House 2/3 Red Lion Street , Norwich NR 1 3TB Tel 1603 764441

Weavers Wine Bar and Eating Restaurant 24 St Nicholas Street, Diss Norfolk IP22 4LB Tel 01379 642411

The George and Dragon Market Place, East Harling, Norfolk Tel 01953 717918

The Park Hotel 29 Denmark Street, Diss, Norfolk Tel 01379 642264



Norwich City Football Club Delia’s Canary Catering and Bar Tel 01603 218705

Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant 28 Market Street, Wymondham, NR18 0BB Tel 01953 711350

Yellows – Classic American Bar and Grill Tel 1603 218209 Private Room & Restaurant Hire, 08448261902

Brasteds Manor Barn Farm, Framingham Pigot, NR14 7PZ 01508 491113

The Crown Mill Road, Burston Nr Diss, Norfolk IP22 5TW Tel 01379 741257 The Half Moon Inn The Street, Rushall, Diss, Norfolk IP21 4QD Tel 0139 740793 The Swan 23 Church Close, Loddon Tel 01508 528039

The Green Dragon 6, Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 OPH Number 24 Restaurant 24 Middleton Street, Wymondham, NR18 0AD Rosy Lee’s Tea Room 37a Bridge Street, Loddon, Norfolk NR14 6NA Tel 01508 520204 The Railway Public House at Wymondham Station Road, Wymondham. NR 18 0JY Tel 01953 605262


discover south norfolk - cycling

Cycling South Norfolk

A number of family fun cycling routes exist across the district, offering a chance to see the stunning countryside and pass through the historic market towns. There are Bike it! leaflets available which detail different cycle routes. The routes are suitable for most people of whatever age or ability. Generally the routes are relatively flat and quiet, but there are a few bumpier, busy sections – so check the route before you set off. The total route length is approx. 140 kilometres (88 miles) excluding detours. Car parking is available in Norwich, Whitlingham Country Park, Loddon, Bungay, Harleston, Diss, Wymondham and elsewhere with care. Alternatively take your bike on the train, and get off in Wymondham, Norwich or Diss, where the route is easily accessible from the stations Bike It leaflets available: 1. Wymondham, Hingham and Barnham Broom 2. UEA, Marlingford, Hethersett, East Carleton and back. 3. Trowse, Rockland St Mary, Loddon and sites of natural interest 4. Brooke, Seething and Hardwick ex WWII Airfields, Hempnall and Shotesham 5. Diss, Fersfield, Burston and Dickleburgh (inc. Fersfield & Thorpe Abbotts ex WWII airfields) 6. Long Stratton, Spooner Row and Tibenham (incl Tibenham WWII airfield) 7. Thurlton, Raveningham, KirbyCane, Hales Green, Heckingham and Reedham 8. Swardeston, Newton Flotman, Long Stratton, Flordon and East Carleton 9. Diss, Bressingham, Old and New Buckenham, Aslacton and Burston 10. Covers the complete South Norfolk Tour Route. The Bike it! leaflets are available free of charge from the council’s website,, Tourist Information Centres in the area, or from South Norfolk Council offices.

49 Kickstart is a registered charity established to assist people within Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire to either start work or help to maintain current employment. If lack of transport is restricting your potential to start work or maintain your current employment Kickstart may be able to help. Depending on funding we may be able to assist with attending training or further education. In exchange for a weekly contribution Kickstart can assist with your CBT training, help with setting up insurance, supply a helmet, jacket, gloves, waterproofs, lock and a 50cc or 125cc scooter. We also offer assistance in maintaining the vehicle.

For further information please contact Kickstart on 01362 699923 or visit


events listings

MARCH 11th

Skills East of England Royal Norfolk Showground


Live Concert - Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer Aldburgh Village Hall, IP20 0DB

APRIL 11th

Open for season from March 2015 Shorelands Wildlife Gardens

11-12th Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor Show Royal Norfolk Showground 12th

Norfolk Boat Jumble Royal Norfolk Showground

14-26th Trees (prints, photo’s & sculptures) Wymondham Arts Centre 19th

Antiques Fair Dunston Hall :


E A Game & Country Fair Royal Norfolk Showground

MAY 2 -17th Boating, Walking Events Broads Outdoor Festival 3 - 4th Open Garden for NGS Plovers Hill : Strumpshaw Norfolk NR13 4NL 12-14th Blurred Lines (Drawing & Print making) Wymondham Arts Centre

MAY 26-31st Inspiration (Paintings inspired by sea, land, people & animals) Wymondham Arts Centre

JUNE 6th

Shorelands Wildlife Gardens


Diss Carnival


Gig & Sparks in the Park II The Footpath, Poringland

20 - 4th Wymondham Music Festival 21st

Antique and Vintage Street Market Harleston Town Centre


Open Gardens for NGS 4 Mill Road, Marlingford NR9 5HL

23-26th Paintings by John Cooke Wymondham Arts Centre 27th

1940’s Dance Bomb Group Memorial Museum 07771534199 /


1940’s Dance Apollo Club, Harleston


Car Boot Sale Diss Park : 01379 643848

JULY 1-2nd

Royal Norfolk Show Royal Norfolk Showground


Open Gardens for NGS Manor Bergh Apton, NR15 1BL


JULY 5th

Mere Fest : Diss Park, Diss


Car Boot Sale Diss Park : 01379 643848


Car Boot Sale Diss Park : 01379 643848


Park Alive (Music & Refreshments) Diss Park – Free Event From 6pm

6-18th Watercolours Wymondham Arts Centre 11th

Antiques Fair Dunston Hall :


Blacklight Run Royal Norfolk Showground

15-16th Military Vehicle Weekend Special Norfolk Tank Museum, Forncett St Peter


Raveningham Country Fair B1136 - between Loddon & Haddiscoe NR14 6NY


Car Boot Sale Diss Park : 01379 643848

8-20th Let the Lanscape Creep In Wymondham Arts Centre 12th

Homestead Nurseries Craft Event Kirstead Green NR15 1EB


Car Boot Sale Diss Cricket Club

22-27th Iceni Botanical Artists Wymondham Arts Centre, The Cottage 29-4th Norfolk en Plein Air (Oil Paintings) Wymondham Arts Centre

NOVEMBER Firework displays in all Market Towns (various dates) 3-15th Breckland Artists Wymondham Arts Centre

DECEMBER Christmas lights switch-on in all Market Towns 17-29th Crafts Wymondham Arts Centre 27th

Antiques Fair Dunston Hall :


farmers markets & FISHING facilities

Market Towns

Fishing Facilities


Day Tickets

Street Market Every Friday

Hinderclay Lakes 6 lakes (mixed Species) Contact: Stuart Platt 07787521851

Auction Friday (TW Gaze - Roydon Road) Farmers Market 2nd Saturday of the month Market Place 9am - 1pm wymondham Street Market Every Friday Farmers Market 3rd Saturday of the month 9am- 1pm harleston Street Market Every Wednesday Farmers Market 3rd Saturday in the month Swan Hotel 9am – 1pm Country Market Wednesday King George’s Hall 9.30am – 11am loddon Farmers Market 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month Jubilee Hall, George Lane 9.30am – 1pm long stratton Farmers Market 1st & 3rd Sundays 9.30am – 1pm

Weybread Pits 5 lakes (mixed species) Contact: Pegg Angling Supplies 01379 640430 Peggs are also able to advise fishing facilities elsewhere Airfield Lake Dickleburgh (large carp) Contact: Richard Wilby 07706483084 Highfield Fishery Thorpe Abbots 2 lakes (large carp) Contact: Linda 07769660516 Taswood Lakes 10 lakes (mixed species) Contact: Mr Ellis 01508 470919 Waveney Valley Lakes 5 lakes (mixed species) Contact: 01986 788676 Still Waters Caravan & Camping + fishing Carlton Meres Country Park Saxmundham (mixed species) Contact: 0800 11145343 Rectory Farm Fishery Hingham 2 lakes (mixed species) Contact: 07919530982 or 01953 850596 South Elmham Lakes Old Hall Farm 2 lakes (trout fishing) Contact: Jack 07879697427


Valley Fisheries Walpole 2 lakes (trout fishing) Contact: Paul or Henry 01986 784488

Farmers Market 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm

Willow Lakes Trout Fishery Chediston Contact: 01986 785392


waveney stardust

Waveney Stardust Waveney Stardust – founded in 1988 – is a registered charity to promote cruising facilities for the disabled and/or elderly persons on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

The cost of hiring Waveney Stardust cruisers is heavily subsidised by the management committee through generous donations, fund raising events and from the sale of souvenirs on board.

Stardust cruisers are designed to accommodate people in wheelchairs and are suitable for all passengers with walking difficulties.

To help maintain the operating costs at an affordable rate, donations and grants are most welcome.

The cruisers are available for half day or full day hire with their crew of volunteers.

Email: Telephone: 07817 920502

Cruises may be booked by organisations, hospices, nursing/residential homes and also for family groups where one or more members are disabled or unable to board a self-hire craft.

For general inquiries and comments on our service you can use the form below, or the email / phone number above. Waveney Stardust Enquiries Service is available from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours please send us an email or leave us a phone message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Operation of the cruisers and its administration are all carried out by volunteers. Our qualified skippers and crews all undergo regular training. New volunteers are always welcome.


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United States 8th Army Air Force [USAAF] airfields in South Norfolk During the Second World War Norfolk became the home to thousands of US airmen. The United States 8th Army Air force [USAAF] was based in Norfolk between 1942 and 1945 There were at any one time around 50,000 USAAF personnel stationed within a 30 mile radius of Norwich. There were nine USAAF Airfields in South Norfolk occupied by Bomb Groups, flying B-17 Flying Fortresses or B24 Liberator aircraft and fighter groups providing support with their P-47 Thunderbolts, P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs.

Deopham Green 452nd Bomb Group Deopham, Nr Wymondham, Norfolk

Hardwick Airfield 93rd Bomb Group Hardwick , Nr Hempnall, Norfolk

The airfield lies just south of the village of Topcroft, five miles east of the A140. Originally planned for the RAF, it was home to the 310th Bomb Group from Sept – Nov 1942, followed by the 93rd Bomb Group known as ‘Ted’s Travelling Circus’. A memorial stands in a small plot on one of the old barrack sites, just off the lane from Hempnall. The USAAF 93rd Bomb Group Museum has been established in some of the remaining Nissen huts at Airfield Farm. Open on the 3rd Sunday each month 10 am -5pm May to Oct. Admission Free

Home to the 452nd Bomb Group from Feb 1944- April 1945. Now an industrial estate and agricultural land, remains of the three runways can still be seen. A memorial is set beside a surviving piece of taxi- way, another in the Churchyard of St Andrews Church in Hingham and a plaque at Attleborough Station.

Fersfield Airfield 388th Bomb Group Fersfield , Nr Diss, Norfolk.

This airfield was not an independent USAAF station but a satellite for Knettishall station, the base for the 388th Bomb Group operating B – 17‘s. It was given the task of administrating the secret Project Aphrodite , which it operated from Fersfield in July - December 1944 . This project involved remotely controlling redundant Flying Fortresses, packed with 20,000 lbs of high explosives, a flying bomb. The project was not a success and a number of planes crashed. Lt Joe Kennedy [ USN] elder brother of John F Kennedy, was one of the pilots killed in the project. The USAAF left Fersfield in 1944 and it was sold in 1945.

Hethel Airfield 389th Bomb Group Hethel, Nr Wymondham, Norfolk.

Now the home of Lotus Cars and a Motor Engineering Centre. The 320th Bomb Group arrived in 1942 followed in 1943 by the 389th, nicknamed ‘The Sky Scorpions’. Memorials to the 389th Bomb Group, a headstone and Roll of Honour are at All Saints Church, Hethel. A plaque and stained glass window have been installed at Carleton Rode Church .The 389th Bomb Group Exhibition Museum is at Pot Ash Farm, Hethel. Open 2nd Sun of each month April – Oct 10 am – 4pm For visits at other times visit; -


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Old Buckenham, Nr Attleborough, Norfolk The 453rd Bomb Group occupied the airfield off Abbey Rd between Dec 1943 – April 1945 There is a stone memorial on the southern side of the airfield. Actors James Stewart and Walter Matthau were both based here during the war. Old Buckenham Village Hall extension has a memorial for the Group containing a plaque, roll of honour and memorabilia. The airfield is still operational and used for air shows. Tel 01953 860806 for information.

Seething Airfield 448th Bomb Group Seething ,Nr, Beccles, Suffolk

Seething airfield was home to the 448th Bomb Group from Nov 1943 –July 1945. Most of the original airfield has now reverted to farmland .The eastern section is used by the Waveney Flying group. The control tower has been renovated and forms a memorial museum. There is a memorial plaque and a stone memorial outside the flying club, clubhouse and another in the village churchyard. Tower is open 1st Sunday of each month May - Oct Free Admission.



Thorpe Abbotts 100th Bomb Group Common Road, Thorpe Abbotts, IP21 4PH

This airfield formed part of the 3rd Division and was originally a satellite station for nearby RAF Horham, nr Eye in Suffolk. It became the home to ‘The Bloody Hundredth. [100th Bomb Group] in June 1943. Most of the site is now returned to agricultural use. The village church contains the US Flag and unit citation . The Control Tower has been restored and is a museum and memorial to the 100th Bomb Group. The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum. Open March-Oct weekends and bank holidays 10 am -5pm. Plus Wednesdays May – Sept last admissions 4pm. For details 01379 740708, Free entry to museum, cafe, shop and grounds

Snetterton Heath 96th Bomb Group Snetterton, A11, Nr Attleborough, Norfolk.

Now a famous motor racing circuit. Snetterton Heath was constructed in 1942 and became the home of the 386th Bomb Group for a few days before the 96th Bomb Group arrived in June 1943 The group flew B – 17 Flying Fortresses . From Sept 1943 through to June 1945 .Snetterton Heath served as headquarters for the 45th Combat Bombardment Wing of the 3rd Bomb Division. A memorial stained glass window to the 96th Bomb Group can be seen at Quidenham Church. There is also a Sculpture commemorating the 96th Bomb Group on the approach to the racing circuit and a museum at the nearby New Eccles Hall School. Both the sculpture and murals at the museum are the work of the school’s Art Teacher. The museum is open 2nd Sunday of the month May-Oct. Contact Geof Ward on 01379 643762.

Tibenham Airfield 445 Bomb Group Plantation Road, Tibenham, Nr Diss, Norfolk.

Tibenham Airfield was home to the 445th Bomb Group from Nov 1943 – May 1945. James Stewart was stationed here for a time as the wartime Commander of the 703rd Bomb Squadron. It is now the home to the Norfolk Gliding Club. There is a stone memorial near the club house and at the village church contain a memorial plaque and a number of hassocks embroidered in memory of the 445th Bomb Group. The base closed in 1959 and was sold in 1964/5. The access these days is by private road and visitors must report to the Gliding Clubhouse as the runways are still active. Tel 01379 677207 for information Email :


Rushall Half moon farm

Half Moon Farm

The Street, Rushall, Norfolk, IP21 4QD



Half Moon Farm Rushall / New for 2015 Rushall is a pretty village right in the heart of south Norfolk , situated 6 miles north East of Diss, 17 miles south of Norwich and just 3 Miles west from the Market Town of Harleston. The Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of only 124 existing round tower churches in Norfolk. Almost opposite the church is the Half Moon Farm complex consisting of several businesses and a camp site. For bookings and general enquiries, tel : 07899 895783 Half Moon Farm Touring Campsite is situated to the rear of the Half Moon Farm away from the road in a sheltered area, ideal for a peaceful break in heart of the beautiful south Norfolk countryside.

. Free luxury toilets and hot shower facility . Fully disabled shower facilities . Call for details : 07899 895783

Rushall Farm Shop

Highway Classics

From the field to the plate. Good food begins with our suppliers. Out trusted producers are local and take great care and attention into what goes into the food that they produce. We know our own producers personally and most of them have been our suppliers for many years. With free range rare breed pork, local beef, lamb, poultry, free range eggs, sausages, burgers, bacon, ham, BBQ meats, hog roasts, home made pies and pork pies.

Classic Vintage and modern Car Interiors. We provide a complete car trimming service for classic, vintage and modern car interiors. With 35 years of experience in all aspects of car trimming we are specialists in leatherwork and full restorations. Re-trims, repairs, car seats and door panels. Hoods and hood repairs, Motorcycle seats and Headliners, Tonneaus and tops.

Local deliveries. Open Wednesday – Sat 9am – 5pm Tel :- 01379 740100 Mob 07773 247334

Keith Hosier All types of body, paint and rust repairs to modern and classic vehicles. Specialist in scratch and scuff rectification. Modern and classic motorcycle paint work undertaken. Free estimates given with no obligation. Over 40 years experience. Half Moon Farm, Rushall Nr Diss Norfolk, IP21 4QD Home :- 01379 608907 Mob 07743915873 Email :-

Special Days Out Luxury Limousine Hire, we offer a wide range of services of vehicles and car hire available for a variety of events including, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Proms, Stag and Hen nights and many more can be catered for. Whatever the occasion you can rely on Special Days Out to make sure your own special event runs smoothly safely and stress free . You can be transported by any of our fleet of prestige cars from Bentley, Rolls Royce, Dodge Ram models including Vintage models . All chauffeur driven. Make a special event unforgettable with Special Days Out. Based at Half Moon Farm, Rushall, Norfolk, IP21 4QD. Contact: Graham, 07899895783.

Half Moon Farm, Rushall, Nr Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4QD Tel :- 07786 746124 Email :- Web :-

Elm Villa Classics Specialist in Restoring Classic & British Motorcycles.Malcom Ward has been trading as Elm Villa Motorcycles classics for many years. A wide selection of bikes, many have been restored from all over the UK others have been traded in. Bikes Bought and sold. Bike restoration Spares and General Repairs. 1960’s /70’s Norton and Triumph classics, a speciality. Malcom can supply a complete shipping and delivery service at an agreed price. Half Moon Farm Rushall, Nr Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4QD Tel : 01379 588115 Email :- Web site :-

Rushall Rednecks NEW shop on premises! New and Used Motorcycle clothing. Large range of New and Secondhand Mortorcycle clothing in both leather and textiles bought and sold. If you are looking for motorcycle gear both new and vintage – we offer a range of jackets, trousers one piece suits for ladies and gents in many sizes. Accessories include Gloves, Bags, Rucksacks and Helmets. Tel:- 07899 895783 Email :-


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Healthcare All Hallows Daycare is part of the All Hallows Healthcare Trust a registered charity and expanding organisation providing a seamless service of integrated health and social care to help improve the health and wellbeing of people living in South Norfolk and North Suffolk. There are extremely few - if any - parts of the country where such an integrated service as that provided from All Hallows is available. The availability of services ranges from physiotherapy including a gym, sports injury clinic and active living classes, homecare including befriending, housework and laundry, daycare including bathing, respite care, nursing home care, long term care, hospital rehabilitation through to specialist palliative care.

Their Linen service has been extended to local businesses and the team can collect, wash, iron and return towels, bed linen, napkins and table cloths. This not only saves time but is excellent value for money. All Hallows is independent and has contracts with surrounding healthcare providers for a range of physiotherapy services and inpatient beds. It accepts funding from personal budgets, Norfolk and Suffolk Social Services for Homecare, Daycare and Nursing Home care, and from self-funding clients. To find out more about any of the All Hallows services, and for help and advice about funding and transport arrangements please call the team on 01986 892728.

Alternatively you could visit to view the full range of All Hallows services, fundraising events, volunteer opportunities and latest job vacancies.


whitlingham outdoor education centre

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is located on the outskirts of Norwich within Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse. The centre offers outdoor and adventurous activities for anyone 8 years+ with an emphasis on educational provision to schools and colleges. We offer a range of courses tailored to different groups, ability levels and what you want to achieve. Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre offers outdoor and adventurous activities at Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse just on the outskirts of Norwich. Start the new year or a new class with a day of outdoor activity challenges. Working in small teams with a series of mini activities and problem solving – this is the original team-building experience.

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre provides high quality outdoor education programmes for children, young people and the wider community. Delivering a range of land and water based outdoor and adventurous activities, with an educational programme for 8 to 19 years. The Centre and Country Park offers: • • • • • •

Modern purpose built centre Over a mile of sheltered open water Access to the rivers Wensum and Yare 280 acres of water, woodland and meadow to explore Easy access from any route by road, bus, bike and river Independent camp site available

Contact us on 01603 632307

hethersett academy


Hethersett Academy: part of the Inspiration Trust – committed to deliver the very best educational experience for the young people of Norfolk. We are a relatively small state funded Academy for students aged 11-16. Our core specialisms lie with Science, Technology and Mathematics supported by a strong focus on English and Humanities.

Our extended days (Tuesday – Thursday) allow us to offer a wide range of sports and hobbies as well as the opportunity to take part in Duke of Edinburgh award, Young Enterprise, and other experiences that build life-skills.

Our website has a lot more information about the school and its activities: If you would like to visit us please call 01603 810924 and ask for the Principal’s PA.



Hethersett Old Hall School

Independent day school for girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, with boarding for girls from 9 Established for over 75 years, Hethersett Old Hall School is a small, happy community with a strong academic tradition: a warm, friendly place where everyone is valued and reaches their highest potential. Visit and you will see for yourself the extensive, beautiful grounds, fine facilities and historic buildings – but you’ll also notice that everything is on a human scale and geared to providing the best learning and all-round

experience for every pupil. This is apparent throughout the school - from the outstanding nursery and reception classes through to the sixth form where, year on year, thanks to innovative tutorial-style teaching and individual guidance, every girl achieves entry to her first choice university. Girls can board from Year 5, with full, weekly and flexi-boarding to suit the needs of our families.

Why not visit and see for yourself what makes Hethersett different? Just call the Registrar, Linda Jones, on 01603 810390 or email - she will be happy to organise a personal tour of the school for you and your family, with a chance to talk to staff and pupils as well as see the facilities on offer

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Contrary to what many people think, most racing greyhounds are docile, quiet, even-tempered, and adore the company of people and other animals. Greyhounds are friendly, affectionate dogs who thrive on human companionship and usually adapt very quickly and remarkably well to retirement. If left up to them, you will have a 70 pound lap dog on your hands. They do not require large amounts of exercise. Two daily walks and a good diet are sufficient. All you add is love!Â


Animal Rescue , Support and Advice numbers

Animal Rescue & Advice

World Horse Welfare Anne Colvin House Snetterton Norfolk NR162QN Tel 01953 498682

Hillside Animal Sanctuary Hall Lane Frettenham NR12 7LT Tel 01603 736200

Feline Care Rescue Roudham Road, E. Harling NR16 2QN, 01953 718529

Pact Animal Sanctuary Woodrising Hingham NR9 4PJ Tel 01362 820775

RSPCA Norwich & Mid Norfolk 0300 1234 999

Meadow Green Dog Rescue Hales Green Loddon NR14 6QW Tel 01508 548 216 Dog Trust North End Snetterton Norfolk Tel 01953 498377 Redwings Horse Sanctuary Hapton Norfolk NR15 1SP Tel 01508 481000

Rose Cottage Cats 01508 482737 Hedgehog Hospital Anna Hunter: 07912674844 Bat Conservation Trust 0845 1300228 Greyhound Rescue Kerry Greyhounds UK 0750 006 2648


Chapelfield Vets Brooke: 01508 558228 Long Stratton: 01508 530686 Wymondham: 01953 602139 Costessey: 01603 743725 Norwich: 01603 629046 Wymondham Vets 01953 600066 Ali B Pet Care Services 07810654006, 01508 494827 Leeders Pet Feeds Cattery Hethersett Cattery Home Farm, Kettingham Lane, Hethersett Nr Wymondham, Norfolk. NR9 3DF Tel 01603 811106


home farm cattery

Home Farm Cattery Our small (and fully licensed) bespoke cattery on the edge of Hethersett, in the beautiful South Norfolk Countryside. We’re just a few miles south of Norwich and the cattery is positioned so that all our 10 heated rooms face the south and open countryside views. All of our cat guests will benefit from our experience and love – they’ll have plenty of attention while they stay with us. We know that its important for you to be comfortable leaving your cat (or cats) with us so why not give us a ring on 01603 811106 and come and visit us in Hethersett?



Your Dream Wedding ...don’t forget the honeymoon Congratulations - if you have decided to get married here in south Norfolk. You will have made an ideal choice. There are certainly countless venues to choose from, and help and advice on hand with everything from the guest list, invitations, with help to keep you on track of the budget, from choosing the perfect dress, the rings, the transport, the cake, the flowers and all the services you may need. You should just be able to sit back and relax.

Once you are married there are lots of different places to stay on for your honeymoon and explore the beautiful countryside. South Norfolk nestles between the Waveney Valley and the busy city of Norwich and contains the water lands of the Norfolk Broads. South Norfolk is a wonderful location for that get away break or a perfect honeymoon destination.Picturesque villages, historic market towns to explore with great pubs and restaurants. Sightseeing cycling, walking and sailing there is so much to see you will want to come back again and again.

Special Days Out Luxury Limousine Hire, we offer a wide range of services of vehicles and car hire available for a variety of events including, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Proms, Stag and Hen nights and many more can be catered for. Whatever the occasion you can rely on Special Days Out to make sure your own special event runs smoothly safely and stress free . You can be transported by any of our fleet of prestige cars from Bentley, Rolls Royce, Dodge Ram models including Vintage models . All chauffeur driven.



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