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is starting to creep in and we can slowly watch the leaves change to a beautiful golden canopy. To be honest, this is my favourite time of year. The baking hot days of summer are behind us, but the weather is still warm enough to enjoy an evening cocktail in the garden. The school holidays are now over and normal service is resumed. This is a fabulous time of year which previously had a very busy calendar of local events. This year is different and more important than ever. The knock on effect of the Covid pandemic has seen events moved, cancelled and disrupted. Things have been slowly returning to some sense of normality; if we dare call anything normal anymore. With rescheduling and clever planning we are moving forward and learning how to adapt and live in a Covid world. Events such as the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival and the East Anglian Game & Country Fair will prove to be just the ticket for everyone to enjoy our wonderful region again. Seize the moment to get out there and attend or take part. Autumn can feel a little bit like an ending. The end of summer. The end of holidays. But I say no... this is just the beginning. The beginning of a bountiful season packed with great local produce we can all enjoy from the award wining local shops and producers. No need to stray too far in the search for excellence... we have it all right here on our doorstep.

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Apple TV+ 17 September Season two lands this month of what is sure to be the hot ticket to watch. The stella cast including Jennifer Aniston (Alex) and Reese Witherspoon (Bradley) return and don't disappoint. It seems that after the dramatic final of season one Alex and Bradley are no longer morning television's dream team. With Alex's breakdown/breakthrough on live TV would the producers dare to replace one of the presenters? Aniston received an Emmy nomination for her role and we expect more nominations to follow in what is sure to be a powerful bingeworthy watch.

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Another big hitter starts on Apple TV+ this month with a strong cast including Jared Harris, Laura Birn, Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey. This big budget 10 episode extravaganza revolves around the three main female characters, whose performances don't disappoint. Based on Isaac Asimov's book series chronicling the thousand year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.

Sex Education Netflix 17 September The much-loved show returns for its third season, continuing the misadventures of the socially awkward high school student Otis and street-smart bad girl Maeve's will-they-won't-they relationship? The excellent cast returns with the usual strong performances from Asa Butterfield (Otis), Emma Mackey (Maeve) and Tanya Reynolds (Lily). Gillian Anderson, who plays Otis' mother Jean, often steals the show portraying the confident sex therapist who is grappling with her own demons. The end of season two sees a cliff-hanger ending of missed chances and the devious actions from an unexpected love rival. Channel 4

Back for a fourth season, Billy Bob Thornton returns as the disgraced lawyer who embarks on obtaining justice through the usual storm of death threats, harassment and trumped up arrests. If you are new to the show then you are in for a treat with a strong cast including William Hurt and Dennis Quaid in earlier seasons. Some what under the radar of many binge watchers this unsung hero is more than just a legal drama.

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The Great British Bake Off Channel 4 21 September Yes... it's that time of year again. The world's favourite baking show is back. What is now a cult institution sees another group of excitable contestants grace the famous tent. Let's hope we see lots of handshakes and not too many soggy bottoms. 07


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The Time Machine From 14 September, various locations Norwich Theatre Company The Keeper’s Daughter has used the recent lockdowns to create a brand new show which will embark on an East Anglian tour this autumn. Based upon H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, this dynamic, new, one-person production is a family show featuring puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary gadgets and electronic soundscapes, and has been designed to play community spaces such as village halls, churches and pubs, as well as theatres and arts centres. The show will open at The Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on Tuesday 14 September and a full list of venues can be found at:

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Walking Women First Tuesday of every month (until December), 10am-12noon Do you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone? Would you like to be sociable while enjoying the spectacular Holkham Estate? If so, come and join one of the monthly walks covering Holkham park and beach as well as the beautiful beach at Wells. All walks are free of charge and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

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2065 14-18 September, The Garage, Norwich 2065 is a futuristic sensory extravaganza for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Frozen Light are specialists in making sensory theatre for adult audiences with PMLD and this is their fifth touring production. This is a vital reminder that live theatre can accommodate and entertain everyone.

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Throughout the weekend, comic, film and TV fans will be able to enjoy a fantastic mix of exhibits, celebrity appearances, stage talks and demonstrations, photo opportunities and a multitude of traders selling memorabilia and merchandise from every corner of the galaxy. Among the line-up of celebrity guests for 2021 are Pirates of the Caribbean star Kevin McNally (Mr Gibbs), who is also a character in latest gaming sensation Sea of Thieves, Harry Potter Deatheater Jon Campling who will be running a wand training workshop, Doctor Who stars Katy Manning (Doctor’s assistant, Saturday only) and Terry Malloy (Davros, Sunday only), plus The Red Power Ranger Steve Cardenas. More guests are yet to be announced. Also appearing at NORCON for the first time this year is manga and anime artist Sonia Leong, who will be hosting drawing workshops on the main stage, the Silver Sabers will offer Jedi training including lightsaber skills and the Norwich Pops Orchestra (Sunday only). A host of amazing exhibits will be on show too, with photo opportunities with some of TV and film’s famous and best loved vehicles including Tow-Mater and Lightning McQueen from Cars and the Batmobile (Michael Keaton 1989 era). For more information or to buy tickets visit: nor-con.co.uk


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From 4 September Members of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will throw open their studio doors across fourteen locations in September. The free event will be accompanied by a taster exhibition at The Old Harnessmakers Gallery in Harleston, acting as a hub for visitors to get a taste of the work on offer throughout the open studios event. With warm weather forecast, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore how and where artists work in the stunning landscapes of south Norfolk and north Suffolk. The fourteen artists participating in the Trail are Kath Wallace, Caryl Challis, Bobbie Watchorn, Carolyn Moulton, Sara Johnson, Noelle Francis, Barbara Bernard, Paul Zawadzki, Tim Summerson, Lin Patterson, Ingrid Duffy, Nell Close, Rosemary Elliott and Andrew Vessey. The artist’s studios are dotted around the valley, in Harleston, Redenhall, Topcroft, Earsham, Ditchingham, Hedenham, Bungay, Flixton, St Cross South Elmham, Homersfield, Wortwell, Wingfield and Fressingfield. The studios will be open over the weekends of 4th-5th, 11th-12th and 18th19th September while the gallery will host the exhibition between 27th August and 26th September.

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After three sell-out shows in North Norfolk, local actor/writer Mark Kitto is taking his solo play Chinese Boxing on tour. A lecture about the 1900 Chinese Boxer Rebellion to a branch of the Royal Asiatic Society morphs into a piece of theatre that takes the audience to Peking and back, with hard-hitting resonance for modern relations between China and the West. The tour starts on 1 October at Southwold Arts Centre, then on to Holkham Hall, Maddermarket and Fisher Theatre Bungay, check out the individual websites for times and dates.

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4-11 September September’s Two Rivers Book Festival features topics as diverse as hauntings and crime fiction, and as important as the climate crisis and the legacy of war. The third annual festival from Waveney and Blyth Arts appears in venues from Diss to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, with a full day of events in Halesworth.

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Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana 24 September, Epic Studios Hailed as the finest Elvis fronted Nirvana tribute in the world Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of the king of rock and rolls finest moments, culminating in a whopper mash up of overdrive and old school Rockabilly. It smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o!

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25 September-10 October This autumn will see the return of the 16 day event celebrating the counties artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work. 2020 saw the event cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and instead ran as an online event. Having established itself as one of the largest and most successful open studios schemes in the country Norfolk Open Studios looks to build on its success with its new autumnal dates, where more than 320 artists will be taking part across 267 venues to share and sell their work. Artists will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community spaces and schools sharing how they work. The free event annually attracts thousands of visitors and in 2019 more than 31,000 people flocked to studios across Norfolk to meet our county’s artists.

Ros Dixon, Norfolk Open Studios Administrator, said: “We are so happy that Norfolk Open Studios is returning, a widely loved scheme that artists and visitors look forward to each year. 2021 will see it run at its new time in early autumn, allowing visitors to capture that special time of year as well as helping Norfolk Open Studios to develop a clear and bold identity as an autumn event. We can’t wait to be back in the studios, smelling the paint and kilns, getting to ask those questions we’ve always wanted to know from the artists themselves and maybe even having a go at creating something ourselves. And the chance to buy art direct from the artist is very special.” Artists at all stages of their careers take part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional artists and makers.

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Visitors will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, jewellery makers and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk. Alongside opening their studios, many artists will be offering events, demonstrations and workshops to share their skills and practice. This year the scheme will welcome 23 schools to the event as well as 13 Art Trails, allowing visitors to enjoy several studios in one day.

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Autumn Take a short break in Norwich this autumn to re-charge, relax and experience a staycation which won’t break the bank

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is as good as a rest, so what better than a short stay not far from home packed full of wonderful things to see, do and eat Walk to soon-to-be favourite eateries, enjoy charming museums, shows and exhibitions, and soak up the atmosphere of a lively welcoming city centre.

Urban delights 18a at The Grosvenor This two-bedroomed stylish apartment is such a find – in a great location in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. Owned by the renowned and wonderfully hospitable Grosvenor Fish Bar, staying here means you have every reason to eat fish and chips without feeling guilty! You can always walk it off as you explore Norwich. Prices per night from around £130.   The Assembly House Again another stylish and centrally located place to rest your head – and in true luxury. Autumn offers mean you can stay for selected nights where the price includes parking, breakfast, a legendry afternoon tea and a bottle of fizz, all for two people. Choose from 1 night £199, 2 nights £350 and 3 nights £500. Offer ends 17 November. The Maids Head Hotel Having finished a multi-million-pound renovation in 2020 the hotel has a range of beautiful rooms from standard to suite 14

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– some with cathedral views. Offers here include a 1-night stay in a classic double room with a credit of £40 per person in their 2AA restaurant for dinner, breakfast and parking all for £195 per night (Sunday to Friday). Guests also get a short trip around Norwich in their vintage Bentley as an added benefit for free! Gothic House Situated on the edge of the Cathedral Quarter, Gothic House is another wonderful and beautifully presented place to stay. With only 2 bedrooms and parking included in the price, this is a welcoming bed and breakfast close to everything. Prices £105 per room, per night. Barnham Broom- stay and play Slightly further afield Barnham Broom has two championship golf courses in an idyllic countryside setting – play from £39 per person. There are also golf packages from £23 per person which include 18 holes and dining. And of course, there are golf stays too from only £99 which includes a 1-night stay, breakfast, dinner, 18-holes on one of their two contrasting

courses, as well as complimentary use of The Edge Health & Fitness Club including swimming pool, integrated relaxation pool, sauna, steam room and gym.

Mix your break with slow countryside pursuits and city fun from morning to night. In my opinion autumn is the best season. The air is fresh, and the trees are turning. The sun retains its heat but its manageable, and if we are lucky enough to get an Indian summer then picnics and outdoor pursuits are still extremely pleasurable. With Norwich being a city situated within the Broads National Park, beautiful countryside and open water is never far away. From Norwich city centre enjoy the autumn months walking or cycling for free in and around The Marriot’s Way, Mousehold Heath, Whitlingham Country


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Park and the Sculpture Park and grounds at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Or head over to Wroxham and get out onto the water by hiring a day boat with Broads Tours. Standard day boats cost from £19 per hour and run until the end of October. There are also day cruisers (£210 a day, up to 8 people), Large Electric Day Boats (£168, 11 people) and Wheelchair Friendly Day Boat Hire (£85, 3 hours, 5 people including a wheelchair). Guided walking tours are huge fun, and you always learn something. There are loads to choose from with Paul Dickson Tours, in Norwich and the Broads. And tours can be privately booked too. Or enjoy one of our most beautiful heritage parks – Eaton Park. Perhaps join the Saturday Park Run, play a round of 18-hole crazy golf or simply walk, stopping for a coffee at the café. Up for a challenge? Then take a look at escape room escapades which are a great idea for multi-generational family get-togethers – it brings out your competitiveness, be warned! Both Cryptic Escape and History Mystery offer fantastic games, with City Escape Games taking their adventure outdoors across Norwich. Norwich is hugely cultural, and autumn sees some fantastic exhibition ‘firsts’, theatre, Heritage Open Days (1019 September) and the return of Hostry Festival (October-November). Autumn exhibitions in Norwich include Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland (until 12 September, not open Monday’s) at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Presenting a selection of 50 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography in her first UK exhibition, Ikemura has selected 50 works that span three decades of her career. Tickets cost £8. From 19 September (until 30 January, tickets £12) the Centre also welcomes Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years. Grayson Perry’s groundbreaking ‘lost’ pots will be reunited for the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable artists. This is the first exhibition to survey Perry’s earliest forays into the art world, introducing the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994.

September is your last chance to see two exhibitions at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. A Passion for Landscape: Rediscovering John Crome (closes 5 September) and Somewhere Unexpected Norwich Castle Open Art Show (closes 12 September). Both are included in general admission tickets. Love a catchy musical? Then book tickets at Norwich Theatre Royal for Six The Musical between 20-25 September. I saw this a few years ago – a relatively new musical then, it blew my socks off! I thoroughly recommend it. This is followed by Bedknobs and Broomsticks (28 September-3 October) plus loads more performances of music, ballet and comedy including a full programme at The Playhouse.

Fabulous food Eating out is something to savour and linger over whether you want lunch or dinner. And when I’m away (and even if I’m not) I love to dress up and feel great. Norwich has a great choice of ‘dress up’ places to eat and both The Ivy for colourful, elegant French surrounds and Benedicts for its stylish paired back Scandi décor hit the spot. I’m also delighted that both welcome family groups proving that it’s possible to enjoy fine dining with your offspring or grandchildren. Leisurely, decadent afternoon teas are getting more and more popular. So, take a look at The Assembly House (£23.95), Trees out of Head - Leiko Ikemura © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst 2021

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The Maids Head Hotel (£21) and The Ivy (£24.95). Afternoon tea isn’t quite what it used to be so expect creative savouries as well as traditional sandwiches and plenty of wonderful cakes with a large selection of tea. Remember if the cake gets too much you can take it home. If you don’t have much time you don’t need to miss out. Norwich Market offers an incredible choice for lunch with food from around the world. I love picking up something delicious and then heading to Sir Toby’s for a beer. Find Sir Toby’s facing onto Guildhall Hill. It’s got to be Norwich’s smallest bar!

Local drink experiences If you are looking for something a bit different on Thursdays and Saturdays start as you mean to go on by booking into the Gin Academy at Gyre & Gimble. For £85 you get a two-and-a-half-hour experience where you make your own recipe gin (70cl bottle to take home), drink gin cocktails, learn about the history of gin and store the details of your unique blend in case you want to come back and make more. At The English Whisky Company just outside Attleborough you can enjoy tastings and tours. Celebrating a birthday, they have a new 15 Year Anniversary Tour for one and a half hours. Taking place once a month, tickets are £30. However, if you want to go a step further book yourself onto a Whisky Blending Masterclass (2 hours; £100) where you will blend your own single malt English whisky. Once you have created your perfect blend, you will then hand bottle it, write your own label and take it home with you. There are tastings and a tour included too. Finally, we also make great beer in Norfolk. Lacons offers a click and collect service for their beers and aged ales at both Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. For events, places to eat and drink, stories, where to shop and visit in Norwich and beyond go to visitnorwich.co.uk. Plus, don’t miss out on news, sign up to the City of Stories newsletter.

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within a wide meander of the river Waveney, Bungay is on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk and offers the best of both counties. With a history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, Bungay boasts several ancient attractions, including the ruins of Bigod’s Castle and the ancient Buttercross – where a market is still held each Thursday. Folklore linked to the area includes the legend of Black Shuck, a ghostly black dog which is said to roam the heaths and coastline of East Anglia and supposedly terrorised the occupants of Bungay’s St Mary’s church in 1577.

What to see and do

Once you’ve browsed the town’s renowned independent shops and cafes, head to Falcon Meadow or Outney Common for scenic countryside and riverside walks, or try one of two official trails: the Bigod Way

Trail focuses on the remains of the large Norman castle of the same name; whereas the Town Trail takes you to all the historic buildings and landmarks. Bungay’s Fisher Theatre is one of the oldest provincial theatres in the country, and regularly hosts plays, films, live music and exhibitions, so it’s always worth seeing what’s on while here. Has all that wandering got you feeling peckish? A visit to Fen Farm Dairy, which produces delicious raw dairy products, is an absolute must: be sure to pick up a wheel of their infamous Baron Bigod brie. Craft beer lovers will enjoy a trip to St Peter’s brewery, where you can take a tour, restock your alcohol cupboard or enjoy a bite at nearby St Peter’s Hall, a fantastic moated building dating back to 1280.

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Claiming to be Suffolk’s finest deli, Earsham Street Delicatessen offers a wide range of delectable baguettes, salads, quiches, sausage rolls, rare breed pork pies and sweet treats. Championing products from local and artisan producers, you’ll find everything you need to pack up a mouthwateringly good picnic. earshamstreetdeli.co.uk

WARDLEY HILL CAMPSITE Get back to nature at Wardley Hill, an ecological, family-run camping and glamping site in the Waveney Valley. The six-acre site encompasses woodland, a stream and three seasonal ponds. Wild flowers and grass are left to grow to encourage visits from bees and butterflies. There is a car-free camping field exclusively for tents, with another dedicated area for campervans. Facilities include composting toilets and an open top hot water shower. Campfires and dogs are welcomed. If camping isn’t your thing, the site also offer three locally crafted shepherd’s huts with all the modern conveniences and home comforts you could need. wardleyhillcampsite.com

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One of the country’s most exciting new wine producers, Flint Vineyard’s tour takes you through the vineyards and winery, followed by a full tasting of their current wines and an optional 15-mile lunch overlooking the beautiful Waveney Valley. Visit the shop to take home a bottle (or two!) of your favourite. flintvineyard.com 17


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In this brand-new podcast inspired by her popular ‘Self Care Sunday’ on InstagramTV, host Lisa Snowdon talks to a wide variety of scientists, doctors, specialists, alternative therapists and experts in their field on everything revolving around the four key pillars of health (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing). Lisa and her guests talk about effective breathing, fasting, sleep, hormones, the moon, the menopause and many more topics. The first two episodes focus on breathing techniques and the secrets to a good night’s sleep. FREQUENCY: Fridays for 10 weeks

Produced and presented by the famous QI Elves (otherwise known as James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber), No Such Thing as a Fish is a long-standing, award-winning UK podcast that started all the way back in 2014. Each week, the Elves present their favourite facts that they’ve learned that week. With intriguing episode names and fascinating content, there’s something new to learn each and every time you listen. They’ll also be going on a live UK tour later in 2021, with tickets available on their website www.nosuchthingasafish.com. FREQUENCY: Weekly

Broccoli Book Club With an emphasis on exploring books that push us to be more empathetic and inquisitive, the Broccoli Book Club hosts two-part discussions with the aim of giving us a better understanding of society today. Journalist host Diyora Shadijanova explores one book each month with the podcast being released in two-part episodes. Part one is a group discussion of the book and part two is an interview with the author of the chosen book. FREQUENCY: Once a month

Wild Thing Season one of Wild Thing followed people’s belief in the illusive Bigfoot… Talking to watchers, hunters and enthusiasts as they tried to convince the world of the existence of the legendary creature. Why does this creature ignite our imagination? Where does that fascination come from? And why does it persist? Season two goes much bigger, looking to outer-space and the hunt for life beyond our planet. Host Laura Krantz speaks to a myriad of special guests including Navy Pilots who’ve seen strange lights, true believers at the UFO Festival in Roswell and scientists including Frank Drake and ‘Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Institute’ cofounder Jill Tarter. Whether it’s seeking out Bigfoot in season one, or gazing skyward to look for extra-terrestrial life in season two, can the search for the unknown helps us better understand ourselves? FREQUENCY: Monthly

Did Ya Know The Did Ya Know podcast tells the untold stories of executives of colour, who have paved the way in the British music industry. Hosted by legendary music manager Adrian Sykes, the inspirational conversations aim to not just tell the stories of industry leaders, but to inspire and guide a new generation of executives. Previous guests include Keith Harris OBE, Tinie Tempah, Fay Hoyte, Darcus Beese OBE as well as many more amazing people. FREQUENCY: Monthly 19

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Book Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer From New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a brand-new, captivating fantasy series set in a richly imaginative world. The corrupted kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of tragedy. A terrible illness has begun tearing through the land, with the only known cure to this terrible sickness being an elixir made from rare Moonflower petals. Within the Royal Palace, the King holds a tenuous peace with a callous hand while his younger brother Prince Corrick (the King’s Justice) is frantically trying to hold it together. The brothers must maintain order and as a result, have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion. Out in the Wilds, Tessa Cade is fed up with seeing her neighbours die and their suffering being overlooked by the royals. Each night, Tessa and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals to distribute the precious elixir to those who need it most, but it’s still not enough. As rumours start to circulate that the cure doesn’t work anymore, the sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible - sneaking into the palace. But what she finds once she gets there makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first. Release date: 14 September.

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Colorado-based author Alison Ames releases her hotly anticipated debut novel this month. The town of Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It all started when an explosion in the town's mine killed sixteen people. The awful disaster made it impossible for residents to carry on living in the town due to the roaring fires underground and the resulting ash that was spewing into the sky above, so the residents settled just outside of the town in New Basin. But life in New Basin is just as troubled… The town relies on its haunted reputation to attract tourists and travellers, but there’s more truth to the rumours than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there. Best friends Clem and Nina meet a strange girl named Lisey (who has a knack for training crows) and Piper (whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary). The townsfolk start experiencing night terrors, sleepwalking and voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of tourist ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves. Release date: 21 September.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers and the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO series Big Little Lies comes Liane Moriarty’s newest novel surrounding marriage, siblings and how the people we love the most can end up hurting us the deepest. Liane approches this sinister thriller with her own intrinsic style making it an engaging read which is difficult to put down. From the outside, the Delaney’s appear to be an enviably contented family. Even after all these years, former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments, and now they’ve sold the family business they have all the time in the world to learn how to ‘relax’. Their four adult children are busy living their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one ever says that out loud. But now, Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are reexamining their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed in the Delaney household? Release date: 14 September.

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Strangers

A staple in the city for over a decade, Strangers has not one but three locations throughout Norwich in which to fuel up, including a roastery where you can buy bags of coffee beans for your machine at home. Sit in and choose from a variety of beans and blends (plus a delectable selection of sausage rolls and cakes), or take your order away in one of their iconic biodegradable cups.

Little Red Roaster

Serving up fine coffee in our fine city since 2002, The Little Red Roaster is so popular it has two locations. The Norwich Lanes shop offers freshly brewed bevvies and a tasty selection of treats, sandwiches and toasties. Or, if you’re at the market, visit their stall on Row B and get a takeaway coffee to sip on as you browse.

DO YOUR BIT Take part in the world’s biggest coffee morning this month on the 24 September to help fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support. Whether you host your own or pop along to one happening locally, every little helps for this fantastic cause. Visit: coffee.macmillan.org.uk

Alchemista

Step into the quirky steam punk interior and enjoy a coffee like no other. Alchemista are creators of ‘coffee potions’ and serve a range of speciality coffees inspired by their travels in South East Asia and beyond. There’s also the more traditional offerings, alongside freshly prepared artisan sandwiches and afternoon teas. If you’re after something a little stronger, they also have a selection of delicious coffee cocktails.

Kofra

Ethically-sourced beans from all over the world come together at this vibrant coffee shop. Kofra’s ethos is that a quality experience is as important as the coffee, so you’re guaranteed to get a warm welcome and friendly service. With four sites across the city serving drinks, coffee beans, snacks and, in the case of the shop on Upper St Giles, natural wines and deli produce, you’re never far away from the company’s community spirit.

Bread Source

Ok, yes, it’s technically a bakery first and a coffee house second, but is there any better accompaniment to a good cup of Joe than some artisan breads and pastries? What’s more, they have an allyou-can-eat toast offer (plus coffee) for those who are eating in, as well as some of the best sausage rolls around.

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Cupcake & Co As we head towards the start of the new season of GBBO why not check out Cupcake & Co which is situated on picturesque Upper St. Giles. They have been show casing their passion since 2011 and are simply obsessed with all things cake. In the pretty little shop you will find an amazing range of cupcakes, brownies and speciality bakes all fresh on the day. Food intolerances or allergies? Just because it is gluten free does not mean it should be flavourless or simple. Taking gluten free, dairy free and vegan to the next level and beyond, no one leaves the shop disappointed. Baking on the next level... Hollywood handshakes all round.

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What to experience the fun of Oktoberfest? Get along to one of these local events.

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The Oktoberfest

is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair), which has been held since the year 1810. The original event was a celebration of the wedding of Kronprinz Ludwig, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were cordially invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the fabulous royal event. In honour of the Crown Princess the fields were re-named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow"). They have retained the name ever since, however the locals have abbreviated the name simply to Wiesn. The festivities proved to be so popular that the decision was taken to repeat the event in 1811 launching what is now the annual Oktoberfest tradition which is an important part of Bavarian culture. Many other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the much loved original Munich event. If you are attending an Oktoberfest event you can expect a good selection of beer as well as a some foot stomping, table slapping Oompah music and loud singing. Need something to soak up the beer? Get stuck into a hearty feast of schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), würstl (sausages), knödel (potato or flour dumplings) and of course brezen (pretzels). All of which will are best enjoyed whilst wearing the traditional Bavarian clothing... dirndls and lederhosen.

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INGREDIENTS: Serves 6 • 300g bacon, chopped to 2cm pieces • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped • 30g plain flour • 4 tbsp butter • 330ml bottle Pilsner beer • 500ml chicken stock • 250ml double cream • 300g mature cheddar • Chives METHOD: Heat a large sauce pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until crispy. When cooked transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain off any excess oil. Drain off the fat from the pan and then add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño and thyme. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Reducing the heat to medium add the butter and stir until melted. Sprinkle in the flour a bit at a time and stir until fully absorbed. Pour in the beer, stirring constantly. Slowly add the chicken stock and cream, stirring until completely combined. Then bring to a low simmer. Add the grated cheese a handful at a time until melted. Season to taste and add in half of the cooked bacon. Garnish with the leftover bacon and chives.

NORWICH 2-3 October Tickets: from £10 This October, Eaton Park will be totally transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest experience for one traditional Bavarian weekend! Bring on the bier (over 30,000 litres to be precise!) oktoberfestnorwich.co.uk

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NORWICH 2 OCTOBER Tickets: from £10 Featuring brilliant acts The Bavarian Strollers (as seen on Sky’s TV show A League of Their Own) and NightTrain, this is certain to be a fantastic weekend beer celebration! epic-tv.com

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GORLESTON-ON-SEA 8-9 OCTOBER Tickets: From £11 Over the course of three sessions over the weekend, you can expect lots of German beer and steins, a live Oompah band, DJ, traditional German food as well as lots of dancing on the tables! oceanroom.co.uk

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BURY ST EDMUNDS 30 OCTOBER The world-famous Oktoberfest is coming to Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket this autumn. Christchurch Park (Ipswich), Nowton Park (Bury St Edmunds) and The Severals Pavilion (Newmarket) will be transformed into wonderful Bavarian beer gardens. Offering a taste of authentic German culture, traditional street food, live entertainment and only the best Oktoberfest beer. skiddle.com 27


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Agora Carefully handmade in Suffolk in small batches using local botanicals, this vermouth uses a French CabernetMerlot base. Smooth with zesty flavours of dark Morello cherries and spices, this is a must-have in your alcohol cabinet to whip up classic cocktails such as Negronis, Martinis or Manhattans. agoravermouth.com

B Chocolates As the name suggests, these artisan salted caramels and truffles are handmade with honey from Suffolk coastal beekeepers, along with local cream. The fresh truffles vary in flavour according to the seasons to incorporate locally grown and foraged fruit, herbs and flowers. bchocolates.co.uk

Barkers of Suffolk The festival isn’t just for human foodies! Barkers of Suffolk produce a range of freshly baked, handmade treats for your canine friend. All products are made with natural ingredients and include fun flavours such as beef, peanut butter, cheese, turkey and cranberry and even chocolate biscuits (specially formulated to be safe for doggie consumption). barkersofsuffolk.co.uk

Bhaji Man Ditch the takeaway and rustle up your own authentic, healthy Indian curries at home using Bhaji Man’s range of gluten-free curry kits, spice kits and easy mixes. All come with preparation instructions and a step-by-step recipe guide to take the hard work out of cooking this Saturday-night staple. bhajiman.co.uk

Brownie & The Bean This husband-and-wife team use their secret family recipe to handmake the fudgiest brownies and blondies. Try to choose between the triple choc brownie; sour cherry, dark chocolate and sea salt blondie; lotus biscoff brownie; salted caramel and pecan brownie; chocolate orange brownie or bakewell blondie. brownieandthebean.com

Crafty River Water, but crafty – these hand-crafted, alcoholic sparkling water drinks are created using real fruit to give them a refreshing taste. Flavours include lime and cucumber, lemon and ginger (goes well with vodka and gin), and tropical orange and pineapple, perfect for those Indian summer evenings. craftyriverbrewing.co.uk

East Coast Chilli Co Spice up your mealtimes with this award-winning range of homemade and bottled chilli sauces. Start extra mild with the Mango Chilli Sauce before moving onto a medium spiced Garlic and Habanero or Chipotle Chilli Ketchup. Then, brave the hot Carolina Reaper & Honey Chilli Sauce or the ‘made of fire’ extra hot Habanero and Naga Sauce. eastcoastchillicompany.co.uk 29

With everything from conserves to chocolate spreads and mustards to marmalades you will find something for everyone. Montys – Mustards and Chutneys are a particular favourite, the Rib Tickler horseradish mustard is a special combination to tickle your taste buds. essencefoods.co.uk

Jess Cooks Founder Jess knows it’s difficult as busy parents to cook from scratch for your little ones, so has created her own homemade healthy frozen meals for kids. Bursting with delicious flavours and packed with at least three types of added veg and 100% British meat, these fuss-free meals contain no added sugar and are low in salt too. jesscooks.co.uk

Korean Kitchen Kimchi lovingly created by hand near Woodbridge, with all vegetables freshly sourced from local suppliers. The kimchi is made to traditional recipes, so it's full of authentic flavour – enjoy on its own, with steamed rice, as a side dish or pile it on top of some sourdough bread. koreankitchen.co.uk

LA Brewery This refreshing range of super-trendy kombucha is brewed, fermented and bottled at a micro-brewery in Suffolk. Non-alcoholic and packed with gutfriendly bacteria, flavours include Citrus Hops; Sparkling English Rose; Ginger; Strawberry & Black Pepper; and Lemongrass. labrewery.co.uk

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Lickety Ice Gourmet, handcrafted ice lollies. Packed full of delicious natural ingredients and real fruit – grown here in Suffolk whenever possible. Soon to be encased in entirely compostable packaging, they are the perfect feel-good treat. Mouthwatering seasonal flavours include blackberry and pear swirl; strawberry cheesecake; lemon, lime and ginger; and plums and English custard. licketyice.co.uk

Niche Cocktails Based in Melton, Niche Cocktails offer premium classic cocktails in a can – with a niche twist. Made locally with all natural ingredients, this is mixology made easy. We recommend stocking up on the mocha martini, matcha mojito, wild strawberry daquiri or the manuka honey whiskey sour. nichecocktails.co.uk

Simon’s Table Calling all marmalade lovers – Simon’s Table makes a rich, dark and tangy marmalade that is perfect on toast, a croissant or with cheese. This unique marmalade is also infused with gin to create a Marmalade Gin Liqueur, which is complemented further by Simon’s wife, Nicola’s, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread. simonstable.co.uk

Smally’s Biltong Founded in 2015 after a two-year trip to South Africa, Smally’s Biltong have brought the popular dried beef snack known as biltong to East Anglia. Using local, ethically-sourced beef, products include chilli biltong, peri peri droewors and Smally’s own original biltong. All the products are available on subscription so you can get your biltong fix all year round. smallysbiltong.com

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Syms Pantry If you like bacon, you’ll love the condiments on offer from Syms Pantry. Using Suffolk bacon, their relish, mayonnaise and mustard all work beautifully as an addition to anything you’d usually eat bacon with, or as a great way of adding extra flavour to bland dishes. symspantry.com

Truly Traceable This award winning husband and wife team, Lynn and Steve Tricker, produce amazing artisan sausage rolls and venison and game pies. As the name implies, the fillings for their pies and sausage rolls are fully traceable. They can guarantee this on the grounds that all the venison and game is shot by Steve, who is fully qualified in deer management, as well as being a fully qualified butcher. The selection on offer is top notch, pies don't come better than this. trulytraceable.com

Valley Farm Vineyards With over 3000 vines producing award winning wines including a sparkling rosé and a richly aromatic and floral this single estate vintage Pinot Gris, it is definitely worth checking out this excellent Suffolk producer. valleyfarmvineyards.co.uk

STILL PECKISH?

Tuck into some street food while you’re wandering the stalls:

Burger Jam Serving messy gourmet burgers from a converted vintage horsebox.

Fitzroys Homemade vegetarian and vegan food using local produce where possible.

Los Churros Amigos Freshly made vegan churros using ethically and locally sourced ingredients.

Peck Suffolk-reared, buttermilk fried chicken – in buns, as tenders or wings.

Tuk-In Street Cantina Slow-cooked pulled meats in pretzel buns, loaded halloumi fries and sides, all served from a Tuk Tuk.

Wright’s Posh cheese toasties and salad boxes. All ingredients are home grown or locally sourced.

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from King’s Cake Emporium is a selftaught home baker who spends her free time creating delicious, fantastically decorated treats for special occasions. One day she’ll open her own bakery, but for now, she’s sharing her baking tips, tricks and know-how with Places&Faces. What to do with a “giraffey” banana? No, I haven’t gone crazy. Think of the pattern that appears all over on the long-necked animal and then think about a banana that has sat in your fruit bowl for quite a while and you may see the resemblance. This delicious recipe will be the end of those over-ripe bananas going to waste.

INGREDIENTS: Makes approx 8-12 muffins • 120g self raising flour • 120g sugar • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • Pinch of salt • 100g chopped milk/dark chocolate • 1 beaten egg • 120g melted butter • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 2 very ripe bananas

METHOD: Heat your oven to 180˚C/Gas mark 4 and line a muffin tin with muffin cases. Sift the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl, then stir in the chopped chocolate. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients. Add in the egg, melted butter and vanilla extract. Give this a gentle mix through. Mash the bananas and stir into the mixture. Don’t worry if you have some lumps, this is the texture we are looking for. Divide the mixture out between your muffin cases. Should you have a third “giraffey” banana laying around, top each filled muffin case with a piece of sliced banana and give it a brush with some melted butter. Bake for around 25-30 minutes until firm. Give them 5 minutes to cool in the tin before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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tapas MasterChef 2021 quarter finalist Michele Rodriquez-Wise cooks up some tasty tapas dishes... Michele is a creative and innovative designer by trade whose passion for food, family and design all stem from her warm Spanish heritage. Having grown up with creative parents, Michele has experienced different cultures and worlds and applied all of those to her exquisite repertoire of dishes. Michele’s passion for food, wine, hotels and restaurants is something she grew up with. Her parents came from the hotel and restaurant industry, running their own restaurant for over 30 years in Valencia, Spain where her elderly mother still lives today. More recently, Michele appeared on series 17 of MasterChef where she battled the competition to make it to the quarter finals. Her dishes were loved by many, with TV personality Greg Wallace stating "It's a very brave thing to do, and in that I'm quite impressed" following Michele's first ever attempt at a Thai curry without using curry paste. Having five daughters and two dogs, Michele understands how a home needs to function in order to satisfy everyone – and these tapas dishes are sure to do just that. 34

Clams

with white rioja & serrano ham INGREDIENTS: Serves 2 as a starter or 4 as a tapas dish • 1 kg of clams (preferably fresh) if not frozen (thaw before cooking) • 100ml of olive oil • Small white Spanish onion or shallot finely chopped • 4 large garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped • 150ml of white rioja wine (or dry white wine) • 6 slices of serrano ham (one small packet) • 1/2 tsp of hot pimenton (Spanish spice normally in small tin) or paprika • 1/2 tsp of sweet pimenton • 1 tsp of plain flour • Garnish with small handful of chopped flat leaf parsley

METHOD: Soak fresh clams in a large bowl for approximately 20 minutes in cold water so that all the grit can be released. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Please discard any that don’t close after tapping firmly with a metal spoon as well as any that are broken. Heat the oil in a large deep-frying pan with a lid on a medium heat and fry

the finely chopped onion and garlic for approx 5 minutes. Do not over cook or brown; the onions should be transparent. When cooked add the chopped ham and cook for a further 2 minutes. Keeping it at a medium heat add your pimenton spices and the flour and stir constantly for approximately 30 seconds. Now add your white wine ensuring you are stirring all the time. The wine will fizz, keep stirring until all ingredients come together. Drain the clams and add to the pan. Turn up the heat and stir or shake the clams vigorously making sure they have been mixed in well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper; don’t add too much as your clams are naturally salted and the salt from the ham adds an amazing flavour. As the clams cook they will release beautiful juices which will add to the sauce. Add your chopped parsley to the pan and then place on a tight fitting lid and cook on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes or until all of the clams have opened. If using frozen clams you may only need 2 minutes. Any clams that have not opened please throw away! Give it a last stir and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve into small bowls or individual dishes with some lovely crusty fresh bread and a glass of chilled white wine.


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with grilled manchego cheese & padron pepper INGREDIENTS: • 1 whole pork fillet, cut into 1cm slices • 2 tbs olive oil • 1 large French baguette  • 12 padron peppers   • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed  • 300gms manchego cheese or mature cheddar (grated or thinly sliced)   • Pimenton dulce (Spanish sweet paprika) for garnish 

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Potatoes

with spicy chorizo, red pepper & tomato INGREDIENTS: Serves 8

• 60ml olive oil • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into 1.5cm slices • 250g Spanish chorizo sausage sliced approx 0.5cm slices • 1 white onion, chopped • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped into strips, or roasted red peppers in a jar, sliced into strips • 3 cloves of garlic cloves, minced • 1 tsp pimentón dulce (sweet Spanish smoked pepper) or smoked paprika • 1/2 tsp of dried chillies • 120ml tomato passata • 1 fried egg per person if serving in large dish, alternatively 1 quail egg for a small tapas dish • Handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley

METHOD: In a large frying pan heat the olive oil for a few minutes, then add the sliced potatoes and sauté, stirring often, until pale gold and be soft in middle, approx 10-15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a dish. Add the chorizo to the pan and fry on a medium heat, stirring and turning often, until crisp and brown, about 3-4 minutes. If the mixture is a little dry add more oil in small amounts. Using slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to a dish. Add the chopped onion to the pan and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 15 minutes. Then add the garlic, pimentón and dried chilli; sauté until the onion has absorbed all the spices, then add the tomatoes and simmer for approx 8 minutes. Return the potato and chorizo to the pan and bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover tightly and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 -15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large serving dish or individual dishes. Fry eggs leaving yolk runny and serve one per person or portion. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve warm.

Take off any white sinue from fillet and slice into 1cm slices. Sprinkle sliced pork with salt and a little black pepper. In a medium non-stick frying pan heat oil to medium to high heat, add pork slices, you may need to do this in two batches. Fry the pork until browned nicely, turning frequently for approximately 3-4 minutes.  Turn heat down and add the garlic and stir until light golden brown. Leave pork to rest in the pan.   Add tablespoon of oil to a separate frying pan, bring to medium to high heat and add padron peppers, fry for approximately 2 minutes turning constantly. When the skin is opaque/ brown they are ready. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and place onto piece of kitchen roll.   Slice the baguette into 1cm slices and gently toast either on griddle or grill until lightly golden.  Set the grill to a medium heat. Arrange the toasted bread onto an oven tray, on the top of each slice add a slice of pork fillet and then place cheese on top of the pork. Pop under grill until the cheese has melted and is gently bubbling. Quickly remove from grill pan and arrange on a serving dish. Add one patron pepper on top of each portion and secure with cocktail stick. Lightly sprinkle with pimenton and serve. 35


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Focaccia

INGREDIENTS: Serves 6-8 • 500g strong white bread flour • 7g sachet fast action yeast • 2 tsp fine salt • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 375ml lukewarm water • 1 tsp of Maldon salt • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved • 5 sprigs of rosemary • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to serve

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Spanish Paella

with Monkfish, Prawns, Squid & Mussels INGREDIENTS: Serves 6

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• A large pinch of saffron strands

Start by placing the flour into a large bowl. On one side of the bowl add the yeast and the on the other side add the fine salt, then mix everything together with a wooden spoon until combined. Create a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the lukewarm water and 2 tbsp of olive oil, and then mix until you have a sticky dough. You can either knead this on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes, or you can do this in an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment – knead until the dough is smooth and slightly less sticky. Once kneaded place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave in a warm place and allow the dough to prove for 1 hour until it has double in size. Preheat the oven to 200˚C. After the dough has proved, knock the air out by kneading it again briefly and deflating it. Grease a 25 x 35 cm baking tin with olive oil. Pull and stretch the dough so it roughly fills the bottom of the tin, then place the tea towel back over it and leave it to prove once again for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes your dough is ready to top. Use your fingers to make dimples in the top of the dough and to help spread it into the corners of the tin. Dot the cherry tomato halves across the top and then add small sprigs of the rosemary in and around them. Drizzle over 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt. Place into the hot oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top and the tomatoes have softened and charred slightly. Remove from the oven and drizzle over the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to soak into the warm bread. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin and slicing up whilst still warm. Serve with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip the bread into.

• 500ml chicken stock

Place the saffron in a glass with 1 tbsp water and allow it to steep and infuse. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a paella pan, then add the finely chopped onion and red pepper with a pinch of Maldon salt. Cook the onion and pepper for 5 minutes until softened, then add the crushed garlic and chorizo. Fry this for a further 3 minutes until the garlic is softened and the chorizo is sizzling and fragrant. Next add the smoked paprika and the paella rice. Stir this so it is well mixed with the other vegetables and chorizo and gently fry for a couple of minutes. Next add the white wine and allow this to bubble and mostly cook away before adding the chicken stock, saffron water and chopped tomatoes. Season the mixture with Maldon salt and cracked black pepper, mixing to combine. Now allow the mixture to bubble simmer for 5 minutes before dotting in the monkfish pieces, and then leaving to cook for a further 5 minutes. After 5 minutes mix in the squid rings and tentacles, the frozen peas and the prawns. Allow these to cook for 3 minutes before finally adding the mussels to the top of the pan. Loosely cover the pan with tin foil and allow the mussels to steam and open up – this should only take 2 minutes. Once all the seafood is perfectly cooked you are ready to serve. Top the paella with the chopped parsley, a final pinch of Maldon salt and the lemon wedges to be squeezed over. Bring the whole pan to the table to serve your guests.

• 100ml white wine • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 100g chorizo, diced • 2 tsp smoked paprika • 250g paella rice • 4 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped • 1 tsp Maldon salt • Cracked black pepper • 200g monkfish, diced into chunks • 6 large prawns, shells on • 2 squid, cleaned, body cut into rings and tentacles kept whole • 12 mussels, scrubbed clean • 50g frozen peas • A small handful of parsley, chopped • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

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into autumn, our attention turns to crisp strolls in the countryside, roaring log fires and hearty roast dinners. The cooler weather is no reason to stop enjoying the vast amount of great outdoors activities that Norfolk and Suffolk offer however; in fact, this is an ideal time of year to don your gilet, pop on your walking boots and get stuck in to some of these seasonappropriate country pursuits.

Clay pigeon shooting Activate your inner marksman and spend a day in the fresh air trying your hand at this historic and traditional sport. Fear not, no actual pigeons will be involved; instead you’ll take aim at clay targets fired from a machine or ‘trap’. The perfect way to release some stress and indulge in some healthy competition with your shooting companions, clay pigeon shooting is no longer just an activity for old boys and stag dos – anyone is welcome to have a go. For a fun-filled experience and expert instruction, head to The Big Shoot in Thetford, where you’ll be given personal tuition to ensure you’ll be smashing every clay sent your way in no time. Spectators are also welcome if anyone in your party doesn’t fancy taking part. If you’re in Norfolk, head to the aptly named Clays For Days, which is set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads and promises to be the next best thing out of the real shooting season. thebigshoot.co.uk claysfordays.com

Horse riding There’s nothing better than gently clip-clopping your way through a rural idyll or along one of our fine beaches in the golden autumn sunshine. Get in the saddle with Pakefield Riding School, which offers lessons, pony parties, riding holidays and activities to suit all equestrian enthusiasts and abilities, including a session of riding for the disabled. The school also offers beach riding, allowing you to enjoy the sand and surf on horseback. Beginner riders of any age can be led along the shore by a member of staff, so even those with no prior riding experience can trot their way through their first hack. Heading across the county, Lakeside Riding Centre in north Norfolk offer off-road riding through woodland, fields and the Worstead Estate, so there’s no need to worry about cars. Although they mostly cater to intermediate or experienced riders, beginners are very welcome and will be safely shown the ropes – or reins. pakefieldridingschool.co.uk lakesideridingcentre.com

Deer & wildlife safari Hop aboard Holkham’s tractor-trailer for a whistle-stop tour around its deer park. Sit tight while the knowledgeable guides tell you all about the resident herd of Fallow Deer that call Holkham home. Learn all about their habits, behaviours and characteristics and how to recognise a doe from a buck – during this period of the year it might be easier than usual! This is also the perfect time to witness the rut as the deer enter their breeding season. As the tour trundles through the park, look out for signs of life on the lake and in the famed big skies too. If you’d like to explore the park and its inhabitants further, there’s a full day guided walk around the reserve on offer. The route covers all types of habitats between Holkham and Burnham Norton – so sensible footwear and dressing for all weathers is advised – and focuses on birds, invertebrates, wildflowers, plants, fungi and trees. You’ll also learn about the history of the nature reserve and how the land is managed. holkham.co.uk 41


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Wild swimming Of course, there are many hundreds of miles of coastline here in which to frolic, but wild swimming in our counties’ myriad peaceful rivers and Broads has exploded in popularity in recent years. Provided you are a confident swimmer, the benefits of freshwater swimming are great for both physical and mental wellness, so it’s certainly worth braving a dip. Plus, at this time of year, the water tends to still be relatively warm after a summer of sunshine. So, where’s best to go if you fancy a paddle? Santon on the Little Ouse near Thetford offers a pretty chalk stream that runs through the forest for the ultimate peaceful swim. City-based swimmers can get their fix in Norwich at Anderson’s Meadow, which is accessed opposite the Eagle Canoe Club. There’s ample space here for serious swimmers, casual bathers and canoes. On the Norfolk/Suffolk border at Outney Common near Ditchingham you'll find a 3km stretch of the Waveney meandering around open countryside with excellent water quality; drift along, admire the scenery and wave to the cows.

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If the thought of dragging yourself for yet another walk after a year of lockdowns makes the whole family sigh, we have the solution. It’s hard not to enjoy a stroll when you’re leading a friendly, fluffy alpaca! This unique and entertaining experience is offered by Alpaca Trekking, who take groups of humans and alpacas for strolls along the bridleways and stunning coastal paths of Wells-next-the-Sea and Stiffkey. Take in the views across the saltmarshes to the sea as your guide tells you all about the history of this beautiful coastline. Tracks and pathways may be uneven so make sure you wear suitable footwear and clothing. Treks can be from one to three and a half hours in duration, so you may want to bring along a picnic to stop and munch on if you opt for a longer trek. Don’t forget to pack some chopped apples to feed your charge at the end of the walk! This quirky group of alpacas are highly trained, so this is a safe and suitable day out for all ages. alpacatrekking.co.uk

Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, TheCanoeMan's Woodland Activity Centre offers a range of woodland capers, from wildlife walks through to archery, bushcraft and more. For the ultimate family adventure, give his Swallows and Amazons activity day a go – there are two dates in September and October to choose from. The day starts with a canoe journey to the main activity site, Big Wood, while keeping a look out for the wildlife that lives along the riverbank. Once at Big Wood you will be taught the useful arts of bushcraft; learning to light fires without matches or lighters; backwoods cooking; plant and tree identification and more. After a packed lunch, there’s an opportunity to further explore the woods before an afternoon archery session – find out who amongst you is the next Robin Hood. The day ends with a canoe journey back to the start point with further opportunities to get close to the river Bure’s resident wildlife. thecanoeman.com

Is there a more perfect seasonal activity than foraging for fungi? The UK is home to 15,000 species of wild mushroom or fungi, and knowing which ones can safely be picked and eaten is essential. Join Holkham’s Nature Reserve Guide to explore the surrounding pinewoods and dunes, which play host to some rare and fascinating fungi, including the elusive Tiny Earthstar and the fantastically named and shaped Dune Stinkhorn. The walk is suitable for adults and children aged 12 and over and lasts for around three hours. Tickets includes parking and a well-earned coffee and cake at The Lookout after the walk. TheCanoeMan also offers a full-day fungi forage. The course consists of a morning identification session at Little Plumstead Village Hall before heading to the woods to rummage through the undergrowth. You’ll then return to base and sort through your fungi findings and try to fathom what you’ve found using identification sheets, books and of course, the knowledge of the onhand experts. holkham.co.uk thecanoeman.com

Walks There’s no finer time to get outside and appreciate the countryside’s changing foliage, and no easier way of doing just that than to step out on a walk. Crunch your way through piles of burnt orange leaves, scour the ground for conkers and work up a thirst for a hot chocolate (or, if we’re going for the full autumnal experience, a pumpkin spiced latte) in a café before heading home. Whether you visit a peaceful forest or wood, a wide empty beach or rolling countryside, we’re spoilt for choice for places to stroll here. For coastal delights and seal-spotting, head to Blakeney National Nature Reserve. If you’ve got a dog’s legs to stretch too, Blickling’s 4.5-mile estate walk encompasses plenty of picturesque parkland, woodland and historical points of interest. As this is a particularly good time of year for birdwatching, it’s also worth a trip round NWT Cley Marshes or RSPB Minsmere to see if you can spot the migratory birds arriving or departing our shores before winter.


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Next day delivery is an amazing service. Aladdin would be stunned to witness that you can make anything you want appear... you'll just have to wait 24 hours if you have prime. The smartphone really is the new magic lamp to make all of our wishes come true. However the old adage is still ringing in our ears, "Be careful what you wish for."

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East Anglia has award-winners a plenty, with exceptional companies and artisans poring love and passion into their produce. Wine, sauces, pies, meats, art, jewellery, cheese... the list is as endless as it is diverse. Lazy shopping really is lazy shopping. Trawling the virtual mall from the sofa avoids leaving the house while you wait for the knock from the delivery driver. But the other weight is the one to watch. Is it really that much effort to head out and forage? We all need to up our step count so going the extra mile is worth the effort in many ways. Park further from the shop and march your way to better buys and a wonderful waist. Can you find it cheaper online? Is cheapest really best? What is the provenance of the super cheap items from these faceless outlets? At the end of the day it's down to personal choice, and how it fits in to your everyday. The most precious commodity on the planet is time. Heading off to the local farmers market may not fit with everyone’s school-run-office-juggle, so why not shop local online. Online doesn't mean abandoning the local cause. Shopping online from local suppliers is just as easy, you just need to use your head. Build up your local knowledge and be the 45

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ble Community Care has been in the same family for nearly four decades and now provides livein care services throughout the UK. Since 1980 we have provided care and have met with thousands of families who are seeking an alternative to moving into a residential care home. Meeting people inevitably leads, either at the time of an assessment or even years later, to questions for which people are looking for answers. Information around all aspects of care is available but the road to finding out, especially at a time of crisis, about specific factors can be difficult and stressful. Able Community Care receives calls and emails on a regular basis with people asking if we can help with their search for information. Recently these questions have been asked of us...

Angela Gifford, Managing Director of Able Community Care answers your questions...

Question: What are the emergency numbers we should all have to hand for when one occurs? Answer: The emergency numbers are: • 111 is when you need advice or medical treatment quickly, and you cannot wait for an appointment to see your doctor. • 999 this is the number for the emergency services - the ambulance, police and fire services. This is when there is a medical emergency – someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. • 101 is the non-emergency number for situations that do not require an immediate police response.

Question: I understand that new legislation says that all care workers and care professionals who come into any care home will need to have been vaccinated re Covid-19, but when is this from please? Answer: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 so that, from 11 November 2021, all care home workers and other visiting professionals will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an exemption or there is an emergency.

Question: Is it possible to purchase gift cards to use in opticians? Answer: Yes, Specsavers launched the first optical gift card in 2013 but now many opticians and other stores offer them. They can be used to purchase glasses, designer frames, sunglasses or contact lenses. Question: Who is eligible to receive a shingles vaccine and do you have to have one every year? Answer: The shingles vaccination is available to all people between the ages of 70 and 79 years. It is a one-off vaccination and can be given to you at your local GP surgery.

• 112 This operates exactly the same as 999 and directs you to exactly the same emergency call centre. The important thing about 112 is that it will work on a mobile phone anywhere in the world. • 119 is to book a Coronavirus test. • 105 is if there's an electrical emergency. Call 105 from your mobile or landline and the telephone service will automatically direct you to the network distributor's emergency number for your area. Longer number but still vital in an emergency: • Gas leak emergency Call the Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999

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Finance

Pension fraudsters prey on our concerns about financial market uncertainty. Carl Lamb shares some of the warning signs that you might be looking at a financial scam.

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fraud attacks are something that many of us see on a daily basis – calls, emails and texts supposedly from your bank or telling you that you’ve missed courier deliveries have become commonplace. Hopefully we are all now wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails or responding to people who try to get our bank details from us. However, pension fraud is perhaps less easy to spot and instances of attempted fraud have rocketed. Sophisticated scammers have redoubled their efforts during the pandemic and are worryingly convincing. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates the financial services sector, recently reported that fraudsters had targeted pension schemes to the value of over £2 million in the first five months of 2021. One of the most successful ways that fraudsters tap into their prey is to offer a free online pension review, advertised on the internet. A few quick questions later and you are being persuaded that they can help you grow your pension to a level not achievable in your current arrangement or access your fund early. You give them your hard-earned pension savings and they sail off into the sunset, never to be seen again – probably in a yacht bought with your money… There are some very basic steps you can take to protect yourself from pension fraud. Firstly, you need to understand that you cannot access your UK pension savings until you reach

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the minimum retirement age, which is currently age 55. If you take it out before then, you may be hit with a tax charge – even if fraudsters have run off with your money. You can move your pension savings from one UK pension

tempting you, imagine it being said in real life to you in the local pub. If you wouldn’t fall for the patter there, don’t fall for it online. I cannot stress too strongly how important it is to be vigilant and

One of the most successful ways that fraudsters tap into their prey is to offer a free online pension review, advertised on the internet. scheme to another, but it must into be a registered UK scheme. Secondly, you must ensure that the person giving you advice is a properly authorised financial adviser. You can check out the person and/or the firm they work for via the FCA website at www.register.fca.org.uk. Advice from an authorised adviser is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, giving you redress if anything should go wrong. In addition, the FCA website has a warning list of investments and opportunities that may be scams. A clear sign that you may be talking to a fraudster would be them putting pressure on you to make a quick decision. Time-limited offers may be fine for online shopping, but decisions about your pension should not involve offer deadlines. The FCA recommends an approach to possible scams which they call “flipping the context”. They suggest that if you see something online that is

cautious when looking at taking any action with your pension savings. If you want to explore improving your retirement planning, get advice from an independent financial adviser, ideally from a firm of Chartered Financial Planners whose name you know and trust. Any opinions expressed in this article are subject to change and are not advice. Any solution described may not be suitable for everyone. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. Smith & Pinching are Chartered Financial Planners. If you would like a no-cost exploratory review to discuss your investment planning with an adviser, call us today on 01603 789966 or email enquiries@smith-pinching.co.uk

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Inspiring Women

Inspirin women Conny Gilbert Rachel Gilbert talks to another local inspirational woman, who is a little closer to home...

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up, I never had to look far for an inspirational woman. I admired my teacher and lawyer aunts, and my doctor grandmother. Daily however, I looked no further than my mother, Conny Gilbert. Always pushing me and supporting me in every endeavour. I’m so grateful to have grown up with the most inspiring woman I know. Conny Gilbert didn’t reach her full potential in school, but she was always a determined fighter. In a career spanning 36 years, she rose from an administrative, technical assistant role, to subsurface management and senior reservoir engineer advisory roles. Her time spent in the oil industry moved her across several countries and two continents. Now, after moving from Houston, Texas back to Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk, Conny has decided to devote her time to something slightly slower paced — swimming teaching.  “I decided to leave the industry as it was harder to continue with my views on sustainability and climate change,” Conny said. “Although a lot of companies are trending towards renewable energies, I wanted to spend time doing something I love, and teaching children about water safety.” Conny is always looking for a new challenge or a way to stay busy. She completed her engineering degree with two young children at home while working full-time. Her husband Alan was studying for his degree at the same time. “We supported each other as a team throughout both of our careers. We always made choices that would support our family, and I knew that meant following Conny’s career to new opportunities,” Alan said. When I was little, I never understood what mum did for a job. I used to visit her office and draw different suggestions for how to find oil, although she never did take me up on the bucket and spade idea. What I did understand, however, was how much her team respected and admired her. 

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“You are only as good as your team,” Conny said. “You have to motivate everyone and support them where needed. Pushing for development and encouraging team building in different environments is key.” Some of Conny’s favourite memories involve team building: snowmobiling in Spitsbergen, Norway, clay pigeon shooting and sinking a canoe on the river Dee. I distinctly remember my parents arriving home from a team barbecue in chef hats and aprons, wielding a host of new memories. People would often ask me what my Dad did for a job, and I would proudly explain it was my mother who had taken us around the world. She was a role model for me and all of my friends growing up, many of whom were young girls dreaming of a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Although she would often be one of very few women in the room, Conny said she never felt pushback based on gender. At the start of her career, in Lowestoft, she only encountered one other female engineer, but was still pushed to success. Further on in her career Conny led a team of twelve with only three women, but pushed to recruit more. “A diverse team can only be a good thing as it will benefit everyone to bring different strengths, experiences and backgrounds to the team,” Conny said. Reflecting on her many years of optimising extraction, Conny decided her proudest moment was discovering the oil field, “Corvette.” She worked on the field from the discovery phase, through to presenting plans to the government and extraction — “it was great to see the project from the very start and follow all the way through,” she said. One of Conny’s favourite aspects of her job involved mentoring young engineers of all genders and backgrounds. She has proudly watched her mentees rise to success, with one now heading up Shell Norway.  Conny’s mentoring always extended far beyond her office walls. Teamed up with my Dad, she would regularly cart my brother and I between swimming training, riding lessons, theatre clubs and maths clubs (I wasn’t cool, I know). She always pushed us the perfect amount to keep going and achieve whatever we set

our minds to. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” mum used to quote to me regularly. Now she has moved closer to home again, Conny has returned to her sporting roots. She comes swimming with me several times a week. When she isn’t giving me training orders, she is giving me a run for my money on sprint sets.  Conny recently completed a 2.4 mile open water swim race in a cracking time, but rather than take a break, she immediately turned her nose for Somerset and the practical portion of her level two swimming instructor certification.  “It is so important for children to learn how to swim, both for safety and for personal development,” Conny said. She will be teaching based off of her own experience growing up swimming for her home county. Although she is no longer in the field, Conny thinks it is important for more women and girls to follow in her footsteps and pursue STEM careers.  “There are too few women in these fields and they add a different perspective and dimension to the teams,” Conny said. “Although there are few women in STEM arena, they shouldn’t be put off because women typically excel.” Personally, I can’t think of a better person to take inspiration from — but there is no bias here.


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