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CONTENTS COVER STORY 28

Wayne Sleep loves being the bad guy

PERSONALITIES Helen McDermott gets ready for panto 122 Join Jonathan Wyatt and the Big Band this Christmas 22

FASHION AND BEAUTY 33 40 43 45 47 49

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How to sparkle this festive season Time to party! Have a very berry Christmas! Dazzling make-up for the festive season How to dress for dinner Time for something new

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Diaries at the ready for a decadent December! It’s panto season – oh yes it is! Half A Sixpence is great value for money

TRAVEL 72

Having a great time in Grenada

HOMES AND GARDENS 78 84 88

What to do in the garden this winter Could this be the perfect Cringleford property? Spread a little festive joy

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Mel Cook takes a look at the Norwich restaurant scene Happy times at Giggling Squid in Norwich Create some stylish canapés How to perfect your Christmas stuffing More foodie news and views Making waves at Yarmouth’s Imperial Hotel A delicious drink for December

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Win an amazing stay at Andover House

BUSINESS Make retirement plans today, advises Carl Lamb 101 Julian Gibbons on Article 50 99

MOTORING 102 Driving the business forward at Lings Hyundai Lowestoft 105 Get in gear for the winter weather 106 A close look at the Ford Kuga

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what’son From community carol concerts to family visits to Father Christmas, this month sees plenty of fabulous festive events

CORRIE’S CURLY IN THE COMMITMENTS One of Britain’s best-loved actors is set to star in the stage version of a movie classic and cult literary favourite heading to the Norwich Theatre Royal. From Tuesday November 29 to Saturday December 3 Kevin Kennedy, who also played Captain Hook in the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Peter Pan, will play Jimmy's Da as West End hit The Commitments provides pre-Christmas entertainment in the city. Box Office: 01603 630000; www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk MASTERS OF JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY A new exhibition is underway at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA in Norwich. Masters of Japanese Photography explores the work of three prominent contemporary Japanese photographers: Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe, and Kikuji Kawada and runs until Sunday, March 19, 2017. Entry £7/£6 concessions (free for Sainsbury Centre Members). www.scva.ac.uk 14

CLASSY CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saint Felix School in Southwold will be hosting a Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 9pm. Over 60 stalls including local produce, beauty products, arts and a wide range of crafts will be on sale. Festive refreshments including mulled wine, mince pies and cheese and wine will also be on offer. With plenty of parking on site, the Saint Felix Christmas Fayre is a chance to get ahead with your Christmas shopping and support local businesses. www.stfelix.co.uk

SANTA SPECIALS Head to Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 for a very special visit to Santa Claus. Father Christmas will arrive on his lawnmower at 11am and you can meet reindeer Comet and Blitzen before visiting the big man himself in his woodland yurt tucked away among the trees. Afterwards, why not head to the tearoom for hot chestnuts, hot chocolate, mulled wine and other seasonal fare? Plus live music and an elves' workshop with free Christmas crafts and face painting. £6.50 adults, £5.90 concessions, £7 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry) - booking essential. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk


TINY CHURCHES Scattered across the country, churches have been places of worship, comfort and inspiration for centuries. Intrepid traveller Dixie Wills’ book Tiny Churches is an ideal stocking filler. Published by AA at £16.99, this hardback book pays homage to 60 of Britain’s loveliest churches, proving that small really is beautiful.

ANIMAL MAGIC The Norwich UEA is known for hosting some great groups and the Super Furry Animals will be in town on Sunday, December 4 as part of their UK tour. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, Fuzzy Logic, which will be played in full and in order on the night, followed by the band's second album, Radiator. The tour also follows the recently released album Zoom! The Best Of Super Furry Animals 1995-2016, a collection of hit singles, album tracks, band favourites and recently discovered but previously unreleased gems. More at: www.superfurry.com/tickets COOKING UP CHRISTMAS Lego trains and Father Christmas will be among the main attractions at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as it opens its doors for the annual Christmas Fayre on Thursday, December 8 from 4pm to 8pm. Meanwhile, grown-up visitors will have the chance to see local celebrity chef Richard Hughes cooking some of his favourite Christmas treats in The Pod café. There’s something for all ages: a Christmas grotto, stalls selling books, toys, gifts, clothes and jewellery and seasonal food, along with live performances from Busybodies Stage School, the NNUH choir, Norwich Rock Choir and Norwich Hospital Radio. The Christmas Fayre will be raising money for the hospital charity and entry is free. www.nnuh.nhs.uk

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t’s panto time and dames and dancers, villains, genies and giants are all set to tread the boards at theatres across the region. With lots of slapstick fun, cringe-worthy jokes, songs and happy-ever-after endings, the festive pantomimes are favourites with audiences of all ages. From celebrity names through to amateur performers, all donning garish costumes and OTT make-up, performances of Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan are among the unmissable shows. Here we take a sneak preview of what you can see soon at some of the major theatres across the region.

ALADDIN Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston Wednesday, December 7 until Saturday, December 31 Box Office: 01493 662832 www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk – The ever-popular story of Aladdin, a genie and a magic lamp is brought to life in a 18

traditional festive family pantomime format with lively songs, stunning scenery and the inevitable slapstick with Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee. Among the cast is local newsreader Helen McDermott (see the in-depth interview on page 22). And for the grown-ups, the Pavilion Theatre adults-only panto – Jack and his Big Stalk – runs from Friday, December 16 to Friday, December 23. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Marina Theatre, Lowestoft Tuesday, December 13 until Sunday, January 1 Box Office: 01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk A journey back in time to bring you the enduring love story Beauty and the Beast, the tale of a French girl whose selfless love for the Beast breaks the spell cast upon him and transforms him back into a handsome suitor. The cast includes Jeremy Edwards (Hollyoaks and Holby City) as lothario Gaston and sees the return of Lowestoft’s panto favourite Terry Gleed as the loveable French Freddy. With 30 performances, this

promises to be a spine-tingling, foot-tapping, hand-clapping Christmas cracker of a show. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Friday, December 2 until Sunday, January 15 Box office: 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org – A traditional family pantomime written by Chris Hannon and directed by Karen Simpson, this production takes the audience on a journey of enchantment and magic in one of the most-loved fairy tales. Set in the depths of Beastly St Edmunds, the story of Beauty and the Beast features much music, wonder, fun and laughter. CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2016 Hippodrome Circus Great Yarmouth Shows on December 10-11, 17-24, 26-31 and January 1, 2, 7 & 8 Box Office: 01493 855172 www.hippodromecircus.co.uk –


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pantomime time Now in its 16th year, this festive show features fun, thrills and excitement for the whole family and is guaranteed to amaze with an array of international artists including the Globe of Death with daredevil motorbike riders from Brazil. There are dancers, swimmers, acrobats and a large children’s group from Dance Estelle plus Jack Jay hosting the fast-moving dynamic show, with outstanding lighting, sound and special effects. CINDERELLA King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Friday, December 9 to Saturday, December 31 Box Office: 01553 764864 www.kingslynncornexchange,.co.uk – Live music, stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers bring this popular pantomime to life as Cinders is left at home while her ugly sisters go to the ball. However, with a little help from her Fairy Godmother and buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life is about to unfold in a production starring EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas as Prince Charming. THE CROMER PIER CHRISTMAS SHOW 2016 Cromer Pier Shows throughout December 01263 512495 www.cromerpier.co.uk – Now in its 12th year, The Cromer Pier Christmas Show returns with a whole heap of festive fun in the form of singing, dancing and speciality acts. Laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing dance routines and glitzy costumes, but also an exceedingly good value for money experience in a show lasting twoand-a-half hours.

GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Friday, December 16 until Saturday, December 31 Box Office: 01603 620917 www.maddermarket.co.uk – The Maddermarket Theatre’s Christmas production for 2016 is George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by Stuart Paterson. Directed by Peter Sowerbutts, this is a hilarious tale of a little boy who makes magical concoctions to replace his horrid grandmother’s medicine and features Charlie Frazer as George, Harriet Waterhouse as Mum and Daniel Fridd as Dad. HANSEL & GRETEL Norwich Puppet Theatre Saturday, December 17 until Saturday, December 31 Box Office: 01603 629921 www.puppettheatre.co.uk – The classic tale of a boy, a girl and a house made of gingerbread is recreated this

Christmas by Horse & Bamboo Theatre. Directed by Alison Duddle – with music from Loz Kaye – it’s a treat of a show; dark, chewy and delicious at heart, yet coated with a sprinkle of something light, sweet and zesty with succulent music and film, puppets and masks. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Theatre Royal Norwich Tuesday, December 13 until Sunday, January 15 Box Office: 01603 630000 www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk – Former Royal Ballet star Wayne Sleep makes his panto villain debut as Phineas P Stinkworth in this glittering production of Jack and the Beanstalk. The performance again features some familiar stars of the Theatre Royal panto in Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley, who will be joined by David Burlinn as of Jack Trottalot, with the part of Joleyn Hiccup played by Mira Ormala and David Gant cast as the Sheriff, Phil Hiccup. For an in-depth interview with Wayne Sleep, turn to page 28.

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PETER PAN Sheringham Little Theatre Wednesday, December 7 until Sunday, January 1 Box Office: 01263 822347 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com – Classic pantomime that will keep you young at heart, the stories that Wendy Darling tells her brothers John and Michael soon send them flying from London (via Norfolk) to Neverland thanks to the boy who refuses to grow up. There’s Tick and Tock the troublesome Crocs, the feisty fairy Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys in a show that features stunning costumes, huge production numbers and, of course, some fabulous high-flying. The show stars James Lavender as Miss Smee and Rik Warren (Starkey) with Neil Paris as the villainous Captain Hook. ROBIN HOOD St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth

Saturday, December 16 until Sunday, January 8 Box Office: 01493 331484 www.stgeorgestheatre.com – Lots of pantomime fun with slapstick, song, dance and laughter in a festive adventure with Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Starring Claire Welham as Robin Hood, Jimmy Catchpole as Friar Tuck, Gavin Dean as Will Scarlett, Emma Holt as Maid Marion and Dave Higgins playing a hugely-unpopular Sheriff of Nottingham. SLEEPING BEAUTY Ipswich Regent Saturday, December 17 until Monday, January 2 Box Office 01473 433100 www.apps.ipswich.gov.uk – Packed with sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, spectacular sets and

fabulous costumes, this production of Sleeping Beauty also features 3D projection and a live band. With 24 performances over the festive run, it stars soul legend Sheila Ferguson as the Wicked Fairy, sees Any Dream Will Do runnerup Keith Jack as the Prince, Mike ‘squeaky’ McClean as the Jester, and Ella Gilling from CBBC’s The Next Step as the Princess. THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Until Friday, December 23 Box Office: 01328 878477 www.thursford.com – The famous festive show near Fakenham is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. This all-singing, all-dancing Christmas extravaganza attracts visitors from across the country and boasts the biggest kick-line in the UK. Expect stunning costumes, carols and other fun festive songs, cracking Christmas jokes and daring dance routines set among fabulous, old-fashioned fairground rides. 21


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Helen McDermott Helen McDermott is as busy as ever. Besides her work as a regular TV host and newspaper columnist, she’ll also be appearing as the fairy in Aladdin, this year’s pantomime at the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre. She talks to Places&Faces® – ALADDIN is at The Pavilion Theatre Gorleston from Wednesday, December 7 to Saturday, December 31. Box Office: 01493 662832. www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk

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hat is your role in Aladdin? I’m the Spirit of the Ring – I start off as the cleaner and then the girl who’s meant to be playing it gets stuck on the Acle Straight so they ask me if I’ll take over the role which, of course, I do, reluctantly. But there is a surprise at the end of the pantomime as well, involving me, if people stay for the whole two hours (it’s only a two-hour show including a 20-minute break).

Are you looking forward to it? I am – it’s two shows a day and we do 42 shows, so I look forward to it with trepidation – will I be fit enough? And not get what they call ‘Panto Throat’. I sing it in as well, and you can end up losing your voice. The only day we have off is Christmas Day, that’s it – we work all the way through. It is hard work, but as other members of the cast are considerably younger, I say to them: ‘If I can do it, you can!’ It’s hard graft and you need your strength, but it is great fun, of course. For me it’s Christmas really; I’ve done pantomime for 40-plus years, so it just is Christmas for me. You also co-host The Mustard Show, write a newspaper column and are a director of Radio Norwich – how do you juggle it all? Well, I take time off from Mustard and the column to do the pantomime – usually, once I go into Panto Land, that’s it; with two shows a day, you can’t really do anything else and it’s like being in a completely different world. What you do have to be, and I am fortunate in that I am, I suppose, is very organised, with Christmas on top of it – there’s cards, there’s gifts, there’s all the Christmassy things. I get everything organised early, you have to really. Do you stay in Gorleston during panto season? I’ve got some friends who’ve got a house there and my sister lives there now in Gorleston, so I stay on and off – I commute or stay, it depends. Sometimes the weather can be really dreadful and that Acle Straight can be appalling. Pantomime – you can’t be late – we do children’s shows at 10.30 in the morning – well, I’ll leave at 7. Can you tell us about the children’s shows? They’ve all sold out actually and that is lovely, we get all these schools in, and it’s fantastic, because it’s the end of term for the schools and it’s a marvellous time for the children to let off a bit of steam. What do you do on Christmas Day? Fortunately Paul sorts out Christmas Day, which is the only day I have off, because I’m back again [doing the pantomime] on Boxing Day. We don’t actually do anything, what family I’ve got left we have round in the morning and a few friends, and we don’t go anywhere or do anything, because I’m just tired really. But Paul, bless him, Paul Barnes, he organises food and everything. And will that be with close family? Yes, all I’ve got is my sister actually, my sister and nephew and his wife and their daughter, I’m a great aunt (I don’t have any children), so yes… just my sister and family. Does Paul still do his radio show, The Late Paul Barnes Show, on BBC Radio Norfolk? Yes, this year, he’s actually doing his radio show, so Boxing Day, I’m off to a pantomime and he’s doing his radio show, as Boxing Day is a Saturday, so we’ll both be working this Christmas.

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alf a Sixpence is a total pleasure. Warm hearted, witty, romantic, touching, beautifully acted and sung and brilliantly danced. There's nothing not to like. It is the best musical of 2016. In many ways this should hold no surprise. The original was a big hit for Tommy Steele in 1963. This revival has already been acclaimed for its tryout in Chichester. And the creative team is led by Cameron Mackintosh, Julian Fellowes and songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe who had such a big international hit with Mary Poppins 12 years ago (now touring the UK). Half a Sixpence was originally a star vehicle for the man with the teeth Tommy Steele in 1963. Sixteen of the score's 17 songs by David Heneker were sung by him. It was effectively a one-man show with a cast of 20. Now Stiles and Drewe have done what they did for Mary Poppins, re-crafting and embellishing the bits that work, cutting the bits that don't, and adding lots more songs of their own. As Stiles notes in the programme: "There's hardly a bar we haven't interfered with in some way". The wit and warmth of the new songs is identifiably theirs. And Julian Fellowes, who wrote Downton Abbey in the period between this and their last collaboration, has written a skillful and charming book very much fashioned from the HG Wells novel rather than a mere tidy-up of the Beverley Cross script. Fellowes knows how to write about class. (As we’ll see in next month’s magazine, his ear for rock-obsessed contemporary American ten-year-olds is rather less adept on Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock.) Arthur Kipps is a well-meaning but down-at-heel young man in the early years of the last century who has had his eye on a well-meaning maid, Ann, since they were teenagers. When he comes into an inheritance from his grandfather things start looking up. He gains the interest of Helen, an attractive young woman of aristocratic heritage, as well as the self-interested approval of a motley crew of dreamers and chancers. But he makes an odd fit amongst the upper crust, 24


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as you would if you spoke like the Artful Dodger and found yourself amongst the cast of High Society. But, as so often in life, circumstances change and he changes with them. If you don't like musicals in which people learn the value of being true to themselves then you probably shouldn't be going to musicals at all. Kipps is played by Charlie Stemp, here getting his first West End lead and making his career with it. He is funny, charming and handsome and is an effortless dancer. He is ably supported by Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann and by the West End regular Emma Williams, most recently seen in the under-rated Mrs Henderson Presents and who first made her name as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 16 years ago opposite Michael Ball. She's joined by a fellow Mrs Henderson fugitive, Ian Bartholomew, who is just as charming and well sung as he always is. It's hard to believe he was Uncle Ernie in The Who's Tommy 20 years ago. Perhaps the ingredient that distinguishes Half a Sixpence most is Andrew Wright's choreography. There are as many dance sequences to be found here as in any current West End musical and he gives them all great wit and pizzazz. The opening number of the second half, Pick Out a Simple Tune, in which Kipps' enthusiasm for his banjo encourages a party of poshos to let their hair down and accompany him on cutlery, is an absolute dazzler. Fans of show dance may notice that one of the central passages is from Bob Fosse's Crunchy Grinola Suite and another in the same number is a re-boot of Susan Stroman's work on I Got Rhythm. Even so, it is as good a dance number as I've seen in any musical this decade. Despite running two hours 45 minutes (on the long side for a musical comedy) director Rachel Kavanaugh ensures that the interest and pace never let up. Lots of characters have their own moments, subplots weave in and out of each other; there's no sense of it being the original one-man vehicle and it is never self-indulgent. It has the efficiency and value for money that is the hallmark of its producer Cameron Mackintosh. Few would bet that it'll have a run to match the three decades apiece of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, but it deserves to be the hit that his last new musical, Betty Blue Eyes (also with Stiles and Drewe) disappointingly fell short of. This is a smashing night out. West End tickets are so expensive these days but this Sixpence is worth every pound. Half A Sixpence is at the NoÍl Coward Theatre on St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU. Box Office: 0844 482 5140. www.halfasixpence.co.uk 25


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here’s a new twinkle in the eyes of Wayne Sleep, and it’s all about the prospect of being the pantomime bad guy. The world-renowned dancer and choreographer is looking forward to adding a new dimension to his repertoire by starring as the villainous Phineas P Stinkworthy in Jack and the Beanstalk. “I’ve always been a Buttons-type character, cheeringup the kids or comforting Cinderella,” he tells me. “But this year I’m going to be FRIGHTENING the hell out of them… and I hope to do a very good job of it indeed.” His appearance at the Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday, December 13 to Sunday, January 15 marks a return to the city’s panto spotlight for Wayne after previously starring in Goldilocks and the Three Bears in 1984 and Aladdin in 1987. “This is actually the first time I have really played a ‘baddie’ in pantomime,” he adds. “But I won’t be too evil, so we are not going to frighten the children entirely because they might never come back to the theatre again!” Having appeared in more than 20 pantomimes, including as the genie of the ring alongside Priscilla Presley in Milton Keynes last year, he said: “The appeal of

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this role was simple; the opportunity of doing something new, something I had not done before. “But I always love being in panto, Christmas is not the same for me without it. And it is great to be back in Norwich. It has always had a reputation for doing pantomimes brilliantly and very traditionally; the writers always keep to the story and let it flow – so many pantos today fail to follow the storylines and have a cast which is on their own ego trip, but it is all about entertaining the audience.” Jack and the Beanstalk will again feature some familiar stars of the Theatre Royal panto in Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley, who will be joined by David Burlinn taking on the role of Jack Trottalot, and the part of Joleyn Hiccup being played by Mira Ormala. The show will also mark the return of David Gant to the panto cast as the Sheriff, Phil Hiccup. Wayne is thrilled at the prospect of being the “baddie” among them and enjoying the way the panto develops over its month-long run. “The great thing about pantomime is that it can always be different,” he said. “The audience is different with every performance, but you still have a great responsibility to give a tip top performance for every show. “Sometimes things go wrong, though you should never make it go wrong, but if it works and makes the audience laugh, then keep it in.” In the last few months, Wayne, 68, has been busy running dance workshops across the UK with Dame Beryl Grey – prima ballerina with Sadler’s Wells (now the Royal) Ballet from 1941 to 1957 – through which he continues to pass on his knowledge and passion. He also works to raise money for the Wayne Sleep Foundation, which provides scholarships to talented young people to further their dance and theatre training. 30


Dancer, choreographer and I’m A Celebrity… jungle competitor, Wayne won a Leverhulme Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School aged 13 and five years later joined the Royal Ballet Company and soon became a Senior Principal Dancer, despite his diminutive stature at only five feet two inches tall. In 1980, he formed his own company DASH, where the concept was to present dance to a wider audience using a mix of styles including ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. More recently, he has appeared in a wide range of TV and stage shows which, along with I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, include Celebrity Come Dine With Me and four Royal Variety Performances. West End acting credits have included Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ariel (The Tempest), Mr Mistofeles (Cats) and the Child Catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as well as choreographing a number of stage shows. He also famously danced with his close friend Princess Diana at the Royal Opera House in December 1985, was awarded the OBE in 1998, and is a patron of the Royal Ballet Organisation. But throughout 2015 and into 2016, events have taken a new turn. Having been diagnosed, and treated, for prostate cancer, he joined fellow celebrities Miriam Margolyes, Sylvester McCoy, Bobby George, Patti Boulaye and Jan Leeming in The Real Marigold Hotel – a real-life take on the recent films - where the cast was challenged to see if they could enjoy a better retirement in India. When I spoke to Wayne, in a small window in his packed schedule, he had just returned from Florida and was about to head off to Tokyo to film part of a Christmas special which was the follow up to The Real Marigold Hotel programmes. Despite jet-lag weariness, his blue eyes were piercing against a tanned façade as he spoke about how the series had transformed his outlook. “I loved it, it was a most wonderful experience, a travel show with a difference, living with real Indian families rather than staying in big hotels,” he said. “We met local people all the time and that was just so interesting.” From Jaipur, his journey had taken him to Agra and Varanasi and aroused a love of India that only those who are smitten enjoy – firing a desire to return and explore further. “I’m hoping to go back and go down to Kerala,” he revealed, “to do a retreat and find out about all of the things in life that I have never done before. “I have always been a fast-laner, my career has always been fast forward but now I want to go to somewhere that I can contemplate life and in India I have found a place where I can do that.” But before that, Wayne Sleep has to perfect a slightly meaner streak as he pirouettes his way into the villainous world of Phineas P Stinkworthy. Jack and The Beanstalk runs from Tuesday, December 13, to Sunday, January 15. Tickets are £7 to £23.50 with under-threes free. To book, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01603 630000. 31


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Adrianna Papell V Neckline All Over Sequin Gown £356 House of Fraser intu Chapelfield

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Phase Eight Collection 8 Azelia Tapework Full-Length Dress £325 John Lewis

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Revlon Nail Enamel in Raven Red £6.49 Boots

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Black 'Ember' embellished clasp clutch bag £60 www.dunelondon.com

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Vince Camuto Mitzy High Heel Sandals £95 Debenhams

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Ariella Venetia Sequin Long Dress £249 House of Fraser Intu Chapelfield

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Serene Faux Fur Scarf £69 Jigsaw

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Funk Necklace £79 Swarovski

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Jovani gown style 78450 £680 www.dress2party.net

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Quiz Gold Glitter Diagonal Envelope Bag £22.99 Palmers

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Gigi Leather Sandals £89 Phase Eight Various Stockists

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ACCESSORIES

Christmas

The beautiful colour berry is everywhere this season, there are so many shades to choose from and it’s a great alternative to black. Donna Titcombe has found a gorgeous selection in this lovely colour

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Dress £139.95 www.madelaine.co.uk

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Lordie Berry Leopard print border scarf £35 Dune Prices correct at the time of going to press. Items may be available from various retailers and prices may vary so please check online for a full list of local stockists

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Orla Kiely Textured Leather Jeanie Bag, Berry £360 John Lewis

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Watch with Berry coloured strap £22 Next

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Pia Rossini Kathy Suede Gloves in Berry £29 Denny of Southwold

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Shaker Berry Boots £160 www.lux-fix.com

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BEAUTY

party-perfect

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Chanel Sublimage Le Teint ultimate radiance generating cream foundation £98 Jarrolds

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The Christmas season is upon us so you need to be party-ready. Donna Titcombe has rounded up some of the best make-up products to take you through this magical month in style

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Bette £22 Jarrolds

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Clarins Mascara Supra Volume £21.50 Debenhams

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy sculpting blush £29 House of Fraser intu Chapelfield

Sisley Paris Phyto Eye Twist £29 John Lewis

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OPI Nail Lacquer Washington D.C. Collection, 15ml, Madam President £12.50 Various stockists

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Sisley Paris Phyto Lip Twist £29 John Lewis

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dress for

FASHION

dinner suits

Dinner

December is party season so you may need to think about buying a new dinner suit for the festive weeks ahead. Donna Titcombe has selected a stylish collection to help you dress to impress!

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Hugo Boss Stars Glamour Regular Fit Pure Wool Tuxedo £550 House of Fraser intu Chapelfield

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Llloyd Attree & Smith Liberty Print Dress Shirt with Bow tie £70 Denny of Southwold

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Edge Detail Peak Lapel Tuxedo £700 Hackett

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Deakin & Francis Brushed Aluminium Jet Turbine Engine Cufflinks £180 Winsor Bishop

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Bertie Rhapsody Stitch Shoe, Black £90 John Lewis

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MEN'S ACCESSORIES

time for a

new watch?

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Watches are a reflection of style and finding the perfect time piece is a priority for most men, Donna Titcombe has selected this range which is both practical and stylish to complement any outfit

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Regent L Chrono RGP Black £750 Links of London

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ON THE MENU FOR CHRIsTMAS Virginia Woolf said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” I couldn’t agree more, says Melanie Cook of VisitNorwich

Pictures: BISHOP’S DINING ROOMS & WINE BAR

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e perhaps unconsciously look at enjoying a meal with a more considered view at Christmas. We look for something special; in fact, many elements need to marry to create a wonderful, seasonal “event”. For many, Christmas evokes a need for getting together. Television ads are full of family get-togethers; everyone talking over each other, tucking into huge platefuls of steaming winter food. Festive films and shows present romantic, softly-lit meals whilst groups of friends gather for casual lunches and fun nights out around a big table. Norwich is a lively and festive, atmospheric city to enjoy all of the above and more. This is a cosmopolitan hub with a diverse choice of places to eat day and night; small and large eateries; pubs, cafés and restaurants. Norwich is also a city with an ever-evolving high standard food offer with restaurateurs constantly reinventing themselves and new venues opening on almost a weekly basis. The Norwich Lanes is a hotbed for stylish, intimate places to eat and drink. The Iron House in Pottergate is a great example of a restaurant expanding its horizons. Its recently-added bar, set against an exposed brick wall, looks like it’s been there forever. Everyone is positively encouraged to meet here for a drink before heading out and it’s a lovely place to enjoy a pre-meal tipple before settling down at a table for lunch or dinner. Still in the Norwich Lanes, Bishop’s Dining Room and Wine Bar is another welcoming small restaurant with a bar. Styled in whites and nudes, it’s understated, relaxed, European elegance at its best. Bishop’s is a lunchtime choice for the girls but equally appealing for couples and larger groups. As night falls, soak up a candlelit, intimate atmosphere with tables covered in crisp, white tablecloths. The local produce menu includes dishes such as roasted partridge with chestnut mushrooms; butter poached fillet of hake with chick pea, tomato and saffron casserole; and warming stem ginger and treacle tart.

Norwich Cathedral Quarter is one of the most historic parts of the city with Tombland being home to a cluster of restaurants. The newest kid on the block, the playfully-named Giggling Squid, is a great Thai restaurant (see the full review on pages 52 and 53). The business started in 2002 by husband and wife team Pranee and Andy Laurillard from humble beginnings in Brighton, a restaurant in a tiny fisherman’s cottage, which remains there today. Lunch is fragrant Thai tapas with a mix of traditional and well known plates; try sleeping honey duck and prawn salad with spicy lemon dressing; in the evening dip into ‘DIY Bundles’ and ‘Seafood Streetfood’. Keeping with a street food theme, Namaste India is a tiny, bustling canteen-style vegetarian restaurant in Opie Street (with regular queues out of the door). Whether you’re veggie or not, grab a table! The food is tasty and it’s hard to choose from the menu, so I recommend allowing your waiter to choose for you. Namaste recently branched out, opening a new, larger restaurant – Namaste Village, on Queens Road – perfect for that big group of friends that previously would have squeezed into the Opie Street alternative! Returning to Virginia Woolf, your dining experience must be a good one to be able to think, love and sleep well. It’s not just about the food; it’s about the combined service, ambience, company and conversation too. When it all comes together it’s the most delightful dining and Norwich, in my view, is one of the most delightful cities in which to enjoy it. For more information visit: www.visitnorwich.co.uk & www.cityofstories.co.uk/tag/christmas Which Norwich restaurant would you recommend? Follow @PlacesandFaces on Twitter and let us know!

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urant Giggling Squid New Norwich Thai resta od that’s bound to fo is serving fabulous festive kins previews some At produce a smile. Carolyn as dishes on offer of the delicious Christm When I look back on my trip to Thailand – many

years ago – plenty of things stand out: the amazing beaches, attractive temples, wonderful weather, fabulous markets and great hospitality, but the highlight of them all was definitely the food. With its attractive presentation, delicious herbs and spices and use of indigenous produce such as lemon grass and coconut milk, Thai food is, in fact, my favourite food of all and, done well, is probably the best cuisine there is. So it was fascinating to hear that a new, quirkily-named Thai restaurant, Giggling Squid, has opened in Norwich and that the dishes on offer include many of this attractive country’s famous staples, such as grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce, Thai green curry and, my favourite, Pad Thai. Set on Tombland in the Norwich Cathedral Quarter, Giggling Squid occupies the two-storey, Grade II-listed premises that were previously home to La Tasca, and the new restaurant has plenty of space, thanks to a roomy ground floor and a much bigger upstairs that is perfect for Christmas parties. With plenty of wood panelling, a wooden floor and some attractive, flower-filled trellises and windowsills, this 160-seater restaurant is impressive, pleasant and welcoming and when we visited, on a wet Wednesday evening in November, the greeting was warm and genuine, and the

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cheery, bright interior made a welcome change from the wet and windy, cold weather outside. We were there to try the Christmas menus and lucky enough to have a sneak preview of what will be available at the restaurant over the festive season - from November 24 to December 26 inclusive (closed on Christmas Day itself ) - with the menus available to view online at: www.gigglingsquid.com. The Norwich venue is one of 17 Giggling Squids around the country, which are owned by husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard who named the company after the nickname of one of their three children. On the launch of the new Norwich site, Pranee commented: “We’ve had our eye on Norwich for a while now. It’s clear that there’s a vibrant, buzzing food scene, and we think our fresh take on Thai cuisine will go down really well. We’ve just been waiting for the right location to come up.” The premises are certainly impressive, located just 200 yards from Norwich Cathedral and boasting an attractive central staircase and ornate windows, as well as some interesting mirrors and a book-filled snug area upstairs. There’s also a large outdoor area which will open when the warmer weather returns next spring. But back to the festive season and there are two Christmas evening menus, one at £24.95 and another at £29.95, along with a tapas-style Christmas lunch menu (served until 5.30pm) at £18.95. The first evening menu includes prawn crackers on arrival, a starter, main course and dessert, while the second option also includes a glass of Giggling Christmas Spritz. Both of the evening menus looked appealing, but we decided to go for the second one as, having looked at the dishes on offer, there were a few on the £29.95 menu that particularly caught our eye.


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giggling squid I started with Prawn Tom Kha – a creamy soup made from coconut milk, Thai herbs, mushrooms and chilli - while my husband, Miles, chose the duck spring rolls; both were prettily presented on pre-heated plates and looked and smelt inviting. The fact that both starters disappeared very quickly speaks volumes and we were soon looking forward to our next course – sautéed salt and pepper prawns for me and grilled sirloin steak wok-fried with fresh garlic and chilli and basil sauce for Miles. Both dishes came with rice and four different varieties were offered - jasmine, sticky, egg fried or coconut - with the portions served in bowls on the side. My salt and pepper prawns were hot, salty and very tasty, while Miles enjoyed his steak, although the copious amount of red chillies rendered the dish a little too hot for his liking (we discovered later that customers can ask for their dishes to be as mild or as spicy as they like, so we'll know that for next time). The steak was also very hot temperature-wise, arriving sizzling at the table in a foil-lined dish, and again we were pleased to find that our plates had been warmed through beforehand for maximum effect. Thailand isn’t known for its desserts, but Giggling Squid has got a good choice, with Miles opting for caramelised mango cake with vanilla ice cream, while I chose two unusual flavours from the ice cream and sorbet selection: the rather subtle black sesame ice cream, which is exclusive to the Giggling Squid chain, and the refreshing lemon grass and basil sorbet. We sat downstairs by the one of the windows and our section was busy with a variety of customers; some clearly business people and others simply friends and family treating themselves to a night out. All of the food was attractive but, unexpectedly, the pièce de résistance was, in fact, the tea. There were a number of different types of tea on offer as well as a wide choice of coffee, but I chose the intriguing-sounding Flora “Flowering” tea (£3.50) – hand-made lotus flower and jasmine green tea which arrived in a clear glass teapot with a bulb on the side. We were instructed to place the bulb in the teapot and to leave it for a few minutes without stirring – the bulb then opened to produce a flower which flavoured the water slightly, resulting in a subtly-flavoured, cleansing sort of tea. All the dishes are freshly prepared in the kitchen by talented Thai chefs and the fabulous flavours reminded me of my time in this fascinating Far Eastern country. Giggling Squid is good value and, as it’s located in the heart of Norfolk, now we don’t have to travel quite so far to satisfy our demand for authentic Thai food!

Giggling Squid Norwich

24 Tombland Norwich NR3 1RF Tel: 01603 667 341 .com norwich@gigglingsquid

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Humpty Dumpty Brewery

Dabs ‘n’ Crabs

Candi’s Chutneys

Still time to get unique Christmas gifts at Humpty Dumpty Brewery. Orders also being taken for beer boxes (8, 17 & 35 pints) to be enjoyed at home over the Festive Season. Shop is open Monday - Saturday 12 - 5pm until Friday 23rd December, then look out for some exciting new beers in 2017!

Christmas time is a wonderful time to include fish on the menu. Dabs ‘n’ Crabs can supply local cod, skate, herring, mussels and much more, including luxurious sides of hot smoked salmon, lobsters, prawns, scallops and all varieties of shellfish and smoked fish. To order your Christmas fayre, please drop by or call us on the number below.

Candi’s Chutneys are hand made in Norfolk, using the finest seasonal ingredients, all grown in East Anglia. Pop along to your farmers’ market or deli to try the award winning Parsnip and Chilli or the highly popular Norfolk Knobbly! The chutneys are perfect with cheese, great in cooking and delicious with cold meats.

A: Church Road, Reedham, Norfolk, NR133TZ T: 01493 701818 W: humptydumptybrewery.co.uk

A: Hemsby Road, Scratby, Norfolk, NR29 3PQ T: 01493 731305 Facebook: /DabsNCrabs

A: Unit 12, Bayfield Brecks, Cley Road, Holt, NR25 7DZ T: 07867 398517 E: candir1@aol.com

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Norfolk Veg Box

Sandringham Apple Juice

Throwers of Ludham

At Norfolk Veg Box we do exactly what it says on the tin – we deliver boxes of fresh, locally grown and produced food and drink. Our range of boxes include seasonal veg boxes, meat boxes and we also have a build your own option. With Christmas approaching we have just released details of our ever-popular Christmas Special Boxes and gift vouchers.

We produce eight varieties of apple juice in our own traditional Norfolk barn, with apples fresh from the trees. With no additives other than vitamin C to prevent oxidation, it really does taste just like the apples it was made from. It is served at Buckingham Palace garden parties and receptions and is available to buy online.

Stocked with over 50 types of cheese, nine varieties of olives and ham on the bone – why not give Throwers deli a visit? Many other local goodies in store include Letheringsett Watermill flour, local milk, How Hill honey, Lakenham Creamery ice cream, Brays pork pies, paté and much, much more. Throwers of Ludham… more than just a village store!

T: 01953 457393 E: info@norfolkvegbox.com W: www.norfolkvegbox.com

A: Orchards, Off Icknield Way, Flitcham, PE31 6BX T: Contact Andrew on 07810 310757 W: www.sandringhamapplejuice.co.uk

Andover House

Grosvenor Casino

Planet Spice

Cocktails served in vintage glasses, chilled Peroni on draft and sophisticated yet familiar food delivered with care. Extend your evening even further by booking into one of our brand new contemporary rooms. Doubles start from only £77 for 2! Andover House is for adults only so a lot of relaxation is guaranteed.

Enjoy a Christmas party night at Great Yarmouth’s Grosvenor Casino, including a three-course meal, learn how to play session and free £5 bet. Dates are available between 22nd November and 24th December, from £20 per person… book now so you don’t miss out! Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays.

We are an Indian restaurant in the heart of the countryside, providing exquisite, authentic and imaginative dishes to food lovers in the area. We are dedicated in our approach to healthy eating, using the highest quality, fresh, organic ingredients. Spices are freshly ground to maintain natural flavours and aromas.

A: 27-30 Camperdown, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JB T: 01493 843490 W: www.andoverhouse.co.uk

A: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JG T: 01493 850444 E: sm.gc-yarmouth@rank.co.uk W: www.grosvenorcasinos.co.uk

A: 2 Filby Lane, Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk, NR29 3JR T: 01493 731111 / 01493 731101 W: www.planetspiceormesby.co.uk

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ADVICE FROM ARTHUR HOWELL: BEAT THE LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS PANIC – ORDER YOUR TURKEY NOW!

as lots of nice, fresh straw underfoot. But remember, you need to order your turkey NOW to ensure you get a bird that’s the right size for your oven. The average 12lb turkey will feed 10 people (you should allow around 1lb of meat per person for Christmas lunch). The best turkeys are those which have been hung for between a week and 10 days before being dressed and refrigerated for the oven. Always buy your turkey from a traditional butcher or turkey producer, and when you place your order, ask them to remove the wishbone as this will make carving it much easier. Ask for the giblets as well because you can use them to make turkey gravy. But remember to remove them from the bird prior to cooking! On the day of cooking, ensure there is plenty of space in your fridge THERE’S NOTHING BETTER than sitting around the table with your so that air can circulate around the turkey. family on Christmas Day and tucking into a delicious, moist Norfolk Remove the turkey from the fridge a few hours before you plan turkey. That lovely white and brown meat, the crisp roast potatoes, the to cook it, and when calculating your cooking time, don’t forget to fresh veg, the pigs in blankets, the gravy… include the weight of the stuffing! But it doesn’t matter how well you’ve prepared all the Once cooked, give the turkey time to “rest” before ARTHUR HOWELL other trimmings; if you don’t buy the right size turkey – you start carving. Always use a very sharp knife, and, if BUTCHERS, 53 Staithe or you make a mess of cooking it –your guests won’t be possible, a fork with a guard to prevent the knife from Street, Wells-next-theSea, Norfolk, NR23 1AN coming back to your place for Christmas lunch next year. slipping. Make sure the plate you are carving on is placed 01328 710228 For your peace of mind, I thought I’d share my “Top on a non-slip surface. www.arthurhowell.com Turkey Tips” with you to ensure you emerge from the Remove the legs first – they will come off neatly at the – big day hailed as a master chef by your loved ones. joint near the backbone if you press down on the top of North Norfolk butcher Arthur Howell won a hatI source all of my turkeys from Maurice Clarke of the leg and then cut down gently with your knife. The trick of accolades at this North Elmham, near Dereham. Maurice has been leg should come away cleanly from the rest of the body year’s Farm Shop & Deli supplying me with the very best Norfolk birds for more at the joint. Show Awards 2016. Arthur than 30 years. Cut the leg in half at the base of the drumstick if you was named East Anglian Champion for the third His turkeys are reared in traditional “pole barns” with require two pieces. Then begin carving the breast above year running and he also high ceilings and wire-netted sides which provide plenty the wing, working towards the centre of the breast bone. picked up the coveted of fresh air and sunlight. If you follow my instructions carefully, you’ll not only Butcher of the Year The birds are not overcrowded, they enjoy protection deliver fantastic plates of food to your family for their big Award and was named Retailer of the Year 2016. from the elements and they have plenty of food as well Christmas meal, but they’ll also think you’re a genius!

You can try putting it to the back of your mind if you like, but Christmas is just around the corner and that means you need to order your turkey now!

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franck pontais Let our French chef Franck Pontais cook for your private dinner parties, and for those who really enjoy cooking, he also offers master classes, for all abilities, in your own home. More information is available at www.franckpontais.com

ROASTED QUAIL LEGS IN HONEY served with mascarpone and crispy kale Our talented French chef Franck Pontais shows us how to make some delicious different canapés, ideal for impressing your guests at Christmas-time! MAKES SIX CANAPÉS

INGREDIENTS

For the quail: six quail legs; 1tbsp Acacia honey; 2 tbsps mascarpone; 6 butternut squash peelings; 1 tsp parsley oil (see below); 1 tsp olive oil; few leaves salad cress; few leaves kale; 2 pinches table salt; 1 pinch ground white pepper For the parsley oil: blitz together a teaspoon of chopped, fresh parsley and two tablespoons of olive oil.

METHOD 1. Get the quail legs from your butcher and ask him to remove the first bone of each leg, leaving only the “end bone”. 2. Dry off the kale in a very slow oven at 80C for at least one hour or fry it in vegetable oil if you prefer. 3. Marinade the quail legs for an hour with the honey, olive oil and seasoning. 4. Take some peelings from the butternut squash (or carrot or parsnip if you prefer) and roast them in a hot oven, then place on one side. 5. Mix the mascarpone with the teaspoon of parsley oil and season to taste. 6. Cook the quail legs in a hot oven at 190C for eight to 10 minutes. 7. Serve the hot quail legs on the butternut squash peelings with some mascarpone cream and parsley oil, and garnish with the salad cress.

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| DECEMBER 2016

Richard Bainbridge

is the chef proprietor of Benedicts Restaurant in Norwich www.restaurantbenedicts.com info@restaurantbenedicts.com or call 01603 926080

‘TIs tHe SEasoN Award-winning Norwich chef

Richard Bainbridge is looking forward to Christmas, despite the pressures that the festive season can bring


FOOD & DRINK

© KATJA BAINBRIDGE

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CHrISTMAs STUfFING mIX When it comes to Christmas Day and the cooking of

lunch or dinner, small beads of sweat start to form on the top lip or the base of the back of men and women across the land, myself included. Everyone has amazingly high expectations of me at Christmas time, but on Christmas Day I will be cooking at home rather than at work where I have my incredible team around me to help me pull it all off. Christmas Day lunch or dinner is one of those occasions that is filled with mystery, folklore and old wives’ tales - about putting the turkey in the oven the night before the big day or leaving it outside two days before and so on. Everyone has a story or family tale to tell, but just remember one thing; you will be cooking people’s lunch or dinner just as you do throughout the year with no panic and dramas, so why should Christmas be any different?! My advice is to simply get yourself organised in advance, one to two days before. In the kitchen world we have a thing called “mise en place” which is basically a list of what jobs need to be done in what order and by whom. So sit down with a glass of wine and write your list a week

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 12 HUNGRY ELVES!

(Simply halve the ingredients for fewer guests)

· 1.2 kg sausage meat · 150g diced back fat · 75g chicken liver,

trimmed, cleaned and diced

· 50g chopped,

pre-cooked or raw peeled chestnuts

· 1 tsp French mustard · 5g sea salt

· 1 small shallot, chopped

· 2g white pepper

· 1 clove of garlic, sweated

· 25g chervil

down

· 100g cranberry sauce · 100g breadcrumbs

· 25g parsley · 25g tarragon (all herbs to be finely chopped)

before Christmas Day comes round and then get as much as you can done the day before - that way on the Big Day you can enjoy it as much as everyone else. However, having said all that, I expect I’ll be running around and sweating with the rest of you! Have a great time and don't forget to enjoy yourself – after all, it’s your Christmas too.

METHOD This special stuffing can be put together two to three days before, as long as everything is fresh when it’s made. Place all ingredients for the stuffing into a large bowl and mix well, and then fry a little burger of stuffing off to check for seasoning. Once you have checked that the seasoning is right, lay a large piece of tin foil out on the table and rub it lightly with salted butter. Then place the stuffing on the greased tin foil and shape it into a large, long sausage. Next roll the tin foil around the sausage to make an almost cracker- shaped parcel of Christmas joy!

When ready to cook, pre-heat the oven to 180˚C. Place the roll of stuffing into the oven and bake it for approximately 25mins. Check that it’s cooked through by piercing a cake tester needle through the middle of the sausage - if the juices run clear and the needle is hot to touch, then you are good to go. Again, this can be cooked slightly beforehand and kept warm until needed; when you’re ready to serve, just warm it through in the oven, then remove it from the tin foil and slice it or serve it whole next to your Christmas turkey or other festive meat. 59


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COCA-COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK IS ON ITS WAY! The holidays are nearly here and the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck will be in Norwich on Friday, December 9 as part of a 44-stop nationwide tour. The iconic red truck will be visiting The Forum in the heart of the city when Christmas shoppers will be able to take pictures, wander through a winter wonderland and claim a free, 150ml can of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. More at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/keep-on-trucking NORFOLK TABLE Looking for the perfect gift for foodies? How about Norfolk Table, One County, Twenty Chefs – a cookbook and food lovers’ guide by Tessa Allingham and Glyn Williams? Produced by Feast Publishing, this fabulous, 240-page, glossy, coffee table book includes a foreword by David Adlard and pays homage to Norfolk’s food heritage, with each of the 20 local chefs championing different local ingredients via stories, recipes and anecdotes. Priced at £19.95, it is on sale at Jarrolds in Norwich as well as all of the participating restaurants. The featured chefs include Fran Hartshorne from The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe, Eric Snaith from Tichwell Manor, Vanessa Scott from Strattons in Swaffham, Stephen David from The Fritton Arms, Stuart Tattersall from The Gunton Arms and Mark Dixon from Kindreds in Wymondham. More at: www.feastpublishing.co.uk 60

CUPCAKES & BUBBLES A new cupcake and champagne bar has opened on Timber Hill in the heart of Norwich. Owned by Tracey Watt and Pepe Ong, who have many years’ experience in the catering industry, Cupcakes & Bubbles serves all sorts of homemade treats and tipples from sandwiches, ciabattas, cakes and brownies to champagne and prosecco as well as “Rustic Afternoon Teas”. There’s also a retail area selling food-related gifts and sparkling wine. So if you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping in the city, why not head there to celebrate? www.cupcakesandbubbles.co.uk

ONE PLANET PIZZA A new vegan pizza company is grabbing a slice of the action and aims to be the UK’s number one vegan pizza brand within a year. Launched in November, Norwich-based One Planet Pizza aims to bring a high-quality vegan alternative to one of the most popular fast foods in the world. The company is producing a range of healthy and environmentally-friendly pizzas, and is partly funded through a crowdfunder supported by the community the company’s pizzas are created to serve. One Planet Pizza will also donate 10 per cent of its profits to charitable organisations as voted for by One Planet Pizza community shareholders. Mike Hill, one of the founders of One Planet Pizza, commented: “Our aim is to become the number one frozen vegan pizza brand in the UK within 12 months and within Europe by 24 months, and to bring the product into mainstream supermarkets, and we want our shareholders, or “veganestas” as we like to think of them, to help us do it.” More info at: www.oneplanetpizza.com

LEADING CHEF IS IN THE PICTURE! Leading chef and Places&Faces® columnist Richard Bainbridge can now offer guests their very own chef’s table thanks to the latest technology. Despite the limitations of a period property, a sophisticated hi-tech TV system from Hughes Home Tech has been installed at Benedicts Restaurant which connects the kitchen to a private dining room on the first floor, enabling Richard and his team to communicate with guests and tell them what’s happening. What’s more, the television used looks just like an ornate Victorian mirror when not in use. Richard Bainbridge said: “Originally we thought the system would only be used by ‘foodies’ who were interested in what was happening in the kitchen. But it has been perfect for presentations during business meetings in the room and even to entertain children during a family get-together!” www.restaurantbenedicts.com


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Then take a look at these top tips for cooking a turkey from Joe Cook at Morton’s Traditional Taste. Based in Skeyton in Norwich, Morton’s Traditional Taste offers farm-fresh, free-range Norfolk Black and Bronze turkeys, with orders now being taken for Christmas! ● First and most importantly – ensure you’ve got enough space in your oven. Forgetting about the sheer size of a 5 to 6kg turkey can leave you redfaced on the all-important day!

● Try cooking your turkey upside down! The Norfolk Black’s slighter higher fat ratio will drip down very nicely, leaving the rest of the turkey perfectly moist, succulent and tender.

● Use a thermometer. Turkey is usually cooked to an internal temperature of 70ºC. However, if you have a dry-plucked, dry-aged, high quality bird, you can cook it at a slightly lower 65ºC without any worries at all. ● Place a selection of vegetables and onions in the bottom of the tray as this will help you in making an excellent turkey-infused gravy with all the juices. ● Fan-assisted ovens have a tendency to dry out meat. Try brining your turkey and covering it in foil to keep it moist and succulent.

● Try slow roasting your turkey over the course of an entire night. You’ll have moist, succulent meat whilst freeing up the oven for more potatoes on the day! ● Give your turkey plenty of time to thaw out at room temperature before you even begin to cook.

● Don’t turn the oven up too high. Crispy turkey is a must have – but in the quest to make the skin nice and crispy over-cooking often happens, and nobody likes dry turkey! ● Before roasting, place your turkey in a bucket of cold water filled with spices, oranges, cinnamon sticks, salt and more. Throw in all sort of herbs and spices. Cover and leave overnight – you won’t be disappointed.

● When ready, baste with hot goose fat mixed with maple syrup – your dinner guests will be delighted. With thanks to: Morton’s Traditional Taste, Hall Farmhouse, Black Horse Road, Skeyton, Norwich, NR10 5DJ. Tel: 01692 538069 Email: enquiries@freerangeturkeys.co.uk www.freerangeturkeys.co.uk/our-turkeys

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Fishing for compliments Simon Wainwright, executive head chef

of The Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth, devises a stunning fish dish for December, which tastes just as good as it looks

Wine Notes NICK MOBBS, director and wine expert at the Imperial Hotel, says:

2013 Chardonnay, Nelson Estate, Paarl, South Africa

Despite the name, this wine does not come from Burnham Thorpe and is a great wine to accompany the salmon. Alan Nelson acquired these farms in 1987 out of a bankrupt estate. Since then, they have been lovingly restored by the Nelson family and their team of dedicated workers.

Between 1987 and 1994 approximately 50 hectares of old vines were replaced under the watchful eye of the best viticulture consultants in the Cape with noble cultivars, including Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Shiraz; Pinotage; Sauvignon Blanc; Chardonnay and Semillon. Between 1993 and 1995, a state-of-the-art wine cellar was constructed.

Wine production commenced in 1995. The next year, the Estate won an award for the Best Chardonnay in South Africa and was in the same year crowned as the Champion Private Wine Producer in the Boland region. Since then the Estate has never looked back. The Estate has become internationally known as Nelson's Creek, named after the Nelson family and the small stream that winds its way through the Estate. The wine is 100 per cent Chardonnay and is ideal to drink now but will age well further for a further three years.

After the grapes were pressed, the juice was left for one hour’s skin contact and then transferred to 100 per cent new French oak barrels. Spontaneous fermentation was conducted in the barrels and the wine was aged for an additional nine months in the barrels. The wine has toasty vanilla aromas together with citrus and dried apricot on the nose. This is a well-balanced wine complemented by buttery flavours on the palate with a light, oaky finish. Classic well-made Chardonnay is possibly my favourite grape when the wine-maker is a skilled craftsman. It is great with this rich salmon dish and works very well with chicken dishes, too.

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PAN-FRIED SALMON SIMON WAINWRIGHT, executive head chef of the Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth

MUSSELS, SPINACH & LEMONGRASS SAUCE METHOD

OAdd the fish stock and white wine to a medium-sized saucepan, along with the lemongrass (bruise this first with the back of a knife to let the flavour out). Bring the liquid to the boil and reduce it to 150ml, then add the double cream and bring it to the boil again. Sieve the liquid into a clean saucepan and then set aside. Put a large saucepan on the heat and get it very hot. Add the mussels and the splash of white wine, place a lid on the top and then cook the mussels until they are open wide (about three to four minutes). Once cooked, strain the mussels and take the beards out, then reserve the side of the mussel shells which have the mussels attached, set these aside and cool. Heat up a pan that’s big enough to fry four portions of salmon, place the vegetable oil inside and heat this up. Add the salmon, skin-side down, in the pan and season the flesh side of the fish with salt and pepper. After 30 seconds, turn the frying pan down to its lowest setting and cook for four to six minutes to achieve a crispy skin. Meanwhile, put your sauce back on to a heat and reduce it slowly by half. When the salmon skin is crisp, turn the fish and cook it for another four minutes and then let it rest in the pan.

TO FINISH Take the cubes of chilled butter and whisk this into the reduced lemongrass sauce. Add the spinach, season, and then finally add the mussels, making sure they heat through sufficiently. Split the sauce between four plates or bowls and place the salmon on top.

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 12 HUNGRY ELVES!

· 4 x 250g portions fresh salmon, skin on · 400g spinach, washed and dried · 2 lemongrass sticks

· 300ml fish stock · 150ml white wine plus a splash for cooking the mussels · 300ml double cream

· 20 live mussels · Salt and pepper · 8oz cold butter, cut into cubes · 2 tbsps vegetable oil

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• 2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika • 3 Teaspoons English Mustard Powder • 50ml Brandy • 100ml Dry Sherry • 2 Eggs, beaten • A Handful of Chopped Lovage • 200g Goats Cheese, crumbled

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• Prepare the Crab (If you don’t want to do this part you can buy crab meat and use gratin dishes). Split the shell away from the body. Remove the large front claws and reserve, discarding the body and small legs. Remove the dead man’s fingers (gills) from the shell, and remove the face by pushing down gently into the shell until it cracks, ensuring there is no bone left behind. Scrape all the shell meat into a bowl, and place empty shell into boiling water to clean. Using a rolling pin crack the reserved claws, then using a pick, remove every drop of meat you can get, ensuring you don’t collect any of the bony white “feathers”. Add this meat to the shell meat and put to one side. • Warm the Cream, Milk, Paprika and Mustard in a pan and keep on a low heat so it doesn’t boil • In a large pan, melt the butter with a dash of oil (to stop the butter burning). Remove from heat and add the flour and whisk to a smooth paste. Return to low heat and cook paste for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid any lumps forming. Remove from heat and add warm Cream mixture, Brandy, Sherry, eggs and lovage and whisk until thick. • Stir in crab meat and season with salt and pepper to taste. • Take Crab shells out of the boiling water, ensuring they are clean (you may need to scrape the inside. Wipe dry. Spoon the Newburg mixture into the shells to fill them. • Sprinkle with the goat’s cheese crumbs. Place on a baking tray and bake at 180 for 15 minutes or until the goat’s cheese has melted.

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David Wakefield finds the ideal Caribbean spot to celebrate a significant marital milestone


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to do so, you don’t have to leave the resort, or put your hand in he Spice Island – that’s what they call Grenada, your pocket. With a variety of restaurants, two large pools (one and it’s aptly named. A holiday on this wonderful with a swim-up bar) and the Caribbean sun, the accent is firmly Caribbean island will certainly bring a little spice on being “chilled”. to your life. Entertainment is non-stop, from water sports to quizzes, Everywhere you go, it seems, brings you face to and from the gym to the disco. But there is no “hi-de-hi” face (or nose to nose) with the scents and smells of enthusiasm for you to join in any of them. It’s entirely up to you spices; Grenada certainly lives up to its name and, I what you do; our favourite way to end the day was to sit, with can report, delivers a heady slice of holiday bliss. a rum punch, around one of the many firepits that light up the And nowhere is this more true than at the Sandals night as the tree frogs began to tune up with their bellSandals La Source resort. My wife and I have enjoyed several like sounds, mixed with the distant disco beats. Sandals resorts over the last 10 years, but we Accommodation There are staff a-plenty to attend to your every agreed that Grenada was the ideal place to head Seven nights at Sandals need; they will bring drinks to the side of your to for our 40th wedding anniversary. We were not LaSource Grenada Resort beach lounger if required. disappointed. & Spa costs from £1,695 per We agreed that the standard of restaurants and Grenada’s Sandals, literally just around the person. Price includes allinclusive accommodation food was the best we had encountered on our corner from the Maurice Bishop International in a South Seas Waterfall various Sandals trips. It’s not that we had had any Airport, is set in a natural ampitheatre and backs River Pool Junior Suite with sort of a bad experience in the past; just that the on to the beautiful Pink Gin beach (I don’t know Balcony Tranquility Soaking outlets on Grenada were more imaginative. the derivation of the name, as the sand certainly Tub, return economy flights from London Gatwick, and There’s a sushi restaurant, Soy. I had never isn’t pink!). resort transfers. These are really sampled sushi before but was enchanted It takes its name from the previous “occupant”, subject to availability and by the surroundings and the exquisite way the a development with a golf course that was prices are correct at time food was served. I’m now a convert! unsuccessful – although the family that owned La of publication. To book, or for more information, visit Likewise Butch’s Chophouse, an AmericanSource still lives high above the site in a series of www.sandals.co.uk, call style restaurant with the accent on meat. We’re houses. 0800 597 0002; or call in not great steak lovers, but the rack of lamb I It is one of the newer Sandals resorts, but, at the new Sandals Luxury chose was superb and fully justified its lavish like the others, offers a period of complete allTravel Store at 135 Fulham Road, London. menu description. inclusive hedonism for couples. Unless you wish

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grenada There are top-notch French and Italian restaurants, plus a beachside eaterie and a buffet-style outlet, plus a couple of cafés where pizzas, tea and cakes are available. You don’t go hungry at Sandals! As I said, you don’t have to leave the resort to have a great holiday, but we couldn’t resist getting a more complete view of this beautiful island which is, in a way, a contradiction in terms when you look around. Originally under French control, it was eventually ceded to the British. French and British influences are both evident. Town names like Grenville, St David’s and Hillsborough sit alongside Gouyave and Marquis. We joined an all-day tour offered by the on-site Island Routes company and, via our chatty driver/guide, Campbell, learned a great deal about an island which gained independence from Britain in 1974. Grenada is about the same size as the Isle of Wight, and, despite the attention of hurricanes in recent times, retains a lot of its rainforest. It is particularly famous for nutmeg, and although Hurricane Ivan destroyed about 70 per cent of its trees in 2004, this famous spice is slowly making a comeback. Other spices grown on Grenada include turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger. Grenadians are enthusiastic about the curative properties of many of these herbs; they may be right as many islanders live to a ripe old age and seldom visit a doctor! The big story on Grenada, though, is chocolate, which is marketed via the Grenada Chocolate Company. The island used to export a great deal of cocoa beans but now concentrates on using them to make its superb natural chocolate and exporting that instead. We were able to visit a chocolate-making plant and to sample it at first hand. You can, too, as it’s sold at Waitrose! We also visited the Belmont Estate, a former plantation – a leading centre for the production of cocoa and chocolate, where guests are shown the process from harvesting onwards. Grenada has several spectacular waterfalls and we stopped at one of them, Allendales, where, for a few dollars, there are local “characters” only too glad to jump off the top of the falls for your camera! We were also able to enjoy a great view of the Grand Etang lake, formed in a crater in an extinct volcano, surrounded by lush rainforest. The capital, St George’s, is a bustling and attractive town largely geared, like the rest of the Caribbean, to the cruise ship season which begins in late October. But there are some interesting shops with a good selection of souvenir goods. And if revolutionary prime minister Maurice Bishop remains, even after his death, an inspirational figure to Grenadians, the island is equally proud of its latest hero Kirani James, who won the 400 metres at the 2012 London Olympics. Indeed, Grenada shouts “pride” from every corner. The red, gold and green colours of the national flag are everywhere and, let’s face it, it has plenty to be proud of.

Flights

David Wakefield flew with Virgin Atlantic. There are two flights a week, with a stop at St Lucia, to Grenada, on a Monday and Thursday, until March 23, 2017. After that flights will be on a Monday and Friday.

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The breeding season is over and our garden birds will enjoy the variety of fat balls, seeds, kitchen crumbs and raisins. There are so many different methods of feeding, from feeding trays that can be attached to windows, giving you a closer look at your garden birds, to caged fat ball holders which keep squirrels off the bird food. With so many options you can pick the right one for you and your garden, patio or balcony. Urban gardens are really quite attractive to birds during the cold months because of the warmth in inner cities rather than the exposed countryside, so if you hang up some bird feeders and put out a bird bath you will be amazed at how many birds soon find your offerings. A few colourful pots of plants will also attract insects on which the birds can feed. Shrubs and trees that produce berries such as Cotoneaster and Pyracantha will provide a good source of food for birds in your garden at this time of year. Red and orange berries are particularly attractive to birds, so make sure you leave them as a natural food source for birds and other wildlife.


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Levington Court was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission and achieved an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating. It is a well-earned endorsement for a scheme that really does go the extra mile in caring for its tenants. Situated in Lowestoft, Levington Court is owned and managed by Orwell Housing Association. Originally opened in the 1980s, it was extended by Orwell in 2004 and now features 58 apartments. All apartments are self-contained, with their own front door, bedroom, lounge, kitchen and shower or bathroom, including a WC. There are a number of flats which enable couples to remain together. In addition to this, the service provides care to people living in their own homes and to those living in the community. The Flexible Dementia Service works closely with people in crisis to prevent unplanned hospital admissions or residential care. This extra care scheme boasts a tremendous range of facilities including a large tenants’ lounge and kitchen; smaller reminiscence lounges (one from the 1960s and one from the 70s), two assisted bathrooms with jacuzzi-style baths and laundry rooms. There is a 24-hour door entry system with CCTV to give additional home security, and lifts to give easy access to first and second floor 80


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accommodation. The communal gardens feature a pond and patio area for tenants to enjoy. Superb facilities aside, it is the staff who contributed to the ‘Outstanding’ rating and who make Levington Court the special place that it is. Recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission, the team at Levington Court was overjoyed to be rated as Outstanding in being responsive to customer needs, well-led by the management team and effective in the work that they do. The level of training and qualifications are important because Levington Court prides itself on providing specialist care for people with conditions, such as dementia. Levington Court intends to expand its services and so is always looking for trained and dedicated people to join the team. This ensures that sufficient resources and care are constantly available, both now and in the future. This is essential in maintaining the high quality and far ranging levels of care and support that stretch beyond the norm. Levington Court has a fully trained and dedicated staff team where training and development opportunities are on-going, with the team given the opportunity to complete fully-funded QCF qualifications.

The staff are committed to providing an excellent service to the tenants, encouraging them to take part in activities, and socialise with other tenants, if they wish. Value-based recruitment days give tenants the opportunity to get involved in the recruitment of the team. The Care Quality Commission’s latest inspection report mentions that at Levington Court tenants: “received care and support which was very responsive to their physical and mental health needs, rights, wishes and preferences.” The report also stated that care plans are prepared to collate detailed information about every tenant so staff have a picture of the whole person and therefore know how to provide exactly the right support. There was also special mention of the excellent rapport between support workers and tenants. This is well-earned because the team has a genuine interest in the tenants’ well-being. They have regular activities including reminiscence cinema evenings, pool table games and a gardening club. The quality of life at Levington Court is enhanced by its location. Being close to the town of Lowestoft, it is ideally situated for lots of amenities, ranging from doctors and dentists, to restaurants and cafés – and, of course, the seaside. In a final reference to the Care Quality Commission report there was a telling sentence that sums up what makes Levington Court such an outstanding extra care provider, and an excellent place to live. It said: “The service was committed to person-centred care and this approach underpinned everything they did.”

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FASTE ST-SELLING AGENCY IN THE E AST DARBY & LIFFEN in Gorleston is officially the fastest-selling estate agency in the East Norfolk coastal area, as well as being one of the top-selling agents covering NR31

Darby & Liffen in Gorleston has plenty to be proud of. This family-run, independent estate agency competes against all the bigger firms, yet when it comes to official figures, is beating them hands-down. According to statistics released by housing websites Rightmove and Zoopla in early November 2016, Darby & Liffen is both one of the top-selling and fastest-selling agents, with an average selling time of just 13 weeks compared to some agents who are taking up to 23 weeks to sell. Managing director Owen Darby says: “In August, September and October combined, we sold more properties in NR31 than any other agent – it’s really something to be proud of, we’re pleased how successful we’ve been!” So what is the secret to Darby & Liffen’s success? “There isn’t any secret,” confides Owen, adding: “It’s down to hard work.” There are, however, a number of other key factors besides good, old-fashioned hard work which contribute to the company’s success, such as an in-depth knowledge of the area and many years of experience. Regular and clear communication with clients is also key.

Owen Darby continues: “We know the area, the schools, the families, the amenities. Steve Gray [Owen’s business partner] has nearly 30 years’ experience and I have 20 years’ experience and we have a strong belief in traditional family values. Lettings is a significant part of our business and sales have increased ten-fold for us.” In fact, Darby & Liffen has even had tenants in some of their properties who have gone on to become landlords. Owen says: “They have been warmed by the positive experience they’ve had with us on both sides of the fence.” Darby & Liffen has been in the same family for three generations and today has eight staff, including a sales team of four – Owen, Steve, Hannah and Sam – with the Bells Road-based company specialising in properties in the NR31 postcode – Gorleston, Bradwell, Belton, Hopton, Burgh Castle and so on. In fact, as Owen says, they look after properties: “As far south as Lowestoft and as far north as Acle.” Owen’s grandfather, Stephen Darby, started the business in 1964 and Darby & Liffen has remained family-owned since that time – a rare occurrence on today’s property scene. “It was always on the cards to join the family business,” confides Owen, “I’ve always been enthusiastic about it.”

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prIME POSITION This attractive property is located in the sought-after suburb of Cringleford. Offering easy access to Norwich city centre and with a wealth of useful amenities nearby, it would make a fabulous family home

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This detached, extended, executive residence on Colney Lane in Cringleford is highly impressive. Boasting a host of versatile living and entertaining space, highlights include a stunning 21’6 kitchen/breakfast room, a separate dining room, a delightful garden room and a suite of rooms which could become a one-bedroom, ground floor annexe. There are four double bedrooms, including a master with a dressing room, with three of the bedrooms, a shower room and lovely family bathroom making up the accommodation on the first floor.

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is one of Norwich’s most prestigious addresses and this lovely-looking property has plenty to offer. Located to the south-west of Norwich, this spacious house is ideally located for Norwich city centre, the Park and Ride terminus at Thickthorn and the Norwich Southern Bypass. Three of the region’s largest employers – the University of East Anglia, John Innes Research Centre and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital - are just a short drive away, while Eaton, across the river from Cringleford, boasts a range of handy amenities including pubs, restaurants, a Post Office, bank, and a Waitrose supermarket. This detached, executive residence has four double bedrooms in total, with the potential for a self-contained, one-bedroom annexe on the ground floor. The large, light and airy kitchen/breakfast room features granite and solid wood worktops, as well as an island unit, and there is a wonderful 19’6 garden room adjacent to the kitchen, with pretty courtyard views. Double doors lead from the kitchen/breakfast room into the separate, large dining room with a beautiful bay window. The triple aspect lounge has lovely views over the garden and features an open fire with an attractive stone fire surround, providing a fabulous focal point. A door leads out on to the raised patio with steps down to the lawn. There is a host of bathrooms – a modern family bathroom, two shower rooms and a downstairs cloakroom – and attractive, mature front and rear gardens with a pretty, secluded courtyard. The property also benefits from a generous driveway and plenty of off-road parking as well as a double garage. The generously-proportioned entrance hall gives the property a lovely, light feel, with a roof light directly above the entrance. With plenty of light and space, the reception rooms are perfect for entertaining and ideal

for relaxing. In addition to the kitchen, dining room, lounge, garden room and annexe, there is also a versatile utility room which houses the boiler, double sink, plumbing for a washing machine and worktops. This room also has access to the garden via a single door and steps down to the lawn. There are three double bedrooms upstairs, while a fourth bedroom/living space on the ground floor offers the annexe potential; this lovely room features double doors leading outside, roof lights and a dressing area leading to a shower room with a WC. Upstairs the first floor is full of character and a variety of versatile accommodation. The dual-aspect master bedroom, for example, comes complete with a dressing room, offering generous storage on both sides, together with views of the front gardens. Two further double bedrooms, a generous shower room and a contemporary family bathroom complete the first floor space. The outside of this property is also impressive, with a striking entrance with low walls and mature shrubs and trees leading to the driveway, which opens out to generous off-road parking and an elegant double garage with wooden doors and a pitched roof. A shingle path leads to the front entrance and around to the former single garage on the left-hand side of the property, while a wrought iron gate leads to the charming, secluded courtyard.

Two areas of the garden are separated by a trimmed hedge; to one side is a lawned area with mature trees and shrubs, while the other side features mature planting. Overall, the garden is very generous, measuring approximately 62’ by 55’. Meanwhile, access to the rear garden is via a pathway on the right-hand side, through the pretty courtyard. This garden measures approximately 74’ by 40’ and is a lovely, peaceful space. With a circular pond, fruit trees and mature planting, this garden is, like the rest of the property, a lovely place in which to relax and entertain.

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CHANGING TIMES AS THE YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE, CARL LAMB LOOKS AT SOME OF THE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WORLD OF FINANCIAL PLANNING

2016 has certainly been an interesting year, with the focal point for concerns about our future financial well-being fixed on that landmark vote in the summer that sees us on a journey that will – probably – see us leave the EU. Markets certainly reacted badly to the news of the vote in the immediate aftermath but actually saw a significant recovery within a period of weeks. However, there are undoubtedly some uncertain times ahead as we negotiate our exit and our new terms of business with our European neighbours. However, 2016 wasn’t just about Brexit. There have been some other important changes too. The year opened with the change to the Deposit Guarantee – ie. the amount that is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in respect of what individuals hold in any one bank or financial institution. This dropped from £85,000 to £75,000 per person in January. The new tax year in April 2016 brought us two new allowances: the personal savings allowance grants basic rate taxpayers tax-free savings interest of up to £1,000. Higher rate taxpayers get an allowance of £500 but additional rate taxpayers get no allowance. There is a new dividend allowance too, which replaces the old system of dividend tax credits. Under the new allowance, the first £5,000 of dividend income is free of tax, whichever tax band you fall into. The New State Pension regime came into effect this year too. Its starting level is £155.65 per week but in practice new pensioners may get a different figure. This is because what you actually get is calculated by combining the entitlements you’ve built up under the old system with any entitlements built up under the new system, subject to certain limits. It’s complicated, but you can request a state pension forecast using

the Government website at www.gov.uk/check-state-pension. Pension flexibility has been around for over a year now and take-up of the new freedoms has been varied. It looks like most pension savers are resisting the temptation to blow their savings on expensive yachts or other luxuries, but the freedoms have given new options to those who have specific needs or circumstances. Advice is always critical before accessing the cash that you have spent your working life accumulating to allow you to enjoy your retirement. At the time of writing, it has just been announced that plans for a secondary annuities market – ie. the opportunity for those who have already purchased an annuity to sell it for a cash sum – are to be shelved. This is following concerns that annuity holders would get very poor value for money in what looked like being a very limited market. We’ve certainly been telling clients with existing annuities that in most cases the return would be unlikely to make this route suitable for them. As we move towards 2017, there are concerns that our UK economy will continue to be troubled throughout the year and investment values are likely to both rise and fall. However, it is useful to make the point that long term investment strategies generally do continue to deliver growth over a five to ten year period. What is often most damaging to people’s financial plans is a knee-jerk reaction to bad news. It is almost always better to keep calm – and talk to your financial adviser. 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. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change.

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FOLLOWING THE LETTER OF THE LAW LEGAL EXPERT JULIAN GIBBONS TAKES A LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING ARTICLE 50

The first round in the fight over Article 50 has been lost by the Government. What is so worrying about the High Court’s decision is the vitriol which has come from the press and some politicians. Equally worrying is the fact that the one minister who should be defending the independence of the judiciary, namely the Lord Chancellor, who is also the Minister of Justice, has been somewhat muted. The prize for the most absurd and ill-informed statement would appear to go to Suzanne Evans, a UKIP contender for the leadership of her party. The judges, she said, should be subject to: “some form of democratic control.” Quite what she means by this is not clear, and I rather doubt she herself has much of a clue as to what she is talking about. Independence of the judiciary is one of the key blocks of a democratic society and indeed it is her party which has often railed against the fact that in certain cases British judges are subservient to judges of the European Court. In their decision-making, judges are and should remain independent of control by either the Government or the legislature. Presumably, what she means by democratic control is controlled by the Government of the day. If she needs an example of what that looks like, then she should cast an eye towards the Russian Federation or, a little further east, to China. When she talks of democratic control, she may, of course, mean directed by the electorate. An example of how that works is to be found in some states of America. There, judicial hopefuls go out on the campaign trail. They don’t require particularly high qualifications to be judges and inevitably their decisions on the bench will on at least some occasions been made with one eye on re-election. Do we seriously want that in the UK? One doubts whether any of the critics have read the decision of the High Court. What seems to have happened is that either there has been very selective reading, no reading at all or simply a fixation on the result without attempting to understand the

context. As the judges themselves went out of their way to say, the case was not about whether the United Kingdom should leave the EU. It was quite simply about one aspect of the process of leaving, namely whether the prime minister has the power to withdraw from the European treaties using the royal prerogative, or whether the withdrawal had to be by legislation, ie by an Act of Parliament. To summarise a quite lengthy and comprehensive judgment, which contained a detailed analysis of the royal prerogative and the way over the centuries it has gradually being controlled or abolished in many fields, one can say that the court’s decision came down to the fact that various Acts of Parliament since the European Communities Act 1972 have conferred rights upon the British people arising from the various European treaties. For the Government to use the royal prerogative to withdraw from those treaties would, it found, amount to ministers in the Government removing rights which Parliament had granted to the people via legislation. Parliament is supreme in these matters. To this day, the British Government makes treaties and goes to war by exercising the royal prerogative, which is the residual power of Government held by the Queen but exercised by ministers. Over the centuries the right of the monarch and later the monarch’s ministers to amend or repeal laws and regulations without going through Parliament has been curtailed, precisely because it has been viewed by successive generations as undemocratic and unparliamentary. The High Court concluded that the power of ministers to use the royal prerogative to withdraw from treaties, where they have been adopted by Acts of Parliament, has by implication been removed by that legislation. For that reason, the court decided that the lawful way of implementing Article 50 was by an Act of Parliament giving effect to the referendum result and repealing the Acts which implemented those treaties in English law. The Government is to appeal to the Supreme Court. Like all appeals to the Supreme Court, this one will be on points of law. It is anyone’s guess what the outcome may be, but the Supreme Court has disagreed with a powerful array of judges in the High Court before! What is certain is that whatever the decision, it will be made on legal principles and on an analysis of a hugely important but very difficult area of constitutional law. Contrary to the perceptions of opportunist politicians and the popular press, it will not be a sop to popular opinion.

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Lings is delighted to announce the official opening of Lings Hyundai Lowestoft. Based at the company’s six-acre Riverside motor park location, Lings Hyundai is your number one destination for Hyundai on the East Coast – with a full new and used sales department and a state-ofthe-art workshop facility. “We’re delighted to welcome Hyundai Cars into the Lings fold,” says Lings director Paul Barkshire. “Hyundai is a car manufacturer of outstanding reputation and we feel that Lings can uphold this well-earned renown. We feel it fits the Lings profile perfectly and underlines the Lings commitment to the Lowestoft area – offering trust, value and service to our customers, with the company once more making serious additional investment after the acquisition of the Mitsubishi car franchise in 2014.” Heading up Lings Hyundai will be general sales manager Daniel Lake, who commented: “We’ve put together an experienced team that will ensure continuity for previous Hyundai customers while bringing their individual passion for the brand into the Lings family. “The Hyundai product range is incredibly exciting with something to suit any customer’s requirements – from the powerful 5.0-litre Genesis saloon, the family-friendly Tucson SUV or the compact i10 hatchback, and the brand new range of IONIQ hybrid-petrol electric and all-electric cars – the diversity of the range is incredible and the quality of the product is genuinely outstanding. “We know our customers are going to love it.” The first cars arrived on site at the start of week ahead of the official opening on November 11 – an exciting moment for all involved. “Getting the cars here was a real ‘wow’ moment,” says Dan. “It’s a

huge moment for the group as a whole and an exciting challenge for me personally. I can’t wait to get started with my new team and start welcoming our customers through the door. “As well as welcoming new faces to Hyundai, continuity of care will be paramount, and existing customers of Hyundai Lowestoft will enjoy the same high quality service from our sales and service teams – and Lings Hyundai will be more than happy to honour existing servicing arrangements.” Lings Motor Group is a family-owned and run business. With over 60 years’ experience in the motor trade, Lings Lowestoft is comprised of Lings Honda Cars and Lings Mitsubishi Cars in addition to MotorLings All Make Used Cars. Lings Lowestoft is also an official Honda Motorcycle, Triumph Motorcycle and Husqvarna Motorcycle dealer and the main UK outlet for Hein Gericke motorcycle clothing and accessories. Lings Hyundai will temporarily be homed at the former Dingles annex while construction work takes place inside the main Lings showroom. For further details please call Lings Motor Group on 01502 537444. The Hyundai company was founded in 1967, and the first car arrived at the European market in 1982. This was the Pony, which sold for £3,075. At that time the Korean market was something of a mystery to UK buyers, but as the range grew, buyers could see it offered great value for money; and Hyundai was among the first manufacturer to tempt buyers with great warranty deals – a show of faith in the cars’ reliability. The current line-up is wide-ranging, from family saloons to SUVs, hybrids and all-electrics. Here are just three: Highly popular at the lower end is the latest i10, which has undergone a series of design refinements, including the cascading grille which will become the family identity for Hyundai models in the future. It is fresh and stylish, aspects obvious in the interior colours; the new i10 comes with a stylish new red shade of cloth material, and customers can now additionally choose from blue, orange, beige and black interior colours on all trims. There are petrol and diesel versions, plus an automatic option, and even a 1.0 LPG variant on offer. The Hyundai ix35 is the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle. Already on the road in 15 countries around the world, including 11 in Europe, the ix35 demonstrates the brand’s technical expertise and commitment to ultra-low emission motoring. The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with a 100kW (136ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 100mph (160km/h). Two hydrogen storage tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, enable the vehicle to travel a total of up to 369 miles (594km) on a single fill, and it can reliably start in temperatures as low as minus 25C. The energy is stored in a 24KW lithium-ion polymer battery, jointly developed with LG Chemical. Hyundai’s New ix20 celebrated its world première at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and builds on all the qualities of the original model, with an enhanced engine line-up, new technologies and design refreshments to widen its appeal. Since its initial launch in 2010, Hyundai has sold almost 200.000 units – capturing a nine per cent share in the European multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) market. The two diesel engines have been enhanced to provide more torque – 240 Nm (1.4-litre) and 260 Nm (1.6-litre) – from just 1,500 rpm. There is also a new six-speed automatic transmission.


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here are dire forecasts of Arctic-style weather heading for Britain this winter, so it becomes vitally important to make sure that your car is ready to cope with all that the elements can throw at it. If you haven’t got the time to prepare your car for winter, then you can ask an expert to do it for you. Many main dealers and high street car spares shops can do this – some even offer free winter car checks. But there are also some checks that you can carry out yourself. Breakdowns more than double during the winter months, as snow, ice, wind and rain cause havoc with driving conditions. However, a few simple precautions can ensure both you and your car are prepared for what’s to come.

Winter car maintenance checklist

It’s important to keep your car well maintained throughout the year, but this becomes even more vital during the winter months. The good news is that winter car checks really aren’t too different from normal maintenance procedures; however there are a few items that you should pay extra attention to.

Check exterior lights

It sounds simple, and it is. The days are shorter and the weather is worse during the winter months, making maintenance of your exterior lights an important aspect of any winter car checklist. Check and clean your lights regularly (particularly the rear lights and your hi-vis foglight). The salt and dirt can quickly build-up, reducing visibility at night as well as during periods of snow, fog and rain. Carry extra bulbs in case of a failure.

Winter tyres

If you drive frequently in winter, then consider buying a set of winter tyres. They offer exceptional grip when the temperature drops below seven degrees, and in snow and ice. They’re not cheap, but well worth the investment for the additional safety they bring. Even if you don’t want the extra cost of winter tyres, checking the tread depth of your existing tyres is important. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but having more than this can dramatically improve steering and braking. Also check your tyre pressures regularly.

Winter car equipment

Carrying an emergency kit with you at all times through the winter might seem a bit extreme – but if you ever find yourself stranded you’ll be glad of it. Items you should consider carrying if setting out on a long journey in snowy or icy conditions are: Mobile phone and charger; hazard warning triangle; hi-visibility vest; First Aid kit; de-icer and a scraper; a shovel; a tow rope; Wellington boots; a torch; warm clothes such as a jumper or an extra coat; food and drink; set of jump leads (you may need help from another motorist, or may want to offer help to someone who is stranded). By checking your car for the colder months and taking these precautions, you should be in good stead for the winter weather ahead.

Check your car battery

Cold and damp weather is a battery killer. There’s little worse than the mechanical groan when you turn the key caused by a dying car battery. If your battery is struggling to start your car, the chances are it’s on its way out. You can test the battery yourself if you have the correct equipment, but it’s far easier to ask a specialist (indeed a winter service will almost certainly cover a battery check). Assuming you can start the car, you can drive to your local main dealer or car spares shop to buy a new one. Most car battery stockists will even fit it for you.

Check antifreeze

Antifreeze, as its name suggests, stops the water in the engine’s cooling system from freezing. To test its effectiveness, you’ll need an antifreeze tester, which cost about £5. To use it, unscrew the coolant reservoir cap under the bonnet, after checking the engine is cold. Lower the tube into the coolant and squeeze the rubber bulb on the end to suck some antifreeze inside the tester. You can then read the freezing point of the antifreeze using the scale inside the tester. Replace the antifreeze in the car’s system and then replace the cap.

Check screen wash

Wintery weather is frequently wet, meaning you’ll spend lots of time using your windscreen wipers. There’s a high risk of them smearing grime across the windscreen if your screen wash bottle is empty. This can be highly dangerous, particularly at night, as your vision will be distorted and restricted. Open the windscreen washer bottle under the bonnet, and fill it with screen wash. You can buy ready mixed or concentrated screen wash, which you’ll need to mix with water. Screen wash has a lower freezing temperature than water alone, meaning you shouldn’t end up with frozen washer jets.

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ord launched its revised and updated Kuga and love, accessible in safer and seamless ways including Google SUV earlier this year, offering such innovative Search, Google Maps and Google Play. developments as intuitive SYNC 3 connectivity, Parking will be simpler for customers. A new perpendicular hands-free parking in side-by-side spaces and parking function enhances the semi-autonomous Active Park Assist enhanced Active City Stop. technology specified by almost half of Kuga customers last year. Using The latest Kuga is one of five all-new or redesigned additional ultrasonic sensors, perpendicular parking at the push of a Ford vehicles that will compete in the SUV and button enables drivers to locate parking spaces alongside other cars as crossover space in the next three years. It features well as parallel to the road, and steers the vehicle into them while the new exterior features, new colours in Guard Grey driver controls the accelerator and brake. and vibrant Copper Pulse, and a new, 120 PS, 1.5-litre, TDCi diesel The new Kuga’s interior has been refined to offer a more engine expected to deliver improved fuel efficiency. Ford Intelligent ergonomic, stylish and comfortable experience for occupants. Steering All Wheel Drive enhances grip, especially in wheel and air-conditioning controls are even slippery conditions. more intuitive, making them easier to recognise The new Ford Kuga will allow drivers to and navigate. The steering wheel is also offered control audio, navigation and climate functions with heated leather to improve comfort in cold plus connected smartphones using simple, more weather, while all automatic new Kuga models will conversational voice commands, with the new feature paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to Ford Kuga 1.5T SYNC 3 connectivity system – the result of more manually select gears. EcoBoost 4WD than 22,000 comments and insights gained from Other changes: an electronic parking brake frees Price from £20,245 research clinics and surveys. room for improved storage in the centre console, Top speed: 112mph; SYNC 3 delivers faster performance, simplified while a door lock indicator will tell drivers at a Acceleration (0-62): commands, and supports five additional languages. glance whether the doors are locked. 12.5s; Economy: Urban, Simply by pushing a button and saying: “I need a The hands-free liftgate that can be opened or 36.2 mpg; Extra urban: coffee,” “I need petrol,” and “I need to park,” drivers closed using a kicking motion beneath the rear 53.5mpg; Combined: can locate nearby cafés, petrol stations or car parks, bumper – a big help to parents with shopping, 45.5 mpg; Emissions: and find train stations, airports, and hotels. pushchairs or toddlers. 143g/km Drivers can operate SYNC 3’s eight-inch The new, 120 PS, 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine touchscreen in the same way that they use their replaces the outgoing 2.0-litre TDCi. Offered with smartphones. A new interface features larger, front-wheel drive, Ford is targeting a fuel efficiency easier-to-operate buttons and enables pinch and improvement for the new engine of about five per swipe gestures for the first time. cent to 4.4 l/100 km (64.2 mpg) and 115 g/km CO2 Pertwee & Back The car also features Apple CarPlay, the smarter, while producing the same power. Gapton Hall Road, safer way to use your iPhone in the car allowing The range also features a 2.0-litre, TDCi diesel Great Yarmouth, drivers to make phone calls, access music, send with 150 PS in front-wheel and all-wheel drive Norfolk, NR31 0NJ and receive messages, get directions optimised for versions that achieve from 60.1 mpg and 122 g/km Tel: 01493 664151 traffic conditions, and more while they stay focused CO2; and a 180 PS all-wheel version that delivers www.pertwee-andon the road. from 54.3 mpg and 135 g/km CO2. back.co.uk Android™ users can activate Android Auto which The Kuga is also available with 1.5 litre petrol makes apps and services that drivers already know power in front-wheel and all-wheel drive form.

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arrangements. We try to do something slightly different every year and this year [on Sunday, December 18] Paul and Stephen Amer will be adding a touch of the Rat Pack to the show along with The Moonglow Sisters. Tickets can be purchased from the Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office. You were born and brought up in Norfolk – can you tell us about that? I had a traditional upbringing including our holiday chalet at Bacton where I spent most of the summer on the beach and fishing with my Dad. He was a plumber, I used to help him with odd jobs, and Mum was a flower arranger; I didn’t help her so much! We had two dogs called Rufus and Basil and I loved playing in the garden with them.

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2017 is the 30th anniversary of the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band – how did it begin? The band started in 1987 when sitting in the bar at the British Legion chatting about music. I decided to form my own outfit with an ambition to have a band that performed regularly across Norfolk. First rehearsal was in March 1987 and the first gig was at Norwich Jazz Club, Jazz City. I am proud that JWBB continues to be East Anglia’s premier big band. It rehearses on Thursday evenings in Norwich and we’re always happy to hear from new musicians and vocalists. What sort of music does the band play? Anything from the 1920s to the present day, including the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, The Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Michael Bublé, Paul Anka, Robbie Williams and modern day big band arrangers such as Gordon Goodwin. How will you celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary? There will be several special events. A charity concert in aid of the stroke unit on February 12 at the Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, where I will also be reforming the East Norfolk Schools Jazz orchestra for this event in memory of band member Pete Fraser. Then our Big Band weekend at Pontins Pakefield, from April 21 to 24 plus the Evening of Big Band and Comedy on April 22 at the Pavilion Theatre in Cromer. Also a special concert celebrating the music of Glenn Miller at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, on June 24. Tell us about Swing Into Christmas, your annual concert at The Forum in Norwich? We’ve had our Christmas concert at The Forum for over 10 years. It’s a mixture of both traditional and more modern Christmas Big Band 122

What were your early musical influences and when did you start playing the trombone? My Dad played Glenn Miller records on a Sunday afternoon and that sparked my interested in music. He always wanted me to learn to play the trombone so in 1983 I started to learn at Sprowston High School and I was taught by Jack Gibson. I must add that Dave Amis was an influential teacher and I always enjoyed his performances with the JWBB. Which artists do you enjoy listening to now? All kinds of jazz, especially the Count Basie Band. The CD I currently have on is the Count Basie Christmas CD – A very Swinin’ Basie Christmas! I also have to listen to the Aladdin and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang CDs as they are my son’s favourites. What do you like most about living in Norfolk? There is a superb mix of city, unspoilt countryside and the coast all within a short distance of each other. A disadvantage is that it takes a long time to get anywhere that is out of Norfolk! How will you be spending Christmas? We will be spending Christmas at home as a family. It will be very special this year with a new addition to the family – Esme - as well as my son, Charlie (four), who is extremely excited about the arrival of Father Christmas. How would you spend a day off in the area? Days off are rare, but during the summer I enjoyed going to Wells, stopping at Byfords in Holt to collect a picnic on the way. After the picnic, I enjoyed taking my little boy down to the water to look for crabs. What do you miss most when you’re away? I work away a lot for my day job as a sound mixer for TV and film so I miss my family the most and look forward to driving home on a Friday evening to spend the weekend together. Sum Norfolk up in five words Unspoilt, wonderful people, peaceful, caring. How would you sum yourself up? Passionate, caring, family man, nurturing, ambitious. What are your plans for the future? To continue to keep the Big Band going for the next 30 years!


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