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ISSUE 115 Dispatch April 2011

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Providing Community News ! Ten years ago Dispatch Magazine was launched in Diss and shortly after Attleborough was added into the same magazine; not only was it an instant success, it became a “must-read” across these two towns.   Three years ago Dispatch was launched in Wymondham, two years ago we launched in Dereham and Watton, a year ago we launched into Thetford, and this year, with the April issue, we are launching into Bury St Edmunds with our largest single town distribution magazine yet. Our growth has been amazing, and we certainly haven’t finished growing yet. We are distributing to 61,000 homes and businesses FREE every month, which gives us a readership of 152,500. Our next goal is to hit the 100,000 distribution and we are confident we will achieve this during 2013.   Dispatch has become one of the most well respected and successful community magazines and we continue to develop into a bigger, better community magazine for the bigger and better community it serves. We want to be a bigger voice for the community, we want you to have more and better information, and we want to put more back into the community. Let’s be clear about this; Dispatch is YOUR magazine, and we want you to be involved. We invite all Clubs, Organisations and Event organisers to send editorial for FREE inclusion. We invite businesses to talk with us and discuss how we can help promote your business during these tough economic times, both via the magazines and online. Dispatch Magazine will continue to come through your door every month. Dispatch Magazine is available to read online at anytime: www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk and the DispatchDirectory.co.uk lists every business throughout the area Dispatch is distributed to. Celebrate our 10 years of unbeatable success - come join our party ! Jonathan Horswell, Editor in Chief.

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Pets & Equestrian Donate To Dogs Trust.

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New Drive Has Just Been Started To Encourage Support For Tsunami Disaster In Japan.

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Easter

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Somewhere To Take Your Little Ones.

Diss Group Norfolk Family History Society

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What Are YOU Doing With Your Family History?

Art Exhibition 2011.

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Homes & Gardens

Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Looking After Yourself.

Asthmatic To Cycle 400km

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Weird & Wonderful Wood 14th And 15th May 2011.

Town Council Noticeboard The Pride Of Breckland.

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Royal Wedding Celebrate The Big Day At St Mary’s Church, Attleborough.

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Attleborough Heritage Group Second Clue In BBC Radio Norfolk’s “Treasure Quest” Programme.

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Katrina Bavin Will Ride Across The Rift Valley In Kenya For Cancer Charities.

Looking After Your Property.

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Local Rotary Club “Ahead Of The Game”

Attleborough Boxing Club 5th March 2011 Eastern Counties Semi-Finals.

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Local Rotary Club “Ahead Of The Game” At a time when the world is watching, shocked by the devastation caused by the recent tsunami in Japan, it is quite fortuitous that a new drive to encourage support for disaster assistance has just been started by one of our own Rotary Clubs. The Diss & District Club has a history of success in this field with staunch support from organisations like local schools, associations, scout and guide groups including the Trefoil Guild in South Norfolk - and generous individuals. A major new initiative has begun under the leadership of Rotarian Heather Babb, who is a member of the Diss & District Rotary Club, to raise awareness and support for a scheme that has developed over 20 years, in aid of people involved in disasters. They may be natural or man-made disasters but, oddly-enough, the most important issue in so many cases is lack of fresh drinkable water. Even in serious

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flooding, the lack of clean water is a threat to health. Water born diseases including typhoid, dysentery and cholera quickly become a massive threat to life, especially children. Many years ago a Rotary Club in Derbyshire started sending out plywood boxes filled with basic essentials of living to disaster areas but quickly realised that if the box was made of robust plastic and watertight it could be used as a reservoir for drinking water. Filters and purification tablets with simple operating instructions would make this new container invaluable in the early days of a catastrophe. The Solution was called AQUABOX. This plastic tank is not sent out empty but is

packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation and includes water purification tablets. Basic cooking utensils and tools, including a hammer and nails, feature on a carefully researched and developed list to help people who are prepared collect together the necessary items to fill the boxes. Once the welfare contents have been removed by the recipient, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 1100 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. As an example, 1100 litres is equal to 5,000 cups - that is enough for a family of four people (drinking 10 cups per day) for about four months.

This new campaign is asking everyone in our local community to help buy boxes (£50 each) and fill these large plastic boxes with the items so essential for people caught up in such a disaster. Any contribution and assistance is gratefully received. Payments can be made to “Rotary Club of Diss & District” and sent to Heather Babb at 12 Croft Lane, Diss IP22 4NA. We have promoted the firm with Dispatch for years. Jayne and Lucy make it so easy – they are helpful and flexible. Krystyna Smithers, Jackaman Smith & Mulley, Tel: 01379 643555.


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Diss Group Norfolk Family History Society Diss Group of NFHS meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Diss Methodist Church. Our first meeting of the year, under the title of “What are YOU doing with your family history?” our own members displayed the various methods of recording Family History. Examples on display varied from highly decorated scrapbooking to computerised displays, published handwritten stories, books written by members using old family records, large displays for presentations and the compilation of personal recollections of individual family members. The displays illustrated a wide knowledge of social history as members had added accounts of contemporary events, setting their ancestors

in both time and geographical area. In February we heard from Clive Paine about how the New Poor Law related to bastard, orphan, delinquent and abandoned children, placing them in workhouses and later Ragged Schools. Locally, Sir Edward Kerrison, MP for Eye, set up a Reformatory School for boys convicted of crime. Our next meeting will be on 12th April when Ian Waller will give a lecture entitled “Suffragettes, Census and Sidney Street Seige”. Everyone is very welcome to come.

Diss W.I. Our President greeted the large number of members who arrived for our March meeting and business matters were dealt with. We were then introduced to Julie Hurst who presented a fascinating talk on the History of Hat Making.

After coffee break we were reminded of our 90th Birthday celebrations which will take place at the Park Hotel on 19th May.

A colourful display of all types of hats were displayed and Julie started her talk with why we wear hats, the history of hat making, styles of hats through the decades followed by examples of her own hats she makes with raffia.

Special guests have been invited and with most of our members attending this should be a very special night for Diss W.I.

We then ended with one of our members bravely modelling a selection of hats which was very entertaining. We all agreed it was a very good evening.

Meetings are held at Diss Methodist Church Hall on the first Tuesday of each month, starting at 7.30 p.m. New members and visitors are very welcome to join us.

Betty Morley.

The Red Feather Club

Prize Bingo

95th Bomb Group Heritage Association Quiz

Prize Bingo to be held at Palgrave Community Centre on Friday 15th April, doors open at 7p.m. and eyes down at 7.30pm.

Saturday 9th April in Horham, Suffolk, four miles south-east of Eye off the B1117, from 7.30pm, with licensed bar.

There will be a raffle and refreshments all proceeds will be going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Tickets £4 per person (teams of four people). To book a table contact John Kirkum on 01379 384559.

Please come along and support this worth while cause.

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Comercrawley Your questions answered… Question: I have heard that you can’t claim compensation for all injuries and that some injuries aren’t serious enough to claim for. Is this true? Answer: There is no threshold in terms of the severity of physical injuries above which you need to qualify to make a claim for compensation. There is however a threshold for being able to recover legal costs incurred in pursuing a claim for compensation. This is known as the ‘small claims limit’ and for personal injury claims this is £1,000 for the injury element of the claim (general damages). Where general damages in a claim are valued above £1,000 the opponent (typically an insurance company) will be liable to pay any legal costs incurred in pursuing the claim in addition to the compensation. If however general damages are valued at less than £1,000 then the claim can still be pursued and compensation recovered but the opponent will not pay the solicitors’ costs incurred. For this reason, we will often advise clients that if the injury element of their claim is

not likely to exceed £1,000 then it would not be financially viable for their claim to be pursued with legal representation. This is because the client would need to pay for their legal costs and the amount of costs may well exceed the compensation that they receive. The claim however can still be pursued without legal representation and we are able to assist in guiding people on how to do this. Solicitors are able to advise early on whether the claim is likely to fall above the small claims limit and therefore whether legal costs are likely to be recovered. We can provide this advice at the initial meeting and free of any charge to the client. Finally, there is a threshold of severity where someone has purely suffered psychological injuries. In such cases the claimant must have suffered a recognised psychiatric condition such as post traumatic stress disorder or a depressive disorder. Where someone however has suffered a combination of physical and psychological injuries there is no such threshold.

Asthmatic To Cycle 400km In Kenya For Cancer Charities On February 19th 2012, Diss restaurateur Katrina Bavin will fly out to Kenya to take part in a Women only ride across the Rift Valley in Kenya raising money to support the work of three charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. The group will cycle approximately 400kms over 5 days, both on and off road, experiencing Africa away from the usual tourist trails, through savannah plains, game parks, tropical rainforest and traditional villages. Katrina who was diagnosed with asthma as a toddler has already begun training, dusting off the bicycle that has been lying dormant in the shed for the last decade and trying to slowly build up the miles whilst mindful of working within the constraints of the asthma and under the guidance of her GP. As well as training for the event Katrina is

required to raise a minimum of £2800 to support the work of the Women V Cancer charities. In order to get this of to a good start she is organising a 1940s Dance in the Dad’s Army Exhibition hall at Bressingham Steam museum on May 21st. The ‘Bressingham Blitz Ball’ will have The Chris Walls 8 piece band playing, licensed bar and Hog roast and the ‘gallopers’ For more information regarding the challenge or to get tickets for the dance please call 07854 676016

Up Nice And Early Diss and Roydon Churches Together are holding two special ecumenical services over Easter tide.

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On Good Friday April 22nd the March of Witness through Diss town begins at the Meres Mouth and those attending are asked to assemble there by 10am ready to move off towards St. Mary’s Church where a service will take place.

yes please note the time. Hopefully the weather will be kind to all who attend and this special service will be followed by a breakfast in the United Reformed Church opposite where a collection will be taken to cover the cost of the food.

Now here’s something very different and you would need to get up nice and early to come down to the Meres Mouth once again to celebrate ‘ The Rising Of The Son’ on Easter Sunday morning at 5am,

So that should set you up for however you wish to spend Easter Day and the times of all the different church services should be displayed on their notices boards.


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Who Will Be Left Holding The Baby? Priya Nainthy, Employment Law Partner at Jackaman Smith & Mulley discusses the new rules in relation to maternity and paternity leave. entitled to paid Additional Paternity Leave (APL).

Above: Priya Nainthy of Jackaman Smith & Mullley. We are all familiar with the concept of maternity leave for new mothers. We have all no doubt also heard of a small amount of paternity leave for new fathers. However, new rules which come into effect from April 2011 will alter this landscape dramatically. New mothers who are entitled to maternity leave are currently able to take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave and may also have an entitlement to statutory maternity pay. New fathers may currently be able to take two weeks of paid paternity leave. There is a significant difference between the lengths of these periods of leave. However, for babies that are due on or after 3rd April 2011, new fathers may be

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The purpose of the scheme is to offer more choice to parents in relation to childcare and to give fathers more opportunity to be involved in the upbringing of the child. To qualify for APL, the father or partner of the child’s mother must be an employee. In addition, the child’s mother must be entitled to maternity leave. The right to APL is also dependent on the mother having returned to work. In order to qualify for APL, employees are simply required to self-certify that they are eligible for it. This places the onus on the employee to provide all the necessary information to the employer within certain set timescales. However, it should be noted that HMRC will carry out compliance checks and financial penalties will be imposed where fraudulent claims for APL have been made. The Government has made it clear that APL is an interim measure and that its

long-term objective is to introduce a more flexible system of shared parental leave. The aim is that this will be introduced in 2015. The message is therefore clear – APL is simply the start of fathers also being able to take significant periods of leave after the birth (or adoption) of a new child. Priya Nainthy has acted over a number of years for employers involved in a

wide range of businesses from small companies to large plc’s. He also regularly advises and represents employees. For further information about this article or any of the employment law services provided by Jackamans contact Priya Nainthy on 01379 643555 or at priya.nainthy@jsm.co.uk.

Chyme Music Charity Do you know any inspiring young musicians that would benefit from financial assistance? Chyme, the charity for young musicians could help you. Chyme is a local charity which offers financial assistance to students in Diss and the surrounding areas. We can provide funding towards lessons or musical instruments and work closely with the local schools. Formed in 1997 in recent years we have seen the amount of students we help increase substantially.

Chyme hosts two concerts a year to showcase the talent we have been supporting and the money raised are ploughed back into the charity. Every case is assessed on its own merit regardless of background and ability. To find out more information go to www.chyme.org.uk or contact our general secretary on 01379783628.


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Weird & Wonderful Wood Diss Bed Centre 14th and 15th May 2011.

Diss Bed Centre and Furniture Warehouse is a family owned business that has been established for over 35 years. We are based in Diss, Norfolk, where we have two showrooms open to the public.

Wood is Man’s oldest natural resource . . . He has no older or deeper debt (Hugh Johnson). Weird and Wonderful Wood 2011 is to be held again at the beautiful Haughley Park, Wetherden (just off the A14 near Stowmarket). For those who love wood, Weird and Wonderful Wood has become an annual experience not to be missed. For those fascinated by the beauty of wood and beautiful wooden objects, it is a rare chance to see how they are made and an opportunity to try making things for themselves, all in a truly stunning setting – both indoors and out. We had a fantastic turnout last year and had more visitors than ever before. It was wonderful to see lots of new faces, young and old, as well as many established artists and crafts people who come along each year. This year’s two day event is set to feature even more demonstrations and workshops. Visitors will be able to meet over seventy artists and craftspeople, enjoy watching their practical skills and appreciate their work. There will be new demonstrations including carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, musical instrument making (including flutes and drums), displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, as well as coracle making and wagon displays. There will be a working mobile sawmill on site, so if you want to bring your own tree, it can be cut for you! Workshops, which everyone can take part in, include activities such as archery, willow weaving, spoon wittling, withy work, papermaking, pole lathe turning, scrap wood, puppet making, jewellery making, den building, and Monkey-do tree climbing. If you have not been before, you will find it a friendly, fun, relaxed event with something for all the family. Take time to enjoy yourself at your own pace. Enjoy a wealth of excellent locally sourced and produced food and drink (including a licensed bar) on offer and beautiful surroundings to explore when you want

Both stores have easy access and parking and we offer free local delivery using our own specialised team.

a break. There is no need to worry about inclement weather as we have fine furniture and demonstrations in the barn and other activities in the grounds, housed in structures such as domes, tipis and yurts! Weird and Wonderful Wood is a unique and exciting event which is never the same from year to year. There are new things happening and new experiences every time. There are different demonstrations, different stalls, new ‘spontaneous happenings’, different workshops for children and adults - as well as established favourites. But one aspect never changes, the event’s very special atmosphere that sees people coming back year after year.

Our Bed Centre is situated in Wills Yard, Diss and offers a wide range of divans, wooden beds, metal beds, sofa beds, memory foam mattresses, pocket spring mattresses and much more. We also have a new exciting range of TV beds, electric beds and rise and recline chairs and with new lines being released regularly we are the place to visit for the latest styles and ranges. Our new Furniture Warehouse on Sawmills Road, Diss offers a huge selection of leading styles of bedroom and occasional furniture including Bedsteads, Sideboards, Wardrobes, Dining Tables, Chairs and much more.

We have years of experience in the industry and fantastic customer service, we are best placed to give you any advice you need on the furniture you are looking for. We offer something to suit every taste and budget. We are open 7 days a week at both stores, Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. Store Opening Times Are As Follows: Chapel Street Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 9 - 4pm Closed Sunday Sawmills Road Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 8:30am - 1pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

“It was one of the most magical days I’ve had, ever. The people were fantastic, so open and warm and knowledgeable and passionate about their crafts. It was so inspiring and so much fun.” - Anna Morell, Kent. “Interesting connections, a great venue and a wonderfully mellow atmosphere.” - Alison Kent, Wivenhoe See www.weirdandwonderfulwood.co.uk for pictures from previous years. The event is organised by Stow Hundreds, a non profit making organisation, and Robert Williams has once again kindly invited us to use his lovely grounds and beautiful barn in Haughley Park. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2011. Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3JY. Times: Saturday, 10.30 – 6.00pm; Sunday, 10.30 – 5.00pm Admission per day: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Children under 12 £2, and under three’s free. For further details please phone Tarby Davenport on 01359 240724 or email tarby@tarbydavenport.com

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Willows By Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists Willows in Great Britain range from stately trees up 90ft high to ground hugging shrubs and have a variety of common names, osier, withy, palm, sallow or saugh (Scotland). They are not long lived trees – up to 50 years and are invariably found near water or wetland. The genus is Salix and there are more than 300 species in the world, several are native to the British Isles. The flowers or catkins are either male or female, each being borne on different trees. Salicylic acid (aspirin) was first discovered in the willow bark which may explain why willow trees are associated with healing and white magic. Since ancient times, willows have been associated with the moon and the feminine. Belili (Sumerian goddess of love), Persephone, Circe/ Hecate, Artemis and Hera all had sacred willow groves. The Nine Muses resided on Mount Helicon, which was named after helike, Greek for willow. In Irish legend willow plays a significant role as the provider of wood for harps. The harpist was the entertainer/historian and the harp

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was a sacred object. The most famous is ‘Brian Boru’ and dates back to the 15C and now in Trinity College, Dublin. Willow wood is pale yellow or brown and not particularly durable but tough, pliant and light. This linking of lightness with strength leads to many uses – artificial limbs, baskets, garden trugs, coracles, cricket bats. Crack Willow S.fragilis is so called because the twigs are very brittle and easily snapped. This is beneficial to the tree as it can drop twigs in the water which then flow down stream and root when touching the banks. Charcoal made from crack willow is favoured by artists. It is often grown along river banks to help prevent erosion. Osier S.viminalis. This is a shrub rather than a tree and is coppiced regularly to grow pliant stems or withies for basket making. The withies are harvested after 1 year. White Willow S.alba. These were pollarded at head height to give long straight poles for fencing. For cricket bats the stems are felled at 12-15years and the

bat length is split (not sawn) from the trunk thus giving extra strength.

Smith on the banks of the River Ayr in the mid 19C

Corkscrew Willow S.babylonica ‘Tortuosa’. This was a sport cultivated in northern China where it is known as the dragon’s claw willow. It was introduced into France in the 1920’s, since then it has been widely planted as a curiosity. Loved by flower arrangers, the spring stems often being stripped of bark to show the white sap wood.

In Jewish tradition, the willow is one of the four trees used in the Feast of Tabernacles to give thanks for harvest. In folklore, the willow is said to taste bitter because the Christ child was once whipped with one; and because willows decay early, to beat a child with a willow rod was believed to stunt his growth.

Weeping Willow S.babylonica x alba. The most majestic of the willows planted along river banks; long thought to be symbols of mourning – Psalm 137 ‘By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept… on the willows there we hung our harps’

Waveney Tree Specialists are often asked to pollard willows. This can be a delicate task as they are often hanging well out into a river or lake. This is where our 20 metre hoist comes in useful; the wood is also brittle and often dangerous to climb. The men all wear life jackets just in case of a mishap.

Goat Willow S. caprea or pussy willow or great sallow; so named because goats favoured the young shoots. The branches are often used as decoration in spring with the large yellow male catkins called palm and the soft, silvery female catkins – pussy willow.

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Kilmarnock Willow S.caprea ‘Kilmarnock’. This is a weeping form of goat willow, first discovered by James

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Employees Have Rights Even The Hamsters Play When Company Is Insolvent Jimi Hendrix And ZZ Top! Companies entering so-called pre-pack administration arrangements will have to deal with TUPE rights for employees. TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – was introduced in 1981 and updated in 2006. It is designed to protect employees where business changes hands, by moving the employees and any liabilities associated with them from the old employer to the new employer, to create a situation where their continuity of service and any other rights are all preserved.

employees’ terms of employment.

The changes in 2006 were intended to make it easier to rescue insolvent businesses, including a distinction between two types of insolvency situation, “terminal” proceedings and “non-terminal” proceedings.

The Olds decision means that any sale of a business by way of administration will be subject to TUPE, which will not make it easier for administrators to find buyers, but at least we have certainty.

Terminal proceedings are when a business cannot be rescued and has to be liquidated. In those circumstances, the key principles of TUPE do not apply. In non-terminal proceedings the administrator is looking to sell the insolvent business as a going concern and the key principles of TUPE apply with minor relaxations, for example there is greater scope for the buyer to alter the

One of the most important things to remember is that even when a business is liquidated, the provisions of TUPE requiring consultation with employees will apply, even though there is no automatic transfer of employees to the buyer.

In the EAT decision of Olds v Late Editions the Tribunal decided that the Insolvency Act requires the administrator to consider whether a business can be sold as a going concern and so it cannot be said that, at the time the administration commences, the intention was to liquidate the assets.

For all employment issues please contact Jane Liddle on 01603 610481.

Diss Corn Hall, Diss, Norfolk. Friday 20th May 2011. The guitar, bass and drums trio THE HAMSTERS have long been established as one of our premier Blues-Rock attractions, having performed over 4,000 concerts in 24 years. Although usually playing their own brand of rootsy Rock, Blues and Americana - tonight they’ll be performing two sets of JIMI HENDRIX and ZZ TOP songs, for which they’re also widely regarded as being the UK’s leading interpreters. Guitarist/singer Slim has also just been featured in Guitarist magazine’s ‘Blues Guitar Heroes’ book. “They’re fabulous: one of Britain’s very best live bands” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

When: Friday 20th May 2011. Where: Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LB Doors: 8pm, performance commences at 8.30pm. No support act. Ticket Price: £15 all tickets Tickets from 01379 652241 or www.disscornhall.co.uk The Hamsters - www.thehamsters.co.uk The Hamsters’ MySpace www.myspace.com/thehamstersuk Venue - www.disscornhall.co.uk

“Brilliant!” - Suzi Quatro “Nobody does the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top better (except the real ZZ Top)” – The Times

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The Pride Of Breckland Calling All Prospective Candidates The unsung heroes of Breckland have been recognised in the second Pride in Breckland Awards. An audience of almost 200 gathered in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Marham on Friday evening to witness the ceremony and pay tribute to the hard work, courage, unceasing dedication and caring nature of people from across the district. William Nunn, Leader of Breckland Council, said: “This was a truly humbling night where Breckland’s unsung heroes were given the recognition and thanks they deserve. “One of the things which makes Breckland so special is the strength of its communities and these awards show just how strong those bonds are. I know the judges had an extremely hard time in deciding on winners and everyone who was nominated this year deserves recognition and our thanks for what they have achieved.”

who had shown exceptional bravery. Nick Loades, from Colkirk, who is a full time carer for his wife and daughter as well as being an active member of his community, was awarded the overall Pride in Breckland Award 2011 after earlier in the evening being awarded the gong for Carer of the Year. In a surprise award at the end of the evening Mick Gault, from Dereham, who is the most decorated Commonwealth Games competitor of all time, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lifetime Achievement Award – Mick Gault Pride In Breckland Award – Nick Loades Carer of the Year – Nick Loades Child of Courage – Harry Pitchford and Isaac Palmer

In the May edition of the Dispatch Magazine we will be covering the Local Elections for those standing for both the Diss and Attleborough Town Council on May 5th. So if you are a candidate who is standing for election and wishes to promote yourself with a photograph and editorial, to every resident in your town, this is your opportunity to tell the electuret who you are, what you stand for and why you should be voted onto the Town Council.

For further details contact Jayne on 01953 456789 by Tuesday 12th April.

Greener Breckland – Old Buckenham Village Environment and Recycling Group Architectural Excellence Award – Saxon Bank Development, Thetford Safer Breckland – Erica Reynolds

Community Group of the Year – The Surge, Watton Volunteer of the Year – Roy Spalding Good Friend / Neighbour – Hazel Holden Sporting Excellence – Danny Nobbs

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Group Captain Pete Rochelle took time out from his exceptionally busy schedule to welcome people to the base saying RAF Marham was proud to play host to the awards. He said: “Awards and ceremonies like this are hugely important in the role they play in identifying and celebrating the often unsung heroes which make so much of a difference to our communities.” The ten categories saw a diverse range of winners from community groups to children

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Treasures Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2011 - 11am-5pm both days. The parishes of Eccles, Hargham, Quidenham • Village Hall Eccles. Art & Crafts and Photography Exhibition, Refreshments & Wilby in the depth of south Norfolk are holding there first event this summer, to includes Drinks, Lunch and 1920s afternoon tea, all weekend. highlight the various Treasures in the 4 small parishes in the Quidenham group. • BBQ & Bar on Sunday Children’s games • Various exhibits of photograph’s and The various churches, schools and history, at venues around all four parishes all weekend. village halls and venues will hold history, photographs, and various events over that • Wilby Church of historical interest and weekend. teas in the Old Rectory Gardens. These include; • Music concert at Quidenham Church Saturday 7.30pm Tickets £5 Tel 01953887520 • Talk on Quidenham village 1930s to date, 2pm both days. • Open air Songs of Praise, Village Hall, Eccles 5.30pm Sunday, all welcome. • 96th Bomber group museum open both days, At New Eccles Hall School with Video of village remembered showing footage of 1940s Snetterton Heath & village etc. collection of US war time vehicles. Also a Talk on 96th Bomber Group Snetterton Heath. • Arts Centre News Eccles hall School Society of disabled artists’ exhibition Saturday 11-5pm.

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The event will also hold a photography competition open to all. Further details and application form from; Tel 01953 887520 email - diddy-wright@hotmail.com or 01953 454528 email hewsonchristine@yahoomail.com If you are a resident or a past resident of these parishes and would like to be involved or have any history, photographs or artefacts of these parishes that can be displayed, please contact; Rev D Hill - rector of the parishes by email: nicki.albermarle@gmail.com or email the secretary of the event, hewsonchristine@yahoo.com or by telephone: 01953 454528.

Royal Wedding At St Mary’s Church Attleborough If your invitation to the Royal Wedding hasn’t dropped onto your doormat yet, then don’t worry as you’re invited to St Mary’s Church, Attleborough, for the Royal Wedding on April 29th. We will be showing the service on a large screen in the Church. The service starts at 11 a.m., but we will be open when the coverage begins at approx. 9.30 a.m. Please bring a picnic to eat in the hall or in the church grounds after the service. Hot drinks will be available in the hall.

Everyone is welcome and admission etc. is free. For further information please contact Anne Tinker on 01953 453601.

Garden Shows Bigger and better than ever before. With new show features and a greater range of products, the Norfolk Garden Show is a celebration of the great outdoors. Stroll through the stunning and artistic show gardens designed by local nurseries and landscapers for inspiration and ideas. Whether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard, there are thousands of products available to help create your own perfect oasis.

jam-packed with mouth-watering local and national produce from sausages and cakes to cheese and wine. Floral experts display their competition entries in the wonderfully fragrant floral marquee in the new flower show organised by local horticultural clubs.

Can’t tell your Petunia from your Primrose or your Freesia from your Fuchsia, don’t worry as there are plenty of experts on hand to guide you in the right direction. Visit the new ‘How To’ zone where you will find local tradesmen and specialists offering help and advise on various garden projects.

Visit the Gift & Craft village bursting with affordable gifts and unique items from skilled local craftspeople; you can even watch a demonstration of their work. Everything you need for a fantastic day out whether you are a horticultural connoisseur or gardening novice can be at an Aztec Garden Show.

New for 2011 is the Garden & Home marquee with everything you could think of to turn your house into a home. Always popular with visitors, the Festival of Food is

Further information and advanced tickets can be found at www. aztecevents.co.uk along with alternative dates and locations.


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Wicklewood Bowling Club Attleborough Probus Club For A Sociable Pastime The second meeting of the month was attended by Thirty Five members to hear our speaker Stephen Pope whose subject was “The storey of Swanton Morley Airfield” 1940-1995.

Wicklewood Bowling Club was started by a group of villagers in 1972/3 at the rear of the village hall on a plot of land bought from the parish council.

Fences were erected, a green was laid & a club house built by the members. In later years the green was extended to give a better length for playing EBA. A watering system was also installed to enable the whole green to be watered at one go in times of dry weather & to enable fertilizer to be watered in as required. To help raise funds & to quench the thirst of bowlers & spectators a licensed bar was incorporated into the club room. In the last couple of years a port-a-cabin changing room has been purchased & improvements carried out to the club room, including a new roof. thanks to grants obtained from ‘Norfolk Community Foundation Grassroots Grants’ & ‘South Norfolk Council’.

After sadly losing our green keeper, a founder member of the club, who mostly single handed, maintained the green to a high standard, we have brought in a professional firm, Dale Watson Contracting, to maintain & further improve the green with the aid of his array of machinery. Wicklewood Bowls club play in three leagues, namely ‘Men’s EBA, Ashill Mixed EBA & Attleborough & District Mixed Triple Federation, as well as a number of friendly & cup matches, both internal cups & against other clubs. These are all keenly fought for. The club also has a number of social events. Club membership is available to all ages & both sexes for playing members as well as social membership for those that just like a friendly club atmosphere & a drink whilst watching a game. The club is always looking for new members, both from Wicklewood & the surrounding area.

The Airfield was believed to be the largest grass airfield in Europe built by Costain was extremely well drained and capable of handling most aircraft during the second world war where it had the distinction of being the base for many famous raids over Holland and Germany, initially the base for the Bristol Blenheim bombers and latterly Bostons, Mitchells, Mosquitoes and Spitfires. The airfield was the operational base of Wing Commander Hugh Edwards VC one of the most highly decorated members of the RAF.

If you are interested in joining please contact the Chairman Colin on 01953 606045 or Richard Goodings on 01953 605864 or Ron & Cynthia Lansdell on 01953 605935 or just turn up at the club general meeting on Wednesday 6th April @ 7.30pm in the club house behind Wicklewood Village Hall.

Our members thoroughly enjoyed the recent trip to the “Titanic Exhibition” at the Dome in London organised by our social secretary Ralf Ramm who also announced the details of our next ladies outing on 30th March. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to our speaker for a very interesting and informative talk. The Probus Club an organisation for retired business and professional men meets twice a month at the Connaught Bowls Club in Station Road.

Green opening night for the summer season will be Saturday April 30th from 5.00pm onwards for a roll-up & a B-B-Q.

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Volunteers Two Weeks Work In Ugandan Children’s Home

Attleborough Rainbows Attleborough is looking for additional adults to help at our Rainbow units.

On 16th March Andrew Fairweather, funeral director at Rackhams Funeral Service, Diss will be leaving for two weeks to work in an orphanage in Namugongo, Uganda. The home was set up by a friend of Andrew’s, Kevin Hammond, who is the Chief Executive of The Cogwheel Trust international, a work that Andrew has admired for several years. The home though is in need of some repair and decorating and Andrew is part of a group of 10 people from Horham Baptist Church in Suffolk who are going to help with the work. The local Brownies have made up 100 pencil cases for all the children in the home. One of the joys of the trip for Andrew will be to meet the child that he has sponsored for 5 years now. He will also be spending time at the Children’s Centre in Mpoma and a plot of land in Kanganda all run by the trust for the benefit of the local

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children. For more information on the work of The Cogwheel Trust they can be found at www.cogwheeltrustinternational.org.uk Andrew will be keeping a diary during his time in Uganda, and we will keep everyone up-to-date with his progress and tales. Follow the blog at: http://horham. typepad.co.uk For further information please contact: Jan Mayor email: community@ fairwayspartnership.co.uk Tel: 01328 829659

Rainbows started in 1987 and are the youngest members of Girlguiding UK at 5 - 7 years old - the younger sisters of Brownies! Because the girls are younger, they meet in the afternoon (4.45pm 5.45pm) which often makes it difficult to find adults to assist. The girls enjoy a wide variety of activities - ranging from crafts, painting and colouring in the meeting to place to joint activities with other Rainbows or Brownies, trips and visits to meet people, and games outside. The programme has been developed with the girls in mind and they follow a Rainbow Roundabout programme on the themes of Look, Learn, Laugh and Love. Although they don’t have interest badges in the same way as Brownies, the girls are often taking part in themed badges, for example on the Guiding Centenary or the Royal Wedding.

We are looking for additional adult support for our units in the form of someone between 18 and 65. No previous experience necessary although enthusiasm and an interest in meeting new people and making new friends is very important. It would be beneficial to have spent time with children in this age range. All adults will be required to undergo a CRB check to work with children. This is a volunteer role and would be for approximately 1 hour per week, although there are opportunities to learn further and train as a leader if interested in the future. For more information, please contact Kathryn - sunflowerjones@hotmail. com or 01953 456525. Feel free to check out the Girlguiding UK website for more information on joining as a volunteer: www.girlguiding.org.uk


News from across your region

Attleborough Pensioners Attleborough Heritage Group The Attleborough Pensioners meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 2pm at the Methodist Church Hall, London Road, Attleborough. The meeting on the 28th February was very interesting when Mr. Barry Streeter gave an informative talk on writing Wills and applying for Probate. This topic is very important for pensioners today, a representative from Tradecraft will be talking to us on the 28th March and on

the 25th April there will be a Beetle Drive which always causes a lot fun and laughter. New members are always welcome to join us for tea and biscuits and Mrs. Doreen Parker the Secretary on 01953 456958 will be pleased to give you any further information.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship The Attleborough Group of the CSRF meets at the Methodist Church Hall, London Road, Attleborough, on the third Thursday of the month, from 10am to 12 noon, for coffee and a varied programme of activities. At the next meeting, on 21st April, a representative from Wiltshire Farm Foods will tell us about the menu of meals and services which is provided by the company to customers in their own homes.

On 6th March Attleborough Heritage Centre was the location for the second clue in BBC Radio Norfolk’s Sunday morning “Treasure Quest” programme.

their partners, and invited friends.

New members are are very welcome to come to any meeting, or full details of membership and arrangements made so far for future meetings and Group activities Membership of the Group is open to all Civil can be obtained from the Secretary, Service, Post Office and BT pensioners and Mrs. D. Parker, telephone 01953 456958.

concentrated on eating cake and solving the next clue.

Quick-witted local listeners to the programme had rapidly solved the location clue and waited eagerly outside the Heritage Centre for the arrival of presenter Becky Betts and her charming pilot/driver/sound engineer, Ian Forster. There was much excitement and flashing of cameras as the outside broadcast vehicle arrived and Becky rushed into the Centre. President, Alan Sparrow, had a few brief minutes to let listeners know about this facility in Attleborough which is open to all every Thursday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Then the third clue was found behind the unique Gaymer’s Reverse Clock and all efforts were

Attleborough Heritage Centre is a living museum for the Town. It opened two years ago and already has a magnificent collection of archives, photographs and artefacts relating to Attleborough, including an extensive record of the Gaymer’s Cyder Factory which was in the Town for almost a hundred years before closing and transferring to the West Country in the 1990s. This year’s projects include the next stage in the comprehensive graves recording and the history of Attleborough Schools, which will form part of a festival in October 2011. For more details visit the Centre on any Thursday or telephone 01953 455877 or e-mail attleboroughheritage@tiscali.co.uk or visit the website www.attleboroughheritage.org

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£24,000 Cash For Community Projects £24,000 has been awarded to 23 separate initiatives that will help create stronger and safer communities and benefit youth provision, schools, sports clubs, environmental projects and community groups in Breckland. Panels opened up the judging process to local residents who cast their votes after listening to presentations by project organisers. This proved popular with over 200 local people having their say on which projects they wished to support. Above: Claire Bowes, Breckland Council elected member for Watton and Paul Adcock from Project Rainbow. The funding came from the Breckland Partnership and Norfolk Constabulary through the Partnership’s Participatory Budgeting scheme, now in its second year. Following the success of the first Participatory Budgeting initiative, the Breckland Partnership agreed to allocate a further £30,000 - £6,000 to each of five Panels representing the Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Wayland areas. These Area Panels assessed the bids submitted from their areas; Panel members included representatives from town and district councils, the Police, area partnerships, faith and business communities. In a move to open up the assessment process, having drawn up short lists, the Attleborough, Thetford and Watton

Adrian Stasiak, Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities and Benefits said: “The Participatory Budgeting initiative has really given a boost to local groups, enabling them to move forward with their ideas and initiatives. With so many worthwhile projects to consider it has been a difficult job for the Panels this year so I thank them for their commitment to the process. Having local people assessing the projects coming forward for their area is crucial; they are the best people to judge which projects will meet local priorities”. Attleborough Players were delighted to receive £1,066 to purchase costumes and

equipment, hire a hall and stage three performances. An award of £1,800 will enable the Friday Youth Club in Dereham to purchase a TV, games console and a laptop computer. The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) will use their £800 award to fund services at their new equipment and information drop-in centre at Wayland House in Watton High Street. Until now, people from the Breckland area with poor sight have had to travel to Norwich or wait for a home visit if they were in need of help or advice from the charity. NNAB’s Equipment and Information Centre Manager, Dorothy Bowen said, “People can now pop in and get the expert advice they need whilst they are out doing their shopping. We have a presence in Breckland for the first time, and it’s an extra dimension for them both socially and in terms of encouraging their independence.”

Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services Since the end of January 2011 when all the self assessment tax returns had to be submitted we have been very busy preparing company accounts, submitting returns for those who didn’t quite make the deadline, completing payroll and end of year annual returns and lots of VAT returns. Now it seems impossible to believe but it’s the end of the tax year again and the tax return season starts all over again. Many people will receive a notice from HMRC on or about 6 April 2011 advising them that they need to complete a self assessment tax return. It is a good idea to get this completed sooner rather than later so that you know how much tax you

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have to pay and how much profit you have made. If you need help with your tax return please call us today 01953 457173 or email Kerry@kerrybutcher.co.uk. Don’t forget we offer a free initial consultation so we look forward to hearing from you.


News from across your region

Bunwell And District Anglia Computer Camera Club Exhibition Solutions Smile this Spring Bank Holiday weekend as Bunwell and District Camera Club present their annual exhibition of members work.

Has branches in Swaffham, Downham Market and Wymondham. At Anglia Computer Solutions we cover everything and anything computer related.

Held at Banham Community Centre on Sunday May 29th (10am-5pm) and Monday 30th (10am-4pm) the exhibition will showcase some fantastic photography with over 300 images on display. In addition the exhibition will host a junior photography competition with entries from local schools.

NEW @ Anglia Computer Solutions Ltd - After many years working with Sage products we are now proud to announce we are a Sage Business Partner. This gives us the best pricing on Sage products & upgrades. We can now offer Sage Accounts, Payrol, & ACT etc, together with installation and training, Contact us for a FREE Quote.

connector and screen replacements. If it’s a problem which cannot be fixed in store, or it’s just too inconvenient to bring in – then we will come to you. Our callouts are £39.99 which includes travelling and labour. We cover both homes and businesses whether it’s setting up wireless broadband for personal use or twenty computers in an office.

FREE DATA TRANSFER FROM YOUR OLD PC / LAPTOP TO NEW!!

We keep in a wide range of Ink cartridges, cables, hardware components and peripherals in stock all ready to go, and if we don’t have what you need then they can often be ordered for the next day.

Visitors can also have a professional photo studio session at the venue for just £10, which includes a 10x8 print, thanks to

photographs2art of Attleborough (no need to book). Entry to the exhibition is just £1 per person with accompanied children free. Refreshments will be available including home made sandwiches, cakes and savouries, along with a tombola and raffle. Further details about the club and exhibition can be found at www.bdcameraclub.co.uk. If anyone would like to support the exhibition with sponsorship or prizes, please contact Jon White on 01953 788540.

I use Dispatch as my main source of advertising as I feel it reaches the people that I would like to be my clients – that is local people in the area carrying on their everyday business. It is perfect for me as it goes out to homes in the area and people keep it as source of information after they have read it. Dispatch has been one of my main sources of new clients over the past years and is perfect for me. Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services, Tel: 01953 457173.

Unfortunately computers do go down, whether it’s due to viruses and spyware, old age or things like electrical storms. We are here to help! Often these kinds of problems can be solved quickly, either by replacing key components or solving any software problems - its always recommended to get a quote for a repair before just going out and buying a completely new unit. Laptops are becoming increasingly popular and although they are a bit more of a challenge to repair we cover all aspects of them. Whether the unit won’t turn on, right through to keyboard, power

More and more people are now using internet and phone to make contact rather than face to face. This is why we have added telecoms to our list of services. We can now provide businesses with a much cheaper alternative to the standard BT systems and these have many more functions including, recording of calls, call divert, call queuing, call logging and the list goes on. Please phone us for a free no obligation quote to discuss your needs.

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Broadland Council Training Attleborough Services (BCTS) Is Your Boxing Club Local Training Provider

Eastern Counties Semi-Finals - 5th March 2011

Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS) is a successful, specialist training provider that delivers 3 different types of training programmes to people of all ages and abilities in Norfolk and the Eastern Region. Foundation Training for young people who attained few qualifications at school, Mainstream Training delivering NVQ’s and other qualifications mainly through Government approved Apprenticeship Programmes and Business Training. The Business Training (there are some lifestyle courses as well) are delivered from our training rooms at the Broadland District Council offices which is located in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. There is free car parking on site and also we are just a 15 minute walk from the train station. We offer over 75 different courses, which are competitively priced and delivered by independent, skilled, practical and knowledgeable tutors, who use a variety of training methods including workshops and one-to one support.

To find out more about the courses we run please either visit www. broadland.gov.uk/trainingcourses e-mail business@broadland.gov.uk or call 0800 389 1113.

The town of Attleborough enjoyed a massively successful boxing evening event which well and truly put the town onto the Eastern Counties Boxing Map and every single one of the 300 + strong crowd which packed into the Connaught Hall went home enthusing about the boxing on show.

the night was the flamboyantly and colourful Rockie Wadhams (North Holt, London)

The card of 20 Bouts held up magnificently with 14 Attleborough ABC Boxers taking to the ring and the Eastern Counties Semi – Final bouts showcasing the talent in the area.

Presentations were also made by: Garry Brown (GB Commercials) - Bout of the Night - Alfie Smith (All Comers) and Cane Brunning (Kingfisher)

Bout of the night was without question the eagerly awaited Semi – Final bout between Alfie Smith (All – Comers) and Cane Brunning (Kingfisher). The boxers fought a tremendously powerful and skilful 3 rounds and had the whole crowd on its feet with a standing ovation at the end of the bout. The judges were split and Alfie Smith (All – comers) received the Majority decision and goes onto the Eastern Counties Finals. Home Boxer of the night on his debut for the club was Mat Grey with a very workman like and determined performance. Away Boxer of

Overall it was a fantastic, high quality, sporting occasion which demonstrated (where it matters - in the boxing ring), just how far the Club has come and the appetite for the sport ing Central Norfolk. Jon Dennis – (Attleborough ABC Head Coach) was delighted with how all the Home Boxers had performed on the night and done both themselves and the club proud.

Adrian Stasiak - (Deputy Leader of Breckland Council ) - Away Boxer of the night – Rockie Wadhams. Geoff Farrow (Mayor of Attleborough - Home Boxer of the Night – Matt Grey Massive thank you to all Boxer’s, Coaches, Sponsors, Officials and Supporters who made this such a fantastic sporting occasion for the Town Attleborough ABC next home show is Saturday 3rd December.

Staying Power A thought for Easter from Malcolm Ryan, Pastor of Attleborough Baptist Church. One of the chief characteristics of God is his faithfulness. And that includes promisemaking and promise-keeping. Our God is a covenant God. Our God is a faithful God. He

has staying power. Then let’s understand that the heart of staying power is sacrifice -- giving oneself up for the good of another. And for the ultimate example of staying power we only have to think about the Lord Jesus Christ. When he could have turned away from the cross, he stayed the course, setting his face like a flint all the way to Calvary. When he could have come down from the cross and avoided the suf¬fering, he stayed. In fact, he stayed all the way to that moment when he could cry out, “It is fin¬ished.” At 10.30am on Sunday 24th April at Attleborough Baptist Church we will be celebrating Jesus’ finished work. Please come and worship with us on that day and enjoy some fellowship with an Easter Day lunch following our time of worship.

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An interview with...

Terry Beales South Green Park’s Master Butcher and James Smith, South Green Park’s Apprentice Butcher.

(Butchering and providing meat for South Green Park’s Food Hall and restaurant Café Verde, based in Mattishall, Norfolk. The Apprenticeship is supplied by Poultec Training.)

jumped at the opportunity of completing a Butchery Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship covers a huge variety of things such as mastering the different cuts of meat through to display and retail skills. Above: Terry Beales & James Smith. Terry: How long have you been a Butcher and what made you decide to take it up as a career? I have been a butcher for 45 years, I got into the trade with a company at an abattoir and really enjoyed it, I was learning the retail side of butchery at the same time and decided that butchery was the career for me. James: You are doing a Butchery apprenticeship with South Green Park, what made you decide to do this and what does it involve? I started working in the restaurant here (Café Verde) when I was 15; I’ve always enjoyed working with food so I naturally

Both: You provide all the meat for the Food Hall & Café Verde, where is this meat sourced from? We use locally sourced meat wherever possible. Our Pork comes from Blythborough, the beef from Longs of Scarning, our chicken is free range from Banham and when in season the lamb is from Green Farm Elsing. Both: Have you always lived around the area? Terry: Yes, I have lived in Norfolk all my life. James: Yes, I was born in Shipdham and have lived in the Dereham area ever since.

Both: How long have you been at South Green Park? Terry: I have been working with South Green Park providing butchery training and services for 4 years.

Both: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Terry: I enjoy Socialising, playing bowls, eating out and spending time with my grandchildren.

James: I have been working here for 7 years now, starting off as a kitchen assistant and progressing through different Apprenticeships.

James: I enjoy cycling and keeping fit, also shooting and socialising with my friends.

James: What is your favourite aspect of your job? I enjoy interacting and building good relationships with our customers and suppliers, along with developing and creating the new ideas/dishes to encourage sales. Both: Are there any other services or products you provide or are looking to provide in the future? We currently supply a number of other local farm shops with our superb meats; this is something we hope to develop and build on the near future.

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Lil Dragons

The speaker for February was Gloria Daines who gave a talk on Fashion in the 1940’s.

The results for our latest certificate of achievement for “Lil Dragons” classes at Attleborough Scout Hall.

Gloria told us that she had been born and brought up on a farm in West Carr, Attleborough and had had a very happy childhood. She could not remember going without anything during the war except trips to the beach. Gloria began going to a military vehicle club after losing her husband and started to become interested in the 1940’s. She began to collect dance dresses then other items from the 40’s. Much of her collection was picked up from charity shops and jumble sales but these are now becoming harder to find. Gloria said that she now has 22 dance dresses, RAF, ATS, Red Cross and Navy uniforms and many civilian clothes and attends many re-enactments. Amongst Glorias’ collection are many everyday items and she showed us items that would have been in typical shopping baskets. These included oxo, rosehip syrup, cod liver oil, dried egg and dried milk. We also had a look at items that would have been on many ladies dressing tables, sweetheart broaches, compacts, Snowfire vanishing cream, face cream and powder, Cussons apple blossom soap and Ponds

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cream, hair slides and manicure sets. Our thanks go to Gloria who has an amazing collection of items and we greatly enjoyed looking at, and handling the things that she brought. The winner of this month’s competition, My Childhood Memory was 1) Margaret Smith & 2) Betty Jenness. Next month’s speaker is Janet Rose who will be talking about ACWW and the competition is A Doll in National Dress.

Pictured Above L - R: Brandon Watson Blue stripe, Callum Bonner Blue stripe, Layne May Blue stripe, Samuel White Yellow stripe, Joel Newman Yellow stripe, Rebecca Heaton Yellow stripe not pictured.

Lil Dragons classes are specifically aimed at the 4-6 yrs age group and aim to develop your child both physically and mentally, give confidence, teach discipline and respect, improve on coordination, concentration and agility and help them to meet new friends in a fun and safe environment. For details call or text Andy on 07775890359. E-mail: andygillingwater@msn.com.

Attleborough Bible Society Text and Thought for the Month “Jesus suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God” 1Peter 3:18

first Easter, because of His great love for humanity, Jesus fulfilled God’s rescue plan for each one of us.

there is a condition: we must accept that we have failed, ask for forgiveness and receive the risen Jesus into our hearts.

The Bible paints a tragic picture of mankind adrift on the seas of life, without God and without hope because of our sins. That

Jesus, totally innocent of any sins, offered to die in our place so that we could escape God’s just judgement on our sins. But

His presence there will enable us to live transformed lives in the service of God and our fellow men and women.


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Harleston & EYE

Igglepiggle Comes To Harleston! The children in and around Harleston were treated to a special visit from Igglepiggle, a character from the children’s programme ‘In the Night Garden’ on Saturday 26th February, who came to promote a treasure hunt. them of the day IgglePiggle came to Harleston. The shop keepers also benefited from the event, as it increased footfall and gave them the opportunity to showcase their products to a new audience. The treasure hunt started from the Market Place, where IgglePiggle gave out the treasure hunt maps to the 40 plus treasure seekers who took part. The map consisted of rhymes with hidden clues in each one, which then led the treasure hunters to a shop or service in the town. If they solved the clues correctly, and went to the right shop, the shopkeepers would stamp their map and give them a piece of treasure. Once all the stamps had been collected, the completed map was taken back to IgglePiggle and entered into a draw at the end of the day. The lucky winner, Ruth Wilkinson, aged 7, received a box of toys as her prize. Despite the gloomy weather, the dozens of children (and adults) who came to Harleston that day, had a lot of fun, and all those that took part, have their photographs and treasure to remind

The treasure hunt was part of the Local Heroes project, which is a pilot initiative designed to encourage people, working or living in Harleston, to increase their knowledge and passion for the town, and the Waveney Valley, in order to promote it to others. The project has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Rural Development Programme for England.

Harleston Jobs Club Every Wednesday between 10am – 12pm, everyone welcome. Over the last 4 weeks we have had success after success at the Jobs Club and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our members who have managed to secure employment. 5 of our members have found employment in the last 4 weeks and these are just the ones we know about! I would like to especially congratulate one of our members who had been searching for work for sometime but required specific hours to fit around a personal situation. This member took the initiative to put adverts up locally and was contacted by an employer and offered the working hours required – a very well done to you. Jobs Club Monthly Statistics • Average weekly attendance of 11 members • 4 new members • 5 members received careers advice • 2 members received Business Link start up advice • 4 members received CV assistance Activities in April Jobcentre Plus - Wednesday 6th April 10-11am Two members of staff from Jobcentre Plus will be attending the Jobs Club to provide details of the changes taking place to Tax

Jobs Club Credits in April. This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have. Business Link – Wednesday 13th April Our regular Business Link Advisor will be available for appointments providing information and advice to new and existing businesses. Norfolk Guidance Service 1:1 appointments with a professional Careers Advisor offering advice and support if you are looking for work, thinking about a change of career or looking for training/learning opportunities. If you would like more information about the Jobs Club and the free services we offer then please contact Lucy at the Information Centre Tel: 01379 851920 or email jobsclub@harleston-norfolk.org.uk Employers can advertise their vacancy for FREE at the Jobs Club Please contact Lucy with details of your vacancy.

We value Dispatch Magazine, it is an innovative publication with great distribution and everyone is most helpful.” Rackhams Funeral Services Diss Tel: 01379 642321

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Pets & Equestrian Donate To Dogs Trust Redwings There are many ways you can help Dogs Trust. Whichever way you decide to give, your kind donation will help us to care for thousands of dogs in need. Take George, for example. George was an ex-racer who was found on the streets. When he arrived at Dogs Trust we discovered he was losing his sight. Because of this, loud noises terrified him and he was so shy he’d hide from visitors looking for a dog to rehome. That was until he met Suzi, another exracer! They got on like a kennel on fire and have so much fun together. We’re sure we’ll find them a new home soon but until then donations from people like you help us give dogs like George and Suzi the best care possible. Donate Online Help give a dog a waggy tail by making a

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one-off or regular donation to Dogs Trust online today at www.dogstrust.org.uk Legacies Continue to help dogs long into the future with a gift in your Will. Dogs Trust receives no government funding and we are entirely reliant upon the generosity of our kind supporters. Over a third of our income is in the form of gifts included in people’s Wills.

Thank you for supporting our appeal We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated or raised funds for our horsebox appeal: two and a half years after the campaign was launched, a new bespoke Oakley box ideal for large rescues is now ready and waiting at Redwings.

A further 500 equines are in Guardian homes. At Redwings we have a small fleet of horseboxes but we have been desperate to replace our ageing HGV Horse Ambulance for many years.

Download a Donation Form Online We understand some people don’t like entering details online so visit www. dogstrust.org.uk to download a PDF form to print and post.

Adam Joslin, Welfare and Transport Manager, said: “Oakley build horseboxes to the highest standards and have a fantastic reputation. Our lorry was designed after very close consultation with us and is bespoke for our needs. We have no need of luxurious living areas for example; our focus is purely on providing the best possible transport for our horses.”

The new lorry has air suspension which will ensure a comfortable ride for the horses and will helpfully allow staff to drop the chassis height to make a gentler slope for loading. It was also built with red night travelling lights; electric fans to keep the air flow in the back of the lorry constant, detachable grilles between the partitions in case there is a need to travel stallions, and crucially, partitions that are the width of the horsebox and that drop right to the floor.

All our work is funded by public generosity. So, if you love dogs, please make a donation today.

Redwings currently cares for just under 1200 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and rescues around 200 more each year.

Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal! Watch this space for what the new lorry has been up to!


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Easter

A & G Butchers

Monsters

A & G Butchers is a Traditional family Butchers shop situated on Church Street, Attleborough.

Monsters is a secure environment where your “little monsters and angels” can play in safety in a purpose built 10,000 sq ft centre at Hoppers Way, Diss.

We provide an extensive range of high quality meats, homemade Sausages, Burgers and Kebabs. We also offer a selection on cooked meats supplied to us from A Taste Of Norfolk and cooked pies from Brookstreet Foods of Needham Market. No orders too small, come along and receive service with a smile & of course the usual banter.

businesses in the area for all your meat needs. All of our latest offers and selection of meats are available to view on our website www.butchersnorfolk.co.uk.

Having just celebrated their 6th year of trading Monsters has proven to be a huge success with children aged from babies through to 10 years over the years! If you are planning a party or celebration Monsters will do all the work for you! All you need to do is bring the cake and candles!

If you can’t get to the shop for any reason, please feel free to ring us with your order & we will deliver to your home free of charge.

With a newly refurbished restaurant offering an extensive hot and cold menu, a new large seating area for family and friends to relax in and brand new disco room this summer is the time to visit!

Freezer orders are always welcome and will be cut and packed to your requirements. We can also cater for

Open 7 days a week - Monday – Sunday - 10.00am – 6.30pm with free parking.

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New

Buckenham New Buckenham Art Exhibition 2011

Silver Band

Many visitors return year after year to attend this Art Exhibition held in their relatively new spacious hall at New Buckenham over the Easter Weekend.

This means we are unable to take on any engagements and therefore our income has decreased dramatically and like so many organisations at the moment, we find ourselves in a bit of a predicament. The Band has been playing for over 120 years and has a wealth of history and we feel very responsible as caretakers of the organisation, but are finding it increasingly difficult to keep going. As we are a charity, all our assets including instruments, stands, music and uniforms would have to be returned to The Charity Commission with the hope that some other band would benefit from them, but it would be a very sad day for the village of New Buckenham to lose such a splendid organisation. We are urging anyone - especially if you have past associations with the band - to think of any solutions

All the work displayed is for sale and if you are interested in buying a picture it is advisable to go on the Opening Night as many are sold on this evening. However the exhibition is open every day from 11a.m. – 4.p.m. and there will be refreshments too. The Dates For Your Diary Are: The same could be said of the artists, as there are some who have shown paintings there since the exhibition began sixteen years ago. However every year there is a good quantity of new artists who ask to exhibit. One such artist is Mark Poprawski who has exhibited at the New Buckenham Art Exhibition for a couple of years. He graduated at Norwich School of Art with an Honours degree in Fine Art. His recent work, which you see here, is focused on interpreting his experience of landscapes and seascapes. Norfolk is his great love and where his inspirations come from.

Opening Night Friday 21st April from 7.30pm-10.00pm. £3.00 including wine and nibbles. The exhibition is open over the Easter Weekend: Saturday 22nd April, Sunday 23rd April and Monday 24th April.

New Buckenham Silver Band is in grave danger of folding as we have so few members who are struggling to keep it going. to our problem. Would you like to rekindle your interest we would welcome one and all. Beginners would also be welcome as we have a selection of instruments to borrow. If there is a percussionist out there looking for an outlet to play, we have a full kit and selection of percussion instruments. Please help us to save this wonderfully historic band so that many future generations will continue to benefit. We have a wonderful musical repotoire with music to suit all ages. If you have any ideas that could help us or you would like to come to a meeting to air your views, please contact our Chairwoman Pauline Bott on 01953 860425 or our Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Abbott on 01953 452314. www.nbsb.org.uk

Admission is £1.00. All proceeds from the event go to the Village Hall and St.Martins Church New Buckenham.

The styles of art on display are varied giving the visitor a really interesting experience. Works are depicted in watercolours, oils, print processes, collage, photography, ceramics and also some sculpture.

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Homes & Gardens Solargy Ltd

Plant Heritage

Solargy Ltd, is a small solar electricity (PV) installation company, based in Botesdale on the Norfolk/Suffolk Border.

A Pink Theme At Spring Plant Fair. Spring Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Sunday 29th May 2011 10.30-4pm

We Install Solar PV Systems Nationwide and employ no swish salesmen, this enables us to keep our prices very competitive. What is Solar PV? Solar electricity systems harvest the sun’s light energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into DC (Direct Current) electricity, which is then converted via an inverter, to AC (Alternating Current) electricity. This is then utilised to run household appliances in our homes and when unused, sold back to the grid. The good thing about PV cells is that they don’t need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day! By installing a solar PV system you could; • Help protect your self from future energy price rises.

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• Have an independent energy supply. • Get paid for the electricity you generate • Use your own free daytime electricity. • Be part of the solution to the problem of fossil fuel dependency and pollution. Solargy Ltd, has close working partnerships with other renewable energy specialists and would be happy to discuss any other requirements you may have. We are committed to quality and excellent customer service, from first contact to final commissioning. If you are interested in having a free site survey/quote, then feel free to contact us on 01379 890451 or 07941 075649 or for further information visit our website www.solargyltd.co.uk

The popular annual spring plant fair run by Suffolk Plant Heritage in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens has a ‘Pink’ theme this year. Eight hundred plants of the Alpine dianthus (commonly known as ‘Pinks’) Whatfield Gem and Whatfield Cancan will be given away free to visitors. An original watercolour of Dianthus ‘Alan Titchmarsh’, by artist Brenda Green will be raffled at the Fair. This is the twelfth year that Suffolk Plant Heritage (formerly NCCPG) has held its sale at Helmingham Hall in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens. Specialist nurseries including Fernatix, Harvey`s Garden Plants and Woottens of Wenhaston will be selling a wide range of unusual and popular plants.

Several nurseries will be coming direct from exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Plant Doctors will be holding a clinic during the day offering advice. National Plant Collections based in Suffolk including Dianthus (Malmaisons), Campanula, Hosta and Astrantia will be on display, as well as stands selling garden furniture and accessories, including Campaign and Wood Alfresco. Visitors to the plant sale can also enjoy Helmingham`s Grade 1 listed gardens. Entry to plant sale £6 including admission to Helmingham Hall Gardens. (9m NE of Ipswich on B1077.) Free parking. Home made lunches and teas.


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Can’t Afford To Move, How About Updating? Early 2010 we introduced our new premises at Eleven Mile Lane, Suton, Wymondham where we have put our building and plumbing ranges under one roof. To further strengthen our growing business we now have an exciting Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom demonstrating up to date Kitchens and Sanitary ware. We offer quality kitchens at competitive prices with a free design service and are happy to supply only or offer supply and fit including all plumbing and building work including tiling. We welcome both trade and retail customers and delivery is still free of

charge anywhere in South Norfolk, our excellent staff would be happy to assist you with all your building and house renovation requirements. Unique are a local independent merchant which means we care about our service, customers and reputation all of which are key factors to our business. Why not call us for a brochure on 01953 859895 or pay us a visit, we are open 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 12 on Saturdays.

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Homes & Gardens Myhills Pet & Garden

April Showers!

Myhills Pet & Garden are Norfolk’s oldest & largest chain of Pet & Garden stores.

With spring in mind, Supreme Bathrooms have seen the trend continue this month with more people wanting us to remove the old and redundant bath to install a new and modern shower enclosure.

Having been established since 1937 and with 6 shops throughout central Norfolk, they pride themselves on being large enough to compete on price but small enough to care for their customers. All the shops carry a wide range of stock and for any unusual item the friendly staff will always try to obtain it for you. There are regular special offers for pet owners and all shops stock a range of “Myhill’s” dog and cat foods that all offer exceptional value for money. They also run a regular “Top 100 Garden Offers” throughout the main gardening season. All stores offer a fantastic range of pet foods and accessories and large garden line range for the keen gardener. The Dereham branch offers a huge fishing

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tackle department which is in a newly built extension where they cater for coarse, sea and game anglers with an excellent selection of tackle, clothing, rods, reels and fresh baits. You name it and Myhills probably have it. They also have a first floor showroom for larger items such as bivvies, luggage, chairs and trollies. All of the Myhills Pet & Garden shops (except Watton) also have a range of small animals for sale. Myhills also run a local delivery service 1 day per week at each shop when they will be pleased to deliver to you – please contact your local branch or visit www.myhillspetandgarden.co.uk for more information on the service. So for all your pet and garden needs visit your local Myhills Pet & Garden.

People lives have changed and we are looking to reduce the time we spend in bathrooms by installing showers which can save time and money, especially with water consumption the focus in our ever more energy saving world and our ever demanding complex lifestyles.

stores. We can then install a new shower valve if required within your existing tiles or we can re-tile where required, or we can install the excellent wetwall shower panels which are easy to keep clean but really look the part in your new shower.

Supreme Bathrooms offers a full range of showers in all shapes and sizes to suit your very own bathroom requirements all fitted with solid shower trays and not the leaking plastic type you find in DIY

May I also say a “Happy 16th birthday to my daughter April” and all other Dispatch readers with a Birthday in April, from everyone at Supreme Bathrooms.

We take care of everything from plumbing and tiling to electrics and removal of all site rubbish. If you are thinking of a new bathroom or shower then call 01953 600660 for your free onsite bathroom survey.


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Spring Is In The Air... Hopefully! April showers.....lets hope not!!! We all want to see a little sun now and feel a bit of warmth. At least the clocks have moved forward so we feel like there are more ‘light’ hours in our day.

If you are after plants that don’t need protection from the cold then come and choose something from our huge range of hardy plants.

In the garden many of our trees and shrubs are showing lots of signs of life, perennials are poking through the soil, many bulbs are flowering and all around is starting to look much greener. Such a lovely time of year, with so much to look forward to.

We have a fantastic selection of new season stock, hundreds of perennials and alpines and a great choice of trees and shrubs.

At the garden centre this is a very busy, exciting time for us. We are stocking up on bedding and basket plants - geraniums, fuchsias, sweet peas, begonias, petunias etc. We are making up hanging baskets, we make them early in the season so that they are good full baskets ready to hang out when the weather is warm enough, usually mid/late May. If you have your own empty baskets at home then bring them into us, we will fill them now and store them until the risk of frost has passed.

If you need advice about plants we are always ready and happy to help. As always we have a great range of fruit and veg to encourage you to ‘grow your own’ Don’t forget - you don’t need an allotment or a huge garden to grow something edible, lots of things can be grown in pots. Don’t be afraid to experiment, at home we try to grow a new vegetable every year, this year we’re trying spaghetti squash.......I’ll keep you informed on it’s progress...... Visit us soon, we look forward to seeing you, bring the sunshine with you please!

Replace Your Windows? There are a few clear signs that can help you reach a decision. Ask yourself the following questions: Do my windows have condensation or a frost buildup? If you touch the interior pane of glass is it cold in the winter or warm in the summer? When next to your window does it feel colder than the rest of the house? From inside, take a lighted candle and hold it in line with the window frame, does the flame flicker anywhere around the frame?

Call Jason of J & S Homeworks on 07747 847606 for a free no obligation quote to transform your home. Dispatch is my main source of advertising I have always been pleased with the feedback I have received in all the areas they cover. The sales team are friendly and extremely efficient. J & S Homeworks, Tel: 07747 847606.

Look at your windows outside; is the trim rotting, cracking or missing? Is the glass broken or cracked anywhere? Do your windows ever get stuck or won’t stay closed or open? Are you unhappy with the way your windows look? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it is time to replace your windows. Replacement windows help reduce your heating and cooling bills and provide better UV protection - The money saved means they will have soon paid for themselves. Getting windows that look the way you want can increase the resale value of your home as well as create a more aesthetically pleasing environment.

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Homes & Gardens Flower & Garden Club

Paving The Way

At the Breckland Flower and Garden Club AGM held in March members learned that the club had had another busy year.

If your patio paving has lost its colour and looks like old grey concrete, then why not consider the change to a natural stone alternative.

The club is thriving with several new members joining during the year. The programme for the coming year contains a good variety of demonstrations and speakers. The club members were thanked for their continued support and the committee for ‘making things happen’. Last year’s committee was re-elected en bloc and Olive Hepple was presented with the president’s badge for the coming year.

Natural stone paving is often far more economically priced than traditional concrete paving and will stay true to colour and texture far longer than its manmade counterpart. There are many types of natural stone products to suit all tastes and budgets from sandstone in smooth, antique or riven finishes, to limestone, granite, travertine, slate, marble and many more. Our specialist consultants at Paving Superstore can help you decide on the best stone for your project and then our award winning landscaping team can lay your paving to create a spectacular finish – just in time for summer!

Peter Gooch from Thorncroft Nurseries then showed some slides of some of their wonderful clematis grown at Reymeston. Ursula Jackson won the President’s trophy and voucher for gaining the most points in competitions throughout the year and Sally Westrup won the table show trophy.

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Janet Skidmore and Susan Thurlow were joint winners in the March competition New Hands, Ursula Jackson was first in Old Hands, Margaret Smith second joint with Shirley Penfold. Next meeting will take place at Old Buckenham Village Hall, 2 pm on Thursday 14th April when Helen Bird will demonstrate - her title ‘A Passion for Flowers’ The competition - Nostalgia- a tribute to Julia Clements using a pin holder. The table show - a Decorated Hat for Easter. Visitors are always welcome. Further details from Pat 01953 457305 or Sally 01953 788712.

At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of landscaping. As we are also the

driving force behind Paving Superstore and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies, selling hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, Stoneflair, Stonemarket, Pavestone, Global Stone, Strata and Natural Paving, decorative stone, sheds, summerhouses, log cabins, garden features, hot tubs, pergolas, fencing, water features, you can be sure all our materials are at online prices. So why not let our award-winning, fully qualified landscaping professionals encompass your needs by creating a garden to match your lifestyle - whether you prefer modern and contemporary or timeless and traditional. Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your Landscaping requirements. See examples of our work at: www.georginaread.co.uk


CARING FOR THE ELDERLY South Norfolk Mobility Centre Here at South Norfolk Mobility Centre we don’t just sell new scooters and power chairs, we have a good range of pre-used vehicles as well, fully serviced and ready to go.

Manor Court Day Care Manor Court Day Care Centre for the elderly is based in Griston, Norfolk. It is open 5 days a week Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. We have around 36 guests per day all aged 55+, with social services funded and private places available. Our service provides transport either by social services or our own transport for our guests. We specialise in Dementia care, with quality specialist care delivered by a fully trained staff team who believe in promoting independence in all individuals

Above: Michael Lockwood of South Norfolk Mobility Prices start from £440.00. We choose to stock only top quality pre-used products, anything less does not make it into our showroom. Currently we have models

where possible. Reminiscence activities are available for individuals with dementia which recreate ‘life skills’. Extend exercise classes, musical entertainers, singing, dancing, quizzes, table top activities such as dominoes, card games etc, hairdressing and chiropody are some of the services and activities that we provide on a daily basis. Freshly cooked meals which are cooked on the premises are also provided to our guests.

from Roma (Shoprider), Electric Mobility (Rascal), Pride Mobility and Mercury, both road legal, pavement scooters and power chairs. So, please come and visit us and let us see if we can help you with your mobility. We look forward to seeing you. www.southnorfolkmobilitycentre.co.uk

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Health, beauty & wellbeing Detox Diets Friend Or Foe? Everywhere you look, it seems that detox diets are celebrated as the best way to drop pounds and shed unhealthy toxins. So, what’s the scoop on detox diets? Are they hugely beneficial or a waste of time and money? Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests bypassing detox diets, and adopting old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise habits instead. By changing lifestyle behaviours, you’ll be implementing healthy habits that last. Besides, you really don’t need a special diet to detox. That’s because our bodies naturally detox by themselves. So, what’s with all the hype? Well, you can lose a quick five pounds with a detox diet. The problem is that the weight loss is neither healthy nor permanent. While

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you may lose up to five pounds in a week with a so-called detox diet, you’ll mostly be losing water weight. And if you’re drastically cutting calories or eliminating protein, then you’ll be losing muscle mass. When you return to your regular diet, the pounds will come right back on. What’s worse is that by losing that muscle mass from the detox diet, your metabolism will now be slower, which means that you’ll gain weight eating fewer calories than what you ate before the detox diet. And that’s not all. Detox diets can also wreak havoc on your body’s nutritional chemistry. Eliminating entire food groups can leave you deficient of important nutrients. Source: Jazzercise

Camberwell Dental Practice Camberwell Dental Practice - serving the community since 1987. Since 2009, Camberwell Dental Practice has been under the new ownership of Mr Alek Missankov. Alek, a graduate from South Africa in has been working in the United Kingdom since 1997, both in Hampshire and London. The Practice, renovated in 2009, boasts a comprehensive and high standard of private dental treatment, including advanced root canals (endodontic’s) and a wide range of cosmetic treatments such as beautiful white filings, veneers and cosmetic crowns. Camberwell Dental Practice is also committed in encouraging preventative techniques to keep your mouth free from gum disease and tooth decay.

We would be pleased to welcome you in our Practice so please feel free to contact our friendly staff for any information on dental treatment you may require. Call Wendy or Hannah on Tel: 01379 652 580 to book your appointment.


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A New Career For Diane After Losing More Than 4 Stones Sometimes all it takes is an unflattering holiday snap to kick start a healthy eating plan. pounds fast so I made up my mind that if things were to change for me too, then I must join my local group in Diss.”

That’s certainly what happened to Diane Feetham, from Roydon, after her husband took a picture of her on his mobile phone while on a day out at Longleat Safari Park. Diane said: “I knew that losing weight would help my mobility and that my BMI would be taken into account if an operation was to be offered for my back problem which I had been suffering from for some considerable time, but I still needed that final push. The photo in question I have to say has been my salvation because quite frankly, I just did not recognise myself! I looked bloated and old, I felt ashamed and angry for letting myself get so out of control. However, a couple of friends had joined Slimming World and were shedding

Karen, Slimming World Team Developer and Consultant in Diss added: “Diane wasn’t a ‘shrinking violet’ when she walked into my group but I could tell she lacked confidence and kept herself to herself for the first few weeks in group. However, as she learned more about Food Optimising and realised she could continue to eat normal, interesting meals without feeling deprived, her confidence blossomed and Diane soon became one of the member’s in group who always had amazing ideas for recipes that she experimented with and then lovingly shared them with the other members.” Whenever Diane is asked for a favourite meal, she says there are so many to choose from either from the Slimming World website or recipe books that you can easily make every meal a favourite one!

After losing four stones and reducing her BMI, she is no longer in pain and now walks without a stick; has lots more energy and movement and was delighted to be offered the back operation in December 2010. “I now have my life back thanks to Slimming World,” continued Diane, “this gives me the opportunity to rebuild my physical condition by working gradually through their Body Magic activity programme. I have enrolled in the gym, do pilates and aqua-aerobics (all with supervision), but the most exciting thing of all is that I am now well enough to go back to work and I relaunch the Harleston Slimming World group on Tuesday, 5th April, at the Archbishop Sancroft High School at 7.30pm. This will not only give me a new career but the opportunity to share my experiences with so many more people and spread the word about the fantastic and generous eating plans. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel ‘sexy’ and dropping

four dress sizes means that 2011 is going to be an incredible year!” If you are interested in joining Slimming World and would like further information then please contact Karen Gaul, 01379 677119 or the website: www.slimmingworld.com for your nearest group information

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Ten Essential Bank Holiday Driving Tips The upcoming Easter weekend will be one of the busiest of the year. Hundreds of thousands of motorists will be taking advantage of the longest weekend of the year and setting off in their cars. Here are ten things you must do when setting off on your journey. Check The Traffic Reports Listen to radio reports or visit the Highways Agency’s website for the latest traffic information. It could be the difference between a pleasant weekend away or several frustrating hours on a grid-locked motorway. The website also contains details of long-term road works and diversions. Plan Your Route Know where you’re going. We’ve all sat in lay-bys staring blankly at road atlases – half an hour spent planning your route can help avoid this. SatNavs are a modern miracle, but are not very useful if the batteries run out – charge it up before you set out on a long journey or keep a spare set of batteries. Recharge You Own Batteries Tiredness kills – caffeine is an effective

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way of combating fatigue. But be careful - too much caffeine can lead to an increased heart-rate, anxiety and irritability. The only real way combat tiredness is to stop somewhere and get some rest. It’s amazing how much difference a powernap can make to your concentration levels. Take a 15 minute break for every two hours of driving. Spare Tyre And Tyre Changing Kit Check your tyre changing kit is complete, your spare tyre is present and correct, and all your tyres are properly inflated and don’t have worn treads. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm. Check Your Brakes Check the responsiveness of your brakes before you start your trip - rather than on the road. Make sure they’re responsive by tapping them lightly. Clean Your Windscreen Top up your washer fluid, test the windscreen cleaning mechanism, keep

a soft cloth in the car, and clean your wiper blades - front and rear. Look Out For Pedestrians With temperatures heating up, more people will be enjoying the outdoor life. The downside is they’re more likely to appear in front of your car - keep an eye out for cyclists, children and pedestrians. Entertainment A decent supply of CDs, handheld games consoles and travel games will save your passengers from bored chairkicking moments. If arguments over music cause too much stress, audio books are a great alternative.

Take Your Documents Take your driving licence and insurance details wherever you go in your car. If you’re asked to produce them it will save time later on. Sunglasses / Tinted Driving Glasses With brighter weather on the way, it’s a good idea to keep sunglasses (or prescription driving sunglasses) with you, especially for driving in the early morning and late in the evening, when the sun is likely to be directly in your field of view. It also makes sense to have a spare pair of glasses with you or at the very least a repair kit.


An interview with...

Bridget Obey, Orchard Garage smoothly each day. I deal with all of our customers directly so that the mechanics can get on with what they do best, fix the cars!

Above: Bridget Obey and the Team at Orchard Garage. 1. So, Bridget you co-own Orchard Garage with Barry. What is your role within the business? I am the company secretary; I am the first point of contact for our customers whether it’s face to face on reception or on the telephone. 2. How do you feel your presence helps the smooth running day to day? I have to ensure all the parts are ordered and in on time for the vehicles and servicing to ensure the business runs

3. Do you think that being an essential back bone of the reputation of the business helps put ladies minds at ease when approaching Orchard Garage for the maintenance needs? Every lady is different, some ladies don’t mind who they deal with but others like to know there is a lady present within businesses should they like to deal with them rather than a male. I particularly enjoy welcoming ladies to our garage as it’s nice to have a little chat! Our lady clients often mention the fact they feel they can trust us fully and will not be treated differently. Often our customers need a lift home when leaving their car with us for the day, I am happy to run the ladies back should that feel more at ease with a woman.

4. Have you always worked in a garage environment? No I worked as care assistant at the Oakwood House nursing home for 18 years, caring for elderly patients and Bupa patients who needed care after operations. I loved my job but when Barry asked if I would work with him at the garage I decided to leave and keep Orchard Garage as a family run and owned business and I enjoy this just as much.

6. In the previous interview with Barry we mentioned providing track and rally preparation, this wasn’t quite accurate, please explain the services you provide apart from general servicing and maintenance to motor vehicles? We provide a service to prepare track cars and race cars which ranges from fitting roll cages and suspension modifications to full race preparation, with a recent 1st place achievement by a car which we prepared.

5. Do you think that a woman’s touch is perhaps key to the continual success of Orchard Garage?

7. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Well you need a woman to do the cleaning for a start!! The workplace needs to be clean at the start of every day ready for a hard days work. I ensure the boys are well looked after with cups of tea and of course I keep everything organised and in good working order as us women do!

Thank you to all our regular customers, whilst welcoming the opportunity to help new customers. People can ring for a no obligation quote. We try to recommend we aren’t pushy with opinion; we want our customers to feel happy with what we are going to do for them.

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Dispatch Attleborough April 2011