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Diss Museum Diss Volunteer Infantry drilled on Diss Common and were the Dad’s Army of their day in the face of possible Napoleonic invasion. The museum recently acquired at auction a rare silver medal presented to one of their members in 1811. It was awarded for Proficiency at Military Exercises to Jabez Waller, who had just been promoted to Ensign. That was the lowest Officer rank, like Second Lieutenant now. Originally the junior officer carried the ensign flag. Jabez, born 1789, was the sixth child of John & Hannah Waller. In 1802 John was on the voting register, so was a man of means, at a time when ordinary people did not have the vote. Jabez married 18 year old Mary Fulcher in 1813 and they had eight children. When Mary died, aged about 29, Jabez married widow Martha Mulley. Jabez was, at various times, a bank clerk, grocer & draper, dealer and wine & spirit merchant with premises

in Saxmundham. One of our members, Brian Jones, spotted that the medal was coming up for auction and likely to cost between £500 and £800. We made an appeal in the press and, within a couple of days, had raised over £600. Brian did the bidding at the Fakenham auction and we now have the medal, the only pre-World War One decoration in our collection. It can be seen in the museum on Wednesday & Thursdays afternoons, all day Friday & Saturday, plus Sunday afternoons from May.

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The Best, The Original & Official Diss Town Guide Is Coming. . . . Having produced the last 3 editions of the Diss Town Guide, the Dispatch Magazine team are busy preparing their 4th edition (the 22nd actual town guide)which promises to bring the most up to date and comprehensive information to all residents and businesses in Diss. In previous years we have worked closely with the Town Guide committee which was made up of representatives from the business sector of Diss, the Town Council and a few people responsible for collating some of the information. However, in more recent years the majority of information, updates, change of leadership at many of the clubs and organisations, new contact details etc has come directly to us, so we have been able to update the guide on a continual basis, without the need for so many people to be involved. We had planned to bring the new edition of the Town Guide out last year, but as we were unable to get any response from any member of the original committee or the Town Council, we felt we ought to just get on and reproduce the guide ourselves. After all, the Guide is a vital source of information for all residents

and businesses in Diss, and during these tough economic trading times, any publicity small businesses can get can only be a good thing. Businesses, Clubs and Organisations; If you haven’t already done so, please ensure we have your correct information for inclusion into the guide. Either email us your up to date contact details, including email address and Twitter etc, or simply call the Dispatch team on 01953 456789. There are other publications that claim to be the official guide, despite never putting one together before. To be sure. Ask if it is edited by Dispatch Magazine. Visit: www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk Follow on Twitter: @Dispatch_Mag

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Diss, Thetford & District CAB

The Merry Opera Company Presents:

Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice Bureau is a local charity created to serve the local community, providing advice and information on a wide range of subjects covering welfare benefits, financial problems & debt, employment, relationships and housing issues.

Handel’s Messiah.

The charity deals with approx 5000 new clients a year, over 13,000 enquiries and has an annual turnover of about £300 000. We need to recruit skilled trustees to join our board following recent retirements. We are looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a trustee. We are particularly looking for people with either finance experience at senior level or experience of managing an organisation with a high level of volunteers, and minute taking. The post of trustee is unpaid but will provide you a great deal of

experience and satisfaction. All reasonable expenses are reimbursed. We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community. For an application pack and / or to arrange an informal discussion with the Chair of Trustees please contact our manager Cynthia Schears. Email address: manager@disscab.cabnet.org.uk Postal address: Shelfanger Road, Diss IP22 4EH Telephone number: 01379 642291 Closing date 1st May 2013.

Saturday 30th March 7.30pm. An original and unforgettable version of this great piece in which every sentence comes to life and which has real emotional impact. Instead of static soloists and huge choirs, just 12 performers play strangers who find themselves together in church. Each has a story to tell as they try to understand the world, some with faith, some without. A member of the audience said “This is the Messiah I have been waiting for all my life”. The Merry Opera Company’s recent production of La Traviata was described as “sensational” and their tour of the Messiah last autumn had a standing ovation at

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every church where they performed. The Merry Opera Company widens the appeal of opera by staging professional shows in modern English that break the framework of tradition, while staying true to the core of the original. For those who love opera, the shows bring fresh interpretations of classic works. For those new to opera, the shows are understandable, interesting and enjoyable. Please Note: This event is in conjunction St Mary’s Diss and will be held in the church. Tickets available online at www.disscornhall.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01379 652 241.

Messy Church 10-12am Saturday 13th April at Diss United Reformed Church. A new way of “doing Church”. Lots of Bible themed

fun activities followed by reflection and prayer and a light lunch. For all ages, children with carer, free entrance.

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Through The Year With A Horticultural Photographer With Michael Warren, FI Hort. A photographic presentation at 7.30pm, Tuesday, 30th April, at Diss United Reformed Church, Mere Street. (opp Co-op)

This evening promises to be memorable and a must for all who are interested in flowers, plants and gardens. Michael started out as a Freelance Photographer in 1968. One of his first commissions was to illustrate Alan Bloom’s book, “Perennials for Your Garden”, the first in a whole series of books.

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Newman & Co Real Time Information (RTI) – The biggest change to PAYE in 70 years! Many employers will have recently received a letter from HMRC informing them of their mandatory enrolment in RTI, the new monthly reporting regime for those operating a payroll scheme. For some, this may represent a significant additional administrative burden, especially for those still preparing manual payroll records. If you are already using recognised payroll reporting software, you should receive an update in time for the change to RTI in April this year.

Michael soon concentrated all his energies on the high demand for horticultural subjects. This led to the formation of a picture library, “Photos Horticultural” which he and his family ran for 39 years until 2007. Michael continues to travel, capturing images of plants and gardens. Entrance £5 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

However, whatever your situation, it is advisable to review you current payroll solution and consider whether external assistance is required either in an advisory capacity or to prepare your payroll for you and ensure RTI compliance.

Contact no: Gabrielle on 01379 650770.

With the 31st January tax return deadline for the tax year of 2011-12 now well and

Penalties for late filing of Selfassessment personal tax returns

truly in the past, those registered for selfassessment that have failed to file their return will have recently received notice of their £100 penalty. To some this may not present a significant enough incentive to get their tax affairs in order and file their return. However, HMRC will encourage you to file your return by adding a £10 daily penalty from 1st May and for three months or until your tax return is filed. This potentially amounts to a further £900 of penalties. Further penalties will also be due if your return becomes more than 12 months late. These penalties will stay on your account, irrespective of whether you have any tax due. So, if you have outstanding tax returns due, it makes sense to get your record up to date! Wayne Goddard FCCA (Director of Newman & Co. Chartered Accountants)


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Diss Decorative & Fine Arts Society For the February lecture at Diss Decorative & Fine Arts Society [DissDFAS], renowned expert, Anne Anderson, covered not only the “Glasgow Boys” - the Scottish Artists group from the late Nineteenth century - but also the subsequent school of “Scottish Colourists”. Among the painters associated with the group were Joseph Crawhall, James Guthrie, George Henry, Atkinson Hormel, William Kennedy, John Lavery and Edward Arthur Walton together with many others who would meet at Macgregor’s studio. This large combined topic was presented in a rapid and refreshing style that left some of the audience of 130 members overwhelmed by the sheer weight of information. Anne’s comprehensive lecture was accompanied by slick illustrations which again were too much for some of the viewers. However, the oblique overarching theme of her excellent performance was clear and showed the emergence of Glasgow as a modern and wealthy cultural centre from the 1880’s which picked up the influence of Japanese prints - very popular at that time - and also that of the major French arts movements in a way that was not apparent in the rest of

the United Kingdom. This theme was taken through into the 20th century together with the unique development of Scottish modern art that built on these adopted French styles. Linking this thesis to the Scottish Colourists, such as John Ferguson, Francis Cadell and Samuel Peploe, Anne was able to endorse her conclusions and was well appreciated for her energy, style and knowledge of a very broad topic little generally known today. The April Lecture will be presented by Elizabeth Merry and is something completely different: Travels in Rajasthan with Rudyard Kipling. Tuesday, 16th April 2013 Roydon Village Hall from 1.30pm. Tea & Coffee is served before the presentation. Car parking is available but may be restricted during the winter months. For more details on lectures and membership, visit: www.dissdfas.org.uk

Auction Alley ...is brand new, and we turn your unwanted items into cash for you! Auction Alley has just been launched by local husband and wife team, Chris and Denise Hammond-Webb. Call us if you’re looking for some money! Now we have your attention, we ought to point out that we don’t provide free money, or loans. Sorry about that! Instead, Auction Alley make it easy for you, and for your business, to turn unwanted or unused items, old stock, tools or equipment, into cash. This is how it works. • We collect your items free across most of Norfolk and Suffolk (or you can deliver)

sell them mostly through Ebay, but sometimes through Amazon or Asos if your items are more suited to those websites. When your items have been sold, we package and post them to the new owner. You get paid the net profit. You may not have the time to do it yourself, or just don’t feel confident enough. You may not have a broadband connection. There are many reasons why householders or businesses ask us to make money for them on line. Auction Alley are expert Ebay sellers and everything we do is designed to get you the highest possible price for your items.

• You get paid!! It’s that easy!

In many cases, thanks to our ability to assist in correct valuations and write clear descriptions, we can attract better prices than if you had sold them yourself.

We research your items to ensure they are properly valued. We take professional photos, write detailed descriptions, and

Call us for a friendly chat, or visit our website at www.auctionalley.co.uk.

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New for 2013.

Your questions answered……

Uplands Way Vets Ltd has launched an exciting new Pet Health Care plans, rewarding our loyal clients with savings and discounts.

We are the vets of choice for Banham Zoo, Africa Alive, Dinosaur Park, Swallow Aquatics and the World Horse Welfare.

For a regular monthly payment your pet will receive their annual supply of worm and flea treatment, yearly vaccinations(s), a consultation and further discounts on selected products and procedures.

We provide our own out-of-hours service so that our clients benefit from seeing familiar, friendly faces if they have an emergency situation with their pet.

because of a weakness in your back is not in itself a problem. This is because you look Question: I recently had a car accident when at the individual person and their specific another vehicle drove into the rear of my car symptoms as opposed to symptoms that when I was stopped at a roundabout. My someone else might have suffered. back has been really bad since the accident. I had a problem however with my back Where someone has pre-existing problems before the accident, although not at the time with for example their back, medical and not as bad. Will this prevent me from experts often talk in terms of acceleration making a claim for compensation? or exacerbation of symptoms. Exacerbation refers to pre-existing symptoms becoming Answer: The fact that you have had back worse as a result of an accident. problems in the past will not prevent you Acceleration on the other hand may apply from claiming compensation. It may however to a situation where someone was likely to have an effect on the extent to which you have problems with their back in the future, can claim compensation for your back injury. but those problems have been brought forward in time. As essential part of valuing a personal injury claim involves obtaining a report from an Your solicitor will be able to advise you independent medical expert. The medical specifically as to the extent that you can expert will be asked to provide an opinion as claim compensation once medical evidence to the extent that you would have suffered has been obtained. problems with your back even if the accident had not occurred. This is because you If you have a question for our legal will not be able to claim compensation for advice team you can submit it by symptoms that you would have had with email: enquiries@comercrawley. your back in any event. The fact that you co.uk or in writing to: Chancery House, may have suffered a more serious injury Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HZ

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Pet Care plans start from £10 per month and have been especially tailored for dogs, cats and rabbits. For further information on how our Pet Care Plans can benefit you, call your local surgery today. About us; Uplands Way Vets Ltd is dedicated to providing a caring service in the Diss area and has done so for over 40 years. We are a mixed practice catering for all your domesticated pets, horses, farm animals and exotics.

Keep up-to-date with offers, promotions and up coming events by visiting us on Facebook, search for Uplands Way Vets or, visit www.uplandswayvets.co.uk or pop into any of our surgeries or call us on 01379 642865 for more information.


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All Hallows Healthcare Trust ...provides a unique complex of local Healthcare Services. All Hallows Home Care specialises in Needs Based Care for people living at home. The team aim to ensure that each client receives the highest standard of care, and to assist them to live as independently as possible, whilst recognising personal freedom of choice and recognise and promote dignity, self-respect, independence and privacy.

with a weekly service. It is vital that the residents keep active mentally and physically too make to most of everyday.

All Hallows Nursing Home in Bungay cares for residents who are physically dependant; many will need full assistance with most activities of daily living requiring nursing care from qualified staff with the experience knowledge and skills to meet their needs.

All Hallows Day Care Services are available every day except Saturdays. It is a great way to meet people, socialise, take part in a wide range of activities and if you wish you can even get your haircut and have a bath! Transport can be provided but is subject to availability.

Residents can relax and participate in the life of the home. There are 3 large bright day rooms with a TV and stereo equipment, a large conservatory leading to an enclosed garden, a dining room and a multi-denominational chapel

They are encouraged to maintain their own leisure interests and hobbies but are given the opportunity of joining in with a range of activities organised within the home.

Referrals are accepted from Social Services and from the private sector. The Nursing Home takes referrals from the National Health Service too. Recruiting for staff see website for details.

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What Is Probate? This question is often raised when someone has died and the family is sorting out the deceased’s financial affairs. Who would you go to for an answer - or more importantly - help in dealing with these important matters?

High Street firm in your shopping street, close to your bus stop or car park, open 9 to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and we are approachable. We can often see clients without appointment and do offer an initial FREE interview to discuss your needs with no obligation. Our Probate Department Probate is an order offers a flexible service. We will agree with of the High Court you in advance the areas that you can deal issued through the Probate Registry. This with and those that it would be best for gives the executors or administrators the us to handle for you. We will give you an legal authority to collect in the deceased’s estimate of costs to cover only the work we assets and settle their liabilities. The executor do. If you are the executor, then you remain is a person named in a will as the person in control. We do not ask you to give us responsible for gathering in the assets, Power of Attorney over the probate process, settling liabilities and distributing the estate unlike some other organisations. in accordance with the deceased’s wishes while the administrator is a person entitled If you need to take on the responsibility to deal with the estate under rules that apply of dealing with Probate or just want some where there is no will. help along the way, why not visit your local experts for independent and unbiased With a very small estate it may be that friendly advice on your doorstep. probate is not required. However sometimes even quite limited estates require probate For further details please - or at least some form of expert assistance. contact Stephen Abbott on Like most things in life, it is best to ask the 01379 643555 or email: experts for help. Jackamans is a friendly stephen.abbott@jackamans.co.uk.

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Besthorpe W.I. On February 27th twenty-one members and four visitors gathered in the Francis Room to welcome our speaker Jean Stimpson who told us of her very unusual career There was a tradition in her family of serving in the police force and Jean decided that she would like to follow in the family footsteps. In the fifties very few women were police officers. However Jean trained and served in Norwich for five years before leaving on her marriage. In the late fifties and early sixties there were no mobile phones and each officer on the beat had to ring HQ every eighty minutes from a police telephone point to report where they were and what was going on. Having raised her family she saw an advertisement for a store detective and thought she would give it a try. She remained in this job for 25 years, moving very frequently from store to store, and told of the strategies she employed, the many varieties of thefts encountered and the procedures for dealing with them. Remarkably in all this long period she was only once

physically assaulted. We all agreed that she is a courageous woman. On 24th April Cameron Reid will talk about osteopathic treatment. We shall try a different therapy on 22nd May, our thirtieth birthday, with hands on flower arranging guided by Marrgaret Thomas. On 12th June, for our summer outing, we shall visit the Marble Hall in Surrey Street, the original home of the Norwich Union. The same evening we shall gather at Zuari for a light supper. Besthorpe W.I. meet in the Francis Room of the Connaught Hall at 7.30pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and we should like to point out that you do not have to live in Besthorpe to visit us, or to join us! Dorothy Woolliscroft

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Attleborough & District Horticultural Society The next meeting of the society will take place on Wednesday 17th April at which Hilary Reid will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Recycling in the Garden”. This will be at our usual venue of Attleborough Junior School, commencing at 7.30pm. Hilary is a very interesting speaker and non-members of the society are reminded that they are most welcome to come along. On Saturday April 20th we will be staging our annual Spring Show. This is held at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough and doors open at 2pm. With any luck, the slow start to the spring should ensure that exhibits should be around their peak by then, and as this is an open show please contact the show secretary, Betty Stacey, on 01953 454790 for a schedule if you are interested in exhibiting. The February meeting incorporated the AGM, postponed from January due to the snowy weather. Proceedings began with one minutes silence for Peter Beales, who had been President of the society

for many years and always a very active supporter of our aims. Following the AGM Bob Dart of Caston Camera Club gave an illustrated talk entitled “Let’s Photograph Flowers”. He showed several types of digital cameras, ranging in price from £50 to £2,000 and explained what each could achieve. The main thrust of his talk was to learn to control the shutter speed and aperture yourself rather than rely on automatic camers settings. He also gave some tips on achieving more imaginative images and backed up his talk with many of his own favourite flower pictures. The winner and runner-up in last year’s table show competition were announced: John Frost first and Ron Brewer second - a repeat of the 2011 result. Entries were sparse in the table show at this meeting with winners being Betty Stacey, Ron Brewer and John Frost.

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Breckland’s Big Switch And Save Officers from Breckland Council have been working hard on a scheme to get residents to sign up for the Norfolk -wide energy switch, which aims to slash energy bills for residents by as much as £171 a year. The new joint initiative from councils across Norfolk has seen five local authorities establish a dedicated Collective Energy Switching programme on an initial one year basis, to get people to join together in a collective bulk-buying group. Residents can sign up from 1st March by visiting www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk from the comfort of their own home. If you don’t have access to the internet you can sign up by calling 01362 656870 or pop into one of the Council’s customer service centres where staff will be able to hep you. People will need a recent energy bill, an annual statement is best. Anyone can sign up to save but, there’s no obligation to go ahead. Once the auction is completed everybody will be informed of how much they could save. If it turns out you are one of the very few who are already on a lower tariff you simply don’t swap. At the start of April, the group of councils will go to auction with details of those wanting a cheaper deal on electricity and gas from energy companies.

The Norfolk Big Switch and Save programme will build upon work undertaken by Norwich City Council which signed up 1768 residents for an auction on 26th November 2012. The average saving from that auction was £171 with one lucky household seeing a reduction of over £501 per year! The news comes after surging energy costs have led to calls from charities, consumer groups and local authorities to urge Norfolk residents to take control of their fuel bills. The new scheme was launched at 11am on Friday 1st March, in Nelson Place Dereham and people can sign up on the street if they have their most recent energy bill with them or get further information and help from Council Officers who will be on hand to answer any questions. Leader of Breckland Council, William Nunn said; “This is a great step forward and will show the people of Breckland that when local authorities work together we can make a difference to their lives. This scheme could

potentially benefit every single person that signs up.

Deadline to sign up to the Big Switch and Save is Monday 8th April.

“We recognise that right now everything seems to be going up whilst jobs are being lost and wage increases are at a standstill. It’s not an easy time for anyone right now but this collective energy deal may just ease things a little for those struggling to make ends meet.”

Double Champions To Visit Norwich The East Anglian Brass Band Association is delighted to welcome Double Champions, Fodens Band to St Andrew’s Hall on Sunday 12th May 2013 to perform its 75th Annual Gala Concert commencing at 6.30pm. In September 2012 the band became the British Open Brass Band Champions and in October 2012 was crowned the National Brass Band Champions. It is a very rare occurrence for a band to win both titles in the same year. The band has an excellent reputation for providing top class entertainment and the audience can look forward to a superb performance from the band that is currently ranked second in the world.

The concert follows the Association’s Spring contest which takes place earlier in the day. The contest features local brass bands who will each play a twenty five minute concert. For more information and tickets email: administration@ eabba7.freeserve.co.uk or telephone the Association Secretary on 01473 626986.

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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with Attleborough Junior School.

Hosts photography exhibition - ‘Small Actions, Big Difference’.

Attleborough Sainsbury’s colleague Shelley Johnson visited Attleborough Junior School last week to talk to the children in year 4 about the work Sainsbury’s is doing with Fairtrade across the world. The talk was in conjunction with Fairtrade fortnight which ran from the 25th February to the 10th March. Sainsbury’s was one of the first supermarkets to sell Fairtrade products 16 years ago. Since their customers began buying Fairtrade products, they have helped

Rosedale Funeral Home in Attleborough will be hosting a very special exhibition of photography during April in a bid to trigger much needed discussion around the often taboo subject of death and dying. Photographer Nadia Bettega was commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition to create a series of images reflecting the theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week and the resulting ‘Small Actions, Big Difference’ photography exhibition is on tour around the country until July 2013 stopping off at Rosedale for the week commencing 8th April. The photographs sensitively capture the seemingly minor actions that can make a powerful difference to the quality of life for people in their final days, and for those who care for them.

thousands of individual farmers become sustainable and profitable. Shelley brought the Fairtrade products that the Attleborough branch sells including one of their top selling lines the humble and hugely popular banana. The Attleborough branch has donated 352 bananas enough for the whole school to take with them on their cultural trip to London this week.

Attleborough Bible Society Text and Thought for the Month April 2013 Jesus said: “Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” John 20:27 Thomas just wouldn’t believe that his master, executed on the cross by the Roman soldiers, could still be alive! Yes, his fellow disciples had talked of meeting with Jesus, very much alive, with a new body! But Thomas just couldn’t accept their words. He wanted tangible proofs!

A week later, Jesus visited his disciples and invited Thomas to see for himself the reality of his wounds and gently rebuked Thomas for his unbelief. Thomas realised that Jesus was in fact truly God in a body that would never die and worshipped Him then and there! We too can discover for ourselves the reality of eternal life by inviting Him into our hearts. His presence in us will then take away our fear of death, for death has been swallowed up in the miracle of the resurrection!

“We are really proud to be bringing this exhibition to the Attleborough area” says Funeral Administrator Mark Hall. Death and dying are difficult subject to talk about, but at Rosedale we see first-hand what a difference it can make to the bereaved families if these difficult conversations do take place. A lack of conversation is perhaps the most important reason why peoples’ wishes go ignored or unfulfilled; if we do not know how to communicate our wishes, and those around us do not know how to listen, it is almost impossible to express a clear choice.” Each picture tells a story, for example Anne Warnett’s son Pete died a year ago. “I remember once having a discussion with him about religion or what sort of funeral service he wanted. I can’t remember who brought it up, me or him. I think it began by him asking me whether I thought God or heaven existed. I am not a religious person, and I don’t think Pete was either, so together we decided on what kind of funeral he wanted. After he died, we arranged a humanist service that was conducted by a wonderful man, not a priest or a vicar, just a normal person. But he

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did a wonderful job and it was more like a remembrance or celebration of his life, than a funeral. We played Nessun Dorma and Red Red Robin as the exit song.” Rosedale will be encouraging people to hold discussions such as these and continue the debate by taking part in various activities during Dying Matters Awareness week in May, including a pledge wall where you create a ‘life list’ of things you most want to do during your life - Take a shower in a waterfall? Get that book published? There are five different categories: • I’d like to meet….. • I’d like to visit….. • I’d like to learn….. • I’d like to start….. • I’d like to be remembered ….. You will also be challenged to consider writing a will, making a funeral plan, starting to plan for your future care and support, telling those close to you your true feelings and making sure your loved ones know your plans. Then you can get on with living the rest of your life, with the peace of mind that these things are taken care of. For exhibition opening times or for more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, contact Mark Hall at Rosedale Funeral Home, Yard House, High Street, Attleborough, 01953 452538 or attleborough@rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk


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Red Nose Cakes Attleborough Sainsbury’s colleagues have been baking for their fellow workers in aid of Comic Relief. The baking started on 23rd February with each department in the store bringing in cakes and savouries each day and selling them for 50p each. The picture shows the bakery team with, as expected the best selection of bakes so far. The fundraiser coincides with the refitting of the stores staff canteen which is the first time it has had new furniture and décor since its opening in1998.

The former tables and chairs have been donated to Attleborough Day Care Centre.

...opened in mid-September 2012 and has already seen how much a travel agent has been missed in the town.

We are able to arrange anything from National Express coach tickets, to round the world itineraries, 7* Hotels in Dubai or even a Harley Davidson motorbike ride across the USA’s Route 66.

enormous negotiating power and financial security of the Co-op. We are also able to access the majority of the in-house products and services of the Co-operative Travel, the largest independent travel group. In this way we are able to give all our customers the benefits of old fashioned personal and professional service together with competitive prices from a wide range of holiday and travel providers. All with the most important thing of all a 100% financial guarantee.

Managing Director Mark Rumsey says people often ask us how an independent travel agency like Attleborough Travel can be competitive with the ‘big boys’ in the high street and on the internet.

So if you are considering planning a holiday soon, please call into our Agency which is open six days a week to discuss your holiday requirements or telephone us on 01953 455003.

With over 30 years of experience in the office Sara and Rebecca are ready to assist with all your travel arrangements. Rebecca you may recognise from Galaxy Travel/ Harvey World Travel which used to be in town.

Interest Rates Keep Falling The UK has just lost its AAA credit rating with Moody’s and there is speculation in the newspapers that sterling will reach parity with the euro later this year. In March 2009 the Bank of England reduced its base rate down to half of one per cent and 4 years later and rates are still at that level.

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There are even radical plans now being reported (March 2013) that savers may be hit again by negative interest rates. The proposal to force high street banks to pay the Bank of England for holding money rather than receive interest has been put forward by Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of The Bank of England. The idea is that this will help solve the credit crisis by encouraging high street banks to lend money to struggling companies in the UK (Denmark introduced negative interest rates for the first time in its history last July, offering rates on some deposits of minus 0.2 per cent). Savers must be concerned by the current conditions as interest rates

continue to fall. The Bank of England has introduced a Funding for Lending Scheme with a view that this will increase lending and one of the effects of this is that interest rates on deposits have fallen further. Cheaper rates from the Bank of England, under this scheme, has resulted in the high street banks having to pay less on deposit accounts for savers. Low interest rates for four years and inflation still above the Bank of England’s target of two per cent is not good for savers. Perhaps Mark Carney, the new Governor of The Bank of England may have different ideas on monetary policy when he takes over later in the year. Perhaps it is also time to speak to us to find out our ideas how it may be possible to get higher returns on your savings!

The answer is that we are members of a larger consortium, the Freedom Travel Group which in turn is part of the Co-operative Group Ltd. This membership allows us to have complete independent control over our own business, whilst benefiting from the

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A Look at Motor Insurance......

Attleborough Probus Club Report

Whether you are a convicted driver, young driver, or have limited no claims bonus, we can find the policy cover specific to your requirements.

Keith Dutton our Vice Chairman opened he meeting with his traditional humour and greeted twenty two members and our speaker Sylvia Barrett to our second monthly meeting. Once again he stressed the importance of our forthcoming AGM in April when members should volunteer for positions on the committee. Keith also brought to members attention that the National Express service coaches from Attleborough to the airports would cease from April 1st and that there was a protest petition for people to sign in the Travel Agents in town for many who use this service.

We have negotiated special rates with our panel of Insurers for those careful drivers and special introductory discounts for those without any no claim bonus. We are always able to offer instalment facilities. We deal with many leading UK Insurers and Lloyds Underwriters to provide the best possible quotation and cover for our clients, regardless of the risk. Being totally independent means that we are not tied to a single provider and this allows us access to a range of insurance policies from our panel of carefully

selected Insurers. Why not let us compare the market for you and deal on a personal level with your requirements. Priory Insurance Brokers are a locally owned, independent, professional organisation who have been based in South Norfolk for over 40 years. We would be pleased to provide quotations or advice for you and look forward to receiving your enquiry. For more information, please feel free to call in to our Wymondham Office.

A proposed revised constitution of the club was handed to members for consideration at the AGM. Our speaker for the day

Sylvia Barrett gave us a very interesting talk accompanied by slides entitled “Curiosities” she had travelled the length and breadth of the UK photographing a multitude of unusual items ranging from Pagodas to the Ropery in Chatham Dock yard. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to our speaker by Trevor Nicholls remarking on the unusual things which she had accumulated over a long period of time. The Probus Club meet twice a month at the Connaught Bowls Club in Station road an organisation for retired professional and business men, we welcome guests to our meetings, interested contact Stan Groom Tel: 01953 454427

Don’t Be Shy - Of RTI If you are an employer it’s pretty likely that by now you have been hearing all about the new HMRC PAYE system which comes into effect from April 2013. RTI stands for Real Time Information, and it is exactly that. Instead of making returns to H M Revenue and Customs every year in March or April, all employers must send a return to HMRC every month with the payroll details. Not only that, but HMRC require a lot more information about employees such as the number of hours worked, dates of birth and home address to name a few. If you are an employer and the new payroll requirements are giving you a headache why not come and see us here at KBA? We have payroll services to fit all sizes of business and have special rates too.

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Why not give us a call on 01953 457173 or email: Kerry@kerrybutcher.co.uk. April is a busy month because of course it is also the start of the tax year. Notices to complete tax returns are sent out by HMRC on 6th April each year. Why not get ahead this year and get your return completed straight away? Call us to arrange your free initial consultation and get peace of mind too. April showers, April Sun, April is the month to get your tax return done. Don’t forget to visit on us on facebook.


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The Race Is On To Help PC Gaming? Life-Saving Charity

We have a new Gaming System Designed with an Intel i7 processor for less than £1000

Budding Jenson Buttons and Lewis Hamiltons are being urged to take part in a charity go-karting race to help raise funds that will be used to help save lives. The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) Grand Prix takes place on Saturday 6th April at Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles, Suffolk, and the Charity is now looking for wannabe racing drivers to sign up and take part. Teams will consist of three to five drivers and are asked to pay an entry fee of £80 (per team) which will cover the cost of suit, glove and helmet hire for all those taking part. They will also be entered in to a one hour endurance race with winners entered into a Super Final. All teams are asked to raise £100 for the charity which will go towards ensuring that the two dedicated air ambulances operated by EAAA can continue to transport highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics to the scenes of emergencies across the region.

For further information about the EAAA Grand Prix or to book a place for a team, contact Olly Larkin on 01603 489406 or email oliver.larkin@eaaa.org.uk If you’d like to know more about the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999 to find out about the wide range of volunteering opportunities within the charity or for help organising an event. Follow us on Twitter at @EastAngliAirAmb or ‘like’ our Facebook page East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.

New & Recon units Each branch of Anglia Computer Solutions has just received new stock of all types of new and reconditioned PC’s.

people that have lost their work, photos, music etc and without spending a small fortune it’s gone for good.

Whether it’s a desktop or laptop you are after we have it and at very competitive prices too! Recon laptops from £129! New Laptops from £299! Desktops through all price ranges.

For as little as £10 we can setup a backup system which will ensure you never lose all the hard work you have created.

Speed up \ Upgrades Have you already got a PC? is it running a bit slow or not quite up to spec for what you need? Well bring it into us. We will go through the unit, clear out anything that isn’t required, remove any viruses and give it a general speed boost. If you need something a bit extra ask for a RAM upgrade, this should have you typing away in no time. Backups Are often forgotten, but when your computer crashes it’s no laughing matter. Every year we see hundreds of

Just pop into one of our branches and have a chat, we will soon determine how much data you need to backup and provide the best solution for you. Home & Business Callouts We have onsite engineers which can visit your home \ business and solve a whole manner of issues. For all your home and business computer needs call Anglia Computer Solutions on 01953 859753.

Olly Larkin, from EAAA, said: “This event has been organised by the charity so that we can spend a morning having some fun with our supporters while raising money for this very worthwhile cause. The money raised throughout the evening will help us to continue to treat people at the scene of their medical emergencies, when and where they need us most.”

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Harleston

Harleston Job Clubs Every Wednesday 10am - 2pm, everyone welcome. Every Thursday 12 - 2pm, for 16-24 year olds. If you’re looking for work then come along to the Job Clubs where you’ll find friendly and informal support. The team can offer help with anything job related from CV writing to IT training. Throughout March and April the Job Clubs have been working with training providers to offer free courses for jobseekers in receipt of active benefits. We have already completed a First Aid and Health & Safety course and throughout April we are running Food Hygiene, Sage and Excel courses. If you would be interested in participating in any of the above courses then please come along to the Job Clubs for further information. All our services are free and confidential and everyone is welcome. What’s on in April Certified Courses as above

Careers Advice - Tuesday 23th April 9.45am-3.30pm - please book A professional Careers Advisor will be holding 1:1 appointments offering additional support if you are looking for work or seeking training/learning opportunities. IT Help - every Wednesday 12.30-2pm - please book Help with anything IT from sending emails to carrying out online job searches.

On Saturday 27th April venues around Harleston will play host to over thirty clubs and organisations. Many of various groups in Harleston are run by a team of dedicated and hard working volunteers. ‘We are so lucky to have such a wealth of activities on our doorstep, groups such as the Fun Day, French Cercle and U3A to name but a few’ says Jake Kubala of Harleston Information Plus ‘we held a

Memories To Last A Lifetime With Jeff Norman Photography. Jeff Norman Photography has been established for six years and sixteen months ago opened his portrait studio in Harleston. Jeff provides studio and location photography from contemporary personal portraits to business and corporate work. Studio sessions cost just £25 and

include a FREE 8” x 6” print from your shoot. If you need passport, visa, ID or driving Licences renewed, Jeff takes the shots in the studio and reproduces them in minutes. (£10).

Employers - LOOKING FOR STAFF? Advertise your vacancy for free at the Jobs Club and reach local jobseekers For more information please contact Lucy Marjoram or Jake Kubala Call 01379 851920, Text 07857 374857, email jobsclub@harleston-norfolk.org.uk, find us on Facebook - Harleston Jobs Club or call into Harleston Information Plus, 8 Exchange Street, Harleston.

Hooray Harleston Hooray Harleston, an exciting event organised by Harleston Information Plus, will give local voluntary groups an opportunity to showcase all that they have to offer.

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voluntary showcase in 2010 and over two hundred visitors attended, this year will be even bigger. Harleston Information Plus is a voluntary organisation and celebrates its 10th birthday this year so we wanted to celebrate volunteering in style.’ Hooray Harleston will take place on Saturday 27th April 2013, from 10am to 2pm. Full programmes will be available from the Information Centre at 8 Exchange Street during April. For any further information please call 01379 851917 or 851920.

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The Red Lion Caston The Mulberry Tree is expanding, and Philip and Victoria Milligan are pleased to announce they have also taken over The Red Lion in Caston. They are keen to stress that they are still at the helm at The Mulberry Tree and their commitment there remains unchanged. “When the opportunity to take over The Red Lion came we went over to visit and instantly fell in love with the building. It’s a gorgeous little pub on the green in the heart of Caston. It’s just 10 minutes from Attleborough so making going between the two businesses viable. Thankfully we have a really good team around us which makes this really easy to do. We have real strength and depth in our chefs and front of house staff which means that we can offer consistency at both premises.

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We really don’t have a high turnover of staff, our head chef Haydn and Sharon from front of house have been with us since we opened 10 years ago this May. We have closed The Red Lion down for a couple of weeks to redecorate and put our stamp on it. We plan to open on the 22nd March. Initially we will be opening 6pm-11pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. We may possibly extend the opening hours to include some other lunch times once we have found our feet. Being in a village pub will be very different to what we are used to. We think that The Red Lion and The Mulberry Tree will complement each other well. When we are fully booked at The Mulberry Tree we now have somewhere to recommend! The Red Lion menu will be good honest pub food but done well (with a twist of course)


and obviously a traditional roast on Sundays! The Mulberry Tree is open all day Monday to Saturday, we have seven lovely Hotel rooms which are really popular. At lunchtimes we have a selection of light lunches from £7.95, if you are in a hurry at lunchtimes you can preorder and we will have your lunch ready for you. We think the offering at The Mulberry Tree is perfect whether it’s for a special celebration or popping in midweek, there is enough variety to suit both! A vast amount of our customers return again and again which hopefully means we are doing something right, we hope we can extend this to The Red Lion also!

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Millbank Estate Agents Have Moved. Eighteen years ago Tony Beales acquired the well known and established firm of Millbank & Co located prominently on the corner of Connaught Plain in Attleborough; little did he know then that the business would be expanding eighteen years later into fully refurbished prestigious new 2 storey offices with car parking. “When I took the business over in 1994 the country, as it is today was in recession, times were very tough and the economic climate was uncertain, with it being my first ever business venture I didn’t have a lot of money, so I kept costs tight with my sole ambition being, to get through the first year, survive, then reinvest in the second year, do the same in year 3 and see where I was at”. Following some very successful years from those early days, the business grew and grew, took on more staff and in 2008 Millbank Letting Agents was set up from a cold start and very quickly established itself as a front runner in the local lettings market, “this was the ideal

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time to enter the lettings market as the property market was beginning to stall and by the end of the year, the bank crash that followed then caused house prices to fall”. As the business continued to grow, especially on the Lettings side, it soon became apparent that the current premises Millbank were operating from on Connaught Plain was restricting natural growth, more room was needed along with more staff and more storage. “Obviously enjoying the location that Connaught Plain offered was a huge benefit and one I was reluctant to move away from however any planned expansion in Connaught Plain offices was going to be severely restricted due to the lack of space”. “Early last year I decided to look at some options about relocating the company to larger premises in the town but also making sure that it wouldn’t harm the business, as relocating can have a negative impact as I have seen before in


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other towns I have worked in, in the past, the move had to be timed right and the location had to be right also”. “Once I had found the ideal premises, the initial idea had been to relocate in the autumn of last year but we were very busy on both sales and lettings, so it was decided to carry out the move in December, traditionally a quieter time of year. The refurbishment and renovations all went very well, a few surprises along the way which is to be expected, but all the tradesman and women I employed to carry out the improvement work were very sympathetic and grasped what I was aiming to achieve, I was very lucky that everyone I used in this project did an absolutely superb first class job and within the tight time constraints I placed upon them, as the move had to be completed by the 12th December 2012, I think it’s fair to say that the quality of workmanship is reflected in how the office looks today”. Attleborough ‘s longest established estate agent, Millbank Estate Agents

now has a new home in Exchange Street, the light, bright and spacious new offices offer clients and customers the opportunity to feel relaxed in discussing their business, the feature rustic red brick facing back wall compliments so well the front office showroom with its well illuminated window displays which include 2 digital property screens scrolling all available properties, something unique to Attleborough Estate Agents. The new double fronted office provides a window exclusively for Lettings on one side and Residential sales on the other with lettings having its own office on the ground floor to the rear of the building. These new offices set the perfect platform for Millbank Estate Agents to move forward and add to the high standards they’ve already set and they look forward to welcoming clients old and new into their new office for a busy 2013.

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The Suffolk Group Of Plant Heritage

Are pleased to announce that as from Easter our new kitchen display area with ten full size kitchens along with over 30 new bathrooms displays we will be open.

In partnership with Helmingham Hall.

This now means we can offer a supply only service where we can deliver all goods for your own installers or we can offer our own full design and fitting service where our very own experienced installers will take care of everything from plumbing,tiling,electrics and so on.

This service will includes a home visit where we will measure your bathroom or kitchen before discussing your requirements,which is then followed up by creating your own design on our CAD system before offering you a complete package price to carry out all work.

This we feel will give our customers the opportunity to purchase a kitchen or bathroom through one established independent family local business based in Wymondham Norfolk, and only have one port of call with their order,which leaves us to project manage all trades and labour involved in each installation contract giving the customer total piece of mind.

We even dispose of the old products and all rubbish before letting you sit back and enjoy your wonderful new Supreme bathroom or kitchen.

Head down to Supreme Bathrooms and Kitchens now to view our fantastic range where you can also book a free home survey if required.

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Visit Us Now And Book Your Free Home Design Survey 10 Chestnut Dr. Wymondham Business Park (Nr. Fire Station) off Suton Lane, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SB. Tel: 01953 600660 Visit: www.supremebathroomcentre.co.uk

Is holding its Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 26th May 2013 - 10.30am - 4.00pm. Over fifty exhibitors, including specialist nurseries such as Woottens of Wenhaston and The Place for Plants. Various garden equipment and accessories available. 800 plants of Penstemon `Connie`s pink` to be given away FREE to the first claimants. Informal talks on various gardening topics will be held in a dedicated marquee. Topics will include foraging for food, ferns and preparing flowers for use in arrangements. This talk will be followed by a demonstration on how to create an arrangement. Several local National Collection Holders will be offering plants for sale and advice on their care. The Plant Doctors will assist visitors who wish to discuss specific plant problems. Home made lunches and teas available.

Entry: ÂŁ6.00 per adult, children free. Price includes entry to Helmingham Hall Grade 1 listed gardens Venue: Helmingham Hall IP14 6EF, 9 miles NE of Ipswich on the B1077. Contacts: Ann Somerville: 01284 728622 ann.somerville122@gmail.com Widget Finn: 01449 736358 widget.finn@gmail.com Websites: www.suffolkplantheritage.com www.helmingham.com


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1st Class Roller Doors ...is a local business consisting of a father and son team who have worked together for 20 years in the home improvements industry. John and Stewart then decided to concentrate on supplying and installing quality Garage Doors specialising in remote control fully insulated roller doors and Window shutters. We also supply and fit Hormann and Garador up and over Manual and automated Doors. Ryterna Sectional Doors with many new designs if you want a bespoke garage door. See our web site at www.1stclassrollerdoor.co.uk. The primary focus for our website is to showcase ourselves and our products to potential customers. Whilst browsing you will find details of all the roller doors & shutters we offer from budget through to premium products. We have included photographs and hope that you will find all the information necessary to enable you to decide that 1st Class are right for you. Our diverse range of building services are provided to customers in Norwich, Norfolk & North Suffolk. Most of our work comes from word of mouth

recommendations and we aim to provide a quality service and a great product at a reasonable cost. Having established a reputation for quality in Norwich 1st Class have expanded their region to now cover the whole of Norfolk & North Suffolk, from Kings Lynn to Lowestoft we can install your new Garage Door for you.

employ high pressure salesmen. We are a family business based in Norwich and it’s highly likely that the person who visits for the survey will actually be installing your garage door.

You will also notice a NEW section on Garage conversions in our new look web site, we have been doing Garage Conversions for several years now and have added a few photographs on our past conversions. We cover most aspects of your Garage from Building a new garage to Brick weaving your Driveway and fitting your Doors Please ring for a FREE SURVEY and Quotation. To arrange your free no obligation site survey simply give us a call on Norwich (01603) 488894 or send us an email via our web site. Don’t worry, we do not pass on any of your details and we certainly do not

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Scenting Your Home

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With Aromatherapy. From earliest times people have not only sweetened their bodies with perfumed soaps, oils, deodorants and mouth fresheners; but also suffused their environments with room vaporizers, perfumed candles, clothes, cushions, pillows and bed linens.

At Dapper Dogs it’s very spacious, a friendly environment and an air conditioned salon to help keep your dogs comfortable.

Here are a few methods of scenting your home with essential oils;

oils. Some work by candle and some are electric. They heat the oils, allowing the molecules to rise into the atmosphere of the room. Radiator/humidifier - Either add 1-9 drops to the water in the humidifier attachment or put the essential oils on to a dry cotton wool ball and put it on top of the radiator.

Diffusers - Especially made for essential

Dapper Dogs is open between Monday-Friday 9am until 5pm and occasional Saturdays to suit everyones needs. We have a lot to offer whether it’s just anal glands/nail clippings/ a brush or just simply a soothing bath; we are here for your dog and your needs.

Room Spray - Put 4+ drops per half pint We groom all breeds and cater for of warm water into a sprayer, shake and spray the room, curtains, carpet and fabric all temperaments and style to your dogs requirements. If booked by prior furniture. appointment we can offer exclusive use of the salon for your dog and you. Wood Fire - Use Cypress, Pine, Sandalwood or Cedarwood and put 1 drop on each log before placing in the fire. Clothes/linen - Add 3-6 drops to the softener section of your washing machine or put the drops on a piece of natural fabric and add to the tumble drier. Use a light essential oil such as lavender or lemon rather than a thick resinous one. Alternatively put 6-8 drops of essential oil on to an absorbent piece of paper, cut into four pieces and place in clothes drawer.

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If he or she is nervous or has behavioural issues with other dogs we can help! So if you have any questions or queries call us on 01953 453459, visit: www.dapperdogs-attleborough.co.uk or just pop in and see us. We are located in the centre of Attleborough between The Flower Box and the Griffin. We shall look forward to seeing you soon.


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Norfolk Tortoise Club March is the time when Tortoises should be waking from hibernation. To help a tortoise wake from a too longer sleep, allow a hibernation box to rise from a safe 4-6c to room temperate over a 24hour period. You should be able to hear your tortoises moving around. A soak in warm water for 20mins and some warmth from a heat lamp can help kick start a shelled friend for spring.

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Make Sure The Easter Bunny ...doesn’t visit your dog!...

Many of our team have over 40 years experience in tortoises rescue as well as welfare.

Easter is just around the corner, meaning that it is important (just as it is all year round) to keep chocolate, cakes and chocolate-coated goodies safely away from your pets.

The group has been established for nearly 10 years, with over 500 members, we actively encourage tortoise welfare through a wide variety of projects including talks and educational events.

Many people are not aware of the danger if their pet consumes chocolate, but the effects can be fatal.

Take your pet to a Veterinary Centre immediately where he or she will be induced to vomit unless the pet is twitchy, unaware of his/her surroundings or seizuring. There is no antidote for chocolate poisoning which is why it is so important to keep chocolate securely away from your pet. If your pet has ingested chocolate he/she may need to be hospitalised by your vet for supportive treatment and observation.

Spot the signs You may have to offer temporary accommodation with a heat source in a utility area, greenhouse or shed until it is frost free and warm enough for a tortoise to be active outdoors without assistance. Although a crunchy piece of lettuce or cucumber can help get a tortoise feeding in spring. Don’t forget salad, vegetables and fruit are junk food and should only be a small part of a healthy tortoise diet. Whenever possible feed natural Norfolk weeds and flowers such as sedum, honey suckle, lavatera, forget-me-nots, plantain, milk thistle and hibiscus. If your tortoise does not begin to feed within one week of waking, consult a knowledgeable vet. Free health checks are available at Norfolk’s Tortoise Club at Heartsease Church Hall, Norwich the third Wednesday of every month from 8pm (next date Wednesday 17th April).

Also with spring approaching the club are keen to meet local people who are interested in training to rehome a tortoise as a pet. Downloadable information packs can be found at www.tortoiseclub.org. Alternatively come along to a monthly meeting or events and speak to a member of the team or call Dafney on 01603 435723

Clinical signs are usually seen within 6-12 hours of eating. Initial signs include increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea and restlessness. These signs can progress to hyperactivity, high or low blood pressure and in some cases a coma. Due to the high fat content of chocolate, it can also trigger pancreatitis in some animals. Fatality is usually due to changes to the heart rhythm, high temperature or respiratory failure. If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate…

If the ingestion and the treatment are performed in the first 2-4 hours, the prognosis is usually good so it is incredibly important to contact your vet as soon as you suspect your pet may have ingested chocolate. Even if he/she has only eaten what you may think is a small amount, still contact your vet for their advice. The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group have 4 centres in Norfolk & Suffolk and are happy to answer any of your concerns regarding this, or any other concern regarding your pet.

Follow us on: Twitter @NorfolkTortoise for daily tortoise facts, husbandry tips & advice, plus our tortoise gallery!

Special talks, shop, friendly advice and refreshments await visitors. At only £1 per person a bargain trip out! The club is a non profit and voluntary group who offer support, advice as well

Above: Tuly the female hermanns tortoise who tragically lost her front leg to a rat attack. The wheel is from a toy tractor and was created to help with her mobility.

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Are You Looking For A Manor Court New Place To Socialise Resource Centre ...be entertained and make new friends? Diss day support at the Denny Centre can offer all this while you relax in the knowledge that you will also be receiving expert care. From arts and crafts to tea dances and quizzes, Diss day support provides a variety of activities and entertainment, there’s something for everyone! You can take a break to enjoy delicious home-cooked food at the luncheon club or chat over a cuppa with friends. Diss day support club is an Age UK Norfolk service and with over 60 years of experience dedicated to improving the wellbeing of older people in Norfolk they really are the experts on issues relating to age. The friendly staff at Diss day support are on hand to give advice about other Age UK Norfolk support you can receive, such as free information and advice help with applying for benefits and lots more. Age UK Norfolk is dedicated to making

later life enjoyable and fulfilling and want to provide a service that suits each individual.

Manor Court Resource Centre for the elderly is based in Griston, Norfolk. It is open 5 days a week Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm.

Diss day support offers a free trial and a free assessment so that each person’s care is tailored to their specific needs from the first day they visit.

We have around 36 guests per day all aged 55+, with social services funded and private places available.

Diss day support offers a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, and Age UK Norfolk can offer advice on how to apply for benefits, such as Attendance allowance that can contribute, either partially or fully, towards the cost of the service.

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.

Reminiscence activities are available for individuals with dementia. Extend exercise classes, musical entertainers, singing, dancing, quizzes, table top activities. Freshly cooked meals which are cooked on the premises are also provided to our guests. For more infomation Call: 01953 889230 or email: daycentre@manorcourtcare.co.uk

So why not phone to arrange an informal visit to find out what Diss day support can offer you? For more information call 0303 3000 238 or check out the Age UK Norfolk website www.ageuknorfolk.org.uk Diss Day Support Club, Denny Centre, Thomas Manning Road, Diss, IP22 4 HL

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South Norfolk Mobility Centre Let us help you enjoy your independence. Let’s hope that by Easter we may have some decent weather! With the prolonged cold of the winter and the snowfall, we are certainly ready for Spring (and some sunshine!) If your thoughts are turning to getting out and about, then perhaps we can help with your mobility. It might be that a walking stick may give you the support you need. We sell canes which fold up neatly to fit in a bag - you can choose from plain black to pretty floral designs.

We stock three and four wheeled walkers and walking frames, all designed to aid you with walking and to give that extra bit of confidence to feel steady and in control.

So for your mobility needs come and see us.

See more at: www.southnorfolkmobilitycentre.co.uk

Scooters are always popular and we stock the main brands such as TGA, Mercury, Rascal and Shoprider. If you are not a car driver but would like a scooter that’s not a problem - we always give tuition, so that you are safe and feel confident. We will show you all the do’s and dont’s.

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Aston Martin Vantage S By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motor TradeBook Test Drive Editor ASTON MARTIN is one of the most revered automotive brand names on the planet. So, getting a chance to drive one of the beautifully crafted cars from the British motor manufacturer has to be on the wish list of many. Well, luckily our wish came true very recently. We were invited to the global headquarters of Aston Martin Lagonda at Gaydon in Warwickshire, to sample one of the hottest models on the block the Vantage S. Was it glorious, exquisite and powerful? Of course it was. The ‘S’ is the most significant outward indication that the car is different to the already acclaimed Vantage. Basically the engineering team at Gaydon looked at every single performance attribute of the standard model, from engine and transmission to suspension, steering, brakes and tyres, and considered what was required to make this car deserving of the coveted ‘S’ badge. The result is

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a pure driver-focussed package that exploits and emphasises the sporting nature of the iconic Vantage. The 4.7 litre V8 engine has been modified to deliver peak power of 430bhp at 7200rpm and torque of 361lb/ft at 5000rpm, representing an increase of 10bhp and 14.75lb/ft respectively. In addition, the car features a new automated manual seven speed gearbox. It is one of the best features of the car because it enhances the acceleration feel and gives you increased control. Driver interaction with the gearbox is made as simple as possible to allow you to concentrate on the road ahead. Two column-mounted paddles allow an up or a down shift through the gears, and you can always locate them with ease no matter what position the steering wheel is in. As well as selecting gears manually with the paddle-shift, you are also able to select the ‘D’ button on the facia to

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engage automatic mode. This acts like a traditional automatic gearbox changing gear at precisely the right time, making light work of urban traffic and motorway driving. But the Vantage S’ sporting character really comes into its own when the ‘Sport’ button is depressed, It gives you faster gear changes and it prevents the car changing up to the next cog when the revolution limit is reached. The default ‘normal’ provides a more progressive throttle response suited to more everyday situations. The Vantage S also features a unique exhaust muffler specifically tuned to aurally define its sporting intent. In ‘Sport’ mode the car produces a wonderful crackle. It’s a sound that is utterly magnificent. Step inside and the tailored Vantage S’ cabin hints at the car’s dynamic capabilities, defined by a distinctive three-track stitch detail on the doors and on the seats. A folded leather design runs along the sewn tracks, echoing the gills of a shark. And, needless to say, the sumptuous seats cosset you, providing support during high-spirited driving, while remaining comfortable on long journeys.

The Vantage S coupe is hand built entirely in England and, unsurprisingly, it has an exceptional character. Of course, it is far from cheap; but, price-tags aside, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with this glorious machine. PROS • Looks • Power • Refinement • Excitement factor • British CONS • Expensive FAST FACTS • Max speed: 189mph • 0-62 mph: 4.6 • Combined mpg: 21.9 • Engine: 4735cc V8 • Max. power (bhp): 430 at 7300rpm • Max. torque (Ib/ft): 361 at 5000rpm • CO2: 299g/km • Price: From £102,500


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