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July 2011 Issue 118






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Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Getting Fit.

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Caring For The Elderly News And Advice.

Business Directory Local Businesses.


In The Interests Of Entente Cordiale…. We’ll Show ‘Em How It’s Done!


Putting The Finishing Touches Top Ten Of The Most Requested Favourite Hymns.

Kuk Sool Won European Championship Congratulations Attleborough & Long Stratton For Outstanding Achievements.

95th Bomb Group Fliers Past, Present And Future Gathered In Horham To Commemorate And Celebrate The Men And Achievements Of The 95th Bomb Group.

Saturday 16th July From 2pm.


Diss Museum

Town Council Noticeboard Monthly Update.

How Many People Can Say That They Have Met A Real Live Sherpa?

Looking After Your Property.


Diss Corn Hall


Open Churches Week St Mary’s Church Will Be Open From 9am To 4pm During Open Churches Week Beginning On August 7th.


Bunwell & District Camera Club AGM & Awards Presentation Evening.


Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club Emma Dolan From Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club Is The New ABAE National Junior Champion.

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Diss Corn Hall Events for July. ART 4th-9th July Friends in High Places Exhibition Time: 11am-4pm Mon- Sat Price: Free Admission Where: Stables Gallery (beside the Corn Hall) 11th – 30th July Jane Durant – Wortham, a particular place Time: 11am-4pm Mon- Sat Price: Free Admission Where: Stables Gallery (beside the Corn Hall) MUSIC Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July Livewire Opera Company – The Gypsy Baron Time: 7.30pm Price: Entry: £9, Concessions £8.50, Under 16s £4.50 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241

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FILM Wednesday 13th July Black Swan (15) Time: 8pm Price: £4 / Students £2 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241 Wednesday 27th July Barney’s Version (15) Time: 8pm Price: £4 / Students £2 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241

COMEDY Friday 29th July The Red Card Comedy Club – On the Road (Minimum age 18) Time: 8.30pm Price: Advance £8 / Door £9.50 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241

WORD Friday 15th July Thubten Samdup – Tibet Today Time: 7.30pm Price: £5 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241

FAMILY Saturday 23rd July Saturday Club – Harris and Chadwick Time: 2pm Price: £5 / Children £3 Contact: Box Office 01379 652241

The Old Stables, beside the Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB, Box Office 01379 652241,, 11am-4pm Monday-Satuday.

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Diss Museum How many people can say that they have met a real live Sherpa? I was telling someone about Diss Museum’s latest project, with its Tibetan input, and he said that he knew a Sherpa, who lived in Newmarket Road, Norwich!

and give a presentation about the plight of Nepal. Their charity, Nepal in Need, helps the people with primary health care, education and basic utilities.

So I contacted him and invited him to come to Diss Corn Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 1st July.

On Friday 15th July we were going to have the Dalai Lama’s London representative, Thubten Samdup, coming. But he dropped out. So we are trying to get someone of equal stature to give a fiery and candid account of what Tibet is like today.

Everest climber Cathy O’Dowd has already taken part in the museum’s Friends in High Places festival. Now another intrepid figure from the mountains will help to commemorate Thomas Manning’s 1811 journey to Tibet. Gyaljen Sherpa is from the ethnic group who inhabit the high places of Nepal. The term ‘Sherpa’ is also used for the local people employed as guides for mountaineering expeditions. They are highly regarded for their skill and knowledge. Gyaljen was, like Cathy O’Dowd, on Everest during the disastrous 1998 expeditions. He and his English wife Catherine, who met at Everest base camp, will show a film

Tickets for both events are £5 each. The box office number is 01379 652241. Look out for the Friends in High Places art and textile exhibition by local groups at the Stables Gallery, the week beginning 4 July. Basil Abbott.

Count Down To Our 10th Birthday! It hardly seems possible that 10 years ago this month my mum, Joyce Gaze, announced she was leaving the Diss Express along with Marilyn Scroggins, to launch a new magazine in Diss call DissPatch (later renamed Dispatch Magazine). I was amazed at her news, as I had assumed, wrongly, that she must soon be ready to retire. However, as many of you who met her will know she launched herself into her new role in her normal enthusiastic manner and established DissPatch Magazine in readiness for the first issue in September 2001. Having launched 3 further Dispatch Magazines myself since I bought the original Diss and Attleborough issue, I know, first hand, how hard it is to get a new magazine ready for publishing. As Mum was some 30 years old than I, I really do admire her for the hard work she must have put in, in those early days and the lead up to the first issue. Not only did she have to find the content for the magazine, she also had to set up a business in order to run it and find a team to help. 10 years on, it would have been great if she

could have witnessed the 10th birthday, and I often wonder what she would think. I hope she would be proud that I have increased the business from what it was to what it is now. I know she would have been saddened at the passing away of Marilyn, although I’m sure they are together again now, I also know she would have been extremely angry at other events Dispatch has been through over the last 2 years. If the next 10 years go as quickly as the last 10, I’d better get on at growing the business further, launching new Dispatch Magazines into new areas and developing the brand into new media’s to ensure Dispatch Magazine remains the favourite Community Magazine in Diss, Attleborough and beyond, which was always Joyce and Marilyn’s goal! Jonathan Horswell, Editor and Son of Joyce.

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Comercrawley Your questions answered... Question: I had a car accident a couple of years ago and suffered a whiplash injury to my neck. I settled my claim for £1,500 and thought at the time that this seemed a reasonable amount. I have recently however spoken to a friend who told me that he received almost double the amount that I did despite recovering from his whiplash sooner. Does this mean that I should have received more for my claim? Answer: Further information would be needed to advise you as to what would have been a reasonable settlement value for your claim. The mere fact however that your friend’s claim settled for a higher amount does not indicate that your claim should have been settled at a higher level. It is not possible to make a simple like for like comparison in personal injury claims as each claim will be valued and settled on its own individual and specific circumstances. The most likely explanation for the differing amounts of compensation is that your friend may have suffered more in the way of losses and expenses. A personal injury claim is made up of both compensation for the injuries suffered (known as general damages) and

compensation for financial losses and expenses (known as special damages). Each aspect of the claim will be valued and calculated individually however people will tend to talk in terms of the overall figure that they receive in compensation. Thus it is possible that your friend received a lower amount for the injury element of his claim but received a higher sum in total because his financial losses and expenses resulting from the accident were greater than yours. For example, both you and your friend may have had time off work following the accident but if you were paid in full and your friend merely received statutory sick pay this would explain a difference in the compensation payments as your friend could include in his claim his loss of pay.

The Red Feather Club / 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association Open Day The Red Feather Club/95th Bomb Group Heritage Associaton are holding an Open Day at the club in Horham, Suffolk, four miles south-east of Eye off the B1117 on Sunday 31st July from 10am-4pm. 95th BGHA.

Diss W.I. May / June Meeting. members Hilda Corbitt and Ann Flynn, a member for 50 years.

There are other possible reasons for the difference including that the insurance company dealing with your friend’s claim may have been generous in the amount that they offered in settlement of his claim. If you have a question for our legal advice team you can submit it by email: or in writing to: Chancery House, Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HZ.

Contact chairman James Mutton: Email: Tel: 01728 860930. Website:

Above: The cutting of the cake by Jean Sudron, Hilda Corbitt and Ann Flynn. A good time was had by all on 19th May when our members together with guests from Federation Office, received a warm welcome from Jean Sudron, our President, to a very special evening for Diss W.I. We celebrated our 90th Birthday with an excellent dinner from colourfully decorated tables and in each place a gift to keep as a memento. The party spirit was helped along by a very entertaining magician moving around the tables with tricks and laughter. As with all good parties we had a very special cake made and decorated by members. Jean was assisted in the cutting of the cake by long-time

For “younger” members a montage of photos collected over the years was on display dating back as far as 1941. This was very amusing for everyone but especially long-term members who could see themselves doing what the W.I. does best over the years. Also on display was the tablecloth we keep with embroidered signatures of past and present members. Thank you to our guests for helping to make it such a memorable evening and to all our members who in one way or another helped to make it possible. Our speaker for the monthly meeting was Ceri Sudron, a highly qualified and experienced paramedic for 12 years. Ceri kept us entertained for an hour of absorbing and often humorous information about her life in this service. She demonstrated the difficulty of moving quickly sometimes in limited space with very weighty equipment, some of the problems encountered with each call, the long hours, often through the night, the tragedies and sadness but then the joy of helping a mother deliver her baby safely. Ceri expressed such passion and dedication for her job and ended by reading us a very moving poem which expressed all that she had left us thinking about. We look forward to our next meeting with a demonstration on reflexology. 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.

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95th Bomb Group Fliers past, present and future gathered in Horham to commemorate and celebrate the men and achievements of the 95th Bomb Group at the The Red Feather Club’s Grand Open Day.

Diane And Cheryl Fisk’s Desert Trek From the Dead Sea to Petra.

its open day opening up its new tea room with a tea dance. That night there was a big 1940s dance in the Red Feather Club’s Blue Room. On May 29th, approximately 2,000 people visited the Red Feather Club for its Grand Open Day with military vehicles, re-enactors including the mules of the Burma Chindit group, ’40s dancing and an aerobatics display by a WW2 “Jumpin Jacques” is a P-51 Mustang. Among the visitors were a group of bikers who rode down from Cromer in Norfolk to present the association with a cheque for £120. Above: From left, in front of the new memorial at The Red Feath Club, with bikers from Cromer, are: veterans Benjamin Roujansky, Herbert Wilkov and Ray Waters. On May 27th, a trio of WW2 veterans from the US, unveiled a memorial to the bomb group at the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association-run Red Feather Club in Horham, which is the official UK museum of the bomb group. The veterans – S/Sgt Ray B Waters a tail gunner, Lt Herbert Wilkov a navigator and S/Sgt Benjamin Roujansky a radio operator – were joined by RAF Lakenheath Wing Chaplain Lt Col Bruce A Arnold and a F15E Strike Eagle pilot, Lt Col Brent R Vosseller, recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan, for the emotional dedication of the memorial. The veterans are part of a 20-plus reunion tour of Americans organised by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association and the 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation in the US. On May 27th, the new-look museum, which features only 95th Bomb Group items, was unveiled to the visitors who presented the association with a “missing man flag” to commemorate all those lost. Along with additional displays of clothing and equipment, the revamped museum includes recently acquired audio visual displays showing rare wartime colour footage of the B-17s flying in formation, the Flying Fortresses over both Stradbroke & Horham, the Horham airbase itself, some famous and unknown airmen on the base and footage of London during the war. On May 28th, the 95th Bomb Group Hospital Museum in nearby Denham held

The award-winning Air Cadets from 1070 (Diss) Squadron presented the colours – the Stars and Stripes, their own standard and the 95th banner to the veterans on Saturday followed by speeches from among others Benjamin Roujansky and Lt Col Vosseller. 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association chairman James Mutton said: “It really was an amazing open day – probably our best yet and it was really great to see the veterans with the young Air Cadets. It was something special.”

Diane and Cheryl Fisk of Diss are taking part in a Desert Trek from the Dead Sea to Petra, to help them raise funds for a UK Charity called ‘Wellbeing of Women’ who help fund research, training and education into many areas of women’s health they are holding events in and around Diss area and invite you all along.

Anyone who can help with any of the events or who requires any further information please telephone 07961 139708.

Forthcoming Events: Ladies Pamper Evening Roydon Village Hall - Friday 15th July. Cost £5 - Tarot reader, clothes, jewellery, hypnotherapist, sports massage, reflexology and lots more on the night. Horse Race Night Diss Cue Club - Saturday 30th July. Anybody who wishes to help in anyway such as providing books for book sales, or cakes for cake stalls or bric ‘a’ brac for car boot sales, or nearly new items that are not wanted will be appreciated.

“It was great to see people flocking round the veterans and packing out the museum.” The veterans also opened an authentic guardroom at the Red Feather Club – including cell – built by 1285th Military Police re-enactors who have made the club their home. At nearby Denham Village Hall – the former base guard room – there was an exhibition by renowned wildlife artist Mark Chester and that evening at St Mary’s church at Horham, there was a special evening service, with an address by Lt Col Arnold. The award-winning Red Feather Club is at Horham, Suffolk (IP21 5DG), four miles south-east of Eye. It offers a unique experience in a 1940s WW2 NCOs’ social club and visitors say it is like “going back in time”. The museum houses only 95th Bomb Group items such as uniforms, photographs and memorabilia. Regular open days are held on the last Sunday of every month during the summer (May to October inclusive 10am-4pm). Membership of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association is £8 a year. The 95th BGHA website is

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Businesses That Are Not VAT Registered Need To Watch Out!! H M Revenue & Customs have announced that they are planning yet another disclosure scheme, this time cracking down on individuals and businesses that are trading above the VAT threshold but have not yet registered for VAT. The VAT threshold is currently at an amount of £73,000 of sales in the last 12 months on a rolling basis, and, if your business exceeds this limit then it should be registered. There are various VAT schemes that make it simpler to calculate your VAT such as the flat rate scheme. We would strongly advise any business that is exceeding the VAT threshold to consider registering and, are happy to assist in dealing with any registrations, as well as preparing returns on your behalf. You may be able to claim VAT incurred on some goods and services bought before your VAT registration commences.

Please contact us for further information and assistance. Our chartered accountants are based at our offices in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Newmarket and Sudbury. Details on our website

Diss U3A Report of Diss U3A June meeting. Due to the indisposition of our June speaker there was a change to our advertised talk. We were fortunate to be able to secure, at very short notice, the services of Richard Gibson from the Memorial Museum of the 100th Bomb Group (Station 139) Thorpe Abbotts. Richard’s illustrated talk showed the transformation of 500 acres of farmland to an operational USAAF airfield, home to 3,500 US personnel and the iconic B17 Flying Fortress bombers. The airfield which took just 1 year to construct was operational from 1943 to December 1945 and finally decommissioned in April 1956.

The years following were left for nature to reclaim until 1977 when a group of local people got together with plans to honour all those who served at Thorpe Abbotts. The original control tower now houses the museum and is proud to host regular visits from veterans and families who served there in World War 2. For further information please telephone 01379 642674. The next meeting will be on 7th July at the Diss Reformed Church starting at 10.30am.

In The Interests Of Entente Cordiale…. We’ll show ‘em how it’s done! While our French les amis were busy storming the Bastille, we Brits were out in the sunshine doing what we do best… enjoying ourselves with a great round of golf and some super nosh! This Bastille Day, we are recreating that historic moment. While a lot of business is done on the course (and you still can!), this is a purely social event… so invite your friends, family …. everyone you know.

competition complete with a board and a prize for the lowest score and... A gastronomique feast of a barbie courtesy of Churchill Catering Ltd who pride themselves on sourcing locally in Norfolk and Suffolk. All the gory (and gourmand) details can be found on And you can book online, too! Allons enfants de la patrie….

Thursday, 14th July from 5pm. Tickets are just £12 for DBF members and £15 for non-members…. and just look at what’s included: A 30 minute group lesson with Diss Golf Club Pro, Nigel Taylor and a putting

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Know Your Branch – Diss JACKAMAN SMITH & MULLEY SOLICITORS offer friendly, down-to-earth advice on a wide range of legal matters including residential legal property work, commercial property and business transactions, employment matters, commercial and personal litigation, family and wills, trusts and probate. Diss Property Team

Mark Rowlands Commercial Partner

James Laband Senior Partner

Keith Charman Conveyancing Executive

Howard Wright Commerical Consultant

The firm has been based at Park House, Mere Street since November 1997 when Jackaman’s took over Rollin & Co. James Laband, Senior Partner, has been at the office since 1998 handling conveyancing matters and he and other members of the firm are very well-known in the town. Residential and Commercial Property The strong property team at Diss also includes Keith Charman on the residential side, Mark Rowlands, Commercial Partner, and Howard Wright Commercial Consultant.

Wills and Probate Stephen Abbott, who has been with the company over thirty years, offers advice on Wills, Probate and LPAs.

Family Solicitor Anita Sharpe is available to discuss family matters.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our complete range of services from each one of our offices. You may prefer to arrange to discuss your matter at our Harleston office where our consultant John Taylor is based.

Litigation Litigation Partner, Paul Stevens offers dispute resolution and debt recovery expertise.

For further information take a look at our website or contact our Diss office on 01379 643555.

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The Spirit Of Breckland Comes To Norwich Following on from the success of their summer exhibition at St. Margaret’s Church of Art last July, the Breckland Artists return with another exciting and vibrant two-week exhibition in July 2011. This year, Breckland Artists, a diverse group of 15 professional and exhibiting artists which includes painters, potters, sculptors and textile artists, delivers a new show that draws upon the spirit of Breckland. Breckland Artists are a diverse group, living and working in the south west of the county, who originally got together following participation in the Norfolk Open Studios scheme nearly a decade ago. The group’s longevity and appeal owes much to the diversity of subject matter and the range of techniques employed. Roger Gamble, Chairman and one of the founder members said, “Breckland is a special place for many of us, influencing our work, and I am sure that those who visit our exhibitions take away something of the spirit of place that is present in the art we create.” He continues, “Members have been included in, and won awards in, major national and regional exhibitions and we continue to deliver a vibrant body of work.” The work produced by three of the group’s new members underlines the influence of

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the Breckland landscape on their art. Milly Welby, a sculptor, illustrates the strong connection between her work, its sense of place and the act of artistic creation. “My work stems from a core belief that there is beauty in everything and that through our senses we can discover this truth. To work in stone outside in the elements allows me to experience this belief first hand. To hear the sound of the chisel on stone, to feel the shape emerging and the textures change under my hands, to smell the dust in the air and the orange oil of mason’s polish in the final preparation, and finally to stand back and see what is emerging from the stone and my imagination.” For Malcolm Jarvis it is the clarity of the Breckland light that provides his motivation. Working in pastels, Malcolm utilises the nature of Breckland as his starting point, distilling the essence of the scene to produce his finished piece. Helen du Feu, a painter, uses patterns found in nature to create abstract or semi-abstract work in vibrant acrylic. “In my work I try to invoke the spirit of a place, both imagined and remembered, rather than the place itself. I

like to think of my paintings as landscapes of the heart.” The Breckland Artists’ show will be held in the fine space of St. Margaret’s Church of Art, located in St. Benedict’s,

Norwich. Staffed by the artists themselves, the show runs from Monday 18th July through to Saturday 30th July, 10am to 5pm, daily except Sundays.

Families Get Messy In Diss More than 20 people attended the first Messy Church in Diss that was held at the United Reformed Church on Saturday June 11th. People of all ages spent the morning involved in a number of ‘messy’ activities celebrating the Church’s Birthday at Pentecost.

a regular monthly event. It is great to see families doing things together and to see people of all generations getting involved and getting messy.”

Children and adults were involved in kite making, windmill making, blow painting, candle decorating and all had a hand in a combined piece of artwork (see picture). The session ran from 10:00am and concluded with a short time of worship followed by refreshments and a light lunch.

Messy Church is now found in over 12 countries and is a new initiative to explore how families can get together and be a church without having to cope with traditional Sunday morning church services.

Rev Julian Sanders of Diss URC said “This is the first of what will hopefully become

Another Messy Church is planned for September at the United Reformed Church on Mere Street and all ages are welcome to go along.

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New Additional Paternity Putting The Leave Regulations Come Finishing Touches Into Force

By the time you read this all the hymns for the biggest summertime sing in Diss will have been collated and set into a top ten of the most requested favourite hymns.

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 are now in force, applying to parents whose children were expected in the week beginning 3rd April 2011. The concept behind the Regulations is a simple one: eligible employees (usually fathers) will, in effect, be entitled to use the mother’s remaining maternity leave if the mother returns to work before using up all of her entitlement. Fathers will be entitled to up to 6 months’ leave (in addition to other leave, such as parental leave) which can be taken during the period from 20 weeks after the child has been born up until the child’s first birthday. The Statutory Paternity Pay rules have also been amended, meaning that if the mother returns to work before using her full 39 week entitlement of maternity pay, the father can claim Additional Statutory Paternity Pay for the remainder of the 39 weeks. Employers will need to familiarise themselves with the notification requirements an employee must comply with before taking

leave and claiming pay, and amend their handbooks and policies accordingly. The requirements include obtaining a ‘declaration’ from the mother confirming that she has returned to work and providing various details such as the address of her employer and her national insurance number. The intention behind the rules is to provide parents with greater flexibility, but whilst many employees will no doubt welcome this, it remains to be seen how widely the new rights will utilised. Some fathers may take a purely financial outlook, and will utilise the rights if the mother would earn more than the father by going back to work. Others, however, may feel reluctant to take a ‘mini’ career-break for fear of the harm that it could do to their careers, or may feel unwilling to forgo the traditional male ‘breadwinner’ stereotype.

By the looks of what have been requested you are in for a cracking evening of solid singing, but its only YOU the general public who can make this event a roaring success as you have done over the past seven years. As always we have the organ and choir of St. Mary’s along with the Diss Salvation Army Band to help us really sing along and you will as always be singing every verse of every hymn in the top ten.

So there we are almost ready to fill St. Mary’s Church Diss with great singing on Sunday 14th August 6pm for 6.30pm and if you enjoy listening to the band playing a warm up before we start then I suggest you arrive early. Look forward to seeing you all on the night. Gerry Hosking.

Remember too that representatives of our supported charity, Crossroads Care in Norfolk, will be present and this charity who cares for carers needs your support for anyone who is or has been a carer to a sick loved one knows what a difficult and time consuming task this is unless you can get some sort of help which Crossroads try their hardest to assist.

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Growing Your Business And How Dispatch Magazine Can Help! We’re all after new business, or at the very least we’re trying to retain the customers we already have. During a recession we all look at how we can cut costs, reduce overheads, tighten our belts and increase revenue, and very often the first thing we cut is our advertising and marketing budget. Whilst we sit back and think great, we have saved some money, over a period of time work begins to dry up, customers disappear and we start looking at how we can cut costs again.

business grows and we have many methods in which we can help you. These include magazine advertising, internet awareness, business networking, e-newsletter campaigns, social media marketing and website presence which really do work.

Those companies who increase their advertising and marketing budget during recession are proven to be far better off. By the very nature that they are still advertising their business and shouting about what they do, means they will be at the forefront of people’s minds, when the other companies withdraw from being in the public eye. It is a typical case of “A business that does not advertise is an invisible business”!

According to a recent survey conducted by Regus, a provider of business services, an increasing number of businesses are turning to sites like Twitter and Facebook to drum up new customs. In 2010, 33% of companies were successfully winning new customers through social networking activity. A year later the amount has risen to 41%. More and more companies are leveraging the channel not only to increase the loyalty of existing customers, but as a successful acquisition tool.

At Dispatch Magazine we are not here to merely sell you an advert and hope that works. We are here to ensure your

As businesses emerge from the downturn they are increasingly reconsidering pre-recession working

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practices and opting for more flexible, competitive strategies. Among these, the use of business social media is proving extremely successful and suited to the fast pace of recovery. In the UK one in three social network users are a fan, follower or friend of a company page or profile. Therefore businesses are being encouraged to increase the proportion of their marketing budget to this activity. A third of UK companies devote up to 20 per cent of their marketing budget to business social networking activity.


So, Dispatch Magazine is not just here to sell you an advert. We are here to offer help, advice and support on how you can grow your business on a local basis, using many different medias. Call us for a chat, or pop in and see us. The kettle is always on, and it costs nothing. (The coffee or the chat).

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Attleborough Town Council Noticeboard Monthly Update. Glass Recycling The glass recycling facility at Station Road has earned the Town Council an annual recycling credit of nearly £150 from Breckland Council.

Attleborough Town Council – New Members Following the scheduled parish elections in May there were thirteen nominations for the fifteen available seats on the Council.

Townsfolk are thanked for being both environmentally aware and in the process helping to generate much needed funds to the town.

At the Council meeting held on 6th June the two remaining vacancies were filled by co-option and the Council duly welcomed Edward Wright and Geoff Ellis on board.

Town Council Website The Town Council’s new website is now up and running and can be visited at The site will be steadily developed over the coming months and if you have any suggestions as to how it can be extended or improved please contact the Council on 456194.

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Running Track at Gaymers Meadow Residents are actively encouraged to use the four lane running track at Gaymers Meadow. Local clubs are using it as part of their fitness and training regimes and it is to be hoped that the facility will be well used throughout the community.

Above: Edward Wright. Have Your Say….. It is a healthy aspect of local democracy when the community attend Council meetings and take an interest in local issues. In addition to simply attending meetings, members of the public can speak at all meetings of the monthly Full Council through a specific

Above: Geoff Ellis. public participation session. So if you have something to say on an agenda issue or want to make your feelings known to the Council on any local issue why not come along and get it off your chest or speak to your local councillor?

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Macmillan Cancer Support – Garden Fete

Kuk Sool Won European Championship

Sunday 3rd July 2011 – 2.00 – 4.00pm.

Congratulations Attleborough & Long Stratton for outstanding achievements at Kuksool Won European Championship in Kings Lynn.

The Grange, Hargham Road, Attleborough This very popular event usually attracts lots of people and we are hoping for some good weather to make the day a success.

Paige Bonner – 3 Silver Medals Michael Coppard – 2 Bronze Medals Darien – 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Copper

Do come along and support our cause as with your help Macmillan Cancer Support are able to provide funding for the word needed to help those and their families living with cancer in this area.

Also well done to James, Willow and Matthew. Anyone interested in Kuk Sool Won contact Andy 07775 890359 or Lynda on 07983175661.

There will be:Strawberry Cream Teas, Tombola, Raffle, Games, Plants, Bowling for the Pig, Cakes, Books, Bric-a-Brac and much more.

Left: Paige Bonner - winner of 3 Silver Medals, Kuk Sool Won.

Attleborough Bible Society Thought for the Month “Faith” “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek Him” Hebrews 11 verse 6

“Prove to me that God exists then I’ll decide whether to believe in Him. If not, I’ll run my life my way.” So says the non believer. God says: If you want to know whether

I exist, read Galatians 5:19-26 with complete honesty, asking Me to become real to you. If you do this seriously, you will begin to see your sins, your need both of forgiveness and a transformed heart. Your life will switch from living

to please yourself to pleasing Me. Yes, you will face many challenges along the Christian way of the Cross, but you will experience your reward: real joy now in this life and beyond in eternity!

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Secret Wishes, Suppressed Desires And A Garden Shed Trapped in a mundane existence, a couple delve into private worlds of daydream and fantasy as they work to ensure their relationship survives. A love story inspired by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, this delightful flight of fancy crosses boundaries of dance and theatre to tell its story through dance, physical theatre, clowning and music. Set to a soundtrack of cinematic scores and popular songs, a company spanning three generations reveal that not far beyond the ordinary lies the extraordinary. Supported by Norfolk Dance, this dance company is touring East Anglia and comes to New Buckenham between performances at Norwich Playhouse and the Edinburgh Fringe. This is the first time that a professional dance company has performed locally and it promises to be a most special event.

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Agnes and Walter: a little love story is at New Buckenham Village Hall on Friday 29th July at 7.30pm (doors and bar open at 7.00pm). Tickets at £8 and £5 (concessions) are on sale at Simon Cattermole Butchers in New Buckenham or call 01603 283399.

An Evening With Julie Felix Come to an Evening of Folk with the one & only Julie Felix. Date: Friday 22nd July Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm Venue: Central Hall, Back Ln, Wymondham Tickets are £12.50, Concessions £10. Tickets available from Reeves Book Shop,

2 Market Street, Wymondham or by calling 01953 600563. All profits to East Anglian Air Ambulance Registered Charity No: 1083876.

Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services By now hopefully the summer is in full swing and you are enjoying the sunshine. You should have received your P60 if you are employed and no doubt have also heard from the tax credits department. Did you know that we can help you with your tax credit queries and it is really important to get this form right. This can be difficult if you are self employed or your situation is complicated. Why not come in

and have a chat with us, the first meeting is free and we can help you to fill in that dreaded form. We can also help with other aspects including employment, self employment, payroll and tax returns. Just give us a ring and find out how we can help you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Attleborough Town Twinning Association Attleborough Town Twinners let the strain take the strain - again. Members of Attleborough Town Twinning Association recently made their seventh visit to the town’s twin community of Nueil-Les-Aubiers in France. The journey began at Attleborough Railway Station on the morning of 1st June and ended, some hours later, at Angers Railway Station. Where the party was met by the community minibuses to take them to their host families in Nueil-Les-Aubiers. The French Committee had arranged a

packed and varied programme of events including days out to beautiful La Rochelle and Fontevraud Abbey – last resting place of Richard the Lionheart - and of course, some obligatory wine tasting. The weather was glorious. As usual, the hospitality was excellent and the French group’s warmth and friendliness put everyone at their ease. Old friendships were renewed and new ones forged. Once more the traditional Pétanque match (and the cup) was won by the French and this,

despite extra training before the party, left Attleborough! We very much look forward to welcoming the Nueil-Les-Aubiers group when they return to Attleborough next year. If any reader would be able to act as a host family for the return visit, the Association would be delighted to hear from you – telephone 01953 455995 – to record your interest.

Open Churches Week St Mary’s Church, Attleborough, will be open from 9am to 4pm during Open Churches Week beginning on August 7th. You are welcome to attend any church services during that time. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions. There will be readings from the King James’ Bible on Sundays 7th & 14th August from 2 to 4 p.m. On Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August there’s an exhibition by Artline, a local group.

Come & see the Norman Tower, 15th Century Rood Screen, 15th century mural paintings, several interesting grave slabs etc. We look forward to seeing you. Any enquiries to Anne Tinker Tel. 01953 45360.

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Anglia Computer Solutions

Gold Award For Andrew A South Norfolk funeral director has been awarded the profession’s ‘gold standard’ diploma.

Anglia Computer Solutions Ltd is in the position to cover all aspects of computing whether you are a home user or work in a business of 30. Below we go into a bit of detail as to the services we provide. Sales - Each of our shops are stocked with a wide array of products. We have a huge selection of reconditioned laptops ranging from £129 - £249. We also stock ranges of both new and factory refurbished PC’s and Laptops from £299. You will also find ink for nearly every type of printer in both original and compatible cartridges. As well as all this we stock accessories, cables, components - something for all your computing needs. Repairs - Every branch has a workshop fully equipped to diagnose and repair your PC and laptop problems. Simply drop it in, we will take your details, have a look and ring you with a no obligation quote. Virus Removals - Viruses are becoming a big problem for home users and businesses alike. If quickly contained, most viruses can be removed for £20.

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as a town councillor in order to focus on his studies. “I’m very proud of the job we do – it’s a great privilege to help families deal with the loss of a loved one,” said Andrew Free.

Upgrades - Replacing equipment can be costly, have you ever considered an upgrade? Drop in your equipment and we’ll give you a free quote on what options you have. Photos - Our Wymondham branch has a photo kiosk! Bring in your camera, memory card, phone or flash pen and we can print off your photos in a variety of sizes whilst you wait! Callouts - Can’t get your computer to us? Is it a problem you need resolved at home? We come to you! For a fixed fee of £39.99 you get the callout and up to an hours labour. Websites - In need of a website? We offer the full service from design and creation to hosting and support from £299. Search engine optimisation and a full user interface to edit the website can also be provided on request.

Above: Andrew Free from Rosedale Funeral Home.

Married with two children, Andrew is a keen supporter of local charities – and an advocate for fellow independent high street businesses.

Rosedale Funeral Home’s Andrew Free has further topped up his professional qualifications with the internationally recognised National Association of Funeral Directors’ Diploma in Funeral Directing.

Andrew is one of three generations of his family working at Rosedale – his 15-year-old son Lewis helps out with weekend vehicle valeting while fatherin-law Alan Booth is a part-time driver/ bearer.

“Staff training and development is something we take great pride in at Rosedale and it’s great that Andrew has reached this milestone,” said Rosedale’s Anne Beckett-Allen.

Established in 2004, Rosedale, a family run business, has funeral homes in Diss, Wymondham, Attleborough, Halesworth and Bungay, with a branch due to open soon in Beccles.

A resident of Attleborough, Andrew joined Rosedale six years ago, standing down

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Bunwell & District Camera Club AGM And Awards Presentation Evening 2011. achieving the highest overall score taking the coveted Photographer of the Year award. This year’s winner is Colin Guthrie, pictured accepting his award from Sue Blackett.

Above: Colin Guthrie, accepting his award from Sue Blackett. Bunwell & District Camera Club held its end of year Annual General Meeting at Peter Beales Roses on 7th June 2011. The event was attended by the majority of club members who enjoyed a buffet style dinner followed by a guided tour of the gardens. The AGM saw the retirement of club Secretary Sue Blackett and the Committee expresses its gratitude for her contribution to the club. A reshuffle of the remaining Committee sees current Chairperson Dianne Gibson taking over the role of Secretary and Graham Kingsland step up to become Chairperson. The club runs 6 themed competitions over the course of the year, with the person

A further award is presented for the Photograph of the Year. This image is chosen from the highest scoring entries from all 6 competitions and this year’s winner is Les Bailey with his photograph entitled ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’.

more time on their hands and it is hoped to expand the programme even further this year with some weekend workshops in subjects such as learning the basics and image processing. For further details and news, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please telephone 07583 082250 or visit the club’s website:

Above: Les Bailey with his photograph entitled ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’.

Following the club’s recent annual exhibition the members agreed to donate a sum of £100 from the proceeds to a local charity, and a majority vote taken on the night determined that this should go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Did You Go To School In Attleborough?

The Committee announced its programme for the forthcoming year which includes several high profile speakers including renowned landscape photographer Tom Mackie. The club offers an extensive programme which, as well as speakers, includes members’ evenings, practical sessions and social events. The past year has seen the successful introduction of midweek photo shoots for those with a little

“Attleborough School Days” evening. On Saturday 22nd October, Attleborough Heritage Group is holding an “Attleborough School Days” evening and once again we need the help of your readers to make this a successful occasion. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has been to any of the schools in Attleborough – recently or not so recently – independent or state schools.

If you have any photographs or memorabilia to share with the Group, that would be superb, or preferably, come along to the Connaught Hall for the event. Further details from the Heritage Centre, 01953 455877 or email

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Nest Residential Lettings And Management Nest Residential Lettings and Management was established in 2007 to provide a full lettings and management service to the beautiful coastal town of Southwold. Due to the company’s rapid growth and success it has recently relocated to King Street in Norwich in order to provide a central operating base for the East Anglian region.

Management and Client Accounting departments provide both landlords and tenants with the comfort that any enquiries will always be answered professionally and efficiently.

At Nest, rather than focusing on sales targets, the company prides itself on reputation and building strong relationships with their clients, by providing a tailored and personal service to suit each individual landlord. Nest offers a range of services, from introducing a tenant to the property and initial administration, to full management; tailoring a lettings package to suit all requirements. The staff understand that no property or landlord is the same, therefore the service given reflects the individual needs of each client, and extra effort is made to ensure that every property is given the full attention it deserves.

All Nest properties are listed on the major internet portals, and local advertising and press is utilised in order to ensure that each property receives maximum exposure to find suitable tenants. The types of property that are offered range from studio apartments to grand houses, and are aimed at professionals looking to rent both in and around Norwich, and throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

With specialist and local knowledge, staff are always on hand to offer advice and guidance through every step of the lettings process. Also, due to the company’s independence, in-house Property

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Once suitable tenants are sourced they are vetted thoroughly using a professional referencing procedure, and when moved in the property is regularly checked and monitored to ensure that it is kept in good order and that any maintenance issues are addressed effectively. A professional inventory service and the use of reliable contractors also aid the landlord’s peace of mind when letting their property by ensuring that the condition of the premises

is noted and monitored, and that any maintenance issues are resolved to the highest standards. Nest Residential Lettings and Management have a passion for property and believe in providing a personal service and building strong relationships with their clients, in order to meet their exact letting requirements. If you need any help or advice regarding letting your property or

any aspect of the rental process then their friendly and approachable staff are always on hand to offer guidance without pressure or obligation. Nest’s main aim is to take the stress out of letting, therefore if you have a property to let and would like any advice then please contact the team at any time on 01603 621180 or

Above: Owl Barn, Haveringland, Guide price £2000pcm.

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Attleborough Sainsbury’s Raise Money Amateur Boxing Club For their charity of the year.

Emma Dolan from Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club is the new ABAE National Junior Champion at 38 – 40 kg. Emma boxed at the 2011 ABAE National Female Championship final on Saturday 11th June which was held @ Mansfield Civic Centre where England’s best Juniors boxed in a bid to be crowned 2011 National Champion. Emma totally outclassed her opponent Niamh McGucin from Beringsfield, Oxfordshire, and won by 30 points to 16 and becomes only the 2nd female from Norfolk to become a Female ABAE Champion. Emma (aged 13) from Mattishall goes to Dereham Nethergate School and has been boxing at Attleborough ABC for

just over a year and has been training 5 days a week in the run up to the Championship. Emma has had 7 competitive bouts this season, winning them all, including winning a Gold Medal at the International Tournament in Tampere, Finland. Head Coach at Attleborough ABC, Jonathan Dennis, puts Emma’s success down to hard work & determination and said it was also an extremely proud moment for the club to have gained National success in a comparatively short space of time.

For The Weary And Burdened A thought for the month from Malcolm Ryan, Pastor of Attleborough Baptist Church. In uncertain times, when people are desperate for something they can trust, Christians know we can always find strength and hope in the Word of God. The Apostle Paul counselled, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Paul knew what it meant to praise God at all times and in all circumstances. In fact, he gave up a relatively comfortable and prestigious lifestyle to become an itinerant preacher who was repeatedly persecuted, beaten, shipwrecked and imprisoned. When he prayed to God for relief from a painful affliction, God answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Sainsbury’s Supermarket in Attleborough is pleased to announce the final total raised for their charity of the year stands at £2,272.16p, which will be presented to Attleborough Day Care Centre.

who supported various fundraising activities throughout the year and look forward to revealing their new charity partner shortly.

The store would like to thank all our customers and colleagues

Chair To Rent In Modern Attleborough Salon Are you looking to run your own business within the hairdressing industry? A chair within our friendly Salon FX in Attleborough is available to rent. This would suit mobile / freelance or employed hairstylist with existing clientele that are looking to expand their clientele and profits. Salon FX is open Monday - Saturday, you can chose days to suit you. Call Darren for further details 01953 451305.

weary and burdened,” he says, “and I will give you rest.” This rest is a gift from God. It is the rest of salvation that comes from realising that, having suffered and died on the cross, Christ has completed the work of redemption. Then the Lord Jesus adds, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These are the words of our Saviour, who rose again to give us the blessed hope of everlasting life.

As the world struggles to cope with disease, famine, war, disaster and poverty, it is our responsibility as Christians to assure other people that God is still in control and that he has a plan to rescue all who repent of their sins and trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. By trusting in Christ, we can know the power and the peace of his presence right now in whatever situation we find ourselves. “Come to me, all you who are

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Have You Ever Thought About Joining An Adult Education Course... But worried about whether you’d like it? Or maybe there are skills you need to learn but have never quite got round to it? Well now’s your chance! These free short courses are aimed at people aged 19+ who want to return to learning after a break and are either unemployed or haven’t got many current or relevant qualifications. If you complete the course you will usually earn a certificate but there are no tests involved, and the sessions are all friendly and relaxed. See the adjoining advert for times and dates. Please book in advance by phoning 01953 455634 or calling into Attleborough Community and Enterprise Centre. Dressmaking Skills for Beginners Here’s a chance to try out some common dressmaking skills by making cushion covers or a bag. You will need to bring some fabric with you, so please enquire when you sign up for the course.

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Computers for Jobsearching Computer skills are essential when you are looking for a job and if you are one of the many people who feel left behind, this is the course for you. You’ll be looking at various websites that advertise jobs, and learn how to download application forms or CV templates, complete them on the computer and email them to employers. Make the Most of your Digital Photos Bring along your digital camera and we will show you how to transfer your photos onto a computer, resize and position them and then print them. If you haven’t got a digital camera, please tell us when you sign up for the course and we will make other arrangements for you. Money Made Simple Would you like to feel more in control of your finances? Do you want to make

sure that no-one can take advantage of you? This course takes the stress out of managing your money and helps you feel more confident about your ability. You won’t be judged in any way or asked to disclose any personal financial information. Safety in the Kitchen Please note: this course is held at Oak Lodge, Wayland Close, Attleborough. Come and watch a trained Chef cookery demonstrate some simple tasty dishes and find out about the food hygiene issues concerning them. You will also understand how to stay safe while working in a kitchen and learn some very basic First Aid in case things go wrong. British Sign Language (BSL) – First Steps for Volunteers This non-accredited course is only available to people who work for a registered charity or community group,

either in a paid job or in a voluntary capacity. It is a complete beginners’ course for people who want to widen their understanding of the Deaf community and no prior knowledge of BSL is needed. The groups are fun and friendly and you’ll learn to use numbers and fingerspelling, and how to talk about the weather, travelling, and directions.

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Harleston & EYE

Digital Switchover Is This November Do you know what it means for you?

At Harleston Information Plus we didn’t really know what was going on so we got in contact with the Digital Switchover Outreach team. They have trained our information centre volunteers and given us literature about the changeover. Don’t leave it until the last minute, if you are unsure about what is happening call into Harleston Community Information centre, we can talk you through the process. On 17th September (2pm) there will be an open Over 60s meeting at King Georges Hall, Harleston where the switchover process, and support available to help householders make the change, will be fully explained. This meeting will be open to all. The Red Cross Norfolk Coastal Centre for Independent living. Peter Mc Guinness Project Development Worker for the above centre came to the Harleston Information Plus National Carers week tea.

He spoke to carers about the work of the Red Cross equipment loan service and their independent living centre. The centre offers a free advice service to Norfolk residents seeking equipment to help with everyday living. They have showers, baths, hoists, bath seats, stair lifts and much more that members of the public can look at, and try, to decide what would suit them best. Qualified occupational therapists are on hand to explain how equipment works and advise on what may be most suitable. Harleston Community Information Centre has information about the independent living centre or you can contact the Red Cross direct on 0845 0547 181. Harleston Community Information Centre is at 8 Exchange Street, Harleston and is open Mon- Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm, Thursdays 9.30am - 12.30pm and Saturdays 10am - 1pm. Telephone number: 01379 851917

Harleston Jobs Club Every Wednesday between 10am – 12pm, everyone welcome. Over the last 4 weeks we have had an average weekly attendance of 10 members at the Jobs Club coffee morning and we have welcomed 4 new members. We have helped: • 5 of our members secure employment • 2 of our members move into voluntary work to gain new skills • 4 members with their CV • 5 members receive careers advice Our Adult Education courses are well underway. A group of learners have already completed one of the courses - Choosing a Healthier Lifestyle, and the other courses are currently in progress. Finally, we would like to welcome Cherry to our volunteering team. Cherry has been volunteering with the Information Centre for sometime and has moved over to help with the Jobs Club. The post became available when Jake (who has been volunteering with the Jobs Club from the start) moved on to work for the Information Centre. You will be missed, but many congratulations!

Norfolk Guidance Service Appointments available with a professional Careers Advisor offering advice and support if you are looking for work or thinking about a change of career. If you would like more information about the Jobs Club and the free services we offer then please contact Lucy Hurdley at the Information Centre Tel: 01379 851920 or email:

Employers can advertise their vacancy for FREE at the Jobs Club Please contact Lucy with details of your vacancy.

Activities in July We have various activities going on throughout the month, please call into the Information Centre for up-to-date details on Jobs Club events. Business Link Our regular Business Link Advisor will be available for appointments.

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Homes & Gardens Diss Bed Centre & Furniture Warehouse... Is a family owned business which has been established for over 36 years, based in Diss, Norfolk. Our Bed Centre and Furniture Warehouse on Sawmills Road, Diss offers a huge selection of leading styles of bedroom, occasional, dining and office furniture including Bedsteads, Sideboards, Wardrobes, Dining Tables, Chairs, Units, TV Stands, Nests of Tables, Desks and much more. All ranges are available in solid woods including oak, ash, beech, birch and pine. 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. Big brands include Sealy, Silentnight, Hypnos, Myers, Staples and Healthbeds to name but a few. With over 10 ranges of furniture displayed in store you shouldn’t struggle to find what you are looking for, however

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if you can’t see it on the shop floor do ask as there is every chance we can order it in for you – orders placed before Wednesday will be in and ready for delivery by the Friday. We have a large range of stock in at all times available for same or next day delivery meaning you haven’t got to wait weeks for your new furniture. You can also visit our website for our full ranges and our latest offers The store has easy access and parking and we offer free local delivery using our own specialised team, all of our furniture is ready assembled on delivery which saves you the time and stress of trying to assemble it yourself.

With 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. Store opening times are as follows: Sawmills Road: Monday: Friday 9am-5pm Saturday: 9am-4pm, Sunday: 10am -4pm.

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Supreme Bathrooms Summer Promotion Is Now On... As one of the leading bathroom specialists in East Anglia with one of the finest showrooms displaying over 80 bathroom suites and shower enclosures, Supreme Bathrooms are offering a summer promotion throughout all Dispatch Magazines. Throughout July only, Supreme Bathrooms will PAY YOUR VAT on all purchases over £500.00 upon presentation of our Dispatch Advertisement. With the arrival of our new ranges from Imperial Bathrooms, Kudos shower enclosures and Calypso bathroom furniture, now has never been a better time to get down to Supreme Bathrooms and make a substantial saving on all products with the current VAT rate set at 20%. With our showroom displaying our vast array of products including various types of wall and floor coverings’ including tiles and all bathroom accessories means you can shop under one roof for

all your bathroom requirements at great savings. At Supreme Bathrooms we can also undertake all aspects of your installation with our very own bathroom fitters taking care of all work involved including plumbing, tiling etc. This leaves you without the hassle of finding suitable tradesmen and let’s Supreme Bathrooms complete your much dreamed of modern and practical bathroom. Have you been thinking of getting that Supreme Bathroom makeover? If so, take advantage of our offer in July and get down to Supreme now!!

Summer Bedding Summer bedding plants are a great way of filling your garden with lots of long lasting colour. There are so many bedding plants available, here are a couple of my favourites. Geraniums - they will flower right up until the first frosts of the year and are available in a huge range of colours and sizes. They are real sun lovers and are quite drought tolerant, they are ideal for that very ‘hot spot’ in your garden. There is a trailing geranium that is fantastic in hanging baskets, again giving lots of colour over a long period. Fuchsias are small shrubs that also have a really long flowering period, again up until the first frosts. They flower prolifically and don’t need dead heading. They like the sun but are equally happy in dappled shade. The list of Fuchsias is endless, there are hundreds of varieties to choose from. There are upright bush types, trailing (great for tubs and baskets) and there are hardy varieties that survive through our winters. There is even a climbing fuchsia (Mrs. Boothby).

flower beds they will spread along the ground giving excellent ground cover with lots of colour. Here at Wymondham Garden Centre we have lots of bedding and trailing plants, we have baskets and tubs made up bursting with colour, we also have baskets with strawberries and cherry tomatoes in. If you want your own baskets filling then bring them into us and we’ll fill them. We don’t charge for making them, only for what goes into them. Come and see us if you need any advice, we are always happy to help. Fingers crossed for a good summer and happy gardening to you all. Brenda.

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Homes & Gardens Breckland Flower And Garden Club The Chairman opened the meeting welcoming two new members and guests. requests to make presentations followed!! The flower arranging competition was won by Susan Thurlow with her interpretation of a television personality (also trophy winner for best use of colour) and the table show - a rose from the garden - was won by Christine Harvey and Pat Poulter. Above: Janet Steele and her wedding dress. Steel gave an amusing account of her ‘Claim to Fame’ when she and her then fiancé appeared on one of the first BBC ‘reality shows’ Journalists and Cameramen followed preparations for their wedding - live broadcasts and unexpected

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July 14th is the date for the next meeting at Old Buckenham Village Hall at 2p.m. when Linda Harman will demonstrate ‘Outside in’ the competition title is ‘Tiny Snippets’ a miniature arrangement and the table show is for a vase of sweet peas. Visitors always welcome.

Horticultural Society Martyn Davey, from Easton College and regular contributor to the EDP’s gardening pages, was the speaker at the Attleborough and District Horticultural Society at their May meeting. His subject was ‘Propagation’, a subject that he approached in a relaxed and often humorous way. Starting with the basic principles of growing from seed he then went through the use of softwood, semi-ripe and hardwood cuttings to produce more plants.

flowering shrub) and John Frost (any vegetable).

Throughout his talk he used examples that he had brought along to give practical demonstrations of the different methods. He finished by showing methods of increasing your stock of house plants by taking leaf cuttings.

The next meeting takes place at the usual venue, Attleborough Junior School, on Wednesday July 20th commencing at 7.30pm, when P Shearwood will give a presentation on Geraniums.

In the monthly table show the winners were John Phoenix (three stems of flowers), Susan Hunter (three different herbs), Olive Shickle (three stems of

As usual non-members are most welcome to come along.

The chairman John Frost reported that the Spring Show had made a profit and that over £200 had been raised at the recent plant sale.

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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 A Garden Is For Life, Not Just For Summer We all enjoy our gardens during the summer months when plants look their best and detract attention away from unsightly features within the garden, but when the leaves begin to fall leaving areas of the garden exposed, do your spirits fade along with the diminishing daylight? It is true that interesting planting can be used all year to provide colour, structure and interest, however during the bleak winter months, the fundamental design and hard-landscaping features of the garden become centre-stage.

seasonal planting, an individual yearround look is accomplished.

At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all The solution is a clever balance of planting aspects of landscaping. to provide all year round appeal combined with elegant, interesting and tactile hardAs we are also the driving force landscaping materials to form a consistent behind Paving Superstore (www. backdrop, whatever the season. and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (www. Materials such as the pastel shades of, both selling natural sandstone or limestone paving huge volumes of hard landscaping combined with the gentle hues of sea materials across the UK, including washed pebbles and the intricate aged paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, features of antique oak timber provide Stoneflair, Stonemarket, Pavestone, strong structural interest and colour on Global Stone, Strata and Natural Paving, their own and by complementing this with decorative stone, sheds, summerhouses,

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log cabins, garden features, hot tubs, pergolas, fencing, water features and lots more, you can be sure all our materials are at online prices, offering great savings! 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, we can fulfil your requirements. Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your landscaping requirements See examples of our work at:

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Let J&S Homeworks Transform Your Garden As summer once again threatens to get into full swing it’s a good time to create your perfect outdoor living space. Garden patios and decking have never been more popular. There are now an increasing number of styles of garden paving and garden products dedicated to help you gain the maximum amount of use and enjoyment from your patio garden. The biggest impact on patio gardens has undoubtedly been decking which is an easy to maintain area that provides an ideal surface for summer as the wood is near cold but at the same time never becomes excessively hot like some natural stone and manmade paving products. Whether you choose decking or a cement, stone or paving slab patio depends on your site & style.

walkway or it can frame a view to another feature within the garden. Custom made garden sheds are a perfect way to utilise an area within your garden that otherwise would be wasted. By having a garden shed made to suit the area, you are turning a once useless space into a useful storage or work area - half for storage and half as a summer house or maybe a shed and green house combination.

Garden fencing needn’t be boring and can really add character, whether it be traditional or contemporary it can be in a range of styles and materials. Screening can be used to hide an unsightly area - bins compost etc. For more information or a free no obligation quote please contact Jason of J & S Homeworks to transform your garden on 01953 451169 or 07747 847606.

Wood fencing helps to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and garden as well as adding essential privacy. The garden fence may be the first thing people see when they come to your house.

When creating any area in the garden one of the first aims must be to add interest. Building a pergola in your garden can in its simplest form provide a focal point, however it can also provide an effective soft screen from the neighbours, additional shelter for a

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Out & About The Thetford Players July 2011. The Thetford Players are hosting a Craft Fair. This will take place in the Carnegie Room on Saturday 16th July 2011, from 10am until 3pm. If you wish to have a stall at this event, they are £10 each. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will also let local clubs / societies / organisations have a stall for their own fundraising purposes too. Please email or call for a booking form to the details below. Please come along and support the local businesses. Auditions for the 2012 Pantomime are taking place on Thursday 21st July 2011, in the Guildhall, Thetford at 7pm. Everyone will be welcome along. The Pantomime is going to be Cinderella and has been written by three members of the Players. We will be needing main characters, smaller characters, chorus members

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and a production team. So whether you wish to be on stage, back stage, front of house, doing make up, costumes, etc, please come along on the 21st. Become a ‘Friend of the Players’. As a Friend of the Players you will get two complementary tickets to the first night of the productions within the membership year, a copy of the quarterly Players Newsletter, you name listed in all Players programs and included in all mailing sent out. To become a member of the Friends of the Players, it will cost you £15 per year. As an introductory offer anyone joining now will be members of ‘The Friends’ until September 2012 (14 months). If you are interested in becoming a ‘Friend’ then please contact me and I will get a membership form to you.

If you have any questions, would like to know anything about or would like to get involved with the Thetford Players, please contact us at, or call me on 07846 330797. Bob Waple, Chairman Thetford Players.

News from across your region

Open Weekend

Family Fun & Dog Show

July sees the return of Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual Summer Open Weekend at their headquarters in Hapton, Norfolk.

Join Uplands Way Vets Ltd for a fun day out. Venue: World Horse Welfare Date: 31st July 2011 Time: 11am - 4pm

The site only opens to the public twice a year so it’s a chance to catch up with what has been happening at the UK’s largest horse sanctuary. And this year the charity has added the extra fun ingredient of a Great Cake Bake, which keen cooks are invited to enter! On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, Redwings headquarters at Hapton, near Long Stratton, will open its gates to visitors from 10am to 4pm each day. Redwings’ 350-acre headquarters is especially beautiful and is home to its Horse Hospital, Parklands Re-homing Centre and administration offices as well as more than 300 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. This year the charity is also holding a Great Cake Bake across all its visitor centres and visitors to the Hapton Open Weekend are encouraged to join in. All you have to do is bake or decorate a cake and bring it along at the Weekend to win a prize! Cakes will be raffled off in aid of Redwings and there will be prizes for Best Traditional Cake, Best Creative Decoration and Best Cupcakes or Cookies.

Join us for our Dog show, nurse checks and equipment demonstrations, including endoscopy, Xray & darting.

All cakes will be judged on appearance, not taste, so the more creative the better! The weekend will also give visitors the chance to help celebrate the birthday of a very special little resident, Lewis, who is now one year old. Last year two lucky visitors were given the chance to hand-feed baby Lewis who was orphaned as a young foal and had been hand-reared by the Redwings staff with help from surrogate mum, Shetland pony Gretel! All the funds raised from the Great Cake Bake will go towards helping Redwings care for rescued ponies like Lewis and Gretel.

The day includes 11 Dog classes: £2 to enter, rosettes up to 6th place, entries from 11am, judging from 12noon,

Golden Oldie (8 yrs and over) Posh Pedigree Cutest Crossbreed Waggiest Tail Dog Most Like Its Owner Best Trick Dog The Judges Would Most Like To Take Home Supreme Champion We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Categories are as follows: Best Puppy (3-6 months) Prettiest Bitch Most Handsome Dog

To learn more about the work of Redwings, please visit or call 01508 481000.

Classic Cars & Wheels Show This event is an absolute must for anyone who has admired the lines of a classic car or enjoyed getting their hands dirty under the bonnet. You will be able to compare notes with owners and exhibitors about their pride and joy and maybe reminisce about your own; your father’s or evens your grandfather’s transport of delight.

You can take part in voting for your ‘Car of the Show’. The winning entry will win PRIZE VOUCHERS for a special motoring event!

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SHELFANGER FETE 2011 Shelfanger Fete 2011 Shelfanger Village Fete 2011 is to be held on Saturday 16th July and will be open at 2pm by Mr and Mrs Ivan Cotton as they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary year. splat the rat, children’s and general tombola, cake and book stalls and a grand raffle. The parish council will have a stall with information on the refurbishment of Boyland Common.

Admission is free with your lucky programme. There will be a display of Robin Reliant three wheeler vehicles. A model railway display will be put on by the Diss and Roydon Model Railway Society. Join us for all the fun of an old fashioned family fete, including skittles, bean bags, hoopla, ring balls, bowling, coconut shy,

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Bar, BBQ and Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Admission is free with your lucky programme. There will be a display of Robin Reliant three wheeler vehicles. A model railway display will be put on by the Diss and Roydon Model Railway Society. Join us for all the fun of an old fashioned family fete, including skittles, bean bags,

hoopla, ring balls, bowling, coconut shy, splat the rat, children’s and general tombola, cake and book stalls and a grand raffle. The parish council will have a stall with information on the refurbishment of Boyland Common. Bar, BBQ and Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.


Health, beauty & wellbeing Boxercise Boxercise classes use traditional boxing techniques and equipment to create a fun and energy busting exercise class. For more information contact Benn Evans 07949221355 or

It combines pad and glove work with circuit style exercises that will challenge every person. It is a fun and friendly atmosphere aimed at men, woman and young adults (13 years onwards) no matter what your fitness level. I am a qualified Boxercise fitness instructor and complete many courses to offer interesting new ideas to fitness. I will be looking into running children exercise classes in the future. I offer the first class free so you can come along and try it out.

Tate Hairdressing I’ve been hairdressing in the Town for coming up to 8 years in August and have had a fantastic 6 months being self employed, going from strength to strength. I have managed to achieve a diploma in wig fitting and understanding which is fantastic for a wider clientele that suffer from hair loss or generally those who wear wigs for fashion.

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.

I am also retailing a selection of Swarovski Crystal hair slides for those special occasions. I will be looking for someone to rent a beauty room eventually; I would be interested in someone who does alternative therapies to bring something different to the town!

I try to keep my appointments as flexible as possible; I like to keep customers happy as I know nowadays general working days aren’t 9-5!

Thank you for your continued support in my new business and I look forward to seeing clients old and new soon.

I cater for all ages and gender, I also offer a special OAP rate which isn’t specific for any day.

You will find me at the previously known ‘Bliss Beauty’ next door to the London Tavern.

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY Avoid Heat Related Illness This Summer Top tips for staying safe. • Keep out of the heat. Stay inside during the hottest time of the day – late morning to mid-afternoon. If you do go out, wear a hat and keep to the shade as much as possible. It’s very important to use sun screen of at least factor 15. • If you are travelling by car or public transport always take a bottle of water.

heat. Keep windows shut while it’s cooler inside than out and open them when it gets hotter inside. If it’s safe, you could leave a window open at night when it’s cooler. Fans can help sweat evaporate but do not cool the air itself. • Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothing. • Take cool baths or showers.

• Avoid strenuous activity and limit activities like housework and gardening to the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.

• Splash your face with cold water or place a damp cloth or scarf on the back of your neck to help you cool off.

• When inside, try to stay in the coolest parts of your home. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Remember that lights generate

• Drink lots of fluid – even if you’re not thirsty. Limit drinks with caffeine (like coffee and cola) and avoid alcohol as it can make dehydration worse.

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• Eat normally but try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit as they contain a lot of water. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, pale skin, heavy sweating and a high temperature. If you have any of these symptoms you must: • Find a cool place and loosen tight clothes • Drink plenty of water or fruit juice • Sponge yourself with cold water or have a cool shower. If you’re having difficulty, or your symptoms persist for several hours, seek medical advice.

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated - but it can also develop suddenly and without warning. The symptoms of heatstroke include hot and red skin, headaches, nausea, intense thirst, raised temperature, confusion, aggression and loss of consciousness. Source – Age UK.

Brooklyn House Brooklyn House is just one of Caring Homes’ highly acclaimed modern purpose-built care homes. Our dedicated multi-disciplinary team is on call 24-hours a day and pride themselves on the high-quality care they offer. Our key focus is to provide a safe, homely and supported environment based on a positive, person-centred approach. The majority of the rooms have en-suite facilities and all of them have a ‘nurse call’ system and television point. Each en-suite has a shower/wet room which is ideal for people with mobility issues and there are assisted baths throughout the building so everyone can enjoy a choice of bath or shower. Specifically designed to care for elderly residents, Brooklyn House is equipped with every modern facility to ensure high standards of comfort. The landscaped gardens and patio areas are an additional venue for outdoor activities, such as sensory therapy, and are a calm and beautiful place just to relax in. Brooklyn House has a new sun room which enhances the communal accommodation and gives the residents an additional choice for somewhere to spend the day. The home’s central position means it is ideally suited for local amenities and public transport links. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide superior palliative care, offering 24-hour care to residents with serious illnesses to relieve their suffering and improve their quality of life, giving comfort to them and their families. Every resident is given a comprehensive, individual care plan, whether they are staying for a period of convalescence or are permanent residents.

We place a high emphasis on dining at Brooklyn House, serving traditional cooking and offering a varied choice at every meal. Our fully qualified chef carefully plans the menus to make sure all the meals are nutritionally balanced. We are very happy to cater for special diets and individual preferences and, as well as breakfast, lunch and supper, hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available throughout the day. Brooklyn House’s dedicated Activities Co-ordinator ensures there is always something going on so residents can enjoy a full and interesting lifestyle and continue with their hobbies. Our active residents’ and relatives’ committee plays a key part in helping to develop new ideas and suggestions as to how Brooklyn House is run and the type of services available. Residents can also take advantage of the home’s close links to various local groups. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit, please contact Brooklyn House on 0808 166 1347 or visit the website at

part of the caring homes group

We also welcome visitors for a short respite, to simply enjoy a break or holiday at Brooklyn House.

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Manor Court Day Care

NBR Scooter Brokers is a family run business which prides itself on their commitment to their customers (existing and new!!)

Manor Court Day Care Centre for the elderly is based in Griston, Norfolk.

Their main objective is to provide impartial advice together with a friendly and efficient service!! They offer the service of a free, no obligation, home demonstration for all of their products to ensure they are suitable for your needs. Whilst their core business is the supply of new mobility scooters, they also have a selection of pre-owned scooters as they offer a part exchange service. In addition to mobility scooters, they can also supply the following: • Stairlifts • Powered wheelchairs • Powerchairs • Rise & recline armchairs

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promoting independence in all individuals where possible.

• Adjustable beds • Bathlifts • 3 & 4 wheel walkers • Attendant and self propelled wheelchairs Apart from selling, they also offer a hire service, together with repairs, servicing and insurance work. NBR scooter brokers are accredited with Norfolk trusted traders which is organised by Norfolk County Council.

Reminiscence activities are available for individuals with dementia which recreate ‘life skills’.

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

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.

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