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Diss Museum Airships are largely remembered for disasters; but, in their day, they ruled the skies. The R34 was the length of two football pitches and over 90 feet high. It was the first to achieve the double Atlantic crossing, coming back to Pulham in 1919. In 2019 there will be centenary celebrations that are already being planned. Diss Museum, Pulham Pennoyer Centre, the National Museum of Flight in Scotland, the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island and others have all shown interest in a commemoration. One idea from Scotland was that each venue should create an outline to show just how massive an airship was. Pulham had the idea, as part of the current Norfolk’s American Connections project, of re-creating the banquet given for the crew when they landed. I attended in role as General Maitland whose log of the voyage is the main

source of information. Having obtained American newspapers I know that a version of the log appeared in the New York Times the day after they arrived on Long Island.

picture cutting signed by some of the crew, a printer’s stamp of the airship, adverts by firms who supplied R34; and cuttings supplied by the New York Public Library.

So that was obviously arranged in advance and probably earned him a tidy sum.

Basil Abbott

There are plans for a mutual educational project between the schools in East Lothian, Long Island and South Norfolk. Composer Peter Creswell has expressed interest in creating a musical work based on the voyage. As in previous museum projects there are opportunities for drama, art & textile exhibitions, booklets, CDs, talks, tours. It would be wonderful to bring airships back to Pulham, for even a day, as there are some still flying, although not the leviathans they used to be. Meanwhile I am collecting R34 memorabilia pictures, postcards, first day covers, a

Playwrite Competition Results The Second Norfolk One Act Playwriting Competition 2012. Results

Highly Recommended

1st PRIZE - Last Train to Kings Lynn by Steve Harper (Downham Market)

Con-Census by Richard Crawley (Old Buckenham)

2nd PRIZE - Prime Minister’s Question Time by Gretel Hallett (Dereham)

Calling it a Day by John Andrew (Diss)

3rd PRIZE - In Twelve Words or Less by Barbara Nicola (Watton)

The 3 prizewinning plays will be performed on the 17th and 18th of May 2013 in The Garboldisham Village Hall. Full details will be available nearer the dates.

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Steeles Law

Charities Fayre

...Staff in Diss celebrate 30 and 41 years working for the firm.

Saturday, 17th November, 9-1pm at Diss United Reformed Church, Mere Street.

Wednesday 3rd October saw a day of celebration at Steeles Law’s Mount Street based offices in Diss, with staff Karen Bacon and Janet Calver celebrating 30 and 41 years of working for the firm respectively. Karen is head of Steeles Law’s wills and probate team and also has a particular specialism working with local agricultural clients. Janet is the office’s team assistant, providing administrative support to legal staff and welcoming clients and visitors to reception.

Commenting on these fantastic long service achievements, Managing Principal Stephen Drake commented: “The firm would like to offer our warmest congratulations to both Karen and Janet on this milestone, which seems an increasingly rare achievement in today’s business world. We would also like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to Steeles Law throughout the years.” Karen and Janet marked the special occasion with lunch at Il Divo restaurant with colleagues past and present.

Above Left To Right: Karen Bacon, Janet Calver

A fine assortment of Christmas gifts and cards, home-baked cakes, refreshments. Charities taking part:


St. Elizabeth Hospice, Save the Children, Hearing dogs for the Deaf, Solo Housing, Age UK Denny Centre, EACH, Traidcraft, Air Ambulance, Credit Union, Amnesty International, Madagascar and India Projects, Church Stall.

Calling All Superstars! Jesus Christ, Superstar! By Tim Rice And Andrew Lloyd Webber. Redgrave Church are looking for their very own Superstar! Next May, Redgrave Church Heritage Trust, supported by The Mere Players, will be staging a production of Jesus Christ Superstar! in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Redgrave Church. Whilst Andrew Lloyd Webber had the luxury of a national TV show to seek out the singers required for this exciting and ambitious show, RCHT and Mere Players are hoping to find a pool of more local talent capable of reaching those high notes. Open Auditions will

be held in January next year, but for all those aching to strut their stuff in this inspirational Rock Musical and itching to know more, there will be a presentation at Diss Junior School Hall at 2pm on Sunday November 25th where the director, Felicity Humfress, and the Musical Director, Keith O’Gorman, will outline what will be required of potential auditionees and their plans for what promises to be a unique and memorable event. If you are interested but can’t make this date or simply want more information contact Felicity Humfress on 01953 714926.

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Diss U3A The guest speaker at the October meeting was David Berwick who gave a most interesting and informative talk entitled ‘Beating the Bounds’. Undertaken every three years this ritual procession dates back many hundreds of years and would involve members of the parish, the clergy and local officials walking with sticks to beat and define the parish boundary. At times the progress was sometimes impeded but never defeated by obstacles such as hedges, ponds and buildings, all needing to be travelled through to establish the boundary. The relevance of knowing to which parish one belonged was an important factor for those in the 17th Century and beyond affecting as it could the right to be baptised, married, obtain poor relief and be buried in the churchyard, depending upon which parish you belonged to. In order to determine the boundary lead plates were affixed to buildings denoting the parish boundary and the year, the position of these marker plates were closely contested and often set side by side only inches apart.

Norwich is fortunate that many of these markers, not to be confused with fire plates, still exist on many of the old buildings throughout the city. One of the best examples is a group of five dating from 1710 to 1854 which can be found on the wall of The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street. David Berwick illustrated his talk with photographs he had taken whilst researching the subject for a book highlighting these fascinating pieces of social history the significance of which is probably never appreciated by those of us who pass them by on a daily basis. For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website or telephone 01379 642674. The next meeting will take place on 1st November at Diss United Reformed Church at 10.30am.

Diss Decorative & Fine Arts Society Woodgate Family team rallies for Pre-Raphaelite curtain raiser. The first lecture of the new season at Diss Decorative & Fine Arts Society [DDFAS] was a full house of about 120 members to hear Frank Woodgate, A guide and Lecturer at the Tate, Tate Modern and Dulwich Art Gallery.

the Arts & Crafts movement, influenced Impressionism and framed Art Nouveau.

Frank had stepped in at the last minute to replace his wife, Valerie, a very well known expert on PreRaphaelite paintings who had lost her voice. Frank, a previous and popular DDFAS presenter, is equally knowledgeable and had helped to put together the current Exhibition at the Tate on this important art movement of the Victorian Avant-Garde.

Many members will be booking their tickets for the Pre-Raphaelites - Victorian Avant-Garde at the Tate Britain and which runs until 13th January 2013. As a complete contrast, the November lecture is the History of the Long Case Clock presented by Colin Lattimore.

The wonderfully illustrated lecture was a potted history of the movement and trailer for the comprehensive exhibition. Frank was able to go through the history and scope of the PreRaphaelites as it unfolds, room by room, at Tate Britain. From the origins and manifesto of the Brotherhood in 1848 to the key themes and scope of the artists, we enjoyed the works and thoughts of John Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti - and their disciples, such as Ford Maddox-Brown and John Ruskin, through four decades of stunning changes in British art. This led to

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With so much to show and such a broad influence, only time constrained the enthralled audience in this most enjoyable “taster” of the exhibition.

Again this will be popular but new members are always welcome as guests to experience the quality of our carefully selected lecturers. Tuesday, November 20th at Roydon Village Hall from 1.30pm. Tea & Coffee is served before the presentation and there is ample car parking. For more details on lectures and membership, visit


Stradbrook & District Royal British Legion On the 1st December 2012, we plan to hold a ‘Christmas Gift Concert for Military Wives’. i.e. we envisage a very low admission price (enough to cover our costs), and will request the audience to bring a wrapped Christmas Gift for a military wife, to place in our sleigh, for the branch to send to Wattisham base on behalf of the community. This token of appreciation will hopefully link community to forces, and let the wives know that they are valued, especially those whose husbands are away on deployment over Christmas.

will be quite early (possibily late matinee) as public seem reluctant to turn out on winter evenings in rural areas. Gislingham Silver band also believe in the cause and have given us a generous discounted price for the occasion. Festive music will be interspersed with readings and poems chosen carefully, which are relevant to the wives situation. (Father Christmas may show up)

This whole idea has been embraced by Wattisham base, who have offered to send representatives and a few wives along to the concert.

20th April 2013, We plan to hold a repeat concert at the High School, similar to the Queens Birthday Concert held in April 2012, but this time our theme will be, England and St. George.

Details are still to be finalised, but I imagine the start time

Ipswich Hospital band will play once again on this night.


comercrawley The personal injury lawyers. Your questions answered…… Question: Is there any legal duty to help someone who needs rescuing and could you be sued if you do attempt to help but fail to rescue them? Answer: Whilst many may consider that there is a moral obligation to act in such a situation, there is however no duty in English law to attempt to rescue someone who has got into difficulties or who is in danger. Similarly, there is no legal duty for a member of the public to provide first aid assistance to someone who is in need of it. Therefore the fact that someone has not attempted a rescue or to provide first aid will not expose them to legal liability. If a person does step in to rescue someone, they then owe a duty of care to the person being rescued. There would be no breach of that duty by the mere fact that the member of the public was unable to rescue the

person in need of help. For example, if a member of the public jumped into a river to help someone who had fallen in, they would not be negligent simply because they were unable to prevent that person from drowning or if they were able to rescue them to the riverside but their attempt at first aid was unsuccessful. If however the rescuer fails to take reasonable care in their actions to rescue the person, they could be liable in negligence. In reality the circumstances in which a rescuer will be considered negligent are extremely rare and it should therefore not be a deterrent to trying to help in such circumstances. 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.

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The Right To Die Jane Nicklinson, the widow of Tony Nicklinson who died in August after losing his Court battle to permit doctors to end his life, has now been told that her application for leave to appeal the Judgment has been rejected. On 2nd October, the Court of Appeal decided that any change of law in relation to assisted suicide and euthanasia is a matter for Parliament. However, a 47-year old man known only as ‘Martin’ who also has ‘locked-in syndrome’, is being allowed to take his case to the Court of Appeal. He is seeking clarification as to whether health professionals can help him travel to a clinic in Switzerland to end his life.

such decisions in the event of your mental incapacity.

terminal illness without hope of improvement and repeatedly ask to be allowed to die. He must understand his condition and the While it is legal to refuse medical treatment, prognosis. The law permits a medical review some people want a change in the law relating board to suspend the prosecution of doctors to assisted suicide and euthanasia. Assisted who perform euthanasia, but one doctor must suicide occurs when a person intentionally kills be present at the death, which must be carried himself with the help of another. Euthanasia out in a medically appropriate fashion, while is the intentional killing by act or omission another must agree with the course of action. of a person whose life is felt not to be worth living. People who want assisted suicide to be Belgium also legalised euthanasia in 2002. The English Courts first upheld a patient’s legalised believe that an individual should be Luxembourg subsequently passed legislation wish to die in 1993 when the House of Lords able to control the time and circumstances of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide his own death, but opponents to legislation in 2009. In America, Oregon has allowed confirmed that doctors could remove tubes providing nutrition and hydration to Tony Bland, fear that vulnerable individuals may be coerced physician-assisted suicide since 1997 and a victim of the Hillsborough football disaster. into action to ease the care burden. Washington and Montana have followed suit. Mr Bland was in a persistent vegetative state and evidence was produced to show that he There are few countries where assisted In England, Debbie Purdy, who suffers from would not have wished to stay alive in such suicide and euthanasia have been legalised. multiple sclerosis, appealed to the House a condition. The ruling enabled people to Switzerland has allowed assisted suicide of Lords in 2009 for confirmation that her complete Advance Decisions to refuse lifesince 1941, but prohibits euthanasia. husband will not be charged with assisted sustaining treatment in certain circumstances. Several organisations in that country help suicide if he helps her to travel to Switzerland These documents were subsequently given people to end their lives by providing lethal to end her life. The Lords confirmed that it drugs but death by injection is prohibited. was for Parliament to change the law, but statutory effect in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, as were health and welfare Lasting The Netherlands legalised euthanasia and upheld her claim that the Director of Public physician-assisted suicide in 2002. The Prosecutions should identify the facts that Powers of Attorney whereby you can appoint people to act on your behalf to make patient must be suffering unbearably from a will be relevant in deciding whether or not to

prosecute. The DPP subsequently produced the guidelines and while assisted suicide remains a criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in prison, each case will be considered on its own facts. There are no guarantees against prosecution, but public interest factors against prosecution include situations where the victim is suffering from a terminal illness and has a settled intention to commit suicide, and indicated this unequivocally asking on his own initiative for assistance. The action by the suspect must be wholly motivated by compassion, be of only minor assistance or carried out in the course of his usual employment and, unless he is a healthcare professional, the suspect should be a close relative or personal friend of the victim within the context of a long-term supportive relationship. Anyone interested in making an Advance Decision, or a health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney should contact Stephen Abbott on 01379 643555.

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Newman & Co Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors. Child Benefit Tax Charge Many tax payers whose income falls between £50k and £60k in the 2012-13 tax year and whose partner claims Child Benefit, may find themselves with an additional tax liability. From 7th January 2013, HMRC will be asking the principal earner to pay back the Child Benefit that their partner has received and will be collecting this through their tax return. This could lead to additional costs of up to £2,449.20 for a family with three children under 16. It may be possible to avoid this charge with careful planning of your family income by reviewing partnership profit shares, flexible dividend payments or additional pension contributions.

submit your return by post and have missed this deadline, do not panic, and more importantly, do not now post your tax return in late. You will automatically incur a fine for doing so, even if filed before 31st January 2013. In order to ensure that you do not receive a fine, make sure you file your tax return online, either by using the HMRC provided software or via your accountant. On a lighter note…. An online e-petition to stop the beer duty escalator has now received over 100,000 signatures, the threshold needed to seek a Parliamentary debate on the matter.

Tax Return Deadline

This is only the 12th e-petition out of 16,000 online e-petitions to exceed the 100,000 mark!

The deadline for the submission of 2011-12 personal tax returns on paper was 31st October 2012. If you normally

Wayne Goddard FCCA (Director of Newman & Co. Chartered Accountants)

New Support Group For People Living With Cancer In Diss Secondary Cancer survivor Jay Hurley, 52, who is in remission from kidney cancer, has set up a support group with a difference in Diss to help local people living with, or caring for someone with cancer to heal and find meaning. The group launched on Thursday 1st November at The Back Space of the Angel Cafe, 1 Fair Green, Roydon, Diss from 10.30am until 1pm. Initially, the group meets monthly on a Thursday morning but plans are afoot to offer evening sessions for people with daytime commitments. The Art Of Life’s holistic approach focuses on helping anyone affected by cancer to achieve a feeling of total wellness, spiritually, physically and mentally. From creative workshops, complementary and colour therapies to meditation, relaxation and gentle exercise, the group offers people a chance to get together to help regain a sense of balance and control where before, perhaps there was none. It has been set up with help from charity Macmillan Cancer Support who provided £500 in funding along with £1,981 from South Norfolk Council, Neighborhood Fund and £1,000 from The Big C. Jay Hurley, Founder said: “Receiving the devastating news in early 2011 that my body had cancer followed recently with a secondary diagnosis, means that I know exactly what it’s like to experience the pain, discomfort and emotional trauma that perhaps many people are going through right now. Getting the right support was a 30 mile round trip and for me, a cup of coffee and a chat wasn’t enough to express exactly how I felt. I discovered that drawing and story-

boarding my cancer coupled with mediation and relaxation, helped to find meaning where before I had none. I set up The Art Of Life, a voluntary group, for local people wishing to access support in their own community.” Jay went on to say: “Don’t worry if you can’t draw or paint. It’s not about creating a fantastic piece of art. It’s about helping you to explore your cancer journey using a variety of art materials and guided meditation to help you tell your own story when words fail” Louise McCoy, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator said: “Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face but you don’t have to go through it alone. By joining a support group you can spend time with people who share, understand and accept your experience. Having someone to talk to can make a huge difference in helping you come to terms with what’s happening and look after yourself.” Macmillan supports more than 800 independent cancer self help and support group and organisations across the UK, with free information, guidance and training for those running them. For more information about The Art Of Life and to book, please get in touch with Jay Hurley, telephone 07786 833916, email: or register through the (soon to launch) website:

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Dispatch Magazine Comes Out On Top In Our Comprehensive Customer Survey Over the past 2 months, Dispatch Magazine has conducted a comprehensive customer survey in order to get an unbias overview of how Dispatch Magazine is seen by our readers against other weekly and monthly publications. It is only by knowing what our readers are looking for in Dispatch Magazine, that we can give them what they want and take away the bits that are of no interest. We also like to know what you think of us, and are we bringing enough community news to you, from all aspects of the community organisations which operate in our towns. The results very much say what we have been hearing for many years, but we never want to rest on our laurels. Below is a full survey results table, and here is a summary of what our readers think; In Attleborough, everyone receives a copy of Dispatch Magazine, where as only 50% receive a regular copy of the Attleborough Mercury, 30% receive Breckland Voice and only 2% receive a copy of Your Local Mag. In Diss however, 90% of those surveyed said they receive a copy of Dispatch Magazine,

60% receives the Diss Mercury (the Diss Mercury has a stonger hold in Diss than the Attleborough Mercury has in Attleborough) and only a staggering 10% confirmed Your Local Mag as coming through the letter box every month. We received a fantastic 100% for Dispatch Magazine being informatative, with 50% of Attleborough residents liking the regular ‘Town Council NoticeBoard’ feature that we run each month. Well done Attleborough Town Council for keeping your residents informed of what is going on in and around the town, via Dispatch Magazine. Not surprisingly 70% of Diss residents said they would like more information about their own town, so perhaps Diss Town Council you can send us the information we ask for every month and we can ensure the residents of Diss are as informed about Town Council issues as those in Attleborough.

A high percentage from both towns read Dispatch Magazine online at a round 75% each, and the same number use the Dispatch Magazine Community websites, being either or The numbers of people looking to make major purchases over the next 12 months was very simular in both towns, although more people from Attleborough are looking to go on holiday, whereas more people in Diss are looking to buy a new computer. (Thats great news for local businesses like 1-2-1 Computers) The Attleborough Town Council faired better in ‘Does your Town Council do a good job’ and in the ‘Do you know what your council does’ sections. More people in Attleborough also know that Sam Taylor is the mayor of Attleborough, than Diss residents know that Graham Minshull is the mayor of Diss.

Diss Attleborough Do you receive Dispatch each month Yes No Which Other Magazines / Newspapers do you receive each month Diss Mercury Council Magazine / Breckland Voice Your Local Mag Rural Trader Attleborough Mercury Other Do you find Dispatch Informative Yes No Which Dispatch Magazine Features do you like the best Town News Town Council Notice Board Old Stories about Oldtime Diss Motoring Competitions Business News Which Dispatch Magazine Features do you like the least Adverts Motoring History Elderly

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Interestingly the same numbers of people in Diss and Attleborough use Facebook over Twitter and Dispatch Magazine is read by roughly 2 people per household every month. This means, by taking the results of an independent survey, from the residents of Diss and Attleborough, Dispatch Magazine is received and read by more people than any other local publication. It’s more informative, it offers great features every month and it brings worthwhile community news both in print and online to the residents of Diss and Attleborough. Well to be honest, after 11 years of producing Dispatch Magazine you’d expect us to have it right by now, wouldn’t you? We now need to add more of the bits you do like or have requested; more competitions, a kids sections, more council news in Diss, more event information etc. Diss Attleborough

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Attleborough Town Council Noticeboard Monthly Update. New Councillors The Town Council welcomed two new members in Queens Ward, Jayne Owen and Tristan Ashby who replaced Shane Schucroft and Geoff Farrow respectively. The Council is now at full strength, with 15 members. For a full list of councillors and their contact details please see the Council’s website Attleborough in Leaf The Council maintains an extensive tree estate numbering over 500 trees and following a comprehensive survey which prioritised tree work our contractors have recently been undertaking remedial work to prune or fell as necessary. In order to maintain the environmental attraction of green spaces in the town, the Council is driving a re-planting

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scheme - Attleborough in Leaf - and is seeking donations and sponsorship for replacement trees. We have had a very positive response so far but further donations are always very gratefully received. Anyone wishing to participate in this project is kindly asked to contact the Town Clerk through or phone 01953 456194. Cheques can be made payable to Attleborough Town Council and will be used solely to source replacement trees.

traders, local people are encouraged to market their own crafts. Stalls are available at reasonable rates. The Council is looking to promote the traditional market for traders and customers alike. From January

2013 there will be an opportunity for a plant stall as the existing stallholder will be retiring. Anyone who is interested in hiring a market stall should contact the Town Clerk at the Town Hall.

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Meets in the Methodist Church Hall London Rd. Attleborough on the third Thursday of the month from 10am to 12 noon.

Market Attleborough market is held every Thursday on Queens Square car park between 8am and 1pm.

At the September meeting we had a very jolly morning as it was the Cheese and non alc Wine event which was enjoyed by all.

The first market was established in the town as far back as 1226 and has continued ever since into the modern day. As well as professional

The October meeting was on the 18th we welcomed a morning listening to a talk on “The History of Nursery Rhymes” Which I am sure brought back happy memories.

At the November meeting on the 15th we will be having a quiz and on the 20th December it will be our Christmas party. If you would like any further information regarding the Fellowship which if for retired Civil Service and Post Office Personnel, Mrs. Doreen Parker on 01953 456958 will be pleased to help.



Macmillan Cancer Support Christmas Fair 17th November 2012. The Attleborough fundraising committee will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 17th November 2012 in the Connaught Hall, Station Road, Attleborough from 10am until 1pm.

You will find many interesting stalls displaying a variety of wares, including Christmas cards, Christmas crackers, books, cakes, preserves and lots of ideas for Christmas presents. There will also be a silent auction, various

raffles, tombola, teddies, crafts, and refreshments. Also a Grand Draw with the first prize being £100 and lots more. So come along and support this worthy cause.

Our events aim to raise money to enable Macmillan Cancer Support to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and their carers by providing practical, medical emotional and financial support.

The Attleborough Pensioners

Attleborough Bible Society

Met on the 24th September and the speaker was Mr. Richard Polley from the Blind Association. This proved to be a most enlightening afternoon as to all the help and equipment available for “poorly sighted people” Richard was able to give us such good information which was a help to many of us who had friends and family who could maybe get in contact with the association.

22nd hosted Graham Knights a pedicure expert who told us about our feet and their problems. The November meeting on the 26th will be when we have a Beetle Drive or Quiz.

Text and Thought for the Month, November 2012.

The pensioners meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 2pm in the Methodist Church Hall London Rd. Attleborough.

There was a good display of the aids, such as magnifying glasses, clocks, telephones, kitchen aids etc. The meeting on October

Mrs Doreen Parker on Attleborough 01953 456958 will be pleased to give you any further information required.

Jesus -Christ solemnly warned us that in the last days before his return, there would be wars and rumours of wars. Lawlessness would rule in society, while the Ten Commandments would be discarded by the vast majority. The love of God would grow cold in the church while genuine Christians would be

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you… (So) Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” John: 14. 27.

persecuted to the point of death. Life on our planet would be shaken by disasters – earthquakes, epidemics and tsunamis amongst others. Where will it all end? The message of the Bible remains unchanged: Jesus Christ will return unexpectantly to pass judgement on all who have lived on this planet. He challenges us to follow him faithfully to the end, whatever may be the cost!

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Becoming A Retained Firefighter A rewarding and satisfying challenge - Vacancies at Diss and Attleborough. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service covers the county of Norfolk with 41 stations, 39 of which have a retained commitment. This means they are crewed by firefighters that live or work in the community and are able to respond at a moments notice to a fire call, or “shout”. To become a Retained firefighter you have to live or work within five minutes of the fire station and also be available during the key periods of cover for which the station has vacancies, during the working day for example. Full training is provided along with courses that can be transferred to you primary employment such as First Aid training and fire safety training. We also provide a full uniform and paid holiday. As well as receiving an annual

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‘retaining fee’ for being on call you will also be paid for attending fire calls, drill nights and training events. The roll of a retained firefighter is both rewarding satisfying and at times challenging. The is a great deal of variety in what you’ll be asked to do, combined with the crucially important teamwork that the role brings. You’ll be part of a flexible work force that responds to your communities needs 24/7. If you are interested in joining your local station and would like more information contact our website on or call 01603 810351 and ask about any vacancies in the Retained Service alternatively contact the local Retained Support Officer on 07810 127856.

Christmas Carnival Sunday 2nd December is the day of the Attleborough Christmas Carnival. The event will start at 1pm and finish about 5pm. The main part of the afternoon is the switching on of the Christmas lights at 4.15pm. We have an array of craft stalls and fun fair rides with childrens entertainers and of course everyones favourite Father Christmas. Father Christmas will be arriving at 2pm on his sleigh and children will be able to visit him all afternoon. Larry Grays fun fair will be about the town with various rides for young toddlers to teenagers and adults. Craft stalls will be situated in the Church Hall, Town Hall and the Sports Centre. The committee would like to thank Donna Kissinger, Rosedales Funeral Home, Rory J Holbrook , R J Bartram & Son, Rose of India, Kerry Butcher accounting, Elevation Entertainment and Nuts and Bolts for sponsoring and supporting this event. Without the continued support this event would not be able to take place.

Last year over 6,000 people attended what has rapidly become one of Norfolks most spectaular christmas lights display. Chairperson Karen Pettitt said we are a very small committee and everyone works very hard to make this event a success but without the hard work of Geoff and Avril who arrange for the christmas lights to be put up the christmas lights would not happen so the committee would like to thank them for all their help and hard work. Stalls are available at £10 per table and anyone wishing to book a stall can contact Karen Pettitt on 01953 455755.



New Buckenham Bonfire Is Your Adviser Independent? And Fireworks Display This year we are planning an even more than usual spectacular event on Saturday the 3rd November at the Village Hall playing field. Gates open at 6pm and lighting of the bonfire at 6.15pm. Light sticks and our usual refreshments will be on sale, including hotdogs, hamburgers, soup, roasted chestnuts, hot punch, soft drinks and Real ale.

New Buckenham has over 19 yrs experience of delivering highly successful firework displays and this year will be no exception. A great family night out. Come and join us!

There will also be a raffle for the honour to start the fireworks by way of an electronic switch.

We believe that being independent should give our clients a better chance of getting the most suitable product for them, from the most suitable company. We are currently independent financial advisers and from next year we will remain independent financial advisers.

Admission on the night: Adults £4, Children £2. Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £10.

Kerry Butcher Autumn has arrived - it’s dark in the morning, dark in the evening and usually chilly. We have forgotten what the sun looks like and our sandals are now safely at the back of the wardrobe.

accounts and tax return and we can also help you work out what tax you need to pay and arrange that budget payment.

As if we weren’t feeling bad enough, all the shops are reminding us that Christmas is only just around the corner.

Call us on 01953 457173 or email and arrange that initial free consultation.

Christmas is always an expensive time of year, so wouldn’t it be nice if your self assessment tax return was submitted and you knew if you had tax to pay.

Make sure your tax return is submitted by 31st January 2013 and let us help you avoid a fine.

Better still you could make payments to HMRC by using their budget service (as long as you are up to date with your tax). Here at KBAS we can complete your

From 31st December 2012, there are changes afoot for the financial services industry that have been brought about by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and every financial adviser will have to be classified as independent or restricted. Firms that provide independent advice must make recommendations based on a ‘comprehensive and fair analysis of the relevant market’ and provide ‘unbiased and unrestricted’ advice. Firms that cannot fully meet these requirements will be deemed to be offering restricted advice.

One of the other changes brought about by RDR is that all advisers will have to have an enhanced minimum level of qualification. This higher level of qualification and the changes by RDR may result in several advisers leaving the industry and the high

street banks are having to rethink whether they will continue to offer financial advice to their customers.

At ML Financial Associates all the advisers belong to the financial services professional body - the Personal Finance Society (PFS). We also adhere to the Chartered Insurance Institute code of ethics. Yes we are independent and will remain independent and all our advisers DO already have the enhanced qualifications. We feel these matters are important to give our clients the most suitable advice, with products from the entire market. Ask your adviser if they are ready with all the changes and enhanced qualifications, if not please talk to us. ML Financial Associates Ltd Suite 4, The Old Dairy, Elm Farm Business Park, Norwich Common, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0SW. Tel: 01953 711123 Fax: 01953 600479

If you are an employer, maybe now is the time to let someone else take the strain of your payroll before big changes take place when Real Time PAYE commences in April 2013. Why not call us and let us help you.

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A Look At Liability Insurance! Public Liability is designed to cover Businesses or Sole Traders for claims made against them by members of the public. With easy access to ‘no win no fee’ Solicitors, claims are becoming more frequent as alleged negligence is tested in Courts. It is therefore essential that adequate cover is provided to ensure that defence costs can be met and protection is provided, as in many cases a large claim could effect personal assets and cripple the business. Our Liability Division handles Employers, Public and Products Liability cover for indemnity levels to £10,000,000. Higher levels are available and can be arranged if required.

place this type of risk, including Aviva, Axa, Ageas, NIG Insurance as well as specialist Lloyds Underwriters to ensure you receive the best possible rates. Our experienced staff will ensure that we tailor the policy to meet your specific needs, so you only pay for the cover you need. Whether you are a Sole Trader or Limited Company, large or small, we will provide you with a dedicated account handler who will always be on hand to discuss policy covers. For more information or advice, please feel free to call in to our Wymondham Office. Tel: 01953 602866.

We have an extensive specialised panel of Insurers with whom we

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Plan Now For Spring If you are considering having your garden professionally landscaped in time for Spring, why not choose a reputable company that has the widest range of landscaping materials available at their fingertips - and at the best prices. At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of hard- landscaping. As we are also the driving force behind Paving Superstore ( and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (, both selling huge volumes of hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, Stonemarket, Pavestone, Global Stone, Strata and Natural Paving, decorative stone, sheds, summerhouses, 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 AND the best choice! So why not let our RHS 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. Free Quotes Fully Insured References Available Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your Landscaping Requirements See examples of our work at:


Supreme Bathrooms

Just Alex From Mozart to the Modern Major General....... an afternoon of light entertainment on 4th November 2-4pm in Forncett St. Mary church. Alex Preece will be performing a selection of well-loved comic songs, some violin classics, and

a quiz thrown in for good measure! Help support the church restoration fund and some local talent at the same time! Tickets £4 (£3.80 for Friends of St. Mary’s) 01508 481856, Refreshments and raffle.

Gary Howard Gary Howard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, founder of Howard & Company and author of “Why Businesses Stop Growing and What You Can Do About It”. The taxman’s on the hunt again! The Taxman has run a number of campaigns designed to encourage certain classes of taxpayer (medics, plumbers, tutors, electricians and e-traders) to declare their untaxed income. A new campaign started on 26th September 2012, this time targeting direct sellers. These are people who sell products on a commission basis in customers’ homes. These sellers often earn very little but they still need to declare those small amounts of income


to the Tax Office. The campaign will help door-to-door sellers understand their obligations to file tax returns. Following on will be a campaign targeting certain builders and tradesmen! If your business is on that list, please talk to us ASAP. Contact details: Tel 01953 455842 Email: Or visit:

Are please to announce the arrival of our new bathroom designer who has recently joined us. Andrew Pearce has been in the bathroom industry for a numerous amount of years as well as first hand experience also in kitchen and bedroom furniture for which Supreme Bathrooms are looking to expand into within 2013. This we feel will give our customer base the opportunity to purchase the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom through one established independent family owned local business based in Wymondham Norfolk. This means our customers 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. Supreme Bathrooms have their own installation teams which take care of all trades including tiling, plumbing, electrics etc. Our showroom which currently displays around 80 bathrooms and showers will be refurbished in

2013 to accommodate kitchens and bedrooms to enhance our portfolio of products which also has a large free car park. Supreme Bathrooms can also just supply and deliver your bathroom suite with all wall and floor tiles as well as the full design and installation package. Why not pay Andrew a visit at the showroom and book your free design service. This service will includes a home visit where he will measure your bathroom before discussing your requirements, which is then followed up by designing your new bathroom on our CAD system before offering you a complete package price to carry out all work. We even dispose of the old suite and all rubbish before letting you sit back and enjoy your wonderful new Supreme Bathroom.

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Attleborough Healthy Town Avast Ye Jack Tars! Needs You! Would you like to have more say about health issues which directly affect you? The Attleborough Healthy Town Group is a newly formed organisation giving the citizens of Attleborough a voice in matters of health. Maybe you have ideas about mental health, aged care, children’s futures, obesity or anything else health related. If so, or if you know someone else who would like to get

This year’s Christmas Production from New Buckenham Players is an adaptation of Treasure Island. involved, come to the next meeting and give us your input. Everyone is welcome and we are particularly interested in youth members getting involved. For more information please contact Carol Doherty on 07881 472201. Otherwise we will see you at the Attleborough Library at 3.30pm on Tuesday 13th November 2012.

Anglia Computer Solutions Our Store Has Been Refitted! Due to the ever growing stock we hold, our branch in Wymondham has just undergone a refit. Now you will find even more PC’s and Laptops for sale. In addition the number of original and remanufactured ink cartridges has also increased. The workshop offers upgrades, repairs and any other work that you may require undertaken to PC & Mac’s. Our staff has also increased within the last month, we now have two engineers out

on the road daily. This means we can offer even more services to both home users and business customers. We offer a wide range of services including: PC’s install & configuration, Internet, email and wireless problems, PC faults and repairs, Network installs, Server Installs both Windows and Exchange, phone systems, databases, bespoke software, websites + much much more. Please call us with your requirements.

The Hispanola is currently being built ready to set sail. Join Jim Hawkins, Capt’n Smollett, Israel Hands and Long John Silver as we splice the mainbrace and sail off in search of treasure. On the journey meet Blind Pugh, Black Dog, Ben Gunn, the formidable Lady Trewlaney and her chipper companion Lucy Livesey, numerous murderous pirates, to say nothing of a bevy of feisty female pirates, whom you wouldn’t want to cross

on a high sea… We cast off at 8pm on Thursday, 6th December, follow the winds on Friday, 7th December and the journey ends on Saturday, 8th December, with a visit to port at the Saturday matinee, at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 and £5.50 (concessions) for evening performances, with matinee tickets at £5.50 and can be ordered through the Box Office on 861438 or bought at King’s Stores and Cattermoles in New Buckenham.

Besthorpe W.I. On Wednesday 26th September members met in the Francis Room of the Connaught Hall with our President Angela Furness in the chair. After we had said the Alberta Creed, Angela welcomed our speaker Mr Arthur Barrett, who was with us for the second time this year. We were in for a great treat and the hour was not long enough for Mr Barrett to share with us his passion for the late 19th century operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. He told us a little of the two men’s lives and played many extracts from their music. Some recordings were audio only, others were DVDs or the old video tapes. We enjoyed some of the classic performances of the fifties and sixties, as well as some more modern ones, especially from Australia. Mr Barrett stirred many pleasant memories and we tapped our feet and sang along. The catchiness of the tunes and the wit of the words are truly timeless. Mr Barrett could have entertained us for much longer and it was reluctantly that we had to bring things to a close. After refreshments and the raffle, we held our business meeting. The competition, for an old show or

concert programme, was won by Anne Scottwith, appropriately, a G & S programme. The flower competition was won by Angela Furness’s passion flowers. On 24th October our speaker was Charlotte Philcox, whose title will be “Hedgerow Harvest” (a slight change of subject due to abnormal weather conditions). On 28th November we hold our AGM and elect our officers and committee for 2013. On Wednesday 12th December we shall be having a Christmas celebration at The Griffin. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings which are held in the Francis Room and begin at 7.30 pm. Perhaps I should point out that you do not have to live in Besthorpe to visit us, or to join us! Dorothy Woolliscroft Bio: Friendly & reliable family run leaflet and marketing company. LET US PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS covering Norfolk & North Suffolk. Follow us and we will follow you.


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Breckland Flower And Garden Club

Harleston Job Clubs

Barry Gayton visited the Club for the October meeting.

If you’re looking for work then come along to the Job Clubs where you will find friendly and informal support. We have a dedicated team able to assist you with CVs, covering letters, application forms, courses, IT training, business start up information, voluntary opportunities and much more. You can drop in anytime and search for the latest vacancies in the papers, over the internet or by using the latest apps.

for further information. Coach departs Harleston at 9.30am, please book.

What’s on in November

IT Help - every Wednesday 12.30-2pm - please book.

His talk and slide show of autumn colour for the garden left most members wishing they had more room for all the shrubs and trees which give so many autumnal tints at this time of the year. As well as foliage he showed an array of orange, white and red berried plants which, of course, bring in the birds as well as being decorative. The winner of the new hands competition and the monthly trophy was Alison Vivian, and the old hands class winner was Sylvia Briggs. Christine Hewson’s photograph was first in the table how.

Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday 8th November at Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 12.30 for a bangers and mash lunch to be followed by a Christmas workshop. Further details of requirements to bring etc please contact Christine on 01953 454528. The competition title is ‘Foliage and Flames’ - a foliage exhibit to include a candle and the table show is for a collection of dried and/or preserved garden plant material. Further details from Sally 01953 788712.

Every Wednesday 10am - 2pm - everyone welcome. New Club for 16-24 year olds every Thursday 12-2pm.

Kickstart the moped loan people Thursday 1st November 12.30pm

Connaught Hall Fayre

Come along to find out more about Kickstart’s moped loans, available for 1665 year olds.

Craft sale.

If you’re unemployed and need transport to get to work, training or education then Kickstart can help.

A Massive Christmas Craft sale will ����� take place at Connaught Hall 4th November from 10am - 3pm. Free entry refreshments available.

All proceeds going to the Connaught Hall refurbishment fund. Anyone wishing to book a table please ring Karen on 01953 455755.

The Great Sainsbury’s Bake Off

Moped hire is now half price for South Norfolk Residents so please come along to find out more.

A professional Careers Advisor will be holding 1:1 appointments offering additional support if you are looking for work or seeking training/learning opportunities.

Help with anything IT from sending emails to carrying out online job searches. Employers - 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 or email:

The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham - Friday 16th November

Attleborough Sainsbury’s checkout colleague Angie Castle has won a national cup cake competition.

The Skills Show is an amazing event where visitors will be inspired by skills in action as the best of the nation’s young talent perform at the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

The competition was arranged by 7 day catering who run all Sainsbury’s canteens. She was put forward by Chef Trudie Harrison who had seen other cake creations by Angie, who is self taught and only started baking 18 months ago for family and friends.

You will have the chance to ‘have a go’ at new skills, get up to the minute careers advice, access Apprenticeships and real job opportunities from employers, to help you make that next important step! Please visit

She would like to thank Trudie the chef, her colleagues and most of all her family for their support, husband Perry and sons Bens and James.

Careers Advice - Tuesday 27th November 9.45am-3pm - please book

The first round was judged instore and she was then put through to the final which took place at Caldecott store in Reading. Judging included a blind taste test and Angie was announced the winner later that day out of 18 finalists. Angie was over the moon to have won a competition which meant so much to her as she has never won anything before.

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Did You Know, The Cost Of Energy Bills Have Soared By 140% In The Last Eight Years? And They Are About To Increase Again. The cost of household energy has risen seven times faster than household income since 2004, according to a recent study. The high costs are now the top household worry for Britons, ahead of the rising cost of food and mortgage payments. While the average UK household income has increased by 20% from £32,812 in 2004 to £39,468 today, the average energy bill has risen by 140%. Households were spending an average of £522 a year for their energy in 2004, but now pay £1,252 a year - 3.2% of income or double the 1.6% of eight years ago. The study found 83% of people believe that rising energy bills have had an impact on their disposable income, with 17% of these reporting that they no longer have any disposable income as a result and 27% saying energy bills have reduced their disposable income dramatically. Director of consumer policy at Ann Robinson said: “This is the cold reality facing households today; in less than 10 years our energy bills have rocketed by 140%. The break-neck speed at which energy prices have sprinted upwards has caught many people unawares. Consumers are still playing catch-up. “Energy now accounts for a significant slice of household income which is why the numbers rationing their energy use have risen so steeply in recent years. But going cold or without is a short-term and potentially harmful fix and not a long-term solution.” So what can be done to reduce your household bills? You can control how much you spend on energy by making your home more energy-efficient and paying less for the energy you do use by moving to a competitively-priced energy plan. The Consumer magazine Which? has awarded Utility Warehouse with the best energy supplier award for the past 5 years. The survey looked at customer service, value for money and accuracy of bills, so perhaps this is a good starting point. The other great advantage of Utility Warehouse is they have a team of local authorised distributors who can conduct a FREE energy review. This will give you an immediate indication of what you are paying against what savings can be made, and as well as being completely free, it only takes around 15 mins. Savings can be made, you just need to put it into action. Call me now and let’s see how much you could reduce your energy bills by. Jonathan - 07802 690589

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Norwich Theatre Royal Christmas in Norfolk wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Norwich Theatre Royal’s festive pantomime and this year we are offering you the chance to see their spectacular production of Aladdin for free!

Two TV favourites swap the small-screen for the stage as they head the cast in a show guaranteed to be packed full of festive cheer.

And we’re giving away 1 family ticket (4 seats) to see the show on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. Heading the cast is Graham Cole who plays the villainous Abanazar in the show. Graham won the nation’s heart as the gentle giant police officer PC Tony Stamp in ITV’s peak time TV hit The Bill. As well as appearing in the police drama, he also played a number of other TV roles including a Cyberman in Doctor Who. He stars opposite Lucy Dixon, who takes on the lead role of Aladdin. Lucy is currently a familiar face on TV playing Tilly Evans in the hit Channel Four soap Hollyoaks. Lucy first shot to fame playing ultra-lively student Danielle Harker in the BBC’s hit drama Waterloo Road.

For your chance to WIN this magical prize, answer the following Question. Q. What is the name of the person who will play Aladdin? A) Lucy Dixon B) Sarah Dixon C) Gemma Dixon Answer:

Your Contact Details... Name: Address:

Telephone Number: Email: Tick here if you do NOT want to receive further information from Norwich Theatre Royal Please send your entry to:

Dispatch Magazine, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE. Usual Dispatch rules apply. The winning entry will be drawn on 30th November 2012.

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Diss & Attleborough

A global star with strong Norfolk links returns to the city’s panto spotlight with former Sky TV’s Gladiator and current TNA wrestling superstar Nick Aldis starring as the Genie of the Lamp. He is also no stranger to the Norwich since appearing as the evil henchman Igor in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2008. Others in the cast include popular on-stage comedy duo Richard Gauntlett who will play the Dame Widow Twankey and comedian Andre Vincent who plays Wishee Washee, in the panto which runs from December 18th - January 19th.

For more details or to book tickets call the box office on 01603 630000.

Conditions: Cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative or tickets to another performance. Prizes: 1x family ticket (2x adults and 2x children) to see Aladdin at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th December.




Salon FX

A Global Movement.

Darren has been trading in Attleborough for over 8 years at Edenside Drive, Attleborough.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health causes across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between. No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising GBP 79.3 million. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Once registered at each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. For the entire month each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache.

There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard), there’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee) and each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman. A Mo Sista is essentially a woman who loves a Mo. An individual that is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey; whether it be a friend, colleague, family member or partner. These inspirational women are committed to raising awareness of men’s health issues and much needed funds for men’s health along the way.

The Salon offers a relaxed, friendly working environment and believes that good communication between stylist and client will create the right look

You can choose day and time to suit you.

Due to the present difficult economic climate, one of the first things people cut down on are luxuries such as trips to the hairdresser.

Are you looking to run your own business within the hairdressing industry?

Salon Fx also has a full range professional products available for retail.

A chair within our friendly Salon FX in Attleborough is available to rent.

Obviously people do not have the same amount of spare money to spend at the moment but people still like to look and feel good, having your hair done is always going to do that.

This would suit mobile / freelance or employed hairstylist with existing clientele that are looking to expand their clientele and profits.

Therefore Darren has new revised prices to enable you to continue with this one luxury.

For more information contact Salon principle, Darren Wright, or pop in for a chat.

Revised opening hours to suit everyone’s life style leaving weekends free for fun!!

Salon FX Unit 1 Edenside Drive Attleborough

Salon FX is open Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm (4pm - 8pm by appointment only).

01953 451305 07713 355294.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their Movember journey throwing their own Movember parties or attending one of the Gala Partés held around the world to stand tall and celebrate the moustache. The funds raised in the UK are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. We work with these partners to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

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Call For Entries To Sudbury Rotary Christmas Tree Festival Invitations to previous and potential new exhibitors for the Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival to be held in St Peter’s from 5th to 9th December 2012 have now been sent out and the team behind the event are hoping for their best festival yet. Organised by Sudbury’s two Rotary Clubs, this is the tenth festival to be held in the town, and each year it has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and visitors. Peter and Valerie Goodchild, of Sudbury and Sudbury Talbot Rotary Clubs said: “More than 100 invitations have been sent to past exhibitors and those who requested to be added to our mailing list last year. The festival will be open to the public from 10am to 7pm from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th December, and from 10am to

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6pm on Sunday 9th December. Admission is £1 minimum per adult and free for children under 12 years. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be going to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, The Friends of St Peter (who care for the town centre’s retired church), and other good causes in the community chosen by the Rotary Clubs of Sudbury and Sudbury Talbot. Those wishing to book a stand at the event can pick up a booking form from Sudbury Tourist Information Centre in the library on Market Hill in Sudbury.



The Bear Christmas Menu 2012 Served from 1st - 23rd December, £19.95 per person.


The Main Event


Homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup Served with a crusty bread roll and real English butter.

Traditional roast Norfolk Turkey Served with pigs in blankets, homemade pork and cranberry stuffing, real roast potatoes and roast parsnips, Brussels sprouts, carrots, peas and of course homemade gravy.

Homemade bread and butter pudding

Classic Prawn Cocktail Juicy prawns on a bed of mixed salad smothered in a homemade Marie Rose sauce. Duck Liver Pâté Served simple with Melba toast and a side salad.

10oz Horseshoe gammon steak Best Horseshoe gammon cooked on the char grill and served with chips, peas and half a grilled tomato. Topped off with fresh pineapple. Creamy broccoli and 3 cheese pasta bake Homemade pasta bake with broccoli in a creamy 3 cheese and tomato sauce. Served simple with salad and garlic bread.

Traditional Christmas pudding Chocolate fudge sensation cake All desserts are served plain or with ice cream, fresh cream or custard Please book a table in advance. Minimum 4 persons per booking. Private rooms available for large bookings. Deposit may be required.

Tel : 01953 451456

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NBR Scooter Brokers

Able Community Care

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

In the past when a person was discharged from hospital after treatment, many were given the choice to have a period of time in a convalescent care home.

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 • Adjustable beds

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• 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.

This transition period between hospital and home would build up independence, aid recuperation and would enable care staff to monitor that all was well thereby enabling the ‘patient’, after one or two weeks, to return home safely and confident. The convalescent home has now almost disappeared and national statistics show that, especially where older patients are concerned, the re-admission figures are high with many having to return to hospital within a month.

in the home such as general cleaning, the laundry, shopping, preparing meals, etc. The Carer can assist with personal care tasks or just be on hand if help is needed e.g. when bathing or showering. The Live-in Carer can help a person recover their social life. For example, by accompanying a person who likes to go shopping, attend local events, visit a local restaurant, resume attendance at a local group or church, etc.

Able Community Care’s Home from Hospital Care Package will enable a person to have convalescent care at home.

The Carer will reduce the risks of a person returning home on their own and will ensure a happier and more confident ex-patient can return to the independent lifestyle they wish to have.

The Home from Hospital Care Package provides a Live-In Carer who will carry out domestic tasks

For more details visit or telephone Able on 01603 764567.



New Residential Care Home Opening In December Whether you’re considering becoming a resident yourself, or looking for a care home for an older relative, Castlemeadow Care will be able to help you. Castlemeadow Care was founded in 1999 to offer something different from ‘standard’ care homes: expert 24-hour long term or respite residential care alongside specialised nursing care for complex cases, end-of-life and dementia, all delivered in close partnership with the NHS. We are a small but expanding familyrun group with three Norfolk based care homes, all dedicated to the same high standards. Our latest home, The Mayfields, located in the village of Tharston and adjacent to Long Stratton, is purpose built and when completed in December will provide 60 luxurious bedrooms, all with en-suites. Every detail has been carefully considered with our future residents in mind including state-of-the-art entertainment facilities such as a

cinema lounge and health spa yet offers all the comforts of a home from home with beautiful landscaped gardens.

their interests, their likes and dislikes so that we can help them live their lives the way they choose to.

We are also recruiting for new staff nurses, care assistants, chefs, catering, domestic and maintenance staff.

“We understand that helping someone move into residential care can be a difficult time. Above all, people want to feel that their relative will be loved as well as cared for - that they’ll still be part of a family. That’s exactly what we aim for at Castlemeadow. For us, residents are people, not just patients. We make them feel valued, safe and nurtured, and help them to live a full, varied and truly enjoyable life.” Dr Sanjay Kaushal, MbChb, Managing Director of Castlemeadow Care.

To find out more about our Norfolk care homes or to register your interest for The Mayfields please call 01362 637598 or click on

Please apply on line, or call for an application form.

We believe we provide everything our residents need in the widest sense: considerate care, a fulfilling life and support for their friends and families. We build relationships with every resident finding out about their lives,

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Wiltshire Farm Foods The New Autumn & Winter 2012/2013 Menu From Wiltshire Farm Foods. The seasons have changed and so has our brochure. Our chefs have been working hard to develop our range of tasty and nutritious meals to keep our menu as varied as possible, while still ensuring we maintain high standards of quality and value. We are also delighted to welcome our new Dietitian, Helen Blunn, on board to bring you helpful advice. We’ve given you more information about our menu, highlighting the health benefits, while giving you some interesting facts about our range of meals. So what’s new for the winter months? We have 21 exciting new meals for you to choose from, everything from a tasty Lamb & Mint Pie, to warming soups. Our brand new Choices range offers a selection of favourite meals and side dishes so you can choose your own combination. There’s a delicious Steak Casserole, or a Chicken Tikka Masala with six different side dishes to choose from,

like Extra Buttery Mash and a Minted Vegetable Selection. You may want to pair your main meal with one of our delicious side dishes, or add your own choice of vegetables or a fresh salad. Whatever you choose, our Choices range allows you to enjoy your meal exactly as you like it. For the perfect sweet treat, we’ve also added three new cakes to our Afternoon Tea range. There are over 250 tempting options to choose from in the new brochure, including breakfast and afternoon tea. We cater for all appetites – our Mini Meals are a great option when you’re after a lighter meal or snack, and our Hearty Meals are perfect for when you fancy a larger portion. We also cater for a wide range of special dietary needs, including low fat, gluten free, low salt and a range of ‘free from’ options.

to help your diabetic diet. Meals are delivered free of charge and direct to your door by our caring, CRB policechecked drivers and if you wish, your driver will even pop the meals in the freezer for you. Whenever you’re ready, you can simply heat your meal from frozen in an oven or microwave and enjoy. So a piping hot meal is only ever minutes away! Gail Rowley from Wiltshire Farm Foods in East Dereham comments: “We’re so pleased with all our new meals and desserts and they’re perfect for the winter months. If you can’t decide

what to choose, try one of our menu packs, offering a selection of our most popular meals and desserts - it’s the perfect introduction to our range. Ordering is easy on the phone or online at and we’ll deliver to your door free of charge. Give my team a call on 01362 699049 - we’re happy to take your order or answer any questions you may have.” With 21 years experience, Wiltshire Farm Foods has earned a reputation for delivering quality meals and outstanding customer service, so you’ll be guaranteed tasty, nutritious meals whatever the weather this winter.

All our main meals are suitable for people with Diabetes, and our range of Diabetic Hot Desserts allows you to enjoy tucking into something sweettasting - they just contain less sugar

Keeping Warm Cold weather can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. The chances of these problems are higher if you’re vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following: • you’re over 60 • you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating) • you have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease

• Wrap up warm, inside and out. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Don’t forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems. • Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods of time. Even light exercise will help keep you warm.

• you are disabled How to stay warm

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• Look out for elderly friends and neighbours. Check they’re safe and well through the winter.

• Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F).

Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.

You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed.

If you are worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.


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Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SPORT By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist. THINGS ARE changing in the world of motoring. Premium brand car manufacturers are offering smaller models - take the Audi A1 and the BMW 1 Series for example. Of course, Mercedes-Benz was ahead of many. After all, it introduced the entrylevel A-Class supermini in 1997. Then in 2005 the B-Class, essentially an enlarged A-Class, was ushered in. Why? Well, sometimes you just need a luxury car that sits more towards medium than mini. And that’s what the B Class is all about. But time doesn’t stand still, and Mercedes felt a change of direction was needed for the B Class this year. The German motor maker has made the car more agile and efficient by lowering its height. Also, as is the case with the 200 CDI on test here, a new diesel engine has been fitted alongside a more modern manual transmission. So, what’s the revised B-Class like? Well, it’s a typical Mercedes sports tourer, offering bags of room, combined with the dynamic performance of a hatchback saloon. The character lines of the exterior point to both of these qualities: the front and rear demonstrate width-

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emphasising design, with a prominent grille and headlamps extending along the sides at the front, while the rear end has a broad rear window, two-piece tail lights and a big tailgate with low loading sill. The fresh, athletic, lines and the aerodynamics are particularly apparent in the side line: the bonnet flows flawlessly into the A-pillar and the roof line descends neatly to the attractive roof spoiler. At the bottom edge the body includes side skirts which add a soft touch to the car’s form, whilst sophisticated details, such as the deftly designed headlamps, confirm the marque’s distinctive first-rate credentials. Naturally, and as you would expect of a quality European car producer, the BClass is as nice on the inside as it is on the outside. High-quality materials and finely structured surfaces abound. Three air vents in the middle of the dash with their unique cruciform nozzles add a particularly sporty element to the interior’s design. Other touches such as a threespoke leather trimmed steering wheel and seats with contrasting stitching are very pleasing to the eye. Interestingly, in response to requests from many customers, the sitting position is now more upright in the reborn B-Class. This makes for great visibility when you’re behind the wheel. Indeed, the more erect seating arrangement, in combination with a lowering of the vehicle’s floor at the rear, leads to a degree of legroom which even surpasses that of the Mercedes-Benz S and E-Class. On the move the B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SPORT is incredibly nimble. You’d think that would make it pleasurable on twisty rural routes. Well it does in a way, but it doesn’t make for comfortable

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driving. You see, in ‘Sport’ guise the car’s suspension is far too harsh and, because it also sits on 18 inch alloys, it crashes and bangs over the slightest change of road surface. Mind you, if you don’t mind having your fillings rattled out of your molars then the car is great fun to throw around corners. It’s also fantastic for motorway mile munching. That’s when the car magically decides to ignore any road imperfections and comfort levels resume to what you might expect from Mercedes-Benz. Needless to say, if you do a lot of driving, then safety should be at the forefront of your mind when buying a car. The B-Class goes the extra mile in this respect. As well as the usual supply of airbags and protective gadgetry, it features a radarbased collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which lowers the risk of rear-end crashes. The Collision Prevention Assist technology gives out a visual and acoustic warning to alert you to obstacles and prepares Brake Assist for the most precise possible braking response. This is initiated as soon as you forcefully operate the brake pedal. In contrast to some systems currently on the market the new Collision Prevention Assist feature is not merely intended to minimise minor damage in urban traffic. Instead, this innovative solution is aimed at protecting you from typical rear-end collisions in hazardous traffic situations. Mercedes-Benz says it expects the safety system to have a “significant positive effect” on accident statistics. As well as being a lively, safe, family oriented number, the B 200 CDI never forgets it comes from pedigree stock. It offers internet access, voice control, sat-nav and MP3 connectivity. Traditionally these executive features were the reserve of luxurious Euro-barges.

Now you can indulge yourself without having to fork out for one. Oh, and there’s one other advantage of driving a B-Class - it’s so much easier to park compared with a more extravagant motor. Let’s face it; once you’ve battled the morning rush hour, and the only parking bay left is the awkward one in the corner, you’re going to be thanking yourself you didn’t think bigger was better when you walked into that Mercedes-Benz showroom. PROS • Agile • Well designed • Safe • Good legroom CONS • Harsh ride FAST FACTS • Max speed: 130 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.5 secs • Combined mpg: 64.2 • Engine: 1796 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel • Max. power (bhp): 132 at 3600-4400 rpm • Max. torque (lb/ft): 221 at 1600-3000 rpm • CO2: 121 g/km • Price: £24,710 on the road

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Kings At 40 ! One of the region’s leading car dealerships, M.R. King & Sons, is celebrating its 40th birthday. The family run company is proud of its heritage but is also looking forward to the future. result of their fantastic work in assisting Josh King when he was first born. Over the past 20 years it has raised more than £30,000 through sponsored events, raffles, barbecues, Roll a dice, Race nights, hire of cars, donations in lieu of Christmas cards and more.

For 40 years, generations of motorists have trusted M.R. King & Sons to get them on the road. The company is named after its founder Michael Roy King. With customer service second to none, this well respected company is dedicated to offering both sales and aftersales care. Whatever your budget, and whether you’re looking for a run-around to get you from A to B or a bespoke high-performance sports car, M.R. King & Sons prides itself on being able to find customers their perfect motor. Managing director Mike

King says: ‘The customer is the centre of our business. We do everything we can to ensure a relaxed, no pressure selling environment aimed at giving a value for money, caring service giving customer’s total satisfaction.’ He is looking for photographs of some of his first customers taking delivery of their cars - Are you one of them, or one of their off spring and can help ? Charity work The company supports the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London as a

Working with the community The company places itself at the heart of its surrounding community. It works closely with several leading local businesses such as Pleasurewood Hills, Aldeburgh Music, DanceEast and Nirvana Gym, to offer both the business and its own customers various benefits. They also supply a car for the Crime Prevention Officer for the Suffolk Constabulary to assist in their work. It offers sponsored cars to individuals including a locally based Lawn Tennis Association coach. It has a bouncy castle that it loans out, free of charge, to local charities and groups so they can raise funds. Customers visiting Halesworth can enjoy a free round of golf when having their car serviced or repaired. History Mike started off on his own initiative in the early days holding down a full time job with Yoxford Transport and repairing cars in his back garden at night. He progressed to running his own workshop and bodyshop in Norwich Road, Halesworth for a few years and then took a leap of faith - a gut instinct to move to Quay Street in 1972 when the limited company was established. Janet his wife kept control of the accounts and administration. 1972 - Mike started the company 1977 - The Volvo franchise was offered to Mike and with only one Volvo registered in the area at the time he took the opportunity. 1979 - Volvo in Saxmundham 1990 - Volvo in Lowestoft 1992 - Peugeot in Lowestoft 1993 - The Tyreking 2000 - Peugeot in Saxmundham 2000 - Suzuki in Lowestoft 2006 - Lowestoft Relocation 2008 - Woodbridge used car site Family make up Now the three sons, Julian, Alastair and Jason are all general managers all of whom have worked more than 20 years in the business. You’ll find Julian in Halesworth, Alastair in Lowestoft while Jason looks after Saxmundham and Woodbridge.

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They have eight children between them so the next generation is looking good! Mike and Janet are still actively involved in the business. Indeed, Mike still comes into work six days a week! Changes witnessed over the past 40 years The rise of environmentally friendly cars. With economic considerations and government legislation, more and more people are looking for cars with excellent mileage, low emissions, low car tax and insurance. The increased use of the internet. Gone are the days of just placing adverts in local newspapers. Now an up-to-date interactive website is essential. The development and success of hybrid cars. Improved car safety. Technical enhancements to vehicles to make them more reliable. Extended service intervals and more reliability. More legislation and monitoring by third parties. Increased Manufacturer standards. Investment into systems to improve efficiency for both customers and staff. Staff The company employs around 70 people. Many are very long serving and all are trained to a high level, especially those in the technical field as developments are constantly being made. M.R.King & Sons has invested in a good blend of apprentices and experienced staff over the years to be able to continue giving the service of a caring family business. Where to find them Halesworth, Quay Street, 01986 874464 For all things Volvo, aftersales, bodyshop and used cars Lowestoft, Horn Hill, 01502 573955 For all things Peugeot and Suzuki, aftersales and used cars

@Dispatch_Mag Saxmundham, St Johns Road 01728 603435. For all things Peugeot, aftersales and used cars Halesworth, Angel Yard, 01986 874444 Fast fit tyres, exhausts & batteries Woodbridge, Grove Road (A12) 0844 770 0655. For used cars. Visit: What they offer New & Used car Sales, Finance, Car hire,

Tyres, MOTs, Servicing, Repairs, Bodyshop, Motability specialists, Collection service, Courtesy cars, Parts, Accessories, valet services – and more. Used Cars M.R.King & Sons specialises in finding cars for everyone - from £500 to an Aston Martin and regularly source cars for an individual’s requirement. They are especially good at finding cars for newly qualified drivers. Part exchange is also


welcome and excellent finance deals are always on offer. Celebrate Mike comments “We have been very well supported by loyal customers over the years and have made some good friends as a result. We want to celebrate the big 4-0 by asking customers to send in their memorabilia or funny stories over this time so we can display these within our business.”

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