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BURY ST EDMUNDS What’s on at the Apex A look at what’s on at the Apex throughout June Heritage Blues Orchestra Tuesday 2nd June 2015 Heritage Blues Orchestra is like a Blues version of Buena Vista Social Club - an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music. Listen to their Grammynominated debut album And Still I Rise, described by the Living Blues Magazine as “a masterpiece of musical African Americana” or witness a live performance by the Heritage Blues Orchestra and you’ll recognize this group as something breathtakingly new even as they honour old AfricanAmerican musical traditions. Starts: 8pm Tickets: £17, £5 under 25s (no concessions)

Gisela João Wednesday 3rd June 2015 Gisela João, aged 30, is the new fado singer now making waves in Portugal. She released her debut album in the summer of 2013 and it went straight to number 1 in the national charts - extremely rare for a fado record.

An Audience with John Humphrys Tuesday 9th June 2015 John Humphrys is one of Britain’s best known and most controversial broadcasters. He has been a journalist for more than half a century. He was BBC TV’s youngest foreign correspondent and has anchored most frontline news and current affairs programmes on both television and radio. He has long been best known as one of the leading presenters on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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In her 80th year, Peggy Seeger releases her 24th and probably finest solo album, Everything Changes, featuring songs with truths to tell, told sparely but with a great chorus, delivered passionately with intelligence and humour and never outstaying its welcome.

Rod Woodward Tuesday 9th June 2015

As a songwriter and performer, Peggy positively relishes breaking taboos and going near the knuckle. Songs about life, death, sex, drug addiction and tragedy sit surprisingly comfortably alongside humour, irony and some lyrics discovered on the back of a public toilet door. Despite being is an older woman in world that doesn’t like its heroines to get old, she continues to innervate and experiment, delivering a supremely confident and contemporary album that echoes back across the years.

Award-winning Welsh comedian Rod Woodward, who brought the house down at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance, takes to the stage with his eagerly awaited debut tour.

Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl were recently named winners of the ‘Best Original Song’ award for ‘Swim To The Star’ at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards.

Rod has been tipped for stardom by such luminaries as Peter Kay and the late Bob Monkhouse after winning the Best Newcomer to Variety Award. Having supported Paddy McGuinness and Russell Brand on tour, he has also won the BBC 1 Wales Comedy Competition Funny Business.

Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £19.50

Starts: 2.30pm Tickets: £20 / £18 Concessions

Starts: 8pm Tickets: £17.50 / No Concessions

Her music is raw and authentic. “I’m very intense and I believe that real fado is that way too,” she says. “It’s very extreme.” In her UK debut, you can expect traditional fado at its best. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £16, £14 concessions, U25’s £5

Peggy Seeger: Folk queen, feminist icon, political activist, eco-warrior, muse

An Evening with Peggy Seeger with Neill MacColl and Calum MacColl Thursday 11th June 2015

surreal observations on everyday life. A few shining examples are ‘Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess’ and ‘Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show’. So grab your Joy Division Oven Gloves and don your Dukla Prague away kit, as The Biscuit are coming to town. Fat Cat Comedy Club Sunday 14th June 2015 Check out the Fat Cat Comedy Club website for details of lineup. Doors open 7pm, approximate start time 8pm Tickets: £12

Jackson – Live in Concert Wednesday 17th June 2015 Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music. Jackson – Live in Concert sees long-time fan and hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs.

Half Man Half Biscuit Friday 12th June 2015 A truly genuine band, with the capacity to make the most jaded of listeners fall back in love with music again... Witty and dry, sardonic yet never cynical, the melodically infectious yet edgy sing along songs from Half Man Half Biscuit are perhaps still to some extent an undiscovered national treasure. Their latest album ‘CSI: Ambleside’, sees more of Nigel’s

Ben’s portrayal of Jackson has to be the most accurate and exciting tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. Ben is joined on the stage by his Incredible Band and Dancers who work their way through all the hits. Jackson – Live in Concert features all-live vocals and superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop.


Pasadena Roof Orchestra Sunday 21st June 2015 Hot dance music from the 1920s and 1930s.

With a unique clowning style and a soundtrack inspired by children’s answers to life’s big questions, STATIk is a hilarious show about breaking the mould.

As well as the popular repertoire, the Suffolk Sinfonia has been thrilling audiences with exciting pieces that are being rediscovered.

Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trap doors he’ll show how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to put his master at the top.

This event is part of the Children’s Arts Festival. Age guidance: 5+ Performance 1: 1.30pm Performance 2: 4.30pm Duration: 60 mins Tickets: £7.50

Their summer concert has two outstanding soloists playing the delightful Brahms’ Double Concerto, and a luscious ballet suite from grumpy Russian genius Glazunov.

This event is part of the Children’s Arts Festival.

Book your ears a summer treat. You won’t be disappointed. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 / Concessions £4

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries, and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. The vocalist and bandleader is the suave Duncan Galloway. The orchestra’s current lineup has never sounded better. As one reviewer put it, “Pure champagne”. Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £20, £18 concessions

Crazy Creatures Friday 26th - Saturday 27th June 2015 Join us for a fantastic, informal family concert inspired by two popular children’s books The Duck With No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch by Jonathan Long & Korky Paul. With newly composed music by the award-winning composer Paul Rissmann, there are also lots of catchy songs to get you tapping your feet and singing alongside top quality classical music. To explore the songs before the concert, click here for the participation pack.

STATIk Wednesday 24th June 2015 Get ready for some fast-paced family fun with STATIk this Summer. It’s Mikey’s first day at work, wearing his brand new uniform he joins the team at the radio factory. Instead of tuning and transmitting Mikey wants to tumble around and soon finds himself in trouble with the scary factory boss. But Mikey finds an unlikely friend when a mysterious signal is picked up on the radio...

Age guidance: 4+ Performance 1: 1.30pm Performance 2: 4.30pm Duration: 50 mins Tickets: £7.50 Venue: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505)

Age guidance: 3+ Fri 26 June Performances: 10.30am & 1.30pm (Conservatoire EAST) Sat 27 June Performances: 10am (The Apex) & 3.30pm (Conservatoire EAST) Duration: 50 mins Tickets: £7.50

A Night At The Movies Sunday 28th June 2015 Brandon School of Dance presents ‘A Night At The Movies’ with all dance genres: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & Cheerleading Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Tickets: £6 Adults / £4 Children (3-16 years) Times: Performance 1 - 12pm & Performance 2 - 4.30pm (please select your preferred performance time using the drop-down menu, below, when booking) Puss In Boots Tuesday 30th June 2015

The Apex is an award-winning venue, known for its acoustic excellence and home to a diverse programme of live music and events; from classical concerts to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, plus comedy and dance performances. It also hosts a number of community and corporate events, offering the local community and wider environs a unique and exciting space from which visitors can see a great selection of artists, bands and events. For more information on this fantastic venue please visit www. BOOK TICKETS

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You never know, he might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story, brought to vivid life on an incredible sloping stage by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies.

In Person Tickets can be bought from the Apex Box Office (opening times Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm) Telephone: 01284 758000 2015 June | 05

GENERAL East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Calling willing volunteers – your local children’s charity needs you! East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) are on the look out for willing volunteers to help out at fundraising events in the Bury St Edmunds area this summer. EACH care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk and support their families. In order to keep these vital services running the charity relies on voluntary donations and fundraising activity. The Suffolk fundraising team host a number of events in and around Bury St Edmunds and are on the look out for willing volunteers who would be available to come along to offer a helping hand. Nikki Brown, EACH Suffolk Fundraiser, said: “We’ve got so much going on the Bury area this

summer it would be great to have as many volunteers as possible to help out at events. In particular we’ve got the Bellybones Fun Day on Sunday 7th June in Long Melford and our EACH Colour Dash on Sunday 20th September in Bury St Edmunds. “Our events are always great fun and really good way of helping in your local community. We’re always in need of willing volunteers to help with fundraising tasks so if you are interested please do get in touch.” To find out more about forth coming events and to offer your services as a volunteer please contact Suffolk Fundraising Team on 01473 276196 or email

Quidenham hospice, which is run by local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), is a ‘lifeline’ for the hundreds of families who rely on their services in caring for a life-threatened child. Quidenham hospice has dedicated family accommodation, which is cosy and welcoming, but it is limited due to size constraints. EACH needs a new hospice to meet the demand for their services in Norfolk. The charity has outgrown its current hospice in Quidenham which is a very old building over two storeys. Accessibility and flexibility within the building is restricted and there isn’t scope to expand. The charity has planning permission to build a new hospice on a five acre site in the parish of Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich. The hospice will be called ‘the nook’ and in November last year the nook appeal was launched to raise the £10 million needed to make the project a reality. At the nook there will be improved facilities consisting of three en-suite bedrooms, leading into a private and peaceful lounge area where family members can sit, eat and relax when they need

some quiet time. Hospice kitchen staff provide family members with meals throughout their stay, but there will also be facilities in the family suite to make simple meals and refreshments. Choice and flexibility is very important for families, so EACH works hard to accommodate these needs. Claire and Archie live in Suffolk, but due Archie’s healthcare needs and hospital appointments, Quidenham is their hospice of choice. As Claire explains: “It’s great that EACH offers families flexibility in the way they receive care. I live in Suffolk and access the Quidenham hospice in Norfolk. It’s been lovely to do this as Archie’s everyday care and appointments are from the James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich University University hospitals. I like the fact we’re nearest the hospitals that treat Archie regularly when staying at the hospice, as I feel more relaxed.” Claire and Archie also benefit from support from the wellbeing

GENERAL team to help with worries or concerns about Archie’s health, occupational therapy and music therapy. Quidenham hasn’t got a hydrotherapy pool. Sessions are offered at a pool elsewhere in the county, but these are limited and involve lots of travelling. The nook will have a hydrotherapy pool meaning greater access for families accessing EACH services in Norfolk. Claire said: “We are also potentially looking forward to completing a course of hydrotherapy with the hospice’s physiotherapist, and I’m very much looking forward to this as Archie loves being in the water. “All the EACH services are so beneficial and all help tremendously in their unique way. The staff are amazing and stay with Archie throughout the night, dealing with seizures when he wakes. I still like to know at the moment that I’m there for Archie, so the family room is perfect, and the care staff are great at keeping you informed with what happens. Knowing the staff will take care of Archie if he becomes unwell takes a huge pressure off during the night, so I can rest without worrying.”

Like Claire and Archie, EACH is special to so many families, and with fundraising support for the nook appeal, even better facilities can be provided for life-threatened children, young people and their families. There’s many way you can support the nook appeal from signing up to an EACH event, to hosting your own fundraising event, to volunteering your time. You could also sign up to the ‘Friends of the nook’ initiative. EACH is looking for 250 people to join the initiative who are willing to give £1,200 a year for three years to help them reach a target of £900,000 to pay for all or part of the family suite at the nook and future services at EACH. As a friend of the nook donors can give £1,200 once a year or £100 per month over a three year period by direct debit, or a oneoff payment of £3,600. To find out more visit: www.each. or contact Anna Goode, Norfolk Capital Appeal Coordinator on 01953 666773 or email

GENERAL Old Buckenham Airshow 2015 Perfect family day out At few other events can you see the greatest pilots and aircraft flying at the limit, then take to the skies yourself in a WWII legend. But then, very few shows are like the Airshow. Often described as the perfect family day out, the show wins new fans each year amongst aircraft experts and people who’ve never been to an airshow before.

Taylor’s. In 2015 there will be four beers exclusively brewed for, and only on sale during, the Airshow. In 2014 beers commemorated aviation legend Brendan O’Brien and his stunning trailer- top landing (we’re in the process of trying to get it recognised as a world record) as well as star-ofthe-show, Staggerwing ‘High Maintenance’.

After a very successful 2014 show we’re planning an even bigger and better weekend in 2015. We keep innovating each year; in 2014 we launched the Food Village to universal acclaim. You won’t find a yellowing burger van on the site, but you will find an enhanced Beer Festival from Norfolk’s newest brewery,

Speaking of commemoration, at this very special place, one group of people are honoured every day, the 366 USAAF servicemen who died serving from here in World War II. In 2015, 70 years after the Victory in which they played such an important part, we’re commemorating them and their

colleagues by honouring their homeland, the United States of America. On every page of the site, you’ll see a USA button. A click will take you to more information about what we’re doing and why, 70 years on, this place is still making memories. You’ll have plenty of memories in early August when once again we will demonstrate why Old Buckenham is THE Norfolk Airshow. Take the sky! Why should the display pilots have all the fun? At the Airshow you can take control of this iconic WWII Boeing Stearman (under extremely professional instruction) and even experience some aerobatics including a loop. Don’t fancy going upside down over Norfolk? Why not go for a short trial lesson in a PA28. The training aircraft of choice worldwide, you’ll have encountered the PA28 before; Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus used them to attack Fort Knox in Goldfinger.

Ride in a monster truck! We’re not making this up. Working with our friends at Wicked Adventures, we’re able to bring you the chance to ride in something large, very powerful, extremely fun and utterly American. All whilst it uses wheels weighing half a tonne each to drive straight over the top of two cars. Its Big Block Chevy V8 sits under the hood of a standard Chevy Silverado body, built in New York State. Under the body, however, nothing is standard. 66 inch tyres are allied to enormous components to slightly increase the Silverado’s original weight from 1.5 tonnes to 7.5. Unsurprisingly, Mayhem makes short work of anything in it’s path, inclding cars. Its ability to crush anything is considerably improved with the weight of eight lucky members of the public who can enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

Don’t fancy having to do any work? We can help; a luxury VIP helicopter will be available all weekend to take you on a tour of the surrounding area.

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Elderly The Hearing Care Centre 5 Signs That Your Partner May Have a Hearing Loss Hearing loss can occur so gradually that many people don’t even notice they have a problem. Very often, it’s actually the partner of the person with undiagnosed hearing loss who notices something is amiss. If you’re worried your partner could be suffering from hearing loss, familiarise yourself with these five signs that indicate it might be time for a hearing test. 1. “Would you mind repeating that?” Miscommunication is the most obvious sign that there might be something wrong. If you find yourself repeating yourself a lot more than you used to, it is likely your partner has a hearing loss and is struggling to understand you. 2. The volume on the TV is turned up too loud

If your significant other likes to have the TV turned up to a level that is uncomfortable for other members of the family, it is very possible that he or she has a hearing loss. 3. Distance in social situations If your once talkative partner has becoming increasingly quiet in social settings, it could be that they are having trouble hearing what others are saying. It is not uncommon for people with untreated hearing loss to become withdrawn and isolated as they deal with the stress and embarrassment of struggling to follow conversation. 4. Confusion Hearing loss does not just make sound quieter – it has a range of effects that can make conversation sound muffled or garbled. If you notice your spouse looking confused or

disoriented in the midst of a conversation, smiling politely instead of laughing at a joke or misinterpreting what someone has said, hearing loss could be the root of the problem. 5. Frustration It is very normal for people with untreated hearing loss to become frustrated at those around them as they strain to understand what is being said. These feelings are understandable, as developing a hearing loss is a life-altering experience. Living with an untreated hearing impairment takes a great deal of energy and patience, so it’s no wonder your partner feels frustrated. Even though it’s hard, try not to take it personally if your partner takes out some of his or her frustration on you. Try to remember that it’s not actually

you they’re frustrated with – it’s the fact they can’t hear as well as they used to. If you recognise any of these signs in your significant other, it might be time to gently suggest that a hearing test is a good idea. This is a delicate topic though, and should be approached with care. Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre.The multi-award winning, family-run company has 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, including locally in Dereham, Watton and Wymondham. For more information visit www. or call 0800 096 2637.

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