Issue 34 July 2015
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GENERAL Old Buckenham Airshow The Old Buckenham Airshow reunites two stars of ‘goldfinger’ after fifty years Old Buckenham Airfield is delighted to announce that one of the stars of it’s annual Airshow on the 1st and 2nd August has been confirmed as the helicopter used in the iconic final scenes of ‘Goldfinger’ as it transports a dirty bomb to Fort Knox.
After ‘Goldfinger’ Honor Blackman flew to Hollywood to make Moment to Moment with the famous director, Randall Kleiser. She then returned to the UK to launch herself into a vast realm of film and TV. She’s still a regular on the stage and TV.
The helicopter was flown in the film by the character “Pussy Galore” played by the incomparable Honor Blackman. The Airfield is thrilled to further be able to announce that Ms. Blackman will also be in attendance over the weekend, and will once again take to the sky in the helicopter, recreating one of cinema’s most recognisable and iconic moments.
Her one woman show recently toured the UK to critical acclaim and she has recently been seen in the latest series of “You, Me & Them” with Anthony Head and Eve Myles.
Honor Blackman last saw the Hiller helicopter in 1963 whilst filming ‘Goldfinger’. The scenes shot of her piloting the helicopter, complete with the ‘atomic device’ designed to render the US gold reserves worthless, formed part of a film that turned the character of James Bond into a phenomenon and changed cinema forever.
The Hiller has had a somewhat less glamorous career. Despite appearances in other films, most notably co-starring alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in ‘The VIP’s’, the helicopter was destined to spend 35 years in service before unceremoniously languishing in the back of a hangar. In 1999, however, a four-year restoration project was started that saw the aircraft returned to service, and it has since appeared in numerous Bond related productions, as well as appearances in ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘The Royal’. The restoration has seen the Hiller painted in the same livery used in ‘Goldfinger’ and in 2014 was the stand out star of the world-famous Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Display at the Goodwood Revival. At the Old Buckenham Airshow, the Hiller will once again take centre stage. Appearing in the flying displays on both days, as well as taking Honor Blackman for a ride after a gap of fifty years, the Airshow will be making the most of her Bond connections.
Airshow Organiser, Matt Wilkins “There can be no real doubt of the impact and lasting influence that ‘Goldfinger’ had on popular culture and we are ecstatic to be able to wind the clock back fifty years by reuniting two of its stars. Whilst the ‘Goldfinger’ helicopter has been displayed at many prestigious events since her restoration, this will be the only occasion where you’ll see ‘Pussy Galore’ reunited with her helicopter, all within a specially created display celebrating one of the greatest films ever made.” This is not the first time that Old Buckenham has welcomed A list Hollywood stars such as Honor Blackman. The original Operations Officer was Jimmy Stewart and Walter Matthau served at the Airfield whilst it was active in wartime use as the home of the 453rd Bombardment Group from 1943 - 1945. In order to celebrate the indelible connection with the US, the theme of this year’s Airshow is ‘America’ and it will feature a weekend of celebrations of the United States. The Old Buckenham Airshow runs on the 1st and 2nd August 2015. In recent years, the Airshow has cemented its position as the largest in Norfolk and Suffolk and it was the only Airshow to appear in Country Life’s list of the 100 events that made up the ‘Greatest Summer Ever’ in 2012; a list that included events such as Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. Further information and tickets are available at the Airshow website, www. oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk.
A special display including Aston Martin DB5’s will be created for the weekend, allowing visitors the chance to see an incredible piece of Hollywood history at close quarters and in suitable company.
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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 pleased to announce they’ve added extra tickets to their West Suffolk Colour Dash as the first round of tickets have sold out! Colour dashes are the newest craze to hit the UK and see participants race around a 5km course as they are showered with clouds of coloured powder – creating truly impressive multicoloured results! The event, which takes place on Sunday 20th September at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, is proving so popular that additional spaces have been added to ensure as many people as possible can join in the colourful fun. To encourage a bit of competitive fundraising spirit there will be a prize for the
highest fundraiser – with an iPad Air 32GB up for grabs. The prize for this has been kindly donated by Stennetts transport. Nikki Brown, EACH Suffolk Fundraiser, said: “We’re thrilled our EACH Colour Dash in Bury St Edmunds is proving to be so popular. It’s great we’ve been able to add these additional tickets, which, if we sell out, will make this the biggest EACH colour dash of the season! “The first round of tickets sold so quickly I’d encourage everyone to book now to avoid disappointment! “EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk and supports their families. With the funds raised by this event we will be able to continue to provide these vital services.”
The event is being sponsored by local facilities experts Servest, who have pledged their support to make the day a massive success. Employees from Servest will be helping with the promotion of the event and volunteering on the day to throw paint at willing runners! They will also be entering several teams to take part and raise sponsorship. To encourage a bit of competitive fundraising spirit there will be a prize for the highest fundraiser – with an iPad Air 32GB up for grabs. The prize for this has been kindly donated by Stennetts transport. The EACH West Suffolk Colour Dash will be held on Sunday 20th September, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, starting at 10am. Ticket prices are £20 per adult (including t-shirt), £10 per child (including medal), £175 for a team of 10 and £45 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult 3 children).
Everybody is welcome - school teams, family teams, corporate teams and individual runners. For more information on the West Suffolk Colour Dash and to book your place, visit www.each. org.uk/colourdash or contact the Suffolk Fundraising Team on (01473) 276196.
SU P M ER M F ER EC R T EA D
Hearts of stone The Greek resistance in World War II is brought to life in the powerful new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Simon Scarrow. Norfolk resident Simon Scarrow, renowned for his novels on the Roman army and the Napoleonic wars has produced another unputdownable, thrilling adventure, but in a departure for Scarrow, this dramatic and atmospheric novel of war, betrayal and friendship is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Greek Ionian islands during World War II. Simon explains how he came to write this book, and what it’s about: “I visited the Ionian islands a few years ago and whilst on a boat trip to Ithaca I came across a plaque on a cliff above a small bay which said ‘Commemorating an attack on a German Eboat by Greek partisans.’ Throughout the trip I came across other stories
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of what had happened on these islands during WWII. It is easy to be impressed by the beauty of the Ionian Islands – they are a fabulous setting and it is so hard to imagine them as a war zone, and that was how my interest in the story began: a clash between the peaceful aspect of the present and what would have been dramatic events in the past. The novel is about three close friends, two young Greeks, Eleni and Andreas, and a German, Peter.” It is the story of what happens when war comes to the Greek Island they all love. It becomes a test of their friendship, and their patriotism.”
Available for download Hardback available from all good bookshops Signed copies from www.scarrow.co.uk
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. hearingcarecentre.co.uk or call 0800 096 2637.
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