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Issue 176 May 2016


Diss & Attleborough

GROSVENOR PARK London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1BQ 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £164,995


THE ELLINGHAM | 2 BEDROOM HOME £168,746 with Shared Ownership*


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Find your dream home with Shared Ownership* These fantastic 2 & 3 bedroom bungalows are available under the Shared Ownership* scheme at Grosvenor Park where you can purchase a brand new home for just 75% of the full market value. • The Ellingham at 75% (£168,746), full market value £224,995 (100%)* • The Haddenham at 75% (£176,246), full market value £234,995 (100%)* • Option to purchase the remaining 25% and available to reserve now! What are you waiting for? You could own your dream new home sooner than you think! For more information about Shared Ownership* at Grosvenor Park – contact us today!

THE HADDENHAM | 3 BEDROOM HOME £176,246 with Shared Ownership

Taylor Wimpey terms and conditions apply. Computer generated image depicts 2 & 3 bedroom bungalows at Grosvenor Park. Internal image includes optional upgrades at additional costs. Prices correct at time of going to press. *These properties are Shared Ownership with Orbit Housing Association and are subject to fitting criteria. This offer is subject to status and is only available on selected developments and properties. It is not offered with any other promotion 02 | May 2016 unless by special arrangement by us. Please speak to a Sales Executive for more information. April 2016.

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Ride For Life Back for it’s 23rd Year East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) longest running event, Ride for Life, is back for it’s 23rd year! Ride for Life is the charity’s most popular cycling and walking event suitable for the whole family, taking participants through the beautiful scenery of Thetford Forrest. The event will take place on Sunday 12th June, star ting at Mayday in Thetford Forest. The day features a number of different routes to suit all ages and abilities - with three and six mile walks plus on and off road bike rides from 10 to 50 miles. If you haven’t been in the saddle for a while this is the perfect place to start! New for this year is a Children’s Treasure Trail in the woods - good family fun to get people back to nature. The treasure trail will cover just under a mile through the forest around Mayday. Search for clues among the trees and solve the mystery, having lots of fun on the way. Everyone who completes a treasure trail map will receive an EACH goody bag. Each child taking part will receive their very own T-shirt, medal, sticker and gift. For extra fun, come dressed as your favourite superhero or Disney character! For further information and to sign up Ride for Life today visit: Alternatively you can contact the EACH Norfolk Fundraising Team on: 01953 666767.

Make a difference TRUSTEE APPOINTMENTS East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, our services include: specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and have recently embarked on a capital appeal project to develop our hospice services in Norfolk, including a new hospice. We are looking for Trustees to broaden our representation of skills and seek applications from individuals who have a strong strategic focus and an understanding of organisational governance. We welcome all applications, but have particular interest in those with senior management experience in the commercial and business environment and/or a strong network of high level contacts. The role is unpaid, although expenses can be reimbursed. To apply, please email your CV and a short statement on why you want to join EACH to: If you would prefer to speak with our Chief Executive or Chairman before applying, please just let Gillian know.

Royal Patron: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Registered Charity Number 1069284

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DISS Domestic Abuse Make it Stop! A recent screening by the BBC “Behind Closed Doors” gave a hard hitting and insightful documentar y on the impact of domestic abuse on the victim and how the police deal with perpetrators of such crimes. Families live with domestic abuse for far too long before getting effective help – on average 2.5 years. Cutting the time it takes to find and help victims and their families is critical to stop murder, serious injur y, and enduring harm. Too many missed opportunities But there are still far too many missed oppor tunities to get help

medium-risk victims went to an accident and emergency depar tment because of their injuries. In the most extreme cases, victims repor ted that they attended A&E 15 times. The work to be done Ver y often the victims of domestic violence do not know, or are simply not aware of the help that may be available to them, or they may be too ashamed to let people know. Victims attend at hospitals for their injuries but are often accompanied by the person who caused the injuries which, in turn, means that the

“ Statistics show that 85% of victims sought help five times on average from professionals in the year before they got effective help to stop the abuse.”

for families experiencing domestic abuse. Statistics show that 85% of victims sought help five times on average from professionals in the year before they got effective help to stop the abuse. In the year before they got effective help: • Four in five high-risk victims

(78%) and two-thirds of mediumrisk victims (62%) repor ted the abuse to the police. • Nearly a quar ter of high-risk victims (23%) and one in ten 06 | May 2016

victim is not able to openly discuss how those injuries came about. Maybe they hope that the health care professionals will somehow “notice” that something is amiss. More is needed to assist and find ever y family as quickly as possible, and get the response right, first time, for ever y family. All mainstream ser vices, police, social ser vices, health care and other agencies must create an environment where any member of the family can tell someone about domestic

abuse , and know that it will be acted on, and ever y professional should make identifying domestic abuse par t of what they do. Dayto-day they should ask about domestic violence whenever they are wor r ied about a family. We at Jackamans Solicitor s have a specialist domestic violence depar tment, based at our Ipswich Office . We have extensive knowledge of noticing the signs as to whether or not somebody is the victim of a domestic violence situation and can often assist by obtaining a Non-molestation order which is available by application to a cour t. Applications are sometimes made on notice , which means your abuser will be aware of the application against them. If you are fearful that this notification may engender fur ther abuse or violence , then it is possible to apply for a non-molestation order without notice , which means your abuser is unaware of the proceedings. But the application does not become effective until it is ser ved on your abuser. If a non-molestation order is made without notice , then there will often need to be a second hear ing later on with both par ties present to allow the other par ty a chance to respond and challenge the order.

By Debbie Bar ton,

We can offer a confidential helpline ser vice to people who are suffering as a result of violence at home. Please call us in absolute confidence to find out more on 01379 643555.


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DISS Diss Museum By Basil Abbott A triumphal arch, flaming torches, crowds of people in top hats, bonnets and bustles. What was it that caused such excitement in diss in december 1866? It was the visit, currently featured in the museum, of the prince and princess of wales, later edward vii and queen alexandra. They had come to stay with sir edward kerrison at oakley park, hoxne for several days of dinner par ties, dancing and shooting. After the death of prince alber t, queen victoria had become a recluse. Her son ‘ber tie’, however, liked to travel around and enjoy himself. He had married the beautiful princess alexandra of denmark, an occasion marked locally by the re-naming of cock street as denmark street. The princess was greatly loved and was as big a star attraction in her day as diana princess of wales would be in our own times. As the train came in, a signal light was set off so that the distant church tower should be lit up with various coloured fires. A tastefully designed reception saloon, draped with red cloth, lined with scarlet and white bunting and looped with rosettes, had been created as a special exit from the station. The diss volunteers provided a guard of honour, with the odd fellows and foresters lining the road. Triumphal arches, bengal lights, torches and bonfires were seen all along the route taken by the carriages. At stuston bridge, the eye volunteers received the royal visitors. The guest list that evening was sparkling: their royal highnesses, the countess of 08 | May 2016

macclesfield and lt. Col keppel, sir edward and lady kerrison, the duke and duchess of sutherland, earl and countess tankerville, earl and countess stanhope, earl and countess stradbroke, earl and countess of leicester and so on. The next morning was spent battueshooting, where the game was driven by beaters towards the spor tsmen. In the evening there was a ball at which the princess danced frequently. It was not attended by the prince of wales because of illness. There had been an outbreak of food poisoning, which must have been a huge embarrassment to the hosts. Prince ‘ber tie’ was feeling better the next day and was able to watch the shooting from a carriage, as 1,600 head of game fell to the rifles.

That evening a comic operetta by offenbach and other operatic selections were performed, followed by dancing. Although cleer alger senior was taking photographs at this period (and did record the visit at hoxne), a camera could not have coped with a moving subject at 5.30Pm on a winter day. But we have in the display an engraving from the illustrated london news. It may be slightly fanciful (did diss citizens all wear toppers and bonnets?) But gives an impression of what the royal visit must have meant to the town. Some 80 years later oakley park was demolished, consigning its royal days to histor y. For fur ther information visit:


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DISS Sound Sleep May be the time for a new mattress??? For most of us a third of our life is spent asleep, meaning the wear on our mattress over time is considerable, yet a staggering 25% of people wouldn’t consider changing their mattress – even after more than 10 years. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy. Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed. Answer yes or no to the following questions. • Is your bed seven years old or more? • Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw it without the covers? • Does it make suspicious noises in the night? • Did you have your best recent nights sleep in a bed other than yours? • Are your waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching? • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally? • Are you too close to your partner to sleep comfortably? • Is it sagging? • Does it feel lumpy in the night? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it your bed has FAILED its MOT and a trip to Sound Sleep for some new bed or mattress advice is essential. The key with mattress buying is to try out as wide a variety of options as possible to find the most suitable mattress for you (and your partner). Given the amount of time you spend in bed, it is important to spend a reasonable amount of time in store trying out new ones, especially if you have been experiencing pains that could come from your existing mattress. It this instance, it may be worth having a chat with your chiropractor for some advice on what they advise is suitable for your back. At Sound Sleep, we stock a variety 10 | May 2016

of brands and different types of mattresses, for example pocket sprung, memory foam, latex and so on. Each manufacturer has different mattresses that offer different levels of support and comfort. When mattress shopping, it is essential to ask for help. We are highly trained mattress specialists and are on hand to advise you, not to high pressure you in to buying something that may not be suitable. Following are just a few quick tips to consider when bed shopping. How do I know which one is right for me? A mattress that is supportive and comfortable is important, but remember, your requirement for support will differ depending on your weight and build. The best bed for your back is not always a firm one. You need a bed that will provide the right support and comfort for you. When laying on your side, ideally your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag down or bow up. Also remember as we age, our support requirements change. A very firm mattress when you were 35 may not be so suitable when you’re 45, comfort is important too! Trying them out Give your self plenty of time and wear loose clothing, this helps you turn and get in and out of beds in store. Our Mattress Specialists will point you in the right direction. Try the advised mattresses for as long as possible to get a good ‘feel’ for them. If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your partner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise! Size matters It is scientifically proven that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. The more space you have the freer you can move without disturbing your

partner. This is also a good idea if one or both of you get hot in bed. If you are thinking about just a new mattress, before coming to visit us in store, check what kind of base you have and it’s condition, as some bases may be unsuitable for a new mattress. We will of course be on hand to give you the correct advice and information. All of our divans and mattresses are sourced from National Bed Federation members, so what you are buying is exactly what it says it is, it’s made from new and clean materials and it meets the strict British Standard fire regulations. More information can be found at

“If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your par tner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise!”

Now that you have chosen a new bed and mattress, don’t forget that pillows are very important too. A cheap, unsupportive pillow can cause neck and back problems. These are just as important as your new mattress. For more help and advice, visit our in store Mattress Specialists who can talk you through all the pros and cons of various mattresses. We also pride ourselves on having the most up to date mattress technology (as well as the old fashioned technology too!). Sleep has never felt so good!! Find Out More:

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ATTLEBOROUGH Taylor Wimpey Helping local people buy their dream home in Attleborough... Leading local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey East Anglia is playing a vital role in the local community in Attleborough. The developer has been building new homes at Grosvenor Park in Attleborough since May 2014 and as part of the development has made a raft of contributions to the local area. Among the 375 homes which are being created in this exciting new neighbourhood is a stunning selection of two and three-bedroom bungalows, available under Taylor Wimpey’s fantastic Shared Ownership Scheme, allowing local people and key workers to enjoy living in a brand new home within their own community. The scheme enables eligible homehunters in the Breckland District to snap up their perfect proper ty for just 75% of the market value price, while Breckland District Council covers the remaining 25%! Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “We want to help local people buy locally which is why we’re offering the brilliant Shared Ownership scheme at our fabulous Grosvenor

Park development in Attleborough. “The proper ties available through the scheme – including a choice of beautiful bungalows – have been competitively lowered in price as par t of our agreement with Breckland District Council, giving potential purchasers a chance to secure their ideal home for much less than they might have imagined! “However, we only have a limited number of plots included in this scheme, so I’d advise anyone interested in finding out how Shared Ownership could help them make a move to Grosvenor Park to get in touch as soon as possible – there’s no time to waste!” The two-bedroom ‘Ellingham’ and three-bedroom ‘Haddenham’ bungalows are available through Shared Ownership at Grosvenor Park, each offering a spacious and thoughtfully-planned interior layout and a generous private rear garden. The ‘Haddenham’, for example, features a large living/dining room opening through French doors to the garden, plus a separate fitted kitchen, three

bedrooms, a main bathroom and a guest cloakroom off the entrance hallway. Outside, the property benefits from a car port and driveway parking. Available only to people who live or work in the Breckland District, the Shared Ownership Scheme enables eligible customers to purchase a 75% share of selected homes at Grosvenor Park, with an opportunity to buy the remaining 25% at a later date*. Terms and conditions apply and full details are available from the Sales Executive. Alternatively, two, three, four and fivebedroom houses are currently available to reserve at Grosvenor Park from £164,995. To make moving even easier and more affordable, Taylor Wimpey offers a range of helpful homebuyer incentives for purchasers in a variety of circumstances, including Help to Buy, Easymover and Par t Exchange. Suppor ting the local community in Attleborough As well as helping local people buy a new home locally, Taylor Wimpey is providing community allotments to give them the chance to grow their own produce and children’s play areas and green open space for residents to enjoy. Education facilities in the area are getting a massive £1.73 million boost, thanks to contributions from the housebuilder being made in relation to the planning agreement, while further funds are being made available for highway improvements and library services. Taylor Wimpey has been keen to suppor t Attleborough’s thr iving community life and busy calendar of local events. The housebuilder has sponsored the Attleborough Christmas Carnival for the past two years, donating £300 to last year’s event, which saw an incredible 6,000 people attend. >>

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The generous donation meant that ever y child who visited Santa’s grotto at the carnival received a gift-wrapped book to take home. Taylor Wimpey employees based at Grosvenor Park have also refurbished a disused building for the use of local groups. The Nissen hut, located within Attleborough Town Football Club’s grounds off Station Road, had been unused for years – mainly because there was a big drop from the door of the hut to the ground – and was given a brand new disabled access ramp and fresh paintwork. The club plans to use the building as extra changing rooms, while other local community groups will be able to use it at other times. Steve Fulcher, Senior Site Manager at Grosvenor Park, says: “It was great to see the Nissen hut brought back into use for the local community thanks to the new disabled access ramp we installed. It then just needed a new coat of paint which we were only too happy to do! “We’re proud of our involvement with the people of Attleborough,

which has also seen us donate topsoil to the graveyard and raise money for the local special school, and we look forwarding to developing this as the new community at Grosvenor Park continues to take shape.” Steve’s valuable contributions to Attleborough earned him a Cer tificate of Appreciation which was presented to him last year by Cllr Karen Pettitt, district councillor for Attleborough. Beautiful homes in a great location Grosvenor Park is an exciting development off London Road in Attleborough, located within easy reach of all the amenities of the thriving town centre, including its impressive choice of independent and high street shops, as well as pubs, restaurants, a librar y, a medical centre and a spor ts centre with fitness suite. Families will appreciate that there are schools for children of all ages within easy reach, including Attleborough Infant and Junior schools, which are both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. For commuters, Attleborough railway station provides direct train

ser vices to Norwich and Cambridge, while the A11 is close by for quick road links to Norwich and Thetford. The Grosvenor Park Sales Information Centre is located off London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1BQ, and open daily (Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, Mondays from 1.30pm to 5pm), while the Sales Executive can be contacted on 01953 660515. Fur ther information about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by calling 01284 773800 or visiting the website at * Proper ties are sold as leasehold under a shared ownership basis and the freehold is controlled by Orbit Housing Association. The lease term is 125 years from 1st Januar y 2015. Buyers are able to purchase the remaining 25% from Orbit Housing Association at any time during the term. Upon doing so, buyers will own 100% of the proper ty and therefore also own the freehold. If buyers choose not the purchase the outstanding 25% share of the proper ty, they are able to sell their 75% share to buyers who also meet eligibility criteria. 2016 May | 13

ATTLEBOROUGH Alison Rudd Putting something by for a rainy day: do you have a Disaster Protection Plan? Life has a habit of throwing challenges at us when we least expect it. Alison Rudd looks at ways to shelter your finances from disaster.

too, not to forget that your pension is there to cover your retirement years so taking it now may well defer the problem, rather than resolve it.

Plan for the worst but hope for the best is a pretty good way of approaching life’s challenges. Ill health or – worse still – the death of a key wage-earner in the family can put family finances under undue stress at a time when the family is least able to cope and adapt. To ensure that you and your family can get through the worst of times, it makes sense to have a plan in place to protect your finances.

General protection for you and your family might include some kind of income protection for periods when you are unable to work. There are products such as health insurance that will provide a critical stop-gap if needed. It may also be wor th looking at private healthcare: this will often

A disaster protection plan has three main strands: emergency resources, a screen of general protection for the smaller pitfalls in life and then the big hitters for the real catastrophes. Let’s look at emergency resources first. My advice to clients is generally that, if possible, they should keep an emergency fund of at least three months’ expenditure in an accessible format – so in cash savings of some sor t such as instant access ISAs, bank or building society accounts or premium bonds – so that they can be called upon to meet a sudden need. Other investments such as stocks and shares can, of course, be turned into cash when needed but the timing of the disposal may well have an impact on the value you will receive. If you are forced to sell when values are low, you may well see a disappointing return. Pension savings can also be accessed reasonably quickly, if you have reached the minimum retirement age of 55, but once you have star ted to take your pension benefits (other than the usual 25 per cent tax free lump sum), there are limits to the amount you can contribute to your fund in the future and still get tax relief. It’s impor tant, 14 | May 2016

financial affairs. It can be set up now but only invoked when needed. Life insurance is a fundamental piece of protection that will shield your loved ones from some of the financial consequences of your unexpected death. Life expectancies have increased over recent years and this has caused premiums to go down, generally. If you haven’t reviewed your life insurance recently, you may be paying higher premiums than is necessary.

“ The last thing your heirs need on your death is to struggle with getting probate and a Will is the only way to ensure that those you want to benefit from your estate do so.”

allow for non-urgent conditions that affect your ability to work to be resolved more quickly than is possible under the NHS. I’m always amazed at how few people have written Wills, but this is an impor tant element of your plan for if the ver y worst should happen. The last thing your heirs need on your death is to struggle with getting probate and a Will is the only way to ensure that those you want to benefit from your estate do so. It’s also advisable to put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, so that your family can carr y on if your health fails to the extent that you are unable to retain control of your

Putting measures in place to make life better for those you love at a time when you can no longer give them the suppor t they need is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give. By talking about it – and doing something about it – now, you will be sheltering your family from whatever storms they may encounter in the future. To discuss any aspect of your financial well-being, contact Alison at alison. or call 01603 706740. Alison can be found at the offices of M+A Par tners, Cyprus Close, Attleborough most Wednesdays and is happy to arrange appointments there or in clients’ own homes.


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ATTLEBOROUGH Priory Insurance Can we really afford not to take travel insurance? With the recent poor weather and constant rain, we have seen an increase in clients looking for breaks in sunnier climates, but can we really afford to cut corner s and not take out Travel Insurance? Cancelation and Medical cover are no doubt the main areas of concern when looking for a suitable insurance policy. With access to a panel of Insurer s, we can find and arrange the policy specific to your requirements. Whether you are travelling in Europe or Wor ldwide, summer or winter, let us find the cover for you and ensure you can relax

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and enjoy your holiday with the insurance protection and peace of mind needed. Premiums star t from as little as ÂŁ57.35 per couple for an Annual European policy.

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ATTLEBOROUGH S & C Windows Windows are such an impor tant facet of your home. They are what give your property character and individuality but also offer the practicalities of insulation and security. Because of their very nature, the windows and doors on your house or bungalow are a significant investment and cost. Problems, however, can occur – hinges and locks may break or stick, handles work loose, there may be draughts around the house and windows may become “blown” or steamed up. But rest assured, these issues do not have to prove as expensive to remedy as you may think.

steamed up, that they need a whole new window,” explained Steve, who runs S & C Window Repairs with his wife Clare.“But repairs are relatively straightforward and not expensive. The glass can come out of the frames and be replaced, so there is simply no need to go to the expense of having a whole new window and frame.”

Covering the whole of Norfolk from bases in Norwich and near Holt, S&C Windows, can upgrade standard windows to A-rated windows, without removing the frames and merely by changing the quality of the glass. Steve said: “We can do upgrades with the highest quality glass without changing the frames.”

S & C Windows provides a service to repair windows, doors and conservatories and that includes misted or broken sealed units, UPVC window and door repairs, conservatory repairs, patio door repairs, worn out window hinges,

In the 1970s and 1980s people often selected golden handles for their windows, commented Steve, but they can also be changed quite easily to give the windows an upgrade and a modern new appearance.

“ Repairs are relatively straightforward and not expensive. The glass can come out of the frames and be replaced, so there is simply no need to go to the expense of having a whole new window and frame”

And repair is usually the best and most cost-effective course of action, rather than replacement. Steve Olley, who has 20 years’ experience of repairing double-glazed and sealed-unit windows, knows that an effective repair can give windows a whole new lease of life. “A lot of people think that when the glass has blown - when you cannot see through a window properly - or that there is condensation on a window or that double-glazed units become

broken window handles and locks, and draughty doors or windows. The replacement glass includes clear, patterned, toughened, leaded and Georgian bar windows. New locks and handles, bathroom and kitchen windows, hinges, patio doors and cracked panes can all be easily and effectively dealt with. It’s not only with repairs, the same applies for upgrades as well such as to A-rated windows with the highest grade glass.

“I am cheaper than other operators and can offer cost-effective solutions with a quick response,” he added. Customers ring through to Steve’s main contact number where a call operator will take brief details and instantly send them on to Steve via text. “I’ll then telephone the customer to make an appointment, make a visit to assess what they need and if they are happy with the quote place an order for what is needed and then arrange a convenient time to install,” he said. “Most jobs are straightforward. With a draught, for example, the solution can be something as simple as a hinge that needs replacing. I’ll give my customers an honest assessment and offer a quick, often same day or next day service. “The call-out is free and we can show people that their windows can be repaired to a high standard without them incurring the cost of replacement.” S & C Window Repairs are experts in repairing windows, doors and conservatories, providing a friendly and reliable service which will “take the pane out of window repairs.” If you have a problem with your windows and need a quick, reliable and cost-effective repair, give Steve Olley of S&C Windows a call today on 0800 160 1932 or visit 2016 May | 17

ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher May is officially my favourite month of the year ... May is officially my favourite month of the year – the bluebells are out in the local woods and by late May the rhododendrons are out which beautiful – Norfolk is cer tainly a beautiful place to be. May is also a busy month here too as a great many of our clients have received P60’s from jobs and pensions so it’s time to get all their paperwork into us so we can prepare their tax returns. April 16 saw changes surrounding dividends received from companies as well as the personal allowance increase. If you are a shareholder, make sure you know the changes that may affect you next year, if unsure then why not come and see us! Also increasing this April is the VAT registration limit – from £82,000 to £83,000 pa but beware - the deregistration threshold also changes to £81,000. Remember – if you are getting close to the registration limit for VAT – it’s rolling turnover– not simply April to April. Don’t get caught out – keep checking that turnover. Exceeding this could cost you 20% of your sales even though you didn’t charge VAT – so if you are worried, then please come and talk to us at KBA. De- registering can be just as much of a minefield, so if you think your turnover has reduced and you think deregistering is for you – why not come and talk to us before you act. Assets must be valued if VAT has been reclaimed in the past – and VAT paid over a cer tain value. Whatever you do with VAT –be sure it’s the best route for you and if you are not sure why not come and talk to us first. Many of our clients avoid VAT if they can but in some instances it may be beneficial to your business to register on a voluntary basis. If the majority of your customers or clients are VAT registered, then any VAT charged on your sales will be reclaimed by them via their VAT returns. This will mean that you can reclaim the VAT on business assets purchased (conditions apply) as well as other expenses even fuel (fuel scale charges may apply). This could increase your profitability considerably so if you think this might be for you why not come and talk to us. Don’t forget you can also claim back VAT on assets purchased up to four years old in your first return. Make sure you don’t rush in to anything though without thoroughly researching and discussing with your advisors. March and April also saw the end of the tax year and of course the end of the financial year for payrolls too. A great many employees received new notices of coding detailing new tax codes to be used in the tax year to 5 April 2017. If you received a copy of your tax code in the post together with an explanation of how this has been calculated, make sure that you look at this carefully. Although 18 | May 2016

your employer will also receive a copy of the tax code, they will not be supplied with a breakdown of how this has been calculated, so if it is wrong, it is over to you. If you are not sure, why not come and talk to us. If we already act as your tax agents then we can access your tax codes from the HMRC online system in the majority of cases. This means we can look and check your code, talking this through with you if necessary. Beware if you are a director shareholder of your own company though, as we have read that HMRC are applying tax codes to some directors’ salaries during the 16/17 year in order to collect the tax which they will have to pay on dividends received during the tax year. If you have a calculation showing that tax is being collected to pay dividend tax not due until 31 January (if paid from a self assessment tax return) you are well within your rights to request that this is removed from your tax code. You will need to pay the dividend tax due, but the due date for this will be 31 January in accordance with the self assessment rules. We look forward to seeing many of our clients over the next few months as they drop in their books and records so that we can complete their accounts and tax returns. This is a good chance for us to catch up and see how the year has gone and for you to ask any questions you may have. Maybe you fancy a change this year - perhaps you complete your own tax affairs but don’t really have the time, or perhaps you are new to the area or your accountant is no longer acting, whatever the reason why not come and have a chat with us this year – we are friendly and efficient and you never know we might even save you some money, we will certainly try.

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Teddy Bear Festival Ready Teddy... Almost go! Preparations for the 13th annual Teddy Bear Festival are well under way in the village of Great Ellingham. To date, the festival has raised over £50,000 for charities such as this year’s nominated charity ‘EACH’, a local Children’s Hospice suppor ting terminally ill children and their families. The festival also suppor ts many local groups and organisations. For those who haven’t yet witnessed the spectacle, the Teddy Bear Festival is a chance for the villagers to get their creative hats on and make and display life-size straw bears with inventive designs and characters. These are dotted around the picturesque village for a 2 week period starting from Saturday 2nd July. Teddy Trail maps will be on sale throughout the village and visitors can 20 | May 2016

vote for their favourite bear which will win a prize for “People’s Choice Award”. The festival is run by a small team of local volunteers who work extremely hard to host this successful celebration. The sponsorship of local businesses has played a major role in the continuation of the festival. This year’s contributions have vastly exceeded expectations and have enabled the team to plan the most ambitious event to date. This will be a day of entertainment, live music, fun activities and games for adults and children alike and has been aptly named “Tedfest”. It will be held at the Great Ellingham Recreation Centre on Saturday 16th July from 11am to 5pm. As well as the superb sponsorship already received, a local restaurant

“The Rose of India” have very kindly offered to host a Charity Night on Wednesday 8th June whereby all takings are offered in support of the festival. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the team are able to host a number of events over the 2 week period including a day of Garage Sales on Saturday 2nd July, an Art Exhibition from 8th to 10th July with a Preview Evening on Thursday 7th July, a Craft Day on 9th July, a Golden Oldies Music Night also on 9th July and an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday 13th July. Some of the events listed are by advance booking only. For more information on this and all other details regarding the festival, please visit the NEW website at www.teddyfestival. or keep up to date with all the latest teddy gossip on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Alternatively, you can call the current Chairperson, Heidi Halsall on 07503 464803.


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ATTLEBOROUGH Sainsbury’s Dispatch in par tnership with Sainsbur y’s Dispatch Magazine is delighted to be working with Sainsbur y’s where you can now pick up a copy of Dispatch and our other publications FineCity Magazine and Norfolk on My Mind Magazine.

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Our new collection bin is positioned just inside the door to the right at the Attleborough store and more collections bins will be positioned in other supermarkets during the coming months. Mark Standley, Store Manager at Sainsbur y’s Attleborough commented “We are delighted to be working closely with Dispatch Magazine who, like us, are ver y much engaged with the local Community” Email: 1st there was DOS (disk operating system) Then there was Windows 3.1 Next the revolutionary Windows XP Then the controversial Windows Vista Next the big Fix Windows 7 . O dear Windows 8 then the fix Windows 8.1 Then the Master Windows 10 Then the Fix update 1511 (Redstone) 2016 Now the Next Ultimate Windows 10 update Coming 2017 codenamed THRESHOLD Welcome to the Future MrWizz Supports the passed and the Future We can accommodate all your computer Issues One Phone Call WE COME TO YOU

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ATTLEBOROUGH We Began April With a Disaster Tony Perkins, local Butchers in Attleborough, caught fire on April 11th, 2016. after, with a convenient stall set up behind the Butchers Shop. Convenient in two ways…

A fire had combusted inside the electrical cabinet, which was quickly reported by the two upstairs neighbours, who could smell smoke beginning to seep through their floor. The emergency services were quick to respond, and soon put out the fire. But now what? Tony Perkins ‘popped up’ not long

1. The speed to which the stall was erected 2. The location. Directly behind the shop, his regular customers – and especially his new ones – had the advantage of not having to travel miles to get their produce, or worse yet, not be able to attain any at all! At the time of the fire, Tony Perkins himself (now the mayor of Attleborough) was sitting in a meeting with the Town Council, when two men burst through the doors and informed him that his shop was ablaze. Tony said that he had received the

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shock of his life, stating: ‘It was all a bit surreal, standing there, watching it all happen right in front of me…’ When I spoke to Tony, he stated that he was eternally grateful to his neighbours and to the Attleborough Fire Station; especially to his customers, who continued to support the business even with shortages on certain products; ‘It was incredibly humbling to see so much support and loyalty from my customers’ After an astonishing two weeks, full of hard-work, electrical engineering and strenuous cleaning, the Butchers are back in business! I am sure there are quite a few who will be happy to hear it! Located on Church Street; as it should be.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Attleborough Heritage Group With Cliff Amos, Chairman of the Heritage Group collated in the Group, we can indicate the mistakes of earlier expansion but we do not seem to have learned from the past.

We’ve had a great time putting this feature together; we didn’t expect the town to have such a vibrant, but largely unknown history. So how long have you lived in the town? I am chairman of the Heritage Group in the town which formally commenced in 2008 and is now housed in rooms in my House – Soma House, Station Road. I have lived in the town all my life although my family moved here from London in the 19450s. I worked in the family building business from age 15 until I retired a few years ago. I ser ved in the local retained Fire Brigade for 42 years. Where do both your earliest and fondest memories of Attleborough come from? After the changes in the parish boundaries before 1968 the town grew from a population of 3,000 to about 8,000 with large housing estates along the Hargham Road and London Road as well as to the east of the town. Just as today the original population was not keen on the changes and large developments. What do you think has been the most significant change to the town during your time here? I grew up on the newly-built Cypr us council which was the fir st major estate built in the ear ly 1950s. This was a moder n well equipped estate and I enjoyed a great childhood. I attended the Attleborough Council School from 5 to 15. …is there anything you think that could have been improved in your time? With the histor y and her itage we have

A lot of the histor y of the town has been lost in the 1960s and 1970s [as witnessed by the historic photographs]. If we looked at the patterns of the past we might avoid some of the errors and the loss of heritage when shor t term solutions and developments are allowed to be constructed in apparent isolation. This may have kept some of the unique aspects of the character of this ancient and significant market town. The photos you have provided us with for the feature are very striking - you can almost imagine stepping into the frame at times. How long have you spent collecting such records? I have had a life-time interest in local histor y and have collected many postcards and old images of the town. I have also been ver y involved in the restoration of upkeep of the medieval church at Hargham which has taught me a great deal about historic buildings and construction. Thanks Amos - it’s been great to talk with you about the history of Attleborough We are pleased to have provided the historic photographs for Dispatch Magazine’s Historic Feature For the last ten years the Attleborough Heritage Group has provided skilled research assistance to tourists and visitors to the town as well as detailed local histor y and family trees. Our collection of archives, photos and ar tefacts for the town is bursting with wonderful material that might otherwise have been lost. With a current membership of more than 150, not only from the immediate area but across the United Kingdom and the world we produce regular publications about the streets of Attleborough and a number of illustrated talks each year for local groups We are open ever y Thursday from 9.30 am to 3.30pm. Come and visit us for a cup of tea and a bun.


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Attleborough through the ages

Cyprus House Now the Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre and Oasis CafĂŠ, Cyprus House is the second oldest building in Attleborough. Previously one of the original farmhouses, and renovated in the late 15th to 17th Century after the Great Attleborough Fire that destroyed many - almost all - buildings in the area, The Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre has stood the test of time, and we hope for many years to come this beautiful Attleborough landmark will continue to withstand all that the world can throw at it.

Amoghasiddhi kadampa buddhist centre Is the centre for norfolk and suffolk for the new kadampa tradition of modern buddhism. We offer classes on meditation and buddhism, hold retreats, study programmes and other events. We also hold prayers every day to which everybody is welcome.

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a touch of class... Courtesy of Nigel Hood

Attleborough Town Hall, a fine building dating from the 1700s, is an increasingly popular venue for social and business functions. The building has recently been refurbished and we can offer a wide range of facilities in an historic and atmospheric setting. The premises are fully-furnished and air-conditioned, comprising a large function room with dance floor, large licensed bar room, spacious kitchen, plus meeting rooms and free car parking facilities near-by. It is the ideal venue for your Christmas function and your family and social events. We can also accommodate weddings and parties.

The Doric Town Hall Above: 1917 Queens Square (also see cover, Below: Queens Square now

To book the Town Hall please contact the Clerk’s office 10am-2pm Mondays - Thursdays and 10am-12noon on Fridays. Tel: 01953 456194 Fax: 01953 452200 E-mail:

Sherbourne House Sherbour ne House is is a beautiful Geor gian Hotel located in the histor ic mar ket town of Attleborough. The town is perfectly placed for visiting Norwich, Snetter ton, and many other places of interest. We have nine well-appointed rooms, three function rooms and a conser vator y with a well-stocked bar. Our wonderful rooms and garden are the perfect venue for wedding par ties, funeral wakes, christening celebrations, family par ties and functions. We offer a selection of dining options, competitive rates and flexibility – wor king with you to ensure a unique, per sonalised occasion. We take bookings throughout the year for conferences, seminar s and away days. Our function rooms are all equipped with a projector, free wifi and flipchar ts. We can offer a flexible , competitively-priced ser vice with or without dining options. For more information or to make a booking please call 01953 454363 or email stay@sherbourne-house

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ATTLEBOROUGH Nuts & Bolts Many of us know Nuts & Bolts as a place where we can go to get the occasional axe-shar pening, pick individual nails and screws, and a place to get a helping hand when we have no idea what we are doing! We have seen them flour ish in Attleborough (or Attlebur gh, as it was once known), becoming an essential par t of the town’s r ustic char m over the year s; however, this was not always the case…

Previously named: ‘Stebbings Ironmongers and Cockings Limited’, the building was the only Ironmongers around in its time, and tended to the towns’ horseshoes, workman’s tools, and all manor of other things! Stebbings Church Street Above: Stebbings, Church Street in 1917, Left: Nuts’n’Bolts Stebbings Church Street now (ad previous page)

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ATTLEBOROUGH The Griffin Hotel We all know The Griffin. We have all been in ‘that state’ in The Griffin. The karaoke nights; the bitters; the lagers; the Guinness; the laughter ; the tears; the memories… Do not think, however, that this is the only current and prior occupation of The Griffin. The doors opened for the first time in about 1580 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, in the part of the building fronting Church Street. It was extended in the 17th and 18th centuries with a frontage onto the churchyard; ever-so popular, with its convenient location – just down the road from the town center which, at the time, was generally regarded as the middle of Exchange Street – and its popular aesthetic, virtually unchanged over the last few hundred years! The Griffin was originally designed as a coaching inn, one feature being wooden cobbles in the archway to muffle the horses hooves, so as not to disturb the guests sleeping upstairs! Although guests no longer normally arrive by coach and horses, the Griffin continues to provide for all the needs of a weary traveler – a warm welcome, reviving drinks in the bar, a hearty meal in the restaurant and a comfortable bed for the night. As the decades went by, Queen’s Square fully evolved into what we now refer to as the center of Attleborough, some saying that The Griffin had significant influence over this, drawing in its clientele with what one might call a magnetic-force. As a huge part of Attleborough’s history - and our own - The Griffin Hotel has had many an influence on us all, whether we know it or not.

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Every finisher will be awarded a shiny medal and for non-cycling family members waiting at the showground there will be enter tainment as well as music and feast on the street foods to keep them occupied from when the first bikes star t at 7.30Am to when the last return.

Bullards Tour De Norfolk New family cycle ride launches and puts the wheels in motion for norfolk cancer charity Big C A new family focussed mass par ticipation cycle ride that enables cyclists to cover the entire county in five years was launched today. The new bullards tour de norfolk cycle spor tive is designed for ever y kind of rider and organised by cyclists for cyclists. The first leg will take place at the end of the cycle tour season on sunday september 25 and comprises four different length routes for one day, 20, 70, 100 and a special 35mile route, especially devised to mark the 35th anniversar y of Big C, norfolk’s cancer charity who are beneficiaries of the event. Star ting and finishing at the norfolk showground in costessey, the entire route is on-road and provides a massive milestone for riders looking to progress their cycling. It caters both for the leisure cyclists or those wanting a day cycling a colour marked and designated route around the county, as well as elite cyclists. It is also a different way to take in a picturesque tour through the countr yside and historic towns 31 | May 2016

and villages of south norfolk. “Each year the route will change, so after five events you have completely toured norfolk,” said zaradan rumbelow managing director of organisers forward moving events, originators of the event. There will be plenty of suppor t vehicles and marshalls designated along all routes as well as food and drink stations. Already businesses have signed up to back the event. Leading the field is primar y suppor ter bullards cask beers of norwich, desira motor company is providing suppor t vehicles and photographer julian claxton will be on hand to capture par ticipants cross the line. Corporate Big C suppor ters alan boswell who have chosen norfolk’s cancer charity as its charity of the year and lovewell blake accountants, hansells solicitors and the jobs fair are also on board. One of the food and drink stations will be based at wymondham college and active norfolk will be providing have-a-go spor ting activities at the showground.

“We are excited to be involved in this inaugural event. It’s going to be a great day,” said Big C events manager dan bell. “Tour de norfolk are experienced cyclists and know what works and what doesn’t. They have thought through all the amenities cyclists’ need – from ease of access and registration on site to post-cycling wash facilities and plenty of activities to keep non-cyclists and cyclists enter tained. Big C is delighted to be involved as covering the county and its people is what this local cancer charity is all about.” The event is par t of Big C’s challenge 35, an initiative to encourage fundraising in celebration of the charity’s 35th anniversary and have some fun at the same time. Thousands are expected to sign up so par ticipants are urged to register in advance as entry on the day will be limited. The cost is calculated according to which route is chosen, but star ts at £10. Each entry includes a £1 donation for Big C. Under 15s cycle for free and there is no charge for car parking on site. Entrants cycling to fund raise for Big C will receive a free Big C t-shir t.

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Talking Newspaper Hosts Regional Conference. Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper have marked the 18th anniversary of their audio news and information service for visually impaired people by hosting a regional conference of Talking Newspaper (TN) producers. Delegates from TN groups across the Eastern Counties gathered at the Town Green Centre in Wymondham on Saturday (April 9) for a selection of presentations, workshops and information sharing.

Talking Newspaper: (l-r) Pete Green, Carol Hoeusler and Cath Clarke (W A T N listeners), Marie Stevenson, Joe Mooney, Tony Perkins and Mike Wabe. Photo by Anna Meek.

The recently appointed CEO of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, Mike Talbot and Regional Manager for the Macular Society, Colin Daniels, were speakers. Peter Steward (Hethersett website and online village magazine) and Su Leavesley (Forncett Flyer) contributed to the discussions on local news gathering and ex-BBC producer, Jessica Thurtell, offered guidance on reader presentation techniques. The Mayors of both towns, Joe Mooney (Wymondham) and Tony Perkins (Attleborough) were present, as were Town Criers Pete Green (Wymondham) and Mike Wabe (Thetford and Brandon), who are both TN volunteers. A presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation was made to retiring W A T N volunteer, Marie Stevenson, during the course of the opening address. The annual general meeting of WATN will be on 19 May at the town green centre, Town Green, Wymondham. 7:00PM for 7:30PM start For more information about WATN, contact their secretary, Georgette Vale on 01953 605434 or visit 32 | May 2016


Review by: Aaron Gould-Magee Testing Olverum Bath Oil, 200ml

Oil I Ever Wanted... So, what can I possibly say about this product? For one, you can instantly conclude that it has a powerful scent before you have even opened it, but nothing could really prepare you for just how true this is... Short of holding your breath! In small doses, the product (Olverum Bath Oil), can be very relaxing, with strong but pleasant notes of lavender making their way through your senses, and soaking into your skin; it leaves a strong scent in your bathroom, but, luckily, it does not exude as strongly from your person once you are dry and clothed. If you have dry skin, combining the use of this oil in the bathtub with a good moisturiser when finished is a good idea, and should leave your skin feeling relatively healthy, hydrated, and smelling nice. As for the aesthetics, the bottle is averagesized, and glass. It has a nice weight, look, and feel to it, and - due to its powerful odour may even be able to double as an alternative appeasement to the senses, by way of leaving the top off and using it as an earthy lavenderscented freshener for the bathroom, perhaps. However, be warned! Make sure not to over-do it, as putting too much into your bath can leave your sinuses in a scorching, perfumery-induced haze, making you feel

nauseous as you soak... I suppose the question we have to ask ourselves is: ‘Is it really worth the risk?’ It is a tough question, because though the overall experience was pleasant, there is not an abundant amount of evidence to suggest that this bath oil is any different to other, similarly-scented oils; I’m also not so convinced that the supposedly ‘essential’ oils it is made with are that... well... essential! Saying that, considering its strength – meaning a much longer-lasting product compared with many of the bathbandits – and the fact that it would appear to have more uses than one, I would have to say that this product is certainly worthy of a try... Maybe even a second or third! However… £23.50 for a 125ml bottle of bath oil, and £36.95 for a 200ml bottle of bath oil, is a price that I personally would not be willing to pay. On-par with a night out on the town, two bottles of Olverum Bath Oil may just leave you with a financial hangover of perfumery-proportions! After all of this, its redeemable feature is largely the fact that it can, has, and will be packaged, sold, and used as a muscle relaxant, ideal for runners, gym-frequenters, and muscle-pullers… 2016 May | 33

GENERAL Let your hearing blossom By Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre Being in touch with your senses is all the more obvious as the spring and summer approaches here in beautiful East Anglia. Listening to birdsong in the countryside, listening to the wind rustling in the reeds at Snape or to children playing on the beach at Southwold; I reflect on just how important my day to day work is, assisting those experiencing hearing loss. Without their hearing aids many of these people just wouldn’t be able to hear, understand and enjoy what most take for granted and that gives me the greatest satisfaction.

same way as their eyesight, by having hearing checks every couple of years. I know it sounds silly, but when you lose some of your hearing you tend to compensate by turning up the TV or the volume on your music system and blame others for their mumbling and poor diction. That’s fine, but you can’t turn up people’s voices and in extreme cases can become cut off from friends and family who, not understanding the increasing problem, think you are just becoming unsociable and unwilling to take part in conversation.

2nd May marks the start of Deaf/Hearing Loss Awareness Week 2016 and my audiology team and I have one aim. We want to help explode some of the myths surrounding hearing loss! We are urging people to look after their hearing in the

It’s all so simple and of course painless! A hearing assessment carried out by a fully qualified audiologist begins with a health of your ear canals, then if all is OK to proceed takes you through a test where different sounds are played

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through headphones and responses are monitored. Results are translated onto a chart, or audiogram, on a computer screen that plots the level of hearing. Perfect hearing is 0, and anything between 0-20 is within normal range. And of course, if the results show below 20 then there is a hearing loss of some sort. So if you are experiencing any issues with your hearing, do take a moment to consider what it would be like to hear clearly again. As the flowers come out into bloom this spring, book a hearing test and let your hearing blossom! 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. For more information visit or call 01473 230330.

GENERAL Mobility Buisiness Michael & Diana Lockwood set up, South Norfolk Mobility Centre Ltd in 2006. They had both had former careers, Michael as an antique furniture restorer and lecturer, and Diana as a bank clerk. So, with over 50 years of experience between them in ver y different fields, they joined forces to star t a new business venture. ‘We had family in the mobility business’, explains Michael, ‘and when we were both forced to change career paths, we helped out and found that it was something we both enjoyed, and so decided to start our own mobility enterprise’. ‘Our emphasis is very strongly placed on our customers’ individual needs’, explains Michael, ‘and when a customer visits our showroom, we are very focused on learning what exactly our customer needs to achieve, and in trying our utmost to meet that need, in order to give the client a product to best suit them. We always strive to show a range of products wherever possible, and will point out the features and any drawbacks of a product, relevant to the clients disability or medical problem. We aim to give back to our clients the mobility they thought they had lost. One of the most satisfying things about what we do, is to see a person’s face, when they realise that their independence can be maintained or be restored. Even after 10 years, we never get used to watching clients’ reactions’.

to 15 on display. These chairs are able to assist a person to get seated, or stand from sitting, recline, and elevate the legs. We size each client to a chair that will be correct for their height, weight and body proportions. We will not supply a chair that does not fit the client correctly.’ SNMC stocks single and dual motor chairs in a range of neutral fabrics for same day delivery. Michael states, ‘Most of our clients who come to purchase a rise and recliner chair, have an immediate need. We always try to deliver the same day whenever we can. Neutral colours will fit in with most people’s colour schemes at home’. SNMC is proud of its after sales back up record. ‘When we supply a product, that’s not the end of our customer relationship’, says Michael. ‘It’s just the star t. Electronic products can occasionally go wrong, and we are here to provide a back up service for our clients. We always try to achieve same day repair if possible. We will take spare par ts from our new showroom stock, rather than make our client wait for par ts that may be necessary for repair’. Wheelchairs and walkers are also stocked by SNMC, together with bathlifts and a host of daily living aids. So, from raised toilet seats, folding walking sticks, cushions, shower stools to grabrails and over chair tables, you can expect the same level of ser vice whatever your product purchase. Please visit South Norfolk Mobility Centre where, ‘Your independence is our passion’.

SNMC stocks a large range of new and second hand scooters. It prides itself in sourcing high quality second hand vehicles, which are fully serviced before going into the showroom. ‘Service and repair of scooters is an important part of the service we offer’, continues Michael. ‘We have a fully equipped workshop and can and undertake computer diagnostics to enable us to identify scooter faults. Where economically viable, we can rebuild gear boxes and even make new covers for upholstered seats and head rests’. When you visit SNMC to purchase a scooter, you will be shown how to drive safely, and be supervised on a test drive which covers, smooth and rough outside ground, grass and crushed tarmac, and taught how to handle humps and drop kerbs. Even clients with no former driving experience can be given the confidence to drive a scooter successfully. This year South Norfolk Mobility Centre is celebrating 10 years of service to the public. ‘We are very proud to have achieved our first 10 years, and very grateful for our customers’ support’, says Michael. We try to offer a first class service, the kind that we would like to expect for ourselves or our loved ones’. Alongside the supply and repair of scooters, South Norfolk Mobility Centre, houses a large range of rise and recliner chairs. Michael explains, ‘We started off in a small way with chairs, but over the years have grown the stock and now have up

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