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Issue 187 April 2017



New eye scanner arrives at Martin Christopher Opticians T

he last 2 years has been a very busy time at Martin Christopher Opticians, with new technology and clinical advancement taking place. The new extension built on the back of the practice has now been completed and it includes a new eye examination room and a clinical room in which our new Zeiss Optical Coherent Tomography (O.C.T.) Scanner is situated. Advances in technology over the past few years has transformed eye care with the O.C.T. now being used in most hospitals. We have chosen to invest in an O.C.T., to ensure that your eyesight is protected, both now and in the future. O.C.T. technology mainly looks at your retina, checking for any abnormalities or damage. The retina can be damaged by many common diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes, and Age Related

Macula Degeneration. All these can lead to visual impairment or even blindness if not detected and managed properly. For many years we have been a recognised Zeiss lens Optical practice. Zeiss offer us the chance to dispense spectacle lenses with confidence and offer a large range of lens designs and tints. Other than the standard varifocal they offer designs of varifocals which enhance your driving experience or are more comfortable when working in an office environment on the computer. Their tints come in many types and forms; there are those designed for protection from the sun (sunglasses), or for driving (anti reflection coating), or for contrast, which is ideal for outdoor sports like golf.

two full-time optometrists in attendance, we can take great pride in the services and care we offer to our patients.

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By Basil Abbott


reparing a presentation on Fair Green I came across a circus and zoo leaflet.

Chipperfields proudly announced: Ricardo & His Lions, Jack Kolah & His Russian bears, funny clowns, Henry the Wonderful Donkey, Marita & Her Rainbow Horses, Two Magnificent Spanish Bulls, Brunie the World’s Champion Wrestling Bear (“See him throw men about like toys!”) and more. The prices for adults were 1/3, 2/-, 3/-. That’s one shilling and threepence, two shillings and three shillings. A shilling would now be five pence. For children it was sixpence (two and half pence now), a shilling or one shilling and sixpence. But the show was not on Fair Green but Anness’ Meadow, Church Street. As the original fairs were not on Fair Green, this may have been one of the oldest sites. I was born in that street but don’t remember the meadow. I know that the Uplands were fields until the late 1940s, when the council 04 | Diss & Attleborough

houses were built. My mother still called them ‘the new houses’ in the 1950s. Anness’ Meadow was definitely where Uplands Way now is. But I wondered about the date of that particular circus. The year is not mentioned - just Monday 28 August. Using Windows Calendar I figured out that 28 August was a Monday in 1939 and 1950. The prices looked post-war to me. Although I may be wrong, three bob was a lot of money before the war. Someone on 30 shillings a week, as my Dad was, could not have taken the family. But if they are 1950 prices, Uplands Way had been built, so the meadow had gone. So it may have been a pre-war circus.

Above: Leaflet for Chipperfield’s Circus and Zoo

An old town guide mentions the circus of Bostock & Womball and Lord George Sanger parading the town before a season on Anness’ Meadow. So perhaps all the circuses were there until the land was built on.

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A Boden hat as tried on by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge could be yours! ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has launched the auction of a Boden hat, tr ied on by its Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambr idge dur ing her tour of its char ity shop in Holt.


In March 2016, EACH invited HRH The Duchess of Cambr idge to open its char ity shop in Holt. Dur ing her tour of the shop the Duchess tr ied on a br and new navy Boden hat with a car amel coloured r ibbon detail, whilst shar ing a joke with EACH staff. To celebr ate the 1st year anniver sar y of the shop opening, EACH has listed the Boden hat on eBay with all proceeds benefitting the char ity. The auction will r un from Thur sday 25th March until 9.05pm on Sunday 2nd Apr il. Ian Nicolson, Head of Retail said: “We have had a fantastic fir st year of tr ading in the town. The suppor t

of the Holt community has been incredible and we would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteer s and customer s.

EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia and suppor ts their families. For both

“ We have had a fantastic first year of trading in the town. The suppor t of the Holt community has been incredible and we would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers and customers” “It was so exciting when The Duchess of Cambr idge opened the shop and we are really pleased to be able to sell the Boden hat on eBay to suppor t our care ser vices. I can’t wait to see how much it sells for or whether the winning bidder lives in the UK or fur ther afield.”

families accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time . For more infor mation or to see the link for the eBay listing please visit www.each.or Diss & Attleborough | 05



EACH’s Summer of Colour

ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will be bringing a splash of colour across Norfolk again this year, with four Colour Dash events in the county.


Colour dashes are five-kilometre (3.1mile) fun runs – the ‘fun’ aspect being that participants are showered with clouds of coloured powder paint as they run!

“There’s no competitive aspect, so you can r un, jog or walk the five kilometres – just be prepared to get covered in coloured powder paint. It creates tr uly impressive multicoloured results!” EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening

conditions across East Anglia and suppor ts their families. For both families accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time . It costs the char ity almost £6 million a year to deliver its ser vices and all funds r aised at these events will help. Last year a team of 70 people ran as

Last summer more than 5,300 runners took part across seven locations, raising £150,000. This year the event dates in Norfolk are: • Sunday 23rd April – Kings Lynn, The Walks • Sunday 14th May – Norwich, Eaton Park • Sunday 9th July – Lowestoft, Normanston Park • Sunday 17th September – King’s Lynn, The Walks Carol Plunkett, Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re ver y excited to be launching tickets for these events. As anyone who’s taken par t before knows, it’s an impressive sight and great fun for all the family. 06 | Diss & Attleborough



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‘Team Noah’ with ages ranging from 2 to 60 years old. The group joined in with the King’s Lynn event and were all running in memor y of Noah Bueno, who sadly died at the EACH Quidenham Hospice in May 2016. Lanie, Noah’s Mum said: “We are really excited that the Colour Dash is returning to Kings Lynn and Team Noah will be there in force again this year. “Noah was four years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The suppor t that we received was a huge help. Being able to stay at the hospice at Quidenham helped to lessen the pain and some of our close friends were able to stay with us during a ver y difficult time. “We hope that lots of people join in and raise money for EACH as their care and suppor t is so impor tant to many families like us.” To book your place in one of EACH’s Colour Dashes as tickets are released, visit or contact the Norfolk Fundraising Team on 01953 666767.

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There have been many cases recently where “dir ty” money obtained from crimes has been “cleaned” through buying proper ties. As legal adviser s we are required to ensure that all the money we receive into our client account is from a legitimate source, and to make enquiries if we have any doubts. This is why solicitor s ask so many questions as to where the money for the purchase of a new home has come from. At a time of great excitement and expectation for the client when moving house, our enquiries can lead to fr ustration and annoyance.

The standard client answer of, “Do I look like a money launderer?” will not do. The mere supplying of bank statements is not enough. We are required to check where your funds have come from whether it be savings, proceeds from the sale of a property, an inheritance or a gift. Whatever information you have which shows where

We are not here to trip you up, or catch you out, but are here to assist and ensure that your matter runs smoothly your money has come from in order to fund your purchase we will need to see. We are not here to trip you up, or catch you out, but are here to assist and ensure that your matter runs smoothly. If you are not sure what you need please just ask. We do not bite and understand that this can be one of the daunting areas of the law.

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So a little tip, if you are looking to buy a proper ty in the near future, make sure you keep your bank statements, copy ISA’s, wage slips Claims and any other • Accident • Family information •which may help. If you are • Landlord a Clinical Negligence obtaining a gift from a lovely parent • Commercial • Powers of or some other per son, the same • Debt Recovery • Property r ules apply to them as you and your • Dispute Resolution conveyancer will need to see the same • Wills, Trus evidence from them along with their • Employment identification documents.

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An interview with Andrew Bright from Sound Sleep Beds ow do you know when its time to change your bed? Many of us don’t realise that our mattress has become uncomfor table over the year s. I find the best questions to ask your self are: Do you wake up feeling un-refreshed and aching? Have you slept better in another bed recently? Do you disturb your par tner when changing sleep positions? Do you roll together?


If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then I would cer tainly think about a new mattress or bed.

fillings, latex, geltex and even the brand new Slumberland Affinity Foam. What makes you a mattress specialist? As a family, we have had over 50 years in the bed trade and spent over 20 of those as manufacturers. We have designed dozens of mattresses through the years and work closely with manufacturers to have the best quality mattresses at great prices. We are also honest; as we know all about springs and mattress filings, we will advise what is suitable for you and what benefits different mattresses will have for you. I am also an accredited Sleep Council

“ Generally, it is said you need to change your bed every 7 years. Many people question the reasoning behind this, a good quality mattress has lost approximately 70% of its suppor t after this time and also hygiene reasons.”

How often should you change your bed? Generally, it is said you need to change your bed every 7 years. Many people question the reasoning behind this, a good quality mattress has lost approximately 70% of its suppor t after this time and also hygiene reasons. Our beds are a breading ground for bacteria and dust mites, our mattress is the one thing that we spend so much time in contact with that we cannot actually wash. If you have a good solid top divan base or slats, usually you can just change the mattress. If your base is sprung, you would need to think about changing the whole bed. What is the best kind of mattress to sleep on? This is a very difficult question to answer. Mattresses are very personal. Before you buy a mattress, its best to speak to one of our Dream Team who can help guide you. Pocket sprung mattresses offer great suppor t, but we offer so many different types topped with memory foam, natural 10 | Diss & Attleborough

Sleep Advisor, in fact I was the UK’s first qualified one! What kind of mattress do you sleep on? I have just taken delivery of my new Slumberland Serene mattress, this mattress features Affinity Foam. The Slumberland Affinity Foam is the first completely open celled foam offering maximum suppor t and breathability. As someone who is into fitness and gym training six days a week, along with a day job of lifting and carrying beds, it is essential to have the best suppor ting mattress possible to help offer great pressure relief to aching muscles. A good night’s sleep is needed to allow our bodies rest and repair. I sleep in a superking size to ensure that I get a peaceful night’s sleep with minimum disturbance from my par tner. What’s the key to a good night’s sleep? Ever yone is different, but generally the number one factor is your bed. An uncomfor table bed will always will

affect the way you sleep. Other factor s which are equally impor tant are a dar k room, a room that is not too warm and peace and quiet. The one thing that disturbs sleep more than anything is your iPhone! Those late night sounds coming from your phone or the screen lighting up the room are disruptive – even on silent, those vibrations may wake you. Turn it off, facebook and instagram will still be there in the morning! Beds are expensive, is it better to buy a second hand one? No way. Firstly, there are beds and mattresses suitable for most price ranges. Not ever yone wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a bed, obviously you do get what you pay for but second hand beds are a big no. It’s not just the bed’s ability to provide proper suppor t that declines with age; A build up of moisture (we lose a half pint or more of fluid each night) and skin scales (we lose a pound of skin or more a year) makes beds a favourite breeding ground for the common dust mite: bad news for the nation’s 2-3 million asthma sufferers; and a grim thought for those sleeping on second-hand beds and other peoples’ sweat and skin scales! Not forgetting that many beds made before 1988 don’t even meet the UK’s basic fire safety regulations. At Sound Sleep we now offer 0% interest free credit, so that helps make more luxurious beds far more affordable. Plus we have a huge range of offers on throughout April for extra savings. There is lots of publicity about unsafe beds at the moment, how do I know where to get a safe bed? Anyone buying a new bed from Sound Sleep doesn’t have to worr y about that. All our beds are National Bed Federation approved, so they are safe, clean, hygienic and all meet trading standards requirements. We have informational videos on our website in the ‘Sleep Safe’ section of our website. We work closely with the Sleep Council and The National Bed Federation promoting the new code of practice. Sleep Safe. Sleep Sound. Sound Sleep. Statistics supplied by The Sleep Council



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An Independent and Local Mor tgage Adviser with excellent Personal Ser vice! oger Thompson and Par tner Laura Myer s have operated their Mor tgage Advice Business in Attleborough for near ly 20 year s and during that time, they have helped hundreds of local people achieve satisfaction and peace of mind in the housing mar ket.


We have the advantage over many Adviser s with our Independent Status. Whether you are a Fir st Time Buyer, a Home Mover, looking to Remor tgage or want to buy a Proper ty for Investment purposes, we will advise, source & facilitate the most appropriate product from the Whole of the Mor tgage Market. We will also provide that “extra” ser vice to see you through the process including liaising with third par ties such as Solicitor s, Accountants and Estate Agents, to ensure that your transaction r uns as smoothly as possible.

ensure that we conform with all the requisites of the Financial Conduct Authority in the way that we operate. We have adopted many practices to ensure that we abide by the principles of Treating Customers Fairly at all times. Our ser vices have been referred and recommended by reputation. Roger is prepared to see people in the leisure of their home where you can discuss your intentions in a relaxed manner.

His previous experience with Aviva & Pearl has proved invaluable in helping clients reach their goals with sensible & consistent planning. Laura has developed excellent administrative skills and is always on hand to help clients through the processes with a minimum of stress. To contact us please call 01953 455222 or email us roger@roger uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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A Look At Buy To Lets.....

aking sure you have adequate Landlords Insurance is essential, as a buy to let proper ty is a substantial investment.


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A Brand New Tax Year!

t doesn’t seem possible but its true – already we are about to launch into another brand spanking new tax year – welcome 2017/18! It only seems a week or two ago that I was chasing up permissions to submit the stragglers in the “self assessment 16 swan song” as I like to call it! And now here we are ready to do it all over again!


If you are a keen reader of Dispatch then perhaps you have picked up your copy extra early (and why not it’s a great read, free and very informative, we love Dispatch!) then remember – not only is April the star t of the new self assessment tax year, it is also the beginning of the corporation tax year plus there is that all impor tant increase in minimum wage for over 25’s. Don’t forget if you are paying your staff after 31 March 2017 and they are over 25, you need to pay them £7.50 per hour and not a penny less!

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Don’t get caught out with your payroll duties. The end of the tax year can be quite consuming for payroll departments. Not only do the March salaries need to be processed, but you need to be preparing the P60’s for

Don’t forget if you are paying your staff after 31 March 2017 and they are over 25, you need to pay them £7.50 per hour and not a penny less!

all staff and completing the final payment submissions for HMRC under real time. Make sure that the payments of PAYE that you have made tally with those that should have been paid and of course don’t forget to roll your

payroll scheme forward to the next tax year to start all over again. What with all of this and auto enrolment affecting more and more small businesses each month – maybe it is time to pass your payroll over and free up some much needed time. Our clients are usually surprised just how easy and relatively straight forward it is to switch their payroll over to us – no more hassles and trying to keep up with tax codes and HMRC submissions – just advise us of the dates you want you your employees to be paid and the rates and we will do the rest for you. (Well you do actually need to provide funds too!) So why not come and have a chat with us about payroll and whilst you are here we could talk about auto enrolment too! Auto enrolment can hold a real fear for small employers who have not yet reached their staging dates - not because they don’t want to support their loyal employees but because this is something else that they need to work


out and organise, more expenditure from the business at a time when every penny counts. Of course we at KBA are not allowed to sway you or suggest which pension company you choose for your scheme but once you have made that decision we at KBA would be really happy to work with you to establish if your employees are eligible or entitled to a pension scheme, plus help you with those all important letters and registering with the pension scheme of your choice. All this for a really good value price – so why not pick up the phone or send an email sooner rather than later. If you have been putting off Auto enrolment maybe now is the time to stop and come speak to us instead! Even if you have managed your own payroll up until now - pensions can take up valuable time so why not let us look after this side of your business so that you can concentrate on the part that you enjoy most. April 17 also heralds changes in tax relief for interest on rental properties plus of

course there is the much publicised national insurance contribution increase for self employment which of course there has now been a U turn on! This may not be new news by the time you read this but it is definitely good news and therefore definitely worthy of mention! April is also the start of the new personal allowances - £11,500 personal allowance for each person with a transferable marriage allowance of £1150. The dividend allowance is also £5k but make the most of it as next year this reduces to £2k. If you are the proud owner of a limited company or are thinking of becoming incorporated then why not come and have a chat with us first here at KBA. Make sure that you know all the advantages (and disadvantages) before you go down the incorporation route. Also make sure that you have your timings right – we can help you with this to ensure that your accounting periods run concurrently for both company’s house and HMRC.

All in all – April is the star t of a whole new year in the world of finance so if you want to check anything out then now is the time to do it – don’t put it off any longer. Why not make an appointment come and see us ( we are friendly and hardly ever bite!!) then you can sit back and know that you are being tax efficient and reap the rewards. Finally we would like to take this oppor tunity to say a big thank you to all of you who came to see us during the last year. It was a busy but fantastic year at KBA – new employees, more office space and lots of lovely clients just like you. We are really grateful to all of you who use our services and do everything within our power to make KBA as efficient as possible in everything we do. So thank you and here’s to another fabulous year!


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Norwich manager Lee Rixon believes that Which? have endorsed Cloudy2Clear’s long standing company policy of delivering a trustworthy and credible service at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has steamed up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type

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Passing Your Pension to Your Heirs ne of the big changes in recent years to pension rules is the way that unspent pension savings can be passed down to your heirs. Phil Beck looks at what the rules say.


Until April 2015, the so-called “death tax” of up to 55 per cent was applied to pension money passed down the generations. As advisers, we were delighted to see its abolition as this offers extensive tax-efficient planning opportunities for those with pension savings that might be unspent on the death of the pension holder. It’s interesting that many people are still unaware that in many cases their pension savings can indeed be passed on after their death. Knowing this is key to a comprehensive and effective estate plan. However, it is important to get advice and plan carefully as the rules are pretty complicated. The first two elements to factor into the calculation are whether the pension holder is under the age of 75 on death and whether or not the pension fund has been “crystallised” – ie whether pension benefits have started to be taken. Dispatch half/page:Layout 1 20/03/2017 19:19

If death occurs before age 75 and the pension holder has not crystallised the fund, then any benefits passed on to heirs are free of tax. If it happens after age 75, then the inherited benefits are taxed at the recipient’s marginal (ie normal for their income level) rate of tax. In both cases, benefits can be passed on as a lump sum, a drawdown pension or an annuity. If the pension holder has started taking benefits in the form of a drawdown arrangement or an annuity, the treatment is similar in that benefits paid on a death before age 75 are free of tax and benefits paid on a death after age 75 are taxed at the recipient’s marginal rate. With an annuity, the benefits won’t be defined as the unspent pension but will have been specified in the annuity contract. If you have an existing annuity, it may be worth checking the terms so you understand how the contract deals with spouses and/or dependants. A big difference to the rules introduced in April 2015 was the ability to pass benefits on to any beneficiary rather than Page 1

just a spouse or dependant. However, it is impor tant that anyone you wish to benefit is specified using a pension benefits nomination form: at the end of the day the scheme administrator is responsible for determining who should receive any benefits on your death. Whilst a nomination form is not binding on the administrator, it will give him or her the necessary guidance. Your nominated beneficiary has the option to take the benefits in the form of an income (such as a drawdown pension) or as a lump sum. It’s worth noting that if the benefits are taken as a drawdown pension, the person inheriting the benefits can then, in turn, pass them on again to his or her nominated beneficiaries on death if there is still unspent money in the pot. With pension fund growth enjoying advantageous tax treatment, this is potentially a useful way to grow family money and pass it on to future generations. A final word of warning, however: the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) for Pensions still applies and if the fund hasn’t been

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crystallised before the pension holder’s death, it will be tested against the LTA at that point and any tax due will be chargeable. Currently the LTA stands at £1 million. However, any inherited pension benefits won’t count towards the recipient’s own LTA. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change.

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The Attleborough Town Guide 2017-2018

Attention Clubs, Organisations, Charities, Events and Businesses. he Dispatch Magazine team are delighted to once again be putting together the new and updated edition of the Attleborough Town Guide.


The Attleborough Town Guide is an extremely impor tant publication, which is published ever y two year s and is distributed to all residents’ homes completely free of charge. If you are an Attleborough based Club, Organisation, Charity, Event or Businesses we need to hear from you to ensure the information we are putting in the Town Guide is correct and fully up to date. If you are a new club to Attleborough or you are arranging a new event, we’d be delighted to feature you in the Town Guide and ask that you contact us with as much information as possible. The 2017-2018 edition of the Attleborough Town Guide will go to print mid May, with a view to be distributed towards the end of May, so we ask for your information to be with us by Monday 8th May to give us time to include you. 18 | Diss & Attleborough

Attleborough Town Mayor Jeremy Bur ton said “The Attleborough Town Guide is an impor tant publication which will showcase all that Attleborough has to offer ; Clubs, Organisations, Charities and Events.

built since the previous edition of the Town Guide was published. We all know how tough it can be for small businesses and the Town Guide promotes keeping business within the community”

“ If you are a new club to Attleborough or you are arranging a new event, we’d be delighted to feature you in the Town Guide and ask that you contact us with as much information as possible. ”

For the business community it’s a great oppor tunity to promote your business to the all the residents of Attleborough, even the new residents who are moving into the thousands of new houses which have been

For more infor mation about the Town Guide and how you can get your details published, call the Dispatch Magazine team: 01953 456789. Email: Sales@DispatchMagazine Web: www.DispatchMagazine



Arron Self, senior sales executive of Dispatch Magazine, takes a break from the office... rron Self, senior sales executive of Dispatch Magazine, takes a break from the office to partake in the Virgin Money London Marathon. Here are his thoughts about his Big Day.

the national charity for children and young people with autism, a charity that I hold dear to my hear t as my nephew is a sufferer of this terrible disease. And that’s an extra incentive for me to do well.

An ordinary Friday morning: 9am, a cup of tea, ready to tackle the day, preparing for the weekend. But this day was different to any other as I received an early-morning email to say that I had been confirmed as a participant in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Training takes it out me. Pains in places I didn’t know could hurt, Dr Salts in constant need. Finding motivation when I didn’t know I was able to provide myself with anymore. Early-morning runs compete with late-night runs, half marathons here, 10km runs there. Stretching every way possible, longing for that rest day, the chance to relax.


What an honour! What a challenge! To say I was excited and over the moon is an understatement. Three years had almost passed since I reminded myself not to run another marathon after undertaking a gruelling four-hour, ten-minute run round the beautiful surroundings of Brighton. But the London Marathon - one of the world’s most prestigious and well-loved marathons in the world - can’t be turned down. I did, however, commence training in the hope that I would get a place but London Marathon, 23rd April, 2017 (St George’s Day), is now a reality. To prepare myself, I have three hard gruelling months ahead. I’m running for ‘Ambitious about Autism’,

Training for a marathon definitely takes over your life but good and regular training is certainly wor th the effor t. What you put in, you get out. As I become more accustomed to the training routine it becomes much smoother. And during the final weeks of training, the heavy workload gently eases off. Although I’ve completed a great par t of the training, diligently racked up the miles, planned for fuelling, race pace, doubt, uncertainty and lethargy, not least of all, panic, is star ting to creep in. Reassuring myself is not easy either, especially when I have at least one

conversation a day about finish times and brick walls. Do I put in extra training? Has my training plan been sufficient? Then I look at a picture of my nephew and realise that I’m doing the Marathon for him. Suddenly, my thinking becomes more focused, more positive and I feel much better within myself. Aged four, my nephew will always face discrimination towards him and will have to live with adverse experiences of being autistic for the rest of his life. But he’s aided by a wonderful charity that provides services, raises awareness and understanding and strongly campaigns for change. I forgot the ‘Taper Training’ which means running smar t, realising less is more when it really matters. Shor ter workouts, some marathon-paced effor ts but not over exer ting myself but telling myself ‘I’ve got to do this’ within the four-hour time-limit I’ve set. I’ll give it my best shot. That’s for sure! Arron will be sharing his experiences of the race in Dispatch (June edition). Find out how he got on. In the meantime, if you wish to donate to the wonderful charity - ‘Ambitious about Autism’ please visit Arron’s Just Giving page Diss & Attleborough | 19



Jason Donovan Announces 34-Date Uk Tour, An Evening Of Musings, Music And Mischief rom Neighbours to a char ttopping music career, from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to an appearance on I’m A Celebrity that sealed our affection, Jason Donovan has consistently captured the hear ts of his adopted country and enter tained us all along the way.


This Autumn, Donovan will take to the road on a 34-date UK tour for his autobiographical show ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis’. The ‘in conversation’ style show will be filled with stories, laughter and music spanning Jason’s amazing career. Tickets for the tour are on sale on Friday the 24th March at 10am via The show will examine every aspect of Jason’s life, from where he began to where he is today as we revisit his past, present and future. Donovan’s self-effacing, mercurial story telling will shatter your illusions of the ‘teen hear t throb’ in a witty and enter taining show. Jason’s relentless enthusiasm and a refreshingly blunt compulsion towards honesty will reveal all about his rollercoaster life. The show will be a rare chance to get up close and personal with the star with an oppor tunity for the audience to ask questions. Jason will also perform some acoustic versions of his classic hits. Jason commented; “In the past I’ve either been too young, too busy or too dazed and confused to be able to make sense of my life. But now, on the eve of my fiftieth bir thday - and older and wiser, if a little more weathered - I believe that I am finally in a position to put my life into perspective. I’m in a great place, surrounded by good people and don’t feel like I need to prove myself any more”. Join Jason Donovan in conversation as he shares moments from the last four decades that he wasn’t able to tell us about on daytime television! Jason has many guises – star of stage and screen, radio DJ, actor, performer, friend, father, husband, brother, son and confirmed National Treasure. Here he tells us about the highlights and challenges, the oppor tunities and obstacles of being all of those things. He was the ultimate 80’s hear t-throb who commanded an audience of 22 million in ‘Neighbours’, dated Kylie and went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles, sell over 30 million records worldwide and appear in 20 | Diss & Attleborough

a series of hit West End musicals. But at the time, it didn’t make him happy… Pigeon-holed and marginalised as a teen hear t throb and family enter tainer, Donovan’s desire to shake-off his hear t throb image and be cool and credible resulted in him famously collapsing during a cocaine fuelled binge at Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’s par ty and passing out on top of Jack Nicholson. Meeting his wife and the subsequent birth of his children forced Donovan to re-evaluate his life. He reinvigorated his career on reality TV programmes I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. Eventually Jason re-found his love of performing with leading roles in Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show and Priscilla Queen of the Deser t, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun. He also toured the UK in the highly acclaimed play The King’s Speech.

In the past I’ve either been too young, too busy or too dazed and confused to be able to make sense of my life.

Now aged 49 ½ and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, Donovan’s autobiographical show takes the singer’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zigzags back and forth through a life in which becoming a heart-throb at 18 and falling from grace at 27 plays only a tiny part. Jason commented; “My dad always said to me, the secret to a long and happy life is not to take it all too seriously. I’ve been on the edge, pushed my life to the extreme and come back from it which has actually made me stronger and made me realise what I DON’T want to do with my life. I think perhaps the key to a good life is keeping a balance both physically and mentally and the realisation that success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success” Tour Dates where Jason will be in Norfolk & Suffolk are; 09 October - Bury St Edmunds The Apex 03 November - Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01 December - Lowestoft Marina Theatre

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Introducing Norfolk Cycling Events For 2017 Norfolk Cycling Events is a newly formed company for 2017. A family run team from Norwich lead by Matthew & Louise Willimott. Matthew is also co-owner of Cycle Sportives UK, an established cycle events company which is now in its 4th year.


Norfolk Cycling Events will be running cycle sportives for all ages and abilities, taking in some of the best cycle routes in Norfolk. Our aim is to offer something for everyone and we have 4 exciting sportives to take part in throughout 2017. Our events offer 25 mile family friendly routes on quiet country roads with the added bonus of all under 16’s riding free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult. For the experienced cyclist looking for a challenge try the Norfolk Sportive on Sunday 6th August where cyclists can ride up to 150 miles through South Norfolk making this Norfolk’s longest 1 day Sportive. Or try Norfolk’s Hilliest event, The Black Shuck Spor tive on Sunday 3rd September. Here cyclists can choose distances of 25,50,75 or 100 miles taking in some of Nor th Norfolk’s best hills and great scenery. Norfolk Cycling Events want to help make cycling Spor tives affordable to all. The ‘No Frills’ Spor tive Series offers just that. The Spring Classic on Sunday 14th May and The Autumn Classic on Sunday 1st October both held at Swanton Morley give cyclists a chance to join a mass par ticipation event at a lower cost. After the event cyclists can celebrate their achievement with delicious home made cake, fresh coffee or a cold beer! All cyclists will receive an event specific medal upon completing their chosen ride at all the Spor tives. Cyclists can also take advantage of refreshments during and after their ride, event photography to capture the celebration as they cross the finish line and a massage to help their legs recover after their ride. A cycling challenge is a great way of raising money for charity either as an individual or a group and throughout 2017 Norfolk Cycling Events will be raising money for Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Want to find out more? Visit or contact Matthew and Louise at 22 | Diss & Attleborough

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2017 sees A W Myhill celebrate its 90th year of trading. W Myhill was established in 1927 and was a family run business until a management buy out in February 2009. Steve Eldred, Anna Lancaster and James Macleod between them have over 66 years experience. 2013 saw Myhills open a branch in Diss. This was a huge opportunity to branch out further into the Suffolk area.


Electrical retail is an area in retail that is a very challenging at the moment. We have seen a lot of fellow Euronic Dealers close their doors over the past few years. With ever growing internet pressures, we have had to change how we do business. We have recently re-launched a new website . The new site now has a bigger range of not only items we hold stock of, but also items we are able to supply within a few days of ordering. The site is able to take payment now and book in preferred delivery days. It can also be used for point of reference and allows customers the still either pop into store or phone as to discuss the item with a fully trained member of staff. We feel that having a larger range of goods available to us and for the public

to be able to see that we can get more, will encourage customers to continue to use the local market shops and independent retailers.

they understand the item they are selling. The majority of our staff have worked alongside us for many years,

So why shop locally?? We have always prided ourselves on our honest sales services. The customer gets what the customers wants. This then follows through with an excellent delivery installation team and then an after sales services that is second to none. We feel that we can offer a more personal touch from start to finish and there after of every sale. All our staff are sent for regular training on the products we sell and we feel confident that

We also have a white good repair engineer that enables us to offer a repair service to most white good appliances. Our delivery team work Monday – Friday and we offer 2 hour time slot deliveries. We now offer two levels of deliveries. Free of charge for anything that is delivered to your home, or we can offer an installation service from £20.00. With the online side of things again delivery is an option but also click and collect is also available.

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World Dar ts Legends Return for The Annual Norwich Charity Dar ts Masters 2017 orwich City Football Club will be the venue for the popular annual Norwich Charity Darts Masters hosted by Lord Russell Baker on Saturday 24th June 2017. This event has been won in the previous two years by two former World Darts Champions with Keith Deller winning in 2015 and Steve Beaton the current reigning 2016 Norwich Charity Darts Masters champion.


On Saturday 24th June we will see Colin Lloyd (Jaws) former World No. 1 and World Match Play Champion in 2005 doing battle with the likes of Bob Anderson (The Limestone Cowboy) the former 1988 World Darts champion; the Winmau World Masters Champion in 1986, 1987 and 1988 – the first man to win the Masters in three successive years; PDC Semi-Finalist in 2004 & 2005; Captain of England and was ranked World No. 1 for over three years. Also current BDO darts power players Darryl Fitton (The Dazzler) The World Trophy Winner 2016 and current England player Tony O’Shea (Silverback) a seven times major finalist. All battling it out to win the Norwich Charity Darts Masters Trophy in 2017. Where the dar ts legends and BDO stars go into battle to win this coveted trophy. The trophy was donated by David Willimott of Carmichael’s in Magdalene Street back in 2015, and once again it will be a night to remember! Who will be the champion in June 2017?

The evening will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with former World champion darts legends; former world No’1’s; BDO Heavyweights and World Finalists. Following tradition, we will be holding a raffle where eight lucky ticket holders will have the opportunity to compete against one of the professionals on the Oche in front of a buzzing crowd. Lord Russell Baker said, “I’m simply thrilled to be able to bring another top night of darts legends and BDO stars to Norwich for the 3rd year running. What an amazing opportunity for darts fanatics to meet these icons of the game and in doing so raising valuable funds for local charities”. Lord Russell Baker of Little Moulton has successfully organised and run the Norwich Charity Darts Masters for the past two years, all in aid of the ‘Lord Baker Community Fund’ managed by the Norfolk community foundation. The community fund aids other local charities through grants, with money raised from events such as this. Charities helped in the past and who will receive donations from the 2017 Norwich Charity Darts Masters include; Star Throwers Cancer care and support, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service’s (NARS) who’s patron is Lord Baker himself; Chapel Road School for physically and mentally handicapped children in Attleborough, and The Norfolk Community Foundation. In addition, funding is also provided to aid local community projects

where invitations are encouraged each year for grants of up to £1,000. In 2015 the Norwich Charity Darts Masters raised over £10k for these charities which was followed by whooping 12k in 2016. Raising over £22k in the last two years, we can’t wait to see how much we can raise in 2017. Megan Rooney who is working on an Internship at Amber Dew Events said, “I am proud to work for such a charitable company. Having just moved to the area for university I think the event gives an amazing community feel and the charity work Lord Baker has done is incredible. The charities involved in the event are all such vital services that bring Norfolk closer together, and I am really excited to be able to help raise money and look forward to being part of a great night” Not only will you have a wonderful night with a fantastic atmosphere, but you will be helping support and fund some incredible charities all in your local area; and with ticket prices reduced this year this event will make a perfect gift to treat yourself, a loved one, or team up with friends and work colleagues. Tickets available include VIP tables/Seats and standard entry with tickets starting at £20 each. Tickets available online at: https:// For more information and tickets please visit the Norfolk Lord or Amber Dew Events websites: or Diss & Attleborough | 25


CHOCOLATE SOIL ANYONE? Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, prepares an Easter treat with a twist.


aster is that time of the year when everyone can start to slowly peel off the layers of jumpers and thick socks and start to look towards the spring. As the dark nights drift away and we start dusting off the garden furniture, we may feel like venturing out of our holes from our winter hibernation. So, what better way to put a smile on your face than with this lovely Easter dessert that simply sings of spring?


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1l double cream 150g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod (seeds only) 1 chamomile teabag 2-4 chervil stalks 6 leaves of gelatine

100g caster sugar 50ml water 75g dark chocolate

METHOD Place the gelatine leaves in cold water to allow to soften. Place the cream, vanilla seeds, chamomile teabag, chervil stalks and sugar in a heavy based saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil, then remove from heat. Let it infuse for 10-15 minutes. Once infused, place back on the heat and bring back to a simmer. When simmering, squeeze your gelatine leaves dry and place in the simmering cream mixture. Whisk until fully dissolved, then pass your mixture through a fine sieve to remove the vanilla pod. Pour into moulds, which can be as simple as a vintage teacup or an eggshell which has been emptied and To advertise call 01953 456789

cleaned. Place in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours. For the chocolate nest soil, place the sugar and water into a pan and stir. Place onto a high heat and do not touch until the temperature reaches 141oc. Quickly add the dark chocolate and stir with a folk until the chocolate starts to crystallise. Pour out onto a tray and allow to cool. Once cold, place into a food processor and blend until a fine crumb. This will keep for up to a month and has 101 uses! To dress, place a large pile of the soil in the middle of the plate and nest your egg on top. Garnish with edible flowers (optional).

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Superhero Canines From Dogs Trust Snetter ton Looking For Forever Homes n influx of hounds with Batman ears, dubbed ‘Bat-hounds’, have been handed over at Dogs Trust Snetterton, as if they have just arrived from Gotham City.


The team at the Norfolk rehoming centre are appealing for homes for Ben the crossbreed, Diego the Siberian Husky, Finn the Akita, Peggy the Greyhound and German Shepherds Sasha and Major, whose ears resemble the famous superhero. Searching for their sidekicks, the homeless hounds are sending Bat-signals into the sky to potential adopters in pursuit of their ‘furry tail’ ending. Diane McLelland-Taylor, Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre Manager, said: “We’ve had a flurry of superhero activity at Dogs Trust Snetterton recently and now these adorable ‘Bat-hounds’ are looking for their special someone! Our four-legged friends are all ready to save the day and become the hero of your home and life.” When he isn’t catching villains, sweetheart Ben likes a fuss once he knows you. ‘Bat-Ben’ loves toys, treats and plenty of walks, as he needs lots of mental and physical stimulation. Beautiful Ben can get excitable in busy environments, so he would be best suited 28 | Diss & Attleborough

to a calm home. The four-year-old requires positive reward-based training to bring out his best qualities, with a patient, adult-only family without any four-legged friends.

to call home, with a big comfy bed to relax in and someone to accompany her on daily walks. Peggy can live with another canine chum and children over 10 years old.

Next arriving in his Bat-mobile is dashing Diego. This loveable, lively boy has a real playful side. Active and alert, this chap enjoys exercise and will require plenty of activity in his new ‘furever’ home. Aside from lots of walks, Diego is looking for his adopters to continue his socialisation training and help improve his confidence. The two-year-old is happy to live with young people aged 16 and above, and he would like his owners to be around most of the time while he settles in.

Striking Sasha loves nothing more than to walk in quiet, rural areas. Sasha responds to gentle, positive handling and is looking forward to finding an adopter willing to boost her confidence. The two-year-old can be vocal upon seeing another four-legged friend and would benefit from further socialisation. This lovely fluffy girl is looking for a calm home with children over the age of 14.

Soppy Finn loves playing with soft toys. This bright boy loves his treats, and is keen to put in the effort into training and learning new tricks. Finn is looking for a breed-experienced home with adopters who are willing to continue his positive reward-based training. Three-year-old Finn can live with children aged 14 years or above, and he would like his new *superheroes (*family) to be at home for the majority of the time while he adjusts. Pretty Peggy is a loveable girl who enjoys long walks and tasty treats. This one-year-old is looking for a hero to offer her a new place

Majestic Major has a major intellect to match his name! This sparky and clever boy responds well to positive training, giving him opportunities to use his impressive brainpower. The two-year-old loves to exercise his body just as much as his mind. Major would benefit from an experienced, active home where he can continue his education. He is best suited to a rural home with a sizeable garden that he can call his own, and would prefer to be the only pet in an adult-only environment. If you think you could be the sidekick for any of these handsome hounds, please contact Dogs Trust Snetterton on 0300 303 0292 or visit

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FELINE CARE CENTRE Easter Sunday Open Day!

Join the cats of Feline Care this Easter Sunday at their sanctuary. There will be a huge assor tment of Easter eggs for people to win. You’ll also be able to meet plenty of our fluffy residents. The day shall also include plenty of scrumptious homemade treats to feast upon. Plenty of bric-a-brac stalls. Plus, live music from Ian aka DJ Camoalien. Pop along any time between 12pm to 3pm. Entry £1 for adults, 50p for kids and under 3’s are free. Location: Feline Care, Roudham Road, East Harling, Norfolk, NR16 2QN.

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THE HEARING CARE CENTRE 8 Signs you may have hearing loss here are many different causes of hearing loss and even different types of hearing loss. The most common cause of hearing loss is ‘presbycusis’ or agerelated hearing loss. Typically, hearing loss due to age is influenced by genetics, exposure to loud sounds through your lifetime and general overall health. Although hearing loss due to age occurs at different rates and affects each person differently throughout their life, one thing is common for all – it occurs gradually. Like any medical condition, the sooner you address the hearing loss the better outcome you will have. The following are 10 common signs that you may have hearing loss. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, organise a visit to a local hearing care specialist.


1.You have trouble hearing people talking on the telephone. Most phones come with a volume control setting, so you might not have trouble hearing your friend or family. However if you need it at max volume, chances are you may have some level of hearing loss.

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2.The family complains that the TV is too loud. When your kids or significant other complain that the TV is too loud, this is probably the best sign of a hearing problem. If you think this might only be an issue for older generations, think again. The fact is, hearing professionals like me are seeing younger and younger patients – who have experienced some degree of hearing loss due to long-term exposure to music.

that background noise makes it difficult to hear conversation at your table. People with hearing loss often have problems masking out background noise.

3.You strain to hear conversations. Ever have a headache at the end of the day? Feel completely exhausted after a simple day of conversing with friends or family? Chances are this fatigue is caused by constant straining to follow the conversation. Having to focus all day to clearly hear conversation is exhausting work and can lead to headaches, fatigue and exhaustion. Hearing aids will help you follow what is being said and make you feel better at the end of the day.

6. People don’t speak clearly. Sounds seem muffled, or when people are talking it sounds like they’re mumbling. This is because often (especially in age-related hearing loss) the high frequencies (those that make up the consonants) are the first to be affected by sensorineural hearing loss; and it’s these that give clarity to speech.

4. Trouble hearing in noisy environments. You’re out with some friends at a restaurant for dinner and it’s noisy. All of

5. You say ‘Pardon?’ a lot. If “what?” or “pardon?” is the most commonly used word in your vocabulary, you aren’t getting the sound signals you need to process sound correctly.

7. You misunderstand what people say. “Its 11o’clock” “No, John, I said, ‘What kind is it? Not what time is it!”. Misunderstanding people can be embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Hearing aids can enable you to understand conversation

and avoid the awkwardness of mishearing important directions, the punch line to a joke or the lyrics to your favourite song. 8. You have trouble hearing children and women. Hearing loss within a specific frequency is very common and with age, you are more likely to experience hearing loss within the higher frequencies. Since women and children speak at higher pitches or frequencies, it’s often more difficult to hear what your granddaughter or wife is saying to you than when your best friend with a big, booming, deep voice speaks to you. What’s the next step? If you recognise one or two of the above signs, please do not panic. We all experience times where we have trouble hearing. However seeking advice from a hearing care specialist would be recommended, just so you can establish where your hearing levels are at. If your hearing is within the expected limits, then brilliant. If it is not so good and you might need some help then at least you can find out what options are available to you. You might just be surprised! By Karen Finch, Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre.The multi-award winning, family-run company has 23 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information visit or call 01473 230330.

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Strong ‘Care Quality Commission’ Ratings for 2016 he home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in December 2016 and received an overall rating of GOOD, however for standard four, measuring RESPONSIVE to resident needs it was rated OUTSTANDING.


The residents and relatives spoken to on the day of inspection were highly complimentary of the care and service they received. The inspection process focuses on the experiences of the people that use the service and how the home achieves positive outcomes for them, and their families. It is clear from the feedback and the report that staff know residents well, understand their needs, likes and dislikes and that this results in a very personal, individual service for each person.

Walcot Hall is one of two independently run homes owned by Alan Bird who now has over 30 years experience of providing high quality nursing homes. He is suppor ted in the management of Walcot Hall by the registered manager Sue Doher ty who is an experienced nurse and with Alan is committed to providing homes with an exceptionally high standard of care and accommodation. At Walcot Hall there is a dedicated team of registered nurses and care staff, who are trained to a high standard to ensure all residents are cared for in a warm, friendly and professional manner that provides care on an individual basis, maintains dignity and promotes choice and independence.

Staff are encouraged to suppor t residents with maintaining relationships with family, Copies of the full report are available in the friends and the wider community as well home or you can visit the CQC website to as enabling continued involvement in their walcot hall 1/2 August14_1/2 LANDSCAPE GRID 08/07/2014 09:58 Page 1 see the report on line. established hobbies and interests.

Walcot Hall offers 40 generous sized rooms all with en-suite facilities, many of which include a level access wet room shower. There are two rooms large enough for a husband and wife to share. There is a lovely, sunny conser vator y as well as sitting and dining rooms as well as some small, bright and comfor table seating areas that have been created in various par ts of the house so that residents have an alternative to being in their own room or the main sitting room and are able to enter tain visitors or sit quietly by the large picture windows overlooking the gardens and small lake. A modern, flexible nurse call system is in place and ensures residents can summon assistance at any time of the day or night. There is a full menu each day from which residents choose their meals, which are cooked on the premises

Walcot Hall is registered with the Care Quality Commission and is regulated and inspected by the commision. The old hall was built in the 18th Century and has recently been extended to provide both short and long term care for up to 45 people. The Hall is set in three acres of mature grounds that include a small lake. Residents’ rooms are arranged over two floors overlooking the lake, garden and surrounding countryside. The home offers a selection of carefully designed and furnished single and double rooms with en-suite facilities, many with level access showers.

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Hayley Moss and Benjamin Lake FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017 TOP OF THE TERRACE CARROW ROAD Soprano Hayley Moss is back at Carrow Road and this time she is joined by tenor Benjamin Lake. Inspired by the famous musical events in Vienna, enjoy an exclusive pre-dinner concert of classical music followed by a three-course dinner designed by Delia. VIP tickets include drinks on arrival, premium concert seating and wine* during your meal.

Tickets VIP £65 Standard £45 Season Ticket Holders & Members £40 ** limited availability. T&Cs apply. See website for details. To book your tickets Call: 01603 218724 Email: Visit: * Half a 750ml bottle per person ** Standard Ticket Only

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Diss & Attleborough - April 2017  

The April 2017 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Diss and Attleborough

Diss & Attleborough - April 2017  

The April 2017 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Diss and Attleborough