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United Reformed Church Upcoming Events Messy Church

Doughnut Church

Sat.5th July at Diss United Reformed Church, Mere Street. 10-12am. Fun for all ages and can be quite messy! Crafts, activities, songs, stories, prayer and reflection, followed by a light lunch. Entrance free, children with a carer.

Tuesday, July 15th 3.45-5.30 at Diss United Reformed Church, Mere Street. Cafe style setting. Experience Church through crafts, games, prayers, songs and stories. Drinks and doughnuts are provided. Entry free, children with a carer.

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Farmer’s Market Don’t miss this popular event! The ever popular Farmer’s Market is returning to Diss in July. Held in the market place in the town, it attracts many different stalls offering a wide variety of goods. Don’t forget to put it in your diary for the second Saturday of every month to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite treats!

This and other events are detailed on the Diss Town Council website, address below. Diss Farmers’ Market Date: 12/07/2014 Location: Market Place, Diss

More information can be found at: www.disscouncil.com/events


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Conservatory Too Hot? Chill out and relax in your conservatory, even on the hottest days. The papers are saying that this could be the hottest summer on record, (chance would be a fine thing!), but even if its an average summer conservatories all around our beautiful county will be getting hot, some of them very hot!!! When the sun comes out and the mercury rises the temperature in your conservatory can get up to very hot and therefore, unusable. Over the years glazing has improved drastically but still we get lots of calls from people wondering what can be done to keep their conservatory cool... we have the answer, thermal conservatory blinds and sails. How they work? Once radiant heat from the sun has entered your conservatory it will stay in there until it either it convects into another room, conducts into something else or

is displaced by cooler air from an air conditioning unit or from open windows. While a gentle breeze blowing through open windows can sound quite appealing, the buzzing accompaniment of 1000s of insects that comes with it is not. The best way to protect your conservatory is by stopping the heat in the first place.

keeping the air below cool, uv free and relaxing! For more information call Alastair or Amanda on: 01379 669209. Village Green Blinds and Shutters. Visit our website at: www.villagegreenblinds.co.uk

Our conservatory blinds have a simple way of keeping the heat, the harmful UV rays and the glare out of your conservatory leaving it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Being made to measure each blind is made to fit your roof perfectly so the whole surface is covered and looks fantastic. The upper side of the fabric has a solar reflective paste applied to it which reflects the heat from the sun

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Gissing Children’s Centre A popular and successful Pre-School, with a special family ethos, running Monday to Friday during term time The Pre-school runs two 3 hour long sessions per day where children can attend from 9.00 am to 12 noon and/or from 12 noon to 3.00 pm each day. Early years funding for 3 and 4 year olds can be used for both morning and afternoon sessions and the Pre-school is now able to offer a limited number of funded places for eligible 2 year olds.

Children can attend unaccompanied from 2½ years to 5 years old.

co.uk to arrange a visit at a time of your choice.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch and some money for tuck.

Any families wishing to bring their children and come and have a look, are welcome to contact Linda Nash on 01379 677300 (9.00 am - 3.00 pm during term time) or 07796 204367 (out of hours) or to send enquiries to preschool@gissingchildrenscentre.

Please note that spaces are filling up for the second half of the Summer Term and we are currently also reserving places from September 2014 , but the Pre-school operates a working waiting list so will aim to meet your requirements, and hold places, wherever we can.

A wide range of crafts, cookery and other workshops, construction, sand and various play opportunities, both indoors and outside, will be on offer including multi-skills and sports activities outdoors by Ian Constance Coaching on selected days.

Do visit our facebook page to see what we have been up to.

Flyers will be distributed to local schools before the end of term. For more information go to:

The Children’s Centre’s plan to run Playschemes for primary school children on selected days over the summer holiday.

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The cost will be £15 per child and sessions will now run for longer - from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm. Places are bookable and payable in advance, by ringing 07531 810704 or by emailing: playscheme@gissingchildrenscentre. co.uk

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Lasting Powers Of Attorney Explained Inheritance Tax and Tax-Free Gifts Few people want to think about what will happen if they become unable to manage their financial affairs, and some people assume that this will never happen. The fact is however that, thanks to the success of modern medicine in prolonging lives, the average female life expectancy is approximately 81, with men not far behind at 79; incapacity is affecting more and more people as mental health advancements struggle to keep pace with advancements in longevity.

A loss of capacity can be extremely problematic. People often think that they can manage someone’s affairs or be involved in discussion about their health and welfare purely by virtue of being their next of kin or “common law” wife or husband. This is not the case; there is, firstly, no such thing as a common law spouse, and just because you’re related to someone does not mean that you will necessarily be listened to by doctors and banks.

the option to give an attorney the power to refuse life-sustaining treatment.

authority to assist you should the need arise.

For people who worry that doctors may not make the right decisions about their care and would like those closest to them to have a say, if they lose capacity, this latter type of LPA is the perfect way to secure peace of mind.

If you would like advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney, please contact Lorna DentonCardew at: lorna.denton-cardew@jackamans.co.uk or call 01379 643555.

So, whilst you have capacity, spare a thought for those who may have to help you in the future and give them the legal

This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive. Specific legal advice should be taken in any individual situation.

This is why we have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). These allow an individual to name the people who they wish to manage their affairs and who are to be consulted regarding the individual’s treatment once they have lost mental capacity.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney come in two forms; Property and Financial Affairs, which allows the attorney to perform tasks such as selling or buying houses, making investments and running bank accounts, and Health and Welfare, which includes

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Park Radio Park Radio Presents... The Nashville Numbers - Independance Day Party Coming straight from their appearances at the Royal Norfolk Show, the Nashville Numbers will be providing the best in live country music at the Park Hotel, Diss on the 4th July at 8pm. Park Radio, who are hosting the event, will also be providing music to entertain Independence Day revellers and country music fans alike. Limited advance tickets cost £5.00 and can be bought from either the Park Hotel (01379 642244) or Diss Tourist Information Office.

Friday 25th July - Park Radio Presents... Diss Town Treasure Hunt Calling all detectives! Can you be the first to solve the clues and collect the evidence? Starting in Market Place in Diss, treasure hunters will need to explore the town, following clues and collecting objects on the way to try and win £100. Entry is £5 per person and is kindly sponsored by Park Hotel. To book a place emailchris@parkradio.co.uk

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The Park Radio Roadshow will also be providing music and compering entertainment at the following events: Saturday 5th July Gislingham Fete 12-3pm Sunday 13th July South Norfolk On Show Long Stratton Sunday 20th July Palgrave Fete


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Susan Whymark Funeral Service Family run business, run by mother and daughter since 2004 Susan Whymark Funeral Service is an experienced and professional firm of Funeral Directors established in 2004. Our company is independent of any other corporations and is truly family run by mother and daughter Dianne and Susan Whymark. We are actively involved in the communities of Eye, Harleston and surrounding areas, supporting Eye Saints Football Club, the Eye Business Forum, Eye Cemetery Chapel and participate in Harleston events such as the Easter Pancake Race and the Antiques Fair, raising funds for various charities. We are here to help you through a difficult time. Arranging a funeral can be a very daunting task, as not only is it the final thing you can do for somebody, you may not always know what that person’s wishes were. If you need us, you can expect a warm welcome by our family and

experienced members of staff to guide you through the decisions and questions you face.

You can always be assured of a professional friendly service, as our many satisfied customers will attest to.

A funeral can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. It can consist of many different aspects or be a very straight forward service. The most important thing is that it reflects the person it is being arranged for.

We are here to help make funeral arrangements as painless as possible so do not be afraid to ask questions or query anything you do not understand.

We offer a complete service and believe greatly in giving individual care and time to make the choices you want.

If you would like information concerning any aspect of arranging a funeral or indeed a funeral plan, our Eye office telephone number is 01379 871168 and our Harleston telephone number is 01379 851253

Susan Whymark . We would also like to this opportunity to welcome Freyja Spalding to our team based at the Harleston Office. Congratulations!

Everything is carried out under one roof, from arranging the funeral to visiting our Chapel of Rest and we offer free transport for all those necessary appointments relating to the funeral, should you need it. Alternatively we are more than happy to visit you in the comfort of your own home to make any arrangements.

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Beds fit for a Queen At Sound Sleep we are forever evolving and working to ensure that our customers have the latest bed technology to chose from Years ago, we were the first bed company to be offering high quality memory foam mattresses. Then we promoted the benefits of sleeping on natural products like latex. Just last year, Sound Sleep were the first to introduce Geltex; the newest mattress technology since memory foam. But July 2014 sees the introduction of Staples Beds to our range, with the iconic Slumberland Gold Seal and Bronze Seal in their new specifications joining them. Staples Beds are hand made in Cambridgeshire. The pocket springs used are of the highest quality, the fillings are created from the finest quality natural materials; some of which are hand teased to give these mattresses a truly sumptuous feel. The tickings used to finish the mattresses are the finest luxury Belgian damasks. But the ultimate hand made element is the hand side stitching; the border of the mattresses are stitched by hand into the pocket springs to give added side support and ultimate luxury. Staples Beds were awarded a Royal Warrant in 1932 by King George V and this has been graciously renewed by each successive monarch since; including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our new Staples and Slumberland range are arriving with us early July and to promote these fantastic brand new models, we are offering an extra 10% off sale prices on those models plus some of

our existing models from other manufacturers. If you need comfort and luxury in your life, come down to Sound Sleep and have a chat with one of our friendly Mattress Specialists. All of our mattresses and divans carry the National Bed Federation’s ‘NBF Approved’ large tick logo, which means the manufacturer who made that bed has been independently audited to ensure they follow all the required procedures to produce safe, clean and hygienic mattresses. In short, that they are what they say they are. Currently there is an increasing mistrust among consumers about the products they are buying – particularly those where the contents are unseen and taken on trust, like beds and mattresses. The NBF is the UK trade association for British bed manufacturers, and to meet its new Code of Practice, member companies have had to go through rigorous and independent audits. “We wanted to ensure that our mark of approval really meant something,” said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF. Particularly important to anyone buying a new bed is its safety and the reassurance that the mattress meets strict British flammability regulations. If it doesn’t - and recent publicity on BBC’s ‘Fake Britain’ programme which aired in January 2014, and again in May 2014, has highlighted the growing number of illegal mattresses being

sold with counterfeit fire labels – then it could prove fatal if ignited. Silentnight Beds have released a video of flammability tests on mattresses undertaken in their laboratory, the results are shocking. A non-compliant mattress, which was purchased online, therefore on sale to the public, was on fire within two minutes and releasing significant amounts of toxic fumes within three minutes, by this time the fully compliant mattress had fully extinguished itself.

NBF’s Jessica Alexander stated “For reputable manufacturers, the NBF Approved logo is merely confirmation that they are – and always have been - following all the right procedures.

Within six minutes, the room is fully consumed with smoke and fire; the average response time for fire fighters in the UK is nine minutes. See it for yourself on our TV in store or on our YouTube page, search for Sound Sleep Beds.

Unfortunately there are less scrupulous traders out there who are now selling products that can’t be trusted – and with a mattress it’s hard to know what you are buying. The new NBF Approved logo means people can buy a mattress in the certain knowledge that it is safe, clean and honest.”

Less dramatic but still concerning are health and hygiene issues. We all want to think the nice new bed we are getting in to is clean and hygienic – and the NBF Approved logo means consumers can be sure that the bed they are buying comes from a manufacturer with all the right procedures in place to be sure it is just that. Lastly, we want to know that the mattress we are buying contains exactly what it says it does. Not to do so contravenes the Trades Descriptions Act – and again, the big tick logo means you can be assured the product you are buying is as described. It’s an initiative that The Sleep Council both supports and endorses.

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Spokesperson for the Sleep Council Lisa Artis said, “This is great news for consumers and we would urge anyone buying a bed to look out for the NBF’s new mark of approval – it’s designed to keep people sleeping safe as well as sound.”

Sound Sleep backs the National Bed Federation’s new code of practice and are committed to supplying clean and safe products, so you can have a sound sleep knowing that your bed is fully compliant to UK laws and regulations. Feel free to visit us in store for more information. When you buy your next bed, make sure you look for the big tick! Sleep Safe. Sleep Sound. Sound Sleep. To keep up to date on all promotions and Sleep Council news follow us on twitter @soundsleepbeds www.soundsleepbeds.co.uk www.bedfed.org.uk www.sleepcouncil.com


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Attleborough Carnival 2014 Town Summer Carnival and Party in the Park - What’s On? Find out in this packed guide! Wednesday 18th June. Rose queen competition at Connaught Hall, Attleborough. Licensed bar. Sponsored by Peter Beales Roses, Bar 33, Taylors Barbers & The Flower Box.Fashion show by M and Co. Entertainment from Attleborough Players. Performance from Attleborough’s Got Talent Winner. Raffle. Must be aged between 15 and 30 years old to enter and live within a 10 mile radius of Attleborough. Prizes: 1st £100 - 2nd £50 - 3rd £25. The winner needs to be available the following evening to judge the Prince and Princess competition. Admission £3 on the door. Starts at 19:30. Contact Katie on 07780 533531 to enter or for more details. Thursday 19th June. Prince and princess competition at Connaught Hall, Attleborough. Licensed bar. Harry Hilarious performing. Raffle. Must be aged between 6 and 11 years old to enter and live within a 10 mile radius of Attleborough. Prizes: 1st £20 and limousine ride in Carnival Procession - 2nd £10 - 3rd

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£5. Admission £1 on the door. Starts at 18:00. Contact Elaine on 07736 452704 to enter or for more info. Saturday 12th July. Party in the Park. Recreation Ground, Thieves Lane, Attleborough, NR17 2AS. Gates open 17:30. Admission: Adults 16+ £5 / Kids 11 to 15 £3 / Under 10’s free. Licensed bar + Wolf Brewery Ale Bar. Food Stalls = Ice cream van, Friar Tucks Fish and Chips, Hotfire BBQ, The Duck Truck, Dinkie Donuts, Bittersweet Curious Coffee. L.Gray & Sons Funfair. Large stage with the following acts: James Robb, Secret From Richard The Desert Sleds, Special Kinda Madness - Main Headline Act. (Specials/Madness tribute). For more information or to be involved contact Sam at samaghabi@ hotmail.com or on 07729 592960 Sunday 13th July Carnival Fun Day. Recreation Ground, Thieves Lane, Attleborough, NR17 2AS. Procession leaves Fairfield’s Estate at 12:30 and will

make its way through the town centre to the Recreation Ground. Recreation Ground gates open at 12:30. Admission - Adults 16+ £3 / 11 to 15 £1 / under 10s free. Licensed bar + Wolf Brewery Ale Bar. Food Stalls = Ice cream van, Friar Tucks Fish and Chips, Hotfire BBQ, The Duck Truck, Dinkie Donuts, Bittersweet Curious Coffee. L.Gray & Sons Funfair. Craft, trade and charity stalls. Live music all day from a range of fantastic local bands. Demos all day from M.A.D. The world’s first (and best) professional mountain bike stunt/trials display team. Main arena with acts all day ranging from dancing to falconry. Circus Whiz circus skills workshops all day. More exciting things to see and do are being booked all the time. For more information or to be involved contact Sam at samaghabi@ hotmail.com or on 07729 592960. Information about acts performing at Party in the Park. Special Kinda Madness A Specials Tribute Band and a Madness

Tribute Band, all on one stage. Special Kinda Madness perform a truly authentic set from each band, combining the energetic stage presence of The Specials with the wonderful iconic tunes of the Madness ‘Nutty Boys’. Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska. www.specialkindamadness.com Secret From Richard Secret From Richard are an unsigned, Norwich based 4 piece indie/alternative rock band consisting of Jason Sturman, Shaun Banham, Matthew Brookson and Jesse Baker. The band was formed roughly 2 years ago, and since then have been writing and gigging. After winning the 2013 Timeshift Studios Battle of the Bands, they’ve found themselves with a good momentum. They sold out their show at Norwich


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Waterfront Studio for the release of their debut EP ‘Paragon’ and have also had some recent attention from BBC introducing Norfolk. www.secretfromrichard.com

Mountain bike Stunt Demo tree, after over a decade of performing shows through-out various industries, featuring at professional world-class events.

James Robb With a voice and tone beyond his years, young U.K artist James Robb is currently in the studio creating his debut album. With influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Frank Ocean, James’ album has an eclectic mix of soul, pop, hard hitting urban songs and sublime acoustic jams. www.jamesrobbmusic.com/ Information about acts performing in the arena on the Carnival Fun Day. M.A.D. The World’s First (and best) Professional Mountain bike Stunt/Trials Display Team. 1996, its a few years ago, we can’t even remember if the wonderful world wide web had even really been invented! One thing is for sure, we loved bikes and riding back then just as much as we do now.

The brainchild of the infamous Giles Wolfe, M.A.D has dedicated itself to promoting a healthy and positive outlook on Mountain biking and Cycling in general. Our target focal point is Mountain bike Trials, taking elements from Street/Natural and Competition riding, M.A.D merges specific key elements of its own into the pot to produce inspiring, educational and breathe-taking shows. With an immense fan base world-wide and an endless season of shows, M.A.D has grown from strength to strength. Thanks to the support of its devoted management team and the phenomenal Team Riders, M.A.D Sponsors and the fans, M.A.D is renowned as the UK’s most premier and requested Mountain bike Stunt Display Team.

The M.A.D Team have long established themselves at the top of the

Boasting some of Europe’s finest riders, mixed with Trials Stars from the

past decade, M.A.D has no problem performing more than one show in any place at any time. 2008 and 2009 saw 3 M.A.D teams performing in different towns and cities all over the UK and at times featuring in Europe, at the same time. 2010 has seen us performing in Mumbai and Bahrain with more international projects planned for this year. In 2013 M.A.D had one of the busiest years ever. We attended 96 events, performed for over 140 days and did a staggering 450 Demo’s! M.A.D was a dream that has created new dreams, new visions, new styles.. a dream now a very real reality!www. m-a-d.co.uk Out On a Wing Falconry Out On A Wing Falconry was formed in 2002 by husband and wife team Tim and Tina. After helping at various centre throughout the county, Tim and Tina decided that it was time to start on their own and started to build their own collection. Out On A Wing Falconry tries to mix entertainment with learning, and with over 40 years experience between

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them, they endeavor to teach the children to understand the beauty and fascination of birds of prey. Hopefully they will want to learn and interact with wildlife and will preserve wildlife for the future. All our birds are Captive bred and are registered with Animal Health. Each one receives the best possible food, accommodation and veterinary care.There training and management includes an element of weight control (each bird has an “ideal flying weight”).This is not Starvation. The birds have to be well nourished, well muscled, fit and healthy to be able to fly well – you can’t achieve this by starvation. We aim to turn our birds out as athletes – fit, healthy and ready for anything!! The one thing that surprises everyone is the difference in personality of each bird. As Falconers we always have to cater for the varying needs of different types of bird and even amongst the same species, what works for one doesn’t always works for another. www.outonawingfalconry.co.uk And many more!

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Phoenix Eco Plumbing Let Kerry check to see if you are entitled to a rebate ‘Phoenix Eco Plumbing are based in Weeting and provide services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

We specialise in Solidfuel: open fires; log burner wet & dry, We also install flue systems.

Every installation is individually specified and designed in-house to match your requirements.

We are specialists in renewable hot water systems for domestic properties, offering a variety of renewable energy sources that can be integrated into new and existing hot water systems.

All our work is certificated under HETAS competent scheme.

Our most important mission as renewable energy installers is to be responsible for the correct installation and servicing of your vented or unvented storage cylinders; solar hot water; biomass

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As part of Guild of master chimney sweeps, all our sweeps are certificated.

boilers; log burners; chimney and flue systems. Contact us on: 07506 683356 and ask for Ian


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Do You Think You Paid Too Much Tax Last year? Let Kerry check to see if you are entitled to a rebate Or do you think that “it must be right because no one told me any different”? If you have more than two different types of income – whatever they may be – it really is a good idea to check that you have paid the right amount of tax. You can do this yourself or of course come and see someone like us here at KBA. If you have savings accounts that generate interest (not ISA’s) then you might be paying tax on this interest. But what if you don’t need to? This is another of the ways that you can end up paying too much tax. Surely this income is better in your pocket? So if you think you might have paid too much tax, or maybe could ask to receive your interest on savings accounts gross, then why not come and talk to us here at KBA.

We are now heading into July and the long summer holidays. Most of us are thinking about how many weeks until we can get to that long awaited break from reality.

As long as you call back with the actual figure before 31 January 2015 all will be well, so don’t hang around – and definitely don’t miss that deadline!

Unfortunately 31 July is also the final day for confirming your tax credits to HMRC. We all know that calling the tax credits office can be a long and frustrating process, but did you know that with authority, we here at KBA can ring the tax credits office for you and confirm your annual information or earnings.

We are happy to call the tax credits office to confirm your profit as part of your accounts and tax preparation process – so it really can be made much simpler.

If you are employed with just one job and the hours never change, then hopefully your tax credits are nice and straight forward, but if you are one of the many self employed people out there or have varying details, tax credits can become a big nightmare. If you are not yet aware of your profit from your business then you need to estimate your profit before 31 July 2014.

The 31st July is also a red letter day as if you are a self assessment tax payer; you need to make sure that you have paid all second payments on account by 31 July 2014. If you are a client here at KBA, don’t panic we will be writing to you in the next couple of weeks to remind you what you need to pay. If you are unsure or need help with your tax affairs, why not give us a call or email: kerry@kerrybutcher.co.uk.

The penalty and interest charged by HMRC is much higher now and they definitely mean business so make sure you don’t get caught out. Finally it’s time for a big thank you. Thank you to all those of you who choose to come and see us here at KBA. I started my business because (sad though it is) I love what I do, I love figures and I love meeting new people and most of all I love to be able to save my clients money or even find a tax refund. I love every day that I am working and without my lovely clients – I wouldn’t be able to do this. So thank you to all of you and to my lovely colleagues at KBA. I hope we are a friendly bunch, so if you have anything you think that we could help you with, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

We still offer a free initial consultation of up to an hour so the good news is that it’s a win win situation! (Please note we cannot give financial advice but know some lovely people that can!) We can also help you check your national insurance contributions. Again if you have more than one income on which you pay national insurance contributions, you could be over paying. Unlike the tax system there is no straight forward return for overpaid NIC – but if you have overpaid we here at KBA can help you sort this out. Why not call us – 01953 457173.

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Priory Insurance Brokers A look at home insurance! Your most valuable asset is likely to be your home. Have you ever considered what would happen in the event of a serious fire, flood or theft ?

we can cater for these difficult and sometimes expensive policies, with our expert knowledge and understanding of your individual circumstances.

With access to over 200 Insurance Schemes, our fully trained staff will search our panel of carefully selected Insurers to ascertain the correct levels of cover and protection required for your individual circumstances.

With over 35 years experience in providing Home Insurance at all levels, we would welcome your enquiry and would be pleased to provide quotations or advice.

We can provide cover for just Buildings or Buildings and Contents combined. In addition to standard cover, we can arrange to include Accidental Damage, together with Personal Possessions cover for items away from the home.

For more information or quotation, please contact Miss Lucy Moy. Call: 01953 602866 E-mail: lucy@prioryinsurance.co.uk

Probus Club Report Chairman Bob Chown welcomes retired journalist John Williams Our Chairman Bob Chown welcomed members to our first monthly meeting to hear one of our own members John Williams a retired Journalist talk about his life and past experiences in the news paper and news agency business. John left school at the age of fifteen and obviously had some sporting talent in getting a job with Leyton orient football club as a professional, however this was short lived as two years later he got the sack as a goalkeeper he let a ball through his legs in an important match.

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A letter was received from Age Uk Norfolk thanking our past Chairman Keith Dutton for his cheque for ÂŁ310 his charity for his year in office. Pierre Couronne our Hon Secretary distributed a booklet among members commemorating our 25th anniversary year, an interesting item which he had done a lot of work on. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the speaker for a very interesting talk,the next meeting will be on 25th of June when Peter Langsdale will be talking about the artist T.Cuneo.

If your property is of non standard construction, or you work from home,

Following this he got a job with Tesco and then as a trainee news paper reporter in Hertfordshire this involved many menial tasks but his big break came when he was assigned to a major fire, he interviewed every body and was subsequently acknowledged as an excellent reporter. John later became a crime reporter reporting a number of infamous murder cases in the Essex area and later joined a news agency covering Essex, Cambridgeshire

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and Hertfordshire he covered the Moorgate tube disaster, the Bolton street Siege the Ross McWerter Murder and numerous accidents and disasters, he even covered the case of the missing Church Curate and Organist in the Midlands and was responsible for finding their whereabouts!

The Probus club meet twice a monthat the Connaught Bowls Club in Station Road , we welcome visitors as guests who are retired business or professional men, if interested, Contact Stan Groom . Tel 01953 454427.


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George Freeman MP Boxes Clever Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club welcomes MP’s visit Local MP George Freeman visited Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club and watched a Saturday morning training session.

best equipped Boxing Gym’s in the Eastern Counties.

The members were enthralled to hear of George’s recollection of play - boxing with his elder brother and it was pleasing to hear Him speak of his affection for the sport.

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Camera’s were snapping away as he game fully stepped into the ring with Attleborough ABC Coach, Paul Goulding, for some pad work. (Picture top right) George spoke to several of the Attleborough ABC squad members including Lily Devlin and Santiago Weaver (pictured below centre) who presented him with a Club Sweatshirt. Club Chairman, Jeremy Burton (pictured below far right) was delighted to welcome George to the Club Gym at this moment in time as the Club embarks on an ambitious extension project which will see the Floor area double in size and become 1 of the

Find the club at:

Tel: +44 (0) 1953 457 329 Fax: +44 (0) 1953 457 329 Email: succeed@attleboroughabc.co.uk Web: attleboroughamateurboxingclub.co.uk

George Freeman MP gets in the boxing ring!

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Attleborough Travel Are Moving! Come and see us at our new premises in Queen’s Square Having been tucked away we have decided to step out and bring our service to the front line! For those of you who are still not aware we are even in the town, we are an Independent travel agent and can offer you a range of travel services. New to usWe are now the sales agents for Norfolk Coachways, this small fleet of buses offer a services through the local villages to Diss, they also offer local day trips including Duxford War Museum and Bury Christmas Market. We are also now working with Galloway Coachways & Chenery Live, this local company offer home and local pick-ups and offers UK and continental coach holidays. As an independent agent we have access to numerous tour operators whether it is the big brands or small niche market operators.

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We are lucky to access those who are knowledgeable and can offer unique experiences in your chosen destination. Whether it be guided tours in groups or create your own personalised itinerary.

Himalayas sits this stunning country, which upholds its age old traditions, with is majestic fortresses and proudly being named the happiest country in the world a few years ago!

Somewhere different..Why not try Senegal, an excellent choice for a bit of winter sun, Senegal offers blue seas, extensive birdlife and varied culture.

If you only need a flight, we have access to numerous airlines and operators so we can find you the best deal to destinations all around the world.

No jet lag as we are the same time zone as UK! Or perhaps you are looking a little further, Bhutan, at the end of the

From low cost flights to international airlines, from one way tickets to round

the world tickets, we can help you plan your itinerary. Arranged you own flight and need accommodation? With many accommodation suppliers we can find you apartments, hotel rooms or villas throughout the world! NEW ADDRESS: Queen’s Square Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE 01953 455003 www.attleboroughtravel.co.uk


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The Gold Shop Experienced jewelery dealer recemtly opens in Queen’s Square The Gold Shop is a recent addition to Queens square, Attleborough; although the owner, Adam has had over 12 years experience in buying and selling jewellery, gold, silver, coins and collectables. Adam prides himself on managing his business locally from within the town so that he will always be available to talk to his customers and provide them with

polite customer service and competitive prices.

Wymondham, Dereham, Swaffham and all the little villages in-between. The shop is in the centre of Attleborough,

which means that customers can make use of the various free parking facilities close by.

The shop has been located in Attleborough for four weeks now and has lots of new stock, which will change daily‌ So pop in and have a look! The Gold Shop serves Diss, Attleborough, Long Stratton, Watton, Thetford,

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Suffolk & Norfolk Youth Action Attleborough’s Got Talent, 2014 as if that wasn’t enough, Harry has performed at a kids festival in front of 800 people.

Grace Anderson who performed a dance. Magician -Magical Katherine

When asked what the future holds, the modest young man simply said, ‘I have no idea but I am delighted to receive the £100 prize money to spend on even more magic tricks.’ This year’s runners up ‘Long Time Dead,’ have only been performing together as a three man acoustic guitar singing combo for the last couple of years. Suffolk and Norfolk Youth Action (SNYA) assisted Attleborough Players at the finals of Attleborough’s Got Talent, 2014 with the interviews being played out on SNYA Radio the following Saturday. You could tell that this year’s performances were of a very high standard because the judges, Vera Dale, Tony Perkins and Hugh Lynch spent a great deal of time deliberating before eventually choosing ‘Harry Hilarious’ as the winner and ‘Long Time Dead’ as this year’s runners up. Attleborough’s performing community proved that once again, that we really do have talent and it was most

pleasing to see that this was an inter-generational evening with acts ranging from children to mature folk. The audience was treated to the delights of a novelty act playing the cup, fantastic magicians, sensational singers, as well as wonderful dancers. The winner of Attleborough’s Got Talent 2014, eleven year old Harry, told me that he entered the competition to challenge himself and really, really, didn’t expect to win. Harry is no stranger to fame as you may recognise him from the CBBC TV show ‘Turbo Boost’. He has filmed at the Harry Potter Studios and performed at Covent Garden and,

They told me that they came together to raise money to combat Multiple Sclerosis. They enjoy supporting the community and performing the music of Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Christy Moore amongst others. At the auditions, the band told me that they didn’t expect to win as this was the first talent competition that they have ever entered. Runners up of Attleborough’s Got Talent, 2014: Barry Chamberlin -singer and guitarist Soloist Adam Hurn who covered ‘Cult of Personality’ by Living Colour Magicians, Thomas and Lydia Vocalist - Erin Anderson who performed ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel Victoria and Louise- performed a mash-up of songs, accompanied by a cup

Judges Deliberating

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Singer and acoustic guitar player Alex Good who covered Imagine Dragons Radio Active Charlie who performed a dance Joseph Rosales singer and ukulele player covered ‘Santeria’ by Sublime Owen (last year’s winner) performed a dance Singer and ukulele player – Ellis Rosales performed ‘Let It Go’ from the Walt Disney film ‘Frozen’. Jack, Lilly and Danielle performed’ I want you back’ by Michael Jackson. The half term school holidays continued to be very active for members of Suffolk and Norfolk Youth Action Radio, with five members of the team broadcasting live from the Family Fun Day at the White Lodge public house in Attleborough. The annual event raises much needed funds for charities and this year we supported Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects one person in every 500. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK. Someone forgot to tell the weather that it was a bank holiday as the sun shone without a cloud in the sky. The event was officially opened with Attleborough players Robert Thomas


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and Sam Woodrow performing their Blues Brothers routine. The event was truly fantastic with hundreds of visitors enjoying live music from guitarist Phil Robinson followed by the Dust Bowl Blues Band. The event included art and craft, bouncy castles, traditional fete games, cakes, and of course, the traditional BBQ. The highlight of the event was the auction experience; this saw members of the public bidding ferociously against each other to secure signed England and Norwich City Football shirts, golf and fishing experiences, swimming passes, a Harley Davison bike ride, as well as tickets for an England Football match. None was so funny though as the battle to secure Philip Dingle to personally valet your car. The Family Fun Day was a fantastic success with the event raising £4,550 for Parkinson’s UK. This month SNYA gratefully received two -CDJ-900’s, a mixing desk, and amplifier donated by Richard Coates from Fullpotential. CDJ’s are digital turntables used to play CDs; they can accurately emulate a vinyl turntable, including the ability to scratch and are used by disc jockeys. Thanks Richard, they are being used daily and we are having fantastic fun!

Fullpotential is a team of some of the UK’s leading coaches and industry experts that have the knowledge and experience together with a proven track record to offer you the best guidance, motivation and inspiration. They are passionate about running and triathlon and want to help others to believe, run or try and achieve their full potential. Also this month, thank you to anon of Norfolk for the donation of an electric Bass Guitar and Amp. This has made a fantastic addition to our stock of studio instruments. If you are de-cluttering, moving house or your kids have left home then please think of us before throwing away any un-wanted musical instruments. We will always use them and treat them with the care that they deserve. (We would particularly welcome a donation of a drum kit). As a 360° Beacon for the Media Trust, eight members of SNYA experienced a two day video training course provided by Roy Heath from the production team of BBC’s Country File.

Thank you to all the participants who stopped to support the young people of Attleborough. Back at the studio the footage was edited to make our first ‘SNYA Snapshot’ video; hopefully the first of many. (Stop and have your say next time you see us in Attleborough) The Media Trust has financially supported SNYA throughout 2013/14 with our members visiting BBC Radio Leicester, meeting editors and journalists from ‘Inside and Out’ and ‘Down but not Out’ publications, as well as providing us with £200 of editing equipment.

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next month! If you or you know of any other young people who would like to become involved in media/ entertainment activities, then get in touch, at: SNYA Attleborough Academy Norfolk 9 Norwich Road Attleborough Norfolk NR17 2AJ 01953 452109 office@snyouthaction.org.uk www.snya.org.uk

Finally, this month, Matthew Dowse and Jamie Debenham, young presenters on SNYA Radio, are representing Suffolk and Norfolk Youth Action at the new European Youth Alcohol Awareness Forum in Newcastle. More on the outcome of the SNYA Ambassadors ‘all expenses paid trip’

Roy showed the group of eight young people how to plan outdoor filming, position cameras, interview techniques and audio recording. After first practicing in the studio, the team was ready to take to the streets of Attleborough and interview our residents. They asked ‘should the UK stay in or leave Europe’.

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11th Annual Ladies’ Tractor Road Run July 6th, 2014 The David Brown Tractor Club invities entries for the 11th Tractor Run, leaving at 11.30am from Thorpe Abbotts Airfield. The route is 20 miles long with a two hour lunch break at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall. For details and an entry form please contact Annie Chapman on 01379 676324 or e-mail pinktractorannie@gmail.com

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Harleston Ladies Evening Group Wednesday 16th July 2014 Harleston Ladies Evening Group - Visit to Hoxne Gardens - Carol & Alan Smith. Thought for the day - Margaret Hopgood. Vote of thanks - Lily Gray. Open Day at The Paddocks Saturday 19th July 2014 Sat. July 19th – Open day on The

Paddocks Small-holding. Weybread – 10am – 4pm, Admission £2 . Come and see what people with Learning Disability can achieve. Contact Graham on 01379 852415 or email: grahamofthepaddocks@talktalk.net


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Upgrades for your Solar PV Array A local renewable energy specialist based in Attleborough on Bunns Bank Road With group headquarters in Mildenhall they cover all of Norfolk and Suffolk and beyond.

by your solar PV array but only when it is not needed elsewhere in the house.

Eagle New Energy specialises in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and can install all varieties of panel, system and mounting style and all the associated accessories.

This means that instead of exporting your excess generated electricity back to the grid, it can be used in the house to heat your hot water and thereby maximising your electricity savings.

In the last few months Eagle have seen a marked increase in demand for solar PV accessories, from hot water controllers to Wi-Fi monitoring systems. Ms Maxwell of Caston had her domestic PV system installed by Eagle 18 months ago. The 3.71kWp system has been performing so well, that Ms Maxwell came back to Eagle recently for a solar hot water accessory which was installed in June.

Ms Maxwell has been delighted with her solar PV installation and now her new hot water controller and said: “Eagle New Energy were fantastic when they installed the solar PV system in October 2012, they were very helpful and professional and that is why I did not hesitate to get back in touch with Eagle when I was looking for a hot water controller to maximise my savings. Once again they supplied a quality product and did a fantastic job!”

The hot water controller works with the immersion heater to heat your water – its uses electricity generated

Eagle New Energy has also supplied many Wi-Fi monitoring systems to existing and new customers; the

monitoring systems are available in a multitude of designs. From small hubs to allow you to monitor your solar array from any laptop anywhere in the world, to large display screens suitable for schools and public buildings to demonstrate electricity generation, carbon savings and so on. The monitoring equipment allows you to access all the data from your solar system and to create graphs and charts to view when peak capacities are being achieved – this will allow you to tailor your electricity to usage to minimise the electricity you are importing from the grid. Some monitoring systems will also allow easy maintenance of the PV system, immediately identifying any potential fault in the system.

PV arrays can also be extended if the customer finds they have new demand for a larger system or they have saved enough cash to reinvest. Finally, have you considered maintaining and cleaning your PV system? Some customers have found a 23% increase in generation by having their PV array professionally cleaned annually – particularly if you live in a dusty or dirty area such as on or near a farmyard. Eagle is happy to offer advice on the best solution, so if you would like to discuss your site specifics give Eagle a call on 01638 582111 or visit the website www.eaglenewenergy.co.uk.

Eagle New Energy can work with any customers to install upgrade accessories, even if they did not install your original PV array. Solar

EAGLE NEW ENERGY - Main Picture: Solar array at Swaffham. Inset: Diagram of how such a system works

Solar array at Swaffham

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Sale of the Century and a golden celebration Sale of the Century and a golden celebration East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is inviting the people of East Anglia to join them in celebrating the first birthday of HRH Prince George of Cambridge by holding a birthday party in his honour on Tuesday 22nd July. The charity, which has HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as its Royal

Patron, is encouraging as many schools, groups, companies and individuals as possible to hold a Royal birthday party on or around Tuesday 22nd July. Party organisers will be encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to attend parties and make a donation to EACH.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, became Royal Patron of EACH in January 2012 and has provided the charity with many great benefits including raising awareness and understanding of services, boosting the media profile and inspiring people to raise funds. Camilla Haycock, EACH Fundraising Development Manager, said: “We’re hoping as many people as possible across East Anglia will hold a birthday party on this special day, or as near to the day as they can, to help us celebrate the first birthday of the Prince. It’s a great excuse to have a bit of fun with party games and cake while raising funds for an important local charity.

Prince George receives a gift!

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“The birth of Prince George raised thousands of pounds for EACH with fans making donations in lieu of buying

and sending gifts and we hope we can inspire people to raise funds again.” Details about how to get involved can be found at www.each.org.uk/ biggestbirthday or contact the EACH Norfolk Fundraising Team on: (01953) 666767 email: norfolk@each.org.uk Twitter: @EACH_Norfolk


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Stoke Mill Contemporary Fine Dining For 700 hundred years there has been a Mill of one kind or another across the River Tas at Stoke Holy Cross. Stoke Mill Contemporary Fine Dining Restaurant’s Ludo Iaccarino is joined by co-owner and chef Andrew Rudd, who has trained to Michelin standard and worked with Norfolk’s finest; along with stints in London, he has some stellar names behind him in Norwich. Andrew worked with David Adlard alongside Roger Hickman (now of Roger Hickman’s restaurant) also spending a long time with Daniel Smith of the Ingham Swan, while many years ago spending time with

the likes of Gordon Ramsey and the Roux brothers in London. “I am pulling on all of that experience to

put a contemporary twist on some classic and comfort dishes, using some modem techniques to create innovative food for new and old customers at Stoke Mill,” he says. Ludo adds: “I have grown up here, “I could be sitting in my high chair watching mum doing the books. I love it.” The contemporary look extends throughout, from the bar area and restaurant itself to air conditioning and contemporarytable settings.

warm with hot stones, to only the choicest fresh vegetables, meat and fish, every detail is considered.“The ideas, the cooking, the presentation, the ambience, all those thoughtful touches. It is all so good,” said Ludo. Two things haven’t changed though. That’s the warm welcome – and the sound of water running through the mill.

The feel complements Andy’s food, which emphasises not only the very best ingredients, sourced locally where possible, prepared imaginatively and served stylishly.

“You can hear the water gushing and there is still the window so you can watch. We hope to develop the outside so people can sit by the river and enjoy their drinks before they come in to eat,” said Ludo. It’s open for lunches and evening meals, Thursday to Saturday, and for family Sunday lunches.

“It’s food that you cannot make at home. Fine dining should be a special experience, an occasion,” said Ludo. So from the home made bread served in hessian sacks, kept

“It is for those families who want to eat something very special for Sunday lunch,” said Ludo. So while the Sunday lunch menu will typically include beef, fish, chicken and a vegetarian dish,

there’s fish and chips too for those family members who don’t fancy a Sunday roast. A daily plat du jour menu makes an affordable lunch out for friends and couples with two courses for £14.95 or three for £17.95, featuring dishes such as ballotine of chicken wrapped in Parma ham. Fine dining from the menu is about £20-30 a head. Bookings are now being taken for wedding parties of up to 100.

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Old Buckenham Air Show 2014 Thrills and spills of the magnificent men (and omen) in their flyiing machines - 26th & 27th of July 2014 What’s on:

Rod Dean

Wildcats Aerobatics

Less charitable aviation buffs will say that Rod’s first flying instructor was one of the Wright brothers but this doesn’t deter the pensioner from throwing around a Bulldog to wow the crowds.

Old Buckenham’s resident Aerobatic Display Team. This is a special display, just for this airshoww! Brendam O’Brien TV’s Brendan O’Brien is aviation’s leading exponents.

With over 30 years experience of display flying, Rod will not disappoint the crowds!

Staggerwing The first visit for this 450BHP engined plane to the show. Yak 52 The RV8tors

Renowned as one of the most talented display pilots, Brendan is to combine his Flying Circus with an attempt at the shortest ever truck top landing. If this is successful, the Guinness Book of World Records will be notified so this can be recognised. Matt Summers Relactive newcomer Matt is back for a second year to wow the crowds with his display.

Jet Provost The JP is a firm favourite with crowds at displays with their high speed manouvres.

This was the aircraft of choice for the Russian Airs Force to train its Mig pilots back in the 70’s. It’s still used to train military and civilian pilots. It has exceptional aerobatic capabilities are the stuff of legend.

Spitfire MH 434 Ferocious Frankie This is the 3rd year that this legend will appear at Old Buckenham. This ex military plane took up a film career which has seen it in productions such as A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day.

The P-51 Mustang is another Hollywood star, with credits such as Mephis Belle, Empire of the Sun and Saving Private Ryan to name just a few.

Alister Kay and Richard Hill are returning for a third year to perfom their stunning routine. On the Ground... There will be a 1940’s hangar dance on the Saturday night. Live bands will be paying in the Blister Hangar throughout the weekend too. The popular military encampment with living history displays and demonstrations will be seated alongside the airfield’s new permanent military display. Pleasure flights will be offered throughout Saturday and at limited times on Sunday. Trial lessons and flights are also available in the famous WWIIStearman Biplane.


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Wayland Show 2014 Sunday 3rd August in Watton What’s On at This Year’s Wayland Show? The Wayland Agricultural Show, one of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows in the UK, returns to Watton from 10am on Sunday 3rd August 2014 to provide families with a fun-filled and educational day out in the Norfolk countryside. With a packed schedule of entertainment there’s something for everyone and all ages. The Dare Devil - New for 2014 Nick Houghton will provide the thrills with not just one, but two daring aerobatic displays in his Pitts S1-11B Biplane.If you need your blood pressure testing after all that food, excitement and shopping, Total Health Pharmacy will be on hand to do it! Chairman of the Wayland Agricultural Show Ian Whettingsteel comments: “The sun was out last year which meant record visitors and we hope this year will be just as successful so that we can continue to support local charities and good causes. Guests of all ages will enjoy highlights of Norfolk’s agricultural and rural traditions and with even

more attractions this year’s show is set to be the best yet.”

Italian (Sharron Manley) 1.15 Music by Bridgham & Harling Band

For the ‘Foodies’ 2.15 Cooking with chef, Jon Gay Those that enjoy their grub will be spoilt for choice with Tastes of Norfolk displaying and selling the finest and tastiest produce from Norfolk, including tasty pork piece and scrumptious sausages. If that doesn’t tempt you, you’ll find a host of other food outlets to suit your tastes and candy floss and toffee apples for a sweet tooth! Even award-winning Chef Jon Gay will be giving two cooking demonstrations using the finest locally sources ingredients. Timetable of Events in the Lifestyle Marquee include:11.00 Music by the Bridgham & Harling Band 12.00 Cooking Demonstration with chef Jon Gay 12.45 Fashion Show French &

Creatures Great and Small Animal lovers are in for a treat with the Banham Heavy Horse Team, Sheep Dog Trials, a Gun Dog display and the dazzling equestrian display team Jive Pony. Cyril the Squirrel and his amusing team of terriers have been established as the leading Terrier Racing Display Team for over 15 years, and this year they are travelling to the Wayland Show to provide excellent entertainment – you name is, Cyril has done it! Also, NEW for this year is the Dog Agility event – a display of talented dogs jumping through hoops and performing balancing tricks. The traditional livestock competitions will be taking place with sheep, pigs and cattle all lining up to be judged. For more unusual animals you can visit the Fur and Feather marquee where a selection of extraordinary livestock breeds can be seen.

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Mad About Music Music will be provided by the Bridgham and Harling Band, a wind band consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion whose repertoire includes marches, overtures and selections from musicals and popular music such as The Beatles and The Seekers, popular classics, instrumental solos and much more. The fabulous Marham Bluebirds, the RAF Military Wives Choir will also be performing. A Spot of Retail Therapy A selection of stands selling handbags, clothes, jewellery and arts and crafts will also be at the show for anyone looking to purchase a gift for a loved one, or a treat for themselves! Ticket prices are: Adults (17+) £12 or £10 online. Children (5-16) £5 or £4 online. Under 5s free. Concessions £10 or £8 online. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £30 or £25 online. Car parking is free. The Wayland Show takes place at Brandon Road, Watton in Norfolk. SatNav users should use IP25 6NG. For more information visit www.waylandshow.com or follow @WaylandShow on twitter.


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A Jewel In The Centre Of Norwich The Maddermarket Theatre ‘The first building in England since the Commonwealth definitely constructed with an Apron and a Gallery so that Shakespeare can be given upon the stage for which he wrote’ – Nugent Monck, 26th September 1921

pageants in locations around Norwich including the Assembly House, the Theatre Royal, the Old Music House on King Street and even Monck’s own home.

The words spoken by the founder of The Norwich Players before their inaugural performance of As You Like It at the iconic Maddermarket Theatre in the heart of Norwich.

Further afield the Players performed at Blickling Hall (The Masque of Anne Boleyn, written by Monck), as well as the Kings Hall in Covent Garden and the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-uponAvon.

Monck left a successful theatrical career in London and set up home in Norwich to return to more simplistic production values. Using minimal scenery, period costume and full, uncut texts Monck and his players performed various plays and

After ten years of having no permanent ‘home’ for his Norwich Players, Monck bought an old, disused Roman Catholic chapel with near perfect acoustics and he and the Players set about transforming the building

into a theatre. In roughly six weeks the derelict chapel was converted into England’s first permanent recreation of an Elizabethan stage. As You Like It opened the new theatre and by 1936, The Norwich Players were the first company to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays under one producer. In 2011, in the centenary year of the founding of the Norwich Players, they completed the Shakespeare cannon once again with the newly attributed ‘Double Falsehood’, three weeks ahead of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Although grounded in Shakespearean roots, the Norwich Players set about producing professional quality ‘plays of merit’ for the local community. That principle still holds today, over ninety years later, with each yearly season of twelve plays varying from the time honoured classics of Wilde and Shaw to contemporary dramas by new writers such as Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy) and Terry Johnson

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(Hitchcock Blonde). In between producing it’s own shows the theatre plays host to visiting companies and bands, both local and international. After a much praised start to the 2014 season, the rest of the year continues with Alan Ayckbourne’s ‘Life and Beth’, stage adaptations of the classic TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo and ‘Last of The Summer Wine’, Shaw’s ‘Arms and The Man’, Wilde’s ever popular ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ and rounds off with a Norfolk premiere of the family favourite, ‘The Borrowers’. Tucked away in the middle of the Norwich Lanes, close to a wide choice of restaurants and bars, and with nearby parking, the Maddermarket is a ‘quirky’, intimate little theatre with a big heart full of love: for it’s audiences and the dedicated army of volunteers who help keep the venue running smoothly. To find out more about this hidden gem, take a look at their website, www.maddermarket.co.uk, or visit them during national Heritage Open Days for backstage tours and a look at the largest amateur theatre wardrobe in the region.


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World Horse Welfare Extravaganza Fun and fundraising day Sunday 10th August Looking for a great family day out this summer? Why not come along to our Fundraising Fun Day? On Sunday 10th August (10am-3pm) World Horse Welfare Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Snetterton, Norfolk, will be holding its annual fundraising Summer Extravaganza. This year, the Extravaganza will be bigger and better than ever before, so don’t miss out – make sure you put the date in your diary now!

Other exciting main ring displays include dog agility and Horse Boarding UK, which features the exhilarating mix of a skateboarder being towed around a course behind a horse and rider – not a sport for the faint-hearted! Additional attractions include a farriery competition, a dog show, mounted police specials, birds of prey, heavy horses and vintage cars and tractors.

The event opens at 10am and the displays in the main ring kick off at 11am with a special demonstration by the Hall Farm grooms and equine residents.

Shoppers will be well-catered for with a wide variety of trade stands and craft stalls, a giant tombola and a huge tack stall, which will offer a great range of both new and secondhand tack and rugs.

A fast and furious scurry driving spectacular will be up next, to keep the audience on the edge of their seats – followed by the IMPs Motorcycle Display Team, who are sure to thrill show-goers young and old alike.

Younger visitors will be kept entertained by the children’s zone – complete with games area, facepainting and much more – plus donkey rides, tractor-trailer rides around the farm and of course the

chance to pat a pony. You will be spoilt for choice on refreshments, with a variety of food and hot and cold drinks available – plus a licensed bar and live music. Our Summer Extravaganza Fundraising Fun Day really does have something for all the family – and all this for an entry fee of only £5 per car. World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.

At Hall Farm – just one of four Rescue and Rehoming Centres the charity has around the UK – we care for around 160 horses at any one time, nursing them back to health before finding them loving new homes. Proceeds from this year’s Extravaganza will help to fund our vital work helping horses in need worldwide. www.worldhorsewelfare.org

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Harleston Joinery Ltd Over 30 years of bespoke joinery Our Craftsmen have many years of training and experience enabling us to provide a high standard of well crafted joinery, using the highest

quality and a wide range of timbers. We produce a wide range of products. Whether you require a Victorian wooden greenhouse, a

modern conservatory, double glazed windows, French doors, a sweeping staircase, a display cabinet, shelving or a screen to blend in with the architecture of your church, Harleston Joinery Ltd can cater for all your needs. No job is ever too big, small or complicated.We are located at 2a Fuller Road on the Harleston Industrial Estate. Our opening hours are from 7.30am to 12.45pm and

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13.30pm to 17.30pm (Monday to Friday). We are also open some Saturday mornings from 7.30am to 12.00pm, prior arrangement is requested. For all enquiries, please telephone 01379 853084 or e-mail: info@harlestonjoinery.co.uk or visit our website: www.harlestonjoinery.co.uk


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The Norfolk Plover By Ed Parnell of Norfolk Wildlife Trust The Breckland area is home to the stone curlew, one of the county’s most distinctive birds, fittingly also known as the Norfolk plover. Stone curlews are a type of wading bird, but they are not (as their name might suggest) related to the Eurasian curlew, which is a familiar bird found mainly around our coasts. In fact, the stone curlew is the only European representative of the Thickknee family and, yes, it does have rather knobbly knees – though you’ll need a very good view to actually notice this! Stone curlews are very much an inland bird, finding one of their national strongholds among the grassy heathlands and neighbouring arable fields of the Brecks. They are a migratory species, arriving back in Norfolk in March and April each year, having spent their winter around the Mediterranean and even south of the Sahara. A few birds now do seem to be staying put in Norfolk over the winter, perhaps a trend that will increase with climate change?

streaked plumage can look remarkably like a rabbit from a distance. Often, too, the birds sit motionless for long periods (particularly when they are on the nest) and it is not until they move across the ground in short, running bursts that they become obvious. Towards dusk though their activity levels rise and they start making their rather eerie, wailing calls. NWT Weeting Heath is located just west of Brandon on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Leave Brandon on the A1065 towards Mundford. Cross the railway line on the outskirts of the town, then turn left to Weeting village. In the village itself take the left turn to Hockwold cum Wilton. The reserve car park and visitor centre are 2.5km west of Weeting village and well, well-signed from the road. The reserve is open from 7am to dusk and the visitor centre from 10am to 4pm daily between April and August (September opening is dependent upon the stone curlews). A small entrance charge applies for adult non-NWT members.

Plumage-wise Norfolk plovers are brown and streaked above, with a pale belly and a noticeable white wing-bar. They have a stubby, strong-looking bill and long yellowish-green legs. However, their most distinctive features are their large yellow eyes, which led to another of their historical Norfolk names – the goggle-eyed plover! Arguably the best site to see stone curlews in the UK is NWT Weeting Heath, near Brandon. Two special viewing hides have been constructed here which give excellent views over the grassy heath where the birds feed and nest. The turf is kept short by large numbers of rabbits, something which is actively encouraged by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, as they keep the grass at just the right height for these rare birds, as well as numerous scarce Breckland plants and invertebrates. Despite the shortness of the grass, the stone curlews are not always easy to spot as their brown-

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Combat Paintball An exciting, well organised and professional day out for all the family, from ages 8+ and above! Now with two locations in Thetford forest, Combat Paintball Ltd has been providing fun days out for the whole family for over a decade. As well as offering Paintball, the company now offer other activities such as 3d Archery, Laser Clay Shooting, Mini Tank Driving, Airsoft, Laser Combat, Low Impact Paintball and Zombie Night Games so whether you are looking to organise a birthday party, stag or hen do, work event or just a day out with mates there is something for everybody. The company prides itself on it’s on being well organised and safety proceedures and are accredited members of the UK Paintball Federation as well having a 5 star food hygiene rating for the canteen that offer Burgers, Hotdogs and Jacket Potatoes. Customer satisfaction has always been a high priority and we have

over 15,000 follows on Facebook and a 5 star Trip Advisor rating! Find us at THETFORD (NO POSTCODE)

available. However we are very easy to find as we are just off the A11 dual carriageway 3 mile out of Thetford heading towards Norwich (Look for Road Signs).

High School you will see signs on the left hand side. Turn left and follow the track to the paintball centre. From Kings Lynn:

We are accessable from both directions on the dual carriageway due to having an underpass at the entrance to the site. Find us at NORTHWOLD (IP26 5LQ)

From Norwich via A11 South Bound: 18 miles from Thickthorn Roundabout.

Visit our website for more information: www.combatpaintball.org

From Thetford via A11 North Bound: 3.5 miles from Watton Roundabout on the A11 towards Norwich. Unfortunately due to our Thetford site being in the Heart of Forestry Commission Land no postcode is

Follow A10 west through Setch, at first roundabout take the 1st exit A134 (Thetford), at staggered cross roads - straight over, stay on A134 Next roundabout - straight over, follow road for approx 4 miles to next roundabout, take first exit and follow A134 (Thetford), Approx 1.9 miles along this road is the site track entrance, on the right, clearly signposted.

From Thetford:

Call: 0845 260 4567

Travel on the A134 towards Northwold. After passing The Priory

Email: james@combatpaintball.com

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40 CLUBS & SCHOOLS

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Mini Monkey Gym Mumpreneur in Norwich secures new franchise Exciting news! We have successfully secured our first franchisee and are looking to get the word out regionally as well as nationally. I attach our press release for you. I think our story be very interesting for your readers and wondered if you would like to support us by including our press release in your next issue? Mini Monkey Gym was launched in Norwich in 2009 and I have gone on to successfully juggle a family (I have 2 girls 7 and 2 yrs old) and grow and expand my business both regionally and nationally. A successful mumpreneur! Mini Monkey Gym provides physical play and learning sessions for Nurseries, Preschools, Surestart Children’s Centres and other early years organisations.

in sensory activities using a variety of colourful and tactile props. We give children the opportunity to experience enjoyment and increased confidence through our physical movement programme from an early age. To find out how we can be an asset to your early years setting and help achieve your learning outcomes contact us to request a FIT&FUN prospectus. We would be happy to discuss your requirements and offer your nursery a FREE no obligation taster session. Testimonials

Our FIT&FUN programme has been developed and specifically adapted to support the Early Years Foundation Stage and the 5 Every Child Matters Outcomes Framework. We tailor our sessions to suit the needs of the children in your early years setting by planning sessions appropriate to their age and stage of development. The aim of the Mini Monkey Gym FIT&FUN programme is to encourage active movement, develop physical fitness and ability, as well as promoting social, emotional and cognitive development. We achieve these goals through movement activities and physical skills practice involving specially designed soft equipment. We also engage children

Mini Monkey Gym knows that it is always nice to hear first hand about how much the classes are enjoyed so we would like to share with you the comments from our happy Mini Monkey Gym members!! “In a word - Excellent! The equipment is always clean. There is a different theme each week which makes it more exciting for the children. My little girl absolutely loves Cheeky Monkeys and shrieks with delight when the t-shirt comes out of the wardrobe!” “Fantastic! Avril looks forward to her Cheeky Monkey session every week and it has improved her confidence massively. The sessions are great!!”

Age Groups Baby Monkeys - Newborn to 6 months A wonderful sensory and movement experience for babies in a stimulating, yet soothing environment. Sensory activities, along visual, auditory and tactile themes, allow Baby Monkeys to find out about their environment and open their senses. Movement activities,using our specially designed soft equipment, promotes babies’ body awareness, body strength as well as their cognitive and physical development. We have lots of fun with songs and rhymes, parachute time and bubbles too! Little Monkeys - 6 months to 18 months Little Monkeys have fun exploring a colourful soft playgym environment. Crawlers and walkers enjoy crawling through tunnels, sliding down slopes, cruising around blocks, balancing on rockers!. Pre-crawlers enjoy movement activities on our specialist soft equipment and using their senses to explore. A different movement theme and surprise prop each week guarantees lots of smiles. Little Monkeys increase in physical and social confidence and prepare themselves to ‘graduate’ up to Cheeky Monkeys!

challenging activities which give them the opportunity to practice their physical and creative skills while having fun. A class guaranteed to use up your little ones energy! Family Monkeys - 6 months to 3 years Family Monkeys is a wonderful mixture of both our Little and Cheeky Monkey classes. Family Monkey classes give siblings the opportunity to enjoy Mini Monkey Gym together. This class is also suitable for families who have different aged children and who would like to attend a mixed age class together. Don’t forget that there is a 50% reduction on class fees and membership for second siblings. Funky Monkeys - 3 years to 5 years A fantastic energetic class which offers Funky Monkeys fun freestyle exercise activities and relay games. We use a variety of sports props for team games and individual skill activities. These activities offer a fun and challenging experience, which advances Funky Monkeys physical development and promotes their confidence. Team parachute games promote cooperative skills while having fun!

Cheeky Monkeys - 18 months to 3 years Cheeky Monkeys are on the move in this active class. Exploring specially designed soft and colourful obstacle courses give Cheeky Monkeys the opportunity to climb, jump, balance, roll, slide and lots more. Space to move around encourages freedom of expression and growth in physical confidence during our classes. Using different props each week we engage Cheeky Monkeys in

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Manorcourt Daycare ...is a community based 7 hour care centre; it is set in a detached building within the village location of Griston close to the market town of Watton, in the Breckland district of Norfolk.

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Fuel Poverty Levels Still Subornly High Age UK calls upon the government to urgently tackle proble

Manorcourt Daycentre specializes in a service for individuals aged 50+ who require time out at an independent facility which allows individuals the freedom to be an independent person within their own right. Our goal is to provide a high quality and flexible 7 hour therapeutic day-care service for those individuals who currently live within the community but it is also a service for those individuals who have a caring role to play and need a reliable support system which allows them as a carer, time out from their caring role. The service is staffed by trained staff that uses therapeutic activities with the primary goal of supporting self expression and communication; it provides a social and enjoyable day out from home, it’s the perfect opportunity for individuals and staff to make new friends and enjoy regular social interaction. The aim of Manorcourt Daycare is to promote a high standard of service which promotes independence at all times and one which recognizes the unique value

every person has. Within this we encourage the building of positive relationships with the individual, their family and friends. We work closely with outside agencies, the individual’s doctor’s surgeries, social services and other relevant agencies. Since the day centre was first developed it has changed consistently with the care needs of it users; from relocating to a purpose building in 2004, a gradual development of dementia services and now in 2013 we will be developing the service further by offering a extended sensory garden, a 1950’s style living room for enablement and dementia services and refurbished hairdressing facilities. Alongside these new developments we will be offering an outreach /signposting service for those who do not wish to take up the opportunities with the centre. For more infomation Call: 01953 889230 or email: daycentre@manorcourtcare.co.uk

Age UK launches report as new figures show fuel poverty levels remain stubbornly high Despite a slight fall in the number of fuel poor older households in England in 2012, the Government’s annual fuel poverty report, released today, projects that levels of fuel poverty are once again set to rise.1 In its new report, also launched today, Age UK explains how rising energy prices, leaky and energy inefficient homes and low incomes have resulted in the calamitous situation that nearly a million older people find themselves in today.2 Age UK’s ‘Reducing fuel poverty – a scourge for older people’ report calls on the Government to urgently tackle the nation’s problem of fuel poverty by driving forward a massive energy efficiency programme. It says that the only viable long term solution for fuel

poverty is to make people’s homes as energy efficient as possible so that they can keep adequately warm at an affordable cost. Through its warm homes campaign – part of the charity’s annual Spread the Warmth Campaign – and in collaboration with the Energy Bill Revolution coalition,6 Age UK is calling on the government to invest in a bigger, more ambitious programme to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the UK. The Charity is also urging people to add their voice to Age UK’s warm homes campaign by visiting www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk/ addyourvoice or call 0800 028 5535. To read the full article, visit Age UK’s website at: www.ageuk.org.uk

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42 HEALTH HEALTH && WELLBEING WELLBEING

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Open Day To Highlight Services For Hearing Impaired In Local Area Open Day on Friday 11th July (9am-5pm) in Eye One in six people in the UK experience some form of hearing loss. Most are over 60 and have lost their hearing gradually as part of the

natural ageing process. You may or may not be aware but help available locally and an Open Day has been organised to encourage those with hearing loss to take action.

Family run company, The Hearing Care Centre offers a private hearing care service from The Health Centre, in the centre of Eye. On Friday 11th July (9am-5pm) the team will be throwing open the doors of the clinic offering many of their services free of charge, and allowing the public to see what help is available on their doorsteps.

really needs to be done sooner rather than later.

Free hearing tests, hearing aid servicing and professional advice are all on offer, as well the ability to learn about the latest hearing aid technology, including the world’s first ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aid.

For more information or to book an appointment call 01473 230330 or visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk .

Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre said “Hearing loss left untreated can lead to social and psychological problems, inter-personal relationships suffering, low self-esteem and feelings of isolation increase. Seeking help

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We offer a relaxed environment for patients to come and see us in; enjoying a cup of coffee on arrival, friendly and caring staff, as well as not making patients feel like they will be pressured into buying something if they seek professional help”.


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Contact Care Supporting your safety and independence For less than 43p a day, you can maintain your independence secure in the knowledge that you’re never alone. Since 1987, we’ve been helping people and offering reassurance to Clients and those who care about them. We aim to install a Lifeline alarm within 3-5 working days, sooner if it’s an emergency, and we ensure the whole process is easy and straightforward. We’ll make sure you understand how your Lifeline works and what’s involved. The Contact Care Lifeline is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you’re hurt, concerned or in need of advice, press your red button and we can help. Installing your Lifeline alarm is an easy and straightforward process. Here’s what you need: A standard electric plug socket An existing telephone socket – on the same wall, close to the electric socket At least 2 emergency contacts who are

key holders to your home and live locally in case of an emergency The pendant works within 50 metres of the unit we have plugged into the telephone line and, therefore, may be used within the property or garden. The pendant can be worn on a cord

around the neck, or as a wrist strap. An appointment can be arranged for us to visit you and demonstrate the equipment before installation. If you prefer, you can self-install your Lifeline alarm with clear instructions included in the pack sent to you.

We’re good at what we do. We listen, we give you time and we look at the whole person. We care. For further information, please visit our website: www.contactcare.org.uk or call Freephone 0800 917 4680.

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44 MOTORING

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Is Your Car Road Ready For Summer? Don’t get caught out once on the road - prepare your car for that long road trip! If your summer vacation plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to be car care aware and ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The Car Care Council recommends the following pre-trip checklist before

hitting the road this summer: Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.

Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

The Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle this summer and throughout the year.

Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

Order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide for the glove box at :-

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power. Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show

www.carcare.org/car-care-guide. This 60-page booklet is available in both English and Spanish. “Taking steps to have auto repairs performed before long distance driving this summer will not only give you

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peace of mind, but will also help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down when you’re miles from home,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, which is now available electronically, or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.


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Audi R8 Coupe AUDI’S R8, the emperor of the Germanic brand’s line‐up stirs up a heady soup of emotions when you slip behind its wheel Not only does the dazzling supercar look good enough to eat, it almost flirts with you, tempting you to throw away your worries and immerse yourself in its company.

behind the two front seats keeps you respectful of the Audi’s capabilities at all times. A car’s ability to accelerate quickly and reach a blistering top speed is, naturally, desirable. However it’s the handling dynamics, and talent to drive rapidly through the bends, that make for a spine-tingling driving experience. And that’s where the R8 V10 delivers.

Flushed cheeks, a racing heart and clammy hands are all the sensations you’ll experience when you first start up the Audi. And inside your body there’ll be changes that signal Cupid has fired his arrow. In all honestly the R8, especially in V10 guise as tested here with a Lamborghini-derived 5.2-litre engine, will get your dopamine and serotonin chemicals bubbling. Yes, what I’m saying is that you’ll fall in love, or certainly lust, with the two door coupe.

On the road, the R8 V10 completes the zero to 62mph sprint in 3.6 seconds and has an autobahn focused top speed of 195mph. The 10 cylinder engine produces 518bhp and churns out 390.91 lb‐ft of turning force (torque) to the crankshaft at 6,500 rpm.

It’s a true beauty; a work of automotive art and the model has recently become even more stunning to look at, let alone drive.

The seven‐speed S tronic gearbox, which replaces the R tronic used previously, is standard in all V10 models.

Aesthetically, the R8 now comes with all‐light-emitting diode (LED) headlights, and a single-frame grille. A redesigned diffuser and huge, round tailpipes are the most eye‐catching new features. The rear lights include dynamic indicators, a global first from Audi. Produced by LEDs, the turn signal runs from the inside out in the direction in which you want to go.

The fast shifting dual‐clutch transmission features an ingenious launch control function that provides the best possible traction when the car flexes its muscles and takes off. The might of the engine’s output momentarily thumps you back into your seat when the Audi’s clout is unleashed via the Quattro

permanent all‐wheel drive system. And the sound of the car is almost as seductive as its looks. Even at moderate speed there’s a deep, multi-layered, glorious rumble. But hit the R8’s ‘Sport’ button and you get a gratifying crackling and popping on the downshifts. The snarl is animalistic, and deeply nourishing for any petrol head’s ears. Inside, the high‐performance sports car is now even more sophisticated. You and your passenger sit in bucket seats with folding backrests, and the seat covers and inserts in the door liners are quilted. Getting comfortable behind the wheel is easy and it’s surprisingly straightforward to drive. That said; the grunting, visceral tone emitting from the powertrain assembled

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist / Follow Tim on twitter @carwriteups / www.carwriteups.co.uk

The Audi will turn your grey matter to jelly on the straights and it’ll make your liver quiver on B roads. But what it does best is go around corners quickly with the utmost stability and that, of course, is what every car enthusiast wants. PROS ‘N’ CONS • • • • •

Power √ Looks √ Sound √ Handling √ License loser X

FAST FACTS • • • • • • • •

Max speed: 195 mph 0-62 mph: 3.6 secs Combined mpg: 21.6 Engine: 5204cc 10 cylinder 40 valve petrol Max. power (bhp): 518 Max. torque (lb/ft): 390 CO2: 305 g/km Price: £117,710 on the road

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