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A Varied & Well Received Season End.

Book Now Christmas Is Coming.


Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Looking And Feeling Great.


Caring For The Elderly


News And Advice.

Youth Music Society

The Boudicca Way

Seeks Local Champions.


Exciting New South Norfolk Project.

Struggle To Hear At The Theatre

Breckland Winter Arts Festival

Is It Any Of Your Business? By Roger Sharp.

A New Partnership Launched.


The Regal Experience


Presents Vintage Double Crime Bill.

Celebration of Culture Spectacular Night Of Music & Dance.

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WYMONDHAM Wymondham Youth Music Society The Wymondham Youth Music Society had a varied and well received end to its 2009-2010 season which included the following engagements.

The WYMS Summer Medley offered a chance for our younger members to entertain on piano, recorder and strings – which they did with great aplomb! The main programme was carried by the Junior Strings, playing with confidence and the whole evening ended with the gathering of all forces (including the audience) in a rousing “Land of Hope and Glory” – a real “Promenade” climax. At the Hardingham Fete, where the sun shone while England’s footballers in South Africa didn’t, WYMS Brass Group entertained in the open air, surrounded by

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burgers, tombola, cakes and traditional races – egg and spoon, sack & three legged!

thanks to players who have been loyal members of the Wymondham Youth Orchestra for 10 years.

At the end of its 21st season, the Wymondham Youth Orchestra (the first section of WYMS to be formed before it expanded in 2000 to include other instrumental groups and ensembles) excelled itself in the July Abbey Concert. Not often can we ask, with confidence, a young ensemble to tackle a Mozart Symphony with sensitivity and polish – but we did and their performance of that (the Haffner) in a programme as varied as Honegger’s “Concerto da Camera for Flute and Cor Anglais” plus Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday” was a triumph. Congratulations to all and good luck to those players leaving to study and work elsewhere. Three inscribed music stands were presented with particular

After all the summer activity and loads of school exams we have managed, in the final week, to tackle Mendelssohn’s wonderful String Octet just for fun. Theorists aiming for Grade 5 and beyond began one week earlier - September 9th. (Special congratulations to Lorna Purser for her distinction grade in the summer examination.) On Thursday 7th October 2010, from 7.00pm, there will be an open rehearsal so that possible future members can see what we do and find out more about WYMS. Please come along to the Wymondham High School Drama Studio (turn in off the old

Norwich Road down the drive to the Leisure Centre, then take a sharp right into the school’s south wing car park) and sample the musical opportunities WYMS provides. For further information on all WYMS activities contact Ceinwen Thomas on 01603 452334 or visit the website


Encore Presents ‘We Dream In Technicolor’ Rehearsals are in full swing for Wymondham Group ‘Encore’ (formerly South Norfolk Operatic Society) who are busy preparing for their latest production ‘We Dream in Technicolor’, a musical reverie being performed at the studio Theatre - Wymondham High School from Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th October at 7.30pm nightly. Their revue of songs from the shows this year follows a lead character through a series of fantastical dreamscapes which entertain and amuse. The setting of the show draws from the golden era of MGM

musicals and beyond, with an especial nod to the colourful setting of Gene Kelly films. A variety of characters take to the stage with songs from Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a selection of Sondheim’s great hits, and much more.

song entitled “The Land Where The Good Songs Go”, and we intend to transport every audience member there!”

Along the way our lead character becomes more and more involved in the dream and truly lets her hair down by the final scene. The entire revue is inspired by a little-known Jerome Kern

Tickets price £8.00/ £7.00 concessions. Available from George Reeves Stationers Damgate St Wymondham or ring 01953 604881

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Rackham’s Funeral Service, Diss is sorry to announce that an incorrect telephone number has appeared in the Diss Town Guide.

After the success of our first Ladies Burlesque Shoes Event Night held at Park Farm Country Hotel, Hethersett in September, we are getting ready and planning our next, and last for this year on Friday 19th November.

The advertisement looks like the picture (right) where an error is highlighted. If you need to contact us, please call 01379 642 321 – 24 hours a day – where our experienced and dedicated staff will help you consider all the options. We apologise for this mistake and hope this has not caused you any inconvenience.

The advertisement as it appears in the Diss Town Guide with incorrect telephone number It was a great night and we would like to thank those who attended and enjoyed viewing, trying and buying some of our ranges. With Ladies Evening Handbags to match any outfit or Christmas Party, with a Free Draw to win a £50 voucher to be won again, come and join us.

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On 11th September Chyme, the charity for young musicians is hosting a concert at St Mary’s Church.

When in your garden look up to your roofline, the part that has the gutter attached to it, is it looking past its best? Is the guttering sagging? Has it come away from itself? Have you noticed birds nesting in the roof? These are just some of the things that could mean your roofline needs repairs before it gets worse. Birds nesting in between the rafters cause the truss ends to rot. Some people will have the existing wood covered; this is fine as long as the original wood has absolutely no rot. Once the gutter and fascia are removed the soffit can be inspected. In most cases the soffit could well be asbestos in which case it can be left in place. If the soffit is wood and has any rot it should be removed, whether the existing soffit is covered or left in place does not compromise the work. Once the fascia board is attached, the gutter is fitted, this comes in round,

square or ogee, and in 4 different colours, Black, White, Brown or oak effect. Then it is time for the venting system and bird combs to stop birds re-nesting and ensure rainwater runs down into the gutter and not behind the fascia, the venting system allows air to circulate in the loft space and stops condensation forming. Once completed look up and see the difference. J & S Homeworks offer a 12 month call-back service on all fitted Facias & Soffit which includes an Inspection & Clean. Call Jason of J & S Homeworks on 01953 458087 or 07747 847606 for a free no obligation quote to transform your Home.

Chyme helps provide money for students to pursue their musical talents which pays for lessons and instruments in the local area. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are £5 on the door. The concert will feature three adult performers, a soprano, Emily Eason, a pianist, Sohyun Park and organist Joongha

Park. All three have performed for Chyme before and are all currently studying music at various levels. Chyme has continued to have a good year and have had many requests for funding, by getting the local community to support our events we can continue to offer more funding to students in the area.

Western Film Show A special B Western movie will be staged by fans of that genre at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services’ Club, on Sunday 24th October (2.00pm).

Above: William Boyd & Topper The movies to be shown will take people back to the children’s matinees of the 1940s and 1950s. They feature three of

the most popular cowboy stars of that era as the programme consists of Roy Rogers in Bells of Coronado (1950), Gene Autry In the Strawberry Roan (1948) and William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) in North of the Rio Grande (1937). Tickets, priced £5, are available from Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) or on the door.

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Supreme Bathrooms With summer coming to a close now is the perfect time to get that all important new bathroom makeover fitted by Supreme Bathrooms. everything from start to finish starting with the initial survey visit right through to all work including plumbing, tiling electrics etc.

With Xmas on the horizon we can get that new bathroom fitted and completed before the cold weather arrives. Why should you take a look at Supreme Bathrooms I hear you ask, well Supreme Bathrooms is a independent family firm with over 30 years experience in bathrooms and plumbing, so we can advise you best on what kind of bathroom requirements would suit your room. Trading since 1998 we operate from our Wymondham showroom which has one of the largest array of bathroom displays in Norfolk. With easy access and parking it makes sense to drop in and take a look. From there we can take care of

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In fact all labour is carried out by our inhouse installers and tradesmen who have years of experience. Supreme Bathrooms offers quality products at genuinely affordable prices and this year save even more money before the new VAT increase in January. Visit us now and book your free home survey to get that much needed new bathroom. Neil Clayton Supreme Bathrooms of Wymondham.

Anglia Computer Solutions Ltd Has branches in Swaffham, Downham Market and Wymondham. At Anglia Computer Solutions we cover everything and anything computer related. We have just received a big shipment of reconditioned laptops from £149 which would make an excellent christmas present and are now taking deposits! We also have a wide range of both new, factory refurbished and reconditioned PC’s and Laptops. Free Data Transfer From Your Old PC / Laptop To New!! Unfortunately computers do go down, whether it’s due to viruses and spyware, old age or things like electrical storms. We are here to help! Often these kinds of problems can be solved quickly, either by replacing key components or solving any software problems - its always recommended to get a quote for a repair before just going out and buying a completely new unit. Laptops are becoming increasingly popular and although they are a bit more of a challenge to repair we cover all aspects of them. Whether the unit won’t turn on right through to keyboard, power connector and screen replacements. If it’s a problem

which cannot be fixed in store, or it’s just too inconvenient to bring in – then we will come to you. Our callouts are £39.99 which includes travelling and labour. We cover both homes and businesses whether it’s setting up wireless broadband for personal use or twenty computers in an office. We keep in a wide range of ink cartridges, cables, hardware components and peripherals in stock all ready to go, and if we don’t have what you need then they can often be ordered for the next day. More and more people are now using internet and phone to make contact rather than face to face. That is why we have added telecoms to our list of services. We can now provide businesses with a much cheaper alternative to the standard BT systems and these have many more functions including recording of calls, call divert, call queuing, call logging and the list goes on. Please phone us for a free no obligation quote to discuss your needs.

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The Boudicca Way Exciting new South Norfolk project to encourage more tourism will benefit local businesses The project, which is funded to the end of 2013, will urge anyone with an interest in tourism, our countryside and the local economy to get in touch and see how they can get involved. It has sustainability at its heart and will promote green travel options, responsible tourism and help businesses achieve accreditation in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

A long distance footpath running through the unspoilt and scenic South Norfolk countryside has received funding to help attract increased numbers of tourists and local visits to the area, providing fantastic new opportunities for local businesses. Following the award of a grant from Waveney Local Action Group (LAG), part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), The Boudicca Way Project will establish the footpath between Diss and Norwich and the surrounding area as a place to enjoy and spend some time.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all sizes to come together, reap the benefits of partnership working, and promote a new tourism offer around the existing Boudicca Way Path. Whilst being tourism based there are so many ways that local businesses of all sorts can benefit from an increase in tourism and recognition of what the Waveney Valley has to offer,” says Project Leader Steve Falvey. Plans to promote the area as a genuine option for visitors to the Waveney Valley are almost in place, and a new website will be up and running by the end of the year. However, a collaborative partnership of

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local businesses needs to be established along the route that will work together to help meet the key project objectives. Mr Falvey adds, “Aside from putting local businesses in touch to form working partnerships, share advice and work together, businesses can benefit from our project in a number of ways. Increased sustainable tourism will have a direct economic benefit to the local economy through increased revenue and employment within tourism related businesses such as accommodation, pubs, restaurants, outdoor activities, places to visit, food and drink producers, etc.” “Businesses will also benefit indirectly by working together to promote the area. For example, we’d like to find ways of working with businesses to make sure that visitors to the area are aware of the quality and range of local food and drink producers and they buy their products while they’re here.” Access to information on the area will be improved as the project will update existing information, re-guide the route and add a range of information useful to both visitors and local people. The route will be

published through the new website that will enable visitors and local residents to plan an itinerary chosen from the various options available in terms of accommodation, food and drink, local events, outdoor activities and nearby places of interest. The project will also look to work in partnership with organisations such as Visit Norfolk. Businesses can be involved as much or as little as they wish and can already register their details at www. Involvement can range from providing details for a free business listing on the website to becoming an active partner helping to shape the project. “It’s our intention to keep the process of managing the project simple and informal, avoiding endless meetings and making the most of the limited time we all have,” says Mr Falvey. Businesses wishing to register their interest can do so by visiting the holding website,, calling 07817 098784 or emailing

If you have read any of the articles written by me before, then by now you have probably sussed that the deadline for sending in a self assessment paper tax return is 31 October 2010. If of course you can complete this on line then you have until 31 January 2011. Whichever way you complete your return, you have until 31 January 2011 to pay your bill if you don’t want to pay a fine or any interest. If you haven’t done anything about it yet, firstly don’t panic and secondly pick up the phone and call us. Come and have a free initial consultation with us and we can help you. Also if you

have been one of those lucky or unlucky people who have been told you have paid the wrong amount of tax by H M Revenue and Customs, then we can help you with that too. Just ring up and come and see us and we can help you sort this out. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today – so call us on 01953 457173 or send us an email,

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Friends Of Norfolk Dialect (FOND) Short Story Competition 2010 Rules And Conditions Of Entry 1. All stories to be typed on one side of paper only.

10. Closing date for all entries will be Monday 1st November 2010.

2. Entries to be open to all-comers.

11. FOND will appoint Judges and reserves the right to publish any entry in ‘The Merry Mawkin’, other publication or media outlet.

3. All entries to be original works and not previously published or broadcast. 4. All entries to have a Norfolk theme or strong connection. 5. No entry to exceed 1000 words. 6. Every entry to include some Norfolk dialect. 7. There is no Entry Fee to enter the competition. 8. First prize £100, Second prize £50 and Third prize £30. 9. The judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Converting Tries For A Double Charity Celebration! More people than ever attended Wymondham RUFC for a Fun Day packed with excellent rugby from all ages, fundraising for two local charities, this year being the Big C’s 30th anniversary and East Anglian Air Ambulance’s 10th anniversary. Bacon rolls, burgers, candyfloss, cakes, tombola, programmes/advertising & children’s rides helped to make well over £6,000 this year (nearly £30,000 raised in 7 years). The day has grown massively and is now Wymondham Rugby Club’s annual Opening Day of the season, helping Norfolk people directly who are suffering with cancer or who need a rapid medical response by air. The day began with a visit from Radio Norfolk’s Becky Betts and the Treasure Quest team followed by a great display from Wymondham Mini’s section. Wymondham Colts retained the Jane Icke Memorial Trophy beating a spirited Lakenham Colts. Wymondham also won the inaugural David Dring Memorial Trophy beating a Norwich Union side.

The main game on the day, Saved vs. Saviours, the latter just edged out the former, and the large crowd witnessed some sparkling rugby and one spectator was heard to say, “That was as good as any that I’ve seen on TV”. The Club was even treated to a special low-level Fly Past by three Stearman Biplanes during the main game.

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Struggle To Hear At The Theatre? The New Wolsey Theatre and Hearing Care Centre Launches Partnership Promoting Captioned Performances. Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre, which has 13 centres across Suffolk said, “Being hearing impaired can be a very isolating experience. There is evidence that in some cases people can become withdrawn from their social circles, and stop doing activities like visiting the theatre.

Above: Kelly Kirkbride Access Officer Wolsey Theatre and Matthew Coward Marketing Manager Hearing Care Centre showing an example of a captioning unit For many people a visit to the theatre can prove to be a difficult experience, as they may not be able to hear or follow what’s happening live on stage. Two well-known, local organisations have today pledged to tackle this problem head on and have launched a brand new partnership. Suffolk hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre and The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich are working closely together to raise awareness about the new facilities the theatre has to offer deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing audiences. The New Wolsey Theatre has always aimed to make their venue and artistic programme as accessible as possible to the broadest audiences. But now the theatre is able to offer a range of services including Captioned, British Sign Language (BSL), Interpreted and Audio Described performances.

all the action as the words spoken by the performers are displayed on a captioned unit including the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects. As well as the captioning unit the theatre also offers an Infra Red Hearing System in the auditorium for patrons who would like hearing enhancement.

“We work with the hearing impaired community on a daily basis and recently learnt about all the great accessibility work The New Wolsey are putting in place. Through regular interaction with our customers and other contacts we want to help spread the word and get people enjoying the theatre once more,” said Karen. Kelly Kirkbride, Access Officer at the theatre said, “We are delighted to be working closely with The Hearing Care Centre on increasing and improving the access to theatre for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. We (New Wolsey) have always been convinced that more audience members use the captions than declare, so we carried out an experiment and identified that 30% of audiences found

captioning in theatre useful.” Captioned Performances available this season include Oscar Wilde’s hilarious The Importance of Being Earnest, on Thursday 7th October 2010, Reasons to be Cheerful, between Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th October 2010, and the fantastic rock ‘n’ roll panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, on Friday 7th January 2011, which is exclusively sponsored by The Hearing Care Centre. To book or for more information call the New Wolsey Box Office on 01473 295900. Or visit or

Captioning is a great way for anyone who finds it difficult to hear the actors speaking, to enjoy coming to the theatre. Similar to television subtitling, Captioned Performances enable patrons to follow

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Hethersett Old Hall School Garden Closed After entering the ‘Fitter Schools Challenge’ earlier this year Hethersett Old Hall School were delighted to learn that they have achieved the ‘Fitter Secondary School’ award. The school took part in a fitness test and then repeated it six weeks later; the results revealed that every pupil from Lower Prep to Year 11 had contributed to Hethersett Old Hall School winning the most improved secondary school. PE Teacher Jane Williams says: “The pupils worked extremely hard to achieve this award, which we are delighted to receive”. To continue their success in sport Year 6 has also achieved their Key Stage 2 swimming one year ahead of the national curriculum requirement. Headmaster Stephen Crump comments; “The school has some amazing facilities including our on-site swimming pool and large spacious grounds to enable a variety of different sports to suit each of our pupils, as well as our many visiting coaches to supplement the curriculum. In addition to our range of sports we also offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where girls can gain experience of all sorts of

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outdoor activities that really enhance their personal development”. The schools next open day will be held on Saturday 9th October from 10am12.30pm for Pre-Prep, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. For a tour of our Sixth Form facilities and the opportunity to speak to specialist AS and A-Level subject teachers, join us for the sixth form open evening on Tuesday 12th October from 6.30pm-8.30pm. To receive further details and join our mailing list please call Mrs Kim Borrer, Registrar on 01603 810390 or email

For Winter As the leaves begin to fall and the colours of summer become a distant memory, do you ignore your garden until the new spring growth? Why not have a garden for all seasons where you can enjoy the bright winter mornings without the fear of becoming bogged down in mud. If this sounds like your perfect garden, then why not let us bring your dreams to life. At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of landscaping.

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Charity Dinner Dance For anybody interested in the Irish singer, Dominic Kirwan, there will be a charity Dinner Dance held at The Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport, on Sunday 5th December 2010. Support Act is the local Country Comedian Nigel (Boy) Syer, proceeds are to Marie Curie and the four course Christmas meal with three hours of

entertainment will cost £45 per head. Details can be had from Ronnie or Vanessa Martin on 01953 607924.

Learn To Dance By Christmas 4 Dances in 10 weeks! New Beginners Class Friday 8th October at 8.30pm We can’t promise you’ll be on Strictly, but by the end of this Course you’ll be able to Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha and Jive! Two left feet? No rhythm? Come along so we can prove you wrong – and you don’t even need a partner! With an easy pace, a light-hearted, relaxed atmosphere and plenty of revision, it couldn’t be easier to learn, especially as, to start, we’ll focus

on just one dance each week. There’ll be an hour of tuition, then half an hour of supervised dancing practice, when you’ll receive individual attention and help to ensure you’re really confident. Dancing is incredibly good for you on all levels – it’s fun and social, gets you fit, and certainly keeps you thinking! Come and have a great time learning at Simply Dance! Visit or ring Sandra on 01953 455500.

Making Sure Your Running Remains FUN Your running should always ultimately be fun. There is always a risk of getting caught up and forgetting the fun factor. Run for yourself To truly enjoy your running you should run for internal reasons, not for anyone or anything else. Run for the pure joy of running. Variety Try something new once in a while, join a club, do some speed sessions, try hill running, change your pace, try some new routes, do some existing routes in reverse. Let go and sprint Give a short burst of sprinting a go. Cut yourself loose and open up, stride out, get your heart rate up and see how it feels. Don’t force the issue Relax a little and don’t fall into the overtraining trap. Quite often doing what can seem like less actually achieves more.

your timepiece at home, just run by feel and effort level once in a while. Visit the coast Unless you already live along the coast a run along the beach is a welcome change. Enjoy the feeling of sand under foot and deep lung fulls of fresh sea air. Talk about it Tell your friends, family and work colleagues about your regime and achievements. Pat yourself on the back Whether you are trying to keep fit at 40, lose weight, improve distance times or just wanting to get outdoors. Look back, reflect and pat yourself on the back.

Lose yourself Many runners can become slaves to their watches. Give yourself a break and leave

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The Regal Experience On Sunday 3rd October the Regal Experience Group will present a vintage double British crime bill featuring Hitchcock’s acclaimed 1937 drama, Young and Innocent and Home to Danger, “a tidy little thriller” from 1951.

Above: George Merritt, Nova Pilbeam, Derrick de Marney and John Longden in Young and Innocent (1937) The show will be at 2.30pm at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services’ Club. Set in Cornwall, Young and Innocent stars Derrick De Marney and Nova Pilbeam. It tells the story of a man, wrongly accused of murder, who goes on the run with the daughter of the Chief Constable investigating the crime! With accomplished performances from Guy Rolfe, Stanley Baker and Rona Anderson, Home to Danger is about a drug dealer who tries to kill his partner’s daughter. In keeping with the thriller theme the star prize in the raffle will be a DVD of Payroll (1961) with the sleeve

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Above: In the States, Young and Innocent was called The Girl Was Young. specially signed by the star Michael Craig, whom the group recently visited at his home near Monmouth. Tickets for the show are available from the Wymondham Heritage Museum or from Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) or Maureen Dodman (01953 605593). Price £5, (concessions £4).

Above: The Regal Experience Group members with Michael Craig (4th from left) with a poster for his film payroll. The picture was taken at his home near Monmouth.

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What All UK Businesses Must Address... To Comply With The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? The RRO, or the fire safety order as it has now become known, was introduced in October 2006. It was arguably the biggest shake up of fire safety legislation that we have seen in many years. Even today, nearly four years on since the legislation was introduced in the United Kingdom, business owners, and those responsible in the workplace are still unsure as to what their legal responsibilities are. By the end of the editorial you will have a better understanding of what you need to do to comply.

anyone in the workplace. You then need to develop a clear prevention policy.

clear, and to be adequately illuminated by suitable emergency escape lighting.

Article 11- Fire Safety Arrangements. Is the fire safety management that you currently have effective? Well it may be provided you have considered the following; a clear effective attitude to fire safety, a clear company policy. You will also need an effective emergency plan with all those staff involved in emergency procedures knowing exactly what it is that is expected of them.

Article 15 – Procedures For Serious And Imminent Danger And For Danger Areas. Do you have procedures, and controls in place, safety drills and more importantly, a sufficient number of competent staff to manage evacuation of the premises if needed? Have you prevention procedures to restrict exposure of relevant persons to risk?

Article 9 – The Need For A Risk Assessment. If you are the responsible person for your business then you need to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which staff, visitors or contractors may be exposed to.

Article 12 – Elimination Or Reduction Of Risks From Dangerous Substances. This is only normally relevant where dangerous substances are present within the workplace. Where a dangerous substance may be present you need to focus on whether or not you have adequate control measures in place, including the control of ignition sources.

Article 16 – Additional emergency measures in respect of dangerous substances. So how are we best going to prepare ourselves for this? Well by considering the following: You must ensure that information on emergency arrangements is available, that suitable warning and other communication systems are established, escape facilities are provided and maintained, also provide information to emergency services.

Article 10 – Principles Of Prevention To Be Applied. Have any preventative and protecting measures been implemented within the workplace? The areas you need to consider are whether or not the risks that cannot be avoided have been evaluated? Combat the risks that can be controlled, replacing the dangerous by non-dangerous, or less dangerous to

Article 14 – Emergency Routes And Exits. Is effective means of escape provided and maintained? Where necessary to safeguard the safety of your staff you must ensure that routes to emergency exits... and exits...are kept

Article 17 – Maintenance. Are your company fire safety provisions being adequately maintained? Consider firstly the fire alarm and the active

fire safety equipment is it subject to suitable systems of maintenance, is it routinely tested by competent staff members, is all the equipment within the premises subject to PAT testing. Article 18 – Safety Assistance. Do you have an adequate number of competent staff, and arrangements in place to assist you in undertaking the preventative and protective measures? If the answer is no to this question then you must appoint a sufficient number of staff, and train them. Article 21- Training. Are employees effectively trained? If not then you need to focus on induction training for all new staff, company emergency procedures, fire fighting equipment, safe handling of dangerous substances, whether the training delivered is by a competent person. Well, I hope that what has been written will assist you in your own business? Fire safety legislation doesn’t have to be complicated. Simon Maher For and behalf of Icarus Fire Safety Consultancy Ltd.

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By Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists

The name ‘beech’ comes from the Anglo Saxon ‘boc’ and the Germanic word ‘buche’ – these give rise to the word ‘book’. Old manuscripts were written on thin tablets of beech wood and bound in beech boards. There are ten species of true beech all of which occur in temperate regions. We are most familiar with the Common Beech Fagus sylvatica and Copper Beech Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ which is a ‘sport’. About 1 in 1,000 seeds from the Common Beech will produce a Copper Beech tree. All beech species have smooth, thin, silver grey bark and can attain heights of 130ft. They commonly live for 250 to 300 years. Beech is widely used for hedging because it retains its dead leaves in winter providing protection; and in summer the leaves provides food for livestock. The young leaves have a nutty flavour but become bitter with age. Beech flowers are small; the female are green and the male yellow. The edible nuts – up to 3 in a woody husk – can be collected in early autumn. Apart from being very tasty, in some cultures they are also an important source of cooking oil. Right up to the middle ages the making of ‘mast’ for pigs and other livestock included beech nuts and foliage

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because of its high content of minerals, starch and protein. Because beech wood is heavy and hard it has been widely used to make furniture, tool handles and bowls. In both North America and Europe the astringent and antiseptic properties of beech have been used; a bark preparation was an old remedy for fever. Both the Celts and Romans revered the beech. Celtic alters were dedicated to the god Fagus and Zeus was worshipped in a beech sanctuary under the name of Jupiter Fagutalis. In Westphalia in the 18C, it was believed that babies were picked out of hollow beech trees rather than delivered by a stork. It is reputed that Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press after seeing an imprint of a beech carving on the paper it was wrapped in. A Little Test Of Your Knowledge The answers are at the end of the column. 1) What causes the oak apple to form? a) Fly, b) Wasp, c) Aphid, d) Fungus 2) What is the common name for Quercus robur? a) Ash b) Lime c) Oak, d) Maple

3) What is the scientific term for assessing the age of a tree? a) Lineolology b) Annulology c) Dendrochronology d) Megathuriumology 4) How old is the oldest known living entire tree? a) 3,500yrs b) 4,500yrs c) 5,500yrs d) 6,500yrs (approximately)

9) How many seeds can you expect from a healthy mature birch/year? a)200,000 b) 500,000 c)1,000,000 d) 1,500,000

5) Where are the two tallest trees in the UK? a) Scotland b) Wales c) England d) Northern Ireland

10) How many species of tree in the world (approximately)? a) 10,000 b)15,000 c)20,000 d) 30,000

6) What is the hardest wood? a) Quercus b) Ebony c) Iron Wood d) Guaiacum

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dereham Breckland Winter Arts Festival Seeks Local Champions A new Winter Arts Festival will see live theatre, comedy, music, film and spoken word performances staged in village pubs, halls and libraries throughout Breckland. Now organisers have put a call out for volunteers to help organise and champion the various events and help ensure the Festival brightens up the dark winter months. Breckland Council, who are organising, funding and promoting the Breckland Winter Arts Festival in partnership with Creative Arts East, are calling on local groups and organisations to come forward and act as Festival Champions. As Champions, they would be responsible for finding a suitable venue in their village, promoting the event and selling tickets. Champions can choose their event from a menu of high quality productions provided through Creative Arts East, and would be given training and guidance on

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topics such as promotion, pricing and health and safety.

project, or to find out how to become a Festival Champion, contact

Adrian Stasiak, Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities and Benefits said: “We have already had two knock-out successes with the Breckland Film Festival and our recent Theatre Festival. It was evident at both Festivals that performances staged in local spaces such as village halls really bring communities together and we are keen to build on this. There will be a wide range of productions on offer, so Champions will be able to choose a performance that will suit their local community and ensure a good turnout”.

Drug Abuse Reduces Settlement

The Festival will run throughout January and February 2011. For more information about the

Breckland Council Arts Officer Sam Dawson on 01362 656870

It is not common for drug-taking to be a factor in a personal injury settlement, but a recent case has dealt with this specific point. The claim concerned the death of a motorcyclist in a road traffic accident. The court ruled that the level of the compensation award should be reduced by 15 per cent because of the presence of traces of cocaine in the deceased’s blood.

Expert evidence was given that the presence of the drug would have affected the dead man’s reaction times. In addition, the claim for future loss of earnings was reduced by a further 40 per cent because of evidence given that the man was addicted to cocaine.

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Is It Any Of Your Business? By W F Smith & Co Consultant Roger Sharp obvious sign of it outside. Even if there is no such restriction in the deeds setting up a business operation (say by using part of the yard for a business workshop) would be a breach of planning laws because there is a change of use.

Many people these days are self employed, running many types of businesses from a variety of locations including, of course, on the web. These businesses are assets like any other and can be sold as going concerns. There are many traps for the unwary both in setting up and selling/buying a business. Running a business from home, for example, might be banned under the house deeds. It is very common to find such a “restrictive covenant” in housing developments. The developer’s intention is to preserve the residential character of the area and sometimes the clauses are drafted so widely as to prohibit any business activity even if there is no

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Buying a business as a going concern is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem. There are real risks of not getting all you want; and also of getting more (to your cost) than you bargained for. It all depends on the business model being used by the seller. Some businesses are run through limited companies and others by individuals either alone or in partnership. They are two entirely different arrangements. A limited company is a separate person in the eyes of the law and has assets and obligations independent of its shareholders. If a person is selling “his business”, is he selling the company itself (i.e. the shareholding of it) or is he selling its assets only? The buyer needs to be certain of which it is. Furthermore the company might not own all of the business assets (often it does not for

perfectly proper business reasons). It might not own the premises where the business is carried on or the intellectual property rights of its founder. It might not own the rights to a very valuable trading name separate from the company name. Buying the company rather than just its assets means you might get a whole load of debts and claims, and all the employees! In general it is usually better just to buy the assets unless the company name is itself a valuable asset. If the business sale is supposed to include the business premises it is necessary to check what sort of title the seller has. The company might not be the owner. The premises might be leased and the landlord’s consent would be needed before the lease is transferred. The benefit of buying a business could very quickly disappear if the seller, having got his money, immediately sets up a competing business just down the road and all the customers follow him. To avoid this, the contract should contain a promise by the seller not to trade in competition for a certain period within

a certain area. Even that can be tricky because the promise cannot be too restrictive; it cannot effectively prevent someone earning a living from his personal skills. The area of the restriction depends on how the business is carried on. If it is web based, the area could be national or Europe wide. The size of the business does not matter. Even in a very small business, issues can arise. Do not take risks: seek legal advice.

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Wayland Celebrates Cultural Success

VPH Roofing & Scaffolding Ltd

More than 100 people enjoyed a spectacular night of music and dance at the Wayland Celebration of Culture.

The company offers competitive pricing of any types of roofing works with quality and satisfaction guaranteed. Unlike

many other companies who may dismiss small or remedial jobs, VPH Roofing is proud to offer everyone the same service.

Competition was drawn too – Lesley Lloyd of Watton won the entire prize fund of 30 prizes including a 40” TV. Needless to say she was ecstatic. Town Mayor Roy Ivory, Chair of Wayland Chamber of Commerce Salena Dawson and Pride in Breckland Manager, Richard Wills announced the winner.

VPH Roofing does not only carry out roofing works but also offers sales of new and reclaimed roofing materials.

A vast array of nationalities converged on Watton Sports Centre including people from Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, Brazil, Latvia and of course England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As well as enjoying some spectacular music and dance, the purpose of the night was to learn a little more about each other’s cultures and this was certainly achieved. The Norwich Samba Band was first class and really got the night off to an explosive start, the belly dancer and Capoeira display were brilliant too. The most impressive act of all was the Bagpiper who not only entertained the audience

with his music but also gave a brief history of the bagpipes and explained their cultural importance which was both very interesting and at times hilarious. Representatives from the migrant community also had plenty to offer. There were food samples from Portugal, Brazil, Poland and Lithuania as well as a Sardine BBQ put on by Tina and Jon Cruz from Portugal. From the British side there were Real Ale samples and information on British customs and national dishes. It was fantastic to see friendships being formed all around the room. The winner of the Wayland Jigsaw

VPH Roofing has been trading for 20 years and grown over this time from a one man band Vincent Harwood to now employing over 23 people.

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Organisers of the event Breckland Council and partners; The Chamber of Commerce and Wayland Partnership - were extremely happy with how the night was delivered as were Watton Town Council who had several representatives present.

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Roots And Routes

Don’t Cycle On Footpaths

“You can never have too many logs”

Police in Watton are taking a zero tolerance approach to cyclists using footpaths. Roots and Routes (east) Ltd which began with myself and a small Fiesta van has now become a five man operation servicing everything from small £15 grass cuts, commercial contracts, Town and District Council work and full relandscaping of gardens, towns areas and schools. Offering all services from; • Garden and grounds, maintenance, landscaping, garden clearance, waste and property clearance and small removals.

That’s what my Dad always told me, says Iain Hyson of Norfolk Logs and Roots and Routes (east) Ltd, which started off as collecting fire wood from jobs we did cutting peoples trees down and doing garden clearances with Roots and Routes Ltd has evolved into a business in its own right. Delivering cut/split hard wood logs as far as Norwich, Fakenham, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, with several different quantities available to meet everyone’s storage needs.

The issue of cyclists using pedestrian footpaths was raised by local people at the Watton police engagement events Cops and Coffee, and the Bill Barrow as residents felt unsafe walking on the pavements. This concern was made a priority in the Watton neighbourhood. Watton Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) will be running an initiative to tackle this

issue in the town. Police officers and Police Community Support Officers will be conducting cycle and foot patrols around Watton in an effort to identify cycling offences. To contact Watton SNT call 0845 456 4567 or email

• Pressure washing of any surface with our fully self contained system no water or power is needed by the customer. • Waste collection from events/markets or premises including a litter picking service. • We can also offer a river clearance with the boat we have on our fleet. So why not give is a call if we cant do it we usually know some one who can!!!

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Don’t let this problem send you barking mad...

Book Now... Christmas Is Coming! Redwings Blind Boo... Stars on Christmas card. Boo, a gentle giant of a horse whose story shocked the equine world and the public at large in March 2009 when he was was left blind by heartless thugs is now starring on a Christmas Card to raise money for the charity that saved him. The brave Clydesdale – who now lives happily at Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s headquarters near Norwich – is being celebrated by his charity carers for his braveness in adapting to his sightless world.

advised to put him to sleep, as at 16.1hh the heavy horse was potentially difficult and dangerous to care for. They had heard of Redwings’ expertise in this area and approached the Sanctuary for their help. After careful consideration, Redwings agreed to take him in as they could offer Boo all the specialist care and veterinary attention he might need. The charity is already home to 25 other visually impaired horses.

Boo, already blind in one eye from cancer, was shot in his good eye by unknown attackers in a premeditated mindless act of violence whilst he was turned out at his home in Surrey. The pellet was so far embedded in the back of his eye it was likely that the shotgun’s barrel was held up against his eye. Boo’s owner was faced with a difficult decision and was even

Boo’s friend Oliver (who also features on the card) has unobtrusive bells in his mane so Boo can hear where he is. Every day, Boo’s feed is put in the same place and wind chimes act as a compass for where the water trough is. Boo’s paddock is next to the charity’s administration building so the staff can cast an eye over Boo regularly.

“Even though Boo lives at our headquarters and not a Visitor Centre he has built up a fan base,” explains Communications Manager Nicola Markwell. “We took a lovely photo of him munching hay last year which we’ve decided to turn into a Christmas card as he looks so at peace. Despite the pain he has been through and his lack of sight he

remains calm and friendly. His unwavering trust in humans is very touching.” ‘Boo and Friend’ is available as a pack of 10 Christmas cards for £2.99. To order please visit or call 01508 481010.

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Book Now... Christmas Is Coming! The Green Dragon The Green Dragon’s Pre-Christmas menu will be available from the 1st until 23rd December and will be pre-booking only. Below is the menu available. If you would like a copy of the menu sent out to you please contact us. Our Christmas Day menu is also available at £45 per person, please contact us for a pre-order form and a menu and we will get it out to you.

& Chilli Mayonnaise. Broccoli & Goats Cheese Parcels – Served with homemade Tomato Chutney. Venison Pâté – Served with Granary Toast.

Christmas Menu

Main Course

3 Courses - £19.95 – 2 Courses £16.95

Belly of Pork, Slow Roasted with Black Treacle – Served on an Apple & Dijon mash and Fresh Vegetables.

Starter Indian Spiced Parsnip Soup – Served with Linseed & Poppy Seed Bread. Tempura Plaice – Served with Lime

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Traditional Crown of Turkey – Served with Seasonal Trimmings. Char-grilled Fillet of Beef – Served with Lyonnaise Potatoes, fine

beans and a Whiskey & Wild Mushroom Sauce. Loin of Cod, baked with Smoked Pancetta, Thyme, Cherry Tomatoes and Lemon Butter – Served with Roasted New Potatoes. Crisp Yorkshire Pudding with a rich Shepherdess Quorn Filling – Served with Roast Potatoes, Sage & Onion Stuffing and Fresh Vegetables. Pudding Luxury Christmas Pudding – with Brandy Custard

Homemade Apple & Berry Ginger Crumble – Served with Chantilly cream. Chocolate Marquis Lemon Tart

Health, beauty & wellbeing Fresh Starts For Autumn Health & Beauty Tips for a Gorgeous New You! With Summer gone and Autumn on our doorstep we are probably all experiencing the excesses of Summer and the party season, such as over exposure to the sun, damaged locks and poor eating habits. With the days getting shorter and chillier and the demands of school and office increasing, stress is often nipping at our heels. It is the perfect time of year to reassess and revitalize your make up, skin and hair to get your body and soul in great shape for Autumn! Revitalise Your Skin Now is the time to take care of your skin. Use a facial scrub, to exfoliate any dead skin cells, caused by the damaging effects of sun impurities from too much sun and sunscreen. A moisture mask adds valuable moisture to your skin. Apply in the shower, just five minutes, and your skin will be

softer. Your skin is in desperate need of re-hydratration. Treat yourself to a daily rich hydrating moisturiser such as a repair cream. Bring Your Hair Back To Life Your hair takes a beating all summer long from sun, salt, chlorine, and wind. Get a good hair cut or trim and deep condition your hair to replenish lost moisture.

colours reflect the cooler temperatures and warmer clothes. As clothes get heavier, so do makeup colours. This means it’s time for a change in your makeup bag as well. Autumn makeup is defined by flushed cheeks, and emphasis on both eyes & lips.

Autumn is also a great time to update your style. If you have a classic hairstyle, you can achieve a more contemporary look by adding layers or texturizing to break up the interior. To add fullness to your hair, try a Styling Mousse, or Straightening balm to smooth out unwanted curls.

The most dramatic focus of the season is on the eye. Using a colour mascara instead of jet black gives lashes lots of soft volume. Apply some concealer to your eyelids and dust with powder- this is a make-up trick used by the pros to ensure that shadow stays put and looks smooth. Deep purples, plums, blues and neutrals adorn the classic smoky eye, while bright berries, burgundies, reds and fuchsias give the lips a dramatic sizzle.

Try A New Make Up Look With the start of Autumn here, makeup

Keep that summer glow around for just a little longer with a light bronzing

powder. Remember to sweep towards your temple and apply to areas normally hit by the sun.

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NBR Scooter Brokers

Spacious retirement bungalows in Swanton Morley

NBR Scooter Brokers is a family run business which prides itself on their commitment to their customers (existing and new!!)

It is everyone’s desire to be able to live in their family home for as long as their health allows them. However, age or health problems may make this difficult. Finding suitable care for elderly parents can be a worry for their families and often results in unnecessary admission into a Care Home. For a moment, forget what you know about care homes and elderly care and imagine something totally new and different... • Your own spacious, homely two bed room bungalow in a popular sought after village location - Village of the Year 2009 • A place where you could really enjoy your retirement • People to talk to and get to know • Clubs, activities and entertainment all on site

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• Regular bus service within walking distance & good local amenities • Tailor made service packages • The choice to purchase or partial ownership. Woodgate Park bungalows have been designed to make their residents feel safe, secure and to access on-site care to suit their specific needs. Assisted living is a service with staff based on site to monitor your general well being and provide assistance when needed for everyday activities of living. This will vary from emergency access to regular assistance. Such services include..... • Personal care • Cleaning/laundry/shopping services • Cooked meals • Gardening and maintenance

Their main objective is to provide impartial advice together with a friendly and efficient service!! They offer the service of a free, no obligation, home demonstration. Their core business is the supply of new mobility

With Swanton Morley Surgery and Lincoln House Care Home on your doorstep, Woodgate Park offers peace of mind to its residents and their friends/relatives. Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment, allowing the residents of Woodgate Park time to concentrate on enjoying their retirement. Visit our stunning Show Home now. To make an appointment please call 01362 620002 or visit our website

scooters, they also have a selection of preowned scooters. In addition to mobility scooters, they can also supply the following: • Stairlifts • Powered wheelchairs • Powerchairs • Rise & recline armchairs • Adjustable beds • Bathlifts • 3 & 4 wheel walkers • Attendant and self propelled wheelchairs They also offer a hire service, together with repairs, servicing and insurance work. NBR scooter brokers are accredited with Norfolk trusted traders which is organised by Norfolk County Council.

Brooklyn House Brooklyn House is just one of Caring Homes’ highly acclaimed modern purpose-built care homes. The majority of the rooms have en-suite facilities and all of them have a ‘nurse call’ system and television point. Each en-suite has a shower/wet room which is ideal for people with mobility issues and there are assisted baths throughout the building. Specifically designed to care for elderly residents, Brooklyn House is equipped with every modern facility to ensure high standards of comfort. Brooklyn House has a new sun room which enhances the communal accommodation. The home’s central position means it is ideally suited for local amenities and public transport links. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide superior palliative care, offering 24-hour care to residents with serious illnesses to relieve their suffering and improve their quality of life. Every resident is given a comprehensive, individual care plan, whether they are staying for a period of convalescence or are permanent residents. We also welcome visitors for a short respite.

Our dedicated multi-disciplinary team is on call 24-hours a day and pride themselves on the high-quality care they offer. We place a high emphasis on dining at Brooklyn House, serving traditional cooking and offering a varied choice at every meal. Our fully qualified chef carefully plans the menus to make sure all the meals are nutritionally balanced. As well as breakfast, lunch and supper, hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available all day. Brooklyn House’s dedicated Activities Coordinator ensures there is always something going on so residents can enjoy a full and interesting lifestyle and continue with their hobbies. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit, please contact Brooklyn House on 0808 166 1347 or visit the website at

South Norfolk Mobility One of our electric rise and recline chairs could be the answer to ensure comfort, as we spend longer evenings by the fireside. Here at SNMC we stock chairs from six of the leading manufacturers, so that you have a wide variety of styles and prices to choose from. Starting at £495.00 for a chair able to take a user’s weight up to 18 stone, these chairs help you to get seated by raising to an almost standing position, before gently lowering you down. You can then recline, with your legs gently

supported and elevated - which can greatly aid circulation. Take a look at our chairs on our website www.southnorfolkmobilitycentre. Or call in at our showroom where you can try one for yourself. We look forward to seeing you...

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY The New Autumn & Winter 2010/11 Menu From Wiltshire Farm Foods So what’s new for the winter months? We have 20 exciting new meals and desserts for you to choose from, everything from classic Steak & Mushroom Pie, to indulgent Black Forest Gateau. Earlier in the year we introduced our new Hearty range for those with larger appetites, so if you like your meals just that little bit bigger, why not try our succulent Hearty Redcurrant & Rosemary Lamb Casserole, tasty Hearty Ocean Pie or warming Hearty Winter Vegetable Casserole with Dumpling? There are over 230 tempting options to choose from in the new brochure, including all your classic favourites, Mini

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Meals for smaller appetites and Hot and Cold Desserts – all at great value prices, delivered to your door for free. We also cater for a wide range of special dietary needs, including lower fat, gluten free, diabetic diets and a range of ‘free from’ options. Meals are delivered free of charge and direct to your door by our caring, CRB police-checked drivers and if you wish, your driver will even pop the meals in the freezer for you. Whenever you’re ready, you can simply heat your meal from frozen in an oven or microwave and enjoy. Gail Rowley from Wiltshire Farm Foods

Norfolk comments: “We’re so pleased with all our new meals and desserts and they’re perfect for the winter months. If you can’t decide what to choose, why not try one of our excellent selection packs, offering a selection of our most popular

meals and desserts – it’s the perfect introduction to our range. Give my team a call on 01362 699049 - we’re happy to take your order or answer any questions you may have.”





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Reach Over 42,500 Potential Customers Low cost display advertising to meet the smallest budget. Reach over 42,500 homes and businesses in the Diss, Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford areas. From a single advert in one Dispatch Magazine, to a run of 3, 6 or 12 months in one or all three Dispatch Magazines.

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Motoring Advertising The Dispatch Magazine Tyre Tracks Section is designed to offer advertising for the motoring trade around the area. Low cost display advertising to meet the smallest budget. Reach over 42,500 homes and businesses in the Diss, Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford areas. From a single advert in one Dispatch Magazine, to a run of 3, 6 or 12 months in one or all three Dispatch Magazines.

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Looking After Your Car Everyone knows that to keep your car running nice and smoothly, you need to have regular services. But you should also be keeping an eye on your car in-between taking it to the professionals, by running a series of monthly checks on your vehicle. The best way is to find your owner’s manual. Some of us are very organised and keep them in the car, but others have no idea where the manual is. If you’re one of these people, contact the dealer or the manufacturer (or check e-bay!) as each car has specific requirements, and maintenance issues do vary widely from one car to another. Once in your hand, the owner manual should cover everything you need to know. In-between visits to the professionals, you should schedule in a monthly check. Make it a day when you have enough time to go through each aspect of the check carefully and slowly, and make sure you’ve got it all covered. By doing these checks on a regular basis, not only will you keep your vehicle in tiptop running condition, but you will also appreciate the car better and learn to spot small problems before they develop into bigger, most costly issues. You’ll also reduce the risk of you breaking down.

So here’s a list of things to check every month: 1. Tyres UK law requires that you have the correct size and type of tyres for the vehicle that you are driving, and also for the purpose for which it is being used. The legal limit for minimum depth on the tread of your tyres is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread going around the complete circumference of the tyre. Although this is the legal limit most motor safety organizations suggest that the tyres should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 3mm as it is recognised across the country that the legal limit isn’t really sufficient to protect drivers caught up in adverse driving conditions. If your tyres are more worn than the legal limit you could face a penalty of up to 3 points and a £2500 fine (per tyre). When you’re happy that your tread is safe, you should check the pressure of your tyres. Your owner manual should tell you how

to do this and what pressure your tyres should be. An essential monthly check, it’s also a good idea to carry this out anytime you’ve gone over a sharp or bumpy object, or if there is a dramatic change in temperature. 2. Leaks Check around the car and on the floor where it is parked for oil leaks. You can usually tell what is leaking by its colour, but it does depend on where you get your car serviced. Commonly, oil is black, power steering and brake fluids are clear but with a slightly brown tinge, coolant is a yellowish green, wiper fluid is bright blue or pink. 3. Fluid Levels Check your fluid levels, including your engine oil, coolant levels, power steering fluid and transmission fluid if appropriate. Fill your windscreen wash container too. 4. Under Bonnet Checks Check under the bonnet to see if there are any split or cracked spark plug wires, cracked radiator hoses or loose clamps

and corrosion around the battery terminals. 5. Brakes And Wheel Alignment Brakes are the next port of call. Take the car to a flat and quiet stretch of road, rest your hands very lightly on the steering wheel and apply the brakes, increasing the pressure slowly. If the vehicle goes to one side, one of the brake linings may be more worn than the other, or it’s possible that the brakes may need adjustment or the wheels are possibly misaligned. If you can, check your brake pads and discs too, though this doesn’t need to be done monthly, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them and to have a good idea of when they are going to need replacing. If you find any problems not covered by your owner’s manual, please contact your local garage immediately, and get the issue resolved.

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