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Issue 191 Autumn 2017

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WE TAKE A LOOK AROUND KING’S LYNN with Steve Browning

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elcome to our autumn edition of Dispatch Magazine. We’ve packed our pages with everything you need to know for the coming months, with local news from Attleborough (starting on p7), Diss news (starting on p17) and all that is going on in Wymondham (starting on p25). On Page 33 We take a look at what’s on at the Norwich Theatre Royal and the Northern Ballet’s new adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and regular Dispatch writer Steve Browning takes us on a tour of Kings Lynn starting on page 38. We would like to thank all our fantastic contributors, who help make Dispatch Magazine such a wonderful success. It’s a joy to be part of such a lovely team – and a great publication too! Keep up the good work everyone! Remember – as well as producing Dispatch Magazine for the Market Towns in Norfolk and Suffolk, we also produce FineCity Magazine for the fine city of Norwich, Norfolk on My Mind Magazine for North Norfolk and Suffolk on My Mind for Bury St Edmunds Jonathan Horswell Owner / Editor DispatchMag

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K ER R Y B UT C H ER Local financial advice t only seems a few days ago that we were celebrating the longest day and 6 weeks school holidays and now here we are hurtling quickly towards autumn and much shorter days. Even though summer is lovely, autumn can be good too snuggling up in woolly jumpers enjoying hot chocolate and soup! –not in the same mug preferably. However we are not quite there yet – hopefully a few more sunny days to enjoy yet before we have to knuckle down and address the autumn list of chores.

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The most important part of completing any tax return is compiling the information. Make sure that you know exactly what you need to include, which incomes you have to declare and what expenses are allowable – if you don’t know, then best to go and see someone who does and can point you in the right direction – A good tax advisor will hopefully be able to suggest some good tax saving tips which will hopefully save you some money in the long run. Whilst fees for completing a personal tax return itself are not tax deductible, (the clue is in the title “personal” tax return) costs for any business accounting, rental or capital gains will be tax deductible and can be accrued so that tax is saved as soon as possible. In addition to your tax return if you run a self employed business, you might like to think about ways to make your business more economical moving forward. Make sure that you and your family are utilising all of the tax allowances available to you. This could be by using the married couple’s allowance, running a payroll via your limited company or even thinking about setting up a partnership so that you and your husband/ wife or partner could receive a share of the profits each and hopefully pay considerably less tax. Make sure that you are making the best of all the savings at your disposal. If you are not sure what is available or what the options

I am a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors and able to help students with both RGT & Rockschool grades in playing electric, acoustic, and bass guitar. Although I have an existing student base, I am hoping this will expand, along with the possibility of teaching in some more local schools.

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If you have had the misfortune to receive a notice from HMRC asking you to submit a tax return, then now is probably a good time to start thinking about this seriously. If you have income which has not been taxed, or HMRC are not aware of it, you have until 5 October to advise HMRC of this so that they can decide whether you must complete a tax return. If you have received a notice asking you to complete a tax return, then you must either complete this, or contact HMRC and advise them of the reasons why you do not need to complete a return. If HMRC agree with your reasoning, then you may be lucky and have the notice withdrawn. Whatever happens, don’t just ignore the request because that is the easiest way to lose £100 in a penalty.

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are, then make sure that you go and see an accountant or advisor who can help you. Not only is it important to ensure that you are claiming all of the benefits that are available, you also need to make sure that you are declaring everything to HMRC. If you receive child benefit, make sure that neither you nor your partner earn £50,000 per year or more because if you do, then you will need to pay the high interest tax charge which can be as much as the child benefit you received initially. If you are concerned about this, make sure that you speak to your advisor, or to us so that you ensure that you are not receiving benefits that are costing you in tax. Other changes occurring over the last few months include the new tax free child care scheme – this is a new scheme being implemented as well as the child care vouchers which have been going for quite some time. The good news with the tax free child care scheme is that your employer does not have to be involved with the scheme and you have the independence to save as and when you can. Overall there are lots of ways of becoming tax efficient so if you haven’t already spoken to an advisor then maybe now is the time to contact one and make an appointment. If you want to contact us we will be very happy to speak with you. You never know you may even save enough in tax to treat yourself to luxury hot chocolate and furry snow boots ready for the upcoming winter.

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AT T L EB O R O UGH C AR T O O N T R AI L Fun Trail around Attleborough fter the success of the last two years trails, the Attleborough Fun Fest Team got their heads together and decided on a ‘Cartoon Trail’ for this years theme. It’s proving to be very popular with families, looking for a low cost, fun activity for the children. 75 Attleborough shops and businesses are taking part with some wonderful displays. A winner will be drawn from the correct entries, there is also a ‘best window’ competition that is voted for

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by entrants on their Trail Map. It’s a pleasure seeing the children having such fun walking around the town looking for the characters. Its also a fantastic way of getting families out and about and as the characters are from many years, its proving popular with adults as well!! Following the success of the Cartoon Trail the town will be putting on a Pumpkin Trail within which the local shops will display a pumpkin and a number for the trail finders to discover. Trail finders will need to write down the name the shop that each pumpkin in displayed in.

The Trail will start on Monday 23rd October before finishing on Saturday 28th October as the town hosts a children’s ghost walk starting at 6.30pm with a second walk at 7.30pm. Tickets will be £5 per child, which includes a hot snack and drink. The tickets will be on sale beginning of September from Cranks Cycles, AW Myhills and The Bakery. Both walks will start from The Bakery Attleborough. Cranks Cycles, AW Myhills and The Bakery will also all be able to supply the Pumpkin Trail maps from early October.

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Plans which outline how significant growth in Attleborough could be delivered have been submitted to Breckland Council. Attleborough Land Ltd (part of Ptarmigan Land Ltd) and various landowners are seeking outline planning permission to build up to 4,000 homes, a link road, and other infrastructure and community facilities on the previously identified Strategic Urban Extension site, to the south west of the town. Among the plans are proposals for: • Up to 4,000 new homes • Construction of a new link road between Buckenham Road and London Road • Access roads and junctions onto the development • A pedestrian footbridge across the railway line and other off-site highway improvements • Two primary schools • Shops • Community buildings • Sports pitches and public green and open spaces • As part of the planning scrutiny process, Breckland Council has launched a consultation, inviting residents to review the proposals and submit their comments.

scrutinised by our planning team and will be presented to the council’s planning committee for consideration in due course. To help inform this assessment, we encourage residents to review the plans and share their comments with us.” To get involved, people can review the comments and submit their views online by searching for 3PL/2017/0996/O at www.breckland.gov.uk/planningsearch. Alternatively, comments can be emailed to planning@breckland.gov.uk or submitted in writing to Robert Walker, Executive Director Place, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE, in both cases quoting 3PL/2017/0996/O. The consultation will close on 11 September 2017.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council’s Executive Member for Growth, commented: “Attleborough is earmarked for significant growth and this will create houses, jobs and opportunities for our existing and new residents across the district. “I’m pleased that the council has received these initial plans, which outline how the housing and growth could be delivered. These proposals will now be

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D I S S M US EUM By Basil Abbott ne of our ideas for next season is a history of the Diss drama group Mere Players. They began in November 1974 with Irene Jacoby’s production of The Chiltern Hundreds at the King’s Head Hotel. This was followed, in March, by Kay Hunter’s production of Hay Fever and evenings of readings and one-acters. The first panto was Quest for a Golden Key (1977), produced by Neil Hawcroft. In April 1978 Irene Jacoby produced Hobson’s Choice. Edna Miller’s costumes were always a feature. At the opening of The Real Inspector Hound a tennis ball bounces through the French windows, followed by a pretty young thing who calls, in a cut-glass voice, “Out!” But the Mere Player was a local girl who called, “Oeuw’ !”

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The group continued to perform at the King’s Head until 1980, before rising costs forced them to move on. Penny

Cuerden’s production of the panto Rumpus in Regalia was the last of their shows there. Villain and Principal Boy had worked out a sword-routine worthy of Douglas Fairbanks for the climax. But, on the first night, after one stroke, the Villain’s sword broke in two and wrecked the whole routine. The group then moved to the Youth Centre, while rehearsing in the Friends’ Meeting House. One evening two members began an impromptu game of rugby. One passed and ran to collect the return ball. Unfortunately a woman was just entering with a tray of full coffee cups. The ensuing collision was spectacular. Although the Youth Centre had no stage and little to recommend it for drama, they had many successes, including A Christmas Carol, Val Edrich’s production of The

Diary of Anne Frank and Whose Life Is It Anyway? One local critic said that Anne Frank was so moving that at times the audience seemed to be intruding. Another said that, at the end of Whose Life?, several members of the audience were in tears. In 1981 they entered the Breckland Drama Festival and won Best Drama, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards for Alun Owen’s Shelter. The group has gone on to perform largescale musicals in the Corn Hall, to win further awards and bring honour to the town.

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At Sound Sleep we promote Sleeptember every September, but in fact every month should be Sleeptember. Sleep is one of the most important things in our daily routine, second to food and water, but it is the one thing that the majority of us don’t get enough of. Its not just a comfortable bed that is required, its the correct sleeping environment and the way that you behave in the evenings that can affect the way you sleep. Our bodies are a very complex machine and need looking after so they can run effectively, sleep allows our body to rest and regenerate, also sleep is required for muscle growth and repair and even assists in weight loss. So what can you do to ensure you get a great night’s sleep? Firstly, your bedroom has to be the right temperature (not too hot or too cold), it needs to be quiet and dark and most of all, it needs to be free of distractions. Turn the television off standby and turn off that mobile phone. Lights, flashes and vibrations will bring us out of deep sleep and maybe even wake us up. No text or facebook post is worth breaking your sleep for. Now that your bedroom is the correct environment, the bed needs to be supportive. Just because it looks ok, doesn’t mean that it is giving you the correct support, especially if it is over seven years old. Its worth thinking that £1000 over 7 years is just 40 pence per night, or for a really good new mattress of approximately £500, that is just 20 pence per night. That’s all it takes to keep our bodies comfortable so we can perform to the best of our ability every day! The things we often forget about is the few hours before we go to sleep. Instead of over indulging on food and alcohol and too much television, do some exercise after work followed by a satisfying meal and don’t drink too much wine! Perhaps turn off the television and read or relax in

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a hot bath, this helps our body wind down before bed. If you are stressed about things to do tomorrow, right a list that way your brain can wind down too. By changing a few things in life and getting a good nights sleep will make you feel happier, feel healthier, look better, perform better and think better. Here are a few Sleeptember sleep facts: • Majority of Britons (70%) now sleep for seven hours or less per night with more than a quarter (27%) experiencing poor quality sleep on a regular basis. And the number of Britons getting just five-to-six hours per night has risen dramatically in the past three years: more than a third of us get by on that amount of sleep compared to 27% in 2010. •Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as diet and exercise when trying to lose weight. People who shifted their sleeping pattern from less than six hours to between seven and eight hours a night put on 2.4kg less weight over a six year period. • 51% of adults struggle to nod off or remain sleep. Women suffer far more than men with 75% reporting problems compared with 25% of men • A bed may have deteriorated by as much as 70% from its ‘as new’ state after 10 years. It also showed that beds as little as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a new one, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweat and debris such as skin, scales, hair etc. • One in six women acknowledged that their tiredness was caused by an uncomfortable bed. And seven out of 10 women would be prepared to pay £500 and considerably more to buy a new one. • We need at least six hours of sleep a night to recharge your batteries and learn new things the next day scientists have claimed. Light, dreamless sleep which can take up half the night allows our brain to

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J ACKAM ANS S OLI CI T ORS “DEADLOCK HOLIDAY” (with apologies to 10cc)

recent Court of Appeal illustrated the difficulties facing the owner of a holiday bungalow on a development estate, seeking to use it for his full-time home.

action taken because of a limitation period against such proceedings after 10 years of breach. The owner obtained a Certificate of Existing Lawful Use and no further breach of Planning Control could

In the case of Roland Stafford-~Flowers –v- Linstone Chine Management Co. Ltd. the bungalow owner had in fact been living in the holiday bungalow as his home for over 10 years. There was in existence a planning restriction against such occupation imposed by the Local Planning Authority and the owners’ occupation was in breach of planning control. However because the breach had been going on for over 10 years there could not be any enforcement

mirroring the planning condition that the bungalow could only be used for holiday use. Emboldened by the Certificate of Existing Lawful Use the owner applied to the Upper Tribunal to have the restrictive

the owners’ occupation was in breach of planning control

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The Upper Tribunal considered that the owner of the holiday home had failed to satisfy the requirements of the 1925 Act. The Management Company in charge of the holiday bungalow site raised a number of arguments including that the removal of the covenant would be the “thin end of the wedge” and would lead to the integrity of the original holiday development scheme being threatened. This would be to the detriment of the other bungalow owners who had not breached the covenant, or indeed planning law. There was also evidence that the existing roads on the estate

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The Upper Tribunal therefore rejected the owner’s application to remove the restriction and the Court of Appeal agreed with the Upper Tribunal’s decision. The owner may have won the planning argument but lost the restrictive covenant battle and the restriction could still be enforced.

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E AST ANGLI A N C HI LD RE N S H OSP I TA L Are you ready to take on the challenge of Heroic for EACH? ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has launched a brand new event to raise vital funds for the charity. Heroic, a 5km obstacle course, is for the brave and adventurous among us. On Saturday 23rd September, participants will get muddy, wet and dirty as they take on obstacles at Old Buckenham in Norfolk. The event is for people aged 14 and above with individual entry costing £20.00. There is also a group price of £17.50 per person (minimum of 6 people). Early bird prices are available and the charity is welcoming any additional sponsorship that participants are able to raise. Anyone raising over £100 in sponsorship will be entered into a special grand draw for some fantastic prizes. Participants will be testing their strength and agility on obstacles such as tyre runs, a double sea saw, scrabble nets and many

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surprises along the way! Tal Williams, EACH Fundraiser said: “We are really excited about the first Heroic event for EACH. The day is guaranteed to be a

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Norfolk Charity Launches “Teaching Trauma” Initiative he Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) has launched a new initiative aiming to improve survival rates of critically-injured trauma patients across the region. In the UK it is estimated that 17,000 (3%) deaths per year are as a result of trauma. Over recent years we have seen numerous national reports acknowledge the need to improve the quality of prehospital care as a means to reduce the number of preventable deaths. One of the most effective methods to do this is to train clinicians in critical care. Critical Care is a highly specialised area of medicine, where clinicians bring extra knowledge, advanced skills and use stateof-the-art equipment to care for critically ill patients. It is well known that NARS selects the most experienced paramedics and Doctors, and trains them to a high level of Pre-hospital Critical Care. This

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T J M o to r s po r t Help raising money for EACH J Motorsport will be running its charity cycle Snetterton circuit event on Friday evening 22nd of September. Once again all money raised going to the EACH Nook Appeal. Riders of all abilities are welcome to enjoy lapping the circuit for a minimum donation of ÂŁ10.00 for the evening.Start time will be just after 5pm running until dusk. So far these events have raised over ÂŁ23,000 for EACH so a big thanks to all who continue to support and enjoy them. To book in just email tjmotorsport@btconnect.com or message us on www.facebook.com/tjmotorsportuk or Mobile 07802268435.

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A L MARY GR E E N Keeping your family financially safe e all talk about health and safety going mad in our world, ensuring that we’re protected against the slightest risk to our wellbeing, but sadly many people are still not keeping their families’ wealth safe if something awful happens. Phil Beck looks at financial protection policies.

Not surprisingly, whole of life insurance covers the whole of your life and pays out on death, whenever that happens, whereas fixed term insurance will only pay out if you die within the agreed period that the insurance covers, with no payout if you die after the policy has ended.

Protecting your family’s financial well-being in the event of something happening to one of the main breadwinners is not difficult. There are a number of different solutions that will provide lump sum or income payouts, depending on the terms agreed.

Premiums will vary but it is worth noting that premiums have gone down considerably in recent years so if you have an existing policy, it may be worth reviewing it to see if you can get the same cover for a better rate.

The first weapon in your protection armoury is usually life insurance. There are two types of life insurance: whole of life insurance and fixed term insurance.

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Life insurance policies can be taken out for an individual on a single life basis or, for a couple, on a joint life basis. It is normal for a joint life policy to be cheaper than two single life policies in terms of

premiums and these can be set up to either pay out when the first partner dies – to help with funeral costs and to provide additional income for the surviving partner, for example – or when the second partner dies – which might provide the means to pay an Inheritance Tax bill or provide for surviving dependants, for example. If you have health issues, a family history of ill-health, or lifestyle factors such as being a smoker, not surprisingly you can expect to pay higher premiums. You may also be asked to provide medical evidence such as a chest x-ray or a doctor’s report.

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If you’re a smoker, your premiums may be as much as twice as much as a non-smoker of the same age. You won’t be classed as a non-smoker until at least twelve months after stopping using tobacco products – and it’s worth noting that nicotine patches count as a tobacco product for insurance purposes. If you smoke E-cigarettes instead of traditional tobacco you will still be treated as a smoker by most insurers, although it is always worth checking. However, the death of a breadwinner is not the only disaster that could derail the family’s finances. An accident or illness that leaves one of the family out of work for a prolonged period may also have a devastating impact. Critical illness cover can provide support if someone becomes ill with one of a pre-agreed list of illnesses and income protection can provide help

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if income is interrupted for a range of reasons. For both types of cover, premiums are generally paid monthly and cover provided for as long as premiums continue to be paid. Private healthcare will normally provide shorter waiting times for treatment for non-urgent health conditions and perhaps therefore faster recovery, enabling the family member affected by ill-health to return to work sooner. In an ideal world, your protection package would include all of these elements but most families have to make decisions based on affordability versus benefits.

A financial adviser will find the best available rates for you and will explore what package of protection cover is most suitable for you and your family. For independent advice about your retirement planning, call Phil on 01603 706740 or email phil.beck@almarygreen.com. Please remember that the advice here is generic and we recommend that you get individual personalised advice.

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ART FAIR E A S T Major international contemporary art fair returns to the East of England pplications to take part in the Eastern region’s largest and liveliest contemporary art event are now open. Art Fair East is now established as a regular feature in the Norfolk art calendar. The 2016 event which featured the work of over 100 artists attracted in excess of 3,500 visitors from across the UK who enjoyed meeting artists and art experts, and seeing a great variety of artwork in one place; many going home happy with a new piece of original artwork. One artist, James Kerwin, sold 22 of his prints at the event other exhibitors made major sales, including a portrait of David Bowie by pop artist Nick Dillon that sold for £7,500 to a private collector. The fair has included an international range of exhibitors with dealers in traditional and contemporary fine art, modern art, urban and street art, photography and sculpture. It is also believed to be the first time that signed editions by Banksy and other world famous artists were available in the region. Founded and curated by experienced arts professionals Will Teather and Brian Korteling, Art Fair East showcases quality galleries, dealers and artists. It has become acknowledged as one of the country’s leading fairs outside London. As successful artists themselves, the organisers are both passionate about getting more people interested in original contemporary art and helping artists to make a living from their work. Will and Brian are now inviting artists, galleries and art dealers to apply to exhibit their work in this year’s fair, the third annual event. Art Fair East 2017 takes place at St. Andrews Hall, Norwich from 30 November to 3 December 2017. They are interested in hearing from potential exhibitors wishing to display

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contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited edition prints. All artworks must be one-off or limited edition. The first two fair’s have attracted many applications from artists based in the east of England, especially Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, but there have also been exhibitors from across the UK and overseas, from as far afield as France, China and Lebanon. Will Teather said, ‘Art Fair East is now becoming well established as a high quality art fair here in the East of England, in London and further afield. Because we select the exhibitors we can make sure there is a good variety of work that will appeal to different people and give an assurance of quality.’ Brian Korteling added, ‘We aim to deliver the best the art-world has to offer to the Eastern region and also introduce Eastern artists to a wider audience. It’s also always satisfying when artists are signed up by galleries as a result of being seen at the Fair.’ Last year’s exhibitors included the Underdog Art Gallery from London Bridge, who deal in artworks by famous names including Damien Hirst. Sammy Forway, Director of Underdog said ‘Art Fair East is a wonderful exhibition opportunity.

who saw our stand at the Norwich event. We met a lot of talented artists at the fair and have actually worked with a couple of them on exhibitions since. All in al, the Fair is a great way to break into the world of art fairs for galleries or individual artists. That it is run by artists for artists is a big bonus!’ Louisa Milsome from Norwich based Gallery in the Lanes added ‘Art Fair East has rapidly become a key event in the Norwich cultural calendar and a fantastic showcase for commercial galleries in the region.’ Will Teather and Brian Korteling will also both be exhibiting. Will still holds the sales record for the prestigious Other Art Fair in London. His spherical painting of Norwich’s Elm Hill Bookshop achieved the highest sale price ever recorded, becoming the first work to reach a five-figure sum in the fair’s history. In July 2016 Brian Korteling’s Mirror Cube won the River Waveney Sculpture Trail Award adding to his growing tally of prizes. Art Fair East is presented in association with sponsors Musker McIntyre and media partner Eastern Daily Press.

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WAVENEY VA LLEY S CU L P T U RE T RA I L Norfolk-based arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, checks out the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail trail of sculptures and sitespecific artwork will lead visitors to an idyllic site in the Waveney Valley this summer as the fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host work of more than fifty well-established artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners on the edge of the Waveney Valley at the Raveningham Centre near Beccles. Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the trail will build upon the success of last year’s event held at Earsham which attracted well over 3000 visitors. Here they viewed work of 45 artists whilst generating sales worth around £7000. Established artists presenting this year include Vanessa Pooley, Liz McGowan, Gordon Senior, Patrick Elder, Simon Griffiths and Meg Amsden. They’ll be joined by a host of emerging artists who are taking part for the first time. This year’s trail - featuring site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture as well as textile works, bronze sculpture and ceramics plus a sound installation will also see the return of curator, Sarah Cannell, who has curated many diverse exhibitions and projects around the UK including the first and second of the River Waveney Sculpture Trails in 2014 and 2015. 32

Ms Cannell, who has encouraged artists to create work in response to the site, said: ‘I’m thrilled to be curating the sculpture trail once again. The three-acre site at the Raveningham Centre is an exciting challenge for both myself and the artists as it has a variety of different settings from open meadow to magical secret gardens, all set in the grounds of a beautiful Tudor farmhouse. There’ll be fifty artists displaying sculptures and responding to the space with a variety of materials and techniques as well as a popup shop selling smaller works.’ A programme of workshops, guided walks and events will accompany the event including a family day and a curator’s guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created. Nicky Stainton of Waveney & Blyth Arts said: ‘We’re very excited that Waveney & Blyth Arts’ successful annual sculpture trail has found a new home at the Raveningham Centre. The site has been wonderfully transformed by volunteers over the last few months to create a range of outdoor settings for the work which complement and highlight the variety of artworks on display. The trail will also be complemented by an indoor exhibition of landscape-inspired work by

Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective who have put a number of assistance schemes in place to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the trail.’ Ms Stainton further commented: ‘We’re very keen to promote greater access and will have a pre-recorded audio guide to the sculpture trail and a portable hearing loop for workshops. There will also be a British Sign Language interpreted curator’s walk.’ To keep one a-going strong round the trail, the on-site Ravenous Café will be open throughout the event and will also host an exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective. The Raveningham Centre is quite a hive for small and flourishing businesses such as M D Cannell Antiques, Norfolk Rugs, Helen Howes Textiles and Hobbies. Don’t pass them by! The trail - in which all artwork is for sale - is open daily from Friday 18th August to Sunday 17th September from 10am to 5pm. Parts of the trail is wheelchair accessible and well-behaved dogs are allowed but on a leash. Admission: £5 (adults), £4 (members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under-18s, free. For more information about events and access visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com or www.facebook.com/WaveneyBlythArts Sales@DispatchMagazine.co.uk

THE LI T T LE MER M AI D September 26-30, 2017 Norwich Theatre Royal


T HEATRE R O YA L The Little Mermaid orthern Ballet’s new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid is heading to Norwich this autumn – the third of an unprecedented three new full-length ballets to be launched the Leeds-based company in 2017. Telling the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows in search of love and the desire to gain a human soul, the ballet is at the Theatre Royal from September 26-30 as part of its world première tour – following on from Casanova, performed in the city in April, and an adaptation of John Boyne’s bestselling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas which is touring other cities throughout the summer. The Little Mermaid is choreographed

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and directed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, whose most recent creations for the company include Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. Speaking to Judy Foster, he said: “The Little Mermaid is an enchanting story and the fantastical underwater world of the mermaids evokes such beautiful imagery that it will be an excellent addition to our repertoire. So many people have grown up with an awareness of this classic tale and so I am looking forward to introducing audiences to the world beyond the waves.” Sally Beamish, who recently wrote the music for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Tempest, was commissioned to write the score for the ballet and this will, David said, have a

“hint of Scottish themes reflecting the Celtic elements of the story that we have brought out”. The sets have been given a modern, contemporary look by Japanese designer Kimie Nakano, with lighting by Tim Mitchell who has also designed lighting for Northern Ballet’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Cleopatra, Hamlet and The Great Gatsby. David explained: “It will look different to how our productions normally look. It’s made up of plastic and mirror so I’m hoping it will have a phenomenal water look to it.” But there is one element of the look of the ballet over which David has firmly kept control and that is costume

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design. He explained: “I’ve always done the costumes for most of my ballets because for me that’s my inspiration. When I see what they wear, how that moves, that gives me the character, that gives me a way in. When others do the designs, I don’t understand it as well. Of course I can ask them those questions, but it’s not quite the same as coming up with it yourself, and I have just always enjoyed that element. You are giving the show the look that you want it to have coming from your imagination.” David is proud that 2017 is proving to be an “exemplary example of Northern Ballet’s commitment to continuing to create new work and contributing to the dynamic UK dance scene”. “As a company of talented dance actors, Northern Ballet is in a privileged position to be able to adapt so many different works and continue to challenge the idea of what stories can be told through dance,” he said. In choosing this particular story, he said he was looking for something accessible. “I think you want to make your audience comfortable so that they can come at any age to experience the company. A lot of people know The Little Mermaid - there seems to be an attachment to mermaids and the Disney version is quite famous - and I knew that it would work in dance because it is about movement.” Having choreographed Ondine in 2012 - another tale of doomed romance between a beautiful water nymph and a handsome nobleman – David was aware of the opportunities and challenges in creating a beautiful underwater world which would contrast with the human world on land above. “It is without gravity – it would be as if we could fly. When you put a bird in a cage, that is what happens to the mermaid,” he said. “I look at the first part of the ballet as almost a ballet in its own right – it’s like a dance of the sea with the mermaids and fish. It’s about watching movement, what it might be like to be a mermaid and understanding her world so that 36

you can understand the sacrifice she makes for this love she has. It’s about selfless love – the ability to love even when it’s not reciprocated. The ending is sad, but very beautiful.” His focus has been on creating a language of movement for the mermaid which shows she’s still a water creature and fluid even when dancing on land, and he has introduced a Scottish look to the rest of the story which dovetails with the music. “The music has a slight Scottish influence to it and I have taken a slight Scottish influence to the costume – something like a kilt which is a little different. We always have the dilemma that men are either in tights or trousers, but with kilts there is a freedom of movement there.” Northern Ballet has a tradition of nurturing talent and in promoting younger choreographers, David had started to move back from that role himself, but The Little Mermaid tempted him back. He said: “I am sort of in there by default as I wasn’t going to be choreographing anymore, so the Little Mermaid is a blip on my radar.” Although he has also this year choreographed for a Macmillan triple bill - Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration - bringing together Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet in a tribute to the choreographic master, for a limited number of performances at The Royal Opera House, and in Bradford and Leeds.

Casanova, I was able to work with Kenny in the sense of being a sounding board for him which was great. But I was also ballet master in the studio for him, preparing second and third casts while he was working, so he was able to not worry about that and trust me. Then I was working with my own dancers in a different capacity which was really nice for them and me. So it is hugely positive.” Both as a dancer and choreographer, David’s strength has always been his “dramatic interpretation” and bringing something fresh to a story. In supporting young choreographers in their journey into narrative work, he is continuing that path. ”The company will still see revivals because everything can’t be new,” he said, “but I think the narrative has been key for this company. It’s our identity and it’s stronger than ever.” Tickets for The Little Mermaid are on sale now and can be booked at theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or by contacting the Box Office on 01603 630 000.

L O W ES T O F T T O W N F C Trawlerboys confirm historic agreement owestoft Town FC are delighted to announce an agreement with Amber Dew Events Limited who will become the club’s first ever stadium naming rights partner.

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The Trawlerboys home Crown Meadow, will now be called The Amber Dew Events Stadium after a two-year deal with the company was agreed.

LTFC Commercial Manager Sam Hossack added: “This is undoubtedly a groundbreaking agreement for Lowestoft Town Football Club and one that we are all absolutely thrilled with. We look forward to welcoming Amber Dew Events as our Stadium Naming Rights Partner.’ ’

The initial term will be until the summer of 2019 with the Trawlerboys officially playing their first game under the Amber Dew Events brand against Norwich City on July 8th for our first major pre-season friendly. The agreement will also see the Amber Dew Events name and branding prominently visible both internally and externally at the stadium along with our digital media. AMBER DEW EVENTS LIMITED, who were formed in November 2015 and based in Norwich, are a dynamic event management company providing event promotion and organisation primarily across the sporting spectrum, delivering bespoke tournaments, events and unique experiences for corporate, sports fanatics, enthusiasts, amateurs and novices across Norfolk, East Anglia and the UK.

“I always say I didn’t intend to be a choreographer and I don’t think of myself as a choreographer. I think of myself first as an artistic director who choreographs and it’s always been about creating dancers. The value I will always seek in the repertoire I have done is the dancers who came out of it.”

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“This is a deal we have worked hard towards on both sides for a number of weeks, after initially speaking with Lord Russell Baker in regards to hosting an Amber Dew Event here at the football club last year, we stayed in touch, and this was an opportunity that he was very interested in and after a few weeks of talks, we came to a mutual agreement, an agreement that we are very excited about’’ Lord Russell Baker, Managing Director and Founder of Amber Dew Events Limited said: “On behalf of Amber Dew Events Ltd I am personally delighted and extremely excited about entering into a partnership agreement with Lowestoft Town Football Club. The new ground name; ‘The Amber Dew Events Stadium’ presents an exciting opportunity to raise the Amber Dew Events brand in East Anglia and beyond. Lowestoft Town Football Club aim to regain their National league status and the drive and ambition within the club is very evident with all involved. A good run in both the F.A Cup and F.A Trophy tournaments would provide

great exposure to both the Football Club and Amber Dew Events brands as both National Cup tournaments provide additional TV, Radio, News Editorials and other media coverage. Amber Dew Events are looking forward to working closely with Lowestoft Town Football Club; and as two sporting businesses, we are sure this partnership is well aligned, providing a mutual platform to further enhance the success and ambitions of both the Football Club and Amber Dew Events”. Lowestoft originally played at the Crown Meadow Athletics Ground, which shared part of the same site as the modern Crown Meadow. In 1889 they moved to a ground in North Denes, but returned to the new Crown Meadow in 1894. It was opened with a match against Lowestoft Harriers on 22 September 1894. And for the first time in our rich history, the club has found its first ever stadium sponsor, now named The Amber Dew Events Stadium.

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D I S C O V ER N O R F O L K Land of Wide Skies n the Borders of that mysterious and dangerous arm of the German Ocean, called ‘The Wash’, and swept by the chilly blasts that come roaring and raging away from the distant ice fields of the north, and sometimes enveloped in the salt sea fogs that creep up over the flats of the marshland, and enfold in their embrace its shipping and houses, stands the quaint, historic, interesting town of Lynn Regis’. Rev W. B. Russell Caley, M.A., F.R.H.S., writing in Bygone Norfolk, (William Andrews and Co, London, 1898)

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Bob of Lynn during Twenty long Years, Directed, perplex’d and mismanag’d affairs: A Whig out of Place, and a Tory when in; And a very great Trimmer was Bob of Lynn’. Contemporary verse on Sir Robert Walpole, MP for Kings Lynn – earlier he was elected MP for the rotten borough of Castle Rising – and the country’s first Prime Minister 1721-42. ‘There was a young lady of Lynn Who was deep in original sin. When they said ‘Do be good!’ She said ‘Would if I could!’ And straightway went at it again.’ Anonymous

Changes In his beautifully written and entertaining book The Companion Guide to East Anglia (Collins: 1971), John Seymour writes ‘The most romantic town in East Anglia is Kings Lynn’. I well remember this as being true as I had recently finished a happy 7-year secondary education there. It may have been a bit down-at-heel, yes, but the overwhelming majority of the medieval buildings remained and the town had a mellow ‘aura’. Regrettably, the ‘decade that good taste forgot’ followed, which affected the whole of UK life: in architecture, insensitive concrete monoliths came

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into vogue; men wore shoes with gold chains on them, flared jeans, and kipper ties with red and green flowers all over; kitchens were decorated with brown walls and orange ceilings ( my brother did thus, to his great delight, in our kitchen ) and people hankered after an avocado green bathroom suite ( they always looked dirty so there was little point in cleaning them ). Kings Lynn – or Bishop’s Lynn, Lynn Regis or simply, Lynn, suffered greatly at this period as did my home city of Norwich. How better things would have been had we had a moratorium on any new developments from 1970 to 1990, or even a little later. For Lynn didn’t deserve this. Following the establishment of the gorgeous St Margaret’s Church in 1101 as part of his act of penance to the Pope for the act of ‘simony’ – having bought the right to be Bishop of Norwich for the huge sum of nineteen hundred pounds – by Herbert de Losinga, King’s Lynn rose to become one of the largest ports in the Kingdom. The Customs House (1683)

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and many other fine buildings resulted and, with a bit of a wobble until the railways once again brought prosperity after 1847, the town did pretty well. A second renaissance followed with the arrival of Campbell’s Soups in 1958. At the time of writing, a great debate is on about what to do with the original Campbell’s building - a building so uncompromising that it has a defiant beauty to it. Much remains to be done. A multi-million pound redevelopment of the town centre is underway which will include extensive cycle lanes – seven times as many people than the national average travel to work each day by bike. The future of this ancient town is in the balance. A place of learning…and murder Lynn has always been a centre of learning. The most famous person to go to school here was Princess Diana. There has been a grammar school of sorts for many hundreds of years, until recently when King Edward VII Grammar, which I attended, became a Sports College. However, attending the school gave me knowledge of one of the town’s most notorious people – a master at the school. He was apparently a very learned man who was, alas, hung for murder in 1759. His name

was Eugene Aram and, to this day, debate continues as to whether or not he was guilty. Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote a famous novel about him in 1832 and he became a Victorian cause célèbre. He was accused of murdering one, Daniel Clark, who may or may not have been having an affair with his wife, and with whom he was involved in a tawdry affair to do with stolen silver plate. In court, he represented himself very eloquently, though evidently not eloquently enough, and many were the King Edward VII schoolboys who took up his cause in a re-enactment of the complex case. The proceedings would generally peak with an emotional recitation of his last written words in the early hours of the morning that he was hung (he tells us that it was after 3 am because he had slept soundly until that hour): Come, pleasing rest! eternal slumbers, fall! Seal mine, that once must seal the eyes of all. Calm and composed my soul her journey takes; No guilt that troubles, and no heart that

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aches. Adieu, thou sun! All bright, like her, arise! Adieu, fair friends, and all that’s good and wise! Execution most gruesome: a fact of life in medieval times. In the book, ‘Discover Norwich’ (Halsgrove), I remark that my home city of Norwich has had, overall, a peaceful history but that the few examples of bloodletting have been particularly gruesome. This was referring to, firstly, the burning alive of ordinary folk in the name of religion, at Lollard’s Pit down by the river, a few hundred yards from the present station. It also refers to the punishments meted out to Kett’s flock after their unsuccessful rebellion

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in 1549. Those that were hung had the easiest death. Hundreds more were hung, drawn and quartered in the market place, a death so terrible that it must have provided the ‘inspiration’ for the disposal of the corrupt police chief in the Hannibal Lecter film. Others were laid on the ground and tied to a horse which galloped away over the cobbles and, well, yes…. I thought, as a historian of these things, I was quite hardened until I researched the following method of capital punishment practised in Norfolk, with the fine town of Kings Lynn giving it an unspeakable twist. A cauldron of water would be set up and a fire lighted underneath. When it was boiling, the felon would be dropped in. In 1531 in Lynn, however, this was indeed done but, in addition,

a gibbet with chain was placed above the cauldron. A girl servant, convicted of poisoning her mistress, was attached to the end of the chain and lowered in, then raised, then lowered again until her screams ceased. Executions were very big business right up to Victorian times, with crowds feasting, drinking, buying ‘confessions’ ostensibly written by the deceased, and holding a series of entertainments afterwards. Folklore suggested that women who could not conceive would have more luck in the future if they could ‘touch’ the body of an executed person, so bribery of those conducting the executions was rife. I have not come across any more examples of this method of execution and I am very glad.

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Dispatch Magazine - Autumn 2017 Edition  

The Autumn 2017 edition of Dispatch Magazine for the market towns of Attleborough, Dereham, Diss and Wymondham.

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