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Issue 190 Summer 2017

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to your all new Dispatch Magazine! s we mark 17 years since Dispatch Magazine was launched, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable support in helping your magazine to grow from strength to strength. It is with much pride that we have expanded our distribution of magazines over the years, from 3,000 copies in 2001 to over 50,000 copies today and it is full steam ahead for our passionate team. With the addition of Norfolk On My Mind Magazine and Suffolk On My Mind Magazine to our company’s portfolio, together with FineCity Magazine which covers Norwich, we are constantly challenging larger publishing houses and paid-for magazines titles. In this edition of Dispatch Magazine, you will see we have combined both our publications to become one larger edition bringing you news events and businesses from across our market towns. The renowned Old Buckenham Airshow is featured on page 10, news from our nominated charity EACH is brought to you on page 20 and we have a wonderful interview with David Kingsley, Director of Jonathan Trumbull, Hatters and Ginger starting on page 30.

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W E L C O M E T O AT T L E B O R O U G H

AT T LEBOR OU GH CA RN I VA L F U N D AY Weekend of 8th & 9th of July aturday 8th July, Party on The Park, Recreation Ground, Attleborough. Gates open – 2pm, Adults (16+) £5, 1115s £3, Under 10s go free Alongside a plethora of fantastic local musical displays this year brings an Oasis tribute band to Attleborough. Regarded as one of the best tributes in the country it looks set to be a night not to be missed Sunday 9th July, Carnival Fun Day, Recreation Ground, Attleborough. Gates open - 12.30pm, Adults (16+) £3, 11-15s, £1, Under 10s go free A procession made up of local schools, groups and businesses will leave Fairfield’s at 12:30 before making its way across the town before ending at the Recreation Ground. Once you have made it to the field you will be in for a full day of entertainment with a large main arena playing host to acts varying from dancing horses to chainsaw juggling!

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As every year, there will be a large variety to see and do with a travelling petting zoo complete with meerkats guaranteed to keep all the family entertained regardless of age! Both events feature a large selection of food vendors, a fully licensed bar and L.Gray and Sons Funfair. As with previous years everyone is permitted to bring their own food and drink to the event but the committee asks that no-one brings any glass or knives please. With regret, bags may be searched on entry to the event to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone. If you require more information or would like to be involved with this year’s events please get in touch with the Attleborough Town Summer Carnival Committee by emailing info@attleboroughcarnival.co.uk or by calling 07729 592960.

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F E LINE CA R E Summer open day 23rd of July oin Feline Care for our Summer Open Day on the 23rd of July. There will be plenty of fluffy residents to meet and greet. Bask in the sun with a cooling refreshment whilst listening to the talented Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding live. We’ll be having a huge bottle tombola, one that will rival our Easter Egg tombola on our last open day. Bottle donations before the event would be incredibly appreciated! Alan Nunn the magician will be venturing around so you can get close up the magic. Have a look round our many stalls which will feature, Amazing crafts some of which are cat themed, Beautiful, scrumptious cakes, and Bric a Brac. Plenty of prizes to be won on our giant tombola. Pop along any time between 12am to 3pm. Entry £1 for adults, 50p for kids and under 3’s are free. Location: Feline Care, Roudham Road, East Harling, Norfolk, NR16 2QN. Duration: 12:00 - 15:00

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K E RRY BUTCHER Local financial advice ello! We here at KBA are excited to be part of the new look Dispatch! And doesn’t it look smart? In case you hadn’t noticed, its summer, and we are fast approaching the end of the school academic year and the long summer holidays. Lazy days filled with fun and trips out but also stressful days if you are a working parent trying to organise child care for 6 + long weeks. If you are a working parent then chances are you also have the joy that is tax credits – if this is you then don’t forget the official deadline for renewing your claim - 31 July 2017 – make sure that you do renew before this date – or you could lose your whole entitlement. If you complete self assessment tax returns – but your figures are not ready yet – don’t panic – you can estimate your profits at any time as long as you advise of the actual figures by 31 January 2018. If you are a lovely KBA client,(or even if you are not yet but want to be!) then we will be only too happy to help you estimate. We would always suggest caution when estimating profit, don’t go too low as it’s much nicer to receive a lump sum to increase your award when you have your actual figures, rather than find that the payment that you had and have already spent or allocated, is actually all you are getting for the year – or even worse, you need to pay some back. A great many renewal claims are now completed online which is great news, much quicker and easier to manage. But they can still be tricky so if you need a hand, please feel free to come and talk to us – authority is required however. July is also the month for making second payments on account. HMRC are getting ahead this year and have already sent out statements of account requesting payments. Make sure that this amount is correct before you pay it – sometimes these are not completely up to date. It is definitely worth completing a quick reconciliation to make sure that the amount stated is the amount that you owe – don’t over pay and if you are not sure how much you owe or what needs to be paid, then why not check with your tax advisor? We are always happy to check tax accounts and amounts due for any of our clients, so please do give us a call or an email or just pop in, we will always check this for you. A great many of us are now being affected by the pension regulations which have been phased in. Many of the “smaller” employers have now reached their staging dates. If you are getting close to yours, don’t despair and don’t assume that you are going

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to have to pay a huge amount of money to be compliant. It is always very important that you choose a pension scheme that you think will suit your employees and your business, but the government NEST scheme is free to join as an employer and the initial contributions are fairly low for employers and employees alike. If you are an employer, however small, even if you employ just one person, the rules still apply – but don’t worry – there are always people out there who can help you to choose the best scheme for you. Once you have chosen your scheme then your payroll advisor should be able to help you every step of the way. Here at KBA we have been helping our employers for a couple of years now and I think I can speak for most of them when I say that it was not nearly as costly or as onerous as they had feared. If you are worried about payroll and pensions this is just one of the many services we provide here at KBA so why not give us a call or an email to start the ball rolling. Finally we just wanted to say a big thank you to all of our clients, old and new for your loyalty and being well just lovely. We love what we do here at KBA but we couldn’t do this without you our clients – so thank you for choosing us – we appreciate your loyalty and your support. Oh and if you are passing the office on a nice hot sunny day – don’t forget to buy us an ice- cream!

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O L D BUCKE NHA M A I R SH OW The ultimate family day out he Award - Winning Old Buckenham Airshow yet takes place at the end of the month, on the 29th and 30th July. Now the biggest Airshow in Norfolk and Suffolk, Old Buckenham was the only Airshow to make the Country Life list of the ‘100 Events of the Greatest Summer Ever’ in 2012. Since then the show’s reputation has grown, providing unforgettable memories.

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One such happened in 2015 when movie history was made when Hollywood star Honor Blackman was reunited with her James Bond ‘Goldfinger’ co-star helicopter after a 50 year wait, something that other, far larger, shows had attempted for years. The Airshow’s credentials as a great family day out were underlined in 2016 when it was awarded the EDPHoseasons Tourism Awards coveted “Family Event of the Year” award. Accompanied kids under 12 always go free at Old Buckenham and

there is plenty for all the family when they arrive. This year the show is adding nappy changing facilities to help new parents, for example. A large funfair is complemented by Tank rides. Only the best quality, reasonably priced local foods are available, thanks to the exclusive Food Village. The show also offers a unique mix of ways to take to the sky; choose from a first flying lesson aboard a Piper PA-28 (one of the most highly regarded and

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popular light aircraft in the world) or an icon in the form of a 1940’s Boeing Stearman Biplane. Slightly more sedate, but no less fun, is the chance to take a ride in an executive helicopter. New for 2016, you can go flying but keep both feet on the ground with a session in the latest, state of the art, simulator. In amongst all this are trade stands, hundreds of classic cars, the new 453rd Museum, war memorial and a host of other exciting distractions. Every year one-off real ales are brewed to celebrate the Airshow. Only available at the show, the range will be larger than ever this year and all served from the Attack & Destroy Bar, named for the motto of the 453rd Bombardment Group for which Old Buckenham was built in 1942. The bar will be open all weekend, including the evening entertainment; this year in the Blister Hangar Saturday night will see the return of the legendary Scratch Band.

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In the air, many will be delighted to hear that the unique and iconic ‘Sally B’ Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will return for the second year in succession. The star of Memphis Belle is an extraordinary 25 ton castle in the sky and her visit marks one of only a handful of times that a four engined US bomber has come back to Old Buckenham since World War 2. Whilst Sally B is one of the most famous aircraft in the world, arguably the single most famous will return to the show for a record sixth time. Spitfire MH434, star of a myriad of Hollywood blockbusters and the only flying Spitfire to have never been fully restored, will come back for another unforgettable display. For the first time in a decade, the Airshow will feature the three most iconic fighters; the Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and P-51 Mustang. The Airshow will also see the return of the extraordinary Brendan O’Brien. Licensed

to fly every type of flying machine in existence, Brendan (start of Discovery Wings’ Flightline) will be attempting to land on a trailer moving along the runway in his Piper Cub (a feat seen at the show in 2013) as well as showing off his new friend, Otto the Helicopter, a firm favourite with kids in the US for years. Otto is the only helicopter to have a set of toys including a 3 foot yoyo. He also has a big smiley face and, guided by Brendan, will perform all manner of tricks which every other helicopter simply cannot do. Buying advance tickets online is strongly advised. Not only is there a saving on the gate price, but ticket holders are guaranteed entry for a show which is predicted to be a sell out. More information: www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk. Photographs Credit: John Allan

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W E L C O M E TO D I S S

DISS M USE U M By Basil Abbott n television they have lots of programmes about people on desert islands, or in some outof-their-comfort-zone situation. Ordinary folk are put to the test to see how they will cope and how well they can work together as a team. They are sometimes a bunch of young people or a disparate group of different ages, classes, types etc. I wondered if we could get a group together and give them the task of creating a display - maybe the Community Cabinet.

groups are doing it as well. How would you make yours stand out and avoid the blooming obvious?”

Local societies and individuals already provide the objects for this but the displays are put together by our staff. We could approach an existing group, or advertise for members, or invite people individually to join in.

We have all been to deadly museums where the items are just plonked in the case with no imagination.

The Corn Hall, for instance, has activities for young people, and it would be a partnership opportunity. We could give them the materials, a limited budget, some basic instruction in technique and let them get on with it. “Imagine five other

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One on the Lost Sweetshops of Diss used old-fashioned sweet jars and football cards

We tend to use Arial font for captions, which need to be at least 18 point in print size. Reading matter should be at adult eye level and should be no more than 100 words. Think of styles, textures, colours, ways of catching the eye and make the visitor linger, when you are lucky if your display merits a glance. Objects can be put on shelves or plinths or suspended from

the top of the case. Our display on the old Diss Hospital was made striking by the inclusion of a skeleton. One on the Lost Sweetshops of Diss used old-fashioned sweet jars and football cards. We wouldn’t make anything out of it, but it would be a way of doing something in the community and could get press coverage. We could even have a little ‘do’ for the public, friends and family to see and comment on their work. They could even make their own video record of it, something that they do at the Corn Hall. Rather than letting it disrupt the normal life of the museum we could invite the public in to see how they were getting on Even if there is no opportunity of doing it at the moment, we could bear it in mind for a later date. A holiday activity, perhaps? Any groups or individuals who are interested can contact me on (01379) 650618 or dissmuseum@lineone.net

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naturally calming, so invest in some essential oils to help you drift off. Your Bed - The foundation of a great night’s sleep is a comfortable bed. The right mattress can make a huge difference between a restful and restless night, saving you from fatigue and irritability for the rest of the day. An unsupportive mattress will encourage a poor sleeping posture, which prevents you from good sleep. If you regularly wake up with aches and pains, it’s probably time to change your mattress. There’s a huge amount of choice on the bed market, which can make selecting the right one difficult. It’s always worth doing your research! Here are some of the factors you should consider when selecting the best bed for you: • Always put quality above price. Of course, there are some perfectly acceptable low-priced mattresses available, but when it comes to your bed, spend as much as you can afford. • The right support is crucial. If your bed is too hard or soft, it will be uncomfortable and unsupportive. Your mattress should be firm enough to support your spine in the correct alignment while conforming to your body’s contours. • Always try before you buy! Lay down on each bed that you’re seriously considering, spending a good 10-15 minutes realising its comfort and support levels. Try several different positions (we all move 40-60 times per night), and remember that if two people will be sleeping on this mattress, test it out together. • Avoid waiting until your bed has ‘worn out’ completely. Research shows that sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to one hour’s sleep per night, which adds up to a full night’s sleep over the course of a week! You should consider changing your bed after seven

years. Your lifestyle - The 21st century lifestyle is typically fast paced, chaotic and jam-packed with technology. From the moment we wake up we switch on our brains with smart phones, and as our day progresses, we’re presented with even more triggers. The continuous content that’s fed from TV and radio, real time social feeds and our constant checking of emails all make for a non-stop stimulation… It’s no wonder that many of us can’t switch off or fall asleep, then struggle to wake up in the morning and spend a lot of time complaining “I can’t sleep!” There are simple ways to adjust your lifestyle to promote a better night’s sleep. These minor changes will help you to wind down and relax, removing you from the hectic, technology-crammed world that we live in. • Reduce the intensity of artificial light in your home by using dimmer switches or low wattage bulbs. • Maintain a regular bedtime routine and sleep pattern. • Use a hot water bottle if you get cold. • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed. • Switch off your tech a couple of hours before bedtime – that includes your phone! • Empty your bladder before bed, and try not to consume too many liquids before you sleep. • Don’t nap during the day. For the rest of our top tips to a better night’s sleep, visit our website www. soundsleepbeds.co.uk Information and tips provided by The Sleep Council Research by British Chiropractic Association and The Sleep Council

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J ACKAM ANS S OLI CI T ORS

Ask not only what your solicitor can do for you – ask also what you can do for your solicitor

mproving outcomes and containing costs It’s an unsettling time when you have relationship problems, made worse by financial uncertainty and concerns about your legal position.

What we can do for you: Advice on • Legal and financial aspects of the ending of a cohabitation, civil partnership or marriage: divorce or separation agreements

Most people are worried about the cost of getting advice, but there are ways in which you can help to contain your costs allowing your solicitor to concentrate on their role – advice - whether that advice is about children or financial issues, or something else. The key to an efficient and effective relationship between solicitor and client is that each of us has things that we can do to help the other.

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Some issues such as emotional distress, housing issues or debt problems will be more effectively dealt with by other professionals. We’ll also try to point you in the direction of other advice agencies – counsellors, financial advisors, support organisations – when appropriate, as practically speaking, the services they offer complement our role, and they can help resolve all the other, non-legal, issues that may come into play. At Jackamans we are happy to try to control costs – after all each of us can only do so much work in a week – perhaps by taking on only certain aspects rather than all issues, perhaps by the client doing some of the preparatory work themselves. Jackamans offers a free half hour to prospective new clients, in most circumstances, and a limited number of appointments outside working hours may be available. We are able to offer legal aid, where there has been domestic abuse, and you meet the financial criteria (not required for care cases). What you can do for us The best way a client can help the solicitor to give the best advice as cost effectively as possible is to be prepared. • Make a detailed list of all the key facts: dates of birth of yourself and your partner, any children, the date the relationship started, the date of marriage/ civil partnership, and other key dates. • Make a list of the issues that are concerning you and the questions that you want to ask. • If you want to know about financial

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We may also advise you to attend arrangements, make sure that you list Felixstowe 01394 279636 Harleston 01379 mediation. Note however that your income, property, liabilities, assets www.jackamans.co.uk mediation is best approached having and pensions. (However please note already had advice about your own that it is not permissible to obtain best interests so that you know what your other half ’s financial information you are conceding in any mediation without their agreement). compromise, whether about your children or finances. • Bring someone along to support you if you think you won’t take everything in. Finally, most of the time arrangements are made by consent without any • Keep good records, not only of contested court battles, and that is financial documents but also of any the best outcome for everybody important incidents that occur, as they involved. may be relevant to any outcome. • Ask yourself whether an issue needs to be reported straight away or can be left to the next meeting or a combined letter dealing with several issues, rather than contacting us each and every time you are upset: that can add considerably to the costs. All of the family solicitors at Jackamans are members of Resolution and we do try to deal with your case with as little added conflict as possible.

For further information please call Claire Kean on 01379 643555 or email claire.kean@jackamans.co.uk. This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive. Special legal advice should be taken in any individual situation.

You may think that we are not advising a tough enough approach but it is important, if the matter goes to Court, to be seen as behaving reasonably to the other side otherwise you may be at the receiving end of costs orders from the Court.

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E AST ANGLI A N C HI LD RE N S H OSP I TA L EACH’s Summer of Colour raises £25,000 mark ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Colour Dash events in Norwich and King’s Lynn have proven hugely popular, collectively raising over £25,000 so far. Over 1,200 participants have enjoyed the five-kilometre (3.1-mile) fun runs in Norfolk and being showered with clouds of coloured powder paint as they run!

morning, whilst raising money for EACH.” On Sunday 9th July, Lowestoft will host it’s first Colour Dash event at Normanston

Lowestoft will host it’s first Colour Dash event at Normanston

EACH Fundraiser, Tal Williams said: “We have been delighted by the response to our Colour Dash events this year. For those people who are worried they may have missed out, do not fear! We have two more events coming up, one in Lowestoft and, due to popular demand, we are returning to King’s Lynn.

Park and already over 400 people have signed up.

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The Cork family entered the Norwich Colour Dash in memory of Finnbar, their five-year-old son who was diagnosed with

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The second King’s Lynn event for 2017 is on Sunday 17th September at The Walks.

an inoperable brain tumour in March 2016. Following a course of intensive treatment, Finnbar sadly died five months later. The family received care at the EACH Quidenham Hospice including end of life at support at home from the Symptom Management Team. Finnbar’s Mum, Claire said: “Without EACH we would have been totally exhausted and couldn’t have spent the time together at home that we did in the last few weeks. They took the weight of a lot of things off our shoulders so that we could concentrate on making Finn as comfortable as he could be. “We have entered the Colour Dash to support EACH because without fundraising events and activities, they wouldn’t be able to help families like us. We will be running with our son Alfie, 13 and our daughter, Nell who is aged four Sales@DispatchMagazine.co.uk


EACH’s Summer of Colour raises £25,000 East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Colour Dash events in Norwich and King’s Lynn have proven hugely popular, collectively raising over £25,000 so far. Over 1,200 participants have enjoyed the five-kilometre (3.1-mile) fun runs in Norfolk and being showered with clouds of coloured powder paint as they run! EACH Fundraiser, Tal Williams said: “We have been delighted by the response to our Colour Dash events this year. For those people who are worried they may have missed out, do not fear! We have two more events coming up, one in Lowestoft and, due to popular demand, we are returning to King’s Lynn. “The events are great fun and families can all take part and experience being showered in coloured paint for the morning, whilst raising money for EACH.” On Sunday 9th July, Lowestoft will host it’s first Colour Dash event at Normanston Park and already over 400 people have signed up. The second King’s Lynn event for 2017 is on Sunday 17th September at The Walks. The Cork family entered the Norwich Colour Dash in memory of Finnbar, their five-year-old son who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in March 2016. Following a course of intensive treatment, Finnbar sadly died five months later. The family received care at the EACH Quidenham Hospice including end of life at support at home from the Symptom Management Team. Finnbar’s Mum, Claire said: “Without EACH we would have been totally exhausted and couldn’t have

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A L MARY GR E E N Getting advice for pension planning ith greater flexibility in the way pension savings can be accessed, it is more important than ever to get advice both while building your pension pot and before you start spending it. Phil Beck explores the advice options available. Putting money aside for retirement has become more attractive for many people. Since pension freedoms came into force in April 2015, anyone over the minimum retirement age – currently 55 – can access as much of their pension savings as they like when they like, subject to paying any tax due. Before pension freedoms the most common approach to providing an income in retirement was to spend a large capital sum to buy an annuity,

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DAVID KINGSLEY Pete Goodrum meets David Kingsley, director of Jonathan Trumbull, Hatters and Ginger, to talk about clothes, business - and style.


DAVID KINGS LE Y Director of Jonathan Trumbull, Hatters & Ginger o begin this column I need to take you back. Back to a time when, if you were interested in clothes, you had little choice. It’s not a criticism of Norwich, our fine city, because back then, London aside perhaps, most cities in England were the same. As a man (I’ll come to the ladies later) you could go to the ‘Fifty Shilling Tailor’ or one of the staid establishments that your grandfather had used or, if you were looking for the cutting edge of style, there were a few high street shops that had at least acknowledged the cultural revolution of the 60s. Harry Fenton (“He dresses the Stars, why not you?’) had three branches in Norwich, but in truth by 1970 they

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were clinging to the last vestiges of the mod movement with their 3 button, centre vented suits and tab collar shirts. Smart Weston had a natty line in knitwear. It’s true that the likes of Gaegen and (do you remember?) Campus, on the corner of Davey Place, had ratcheted up the style a bit, but it was all a bit, well, dull really. And then, above a tiny shop, at the bottom of St Stephens Street, there appeared a strange, new, name. Jonathan Trumbull arrived and lit a beacon of style that would outshine everybody else. The dark days were over. We’re in one of Norwich’s fashionable coffee shops, my editor Jonathan Horswell and I, to meet David Kingsley, a man who has been at the heart of the Trumbull

empire - because it has grown since those early days - from the outset. I begin, as I often do, by sketching in the background details, but when I ask where David was born there’s a sudden diffidence until he explains, ‘Sorry about this but I was actually born in (whisper it) Ipswich!’ We move on. David moved to Norwich when he was 12, and went to the Norwich School. ‘I joined in the January so I was a bit out of step, and needless to say that things were said about my crossing the border from …….Ipswich’. From school he went to London. And he went straight into the world of

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menswear, working for the legendary shop The Village Gate. Named after New York’s Greenwich Village nightclub and jazz spot, this was the temple of Ivy League style, run by the guru of all gurus John Simons. David recalls heady, super-busy days of working in London retailers, shifting 80 to 100 suits a week, and receiving substantial pay rises on the strength of those sales! But, eventually, David returned to Norwich, where his father John Kingsley owned and was running Chadds in Bedford Street, Norwich which he had started in 1962. Brother Roger Kingsley had ideas for a new shop, and with Dad’s help, who financed the new venture, Roger opened Jonathan Trumbull, the name coming of an 18th century American politician. Interestingly they still have Americans visit the shop and ask about the name David tells me. Frankly it didn’t matter where the name came from. It was right. So right for the times. As was the shop itself. It wasn’t over lit - like most of the high street ‘boutiques’ of the time. It had a warm, muted, atmosphere and although small , it was packed with high quality, very stylish clothes. It was 1971 and menswear retailing in Norwich had just leapt lightyears ahead. We will talk more of how the empire has expanded but for the moment we digress into a mutually loved world of clothes, shoes and the names that go with them. David Kingsley knows everybody. The names are a litany of style. Paul Smith, (‘we were one of his first customers and still have his first business card’), Armani (‘Nobody in Norwich sold Armani before us’), Ralph Lauren (‘We’ve always remained loyal to his clothes’). There are tales of buying trips that range from little known but exquisite Italian tailors to a major name that was ‘the only collection show we ever left after a few minutes, and didn’t place an order with. It was just an outright ‘No!’ (I’m not saying who’s collection it was. I promised!) David has stories too of the cut and thrust - or should I say cut throat? - nature of 34

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the menswear retailing business back when they started. Many were the renegotiated deals with wholesalers, and ferocious were the price wars. ‘It was’, he says, ‘different then’. It wasn’t long before Jonathan Trumbull had moved into larger premises just a few doors away. His brother Roger was, he admits, very much the front man of Trumbull’s. With his trademark long hair and stylish clothes he looked exactly like the sort of man you would trust to guide you on style. Not that David is in any way short of style. This is a man who wears his clothes with ease. He ooz-es style. He’s dressed today in a way that only a truly elegant man can. It’s a look that’s on the in-formal side of tailoring, but totally on the side of not having to try too hard. It’s just - right. By 1976 they’d opened Hatters, and then, in 1978, came Ginger. The strategy behind its launch is interesting. ‘We began to wonder if there was

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room in Norwich for another menswear shop. We also realised that Van Gils for instance, a label we’d long been associated with, had a women’s collection. It was time to enter that market’. And when they did they brought the same magic they had to menswear.

director of the Trumbull’s store. ‘He had glandular fever and missed his first few days at work’, says David, before adding, that was over 40 years ago and to my knowledge he’s not had a day off sick since!’

Quality fabrics, high end labels, good designs, all in stylish premises and sold by people, just like Trumbull’s and Hatters always had, who kew about and cared about clothes.

I point out that Rod has sold me a string of suits, from the days of 3 piece single breasted and flared trousers, through the double breasted and, shall we say ‘generous in the shoulder’ styles, and on to current times. And every time I’ve walked in he’s greeted me like a friend. It’s - he’s - one of the things that makes the place special. Somewhere where the clothes and the customers transcend the fact that it’s a business.

If the number of shops now began to look like an empire, the business also has the mark of a dyn-asty. Founder of it all, John Kingsley (‘Don’t you dare mention his age!’) had started with Chadds. He’s still regularly on duty at the Bedford Street shop. It was Roger, who is now retired, who was the inspiration for Jonathan Trumbull and David for Hatters and Gingers. David’s daughter Rebecca runs Ginger and his wife Vivienne is actively involved in the business. And this is a business that values its staff, who they see as having a place in its future. A key play-er has to be Rod Canham, now a

When it comes to business we talk of the current climate. David admits, like so many retailers, that internet shopping has had some impact, and all of their shops now have a strong online presence. Also, there are of course more ‘high street’ competitors than there once were. ‘Honestly though, perhaps the biggest challenge we face is the way in which government drags its

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heels on business rates. They’re a major issue for us’. It’s perhaps the only moment in our entire conversation where even a hint of negativity or pessimism creeps in. And it’s soon gone. In the very next breath David Kingsley tells me ‘It’s still enjoyable. Still exciting’. We talk - because we’re easily drawn back to the world of clothes and shoes - of what the shops in the group ‘stand for’. He’s expressive and genuinely passionate. ‘I love the idea that we sell quality, but above that, classic clothes. We honestly aren’t worried about high fashion. You can buy a piece from us and yes, it might, slightly, go in and out of style, but overall it’s something you can keep, forever. I could talk with David Kingsley forever. Maybe the finer points of an Armani shoulder’s cut, or why Bass Weejuns are important, or the weight of selvedge denim, aren’t things that everybody wants to converse about, (although I do), but it’s the fact that he, and his family, and his staff, know about these things that makes this group of shops so important. Their knowledge and enthusiasm is what drives their choice and selection. It’s about real style, and real quality, both of which will always win over quick fix transient fashion. It’s about the details. And it’s very much about the service. David Kingsley is checking his phone. Not impatiently, or impolitely. He’s been charm and good conversation personified. But it’s time for him to go. If you’ve gleaned more than a hint of my own enthusiasm from this article I’m glad. I’ve done my job. It’s been a pleasure to talk with this man. I’m drawn back to my earlier comment about his own style. It’s just right. So it is with the shops. And the staff. And the clothes they sell. All of it. It’s style. But it’s more than that. And if you understand these things you’ll know. It’s all, just, right. George Frazier, (no - not the boxer) the legendary American journalist and arbiter of style believed in clothes being right. He was a man who worshipped Miles Davis’ playing, but was just as enthu-siastic about his choice of shoes. He could tear into a politician, even a president, not for his views or policies, but because he had no style. For that, said George, there was no excuse. You have Trumbull’s, and Hatters, and Ginger. You have no excuse.

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Our guide to the county’s most picturesque places on the coast to picnic, sunbathe or walk the dog.

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1. LOWESTOFT

The most easterly point in the UK, Lowestoft is a very family-friendly resort with miles of sandy beaches, as well as traditional seaside amusements, a pier, volleyball nets and plenty of fish and chip shops. The perfect place to go if you have the children in tow, there’s even a roller skating rink.

2. KESSINGLAND

Remarkably unspoilt and extremely spacious, the pretty coastal village of Kessingland is one of those Suffolk gems that few people know about. The beach is a mix of marshland, shingle and sand – ideal for birdwatching, fishing, or if you’re simply looking for a bit of peace and quiet (and the dog can even come too!).

3. COVEHITHE

Possibly the wildest and most beautiful of Suffolk beaches, Covehithe is off the beaten track and only accessible by foot or cycle. Driftwood forms lovely shapes protruding from the sand, while Covehithe’s unique church adds an element of the surreal. No facilities here; it’s just a glorious spot to truly get away from it all.

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4. SOUTHWOLD

A very popular seaside town, which remains an eternal favourite with visitors and locals alike, the beach at Southwold is backed by a row of brightly-coloured beach huts, as well as its fabulous Victorian pier. A much-loved destination with those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle, be sure to take a stroll around town, watch a Punch and Judy show, and make the most of the putting greens and boating ponds.

5. WALBERSWICK

The unofficial crabbing capital of England, Walberswick is a great starting point to explore the Suffolk coast in all its natural beauty. The sandy dunes and marshes are fantastic for walkers, while the wide, wild beach is just the place for aspiring surfers and kite fliers. After a day’s crabbing, head to one of the pubs along the harbour for a local ale and some great home-cooked food.

6. DUNWICH

Once a prosperous seaport, Dunwich beach and the surrounding heath and woodland are one of Suffolk’s prize possessions, home to a plethora of rare plants and wildlife. Famous for its ghostly bells ringing from under the sea, don’t forget your camera when taking a walk along this idyllic stretch of coastline.

7. THORPENESS

An interesting place to visit at any time of the year, Thorpeness is a mainly shingle beach loved by dog walkers. The Peter Pan-inspired boating mere, mock Tudor buildings, unusual architecture (look out for the House in the Clouds) and acclaimed golf course to add to its magic.

8. ALDEBURGH

Famous for Maggi Hambling’s controversial Scallop sculpture, a tribute to local composer Benjamin Brittain, Aldeburgh is probably Suffolk’s most well-known seaside town. The vast pebble beach is simply stunning, while there are also several art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, as well as a cinema and summer theatre. Don’t leave without eating a bag of chips on the sea wall while admiring the view!

9. FELIXSTOWE

Full of exciting activities for all the family, Felixstowe offers windsurfing, crazy golf, open-air theatre performances, nature trails, historical re-enactments, arcade games on the pier, and an award-winning beach. Once a favourite with Edwardian society, enjoy an ice cream while taking in the delightful seafront gardens.

10. ORFORD NESS

Mysterious, wild and isolated, Orford Ness is a shingle spit that’s instantly recognisable due to its abandoned lighthouse and former military base. Now a National Nature Reserve, many rumours still surround Orford Ness’ strange past including tales of a covered-up Nazi landing and an infamous UFO sighting.

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HUNSTANTON Sunny Hunny is a gently sloping beach with a mix of sand and pebbles. It is the only coastal town in East Anglia that faces west, making the beach relatively sheltered from sea breezes. Great for families, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from traditional donkey rides and boat trips, to surfing and walks along the famous Hunstanton cliffs.

This expansive stretch of flat, golden sand is a favourite all year-round. Rich in wildlife, it’s a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you can see why! The miles of unspoilt beach are ideal for sandcastle building, paddling in the shallow lagoons, as well as dog walking. Be sure to quench your thirst with a stop-off at The Ship Hotel in the village.

HOLKHAM Made famous by the film Shakespeare In Love when actress Gwyneth Paltrow walks across the sand at low tide during the closing scenes, Holkham beach is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the UK. Horseshoe-shaped, it is sheltered by a pine forest, and the yellow sands are so vast that when the tide is out, you get a real feeling of space.

WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA Fantastic views, fish and chips, and the iconic, brightly-coloured beach huts make Wells a popular holiday destination throughout the year. The beach, a mile from the centre of town, is served by the Wells Harbour Railway, a 10 and a quarter gauge railway, which the kids will just love! There’s also the Beach Café here, serving light bites, snacks, drinks and ice creams. Don’t forget to go aboard the Albatros before you leave! One of the oldest sailing ships still afloat, it’s now a B&B, bar, restaurant and live music venue.

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An old-fashioned seaside town at heart, Sheringham is the perfect place to recharge your batteries, whether soaking up the salt spray, taking a steam train ride to nearby Weybourne, or indulging in a show at the much-loved Little Theatre. Among the glories of the area are the surrounding woodlands of Sheringham Park, with views out to sea, and bracken-covered undulating uplands, covered with golden gorse and purple heather.

Home of the Cromer crab, if you fancy some sea air, summer entertainment and a spot of crabbing, Cromer offers a wonderful family day-out. With plenty of traditional seaside attractions available, the beach is well-managed with lifeguards on patrol in summer. The pier is well-worth a stroll along, while tucking into a bag of chips from celebrity chef Galton Blackiston’s restaurant and takeaway, No. 1 Cromer.

Mundesley has a sheltered beach with lots of golden sand exposed at low tide, backed by low grassy cliffs and a promenade lined with colourful beach huts. The charming, well-preserved seaside town is a small, familyfriendly holiday spot, often considered one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets. The village has its roots in the Victorian times when visitors came by rail to sample the fresh air and exceptional service of seaside hotels such as The Royal.


T HEATRE R O YA L Rhythm of the Dance he high-energy show, Rhythm of the Dance, celebrating the style, story and music of Celtic culture makes a welcome return visit to Norwich Theatre Royal this month playing for one night only on Monday, 10th July, 7.30pm. Telling the story of the Irish Celts through the realm of history, Rhythm of the Dance is a richly-costumed extravaganza showcasing the skill and style of Irish step-dancing but presented in a contemporary format which has helped to make this production a ‘must-see’ show for almost 30 years and enjoyed by millions and millions of fans. Producer Kieran Cavanagh continually renews the style and format of Rhythm of the Dance breathing new life into the choreography and exploring new musical options to make the show - which has won critical acclaim the world over - even more spectacular. And its return to Norwich comes after the production - which has been performed across four continents in 26 countries - has been seen in such iconic world venues as The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, the Kremlin Palace Theatre, Moscow and Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, in Tennessee, USA. The show also formed part of the programme for the closing ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan. John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: ‘History is never normally learned like this. Some incredible dance routines, beautiful singing and non-stop energy will help tell the story of Ireland’s strong cultural history while also give audiences the chance to see some of the country’s top performing talent.’ Tickets £7.00-£24.50 (discounts for Friends of the Theatre) Box office: 01603 630 000 On-line booking: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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THE OAKSMERE Rectory Road, Brome, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8AJ. Tel: 01379 873940. www.theoaksmere.com Bed and breakfast is priced from £109 per room per night.

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he Oaksmere Hotel on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk has undergone a dramatic refurbishment, having officially reopened in late May. Aiming to be firmly on the map for being one of the finest destination venues in the heart of East Anglia, known for its amazing food, luxurious hotel stays, picture-perfect weddings and bespoke events, the stunning Grade II Listed Tudor and Victorian hotel boasts many beautiful features including sash windows, old oak beams and antique floor tiles.

Feeling peckish? The brand new restaurant is adorned with modern drop-down lighting and oak flooring to give it a contemporary, urban feel, with an open kitchen so diners can watch the chefs at work. Head chef Nick ClaxtonWebb is committed to using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients to create perfectly balanced menus, with the hotel’s own on-site butchery and kitchen garden ensuring only the freshest, quality ingredients. Guests can see their cuts of meat maturing in the glass-fronted cabinets.

All of the 10 deluxe bedrooms and four decadent suites are designed with an emphasis on relaxation and quality, with comfortable Hypnos beds, crisp linen, Nespresso coffee machines, Elemis toiletries, Sky TV and built-in audio systems. And the en suite bathrooms are just as impressive! Relax and unwind in a bubble-filled whirlpool bath, or awaken your senses with an invigorating rainfall power shower.

With stunning wooden beams and a roaring fire in winter, The Oaksmere pub is a friendly local, offering traditional snacks, light bites and tapas in an authentic Tudor setting. The pub also serves local beers and ales from Adnams Brewery, Aspall Cider and the Grain Brewery, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list, so do make sure you pop in for a drink during your visit… Cheers!


DUNSTON HALL Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8PQ. Tel: 01508 470444. www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/dunston-hall Bed and breakfast is priced from around £70 per room per night.

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et in more than 150 acres of stunning wooded parkland, Dunston Hall is a majestic Elizabethan-style mansion that has been lovingly restored to its former glory, evoking character and comfort at every turn. Boasting 169 spacious bedrooms, it’s the perfect place to escape, indulge and re-energise, with magnificent double bedrooms complete with heavenly four-poster beds, suites offering breath-taking views beyond the window, and original attic rooms with historic low-beamed ceilings. With a range of luxurious rooms to suite all tastes, you can be guaranteed a good night’s sleep in super-elegant surroundings. As for the recently refurbished health club, you can work up a sweat in the two-floor gym, enjoy a few laps of the indoor swimming pool, or chill out in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool. Spoil yourself with a spa treatment at The Lilac Rooms, whether it’s a facial, pedicure, manicure or massage you desire. (It’s best to book in advance to avoid missing out, especially during weekends or school holidays.)

Calling all golfers, there’s even a par 71 US PGArated course, which beautifully contours around the estate. Magnificent parkland fairways dotted with trees and strategically placed bunkers, plus a 22-bay floodlit driving range, this is golf at its best! For your dining experience, The Brasserie is all about great food served in an informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant where you really feel at home. Plus, there’s also clubhouse restaurant, Bunkers, specialising in bistro-style light meals and drinks, or for those preferring the comfort of their own room, why not take advantage of the 24-hour room service menu? What better way to recharge those batteries than with a leisurely meal in your dressing gown? Located just a stone’s throw from the city of Norwich, you will never be stuck for things to do during your stay. So, whether you wish to be pampered, play a round of golf, or take in the city sights, Dunston Hall offers the ideal bolthole – a seamless blend of both town and countryside.


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