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Issue 163 April 2015

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DISS Jackamans Solicitors The Tenancy Waltz Jackamans recently participated in an event run by Barclays Premier in Diss. The event – for the bank’s Premier and Business customers – concentrated on property matters and included guest speakers from local professional firms in the area. The speakers were Mike Clark (Branch Manager of the Diss branch), Paul Woods of Haines Watts (Accountants), Mike Sarson from TW Gaze (Property Management), Pete Robinson (Barclays Real Estate Manager), Allison Warr and Kevin Snelling from Woolwich mortgage advisors and James Laband and Paul Stevens from Jackamans Solicitors. Local Premier Managers Henry Armes and Tom Hall were also in attendance. Jackamans’ Senior Partner James Laband spoke on property law issues and Dispute Resolution partner Paul Stevens

spoke on the litigation aspects of Buy to Let: I tried to summarise some of the key “steps” in this dance. For a start the main act applying to Assured Shorthold tenancies is the Housing Act 1988. This relates to residential tenants, occupying the premises as their main dwelling, and with a rent of under £100,000 per year. The form of the lease can be a standard one but it is a good idea to seek legal advice to ensure it contains all the essential elements. For example how long the tenancy is. It is usually a fixed term of say 6 months, but it is important for a landlord to keep this diarised in the event they wish to terminate the tenancy and seek possession. A landlord should seek references for a prospective tenant for obvious reasons, and also consider if they require a guarantor for the

rent and other tenant obligations if there is any concern that the tenant may be at risk of becoming unable to pay. Another key consideration is for a landlord to ensure that if the property is mortgaged his lender gives its consent to the granting of the tenancy. There are many responsibilities resting on the landlord including keeping the property in good habitable order. The gas fittings must be checked by an engineer at least every 12 months, and the electrical equipment should be safe. You must provide an Energy Performance certificate to the tenant. You must provide smoke alarms and ensure any furniture provided meets fire resistant standards. The requirement for any deposit paid by the tenant to be protected in an approved scheme began with legislation 2007. The tenant must be notified that this has taken place and in default a landlord may not be able to obtain possession through the Accelerated Procedure and may

be ordered to pay compensation. If the landlord wishes to bring the ”tenancy waltz “ to an end smoothly it is necessary to do so by serving a Section 21 Notice Housing Act 1988 stating when possession is required. This must give no less than two months’ notice to the tenant expiring after the end of a fixed term or at the end of a period of the tenancy thereafter. It is advisable to seek legal advice on the form, content and service of the notice as if it is defective the courts will dismiss a claim for possession thus causing delay and wasted costs. If all the formalities are correctly followed then the court must award possession under the Accelerated Procedure. This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive. Special legal advice should be taken in any individual situation. For further information do contact our Diss office on 01379 643555.

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DISS Monsters Ltd A secure Soft Play area where your little monsters (and angels) can play safety Monsters Ltd. is a purpose built play and party area for toddlers through to 10 yr olds. (Height restriction 4ft 10ins) Play areas are monitored by trained staff but children remain the responsibility of a parent or guardian and must be supervised at ALL TIMES. We offer a segregated play area for the under 4’s but if they wish to enjoy the main party play area they must be accompanied by an adult. • NO food or drink is to be taken into the play areas • Children wearing a plaster cast will not be able to play • NO chewing gum • Socks must be worn at ALL times

• Keep arms and legs covered, tuck loose clothing in. • Remove, shoes, spectacles and items of jewelery (especially sharp objects) Planning a party or celebration? Let MONSTERS LTD do it all for you. We take away the hassle and the worry, simply pay the party package price per child and we do the rest. WHATEVER THE OCCASION WE CAN DESIGN THE PARTY FOR YOU! When you book your childs party at MONSTERS LTD the price includes: • Party Invitations • 1 1/4 hours funtime in the Play Area

• 3/4 Hour in designated Party Area • Individual choice of party meal • Unlimited Squash • Take home party bag for every child ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BRING THE CAKE & CANDLES

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DISS Park Radio

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Local Fundraising Events

News from Diss Museum

Wednesday 15th April

Wednesday 22nd April

Park Radio Bingo Night @ The Park Hotel, 29 Denmark St Diss IP22 4LE (tel: 01379 642244)

Park Radio Quiz Night @ Costa Coffee, 7 Mere Street Diss IP22 4AD (tel: 01379 652760)

The Park Radio team will be calling out the numbers once again in a style of their own for players to win cash prizes! £5 buys 8 games and “eyes down” is at 7.30pm.

Another new venue, but the same popular quiz night. Starting at 7.30pm, entry is £2 per player with a maximum of 4 players per team.

One day in 2008 I had been looking at a catalogue and thinking that I would like to have a bendy mannequin for the museum. I had some female figures that I bought when a dress shop closed down; but something malleable and male would give me more scope. When I got home there was a letter saying that some insurance money had matured spectacularly. So I shot back to the office and ordered a mannequin Even at special offer it cost me the equivalent of six weeks’ wages; but I knew he would be useful. Even the box will come in handy one day as a coffin, I am quite sure. Since then the figure has featured as: Thomas Paine, Dr. Crippen, Thomas Manning, an American WW2 airman and a British WW1 soldier.

This season he is Mr. Micawber, from Dickens’ David Copperfield. This was one of the characters depicted by the costumed skaters on Diss Mere in the ice carnival of 1891. Skating often took place on the Mere during the severe Victorian winters, giving the inspiration for a museum display. My friend Clive Davies made a model of the surface of the Mere. We have old skates and many pictures.There are also things people might not know – the depth of water and mud, the loss of life in those dark fathoms and the deadly secrets they contain. On a lighter note, the display also features some of Mike Webb’s beloved Mere Quacks characters. The museum is open Wednesday & Thursday afternoons, all day Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday afternoons from May.

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DISS Shop ‘til we drop – Lands End to Diss 2015 Charity ride from Lands End to Diss Just over a year ago our best friend, David Bloomfield was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Dave was immediately admitted to Addenbrookes hospital to undergo major brain surgery. The operation successfully removed the bulk of the tumour, but due to the size of the tumour and the severity of the operation, Dave is now deprived of many of the faculties we take for granted. Amongst numerous other things, Dave is unable to walk unaided, talk coherently or see without pain, basically he is unable to live life as he had done before; Dave is now heavily dependent on his

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incredible wife Toni. A matter of weeks after having the operation, Toni gave birth to their second beautiful daughter, Kiki. What is usually a glorious time with a newborn to protect and saviour, Dave was enduring a strict and intense course of chemotherapy and the violent side effects that come with it. Over the past year, with an amazing degree of courage and the support of his amazing family, he has slowly taught himself how to do the fundamental things that he was stripped of, gradually, Dave is coming back. However, this is just the beginning. Dave has already defied what the

medical experts predicted for him and the strength that he and his wife have shown has been an inspiration to us all. There is still a long road ahead for Dave and his family but there are treatments available to aid in his recovery. Dave has been told that he may never be able to work again, so the funding of such treatments is yet another obstacle in what has been a very testing year. With that in mind, eight of us – of average fitness at best, most of whom haven’t been on a bike since their paper round – have decided that it would be a good idea to cycle from Lands End to Diss in six days. On ladies shopper bikes!!! The journey is almost 500 miles, so we will be doing the best part of 100 miles per day. We will (hopefully) be

arriving in Diss on Good Friday to kick start the annual King Of The Cup Event on April 3rd 2015. We would really appreciate anything you can offer to help us out with this amazing cause. There is now some light at the end of the tunnel for Dave and his family. With your support and the strength he shows day to day, we can help to make a real difference to a family who really deserve it. To offer support or check for updates visit the following websites: Google – search ‘shop til we drop Dave Bloomfield’ – our website is the first returned Twitter – @ShopTilWeDrop2 Facebook – Shop ‘til we drop – Lands End to Diss 2015!!! Alternatively should you have any enquiries call Lee Farrell 07984645637

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DISS Mere Players Mere players present Let’s All Go To The Music Hall Mere Players, in their 40th Anniversary year, will be presenting ‘Lets all go to the Music Hall’ on Thursday 30th April, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May at Redgrave Church. Doors open at 7 pm and performance starts at 7.45 pm. Bar and raffle. Join us for an entertaining evening of well known songs and monologues, accompanied by our own house band, a joint venture with the Redgrave Heritage Trust. Tickets available from the 1st March from ticketsource.co.uk or telephone 07811140861 at £10.00 each.

East Anglian Brass Band Association Leyland band to perform in Norwich On Sunday 10th May 2015, the East Anglian Brass Band Association is proud to present its 77th Annual Gala concert. In 2015 the Association welcomes the famous Leyland Band, who are currently ranked 13th in the world, to St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. For over sixty years the Leyland Band has been performing quality entertainment across the United Kingdom and abroad.

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Leyland Band Sunday 10th May 2015 St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, 6.30pm Box office 01473 626986 administration@eabba7.freeserve.co.uk Charity number 1062760

Leyland has won the “Brass In Concert Championships” five times which reinforces the band’s first class reputation on the concert platform. The band’s repertoire is extensive and broad to appeal to all tastes. The concert commences at 6.30pm. Tickets costing £14.00, £16.00 and £18.00 www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk

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We are very much aware that your wellbeing depends on having a service that is dependable, on time and with a quality finish We invest our resources to ensure that you receive the service levels that we are willing to back up with our three step guarantee. We Gurantee: • Price quoted in advance or you’ll pay nothing • Deliver on time, every time or you’LL pay nothing • Cleaned to your satisfaction - if not we will reprocess & give you a free voucher

No other laundry company is willing to guarantee their work. So why not give us a try to see just how unique we are? All items are inspected, and pre-treated where necessary, then dry-cleaned with the correct solvent or wet cleaning process to assure the best clean. Each item is then hand finished, inspected again and packaged to protect the item. We have our own in house tailor, who is based at our Wymondham branch and who specialises in repair and alteration of all garments. We can even organise them to visit you at your home or work just call 01953 607493 for more information.

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ATTLEBOROUGH MDB Plumbing Local Plumber specialising in bathroom fitting, but carrying out all types of plumbing work, as no job is too small - 24 Hour Call Out At M.D.B Plumbing the focus is on providing a first class service that’s value for money. All work is carried out promptly, safely, and correctly by a team of professional and courteous engineers. Covering everything from the simplest of plumbing jobs, to kitchen and bathroom installations. Services Include • bathroom plumbing • blocked sinks • central heating equipment • plumbing leaks • emergency plumbers • hot water plumbing • kitchen plumbing • radiator repairs

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ATTLEBOROUGH Priory Insurance A look at Motor Insurance Whether you are a convicted driver, young driver, or have limited no claims bonus, we can find the policy cover specific to your requirements. We have negotiated special rates with our panel of Insurers for those careful drivers and special introductory discounts for those without any no claim bonus. We are always able to offer instalment facilities. We deal with many leading UK Insurers and Lloyds Underwriters to provide the best possible quotation and cover for our clients, regardless of the risk. Being totally independent means that we are not tied to a single provider and this allows us

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access to a range of insurance policies from our panel of carefully selected Insurers. Why not let us compare the market for you and deal on a personal level with your requirements. Priory Insurance Brokers are a locally owned, independent, professional organisation who have been based in South Norfolk for over 40 years. We would be pleased to provide quotations or advice for you and look forward to receiving your enquiry. For more information, please feel free to call in to our Wymondham Office.

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ATTLEBOROUGH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Ride for Life launched to support nook appeal and Quidenham hospice East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) largest and longestrunning fundraising event ‘Ride For Life’ returns for the 22nd time this summer. This year it’ll be in a new location, with new routes and is taking place in aid of both the nook appeal and the charity’s existing hospice in Quidenham. Cyclists and walkers are being encouraged to dust off their saddles and clean up their walking boots for the event which takes place on Sunday 14th June. Mayday in Thetford Forest is the new venue, having been previously hosted in Santon Downham, and participants can

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take part in 3, 6 or 12 mile forest walks, 5,10 or 25 mile off-road cycle rides and 16 or 38 mile onroad cycle rides. The 5 mile off-road cycle ride and the 12 mile walk will raise funds for the nook appeal, while funds raised from the other events will support the charity’s Quidenham hospice and current services in Norfolk. There will be stalls, activities, live music and well-earned refreshments available; making it a great day out for all. Green Ventures Bikes in Brunel Way, Thetford, which is a social enterprise run by Keystone Development Trust, will be at the event to offer cycle repairs and adjustments and will be asking

for donations to EACH. They will also be selling bike accessories and parts.

something new, please signup for a great day out with a charitable cause at its heart.”

Mark Loades, EACH Norfolk Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Ride for Life which is going to be bigger and better than before. We’re at a new location at Mayday in Thetford Forest so there’s more space and the routes will de different, which is especially important for many of our supporters who attend every year.

Registration opens later this month, but you can register your interest now at www.each.org.uk EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

“The event will raise funds for the nook appeal to build a new children’s hospice and will also raise funds to support our current services in Norfolk and this is a vital message we need to get across to our supporters that we need to keep our current services going as well as raising funds for our exciting new project. “Whether you’re a dedicated cyclist or rambler, or want to try

We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and need to raise almost £6 million to deliver our services this year – £16,000 a day, every day of the year. EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org. uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on: 01953 666767.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance just at the moment Of course the budget was only a couple of weeks ago but some things have been in the planning stages for a bit longer and are being implemented sooner rather than later. One of the bigger changes that many people are talking about is Workplace Pensions and Auto Enrolment - this is going to be a big change for employers as the staging dates are looming ever closer. If you have employees or simply have a limited company and pay you and your family via PAYE then you need to consider the new automatic enrolment legal duties. The first step on the road is to understand if workplace pensions affect you – if you employ someone in your business and pay them using PAYE – then the short answer is yes! Hopefully by now you should have received a letter from the Pensions Regulator advising you of your staging date and inviting you to register a contact. With real time penalties kicking in for all employers, end of year submissions and auto enrolment just round the corner, now is a good time to hand over the reins of your payroll – we offer payroll services for weekly, two weekly, four weekly and monthly paid employees and the price starts from as little as £6.25 plus VAT per pay run. If you are interested in finding out more then please give us a call or an email. The start of the new tax year is a really good time to change the way you run your payroll. Hopefully we might be able to save you time and money but remember, the decision on your pension provider is yours to make! Once you have decided who to use we can help you operate your payroll scheme including the pension and tax deductions to be made. www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk

Now down the other end of the pension spectrum - the rules for anyone aged 55 or over who has a personal pension plan have changed from 6 April 2015. From this date you will be allowed access to your funds as and when you want and the best news is that 25% of this fund can still be taken tax free. Now of course we can’t give you financial advice here at KBA but we do know some lovely advisors who can!

In this edition of Dispatch we have tried to make sure that you are aware some of the changes that are happening in the 2015/2016 tax year. Of course some things still say the same: we all get our shiny new personal allowances for the next 12 months – the basic personal allowance for this tax year is £10,600 so make sure you use up all of yours! Other things staying the same are the initial free consultation of up to an hour that we offer here at KBA, and the same friendly relaxed approach to all of our clients old and new.

We still have the same telephone number 01953 457173 and the same email address kerry@ kerrybutcher.co.uk. We are still really grateful to the lovely people at Dispatch who allow us to write in their fabulous magazine each month and to all of you who have taken the time to read this article. Finally we still want to say another massive THANK YOU!! To all our clients who come back to see us each year and allow us to look after their affairs. We can’t wait to see you all again for another round of self assessments and tax fun!

Whatever you decide– it is possible that income generated may need to be declared on a tax return. Remember to take advice – as it is far better to contact HMRC and tell them you need to complete a tax return, than wait for them to ask you instead! HMRC are cracking down this year – rental income is big business with house prices still rising - if you have decided to invest in a rental property – don’t get caught out! Even if you are not making a profit yet, you still need to declare the income and remember it is only the mortgage interest that is allowable against tax not the full amount of the repayment. Over the past few years HMRC have been offering more and more services online which is great news for people like us here at KBA. No long hours of waiting on the phone – especially with the start of the new tax year and new tax codes – if you are not sure that your tax code is correct, then we can check this on your behalf and make any changes needed (authorisation procedure required). This is especially useful if you have a benefit in kind or more than one job – we all want to make sure that we pay the right amount of tax but none of us want to pay too much. We can also check tax codes for pensions and investment income. 2015 April | 15


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From

Bubbles... Which Wood and Why Waveney Tree Specialists look at the difference between wood and timber

Attleborough Civil Service Retirement Fellowship The C.S.R.F started the year with a presentation by Mike Milligan of PCT Care Services at the January meeting. The AGM held in February 2015 saw all the officers, Rod Furness, Doreen Parker, Joan Daniels,& Kath willing to continue for another year with the exception of Pat Hunter who has left the area. Brian Lawrence agreed, with members approval, to take over the role of Press Officer. 14 members attended and thoroughly enjoyed the annual post Christmas lunch at Sherbourne House, Attleborough. The next meeting will be on Thursday 19th March 2015 when there will be a talk on Tax, Cars & Toy Boys presented by Legal Solutions. The club meets in the Methodist Church Hall, London Road on the third Thursday of every month from 10am to 12 noon. There are some very interesting speakers scheduled to visit this year along with a programme of activities and outings. It is

planned to arrange a mystery trip by a Vintage coach for a Tuesday later this spring. New members are welcomed not only from retired Civil & Public servants but also any other interested persons who can join as associate members. With the recent reduction in employment in the public sector it is felt there must be numerous retired persons in the Attleborough area who might be interested in and contribute to the activities of C.S.R.F. The secretary Doreen Parker on 01953 456958 will be more than happy to provide further information. Brian Lawrence Ronola 12 New North Road Attleborough Norfolk NR17 2BJ Tel H. 01953 454635, M 07710 248303

What’s the difference between wood and timber? None really; we usually refer to a standing, growing tree as ‘wood’, when it is felled and sawn as ‘timber’ and when we make things with it as ‘wood’. If you look round your home you will see many things made of wood. Obvious things like wood panelling, furniture, door and window frames; but the less obvious include paper, photographs and toothpaste. Toothpaste contains carboxymethal cellulose which is basically pulped up wood. In Africa, sticks of Diospyros are used for cleaning the teeth as it contains antifungal bacteria, which combat gum disease and tooth decay. From the very earliest times, man has used wood for tools and weapons, buildings, furniture or fuel for his fires. Archaeologists often date primitive cultures by the material men used for the cutting and shaping of timber – stone, bronze and iron axe heads. The axe head may have altered but the shaft has been the same for thousands of years – tough and supple ash. Mahogany Mahogany was first brought to Europe by the Spanish from Central and South America in the C16 and is the collective name from several species. It has a

distinctive red-brown colour with dark figuring. As well as being beautiful it is impervious to rot and woodworm and therefore prized in cabinet making. Walnut The heart wood is warm greyish brown timber with a hint of chocolate and pinkish hue and incredibly stable and durable. It is prized as a veneer and for making gun stocks and wood sculptures Teak Originally from India, Burma and Indonesia, it now is widely planted in Central America. It has golden brown heartwood and is extremely strong and durable. Teak is used in all manner of things including furniture, boats, staircases and sea defences, as it is resistant to fungal decay and even to termites and marine borers Ebony There are two main types of ebony; African which comes from West Africa and Madagascar and East Indian Ebony which comes from Sri Lanka and southern India. It is used in furniture and sculpture but probably best known for making the black piano keys, castanets and chess men. Oak There are more than 450 species of oak. The most popular are known as the ‘white oaks’ and


come from Britain, America and Japan. It has creamy sapwood, yellow brown heart wood with silver grey veining and is one of the world’s most popular timbers. Because of its strength and straight grain, it is used in construction – most of the tithe barns, churches and cathedrals have oak beams. Once, oak was the mainstay of boat building resulting in huge areas of oak woods being felled Beech Beech wood is hard strong and heavy but lacks toughness and is therefore rarely used outdoors. It is excellent for mass produced goods as it is easy to work in any direction. It is versatile wood for furniture, short tool handle and flooring. Is easy bent after steam treatment and suitable for laminating – when rotary peeled it yields large sheets of attractive veneer.

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Spruce This is a group of 20 evergreen conifers from the northern hemisphere. The 2 most popular are Norway spruce from northern Europe and Sitka spruce from North America. Both are used widely for interior building work and pallets. Sitka is favoured for pulp for newspapers. Pine Pinus sylvestris occurs right across Eurasia and is one of the heaviest softwoods. It is often used in the manufacture of economy furniture and for general building work. In Britain it is the main timber used for railway sleepers and telegraph poles. Elm Elm occurs right across northern temperate regions. The heartwood is dull brown with reddish tinge and irregular growth rings. It is water resistant and the Romans used elm for water conduits. The Rialto Bridge in Venice stands on Elm piles. Sadly because of Dutch Elm disease the timber is now in short supply. Willow The light weight, long fibres and straight grain of the willow is put to good use in making cricket bats. The ‘cricket bat’ willow, Salix alba, is grown mainly in Norfolk, Suffolk and Sussex. The basket willow, osier or withy is grown mainly in Somerset and is coppiced every year to make long straight lengths for basket weaving. Hazel is sometimes woven in to give extra strength. Expert advice is a phone call or e-mail away

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Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May 2015 Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services. You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre. SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will

raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA. In 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone. Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family.

We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group”. For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email fundraising@siafishandchips. co.uk or visit www.siafishandchips.co.uk

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives. SIA provides services and publications which enable and

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GENERAL The Government is URGING you to switch your Energy provider Dual-fuel customers of the big energy firms have missed big savings by not switching suppliers, early evidence from a competition inquiry suggests. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the energy market since last summer. It says that from 2012 to 2014, more than 95% of dual-fuel customers of the big firms would have saved money by switching tariffs or suppliers. The savings they missed ranged from £158 to £234 a year per customer. Richard Lloyd of consumers’ association Which? said the energy industry had failed its customers and the regulator would have to be much tougher. “Politicians and regulators have put too much faith in competition driving keener prices for

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consumers - this simply hasn’t worked,” he said. The investigation by the CMA was formally launched last July in response to an earlier referral from the energy regulator Ofgem. Ofgem had been concerned because of widespread disquiet at the dominance of the industry by just six big operators. Currently the “big six” energy firms - SSE, Scottish Power, Centrica, Npower, E.On and EDF Energy - together account for about 92% of the UK’s energy supply market. Consumer groups and politicians have frequently accused the firms of using their

position to raise customers’ prices swiftly when wholesale energy prices go up, but being slow to cut them when their costs have come down. Poor customer service by the big six firms is highlighted by the CMA. It says the number of complaints recorded against them rose fivefold between 2007 to 2013. These were mainly about problems concerning billing, customer service and payments. If you are looking for an alternative supplier, you might like to consider Utility Warehouse – The Discount Club. Utility Warehouse Guarantee savings on your household bills via their unique Price Promise: They guarantee you’ll save money when you switch all your services to them, or they’ll give you back ‘Double the Difference’. The Utility Warehouse provide over 600,000 customers throughout the UK with substantial savings on a wide range of utility services including

landline phone, mobiles, broadband, gas and electricity. You may not have heard of the Utility Warehouse before; that’s because they don’t spend money on expensive advertising like other companies. This saves them millions of pounds a year — savings they pass on to you! They rely completely on recommendation from happy customers and a network of Distributors to spread the word about the great savings they offer compared to their competitors. Even if you haven’t heard of them before, you can be completely confident in their services. They are a Which? Recommended Provider and scored five out of five for customer service. If you’d like to save money, get in touch. I’ll explain how you can benefit. I look forward to talking to you. Jonathan: 07802 690589, please feel free to call me anytime!

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GENERAL Sound Sleep Beds An interview with Andrew Bright from Sound Sleep Beds How do you know when its time to change your bed? Many of us don’t realise that our mattress has become uncomfortable over the years. I find the best questions to ask yourself are: Do you wake up feeling un-refreshed and aching? Have you slept better in another bed recently? Do you disturb your partner when changing sleep positions? Do you roll together? If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then I would certainly think about a new mattress or bed. How often should you change your bed? Generally, it is said you need to change your bed every 7 years. If you have a good solid top divan base or slats, usually you can just change the mattress. If your base is sprung, you would need to think about changing the whole bed. What is the best kind of mattress to sleep on? This is a very difficult question to answer. Mattresses are very personal. Before you buy a mattress, its best to speak to one of our mattress specialists who can help guide you. Pocket sprung mattresses are the more supportive mattresses, but these are available with different types of fillings which alter the comfort and support. What makes you a mattress specialist? As a family, we have had over 50 years in the bed trade

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and spent over 20 of those as manufacturers. We have designed dozens of mattresses through the years and work closely with manufacturers to have the best quality mattresses at great prices. We are also honest; as we know all about springs and mattress filings, we will advise what is suitable for you and what benefits different mattresses will have for you. I am also an accredited Sleep Council Sleep Advisor, in fact I was the UK’s first qualified one! What kind of mattress do you sleep on? I sleep on one of the new Sealy Hybrid mattresses featuring Geltex. It has a zoned pocket spring system with 8cm of geltex, this is a gel infused foam which is heat free and fast reacting. I have this because its the latest mattress technology, and as a specialist you need to try these things! But not only that, when moving beds and lifting all day, I suffer with aches and pains in my back and shoulders and I feel that the geltex takes the pressure off my joints and helps me get a good night sleep.

sleep more than anything is your iPhone! Those late night sounds coming from your phone or the screen lighting up the room are disruptive – even on silent, those vibrations may wake you. Turn it off, facebook and twitter will still be there in the morning! Beds are expensive, is it better to buy a second hand one? No way. Firstly, there are beds and mattresses suitable for most price ranges. Not everyone wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a bed, obviously you do get what you pay for but second hand beds are a big no. It’s not just the bed’s ability to provide proper support that declines with age; A build up of moisture (we lose a half pint or more of fluid each night) and skin scales (we lose a pound of skin or more a year) makes beds a favourite breeding ground for the common dust mite: bad news for the nation’s 2-3 million asthma sufferers; and a grim thought for those sleeping on second-hand beds and other peoples’ sweat and skin scales! Not forgetting that many beds made before 1988 don’t even

meet the UK’s basic fire safety regulations. At Sound Sleep we now offer 0% interest free credit, so that helps make more luxurious beds far more affordable. There is lots of publicity about unsafe beds at the moment, how do I know where to get a safe bed? Anyone buying a new bed from Sound Sleep doesn’t have to worry about that. All our beds are National Bed Federation approved, so they are safe, clean, hygienic and all meet trading standards requirements. We have informational videos on our website in the ‘Sleep Safe’ section of our website. We work closely with the Sleep Council and The National Bed Federation promoting the new code of practice. Sleep Safe. Sleep Sound. Sound Sleep.

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What’s the key to a good night’s sleep? Everyone is different, but generally the number one factor is your bed. An uncomfortable bed will always will affect the way you sleep. Other factors which are equally important are a dark room, a room that is not too warm and peace and quiet. The one thing that disturbs

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GENERAL Managing Savings: Cash Investments This month Almary Green’s Alison Rudd looks at how cash investments fit into your investment portfolio. Having a broad range of savings and investments – a balanced portfolio – is often the best way to juggle the potential for growth against the risk of losses. There are a group of investment vehicles, known as “cash investments” which can play an important role in maintaining that balance. These will take the form of Cash ISAs or deposit accounts with a financial institution such as a bank or building society or products from the Government-backed savings vehicle, NS&I. Returns on the investment are delivered via interest on the amount invested. These returns have suffered recently because of the poor interest rates on offer. Even if you

are prepared to lock your cash away for a couple of years, the highest rate you might currently find is about 2% per annum. This means that with inflation currently running at around 1.8% per year, once you have paid tax on the interest, it is quite likely that your cash’s purchasing power may be falling over time. For many people, it is the relative security of their investment that attracts them to cash investments. Equity investments, although having the potential for higher returns while markets are performing well, do entail a greater degree of risk. Cash Investments can also be useful for planning purposes, particularly if you know that you

need funds at a specific point in time: their value at that point can be more precisely predicted and not subject to the vagaries of the market. However, we do find that clients are concerned about the possibility of a bank or building society failing, and ask us what would happen to their savings if that should occur. Deposit accounts in UK financial institutions are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. This means that you are protected for up to £85,000 per person per UK banking licence if the bank or building society collapses. Any investment held in joint accounts is shared between the account holders, so only half of the money in joint accounts will count towards the individual’s £85,000 cover. It’s important to remember that some banks and building societies are in fact part of the same overall banking institution – Santander is in the same ownership as Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley, for example – so are covered under the same licence. If you have savings in deposit accounts or Cash ISAs that amount to more than the protected sum, it is advisable to check that they are not held under a single UK banking licence.

year – but, of course, that cannot be guaranteed. Prizes range in value from £25 to £1 million and, importantly, they are tax free so, therefore, potentially good value to tax payers, especially higher rate tax payers. Furthermore, you can withdraw money whenever you wish. Cash investments are certainly a valuable investment vehicle and, as independent financial advisers, we will frequently recommend a mix of both equity and cash investments in a diverse portfolio, to help to balance risk against reward. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change. To discuss any aspect of your financial well-being, contact Alison at alison.rudd@ almarygreen.com or call 01603 706740. Alison can be found at the offices of M+A Partners, Cyprus Close, Attleborough most Wednesday and is happy to arrange appointments there or in clients’ own homes.

When writing about cash investments, it’s worth mentioning Premium Bonds as an alternative to a plain deposit account. You can now buy up to £40,000 of Premium Bonds and they are held by NS&I so your original investment is guaranteed against loss. Prizes are currently distributed at a rate of 1.3% of the prize fund, thus for holdings of at least £10,000 or so, someone with average luck should get several prizes per 24 | April 2015

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GENERAL Make a choice to change if you want a better life! Isn’t it great knowing that you are totally responsible for how you live your life. We are not animals that have keepers. Where you live, what you do, the money you earn, the job you have, the people you associate with, are all your choice and your doing. There are some things that are learned behaviours that perhaps we don’t like, but you have a choice to change that; Who called it a monthly income when it lasts just 2/3 weeks for most people? How about earning more than you can spend? Who said weekends had to be restricted to two days? Why can’t they be 3, 4 or 5 days?

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Who said you can only have two weeks holiday a year? Why can’t you have two weeks every month? If you’re happy existing, that’s great. If you’re not, you have to change something before it’s too late, but firstly you have to choose to make that change. What I find fascinating is just how many people do choose…. to do nothing! They just accept that that’s the way it is, what’s my lot, these are the cards I have been dealt, I just have to accept this is the best it’s going to be.

But why? Why don’t you choose to be better, earn more, spend more time with your family and friends, or whatever it is that makes you happy. Time is only a one time experience when it’s gone it’s gone forever. Be very careful how you either live or waste each day. If something is not quite right change it, even if it’s only a small thing. The first sign of insanity is to do the same things everyday and expect a different result. • If you choose to want more time freedom, you can have it. • If you choose to want to earn more money this year than last, you can have it. • If you choose to want to better your life, you can do it. • If you choose to want to make a difference, you can do it. You just have to choose to do it first, then you’re halfway there. So if you have made a choice

that you want things to be different / better, what next? Well, I am looking to expand my already successful network by working with a just a few key people who are looking for change. Whilst no promises are made, because in the end your success depends on you, if you are in the market for an extra income, and you’re a person who wants personal development, wants to grow and wants a better life, then contact me. Ask Yourself This: If you have no time now how is that going to improve? If you do not have enough money now how will that change? Here is the answer. Create a Financial safety net for you and your family. Choose to Beat the Bills or become Extremely Wealthy - The choice is yours. So don’t delay. You will start the rest of your life one step at a time. Make sure your heading in the right direction.

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Elderly Fairland House are made available to all schools in the UK.

comfortable sharing. So far this year, 77 dogs have arrived at Dogs Trust Snetterton and on average, the centre rehomes 11 dogs a week, ensuring that the centre is always very busy!

Our FREEDOM project helps pet owners fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals whilst they start a new life. The HOPE project helps homeless people who own animals with veterinary costs. We also advise the Government on any matters concerning dog ownership. Worldwide, we assist overseas animal charities by training their staff in best practice and offering advice where we can. In Ireland we have established a charity that runs a rehoming centre in Dublin.

One pair of dogs currently hoping to find their forever home is doggy double act, Mack and Sally. Mac, 3 and Sally, 5 are both Lurchers who have so far been overlooked by potential owners due to the fact they ideally need to be rehomed together. Mack is super playful and loves being around people. He enjoys the company of other dogs and especially likes Sally who is always by his side. Mack is happiest cuddling up with Sally, enjoying a tasty treat after a long walk.

Snetterton Dogs Trust is one of the 20 rehoming centres in the UK and Ireland. The rehoming centre has 43 kennels and is currently home to 48 dogs with some friendly canines being more

Sally is a sweet natured dog who sometimes gets worried by new things. Mack really helps her with her confidence. Sally loves long walks with her best friend Mack and tasty dog treats. Once Sally is settled in and gets to know you she will make a loving companion.

Dogs Trust Snetterton Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Founded in 1891, our mission remains the same today, to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Every year Dogs Trust cares for around 17,000 dogs through our network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin. We never destroy a healthy dog. As well as rehoming dogs, Dogs Trust also runs a number of projects across the UK and worldwide. We run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems. Education Officers ensure children are engaged with canine welfare by giving thousands of classroom presentations each year. We also ensure free teaching resources

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Mack and Sally need owners who are happy to take on two loving dogs. They love walks, so an active home would suit them. These lovely Lurchers would like

to find a calm, quiet home which Sally can settle into alongside her pal. Mack and Sally would benefit from lots of interaction with other dogs to help with Sally’s socialisation and their new owners would need to be around for the majority of the time at first. Says Kate Brewster, Dogs Trust Snetterton Supporter Relations Officer: “It’s not often that we feel it is necessary to rehome dogs in pairs, but Sally & Mack have such a strong bond, and are definitely at their happiest when they are together, that we really don’t want to part them. Two might seem like a lot to take on but both dogs have lived in homes before so are housetrained, and will hopefully settle in easily. Mack & Sally are both very affectionate and will make loyal and affectionate companions in their new home.” If you think you can offer a loving home for two best friends and are interested in rehoming Mack and Sally together please give our Rehoming Centre a call on 0300 303 0292. Dogs Trust Snetterton is open Tuesday to Thursday 12pm-4pm and closed on Wednesdays. Dogs Trust Snetterton, North End Road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LD.

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Elderly Angelica Place Angelica Place offers networking and support group for carers and those living with dementia Angelica Place is extending an invitation to carers and friends of local people living with dementia in the Griston, Watton and Thetford, Brandon, Ashill and Carbrooke areas, to come along to its new social group, the ‘Friendship Café’. From 13th April 2015, the ‘Friendship Café’ will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Monday at Angelica Place day care centre in Manor Road, Griston. Following a relaunch last year, Angelica Place provides a supportive environment for people living with dementia. Specialist facilities include a 1950’s styled kitchen, a sensory room and garden, an Audrey Hepburn ladies’ beauty salon and

a barber shop. All toilet facilities are fully accessible and there is free parking on site. Designed for anyone who cares for a family member, friend or neighbour, the open minded support group offers a place where local people can talk to others who are also caring for a loved one living with dementia and share their experiences. Lyn Foulds, the ‘Dementia Champion’ who has been based at Angelica Place since it opened, will be available at the Friendship Café to provide advice, information and support to carers and to ensure that they have access to the right resources to assist them.

“Angelica Place is the ‘go-to place’ for advice, support and community-based services for local people who are living with dementia and those who are caring for them,” explains Lyn Foulds. “We are opening the café to all local people and would warmly welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer to help this to become a real hub for the community.” Each month’s activities will be published on the Manorcourt Homecare website and on the notice board at Angelica Place. The initial schedule of the Friendship Café is as follows:

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• Hair salon & barber shop • Reminiscence room • 1950’s kitchen and parlour • Chiropody & sensory therapy room

• Monday 13th April: getting to know you. Come and meet and talk to other people who care for someone with dementia, share your experiences, ask questions, share your advice. • Monday 20th April: move with us: a seated exercise class that everyone can participate in. Join in, or just come along and enjoy the music. • Monday 27th April: social activity: led by Angelica Place Demential Champion, Lyn Foulds.

can be provided on request. Transport to Angelica Place can also be arranged. Commenting on the Friendship Café, Mike Osborne, Managing Director of Manorcourt Homecare said: “Angelica Place already provides a vital day care support service, offering specialist facilities for 70+ individuals and their families from Griston, Watton and surrounding areas. It was always our intention to develop a community-based hub to enable carers to access support and information from people who have specialist knowledge and experience of caring for people with dementia. The Friendship Café is the first step in building that wider support network in our local community.” Angelica Place is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm at Manor Road, Griston, Thetford, IP25 6RG. For further information on the activities and facilities at Angelica Place, please visit www.manorcourtcare.co.uk, call a member of the team on 01953 889230, or visit www. healthcarehomes.co.uk

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