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Issue 164 May 2015

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DISS Diss Rugby Club Next Step Twickenham As the England rugby team prepare to welcome the world to Twickenham as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in September, Diss Rugby Club is already busy preparing the next generation of players for local, regional and international success. This Easter saw over 20 young local players from the Diss RFC Under 11’s and their parents travel to Nottingham for an intensive rugby tour, which saw them take on Sheffield RFU and St Neots Rugby Club, whilst bonding over a series of activity sessions including quad biking, rock climbing and archery. Andy Jermy, Diss Mini Chairman

and Under 11’s coach stated “The young team have been together for over 4-5 years now, demonstrating 100% commitment and passion during every match and training session.”

Espresso Vapore coffee shop, based at Diss Railway Station, we were able to purchase bespoke new kit and water bottles, produced by local suppliers, Striptees UK, which were used on tour for the first time.

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Our forthcoming awards night, supported by Harleston Tyre Centre and the Park Hotel, will be a great chance to thank everyone involved and our sponsors, who have been fantastic” continued the inspirational Diss youth coach.

“Not only do we have passionate players and parents supporting the club, but great local business sponsors who have recently helped the team purchase a new kit and water bottles. With the support of Midwich, Attwell Solicitors, Claret Engineering, Sean Clark the Web Guy and

“We are totally committed at Diss RFC to promoting the core values of rugby to our junior players,

which include sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, discipline and most importantly, enjoyment. During our recent tour our players certainly lived up to these ideals and have come away closer as a team, a strong sense of discipline and deep respect for their team mates and opposition and they certainly brought home memories that will last a lifetime.” If you child would like to take up rugby then Diss RFC, contact to see how your child could get further involved.



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DISS Jackamans Solicitors A “domestic” or something far more serious? Domestic violence is not a new epidemic; it spans history and cultures. The common law of England permitted a man to beat his wife provided the diameter of the stick used was not wider than the diameter of his thumb, hence the term “rule of thumb”. Within our “civilised” society domestic violence continues to be a very serious problem. It is not “just a domestic”, it ruins lives and breaks up families and figures suggest that one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is deemed more than just acts of physical violence. The definition of domestic violence includes “any incident or pattern of incidents

of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. This can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. Our domestic abuse team at Jackamans deals exclusively with such matters and handles these delicate issues in a sensitive, non-judgemental and professional manner. Ultimately, we recognise that where the client has suffered some form of abuse they deserve the right to the legal protection that Jackamans can obtain on their behalf. Due to the experience Jackamans displays in this area we have been granted

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DISS Shop ‘til we drop completed! Charity ride from Lands End to Diss completed

Well, can’t believe that’s over. And I still can’t believe we did it! Just catching up on facebook and twitter with everyone’s support. Didn’t appreciate quite how supportive everyone been and prompted us to do a few thank yous on behalf of the Shop ‘til we drop cyclists; A big thank you to Madgetts cycles for the free services and fine tuning to the bikes before we set off. They held up amazingly, one puncture in 6 days is incredible! A large thank you to the ladies at Morrisons, you were one of our earliest and biggest fans. You guys setting up bikes in the store to do the route will have helped spread the word and you raised a significant amount. Very much appreciated. A huge thank you to Barry and Steph at the cricket club, keeping the crowd hydrated on Friday was not an easy job! A massive thank you to our biggest fan (literally!) Craig Daniels for managing the media during the ride, you left no stone unturned and now every minor celebrity in the cyber world is aware of our ride! You’re a legend. A gigantic thank you to Derek. P. Fiske for the free use of one of their vans, the van was a vital component of the ride and getting one for free was an 08 | May 2015

absolute result, hope you enjoyed the free advertising on the news!! Also Neil Taylor’s incredibly kind gesture of free petrol was amazing, meant that the costs for the cyclists were lowered. Thank you guys. An enormous thank you to our WAGS. We had to train like troopers to get our bodies even close to the condition required, that involved hours and hours in the gym and even more time on the road, meaning less and less time with our loved ones, sorry about that. Without supportive WAGS this bike ride would not have been possible. When us boys had left for the ride you girls really kicked in, the buzz that you helped to create and the support that it generated meant that we pretty much floated home on cloud 9. Words can’t adequately express how appreciative we all are of your efforts, you turned your spouse’s into minor celebrities….! We love you all very much.

We prepared extensively for the physical challenges last week threw up but there was no preparing for the raw emotion displayed on Friday. Seeing the whole community unite behind a bunch of idiotic cyclists was amazing. It makes us proud to call Diss home. People kept telling us that we should be proud but we want to take the opportunity to say that it’s you that should be proud, you were under no obligation to be that supportive and could have easily ignored our bike ride for the folly it was, but you mobilised behind 8 men more than anyone could reasonably ask for. It has restored our faith in humanity. There are so many amazing people around. A monumental thank you to David Closs and Denis Spearman. We said that the bike ride would not have happened without the WAGS, the same is true of you two. Wasting annual leave to sit in a van for a week showed such support. Seeing you guys every evening and stop off point was always, without fail, the highlights of the day. Your humour and willingness to help (when sober) smoothed the cogs of the bike ride so much. Your company was more valuable than anything else this week. We did this as a 10 man team, 10 equal parts. You guys are amazing. True friends.

every one of our characters, all of our families deserve massive amounts of credit for raising 8 absolute gentlemen. The fact that there was not a single cross word said in the face of such hardship is pretty much a miracle. We just kept laughing. What you guys did was bring true meaning to the word friendship. Hopefully everyone that has followed our journey will experience even a tiny fraction of the loyalty and love we did last week. One final thought, to Dave. What you and Toni go through every week makes last week look like a walk in the park. You are the inspiration that made the decision to do this bike ride so easy. I feel so lucky to have been able to begin express quite how much we love you. Last week was all for you and we’d do it all again tomorrow if it made you happy even for a fraction of a second. To everyone reading this, tell the people close to you how much they mean to you, they won’t be there forever, life is precious x Thank you everyone. The STWD team

And the final thank you, an absolutely [insert biggest word known to man] thank you to the 8 cyclists that did the hard yards last week. The fact that we came through such adversity with our friendship undeniably stronger is a testament to each and

A humongous thank you to everyone that donated, that has shared online, liked, commented or even just followed our adventure online. We are so blown away by the amount raised and the support shown. People’s generosity with their time and money made this bike ride such a worthwhile experience for us guys. Coming back to that reception on Friday will live forever in our memory, it was a truly incredible experience.

DISS Diss Shopping Nearly half of consumers to be social shoppers by 2021

mobile technology has done. However, where social media is really coming in to its own is as an influencer and multi-channel integrator rather than a direct sales channel. Translated into revenues, in the next five years influenced sales are expected to more than double from £1.4 billion to £3.3 billion. This contrasts with direct sales which are expected to rise from £210 million to £300 million. The retailers enjoying the greatest uplift in sales as a result of social media’s increasing influence are fashion, footwear, music, film and groceries.

The much-heralded Facebook shares sale evidenced the huge market of consumers that business are anxious to tap into. While adverts to try and draw shoppers in are comparatively subtle, Facebook’s share of the social networking market is an obvious draw to retailers who want to capitalise on their members’ loyalty. But shopping trends have changed considerably in recent years and the rise of social networking has virtually eliminated the social aspect of shopping. However, sharing tips, special offers and recommendations is as much as part of shopping as sharing the joy of getting a bargain so it’s inevitable that we adapt our new networks to reflect that.

In fact new research is predicting that a next generation social shopper is expected to emerge as a force to be reckoned with by 2021. The study by Barclays shows 41% of UK shoppers are expected to be influenced by social media in making purchases.

Richard Lowe, Head of Retail & Wholesale at Barclays, says: “Shopping has always been a social activity right back to the days when people bartered rather than paid for goods. It wasn’t until the arrival of e-commerce that the social aspect of shopping was removed.

“For most consumers the social element is fundamental shopping is a leisure activity in the British psyche - so being able to reintroduce this aspect into the online purchasing process is a powerful tool for retailers. “When someone you know and trusts makes a recommendation it’s extremely powerful and we’ve seen that the social shopper isn’t afraid to express online how much they want, love or dislike a product or service. “This in turn creates a feedback loop on a product or brand. As more people post reviews, more people read them and, in turn, they give their own feedback which is picked up by a new group of consumers. Retailers should be exploring ways to tap into these communities in order to create more personalised shopping experiences.”

Amongst 25-34 year olds this figure is much higher with nearly half already engaging in s-commerce - and is expected to jump to 73%. Around 70% of online shoppers are already active users of social platforms but the number of social shoppers is set to grow further as social micro-blogging websites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest increasingly blur the boundaries between retail channels in the same way

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ATTLEBOROUGH All About Attleborough Local business directory The Dispatch Magazine Team are delighted to be producing the 2015/16 ‘All About Attleborough’ Town Guide - the local business directory for the subsequent two years. Dispatch Magazine has been responsible for the production of this publication since 2005 and continues to ensure it is updated every two years, bringing the residents of Attleborough detailed information on all that is going on in the town.

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ATTLEBOROUGH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) EACH Diss Friends Group continues to go from strength to strength A group of devoted Diss fundraisers who dedicate their time to helping life-threatened children, young people and their families across Norfolk continues to go from strength to strength. The Diss Friends group, which supports local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), was until recently chaired by Pauline Manson but who has unfortunately had to step down due to ill health. The group raised an amazing £15,130.61 last year to bring their grand total raised by the group since its inception to a staggering £297,417.93 and with a new chair at the helm, their efforts show no sign of slowing down. The group has 10 members; all of whom give up their time and skills to help. Mary Channell, of Bramley Road, who is the new chair of the group, said: “We’d

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like to thank Pauline for all her hard work over the many years which has been instrumental in raising valuable funds and awareness for EACH. Even though Pauline has stepped down, the group will continue and between us we have 100 years of service with the group. “We’d like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts and would encourage them to keep supporting us. We’ll continue to run our own events and collections this year which people can find more about on the EACH website and we’ll promote them locally too. We’ve set up a new email account to make it easier for people to contact us which will definitely help our efforts. “As well as events and collections, our successful 100 club lottery with monthly cash prizes is a great way to raise

funds and we have a few spare places at the moment. If you’d like to enter this please contact David Beale on 01379 642528. “There’s lots going on and we’re hoping to build on the success of our past to ensure we can raise funds to help EACH both now and in the future.” Mark Loades, EACH Norfolk Partnerships Manager said: “The Diss Friends are dedicated to helping EACH raise valuable funds and awareness and we’re so grateful for all that they do.” The group is always looking for people to help them with their events and collections, so if you would be prepared to give them a couple of hours of your time then please contact the group’s treasurer Merle Channell on 01379 644306. The EACH shop in Diss is also looking for new volunteers at the moment and anyone interested in this should contact Diss Shop Manager Stephanie Wythe on 01379 651939, or pop into the shop at 32/33 Chapel Street.

The Diss Friends are hosting or supporting many EACH events this year including: 6th June - 60’s & 70’s Disco featuring Groove Brother and The Rider at Wilby Village Hall – Tickets £7.50 14th June - Ride For Life. A variety of cycle rides and walks in Thetford Forest with stalls, refreshments and entertainment available. 12th July - Strawberry Tea. A lovely summers afternoon event to be held in Winfarthing this year. 23rd October - Quiz Night at Diss Football Club. 14th November – save this date! Details to follow once confirmed. 20th November - Pudding Party at Palgrave Village Hall – eat as many puddings as you like! For more details please contact a member of the Friends Group: David Beale 01379 642528 Merle Channell 01379 644306 or e-mail

ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance at the moment Here we go again! Can you believe it – but we are now almost a month into the new tax year. It is hard to believe that another round of “Notice to complete a tax return” emails have gone out and here we all are having to face the prospect of another round of accounts and year end self assessments. Of course it is not all about tax returns; it is also the start of the new tax year for payroll too. We all get our shiny bright new personal allowances – this year the basic allowance is £10,600 so make sure that you use yours to its full advantage. From the end of March, just before the start of the new tax year HMRC declared there is “no more Mr Nice Guy”. This of course relates to HMRC fining employers for late submission of their real time information . Make sure that you don’t get caught out. Remember you must send in your real time information when you pay your employees. Also make sure that you pay any PAYE due by the 19th (22nd if paying online) by the due date each month or quarter. If you run a payroll don’t forget that there is a new national insurance exemption for employees aged under 21. From 6 April 2015 these employees are unlikely to have to pay national insurance on their wages, so make sure that you have changed their table letter in your payroll so that the right deductions are made! Of course if this all sounds time consuming then why not ask us to set up and run your payroll for you. We will make sure that you are kept up to date with all the new rulings and legislation and our charges are fully tax deductible and probably cost less than you think.

We are lucky to have a selection of small companies amongst our clients and of course the tax rules for companies are different to that of individuals. The most important piece of information to remember is that the company is a separate legal entity and whilst this is good news when it comes to limited liability, it is important to remember that this also applies to taking money from the company bank account. As a company director or shareholder you must account for monies taken from your company personally. These funds can be taken in lots of ways from reimbursing yourself for a director’s loan, through payroll, mileage expenses and payment of dividend proceeds.

your current business, then make sure you have plans in place to pay yourself – if you put the right procedures in place from the start – life should be simple. Don’t forget that we can help you from incorporating a company on your behalf, through registering for VAT, for payroll for corporation tax to changing shareholdings. Why not come and talk to us – together we can make sure your company works for you and that you don’t get caught out. So finally a quick note about self assessment – don’t forget that the annual investment allowance can still be claimed in this tax year to claim tax relief on new equipment purchased in the year. Remember though total allowed in the year will be reduced considerably to £25,000 from 1 January 2016. Don’t get caught out!

Also a reminder that you cannot claim annual investment allowance on all assets – there are exceptions, particularly cars are not recoverable at 100% unless they have low CO2 emissions. If you have any doubts make sure that you check as HMRC can and will look at the allowances you are claiming. Of course we would recommend that you come to see us rather than worrying about what allowances you can claim – we offer varied services depending on the size of your business still with a free consultation of up to an hour initially – so why not come and talk to us. We believe that if we all stick to what we do best, we won’t go far wrong. Needless to say I won’t be attempting any keyhole surgery, plumbing, brick laying or roofing to name a few, any time soon!

One of the main questions that I get asked is how much should I take from my company? The answer to this question is always difficult because we all need to be as tax efficient as possible but a mixture of payroll to use up your personal allowance and then dividends paid from after tax profits is usually a good way to go. But remember HMRC do not like director shareholders using their company as a moneybox – HMRC can charge you on amounts you owe the company at the end of the financial year – if these are not repaid within the following 9 months. Don’t get caught out as these temporary tax charges can mount up – so keep a record of what you withdraw from your company. Or ask a nice friendly accountancy business (US!) to do this for you! If you are thinking about setting up a company or incorporating 2015 May | 15

ATTLEBOROUGH Bunwell Football Club Newly formed football club with great ambition We are a newly started football club called Bunwell AFC that has two teams starting up, in the local area of Bunwell, one will be entering the crown fire league and the other the Sunday Norwich district league. The club was started by a group of friends that see the Bunwell sports hall that had been unused for some years as a good chance to start a team a breathe some life back into the hall and community, we have managed to start the club from nothing and hope that this is the start of something that will continue for many years to come.

Temp Reserve team manager Jonathon bainbridge We currently run training sessions on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at the Bunwell sports hall, anyone wanting to come along are more than welcome, we are also looking for a second sponsor and s full time manager for our reserve team anyone interested feel free to email me.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Queens Square Railings New Railings around Queens Square Attleborough town Councillors are pleased to officially open the new railings around Queens Square. Mayor Karen Pettitt said it is something that both myself and cllr Sam Taylor have been very passionate about and we have been working to get this project done for several years. I am very pleased with the finished result Groundscape the contractors have done a really good job. The standard poles for the hanging baskets and Christmas lights will be installed at a later date. It is great to see the Square restored to its former glory. The Square is the jewel in the crown of Attleborough and it is something that draws people to the town centre. I would also like to pass on my thanks to Cllrs S Taylor and T Crouch for planting the shrubs and bulbs in and around the square.



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Old Buckenham Players Curtain up on murder Following the success of their well supported pantomime ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’, Old Buckenham Players are back with their May production ‘Curtain Up On Murder’, by Bettine Manktelow. With twists and turns through every scene, this Thriller is sure to keep the audiences on the edge of their seats until the very end. Set in a theatre at the end of a pier, we meet an amateur dramatics society rehearsing for their latest production. All is well, until an untimely death starts the wheels of doubt, paranoia and accusation turning. This only grows when subsequent strange and tragic happenings add to the panic of the group, throwing them deeper

and deeper in to disarray. But who or what is to blame for the dark events? Will the truth ever be found out? Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th of May at Old Buckenham Village Hall. Tickets are on sale now and cost just £8 and can be purchased by calling 01953 861336 or in person from Old Buckenham Stores or Nuts ‘n’ Bolts in Attleborough.

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GENERAL Old Buckenham Airshow 2015 Perfect family day out At few other events can you see the greatest pilots and aircraft flying at the limit, then take to the skies yourself in a WWII legend. But then, very few shows are like the Airshow. Often described as the perfect family day out, the show wins new fans each year amongst aircraft experts and people who’ve never been to an airshow before.

Taylor’s. In 2015 there will be four beers exclusively brewed for, and only on sale during, the Airshow. In 2014 beers commemorated aviation legend Brendan O’Brien and his stunning trailer- top landing (we’re in the process of trying to get it recognised as a world record) as well as star-ofthe-show, Staggerwing ‘High Maintenance’.

After a very successful 2014 show we’re planning an even bigger and better weekend in 2015. We keep innovating each year; in 2014 we launched the Food Village to universal acclaim. You won’t find a yellowing burger van on the site, but you will find an enhanced Beer Festival from Norfolk’s newest brewery,

Speaking of commemoration, at this very special place, one group of people are honoured every day, the 366 USAAF servicemen who died serving from here in World War II. In 2015, 70 years after the Victory in which they played such an important part, we’re commemorating them and their

colleagues by honouring their homeland, the United States of America. On every page of the site, you’ll see a USA button. A click will take you to more information about what we’re doing and why, 70 years on, this place is still making memories. You’ll have plenty of memories in early August when once again we will demonstrate why Old Buckenham is THE Norfolk Airshow. Take the sky! Why should the display pilots have all the fun? At the Airshow you can take control of this iconic WWII Boeing Stearman (under extremely professional instruction) and even experience some aerobatics including a loop. Don’t fancy going upside down over Norfolk? Why not go for a short trial lesson in a PA28. The training aircraft of choice worldwide, you’ll have encountered the PA28 before; Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus used them to attack Fort Knox in Goldfinger. Don’t fancy having to do any work? We can help; a luxury VIP helicopter will be available all weekend to take you on a tour of the surrounding area.

Ride in a monster truck! We’re not making this up. Working with our friends at Wicked Adventures, we’re able to bring you the chance to ride in something large, very powerful, extremely fun and utterly American. All whilst it uses wheels weighing half a tonne each to drive straight over the top of two cars. Its Big Block Chevy V8 sits under the hood of a standard Chevy Silverado body, built in New York State. Under the body, however, nothing is standard. 66 inch tyres are allied to enormous components to slightly increase the Silverado’s original weight from 1.5 tonnes to 7.5. Unsurprisingly, Mayhem makes short work of anything in it’s path, inclding cars. Its ability to crush anything is considerably improved with the weight of eight lucky members of the public who can enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

GEorge freeman mp George Freeman MP George Freeman gives insight into why he gave up his career to stand as our local MP

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GENERAL Managing Savings: Cash Investments Pension Freedoms: choices and challenges April 2015 saw comprehensive changes for those who are about to take their pension. From 6 April, almost anyone over the minimum pension age (currently 55) who hasn’t already converted their pension into an annuity can make unrestricted withdrawals from their pension fund. Pension flexibility will be available to those in defined contribution schemes (where the pension fund is made up of contributions by the individual and, in some cases, their employer which has, potentially, increased in value over the years through investment growth) and from most private sector defined benefit schemes (where the benefits are accrued over the years according to length

of service and salary). In the latter case, the pension fund entitlements must be transferred into a personal pension before the fund can be accessed.

If an annuity is not the chosen route, then money can be withdrawn direct from the fund at will, in an arrangement known as flexi-access drawdown.

However, the majority of those with public sector defined benefit pensions will not be allowed to cash them in under the new rules, although there are a few exceptions.

An important point to remember when considering how much to withdraw is that although the first 25 per cent of the fund can be withdrawn free of tax, any subsequent withdrawals will be taxed as income – and large withdrawals in a given tax year could potentially push the recipient into a higher tax bracket resulting in a 40 or 45 per cent tax charge on some of the money withdrawn.

Those who are due to retire now have a wide range of options. Annuities are still available and shouldn’t be automatically dismissed: they offer a guaranteed income for life and remain suitable in some cases, even though the income you can get for your money – the annuity rate – remains low.

The new freedoms are not currently available to those retirees who opted to purchase a lifetime annuity. However, the Coalition Government did make a commitment to make it possible for those with annuities to raise capital from them from April next year, although there are some doubts about whether this will be an attractive option. Existing retirees who chose to take a fixed-term annuity or who went into pension drawdown – and so still have pension savings that have yet to be accessed – will have the option to go down the flexi-access route. There may be many good reasons why retirees would benefit from taking substantial withdrawals from their funds. These might include paying off a mortgage or helping a family member with a property purchase. However, depleting the pension fund should never be undertaken lightly. It is absolutely vital that anyone who is considering making substantial withdrawals from their pension fund under the new flexible arrangements takes proper advice. The Government is making guidance

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available through Citizens Advice Bureaux and the Pension Wise website but this will be generic: we strongly believe that individually tailored advice will be critical in order to ensure that the implications of making withdrawals are clearly understood. Not only is there a risk that retirees will pay unnecessary tax if withdrawals are badly timed, there is also a very real danger that they will find themselves with an empty pension pot some years down the line. With us all living longer, retirement is now expected to last at least twenty years. Pension savers need to be realistic about what they can achieve from their fund in the longer term and should plan carefully to maintain an achievable income throughout retirement. 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@ 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.

GENERAL All About Asparagus About Portwood Asparagus Asparagus has been grown in our kitchen garden at our family home, Portwood Farm at Gt Ellingham, since the early 1900s; and has been grown here commercially since 1987. We supply our farm shops, local greengrocers, caterers and restaurants, along with wholesale markets all over the country and major supermarkets. We know that asparagus has been cultivated as far back as Egyptian times, and was a particular favourite of the Romans. Claimed to ‘stir up lust in a man and woman’ by herbalist Nicholas Culpepper, in the 1600’s the debate has raged ever since over whether any foods actually contain aphrodisiac qualities or not! If eaten regularly; asparagus packs an almighty punch to diseases such as cancer and

heart disease as well as boosting your immune system. It’s also low in calories, sodium and cholesterol. Asparagus contains high levels of Vitamin A (an antioxidant vitamin), folic acid and dietary fibre which are believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer. As a good source of folic acid, it is also great for expectant mothers. It is also rich in soluble fibre, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. Its high levels of potassium may help to control blood pressure. Asparagus is also a source of iron, which boosts the immune system and prevents anaemia The high levels of vitamin C and E are great for skin, nail and hair health too. A definitive superfood! To grow asparagus, you have to be patient! It takes four years

FRESH ASPARAGUS Available 7 days a week Until 21 June Portwood Farm

Gt Ellingham, nr Attleborough, Directions off B1077 in Gt Ellingham 8am to 5pm daily

Old Hall Farm

Attlebridge, nr Taverham Signposted off A1067 Fakenham Rd, just outside Norwich 10am to 6pm, Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun

Also FRESH STRAWBERRIES when in season!

to get a crop in full production, with a small cut in the third year after planting. We plant as ‘crowns’, then ridge up to aid drainage. The first spears of asparagus emerge around mid-April heralding the start of summer, and are cut when they reach the required height. Green British asparagus is the world’s finest and is only in season for eight short weeks, so feast while you can, -the season finishes on 21st June! After that, the spears are left to grow to fern, which is critical to allow photosynthesis to feed the crown ready for next season. At Portwood Farm, the harvested spears are washed, cooled and refrigerated within half an hour to maintain freshness and maximum shelf life to the customer. It should always be stored refrigerated to maintain quality. Storing Asparagus... In the fridge: If you plan to keep your asparagus for a few days, keep it fresh by placing in a jug or vase with the stems in 1 cm of water, then store (carefully) in the fridge.

you choose, take care not to overcook it. The thicker the spear, the longer it may need. To test if it’s cooked, pierce the thickest part with a knife and you should still feel a little resistance. Boiling and steaming To boil: Submerge in a large pan of boiling water, cover and bring back to the boil and simmer gently for 4-6 minutes until tender. To steam: Tie the asparagus in bunches of 10-12 spears, stand in 5-10cm of boiling water, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until tender. Roasting and Barbecuing To roast: Pre-heat the oven (220oC, gas mark 7), place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle over a little olive oil. Roast for approximately 10 minutes, turning a few times depending on the thickness of the spears. To barbecue: Place spears directly on the grill, set on a medium height above the coals and cook for approx. 10 minutes or until lightly coloured. Stir frying

In the freezer: Wash well; cut off the tough parts of the stalks and either leave as spears or cut in 2-3cm pieces. Boil for 2-4 minutes depending on thickness, then plunge into cold water to cool quickly. Blanching in this way prevents the enzymes that cause it to lose its colour and taste from taking effect. Preparation... Rinse thoroughly to remove any residual grit. Portwood asparagus is pre-trimmed but, if there are any ‘woody ends’, you should trim these off or peel the base before cooking. Cooking basics There are numerous ways of cooking this versatile vegetable but, whichever

Fine spears are best for this method. To stir fry: Heat a little sunflower oil in a wok or deep frying pan until smoking hot, add asparagus and stir for 3-6 minutes. Salad Select the finest spears available, chop roughly and use in your favourite salad. If desired, blanch very briefly in boiling water and then ‘refresh’ by plunging into cold water before use. ...and to accompany it? Simply cooked asparagus is served best with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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GENERAL Sound Sleep Beds Does your Bed go Bump in the night? For most of us a third of our life is spent asleep, meaning the wear on our mattress over time is considerable, yet a staggering 25% of people wouldn’t consider changing their mattress – even after more than 10 years. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy.

then it your bed has FAILED its MOT and a trip to Sound Sleep for some new bed or mattress advice is essential.

Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed. Answer yes or no to the following questions.

Given the amount of time you spend in bed, it is important to spend a reasonable amount of time in store trying out new ones, especially if you have been experiencing pains that could come from your existing mattress. It this instance, it may be worth having a chat with your chiropractor for some advice on what they advise is suitable for your back.

• Is your bed seven years old or more? • Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw it without the covers? • Does it make suspicious noises in the night? • Did you have your best recent nights sleep in a bed other than yours? • Are your waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching? • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally? • Are you too close to your partner to sleep comfortably? • Is it sagging? • Does it feel lumpy in the night? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions,

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The key with mattress buying is to try out as wide a variety of options as possible to find the most suitable mattress for you (and your partner.

At Sound Sleep, we stock a variety of brands and different types of mattresses, for example pocket sprung, memory foam, latex and so on. Each manufacturer has different mattresses that offer different levels of support and comfort. When mattress shopping, it is essential to ask for help. We are highly trained mattress specialists and are on hand to advise you, not to high pressure you in to buying something that may not be suitable. Following are just a few quick tips to consider when bed shopping. How do I know which one is right for me? A mattress that is supportive and comfortable is important, but

remember, your requirement for support will differ depending on your weight and build. The best bed for your back is not always a firm one. You need a bed that will provide the right support and comfort for you. When laying on your side, ideally your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag down or bow up. Also remember as we age, our support requirements change. A very firm mattress when you were 35 may not be so suitable when you’re 45, comfort is important too!

If you are thinking about just a new mattress, before coming to visit us in store, check what kind of base you have and it’s condition, as some bases may be unsuitable for a new mattress.

Trying them out

More information can be found at

Give your self plenty of time and wear loose clothing, this helps you turn and get in and out of beds in store. Our Mattress Specialists will point you in the right direction. Try the advised mattresses for as long as possible to get a good ‘feel’ for them. If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your partner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise! Size matters It is scientifically proven that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. The more space you have the freer you can move without disturbing your partner. This is also a good idea if one or both of you get hot in bed.

We will of course be on hand to give you the correct advice and information. All of our divans and mattresses are sourced from National Bed Federation members, so what you are buying is exactly what it says it is, it’s made from new and clean materials and it meets the strict British Standard fire regulations.

Now that you have chosen a new bed and mattress, don’t forget that pillows are very important too. A cheap, unsupportive pillow can cause neck and back problems. These are just as important as your new mattress. For more help and advice, visit our in store Mattress Specialists who can talk you through all the pros and cons of various mattresses. We also pride ourselves on having the most up to date mattress technology (as well as the old fashioned technology too!). Sleep has never felt so good!!

Sleep Sound on a bed from Sound Sleep

4’6 2800 Pocket Wool Divan 4 FREE DRAWERS RRP £1259

4’6 Orthopaedic Divan Set RRP £249

4’6 Pillow Top Divan with 2 FREE Drawers RRP £789

4’6 Ultra Memory Divan with 2 Drawers RRP £449





* Free drawers end 11/05/15

Durham Oak Bedstead

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Alabama Brass Bedstead

4’6 RRP £390

4’6 RRP £549

4’6 RRP £360

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Also available in 4’0, 5’0 & 6’0

Also available in 3’0, 4’0, 5’0 & 6’0

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Come and visit our huge showroom at Aloe Farm - Mile Road - Winfarthing - IP22 2EZ Between Diss & Attleborough on the main B1077 - Look for our bright yellow sign! For mattress advise please call 01953 861177 Open Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00 Saturday 10:00 - 4:00

Sunday 10:00 - 1:00

Bank Holiday Monday 10:00 - 4:00

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Elderly WISEArchive Working life stories of older people norfolk WISEArchive is a voluntary, oral history group which records the working life stories of older people from all over Norfolk. WISEArchive recognises that it’s vitally important to record the history of individual working lives. Through such stories, we can understand the huge social, economic and technical changes that occur in our society over time. If we don’t record these stories now, valuable and important memories are lost to us forever. Since 2005 WISEArchive has gathered many fascinating stories including those of former employees of some of Norfolk’s major companies.

So if you would like to share your working life story please get in touch. WISEArchive is currently working on a new project. We wish to record the working life stories of former Colman employees as part of the recognition of Colman’s 200 year history and importance to Norwich.

WISEArchive Working Lives of Older People

a transcript and CD of their story and the recording will go into the Sound Archive of the Norfolk Record Office. It is also possible to either email WISEArchive a written copy of your story or place it on the website. Old photographs and photographs of memorabilia are always welcome.

If you would like to tell your story, obtain further details about WISEArchive or perhaps consider volunteering as a WISEArchive interviewer, please contact: Telephone 07413 445780.

If you worked for them at some point, do please get in touch, your contribution will be valued. We plan to compile a book of the collected Colman stories and contributors will receive a copy. Your memories will go on the WISEArchive website along with many others that you can already read there. Contributors receive

South Norfolk Mobility Centre A local, small independent company, making customer service their top priority If you are finding the stairs in your home becoming a physical endurance challenge, then a stair lift may well be the answer. We are very pleased to be able to refer you to a local expert company called Norfolk Stairlifts. Based at Hingham, Norfolk Stairlifts have 13 years experience and are trained to install most makes of stairlift. They are passionate about serving their customers and have a showroom for you to visit. They can be contacted on 01953 850004. Come and see us at Snetterton for your scooter, powerchair, wheelchairs, rise and recliner chairs, bathlift and daily living aid requirements. See more at http:// www.southnorfolkmobilitycentre. 28 | May 2015

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, call a member of the team on 01953 889230, or visit www.

• Art area & exercise hall • Adapted garden

• Monday 4th May –Bank Holiday - closed

• Mini bus service available

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Diss & Attleborough - May 2015  

The May 2015 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Diss and Attleborough

Diss & Attleborough - May 2015  

The May 2015 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Diss and Attleborough