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Issue 165 June 2015

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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 a Legal Aid franchise and for those eligible, Legal Aid will be available to help fund the relevant orders. For those not eligible we offer a free 20 minute initial interview via the telephone or face-to-face.

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DISS Neighbours Jump for Charity Norfolk Accident Rescue Service Align Three neighbours from Old Buckenham will be doing a skydive for charity on 14th June. Steve Miller from Fen Street was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2013. The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital saved his life and with the support from the Big C is now in full remission. He would like to say a big thank you to all those people who have made this possible and will be jumping for the Big C, a local charity that helps improve lives for those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.

remember him with this jump whilst helping to support Cancer Research UK’s vital work . All donations to these worthwhile charities would be gratefully received. To sponsor Steve go to: www. justgiving.com/Stephen-ColinMiller To sponsor Richard and Will go to: www.justgiving.com/DeborahDunseith

Richard Dunseith and his son Will from Fen Road will be accompanying Steve to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Richard’s father-in-law and Will’s grandfather, Chas Knight, sadly lost his battle with cancer five years ago. They would like to

Diss Decorative & Fine Arts Society Hedonistic Paris in the Jazz Age Paris between the World Wars was a mecca for artists. The music clubs were taken over by the new jazz, Josephine Baker dance in her banana dress – and little else, Duke Ellington and Mistingett sang while the French capital threw caution to the wind. Having set the scene with opening newsreel footage of Paris in the late twenties accompanied by jazz music, Linda Collins’ lively and enthusiastic style enthralled the full house of Diss DFAS members. Splitting her topic into three parts to look at the people, the major art movements and the changes with the approach of the second World War, she explained the unique culture of Paris and France already overrun twice in 06 | June 2015

50 years and concluding peace was short-lived and should be enjoyed as a good time while it lasted. The people who influenced the times included Duke Ellington, Coco Chanel, Mainbocher, Maurice & Seymour Zeldman and the impressionists, Renoir, Degas and Van Gogh. However, these established impressionists were speedily replaced by the new “BAD BOYS” of art in Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and the architect C E Jeannaret, more famously remembered as Le Corbusier. The art scene moved from the garrets of Sacre Coeur

to the glamour and glitz of Montparnasse where entertainers such as Maurice Chavalier, Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, Django Reinhardt and Cab Calloway performed. Paris did not show the racial or social prejudices of other capitals. Within this setting other art movements developed and flourished: Ecole Francaise, Ecole de Paris, Purism, Dadaism and Surealism. It was from the exodus to New York of these styles and artists with the immence of the war in the late thirties that American Abstract Expressionism was distilled.

lecture on Britain with Betjemen. The Society was founded in 1990 and will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee on June 9th June with a lecture by LARS THARP at the Diss Corn Hall. Other Society activities, including special interest study days, tours and visits, are also highlighted on the website together with the charitable volunteer programmes in support of Young Arts, Church Recording, Church trails and Heritage Conservation. For details of membership and the overall programme, please visit www.dissdfas.org.uk

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DISS Norfolk Accident Rescue Service Norfolk Accident Rescue Service Align Norfolk Lord as Patron

NARS are delighted to announce that Lord Russell Baker of Little Moulton has accepted our invitation to become Patron of Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS). Chris Neil, Chair of NARS said: “This is marvellous news. I have no doubt that Lord Baker will do a great deal to help raise awareness of NARS, and the work we do for the people of Norfolk. We wish him every success in his endeavours to help us.” Lord Baker said: “This is a great honour for me personally. I am delighted to be taking over from the Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson as Patron of NARS, and I am looking forward to representing NARS actively by promoting NARS within Norfolk and the local communities, and indeed further afield to generate

Norfolk the additional strategic coverage and service required. NARS currently has a ‘Lucas 2’ automatic CPR machine on loan, but it is due to be returned at the end of May 2015, and at that point NARS will be without one in active service. The loaned CPR unit has already saved at least one life, so NARS urgently need to purchase one of their

own. To try and mitigate this, NARS have entered into the Aviva Community Fund competition to win the £10,000 needed to buy one. But NARS need public votes to get the project through to the final. So NARS needs your help! Please vote for NARS now before the 30th May: https://community-fund.aviva. co.uk/voting/project/view/1351/

public awareness and business sponsorship support.” NARS Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics volunteer their time to enhance the level of care provided for patients who suffer serious injury or acute medical illness. NARS volunteers carry specialist equipment designed to cope with the most challenging of medical emergencies. Colleagues in the ambulance service also call upon NARS to assist in the management of the sickest patients – at home or at the roadside. A new system has been put in place to allow crews to easily escalate and request Critical Care support. Lord Baker said: “NARS currently have one emergency rapid response vehicle ‘Medic22’, and the aim is to try and acquire another two rapid response vehicles to give the people of

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DISS East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Quidenham hospice, which is run by local charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), is a ‘lifeline’ for the hundreds of families who rely on their services in caring for a life-threatened child. One such family is Claire Skingley from Southwold who benefits from their support in caring for her son Archie Jinks, who was born in December 2013. Archie was diagnosed with West Syndrome when he four months old. West Syndrome is the term used to describe a type of epilepsy which most typically starts in the first year of life, between four and eight months of age. Archie’s condition means he suffers from seizures, and after undergoing MRI scans and EEGs, he was diagnosed with Polymicrogyria; which means abnormalities of the brain. He also has reflux and global developmental delay. Claire and Archie began receiving care and support from EACH about two months after Archie was diagnosed.

Claire said: “Archie and I were spending a lot of time in hospital and the community nursing team from the James Paget Hospital spoke to me about Quidenham hospice. “EACH provided a lifeline for my son and I. Due to Archie’s low immune system when he was young, we were isolated and this was made worse by the fact I was unable to drive due to Archie’s seizures. Thanks to EACH we were able to receive invaluable help at home and this was put in place in a matter of days from discovering we were eligible to receive help.” One of the most valuable services EACH provides for Claire and Archie is the overnight breaks; which ensures Archie gets the care he needs while Claire gets a well deserved rest. Claire said: “We receive regular overnight stays at Quidenham.

This is a huge help to both Archie and I as he requires 24 hour care and it’s lovely to visit and have a rest knowing Archie is cared for. I always stay with Archie as it’s lovely to watch him have so much attention and enjoy himself. It’s a break for both of us and a way of creating magical memories.”

three en-suite bedrooms, leading into a private and peaceful lounge area where family members can sit, eat and relax when they need some quiet time. Hospice kitchen staff provide family members with meals throughout their stay, but there will also be facilities in the family suite to make simple meals and refreshments.

Quidenham hospice has dedicated family accommodation, which is cosy and welcoming, but it is limited due to size constraints. EACH needs a new hospice to meet the demand for their services in Norfolk. The charity has outgrown its current hospice in Quidenham which is a very old building over two storeys. Accessibility and flexibility within the building is restricted and there isn’t scope to expand.

Choice and flexibility is very important for families, so EACH works hard to accommodate these needs. Claire and Archie live in Suffolk, but due Archie’s healthcare needs and hospital appointments, Quidenham is their hospice of choice. As Claire explains: “It’s great that EACH offers families flexibility in the way they receive care. I live in Suffolk and access the Quidenham hospice in Norfolk. It’s been lovely to do this as Archie’s everyday care and appointments are from the James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich University University hospitals. I like the fact we’re nearest the hospitals that treat Archie regularly when staying at the hospice, as I feel more relaxed.”

The charity has planning permission to build a new hospice on a five acre site in the parish of Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich. The hospice will be called ‘the nook’ and in November last year the nook appeal was launched to raise the £10 million needed to make the project a reality. At the nook there will be improved facilities consisting of

Claire and Archie also benefit from support from the wellbeing team to help with worries or concerns about Archie’s health, occupational therapy and music


DISS therapy. Quidenham hasn’t got a hydrotherapy pool. Sessions are offered at a pool elsewhere in the county, but these are limited and involve lots of travelling. The nook will have a hydrotherapy pool meaning greater access for families accessing EACH services in Norfolk. Claire said: “We are also potentially looking forward to completing a course of hydrotherapy with the hospice’s physiotherapist, and I’m very much looking forward to this as Archie loves being in the water. “All the EACH services are so beneficial and all help tremendously in their unique way. The staff are amazing and stay with Archie throughout the night, dealing with seizures when he wakes. I still like to know at the moment that I’m there for Archie, so the family room is perfect, and the care staff are great at keeping you informed with what happens. Knowing the staff will take care of Archie if he becomes unwell takes a huge pressure off during the night, so I can rest without worrying.” Like Claire and Archie, EACH is special to so many families, and with fundraising support for the nook appeal, even better

facilities can be provided for life-threatened children, young people and their families. There’s many way you can support the nook appeal from signing up to an EACH event, to hosting your own fundraising event, to volunteering your time. You could also sign up to the ‘Friends of the nook’ initiative. EACH is looking for 250 people to join the initiative who are willing to give £1,200 a year for three years to help them reach a target of £900,000 to pay for all or part of the family suite at the nook and future services at EACH. As a friend of the nook donors can give £1,200 once a year or £100 per month over a three year period by direct debit, or a oneoff payment of £3,600. To find out more visit: www.each. org.uk or contact Anna Goode, Norfolk Capital Appeal Coordinator on 01953 666773 or email anna.goode@each.org.uk


DISS Sound Sleep Beds Buy British Beds this June Did you sleep well last night? Do you feel refreshed and ready to start the day? 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.* How do you know if you need to replace your bed? • Is your bed more than 7 years old? • Is it uncomfortable? Or when you sleep in someone else’s bed, does that feel better than your own? • Do you wake in the morning with a painful back or stiff limbs? • Can you feel the springs beneath the surface of the mattress? • Do you and your partner roll together? • Is your mattress just generally warn and discoloured? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it could be time to invest in a new bed!

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One of the keys to having a healthy and happy life is SLEEP! Sleep is required to allow our bodies to recover, help our brains work correctly and can even help you lose weight. The right environment is essential for a good nights sleep, your room should be dark, quiet and warm. Remember to turn off those mobile phones, vibrations and flashing lights can disturb your sleep. At Sound Sleep, we are mattress specialists. We have an extensive range of mattresses suitable for any budget. With a huge range of open coil, pocket sprung, traditional mattresses, eco memory, latex and memory foam, we are positive we have a mattress for you. All of our beds and mattresses are National Bed Federation approved and are all made in the UK. 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,

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ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance at the moment It’s June. Hopefully this means that it’s time for long summer evenings, cool drinks by the river in a lovely country pub and who knows maybe even a holiday! But remember if you run a business there is more to consider than just remembering your passport. Firstly – of course if you are an employee, you will be entitled to at least 5.6 weeks holiday per year pro rata. If you work the same hours each week or month– this is nice and easy to calculate. But – if you don’t have a contracted number of hours each week then your holiday entitlement will be based on an average of the hours you have worked in the period. So don’t miss out! Make sure you are getting the right amount of holiday! If you run a business and have staff – then you will already be familiar with the joys of getting your real time submissions filed. The gloves are off and HMRC are fining for late submissions so don’t get caught out if you get the chance of a week away. Make sure that there is someone completing the payroll for you and making those all important submissions before the deadline looms. And of course it goes without saying, don’t forget to pay over the PAYE that you owe by the 19th (22nd if paying online) by the following month. Of course you could save yourself the hassle and ask us here at KBA to complete your payroll for you – that way we will do our utmost to make sure that you don’t miss any deadlines. Now that the tax year is well under way, no doubt you have received your P60 if you are employed. But what about if you are lucky enough to receive 12 | June 2015

private health insurance? Or maybe a company car? If you receive benefits as well as your salary then you will be requiring a P11D. This form is completed by your employer (or their payroll provider!) and submitted to HMRC on your behalf. It tells the tax people the value of the benefits that you receive and usually this will result in a change of tax code to compensate for the additional benefits in kind that you are receiving. When you receive your P11D make sure that this is correct and most of all, if you receive a new tax coding from the tax office, make sure that you take a look at this and check it is accurate. Mistakes do happen and whilst you certainly don’t want to end up paying more tax than you should through your salary, it would be even worse if you found that actually you hadn’t paid enough and you have a nasty tax bill to settle at the end of the year.

or if you don’t fancy doing this – then of course we would be delighted to help you. Make sure that you are being reimbursed for all of your expenses and don’t forget to claim that additional amount on your tax code if you have to launder your own uniform! Before we can say “Wimbledon” it will be that fun tax credit time of year again – if you are self employed then why not get your books in early so that you can provide your actual figures first time this year. Wouldn’t it be great not to have the worry of whether you might have estimated your profits too high or too low –and don’t forget that Big Brother is now watching – HMRC have the details from employed earnings and bank and building societies at their fingertips, so make sure that you provide the right information straight away to avoid any nasty letters arriving on your doormat

whilst you are enjoying that well deserved holiday. So why not sit back, relax, enjoy a nice cool cocktail and let us do the worrying for you this summer. After all, if you have been paying on account, you may find that you have already paid enough tax for the year and there is money left over for a week of sun, sea and sangria. Of course if that is the case I am sure that you will want to take us with you – just to say thank you for all our hard work? We would love to come but sadly we need to stay in sunny Attleborough and file your real time summaries while you are sunning yourself on the beach. Don’t forget to bring us back a stick of rock though!

If you are unsure about your tax code, or your benefits then why not talk to us? This is just one of the many services we offer, it’s not all about tax returns really! Whilst I am on the subject of being employed – make sure that if you are using your own vehicle for company purposes that you are receiving the right amount of travel expenses. The HMRC recommended rate for mileage is 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile thereafter. Now whilst this might be the recommended rate, not all businesses pay this much. If your organisation pays you less than this amount, you can still claim tax relief on the full amount. So don’t miss out – make sure that you are getting all that you are entitled to, additional mileage can be claimed on a form P87 www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk


ATTLEBOROUGH Almary Green Life insurance for all ages In this world of comparison websites and account switching, it is perhaps surprising that one of the things that people rarely review is the provision they’ve made for their families in the event of their death. In fact, the cost of life insurance policies has gone down considerably over the past few years simply because people are living longer so even without any changes in your circumstances, you may be able to change to a cheaper policy. However, you will need to shop around as premiums do vary. It’s important that you compare likefor-like: a financial adviser will help you find the right policy. Life insurance can form a critical part of your financial plan, whichever stage of your life you

are at. Even when the children have grown up and left and the mortgage is paid, there may be good reasons why you might benefit from life cover. These might include a desire to ensure that sufficient funds are available to pay your Inheritance Tax (IHT) or funeral bills on your death, or to provide for a spouse where one partner has a private pension that doesn’t include a surviving spouse’s pension. There are two main types of plan: whole of life assurance and fixed term life insurance. Whole of life assurance policies have no fixed term and will pay out an agreed amount on death, whenever that occurs. Provided you write the benefits from your policy in trust, it will not be included in your estate

and therefore not subject to IHT. Premiums are likely to be higher than fixed term life insurance policies as there is no question about whether or not a whole of life policy will pay out.

and thus likely to find life cover more expensive and/or difficult to obtain. If you are a smoker, you may pay around twice as much as a non-smoker of the same age.

Many policies will be investment linked and premiums may vary from year to year depending on investment values, although fixed premium policies are also available.

Being an ex-smoker will also have an impact on premiums: prospective insurers may ask for a report from your doctor or a chest x-ray to check that you have no underlying health issues.

It’s important to understand how this link to investment works, so do discuss it with a financial adviser before taking out such a policy to ensure that it is suitable for your needs.

You won’t be classed as a non-smoker until at least twelve months after stopping using tobacco products – and it’s worth noting that nicotine patches count as a tobacco product for insurance purposes.

The other main type of plan is fixed term life insurance. With this type of plan you pay an agreed premium for an agreed number of years and if you should die during the period of cover, then the insurer will pay out. Once you pass the end of the original agreed term the policy ends, usually without any payout. Life insurance can be bought on a single or joint life basis. Joint policies will usually be slightly cheaper than two separate single life policies, and may be set up to pay on a first or second death basis – ie they will pay out when either the first or second partner dies.

Please remember, if you want to ensure continuous protection, you should never stop your current life cover until you have its replacement securely in place. 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.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Amazon Gym Joining the gym just got more exciting with added equipment and new classes Firstly a big thankyou to everyone who came along and supported our Open Day. We managed to raise £74.52 for East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH). There is still a fund raising tub by reception for anyone who couldn’t come along on the day but would still like to donate to a worthy cause. For those of you who follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you may have seen our Tom and Daniel at Les Mills UK in London. They attended a seminar about group exercise, led by Les Mills. This means that you will be seeing some exciting changes to our class timetables and group exercise spaces. Some of these changes have already taken effect. We are now happy to introduce our first

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Interview with..

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DISPATCH WRITER PETE GOODRUM meets

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GREAT people

Susie Fowler-Watt Pete Goodrum meets Susie Fowler-Watt; Senior BBC Broadcast Journalist and presenter of Look East We’re in the offices of the BBC, in Norwich. Susie Fowler-Watt has met me in reception, and apologising for being late, needlessly, because she isn’t, she’s whisked me into a meeting room, where we instantly begin to talk. That ‘instantly’ is important, because Susie Fowler-Watt is, if I can choose one word at the outset to describe her, engaging. It would be easy to put that down to her job. She is after all on your screen, engaging you in the news most nights. But it’s more than that. It might be a gift that sits well with her work but she is naturally communicative, affable and, frankly, charming. Also, there’s none of that ‘she looks different when you see her in real life’ thing, so often bandied around about people in the public eye, and especially those who appear on television. Sitting across the table from me she is as immaculate as she is on screen, and every bit as poised. She will, during our conversation, refer to ‘what you see is what you get’, and she’ll mean it rather self deprecatingly. I say it as a compliment. None of this means that she lacks confidence. That’s a quality that she’s demonstrated many times in her life and career, and I’ll come back to it. But first, some background biography. Susie was born in Sussex, where her parents ran a school. He father had been made Head the term before she was born, and she grew up there. She was educated there too, initially, and was the only female pupil. I comment on the fact that some biography details of her refer to her having ‘very much enjoyed that’. She laughs, and points out that it’s not quite as saucy as it sounds. ‘We’re talking about me between the ages

of 7 and 10’ she says. ‘I had two brothers, and was always a bit of a tomboy. I didn’t play football or rugby, but I did play cricket. Frankly I didn’t really think about the situation much. You don’t over analyse things at that age, and it was all I knew. But, it is true to say that I loved being there. The realisation that it was an unusual situation only hit me when I went to an all girls school. It was a culture shock!’. She completed her ‘A’ Levels early and by the time she was sixteen she already had a place at Cambridge University, and was on a gap year in the USA. It was to prove a pivotal year. Her course at Cambridge was to be her route into medicine; the plan was to be a doctor. ‘ I changed my mind when I was in the states’, she explains. ‘I was at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, on a scholarship from The English Speaking Union. The school was fantastic, and with my place at university already agreed there was no pressure to perform. It was the time of my life’. There may not have been pressure to perform academically, but perform she did. In amongst studying American Literature and Drama she acted, and she was in a band. She’s seventeen, and in a band. In Amercia! I need to know more. ‘There were boys who played the instruments, but we saw it as a girl band. The girls sang, taking turns on the solos. I, unbelievably it seems now, got the job of singing Bob Marley’s ‘Stir it Up’.’ And America did stir it up. ‘I’d been studying some philosophy there and I decided that I didn’t want to be a doctor. I did have some feelings of guilt, because places to study medicine at Cambridge are sought after, and

here I was asking my tutor if I could switch to philosophy and experimental psychology, with the new aim of becoming a clinical psychologist’. She changed course, despite, as she says, ‘My mother saying, ‘and what on earth does philosophy lead to?’’ It didn’t take her into clinical psychology. ‘I had a friend at university who led me into working on the student magazine, and I discovered I loved writing. Broadcasting came into the frame through my sister in law who worked at the BBC. And, to be honest, I saw journalism as a faster route into the world of work than the further studying needed for psychology. The next step was a post graduate course diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Printing, having been awarded a BBC bursary. These twists and turns in her fledgling career might seem to indicate a lack of planning. She doesn’t deny it. But she does have firm, and positive, views on it. Firstly she says, ‘It does seem like I was changing my mind, but I always say to younger people now that sometimes you have to seize opportunities and go where events and developments take you. Life isn’t always mapped out, and you seldom know exactly what you want to do when you’re in your formative years’. Secondly she addresses a very real point. Broadcast journalism really did pull together and draw on all of the elements that make Susie tick. She’d acted at Connecticut and Cambridge, and broadcasting has an element of performance within it. In fact, acting is in the family; her aunt is President of the Society of London Theatre. She’d had a taste of journalism at university, and loved it. And psychology and philosophy? They would prove more than useful as we shall see. There would be changes of job in the future, but no more changes of overall direction. Susie Fowler -Watt was a broadcast journalist.

After a brief spell at BBC Radio Surrey in 1991 she joined BBC Radio Suffolk as a reporter in Lowestoft. Local radio she says is a great way to learn. ‘I had to do everything. I can clearly recall working out of a cupboard! There was no sound proofing for recording, and on one occasion I was taking instructions, by phone, from an engineer on which wires to plug in where. I kept saying to myself, ‘I will not cry.’’ Stints in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Surrey again followed, making up some three years in regional radio. Then came a step change. She moved to Westminster to work in political journalism, and television. Starting as an Assistant Producer, she worked on BBC2


programmes like Westminster Live and The Midnight Hour, and then became a regional political correspondent. ‘A week after I started, John Smith, the Labour leader died, and from that moment on, and certainly up to and through the 1997 election and the beginning of the Tony Blair era, politics was top of the national agenda. It was a terrific time to be there, to be involved’. She says this with genuine nostalgia for an important, and plainly exciting time, in her life, but there’s a very real sense that she knows the dates and the names in a truly professional way too. This is a woman who by the time she was 26 was working as a Lobby Correspondent, in the front of line of political journalism.

She was interviewing Prime Ministers. By any standards it’s worthy of note as a serious achievement. With characteristic modesty, and enthusiasm, Susie Fowler- Watt is at pains to point out that it was a privilege. I can see her point, but such privilege is not given easily. It’s a matter of record that a for-mer boss once described her as ‘one of those people who sets her sights on what’s to be done, and goes all out for it. She has drive’. Listening to her it’s easy to believe that significant career events have ‘just happened’, and to an extent there has been an element of that. But make no bones about the fact that however she arrived at a job, once she’s on it, she pursues it with a laser like attention to the task to get it done as

professionally as possible. It was professional objectivity that had made her start to wonder about what came next. ‘The political climate changed. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in Westminster any more. I’d loved it, but I had a feeling that I’d seen the best of it. Within days of the 1997 election I’d been offered the chance to be a presenter at BBC EAST. I jumped at it’. ‘I think’, she says, ‘that Stewart White had had a hand in it. He’d seen some of my work and put in a word when they were looking for a new presenter’. It’s said with obvious gratitude and affection for her now long term copresenter, for whom she plainly has the highest professional regard. ‘We’re colleagues, and friends. It makes difference’.

She wasn’t exactly connecting wires in a cupboard this time, but it was another baptism of fire. ‘I came up on the Monday morning, and I was presenting, on air, that night!’ The ‘trial’ proved successful. ‘I’m still here!’ And indeed she is. Susie FowlerWatt is an integral part of the region’s broadcast news. Her’s is a face that we see nightly, in our living rooms. As she says herself, people have grown up watching her. It could be argued that that means she is a ‘celebrity’. It’s not an argument I recommend pursuing. Firstly, she’s way too modest a person to even believe that. She is genuinely surprised at how recognisable, and recognised she is. ‘I love it that people know me, and come up to speak to me, but I see my position as a privilege. I’m


GREAT people ordinary looking and I’m totally normal’. I’m not sure I would agree with either point, because she has a real charisma, but she brings it into hilarious focus by acting out for me a frequent supermarket scenario. ‘People often talk as if I’m not there. ‘Is that her? That’s Susie FowlerWatt.’ It’s lovely but I am tempted to say sometimes, ‘Yes. it’s me. I have to do the shopping. Like you do’. The shopping, and the school runs and all the other domestic matters have to be attended to because she is a working mum, ‘juggling it all, the work and the child care’. Her husband is Alex Dunlop, who is a BBC reporter. ‘It was an office romance’ she says. They have two children, Lola who is 10, and Hugo who is 2. They live in South Norfolk , ‘with a dog, cat, and chickens’. Life is busy, and some biographical details on her which quote her as saying that her leisure time is spent with her feet up reading the papers are she says ‘out of date. there is no feet up time now!’ Given the chance to relax their abiding passions are the cinema and theatre, but visits are more rare than they would like. What hasn’t changed from that earlier biography is her obsession (her word) with ‘Grease’. The soundtrack album was her first record purchase, and she admits to the biographer’s claim that she had a John Travolta doll. ‘It wasn’t pleasant’ she adds now. These reminiscences and personal insights have all been discussed with real warmth, and she can be genuinely funny. Her face lights up when she smiles, and her laughter is infectious. But our talk is coming to an end and I want to find out more about her work. Her craft. It’s a rewarding seam. I ask her about the cut and thrust of, mainly, political interviewing. How does it feel to question one person, rigorously, and then turn the argument on its head to challenge somebody of opposing views. Her answer is

truly profound, and must have its roots in the philosophy she’s studied. There is no hesitation, no pause for con-struction or effect. She simply says, ‘Devil’s advocacy is not the same as opinions’. It’s perfect. Have you ever had the process explained so succinctly? I haven’t. In fact she is so passionate about the objectivity of her craft that she goes on to say that interviewees have no idea of her beliefs. ‘Even people I work with here have no idea about my personal beliefs’. That masking of what she believes, in the interests of professional journalism, does not mean that she presents a false image of herself though. Quite the contrary. When I ask her for the magic ingredient that makes a broadcaster credible she’s quick to answer, ‘Be yourself’. We talk in more detail about the technical demands. The tone of voice, the dealing with emotional stories and the sometimes standing, sometimes sitting, styles of the modern news programme. What emerges is her determination to engage with the viewer. To see things as the viewer sees it; to ask the questions the viewer would ask. And underneath it all is her persistent belief, or realisation, that she is in a privileged position. On a lighter note, but still conscious of privilege, she explains that aside from the ‘news’ she does have wonderful opportunities to meet and interview people for feature pro-grammes. ‘Emma Freud was fantastic. I interviewed Shirley Williams to talk about her mother’s writing which was wonderful’. She beams. ‘I met Jason Donovan! My life was made!’ We’ve talked for quite a while. She’s been remarkably generous with her time. In fact we’ve decamped to another room having outstayed the time slot booked for the meeting room. It’s because she’s so buoyant, so communicative, that I ask her you must have down days. How do you deal with that when you have to present, on tv?

Her answer is further testament to her professionalism. ‘Of course it happens. A cold. A bad headache. It’s thirty minutes on air. Punch through it’. This time she does pause for a moment, and then adds, ‘I think the best advice I was ever given about presenting is this. ‘Be yourself but on a really good day’’. Earlier in our conversation Susie had told me that one thing did make her cross. It was the belief that her job was simple. ‘It’s not. I’m not a show and go presenter. There’s writing and research to do. There are a hundred things going on around you, and you have to be able to deal with it all, including the presenting itself, the technology and the demands of live tv’. I think the problem is rather like that suffered by Fred Astaire. He worked so hard at his craft, endlessly perfecting it that, to the viewer, it looked easy. Susie Fowler-Watts’s sheer professionalism is such that her work looks much simpler than it is. And the biggest accomplishment of all? For all those demands, for all that journalistic integrity and

objectivity - what you see really is what you get. The tables are turned. It was my turn to be in a privileged position. The chance to spend a couple of hours talking with one of the most engaging and professional broadcast journalists you’ll find; and to find that she’s one of the nicest and most natural people you’ll meet. Leaving the building, those words of her’s came back to me. After a couple of hours talking with Susie Fowler- Watt, I felt like me - on a really good day!


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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. 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

• Hair salon & barber shop • Reminiscence room • 1950’s kitchen and parlour • Chiropody & sensory therapy room • Art area & exercise hall • Adapted garden • Mini bus service available

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South Norfolk Mobility Centre A local, small independent company, making customer service their top priority With summer upon us, we enter into the county show, village fetes and fairs, season. Let’s hope that we get the good weather to go with them! If your thoughts are turning to getting out and about, but your mobility is holding you back, you might like to consider a mobility aid. This might be a simple walking stick or 3 or 4 wheeled walker. Our range of canes includes a choice of pretty floral designs and of course plain black. Some have moulded right and left hand grip for extra comfort. Our 3 and 4 wheeled walkers give stability, support and confidence with walking. They fold for transport and have room for holding shopping or handbag.

have a great range of new and second hand scooters. The small 4mph ones are ideal for easily transporting in the car, they have a range of about 8-10 miles and give you back your independence. The large 8mph scooters are ideal for use from home, or can be transported, depending upon what kind of car you have. Whatever your need, we will be very pleased to help and advise you. See more at wwwsouthnorfolkmobilitycentre. co.uk

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