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DISS Diss Museum A man came into my office and told me that some kind of arches had been uncovered in an excavation near Diss railway station. I went straight round and found that it was a brick kiln dating from the time of William Betts and his farm railway of 1868-87. This was created to carry produce to the main line and thence to London markets and to bring back manure from the many horses in the city. It was a great piece of Victorian entrepreneurship. Little trace of the railway remains but many Diss houses and walls have Betts bricks. When The Nunnery wall, adjoining the Park, blew down in 2007, it was found to be made of his bricks. I informed the press and was asked for more information. As we had had covered Betts in an exhibition I had pictures and text ready made.
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So I was invited to have my picture taken for the local and regional papers (the other local paper ignored the story) and was treated as the expert. I purposefully wore a red scarf, which is a great way of drawing the eye, and took a map we had made of the railway. So I was photographed near the kiln and featured in full page stories. I was even able to take objects from the site, including a very heavy kiln door and bottles. This, to me, is the museum in action. The moment I heard about this find I went and investigated. On the site a very helpful Irishman, Vinny Monaghan, told me about it. I straightway told the press and provided them with good material. They responded and gave the museum excellent coverage; and we got some artefacts.
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Have a heart this February and give a bit of time and affection for the Big C’s “Month of Love” campaign. If we whispered “Chocolate” in your ear…could you be tempted? The Norfolk based charity has teamed up with some of the county’s favourite restaurants, as they prepare for lovers to indulge in Valentine’s dinners, to tantalise your tastebuds with some delicious locally produced chocolates in return for a suggested donation. Here’s how to join in. Below are listed the restaurants participating in the scheme. When you finish your meal at any of these restaurants for your Valentine’s, a Kilner jar with delicious chocolates will be arrive on the table. All Big C asks is that you make a donation to indulge in a chocolate of your choice with your loved one? “It’s our 35th anniversary year and Valentines Day so we have to celebrate with chocolates. We hope lots of people will enter into the spirit of the scheme and realise all the money will be used to helping cancer patients and their families right here on their doorstep in Norfolk,” said Clive Evans, Director of Income Generation. The donations will be given to the Big C to help fund its support centres, research, life-saving equipment purchases and education and are all pure profit as all the jars and chocolates have been kindly donated. The Big C is loving support from Norfolk Truffle www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk
Company, Gnaw, Digbys and others for the chocolates and Kilner and Lakeland, Norwich, for the jars. The restaurants offering the scheme are: Stoke Mill, Stoke Holy Cross; Pedro’s Texmex Cantina, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich; No1. Cromer; Marriott’s Warehouse, King’s Lynn. If you are a restauranteur or maker of wonderful chocolates and would like to be involved in this sweet opportunity please call Rachel Francis on 01603 619900.
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DISS Sound Sleep Beds We hold the secret to a better nights sleep Like proper nutrition, a balanced diet and exercise, sleep plays a vital role in keeping our bodies healthy and happy. We need a good night’s sleep to ensure we are feeling fit, thinking sharply and to generally give us the appetite and enthusiasm to make the most of everyday living. What most people don’t realise is that poor sleep and fatigue are the biggest issues that affect millions of people worldwide. When sleep deprivation mounts up, people start feeling tired during the day time which affects our ability to make decisions and helps us make mistakes, have shorter tempers and can make us have slower reflexes. With many of us driving on the roads, this can have devastating effects. The number one key to a good night’s sleep is ROUTINE. Keeping regular hours and going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will help program the body to sleep better. Research from all over the world, confirms that a comfortable, uninterrupted seven or eight hours sleep each night can help reduce stress, boost your mood, your physical and mental
performance, cure a wide range of aches and pains as well as slowing down the aging process. A lack of sleep suppresses your immune system making you more vulnerable to infections and metabolic and hormone changes which have the same effect on your body as ageing. According to the University of British Columbia, the average person that requires eight hours sleep per night, just losing one hour of sleep can lower your IQ by one point the following day. Reduce this to a whole week of six hour nights could lose you 15 points. Sleep is important for the body and mind! This time of year can hard on us with the long nights and the cold weather so we need to make sure that we are well rested, the following tips may help you get those all important eight hours. Create a restful environment. Keep you bedroom at a comfortable temperature and as quiet and dark as possible. Turn off that iPhone, vibrations and flashes through the night will disturb your you and in your subconscious you will think about that message you’ve just received. Exercise. We all hate it, but regular exercise will help
relieve the day’s stresses and strains. Consider taking a walk or going swimming. Cut out stimulants. Tea, coffee and sugary drinks in the evening will interfere with you falling asleep. Try a nice herbal tea or a milky drink instead. Smoking also can take you longer to get to sleep, smokers tend to wake more often through the night. Don’t over indulge. Too much food or alcohol before bed could disrupt your sleep. Alcohol does help you pass out, but will no doubt interrupt your sleep during the night. Relax. Turn off the television before bed and have some relaxation time. Read a book, have a warm bath or listen to some music. This could help relax you before bed. Remembering to turn off that phone! Don’t worry. Easily said, but laying in bed worrying about jobs you need to do tomorrow will keep you awake, tossing and turning. Have you considered writing a list before bed, all your jobs are on paper and you can cross them off one by one giving you satisfaction. Don’t sleep on an argument. Conflicts are not conducive to putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep. Comfortable Bed. One of the most important factors in a
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DISS jackamans solicitors Journey’s end in lovers’ meeting …What’s to come, is still unsure - Shakespeare St Valentine may be the patron saint of travelling, engaged couples and happy marriages but in today’s world, as we travel for holidays and work, meeting our future partners in far flung places across the globe, his combined responsibilities give rise to potential problems. To quote Shakespeare “Journeys end in lovers’ meeting… [but] ….What’s to come, is still unsure:”. Let’s start with the wedding itself. Many couples choose to make their dreams come true, going where the sun shines brightly, and the sea is blue, to
tie the knot. The couple has wonderful memories, until the relationship breaks down and, for example, it transpires that the ceremony was not a legal marriage. Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger’s 1990 “wedding” in Bali turned out not to have been a valid wedding ceremony after all. The marriage was annulled as void. Jerry Hall had never legally been Mick Jagger’s wife, with highly adverse consequences on her financial claims. A foreign ceremony not only has to be valid in the state where it was celebrated, with all formalities observed, but
each person has to be free to contract marriage in their own state. Even the UK requires a civil as well as a religious marriage ceremony in some cases. An international divorce can be even more complicated than an international wedding: perhaps a couple will have moved around for work reasons, living in different countries, during the marriage. They may be physically resident in the UK when the marriage ends, but are they legally domiciled here? Domicile is, to an extent, a question of choice. Someone may have worked abroad for years, and not lived in their home country during that time, but because
they intend to retire there at the end of their working life, or because all of their assets are in the home country, may remain domiciled there. This may prevent divorce in the UK and can have a significant impact on financial issues. Even within the European Union financial consequences of divorce may vary enormously: some member states do not recognise pre-nuptial agreements, inherited assets may never be included or spousal maintenance unavailable. If someone is employed by a foreign company, it may not be possible to pension share the company pension (very often the most significant asset after the marital home) in
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DISS another jurisdiction. Separate proceedings to deal with finances may be required, particularly as where assets are physically situated in another country there may be huge problems enforcing an English court order. Foreign lawyers should be consulted so that the best strategy can be devised. Legal systems also differ markedly about deciding arrangements for children. Some countries recognise only the father as having custodial rights, even for foreign residents. Where a marriage breaks down and there is an international element, a prudent lawyer will immediately give consideration
as to whether there is any risk of child abduction and whether pre-emptive measures are required. Even if child abduction is unlikely, one parent’s employment prospects may be greatly increased through linguistic or skill issues in another country. When it comes to a parent wishing to relocate to another country with a child, there is no principle in the United Kingdom that permission will only exceptionally be granted. Relocation decisions focus on the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration, which necessarily involves considering both parents’ wishes and interests. International marriages throw
up other legal issues, even if the marriage is stable and happy. Significant concerns affecting immigration status, state benefits, inheritance and taxation issues can arise. Wills have to be drafted carefully to ensure they deal adequately with foreign assets, and if necessary preparing a foreign Will, to avoid very real difficulties administering the estate. If you don’t share the same passport as your intended spouse (or either has dual nationality), or you and your spouse are intending to live abroad, research before tying the knot or making your move. Draw up an agreement with legal advice – it may not
be binding but most courts dealing with marital breakdown will attach some weight to it. Sixteen percent of divorces in England and Wales have an international aspect – this need not mean insurmountable international problems. For information please contact Claire Kean on 01379 643555 or email claire.kean@jackamans. co.uk. This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive. Special legal advice should be taken in any individual situation.
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ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services Self Assessments & Tax Returns PHEWWWWWW!!! It’s done and dusted for another year! No not Christmas and New Year – much worse than that! The January self assessment deadline – the looming £100 fine if you don’t file your tax return by 31 January and pay the tax you owe. I think that you can probably tell any accountancy types or relations of accountancy types in late December and January, from the haggard looks on their faces, the grey skin, the look of panic and the 98 extra shots of coffee in their morning lattes. A big thank you to all our clients who have got their information in and waited patiently for us to get to the end of this onslaught, for waiting their turn and for those who were waiting simply for normal services to be resumed! Now we can look properly at new ideas, new ventures, look properly at whether it is a good idea to become VAT registered or even whether you should start up a business at all. For us accountancy types it’s the start of a whole new year – the sun is rising, the snowdrops are blooming and all is well with the world. Now of course, you may still have a tax return to complete, since if you have recently advised HMRC that you will need to complete a tax return, they are duty bound to give you 3 months in which to complete this. But be warned, 12 | February 2016
this time can soon slip by and before you know it, you too might be facing the dreaded £100 fine and penalties. The general rule of thumb with all things tax is don’t put it off! Of course from April we will have the start of a lovely new tax year with the introduction of such delicacies as dividend tax. At the time of writing, we have not been provided with any information on the dividend tax to be applied. All eyes are on the March budget to see what exciting things it may bring. Let’s hope that the dividend tax is not too high and that those with buy to let rentals don’t suffer too much with the promise of financial costs being disallowed.
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scope of VAT or exempt (zero rated and reduced rate sales must be added) and keep calculating this on a month by month basis. The legislation states that the threshold is calculated on a rolling turnover, this means from February to January, March to February, and April to March etc etc – the period keeps rolling and you must keep checking. Don’t get caught out or you could end up losing 20% of your sales in VAT without ever adding the additional amounts on originally. If you are unsure about this or anything in this article, why not pick up the phone or email us here at KBA. We would love to hear from you so don’t be shy.
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ATTLEBOROUGH ATTLEBOUROUGH TOWN COUNCIL Attleborough Thursday market said a fond farewell to one of itsâ€™ stall holders on Thursday 17 December 2015. Mr Gibbs who is into his eighties and has had a watch stall since the mid 1990â€™s is handing over to another market trader to continue this service. Mr Gibbs, a very keen gardener, was presented with garden vouchers and a cake and can now look forward to a well earnt happy retirement. All the market stall holders including the market supervisor, Mr Terry Staff, were there to share his last day and wish him well in his retirement. Attleborough Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Perkins, was also in attendance and expressed his thanks to Mr Gibbs for all his hard work and dedication over the past years.
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ATTLEBOROUGH ALMARY GREEN Make the Most of Tax Breaks before April With the end of the tax year just a couple of months away, now is the perfect time to make sure that you have made the most of the tax allowances that each year brings. Alison Rudd looks at the opportunities available. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are normally the starting point for savers. With ISAs, any gains (except dividends) or interest will be tax-free. The maximum you can put into an ISA for the current tax year (2015/16) is £15,240 and your savings can be placed in either cash or stocks and shares – or a mixture of both. Your ISA allowance can’t be
carried forward so if you don’t use it, it is gone forever. Cash ISAs will provide interest on the money you have invested. Your initial investment is normally not at risk. If you are looking at saving in Cash ISAs, do shop around for the best rates as these can vary from provider to provider and the terms of the account can vary too. When comparing rates, watch out for minimum deposit amounts and fixed terms with penalties for early withdrawals. Stocks and Shares ISAs are less straightforward: the return is dependent on market values and you could get back less
than you invested. You should make sure that you understand the risks involved before investing in them. I would always recommend that you get advice before embarking on this route. There may be some administration and management fees involved too, so it is important to understand these. Pension contributions are another element to consider before the end of the tax year. Tax relief is available on pension contributions, boosting their value by 20% if you are a basic rate taxpayer – and more if you fall into higher or additional rate tax brackets. The annual allowance for pension contributions for the 2015/16 tax year is £40,000 and it is normally possible to carry forward any unused annual allowance for pension contributions for up to three years. There is a limit on the total amount you can hold in your pension savings. This is set at £1.25 million in the 2015/16 tax year but is due to drop to £1 million on 6 April 2016. This reduction will not affect the majority of pension savers, but those whose savings already top £1 million will benefit from advice before the new limit is introduced as there will be measures available to protect your fund from tax charges, subject to certain conditions. Anyone who is concerned about their future Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability might also consider using their gift allowances for the current tax year. Every individual can gift up to £3,000 per year tax-free and any unused allowance can
be carried forward for one year as long as you use up the current year’s exemption first. In addition to this, you may gift £250 per year to any number of different people. There are other gift allowances too such as those for wedding gifts and gifts to charities. There are investment routes such as Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) and Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) which offer tax relief within a given tax year but these involve a significant degree of risk so are not suitable for everyone. I strongly recommend getting advice before going down this route. The final allowance to consider is the annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) allowance which stands at £11,100 for the 2015/16 tax year. If you have assets to sell, you may be able to minimise the CGT payable by careful timing of the disposal. 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 Wednesdays and is happy to arrange appointments there or in clients’ own homes.
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ELDERLY The Hearing Care Treating hearing loss can help keep your New Year’s Resolutions Every New Year brings with it a sense of renewal. For many, this renewal may include New Year’s resolutions pledging that the next year will prove better than the last. The challenge is not making these resolutions, but making sure they do not melt away with the snow as winter turns to spring. Some common resolutions might include reducing stress levels, staying in touch more regularly with family and friends, and being more socially involved. For those who struggle with hearing loss, keeping these and other perennial resolutions may prove challenging. Here are a
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few examples of how treating your hearing loss in the New Year can help you achieve your resolutions and improve your life.
Staying stress free in the New Year may seem like an insurmountable task, but we can all do a few things to make sure stress doesn’t dominate our lives. Hearing-related stress can present itself in everyday situations with the potential to significantly increase your overall stress level. If you have become nervous to speak up when clarifying what was said in a conversation,
or avoid loud places for fear of being cut from the conversation, it may be time to address your hearing issues. Finding a solution could help you reduce some of your daily stress.
Staying in touch with family and friends
Staying connected with family and friends is difficult whether loved ones are spread across the country or live just around the corner. If keeping in touch with the important people in your life tops your list of resolutions, addressing your hearing concerns may be a step in the right direction. Being able to communicate with family and friends without worrying about what was said by a loved one over the phone, on Skype, or face-to-face is of
the utmost importance. Not only does it put your mind at ease, it makes conversations with loved ones that much easier.
Hearing loss may hinder you from branching out and meeting new people. If you are nervous to extend your social circle because of your hearing loss, addressing the issue in the New Year could be the push you need to make new friends and experience new adventures in the coming year. Have you always wanted to volunteer with an organisation or join a club but have been too self-conscious about your hearing loss? Don’t let apprehension and worry keep you from meeting new people and enjoying all the sights and
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Starting a new hobby
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Starting a new hobby, whether by yourself or in a group setting, can be both challenging and entertaining. If you would like to learn how to play a new instrument and want to better hear the notes, or if you are taking a class at your local college and want to be able to contribute to the discussion without feeling nervous, having the confidence to address your hearing issues can lead to new talents and friends.
If any of the above scenarios resonate with you, your hearing loss could be a barrier to accomplishing your resolutions. It may be time to add another resolution to the list: book a hearing assessment. Seeking help, advice and ultimately treating your hearing loss will benefit not only your physical health but your mental and social health as well. Placing priority on your hearing health will not only help you to achieve your New Yearâ€™s resolutions, but will give you a renewed confidence in your hearing and social life. Invest in your hearing. Invest in yourself. Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre. The multi-award winning, family-run company has 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, including
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ELDERLY Able Community Care The Alternative to Moving into a Care Home Getting older sometimes means that a person needs to be cared for twenty four hours a day. Such care can be provided in a care home or in a person’s own home. Given the choice, many people would prefer to stay in their own home and Able Community Care has enabled thousands of people to exercise this choice. Our experience has shown that having a regular rota of experienced carers in your own home is often a much happier alternative than moving into a care home.
Able Community Care has been providing an alternative choice to moving into a care home since 1980 by providing Live-in Carer Schemes throughout the UK. Our live-in care staff have enabled thousands of disabled and older people to remain happily within their own home. The role of our live-in carers is to provide domestic, personal and social care tailored to each individual’s needs and wishes. One of our clients is Kate. Kate was born in 1919 and in 2006 as a result of arthritis and too common falls, Kate and her family had to make a decision
as to how Kate wished to be cared for. Her own wish was to remain living in her own bungalow, to keep up her social activities and to maintain her hobbies. Kate and her family decided to try a Live-in Carer Scheme and since 2006 a continuous, regular, rotational system of liked live-in care workers have supported Kate, now aged 95, and who continues to live happily in her own home. Kate wrote the following comments with reference to the care she received in 2014 on our Customer Satisfaction Form: • “The live-in care workers carry out the tasks that are important to me.” • “I feel comfortable about contacting my Care Manager” (whom she has met). • “I am happy with the service I am receiving.” • “The responsiveness to ‘out of hours’ contact is satisfying and responsive.” Live-in Carers are special people. Whilst living for weekly or fortnightly periods in a client’s home they provide domestic support, personal care and offer companionship. Each of our clients has an individual ‘job description’ and it is the objective of our Care Managers to provide our clients with a regular rota of liked live-in carer workers and also to find for our care workers, clients for whom they have the skills to care for. In addition to providing professionally managed live-in care at home on a long term basis, Able Community Care can also provide the following
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care packages: • Respite care for family carers who need a well-earned break. • A Carer to accompany a person who wants to go on holiday or to visit relatives. • Long term care to a person who wishes to share the care. For example, Able can provide one or two weeks of care, then the family the next period etc. on a flexible, rotational basis. • A “Home From Hospital” care package offering convalescent live-in care at home. Able Community Care currently provides Live-in, Carer Schemes in over 50 counties and our clients range in age from early twenties to over one hundred years of age. A large number of our care workers have been with us for over ten years and some for over fifteen years. Able Community Care’s website www.uk-care.com provides comprehensive information, including many moving and heartfelt client comments. There is also an option to sign up for our free email Newsflash, written by the MD. Angela Gifford each week, to keep up to date with the latest care information and news which may affect you or your family. If you have any questions about our Live-in Care Schemes please contact us on 01603 764567 or email to ablemg@ aol.com. For a Free Information Pack, please don’t hesitate to contact Able Community Care on 01603 764567 or email email@example.com.
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