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Welcome to the re-launched FineCity Magazine Editor’s Note In a fast moving world, where the media seem to be ever more distant from people’s real concerns, it is vital that community magazines like FineCity, find and print the information and news that is important to local people, and which often gets overlooked in the rush for sensationalist and celebrity overload. That’s where we come in. Fourteen years ago Dispatch Magazine was launched in Attleborough and Diss and not only was it an instant

success, it became a “must-read” across a wide area of central Norfolk. Over the past fourteen years, Dispatch has become one of the most well respected community magazines in the county. Five years ago Dispatch was launched in Wymondham, Dereham and Watton, and 2 years ago Dispatch arrived in Bury St Edmunds. I am now delighted to be relaunching FineCity Magazine into Norwich, which now means we have

a combined print run of 70,000 magazines every month and that continues to increase month on month.

the past 20 years started, built and sold many businesses, ranging from Motorsport related, to Coffee Bars, Web and Publishing.

Jonathan Horswell (a.k.a. Spider), is the owner of Spider Creative Media, a dynamic, local web design and magazine production company, who are now the driving force behind FineCity Magazine.

Jonathan has a passion for Business, and a genuine passion to help anybody who is serious about helping themselves. He is full of energy, positive, dedicated, extremely hardworking, determined, approachable, loyal and a doer!

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Magazine it’s now time for it to develop into a bigger, better community magazine for the bigger and better community it serves. We want to be a bigger voice for the community, we want you to have more and better information, and we want to put more back into the community. Let’s be clear about this; FineCity is YOUR magazine, and we want you to be involved.

As this is the re-launch issue of FineCity, not only do we want to offer you a very, very warm welcome, we hope you enjoy looking through it and finding something new for you. Therefore, in the coming months you’ll see more news, more information, morefeatures on things you care about, and all focused on your community. We invite Clubs, Organisations and Event organisors to send

editorial for FREE inclusion. We invite businesses to talk with us to discuss how we can help promote your business, both via FineCity Magazine and online. Welcome to YOUR FineCity, we hope you enjoy it.

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Make A Splash With Special Olympics Norfolk’s Special Olympics group is making waves

Norfolk’s Special Olympics group is making waves with the launch of a new swimming section adding to the growing range of sports it offers. Open to children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as offering volunteering opportunities, the new group will be meeting every Sunday at Wymondham Leisure Centre from 5pm to 6pm.

Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy, who believed that the Olympic ideals of sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities as well as to those who cared for them. Special Olympics now reaches over 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide. For more details contact swim coordinator Jan Walmsley on 07717533422 or jan_walmsley@btinternet.com

“The new group will give keen swimmers the chance to compete regionally, nationally and internationally and provide them with a lot of fun as well as exercise,” explained Special Olympics Norfolk volunteer co-ordinator Kay Bailey.



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Go Go Dragons! GoGoDragons! will fire up Norwich in 2015

Following on from the amazing success of GoGoGorillas! in the summer of 2013, Break and Wild in Art are delighted to announce GoGoDragons! for summer 2015, bringing more love and laughter, families, communities, artists and local business together for another summer of fun! The success of GoGoGorillas! was unbelievable. The way the public took them to their hearts - the partnerships, sponsors and artists who made the trail come to life will be remembered for a long time to come and the legacy lives on. This time, Break and Wild in Art have chosen the Dragon, a mythical creature whose legend is much embedded in the history of Norwich. We will be looking for artists to submit designs and businesses to sponsor the Dragons working towards a stunning trail around the City of Norwich in June 2015. As well as the main Dragon sculptures, there will also be community and school projects to engage with the widest possible audience. We are at the beginning of another awesome journey which we hope will bring amazing art to Norwich, visitors to our beautiful City and lots of joy and laughter. Michael Rooney, Fundraising Manager at Break, says “Break is really looking forward to delivering another fantastic event for Norwich in 2015.

families. We will shortly be making an announcement about how the money from GoGoGorillas! is being used. Sally Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art says “Wild in Art is delighted to be working with Break to bring GoGoDragons! to Norwich in 2015. This event will herald the arrival of the Norwich Dragon – a sculpture specifically designed to engage artists, people of all ages and communities in a summer-long celebration of Norwich and Norfolk’s rich cultural offer.“ The Dragon Mould is being created by Chris Wilkinson, Creative Director of Wild in Art. Sponsor packs and artist packs will be available soon but in the meantime if you would like to register your interest, either with a view to sponsoring a GoGoDragon or submitting designs, please contact Martin Green, Break Fundraising Events Manager on: 01603 670107 or email gogodragons@break-charity.org. Follow the GoGoDragons! FB GoGoDragons and twitter @gogodragons2015 website to follow!

Break, changing young lives, supporting children, young people and families across East Anglia • Young people in care and moving on • Children and young people with disabilities • Families in need of support • Children at risk

We are very pleased to be working with our excellent partners Wild in Art and are excited about the possibilities that the Dragon sculpture brings. We want to build on the success of GoGoGorillas!

We are a registered charity which has been providing a diverse range of specialist residential and community based services for vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia for over 40 years.

whilst at the same time delivering some different aspects to increase its appeal to wider communities.

Our vision is to ensure children young people and families reach their full potential and shape their own futures in a safe and creative environment.

Our aim is to have an inspiring event and raise money for Break’s work with vulnerable children young people and

For all media enquiries for GoGoDragons! please contact Liz Richards, Senior Communications &

Marketing Officer, email: liz.richards@ break-charity.org tel: 01603 670105 mobile: 07748 112709 www.break-charity.org Registered Charity No. 286650 Wild in Art is the UK’s leader in the development, management and production of spectacular, massappeal public art events which engage residents and tourists alike, through the creation of citywide trails of uniquely painted sculptures.

In 2014, you can find Wild in Art events in Sydney, Aberdeen and Hamilton (South Lanarkshire) and London. www.wildinart.co.uk The GoGo Dragons! Logo is credited to Osbornenash - www.osbornenash.co.uk Images Top Right - Source: BBC Images

From Gromit sculptures in Bristol to crashes of rhinos in São Paulo and parades of elephants in Melbourne, Wild in Art events have animated cities and enthralled people the world over, raising over £5m for charity partners along the way. Conservation and citizenship are at the heart of our education work which includes the provision of unique art education resources which engage and inspire young people and enhance learning across the curriculum.

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Fly Festival Norwich Festival Aims to Inspire FLY, the University of East Anglia’s Festival of literature for young people which launched in 2013 proved so successful that it has now become an annual event. Taking place this year from 23rd to 27th June, it once again offers secondary school students a chance to hear and work with some of the UK’s most exciting writers. “We were delighted by the response we got last year,” says Natalie Bailey, the Festival Director. “we had one thousand students from over fifty schools and their response to the Festival was that they felt that more students should get the chance to attend.” This year the Festival has attracted some of the most popular writers for young people including Patrick Ness and Sally Gardner whose novel Maggot Moon is a best-seller around the world. “What is also great,” says Festival Producer, Antoinette Moses “is that Sally is also coming to talk to teachers during the development day which takes place on Monday 23 June. Our aim is to

inspire not just young people, but those who teach them.” This year the festival also has one day which has been set aside for 16 – 18year olds and which will enable them to enjoy several award-winning and best-selling authors and work closely with them. The organisers have programmed this event for Thursday 26 June since many schools will be shut that day because of the Royal Norfolk Show. The Festival has over sixty events over the five days including reading and talks from many of the UK’s best-loved and award-winning writers for young people and workshops on everything literary from tweeting to travel writing and from slam poetry to Shakespeare. Adds, Natalie: “this is a wonderful way to reach out to the region where we are based and give something back. FLY is an unusual and innovative Festival that combines everything that a university does with what a festival does, that’s to say it will be both fun and entertaining, but also educational”.

Full details of the festival and how to book can be found on the FLY website www.uea.ac.uk/fly

Scarrow and Simon Scarrow as well as Raffaella Barker and Rachel Hore, both of whom also teach at UEA.

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Adds Antoinette Moses: “Norwich is becoming nationally recognised as the hub of literature in this country. This is an exciting place for a writer to live and work. And it is also due to both UEA’s creative writing programme and Writers’ Centre Norwich which is a partner of the Festival and which is mounting the Patrick Ness reading at the Playhouse on Wednesday 25 June.”

With Norwich the first UNESCO City of Literature in England, FLY is a perfect addition to the many exciting literary events which take place in the City and, the organsiers point out, many of the writers taking part live locally. When the Festival organisers began their programming they knew that one of the strengths of Norwich that helped gain it its bid was the number of writers working in Norwich. This was true in the past, they say and is true now. Many of them attracted by the celebrated Creative Writing Programme at the University. But they were delighted to find a wealth of writers for young people in the City and County.

Tickets for the Festival are still on sale, say the organisers, though people should act swiftly since some popular workshops are already sold out.

This year, they say, they have over six writers from the region givng talks and workshops and they include the bset-selling authors and brothers Alex

Grand Norwich Duck Race This year the Grand Norwich Duck Race will be held on Saturday 2 August in central Norwich We are delighted that this is the 4th year of this event in partnership with Roger and Anthea Cawdron of The Ribs of Beef public house. The event is one that both individuals and companies and community groups can get involved in – culminating in a fun filled day by the water’s edge. Companies can sponsor a corporate duck for just £100 and all the ducks are of a ‘giant’ size – so steady they are on the water and great to colour and decorate as company’s wish! The ‘Duck Trophy’ goes to the winning giant duck over the line first! Last year the winners were City College Norwich. Individuals can sponsor a little duck for just £2 – log on to http://www. justgiving.com/grandnorwichduckrace14 and sponsor your duck and it will be



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allocated to a duck in the race. There are prizes galore to be won for winning ducks, including; • • • •

2 day, 2 night ‘Canoe and Camping’ with TheCanoeMan Family Ticket to Pleasurewood Hills Family Ticket to Gressenhall Workhouse and Museum + many, many more prizes

Phil Daniels and ‘Super Mario Duck’ by Lauren Muir).

The individual duck race, of 3,000 little ducks, will take place at 4pm.

Events start at 2pm with cake and food stalls and music by the water. The corporate race will take place in at 3pm with ducks being released at St George’s Bridge and flowing downstream to Fye Bridge, finishing at the Ribs of Beef Public House.

After the race all the ducks are made ready for our Grand Norwich Duck Auction on Thursday 14 August, whereupon the crafted ducks will be sold to ‘change young lives’ (event probably to be held at the Maids Head, Norwich – TBC this week).

We are also supported by TheCanoeMan and The Broads Authority and a group of dedicated volunteers on the day. I have attached some of the ducks we have had in the event in recent years and in all we tend to get about 100 large ducks on the water each year. Some of these are even decorated by local Norfolk artists (see attached ‘Duck in a Box’ and ‘Disco Duck’ by

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The Benjamin Foundation Largest fundraising event for 2014 Norfolk charity, The Benjamin Foundation has announced it will be holding its largest fundraising event for 2014. ‘The Butterfly Walk’ will take place on 21 June 2014 at Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich and aims to raise significant funding for the charity’s services. The event, sponsored by business communications and telecoms supplier, Comms Supply, will bring people together by inviting them to walk one lap of the Great Broad which is 2.3 miles and takes around 45 minutes. Participants will be able to help fundraise by entrance fees and as well as finding their own sponsors.

The event is suitable for everyone and along the route there will be clues to solve and prizes for the winning entries.

£10 for a family or £5 for an adult. Go to: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/ butterfly-walk for full details.

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager from The Benjamin Foundation said, “We’re very excited about our Butterfly Walk, which is the first time we have run this type of event.

There are also opportunities for businesses to sponsor the clues along the route of the walk and anyone interested should contact Chris Elliott, chris.elliott@ benjaminfoundation.co.uk.

We wanted to do something that is achievable and fun and open to all people. And by making it interesting to children, we hope families will have a great day out while raising money for our charity.” All walkers will be required to register to take part and this costs

Norfolk charity The Benjamin Foundation was founded by Richard and Vanessa Draper in memory of their son Ben who died, aged just 17 years old. For almost 20 years the charity has been helping people across Norfolk

to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them; from ‘everyday’ problems such as finding affordable childcare or training, to heart-breaking issues like homelessness, bullying or abuse. Every service The Benjamin Foundation delivers is focused on providing hope, opportunity, stability and independence. For more information about The Benjamin Foundation, visit www. benjaminfoundation.co.uk.


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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Join us for East Anglia’s Biggest Birthday Party! East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is inviting the people of East Anglia to join them in celebrating the first birthday of HRH Prince George of Cambridge by holding a birthday party in his honour on Tuesday 22nd July. The charity, which has HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as its Royal Patron, is encouraging as many schools, groups, companies and individuals as possible to hold a Royal birthday party on or around Tuesday 22nd July. Party organisers will be encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to attend parties and make a donation to EACH. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, became Royal Patron of EACH in January 2012 and has provided the charity with many great benefits including raising awareness and understanding of services, boosting the media profile and inspiring people to raise funds.

Camilla Haycock, EACH Fundraising Development Manager, said: “We’re hoping as many people as possible across East Anglia will hold a birthday party on this special day, or as near to the day as they can, to help us celebrate the first birthday of the Prince. It’s a great excuse to have a bit of fun with party games and cake while raising funds for an important local charity. “The birth of Prince George raised thousands of pounds for EACH with fans making donations in lieu of buying and sending gifts and we hope we can inspire people to raise funds again.” Details about how to get involved can be found at www.each.org.uk/ biggestbirthday or contact the EACH Norfolk Fundraising Team on: (01953) 666767 email: norfolk@each.org.uk Twitter: @EACH_Norfolk

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The Grand Charity Auction in aid of EACH with Nicholas Parsons Sale of the Century! Saturday 28th June, at 6:00pm On Saturday 28th June, Nicholas Parsons returns to Norwich to present The Grand Charity Auction in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

This event is taking place in the very same studios where he made his name presenting ITV’s hit TV show, Sale of the Century. He will be cohosting the event to help raise funds

for this fantastic local charity. A great event for a great cause. - Nicholas Parsons opens the show as he reminisces about his time hosting Sale of the Century. - The black tie event includes a sumptuous 5-course dinner, lovingly cooked by chef proprietor, Jake Weatherhill. - Top class entertainment from comedian and impressionist Aaron James and magician Sean Goodman. - Internationally renowned artist, Philip Gray, will also be producing a ‘live’ art piece throughout the evening. - Two auctions – one live in the studio and one online. Your chance

to bid for original international art pieces, holidays at home & abroad and exhilarating group days out to mention but a few. Tickets for this fantastic event are priced at £75pp. For those of you wishing to make group bookings, all tables are set for 8 people. For more information, call the box office on 01603 727727or to book online, go to: www.ticketsource. co.uk/date/98213 ). EPIC TV Studio’s in Norwich www.epicstudiosnorwich.com/events/ each-grand-charity-auction/ The on-live ‘silent’ auction website - www.galabid.com/auction/each (starts on 14th June 2014)

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Foodie Heaven Norwich Festival Aims to Inspire

Every summer and autumn in recent years, Norwich has led a celebration of the best of Norfolk’s incredible food and drink, culminating in the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which takes place generally around the end of August. Stephen Browning and photographer Daniel Tink take a look at this bountiful and unique feast for foodies whilst remembering things were not always so fine ….. Not much to boast about at one time…. It is probably fair to say that, until the past decade or so, Norfolk has been seen by some of our neighbours as having little to boast about when it comes to food: as a son or daughter of East Anglia, it was a subject best avoided unless you could guide the conversation around to herrings, turnips, turkeys or beer.

They were even - like Norwich beer accepted in lieu of taxes. The Romans must also have loved it here also for their favourite food was fish sauce - made from marinating oily fish for weeks or months. Pliny records that it was prized to such a degree that only fine perfume was more expensive to buy. I’ve just invented the kipper! Many years later, the kipper was ‘invented’. In 1850 a fisherman by the name of John Woodger had a massive catch of herring in Yarmouth. He sold some but, not knowing what to do with the rest, he split and hung them in a hut kept warm by oak chippings.

It was possible until the 1930s to send a box of bloaters to your nearest and dearest from Yarmouth in much the same way as cream is sent from Cornwall although, I should imagine, considerably less popular with the postman and those whose letters travelled in the same consignment! The Cromer crab and lobster are supreme in taste because, according to Shawn Grey, a fisherman we became friendly with when researching Norfolk food and who sets off from Cromer at four each morning, ‘the ground they feed on is rich in food – other much bigger specimens come from around

Whitebait Festival which took place every Whit Monday all along the north Norfok Coast. Whitebait – not a type of fish, actually, but sprats and tiny herrings which travelled in great shoals in an attempt at safety – were once so plentiful on the coast that tons were ‘exported’ to London restaurants which could not get enough. Alas, now, stocks are greatly depleted. Talking turkey Usually, people associate Norfolk with turkeys, especially the Norfolk Black which came over from South America

My Oh My, how things have changed now! Not only do we have the best fruit, game, meats, veggies, preserves, honey, pork pies, sausages, crabs, lobsters and cakes in the land, but we are rapidly ‘catching up’ in previously neglected areas such as wine, bread and fine dining establishments. It is not hard to see why the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival each autumn has become the UK’s number one and a mecca for food lovers from all around the world. Our schools are involved, too: throughout the Summer and Autumn of 2013 6 Primary Schools in Great Yarmouth and Norwich have come together to learn how to grow and cook their own food. Further details on www. countrytrust.org.uk Food from the sea Travelling back a thousand years, Norfolk was famous primarily for seafood – crabs, lobsters, mussels, whitebait and herrings. The herrings were so sought after that, each year, it was ordered that a gross of pasties, each containing one fish, should be sent to the powers-that-be in Norwich who would inspect them before sending the consignment to the King in London.

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And Lo! When he returned to sort out his catch, he found he had created something new to eat. The bloater was subsequently ‘invented’ also - this is much the same but the whole fish is smoked for a shorter time and is consequently especially succulent and juicy.

the world, especially Canada, and people think they are great value for money but you get far more prime meat from the smaller ‘home’ crabs and lobsters’. A Victorian foodie treat The precursor of the current Norfolk Food Festival was probably the annual

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in the 1500s and was just saved from extinction in the 1950s. The modern turkey actually dates back about a million years. Nowadays one of the most popular in East Anglia is the the Woodland Bronze. They are fully mature at about 24-27 weeks. An apple a day Many folk are surprised to hear that the Fine City was once famous for apples. In Tudor times, Norwich was described as ‘a city in an orchard or an orchard in a city’, so many were the trees to be seen


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everywhere. Some types may have been lost for good but every now and again an ancient strain is found in an overgown field somewhere, so hope remains. Some magical names are Norwich Jubliee, Norfolk Coleman, Colonel Harbord’s Pippin, Happisburgh, Norfolk Royal, Lynne’s Pippin, Caroline – from Blickling Hall and named after Lord Suffield’s wife, St Magdalen, Sandringham, Harling Hero and Norfolk Green Queen.

successful fightback began in the early 1970s. There are now over 40 breweries operating in Norfolk and more ‘specialist’ or ‘micro’ breweries than anywhere else in the world.

punch made of port, red wine, lemon, oranges, sugar and spices.

Bread, jellies, pickles, beef and cheese

There has always been also a less joyful side to Norwich drinking. Some areas of the city, in particular the area of Coslany

There are many other aspects to Norwich’s pre-eminence as a foodie heaven. Unfortunately, we only have space here to briefly mention some of them.

You only need to go to a food festival any time of the year in Norwich and buy some lovingly produced bottles of ales, stout and porter to bear witness to the health of the smaller firms now operating.

There are a number of very serious bakeries, such as John Grimsby Watt’s Pye Bakers just on the edge of the city where they produce perfect criossants, tarts and breads and partner Jenny can often be found selling them at the Forum and other Norfolk markets.

An interesting statistical snippet is that the young females of Norwich – classified for survey purposes as between 25 and 35 – hold the UK record for the consumption of apples, namely one a day.

There has been a renaissance in the manufacture of brilliant cordials, jellies, jams, pickles and chutneys by dedicated entrepreneurs such as Liz Joint who cooks in her own kitchen in a 16thcentury cottage in the village of Bunwell. Top quality meat such as Aberdeen Angus beef is very much in evidence and we have to thanks the incredibly hard-working farmers like Jane Cargill and her daughter, Lesley-Anne at Foxley Wood Farm and others in the county. Cheeses? In Norfolk? Well, yes, there are a few fine samples to be tasted now. I think Norfolk people are a hardworking and modest bunch on the whole, but perhaps we can be forgiven for a little glow of pride as we think of our Fine City, Fine Food, Fine Beer, Fine Chefs and Fine Dining. Our heritage is unique.

Daniel Tink and Stephen Browning are the co-authors of Norfolk Food Heroes, published by Halsgrove at £14.99. Keep up to date with Daniel and Stephen and all their news on:

Drinking in the Fine City Beer has always been a famous Norwich commodity. There has been, until very recently when the last brewery was pulled down, a tradition of brewing in King Street that has lasted since at least 1563. Up to the second half of the 20the century Norwich was dominated by the legendary beer makers Bullards, Steward and Patteson, Morgans, and Youngs Crawshay and Youngs. Alas, the industry declined but a real and

www.facebook.com/ScenicNorfolk and: www.facebook.com/ stevebrowningbooks Best of all is a visit to the ‘Fine Ale in the Fine City’ festival which takes place usually about May/June time in the ecclesiastical surroundings of St Andrews Hall, in the very same room in which, on 26 June 1867, Charles Dickens gave a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in which the joyful festivities are aided and abetted by liberal amounts of ‘Smoking Bishop’, a luscious Victorian

which is now completey rebuilt, had so many ‘pubs’ - often actually front rooms of private wretched houses, the residents of which would buy a barrel of beer from the brewers just up the road and sell it on trying to eek out a living - that as late as the 1920s the city council was becoming seriously alarmed at the ugly brawls and poor health of the locals.

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Stoke Mill Contemporary Fine Dining For 700 hundred years there has been a Mill of one kind or another across the River Tas at Stoke Holy Cross. Stoke Mill Contemporary Fine Dining Restaurant’s Ludo Iaccarino is joined by co-owner and chef Andrew Rudd, who has trained to Michelin standard and worked with Norfolk’s finest; along with stints in London, he has some stellar names behind him in Norwich. Andrew worked with David Adlard alongside Roger Hickman (now of Roger Hickman’s restaurant) also spending a long time with Daniel Smith of the Ingham Swan, while many years ago spending time with

the likes of Gordon Ramsey and the Roux brothers in London. “I am pulling on all of that experience to

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put a contemporary twist on some classic and comfort dishes, using some modem techniques to create innovative food for new and old customers at Stoke Mill,” he says. Ludo adds: “I have grown up here, “I could be sitting in my high chair watching mum doing the books. I love it.” The contemporary look extends throughout, from the bar area and restaurant itself to air conditioning and contemporarytable settings.

warm with hot stones, to only the choicest fresh vegetables, meat and fish, every detail is considered.“The ideas, the cooking, the presentation, the ambience, all those thoughtful touches. It is all so good,” said Ludo. Two things haven’t changed though. That’s the warm welcome – and the sound of water running through the mill.

The feel complements Andy’s food, which emphasises not only the very best ingredients, sourced locally where possible, prepared imaginatively and served stylishly.

“You can hear the water gushing and there is still the window so you can watch. We hope to develop the outside so people can sit by the river and enjoy their drinks before they come in to eat,” said Ludo. It’s open for lunches and evening meals, Thursday to Saturday, and for family Sunday lunches.

“It’s food that you cannot make at home. Fine dining should be a special experience, an occasion,” said Ludo. So from the home made bread served in hessian sacks, kept

“It is for those families who want to eat something very special for Sunday lunch,” said Ludo. So while the Sunday lunch menu will typically include beef, fish, chicken and a vegetarian dish,

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there’s fish and chips too for those family members who don’t fancy a Sunday roast. A daily plat du jour menu makes an affordable lunch out for friends and couples with two courses for £14.95 or three for £17.95, featuring dishes such as ballotine of chicken wrapped in Parma ham. Fine dining from the menu is about £20-30 a head. Bookings are now being taken for wedding parties of up to 100.


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Mustard Coffee Bar The only coffee shop in Norwich to roast coffee beans on the premises Mustard coffee bar is situated in the heart of the Norwich lanes district and occupies the home of the original colmans mustard shop retaining many of the original features. It has been owned and run by the Reilly family since 2013, Elaine , the manager has worked in hospitality for 20 years running catering for a variety of organisations from universities to major retail stores. They bring with them a passion for coffee, food and service. They believe they are now the only coffee shop in Norwich still roasting their own coffee. Coffee is roasted once a week and is always ground to order. - Doesn’t come any fresher than that! They also offer a wide selection of award winning teas and cold drinks. Breakfast and lunches are all home cooked and they were fortunate to

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retain the chef who had worked for the previous owners. Her sausage rolls and scotch eggs are legendary with the scotch eggs now featuring in the lonely planet guide. The team believe in using seasonal produce and always source locally where possible.

With the ever increasing need to provide for different dietary requirements there are always gluten-free options with gluten free bread and cakes available. Since arriving at the cafe they have launched their catering service which provides everything from business breakfasts to wedding buffets.

Those feeling more outgoing can join in a lively conversation on the communal table. Plans for the future include a pop up restaurant one evening a month. Find us at: 3, Bridewell Alley, Norwich, NR2 1AQ. Call: 01603 630077

All their sandwiches are on artisan bread from a local bakery. They provide a weekly changing specials menu which features an array of different cuisines. Home made cakes are also a big feature of the cafe and afternoon and cream teas are always available. As well as traditional cakes they have introduced some wonderful new flavours such as the Norfolk stout cake. Cakes are available to order for any occasion.

The cafe is an art cafe and exhibits and sells the work of local artists. There are always sketch pads on the tables and customers are encouraged to draw, write, doodle etc. The best examples are placed on display on the ‘washing line’. The cafe organises regular art fairs and evenings and many other events. The book shelf is available for those who want to sit and browse a book or magazine quietly.

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The Beehive 8th Annual Beer Festival 3rd to the 6th of July 2014, proceeds to Stepping Stones charity The Beehive Pub in Eaton, Norwich offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink and socialise, with customers from all ages. The pub prides itself on featuring an excellent range of Real Ales (many on handpump) mostly from Local Breweries, a good selection of lagers, including Erdinger, a German Weisse Bier, Aspalls Suffolk cider and a range of bottled Belgian Beers (plus lots of wines and spirits too!). The pub boasts 3 bars, a public bar with original wood panelling and wood floors, a very popular open plan snug bar and a spacious, yet cosy lounge with large leather sofas and soft light for a more intimate drink. The garden has been completely transformed with a large covered patio area with tables and chairs, perfect for enjoying in the summertime or even in the winter!

We have even built an all purpose, all weather BBQ area to make our charity BBQ’s even more popular. This popular Norwich pub has its own large Pool Room (which also serves as a private function room), a very popular dart board (which is also used by our three darts teams) and a quiz machine, plus other pub games such as ‘shut the box’. The private function room is available for hire for private parties and

regularly hosts meetings for many local clubs and societies. There are also regular wine tastings and other events hosted by the landlady. The Beehive Public House is definately the secret jewel of the Golden Triangle! The Beehive Freehouse is proud to host one of the most popular pub beer festivals in Norwich. In its 8th year, the 2014 Beehive Beer Festival will attract real ale drinkers from across Norwich and Norfolk

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Waveney Inn Relaunch Newly refurbished for 2014 the new Waveney Inn is the southern Broads’ premiere waterside pub. Featuring an air-conditioned bar and restaurant, a huge outdoor deck and a mouth-watering menu of locally-sourced, home-cooked food and Adnams ales, the Waveney Inn is a family-friendly, waterside Inn in Burgh St Peter, near Beccles.

He adds, “We’ve pitched prices to draw in local customers and appeal to families holidaying on our park. We offer flexible portion sizes – small, regular and large – perfect for children and the weight conscious.

Situated at the award-winning Waveney River Centre and marina, this family-owned Inn has been totally transformed.

There’s also a variety of platter boards for our customers to share.” James, and his wife, Ruth, had been planning to renovate the Waveney Inn for some time. With the backing of co-directors, Len and Hazel Funnell, work started in 2013.

The deck is a real feature of the redevelopment and provides customers with a spectacular view over Carlton Marshes nature reserve and boats on the marina.

Ruth says, “We felt for the past two or three years that we needed to do something quite special with The Waveney Inn – and we think we have.”

The contemporary styling of the restaurant and bar features some clever nautical twists and is complemented by the original and quirky paintings of local acrylic artist Mark Ward.

The pub is located on the river Waveney, just a few minutes upstream of Oulton Dyke and about 1.25 hours from Beccles. By road, you can find it signposted from the A143, 4.5 miles from Haddiscoe village.

The pub was officially opened at a VIP launch event on 6th June 2014, by Richard Bacon, MP for south Norfolk. He said, “It’s thrilling to see the Waveney Inn’s refurbishment which is going to transform this venue and turn it into a real destination. It really is going to change things locally. It’s a tremendous testament to the hard work and vision of James, Ruth and their team in making this happen.” He adds, “The old pub needed some love and boy has it has some love in spades. We don’t have enough pubs that combine the best of the old and the new, with very high quality food; where people actively want to go.” James Knight, Managing Director of the Waveney Inn and River Centre said, “We’ve already had some fantastic reviews from customers. The quality of the ingredients is reflected in the quality of the food. For example, our meat comes from Pepperells butchers in Harleston, artisan bread from the Penny Bun Bakehouse in Lowestoft, ice cream from Alburgh Ice Cream, near Harleston and we have a wide range of ales from Adnams of Southwold.”

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The Waveney Inn has been around for over 135 years, and early in the 20th century was not only a hotel and wherry trading staithe but a zoo as well. From 1904 to 1914, Frank Rice’s Zoological Gardens was a famous local attraction, featuring bears, monkeys and a ‘sacred white camel’ amongst its menagerie. In 1907, two brown bears escaped - only to be shot and eaten by local villagers! Waveney River Centre is the southern-Broads’ award winning five star holiday destination - featuring luxury holiday lodges with hot tubs, camping & touring, glamping pods, boats moorings and day cruiser & canoe hire, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, shop and of course the new Waveney Inn. The Inn and River Centre are accessible by river, road or - thanks to a pedestrian ferry service - on foot from Oulton Broad, Carlton Colville and the Angles Way long distance footpath. Favourites from the menu include: Waveney Burgers - hand-formed in the kitchen and served in artisan

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Above and above left: Richard Bacon MP officially opens the relaunched Waveney Inn, and enjoys socialising with VIP guests


FINE LIVING contin’d bread with home-made Adnams beer-battered onion rings and double-dipped proper chips. Norfolk Sausage & Mash - infused with salted butter & chives and topped in onion gravy. Steak & Guinness Pie - prime chunks of Waveney Valley steak marinated in Rioja and slow-cooked in a Guinness Gravy. Felafel Burger - a perfect middleeastern recipe of chick peas & spices in an artisan bun. Fish & Chips - locally sourced and prepared in a home-made Adnams beer batter. Tables can be booked or take-aways ordered by calling 01502 677599 Find out more at: www.waveneyinn.co.uk

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Images: Some of the delights on offer at the relaunched Waveney Inn.

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The Team at Jennifer Grace Music and Vocal Academy

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Jennifer Grace Music & Vocal Academy Build your confidence and get into the spotlight!

Established by our Director, Jenny Sadler, in 1995, the academy has grown and flourished over the years to become a thriving music school centre offering: Vocal tuition; piano/keyboard; guitar; drums; theory of music; examinations in all subjects; stage confidence workshops; audition preparation; shows, productions; and birthday parties. All the teachers are fully CRB checked and we have Health & Safety in place. Books ‘We have our own Vocal Course book, written by the Director Jenny Sadler, who, after years of experience, amalgamated years of her best ‘tried-and-tested’ tips and techniques. Shows and Productions “We encourage our students to learn basic performance techniques and to gain experience by performing in our shows. However, this is not compulsory!’ Let our professional team focus on you ‘Under the guidance of our dedicated team of teachers you can look forward

to high standards of tuition in all our subjects, based around your own aims and aspirations- a course tailored to you. From a wide range of backgrounds, our teachers are guaranteed to have the necessary experience relevant to your requirements.” Vouchers Vouchers are available in all subjects for a single lesson or a set of lessons. These are sent to you with a personalised card relevant to the occasion. A great gift for Birthdays, Christmas or other special events. What better way to show you care than to inspire a loved one by giving the gift of music.

or off the stage, then our unique ‘Stage Confidence Workshop’ is a MUST!

In addition to our vocal training, we also teach flute, saxophone and clarinet.

You do not need to have a good singing voice for this course.

Find us at: Jennifer Grace Music & Vocal Academy Unit 21C, Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich, NR6 5DR

* Improve your vocal and singing ability * Develop performance and presentation skills * Build confidence and stage presence * Overcome stage fright, shyness and self-consciousness * Connect with your audience * Enjoy the spotlight!

Early Years Jennifer Grace Music and Vocal Academy are now proud to be able to offer tuition for children and young adults with Special Educational Needs. Using different activities and approaches to teach the techniques involved in singing can also provide health benefits such as improvement in speech of children with Downs Syndrome as a result of using songs that encourage the repetition of basic phonics.

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PRESMA is the Pre-School Music Association, which started over 30 years ago. The people who started it were a group of (largely) ladies who were involved with the local university, who copied a music class that one of the initiators had attended in Germany. They held classes in one of the group’s front room and set about registering themselves as a charity, organising a committee and writing a constitution, which sated quite clearly that music in the early years should be educational, but fun. ‘The object of the Association shall be to promote and foster the art and science of music amongst pre-school children, particularly but not exclusively in order to assist the development of speech and language, social development, emotional expression, memory, coordination, discrimination, general awareness and concentration’ they said. It is the importance of the phrase ‘but not exclusively’ that we are really interested in exploring now. As the years rolled by, PRESMA

developed and classes moved from front rooms to church halls, and more people from all sorts of different backgrounds joined PRESMA as teachers:

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They were musicians, school teachers, mums, all feeling their way through the maze of pre-school music and quick to realize that being a preschool music teacher provided a wealth of enhancements to their life: it pays a wage, it can be tailor-made to suit your own family’s timetable and is a wonderful rung on the personal development ladder in terms of scheduling a job on the way back to a chosen profession, or even as a career path in its own right. Classes sprung over all over Norfolk and Suffolk and at its peak we had 12 teachers running over 100 classes a week spreading from Downham Market to Diss via Lowestoft and just about anywhere in-between. Today we are always looking for new teachers in all areas of Norfolk, but before anyone can become a PRESMA teacher they usually have to complete our in-house training scheme, but more than this, they have to demonstrate: • • • • • • • •

A love of music and a basic musical ability Evidence of pre-planning with clear aims A creative and imaginative approach The ability to communicate effectively with adults and children and promote a positive self-image Sensitivity to individual and group needs An ability to lead and hold the attention of a group An awareness of the appropriateness of the activities chosen to the age group being taught. Reliability and commitment

The educational requirements may be what you would expect, but when a new Mum is faced with not only the challenge of her new baby, but also the now over-whelming choice of what to do with that new baby, how should she choose what activities to undertake?

We believe that it is the emotional attributes in the list of requirements for PRESMA teachers that illustrate the importance of what happens in a PRESMA class (and this is even more obvious in the music Baby classes for babies 0-12 months) and this is key to some of the questions which have increasingly been debated about the real benefits of music in early years. PRESMA music classes are 30-40 minutes long and whilst each one if different, they all contain the same key elements: • • • • • • •

Action Songs and Rhymes Playing un-tuned (eg castanets or maracas) and some tuned instruments both familiar (eg xylophones and chime bars) and more unusual. Listening to and playing along with the Teacher when using larger individual instruments such as guitars, flutes, chromaharps Rhythm activities Movement and circle games Parental participation An introduction, through fun activities to simple musical terminology.

For the parents/carers, PRESMA classes are 30-40 minutes of quality time with their child (or in the case of Music babies), an hour including time for refreshments and a chat!) As a parent myself, if asked, my advice would be, leave the worry of the educational value of the PRESMA class to the teacher. They will deal with the co-ordination and developmental skills of your child with action and movement songs, introduce the socially inclusive ideas of sharing and taking turns, and even include basic musical concepts such as dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (fast and slow) and notes without you even noticing. Parent and child will simply enjoy getting on and off the train, stopping

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and starting at the traffic light and going faster and slower as you leave and approach the station! But what is the value to the parent/ carer sharing that early learning experience with the child? And what about the development in the relationship between carer and baby by sharing those fun moments? All too often we are encouraged to educate our children away from home, to leave them to learn amongst their peers at ta very early age. What our PRESMA parents and carers gain from the class is the opportunity to share experiences, not only in the class, but later at home and maybe even extend that experience to other family members, creating an atmosphere where learning is fun. At a PRESMA class, it’s not just the children who are learning, but the PARENTS too. In the group we are encouraged to join in activities that we might never do at home, not because they are difficult or involve instruments or complicated props, but just because they don’t appeal to us or we have never thought of them. This sense of achievement, that the child has introduced the carer to something new that is fun for them both, is un-measurable but important, it is the beginning of using music in a different way, Inevitably favourites develop, people find they are making up new words to familiar tunes and everything from the class becomes part of a daily routine. So how can this apply to babies under a year old? The answer is easy. All the attributes of a PRESMA class appear at Music Babies and the use of music in daily life has even more relevance. Babies react very specifically to music and soon appreciate the dynamics, for example a stop in a song before a tickle. How useful can that stop be while changing a nappy or in the bath when you really need your baby to be still? It is a skill that stands you in good stead


FINE MUSIC for a lifetime, but you need specific, quiet spaces to focus and listen. Interestingly babies demonstrate an innate ability to comprehend sound. Naturally some react positively to loud, quick music whilst others are clearly more comfortable with quieter songs – they recognise different textures of sound. This simple recognition is another reason for introducing your baby to music: it helps new parents to recognise traits in their baby, which boosts their own confidence. Touch, physical closeness and eye contact all provide a wonderful time of intimacy between adult and child, while the child is free to experience the physical movement, actions and singing of their parent/carer. Add to this the introduction to interesting percussion instruments, many of which

will be new to everyone, the sheer fun of peek-a-boo games, lap bouncing songs and ticklers and the simple fact that it is an opportunity to get out of the house and meet other parents with new babies and as a new parent you have plenty of good reasons to go to Music Babies.

the fun of shared learning experiences between child and carer and the fact that PRESMA aims to enfranchise every family by supporting families on low incomes with a reduced fee scheme and I hope that gives you the answers to those most basic questions

So why PRESMA rather than any other music based activity?

Who? What? Where? When? and Why? PRESMA!

Every class is personally sculpted by the person who delivers it, to suit the needs of the individuals in the group and can therefore be changed at will, For example a lesson planned around quiet activities and lullabies is unlikely to work on a very windy day!

PRESMA Charing Cross Centre 17-19 St John Maddermarket Norwich NR1 6DH

This, together with our belief that it is easier to effectively deliver your own work, rather than a prescribed lesson, planned in advance by someone else would be enough, but add to it the educational benefits, the quality time, and

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Abi Gray Fashion Styling Make your wedding day special Your big day needn’t look like everyone else’s – as wedding stylist Abi Gray demonstrates in this stunning shoot. Imogen Lees spoke to Abi about the wealth of creative talent providing chic and unique weddings right here in Norfolk Limousine, strapless meringue dress, sashes on the back of chairs, hotel reception... so many weddings seem “same old, same old”, even if the couple spend a fortune on their party. What’s more, couples get so stressed about seating divorced parents who haven’t spoken since 1996 or whether the DJ is actually going to turn up that they lose sight of what the big day is all about. The bride buys a dress that languishes forgotten under a plastic cover for months; the groom realises he’s spent so much time calming down his mum that he’ll just have to wear whatever suit is left in the hire shop. But a wedding is a celebration of a couple’s love, and that couple shouldn’t forget to make sure they look beautiful for their big day. A wedding stylist can take a couple’s vision for their ceremony and party and see the “bigger picture”, bringing together the key elements – clothes, flowers, cake etc – into a harmonious, beautiful, creative whole. And if you’re not quite sure how you want your big day to look, a wedding stylist can inspire and guide you to assemble a look that combines unique style with a reflection of your personalities. Adding personal, individual touches to your wedding will immediately lift it out of the ordinary and make it memorable not just for you but for your guests. What’s more, right here in Norfolk you’ll find some of the country’s most original photographers, stunning venues, inspired bakers, clever dressmakers and inventive florists. Norwich-based fashion and wedding stylist Abi Gray decided to bring together a selection of Norfolk’s finest in this shoot, showcasing the talent that’s right here on our doorstep.

“I had the ‘standard’ wedding, with a strapless meringue and sashes on our hotel chairs,” remembers Abi. “But in my fashion styling work over the past couple of years, I’ve met so many people and suppliers who have opened my eyes to how different a wedding can be, and I’ve developed a love for wedding styling.”

Lolly Streek, who owns The Keeper and the Dell, says: “As a wedding venue owner with a keen interest in the nostalgic and a love of the outdoors, I adore that our venue, with its amazing history immersed in the countryside around it, has the chance to be a chapter in a couple’s very own love story.”​

The Keeper and the Dell is open for weddings and celebrations from June to September each year and is available for pop-up suppers, photoshoots and location work throughout the year.

“Obviously my wedding day was wonderful,” laughs Abi, “but now – knowing the people I do – there’s a lot I’d do differently.” Abi wanted this shoot to show how a beautiful venue, quirky details and vintage, or vintage-inspired, clothes that are neither off the peg nor over the top can truly personalise your wedding. “Dresses don’t have to be huge balls of taffeta,” says Abi. “A comfortable and distinctive frock will make for a happier bride than one who can’t sit down.” Be creative with the man’s suit, too: ditch a tight tie in favour of an eye-catching cravat. Flowers and artistic touches (such as the gorgeous Argent and Sable “Mr & Mrs” sign used here) will catch the eye without being garish, adding elegance while also reflecting the current vogue for all things vintage. Abi staged the shoot at The Keeper and the Dell, a fantastic venue nestled below the trees of a woodland estate. It’s near Ringland, only a stone’s throw from Norwich, but it’s wonderfully secluded. This outdoor wedding venue combines a traditional canvas marquee in a pretty woodland dell, an 18th-century gamekeeper’s barn, camping gardens and a little wood cabin – making it the most perfectly romantic of places to host a unique Norfolk wedding. When you book, you are granted exclusive use of the venue over a weekend, for up to 100 guests. That way, you get the space and time to make the most of this delightful venue to create your own wedding in the style you love – whether simply rustic, bohemian hip or vintage homemade.

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FINE WEDDIINGS contin’d However, the venue is now fully booked for weddings in 2014 and 2015. Booking for 2016 is now open and there are also midweek spaces for bohemian bridal parties, photoshoots and location work. The photographer was Beth Moseley. As well as weddings, Beth shoots events, family and corporate bookings, but as Beth says: “When it came to wedding photography, it was the people who brought me into it. My friends all started to get married and, well, just try being the working photographer in your group and not end up being the one behind the lens! It’s this I’ve loved the most. The interactions with the people I photograph and the moments I get to share with them have made me love what I do.” Beth’s signature style for weddings is natural, relaxed reportage photography. “I authentically document your day as it unfolds,” she says, “with something that stands out from other wedding photographs – something that I would be proud to have on my wall myself.”

to create innovative and beautiful floral designs. Her aim is to make even simple arrangements look effortlessly chic. Samantha is inspired by nature, the seasons and the English garden. “I offer a unique, bespoke floral design,” she says, “filled with passion and flair.” Abi approached Laura Grix of the Grix Cake Company for the cakes. Based in Norfolk and boasting experience at the Little Venice Cake Company and Claridge’s in London, the Grix Cake Company produces current and contemporary cakes for events, using high-quality organic ingredients. “The cakes were inspired by the intricate baroque design displayed in the interior of London’s Savoy Hotel,” Laura Grix says. “The pink, dusky tones of the cake were kept muted to suit the style and era of the design, with the piping

Beth says her favourite clients (whether couples, families or individual shots) have an appetite for something a bit different. “I like to capture beautiful portraits and adorable moments for awesome individuals,” she tells me. Beth has worked as a photographer since 2010, although her passion for pictures goes back much further. “As a teenager at parties,” she reminisces, “I’d always end up with my old Olympus OM10 and a makeshift backdrop, making my tipsy friends look unfeasibly glamorous.” She believes a camera can create great moments between people, as well as capturing them. Living and working in New York in 1999, she used to take her Canon 300d camera out into her new city to take portraits of strangers. “I loved these interactions,” she remembers, “and realised photography was my calling.” Beth returned to the UK and gained a first-class degree in photography from Nottingham Trent University before moving to London to teach photography to people with mental health issues and also work as an exhibition curator. The flowers for our shoot were the brainchild of Samantha Powell, who runs The Little Flower Shop in Norwich. Samantha uses the finest quality flowers

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brushed with an antique silver dust to lift and add an edge of royal class.” Of course, this wouldn’t have been a wedding shoot without some amazing dresses. “I wanted to work with Kathryn Potter of Love Couture,” says Abi, “because she really knows brides, having designed more than 1,000 wedding dresses during her career so far.” Kathryn has also been based in East Anglia for 14 years, proudly proclaiming “Made in Norwich” on her website. “As you search for your very special outfit,” says Kathryn, “be it couture of off-the-peg, we feel sure Love can guide you through!” As well as producing gorgeous wedding gowns, Love Couture also offers an alterations service. www.abigrayfashionstyling.co.uk


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Anne Boleyn THE NORWICH PLAYERS present ANNE BOLEYN by Howard Brenton “The Tudor pack at its most snarling, scheming, ribald, pleasure-seeking and gaily entertaining” The Telegraph A young woman catches a king’s lascivious eye, and the English church is changed forever. This vivid drama brings the Tudor court, its intrigues and powerbroking, enjoyably to life. For some Anne Boleyn is the harlot-queen; for some a political victim and for others the most fascinating and tragic of Henry VIII’s wives. Her prolonged courtship by, and marriage to, King Henry remains an enduringly popular tale. In this acclaimed interpretation, written for Shakespeare’s Globe in 2010, Anne is sexually confident and strongminded, but her ambitions are focussed less on personal status than on covertly promoting the dangerous cause of Protestantism. Seventy years after Anne’s execution, King James I discovers that Anne owned an outlawed translation of the Bible. He becomes fascinated with understanding her life’s contradictory themes of sexuality and religion, and his obsession conjures up her vibrant spirit. Directed by Clare Howard Madder Market Theatre St. John’s Alley Norwich, NR2 1DR 19th-28th June 7.30pm (matinee Sat 28th, 2.30pm) Tickets £12/10/8 For more information call: Box Office 01603 620917 www. maddermarket.co.uk

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Rob Broderick - ABANDONMAN Moonrock Boombox

After several years cutting a truly original path between rap music and comedy, Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team have leapt from strength to strength at the Edinburgh Festival, fast becoming one of the Fringe’s biggest and most popular acts. Unrivalled by any other comedy / music act, Abandoman will be touring their mind blowing, interactive, word bending lyrical genius for the first time ever this Spring with their biggest ever show to date.

Rockness, Glastonbury, Hop Farm and V Festival, they have opened for several comedy and music acts such as Micky Flanagan, Tommy Tiernan and DJ Yoda, performed at the 2010 Brits after-party and hosted the 2012 St. Patricks Day event in Trafalgar Square, entertaining 10,000 St Paddy’s Day revellers!

Set in the future, Abandoman will be taking you to the moon using the history of hip-hop as their blueprint and you as their inspiration.

TOUR DATES

Fri 13th NEWBURY, Corn Exchange 0845 5218 218 www.cornexchangenew.com

MAY Tue 20th-Sat 24th LONDON - Udderbelly Festival 0844 545 8282 / www.udderbelly.co.uk

Sat 14th NORWICH, Playhouse 01603 598598 www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Wed 28th EDINBURGH, Summerhall 0845 874 3000 / www.summerhall. co.uk

Sun 15th SALFORD, Lowry 0843 208 6000 - www.thelowry.com Adelaide Fringe Best Comedy -Nominee 2012

This is musical improv like you’ve never seen before, with every single show completely different to the next. Innovating mixtape mash-ups and futuristic jams with musical, lyrical and comical scenes of a seriously awesome nature, this may just be the most revolutionary show you will ever witness. In 2012, Abandoman supported multiplatinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour, culminating in two nights at London’s Brixton Academy. In February last year, their debut performance in Australia won them a Best Comedy nomination and a Best Newcomer award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. They have appeared on BBC3’s Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BBC2’s The Stephen K Amos Show, Sky Arts Latitude coverage and various radio shows from BBC Radio 1’s Fun And Filthy Cabaret to BBC6 Music’s Breakfast Show. They have stormed numerous festivals such as Bestival, Latitude, Altitude,

If you’ve yet to understand exactly why Abandoman are one of the most unique and exhilarating performers to this day, there is nothing left for you to do but get down to one of the following venues and be prepared to be blown away!

Fri 30th BELFAST, Waterfront 028 9033 4455 / www.waterfront.co.uk JUNE Wed 4th WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic 0870 320 7000 www.wolvescivic.co.uk Thu 5th SHEFFIELD, City Hall 0114 2 789 789 www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

www.sagegateshead.com Tue 10th BRIGHTON, Komedia 0845 293 8480 www.komedia.co.uk/brighton Wed 11th COLCHESTER, Arts Centre 01206 500900 www.colchesterartscentre.com Thu 12th BATH, Komedia 0845 293 8480 www.komedia.co.uk/bath

Adelaide Fringe Best Comedy Newcomer -Winner 2012 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award -Winner 2010 Musical Comedy Awards -Winner 2010

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Fri 6th LEEDS, Carriageworks 0113 224 3801 www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk Sat 7th GATESHEAD, Sage 0191 443 4661

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks about his lifetime of record-breaking expeditions from the first hovercraft expedition up the Nile and the discovery of the Lost City of Ubar, through to his 52,000 mile circumnavigation of the world via both poles and his 2013 expedition to attempt the first ever trans-Antarctic winter crossing.

“The world’s greatest living explorer.” The Guinness Book of Records

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Dance Til Dawn Striclty Stars Wow - Mon 23rd - Sat 28th June

From the Producer of Midnight Tango, Adam Spiegel Presents: Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace In... Dance ‘Til Dawn In 1940s LA, a romance unfolds between a beautiful starlet and her handsome lover, transporting you to a time of elegance with stunning sets, a live band, world class dancers and Vincent and Flavia themselves with their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography.

Accessibility There are no assisted performances for this event. For visitors with disabilities: We can provide our best service to you when we understand your individual requirements. For example, we can advise on the best wheelchair position for you or your companion. Or how audio description works. Or how our Hearing Loop works. We want your visit to be as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Dance ‘Til Dawn is a classic love story that brings vintage Hollywood glamour to the present. This unforgettable evening of timeless sophistication and breathtaking dance is a must see.

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To make your visit even more special, why not eat here before the show? We have a range of options to suit all appetites and budgets. The Café Restaurant serves pre-performance meals from 5pm with children’s portions available at a reduced price.

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‘I’ve always said yes to any new opportunity even if it puts me way out of my comfort zone. The sense of achievement is always worth the trepidation’. It’s one sentence that speaks volumes about Caroline Williams.


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Caroline Williams Pete Goodrum meets Caroline Williams, Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Caroline Williams is high profile. Newspaper columns, radio interviews and fronting business events mean that she is constantly in the public eye. When I visit her at her office it’s instantly apparent that she’s also a very ‘hands on’ manager. On the short walk between her desk and meeting me she stops twice to talk to individual members of her team, and it’s plain that she is attending to details. She’s very much in touch with what’s going on. As we settle down to talk across the boardroom table I begin by asking her how long she’s been Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. It’s fourteen years. During that time she’s seen, and influenced, many changes but I’m interested to know more about her background, and what her life was like before she took on the role. I’m glad I asked, because it’s more than interesting. Caroline Williams was born in Aylesbury and brought up, with her two older sisters, in Leighton Buzzard. At seventeen she left home and went to London. For a while it was the classic story of a first job in a secretarial role, renting a flat, ‘eating rubbish food’ and getting by. However, some early signs of determination were beginning to materialise and she was soon working her way up the ladder of this American owned buying office with jobs in the men’s gift department and then the menswear section. Next came a break. She went to Canada, travelling and working. With commendable prudency and foresight she earned enough to come back and buy a flat in London. She also went back to her previous employer, at a more senior level. If anything, the Canadian experience had heightened her ambition. It wasn’t too long before she was a senior merchandising manager, criss-crossing

the world and buying for a global group of department stores. Marrying in 1982, and moving to Norfolk, as that’s where her new husband was based, didn’t stop her travelling, or her career. By now she was the European Merchandise Buyer for Federated Department Stores, New York. ‘It was’, she says, ‘demanding, but I loved it’. The decision to start a family did lead to a change of lifestyle. ‘We wanted children, and in truth, as much as I relished it, perhaps it was time to take a break from being constantly on the move’, she explains. She’s a little reflective as she says ‘I think crossing the Atlantic when eight months pregnant was, in retrospect, not totally wise’. Eighteen months after the birth of her first child, Caroline joined Jentique, the Dereham based furniture manufacturer. She was put in charge of relations with a very important client, namely Marks and Spencer. It was she says, with a glint in her eye, ‘challenging’. ‘I had firm views and I suppose you could say I stood up to Marks and Spencer. It was a nervous time for my bosses but it paid off’. The role brought more business travel and it was the arrival of their second child that was the precursor to a three year career break. All of this background is both revealing and relevant. Unaware of her future role in The Chamber of Commerce she was gaining first hand, senior level, experience of commerce. It’s also a chance to have an insight into her character. These recollections are delivered conversationally, but with the clarity of a natural communicator. Caroline Williams chooses her words carefully, pausing only occasionally to consider a fact or mentally check a date. She’s plainly a driven, career minded woman but there’s a sense of humour and fun that’s never far away. When talking of the Canadian travels

she’d smiled wryly and suggested that some of the exploits there were best left unsaid! So, moving swiftly on (!) we come to the period following that second career break. It’s a rare example of Caroline Williams experiencing anything approaching self-doubt. ‘I really did feel that my career was over’ she says. ‘People, and I’m bound to say women in particular, do feel vulnerable and less than confident if they’ve been ‘out of the loop’ for a while. I struggled with that’. It’s interesting to note that she doesn’t mention until later that she had gained some qualifications during those three years, to ‘plug a gap’ in her cv. It’s a characteristic touch of modesty, and not unconnected to another issue that she deals with openly and honestly. ‘I didn’t go to university, or get a degree. There was a time when I was concerned about that, but it has never held me back”. Her first steps back to work took her to Business Link. ‘It was new then, and I certainly had much less authority than I was used to. I made mistakes’. Intrigued at the awful possibility of her being responsible for some seismic errors of strategy I unashamedly press for details. It turns out she wasn’t great on the switchboard and cut some people off. It wasn’t exactly cataclysmic then, but totally in character that, for her, the memory of even minor failure still rankles. It was she says the fact that she had such a lot of experience that allowed her to see opportunities within Business Link. It was an attitude that propelled her to the job of Director for Economics and Marketing at The Enterprise Partnership. From there, more equipped now to work in partnership with the public sector, and part of the changes then taking place she became, in 2000, the Chief Executive of The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. If Caroline Williams has been informative about her track record

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up to this point, it’s now that the excitement for what she does comes shining through. “I have’, she says, ‘a passion for Norfolk and business and it is great to be in a position to be able to influence positive change for both as part of my everyday work”. Fourteen years in a high profile role is a long time, and surely the business environment has changed in that time. ‘It has. And because the commercial climate changes all the time my job is like running a new business – all the time. Certainly one of the major shifts I’ve seen is that we, as The Chamber, have to recognise the need to deliver more value to our members. We are our members and it’s increasingly crucial that we reward their support with information, influence and networking opportunities that lead to business growth’. Doing all of that means she leads a busy life, and is seldom away from the public eye. Is there any time for personal interests then? ‘I love yoga as it keeps me flexible and helps quieten my mind. It’s difficult to think about your problems and balance at the same time - balance always wins.’ In fact she’s undertaking a 3 year diploma course to qualify as a yoga teacher. ‘My other interests are gardening and my family. My husband Michael and two sons are total rugby fans. Both boys, Jason and Tom, still play. Tom is currently playing in New Zealand’. ‘And now I have an 18 month old grandson who lives locally so I’m having fun playing with him. Once a child always a child at heart’. What about ‘me time’? She doesn’t hesitate. “I love long walks along Winterton beach. Many of my key life decisions have been made there”.

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FINE PEOPLE contin’d In a way, that’s Caroline Williams, summed up in her own sentence. Capable of relaxing, with a walk on a Norfolk beach, but able to use the time to make key decisions. Conversation and coffee with Caroline Williams is revelatory on two levels. Firstly you see that the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is a real force for Norfolk’s businesses, helping them grow and lobbying at the most senior,

governmental, level on their behalf. Secondly you learn that at its heart is this smart, informed, articulate communicator who believes in what she’s doing.

successes she’s never complacent. All of which she encapsulates very neatly herself when, as I leave, I ask her for one more thought.

Burgers or Pasta? “Pasta”

Sure of herself because she has real business experience she’s never immodest.

Pausing momentarily, not because she’s unsure of herself but, again, because she chooses her words carefully she says,

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Confident in the commercial arena, she has the balance to know the value of family life. Justifiably aware of her

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‘The sense of achievement is always worth the trepidation’. It’s one sentence that speaks volumes about Caroline Williams. THE QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS! What do you wake up to? TV or Radio? “Radio” Seaside or Countryside? “A tough one. Both!” Britain’s Got Talent, or Period Dramas? “Period Dramas”

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Norwich Airport Biggest increase in passenger numbers for seven years reported The 2014 financial year has ended on a high for Norwich International Airport with final passenger numbers reaching over 465,000, an increase of 10% on the previous year.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport had another strong year as a result of the addition of the fourth daily flight throughout summer 2013 which saw passenger numbers grow by 10% on this route.

Such a positive rise is attributed to growth in several sectors. The biggest increase awas seen in holiday traffic, driven by Thomson/First Choice who doubled their summer 2013 activity boosting holiday charter passengers by almost 47%. Thus over 108,000 people enjoyed the benefits of flying to the sun from their local airport in the year.

The fourth daily flight has already been reintroduced for this summer and forward bookings are looking very strong. Andrew Bell, CEO of Norwich International, said, “2013/14 was a good year and I am satisfied with this significant increase in our passenger numbers.

The booming offshore industry contributed 19% growth in offshore helicopter traffic which accounted for over 100,000 helicopter passengers using the airport in the year.

Not only did we achieve strong volume growth in 2014 but our drive for service excellence was recognised by Thomson/ First Choice who awarded Norwich International first place in their national Airport customer service program.

This cements Norwich as the busiest Airport for offshore helicopter passengers in the UK after Aberdeen. KLM’s hub feeder service to the award winning

This focus on putting the pleasure back into flying will continue as we now move into the summer season, and I plan to build on the progress made last year.

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MacMillan Cancer Trust UEA Hosts Charity Walk for 2014 Why not join us on the Starlight Walk Norwich and help us raise money for people living with cancer in Norwich and Norfolk? It’s quick and easy to Sign Up or if you’d prefer to show your support by donating, that’s just as quick and easy! Whatever support you’d like to offer you can be sure it will be gratefully received and very much appreciated. You could even volunteer to help the walkers on their journey by cheering them on at the start, guiding them in the right direction along the way, and welcoming them home at the end. Norwich Starlight Walkers have raised nearly £400,000 since it was born in 2006, when BBC Radio Norfolk presenter, Helen McDermott sent hundreds of walkers off through the streets of Norwich to raise money for Macmillan in Norfolk. It was a huge success, raised a huge amount of awareness for a really good cause and lots of generous donations too. And all the walkers had to do was put one foot in front of the other!

a minimum amount of sponsorship, but we want you to raise as much as possible! Remember every pound you raise will go towards helping those in Norfolk who are facing cancer. Get tips on how to raise as much as possible.

social care professionals, financial support, information services and local cancer care centres.

About the route

£17 could pay for one more member of a cancer support group to go on a social event with other support group members.

As always, the walk starts and finishes at the UEA Sportspark. Our map of this year’s route shows more detail about the route and other information. What happens on the night?

Over £370,000 has been raised by the participants of the Starlight Walk so far.

£51 could buy a liquidiser for someone who can’t eat solid food as a result of their cancer treatment.

Want to know more about what’s going to be happening on the evening itself or what time it all starts? We’ve got all the info you need: see our plan of action!

£156 will run our cancer support line for an hour. On average 13 people affected by cancer will recieve essential information, practical and emotional support.

General Advice

£278 will keep a Macmillan cancer information and support centre stocked for a month with all the information resources, leaflets, guides and directories it needs to support people affected by cancer.

Hints and Tips to make the walk more comfortable and enjoyable. History of the walk

£350 could pay for a convalescent break for someone with cancer and their carer. £918 will pay for a local Macmillan nurse for a working week, providing expert information, advice and support to improve the lives of people with cancer. £2,437 will pay for a Macmillan benefits adviser to work in a Citizen’s Advice Bureau for a month providing welfare benefits advice and helping patients and their families access the financial support they’re entitled to. Contact Us Telephone 01603 593779 Email starlightwalk@uea.ac.uk Starlight Walk c/o Jane Rumball Sportspark UEA Earlham Road Norwich NR4 7TJ

The Starlight Walk Norwich has been going since 2006. The walkers have raised a whopping £370,000 which has been invested in cancer care in Norfolk. Find out more. Your Health & Safety

So you see, doing something amazing is more like taking it one step at a time! Taking part and who can enter

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. The route will be well signed and marshalled by volunteers. After the walk

To take part you need to be over 16. You can walk on your own, with your friends and family, or make it a night out with your colleagues! Unfortunately only guide dogs are allowed on the walk. Find out more on who can take part and how.

We’d like you to collect your sponsorship money and send it to us as soon as possible after the walk. How to pay in your sponsorship money.

What it’s all for?

Cancer affects us all. Every fortnight 169 people in Norfolk will be told they have cancer and one in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives.

All the money raised from the Starlight Walk goes to Macmillan Cancer Support in Norfolk. Take a look at what the money you raise will help fund. How much does it cost to Sign Up and how much do I need to raise? The entry fee is £25 per person. This will go directly for Macmillan as all our costs are met by our generous sponsors. We do not ask for

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Macmillan’s aim is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. We aim to be there for patients and their families and carers at every stage of their cancer journey, helping to make life easier through our services. We do this through our health and

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Understanding Mental Health Needs in Adults 1 in 4 adults in the UK experiences mental health problems in any one year. 2014 we received a Highly Commended Award for ‘Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life’ Our dedicated team also provides support in people’s own homes and their local community when residential care is not needed.

Sometimes these problems become severe and include episodes of losing touch with reality; hearing voices; seeing something that no one else sees; problems with feelings, behaviour, motivation and speech . Do you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself or someone close to you? If the behaviour is becoming challenging and the symptoms are severe, help may be needed. High Oaks is a specialist service for adults of all ages with mental health needs including those who also have associated learning disabilities. We provide: • Care and support in people’s homes

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Day care within our facility Residential care - short, medium and long-term Crisis and emergency residential respite. This may prevent having to be admitted to hospital. Planned residential respite

To access our services, a referral would need to be received through the individual’s GP or social worker/mental health care co-ordinator. Funding for services usually comes from the local authority and sometimes this can be via personal budgets or direct payments.

As a person’s mental health can fluctuate, the service we provide can adapt accordingly as and when needed.

See the website links below for more details:

Our small, independent home is set in a spacious and peaceful location near Diss in south Norfolk.

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We are known for our success with people whose care in many other establishments has failed. In the Norfolk Care Awards

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If the individual does not have a social worker or other care co-ordinator, we suggest that the first step is to speak with their GP. Our services can also be funded privately and may be self referred. Testimonial from a former High Oaks resident: “I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without their support and kindness” Michelle. See our website for more details: www.high-oaks.co.uk or call us on 01379 674456


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The Style Show

Do you know a woman in your community who gives her time, emotion, support, kindness or even bravery but is unrecognised and unrewarded? It might be part of her job but she always go beyond the call of duty. It might be the personal support she gives you or another, through being a mother, friend or daughter. It could be somebody who provides a service and always goes the extra mile. You may even know somebody who has been very brave but that bravery is unknown. There may be a woman who provides a service to the community which, without her work, would disappear. Now you have the opportunity to make sure the work or acts of these women are known, acknowledged and rewarded! The Style Show wants to hear about your unsung hero and will select one each month to pamper with a complete makeover including a colour and style consultation and makeup. The Style Show will dress them in outfits so that they look and feel fabulous. They will be the centre of attention and Fine City will tell your story of why they deserve this special treat. All you have to do is email enquiries@styleshow.co.uk to nominate your unsung hero. Tell us what they did and the difference it made.


Below: Style Guru Chrissi Rix and Retail Expert Sue Dougal with Gok Wan


FINE FASHION The Style Show is based in Norwich and is in the business of helping women to look and feel great about themselves. Have you been through life changes affecting your looks or confidence? Have you ever been frustrated when shopping for clothes? Found yourself drowning in a sea of fashion but got nothing to wear? Perhaps you would love to improve your image, for work or for personal reasons? Or you simply have no idea what suits you and would love more help? These are just some of the reasons that The Style Show was born. The Style Show is the idea of Retail Consultant, Sue Dougal and Style Guru, Chrissi Rix who recognised that some women wanted a different way to shop and a way to achieve the best in themselves, without the expense of a personal stylist. ‘Personal stylists can help but they are not within everybody’s budget and what they tell you can be hard to put into practice when they’re not around,’ says Sue. Of paramount importance to the duo was the need to ensure women felt good about themselves, empowered, inspired and confident. Chrissi says, “We all know how we feel when we think we look great. It can make us feel so much more confident. When we feel more confident we are more inclined to try new things, take on new challenges and tackle the things we want to achieve. It can be liberating and so very uplifting and Sue and I wanted to share this with other women.” Shows The Style Show offers an array of services. One of the most exciting is its Style Shows which are a fun and entertaining way of providing style information. For those who don’t want a one-to-one expensive service, they discover the secrets behind personal styling and get to experience an element of the personal styling. A team of stylists then show them how to put into practice what they have learnt about themselves.

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These Gok Wan style roadshows are currently touring Norfolk and include presentations, demonstrations, celebrity secrets and a Style Surgery.

voucher off purchases at your chosen show.

The Style Surgery is an opportunity for women to bring along fashion faux pas, to discover why they never wear them or what to do with them. It can be hilarious fun and often ends up with ladies swapping clothing!

As well as the shows, The Style Show provides all the personal styling services you would expect, as well as some which are new. Chrissi says, “Once you have had colour and shape consultations at a show or privately, you qualify for private shopping where, at no cost, The Style Show selects outfits suitable for your shape and colour and you can view and try them in complete privacy.

The shows are a fun night out with the girl’s and very informative but it doesn’t stop there. Sue and Chrissi both felt that there were some great shops in the county and some good stylists but no one was really combining the two at a specialist level. So, at the shows, after some one-to-one styling, instead of sending you off to practice what you have learnt, The Style Show will put outfits together for you on the evening. There is a special collection of clothing and accessories, and a team of trained stylists ready to advise on what suits your body shape, scale, line and colouring. It’s a new way to shop, offering the opportunity to erase those shopping mistakes and to try new looks you may not have considered in the past. There is fashion from Paris, Italy and London West end in a wide range of sizes and styles so that there is something for everyone. Chrissi say, ‘When women leave The Style Show, they look and feel fantastic after being styled. They know what to look for in the shops, they’ve had lots of fun with their friends and they want to come again. They go home with bags of confidence, bags of goodies and bags of information to last a lifetime!’

Services

You are welcome to bring friends or family but other than that, you have the whole place to yourself. You can enjoy everything from a full makeover to a very personal shopping experience.” Other services you might not expect include a Teen Scene party which teaches youngsters how to accept and work with their body shape from a very early age. This has proved particularly popular with mothers who want to steer their teenage daughters in the right direction and give them something other than the usual birthday party. The range of style services for those wanting more, includes one to one in depth colour and shape analysis, wardrobe workout, bridal services, corporate packages, and new mums’ treats. All are designed to support women to bring out the best in themselves. The Style Show works with other specialist groups such as women with breast cancer and eating disorders. Chrissi and Sue both know there are other unsung heroes in our local communities and, with Fine City, wants to contribute to their achievements becoming recognised.

The next Shows are: 2nd July

The Holiday Inn, Norwich North (near Airport)

23rd July

Carlton Manor, Lowestoft

You can book tickets at www.styleshow. co.uk. The cost is £20 which includes eventbrite’s booking fee and a £5

the normal things in life, work, laugh and spend time with their family and friends.

If you would like more information visit www.styleshow.co.uk . Follow facebook or twitter for regular updates and daily style tips. Chrissi and Sue Sue Dougal and Chrissi Rix live and work in Norwich. They have five children between them. (Chrissi has the slightly larger share with four!) They like to do

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Chrissi is a renowned stylist, with over 30 years’ experience in the local, national and international fashion industry. She successfully juggled family and career, training at the London College of Fashion and developing a reputation as a sought-after stylist. Her experience includes 11 years dressing 100’s of women in a local boutique and being the stylist for a local shopping centre, running all style events, promotions, seasonal campaigns and styling for TV commercials and local celebrities. She has also styled internationally for advertising campaigns and works for various publications providing editorial for styling tips and creative direction for fashion shoots. What Chrissi loves about her work is the sheer delight she can bring when she reveals a look a woman never knew she had and the confidence and pleasure that can bring. When it comes to Sue, it’s fair to say that she knows about shopping. She has an MBA from the Institute for Retail Studies where she developed an unhealthy obsession with understanding and influencing consumer behaviour. Before that she spent most of her career in senior and board level positions in the retail financial services sector. Sue’s hope is that The Style Show recognises the changing demands of shoppers and brings them a unique experience which they love and want more of. Among a long list of financial, business and marketing qualifications, Sue is a trained stylist. She was trained at the London College of Fashion where the renowned stylist and world-wide lecturer, Polly Holman, trained her to work with colour, shape and style. Sue loves the fact that styling woman can be a life changing experience for them. She currently provides style advice for local publications and events, is regularly contracted for her retail consultancy services, as well as being a driving force behind The Style Show.


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Volvo V40 Cross Country By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist Twitter @carwriteups www.carwriteups.co.uk


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GONE ARE the days of ‘wardrobe on wheels’ or ‘only teachers drive those’ jokes. Volvo now has some seriously stylish cars in its stable - and the V40 is one of them. The V40 Cross Country combines class-leading driving dynamics, interior comfort and a rugged personality with low emissions, impressive fuel economy and pioneering safety technology. Start/Stop is fitted as standard across the range, together with Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless music playing, plus City Safety autobraking technology and the V40’s worldfirst pedestrian airbag. The Cross Country is also the only car in its class to be available with Pedestrian Detection technology. It has a more rugged style than the standard V40, and is distinct to the sports styling of the R-Design model. It features a number of unique details which include: silver roof rails; contrasting front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright day-running lights; sculpted sills and contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate. In D2 SE Powershift guise, the 1560cc, four-cylinder, eight valve, oil-burner delivers 113bhp, with 62mph from

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standstill arriving in a conservative 12.1 seconds. However, the relatively wide car is planted well on the road and takes corners with little body lean. The diesel rattle is barely noticeable, even on start up, and the seats are ultra supportive on long commutes. The V40 provides enough space for four-up, or five if you have two adults in the front and three small children in the rear on booster seats.

Put simply, the V40 delivers unprecedented choice in the premium hatchback sector without compromise. It’s a great car; not the cheapest – but you get what you pay for - usually. PROS ‘N’ CONS • • • • •

Attractive √ Economical√ Safe √ Not the cheapest X Not the fastest X

FAST FACTS The boot, although not massive, is decent enough to shove in everything a young family might need – from a week’s worth of shopping to a couple of baby buggies and all the gear that goes with young kids. Of course, safety is never an issue with Volvo - and the V40 is no different. It is one of the safest cars in its class, having achieved high scores recorded by EuroNCAP in crash tests.

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Max speed: 115 mph 0-62 mph: 12.1 secs Combined mpg: 68.9 Engine: 1560 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel Max. power (bhp): 113 at 3600 rpm Max. torque (lb/ft): 199 at 1750 rpm CO2: 108 g/km Price: £24,805 on the road

And, as you might expect with a diesel turbo, the £24,805 D2 Cross Country SE Powershift is an efficient motor. On average it can return up to 68.9mpg, so it certainly endorses Volvo’s thinking that it “offers the solution for drivers who want a premium vehicle experience with low emissions and low running costs, but who don’t want to sacrifice equipment, styling or safety features”.

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Norfolk based kitchen fitters, Bear and Woods, offer high quality, professionally managed kitchen fitting services throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Putting the customer first, their aim is to meet the requirements set out by the customer, giving the highest possible standard of fitting. As fine tradesmen, they pride themselves on excellent qualitty work in all the kitchens they produce and install. Working with a large number of standard systems provided by well known and loved supppliers, they can truly offer a variety of designs and create the perfect kitchen in any size or with any specification. Brands they frequently work with include: - B&Q - B&Q Cooke & Lewis

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If it isn’t something off the shelf you require, then Bear and Woods have their own planning and design service, which will create something bespoke for you in a range of materials and finishes. Bear and Woods offer a start to finish fitting service, right from removing your old kitchen through to installing and adding the finishing decorative touches to your new one. As they manage the entire project, including works and trades throughout the fitting, they can ensure you are completely satisfied and confident in their work.

All of the tradesman they employ to carry out their services are highly skilled and work is certified where necessary. Trades are overseen and all work is checked by a project manager at regular intervals to ensure quality and standards are maintained at all times. Should you prefer to use your own tradesmen for different parts of the job, we are more than happy to work alongside them. Why not give Bear and Woods a call to discuss your next kitchen project? If you are looking for a local company with lots of experience to offer, then Bear and Woods could be just what you are looking for. Their new website is currently being designed and will soon be full of exciting information and images for you to look at and help you choose the next dream kitchen for your home!

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