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t’s a bright, sunny morning, which has to be good for a Monday, and Graham Tuttle is upbeat and cheery. ‘The sunshine lifts the spirits doesn’t it?’ he says on the short walk towards a cup of coffee and our meeting. He’s instantly engaging, but I have a slight nervousness. In setting up our meeting there had been some signals that he was not wildly enthusiastic about too personal an interview. More than happy to talk about his work, he was reticent about talking about himself. Five minutes in and we’ve not only ripped up that page of the rule book, I’ve discovered why it was written. Don’t be under any misunderstanding here. Graham Tuttle is an ambitious and successful man, but from where he stands now, it’s not about him. In one of the most selfless statements I’ve ever heard from a CEO he says, ‘It’s about the Foundation, not about Graham

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Tuttle. When I move on I want to leave the Foundation in a place where it’s understood and valued by the community, and where a new CEO will not have to be worried about my legacy’. There it is. It’s not about secrecy. It’s about commitment and priorities. Those two values have been constant throughout his life, as I discover in, despite the earlier guardedness, an open and fascinating conversation. It turns out that we come from the same place. In more ways than one. The same class and background. And geography. We both come from Norwich and, whilst I don’t need to name neighbourhoods, suffice it to say we’re talking outside toilets and dragging a tin tub indoors on bath nights rather than the leafy suburbs. He went, straight from school, to Bland Payne as a trainee insurance claims handler. ‘My father worked at May and Baker, and it’s fair to

say he worked multiple shifts to support me through A Levels. From there on it was clear that I should find work and contribute to the family. I had no problem with that’. He certainly didn’t. In a thirty year career he went from trainee to the top. On a journey that would take him to the job of Managing Director at Marsh he won awards, worked in the USA where he was instrumental in creating the business model for a global claims consultancy, spearheaded an initiative in selling claims services, and, simultaneously retained responsibility for over 200 sales associates at the Norwich office for the marine and energy division. ‘I don’t have an old school tie, or a degree’, he says. And in making the point he, again, underlines his attitude that it’s not about him. ‘If my career proves anything’, he says, ‘it’s that it can be done. It’s not about where you come from, or your background. You do need

support, and training - and I was blessed with both. You need a little bit of luck too. We all do’. It’s true, but I’m rapidly forming the impression that Graham Tuttle makes most of his own luck. Through commitment. Committed as he was to his job, and Marsh, thirty years is a long time, and things change. By his own admission he’d perhaps

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FINEPeople reading and digress slightly into a mutual appreciation of American crime fiction. He lives in the county, and loves it. ‘One thing I never considered in making the career change was taking a job outside Norfolk’.

‘rather fallen out of love with insurance, and maybe it had fallen out of love with me’. There’s no sadness in it, and he’s quick to add that he looks back on his career with immense fondness. He’s disarmingly frank in saying that his redundancy was sufficient for him to take a year out. It was a year of uncharacteristic indecision. ‘I simply didn’t know what I wanted to do. In truth though when I did start looking I pretty much avoided anything with insurance in the title’.

We develop that point, because we share the opinion that that patriotism is not to be confused with insularity, narrow mindedness or lack of ambition. It’s about pride in your roots, pride in Norwich, and Norfolk.

Then, in 2009, he saw an advertisement for a job as a Director at The Norfolk Community Foundation. ‘It appealed to me. Looking back I suppose my initial contact was a bit unorthodox; I called them and said ‘I know nothing about the charity sector, but I’m a really good salesman - and I like the sound of the Job Description’’.

was, suddenly working for the community rather than the ‘shareholder dollar’’.

Unorthodox or not, it worked. He got the job. ‘And here I

This is a good point to widen the picture. Graham talks about his

children. His son who ‘has done well’ and is now an engineer surveyor; his daughter who works at The Foundation - something about which he’s demonstrably happy. We talk of his love of

Graham has a very practical view of his role. He sees himself as ‘still a broker really’. It’s a sound point. The Norfolk Community Foundation is in reality a conduit. ‘If you, as an individual or company, have money to donate, we’ll help you find the most effective use of your charity giving. So, I, and the team, are ‘brokers’ in that we set up the dialogues and channels to make that happen’. And he has made it happen. When he joined the Foundation it had

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FINEPeople an £800,000 endowment and had organised donations of around £200,000. It now has a £15million endowment and the grants that have been awarded to charities stand at £19million. ‘I have made a career change, but the point about still being a broker is valid. I’ve applied to this role the skills I learned ‘in the trenches’ of commerce’. So, he might be in a different game but he’s still hitting the targets. He’s happy, and justifiably proud of what’s been achieved. He’s good at what he does. Relaxed and looking well as we sit in this sunny coffee bar it’s difficult to see anything wrong with this picture. But then he tells me something that takes us back to that point about luck. The fact is that not all luck is good luck. Sometimes bad luck hits you. After a brief preamble to say that he doesn’t mind me writing

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about it he says, quite simply, ’I was diagnosed with cancer last year’. He makes three points in rapid succession. ‘I had enormous support from my family and friends. The operation was a success. It was a major, defining, experience’. ‘I have a fantastic team here’, he says, not for the first time. ‘I know I’m a fairly hard task master, but it’s rooted in enthusiasm. It goes back to the training I had. I can and will accept mistakes. Everybody makes them. But I want a good job done - with some passion’. It comes as no surprise. Because here’s the thing. Graham Tuttle is not impressed by upbringing, status or even qualifications really. What impresses him is achievement. What he wants to achieve now is the continued, and growing delivery of what The Norfolk Community Foundation is about. Being that ‘broker’ for three key audiences. It means making it easier for donors

to support projects in their area; giving them advice to make giving as simple, tax efficient and cost effective as possible. For ‘grant seekers’ it’s about being accessible through free advice and guidance. For communities, the Foundation will fund the projects that will really make a difference and leave a legacy. And all of that, for Graham, is driven by two significant points. ‘There will’, he says, ‘always be need. So we have a job to do. And we must do that without ever losing sight of one of our founding principles - to strengthen communities’. We’ve covered a lot of ground. Especially given my initial concerns. I know that he has a meeting about ten minutes from now, so it makes sense to bring the meeting to a close. Truth is, I’m reluctant to do it. This has been an illuminating experience. It’s been a joy to

share some mutual feelings, and history, with this man. It’s been inspirational to map out how someone from the most modest of backgrounds can make significant progress in life. But then, it’s connected to that earlier point. Because Graham Tuttle’s personal achievements are one thing. A big thing. And something to be proud of. But the really big thing? It’s this. All that training, all that work, all that success - they’ve all added up to the fact that, right now, he’s making a difference. We shake hands and as I walk out into this lovely morning with my spirits certainly lifted, and not just by the sunshine, one thought occurs to me. He might not want his successor to have to worry about his legacy. But, when he does, one day, step down someone is going to find that as a Chief Executive, and as a person, Graham Tuttle is going to be one hell of tough act to follow!

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A City Centre

Great War Walk Summer is a perfect time for walking in the city or outside it: short walks to very long (96 miles along the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path anyone?). However, as it is 100 years since the Great War, here is an idea – an outing looking at some of the Fine City’s notable connections to the ‘War to end All Wars’ as it was known. TIME: maybe half a day, depending how long you linger in the Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum etc.

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WALKING CONDITIONS: pretty easy with some gentle slopes and cobbled areas. This walk begins at the newly refurbished site of the Edith Cavell statue outside the Erpingham Gate to the Anglican Cathedral in Tombland. Edith Cavell Edith Cavell was a nurse who was born in Swardeston, just outside Norwich, where he father was

vicar for 45 years. He was, by all accounts, a quite severe man who did not consider that we were put on this earth to enjoy ourselves but that, if we served the Lord well enough, enjoyment might come later. He was kind, though, and practised what he preached: the Christmas lunch at the vicarage was divided into two, half for the family and half for the destitute of the parish. Edith nursed him in his final years and it was this that convinced her that her vocation was to be a nurse.

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When war broke out in 1914 she was in charge of a hospital in Belgium and told her staff that it was up to them to help anyone, including the enemy. ‘Patriotism’, she famously remarked on the night before she died, ‘is not enough’. She helped over 200 soldiers, mainly from Britain, to escape capture. Perhaps inevitably she was found out, tried by a German court on the laughable charge of treason and sentenced to be shot. To the horror of the world she was executed on 15

October 1915. After the war her body was brought back to England and buried alongside Norwich Cathedral. Take a walk to the east and see her resting place, always immaculately tended by present day citizens. In the Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Whilst in the Cathedral you can see a window dedicated to the soldiers of Norfolk who fought in the Great War: This will be found

G Wade's statue of Peace sheathing her sword

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FINEPLACES Edith Cavell's grave

Jeremiah Colman, founder of the firm that bears his name

as you go around the Nave, on the left hand side walking away from the spectacular West Window. Carry on and you will come to Sculpture on door of new Town Hall celebrating wire netting making

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St Saviour’s Chapel, dedicated to the Royal Norfolk Regiment and holding their colours.

Christmas Day Truce on the Front 1914 Leaving the Cathedral and

proceed up Tombland - nothing to do with tombs, by the way, but deriving from the Norse word for ‘empty space’ – and turn right by the Royal Hotel. You will see G. Wade’s statue of Peace sheathing her sword, which was erected to celebrate victory in the Boer War. Walk past the Castle keep and turn left into the entrance. There is a fine collection of memorabilia from both wars here. One touching exhibit is a long silver whistle, gifted to the Royal Norfolk Regiment and now enclosed in a glass frame, the description of which reads: ‘This whistle was played by Sergeant E.C. Hoy on Christmas morning 1914, the occasion of the unofficial truce on the Western Front around Ypres’. This was the morning when the British and Germans on the Front lay down their arms and some exchanged gifts including chocolate (surely some of Caleys’ from Norwich here) and tobacco. Others played football. There is a report from one part of the front that, as midnight approached the Germans sent a message to the Allies saying sorry, but they would


Royal Arcade

soon have to begin firing again – could the British please keep their heads down to avoid accidents? A marble marvel Leaving the Castle take a left up past the Bell Hotel and another left into Surrey Street. A short way up you will see one of George Skipper’s masterpieces, the HQ of Norwich Union, now renamed AVIVA. You can go inside and marvel at the sumptuous marble interior – apparently George Skipper was able to purchase an unwanted order of Italian marble originally destined for London. This building was used as a watch tower for Zeppelins. Several hundred employees also signed up, the company promising both that their wages as soldiers would be topped up to the extent of their normal pay and that their jobs would be kept for them until the war was over.

Chocolate for the troops Leaving AVIVA make your way back to St Stephens Street and turn left, and then take the zebra crossing over and into Chapelfield Shopping Centre. This was the site of Caleys, who made hundreds of thousand s of bars of their famous marching chocolate for the troops. The firm was later bought by Nestle but the marching chocolate can still be obtained (hint: I bought some recently and it is wonderful). Go up to the top floor and leave by the doorway leading past the side of the Assembly House and cross the street to the Forum. This houses a fine library, including the Colman collection - there are many excellent books, some almost priceless, about the Great War. Opposite is the Church of St Peter Mancroft, whose bells rang out in 1918 to celebrate the Armistice – as they have for many other occasions of national

Edith Cavell

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FINEPLACES Paul de Monchaux – ‘The Living Honour the Dead, Only a Breath Divides Them’.

St Peter Mancroft reflected in windows of the Forum

importance, including the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the victory of Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805, and that of Wellington over Napoleon ten years later. A tale of two Town Halls Walk in front of the ‘new’ (actually it was never finished as you can see if you nip around the back) Town Hall of 1939. Look at the front doors for some fine metal artwork including two plaques – one commemorating the making of aircraft by Boulton and Paul and Mann Egerton in the Great War and another the production of wire netting (unlikely, I know, but of huge importance at the time to the Fine City’s economy). Opposite is the Memorial to the dead of both wars and, behind it, a sculpture commissioned by the City Council in 2010: Breath by

Carry on and turn down past the original Town Hall, built in the early 15th Century and now mercifully devoid of scaffolding. Here is the scene of a famous celebration – of Harry Daniels VC, who given a reception here when he came back from the Front. Jarrolds and George Skipper Ahead of you is Jarrolds which played a key role in the war, not least because the family, still in charge now, also ran a printing works at that time which was placed at the disposal of the government producing hundreds of thousands of patriotic books like ‘Shell Shocked’ which told the tale of a blinded soldier and sold in Harry Potter-like quantities at the time, and everything from guides for RAF pilots to maps and notebooks for the troops overseas. By the by, this store was also designed by George Skipper.

Skipper’s masterpieces, the Royal Arcade. Half way up on the right is Colman’s Mustard Shop. Colmans played vital part in the war, from its headquarters down on Riverside. Men signed up in their thousands and the women famously took over their jobs wherever possible until their hoped-for return, which tragically very rarely occurred. They also sewed sandbags and did absolutely any other work requested that they could. The famous Norwich Marching Boot

Walk up Gentlemans Walk. The Market Place on your right was, as might be expected, a key area for the mobilization of troops and activities of all kinds.

It is a tenuous connection but you will, on this walk, have passed several shoe shops. Nothing special in that, you may well say, but it is a quiet reminder of possibly Norwich’s greatest contribution to the war which was in making (literally) hundreds of thousands of pairs of the perfect marching boot for the British and Allied armies. The factories were slightly farther out of the city in areas such as Coslany (the site of the famous Howlett and White firm still exists in Colegate and is in part now the Jane Austin College). The Germans were in awe of their quality and would go to almost any lengths to get hold of them.

Take a left into another of George

Anyway, we end this walk here in

Colmans Shop situated, fittingly, in the exquisite arcade of one of the period’s and Norwich’s architectural heroes. If you like you can carry on up past the Castle and down the slope until you reach Riverside where firms vital to the war effort had their headquarters. But that is another fascinating walk altogether! This walk is adapted from Stephen Browning’s new bestseller ‘Norfolk in the Great War’ published by Pen and Sword and available in Jarrolds, Waterstones, City Books and good bookshops county-wide as well as online on all major sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, WH Smith etc

Beautiful new stained glass in Anglican Cathedral

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Big C Big C moves office from the city centre to Norwich Research Park


ig C, Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity is relocating its operational offices to Centrum on the Norwich Research Park, close to the buildings and facilities that have been recipients of its biggest donations for equipment, research, support and information during its 35 year history. The move embeds Big C among the academic, medical professional, health and research community in an environment to stimulate conversations and develop more opportunities for partnership working, which in turn could lead to increased access to funding to benefit cancer patients across the county. The proximity to the most uptodate research and the NNUH will enable Big C to increase the impact of its work across research, education and support and bring increased benefits to patients and their families. “We will be embedded in the place where we can link the findings of research with the

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continued support and care we offer, increasing the impact,” said CEO Dr Chris Bushby. “For more than three decades Big C has been successful in funding equipment and treatment facilities and supporting research into cancer and providing care for those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Big C is growing and is dedicated to raising even more money, so it is important for us to be at the centre of where our charitable investments take place. From here we will be able to use our experience to help drive the agenda.” The move which takes place on May 9, is cost neutral. The charity, which purchased its Castle Meadow premises more than 12 years ago, is in the process of examining its options for maximising the returns on the city centre asset. In addition, operational costs of the 2000sq ft offices at the Centrum building are minimised due to greater efficiencies in the build and shared communal facilities. “As a charity we are conscious of

ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. At least 70p in every £1 raised by our loyal and energetic supporters goes straight back into supporting cancer patients and their families and we constantly strive to increase this figure,” said Dr Bushby. “The open plan space is better suited to modern working and will enable enhanced communication across our teams as well as proximity to the medical and research community which Big C helps to fund.” Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, chief executive officer at Norwich Research Park is delighted that Big C is moving into the Centrum building located at the heart of the Park. “Big C is an excellent charity, held in the highest affection in Norfolk and the Waveney Valley. It is making a real difference in the global battle against cancer and it is a natural progression for its main office to be located here,” she said. “It will be great for the operational team to be close to the researchers and clinicians within

the collaborative community here on site.” The move takes the charity back to its founding principles of providing support and care for patients and their families affected by cancer. It is also a “homecoming” as the first project funded by Big C after its formation in 1980 was raising £750,000 for a specialist cancer care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. A decade ago it opened its first Support and Information Centre also on the site following a £1million fundraising appeal. Big C’s Co-founder and trustee David Moar couldn’t be more excited. “Big C has been successful thanks to the people of Norfolk and Waveney,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to be closer to and benefit from being embedded within the medical and research community and fantastic recognition for Big C to be here. As a charity we need to be progressive and part of the changing medical scene. We have to be in the right place at the right time. There is an awful lot happening in the Research Park.

FINEPLACES This is a force for good and will project Big C forward for the next 35 years. The people of Norfolk and Waveney have enabled us to be adventurous and progressive.”

“This relocation enables us to move up a gear and accelerate the incredible achievements of the past 35 years into the next decade and beyond,” said Dr Bushby.

access to funds held by national institutions and commercial organisations.

“The whole medical world has moved on since we started fundraising. Now hospitals lease most of the equipment and a lot more focus is being put on research, so it is good for us to be in the best place to network with potential partners,” he said.

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We have run out of space! With a growing team and organisational aims the current City Centre office is no longer fit for purpose.

Centrum Q and A

When are you moving?

On May 9th Big C is moving from its city centre offices in 10a Castle Meadow which it bought in the 1990’s to the new Centrum building at the Norwich Research Park.

Monday May 9 is the official moving in date. There may be a little disruption with telephones, so please bear with us. Our telephone number (01603 619900) will remain the same and our email address (enquiries@ also remains the same.

”At one end Big C is a local community charity,” said Dr Bushby. “It is driven and supported by volunteers who give more than 40,000 hours a year to help out in many different ways. Some give time in the 10 shops that sell preloved furniture, clothing, household and electrical goods that are brought in by its supporters. Others help out at fund-raising events and hundreds regularly raise thousands of pounds through many and varied activities. At the other end, our grants are given an international dimension as they are invested in world-class research that not only benefits the local community but far wider afield too. It is a truly unique organisation.”

The staff has outgrown the building and the new open plan offices are more cost-efficient with a variety of facilities and meeting spaces. The move will position Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity among the research, healthcare and medical professionals that it works closely with and provide more opportunities for developing other partnerships to benefit the charity. It will also give potentially greater

Why is Big C moving?

Why have you moved out of the City Centre? Space on the Research Park where Big C has, and still is, funding research, facilities and equipment supports the aims of the charity moving forward There are good bus routes from the City Centre for all visitors and parking facilities are available at Centrum That sounds expensive. Is it costing more? No, the move will be cost neutral. The funds that will be released from the City Centre asset will enable Big C to move to Centrum with no additional costs. Centrum is state of the art standard for efficiency of resources, so more cost-effective in every day running charges. Big C is continually reviewing its expenditure to ensure that its running costs are kept to a minimum. At least 70p in every £1 raised by our loyal and energetic supporters goes straight to benefit of cancer patients and their families in Norfolk & Waveney and our aim is to increase this figure year on year. Do you welcome visitors? Yes, visitors are welcome.

Which number bus do I take? The number 11/12 (Pink Line) departs from City Centre stops going to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. The number 26 (Blue Line) departs from City Centre stops going to the Norwich Research Park via University of East Anglia. For timetables of services you can visit First Norwich https://www. plan-journey/timetables/?operator =22&page=1&redirect=no Has the telephone number changed? No the number remains the same 01603 619900, as does the email address: What is the new address? Big C, Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UG Where can I collect fundraising items? Fundraising materials will be available from Centrum, or we can arrange for them to be mailed to you or to be collected from your local Big C shop. Is there anywhere in Norwich where I can drop off my donations? If you wish to drop off donations to Big C, there are now five ways of doing this: a. To BACS transfer from your account directly into our account b. To pay cash as a deposit into our bank with a paying in slip c. To drop off at your local Big C Shop (full details of your nearest Big C shop can be found at d. To drop off at Centrum e. P  ost your donation cheque through the post to our office at Centrum. If you wish to know more about any of the above please contact us.

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Antibes Jazz aficionado, Tony Cooper, delves into the Antibes/ Juan-les-Pins jazz festival which notches up its 56th edition in July


’ve been a regular at this jazz festival over the past few years and every year when the programme is published I cannot resist just one more visit! I duly pack my bags and set off for the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur if you fancy!) and head for Antibes/Juan-les-Pins with my erstwhile travelling and dining companion, Miss X, fully in tow! And if you’re of a certain age you may well remember Peter Sarstedt famously mentioning Juan in his 1969 No 1 hit: ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’. The lyrics

tell of a portrait of a young girl who becomes a member of the Euro jet-set spending her summer holidays whiling away the time in Juan-les-Pins sipping Martini! Heaven on earth! But Juan has become heaven on earth for me, too. And I enjoy letting the world go by sipping Martini, too, in one of the many street cafés and bars that favour this enticing place which is full of life with people of all ages partying to the early hours. Another thing I enjoy here is

listening to some of the world’s most iconic jazz performers in what must be one of the world’s most attractive settings, la Pinède Gould, the Pine Grove, named after American businessman, Frank Jay Gould, a good friend of Charlie Chaplin.

The Pinède is set in an enviable position gracefully overlooking the Mediterranean with the backdrop of Cannes adding greatly to the overall flavour and atmosphere of the environment. And in contrast to the hubbub of 24-hour living in Juan you’ll find the old town of Antibes - neatly divided by Cap d’Antibes - provides a peaceful and serene alternative.

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The longest-running of all the European jazz festivals, Jazz à Juan (as it’s now billed) has established itself over the decades as a legendary event where jazz memories are born but above all where jazz thrives and still lives on! Such has been its success that it has spawned a number of other similar festivals throughout

Every picture tells a story! photo credit: Moira Eagling

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FINEPLACES Europe. The late Claude Nobs, creator of the Montreux Festival, affectionately said: ‘If I hadn’t stopped by Antibes, Montreux would never have happened!’ Praise, indeed! The festival embraces every jazz style you can possibly think of be it swing, be-bop, gospel, roots, soul, funk, rock, African, European, American, contemporary, New Orleans, black or white. You name it! Such revolutionary and revered figures as Charlie Mingus came in the early years armed with the baptismal foundations of free jazz while that genius named Ray Charles made his European début here and John Coltrane hit the jackpot with his mythical interpretation of ‘Love Supreme’ in 1965. And when Miles Davis graced the Pinède it created an ‘event’ in itself while Satchmo was the ‘event’! One of the all-time ‘greats’ that has thrilled and excited audiences

in recent years is the iconic American tenor sax star, Sonny Rollins. But turn the clock back and you’ll touch base with the immortal songbird, Ella, who’s still fondly remembered for famously improvising a duet with a chirping cicada, which, if you don’t know, is a stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings. The male of the species has drum-like organs and produces a high-pitched drone. Just the right note for Ella it seems! And the show goes on with a host of leading contemporary players now setting the pace and the Pinède alight. This year’s programme - crowded as ever with a host of top acts - features two of America’s leading saxophonists - Archie Shepp (champion of free jazz) and Charles Lloyd (the most hip of all tenor sax players). Shepp - who made his début at Juan in 1970 - is a socially- and politically-committed composer, singer/pianist and poet/playwright plus a fighting and free spirit defending the civil rights of black people spearheading Pan-Africanism. A ‘lord’ of the saxophone he’s a living legend, too, on a par with the likes of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Lloyd, on the other hand, has influenced many musicians including the great Miles Davis while he has performed with such iconic groups as The Doors, The Byrds and The Beach Boys - and even Grateful Dead. Also a flautist, Lloyd first blew in Juan in 1967 with his quartet featuring a young 21-year-old Keith Jarrett on piano with Cecil McBee (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). In fact, the quartet was the first jazz outfit to sell more than a million copies of an album. Entitled ‘Forest Flower’, it was recorded live at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Tony Cooper pays homage to the great Sidney Bechet.

One of America’s iconic blues guitarists - revered by Eric Clapton who categorically said that he was the ‘best guitarist of all time’ - is also back on the agenda to show off his earthy, roaring and driving

Louisiana blues-style sound which he dispenses with such clarity and ease. Born in 1936, Guy’s also a living legend and has enjoyed a career spanning more than half a century and over that long timespan he has sold millions of albums and collected honours galore along the way. By the way, Guy was a big influence on Jimi Hendrix well before he rose to fame. He often attended his gigs recording them on a reel-to-reel taperecorder in order to capture and learn that characteristic Louisiana blues sound he loved so much. And Diana Krall - who can realistically be described as ‘one of the great ladies of jazz’- is back on the bill and will be dipping into her new album ‘Wallflowers’ as well as looking back to old favourites. She’s certainly a polished performer and remains a singer of exceptional quality touching listeners in so many ways mainly through her veiled tone complemented by her excellent diction. Krall has no qualms about breaking with convention often striking out in a whole new

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FINEPLACES composed and produced for Miles Davis, secured him world fame when he was just 25 years old. As a child of the cosmopolitan Big Apple, he crafted his art on the mean streets of Queens as well as at Manhattan’s famous High School of Music and Art.

direction exploring and finding new ways of presenting jazz and by doing so creates a wild sense of excitement and spontaneity in her playing. Crowned with two Grammy Awards and an Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz plus a Victoires du jazz award in 2013 for the whole of his career in France, Marcus Miller - renowned for playing a 1977 Fender bass guitar - will treat Juan this year to Diana Krall

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a selection of numbers from his latest album, ‘Afrodeezia’, blending jazz, funk and African rhythms thus creating a fusion of sound that promises breathtakingly-good listening. Miller - who has made a fabulous contribution to the world of jazz - is not only a unique bassist but he’s also an extraordinary multiinstrumentalist, composer and a producer gifted with exceptional talent. The legendary album ‘Tutu’,

And one group I’m looking out for this year is French-based outfit, Maryline and the Family Company. They look set to rock the Pinède to the wee small hours offering their audience a feast of rock ‘n’ roll and country-rock classics as a tribute to the American music which nurtured and inspired many great artists of the 1960s and 70s. In fact, it was at a country-rock gig at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, that they first met. Upon returning to France, they took the plunge and started their own ‘family’ business based upon their shared enthusiasm for the music and the great songwriters they most admire. But France (and Paris, in particular) has been so important in nurturing and developing jazz since

the Roaring Twenties and Antibes/ Juan-les-Pins - which became a second home to many jazz-loving Parisian vaudeville stars such as Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett, whose birth name, incidentally, was Jeanne Bourgeois - has surely carved its name with pride in the history of jazz. Mistinguett, by the way, made her début at the Casino de Paris in 1895 and also appeared in shows at the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge and Eldorado. She enjoyed a glittering career lasting nearly half a century and her risqué routines gripped Parisian audiences like wildfire. Going on to become the most popular French entertainer of her time, Mistinguett also became the highest-paid female entertainer in the world. She also enjoyed a long relationship with the muchyounger Maurice Chevalier and they spent many a crazy night partying with society friends at Juan that included the celebrated American artist and jazz connoisseur, Gerald Murphy, and

Buddy Guy

FINEPLACES the legendary American novelist, F Scott Fitzgerald. It was Boston-born Murphy, though, who was instrumental in furthering the cause of jazz on the French Riviera. He arrived in Juan in 1921 with his wife Sara and three young children and soon set about cultivating a wide circle of artistic friends. These included the composer Igor Stravinsky and artist Jean Cocteau. Murphy adored the place and moved here to carve out a new life for him and his family free of the stifling social restrictions imposed upon them by their wealthy socialite New York families. They improvised upon their own brand of unconventional modernism that fostered creativity and intellectual freedom, epitomising the ‘modern American’ to both their countrymen and those they encountered abroad. Calvin Tomkins, in his 1971 book about the Murphys, Living Well is the Best Revenge, wrote: ‘Those closest to the Murphys found it almost impossible to describe the

special quality of their life, or the charm it had for their friends. They were utterly captivating.’ Devoting all his time to his two great passions, music and painting, Murphy increased Stravinsky’s knowledge of the music of Black Americans by introducing him to his vast 78rpm jazz record collection. Stravinsky - whose works were already inspired by early forms of jazz - had mainly experienced jazz only through reading sheet music.

Murphy was so passionate about this musical genre that he even christened his luxurious yacht berthed in Antibes harbour after a popular jazz number called ‘Weather Bird Rag’. It was recorded in 1928 by Louis Armstrong and the pianist Earl (Fatha) Hines, whom I had the great pleasure in promoting in the swinging Sixties guesting with the Alex Welsh Band at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. But one man who’s so indelibly linked to Antibes/Juan-les-Pins and a partygoer to match any other was the famous American soprano sax player, Sidney Bechet, whom I also had the privilege of seeing at St Andrew’s Hall (also in the 1960s) touring with Humphrey Lyttelton. A pathfinder of the New Orleans revival style, Bechet actually tied the knot in Antibes in 1951 and the nuptials were followed by one of the biggest street parties ever to be seen on the French Riviera. After Bechet’s death in 1959 the festival was founded in his honour.

Archie Shepp Photo: Monette Berthomier

Captivated by the atmosphere of a cabaret show by the Charleston Dancers at Juan’s new casino during the festival’s second year, Gerald Murphy threw a sumptuous party which later inspired F Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, Tender is the Night, modelling his two glamorous characters, Dick and Nicole Diver, on the Murphys themselves. Their lifestyle also served as a model for another one of the writer’s masterpieces, Les Enfants du Jazz.

But jazz in Juan has always been a carefree and fun activity and in 1927 the Auberge du Pin Doré welcomed the Blue Lagoon Orchestra and the following year the re-opening of the Hotel Le Pré Catelan, fully renovated in the Provençal style, strained to the sounds of Danny’s Jazz Band while in 1932 Juan celebrated the 250th anniversary of Champagne. For this tribute to Dom Pérignon, Club Maxim accommodated no less than three jazz orchestras. To use Jean Cocteau’s prophetical words: ‘If the light of jazz was a long time coming, it continues to shine under the stars and the lights of la Pinède Gould.’ I’ll drink to that with a nice chilled bottle of Provençal rosé! Bon voyage! This year’s festival runs from Thursday 14th to Sunday 24th July. There’s a hell of a lot going on therefore check out the full programme by logging on to www. - and get ready to pack your bags! The journey to Antibes was as simple as they come. On this trip Miss X and I took Abellio Greater Anglia’s service to London Liverpool Street - fares between Norwich and London start from £9 one way booked in advance ( Return fares from London (St Pancras) to Antibes start at £121 in standard class travelling Eurostar to Paris and TGV to Antibes. All prices are per person and subject to availability and all routes can be booked via or by calling 0844 848 5 848. 2016 June | 23


EACH EACH shops continue to thrive in Norfolk


ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) continues to add to their retail portfolio across Norfolk this year with a new shop already opened in Holt, and plans well underway for a second premises in Norwich. In March EACH welcomed their Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to officially open their new shop in Holt. The Duchess became the first customer at the premises on Station Road where she enjoyed a tour, meeting shop staff and long-serving volunteers. HRH was introduced to the two

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local families who receive care and support from EACH before performing the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Since it’s Royal opening the shop has proved to be a great success in the town - so much so the charity is appealing for more donations to keep up with demand! Plans are well underway for a second EACH shop in Norwich at 93 Unthank Road. Signs have already gone up at the new site and the official opening is planned for 29th June. The charity are appealing for good quality

donations and volunteers to help make the shop a success. To put into context the difference just a small donation to the shop can make to the vital work EACH does providing care and support for children, young people and families living with life-threatening conditions, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for: • A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy • A tea set worth £10 could fund a nursing care kit • A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £20 could pay for a support group for siblings • An item of good quality furniture

or prom dress worth £35 could pay for an hour of specialist care. To make your donation simply pop into your local EACH shop or call the Retail Distribution Team on 01842 821620. For a full list of all EACH shop locations please visit Don’t Forget! EACH’s Ride for Life event is back this June! The event will take place on Sunday 12th June, starting at Mayday in Thetford Forest. The day features a number of different routes to suit all ages and abilities - with three and six mile walks plus on and off road bike rides from 10 to 50 miles. If you haven’t been in the saddle for a while this is the perfect place to start! For further information visit: uk/rideforlife or call the Norfolk fundraising Team on 01953 666767.


Heydon Hall

Heydon Hall and village residents invite visitors to stop and smell the roses


esidents of Heydon, Norfolk, are inviting visitors to stop and smell the roses this Father’s Day, Sunday 19 June 2016, and explore the gardens of Heydon Hall – which are rarely open to the public – plus a variety of gardens in their historic, picturesque village. Charles Shippam - PCC Treasurer, Heydon (Parish) and village resident - explained: “Heydon Hall and Village Open Gardens Day provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to discover one of the prettiest villages in Norfolk and take a stroll through the gardens of Heydon Hall, The Grange, The Old Rectory, The Old Cottage, Poppyland, and others. There will also be a display by North Norfolk

Classic Vehicle Club, entertainment by Holt Ridge Morris dancers, a plant stall, and refreshments on the village green.”

an additional £3 per person – however, there is no admission charge for children 14 years and under. Car parking is also free. Dogs on leads are welcome in Heydon Hall park. Admission tickets can be purchased on the

day at the main gates to Heydon Hall and on Heydon village green. Heydon is situated 15 miles north west of Norwich, off the B1149 Norwich to Holt road (postcode for sat nav is NR11 6AD).

Shippam added: “Heydon is one of less than a dozen privately owned villages in Great Britain and became Norfolk’s first conservation area in 1971. Heydon is also currently home to six County Wildlife Sites; has won Best Kept Village on two occasions; and has been the setting of numerous film and TV productions.” Heydon Hall and Village Open Gardens Day will take place on Sunday 19 June 2016 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Admission to the Heydon Hall gardens costs £3 per person and entry to the Heydon village gardens costs

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Aldeburgh-SurFine City arts writer, Tony Cooper, checks out this year’s Aldeburgh Festival


f Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music concludes its 2016/17 season with a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, a majestic work scored for two pianos performed by FrançoisFrédéric Guy and Geoffroy Couteau, Aldeburgh Festival (running from10th-26th June) is going to town on the composer with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (the festival’s outgoing artistic director)

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performing a project wrapped round the Catalogue d’Oiseaux while breathing new life and air into the composer’s grand evocation of birdsong. Included in the programme, too, is a discussion about the Catalogue d’Oiseaux and the birds it depicts at RSPB Minsmere plus a guided walk of this important nature reserve located near Saxmundham in Suffolk where

the Avocet, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Nightingale can be sited. On top of this there’ll be a showing of BBC4’s acclaimed film, Dawn Chorus, in the Britten Studio.

of the French flute and piano repertoire - is the composer’s shortest independently-published piece and lasts just over five minutes.

However, Messiaen’s great interest in birdsong manifested itself in 1952 when he was asked to provide a test-piece for flautists wishing to enter the Paris Conservatoire. He came up with Le merle noir (The Blackbird) scored for flute and piano. First performed in 1952, the work which has become a staple diet

But Messiaen long harboured a fascination for birdsong and enjoyed a consuming lifelong interest in ornithology and while Le merle noir was not his first work to incorporate birdsong it was, however, one of his earliest pieces to be based mainly on birdsong and, therefore, it foreshadows his later and more


Mer Festival extended and inspired pieces of this genre.

International soprano, Sarah Tynan, soloist in Britten's song-cycle Les Illuminations, which opens this year’s festival - Friday 10th June.

Other early works incorporating birdsong comprise La Nativité, Quatuor and Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus and provided a starting-point for the composer which he developed to a higher level with his 1953 orchestral work, Le réveil chant d’oiseau, a work consisting almost entirely of birdsong of birds inhabiting the Jura mountain area and which one might come across between midnight and noon.

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FINEARTS Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Aldeburgh Festival's outgoing artistic director (photo: Rob Brimson).

From this period Messiaen incorporated birdsong into all of his compositions and composed several works for which birds provided not just the title but the subject-matter, too, such as the collection of the 13 pieces that make up Catalogue d’oiseaux (completed in 1958) and La fauvette des jardins (1971). Over the course of nearly three hours of solo piano music Catalogue d’oiseaux -a mammoth seven-book cycle - describes the

songs of 77 birds unfolding over 13 movements. Without a shadow of doubt, the work shows Messiaen’s deep and compelling love of nature as each movement states on the score’s title-page the actual geographical region of France where the birds can be found. The opening of Catalogue d’oiseaux - ‘Le chocard des alpes’ (the Alpine chough) - not only depicts the bird (a black Eurasian and North African bird of the crow family sporting a down-

curved bill and broad rounded wings) but also its mountainous surroundings manifested in several lengthy sections of colourfullydissonant chords. For instance, the call of the raven is juxtaposed with the chough followed by long silence passages while ‘Le loriot’ (the golden oriole) follows in marked contrast to ‘Le chocard’. Interestingly, the oriole’s repetitive song takes on virtuosic extremes and, indeed,

pays homage to Messiaen’s second wife, Yvonne Loriod, who gave the work its first performance. The homage, I can only suggest, is one of love as Messiaen’s harmonies recall those from an earlier work, Cinq Rechants. The final piece of the book, ‘Le merle bleu’ (the blue rock thrush), radiates a forceful and jubilant setting. The tranquil ‘Le traquet stapazin’ (the black-eared wheatear)

John Eliot Gardiner, conductor of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, performing JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion - Saturday 18th June.

e - Saturday Star pianist, Emanuel Ax, who will play an all-Beethoven programm 14th June.

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FINEARTS comprises the second book. The movement programmatically moves from sunrise to sunset while the third book contains two shorter pieces: ‘La chouette hulotte’ (the tawny owl) and ‘L’alouette lulu’ (the woodlark). Each piece depicts night: terrifying and peaceful respectfully.

It’s a long haul and the birdsonginspired pilgrimage ends at midnight in the Britten Studio as members of the audience gather round the piano immersed in total stillness, total thought and total darkness in what promises one of those rare cultural experiences

more threads to follow in this year’s Aldeburgh Festival, a festival of international standing now enjoying its 68th year. For a start, there’s a four-concert residency from the French-based orchestra Les Siècles who are redefining period-instrument practice. There’s

Further highlights include John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Emanuel Ax, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ian Bostridge, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia as well as projects from Solomon’s Knot and Mira Calix.

The fourth book contains the seventh and central movement, ‘La rousserolle effarvatte’ (the reed warbler), the longest movement lasting about 30 minutes. Similar to the fourth, it echoes Le réveil chant d’oiseau by outlining a long day of birdsong with dozens of birds to be heard within an extremely delicate and sensuous movement.

As usual, The Pumphouse - set in a former Victorian pumpingstation on the Aldeburgh marshes - will host a vibrant fringe festival over three weekends with 30 events ranging from the satire of Craig Brown to indie rock from Superglu and from Abimaro’s soul-funk trio to Dead Rat Orchestra’s flailing axes, grinding fiddle and 2000 shards of microtuned steel.

‘L’alouette calandrelle’ (the shorttoed lark) is the shortest piece and recalls ‘Le loriot’ with its simple evocation of the songs of larks while ‘La bouscarle’ (Cetti’s warbler) closes the fifth book with an evocation of a river as well as the bird. Another nocturnal setting, ‘Le merle de roche’ (the rock thrush), comprises the sixth book and here Messiaen literally renders the elusive bird with silences thereby disguising the bird’s motive. The cycle ends recapturing a variety of bird sounds similar to those heard in earlier movements focusing on the dodecaphonic ‘La buse variable’ (the buzzard), the playful ‘Le traquet rieur’ (the black wheatear) and ‘Le courlis cendre’ (the curlew), the latter offering a stark depiction of the French coastline. The whole piece of Catalogue d’Oiseaux is a marathon event dispensed over four concerts. And the grand performance of this work falls on Sunday 19th June with an early-morning start in the Oyster Bar of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall at 4.30am when early-birds (no pun intended!) can admire and relish the sunrise break over the tranquil and aweinspiring Alde estuary as PierreLaurent Aimard sets off on his pilgrimage through this great and inspiring work that Messiaen so much loved and thought one of his favourite works.

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the First World War featuring premières of new pieces inspired by the war co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW. There’ll also be premières and works by this year’s three featured composers: Julian Anderson, Benedict Mason and Rebecca Saunders.

British-born composer, Benedict Mason, featured in Birmingha m Contemporary Music Group’s concert - Saturday 11th June.

in life that one always recalls and remembers and, indeed, proudly say: ‘I was there!’ But, of course, there are many

also a series that juxtaposes contemporaries Britten and Tippett as well as concerts that look back one hundred years with music composed during

And if you’re about at lunchtime free music can be enjoyed on the Bandstand-on-the-Beach which has proved a popular attraction for one and all over the past few years. But keep a look-out for those mean-looking heron gulls swooping in on you to snatch that odd chip! Aldeburgh Music box office: 01728 687110


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Tribute Acts TheatreState presents: Multi-media show about hope, disillusionment and father daughter relationships coming to Norwich


veryone wants their dad to be a hero. But what happens when your heroes let you down? Cheryl and Tess of London based theatre company TheatreState have childhood memories that are full of smiling men in suits promising to make life better: Tony Blair winning the 1997 election, Bill Clinton playing the saxophone, Pierce Brosnan saving the world. Their left-wing, suited Dads felt like they were one of these 90s newmen, too. But Cheryl and Tess grew up, Tony took us to Iraq, Bill lied,

Pierce lost Bond and their dads left home. As disillusioned adults trying to survive the New Labour aftermath, the young women wanted to know why their personal and political heroes lost our faith so spectacularly. So Cheryl and Tess hit on the idea of asking their Dads the tough questions. But after years of not speaking openly, they decided to interview each other’s Dads instead. And they filmed it. Tribute Acts is a darkly funny and boldly honest exploration of father daughter relationships

‘Raw theatrical brilliance. Gallacher and Seddon are gifted performers and the video interaction is beautifully stage-managed. It’s a brave, bold and fiercely realised work’ The Scotsman 32 | June 2016

‘There is real poignancy here, and it is smart and terrifically watchable... A remarkably eloquent depiction of the illusions we generate around our parents, and how fragile they can be. Loving and poignant.’ The Stage and the illusions we create when we want to hope. It enjoyed a successful run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, highlighted as a ‘bold and fiercely realised work’ by the Scotsman and ‘one to watch’ by Lyn Gardner in The Guardian. Now TheatreState are taking a full-length, newly revamped version on a national tour that gives Norfolk audiences the opportunity to see the show when it visits Norwich Arts Centre on 29 June. Frank video footage is at the

heart of Tribute Acts. The fathers are projected as giant heads, constantly moving throughout the show. As the daughters question and probe, the men lose their caution and begin to divulge their views on their lives, their daughters and their own hopes. Hoping for a moment of profound understanding between estranged father and daughter, Cheryl and Tess soon get more than they asked for. As the camera turns on them, their mission to understand why their heroes failed them begins to ask the

FINEARTS ‘Two badass gals boldly using sparkle to ask BIG life questions… a new wave of theatre - frenetic, multigenre, filled with musicality and visuals to mind bend.’ Gemma Cairney, BBC Radio 1

question why do we long for a hero in the first place? Complex and poignant, Tribute Acts will strike a chord with anyone who has mixed emotions about their parents and concerns that their world will become our own. TheatreState co-directors are Tess Seddon and Cheryl Gallacher. They make shows that celebrate the weird and alienating aspects of 21st century life. ‘We put our own experiences into bumper cars and then invite the audience to press GO.’ Tess and Cheryl are available for interview. Contact Steve Forster, sfp communications ltd via steve@ 01603 661 459 or 07939 221192 for availabilities, images and review tickets.

Norwich listings Tribute Acts Darkly comic and boldly honest Edinburgh hit show exploring of father-daughter relationships and why our heroes let us down from London based TheatreState theatre company. 29 June 8pm Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG £pay what you can 01603 660352 www.norwichartscentre.

‘They are thrillingly live and committed to dismembering the assumptions that underpin contemporary popular culture. Great fun’ Brian Logan, The Guardian 2016 June | 33


Will Teather: Infinite Perspectives


orwich Arts Centre are to host an exclusive exhibition in June by record breaking Norwich artist Will Teather following his successes in London. Teather is known for creating images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. His figurative paintings and drawings often depict curious characters caught up in uncanny situations. His influences are as diverse as Flemish still life, baroque art and Weimar painters, The exhibition

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FINEARTS boundaries between painting and sculpture’ explained Will. At the 10th anniversary edition of the Other Art Fair (2015) Teather’s first finished globe attracted rave reviews and sold for £10,800, breaking both the fair’s record for a single sale – the first time any sale in the event’s history reached five figures and Will’s personal record and. The spherical painting sold to a collector who owns works by some of the world’s leading artists. The origins of Teather’s work lie in magical realism. The carnivalesque and a sense of the uncanny are favourite subjects. He wants to create extraordinary visual spectacles through painting. As Teather says, ‘It’s about the relationship between the 2D

and the 3D, and about creating something closer to the way we see. Our eyes are spheres and rotate around a space and I wanted to find a way to depict that’. As a lecturer in drawing, he is also interested in contributing to our journey through art history to the present day, and sees perspective as a fundamental part of that journey. His solo show at Norwich Arts Centre runs alongside the British Art Show 8 at venues across Norwich from 24 June to 4 September. Will Teather: Infinite Perspectives A solo exhibition at Norwich Arts Centre, 24 June-6 August 2016

Norwich Arts Centre exhibition to include unique spherical canvasses will feature selections from his output of wall mounted paintings as well as some of his most recent work which consists of impressively dimensioned spherical canvasses that bring something entirely new and pioneering to the tradition of realist painting. Teather is also Artist-in-Residence at Norwich Arts Centre. Samples from the work were shown in London at The Other Art Fair in April and at May’s Future Masters show. Infinite Perspectives consists of three-dimensional paintings on

globes and unusually formed canvases that employ an innovative type of inverted perspective, giving a 360° view of a space. Both the perspective and the representation slyly shift, depending on which point you look at them. One globe shows a detailed bookshop interior that reveals different aspects of the shop as it turns. Another is filled with doves in flight; viewed from multiple viewpoints it creates the sensation of being in the centre of the flock as they swoop around. ‘Infinite perspectives is a project that explores new ground in the depiction of space, blurring the 2016 June | 35


Glyndebourne: Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Cinema City

Norwich-based arts writer, Tony Cooper, looks at special screenings at Cinema City this month Films to look out for in June: Love & Friendship (cert tbc) Based on the novella by Jane Austen, Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckinsale (co-starring Stephen Fry, Chloe Sevigny and James Fleet) as the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, she’s determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica - and herself too, naturally! The Nice Guys (cert tbc) In 1977 Los Angeles, a down-onhis-luck private eye (Ryan Gosling) works with a hired enforcer (Russell Crowe) to investigate the disappearance of a girl and the death of a porn star. When Marnie Was There (U)

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Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the latest film from Studio Ghibli and the second feature by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real. Sing Street (12A) In 1985, a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock ‘n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model (Lucy Boynton). Tale of Tales (cert tbc) Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones, Tale of Tales is inspired by the fairytales of Giambattista Basile, a well-known 16th-17th-century Neapolitan poet, courtier and fairy- tale collector. The tales tell of the bitter quest of

the Queen of Longtrellis to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant flea.

in Tokyo. (Japanese with English subtitles)

Special Events: June

Wednesday 8th (7pm); Encore performance: Monday 13th (2pm)

Studio Ghibli Forever: Kiki’s Delivery Service [U] Wednesday 1st (8.30pm) A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air-courier service (Japanese with English subtitles) Vintage Sundays: Johnny Guitar [PG] Sunday 5th (2.45pm) Studio Ghibli Forever: Only Yesterday [PG] Monday 6th (8.30pm) A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood

RSC Live: Hamlet [12A]

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home he finds his world utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice - submit or rage against the injustice of his new reality. Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world. NT Encore: The Audience [12A]

FINEARTS Thursday 9th (7.30pm) Winner of three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, the National Theatre’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by twice Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), these special encore screenings include an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience in which no one is privy to what

they discuss. The Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal and through these private audiences we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Where to Invade Next [12A] Friday 10th (6.15pm) UK première including a Q&A session with Michael Moore live via satellite from Sheffield Doc/Fest. Oscar-winning director, Michael Moore, is back with Where to Invade Next, a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Honoured by festivals and critics alike, Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious and subversive comedy confronting

Ballet Hispanico.

the most pressing issues facing America today and finding solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before. Tarkovsky season: Ivan’s Childhood (re: 2016) [PG] Friday 10th (8.30pm) / Wednesday 15th (1pm) Tarkovsky’s first feature is the haunting, lyrical story of a teenager employed as a Soviet military scout during World War II. (Russian with English subtitles) Ballet Hispanico Double Bill [12A] Friday 10th (6.30pm)

Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience.

Ballet Hispanico will ‘whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot’ (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a ‘masterpiece’ by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo RamArez Sansano’s Carmen.maquia is a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco. Lincoln Center at the Movies brings exceptional artistic performances to local

movie theatres with its first series Great American Dance offering a larger-than-life experience with some of America’s most inspiring dance companies. Discover Arts: Leonardo Da Vinci [12A] Thursday 16th (6.30pm) / Tuesday 21st (1pm) In spring 2015 Milan paid tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci by holding an extraordinary exhibition at the Palazzo Reale and Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius in Milan explores his work as never seen before telling the story of the artist’s world and the treasures he left. Curator of the 2015 exhibition, Pietro Marani, joins some of the world’s leading experts on Da Vinci to explore new perspectives and reveal extraordinary things about this celebrated painter, sculptor, scientist, anatomist, botanist and architect. Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain [15]

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FINEARTS Saturday 18th (6.15pm)

Tuesday 21st (6.30pm)

Sleaford Mods : Invisible Britain shows the most exciting and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. The film follows Sleaford Mods on a tour of the UK in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, visiting the neglected, broken-down and boarded-up parts of the country that many would prefer to ignore. Part-band doc, part-look at the state of the nation, the documentary features individuals and communities attempting to find hope among the ruins against a blistering soundtrack provided by Sleaford Mods.

Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina who has schemes of her own. Madcap disguises accompany twists and turns in a whirlwind plot whilst Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds. Directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, this new production, conducted by Enrique Mazzola, heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne for 33 years. Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina while the London Philharmonic Orchestra is in the pit. (Sung in Italian with English subtitles)

Lift to the Scaffold [PG] presented in partnership with SCVA Monday 20th (8.30pm) Louis Malle’s first feature, a classy thriller with an ingenious plot featuring excellent performances from the two leads complemented by a splendid score improvised by the great jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis. Glyndebourne: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [12A]

Studio Ghibli Forever: Princess Mononoke [PG] Wednesday 22nd (8.30pm) ‘One of the most visually inventive films I’ve ever seen,’ according to Roger Ebert. Princess Mononoke was until Titanic now overtaken by Spirited Away, the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. Set in the Muromachi era (1338- 1573), this magnificent epic traces Japan’s move from the Middle Ages to modernity with

a breathtaking artistry that first brought Miyazaki to the attention of Disney who distributed the film in the USA. From the opening sequence onwards the film’s packed with memorable images. And in a reversal of the usual formula, this is an adult animation that is also suitable for children aged 10 plus. (Japanese with English subtitles) Tarkovsky season: Andrei Rublev (re: 2016) [15] Sunday 26th (6.45pm) / Wednesday 29th (1pm) Voted the best art-house film of all time by The Guardian in 2010, this riveting masterpiece traces both the life of the medieval painter and the historical forces that culminated in the Tsardom. (Russian with English subtitles)

to another man. The music’s full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, - small wonder that Werther is often considered to be the composer’s finest work. The Royal Opera’s music director, Antonio Pappano, returns to conduct Benoît Jacquot’s classic production. Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo, stars as Werther alongside Joyce DiDonato who sings her first Charlotte (one of the great French mezzo roles) in this staging. Studio Ghibli Forever: Spirited Away [PG] Wednesday 29th (8.30pm)

Vintage Sundays: Roman Holiday [U]

A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-yearold girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim. This visionary work from Miyazaki is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy-tale. (Japanese with English subtitles)

Sunday 26th (2.45pm)

E4 Slackers Club (film tbc)

ROH Live: Werther [12A]

Thursday 30th June

Monday 27th (7pm)

Set up by E4 and Picturehouse, E4 Slackers Club offers students a FREE film screening every month at Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK. Slackers Club is a free-tojoin club therefore students get in on the act!

Based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Massenet’s opera tells the story of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who’s committed

ROH LIVE: Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo, as Werther.

RSC LIVE: British actor, Paapa Essiedu, as Hamlet.

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Virginia Black In Concert

What’s On At Maddermarket Here’s What’s Happening At Maddermarket This Month Egyptian Dance – Saidi

Wed 08 Jun - Sat 11 Jun 7:30pm

Tickets: £5

Wed 01 June 6 – 7pm Wednesday

Tickets: £12 (£10 Concessions)

Virginia Black In Concert

Tickets: £25

St Gregory’s Orchestra

Dan Cruickshank

Sun 12 June 7pm

Fri 17 June 7:30pm Redwell Theatre Bar

Wed 01 June

Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8)

Tickets: £15

Norwich Jazz Club Monthly Jam Session

Egyptian Dance: Improvers

Tickets: £17.50 (Concessions £15) Intellectual Hooligans Comedy Improv

Mon 13 June 8 - 10:30pm Monday

Sat 18 June 7-8pm Workshop, 8.30pm Performance

Tickets: £25

Tickets: £5 for non participants tickets on the door

Tickets: £6.00 (includes workshop if you wish to participate)

Forever In Blue Jeans

The Janet Seidel Trio

Fri 03 June 7:30pm Tickets: £18 (Concessions £17)

Tue 14 June Doors 7:30pm Music 8:30pm

Ladies In Lavender Fri 24 Jun - Sat 02 Jul 7.30pm (Matinees on 25th June and 2nd July)


Tickets: entry £12 (under 25’s £6)

Tickets: £12 / £10 / £8

Sat 04 June 7:30pm

Scratch Shot - New Writing Evening

Vintage Sale Rail

Thurs 02 June 6 - 7pm Thursdays

Tickets: £20 Peter Pan Intellectual Hooligans - Comedy Improv

Thu 16 June

Dan Cruickshank

Fri 01 July 12 Noon - 6pm Tickets: FREE

Ladies In Lavender

Box Office Our box office is situated in the foyer area, opposite the coffee shop. Box Office opening hours Normal Open Hours Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am - 5pm. On Show Days Monday to Saturday 10am - 7.30pm Sundays 5pm - 7.30pm Booking Tickets Tickets may be booked in person, by telephone or online. Box Office: 01603 620917

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All Or Nothing

Chris Simmons feature – June 9-11


hey are the band responsible for a large part of the soundtrack of the Mod era and enjoyed a rollercoaster ride through the perils of the music world. Now the story of The Small Faces is being immortalised in a new musical which proved a hit in London and is on its way to Norwich. John Bultitude met Chris Simmons, who takes on the role of the band’s troubled lead-singer Steve Marriott. The Small Faces certainly packed a musical punch helping to give a generation of young people a voice and encouraging them to rebel against the stuffier side of Sixties society. They also helped create and define a whole genre of music and fashion shaping Mod culture and being responsible for a host of big hits including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park, Tin Soldier and All Or Nothing. 40 | June 2016

And it is that latter song which is also the title of a gritty and edgy new musical which aims to recapture the era and tell the story of four ordinary working-class East End lads who become a pop phenomenon while also facing the perils of unscrupulous management, women, alcohol and drugs. A huge hit in London where its run was extended due to popular demand, the production is now heading to Norwich Theatre Royal on June 9-11 as part of its first UK tour. The production is a labour of love for its writer, co-producer (and one of its stars) Carol Harrison, a hugely-respected stage, film and TV actress who had known The Small Faces lead singer, the late Steve Marriott, since the age of eight and wanted to bring the story to the stage. And it was an initial run of the show down on the South Coast which saw Chris come on board. Carol had secured Simon Rouse, best known as DCI Jack Meadows

in The Bill, to play tough music manager Don Arden and Simon knew Chris from their time sharing the small-screen at Sun Hill nick in the popular police drama. Chris, who played big-hearted CID officer Mickey Webb, saw the script and decided he had to be involved. “I read it and said to my agent,’ I have got to have this part.’ It sort of snowballed from there really. I fell in love with the way it was written, the narration, and I knew about Steve Marriott. It really is a wonderful, fantastic, ballsy, edgy, funny, dark, emotional piece and Carol’s writing is very funny.” He takes on the role of the older Steve Marriot who acts as the narrator for the show taking the audience through the story as well as helping to map the life of his troubled character. “Steve is a bit Jekyll and Hyde. His energy is off the scale. My character also deteriorates in the second act which I have to plot carefully. It is the rise and fall of this band. In the first half he is hyper and watches them make it before reality kicks in

during the second act. The journey is fantastic. My character is the ghost. Nobody sees me or knows I am there. The only time I speak to anyone is at the end but I won’t give that away as it is a lovely touching scene.” While there is no doubting Chris’s dedication, energy and passion for the project, he was also conscious that he was playing a real person and Steve’s daughter Mollie was taking a keen interest in the show. He said: “What is nice is that word got back to me in the interval at an early show that Mollie was watching and she thought I reminded her of her dad and had captured his essence. I did a lot of reading and watched his interviews and performances but, in the end, you do the best you can. You just hold your breath and leap, so for Mollie to say that without having met her and spoken to her a couple of times, it was great.” Alongside Chris are four hugelytalented actor-musicians who play the band, Carol Harrison herself


who plays Steve’s mum Kay, and an ensemble cast who take on a wide range of parts from the band’s unscrupulous manager Don Arden to assorted pop stars and presenters. “The four lads that play The Small Faces are great. There is no gimmick there. The four boys only had one week’s rehearsal before us and they are incredible. They are all actor-musicians and they all capture the rawness of The Small Faces,” said Chris.

does not matter. The narration tells the story. The music is fantastic and I think people will love that and the story.”

range of work on stage at the likes of The Lyric Hammersmith and the Tristan Bates Theatre as well as roles in programmes like Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City and Channel 5’s acclaimed police drama Suspects.

This latest role is about as far as you can get from Chris’s bestknown TV role in The Bill and is the latest challenge in his 20 year career. After finishing drama school and going travelling, he decided it was time to settle down and try to make acting his full-time job.

But it is All Or Nothing which is really enthusing him and he is looking forward to bringing it to Norwich as part of the tour. “This show has got balls, it has got edge and it doesn’t go for the cheesy love story. It is about the boys and their journey.”

It also works on two levels. For those who remember the Mod era, Chris says this is a great way to recapture those times. “The Mod audience have been great. They know every single thing about the era and all the references. We know when they are in.

He recalled: “What The Butler Saw was one of my first jobs. I went to Nigeria to put on the play which was one of the most bizarre experiences. The Nigerian audience would throw things on the stage and shout and talk and, at first, I thought, what is happening? But that is their way of showing they appreciate it.”

And Chris believes the All Or Nothing juggernaut is showing no signs of stopping just yet. “Personally think it will get to the West End. There is a market for it. The amount of times it has been compared to shows like Sunny Afternoon. That show won 7 Olivier’s. To be mentioned in the same breath as that is great,” he said.

“If you are just a normal Joe Bloggs like me and were not a Mod, it

From there, he has done a wide

Now he is issuing a rallying cry to people to come along, see it and enjoy it. “With my hand on my heart, I have not heard one negative thing about it from the audience, from the Mods and from my friends. They all say it is superb.” Praise indeed for a show which is sure to recapture memories for some, and create lots of new ones for others.

Listing: All Or Nothing, Thursday 9-Saturday 11 June at 7.30pm, and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£25. Discounts for Groups and Friends. To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto www.

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Royal Norfolk Show Summer’s here! And so are the region’s agricultural shows. Tony Cooper takes a look at the Royal Norfolk - one of the country’s finest!


nd one of the country’s largest and grandest agricultural shows, too, organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA). This year’s show takes place on Wednesday/Thursday, 29th/30th June, running daily from 8am to 6pm at the Norfolk Showground, Costessey, on the outskirts of Norwich. 42 | June 2016

Getting the show on the road, however, takes a lot of preparation and, therefore, it’s all hands on deck for the well-drilled team headed by RNAA’s chief executive, Greg Smith, to make it all happen. For instance, 150 acres of grass needs to be cut, two miles of hedges trimmed, 140 signs erected, 800 benches and fences painted lapping up 150 litres of

bright white paint. And that’s just for starters!

straw will be extensively used over the two days of the show.

And with thousands of animals to be cared for 265 temporary stables need to be erected along with 500 sheep-pens while it takes a good five months to prepare the horse rings and, at least, two weeks to jet-wash the cattle shed. On top of all this, 55 tonnes of

But the organisers of the show which attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year - are used to all this. It’s all in a day’s work! They’ve had a lot of practice over the years, of course, as the show - which enjoys an excellent reputation and still holds firmly


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can actually meet Mr Mawkin, a friendly scarecrow making his show début. One can also get up close to the best of Norfolk’s rare breeds and learn more about the Rare Breed Survival Trust. Visitors can also indulge in the cattle and livestock rings, enjoy the countryside area, marvel at machinery past and present, admire the flower and garden show as well as pick up some culinary tips in the cookery theatre plus down a thirst-quenching pint or two and have a bite to eat within the confines of the Adnams food and drink marquee. Education trails will also be structured to encourage an understanding of the past and

to its agricultural roots, the true essence and, indeed, the raisond’être of the show itself - dates back to the 1800s. One of the main themes this year is ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ which aims to promote agriculture and food production in Norfolk. Visitors can enjoy a walk round Mr Mawkin’s Farm where one

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FINEEVENTS A new livestock class has also been introduced namely the Beltex sheep class and there’ll also be increased capacity for goats to attract new exhibitors and a new and exciting prize schedule for small livestock.

enable the learning of discovery and innovation for the future while the Discovery Zone and Innovation Hub will play a key role in complementing the theme of ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’. And ‘Celebrating Our Heritage’ - an important part of the show, too, this year - will highlight local institutions who’ll be celebrating their achievements and successes. A number of well-known local organisations such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Countrysiders, City College Norwich, Cub Scouts and RAF Marham will be present to celebrate a significant milestone in their respective organisations. For instance, RAF Marham is celebrating its centenary this year. ‘The Retail Experience’ forms a key part of the show as always and over 650 businesses will be trading at Norfolk’s largest outdoor shopping experience ranging from top-end retailers to bespoke Norfolk-produced goods. There’ll also be an eclectic range of shops offering luxury goods,

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To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen, The Queen’s Colour Squadron, the RAF’s ceremonial display unit, are returning to the show for the first time since 1987 for a Grand Ring display to deliver their world-renowned Continuity Drill Displays promising a spectacle like no other!

cars, clothing, plant sales, garden design and furniture while banking and professional services will be on hand. There’ll also be a range of agricultural suppliers present, many of them boasting the latest state-of-the-art farming and agricultural equipment.

The show will also be hosting the Horse of the Year Show qualifier events and new this year will be the qualifier for the Ridden Heavy Horse while the rescue horse section includes the rescue horse village as well as the Queen’s Prize for the Best Norfolk Light Horse in 2016.

And the Real Horse Power event will be the largest gathering of heavy horses and vintage horsedrawn machinery not seen in Norfolk for generations boasting 36 heavy horses representing all the heavy-horse breeds including Percheron, Clydesdale, Suffolk and Shire. The creation of a Broads and Tourism Zone will also reflect the importance of the Broads


to our industries, culture and landscape. Visitors will be able to meet the organisations involved in promoting and working the Broads with a host of activities for members of the public to participate in. And a separate Sports’ Village will be headed by Active Norfolk supported by rugby union club Leicester Tigers while there’ll be a range of sporting activities for young and old to try their hand at. And a new-look young festival will also offer an exciting and wellplanned programme with BBC East introducing a variety of acts which include the Norfolk qualifier heats of the UK strongman competition. This year’s specialist topic ‘In The Soil’ at the Discovery Zone complements the theme of ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ and aims to help and educate young people in developing an appreciation of where food actually comes from. There’ll also be soil experiments to examine, observe traditional and new-age cows being milked while in an interactive session one will be able to make their own milkshakes.

TICKETS can be obtained online from www.royalnorfolkshow.rnaa. and buying tickets online in advance guarantees savings on gate prices.

Adult (aged 17-64) advance purchase price online: £20.00 Child (aged 5-16) advance purchase price online: £7.00

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) advance purchase price online: £45.00 Car parking: Any ‘one day’ advance purchase price online: £6.00 2016 June | 45


Big C - Beard Off


oswells beards went under the knife to launch year of fund-raising for Norfolk’s Big C

While most people were making their mark in polling stations today (Thursday May 5, 2016), members of the claims department at Alan Boswell Group used the date to make a statement of their own. They were launching the first in the company’s year of fund-raising events to raise more than £25,000 to benefit the county’s cancer patients, with a “beard-off ”. Mark Davenport, claims manager and Paul Cole, senior claims adviser, bid farewell to their beloved beards in gentlemen’s grooming barbershop Swagger and Jacks where the traditional method of cut throat shaving took about 75 minutes. Claims handler Anthony Lehman also had his head shaved at the St Benedict’s Street shop, with all tonsorial services donated by owner Mark Young.

The idea for the event came from Anthony whose mum Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. He saw a leaflet challenging men to shave off their hair and thought this would inspire his colleagues. Asked if his mum approved of the challenge, he said she loved fun and laughter so definitely. The family is awaiting the outcome of the early diagnosis, which comes months after her retirement from Leeway Women’s Refuge, and is optimistic for her recovery. For Mr Cole, he is thinking winter might be a bit chilly! Every one of the 220 employees across Boswells’ six Norfolk and Suffolk offices, has been challenged by the directors to raise at least £100 to support Big C, Norfolk’s

cancer charity, who staff voted to be it’s charity of the year.

we have made and how far off we are from the target.

Marketing manager Lee Boswell said: “The company is a big supporter of Big C having sponsored both its ladies and gent’s golf days for the past 20 years.

“Some of the directors and staff will be participating in the Bullards Tour De Norfolk at the Norfolk showground in September, taking up the challenge of the new 35mile circuit whilst a couple of hardy souls are going the full distance and have pledged to ride 100 miles!” he said.

“We’ll also look to raise funds though our annual 7-a-side corporate football tournament at Carrow Road, dress down days and other fund-raising challenges for the charity. This year it is slightly different. We will all be taking part. Each member of staff can chose his or her challenge and already the initiative has become a talking point in the office. The entire staff is linked by a team page on JustGiving which totals the efforts as we go and is stimulating ideas. This way we can all see how much

If you would like to donate to the Alan Boswell team effort visit

To find out more how you can get involved with Big C in its Challenge 35 campaign visit

For Mr Davenport, the loss of his distinctive carefully groomed beard is quite a talking point around the office. One sponsorship is conditional on his being clean shaven for at least six months; while at home, his 12 year old daughter is in for a surprise, when he returns home tonight …she has not seen his chin since she was two years’ old! 46 | June 2016


The Benjamin Foundation


Broads charity boating weekender announced for The Benjamin Foundation

he Benjamin Foundation has announced a major new fundraising event called Benjamin’s Boating Weekend, which will take place from Saturday 15th to Monday 17th October 2016. Ferry Marina in Horning has donated its entire fleet of 31 holiday cruisers which ranges from two to 10 berth, to the charity for the weekend. Businesses, families and individuals are invited to book a boat, for themselves, colleagues or young people supported by The Benjamin Foundation, to enjoy a weekend break on the Norfolk Broads. Every penny they pay will be donated to the local charity.

Weekend was born.The focus of the weekend is of course on raising funds, but the people and businesses who hire a boat will also benefit. There is the obvious feel good factor of donating money to a truly

worthy cause, plus this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the Norfolk Broads in a way that many people haven’t before.” For more details and to book a boat

to support The Benjamin Foundation during Benjamin’s Boating Weekend from Saturday 15th to Monday 17th October 2016, please contact chris. or 01603 883933.

Tony Ing, chief executive of The Benjamin Foundation, said: “This is the first event of its kind for us and we are urging businesses and individuals, who have the means, to book for Benjamin’s Boating Weekend. For more than 21 years The Benjamin Foundation has been helping people across Norfolk, and more recently into Suffolk, 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. Each year we help around 2,000 people, providing them with hope, opportunity, stability and independence. We provide a home and support for 100 young adults who would otherwise be homeless; building stronger relationships within families; partner with over 80 schools to help some pupils and parents on a one-to-one basis, and provide many more services.” Benjamin’s Boating Weekend is the brainchild of Hazel Funnell, director at Ferry Marina who has regularly supported the charity in the past thanks to her involvement with The Horning Friends. Hazel said: “The Benjamin Foundation plays such a vital role in supporting children young people and families. I kept thinking ‘How can I utilise what we have here to raise even more money?’ and Benjamin’s Boating

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Masquerade Ball comes to Earlham Park! All picture by Jerry Tye


aui Waui nights are well known to be all-singing, alldancing and brings together the best in live music, dj’s, circus acts, fabulous performers and entertainment. This year they have teamed up with Norwich legends Bo Nanafana Social Club who have a long tradition of sell out shows puling in top acts from around the country.

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Maui Waui brings the big top back into Norwich with a Masquerade Ball

This years’ event is set to take place on 9th July in Earlham Park inside a beautifully dressed circus big top. The main act is an amazing band called Kabaret, who will be flown over from Paris for this oneoff gig. Kabaret are a top French Electro Swing Band with one hell of show! Expect to see Aerial Circus Shows, Live Bands, DJ’s along with Canapes, Cocktails and Cabaret.

This spectacular show is coming into town for 1 night only, so its not to be missed! Additionally this year, the big top venue will also be host to a one-off special CINEMA NIGHT on Friday 8th July, where we will be screening a cult classic (to be announced soon). Come and enjoy the theatre of

watching a favourite cult film, on the big screen, outside in Earlham Park, with a bar and food - you’ll be well catered for at this pop-up cinema. More information and tickets can be found at or find them on facebook at mauiwauievents/


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The Battle of Copenhagen

Read All About It

Good Morning! Here Is The News… For 1801-1823 Living in Norwich during this period, there were basically several ways of getting the news – word of mouth from folk travelling to the Fine City by the super-fast coach network from other parts of the Kingdom; pigeons, if it was particularly urgent and fast-horse relays if it was not quite so important; and post if it could wait a week or so. The Town Crier was much in demand, importantly announcing the latest stories to those who could not read (which was most people). There was, however, a growing educated class who read newspapers and books, Norwich proudly being the first city outside of London to have a library, paid for by subscription. Most gentlefolk, however, would retire to one of the many coffee houses in Gentlemans Walk and elsewhere to discuss the state of the world and read the Norfolk newspapers. The following are actual news snippets which they would have seen.

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January 1 1801 Great scarcity prevailed throughout the month. About £1500 was subscribed for supplying the poor of Norwich with soup, and upwards of 247,000 quarts were distributed. At Norwich market wheat was quoted at the beginning of the month at 146s per quarter and rose at the end to 180s; barley 84s and oats 50s. Various expedients were adopted to lessen the consumption of bread. ‘The officers of the West Norfolk Militia’, it was stated, ‘have entirely left off the use of bread at their mess, and have forbid the use of puddings and pies, except the crust is made of rice or potatoes, which they eat in a variety of shapes as a substitute for bread’. Nurses were advised to use linseed meal and water instead of bread and milk in making poultices. March 7 Arrived in Yarmouth Roads, the St

George, of 98 guns, bearing the flag of Lord Nelson. The grand fleet of 47 ships of war (with 3000 marines), sailed on the 12th, under the command of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, in the London, of 98 guns, with Nelson as his Vice-Admiral. April 4 Died at Cambridge, Mrs Lloyd, widow of Dean Lloyd, aged 79. ‘Her performances in needlework were so exquisitely wrought that they may be justly compared with the paintings of the most celebrated artists. The Transfiguration and other figures represented in the eastern windows of Norwich Cathedral have displayed the superior skill of her personal attainments.

stealing a cow and three heifers; and James Chettleburgh (36), for stealing six sheep at Saxlingham, were executed at Thetford. ‘Day confessed to having committed four burglaries previous to that for which he suffered, and to having deserted thirteen times from different regiments’. April 11 ‘To be seen alive in a genteel room at Mr Peck’s Coffee-house, Church

April 4 John Allen (23) and John Day (26), for burglary at the house of the Rev Isaac Horley, at North Walsham; Richard Grafton, for

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FINELIVING April 14 Intelligence received at Yarmouth of the destruction of the Danish fleet in Copenhagen Bay, by the British fleet, under the immediate command of Lord Nelson, on April 2, after a battle of four hours. Seventeen sail of the Danish navy were taken or destroyed. The news was conveyed to Norwich by the coach, which entered the city with colours flying; the Volunteer corps paraded in the Market Place and fired a feu de joie, and the bells of St Peter Mancroft and of other churches were rung. April 23

Admiral Lord Nelson

Stile, Market Place, Norwich, the largest Rattlesnake ever seen in England, 42 years old, near nine feet long, in full health and vigour. He is well secured so that Ladies and

Gentlemen may view him without the least danger. He has not taken any sustenance for 11 months. Admittance, Ladies and Gentlemen 1s; working people and children 6d’.

Died at Norwich, Mr John Bonsell, aged 75 years, ‘an eminent leather cutter, who for upwards of 20 years lived an abstemious life, refraining from animal food and fermented liquors. He rendered himself very conspicuous in the religious world, as he professed opinions, in a great measure peculiar to himself, which bordered upon fanaticism’. April 25 Comparative returns of the

population of Norwich, ‘as taken in 1801, 1786, 1752, and 1693’, were published. ‘The decrease of the population of this city since 1786 is 3219, but it is to be observed that 1786 was a year of peace, and that in the returns of 1801 those serving in the Navy, Army and Militia are not included. Norwich, during the present war, has furnished at least 4000 recruits for the Army and Navy, and these will account for the decrease, and also for the great excess of females, which appear from returns to be above one-fourth’. May 23 Another capital prize in the lottery has come down to Norwich. The whole ticket, number 24350, a prize of £15,000 in the July Irish Lottery, is the sole property of Charles Weston Esq, banker and brewer of this city. June 18 The body of William Suffolk, who was executed in March, 1797, for the murder of Mary Beck, of North Walsham, was taken down by authority of the magistrates Norwich Market Place 1806 by John Sell Cotman: looking towards St Peter Mancroft Church

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FINELIVING ‘Four in Hand’ by Thomas Eakins

and interred on the spot where the gibbet were erected. ‘About ten days back a starling’s nest, with young ones, was taken out of the

breast of Watson, who hangs on a gibbet on Bradenham common, near Swaffham, for the murder of his wife, which was witnessed by

hundreds of people as something very singular and extraordinary’. June 22

Holkham Sheep Shearing commenced and lasted until the 26th. ....The new implements exhibited included a machine for drilling turnips, invented by the Rev T.C. Munnings... June 25 A fire broke out on the roof of Norwich Cathedral, and occasioned damage to the amount of £500. Bishop Manners Sutton personally distributed refreshments to the soldiers and others who assisted in extinguishing the flames. About 45 feet of the roof were destroyed. The fire originated from the carelessness of plumbers at work on the building. June 29

Norwich Castle in 1800s

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Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson arrived at Yarmouth in the Kite sloop, Capt. Domett, from Copenhagen. He immediately proceeded on foot from the jetty to the Hospital, and visited the sick and wounded seamen. After a stay of about three hours, his lordship left Yarmouth for London,

FINELIVING under the escort of a troop of Yeomanry Cavalry. The price of wheat at the end of this month fell to 120s per quarter. July 1 1801 The population of Norfolk was returned as 274,221, of whom 130,249 were males and 143, 972 females. August 4 The Norwich Parochial Volunteer Associations assembled at St Andrew’s Hall, and afterwards marched to the Market Place, where Capt William Herring, the commanding officer of the day, read a letter from the Lord Lieutenant, requesting the men be prepared in case of invasion. August 15 Henry Lawn, aged 41, executed on the Castle Hill,, Norwich for horse stealing. ‘He denied to the last that he was guilty. He left a wife and six children...’ August 24 The Supplementary Militia was re-embodied. During this month meetings were held in different parishes in city and county to discuss the means to be adopted in case of invasion. October 21

A general illumination took place in Norwich in celebration of the Peace. There was a grand display of transparencies, and a huge bonfire was lighted in the Market Place, around which the Mayor and Corporation paraded October 24 ‘In the spring of this year the Palace Workhouse, Norwich, contained 1017 paupers. They are now reduced to 425, a smaller number than has been known for the past 20 years. The reduction in the other workhouse has been nearly proportionate.’ November 13 Peter Donahue, a sear gent in the 30th Regiment of Foot, was executed at Lynn, for uttering counterfeit Bank of England notes. ‘We are sorry to add that he appeared sensible for many minutes after he was turned off, and a large effusion of blood gushed from his mouth and nose, which rendered the scene most awful, terrible and distressing’. March 9 1816 One day this week some men were opening in St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, a vault which had been closed nine years, where they found three bats entirely covered with mould and dust.

They were in a state of complete torpidity, but one of them immediately took flight.

unhappy man, his distressed wife, and four children’. October 11

April 23 At Norwich Quarter Sessions John William Smith was charged with stealing a silver spoon from the Waggon and Horses public-house, the property of William Smith, and a coat, the property of Michael Callow, from the Crown Inn, St Stephens. ....He was sentenced to seven years’ transportation.

Mr Robert Baker, a glover and breeches maker, of Wells-nextthe-sea, was found murdered in Market Lane, about 200 yards from the town. His skull was beaten and his throat cut. The county magistrates, assembled for other business at the Shirehall, Norwich, ordered the printing of 3,000 handbills giving notice of the murder.....A Man named James Johnson, 29 years of age, was apprehended on suspicion at the Kings Head Inn, Hethersett, on October 15th. The prisoner was tried at the Norfolk Assizes, held at Thetford on March 19th 1818, when, after a trial lasting seven and a half hours, the jury returned a verdict of guilty, and he was sentenced to death by Mr Justice Dallas, ‘his body to be delivered to surgeons to be anatomised’on the following Saturday. On the prisoner asking for ‘a longer period than two days in which to prepare for eternity ’, the judge ordered death to be postponed until the following Monday, on which day the execution took place on the Castle Hill, Norwich, in the presence of 5,000 spectators.

June 25 1817 A severe hailstorm occurred in West Norfolk. Some of the hailstones measured six inches in circumference. Much damage was done. Many rooks were afterwards found dead. July 19 Thomas Carter was publicly whipped in Norwich Market Place for stealing a cow. October 1 ADVERTISEMENT: ‘Christopher Woods has been a prisoner in Norwich Castle during four and a half years, and there must remain for life, unless assisted with £20 to enable him to put an answer to a bill in Chancery. The attention of the truly Charitable is earnestly requested in behalf of this

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Norwich Market Place by Robert Dighton: looking towards the old Town Hall

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Black Beauty Anna Sewell was born in Yarmouth, Norfolk on 30th March 1820. She was buried near Buxton in our county on 30th April 1878. She produced just the one book, first published by celebrated local publisher, Jarrold and Son, and to date it has sold over 50 million copies. Anna had only five months to live when Black Beauty was published in 1877, but she survived long enough to witness the very great success of her story. The novel centres around the adventures of a black horse. Black Beauty passes through the hands of a series of owners, some kind and

some not, and each chapter has a simple moral to it about love and kindness. Unsurprisingly, children and adults - have been captivated by the mix of adventure and the clear delineation of good and evil presented in a very exciting way: in this regard, it has a similar appeal to the Harry Potter books. When she was 14, Anna badly damaged her ankles in a fall when walking home from school, and for all the rest of her life she was an invalid. She loved to drive her father to and from his work in a trap and it was this that gave her a love of horses. Literary success was also in the family, her Mother,

The only known image of Anna Sewell

Mary Wright Sewell, being a very successful writer of tales for young people. Anna was bed-ridden when writing the book and in considerable discomfort: she would compose her story on scraps of paper which her Mother would then transcribe. The book is told as an animal autobiography and, as such, broke new literary ground: While I was young I lived upon my mother’s milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the grove. “I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play.” I have never forgotten my mother’s advice; I knew she was a wise old horse, and our master thought a great deal of her.

Original edition of Black Beauty published by Jarrold and Sons 1877

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Today, the ‘pony’ books for young people are still a hugely successful genre and it is Anna Sewell who is

responsible. Arguably also, the vast array of books in our bookshops featuring voices and feelings of many other animals – especially dogs and cats – derive directly from this lady. There have been some film and TV adaptations of the book, although not as many as deserved. The first film was an American production in 1921 and the 1972 TV series, The Adventures of Black Beauty, is regarded as a classic. The stirring theme music was part of childhood for many of us and can be heard on YouTube now. The last movie was in 1994. Time for another, surely? And featuring our fabulous county and people?

feature by:

Steve Browning Writer @returningperson

FINELIVING Anna Sewell’s house in Old Catton where Black Beauty was written 1871-77

A facsimile of 1912 edition recently reissued and sold by Jarrolds today

The Great Yarmouth house in which Anna Sewell was born

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Recipe for Summer Norfolk chef Harry Farrow is passionate about keeping it local.


t’s our busiest time of the year right now, and while it’s full steam ahead for the kitchen team, we’re fortunate enough to be blessed with an abundance of fresh,

seasonal ingredients with which to work our magic. One particular favourite of mine is the selection of summer fruits available on the doorstep from farm shops, local delis and pick your owns including

nearby Wiveton Hall. Whether using blackberries, blueberries or glossy cherries, we serve a delicious clafoutis at The Anchor Inn, which is a traditional baked French dessert – a cross between a Bakewell tart and a soufflé! It makes for a lovely finishing touch to any summer’s meal, or enjoyed on its own with a cup of tea or coffee. With the start of the game season towards the end of the summer, locally-sourced venison will make it back on the menu. We source ours from either the Holkham or Houghton estate – it’s all about keeping those food miles to an absolute minimum. When accompanied by our homemade blackberry sauce, it’s the perfect main event to a post-shoot dinner.

mullet, however, really packs a punch due to our beautiful unspoilt coastline. Unite with The Fruit Pig Company’s free range cooking chorizo for a real Spanish flavour. Scallops are always popular with our customers throughout the year. Combine with apples or black pudding for the perfect partnership. Norfolk butcher Arthur Howell makes his own traditional black pudding using a tried-and-tested family recipe. It is one of the best around! My mantra is to cook what I catch as much as possible, so when I can, I take the opportunity to go out on a boat to enjoy a bit of fishing. Now that the warmer days have arrived, there’s nothing better than

When it comes to seafood, grey mullet is an underrated fish, which gets a lot of bad press because it is typically associated with stale, muddy waters. Our North Norfolk

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going out in the great outdoors – it makes a refreshing change from the hot pub kitchen! So, if you’re enjoying a pub crawl or cycle ride along the North Norfolk coast, do pop in to either The Anchor Inn or The Hero for a glass of something cold, and we might be able to tempt you with a dish of seasonal Norfolk fare! For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit

The Anchor inn is open from 9am until 11pm daily, serving food from 12-3pm and 6-9pm. We serve high quality local fish, game, meats and vegetables, cooked to perfection. Feature by:

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2017 Peugeot 3008 SUV International Reveal Location: Paris, France


Peugeot has announced the new 3008 SUV - and Fine City’s motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, was in Paris for the 2017 model’s international reveal. Roomier At just 4450mm in length, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV is one of the most compact models in its segment, offering greater passenger and luggage space over the outgoing model. With a longer wheelbase and an overall length which is just 80mm longer than the current model, interior space has greatly improved, most notably for rear occupants who now have an additional 24mm legroom, 4mm elbow room and 36mm headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17mm despite the width of the new model being identical to the outgoing version at 1840mm, and height being 19mm lower at 1620mm.

cover), this is almost 90L bigger than the previous generation. Like the previous version, owners can remove the luggage cover and fold the second row of seats flat; this results in a total luggage capacity of 1580 litres, one of the largest and most versatile load capacities in the segment.

To ensure owners and drivers can enjoy and exploit the full potential of their new 3008, the new model comes with the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit which includes sensory buttons. By simply pressing a dedicated key - next to the toggle buttons there is the opportunity to further enhance the driving experience: with i-Cockpit Amplify. In this way, all the senses are immediately aroused: • Sight – by varying the intensity

of ambient lighting and the colour screens • Hearing – via the musical ambiance settings • Touch – via the multi-point massage embedded in the seats (with up to five programmes) • Smell – via the aroma from the fragrance diffuser Intelligent Design The folding bench seat has a 2/3 - 1/3 ‘Magic Flat’ capability to optimise loading with a flat floor. The very original adaptable

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moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved with two positions to allow the optimisation of boot space and removable side-panels that can be affixed to the side boot trim. For the carrying of long objects, the front passenger seat can be folded to allow a smaller width item of 3 metres to be carried (like skis) on all versions. This clever functionality can be further completed with a hands-free opening tailgate, allowing a simple gesture of the foot under the rear bumper to open or to close the motorised tailgate. In short, the

ingenuity of the new 3008 SUV allows many configurations. Connectivity The new Peugeot 3008 SUV responds to the driver’s need to stay connected while driving and the driver can navigate with confidence, due to facilities like MirrorScreen, induction Smartphone recharging and 3D connected navigation. The 3D navigation stretches realism even further by displaying images of buildings and monuments, while taking into account the contours of the terrain. With the Mirror Screen function, a Smartphone screen can be reproduced on the touch-screen to make best use of its applications. It is compatible with MirrorLink protocols (Android smartphones), Android Auto and Apple CarplayTM (iPhone 5 onwards).

patented innovations and unique sonic sound, the 10 speaker system with exclusive FOCAL technology will bring a pure and defined sound to occupants. Included are mid-range woofers with Polyglass technology for balanced and clear sound and TNF tweeters with inverted aluminium dome technology for optimal sound output and clear high-pitched notes. A 200mm Power FlowerTM subwoofer features triple coil technology for clear and dynamic reproduction of low frequencies while an active 12-channel amplifier delivers

515 watts of rich sounds, fine high frequencies and genuinely powerful bass notes. Mobility In a context where access to city centres is increasingly constrained, Peugeot is positioned as a provider of innovative solutions for mobility issues today. It is still the only brand developing vehicles with two, three or four wheels and for the launch of the new 3008 SUV can offer its customers a new range of individual mobility solutions: a folding scooter with

Sound feature by:

Tim Barnes-Clay Writer @carwriteups

For the first time in history, technology from French acoustics specialist FOCAL will be factory fitted to a production model. Recognised worldwide for its 2016 June | 59


electric assist (e-Kick) and a folding bike with electric assistance (e-Bike). This unique offering is designed for customers seeking additional mobility solutions to and from their vehicle to help them easily make the latter stages of their journeys to their final destination. The daily life of a city dweller is transformed with the potential for much less stress, and possibly a bit of fun too.

warnings and active vehicle control. The new model also has the Driver Alert Warning function; with constant analysis of vehicle trajectory against road markings, it can then trigger several levels of audible and visual alerts and

remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving and at a speed greater than 40mph. Engines The new Peugeot 3008 SUV

comes with a range of fuel efficient Euro6.1 petrol and diesel engines. Four petrol models are available, including the 1.2L PureTech 130 Stop&Start (S&S) with CO2 emission of just 115g/km:

Safety Technology has done more than just improve the driver and passenger experience and enjoyment; it has also improved safety with the next generation of safety systems and state-of-theart driver aids. Available on the new 3008 is Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, a distance alert function (risk of collision warning) with automatic emergency braking (to avoid a collision or to limit the severity by reducing vehicle speed) and Active Involuntary Crossing Line, a lane departure alert for safer driving with visual and audible

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FINEmotors • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual (6SMT) • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual (6SMT) optimised low fuel consumption models • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6) • 1.6L THP 165 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6) Customers also have a choice of five diesel engine options, with BlueHDi technology capable of reducing emissions to just 100g/ km: • 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S 5-speed Manual (BVM5) • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed

Manual (BVM6 - for normal and low consumption versions) • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6) • 2.0L BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-speed Manual (BVM6) • 2.0L BlueHDi 180 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6) UK Arrival The new Peugeot 3008 SUV will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2016 in September where pricing and specifications will be announced. The 3008 will be available to order in the UK from November with first deliveries due in January 2017.

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Summer Favourites!


he bees are buzzing in the afternoon sunshine and I’m really feeling blessed to be here. I count myself lucky to work with plants, it’s just the best time of year at the moment. The new growth is lush and green and flowers are starting to emerge, getting ready to amaze us yet again! Seven Acres Nursery is full of wonderful plants and now is a good time to visit. Certain plants shine at this time of year, they’re having their “moment of glory”. Of course, all the plants are my favourites, like your children you have to treat them equally!

This plant will like a sheltered sunny position, it’s been planted up in these classic pots in good quality compost with an extra dash of fertiliser to enrich it through the growing season. Enjoy!

But a couple that perhaps enjoy a little more favour deserve a mention. Hydrangea Annabelle is an example of the magnificent transition that certain plants make in the spring. It starts off in the spring as an uninspiring cluster of dead looking twigs from which emerge soft green leaves. Soon after small clusters of tiny buds will gradually increase in size and then, in May/June will open out to flower heads 12” across! Annabelle was introduced from America in 1736, in return tulips, carnations and auriculas were sent back. Grow in an open position and enjoy the flowers when fresh and

Sue Huckle also the winter seed heads will give interest in the colder months. Grow alongside strong coloured spikes of lupins such as Masterpiece or Red Rum. Cotinus and sambucus will give a dark foil against which the cream flowers will shine.

Posh Plants at Seven Acres Nursery, East Tuddenham… Topiary, garden and interior plants for hire and sale 07703 347014

Another glorious plant in the nursery at the moment is this geranium. I’ve always loved Appleblossom but this slightly darker flower looks stunning in terracotta and is a big hit with those who like to treat themselves to a bit of instant gardening!

Posh Plants

topiary, plants, shrubs and trees to hire or buy Sue Huckle is the inspiration behind many award winning gardens, offering a professional and creative approach to the art and science of garden design. At Seven Acres Nursery we have a range of lovely plants and containers for sale, as well as our beautiful collection of large topiary plants available to hire for weddings, parties and your workplace!

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ClarkBuild, For All Your Building Needs Chartered building company for whom no job is too small


e provide professionalism and integrity, value for money, compliance with good building practice and with the proprietor/ director has been 35 years in business with a professional qualification.

At CLARKBUILD LTD we know you will receive a professional and personal service for all your building, wet rooms and maintenance needs.

No job is too small for us. We offer bathroom and kitchen installation, loft conversions, renovations and extensions, as well as roofing, driveways, building maintenance and repair.

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Say goodbye to leaks

We’re all aware of the problems associated with flat roofs – they leak! Well, according to a local flat roof specialist, this doesn’t have to be the case. We spoke to our sponsors Freedom Fibreglass Roofing to find out more.


hether you’ve got a flat roof that’s seen better days and needs a complete re-fit, or one that just needs some attention to bring it back to its best, Freedom Fibreglass Roofing has a solution for both. Domestic and commercial customers alike have seen the benefit of the company’s systems, and according to Brian Belshaw, owner of Freedom Fibreglass Roofing, traditional roof coverings are heavily dependant on both the quality and original specification of the product, closely coupled with the quality of installation.

roof such as soil pipes/vents, skylights, fan and plant housings, without compromising the seamless application.”

newbuild, with specific products for different applications unlike the ‘onesize- fits-all’ solutions typically available,” continues Mr Belshaw.

Both can be supplied in a range of colours, although Mr Belshaw saidmost people go for slate grey, and a non-slip finish is also available where regular foot traffic is anticipated.

The system also carries its own certificate from the British Board of Agrément (BBA), the UK’s major authority for approval of construction products, systems and installers, plus a 20-year guarantee and additional insurance backing.

They have excellent elasticity and tensile strength, and are rootresistant, making them ideal for green roofs. Commercial Roofing And Larger Projects

“We use a Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) resin system fully bonded to 18mm plywood or OSB3 timber decking, which is suitable for both new flat roofs and roofs requiring refurbishment,” said Mr Belshaw.

For this type of project, Freedom offers a Kemperol V210 overlay system, which can be used wherever the substructure is sound and is a cost-effective solution for larger areas (100sq m plus).

The GRP system comes with a 25-year guarantee and additional insurance backing, and Freedom Fibreglass Roofing is even happy for the client to install the decking themselves, so all they do is apply the GRP resin system.

“It’s a fleece-reinforced, polyesterbased system that forms a permanently elastic, seamless, yet highly permeable membrane which is extremely strong and very durable,” said Mr Belshaw, adding that the overlay is vapour permeable, which means that unlike mineral felt, rubber or single ply membranes, it allows any moisture from the existing roofing to vent off and dry naturally.

“We offer two roofing systems, both provide a totally seamless and flexible, UV stable membrane across the entire roof,” said Mr Belshaw. “They are moulded on site to any shape, easily coping with penetrations through the


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“It’s a dedicated overlay system that is ideal for repair, renewal or


It has a low carbon footprint, as there is usually no need to strip the old roof, which would result in disposing of any waste to landfill and applying new decking boards. The system can even overlay asbestos sheeting in some cases, avoiding the expensive and disruptive removal and disposal of the existing roof. Recent Commercial Project Freedom Fibreglass Roofing recently refurbished two large roofs at Petans Safety Training Centre at Horsham St Faith, near Norwich. The roofs were originally covered with a single ply membrane system just 10 years ago, but they had started to deteriorate, with some of the seams coming apart and showing signs of water ingress. Freedom Fibreglass Roofing thoroughly cleaned the roofs, primed them and applied a breathable Kemperol V210 overlay


system. The roofs are now water tight and are fully guaranteed for 20 years. Domestic Roofing The GRP resin flat roof system is maintenance-free and available at a price which is comparable to felt. It also comes with a 25-year guarantee and additional insurance backing to protect customers. Freedom Fibreglass Roofing conforms to the government endorsed standards of the Trustmark and is a MasterBond member of the Federation of Master Builders, a highly-respected trade body. Photographs of previous work and recommendations from previous customers are available on request, and fixed price quotations are provided for the complete job. “All our roofing systems can be specified with the confidence and knowledge which comes with a quality and proven product, together with a thoroughly professional installation process,” said Brian. “We have many satisfied customers around Norwich and Norfolk and references are always available.” For more information and advice call Freedom Fibreglass Roofing on 01603 426512 or visit www.flatroofnorfolk. Alternatively, visit Freedom’s working displays at Wyevale Garden Centre on Blueboar Lane, Highway Nurseries at Framingham Pigot, Taverham Nursery on Fir Covert Road, or Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich.

■ Paving and Pathways ■ Ponds and Water Features ■ Lawn Laying ■ Walls and Brickwork ■ Timber and Decking ■ Driveways, Fencing and Screening ■ Garden Design by Georgina Read

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Trinity Stained Glass At Trinity Stained Glass , they not only produce new commissions to customer requirements but a large part of their work is restoration of period stained glass from church restoration to individual broken pieces of window and door panels.

existing damaged glass as close as possible , the panel is delicately taken apart piece by piece.

Below is a prime example of a beautiful original Victorian , painted stained glass panel after the restoration work was undertaken in their family run workshop in Ber Street in Norwich and the badly damaged ‘before ‘condition.

Trinity stock over 400 different types of coloured and textured glass. Many being restoration glass so there is normally if not an exact match to any broken pieces , a close match.

Each painted piece of glass is painstakingly hand painted and fired into the surface of the glass in a kiln. Once this process has been completed to match the

Trinity Stained Glass

The whole panel is completely re leaded , soldered and cemented to allow for many decades of continued use.

The flying duck panel is one of many restored , reclaimed panels in stock that are available to purchase as is or many can be altered to your measurements for your requirements to fit in existing Windows or doors. 01603 622099 103 Ber Street Norwich NR1 3EY

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Utility Warehouse is operated by Telecom Plus PLC, a major British company whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company provides its members with great value, great savings and the best possible customer service. Perhaps it’s not surprising that, in a survey, 93% of Utility Warehouse customers said they would recommend them to a friend. Utility Warehouse is very different to other suppliers because they’re a club - a Discount Club. They don’t have any high street shops and because (unlike their competitors) they don’t spend customers’ money on expensive advertising campaigns on TV, they can afford to charge their customers less for the same services. They have also received numerous awards from Which? Magazine and Moneywise, and have around 600,000 satisfied customers.

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Solicitors High Court Aids Widow by Correcting Obvious Error in Will


ills are written in a style which many would describe as ‘legalese’ but, as any lawyer will tell you, absolute precision is the objective. In one case which illustrates the point, a clerical error which resulted in three crucial words being omitted from a man’s will required a High Court hearing to remedy. The missing words were ‘to my wife’. The omission meant that the relevant part of the will did not identify a beneficiary and the man’s widow was left at risk of losing her home. Had the Court not intervened, the error would have meant that the man died partially intestate, with part of his estate passing to his next of kin, including his son by an earlier marriage and his grandchildren.

The Court found that the error had probably come about because a typist, who had prepared the will on the direction of the draftsperson, had misheard what had been dictated to her. The firm accepted that a mistake had been made and that the will should have been checked more thoroughly before it was executed. Coming to the widow’s aid, the Court found that it was obvious from the context in which the will was made that the man had intended to leave his share of his home to his wife of almost 40 years. There was an attendance note to that effect in the man’s file at the firm which drafted the will.

rewrote the document so as to incorporate them. The firm for which the solicitor who drafted the will worked had accepted responsibility for the error and had agreed to pay the widow’s legal costs. Mistakes in drafting wills are very uncommon, but using a solicitor ensures that if a mistake has occurred, the evidence to correct it is available. Furthermore, solicitors are required to carry indemnity insurance to compensate their clients if a loss occurs as a result of such errors. If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, or need help with a legal matter, such

as making a will, contact Ann-Marie Matthews on 01603 478567 or email amatthews@nicholsonslaw. com.

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Health The link between diabetes and hearing loss By Karen Finch, audiologist and Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre


s National Diabetes Week falls into this month (12th-18th June 2016), I thought this would be a good time to talk about the somewhat unknown connection between diabetes and hearing loss. Research has shown for a number of years that hearing loss is an under-recognised complication of the condition and while diabetes care includes regular monitoring of blood glucose, having annual eye examinations and foot care, hearing tests are often overlooked. There are a number of ways the ears can be affected by diabetes…

Keratin Deficiancy Diabetics tend to have a lack of keratin protein which forms a protective layer within the ear canal, enabling wax to travel outwards, and preventing over stimulation of the ear canal tissue. Absence or abnormal levels of keratin protein can lead to hearing problems. Epithelial Tissue Diabetes can also lead to deterioration of the epithelial tissue in the ear canal. This can make the ear canal overly sensitive to types of plastics sometimes used in hearing aids, and can cause yeast, fungus, irritation and infection within the ear.

Nerve Damage A third link between diabetes and hearing loss, is neuropathy or nerve damage, which is a common complication experienced by diabetics. High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can cause chemical changes in the body’s nerves that can impair their ability to transmit signals. When this nerve damage occurs in the ear’s neurological system, people can experience problems hearing and understanding speech. People with hearing loss usually say it has come on so gradually that they didn’t really notice that they had made adjustments to their lifestyle to allow them to communicate effectively. People who are more at risk, such as those with diabetes, people in high noise employment and the elderly should have regular tests to make sure any loss is detected early. Sadly doing nothing about hearing loss is not really an option. Just

as in many cases our eyes slowly deteriorate as we age, making it difficult to read small print, so our ears gradually lose their ability to hear sounds. The difference is that inability to hear can affect people’s relationships with their family and friends and untreated can itself lead to illness. If you have diabetes, I urge you to book a regular hearing check every couple of years as part of your diabetes health check routine. It doesn’t take long and is painless. If you wanted to seek this help privately, I would be delighted to see you. Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre. The multi-award winning, familyrun company has 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information visit or call 01473 230330.

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20 Top Twitter Tips for Business Users


witter is a remarkable social media platform for businesses. It’s a way to connect with new people, keep in touch with those you know, find out what’s going on in your world and get your message out there. And all in 140 characters! #1

Fill in your Twitter profile completely. You’d be amazed at the amount of people who don’t put any effort into this. You have about three seconds when people check you out so make sure you write it well.


Follow back. If people follow you and they look interesting, follow them back and see what they’ve got to say. #6 Be polite. Thank your new followers, acknowledge those who mention you or ‘retweet’ your posts. #7 RT, @, #, DM? Get up to speed with Twitter lingo. Learn from Twitter’s glossary.



Have a good icon or image. Photos work best for a personal feed. Professional shots are best of all.

Stay on message, most of the time. What do you want to be known for? Put thought into what you want to talk about. What’s the “red line” that runs through all that you do? Have an opinion. A strong theme to your Tweets really helps.

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#9 Write for your particular clients and customers. What do they want to know? What do they ask you? Educate, inform and entertain them. That’s the point. #10 Share valuable content. Post

information you think they’d find useful or interesting – links to articles or video, share quotes, relevant news, books you’ve read, opinions, tips. #11

Make sure it’s not all about you. Me, me, me is seriously off-putting.


Ask questions. You can learn a lot from your followers (we’ve learned loads!). It’s incredible how supportive and useful this platform can be. #17

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Tell them a bit about you. What are you up to? What’s news? Your choice about how much personal information you feel comfortable to share. You’ve got to find a voice that feels right for you.



Don’t sell. This is not the place for a stream of high-pressure sales messages. Think of it as an online networking event, if you like that sort of thing. Promote your services occasionally but this should not be the main event. Far too many people get this wrong.

Recommend others you rate and say why. Twitter is a trusted referral engine. Recommend suppliers, clients, commentators, friends, other Tweeters.


#14 “Curate” good content. Share posts and articles by others that you think your readers will find valuable or back up your approach. #15 Engage. Talk to people directly by using @theirname. You’ll be surprised by the depth of relationships you can create here.

#19 Organise your connections into lists. This will make it much easier for you as your Twitter connections build, and enables you to check into conversation on a particular subject. #20 Show up regularly. It doesn’t have to be every day (although that helps). Consistency is all. Check what people are saying about you often and reply promptly.

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