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Issue 56 July 2016

Meet Martin Donnelly, Former Lotus F1 Driver in our Interview with Pete Goodrum

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Motor Racing aficionad o Tony Cooper reports on The Historic Monaco GP

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Hunstanton’s Great Secret With Steve Brownin g

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e’ve just finished a photo shoot. Martin’s car has been placed outside The Forum in the heart of the city, and he’s been patience personified, changing into his overalls, coming back and forth to the location and talking to passers by who are intrigued at what’s going on. Mercifully we get the pictures done before another ‘seasonal’ downpour, bordering on a cloudburst, turns The Forum’s concourse into a lake. Settled in to the coffee bar we begin to talk. I open the conversation by saying, tentatively, and as diplomatically as I can, ‘You know that we’re going to have to mention ‘the crash’ don’t you?’ He smiles. ‘I know. Don’t ask me for details though because I don’t remember it!’ And then he adds, in a comment that will set the tone for much our conversation, ‘But you know, famous as it is, and terrible as it was, looking back, some good things have come from it’. The fact is that Martin Donnelly’s career as a racing driver, and now much more, will always be punctuated by the events on the track at Jerez on September 28 1990. But, although we’ll return to it, as we must, I want to find out about his life before and after that day. So, for the moment, we leave the subject. And we go to the very beginning, which holds a fascinating fact.

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On the 26 March 1964 Martin’s father had rushed to the hospital to find that his child had already arrived. Looking at the baby, wrapped in a blanket he asked ‘What is it?’ As the covers were pulled back to reveal his son, he noticed that a gift had been in put into the baby Martin’s hand. The tiny fist was clutching - a toy Ferrari racing car. ‘It was’, says Martin, smiling at me over his coffee cup, ’destiny!’

It was certainly in the genes. His father had always loved motor racing. It wasn’t necessarily glamorous. This was the ‘drive his Sunbeam Rapier to the track at Kirkistown after a day at work in his vegetable business, tape up the headlights and race it’ kind of driving. These were days of hard racing, and hard drinking. And when his father was in the bar, Martin, aged around eight, would be in the car. He’d move the seat. He’d start it up. He’d drive it! All of these anecdotes are told in Martin’s soft Irish voice, and they’re full of a litany of names that could only come from stories of Irish bars. Archie Phillips, Duncan Macken from Donegal, big Dave, George Windrum, Harry Johnson, Joey Greenan.

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when I was old enough, but he didn’t like driving it. So, he asked Joey to race it. ‘You can be Martin’s mechanic when he’s old enough’ he told him’. They took the car to Kirkistown and Joey drove it. Then Martin drove it. With some coats stuffed behind him so he could reach the pedals. He’d made a start in single seat racing cars. He was twelve! To temper the romance and excitement of these days I need to put things in context. The family lived in a tough area of Belfast, and these were the times of the troubles. Sectarian violence and IRA recruitment were ever present and to get him away from it his parents sent Martin to boarding school. He didn’t like it and was desperately homesick. As the years passed Martin and his father were still racing that old Crosslé though. He was under age, but they blagged their way through that. And then, when he was 10 | July 2016

seventeen and ‘legal’ Martin took every race he could. Sometimes more than one in a weekend. He drove at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, thanks to a man called Frank Nolan. ‘He was a builder and he stumped up £500 to get us there’. They wrote ‘With thanks to Frank Nolan’ on the nose of the car. Autosport called him ‘The Belfast Schoolboy’. By 1982, and now in a newer Van Diemen car, ‘with a borrowed engine’, Martin was winning races all over Ireland and he made it to the final of the 1982 Formula Ford Festival. He also made it to Queens University in Belfast to read Mechanical Engineering. Two weeks after he started Frank Nolan stepped back on to the stage. Determined to give an Irish driver, and a younger one, a chance in England he called Martin with his plan. ‘I talked it over with mum and

dad. My mother wasn’t exactly keen but dad was up for it. The University said they’d hold my place for a year. It was good of them. But I never went back’. And so we come to Martin’s connection with Norfolk. ‘I came to Norfolk and Ralph Firman, the boss at Van Diemen, put me up for a while until I found digs. You won’t believe this’, he says, knowing that I will, ‘my landlady was an 80 year old woman called Mrs Happy Breeze. Really. It’s true. She was like a second mother to me’. Things moved quickly -sorry! - and with Frank Nolan’s help Martin was soon in a new Van Diemen FF2000 car, and he was winning. Against the odds, because he’d had to give up some points on technical reasons, he took the Irish Championship title. In 1984, in a Reynard, he won the BBC Grandstand Series. He was in

Formula 3 when his friend, backer and mentor Frank Nolan died suddenly. The money had been paid up front and Martin went on to race and win at Donington, Oulton and twice at Silverstone. He came third in the British F3 Championship. Twists, turns, contracts and cars all come tumbling out as he continues his story and suddenly we’re at Macau, where a good lap and cancelled qualifiers because of a typhoon got him a provisional pole position for race day, and a victory. It led to some initial contact with Formula One, but it wasn’t to be. Yet. There would be more teams, more cars and more deals before, in 1990, he got the F1 drive, for Lotus. With bigger money, a confidence in negotiating born of much experience with famous names (which we won’t mention) and an F1 Lotus ready to go we arrive at the pits, in Jerez. It’s September 28 1990. www.finecity.co.uk


FINEPeople And everything is about to change. Martin Donnelly is driving at 140mph. When the Lotus hits the barriers it breaks in two. The back half ends up sixty yards away from Donnelly who, still strapped to parts of his seat, is thrown on to the track. He’s like a broken doll. Pierluigi Martini, who is coming up behind, throws his car broadside across the track. All the other cars stop. Everything stops. There are numerous, graphic and painful accounts of the event. You’ll find them in film, online and in books and articles. I’m not about to add to them. Martin talks me through the days of surgery and therapy. The climb back from what for a few minutes looked like death. There’s no fishing

for sympathy, attempts to shock, nor any bitterness in his relating the story of how, after encouraging signs the whole thing went bad again. The renal failure, the massive haemorrhage, the coma, are all told factually, with constant praise for the teams who looked after him. ‘I always had belief ’, he says. Much of that belief was in Willi Dungl’s acclaimed clinic. ‘On February 14th - Valentine’s Day - 1991, I weighed 53kg. And I went to Dungl’s. It was hard. Hours of therapy every day. It was a long rebuild’. I have to ask. That point he made when we first sat down today. ‘Good things came of it’. I’m struggling here. Talk me through that. Well, he was well enough to marry by the April, and despite the

realisation that his F1 career was over, he was alive. And that meant there was a future. Which is where we are. So what does Martin Donnelly’s life look like now? ‘Ha. It’s …varied. I work with the Lotus Drivers Academy, on track days and corporate events. I have the Donnelly Track Academy, I speak at events and I’m very proud to be an FIA Drivers Steward’. He talks passionately about being a steward. Giving advice, making judgements and ‘controlling egos’ comes naturally to him and he sees it as a natural development in his all embracing love of motor racing. And he does have a genuine love of motor racing. As we digress slightly into the techniques of driving and the sort of advice he gives he talks of handling the car ‘smoothly’ and ‘gently’. Of ‘not being hard on the car’. ‘Smooth is quick’ he says. He picks up a drip mat to demonstrate what happens to a

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car when you drive it too hard. ‘It’s like a speedboat. If you kick in the power and the back end goes down - the front end comes up. You don’t want that’. Martin Donnelly has been talking pretty much non stop for quite a while. It’s lyrical. When he drops in an occasional anglo saxon oath he instantly apologises. And laughs. His eyes engage you. They’re clear and sharp. We talk briefly of the Lotus Elise, of which I am personally a fan, and he goes back to tips on driving. For those of you sufficiently interested he leads me through the problems of ‘lift off over steer’. And that takes him back to not being hard on the car. ‘Smooth is quick’ he says again. And then adds, ‘because a race isn’t won in the first lap’. There’s a thought. In his quiet Irish brogue it sounds like a proverb. A metaphor for life. And when you think of Martin Donnelly’s extraordinary life so far, it makes perfect sense.

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wheels come off ( if you see what I mean!). Who better to learn from? Business leaders can take so much from that. Set the goals. Motivate the team. Communicate clearly, with no misunderstandings. Go!

Pete. Lord Baker, it’s good to talk to you again. It seems you’re working with this month’s Fine City front cover star, as part of your team at Amber Dew Events.

Pete. Your upcoming programme events are called the Pit Stop Challenge - that sounds a bit fast and furious!

Lord Baker of Little Moulton. Good to talk to you again too. That’s right. Martin is a superb speaker and coach, and he’s very much part of our team. Pete. Talk me through the link between motor racing and business coaching. Lord Baker of Little Moulton. It’s very much about team building. In motor racing the team spirit is essential. Not just for reasons of morale and ‘pulling together’, but because you have to know you can rely on your team members and colleagues to deliver. The common goal is to win, and everybody has to know how they can, and must, contribute to the effort. They have to be clear about their roles, and what’s expected of them. It’s the same in business. Pete. So, this is about how to lead and motivate teams. Lord Baker of Little Moulton. Exactly! We deliver team building sessions that draw on the lessons learned in motor racing. And we have two great guys to facilitate that. P. J. Stevens, who is world renowned as an inspirational mentor and someone who really understands the links between sport and business, and of course Martin Donnelly who is a legend. Pete. I talked with Martin recently as you know, and I can see how his experiences are so rooted in team work. Tell me more about www.finecity.co.uk

how the Amber Dew events use that to motivate and coach people in business. Lord Baker of Little Moulton. Think about the skills needed in motor racing and then put them in to a business context. We provide real insight into communication skills, leadership, setting clear goals and defining roles, as well as increasing staff engagement and motivation. This is about developing employee skills and teamwork.

Lord Baker of Little Moulton. They are. It’s a fast ride. It’s pretty intense. But look at it this way. In a pit stop everybody

has to know what’s expected of them, what the overall goal is and they have to play their part instantly. They have to get on with the job, no hesitation, and with total commitment. Think what you can achieve if every meeting, let alone every Board Meeting, was conducted like that. Pete. I take your point! Amber Dew Events Ltd can be contacted by visiting www. amberdewevents.co.uk or on 0800 564 2220

Pete. How direct do you make that linkage between the track and the fast track of business? Lord Baker of Little Moulton. Good question! The ideas and the concepts really work, but as an added level of excitement and involvement we provide simulated interactive racing. It’s a fantastic way to add competition and incentive to the session. It’s great for your team or your clients. And it’s fun! Pete. It’s not necessary to take everybody out to the track then? Lord Baker of Little Moulton. No, we deliver our sessions at any suitable hotel, conference or office venue. But don’t assume that it’s not exciting. It is! Pete. I can imagine. But what about some of the more specific business skills that team builders are always looking to improve. Lord Baker of Little Moulton. We take this right through to communication and even presentation skills. If a race team don’t communicate precisely, accurately and effectively the 2016 July | 13


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French Riviera Motor-racing aficionado, Tony Cooper, takes in Monaco and looks in on Picasso who also enjoyed motorracing and adored the French Riviera

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’m a regular visitor to France, in particular, the French Riviera (the Côte d’Azur) and with my erstwhile travelling and dining companion I always refer to as ‘Miss X’ we’re off on yet another trip to this idyllic and inviting part of France. And for the umpteenth time we’ve let the train take the strain all the way from Norwich with an early-morning call taking

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Abellio Greater Anglia’s 7.40 express service to London. Miss X, by the way, knows the French Riviera extremely well as she worked there in her summer holidays whilst a student at Warwick University studying French. Her job was escorting coach-loads of eager holidaymakers all over the show with one of the hotspots of

the Riviera, the Principality of Monaco, always on the itinerary. Every visitor wants a slice of that cake and, of course, we’re no exception. In fact, one of the main reasons for going to France was to attend the Monaco F1 Grand Prix and an extra bonus this year came about with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique.

check in our luggage and catch the 11.31 Eurostar train to Paris (Gare du Nord) arriving in time for lunch. Here we bagged an overnight stay before setting off early the next morning from the Gare de Lyon travelling to Nice in a comfy, upper-deck, first-class carriage on the swishy TGV (FrenchTrain à Grande Vitesse) network.

On arrival in the capital we took the Circle line to King’s Cross/ St Pancras International Station (a short journey) thus allowing a comfortable margin in which to

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FINEPLACES Adrian Newey (Red Bull’s technical director) at the wheel of the Lotus type 49.

The Welcome Hotel, Villefranche-sur-Mer, frequented over the years by the great and the good from Jean Cocteau to The Rolling Stones and even Winston Churchill.

as old Harry (who’s old Harry, I wonder?) resembling a bleak wet November day. C’est la vie! Not to worry, though, we eventually found a nice, intimate and friendly Italian restaurant close to our hotel that possessed the right bohemian atmosphere that was to our liking and, packed with locals, it did the trick!

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The train from Paris to Nice which travels through the lush and fertile Rhône valley and cuts round Marseilles - was jam-packed with eager race-goers and well-dressed fashionable types making their way to the Cannes Film Festival. As such, it all added immensely to the excitement and atmosphere of the journey which took just under six hours. But time flashed by in keeping with the train’s high speed as TGV’s cruise at speeds touching 320km/h. And that’s fast!

Arriving at Nice, an attractive station built in the French Baroque style with Norwich Thorpe station very similar in architectural terms, is a pleasant experience as one is greeted with platforms lined with sun-drenched palm trees. Therefore, it shouts out to you that you’ve arrived on the Côte d’Azur. A local train then took us

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FINEPLACES the couple of stops to Villefranchesur-Mer - a gem of the French Riviera - and our home for three glorious weeks. Our first weekend was taken up by the Monaco Grand Prix Historique and, of course, Norfolk was duly present with Clive Chapman’s Classic Team Lotus competing. The team prepared nine F1 cars racing in three different categories but it was Jim Clark’s Lotus type 25 that came out on top scoring a remarkable three straight wins in a row. The legendary Bob Dance (Team Yours truly, Tony Cooper, enjoying a late breakfast on the terrace of his apartment overlooking the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

A nurtured geranium on TC’s terrace in Villefranche!

Lotus chief mechanic from the 1960s to 1990s) prepared the 1963 World Championshipwinning type 25 for its Australian owner, John Bowers, raced by ex-British Touring Car driver, Andy Middlehurst. The car started from pole and, after a thrilling dice with a 1964 F1 Ferrari, went on to clinch a decisive victory.

Good times! After-race track party at Monaco.

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Chris Dinnage (Classic Team Lotus team manager) was responsible for managing the preparation and transport of all nine cars from Norfolk to Monaco. Remarkably, he tested all of them on Lotus

Cars test track prior to departure to be sure that they would be ‘on-the-button’ when they took to the most demanding of circuits for qualifying. In the same category as the type 25 (for 1.5-litre F1 cars pre-1966) the team was delighted for longstanding customer, Dan Collins, to make it to the podium in third place driving his 1961 American GP-winning Lotus type 21, run by Andy Claydon. However, the Lotus type 24 (prepared by Tim Gardner for Andrew Beaumont) was tapped into a spin at the first corner by a driver from Lincolnshire. The team’s previous winner of the pre-1974 category (Katsu Kubota of Japan in his Ronnie Peterson Lotus type 72) was pressured into a crash in qualifying much to the disappointment of his mechanic, Kevin Smith. By way of consolation, Kevin was lead mechanic on the restoration of the Lotus type 49 raced by Red Bull’s technical director, Adrian Newey, who qualified 20th and finished 16th. Happily, Katsu had an entry in his March F1 for the pre-1977 category (prepared by mechanic Nick Yallop) and finished in a strong second place. Also in this category, Classic Team Lotus prepared cars for Greg Thornton (ex- Andretti Lotus type 77; mechanic Kevin Fiddy), John Inglessis (ex-Jacky Ickx Lotus type 72; mechanic Anthony Allen), Chris Locke (ex-Gunnar Nilsson Lotus type 77; mechanic Russell Gibbons) and Andrew Beaumont (ex-Ronnie Peterson Lotus type 76; mechanic Paul Reed). Classic Team Lotus’ apprentice, Ryan Nixon, had a baptism of fire helping his more experienced colleagues to cope with the workload in the challenging environment of the Monaco pits and paddock layout. Clive Chapman, managing director of Classic Team Lotus, commented: ‘To prepare nine F1 cars to race at Monaco is extraordinary. For eight to make it to the finish is fantastic and a testament to the capability and dedication of the hard-working Classic Team Lotus www.finecity.co.uk


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Winners all the way! Norfolk-based Classic Team Lotus, headed up by Clive Chapman, in jubilant mood at Monaco with Dan Collins gripping a celebratory bottle of Veuve Clicquot pictured alongside fellow driver, Andy Middlehurst.

mechanics. Oh, yes! And the drivers did well too!’ Getting to Monaco from our base at Villefranche was as easy as they come. It took only 15 minutes by train travelling in the direction of Ventimiglia which is just over the border into Italy while the lovely picturesque town of Antibes is about the same distance but in the opposite direction to Marseilles. But whichever route you take the journey hugs some of the most glorious and scenic coastline to be found in all of France passing such beautiful towns as Beaulieu-sur-Mer while Monaco’s railway-station is a wonder to behold. Its public areas are spotlessly clean resembling the radiance of any five-star hotel adorned with marble-coloured walls and walkways. But, after all, it is Monaco! But on this trip there was also something else Miss X and I wanted to take in, a visit to the Picasso Museum in Antibes. We’ve often stayed here - on one occasion just a few yards away from the museum - but for one reason or the other we never made it to the door. www.finecity.co.uk

Originally called Château Grimaldi, the museum’s quietly tucked away in old Antibes behind the town’s pretty covered market-place near the church. Picasso used it as his studio for just two months in 1946 while living nearby in Golfe Juan. It was for centuries a stronghold of the Grimaldi family, the royal family still running Monaco today. Prince Albert’s now the boss, inheriting the title from his father, Prince Ranier, who married the glamorous Hollywood film-star, Grace Kelly, while Prince Albert tied the knot five years ago to the South African-born Olympic swimmer, Charlene Lynette Wittstock. Miss X and I attended the wedding and enjoyed the communal celebrations with the Monasques, namely, the locals.

The elegance of the classical-designed Gare du Nord railway-station, Paris.

As soon as you enter the medieval building of Château Grimaldi you cannot help but sense all that has gone on within its walls. The château, which has seen richness and poverty alike, is poetic, serious and joyous at one and the same time. It came into the possession of the Antibes authorities in 1925. Three years later it was classified as a historic monument. 2016 July | 17


FINEPLACES Picasso was so enthusiastic about the place that he decorated it while producing a great deal of work here ranging from drawings to paintings among them being two key works: The Keys of Antibes and Ulysses and the Mermaids.

A year after he had left the château the Picasso Room was officially opened and the first exhibition was mounted in the west room which also turned out to be the first event celebrating the artist’s stay in Antibes.

The unusual materials that he used such as house paint, fibrocement and plates, show not only the penury of the post-war period, but also the resourcefulness of the artist to experiment with materials that were readily available. His paintings emulated the joy he felt at living in a country that was once again free from foreign domination.

And a further year on the new Picasso collection of ceramics, paintings and drawings went on show to the public. This exhibition showed the artist’s significant skill with ceramics with 77 pieces completed at the Madoura studio in Vallauris, a small medieval town overlooking the bay of Cannes. The collection’s represented by such well-known works as Tanagra Urn, Standing Bull, Owl in Ovoid, The Wader, The Condor and Kid Goat Reclining.

Following his short stay at the château, Picasso left what he had created here to the town of Antibes. The collection included 23 paintings (ripolin, charcoal, graphiteon-fibrocement, reused wood and canvas) and 44 drawings.

The ultra-modern extension to the Gare de Lyon railway-station,

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Among the paintings the most famous are La Joie de Vivre, Satyr, Faun and Satyr with Trident, Sea Urchins, Woman with Sea Urchins, Still Life with Owl and three Sea Urchins and The Goat. Among the drawings, the most representative are Antipolis Suite, Heads of Fauns and Studies for the Female Figure.

But two of Picasso’s most famous monumental compositions La Guerre and La Paix (War and Peace) can be viewed at Le musée National Picasso in Vallauris which is set in a Roman chapel dating from the 13th century. The works epitomise the themes dear to the artist’s heart immediately following the Second World War. It was here that Picasso discovered the art of ceramics and pottery. Picasso - who, incidentally, was keen on motor-racing no doubt prompting French car manufacturer, Citroën, to name their C4 car in his honour - was loved and fêted by so many people all over the world but the citizens of Antibes had such a special affection for him that they honoured him with the title Citizen of Honour of Antibes at a ceremony at Château Grimaldi in 1957. Yet more praise was showered upon him when the château was renamed in his honour in 1966. The Picasso Museum, therefore, became first gallery in the world solely dedicated to this great artist. Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline, who had been with the artist for 20 years, added greatly to the collection in 1990 by contributing four paintings, ten drawings, two ceramics and six etchings. And from 1952 to 2001, a host of donations and acquisitions included three works-on-paper, 60 etchings and six carpets by Picasso. Today www.finecity.co.uk


FINEPLACES the museum holds approximately 245 works by the artist. But not everything on show is by Picasso and one canvas that caught my eye was a large unfinished painting by Nicolas de Staël entitled Le Grand Concert. A French national of Russian descent, he was a painter well known for his use of a thick impasto and his highly-abstract landscape paintings highlight the bright and vibrant colours that epitomises Provence. The inspiration behind the work followed a symphony concert de Staël attended at the Pleyel Hall in Paris. Inspired by the music he cancelled the rest of his stay in Paris and raced back to his studio overlooking the ramparts of the old town of Antibes, desperate to capture the images while they were still fresh in his mind. He worked feverishly at the vast canvas until further work was made impossible by the failing light. Sadly, it was to be his last painting. As darkness fell he turned his back on the work, wrote three letters, burned sketches for all future projects, walked to the window of his studio and jumped to his death into the rue de Revely. At the time he was approaching the peak of his success following major exhibitions in London, Paris and New York. Another renowned artist who also made his home in Antibes was the German-born abstract painter, Hans Hartung. His work can also be seen on permanent display in the Picasso Museum but one can also visit his former home in Antibes. He designed and personally supervised the building of his stark-white villa and lived here with his wife, Anna-Eva Bergman, also an artist, until his death in 1989. The couple left 16,000 paintings, photographs and engravings.

The splendid baroque-designed façade of Nice railway-station

floor while the second floor is set aside for temporary exhibitions as well as housing works by Nicolas de Staël and others. The third floor is home to the Picasso collection. On the terrace there’s also a permanent exhibition of an enviable collection of sculptures by the controversial French-born sculptress, Germaine Richier, as well as other works by Bernard Pagès, Anne and Patrick Poirier and the celebrated Spanish Catalanborn artist/sculptor, Joan Miró.

What more can I say apart from heaping praise on those grand 19th-century designed French and, in particular, Parisian railwaystations, which, just like Liverpool Street and St Pancras, are grand pieces of art in themselves and now being brought back to life and appreciated by thousands of travellers with the new age of the train. Bon voyage! Getting there: Tony Cooper and Miss X took Abellio Greater Anglia’s

service to London Liverpool Street with fares between Norwich and London starting from £9 one way booked in advance (www. abelliogreateranglia.co.uk) while return fares from London St Pancras to Nice start at £121 travelling in standard class by Eurostar to Paris and TGV to Nice. All prices are per person and subject to availability and all routes can be booked via Voyages-sncf.com or by calling 0844 848 5 848.

The classical façade of Norwich Thorpe Station.

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Present-day photographs by Daniel Tink This is a fabulous walk along the cliff tops from Old to New Hunstanton. There is much to see, fascinating historical facts and myths to consider, and an awesome secret that was kept under wraps for decades. Why not? Reached from everywhere by rail from Kings Lynn! Golf Galore and first class on the ladies championship course of 1914; and a nine hole course on the cliffs that youngsters may learn the rudiments and long handicaps may be made short! Why not? Lawn tennis and croquet with ‘open’ tournaments on 13 good courts at the recreation ground; cricket for residents and

visitors on the best ground in West Norfolk; bowls on two fine greens; and tennis again on the Esplanade Gardens. Grand cliffs and glorious sands, the safest bathing on the East Coast, esplanades, shelters, cliff rambles, promenade pier, and sea fishing, concert rooms, and theatre. Why not? Eastern Daily Press July 4 1914,

describing Hunstanton (the train station was later closed by Dr Beeching in the great ‘cull’ of Britain’s railways) Starting the walk The walk begins at the huge car park at the beginning of Lighthouse Close in ‘Old’ Hunstanton. You can drive here or walk from the vast sand dunes of Holkham and up to the top of the cliffs. There are toilets here as well as a cafe. Look back for unforgettable views of the sand dunes. There is a cute road train that operates from here in the summer to the new town and back again – very popular with kids but it takes anybody! – And you can ride it either way (picks up by the green at the new town). The white lighthouse you see straight ahead was built in 1840, although there have been

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structures with a similar purpose on this spot since at least 1665. The present lighthouse was the world’s first with a parabolic reflector. Nowadays, the building serves as holiday lets. The legend of St Edmund A few yards away on the green cliff top are the remains of St Edmund’s Chapel, alongside which is a wooden sculpture of a baying wolf. St Edmund, the first Patron Saint of England, arrived in this locality as a very young man and was crowned King of East Anglia in 855. For some years he was a benign and just ruler before being defeated by the invading Danes led by a man called Ivar the Boneless at a place – exact location unknown – called Haegelisdon. He was offered his life if he denounced Christianity, which he refused to do. He was tied to a tree and his body shot www.finecity.co.uk


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through with arrows (there are obvious parallels with the legend of St Sebastian here) and he was decapitated. His mortal remains

were unceremoniously dumped in a nearby wood. When the broken-hearted people

of East Anglia heard of this, they organised a search party for their king, finding his body quite quickly. However, as they could find no trace of his head, one of them yelled out ‘Where are you?’ Where are you?’ A cry came back from further inside the wood: ‘Hic, Hic, Hic’ (Hic is Old English for ‘Here’). The head was found, protected by the forelegs of a wolf. The wolf allowed the head to be taken and went with the men to the body of Edmund where the head miraculously reconnected itself to his body. The wolf returned to the forest.

U-Boat campaign during the Great War. It is named after Richard John Bayntun Hippisley CBE (1865-1956), known in his life as Bayntun. Science was very much in the family genes, his grandfather being a Fellow of the Royal Society and another relative, Richard Lionel Hippisley (1853-1936) having a very distinguished career first as Director of Telegraphs in South Africa during the Boer War and later as Chief Engineer of the Royal Engineers in Scotland.

Hippisley Hut Hippisley Hut is here, still surviving as a private home, and pivotal to the success of the war as the centre and birthplace of wireless interception. It is a five bedroomed family home now, no longer a hut, and has in the past been available as a rented holiday home.

Bayntun Hippisley

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It played a key – some say THE key – role in a top secret campaign to give Britain command of the seas and the

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FINEPLACES Bayntun joined the West Sussex Yeomanry in 1908, soon developing an interest in wireless and he successfully applied to the Post Office for a licence to start his own wireless station at the Lizard in Cornwall where he reputedly picked up messages from the doomed Titanic in 1912. When war broke out in 1914 the Admiralty was very keen to utilize the experience of amateurs like Bayntun due to their wealth of experience and, frankly, lack of costs. Thus it was that Bayntun and a friend of his, Edward Russell Clarke, were recruited as ‘volunteer interceptors’ and together began an effective monitoring of German wireless stations. They proved to be successful operating at a lower frequency than the ‘official’ Marconi stations. In late 1914 both of these men were sent to Hunstanton, to a bare wooden building that became known as ‘Hippisley Hut’. Hunstanton was the highest point in close proximity to the German coast. One of the men who won the war? The work of Bayntun and Clarke was top secret but it is the opinion of some experts on the period that they may well have had a crucial impact on the outcome of the conflict. They rapidly converted the basically wooden hut into a listening station which could tune into the signals of German shipping and airships. Sometimes they would venture out onto the surrounding cliff tops and operate from tents. 14 more similar stations were set up along the coast and two at crucial overseas locations, Malta and Italy. The listening stations were critical in several ways, in particular during the Zeppelin menace of 1916. Hippisley Hut, signal interceptors and the Battle of Jutland This battle in 1916 was the most important naval clash of the war. The plan of the Germans was to lure the Royal Navy into a trap by offering battle with a small number 22 | July 2016

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of fast ships before attacking with the full might of the Dreadnoughts and U-boats waiting over the horizon. However, the Allies were aware of the location of the High Seas Fleet through the work of the listening stations, including that in Hunstanton. Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty, commanding the British ships, was able to turn back from his pursuit before disaster may have struck, although he still lost two cruisers. Thereafter, there were skirmishes during which HMS Indefatigable, HMS Invincible and 11 other cruisers and destroyers were lost along with 6,000 men. Germany lost about 3,000.

From the lighthouse, follow the path along the cliff top towards New Hunstanton, along Cliff Parade. As you walk looking over the cliffs, you will see not one, but up to four fences, each about a yard further in, stopping any further progress toward the cliff edge. The council has simply put up a new fence each time erosion has impacted the cliffs, leaving the ‘old’ one in situ. The fact that they are all in reasonable condition still is a physical reminder of just how quickly the land is being eaten away.

Hunstanton lighthouse about 1900

As this is an area of sometimes blanket mists, the grass can become surprisingly wet and

It was the only meeting between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet and, although claimed to be a German victory, and indeed, the Royal Navy lost 14 craft to the 11 of Germany, it nonetheless ended for good any aspiration by the Kaiser to dominate the seas. By 1917 Bayntun had further developed his systems and was able to advise as to the locations of German shipping and U-boats which led to the clearing of the seas, enabling essential supplies to reach the British people. After the war Bayntun was awarded an OBE and returned to Somerset where he became involved in local politics. In 1937 he was honoured with a CBE. He died in 1956. Walking into the ‘New’ Town www.finecity.co.uk

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FINEPLACES waterproof footwear is a must. Some walkers choose to use the pavement on the further side of the road.

Crabbing on the seashore about 1914

You will soon pass the area of new houses and flats designed with a sea view. On the left, the buildings become grander, constructed of beautiful deep sandy coloured ‘honeystone’. This is the start of the ‘New’ Hunstanton, designed as a complete new settlement by a celebrated Victorian architect, William Butterworth, and paid for by a consortium of wealthy businessmen led by Henry Styleman Le Strange. You will pass two elegant squares – Lincoln and Boston – which were based on London squares but each having a wonderful sea view. The town was begun in 1846 and linked to Kings Lynn by a new railway. The road passes the old ‘pitch and put’ course on your right and leads to the Green, the epicentre of the town. Look up to your left to see the very first building ever built here, now called The Golden Lion Hotel. Glance around to witness a wonderful triangle of deep sandy-coloured honeystone buildings, with the bottom side of the triangle being the seafront and promenade. The sixties and seventies have a great deal to answer for here as, especially from the apex and along the

right-hand side of the triangle, much quick ‘adding on ‘ has been done in order to turn the original buildings into shops and cafes. If, however, you can blot these out in your mind’s eye, it is possible to travel back in time and see this town as the beautiful and highly praised settlement it was. The great and the good all came here along with the ‘ordinary folk’ who utilised the railway.

Went to New Hunstanton, which in consequence of the Camp and some excursions from the Midlands was a complete Fair, almost equal to the sands of Yarmouth in the height of the season. ...The whole place was replete with life, and every available place of refreshment was crowded. Rev Benjamin Armstrong July 20 1874

Walking around the town If you have time, take a walk around the town. To do this, pass upwards to the right hand upper side of the green. Turn right, along the cafes and then first left. Follow Le Strange Terrace into Westgate and turn left into the High Street. This higgledy-piggledy street of golden honeystone has much the same atmosphere as it did years ago, although the shops themselves may have changed. At the end, turn left down the hill, left again at the green, until you stand opposite The Princess Theatre. You are on top of the green, where this mini walk began. Personal memories

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If you look behind you, this is precisely the spot where the writer of this account spent his teenage years. It was in a restaurant with flat above situated on the ground and first floors of one of these beautiful honeystone buildings. It had (has) five floors, the three above, alas, all being empty at the time. Unfortunately, the water tank was at the top and froze constantly in winter. Many was the time that mother and son went up and down, up and down, with hot water! www.finecity.co.uk


FINEPLACES I have many memories of this restaurant where my Mum worked so hard for two years that she saved up enough money for the family’s first house. I recall, on the day we opened for business, a family of customers went to sit outside on the terrace. As they all sat down around the table I heard a sharp ‘crack’ and the man in the group was on the floor – his wooden chair had broken. This was excruciatingly embarrassing to the 13 year old boy (me) who was acting as the waiter. Oh well! He was very nice about it as I recall. As you will see, from the top of the town the green slopes towards the massive Norfolk ocean over which the sun sets in spectacular fashion – Hunstanton is rare in facing west and the

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sun actually sets over the sea. For up to five or six hours a day, depending on time of year, silver and golden, at times also pink and red, even greenish, ‘roadway’ – some locals call it the ‘pathway to heaven’ - stretches to infinity over the waves. When the tide recedes and it is peaceful, scores of seals bask on the sandbanks. This is also a place of mirages: some claim to have seen magical ships and beautiful castles through the fine haze on a summer’s day, on the horizon just above the sea. Local legends and literature If there is a reasonable wind, there is no better place for windsurfing. Yet, when a gale blows and the sea roars, it is best to take cover – the pier was completely swept

away in1978. King John is reputed to have lost the Crown Jewels somewhere in the Wash due to a storm of unprecedented ferocity, so somewhere out there may be riches beyond imagination. Some historians think this may have been an early insurance scam, King John having secured the jewels somewhere else … Again, legend has it that when St Felix was sailing in the Wash on his way to bring Christianity to East Anglia in 630 AD, his boat became tossed in a storm. The resident beavers came to his rescue and, in gratitude, he granted the chief beaver Episcopal status before landing at nearby Babingley: this is why the first Bishop of Norfolk is reputed to have been a beaver. One of the most celebrated

novelists associated with Hunstan is L.P. Hartley. In 1944 he published The Shrimp and the Anemone which drew upon his childhood experiences playing among the rock pools below the famous cliffs. Many became aware of him through the book The GoBetween, a work immeasurably melancholy and beautiful in almost equal proportions. The famous film of the book, starring Alan Bates and Julie Christie, was filmed in the region. PG Woodhouse was another frequent visitor. If you have the time, you can wander down to the shore and along the long promenade, gaze at the ocean and even wait for one of the famous sunsets if you are lucky enough to visit when the weather conditions are right.

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Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music September song! Norwich-based music writer, Tony Cooper, previews the new season of Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music

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nd kicking off NNCM’s new season incidentally, one of the oldest music clubs in the country founded in 1951 - is none other than the Fitzwilliam String Quartet (Saturday, 17th September, 7.30pm) who rank amongst the longest-established string quartets in the world and now well into its fifth decade. The current line-up combines founding-member violist, Alan George, surrounded by a new generation of performers: Lucy Russell and Marcus BarchamStevens (violins) and Heather Tuach (cellist).

major string quintet in which members of the quartet, led by Lucy Russell, will be joined by the well-known violist, Roger Chase. Like so many nicknames for Beethoven’s works they were conjured up by the composer’s publisher, no doubt to generate extra publicity in which to boost sales and so forth. In the case of the ‘Harp’ it refers to the characteristic pizzicato sections contained in the allegro section of the first movement where pairs of members of the quartet alternate

International recognition came early for FSQ as it was the first group to perform (and record) the complete canon of Shostakovich’s string quartets. Today, the FSQ performs a wide and diverse range of music ranging from the late 17th century to the present day.

Fitzwilliam String Quartet Photos by Benjamin Harte

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For the season’s ‘opener’, however, one will be treated to a feast of good music: Beethoven’s E flat string quartet (commonly known as the ‘Harp’) and Bruckner’s F

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FINEARTS notes reminiscent of the plucking of a harp. Simple as that! The Bruckner quintet, on the other hand, harbours a wealth of musical ideas with polyphonic and motive-thematic work playing a significant role in its overall structure. Robert Simpson in the revised 1992 edition of The Essence of Bruckner withdrew reservations he once expressed about the work and declared it ‘one of the most idiosyncratic but deepest chamber works since Beethoven’ therefore the pairing of Beethoven and Bruckner seems a wise decision.

daughter of Yorkshire-born pianist, Godfrey Hewitt, who held the position of choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, for many years. She’s making a welcome return visit to NNCM on Sunday 2nd October for an afternoon’s recital starting at 3pm. A fantastic interpreter of JS Bach her programme includes a sweet trio of works by this baroque master comprising the D minor French suite No 1, B minor French suite No 2 and G major French suite No 5 sitting alongside a couple of sonatas by Beethoven: G major, Op 79; E major, Op 109.

Quartet) comprises Nicholas van Kuijk and Sylvain Favre-Bulle (violins), Grégoire Vecchioni (viola) and François Robin (cellist). Only founded in 2011 but in that short space of time they’ve bagged a host of top prizes the latest of which was the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition. But they also took away the honours as well as the audience prize at the 2013 International String Quartet Competition in Trondheim, Norway. Their début programme (Saturday, 22nd October, 7.30pm) couldn’t be better comprising a couple of

Another group who has achieved considerable success in Norway, too, is the piano trio, Trio Isimsiz, comprising Erdem Misirlioglu (piano), Pablo Hernán Benedí (violin) and Michael Petrov (cello). Their concert on Saturday 19th November (7.30pm) promises a cracking affair with Mozart’s E major piano trio, Fauré’s D minor piano trio and Schumann’s G minor piano trio, No 3. Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trio Isimsiz soon got into prizewinning territory by taking away first prize and also the audience prize at

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The quartet has just recorded the Bruckner which has received a host of glowing reviews. BBC Music Magazine: ‘Tender warmth radiates from page after page and the dialogue between the voices emerges with keen intimate intensity. The great adagio is as exalted and touching as it should be. All round a fascinating, rewarding disc.’ The Gramophone: ‘The relaxed swing they bring to the scherzo and the trio recalls the fifth like no previous recording.’

As usual, she’ll be travelling with her own concert-grand piano, a Fazioli F278, sporting four pedals supplied by Jaques Samuel Pianos of London.

From quartet to solo performer comes popular Canadian-born pianist, Angela Hewitt,

The quartet (who, by the way, studied at the Paris Conservatoire with members of the Ysaÿe

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Over the years NNCM has hosted many young and up-and-coming string quartets and the latest in line to tread the path to Norwich is the award-winning French-based group, Van Kuijk Quartet, a participant of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ Scheme.

glorious works from the French repertoire - Ravel’s F major quartet and Debussy’s G minor quartet - while Hungarian-born Kurtág’s 6 Moments musicaux, his fourth string quartet completed in 2005, gets a rare and welcome outing. In a contrasting suite of six adventurous movements, Kurtág borrows music from some of his previous compositions most notably ‘Játékok (Games) for piano’. The work - first performed by the Keller Quartet in February 2006 in Bordeaux - was one of the highlights of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations.

the 2015 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. Recent concert highlights have included recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and the Purcell Room as well as at the Sage Gateshead, Bristol’s Colston Hall and the Brighton Dome while they also enjoyed a highlysuccessful residency at Aldeburgh earlier this year. All three members of the trio work and enjoy success, too, as individuals: Erdem Misirlioglu was a concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2008 performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a www.finecity.co.uk


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accompanied by the pianist, Roger Vignoles, offering a wonderful and entertaining programme comprising three masterful and characteristic works by Schumann: Myrthen (Op 25), Liederkreis (Op 39) and Dichterliebe (Op 48). The circle of songs comprising Myrthen is based upon poetry by a host of eminent poets such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Rückert , George Gordon Byron , Thomas Moore , Heinrich Heine, Robert Burns and Julius Mosen. For the text of Liederkreis Schumann looked to Joseph Eichendorff ’s collection, Intermezzo. In fact, Schumann wrote two cycles of the same name, the other being his Opus 24, set to a text by Heinrich Heine. Therefore, Opus 39 is generally regarded as the Eichendorff Liederkreis.

Of the cycle, Schumann said: ‘The voice alone cannot reproduce everything or produce every effect, together with the expression of the whole the finer details of the poem should also be emphasised and all is well so long as the vocal line is not sacrificed.’ The work’s regarded as one of the greatest song-cycles of the 19th century. Schumann started working on it in May 1840 the year in which he wrote such a large number of lieder that it became known as his ‘year of song’ or ‘liederjahr’. However, Schumann’s best-known song-cycle, Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), comprises16 glorious songs taking from Heinrich Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo published as part of the poet’s Das Buch der Lieder. Following the song-cycles of Schubert (Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise), those of Schumann constitute a significant part of

the central core of the genre in musical literature. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of NNCM’s season is the annual chamber-music weekend held in January which gets the classicalmusic calendar of the New Year for Norwich and, indeed, Norfolk, off to a rousing good start. This year the weekend runs on Saturday/Sunday, 21st/22nd January, with the acclaimed clarinettist, Michael Collins and Friends, offering an exciting and challenging programme that should appeal to all tastes! The opening concert (Saturday, 7.30pm) features Beethoven’s E flat septet and Schubert’s F major octet while on Sunday the traditional late-morning concert (11.30am) serves up a trio of popular works comprising Brahms’ E flat Clarinet Sonata No 2, Weber’s Grand Duo Concertante

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FINEARTS and Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata while the afternoon concert (3pm) sees performances of Bartók’s Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale Suite and Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time. Welcome return visitors to NNCM are the Carducci String Quartet (Saturday, 18th February, 7.30pm) comprising Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming (violins), Eoin SchmidtMartin (viola) and Emma Denton (cello). Haydn provides the ‘opener’ to their concert with his D major quartet while it ends with Beethoven’s F minor quartet. And somewhere sandwiched in between these popular works is Webern’s Langsamer Satz composed in June 1905 but not publicly performed until May 1962 in Seattle. And, I guess, the first time that it has been heard in Norwich. The word ‘langsame’, by the way, literally means ‘slow movement’ and Langsamer Satz originated during a hiking trip that Webern took with his cousin, Wilhelmine Mörtl, in Lower Austria. A romantic-inspired piece it conjures up an outpouring of love that the 21-year-old composer - whose studies with Arnold Schoenberg had begun the previous autumn harboured for Fräulein Mörtl, who later became his wife. Commissioning new works has also been an important part

of NNCM’s activity over the years and for this concert the Carducci’s will première a new quartet written by the Londonbased composer, Kemal Yusif, who stormed to success at this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival with his large-scale work ‘Cain’ performed by the Festival Chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Parry. The penultimate concert of the season forms a mini-weekend programmed by Cédric Tiberghien (Alina Ibragimova’s musical duo partner) who offers a solo piano recital on Saturday 11th March (7.30pm) comprising etudes and preludes by Chopin, Szymanowski and Debussy while on Sunday (3pm) he’ll be joined by the wind soloists of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for two grand and entertaining works of the chamber-music repertoire: Mozart’s quintet and Beethoven’s quintet, both scored, of course, for piano and wind. The season’s final concert promises a grand keyboard affair featuring the exciting talents and energies of François-Frédéric Guy and Geoffroy Couteau. Their first concert on Saturday 8th April (7.30pm) features two intermezzi by Brahms (Op 116 and Op 118) followed by the same composer’s F minor sonata for two pianos (Op 34b) while Sunday’s concert (3pm) features François-Frédéric Guy photo by Benjamin de Diesbach

Geoffrey Couteau photo by Bernard Martinez

two great and inspiring works: Mozart’s D major sonata for two pianos and Olivier Messaien’s Visions de l’Amen, a work that Messiaen wrote in 1943 shortly after being released as a prisonerof-war and the first of many collaborations he undertook with Mlle Loriod, at the time a student at the Paris Conservatoire, where Messaien was a professor. The work received its première in Paris in the same year. And it’s all change for NNCM’s programme director as the current incumbent of the post, Roger Rowe, bows out following a highly-successful term of office to be replaced by the well-known London-based musicologist, Misha Donat. He’s no stranger to Norwich as he has presided over many pre-concert talks for NNCM and, indeed, will give three sessions in the current season. The talks

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Holt Festival 2016 Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 July 2016, Holt, North Norfolk

Holt Festival 2016 Full listings: Saturday 23-Sunday 31 July 11am – 5pm FREE THE LURE OF ST IVES (exhibition) Original paintings, ceramics and sculpture by Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Saturday 23-Sunday 31 July 11am – 5pm FREE MUNNINGS BEFORE THE GREAT WAR (exhibition)

Original works by one of East Anglia’s most popular 20th century artists. Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) is perhaps best know for his paintings of horses and rural life, and his links to the Newlyn artists. Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS Saturday 23-Sunday 31 July 11am – 5pm FREE

Sunday 24–Sunday 31 July 11am 5pm FREE

Monday 25 July 12.30pm FREE FESTIVAL FRINGE

HOLT FESTIVAL ART PRIZE EXHIBITION (exhibition)

SITTING ON A RAINBOW – SONGS FOR A NORFOLK SUMMERS’ DAY (music)

All the shortlisted entries from this prestigious art prize. The winner receives £1,500 and work will be shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Holt Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Discover an eclectic variety of historic, modern and contemporary art and photography at Holt’s many art galleries.

Sunday 24 July 6pm FREE

Monday 25 July 6pm £15

THE JEFFORD BROTHERS (music)

Holt Festival at various galleries around Holt town centre

Bebop and more from North Norfolk trio.

MARIOLA CIENIAWA: CHOPIN PIANO RECITAL (classical music)

ART TRAIL (exhibition)

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 24 July 8pm GYLES BRANDRETH’S WORD POWER (comedy) An uproarious ride around the awesome world of words from former MP, Government Whip, Just A Minute regular, Have I Got News For You, Pointless and Countdown survivor.

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First ever UK recital outside London for Internationally acclaimed, prize-winning Polish pianist from the Krakow Academy plays Chopin as only a native Pole can. Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Monday 25 July 8.15pm £12 THE VAGABAND (music) Norfolk-based 8 piece roots/rock band perform a soulful concoction of Americana, blues, jazz and rock.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Monday 25 July 9.30am ages 3-5, 11am ages 3-11 FREE

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 July 10am Ages 3-8 FREE

STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC by PAUL JACKSON (children’s)

CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING with NANDANA DEV SAN (children’s) The author reads from her new book Kangaroo Kisses which follows one mischievous child as she delays getting ready for bed and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way.

Songs and tall tales from round the world blended with the sounds of their instruments.

Gyles Brandreth’s Word Power

The Samphires, local ladies vocal ensemble, present songs to evoke the nature and blue skies of Norfolk.

Holt Festival at Gresham’s PrePrep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB

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Children’s Storytelling with Nandana Dev San

By Lawrence Tao, former Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Durham and Acting Director of Music at Gresham’s School. Holt Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Tuesday 26 July 2pm £15 DR. PHIL HAMMOND: HOW TO SURVIVE THE NHS AND HELP THE NHS SURVIVE (comedy) The NHS is our most treasured institution, but it’s also more dangerous than bungee jumping.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Tuesday 26 July 6pm £14 RETORICA (classical music) Associates of the Royal Academy of Music, violin duo Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo are one of the most acclaimed and exciting chamber groups in the UK. Works by Bach, Telemann, Prokofiev and Mozart Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Tuesday 26 July 8.15pm £20

Dr. Phil Hammond: How To Survive The NHS and Help The NHS Survive

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Tuesday 26 July 11am Ages 3-8 FREE ODDLY by NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE (children’s) A curious boy from the city sets off in search of three unusual

creatures in a fun tale based on the much-loved book by Joyce Dunbar. A magical mix of puppetry, visual tricks, masks and original music. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Tuesday 26 July 12.30pm FREE FESTIVAL FRINGE

Stuff the politicians. Only we can save our NHS. Join Dr Phil’s bidet revolution. From the bottom up. “If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre” The Times. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Tuesday 26 July 4pm £12 SHACKLETON – ANTARCTIC LEGEND by MICHAEL SMITH (talk)

Oddly by Norwich Puppet Theatre

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To commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s epic Endurance expedition, Polar historian Smith recalls the compelling story of one of history’s great explorers.

COLIN CLOUD (magic/ illusion) Forensic mind reader and master of deduction who left Jonathan Ross speechless and Ant and Dec screaming in disbelief! Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 27 July 11am, for age 6 to adult FREE COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS (children’s) The best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit but without any swearing or rude bits. Holt Festival at Holt Community 2016 July | 33


FINEARTS Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Wednesday 27 July 11am FREE GALLERY TALK: MUNNINGS BEFORE THE GREAT WAR (talk) James Glennie discusses one of East Anglia’s most popular 20th century artists. Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS Wednesday 27 July 12.30pm FREE FESTIVAL FRINGE NOEL COWARD – LIVE AND PERSONAL (music/ comedy) John Knowles and Susie Turner, accompanied by Annette Jude, bring the music and magic of Sir Noel Coward to life. Holt Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Wednesday 27 July 6pm £12 ADAM WESTCOTT: FLAMENCO GUITAR (music)

An evening of headline stand up comedy compered by Rich Wilson. Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW

Protégé of the legendary Manitas de Plata dazzles with the furious sounds of the flamenco guitar and tells the heartfelt story of his journey to meet and study under de Plata.

Thursday 28 July 10am-4pm, ages 8-16 FREE

Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

A drama workshop for young people to create and rehearse a play led by drama teacher Bridget Robinson. Performance at 3.30pm for family and friends.

Wednesday 27 July 8pm £18 STRINGFEVER (music) A string quartet – but not as you know it! With their striking electric instruments this family group combine unrelenting energy, humour and audience interaction with great musical skill. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

PLAY IN A DAY with SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE (children’s)

Holt Festival at Gresham’s PrePrep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB Thursday 28 July 12.30pm FREE FESTIVAL FRINGE

Thursday 28 July 4pm £15 JOANNA TROLLOPE OBE (talk) Best selling writer and sharp observer of family relationships talks to Artistic Director Charles Pugh about love and marriage. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Thursday 28 July 6pm £12 COWARDY CUTS: THE MUSIC OF NOEL COWARD (music/comedy) A romp though some of the lesser known songs of Noel Coward with Norfolk TV legend Helen McDermott and Adrian Wright.

TALI DOLCE MUSICA (music)

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Music for soprano, wind

Thursday 28 July 8pm £20 Adam Westcott: Flamenco Guitar

Wednesday 27 July 2pm £15 KATE ADIE: FIGHTING ON THE HOME FRONT (talk) Award winning journalist Kate Adie talks about her new book, telling the story of the First World War through the eyes of women, unearthing just how hard it was to be admitted to the world of men. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 27 July 4pm £12 POEMS THAT MAKE WOMEN CRY: ANTONY and BEN HOLDEN with IRMA FOWLER and JULIE CHRISTIE (poetry) Father and son team with readings from their latest collection and contributions from special guest, actress Julie Christie. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN 34 | July 2016

Wednesday 27 July 8.30pm £16 STAND UP COMEDY: RICH WILSON, ZOE LYONS, TOM WARD & DARREN HARRIOT (comedy)

instruments and piano with Anna Hopkins (flute), Neil Johnson (oboe), David Morgan (piano) and Meg Starling (percussion).

JENNY ECLAIR: HOW TO BE A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN (WITHOUT GOING INSANE) (comedy)

Holt Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

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Joanna Trollope OBE

FINEARTS Lawrence and WWI casting him as a seminal practitioner and theorist of modern guerilla warfare. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Friday 29 July 6pm £15 OLIVIA POULET: PRODUCT (theatre)

age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 29 July 11am FREE GALLERY TALK: THE LURE OF ST IVES (talk) James Glennie on art created at the stunning Cornish coastal town. Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Friday 29 July 10am Ages 6-11 FREE STEPPING INTO STORIES (children’s) Captain Tilly leads a swashbuckling, interactive, pirate storytelling

workshop for all young buccaneers with a taste for adventure. Holt Festival at Gresham’s PrePrep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB Friday 29 July 12.30pm FREE FESTIVAL FRINGE CHENTER’S JIGGE (music) Songs, ayres, jigs and jollies played and sung with ancient, traditional and modern instruments. Holt Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

direct from London in workshops with professional instructors and choreographers from Parallel Dance Studios. Holt Festival at Gresham’s PrePrep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB Friday 29 July 4pm £10 NEIL FAULKNER: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’S WAR (talk) Archaeologist and historian Faulkner rewrites the story of TE

Film (In The Loop), TV (Fresh Meat, The Musketeers) and stage actress with her critically acclaimed interpretation of Mark Ravenhill’s play in which she pitches an audaciously offensive romantic thriller about a relationship between a 9/11 widow and an Al Qaeda terrorist. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 29 July 8.15pm £18 THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN (music) The Crazy World of Arthur Brown celebrates 48 years of the massive worldwide hit FIRE, with a new live show including the legendary fire helmet and rock n roll theatricals.

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Friday 29 July 2pm and 3.30pm Ages 8-11 FREE STREET DANCE WORKSHOP (children’s) New and current street dance

Cowardy Cuts: The Music of Noel Coward

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FINEARTS GOOD GNUS (music/ comedy) The music, wit and wisdom of Flanders & Swann, Peter Skellern, Tom Lehrer and Richard Stilgoe as interpreted by Jon Williams, Chris Price and Dr David Flood of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir. Holt Festival at Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 30 July 8.15pm £28 JOHN ILLSLEY of DIRE STRAITS (music) Dire Straits co-founder and his band playing many of the songs that helped sell over 120 million albums (and counting) worldwide. Expect hits such as Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Brothers in Arms. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 31 July 1.30pm £14 JANE AUSTEN AT HOME (theatre) A one woman show by Emerald O’Hanrahan celebrating the variety and wit of Austen’s writings with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Sunday 31 July 4pm £14 Captain Morgan And The Sands Of Time

Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

CAPTAIN MORGAN AND THE SANDS OF TIME (theatre)

Friday 29 July 10pm FREE

Comedy adventure for all the family as Captain Morgan and First Mate Hammond battle with monsters, sword fights and sea gods on their quest for the secrets of time travel.

SUZIE HEATH (music) Vocalist and pianist. Holt Festival at The Lawns Hotel, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS Saturday 30 July 2pm £12 (under 18’s £5) 36 | July 2016

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 30 July 4pm £18

MARK WATSON: I’M NOT HERE (comedy) A seemingly minor problem at an airport sparks a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age and search for meaning in our lives. Comedy at its very best. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 30 July 6pm £16

PLAYING MAGGIE: PIP UTTON (theatre) Pip Utton gives an awardwinning performance as an actor preparing to play Margaret Thatcher. As he transforms into Mrs T and prepares to make a speech, she changes her mind and invites the audience to ask any questions they want. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Sunday 31 July 6pm £16 www.finecity.co.uk


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John Illsley of Dire Straits

FOSSILS by BUCKET CLUB (theatre) Edinburgh preview. An extinct fish, a missing father, the Loch Ness monster and a live music score all feature in this new show from the award winning Bucket Club. Holt Festival at Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 31 July 8.15pm £20 THE SEARCHERS (music) Merseybeat stalwarts with some welcome early sixties nostalgia with hits like Sugar and Spice, When You Walk in The Room and Needles And Pins interspersed with anecdotes and reminscences. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Jane Austen at Home

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Mark Watson: I’m Not Here

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FINEARTS Ferio Saxophone Quartet

North Norfolk Music Festival Norwich-based music writer, Tony Cooper, extols the virtues of the North Norfolk Music Festival being held next month

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ne of the most promising classical music festivals to surface in Norfolk over the past few years is that of the North Norfolk Festival founded by world arts traveller Barry Cheeseman and the distinguished viola player and

composer Simon Rowland-Jones while the renowned English-born architect, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw - responsible for Cornwall’s magnificent Eden Project - is the festival’s patron. Now in its twelfth year, NNMF goes from strength to strength, Alexander Melnikov

this year running from Monday 15th August to Saturday 27th August. Nearly all of the concerts take place in the magnificent 15th-century parish church of St Mary’s, South Creake, boasting a superb single hammerbeam roof decorated with elaborately-carved figures of painted angels and located about five miles northwest of the bustling market town of Fakenham. And every year audiences seem to increase. For instance, well over 2500 people attended concerts and events last year where Fr Clive Wylie, the churchwardens and the entire festival support team greeted concertgoers with their usual warm, friendly and convivial welcome. Some of this year’s highlights include the Russian-born pianist, Alexander Melnikov, Londonbased Ferio Saxophone Quartet, British-born baritone, Gareth Brynmor John and no less than six musicians from Iceland as well as the Van Kuijk Quartet from France, first prize-winners of the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. And to mark the centenary of

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the birth of Yehudi Menuhin, a trio of events in St Mary’s (Saturday 27th August) will highlight this special anniversary with joint artistic director, Barry Cheeseman, opening proceedings with a free festival talk (4.30pm) in conversation with former pupils of the Yehudi Menuhin School which this well-loved violinist (and humanist) founded in 1963 and from which so many outstanding string players and pianists emerged. The talk’s followed by New Zealand-born violinist, Benjamin Baker (a pupil of the school from 2004 to 2009), giving an unaccompanied recital at

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FINEARTS Barry Cheeseman

principal cellist of the Luxembourg Philharmonic) and also a member of the Kreisler Quartet. Two major and ever-popular chamber works comprise the bulk of the programme - Mozart’s G minor piano quartet and Schumann’s E flat major piano quintet - while Simon RowlandJones’ new piano quintet, written especially for the occasion, will receive its world première.

5.30pm. Following selection for representation by the Young Classical Artists’ Trust, Ben - who plays, by the way, a Tononi violin of 1709 - has already appeared as a soloist with the London Mozart Players and the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as giving recitals at such important venues as the Wigmore Hall. His programme comprises Bach’s D minor solo violin partita with the infamous ‘chaconne’ followed by Bartók’s sonata for solo violin, a work actually commissioned by Menuhin in 1943. To round off the Menuhin tribute day a coterie of five outstanding players who knew the violinist extremely well will gather in St Mary’s (8pm) for a concert which also constitutes the finale to the festival. Pianist Melvyn Tan and violist Simon Rowland-Jones will be joined by violinist Marcia Crayford (leader of the Nash Ensemble for 25 years), violinist Elisabeth Perry (currently concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic) and Niall Brown (co-

Gareth Brynmor John

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An interesting concert comes with acclaimed tenor, Joshua Ellicott,

by Bridge, Finzi, Ireland, Wood, Poulenc and Debussy. The letters poignant, witty and funny - follow Jack’s development from a raw teenager to a full-blown soldier, his tone ever changing in keeping with the horrific developments of The Great War. And prize-winning baritone, Gareth Brynmor John (winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards), can be heard in recital on Thursday 25th August (5.30pm), singing two lovely pieces by George Butterworth: Bredon Hill

Doric String Quartet

accompanied by the pianist, Simon Lepper, giving a performance of ‘Your ever-loving son, Jack’ (Tuesday, 16th August, 8pm), exactly 100 years since the death of his great uncle Jack at the battle of the Somme. The programme - comprising readings of letters by Jack to his loving family in Lancashire - will also include songs about love, parting and death

and Six songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ set to a text by A E Housman. The programme also includes three songs by John Ireland: ‘The Soldier’ and ‘Blow out, you bugles’ as well as ‘Spring Sorrow’ set to a text by Rupert Brooke.

Simon Rowland-Jones

To mark the Feast of the Assumption (Monday 15th August), a programme entitled ‘Song of Mary’ appropriately performed in St Mary’s (6.30pm) features Floreat Sonus, conducted by James Gorick, returning to the festival for the third time. A wonderful programme lies in store including works by three of the greatest English virginalists: William Byrd, Thomas Weelkes and Orlando Gibbons. The central work of the programme is Byrd’s ten-part polyphonic piece, ‘The Great Service’, written on a grand and imposing scale. It’s a demanding and intricate work to sing but so pleasurable to hear. The manuscript was, in fact, lost but re-discovered in the library at Durham Cathedral in 1922. Byrd’s work, however, represents a major step forward for sacred music in England and was probably written in the early part of the composer’s career possibly before 1580 when the Anglican style was still quite experimental. In this music Byrd showed his contemporaries how certain

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Van Kuijk String Quartet

aspects of Anglican choral music could be elaborated to a splendid effect with particular regard to the traditional arrangement of voices found in English cathedral choirs.

Benjamin Baker

Marcia Crayford

For aficionados of the piano, a recital on Wednesday 17th August (5.30pm) should do the trick with Tim Horton (returning to the festival for the fifth time) playing Beethoven’s first piano sonatas. The three sonatas (Op 2 from 1795) were dedicated to his teacher, Joseph Haydn, who three years earlier stated that Beethoven would ‘become one of the greatest musical artists in Europe’. How right he was. These works shocked the world not just for their wild boldness and brilliance but also to the fact that, drawing from the symphonic tradition, each sonata employed four movements - a revolutionary departure at the time! The Carducci String Quartet also return to the festival (Wednesday, 17th August, 8pm) offering a couple of core works from the mainstream chamber-music repertoire framed

by a new work by Simon RowlandJones entitled ‘Pianto antico’ for tenor and string quartet, a setting of five poems by the quartet’s namesake, the 19th-century Nobel prizewinning poet, Giosué Carducci. Joshua Ellicott will join the quartet in what will be only the second performance of this work and its composer will duly join the quartet for a performance of Mozart’s rich and much-celebrated C major string quintet. The opening work, however, in the Carducci’s programme comprises Beethoven’s F minor string quartet commonly referred to as the ‘Serioso’ stemming from the title ‘Quartett[o] Serioso’. The work’s one of the shortest and most compact of all the Beethoven quartets and is related to another composition of the composer’s middle period, the overture to the incidental music of Goethe’s drama, Egmont, which Beethoven was composing in the same year while working on this quartet. And Joshua Ellicott stays on for his third concert in this year’s

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FINEARTS festival (St Mary’s, 7pm) sharing the programme with classical guitarist, James Boyd, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the coveted Julian Bream prize. They have devised an interesting, challenging thought-provoking programme exploring dusk and the oncoming night through words both spoken and sung - as well, of course, for solo guitar. As the day slips quietly into night one is held in a timeless state where the human imagination knows no bounds, between light and darkness, the real and the imagined. The programme includes ‘Songs of the Half-Light’ by Lennox Berkeley, a work set to a text by Walter de la Mare and commissioned by and dedicated to Peter Pears and, indeed, premièred by Pears and Julian Bream at the 1965 Aldeburgh Festival. Completing the programme is a trio of songs by Schubert including ‘Nacht und Träume’ as well as warm and interesting pieces by Britten, Dowland, Hahn, Ginastera and Villa-Lobos. A welcoming and sumptuous programme! But this is just a taste of it. To get the full programme details just pop online at www. northnorfolkmusicfestival.com and everything will be revealed. Box office: 01328 730357

hand to take pre-order interval drinks without any fuss or bother. Therefore, to avoid that mad rush be a wise old owl instead and plan ahead!

Carducci String Quartet

However, if you want to do it yourself, pack a hamper of all your favourite things such as crisp apple strudels and schnitzel with noodles and dine al fresco in the peaceful, verdant and delightful setting of St Mary’s churchyard. Don’t forget your bottle-opener, though! Alternatively, there’s the Ostrich Inn at South Creake which offers an excellent kitchen as well as first-class accommodation. Tel: 01328 823320.

Andrei Bondarenko

The Gould Piano Trio

However, the all-important social side to the festival is welcoming and sumptuous, too, with preconcert suppers available in the cosy and intimate candlelit festival marquee on each evening when the concert is held at St Mary’s. So there’s a lot of wining and dining to be had! Suppers must be booked in advance preferably at the same time as you place your ticket order. And as there’s only a capacity of just 50 places in the marquee, it creates, as you can imagine, quite a demand. The chef engaged for this year’s culinary treats and feasts is Jay Moore, head chef at North Creake Abbey Café. A licensed bar is up and running well in advance of the concerts with wines carefully selected from the Swaffham branch of Waitrose while the festival’s friendly, inviting and hard-working staff are on www.finecity.co.uk

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Cinema City Norwich-based film buff, Tony Cooper, looks at special screenings at Cinema City this month

Films to look out for: from 1st July Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15) Twenty-four years after Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) first tottered on to our screens, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie now arrives. In the face of a media firestorm after an attempt to schmooze Kate Moss goes spectacularly awry, PR agent Eddy and magazine editor Patsy escape to their spiritual home Absolutely Fabulous

the French Riviera. The result is a ‘fun-in-the-sun’ caper where even Botox won’t stop you smiling. The Secret Life of Pets (U) For anyone wondering how their pets behave when they’re not at home The Secret Life of Pets reveals their antics dreamt up by the ingenious minds at Illumination Entertainment, the creators of Minions. Wily terrier Max (Louis CK) loses his preferred pooch status when his owner acquires a large, sloppy mongrel named

Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Both of them get horribly lost in New York where they meet a posse of abandoned pets led by a deceptively-lovable rabbit (Kevin Hart). Their adventures radiate an acid wit, amply characterised by Chloe (Lake Bell), a smugly- obese pussycat: ‘I’m your friend, and as your friend I gotta be honest, I don’t care about you or your problems.’ Hilarious! from 8th July Ghostbusters (cert TBC) Thirty years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its longawaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy joined by some of the funniest and finest actors working today. Neon Demon (15) When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who’ll take any means necessary to get what she has. Neon Demon, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn, stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks.

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from 15th July Maggie’s Plan (15) Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette. Maggie’s Plan stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader from 22 July The BFG (PG) Steven Spielberg’s vision of The BFG - starring Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement - could not have come at a more opportune time as this year the world’s celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl. What better way to mark the centenary of this adored British author than with a brand-new big friendly giant? Special events Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15) with Brunch Darling Sunday 3rd July (11am) Lock up your sons and get out www.finecity.co.uk


FINEARTS your finest shell suits, sweetie darlings! Join us for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and raise a toast to Edina and Patsy’s big screen début with a glass of bolly and brunch. A ticket for this event includes a cinema ticket, brunch and a cool glass of champagne. Vintage Sundays: Delicatessen (15) Sunday 3rd July (5.15pm) Discover Arts: Papal Basilicas of Rome (12A) Monday 4th July (6.30pm) / Tuesday 12th July (1pm) The Papal Basilicas of Rome promises a unique film event on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Francis. Viewers will be treated to an exclusive visit of the four major basilicas in Rome to discover some of the hidden treasures of the Eternal City. Studio Ghibli Forever: Howl’s Moving Castle (U) Wednesday 6th July (8.30pm) Japanese with English subtitles Not every action movie has as its heroine a 90-year-old woman but

the ordinary and extraordinary are always radically confused in Miyazaki’s work and his freestyle adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel is no exception. Visually, it’s everything a Studio Ghibli movie should be: beautiful, intricate, subtle, enchanting and full of imaginative treats ranging from the gooey minions of the opening sequence to the falling stars of the close. Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet [12A] Thursday 7th July (7.15pm). Encore showing: Monday 11th July (1pm) Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s ‘live’ cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team have come up with a modern and passionate version of the classic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. A long-standing feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella,

Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James in the titles-roles with Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio. Tarkovsky Season: Solaris (re: 2016) [PG] Monday 11th July (7.45pm) / Wednesday 13th July (1pm) Glyndebourne: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [12A] Tuesday 12th July (5.30pm) Sung in German with English subtitles Grippingly original, Wagner puts singing and song-writing centre stage in Glyndebourne’s lavish production of Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg recorded at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Mastersingers, a group of poets and musicians who have created complex rules for composing and performing their songs. Their world is turned upside down, though, by free-thinking Walther who enters their singing

competition to win his beloved Eva. But can this inspired rulebreaker win the hand of the woman he truly loves? Studio Ghibli Forever: Ponyo (U) Wednesday 13th July (8.30pm) Japanese with English subtitles After running away from the sea she calls home, an effervescent young fish-girl is rescued and befriended by a five-year-old human boy called Sosuke.

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Star-crossed lovers: Richard Madden and Lily James (Romeo and Juliet)

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FINEARTS and even a depressed dachshund in a tartan-coloured overcoat obligingly submits to Jacques Tati’s meticulous direction of Mon Oncle, his first film in colour. Studio Ghibli Forever: The Wind Rises (PG) Wednesday 20th July(8.30pm) Japanese with English subtitles With The Wind Rises visionary director Miyazaki delivers his farewell masterpiece and once again defies the conventional limitations of animation. The life of Jiro Horikoshi, the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, is hardly traditional animated fare, especially when it comes from the dreamy minds at Studio Ghibli. But as films such as Persepolis have shown, animation can be a powerful tool, even with incredibly difficult and divisive subject- matter.

The Wind Rises

Naming her Ponyo, Sosuke soon comes to realise the heartbreaking impracticality of their budding romance. Anime maestro Miyazaki’s tenth feature is his eighth under the Ghibli banner and the fifth to be released theatrically by Disney.

Laced with the fantastical exuberance that has become synonymous with the Japanese studio, Ponyo harks back to the thematic timelessness and poetic charms of My Neighbour Totoro (1988). It’s as visually alluring a fairytale as you’re ever likely to see.

Mon Oncle (U) presented in partnership with SCVA and programmed and introduced by film expert, Chris Rodden Monday 18th July (8.30pm) Insane gadgets slam and roar, high heels click like metronomes

Young Horikoshi is fascinated by flight and dedicates his life to building flying-machines. But with Japan’s entry into the Second World War he begins to feel a terrible guilt because of the machines he has devised and the deaths they have caused. This profound and beautiful film deftly Star actor, Ralph Fiennes, as Richard III

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Star violinist, André Rieu

combines Ghibli’s mesmerising style with an achingly-beautiful love story and asks hard questions about humanity, creation and invention. Almeida Live: Richard III (12A) Thursday 21st July (7pm) The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening début with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s (Macbeth, King Charles III) searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history. The strong cast also includes David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerquiera, Simon Coates, Susan Engel, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Finbar Lynch, Aislín McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Joshua Riley and Joanna Vanderham Outdoor screening at the Plantation Gardens www.finecity.co.uk

Withnail & I (15) Thursday 21st July (9pm) Return tickets only

has lost none of its excitement and drama and ranks among the most romantic films of all time.

Outdoor screening at the Plantation Gardens

André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert( 12A) Sunday 24th July (3pm) Known to millions as ‘The King of the Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular violinists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerlyanticipated cinema event of the year and last year broke box-office records in several countries.

Back To The Future (PG) Friday 22nd July 9pm) Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty McFly (Michael Fox) inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his nowteenaged parents. Our hero must reunite his parents-to-be lest he ceases to exist in the 1980s. Outdoor screening at the Plantation Gardens Dirty Dancing (12) Saturday 23rd July (9pm) Nobody puts Baby in a corner! In this rock ‘n’ roll treat, teenager Baby Houseman goes on holiday with her parents and gets swept off her feet by a dance instructor. Outdoor screening at the Plantation Gardens Casablanca Sunday 24th July (9pm) They had a date with fate in Casablanca! Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as old flames caught in a love triangle and political intrigue during the Second World War, Casablanca

André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert - spoken parts in English and Dutch with some English subtitles - is shaping up to be his biggest and most spectacular concert ever to be screened and lasts for approximately three hours including a 15-minute interval. Tarkovsky Season: Mirror (re: 2016) [PG] Tuesday 26th July (8.30pm) / Wednesday 27th July (1pm). Russian with English subtitles Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical movie in which the selective nature of memory blends with the plastic nature of film-making boasts some of the most beautiful images ever filmed. Withnail & I (15)

Thursday 28th July (8.45pm) Due to the popularity of the Outdoor Screenings at the Plantation Gardens, this British classic comes inside and gets an extra screening at Cinema City. World Cup ’66 LIVE (12A) Saturday 30th July (2.30pm) Relive the greatest day in English football history (summer 1966) with the eyes of the world on London - the music, the fashion and the football - as the England team prepares for the World Cup final. Now exactly 50 years on, music, history and football combine into a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event recalling the story of that historic day which English football fans will never forget. Told in real time, minute by minute, this groundbreaking experience will be broadcast live to cinemas from Wembley’s SSE Arena yards from where the original game took place. This unique event will bring together compelling match footage, fascinating stories and appearances from football heroes as well as a host of incredible songs from 1966 which will be performed ‘live’ by the cream of today’s artists alongside some of the legends who sang them first time round. 2016 July | 45


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Here is the news 1832 -1844

In our June issue we presented the news as you really would have seen it from your morning newspaper, probably the Norfolk Chronicle, as you had your breakfast from 1801 – the 1830s. Here are some more actual news reports from about 1832 – 1844. June 20 1832 Today marks the accession of our glorious young new Queen Victoria. We are the most fortunate and greatest of nations. April 4 1835 At the Norwich Assizes, before Mr Justice Vaughn, Johnstone Wardell, aged 23, a bank clerk, was charged with embezzling the sum of £1,431, 18s 7d belonging

to the Governor and Company of the Bank of England. Mr Kelly was retained for the defence at the fee of 100gs, and, after a trial lasting ten hours, the jury acquitted the prisoner. A few months afterwards he confessed his guilt and refunded the full amount. April 18 1835 James Clarke, aged 20, was executed on Castle Hill, Norwich, for setting fire to a wheat stack

at Buxton. ‘The most singular feature attending the execution was that an old man named Wyer, a person well known for his eccentricities, declared on the Hill that he would take the sufferer’s place for five shillings. The man made good his word, went home and hanged himself ’. May 4 1835 The Norwich Corporation agreed not to dispose of the old City Gaol without reserving a portion of the site for the purposes of the Norwich Public Library. On September 21st a lease was granted for part of the site (70ft by 70ft) to the trustees of the Library for the term of 99 years, at the annual rent of £1, ‘for the

erection of a library room or other building connected therewith’. July 14 1835 A handbill was circulated in Norwich announcing that ‘the Dutch Hercules, Mynheer Kousewinkeler van Raachboomstadt, Professor of gymnastics and Maitre des Armes to the 5th Regiment of Royal Jaagers’, would give his ‘celebrated series of gymnastic exercises’ in Chapel Field. Some thousands of persons were hoaxed. August 7 1835 At the Norfolk Assizes, before Mr Justice Bolland, Frances Billing, aged 46, and Catherine Death of Nelson by Daniel Maclise

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FINELIVING eight of whom were living at the time of the execution. Both women had been in the habit of consulting reputed witches at Burnham and Sall. September 18 1835 At nine o’clock in the morning, Mr Green, the aeronaut, who had ascended in his balloon from Vauxhall Gardens, London, descended at six o’clock in the evening of the 17th, between North Runcton and Hardwick, about a mile from Lynn South Gates. October13 1835

Early Hot air balloon

Frarey, aged 40, were found guilty of the murder of Mary Taylor, of Burnham Westgate, by administering arsenic to her. They were also convicted of the murder of Robert Frarey, husband of the last-named prisoner. The execution took place on Castle Hill, Norwich, on August 10th. Frarey was dressed in deep mourning for

her husband, and wore a widow’s cap. They held each other by the hand when upon the scaffold. ‘The silence which had hitherto pervaded the immense concourse that stood intently gazing on this dreadful exhibition was broken by a piercing shriek when the drop fell; then all was still again’. Mrs Billing had had eleven children,

At a convivial meeting at the Three Turks public-house, Charing Cross, Norwich, William Cork, an artisan, was singing ‘the well known song written on the death of General Wolfe’, and after repeating the words, ‘And I to death must yield’, fell down and, to the consternation of the company, instantly expired. February 2 1840 A remarkable case of somnolence was reported at Norwich. John Browne, master of the Yarmouth

Bridge public-house, Red Lion Street, who died on this day, aged 39, and was reputed to be the heaviest man in the city, had been constantly afflicted with sleepiness. ‘He weighed at the time of his death nearly 27 stone, and had generally slept away his time. He kept awake only a few minutes at a time and even in conversation fell asleep. Browne was several years turnkey at the City Gaol, and was then by no means a man of oversize, but had been increasing in bulk for several years, notwithstanding the rigid temperance which he observed, living entirely upon dry toast and tea. His coffin was 3 ft across, 6 ft long, and 1 ft 9 in. in height’. February 10 1840 The marriage of her Majesty the Queen was celebrated in Norwich. The Mayor and members of the Corporation, wearing white favours, attended service at the cathedral, where the sermon was preached by the Rev Prebendary Wodehouse...At one o’clock the 9th Lancers, under the command of Capt Arthur Williams, entered the Market Place and fired a feu de joie with their pistols; ‘the trumpeters played ‘God save the Queen’, and the soldiers gave three hearty cheers, flourishing their sabres in the air.’... At night there was a firework display in the Market Place. On the staging at the north-east angle of the Market Place the fireworks were prematurely exploded; a rocket was driven through the shutters of a shop on the Walk, and another entered the second storey window of a house in London Street. A man was severely

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justices at the Shirehall, Norwich, in which the keeper of Hellesdon toll-bar was summoned for unlawfully taking toll in respect of a vehicle called a ‘wheel machine’, interesting particulars were given of the contrivance, which belonged to a Norwich mechanic named Matthew Fish. It was described as ‘only a barrow roked by the feet, and not propelled by machinery’. The carriage was shown outside the court, and ‘to be a very ingenious machine, which could be worked at the rate of ten miles an hour on a level road’. It had three wheels and two levers...The matter was ultimately settled without a conviction.

Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes by Sir George Hayter

December 9 1840 The first person in Norwich to advertise ‘patent photographic portraits’ was Mr Beard, of the Royal Bazaar. These likenesses were stated to be ‘surprisingly correct’, and severe chemical tests proved that they would ‘last to infinity’. The prices ranged from one to two guineas. December 15 1840 Died in St Peter Southgate, Norwich, John Smith, gardener, aged 102. April 4 1844

wounded in the face, and others were also injured... March 2 1840 Betty’s Royal Circus commenced in ‘one of the most ingenious and substantial buildings ever erected in Norwich’. The site was on the Castle Meadow. April 18 1840 ‘Children who are sickly are taken to a woman living in St Lawrence, Norwich, for the purpose of being cut for a supposed disease called the spinnage. The infants are on a Monday morning taken to this woman’s, who, for threepence, with a pair of scissors cuts through the lobe of the right ear, then makes a cross with the blood 48 | July 2016

upon the forehead and breast of the child. On the following morning the same barbarous and superstitious ceremony is performed upon the left ear, and on the succeeding Monday the right ear is again condemned to undergo the same ceremony, and in some cases it is deemed necessary to perform the ridiculous operation nine times’. May 1 1840 This day is the first ever postal stamp printed and called the ‘Penny Black’. Whether or not this concept of a national postal service will succeed we cannot tell. October 14 1843 In a case before the county

Hales, the Norfolk giant, was exhibited at Tombland Fair. He was 8 ft in height, and weighed 33 stones. April 20 1844 The parish clerk of St Peter’s, Terrington, has caused his coffin and gravestone to be prepared, although in excellent health. The former he keeps in his sleeping room, and uses as a wardrobe, and the latter stands in the church, ready to be put down when required. The stone contains the following: ‘This aged clerk, long ere he died, His coffin had and placed by his bedside; His neighbours all well know the truth is spoke –

‘Twas made of Mr John Perry’s best oak; His old friend Death just touch’d him with his spear And in pure kindness laid him quietly here’. The upper part of the stone contains the name, with blanks for cutting age, etc, when the time of his dissolution shall take place. April 30 1844 The Yarmouth and Norwich Railway was formally opened on this date. The county was indebted to Mr R Stephenson, the celebrated ‘father of railways’, for the introduction of the line. June 22 1844 The fatal ball by which Nelson received his death wound has been presented to her Majesty and most graciously received. The ball, with the particles of the coat and epaulette which were forced into the body, is neatly and elegantly set within a crystal case, which is appropriately mounted with a double cable coiled around its circumference. It opens like a watch. August 2 1844 At the Norfolk Assizes; before Mr Justice Williams, William Frost, aged 35, was indicted for having, on April 8th, at Whitwell, murdered his four children, whose ages ranged from five years to ten weeks, by striking them on the head with a hammer. A verdict of not guilty was returned, and he was ordered to be confined in the Criminal Lunatic Asylum, George’s Fields, London. www.finecity.co.uk


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sung by children at Sunday school. It was in Norwich that Dame Julian wrote her sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. There was the actress Charlotte Atkyns who was also known as the female Scarlet Pimpernel, who tried to free Marie Antoinette. Charlotte and her husband lived in Ketteringham Hall near Wymondham. Children’s classic Black Beauty was written in Old Catton by Anna Sewell. Social reformer Elizabeth Fry was born not far from Anglia Square. A member of the Quaker Gurney family, she has been seen on the back of the UK five pound note. Many great authors and thinkers such as Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau have, and rightly so, made a big impact in Norfolk and around the world, with Margery Kempe, author of the

earliest surviving autobiography in English, to Anna Gurney, who was the first female member of the British Archaeological Society. Also included is the story of the Burston school strike and England’s first female Mayoress, Ethel Colman. Some of what has been achieved is ground-breaking, such as Dr Joyce M. Lambert who discovered that the Broads were man-made, but received no recommendation for this. Philippa Flowerday became the first industrial nurse situated at Colman’s and to Margaret Fountaine, whose collection 22,000 butterflies are housed at the Norwich Castle Museum. There are also some unsavoury stories to tell, such as the story of Mother Gabley from King’s Lynn who was hanged for witchcraft, and that of Elizabeth Cooper who was burnt at the stake at Lollards Pit for interrupting a service at St Andrew’s in Norwich. Alicia Meynell became the first female jockey to beat a male jockey; Doreen Wallace became a prolific author, publishing fifty-four books from 1918 to the 1970s;

and Ann Drummond became the first person to be buried at the Rosary Cemetery in Norwich. Michael Chandler has even included some influential women who were not born in Norfolk but spent time in the county, such as ecologist Marietta Pallis, Mabel Clarkson, the first female sheriff of Norwich, and Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, whose concerts for the Bishop of Norwich helped set up a children’s hospital which today forms part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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FINELIVING lights disappeared and although the lifeboatmen cruised about for four hours they found nothing’. The Cromer lifeboat during the war years and after was the Louisa Hartwell, skippered by Henry Blogg who is still often referred to on this part of the coast as ‘one of the bravest men who ever lived’. His crew was not young as was the case in all lifeboats in the country as the younger men were on other duties, most likely having enlisted: average age was over 50. The Cromer boat was at the time launched from the open beach. The Pyrin and Fernebo rescues

‘The Greatest Of The Lifeboatmen’ Henry Blogg

Henry Blogg of Cromer

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enry Blogg’s gallantry is without equal in the history of saving souls at sea and he is commemorated today in his museum in Cromer. In 1924 he was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal; in 1927 a gold watch and his crew a silver one for a rescue on Haisborough Sands; in 1932 he received a silver medal for saving 30 men and a dog from the Monte Nevoso – and a second silver medal from the Canine Defence League; in 1941 he gained the British Empire Medal and at the same time his Empire Gallantry Medal of 1924 was changed to the George Cross.

be a false alarm or, as the Eastern Daily Press of October 9 1916 reported about one of Cromer lifeboats launches, something more mysterious: ‘The Cromer lifeboat had a fruitless trip on Friday night. At 8.30 a vessel but a few miles abreast of the town was observed burning flares fore and aft, and was evidently in need if immediate assistance, the lights being plainly seen by large numbers of residents who lined the approaches to the sea front. Shortly after the lifeboat was launched at nine o’clock the

The most famous rescue began on January 9 1917 to aid a vessel just in sight off Cromer, the Pyrin. The Cromer men rowed to the vessel and managed to take off the crew. On safely reaching the beach they heard that another ship, the Fernebo, had struck a naval mine and was blown in two. A small boat, launched by the stricken crew from one half, managed to launch with some men but then capsized. With the heroic efforts of a human chain stretching out into the water, all these men made it safely on to the beach. The lifeboat

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set to relaunch immediately to assist the other half but was thrown back repeatedly by the ferocity of the waves. Eventually, although exhausted, the lifeboat crew reached the ‘half ship’, taking off the crew. SS English Trader Another rescue was in 1941 when he and his crew saved 44 men from the stricken SS English Trader at 3 in the morning: the men he rescued had already made their peace with the Almighty, thinking all was over with them. There is a Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer which is well worth a visit to learn about this amazing man and his crew.

The Pyrin grounded off Cromer beach

When not manning the boats, Henry Blogg was a crab fisherman and also ran a business hiring out deckchairs from the beach. He died on June 13 1954 and his sculpture today commands the finest views from the top of the cliffs over the pier and the vast Norfolk seas. Around the coats of Britain, the RNLI launched lifeboats 1808 times 1914 -18 alone. Sometimes, of course, this would 50 | July 2016

Memorial above Cromer Cliffs

Cromer from cliff walk 1922

Cromer from cliff walk today (same spot)

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FINELIVING Robert will also be famous for having been the only person in Norfolk to have recorded the Wall creeper bird. In 1747 Robert planted what was then an 18 inch cedar sapling on his estate which is a short distance to the Bluebell Wood. Today it stands at and incredible 102 feet and 23 feet in circumference.

Robert Marsham Robert Marsham and the Norfolk Bluebell Wood

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obert Marsham, born 27 January 1708 and died 4 September 1797 and he was an English Naturalist who over the years has been considered to be the founding father of Phenology which is the study of the effects of the seasons on plants and animals which is now overseen by The Woodland Trust. Robert was educated at Clare College in Cambridge where he showed his great interest in naturism. He soon purchased a country estate in Stratton Strawless and started a lifelong writing passion with naturalist Gilbert white. Aged 22, he started his numerous journeys in the British Isles to admire the beautiful scenery and the copious amounts of trees. As a young boy his first sight of the Cotswolds he stated that the mountains were so high that you could see them above the clouds. He would go on to describe his many years of travel to Switzerland, Italy and France. His words against the English tourist abroad were not very pleasant, calling them ‘whoring, drinking and gaming.’ On returning to England after one of his travels he found Norwich had an outbreak of smallpox. The newspapers covered this but Robert felt sad to also reading the local papers regarding www.finecity.co.uk

highwaymen, smugglers, privateers and pressgangs. Marsham’s phenology notes in his ‘Indications of Spring’ where he recorded 27 signs of spring which commenced in 1736 and continued for over 60 years. Work was constantly continued by members of Robert’s family into the 20th century which now provides full details into the UK phenology database. Robert also worked on the managing on the forestry plantations and along with experimenting with tree cultivation. Robert went on to identify the following annually: The first snowdrops. The first swallows seen. The first songs of migrant birds. The first butterflies in spring. The first cuckoo call. Leafing dates of trees. All from just a few miles from Norwich. The coldest winter on record of 1739/1740 have details that Robert kept of his chamber pot freezing overnight and that a turnip crop was completely destroyed when at the time turnips were of a Norfolk speciality. But he became immensely proud of a turnip that was produced at his farm which weighed 19lbs & 2oz and was 39 & a half round.

Robert married and had a son also called Robert in 1749. He suffered losses in quick successions after his mother died in 1750, his father in 1751 and his wife in 1752. He then spent all in energy on improving growth from his rather vast tree plantations. Back in 1769, Revd. William Gilpin (1724-1804) stated that patches of the heath still remained and on his journey from Blickling Hall to Norwich he tells us; ‘A pleasing scene is presented. An extensive flat common is formed into an amphitheatre by a rich edging of wood. Here and there, groups and single trees, advancing, bring the woods loosely into the plain. Other scenes succeed, which are not disagreeable, formed by Mr Marsham’s woods; and these are constructed by patches of wild heath ornamented by distant woods and two three hazy towers. But the heaths soon prevail; and becomes both foreground and distant without any variety.’ In 1771 a book by an anonymous writer was published with the title ‘The Man of Feeling’ which shared with readers the story of a young man called Harley who travelled to and from London. Some classed the writings as childish, whilst others said it had amazing clarity. A new edition was issued which was read and enjoyed by Humphry Repton (1752-1818) the acclaimed Norfolk landscape Gardener. The Indication of Spring that Robert started was continued by members of his family until 1958 and they represent the longest such record in the United Kingdom. It is a shame to say that not much of Robert Marsham’s writings have survived, but we

do understand through letters that Robert was the first to experiment with root cutting, trenching and bark-scrubbing. Robert Marsham has inspired so many eco-conscious environmentalists such as Bill Oddie, David Bellamy and David Attenborough. Some of his many sayings are as follows: For his love of trees he said ‘My good friend, when you touch upon trees, you touch my mad string’. On birds he said ‘It rests by day and sings much at night, its song very like the song of Toads which it contains without one moments stop, until I have told above 300’. On family correspondence he said ‘If you have more health and lust than you desire, if you would come hither, we have a Lady that set up her trade in London, that has retired into ye country & lives not far from hence. I saw her at the last Justice meeting at Aylsham, & she is very like Sally Bacon of Garboldesham at her handsomest, & is very kind to strangers. The estate which is now part of Norfolk Bluebell Wood has been created as a natural burial park with a calming oasis of tranquillity. For over 300 years, the land at Norfolk Bluebell Wood has helped to play a very important role in the global knowledge of the seasons that have on plants and animals. The wood is clearly marked as ‘Old Lady’s Wood’ on the 1792 Map of Norfolk.

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A MODEL FOR FINANCIAL ADVICE

FineCity talks to two local financial consultants with a refreshingly different approach...

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e all need financial security, but when it comes to things like Mortgages, Investments, Pensions and Protection, the options can be a confusing and complex minefield which most of us struggle to understand. It can also be very time-consuming — who can afford to take time off work to visit financial advisers either from a time or a cost perspective, as many charge for their advice? If you’re looking at financial planning, the answer is surely a local, personal service tailored to your specific needs, with an adviser who will come to your home, at your convenience, give you clear, honest and free advice about your options, make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf… and go that extra mile for you! If this sounds too good to be true, then you need to talk to Lewis Charles Richardson and his father Graham Richardson, both local financial consultants

for Integrated Business Analysis Ltd (IBA), a King’s Lynn company that over the past 26 years has become a one-stop shop for a wide range of financial planning and advice. IBA appoints ambitious, customerfocused consultants like Lewis and Graham, who benefit from the support and training of a large organisation, but have the freedom to manage their clients as their own business enterprise. Lewis and Graham each have their own separate businesses, but they work very closely together to offer their clients the best service — and it’s a service with a real difference! “A lot of people quite understandably find financial matters very intimidating,” says Lewis. “It’s my aim to simplify everything for my clients so that they understand how IBA can help them. I pride myself on offering a friendly, approachable, personal service, because financial matters are personal, so it’s so important to get it right.

“Both my father and I visit our clients in their own home, which means it’s much more convenient and comfortable for them, and we can talk through their personal long term needs and goals in a relaxed way. We are then better able to help them make the right decisions for their own and their family’s future. Quite simply we want take the headache and worry out of the whole process for clients.”

“I like to meet people even up to a year before they are looking to buy, giving them the information and help they will need to put them into a strong position when they walk into the estate agents looking to put an offer in.

Lewis started as an IBA consultant in February this year, and is following in the footsteps of his father, who is a highly respected, award-winning local financial adviser with 33 years’ experience.

Lewis adds: “This is a relatively new venture for me, but in a few years, as my father inevitably takes a step back from his business, I hope to take on more of his clients to ensure they continue to receive the best care. He is — and will continue to be — a huge source of advice and inspiration to me and I hope to emulate his success and offer the same high level of service.”

Graham says: “My area of particular expertise is critical illness protection, and I have helped 68 clients with their claims, paying out over £8 million in total. This is such a specialised area, and very sensitive for most people, so it needs careful handling. “Unlike many people, I don’t charge a mortgage arrangement fee for first time buyers, which is a huge bonus for young people wanting to get onto the property ladder.

“I believe in giving my clients total dedication, and this means taking calls at all times of the day, so I can be reached from 7am to 10pm, six days a week.”

Here are just some of the comments from Lewis and Graham’s happy clients: “Lewis sorted out my and my partner’s comprehensive life, critical illness and family cover. This was crucial for our family! Lewis took time to ensure we were happy and to help us understand what our cover entails, and went the extra mile for us.” (Rachael Jackman)

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“Lewis started me on the right track, as I’m looking to buy my first house within the next 2-3 years. He made me see the point of getting cover for every eventuality. A top adviser and a real professional.” (Aaron Womack). “Graham has helped us no end, another adviser let us down on more than one occasion and Graham was there to fix everything. He helped us buy our first house, and sorted critical illness cover and life assurance. Couldn’t wish for a more friendly and helpful person during a stressful time.” (Daniel Smith) “I took financial advice from Graham, all sound, but my only regret was not taking the critical illness policy. I was a very fit 47-year-old, but then had a heart attack. If I had followed Graham’s advice I’d have been £100k better off!” (Paul Rich) Lewis and his father share another interest — boxing! “This is a huge part of my father’s life, and he has met many of the greats,” Lewis says. “We go to as many fights as we can, time permitting. Other

than that, outside work I enjoy keeping fit and eating healthily, which is always good advice for my clients too!” Before he started his new financial venture this year, Lewis completed a degree in Business Management at the UEA. In 2015, Lewis spent some time in London as a parttime model and actor, a far cry from the world of finance! “London was a very enjoyable time, but I wanted a more serious, successful career. I have always had a passion for finance, probably because of my father, so I decided this was the way forward and where my heart was leading me. Although I had a number of other opportunities in finance, after meeting Steve at IBA, I believed this was the best way forward. “I love Norfolk, and Norwich in particular. It’s a unique city, with a special personality of its own. There is so much going on and the people here are very friendly. As my business grows, I am looking forward to helping as many people as possible to have a secure financial future in this great county. For more information and advice, call Lewis on 07453 988500, Graham on 07771 820820, Facebook (Graham Richardson Mortgage & Protection Adviser)

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Posh Plants Birds and bees at Seven Acres Nursery… As the spring slides into summer we all welcome the warm weather. In preparation for lazy evenings outside I have pressure washed the outdoor furniture, blasting poor little earwigs and those pesky tiny red spiders into oblivion! Ideally, the furniture should be stored in the garage, then it would stay cleaner and last longer. So, after busy days delivering Posh Plants to shows, weddings and events I’m looking forward to relaxing on a clean chair with a glass of something chilled! The evenings are lengthening now and the mornings are lighter. Extra daylight hours, plenty of rain and warm days all add up to “good growing weather”. Plants (and weeds!) are growing

with a sense of urgency, sometimes it seems I only have to turn my back and they have grown another inch. At Seven Acres Nursery we have two large polytunnels and at one end are some basic bird boxes. Originally I nailed them up with the intention of selling them, but after a short time feathered residents moved in, obviously a very desirable address! So, for a few years families of great and blue tits and robins have come and gone, enjoying the protection and warmth of the tunnel and have busily fed on flies, caterpillers and worms. This spring, however, I noticed a change. In one of the boxes some of the old nesting material had been pulled out from the inside. Thinking someone was spring

cleaning I thought no more about it, then a few days later I noticed a distinctive humming coming from inside…you can guess the rest…not birds but bumble bees in residence! The bees have become a topic of conversation for customers. I thought perhaps people would be cautious, even afraid, but most are genuinely interested and

captivated by this little home of wild creatures. Mostly, they come and go throughout the day, when it heats up several will cluster around the entrance hole and vibrate their wings, I assume to cool the nest? Any bumble bee experts out there? My interest in bees has been kindled. This seems such a perfect place to keep some hives, the nursery and surrounding mature hedges are a ready made food source. And there will be honey for tea! For now though, I just wish I could see inside the bird/bee box! Sue Huckle Posh Plants at Seven Acres Nursery, East Tuddenham…topiary, garden and interior plants for hire and sale…also, bees to watch! www.poshplants.com sue@poshplants.com 07703 347014

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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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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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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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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.

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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 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

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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. co.uk. 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. 2016 July | 57


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he Blue Oval’s Fiesta ST200 is a more potent version of the automaker’s existing small hot-hatch - the Fiesta ST.

The ST200 has only one power unit – and it’s exactly the same

1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol engine found under the bonnet of the ‘ordinary’ Fiesta ST. The big difference is that Ford has given it a shot-in-the-arm so that it has 17 more horses than usual – producing 197bhp rather than 180bhp.

You can ratchet clout up even further, albeit briefly, to 212bhp. It is only enhanced for 15 seconds by utilising the Fiesta ST200’s overboost feature, but, behind the wheel, it’s noticeable – and huge fun.

As with the regular Fiesta ST, the ST200 comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The gear shift action is smooth and positive, and the quick changing cogs help to propel the car from zero to 62mph in just 6.7sec. Top speed is a sizzling 143mph.That makes the ST200 0.2sec quicker than the normal Fiesta ST on the 0-62mph dash and 4mph faster at the top end of the dial. Official fuel economy is 46.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 140g/

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km. The standard ST’s figures are 47.9mpg and 138g/km.

Aesthetically, the Ford Fiesta ST200 radiates masculinity with a special grey paint job – or ‘Storm Grey’ to give it its sexier moniker.

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FINEmotors The spicier than usual hot-hatch is also furnished with smart brightware in the cabin and it comes fitted with 17in matt black alloy wheels and sporty red brake callipers. Other factory-fitted kit comprises semi-leather front sports seats and an infotainment system that can be operated with your voice. As with the Fiesta ST, Ford’s ST200 provides optimised cornering and dexterity using up-to- the-minute technology. This includes: Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and threemode Electronic Stability Control; unique front and rear spring and damper settings with a 15mm lower centre of gravity; a sharper steering ratio and an enhanced braking system. The Fiesta ST200 can be ordered now and is making its way to UK Ford showrooms as you read this. Pricing for the ST200 starts off at £22,745. That’s £5,000 more than the standard Fiesta ST.

to your face when it accelerates and embraces corners warmly and tightly. What’s more, the Fiesta’s sports seats keep you in place securely when tackling the bendiest bits of blacktop.

The Fiesta ST is still up there with the best in the hot-hatch segment, making it a tough car to beat. The ST200 is the one enthusiasts will go for – if they have the cash. It brings a grin

Other competitors are the Volkswagen’s Polo GTI and Suzuki’s Swift Sport. These cars are nowhere near as performance proficient, though they are significantly cheaper to purchase.

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The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “I think it’s a future classic in the making.” PROS ‘N’ CONS Stylish ✓ Powerful ✓ Handling ✓

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City of Ale: Launch Party 2016 Photos by Luke Keable

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f you are expecting some kind of sordid story of degradation of alcoholinfused debauchery, I can tell you right now that, at least from where I was standing, this was not the case… Completely!

a consistent buzz-and-chatter of enthused guests, brewers and pub-owners alike, and a bout of sun that stormed its way into the situation without hesitation – a rarity on a good day! Needless to say, they picked a great day for it.

The Norwich City of Ale Launch Party was actually a huge success! A friendly atmosphere,

Appearances were made from: The Fat Cat – Woodfordes Norfolk Ales – Bullards Brewery

– King’s Arms – The Maids Head Hotel – Adnams Brewery – St. Andrews Brew House – Humpty Dumpty Brewery… …and many, many more! The event was held in the beautiful gardens of the St John the Baptist Cathedral. I had never been in the gardens before, and had only been inside the Cathedral once in my life, but I have to say that they were both was astounding. The white-turnedgrey walls inside that somehow indicated a sense of depth and relevance. The artwork; the windows; the ceiling, showing that intermingling transformation between pillar and structure as it enwrapped me and became the hall I was standing in. When I got through to the event area I was greeted with a pint of ale the likes of which I have never tried before. It was… Good! I mean… Really good! It appeared that my entire ale-drinking life up

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until that point had been a lie! Ever since I was, shall we say ‘of legal drinking age’, I have enjoyed the odd ale or two, so when I was presented with a Bullards no. 10 Summer Ale (only available MayAugust) and tasted the light, crisp, refreshing taste, I realised what I was missing. Though there were many other Ales available (Buffy’s: Norwegian Blue – Elgood’s: Golden Newt – Fat Cat: Cat & Canary – Bullards: No. 5 Best

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“We want to bring people together in friendly and welcoming pubs as we promote Norwich as the UK’s Real Ale destination.” Red Bitter, etc…) and though I did not try all 271 varieties on offer, I found Bullards No. 10 to be my favourite; hopped with the fruity and floral American Cascade, incredibly light in colour, and goes down far too easily… Sounds perfect! I was intrigued to see what the festival had to offer, considering the first impression it had made on me, it had certainly set the bar high, and had a lot to live up to over the next few hours. www.finecity.co.uk

In the garden, photo-shoots were being held for all who attended, including Norwich’s newly appointed 105th Lord Mayor: Marion Maxwell. I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Mayor Maxwell, who was wearing her ceremonial robes, confiding in me that they were generally designed for winter and that she was burning up. Luckily, though, she made it through, and later gave her speech up in front her loyal,

Ale-sunken subjects, built mostly of professional brewers, public-house representatives, and me and my colleague (the press!). Delivered cleanly – minus some microphonemishaps – and to the point, her speech was one of three that were fully appreciated and well responded to from all of us in the crowd; the others two being: • Dawn Leeder; Co-Chair at City of Ale

• Philip Cutter; Landlord of the Murders Pub (Gardeners Arms) and Co-Chair at City of Ale The Norwich City of Ale Beer Festival (funded by the Norwich Business Improvement District – BID – who are always looking to attract more visitors to the city) is the brain-child of Dawn and Philip, who organised the first event back in 2011; it has since become an annual tradition in Norwich, along 2016 July | 63


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with a raffle that this year gave away a more-than-fair amount of premium ale to two lucky winners! Philip first moved from Ipswich to Norwich in 1981, when he was just ten years old. In 1997 (on the 10th anniversary of his first shift in the pub), Philip got married, and just a year later in March, 1998, welcomed a new edition into his family: his daughter, Molly, who was born within the walls of the Gardeners Arms

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itself. Clearly Philip has been, and continues to be, a man dedicated to his passion; ale, and family. Not necessarily in that order… But I could be wrong! Dawn had stated “We want to bring people together in friendly and welcoming pubs as we promote Norwich as the UK’s Real Ale destination. Norwich is full of history and heritage. We have pubs and breweries which go back hundreds of years, so people

get an experience which is more than just tasting a pint” From the turn-out; the quality of the ale; the sun; the laughs; the brewery-veterans and the aspiring brewers alike; I would say that Dawn’s aim of gaining the claimto-fame for Norwich as the UK’s Real Ale destination has all but been fulfilled! If you stopped by the festival, you may have also noticed that

Attracting visitors from as far as Norway, the City of Ale Beer Festival, May 26th to June 5th 2016, is hereby declared as my personal journey into the heights of ale-perfection… To top off this wondrous adventure and superb networking opportunity, in the entirety of the afternoon and evening that I spent there, I only heard one glass smash throughout the whole afternoon/evening! I am sure this was not the only one, but to not be aware of multiplebreakages at a beer festival is almost as rare as the sun shining for more than 2 hours mid-summer! All-in-all, I say a big congratulation is in order to both Dawn Leeder and Philip Cutter, who have worked very hard to make this one of the most memorable weeks in Norwich this year. I would highly recommend attending next year… and the year after, and the year after… and the year after.

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ickets are on sale for Norfolk’s favourite porkie party: PORKSTOCK 2016. On Saturday 10 September, the award winning food and drink festival returns and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Porkstock, which was named Event of the Year at the 2015 EDP Tourism Awards, combines a free, family-friendly, foodie festival during the day, with an adult-only, ticketed party in the evening. All profits go to Nelson’s Journey. For 2016, Porkstock moves to a brand new venue: Norwich Pick-Your-Own, White House Farm, Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston. The new venue provides more space to celebrate the very best of Norfolk food and drink. With more local producers, more fun activities for kids, more beers and more music, this year’s event is already shaping up nicely. James Ellis, Ben Handford and Tom Ellis are the original founders of Porkstock. “Porkstock started out as a group of old friends getting together

for an annual barbeque with lots of great local meat and beer,” says James. “In 2014, after ten years of Porkstock growing and growing, we decided to make it a public event. Luckily we were able to tempt Charlie Hodson, executive chef at the Great Hospital and founder of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes, and Sarah Daniels, founder of the Red Cat Partnership, to join us and between us turned an informal gathering into an awesome food and drink festival.” The Porkstock evening bash is one knees-up that Norfolk festival fans will not want to miss. Starting at 6pm and finishing late, White House Farm will be split into two party zones: • In the covered courtyard and outside area there will be some amazing bands on stage, a real ale bar, prosecco bar and an array of delicious street food stalls. For music fans, the massively popular Addison’s Uncle have just confirmed alongside Night Train, Feral Mouth and loads more. • And what better place to dance than in the Porkstock Barn? Get ready for the return of the

electro-swing gin palace with music provided by Tallulah & the Goodtimes Republic.

• Scott Taylor, from the ultimate chef ’s website www.infusions4chefs.co.uk

“We’re amazed that Porkstock has quickly become such a popular fixture on the Norfolk festival calendar,” says Ben Handford. “We have an incredible team of volunteers and sponsors, including our headline sponsor Comms Supply, who make the event possible and any profits we make will be going to Nelson’s Journey. Whilst parking will be free at the venue, we’re asking everyone to give a donation to this amazing charity which supports bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk“

• Matt & Grant, founders of the Fruit Pig Company

Porkstock’s special celebrity guest for 2016 will be Hardeep Singh Kohli, the well-known comedian, broadcaster, journalist and foodie. Hardeep is known to many for reaching the final of the BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef as well as for his many TV and radio credits. Hardeep opened his own restaurant, VDeep, in Leith, Edinburgh last year. Joining Hardeep on the Porkstock food stage will be a procession of culinary talent including: •M  ark Poynton Chef/Owner of Michelin starred Alimentum in Cambridge

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• Vanessa Scott and Mary Kemp, creators of Norfolk’s Own Cookbook • Alan Paton, executive chef of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa near Colchester • Tim Allan, Norfolk Farmer will be telling his pigs tale • Icarus Hines and Jamie Archer, two amazing local butchers and previous winners of Battle of the Bangers in Norwich • Andrew Baker and volunteers from The FEED – a social enterprise in Norwich helping homeless people get back into work through their love of food. Early-bird tickets are available for the Porkstock evening party at just £15 per head (over 18s only) until Sunday 31 July. After that, the ticket price increases to £20. For more information about the free daytime festival, to book your tickets for the evening Knees-Up or to enquiry about volunteering for Porkstock 2016, please visit www.porkstock.co.uk.

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A Full, Fun, Family Day Out! The Wayland Show, Sunday 7th August 2016

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he Wayland Agricultural Show, one of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows in the UK, returns to Watton in Norfolk, from the new time of 9am on Sunday 7th August 2016, to provide families with a fun-filled, dynamic and educational day out in the Norfolk countryside. “With a packed schedule of entertainment there’s something for everyone. This is countryside entertainment and education at its best - and even better, this family day out raises money for local charities in the area,” says Chairman Adrian Soskin. He continues; “For our 2016 show, gates will be open from 9am to 5pm, which is an hour longer than in previous years. This provides more time to enjoy yourselves and even better value too!” www.finecity.co.uk

He adds: “Our highly successful and traditional agricultural and rural show continues to get better each year. You will able to get close to all the livestock that are competing on the day, and in addition enjoy the ever-growing equestrian sections, not to mention lots of entertainment in the main ring with all the exhibitors and shopping opportunities you could imagine. It will be a full day’s enjoyment for visitors of all ages, whatever your interests!” NEW for 2016 The Phoenix Band of Pipes and Drums. The 2016 Wayland Show is the first public event where the band are playing with highland dancers and are very much looking forward to bringing this aspect of cultural difference to Norfolk. Since forming in Watton in early 2015, the Phoenix Pipes and

Drums have gone from strength to strength within the local community, giving its members lots of opportunities to play all over the country and beyond. The Kangaroo Kids. This stunt show is presented by Australia’s Matt Coulter and Paul Hannam, famous for breaking many Guinness Book of Records stunts on their quad bikes. The show will include stunts using specially fitted quad-bikes and will finish the show with a spectacular jump over anything that is put in their path, be it cars, trucks or tractors. The Shopping Village. For 2016, this has replaced the Arts and Crafts Marquee and will provide an array of retail therapy from local producers. The traditional livestock competitions will be taking place with sheep, pigs, fur & feather and cattle all lining up to be judged. Animal lovers are in for more treats with appearances from the Mid Norfolk Gun Dog display and also the West Norfolk Fox Hounds. Also look out for

the equestrian competitions throughout the day including the unique and very exciting Allen & Page Inter-team Relay. The Health & Wellbeing Marquee, supported by Total Health Pharmacy will offer five zones which will include health, spiritual, active, creative and performance. Look out for the annual Taste of Norfolk, Fur & Feather, Horticulture and Home Crafts and Baking marquees, vintage tractors and classic car vehicles and the many trade displays will ensure an unmissable day out. Prices: Ticket prices are: Adults (17+) £15 or £11 online. Children (5-16) £5 or £4 online. Under 5s free. Concessions £12 or £9 online. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £35 or £26 online. Car parking is free. The Wayland Show takes place at Brandon Road, Watton in Norfolk. SatNav users should use IP25 6NG. For more information visit www. waylandshow.com or follow @ WaylandShow on twitter. 2016 July | 67


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Overcoming the stigma associated with hearing loss By Karen Finch, audiologist and Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre

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hances are you know someone with hearing loss. In the UK over 11 million people, roughly 1 in 6, have some level of hearing impairment. Hearing loss not only affects the individual who has hearing loss but those around them as well. Hearing loss can adversely affect your ability to interact with the world around you, leading to embarrassment, social isolation, negative workplace outcomes and relational stress. The good news is that 95 percent of hearing losses can be treated with hearing aids. Yet only a small percentage of people with hearing loss choose to correct it. So why don’t more people seek hearing help?

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People usually suffer needlessly for several years before they look for hearing help. A study published in 2010 by Margaret I. Wallhagen, Ph.D., found that the perceived stigma associated with hearing loss negatively impacts an individual’s initial acceptance of it and whether or not they choose to wear hearing aids. The study found that hearing loss stigma is directly related to three main factors: 1. Alteration in self-perception 2. Ageism 3. Vanity Unfortunately, just the idea of wearing hearing aids was found to negatively change self-perception for participants in the study.

Participants perceived themselves differently and worried about how they would be viewed by others if they wore hearing aids before they actually tried them. The study also found that the negative associations were markedly diminished if the hearing aids were discreet and unnoticeable. The stigma associated with hearing loss and hearing aids often prevents a person from seeking hearing help. Typically the same people that worry needlessly are pleased to eventually find that there are many discreet, customisable options that greatly improve quality of life. Hearing aids are now even becoming cool gadgets with features such as bluetooth connectivity (which make it possible to connect your ears to your phone, music device, TV or tablet) or built in GPS to help you find the hearing aid if you misplace it in the home.

Sharing ideas and participating in activities depends greatly on your ability to hear. Investing in better hearing should be a priority. If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing difficulties, don’t wait. You owe it to yourself and to those around you to hear to your full potential. Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre. The multi-award winning, familyrun company has 22 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk or call 01473 230330.

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njoy a family day out aboard The Broadland Boat Train at the Bure Valley Railway. Starting from the historic market town of Aylsham, experience the magic of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside, following the picturesque Bure Valley, before arriving at the Broads town of Wroxham. Then take

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Strawberries and Steam to the Norfolk Broads

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taste of summer awaits visitors to the Bure Valley Railway this July. Enjoy a nostalgic journey by steam on Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Railway, with a traditional summer treat of strawberries and cream. The Bure Valley Railway is giving free strawberries and cream to every fare-paying passenger on Saturdays and Sundays in July. Trains depart from both Aylsham and Wroxham regularly throughout each day and The Broadland Boat Train is available, which combines a steam train ride with a cruise on the Norfolk Broads. The railway’s facilities include an www.finecity.co.uk

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