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Matthew Kelly returns to Norwich as Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

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Brenda Ferris Pete Goodrum meets Brenda Ferris, Chair of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society.

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don’t always meet my ‘interviewees’ in their homes. When I do I’m certainly not disposed to giving away their address. So, let me just say that Brenda Ferris lives in a lovely house in a really lovely street in Norwich. It’s Victorian, and tucked away, and not a through road. And it’s absolutely delightful. In fact, as she lets me in and I say just that, her instant reply is ‘I love this street. I love my house’. I totally understand. It’s obvious from the outset that this is the home of someone who loves art. There is no space left on any walls. Pictures are everywhere.

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It’s Brenda’s deep love of art that’s brought me here today. She is Chair of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, and they are about to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. But, before we talk about the Society, what of Brenda Ferris herself? She’s made me the promised ‘cup of instant’ and we’re at her dining table ready to talk. ‘I’m Norwich born and bred’ is her opening, before she goes on to say that she went to the Norwich High School for Girls. Her parents were, she says, from ordinary backgrounds but worked hard to ensure that Brenda and her two sisters had good educations. ‘They ran the Auto School of Motoring, which mother looked after while father developed the Grain Storage Norfolk business. They were real entrepreneurs’. Brenda left Norwich to go to University. She got her degree in Economics from University College London. ‘I had planned to do German, but changed my mind because the Economics people looked more fun’, she says. That said, she considers herself a linguist, of which more later.

From University she went to Amsterdam. “I nearly married a Dutch man’ she throws in, before explaining that two years later she moved to Brussels to work at the European Commission. ‘This was before Great Britain was in it’ she adds, with no hint of irony given recent events. ‘I loved it there, but after two years or so I felt I needed a change, and I came back to England’. She went to London to share a flat with her sister who was living with a friend. Her sister’s friend had a job at the legendary Theatre Workshop in Stratford East but didn’t enjoy it, and Brenda took it on. This was 1964, and a crucial and exciting time in the theatre. She has a magnificent souvenir of those feature by:

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FINEPeople The Society was founded by a group of individuals who felt that the Castle Museum’s collection did not contain enough contemporary art. It now functions, as a charity, to support and promote contemporary visual art, especially by artists working in this region. In fact, the art acquired by the Society now constitutes the major part of the Castle’s post war collection. Brenda is keen to point out that for all its serious dedication the Society is a lively and sociable organisation. There is a packed and lively programme of events, and they include talks and lectures by critics, art historians and leading artists. Among them have been Lewis Jones, a founder member of the Turner Award winning Assemble collective, and Ana Maria Pacheco. In an interesting aside I learn that the internationally renowned sculptor Pacheco actually produced some of her art in a workshop owned by Brenda’s father. The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society is much involved with public art. It has also regularly supported and purchased from the University of East Anglia’s degree show, often helping to launch the careers of graduates into the art world. heady days. Pointing to a frame on the wall she says, ‘Look - they are the original costume designs of ‘Oh What A Lovely War’!

Film Institute. ‘I could name drop like mad’ she says, but doesn’t, except, smiling, to mention ‘Dickie’ Attenborough.

She then drops in the little gem of information that Joan Littlewood was at her wedding!

It was around this time that she began to be involved with civic, as well as cultural, life. She became a Councillor, in 1979, for Earlham, now Bowthorpe. She also set up her own business, Babel Translations. It’s where the linguist in her comes back into play. ‘I had some French and had actually done German alongside Economics at University. By now I knew Dutch too’.

She wasn’t an actor and had no aspirations to be one. ‘I was behind the scenes, but I loved it. I met so many people and went to so many exciting events. But, married, and with six great years of Amsterdam, Brussels and London behind her she decided to come back to Norwich. It was a time of beginnings. Her daughter was born in 1967 and her son 1969. She also began to be immersed in the civic and cultural life of her native city. She was immediately involved in the creation of the Leeway charity, and was soon running the Norfolk and Norwich Film Theatre. These were the days of screenings in the Noverre, and at the UEA. ‘We also showed documentaries at the old library’. When the idea of moving the venture into the Stuart and Suckling Halls came up, Brenda was there, ‘which means I was involved with the launch of Cinema City’. Her cinema involvement took her to a serious level, and she became a governor of the British 08 | September 2016

By 1981, her marriage had ended and she had moved to this lovely house. The combination of cultural and civic interests comes into focus now as she fast forwards through a hectic few years. ‘When I was a Councillor the Arts were very much part of my brief ’. She was in fact a Labour Councillor for 29 years. She eventually ended up as Deputy Leader of the Council, having previously served as Sheriff, and, in 1994, became Lord Mayor. We’ve covered a lot of ground and this seems a good point at which to shift our attention away from the civic and on to the cultural aspect of Brenda’s life that’s occupying her right now. She is Chair of The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, and this year is their 60th Anniversary.

You’ll learn much more about the Society in my fellow columnist Tony Cooper’s feature in this issue of Fine City on page 32, where he’s celebrating their anniversary. The society is plainly close to Brenda Ferris’ heart, and she talks with animated enthusiasm about its many and varied projects, excursions and exhibitions. I ask her, picking up our earlier thread, what it was like being Lord Mayor. There’s no doubt that she enjoyed it, and is proud of having been Lord Mayor. We’re sitting close to a portrait of her in her robes, painted by local artist Chedgey. He’s a friend, and we find a connection in that all three of us are friends of the outstanding local artist Keith Fox who you will recall I interviewed in this column some months ago. And then comes something really interesting. ‘As Lord Mayor I chose to have no consort’, Brenda tells me. Lord Mayors are of course usually accompanied to functions by their ‘consort’, be that a partner or spouse. But Brenda chose not to have one not because she wanted to attend events on her own. Quite the contrary. She did it so that she could effectively ‘share’ the fun and opportunities with lots of people. To a Bridge Contest she took a friend who loved the game; she took her sister to the VE Day celebrations. And she frequently took Councillors who had never held civic office so that they could enjoy the occasions. When I ask her if that’s www.finecity.co.uk


FINEPeople unprecedented she says she has no idea. But what’s really interesting is that it’s plain to me that she’s never even thought about the question. Frankly she doesn’t care if it was unprecedented or not. This was a genuinely generous act of sharing. Her year in office was she says a privilege. It coincided with Norwich celebrating 800 years since being granted its Charter. ‘There were some bad moments during the year though. The Library burned down, there was the fire in the Assembly Rooms, and Norwich City were relegated’.

Painting of Brenda Ferris by 'Chedgey' while she was Lord Mayor of Norwich in 1994/5

But for all that she says she enjoyed the opportunity the role gave her to ‘meet so many people from all walks of life, and really get to see the nooks and crannies of the city’. She pauses for a moment and adds, ‘For an ordinary Norwich girl I suppose I’ve led an exciting life really’. She is excited at the mention of her children. ‘I’m immensely proud of them. My daughter, Caitlin, is a family law barrister in London, and my son, Sean, is a homeopathic dowser in Totnes, Devon. As to hobbies and interests, she’s a dedicated birdwatcher, not just locally but on birding holidays all over the world. We take a walk around the ground floor of her house to look at some of the pictures. It’s an eclectic collection, with a strong local flavour, and she knows and loves every painting intimately. She takes me into a front room, which is obviously her study, to show me one in particular. ‘It’s wonderful isn’t it?’, she says. ‘I wanted you to see it but I wasn’t sure about bringing you in here to see… this’. She points to what, it has to be admitted, is a fairly chaotic collection of papers, books, files and such. But it doesn’t matter. It’s as much a part of this house, part of her, as the paintings. This is her life. Her home. As I leave she stops me as I step out of her front garden into the street. ‘Look’, she says, ‘this is an orchid’. And there it is, barely noticeable at first in the grass. ‘I think it comes from a seed dropped by a bird. An orchid, here in my little street. Imagine!’ We say goodbye and I walk away as she waves from the doorway. And I think, ‘Look! A woman of civic duty and pride. Someone immersed in sharing art and the knowledge and enjoyment of art. A mother. A business woman. A person who has held high office, and shared the privileges of it with others. Someone really important to this city. Someone of value to this city. Here in this lovely little street. Imagine!’ www.finecity.co.uk

Brenda Ferris,as chair of Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, presenting student Anthony George with the NCAS prize in 2014 for the best work in the degree show at Norwich University of the Arts

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A Stroll Around The Famous Norwich Lanes

A walk through St Benedicts Street, Cow Hill, Upper St Giles Street, Pottergate and the Lanes, taking in Maddermarket Theatre and Strangers’ Hall. To start this fascinating walk you need to ‘drop down’ from the town centre to St Benedicts Street – if the sun is up and frying has started, just stand behind the old Guildhall and follow the delicious smell of chips emanating from the Grosvenor Fish Bar, then cross the green, nip down the alley beside the church and you are at the starting point. Cross the road and a few yards down you will come to St Lawrence steps on your right hand side. 10 | September 2016

Resisting the temptation to go down the steps and heading straight on, a slow stroll down St Benedicts Street will reveal four churches and an eclectic array of shops and cafes. Here you can buy a trombone, a wedding dress, a rare book, an easel and paints, a foccacia sandwich, a craftsman-made pine chest, some gem stones to bring peace to your house, a t-shirt that, for some reason says ‘POW-ZAT!’, tinned vegetables from Poland, a scale model

of Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce, a house plant from Peru, and a pair of skis for your next visit to St Moritz. You can buy French, Greek, Italian, or Indian food as well as English Pub Grub. You can convert your unwanted presents and household items into cash. You can chill out in a sports bar with a giant plasma screen or linger over a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub such as the ‘Ten Bells’. And all of this is within a few hundred yards of the starting point. www.finecity.co.uk


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FINEPLACES across it. A fine view of the Roman Catholic Cathedral is in front of you which makes for a fine visit as does the Victorian Garden beside it (I am amazed sometimes to find that Norwich residents who have lived here all their lives don’t know this magical little kingdom exists). For now though, cross the street and start to walk back along Upper Giles Street. At the top of the road is a plaque commemorating that fine English actor, Sir John Mills, who went to school here. Apparently, he hated it. Sir John provides another link to Charles Dickens in the public mind because one of his most celebrated roles was Pip in ‘Great Expectations’. Charles Dickens loved Norfolk. Some of his greatest writing features the county – notably Great Yarmouth which stars in ‘David Copperfield’, Dickens’ favourite of all his novels. His attitude to it must have been a little ambivalent, however, as, in a private letter to his agent in 1849, he referred to the city as ‘a spongy and soppy place’. In ‘The Pickwick Papers’, Mr Pickwick and Sam Weller, the characters that propelled him to international fame at the age of 25, also had some memorable adventures in Norfolk. Famously, the hilarious description of an election at Eatanswill in the book is a critical but affectionate comment on Norwich. Dickens writes that ‘ …the Eatanswill people, like the people of many other small towns, considered themselves of the utmost and most mighty importance…’. He might well have been standing in St Giles Street as he said this. It is also documented that he came here to witness one of the last public hangings and that he was appalled at what he saw. Thereafter, he campaigned against this barbaric practice, particularly the ‘party atmosphere’ of the proceedings. He was a hero in his own lifetime and is credited with helping to change the people’s attitude to public punishments.

Notice the Norwich Arts Centre on your right as you walk down the street. Here, again, is an imaginative use of an old church. There is live music, interactive exhibitions, storytelling, poetry nights, live music, photographic courses and all sorts of things taking place in the Centre. It also contains a peaceful café. Almost opposite the Arts Centre, turn left into Ten Bell Lane where the walk starts to get quite steep. On the corner with Pottergate, you will pass the Micawber Tavern, named after the famous character in Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’ who always believed that ‘something will turn up’. Walk straight ahead and along Cow Hill towards the imposing 12 | September 2016

church of St Giles on the Hill. At the top of the hill turn right into Upper St Giles Street. This is a pretty street where you can dine in some first class restaurants – advance booking recommended. It also houses some of the city’s most notable delicatessens and patisseries where everything from home-made organic scotch eggs to take-away crème brulees are available. You will pass some shops selling reclaimed architectural treasures and antiques, so here is the place to come for a Victorian marble fire surround or an original oil painting from the Regency period. The street comes to a sudden end as the Grapes Hill dual carriageway cuts rudely

Walk back down the street and past the impressive Church of St Giles on the Hill, the gardens of which, in Spring and Summer are a riot of colour in a classic English way with giant specimens of hollyhocks and foxgloves almost hiding the lower parts of the church walls. A wonderful lilac wisteria winds around the wall beside the road. Turn sharp left down Willow Lane: just where it meets Cow Hill, on your right, is a plaque commemorating George Borrow – the man who coined the term ‘Norwich – A Fine City’ - who lived here. Turn right into Pottergate. This ancient street has been the centre of many trades. The name derives from the pottery industry that existed prior to the 13th century. Shoe manufacturing peaked in the 18th and 19th centuries. An eye infirmary established here eventually became incorporated with the Norfolk and Norwich www.finecity.co.uk


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Hospital. The famous, and widely idolized opera singer, Jenny Lind, established a Hospital for Sick Children here in mid- Victorian times. More recently, it became the home of Norwich Job Centre and some English Language Schools – a modern-day Norwich industry. George Borrow pops up all over the city and here is no exception as he lived in Pottergate for a period. Ahead is St Gregory’s Alley. A pleasant grass area with refurbished seating, it is an oasis for many folk who sit down, on the grass, new seating or low walls in front of St Gregory’s Pottergate, to have a bite. There is a delicatessen, a fish and chip shop, some sandwich bars and a juice bar all within a few yards. St Gregory’s Pottergate is now a craft centre with a café and ‘The Birdcage’ Pub borders the green.You are now at the very centre of Norwich Lanes and perhaps you would like to browse around

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FINEPLACES the Lanes to the north, south, east and west of this spot, and continue the walk when you get back. Many compare this to the more famous ‘Brighton Lanes’. The many small entrepreneurs who trade around here are the perfect antidote to ‘samey’ high streets throughout the country – you will see traders in exquisite evening dresses, antiquarian booksellers, an Egyptian pottery merchant, some ‘New Age’ herbalists, an expert in military clothing, a trader in the latest computer games, a Fair Trade enterprise, someone selling tea from all over the world and teapots of fantastic designs, and many more. It is constantly changing as you would not expect, sadly, every new bright idea to survive. Norwich has always been thus, however – as one trade goes down, another comes up. For this to happen, there has to be a crucible of creativity. Here it is, at least as far as retail goes, for the modern age. You will, I am sure, note the recently refurbished street furniture and the attractive green and gold square plaques inserted into the walkways which tell tales of life and businesses in days gone by. There are three more important stops on this walk. One of them is The Bridewell in Bridewell Alley which tells the story of Norwich industry – mustard, textiles, chocolate and beer .The building itself is a sombre flint edifice and it is not hard to believe that it was once a prison for beggars – ‘bridewells’ – and women. If you go around the building to the opposite side you will find the original small oak doorway, blackened and cracked with age, through which prisoners passed to begin their sentence. Carry on a few yards until you come to St John’s Alley which runs down the side of a fine small church, St John Maddermarket, which houses the finest collection of brasses in the city. The name ‘Maddermarket’ is derived from ‘madder’, which is a Norfolk plant that produces a red dye. Half way down, you will come across The Maddermarket Theatre. This is special because it welcomes local people to act and help out in putting on professional productions. There is also a plaque commemorating the feat of the most famous Morris dancer of all time, Will Kemp. In 1599, for a bet, he morris-danced (‘lustily’, according to his tomb in London) all the way from London to Norwich. It took him four weeks and he ended his journey, to great acclaim, in this alley where he jumped over the graveyard wall of St John Maddermarket opposite the theatre entrance. He was given a pension of 40 shillings a year. At the bottom of this alley is an ancient water pump that served the needs of the area. Somewhere in this vicinity during the reign of Elizabeth I was the Palace of the Duke of 14 | September 2016

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Norfolk, and we know from the letters of guests that is was a malodorous place, being too close to the river. Reputedly, he plotted here to marry Mary, Queen of Scots, and lost his head as a consequence.

Sir Joseph Paine) is open to public view. There is a collection of historic toys, too. A costumed guide will show you around. It is open 10.30 – 4.30 Wednesday and Saturday. A charge is made for entry.

At Charing Cross, turn left and a few more steps will find you at Strangers Hall. This is a gem. The building itself dates from 1320 and contains imaginative recreations of life in Tudor and Stuart times. In the Great Hall, the high table is set for a feast which gives an inkling of the excessive carbohydrate diet enjoyed (endured?) by wealthy merchants prior to modern day notions of healthy eating. The 17th century bedroom of Lady Paine (wife of Mayor,

This walk ends here – you are a few yards from where it began.

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This walk is one of 11 taken from ‘Norwich’ by Stephen Browning. The book has been shortlisted for the EDP/East Anglian Awards and a very recent – in summer 2016 - review on the influential ‘Goodreads’ website says:

‘FIVE STARS OUT OF FIVE This book contains beautiful photographs and many interesting facts about Norwich’s history and the famous people of history & literature who have a connection to the city. Reading it increased my desire to go back to Norwich tenfold, and I had already wanted badly to return.’

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wo mugs and matching shopping bags designed by iconic pottery designer and manufacturer, Emma Bridgewater, have raised an impressive £102,777 which will go towards transforming children’s palliative care across Norfolk. The exclusively designed mugs were launched in November 2014 to raise valuable funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) nook appeal. The partnership between EACH and Emma Bridgewater was encouraged by the charity’s Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge who visited the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent in February 2015 to see the mugs in production.

Amanda and Trevor often work with ideas customers have brought in whether it’s a simple pencil sketch of an idea, a photo or a print out of an existing stained glass design, they are happy to explore all options with you. More and more people are wanting to use the wide range of reclaimed stained glass panels they stock which is ever changing to use in period properties or just to add a feature with some substance and history. Quite often the reclaimed panels from original Victorian ones to 1920’s / 1930s can be carefully resized to fit customers measurements, either reduced in size or enlarged. As they stock an extended range of coloured and textured glass, many being restoration glass, they can often match or get very close to the existing colours and textures to get an authentic appearance. Orders for Christmas gifts and panels are already pouring in so its never too soon to make enquiries. The possibilities are endless and all stages are done by hand so they can take it as far as your imagination will allow. transform children’s palliative care across the county, and includes building a new hospice called the nook. The total donated from both sales of the mugs and the bags stands at £102,777. Lotte Rietveld, EACH Corporate Development Manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the fantastic support we continue to receive from both Emma Bridgewater, and Waitrose through the sales of these beautiful mugs and bags. The response we’ve had to both items has been fantastic and has helped to raise the profile of our appeal both in Norfolk and across the UK. We’d like to thank Emma Bridgewater and Waitrose for their generous support. “Huge thanks to everyone who bought one of the mugs, which were stocked locally in Jarrolds, and the bags – your support is greatly appreciated. ”

For any enquiries , repairs, commissions , tools, glass and materials please phone Amanda and Trevor on 01603 622099, pop into their shop at 103 Ber Street , Norwich, NR1 3EY or visit www.trinitystainedglass@bt.co.uk where you will get a warm and friendly welcome. EACH provides care and support to lifethreatened children across East Anglia. The charity has outgrown its current Norfolk hospice in Quidenham. Due to the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people they care for and the increased demand for their services and needs to move to a purpose-built site. The nook will be built in Framingham Earl just south of Norwich and will offer services which are either currently unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham. A total of £3.5 million has been secured for the appeal so far, but a further £6.5 million is still needed to make the project a reality. For more information on the nook appeal and how you can get involved please visit: www.each.org.uk/the-nook or call the EACH Fundraising Team on 01953 666767.

The matching jute shopping bags showcasing the same design were created and sold in stores of Waitrose across the UK. The bags proved a huge success with customers, selling out quickly in many stores. Both Emma Bridgewater and Waitrose kindly donated a proportion of sales to the EACH nook appeal which aims to raise £10 million to 16 | September 2016

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The Anglican Cathedral Some interesting facts about the Anglican Cathedral and Diocese Photography by Daniel Tink

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The Anglican Cathedral, situated in Tombland – nothing to do with tombs but deriving from the Norse word for ‘empty space’ – has had an extraordinary life. Here are a few facts about it. Norwich has two cathedrals – this one, the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity to give it its full and beautiful name, is about 900 years older than the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Despite this, some of the stonework of the older building is in better condition than the newer one: this is because there was difficulty in obtaining masonry of a suitable quality in the early 1900s. The first Bishop of Norfolk is reputed to have been a beaver. In 630 AD

St Felix was sailing in the Wash on his way to bring Christianity to East Anglia when his boat got into trouble. The resident beavers came to his rescue and, in gratitude, he granted the chief beaver Episcopal status before moving on.

The Hostry, funded in part by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is the largest building project at the Cathedral since its inception 900 years ago. It is designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and has been 11 years in the making.

There is a ‘Norwich Cathedral Rose’ which was created for the 900th Anniversary. It was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1996.

The Cathedral Choir includes 16 boys, aged 7-13, who attend Norwich School and have at least half of their fees paid by the Norwich Cathedral Endowment fund. Girls were introduced into the Choir in 1995 – there are places for 24, aged 11-18.

Every 22 July, on the Anniversary of the death of the founder, Herbert de Losinga, an Evensong is sung in the Cathedral Choir. The ‘Friends of Norwich Cathedral’ now number over 3000. The Cathedral offers a suggested itinerary for personal pilgrimages. Group pilgrimages, both day and evening, can also be arranged. The Cathedral lay in ruins for two decades following terrible damage inflicted upon it by Puritan mobs in 1643.

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The Cathedral hosts a varied year-long programme of exhibitions, recitals, plays and lectures. Sometimes the BBC will broadcast from the Cathedral.

St Saviour’s Chapel is now the Regimental Chapel of the Royal Norfolk Regiment. The cathedral tower houses five bells hung

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in 1463, the largest being 41 and a half inches in diameter. They no longer ‘swing’ but are chimed ‘dead’, and are controlled by an electronic clock. The Cathedral is 461 ft long, 72 ft wide and 315 ft high (140.5, 22 and 96 metres respectively). No-one knows for sure who designed the cathedral. There is a rusted musket ball encased in the tomb of Bishop Goldwell, the result of rampages by 17th century rioters. Bishop Goldwell himself ordered many ‘gold wells’ to be carved and painted in the cathedral so that he should never be forgotten. These can still be seen. The roof bosses are the finest in the world, were carved in situ and tell the story of the human race from the beginning to the end of the world. 20 | September 2016

The Kingdom of Heaven is several times depicted as Norwich Castle, which, of course, was the most magnificent structure the stone masons would have seen. The Dispenser Rerodos in St Luke’s Chapel is priceless and is on display today. It was saved from destruction by the envious rabble by turning it upside down for use as a workman’s trellis table. It is also believed that the magnificent Pelican Lectern – in use today –

was buried for several decades in the Bishop’s Garden. There is a memorial to Thomas Gooding, who died in the early 17th century and was buried standing up. This is to be found a few yards from the gift shop on the left hand side as you look towards the magnificent West Window. It warns:’ All you that do this place pass bye/ Remember death for you must dye/As you are now even so was I/And as I am so shall you be/ Thomas Gooding here do staye/Waiting for God’s Judgement Daye.’ If you look carefully there are many examples of 16th and 17th century graffiti on the walls, some of ships and churches. In the Choir are many ‘misericrods’: these are ledges upon which the monks could perch whilst singing and it looked as if they were standing up. There is a modern one depicting a goal being saved at Norwich Football Club. www.finecity.co.uk


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A book is available: ‘Spirit of Norwich Cathedral’ by Daniel Tink and Stephen Browning, priced at £4.99 and published by PiXZ. It is stocked by the Cathedral itself, Jarrolds, Waterstones and good bookshops county-wide as well as being stocked by Amazon and other online retailers.

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Kings Lynn, cordite and conkers Modern pictures: Daniel Tink In the July edition, we talked about ‘Hunstanton’s Great Secret’ which was pivotal in changing our fortunes in the Great War. Yet other towns also played a vital role in the conflict and no story is more fascinating than that of Kings Lynn: although experts still debate the exact impact of the facts given below on the outcome of the war, it is a remarkable story in several ways, not least as an example of ‘thinking outside the box’ when faced with a problem that at first appeared to defy resolution. It is all about cordite, conkers and the future inaugural President of Israel. 22 | September 2016

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What is cordite? Cordite had been used by the British Army as a propellant for shells and bullets since 1889 – previously, black gunpowder had been used. A vital ingredient of this was acetone, along with nitroglycerine and gun cotton. Pre-war production involved huge quantities of birch, beech and maple which, through a process of dry distillation known as pyrolysis, produced the cordite. As demands increased manifold at the beginning of the war, Britain was forced to seek imports from America, a state of affairs clearly unsustainable given the success of the U-boat campaign. By 1915 there occurred a ‘shell crisis’ when British guns were limited to firing only a few times each day. Enter Lloyd George, Chaim Weizmann, the Queen and lots of boy scouts It was at this time that the Ministry of Munitions was set up under Photographs by:

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future Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, who asked renowned Manchester University chemist Chaim Weizmann to look for alternative ways to produce acetone. He set

to work and came up with a new anaerobic fermentation process that used a bacterium, which came to be called ‘Weizmann organism’, to produce large amounts of acetone from

various foodstuffs including grain, maize and rice. Two new factories were built to build upon this success, one at Holton Heath in Dorset and the other at Kings Lynn. They were very successful, producing between them enough gallons of acetone – about 90, 000 a year – for the British armed forces. Problems occurred in 1917 as grain and potatoes became scarce because of German U-boat operations. Weizmann was asked to perform yet another miracle and he began experimenting with the common conker. As this looked very promising, the government launched a nationwide scheme to encourage youngsters and adults alike to gather as many tons as possible. Kept keen by the payments of 7s 6d (37.5p) for every hundred weight, 3000 tons were collected for the Kings Lynn factory. It is part of folklore that even the Queen joined in at her Sandringham gardens. Much was sadly left to rot as school children proved too adept at this task. Production began in April 1918 but there were many teething problems and not as much acetone was produced as hoped for. Production ended after about three months but by then the war was clearly being won. First President of Israel Chaim Weizmann’s contribution to the world continued after the war: he became the first President of the state of Israel which was established in 1948. He died in 1952.

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Big C Big C’s Challenge 35 gets some sweat up

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f the gym not being open at the time you want to go, not knowing how to use the apparatus or you cannot think of any good reason to do any physical fitness... it’s time to stop the excuses! In the run up to its official opening, Complete Fitness of Norwich, is throwing open its doors to take up the Big C’s Challenge 35. Owner Simon Hill and his team of lead trainer Charlie Shepherd, backed by gym manager Stuart Horn, are offering 35 one-to-one training sessions in 35 hours each for a donation that will go straight to help cancer patients and their families throughout Norfolk and Waveney through Big C. Each individual session usually costs £35 and Simon’s team are not only giving up their time,

but also their sleep around the clock from 1am on Friday September 9 until midday on Saturday September 10, when to mark the end of the last session the barbecue will be lit in celebration. During the 35 hours the gym will be open for people to use the equipment as usual and all pay as you go fees will be donated to Big C. Simon Hill said:” We wanted to officially launch Complete Fitness by making a noise and expose people to the individual style of training we offer here. Big C does fantastic work for people with all kinds of cancer in our area and we all know that exercise contributes to good health, resistance to some illness and enables us to cope with stress and difficulties.”

Clive Evans, Director of Income Generation and Communications at Big C who uses the gym said:” Complete Fitness has devised a really imaginative and fun way to take up our Challenge 35. We hope people will really support it and sign up for a personal training session. This initiative is exactly what we envisaged when we launched our Challenge 35, doing something you enjoy to help others.” To book your session message via facebook.com/completefitnessltd call 07799884752/ 07568058881 or to tell Big C about your Challenge 35 initiative email via www.big-c.co.uk or send a message via facebook.com/bigc

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The Burlesque Queen RADIANT GIRL: Ms Vicky Butterfly

The Burlesque Queen is back in town! Hooray! Tony Cooper reports

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e Theatre de Decadence shimmies its way back into Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre on Friday, 7th October (7.30pm) with Ms Natalya Umanska bringing her popular burlesque and variety show to this historic venue which is a stone’s-throw away from Norwich’s historic market-place.

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‘Burlesque is such a bold and diverse art form,’ she wildly enthuses. ‘I’ve really enjoyed experiencing shows abroad and the style of burlesque varies so much from country to country. The dizzy mix of glitz and glamour or risqué humour means you never get bored.’ Ms Umanska, however, is more than delighted to be returning to one of her favourite theatres. ‘It’s always a treat and, indeed, a real pleasure to return to the Maddermarket,’ she lovingly says. ‘It’s a theatre I’m really fond of and Norwich is so lucky to have such a historic venue on their doorstep. Norwich audiences, too, are absolutely great and they are incredibly responsive and give the performers so much to play with.’ www.finecity.co.uk

This year’s show hosts a glittering array of acts from across the country and stars Havana Hurricane, a curvaceous and dynamic blonde bombshell who’s renowned for her traditional ‘bump-and-grind’ style. ‘This woman’s a complete legend of contemporary burlesque,’ adds Ms Umanska. ‘She takes hold of the stage and really owns that space. I performed with her in Stockholm a couple of years ago and was really blown away by her act. The audience went wild for her.’ Burlesque, of course, isn’t just for female performers, ‘Boylesque’ is also highly popular among casts and audiences alike. ‘I was lucky enough to have Ed Muir on one of my shows

recently. He was brilliant! He performed a marvellous circus act with a Chinese pole. This year I’m looking forward to introducing to Norwich audiences Esquire de

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OUR GIRL: Ms Natalya Umanska

Lune, a high-calibre London-based performer whose act harbours an explosive flair with an impressive accuracy and execution of movement. During his career as a professional dancer he worked with such star names as Robbie Williams, Kylie and Tom Jones. ‘I’ve worked with Esquire de Lune on previous occasions and he’s so calming to have backstage, a true gent!’ adds Ms Umanska. ‘The show promises, of course, other cabaret treats too.’ Natalya will be the joint compère with her favourite co-host, Hattie Amey, who plays the character, Elspeth Juniper. ‘Hattie and I have worked together on a number of shows now. We always enjoy coming up with weird and wonderful scenarios for our characters. She’s a real source of inspiration and I enjoy working with her so much.’ However, if you can’t make the Maddermarket date there’s another chance to catch Hattie and Natalya strutting their stuff on the boards of the Auden Theatre situated at Gresham’s School, near Holt, on Saturday, 29th October (7.30pm). ‘This show has been completely recast and I’m really excited that Vicky Butterfly is back on the bill,’ exclaimed Natalya. ‘She’s just fantastic and will be performing her signature act - When the Rain Falls the Night Flowers Bloom - gorgeously attired in a set of highly-bespoke brightly-lit Isis wings. It’s quite a spectacular act. I’ve also secured the services of a great mind-reader, Bob Percy, who has a unique approach to psychological illusions.’ Tickets for 7th October Tickets £16.50 available from Maddermarket Theatre box office: 01603 620917; online booking: www.maddermarket.co.uk

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as Deputy Chief Executive of The Lowry, Salford, one of the UK’s leading cross-arts organisations and the most visited cultural venue in the North West of England. During his nine years at The Lowry Stephen has led a number of major strands of work, including the venue’s award-winning Learning & Engagement programme; developing and establishing Quays Culture, the criticallyacclaimed outdoor digital arts programme on

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A gathering of the clan enjoying The Night of Beauty and the Beast, one of Robert Short’s ‘surrealist evenings’ held in the grounds of Norfolk’s Wiveton Hall in 1974.

Norfolk Contemporary Art Society

Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (NCAS) is in celebratory mood this year marking a very special anniversary. BBC Radio Norfolk’s culture vulture, Tony Cooper, reports

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charitable association with about 550 members, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, whose raison d’être is to promote contemporary visual art with a particular emphasis given to artists living and working in the region, does a brilliant

The installation of Bernard Reynolds’ Parrot Head on Castle Green in 1994. Left to right: Brenda Ferris (then Lord Mayor of Norwich), Bernard Reynolds, Elliot (Bernard’s grandson) and Robert Short.

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and worthwhile job and this year is flying high celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. But to find out more about NCAS and how it ticks, there was one person I needed to tie down for a good long hard session and that happened to be Robert Short, the society’s

Ros Newman at the unveiling of her three-dimensional sculpture, Bird Flight, finished with a soft-reflective surface in situ at the front of the oncology department of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

former chair person. The current chair is now occupied by Brenda Ferris while Keith Roberts chairs the exhibitions committee. We meet, where everybody seems to meet nowadays in Norwich, at The Forum opposite the Assembly House and the Theatre Royal. It’s an easy walk for Robert as he lives only a hop, skip and a jump away! After such a long stint as chair of NCAS (serving from 1987 to 2005), Robert, who has been glued to Norwich’s visual arts scene for a very long time, now serves the society as its vice-president. And over such a long, fruitful and colourful period Robert has, undoubtedly, made a vital contribution to the well-being of contemporary art not just for the city but for the county as well. ‘The initiative to create a contemporary art society in Norfolk,’ Robert enthusiastically recalls, ‘was prompted by the dismay on the part of a small group of local people at the derisory representation of modern art in Norwich Castle Museum.’ And since its foundation in 1956, NCAS has accumulated an interesting and www.finecity.co.uk


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Rosie Snell’s dramatic and striking canvas, Stalker, now forming part of the Castle Museum’s contemporary art collection.

varied collection which forms the basis of holdings of post-war art at the Castle while complementing the fine collection of paintings by the Norwich Society of Artists founded by John Crome and Robert Ladbrooke in 1803. The first chair of NCAS was Mrs Geoffrey (Lettice) Colman - mother of Sir Timothy Colman of Bixley Manor - an avid supporter of the visual arts. It was her father-in-law, Russell James Colman, who bequeathed the collection of paintings of the Norwich School (started by his father, Jeremiah James Colman, and added to during his life) to the Castle Museum in the year of his death in 1946. The collection - built up by Mr Colman with guidance from James Reeve, curator of the Castle from 1851 to 1910 - comprised oil paintings, watercolours and drawings by www.finecity.co.uk

John Crome and John Sell Cotman and other members of the Norwich School. But the first purchase for NCAS came in 1957 from a short-list comprising Edward Bawden, Lucian Freud, Prunella Glough, Mary Potter and William Scott. The actual choice - Clough’s Man entering a boiler-house (oil-on-canvas) purchased for the sum of £60 - was made by Francis Hawcroft of the Castle Museum. He later moved to Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery. A similar procedure was adopted for the second purchase two years later. Artists in the frame once more comprised Bawden, Freud and Scott and they were joined by John Bretley, Ben Nicholson and Graham Sutherland. This time the vote favoured Sutherland whose

oil-on-canvas work, Path in the woods, was acquired for £105. The purchase actually came out of an exhibition at the Castle which included works by Michael Andrews, Jeffery Camp, Robert Colquhoun, Robert McBride, Mary Potter, Alan Reynolds and Keith Vaughan. Over the

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‘Making Faces’ exhibition (2006) funded by the Wellcome Trust: Neal French.

past few years NCAS has raised funds - often matched nationally pound-for-pound - to purchase sculpture for public places in Norwich. They include major works by such prominent artists as George Fullard and Liliane Lijn as well as a mural by Walter Kershaw. For the Castle Green, however, NCAS commissioned Parrot Head, a bronze by the late Bernard Reynolds and an aluminiumbased sculpture, Monument to Daedalus, by Jonathan Clarke while Ros Newman’s Bird Flight, based on a twisting loop of steel-wire attached to which are bird shapes bent to make them three-dimensional and finished with a soft-reflective surface, is sited in front of the oncology department of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Charles Clarke MP with bronze head and the artist,

NCAS also donated a work by the late Alfred Cohen to the Castle Museum in 2006 and a year later the society purchased a video for its collection, Ruth Ewan’s Rebel’s Complaint, a song based on the legend of Robert Kett, a tanner and land-owner who led the 1549 revolt against the enclosure of common land in Norfolk. And with financial assistance from the Art Fund, the society also contributed Rosie Snell’s painting, Stalker, to the Castle in 2008. Rosie’s work, depicting a tank emerging from a sunlit-forest glade with the tank disguised by the machine’s camouflage, is striking to say the least. Cleverly and imaginatively, she uses different techniques to paint the landscape and the tank to create a highly-illusionistic painting. Her interest in military machinery, by the way,

But, restless as any other living and thriving organisation, NCAS has been a campaigning society too and for many years has longed for a civic arts centre for the visual arts. ‘It seems such a pity that a city the size and, indeed, the importance of Norwich doesn’t have a municipal art gallery or, for that matter, a concert-hall to accommodate modern needs and standards,’ exclaimed Robert. ‘In the 1980s the Castle Museum stopped showing local artists’ works and the idea of a Tate in the East, a purpose-built space for art so greatly needed in Norwich, sadly, never materialised. We did, however, get a major refurbishment of the Castle, one of whose features was an enlargement of the area for modern art. This was a good thing, of course, but a far cry from our earlier ambitions. However, I’m pleased to say that the Outpost Gallery in Wensum Street is probably the most important artist-led development in the city.’ NCAS has an ‘on-loan’ collection, too, aptly-named Artworks comprising mostly two-dimensional works by local artists lent free-of-charge for display in places frequented

Ana Maria Pacheco’s sculpture, The Banquet, was shown in The Gallery (NUA), both Norwich cathedrals and the Castle Museum as part of the Pacheco exhibitions organised by NCAS and NUA in 2015.

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The first of the biennial open exhibitions for work by NCAS members held in The Forum in 2008.

by the public such as schools, hospitals and commercial premises. The society’s always on the look-out for new spaces, therefore any ideas in this region, Diana Heuvel is the person to contact: dianaheuvel39@gmail.com And to celebrate the society’s 60th anniversary, a blockbuster of a show - NCAS Sixty Years On: Treasures from the Castle’s Collection - will run at the Castle Museum’s Timothy Gurney Gallery from Monday 26th September to the spring of 2017. This long-running show will highlight almost all the works that NCAS has helped acquire for the Castle’s collection over the last 60 years.

With substantial funding from the Wellcome Trust, NCAS also curated two major (and very successful) exhibitions in Norwich in the last few years. The first - Making Faces - was held in The Atrium of The Forum in 2006 and, indeed, was the first in what turned out to be a regular succession of shows at this spacious and wellloved venue. It featured three London-based artists: Simon Tegala, Keith Piper and Alexa Wright. Also, as part of this project, a bronze, Head of Charles Clarke, the former Labour Home Secretary and Norwich South MP, was made by portrait-sculptor and NCAS member, Neal French, and presented to the Castle for its permanent collection. And then in 2009 (in

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partnership with The Forum Trust and Norwich University College of the Arts) came the illuminating photographic exhibition, Photo-ID: Photographers and Scientists Explore Identity, in which ten international photographers were chosen from hundreds of applicants to tackle various aspects of identity. In 2008, NCAS inaugurated of what was to become a series of biennial open exhibitions of work by artist-members of the society. Similar shows, each with its own full-colour catalogue and held at The Forum, were successfully staged in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The next exhibition (organised by Steve Baker and Selwyn Taylor) takes place this month running from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th September. Free admission! An exhibition of commissioned work by a trio of artists at Norfolk’s Felbrigg Hall in 2014 proved a roaring success too. Curated by Caroline Fisher and funded by Arts Council England, NCAS and EAAF, The Tourists exhibition offered another example of an effective partnership working, in this case, with the National Trust and, of course, the artists: Gayle Chong Kwan, Kate MccGwire and Claire Morgan, And over the course of last year the society mounted one of their most complex exhibition projects to date combining multiple locations, partners and funders. Large works by Brazilianborn (but London-based) artist, Ana Maria 2016 September | 33


FINEARTS monthly and mostly in Norwich) which include talks by artists, critics and art historians alike and, I think, it’s fair to say that nothing came more entertaining than a series of ‘Surrealist evenings’ organised by Robert Short largely in the seventies. ‘I organised about ten such events and they proved to be extremely popular with the NCAS membership,’ he wildly exclaimed. ‘They lasted from dawn to dusk and the first took place at UEA but later they were held in the grounds of grand country houses in Norfolk and Suffolk. NCAS pump-primed funding of one of John McLean’s three windows in Norwich Cathedral.

Pacheco, were sited in Norwich Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich Castle and Norwich University of the Arts. Accompanied by a catalogue and an exhibition guide as well as a brilliant talk by Colin Wiggins in the Castle, these four exhibitions continued in the Castle and the two Norwich cathedrals for nearly eight months. As Keith Roberts said: ‘All our exhibitions, like this one, those at Felbrigg Hall and at The Forum reflect our ambition to show artwork in lessformal and less-familiar locations.’ Furthermore, in the belief that raising the profile of the visual arts means effective networking, NCAS collaborates closely with local galleries and arts organisations such as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Open Studios, East Anglia Art Foundation, Norwich 20 Group, The Forum Trust and Norwich University of the Arts. In addition to its year-round programme of exhibitions, NCAS also organises a lively and entertaining programme of events (held

As for talks, Maggi Hambling (NCAS patron) is well remembered for a riotous talk she gave at the Assembly House on her work while the eminent potter, Emmanuel Cooper, whose work can be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Scottish Museum, focused his talk on contemporary ceramics and Katarzyna Coleman, who studied at the Hornsey College of Art, focused hers on the bleak Yarmouth industrial landscape seen through her large charcoal and acrylic works. And Kathleen McFarlane (who, incidentally, received no formal art-school training) was an innovator in so many media ranging from paint to fibres and from Perspex to ceramic, drew a large audience to hear her discuss subversive weaving, tapestry and crochet work in conversation with Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton while NCAS trustee and artist, Robin Jesson, recalled his experiences in an entertaining talk focusing on Corsham and the art of William Scott and Terry Frost. Writer and long-time NCAS supporter, Ian Collins, also delivered the society a couple of excellent talks. The first centred on John Craxton, a key British artist who was a leading-

Filippo IV (version 2): Left to right: Derek Morris, The Castle Museum’s accession of Mary Webb’s painting San Hannah Higham, Mary Webb and Ian McIntyre (2013).

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light in post-war painting, often referred to as a ‘neo-Romanticist’ but much preferred to be known as a ‘kind of Arcadian’. The second centred upon the highly-successful exhibition, Masterpieces: Art in East Anglia, which Ian curated for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The talks - which always gather a good and appreciative audience - have also included Suzie Hanna outlining her work as animator at Norwich University of the Arts while Edwina Ashton covered a similar area of interest on animation, video and performance art. There’s also a rolling programme of visits, auctions, private views, parties and so forth thus adding a vibrant and attractive social side to the society. For example, last year an organised trip to the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in West Yorkshire proved a great success. Their collection of Modern British art features some of the most significant British artists of the 20th century which includes work by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The society also undertook a successful two-day trip to Tate Liverpool taking in Lynda Morris’ exhibition, Picasso Peace and Freedom, 1945-73, as well as the spectacular series of sculptures by Antony Gormley on Crosby beach entitled Another Place comprising one hundred cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Each figure (weighing 650 kilos) was made from casts of the artist’s own body and all of them look to the horizon in silent expectation of what is to come. Parties, too, usually in less-than-salubrious venues, have all generated a great deal of interest. From upstairs at Take 5 to The Chapel in Park Lane and from Keir Hardie Hall to the Scout Hut in Rowington Road, these events have more than proved their worth and, of course, raise valuable funds for the society. Joseph Wang (NCAS vice-chairman) is back in command this year and arranging a Christmas knees-up like no other at the Scout Hut. Apart from a feast fit for a king, the event hosts a tombola raffle and a slide-show accompanied by lights, revelry, music and sound. What could be better! The last word goes to the current chair of NCAS, Brenda Ferris, who had this to say: ‘The 60th anniversary of the society is to be marked in a very special way harking back to the earliest days of the society and the determination to redress the ‘‘derisory representation of modern art in Norwich Castle Museum’’ as Robert put it. Commencing with a grand opening on Monday 26th September, the Castle will host a landmark exhibition of many of the works that NCAS has loaned, part-funded or gifted to the www.finecity.co.uk


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Castle Museum and Art Gallery since 1956. The exhibition will be formally opened - as is only fitting - by Sir Timothy Colman, son of the society’s very first chair. And this will be accompanied by the launch of Sixty Years On, an updated account of the society’s illustrious history.’

and, yes, fun, witness the recent lively talk by Lewis Jones of the Turner Prize Winner Assemble. To her mind NCAS has not just enjoyed an action-packed past but promises even greater strides in the future. One cannot but believe and share in her enthusiasm and optimism. Happy Diamond Jubilee!

As Brenda states, this is just another milestone in a thriving and lively society which, despite its serious and avowed purpose of promoting the interests of contemporary art in Norfolk, seeks to make that pursuit entertaining, interesting

Anyone wanting to join in the fun can join the society by downloading the application form at www.n-cas.org.uk/membership.asp or you can request a form either by email from membership@n-cas.org.uk or by post from the

The annual membership subscription is £15.00 for single members, £25.00 for couples and £5.00 for full-time students. The membership fee includes free access to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. For more detailed information about the dayto-day activity of NCAS check out the society’s website at www.n-cas.org.uk which is updated on a weekly basis.

Up Jumped The Mackerel Lucy Jacklin, artist based in Norfolk. Prints,Cards,Postcards and one off pieces mainly on a nautical theme.

The award of the NCAS annual prize of £500 to the best degree show student in fine art at NUA. Susan Curran, Katriona Parkinson (winner) and Keith Roberts at the 2011 presentation.

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Side Story, as well as appearances for the RSC. Her extensive concert work includes classical galas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, plus private recitals at Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and for HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove and St James’s Palace.

The Sound Of Music Lucy’s voice set to bring the hills alive – October 18-22

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fter being catapulted to fame in BBC1’s The Voice last year, Irish soprano Lucy Byrne is set to entertain Norwich Theatre Royal audiences as Maria in The Sound of Music this autumn. This new staging by Bill Kenwright of one of the most popular family musicals of all-time arrives to set the ‘hills’ of Norfolk alive from October 18 to 22. It tells of the young would-be nun who is sent to look after the children of a widowed naval officer, tracing the story of the world-famous Von Trapp singing family from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of the Second World War as their beloved Austrian homeland becomes part of the Third Reich. It features an unforgettable score of memorable songs from Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, and Do-Re-Mi, to Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song The Sound of Music. Award-nominated Lucy O’Byrne is joined by star of stage and screen Andrew Lancel who takes the role of Captain von Trapp, and Jan Hartley as Mother Abbess. www.finecity.co.uk

Lucy O’Byrne became a household name when she shot to success as the runner-up in the live shows of the TV talent show, The Voice. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Her first album, Debut, was released earlier this year. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her musical debut as the young postulant, Maria. Andrew Lancel is best known as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street, a role that earned him a ‘Villain of the Year’ award at the British Soap Awards. He also played DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill. His numerous stage credits include Bill Kenwright’s touring productions of The Small Hand and Twelve Angry Men. Andrew starred in Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool and London, and most recently appeared on stage in The Damned United at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Jan Hartley played Maria in the first national tour of The Sound of Music and has had many starring West End roles, including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Maria in West

The Sound of Music all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959. The show was turned into a film in 1965 with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the leading roles. The show is directed by Martin Connor and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, with musical direction by David Steadman. Joining Lucy, Andrew and Jan on stage are Duncan Smith (Max), Lucy Van Gasse (Baroness Elsa), Kane Verrall (Rolf), Annie Horn (Liesl), Alexander Evans (Herr Zeller), Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Kate Scott (Sister Berthe), Tammy Davies (Sister Sophia), Jude Neill (Ursula), Anouska Eaton (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Pippa Winslow (Frau Schmidt), Scott Ainslie (Admiral von Schreiber), Piers Bate (Baron Elberfeld) and Lewis Barnshaw. Listing The Sound of Music, Tuesday to Saturday, October 18-22, 2016. Eves 7.30pm, Mats Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £8£37.50. BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. Discounts for Friends, Over 60s, Under 18s and Groups. Audio Described Performance Sat, Oct 22, 2.30pm. Signed Performance Sat, Oct 22, 2.30pm. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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ugely popular with Norfolk audiences, multi-talented and Olivier award-winning actor Matthew Kelly returns to Norwich Theatre Royal this autumn in Pride and Prejudice from September 27 to October 1. Last seen on stage in the city in Richard Bean’s cleverly-observed and gritty drama Toast as a chain-smoking curmudgeonly factory worker, Matthew will play Mr Bennet, father of five unmarried daughters pushed by their mother’s ambition to bag ‘a single man in possession of a good fortune’ in Jane Austen’s perennially popular Regency novel. He joins the already-announced Felicity Montagu, the superb character actress who plays the fictional Alan Partridge’s long-suffering PA Lynn, who will take on the role of Mrs Bennet. She was most recently seen playing Mrs Mainwaring in the 2016 film remake of Dad’s Army, while her other notable roles have included Perpetua in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Caroline Bosman in ITV’s Doc Martin and Sue 2 in BBC’s Nighty Night. Matthew Kelly is perhaps best known for presenting television shows such as You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes but also has a strong pedigree as a theatre actor, appearing in the West End as the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar, in Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen and Roger Rees, Tim Firth’s play Sign of the Times, the musical Lend Me A Tenor! and as Lennie in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men at the Savoy Theatre where his performance won him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His television work has included Benidorm and Bleak House, and the award-winning thriller Cold Blood. Other castings have also now been confirmed – that of Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy, with Tafline Steen taking the role of Elizabeth Bennet and Doña Croll as Lady Catherine De Bourgh.

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Tafline Steen as Mrs Bennet’s daughter, Elizabeth Bennet

Benjamin recently appeared in Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), and If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court); Tafline made her professional stage debut in King Charles III at the Almeida, reprising her role in the West End and on Broadway; while Doña is best known for her screen roles as Vera Corrigan in Doctors and Pearl McHugh in Family Affairs, with theatre credits including All My Sons (Birmingham Rep), Heresy of Love (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida Theatre). The cast also features Hollie Edwin (professional debut) as Jane Bennet, Mari Izzard (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC) as Lydia Bennet, Leigh Quinn (Henry V, RSC) as Mary Bennet, Anna Crichlow (professional debut) as Kitty Bennet, Jordan Mifsúd (The Silver Tassie, National Theatre) as Mr. Bingley, Steven Meo (The Distance, Orange Tree Theatre) as Mr. Collins, Daniel Abbott (Richard II, RSC) as Mr. Wickham, Kirsty Rider (professional debut) as Caroline Bingley,

Francesca Bailey (The Good Soul of Szechuan, Bristol Old Vic) as Charlotte Lucas, Charlotte Palmer (Tennison, ITV) as Mrs. Gardiner and Mark Rawlings (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, West End) as Sir William Lucas. First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies and spawning numerous adaptations, most notably the 1940 film starring Laurence Olivier and the 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice was first staged in 2013 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. It will be revived there from September 2-17, before heading out on its first major UK tour with Norwich being its second venue. The production marks the return of Regent’s Park Theatre to Norwich Theatre Royal 2016 September | 39


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Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy and Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

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Felicity Montagu as Mrs Bennet

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It is designed by Max Jones, whose credits include The Crucible at Manchester Royal Exchange and The Tempest at the Globe Theatre; while costume design is by Tom Piper, who designed the iconic Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation at the Tower of London, and the recent A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation by the RSC which wowed Norwich Theatre Royal audiences in May.

Listing: Pride and Prejudice, Tuesday to Saturday, September 27 to October 1, 2016. Eves 7.30pm, Mats Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£27.50. BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over 60s, Under 18s, Schools and Groups. Captioned Performance Thurs Sept 29, 2.30pm. Audio Described Performance Sat October 1, 2.30pm. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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Special screenings at Cinema City this month focus on opera, drama and family shows. Tony Cooper reports Films to look out for:

ChickLit

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A comedy drama about four guys trying to save their local pub from closing down conjure up a good scheme to save it. They group-write a chick-lit, or more specifically a ‘mummy porn’ novel in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey and it gets snapped up. The only snag is that the publisher insists that the young woman ‘author’ does press and publicity. Directed by Tony Britten (In Love with Alma Cogan) ChickLit features Christian McKay, Dame Eileen Atkins, Miles Jupp, Cathy Tyson and Sir John Hurt.

Café Society In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls madly in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he’s swept up in the vibrant and dizzy world of high society and night-club life. Directed by Woody Allen, Café Society stars Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart and Sheryl Lee.

from 9th September Anthropoid

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the Second World War mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Third Reich’s third-in-command after Hitler and Himmler. Anthropoid stars Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones. Captain Fantastic In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen. from 16th September Bridget Jones’ Baby The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s. feature by:

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Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. Photo:

Special Events NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea (12A) Thursday 1st September (7pm); Encore: Tuesday 6th September (2.30pm) Helen McCrory (Medea, The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed new production.

The scenario of The Deep Blue Sea focuses on a flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London (1952) where Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours after a failed suicide attempt and the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing. Kids’ Club: Roald Dahl season Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Saturday 3rd September (11am) Wily and audacious Mr Fox loses his tail to the loathsome trio of exploitative farmers, Boggis,

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Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean. Mr Fox, however, is no saint himself, having been a flourishing chicken thief until times grew risky, a secret kept from upright Mrs Fox. Facing subterranean incarceration, he mobilises his fellow creatures under siege to rise up against the brutish farmers. Wes Anderson’s retelling visualises Dahl’s classic tale with wicked panache and psychedelic dazzle through idiosyncratic stop-animation and set design. Vintage Sundays: Disney season The Jungle Book (1967) (U) Sunday 4th September (1pm) Disney’s classic musical version of The Jungle Book is a real treat for every new generation that encounters it.

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Gary Numan: Android In La La Land (15) Monday 5th September (8pm) The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Steve Read Android In La La Land is a celebration of a British music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around. At the end of the 1970s, Gary Numan found himself one of the world’s biggest-selling artists. No one had heard, or seen, anyone like him. Asperger’s syndrome helped forge his ambition, his music and image, but it brought problems too. At a time when the public knew little about the condition, the press labelled him a freak and one paper suggested that his parents should have been doctored for giving birth to him. Depression, near bankruptcy and a period in

the wilderness followed. Then Numan fell in love with his biggest fan and married her. Tarkovsky Retrospective: The Sacrifice (re: 2016) (15) Monday 5th September (8.15pm) / Wednesday 7th September (1.05pm) Nuclear war is declared, and a writer promises God he’ll renounce everything if the disaster is averted. When peace follows, he must keep his side of the bargain. Performed in Swedish with English subtitles Nick Cave: One More Time With Feeling (18) Thursday 8th September (9pm)

A unique one-night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first-ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the 16th studio album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The film’s being screened in cinemas across the world immediately prior to the album’s release the next day. Originally a performance-based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance are interviews and footage shot by Dominik

Scenes from the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Brecht/Weill’s The Threepenny Opera starring Rory Kinnear, Rosalie Craig and Haydn Gwynne. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

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Howard) features interviews, unheard music and exclusive concert footage from the biggest band of all time. Kids’ Club: Roald Dahl season Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) Saturday 17th September (11am) The world’s agog when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his chocolate factory, announces that five lucky kids will be given a tour of the works, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy and one will win a lifetime supply of chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie but as his family is so poor, even one bar

is a treat. His chances are unlikely in the extreme but magic can happen and Charlie gets his big chance along with four other somewhat odious and annoying kids. Dating from 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum Vintage Sundays: Disney season Beauty and the Beast (U) Sunday 18th September (1pm) The fairy tale-inspired Disney classic is back on the big screen. Having more than stood the test of time, Beauty and the Beast remains one of the most captivating animated features of the past few decades.

Kids’ Club: Roald Dahl season Matilda (PG) Saturday 10th September (11am) The grouchy no-hoper Wormwoods are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda, who also happens to be a genius. Ignored at home and left to her own devices, she soon digests the entire contents of her local library before being sent to Crunchem Hall, a nightmarish school headed by the sadistic Miss Trunchbull. It’s here that her abilities come to the fore while her brain power and telekinetic powers attracts the attention of sweet and warm-natured roseamong-the-thorns, Miss Honey. Vintage Sundays: Disney season The Little Mermaid (U) Sunday 11th September (1pm) Awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colourful characters and two Academy Awards for score and song (Under the Sea), The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most cherished and well-loved films. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years (15) Thursday 15th September (6pm) Plus world première event broadcast live This is the not-to-missed story of the band’s exceptional touring years - an intimate portrait of the band and a behind-the-scenes look at The Beatles on tour. Exploring the effect it had on their relationships as well as their musical evolution and looking at how they transformed the world of music. The film (produced by Ron 44 | September 2016

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Opera Australia: Turandot on Sydney Harbour (12A) Monday 19th September (6pm) This production of Puccini’s final opera was created especially for Sydney Harbour’s jawdropping outdoor water-stage. Turandot’s a beautiful and powerful princess who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. Calàf ’s a brave prince from a foreign land who instantly falls in love with her despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave girl who loves him dearly. But he rings the gong and declares his love for Turandot. She presents him her riddles and he delivers the answers triumphantly. Turandot despairs and Calàf, taking pity on her, offers the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But his riddle risks more than his own life and everyone else’s now hangs in the balance. Director Chen Shi-Zheng brings a unique perspective to this classic story steering away from traditional Chinese tropes to present a China that’s sleek, modern and up to date. And set designer, Dan Potra, has created a stunning set for the spectacular harbour backdrop which includes a 60-metre fire-breathing dragon with a tail that morphs into The Great Wall plus a shimmering pagoda that stands 18 metres high. Performed in Italian with English subtitles NT Live: The Threepenny Opera (15) Thursday 22nd September (7pm); Encore: Tuesday 27th September (2.30pm) Mack the Knife is back in town. Beware! A darkly comic new take on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s raucous musical comes ‘live’ from Bethan Cullinane as Innogen (Cymbeline). Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Oliver Johnstone as Iachimo, Bethan Cullinane as Innogen and Hiran Abeysekera as Posthumus (Cymbeline). Photo: Paul Stuart

the stage of the National Theatre. London scrubs up for the Coronation, the thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business but, alas, their daughter didn’t arrive home last night and it’s all about to kick off. The Threepenny Opera stars Olivier Awardwinner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath working alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum. This bold, anarchic production has been adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road). Contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and filthy language

Vintage Sundays: Disney Season Aladdin (U) Sunday 25th September (1pm) When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to pass himself off as a prince in order to marry her. And the genie is played by Robin Williams no less. ROH Live: Norma (12A) Monday 26th September (7.15pm) This new production of Norma for The Royal Opera is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally-renowned singers. Bellini’s classic bel-canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing. But the opera’s especially known for Norma’s stunning showpiece aria, ‘Casta diva’. Àlex Ollé, of the innovative Catalan theatre group, La Fura dels Baus, directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war, driven by the extremes of a fanaticallyreligious society. Royal Opera music director, Antonio Pappano, conducts a stunning cast which includes Joseph Calleja as Norma’s secret lover Pollione and Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa. A striking new production, it opens the Royal Opera House’s new season. RSC Live: Cymberline (12A) Wednesday 28th September (7pm) Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely-performed romance ‘live’ from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Not to be missed!

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Cinema City’s new John Hurt Centre

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s one of Norwich’s best-loved venues Cinema City is well and truly on the city’s cultural map. What is less well known perhaps is the important role that education has always played within the cinema. This is however set to change when film education charity Cinema City Ltd opens The John Hurt Centre, a new film education and community space, in September, fifty years after the charity was founded in 1966.

courses, screenings, talks, workshops and holiday activities for children. Education Manager Guy Martin, said, ‘This is such an

exciting time for us. For many years we have been restricted in what we can offer because of the limitations of the rooms. Now we have

The development of the new centre brings outdated and difficult to reach first floor rooms up to the same standards as the rest of the site and into welcoming and accessible spaces that can be used and enjoyed by everyone. A brand new entrance in the internal courtyard, with a newly installed lift, leads directly to the first floor centre. This now has level flooring, accessible toilets and state of the art equipment; an original medival door, blocked up hundreds of years ago, has been reinstated as a window overlooking the courtyard to provide a further visual link. As a result education is now integrated much more strongly into the overall cinema experience. The John Hurt Centre will host a wide range of film education related activities including 46 | September 2016

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the facilites to provide more activities for people of all ages. We are looking forward to developing our film education programme, and working with groups of people that we have not been able to work with before’. The new space, sympathetically designed by Norwich-based architect Charles Emberson, to complement the original medieval features of the building, will also be available to hire for functions meetings, parties, networking events and private film screenings.

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The Centre has been named after Norfolkbased international film star Sir John Hurt, the charity’s patron. He said, ‘Film has played a major part in my life and I am a great believer in the power of the moving image to educate and inspire and improve people’s lives. It is marvellous to see this new facility come to fruition and a delight and an honour to have my name associated with it. I am sure that it will be an inspiring space for people in Norfolk to take part in the courses, workshops and film education activities provided by Cinema City Education’.

The opening of the John Hurt Centre marks the culmination of Cinema City Ltd’s Norfolk at the Pictures project to preserve and share Norfolk’s cinema heritage. Since it began in August 2014 thousands of people across Norfolk have taken part in events and contributed their memories, documents and stories. The project has produced cinema heritage walk booklets for Great Yarmouth and Norwich, a commemorative magazine and a documentary film The Final Reel, narrated by Sir John Hurt. Throughout the new centre wall display panels tell the story of the

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history of cinema in Norfolk and a website www.norfolkatthepictures.org.uk provides a permanent archive for the project. As part of the opening celebrations Picturehouse Cinemas will be showing Norfolk in the Pictures a mini season of films shot in Norfolk. Films will include The Final Reel documentary and Norfolk-based director Tony Britten’s new comedy ChickLit. The John Hurt Centre launches with an Open Weekend on 10 and 11 September. Visitors can see the newly refurbished rooms, exhibitions about the history of cinema in Norfolk, and take heritage tours of the Cinema City site. The £810,000 Norfolk at the Pictures project has been funded primarily by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £541,000, together with contributions from local and national charities, Picturehouse Cinemas and numerous individual donations. A brief history of Cinema City Fifty years ago in September 1966 a group of film enthusiasts set up the charity Norfolk and Norwich Film Theatre Ltd. They showed ‘arthouse’ films at the Noverre Cinema at the Assembly House until 1978 when they leased Suckling House, on St Andrew’s Street, from Norwich City Council and opened the UK’s first regional film theatre. Cinema City ran as a successful independent one screen venue for over 25 years and in 2007, after a period of redevelopment, it reopened as a state of the art three screen digital cinema complex – the cinema we know today. The charity changed its name to Cinema City Ltd in 2014. If you’d like to find out more visit www.cinemacityeducation.org.uk, email info@cinemacityeducation.org .uk or call 01603 625 145

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The Boss, bluesman Dominic Coleman

DC Wilson Band Norwich music writer, Tony Cooper, meets face-to-face locally-based bluesman, Dominic Coleman, the driving force behind DC Wilson Band

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rendezvous with bluesman Dominic Coleman at The Forum, a meeting-place like no other lying in the heart of the fine city of Norwich and ticking all day long with humanity, love and life and all the trappings that go along with it. It seems a cue for a blues number, eh! But The Forum’s a cue for Dominic, though! He’s always there enjoying coffee, cake and glancing through the papers and thinking, I should imagine, about the music of the blues! A child of the Sixties, Dominic was born into a highly-active Norwich-based musical family and he’s a person fun to be with. He absolutely loves the city of his childhood and buzzes with excitement when chatting about old Norwich and talking about music.

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He also loves rekindling stories about his family’s musical environment: ‘Music has always been an important part of my life,’ he exclaims. Mum and dad were always singing and I can remember as a child listening to dad’s 78rpm records on our posh new radiogram listening to the likes of Al Jolson and Bing Crosby especially when the weather was too bad to play outside. My parents were heavily involved on the Norwich music scene - especially the folk-music scene - throughout the glorious and freewheeling decade of the Sixties and they helped enormously in organising and getting the Norwich Folk Festival off the ground. ‘They were great days and really they forged and influenced my early musical taste which

eventually developed into a likeness for a stronger musical genre such as you find in motown, reggae and soul while the same period introduced me to my singing idol, the 1940s American-born soul singer, Albert ‘Al’ Green, often known as the Reverend Al Green. Many will remember him for recording a series of hit singles in the early 1970s that included feature by:

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‘‘Take Me To The River’’, ‘‘Tired of Being Alone’’, ‘‘I’m Still In Love With You’’ and ‘‘Love and Happiness’’ not forgetting his great signature tune, ‘‘Let’s Stay Together’’. ‘I worked as a dee-jay doing the rounds for over a decade and, therefore, Al Green was spinning fast and furious on the table as you can imagine. It was a good time for me and I was thoroughly enjoying life but after such a

long time at the turntable, I really yearned for my own blues band therefore I set upon my dream and eventually found my way. ‘Like most people I’ve had my ups and downs in life but when I got together with my new partner following my divorce we frequented karaoke bars and, surprisingly, that’s where my vocal prowess was first appreciated. Audiences liked my style. Full stop! In one pub, I enjoyed a

three-year residency. I would be working for up to three/four hours a night sometimes playing to an empty house, sometimes a full one! The luck of the draw, eh! But for sure what those gigs did for me was to give me the strength and stamina to perform long sets and they also taught me the importance of stage craft and presentation. ‘Things really took off for me in the summer of 2013 at the inaugural Dereham Blues Festival. I took part in an open jam session at the King’s Head and sang three numbers. The reaction I received from the full house of dedicated blues fans set me on my way as a blues singer. ‘I’m proud to say that I named my outfit the DC Wilson Band after my blues-playing hero, Wilson Pickett. In fact, I used to sing Pickett’s ‘‘Midnight Hour’’ and was commonly known round town as ‘‘The White Wilson Pickett’’. At the time I just felt that I was living the dream of a 12-year-old boy. Maybe I was!

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‘Blues often speaks of personal adversity but the blues speaks loud and clearly to me about overcoming bad luck. And I’ve had my fair share of that. No other form of music, I feel, communicates more genuine emotion than the blues which, of course, has its roots deep in American history particularly African-American history. More often than not when you think of the blues, misfortune often rears its ugly head within its lyrics and the subjects of betrayal and regret are not far behind either. But that’s life!’

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FINEARTS and Syreeta (Mrs Stevie Wonder) plus a host of other main-stage bands. Max came out of retirement a couple of years ago to perform with DC Wilson at a Dereham Blues Festival jam session. A year later he joined the band on a permanent basis as lead guitarist while also serving as its musical director. Paul Borley, on the other hand, is a Norfolk boy born and bred. He always harboured a fondness for percussion instruments and recalls coming across the drum kit he so much desired as a youngster window-shopping in King’s Lynn. He knew what he wanted but couldn’t afford it. That sounds familiar! ‘I was passing Wheeler’s shop in the High Street,’ he gleefully recalls, ‘and I was immediately taken by the Ludwig kit on display. It was too expensive for me but, nonetheless, I would still pass the shop every Saturday dreaming - one day!

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Dominic Coleman in action with bass guitarist, Peter Thompson

The history of the blues, of course, is well chronicled and its origins can be traced back to the sweaty southern plantations of 19thcentury America with the music nurtured in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Therefore, blues and jazz has always been a pigeon pair and, in turn, have greatly influenced each other. They still interact in countless ways today. The pathfinders of the blues were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves who sang to relieve their boredom and in so many ways to give them strength and comradeship through vocal power as they toiled and struggled under stifling bad conditions working the southern states cotton plantations under the eagle eye of their money-driven, landowning, white bosses. But the music born in the sweaty fields of the American Deep South soon found its way into mainstream American culture and dominating the Delta blues scene and recordings of the 1920s/30s were such great female singers as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Mamie Smith. However, in the late-1930s many of them moved on to Detroit and Chicago to get a bigger slice of the cake. Big Joe Williams was one such artist and he created a pop-influenced city blues style which was eventually displaced by the new Chicago blues sound of the early 1950s pioneered by Delta bluesmen, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, harking back to a more Delta-influenced (yet electrified) sound. This Delta-style blues genre also inspired www.finecity.co.uk

the creation of British skiffle which, in turn, influenced British blues which led to the birth of hard rock and heavy metal. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode always stated that the group’s album, ‘Delta Machine’, was inspired by the Delta blues style. And members of the DC Wilson Band - which has gone from strength to strength over the past four years - are strongly influenced by that same blues style. ‘The band has been going extremely well but after the 2014 Dereham Blues Festival we had a few personnel changes,’ commented Dominic. ‘But I’m more than happy with the line-up we have today. I’m tremendously proud to have Max Ayre out front on lead guitar while Paul Borley (drums), John Setchell (keyboards), Nick Stevenson (congas/percussion) and Pete Thompson (bass) complete for me a dream team. They’re fantastic musicians to work with and, equally, fantastic people to socialise with.’ Max Ayre’s musical history, for instance, harbours a strong blues-orientated background forged when living and working in the Midlands where he played his first gig at just eleven years of age. Not only does he play lead guitar for DC Wilson but he also plays electric bass, slide harmonica, ukulele and mandolin plus keyboards as well as find time to write and record his own music. He has played in some highly-rated bands over the years regularly touring the UK and the Continent in the 1970s supporting the likes of The Yardbirds, The Animals, The Nice (Keith Emerson), The Tremeloes, Spencer Davis Group

Therefore, to get in some practice on my chosen instrument, I would cycle round to a friend’s house who kindly loaned me his kit for a few hours each week. I played from memory the drum parts from the albums of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and followed this up by learning the parts of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Eventually, I saved enough money to buy my first kit which set me back the handsome sum of £12 - peanuts now but not at the time. Now I’m lucky enough to play a 1960s Ludwig kit just like the one I used to dream about.’ Keyboard player, John Setchell - who’s happy as Larry working in the DC Wilson Band - was introduced to the music of his liking in the famed Sixties and Seventies listening to such iconic outfits as The Animals, Spencer Davis and The Small Faces. However, his big interest in these groups is to the fact that they all featured the Hammond organ. ‘I absolutely love the versatility and the almost vocal tones that the Hammond delivers,’ John enthused. ‘It’s one of the most successful organs ever made and it quickly became popular with professional jazz/ rock musicians. The master of the Hammond, of course, was Jimmy Smith. He was a big influence on me and he played the Hammond B-3 model which featured additional harmonic

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Action shot: Lead guitarist and vocalist, Max Ayre.

percussion features that inspired a generation of organ players. It was a masterful instrument and its use became more widespread in the 1960s/70s with the advent of rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock and reggae as well as being an important instrument in progressive rock.’ And another habitué of The Forum’s coffee lounge is conga/percussion player, Nick Stevenson, who describes himself as ‘musically obsessive’. A well-known locally-based deejay, Nick - who’s a lifelong fan of The Rolling Stones and has attended dozens of their gigs - also runs Time Street Discothèque, a name he sourced from Dave Brubeck’s iconic album, ‘Time Out’ released in 1959 on Columbia Records which features a subtle blend of cool and West Coast jazz but, just like Dominic, he loves to play to a ‘live’ audience, therefore being part of the DC Wilson Band it fits in well with his musical profile. ‘Music kicked in for me in the mid-Sixties,’ enthused Nick. ‘That’s where it all began really. And I relish the time that I spent hours upon hours listening to those great rhythm ‘n’ blues records back in that decade. They ignited my musical passion and it paved the way for me playing in school bands which proved to be a valuable learning ground. 52 | September 2016

‘I was always taking by the music of The Allman Brothers and Little Feat, the American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in Los Angeles in 1969. These bands used a lot of percussion - congas, drums and so forth - while their use of the Hammond organ

added to the soulful punk sound that I love so much. Basically, we have that instrumentation in the DC Wilson Band and it’s what we love playing and, I think, deliver to good effect to our audiences. And with Dominic out front on vocals the band conjures up a great bluesorientated sound spiced with other musical

Cool man! Nick Stevenson, DC Wilson’s conga and percussion player.

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styles such as soul and funk sometimes delivered with a Latin twist. The man of the back-line keeping the bass line going strong, Pete Thompson - who saw his hero Jack Bruce play with Cream at Norwich’s Orford Cellar Club in 1967 - proved his stuff on string instruments from an early age as he started on the violin at the tender age of seven and then progressed up the string scale to double-bass and then to electric bass which he plays today in the DC Wilson Band. ‘Like my fellow band members I was greatly influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles but also by Bob Dylan too,’ he affectionately recalls. ‘In my teenage years I played and sang in a folk-duo in and around Norwich and then moved over to electric bass and joined a local five-piece band called Sixties Beat playing blues www.finecity.co.uk

and the new soul music. My musical life, I guess, has come full circle as since joining the DC Wilson Band I now find myself playing material that I first engaged in over a half-century ago. ‘Over the years, however, I’ve sang with a wide variety of choral groups and I’ve enjoyed jam sessions on guitar in the fashion that my dear father enjoyed when jamming on piano with his pals in the dark days of the Second World War. And I’m pleased to say that the musical line continues in my family as my sons are active musicians: one heavily involved on the Norwich blues scene; the other deeply immersed in the city’s opera world.’ That’s a variety of musical tastes. But music speaks so loud and clear in so many different ways and covers so many aspects of life especially the music that derives from the blues.

And the DC Wilson Band - riding a crest of a wave at the moment - plays its part to the full delivering the goods in a truly soulful and bluesy way but spiced with contemporary music styles too - the way that Dominic Coleman (son of Norwich folk-music heroes, Peter and Nancy Coleman) always strived for and has succeeded in doing. Good for him and the boys in his band! And one last thought: without the support of the Norfolk Blues Society and the encouragement of DC Wilson’s current band members - Max Ayre, Paul Borley, John Setchell, Nick Stevenson and Peter Thompson - the DC Wilson Band wouldn’t exist. Want to see the band? Check out their gigs on Facebook: DC WILSON BAND 2016 September | 53


FINEARTS A Time-Warp, Sweet Transvestite and Top Trio To Star In Musical Hit September 12-17

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t is the cult classic packed with pelvic thrusts and where being outrageous is almost compulsory. The Rocky Horror Show returns to Norwich Theatre Royal this autumn for a week of fun and entertainment. A top-class cast has been assembled for the show which runs from September 12-17 and follows the adventures of Brad and Janet on a journey they will never forget. Former S Club 7 member Paul Cattermole is playing Eddie and Dr Scott and is loving the chance to be back on the stage. He was a child performer before landing a role with the National Youth Music Theatre which took him to the Far East and America when he was 16. Paul later starred in the likes of Grand Hotel and La Cage Aux Folles after graduating from drama school before becoming a household pop name when he joined S Club 7. Starring opposite him is Steve Punt who takes on the key role of The Narrator. He is best known as one half of comedy duo Punt and Dennis but has also forged a hugely successful solo career which includes co-hosting 45 series of The Now Show for Radio 4, and TV appearances on the likes of Mock The Week and Horrible Histories. And the part of Frank N Furter will be played by Liam Tamne, who is best known for wowing Saturday night BBC TV audiences on The Voice. Liam is also no stranger to the stage appearing in West End productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Les MisĂŠrables, Hairspray and Wicked.

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The once-seen, never forgotten Frank N Furter is just one of many bizarre and extrovert character featured in the show which has been a huge theatrical hit for over 40 years. Penned by Richard O’Brien, it is an affectionate and tongue-in-cheek tribute to the science fiction B-movies of the mid-20th Century. Expect a host of classic songs including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and the everpopular Time Warp, as well as a show packed www.finecity.co.uk

with innuendo, over-the-top antics and plenty of audience participation. John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Rocky Horror is a true theatrical phenomenon. Still every bit as popular now as it was when it first took to the stage, its devoted fans and newcomers to the show can all enjoy the experience of this on-stage spectacular. We are also expecting audience members to enter into the spirit of it and be dressed just as outrageously as the cast, and maybe more so!”

Listing: Rocky Horror Show, Monday 12-Thursday 15 September at 7.30pm, and Friday 16 September-Saturday 17 September at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets £8-£37.50. Discounts for Friend, Corporate Club and Groups To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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Out There

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eaChange Arts turns almost the whole of the town into a circus spectacular as the eagerly anticipated Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts spreads to the Golden Mile

GYTABIA) they have collaborated to develop a packed programme of daytime and evening events on the seafront, bringing brilliant shows full of light and sound to the town’s Golden Mile, the jewel in Great Yarmouth’s crown!

be both indoor and outdoor events at the historic hall, which will become an international circus centre for performance and creation alongside holding a vital community role for the town.

This year marks the 9th Out There - almost a decade of outstanding circus and street arts, successfully bringing together the people of Great Yarmouth with visitors from across the UK and Europe.

Out There 2016 also features the relaunch of SeaChange’s base the Drill House as a major venue, following its £1.5million redevelopment and refurbishment. For the first time there will

SeaChange Arts Chief Executive Joe Mackintosh commented ‘I’m really pleased to be expanding the festival onto the Seafront which is only possible thanks to our fruitful

A host of circus and street art talent from the UK, Europe and South America is set to bring Great Yarmouth alight with spectacle, spectacular skills and sensational fun for all the family. The eagerly awaited festival takes place on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September – and most of it is completely FREE! If you only visit Great Yarmouth once in the year this is truly the weekend to do so with the town centre and seafront turned into one great circus arena! An exciting new development this year sees Out There organisers SeaChange Arts enter into a partnership with Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA). Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England (and match funding from www.finecity.co.uk

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FINEEVENTS partnership with GYTABIA. I do want to stress though that we still have a full programme of events in and around Out There’s traditional base at St Georges Park’. The seafront programme, taking place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday - and extending to 11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, is packed with highlights. These include the World Premier performance of Gorilla Circus’ Altitude, a high flying aerial spectacular created in Great Yarmouth that blends traditional circus skills with the unexpected. Trapeze, high wire and a host of other high altitude acts will meet giant hydraulic arms and a purpose built structure that is as much a character and part of the show as the performers are! VJ Suave from Brazil bring their show Suaveciclo to the seafront. A specially adapted tricycle roams the area projecting images that fly, run and leap across the landscape creating magical characters and stories that come to life and invite public interaction. Worldbeater’s mesmeric Spark! features high impact drumming, vibrant musical arrangements, beautiful lighting design, dynamic choreography, dazzling costumes and lovable characters. Featuring a splendid, fully functioning merry-goround, Carousel is stylish and energetic dance theatre, set on a splendid fully functioning merry-go-round that imagines what the fairground people get up to after dark. Over at St Georges Park there’s as many thrills, spills, skills and as much family fun as can be shoehorned into the space! Amongst these is a ‘greatest hits’ package from one of the UK’s longest established outdoor companies, Avanti Display. With trademark comic surrealism and spectacular and innovative employment of water, Avanti present shows representing almost 30 years of work. One of the classic European street theatre shows.

A host of circus and street art talent from the UK, Europe and South America is set to bring Great Yarmouth alight with spectacle, spectacular skills and sensational fun for all the family

One star turn is bound to be The Spurting Man, one of the classic European street theatre shows seen on four continents and nineteen different countries. Also watch out for Leak! which begins with water spurting from TVs and music coming from the taps - and it’s not long before the spray begins to fly! Hydromania is a joyful and chaotic finale to the festival, immerses you in yet more of Avanti’s favourite wet substance! Coulrophobia’s Pickled Image is the first show to be presented in the Drill House. Featuring clowns Dik and Adam in a ridiculous, anarchic, often hysterical and sometimes terrifying quest for freedom from a surreal cardboard world. This 75 minute show features slapstick, mime, puppetry and a LOT of cardboard. Following Out There the Drill Hall will stage 58 | September 2016

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regular shows as well as providing facilities for companies from around Europe to create new work and become the ‘engine room’ for much of the festival’s future programme. Out There is now one of the country’s largest festivals of its kind, attracting audiences of more than 50,000 from all over the eastern region and London, becoming a key event for visitors and locals alike. www.finecity.co.uk

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As well as featuring the pick of home grown UK acts, there are companies bringing shows from France, Brazil, Ireland and Spain. While firmly based in Great Yarmouth, SeaChange works extensively throughout the year with partners in Europe which helps give the festival such an international flavour. It has also become part of the national Coasters initiative, a consortium of 10 organisations from locations around the coast of England led by SeaChange. Coasters aims to enliven and reanimate the cultural economies

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Joe Mackintosh added ‘Tourism is such a vital part of Great Yarmouth and Out There very much supports that. This year we’re working in partnership with the Tourism Authority to drive many more visitors to the festival and enhance the town’s visitor economy.’

Festival and it has become an important date in the diary, offering a fantastic, accessible opportunity for the people of Great Yarmouth to come together in a warm celebration. At the same time, it gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase the town and its growing cultural offer to visitors from across the region and beyond. I look forward to another successful event for 2016.’

Cllr Graham Plant, the leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council said ‘The borough council is a key supporter of the Out There

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J Motorsport will be running their second Cycle Snetterton circuit evening of 2016 on Friday the 23rd of September. Once again raising funds for the EACH nook appeal and open to anyone with a bicycle for a minimum donation of £10. Hoping to build on the success of their last event in May when over 500 cyclists turned out to raise an amazing £5800.00. Cyclists of all abilities and ages will be welcome to join the fun, tandems and incumbents also very welcome. Riders can sign on from 4.30 and be on track just after 5.00 to ride as many laps of the three mile circuit as they wish until fading daylight stops play. Cycle helmets must be worn whilst on track and good track courtesy between fast and slower riders will be expected. TJ Motorsport would like to thank all of their good friends who have helped to promote and run this event and of course to Snetterton Circuit. If you would like to join the fun and help to raise funds for the Nook Appeal please contact TJ Motorsport to register. You can pay cash on the night or use their Just Giving page and the charity will receive all money raised.

Why I chose the Fine City to set my first novel

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he first book I bought on Norwich was Richard Tilbrook’s pictorial celebration, “A Fine City”, exactly twenty years ago. His preface said what I felt - that his book was the product of “a love affair with a city.” My novel is both a love affair with and in Norwich, but the city is almost a character in itself. Iconic images of Norwich bookend the novel; what the vista is doing tells us something about the characters’ lives. At the start, you know the character is in a dramatic situation because she threatens to leave the city she most loves - because of another love. Fine City - the magazine - is also important to me as it featured my first ever paid articles. The first of those was on the building in which a huge chunk of the novel takes place; after the (also featured) Cathedral, it most encapsulates Norwich for me - Cinema City. 62 | September 2016

My story’s set when Take 5 was in the timbers of Suckling Hall, which I mention, along with the Waffle House and The Mischief pub. Other places aren’t named but I am very tempted to run a competition to see if readers can! The characters visit Oxburgh Hall, which is part of the film they watch, which holds up a mirror to show them what they won’t see in my subverted retelling of Jane Eyre. (Oxburgh’s on the novel’s back cover). The stories within stories are in Essex, the Fens, Suffolk, and Belgium; the local connection continues as it features beguines - the plain clothes free range nuns who settled in Elm Hill. Those sisters are quite emblematic of the book, which is ultimately about affirming, expanding love and “celebrating love, wherever it is found” - right here in the Fine City. Parallel Spiral’s not yet in shops - this could change by the time this goes to print. You can check and order from here: www.parallel-spirals.webs.com www.finecity.co.uk


FINELIVING WILLIAM APPLEYARD, 1ST MAYOR OF NORWICH

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nder the charter of 1404, William Appleyard became the first mayor of Norwich. The son of a leading citizen of Norwich he first became known as recorded in August 1367 when an inquest was held asking if Bartholomew Appleyard and sons William and Edmund might effect an entail of at East Carleton which were held in the service of providing the King with 224 herring pasties whenever he visited. The Appleyard family took over the transaction before the Royal licence was issued and for this small misdemeanour they had to wait six months to be officially pardoned. William became a Freeman on the 23rd of September 1367 and it was not until the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 led by the rebel Geoffrey Lister that William was given any official responsibility and he was named as one of the eight assistants and counsellors to the bailiffs. In 1383 he was elected to Parliament in a service that lasted thirty-six

years, serving three terms as a bailiff and five as mayor. He helped Norwich out in many other ways and was paid £4 13s 4d for his expenses in obtaining Royal commissions of array for defending Norwich. Under Richard II William was appointed a J.P for five years and he was appointed escheator in the joint bailiwick of the county of Norfolk and Suffolk under Henry IV. In 1403 Norwich was separated from the county of Norfolk and a mayor was then elected by the citizens. The Norwich Corporation was made up of a dignified body of men who kept the hospitalities of the city and under the ancient charter of the Corporation it consisted of a mayor, recorder, steward, two sheriffs, twenty-four aldermen, including the mayor and sixty common councilmen. Made first mayor of Norwich in 1404 he was re-elected in 1405 and it is said that he presented to Norwich a great tree in 1411 for the building of the Guildhall.

William was given many properties in the area mainly in the parishes of St Andrew, St Michael at Pleas and St Giles. The house that was built by his father Bartholomew but rebuilt as it stands today and is equally known for its wall of finely cut black flints. It is still widely held to be the finest specimen of faced flint work in the country. Also, the undercroft is the largest brick-built one in the city which has an area over 300m square, and it is the only example to have been originally built with an entrance from the street only. In the 16th century the house became the city Bridewell and is now the Bridewell Museum. William would later inherit from his family manors at Intwood, Bracon Ash, Hethel, Stanfield in Wymondham and Rainthorpe Hall in Newton along with lands at Dunston, Wreningham and Swainsthorpe. By 1391 William was awarded along with his heirs a Royal grant of the view of frankpledge regarding his tenants situated at Hethel. With his father property was purchased at Great Yarmouth. Married into the Clere’s of Ormesby a will made by his father-in-law William Clere stated that William and his wife received ten marks and tenure of certain lands at Ormesby, Burgh and Runham. The will of William which was made on the 20th of April 1418, left his place of burial to wherever it pleased God, and he also instructed his executors to sell two messuages in St Andrew’s parish to pay his debts. William died on the 4th of September 1419 and his will was proved in the Norwich consistory. The last mayor of Norwich was Walter Rye 1908-1909 The first lord mayor of Norwich was Ernest Egbert Blyth 1909-1910 The current lord mayor is Marion Maxwell 20162017

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The Fibonacci Curve… Designed and planted by Sue Huckle!

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n the space of just a few weeks when I last rambled on about Fibonacci, well… the garden has been created. With the exception of my show gardens, which were built in a few days, this is pretty fast work for me; it probably helped that my client, a determined South African was on a mission to have the garden completed in time for a summer social gathering. So, he engaged a couple of hard landscaping guys and then presented me with what became, the infamous “schedule”. No pressure then!

We visited various local reclamation yards. Using old materials seemed kinder and sympathetic to the lovely old rectory, which looked down over the garden. A chance visit to Ryburgh Pottery resulted in the purchase of the large jar, to be positioned in the epicentre of the design. Created by Stephen Parry, it is a beautiful shape and full of character, colour and texture. Perfect for the garden. For the structural framework of the design we used old black stable bricks, the dark colour and small unit size gave a rigidity, visually and practically, from which the curve of the path and planting flowed. This juxtaposition of formal and informal I find interesting, it’s like pushing the boundaries, stretching your limitations…maybe that’s why I find the Fibonacci concept so fascinating…from the formal straight lines emerge organic and spiritual elements. The original meaning of the word garden is “enclosed eden”. This garden has a calming energy…it’s an intimate space and will become more so as the planting matures. This is a place to linger, to enjoy some time for quiet contemplation, but also a setting for discussion. The lower wooden posts double as seats. Points of debate could be the fact that Fibonacci, a 12th century mathematician was working around the time the original house was built. Also, Nelson stayed in the house, his brother

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was a rector, relative to this I have planted some beautiful roses called Lady Emma Hamilton! Creating this garden has been a personal experience…I’ve been given freedom then reined in, I’ve been challenged on colour and plant choice, I’ve been thrown out of my velvet lined comfort zone and been made to re-evaluate ideas. Now, all these elements have served to broaden my design outlook and will serve to enrich future work. Thank you determined South African man. Oh, I must add…he’s delighted with the end result…that’s a relief! Sue Huckle Posh Plants at Seven Acres Nursery, East Tuddenham… Garden design. Topiary, garden and interior plants for hire and sale www.poshplants.com sue@poshplants.com 07703 347014

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wedish car maker, Volvo, has never quite had the same allure as its German executive rivals. It has never looked as antagonistic as Audi, nor as belligerent as BMW, or as big-headed as a Benz. And that’s a great thing. You see, the Scandinavian brand does things its own way, and that’s at the very core of why British motorists go for Volvo – even though they could for the same money get something a tad sexier. Take the Volvo S60; it’s very much a thinking person’s car. And that’s not to say that German motors don’t attract smart people. The S60 offers some of the most accommodating and sumptuous seats on the motoring market. Seats you can imagine a college lecturer sinking into before lighting his pipe and mulling over the day’s events. It’s the kind of car he’ll then cruise back home in while tuned to Classic FM.

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FINEmotors This four-door saloon car is by no means bland though; it can still satisfy your gratification sensors. Let’s face it, Scandinavian design is generally attractive. This is evident in the cabin and exterior of the latest S60. Step inside, and the simple-to-use switchgear contributes to an ‘in-charge’ motoring experience. The general effect is warm and serene, like being in a Swedish house on a chilly evening. The Volvo S60 D4’s colour themes correspond delightfully with the backlit white controls in the dashboard and elsewhere in the saloon. On the exterior, the Volvo S60’s kerbside presence is strong, thanks to an expressive face, powerful horizontal lines at the front and rear, a wide grille, daylight running lights and LED tail-lamps. The large saloon looks particularly fetching in Volvo’s R-Design get-up, as tested here. This is the trim level that adds suspension enhancements as well as sporty design touches. On the go, the S60 D4 R-Design, mated to a manual six-speed transmission, has oodles of power and torque. This means it pulls well in all gears. Indeed, it feels quick, with zero to 62mph arriving in 7.6 seconds. The top speed is 143mph. It really is a fast car that also has lots

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of grip, even though it’s only front wheel drive. More importantly, though, the Volvo S60 has a fuel tank that just keeps on giving. The official combined mpg is 72.4 – and after a 450-mile trip from Northamptonshire to Newcastle and back, I can honestly say I still had half a tank of diesel left! Tech-wise, the S60 has ‘Sensus’ fitted. This is the name Volvo uses for its HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality, and the Sensus Connected Touch accessory is a fairly recent addition. It allows connectivity and internet in the car and turns the seven-inch display into an infrared, beam-scanned touch screen. This means it can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars - and useful on frosty mornings! Connection is made either via a car-mounted dongle or your smartphone. It gives you access to full internet browsing (except when

motoring along), internet streaming of music, on-line Google Map and Search, weather information, an App Store for new functions and updates, as well as a Volvo service locator. It is also possible to share a Wi-Fi network with other occupants in the car. The S60 D4 R-Design, reviewed here, came in Lux Nav trim, so it’s at the top of the Volvo S60 range - and the price-tag of £34,295 reflects that. Add in some optional extras and you’ll soon be looking at nearer £40,000. PROS ‘N’ CONS • Comfort ✓ • Power ✓ • Kit ✓ • Looks ✓ • Image ✗ FAST FACTS • Max speed: 143 mph • 0-62 mph: 7.6 secs • Combined mpg: 72.4 • Engine: 1 969cc four-cylinder 16-valve turbo diesel • Max. power (PS): 190 • CO2: 102 g/km Price: £34,295

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Dingles Dingles Swappage - Up to £2,500 Swappage trade-in allowance*

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or a limited time only, Dingles Toyota are bringing back the vehicle scrappage scheme, they call it 'Dingles Swappage'.

So, how does it work? It is simple; all you need to do is tradein your current vehicle to receive up to £2,500 Swappage trade-in allowance* when purchasing a new Toyota AYGO, Yaris or Auris.*

Toyota Yaris Icon 1.0 VVT-i 3DR representative finance examples, based on 8,000 miles per annum. Duration  42 months RRP  £12,915 Dingles Toyota price  £11,995 20th anniversary saving  £920 41 monthly payments  £139 Customer deposit  £4,007.67 Finance deposit contribution*  £2,000 Amount of credit  £7,987.33 Total amount payable  £13,374.17 Optional final payment  £3,667.50 Representative APR  6.9% Mileage per annum  8,000 Excess mileage  6 pence per mile 68 | September 2016

To qualify for the scheme, your current vehicle needs to be 7 years or older, (an 09 plate).You must be named as the vehicles registered keeper and be resident at the UK address shown on the Vehicle Registration Document (V5).You must have owned the trade-in vehicle for a minimum of 3 months. The trade-in vehicle must also have a valid MOT, road tax and be insured at the order date of the new vehicle.

commercial vehicles. It doesn’t have to be a Toyota.

Do you need to trade-in a Toyota?

Toyota Yaris Icon - From £139 per month with a £2,000 Swappage trade-in allowance* and a £920 Dingles anniversary saving. (6.9% Representative APR).

The great news is that the scheme is open to all vehicles from all manufacturers, including

There are three great offers to choose from: Toyota AYGO X-play – from £99 per month with a £1,000 Swappage trade-in allowance* and a £350 Dingles anniversary saving. (6.9% Representative APR).

Toyota AYGO X-play 1.0 VVT-I 3DR representative finance example, based on 8,000 miles per annum.

Toyota Auris Icon 1.2 T VVT-i 5DR representative finance examples, based on 8,000 miles per annum.

Duration  42 months RRP  £10,345 Dingles Toyota price  £9,995 20th anniversary saving  £350 41 monthly payments  £99 Customer deposit  £3,452.50 Finance deposit contribution*  £1,000 Amount of credit  £6,542.50 Total amount payable  £11,201.50 Optional final payment  £3,690 Representative APR  6.9% Mileage per annum  8,000 Excess mileage  6 pence per mile

Duration  42 months RRP  £18,995 Dingles Toyota price  £18,295 20th anniversary saving  £700 41 monthly payments  £199 Customer deposit  £6,260.44 Swappage trade-in allowance*  £2,500 Amount of credit  £12,034.56 Total amount payable  £20,426.94 Optional final payment  £6,007.50 Representative APR  6.9% Mileage per annum  8,000 Excess mileage  6 pence per mile www.finecity.co.uk


FINEmotors Toyota Auris Icon - From £199 per month with a £2,500 Swappage trade-in allowance* and £700 Dingles anniversary saving. (6.9% Representative APR). See www.dingles.co.uk/toyota/new-caroffers/swappage for more details or contact us at any of our deadlerships: Dingles Toyota, Norwich Delft Way. Norwich. NR6 6BB 01603 480000 Dingles Toyota, Attleborough Buckenham Road, Attleborough. NR17 1NB 01953 458200 Dingles Toyota, Lowestoft London Road South. Lowestoft NR33 0AS 01502 526700 *Trade-in allowance of £1,000 (AYGO), £2,000 (Yaris) and 2,500 (Auris) is applicable when trading in any vehicle registered on or before 30th September 2009, when purchasing a new Toyota AYGO< Yaris or Auris (excluding Active models) between 1 July-30 September 2016 and registered by 31 December 2016. Financed on Access Toyota (Toyota Financial Services) 6.9% APR Representative.

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Marketing Join in our Success Story Welcome to the ‘FineAdvice’ section of FineCity Magazine About Us:

In a fast moving world, where the media seem to be ever more distant from people’s real concerns, it is vital that community lifestyle magazines like FineCity Magazine find and print the information and news that is important to local people. That’s where we come in; two years ago we added FineCity Magazine to our portfolio of publications which include; Dispatch Magazine in Attleborough & Diss and a second publication in Wymondham & Dereham. We also publish Norfolk on My Mind for North Norfolk and Suffolk on My Mind for Suffolk. Over the fifteen years we have been publishing magazines our publications have become some of the most well respected community lifestyle magazines, and a “must-read” across a Norfolk & Suffolk. Our distribution is enormous; Dispatch is delivered Free of Charge Door to Door to 30,000 homes and businesses. FineCity

Magazine is delivered or collected around the City centre by 12,000 people each month, and Norfolk on My Mind has 10,000 copies available for pick up across 800 pick up locations. Suffolk on My Mind is seen by 10,000 people in Bury St Edmunds and across Suffolk. This gives us a combined readership of 155,000 every month.

FineCity Magazine: Promote your business in our ‘FineAdvice’ section in our rapidly growing FineCity Magazine. We are inviting just one company from a few specialist market sectors, to feature in our new ‘FineAdvice’ section with a combination of editorial and an advert on a full page, in the same design and layout as this page is being presented to you. We are offering you the full page (normal cost £505.00) for just the cost of a half page advert £295.00. You pay for the advert we’ll give you the editorial (425 words) for FREE.

FineCity Magazine is growing throughout Norwich, now with a 12,000 print run every month, and available for pick up at our prestige partner locations which includes; John Lewis, Waitrose, Jarrold, Cinema City, MadderMarket, The Theatre Royal, The Forum, Norwich Library, The Norwich Tourist Information Centre, Norwich Airport, Castle Mall and Intu Chapelfield, and further copies are delivered Door to Door around Eaton, Cringleford, Easton, Newmarket Road and The Golden Triangle area of Norwich. Come and join FineCity and be part of our success story!

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live locally and I represent a company that will replace every light bulb in your home with the latest energy-efficient LED bulbs, completely free of charge, thus saving you around 11% OFF your electricity bill forever! Free LED light bulbs typically worth £300-£500 They are bright, fully dimmable, light-up instantly, and use around 15 times less electricity than traditional light bulbs. Free expert installation by a team of professional fully trained fitters; they’ll visit your home and install your new LED light bulbs at a convenient time for you — completely free of charge. Free lifetime guarantee If a light bulb ever needs replacing, you’ll be sent a new one in the post — so you’ll never have to buy another light bulb again!

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Utilities Lower electricity bills - forever! In addition to helping to save the planet, your new LED bulbs will reduce your electricity bills by around 11% — FOREVER Who’s behind this initiative? It’s being provided by Utility Warehouse, the Nation’s most trusted utility supplier. In addition to gas and electricity, they provide landline, broadband and mobile giving you the convenience of all your utilities on one monthly bill. Utility Warehouse is operated by Telecom Plus PLC, a major British company whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company provides its members with great value, great savings and the best possible customer service. Perhaps it’s not surprising that, in a survey, 93% of Utility Warehouse customers said they would recommend them to a friend. Utility Warehouse is very different to other suppliers because they’re a club - a Discount Club. They don’t have any high street shops and because (unlike their competitors) they don’t spend customers’ money on expensive

advertising campaigns on TV, they can afford to charge their customers less for the same services. They have also received numerous awards from Which? Magazine and Moneywise, and have around 600,000 satisfied customers. As a member of Utility Warehouse, you SAVE... • Single supplier for all your utilities • Award-winning customer service • Value that’s unbeatable • Easy to switch • Ready to claim your FREE LED light bulbs? Please don’t hesitate to contact me today. I’ll be delighted to explain how it works.

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Health Hearing aid use linked to better cognitive function By Karen Finch RHAD FSHAA FRSA, Hearing Care Centre Ltd

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ew research has suggested that enabling people to hear better could have a positive impact on the functioning of their brain.

Conducted by a team at Columbia University Medical Centre, the study found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed much better on cognitive tests, compared to those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a hearing aid. These findings could be significant to those involved in elderly care as more than half of adults over the age of 75 experience some degree of hearing loss. They also highlight the importance of older people being able to engage with the local community and being as socially active as possible.

significant impact on their cognitive abilities. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) was used to measure cognitive function and all participants were required to give vocal responses to verbal commands.

This study clearly suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet crucial, way to slow down or even prevent the onset of dementia.

The research also revealed that cognitive function was directly linked to hearing ability in people who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a hearing aid.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss we encourage you to book a hearing assessment with an audiologist.

We know that hearing aids can keep older adults with hearing loss more socially engaged. They provide an important bridge for them to the outside world.

The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award winning, family-run company looking after all your hearing needs from 22 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information call 01473 230330 or visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk

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FINEAdvice What does success mean to you? If you want things to be different, YOU have to do it. Life doesn’t have a remote control, you have to change it!

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Remember this: “If you think it’s to good to be true, I still get paid. If you take a look and join me, we BOTH get paid. If you don’t join me, well I still get paid!” I can help you, but you have to take the next step, which is call or text me now: 07802 690589 or visit my website for more information: www. JonathanHorswell. co.uk

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