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RUSSELL WATSON Meet the man behind the music

EASTER GIFTS

WEDDING GUIDE

SPRING INGREDIENTS

ENTER OUR COMPETITION

Every chocoholic’s dream!

Seasonal dinner table treats

Inspiration for your special day

Win a bespoke aromatherapy facial

WHAT’S NEW? | OUT & ABOUT | VILLAGE FOCUS | RECIPE | INTERIORS | FASHION | THEATRE | & MUCH MORE…


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WHAT’S NEW? Local interest stories from across the region

12 | OUT & ABOUT Our round-up of the best Easter events

15 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW See The Voice himself in Norwich this month

23 | VILLAGE FOCUS

INTERIORS

We visited one of Norfolk’s prize possessions

30 | GIFT GUIDE Indulgent chocolate treats for all the family

32 | HARRY’S BLOG Local chef Harry Farrow presents his favourite seasonal foods

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34 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Will you be tempted to whip up a creamy vanilla cheesecake?

41| INTERIOR INSPIRATION

WEDDINGS

Lisa Dawson is the lady in the know when it comes to home décor

CINEMA

45 | WEDDING SPECIAL Planning your big day? Anna Key of Southwood Hall has got it covered

49 | STYLE FILE It’s shopping for the mother of the bride made easy!

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61 | COMPETITION! Win a bespoke aromatherapy skincare package worth around £70

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INTERVIEW

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s the early signs of spring come into sight and we drag ourselves out of our winter hibernation, it’s a great excuse to go and explore the county, perhaps visit a place you have never been before, or walk along a stretch of coastline you’re yet to discover. Why not hit the coast with writer Stephen Browning as your guide (p26), or head over to picture-perfect Burnham Market for a spot of shopping, lunch and a relaxing spa session (p23)? Plus, there’s a whole host of Easter events to entertain the family. Check out our favourites on page 12. Back by popular demand, Russell Watson is returning to Norwich Theatre Royal in April with his latest sell-out tour. You can read our interview with The Voice himself on page 15. What’s more, we chatted to chocolatier Digby Eddison, owner of Digby’s Chocolates, ahead of one of his busiest times of the year (p62). Huge chocaholic? Our Easter gift guide is sure to make your mouth water (p30). If you’re planning to tie the knot in Norfolk, then help is on hand. We talk to wedding expert Anna Key, owner of Southwood Hall near Norwich, on page 45, as well providing all-essential fashion advice for the mother of the bride (p49). Good news, ladies… The sleeve is making a comeback! And we must not forget to thank our amazing contributors who continue to fill our pages with must-read features in their individual areas of interest, be it culture (p19), local produce (p32), cookery (p34), photography (p36), property (p39), interiors (p41), or theatre (p54). Keep up the good work everyone! We hope you enjoy the issue.

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CUTENESS ALERT! The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company in Shernborne has a new member of the family... Her name is Nora and she is a Dogue De Bordeaux. At just under 10 weeks, she weighs around 8-9kg, so has a lot more growing to do! Named Nora because she has many wrinkles on her legs, she loves exploring and playing with her toys. She will soon be coming to the company’s Norfolk showroom each day, but currently requires lots of rest as she is still only a puppy. So, don’t be disappointed if you pay a visit and she is at home napping – it won’t be long before she is a full-time member of staff! (You can follow Nora’s adventures on her very own Instagram!) The Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company is a family-run company, where every handmade bed is crafted here in the county to the highest standard, each with its own lifetime guarantee. There’s a variety of styles on offer, ranging from iron beds to ornate brass and nickel designs, and customers can enjoy a variety of adaptations to suit their specific needs.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pottles Barn luxury bed and breakfast and self-catering holiday accommodation in Surlingham is celebrating its first year in business since opening last Easter. Following a dramatic two-year refurbishment, which saw the old barn being transformed into first-class accommodation with all modern amenities, co-owners John and Sue Wignall have been amazed by the number of visitors they have welcomed. Sue said, “We expected the first year to be quiet, as is usually the case when starting any new project, but we have been overwhelmed by the amount of bookings we have taken. Surlingham is a very popular village, especially with families, walkers, cyclists and boating enthusiasts, being in close proximity to the south Norfolk Broads.” Pottles Barn comprises one twin B&B room and one double B&B room with adjoining en suite wet room, as well as a brand new self-catering annexe boasting a fully-equipped kitchen, living space, bathroom, double bedroom and second mezzanine double bedroom. For further information, call 01508 538823 or visit www.pottlesbarn.co.uk

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NEW HEAD CHEF North Norfolk’s award-winning Morston Anchor has appointed Jamie Murch to take over the reins from former head chef and co-owner Harry Farrow. Jamie, who previously worked at The Wiveton Bell, is excited by this new chapter in the popular pub and restaurant’s history. Building on its enviable reputation for good, honest food made using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, Jamie is passionate about creating inspiring dishes from the delicious, fresh produce available here in Norfolk. He said, “My cooking style suits The Anchor Inn perfectly because it’s all about delivering seasonal, creative and wholesome dishes that celebrate the Norfolk larder. My signature dish is scallops, served with parsnips, spiced pair and truffles. Our local seafood has never tasted so good.” Jamie plans to gain further recognition for The Anchor Inn’s prize food. He added, “I think myself, coowners Harry Farrow and Rowan Glennie, along with our manager Alex Woods, will make a fantastic team. It is a pleasure to be able to work with them, and to help drive the pub’s good name forwards.”

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WELL DONE! Stylist Jane Taylor from Saks Hair & Beauty in Great Yarmouth was presented with a special award at the company’s annual Let’s Talk About Saks event towards the end of last year. The team from the Great Yarmouth branch converged with many of the brand’s other salons from across the UK, as well as leading suppliers, at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham for a sparkly day-to-early-hours affair. In a two-hour presentation, the brand celebrated its finest talent with a selection of coveted awards, followed by a glitzy party with dancing into the evening. Jane, who picked up the Special Recognition Award for Loyalty and Performance, was praised by Lindsey Yusuff, franchise owner of Saks Great Yarmouth. She said, “This is a massive coup for our salon and we’re all very proud. It was also really great to get together for a party with all of the other Saks salons!” To book an appointment or to find out further information about Saks Great Yarmouth, call 01493 853855 or visit www.saks.co.uk/greatyarmouth

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS Alby Crafts, the attractive converted barn complex off the A140 at Alby, was opened as a craft centre in June 1976. Four decades later, it is a thriving community of small contemporary creative businesses situated around two courtyards. These include Anglia Clay (pottery, classes and beekeeping supplies), Studio House (gallery and fine art sculpture classes), The Hare & Moon Gallery (Claire’s Knight’s paper-cut artwork plus over 50 other artists), Keverne Dewick (bespoke furniture), Unknown Norfolk (artwork by June and Alywyn Crawshaw, Brian Korteling and Ruth Mann), Jane Kenning (bespoke wedding dresses, corsetry and vintage-style dresses), Hannah Ghoorahoo (curtains, cushions and upholstery commissions), The Purple Parrot (quality gifts and cards) and Alby Tea Room (morning coffee, freshly baked cakes and scones, light lunches and afternoon tea). What’s more, Valerie Alston’s gardens have been planted to ensure interest each season. See for yourself at Alby Craft’s Plant & Garden Fair on Sunday 8th May, from 10am to 4pm.

Valerie Alston who started Alby Crafts with her husband John 40 years ago. Photo by Helen Store.

FRESH LOOK One of the county’s leading providers of traditional and frame marquees, Weatherill Brothers Marquee (Hire) Ltd, is rebranding. After many years of trading, the name Weatherill will be replaced, and as from May 2016, the company will trade as Weatherfield Marquee Hire & Event Support. Director, Wayne Pointer, explained, “When we bought the company, we agreed that we would trade under the well-established Weatherill name for a period of time. However, we have now been successfully trading for a number of years, and our clients know us for our exceptional, quality products and service, so we felt it was the right time to embrace a new name.” Weatherfield Marquee Hire & Event Support will continue to offer a wide range of marquee options for any occasion, from weddings, large parties, celebrations and charity balls, to product launches and much more. Wayne added, “Whilst the name has changed slightly, we would like to assure clients that our outstanding products, service and attention to detail will remain the same.” For further information, call 01953 885151 or visit www.weatherfield-marquees.co.uk

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE Since Granite Transformations started a decade ago, the company has gone from strength to strength and now has a new showroom in Appleyard in Holt. For many homeowners, the idea of being able to give their kitchen a full makeover in just a day sounds like a dream come true. For Granite Transformations, it’s a reality. Run by brothers Tom and Oliver Whitwood and their father Malcolm, the family has been fitting new bathrooms and kitchens from its Norwich branch for the past 10 years. With a unique range of products and services, the company transforms kitchens in an instant. Oliver said, “It’s a sheet that encases your worktop, which is made of 95 per cent granite and five per cent polymerresin. It’s completely different from anything else on the market.” As well as taking care of the worktops, the company can also fit new unit doors and appliances at the same time. Oliver added, “More and more people are realising they have another option now. Unlike natural stone, our work surfaces are heat, stain and scratch resistant. But, for those who still feel a complete new kitchen is the way to go, the great news is that we offer that too.”

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GOOD LUCK! Two Norfolk businesses are celebrating after being listed as finalists in the Countryside Alliance Awards, dubbed ‘The Rural Oscars’. Friends Crawford White, of G. F. White Butchers in Aylsham, and Jason Borthwick, of Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale, have both won awards in the past, but are pleased to be making an appearance as finalists for this year’s hotly contested national awards. Crawford said, “Fingers crossed we’ll be celebrating with Jason and the Dalegate Market team in April, when we all attend the awards ceremony at Westminster.” From across the UK, there are only 42 finalists across four categories; Dalegate Market joins nine other finalists in the Tourism Enterprise category, while G. F. White Butchers join nine others in the Butcher category. Jason added, “Being invited to Westminster is always an honour, and we’re in excellent company with these other finalists. It’ll be a nervous wait until April!”

OPEN DAYS The Royal Air Force Heritage Centre at Bircham Newton is hosting a number of open days throughout the next few months to give visitors an insight into the fascinating history of this former Royal Air Force station and its satellite airfields. Taking place on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, as well as Sunday 1st May, Monday 2nd May, Sunday 29th May and Monday 30th May (11am to 5pm), RAF Bircham Newton has a proud history of 44 years of RAF service spanning two world wars and involving more than 80 operational flying units. The heritage centre contains historical photographs and other exhibits, while a memorial stone has been erected next to the museum to remember those who served and lost their lives. Run entirely by volunteers, many of whom are ex-servicemen or children of military personnel, Bircham Newton is also home of the National Construction College (East). For a full list of forthcoming free events, visit the charity’s website at www.rafbnmp.org.uk

Photos by The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre

Collage created by the staff at the RAF Heritage Centre

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FESTIVAL FEVER After the success of last year’s open gardens, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt is hosting an exciting new festival in May. Having been approached by national event organiser, Britain Does Vintage, the aim is to offer a boutique vintage festival that celebrates Norfolk’s food, drink, music and artisan produce, while also providing fun activities for the family including farmyard animals and a treasure hunt. Expect delicious teas from Melonberry Vintage, live music from the fabulous Gina Rose, Norfolk craft ales and ciders from East Coast Bars, and cocktail master-classes by Spartans Cocktail Taxi, as well as a relaxation zone, prosecco bar and restorative holistic therapies courtesy of Penny Groom. Alexandra Atkinson, founder of Britain Does Vintage, said, “Having grown up in Norfolk, I was really keen to find a new and exciting venue. Stody Lodge Gardens’ stunning floral display, expansive lawns and surrounding parkland make it the perfect spot to showcase the very best Norfolk has to offer.” The Stody Boutique Festival is on Sunday 22nd May, 11am to 5pm (admission is £9 and children under 12 receive free entry).

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OUT & ABOUT

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Spring is in the air, so celebrate with a visit to one of our calendar highlights. EASTER FUN AT HOLKHAM

JUST CRAFTS AT SANDRINGHAM

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 713111. www.holkham.co.uk Friday 25th to Monday 28th March, 10am to 5pm. Adults (£15), children (£7.50), under 5s (free).

Sandringham Park, Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EN. Tel: 01283 820660. www.sandringhamcraftshow.co.uk Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, 10am to 6pm. Adults (£7), over 65s (£6.50), children (£2).

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brand new and exciting spring craft show, Just Crafts is a unique event specifically for artists, designers and crafters who make and design their own products. Here you will see some of the best crafters in the county, demonstrating their talents, as well as offering the exclusive opportunity to purchase an inimitable piece of artwork for your own home or garden. From glassblowing, coin jewellery and handmade ceramics, to stoneware, fine art and quality leather items, there’s a perfect piece for every taste. What’s more, the England versus Germany Chainsaw Carving World Cup will be taking place over the weekend.

BEWILDERWOOD’S BOUNCING BOGGLE BUNNY EGG HUNT

FAIRHAVEN EASTER EGG HUNT

BeWILDerwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8JW. Tel: 01692 633033. www.bewilderwood.co.uk Saturday 19th March to Sunday 10th April, 10am to 5.30pm. Adults (£15.50), over 65s (£9), children (£13.50), under 96cm height (free).

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eWILDerwood Adventure Park is all excited for a very special Easter, as the talented team is putting on a bunny-bouncing bonanza, with their friend, Cedric the Easter Bunny, getting set to make his way into the enchanted woods to meet you. You’ll follow a bunny-themed trail, bound down the bunny tunnel, and find Cedric in the Big Egg, where you’ll settle down to Easter storytelling and receive a little gift. Don’t forget to visit the Big Hat to make your own Boggle bunny outfit, and get your face painted with a pink or black nose and some wonderful wiggly whiskers!

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eep the kids amused this Easter with a visit to historic Holkham Hall… Meet the Easter Bunny, join in an Easter crafts workshop and decorate some tasty Easter treats with the help of the Kiddy Cook team! That’s not forgetting the chance to go all aboard the Easter Express for storytelling in the magic of the walled garden. There will also be garden trails to follow, special animals coming along from Melsop Farm (will you be able to help Little Bo Peep to find her lost sheep?), and a delicious chocolate surprise for the children. A must-visit for all the family this March!

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Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk NR13 6DZ. Tel: 01603 270449. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk Friday 25th March, 11am to 4pm. Adults (£6.20), children (£3.65), under 5s (free). (£2 extra per child for Easter Egg Trail.)

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n the heart of Norfolk’s wonderful waterland, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is a secret hideaway just waiting to be discovered. Rich in wildlife, native and cultivated plantings, and wild woodland walks, the 130 acre gardens make the ideal setting for an extra-special Easter egg hunt. See if you can spot the colourful eggs hidden in the gardens… They will lead you to a yummy chocolatey prize! With face painting and Easter crafts for the children, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled few hours. Why not stop for afternoon tea in the café? The speciality scones have won awards! office@norfolkonmymind.co.uk


BURNHAM MARKET INTERNATIONAL Sussex Farm, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8AG. Tel: 01485 210070. www.musketeer.co.uk Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April, 8am to 7pm. Adults (Friday and Saturday, £8; Sunday, £10), children (Friday and Saturday, £3; Sunday, £4).

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he Bacon.co.uk Burnham Market International is one of the county’s finest equestrian events, where visitors can watch Olympic athletes such as Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell competing on home turf. Hosting a range of classes over the three days, alongside the top-class competition, there will be over 50 shops in attendance, plus plenty of entertainment for the children, from bungee trampolines and bouncy castles, to a climbing wall and circus workshops. A great family day-out over the Easter weekend, well-behaved dogs are welcome to come along, but they must be kept on a short lead at all times.

EAST ANGLIAN GAME & COUNTRY FAIR Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT. Tel: 01263 735828. www.ukgamefair.co.uk Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th April, 8am to 6pm. Adults (£17), children (£6), under 5s (free).

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et in the Norfolk Showground’s glorious parkland, the East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two-day event, offering something for everyone to enjoy, whether you wish to sit back and watch the action unfold or have a go for yourself! There’s clay shooting, fly fishing, archery and climbing, as well as a heady array of attractions such as dog shows, ferret racing, horseboarding and falconry demonstrations to name a few. The country cookery theatre promises a great line-up of local chefs including Chris Coubrough and Rachel Green, while the food hall itself will be packed full of mouth-watering produce for you to sample. To advertise call 01953 456789

Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair for the chance to win free tickets to this year’s show. Simply visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page to enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning.

To find out more about the East Anglian Game & Country Fair, call 01263 735828 or visit www.ukgamefair.co.uk

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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

After a phenomenal 2015, which saw Russell Watson get married, perform at US National Memorial Day in Washington DC and headline at the BBC Proms in the Park, he is back on the road with his new tour, Songs from the Heart. Photos by Ian Tilton

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eaturing a stunning collection of our best-loved songs, plus an exclusive preview of selected tracks from the forthcoming album, Russell is following the success of last year’s concerts with a return tour. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell continues to wow audiences with his entertaining and enigmatic live performances. We meet the man behind the music!

RUSSELL ON LAST YEAR “After coming out of the dark tunnel of the last few years, it feels fantastic touring and, of course, I got married as well. Last year was a year of incredible events. From headlining the Proms in the Park at Hyde Park, to the performance on the west lawn of the capital in Washington DC for Memorial Day, it’s been a very, very good year.”

RUSSELL ON HIS CAREER “As an artist, we are quite volatile characters usually, and artists, in general, do have lots of niggling doubts in the back of their minds about whether people will keep coming back to see them and continue buying their records. Achieving success in its early stages is relatively easy, but sustaining it is incredibly difficult. I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to sustain my career for as long as I have.”

RUSSELL ON REALITY TV SHOWS “I’m a singer and I believe that’s what I do best. That’s generally all I want to do. There have been a few things where I have deviated from the path slightly, and done a few judging panels on different shows, which I actually

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really enjoy, but that’s also a musically-orientated thing in itself. I’m not knocking anybody who wants to go into the jungle or whatever else, but, for me, it’s all about the singing.”

RUSSELL ON PERFORMING LIVE “With an artist, if you feel comfortable and life is good, I think that does shine through onto the stage and people will see that. During the time with the illness, I wasn’t happy and that does transcend onto the stage. It comes with you like suitcases on a holiday, and you can’t just drop them off at the side. Mentally, you have to leave everything when you walk out (in front of an audience), but some of it ends up coming with you. Now I feel a real sense of freedom on stage. It’s like this is what I was born to do, this is what I survived all that illness for. To sing every word like I mean it, to deliver every sentence as though it’s the most important in the world. That’s how it feels right now, and it’s a fantastic feeling. Hopefully, long may it continue.”

“FROM HEADLINING THE PROMS IN THE PARK AT HYDE PARK, TO THE PERFORMANCE ON THE WEST LAWN OF THE CAPITAL IN WASHINGTON DC FOR MEMORIAL DAY, IT’S BEEN A VERY, VERY GOOD YEAR”

RUSSELL ON MEETING HIS WIFE “When I started coming out the other end of the tunnel, I eventually met Louise. Yes, I have to be honest, there was a certain amount of scepticism in the original stages, but, as our relationship progressed and we got to know one another, I saw the person that was really grounded, really down to earth, incredibly supportive of me, and not in the least bit financially motivated. In fact, quite the opposite. I have never seen a human being have so much love and affection for animals and living things. As a result of that, from living in my home, which was basically a big, empty, five-bedroom detached house, it is now a house full of life and animals. We’ve got a full-on menagerie here. We have dogs, cats, a horse, chickens, ducks... You name it!”

RUSSELL ON HIS WEDDING DAY “It was incredible. Beforehand, I’d had this vision of how I thought it was going to be, and it wasn’t anything like that. It was so much better. You always perceive that there are going to be little hiccups, and there weren’t. It just ran so smoothly. The day was perfect, and when she walked down the aisle for the first time, it was incredibly emotional. The service was beautiful, my sister did a little speech, and we sang All Things Bright And Beautiful.”

Songs from the Heart is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday 10th April, 7.30pm.

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LORD AND LADY WALPOLE INVITE YOU TO ENJOY MANNINGTON GARDENS

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he walks through varied habitats including an arboretum of British trees, wildflower meadow, bird hide, lake woodland and open countryside are open every day of the year. The beautiful gardens surround the medieval moated manor, lovely at all times of the year but especially in the summer. Around the hall are coloured themed borders, roses in containers, and a scented garden laid out in the shape of the hall’s dining room ceiling.

Lover Fair on Sunday 8th May, with stalls in the hall, exhibition room and grounds. It is followed by the Bird and Wildlife Fair on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May, promising everything for the wildlife enthusiast with talks, sales, demos and children’s activities.

Each year, there is a wide variety of events. This year begins with a special opening for the National Gardens scheme on Sunday 10th April (12pm to 5pm), with the Greedy Goose tea rooms providing their usual range of homemade treats. Next is the Vintage

If you would like to stay longer, there is a small holiday cottage and Amber’s Bell tents offering comfortable accommodation in the grounds.

Later in the year, there will be a garden party, open air theatre, the annual charity day and a very special show by the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.

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ON STAGE

Auditorium © Will Pearson, courtesy of the Royal Opera House

Written by Thomas Dick

Feature writer Thomas Dick explores how technology has transformed Norfolk’s performing arts scene.

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The Theatre Royal, Norwich

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t is late in the evening of Thursday 4th February, and as I put the finishing touches to this article, I have just returned from a wonderful performance of La Traviata transmitted by satellite link direct from The Royal Opera House in London to Sheringham Little Theatre. It is amazing to think I have shared this experience with audiences in over 300 cinemas, theatres and local village halls across the world.

high point in my life to attend a live performance in London when I lived there. But, unfortunately, as ticket prices have risen, my visits have become less frequent. There used to be a magic to visiting the beautiful Royal Opera House, London Coliseum or the National Theatre. Indeed a visit to any London theatre was an event.

I have been passionately interested in opera and ballet for 40 years, and it was always a

Following early retirement, I moved to Spain, where the arts were limited to perhaps

one open-air opera performance at the local bull ring each year. A cultural desert! A subsequent move to south-west France did not improve things, much unless you were happy with a yearly performance of Riverdance in Toulouse, or local theatres performing classic French plays in their native tongue. Whist I am competent in the language, trying to follow a Molière play in fluent French is somewhat difficult. My partner and I definitely had withdrawal symptoms from the theatre, which was one reason why we decided to return to the UK six years ago. We chose North Norfolk because it was close to Norwich. Thanks to Norwich Theatre Royal, the Maddermarket and Sewell Barn Theatre among others, the city has a flourishing performing arts scene. We were back in theatrical paradise, particularly with the Theatre Royal’s varied programme of plays, opera and ballet from visiting companies. But, Norwich was still a 44-mile round-trip from our home – fine in summer, but not always an easy feat in winter!

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How does it work? Participating theatres from which the broadcasts are transmitted replace a few paying customers in the front of the stalls and circle with cameras, so that the viewer really does have a front row seat, without too much inconvenience to the paying public at the venue. Which performances have been shown here in Norfolk? So far at my local venue, I have seen live performances from Sydney Harbour (Madame Butterfly, Aida), English National Opera (The Mikado, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville), St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre (Swan Lake), The Royal Opera House (The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, La Traviata), The Globe (The Winter’s Tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet) Victoria Palace Theatre (Billy Elliot), as well as several new productions from the National Theatre. To find out what is showing in your

local area, you can search online for The Royal Opera House Live, English National Opera Live, the National Theatre Live, The Metropolitan Opera House Live, or Mariinsky Theatre Live. Does live transmission offer value for money? In a word, yes. Many non-commercial theatres rely on Arts Council funding, so it is great to think that money from our taxes is helping to bring the arts to a much wider population. How does the experience compare to London theatres? You do not need to worry about transport, accommodation and extravagant ticket prices. The new technology transmits some of the best theatre in the world to your local venue at a fraction of the price of London theatre tickets, so you can watch those magical curtains rise from the equivalent of front row seats. It’s a no-brainer!

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The satellite being installed at The Granary Theatre in Wells

from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth and areas in between have begun the process of installing a satellite receiver on the roof, a state-of-the art projection system, and high quality sound systems. The wonder of modern technology means we can now enjoy world-class theatre in our own back yard! There are local villages with only a few hundred inhabitants, which have installed satellite technology, while local multiplex cinemas have given over one of their screens to satellite. To advertise call 01953 456789

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VILLAGE FOCUS

This lovely village is a hotspot for shoppers, diners and famous faces.

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he largest of the Burnham villages, Burnham Market is also perhaps the prettiest. Set out around a village green, it is in close proximity to the glorious North Norfolk coastline, with its stunning beaches, open spaces and picturesque walks. Famous for its growing collection of trendy shops, galleries and eating places, it is affectionately known as Chelsea-on-Sea because of the village’s attraction for second homeowners, many of them affluent London residents. It is unique in that it still retains a traditional village feel, with its butchers, fishmongers, post office, hardware shop, pharmacist and doctors’ surgery, while also remaining a favourite haunt of celebrities and their friends.

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“SINCE OPENING IN 2004, RUBY AND TALLULAH HAS GAINED A LOYAL FOLLOWING OF CUSTOMERS WHO LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL AND ECLECTIC YET WEARABLE LABELS. OWNER SARAH SPICE IS COMMITTED TO SELLING ONLY THE MOST LOVELY CLOTHES IN THE WORLD!”

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Pocock’s The Artmonger

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here are over 30 independent, specialist shops and galleries in the village, making it a real shopper’s paradise. Offering everything from exciting deli products and the latest fashions, to stylish accessories for the home or garden, it is no surprise that Burnham Market has been given the royal seal of approval. With Anmer Hall only 10 miles away, the Duchess of Cambridge has become a regular visitor, and has been spotted in both the butchers and The Hat Shop. More recent additions to the village’s thriving shopping scene include Foras (natural stone and slate home and garden accessories), Collen & Clare (coastal chic fashion), Tanner & Lawson (art gallery), and the new café inside Birdie Fortescue (continental antiques and contemporary interiors). Pocock’s The Artmonger is worth a look for fine pictures of all genres and dates, book illustrations, etchings, linocuts and small sculptures. There’s also a great range of greetings cards and wrapping papers. Since opening in 2004, Ruby and Tallulah has gained a loyal following of customers who love the beautiful and eclectic yet wearable labels. Owner sarah spice is committed to selling only the most lovely clothes in the world!

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WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO STAY

The Kitchen at Birdie Fortescue

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he village provides a great mix of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, whether you’re in the market for afternoon tea or a fine dining experience. Cosy up in the front bar at The Hoste (dogs are permitted here), or perhaps you’d prefer to sample the hotel restaurant’s exceptional seasonal menu? Yummy bar food is also served at The Nelson, which was renamed after the Battle of Trafalgar in tribute to Norfolk’s most famous son, Lord Admiral Nelson, who was born in nearby Burnham Thorpe. The restaurant and bar offer a wonderful selection of beers, guest ales and wines, alongside the quality, locally-sourced food based around local dishes, but with a truly international flavour. If it’s coffee and cake you crave, check out the new café at Birdie Fortescue, or head over to Mable’s Paint Pot. A painting centre set above a traditional sweet shop, you can also call in for refreshments and ice cream.

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urnham Market has its fair share of elegant brick and flint cottages, many of which are charming self-catering holiday homes. To find out more about booking a relaxing cottage stay, pay a visit to Sowerbys Holiday Cottages overlooking the green, or Norfolk Country Cottages in Emma’s Court. The village can get very busy in high season, so it’s always best to book in advance. However, the jewel in Burnham Market’s crown has to be The Hoste. This luxury boutique hotel now has 62 exquisite bedrooms, striking the balance between timeless elegance and modern-day comfort. Don’t forget to check into The Hoste Beauty Spa, complete with six-seater hot tub and cosy sun loungers, for the ultimate escape from everyday life! So, whether you’re staying overnight or only for a few hours, this beautiful village is the ideal place to unwind.

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TOUR NORFOLK

Stephen Browning blows away the cobwebs with a walk along the North Norfolk coast. Written by Stephen Browning @returningperson

FROM HOLKHAM TO STIFFKEY (7.2 MILES) This, for many walkers, is the North Norfolk coast at its finest. It is a walk with everything on offer – sandy pathways (with some loose stones), tarmac flood bank and marvellous fresh air. You may like to linger a while at Holkham Bay, with its far-reaching sandy dunes and mounds of sea-grass. It is possible to forget time here, all the while feeling the fresh sea breeze on your face and tasting the salty tang of the ocean on your lips. When ready to head out of Holkham, follow the black and white National Trail acorns to the boating lake and car park, then walk up onto the flood bank. In 1978, the flood bank was breached, washing up onto what is now the play area. The sea bank here now hosts a wondrous variety of wildflowers. STOP OFF AT WELLS The town of Wells-next-the-Sea is a picturesque centre with some dazzling panoramas, famous for its shellfish. You can walk for one and a half miles along the sandy beach, with its picture-perfect colourful beach huts. Accessible behind the beach are 100-year-old pine woods, where you may spot grey squirrels and some rare birds. The quay is a favourite spot to eat, either in a

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restaurant or sitting with some fish and chips. Railway enthusiasts will be fascinated by both the Walsingham Light Railway and the Wells Harbour Railway. Kids love to take the train from the town to the beach – they run every 15 minutes. TAKE A TRIP TO WALSINGHAM Walsingham has a fascinating history and is still visited by pilgrims from all over the world. It became a religious centre following a vision by Lady Richeldis, who owned Walsingham Manor, in 1061. The Virgin Mary transported Lady Richeldis to Nazareth, where she was shown the place that Jesus was born and instructed to build a replica in Walsingham. There she built a simple wooden structure, and afterwards a priory was established. The site lay in ruins until 1897 when it was restored, and a replica of Lady Richeldis’ shrine was erected in 1931.

BACK TO THE COAST The saltmarsh to your east boasts some of the most varied wildlife in Europe. You will glimpse waders in the more remote spots - Oystercatchers, red-legged Redshanks and Little Egrets. The saltmarsh itself can be very dangerous, so it is important to stick to the pathway. Once you reach the National Trust car park, follow the route towards the village of Stiffkey. There are tea rooms, a shop and a popular pub in the village, in which you can enjoy a refreshing local ale.

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Holkham Beach

Wells Quayside Stiffkey Sea Lavender

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT BINHAM PRIORY South of Stiffkey (on the Norfolk Coast Cycleway) is Binham Priory, a most impressive set of monastic ruins, founded by Pierre de Valognes and his wife, Albreda, just after the Norman Conquest. Pierre was the nephew of William the Conqueror. The nave now serves as the parish church. It originally housed eight monks, but when it was suppressed in May 1539, this number fell to six. A tunnel is said to run from the priory to an unknown destination. Legend has it that a fiddler and his dog once decided to investigate. The people at the entrance heard him for some time, but then silence fell and they were never seen again. The walk ends here, but you can carry on for many miles as far as Cromer.

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5 OF THE BEST

Recommended pubs en route when walking the Holkham to Stiffkey leg.

HOLKHAM

BINHAM

THE VICTORIA INN

THE CHEQUERS INN

Park Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RG. Tel: 01328 711008. www.holkham.co.uk

Front Street, Binham, Norfolk NR21 0AL. Tel: 01328 830297. www.binhamchequers.co.uk

WELLS

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few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Holkham beach, The Victoria Inn is ideally located as a meeting point to go and discover this stunning stretch of windswept coastline. Whether you’re calling in for a quick pint or a hot toddy, you’ll be tempted to sample the inn’s main attraction… Its food. Fresh, local and seasonal, the fish is caught on the North Norfolk coast, the beef comes from the Holkham Estate larder, and the lamb and pork are reared practically on the doorstep.

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charming, traditional 17th century pub in Binham, just a short stroll from the priory, The Chequers Inn offers a wide selection of food and refreshments when out adventuring in the beautiful Norfolk countryside. Everyone is invited to come in (dogs included!), and either sit inside by the fire or out in the garden. There’s a choice of pub games you can play… Try your hand at darts, draughts or an oldfashioned card game. And thanks to the inn’s homely feel, you’ll not want to leave in a hurry!

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friendly pub overlooking the quayside at Wells, as well as its spectacular views, The Golden Fleece boasts a welcoming bar, fantastic selection of drinks, and some of the best food on the North Norfolk coast. Pop in for a leisurely coffee and a slice of homemade cake as you rest your tired feet, or take a time-out with a Cask Marque beer and a bite of lunch while watching the boats come and go. If you’re planning on enjoying a meal, it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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STIFFKEY

WALSINGHAM

THE RED LION

THE BLACK LION HOTEL

44 Wells Road, Stiffkey, Norfolk NR23 1AJ. Tel: 01328 830552. www.stiffkey.com

Friday Market Place, Little Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6DB. Tel: 01328 820235. www.blacklionhotelnorfolk.co.uk

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ith its wood-burning stove and guaranteed warm welcome, The Stiffkey Red Lion is the ideal place to unwind after a hard day’s walk. Blessed with all the appeal of an old English inn, it’s extremely popular with those seeking refuge from the rigours of the nearby saltmarsh. Combining excellent local brews, such as Woodforde’s Nelson’s Revenge, and top-notch food, you can sit in or outside, depending on the weather. Plus, the everchanging menu and daily specials board mean you can always try something new.

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he recently refurbished Black Lion Hotel in Little Walsingham offers an eclectic mix of original features and modern-day comforts in its bar, dining rooms and bedrooms. Priding itself on the quality of its ale, which always includes a guest ale and a range of real ales on tap, it’s the perfect pit-stop when exploring this major pilgrimage centre. Feeling hungry? The food is prepared to order using the freshest, natural ingredients, sourced locally from Norfolk’s farmers, fishermen and traders.

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GIFT GUIDE

Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffle Egg, £24.99, at Booja-Booja

We’re in chocolate heaven!

Tractor Bunny, £7.50, at Digby’s Chocolates

Big City Bunny, £7.50, at Hotel Chocolat

Handmade Belgian Chocolate Eggs, from £1.25, at Saffire Chocolates

Prestat Red Velvet Truffle Egg, £15, at Jarrold

Easter Egg Hunt Bag, £8.99, at Dobbies

Gnawfully Big Hamper, £45, at Gnaw

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Chocolate Eggs and Soldiers, £7, at Hotel Chocolat

Large Chocolate Egg, £18.99, at Carousel Chocolates

Telephone 01263 516802 Visit www.digbyschocolates.co.uk

Handmade Triple-Dipped Belgian Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with Candied Fruit, £18.95, at Cocoa Mama

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HARRY’S BLOG

Chef Harry Farrow has a few seasonal suggestions up his sleeve. Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef @morstonanchor

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hen the weather starts to turn, one of my all-time favourite ingredients is in season, and that’s glorious wild garlic. As any keen forager will tell you, North Norfolk is rich in secret locations where this wild food can be picked, particularly where

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there is low stream. When paired with other seasonal specialities, it’s a recipe for culinary success. Spring lamb is soon to hit the menu at The Anchor Inn. It has to be our most popular dish at this time of year. I prefer to use a rump cut,

as it has a thin layer of fat, which is packed full of flavour, making it a really tender piece of meat. M & M Rutland Butchers in Melton Constable supply the


most delicious saltmarsh-fed Norfolk and Suffolk lamb, which I cover with butter, rosemary and wild garlic before roasting in a casserole dish for around 20 minutes. For a celebration of all the season’s amazing colours, serve pink, accompanied by buttered leeks, curly kale or purple sprouting broccoli. After all, they do say you eat with your eyes! March sees the start of our famous Cromer crabs. Willie Weston of The Fish Shop in Blakeney lands Norfolk crabs and lobsters daily from his boat, as well as harvesting fresh shellfish from the local saltmarshes. It’s a little early for a summer crab salad, so why not prepare some spicy crab cakes or potted crabmeat as the perfect starter to your Easter feast? Speaking of Easter, it’s time to brave the elements again! As soon as there’s a glimmer of sunshine, be inspired to get together with family or friends for a coastal walk to Blakeney Point. After you have worked up a thirst, why not whet your whistle with a refreshing craft beer or a gin and tonic, perhaps? Adnams’ Dry Hopped and Bullards’ pale ales are particular favourites, while Norfolk Gin is a distinctive artisan gin, handcrafted to a special unique recipe in its Norwich gin studio.

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

01263 741392 www.morstonanchor.co.uk The Street, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7AA

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Our selection of craft beers available has proved extremely popular with party-goers enjoying one of the events we have attended with outside catering business Anchors Away. The diary is already jampacked with bookings for 2016, and we’re really excited to be doing the catering for Godwick Hall’s forthcoming comedy night. Bring it on!

CONTACTS M & M Rutland Butchers Tel: 01263 860562. www.rutland-butchers.co.uk The Fish Shop Tel: 01263 741112. www.westonsofblakeney.co.uk Adnams Tel: 01502 727200. www.adnams.co.uk Bullards Tel: 01603 624072. www.bullardsbeers.co.uk Norfolk Gin www.norfolkgin.co.uk Godwick Hall Tel: 01328 701948. www.godwickhall.co.uk

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Written by Mark Mitson

Mark Mitson, pastry chef at The Assembly House in Norwich, whips up a divine vanilla cheesecake.

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t The Assembly House, we aim for cheesecake perfection, seeking the holy grail of a fudgy, creamy filling on a buttery, crisp base, with a degree of wobble but enough stability to travel from serving dish to plate to table. It makes a great end to any dinner party, as well as a wonderful excuse for indulgence at any time of the day.

There are a few simple instructions to follow. Don’t make the rookie error of thinking you can cut the calories by using low fat cheese, don’t forget the cornflour, and don’t over-flavour the cheesecake mix… Save any culinary theatricals for your toppings or accompaniments. Make sure you bake gently, and don’t leave out that last, vital step… The six-hour rest. Remember all good things come to those who wait!

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BAKED VANILLA CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS 1 packet digestive biscuits 125g melted unsalted butter 1kg full fat cream cheese 400g caster sugar 6 eggs 4 tsp cornflour 300g crème fraîche 1 vanilla pod 1 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD Blitz or crush the digestive biscuits to a fine crumb and mix in the melted butter. Press the mix into a 9-inch spring form cake tin. Make sure the mix is flat and compact. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, cornflour, crème fraîche and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the eggs and mix until smooth again. Pour the mix on to the biscuit base. Bake at 160 degrees for 35-40 minutes until just set. It should have a slight wobble when it comes out of the oven. Chill in the fridge for 6 hours before cutting and serving. Serve with a scoop of cherry ice cream and some boozy Kirsch syrup!

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OFF THE WALL

SERENE SCENE

By Karl Hammett @karlhphoto

Local photographer Karl Hammett showcases some of his favourite Norfolk images.

Swan and Cygnets, Hickling Broad

Ripple across the Sand, Winterton-on-Sea

Pink Clouds, Martham

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Seal and Pup, Winterton-on-Sea

Walk on the Beach, Scratby

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WORKING FROM HOME

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ith computers, laptops and mobile phones, we can now connect with the rest of the world in seconds (although, as many of us know, reception can be a bit of a problem in rural Norfolk!). This means that those who have jobs in the town or city can access emails and work around the clock when visiting their holiday homes or enjoying a restful break in the countryside. I have had lots of interesting surprises when visiting various properties over the years. Many owners have to sell their homes when their work outgrows their lives. One owner, who had had a very busy life producing items for TV costume dramas, had to move into a larger property when space became a problem. Another time, I was shown round a beautiful house, then looking around the garden, I noticed the summerhouse was piled high with old files!

I once visited a house, owned by a sales representative, with a garage full of samples. I have also seen garages used as small workshops, an office in the loft, kitchens for industrial jam, pickle and cake making, as well as gardens fenced for doggie day care. One purchaser was an author, not interested in the kitchen and bathroom fittings, but the peace and quiet – and the lovely view from the study window to give them inspiration. Another wanted enough garaging to work on their racing cars. City living is so expensive these days that moving to the countryside may be the only affordable option for getting on the property ladder. Then the client needs room for an office, as well as good transport links. So, without the conveniences of town life, the property has to be just right to persuade them.

“I WAS SHOWN ROUND A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, THEN LOOKING AROUND THE GARDEN, I NOTICED THE SUMMERHOUSE WAS PILED HIGH WITH OLD FILES!”

With 35 years of experience, Malcolm operates Norfolk Property Search. For further information, call 07434 934 579, email malcolmduffey652@btinternet.com or visit www.norfolkpropertysearch.co.uk

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INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Written by Lisa Dawson

Lisa Dawson, founder and director of Lisa Dawson Interiors in Aylsham, says it’s possible to give your home a quick spring fix.

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s the sun begins to make an appearance, now’s the time to freshen your interior, before the call of the garden and Easter preparations become all-consuming. With new life emerging all around us, why not start with a nature table? Such a simple way to add interest to an entrance hall or neglected console table, you can collect interestingly-shaped twigs, feathers, leaves and blossom, and arrange them in old jugs and jars. Involve the children by taking rubbings of tree barks and leaves on long walks. For a more permanent reminder of Mother Nature, choose furnishings, fabrics and wallpapers from the many nature-inspired collections; the new Woodland Walk by Sanderson is a perfect example. If you are changing bedroom window dressings, remember the sun will soon be early to rise and late to set, so don’t forget to ask your curtain-

maker to include blackout linings and interlinings. Giving the odd wall a lick of paint is a very quick way to add impact. Try some of Little Greene’s lovely spring colours including Linnet and Acorn. Or, if you are feeling brave, have a look at Sunlight and Pea Green. When it comes to exterior maintenance, Little Greene has released a fabulous new exterior paint called Tom’s Oil Eggshell, available in all of the company’s stunning colours. Finally, consider updating tired accessories and lamps. Some on-trend spring buys include brass and nickel pineapple-shaped lamps, mirrors framed with a ray of brass twigs, and wonderfully aged botanical and entamological prints, complete with frames that have been given a patina that suggests they have been accumulated over time. Happy shopping!

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TRAVEL GUIDE

WEEKEND BREAKS Whether you’re charmed by the town or the countryside, a stay at one of these Norfolk hideaways promises to recharge the batteries.

BANG! IN WELLS 2 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AF. Tel: 01328 712149. www.banginwells.co.uk Bed & breakfast is priced from £100 per room per night.

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stone’s throw from the quay in the historic fishing port of Wells, Bang! In Wells is in the heart of all the town’s action. It has been named in fond memory of owner Christopher Tennant’s father, whose restaurant in St Lucia was called Bang Between The Pitons. Though Wells might be a far cry from the sun-drenched island of St Lucia, you can be sure of the same warm, sunny welcome at this colourful café bar with rooms. The unique Grade II listed building has four characterful guest bedrooms, the Attic Suite, Feathers, Hayloft and Tewksbury, with the aim to accommodate every guest’s individual needs. Each room comes complete with a flat-screen television, Wi-Fi, bottled water and a refrigerator containing fresh milk, along with glasses, plates and cutlery, so you can enjoy drinks and nibbles in the comfort of your own space. In the bathroom, you’ll find large fluffy towels, bath robes and luxury toiletries, to relax and unwind at your leisure. Breakfast is served in the ground-floor café (or alfresco in the south-facing courtyard during the warmer months). With a focus on great, simple, seasonal, local produce, breakfast is on the menu from morning to night. After all, isn’t it the most important meal of the day? Be inspired to try the delicious smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, along with a glass of fizz or a Bang Bloody Mary! Photo by Daniel Tink www.scenicnorfolk.co.uk

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FELBRIGG LODGE School Road, Aylmerton, Norfolk NR11 8RA. Tel: 01263 666010. www.felbrigglodge.co.uk Bed & breakfast is priced from £175 per room per night.

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elbrigg Lodge in Aylmerton is more than just a luxury country hotel! Scaling new heights to wellness, it has become the place to go to clear the mind and help restore inner calm.

With spring in the air, soon forgotten are those frosty mornings, chilly nights, dimly lit days and New Year’s resolutions! So, why do we pick the New Year as a time to set difficult goals in our lives such as losing weight, getting fit, a career change, or giving up smoking?

According to David Maddax, resident psychotherapist at Felbrigg Lodge, “There is little in favour of success, especially with a return to our routine after the festive season, and the comedown that follows.” David and Felbrigg Lodge’s co-owner DeeDee Lomax have launched new company SCALES, with the aim to offer assistance with any mental health issues, within the relaxed and calming environment of the countryside hotel. David said, “For many of us, the desire to make change is heart-felt and genuine, to challenge our issues and habits, to reshape who we are, gaining a happier and more balanced sense of self. To achieve this, we have to start by looking at our core that is our mental health. Change comes from the inside first, understanding why we do what we do, the patterns or processes that shape it, and the triggers that lead to our existing habits, responses or symptoms we wish to overcome.” As a person-centred psychotherapist, David has spent many years working with a broad range of individuals with a spectrum of issues. For him, one size does not fit all. He added, “As human beings, we each have our unique way of perceiving the world around us, and how we interpret what we experience shapes our responses. These responses can sometimes be the very things limiting our happiness, leading to higher stress levels, depression and anxiety. These symptoms further shape our responses, and so a cycle begins. SCALES empowers you to break these cycles, making effective change by identifying the patterns and the triggers behind them.” Alongside Sarah Woodrow, who runs The Beauty Lodge at Felbrigg, the team is now able to offer a complete wellness package for the mind, body and soul. Sarah has been trained in helping cancer patients, and together, they can help with any mental health issues regarding the fear and acceptance. For further information, call 07941 106928 or email info@mentalhealthissues.co.uk To advertise call 01953 456789

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WEDDING SPECIAL

We chat to Anna Key, owner of enchanting Southwood Hall near Norwich, about the popularity of getting married in our region.

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outhwood Hall was the vision of Anna Key and evolved from a farm diversification project, aiming to provide a countryside entertainment space in the Broadland area of Norfolk. Coronation Barn (so-called because it was swept out by Anna’s grandparents to host the village’s coronation party) was built in 1754 and is Grade II listed. As part of its renovation, the roof was returned to its original thatch, ground-source underfloor heating was installed, and the best modern entertainment facilities were set up. Since opening in 2011, around 300 couples have said “I do” in the grounds, either in the barn or gardens, and an additional 80 couples have also held their wedding receptions at the venue. So, what is the appeal of planning a Norfolk wedding? Anna said, “Each wedding we host is bespoke to the couple, and crafted to reflect their own personalities. Our couples have diverse backgrounds and often reside outside the county, or even the country. We are currently arranging weddings with people from Australia and Singapore, together with many from the Home Counties. Today’s modern families are often spread

far and wide, so finding a key focal point to host such an important occasion includes so many considerations other than merely proximity to the couples’ own homes. Norfolk has hundreds of obvious attractions… Stunning countryside, wonderful coastline, and warm, caring people.” So, how far in advance do Anna and her team receive wedding bookings? She said, “Traditional key wedding dates including peak summer Saturdays can get snapped up over two years in advance, so many dates for 2018 have already been taken. Couples prepared to consider alternative dates, perhaps during the week or in winter months, can generally make a booking with us around 12 to 18 months in advance.” Norfolk has a wealth of home-grown wedding suppliers including make-up artist Emily Turnbull of Love-Moi Makeup, Gemma Holiday Hair Artistry, Silverline Limousines, Vintage Car and Camper Hire, Ross Harvey Photography, KWF Event Services and Thompson Granger wedding videographers. Their unique knowledge of the local area means that some of the bride-to-be’s more unusual requests can often be met.

“SINCE OPENING IN 2011, AROUND 300 COUPLES HAVE SAID “I DO” IN THE GROUNDS, EITHER IN THE BARN OR GARDENS, AND AN ADDITIONAL 80 COUPLES HAVE ALSO HELD THEIR WEDDING RECEPTIONS AT THE VENUE” Anna Key

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Anna said, “We have had bridal party arrivals in a Back To The Future car, a tractor and trailer, a pink wheelbarrow, and even a tiny pageboy in his very own mini Lamborghini! We have also supported surprise pet appearances, snow cannons for the perfect winter scene, and X-Factor-style confetti.” Planning a couple’s big day begins with an initial meeting to discuss their ideas, as well as offering honest, impartial advice. An in-depth planning document is issued, plus seating plans and budgeting tools to help with financial considerations. As an independent venue, Southwood Hall enjoys the freedom of being able to engage the creativity of their team in bringing fresh ideas to the table, whether it’s hanging a treehouse seat in the gardens, a new dish on the menu, or an inspiring styling idea. The dedicated team of chefs will create a tailor-made menu for the wedding breakfast, while the special day itself is overseen by one of the venue’s own wedding planners. And when it comes to accommodation, Southwood Hall has three onsite units, hosting up to 22 guests. The Garden Folly is a one-bedroomed tower within the Edwardian walled garden, the Cartshed Lodge offers sumptuous honeymoon accommodation with its own steam room and hot tub, while Southwood House has six bedrooms to comfortably accommodate family and friends. For further information on Southwood Hall, call 01493 700244 or visit www.southwoodhall.com

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STYLE FILE

John Charles knee-length overlaid lace dress with co-ordinated cropped jacket, price on request, at Dreams Bridal. Tel: 01603 722340. www.dreamsbridalwear.co.uk

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Finding the mother of the bride outfit can be just as challenging as choosing the perfect wedding dress, so help is on hand to make every proud mum shine on her daughter’s big day.

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t’s important to choose an outfit that reflects the time of year, flatters the figure, and makes you feel like a million dollars, so start by hitting the shops, visiting a handful of specialist boutiques, and trying on a few key pieces to help you figure out what you like and dislike. Gina at Dreams Bridal in Norwich is dedicated to assisting mothers of the bride in finding their winning outfit. Customers are given individual advice and plenty of ideas to ensure they look and feel amazing on their daughter’s special day. Worried about making the ultimate faux pas of wearing a similar dress to another member of the wedding party? Then stay away from the High Street! Sharon at Crown & Glory in King’s Lynn offers a range of exclusive designs at affordable prices, too. She added, “We cater for the lady that doesn’t want to look like any other guest.” Keeping an eye on the latest trends can cause an extra headache. According to Jenny at The Wedding Shop in Bungay, “Pastel colours are very much in fashion for the coming season and, thankfully, sleeves are making a comeback. When dressing the mother of the bride or groom, classic shift dresses with chic fitted jackets are still at the top of the list.” And if you don’t want to break the bank, there are a number of nearly-new shops across Norfolk that specialise in preloved occasion wear including Forget Me Not in Coltishall, The Green Room in Reepham and Turnaround in Holt. Be sure to complete your look with an eyecatching hat that really makes you stand out from the crowd! The Hat Shop in Burnham Market attracts customer from far and wide thanks to its endless selection of unique hats in every style and colour imaginable! If you’d prefer to hire your headpiece, pay a visit to Get Ahead Hats in Stalham. In your search to find the perfect match for your special dress, you can try on a variety of beautiful, hand-crafted pieces at an appointment time that suits you.

John Charles knee-length overlaid lace and sequin dress with long organza coat, price on request, at Dreams Bridal.Tel: 01603 722340. www.dreamsbridalwear.co.uk

GAH16 hat, price on request, at Get Ahead Hats. Tel: 01692 580265. www.getaheadhats.co.uk

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REMEMBER THESE FEW RULES, AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: Opt for a dress that reflects the venue – a smart tailored style would look out of place at a rustic barn wedding. Get a second opinion from your daughter or a trusted friend. Buy your shoes in advance so you can wear them in. Discuss your outfit with the mother of the groom to avoid wearing the same colour, fabric or style. Less is more – don’t overdo it with your hat, jewellery and accessories. Enjoy the whole experience – after all, it’s not every day you are treated like the queen!

Pale green lace dress with matching jacket, price on request, at The Wedding Shop, Bungay. Tel: 01986 893929. www.theweddingshopbungay.co.uk

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Dusky pink lace dress with satin bolero jacket, price on request, at Crown & Glory.Tel: 07761 783794. www.crown-glory.co.uk

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CINEMA & MUSIC

Norwich comes to life this spring with a rich and varied events programme. Cate Blanchett in Carol

CINEMA CITY The Met stage is promised to ignite when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story, Manon Lescaut. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score. Hangmen

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atthew Dunster’s awardwinning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen is being broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. It tells the story of Harry (David Morrissey), who, in his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, is something of a local celebrity. But, what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Meanwhile, over in atmospheric 1950’s New York, the titular Carol (Cate Blanchett) is marooned in an unhappy marriage to rich businessman Harge Aird (Kyle Chandler) when a chance meeting with a dreamy shop assistant sparks a slow-burning romance between the two women. A pitch-perfect adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s landmark novel, Blanchett gives yet another outstanding performance.

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The Bolshoi’s signature ballet production, Spartacus tells the tale of a Thracian soldier, who is captured, forced to fight as a gladiator and then kill one of his friends, so he plots an unprecedented uprising. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, alongside Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina. Spartacus

Manon Lescaut

Finally, one of the most fiercely debated artists and yet one of the most influential, Renoir was instrumental in creating the Impressionist movement and then totally rejected it – with extraordinary results. The Barnes Collection in Philadelphia has more Renoirs than any other gallery in the world, and it’s there that the search begins to tell the remarkable story of this fascinating artist in Renoir – Reviled and Revered. Hangmen (Thursday 3rd March), Carol (Thursday 3rd March,), Manon Lescaut (Saturday 5th March and Monday 7th March), Spartacus (Sunday 13th March) and Renoir – Reviled and Revered (Monday 14th March) screen at Cinema City in Norwich. For further information, call the box office on 0871 902 5724 or visit www.picturehouses.com office@norfolkonmymind.co.uk


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NORWICH PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY

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o celebrate its 175th anniversary, Norwich Philharmonic Society is presenting a special gala celebration concert on Saturday 21st May as part of the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The Norfolk Showground arena will play host to a choral partnership between some well-established Norfolk-based choral societies. Also sharing the stage with the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra will be eight outstanding soloists, while conductor Matthew Andrews is set to hold the baton.

To mark the actual day of the anniversary, a concert on Saturday 19th March will see St Andrew’s Hall blitzed by a grand show of cannon-and-mortar fire effects in a rendering of Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 overture. Jointly conducted by Matthew Andrews and David Dunnett, the concert will also serve up a roster of popular and well-loved works. Tickets for the Norfolk Showground event are available from Norwich Theatre Royal box office. Call 01603 766400 or visit www.nnfestival.org.uk Tickets for the 17th anniversary concert are available from Prelude Records in Norwich. Call 01603 628319 or visit www.norwichphil.org.uk To advertise call 01953 456789

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THEATRE TIME

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Written by John Bultitude

After a sell-out West End run, award-winning director Rupert Goold’s King Charles III is heading to Norwich Theatre Royal as part of a national tour, with the talented Robert Powell in the lead role.

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riter Mike Bartlett’s 21st-century answer to Shakespeare’s history plays, written in blank verse but with droll modern phrases in the mix, King Charles III imagines what might happen were Prince Charles to ascend the throne and be asked to assent to a privacy bill restricting the freedom of the press.

But, it is not just the plot and script that appeal. There is the added challenge of the whole play being written in the rhythmic style of Shakespeare! Robert said, “It is a massive learn! Improvising isn’t an option. After I toured as Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, I was offered half a dozen plays, but they wouldn’t have tested any part of me as this one does.”

In this scenario, which also features Camilla, a troubled Prince Harry, William and Kate, what ensues is a tense moral dilemma and a destabilising constitutional crisis.

Another stimulating, intriguing and exciting acting project for Robert’s CV, his path to

With Robert’s current focus on playing King Charles III, does he have to adopt the mannerisms of the Prince of Wales, too? Robert laughed, “I can do rather a good imitation, and there may be certain little habits such as playing with the lobe of the ear. But, as the director Rupert Goold says, an impersonation would be completely distracting. Once you’ve established you’re not doing that, the audience can get fully involved in the character and your energy goes into bringing that to life.”

Through his career, Robert Powell has taken on a host of iconic parts including the lead role in Zefferelli’s ground-breaking TV series Jesus Of Nazareth. His CV also features Jude The Obscure, Richard Hannay, and both Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt in Alan Bennett’s Single Spies. So, who next to put on the list? Well, the Prince of Wales, of course. Robert admits the stunning script drew him to the production. He said, “I think Mike has written a quite brilliant drama, brilliantly constructed and very funny as well. It’s totally of the moment, and is actually becoming more and more current with this whole issue of the freedom of the press.” Robert added, “What I love is that Mike chooses a bill limiting press freedom as the bill that Charles won’t sign, which is the opposite of what everyone might assume, thinking he’d be delighted if the press were shackled!” To advertise call 01953 456789

called Krishna Banji then. After school, I had started to read law, while doing a play with the Manchester University Stage Society. The head of drama, Hugh Hunt, who was a director of London’s Old Vic Company in the fifties, came backstage and asked what on earth I was doing reading law. I jacked in studying, and the director of Stoke’s theatre-in-the-round, Peter Cheeseman, asked me to join his company. About six months in, we were doing As You Like It, and on the first day of rehearsals, in walked Ben Kingsley.”

Having met both the Prince and Camilla Parker-Bowles in the past, Robert added, “The Prince of Wales is utterly charming, and Camilla is divinely funny.” prominence was an interesting one, as he did not come from a typical theatrical family. His father was a mechanical engineer from Salford, but fate intervened on his first day at Manchester Grammar. Robert recalled, “The desks were in twos, and I was paired up with Ben Kingsley, who was

So, it would seem, courtesy of Robert, Norwich audiences are promised a rather revealing look at the British Royal Family. King Charles III is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th March. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk www.norfolkonmymind.co.uk

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ON THE ROAD

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay testdrives the eco-friendly Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. To advertise call 01953 456789

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oyota was responsible for a pivotal change in the motoring scene two decades ago, with the launch of the first RAV4. It was a novel type of leisure-focused car that forged today’s well-liked compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) market. Now, the Japanese company has begun a new chapter in RAV4’s success story, with the introduction of the first RAV4 Hybrid in the UK this year. The 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Icon model I drove had a smooth and economical powertrain. It merged a 2494cc petrol engine with an electric motor, and there was a further one running the rear axle to deliver electronic all-wheel drive (AWD).

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The AWD ability provides excellent safety and stability when navigating low-grip terrain, as I found out on some gravelly trails. The Hybrid certainly parades the refinement you’d expect from Toyota, given their experience with this kind of powertrain. The ‘green’ car’s linear acceleration, channelled through its continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto box, is satisfactory, rather than thrilling, for any setting. What’s more, the hybrid tech is clear-cut, demanding no special attention when behind the wheel.

Only (EV) is meant for short-range driving at subdued speeds when the battery is charged up, and only works with a light right foot. ECO tempers the drive power and air conditioning for best efficiency. Then Sport opens the gate to greater (and noisier) engine revs and a snappier throttle reply, while decreasing power steering assistance for further road feel.

There are three distinctive driving modes offered; Sport, ECO and EV. Electric

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“THE HYBRID COINCIDES WITH THE NEW RAV4 LINE-UP, WHICH FEATURES FRESH EXTERIOR STYLING, ENHANCED CABIN QUALITY, IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY FEATURES”

All this adds up to a class-leading economy figure of 55.4mpg, with official CO2 emissions of 118g/km. The Hybrid coincides with the new RAV4 line-up, which features fresh exterior styling, enhanced cabin quality, improved technology and safety features. The frontal design creates a sturdier road presence and includes full LED headlights. At

the side, there is a more flowing look, and at the rear, the combination lamps and bumper have been altered, highlighting the car’s road stance further. The quality of the RAV4’s cabin has been boosted considerably with a full colour screen and soft-touch materials. New tech features include Toyota’s 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor. This gives you sight of obstacles that would remain unseen in blind spots when using established front and rear cameras, making for safer and easier manoeuvring.

Plus, the latest RAV4’s safety specification has been notably upgraded with the inclusion of the new Toyota Safety Sense assembly of features. In addition to the Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist tech, the RAV4 profits from Adaptive Cruise Control and a superior Pre-Collision System. Taken as a whole, the RAV4 Hybrid is comfortable and clever – and you’ll be doing your ‘solution to the pollution’ bit for the world if you buy one.

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Max speed: 112 mph 0-62 mph: 8.3 secs Combined mpg: 55.4 Engine layout: 2494cc 4-cylinder petrol and electric • Max power (bhp): 194 • CO2: 118 g/km • Guide price: £29,795

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COMPETITION!

LOVE YOUR FACE

Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with Emma Cook Skincare to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a skincare consultation, a bespoke aromatherapy facial and LED light therapy worth around £70.

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rom her private salon overlooking a lovely cottage garden, Facialist and Skincare Specialist Emma Cook provides techniques such as acupressure, aromatherapy, relaxing drainage massage and LED light therapy.

can help! She also offers natural facelift massage, which tones facial muscles, increases elasticity, eliminates puffiness, and releases facial tension. And the fabulous aromatherapy products Emma uses contain active ingredients that work deeper than the upper layer of skin to give highly effective results. So, with a little help from a regular facial appointment, we can all age beautifully with healthy, natural, vibrant and nourished skin. To find out more about Emma Cook Skincare, call 01603 279572 or 07879 470286, or visit www.emmacookskincare.co.uk @emmacookfacials

Emma believes that each treatment should be a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation, an escape from the stresses of life, a moment of calm. She advocates a holistic approach and will discuss your skin, diet and lifestyle, suggesting practical ways to address any concerns. She has a wealth of helpful tips and advice, and loves to help clients achieve glowing skin. Whether illuminating and brightening pigmented, lacklustre skin; deep cleansing and decongesting problematic skin; plumping, hydrating and nourishing ageing concerns; nourishing mature skin; or calming and balancing stressed and sensitive skin… Emma To advertise call 01953 456789

ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to: Norfolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: office@norfolkonmymind.co.uk Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a skincare consultation, a bespoke aromatherapy facial and LED light therapy. The Winner will be notified after the closing date of Saturday 30th April 2016 2) There is no cash alternative, non transferable or refundable 3) Open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over 4) Only one entry per person 5) The Editor’s decision is final 6) Winners are selected at random from entries received before the competition closes 7) Correspondence may be entered into unless marked ‘no offers’.

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IN CLOSING

SWEET SUCCESS We speak to Digby Eddison, owner of Digby’s Chocolates in Norwich and Cromer, and Digby’s Bon Bon in Aylsham.

What do you love about Easter? A. The jackdaws moving in. They nest each year in the same tree in our garden, make loads of racket, and are quite entertaining. I was once attacked by a jackdaw, but that’s another story. Q. How do you spend the Easter holiday? A. We celebrate it very quickly in our house, and often without me, as I always work at our Cromer shop over the Easter weekend. It is a very busy time for us, but I know, come rain or shine, our little boy will be hunting chocolate eggs hidden in the garden. Q. Which seasonal products will you be stocking? A. We try to cater for everyone in our three shops, from hand-picked traditional chocolate eggs filled with assorted chocolates, to sugar bunnies and much more in between. Q. Do you have a favourite? A. My favourite Easter goodie has to be the small but beautifully crafted Niederegger Marzipan Easter Hare, complete with toasted

“WE TREAT ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AS FRIENDS AND WILL THEREFORE HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN”

ears. I have loved this little treat since we started selling them a long time ago. He is a work of art in his own right. Unfortunately, he does look too good to eat. Q. Are you a big chocolate fan? A. Yes, I really like all chocolate. I recognise the quality and perfection in artisan chocolate, but I also enjoy the amazing variety that we have in this country, and will happily much through a Toblerone. Q. What are your biggest sellers? A. Our most popular chocolates are probably still the milk, white and dark flake truffles, followed closely by the Champagne truffles and dark chocolate covered stem ginger. More recently, the salted caramel chocolates have made their mark in the top ten. Q. Why should we shop local for our Easter gifts? A. It is more than just supporting local businesses, it’s good for the soul! You have a chance to chat with your local shopkeeper, and I do believe customers feel happier with this social connection. I love interacting with my customers, and I know my staff do, too. Q. What can your customers expect? A. We treat all our customers as friends and will therefore help in any way we can. People like to be given attention, so we try to make them feel a bit special. For further information on Digby’s Chocolates, call 01263 516802 or visit www.digbyschocolates.co.uk

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Norfolk on My Mind - Spring 2016 Edition  

The Spring 2016 Edition of Norfolk on My Mind Magazine for North Norfolk and Norwich

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